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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 19:35
L'Inde teste un missile de croisière russo-indien BrahMos


NEW DELHI, 7 avril - RIA Novosti


Les forces armées indiennes ont effectué lundi un tir d'essai d'un missile de croisière supersonique russo-indien BrahMos, a annoncé l'agence indienne PTI se référant à un représentant du polygone de Pokharan, situé dans le nord-ouest de l'Etat indien du Rajasthan.

Tiré par une rampe de lancement mobile, "le missile a détruit sa cible", a indiqué le responsable cité par l'agence.

Utilisé par l'armée indienne depuis 2005, BrahMos est un missile supersonique à propergol solide pesant 2,55 tonnes. Doté d'une ogive de 200 à 300 kg, le BrahMos est capable de neutraliser les cibles à une distance de 290 km. L'Inde a déjà testé ses versions terrestre et navale et compte également en équiper les chasseurs Su-30MKI.

BrahMos tient son nom des premières syllabes du fleuve indien Brahmapoutre et de la rivière russe Moskova.

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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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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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Japan's New Export Rules Broaden Global Role



Apr. 5, 2014 By PAUL KALLENDER-UMEZU – Defense News


Defense Export Rule Change Could Balance China Threat


TOKYO — Japan’s recent decision to set up a regulatory system to export arms should boost Tokyo’s future role in global weapons consortiums and potentially help balance against the threat of China, analysts say.


An April 1 decision by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved principles that continue to prohibit Japan from exporting arms to countries involved in conflict and that violate UN resolutions. But they also create a screening mechanism to allow weapons makers to sell arms if they contribute to international cooperation and security interests, and to alliance partners who agree not to resell them to third nations without Japan’s approval.


Under the new rules, the ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Economy, Trade and Industry will screen applications for sales, with the National Security Council making the final decision. The council was set up in December to speed decision-making on defense policy.


The new rules codify export relaxations first announced in 2011 under previous Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, but with two critical changes, said Satoshi Tsuzukibashi, director of the Defense Production Committee (the Japan Business Federation), Japan’s most powerful industrial and business lobby.


New guidelines mandate “strict examination” of all export cases, but with a “flexible” approach that contains a caveat allowing quicker decisions in cases of emergency, for example a contingency on the Korean Peninsula.


A second critical change relaxes the 2011 stipulation that every potential sale to a third country be written into any initial development, co-production or licensing deal in advance. Now, applications for sales to third countries will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


“This is an important first step forward, as it means, for example, we can export parts for the F-35, which we couldn’t and which Noda didn’t understand, and build in the principle of the ability to export to a range of countries in future deals. We can now negotiate with more countries in good faith. It means we now have a system that opens new doors,” Tsuzukibashi said.


An ability to cooperate on programs will be critical because countries are leaning on cost sharing as defense spending in many places falls, said Phil Finnegan, an analyst with the Teal Group.


“Cooperation, that is a direction that the industry is going,” Finnegan said. “Japan is now moving in that direction as well.”


But Finnegan said opportunity for economic gain through military equipment sales is likely years down the road because of the high manufacturing costs Japanese companies face.


“Nothing is going to change quickly; maybe in the long run, they can play a role in the international market,” he said. “It’s a very insular industry, and by its nature, it’s going to be expensive.”


Japan’s actions have become a hotly debated regional issue, with both South Korea and China signaling concern that the rule changes show Japan is on the path to remilitarization, and calling for “transparency.”


Jun Okumura, a visiting scholar at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, said the new regulations represent a significant change for Japan, not because Japan is remilitarizing but because the decision draws Japan closer to the US and to other global partners, a worrying development for China.


“Yes, Abe is chipping away at the postwar pacifist regime, and the question is how far Abe wants to change Japan. But he won’t go ‘all out’ ” and remilitarize, Okumura said. “The point is, he is aware of the repercussions for the Japan-US alliance, and anything that reinforces that alliance is a negative for China as they extend a more aggressive policy of projecting their military power.”


Critics offer both prosaic and deeper concerns that they avoid mentioning publicly, said Narushige Michishita, director of the Security and International Studies Program at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.


“China and South Korea are proactive in selling their weapons overseas, and in a way, they are concerned about Japan becoming a competitor,” he said.


Michishita said Japan wants to play a more active role in maintaining Asia’s balance of power, so the changes will build a “win-win-win” situation not only for the US, but for Japan’s increasingly important partnerships with Australia, South Korea and India. This extends to emerging Southeast Asian countries, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam, all of whom are increasingly concerned about China, he said.


“If it’s possible to sell arms to the US [that South Korea might not want to buy from us], Australia, India and partners in Southeast Asia, our targets include the Philippines and Vietnam; it’s a great step forward. By providing arms to these countries we can make money, we can balance China, and strengthen and institutionalize our partnerships and empower these countries. It’s a win-win-win situation,” Michishita said.


Since Japan’s defense industrial base accounts for less than 1 percent of the country’s industrial output, and its defense products often cost multiples of the prices of US gear, it may be some time before the Mitsubishi conglomerate’s three diamonds are emblazoned on radar kits globally.


“Japanese weapons are not battle tested, and problems with Sumitomo Heavy Industries machine guns were covered up for many, many years, so we don’t know if potential buyers can trust Japanese systems,” Michishita said.


Nonetheless, Japan has a smorgasbord of specific, component level and small systems technologies, wrapped in a huge swath of dual-use technology that it can bring to future partnerships.


Just recently, for example, Japan politely walked away from attempts by Turkey to buy Type 10 (TK-X) lightweight main battle tanks, which one analyst said contained capabilities that emerging countries are eager to obtain. Other technologies include the Type 99 155mm self-propelled howitzer, specialized armor, and sensor and radar technologies.


They also extend to aero and marine engine technologies, including Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines fitted with air-independent propulsion systems, which are sought after by Australia in particular, Michishita said.


“Japan’s defense budget is due to grow an extra 2 percent annually over the next five years, but while that is small in real terms, this growth will be augmented when and if Japanese companies engage in [international] consortiums in the joint development of next- or next-next generation weapons,” Okumura said.


There also is great potential in Japan’s dual-use capabilities, he said, which range from electronics and sensors to information technology products to advanced materials and carbon and composite technologies. These include excellence in partially or highly integrated technologies like those found in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ advanced MRJ commercial passenger jet.


“The good news is [that] in parallel with this progress in terms of arms sales, the Japanese government has made a decision to promote dual-use science and technology,” Michishita said.


“Certainly, in a best-case scenario, as we’ll be able to purchase more, unit costs will go down and we might be able to exercise some kind of influence on international security while we can ease our fiscal difficulties,” he said. “But by also engaging in international joint research and procurement, we can boost our competitiveness, and make and procure better weapons systems at lower prices.”


But Paul Giarra, president of Global Strategies & Transformation, warned that the change won’t necessarily tie Japan to feeding the US, and it could, in fact, help Japan emerge as a competitor.


“This is a most important development. Whatever the government manages will be consequential, but developments will not work out in a straight line,” Giarra said.


“Also, many appear to think that somehow this will give priority to American interests, but I disagree. American defense technology and industrial interests will have to compete with other global alternatives from which Japan will choose. This will be an uncomfortable competition for some,” he said.


Tsuzukibashi said such concerns would take a long time to materialize, although such a scenario is possible.


“There is this image of the Zero-sen [fighter plane], but that was a long time ago during World War II,” he said. “Japan’s defense base is not that strong, we don’t have the size, and [in] the technology to compete with companies such as Lockheed Martin or BAE, we are no threat.”■


Zachary Fryer-Biggs contributed to this report.

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Awacs à Roissy photo AFI KLM EM

Awacs à Roissy photo AFI KLM EM


07/04/2014 - AFI KLM E&M


Based until now at Le Bourget, AFI KLM E&M's Military Product team is moving to CDG as part of a plan to optimize and modernize the MRO's industrial base.


For the first time, one of the French Air Force's four AWACS aircraft, whose MRO support is entrusted to AFI KLM E&M, has arrived at Hangar H4 at CDG for a major overhaul scheduled to last several weeks. This is a major first, as military activities and French Air Force AWACS aircraft have until now been handled at Le Bourget ? another AFI KLM E&M facility to the North of Paris.

Leading-edge technology at H4 
The relocation is designed to ensure increased responsiveness for the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) as well as the French Defense Ministry's Aircraft Through Life Support Organization (SIMMAD) - two bodies in charge of AWACS modernization and maintenance operations on behalf of the French Air Force.
The inside of the hangar has been completely reconfigured in order to position all support functions (offices, back-office tasks, logistics, technical assistance and modification configuration) as close as possible to the aircraft. For increased security and performance, all operations are conducted in H4. AFI KLM E&M is also in charge of a dedicated AWACS Information System (IS) to concurrently inform both maintenance activity and the customer. The IS was successfully migrated from Le Bourget to CDG.

Heightening security 
AWACs maintenance provided by AFI KLM E&M is subject to a high level of both French and Nato classification. As a result, the investment needed to make Hangar H4 compliant with these security requirements was substantial.

Investing in the future
Executive Vice President Air France Industries Anne Brachet said: "The investment we have ploughed into new infrastructure for this fleet at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle clearly demonstrates our intention to satisfy the expectations of the French Defense Ministry and to be worthy of the trust it has placed in us."
This state-of-the-art maintenance infrastructure delivers improved service quality and is part of a much wider program. The grouping and modernization of operations north of Paris at CDG is part of the Transform 2015 adaptation and development Plan which aims to step up AFI KLM E&M's operational performance and economic effectiveness.
Based on these strong new assets, the Group intends to fully demonstrate its added-value for AWACS aircraft in particular, and for military fleets in general.

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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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Perceptual Robotics Laboratory

Perceptual Robotics Laboratory



Paris, le 7 avril 2014 Sagem (Safran)


Sagem (Safran) a signé avec le laboratoire Percro (Perceptual Robotics Laboratory) de l’école supérieure Sainte-Anne de Pise (Italie) un accord de coopération portant sur le développement des technologies de l’exosquelette.

Un exosquelette est une structure électromécanique autonome externe à l’organisme permettant de démultiplier les capacités physiques de l’être humain, pour le port de charges, la mobilité, et la précision. Le concept d’exosquelette bénéficie aujourd’hui des nouvelles ruptures technologiques, dans les domaines du traitement numérique, des senseurs miniatures et du contrôle.

Au titre de cette coopération, Sagem travaillera sur l’évaluation physiologique et biomécanique et l’école supérieure Sainte-Anne de Pise sur le contrôle, la mécanique appliquée et la mécatronique. Ce partenariat débouchera sur le développement et la fabrication de prototypes pour essais d’ici à 2017.

Ces développements pourront profiter de l’expertise reconnue de Sagem dans la gestion autonome de l’énergie et les technologies de contrôle et de stabilisation de plates-formes.

Le projet s’appuiera à la fois sur des financements européens du programme de recherche et d’innovation Horizon 2020 (1)> et des investissements financés par Safran.

Les technologies d’exosquelette offrent des perspectives considérables dans les secteurs civils et les forces armées, telles que la construction ou la conduite des premiers secours lors de catastrophes naturelles. Les exo prothèses se présentent comme des solutions améliorant l’autonomie des personnes handicapées ou à mobilité réduite, notamment les seniors dans leur quotidien. Ils ouvrent aussi des perspectives pour la robotique collaborative en industrie, ainsi qu’en logistique (augmentation des capacités de manutention, sécurité, lutte contre les troubles musculo-squelettiques, etc.).

Les projets européens associés à ces technologies sont pour Safran, à travers sa filiale Sagem, une opportunité nouvelle de coopération avec l’Italie en matière de recherche et de développement. Faisant un large appel à des technologies innovantes, cette opportunité s’inscrit pleinement dans la stratégie de Safran de s’engager pleinement dans des coopérations européennes (A400M, NH90, etc,) susceptibles à leur tour d’associer des PME innovantes.

(1) Horizon 2020 est le programme de recherche et d’innovation de l’Union européenne. Il recentre ses financements sur trois priorités : l’excellence scientifique, la primauté industrielle, les défis sociétaux. Il est doté de 79 milliards d’euros (en euros courants, Euratom compris), pour la période de 2014-2020. Entrée en vigueur : 1er janvier 2014.


Le laboratoire PERCO Perceptual Robotics Laboratory est l’un des centres les plus avancé dans le domaine de la robotique, de l’intelligence artificielle et de la réalité virtuelle. Fondé en 1994 par Massimo Bergamasco, professeur de mécanique appliquée de l’Université de Saint Anne de Pise. Le laboratoire a deux implantations, l’une à Pise, l’autre à Polo Sant’Anna Valdera de Pontedera.

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 du groupe Safran, Sagem et ses filiales emploient 7 500 personnes en Europe, en Asie du Sud-est et Amérique du Nord. Sagem est le nom commercial de la société Sagem Défense Sécurité.
Pour plus d’informations : www.sagem-ds.com

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BAE Systems Wins £16.8 Million Illuminating Shell Contract


7 April 2014 BAE Systems


BAE Systems has been awarded a £16.8 million contract to produce 105mm illuminating artillery shells, L43A5, for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD).


 “This award builds on more than 45 years of 105mm Illuminating Shell development,” said Lena Gillström, managing director of Weapon Systems, Sweden at BAE Systems. “Variants of the 105mm Illuminating Shell have been used by multiple armed forces around the world and continues to be one of the best solutions to meet a 105mm illuminating artillery shell capability.”


Upon completion of this contract, BAE Systems will have delivered more than 60,000 rounds of 105mm white and infrared illuminating artillery shells to the U.K. MoD.


Series production starts immediately and the rounds will be delivered from 2014 through 2016. Final assembly will occur at BAE Systems facility in Karlskoga, Sweden. The L43A5 can be fired from the 105mm Light Gun, currently in service with the United Kingdom and many other armed forces around the world.

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 11:45
Libye: ouverture du salon de la défense à Tripoli


07-04-2014 French.china.org.cn


Le salon Libya Defense Show 2014 a ouvert ses portes dimanche à Tripoli, avec l'objectif d'améliorer la situation sécuritaire dans ce pays déchiré par les conflits.


Parmi les articles qui y sont présentés figurent des véhicules blindés, des uniformes, des gilets pare-balles et différents équipements de la police en provenance de 40 exposants.


Lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture, le ministre libyen de l'Intérieur par intérim Salah Mazig a souhaité que les efforts de toutes les parties concernées puissent aider la Libye à "construire une armée puissante capable de se défendre".


Cependant, en raison d'un manque de publicité en amont pour des raisons de sécurité, le nombre de participants a baissé par rapport aux dernières éditions, ont expliqué les organisateurs.


Depuis la chute de l'ancien dirigeant libyen Mouammar Kadhafi en 2011, le pays est déchiré par les conflits impliquant milices et hors-la-loi. Le gouvernement de transition n'est pas parvenu à prendre le contrôle de toutes les régions du pays d'Afrique du Nord.

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Ratnik warrior military equipment to inform medics about the wound


April 07, 2014 by Rostec


Special sensors in soldiers’ equipment will transmit information to military medics


In Russia, the Warrior (Ratnik) military equipment is in the final stages of state testing. The next-generation equipment is outfitted with a system to register the physiological state of soldiers, with special sensors transmitting information to military medics.


According to Izvestia, the St. Petersburg Military Medical Academy named for Kirov (VMA) over the next two years will undergo an experimental modernization that includes a system to monitor soldiers’ vital functions and “to determine the physiological parameters of the wounded and assessing the severity of their injuries.”


The creators of the Warrior equipment (the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering, part of the state corporation Rostec) confirmed to Izvestia that a health monitoring system was already being developed. The monitoring system is expected to be included in the next version of the Warrior equipment.


The upgraded Warrior equipment will include body sensors that every minute will record parameters such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood-oxygen saturation indicators, and microvascular blood filling. The system will store and analyze these figures, and any deviation from the norm will trigger an alarm in the medical service. This technology draws on the already-developed Sagittarius (Strelets) system of intelligence, control, and communication. All information is automatically saved on a flash drive that stores medical history.


Soldiers in the medical unit will have access to all indicators on the condition of the wounded. Based on the severity of the injuries, the state of a wounded soldier will be assessed on a scale of 0 to 5. The medical company will use the data to prioritize the evacuation of the wounded and to identify the best possible ways to reach them based on their GPS coordinates.


The Ratnik warrior military equipment includes body armor, GLONASS-GPS navigation, the Sagittarius (Strelets) control system, a communicator, and an automatic weapon with night and thermal vision. The helmet is equipped to withstand a shot from a pistol at a distance of 10 m and has a thermal camera and video module for sniping. The Warrior equipment also includes food, water filters, medical supplies, a tent, and a sleeping bag. In total, the equipment weighs up to 20 kg.


The Ratnik warrior equipment was first introduced in 2011 and is expected to be formally adopted in the summer of 2014. This year’s state defense order includes the supply of tens of thousands of sets of the combat equipment for ground, airborne, and naval troops.


The Warrior equipment is produced at the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TSNII TochMash), which was founded in 1944 and is now part of Rostec. The enterprise focuses on the development and manufacture of small arms and ammunition, military equipment, artillery systems, optoelectronic devices, sporting and hunting ammunition, sealed containers for transportation and storage, and firearm simulators.

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Russie: un nouveau système de DCA testé près de Saint-Pétersbourg



MOSCOU, 7 avril - RIA Novosti


Les tests d'un nouveau système russe de surveillance de l'espace aérien ont eu lieu dans l'aéroport de Poulkovo, près de Saint-Pétersbourg, a annoncé lundi lors d'une conférence de presse un représentant du groupe Almaz-Antey, principal constructeur russe des systèmes de défense antiaérienne.


"Le consortium Almaz-Anteï a mené à bien avec succès tous les tests d'Etat du système de surveillance de l'espace aérien multipostion à spectre étendu +Mera+", a indiqué la source.


D'après le concepteur, le système en question peut servir de source d'informations précises sur la situation aérienne dans les zones inaccessibles pour les radars. Ce système permettra de renoncer aux radars ARSR et d'améliorer la couverture radar. En outre, Mera est plus attirant de point de vue du coût. 


"Le système de surveillance de l'espace aérien Mera fournit non seulement des informations exhaustives et précises sur les appareils aériens, mais garantit un travail sûr et sans failles", a conclu la source.

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Philippines DND will be Acquiring a Multi-Role Fighter by 2018

After F/A-50 contract has signed, DND announced that it will be acquiring a multi-role fighter by 2018.


07 April 2014 Defense Studies

PHL to get MRF by 2018

MANILA, (PNA) — With the country now on its way to acquire its first-ever supersonic jet aircraft in 34 years, the Department of National Defense (DND) announced that it will be acquiring a "multi-role fighter" (MRF) by 2018.

This was revealed by DND undersecretary for finance, modernization, installations, and munitions Fernando Manalo

2018 is the second phase of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.

During this period, the defense and military establishment will determine whether to acquire additional units of the South Korean F/A-50 "Fighting Eagle" or go full stream with the acquisition of the MRFs to enhance the country's external defense capabilities.

Studies are now underway to determine the best MRF designs for the Philippines.

The Philippines and Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd (KAI) signed the P18.9 billion deal for 12 units of the F/A-50 last Friday. Manalo said that the first two F/A-50 jet aircraft will be delivered 18 months after the opening of the letter of credit, the next two will be delivered 12 months later and the remaining eight jet planes to be delivered in staggered basis within eight months.


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India to have own satellite navigation system by 2015

The navigational system, developed by India, is designed to provide accurate position information service to users within the country and up to 1,500 km from the nation's boundary line.


Apr 02, 2014 Spacewar.com (IANS)


Ahmedabad, India - India is expected to have its own satellite navigation system by the first quarter of 2015 with four of its satellites in space, said an official of Indian space agency. India is expected to have its own satellite navigation system by the first quarter of 2015 with four of its satellites in space, said an official of Indian space agency.


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be launching the second navigational satellite badged Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1B (IRNSS-1B) April 4 evening at 5.14 p.m.


The 1,432 kg satellite will be carried by Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).


Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC)-SHAR director M.Y.S.Prasad told IANS: "Though the IRNSS is a seven satellite system, it could be made operational with four satellites."


According to him, even if a navigation system has more than four satellites, the final precise data is picked from four satellites.


The IRNSS-1B satellite with a design life span of 10 years will be part of the seven-satellite Indian regional navigational system. The first navigational satellite IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013.


The navigational system, developed by India, is designed to provide accurate position information service to users within the country and up to 1,500 km from the nation's boundary line.


The system is similar to the global positioning system of the US, Glonass of Russia, Galileo of Europe, China's Beidou or the Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System.


The system will be used for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, integration with mobile phones, mapping and geodetic data capture and others.


While the ISRO is silent on the navigation system's strategic application, it is clear that the IRNSS will be used for defence purposes as well.


According to the ISRO, the IRNSS-IB has been realised within seven months of the launch of the IRNSS-1A.


Meanwhile Indian space agency officials are getting ready for the 58 and half hour launch countdown slated to begin April 2 around 6.45 a.m.


"Normally 53 hour countdown is sufficient. But we have decided to an extended countdown so that some break time could be given for the officials," Prasad said.

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Canada: No F-35 Buys Before 2018

A move by Canada to postpone any F-35 buys until 2018 means decisions will wait until after the next federal election. (US Air Force)


Apr. 6, 2014 - By DAVID PUGLIESE – Defense news


VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Canada has told the US government it won’t be in a position to purchase the F-35 fighter jet until 2018, a move that critics of the aircraft say intentionally delays the controversial procurement until after the next federal election.


The decision has a number of ramifications. It will allow the ruling Conservative Party government to claim during the 2015 election campaign that no decision has yet been made on the purchase of a new fighter jet.


But if the Conservatives are defeated in that election, set for October 2015, it could mean further delays or even a cancellation of the proposed buy, since the country’s other political parties have raised concerns about the acquisition. Both the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party favor an open competition for a new fighter jet.


The F-35 Joint Program Office in the US has amended the Canadian “buy profile,” which indicates numbers of aircraft and timelines of the purchase.


“This moves the notional date of first delivery of aircraft from 2017 to 2018,” the Canadian government noted in a statement. No official reason was provided by Canada for the change in dates.


But industry, military and government officials say the change means a final decision won’t need to be made until after 2015.


“This whole thing is designed to delay and to get the Conservatives past the next election so they don’t have to come clean with Canadians about their F-35 plans,” Liberal Party defense critic Joyce Murray said.


Her analysis was echoed by Jack Harris, defense critic with the official opposition New Democratic Party, as well as Alan Williams, the Department of National Defence’s former head of procurement who approved Canada’s participation in the F-35 program.


Canada’s Conservative Party government committed in 2010 to purchasing 65 F-35s, but the acquisition soon became a major political albatross around the neck of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Opposition MPs alleged his government misled Canadians on the F-35’s price and performance.


In March 2011, the majority of the members of Parliament supported a motion that declared the Conservative government in contempt of Parliament over its withholding of information about the F-35, as well as other key financial documents on other issues. That motion of non-confidence in the government led to the federal election in May 2011, but despite the controversy, the Conservative Party was re-elected.


But in April 2012, Canadian Auditor General Michael Ferguson found Department of National Defence officials had withheld key information from Parliament about the fighter jet, underestimated costs and didn’t follow proper procurement rules.


In December 2012, the government, under continuing fire over the increasing cost of the F-35s, announced it would put the procurement on a temporary hold and examine other aircraft.


That process continues, but senior officers from the Royal Canadian Air Force have publicly stated they are preparing for the eventual delivery of the F-35.


Until the evaluation of other aircraft is complete, the government will not decide on how to proceed, said Pierre-Alain Bujold, a spokesman for Public Works and Government Services Canada. That department handles federal procurements.


Bujold said the “work is being completed as expeditiously as possible,” but the department could not provide any timelines on when it might be finished or a final decision on an acquisition made.


That’s because the process is a public relations exercise, former defense procurement chief Alan Williams alleges.


“It’s all designed to buy the government time so they can pick the opportune moment to announce the purchase of the F-35,” Williams said.


Jack Harris, defense critic with the official opposition New Democratic Party, said the F-35 acquisition has the potential to hurt the Conservative government’s image with voters in the upcoming election.


“They portray themselves as strong fiscal managers, but they have bungled numerous defense procurement files, particularly the F-35,” he said. “They don’t want this mess hanging over their heads during an election campaign.”


In his 2012 examination, Ferguson found that although Department of National Defence officials were publicly claiming the F-35 purchase would cost CAN $14.7 billion (US $13 billion), they had already quietly estimated the actual price tag to be $25 billion.


Mike Barton, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin Canada, said the delay will not affect the F-35 program. When Canada is ready to place its order for the planes, the company will respond, he said.


Canada is still a partner in the program and has not informed the US government or Lockheed Martin of any plans to change that.


Canada operates 78 modernized CF-18 fighters and was planning to replace those with the F-35A, the conventional-takeoff-and-landing version of the F-35.

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Signature du contrat de soutien du VBCI


7 avril, 2014 Guillaume Belan (FOB)


Nexter a annoncé la signature, ce 4 avril, du nouveau Marché de Soutien en Service (MSS) du Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie (VBCI) au cours d’une cérémonie qui s’est déroulée à Satory, en présence du Directeur central de la SIMMT, le général de corps d’armée Jean-Yves Dominguez, et du Président de Nexter Systems, Philippe Burtin.


Cette cérémonie  fait suite à la notification du marché, intervenue le 2 décembre dernier.


Le communiqué indique que « construit sur une organisation en bons de commande, il permettra à l’armée de Terre de réguler au plus juste besoin les engagements financiers en fonction de l’emploi réel du parc. Des prestations de maîtrise technique assureront en parallèle la pérennité des flux de ravitaillement. » Ce nouveau marché de soutien prendra la relève du précédent, signé en 2008, à partir du 1er août.

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Japan buys Thales Bushmasters
April 7, 2014 Thales Group


The Japanese Ministry of Defence has ordered four Bushmaster vehicles for deployment with the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF).

The vehicles, all troop carrier variants, will be manufactured at the company’s facility in Bendigo, Victoria in Australia, for delivery in late 2014.

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said: “This new export order demonstrates the ongoing significance and versatility of the Bushmaster vehicle.  

With effective operational deployment across Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bushmaster has proven its effectiveness across urban landscapes as well as mountainous regions, making it uniquely suited to Japan’s geographic and urban environments.

This is the first time that Thales is providing platforms to Japan. Our aim is to be customer focused and to offer Thales Group’s seamless and convenient services and technologies to our customers in Japan. We look forward to working closely with the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force as these vehicles enter service.”

The Thales Bushmaster is a true success story with over 1,000 vehicles already sold in Australia, the Netherlands and Jamaica


About Thales Australia

Thales Australia is a trusted partner of the Australian Defence Force and is also present in commercial sectors ranging from air traffic management to security systems and services. Employing around 3,200 people in over 35 sites across the country, Thales Australia recorded revenues of AUD 1 billion in 2012.

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MQM-107 reusable target drone

MQM-107 reusable target drone


April 5, 2014: Strategy Page


As predicted by South Korean intelligence back in 2012 North Korea has developed a UAV based on the American MQM-107 reusable target drone. The MQM-107 was apparently obtained from Syria (which got them from Iran, a regular customer for this UAV in the 1970s when Iran was still a U.S. ally). The MQM-107 is a 664 kg, 5.5 meter (18.1 feet) long UAV with a 3 meter (9.3 feet) wingspan. It has a top speed of 950 kilometers an hour and max altitude of 12,200 meters (40,000 feet). Payload was usually less than 50 kg (110 pounds) and endurance was about two hours. Carrying less fuel allowed for a larger payload. Takeoff was via a rocket booster and landing was via a parachute. The MQM-107 entered service in the late 1970s and about 2,200 were produced until production ceased in 2003. The U.S. Army and Air Force were the biggest users.


It was recently discovered that North Korea had also applied its new UAV skills to produce some smaller propeller driven UAVs. These are about half the size of the MQM-107 but are slower and have longer endurance. Two recently crashed on South Korean territory and were recovered.


The MQM-107 is pretty basic technology and North Korea added a more efficient engine and modern navigation gear (GPS and the like), as well as several powerful, lightweight sensors to the MQM-107 airframe. The high speed provided by the jet engine enables the new North Korean UAV to quickly enter South Korean air space, take some pictures, and get out before missiles locked on and hit the MQM-107. North Korea is also believed to be developing an attack version of their UAV, another reason for going with a jet powered aircraft. It is the attack version that is most worrisome since it can be sent across the DMZ at low altitude using GPS for guidance to a specific target. The speed, weight of the UAV and 44 kg (100 pounds) of explosives can do a lot of damage.



The replacement for the MQM-107, in U.S. service, was the $900,000 BQM-167. This is a one ton, single engine aircraft that is 6.1 meters (20 feet) long, with a 3.4 meter (11 foot) wingspan. Max speed is about 1,000 kilometers an hour and the carbon fiber composite airframe can handle 9 g turns. Launched via a rocket from a rail the UAV lands via parachute and can fly automatically or via ground control. Max altitude is 16 kilometers (50,000 feet) and minimum is 16 meters (50 feet).


The BQM-167 can stay aloft three hours per sortie. Equipped with GPS the ground based operator usually maneuvers the BQM-167 to provide realistic targets for air force or navy missile carrying aircraft, or U.S. Army Patriot anti-aircraft missiles. Most of the time the UAV is just used to ensure that radar operators can track and precisely locate an aerial target. But sometimes, the missiles themselves are tested, and the UAV is fired on. In some of these situations, the UAV is equipped with countermeasures (like chaff or flares or electronic jammers) and will also maneuver as a manned aircraft would.

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Air Weapons: Turkish Hellfire


April 6, 2014:  Strategy Page


Turkey recently conducted a successful test of its Hellfire clone, the Mizrak-U. With a range of 8 kilometers the Turkish missile can use either an infrared imaging guidance system or laser homing. Turkey becomes one of a growing list of nations that have produced their own version of the Hellfire. Britain produces a Hellfire variant, called Brimstone which is unique mainly in that it can be fire from jets. This version has become very popular as well. Several other countries, like China, have produced missiles similar in weight, size and capabilities to the Hellfire. Now Turkey is doing so as well.


The American AGM-114 Hellfire missile entered service since 1984 and proved enormously useful in the war on terror. An improved Hellfire II appeared in 1994 and over 30,000 have been produced so far. The Hellfire II weighs 48.2 kg (106 pounds), carries a 9 kg (20 pound) warhead and has a range of 8,000 meters. These have been the most frequently used American missiles for over a decade, with over 16,000 fired in training or (mostly) combat since 2001. A growing number of these Hellfires are for foreign customers. Hellfire missiles cost about $100,000 each depending on warhead and guidance system options.


Hellfire was originally designed for use by helicopter gunships against masses of Cold War era Russian tanks. That never happened, except in Kuwait during the 1991 war against Russian tanks owned by Iraq. Hellfire was quite successful in Kuwait. With the end of the Cold War the Hellfire seemed destined for the history books, as just another missile that worked but never distinguished itself. This all changed in 2002 when the CIA first used a Hellfire fired from a Predator UAV to kill a hard-to-find terrorist. The U.S. Air Force wasn’t really interested in this sort of thing and the CIA used its own money and authority to buy Predator UAVs and arm them with Hellfires. It quickly became apparent that the air force was wrong about UAVs and, well, the Hellfire was an army weapon used on helicopters and the air force never considered such a combination of UAV and missile useful for anything. The army soon found that Hellfire was an excellent weapon for supporting troops in urban areas or when going after terrorists anywhere.


Turkey plans to use Mizrak-U on its new T129 helicopter gunship. This aircraft is based on the Italian A129 which is roughly comparable to the upgraded versions of the U.S. AH-1 (especially the AH-1W SuperCobra). The 4.6 ton A-129 was the first helicopter gunship designed and built in Western Europe and was introduced in the 1980s. While it has been upgraded frequently, the only customer so far has been Italy, which bought 60 of them. The manufacturer, Agusta/Westland, has been desperate to get an export customer and made a deal for Turkey to produce over a hundred T129s under license.

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US Navy Scores 4 Hits with Griffin Missile

ARABIAN GULF (March 20, 2014) - The coastal patrol ship USS Typhoon (PC-5) launches an MK-60 surface-to-surface missile during a Griffin missile exercise. The Griffin missile exercise is a surface-to-surface live-fire missile exercise conducted to train for small boat threats in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Doug Harvey/Released)


April 4, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: U.S Navy; issued April 3, 2014)


Four for Four: Successful Griffin Missile Test Fire In US 5th Fleet


MANAMA, Bahrain --- A flotilla of coastal patrol (PC) ships launched four missiles at target sleds last week to test the operational capability of the system.


Each missile fired resulted in a successful test of the system and destruction of the target.


The U.S. Navy recently completed the installation of the Griffin Missile System (GMS) aboard USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Sirocco (PC 6), USS Typhoon (PC 5) and USS Whirlwind (PC 11), which represent four of the eight U.S. 5th Fleet PC force.


PC crews are quickly mastering the new weapon.


"The entire Griffin system has proven to be a reliable and accurate weapon system that has a relatively low training threshold requirement," said Capt. Joe Naman, commander, Destroyer Squadron 50. "After only a few days of hands-on training, operators are confident in their ability to operate and execute engagements with the Griffin missile."


GMS not only significantly extends the range of the PC's self-defense capability, but also enhance s the performance of core mission sets like maritime infrastructure protection, escort duties and defense of commercial shipping.


"The coastal patrol force greatly enhances U.S. Navy capacity to conduct more partnered and more complex operations and exercises with our Arabian Gulf allies and other coalition members," said Naman. "We continue to modernize our patrol boat force to match our partners and maximize our defensive capabilities"


Guided missiles like the Griffin give a greater punch to the PC's and will be used alongside existing crew-served weapons and the 25mm MK 38 Mod 2 stabilized chain guns. This layered defense provides PC crews with an enhanced capability to defeat small boat threats.


GMS consists of a government-designed launcher and weapons control system, Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) Systems' BRITE Star II sensor/laser designator, and Raytheon's Griffin B (Block II) missile.


Adapted from aviation and special operations platforms, the 43-inch-long, 33-pound missile has proven itself to be lethal against small boat threats.


All ten Bahrain-based PCs will be outfitted with GMS by 2016.


PCs are in Bahrain based on a strong demand signal for increased Maritime Security Operations in this region. The cost effective ships are ideal platforms for conducting regional engagements with our regional partners.

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U.S. Army Testing Fire Control System It Hopes Will Turn Average Shooter Into A Sniper



April 6, 2014. David Pugliese -  Defence Watch


Lance Bacon of the Army Times is reporting that the U.S. Army is testing a fire control system that turns an average shooter into a sniper in a matter of minutes.


More from the article:


The service recently bought six XactSystem precision-guided firearm kits. Each will be calibrated to the XM-2010 sniper rifle and the M248 Mod 1 rounds, which are standard-issue .300 Winchester Magnum.


School-trained snipers at various locations will spend up to four weeks testing functionality and effectiveness. The goal is to determine whether fire control systems enhance individual capabilities, said Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas, program manager for individual weapons at PEO Soldier.


“I can only squeeze so much more performance out of a rifle,” Lucas said. “Only so much more performance out of a bullet. I can only train a soldier so much. I have finite resources and time.


“However, for a relatively small investment, I can make a significant increase in probability of hit and overall effectiveness by making an investment in advanced fire control.”


Full story here


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Canadian air force CF-18 Hornet  Exercise Vigilant Eagle 13

Canadian air force CF-18 Hornet Exercise Vigilant Eagle 13


6 avril 2014 par Richard Rutily – 45eNord.ca


L’idée de ce billet a pris corps lorsque j’ai pris conscience que le processus d’acquisition d’un remplaçant aux CF-18 Canadiens avait des chances d’être assez long. La question que l’on peut se poser est: Pour qui joue le temps?


Comme SAAB n’a pas répondu au RFI du Canada, on examinera le cas du Super Hornet, puis du F35, du Typhoon et du Rafale


Super Hornet


photo US Navy

photo US Navy

En 2012, il restait 257 avions à livrer et les commandes pour 2013 pouvaient se monter à 66 E/F et 58 Growlers, ce qui permettait de tenir jusqu’en 2015.

Depuis la date limite a été repoussée à 2016, mais l’horizon se rapproche!

Il faut dire que la stratégie de Lockheed Martin consiste à s’appuyer sur l’USAF pour détruire toute possibilité de solution alternative à l’achat du F35. L’arrêt des lignes de production du F 15 et du F18 lui permettrait d’avoir un monopole dans la production des avions de chasse.

La Navy, elle, voudrait maintenir ouverte la ligne de production du F 18. Elle a  d’abord essayé des commandes E/F, mais des indiscrétions ont fait échouer la manœuvre, alors elle essaye avec le Growler, mais là encore elle a été contrainte d’annuler une notice de pré-sollicitation.

Il ne reste donc plus que l’export. La stratégie de Boeing consistait à gagner le Brésil puis le Canada, les EAU et le Qatar. Las, l’affaire Snowden aidant, le Brésil est allé au Gripen! Boeing essaye donc d’accélérer la décision du Canada, mais les hommes politiques du Canada ne sont pas pressés et préféreraient que la décision soit prise après les prochaines élections.

Le problème pour Boeing c’est qu’il faut acheter dès maintenant les items dont les délais de livraison sont longs.

Boeing told me they’ll have to make key decisions on long-lead items in early 2014. “When you lose a line,” said Aboulafia, “you almost never get it back.”http://breakingdefense.com/2013/12/forbes-champions-buying-super-hornets-f-18-vs-f-35-round-two/

On voit donc que la décision d’arrêter la ligne de production du F18 doit être prise maintenant.


JSF F-35


Autant en emporte le temps

Le cas du F-35 est très différent de celui du F-18, le carnet de commande est théoriquement pléthorique et l’avion n’est pas encore au point.

Le problème du F-35 c’est la spirale de la mort. On appelle ainsi un cercle vicieux dont on ne sait pas sortir une fois qu’il s’est déclenché: à un prix objectif correspond un certain nombre d’avion que l’on peut vendre, si le prix augmente certain pays ne sont plus intéressés et le nombre d’avion à produire baisse. Cette baisse fait augmenter le prix et le cycle recommence. Or le prix du F 35 a augmenté de 70%.

On est à la limite du cercle vicieux que l’on a décrit, et pour éviter qu’il ne s’enclenche Lockheed Martin fait preuve d’un optimisme ahurissant dans ses annonces sur le devenir du programme.

Mais si l’on s’en tient au passé pour juger de l’évolution du programme, on peut dire qu’elle est catastrophique:

Le programme F-35 a commencé en 2001 quand le programme X-35 a été choisi. A cette époque la livraison était prévue en 2011 et il s’agissait de la livraison d’un avion complètement opérationnel. Aujourd’hui un événement équivalent serait la livraison et l’IOC du Block 3F qui est prévue en 2021.

Après 13 ans de développement, l’horizon de la livraison qui, au départ, était à 10 ans, est maintenant à 7 ans. Il a fallu 13 ans pour réduire la distance de l’horizon de 3 ans! Lockheed Martin jure qu’à partir de maintenant les délais seront tenus et les coûts vont baisser, mais la version Block 2B dont l’IOC est nécessaire pour livrer en 2015 (dans un an) le F-35 aux Marines vient de voir son planning glisser de 13 mois. Si le taux de dérive se maintient, on ne devrait pas voir cette livraison avant 2019.

Vous l’avez compris, pour le F-35 le temps est un ennemi redoutable car il démontre la fausseté de la narrative en montrant la réalité.

Par exemple il démontre que la spirale de la mort est déjà enclenchée:

Royaume-Uni: commandes prévues 150; commandes prévisibles 48
Italie: commandes prévues 130; commandes prévisibles 90 (l’annulation complète de la commande est en discussion)
Pays bas: commandes prévues 85; commandes prévisibles 37
Canada: commandes prévues 65; commandes prévisibles?
Norvège: commandes prévues 85; commandes prévisibles 52
Cela fait en tout 228 commandes en moins de la part des partenaires internationaux.




1er Typhoon Tranche 3 en vol photo BAE Systems

1er Typhoon Tranche 3 en vol photo BAE Systems

Le problème du Typhoon c’est que les 4 pays à l’origine du programme ne croient plus en son avenir.

Le Royaume-Uni a misé sur le F-35 et ne peut pas s’en libérer complètement car seul le F-35B peut être embarqué sur les deux portes avions en cours de construction. C’est quand même le pays qui serait le plus volontariste pour développer le programme mais il se heurte à la mauvaise santé financière de l’Italie et de l’Espagne et à la volonté d’économie de l’Allemagne qui a annulé la commande de 37 avions tranche 3B. Il y a eu une commande de la tranche 3A dernièrement, mais on peut se demander si la tranche 3B sera commandée.

De plus il faut nourrir quatre chaînes de production, si bien qu’il reste assez peu d’avion à produire, au rythme où on est obligé de les produire. Cela explique la déclaration de Tom Enders: «Je ne suis pas terriblement optimiste», a-t-il dit au sujet de l’avenir de l’Eurofighter.«Nous espérons remporter encore un ou deux succès à l’exportation mais nous devons aussi nous préparer à un scénario où, en raison d’absence de commandes à l’exportation, nous devrons bientôt réduire la production», a-t-il expliqué. Faute de quoi, les lignes d’assemblage (au nombre de 4), verront leur plan de charge réduit à zéro à partir des années 2017-2018.

Bien que de façon moins critique, le temps joue aussi contre le Typhoon.




Rafale photo S. Fort - Dassault Aviation

Rafale photo S. Fort - Dassault Aviation

Le Rafale est un cas particulier car il a une assurance vie. L’état Français s’est engagé à alimenter une cadence de production de 11 avions par an, qui est la cadence minimum qui permet de maintenir la chaîne ouverte.

Au 1er Janvier 2014 Dassault avait livré 126 Rafale et il en restait à peu près 100 à livrer ce qui fait 9 ans. Cela nous mène donc en 2023. Bien sur l’état Français souhaiterait étaler ses commandes en donnant la priorité à l’export, c’est pourquoi la LPM (qui n’est qu’une prévision d’allocation de ressource mais qui n’est pas contraignante) fait l’hypothèse qu’il ne sera produit que 26 Rafale pour la France, entre 2014 et 2019. Si cela se vérifiait cela voudrait dire que l’on a produit 29 Rafale pour l’export ce qui repousserait la fin de la production du Rafale en 2026.

Le temps semble être critique pour la France mais pas pour Dassault.



Aussi surprenant que cela paraisse, on risque de voir Boeing être forfait sur cet appel d’offre après avoir essayé d’en accélérer la sortie, et Eurofighter pourrait les suivre 3 ans après! Il ne resterait que le JSF F-35 et le Rafale, et dans ce cas plus l’appel d’offre sera tardif, plus le Rafale sera favorisé.

Cette conclusion va à l’encontre de l’intuition, mais elle est assez robuste. Prenons pour exemple le seul cas où il y a eu une confrontation entre le Rafale et le F-35, c’est-à-dire l’évaluation qui a été faite en 2002 par les Pays Bas: l’écart était insignifiant, la note du Rafale était de 6.95 et celle du F35 de 6.97, mais la comparaison se faisait entre un avion réel que l’on pouvait essayer et un avion sur spécifications. Or les spécifications du F-35 n’ont pas été tenues et ont du être dégradées tandis que le Rafale est devenu mature et a démontré des progrès continus pendant 12 ans. Il semble donc évident que si une évaluation devait se faire aujourd’hui, la position du Rafale serait plus favorable qu’elle n’a été à l’époque.

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Norway orders military trucks

Rheinmetall MAN logistics trucks are being provided to Norway's military under a long-term contract


April 4, 2014 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


DUSSELDORF, Germany -- The Norwegian military has given a framework contract to Germany’s Rheinmetall AG for a large number logistics trucks.


Rheinmetall said Norway simultaneously ordered an undisclosed number of vehicles worth over $137 million and tapped the company for the supply of spare parts and maintenance services.


“First and foremost, the new vehicles are intended to enhance the transport capacity of the Norwegian military’s logistical arm as well as expanding its operational capabilities,” Rheinmetall said. “The new high-tech vehicles, which include many different variants, will be meticulously configured to meet the exacting specifications of the Norwegian armed forces.”


Trucks to be delivered to the Norwegian military will be manufactured by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles, a joint venture between Rheinmetall and MAN Truck&Bus AG. The agreement runs through 2015. Vehicles under the first order will be delivered starting next year and ending in 2017.


The trucks will feature added force protection measures, the latest communications and command technology systems and a remotely operated weapon station mounted to the roof of the cab for self-defense capability, Rheinmetall said.

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Kongsberg Spacetec contracted for satellite ground segment equipment


April 4, 2014 By Richard Tomkins  (UPI)


A Norwegian company has been tapped by Raytheon to provide data receiving equipment for a U.S. satellite system.


KONGSBERG, Norway-- Kongsberg Spacetec AS of Norway has been contracted by Raytheon to provide data receiving equipment for the ground segment of a weather satellite program.


The company provided no details as to the monetary value of the award but said the contract for the Joint Polar Satellite System program “has a significant potential” for extensions, maintenance/support work and technical updates.


The satellite program is to provide enhanced weather and climate reporting. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will operate the system.


Raytheon, working under a NASA contract, is the prime contractor for the JPSS ground segment.


Kongsberg Spacetec, or KSPT, said it will deliver standard products for reception of high-speed satellite data, but will also develop new systems for processing, storing and distributing the data.


“This contract, along with the contract awarded to KSPT a couple of years ago for delivery of similar systems to the European Space Agency for receiving data from Sentinel satellites, makes Kongsberg Spacetec a world-leading supplier of this type of equipment.”

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Hyeonmu missiles - source patriotdaily-com

Hyeonmu missiles - source patriotdaily-com


4 April 2014 army-technology.com


The South Korean Defence Ministry has developed a new long-range ballistic missile to boost its defences against North Korean missile threats, an unnamed South Korea military official has revealed.


The missile, with a range of 500km and a 1t payload, was successfully test-fired by the state-funded Agency for Defense Development (ADD), at a testing range in Taean, South Chungcheong Province late last month, Yonhap News Agency reports.


An official said: "The missiles accurately hit the intended target."

"We are now developing 500km ballistic missiles and plan to make 800km missiles."


The test launch of the missile, which is scheduled to be deployed in 2015, follows the firing of a series of short-range rockets and mid-range missiles by Pyongyang in the last few weeks, which was in response to the ongoing annual joint-military drills between South Korea and the US.


South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok was quoted by the news agency as saying that the missile development forms part of follow-up measures after the revision of missile guidelines by South Korea and the US.


"We are now developing 500km ballistic missiles and plan to make 800km missiles in the future," Min-seok said.


Signed in 1979, the bilateral missile pact saw the US assist in missile technology development, but limited the South Korean ballistic missile range to 180km. However, this was revised in October 2012 to extend the range from the existing 300km to 800km, with a maximum payload of 500kg.


This also enabled Seoul, which currently operates Hyunmoo ballistic missiles with a range of 300km, to develop heavier payloads for short-range missiles.

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