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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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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 11:50
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.

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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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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 11:40
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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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 11:35
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.

(Batita)

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 11:35
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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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 10:55
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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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 08:35
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.

 

Typhoon

 

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

 

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.

 

Conclusion

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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NDSQ to build seven vessels for Qatar Armed Forces

 

 

4 April 2014 naval-technology.com

 

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with the Qatar Armed Forces to build seven vessels, in a deal worth QAR3.1bn ($850.6m).

 

Following the finalisation of all of the required agreements, the Qatari shipbuilder will construct the vessels at its shipbuilding facility at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma in Ras Laffan.

 

Under the terms of the deal, NDSQ will build six 50m long axe-bow high-speed patrol vessels and one 52m-long diving support vessel, which comprises decompression capabilities, for the armed forces.

 

A large integrated logistics support package will also be produced.

 

NDSQ chairman and Nakilat managing director Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti said: "To be given the opportunity to build these vessels for Qatar will be an incredible achievement and a strong contribution to the continued growth of our nation's marine industry.

 

"We are thankful to HE major general Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, minister of state for defence and we also thank the Qatar Armed Forces for placing their trust in our company and in Qatar's marine industry."

 

NDSQ, which builds ships with steel, aluminium and fibre reinforced plastic (FRP), is a joint venture between Nakilat and Dutch shipbuilder Damen.

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source EATC

source EATC

 

Apr. 5, 2014 - By MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — A European Defence Agency (EDA) effort to jointly purchase and share aerial refueling tankers with a number of nations could advance the NATO strategic weapons and equipment collaboration projects pushed by US and UK leaders.

 

NATO leaders for years have touted pooling and sharing projects, such as Smart Defense. However, efforts have not yielded substantial cooperation as countries have expressed national sovereignty concerns.

 

“It’s a realistic thing to say. It’s a difficult thing to deliver,” said Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

 

But European leaders gave their blessing to the air-to-air refueling program and three other EDA projects that might change that trend, experts say.

 

“That could make a real difference because that’s the very level on which these capabilities, the big stuff, could be provided well,” James Hackett, an analyst with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, said of the tanker initiative.

 

A March EDA report said the goal is to have tankers flying by 2020; the Netherlands is leading the project. Belgium, Greece, Spain, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands and Norway all signed a letter of intent in 2012.

 

Many existing tanker aircraft in Europe have been flying for decades and are based on Boeing 707. The UK Royal Air Force has purchased Airbus A330 Voyager tankers and the Italian Air Force has purchased Boeing KC-767 tankers.

 

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel used a February address at the Munich Security Conference to emphasize the need for European allies to invest more strategically in military projects, particularly as NATO’s mission in Afghanistan comes to an end and many nations reduce defense spending.

 

“We’re developing strategies to address global threats as we build more joint capacity with European militaries,” Hagel said.

 

“In the face of budget constraints here on the continent, as well as in the United States, we must all invest more strategically to protect military capability and readiness,” he said. “The question is not just how much we spend, but how we spend together.”

 

UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond echoed those comments during a visit to the US late last month.

 

“We both agree … that we have to look for additional areas where we can work closely together in order to maintain and enhance military capabilities and our interoperability,” Hammond said March 26 at the British Embassy in Washington.

 

“These will be areas around equipment procurement, around science-and-technology collaboration as well as ensuring that we have continuing opportunities for our militaries to exercise together to maintain the interoperability that we’ve built up in Afghanistan, but not just in Afghanistan, around the world in other areas where we work together.”

 

NATO’s militaries are preparing to end more than a decade of fighting together in Afghanistan. Over those years, many nations have achieved a high-level of common equipment and fighting techniques.

 

Hammond and Hagel discussed ways to advance their goals during a meeting at the Pentagon. Hammond said he hopes the meeting generates “momentum across the machine to get the work going in the various areas.”

 

NATO and other partner nations have successfully stood up a C-17 “Strategic Airlift Capability” at Pápa Air Base in Hungary. NATO members Hungary, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States and NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden all buy aircraft flying hours and jointly operate the cargo planes.

 

US and NATO officials have touted the program and some have said there would be benefits to including tankers and other types of airlift aircraft in the mix.

 

Another area for collaboration could be high-end intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, particularly since European countries are running a lot of operations in Africa, Hackett said.

 

Beyond the tanker effort, EDA is working to integrate unmanned aircraft into the European air traffic control system. EDA is also pushing satellite communication and cyber defense projects.

 

The military capabilities of nations across Europe varies, with some nations possessing a full complement of capabilities while many other nations have unique specialties, Barrie said.

 

Beyond collaboration on high-end projects, pooling and sharing could work among countries that have mutual security interests locally, Barrie said.

 

But, Hackett noted that there have been problems even among countries with similar interests and security concerns.

 

“Nations next door to each other just have different requirements,” he said. “They’re going different places. They’re wanting to use it for different things.”

 

Any real agreement in terms of getting equipment or capabilities has not centered on high-dollar items, Hackett said.

 

“The fundamental issue is about sovereignty and use of these [is a lot to trust],” he said

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photo Saab

photo Saab

 

 

April 4, 2014 by Craig Hoyle – FG

 

London - Saab has successfully test flown a key passive detection capability for its in-development Gripen E fighter, using dedicated test aircraft 39-7.

 

Developed by Selex ES’s Airborne & Space Systems division, the Skyward-G infrared search and track (IRST) sensor will give the combat aircraft a long-range means of detecting and identifying potential airborne threats, without the need to first switch on its active electronically scanned array radar. Secondary applications include the ability to act as a navigation and landing aid during darkness.

 

“The first flight in the Gripen E test aircraft with IRST has been performed with very good results,” says Hans Einerth, wing commander flying at Saab’s Linköping production and test site in Sweden. “Multiple targets were detected, tracked and identified, and the system works perfectly.”

 

Skyward-G comprises a sensor head unit installed in front of the fighter’s cockpit, and an associated processor unit box, which is stowed in the nose avionics bay. The entire system weighs less than 40kg (88lb), says Selex.

 

“The [IRST] integration and development work is progressing according to schedule,” says Saab. The company is producing three dedicated E-model test aircraft, with its current 39-7 asset being a modified D-model Gripen. The new-generation version should enter use in 2018, with operators expected to include Sweden, plus export customers Brazil and Switzerland; both have yet to finalise planned orders.

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La Défense russe doit réduire sa dépendance à l'égard des technologies étrangères (Rogozine)

 

05-04-2014 French.china.org.cn

 

La Russie doit revoir le travail de son complexe militaro-industriel pour réduire la dépendance vis-à-vis des technologies étrangères, a indiqué vendredi le vice-Premier ministre Dmitri Rogozine.

 

"A l'heure actuelle nous cherchons des mesures pratiques mais je crois que ce serait mieux de d'abord compter sur nos propres technologies et produits qui sont vraiment nécessaires et bénéfiques pour notre industrie de la Défense", a expliqué M. Rogozine, en charge de l'industrie de la Défense, au cours d'une réunion dans la ville de Novossibirsk, en Sibérie.

 

Prenant en compte la situation internationale et les sanctions occidentales, l'industrie de la Défense russe devrait se mettre sur "la voie de la mobilisation", a-t-il indiqué, ajoutant que la Russie devait remplacer l'achat direct d'équipement en relocalisant sa production et créant ses propres logiciels pour les machines industrielles.

 

Il a reconnu que l'industrie spatiale russe dépendait fortement des pièces détachées et équipements importés, précisant que cette dépendance atteignait 90% "malgré une multiplication par 100 du financement de l'industrie spatiale nationale ces dix dernières années".

 

Si l'approvisionnement étranger pour ces équipements s'interrompt, les programmes spatiaux russes, y compris ceux à but militaire, seront menacés, a estimé M. Rogozine.

 

Il a en particulier mentionné les menaces récentes de l'Ukraine d'annuler la coopération avec la Russie dans les secteurs militaro-industriels et spatiaux.

 

Si Kiev annule ses contrats avec la sphère militaro-industrielle russe, cela ruinera l'industrie ukrainienne, dans la mesure où "leurs approvisionnements (à la Russie) de produits liés aux moteurs, à l'aviation ou à l'industrie spatiale créent des dizaines de milliers d'emplois", a-t-il noté.

 

C'est leur seule source de revenu à l'heure actuelle, a-t-il affirmé.

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Implementing the UK-US Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

 

4 April 2014 Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence and Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 

Under the UK-US Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty, the UK must follow set procedures and practices when handling certain types of US information.

 

Detail

The UK Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense signed the UK-US Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty in 2007. Under the terms of this treaty, the UK must follow set procedures when dealing with “Defense Articles”.

“Defense Articles” means “articles, services, and related technical data, including software, in tangible or intangible form, listed on the United States Munitions List of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, as modified or amended”.

 

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