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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 18:30
Et si le Qatar montait à bord du Rafale en juin

Le nouvel émir du Qatar, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, pourrait annoncer lors de sa visite à Paris avant l'été le choix du Rafale

 

03/04/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Le Qatar pourrait annoncer son choix en faveur du Rafale lors de la visite officielle à Paris au mois de juin du nouvel émir, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani.

 

Et si le Qatar annonçait sa décision de choisir le Rafale en juin lors de la visite à Paris du nouvel émir, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani ? En tout cas, toute la filière industrielle aéronautique militaire française l'espère. Tout comme le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, qui a bâti la loi de programmation militaire sur un contrat export de l'avion de combat fabriqué par Dassault Aviation. "Raisonnablement, nous pouvons croire à une telle annonce avant l'été de la part du Qatar", explique l'un des industriels contactés par "La Tribune". La signature d'une lettre d'intention (LoI) entre le Qatar et Dassault Aviation pourrait être signée à cette occasion. Inch Allah, comme se le répètent en boucle les industriels...

Selon nos informations, les discussions ont toutefois repris depuis le mois de mars après une période où Doha avait semble-t-il, mis en suspens ce dossier. Durant trois mois environ, les Qataris n'ont plus donné signe de vie sur le Rafale. Pour autant, à Paris, durant cette période, les industriels et les étatiques ne semblaient pas trop inquiets de ce silence. "Il faut s'inscrire dans la durée avec Doha, ils ont leur propre tempo", expliquait-on à "La Tribune". Et c'est en mars que les Qataris ont finalement repris langue avec le Team Rafale (Dassault Aviation, Thales et Safran) en posant par salves de nouvelles questions sur l'avion de combat.

 

72 avions de combat

De douze appareils - des Mirage 2000-5 -, le Qatar voudrait augmenter sa flotte d'avions de combat à 72, dont un premier lot de 36. En tout cas c'est que Doha souhaitait l'été dernier. Un client qui a de toute façon les moyens de s'offrir 72 avions de combat. Dans ce cadre, l'émirat avait envoyé en août dernier un appel d'offres (Request for Proposal) à trois candidats : Dassault Aviation, Lockheed Martin et le consortium Eurofighter. Selon un calendrier informel, le Qatar devait choisir un fournisseur pour un premier lot de 36 appareils d'ici à la fin 2013 et entrer ensuite avec ce constructeur en négociations exclusives. Dassault Aviation tenait la corde pour ce premier lot.

Mais le calendrier a dérapé en raison, notamment, du jeu étrange des Américains. Mi-septembre, Londres, qui propose Eurofighter Typhoon, et Paris, qui soutient le Rafale (Dassault Aviation), avaient rendu leur offre conformément au calendrier fixé par Doha. Mais pas Washington. Du coup, les deux enveloppes contenant les offres du consortium Eurofighter (BAE Systems, EADS et l'italien Finmeccanica) et de Dassault Aviation ont dormi plusieurs mois au fond d'un coffre avant d'être décachetées… une fois la réponse des Américains réceptionnée par les Qataris. Et curieusement, les États-Unis n'ont finalement pas proposé le F-35, selon des sources concordantes.

 

La LPM prévoit la livraison de 26 Rafale

Le ministre de la Défense a fait un sacré pari en inscrivant la livraison de seulement 26 Rafale dans la LPM (2014-2019). Elle fixe la livraison de 11 Rafale en 2014 puis 2015, quatre en 2016 et puis aucun entre 2017 et 2019. Pour compenser l'absence de livraisons de 11 Rafale par an, Jean-Yves Le Drian a fait le pari de l'export. Aujourd'hui on est entré dans le "money time" pour conclure un contrat à l'exportation. Car il faut en moyenne trois ans pour fabriquer un Rafale à partir de la signature du contrat.

S'il réussit, le ministère pourra économiser la livraison de 11 Rafale, soit autour de 1 milliard par an. A contrario, il s'expose à des pénalités très lourdes de Dassault Aviation, qui lui-même fait vivre 500 fournisseurs dont Thales et Safran, ses principaux partenaires. "Le contrat stipule la livraison annuelle de onze Rafale. "C'est la cadence minimale fixée au regard de la continuité industrielle et de la capacité des fournisseurs de Dassault à produire les équipements nécessaires", avait expliqué en 2012 le délégué général pour l'armement (DGA), Laurent Collet-Billon. Si un contrat export n'était pas signé, la LPM prévoit une clause de revoyure pour trouver de nouvelles solutions.

 

Avions ravitailleurs et hélicoptères NH90 pour le Qatar

Fin mars, le Qatar a déjà signé une lettre d'intention pour l'achat de 22 hélicoptères NH90, pour un montant de près de deux milliards d'euros. Il s'agit de douze appareils en version TTH (transport tactique) et de dix NFH (lutte anti-surface et anti-sous-marine). Programme lancé par l'OTAN (via l'agence NAHEMA), le NH90 est produit par NHIndustries, un consortium regroupant Airbus Helicopters, l'Italien AgustaWestland et le néerlandais Fokker Aerostructure. Les Qataris avaient également annoncé leur intention d'acquérir deux avions ravitailleurs MRTT.

L'Italie et l'Espagne peuvent également remercier le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, qui a arraché le dernier jour du salon naval de défense (DIMDEX) cette annonce, qui a même surpris certains industriels. C'est AgustaWestland qui assemble la version navale du NH90 sur son site de Venise, à l'exception de ceux destinés à la France. Et c'est en Espagne que les A330-200 fabriqués à Toulouse (un tiers du prix de l'avion) sont convertis à Getafe (Espagne) en A330 MRTT.

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 18:20
Traité sur le commerce des armes: un an après, le Canada n’a toujours pas signé

 

3 avril 2014 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca

 

Les Nations Unies ont célébré mercredi le premier anniversaire du Traité sur le commerce international des armes, qui avait été adopté l’an dernier par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, et que le Canada tarde toujours à signer et à ratifier de peur de déplaire aux amateurs d’armes.

 

Le Traité sur le commerce international des armes a pour objectif d’instituer les normes communes les plus strictes possibles aux fins de réglementer ou d’améliorer la réglementation du commerce international d’armes classiques. Il veut aussi prévenir et éliminer le commerce illicite de telles armes et d’en empêcher le détournement.

Le 2 avril 2013, l’Assemblée générale avait en effet adopté le premier traité sur le commerce international des armes classiques, ouvrant le traité à la signature à partir du mois de juin de cette année là, à 154 voix pour et trois contre (Syrie, Corée du Nord, Iran).

Mais 23 pays s’étaient abstenus, parmi lesquels certains des principaux exportateurs (Russie, Chine) ou acheteurs de ces armes (Égypte, Inde, Indonésie).

Jusqu’à maintenant, précise le service d’information de l’ONU, le traité a été signé par 118 Etats et 18 États membres ont déposé mercredi les instruments de ratification, ce qui porte le nombre de ratifications à 31.

Chaque pays est libre de signer ou non le traité et de le ratifier, mais il n’entrera en vigueur qu’à partir de la 50e ratification.

Au 2 avril

États qui ont voté «oui» au TCA mais ne l’ont encore ni signé ni ratifié (43 au total):

Afghanistan, Algérie, Andorre, Azerbaïdjan, Bhoutan, Botswana, Brunéi Darussalam, Cameroun, Canada, Érythrée, Éthiopie, Gambie, Géorgie, Irak, Israël, Jordanie, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirghizistan, Liban, Maldives, Maroc, Îles Marshall, Maurice, Micronésie, Monaco, Namibie, Népal, Ouganda, Pakistan, Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, République centrafricaine, République démocratique du Congo, Saint-Marin, Salomon, Singapour, Somalie, Thaïlande, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisie, Turkménistan et Ukraine.

États qui ont ratifié le TCA au moment de la rédaction de ce communiqué (31 au total)

Albanie, Allemagne, Antigua-et-Barbuda, Bulgarie, Costa Rica, Croatie, Danemark, Espagne, Estonie, Finlande, France, Grenade, Guyana, Hongrie, Irlande, Islande, Italie, Lettonie, Mali, Malte, Mexique, Nigeria, Norvège, Panama, ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine, Roumanie, Royaume-Uni, Salvador, Slovaquie, Slovénie et Trinité-et-Tobago.

Cinq des dix premiers exportateurs l’ont ratifié mercredi

Cinq des dix premiers exportateurs d’armes au monde, soit la Grande-Bretagne, la France, l’Allemagne, l’Italie et l’Espagne, ont donc déposé leurs dossiers de ratification à l’occasion de cette cérémonie marquant le premier anniversaire mercredi. Les 13 autres États à avoir déposé leurs dossiers de ratification sont la Bulgarie, la Croatie, le Salvador, l’Estonie, la Finlande, la Hongrie, l’Irlande, la Lettonie, Malte, la Roumanie, la Slovaquie et la Slovénie.

Les États-Unis, premier exportateur mondial d’armes, ont signé le traité mais sa ratification est bloquée par le Sénat américain, dont les membres s’y opposent vivement.

Quant au Canada, pire que les États-Unis, il ne l’a toujours pas signé, encore moins ratifié, bien qu’il ait voté pour le Traité à l’Assemblée générale en avril 2013.

Pour le gouvernement canadien, qui tient beaucoup à la liberté de possession d’armes, il existerait, dit-on, un lien potentiel entre la signature de ce traité et le registre des armes d’épaule au Canada, désormais aboli. le Canada craindrait que la signature et la ratification du Traité n’affecte les propriétaires d’armes au Canada.

Le Secrétaire général des Nations-Unies, Ban Ki-moon, s’est quant à lui dit «très préoccupé par le fait que des civils continuent d’être tués ou mutilés lors d’attaques ciblées ou aveugles avec des armes qui ne devraient pas tomber dans les mains des auteurs de ces attaques»

Le Secrétaire général a salué mercredi ces ratifications. «Cela suscitera davantage d’élan vers les 50 ratifications nécessaires pour l’entrée en vigueur du traité », a-t-il déclaré, appelant tous les États qui ne l’ont pas encore fait à signer et/ou ratifier le traité sans tarder.

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 17:50
UK researchers create 3D-printed disposable UAV

The Sheffield UAV has already completed a test flight as a glider. Photo the University of Sheffield.

 

3 April 2014 aerospace-technology.com

 

Researchers at the University of Sheffield, UK, have created a low-cost disposable drone as part of a research project on 3D printing of complex designs.

 

Engineers at the university's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) said the 1.5m-wide prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can be the basis of cheap and potentially disposable UAVs that could be built and deployed within 24 hours.

 

The new 3D printing techniques could cut down the amounts of support material around component parts required by the earlier versions of the craft in order to prevent the airframe structures from deforming during the build process.

 

The fused deposition modelling (FDM), one of the latest techniques used to make the UAV at Sheffield, is expected to be soon used in the creation of products without the need for complex and expensive tooling, in comparatively less time than traditional manufacturing.

 

The Sheffield UAV, which comprises nine parts that can be snapped together, is made from thermoplastic and weighs less than 2kg.

 

Engineers are evaluating the potential of nylon as a printing material in order to make the UAV 60% stronger without any increase in its weight.

 

The prototype UAV has completed a test flight as a glider, with engineers currently developing an electric ducted fan propulsion system, which will be fitted into the airframe's central spine.

 

In addition, Sheffield researchers are considering full on-board data logging of flight parameters, autonomous operation by GPS, and control by surface morphing technology.

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 17:20
Navy to Commission LCS Coronado

 

Apr 2, 2014 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

The Navy will commission its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Coronado (LCS 4), April 5, during a ceremony at Naval Air Station, North Island in Coronado, Calif.

 

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Susan Ring Keith, a long-time leader in the San Diego community, will serve as ship's sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Keith gives the first order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"

 

"The commissioning of USS Coronado is a celebration of the history of the great city of Coronado and its lasting relationship with our Navy and Marine Corps. The sailors aboard LCS 4 will bring this mighty warship to life with their skill and dedication, honoring her namesake and our nation for years to come," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "When she sets sail for distant shores, Coronado, and ships like her, will have a vital role maintaining freedom of the seas, and providing naval presence in the right place, all the time."

 

Cmdr. Shawn Johnston, a native of North Carolina, is the commanding officer of the ship's Gold Crew and will lead the core crew of 40 officers and enlisted personnel. The 2,790-ton Coronado was built by Austal USA Shipbuilding in Mobile, Ala. The ship is 417 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 100 feet, and a navigational draft of 15 feet. The ship uses two gas turbine and two diesel engines to power four steerable water jets to speeds in excess of 40 knots.

 

Designated LCS 4, Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship and the second of the Independence variant. Named for Coronado, Calif., it is the third Navy ship to bear the name. USS Coronado (LCS 4) will be outfitted with reconfigurable mission packages and focus on a variety of mission areas including mine countermeasures, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.

 

The first USS Coronado (PF 38) was a patrol frigate and served as a convoy escort during World War II. The subsequent Coronado (AGF 11) was designed as an Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD) and was reconfigured to be an Auxiliary Command ship (AGF) in 1980 and subsequently served as the commander, Middle East Force flagship, then the commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship in the Mediterranean, and subsequently the commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet flag ship in the Eastern Pacific Ocean prior to decommissioning in 2006.

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 16:50
EDA Annual Conference Video

 

09 April 2014 by European Defence Agency

 

Conference Video Available

Last week's annual conference of the European Defence Agency was a landmark event for the European defence community.

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 12:55
L'innovation à coeur

 

03/04/2014 DGA

 

La DGA vous propose de découvrir les avancées issues des travaux innovants qu’elle finance. Ainsi, chaque semaine et jusqu’à la mi-avril, nous mettrons en lumière deux innovations significatives.

 

Première de la série : Des bactéries qui dopent la dépollution par les plantes

 

A venir lundi prochain : Kameleon, une caméra qui filme en couleur la nuit 

Investisseur avisé de la défense, la DGA prépare l’avenir. Elle porte une attention particulière au développement de la base industrielle et technologique de défense (BITD) en France. Ainsi, elle finance à hauteur de 90 M€ des projets d’innovation. En 2013 elle a donc soutenu avec ses partenaires de recherche quelque 270 projets. Parmi eux : 64 projets Rapid*, 39 projet Astrid**, 140 thèses et 14 projets du fonds unique interministériel (FUI). La DGA s’est également impliquée dans la stratégie nationale de recherche et a poursuivi son partenariat privilégié avec l’agence nationale de recherche (ANR), contribuant aux 9 « défis sociétaux » duaux pilotés par l’ANR et au défi Descartes sur l’autonomie énergétique.

 

*Rapid : régime d’appui aux PME pour l’innovation duale
**Astrid : accompagnement spécifique des travaux de recherche et d’innovation défense

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 12:25
Russia Focusing on South America

 

1/4/2014 Ami Rojkes Dombe - israeldefense.com

 

On Russia's target: Mainly sales of attack and transportation helicopters and of the MiG and Sukhoi aircraft
 

Russia intends to expand its arms sales to South and Central America in the near future, so was published by the news agency itar-tass. This was said by the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Alexander Fomin after the International Conference FIDAE 2014 in Chile ended.

 

Ten companies, including the arms exporter Rosoboronexport, presented Russia’s military equipment at the event. Fomin headed the Russian delegation.

 

“There were very many contacts (at the FIDAE 2014) and meetings with our partners, such as Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela. We believe that our products can be in demand also in other countries of the region, especially all the types and kinds of helicopter equipment: the Mil (Mi) and Kamov (Ka) brands, both military-transport and combat and multipurpose types,” Fomin said.

 

He also noted the interest of the partners in the Russian aircraft. “The fighters of the MiG and Sukhoi brands, Yakovlev Yak-130 planes are also very popula

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 12:20
L’US Navy commande cinq Fire Scout supplémentaires

 

03.04.2014 Helen Chachaty journal-aviation.com

 

L’US Navy va acquérir cinq drones VTOL MQ-8C Fire Scout supplémentaires, en vertu d’un contrat signé avec l’industriel Northrop Grumman le 2 avril. Le contrat de 43,8 millions de dollars comprend également la livraison d’une station de contrôle au sol. Les drones devraient être livrés d’ici décembre 2015.

 

Le drone hélicoptère de Northrop Grumman est développé à partir de la cellule d’un Bell 407. Version améliorée du MQ-8B, il a effectué son vol inaugural le 31 octobre 2013 et devrait être opérationnel au sein de l’US Navy dans le courant de l’année. Il sera surtout utilisé pour les missions ISR.

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 11:35
Bell 412EP Griffin HT1 helicopter of the Royal Air Force Defence Helicopter Flying School hover taxis to the runway at the 2010 Air Tattoo at Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. photo drian Pingstone

Bell 412EP Griffin HT1 helicopter of the Royal Air Force Defence Helicopter Flying School hover taxis to the runway at the 2010 Air Tattoo at Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. photo drian Pingstone

 

Apr.3, 2014 by Greg Waldron – FG

 

Singapore - Bell helicopter has entered a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation for eight Bell 412EP helicopters, which will be delivered to the Philippine Department of National Defence.

 

Five of the helicopters will be equipped for combat utility operations and three for VIP transportation, says Bell in a statement.

 

An original memorandum of understanding for the helicopters was signed in November 2012 between Manila and the CCC.

 

The helicopters will be produced at Bell’s factory in Montreal.

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 07:55
La DGA peaufine son avion banc d’essai nouvelle génération

 

 

02.04.2014 Helen Chachaty à Mérignac journal-aviation.com

 

C’est un avion très discret qui se trouve actuellement chez Sabena Technics, sur le site de Bordeaux-Mérignac : l’avion banc d’essai nouvelle génération (ABE-NG) de la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), actuellement en phase d’essais en vol. Le Fokker 100 (F-GPXL), racheté à Regional, filiale d’Air France, devrait être mis en service pour le compte de la DGA Essais en Vol (DGA EV) en janvier 2015. Le contrat de modification de cet avion de ligne avait été notifié à Sabena Technics en 2009, pour une enveloppe de 35 millions d’euros. Cinq ans plus tard, l’avion est quasiment bon pour le service.

 

Selon la DGFA EV, l’ABE-NG devrait remplacer « trois à quatre Mystère 20 », des avions qui volent depuis près de 45 ans et qui seront touchés par l’obsolescence d’ici trois à cinq ans. Des performances insuffisantes engendrant des coûts importants, la baisse des budgets, le côté « mono-mission », autant de raisons qui justifient l’achat et la modification du Fokker 100. S'il y avait par le passé quasiment un Mystère 20 (XX) par programme, la baisse des budgets et les temps d’immobilisations « monstrueux » a changé les paramètres et obligé la DGA à trouver une solution moins coûteuse mais néanmoins efficace. Là où un Mystère 20 effectue 80 heures de vol par an - un nombre considéré comme un « beau score -, le but est aujourd’hui de quasiment doubler le nombre d’heures de vol de l’ABE NG, pour atteindre les 150 heures.

 

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Escape Trainers for Puma and Merlin Helicopters to Be Supplied to the RAF

 

Apr 2, 2014 ASDNews Source : Lutra Associates Ltd

 

    First Major MOD Production order for team formed around Lutra Associates

 

Training in embarking, disembarkation and escape drills on the Puma and Merlin helicopter is to be provided on two simulators to be supplied by Lutra Associates, in partnership with Oxford Specialist Coachbuilders. This £200,000 plus contract has been placed by the UK MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support Commercial team at Army HQ following a competitive tender.

 

The two units, which will be housed in modified ISO containers, have been designed to be easily moved to wherever the training is required. This will result in the Joint Helicopter Command and the Royal Air Force saving money and being able to re-allocate aircraft to more operational uses whilst at the same time providing improved skill levels for the troops being trained.

 

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
3 UK Companies To Support Army Protected Mobility Vehicles

A deal to support protected mobility vehicles being brought into the UK Army's equipment program includes the Mastiff. (UK Army)

 

Apr. 2, 2014 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News

 

LONDON — Three British defense companies have secured a deal to support and sustain nearly half of the 2,000 protected mobility vehicles purchased for the war in Afghanistan and now being brought permanently into the Army’s core equipment program.

 

A team led by Morgan Advanced Materials and including subcontractors Ricardo and Ultra Electronics has been selected by Britain’s Defence Ministry to undertake post-design services on about 685 Cougar-based mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles purchased from Force Protection, sources here said.

 

The deal covers the six-wheel and four-wheel-drive versions of Cougars, known respectively in Britain as the Mastiff and Ridgback, along with the Wolfhound protected truck variant.

 

Nearly 700 Cougar MRAPS, along with a small number of Buffalo mine-clearance vehicles, were purchased from what is now General Dynamics Land Systems-Force Protection as the British sought to better protect against improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.

 

The three companies announced late last year they had formed a team to bid for the Cougar post-design services deal.

 

Morgan Advanced Materials, then known as NP Aerospace, developed and integrated UK-specific specialized armor protection and electronic systems into all three of the Cougar family members involved in the contract.

 

The deal runs initially for two years and could be extended for a further five years.

 

Announcing the deal, Defence Procurement Minister Philip Dunne said, “This investment which is set to be worth up to £20 million over the first two years of the contract, will not only ensure our vehicles are adapted to their new roles, but will sustain the livelihoods of highly skilled employees at three British-based defense companies.”

 

The British Army announced in December it is bringing virtually all of the 2,000 or so protected mobility vehicles purchased for urgent operational requirements (UOR) in Afghanistan into its core long-term equipment program.

 

Other UOR vehicles becoming a permanent feature in the British military include nearly 400 Foxhound light patrol vehicles built by General Dynamics-Force Protection Europe, which bid but lost out on the post-design services deal; 325 Navistar Defense-supplied Huskies; 100 ST Kinetics Warthogs; 400 Jackal patrol vehicles; and 70 Coyote tactical support machines built by Supacat.

 

Post-design service contracts are already in place with the original equipment manufacturers for other vehicle fleets outside of the Cougar family.

 

Navistar and Supacat have formed a team to deliver collaborative future support to the MoD for their respective vehicle fleets.

 

The MoD is running a number of competitions to upgrade protected mobility vehicles returning from Afghanistan, including the Cougar family, with contracts likely to start being let in the next few weeks.

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Commerce des armes : 18 pays ratifient le traité en même temps

Sur les 118 pays ayant signé le traité à l'ONU, 31 l'ont pour l'instant ratifié.

 

2 avril 2014 Liberation.fr (AFP)

 

Ce traité, qui vise à moraliser le commerce des armes conventionnelles, est le premier en son genre. Il doit être ratifié par 50 Etats au minimum pour être appliqué.

 

Dix-huit pays ont déposé simultanément mercredi leurs instruments de ratification du traité sur le commerce des armes (ATT), au cours d’une cérémonie au siège de l’ONU à New York. Ces pays sont l’Allemagne, la Bulgarie, la Croatie, le Danemark, l’Espagne, l’Estonie, la Finlande, La France, la Hongrie, l’Irlande, l’Italie, la Lettonie, Malte, la Roumanie, le Salvador, la Slovaquie, la Slovénie et le Royaume-Uni. Un an jour pour jour après l’adoption du traité par l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU, le nombre de ratifications passe ainsi à 31 sur les 118 pays ayant signé le texte jusqu’à présent.

 

Ce traité, le premier du genre, doit être ratifié par un minimum de 50 Etats pour entrer en vigueur. «Au rythme actuel des signatures et des ratifications, le traité ATT pourrait entrer en vigueur au deuxième semestre de cette année», a estimé Virginia Gamba, haute représentante adjointe de l’ONU pour le désarmement. Le traité vise à moraliser le commerce international des armes conventionnelles, un marché de plus de 80 milliards de dollars par an. Chaque pays signataire devra évaluer avant toute transaction si les armes vendues risquent d’être utilisées pour contourner un embargo international, violer les droits de l’homme ou être détournées au profit de criminels.

 

Le conflit en Syrie alimenté par un trafic d'armes

 

Les armements couverts vont du pistolet aux avions et navires de guerre, en passant par les missiles. Le texte porte sur tous les transferts internationaux (importation, exportation, transit, courtage), sans toucher aux législations nationales sur l’acquisition et le port d’armes. Les Etats-Unis, principal acteur de ce marché, ont signé le texte après avoir obtenu que les munitions soient traitées à part, avec des contrôles moins complets. La Russie a en revanche fait part de ses réserves sur les critères choisis pour autoriser ou non les transactions. Le Parlement français avait ratifié le traité à l’unanimité en décembre.

 

Dans un message publié mercredi, le secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a «invité tous les pays qui ne l’ont pas encore fait à signer et ratifier sans délai le traité», fruit de sept ans de négociations. «L’objectif de ce traité est de protéger et de sauver des vies», a souligné Anna Macdonald, représentante de la coalition d’ONG Control Arms qui a lutté pendant des années ans en faveur d’un tel traité. Elle a rappelé que le conflit qui ravage la Syrie depuis trois ans «est alimenté par des transferts d’armes et de munitions de la part d’acteurs extérieurs».

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Airbus Defence and Space delivers new Air Traffic Control Network to German Air Force Flight Safety Authority

 

Munich,  02 April 2014 Airbus DS

 

Worldwide first "Mode S"-based Cluster improves efficient use of Airspace

 

The Airbus Defence and Space business line Electronics has concluded the delivery of the worldwide first air traffic control network based on the latest “Eurocontrol” standard Mode S to the flight safety branch of the German Air Force. This Mode S based network guarantees the automatized guidance of civil and military aircraft in an area of 1,700 x 1,500 km. Thus, flight safety and the efficiency of airspace utilization can be increased considerably. After a five year fully operational observation period, the system has been handed over to the in-service support and the initial procurement project is concluded. Two more Mode S based clusters are already operational and in the observation phase.

"Air traffic control authorities all over the world are faced with continually increasing air traffic density," said Thomas Müller, Head of Airbus Defence and Space Electronics. "Together with military air traffic, this situation requires a high-performance guidance system ensuring safety, comprehensive data exchange and efficient allocation of airspace."

Under the project ”Ramos”, Airbus Defence and Space Electronics has equipped six long-range surveillance radars with so-called MSSR (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) 2000 I secondary radar systems. These secondary radars provide an overview of the air situation based on interrogations and automatic replies from individual aircraft. MSSR 2000 I is the only secondary radar certified according to the latest air traffic control standards, both civil and military.

The MSSR 2000 I systems establish a Mode S Cluster which is safely guiding all aircraft in the area. Within this area, each individual aircraft which is equipped with a Mode S transponder can be identified and tracked automatically without the necessity of individual radar target acquisition, enabled by autonomous target data handover from one radar station to the other. This avoids the risk of single tracks getting lost while handing over from one air traffic control cell to another. Furthermore, the cluster allocates air traffic control tasks automatically, i.e. if one secondary radar fails, others within the cluster take over immediately.

In the military field, MSSR 2000 I is used for automatic friend-or-foe identification (IFF), thus avoiding the erroneous engagement of friendly forces. It is capable of the new Mode 5 military standard which is to be introduced in all Nato countries. MSSR 2000 I is deployed on German naval vessels and used by the armed and naval forces of numerous states worldwide. For civil air traffic control purposes it is in service in such countries as Austria, Portugal, Bulgaria and the Philippines.

 

About Airbus Defence and Space

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

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French-Russian tank project on hold due to Ukraine crisis

 

April 02, 2014 Spacewar.com (AFP)

 

Paris - Renault Trucks Defense said Wednesday its project to develop an armoured infantry fighting vehicle together with a Russian manufacturer is on hold due to the Ukraine crisis.

 

"The project is on hold because of the political situation, but that is not saying it has been halted," RTD marketing director Marc Chassilian told journalists in Paris.

 

The project to develop the wheeled combat vehicle named Atom with Russia's state-owned Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) is at risk due to its use of a Volvo motor, the Swedish daily Dagens Industri said Wednesday.

 

RTD is owned by Swedish truck manufacturer Volvo AB, and the use of the Volvo motor requires Swedish government approval.

 

The newspaper wrote that there is a risk the government would now veto the deal as "its policy is clear: Swedish companies shouldn't furnish the Russian military or defence industry with military equipment that risks being used against Swedish troops."

 

Sweden is not part of NATO, whose members including France have yet to block weapons sales to Moscow over its annexation last month of the Crimea from Ukraine. NATO members have suspended military cooperation with Russia, however.

 

RTD and UVZ signed in February 2013 at the Idex arms show in Abu Dhabi what the Russian company calls a cooperation agreement to jointly develop the Atos.

 

Neither company has provided any details.

 

Last September a mock-up of the Atom was shown at a Russian arms fair, according to several specialist publications.

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Russia Exposes a Competitor to the Reaper

 

31/3/2014 Ami Rojkes Dombe

 

The "Altius-M" UAV is produced by okb-sokol (Kazan) along with "Transas", and the chief designer is Mr Alyaksandr Gomzin. The development and initial design began in early October 2011, and won the Russian Defense Ministry contest to develop a UAV with a takeoff weight of up to 5 tons (the other bidder was RAC, the Russian manufacturer of the MiG aircraft). The contract for the research and development of the "Altius -M" is worth 28 million dollars (billion rubles).

 

According to the report, the experimental model should begin flight tests during 2014-2015. The assembly of the UAV will be conducted by CAPO-composites

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According to militaryrussia.ru website, the UAV weighs about 5,000 kg, has a range of 10,000 km and is capable to stay aloft for 48 hours. It will include electro-optical payloads and a radar system. The drone is driven using two RED A03 type diesel. Details about arming of the UAV have not yet been exposed, but it appears that this is a UAV with offensive capabilities

 

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source USA News

source USA News

 

Apr. 2, 2014 - By MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Taiwan watched Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine very closely. After all, the island nation, which is claimed by China, has long feared Beijing might do the same thing.

 

“We learned a very important lesson that we have to modernize our military by spending [to] develop [weapons and equipment] ourselves or working closely with the Americans,” Andrew Hsia, Taiwan’s deputy defense minister, said Wednesday at a Center for a New American Security event in Washington.

 

Russia’s military faced no resistance from Ukrainian forces as they entered the Crimean peninsula and eventually took over Ukrainian military bases. Many of the Ukrainian air force’s fighter jets are not flyable, and the ones that are can have limited capabilities. The rest of Ukraine’s military also has dated equipment with limited capabilities.

 

Taiwan has had a standing request to purchase new Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters from the US; however, Washington has not approved the deal, instead offering upgrade Taiwan’s existing F-16s.

 

The George W. Bush administration in 2001 offered Taiwan submarines, but that deal never advanced.

 

Thirteen years later there is no “clear indication of how that will happen,” Hsia said Wednesday. “At this moment, I think Taiwan is developing, or trying to develop, our own indigenous submarine.

 

“I think people may have different thinking about submarines, so basically our request is that we should be able to sit down with the United States government to discuss … the system that is suitable for preventing war in Taiwan,” he continued.

 

Hsia said Taiwan should maintain defense spending at a 3 percent of gross domestic product. He said the budget, in recent years, has fallen short of that goal, particularly since the defense ministry has budgeted for weapon purchases that have not been approved by the US government. The money not spent on these items is returned to the treasury.

 

Still, Hsia stressed the need for Taiwan to receive support for the US.

 

“We’d … like to sit down with the American side to discuss what is the most adequate assistance that is suitable for the Taiwan Straight,” he said.

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3UBK20 with guided missile 9M119M.

3UBK20 with guided missile 9M119M.

 

Apr 01, 2014 brahmand.com

 

NEW DELHI (PTI): India has signed a deal worth over Rs 2,600 crore with Russia to procure 66,000 anti-tank shells to meet the shortfall of critical ammunition faced by its armoured fleet including the latest T-90 tanks.

 

The two sides signed the deal on March 27 for the supply of anti-tank shells to the Army and agreement in this regard was inked by Defence Ministry officials from India and Rosoboronexport officials from the Russia side, Defence Ministry told PTI here.

 

The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by the Prime Minister had recently cleared the proposal to acquire 66,000 3UBK20 (Mango) tank ammunition from Russia, they said.

 

Under the deal, Russia will also undertake transfer of technology on the production techniques of the specialised tank ammunition to the Ordnance Factory Board, which will produce it indigenously, they said.

 

Faced with shortage of weapon systems, the Defence Ministry has decided to form JVs with the Russian manufacturers to produce them in India like the rockets for the Smerch multi-barrel rocket launcher systems.

 

The severe shortage of tank ammunition was first highlighted by former Army Chief Gen V K Singh in a top secret letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in March this year which later found its way to the media.

 

Gen Singh had noted in his letter that only three to four days of this particular ammunition was left in the inventory of the armoured regiments.

 

Later on, the Army had also informed the Standing Committee on Defence about the shortage and how the situation had worsened by the recent blacklisting of its supplier Israeli Military Industry (IMI).

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Mexican Navy Orders 6th Damen Patrol Boat


 

April 1, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Damen Shipyards Group; issued April 1, 2014)

 

Mexican Navy Orders Sixth Damen Stan Patrol 4207

 

The Mexican Navy and Damen Shipyards Group (the Netherlands) signed another contract for a license, material package and technical assistance of a Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The agreement also includes crew training in the Netherlands.

 

This contract, the sixth patrol vessel of the Tenochtitlan class, underlines the excellent ongoing relationship between the Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina or SEMAR), and Damen. As all five previous vessels, this vessel will be built in the Mexican Navy Yard ASTIMAR 1 in Tampico, a city and port on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Damen Shipyards Group operates 40 ship- and repair yards, employing 8.000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5.000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers approx. 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

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DCNS May Join OPV Lease Bid for Uruguay

A bid by DCNS on a leasing tender from Uruguay would include an offshore patrol vessel such as the Adroit.. (DCNS)

 

Apr. 2, 2014 - By PIERRE TRAN – Defense News

 

PARIS — French naval company DCNS is exploring a leasing deal for offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) as a tender held by Uruguay calls for procurement under a lease, a French bank executive said April 2.

“The [Uruguay] Finance Ministry has asked for a leasing,” the executive said. Talks with ministry officials are due to be held in Uruguay next week.

“The campaign is well underway,” the executive said.

DCNS declined to comment.

The French state-owned company faces competition from Fassmer, a family-owned German shipbuilder; an Israeli firm, Ocea; a French company; and there may be a British bidder, the executive said.

Uruguay has yet to draw up a short list of the bids.

Britain is interested in the Uruguay offshore patrol vessel program, but more information on the requirement is needed before lodging a bid, said a spokesman for the Defence and Security Organisation, the government’s military export arm.

“We are keen to get clarification of the requirement to allow British industry to fully explore its options,” the spokesman said.

BAE Systems, Britain’s only major naval shipbuilder, recently sold three OPVs to Brazil, Uruguay’s neighbor, and is engaged in talks over the possible sale of further vessels under license.

Website latribune.fr reported Uruguay has selected DCNS for the supply of three vessels.

DCNS funded development and building of the Adroit, which is on loan to the French Navy. The Navy’s sailing of the ship under the French tricolor flag on the open seas is seen by the company as a big boost in promoting the vessel in the export market.

Andrew Chuter contributed to this report from London.

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DARPA Launches Biological Technologies Office

 

 

Apr 03, 2014 Spacewar.com (SPX)

 

Washington DC - Technology, like biology, constantly evolves. It is DARPA's mission to stay ahead of the shifting technology curve by making critical, early investments in areas that cut across fields of research and enable revolutionary new capabilities for U.S. national security.

 

Now DARPA is poised to give unprecedented prominence to a field of research that can no longer be considered peripheral to technology's evolving nature. Starting today, biology takes its place among the core sciences that represent the future of defense technology.

 

DARPA has created a new division, the Biological Technologies Office (BTO), to explore the increasingly dynamic intersection of biology and the physical sciences. Its goals are to harness the power of biological systems by applying the rigorous tools of engineering and related disciplines, and to design next-generation technologies that are inspired by insights gained from the life sciences.

 

BTO's programs will operate across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales-from individual cells to humans and other organisms and the communities in which they operate, and from the time it takes for a nerve to fire to the time it may take a new virus to spread around the world one sneeze at a time. All told, BTO will explore the intricate and highly adapted mechanisms of natural processes and demonstrate how they can be applied to the mission of national defense.

 

BTO expands on the instrumental work undertaken by DARPA's Defense Sciences (DSO) and Microsystems Technology (MTO) Offices. Recent progress in such diverse disciplines as neuroscience, sensor design, microsystems, computer science, and other longstanding areas of DARPA investment has begun to converge, revealing newly emergent potential ready to be realized.

 

"The Biological Technologies Office will advance and expand on a number of earlier DARPA programs that made preliminary inroads into the bio-technological frontier," said Geoff Ling, named by DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar to be the first director of BTO.

 

"We've been developing the technological building blocks, we've been analyzing our results, and now we're saying publicly to the research and development community, 'We are ready to start turning the resulting knowledge into practical tools and capabilities.'"

 

The initial BTO portfolio includes programs transferred from DSO and MTO, but will also include new opportunities, beginning with the recently announced Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program that expands on the work of DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics and Reliable Neural-Interface Technology programs.

 

In keeping with DARPA tradition, future programs will be created from ideas brought to the agency by program managers and through conversations with the research community.

 

"Before BTO, DARPA had a handful of biologists, neuroscientists, engineers, and the like, interested in synthesizing their work but distributed across different offices," Ling said. "Now we're under one roof, so to speak, and looking to attract a new community of scholars, who will bring a host of new ideas at the intersection of traditional and emerging disciplines."

 

Three research focus areas reflect the scale and scope of BTO's mission.

 

+ Restore and Maintain Warfighter Abilities: Because military readiness depends on the health and wellbeing of service members, a critical focus is on cultivating new discoveries that help maintain peak warfighter abilities and restoring those abilities as quickly and fully as possible when they are degraded-including through the development of advanced prosthetics and neural interfaces. BTO will seek to develop new techniques and therapeutic strategies for addressing current and emerging threats, but its work will extend beyond medical applications to include exploration of complex biological issues that can affect a warfighter's ability to operate and interact in the biological and physical world.

 

+ DARPA's Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program is an example of work to restore lost function. It pursues advanced therapies to reduce the burden and severity of neuropsychological illness in afflicted troops and veterans.

 

+ The Autonomous Diagnostics to Enable Prevention and Therapeutics (ADEPT) program, which seeks novel ways to identify and protect against infectious disease, is an example of work to mitigate or neutralize biological threats.

 

+ Harness Biological Systems: The highly evolved functional and synthetic capabilities of biological systems can be harnessed to develop new products and systems in support of national security with advantages over what even the most advanced conventional chemistry and manufacturing technologies can achieve. BTO seeks to establish a fundamental understanding of natural processes and the underlying design rules that govern the behavior of biological systems, and apply that knowledge to forward-engineer new systems and products with novel functionality.

 

+ DARPA's Living Foundries program, for example, is focused in part on creating a biologically based manufacturing platform to provide rapid, scalable access to new materials with novel properties that can enable a new generation of mechanical, electrical, and optical products.

 

+ The Chronicle of Lineage Indicative of Origins (CLIO) program, meanwhile, aims to make biological engineering safer by establishing enduring control elements that protect against intentionally harmful genetic engineering, prevent illegal acquisition or misuse of proprietary strains, provide novel forensic tools to assist in the investigation of biological incidents, and allow responsible investigators to document compliance with safe biological manipulation practices.

 

+ Apply Biological Complexity at Scale: Biological systems operate over an enormous range of spatial, physical, and temporal scales. Some organisms thrive as individual cells but most depend on dynamic interactions with other species; humans, for example, are colonized by communities of foreign cells that greatly outnumber their own and have potentially significant but still largely mysterious impacts on metabolism, psychological state, performance, and health.

 

A better understanding of the interactions between mammalian and non-mammalian species and micro- and macro-organisms could foster new approaches to enhancing mental and physical health in routine and threatening situations. Similarly, disease vectors migrate around the globe slowly and stealthily at times, and at other times in devastating waves of breathtaking speed-reflecting poorly understood dynamics that can undermine national security.

 

And because they are so difficult to parse from larger biological and ecological phenomena, population-level effects of relevance to agriculture and food security remain largely unplumbed. BTO is looking into pursuing new insights derived from biological complexity and living-system dynamics with the goal of developing applications to enhance global-scale stability and human wellbeing.

 

+ The Biochronicity program studies the role of time in biological functions. By looking for temporal instructions, or "clock signatures," in biological organisms, the program aims to make it possible to manage the effects of time on human physiology.

 

Because BTO programs push the leading edge of science, they will sometimes be society's first encounter with the ethical, legal, or social dilemmas that can be raised by new biological technologies. For that reason, DARPA periodically convenes scholars with expertise in these issues to discuss relevant ethical, legal, and social issues.

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Cracks In HMCS Iroquois Will Limit Warship’s Operations

 

 

April 2, 2014. David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

Patrick Smith of the Ottawa Citizen has this article:

 

A Canadian military ship will be limited in future operations after cracks were discovered on the upper part of the vessel in late February.

 

HMCS Iroquois, an air defence destroyer ship that has been in use by the Royal Canadian Navy since 1972, suffered stress fractures to the superstructure – the part of the ship above the main deck – as a result of stress from the sea’s movement.

 

The damage, on a portion of the ship that is above water, were discovered while HMCS Iroquois was completing a fleet exercise off the East Coast of the United States.

 

Further examination of the ship while it was docked in Boston, Mass. showed that the cracks’ impact were not serious enough to affect the current exercise. HMCS Iroquois was able to complete its mission and return to Canada.

 

However, the Citizen has discovered that the ship, which is currently docked in Halifax, N.S. while engineers further assess the damage, will only be able to operate at limited capacity when the weather is bad.

 

Specifically, the Iroquois will be unable to navigate waters when the waves are particularly heavy.

 

The 42-year-old vessel typically operates in the North Atlantic Ocean, known for its rough water. The ship was declared safe enough to continue sailing in winter conditions during the examination in Boston.

 

As the Citizen reported in November 2013, Iroquois-class destroyers received a major upgrade in the 1990s and are scheduled for replacement in the mid-2020s if the government schedule remains on target.

 

Previous reports, though, have shown that officials do not expect the lifespan of these ships to last longer than 2017. As it stands, the ships will not be replaced before they are retired, leaving a sizeable gap in Canada’s navy. Although the navy’s Halifax-class frigates will pick up some of the slack, the retirement of the Iroquois class will limit the range of operations the navy can undertake.

 

The Iroquois class has only three remaining ships: HMCS Iroquois, HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Algonquin.

 

It’s unclear whether the Iroquois will be left in its current, restricted state, repaired for use until 2017, or retired from the fleet ahead of time.

 

The commanding officer of the ship was not available for comment.

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photo ONU Devra Berkowit

photo ONU Devra Berkowit

 

Apr. 2, 2014 – Defense News (AFP)

 

UNITED NATIONS — A total of 18 countries filed documents Wednesday ratifying a UN treaty to regulate the $80 billion-per-year conventional arms trade.

 

One year after the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted by the General Assembly, 31 countries have ratified it.

 

The treaty will take effect once 50 UN member states ratify it. So far, 118 countries have signed it.

 

“It is fair to say that at the current pace of signature and ratification, the ATT could well enter into force in the second half of this year,” said Virginia Gamba, deputy to the UN high representative for disarmament affairs.

 

The 18 countries to file their ratifications during a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York were members of the European Union except for El Salvador. Among the EU members submitting documents were Germany, France and Britain.

 

The treaty aims to force countries to set up national controls on arms exports. The countries must assess whether a weapon could be used to circumvent an international embargo, be used for genocide and war crimes, or be used by terrorists and organized crime.

 

The first major arms accord since the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the ATT covers international transfers of everything from tanks to combat aircraft to missiles, as well as small arms.

 

The United States — which is the world’s biggest arms producer — signed the treaty only after a regulation on ammunition was dealt with separately, providing for less comprehensive controls. Meanwhile Russia expressed reservations over the criteria used to authorize transactions.

 

A UN statement Wednesday said secretary-general Ban Ki-moon “calls on all states that have not yet done so to sign and/or ratify the ATT without delay.”

 

Anna Macdonald, a representative from the NGO Control Arms, said that “nowhere is the need for an effective treaty more apparent than in the devastating humanitarian crisis in Syria.”

 

The conflict there, she said, “has been fueled by transfers of arms and ammunition from outside parties.”

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Ukraine Halts Arms Exports To Russia

 

 

Apr. 2, 2014 - By JAROSLAW ADAMOWSKI – Defense News

 

WARSAW — Ukraine’s state-owned defense giant Ukroboronprom has decided to halt all exports of armament and military equipment to Russia, said Yuriy Tereshenko, the group’s chief executive. Ukroboronprom will not carry out any supplies to the Russian armed forces “until the conflict de-escalates,” according to Tereshenko.

 

“Today, for obvious reasons, we are not supplying weapons and military equipment to Russia,” Tereshenko told local news weekly Zerkalo Nedeli. “Yes, we will incur economic losses, but is it reasonable to equip the enemy’s Army?”

 

Russia is one of the leading importers of Ukrainian arms, according to data from a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). From 2009 to 2013, about 7 percent of Ukrainian armament and military equipment was purchased by Russia, which ranked as the third largest market for Ukraine’s arms exports.

 

Tereshenko was appointed to head the defense group March 24 following the sacking of Sergei Averchenko. Tereshenko’s predecessor was fired amid unanswered calls by Ukrainian members of parliament to halt Ukroboronprom’s exports to Russia.

 

Providing “the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other military units with modern armament and military equipment is the main task of Ukroboronprom,” Tereshenko said in a statement released following his appointment. The group is “ready to enhance qualitatively the combat capability of the Ukrainian Army by supplying up-to-date armament and military equipment,” he said.

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Vector UK Hosts Puma Mk 2 Trials

April 1, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Vector Aerospace UK; issued March 31, 2014)

 

Puma Mark 2 Trials Hosted By Vector Aerospace UK

 

Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently supported the characterisation trials of the Radar Warning Receiver on the Puma Mk 2 at its Fleetlands site in Gosport, Hampshire.

 

Working alongside Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the company hosted two separate weeks of trials which constitute part of the new integrated defensive aids suite fitted as part of the Puma Life Extension Programme currently being carried out across the RAF Puma fleet.

 

"This shows how our working relationship with major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and the UK MoD continues to expand", said Vector Aerospace UK's Operations Director Ross Powlesland. "The variety of rotary wing platforms we can support continues to grow in both the military and civil sectors; having the heliport on site enables us to offer a fly-in, fly-out facility to our diverse customer base".

 

"During the trials we offered our full flight test capability and specialised storage facilities to ensure that the potential of this new integrated defensive aids suite could be rigorously examined", said Michael Tyrrell, Managing Director for Vector Aerospace UK. "Naturally we were delighted to be involved in such a cutting edge programme and the experience has further developed our strong working relationships with both Airbus Helicopters and the MOD".

 

 

Vector Aerospace is a global provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Through facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya Vector Aerospace provides services to commercial and military customers for gas turbine engines, components and helicopter airframes. Vector's customer-focused team includes over 2,700 motivated employees.

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