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14 mars 2014 5 14 /03 /mars /2014 07:35
Japan draws up overhaul of arms-export ban

 

March 14th, 2014 defencetalk.com (AFP)

 

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has drawn up plans to overhaul the pacifist country’s self-imposed ban on arms exports, an official said Thursday, in a move that could anger China.

 

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has delivered the blueprint to lawmakers in his party and coalition partner New Komeito, according to an LDP official, with the premier looking for a green light from cabinet by the end of the month.

 

The relaxed rules could allow Tokyo to supply weaponry to nations that sit along important sea lanes to help them fight piracy and also help resource-poor Japan, which depends on mineral imports.

 

Japanese arms could potentially be shipped to Indonesia as well as nations around the South China Sea — through which fossil fuels pass — such as the Philippines, for example, which has a territorial dispute with Beijing.

 

The move would boost Japan’s defence industry amid simmering regional tensions including a territorial row with China, and fears over an unpredictable North Korea.

 

Japan already supplies equipment to the Philippines’ coast guard, an organization that is increasingly on the front line in the nation’s territorial rows with Beijing.

 

Any move to bolster that support with more outright weapon supplies could irk China, which regularly accuses Abe of trying to re-militarize his country.

 

China and Japan are at loggerheads over the ownership of a string of islands in the East China Sea, while Beijing is also in dispute with several nations over territory in the South China Sea, which it claims almost entirely.

 

Under its 1967 ban, Japan does not sell arms to communist nations, countries where the United Nations bans weapons sales, and nations that might become involved in armed conflicts.

 

The rule has long enjoyed widespread public support as a symbol of Japan’s post-war pacifism.

 

But it has been widely seen as impractical among experts, because it stops Japan from joining international projects to jointly develop sophisticated military equipment, such as jets and missiles.

 

In 2011 Tokyo eased the ban on arms exports, paving the way for Japanese firms to take part in multinational weapons projects.

 

Japan works with its only official ally the United States on weapon projects.

 

It also works with Britain, but it does not fully participate in multi-nation programs aimed at sharing development cost and know-how, because of the current ban.

 

The new rules may open the door to Japan’s broader participation in such projects.

 

But they would still “ban exports to countries involved in international conflicts,” and exports that would undermine international peace and security, Abe told parliament this week.

 

Japanese experts are divided over an overhaul, with some saying it is necessary for cutting defence costs, while others expressing concerns over tainting Japan’s peaceful image by expanding markets for the nation’s defence industry.

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14 mars 2014 5 14 /03 /mars /2014 06:35
"Spetztehnoexport" Signed Contract for the Supply 5 BTR-4 + 50 Options for More for Indonesian Marines Corps

BTR-4 (photo : Ukroboronprom)

 

14.03.2014 Defense Studies

DHZP "Spetztehnoexport" Signed Contract for the Supply of BTR-4 for Indonesian Navy

In late February 2014 in Jakarta, negotiations took place between the leaders of DHZP "Spetstehnoeksport" and the Ministry of Defense and the Navy Marine Corps Indonesia. During the meeting discussed the essential terms of the contract for the supply of 5 units BTR-4. Recall "Spetstehnoeksport" won the tender for the purchase of armored vehicles for the Navy of Indonesia's proposal BTR-4 of SE 'KMDB' them AA "Morozov"

The project contract was initialed by both parties. Currently, the process of harmonization of its national structures of the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia. It is expected that this contract will be transferred to the Ukrainian side.

It should be noted that this contract is the first step in the program purchase armored vehicles Indonesian Navy. If its successful implementation of an agreement for the supply of 50 such machines.

It is also worth noting that a victory in this project was obtained in hard competition with Russian special exporters.

(Ukroboronprom)

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 20:55
Dassault franchit une étape décisive en Inde

 

13/03/2014 Par Véronique Guillermard – leFigaro.fr

 

L'avionneur français et l'indien HAL ont trouvé un accord sur l'organisation industrielle de l'assemblage du Rafale.

 

À trois semaines du coup d'envoi des élections législatives en Inde (du 7 avril au 12 mai), Dassault Aviation* a franchi une étape décisive dans la perspective de la signature du contrat d'acquisition de 126 Rafale par l'armée de l'air indienne. «Oui, nous avons un accord avec HAL. Oui, nous avons un “work share” (répartition du travail, NDLR) avec la partie indienne», a déclaré Éric Trappier, PDG de l'avionneur, jeudi 13 mars, lors de la présentation des résultats annuels. Il confirme ainsi une information de la chaîne de télévision locale NDTV. «C'est une belle étape de franchie», a-t-il apprécié.

Cet accord est crucial car il est au cœur de la vente du Rafale en Inde. En janvier 2012, New Delhi avait choisi le chasseur français pour moderniser sa flotte d'avions de combat. L'Inde était entrée en négociations exclusives avec Paris afin de transposer en termes contractuels les différents volets de l'offre française. Il est prévu que les 18 premiers Rafale soient fabriqués en France et les 108 suivants assemblés en Inde, dans le cadre d'un transfert de technologie inédit.

 

Partage des responsabilités

Le géant indien de l'aéronautique HAL sera «leader de la fabrication du Rafale en Inde», a rappelé Éric Trappier. «HAL a défini sa supply chain puis les partenaires français et indiens ont trouvé un accord pour travailler ensemble dans le cadre d'une organisation industrielle clairement définie», a-t-il poursuivi. Le partage des responsabilités a également été acté. «Nous avons un partage du travail et un partage des responsabilités. HAL est responsable du travail qu'il fait», souligne le PDG de l'avionneur. Dès lors s'engage la dernière phase des négociations. Éric Trappier espère signer le contrat cette année. Le résultat des élections législatives pourrait-il avoir un impact? «L'Inde a des besoins opérationnels et industriels. Ces besoins restent, quel que soit le résultat des élections», souligne le PDG de Dassault Aviation.

Outre l'Inde, le groupe travaille sur quatre autres marchés où le Rafale a ses chances: le Canada, qui pourrait remettre en cause l'achat de l'avion de combat américain F-35, la Malaisie, le Qatar ainsi que les Émirats arabes unis.

Sur le front de l'aviation d'affaires qui a représenté 69% des ventes consolidées (4,59 milliards d'euros) en 2013, le marché est encore convalescent. Cela, en l'absence d'une reprise franche aux États-Unis, le plus important marché pour l'aviation d'affaires. Le groupe a livré 77 Falcon en 2013 (contre 66 en 2012) et prévoit 70 livraisons cette année. Sur le terrain commercial, l'avionneur a engrangé 64 commandes en 2013 (58 contrats en 2012). Pour cette année, le groupe espère «un “book-to-bill” (ratio entre les prises de commandes et les livraisons, NDLR) supérieur à 1 grâce au Falcon 5X», son nouveau jet présenté cet automne au salon de Las Vegas. «Nous avons pris beaucoup de commandes pour un début de programme. Nous sommes satisfaits de l'accueil réservé au 5X par le marché», a souligné Éric Trappier. L'avionneur qui vient d'enrichir sa gamme, va encore la renforcer en présentant un nouvel appareil - nom de code M1000 - au salon européen de l'aviation d'affaires qui se tient à Genève en mai.

*Le Groupe Dassault est propriétaire du «Figaro»


Les profits partagés entre salariés, actionnaires et investissements

À 334 millions d'euros, le résultat net ajusté (hors Thales) de Dassault Aviation a baissé par rapport aux 366 millions de 2012. Cela tient au recul du résultat opérationnel, qui a été obéré par une augmentation de la R & D autofinancée à 482 millions (387 millions en 2012). Elle est surtout «destinée à financer la montée en puissance du Falcon 5X. Cela continuera dans les deux ans à venir», a précisé Éric Trappier, PDG du groupe. Compte tenu de la nécessité de poursuivre cet effort et des incertitudes du marché, le dividende proposé aux actionnaires au titre de 2013 est de 90 millions d'euros (94 millions en 2012). De leur côté, les 8000 salariés de Dassault Aviation (hors filiales) se partageront 109 millions sous forme d'intéressement et de participation. Le solde sera réinvesti. Le groupe continue à appliquer la règle des «trois tiers» en matière de partage des bénéfices. «Les bénéfices ne reviennent pas de façon massive chez les actionnaires. Serge Dassault et sa famille continuent à soutenir la société et à préparer son avenir», a insisté Éric Trappier.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 19:20
US Navy Issues $698.9 M Contract Modification to LM for FY14 LCSs

 

 

Mar 11, 2014 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin-led industry team a $698.9 million contract modification to add funding for construction of two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) – the seventh and eighth in a 10-ship contract awarded in December 2010.

 

The contract modification is for construction of Indianapolis (LCS 17) and LCS 19, yet to be named. The first ship on this 2010 contract, the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), was christened and launched in 2013, and is undergoing trials before delivery to the Navy in 2015. The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) will be christened and launched later this year. Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11) and Wichita (LCS 13) are all in various stages of construction, and Billings (LCS 15) will begin construction this year.

 

“Our industry team appreciates the U.S. Navy’s confidence in the LCS program as we continue down the learning curve to make these ships more capable and more affordable,” said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business. “We’ll continue to build best-in-class, cost effective ships for the Navy, supporting its need to defeat littoral threats and provide maritime access in critical waterways.”

 

Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, is building the ships in Marinette, Wis., with naval architect Gibbs & Cox of Arlington, Va., providing engineering support. Fincantieri has invested more than $74 million in the Marinette facility on upgrades that have increased efficiency and minimized energy consumption, an expansion that will allow for construction of more than two ships at a time, and process improvements that will speed up production.

 

Nearly 900 suppliers across 43 states are contributing to the Freedom-class LCS program.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 19:20
photo Austal

photo Austal

 

 

Mar 11, 2014 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

A ceremony celebrating the laying and authentication of the keel of the future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) was held at the Austal USA shipyard, today.

 

The keel was authenticated by the ship's sponsor, Virginia Kamsky, who confirmed that it was truly and fairly laid. Although the laying of the keel has historically signified the start of ship fabrication, modern technologies make it possible for the shipbuilding process to commence months before the keel has been laid.

 

"I want to thank our shipbuilders who are working so hard, from each keel laying to each delivery, to ensure the Navy receives the strongest, most flexible and capable ships possible," said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager, Program Executive Office (PEO), Ships. "Trenton's keel laying marks the first significant milestone in her journey to delivery and eventual support of a variety of missions around the world."

 

JHSV 5 benefits from program maturity, building on the lessons learned from the earlier ships in the class. The ship leverages commercial design and technologies to ensure design stability and lower development costs.

 

Upon completion, USNS Trenton will be used for the rapid transport of troops, equipment, and supplies over operational distances, in support of a variety of missions including maneuver and sustainment, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. JHSV 5 is capable of transporting 600 short tons of military cargo 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.

 

The JHSV is capable of interface with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, features an off-load ramp and a flight deck, and has a shallow draft of less than 15 feet. Its speed and ability to access austere port environments, as well as the size and versatility of its cargo capabilities, makes the JHSV an extremely flexible asset for support of a wide range of operations.

 

The fourth ship to be named after New Jersey's capital city, JHSV 5 honors the values and the men and women of the city as well as the state of New Jersey. USNS Trenton will be owned and operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC), operating within MSC's Sealift program. She will be manned by a crew of 22 civil service mariners with military mission personnel embarking as required.

 

As one of the Department of Defense's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets - while balancing affordability and capability - is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 17:45
Saab opens Botswana office

A Swedish Air Force Saab Gripen fighter jet

 

13 March 2014 by defenceWeb

 

Defence and security company Saab has opened an office in Botswana’s capital Gaborone as it expands its presence on the African continent.

 

Saab is now represented in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana in Sub Saharan Africa and is looking at other African countries to have Saab representation. The group sees big opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, having already done business in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana and Angola.

 

“Botswana has been selected as the third [African] country to open an office in due to its transparent business environment and solid business opportunities for various products in the Saab portfolio,” said Jerker Ahlqvist, who will be heading up the Saab office in Botswana.

 

Ahlqvist explained that the office in Botswana has primarily been established to provide a hub for Saab to increase its presence to market its products and to play a role in further strengthen the relationship between Sweden and Botswana. Opening an office in Botswana also avoids some of the barriers present in a market like South Africa, such as company ownership criteria and black economic empowerment (BEE).

 

One of Saab’s main goals is to grow and break into the Sub-Saharan region. With the growing economy in Africa this expansion has been made all the more important. This is also in line with Saab’s establishment of its ‘Market Area Concept’ which consolidates the markets in which the company is active, Saab said.

 

“With the establishment of the market areas, Saab is expanding on all continents. With the growing economies in many countries in Africa there is a growing demand for defence and security products – and hence, a demand for Saab products.”

 

For instance, Saab hopes to sell its Skeldar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Africa, especially for things like anti-poaching, anti-piracy and peacekeeping operations – the United Nations began operating UAVs in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.

 

At the beginning of last year Saab established the two new market areas of Europe & Greater Middle East and Nordic & Baltic, joining its other four market areas. Saab is focusing on increasing its international presence outside of Sweden in order to create profitable and long-term growth. The company recently announced it was expanding its activities in the naval domain and recruiting new employees, especially for the fields of electronic systems and electronic warfare.

 

Saab has a wide variety of aerospace and defence products on offer, including a range of throwable tactical UAVs, the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle, RBS 70 surface-to-air missile, maritime and airborne early warning aircraft (based on the Saab 340 and 2000), soldier training systems, land vehicle and aircraft self-protection systems, air traffic management systems, radars and more.

 

One of its most successful products is the Gripen fighter jet, which is being offered in the most recent Gripen E version. According to the head of the Aeronautics division of Saab, Lennart Sindahl, Saab has received interest in the Gripen from Botswana. Botswana has also expressed interest in buying FA-50 light fighters from South Korea.

 

Saab hopes to sell between 300 and 450 Gripen C/D/E aircraft over the next 20 years for a 10% share of the global market. Saab said that, apart from being a highly capable aircraft, the Gripen's chief selling point is its affordability, in terms of development, acquisition, operation, and through-life sustainment, which makes it ideal for countries like Botswana and South Africa.

 

One prominent field Saab has experience with in Africa is camp building for peacekeeping operations, having assisted the African Union and the United Nations on the continent. One mission has seen Saab setting up a complete turn-key camp solution in the horn of Africa. The company has also provided maintenance, repair and overhaul activities for vehicles, generators, water purification plants, air-conditioning units and patrol boats.

 

In South Africa, Saab is offering soldier training systems, maritime surveillance aircraft, vehicle protection systems and radars to the South African National Defence Force and provides support to the Air Force’s Gripen fleet.

 

Although Africa is a promising emerging defence market, analysts have cautioned that the continent is a difficult market with little money and complex or poorly defined requirements.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 13:55
Rafale en Inde : un petit pas de plus pour Dassault avec le transfert de technologies



13.04.2013 Par Olivier Berger, grand reporter à La Voix du Nord

Lors de sa conférence sur les résultats annuels, ce jeudi 13 mars, le PDG de Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, a indiqué que les négociations pour le transfert de technologies du Rafale était achevées avec l'Inde. Une nouvelle étape importante avant la possible signature du contrat gigantesque de 126 avions de chasse pour 8,6 milliards d'euros. 

Dassault Aviation est probablement passé maître dans l'art de la patience et de la ténacité après les divers échecs à l'exportation du Rafale, dont le dernier au Brésil au profit du Gripen de Saab. En plus du feuilleton indien, il reste en lice au Canada (60 avions), en Malaisie (18), au Qatar mais l'Inde concentre un enjeu formidable.

En attendant, Dassault et l'entreprise publique indienne HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) ont défini clairement, selon Eric Trappier, le transfert de technologies et le plan de charge industrielle. Concrètement, " le transfert sera progressif. Les dix-huit premiers Rafale seront faits en France puis progressivement en Inde jusqu'au 126e ", décrit le PDG de Dassault Aviation.

Mais une incertitude pèse sur le résultat des élections indiennes en mai et la tendance du futur gouvernement...

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 12:50
Tigre UHT. Photo Bundeswehr

Tigre UHT. Photo Bundeswehr

 

 

March 13, 2014: Strategy Page

 

Two years after the first ones arrived Germany recently received the last batch of four Tiger helicopter gunships modified for service in Afghanistan. These twelve ASGARD (Afghanistan Stabilization German Army Rapid Deployment) models included sand filters, additional defense systems, a mission data recorder, and communications gear able to deal with systems used by allies. Germany has been training Tiger crews intensively for the last few years, getting them ready for service in Afghanistan. The training has been intense as crews returning from Afghanistan warn that you have to be prepared if you are to survive out there.

 

There have also been teething problems with Tiger. For example all Tigers were grounded in March 2013 after one of them crashed and burned during a training accident in Germany. This was the third Tiger to crash so far, although none of the six crewmen involved were killed. Intense training continued despite the accidents. German troops in Afghanistan wanted this aircraft badly but delivery was delayed several times due to various problems. In addition to the ASGARD upgrades, there were problems with the wiring and a number of less serious shortcomings as well. When the first French Tigers arrived in Afghanistan in 2009 there were problems and that led to the German ASGARD program for German Tigers intended for Afghanistan. In 2009 Germany only had ten Tigers and all were being used for training. It took three years to create ASGARD Tigers and get some to Afghanistan.

 

Tiger is made by European firm Eurocopter and has shown up just in time in Afghanistan. Until the arrival of the French and German Tigers, American AH-64s provided gunship support for all foreign troops in Afghanistan. France has used Tigers in Somalia, and Mali, where they have performed well. Tiger has spent over 7,500 flight hours in combat zones so far and a hundred have been delivered. The major users are Germany, France (which has ordered 80), Spain (24), and Australia (22). A total of 206 Tiger helicopters have been ordered. So far Tigers have spent over 50,000 hours in the air, most of it for training.

 

The Tiger costs more (some models go for over $100 million, including R&D costs) than the AH-64, a ten ton gunship that has been in service since the 1980s. Tiger entered service in 2003. The six ton Tiger has a crew of two and a max speed of 280 kilometers an hour. It cruises at 230 kilometers an hour and usually stays in the air about three hours per sortie. It is armed with a 30mm automatic cannon, 70mm rocket pods (19 rockets per pod), and various types of air-to-ground missiles (eight Hellfire types at once). It can also carry four Mistral anti-aircraft missiles.

 

Germany appears to have lost some of its enthusiasm for Tiger and cut its order from 80 to 57. Germany has had a lot of problems with Tiger during the last few years. Besides, Germany has better uses for the money, like bailing out the many European nations having financial problems.

 

Warplanes: Tiger Makes Its Mark In Little Wars

In 2013 France received the first of 40 of the ground support (HAD) version of the Tiger helicopter gunship. In 2008 the German Army received its first Tiger HAD. This version of Tiger first entered service in 2005. The HAD version has 14 percent more engine power and better protection from ground fire than the original model. While earlier versions were mainly for anti-vehicle work, HAD is more like the current U.S. AH-64 Apache and optimized for ground support. Development of Tiger began in 1987, before the Cold War ended. So the anti-tank aspect took a while to disappear and get replaced by a gunship optimized for hunting and killing a large variety of targets.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 12:35
Russian Helicopters sent further Mi-17 in India

 

 

13.04.2014 Rostec

 

The helicopter will be delivered part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport

 

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has built the 3,500th export version of the Mi-17 at Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter will be delivered to the Indian Armed Forces as part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012.

 

A contract for 80 military transport Mi-17V-5 helicopters was signed by Rosoboronexport in 2008, and all obligations have been met by the Russian side. In 2012 - 2013 India ordered a further 71 helicopters, which are currently being built by Russian Helicopters to the agreed schedule.

 

“South and South-East Asia are a core region for promoting Russian manufacturing. Our helicopters are well-known here and demand has remained constant,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “Today more than 250 helicopters built at our facilities are operational in India. They are used for flight training, personnel-carrying, search-and-rescue and medevac missions, and providing assistance in emergencies. Thanks to their unique abilities they can operate in even the most adverse weather conditions, and complete their missions with distinction.”

 

In summer 2013 Russian-built military transport helicopters were involved in evacuating people after torrential rains caused severe flooding in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. In February this year Mi-17V-5 helicopters evacuated about 200 residents of villages in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir in the Himalayas after they became cut off from the rest of the region following cold weather and heavy snowfall.

 

The Mi-17V-5s being delivered to India are part of the legendary Mi-8/17 series, and are built on the construction solutions of previous generations of the series. All of the helicopters are fitted with a KNEI-8 avionics suite and a new PKV-8 autopilot, which helps reduce pilot workload and provides comprehensive information to enable pilots to complete complex missions. In addition, the helicopters being supplied to India are fitted with modern powerful engines, significantly expanding their capabilities for transporting heavy and bulky loads, particularly in the high mountain terrain characteristic of northern India.

 

Soviet- and Russian-built helicopters have operated successfully in India for more than half a century. The first Mi-4s were delivered in January 1961; in the decades since, Mi-26s, Mi-24/35s, Mi-8/17s have all been supplied to India.

 

Russian Helicopters attaches particular importance to providing after-sales maintenance services in regions where it supplies helicopters. The parties are currently collaborating on the development of an offset programme aimed at expanding India’s capabilities to provide maintenance services for Russian helicopters.

 

Russian Helicopters is also interested in developing the Indian market for commercial helicopters. Today development work is ongoing on the new multirole Mi-171A2, which could potentially expand the fleet of Russian-built helicopters in India. The new helicopter is the latest addition to the Mi-8/17 series and over time will replace its predecessors from this illustrious series. The Mi-171A2 has been designed using the latest materials and aerospace technologies, and will come with an upgraded power plant, new rotor system and modern avionics suite.

 

Russian Helicopters is currently participating in India Aviation 2014, where it is showcasing its current and forthcoming models to operators from South and South-East Asia. India Aviation 2014 is taking place at the exhibition centre of Begumpet airport in Hyderabad, and the company’s stand can be found in Sector B at stand 42.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 12:20
General Dynamics delivers second mobile landing platform to US Navy

US Navy's second mobile landing platform, USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), underway off the California coast. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.

 

13 March 2014 naval-technology.com

 

General Dynamics NASSCO has successfully delivered the second mobile landing platform (MLP) ship, USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), to the US Navy.

 

The second MLP ship has been named to honour the former US Marine Corps pilot and US senator John Herschel Glenn, who is also the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.

 

General Dynamics NASSCO president Fred Harris said: "We are delivering this ship with the quality, innovation and capability needed to support the future missions of the nation's fleet and uniformed men and women around the world."

 

The 785ft-long MLP is a new class of auxiliary vessel being designed for the US Navy to serve as a floating base for amphibious operations and a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft.

 

Powered by a twin-screw diesel electric propulsion system integrating four MAN/B&W medium-speed diesel engines, the new MLP ships will enter service with three maritime prepositioning force (MPF) squadrons to support a wide range of missions including humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, amphibious and other combat missions.

 

The third ship of the class, MLP 3, is currently under construction by NASSCO and will be configured as an afloat forward staging base (AFSB).

 

MLP 3 is expected to be delivered to the US Navy in the second quarter of 2015.

"MLP 3 is expected to be delivered to the US Navy in the second quarter of 2015."

 

Separately, the US Navy has placed orders with General Dynamics for maintenance and modernisation of the Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Minnesota (SSN-783).

 

Under the $57m contract, the company will perform a post-shakedown availability, which consists of maintenance work, repairs, alternations and testing to ensure the submarine is operating at full technical capacity.

 

Scheduled to be completed in February 2015, work under the contract will be conducted at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, US.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 11:50
MBDA, un modèle industriel pour l'Europe de la défense ?

 

13 mars 2014 Par Hassan Meddah - Usinenouvelle.com

 

A l'occasion du lancement du programme de missiles anti-navire léger (ANL), MDBA adopte une nouvelle organisation industrielle. Elle assoit une dépendance mutuelle stratégique et industrielle entre la France et le Royaume-Uni.

 

L'Europe de la défense se fera peut-être par l'industrie. En particulier, en s'inspirant du nouveau modèle industriel du fabricant de missiles MBDA, filiale commune à Airbus group, l'italien Finmeccanica, et l'anglais BAE Systems. Ce modèle est basé sur une dépendance mutuelle que sont prêts à organiser entre eux les Etats européens eux-mêmes, en tout cas la France et le Royaume-Uni. A l'occasion du lancement du programme du missile anti-navire léger ANL, les gouvernements français et britanniques ont décidé d'entrer dans une nouvelle logique de partage de souveraineté et de dépendance mutuelle au niveau industriel. 

La raison est simple : aucun des deux pays ne peut plus maintenir sur le long terme l'effort nécessaire pour financer et développer les nouvelles technologies de missiles afin de disposer, chacun de leur côté de la Manche, d'une gamme complète de produits. L'idée est donc de se partager les compétences pour éviter la coûteuse duplication des bureaux d'études et des chaînes industrielles. Pour le programme ANL, l’industriel va s’appuyer sur 12 centres de compétences répartis sur les deux pays. Ainsi les sites français de MBDA ont l'expertise des calculateurs embarqués développée au Plessis-Robinson (Hauts-de-Seine) et des bancs de tests installées à Bourges (Cher). Les sites anglais maîtrisent les technologies des actuateurs (les parties mobiles des missiles) et des systèmes de liaisons de données. Jusqu’ici, l’industriel prenait soin de dupliquer dans chaque pays l’ensemble des compétences pour assurer à chacun des deux pays de pouvoir assurer la production de missiles sur son territoire.

 

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Ce partage des tâches s'appliquera non seulement aux programmes en coopération mais également aux programmes nationaux. Ainsi le futur missile moyenne portée (MMP) destiné à l'armée française embarquera des actuateurs anglais, et le programme britannique du Spear Capability s'appuiera sur un calculateur français. Avec cette nouvelle spécialisation industrielle et la mise en place d'une filière missile optimisée, les deux pays visent jusqu'à 30% d'économies sur les livraisons des futurs équipements. Il s'agit de faire face à la concurrence des groupes américains (Raytheon, Lockheed Martin) et israéliens (Rafael Advanced Defense System) mais également des acteurs émergents comme des industriels chinois qui ont récemment remporté l'appel d'offres turc pour un système de défense aérienne de longue portée.

 

Groupe intégré

Le nouveau modèle de spécialisation de MBDA est l'aboutissement d'une longue maturation industrielle, qui devrait avoir des impacts dans les deux pays. Le point de départ remonte au début des années 1990 avec lancement d'un premier programme entre français et britanniques - déjà ! - le Scalp Storm Shadow et la création de MBD (l’ancêtre de MBDA) avec la fusion des activités missilières de Bae Dynamics et de Matra Défense. Il y a encore 20 ans, l'Europe comptait encore six fabricants nationaux capables de concevoir et de produire des missiles et tous concurrents ! Ensuite la consolidation a opéré jusqu'en 2001, avec le rassemblement des activités de missiles des grands acteurs européens (Alenia Marconi Systems, Matra Bae Dynamics, EADS Aerospatiale Missile) créant MBDA. 

 

MBDA, un modèle industriel pour l'Europe de la défense ?

L'entreprise pèse aujourd’hui environ 3 milliards d'euros de chiffres pour un effectif de 10 000 salariés répartis entre l'Allemagne, la France, l'Italie, le Royaume-Uni et les Etats-Unis. Agissant comme un groupe intégré, il a abandonné l'organisation par pays. Ainsi les différents patrons des activités en charge des programmes ou des forces commerciales ont autorité sur l'ensemble des pays.

Mais l'histoire n'est pas finie... Pour amplifier cette organisation, il faudra encore convaincre l'Italie, l'Allemagne et l'Espagne de partager la vision industrielle du couple franco-britannique.

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L’Airbus A400M réalise ses premiers essais de largage

 

 

12.03.2014 Emilie Drab journal-aviation.com

 

Airbus Defence and Space a annoncé le 12 mars que l’A400M avait réalisé sa première campagne d’essais de largage. Ceux-ci ont été réalisés au-dessus de la zone de Fonsorbes, près de Toulouse.

 

Les essais ont compté onze vols sur deux semaines durant lesquelles l’A400M a parachuté différentes charges. Les 26 plus lourdes (de 255kg à 4 tonnes) ont été larguées par la rampe arrière (RAS-wedge) et les onze autres (pesant entre 15 et 320kg) par les portes prévues pour les parachutistes.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 08:40
Kalashnikov to present new products from its Baikal brand to Europeans


07.03.2014 Rostec
 

European customers will be able to familiarize themselves with new products from the Baikal brand, including the semi-automatic gun MP-135; pneumatic pistols MP-654KM, MP-657, and MP-657K; and compressed gas guns MP-553 and MP-553K. The Kalashnikov press service recently reported on this.

Overall, the company will present 140 different hunting rifles to visitors to the IWA & Outdoor Classic 2014 international sporting and hunting goods exposition. The event will take place March 7-10 in the German city of Nuremberg.

Among the products are some already familiar to Europeans, such as the sports carbine Saiga-MK-107, as well as the Saiga 340 gun for practical shooting and the Saiga-9 in 9x19 mm and 9x21 mm calibers, whose mass production is scheduled to begin n 2014.

More than 20 carbine rifles and other weapons come from the Viatsko-Polianskii Hammer Factory, including new the Wild Boar performance series with 7.62x39 mm and .308 Win calibers, the Griffin carbine with interchangeable barrels of 223 Rem, .308 Win, and 20x76 mm calibers, as well as hunting rifles of 9x19 mm caliber and .22 LR using an AKM base.

Kalashnikov’s general manager Aleksei Krivoruchko  is leading the company’s delegation. During the exhibition talks are scheduled to take place with company leaders, as well as with potential partners to supply the enterprise with modern machinery for production modernization.
The 200-square meter both will be used to present a wide range of civilian weapons produced by the concern Kalashnikov, Izhevsk Mechanical Factory, and the Viatsko-Polianskii Hammer Factory.

European IWA is one of three hunting weapon expositions in the world that takes place on a regular basis. The two others are Shot Show in the U.S. and Arms and Hunting in Russia

The IWA presents weapons, equipment, clothing, shoes, knives, and other hunting accessories for hunters and tourists. Military weapons are not demonstrated here.

The concern Kalashnikov (formerly Izhmash) is Russia’s largest producer of automatic and sniper combat arms, guided artillery shells, and a wide range of civilian products, including shotguns, hunting rifles, machines, and tools. The company was founded in 1807 and is now part of the state corporation Rostec. Kalashnikov brings together large state enterprises of Russia’s arms industry, such as Izhmash and Izhevsk Mechanical Factory. In the future, the Viatsko-Polianskii Hammer Factory, KBAL named for Koshkin and NITI Progress will also join the concern. Kalashnikov’s products are delivered to 27 countries, including USA, UK, Germany, Norway, Italy, Canada, Kazakhstan, and Thailand.

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ODK has presented its best designs to a British delegation


07.03.2014 Rostec

 

Hosted by representatives of the corporation ODK and held on the premises of SPC Gas Turbine Salute, an aerospace conference has taken place with the participation of British aviation companies.

The conference began with a tour of the Salute museum, which shows the entire history of the plant since its inception to the present day.

The British delegation was shown models of the best examples from the domestic motor industry, including PD-14, AL-31FN, AI-222-25, and others. The PD-14 engine is a civil turbofan engine project developed by several ODK enterprises. The Yak-130 aircraft uses the AI-222-25 engine series. To date, several engine modifications have been developed as well, including an engine with an afterburner and thrust vector control system. The AL-31FN engine is designed for the Su -27 airplane and related models.

Alexander Korshunov, director of marketing, sales and international industrial cooperation, discussed the enterprises and products of ODK. In his speech he also talked about future areas of cooperation with the UK aerospace industry.

Sergei Pavlinich, deputy general director of ODK, stressed the importance of partnerships between Russia and Britain in high-tech industries.
The British delegation was made up of representatives from companies specializing in high-tech manufacturing components, the design and development of advanced materials, equipment, and production technology. They also made a presentation about their products.

Among the British delegates visiting Salute were Barbara Habberjam, the Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs, Trade, and Investment at the British Embassy, as well as David Scotter, the head of ADS GROUP LTD. They expressed their hope and willingness for further cooperation between Great Britain and Russia in the field of aerospace manufacturing.

The United Engine Corporation (ODK) has a integrated structure that produces engines for military and civil aircraft and also installs various capacities for the production of electricity and thermal energy, gas-compressor and gas turbine units for ships. ODK is part of the state corporation Rostec.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft's First Flight

 

 

06/03/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

US aerospace/defence firm Boeing's MSA (Maritime Surveillance Aircraft) demonstrator has made its first flight, with highly successful results. According to Boeing officials, all mission requirements were met and the aircrews' experience was positive throughout the flight, which lasted four hours.

 

The first MSA flight preceded further planned sorties, aimed at establishing the aircraft as the stepping stone toward a future effective, low-cost maritime surveillance platform capable of engaging in border security, anti-piracy, search and rescue and more.

 

The MSA resulted from a tie-up between Boeing and Field Aviation. The demonstrator aircraft is essentially an adapted Bombadier CL-604 Challenger business jet, with systems enhancements integrated to modify it for the naval arena.

 

First MSA Flight

 

"We accomplished everything we set out to achieve", Field Aviation's Craig Tylski explained in Boeing's first MSA flight press release. "The aerodynamic performance was right on the money and even with the additional aerodynamic shapes, such as the radome, the demonstrator performed like a normal aircraft. The control and handling were excellent."

 

Off the back of this flight and future test sorties, Boeing will now move forward to the final MSA design, which will be based on the CL-605 aircraft. Included will be an AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) multi-mode radar, Electronic Support Measures and various sensors. The same technologies also feature in the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance platform, which made its first flight in April 2009.

 

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

 

In essence, the whole Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft concept involves a type that's smaller and cheaper than the Poseidon but possesses many of its capabilities.

 

The CL-604 Challenger is a variant of the civilian Challenger 600 series originally developed by Canadair. Several nations' air arms operate it as a multirole transport aircraft including those of Denmark, Canada and Germany. First flown in 1978, the Challenger has a top speed of 529 miles per hour and a maximum range of 3,959 miles.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
K-MAX And SMSS In Unmanned Air/Ground Trials

 

 

24/02/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Unmanned air and ground technologies will be paired in combined autonomous trials involving Lockheed Martin and the US Army.

 

In these, the US aerospace/defence firm's K-MAX unmanned helicopter and SMSS (Squad Mission Support System) will work together in the RSTA (reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition) role. According to officials, it's a first-time pairing that could expand the future battlefield roles of unmanned systems.

 

Two years ago, a Squad Mission Support System fitted with a multi-camera Gyrocam network carried out remotely-operated reconnaissance over a 200+ mile control radius. The new trials will build on this work, integrating the unmanned helicopter.

 

K-MAX And SMSS Trials

 

"This level of mission cooperation between unmanned air and ground vehicles of this size, controlled beyond line-of-sight, is an industry first", said Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control's Joe Zinecker, in the firm's K-MAX UAS /SMSS UGV trials press release. "This demonstration could lead to expanded missions, such as remote sensing and monitoring of suspected chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats or events."

 

The K-MAX UAS was developed by Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation. Tasked with resupplying deployed US warfighters with battlefield cargo, it can transport payloads weighing up to 6,000 pounds. The Squad Mission Support System previously achieved another unmanned systems first, working alongside deployed US forces in Afghanistan.

 

Unmanned Air And Ground Systems

 

The unmanned air and ground systems trial will be carried out in coming months. As it unfolds, the K-MAX will carry an SMSS as an underslung load and position it in a simulated frontline environment. With the SMSS surveying the area, the K-MAX will fly back to its base.

 

'In this new scenario, the reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition sensor onboard the SMSS will be used to locate, observe and obtain coordinates of targets and other objects of interest', Lockheed Martin explains. 'The coordinates and sensor imagery will be passed back through a satellite communications system to a remote operations center hundreds of miles away for analysis.'

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 07:50
Prague Extends Lease of 14 Swedish Gripen Fighters

 

Mar. 12, 2014 – Defense News (AFP)

 

PRAGUE — The Czech government on Wednesday renewed its lease on 14 Swedish fighter jets until 2027, its defense minister said.

 

The Czech army has been using the Gripen one- and two-seaters since 2005 under a 10-year contract worth around 20 billion koruna (€730 million, $1 billion).

 

“From now on Prague will pay an annual 1.7 billion koruna,” Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said of the lease that kicks in next year.

 

He added that the aircraft would be upgraded under the contract. Sweden would also train 25 Czech pilots and 90 technicians.

 

A total of 166 Gripen fighters are used around the world, including 100 in Sweden, according to data from Swedish manufacturer Saab.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 19:50
£20 million contract for new Royal Navy ships

An Amazonas Class offshore patrol vessel built for the Brazilian Navy [Picture: Copyright BAE Systems]

 

12 March 2014 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a £20 million contract to buy parts for the Royal Navy's 3 new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

 

It was announced in November last year that MOD would purchase the ships which will be built, subject to approval, by BAE Systems.

Today, 12 March, during a visit to the company’s shipyards on the Clyde in Scotland, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne announced that MOD has committed £20 million to the programme.

The contract will enable BAE Systems to begin work on parts such as the engines and gearboxes, which require a longer time to make and therefore have to be ordered in advance of the main shipbuilding programme.

The Royal Navy’s OPVs are set to be built later this year by BAE Systems at their Clyde shipyards, which employ approximately 3,000 people.

Computer-generated image of the Royal Navy’s new OPV
Mick Ord, Managing Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, and Defence Minister Philip Dunne view a computer-generated image of the Royal Navy’s new OPV [Picture: Copyright BAE Systems]

Mr Dunne said:

This £20 million is a significant milestone, critical to the successful delivery of these 3 vessels for the Royal Navy.

The OPVs will not only provide an additional capability for the UK but also, at its peak, the OPV programme will safeguard more than 800 vital skilled roles in the shipbuilding industry.

OPVs can be used to support counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations in the waters around the UK and other UK interests abroad.

Compared to the current River Class ships, the new OPVs will be larger, with more storage and accommodation facilities and a larger flight deck for Merlin helicopters.

The first OPV is expected to be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 19:45
L’Algérie opte pour les Mi-28 & Mi-26

 

10.03.2014 avia news
 

L'Algérie vient de passé une commande pour l'achat de 42 hélicoptères d'attaque Mil Mi-28 et six hélicoptères de transport Mi-26T2, destinés à sa force aérienne. Le contrat est évalué à 2,7 milliards de dollars. Le contrat comprend également prévu la mise à niveau de 39 hélicoptères Mil Mi-8 au standard «Terminator», ils seront équipés d'un blindage au niveau du cockpit, d'un pod de désignation laser et d'une large gamme d'armement.

 

Le Mil Mi-28NE:

 

Le MIL Mi-28 est un hélicoptère d’attaque blindé. Il ne dispose pas de fonction secondaire de transport comme le Mi-24 et est surtout destiné à un rôle anti-char et de soutien à l’infanterie.  

Le Mi-28NE possède des caractéristiques intéressantes qui en font un hélicoptère redoutable :

  • Équipement électronique (navigation, armement, etc.) intégré à l'appareil et géré par deux ordinateurs.

  • Protection passive du pilote et du copilote : Cockpit totalement blindé résistant au tir de munitions perforantes ou incendiaires de calibre 12,7 mm.

  • Deux turbines séparées ayant leurs éléments vitaux protégés par un blindage supplémentaire. Possibilité de voler sur une seule turbine.

  • Utilisation de nouveaux matériaux résistant mieux aux dommages.

  • Possibilité de vol de jour ou de nuit par des conditions météo mauvaises, et cela même à basse altitude (5-15m selon le fabricant).

Le Mi-28NE peut accueillir différentes armes, en tourelle et sur ses 4 points d'emports :

  • Armement fixes : canon automatique Shipuniv 2A42 de calibre 30x165mm, embarquant 250 projectiles. la cadence de tir est réglable à 200 ou 550 coups par minute. Il est monté sur la tourelle NPPU-28N. Sa portée pratique est de 2 500 m.

  • Armement amovible sur les 4 points d'emports :

    • Missiles guidés :

      • Jusqu'à 16 missiles guidés anti-chars 9M120 Ataka-B ou jusqu'à 8 missiles à détection infrarouge Igla-V.

    • Pods de roquettes amovibles :

    • Type S-8 (Calibre 80 mm) jusqu'à 80 pièces sur 4 pods ou Type S-13 (calibre 122 mm) jusqu'à 20 pièces sur 4 pods ou Type S-24 (Calibre 240 mm) jusqu'à 2 pièces.

    • Jusqu'à 2 canons UPK-23-250 de 23 mm avec 250 projectiles chacune.

    • Jusqu'à 4 lance-mines KMGU-2.

    • Pods de mitrailleuses amovibles :

    • Mines :

 

 

Le Mil MI-26T2 : 

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La compagnie Rostvertol propose donc aux forces aériennes algériennes la version modernisée de son hélicoptère de transport lourd Mi-26T2.L'hélicoptère Mi-26T2 est doté d'une nouveau cockpit dont l’avionique est modernisée. Les équipements permettent l'emploi des lunettes de vision nocturne.

 

mi-26t10.jpg

 

 

Actuellement, les forces aériennes algériennes ne disposent pas d'hélicoptères de transport lourds du type Mi-26T. Elles exploitent au sein des escadrilles de transport des engins de fabrication soviétique et russe, notamment des Mi-6 (2 unités), Mi-4 (4), Mi-2 (28), Mi-8 (47), Mi-171 (42) et Ka-32. /L

 

Photos : 1 Mil Mi-28 @ Sergy 2 Mil Mi-26T2 3 Cockpit @ MilMi

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 19:40
L'armée russe dotée de vedettes pilotées au moyen d'un joystick d'ici 2015

 

NIJNI NOVGOROD, 12 mars - RIA Novosti

 

L'armée russe sera dotée de vedettes du projet 23040 pilotées au moyen d'un joystick en 2014 et 2015, a annoncé mercredi l'usine Nijegorodski Teplokhod de Nijni Novgorod chargée de construire les vedettes.

 

"Notre calendrier de travail pour 2014 prévoit la construction de six vedettes pour la flottille russe de la Caspienne (Astrakhan) et de trois autres pour la flotte de la Baltique (Kronstadt). En 2015, nous construirons cinq autres vedettes pour la flotte de la Baltique", a indiqué l'usine dans un communiqué.

 

Deux vedettes sont déjà prêtes et seront mises à l'eau après le début de la navigation, deux autres vedettes sont en chantier.

 

A la différence des vedettes russes Flamingo (projet 1415) et leurs dérivés, les vedettes du projet 23040 sont dotées de moteurs plus puissants et sont mieux adaptées pour naviguer dans les glaces. Cela leur permet d'effectuer des missions à 50 milles de la côte. La vedette du projet 23040 peut servir de plateforme pour plongeurs, participer aux missions de recherche et de sauvetage, d'extinction d'incendies en mer, de renflouement de bateaux et aux opérations hydrotechniques à l'état de mer 3.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 19:30
Turkish MIZRAK-U Anti-Tank Missile Launched

 

 

12/03/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

State-owned Turkish weapons manufacturer Roketsan has tested a new air-launched anti-tank missile design, with successful results.

 

The MIZRAK-U test launch involved a Cobra AH-1S attack helicopter and took place over a 3.5 kilometre range. The missile successfully engaged with its designated target, paving the way for further trials and eventual entry-into-service, all being well.

 

Once in service, the MIZRAK-U missile will equip the Turkish Land Forces' TAI/AgustaWestland T129 attack helicopters, examples of which are currently being delivered.

 

The TAI/AgustaWestland T129 is based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta helicopter, which first flew in the mid-1980s. Harnessing the preceding design's airframe, it features advanced avionics and weapons systems developed in Turkey, plus more powerful engines and rotor blades. Six examples have been built, with 54 more set to ultimately join the Turkish Land Forces.

 

MIZRAK-U Missile

 

The MIZRAK-U missile is designed to strike targets with up to eight kilometres separation. It will be put into full-scale production from 2015 onwards and boasts an infrared seeker, a high-explosive warhead and other features.

 

Also now in development is a medium-range variant, named MIZRAK-O. This has a range of four kilometres but, otherwise, shares many characteristics.

 

The Turkish Land Forces has existed in its modern form since July 1949. In recent years, it has employed around 400,000 personnel and participated in numerous conflicts and, for more than two decades, has been continually introducing new military technologies into service.

 

Turkish Anti-Tank Missile

 

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters serve with the Turkish Ground Forces in greater numbers than any other rotary platform but it also operates 37 AH-1 SuperCobra and 30 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters, of the type used in the Turkish anti-tank missile test.

 

Roketsan was established in 1988 and produces rockets, missiles, mortars and other weapons. It is also involved in a programme through which Turkey's satellite launch capability will expand. The nation's Space Launch System project will involve the construction of a spaceport, satellite launch vehicles and other satellite operations infrastructure.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 18:50
Kongsberg Has Signed A Contract for Upgrade of the Royal Norwegian Navy’s (RNoN) Proteus Simulator Infrastructure

 

 

March 12, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Kongsberg; issued March 12, 2014)

 

The contract scope includes infrastructure upgrades and migration to a common PROTEUS simulation core for all the RNoN’s Kongsberg delivered simulators, new visual image generation, a generic HLA Evolved interface enabling further simulator participation in joint collaborative exercises and a new PROTEUS map centric instructor station.

 

The contract has a value of 49 MNOK and will be delivered to the RNoN training establishment KNM Tordenskjold at Haakonsvern naval base in 2016.

 

"This contract is the result of Kongsberg’s long and proven relationship with RNoN. RNoN’s decision to further upgrade and improve its PROTEUS based simulator infrastructure strengthens our position as supplier of simulator systems, and in this context this is a very important reference contract for Kongsberg", says Executive Vice President Leiv Inge Steig in Kongsberg Defence Systems.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 18:40
KMDB has manufactured a version of the BTR-4 fitted with additional protection

 

08.03.2014 Sergyi Way - army-guide.com

 

Kharkiv, Ukraine -- The State Enterprise “Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau” (KMDB), which is included in the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”, has completed production of a version of the BTR-4 armoured fighting vehicle fitted with additional protection.

 

The new version of the BTR-4 armoured fighting vehicle enlarges the family of 8x8 armoured vehicles that has already entered series production. KMDB has developed and manufactured a prototype and an add-on armour kit for it. The add-on armour makes it possible to considerably increase the level of protection of the crew and vehicle-borne troops, who are seated inside the BTR-4. This armour can be installed and dismounted by the manpower of the crew under field conditions depending on the planned combat task and the supposed threat.

 

About the BTR-4 armoured fighting vehicle:

 

The BTR-4 is an 8x8 amphibious armoured fighting vehicle. The vehicle features a modular design, which enables its basic chassis to be used for development of a family of armoured vehicles. This family comprises an armoured personnel carrier, infantry combat vehicle, command vehicle, command staff vehicle, armoured ambulance, and armoured repair and recovery vehicle. Being able to accommodate various overhead weapon stations and special equipment, the vehicle can be adapted for fulfilment of various combat and auxiliary tasks.

 

The BTR-4 is in service with the Ukrainian Army. The vehicle is also of great interest for foreign customers.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 18:25
Mexico Buys Two Dominator UAVs

 

 

March 10, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Defensa; published March 10, 2014)

(Published in Spanish; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

 

Israeli manufacturer Aeronautics Defense Systems (ADS) has confirmed a report in the Spanish website Defensa.com that it has signed a contract to supply two air Dominator XP unmanned systems to the Armed Forces of Mexico.

 

Based on the Diamond DA42 twin-engined private aircraft, the Dominator XP has a flight range of 28h and a payload of 300 kg.

 

The modified aircraft can be flown at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet (9,150 m) and has a maximum speed of 190kt (351 km/h).

 

In mid-2011, after it obtained permission from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, ADS made the first export sale of the system, signing a contract to supply two Dominator XP UAVs to Turkey.

 

Mexico currently operates two Schweizer SA-2-37s donated by the United States and integrated into the Integrated Air Surveillance System (SIVA) of the Mexican Air Force, along with 3 Embraer 145, the Fairchild C-26A and Hermes 450 UAVs.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 18:20
LM Receives $14 M for Upgrades to The Apache's Targeting and Pilotage System

 

Mar 11, 2014 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $14 million contract in 2013 from the U.S. Army to design, integrate and qualify a High Reliability Turret for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.

 

The High Reliability Turret is the interface between the M-TADS/PNVS and the Apache airframe. It improves target track performance and minimizes the effects of aircraft vibration on the system. The turret also improves M-TADS/PNVS reliability and maintainability, as well as reducing the operations and support costs of the existing turret assembly. It will potentially save the U.S. Army more than $500 million in operation and support costs over the life of the system.

 

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