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13 décembre 2013 5 13 /12 /décembre /2013 08:30
Turkey produces first F-35 center fuselage


ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 12 (UPI)


The first Turkish-made center fuselage for the F-35 Lightning II has been delivered to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman by Turkish Aerospace Industries.


TAI said the center fuselage was delivered Wednesday at a ceremony at its manufacturing facility in Ankara and will be installed onto the aircraft by Lockheed in Texas.


"Delivery of the first F-35 center fuselage is a major step by TAI to demonstrate its commitment to adding value to the (F-35) program," said Muharrem Dortkasli, president and chief executive officer of TAI. "TAI invested in brand new, state-of-the-art facilities, machinery, equipment and tooling to manufacture the most advanced and complex assembly of the F-35, fifth-generation fighter aircraft.


"It is now time to begin delivering world-class TAI center fuselages to the final production line at an increasing rate every year."


TAI is producing center fuselages for the F-35 as a sub-contractor to Northrop Grumman. It also produces center fuselage metallic assemblies for the F-35A, selected composite components for all F-35 variants, composite air inlet ducts for F-35A, and air-to-ground alternate mission pylons for all F-35 variants.


It said once the F-35 program reaches full rate production, it will ship three center fuselages a month to assembly lines in the United States and Italy.


"This is a great achievement for the Northrop Grumman-TAI team," said Brian Chappel, vice president of the F-35 program at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "We worked hand-in-hand to manufacture the first center fuselage, following established processes implemented by Northrop Grumman on our own assembly line in California. Together, we are driving down costs and raising efficiencies to help the F-35 program meet its affordability goals."

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13 décembre 2013 5 13 /12 /décembre /2013 08:20
Textron AirLand's Scorpion in first flight


WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 12 (UPI)


A new jet aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions by Textron AirLand LLC has successfully completed its first flight.


The aircraft, called the Scorpion, took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., and conducted a range of handling maneuvers for about 1.4 hours, the company said Thursday.


"Today's first flight is a major milestone for the Scorpion as the program transitions into the flight test phase," said Textron chief executive officer Scott Donnelly. "When the design phase began less than two years ago, we were confident that we would deliver a uniquely affordable, versatile tactical aircraft by taking advantage of commercial aviation technologies and best practices.


"Today's flight met all expectations, and keeps us on track towards certification and production."


Textron AirLand is a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises LLC.


The Scorpion, which can also perform combat strike operations, was announced in September as a demonstration aircraft designed to accommodate the budget constraints and shifting mission requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is powered by twin turbofan engines, has a cruising speed of as much as 517 mph, and a ferry range of 2,400 nautical miles.


The aircraft carries an internal payload of up to 3,000 pounds and wing-mounted munitions.

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 18:50
German Air Force order highlights Saab Grintek Defence’s self-protection business



12 December 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


Saab Grintek Defence is manufacturing the core components for the BOZ-101 EC podded self-protection system for the German Air Force’s Tornado jets and is also working on a variety of other self-protection systems for various international customers.


Last month Saab in Sweden announced that it had received three orders for self-protection equipment for the German Air Force’s Tornado fleet totalling 100 MSEK.


The contracts will see the certification and limited production of the BOZ-101 EC podded self-protection system, including the MAW-300 missile approach warning system, as well as development and qualification of a new cockpit control unit for the pod. The pods sold to Germany have a missile approach warner, controller and dispenser. Saab Grintek Defence (part of Saab South Africa) manufactures the missile approach warners and controllers while Saab in Jarfalla, Sweden, does the remainder of the work.


“These orders mark the first contract with Germany for Saab’s MAW-300 missile approach warning system. It is a breakthrough and a strong vote of confidence in Saab as an electronic warfare supplier,” said Micael Johansson, Head of Saab’s business area Electronic Defence System.


A production order is expected from Germany in the second quarter of 2014. Saab is also expecting a follow-on order from the Italian Air Force, which has used a version of the pod, BOZ-102 EC, on its Tornados since 2008.


Saab’s premier military self-protection system is the IDAS (Integrated Defensive Aids Suite) for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. It features missile, laser and radar warning receivers and chaff and flare dispensers. Its modular system architecture allows IDAS to be configured for any one or any combination of the three sensor types. Saab claims it is the world’s first fully integrated system, as Saab produces every component itself. Another selling point is that the user has complete control over the system’s threat database and library tools, according to Chris Skinner, Vice President, Head of Marketing and Sales and Commercial, Saab Grintek Defence.


Saab says IDAS has been chosen for many different airborne platforms, including the Saab 2000, AgustaWestland A109, Super Lynx 300, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Denel Rooivalk and Oryx, Eurocopter Cougar, Puma and Super Puma, NH Industries NH90, C-130 and L100 Hercules and Sukhoi Su-30MKM.


In September this year Saab Grintek Defence was awarded additional follow-on orders to supply its IDAS onto India’s Dhruv advanced light helicopter. The Dhruv’s manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is producing helicopters for the Indian Army and Air Force. Deliveries on the latest follow-on order are scheduled to commence in 2014.


India is one of Saab Grintek Defence’s most significant customer to date, and Saab is expecting follow-on orders for the Dhruv. The entire self-protection system on the Dhruv, except for the dispensers, is made in South Africa. So far Saab has been contracted to supply 99 systems, and expects orders for additional systems next year. It is transferring technology to HAL for local involvement, something that will help Saab’s chances in supplying systems for the HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), currently under development.


Saab has developed the IDAS system into the commercial Civil Aircraft Missile Protection System (CAMPS) using almost identical sensors and other features (such as the MAW-300 warner), but instead of dispensing chaff or flares, CAMPS uses pyrophoric ‘confetti’ which reacts with the air to burn at a cool temperature, creating a large heat signature to throw off heat-seeking missiles. The biggest advantage of the system is that it does not pose a fire risk, unlike with conventional flares - this makes it viable as a commercial protection system.


The CAMPS system is designed to work against first and second generation heat-seeking missiles like the SA-7 and SA-14 which have been widely proliferated across the globe, especially following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and the disappearance of thousands of SAMS from his stocks.


Skinner said that the CAMPS project was started around 2005 and the first demonstration was done at the Overberg Test Range in the Western Cape in 2007 using an Embraer 120 aircraft. He added that CAMPS had accumulated a couple of good sales and lots of interest. UN and World Food Programme operators and heads of state make the most inquiries for the system, which has or is still being integrated onto civil Hercules, Embraer 120, Dornier 328, Boeing 737 and Boeing 747 aircraft.


Saab also provides self-protection systems for land vehicles, the Land Electronic Defence System (LEDS). This comes in several different versions, including the LEDS 50 laser warning system. The LEDS 150 system currently under development is an active protection system (APS) that operates in conjunction with the Mongoose-1 counter-munition. LEDS 150 claims the possibility to destroy incoming anti-tank projectiles (e.g. RPG-7 rounds) with the Mongoose missile at ranges as close as within 20 metres of the launch vehicle. The munition has in tests deflected 105 mm tank rounds as well as fin-stabilised rods.


A number of partners are involved in LEDS 150, including Denel, which supplies the Mongoose missile, Reutech, which supplies the radar that detects incoming rounds, and Curtiss Wright, which manufactures the directed launcher. Saab is the systems house and integrator.


Saab is looking for a partner to complete development of the LEDS 150. Skinner said that due to the complexity and state of the art technology involved, it was a very R&D resource intensive programme, hence the serious need for an investment partner. Saab is talking to two potential European partners and is hoping for a firm commitment in the next six months, otherwise the company may have to hibernate the programme.


Skinner said LEDS 150 was a proven concept, with trials already been conducted using the Mongoose active countermeasure missile. He said the big thing was integrating and finalising the system. It would take an estimated one and a half years to get the system to production.


LEDS 50 is currently operationally deployed on the CV 90/35 combat vehicles of the Royal Netherlands Army and Saab hopes the LEDS system will be ordered by the Canadians for their new combat vehicle.


Saab also has a marine version of the laser warning system called NLWS for surface vessels and has numerous international successes with this product in both Europe and the Middle East.


Going forward, Saab is looking at new sensor technologies such as active and imaging infrared sensors, as well as partnering with other suppliers with the aim of enhancing technologies such as directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) systems.

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 18:45
Aresa 2400 Defender CPV and Aresa 2300 landing craft

Aresa 2400 Defender CPV and Aresa 2300 landing craft


11 December 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceweb


Cameroon’s Navy has taken delivery of two new Spanish patrol boats and a landing craft, providing a major boost to the country in safeguarding its maritime domain.


Cameroon’s Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua, commissioned the 23 metre Aresa 2300 landing craft and two 24 metre Aresa 2400 CPV Defender patrol boats at the Cameroon Navy Base in Douala on November 21. The commissioning also included a presentation meeting as well as a tour of the boats while moored at the Naval Base, according to Grup Aresa Internacional.


The Spanish shipbuilding group has worked extensively with Cameroon, supplying a sizeable number of vessels to its Navy, which has 12 Aresa boats in service. This figure includes six Aresa 750 Commandos RIBs - delivered last August -, five 1200 Stealth RIBs and one 1200 Defcon RIB – delivered in May 2013. Further deliveries will take place in February when two 32 metre patrol boats will be delivered.


Grup Aresa said that for the Cameroon Navy, the Spanish shipbuilding group is providing two years of technical support, as well as spares and boat refitting services.


Cameroon’s navy is relatively well equipped in order to secure Cameroon’s oil installations and prevent maritime crime and is optimised for coastal and river patrol, especially in light of rising levels of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. It has around 40 coastal, inshore and river patrol craft as well as several combat patrol vessels.


The Aresa 2400 CPV Defender is a 24 metre long coastal patrol vessel that can be used for a number of applications such as offshore patrol, border patrol, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, troop transport, and search and rescue missions, amongst others, according to the manufacturer. The boat is powered by two diesel engines providing 2 800 or 4 800 hp and driving two water jets, giving a maximum speed of 30 knots and an economical speed of 23 knots. The boat has a length of 24.5 metres and a range of 750 nautical miles.


Standard equipment on ARESA 2400 CPV Defender includes an X-band surveillance/navigation radar and electro-optical sensor system for day and night surveillance, optional armour, mounts for 12.7 mm and 20 mm guns and an Aresa 550 Commandos RIB.


The Aresa 2300 Landing Craft is a cargo, troop and roll-on roll-off transport vessel able to carry 32 people aboard. It is powered by two 450 hp diesel engines, and can reach a speed of 12 knots. This 23.30 metre long vessel has a range of 250 nautical miles at 11 knots and features one hydraulic crane (capable of lifting 10 tons), 12.7 mm gun mounts and optional ballistic protection.


Grup Aresa Internacional, established in 1961, manufactures civil and military vessels up to 60 metres in length. It has an established presence in Africa, with service centres in Algeria, Angola, Cameroon and Nigeria. The group is currently host sponsor of the Offshore Patrol Vessels Middle East conference currently underway in Abu Dhabi.

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 17:30
S-300: Téhéran appelle Moscou à respecter le contrat


MOSCOU, 11 décembre - http://fr.ria.ru/world/20131211/199993350.htmlRIA Novosti


Téhéran insiste sur l'exécution par Moscou des contrats sur la livraison de  missiles sol-air S-300, a déclaré mercredi le ministre iranien des Affaires étrangères Mohammad Javad Zarif lors d'une conférence de presse conjointe avec son homologue russe Sergueï Lavrov.


"Nous insistons toujours sur la mise en application de nos ententes précédentes", a indiqué le ministre, interrogé sur le refus de la Russie de livrer à l'Iran des S-300 et sa proposition de fournir à la place des S-300VM Anteï-2500 (version modifiée du S-300V prévue pour l'exportation, ndlr).


Conclu en 2007, le contrat de livraison de missiles sol-air S-300 à l'Iran engageait la Russie à fournir cinq batteries complètes de cet armement pour environ 800 millions de dollars. Or, l'exécution du contrat a été suspendue en septembre 2010 par le président russe de l'époque Dmitri Medvedev en application de la résolution 1929 du Conseil de sécurité de l'Onu, qui interdisait de fournir des missiles, des chars, des hélicoptères d'assaut, des avions de combat et des bâtiments de guerre à Téhéran.


L'Iran a intenté un procès à la Russie pour l'annulation du contrat. La République islamique réclame quatre milliards de dollars d'indemnités.

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 17:20
Lockheed Martin JLTV Completes Successful Manufacturing Review



Dec 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation


The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) team successfully completed the government’s Manufacturing Readiness Assessment (MRA), an important milestone on the path to vehicle production at the company’s Camden, Ark., manufacturing complex.


The MRA, which measures manufacturing maturity and assesses technical risk, took place at Lockheed Martin’s Camden Operations on Nov. 18 and 19. In October, the company announced plans to produce the JLTV at the award-winning Camden facility, where program officials expect to gain significant production efficiencies and cost reductions.


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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 17:20
Army Tests Vehicle-Mounted Laser Against Multiple Targets



Dec 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Army


The Army used a vehicle-mounted high-energy laser for the first time to successfully engage more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles in flight.


The Army High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator, or HEL MD, underwent multiple test events between Nov. 18 and Dec. 10, at White Sands Missile Range.


This was the first full-up demonstration of the HEL MD in the configuration that included the laser and beam director mounted in the vehicle, according to officials of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. They said a surrogate radar, the Enhanced Multi Mode Radar, supported the engagement by queuing the laser.


The HEL MD is being developed to show directed-energy force-protection capabilities against rockets, artillery and mortars, known as RAM. It is also intended to protect against unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs, and cruise missiles.


Mortars travel at low velocities for short ranges in high-arching trajectories. These weapons, as well as UAVs, are representative of the threat encountered by U.S. and allied forces on the battlefield, officials said.


Initial system effectiveness was proven through low- and medium-power test demonstration that took place in 2011. High-power testing has now concluded at the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility on White Sands Missile Range.


The demonstration and testing confirms the capability of a mobile solid-state laser weapon system to counter mortars, UAVs, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors mounted on the UAVs, officials said.


The recent testing utilized a 10-kilowatt class laser. In the future, a 50-kW class laser will be integrated into the HEL MD platform, officials said. The 50-kW laser is scheduled to be upgraded to a 100-kW class laser in subsequent demonstrations, they added.


The supporting thermal and power subsystems will also be upgraded to support the increasingly powerful solid-state lasers, according to USASMDC/ARSTRAT officials. They said these upgrades will increase the effective range of the laser or decrease required lase time on target.


The Boeing Company is the prime contractor for the HEL MD program.

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 16:50
Military Airworthiness

11 December 2013 European Defence Agency


Airworthiness is essential to ensure the safety of personnel and passengers in the air and on the ground. Only a holistic approach can guarantee that all aspects of the aircraft are airworthy and thus safe.


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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 12:35
La Chine pourrait avoir lancé un nouveau type de sous-marin classique


12 décembre 2013. Portail des Sous-Marins


Selon certaines images publiées par des forums spécialisés chinois, il semble qu’un nouveau type de sous-marin classique ait été lancé au chantier naval de WuChang.


Certains, sur ces forums chinois, considèrent qu’il s’agit d’une évolution de la classe Yuan.


Mais d’autres le jugent trop différent pour cela : il présente des différences notables au niveau du kiosque, de la hauteur et de la position de la bosse du pont, la forme de l’avant et de la coque en général.


Référence : Information Dissemination (Etats-Unis)

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 08:50
Britain taps Babcock for acquisition of Phalanx 1B kits


LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI)


Babcock is to deliver four Phalanx 1B kit modifications and conduct two conversions of the land Phalanx Weapons System to its original marinized configuration.


The work comes under a contract to the U.K. company from Britain's Ministry of Defense. The value of the work, however, was not disclosed.


The Phalanx is a close-in, computer-controlled weapon system of 20mm Gatling guns to defend a ship against missile attack. The guns fire 4,500 rounds per minute.


The 1B configuration allows for its use against small surface vessels and for crew to visually identify and target threats. It also features forward looking infra-red camera technology to defend the ship against surface targets and slow air targets.


Raytheon is the manufacturer of the system, which is used on U.S. and Royal Navy ships. Babcock is the in-service support provider in Britain for the system.


Under the new award -- delivered under an amendment to the existing support and upgrade contract -- Babcock will obtain Phalanx 1B systems equipment from Raytheon and covert the two land-based Phalanx weapon systems using their own weapons support engineers.


The systems are due to be delivered by March 2014.


"We are delighted to be applying our expertise and working with Raytheon to help the MOD and Royal Navy build the Phalanx ... capability it needs," said Babcock Weapons Business Development Manager Martin Laity. "Babcock is already known for our weapon support work for the UK MOD and our expertise in the assembly, test and setting to work of naval weapon systems.

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 08:35
Eurofighter Makes New Offer to Korea


Dec 11, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: The Korea Herald; published Dec. 11, 2013)


EADS Proposes Korea Buy Mix of Two Fighter Jets


The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company proposed Wednesday that South Korea purchase a combination of 40 Eurofighter Typhoons and 20 F-35s for its next-generation fighter procurement project.


The defense firm argued that a split procurement will offer a better blend of capabilities for peninsular security conditions, and that its “stable” Eurofighter program can ensure an earlier fixed delivery timetable, starting from 2017.


The EADS’ proposal came after Seoul all but decided last month to purchase 40 F-35 radar-evading fighters manufactured by Lockheed Martin, a U.S. defense firm, and start deploying them from 2018.


“We see the advantages of a split procurement of Eurofighters and F-35s, combining the benefits of both programs,” said Peter Maute, senior vice president of Eurofighter sales, during a press conference in Seoul.


“This would be in line with the approach of some future F-35 users who will, once it is eventually in service, operate it complementary to other aircraft in a specialized role, using its stealth attributes.”


He particularly stressed the “multi-role” capabilities of the Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 and the F-35’s specialized role for strike missions.


“The U.S. has developed the F-22 as a dominant air superiority fighter and plans (to use) the F-35 mainly for strike missions,” said Maute.


The United Kingdom and Italy, along with other nations, will begin using F-35s for specialized roles alongside the Eurofighter, which is of equal dominance to the F-22 in air-to-air contests and also has a full multi-role capability, he explained.


Maute also said that should Seoul opt to buy 40 Eurofighter Typhoons, his company would maintain its promises of technology transfer and industrial participation packages, which were made when Seoul planned to procure 60 warplanes.


The EADS’ industrial packages include technological support for Seoul’s so-called KF-X project to develop an indigenous warplane, and also an investment of up to $2 billion in the KF-X project.


Observers said it would be difficult for Seoul to reverse its current procurement plan and opt for the Eurofighter, considering that Seoul seeks to purchase all-aspect stealth aircraft to counter threats from North Korea and potentially from neighboring states.


Last month, Seoul decided to purchase 40 stealth warplanes for deployment from 2018-2021 and to later purchase an additional 20 warplanes, in consideration of shifts in the security environment and technological development

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Raytheon, Chemring Group complete 1st live-fire test of CENTURION launcher


Dec 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation


    Collaborative system to protect ships against swarming-boat threat


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group (LSE: CHG), acting through Chemring Countermeasures, successfully fired a Javelin missile from the multirole CENTURION® launcher during testing at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain in England.


"We're bringing an entirely new dimension to ship self-defense by providing a sea-based, inside-the-horizon platform protection," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "Chemring's CENTURION launcher, when coupled with Raytheon's combat-proven missiles, offers an evolutionary capability to defeat surface threats with this One System-Multiple Missions technology."


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11 décembre 2013 3 11 /12 /décembre /2013 17:40
Russie/programme d'armement: uniformisation et robotique prioritaires


MOSCOU, 11 décembre – RIA Novosti


La réduction de l'éventail des armements et du matériel de combat ainsi que la robotique doivent servir de base au nouveau programme national d'armement pour la période 2016-2025, a déclaré mercredi Dmitri Rogozine, vice-premier ministre russe en charge du complexe militaro-industriel. 


"Des systèmes automatisés de gestion des forces armées, un système automatisé de contrôle du champ de bataille, la visualisation de ce dernier, la robotique", a-t-il indiqué, énumérant les principaux axes du nouveau programme d'armement. 


M.Rogozine a en outre évoqué la nécessité de réduire la variété des armements et du matériel de combat. 


"Ceci n'est pas avantageux, l'industrie ne peut pas se permettre de produire cinq avions de types différents ", a expliqué le vice-premier ministre.


Parmi d'autres principes clés du nouveau document, M.Rogozine a cité la modularité et l'unification des armements.

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11 décembre 2013 3 11 /12 /décembre /2013 17:35
Rheinmetall delivers 40 new trucks to New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Army / Air Force Unimog vehicles in Auckland City, New Zealand. Photo Ingolfson.


11 December 2013 army-technology.com


Rheinmetall-MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has delivered 40 new medium-heavy operational vehicles to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).


Delivered as part of $113m order for 200 new trucks in May 2013, the received vehicles would be used to replace its old fleet comprising Unimog and heavier Mercedes trucks.


New Zealand Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman said that the new Rheinmetall-MAN military medium and heavy vehicles are designed for modern military operations and offer improved mobility and protection, enhanced technology, and greater capacity.


"By purchasing these trucks off the same production line as the UK, the government has ensured value for money, and has achieved a fast delivery in record time," Coleman said.


"This project is a good example of smart and efficient procurement. The government is keen to work closely with our international partners to identify future procurement opportunities which could achieve similar results."

"The new trucks are part of a wider programme of equipment upgrades and investment into navy, army and air force frontline capabilities."


Ordered in sizes including 6t 4x4, 9t 6x6 and 15t 8x8, the trucks feature thigh capacity electrical systems, air conditioners and Euro 4 emissions compliant engines, which will facilitate efficient operations even if lower quality fuel is used.


An additional $22m has been allocated for armour protection kits, weapons mounts, personnel modules and other particular military equipment, in addition to spares, logistic support arrangements and widespread training packages.


"The NZDF's continuous drive to deliver back office savings and efficiencies means that reinvestment into frontline capabilities like these new trucks can be made," Coleman said.


"The new trucks are part of a wider programme of equipment upgrades and investment into navy, army and air force frontline capabilities."


The NZDF is planning to begin the training personnel in February-March next year, while the trucks will be introduced to Army and Air Force bases, with complete commissioning expected by the late-2015.

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M982 Excalibur round - photo USMC

M982 Excalibur round - photo USMC


11 December 2013 army-technology.com


Raytheon has completed the final phase of compatibility testing of precision-guided Excalibur projectiles with the German-made PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer in collaboration with the US Army, marking completion of a multi-phase assessment.


During the trials carried out at Yuma Proving Ground, the PzH2000 fired ten Excalibur projectiles at targets ranging from 9km to 48km, with all rounds striking within 3m of the targets.


The live-fire demonstration, funded by the US, Germany and supported by Raytheon-funded initial testing, also demonstrated the projectile's capability to manoeuvre from the ballistic trajectory to an offset target.


Raytheon Missile Systems Land Warfare Systems product line vice-president Michelle Lohmeier said: "The PzH2000 is one of many highly capable cannon artillery systems currently deployed, and now we've proven that it can fire the only mature, true precision solution available today."


In October, Raytheon also tested the Excalibur from the Swedish Archer and US howitzers.


The German Ministry of Defence is currently assessing Excalibur and competitive technologies, with a contract decision anticipated next year.


US Army Excalibur programme manager Lt Col Josh Walsh said: "Raytheon's Excalibur is a combat-proven solution that has been fielded and used in combat since 2007 with nearly 700 firings in coalition operations."


In a bid to validate the production readiness of Excalibur Ib, Raytheon would carry out a first article test by the end of the year, with further plans of a live-fire demonstration of the 'Excalibur-S' early next year.


The 155mm precision-guided, extended-range Excalibur deploys GPS guidance, which would allow précised, first-round effects capability in any situation, while reducing time, cost and logistical load associated with using other artillery munitions.

PzH 2000 (Panzerhaubitze 2000) 155mm self-propelled howitzer

PzH 2000 (Panzerhaubitze 2000) 155mm self-propelled howitzer

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11 décembre 2013 3 11 /12 /décembre /2013 13:50
Suisse /Avions de combat: le comité référendaire de droite stoppe la récolte


11.12.2013 Romandie.com (AWP)


Berne (awp/ats) - Le comité référendaire libéral "Non au Gripen" a interrompu sa collecte de signatures. Il n'est parvenu à récolter qu'une moitié des 10'000 paraphes qu'il espérait rassembler sur les 50'000 nécessaires.


Les 5000 signatures seront déposées à la Chancellerie fédérale, mais pas en même temps que celles récoltées par le comité de gauche contre le Gripen, a indiqué le conseiller national Roland Fischer (PVL/LU). Il confirmait une information publiée mercredi par les quotidiens alémaniques "Argauer Zeitung" et "Südostschweiz".


Le comité de gauche contre l'achat du Gripen, regroupant le PS, les Verts, le PCS et le Groupe pour une Suisse sans Armée (GSsA), a déjà recueilli 80'000 signatures. Le délai référendaire échoit le 16 janvier.


La droite, réunie sous une même bannière portée par les Vert'libéraux, a décidé de soutenir le référendum, mais dans un comité différent. Celui-ci a démarré la récolte de signatures début novembre. Le comité libéral veut empêcher l'achat des avions de combat, jugé mauvais, en se distanciant des arguments de la gauche "qui sont souvent contre l'armée", selon M. Fischer.


Le faible score du comité libéral s'explique par le démarrage tardif de la récolte, suspendue au feu vert de l'assemblée des délégués Vert'libéraux, selon M. Fischer. La droite prévoit désormais de lancer sa propre campagne en vue de la votation. Une collaboration avec la gauche n'est pas exclue, a précisé le conseiller national.


Le Parlement a voté lors de la session d'automne l'acquisition de 22 Gripen du fabricant suédois Saab pour 3,126 milliards de francs. Le peuple devra voter sur la loi sur le fonds Gripen, qui permet le financement de la transaction. Chaque année et durant dix ans, quelque 300 millions de francs devraient alimenter le fonds. Le scrutin devrait avoir lieu le 18 mai.

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11 décembre 2013 3 11 /12 /décembre /2013 13:35
Projet F-X : EADS se dit favorable à un partage du contrat avec Lockheed Martin


SEOUL, 11 déc. (Yonhap)


La société européenne European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS) a annoncé ce mercredi être ouverte à une proposition de Séoul pour un achat combiné de Lockheed Martin F-35 et de son avion de chasse Eurofighter, en acceptant de revoir ses attentes à la baisse dans le but de rester en lice pour le projet F-X coréen, soit l’achat de 60 jets pour renouveler sa flotte vieillissante.


Le 22 novembre dernier, Séoul s’était engagé à acheter 40 chasseurs furtifs F-35A du constructeur Lockheed Martin à partir de 2018, avec la possibilité d’acquérir 20 autres chasseurs plus tard selon le budget et la situation sécuritaire, avait indiqué le Comité des chefs d’état-major interarmées (JCS).


Cet achat est de moindre envergure qu’initialement projeté par l'Administration du programme d'acquisition de défense (DAPA). Le Boeing F-15 Silent Eagle était le seul avion satisfaisant au budget du précédent projet d’achat de 60 chasseurs, de 8.300 milliards de dollars, mais avait finalement été écarté à cause de ses faibles capacités de furtivité.


«Bien que nous croyions que l’achat de 60 Eurofighters apporterait à la Corée du Sud une meilleure capacité de dissuasion et de meilleurs performances, nous voyons également l’intérêt d’une division du projet d’acquisition avec le Lockheed Martin F-35», a déclaré Peter Maute, vice-président du programme de vente des Eurofighters au sein de la division EADS Cassadian, qui produit des systèmes de sécurité et de défense.


Afin de vanter la supériorité de l’Eurofighter, Maute a rappelé que les Etats-Unis ont développé un jet F-22 en tant qu’avion de chasse dominant et n’utiliseront leurs Lockheed F-35 que pour des missions d’attaques ciblées, tout comme l’Italie ou le Royaume-Uni, qui n’en appelleront à leur F-35 que pour des tâches spécifiques.


Le représentant d’EADS explique que «le programme des Eurofighter Typhoons étant stabilisé, il ne sera pas sujet à des hausses de prix ou des retards et offrira plus de flexibilité à l’armée sud-coréenne», contrairement aux F-35, toujours en cours de développement.


L’EADS a également mis l’accent sur sa promesse d’investissement de 2 milliards de dollars en Corée du Sud dans des programmes de développement aéronautique, en promettant de collaborer avec des contractuels locaux afin d’engendrer de nouveaux projets et créer des emplois dans le secteur de l’aérospatiale et de la défense.


Selon Maute, un plan intergouvernemental pourrait être envisagé pour l’acquisition des Eurofighter si cette solution est préférée par le gouvernement sud-coréen, les quatre premiers ministres des quatre nations partenaires de l’EADS - l’Allemagne, l’Italie, l’Espagne et le Royaume Uni - s'étant dits prêts à défendre le projet.

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Reliance, Dassault plan to build new facility for Rafale combat aircraft wings


11 December 2013 airforce-technology.com


France-based Dassault Aviation and Reliance Industries are planning to build a new facility to produce wings for Rafale combat aircraft.


The combat aircraft was selected by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to meet its requirement of 126 fighter planes.


With an investment of around Rs10bn ($164m), both of the firms are planning a facility in Bangalore, India, reports the Press Trust of India citing industry sources.


Dassault will help Reliance build the facility, which is similar to its production facilities in France, as part of the plan.


The companies said that the defence ministry and other agencies concerned were in favour for creating the unit.


In 2012, India selected the Rafale plane of Dassault Aviation, after a five-year-long process in which five other companies had participated.


After long contract negotiations, the defence ministry and Dassault finalised the deal, which is valued at approximately Rs600bn ($9.8bn).


The Indian Government was quoted by firstpost.com as saying that the tender for the procurement stated that aerospace PSU Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) will be the lead integrator for the project, while Dassault is interested in including Reliance as the main partner in production of the aircraft in India.


Dassault and HAL have started preparing the teams for implementing the project, after differences related to the issue were resolved.

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Premier vol du Typhoon Tranche 3



10 décembre Aerobuzz.fr


BAE annonce le premier vol de la dernière version de l’avion de combat européen Typhoon. Cet appareil, qui appartient à la Tranche 3 de production est pré équipé pour recevoir des réservoirs additionnels conformes au-dessus du fuselage et un radar à antenne active E-Captor dans le nez. Il sera également capable de mettre en œuvre les missiles Storm Shadow et météor. Le Typhoon Tranche 3 représente un jalon majeur dans le développement de cet avion prometteur.

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Egypte: la Russie fournira des armements pour 2 mds USD


LONDRES, 11 décembre – RIA Novosti


La Russie compte livrer à l'Egypte pour 2 milliards de dollars d'armements suite au refus des Etats-Unis de les fournir, a déclaré mardi à Londres le président de la Commission pour les Affaires internationales du Conseil de la Fédération (chambre haute du parlement russe), Mikhaïl Marguelov.


"La Russie et l'Egypte passent à la formation d'une base juridique pour leur coopération militaire et technique suspendue à l'époque du président [Anouar] al-Sadate (1970-1981). La Russie fournira pour deux milliards de dollars d'armements, que les Etats-Unis ont récemment refusés à l'Egypte", a déclaré le sénateur russe à la tribune de l'Institut royal des relations internationales.  


M.Marguelov a en outre souligné que Moscou était prêt à coopérer avec les nouvelles autorités nord-africaines sur les contrats antérieurement conclus ainsi que sur les nouveaux contrats. Selon lui, la Russie est en outre intéressée par la reprise des échanges économiques et commerciaux avec une série de pays, dont la Syrie, l'Egypte, la Libye ainsi qu'Israël, l'Arabie saoudite et la Jordanie. 


"Aujourd'hui, la Russie est de retour dans une série de régions perdues pendant la période des années 1990. Il s'agit notamment du continent africain et du Proche-Orient. Bien avant le début du +printemps arabe+, la Russie ne cachait pas ses intérêts dans les régions mentionnées et a procédé à un renforcement de la coopération économique, commerciale, militaire et technique avec les pays de la région", a conclu l'homme politique russe.  

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Les chiffres clés 2012 de l’Europe de la Défense


10.12.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com


L’Agence européenne de défense a publié le 9 décembre son rapport 2012 sur les dépenses de défense effectuées dans chacun des 26 États-membres qui la composent. Comme attendu suite à des restrictions budgétaires généralisées, le total des dépenses militaires a enregistré une nouvelle baisse en 2012, le montant atteignant 189,6 milliards d’euros, soit -0,6% par rapport à 2011. En valeur réelle, la baisse a été continue depuis 2006 et se chiffre à - 21,1 milliards d’euros.


Concernant les dépenses d’investissement - comprenant la R&D et les dépenses d’équipement - celles-ci ont augmenté de 5,4% en valeur absolue, passant de 36,96 à 38,97 milliards d’euros. Alors que pour la R&D l’AED a enregistré une diminution de 38,2% (4,81 milliards contre 7,79 en 2011), ce sont les dépenses d’équipement qui bondissent de 17,1% et atteignent 34,16 milliards d’euros, contre 29,17 en 2011.


Enfin, la baisse des dépenses s’accompagne logiquement d’une baisse des personnels de la Défense, civils comme militaires, passant de 2 425 169 en 2006 à 1 875 343 en 2012. Alors que le nombre de militaires a constamment diminué (1 940 342 en 2006, 1 453 028 en 2012), les personnels civils, après une baisse, ont augmenté entre 2011 et 2012, passant de 374 427 à 422 315 en 2012.

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Philippine Marine Corps Seek for Small UAV

Three Marine Brigade will operate 6 small UAV (photo : pdff)


10 Desember 2013 Defense Studies

The Department of National Defense (DND) has announced plans of acquiring Marine Forces Imagery and Targeting Support System (MITSS) consist of : 6 small UAV, 9 target acquisition device and 12 tactical sensor integration for P684.2 million.

All of the MITSS will be used for three Marine Brigade of PMC

Delivery of MITSS is required within 5 years from the date of submission and receipts of bids.

Bids must be delivered before on or January 06, 2014 and will be opened in the same day.

(Defense Studies)

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upgraded BMP-2 Sarath during military exercise in Rajasthan - photo US DoD

upgraded BMP-2 Sarath during military exercise in Rajasthan - photo US DoD

Domestic Plans: Indian Army BMP-2 vehicles take part in a military exercise. India will proceed with plans to develop its own vehicle to replace Army BMP-2s and -1s. (US Defense Department)


Dec. 10, 2013 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI- Defense News


NEW DELHI — India will not shelve its homegrown $10 billion Futuristic Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) program in favor of advanced Russian BMP-3 combat vehicles.


The decision was conveyed to the Russian side at the Nov. 18 meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation held in Moscow, officials said.


During Russian President Vladmir Putin’s visit to India last December, the Russians offered to transfer technology for its BMP-3 infantry combat vehicles if India agreed to shelve its indigenous FICV program, which will see production of 2,600 vehicles to replace aging BMP-1 and BMP-2 combat vehicles.


The FICV program will now get rolling as debate over the Russian proposal had pushed the FICV project into the background, said an Indian Defence Ministry source.


An executive of Russia’s Rosoboronexport in New Delhi said the company made the BMP-3 proposal because the Indian Army sought the vehicles, but the Defence Ministry would not agree with the condition that the FICV program be shelved.


The FICV project will be in the “Make India” category, which means only domestic companies will be able to compete. The selected company or consortium will develop an FICV prototype on its own although the government will fund nearly 80 percent of the development costs. Thereafter, production will be done in India by the winner.


The FICV project was approved nearly five years ago. Since then, India’s Mahindra Defence Systems has tied up with BAE Systems, Larsen & Toubro is working on overseas tie ups, and Tata Motors is also working to connect with overseas companies after its tie up with Rheinmetall was stalled following the blacklisting of the German company. State-owned Ordnance Factories Board is also in the race.


MoD now will shortlist two competitors to develop their prototypes, which will be put to trial.


BMP-2 Upgrade


Meanwhile, the Indian Army plans to upgrade the existing 1,400 BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles with advanced weapons and night-fighting capabilities at a cost of $1.8 billion. However, the MoD canceled a tender floated last year to purchase 2,000 engines for the upgrade because none of the domestic vendors fulfilled the engine’s requirements. Now a global tender is likely to be issued for the engines, the MoD source said.


When procured, the engines will be assembled at the Ordnance Factories Board.


The Army requires engines that can generate 350 to 380 horsepower and are easy to maintain and operate in extreme weather conditions. The BMP-2’s existing engine has only 285 horsepower and is not suited for cross-country mobility.


The upgrade of the BMP-2 will include advanced observation and surveillance, night-fighting capability, an improved anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system and a 30mm automatic grenade launcher. The upgraded combat vehicles will have an advanced fire control system and have the capability of loading two missiles in ready-to-fire mode.


The BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles carry soldiers into battle zones and provide fire support, an Indian Army official said

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Australia accepts first MH-60R helicopters


Dec. 10, 2013 by Craig Hoyle – FG


London - Australia has accepted its first pair of Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R shipborne helicopters, under a 24-unit Foreign Military Sales deal signed via the US government in mid-2011. The lead aircraft were received from the US Navy during a ceremony at Lockheed’s Owego modification site in New York on 10 December.


To replace the Royal Australian Navy’s existing Sikorsky S-70 Seahawks, the “Romeo” fleet is being acquired under a project worth more than A$3 billion ($2.7 billion).


“The entire fleet will be delivered incrementally by the end of 2016,” with roles to include anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, search and rescue and vertical replenishment, says Lockheed.


Describing the new model as “a potent maritime combat helicopter,” Rear Adm Tony Dalton, head of the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation’s helicopter systems division, says: “We look forward to sharing in the US Navy’s ongoing technology upgrades and continuing to build upon the proven capabilities” of the new type.


Australia’s first MH-60R made its debut flight at Sikorsky’s Stratford site in Connecticut in June 2013 (below), before being transferred to Owego for mission system integration work.


Canberra’s current maritime rotorcraft inventory includes 16 S-70Bs built between 1987 and 1989, as recorded by Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database.

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T-6A Texan II photo USAF

T-6A Texan II photo USAF


WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 10 (UPI)


Beechcraft Defense Co. and FlightSafety International have completed deliveries of ground-based T-6 pilot training devices to the U.S. military.


The last of 131 units produced for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System was delivered to the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.


"We're proud to be able to say that all student pilots for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are trained in Beechcraft T-6 aircraft and the T-6 simulators produced in a partnership between Beechcraft and FlightSafety," said Russ Bartlett, president of Beechcraft Defense. "It's been an impressive partnership: every single T-6 aircrew training device has been delivered on time and on budget."


The T-6 is a single-engine turboprop based on Pilatus of Switzerland's PC-9. It is used by the U.S. military and the armed forces of Canada, Mexico, Greece, Israel and Morocco, among others.


The T-6 training devices by Beechcraft and FlightSafety replicate the aircraft's cockpit layout and aircraft performance.


Additional details on the training devices were not provided.

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