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6 décembre 2013 5 06 /12 /décembre /2013 12:40
Armor: Ukraine Becomes A Player On The Low End



December 5, 2013: Strategy page


Ukraine is trying to interest buyers in its new Corsar ATGM (Anti-tank guided missile). The 105mm (diameter) missile and its storage/launch container weigh 18 kg (40 pounds). The missile is laser homing, with a range of 2,500 meters and its tandem warhead can penetrate 550mm of armor that is behind reactive (explosive panels) armor. Poland has expressed some interest, even though Poland has been using the Israeli Spike LR for several year. But Corsar is cheaper than Spike and uses laser guidance rather than the more expensive “fire and forget” system. The Spike LR, along with the sealed storage/launch canister, weighs 13 kg (28.6 pounds). The canister is mounted on a 13 kg fire control system (10 kg without the tripod) for aiming and firing. The missile in its canister has a shelf life of twenty years and a range of 4,000 meters. The Spike uses a fiber-optic cable so that the operator can literally drive the missile to the target, although the missile can also be used in "fire and forget" mode. Israel is apparently flexible on what they charge for the Spike LR, saying only that it's cheaper than similar the U.S. Javelin.


Before the Cold War ended in 1991 many Soviet weapons design and production operations were in Ukraine. These were inherited by the newly independent Ukraine after 1991. But most of these organizations went out of business because there was no more Soviet Armed Forces placing large orders each year. Most of the foreign sales disappeared as well. Ukraine salvaged some weapons and design capability by selling off its large Cold War stocks of Soviet weapons at low prices and developing a willingness to sell to anyone who could pay. Ukraine now has a lot of customers in Africa and Asia and noted a demand for ATGMs. These weapons are popular not just for ability to destroy or disable most tanks, but as highly portable and accurate artillery against all sorts of targets. Corsar is old technology but the Ukrainians still know how to produce it cheaply and reliably enough to attract some customers.

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6 décembre 2013 5 06 /12 /décembre /2013 08:50
Morgan, Ricardo and Ultra form partnership for UK's Mastiff vehicle contract


12/05/2013 Defence IQ Press


Morgan Advanced Materials, Ricardo and Ultra Electronics have formed an exclusive partnership to bid for the continued support and upgrade of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound fleet of Protected Patrol Vehicles.


Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems business (formerly NP Aerospace) is the acting as the prime contractor in the contract. It has designed, developed and integrated UK-specific, specialised armour protection and electronic systems into the entire Mastiff family of vehicles from base platforms purchased from the US. Morgan also implemented and operated the spares support processes, including configuration management, stocking and supply chain management, which kept the fleets running during combat operations.


Ricardo is an automotive engineering specialist and was responsible for the initial design, development and engineering of the Foxhound vehicles, manufacturing all 376 units ordered to date. Ricardo was prime contractor on the Vixen and RWMIK+ upgrade programmes and has also undertaken a project for the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to identify improvements to the fuel efficiency of Mastiff vehicles.


“Ricardo is extremely pleased to be joining forces with Morgan and Ultra in what represents a highly effective and all-British partnership, drawing together world-class engineering capabilities and extensive experience in military vehicle design, development, manufacture and overhaul,” said Ricardo UK managing director Martin Fausset.


Ultra Electronics has pioneered vehicle information and power systems and has worked on behalf of customers including the MoD, US Department of Defense and other Tier 1 suppliers into the defence sector. Ultra is currently under contract to provide multiple electronic systems for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme and Scout SV development. It is the only Tier 2 supplier involved in all aspects of Generic Vehicle Systems Architecture (GVSA), Generic Soldier Architecture (GSA) and Generic Base Architecture (GBA).


The MoD will shortly award contracts for Post Design Service, Coherence and future upgrade work. Morgan will lead the group and is bidding as prime contractor.

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6 décembre 2013 5 06 /12 /décembre /2013 08:30
US Blocks Sale of UAV Components to Turkey


Dec. 5, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Today’s Zaman; published Dec. 4, 2013)


US Blocks Company from Exporting UAV Tech to Turkey


ANKARA --- The US government has prevented an American company from exporting camera systems and laser pointers to a Turkish company, Vestel, which wants to acquire the technology for its newly developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Karayel.


The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) tasked Vestel in 2011 with developing new UAVs, and the company is expected to deliver the Karayel in July 2014. Aiming to equip these new UAVs with camera systems and laser pointers, Vestel sought out an American company, WestCAM Solutions, from which to acquire the technology. The American company applied to the US government for permission to sell their products to the Turkish company, but the request was denied. The US also canceled the delivery of Predator drones in 2013.


The laser pointers that Vestel ordered from the American company are used in UAV targeting systems.


The US's apparent disapproval of Turkey possessing weaponized UAVs could hinder Turkey's efforts in that direction. The country is also seeking to arm its first domestically developed UAV, the Anka.


Sources at the Turkish Defense Ministry who requested anonymity told Today's Zaman that Turkey has the capacity to produce its own technology, hinting that Turkey may start efforts to produce the laser pointers it needs domestically.


Some are speculating that the US prevented WestCAM Solutions from exporting the technology to Turkey because of Washington's anger with Turkey's recent selection of a Chinese missile system for its long-term, long-range missile and aerial defense program, instead of a NATO member country.


The tactical UAV system Vestel has been developing consists of six aircraft, three ground control stations and one launching pad. The Karayel UAVs will be able to reach altitudes up to 18,000 feet and carry up to 35 kilograms. The Karayel will be able to stay in the air for 10 hours of uninterrupted flight.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 17:54
Capgemini: nomination dans l'aérospatiale-défense.


05/12/2013 lexpress.fr (CercleFinance.com)


Capgemini annonce la nomination de Blaise Jaeger au poste de directeur de la division aérospatiale et défense d'Application Services France, en remplacement de Walter Cappilati qui a pris la tête des services applicatifs et d'infrastructures de la région Amérique Latine au sein du groupe de services informatiques.


Blaise Jaeger dispose d'une expérience de près de 30 ans dans les domaines de l'aéronautique, du spatial, de la défense et de la sécurité. Après avoir commencé sa carrière au Ministères de la Défense puis des Affaires Etrangères, il a effectué une grande partie de son parcours professionnel au sein des directions générales d'Alcatel Space et de Thales.


Il a notamment été directeur général de Thales Communications et, tout récemment, président de Thales International et membre du comité exécutif du groupe Thales.


Dans ses nouvelles fonctions, il sera basé à Toulouse d'où il pilotera les 1.800 collaborateurs de la division répartis dans huit villes différentes (sept en France et une en Allemagne).

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 17:50
Selex delivers additional GRIFO radar to Brazilian Air Force

More than 450 GRIFO radars have been sold by Selex to five air forces worldwide. Photo: © 2013 Selex ES S.p.A - A Finmeccanica Company


5 December 2013 airforce-technology.com


The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has taken delivery of an additional GRIFO fire control radar from Selex ES during a ceremony at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, in Milan, Italy.


Wholly designed, developed and manufactured at the Selex ES facility in Nerviano, near Milan, the avionic combat radar represents the overall 400th GRIFO to have been delivered to date to FAB.


The radar is used for the modernisation of FAB's Northrop Grumman-built F-5 light supersonic fighter aircraft fleet.


Weighing less than 100kg, the GRIFO is a fourth-generation, X-band coherent, pulse-Doppler multimode-multirole fire-control radar designed to provide advanced performance to both new and upgraded aircraft.


Fitted with a powerful avionic radar air cooler transmitter, the modular radar can be easily integrated with modern avionic suites, and fully interfaced through a hands on throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) command, for a cost-effective solution.


Selex ES chief executive officer Fabrizio Giulianini said the success of the GRIFO radar demonstrates the critical importance of continual investment in sustaining company products.


''Thanks to this commitment, GRIFO has today begun an evolving technological roadmap for electronic scanning which will guarantee the system's success for many other years to come,'' Giulianini said.


Designed for installation in a range of combat aircraft, the GRIFO radar can operate in several modes, including an air-to-air mode and air-to-surface mode to effectively support multi-role missions.


In addition to this, the radar features modes for supporting navigation, a flight-proven suite of functions to combat electronic threats and modes for the search and identification of targets with high resolution imaging capability.


Apart from Brazil, the radars are also used by the air forces of Singapore, Czech Republic, Pakistan and South Korea, in seven different types of aircraft.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 17:40
Modernised Il-76-MD90A Completes Initial Flight Tests


Dec. 5, 2013 by Howard Gethin – FG


Moscow - Russia’s newest military transport aircraft, the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A, has completed an initial flight-test programme and has now returned to its maker Aviastar SP for subsequent modifications.


Conducted by the Ilyushin design bureau and the nation's defence ministry at the Zhukovsky flight research centre near Moscow, the early-stage evaluations consisted of 38 flights.


These focused in particular on the aircraft’s flightdeck display and navigation, fuel system, autopilot and radio communications, Aviastar says.


The aircraft’s absolute airspeed and g-limits were also tested, and the aircraft was flown at its maximum all-up weight of 210t and maximum landing weight of 170t. A procedure was also devised for a go-arounds with multiple engines out, Aviastar says.


The Ulyanovsk-based company says it will introduce additional equipment into the aircraft including communications systems, defensive aids and internal and external video cameras. The new systems will be validated in a second set of tests at Zhukovsky, which will include trials of the defensive flight systems and communications, as well as load delivery systems.


The Il-76-MD-90A is a heavily modernised version of the 1970s vintage Il-76, featuring a new wing, Aviadvigatel PS-90A high-bypass turbofan engines, strengthened undercarriage, an uprated two-man glass cockpit and avionics and a new navigation system.


Aviastar says the first production Il-76-MD-90A is in an advanced state of assembly, while the airframe of the second has also been built and is being fitted out with subsystems. A third airframe is under construction.


The first completed Il-76-MD-90A is due for delivery in 2014. Moscow ordered 39 of the transports last October in a $4.5 billion deal. Aviastar has previously said it hopes to sell the type to foreign military and civil customers.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 17:40
Russia updates UAV inventory


Dec. 5, 2013 by Howard Gethin – FG


Moscow - Russia's defence ministry has signed a deal worth over Rb100 million ($3 million) with Kazan-based Eniks for delivery of 34 short-range surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).


The company will deliver 17 Eleron-ZSV systems, says the company’s general designer Valery Pobezhimov, after a contract was signed with the ministry on 3 December.


“I can’t state the exact value of the deal but it is in excess of 100 million roubles,” he told news outlets.


The UAVs – a modernised variant of earlier Eleron systems – will be delivered by next year, he adds.


Pobezhimov claims the Eleron costs just 20% of the price of similar foreign systems such as the Israel Aerospace Industries Zastava UAVs made under licence in Russia.


The 5.3kg (12lb) Eleron can carry a 1kg imaging payload, with a top speed of 70kt (130km/h) and ceiling of 13,000ft (4,000m), Eniks claims.


Meanwhile, UAE-based Adcom Systems is to deliver its United 40 medium-altitude long-endurance UAV to the Russian defence ministry for trials in February 2014, the company’s chief executive Ali Al-Dhaheri says.


“Regardless of the results of the first tests, further deliveries of the UAV will take place,” he told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.


Russia has signed a draft deal with Adcom for purchase of a trial batch of the system, he says.


The 1,500kg MTOW United 40, powered by a single pusher engine, is optimized for battle damage assessment, mission planning, border surveillance and communications relay, Adcom says, and can also be armed with air-to-surface missiles.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 17:20
US Army Awards GD $28 M for Engineering Development for Stryker Modernization



Dec 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : General Dynamics Corporation


The U.S. Army TACOM Contracting Command recently awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD ), a $28 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Stryker Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) upgrade program.


The Stryker ECP upgrade program is an engineering-development effort focused on integrating a group of system improvements into a single upgrade program for the Stryker eight-wheeled vehicle.  The objective of this research-and-development effort is to prepare Stryker vehicles to accept additional Army-directed requirements in the future without impacting current vehicle performance.  There is no production work associated with this award.


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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 17:20
Marvin to supply flightline test set platform for USAF's A-10/C Thunderbolt ll aircraft

A USAF's A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft in flight during a Nato Operation Allied Force combat mission. Photo: courtesy of USAF Senior Airman Greg L. Davis.


5 December 2013 airforce-technology.com


Marvin Test Solutions has received a contract for the delivery of a customised test platform for the portable armament test set-70 (PATS-70) flightline test set for the US Air Force's (USAF) upgraded A-10/C Thunderbolt ll aircraft.


Under the $5.7m contract, the company will supply the MTS-207 ultra-rugged flightline test set, a PXI-based, portable solution customised by the company in response to the requirements defined by test officials from Hill Air Force Base (AFB).


Marvin Test Solutions CEO and USAF (Ret.) major general Steve Sargeant said the company used its mil-spec compliant commercial off the shelf, ultra-rugged chassis to partner with the USAF, enabling its test engineers to rapidly develop and qualify the system for support of A-10/C avionics and electronics.


Sargeant said: ''We were able to significantly reduce the fielding time of this mission-critical test set to the A-10/C community.


"The new PATS-70 is a high-performance flightline test set in a portable, ultra-rugged deployable chassis, and allows the A-10/C maintenance community to fully test the critical systems of the A-10/C while minimising logistics and simplifying operation."

"The MTS-207 also enabled the air force to significantly reduce the time and cost required to provide the PATS-70 to the A-10/C community."


Equipped with 14 slots, the platform will form the basis for the new PATS-70 test solution, which will fully validate the soldiers' upgraded digital avionics and precision weapon electronics, including friend-or-foe identification, anti-skid, alpha mach, fuel quantity, stability augmentation system and MIL-STD-1760 protocol buses.


In addition to offering necessary flexibility for integration of additional test instrumentation into the system for future test requirements, the MTS-207 also enabled the air force to significantly reduce the time and cost required to provide the PATS-70 to the A-10/C community.


The system was fitted with cables, a user interface and test programme software for conversion to PATS-70 test solution.


The A-10/C is a modified variant of the A-10/A aircraft, featuring upgraded avionics, and carry smart weapons.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 13:55
Le "missile moyenne portée", futur remplaçant du Milan, c'est (bien) parti!


05.12.2013 par P. Chapleau - lignes de Défense


La Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) a notifié le 3 décembre à la société MBDA France, le contrat de développement et production du missile MMP (Missile moyenne portée) appelé à remplacer les Milan. Le parc cible comprendra 400 postes de tir et 2850 missiles. 175 postes de tir et 450 missiles seront livrés sur la période 2014-2019.

Un peu de doc en cliquant ici.

Dans un communiqué, la Dicod précise que

"ce programme constitue l'un des nouveaux programmes destinés à la modernisation de l'armée de terre prévus au titre de la future Loi de programmation militaire. Il vise à fournir un nouveau système de missiles de combat terrestre en remplacement du système d'arme Milan à compter de 2017. Il équipera les unités de combat au contact de l'armée de terre et les forces spéciales pour le combat débarqué.
Le MMP est un missile polyvalent, basé sur le concept "tire et oublie" (fire and forget), qui permet aux forces de neutraliser les différents types de cibles rencontrés sur l'ensemble des théâtres d'opérations avec une grande précision, tout en maîtrisant les dommages collatéraux et en réduisant leur vulnérabilité pendant le tir. Le MMP est un missile de nouvelle génération à haute technologie avec un fort potentiel à l'exportation comme le MILAN l'a été dans le passé. Il participe au maintien des compétences de la filière missilière française (9000 emplois) dont certains sous-traitants sensibles en particulier dans le secteur des autodirecteurs à infrarouge. "

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 13:55
Le CEMM à bord du BPC Tonnerre - photos Marine Nationale

Le CEMM à bord du BPC Tonnerre - photos Marine Nationale



05/12/2013 Marine nationale  


L’édition 2013 des assises maritimes se tenait du 3 au 4 décembre 2013 à Montpellier et à Sète sous la présidence du premier ministre Jean - Marc Ayrault. Le chef d’état-major de la Marine y participait, la Marine étant un acteur incontournable de l’économie maritime et le Cluster maritime un vecteur essentiel de soutien de la stratégie maritime de la France.


Les  enjeux maritimes sont en effet clairement intégrés dans la stratégie de défense de la France. L’ensemble des missions de la marine nationale, permanentes ou ponctuelles y ont été aussi réaffirmées. Cette importance confère donc une responsabilité supplémentaire au monde maritime qui réfléchit et prépare les réponses à ces enjeux. Au-delà de l’action de sécurisation des  espaces maritimes, la marine est un véritable réservoir de compétence et  fait vivre de nombreuses entreprises du monde maritime.


Pendant deux jours, les débats ont portés à la fois sur le contexte maritime mondial actuel et sur  les nouveaux horizons de l’économie maritime à travers les ressources humaines et technologiques.


Au cours de cet évènement,  l’amiral Rogel a remis le prix du chef d’état-major de la Marine au professeur Tristan Lecoq, inspecteur général de l’Éducation nationale pour distinguer son action de  rayonnement au service de la mer à travers les ouvrages qu’il a consacré à la Marine dans le cadre de ses enseignements ainsi qu’à Francis Vallat, président du Cluster maritime. Ce prix est remis à des personnes qui agissent en faveur de la connaissance des enjeux maritimes.


Les 800 invités ont ensuite franchi la coupée du BPC Tonnerre pour la soirée de prestige présidée par l’amiral Bernard Rogel. Ce moment de convivialité a permis de rappeler le rôle central de la Marine dans l’économie maritime et dans la stratégie de défense de la France. Cette manifestation à bord du BPC, était également l’occasion pour le CEMM, arrivé en fin d’après-midi à bord, de s’entretenir et d’échanger avec l’équipage.



Le CEMM aux 9èmes assises de la mer

Le CEMM aux 9èmes assises de la mer

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 13:55
French Army commissions Thales' commander training system


5 December 2013 army-technology.com


The French Army has inducted Thales-built new-generation commander training system into its service during a ceremony at Mailly-le-Camp in France.


Ordered by the French defence procurement agency (DGA), the OPOSIA system is currently deployed at the army's CENTAC combat training centre in Mailly-le-Camp, to train combined-arms task forces.


A latest addition to Thales' individual, collective, command-level and live training systems suite, the OPOSIA system is designed to instruct and train commanders of company-level combined-arms task forces, as well as section and platoon leaders.


Specifically, the system can train up to 45 personnel, including three digitised task force commanders, along with their subordinates, including section and platoon leaders and leaders of support units, such as engineering, artillery and logistics in a virtual theatre of operations.


The system uses Thales-built tactical simulation software to immerse trainees in a highly-realistic virtual 3D universe, comprising terrain features, weather conditions, weapon systems, allied and opposing force deployment doctrines.


In addition, the system, which can be coupled with the "live" training on the CENTAURE system, supplied by Thales under a separate contract with DGA, enables personnel to use their own operational communication and information systems to add more realism to the exercises.


Apart from reproducing current training and deployment areas, the system also features support tools to facilitate rapid uploading of other terrains, thereby ensuring consistency with evolving operational requirements.


The OPOSIA system represents a key component in the army personnel training that ensures effective coordination of support units in the field, allowing unit commanders, section leaders and platoon leaders to develop and apply their tactical reasoning skills in combined-arms missions.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 13:50
Delivery of 400th Typhoon aircraft


Dec 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


The 400th Eurofighter Typhoon, the world’s leading swing role fighter jet, has been delivered to its worldwide customer base


The delivery

The German Air Force has today taken delivery of the 400th aircraft during special ceremony at Cassidian’s Military Air Systems Center in Manching, Southern Germany. It was built by the Eurofighter consortium, which includes us.


Demonstrating high operational effectiveness

In the past 10 years the global Eurofighter Typhoon fleet has demonstrated its high operational effectiveness in international missions and trainings and accumulated more than 210,000 flying hours. Several developments such as the Phase 1 Enhancement, the integration of the METEOR air-to-air missile, the new electronic radar (E-Scan) and additional weaponry increase the capabilities of the Eurofighter Typhoon and secure the future of this modern combat aircraft in the next decades.


In the hundreds

The delivery of the very first Eurofighter Typhoon to the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom took place end of 2003. The 100th Eurofighter was delivered also to the Royal Air Force in September 2006. The 200th aircraft was handed over in November 2009 to the German Air Force. The 300th aircraft was delivered to the Spanish Air Force in November 2011.


In attendance

At the ceremony, the State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defence, Christian Schmidt, received the aircraft with the markings ‘31+06’. The event was witnessed by several high ranking representatives from politics and industry including: the Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology, Ilse Aigner; the Chief Executive Officer of Cassidian, Bernhard Gerwert, and representatives from the British, Spanish and Italian Eurofighter Partner companies.


A historic milestone

Alberto Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, said: “The delivery of the 400th Eurofighter Typhoon marks a historic milestone in Europe’s largest defence programme. Now we must focus much more strongly on export campaigns in order to win new contracts and new customers for this outstanding aircraft. Right now, especially in these difficult times in the defence industry, it is more important than ever that we stand up and be counted. That is what today is all about.”


A reliable backbone of many Air Forces

The General Manager of NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency  (NETMA), Jesus Pinillos, added: "Eurofighter Typhoon secures the airspace of six nations 24 hours a day, seven days a week even under extreme arctic weather conditions on the Falkland Islands. The aircraft has proven itself as a reliable backbone of the Air Forces in Germany, Italy, Spain, and in the UK as well as in Austria and Saudi Arabia. The reliability of the Eurofighter Typhoon in its global missions has surpassed expectations."

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 12:50
Defence IQ publie son Rapport sur le marché des véhicules blindés pour 2014 et au-delà


LONDRES, December 4, 2013 /PRNewswire - Air & Cosmos


À la veille de la conférence et exposition International Armoured Vehicles qui se dérouleront du 3 au 6 février 2014, le portail d'actualités et d'analyses en ligne Defence IQ a publié son troisième Rapport annuel sur le marché des véhicules blindés (Armoured Vehicles Market Report) pour 2014 et au-delà, dans le cadre duquel on examine l'évolution du marché mondial des véhicules blindés.

Vous pouvez télécharger ce rapport sur http://www.internationalarmouredvehicles.com/report. Dans le cadre du rapport, on suggère que malgré les incertitudes sur le marché, il devrait demeurer stable pour les sept prochaines années et que les pays d'Asie-Pacifique et du Moyen-Orient seront majoritairement à l'origine de sa croissance, tout comme les pays qui doivent remplacer leurs systèmes datant de l'époque de la guerre froide.

Les dépenses continueront dans des régions plus établies, principalement en Afrique du Nord et en Europe, afin de soutenir les capacités existantes, mais la taille des flottes sera réduite et les nouveaux programmes se verront limiter. Toutefois, les contraintes budgétaires laisseront plus de possibilités pour les multinationales et les produits commerciaux.

Selon le sondage inclus dans le rapport, mené auprès de centaines de membres du personnel militaire et professionnels du secteur, la majorité des forces armées internationales se montrent « confiantes » quant à leur croissance et amélioration régionales, et estiment que leurs flottes de véhicules blindés gagneront en puissance d'ici 2023. L'Inde, l'Arabie saoudite, les Émirats arabes unis, le Brésil et la Turquie sont considérés comme les principales zones de croissance.

Entre-temps, la protection contre l'effet de souffle et les mesures de lutte contre les engins explosifs improvisés sont toujours considérées comme les capacités les plus importantes et passent avant la protection balistique ou la mobilité. Les véhicules MRAP (renforcés contre les mines et les embuscades) arrivent en tête des véhicules les plus sollicités par les forces armées dans  un futur proche, suivis de près par les véhicules blindés de transport de troupes et les véhicules de patrouille blindés.

L'événement International Armoured Vehicles 2014 aura de nouveau lieu à Farnborough (Royaume-Uni) et comptera parmi les principaux intervenants le général Sir Peter Wall, chef de l'armée britannique, et Philip Dunne, général et ministre des Équipements de défense, du soutien et de la technologie. Cet événement mettra l'accent en première sur les véhicules Blue Light en plus de ses objectifs militaires traditionnels.

Pour en savoir plus : http://www.internationalarmouredvehicles.com

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 12:45
Défense : DCNS se lance à l'abordage de l'Afrique

DCNS table en moyenne sur des marchés de "200 millions d'euros maximum" dans les pays africains ciblés, soit deux à trois patrouilleurs Adroit (photo DCNS)


05/12/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


Le groupe naval nourrit quelques ambitions en Afrique au moment où s’ouvre à Paris un sommet pour la Paix et la Sécurité sur le continent africain. Objectif de DCNS : vendre des bâtiments pour lutter contre la piraterie.


DCNS a en ce moment les yeux de Chimène pour le marché africain d'où il était jusqu'ici complètement absent. Et plus particulièrement pour les pays producteurs de pétrole off-shore, qui ont besoin de renforcer leur marine afin de protéger leurs plates-formes et leurs bateaux contre la piraterie. Le groupe naval, qui propose quatre modèles de bâtiments différents à partir du patrouilleur "L'Adroit" pour des missions de surveillance et de police, a donc mis le cap vers ces pays en bâtissant une stratégie pour pénétrer ces marchés. DCNS est également prêt à fournir des systèmes de communications C3I ou C4I


DCNS table en moyenne sur des marchés de "200 millions d'euros maximum" dans les pays ciblés, soit deux à trois patrouilleurs Adroit, explique-t-on à "La Tribune". A l'exception du Nigéria, qui souhaite renforcer fortement sa marine (800 à 900 millions d'euros). Les offres de DCNS prévoient en général une charge de travail locale.


Piriou et le sud-africain Paramount pour gagner en Afrique


Le groupe naval va s'appuyer sur deux partenariats, l'un avec le chantier Piriou à travers la société Kership (55 % Piriou et 45 % DCNS),  l'autre avec le sud-africain Paramount, propriétaire depuis peu du chantier naval Nautic Africa. Kership a pour mission de s'adresser à l'Afrique plutôt francophone (mais pas que) et, plus précisément aux pays du Golfe de Guinée : Gabon, qui veut des OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessels), Congo Brazzaville, Guinée équatoriale et Cameroun.


"Ces pays font un énorme effort pour moderniser leur marine", précise-t-on à "La Tribune". Kership est également en première ligne au Nigéria intéressé par des patrouilleurs de type Adroit, qui seront fabriqué en France.


De son côté, Paramount vise a priori les pays anglophones. DCNS est notamment allié depuis de longues années à Nautic Africa, bien avant son rachat par Paramount, pour remporter le programme Biro de la marine sud-africaine. Les Sud-Africains veulent acquérir huit navires, quatre OPV de 85 mètres et quatre IPV (Inshore Patrol Vessels) de 60 mètres. Outre l'Afrique du sud, Paramount, qui a obtenu une licence de production, prospecte au Ghana, Tanzanie, Namibie, Angola, Mozambique et… Sénégal.


Les Chinois bien positionnés en Afrique


Pour DCNS, la partie sera loin d'être facile en Afrique :  peu de pays ont une planification d'acquisitions à l'occidentale et la concurrence fait très souvent du low cost. C'est le cas des Chinois, qui sont par exemple très bien implantés au Nigéria. Ils y ont déjà vendu des OPV. Les Israéliens sont également au Nigeria pour des raisons commerciales - ils ont vendu des patrouilleurs Shaldag - mais aussi pour surveiller les islamistes locaux. Sans oublier la concurrence coréenne et brésilienne. Brasilia a récemment envoyé des OPV faire le tour de l'Afrique.


Outre la concurrence féroce, les banques sont également assez réticentes à financer les opérations en Afrique. Enfin, "les marchés africains peuvent être parfois compliqués", rappelle-t-on. Sous-entendu, la corruption y est endémique.

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INS Sindhurakshak (S63)

INS Sindhurakshak (S63)


5 décembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins


C’est officiel : la marine indienne, craignant de perdre à terme sa flotte sous-marine, a mis au point un projet de prolonger la vie de 6 de ses sous-marins vieillissants.


Le vice-amiral Satish Soni, commandant en chef de la flotte du Sud, a révélé mardi que la marine voulait effectuer des travaux pour prolonger la vie de 4 sous-marins Kilo (classe Sindhughosh) et 2 U-209/1500 « pour empêcher la réduction du nombre de ses sous-marins. »


« Ce projet a été proposé au gouvernement et prendrait un certain temps, mais la marine a des projets, » a-t-il indiqué.


Le vice-amiral a néanmoins indiqué que la marine n’avait pas l’intention de louer un autre sous-marin nucléaire à la Russie. « A ce jour, et selon ce que je sais, la marine n’a pas de tels projets. Le gouvernement l’a peut-être, mais pas la marine, » a-t-il indiqué.


Référence : The Hindu (Inde)

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BAE reports new orders for body armor




Additional hard armor inserts for tactical vests worn by U.S. troops are being produced by BAE Systems under contracts worth nearly $18 million.


"The body armor is designed with the specific purpose of stopping armor-piercing bullets," said Ashoo Agarwal, a quality engineer at BAE Systems. "Our team of engineers works hard to ensure every plate we make meets a rigorous set of requirements and standards. This commitment to quality helps protect warfighters around the world."


Among the recently issued contracts is a $10.2 million order from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency for Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts; an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth as much as $6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for SPEAR BALCS inserts and a $500,000 research and development contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for Enhanced Concealable Small Arms Protective Inserts.


The hard armor inserts -- worn inside the fronts, backs, and sides of outer tactical vests – have been fully qualified by the U.S. government in physical, environmental, and ballistic testing, BAE Systems said.


The number of inserts to be provided was not disclosed.

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Poland Mulls Small Stake in EADS


Dec. 4, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)


WARSAW — Poland is considering taking a stake in the European aerospace giant EADS, Polish defense ministry spokesman Jacek Sonta said Wednesday.


"We're examining the possibilities, the pros and cons, that a stake in EADS could offer the Polish arms industry," Sonta told AFP.


"It's a matter of giving Polish arms companies a chance to be present on the European market."


According to the Polish daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Poland would take on stake of up to 2 percent in EADS.


When contacted by AFP, a spokesman for EADS said: "Our shares are on the market, anyone can buy some."


France owns a 12-percent stake in EADS, Germany 10.7 percent and Spain 4 percent.


Poland could pay for its eventual portion by offering stakes in its state-owned defense group PHO, according to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.


EADS is holding a business and investment event this week in Warsaw and the central city of Lodz. More than 200 Polish firms have been invited to meet with EADS officials.


The central European NATO member plans to spend 140 billion zloty (33.3 billion euros, $45 billion) in the coming years to upgrade its military.


Unlike other European countries, Poland has kept its defense budget stable throughout the global financial crisis.


According to law, it is fixed at 1.95 percent of gross domestic product, which this year equals more than 31 billion zloty.


EADS is to change its name in mid-2014 to Airbus Group after its passenger aircraft business.

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European CSDP: Cost of Non-Europe Report - EAVA


November 28, 2013, European Union, 2013 - EP


The report 'Preparing for Complexity - The European Parliament in 2025', presented by the Secretary General of the European Parliament in January 2013, identified the core set of problematic issues in defence policy as a) duplication, b) lack of a common strategic view and c) lack of a clear vision for the future. The purpose of this paper is to develop these considerations and to focus on the benefits of greater cooperation at European level. Setting out the economic argument of the added value of Europe in defence, and the current cost to the Member States of ‘non-Europe’, can highlight the need to build on the structures, systems and under-utilised legal bases that have been put in place in recent years. Cost of Non-Europe reports examine policy areas or sectors of strategic importance where the possibilities for greater efficiency or the realisation of a 'public good' through common action at EU level are potentially significant. The case for more Europe is perhaps more compelling in defence than in almost any other policy area, given that no single Member State can achieve an optimal level of security without cooperation. The costs involved go beyond the purely economic, and include political and opportunity costs.

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F-35B Lightning II aircraft in formation (library image) [Picture: © 2013 Lockheed Martin Corporation]

F-35B Lightning II aircraft in formation (library image) [Picture: © 2013 Lockheed Martin Corporation]



4 December 2013  Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support


As training with the F-35 Lightning II steps up in Florida, a Royal Air Force pilot shares his impressions of the advanced stealth jet.


Flight Lieutenant Hugh Nichols completed his first sortie in the next-generation stealth fighter at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in November.

The Lightning II aircraft, together with the Typhoon FGR4, will provide the RAF combat air component essential to UK defence.

Flight Lieutenant Hugh Nichols

Flight Lieutenant Hugh Nichols [Picture: Staff Sergeant Nicholas Egebrecht, United States Air Force]

Flight Lieutenant Nichols, the first RAF Number 1 Group pilot to fly the aircraft, said:

This is a notable step in the Lightning II story and one that marks a real shift in emphasis from development to employment.

We’re also just starting to train the first Number 1 Group engineers here at Eglin, which is another important milestone in the development of the UK aspect of the programme.

Lightning II’s advanced mission system sensors have done nothing but impress me so far and I have no doubt that this aircraft will deliver strategic, game-changing capabilities in future defence scenarios.

To be the first Number 1 Group operational pilot is both an honour and a privilege and I look forward to helping stand up Number 617 (The Dambusters) Squadron in 2016 and bringing the jet back to the UK in 2018.

An F-35B Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base

An F-35B Lightning II on the tarmac at Eglin Air Force Base [Picture: © 2013 Lockheed Martin Corporation]

Three UK pilots and 13 engineers from the RAF and Royal Navy are learning to operate the aircraft at Eglin under a partnering agreement with the United States Marine Corps as part of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501).

Another 12 engineers recently arrived at Eglin for 5 months of trade training at the Lightning Academic Training Centre prior to being posted to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort in South Carolina and Edwards Air Force Base in California in mid-2014.

Lightning II will be the UK’s fifth-generation short take-off and vertical landing joint strike asset. The multi-role supersonic stealth aircraft is planned to achieve initial operating capability in a land-based role from RAF Marham in 2018 and, alongside the Royal Navy, aboard the future HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier in 2020.

F-35B Lightning II aircraft in flight

F-35B Lightning II aircraft in flight (library image) [Picture: © 2013 Lockheed Martin Corporation]


Flight Lieutenant Hugh Nichols

Flight Lieutenant Nichols, who is 35 and was born in Epsom, Surrey, joined the RAF in April 2000 and has flown Hawk and Harrier GR9 aircraft as well as flying the F-16CJ on exchange with the US Air Force.

He will go on to qualify as an F-35B instructor pilot and will remain on VMFAT-501 until the UK stands up its first squadron at MCAS Beaufort in 2016.

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Armes russes: Inde, Irak et Vietnam bientôt les principaux importateurs



MOSCOU, 4 décembre - RIA Novosti


D'ici quelques années, l'Inde, l'Irak et le Vietnam seront les plus grands importateurs d'armes russes, a annoncé mercredi à RIA Novosti le directeur du Centre d'analyse du commerce mondial d'armes (TSAMTO) Igor Korotchenko.


"De 2013 à 2016, la part de l'Inde dans l'ensemble des importations d'armes russes augmentera considérablement pour atteindre 32,75% contre 27,31% en 2005-2012", a souligné l'expert. Selon les prévisions du Centre TSAMTO, la part de l'Irak s'élèvera à 9,87% contre 0,54% en 2005-2012 et celle du Vietnam à 8,92% contre 4,86% en 2005-2012.


D'après M. Korotchenko, entre 2013 et 2016, ces trois pays pourraient totaliser 51,24% des exportations d'armes russes. 32,54% de ces exportations devraient revenir aux pays situés entre la quatrième et la dixième place du classement établi par le Centre.

"Il s'agit de la Chine, du Venezuela, de l'Algérie, de la Syrie, de l'Azerbaïdjan, du Brésil et de l'Iran, à condition de conclure avec ces pays des accords sur les systèmes de défense antiaérienne", a indiqué l'expert.

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USAF taps Aerojet Rocketdyne for new ICBM motor




The U.S. Air Force has contracted Aerojet Rocketdyne to demonstrate a medium-class Stage III motor for use on Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.


Work under the contract, issued as part of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Propulsion Applications Program, covers the development, fabrication and demonstration of a full-scale motor designed to replace the aging SR-73 third-stage motors in the current Minuteman III ICBM.


The motor to be produced will use propulsion technologies that can be used by future propulsion systems.


"This is an important win for Aerojet Rocketdyne," Aerojet Rocketdyne Vice President of Missile Defense and Strategic Systems Michael Bright said. "It helps maintain critical industrial base capability in solid rocket motor design and development, and provides a cost competitive strategy to sustain the aging Minuteman III missile."


The value of the contract and its length were not disclosed.


Aerojet Rocketdyne said a full-scale static test of the motor, including a thrust termination demonstration, is planned.

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Northrop starts production of Global Hawk UAS for NATO


MOSS POINT, Miss., Dec. 4 (UPI)


NATO's first Global Hawk unmanned surveillance vehicle is starting to take shape on a Northrop Grumman production line, the company reports.


The NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Block 40 Global Hawk has a cruise speed of 357 miles per hour, a range of 8,700 miles, a service ceiling of 60,000 feet and a flight endurance of more than 30 hours.


Once operational with NATO it will provide near real-time terrestrial and maritime situational awareness information throughout the full range of NATO military and civil-military missions.


NATO has ordered five of the aircraft, which will feature enhancements to meet the alliance's requirements for performing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Northrop said.


"The variety of sensors and ability to support a wide range of missions will revolutionize how NATO collects ISR," said Jim Edge, general manager of NATO's Air, Ground Surveillance Management Agency. "It was an honor to witness the start of production for the first NATO aircraft, and I'm excited at being one step closer to delivering the AGS system."


Production was kicked off with a ceremony at Northrop's facility in Mississippi, which was attended by representatives of the alliance, state government officials, community leaders and Northrop employees.


"Mississippi excels at advanced manufacturing, and the sophisticated aircraft that will be built at Northrop Grumman's Moss Point facility are a testament to the quality of the area's workforce," Gov. Phil Bryant said at the event. "Our state is also building a strong presence in the aerospace industry, and this operation will certainly bolster our reputation."


The NATO AGS system will be equipped with the multi-mode, Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion airborne ground surveillance radar sensor to provide all-weather, day or night intelligence. The system a suite of network-centric enabled line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight long-range, wide-band data links.


It also features European-sourced ground assets to provide in-theater support to commanders of deployed forces. Mobile ground stations, for interface between the AGS core system and a wide range of interoperable NATO and national command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems are also part of the system.


"With the ability to fly up to 60,000 feet and for more than 30 hours, the NATO AGS system is uniquely suited to support NATO missions worldwide," said Jim Culmo, vice president, High-Altitude, Long Endurance Enterprise, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.


Northrop said NATO is acquiring the system with 15 nations participating in the program. They are: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States.


Companies participating in the project with Northrop include Cassidian, Selex ES, Kongsberg and defense companies from participating countries.


Details of the production/delivery schedule for the first and subsequent Global Hawks was not disclosed.

Northrop starts production of Global Hawk UAS for NATO
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New Zealand To Buy Penguin; Funding Provided for Joint Strike Missile

The Norwegian government will provide funding to continue development of the Joint Strike Missile. (Kongsberg Defence Systems Concept)


Dec. 4, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense news


The Norwegian government will provide funding to continue development of the Joint Strike Missile.


LONDON — Kongsberg has secured New Zealand as a customer for its Penguin anti-ship missile and agreed to a deal with the Norwegian government to provide stop-gap funding on its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) program while parliamentary approval is awaited to complete development of the weapon.


The missile deals were among four announcements made by Norway’s top contractor over the last few days.


The company said it has also signed a framework agreement with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) to support and maintain systems it has supplied to the Norwegian Navy and is progressing efforts to integrate the JSM on Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter.


The New Zealand Defence Force has purchased a small number of Penguin Mk2 Mod 7 anti-ship missiles and associated equipment to equip new Kaman SH-2G (I) Super Seasprite helicopters acquired by the Navy.


New Zealand has purchased eight SH-2G(I)’s from a batch of machines originally purchased by Australia before the deal was canceled. The Penguins are thought to have come from the same original customer.


“This contract strongly confirms the Penguin missile’s position as the leading missile within its segment. The contract is for a limited number of missiles, however it is considered an important upgrade of New Zealand’s Navy,” said Pal Bratlie, the executive vice president at Kongsberg Defence Systems.


No contract value was given.


Kongsberg has also signed a NOK 480 million ($78 million) deal with the NDLO to continue work on the JSM ahead of the Norwegian Parliament’s expected approval of the final phase of development of the weapon.


An earlier version of the weapon, known as the Naval Strike Missile, has already been acquired by Norway and Poland for maritime and coastal defense roles.


The new JSM weapon is being developed principally, but not exclusively, for the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter for anti-surface and naval fire support missions.


Norway has already committed to buying the F-35 and is looking to equip the fighter with the new long-range weapon, which can be carried internally in the bomb bay or externally.


Walter Qvam, Kongsberg’s CEO, said the international F-35 user consortium is showing great interest in the missile.


Phase 2 development is complete and Kongsberg said in a statement that to “ensure competence and progress between phase 2 and phase 3 the Norwegian Armed Forces have signed a bridging phase contract prior to Parliamentary proceedings and approval of the entire JSM development phase 3.”


Work in phase 2 included detailed design and early integration work on the F-35 as well as the F/A-18 and the F-16.


Kongsberg said it had recently completed a fit-check of the JSM on the external pylons of an F/A-18F at Boeing’s St. Louis facility.


In its most recent announcement, Kongsberg said Dec 3 that it had secured a NOK 165 million deal with the Norwegian Navy to support, maintain and further develop systems it had supplied, including Nansen-class frigates, Ula-class submarines and various training centers.


Missiles, sonar systems, command and control, and navigation equipment are all included in the six-year contract.

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MaxxPro Plus with Frag Kit 6

MaxxPro Plus with Frag Kit 6



BUDAPEST, Hungary, Dec. 4 (UPI)


The United States has lent a dozen MaxxPro Plus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicles to Hungary for military training.


The MRAPS, manufactured by Navistar International, were used by the U.S. European Command and were delivered to the Hungarian armed forces by a U.S. Embassy official in Budapest late last month.


"Due to the significant deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan in 2010 the most modern assets capable to provide service members with the highest level of survivability had been requested from the U.S. government," Defense Minister Csaba Hende said at a handover ceremony. "In the areas of operations, Hungarian military personnel have been using similar vehicles for years and such assets have greatly contributed to the minimization of losses."


About 200 Hungarian troops are currently deployed to Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The MRAPs, which are used in Afghanistan, are needed for training of Hungarian personnel in their use.


The vehicles will be used at Hungary's Bakony Combat Training Center and the Szentendre NCO Academy.

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