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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 17:50
Kongsberg Signs Long Term Framework Agreement for Support and Maintenance

 

Dec 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : Kongsberg Gruppen

 

Support and Maintenance Of systems onboard the RNoN's combat vessels and training centers

 

KONGSBERG has signed a long term Framework Agreement with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) for support, maintenance and further development of systems delivered by KONGSBERG onboard the RNoN's combat vessels and training centers.

 

The Framework Agreement is valid from 1st January 2014 with duration of 6 years. The overall scope of the Framework Agreement is 165 MNOK. In addition, the Agreement enables NDLO to order additional services, spare parts and other necessary equipment upon need.

 

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 17:35
INS Viraat, the lone aircraft carrier in use now, in Mumbai on Tuesday

INS Viraat, the lone aircraft carrier in use now, in Mumbai on Tuesday

 

 

4 décembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins

 

La marine indienne envisage de construire un porte-avions nucléaire, si les couts le permettent.

 

La marine indienne souhaite avoir 3 porte-avions mais le seul dont elle dispose actuellement, l’INS Viraat, est « vieux, dépassé et trop couteux à entretenir, » explique le chef de la marine indienne, l’amiral D.K. Joshi.

 

L’état-major de la marine prend graduellement conscience qu’il faudra probablement désarmer le porte-avions avant la date prévue.

 

Le porte-avions, âgé de 55 ans, a déjà subi plusieurs modernisations, très couteuse pour le budget de la défense.

 

Le mois dernier, la marine a admis au service l’INS Vikramaditya, l’ancien Gorshkov russe. Le porte-avions est actuellement en route vers l’Inde. Il faudra encore 6 mois après son arrivée à Karwar sur la côte ouest, pour le rendre entièrement opérationnel. Il est attendu en Inde en janvier.

 

Seuls les Etats-Unis disposent de plusieurs porte-avions, tous à propulsion nucléaire. L’importance des porte-avions en océan Indien, est l’objet d’une attention particulière pour les stratèges après la mise en service du porte-avions chinois, le Liaoning.

 

La Chine a aussi annoncé la semaine dernière la mise en place d’une zone d’identification aérienne en mer de Chine Orientale, dans une zone qui est aussi revendiquée par le Japon et la Corée du Sud. Les porte-avions sont le meilleur outil pour le « contrôle maritime ».

 

La marine indienne prendra une décision définitive sur son projet de porte-avions nucléaire IAC-2 — d’un déplacement de 65.000 t — après avoir étudié les expériences de la Grande-Bretagne et de la France.

 

L’état-major de la marine s’est fixée une échéance de 2 mois pour fixer le type de propulsion. La propulsion nucléaire donnerait une meilleure autonomie au porte-avions, mais le réacteur est cher à construire.

 

La Grande-Bretagne a abandonné l’idée de la propulsion nucléaire pour son porte-avions Queen Elizabeth II à cause du cout. La France est le seul pays, à part les Etats-Unis qui ait construit son propre porte-avions nucléaire, le Charles de Gaulle.

 

L’autre décision concerne le type d’équipements : catapulte et brins d’arrêt (comme les porte-avions américains et français) ou sky-jump (comme le britannique).

 

Le projet de porte-avions IAC-2 de 65.000 tonnes, qui pourrait être baptisé le Vishal, suivra le Vikrant, ou IAC-1, un porte-avions classique de 44.700 t actuellement en construction à Kochi.

 

Le Vikrant a été mis à l’eau en aout dernier. Il pourrait être admis au service actif en 2017. Le Viraat, le seul porte-avions dont dispose actuellement la marine indienne, serait désarmé à cette date.

 

Référence : Calcutta Telegraph (Inde)

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 17:20
Rockwell Collins EP-8000 image generators selected for BoeingaEUR(tm)s Apache Longbow Crew Trainers

 

 

Dec 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins

 

Rockwell Collins will supply EP-8000 image generators for Boeing Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT).

 

LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, said the contract is the latest example of providing reliability and innovation for the Apache LCT program.

 

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 13:40
Russie et Grèce signent un accord de coopération militaire (Choïgou)

 

ATHENES, 3 décembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie et la Grèce ont signé mardi un accord intergouvernemental de coopération dans le domaine militaire, a annoncé mardi aux journalistes le ministre russe de la Défense, le général Sergueï Choïgou.

 

"Nous avons signé un accord qui donne un nouveau cadre, de nouvelles frontières à notre coopération technico-militaire", a déclaré M. Choïgou à l'issue de négociations avec son homologue grec Dimitris Avramopoulos à Athènes.

 

Le document signé mardi "concerne les systèmes d'armement et de matériel de guerre déjà fournis à la Grèce, l'entretien de ces systèmes et la livraison de nouveaux armements", a indiqué le général Choïgou. 

 

Selon les médias russes, la défense antiaérienne grecque est équipée dans une large mesure par la Russie. L'armée grecque dispose notamment de missiles sol-air S-300 PMU, Tor-M1, Bouk-M1 et Ossa-AKM, ainsi que de systèmes antiaériens portatifs Igla.

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 12:50
La Pologne négocierait son entrée au capital d’EADS

 

 

04/12 Par Jean Michel Gradt – LesEchos.fr

 

Le gouvernement polonais négocierait son entrée dans EADS, rapporte mercredi le journal « Dziennik Gazeta Prawna ». Il viserait une participation comprise entre 1% et 2% du capital du géant européen de l’aéronautique, de la défense et de l’espace.

 

Le géant européen de l’aéronautique, EADS, pourrait inviter la Pologne à son tour de table. Le gouvernement polonais est en discussions avec les actionnaires d’EADS en vue pour l’Etat de prendre une participation comprise entre 1% et 2% dans le géant européen de l’aéronautique, de la défense et de l’espace, rapporte mercredi le journal « Dziennik Gazeta Prawna ».

 

Cet été, la Russie qui avait acquis 5 % du capital D’EADS en 2007, a entamé son désengagement . Actuellement le consortium européen est en partie détenue par les Etats allemand, français et espagnol, les deux premiers ayant 12% chacun et le troisième 4%.

 

Le quotidien ajoute qu’avec ces négociations, Varsovie vise un renforcement de la coopération militaire au sein de l’Union européenne. « Difficile à dire si une telle solution serait bénéfique pour nous, mais nous y pensons », déclare un porte-parole du ministère de la Défense nationale, cité par le journal.

 

L’hypothèse de discussions avec la Pologne se fait jour alors que le consortium européen organise du 2 au 5 décembre à Varsovie et à Lodz, l’EADS Aerospace Meetings Poland, un événement commercial et d’investissement durant lequel plus de 200 entreprises polonaises ont été conviées à rencontrer des dirigeants et experts d’EADS qui opèrent dans des domaines, allant des achats à la recherche & le développement (R&D) en passant par la gestion de la chaîne logistique.

 

EADS veut être plus présent en Pologne

 

Une chose est sûre : EADS et ses divisions – Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian et Eurocopter – entendent élargir sensiblement leur présence industrielle en Pologne. Jean-Pierre Talamoni, corporate vice president pour le développement international au sein d’EADS, estimait, dans un communiqué publié le 27 novembre, que « l’heure est venue pour l’industrie de la défense polonaise et l’industrie européenne de procéder à un rapprochement stratégique en renforçant les liens avec EADS ». Et d’ajouter : « Nous pensons que la Pologne a un rôle encore plus important à jouer au sein d’une industrie de la défense européenne élargie. »

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Ravitaillement : l'Espagne rêve de l'A330 MRTT

 

03/12/2013 Par Guillaume Steuer – Air & Cosmos

 

La force aérienne espagnole envisage l'acquisition de trois A330 MRTT dans le cadre d'une initiative européenne visant à renforcer les capacités des pays de l'Union dans le domaine du ravitaillement en vol. Ces appareils pourraient faire l'objet d'une utilisation et d'une maintenance mutualisée avec d'autres membres de ce "club MRTT".

 

S'exprimant ce matin à l'occasion de la conférence "Military AIrlift Rapid Reaction and Tanker Operations", un responsable de la force aérienne espagnole expliquait que ces trois MRTT permettraient de remplacer l'unique ravitailleur (K)B-707 vieillissant aujourd'hui utilisé par Madrid, tout en développant de nouvelles capacités de projection de fret, de transport de troupes et de VIP.

 

L'aviateur soulignait toutefois que pour le moment, aucun financement n'a été identifié par Madrid pour mener à bien ce projet. Un sujet délicat, puisque le budget de la défense espagnol a été réduit de près d'un tiers depuis 2008, selon notre interlocuteur. L'Agence européenne de défense milite pour un achat en commun avec d'autres pays de ces nouveaux ravitailleurs, projet dont la France s'est pour l'instant écartée par souci de conserver son autonomie sur l'acquisition de ses propres MRTT.

 

La force aérienne espagnole se prépare par ailleurs à accueillir ses premiers A400M en 2016. Un seul exemplaire de l'Atlas sera livré cette année-là, suivi par quatre appareils en 2017, cinq en 2018, cinq en 2019, puis quatre par an jusqu'en 2022. L'officier espagnol confirmait que ces machines devraient être livrées en configuration "plug and fly", c'est à dire qu'elles seront capables d'emporter différents équipements de mission commandés en petit nombre : nacelles de ravitaillement, kits de blindage, autoprotection, liaison Satcom, etc. La base de Saragosse devrait jouer le rôle de "hub" pour les Atlas espagnols.

 

Déjà utilisatrice de C-295, l'Ejército del Aire réfléchit également à de futures versions multi-missions du bimoteur tactique d'Airbus Military. Selon un aviateur espagnol, cette plateforme pourrait servir de base à des appareils de surveillance maritime, de renseignement électronique ou de guet aérien.

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 08:35
USA: Possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for CH-47D

Dec. 4, 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2013 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for CH-47D Model Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $151 million.

 

The Republic of Korea has requested a possible sale of:

 

14 CH-47D Model Aircraft to include T55-GA-714A Engines, 2 per aircraft

(14 ac x 2=28 engines)

5 T55-GA-714A Turbine to be used as spares.

16 AN/ARC-220 HF Radios

32 AN/ARC-186 VHF AM/FM Radios

16 AN/ARN 123 VOR ILS Marker Beacons

14 AN/ARN-154(V) Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) System

16 AN/ARC-201D or AN/ARC-201E VHF FM Homing Radios

16 AN/APN-209D Radar Altimeters

16 AN/ASN-43 Gyro-magnetic Compasses

 

 

Also included are mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment, ground support equipment, special tools and test equipment, spares, publications, Maintenance Work Orders/Engineering Change Proposals (MWO/ECP), technical support and training. The total estimated value for these articles and services is $151 million.

 

The CH-47Ds being considered for this sale are currently operated by U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) in the ROK. This proposed sale of CH-47D aircraft equipped with T55-GA-714A engines will be provided from U.S. Army inventory located at Camp Humphrey, South Korea. The T55-GA-714A Engines to be provided as spares will also be provided from U.S. Government inventory.

 

If this proposed sale is approved, the aircraft will be sold and transferred to the ROK incrementally once USFK begins taking receipt of new-production CH-47F model aircraft, a process currently estimated to begin in the January 2014 timeframe. The U.S. Army will not replace the CH-47D aircraft being proposed for sale and transfer to the ROK. This proposed sale will allow the U.S. Army to avoid transportation and/or demilitarization costs in the amount of approximately $13.4 million.

 

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by meeting the legitimate security and defense needs of an ally and partner nation. The ROK continues to be an important force for peace, political stability and economic progress in North East Asia.

 

The proposed sale will improve the ROK’s capability to meet current and future requirements for troop movement, medical evacuation, aircraft recovery, parachute drop, search and rescue, disaster relief, fire-fighting and heavy construction support. The ROK will use this enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense, deter regional threats, and improve humanitarian and disaster mobilization and response. These efforts support both ROK and U.S. interests and objectives, and are consistent with strategic and regional goals. This sale is also consistent with the U.S. strategic interests for stability in the Pacific Command Area of Operations.

 

The ROK is capable of absorbing and maintaining this additional equipment in its inventory. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

 

The principal contractor will be The Boeing Company in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

 

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of 18 U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the ROK to provide support, program management, and training for a period of up to 2 years.

 

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

 

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

 

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 Jamaica Defense Forces to acquire 12 Bushmaster armoured personnel carrier from Thales Australia

Dec. 4, 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

Cabinet of Jamaica government has approved a five-year recapitalisation project for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) which will see the JDF replacing obsolete and mainly unserviceable V150 armoured cars in its fleet. Under the project, the JDF (Jamaica Defense Forces) will acquire 12 Thales Australia Bushmaster armoured personnel carriers (APCs) a report from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said.

 

At present, the JDF has a complement of 14 Cadillac Gage V150s, 10 of which were acquired 37 years ago in 1976 and the other four were acquired in 1985, according to the OPM.

 

Over the course of their service life within the JDF, the vehicles have been utilized as critical enablers in many high risk situations such as internal security deployments in support of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as well as pre and post disaster response and rescue operations.

 

Delivery of the armoured vehicles will commence in 2015.

 

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3 décembre 2013 2 03 /12 /décembre /2013 20:40
Russie et Otan pourraient recycler les munitions obsolètes

 

BRUXELLES, 3 décembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie et l'Otan pourraient lancer un projet-pilote de recyclage des munitions obsolètes, a annoncé mardi le secrétaire général de l'Alliance Anders Fogh Rasmussen en prévision d'une réunion du Conseil Russie-Otan qui doit avoir lieu le 4 décembre à Bruxelles.

 

"Nous discuterons de nouveaux domaines de notre coopération et initierons un projet-pilote prévoyant la destruction de vieilles munitions dangereuses dans la région de Kaliningrad", a déclaré M. Rasmussen.

 

Selon des informations diffusées auparavant, Moscou envisage d'associer des entreprises des pays membres de l'Otan au recyclage de munitions obsolètes russes.

 

Le vice-ministre russe de la Défense Alexeï Mechkov a confié mardi à RIA Novosti que les aspects financiers de la participation de l'Otan à ce projet étaient à l'étude. Selon M. Mechkov, la destruction de munitions doit être effectuée dans la région de Kaliningrad (enclave russe sur la Baltique). Il s'agit de créer à cet effet un fonds fiduciaire spécialisé. D'après le vice-ministre, "toutes les parties sont en principe intéressées par le lancement d'un tel fonds".

 

Le Conseil Russie-Otan doit se réunir le 4 décembre à Bruxelles au niveau des chefs de diplomatie. La Russie sera représentée par le ministre des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov.

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3 décembre 2013 2 03 /12 /décembre /2013 17:45
Nigeria interested in buying Super Tucanos

A Mauritanian Super Tucano

 

29 November 2013 by Guy Martin – defenceWeb

 

The Nigerian Air Force is considering buying Super Tucano trainer and light attack aircraft from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer.

 

Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo expressed interest in purchasing the Super Tucano during a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer earlier this week.

 

Sambo and Temer held talks on bilateral relations between Nigeria and Brazil, and announced the creation of working groups on security and defence, amongst other areas, reports Xinhua. An agreement on intelligence sharing, particularly regarding drug-related crimes, will be signed soon. The two parties also discussed the possibility of repatriating 377 Nigerian prisoners in Brazil.

 

Brazil and Nigeria also discussed other possibilities for cooperation in fields such as trade, agriculture, mining, culture and energy. Trade between Nigeria and Brazil has grown from $1.6 billion in 2002 to $9.1 billion last year, Temer said.

 

Brazil and Nigeria have enjoyed warm defence relations – for example, in September 2012 the Brazilian Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Amazonas (P120) visited Nigeria and conducted training with Nigerian personnel and vessels. Earlier this year Brazil’s new OPV Araguari (P122) visited Nigeria on its way home from the United Kingdom. Apart from Nigeria, it also visited Cape Verde, Cameroon, Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinea.

 

Nigeria has a strong requirement for an aircraft like the Super Tucano as it battles the domestic Boko Haram insurgency and also deploys combat aircraft to foreign countries on peacekeeping operations. The country is expected to vastly increase its defence spending over the coming years, and according to a recent Strategic Defence Intelligence report, the Nigerian defence market will go from $2.3 billion this year to $4.4 billion by 2018.

 

Piracy and oil smuggling in the Gulf of Guinea and a contribution to peacekeeping operations are expected to drive the country's military expenditure to register a growth rate of 13.62% over the next five years. The domestic Boko Haram insurgency is also expected to drive Nigeria’s security needs. The country’s growth in military expenditure will be assisted by the country's stable economic growth over the forecast period, which will a see rise in defence expenditure as a percentage of GDP from 0.8% in 2013 to 1.1% in 2018, according to the report.

 

“The growing threat from Boko Haram and other extremist groups in northeastern states, and drug trafficking are expected to drive the Nigerian government's investments in homeland security over the forecast period. Police modernization and homeland security infrastructure developments are expected to be primary areas for investment by the government,” the report noted.

 

Nigeria can be expected to buy military hardware such as naval helicopters, fighters, patrol vessels, and armoured personnel carriers over the next five years, mainly from foreign suppliers.

 

African Super Tucanos

 

Embraer has recorded a number of orders for its Super Tucano from African countries, which see it as a low cost light attack aircraft that can also be used as a trainer. On the continent, the Super Tucano has been ordered by Angola, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal. Embraer is highly optimistic about future orders for the type from Africa.

 

Angola officially received its first three of six Super Tucanos in July this year and is using them for border surveillance, attack and pilot training. Burkina Faso was the first African country to take delivery of a Super Tucano, receiving three aircraft in September 2011 for border patrol missions. In October last year Mauritania received their first aircraft, featuring sensor turrets for surveillance duties, although they will also be used for counter-insurgency missions.

 

In April Senegal bought three A-29 Super Tucanos as well as a training system for pilots and mechanics. It will use the aircraft for border surveillance and internal security duties.

 

Over a dozen global customers have purchased the A-29 Super Tucano. The fleet has surpassed 180 000 flight hours and 28 000 combat hours, according to Embraer.

 

The A-29 Super Tucano is capable of performing a broad range of missions that include light attack, aerial surveillance and interception, and counter-insurgency.

 

The Super Tucano is equipped with a variety of sensors and equipment, including an electo-optical/infrared system with laser designator, night vision goggles, secure communications and data-link package.

 

Armament comprises one .50-caliber machinegun in each wing. Five hardpoints can carry a maximum external load of 1 550 kilograms (3 420 lb). Weapons options include gun pods, bombs, rocket pods, and (on the two outboard stations) air-to-air missiles.

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The first Seaward Defence Boat of the Nigerian Navy NNS Andoni.

The first Seaward Defence Boat of the Nigerian Navy NNS Andoni.

 

 

02 December 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

The Nigerian Navy will take delivery of a number of new vessels next year as it attempts to reduce maritime crime, oil theft and attacks on ships, according to its recently released Strategic Guidance document.

 

Vice Admiral Dele J Ezeoba, Chief of Naval Staff, said that on assuming office in October 2012, he was committed to repositioning the Nigerian Navy, improving capability for internal security and policing the Gulf of Guinea. As a result, a first Chief of Naval Staff Strategic Guidance document (CNS SG-01) was issued in October last year.

 

According to Ezeoba, 90% of SG-01’s objectives have been completed. Significant progress has been made on fleet reactivation and recapitalisation, with the availability of operational vessels increasing from 35% to 70% within a year, according to SG-02, released late last month.

 

Over the last year the Nigerian Navy took delivery of three OCEA patrol boats, three Manta Fast Patrol Boats and two Shaldag patrol craft. Construction is ongoing on two Chinese offshore patrol vessels, one of which will be built in China and the other to be completed at the Naval Shipyard in Nigeria. Nigeria’s naval dockyard is also building a 38 metre Seaward Defence Boat. The Navy is also refitting the NNS Ekun fast attack craft, NNS Ohue and NNS Barama minesweepers and will soon refit the NNS Yola and NNS Brass patrol craft. In addition, three inshore patrol craft will be reactivated.

 

On the operational side, the Nigerian Navy continued with patrols and reactivated a number of Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Centres and is setting up new sites to improve its maritime domain awareness. Operational successes listed for the previous year up to October 2013 included the apprehension of 33 vessels and 2 278 suspects over oil theft, the destruction of 2 417 illegal oil refineries, 137 barges and 2 032 boats, according to SG-02.

 

While Ezeoba said that the Navy can be proud of its achievements over the last year, there is room for improvement, hence the creation of SG-02. The Navy wants to clamp down on problems like oil theft, illegal oil bunkering, piracy, robbery at sea and attacks on ships. Ezeoba stated that solving these problems is necessary for Nigeria’s economic prosperity, as it relies heavily on its offshore and onshore oil reserves.

 

Strategic Guidance 02 expands on the previous document’s objectives, notably improving Navy capacity and domestic and regional security. Short term goals to be accomplished in the next six months include acquiring five K13 inshore patrol vessels, ensuring operational availability of at least four Navy helicopters, establishing a Fishery Protection Patrol Squadron in collaboration with the agriculture ministry, Nimasa and other stakeholders, and improving Navy logistics and training.

 

Medium term goals (over the next 12 months) include the acquisition of the ex-US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Gallatin, the completion and commissioning of the first Chinese-built OPV and domestic assembly of the second Chinese OPV, commissioning of the second domestic Seaward Defence Boat, completion of the refit of NNS Brass and NNS Yola and the refit of the frigate NNS Aradu, the fast attack craft NNS Siri, Ayam and Damisa. The refit of the fast patrol boat NNS Ekpe, Ekun and minesweepers NNS Ohue and NNS Barama are also expected to be completed in this period.

 

“All hands must be on deck to ensure the attainment of the objectives set out in this Strategic Guidance 02 in fulfilment of the desired end state of defending and protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity whilst contributing to the economic prosperity and national development of Nigeria,” Ezeoba concluded.

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Israeli-Russian businessman arrested in Switzerland over Angolagate arms scandal

A lineup of artillery - defenceWeb

 

02 December 2013 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb

 

Russian-Israeli billionaire businessman Arkady Gaydamak who is wanted in France to serve a six-year sentence for his role in the Angolagate arms sale scandal, has been detained in the Swiss capital Zurich.

 

Gaydamak has since filed an application for bail but the French government has reportedly made contact with Switzerland seeking his immediate extradition so that he can serve his pending jail term in France.

 

Angolagate, also known as the Mitterrand-Pasqua affair, involved the illegal shipment of arms from Europe worth $790 million to Angola in the 1990s. Through the deals, military equipment which included warships, helicopters, tanks, artillery shells and landmines were sold to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) despite an international arms embargo which was in place because the force was at war with Jonas Savimbi's National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebel movement.

 

Luxembourg news site PaperJam reported that Swiss police acting on an arrest warrant issued in Luxembourg arrested Gaydamak in Zurich while he was meeting his lawyers to discuss another probe in connection with the controversial acquisition of a $50 million phosphate factory in Kazakhstan by a shell company suspected to have been fronting for him.

 

However, AFP reported that Gaydamak’s arrest was ordered because he had not paid 400 000 euros to an Israeli football club he once owned.

 

In October 2009, a French magistrate court tried Gaydamak in absentia and sentenced him to six years in prison for illegal arms sales, abuse of public assets, bribery, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering in connection with the Angolan arms. The court found that together with French businessman Pierre Falcone, Gaydamak acted as a conduit for the payment of 'lobbying fees', to former French interior minister Charles Pasqua by Angolan officials.

 

The court found that sales of Soviet made weaponry, including 420 tanks, 150,000 shells, 170,000 anti-personnel mines, 12 helicopters and six warships, began when Mitterrand's father Francois was in office in 1993 and continued until 1998.

 

In April 2011 a French appeals court reduced Gaydamak’s jail term to three years, for money laundering and tax fraud.

 

Pasqua is alleged to have used his influence to help Angola secure the arms despite official disapproval of the deal by the French government and the UN arms embargo on Angola at the time. A warrant for his arrest was issued immediately afterwards and Gaydamak has been on the run since then. Following a successful appeal in April 2011, Gaydamak's sentence was reduced to three years.

 

Angolagate involved 36 politically connected French citizens who included Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, the son of former president Francois Mitterrand. However, top Angolan government officials and members of the political-business elite linked to President Dos Santos who were implicated in the case by French prosecutors have not been arrested to date.

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3 décembre 2013 2 03 /12 /décembre /2013 13:56
Blindés : l'incertitude s'accroît pour Nexter sur l'appel d'offres au Canada

L'appel d'offres d'Ottawa porte sur l'achat de 108 blindés. Un débouché potentiel important pour le VBCI de Nexter.

 

03.12.2013 Par Alain Ruello – lesEchos.fr

 

Après quatre ans de procédure, le sort de l'appel d'offres de 2 milliards de dollars est toujours incertain.

 

A en perdre ses nerfs… Contrairement à ce qu'il avait laissé entendre, le ministère de la Défense canadien n'a rien dit la semaine dernière sur la suite qu'il entend donner à son appel d'offres de 2 milliards de dollars portant sur l'achat de 108 blindés médians. Il serait question maintenant d'une annonce le 12 décembre. Ce nouveau report d'une procédure lancée il y a quatre ans déjà ne fait que renforcer le doute sur la volonté d'Ottawa de la mener à son terme. Même s'il y croit encore, Nexter risque de voir se refermer l'un des débouchés à l'exportation les plus prometteurs pour son VBCI (véhicule blindé de combat d'infanterie).

 

Trois grands noms de l'armement terrestre se disputent cette compétition, baptisée « CCV » pour « close combat vehicles » : l'américain General Dynamics, qui propose son Piranha V, le britannique BAE Systems avec le CV90 de sa filiale suédoise Hägglunds, et donc Nexter et son VBCI, en service dans l'infanterie française. Encore faut-il qu'il y ait un vainqueur. Les médias canadiens laissent entendre que le programme CCV a de grandes chances d'être sacrifié sur l'autel des économies budgétaires. Coïncidence ou non, le gouvernement cherche justement à raboter le budget de son armée de… 2 milliards.

 

 

Blindés : l'incertitude s'accroît pour Nexter sur l'appel d'offres au Canada

Contrat export indispensable

 

Si tel est le cas, Nexter va devoir reporter ses espoirs sur le Qatar, l'autre prospect chaud du moment parait-il. Au Danemark, les choses sont un peu plus lointaines. Quant aux Emirats arabes unis, là encore, tout est plus incertain depuis qu'Abu Dhabi a douché les espoirs du VBCI mi-février. La société locale Emirates Defense Technology se serait immiscée dans l'appel d'offres, bloquant de facto la concurrence étrangère. Le souci, c'est que la production de VBCI pour la France s'arrête en 2015. Faute de contrat export, le site de Roanne (Loire) risque la panne de charge, même s'il a obtenu un peu de répit avec un contrat de modernisation d'exemplaires déjà livrés.

 

Tout le problème pour Nexter (et pour Renault Trucks Defense, l'autre champion français) est de tenir jusqu'au remplacement des VAB, Sagaie et AMX-10 RC. Ce remplacement constitue l'un des volets majeurs du programme Scorpion de modernisation de l'armée de terre. En principe, les contrats doivent être attribués l'an prochain, ce qui suppose que la compétition soit lancée rapidement. Enfin, s'il y a compétition. Comme les deux industriels ont absolument besoin de ces contrats, il se murmure que la DGA va se retrancher derrière les clauses de souveraineté, empêchant ainsi qu'un concurrent non français puisse répondre aux appels d'offres.

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MBDA ne signera pas le mégacontrat SRSAM en Inde en 2013

Le mégacontrat SRSAM (Short Range Surface to Air Missile), un missile sol-air de nouvelle génération, est actuellement dans les mains du Bercy indien

 

03/12/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Selon des sources concordantes, MBDA ne signera pas en 2013 le mégacontrat SRSAM (Short Range Surface to Air Missile), un missile sol-air de nouvelle génération, co-développé et coproduit en Inde avec Bharat Dynamics Limited. Un contrat estimé à 1,8 milliard d'euros pour MBDA


 

Encore raté. MBDA ne signera pas en 2013 le mégacontrat SRSAM (Short Range Surface to Air Missile), un missile sol-air de nouvelle génération, co-développé et coproduit en Inde avec Bharat Dynamics Limited, selon des sources concordantes. Deux ans que les négociations sont pourtant terminées, depuis décembre 2011 exactement. 

Le contrat n'est pas encore notifié. Il doit être approuvé successivement par le ministère de la Défense, puis par celui des Finances et enfin par le CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security), présidé par le Premier Ministre. Le CCS réunit également les ministres indiens de la Défense, des Finances, de l'Intérieur et des Affaires étrangères. Il est actuellement dans les mains du Bercy indien.

 

Un contrat de 1,8 milliard d'euros pour MBDA

En février dernier, lors de la visite de François Hollande, New Delhi avait annoncé avoir "conclu des négociations sur le missile SRSAM". Un contrat de l'ordre de 6 milliards de dollars (4,5 milliards d'euros), dont 1,8 milliard reviendra à MBDA, qui attend depuis des années ce très beau contrat. En tant que sous-traitant de MBDA, Thales gonflera son carnet de commandes d'environ 400 millions d'euros. Selon nos informations, le ministre des Affaires étrangères, Laurent Fabius, sera en Inde en janvier, quelques mois avant la tenue des élections législatives.

Le programme SRSAM s'appuie sur le travail effectué par le DRDO (Défense recherche et développement organisation) et sur un transfert de technologies de MBDA pour combler les lacunes de l'industrie indienne. A terme, il est prévu la production d'environ 2.000 missiles SRSAM  par Bharat Dynamics Limited. Ce système de défense anti-aérienne répondra aux besoins de l'armée de l'Air et de la Marine.

En Inde, le missilier a également bon espoir de vendre des missiles air-air Asraam en vue d'armer les vieux Jaguar de l'armée de l'air indienne et d'équiper les Rafale indiens.

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The CAT-Surveyor - Picture: Subsea Tech

The CAT-Surveyor - Picture: Subsea Tech

 

02 December 2013 navyrecognition.com

 

Subsea Tech, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine and underwater intervention and instrumentation systems unveiled at Milipol 2013 (the International Exhibition of Internal State Security which was held in Paris from November 19 – 22, 2013) the CAT-Surveyor, an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) designed for inland and harbor waters reconnaissance.

 

Subsea Tech, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine and underwater intervention and instrumentation systems unveiled at Milipol 2013 (the International Exhibition of Internal State Security which was held in Paris from November 19 – 22, 2013) the CAT-Surveyor, an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) designed for inland and harbor waters reconnaissance.

 

The CAT-Surveyor is a catamaran type USV, with tele-operated or automatic navigation mode, allowing hydrographic data acquisition or underwater port and inland waters surveillance.

This USV has the unique capability of deploying a mini-ROV such as Subsea Tech’s “Observer” which comes with high definition cameras and optional imaging sonar for turbid waters.

With its open architecture and high-speed PC to PC communication the system allows to easily integrate and deploy mission-specific tools such as video cameras, side scan sonars, multibeam sonars, acoustic cameras, sediment sounders, magnetometers, physico-chemical sensors.

Its payload is 80 kg and its endurance is twelve hours.

The onshore pilot station allows visualizing and real-time controlling of all embedded software features through a Wifi link.

 

Subsea Tech, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine and underwater intervention and instrumentation systems unveiled at Milipol 2013 (the International Exhibition of Internal State Security which was held in Paris from November 19 – 22, 2013) the CAT-Surveyor, an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) designed for inland and harbor waters reconnaissance.

 

The CAT-Surveyor USV - Picture: Subsea Tech

The CAT-Surveyor USV - Picture: Subsea Tech

 

 

The CAT-Surveyor is the solution for security forces seeking a semi-autonomous above and under water surveillance and reconnaissance system.

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EADS to expand in Poland

 

PARIS, Dec. 2 (UPI)

 

EADS, the European aerospace and defense conglomerate, says it plans to significantly grow its presence in Poland through links with local companies.

 

Two major business and investment events, called EADS Aerospace Meetings Poland, are being held in Warsaw and Lodz this month at which EADS executives will meet with some 200 Polish industry representatives over opportunities in the areas of procurement, industrial cooperation, research and development and supply chain management.

 

"We believe the time has come for a strategic move to be made between the Polish defense industry and European industry through stronger links with EADS, a true symbol of global success in Europe's aerospace and defense sector," said Jean-Pierre Talamoni, corporate vice president for International (business) at EADS.

 

"We think there is room today for Poland to play a much bigger role in Europe's wider defense industry. Our aim is to open all EADS divisions to Polish companies in a structured and lasting industrial relationship."

 

EADS major subsidiaries include Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter.

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BARAK Naval Point Defense Missile System  photo Rafael

BARAK Naval Point Defense Missile System photo Rafael

 

 

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 2 (UPI)

 

India, long one of the biggest markets for Israel's defense industry, is expected soon to finalize the purchase of the Barak anti-aircraft missile built by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and is reportedly considering the company's Spike ant-tank missile as well.

 

Meantime, India's state-run Defense Research and Development Organization is getting ready to collaborate with Israelis companies to produce man-portable high-tech battlefield systems for Indian troops, a market with a reported potential of $3 billion.

 

Israel Aerospace Industries, flagship of Israel's defense sector, won a $1.1 billion contract with the Indian navy in 2009 to provide the advanced Barak-8 tactical air-defense missile for its warships.

 

The Indian army is jointly funding a project to adapt the Barak-8 into a multi-purpose weapons system.

 

The sale of the actual missiles was put on hold by Indian authorities because of an investigation into alleged corruption involving Israel Aerospace Industries, the prime contractor and the flagship of Israel's defense industry, and the then Indian defense minister, George Fernandes.

 

He has been indicted following the probe by India's Central Bureau of Investigation, but the agency has not released any findings regarding state-owned IAI.

 

In March 2012, India blacklisted Israel Military Industries, then state-owned and now being privatized, barring it from bidding on Indian defense contracts for 10 years on suspicion of involvement in a 2009 corruption scandal.

 

India's leading arms purchasing authority, the Defense Acquisition Council, announced Nov. 11 that it had referred the Barak deal to an internal committee for evaluation.

 

However, the U.S. weekly Defense News reported that the CBA is likely to close the case against the Israeli company and proceed with the Barak purchase.

 

The Indian navy, which is being heavily expanded to counter China's growing naval power, has been pressing the Defense Ministry to clear the Barak missile purchase because it had three warships equipped with the Barak system that have no missiles.

 

The navy had requested the purchase of some 300 Baraks to arm the Brahmaputra-class guided missile frigates Ranvir, Brahmaputra, Betwa and Beas at a cost of around $100 million.

 

These warships are intended for anti-surface warfare in the Indian Ocean, a strategic shipping route that carries much of China's oil supplies from the Persian Gulf.

 

The supersonic Baraks, with a range of around 44 miles, are designed to shoot down aircraft and missiles.

 

New Delhi is also reported to be considering the acquisition of Rafael's Spike anti-tank guided missile, or the U.S. FGM-148 fire-and-forget Javelin built by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

 

Defense News says both systems will be discussed by Indian's Defense Acquisition Council when it convenes next.

 

The weekly reported that purchasing the Spike was put on hold in April. But the Indian army, currently short of advanced anti-tank guided missiles, is now pressing hard to purchase a third-generation variant in a deal that would include 8,356 missiles and 321 launchers.

 

Other sources reported that plans to acquire 6,000 man-portable Javelins were put on hold because Washington was reluctant to agree to a transfer of technology so India could build up its indigenous defense industry and manufacture the missiles in large numbers.

 

The Pentagon finally agreed to a deal in September, probably spurred by the need to boost arms exports amid major cuts in domestic defense spending.

 

It's not clear what provisions regarding technology transfer IAI has made with New Delhi, but exports are as crucial for Israel's defense industry as they are for the Americans.

 

Israeli electronics companies are currently understood to be consulting with India's Defense and Research and Development Organization to manufacture a range of systems for battlefield management, command and control, sensors and weapons for New Delhi's Futuristic Infantry Soldier As A System program, known as F-INSAS.

 

The DRDO and the Israelis have agreed to jointly develop portable command-and-control, or C2, systems for the Indian army.

 

This will include an encrypted computer and monitor able to operate in the India's diverse weather conditions, ranging from the heat and humidity of the southern regions to the icy storms of the northern mountains bordering longtime rival Pakistan.

 

The C2 system is being designed to eventually link up 1.1 million Indian soldiers deployed across the vast Asian subcontinent.

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Tognum supplying engines for Singapore navy

 

SINGAPORE, Dec. 2 (UPI)

 

Tognum AG's Singapore subsidiary has been given a contract to supply diesel engines for use on littoral patrol vessels by the Republic of Singapore navy.

 

The contract for MTU 20V 4000 M93L diesel engines was issued by Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd., which is building eight vessels for the Singaporean navy.

 

The value of the contract was not disclosed. A delivery schedule was also not disclosed but the first patrol boat is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

 

The MTU 20V 4000 M93L diesel engines are known for their low fuel consumption and long service life. The engines produce 4300kW (5766bhp), the company said.

 

The engines are made by MTU, a German subsidiary of Tognum, which has its headquarters in Germany.

 

"MTU's reputation, brought about by its powerful, economical and clean engines combined with a track record as a leading innovator, has cemented its status as one of world's leading suppliers of engines and propulsion systems in the marine industry," Tognum said.

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DRS integrating command system into Thai armored vehicles

 

 

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 2 (UPI)

 

DRS' mission command capabilities are being integrated into First Win armored tactical vehicles by Thailand's Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co Ltd.

 

The system to be delivered is C4InSight, a modular, scalable and open architecture communications system with the ability to interface and control a wide range of HF and VHF radios, satellites and other line-of-sight and below line-of-sight communications systems.

 

Central to it is DRS's Network and Imaging Systems group's data distribution unit, which enables centralized communication between the C4ISR -- command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance -- platform and weapon sub-systems.

 

"This new partnership is an exciting venture for DRS, providing us with the opportunity to establish a relationship with a world-class defense manufacturer like Chaiseri," said Mike Sarrica, president of DRS's Network and Imaging Systems group. "We are excited to team with a company that values the full spectrum of unique capabilities and experience that DRS has to offer in this field on a superior vehicle like the First Win multi-role armored vehicle."

 

DRS said Chaiseri will be responsible for in-country installation and on-going support and maintenance of the mission system products and systems and that DRS will provide engineering support from its facilities in the United States and Britain.

 

No additional details about the teaming agreement were disclosed.

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Australia promotes new radar technologies

 

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 2 (UPI)

 

Phased array radar technologies are being developed in Australia by CEA Technologies under contract from the government.

 

The award was given to CEA Technologies, which will leverage its CEAFAR phased array radar for the project.

 

"The CEAFAR radar is currently being fitted to the ANZAC -class frigates as part of a major upgrade," said Minister for Defense David Johnston. "This radar is a world-leading capability for a system of its weight and size and importantly, is considerably more cost-effective than comparable systems.

 

"The development of high-power phased array radar based on the CEAFAR system builds on the substantial investment in domestic radar-related research and development."

 

CEAFAR is a 3D active phased array radar with a microwave tile-based design and is scalable in size and optimized for littoral and open ocean.

 

Details of the contract awarded to CEA Technologies were not provided by the Australian Department of Defense, which announced the award.

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Le laboratoire de recherches nucléaires de Yongbyon - GeoEye Satellite Image

Le laboratoire de recherches nucléaires de Yongbyon - GeoEye Satellite Image

 

SEOUL, 3 décembre - RIA Novosti

 

Pyongyang entend renforcer son potentiel de dissuasion nucléaire dans un contexte de provocations de la part de la Corée du Sud et des Etats-Unis, rapporte mardi l'agence Yonhap se référant au journal Rodong Sinmun, organe officiel du parti au pouvoir nord-coréen.

La source précise que la Corée du Nord poursuivra son programme nucléaire, les Etats-Unis et le Sud "ayant engagé une lutte acharnée, dont le but est d'effectuer une frappe nucléaire sur notre république". 

"Tant que nos ennemis essaieront d'utiliser des armes nucléaires pour envahir le Nord, nous devons faire de notre mieux pour bâtir notre propre défense", souligne le quotidien, cité par l'agence. 

La veille, le journal Rodong Sinmun a également fustigé l'appel du gouvernement américain à la dénucléarisation de la péninsule coréenne, soulignant que Pyongyang se procurait des armes nucléaires dans un contexte de menaces émanant de Séoul et Washington. 

La Corée du Nord, qui s'est proclamée puissance nucléaire en 2005, a réalisé trois essais nucléaires souterrains, provoquant les protestations de la communauté internationale. Le Conseil de sécurité de l'Onu a adopté plusieurs résolutions appelant Pyongyang à cesser ses activités nucléaires.

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Northrop Grumman shows off two new drones

Bat  R-Bat on display Northrop Grumman offices in Rancho Bernardo photo Alex Fuller - UT San Diego

 

Nov. 30, 2013 By Jeanette Steele – utsandiego.com

 

Vice president talks about capabilities of smaller UAVs

 

Northrop Grumman, which engineers the Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and the Air Force’s Global Hawk surveillance plane in San Diego, recently showed off two smaller drones at the company’s burgeoning Rancho Bernardo offices.

 

The defense giant has 2,000 employees at its San Diego “unmanned systems center of excellence” and recently took occupancy of an eighth building there.

 

And it wants to expand into new territory.

 

U-T San Diego spoke to George Vardoulakis, Northrop Grumman vice president for medium-range tactical systems, about the two smaller drones, the Bat and the R-Bat. He also discussed the new, beefed-up Navy Fire Scout.

 

Q: Give us the five-minute tour of the Bat and R-Bat.

 

A: Let’s start off with the Bat. This is a 12-foot aircraft with a “blended wing” body. Right now, we are in the flight test phase. We are testing these aircraft out in Yuma, Ariz. It’s got a six- to eight-hour flying endurance.

 

This is the R-Bat. It flies with the same control system as the fixed-wing aircraft, so we are leveraging the vehicle management computer between these two.

 

This one here is just for our guys to play with. It gives our engineers the opportunity to test our software and experiment.

 

Q: What has Bat been used for to date?

 

A: Bat was deployed to Afghanistan (with the U.S. Special Operations Command) for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. It was doing improvised explosive device (roadside bomb) detection for our troops.

 

As part of the drawdown, we brought it back home, and we’re doing additional tests. And we’re scaling from this 12-foot aircraft up to 18 and 20 feet.

 

Q: What are the applications in the future for these two UAVs?

 

A: Ideally, the R-Bat in the commercial world is used for agriculture. Farmers will do crop dusting in their fields. Today they do that with a remotely piloted joystick. In the future, at some point when the Federal Aviation Administration clears it, they could do something like that autonomously.

 

Q: “Autonomous” means the drone is programmed to fly a specific route, as opposed to a hands-on operator “flying it” when it is in the air?

 

A: We not only preprogram it to run a route, but it can also be dynamically tasked. So, while it is running those autonomous routes, we can actually intervene and say, “I’d like to continue to loiter here, or move from there to that point.”

 

Q: It seems like drones are the way of the future, and not just for U.S. military use. Are there other commercial applications for these two drones?

 

A: The reality is they will eventually be used for a lot of things. Beyond agriculture — going up and down pipelines, looking for oil leaks in the Arctic.

 

Doing border surveillance, outfitting them with sensors for illegal immigration — aircraft are doing that today. Going out to oil rigs to move cargo and food supplies back and forth.

 

At some point in the military application, medevacs in a hostile environment. There’s an unlimited number of applications.

 

Q: What about public use? Some people might like to own one of these themselves.

 

A: I don’t think we are ready for that yet. There are security concerns, public privacy concerns. I think we all have to work our way through that. We’re working closely with the FAA to make sure that we can harmoniously fly unmanned aircraft with manned aircraft. It’s early in that process. And we want to make sure that we are bringing standards of autonomy up to a level where all of us feel comfortable, so that no matter who makes it, it’s done right and safe.

 

 

Northrop Grumman shows off two new drones

Q: Let’s talk about the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the unmanned helicopter that will deploy on Navy warships.

 

A: (Behind me) is the second test aircraft. It’s on its way to Point Mugu (Navy base in Ventura County).

 

We’ve got six months of flight testing in front of us. On the back side of that flight test period, we’re going to go out to a littoral combat ship to do dynamic interface testing. And then the Navy will be deploying these things.

 

Q: If these are test vehicles, when will regular production Fire Scout C’s start making an appearance?

 

A: The very first production aircraft will be here in a month. We are delivering an aircraft to Point Mugu every month.

 

Q: These will deploy with San Diego Navy ships. But we won’t see them in the skies over San Diego, correct?

 

A: Right now the military plans on deploying these things overseas, when they are out in international waters and/or over combatant areas. We don’t have FAA clearance to fly these in FAA airspace. Unfortunately! We’d all like to see these things flying at places other than Point Mugu.

 

Q: Talk about Northrop’s unmanned center in San Diego. As the use of drones grows, so do jobs here?

 

A: We do all our design and development work here for not only the medium-range, medium-altitude portfolio that I run … but also the high-altitude, long-endurance team just down the street.

 

So Global Hawks, Tritons, Euro Hawks, Fire Scouts, Fire Birds, Bats — all developed here. All of our advance programs, which are the future of unmanned aviation, are also born here.

 

We are growing, continuing to expand. We’ve moved folks from New York and Florida who were working on our autonomous systems to San Diego to join the rest of the family.

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BAE Systems to build hundreds of fiber-optic decoys to protect combat jets from missiles

 

December 1, 2013 By John Keller - militaryaerospace.com

 

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 1 Dec. 2013. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., will build 262 AN/ALE-55 fiber optic towed decoys (FOTDs) and 70 electronic frequency converters (EFC) under terms of a $28.2 million U.S. Navy contract announced last week.

 

The AN/ALE-55 is an RF airborne countermeasure designed to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-based jet fighter-bomber from radar-guided missiles. BAE Systems began full-rate production of the AN/ALE-55 in late 2011.

 

The AN/ALE-55 FOTDs and EFCs are components of the integrated defensive electronic counter measures suite. The AN/ALE-55 transmits complex electronic countermeasures signals from a transmitter that trails behind its combat jet to spoof incoming radar-guided anti-aircraft missiles.

 

The aircraft-towed decoy with onboard electronics works together with the Super Hornet's electronic warfare system to jam radar seekers in air-to-air missiles. The system also can lure incoming missiles away from their actual targets.

 

The ALE-55 detects a threat radar in its acquisition mode and uses radar jamming to prevent it from locking to a target. The ALE-55's electronic warfare package analyzes the threat, and the towed decoy emits the jamming signals to confuse the incoming missile's tracking radar. If an incoming missile locks on with radar, the ALE-55 analyzes the signal to determine the best jamming technique to break radar lock.

 

The ALE-55 system consists of an onboard electronic frequency converter and a fiber-optic towed decoy. The EFC converts radio frequency signals sent from the plane’s electronic warfare system into data coded and transmitted via light to the fiber optic towed decoy.

 

Although the ALE-55 now is in use with the F/A-18E/F Super hornet, it can be adapted to a wide variety of combat aircraft with minimal modifications, BAE Systems officials say.

 

On this contract BAE Systems will do the work in Nashua, N.H.; Mountain View, Calif.; and Chelmsford, England, and should be finished in November 2015. Awarding the contract were officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.

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Leidos Awarded $47 M Contract by US Army

 

 

Dec 2, 2013 ASDNews Source : Leidos

 

Leidos [NYSE: LDOS], a national security, health and engineering solutions company, announced it was awarded task orders by the U.S. Army to provide engineering, design and fielding support for the Emergency Management Modernization Program (EM2P). The single-award firm fixed-price task orders have a total contract value of approximately $47 million. The task orders were awarded under the EM2P for Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) and Mass Warning and Notification (MWN), with Network Alerting Systems and Telephone Alerting System.  Work will be performed at Army installations within and outside the continental United States. 

 

The U.S. Army EM2P is the single integrated acquisition program for the design, procurement, fielding, new equipment training, and life-cycle management of emergency management capabilities in support of Army installations.

 

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US Navy deploys Standard Missile-6 for first time

 

 

Dec 2, 201 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation

 

    SM-6 achieves initial operational capability

 

The U.S. Navy is deploying Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Standard Missile-6 for the first time, marking the initial operational capability milestone for the U.S. Navy's newest, most advanced extended range area defense weapon.

 

"We're very pleased to achieve initial operational capability on schedule," said Capt. Mike Ladner, Surface Ship Weapons major program manager. "The SM-6, with its ability to extend the battlespace, truly offers improved capability for the warfighter. I'm very proud of the entire STANDARD Missile team on this historic achievement."

 

The SM-6 provides extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles. The interceptor combines the airframe and propulsion of legacy Standard Missiles with the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM).

 

"This is a monumental moment for the SM-6 program and signifies a new era of fleet defense for our naval warfighters," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president, Raytheon Missile Systems. "The SM-6 significantly improves the sailor's ability to strike at various targets at extended range."

 

Raytheon has delivered more than 50 SM-6 interceptors to the Navy under low-rate production contracts. In September, Raytheon won a contract for $243 million to build 89 new SM-6 interceptors, signaling the start of full-rate production.

 

About the Standard Missile-6

SM-6 delivers a proven extended range air defense capability by leveraging the time-tested advantages of the Standard Missile's airframe and propulsion.

 

    The SM-6 uses both active and semi-active guidance modes and advanced fuzing techniques.

    It incorporates the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities from Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.

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