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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
US Army Awards $243M for Counter-IED Programs

Sept. 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Sept. 17, 2013)

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

Science Applications International, McLean, Va., was awarded a $179,585,058 firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract in support of the Saturn Arch program and provides continued operations, sustainment and integration of aircraft platforms configured to host a suite of sensors deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

This is a hybrid contract containing both fixed-price and cost-reimbursement line items.

Performance locations will be: Beavercreek, Ohio; California, Md.; Hanahan, S.C.; Arlington, McLean and Bridgewater, Va.; Djibouti and Afghanistan; with funding from fiscal 2013 other authority funds.

This contract was a non-competitive acquisition with one bid solicited and with one bid received.

 

The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-C-0134).

 

 

SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., was awarded a $62,337,287 firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract in support of the Desert Owl program and provides continued operations, sustainment and integration of aircraft platforms configured to host a suite of sensors deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

This is a hybrid contract containing both fixed-price and cost-reimbursement line items.

Performance locations will be: Menlo Park and San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Durango, Colo.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Beavercreek, Ohio; Arlington, McLean and Bridgewater, Va.; and Afghanistan, with funding from fiscal 2013 other authority and fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance Army funds.

This contract was a non-competitive acquisition with one bid solicited and with one bid received.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-C-0135).

 

 

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Both Saturn Arch and Desert Owl are counter-IED programs managed by the US Army and deployed in Afghanistan.)

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Does The LAV-lll Upgrade Make the Close Combat Vehicle Redundant?

September 19, 2013. By David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

The Close Combat Vehicle project got some publicity on Wednesday with the release of a report that argued the Conservative government should heed concerns from the Canadian Army and cancel plans to spend $2 billion on the new armoured vehicles.

 

The report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Ottawa-based Rideau Institute argues that the proposed Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) is based on outdated Cold War tank doctrine and that its purchase would duplicate a capability the army already possesses in other armoured vehicles.

 

The report’s authors, academic and former federal NDP candidate Michael Byers and researcher Stewart Webb, argue that the CCV procurement is redundant – because 550 of Canada’s LAV IIIs are currently undergoing comprehensive upgrades that will improve their survivability and manoeuvrability while extending their lifespan to 2035. The upgraded LAV IIIs are nearly as heavily armed and armoured as the proposed CCVs, they say.

 

“By spending $2 billion on vehicles the Canadian Army neither wants nor needs, the Harper government is abdicating its responsibility to equip and train our soldiers properly, and to provide fiscal accountability,” Byers said in a statement.

 

The army also seems no longer keen on the CCV.

 

In May the Citizen reported that the Canadian Army tried to cancel the CCV purchase, and use the $2 billion instead to offset budget cuts that are hurting its combat readiness.

 

The army is bearing the brunt of government cost-cutting in the Canadian Forces and will see its budget drop from $1.5 billion to just under $1.2 billion by 2015.

 

But the Conservative government decided against scuttling the CCV project, worried that the cancelation would give it yet another military procurement black-eye.

 

Byers and Webb argue that there is more than enough funding for the military but the government has been spending the money unwisely on equipment such as the CCV.

 

“The impact of this mistaken approach is compounded when the billions of dollars being spent on outmoded and therefore not particularly useful equipment result in deep cutbacks to training for today’s complex counterinsurgency missions,” they write in the report.

 

The CCV, announced with great fanfare by the Conservatives in the summer of 2009, has already fallen two years behind schedule, according to industry officials.

 

The government will buy 108 of the Close Combat Vehicles. There would be an option for the purchase of up to 30 additional vehicles. The army originally argued that the vehicles, which would accompany its Leopard tanks into battle, are a priority for future missions.

 

Industry representatives have been told that a winning bidder has been identified. That winning company will be announced when it suits the Conservative government’s public relations plan.

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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 07:55
Gérard Amiel parle de RTD et de… Nexter.

18.09.2013 par Frédéric Lert (FOB)

 

Auditionné par la commission de la défense de l’assemblée nationale, Gérard Amiel, PDG de Renault Trucks Défense, a été très clair : l’évolution du paysage industriel de la défense terrestre doit se poursuivre et une opportunité très claire se présente avec le remplacement à venir du VAB par le VBMR : « une alliance doit être trouvée entre Nexter et RTD. Nous souhaitons que le programme VBMR soit structurant pour l’armement français avant de parler d’Europe ». Enfonçant le clou sur un rapprochement avec Nexter, Gérard Amiel a précisé qu’un rapprochement entre Nexter et l’industrie allemande lui paraissait « prématuré » : « Nous devrions réunir nos forces au niveau français, nous sommes complémentaires, et après seulement mener des actions de rapprochement avec les européens ».

 

Sans évolution du paysage industriel français ni rapprochement avec Nexter, Gérard Amiel évoque des perspectives « sombres » pour l’armement français. Pour illustrer son propos, le PDG de RTD est également revenu sur le programme Scorpion : soulagé que le programme soit maintenu, mais inquiet, pour le maintien du plan de charge, de la réduction des commandes et de leur étalement dans le temps. Le calcul est vite fait : la fabrication des VBCI pour la commande française se terminera en 2015. Le VBMR n’entrera en phase de production série, une fois le développement terminé, au plus tôt en 2020. Entre ces deux dates, une traversée du désert de cinq bonnes années qui ne pourra être compensée que par des contrats à l’export. Un scénario qui n’est pas sans rappeler celui du Rafale, dont le maintien d’un rythme minimaliste de fabrication dépend tout entier de la signature d’un contrat export.

 

Evoquant un possible rapprochement avec Nexter, Gérard Amiel a rappelé que RTD fournissait la « mobilité » du VBCI et collabore également sur le Caesar. Les discussions entre les deux groupes sont donc régulières mais un rapprochement se heurterait en l’état actuel des choses à deux obstacles : la volonté de l’état de garder un contrôle sur Nexter d’une part, et d’autre part le désintérêt du suédois AB Volvo, actionnaire de RTD, pour l’activité munitionnaire de Nexter. Volvo ne souhaite pas s’écarter de son métier d’intégrateur de véhicules. Et Gérard Amiel de regretter au passage le manque de coopération commerciale entre les deux groupes français : « Nous avons des coopérations techniques, mais (…) nous n’avons pas pu trouver de démarche commerciale commune jusqu’à présent ». Ce qui conduit les équipes commerciales de Nexter et RTD a parfois travailler en parallèle sur les mêmes zones géographiques. Or explique Gérard Amiel, « RTD dispose d’une présence mondiale dans le soutien ».

 

Interrogé par la commission sur l’activité de RTD, Gérard Amiel a enfin eu ce raccourci saisissant :  RTD a réalisé 250 M€ de chiffre d’affaires en 2011. Il fera plus de 500 M€ en 2013, dont 80M€ pour Panhard. Dans le même temps, l’exportation qui représentait 5% du chiffre d’affaires en 2011 passera à près de 60%. Deux bons chiffres qui cachent en fait un constat dramatique : l’effondrement des commandes françaises, passées de 300 M€ à 180 M€ en l’espace de trois ans. A l’exception du VBCI et du Caesar, la plupart des véhicules en service dans les armées françaises ne sont plus commercialisés par RTD. Et ceux que le groupe fabrique aujourd’hui ne sont pas achetés par le client français, faute de crédit…

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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 07:30
Altay tank nov 2012

Altay tank nov 2012

Sep. 18, 2013 - By BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense News

 

ANKARA — Despite their differences over the July coup in Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have ratified a defense industry cooperation agreement..

 

According to the agreement, which took effect Sept. 11, Turkey and Saudi Arabia “aim to increase cooperation in the defense industry by improving the industry capabilities of both countries through more effective collaboration on the development, production and procurement of goods and services in the defense industry and the related technical and logistical support fields.”

 

The agreement had been signed in May and was pending parliamentary approval.

 

The agreement will remain in force for five years and it should be extended automatically for successive one-year periods. Last year, the Turkish parliament also approved a deal with Saudi Arabia regarding cooperation in the training of military personnel.

 

On a political level, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have cooperated to support the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which both countries said must be removed. But Ankara and Riyadh differ in their Egypt policies. Turkey has been a fierce opponent of the military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in July, while the Saudi kingdom has been supporting the military-backed government there.

 

Industry experts here say the cooperation accord between Turkey and Saudi Arabia could facilitate Turkey’s future exports of naval vessels, assault boats, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The Arab kingdom also has shown an interest in the Altay, Turkey’s first indigenous new-generation battle tank now in the prototype production and testing stage.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 19:55
DCNS touché de plein fouet par la loi de programmation militaire

18/09 Par Alain Ruello – LesEchos.fr

 

La remise en cause des programme Barracuda et Fremm coûtera jusqu’a 1,2 milliard d’euros. Plus de 1.000 emplois directs ou indirects sont menacés.

 

On sait gérer, mais pas sans casse. C’est, en substance, le message que Patrick Boissier, le PDG de DCNS, a livré ce mercredi devant la commission de la Défense de l’Assemblée nationale lors d’une session d’examen de la loi de programmation militaire. Et ces conséquences, à en croire le patron du groupe naval militaire, sont plutôt sombres : les remises en causes des programmes de sous-marins Barracuda et de frégates multi-missions Fremm coûteront à l’Etat jusqu’à 1,2 milliard d’euros et fragiliseront un millier d’emplois, directs ou indirects.

 

Compte tenu des contraintes budgétaires qui pèsent sur les finances publiques, DCNS ne pouvait pas échapper à la tempête. S’il a estimé que la loi de programmation préserve l’essentiel, Patrick Boissier n’a pas caché l’ampleur des conséquences sur « ses » grands programmes du groupe naval. Par leur masse financière, ils étaient des candidats naturels aux mesures d’économies.

 

Deux ans de plus pour les Barracuda

 

DCNS touché de plein fouet par la loi de programmation militaire

Pour économiser sa trésorerie, le ministère de la Défense use de la seule recette à sa disposition, à savoir étaler les cadences de livraisons. Ainsi, a détaillé Patrick Boissier, le programme Barracuda va prendre deux ans de plus pour être mené à son terme. La livraison du premier exemplaire va glisser de six mois, de 12 mois et 18 mois respectivement pour les deux suivantes, et de deux ans pour les trois dernières. Surcoût total : 300 millions d’euros, et jusqu’à 500 emplois menacés, à Cherbourg principalement, même si des commandes de sous-marins Scorpène pourraient atténuer les dégâts.

 

En ce qui concerne les Fremm, l’ambiance n’est pas joyeuse non plus. DCNS est liée avec la DGA par un contrat portant sur la construction de 11 frégates, à raison d’une livrée tous les dix mois (la première l’a déjà été). A ce stade, la loi de programmation en prévoit six d’ici à 2019, mais avec quatre mois de plus entre chaque livraison. Facture additionnelle : 450 millions, soit le coût d’une frégate.

 

Trois Fremm à la trappe  ?

 

«  Le passage de 17 à 11 Fremm avait déjà coûté l’équivalent d’une frégate. Le décalage de livraison de sept à dix mois, une frégate supplémentaire. Si l’on passe de 10 à 14 mois, alors tout cela aura coûté le prix de trois frégates », a résumé Patrick Boissier. Côté emploi, ce dernier estime l’impact à 500 postes (1.000 si, comme il se murmure, on passait non pas à 14 mois, mais à 18 mois). Là encore, des commandes à l’exportation seraient bienvenues pour le maintien des emplois.

 

Mais il y a pire, a ajouté Patrick Boissier, devant des députés très sensibles en tant qu’élus locaux aux conséquences sociales dans leurs circonscriptions. Si les trois dernières des 11 Fremm prévues devaient passer à la trappe, alors la facture s’alourdira de 900 millions d’euros. L’annulation de la commande de 3 frégates ne permettrait alors d’économiser que le prix... d’un seul navire !

 

DCNS touché de plein fouet par la loi de programmation militaire

Patrick Boissier  : « L’Etat descendra en dessous de 50 % du capital »

Interrogé sur les conséquences pour la dissuasion nucléaire si, pour engranger des recettes exceptionnelles, l’Etat devait passer de 64 % à moins de 50 % du capital de DCNS, Patrick Boissier a dressé un parallèle avec EADS : la France ne possède que 12 % du groupe aéronautique quand bien même ce dernier fabriques les missiles stratégiques. Indépendamment de la dissuasion, « il faudra que cela se fasse progressivement », a-t-il ajouté. DCNS ne pourra en effet pas « rester tout seul », et devra forger une alliance. Mais aucun partenaire ne jouera le jeu si DCNS reste « sous domination de l’Etat français ».

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 17:40
Russian Army to induct AK-12 assault rifles in 2014

18 September 2013 army-technology.com

 

The Russian Army will induct modified version of new Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle along with several other small arms into operational service next year, a senior government official has revealed.

 

Military-Industrial Commission deputy chairman, Oleg Bochkarev, said in an interview with Echo Moskvy radio that: ''In 2014, the Russian Army will start receiving new assault rifles, handguns, machine guns and sniper rifles, including 5.45-mm and 7.62-mm variants of the Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifle.''

 

An upgraded variant of the Russian Army's Soviet-era 5.45mm calibre AK-74 Kalashnikov series, AK-12 is capable of firing foreign-standard barrel-mounted grenades in three different modes, including single shot, three-shot burst and automatic fire.

 

Rolled out by its manufacturer, Izhmash in January 2012, the rifle retains almost all the AK-74's features and overall layout, with enhanced technology and features a folding stock, height-adjustable heelpiece, as well as Picatinny rails to support attachment of optical and night-sights, grenade launchers, target indicators and other special equipment.

 

Configurable for cartridges varying from 5.45mm x 39mm to 7.62mm x 51mm Nato standard, the rifle is also designed to serve as a basic platform for development of AK-12U carbine, PPK-12 submachine gun, SVK-12 sniper rifle RPK-12 light machine gun and several other export versions.

 

Also known as AK-200, the tactically flexible assault rifle however, demonstrated technical faults during its preliminary trials, which were carried out by the Russian central arms testing body, Tochmash, in November 2012.

 

The state acceptance trials of the rifle are scheduled to commence in later in 2013, with serial production planned by the end of the year.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 17:20
Meritor unveils systems to enhance military vehicle maneuverability

TROY, Mich., Sept. 18 (UPI)

 

Meritor Inc., an advanced engineering company, is touting two new electronic systems it says improve the mobility of military vehicles in all terrains.

 

The systems are SmartFlow Central Tire Inflation System and DriveCommand Drivetrain Control for customized tire pressure and drivetrain management through mud, sand and snow, on highways and cross-country terrain.

 

SmartFlow automatically monitors and adjusts tire inflation as needed with a single pneumatic control unit.

 

"Both systems improve vehicle performance for warfighters in extreme conditions because drivers can easily control tire pressure, differential locking and transfer case positioning," said Tim Burns, Meritor's vice president, North America. "Our engineering investment in developing these two electronic systems extends our defense product line to include wheel valves and electronics."

 

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps are expected to be first-time users of the systems, which can be integrated into any military vehicle with an onboard air compressor.

 

Both systems will be on display later this month at the Modern Day Marine defense tradeshow at Quantico Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
Babcock Contracted to Address Obsolescence in External Comms System on T-class Subs

Sep 18, 2013 ASDNews Source : Babcock International

 

Babcock has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to design and develop the first stage of an obsolescence update to the Communications Coherency for Submarines (CCSM) system on Trafalgar class submarines.

 

CCSM, developed by Babcock, was first installed on T-class submarines in 2005, providing the submarines with increased capacity and capability to handle existing and future levels of message traffic and information, including the ability to use and share information efficiently as part of joint or coalition task force.  The system consolidated previously independent autonomous systems into a single Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) based system architecture, covering communications across the frequency spectrum from VLF to EHF.  It also provided improved processes to enable rapid technology insertion for maximum efficiency and cost benefits, and to overcome inherent space constraints.

 

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
Thales offers new vision of targeting and surveillance with SOPHIE Lite

10 September 2013 Thales UK

 

Thales UK today launched a new lightweight multifunction surveillance and target locator system, SOPHIE Lite. Weighing in at class-leading, fully-operational weight of only 1.6kg, SOPHIE Lite can be deployed in a variety of operational scenarios by both military and civil users.

The new ultra-compact system has a fully-integrated suite of sensors, including an uncooled thermal imager, TV/Near Infra-Red (NIR) sensor, high-performance eyesafe laser rangefinder, digital compass and GPS.  Operational roles for SOPHIE Lite include force protection, forward observation, forward air control, covert surveillance, asset protection and homeland security.

SOPHIE Lite is the latest addition to Thales’s family of combat-proven SOPHIE cameras, which collectively offer the widest range of capabilities to meet any operational requirement for hand-held surveillance and targeting.  Thousands of Sophie cameras are in operation with armed forces, including the British Army, and security teams around the world.

“Since the launch of SOPHIE UF in 2009, Thales has worked continually to evolve the product in line with customer needs, reducing the weight from 3.5kg then to 1.6kg today,” said Gil Michielin, Vice President of Thales’s optronics business.

"To reduce the weight by nearly 2kg, without compromising even 1 per cent of the performance, is a significant achievement and of enormous value to the soldiers and security personnel who carry the camera as part of their standard kit.

“SOPHIE Lite is light, small and affordable. Switching from standard optical to digital technologies has reduced the weight and enhanced the image delivered to the user. We believe that the combination of functionality and specification will extend the appeal of SOPHIE Lite to a broader user base, including security teams and mobile perimeter guards; SOPHIE Lite is small enough to fit in the glove compartment of even a standard saloon car, for instance.

“This is an exciting evolution of our popular SOPHIE offering. We have paid serious attention to feedback from our customers, and indeed potential customers, to ensure that SOPHIE Lite hits the mark with its performance, functionality and ease of use.”

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:40
Russia’s Troubled Bulava Missiles Returned to Maker – Official

MOSCOW, September 16 (RIA Novosti)

 

All Bulava missiles from the same batch as the one that failed on September 6 will undergo additional tests by their manufacturer, a senior defense industry official told RIA Novosti Monday.

Oleg Bochkarev, deputy head of the government’s Military-Industrial Commission, said the extent of the examination will be determined after the cause of the Sept. 6 launch failure has been identified.

The tests will be carried out by the Votkinsk plant that makes Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles, and could take place on-site at storage facilities, Bochkarev said.

There will also be additional launches using Bulava missiles from the same batch as the one that malfunctioned on Sept. 6, he said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered five additional launches of Bulava missiles following the failed launch of Sept.6, when a missile fired during state trials of the Alexander Nevsky nuclear-powered submarine in the White Sea malfunctioned.

Including this latest failure, eight out of 19 or 20 test launches of the troubled Bulava have been officially declared unsuccessful.

The Russian military has repeatedly stated that there is no alternative to the Bulava.

The three-stage Bulava carries up to 10 MIRV warheads, has a range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) and is designed for deployment on Borey-class nuclear submarines.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
Indian DAC approves acquisition of additional six C-130J aircraft

Indian Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft stationed at Hindon Airbase, near Delhi, India. Photo Hemant.rawat1234.

 

18 September 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

The Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the national Air Force's procurement of six additional C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at a cost of INR40bn ($635m) from the US, an unnamed defence source have revealed.

 

Quoted by Press Trust of India, the source said that the aircraft will be acquired through the foreign military sales (FMS) route between the Indian and US governments.

 

Meanwhile, the deal will now be transferred to the Cabinet Committee on Security for the final approval, the sources added, noting that the new aircraft will be based at Panagarh in West Bengal.

 

Panagarh serves as headquarters of the Indian Army's newly created Mountain Strike Corps for operations along the India-China border, according to the news agency.

 

An undisclosed senior defence ministry official was quoted by NDTV as saying: "With its ability to land almost anywhere, the additional C-130J will give the Mountain Strike Corps ability to move around troops and rush reinforcements along the front at a very short notice."

 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) currently operates six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were acquired under a $1.2bn FMS deal from US in early 2008, from Hindon Airbase, near Delhi, for special operations.

 

Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the C-130J Super Hercules is designed for airborne assault, search-and-rescue (SAR), scientific research support, weather reconnaissance and aerial refuelling, as well as maritime patrol and aerial fire fighting missions.

 

Fitted with a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller, the aircraft is a longer fuselage or stretched combat delivery variant of legacy C-130 Hercules, and can accommodate a payload of up to 20t and over 90 passengers.

 

The aircraft is operational with air forces in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Qatar, the UK and the US.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
Rosoboronexport participera au «NAMEXPO-2013»

18.09.2013 Rostec

 

La corporation d’état Rostec interviendra comme organisateur de l’exposition russe dans la ville de Kotchine en Inde

 

«Rosoboronexport» fera la démonstration de la production militaire au cours de l’Exposition internationale de marine militaire «NAMEXPO-2013».

 

Dans l’ensemble, une information sur 245 modèles de produit militaire sera présentée à l’exposition, indique le Centre d’analyse du commerce mondial d’armes. Rostec interviendra comme organisateur de l’exposition russe.

 

L’exposition internationale de marine militaire «NAMEXPO-2013» aura lieu pour  la première fois dans la ville indienne de Kotchine du 23 au 27 septembre. L’objectif de  l’exposition est la présentation des technologies modernes d’étude et de production de l’armement et du matériel militaire pour les Forces maritimes, ainsi que l’attraction de sociétés nationales et étrangères afin de réaliser les programmes de construction des Forces maritimes indiennes.

 

On s’attend à ce que plus de 50 fabricants d’armes importants indiens et étrangers participent à l’exposition, incluant les USA, l’Angleterre, la France, l’Italie, l’Espagne, la Suède et Israël.

 

L’organisation de recherches et d’élaborations de la défense (DRDO) du Ministère de la Défense, les sociétés d’état «Bharat Dynemix limited», «Bharat electronics limited», «Hindustan aeronotics limited», ainsi que d’autres sociétés privées montreront leurs avancées du côté de l'Inde.

 

Les organisateurs ont l’intention de réaliser au cours du business – programme une conférence sur les questions de développement de l’aviation embarquée, y compris sur les appareils volants sans pilote, l’avionique, les systèmes radars maritimes, différents types d’équipement pour les plateformes maritimes.

 

«Rosoboronexport » a le statut officiel d’intermédiaire d’état exclusif ayant le droit de livrer sur le marché mondial tout le spectre des armes et des matériels militaires autorisés à l’exportation et fabriqués par les entreprises du complexe industriel militaire russe. La Corporation d’état «Rostechnologii» possède 100% des actions de la SA de type ouvert «Rosoboronexport».

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Australian A330 MRTT simulator gets Level D certification

Sept. 18, 2013 by Greg Waldron – FG

 

Singapore - The Royal Australian Air Force’s full flight simulator for the Airbus Military Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has been granted Level D certification.

 

This is the first MRTT simulator in the world to receive the certification, says CAE, which produced the equipment. The certification was awarded by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

 

Based on the A330-200 airliner, the MRTT is designated the KC-30A in Australian service. The simulator is located at RAAF Amberley.

 

"Aerial refuelling is a complex, challenging and sometimes dangerous operation so we need the highest fidelity training systems to prepare our aircrews for mission success," says Ewan Ward, project director, Project Air 5402 - air to air refuelling, Defence Materiel Organisation.

 

"Our new KC-30A full mission simulator combined with the full suite of KC-30A training devices will play a key role in cost-effectively training our tanker aircrews to accomplish a range of refuelling missions."

 

Australia operates five KC-30A aircraft.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
ATK Delivers 100th AARGM Production Missile

Sep 17, 2013 ASDNews Source : Alliant Tech Systems, Inc

 

In August, ATK’s Defense Electronic Systems hosted a ceremony commemorating the delivery of the 100th production AARGM missile to the U.S. Navy. The event was held in ATK’s Ridgecrest, CA facility and was attended by approximately 70 distinguished guests including elected officials, community leaders, employees and industry partners, with Gordon Turner, Vice President Strike Weapons, emceeing the event.

 

Speakers included Bill Kasting, Vice President and General Manager of DES, Scott O’Neil, Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Executive Director,  Rear Admiral Mathias Winter, Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, and 23rd Congressional District U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Whip.

 

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 11:45
Paramount Group successfully concludes ATE business rescue

Sept. 17, 2013 by Paramount Group

 

The business rescue process of one of South Africa's truly recognised national assets, ATE South Africa (Advanced Technology and Engineering Company), has become unconditional with the support, both financial and strategic, of the Paramount Group, Africa's largest privately-owned aerospace and defence company – a bold move that is strategic to the continued growth and development of the defence industry on the continent, and which will result in the Paramount Group acquiring ATE.

 

ATE, one of South Africa's oldest and most established aerospace companies, with more than 27 years of experience, will now be incorporated into the Paramount Group, trading as Paramount Advanced Technologies. This will ensure that vital aerospace expertise and world-class competency remains in South Africa, to the benefit of the continent and the broader economy.

 

ATE has been through a tumultuous time over the past few years and was placed under business rescue just under two years ago. Paramount Group's acquisition will ensure the continuation of this strategic business, and in so doing, add significant new and sophisticated aeronautical capabilities into its existing product offering and expand the group's ability to deliver to its many government customers around the world.

 

Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman, Paramount Group, said: "Paramount Group's success lies in our confidence and faith in our continent's technical ability. The business rescue of ATE demonstrates this commitment and will harness local skills and South Africa's ‘can do' attitude. This transaction will ultimately aid the continent, allow us to drive research and development in this hi-tech field, and participate as one of the leading global industry players.

 

"The alternative to Paramount rescuing ATE would have been for the company to go into liquidation or for a foreign company to acquire the business. This would have meant the loss of a highly specialised strategic capability to South Africa and the continent forever. The Paramount Group is firmly committed to growing Africa's hi-tech competence, and this transaction further provides us the opportunity to do so."

 

"The people we need to salute are the employees, customers and suppliers that have been through an extremely difficult time but have demonstrated their commitment and loyalty by standing by the business and supporting this process."

 

"This acquisition safeguards service delivery for ATE's worldwide customers and allows us to expand the scope of solutions on offer to better serve those who have stood by ATE through the change," said Ichikowitz.

 

"With South Africa becoming a fully fledged member of BRICS, it is imperative that we enter a new phase of industrialisation. The development of home-grown technology, skills and manufacturing capabilities are crucial if we are to capitalise on both the world's appetite to do business in our region and the huge potential for intra-African and intra-BRICS trade. Paramount Group continues to lead by example, demonstrating that South African industry can match the best in the world," said Ichikowitz.

 

The incorporation of ATE will enhance the position of the Paramount Group as the leading privately-owned defence and aerospace group on the African continent, with a strong and diversified global offering, which will see future development of new technologies, job opportunities and skills development.

 

"The conclusion of the business rescue is phase one in terms of saving the company. The company will now have to go through a restructure, the turnaround will be a challenge, but the intention is to rebuild sustainably and retain skills to ensure that we play a significant part in the long-term future of this global industry," said Ichikowitz.

 

Paramountis set on a growth trajectory, which will be further accelerated by the inclusion of ATE competencies into the existing business. This will provide product extensions such as UAVs, sensors, avionics, mission systems and system integration to its already comprehensive and growing suite of aerospace, land and maritime security and defence products. It will also see Paramount Group add to its civilian market expertise in border surveillance, coastal patrol, environmental protection, and disaster and emergency services.

 

"This is just the beginning of a long and challenging journey, this business rescue is proof that we believe in the skills and potential of the business and we look forward to welcoming the ATE staff to the Paramount Group," concluded Ichikowitz.

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Aurora Skate UAV Deployed to Afghanistan

September 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Aurora Flight Sciences; issued September 16, 2013)

 

Aurora's Skate Supports Operational Missions In Afghanistan

 

MANASSAS, VA --- Aurora Flight Sciences announced that the Skate Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) was recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom missions. Aurora's role in supporting these military missions includes in-theatre training and logistics support.

 

Deployment of Skate to support operations in Afghanistan is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

 

Initial assessment of Skate's performance by military operational commanders has been exceptionally positive. They stated that Skate® provides an "incredible capability" and "is very user friendly", providing outstanding situational awareness of potential threats. Combat and security teams both noted that Skate® "launched flawlessly", was "very maneuverable", and is "a mandatory requirement for operations due to its effectiveness".

 

Skate is a man-packable, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), target acquisition/asset designed for operation by small tactical units requiring airborne surveillance. Skate's unique thrust-vectoring system and near vertical take-off and landing flight envelope provides covert launch and recovery capability for use in tight, confined spaces.

 

Skate can be launched and controlled from a moving vehicle, a building window, or an observation tower. It can also be launched and recovered from the top of a small building or platform. Its Global Positioning System enabled ground control system/remote video terminal provides autonomous overwatch capabilities for moving patrols and security elements. Skate is a force multiplier that provides the warfighter with eyes-on-target for real-time situational awareness.

 

"Aurora is pleased that Skate is providing the warfighter with ISR capabilities not routinely available for small unit operations," stated Mark Cherry, Aurora's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Skate provides outstanding situational awareness to protect our warfighters and enhance their operational effectiveness."

 

 

Aurora Flight Sciences designs and builds aerospace vehicles for commercial and military applications. Aurora is headquartered in Manassas, VA and operates production facilities in Bridgeport, WV and Columbus, MS as well as a Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA.

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photo  Marine nationale M PRIGENT

photo Marine nationale M PRIGENT

18 septembre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Le 18 septembre, DCNS va mettre à l’eau la 3è frégate FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multi-Missions) destinée à la marine nationale. Baptisée "Provence", la frégate sera livrée en 2015. La DGA (Direction Générale de l´Armement) a commandé, au travers de l’OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement) un total de 11 frégates FREMM en deux contrats séparés, 9 en version ASM et 2 en version défense anti-aérienne. Ces 2 dernières sont destinées à remplacer progressivement les frégates des types F67 et F70.

 

DCNS construit actuellement sur le site de Lorient, 3 frégates : la Normandie, mise à l’eau en octobre 2012 et devant être livrée en 2014, la Languedoc et l’Auvergne. Elle commencera ce mois-ci la construction de l’Alsace.

 

Le premier de la série, l’Aquitaine, a été officiellement livré en novembre 2012.

 

DCNS termine aussi la construction d’une FREMM destinée à la marine du Maroc, la Mohammed VI, dont la livraison doit intervenir cette année.

 

Référence : Info Defensa (Espagne)

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Russie: 15 hospitalisés après l'incendie dans un sous-marin nucléaire (officiel)

MOSCOU, 17 sept 2013 marine-oceans.com  (AFP)

 

Quinze personnes ont été hospitalisées après un incendie lundi à bord d'un sous-marin nucléaire en réparation dans l'Extrême-Orient russe, a révélé mardi le comité d'enquête, alors que de premières informations ne faisaient état d'aucune victime.

 

"Quinze militaires ont été blessés, ils sont actuellement soignés à l'hôpital militaire de la marine", indique le comité d'enquête dans un communiqué, sans donner plus de détail sur la nature de ces blessures.

 

Le ministère de la Défense n'avait fait état d'aucune victime lundi.

 

Le sous-marin Tomsk avait été retiré du service en 2009 pour subir des réparations dans un chantier naval à Bolchoï Kamen, à 30 km de la ville portuaire de Vladivostok.

 

Un haut-responsable de la flotte russe du Pacifique avait aussi assuré que le niveau de radioactivité dans la zone de l'incident était "normal".

 

Le ministère de la Défense avait indiqué que selon de premières informations, l'incendie était dû à des violations des règles de sécurité lors de travaux de soudure.

 

Le sous-marin a subi d'importants dommages affectant ses fonctionnalités, a indiqué le comité d'enquête mardi sans autre détail. Il a aussi annoncé avoir ouvert une enquête pour "abus de pouvoir" à l'encontre des responsables du bâtiment.

 

Une source proche du dossier à indiqué mardi à l'agence Interfax que l'incendie, dû à un manque de vigilance lors des travaux de soudure, s'était rapidement propagé car l'extincteur situé à proximité était vide.

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Navantia Sets the First Landing Craft for Australia Afloat

September 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Navantia; issued September 16, 2013)

 

Navantia has set afloat, today at 12:00, the first of the series of twelve fast landing crafts that is building for the Royal Australian Navy. The design of these ships is based on the ones built by Navantia for the Spanish Navy and commissioned from 2006 to 2008.

 

The contract, signed in December 2011, includes the total construction in Navantia in the Bay of Cádiz, and means a workforce of 350,000 hours.

 

The landing crafts are destined to operate with the ALHD “Canberra” and ALHD “Adelaide”, strategic projection ships, similar to LHD ”Juan Carlos I”, also built by Navantia. Commissioning of the four first units is scheduled for April 2014.

 

The main characteristics of the ships are:

 

- Lenght overall: 23.30 m.

- Floatation lenght: 21.27 m.

- Width: 6.40 m.

- Depth: 2.80 m.

- Propulsion: two 809 kW diesel engines, two waterjets propellers

- Speed: more than 20 knots

- Autonomy: 190 miles at full load

- Loading capacity flexibility: Abrams vehicle, several Army vehicles, fusiliers’ company or 20 feet container truck.

 

Australia is a strategic country for Navantia, regarding the number of naval programs, where Navantia presents as a solid and safe option. Recently, Navantia has created Navantia Australia Pty, as a proof of our commitment in the country.

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Boeing Wins $300M Order for ScanEagle UAVs for Special Forces

Sept. 16, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Sept. 16, 2013)

 

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $300,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hardware and operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems operated by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

 

The hardware and services to be provided include replacement air vehicles, spare and consumable parts, and in-theatre field service representatives to supplement naval special warfare operators.

 

Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in September 2016. Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Navy, overseas contingency operations contract funds in the amount of $85,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1.

 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-D-0016).

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Le drone Orion effectue son premier vol

17.09.2013 par Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

 

Aurora Flight Sciences a annoncé ce 17 septembre lors de la convention de l’Air Force Association que son démonstrateur de drone Orion avait effectué son vol inaugural le 24 août dernier. L’appareil est resté trois heures et trente-trois minutes dans les airs et a atteint l’altitude maximum de 8 000 pieds.

 

Le drone MALE serait capable, selon les données fournies par le constructeur américain, de rester jusqu’à 120 heures en vol, soit cinq jours consécutifs. Il peut également voler jusqu’à 20 000 pieds et emporter Ses principales missions : surveillance, renseignement, information, relai de communication.

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ASTER 30-SAMP T firing in 2008. MBDA

ASTER 30-SAMP T firing in 2008. MBDA

16/09/2013, Michel Cabirol – La Tribune.fr

 

Singapour va prochainement investir dans des missiles Aster 30 de MBDA pour remplacer son actuel équipement américain vieillissant.

 

C'est une bonne nouvelle pour le missilier européen MBDA en mal de commandes à l'export cette année. Singapour, un client référent, va prochainement investir dans des missiles Aster 30 pour remplacer son actuel équipement américain vieillissant, a annoncé ce lundi le ministre de la Défense singapourien, Dr Ng Eng Hen. Il a déclaré que ce missile de défense aérienne permettra à la cité-état de contrer de multiples menaces pouvant venir d'avions de chasse, d'hélicoptères, de drones ou de missiles balistiques. Le système Aster viendra en complément des quatre appareils d'alerte précoce, le Gulfstream 550 (G550-AEW).

 

"Les Aster 30 sont bien plus puissants que les I-Hawk que nous utilisons actuellement pour notre système de défense aérienne", a-t-il annoncé au Parlement. Il n'a révélé ni le coût du système, ni le nombre de missiles, ni la date précise à laquelle Singapour fera cet investissement.

 

Des Aster 30 en France et en Italie

 

Le système Aster 30, utilisé par la France et l'Italie, devrait permettre à Singapour de bénéficier d'un rayon de protection aérienne de plus de 70 kilomètres, a précisé le ministre de la Défense. Le système américain actuel fournissait une protection sur un rayon de 40 kilomètres seulement. La petite république insulaire, qui fait 42 kilomètres de longueur et 23 kilomètres de largeur, possède également un système de défense "Spyder" utilisé sur un rayon de 15 kilomètres.

 

Dr Ng Eng Hena également précisé que Singapour cherchait à moderniser sa flotte d'avions de chasse F-16 pour étendre sa durée de vie. Le ministère de la Défense évalue toujours la possibilité d'acheter des F-35 pour remplacer les avions actuels, a-t-il ajouté. Singapour possède également une flotte d'avions de chasse F-15.

 

Le plus gros budget de défense de toute l'Asie du Sud-Est

 

La cité-état possède le plus gros budget de défense de toute l'Asie du Sud-Est, grâce à sa phénoménale croissance économique. En 2013, il a atteint 12,34 milliards de dollars singapouriens (7,3 milliards d'euros), en hausse par rapport à l'an dernier où il s'élevait à 11,83 milliards de dollars singapouriens (7 milliards d'euros), selon des chiffres officiels.

 

Entouré par des pays bien plus grands que lui, Singapour a développé cette robuste stratégie de défense en 1965 après un conflit avec la Malaisie. Tous les hommes singapouriens doivent ainsi faire un service militaire après leurs 18 ans, fournissant une main d'oeuvre supplémentaire aux 20.000 militaires de l'armée régulière.

 

Un contrat en Grande-Bretagne pour MBDA

 

MBDA traverse une bonne période. Après avoir vu la confirmation cet été dans le cadre de la loi de programmation militaire du programme du missile Anti-navire léger (ANL) par la France, le missilier européen a annoncé la semaine dernière avoir remporté auprès du ministère de la Défense britannique un contrat de 250 millions de livres (296 millions d'euros) pour la production du nouveau missile surface-air destiné à la Royal Navy. Le nouveau missile, baptisé Sea Ceptor, doit être opérationnel sur les frégates de Type 23 à partir de 2016 en remplacement du Seawolf, avait précisé MBDA dans un communiqué. Sea Ceptor sera également intégré aux frégates de Type 26.

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L’aviation japonaise traque un drone chinois

16 septembre 2013 par Edouard Maire – Info-Aviation

 

L’interception d’un drone chinois par un avion de chasse japonais au-dessus de la mer de Chine orientale indique que la plate-forme BUAA BZK-005 de moyenne altitude et longue endurance (MALE) est entrée en service dans l’armée chinoise.

 

 

Le 9 septembre 2013, un chasseur de la Japan Air Self- Defense (JMSDF) a intercepté un drone qui se dirigeait vers Okinawa depuis l’espace aérien chinois. Le drone photographié disposait d’un rmoteur, d’un double empennage avec des ailerons inclinés vers l’extérieur, et une tourelle optique qui correspond à la description du BZK-005.

 

L’armée de l’air japonaise a suivi le drone qui se dirigeait vers le détroit de Miyako entre Okinawa et les îles Miyakojima. À environ 170 km du détroit , il a effectué une patrouille circulaire avant de retourner vers la Chine.

 

Le BZK -005 a déjà été vu dans une vidéo promotionnelle du groupe AVIC au salon aéronautique de Zhuhai en 2006. Et en octobre 2009, deux plates-formes ont été photographiés sur un aérodrome près de Pékin. Il semble que le drone soit très similaire au Heron fabriqué par Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), en s’ajoutant une autonomie d’environ 40 heures à une altitude maximale d’environ 26.000 pieds.

 

Le drone chinois a effectué sa patrouille un jour après que la JASDF découvre deux bombardiers Xian H-6 qui survolaient le détroit de Miyako qui coïncidait aussi avec le premier anniversaire de la nationalisation partielle des îles Senkaku (Diaoyutai), qui sont également revendiquées par la Chine et Taiwan.

 

Le ministère de la Défense japonais a également publié des images prises par un avion de patrouille maritime P-3C Orion montrant deux frégates type 054A, Yiyang (fanion 548) et Changzhou (549), à environ 100 km au nord-est des îles Miyakojima.

 

Reste que cette observation d’un drone – qui est certainement d’origine chinoise – permet au Japon de justifier ses récentes initiatives pour accroître sa force militaire à Okinawa avec l’arrivée de F-15J/DJ Mitsubishi Eagles et d’avions de surveillance E-2 Hawkeye Northrop Grumman.

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Zycraft’s Vigilant-class IUSV completes phase 1 development

Vigilant-class unmanned vessel undergoing testing at sea. Photo: courtesy of Zycraft.

 

16 September 2013 naval-technology.com

 

Zycraft has successfully completed the phase one development of the Vigilant-class independent unmanned surface vessel (IUSV), LongRunner.

 

During the development phase, the LongRunner vessel has successfully completed in-water testing off Singapore waters and travelled a total of 2000nm over 24 months.

 

The IUSV has also undergone several fleet battle experiments and validated continuous unmanned operations, exceeding 48 hours.

 

Remotely commanded and controlled from Zycraft's headquarters ashore using satellite communications, the unmanned vessel travelled 100nm into the South China Sea during the phase one development period.

 

Capable of being operated from base to base and independent of a mother ship, the 16.5m-long IUSV features Arovex advanced composite material and allows more payload and fuel for enhanced range and operational capabilities.

 

Zycraft's president, James Soon, said that the Vigilant IUSV has been designed to be very effective in above-water maritime surveillance and could be the nexus for widespread USV employment.

 

"The IUSV is also capable of collision avoidance and can certainly take care of itself," Soon said.

 

In order to provide enhanced situational awareness to a shore base, the unmanned system is fitted with radar, electronic support measures (ESM), and electro-optic sensors as well as automated identification system (AIS).

 

"Several of these IUSVs can effectively cover hundreds of miles of coastline for border protection," Soon continued.

 

With an endurance capacity exceeding 1200nm, the IUSV can be used to conduct missions including coastal security, search and rescue, and maritime logistics for nations with large exclusive economic zone.

 

Navies with the IUSV concept do not need to construct bigger ships to carry small USVs, but instead can depend on the size of the bigger IUSV to have high endurance and carry the needed payloads, according to Zycraft.

 

Currently, Zycraft is working with several vendor partners to develop sensor technologies to further enhance the ability of the IUSV roles.

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Israel Advances IMI Privatization Plan

Israel Military Industries produces about 40 percent of Israel's Merkava Mk4 main battle tank.

 

Sep. 16, 2013 - By BARBARA OPALL-ROME – Defense news

 

If Approved, Asking Price Assessed at US$600 Million

 

TEL AVIV — After decades of discussion, the Israeli government is advancing a plan that, if approved, could result in the privatization of Israel Military Industries (IMI), the nation’s oldest defense firm.

 

Under the plan approved Monday by IMI’s board of directors, the firm will retire some 950 employees, which is about a third of its workforce; leave prime real estate in the center of the country; and consolidate all but government-designated critical technologies into a new, streamlined firm tentatively called “New IMI” in southern Israel.

 

The prospective sale of IMI’s vast real-estate holdings is expected to net the government some 20 billion shekels (US $5.7 billion), a portion of which will be used to cover ongoing pension obligations that have mired the company in decades of debt.

 

If approved and implemented according to an agreement hammered out in painstaking negotiations with the IMI workers committee and the national labor union, New IMI should be smaller, more competitive and available to government-approved investors for approximately $600 million, company executives here say.

 

IMI announced on Monday that the privatization plan will be presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in a meeting scheduled for Oct. 15.

 

“The expected government decision is an important milestone for the company’s recovery and will pave the path to implementation of a number of organizational and business moves” aimed at preparing the company for privatization, IMI Chairman Udi Adam said.

 

 

According to IMI, the company reached an agreement in principle with Israel’s Defense Ministry that identifies critical technologies and strategic infrastructure that will remain in government hands.

 

IMI declined to detail specific business units or technologies that will not be available to outside investors, but sources here said MoD is unlikely to relinquish heavy propulsion capabilities developed by the firm’s Givon Rocket Systems Division.

 

Imri Tov, a former Defense Ministry budget director who specializes in Israeli industrial base issues, said the agreement between IMI management and the labor unions marks a significant step in a decades-long push for privatization. Nevertheless, he recommended waiting for the outcome of next month’s ministerial meeting to realistically assess the prospects for privatization.

 

“Various schemes have made it up to the prime minister’s level in the past; and at one point in the early 1990s, [then-Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin actually approved a plan,” Tov said.

 

In a Monday interview, Tov said it could cost the government several billion shekels to absolve the company of previous debt, cover costs of the 950 employees slated for retirement, and create a safety net for another 1,050 employees who may be asked to leave by prospective new owners.

 

Similarly, he said the MoD would have to bear “not insignificant costs” for the firm’s transfer to southern Israel and for maintaining and operating former IMI units designated as critical technologies.

 

“We’re talking here about a mega project that will cost billions of shekels and could take years to implement,” Tov said. “At this point, it remains unclear exactly what will be put up for sale, what will remain in government hands, and what specific obligations will be passed on to prospective investors.”

 

According to IMI’s statement, the company has a backlog of some 5 billion shekels, and posted year-end 2012 sales of 1.9 billion shekels. Some 70 percent of IMI turnover is export sales.

 

The firm produces about 40 percent of Israel’s Merkava Mk4 main battle tank; has an extensive portfolio of precision rockets, mortars and artillery systems; and provides system engineering and upgrades for a broad spectrum of land warfare systems. Additionally, the firm specializes in a full range of armored solutions, including the new Iron Fist active protection system for ground vehicles.

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