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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:25
Eurocopter Technology Transfer Sees Brazilian-made Countermeasure System Integrated on Military Aircraft

Sep 17, 2013 ASDNews Source : EADS


Helibras has successfully completed flight testing of a chaff and flare countermeasures dispensing system for EC725 helicopters, completing a first-of-its-kind system integration project in Brazil and marking another key phase in Eurocopter’s contract to supply 50 of these Super Puma/Cougar family rotorcraft to the Brazilian armed forces.


Six flights were performed with the self-protection system – which is used to detect and identify threats to the aircraft and confuse heat-seeking and radar-guided missiles – validating its operation and integration with the helicopter’s other functions. The system was developed by Helibras’ Engineering Center under the supervision of Chief Engineer Walter Filho.


Performed by a Brazilian Helibras crew of flight test pilot Patrik Correa and flight test engineer Dreyfus Silva, the airborne evaluations checked the dispensing of flares and chaff throughout the EC725’s entire flight envelope – using one of the helicopters produced for the Brazilian armed forces.


These flights occurred at Santa Cruz Air Base near Rio de Janeiro and were made possible through the cooperation of Helibras with the Brazilian Air Force, and coordinated through Brazil’s national Aerospace Technology and Science Department. The Brazilian Navy provided one of its Eurocopter Super Puma AS332 L1 helicopters to accompany the EC725 in flight, ensuring the tests were carried out safely.


The self-protection system’s in-country development is part of Eurocopter’s ambitious technology transfer program, enabling Brazilian defense organizations and companies to enhance their technical capabilities while opening significant growth opportunities for the nation’s industry. The program currently comprises several industrial cooperation projects and offset activities.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
US Carrier Contract Award Delayed

A composite photo illustration representing the Ford-class aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Navy)


Sep. 13, 2013 - By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Negotiations continue between the US Navy and shipbuilders Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) over the primary construction contract for the next aircraft carrier, even as the goal of a September contract award will pass with no action.


Sources said neither side sees a serious impediment to eventual agreement, and each agreed a Navy decision to continue support for preparation work will give negotiators more time to reach an accord.


“This decision was not impacted or driven by sequestration,” said Cmdr. Thurraya Kent, a Navy spokeswoman at the Pentagon. The delay “is to avoid any production break, continue negotiations, and keep the ship’s delivery date unchanged.”


The ship is the future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), second ship in the new Gerald R. Ford-class of carriers. Like all previous nuclear carriers, the ship will be built at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding yard in Virginia. Kennedy is scheduled to be delivered in September 2022.


The Navy estimates the carrier will cost $11.3 billion to build.


While the detailed design and construction contract had been scheduled to be awarded this month, the shipbuilder has received at least a dozen significant contracts or contract modifications for the ship since January 2009. The most recent contract announcement was made on May 6, when the company received a $60.8 million modification to buy long-lead items and continue preparation work. That work is expected to be completed by October 2015.


Delays in awarding significant ship construction contracts are not unknown. The final contract award for the DDG 1001 destroyer, for example, was delayed in 2011 while the Navy and General Dynamics continued negotiations, but also worked together to ensure progress continued on the ship, being built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.


Several sources felt it would not be unusual for CVN 79 contract negotiations to continue into the spring.


The carrier program came under intense criticism this month from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which issued a highly critical report on Sept. 5.


Ironically, the government rejected a GAO recommendation to delay award of the detail, design and construction contract.


“Remaining technical and design risks with the lead ship could interfere with the Navy’s ability to achieve its desired cost savings for CVN 79,” the GAO said in the report. “These uncertainties also affect the soundness of the Navy’s current CVN 79 cost estimate, which is optimistic. These factors, when coupled with the existing sole source environment for aircraft carrier construction, may compromise the government’s negotiating position for CVN 79.”


Michele Mackin, who led the GAO carrier study effort, noted the delay is “interesting for us because we just recommended that they delay the award and they disagreed. And now, two weeks later, they delay it.”


A delay in the contract, Mackin said, would help in the understanding of the impact of several key systems still under development.


“There are still pretty significant unknowns with the electromagnetic aircraft launch system and the advanced arresting gear and other developmental technologies,” she said. “We think the government would be in a better negotiating position, with better insight and more knowledge about the test results of the developmental systems.


“This is a sole-source contract, and the government is not necessarily in the best position,” she added, “so the more they know about the costs of the lead ship the more information they’ll have to negotiate the second ship.


“The current contract they have expires in October 2015, so there’s time.”


Here is the Navy’s full statement on the contract delay:


“The Navy continues to negotiate with Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) for award of the Detail Design and Construction (DD&C) contract of JOHN F. KENNEDY CVN 79. Until these negotiations conclude, the Navy intends to extend the current Construction Preparation Contract to authorize planning, material procurement, and discrete work that are aligned with the ship’s optimal build plan. Extension of the Construction Preparation contract avoids a costly production break.


“Negotiations on the DD&C contract will allow HII and the Navy to account for construction process improvements and other cost reduction opportunities which were outlined in the Navy’s May 2013 Report to Congress on CVN 79. Extension of the Construction Preparation contract will not impact the ship’s funding profile, ship’s delivery date, or the cost cap. ENTERPRISE (CVN 80) [the third unit in the CVN 78 class] is not affected by this decision.


“JOHN F. KENNEDY began Advanced Construction in December 2010 and was named by [Navy] Secretary [Ray] Mabus in May 2011. The ship will be the second aircraft carrier of the GERALD R. FORD class and is scheduled to deliver in Fiscal Year 2022. CVN 79 is the numerical replacement for USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in the Navy’s force structure.”


Huntington Ingalls issued this statement:


“This action demonstrates the importance of continuing early unit construction and procurement of material for CVN 79 to the current plan of record while we jointly work to get a Detailed Design and Construction (DD&C) contract in place.


“This extension will help ensure that the fragile supplier base and our shipbuilders remain working, minimizing delay to ship delivery and associated cost increases.


“This extension also provides time for the Navy and industry team to implement lessons learned from CVN 78 construction, implement further construction process improvements, identify any government requirement reductions, and increase the maturity of government technologies in order to stay within a challenging budget.”

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
Surface Warfare Mission Package Concept. Government Accountability Office Graphic

Surface Warfare Mission Package Concept. Government Accountability Office Graphic

BETHPAGE, N.Y. – Sept. 16, 2013 – Northrop Grumman Corporation


Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a $25.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules. The company will deliver three mission module packages - two for surface warfare missions and one for mine countermeasures.


"Northrop Grumman continues to demonstrate that, as the mission package integrator, we are delivering high quality, fully integrated mission modules," said Doug Shaffer, director of information operations and electronic attack, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "With this procurement, we will work with our customer to capture synergies across the mission module production base, enhance production and supplier base stability, and reduce cost to the Navy."


The littoral combat ship has three primary missions – mine warfare, antisubmarine warfare and surface warfare. Each of the mission packages involves the integration of manned and unmanned systems operating across the air, surface and subsurface domains.


"I continue to be impressed with the Northrop Grumman-led teams' performance as they deliver high quality mission modules on cost and schedule," said Capt. John Ailes, Navy littoral combat ship mission module program manager.


Each mission package comprises a specific set of subsystems such as data processing equipment, vehicles and sensors, and others. The capabilities contained in each mission package focus on mine countermeasures, littoral antisubmarine warfare or littoral surface warfare operations. The mission modules being delivered under this contract facilitate efficient modular mission package embarkation, mission package operations and debarkation that is central to the LCS modular Mission Package concept.


To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered two surface warfare mission modules and one mine countermeasures mission module for LCS. The second and third Northrop Grumman-produced mine countermeasures mission module and the third surface warfare mission modules are currently in production. Northrop Grumman performs the final integration work at the Mission Package Support Facility located at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
drone-europeen source enjeux_info

drone-europeen source enjeux_info

16.09.2013  affaires-strategiques.info


Depuis deux décennies, l’émergence et le développement des drones ont considérablement modifié la manière de mener la guerre. Néanmoins, l’Union européenne semble accuser un retard en matière de développement et d’acquisition de drone. Dans un document publié le 11 septembre par l’European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Andrea Gili, chercheure associée, analyse ainsi les perspectives qui s’ouvrent à l’Union sur cet enjeu primordial de la défense.


En effet, les drones offrent de nouvelles possibilités, notamment en matière de surveillance et améliorent les capacités de planification, contribuant parfois à simplifier les processus décisionnels des autorités responsables, notamment dans la lutte contre le terrorisme (assassinats ciblés par exemple). Les drones de combat ont donc, semble-t-il, entrainé une révolution dans la sphère militaire et plus particulièrement dans le domaine de la guerre aérienne. Permettant une réduction des forces armées présentes au sol et une efficacité à moindre coût, il paraît toutefois surprenant que les Etats membres de l’Union n’aient pas encore développé leur propres drones.

A ce titre, et si dans la dernière décennie, nombre de pays européens ont lancé des programmes R&D en matière de drone, seuls ou en coopération, il n’en demeure pas moins que le manque de fonds a bien souvent conduit à un échec de ces projets, les Etats se tournant alors vers l’acquisition de drones américains ou israéliens. Il semble d’ailleurs opportun de souligner que dans le passé, la coopération européenne en matière d’armement a été source de nombreux problèmes, les pays de l’UE cherchant souvent à protéger leur industrie nationale au détriment d’une mutualisation des compétences qui rendrait plus performante l’industrie de défense européenne. Mais désormais, la crise financière ainsi que les coupes drastiques qui sont intervenues dans les budgets de défense, ne laissent plus d’alternative possible si ce n’est celle de la coopération des industries de défense en Europe, selon le chercheur.

La problématique de la production de drone dans l’Union européenne soulève donc en réalité des questions sur les capacités de l’industrie européenne de l’armement à se structurer de telle sorte à rendre possible la production de drone et la compétitivité des industries européennes en la matière. Il s’agit là d’ailleurs d’une priorité car, comme le souligne Andrea Gili, l’élaboration de programmes R&D relatifs aux drones contribuerait à préserver la sécurité de l’Union ainsi que son autonomie stratégique à long terme. La valeur stratégique de disposer de telles capacités militaires apparaît donc non négligeable.

L’Union européenne se trouve donc à un tournant en matière de technologie militaire et nombreux sont ceux qui appellent à une décision claire des autorités européennes, notamment lors du prochain Conseil des Ministres européens de la défense qui aura lieu en décembre prochain.


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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 07:55
Sherpa APC XL photo Guillaume Belan

Sherpa APC XL photo Guillaume Belan

13.09.2013 par Guillaume Belan (FOB)


Deux nouveautés étaient présentées sur le stand de Renault Trucks Défense au salon britannique DSEI. Ou plutôt des évolutions de véhicules existants.


Le blindé 4X4 Sherpa APC se dote d’un grand frère, Le Sherpa APC XL, dont le volume intérieur gagne 1m3 et offre en option des portes latérales. Il s’agit en fait d’une version adaptée aux compétitions en cours pour les forces de sécurité intérieures brésiliennes.


Bastion APC HM photo Guillaume Belan

Bastion APC HM photo Guillaume Belan

L’autre évolution concerne le Bastion APC, développée en version haute mobilité (« HM »). Doté de suspensions indépendantes au lieu et place de ponts rigides, il gagne également en puissance avec un moteur de 340 chevaux (le même qui propulse le VAB Mark 3). Cette version aurait été vendue à des forces spéciales européennes.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 07:55
Nexter shows off new 6 x 6 armoured vehicle, TITUS

09/16/2013  Defence IQ Press


There’s a new 6 x 6 wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) on the market after Nexter, the French vehicle manufacturer, took the covers off its Tactical Infantry Transport and Utility System (TITUS) at DSEI last week.


In terms of armaments TITUS can be equipped with any kind of Remote Control Weapon Station from 7.62mm to 20mm, and 40mm Grenade Launchers as well, depending on the level of threats and type of missions.


photo Armée de Terre

photo Armée de Terre

The company’s VBCI has been one of the most sought after vehicles for the last few years and Nexter will have similar high hopes for this latest variant.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
AWV (crédits Patria)

AWV (crédits Patria)

13.09.2013 par Guillaume Belan (FOB)


Hormis le Titus de Nexter, il y avait une autre nouveauté sur le segment des véhicules blindés durant le salon de Londres DSEI (Defence Security and Equipment International) qui ferme ses portes ce vendredi. Le finlandais Patria, fort du succès de son AMV (Armoured Modular Vehicle) vendu à près de 1 400 exemplaires, élargit sa gamme vers du plus lourd et présente l’AWV (Armoured Wheeled Vehicle), un blindé à roue 8X8,  qui est sur le point de subir les essais constructeur. D’un poids de 30 tonnes (dont 13 de charge utile) contre 20 tonnes pour l’AMV, l’AWV est propulsé par un moteur diesel de 450kW (100 km/h et autonomie de 1000 km), il peut accueillir 10 fantassins (plus 3 soldats d’équipage) grâce à une large rampe arrière. Le véhicule peut être équipé d’une tourelle téléopérée, à DSEI il est présenté avec une tourelle Saab Trackfire : 25 mm ATK, mitrailleuse 7,62 et un lance grenade. 


Entre l’AMV et le nouveau AWV, une très grande ressemblance (voir photos), comme  une vague impression que l’AMV a simplement pris de l’embonpoint, malgré l’assurance de Patria d’avoir complètement redéveloppé le véhicule. Le finlandais élargit donc sa gamme afin de rencontrer de nouveaux marchés, avec un véhicule qui se positionne clairement sur le segment des capacités du VBCI français.

AMV (crédits Patria)

AMV (crédits Patria)

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
Poland To Consolidate Defense Industry

Sep. 16, 2013 - By JAROSLAW ADAMOWSKI – Defense News


WARSAW — Poland’s major armament and military equipment manufacturers will be consolidated into a single entity in a bid to restructure and overhaul the country’s defense industry, Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced today.


“The Polish Armaments Group, which will comprise all key companies active in the Polish defense industry, is currently being established,” Tusk said during a visit to local armored vehicle producer Wojskowe Zaklady Mechaniczne Siemianowice, reported Polish news agency PAP.


Under the plan, the new group will integrate major state-owned defense manufacturers such as Huta Stalowa Wola, Wojskowe Zaklady Remontowo-Produkcyjne, which comprises 11 state-owned defense companies, and the Polish Defense Holding (PHO) into one group.


PHO, which is Poland’s largest defense industry player, consists of some 40 entities and has a workforce of close to 10,000. Until May, PHO operated under the brand of Bumar Group, and it rebranded itself to lead the consolidation efforts of Poland’s fragmented defense industry, according to statements by senior company representatives. That expected consolidation did not occur, Tusk said, and PHO will be integrated into the new defense group.


The Polish Ministry of Treasury had originally planned to launch the holding’s initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2015, but it is unclear how the latest developments will affect these plans.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
Aster-30 missile launch photo MBDA  Michel Hans

Aster-30 missile launch photo MBDA Michel Hans

16/09/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


The Republic of Singapore Air Force should soon be equipped with Aster-30 surface to air missile systems, according to Singapore's defence minister, Ng Eng Hen.


Addressing Singaporean MPs on 16 September 2013, Dr Ng described how the air arm is implementing a hi-tech air defence shield, comprised of several layers. This multilayered shield is intended to defend Singapore against all conceivable airborne threats.


Right now, Singaporean air defence is supplied by an arsenal of 12 MIM-23B I-Hawk launchers and circa 500 missiles. Now over 40 years old, this technology has since been superseded by more modern systems, such as the Aster-30.


Aster-30 Missile Systems


Equipped with Aster-30 missile systems, the Republic of Singapore Air Force would gain a simultaneous extended-range multi-target engagement capability.


In line with the Aster-30's introduction, the Republic of Singapore Air Force would also have its Lockheed Martin F-16C and -D Fighting Falcons upgraded, extending their service lives.


Developed during the 1960s, the MIM-23B I-Hawk missile boasts a 74 kilogram warhead and has a range of up to 40 kilometres.


Singaporean Air Defence


"Superior air defence and strike capabilities have been built up through prudent and steady investments of resources and land allocation for our defence needs", Dr Ng explained. "And over the years, we have acquired, adapted and developed advanced technologies and state-of-art platforms to provide more accurate and timely early warning and situational awareness of potential threats. We will continue to invest in these capabilities."


The Aster missile series was introduced in 2001. Vertically-launched, the Aster-15 and Aster-30 missiles take their name from Asterion - the 'ruler of the stars' in Greek mythology.


Produced by the MBDA-Thales Eurosam consortium, the Aster-30 has a maximum range of 120 kilometres, reaches flight altitudes of up to 30 kilometres and travels at Mach 4.5. Aster missiles presently equip the French Air Force and the French, Italian, Singaporean and Saudi Arabian navies, amongst other operators.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
Textron to Integrate SFW on Indian Jaguars

September 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: U.S Department of Defence; issued September 13, 2013)


Textron Systems Corp., Textron Defense Systems, Wilmington Mass., has been awarded a $9,065,330 contract modification (P00015) to previously awarded contract FA8682-11-C-0044 for development of the remote terminal interface control document for the munitions control unit to integrate the sensor fuzed weapon on the Indian Jaguar Aircraft.


Work will be performed at Wilmington, Mass., with an expected completion date of May 15, 2014. The total modification of $9,065,330 is being obligated at time of award.


This contract involves foreign military sales.


Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 07:30
Anka May Lose Its Engine

Sep 17 2013 trdefence.com


Chinese Avic’s acquisition of German Thielert, leaves the first Turkishmade drone, the Anka, without an engine. Turkish officials are worried that buying of Thielert, engines supplier of Anka, may delay the project.


It looked entirely like any other business takeover between the Chinese and Germans with no relevance to Turkey. But the news that a Chinese group had acquired the troubled German maker of aircraft engines means Turkey must now find a new engine supplier for its first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Anka.


Turkish officials and the Anka team are now worried that Chinese group Avic International’s acquisition of Thielert, a bankrupt German maker of diesel engines for aircraft may further delay the Anka which would otherwise have been powered by Thielert’s Centurion engine.


Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) which develops the Anka had ordered the Centurion for a batch of 10 aircraft. Now TAI must look elsewhere to find a new engine to power the Anka.


The ANKA is a medium-altitude long-endurance MALE-category drone. Such UAVs usually operate for 24 hours at an altitude of 10,000 feet.


ANKA, meaning Phoenix in English, is the first MALE-type UAV to be produced by TAI. One of the prototypes crashed during a test flight in September but several other flight tests have been carried out successfully.


ANKA+, another version of the ANKA, calls for an armed vehicle, using a rocket attached to its body and sensors.


An engine maybe developed to replace


“An immediate replacement could be a difficult task,” a TAI official said. “We may, though, ask TEI (TAI’s sister company that manufactures engine parts) to develop an engine for the Anka.” Both TAI and TEI (Turkish Engine Industries) are owned by a military support fund.


The engine problem occurred at a time when defense procurement authorities are preparing to sign a contract for the acquisition of 10 ANKAs. Separately, the Turkish police force is also preparing to place an order for the Anka.


Before the engine snag, another problem had delayed the Anka program. A locally-developed electro optical sensor, by military electronics firm Aselsan, did not fit Anka’s specifications and TAI was mulling to opt for a foreign pod.


Avic said in August that it was merging Thielert into its Continental Motors division and was giving up military business. Deliveries had stopped, the state-run Chinese company announced.


Thielert was supplying engines for aircraft including a U.S. Army version of the General Atomics Predator. General Atomics has acquired the engine data package and intends to continue production and support.


Satellite-controled version of ANKA


The ANKA had successfully passed acceptance tests late in January. The final, decisive tests on Jan. 20-21 involved a full endurance, 18-hour flight, successful auto landing, data link performance at a distance of 200 km (approx. 120 miles) under winds up to 45 knots, and night take-offs and landings. The ANKA has so far did more than 150 flight hours. There is a possibility that TAI could develop a satellite-controlled version of the ANKA, company officials say.


A defense industry expert said that finding a new engine supplier may not resolve the entire problem. “Any new engine will have to be fitted into the Anka which was designed for the Thielert engine. This will require new (engine) integration work. New tests should also be done,” he said.

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IAI n'est ni Boeing ni Dassault, mais est bien un Leader Mondial

15.09.2013 Isreal Valley

La Revue de l’Ecole Polytechnique a construit un numéro spécial pour présenter les prouesses d’Israël en matière d’innovation. Un extrait de la revue “La jaune et La rouge” pour nos lecteurs.


“Les grands projets de IAI en quatre points.


1• Fabrication d’avions. IAI a produit les quatre catégories d’avions : formation de pilotes (Fouga) ; combat (M-5, Kfir, Lavi) ; transport civil, “commuter” (Arava) ; voyages d’affaires (Westwind, Astra et Galaxy). Durant ses trente-sept ans d’activité dans ce domaine industriel (1960-1997), IAI a fabriqué, sous licence ou par développement propre, plus de 1 000 avions (soit une moyenne de 27-28 avions par an), dont plus de 60 % d’avions civils.

Certes, IAI n’est ni Boeing ni Dassault, mais ces chiffres sont importants pour un petit pays comme Israël. Le pays a en effet démarré sans infrastructure, ni tradition industrielle, et sans capitaux. Il vit en état de guerre pratiquement continuel et utilise un personnel ayant, à tous les niveaux, des formations hétérogènes, voire hétéroclites, provenant d’écoles aussi différentes que possible, avec des habitudes de travail et des modes de vie dissemblables, parlant toutes les langues de la Terre, qui s’unifient avec l’hébreu ! Ceci ne l’empêche pas de fabriquer des avions !


2. Développement et fabrication de systèmes d’avions sans pilote (RPV). IAI a beaucoup travaillé sur ces systèmes d’armes et s’est trouvé dans la situation d’expliquer et de convaincre qu’il ne s’agissait pas de jouets, mais de systèmes militaires sophistiqués. IAI a non seulement conçu, développé et fabriqué les systèmes RPV, mais aussi créé le marché des RPV. Dans ce domaine, IAI n’a pas pénétré dans un marché déjà existant, mais a dû convaincre et démontrer à l’armée – organisme très conservateur et dont on ne change pas facilement les méthodes de travail – que le RPV est un système d’arme efficace et puissant, qui transforme les règles de la guerre. Ainsi, les RPV ont été introduits dans le domaine militaire, d’abord à Tsahal puis dans d’autres armées, avec une utilisation et une efficacité remarquables.

Il existe aujourd’hui plus de sept systèmes différents, conçus et produits par IAI : des systèmes de combat passif, mais aussi des systèmes agressifs munis d’équipements qui sont parfois l’expression des technologies de pointe les plus avancées au monde. IAI reste aujourd’hui le numéro 1 mondial dans ce domaine.


3. Modification et modernisation d’avions civils et militaires. Pour les avions civils, cette activité a débuté en 1970, avec la remise en état de Boeing 707 qui, en ce temps là, avaient terminé leur vie fonctionnelle. Comme le B-707 est un bon avion, IAI a remis en état et a donné une nouvelle vie fonctionnelle à plus de 100 appareils. Ces appareils ont repris l’air, certains avec leur fonction originelle (transport de personnes ou de matériel-cargo), d’autres ont été modifiés complètement et sont devenus, dans le domaine militaire, des citernes volantes, des appareils d’alimentation en vol pour les avions de combat, ou encore des avions de combat électronique.

La modernisation d’avions militaires a commencé par l’équipement des Fouga Magister, avec des modifications importantes, pour leur utilisation comme avions d’attaque au sol pendant la guerre des Six jours. Puis, en 1968, IAI a modifié le Super Mystère, en en remplaçant le moteur par un moteur américain. En 1980, IAI a à nouveau modernisé les Fouga. Dans les années 70 et 80, IAI a adapté aux besoins de ses pilotes, ainsi que pour l’exportation, des Mirage 3, des Mirage 5, des F-4 Phantom, des Skyhawk, des F-15 et des F-16, ainsi que des hélicoptères. Ces dernières années, IAI a commencé à moderniser les avions de combat russes Mig 21, Mig 23, Mig 29. Le “lancement” au début de l’été 1995 du Mig 21 modifié par les soins d’IAI a été un véritable événement car c’était le premier vol d’un avion russe modernisé en Occident !

IAI est devenue une des compagnies connues dans ce domaine, pour lequel il existe assez peu de vrais spécialistes dans l’industrie aéronautique mondiale. Peu d’industries aéronautiques sont de par le monde en mesure de convertir un Boeing 747 de configuration passagers en configuration cargo en obtenant la certification de la FAA américaine.


4. Satellites de télécommunications. Entre 1988 et 1993, IAI a lancé avec succès, au moyen de son propre lanceur, trois satellites expérimentaux Ofeq. En coopération avec une société française et une société allemande, IAI a développé le satellite de télécommunications civiles Amos, qui a été lancé en 1996 par une fusée Ariane. Espérons que cette nouvelle coopération avec l’Europe sera couronnée de succès et que, en s’envolant ensemble, Amos et Ariane ont ouvert de nouveaux horizons pour une relance des bonnes relations entre IAI et les divers pays d’Europe concernés, en particulier la France.


5. Missiles antimissiles. IAI et Rafael ont développé ensemble le système Barak pour la marine militaire. IAI est actuellement dans une phase avancée du développement du missile antimissile Flèche (“Hetz” en hébreu et “Arrow” en anglais) dans un programme qui bénéficie du support américain.


6. Systèmes électroniques. Dans le domaine de l’électronique, IAI travaille à des programmes particulièrement importants. Il s’agit de radars, de systèmes de télécommunications (Sigint, Comint), de systèmes de vision de tir jour et nuit, d’équipements de combat avec une intelligence propre, etc. Ces équipements sont en général installés sur des “plateformes” diverses : avions, navires ou véhicules terrestres.


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 	Securing Prosperity: A Strategic Vision for the UK Defence Sector

Sept. 13, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

The British government launched a new, joint government and industry vision for growth in the UK Defence sector on the opening day of the DSEi exhibition in London.

“Securing Prosperity – a strategic vision for the UK Defence Sector” identifies the sector’s core strengths and sets out how government and industry will work together to maximise the UK’s competitive advantage to boost British jobs, trade and growth.

This strategic vision for the Defence sector has been developed by the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) – a forum set up by the Prime Minister in 2012 in which the government, the UK’s top Defence companies, the sector trade association and SMEs are working together for growth.

The Defence Growth Partnership currently involves: Babcock, BAE Systems,Cobham, EADS, Finmeccanica, General Dynamics, Hewllet-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Marshall, MBDA, Qinetiq, Raytheon, Rolls Royce, Serco, Thales, Trade Association ADS, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, The Ministry of Defence.

The government's economic policy objective is to achieve 'strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries.'

It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’, published at Budget 2011:
-- to create the most competitive tax system in the G20
-- to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business
-- to encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy
-- to create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.

Work is underway across government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the government wants the economy to travel.


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Une bonne nouvelle pour Nexter

16.09.2013 RP Defense


Selon une source industrielle proche du dossier, Nexter a annoncée en interne le projet de 145 nouveaux recrutements.


L’entreprise, qui vient de présenter son nouveau blindé TITUS au salon DSEI, envisage de lancer le recrutement de 85 CDI, qui viennent s’ajouter aux 55 déjà réalisés en 2013 ainsi que 60 contrats en alternance.


le Titus  (crédits Nexter)

le Titus (crédits Nexter)

Ces recrutements sont en lien avec les précédentes déclarations du leader de la Défense terrestre qui souhaite participer à l’effort national actuel ayant notamment pour objectif d’améliorer la situation de l’emploi en France, en favorisant les contrats durables et l’insertion des jeunes.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
DSEI: Selex marks mini and micro UAV success

13 Sep 2013 by Dan Thisdell – FG


London - Finmeccanica's Selex ES has marked a successful week for its unmanned air systems business, achieving Italian air force certification for micro and mini systems developed by its technical centre at Ronchi dei Legionari, near Trieste.


Selex chief executive Fabrizio Giulianini is especially pleased to have passed this particular milestone for the ducted-fan hovering Asio and fixed-wing Crex systems, as the Italian version of the NATO standard was written after the aircraft were in advanced stages of development.


Speaking exclusively to Flightglobal at the DSEI show in London on 11 September, Giulianini said he was delighted to have been faced with the challenge of adjusting the programmes to meet that NATO standard.


The door is now open for military sales in Italy and abroad and, he stresses, both systems are in a strong position to bid for sales as soon as regulators in North America and Europe establish flight standards to open civil airspace to unmanned aircraft.


"We look forward to the rules of flying in unsegregated airspace," says Giulianini.


The next challenge, he adds, will be to push battery performance to extend the backpackable systems' endurance in battlefield use.


Asio offers endurance of more than 30min in flight and hovering mode, and of over 4h in silent (perching) mode, as well as a datalink range of up to 12km (6.5nm) in line-of-sight and an ability to provide stabilised, high-resolution imagery.


Crex enables "over the hill" and "around the corner" intelligence missions to gather real-time information "in a stealthy way", tracking stationary and moving targets.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
German Army Awards Polaris Contract to Supply Military ATVS

Sep 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : Polaris Industries Inc.


Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced the company was awarded a contract to provide MV850 ultra-light tactical vehicles to the German Army.


“Defense forces around the world are seeking Polaris Defense Military vehicles to  take advantage of our ability to make modifications to our commercial off-the-shelf technology (COTS), insert customer requirements and quickly deliver an end product that meets their needs,” said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. “It is our goal to match the warfighter’s mission requirements with our best value product.”


The highly-mobile MV850 platform, which was built specifically for the U.S. military and allied forces, allows for the transport of military personnel and gear through extreme off-road terrain. It features a 600 lbs./272 kg capacity metal rack system, 11.75 gal/ 4.5 L fuel capacity, blackout lighting with IR light capability and an optional litter mount.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 11:40
«Complexes de haute précision» élabore un «Pantsyr» de nouvelle génération

13.09.2013 rostec.ru


Un complexe de missiles avec des caractéristiques uniques apparaitra dans trois ans


Le complexe antiaérien de canon et missiles «Pantsyr» de nouvelle génération apparaitra en 2017, a indiqué le directeur général du holding «Complexes de haute précision» Alexandre Denisov. Le nouveau «Pantsyr» sera modernisé pour tous les types des Forces armées russes.


Le directeur général du holding Alexandre Denisov et le directeur exécutif du Bureau d’études de Toula de Construction d’appareils faisant partie du holding, Dmitri Konoplev, ont parlé des plans de modernisation du ZRPK «Pantsyr» à la conférence de presse de «Complexes de haute précision».


Selon Alexandre Denisov, il n’existe pas pour l’instant dans le monde d’analogues au complexe antiaérien de canon et missiles «Pantsyr».


«Je pense qu’il y aura dans trois ans un «Pantsyr» totalement nouveau avec des caractéristiques inédites dépassant sensiblement celle existantes», - a indiqué Alexandre Denisov.


Il a également noté que les spécialistes du holding travaillent actuellement sur l’hypersonique. «Il y aura un résultat dans les 2-3 prochaines années», - a indiqué le directeur du holding.


Alexandre Denisov a souligné que sur la base du nouveau «Pantsyr» il sera créé des modifications pour tous les types des Forces armées russes.


Le Ministère de la Défense est très intéressé par la version marine du «Pantsyr». C’est-ce qu’a indiqué le directeur exécutif du Bureau d’études de construction d’appareils Dmitri Konoplev.


«La modernisation est en cours aujourd’hui. Il a été décidé qu’une série de contre-torpilleurs et d’autres navires importants seront modernisés avec le «Pantsyr». Ces travaux sont en cours. Je pense que l’adoption du complexe dans l’armement aura lieu prochainement, dans les deux prochaines années», - a indiqué Konoplev.


De plus, la modification du complexe antiaérien de canon et missiles «Pantsyr» sur chenilles est en cours d’élaboration en Russie pour l’Armée de terre et les parachutistes.


«Bientôt, tous ces articles seront dans l’armement de l’Armée russe conformément au plan», - a indiqué Dmitri Konoplev.


Le ZRPK «Pantsyr» a été élaboré par le Bureau d’études de Toula de Construction d’appareils. La distance de destruction de l’objectif est de 200 mètres à 20 kilomètres dans des limites d’altitude de 5 mètres à 15 kilomètres.


Le «Pantsyr» sert pour la protection des objets civils et militaires (stations électriques nucléaires, grosses entreprises, complexes de bâtiments particulièrement importants etc.)


Le complexe est capable de réaliser la recherche, la détection, la reconnaissance, l’indication de l’objectif, la capture, le suivi et le tir de plusieurs objectifs tant en position stationnaire qu’en déplacement, dans les régimes manuel ou automatique.


«Bureau d’études de construction d’appareils» – c’est une des principales organisations d’étude et de construction du complexe de défense russe. Depuis 2008, le KBP fait partie de Rostec et il est une des principales entreprises du holding «Complexes de haute précision». Les forces du KBP ont élaboré et assimilé dans la fabrication en série plus de 150 modèles d’armes et de matériels militaires. L’entreprise est actuellement un puissant centre scientifique et de production créant des systèmes d’armes les plus modernes de haute précision. Les solutions techniques utilisées dans les élaborations du KBP contiennent plus de 6000 inventions.


Le holding «Complexes de haute précision» a été créé en 2009 dans le but de consolider le potentiel scientifique et technique du groupe d'entreprises spécialisées dans la création d’armes du futur, de matériels militaires spéciaux (VVST) dans le domaine des systèmes de haute précision et des complexes d’armes de zone tactique d’interventions militaires.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
Indonesia receives first pair of T-50i advanced jet trainers

13 Sep 2013 by Greg Waldron – FG


Singapore - Indonesia has received its first pair of Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50i Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer aircraft, following a transit through Taiwan and the Philippines.


The two aircraft arrived at the Iswahyudi air base in East Java on 11 September after departing KAI's Sacheon factory on 10 September, according to a report by official Indonesian news agency Antara.


Jakarta became the first export customer for the General Electric F404-powered aircraft when it signed a $400 million deal for 16 aircraft in 2011.


At the Paris air show in June, a company spokesman told Flightglobal that deliveries would commence in September, with all examples delivered by February 2014.


The T-50i received military type certification in South Korea in late June, and Indonesia pilots and ground crew have been training with the South Korean air force since February on both the T-50 and more capable TA-50, which has a cannon and carries air-to-air missiles.


The aircraft's transit through the Philippines coincides with South Korea's campaign to sell Manila 12 examples of the most advanced T-50 variant, the FA-50, which can carry precision-guided munitions.


KAI also hopes to sell the single-engined aircraft to Iraq and Chile.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
La torpille sud-coréenne «Requin rouge» rate sa cible

15/09/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca


Lors des derniers tirs d’essai d’une torpille anti-sous-marins développée localement auxquels a procédé la Marine sud-coréenne, une torpille sur quatre a manqué sa cible, a déclaré ce dimanche l’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA), rapporte l’agence sud-coréenne Yonhap.


L’Agence publique pour le développement de la Défense (ADD) a développé durant plus de neuf ans ce missile léger à longue portée mer-mer à partir de 2000, avec un budget de 100 milliards de wons (92 millions de dollars) afin de l’utiliser sur les contre-torpilleurs sud-coréens les plus récents, dont le KDX II.

La DAPA avait donné son feu vert pour la production des premiers missiles en 2009, dans la mesure où le prototype avait un taux de réussite de plus 75%.

Environ 50 torpilles «Hongsangeo» («Requin rouge») ont déjà été déployées depuis 2010 et certains contre-torpilleurs ont été équipés de cette torpilles de 5,7 mètres de long au début de 2012.

Toutefois, sa production a été suspendue après avoir échoué à atteindre la cible lors d’un tir d’essai en juillet de l’année dernière et la Marine a depuis mené une série de tests supplémentaires, mais la torpille n’a pas atteint le taux de précision requis.


Le lancement d’une torpille Hongsangeo à partir d’un contre-torpilleur (Infographie KoreaTimes)

Le lancement d’une torpille Hongsangeo à partir d’un contre-torpilleur (Infographie KoreaTimes)

La torpille à deux étages est lancée verticalement à partir d’un contre-torpilleur et vole pendant environ 20 kilomètres avant l’immersion dans la mer pour suivre et détruire une cible.

Une arme à guidage de précision comme le «Requin rouge» doit avoir un taux de réussite de plus 75 pour cent pour être prête à de véritables missions de combat.

Hélas, selon un responsable de la DAPA, rapporte encore l’agence, lorsque la Marine a procédé en juillet de cette année aux tirs de la torpille «Hongsangeo» dans la mer de l’Est, trois torpille ont atteint la cible, mais une quatrième l’a encore manquée et la DAPA hésite donc maintenant à en reprendre la production.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
Photo Northrop Grumman

Photo Northrop Grumman

September 13, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued September 12, 2013)


Pentagon Contract Announcement


Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $169,851,218 (estimated) cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (PZ0001) on a definitization of an undefinitized contract action (FA8528-13-C-0005) for contract logistics support for the RQ-4 Global Hawk.


The contractor shall provide all logistics support activities which includes fielded air vehicles, engines, payloads, ground segments and support segments.


Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. This is a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $76,276,405 are being obligated at time of award.


Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIKBA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 07:55
Les futurs blindés de l'armée de terre doivent-ils être made in France ?

15.09.2013 par Jean-Dominique Merchet


Lors de l'Université d'été de la défense, qui s'est tenue à Pau les 9 et 10 septembre, les grands chefs de l'armée de terre n'ont pas manqué d'insister sur le besoin de renouvellement rapide de leurs blindés légers, au travers de deux programmes, l'EBRC et le VBMR. L'Engin blindé de reconnaissance et de combat, qui doit succèder aux AMX-10RC et Sagaie et le Véhicule blindé multirôle, remplaçant du VAB (voir notre post de mars 2010) s'inscrivent dans le programme Scorpion d'équipement de l'armée de terre. 


AMX 10 RC Serval 2013 - photo Armée de Terre

AMX 10 RC Serval 2013 - photo Armée de Terre

Une question n'est pas tranchée : qui construira ses engins ? Ou plus exactement doivent-ils absolument être produits en franco-français par l'une des trois entreprises du secteur Nexter, Renault Truck Defense et Panhard (racheté en 2012 par RTD) ? Evidemment, ses entreprises le souhaitent, mais l'absence de discussions stratégiques ne laisse pas d'inquieter. La France doit-elle produire seule ses véhicules ou doit-elle s'associer avec d'autres, voire acheter sur étagères... dans le cadre de partenariats industriels, politiques et militaires ? Sur le thème : je vous achète des blindés légers, vous m'achetez des avions, des canons, des sous-marins ? 


Leclerc Gulf Flacon 2013 Qatar

Leclerc Gulf Flacon 2013 Qatar

La France a produit seul cet excellent char qu'est le Leclerc. En un quart de siècle, elle n'en a vendu (à perte) qu'à un seul pays, les Emirats arabes unis, alors que le Léopard 2 allemand équipe 17 pays... La France a produit seul cet excellent blindé d'infanterie qu'est le VBCI. Elle ne l'a pour l'instant pas encore exporté. 


Les futurs blindés de l'armée de terre doivent-ils être made in France ?

Savoir construire seul un blindé léger présente-t-il encore un caractère stratégique, comme c'est évidemment le cas pour un avion de combat ou un sous-marin ? Sans trancher, il faut en discuter. Cela n'a pas été le cas à Pau. Partie remise ?

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Dassault Aviation delivers a new Falcon 50 MS to the DGA

Sep 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : Dassault Aviation


On 11 September 2013 in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation delivered a Falcon 50 MS to the French defense procurement agency (DGA) to ensure maritime surveillance tasks.


This aircraft is the first in a series of four State-owned Falcon 50B (initially operated by Etec, the French Air Force squadron that ensured presidential and other official flights) to be transformed for maritime surveillance missions. It will join four other Falcon 50 M jets in service in the French Navy since the early 2000s.


The main missions of these aircraft involve search and rescue at sea, surveillance of fishing zones and fighting against trafficking and smuggling.


The project to transform the aircraft for maritime surveillance work involves installing observation windows and a mission control system (provided by Thales) that includes a radar device installed in the nose cone, retractable infrared optronics and an operator’s console in the cabin.


Delivery of the three other Falcon 50 M will be staggered up to early 2015.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
Australian Munitions and Diehl to develop new hand grenade

Sep 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : Thales Group


Thales-owned Australian Munitions and German company Diehl have signed an agreement to co-develop an insensitive munitions variant of the Australian in-service fragmentation hand grenade.


Insensitive Munitions (IM) are designed to only detonate when deployed against a target, and will not detonate as a result of mechanical shocks, fire or impact from shrapnel.


The project follows on from work undertaken by Australian Munitions during its rapid development of a blast variant of the current Australian in-service fragmentation grenade to meet an urgent operational requirement in 2011.


Kevin Wall, Australian Munitions Executive General Manager, said: “Dismounted close combat is the right place to start with the introduction of IM products. We have listened carefully to our customers’ requirements, and it is clear that by working with Diehl we can produce a very effective grenade that increases soldier safety and meets the required performance.”


Frank Kienzler, Head of Diehl’s Land Forces Business Unit, said: “We appreciate being able to contribute our many years of experience in developing and producing insensitive ammunition to the corporate cooperation benefiting the Australian Armed Forces. This is a further step in expanding our strategic cooperation between Thales and Diehl.”

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BAE Selects 4 Firms for Type 26 Frigate Program

Sep. 11, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


LONDON — BAE Systems began selecting key systems suppliers for the Royal Navy Type 26 frigate program now on the drawing board.


Rolls-Royce, MTU, David Brown Gear Systems and Rohde & Schwarz were unveiled as suppliers on the second day of the DSEi defense show in London Sept 11.


The awards will see Rolls-Royce supply its MT30 gas turbine, with MTU responsible for the diesel engines and David Brown the gear box. Rohde & Schwarz will provide the ships integrated communications system.


The Rolls-Royce MT30 is the same engine as the one that will power the Royal Navy’s two 65,000 ton aircraft carriers now under construction.


BAE’s program director, Geoff Searle, said the suppliers were the first of between 30 to 40 companies expected to be selected for major systems deals on Type 26 by the end of the year.


There are about 70 competitions for Type 26 systems. Final supplier selection for major items will be completed in 2014.


The Type 26 program has been in the assessment phase since 2010 and BAE is now refining the design of the warship.


The Royal Navy is planning to buy 13 Type 26’s with the first of the new warships expected to start replacing the current Type 23 fleet in the early 2020s.


It will be the maritime industry’s single biggest surface warship program once the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers are completed late in the decade.


Searle said the Type 26 program is expected to continue through to the 2030s. The warship has primarily a utility role with a bias toward anti-submarine capabilities.


Aside from the firming up of the supply chain, BAE revealed a number of design changes to the 6,000-ton warship. The most significant of those was a switch of the mission bay from the stern of the vessel to a position just behind the helicopter hangar.


The hangar can house a variety of containerised modules of equipment or facilities ranging from mine counter measures to fast intercept craft.


Searle said that moving the mission bay back gave the Royal Navy greater flexibility including possible extension of the hangar space to handle unmanned air vehicles when required.

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BMT Venator-110 multi-mission reconfigurable warship concept. Photo BMT Group Ltd.

BMT Venator-110 multi-mission reconfigurable warship concept. Photo BMT Group Ltd.



12 September 2013 naval-technology.com


BMT Defence Services (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has introduced a BMT Venator-110 multi-mission reconfigurable warship and the Vidar-7 small modern SSK submarine design concepts at the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) 2013 exhibition being held in London, UK.


Developed to offer maximum capability, flexibility and longevity within the limitations of current fiscal constraints, the two platforms will provide maximum whole-life effectiveness and value for money by balancing production, survivability and performance.


In order to map capability and assess the equipment, function and capability trade-offs impact on design parametrers and operational effectiveness, BMT utilised systems engineering approach to design the whole ship.


The BMT Venator-110 multi-mission reconfigurable warship can be used to support maritime security, international engagement and warfighting missions.


In addition to providing capability enhancement options for added future flexibility, the warship features a hullform, developed for open ocean performance and to support reconfigurable top side arrangements, as well as modular mission systems.

"Capable of conducting a range of covert roles in the current challenging economic conditions, the submarine features an affordable design with commercial and military off-the-shelf technologies."


The missions systems can be reconfigured based on the ship's role requirements and the need to dynamic maritime threats.

The BMT Vidar-7 Small Modern SSK concept has a surfaced displacement capacity of 700t and provides sovereign capability at an affordable whole-life cost.


Capable of conducting a range of covert roles in the current challenging economic conditions, the submarine features an affordable design with commercial and military off-the-shelf technologies.


In addition to maximising availability, radius of operation, mission endurance, flexibility, payload capacity and stealth, the new submarine concept will enhance survivability and resilience to weapon effects as well as provides target echo strength reduction.


The BMT Vidar can support missions ranging from anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance and special forces, to training, coastguard, anti-piracy and land strike operation.

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