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Air Force Wants Flexible Munitions It Can Easily Upgrade

September 12th, 2013 by Kris Osborn - defensetech.org

 

The Air Force is in the early stages of engineering a new class of tailorable, flexible weapons designed to embrace new technologies as they emerge and switch seekers or sensors as needed, service officials said.

 

Managed in part by the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate, the flexible weapons program aims to build small, medium and large-sized bombs able to accommodate the latest in emerging technologies and exchange capabilities, Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley told Military​.com in an interview.

 

“This is a great example of how we are looking at open architecture. As you develop new capabilities, it is easy to swap those onto the aircraft system without having to go through huge changes and costs,” said Endsley.

 

By open architecture, Endsley was referring to an effort to build weapons able to switch parts as needed, integrate new software and other technologies as they emerge.

 

The ability to build upon and not limit capability is a major thrust of the flexible weapons program. For instance, the weapons program will be configured to bring the capabilities of GBU-28 bunker busters, precision-guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions and the Small Diameter Bomb II, which is in development.  The guided, air-dropped Small Diameter Bomb II can track targets using an RF seeker, millimeter wave technology and semi-active laser guidance.

 

These modular weapons are slated for development in what’s called a “proof of concept” from 2014 to 2017, said Leo Rose, Air Force Research Laboratory flexible weapon research program manager.

 

“We want to use inexpensive weapons for inexpensive targets and use more capable weapons for higher-value targets,” he said.

 

“If I want to do a modular weapon, then one day I put on an EO/IR (electro-optical/infrared) seeker and the weapon works. Then the next day I put an RF seeker on. There are things I have to do from a technology perspective that enable me to do that,” Rose told Military​.com.

 

The effort involves configuring weapons and the systems they include such as sensors, seekers, control modules, ordnance packages, propulsion system and control actuation systems, Rose explained.

 

“We want a backbone that connects major components together. We’re looking at changing our acquisition philosophy so that we can take advantage of the technologies in the platform and make it easier to do technology refresh,” he added.

 

For example if a new processor, software or seeker becomes available, the flexible weapons program is being designed to integrate that seamlessly by creating common interfaces at the beginning of the developmental process, Rose said.

 

“If we’re going to introduce a new approach to the design of a weapon, we certainly are not going to go backwards in capability,” he explained.

 

The Air Force Research Lab is working to conduct the research needed to reduce the technological risk involved in the flexible weapons acquisition plan. The idea is to streamline technological development, lower risk and significantly reduce costs, Rose explained.

 

“This is a paradigm shift regarding how we approach the business of developing and procuring weapons. Weapons systems are becoming more expensive and the cost of integrating new technologies on weapons platforms is cost prohibitive.”

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14 septembre 2013 6 14 /09 /septembre /2013 11:55
Pacte défense PME : Icarius Aerotechnics certifié par le ministère

13/09/2013 Ministère de la Défense

 

Icarius Aerotechnics, une PME spécialisée dans la maintenance aéronautique, a été certifiée en juin 2013 par le ministère de la Défense. Un certificat de bonne exécution prévu par le Pacte Défense PME, pour aider ces sociétés à conquérir de nouveaux marchés.

 

La Structure intégrée du maintien en condition opérationnelle des matériels aéronautiques du ministère de la Défense (SIMMAD) a décerné en juin dernier un "certificat de bonne exécution" à la société Icarius Aerotechnics. 

Leader mondial dans la maintenance des avions largueurs de type turbopropulseurs, la société, créée en 1993 et implantée dans les Hautes-Alpes sur l'aérodrome de Gap-Tallard, a décroché un marché en 2002 pour la maintenance de cinq avions Pilatus PC6 de l'armée de Terre. Ces avions ayant été engagés dans des opérations lors de l'intervention française au Mali, Icarius a dû réaliser certaines de ces prestations (soutien technique et logistique de la flotte, visite d'entretien, révisions générales des moteurs et des hélices, réparations des organes, accessoires et équipements) sur le terrain en Afrique, et dans des conditions rigoureuses.

Ce certificat est le premier décerné par le ministère de la Défense. Il fait partie des mesures mise en place dans le cadre du Pacte défense PME pour aider les PME à conquérir de nouveaux marchés.

La mesure s'inscrit dans l'action n°15 du Pacte Défense PME.

 

 

Pacte défense PME : Icarius Aerotechnics certifié par le ministère

Action n°15 DU Pacte Défense PME

Faciliter l’accès des PME à de nouveaux marchés hors ministère de la Défense, en France et à l’exportation.
Pour conquérir de nouveaux marchés, les PME doivent souvent disposer de références et de points d’entrée, en particulier dans le domaine de l’ armement.
Afin de les y aider, deux types de labels seront mis en place : un label « DGA testé » et l’attribution d’ un certificat de bonne exécution de marché.

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Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll

Sep 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : Selex ES

 

Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a €14.1M (£12.2M) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide in-service support for the Royal Navy’s GSA8/GPEOD gunfire control system used on Type 23 frigates. The contract, which will last for 10 years, will see Selex ES providing a managed support arrangement for the GSA8/GPEOD which includes background support activities, a number of repairs and the administration of obsolescence issues.

 

“Over the past few years, the team here at Selex ES in Basildon has been successful in delivering difficult repairs and innovative system improvements for the GSA8/GPEOD” said Norman Bone, UK Managing Director at Selex ES. “We’re pleased that the MoD has recognised our team’s dedication and chosen Selex ES to support this equipment going forward”.

 

The GSA8/GPEOD is the gunfire control system for the 4.5” Mk8 Gun fitted to the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates. The system calculates a ballistic solution (where a shell will land) and moves the gun to the appropriate angle for an accurate shot. The General Purpose Electro-Optics Director (GPEOD) is the main optical sensor for naval gunfire support and anti-surface warfare and also provides a general surveillance capability for the frigates.

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The first vehicle completed under the Stryker Double V-Hull exchange programme. Photo General Dynamics.

The first vehicle completed under the Stryker Double V-Hull exchange programme. Photo General Dynamics.

 

Image: The first vehicle completed under the Stryker  exchange programme. .

 

12 September 2013 army-technology.com

 

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has secured a contract for conversion of the US Army's additional flat-bottom Stryker infantry combat vehicles (IFV) to a newer, more survivable double-V hull (DVH) design.

 

Awarded by the army's tank-automotive and armaments command (TACOM)and lifecycle management command (LCMC), the $118m contract covers conversion of a total of 66 vehicles.

 

Involving an exchange of flat-bottom Stryker hulls for the newer DVH design, the Stryker DVH-exchange pilot programme was jointly launched by the army and the company in response to a requirement for additional DVH vehicles and to lower the overall vehicle cost in 2012.

 

The programme was originally focused on evaluating if components from the legacy Stryker flat bottom hull (FBH) variants can be rapidly refurbished and installed on DVH, at a lower cost to developing a new vehicle.

 

Executed by GDLS and the Anniston army depot, the programme was successfully completed in April 2013 with delivery on time and under budget of 52 Stryker vehicles to the army.

"Stryker is an eight-wheel drive armoured vehicle, designed to provide infantrymen with enhanced protection and survivability against artillery fragments, roadside mines and IEDs."

 

The first brigade of double-V hulls-equipped Strykers was deployed in 2011 to enhance protection of Stryker-borne soldiers against roadside mines and improvised explosive devices (IED) blasts in the battlefield.

 

Besides mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP)-like or better survivability, the DVH configuration also features a more rugged suspension system having improved mobility and reduced operating costs.

 

Around two brigades of double-V hull Stryker vehicles were manufactured between July 2010 and July 2013.

 

Final assembly work under the contract will be carried out at Anniston army depot in Alabama, US, with deliveries set to commence in July 2014 and complete by February 2015.

 

Derived from the Canadian light armoured vehicle (LAV) III, Stryker is an eight-wheel drive armoured vehicle, designed to provide infantrymen with enhanced protection and survivability against artillery fragments, roadside mines and IEDs.

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13 septembre 2013 5 13 /09 /septembre /2013 16:55
Sword (JIM LR) photo G. Belan - FOB

Sword (JIM LR) photo G. Belan - FOB

13.09.2013 par Guillaume Belan (FOB)
 

Le Sword de Sagem

Outre le drone Patroller, présenté sur le stand de l’entreprise française au salon britannique de la défense, Sagem a dévoilé à Londres une évolution de sa jumelle multifonctions JIM LR (sur la JIM LR, relire l’article de FOB ici). Baptisé Sword, la JIM LR se dote d’une capacité de détection acoustique de tir, grâce à l’ajout du système Pearl de Metravib-Alcoem (relire l’article de FOB sur le Pearl ici). Outre l’intégration mécanique de la boule de détection sur la JIM LR, Sagem a également réalisé une intégration logicielle afin d’afficher les données de localisation dans la lunette. Depuis l’Afghanistan, la détection acoustique de tir est devenu un incontournable, faisant les beaux jours de la PME française, qui a vendu son système partout dans le monde. Les évolutions sur la portabilité lui permettent aujourd’hui d’être intégrée sur divers systèmes d’armes. Sagem avait réfléchi sur le sujet dans le cadre du programme Felin et étudié une solution de détection installée sur le casques du fantassin (le casque devenant un véritable capteur acoustique), mais les difficultés techniques et humaines se sont avérées trop importantes. Sagem propose également le système de détection acoustique de tir « Deloc » sur le toureleau téléopéré WASP, en service dans l’armée française sur le PVP.  Pour la JIM LR, tout en conservant ses capacités d’observation, l’ajout du Pearl lui permet de devenir un véritable centre de détection multi-capteurs.

(crédits photo: G Belan)

 
DSEI : du nouveau sur les jumelles multifonctions
 

Thales lance la Sophie Lite

L’ autre grand industriel spécialisé dans les jumelle multi-fonctions, c’est Thales, qui a dévoilé sur ce marché une nouveauté durant le salon DSEI. La jumelle optronique Sophie, bien connue et vendue à de nombreux pays, perd du poids et de l’encombrement.  Elle passe de 3 à 1,6 kg, pour des capacités qui ne sont pas revues à la baisse (imagerie thermale/TV/IR/compas/GPS/telemetrie), elle gagne même un pointer laser et une interface flexible pour d’autres applications (ports USB…).

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Selex ES reveals UNIMAST, an innovative approach to integrated naval mast design

Sep 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : Selex ES

 

Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has revealed UNIMAST, its new integrated multi-sensor naval mast at DSEi 2013. UNIMAST brings together air and surface target detection and tracking, communications, IFF and electronic warfare capabilities housed in a single, low-radar cross section profile structure featuring a single management system. The latter integrates the operations of multifunctional 3D AESA radars, phased array IFF operating at Mode 5 and below, optronic systems, communication suites (including tactical data links) and EW systems.

 

UNIMAST offers significant operational effectiveness benefits over the conventional approach of adding and replacing separate mast sub-systems over time, with the risks of sub-optimal performance and mutual interference. Every sensor has an unobstructed field of view, and systems can operate simultaneously without conflicting. All systems can be operated from a common System Manager, which acts as the “brain” of the integrated mast.

 

“The UNIMAST will make a huge difference to a vessel’s operational capability. Historically, Navies installed and qualified multiple sub-systems, and then struggled to operate them simultaneously to their optimum performance - those days are over.” said Lorenzo Mariani, Managing Director of Selex ES’s Land & Naval division, adding; “Our expertise goes from large systems integration through to best-of-breed enabling-sensors and communications, so we’re able to combine systems into a single structure and ensure they operate seamlessly together.”

 

The UNIMAST is a modular system which will be reconfigured depending on the vessel mission.

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Exelis receives $5.4 million order to provide communications installation equipment for international customer

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Sept. 12, 2013 – Exelis

 

Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a direct commercial contract valued at $5.4 million to provide communications installation equipment to an international customer.   

This sale includes SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground and Airborne Communications System) installation kits along with training services for the customer.   As part of this contract Exelis will provide the hardware and training services to support the installation and integration of SINCGARS VHF radios across a broad range of customer vehicles to meet their operational needs.

Exelis has sold more than 600,000 SINCGARS radios along with supporting ancillary devices worldwide.  This fifth generation SINCGARS capability is one half the size of the original radio, contains integrated capability improvements, and maintains a robust encryption protocol. The radio is designed to provide network data services in both mounted and dismounted configurations. In the mounted role the radio works with the Exelis internet controller to provide mobile ad hoc network data services. As a manpack, the radio provides a standard interface allowing a command and control application to access the Tactical Internet.

“With this order, we will provide a key international customer the ability to leverage their installed base of SINCGARS radios, expand the robust and reliable network that SINCGARS provides on the modern battlefield, and enhance their operational mission capability,” said Nick Bobay, president of the Exelis Night Vision and Tactical Communications Systems division.

About Exelis
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers.  We are a leader in critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare, navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, communications and information systems and have strong positions in composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 19,000 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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SLD: The US arms exports future: The 21st century is not the late 20th

10 September 2013 by Robbin Laird - Second Line of Defence

 

In the oft debated and discussed arms transfer export reforms, slow is an understatement. Irrelevance to this century might be another one.

 

The nature of the arms business has changed so much from the late 20th century in response to global manufacturing, that debating which widgets should be on a munitions list (even this nomenclature suggests the problem) is really out of phase with structural shifts in evolving global arms production.

 

A key problem in the United States is that the period since the collapse of the Soviet Union really created an anomaly: the US’s core peer competitor had collapsed leaving the U.S. with a significant cold war arsenal which it could leverage for its own use and for exports. Even though the legacy of 20th century approaches remains dominant – platforms are the focus not capabilities – the stockpiles have dwindled and are not going to be replaced any time soon.

 

And as the U.S. draws down its defense investments, and in the presence of a strategy of sequestration fails to prioritize investments, the major US companies are looking to global exports as a key way ahead. One can not go to a major air show without claims of significant growth in the international market as on offer for U.S. firms to allow them to deal with the uncertainties of DOD investments and the absence of strategy.

 

But such hopes are not founded on 21st century realities.

 

Foreign customers are not looking for the sale of U.S. equipment as end items – and the necessity to deal with ITAR and other regulations breaking down every component inside those end items. The kinds of allies, who are working with the United States, whether in Europe, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America, expect to participate in the production process and to part of the overall evolution of the product. They expect to be part of the production cycle and to benefit industrially from buying any U.S. products.

 

It is no longer about things as end products; it is about participation in processes, which advance military and industrial capabilities.

 

Arms importers have such expectations for several reasons.

 

First, American companies simply do not dominate the global landscape the way they did 30 years ago or even 10 years ago. There are significant global players in Europe and Asia, which have emerged or are emerging to shape new products and processes.

 

Second, there are global competitors, such as the PRC, which are generating technology and global reach and see the global market as a key area within which to shape partnerships for the long term.

 

Third, new industrial players such as Embraer and companies in India will over time become more significant players in shaping the production processes and products for global exports.

 

The U.S. is not unique in the way it once was in terms of production or capabilities. What is unique is the nature of the U.S. military and its global experience and reach. This key asset is fundamental if the U.S. hopes to play a key role in working with allies in shaping new military capabilities, and amortizing the costs of defense production.

 

But this will be done so in the face of 21st century production processes, in which prime contactors are responsible for the development and delivery of final product, but do so by sitting on top of global supply chains. The global suppliers are just that and are found in commercial as well as military domains and produce parts, which are inherently dual use.

 

The cases of the 787, the A350 and the F-35 are quite similar in terms of the primes being the focal point of a significant global effort to shape supply chains which enable the delivery of new and capable products.

 

But the global nature of the supply chain is conceptualized differently from controls provided by a munitions list.

 

The F-35 program has been built on a number of de facto reforms shaping a global approach and could be leveraged as an important element of shaping further reforms. But what is interesting in the debate about the F-35 in the U.S. is how rarely the global production aspect even shows up in that debate.

 

It is as if the U.S. can debate its own defense future regardless of the allied commitments and engagement in the production of the F-35, which is underway.

 

There are a number of new products on the market, which are as good or better than US products, A330 tankers and A400MS or FREMM frigates come quickly to mind. But the real point is not simply that there are alternatives, but that the production processes themselves are changing.

 

A key example of the change involves South Korea. South Korea is an important partner of the United States and Europe in shaping new defense capabilities moving forward.

 

Two dramatically differently examples involve ships and helicopters.

 

With regard to ships, South Korean technology has been significant in allowing the U.S. to build a more cost effective and capable logistics support ship.

 

When SLD visited the USNS Montford Point, we had a chance to talk with the CEO of the NASSCO shipyard building the ship. Harris highlighted the processes followed by the Asian yards, and their commitment to a tight planning and design process prior to building any ship.

 

He told a story about a meeting which he had in South Korea with a US Congressman in attendance. The shipbuilder was asked how many ships he had built that year and his answer was something on the order of more than 270. The Congressman asked the shipbuilder: How did you get that good?

 

The South Korean shipbuilder paused and then answered: “We learned from the US during World War II in building the Liberty Ships as manufactured products. We started there and have been working to improve on that model.”

 

According to Harris, South Korean yards have contributed significantly to the design and production of the ship. One key example he gave was with regard to a technology transfer from South Korea to the US.

 

“The deck is 1 ¾ inches of steel. Relying on US methods, we would need multiple passes to build this steel plate on the deck. We called Hyundai on the phone and said: what do you do? One pass. Will you share that with us? Yes. We’ll share it with you.

 

“They shared it all with us, and it’s a process that we have here where you put powdered metal in the joint, it’s actually broken up pieces of weld material. And you autonomously weld, and you fuse all that together. And you build a crown when you put that material in. And it really is fantastic.

 

“The process lead to very little, if any, weld rejects. The issue with one pass for us was we were seeing some weld reject. And we don’t want weld reject. But the Koreans, used a two-pass system. And their joint design was very different than our joint design. We quickly qualified the joint design to the USN spec requirements.

 

“Harris highlighted throughout the interview the importance of the partnership for improving the design and manufacturing process and making it a more exacting effort to drive out cost and to enhance manufacturing performance.”

 

A second example is the partnership between Eurocopter and South Korea in building a new version of the Super Puma being built in South Korea and available for global export. According to Norbert Duclot, the head of Eurocopter in Asia:

 

“In 2006 we signed an agreement with KAI which has led to the development of the Surion helicopter for the Republic of Korea Army Aviation (ROKAA). The helicopter first went into service this year. The South Koreans are planning to acquire 245 of these helicopters and to derive several versions of the helicopter.

 

“It really is a Korean helicopter. One needs to realize that about 80% of the helicopter has been redesigned by the South Koreans; it is not simply license production for it is a newly designed helicopter.

 

“And we have an agreement to export this helicopter with them to selected markets. This is not a problem for us for the helicopter has no equivalent in the Eurocopter line. It is a new build 8.5-ton helicopter.

 

“The South Koreans and Japanese are really at the top of the game globally in terms of production technologies and techniques. We have advantages currently in design and having mature technologies available to the market place; but really the South Koreans and Japanese have much to teach the world in terms of production technologies and approaches.”

 

These two examples highlight how production and development processes are becoming global in ways that do not prioritize U.S. capabilities.

 

To succeed, U.S. firms need to be part of these processes and not managed by munitions lists.

 

In shaping a new regime for the control of defense exports, the reality of working with allies in a global supply chain needs to be prioritized, rather than debating which widgets they are “allowed” to get, which probably came from them in the first place.

 

And new regulations by allies require such a shift. For example, the EU requires direct offsets in defense, not indirect offsets in defense as part of any arms deal going forward. This means that if the old F-16 model were being relied on rather than the new global production F-35 model, the U.S. generated aircraft would not be in play.

 

The new approach is going to generate changes for which a backward looking arms control process simply is not prepared. Take the example of weapons for the F-35 fleet going forward.

 

With the F-35 fleet coming to the Pacific, a little noticed aspect of the program is how it augments the market for those weapons manufacturers whose weapons are on the platform. An entire weapons revolution is enabled by the F-35 in which key developments such as off-boarding of weapons are enabled. What this means is that weapons can be fired by other platforms, whether air, sea or land based, while the aircraft is determining target sets.

 

Even though the U.S. has been the core architect for the aircraft, the implementation of the fleet will not be solely and perhaps primarily American. The diversity of global weapon suppliers – European, Israeli, and Asian – will seek to integrate their products onto the F-35.

 

There are two examples already in play of how allies can work with the F-35 to weaponize the aircraft to the benefit of the entire fleet. The first example is the inclusion of a Norwegian missile on the F-35. Indeed, for Norway, a key element of the F-35 decision by Norway was the acceptance of the integration of a new Kongsberg missile onto the F-35 itself.

 

Through the development of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), the Norwegian Armed Forces has established KONGSBERG and other Norwegian industry in the top tier as a supplier of long-range, precision strike missiles that will meet military requirements in a 20 to 30-year perspective.

 

Historically, a Norwegian selection of an aircraft and a decision to integrate a missile on that aircraft would be largely for Norway or whoever else chose that aircraft and the series variant of that aircraft. This would not likely be a large natural market.

 

With the F-35 the situation is totally different.

 

The F-35A to be purchased by Norway has the same software as every other global F-35, and so integration on the Norwegian F-35 provides an instant global marketplace for Kongsberg. And the international team marketing the aircraft – is de facto – working for Kongsberg as well.

 

It is very likely, for example, that Asian partners in the F-35 will find this capability to be extremely interesting and important. And so Kongsberg’s global reach is embedded in the global reach of the F-35 itself.

 

The second example is the development of the Meteor missile by the European consortium MBDA Systems. The new Meteor missile developed by MBDA is a representative of a new generation of air combat missiles for a wide gamut of new air systems. It can be fitted on the F-35, the Eurofighter, Rafale, Gripen and other 21st century aircraft.

 

In short, the 21st century development and production processes are not the 20th.

 

Putting in place policy processes which are in this century not the last are crucial if the U.S .is to cope with fiscal stringencies and yet work more effectively with global allies who expect to part of the evolution of capabilities, not the receivers of an end product.

 

It would also be helpful if the continual attacks on “foreign” suppliers would stop from the Congress. The tanker offered by Northrop and then EADS was an imported airframe, full stop. It also has been delivered to many of the world’s air forces while the USAF is waiting for the “American” tanker. The full out attack on the Super Tucano for daring to enter the US marketplace as a “foreign” product even though to be build in the United States and thereby become part of the Embraer global supply chain is another.

 

These kind of rear guard actions simply worsen the ability of U.S. firms to work abroad and to be part of the reality of 21st century global supply chains.

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ELDIG FRT Meeting with EDA at DSEI

September 13, 2013 by EXPAL

 

The European Land Defence Industrial Group (ELDIG) of the AeroSpace and Defence European Association (ASD) held its Fast Reaction Team (FRT) meeting at the 2013 DSEI event in London, with attendance from a majority of important European companies in the land sector. The meeting was hosted at EXPAL's booth at the exhibition. EXPAL is now chairing the ELDIG group until the next Eurosatory Exhibition (Paris, June 2014), following Navantia's chairmanship last year.

 

European Defence Agency (EDA) also attended the meeting through its industry and market directorate. At the EDA / ELDIG joint meeting, a follow-up review of the various land initiatives that both organisations are promoting, like the future land systems (FLS) Roadmap, an implementation plan that identified main areas, capabilities and key technologies to develop and sustain within Europe in the coming years.

 

The ELDIG's initiative on unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) was also discussed as an example of a programme that fulfills FLS objectives, providing operative capabilities within EU armies and enabling the EU industry to position itself as a key player in the world market. UGVs are essential for European armies and may be considered as a flagship programme to develop main capabilities and novelty technologies for land systems.

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MBDA & LM co-operation achieves 1st missile launch from a MK 41 launcher using ExLS

Sep 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : MBDA

 

MBDA and Lockheed Martin demonstrated the first launch of a Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) from Lockheed Martin’s MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) launcher using the host variant of the Extensible Launching System (ExLS).

 

This is the first test by MBDA and Lockheed Martin since the May 2013 announcement of cooperation between the two companies to offer MBDA missile systems for use with the MK 41 and ExLS family of launchers. The test used MBDA’s soft vertical launch technology to eject the CAMM from its canister and position the missile for main motor ignition. The trial is the first in a series to demonstrate that the CAMM can be installed using ExLS in vessels that use the MK 41 launcher or on the 3-cell stand-alone ExLS CAMM launcher.

 

Announcing the result of the trial, Paul Mead, Business Development Director for MBDA said, “This first CAMM trial is an example of how MBDA and Lockheed Martin are offering the global MK 41 customer base a real choice in which missile they use. The missile offers a wide range of benefits, not least its active seeker, as well as low impact of installation on-board due to the soft vertical launch method. This is the start of what we hope will be a wider range of MBDA missile systems available to Lockheed Martin vertical launcher users.”

 

“The multi-missile MK 41 VLS has fundamentally changed the way world navies think about sea-launched weapons by providing the flexibility to respond to numerous threats," said George Barton, vice president of business development of Ship & Aviation Systems for Lockheed Martin's Mission System and Training business. "Our partnership with MBDA allows us to grow the MK 41 multi-missile capability and offer our customers an outstanding VLS launcher alternative.”

 

Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with MBDA, is developing a 3-cell stand-alone ExLS CAMM launcher for those navies whose ships cannot accommodate the larger MK 41 VLS but desire the superior missile packing density, survivability and reliability that the 8-cell MK 41 launcher has been offering for over 30 years to 13 navies worldwide.

 

The trial was carried out on the 10th of September near Bedford, England, using a MK 41 launcher outfitted with a host ExLS.

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Saab Multispectral Camouflage Nets For Canada

12/09/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Canada's Department of National Defence has placed an £8.2 million order for Saab Barracuda's MCS (Multispectral Camouflage System) nets.

 

Details of this contract emerged at the DSEI (Defence Security and Equipment International) event in London, which opened on 10 September and runs until tomorrow. Further options give the Department of National Defence the chance to order more nets, if required, between now and 2018.

 

The Saab Multispectral Camouflage System is designed to protect military vehicles on the move against optical and infrared target acquisition systems. It blends actual camouflage material with thermal protection, radar protection and near-infrared protection technologies.

 

Multispectral Camouflage System

 

Armoured vehicles tend to have a sizable cross section which, especially when operating in hot conditions, makes them more visible to enemy forces. Saab's Multispectral Camouflage System counters this effect by incorporating a non-glossy surface into its netting. As a result, vehicles wearing it are much harder to pick out.

 

‘Colours, near-infrared values and patterns can be adapted to the environmental conditions of the intended region', Saab explains. 'Conspicuous parts of the vehicle can be furnished with additional contour disrupters.'

 

Saab Camouflage

 

Saab Barracuda LLC is based in North Carolina and specialises in manufacturing and supplying low-observability military products, headed by its ULCANS (Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Net System).

 

Some 50 nations have now been supplied with Saab camouflage products. Combined, these systems serve to protect vehicles, camps and armed forces personnel against enemy sensors and target acquisition technologies.

 

"Saab has an unrivalled leading position in the world within Signature Management technology", said Saab Barracuda's Managing Director, Anders Wiman. "We continue to attract and retain new and existing customers around the globe."

 

The Canadian Department of National Defence was established in 1923, so celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. The Canadian's Government's highest-staffed department, equipped with the largest budget, it is tasked with defending the nation, both nationally and internationally.

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Raytheon UK Receives 1st Order for its Latest GPS Anti-Jam Prototype

Sep 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation

 

Raytheon UK has taken its first order for a pre-production MiniGAS, the latest in GPS Anti-Jam technology, designed and manufactured by the company in the U.K. This contract, awarded by an undisclosed customer, requires Raytheon UK to produce demonstrator units for customer evaluation.

 

MiniGAS is the latest in Raytheon's GPS Anti-Jam family of products, and it aims to be the lightest and smallest GPS Anti-Jamming system produced by Raytheon UK. It will have flexible form factors, suited to land, unmanned aerial vehicles and missile platforms. Raytheon is also producing demonstration units of its Landshield high performance digital Anti-Jam product for customer evaluation.

 

As well as developing new products, Raytheon has also received an order for a further 100 of its Advanced Digital Antenna Production (ADAP) systems with the U.S. government. To date, more than 500 ADAP systems and more than 6,600 GAS-1 systems have been delivered to the U.S. government and other international customers over the course of 15 years.

 

Richard Daniel, defense director for Raytheon UK, said: "Raytheon UK is a world leader in the production and supply of GPS Anti-Jamming systems to the majority of the world's military forces. These contracts and milestones demonstrate that we continue to make advancements in new systems, ensuring that Raytheon's systems continue to meet the latest platform requirements."

 

Raytheon continues to deliver GPS Anti-Jam systems to Northrop Grumman Italia to be used in the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, and the company has also delivered a significant number of systems for the Airbus Military A400M aircraft. The company also completed the delivery of its first order for its latest GPS Anti-Jam Land product to the UK Ministry of Defence within six months of contract award.

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Russia to Arm Warships With Pantsir Air Defense System

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti)

 

A naval variant of the Pantsir short-range air defense system will enter service with the Russian Navy in about two years, one of the system’s developers said Wednesday.

 

“The Defense Ministry showed great interest in the naval variant of the Pantsir. It has been decided that several destroyers and other large warships will be modernized to accommodate the system,” said Dmitry Konoplev, managing director of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.

 

“I think that it will be done in the near future, in the next year or two,” Konoplev said.

 

The ground version of the Pantsir is a combined gun-missile air defense system featuring a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannons and up to a dozen 57E6 radio-command-guided short-range missiles.

 

The system is designed to take on a variety of targets flying at low level, including cruise missiles and aircraft, and can effectively engage targets at up to 20 kilometers.

 

A maneuverable track-bearing variant is currently being developed by Russia’s High Precision Weapons corporation, to be put in service with the Russian Ground Forces and Airborne Troops in the near future.

 

Meanwhile, the High Precision Weapons corporation has started work on the development of a next-generation Pantsir system, expected to be completed in 2017.

 

“I think we will see a completely new Pantsir in about three years. Its technical characteristics will be absolutely superior to those that the existing system has,” the company’s general director, Alexander Denisov, told RIA Novosti.

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Thales : une offre pour blindés avec Renault Trucks Defense

11/09/13 Challenges.fr

 

Renault Trucks Défense (RTD) et Thales présentent une offre commune pour l'équipement des unités blindées interarmes ou de sécurité. Ces deux industriels, leader dans leur domaine d'activité respectif, ont décidé de s'associer pour proposer "une offre complète sur étagère".

 

Cette offre permet ainsi à un client de s'équiper avec des unités du niveau compagnie ou bataillon, comprenant les blindés VAB Mk3 et Sherpa de Renault Trucks Defense et un système de mission réalisé par Thales et adapté à chaque variante de véhicule. Ce package permet ainsi, dans le cas d'un bataillon, de disposer d'une force de 85 blindés numérisés, dont des VAB Mk3 en configuration Véhicule Transport de Troupes (VTT) ou Véhicule de Combat d'Infanterie (VCI), disposant de la même architecture électronique (Battlenet Inside de RTD), et bénéficiant de Comm@nder Battlegroup, "un système de commandement Thales éprouvé". Les deux industriels s'engagent à fournir au client un système opérationnel clé en main.

 

Cette offre packagée s'étend également aux unités de reconnaissance et de surveillance du champ de bataille. L'offre comprend ainsi des Bastion et des ALTV d'ACMAT, qui servent de plates-formes pour la mise en oeuvre des capteurs du groupe Thales : optronique jour/nuit, radar de surveillance du champ de bataille, intercepteurs de communications ou capteurs NRBC. Cette offre s'adresse également à des ministères de l'Intérieur car ces unités peuvent également être employées dans des missions de contrôle des frontières ou de protection d'infrastructures critiques.

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SEDE debates the European Defence Industrial Base

 

The SEDE subcommittee will discuss the draft report on the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base by Rapporteur Michael Gahler (EPP).
 
When : 18 September 2013, 9:30-13:00       

Further information meeting documents
Organisation des industries de défense en Europe source ead-minerve.fr

Organisation des industries de défense en Europe source ead-minerve.fr

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Robusta - source GEII Nîmes

Robusta - source GEII Nîmes

12/09 Par Les Echos

 

Alors qu'ils existent depuis les années 1960, les programmes de lancement de nanosatellites se multiplient depuis dix ans.

 

Le marché des nano et microsatellites entame un nouveau décollage. Ces satellites, qui se caractérisent par un poids ultraléger (entre 1 et 10 kilos pour un nanosatellite, et 10 à 100 kilos pour un microsatellite) sont restés relativement confidentiels, jusqu'aux années 1990. Aucun ne sera même envoyé dans l'espace entre 1971 et 1989. Depuis le début des années 1990, les lancements ont cependant repris avec une intensité croissante. Selon SpaceWorks Commercial, une entreprise spécialisée dans la prospective qui travaille avec la Nasa, les lancements de satellites ayant un poids compris entre 1 et 50 kilos ont même augmenté de 8,6 % en moyenne sur la période allant de 2000 à 2012. Cette croissance s'explique notamment par l'apparition de la technologie Cube Sat, de petits satellites cubiques qui tiennent dans une main, ainsi que par l'essor de la microélectronique. Ces satellites miniatures sont la forme privilégiée actuellement par les unités de recherche universitaire, commerciale et gouvernementale.

 

Suprématie américaine

 

L'étude SpaceWorks, qui se base sur tous les projets rendus publics de construction et de lancement en cours ou à venir, prévoit une accélération de cette tendance. Elle anticipe une augmentation de 17 % des lancements sur la période 2013-2020. L'année dernière, 35 lancements ont eu lieu. En 2020, ils seront entre 121 et 188 selon les prévisions.

 

L'Amérique du Nord domine le secteur. Selon la société d'analyse Euroconsult, on recense plusieurs acteurs européens (en Ecosse, au Danemark, en Italie et en Hollande) et un acteur notable en Colombie. En France, l'université de Montpellier se positionne avec le projet Robusta. Sur les 325 lancements prévus de 2013 à 2015, seul une soixantaine ne seront pas effectués par les Etats-Unis.

 

Jusqu'en 2012, les lancements, étaient réalisés pour 60 % d'entre eux par le secteur civil, majoritairement par des universités, les satellites étant lancés pour la recherche et l'avancée technologique. Mais ces deux prochaines années, les nanosatellites seront de plus en plus souvent lancés pour des raisons militaires. Alors que 8 % des engins lancés en 2012 l'étaient par l'industrie de la défense et de l'espionnage, ils seront 30 % en 2015. Ainsi la recherche universitaire et les télécommunications perdront-elles de l'importance face aux missions d'observation et de reconnaissance. Les experts soulignent en revanche un « obstacle » à l'utilisation croissante de ces nano et microsatellites. Ne pouvant pas justifier à eux seuls le coût d'un lancement, ils doivent trouver une place lors des lancements de satellites plus gros. Ils pourraient également constituer « un problème en matière de débris présents dans le ciel ». Comme ils n'ont pas leur propre système de propulsion, ils ne peuvent se désorbiter seuls.

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Barco and Thales team up to provide turnkey Local Situational Awareness solutions for armoured vehicles

Sep 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : Thales Group

 

Visualization experts Barco and the optronics business of Thales UK, a leader in military vehicle sensor systems, are pooling their expertise and experience in digital video electronic architectures to provide turnkey Local Situational Awareness (LSA) solutions for armoured vehicles.

 

The new partnership creates a scalable, innovative approach to LSA systems that will enable armoured vehicle manufacturers, integrators and operators to cut costs, reduce risk and save time compared to when integrating solutions separately.

 

The world’s leading armoured vehicle manufacturers and system integrators choose Thales and Barco for their LSA systems. Barco supplies rugged displays, computers and networked visualization systems while Thales provides market-leading military weapon aiming and surveillance systems, advanced processing and sensors technology. All are selected for their innovative features and high-quality imagery, as well as their compliance to the latest vehicle architecture standards for land army applications.

 

The British Army’s Specialist Vehicle (Scout SV) programme, for example, employs a Barco’s gunner and commander crew stations, triple-head driver’s displays, and ultra-low latency video processing unit, together with Thales weapons sighting and LSA sensor system, including stabilised digital gunnery and panoramic sights, daylight, low-light and thermal imaging camera clusters.  All LSA system elements comply with the UK MoD’s latest Defence Standard 23-09 for Generic Vehicle Architectures.

 

“We both have ample expertise and experience in developing digital video electronic architectures for defence applications, each with our own area of technical expertise. This has led to multiple common references around the world,” confirms Steven Luys, Vice-President Strategic Marketing Defense & Aerospace at Barco.  “Barco and Thales share a common passion for innovation and a sense of customer focus. We are both global market leaders, so it is logical to join forces and bundle our products into an all-in-one, ready-integrated LSA solution, instead of delivering each system independently.”

 

“By working closely together, we can help our customers save the costs, time and risk normally associated with large development programmes,” said Marion Broughton, Vice President of Land and Air Systems at Thales UK. “We are confident that our new partnership and the joint solutions it enables will be a bid-winning formula for success that will be very positively received in the industry.”

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Russie: la version navale du système Pantsir livrée à l'armée en 2014 ou 2015

MOSCOU, 11 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

La version navale du système antiaérien Pantsir sera livrée à l'armée russe dans un ou deux ans, a annoncé mercredi à Moscou Dmitri Konoplev, directeur du Bureau d'études KBP de Toula.

 

"Le ministère russe de la Défense est très intéressé à la version navale de Pantsir. Nous avons décidé de moderniser plusieurs destroyers et autres grands navires en vue de les adapter à Pantsir. Les travaux sont déjà en cours. Et je pense que cela sera fait dans un an ou deux", a indiqué M.Konoplev devant les journalistes.

 

Le système de combat Pantsir comprend des missiles et des obus d'artillerie. Les premiers, d'une portée de 20 kilomètres, se déplacent à la vitesse de 1.000 mètres par seconde et sont capables de neutraliser les cibles évoluant à une altitude oscillant entre 2 mètres et 15 kilomètres. Les seconds, d'une portée de 4 kilomètres, détruisent les cibles navales ou aériennes à une altitude allant de 0 à 3 kilomètres. Le Pantsir est en mesure de frapper quatre cibles simultanément. Créé en 1994, le Pantsir a plus tard été modernisé.

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New 40mm Ammunition for Australia

Sep 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : ST Kinetics

 

Australian Munitions and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics) have signed an agreement to cooperate in Australia and New Zealand for the development, manufacturing and marketing of ST Kinetics’ world-leading 40mm low velocity, extended range, and air bursting ammunition.

 

The two companies will focus on making new 40mm capabilities available to the Australian Department of Defence and establishing supply from within Australia. They will also look to introduce an innovative supply chain approach which includes reciprocation of supply.

 

ST Kinetics designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of 40mm weapons and ammunition, Fire Control Units and ammunition as systems, and has an unrivalled pedigree in this essential battlefield capability. Its innovative 40mm ammunition solutions also include air bursting, camera surveillance and even self-destruct rounds. The company’s 40mm ammunition is currently in service with a number of ABCA (American, British, Canadian, Australian) countries.

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Défense : pourquoi les industriels la jouent profil bas

12/09/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Les industriels de la défense ont accueilli la loi de programmation militaire avec une certaine mesure. Même si certains avancent 20.000 suppressions d'emplois en raison de la baisse programmé des crédits budgétaires. Explications.

 

Les industriels de la défense sont partagés. Tout au long de l'université d'été de la défense, qui s'est tenue lundi et mardi à Pau, ils ont été très mesurés dans leur propos pour commenter la loi de programmation militaire (LPM), qui prévoit 190 milliards d'euros sur la période 2014-2019 pour les forces armées, dont 6,1 milliards de ressources exceptionnelles (REX). Pourquoi une telle prudence? Parce qu'ils ne peuvent pas occulter le contexte général budgétaire très contraint en France et en Europe et concomitamment l'effort réalisé et arbitré par le président François Hollande pour les armées... alors que les scénarii les plus cauchemardesques avaient circulé au printemps.« On s'en sort bien », estime même un militaire haut gradé. Et c'est peu de le dire. Aussi, tous s'accordent ou presque à reconnaitre sur les bouts des lèvres que cette LPM est la moins mauvaise.

 

Pas question de passer pour des enfants gâtés

C'est bien ce qui gêne les industriels de critiquer beaucoup plus ouvertement la baisse des crédits budgétaires - on les a connus plus combattifs par le passé - en faveur de la défense. Car c'est indéniable que la trajectoire financière s'est bien réorientée par rapport à celle de l'actuelle LPM construite par l'ancien gouvernement de François Fillon. Mais comme l'a rappelé mardi à Pau le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, à l'université d'été de la défense, « le renouvellement de nos équipements sera assuré, même si cela ne peut se faire au rythme, irréaliste, préconisé avant la crise par la précédente loi ».

Pas question de passer pour des enfants gâtés qui quémandent un peu plus d'argent en dépit de la crise qui frappe tous les Français. Et surtout, ils savent combien le ministre, bien aidé par les présidents PS des commissions de la défense de l'Assemblée nationale et du Sénat, Patricia Adam et Jean-Louis Carrère, s'est battu comme un beau diable pour obtenir le niveau de crédits arbitré par François Hollande. Soit 31,4 milliards d'euros les trois premières années.

 

Le point clé : l'exécution de la loi,

Une prudence certes. Mais une exigence. Les industriels - tout comme le ministre d'ailleurs pour qui « l'enjeu, c'est la sincérité de cette programmation » - veulent une LPM exécutée dans sa totalité en dépit de certains paris plus ou moins difficiles. C'est le cas des fameuses REX (6,1 milliards sur six ans), de l'exportation du Rafale notamment, et des économies sur la masse salariale (4,4 milliards d'euros). « L'exécution est le point clé de cette LPM », souligne le numéro deux de Thales, Patrice Caine.

C'est aussi tout le sens de la tribune publiée dans le journal « Le Monde » par les PDG de sept plus grands groupes d'armement français (1). « Le défi est immense pour la prochaine programmation, expliquent-ils, puisqu'elle devra ni plus ni moins être la première à être intégralement exécutée. Elle devra recréer une relation de confiance avec l'industrie qui passera par le respect des engagements pris et par une sincérité budgétaire, corollaire d'une visibilité à moyen et long terme indispensable à la survie de nos outils de production, et des emplois qui y sont associés ». Pas un mot en revanche sur la baisse des crédits et leurs conséquences.

 

20.000 suppressions d'emplois

Pour autant, cette retenue, certains s'en démarquent. Non par provocation mais pour rappeler que les crédits budgétaires destinés à la défense font vivre tout un tissu industriel et donc des salariés (165.000 emplois dans la filière). Le président du Conseil des industries de défense françaises (Cidef), Christian Mons, estime que dans cette LPM par rapport à la précédente, « il y a un déficit de l'ordre d'un milliard d'euros par an sur les premières années et la perte de l'inflation ». Soit une conséquence sur l'emploi qu'il chiffre à 20.000 suppressions de postes, dont 15.000 dans les 4.000 PME, qui vivent sur le marché de l'armement.

Dans la filière navale, chère à Jean-Yves Le Drian, certains évaluent à 1.600 les pertes d'emplois (hors DCNS) en raison de l'étalement de deux programmes emblématiques, les sous-marins Barracuda (600 emplois menacés) et les frégates FREMM (entre 800 et 1.000). Des suppressions d'emplois qui toucheront la sous-traitance à Cherbourg, à Lorient et au niveau national ...et qui ne se verront pas forcément visibles pour l'opinion publique. Car il n'y aura pas forcément de grands plans sociaux. Christian Mons estime enfin que les grandes entreprises vont mieux s'en tirer car elle vont rapatrier la sous-traitance une fois les contrats achevés.

(1) Eric Trappier (PDG de Dassault Aviation), Patrick Boissier (PDG de DCNS), Marwan Lahoud (président d'EADS France), Antoine Bouvier (PDG de MBDA), Philippe Burtin (Directeur général de Nexter Systems), Jean-Paul Herteman (PDG de Safran) et Jean-Bernard Lévy (PDG de Thales)

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RTD and Thales present packaged solutions for digitised armoured units

11 September 2013 Thales

 

DSEI, London, 11 September 2013 – Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) and Thales are proud to present a new range of solutions for combined arms armoured units and security agencies. The two companies are leaders in their respective fields and have partnered up to propose a complete range of packaged "off-the-shelf" solutions to customers.

 

Each package for company or battalion level units includes VAB Mk3 and Sherpa armoured vehicles from Renault Trucks Defense with mission systems developed by Thales and tailored to each vehicle variant. At battalion level, for example, a fleet of up to 85 digitised vehicles, including VAB Mk3 armoured vehicle in APC (Armoured Personal Carrier) or IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) configurations, can be delivered with the same electronic architecture (Battlenet Inside from RTD) and the field-proven Comm@nder Battlegroup command system from Thales. RTD and Thales committo providing a fully operational system on a turnkey basis.

 

Other packaged solutions are available for battlefield reconnaissance and surveillance units, based on the Bastion and ALTV platforms from ACMAT (a subsidiary of RTD), with sensor suites from Thales including day/night optronics, battlefield surveillance radars, COMINT systems and CBRN sensors. These solutions are also suitable for domestic security agencies deploying the same units on border control and critical infrastructure protection missions.

 

RTD and Thales are long-term partners and the packaged solutions available today are based on well-developed technologies. The two companies presented an ALTV vehicle configured for border surveillance at Milipol 2011 and a digitised version of the VAB Mk3 at Eurosatory 2012. A Special Forces version of the Sherpa equipped with Thales sensors was presented at the Sofins special operations event in 2013.

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BAE picks partners for Type 26 frigate work

LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI)

 

Electronics company Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd has been picked by BAE Systems as the preferred partner for the design phase of the integrated communications system.

 

The system is being designed for the future Royal Navy Type 26 Global Combat Ship and the company's selection follows a year-long screening process by BAE Systems.

 

"The Rohde & Schwarz proposal for the Type 26 is at the forefront of technology and includes innovative systems to truly deliver a state of the art communications system, Rohde & Schwarz said. "This, coupled with proven high reliability, will in turn reduce the through life cost with respect to support and provide the Royal Navy with improved efficiency of resources, high system availability and operational performance."

 

The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a new class of frigate.

 

In related news, Rolls-Royce reports that BAE Systems has contracted it to design the gas turbine system for ship.

 

Rolls-Royce will work together with BAE Systems and Tognum, Rolls-Royce's collaboration company with Daimler, to design the propulsion system, which will combine the Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine with four of Tognum's MTU high-speed diesel generator sets.

 

"The Type 26 will combine a range of marine technologies, and it is the sophisticated integration of this equipment that will ensure these ships will be highly flexible and efficient, whatever the mission," said Don Roussinos, president of Rolls-Royce' Naval business unit.

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Raytheon upgrading Phalanx weapon systems

TUCSON, Sept. 11 (UPI)

 

A $136.2 million contract has been given to Raytheon by the U.S. Navy for the re-manufacture, overhaul and upgrade of Phalanx Close-in Weapons Systems.

 

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats.

 

The contract is for work on 19 Phalanx systems. It also provides for production of four SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense Systems, the company said, and has a $94 million option for fiscal year 2014 to produce an additional dozen Phalanx systems and four more SeaRams.

 

"Phalanx is a vital ship self-defense system, providing the critical inner-layer of protection to sailors, Marines and ships," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.

 

"With SeaRAM comes a significant extension of that inner-layer battle space and the capacity to effectively engage multiple high-performance threats. Raytheon's ability to re-manufacture Phalanx equivalent to new manufacture condition -- in appearance, operation and performance -- provides a significant cost savings to our customers."

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Fleet Canada Inc. To Provide Parts For Chinook CH-47

September 11, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

News release from Fleet Canada:

 

FORT ERIE, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 11th, 2013 – Fleet Canada Inc is proud to announce the award of a supplier contract from The Boeing Company to supply subassemblies for the Chinook CH-47 helicopter. This is an exciting development in the continuing growth at the facility, whose manufacturing history in the area dates back to 1930.

 

The scope of work in this package includes of the forward pylon, work platforms, and pylon kits. The new contract follows another Chinook contract that was awarded in 2011 for the manufacture and assembly of the Front Cockpit Nose Enclosure.

 

“Fleet is proud to be part of this iconic program for the world’s largest aerospace company. This contract represents a significant award for our locally owned and operated company and reinforces the pride we have in our workforce. We have a talented and dedicated team with a very bright future ahead,” remarked Glenn Stansfield, President and C.E.O of Fleet Canada Inc.

 

This award represents a significant increase in the rotorcraft and military markets for Fleet and is in keeping with our strategy of diversification of our business. This work will highlight the effectiveness across the broad skill set Fleet Canada has to offer. We look forward to future opportunities with Boeing and our other valued customers.

 

This new work package for Fleet is aligned with Boeing’s 90-year history and long-term commitment to engage with Canadian industry in areas of high value defense and aerospace work. This contract was awarded to Fleet based on their capabilities and competitiveness, as well as, how this work will support the fulfillment of Boeing’s Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) programs. Canada’s IRB policy requires prime contractors, such as Boeing, to make investments in the Canadian economy as a result of winning defense and security contracts with the government of Canada. Boeing has four active IRB programs tied to the procurement of the CC-177 airlifter and support; ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system, CH-147 helicopter and support, and the Mercury Global program. Through successful implementation of these IRB programs, Boeing continues to support Canada’s position as a global leader in aerospace by creating long-term, high-value opportunities with Canadian industry

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Présentation du rapport d'exportation d'armement

11 sept. 2013 ministeredeladefense

 

Mercredi 11 septembre 2013 à 17h30, le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a présenté le rapport sur les exportations d'armement en 2012 devant les parlementaires des trois commissions Défense et Affaires étrangères de l'Assemblée nationale et du Sénat, à l'Hôtel de Brienne.

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