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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
US Army Awards Raytheon $54 M for Excalibur Ib

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation

 

    New variant will provide increased precision, greater range

 

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $54 million contract for the procurement of the second lot of the Excalibur Ib artillery round.

 

The Excalibur Ib is a precision-guided artillery projectile based on Raytheon's combat-proven Excalibur Ia-1 and Ia-2, a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability in any environment.

 

"No other artillery round comes close to doing what Excalibur does for the warfighter," said Kevin Matthies, Raytheon Missile Systems' Excalibur program director. "The Excalibur Ib will not only provide industry-leading precision for the warfighter, it will also improve reliability and lower the unit cost."

 

With more than 690 rounds fired in theater to date, Excalibur is the revolutionary precision projectile for the U.S. Army and Marines. By using Excalibur's level of precision, there is a major reduction in the time, cost and logistical burden traditionally associated with using artillery munitions. Analyses have shown that on average it takes 10 to 50 conventional munitions to accomplish what one Excalibur can.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 18:50
Sea Ceptor missile trial in Sweden [Picture MBDA UK Ltd]

Sea Ceptor missile trial in Sweden [Picture MBDA UK Ltd]

Sea Ceptor missile trial in Sweden [Picture MBDA UK Ltd]

 

10 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

A new naval air defence system that can intercept and destroy enemy missiles is to be manufactured in the UK under a £250 million contract.

 

Sea Ceptor, which will be fitted to the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates and, in future, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, is a cutting-edge missile designed and built by MBDA.

Capable of travelling at speeds of more than 2,000 miles per hour, it will be able to intercept multiple targets and protect an area out to a range of 25 kilometres.

It will complement the longer range Sea Viper system on the Type 45 destroyers, providing the Royal Navy with a full range of missile systems to defeat current and future threats.

Speaking at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition at London’s ExCeL Centre, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the contract to manufacture Sea Ceptor will sustain around 250 jobs at MBDA sites in Stevenage, Filton and Lostock.

It is also estimated that a further 250 jobs will be secured in companies in the supply chain.

Computer-generated image of the Sea Ceptor missile system
Computer-generated image of the Sea Ceptor missile system [Picture: Copyright MBDA UK Ltd]

MOD has also extended an agreement made with MBDA in 2010 to manage the UK’s complex weapons portfolio. Under this agreement, MOD and MBDA are working together to deliver savings of around £1 billion over the next decade.

Mr Hammond said:

The production of Sea Ceptor will be a huge boost to the UK’s world-leading missile industry, providing hundreds of jobs, and once again proves our commitment to providing battle-winning technology to our Armed Forces. Having balanced the defence budget we continue to order new equipment for our forces with confidence.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas said:

I am delighted by this announcement which marks an important milestone in the Sea Ceptor project. This state-of-the-art missile system is part of an exciting renaissance in our naval equipment programme – and when fitted to Royal Navy frigates it will further enhance our global authority as a leading maritime power.

Although Sea Ceptor will initially be used by the Royal Navy, its flexible design means that in future it could also be adapted for use by the Army and RAF.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 18:50
UK's Hammond Announces Missile Deal

Sep. 10, 2013 - by ANDREW CHUTER  - Defense News

 

At DSEi, Defense Minister Also Resists EU 'Interference'

 

LONDON — Britain’s Defence Secretary Philip Hammond opened this year’s DSEi defense and security exhibition in London with a £250 million (US $391 million) deal for missile maker MBDA and a broadside for European Union plans to reform the defense sector.

 

Hammond announced the production deal for the Sea Ceptor missile, which will provide air defense for the Royal Navy’s Type 23 and later Type 26 frigate fleet.

 

The contract follows a £483 million development deal, signed in December 2011, to get the missile into service in 2016.

 

The Sea Ceptor, the naval variant of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile, is the first of several contracts or selection announcements due this week at DSEi.

 

BAE Systems is likely to roll out several suppliers selected for the Royal Navy’s upcoming Type 26 frigate program. Rolls-Royce, with the MT30 gas turbine, is likely to top the list of suppliers announced on Wednesday.

 

An order for a fourth F-35B joint strike fighter to join three jets already delivered to the British for operational evaluation is possible by the end of the week.

 

While the missile industry here will have welcomed the defense secretary’s speech, the same can’t be said of the European Union.

 

Hammond said Britain will resist EU attempts to interfere in the defense market as outlined in a policy paper published by the commission in July.

 

The British are invariably opposed to further regulations and oversight by Brussels and are expected to hold a referendum in the next few years on whether to stay in the European Union.

 

Hammond told this DSEi audience of industry executives and military personnel that on this issue, his German counterpart has also been expressing reservations about the ideas scheduled to be considered at a EU defense ministers summit in December.

 

The British defense secretary said that some of the proposals, such as improving competition in the internal defense market and support for small- and medium-sized enterprises, were welcome

 

Other proposals were not. “Interference in defense exports and government-to-government defense sales represent a significant extension of the commission’s role and is not necessarily in the best interests of the UK defense industry and will be resisted,” Hammond said. “We will carefully eye potential interference from Brussels,” he said

 

“We don’t believe, and we are not alone — my German counterpart speaks with vigor in this area as well — that increased competitiveness in the defense industry means actually more competition, not less. We cannot embrace a solution that feels like somebody in Brussels is directing some kind of latter-day command policy,” Hammond said.

 

“For Europe to stand a chance in the global defense industry of the future we have to have products that are exportable. It’s no longer going to be enough for three or four European countries to get together. Typically that will not create enough demand. We want to to see an approach supportive of the industry which doesn’t try and deliver that support by imposing a solution which is actually anti-competitive. The UK would be very resistant to that,” he said.

 

The Brussels policy paper recommends a series of reforms aimed at what the EU reckons is required to create a more competitive and efficient defense and security in the face of falling defense budgets across the region.

 

Howard Wheeldon, of Wheeldon Strategic Advisory, said Hammond’s attack on Brussels was “absolutely justified and the words he used were the [ones] industry would support. However, actions speak louder than words.”

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 18:45
Mozambique signs patrol, interceptor vessel contract with CMN

10 September 2013 by defenceWeb

 

The Mozambican government has signed a $200 million deal with French shipyard CMN to build three patrol vessels, three fast interceptors and 24 fishing trawlers. The contract represents a major boost to Mozambique’s small Navy.

 

Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie (CMN) will spend two years building the vessels, which include three 32 metre and three 42 metre patrol vessels, according to MCN owner Iskandar Safa, who announced the deal at a press conference on Thursday.

 

The contract covers three Ocean Eagle 43 patrol vessels, featuring an innovative trimaran design ideal for shallow waters. The model has a top speed of 30 knots and a range of 3 000 miles at 20 knots. Crew complement is seven, but another eight people can be accommodated aboard. A small helipad can accommodate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like the Schiebel Camcopter while a seven metre rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) can be launched from a ramp at the back of the vessel. Weapons options include a 20 or 30 mm cannon above the bridge and two 12.7 mm machineguns at the stern.

 

The HSI 32 interceptors are able to reach speeds of up to 45 knots and can undertake patrols for three days, with a range of 800 miles. Weapon options include a remotely operated 20 mm cannon and two 12.7 mm machineguns. A RHIB can be launched from the back of the boat. Crew complement is 12. These vessels are ideal for anti-piracy, anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling missions.

 

The order for 24 trawlers involves the CMN 23.5 model, crewed by eight and having an endurance of ten days. Deliveries should take place by 2016.

 

The new vessels ordered from France will provide a major boost to Mozambique’s small navy, especially in light of recent offshore oil and natural gas finds. At present the country’s small navy comprises a single Conejera class patrol craft (Pebane) donated by Spain, a couple of Namacurra class harbour patrol boats donated by South Africa and around ten small patrol craft, including RHIBs

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Serious business for South African companies at DSEI

10 September 2013 by Jonathan Katzenellenbogen – defenceWeb

 

With its sizeable pavilion at the DSEI show in London this week, South Africa continues to signal that it has the products and is keen to grow its share of world defence markets. The DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) exhibition is the world’s largest defence show to combine land, air, and sea elements, say the organisers.

 

Although defence spending is likely to face severe pressures over the next decade in Europe and the US, the show is bigger than ever in terms of number of visitors and exhibitors. Growth in defence spending in Asia and the Middle East will drive much of the growth in the international security market in the next decade.

 

Over the four days of the show, held every two years, about 30 000 visitors are expected at the ExCel centre in the docklands area of London. There are more than 1 500 exhibitors, compared to a little over 1 100 at the most recent International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi. DSEI builds on Britain as an international centre for business, rather than as a big market itself, sometimes called “the Wimbledon effect”.

 

South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry paid around R6 million for its stand at the show. On the pavilion are stands for smaller South African companies whose presence is funded by the Department.

 

Government’s signal of the importance to which it attaches to the show is indicated by the presence of a sizeable delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Tabang Makwetla and the Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke.

 

Without the presence of the heavyweights Denel and Armscor in the pavilion, the stand lacks an impressive focus. In previous years the two big state owned companies were on the South African stand.

 

The nearby Denel stand is dominated by the company’s heavy calibre gun and mortar that will be the main weapons mounted on the Badger infantry combat vehicle for the South African army. The GI-30 30 mm cannon and the M10 60 mm mortar system were launched earlier in SA, but today marks their international debut. Denel has already sold the turret and gun to Malaysia and intends to pursue other international opportunities.

 

On the morning the show opened the weapons had stirred some intense interest from a Chinese delegation who could be seen photographing the systems from a number of angles.

 

The smaller companies on the South African national stand are:

parachute manufacturer, Aerodyne Research, luxury vehicle armourer, Armormax, special purpose vehicle supplier, DCD Protected Mobility, fuse manufacturer, Fuchs Electronics, electronic warfare equipment manufacturer, GEW Technologies, ultra-high intensity searchlight supplier, Megaray, protected vehicle supplier, Osprea Logistics, electronic technology solution supplier, Parsec, antenna designer and supplier, Poynting Antennas, data modem product maker, RapidM, camp system supplier, Redeployable Camp Systems, communication and data solution company Tellumat, secure military communications provider, Reutech Communications, firearms manufacturer Truvelo, marine vessels builder Veecraft Marine, Reutech Radar Systems, grenade launcher maker, Rippel Effect Systems, power pack supplier, Shelhurst Components, specialised electronics maker, Shrike Marine, and helmet and body armour maker, Zebra Armour.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 17:50
Supacat Debut the LRV 400 Light Recce Vehicle at DSEI 2013

 

 

September 10, 2013 defense-update.com

 

The Supacat LRV 400 unveiled today at DSEI 2013 is a militarized variant of Qt Services’ successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

 

Supacat is launching the Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at the DSEi 2013 exhibition opened in London today. The vehicle is designed as a low cost, high performance capability for special forces, border patrol, reconnaissance, rapid intervention and light strike roles. Offering light forces supreme levels of all-terrain mobility, the LRV 400 is able to be tactically loaded within a CH-47 Chinook with its full operational payload on board.

 

The LRV 400 is a militarized variant of Qt Services’ successful `Wildcat` off-road motorsport vehicle, which has a proven record on the Rally Raid circuit and has earned a reputation for rugged reliability and high speeds over rough terrain.

 

Using a fresh approach, Supacat have teamed with Qt to modify and integrate the COTS vehicle to military standards, thus providing an affordable capability using proven technology. The LRV 400 fills the gap in Supacat’s product portfolio between the heavier `Jackal` surveillance, reconnaissance and patrol vehicle and the smaller All-Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP).

 

“The LRV 400 meets the gap in the military market for a light reconnaissance vehicle with an overall capability as close to that of Jackal as possible, but smaller and at less cost by adopting a COTS approach. We’ve taken motorsports’ best of breed in Qt’s Wildcat and modified it to military specification using Supacat’s proven expertise in developing Jackal,” said Jamie Clarke, Head of Marketing & Communications, Supacat. “Supreme performance and tactical CH-47 internal loading have been key targets on this project. The users will be able to drive in and drive out without the need to offload their payload or to conduct any lengthy preparation for flight. When they get there, they will be afforded the very best terrain access and operational capability. Applying motorsport technology to Defence applications is an exciting approach and one that will deliver unrivalled performance”.

 

The LRV 400 has evolved out of customer feedback on a proof-of-concept closed cab demonstrator developed by Supacat and Qt in 2011. Wildcat’s tubular space-frame chassis and state of the art suspension are critical to the LRV’s performance and rugged reliability. The display vehicle at DSEi is shown in a three crew configuration of commander, driver and gunner but the flexibility of the space-frame design allows the LRV 400 to be easily re-configured to meet different operational roles.

 

With a Gross Vehicle Weight of 3500kg, a width of 1.8m and a height of 1.8m (weapon removed or lowered) the LRV 400 is easily air portable in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. It boasts a maximum speed of 106 mph (170km/h) and a range of 1000km. Payload is up to 1400 kg, depending on customer specification and configuration. It can be fitted with a range of powertrain options – the display vehicle has a Ford 3.2-litre, 5-cylinder diesel engine developing 236 hp and 550 Nm torque coupled to a Ford-supplied 6-speed automatic gearbox and two-speed transfer box however, other engine and transmission options are available.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 17:40
Russie: 9,7 mds USD d'armements exportés en 2013 (Rosoboronexport)

MOSCOU, 9 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

Au début du mois de septembre, l'agence russe d'exportation d'armements Rosoboronexport a rempli à 75% (pour 9,7 milliards de dollars) son plan annuel de ventes à l'étranger d'armements et de matériel militaire, a annoncé lundi à RIA Novosti l'adjoint du directeur général de l'agence Viktor Komardine.

 

Les sommes n'ont pas été publiées par l'agence. Toutefois, Rosoboronexport a annoncé en 2012 avoir exporté des armes pour un montant de 12,9 milliards de dollars. En mai 2013, son directeur général Anatoli Issaïkine a déclaré que le plan de 2013 ne serait pas inférieur à celui de 2012, c'est-à-dire qu'il se chiffrerait à 13 milliards de dollars.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 17:40
Russie: l'armée va tester de nouvelles roquettes thermobariques

Lance-flamme lourd TOS-1A "Bouratino"

 

MOSCOU, 9 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

L'armée russe procèdera prochainement aux tirs d'essai d'une nouvelle roquette thermobarique destinée au lance-flammes lourd TOS-1A "Bouratino", annonce lundi le service de presse du District militaire du Sud dans un communiqué.

"Lors des exercices qui se dérouleront prochainement sur le polygone de Prouboï dans la région de Volgograd, les troupes procèderont aux essais de nouvelles roquettes thermobariques tirées par le lance-flamme lourd  TOS-1A", indique le communiqué.
Selon les militaires, la nouvelle roquette possède une portée de près de six kilomètres et sa puissance de destruction a été augmentée de 20% par rapport à la roquette existante.

Par ailleurs, l'armée procèdera également à des tirs sur le nouveau lance-flammes à roquette Smel-M.

Les exercices devraient impliquer plus de 1.000 militaires et plus de 120 véhicules, selon le communiqué.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
DCNS équipe les nouveaux sous-marins britanniques

SNA du type Astute. crédits : ROYAL NAVY

 

10/09/2013 Mer et Marine

 

On le sait peu, mais le groupe français est, désormais, un fournisseur régulier de l’industrie navale britannique dans le cadre des grands programmes de la Royal Navy. DCNS a, ainsi, travaillé pour les six nouveaux destroyers lance-missiles du type 45, dont la tête de série (HMS Daring) est en service depuis juillet 2009 et le dernier exemplaire (HMS Duncan) sera prochainement livré par BAE Systems. Agissant pour le compte du groupe britannique, DCNS a réalisé sur son site de Nantes-Indret les groupes turbo-alternateurs des T45, ainsi que les lanceurs verticaux Sylver (destinés à accueillir les missiles surface-air Aster), fournis par son établissement charentais de Ruelle.

 

Dans le même temps, le groupe français a discrètement remporté, en 2001, un contrat pour la livraison d’équipements destinés aux nouveaux sous-marins nucléaires d’attaque du type Astute. Il s’agit, dans ce cas, de la conception et de la réalisation des échangeurs embarqués sur ces bâtiments. Ces échangeurs, chargés d’assurer les fonctions de refroidissement à bord des sous-marins, sont réalisés à raison de deux exemplaires par SNA. Les quatre derniers équipements, destinés aux sixième et septième Astute, dernières unités de la série, viennent d’être commandés par BAE Systems.  Livrables d’ici la mi-2016, ils sont produits par Indret. Le centre ligérien de DCNS, spécialisé dans les systèmes propulsifs, s’appuie sur un long savoir-faire, ayant conçu et réalisé plus de 500 échangeurs, dont 170 équipant des sous-marins conventionnels et nucléaires de 10 marines dans le monde. « La conception et la réalisation des échangeurs font appel à un savoir-faire technologique très particulier. DCNS a acquis ces compétences au travers de la réalisation de différents programmes de sous-marins conventionnels ou nucléaires, (et) apporte son expérience des équipements haute pression en proposant un système sur mesure répondant aux performances d’endurance, de rendement avec un haut degré de discrétion acoustique », précise le groupe naval.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 12:40
Le BPC russe Vladivostok sera bien mis à l'eau à la mi-octobre à Saint-Nazaire

06.09.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense
 

En dépit de sa légendaire discrétion, le chantier naval nazairien a confirmé à mes collègues de la rédaction local d'Ouest-France que le premier des deux BPC russes sera mis à l'eau vers le 15 octobre.

Le 26 juillet, ce BPC, le Vladivostok, a été "jumboïsé" aux chantiers STX (cliquer ici pour lire mon post d'alors). C'est-à-dire que les deux tronçons: celui réalisé sur place et l'autre acheminé par mer depuis la Russie et arrivé à Saint-Nazaire trois jours avant (cliquer ici pour lire un post sur ce sujet), ont été "collés" pour constituer la coque.

Une fois mis à l'eau, ce BPC sera aménagé et équipé de ses systèmes d'armes. Sa livraison interviendra au troisième trimestre 2014.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 12:30
Netline to Supply C-Guard Reactive IED Jammers and Hawk AI Mobile Phone Interception Systems to NATO Armies

Netline Announces Win of Tenders to Supply C-Guard Reactive IED Jammers and Hawk AI Mobile Phone Interception Systems to NATO Armies

 

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Netline Communications Technologies

 

    Both systems will be on display at DSEI 2013

 

Netline Communications Technologies (NCT) Ltd. - a leading producer of high-end electronic warfare and spectrum dominance systems for defense forces and homeland security agencies - has won tenders to supply C-Guard Reactive IED Jammers and Hawk AI mobile phone interception systems to NATO countries. The C-Guard was selected in three tenders, with one of the orders delivered within 45 days and immediately shipped to a combat area. In addition, during the same time period, the Hawk AI also won a tender and was supplied to a NATO army. Both the Hawk AI mobile phone interception systems and the C-Guard RJ Man-Pack System will be on display at DSEi Exhibition, London, September 10-13, Israel National Pavilion, South Hall, Booth #S8-235.

 

HAWK AI

Netline’s Hawk AI provides active mobile phone interception in a variety of configurations including Vehicular or Fixed, Portable Trolley, Man-Pack, and Covert Backpack. The Hawk AI system performs real-time cellular monitoring, covering GSM/DCS, PCS, UMTS and other standards. The system simulates a full Man-in-the-Middle cellular base station by providing best operation parameters for mobile phones in the operating area. Mobile phones in the area register to the fake base station (BTS), thus enabling monitoring by the system.

 

Among its many advanced features, the system measures distance to and from captured mobiles, displays captured mobile phone locations on a map, and performs real-time 2G voice conversation monitoring. The Hawk AI maintains high voice quality and minimum delay by using a digital audio interface that enables voice biometric recognition. All 3G calls on cell phones that are set to dual mode are automatically converted to 2G for eavesdropping, and all calls pass through the system capturing both parties in conversation. The system enables selective blocking of specific phone numbers based on any identity parameters, and can lock target mobiles out-of-service according to standard GSM/UMTS protocol.

 

C-GUARD RJ

The cutting-edge C-Guard RJ Man-Pack achieves full coverage in a single device that is carried by one fighter, coping with all threat bands up to 2.5/3/6 GHz.  The system incorporates a wideband receiver that continuously performs broadband spectral analysis. Upon detection of a suspected transmission, a corresponding jamming signal is rapidly generated.

 

Compact, lightweight, and easily field-programmed, C-Guard RJ is designed for easy and rapid deployment, under even the harshest environmental conditions. The system is equipped with long mission-life rechargeable batteries, and can also be installed in a vehicle and powered by the vehicle's battery.

 

According to Yallon Bahat, VP Marketing of Netline, "We are very happy to present our two unique new solutions in the areas of interception and jamming at the exhibition. They are the result of significant investment in research and development, and enable us to offer our customers the most advanced solutions available in today's market. Both systems - which will be on display at our booth - have been sold and are being used by major defense forces. We invite you to visit us and learn more about these exciting new solutions."

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Elbit Launches at DSEI 2013: ELSAT 2000E

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Elbit Systems Ltd

 

    Low Profile, Small Footprint, Lightweight Military Satellite Communications Satellite-On-The-Move Antenna

    Based on its field proven next-generation passive waveguide array planar antenna technology, ELSAT 2000E delivers double the performance of its predecessor, the ELSAT 2000

 

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today the launch of ELSAT 2000E, a new member of the MSR-2000 terminal family featuring vehicular, airborne and maritime Satellite-On-The-Move (SOTM) antennas. Based on its field proven next-generation passive waveguide array planar panel antenna technology, the ELSAT 2000E supersedes and significantly improves the performance of the previous generation ELSAT 2000, which was based on the less efficient printed circuit multi-element panel technology.

 

The ELSAT 2000E is a 50cm diameter and 15Kg low profile small footprint lightweight rugged bi-directional Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM)  Satellite-On-The-Move (SOTM)  antenna with outstanding deployment versatility, efficiency and performance for its size and weight.

 

Based on the same new generation planar antenna technology as the ELSAT 2100, 80cm diameter SOTM antenna, ELSAT 2000E delivers over double the performance and efficiency of its predecessor the ELSAT 2000 in same form factor with better RF capabilities, enabling 30Mbps downlink and 5Mbps uplink speeds.

 

The system features an advanced triple tracking mechanism with a 90 degree elevation capability for superior SOTM tracking and relocking.  The ELSAT 2000E features a G/T of 7 dB/k (including Radom loss) and ideal radiation pattern, perfect for demanding high performance SOTM applications where there are mounting space and/or weight limitations.

 

Both 50cm/15Kg ELSAT 2000E and the larger 80cm/38Kg ELSAT 2100 deliver outstanding SOTM performance as well as superior efficiency, enabling customers the flexibility to select the right SOTM solution for their application and deployment requirements.  Both ELSAT 2000E and ELSAT 2100 are ideal for demanding high performance Defense, Security and Tactical Military SOTM applications, designed for Ku and extended Ku band operation.

 

As the ELSAT 2100, ELSAT 2000E is fully integrated with Elbit’s InterSKY® 4M, enabling breakthrough performance and efficiency enhancements. The integration within Elbit's C4I military systems ensures seamless broadband connectivity in LOS, BLOS and OTH combat arenas, positioning InterSKY® 4M as a leading Tactical Military SatCom Platform.

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Army Sets Date to Release Much-Anticipated Industrial Base Report

The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, is building Abrams tanks the Army says it doesn't need. (General Dynamics Land Systems)

 

Sep. 8, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News

 

STERLING HEIGHTS, MICH. — The US Army has set itself a Dec. 15 deadline to brief Congress on the results of a comprehensive study of its ground vehicle industrial base that it began in 2012, according to a draft document obtained by Defense News.

 

The Army contracted with consulting firm AT Kearney to do the study early last year, and service leaders hope it will shed more light on which defense companies are most at risk and, more importantly, which key second- and third-tier suppliers must be supported in order to keep their lines running during the coming vehicle-procurement lull.

 

The 18-page July document, titled “M1 Abrams Tank Upgrade and Bradley Fighting Vehicle Industrial Base Study Preliminary Findings,” says that when it comes to heavy manufacturing capacity the US defense sector actually “exceeds known demand for current programs and for planned future programs.”

 

The problem, according to military vehicle manufacturers like General Dynamics Land Systems and BAE Systems, is that the demand for ground vehicles is about to take a serious — and dangerous — dip once Abrams and Bradley new builds end in 2015.

 

The report recognizes that, saying “the demand profile for programs within the Army’s ground combat systems indicate a significant decrease in demand between 2015 and 2019” as many programs transition from production to sustainment. If programs like the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) and the new Marine Corps amphibious vehicles survive the coming budget ax, production will ramp up sharply in 2019. But until then, “the industrial base’s current manufacturing network has a significant amount of overcapacity.”

 

Overall, the Pentagon will have to gut its budget by about $20 billion in fiscal 2014 if the sequestration cuts are unchanged by a deal between the White House and Congress, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit on Sept. 4.

 

Speaking at an event in Washington on July 29, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno warned that none of the above programs are safe. Due to sequestration, the Army may be forced to delay or even cancel the GCV program. Since the Army is having a hard time figuring out how to take savings out of personnel accounts, “we have to consider everything,” he said.

 

When it comes to the health of the ground vehicle industrial base, “one of the impacts that is most overlooked is the effect on small businesses” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of vehicle systems for BAE Systems.

 

During a tour of the company’s engineering and prototyping center in Sterling Hills, Mich., Signorelli called the shuttering of some small, specialized businesses that supply parts to the defense industry “a major loss.”

 

He added that the Army understands the concerns of industry and the two are working together to try to retain key capabilities that will be difficult to maintain absent new domestic or foreign orders before 2019.

 

“We’ve mitigated the major risks” in fiscal 2014 for the company’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle line, he said, “but we still can’t support the entire supply base. There will be layoffs.”

 

While there have already been layoffs among the major defense suppliers as wartime production demands have waned, “I don’t think we’ve seen the effects of sequestration yet,” he warned.

 

Signorelli said the company’s Bradley manufacturing line at York, Pa., will run out of work in the middle of 2015, barring any extra reset or new build work. That would leave it dormant for more than two years before any GCV or AMPV work comes along, providing the company wins either contract.

 

Even if the GCV makes it to full production, however, it “would be impacted” by any damage done to the supplier base that makes up the Bradley industrial base, said Deepak Bazaz, head of GCV design and development for BAE.

 

Another critical manufacturing base, the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, where General Dynamics manufactures the Abrams tank, actually received an injection of $181 million more than the Army requested in fiscal 2013, which the service is using to buy more tanks — vehicles the Army has repeatedly said it doesn’t want or need.

 

But lobbying by General Dynamics has paid off in the form of $114 million to buy 12 new Abrams M1A2 Systems Enhancement Program tanks for the National Guard by December 2015. The Army will also purchase 48 more transmissions from Allison Transmission for $26 million and spend $41 million on additional forward-looking infrared sensors to keep those segments of the industrial base warm through the end of 2015.

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Terrier Demonstrating Innovation in Military Vehicles at DSEI

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

BAE Systems’ Terrier® Combat Engineer Vehicle, the most advanced combat engineer vehicle which delivers uncompromising performance from a medium weight chassis, is on display on the BAE Systems stand at DSEI

 

The latest vehicle to be accepted into service with the British Army, Terrier has been designed with an integrated electronic architecture which facilitates ‘drive-by-wire’ and remote control making the vehicle highly capable, survivable and adaptable.

 

Likened to a combat ‘Swiss Army Knife’, Terrier is one of the most versatile, agile and adaptable combat vehicles and can carry out multiple roles in the most demanding battlefield conditions. Typical applications include providing mobility support (obstacle and route clearance), counter-mobility (digging of anti-tank ditches and other obstacles) and survivability (digging of trenches and Armoured Fighting Vehicle slots). With a flying weight of 32 tonnes, which allows it to be transported in the A400M airlifter, Terrier provides strategic air transportability as well as being extremely mobile on the ground on all terrains, reaching speeds of up to 70 kph and with a road range of 600km.

 

Terrier is the first combat vehicle with drive-by-wire technology and “special to role” computers which manage the automotive and combat engineer systems respectively allowing electronic signals sent by the vehicle’s computers to perform functions. Physical connections are maintained between the driver and the essential automotive systems for safety and survivability reasons, but the vehicle is capable of being fully controlled via the commander’s joysticks through the drive-by-wire systems and the front loader and the excavator arm hydraulic systems are fully controlled through the databus.

 

Moreover, the vehicle can be operated by wireless remote control up to 1km away, using a gaming type controller and remote cameras.  The remote control interface would be readily recognised by any computer gamer, making this capability easy for new recruits to learn.

 

David Bond, Managing Director of Combat Vehicles (UK) said: “With Terrier making its first ever appearance at an international defence exhibition, we anticipate plenty of interest from international markets and customers keen to see the benefits of the most up to date technological advancements in armoured vehicle technology as well as confirming our position as the UK’s leading design authority on combat engineer vehicles”

 

In addition to the Terrier vehicle, BAE Systems has delivered a full suite of integrated logistic support and a complete state of the art training capability including mission and scenario based training using innovative student led exploration to maximise engagement and knowledge retention. Operators and maintainers are trained simultaneously through a combination of high fidelity, full motion simulators, virtual emulations of the vehicle and its systems and hands-on ‘live’ experience.  An initial five year programme of Contractor Logistic Support covering fleet management, technical advice, maintenance and logistics support was commenced on 1 April 2013.

 

Sixty vehicles are being delivered under the programme which are being built in Newcastle.

 

Terrier® is a registered trademark of the Secretary State for Defence

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Le Groupe Nexter sera présent au salon DSEI 2013

10.09.2013 Nexter Group

 

… et dévoilera la nouvelle référence en termes de mobilité du soldat

 

Héritier d'une industrie nationale multiséculaire, Nexter est un des leaders européens de la défense terrestre. Le groupe Nexter propose aujourd'hui une vaste gamme de systèmes de défense terrestre et équipe plus d'une centaine d'armées à travers le monde.

 

Du 10 au 13 septembre 2013, le Groupe Nexter dévoilera sur son stand (N8-160) une multitude de produits dont des véhicules blindés (VBCI) ainsi que l'ensemble de son offre de munitions et d'équipements produits par ses filiales (N7-460).

 

Véritable atout de l'Armée française lors des conflits en Afghanistan, au Liban et au Mali, le Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) 8x8 sera à l'honneur sur le stand Nexter (N8-160), mais également dans l'aire d'exposition statique des forces françaises où aura lieu une conférence sur le RETEX Mali. Nexter Munitions présentera également sa gamme complète de produits (munitions du moyen au gros calibre).

 

Sur le stand N7-460, les équipements Nexter seront à l'honneur et les filiales du groupe présenteront quelques-uns de leurs produits les plus novateurs : notamment Nexter Mechanics avec son système centralisé de gonflage de pneumatiques Syegon® et son siège anti-mines Safepro® ; NBC-Sys avec ses systèmes de protection contre les menaces nucléaires, radiologiques, biologiques ou chimiques (NRBC) ; Nexter Robotics (robots terrestres et aéroterrestres) avec le robot NERVA® ; Optsys (systèmes optomécaniques et optoélectroniques) qui dévoilera pour la première fois son tout dernier démonstrateur technologique « Optsee » ; et enfin Nexter Systems avec son Système d’Information Terminal FINDERS C2®.

 

Parce que l'innovation est notre moteur et que le Groupe Nexter ne cesse de développer de nouvelles références dans le secteur de la défense, Nexter Systems vous invite le second jour du salon, mercredi à 10h, sur son stand pour découvrir en avant-première son tout nouveau système.

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Fincantieri Lays Keel of the Sixth Fremm Frigate

Sept. 10, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Fincantieri; issued Sept. 6, 2013)

(Issued in Italian only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

 

Riva Trigoso: Fincantieri Lays Keel of the Frigate “Luigi Rizzo”

 

Today at the Riva Trigoso shipyard, near Genoa, Fincantieri held a ceremony marking the laying of the keel of the frigate "Luigi Rizzo", the sixth ship of the FREMM program.

 

This event continues the construction of the European Multi-Mission Frigates, which remains to date the most important joint initiative between European industries in the field of naval defense.

 

The vessel, which will be delivered in early 2017, will be about 144 meters long, 19.7 wide, and will have a full load displacement of about 6,700 tons.

 

She will be able to reach a top speed of over 27 knots, and will accommodate up to 200 people.

 

The ship will be characterized by a high operational flexibility, and will have the ability to operate in multiple scenarios, particularly to maintain the security of the Mediterranean basin.

 

The ships of the FREMM program will represent the authority of the Italian state and of the European Union in the Mediterranean, and will replace the Italian navy’s "Lupo" and "Maestrale" class frigates, built by Fincantieri in the seventies.

 

The initiative involves the participation as prime contractor for Italy of Horizon Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, Finmeccanica 49%) and for France of Armaris (DCNS + Thales).

 

This cooperative program has built on the positive experience of the previous French-Italian program "Horizon" that led to the creation of two destroyers for the Italian Navy, the '"Andrea Doria" and "Caio Duilio".

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Nexter Robotics dévoile son nouveau robot NERVA S

t annonce le lancement commercial du système NERVA® LG lors du salon DSEI 2013

 

DSEI, Londres, le 10 septembre 2013 – Nexter Group

 

A l'occasion du salon de la défense et de la sécurité DSEI 2013 à Londres, Nexter Robotics, la filiale du Groupe Nexter entièrement consacrée aux systèmes robotiques, a dévoilé NERVA® S, un robot plus petit que le NERVA® LG, dédié à l'observation. Avec NERVA® S, Nexter Robotics enrichit sa gamme de produits en introduisant des robots très abordables tout en continuant à proposer le même niveau de résistance opérationnelle et de facilité de manœuvre sur le terrain.

 

Nexter Robotics a également annoncé le lancement commercial de son système robotique NERVA® LG. Fruit d'une approche itérative combinant étroitement des essais opérationnels et des ajustements techniques, le NERVA® LG répond exactement aux exigences opérationnelles et propose une technologie aboutie à un prix extrêmement abordable. Outre une résistance à toute épreuve (jetable, complètement résistant à l'eau, etc.), le robot peut être commandé par un PC, une tablette ou un smartphone standard et propose des fonctionnalités semi-autonomes pour diminuer la charge de travail de l'opérateur (navigation par points de cheminement ou retour à la base automatique une fois la mission achevée). La plate-forme NERVA® LG peut être équipée d'un grand choix de charges utiles standard ou dédiées. Par exemple, la version de reconnaissance est proposée avec une caméra infrarouge thermique (8-12 µ), la vision diurne panoramique (360°) et un bloc d'interconnexion général (Ethernet, USB, vidéo, etc.) qui permet d'équiper la plate-forme robotique de n'importe quel type d'équipement conforme aux standards les plus répandus.

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OPTSYS présente OPTSee, son nouveau démonstrateur de savoir-faire,

et annonce son partenariat avec SCHOTT pendant DSEI

 

DSEI, Londres, le 10 septembre 2013 – Nexter Group

 

Acteur français reconnu de la vision protégée à bord de véhicules blindés, la société OPTSYS, filiale du Groupe Nexter, propose à l'occasion du salon DSEI un démonstrateur innovant, OPTSee, pour la présentation de ses produits. De manière dynamique et interactive, la cellule de démonstration permet de découvrir l'ensemble de la gamme produit OPTSYS.

 

Le démonstrateur sera équipé de sa gamme DVE (Driver Vision Enhancement) et notamment de deux innovations phares, et uniques sur le marché, répondant aux contraintes d'encombrement et d'intégration à bord d'un véhicule militaire. D'abord, le ViDOK, module vidéo indépendant, compact et économique permettant d'ajouter une voie vidéo à n'importe quel épiscope grâce à son système d'attache innovant : une solution intéressante économiquement pour la modernisation d'un véhicule type M113. Ensuite, RuDi, un écran de recopie tactile et durci qui s'intègre facilement dans n'importe quelle configuration de véhicule grâce à ses connecteurs orientables.

 

Par ailleurs, OPTSYS confirme sa position d'acteur reconnu sur le marché LSAS puisqu'il produit en série depuis 2012 son système ViPer (Vision 360°) dont vous pourrez découvrir la dernière évolution ViPER 361° sur le démonstrateur.

 

Enfin, OPTSYS poursuit sa volonté d'être un partenaire solide et une référence dans la vision protégée. Dans ce sens, OPTSYS vient de conclure un accord de partenariat avec SCHOTT, s'affichant ainsi en tant qu'intégrateur de solution complète de vitrage blindé à forte valeur ajoutée.

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Both variants of the LCS class at sea photo USN

Both variants of the LCS class at sea photo USN

Sept. 09, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Congressional Research Service; issued Sept. 3, 2013)

 

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background and Issues for Congress Ronald O'Rourke


The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a relatively inexpensive Navy surface combatant equipped with modular “plug-and-fight” mission packages for countering mines, small boats, and diesel-electric submarines, particularly in littoral (i.e., near-shore) waters.

Navy plans call for fielding a total force of 52 LCSs. Twelve LCSs were funded from FY2005 through FY2012. Another four (LCSs 13 through 16) were funded in FY2013, although funding for those four ships has been reduced by the March 1, 2013, sequester on FY2013 funding. The Navy’s proposed FY2014 budget requests $1,793.0 million for four more LCSs (LCSs 17 through 20), or an average of about $448 million per ship.

Two very different LCS designs are being built. One was developed by an industry team led by Lockheed; the other was developed by an industry team that was led by General Dynamics. The Lockheed design is built at the Marinette Marine shipyard at Marinette, WI; the General Dynamics design is built at the Austal USA shipyard at Mobile, AL. LCSs 1, 3, 5, and so on are Marinette Marine-built ships; LCSs 2, 4, 6, and so on are Austal-built ships.

The 20 LCSs procured or scheduled for procurement in FY2010-FY2015 (LCSs 5 through 24) are being procured under a pair of 10-ship, fixed-price incentive (FPI) block buy contracts that the Navy awarded to Lockheed and Austal USA on December 29, 2010.

The LCS program has become controversial due to past cost growth, design and construction issues with the lead ships built to each design, concerns over the ships’ ability to withstand battle damage, and concerns over whether the ships are sufficiently armed and would be able to perform their stated missions effectively.

Some observers, citing one or more of these issues, have proposed truncating the LCS program to either 24 ships (i.e., stopping procurement after procuring all the ships covered under the two block buy contracts) or to some other number well short of 52. Other observers have proposed down selecting to a single LCS design (i.e., continuing production of only one of the two designs) after the 24th ship.

In response to criticisms of the LCS program, the Navy has acknowledged certain problems and stated that it was taking action to correct them, disputed other arguments made against the program, and maintained its support for completing the planned program of 52 ships. Reported comments from some Navy officials suggest that the Navy might be open to changing the design of one or both LCS variants after the 24th ship or perhaps down selecting to a single LCS design after the 24th ship.

A September 2, 2013, press report stated, “The office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
reportedly supports the idea of limiting total purchases of littoral combat ships to only 24.... The Navy, according to sources, is countering with proposals for higher numbers, but strongly advocates going no lower than 32 ships.... The OSD proposal to limit LCS to 24 ships is understood to be part of” an alternative Department of Defense (DOD) budget plan that assumes reduced levels of DOD spending and includes “severe reductions in purchases and programs.”

Issues for Congress concerning the LCS program include the following:
• the impact on the LCS program of the March 1, 2013, sequester on FY2013 funding and unobligated prior-year funding for the program;
• the potential impact on the LCS program of a possible sequester later this year or early next year on FY2014 funding and unobligated prior-year funding for the program;
• whether to truncate the LCS program to 24 ships or some other number well short of 52;
• whether procurement of LCS sea frames and mission modules should be slowed until operational testing of the sea frames and mission modules is more complete and other acquisition-process milestones are met;
• whether to down select to a single LCS design after the 24th ship;
• technical risk in the LCS program; and
• what defense-acquisition policy lessons, if any, the LCS program may offer to policymakers.


Click here for the full report (94 PDF pages) hosted on the Federation of American Scientists website.

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Darpa Tests LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Prototype

Sept. 09, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: DARPA; issued September 6, 2013)

 

Anti-Ship Missile Prototype Successfully Conducts First Solo Test Flight

 

Adversaries’ sophisticated air defense systems can make it difficult for current air- and surface-launched anti-ship missiles to hit their targets at long range. To engage specific enemy warships from beyond the reach of counter-fire systems, warfighters may require launching multiple missiles or employing overhead targeting assets such as radar-equipped planes or Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites—resources that may not always be available.

 

To help address these challenges, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) are collaborating on the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program, which successfully launched its first prototype on August 27.

 

Designed for both surface and air launch, LRASM seeks to develop an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) system. LRASM aims to incorporate sensors and systems to create a stealthy and survivable subsonic cruise missile with reduced dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. The program also focuses on precision lethality in the face of advanced countermeasures.

 

“This fully functional test is a significant step in providing the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force with a next-generation anti-ship missile capability,” said Artie Mabbett, DARPA program manager for LRASM. “This test is the culmination of the five-year development and integration of advanced sensors in an All-Up-Round (AUR) missile. It also represents the first time we’ve integrated advanced sensors and demonstrated the entire system, resulting in performance that substantially exceeds our current capabilities.”

 

DARPA designed the free-flight transition test (FFTT) demonstration to verify the missile’s flight characteristics and assess subsystem and sensor performance. Beyond the primary objectives of the free-flight transition, the test vehicle also detected, engaged and hit an unmanned 260-foot Mobile Ship Target (MST) with an inert warhead.

 

A B-1 bomber from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron conducted the mission from Dyess AFB, Tex., to the Point Mugu Sea Test Range off the coast of southern California. Once in position, the B-1 released the LRASM, which followed a pre-planned route towards the target. Approximately halfway to its destination, the weapon switched to autonomous guidance, in which it autonomously detected the moving MST and guided itself to hit the desired location on the target. A F/A-18 fighter from the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 in China Lake, Calif., followed the weapon during the flight.

 

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC) is the prime contractor for the demonstration of the LRASM weapon. BAE Systems’ Information and Electronic Systems Integration division is the prime contractor for the design and delivery of LRASM’s onboard sensor systems.

Darpa Tests LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Prototype
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FIM-92 Stinger in Finnish Missile Firing Trials

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

 

Raytheon Missile Systems' FIM-92 Stinger ground-launched air defence missile has proved its worth during SHORAD (Very Short Range Air Defense System) tests conducted in Finland.

 

The Finnish SHORAD trials involved six combat troops who, in pairs, operated a trio of missile system tracking trainers. These systems allowed each gunner to follow and engage with a variety of airborne targets. These targets included a Finnish Air Force F-18C Hornet combat aircraft and a Finnish Army Aviation NH90 TTH tactical transport helicopter.

 

According to Raytheon, no other SHORAD missile can equal the FIM-92 Stinger's combat lethality, as showcased during numerous pasts tests and operational deployments.

 

FIM-92 Stinger Missile

 

Developed throughout the 1970s, the FIM-92 Stinger missile entered service in 1981. Capable of being launched from a multiplicity of platforms include man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), AH-64 Apache and Tiger attack helicopters and MQ-1 Predator UAVs, the Stinger is guided by an infrared homing system and has an effective range of three miles.

 

Combined, the world's numerous FIM-92 Stinger operators have achieved almost 300 combat engagements and achieved a hit rate of more than 90 per cent during the course of 1,500 trials.

 

Finnish Stinger Missile Trials

 

"The Stinger is best known for its Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) variant, which gives the missile a surface-to-air capability, and these field trials prove that our competitors have yet to develop a MANPADS system that can truly outperform Stinger", Raytheon Missile Systems' Mark Nicol explained in a press release on the Finnish Stinger missile trials.

 

He continued: "We have taken a system that has proven itself time and time again in critical combat situations, and have continually evolved the technology. The result is a system that is proven and designed for today's warfighter in current and future conflicts."

 

Active since 1918, the Finnish Army has six components: infantry, field artillery, anti-aircraft artillery, signals, engineers and materiel troops.

 

The FIM-92 Stinger is one of several missiles in the running to replace the Finnish Army's SA-18 SAMs. As such, it is effectively in competition with the MBDA Mistral, the Saab Bolide and others.

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Oshkosh Defense L-ATV Makes European Debut

10.09.2013 Oshkosh - army-guide.com

 

The L-ATV offers advanced troop protection against IEDs and other battlefield threats

 

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Global military forces require a mobile, protected and lightweight vehicle to navigate the unpredictable combination of terrain, tactics and threats they face in current and future missions. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is ready to meet that need with the Oshkosh Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV).

 

The company is exhibiting the vehicle for the first time in Europe at the DSEI 2013 defence and security exhibition, Sept. 10-13 in London.

 

The Oshkosh L-ATV can help fill a vital capabilities gap for protection and mobility that global militaries face with their current light-vehicle fleets. Many historical light vehicle fleets, such as the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), Eagles and Land Rovers, are nearing the end of their useful life cycle and were never designed to accommodate the armour and equipment that is needed for modern conflicts.

 

“The ability to operate on a battlefield with a wide range of threats and terrain is increasingly critical for forces around the globe,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The L-ATV was specifically designed to fulfil that mission. The platform offers unprecedented levels of protection and off-road mobility to navigate even the harshest environments.”

 

The L-ATV’s superior mobility is largely attributable to the Oshkosh TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system. The TAK-4i system expands on the success of the proven TAK-4® system to deliver more than 50 centimetres of independent wheel travel – a 25 per cent increase over currently fielded vehicles. The TAK-4i system enables the L-ATV to shift power to the wheels that are in contact with the ground to provide control and manoeuvrability on dangerous terrain.

 

The L-ATV offers advanced troop protection against IEDs and other battlefield threats with a scalable armoured capsule optimized for protection, weight and mobility. The capsule’s modular, adaptable design can accept multiple armour configurations, allowing the vehicle to accept future enhancements.

 

Oshkosh Defense can deliver L-ATV fleets with fully integrated and tested command, control, communications and computer (C4) equipment. This includes factoring the mechanical, electrical and user interfaces into the vehicle design process to optimize overall system performance and the user experience. Oshkosh performs C4 installation in-house, either during the production process or after, to reduce time and costs. Oshkosh integrated C4 systems into the Oshkosh M-ATV, which contributed to the vehicle being designed, produced and delivered at a rate of more than 1,000 per month – all in less than one year.

 

“We blended the latest design and proven technologies in the L-ATV to create a vehicle with superior performance and reduced sustainment costs,” added Serge Buchakjian, senior vice president and general manager of international programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Our global life-cycle support offerings, from training and parts supply to maintenance support and remanufacturing, help keep vehicle fleets at peak readiness anywhere the mission requires.”

 

Virtual Training Improves Fleet Readiness and Reduces Costs

 

In addition to the L-ATV, Oshkosh will display a technology kiosk at DSEI featuring the Oshkosh Virtual Trainer Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) module. The Oshkosh Virtual Trainer provides life-like training in a safe, virtual environment, while providing troops the skills they need to perform actual tasks. Oshkosh currently offers the Virtual Trainer for multiple HEMTT configurations and has found it can provide a 20 per cent or more cost savings compared to a traditional classroom-only training approach.

 

The Oshkosh Virtual Trainer is part of Oshkosh’s Integrated Product Support (IPS) offerings, a comprehensive vehicle-service portfolio designed to optimize fleet readiness and life-cycle costs. Oshkosh IPS offerings include training services, instruction manuals, maintenance and repairs, parts supply, and fleet restoration services. Oshkosh has been executing a successful 20-year service plan for the British Armed Forces’ Wheeled Tanker program since 2003. This has included the development of training manuals, maintenance support and integrated logistics support for the fleet of approximately 350 vehicles.

 

Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss vehicles, technologies and training capabilities at DSEI at booth #N4-160 in the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre.

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Loi de programmation militaire : le cri d'alarme des PME

09.09.2013 Par Alain Ruello – LesEchos.fr

 

L'examen de la loi vient de démarrer au Parlement. Les petites entreprises du secteur souffrent déjà des gels des crédits.

 

Alors que le Parlement démarre l'examen de la loi de programmation militaire, les PME et les ETI de défense constatent depuis plusieurs mois déjà que l'argent se fait rare. Entre annulations brutales de contrats, réduction des cadences, et menaces sur des crédits de recherche, les témoignages se multiplient qui montrent que la rigueur s'est abattue sur le ministère. « La situation est préoccupante », s'alarme Thierry Gaiffe, président de la commission défense du Comité Richelieu, qui fédère des entreprises innovantes.

 

Bertin technologies en sait quelque chose. Ses prises de commandes auprès de la DGA ont fondu comme neige au soleil : elles sont passées en un an de 17 à 3 millions d'euros. Le programme Syfral de ponts de franchissement a été renvoyé aux calendes grecques. Etant donné son expertise sur le sujet, l'entreprise avait de grandes chances de remporter l'appel d'offres. Au-delà de la perte potentielle de chiffre d'affaires, au moins 100 millions d'euros, c'est celle du savoir faire de ses ingénieurs qui préoccupe le PDG, Philippe Demigné. Entre 50 et 80 personnes sont concernées.

 

La PME nourrit aussi des inquiétudes sur l'avenir d'un programme de détection biologique, dont le lancement, toujours selon son dirigeant, permettrait de consolider la filière industrielle française dans ce domaine très pointu. Même la dissuasion est touchée puisque des crédits prévus pour le laser Mégajoule sont étalés. Pour la société, filiale du groupe Cnim, le remède passe par l'exportation ou des nouveaux débouchés, dans l'énergie particulièrement. Mais tout cela prend du temps.

 

Pessimisme ambiant

 

Même échappatoire pour Sofradir, une PME de 180 millions d'euros, leader mondial des technologies de détection infrarouge. Le ralentissement, Philippe Bensussan l'a constaté aux Etats-Unis depuis quelque temps. Il a donc eu le temps de réagir, d'autant qu'en France, l'impact des baisses des commandes militaires ne se fera véritablement sentir qu'à compter de l'année prochaine. Ce sera probablement le cas dans le domaine de l'alerte avancée, craint-il : au lieu d'une commande ferme de plusieurs millions, la PME s'attend désormais à plusieurs tranches conditionnelles. Au mieux.

 

« Ce n'est pas facile et il faut s'adapter », confie Philippe Bensussan aux « Echos ». Dans le cas de Sofradir, cela passe notamment par le développement de détecteurs refroidis à bas coût pour des caméras de moyen de gamme. La PME mise également sur l'automobile, la domotique et peut encore compter sur le dynamisme du marché des satellites d'observation.

 

Sous couvert d'anonymat, le PDG d'une autre PME de défense, en passe de perdre un quart de ses revenus, confirme le pessimisme ambiant. La DGA lui a signifié l'arrêt du jour au lendemain d'un contrat pluriannuel de casques qui rapportait 3 à 4 millions par an. Et ce n'est pas fini. Craignant d'importantes réductions de volumes sur un grand programme en cours d'équipements du fantassin, un des grands fournisseurs de l'armée a demandé à cette PME d'estimer l'impact d'une baisse. Histoire de mieux défendre sa cause auprès du ministère…

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Phase de tests après la modernisation du Léopold I

9 sept. 2013 belgiandefence

 

La frégate modernisée Léopold I est à nouveau opérationnelle. Équipée de nouveaux systèmes de détection, elle a quitté Den Helder le 7 septembre 2013 pour rejoindre Zeebruges, son port d'attache. L'entraînement ainsi qu'une batterie de tests commencent pour l'équipage qui doit être fin prêt à assumer ses prochaines missions.

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Phase de tests après la modernisation du Léopold I

9 sept. 2013 belgiandefence

 

La frégate modernisée Léopold I est à nouveau opérationnelle. Équipée de nouveaux systèmes de détection, elle a quitté Den Helder le 7 septembre 2013 pour rejoindre Zeebruges, son port d'attache. L'entraînement ainsi qu'une batterie de tests commencent pour l'équipage qui doit être fin prêt à assumer ses prochaines missions.

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