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3 septembre 2013 2 03 /09 /septembre /2013 11:45
Russie-Afrique du Sud: vers une coproduction d'hélicoptères (Lavrov)

MOSCOU, 2 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie et l'Afrique du Sud envisagent de lancer une production conjointe d'hélicoptères, a annoncé lundi le chef de la diplomatie russe Sergueï Lavrov à l'issue de négociations avec son homologue sud-africaine Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

 

Les deux pays ont conçu "des projets intéressants en matière de construction aéronautique", a indiqué M. Lavrov.

 

"Nous envisageons de produire un hélicoptère polyvalent léger conjointement avec nos amis sud-africains", a précisé le ministre.

 

Il a également fait savoir qu'en mars dernier, la Russie avait ouvert à Johannesburg un "centre d'entretien d'hélicoptères de fabrication russe". Selon M. Lavrov, ce centre "suscite déjà l'intérêt d'autres pays de la région".

 

Le chef de la diplomatie russe a en outre annoncé que Moscou et Pretoria avaient défini les conditions d'ouverture d'une représentation commerciale russe en République sud-africaine.

 

Mme Nkoana-Mashabane a pour sa part souligné que l'ouverture de cette représentation contribuerait à resserrer les liens économiques entre la Russie et l'Afrique du Sud. D'après la ministre des Relations internationales, il s'agit d'un nouveau témoignage du potentiel important qui caractérise la coopération entre les deux pays.

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3 septembre 2013 2 03 /09 /septembre /2013 07:55
La FREMM Provence à flot mi-septembre

03/09/2013 Mer et Marine

 

Alors que l’Aquitaine sera prochainement admise au service actif et que la Normandie prépare ses premiers essais en mer, la Provence, troisième frégate multi-missions de la Marine nationale, sera mise à flot mi-septembre. C’est en décembre 2010 que la première tôle du bâtiment a été découpée sur le site DCNS de Lorient, qui va produire environ une FREMM par an au cours de la prochaine décennie. En dehors des 11 unités commandées par la Marine nationale, l’établissement morbihannais du groupe naval achève également la première frégate de ce type destinée à l’export. Commandé par le Maroc, le Mohammed VI, qui a débuté ses essais en mer en avril dernier, doit être livré fin novembre.

 

 

La FREMM marocaine Mohammed VI (© : DCNS)

La FREMM marocaine Mohammed VI (© : DCNS)

 

 

Longues de 142 mètres et présentant un déplacement de 6000 tonnes en charge, ces frégates mettent en œuvre 8 missiles antinavire Exocet MM40 Block3, 16 missiles surface-air Aster 15, une tourelle de 76mm, deux canons de 20mm, des torpilles MU90 et un hélicoptère. Les FREMM françaises disposent, en plus, de 16 missiles de croisière navals (MdCN/Scalp Naval). Côté électronique, elles disposent notamment d’un radar multifonctions Herakles, un sonar de coque, un sonar remorqué Captas 4, deux brouilleurs, deux lance-leurres NGDS et des leurres anti-torpille. 

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3 septembre 2013 2 03 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
New Polish Tank Design Concept

2 sept. 2013 Nasze Kielce


Soon, serving in the Polish army tanks T-72, PT-91 Hard or Leopard tanks can replace future polish tank PL 01 CONCEPT presented at the International Defence Industry Exhibition 2013 International Defence Industry Exhibition Kielce.

 

Photos from the fair at http://www.naszekielce.com/?q=targi_z...

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2 septembre 2013 1 02 /09 /septembre /2013 16:20
US Navy Awards LM $37 M for Heavyweight Torpedo Program

Sep 2, 2013 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will provide the U.S. Navy and allied navy customers from Canada and The Netherlands with upgrade kits and services for the MK 48 heavyweight torpedo under a new, $37 million contract award, part of a five-year effort to upgrade the entire submarine fleet.

 

The Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) upgrade kit equips the heavyweight MK 48 with increased bandwidth and streamlined targeting and tracking capabilities. The kit includes a broadband analog sonar receiver, a guidance and control box, and a pre-amplifier. Since the CBASS program was first awarded to Lockheed Martin in 2011, the U.S. Navy has awarded more than $70 million for functional item replacement kits, engineering services, spares, and production support material.

 

“The CBASS upgrades dramatically enhance the performance and capabilities of the MK 48,” said Tom Jarbeau, Lockheed Martin program director. “The refinements we’ve made to the torpedo’s guidance and control systems provide the U.S. Navy with a highly capable weapon in both littoral and deep sea environments.”

 

The replacement kits will upgrade the heavyweight torpedoes used by the entire United States submarine fleet for anti-submarine or anti-surface warfare. The MK 48 heavyweight torpedo is also employed by the allied navies of Australia, Canada, and The Netherlands.

 

Lockheed Martin’s Marion, Mass., facility will perform the CBASS work, with additional support from other company locations, including Manassas, Va.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Newport, R.I.  Lockheed Martin subsidiary Polaris Contract Manufacturing will build the circuit card and module assembly.

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2 septembre 2013 1 02 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Chemring Technology Solutions Launches a New Timer-based Explosives Initiator

Sep 2, 2013 ASDNews Source : Chemring Technology Solutions

 

Chemring Technology Solutions today launches PED Mk2, the successor to its world leading PED100 timer-based programmable explosives initiator.

 

PED Mk2, which has a countdown range from 1 minute to 30 days, is a third of the weight of the PED100 system it replaces and now includes an integrated programmer. The integrated programmer allows the timer to be set in the field to allow greater operational flexibility. Its capability is also enhanced as it can now survive immersion to a depth of 30 meters. The PED Mk2 can be used to support operations that include general combat demolitions, ammunition disposal and underwater mine clearance.

 

Despite its reduced size and weight, PED Mk2 has greater firing energy (1.5 joules) and a higher countdown resolution of one second which allows for accurate synchronisation of multiple detonations. The small size and near silent emissions profile of PED Mk2 also reduces the probability that the timer will be discovered. If discovered, removal of the tear-off keypad makes it impossible to re-programme or repurpose the device.

 

Mike Luedicke, General Manager of Chemring Technology Solutions in Poole, said: "PED Mk2 has been developed to improve mission efficiency by minimising training needs and delivering a more flexible and precise timing system. As it does not require a separate programming device, it allows the user, such as military engineers, to rapidly set custom time delays at the point of deployment."

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2 septembre 2013 1 02 /09 /septembre /2013 07:25
Brazil, Pakistan Look To Expand Industrial Ties

Sep. 1, 2013 By USMAN ANSARI   – Defense News 

 

ISLAMABAD — Brazil and Pakistan have begun to explore ways to expand their defense industrial relations.

 

The move could broaden the market for Brazilian arms and help Pakistan widen the range of its defense suppliers, analysts said.

 

Brazil’s ambassador to Pakistan, Alfredo Leoni, and Pakistan’s federal minister for defense production, Tanveer Hussain, met here in early August to discuss the increased cooperation.

 

“The scope of relations between the two countries is quite vast. The need is to collaborate, extend support and establish relations in areas of defense production,” Leoni told the Associated Press of Pakistan.

 

Brazil has a generally more high-tech defense industry than Pakistan, but observers say greater industry cooperation could be mutually beneficial.

 

“Brazil-Pakistan defense ties seem to be driven by a commercial interest, but have a broader political-strategic side,” said Antônio Sampaio, a research analyst for Latin American issues at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

 

“Brazilian interest in the Pakistani defense market fits into Brasilia’s broad strategy of securing buyers for the country’s growing defense industry,” he said, which is “a strategic priority to stimulate a technologically advanced base for economic growth.”

 

New programs such as the Embraer-led KC-390 airlifter give Brazil a pressing reason to expand its markets, Sampaio said.

 

Pakistan is also “a key emerging country, acting in several international arenas that Brazil sees as strategically important for its foreign goals,” he said.

 

Improving commercial and political ties with such states “is a key objective as [Brazil] seeks a greater influence in world affairs,” he said. “In this front, the sheer volume of trade between Brazil and Pakistan is considered low (less than US $300 million in 2012), although it has grown rapidly in recent years.”

 

Trevor Taylor, a professorial fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and expert in defense industries, said it is natural for the two countries to to improve defense relations.

 

“Pakistan is not under any UN or EU conventional arms embargo and there is therefore no reason why Brazil, which is trying to build a significant range of defense industrial capabilities with only a limited national defense budget, should not seek to market in Pakistan,” he said. “Brazil will presumably be wary, however, of offering things that might put at risk its nuclear submarine cooperation with France and the success of its commercial aircraft business in Western markets.”

 

Taylor thinks Pakistan’s motives are more straightforward: “Pakistan for its part must be interested in widening its range of defense suppliers while not damaging its ties with China.”

 

Brazil, Pakistan Look To Expand Industrial Ties

Pakistan’s most high-profile purchase from Brazil thus far is a 2008 deal for 100 Mectron MAR-1 anti-radiation missiles to equip Pakistan’s Mirage and JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft. Deliveries are underway and the missile has already been integrated onto Mirage.

 

Usman Shabbir, an analyst with the Pakistan Military Consortium, said another missile may be in Pakistan’s sights already.

 

“I am sure we will see the A-Darter short-range missile in [Pakistan Air Force] service once production commences in 2014,” he said. The missile is being developed by Mectron in cooperation with South Africa’s Denel Dynamics.

 

Shabbir said it may be some time, however, before Brazil can offer a greater variety of defense products that would interest Pakistan.

 

“Pakistan, on the other hand, can supply anything from small arms and ammo to tactical and medium range UAVs,” he said.

 

Analyst and former Australian defense attaché to Islamabad Brian Cloughley said that although the recent meeting was likely more of a “courtesy call,” the two countries’ defense industrial relationship will improve in time, and small arms may be a way to start for Pakistan.

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1 septembre 2013 7 01 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
Taiwan Builds Killer Catamaran

August 30, 2013: Strategy Page

 

 building a class of twin hull (catamaran) patrol ships that are very fast and very heavily armed. The WPC (High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran) type ships are under 1,000 tons, 60.4 meters (180 feet) long and have a top speed of 68 kilometers an hour. The crew of 34 operates several weapons systems, including eight anti-ship missiles (Hsiung-feng 2 and 3 models) a 76mm cannon, a 20mm anti-missile autocannon and four 12.7mm machine-guns. There is no anti-aircraft system (other than some shoulder fired missiles) and no helicopter hanger (but a rear deck that a helicopter can operate from). The waterjet propulsion system makes for a very maneuverable ship. Sufficient supplies are carried for patrols of up to a week.

 

The anti-ship missiles are designed and built in Taiwan. The 6.1 meter (19 foot) long Hsiung-feng 3 weighs 1.5 tons (with a 181 kg/400 pound warhead) and has a top speed of 2300 kilometers an hour. Max range is 130 kilometers. It uses inertial and GPS guidance to get to the general vicinity of the target, then several other sensors to lock on to a specific ship and hit it. Hsiung Feng 2 anti-ship missiles (subsonic speed, range of 160 kilometers, half the weight of the Hsiung Feng 3) have a less advanced guidance system.

 

The WPC type ships are part of a program to replace older patrol craft with newer and more effective designs. Three years ago Taiwan commissioned the first of 21 Kuang Hua-6 (KH-6) guided missile patrol boats. These 34.2 meter (106 foot) long, seven meter (22 foot) wide, 170 ton ships have a crew of 19. They are armed with four Hsiung Feng 2 anti-ship missiles, a 20mm autocannon, two 7.62mm machine-guns and two decoy (for incoming missiles) launchers. Top speed is 55 kilometers an hour. At cruising speed of 22 kilometers an hour, the ships can stay at sea for about two days at a time. The other twenty KH-6s are all in service now. The KH-6s replace thirty older, and smaller (57 ton) Hai Ou class boats. These patrol boats guard the coast, and especially the 180 kilometers wide Taiwan Straits that separate China and Taiwan.

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1 septembre 2013 7 01 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
Boeing AH64E Apache attack helicopter

Boeing AH64E Apache attack helicopter

30 August 2013 army-technology.com

 

ViaSat has been selected for supply of Link 16 small tactical terminals for the US Army's AH-64E Apache attack helicopter fleet.

 

The company will supply its KOR-24A small tactical terminal (STT) to help address the army's requirement for an airborne and maritime/fixed station (AMF) Small Airborne Link 16 Terminal (SALT).

 

ViaSat Tactical Data Links general manager, Dr. Jay Kaufman, said: "The STT satisfies the latest requirements for Apache helicopters, providing a significant advance in battlefield communications such as Link 16 and SRW become essential capabilities in the future of army aviation."

 

Jointly manufactured by ViaSat and Harris, KOR-24 SST is a small, two-channel, very high frequency / ultra high frequency (VHF/UHF) radio terminal, designed to bring mobile network connectivity to dismounted soldiers and platforms such as ground vehicles, small boats, ships, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

"The STT satisfies the latest requirements for Apache helicopters, providing a significant advance in battlefield communications."

 

The terminal primarily enables soldiers to exchange secure situational awareness information and critical data communications with allied air, land, and sea platforms over Link 16 or UHF to maintain the tactical picture and also avoid Blue-on-Blue engagements.

 

Fully interoperable with global MIDS Link 16 terminals, joint tactical information distribution system (JTIDS), or UHF data radio systems, the terminal also supports all tactical digital information link (TADIL) J network messages, including network enabled weapon (NEW) messages.

 

Nicknamed Guardian, the Boeing AH-64E is a heavily armed helicopter featuring powerful, fuel-efficient T700-GE-701D engines, enhanced rotor blade technology and electronics, as well as improved aircraft handling, performance and agility at higher altitudes.

 

Designed to replace the existing AH-64D Longbow helicopters, the helicopter also features a joint tactical radio system, electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors to improve pilots' situational awareness and an oversea capacity, enabling potential strikes on smaller ships.

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31 août 2013 6 31 /08 /août /2013 11:40
Work Begins on 6th Missile Boat for Caspian Flotilla

KAZAN, August 29 (RIA Novosti)

 

Construction work has begun on a sixth attack missile boat for the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla, a shipyard representative told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

 

The Zelenodolsk shipyard, based in Russia’s Tatarstan Republic, is building the series of six missile boats under a 2010 contract with the Defense Ministry. All the boats are due to enter service with the Caspian fleet.

 

The first two missile corvettes – the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Uglich – were floated out on June 22 and August 22, respectively. Another three – the Veliky Ustyug, the Zelyony Dol and the Serpukhov – are under construction.

 

The sixth boat has been named the Vyshny Volochek, a shipyard official told RIA Novosti. He did not say when the ships would be completed or what the total construction costs would be.

 

The Project 21631 (Buyan-M) corvette has a displacement of 949 tons and maximum speed of 25 knots. It is armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns, as well as Igla-1M air defense missiles.

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31 août 2013 6 31 /08 /août /2013 11:35
Lawmaker: Taiwan Plans To Buy 2 Frigates From US

Aug. 30, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

TAIPEI — Taiwan plans to purchase two warships from the United States as part of its efforts to modernize its forces against a perceived military threat from China, a lawmaker said Friday.

 

The defense ministry has listed Tw $5.6 billion (US $187 million) in its 2014 and 2015 budgets to buy two Perry-class frigates from the US Navy, said lawmaker Lin Yu-fang, citing defense budgets submitted to the parliament.

 

The ministry aimed to buy two rather than four Perry-class frigates, as previously reported by the media, to replace some of its Knox-class frigates that were retired, Lin said.

 

Ties between Taiwan and former rival China have improved markedly since Ma Ying-jeou became the island’s president in 2008 on a China-friendly platform. He was elected for a second term last year.

 

However, China still claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan and has repeatedly threatened to invade should the island declare formal independence, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced weapons, largely from the US.

 

In 2001, then-President George W. Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington’s most comprehensive arms package for the island since 1992.

 

President Barack Obama’s administration has approved more than $12 billion in sales and equipment upgrades but has held off on Taiwan’s requests to buy new F-16 fighter jets, a step against which China has repeatedly warned.

 

Taiwanese defense officials were not immediately available to comment on the planned purchase.

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30 août 2013 5 30 /08 /août /2013 16:40
Pantsir-S1: le poste de commandement présenté au salon MAKS-2013

JOUKOVSKI (région de Moscou), 30 août - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie a dévoilé le poste de commandement des systèmes antiaériens Pantsir-S1 au Salon aérospatial international MAKS-2013 de Joukovski, a annoncé vendredi le bureau d'études KBP de Toula (180 km de Moscou) qui a conçu cette arme.

 

"Il s'agit d'une première. Nous avons présenté pour la première fois le poste de commandement à ce salon", a indiqué Iouri Nikitine, représentant du bureau d'études, devant les journalistes.

 

Le poste de commandement permet de coordonner les tirs de six véhicules Pantsir-S1, même en mouvement, "ce qui complique la détection des véhicules de combat par l'ennemi", selon lui.

 

"Le poste de commandement reçoit les informations sur les cibles fournies par ses propres radars, ainsi que par les radars des Pantsir-S1. On peut alors utiliser un seul radar pour mieux dissimuler la position des systèmes Pantsir-S1, et réduire le risque d'une frappe d'antimissiles, ou pour attirer un avion ennemi dans la zone de destruction", a ajouté le responsable.

 

Le poste de commandement peut se trouver à 10 km des véhicules de combat. Il y a trois moyens de le relier à ces derniers: par radio, par câble coaxial ou par câble optique. La troisième variante est la plus sûre, puisqu'il est alors impossible d'intercepter les commandes.

 

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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30 août 2013 5 30 /08 /août /2013 16:40
La Russie crée un drone de frappe sur la base du chasseur T-50 (OAK)

JOUKOVSKI (région de Moscou), 30 août - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie crée un drone de frappe sur la base du chasseur de 5e génération T-50 (PAK FA), a annoncé vendredi le président du Consortium aéronautique unifié (OAK) Mikhaïl Pogossian lors du Salon aérospatial international MAKS-2013 à Joukovski, dans la région de Moscou.

 

"Nous menons nos travaux conformément au programme du ministère russe de la Défense. Selon ce programme, nous devons d'abord mener des études préliminaires en utilisant le potentiel technique du projet de chasseur de 5e génération", a indiqué M.Pogossian.

 

L'avion de frappe sans pilote aura une masse de 20 tonnes, selon lui.

 

L'ex-commandant en chef de l'Armée de l'air russe, le général Piotr Deïnekine, a annoncé le 26 août dernier, que les constructeurs aériens russes avaient entamé la conception d'un chasseur de 6e génération, qui sera le plus probablement sans pilote.

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30 août 2013 5 30 /08 /août /2013 11:20
Palomar Display Products Awarded a $2.2M Contract From US Army

Aug 30, 2013 ASDNews Source : Palomar Display Products, Inc.

 

Palomar Display Products, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $2.2M firm fixed price contract by the US Army Contracting Command to deliver military display systems for the M1A2 Abrams tank fire control system.

 

These high resolution, optically coupled displays have been designed and qualified for the M1A2 Abrams tank and will be supplied to the US Army for an International customer. All display systems under this contract will be delivered through 2014.

 

"This repeat award contributes to our 2014 backlog," stated Palomar Display Products President Dennis Crothers. "Our position as the primary supplier of thermal sight displays for the US and International armored vehicle market has been reaffirmed again."

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30 août 2013 5 30 /08 /août /2013 07:35
 Islanders (BN-21A) surveillance aircraft

Islanders (BN-21A) surveillance aircraft

Aug. 29, 2013 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI – Defense News

 

NEW DELHI — India is on a global hunt to procure nine medium range maritime reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft equipped with anti-ship missiles.

 

The tender, worth more than $2 billion, was sent to overseas defense majors Alenia of Italy; US-based Boeing and Lockheed Martin; Saab of Sweden; Germany’s EADS, France-based Dassault; Embraer of Brazil and Bombardier of Canada.

 

The latest global tender is a rebid of tender floated in 2008 to buy six MRMR aircraft. That was withdrawn later because none of the vendors could meet the qualitative requirements of the tender.

 

In the latest tender, the nine MRMR aircraft will replace the Indian Navy’s Islanders (BN-21A) surveillance aircraft, which were used for coastal surveillance for many decades. The Islander aircraft, bought in 1976, will be given to the Coast Guard or could even be gifted to foreign countries,said an Indian Defence Ministry source. India has already donated two Islander aircraft to Myanmar.

 

The MRMR should have an endurance of about four hours and a range of about 400 nautical miles. Indian Navy sources said the range was lowered from the earlier planned range of 500 nautical miles and endurance of six hours. No reason for this dilution is known.

 

The current procurement is in addition to the purchase of 12 long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft purchased from Boeing on a government-to-government basis for more than $3 billion. Eight P-8I Poseidons were contracted in January 2009 for $2.1 billion and another four P-8Is were contracted last month for more than $1 billion.

 

The latest tender requires the MRMR to be equipped with anti-ship missiles, and is not specific on the supply of anti-submarine missiles, which would require bigger aircraft, said an executive of an overseas company who refused to be identified. In addition, the tender requires the supply of spares along with two engines.

 

The MRMR must be able to perform maritime reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare, electronic intelligence, electronic support measures, communication intelligence, search-and-rescue and medical evacuation.

 

The MRMR aircraft needs to be powered by two engines, which the tender says should be of current production generation and have full authority digital engine control system. The overseas defense company executive said the engine requirement is not very clear as the price of an aircraft could vary on the choice of the engine.

 

On weapons capabilities, the MRMR needs to have detection-and-tracking capability against air targets. The aircraft must also carry and launch at least two anti-ship missiles on surface vessels at ranges of at least 100 kilometers.

 

On its surveillance capabilities, the aircraft should be able to track up to 200 surface targets automatically.

 

The MRMR will be used in tropical conditions prevailing in the Indian Ocean region. As such the aircraft and its engines and all other systems should be optimized for prolonged operations over salt-laden seas.

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30 août 2013 5 30 /08 /août /2013 07:35
Indian MoD, Contractor Faulted in Guided-missile Purchases

Aug. 29, 2013 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI  - Defense News

 

NEW DELHI — India’s Defence Ministry has been severely criticized for buying 10,000 Konkurs-M anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from Russia despite having a licensed production facility for the missiles at state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

 

The latest report of the comptroller and auditor general of India (CAG), placed in the Indian Parliament recently, said, “Failure of BDL to supply the missiles intended by the Indian Army resulted in conclusion of a contract for import of 10,000 missiles at a cost of $188 million defeating the very objective of avoiding dependence on foreign supplier for the ammunition.”

 

A source in BDL said the Russians failed to transfer the technology to India, which kept BDL from absorbing the information on time and led to production delays. However, a Russian diplomat here said all promised technologies for the advanced Konkus-M missile have been transferred to BDL.

 

However, the CAG report said BDL was slow in enhancing the production base for the Konkurs-M missiles.

 

“The Hyderabad-based defense public sector unit BDL planned to increase its production capacity from 3,000 to 4,500 missiles per year by 2012, and up to 6,000 missiles by 2013. In reality, the capacity was augmented by only 500 missiles per annum until February 2013.

 

“The delay in supply created a capability gap in the Army to fight tanks fitted with [explosive reactive armor] panels, thereby impacting its operational preparedness,” the CAG report said.

 

“Production of missiles is a complex challenge for India, which includes transfer of technology, absorption, acceptance of the missiles by the services and finally serial manufacturing the same based on the demand by the armed forces,” said Rahul Bhonsle, retired Indian Army brigadier general and defense analyst. “The failure of the BDL, which has been touting Konkurs as one of its products for long, could be due to glitches in this entire cycle, thus its inability to deliver missiles to the Army has led to large deficiencies forcing the government to import the same.”

 

Another retired Indian Army officer said the delay by BDL led to a shortage of ATGMs, which finally led to purchases from Russia. “An inquiry should be held to find if the delays by BDL were intentional and meant to benefit the Russians,” he said.

 

On the delays in production, a BDL official who did not want to be identified said there were delays in transfer of technology, but added there was also a delay in giving orders to BDL from the service headquarters.

 

An Indian Army officer said the best option is to buy fully formed missiles from original equipment manufacturers, rather than from BDL, to meet operational requirements.

 

When asked about BDL’s performance, the Army official said BDL’s monopoly should be broken and the MoD should identify another agency, preferably in the private industry.

 

Former Indian Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh had warned of the shortages of ammunition, including Konkurs-M missiles. The November purchase of the 10,000 Konkurs-M missiles was a desperate reaction to Singh’s warning, an Indian Army source said.

 

With the serious concerns raised by the CAG regarding BDL’s production capabilities, alternatives will have to be explored to meet the Army’s requirements. “India has to address the entire missile-production cycle in BDL on priority or look for alternate foreign sources until BDL provides assured delivery,” Bhonsle said. “The large requirement means that only the US or Russia will have production facilities to provide thousands of missiles that are required by the over 400 battalion foot and mechanized infantry and approximately 70 tank regiments.”

 

An MoD official said the Army’s initial requirement is about 24,000 ATGMs to arm its 356 infantry units, adding that this procurement will be completed by the end of the twelfth plan period in 2017.

 

India has also been negotiating with the United States for the purchase of Javelin ATGMs and with Israel for Spike ATGMs. MoD sources said the negotiations with the US have been stalled over technology transfer, while negotiations with Israel on the Spike are also on hold, but gave no reason.

 

The purchase of new generation of ATGMs worth $3 billion could be re-floated as a separate program by the end of the year, the source said.

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30 août 2013 5 30 /08 /août /2013 07:20
Marines to receive TCS satellite services

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Aug. 29 (UPI)

 

A $58.3 million contract has been given by DISA to TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (TCS) to supply managed satellite services to the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

The award from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency has a one-year performance period and four one-year options. Funding for the base period is $12.8 million.

 

The contract was issued under the joint DISA/GSA Future Commercial Satcom Acquisition program. TeleCommunication Systems is one of eight prime contract awardees under the Custom SATCOM Solutions contract vehicle, which was awarded in August 2012.

 

Under the award, TeleCommunication Systems will provide Ku satellite bandwidth, terrestrial support and 24-hour support services for the Marines' Tactical Satellite Communications Network.

 

"Through our experience with wireless point-to-point links and commercialization projects, the Marine Corps has come to trust TCS TotalCom solutions. Now, we will provide further highly reliable communication technology to deployed forces.

 

"TCS has established a proven track record for more than 25 years as a trusted provider of communication technology solutions for the government's toughest technical challenges, under conditions that demand the highest level of reliability, availability and security. To ensure mission continuity, TCS TotalCom offers deployable, highly secure communication solutions and complete end-to-end managed services for converged (IP-based) voice, video and data solutions to organizations requiring seamless and secure connectivity between fixed sites and remote operations," it said.

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US Carrier Theodore Roosevelt Returns To Service

Aug. 29, 2013 - By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS  - Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Four years to the day from when it was pushed across Hampton Roads, Va., to begin the biggest overhaul of its life, the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt returned to Norfolk Naval Base — reconditioned, refueled and overall much spiffier than before.

 

The ship returned to base Thursday following four days of sea trials to validate the work and redelivery to the Navy.

 

The $2.622 billion refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), carried out about midway through the ship’s planned 50-year active lifespan, is the most comprehensive shipyard period an aircraft carrier will undergo. All of the ship’s major systems are replaced, upgraded or renewed, and both nuclear reactors are refueled. The upgrades give the ships another 23 years or more of active service.

 

Roosevelt is the fourth carrier to undergo the full RCOH process, each at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. — where all today’s US aircraft carriers are built.

 

“The ship performed wonderfully. All the systems were operating well,” Chris Miner, the shipyard’s vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs, said via satellite phone Thursday as Roosevelt headed back to Norfolk.

 

“The improved capabilities of the ship were shown to be operating properly,” he said. “At the end of the day, TR is [now] as capable as any carrier in the fleet.”

 

Unlike the previous three RCOHs, Roosevelt won’t be headed back to Newport News for another short shipyard period for work added on since the original work package was agreed to, or discovered during the overhaul.

 

“We moved a significant amount of work into the RCOH,” Miner explained, eliminating the need for a follow-on shipyard visit.

 

Completion of the RCOH was originally scheduled for February 2013, but was extended twice due to emergent work and additional modifications. The additional work, according to Naval Sea Systems Command, added about $153 million to the ship’s overall cost.

 

At peak, Newport News assigned about 4,000 employees to work on Roosevelt, Miner said. Those workers now have been transferred to other projects in the shipyard, including three other aircraft carriers:

 

■ The Abraham Lincoln arrived in late March to begin its RCOH, scheduled to be completed in late 2016.

 

■ The Gerald R. Ford, first of a new class of carriers, is under construction and scheduled to be launched this fall.

 

■ The Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear carrier, was towed to the shipyard in mid-June to undergo inactivation. When the work is complete, the ship will be towed around South America to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., for final dismantling.

 

Three carriers already have completed the RCOH process: Nimitz in June 2001; Dwight D. Eisenhower in March 2005; and Carl Vinson in July 2009.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 17:35
China to build more aircraft carriers

August 29, 2013, zeenews.india.com

 

Beijing: China on Thursday said it will build more aircraft carriers apart from the 'Liaoning' to boost its defence and military capabilities.

 

"There will surely be more addition to Chinese military's first aircraft carrier Liaoning, launched last year," said China's Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun.

 

China will comprehensively consider the development of aircraft carriers in accordance with the needs of national defence and military building, he added.

 

Currently, China operates one aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which is based on an unfinished Russian-made carrier. It was delivered to the Chinese Navy on September 25 last year. The carrier's original design allows it to carry about 30 fixed-wing aircraft.

 

China has also developed carrier-borne aircraft called J-15, which will be the main strike aircraft for its carrier fleet. The Liaoning has conducted successful take-off and landing tests of its carrier-borne J-15 fighters.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 17:30
New Middle East Clients Lining Up To Buy CH-47 Chinooks

In June, Boeing began delivery of 13 new CH-147F model Chinooks to Canada. Here, the first helicopter off the line demonstrates its capabilities Aug. 28. (Boeing)

 

Aug. 29, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News

 

MIDDLETOWN, DEL. — Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar head the list of countries looking to begin flying variants of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in coming years, Boeing officials said here Wednesday. .

 

If deals being negotiated between Boeing, the US government, and these three countries eventually come to fruition, projections are that at least 54 Chinooks would be shipped overseas, making up a good portion of the 168 Chinooks that foreign clients around the globe are considering buying in coming years.

 

Pentagon officials and defense industry brahmins have been talking for the better part of two years about how they’re planning to rely on foreign sales to make up for the reductions they’re seeing in the US defense market, but a chart shown to reporters Wednesday really drove that point home.

 

On top of the 830 Chinook H-47 variants that are currently flying around the world, the chart showed, Boeing executives are working with foreign clients and the US government to sell another 168 to new and existing clients if all goes as planned.

 

In addition to the six CH-47D models and 16 CH-47F models that Libyan officials are working on buying, Saudi Arabia has expressed interest in fielding one of the world’s largest CH-47F fleets, with at least 24 helicopters being considered for the oil-rich kingdom.

 

Mark Ballew, director of business development for Boeing’s Chinook program, said the company is preparing to do a flight demonstration in Saudi Arabia, and that Qatar is interested in buying eight of the “F” models similar to what the company produced for Canada, which feature larger external fuel tanks and an upgraded electrical system.

 

Morocco, which has already purchased three “D” models, also is talking about buying three more, and Egypt, which currently flies 18 “D”s, has enquired about buying six more from the US Army as it retires them in the switch to the upgraded “F” aircraft.

 

Boeing is also involved in the competition for India’s heavy lift requirement, which would mean 15 more “F” aircraft if it wins.

 

The deals with these countries are still very early on in the negotiation stage, Ballew and other executives stressed, adding that contracts for the birds aren’t expected soon.

 

Any deals several years down the road would be welcome news for Boeing, however, as the company’s $4 billion, five-year deal with the US Army for 214 more CH-47 “F” models will end in 2019.

 

That agreement would add to the 241 CH-47F helicopters that the Army already has in its fleet, eventually bringing the service close to its goal of 464 “F” models.

 

The foreign deals — especially with countries in the Middle East — aren’t just helicopter contracts, however. Countries in the region have generally neglected establishing their own maintenance and logistics programs, which would mean years of repair work for the contractor.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 16:35
Air-launch BrahMos to fly late this year

29 August 2013 by nayeem sheikh - Indian Defence Goal

 

The air-launched version of the Russian-Indian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile will have its first flight before the end of 2013, according to BrahMos Aerospace managing director A Sivathanu Pillai.

It will be carried by a SU-30MKI fighter that will conduct captive carry and drop tests before attempting the first powered test launch in mid-2014.

 

The basic surface- and submarine-launched missile has now completed 36 successful test flights, so the test programme for the new variant will be fast-paced. The system is due to enter Indian Air Force service in 2015.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 16:30
Les S-300 pour l'Iran démontés et recyclés (constructeur)

JOUKOVSKI (région de Moscou), 29 août - RIA Novosti

 

Les systèmes anti-aériens S-300 destinés à l'Iran ont été démontés et partiellement recyclés, a annoncé jeudi aux journalistes Vladislav Menchtchikov, directeur général du consortium d'armement russe Almaz-Antei.

 

"Le matériel destiné à l'Iran n'existe plus. Nous l'avons complètement désassemblé. Les éléments qui pouvaient encore servir ont été réutilisés, le reste a été recyclé", a déclaré M. Menchtchikov lors du salon aérospatial MAKS-2013, ajoutant qu'il s'agissait d'une "information tout à fait véridique".

 

Selon le directeur général, chaque contrat est réalisé compte tenu des désidératas d'un client concret et ne peut donc pas être modifié à l'intention d'un autre client.

 

"Pour ce faire, il faudrait changer des éléments et des sous-ensembles constitutifs, réviser le cahier des charges et modifier le logiciel", a précisé M. Menchtchikov.

 

Conclu en 2007, le contrat de livraison de missiles sol-air S-300 à l'Iran engageait la Russie à fournir cinq batteries complètes de cet armement pour un montant d'environ 800 millions de dollars. Or, l'exécution du contrat a été suspendue en septembre 2010 par le président russe Dmitri Medvedev en application de la résolution 1929 du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU, qui interdisait de fournir les missiles, les chars, les hélicoptères d'assaut, les avions de combat et les bâtiments de guerre à Téhéran. 

 

L'Iran a intenté à la Russie un procès d'arbitrage pour annulation du contrat. La République islamique réclame quatre milliards de dollars d'indemnités.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 16:20
TACPOD Completes USAF Flight Testing

August 29, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems; issued Aug. 28, 2013)

 

AUSTIN, TX --- Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems recently completed successful flight testing of its TACPOD mid-tier aerial communications relay node on a US Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

 

The US Government flight testing marks the culmination of Ultra’s development and production contract to support Beyond Line of Sight Command and Control (BLOS C2) for the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. An earlier TACPOD configuration completed similar flight testing in December 2011.

 

“TACPOD fielding will provide a substantial capability for the warfighter to share meaningful information to the tactical edge,” according to Ultra’s TACPOD Project Manager, Bryan Jimenez. “This successful flight test series demonstrates the capability of TACPOD and its readiness for the next phase leading to fielding.”

 

The Tactical Airborne Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Pod (TACPOD) is a robust non-invasive approach to providing tactical information exchange to tactical edge users on a variety of manned and unmanned aircraft. The TACPOD system’s small size, standard weapons mount interface, modularity, scalability, and plug and play capability provides unprecedented mission adaptability.

 

The TACPOD system establishes a network that extends Line of Sight and Beyond Line of Sight communications for voice, video and data. It connects forces throughout the battlefield on the ground, in convoys, command centers, ships and aircraft. Using its Battlefield Integrated Gateway for Tactical Exchange (BIGTEX) software, TACPOD relays, bridges, translates, distributes and manages current and legacy voice, video and data. From the lower altitudes of the mid-tier aerial network to the upper-tier aerial network, TACPOD provides persistent communications relay and tactical data link gateway services over widely dispersed and austere environments.

 

The US Air Force awarded Ultra a contract to provide the TACPOD BLOS Employment Quick Reaction Capability in March 2012. The project will conclude with delivery of multiple, complete TACPOD systems, each incorporating a two-pod mission set, along with ground support and ancillary equipment.

 

“TACPOD represents a continuation of our commitment to deliver solutions that help customers integrate, share and act on time-critical information,” says Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems President John McAlonan. “We look forward to fielding TACPOD, providing an affordable persistent communications and interoperability capability to the joint warfighter across a wide spectrum of missions.”

 

 

Ultra Electronics, Advanced Tactical Systems specializes in designing, manufacturing and supporting tactical command and control systems, subsystems and products for defense and homeland security applications worldwide. Their products and services are used on aircraft, ships, submarines, vehicles, air operations centers and other key locations throughout the world.

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US Army Orders Switchblade Attack UAVs

August 29, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: AeroVironment, Inc.; issued August 28, 2013)

 

Aerovironment Receives $15.8 Million In Orders Under A United States Army Contract for Switchblade Tactical Missile Systems

 

MONROVIA, Calif. --- AeroVironment, Inc. (AVAV) announced that it has received a total of $15.8 million in orders under a contract for Switchblade tactical missile systems, ancillary equipment and support.

 

The United States Army Close Combat Weapons Systems Program Executive Office Missiles and Space (PEO MS) awarded these contract options. AeroVironment and its strategic teammate for advanced warheads, ATK, will continue to work together to produce and deliver the systems.

 

The initial contract was issued on August 30, 2012 in support of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). The scope of work under this contract includes operational and training rounds plus training, support and rapid delivery to support ongoing customer operations. AeroVironment has received five separate orders totaling $15.8 million under this contract, including the most recent on July 29, 2013.

 

“Switchblade is the first smart loitering weapon, giving our troops a new force protection capability that can deliver precision effects kilometers away with in-flight retargeting, target verification and pinpoint delivery, all resulting in little or no collateral effects,” said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “AeroVironment and ATK stand ready to deliver more Switchblade systems to protect our troops.”

 

“Adoption of innovative new solutions within the Department of Defense is difficult in today’s budget constrained environment,” added Tim Conver, AeroVironment chairman and chief executive officer. “These follow-on procurements of Switchblade systems demonstrate our customer’s confidence in this unique capability and the persistence required for the successful adoption and deployment of innovative solutions.”

 

Conver added, “Switchblade is just one of a number of new opportunities driving AeroVironment’s long-term growth. We are confident that our strategy is working and that our investments in pioneering new products and technologies are creating sustainable long-term value for our customers and our stockholders.”

 

A February 2013 news article quoted the REF’s director as saying, “Theater came in and said, ‘We need dramatically more’ ” (Switchblade systems) than those supplied in late 2012. In March 2013 the Army released a presolicitation notification on the Federal Business Opportunities website for an intent to award a new sole source contract to AeroVironment for Switchblade tactical missile systems. That contract has yet to be awarded.

 

Switchblade provides a high-precision, direct fire capability at beyond-line-of-sight ranges in a rapidly deployable, backpackable package weighing six pounds.

 

 

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, operates and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s electric-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems extensively to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 11:55
NPO Vysokotochnie Komplexy et Safran signent un accord dans le domaine des caméras thermiques

Salon MAKS, Aéroport de Joukovsky (région de Moscou), le 28 août 2013. Safran

 

A l’occasion du salon MAKS, Vysokotochnie Komplexy (High Precision Systems), société de la corporation d’Etat Rostechnologies et Safran viennent de signer ce jour un accord de coopération.

 

Cet accord a été signé par Mr. Jean-Paul Herteman, président directeur général de Safran et par Mr. Alexander Denisov, président directeur général de Vysokotochnye Kompleksy.

 

Confirmant la confiance de NPO Vysokotochnie Komplexy dans les capteurs thermiques à hautes performances de Sagem, cet accord prévoit la commande de caméras thermiques pour cet automne.

 

Ce partenariat entre Safran et NPO Vysokotochnie Komplexy est le fruit d’une coopération de plus de dix ans fondée sur la complémentarité des savoir-faire et de l’excellence des technologies de leurs deux sociétés : Sagem et Instrument Design Bureau (KBP). Le haut degré de compétitivité des solutions proposées par KBP et Sagem a permis de remporter en Russie, comme à l’international, de nombreux succès commerciaux, et de créer plusieurs opportunités attestant du potentiel de leur coopération.

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Sagem (Safran), société de haute technologie, est un leader mondial de solutions et de services en optronique, avionique, électronique et logiciels critiques, pour les marchés civils et de défense. N°1 européen et n°3 mondial des systèmes de navigation inertielle pour les applications aéronautiques, marines et terrestres, Sagem est également n°1 mondial des commandes de vol pour hélicoptères et n°1 européen des systèmes optroniques et des systèmes de drones tactiques. Présents sur tous les continents via le réseau international de Safran, Sagem et ses filiales emploient 7 500 personnes en Europe, en Asie-Pacifique, en Amérique du Nord et en Amérique du Sud. Sagem est le nom commercial de la société Sagem Défense Sécurité.

 

Pour plus d’informations : www.sagem-ds.com

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 11:50
the Puma IFV will undergo two month-hot weather trials in UAE. Photo Ralph Zwilling

the Puma IFV will undergo two month-hot weather trials in UAE. Photo Ralph Zwilling

29 August 2013 army-technology.com

 

The German Army has shipped two new Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to UAE for hot weather trials under the direction of the Bundeswehr Federal Office for equipment, information technology and operation (BAAINBw) over the next two months.

 

Scheduled to be carried out by personnel of the Bundeswehr Technical Centre (WTD) 91 Meppen (weapons) and WTD 41 Trier for mobility, the testing forms part of extensive investigations required to demonstrate whether the vehicle fulfils military requirements.

 

Apart from testing Puma's suitability for very hot weather operations, the trials will also include firing and driving manoeuvres in desert conditions, as well as firepower and mobility evaluations.

 

During the trials, the temperature profiles inside the vehicle will be measured, then compared to the ambient temperature and analysed.

 

Puma IFV successfully completed three-month cold weather testing in Lakselv, Norway, in 2012.

 

Based on the weather tests results, the first production of Puma IFV is expected to be delivered to the German Army in 2014.

 

Powered by a MTU V10 892 diesel engine, Puma is a 31.5t tracked armoured infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV) designed to replace the army's existing Rheinmetall Landsysteme Marder 1 vehicles, which entered service in 1971 and will soon reach the end of operational life.

 

Around 350 vehicles are currently being manufactured by Projekt System Management, a joint venture of Rheinmetall Land Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, as part of a €3bn contract awarded in July 2009.

 

The contract originally covered 405 vehicles, but the numbers were later reduced in wake of the German army's restructuring programme.

 

Deliveries of all vehicles are scheduled to complete by the end of 2020.

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