Suivre ce blog Administration + Créer mon blog
26 août 2013 1 26 /08 /août /2013 11:20
UAV System Allows GIS Professionals A Cost-effective Solution for Aerial Data

August 24, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


News release from Integrated Informatics:


CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 23, 2013 /CNW/ – Integrated Informatics Inc. now offers a complete aerial data solution, from data capture to analysis and data management, using senseFly’s eBee unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This solution offers a significant cost-reduction related to mobilization and demobilization of fixed-wing and helicopter surveys.


Stephen Rowe of Integrated Informatics comments, “Prior to senseFly’s eBee, Integrated Informatics would have to rely on client-sourced imagery and digital elevation data, or pull from legacy data. In some cases, the data wasn’t even suited for the analysis being performed. By integrating the eBee, we now have the opportunity to capture and deliver data that specifically matches the requirements of our client’s projects.” Rowe continued, “We have flexibility with respect to spatial resolution and vertical accuracy that will result in more accurate analysis results.”


Integrated Informatics Inc. is a leading consultancy for Geographic Information System implementation and development. Founded in 2002, Integrated Informatics provides spatial data management, workflow and process automation, and custom mapping solutions to the Energy and Natural Resource sectors throughout North America with offices in Calgary, Alberta, Houston, Texas, and St. John’s, Newfoundland.


senseFly is a Swiss company that develops and produces autonomous ultralight flying drones, also called UAVs, and related software solutions.

Partager cet article
26 août 2013 1 26 /08 /août /2013 10:55
Deux Reaper pour l'armée de l'air: ce n'est plus "imminent", c'est fait... (23.08.2013)

23.08.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense


Hier, c'était "imminent (voir mon post mis en ligne ce matin). Ce vendredi, c'est fait!

La France a bien acquis un premier système de deux drones Reaper fabriqués par la société américaine General Atomics. "La procédure d'acquisition du premier système de deux drones MQ-9 Reaper a été notifiée. Il est commandé", a indiqué à l'AFP un porte-parole de la Défense.

L'achat de Reaper avait été annoncé en mai, mais plus de trois mois de discussions ont été nécessaires pour boucler l'opération. Ce premier système - les deux vecteurs aériens "non armés" et leur dispositif de guidage au sol - sera livré "à compter de fin 2013".

Partager cet article
26 août 2013 1 26 /08 /août /2013 07:45
Industrie militaire - l’Algérie et les Emirats Arabes Unis finalisent des contrats et conventions de coopération (MDN)

25.08.2013 auto-utilitaire.com


Le Groupement de la promotion de l’industrie mécanique, relevant du ministère de la Défense nationale et le groupe émirati "Tawazun" et sa filiale "Nimre-Automotiv" ont procédé dimanche à Alger à la finalisation de tous les contrats et conventions de partenariat, a indiqué un communiqué du ministère.


"Dans le cadre de l’exécution du programme de développement des fabrications militaires, sous la forme partenariale, à court, moyen et long terme et sa mise en oeuvre dans le respect des délais de réalisation fixés, une importante délégation du groupe émirati Tawazun et sa filiale Nimre-Automotiv séjourne en Algérie du 24 au 27 août 2013", a ajouté la même source.


"Durant son séjour, la délégation présidée par M. Seif Al-Hadjiri, le PDG du groupe Tawazun et par M. Fahd Harhara, directeur général de Nimre-Automotiv ont procédé avec l’Etablissement public à caractère industriel et commercial, Groupement de la promotion de l’industrie mécanique (Epic-GPIM) du MDN, à la finalisation de tous les contrats et conventions au niveau du siège du ministère de la Défense nationale", a précisé le communiqué.


La délégation émiratie a, par ailleurs, fixé avec son homologue algérienne, les différentes étapes du lancement de la production, en vue de la sortie des premiers véhicules de l’usine de Khenchela dès décembre 2013, a poursuivi la même source.


Enfin, une convention d’investissement relative à ce programme a été signée avec l’Agence nationale de développement de l’investissement (ANDI), a conclu le communiqué du MDN.

Partager cet article
25 août 2013 7 25 /08 /août /2013 11:20
The AT-6 light attack aircraft during its first production test flight at Beechcraft's facility in Kansas, US. Photo Beechcraft Corporation.

The AT-6 light attack aircraft during its first production test flight at Beechcraft's facility in Kansas, US. Photo Beechcraft Corporation.

23 August 2013 airforce-technology.com


Beechcraft has carried out the initial test flight of its first production AT-6 light attack aircraft at its facility in Wichita, Kansas, US.


Having already completed more than 1,600 flight hours, the aircraft is being offered to the US allies seeking light attack air support for demanding missions.


During flight test, the aircraft was loaded with a pair of 250L drop tanks, two inert GBU-58 laser-guided bombs, two LAU-131 seven-shot rocket launchers, as well as a L-3 Wescam Mx-15Di electro-optical infrared camera, Flight Global reports.


Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said the flight test demonstrates the collaborative effort of the entire Beechcraft team involved in the design, development and production of the AT-6 aircraft.


''We have seen a growing interest in the AT-6 from the defence establishment around the world and we are eager to provide proven reliability and a cost-effective solution to meet the light attack mission needs of our customers,'' Boisture said.

"The aircraft is being offered to the US allies seeking light attack air support for demanding missions."


Beechcraft Defense Company president Russ Bartlett said: ''This light attack aircraft is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and avionics that will provide partnering nations with a proven air platform and weapons systems that are already in use by air forces around the world.''


Powered by a single Pratt and Whitney PT6A-68D engine, the AT-6 is an armed variant of T-6B Texan II aircraft under development to support a variety of operations, including training, manned intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, and light precision attack missions.


Equipped with CMC Esterline's mission modified Cockpit 4000 and Lockheed Martin-built A-10C-based mission system, the aircraft can also be used in the support of convoy escort, homeland defence, counter-narcotics, disaster area reconnaissance, search-and-rescue and firefighting operations.


The aircraft has successfully demonstrated high-end net-centric and light attack capabilities and full compatibility with US and Nato joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) systems during the Air National Gurad's (ANG) Operational Assessment and Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment in 2010.

Partager cet article
25 août 2013 7 25 /08 /août /2013 11:20
Special Ops Command Announces $560M Award for Critical New Vehicle

Aug. 22, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY - Defense News


In one of the dwindling number of domestic new build ground vehicle contracts available to the US defense industry, the US Special Operations Command today awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems a contract worth at least $562 million its Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV) program.


The special ops command has said that it wants to buy 1,297 GMVs to replace the current 1,072 Humvee-based GMVs it has in its inventory. Defense News reported back in May that SOCOM had already planned to spend about $24 million on the program in fiscal 2014 for the first 101 vehicles, at a price tag of at $245,000 per vehicle.


Barring any protests, the loss will come as a bitter pill for current GMV-maker AM General and Navistar International, companies who are looking for more business at a time when the buys of Humvees and MRAPs have ended. Oshkosh Defense was eliminated from the competition in January, after which it filed a protest which was then withdrawn in April.


Requirements documents released last year said that the GMV would have to weigh less than 7,000 pounds, have the ability to carry up to seven passengers and be transportable in an M/CH-47 Chinook helicopter.


In today’s notice about the award, the government said that it plans on spending about $14 million in already allocated fiscal 2012 and 2013 budgets for research, test and evaluation on the GMV.


Final deliveries of all GMVs are expected to be complete by September 2020.


SOCOM has also said that it’s in the market for an even smaller vehicle that could fit in the back of a V-22 Osprey. SOCOM released a request for proposals on April 5 for the program, which calls for a lightly armored vehicle that can roll out of the back of an Osprey and begin firing mounted weapons within 60 seconds.


Funding for that program would kick off in the 2015 budget SOCOM officials announced this spring, and that industry has already started to submit its plans to meet the requirement. The Air Force special operation command will begin doing combat evaluations of prototypes in 2014.

Partager cet article
24 août 2013 6 24 /08 /août /2013 11:40
750th Mi-8AMT helicopter produced

ULAN-UDE, Russia, Aug. 22 (UPI)


Russian Helicopters reports production of the 750th Mi-8AMT Hip aircraft, which will enter service with the Russian military.


The Mi-8AMT combat transport has the export designation of Mi-171.


The milestone was achieved by Russian Helicopters' Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant.


"It is symbolic that this 'landmark' helicopter should be delivered to the Defense Ministry," UUAP Managing Director Leonid Belykh said. "We have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the ministry for many years, and are continuing to develop this partnership."


The original version of the Mi-8 was introduced into service in 1977.


The AMT variant features gear such as a spotlight with infrared filter, a FLIR radar system and additional fuel tanks for increased range.


"Helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series enjoy global renown and are in constant demand, and for many years have set the standard for medium-class helicopters," Russian Helicopters said.


"The first Mi-8AMT (Mi-171) was produced in 1991. Since then, its construction and equipment have undergone continuous updating and new versions have been developed, strengthening the position of this Russian best-seller on the global market."


A new variant, the multi-role Mi-171A2, is under development. Russian Helicopters said it expects the aircraft will receive certification by the end of next year, with deliveries to customers starting in 2015.

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 16:40
SNLE Severodvinsk Photo Oleg Kuleshov

SNLE Severodvinsk Photo Oleg Kuleshov

MOSCOU, 22 août - RIA Novosti


Le sous-marin nucléaire russe Severodvinsk a achevé la 3e des quatre étapes d'essais en mer, a annoncé jeudi le service de presse des chantiers navals Sevmach de Severodvinsk.


"Le sous-marin a passé plus de 20 jours en pleine mer. Il a réalisé tous les essais prévus par le programme. Les systèmes de bord du sous-marin ont été testés dans différentes conditions", a indiqué Marat Abijanov, chef de production des matériels de guerre de Sevmach, cité par le service de presse.


Le sous-marin nucléaire Severodvinsk est le chef de file du projet 885 Iassen. Il a un déplacement de 8.600/13.800 tonnes et peut plonger à 600 mètres de profondeur. Sa vitesse est de 16/30 nœuds. Le SNLE Severodvinsk est doté de missiles supersoniques de croisière de type Oniks et Kalibr et de torpilles à guidage automatique. Son équipage comprendra 90 sous-mariniers dont 32 officiers.


La Marine russe se verra livrer trois sous-marins nucléaires avant la fin de 2013 dont deux du projet 955 Boreï (Alexandre Nevski et Vladimir Monomakh) et un du projet 885 Iassen.

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 16:30
L’Iran annonce le début des essais de son nouveau sous-marin, le Fateh

22 août 2013 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


L’Iran commencera prochainement les essais de son nouveau sous-marin, le Fateh, qu’elle est sur le point de terminer, a déclaré le commandant adjoint des forces navales iraniennes, le contre-amiral Reza Kadem Bigam.


Selon le contre-amiral, des sous-marins ressemblant au Fateh seront construits en « grande quantité parce que c’est une arme stratégique ».


Il a aussi annoncé que le Fateh se différencie des sous-marins de la classe Ghadir parce qu’il est équipé de missiles et torpilles plus puissants. De plus, le nouveau sous-marin pourra lancer missiles et torpilles en même temps.


En juin 2012, le contre-amiral Abbas Zamini avait annoncé que son pays lançait le développement d’un sous-marin nucléaire et que, pour sa conception, il s’appuierait sur l’expérience accumulée pour la construction de la centre nucléaire de Bushehr. Les caractéristiques de ce sous-marin n’ont pas été communiquées.


Référence : RIA Novosti (Russie)

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 16:20
USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) fires a standard missile - photo US Navy

USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) fires a standard missile - photo US Navy

Aug 23, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Lockheed Martin


The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team's (NYSE: LMT) Aegis Combat System successfully completed the first live firing test that proves the system can defend beyond its line of sight by integrating data from a remote sensor to intercept a target.


The latest Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) test marks the first test at sea, and the second consecutive time this year, where Aegis used remote data to successfully intercept a target. Using the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) to interpret data from remote sources, Aegis launched a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile from the USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) to intercept the target.


"The latest NIFC-CA test demonstrated how the Aegis Combat System has taken a significant step forward in increasing interoperability with remote systems to extend the distance that we can detect, analyze and intercept targets," said Jim Sheridan, director of U.S. Navy Aegis programs for Lockheed Martin. "We continue to use our advanced solutions to provide the Navy with the robust and reliable capabilities needed to defend our nation from sophisticated threats."


As a result of the successful NIFC-CA test, Aegis proved once again that it can transform and adapt to threats and address a changing defense landscape. The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are committed to modernization programs for the Aegis Combat System on cruisers and destroyers to extend service life and provide new technologies to the ships and their crews. Ships receiving Aegis system upgrades will field Open Architecture and Commercial Off-the-Shelf technologies that will reduce total ownership costs and ensure military readiness for ongoing missile defense needs.


Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 12:50
Euro Hawk décollage de la BA De de Manching 11.01.2013 photo EADS - CAssidian

Euro Hawk décollage de la BA De de Manching 11.01.2013 photo EADS - CAssidian

22 Aug 2013 By Zach Rosenberg – FG


Washington DC - Germany has denied that negotiations are ongoing in an attempt to salvage Northrop Grumman's Euro Hawk unmanned air vehicle (UAV) deal, nixed in May over airspace concerns.


The German ministry of defence expressed "surprise" with comments by Northrop vice-president Tom Vice, who spoke to reporters on 20 August.


"We're continuing to work with the Germans to find a solution on this programme," Vice said. "We continue to have discussions, but the thing we continue to point out is that the capability continues to match their needs. The programme is going extremely well we're making a lot of progress, we're having discussions, we'll see where that ends up."


The ministry is seeking clarification from involved companies.


The programme, meant to supply surveillance capabilities to Germany using four modified RQ-4 Global Hawks, is formally scheduled to end in September. The programme's cancellation was largely a result of Germany's airspace regulators, expressing concern over integrating UAVs routinely into airspace.


"The Global Hawk programme has 97% of its life ahead of it. It's a maturing programme," Vice said.


In the USA, Global Hawk has its own problems. Citing high costs and sub-par performance, the US Air Force is seeking to retire the Global Hawk Block 30, originally meant to replace the aging Lockheed U-2 in its surveillance role, while continuing operations of the Block 40.

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 12:35
Project 636 Varshavyanka-class submarine

Project 636 Varshavyanka-class submarine

HANOI, Vietnam, Aug. 23 (UPI)


Russia's Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg said it will float out the third of six Project 636 Varshavyanka-class submarines being built for Vietnam's navy by the end of the month, RIA Novosti reported.


The Varshavyanka class, with more advanced stealth technology and an extended combat range, is an improvement on its predecessor, the Kilo class of submarines, RIA Novosti said.


The U.S. Navy calls the diesel-electric subs black-holes because their technology makes them nearly undetectable when submerged.


Vietnam will use the 3,100-ton submarines primarily for anti-shipping and anti-submarine missions in relatively shallow waters.


RIA Novosti said Vietnam ordered the six submarines in 2009 to counter China's increasing naval influence in the region. The contract, worth around $2 billion, includes training of Vietnamese crews in Russia.


A Vietnamese crew has been training since April in the first of the submarines, the Novorossiisk, that completed its 100-day sea trials last month and is expected to be delivered in November, Admiralty Shipyards said.


Admiralty will float out Vietnam's fourth Varshavyanka-class vessel in November, with delivery of the last vessel to Vietnam scheduled for 2016.


A report by Naval-Technology in August last year said the Varshavyanka-class vessels have a range of 400 miles using electronic propulsion and can patrol for 45 days.


The submarines carry a crew of 52 and feature 533mm torpedo tubes and Kalibr 3M54 (NATO SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missiles, developed by Russia's Novator Design Bureau.


Top speed is 20 knots and diving depth is about 985 feet.


The shipyard also said the first of another six being built for Russia's Black Sea Fleet would be floated out in November.


Construction of the first Varshavyanka-class sub for the Black Sea Fleet, a vessel named the Novorossiisk, began in 2010 and was completed ahead of schedule, the shipbuilder said.


Admiralty Shipyard also constructed India's ill-fated Sindhurakshak submarine that was destroyed by an explosion this month.


The vessel is the seventh and last of the 10 Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines the Indian navy acquired from Moscow between 1986 and 2000.


Admiralty built the Sindhurakshak in 1997 and the Russian Severodvinsk Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk recently completed a 2 1/2-year, $80 million modernization of the vessel.


Sindhurakshakat had arrived at Mumbai Naval Docks on April 29 but sank after a massive explosion Aug. 14 that killed 18 seamen.

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 12:20
1 300 Flyer de General Dynamics pour les forces spéciales US

23.08.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

Le commandement des opérations spéciales a enfin choisi son Ground Mobility Vehicle: il s'agit du véhicule proposé par General Dynamics. La valeur du contrat est de 562 millions de dollars (lire l'avis d'attribution ci-dessous).


1 300 Flyers seront livrés d'ici à 2020. A moins que Navistar, candidat malheureux, ne mette son grain de sable dans le contrat.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems of St. Petersburg, Fla., is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost delivery orders (or any combination of those) contract with total ceiling of $562,210,980 for the purchase of Ground Mobility Vehicles 1.1 (GMV 1.1). The GMV 1.1 is a highly mobile, C/MH-47-transportable platform with associated manuals, spare parts, mechanical/operator training and a Government Furnished C4ISR suite non-developmental item with Special Operations Forces-peculiar modifications. The majority of the work will be performed in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Ladson, S.C. The term of the contract is seven years, and is expected to be completed by September 2020. This contract will be funded at the delivery order level. One delivery order will be issued at the time of contract award and funded with $9,807,029 of research, development, test and evaluation funds, under fiscal 2012 and 2013, and $4,999,500 procurement funds under fiscal 2012 and 2013. This contract was competitively procured via Federal Business Opportunities, with seven proposals received. U.S. Special Operations Command is the contracting activity (H92222-13-D-0013).

photos General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systemsphotos General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
photos General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systemsphotos General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

photos General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 12:20
MQ-4C BAMS  photo Northrop Grumman

MQ-4C BAMS photo Northrop Grumman

August 21, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued August 21, 2013)


Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $27,599,424 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0117) to exercise an option for additional operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator Unmanned Aircraft System.


Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70 percent), and outside continental United States (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2014. Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Navy contract funds in the amount of $27,599,424 will be obligated at the time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.


The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

MQ-4C Triton UAV photo Northrop Grumman

MQ-4C Triton UAV photo Northrop Grumman

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 07:45
Angola to hold first defence exhibition

20 August 2013 by defenceWeb


Angola will hold its first defence exhibition, the International Fair of the Defence and Security Industry (FIDES), in November as it attempts to build up a local defence industry and reduce dependence on foreign imports.


Angola’s defence minister Candido Pereira dos Santos van Dunem said that FIDES would “identify opportunities to establish public-private partnerships,” and “stimulate investment in the defence and security industry.”


FIDES will be held from November 10 to 13 at the International Luanda Fair (FIL) venue. It will be “a platform for boosting economic cooperation ties between Angola and other countries,” van Dunem said.


Some 70 companies from five invited countries – Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spin and Israel – are expected to exhibit, although the fair could see up to 100 exhibitors from 27 countries.


FIDES was officially launched in the capital Luanda on Friday by van Dunem, under the banner ‘Peace, Security and Development’. The minister said he wants Angola to reduce its dependence on defence imports and create jobs at home.

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 07:40
Rossiya_Antonov_An-148-100B photo Dvurekov

Rossiya_Antonov_An-148-100B photo Dvurekov

August 22, 2013:  Strategy Page


The Russian Air Force has ordered 15 An-148 commercial transports. The An-148 is a twin jet commercial transport that normally carries up to 80 passengers or nine tons of cargo. Max range is 2,100 kilometers and the high-wing design means that the stretched An-178 cargo version can carry up to 15 tons and have a rear door for quickly loading and unloading. The An-148 is costing the air force about $39 million each and all will be delivered by 2017. The air force does have a need for An-148s, but the government has an even greater need in keeping the Russian commercial aircraft manufacturers in business. That’s the main reason behind this purchase.


Antonov introduced the An-148 as a competitor for the American Boeing 737. Although Antonov soon had orders for over 200 of the new aircraft, the first operators reported that the An-148 was more expensive to operate than a comparable 737 (in service since the 1960s with over 6,000 built). Sensing that competing with the 737 (which costs more than 50 percent more) on price alone might not work Antonov announced a military version of the An-148; the An-178. This would be a cargo aircraft, with a max payload of 15 tons. But that segment of the market is already being served by aircraft like the Western AN-295 and C-27J. The basic problem here is that once mighty Soviet civil aviation industry has been shriveling away since 1991, and has few viable opportunities to make a comeback.


The disintegration of the Soviet Union not only destroyed centuries of Russian empire building, but tore apart the Russian civil aviation industry. For decades Soviet commercial aircraft manufacturers had guaranteed customers for their second-rate (compared to Western models) aircraft. Russian and East European airlines had to buy the Russian models, and many poor countries that could not afford Western aircraft, accepted the Russian planes as better than nothing. After 1991, the Soviet Union was replaced by a much reduced Russia, and 14 new nations that had been part of the old empire. No one was forced to buy second-best aircraft anymore. The dissolution deal had whatever Soviet assets were in the new nation, belonging to it. Most of the civil aircraft manufacturing facilities were outside of Russia (in Ukraine and Uzbekistan). Of the three major aircraft manufacturing firms, Antonov was headquartered in Ukraine, Ilyushin in Uzbekistan and only Tupolev in Russia. Russia has managed to persuade (via cash and help with sales) Ilyushin to move a lot of manufacturing back to Russia. Tupolev is being merged with several military aircraft manufacturers, as part of the United Aircraft Corporation. Antonov may be forced to reconnect with Mother Russia as well, given their inability to design and manufacture aircraft that can compete with AirBus and Boeing (not to mention many smaller Western firms).


New Russian commercial aircraft designs keep coming up short compared to what the West is offering. It’s not just Boeing and AirBus, but also smaller manufacturers in Europe and the Americas. Even China is entering the commercial aircraft market and is poised to beat the Russian efforts as well. But the Russian government is still determined to pay the price of staying in the market. As long as the subsidies, in the form of cash and government purchases keep coming, the Russian firms will keep trying.

Partager cet article
23 août 2013 5 23 /08 /août /2013 07:35
India Defense Ministry Signs Contract for T-90 Missiles

August 22nd, 2013 defencetalk.com  ( RIA Novosti)


India’s Defense Ministry has signed a contract with Bharat Dynamics Limited for delivery of T-90 tank missiles manufactured under Russian license to the Indian army, The Hindu daily newspaper reported Tuesday.


Under the contract, estimated at $470 million, the deliveries of the Invar missiles, to be put on T-90 tanks, are to be completed within the next five years.


Invar is a laser-guided antitank missile with a range of five kilometers (three miles) and capability of penetrating explosive reactive armor.


Bharat Dynamics has been manufacturing the missiles in collaboration with Russia’s state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, the newspaper said.


According to media reports, India is planning to procure 25,000 Invar missiles for its T-90 tanks, including 10,000 to be bought directly from Russia and 15,000 to be manufactured domestically under Russian license.

India Defense Ministry Signs Contract for T-90 Missiles
Partager cet article
22 août 2013 4 22 /08 /août /2013 16:45
Togolese Air Force CN235 not delivered

22 August 2013 by defenceWeb


The Togolese Air Force appears not to have taken delivery of an ex-Botswana Defence Force CASA CN235M transport aircraft, as previously indicated.


In August last year it was reported that the CN235 was destined for Togo as it was seen in Togolese Air Force markings at Lanseria airport in July, after undergoing maintenance in Johannesburg. On July 11 it was cancelled from the US register upon transfer to Togo.


However, last week Air Forces Daily reported that the sale may have fallen through as the aircraft remained at Lanseria until at least January this year. Then, on August 5, it was registered in the United States as N124CL to Avcorp US Registrations LLC Trustee of Wilmington, Delaware.


The aircraft is one of two ex-Botswana Defence Force Air Wing CN235s that were retired after being replaced with new production CN235M-300s from December 2009. Botswana was the second African customer for the CN235 and received its two examples in 1987-88. The older aircraft were subsequently placed in storage at Lanseria.


The second example was registered with Fayard Enterprises of Wake Forest, North Carolina. This company primarily provides skydiving operations with aircraft and aircraft maintenance services. The aircraft was then sold through Skywest International LLC to Paramount Logistics Corporation under a contract announced on June 5, 2012. It was removed from the US register on May 25, 2012, as it was sold in South Africa.


Air Forces Daily reports that in January this year it was painted as TN-228 for the Congolese Air Force. It has presumably been delivered to Brazzaville.


Congo-Brazzaville has a very small air force geared towards providing transport, especially to the president and government ministers, according to Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessment. Janes adds that since 1997, the air force has “effectively ceased to exist as a viable and effective military organisation. Even before the civil war, most types had been withdrawn from service.”


The Congolese Air Force’s only combat capable aircraft are two ex-South African Air Force Mirage F1s acquired several years ago after being refurbished by the Paramount Group (the Air Force’s dozen MiG-21s are all grounded).


The Congolese Air Force has a motley collection of transport aircraft and helicopters. These include an An-12, five An-24s, one An-26, a Boeing 727, one Fokker F-28 and an N-2501 Noratlas, according to the IISS’s The Military Balance 2012.


Only a few helicopters are in flying condition, including a Mi-26, AS 365 Dauphin, SA 316 Alouette III and SA 318 Alouette II. Other aircraft in the Congo’s inventory include four L-39 Albatros jets. A number of Mi-8/17s may also be in service.


The CN235 is able to carry up to six tonnes of payload. Its two General Electric GE CT7-9C3 turboprop engines, each delivering 1 870 shp, give it a maximum cruise speed of 240 kt (450 km/h). CN235s have accumulated more than a million flight hours.


Cameroon became the most recent CN235 operator when it received a single example last month. Its CN235 was the 276th to be ordered from Airbus Military. A total of 43 operators around the world have ordered the aircraft in transport and surveillance versions, and it is currently in service with 28 countries.

Partager cet article
22 août 2013 4 22 /08 /août /2013 14:25
Colombian Army Acquires 28 Additional COMMANDO Armored Personnel Carriers from Textron Marine & Land Systems

August 22, 2013 (Marketwired )


NEW ORLEANS, LA - Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS), an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a $31.6 million contract award from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to provide 28 COMMANDOTM Advanced Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), with 40mm/.50 cal remote turrets, to the Colombian Army (COLAR). Initial APC deliveries to the U.S. Army, for shipping to Colombia, are expected to begin in November, with all vehicles scheduled to be completed and transferred by April 2014.


The contract also includes repair services on two damaged Armored Personnel Carriers in the COLAR's inventory, which consists of 39 COMMANDO Advanced APCs in operation with its Armored Cavalry units. These repairs will coincide with vehicle support service work on COLAR APCs awarded to TM&LS earlier this year.


Since fielding its APCs in May 2010, the COLAR has employed them extensively while combating internal revolutionary forces in Colombia. These vehicles have provided the mobility, protection and firepower needed to meet all COLAR tactical armored vehicle requirements.


"Our Colombian Army customer values the performance, operator protection and reliability they have experienced with our COMMANDO APCs during more than three years of demanding operations," said Textron Marine & Land Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley. "We're pleased to be growing this relationship and providing the Colombian Army with this important asset for its Cavalry units."


The COMMANDO Advanced APC is an extended version of the Armored Security Vehicle, combat proven by the U.S. Army and other militaries in locations including Afghanistan and Iraq for more than 10 years. The APC's additional two feet in length and six inches in internal height allow greater troop carrying capacity. These vehicles offer excellent on-road and off-road mobility, enabling them to operate in urban, jungle, desert and mountainous terrain. Crew protection is reinforced with a V-shaped hull bottom and 360-degree protection from direct fire.


Rigorously tested and proven in the toughest environments, the COMMANDO family of vehicles offers a range of protection options, unmatched on-road/off-road mobility and ample firepower. TM&LS produces four lines of COMMANDO four-wheeled vehicles - COMMANDO Utility, COMMANDO Advanced, COMMANDO Select and COMMANDO Elite.


As an end-to-end armored vehicle provider, TM&LS offers customers a wide range of COMMANDO products and services. Within the COMMANDO family of vehicle lines, TM&LS has recently developed an enhanced recapitalization solution for HMMWVs, a 4x4 mortar vehicle, and command and control integration. Coordinated logistics support ensures proper fielding, training, maintenance and related services throughout each vehicle's life cycle. 


About Textron Marine & Land Systems

Textron Marine & Land Systems designs, produces and supports advanced wheeled combat vehicles and cutting-edge maritime craft used by U.S. and international armed forces, as well as civilian entities around the globe. Its COMMANDO family of armored vehicles offers a full range of vehicle options delivering enhanced survivability, mobility, lethality and sustainability. Textron Marine & Land Systems' innovative turret technology and related subsystems also deliver outstanding performance and reliability. Its strategic business, MillenWorks, operates an Engineering Center of Excellence with a reputation as a highly sought-after solution center, which designs and develops advanced mobility solutions for demanding on- and off-road applications. Textron Marine & Land Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textronmarineandland.com.


About Textron Systems

Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the company is known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.


About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com


The following files are available for download:

Colombian Army Acquires 28 Additional COMMANDO Armored Personnel Carriers from Textron Marine & Land Systems
Partager cet article
22 août 2013 4 22 /08 /août /2013 12:50
NAWCAD Team Helps British Crew Complete New Helo Tests

The upgraded CH-47 Chinook, outfitted with bright red skis, hovers over the airfield at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as it completes checks of a new digital automatic flight control system. The system gives the aircraft better low speed capabilities, allowing for safer maneuvering and increased control. (Courtesy photo by Fred Troilo)


Aug 21, 2013 ASDNews Source : Naval Air Systems Command


NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Royal Air Force (RAF) flight crews completed testing of their new MK6 tandem rotor helicopter with the help of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) here Aug. 10.


NAWCAD employees provided assistance to the RAF under a commercial service agreement with Boeing. NAS Patuxent River offers many unique testing areas such as sloped landing pads, maneuvering courses and heavy lift stations. Flying in these testing areas ensured the helicopter’s new digital automatic flight control system (AFCS) could operate successfully in a wide range of environments and scenarios, from operations in a desert theater to supply drops in the Arctic.


 “This is going to give us increased control in degraded visual environments, when operating in very difficult conditions such as in the dark or with dust and snow that prevent the pilot from seeing,” said RAF Flight Leader Chris Boddy. “This gives control to the aircraft so the pilot can monitor the profiles of the aircraft flying and not be overworked.”


 In addition to the digital AFCS, the upgraded version of Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook contains distinctive items such as the COBRA fire suppression system, the external rescue hoist and a rotor brake. The new frame structure of the MK6 allows for lower maintenance and vibration signatures for longer life.


 Several RAF teams visited NAS Patuxent River over the test period, allowing different crews to conduct tests and gain experience flying the aircraft.


“We really appreciate all the facilities we have been able to use on base and places in the local community as well,” Boddy said. “It’s been a good place to work and live.”

Partager cet article
22 août 2013 4 22 /08 /août /2013 12:20

20 août 2013 US Navy

Amphibious transport dock Pre-Commissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25) sails through the Gulf of Mexico during builder's sea trials. Testing during builder's trials also includes anchor handling, flight operations, ballasting and de-ballasting the well deck, and compartment air balancing.

(Video courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Partager cet article
21 août 2013 3 21 /08 /août /2013 11:55
Les poids lourds de l'industrie de défense

20.08.2013 Par Olivier Berger, grand reporter à La Voix du Nord - Défense globale

Voici une nouvelle étape de notre parcours dans l'annuaire statistiques de la Défense 2012-2013. Une mine d'or d'informations brutes que nous vous livrons par petites touches ici dans le calme relatif du mois d'août.


Aujourd'hui, les principaux acteurs de l'industrie de défense (photo de la Fremm Aquitaine construite par DCNS)... Un excellent début de catalogue de nos poids lourds du secteur fourni par la DGA. Un regret, on aurait aimé voir plus loin dans un secteur économique qui représente environ 165 000 emplois directs et indirects, et un chiffre d'affaires de l'ordre de 15 milliards d'euros, dont le tiers environ est réalisé à l'exportation, la France se plaçant au quatrième rang mondial des exportateurs.


Rafale.jpg- Groupe Dassault aviation : les avions militaires représentent 23 % du chiffre d'affaires 2010, soit près d'1 milliard d'euros (4,187 milliards au total).

Employés : 11 491.

Programmes en cours : ATL2, Mirage 2000, Mirage F1, Alphajet, Rafale (photo), drone démonstrateur nEUROn.


BPCMistral.jpg- DCNS : le CA est à 98 % consacré à la défense, soit 2,5 milliards d'euros en 2010. 50 % pour des navires armées, 30 % pour du maintien en condition opérationnelle, 20 % d'équipements.

Employés : 12 266.

Programmes en cours : BPC (bâtiment de projection et de commandement, photo), frégates FREMM (France et Maroc), frégate Horizon, Gowind, IPER Charles-de-Gaulle, IPER adaptation M51, Prosub (Brésil), sous-marins Agosta (Pakistan), sous-marins Scorpène (Chili, Malaisie, Inde, Brésil), sous-marins SNA Barracuda, sous-marins SNLE nouvelle génération Le Terrible, torpilles MU 90 et F21, Sylver, Artémis, patrouilleurs Skjold (Norvège).


68e-regiment-d-artillerie-d-afrique.jpg- Nexter : l'intégralité du chiffre d'affaires de Nexter est consacré à l'industrie de défense, soit 1,076 milliard d'euros. 84 % pour des systèmes, 14 % pour des munitions, 2 % pour du maintien en condition opérationnelle.

Employés : 2 688.

Programmes en cours. Artillerie et équipement : Caesar 155 mm (photo), canon léger tracté de 105 mm LG1 MkII, canons et tourelles de moyen calibre, équipement Félin notamment le FAMAS surbaissé, systèmes d'autoprotection pour véhicules blindés, tourelle ARX20. Véhicules blindés et génie : char Leclerc, valorisation AMX-10 RC, VBCI versions VPC et VCI, Aravis de transport blindé, dépanneur Leclerc, char de déminage AMX-30B2 DT téléopéré, disperseur de mines antichars Minotaur et engins du génie. Munitions : moyen calibre (20 mm, 5 mm, 30 et 40 mm), gros calibre (90 mm, 100 mm, 105 mm et 120 mm), artillerie (155 mm), obus Bonus, munitions intelligentes et insensibles. Systèmes d'information : terminaux SIT et FINDERS d'aide au commandement.


DroneSDTI61eRAGAmex9~1.jpg- Safran : la défense ne représente que 11 % du chiffre d'affaires en 2010 pour un total de 10,76 milliards d'euros.

Employés : 54 256.

Programmes en cours : système de navigation SIGMA, armement sol-air modulaire (AASM), drones SDTI (photo), système du combattant Félin, participation au laser mégajoule, viseurs Strix, système de communication SITEL, jumelles multifonctions JIM LR... Moteurs militaires pour Mirage 2000, Rafale, A400M, propulsion spatiale avec le Vulcain d'Ariane, HM7, Mistral, Vinci, le propulseurs des missiles balistiques M51.


Mica.jpg- SNPE : le spécialiste de la propulsion, des poudres et des explosifs ne travaille qu'à 46 % pour la défense sur un CA total de 543 M€.

Employés : 2 912.

Programmes en cours. Propulsion stratégique : M45, M51. Propulsion tactique : ASMP-A, Aster, Mica (photo), GM LRS, Exocet, MdCN. Poudres : Leclerc, Caesar, moyens calibres, douilles combustibles. Explosifs : Mica, Exocet, Scalp EG, 76 mm marine, bombes aéroportées.



- Groupe Thales : 57,5 % de son CA 2010 fait référence à la défense et à la sécurité, soit 7,5 milliards d'euros sur un total de 13,125.

Employés : 63 734.

Programmes en cours : Plus de 600 M€ : frégates FREMM (France, Italie), Rafale (France). Entre 400 et 600 M€ : systèmes de défense aérienne FSAF (France, Italie). Entre 200 et 400 M€ : hélicoptère NH90, porte-avions CVF (Royaume-Uni), satellites Sentinel 3, Syracuse 3 (France), système de défense aérienne ADAPT (Royaume-Uni), système de drones Watchkeeper (Royaume-Uni, photo).


SherpaRange.jpg- Renault Trucks Defense : Le chiffre d'affaires 2010 s'élève à 309 millions d'euros, intégralement consacrés à la défense comme l'indique le nom de la société filiale de Renault.

Employés : 526.

Programmes en cours : cabines blindés SEA et armée de terre, CAESAR, VAB, commission gestion configuration et mise en condition opérationnelle VAB, Otan Namsa (agence de soutien), Syracuse 3, VBCI, Sherpa range.

Les épisodes statistiques précédents :

Les salaires moyens dans les arméesles principaux équipements de l'armée de terreceux de l'armée de l'air et de la Marine nationalele personnel militaire en activité, les effectifs de la défense par région.

Partager cet article
21 août 2013 3 21 /08 /août /2013 11:40
Biélorussie: vendre les excédents d'armes (Loukachenko)

MINSK, 20 août - RIA Novosti


Le président biélorusse Alexandre Loukachenko a estimé nécessaire de vendre les excédents d'armes de l'armée nationale, rapporte mardi l'agence BELTA.


"Je voudrais que tous agissent en maîtres diligents avec les excédents d'armements dans les Forces armées", a déclaré le chef de l'Etat cité par l'agence.


Et d'ajouter que les personnes désireuses d'acquérir des armes ne manquaient pas.


"Nous n'avons pas caché que si nous pouvons en vendre quelque part, nous le ferons", a conclu M.Loukachenko.

Partager cet article
21 août 2013 3 21 /08 /août /2013 11:35
Inde/accidents: la Marine emploie des ouvriers sous-qualifiés

NEW DELHI, 20 août - RIA Novosti


La Marine indienne emploie des ouvriers sous-qualifiés au port militaire de Mumbai (Bombay), où le sous-marin militaire Sindhurakshak a sombré le 14 août faisant 18 morts, a rapporté mardi le journal India Today se référant à une source au sein de l'administration du port.


"Pourquoi tous ces incidents arrivent-ils? Je ne doute pas qu'ils s'expliquent par le fait que des ouvriers mal qualifiés ont accès à des armes sophistiquées, à des systèmes de navigation, etc. Cela présente un danger pour la sécurité de nos navires", a indiqué un ancien responsable des chantiers navals de Mumbai, SK Gorhe, commentant la deuxième grande perte de la Marine indienne en trois ans.


Le sous-marin INS Sindhurakshak a coulé dans le port de Bombay dans la nuit du 13 au 14 août 2013, suite à trois explosions et un incendie à son bord. Dix-huit membres d'équipage se trouvaient à bord du submersible. Les corps de sept sous-mariniers ont été retrouvés. D'après le journal Mumbai Mirror, les explosions à bord du sous-marin seraient dues à un court-circuit provoqué par une erreur humaine lors du chargement de missiles.


Le 30 janvier 2011, la frégate indienne Vindhyagiri a coulé dans le port de Bombay suite à une collision avec le porte-conteneurs chypriote MV Nordlake, qui avait provoqué un incendie. Tous les occupants du Vindhyagiri ont pu être évacués.

Partager cet article
19 août 2013 1 19 /08 /août /2013 16:45
CGS Barracuda - source defimedia.info

CGS Barracuda - source defimedia.info

19 August 2013 defenceWeb


The island nation of Mauritius will take delivery of a new offshore patrol vessel next year, and use it for fighting piracy, illegal fishing and drug trafficking. It was launched at an Indian shipyard earlier this month.


The vessel, named CGS Barracuda, was launched in Kolkata, India, on August 2 by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). Dignitaries present included K O Fong Weng-Pooran, senior chief executive in the Mauritian prime minister’s office and Mauritian High Commissioner Arye Kumar Juggessar.


Barracuda was ordered on March 4, 2011, at a cost of some $60 million and had its keel laid on April 23, 2013. Jane’s Defence Weekly reports GRSE Managing Director Rear Admiral (retd) A K Verma as saying that the shipyard is expected to delivery the OPV to Mauritius in September next year.


Barracuda displaces 1 300 tonnes and has a length of 74.1 metres and a draft of 3.5 metres. Range is approximately 5 000 nautical miles at her maximum speed of 20 knots. She is powered by two MTU 16V 4000 M53 diesel engines rated at 1 840 kW, each driving two controllable pitch propellers through ZF Marine gearboxes.


Barracuda will patrol Mauritius’s vast exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which covers 1.9 million square kilometres. Its main tasks will be combating piracy, smuggling, illegal fishing and drug trafficking but the vessel will also participate in search and rescue exercises, control pollution and transport cargo.


India and Mauritius have enjoyed good political, economic and military relations. Indian navy vessels often patrol Mauritian waters and India has provided military hardware to the country, such as an HAL Dhruv light utility helicopter in 2009 and a coastal surveillance radar system. Installation of this radar network will start next month. Last year, India donated two Do 228 maritime surveillance aircraft to Mauritius.

Partager cet article
19 août 2013 1 19 /08 /août /2013 16:35
EADS éliminé dans la course au méga contrat sud-coréen d'avions de combat

Les appareils ayant franchi toutes les étapes de la sélection étaient les F-15 Silent Eagle (photo) de Boeing, selon une source citée par la presse sud-coréenne..


18/08/2013 latribune.fr


Selon la presse sud-coréenne, le groupe aéronautique européen a été écarté de l'appel d'offre d'un contrat d'achat de 60 avions de combat par Séoul d'un montant de 7,3 milliards de dollars. Seuls restaient en lice EADS et Boeing. Les autorités ont pointé un le non respect de certaines critères pour justifier la mise à l'écart.


Le groupe aéronautique européen EADS, qui présentait son modèle d'avion Eurofighter, a été éliminé de l'appel d'offres lancé par la Corée du Sud pour un gros contrat d'avions de combat, d'une valeur de 7,3 milliards de dollars, faute d'avoir répondu à certains critères, rapporte dimanche la presse sud-coréenne.


"Un problème est apparu dans la proposition d'un des deux derniers concurrents en lice", a déclaré à l'agence de presse Yonhap une source anonyme au Bureau des programmes d'acquisition de défense. "Il n'a pas été jugé bon que ce groupe" reste en lice.


Une aubaine pour Boeing, qui reste seul candidat


Un porte-parole du Bureau n'était pas joignable dans l'immédiat. L'autre concurrent finaliste est l'américain Boeing. Le contrat porte sur la fourniture de 60 avions de combat. Séoul veut acheter 45 avions à un siège et 15 à deux sièges, mais EADS ne proposait que six appareils à deux sièges, des avions très couteux, a ajouté Yonhap.


Le groupe aurait également établi un budget en livres sterling et non en dollars américains, comme réclamé par Séoul, selon l'agence de presse.


L'américain Lockheed Martin s'était retiré


Le Bureau des programmes d'acquisition de défense va maintenant présenter la proposition du finaliste aux hauts responsables militaires, pour un dernier examen, a indiqué la source du Bureau, ajoutant que les appareils ayant franchi toutes les étapes de la sélection étaient les F-15 Silent Eagle de Boeing.

F-X III fighter contest F-35 Eurofighter F-15 SE photo FG

F-X III fighter contest F-35 Eurofighter F-15 SE photo FG

Il y a quelques semaines encore restaient en lice, outre EADS et Boeing, un autre groupe américain, Lockheed Martin. Mais ce dernier se serait retiré.


Les contrats d'équipement militaire sud-coréens sont la plupart du temps remportés par des firmes américains, reflétant ainsi les liens entre Washington et son allié Séoul.


Mais Séoul a semblé ces derniers mois élargir la liste de ses fournisseurs. En janvier, le pays a ainsi préféré l'anglo-italien AgustaWestland à l'américain Sikorsky pour la livraison de six hélicoptères à la Marine sud-coréenne, un contrat de 567 millions USD.


La Corée du Sud a acquis 60 F-15 de Boeing depuis 2002.

Partager cet article


  • : RP Defense
  • : Web review defence industry - Revue du web industrie de défense - company information - news in France, Europe and elsewhere ...
  • Contact


Articles Récents