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Conformément aux engagements du Pacte Défense PME annoncé le 27 novembre dernier, une convention bilatérale a en outre été signée par Jean-Yves Le Drian et Philippe Burtin, président-directeur général de Nexter. Cette convention a pour but de favoriser la croissance des PME sous-traitantes de ce groupe industriel. (Crédits R. Pellegrino/ECPAD)

Conformément aux engagements du Pacte Défense PME annoncé le 27 novembre dernier, une convention bilatérale a en outre été signée par Jean-Yves Le Drian et Philippe Burtin, président-directeur général de Nexter. Cette convention a pour but de favoriser la croissance des PME sous-traitantes de ce groupe industriel. (Crédits R. Pellegrino/ECPAD)

11.06.2013 Ministère de la Défense


Le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, s'est rendu à Bourges le 10 juin 2013, sur les sites de NEXTER et MBDA, pour son premier déplacement dans les industries d’armement depuis la présentation du nouveau Livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale. Il a réaffirmé la place des industries de défense dans l’économie française et le soutien apporté par l’État aux 4 000 entreprises du secteur. Le Livre blanc présenté le 29 avril dernier reconnaît l’industrie de défense comme une composante essentielle de l’autonomie stratégique de la France.

 

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12 juin 2013 3 12 /06 /juin /2013 07:50
AGT International nomme Rani Karmi au poste de directeur commercial

11.06.2013 Romandie.com (AWP)

 

Zurich (awp) - AGT International annonce mardi la nomination de Rani Karmi au poste de directeur commercial. Le communiqué précise que cet ancien directeur des ventes de Cassidian, au sein d'EADS, dispose de 25 ans d'expérience dans la vente, la gestion et la direction.

 

Pour le directeur général de la société Mati Kochavi, cité dans le communiqué, l'arrivée de M. Karmi répond à l'"engagement à étendre notre portée et à nous développer sur de nouveaux marchés."

 

AGT International est une société de sécurité publique et privée, qui génère un chiffre d'affaires de près de 1 mrd CHF avec 2400 collaborateurs. Elle est dirigée par son fondateur et en même temps CEO M. Kochavi. Le siège de l'entreprise est à Zurich.

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photo Michael Carter - AERO PACIFIC FLIGHTLINE

photo Michael Carter - AERO PACIFIC FLIGHTLINE

jun. 11 , 2013 Livefist
 
 
The Indian Air Force's first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III (Tail no. CB-8001) departs Long Beach tonight India time (Tuesday morning local time in California) on its journey to the Hindon Air Force Station outside Delhi, where the squadron will be based. 
 
Boeing and Indian Air Force officials will conduct a short ceremony at Long Beach before the aircraft departs.
 
After a ferry flight that will make a list of stops along the way, the C-17 will touch down at Hindon on June 17. The first airframe will get a welcome ceremony when it arrives, but a formal induction ceremony is expected to happen in August, by which time two more C-17s will have arrived.
 
The first Indian C-17 arrives in India almost exactly two years after the deal was signed in June 2011. The $4.116-billion deal for 10 aircraft doesn't have a formal options clause, but the IAF is likely to formalise a follow-on order by the end of this year (even with the original order for 10, India will be the largest operator of the aircraft outside the U.S.). Boeing delivered the first Indian C-17 to flight test at Edward's in January this year, and will deliver four more this year, and five next. Indian pilots and loadmasters were trained at Altus, Oklahoma.
 
I was at Long Beach (Boeing's 'Home of the C-17') last August when the first C-17 came together at its major join ceremony. Also had a nice 30-minute demo flight in a PACAF C-17 this February at Aero India.
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An artist's rendering of Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV, which is based on the Bell 407 Jet Ranger airframe. The C version is larger than the MQ-8B Fire Scout already in the fleet. (Northrop Grumman)

An artist's rendering of Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV, which is based on the Bell 407 Jet Ranger airframe. The C version is larger than the MQ-8B Fire Scout already in the fleet. (Northrop Grumman)

Jun. 11, 2013 - By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS  - Defense news

 

Airframe Based on Bell Jet Ranger

 

WASHINGTON — There’s a new Fire Scout in the pipeline — bigger, faster, longer legs, more muscle. It’s still being assembled and won’t fly until later this year, but it’s headed for the fleet as soon as late 2014. And it could fundamentally change some of the parameters expected of the US Navy’s seagoing unmanned helicopter program.

 

The MQ-8 Fire Scout program has been under development for about a decade. A key factor for the aircraft was its small size, making it exceptionally handy to store and operate aboard ship.

 

The Navy often presents the diminutive Northrop Grumman aircraft as taking up about half the space of the H-60 Seahawk helos routinely deployed on surface combatants. And frigates are deploying with four MQ-8B Fire Scouts. Littoral combat ships are intended to routinely deploy with one or two Fire Scouts in addition to an H-60.

 

But something more was needed, and in 2011, US Africa Command and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) submitted an urgent needs request for an aircraft with more range and payload for their maritime-based ISR.

 

Northrop Grumman, before selecting the Schweizer 333 helicopter as the basis for its original Fire Scout bid, had evaluated the larger Bell 407 Jet Ranger, an aircraft familiar to Navy rotary flight school trainees as the TH-57 Sea Ranger.

 

To meet the new need for the larger UAV, the company proposed switching to the larger bird, but keeping the systems, electronics and ground control stations developed for the smaller helo. A demonstrator, dubbed Fire-X, was developed at company expense to show off the concept.

 

The Pentagon was impressed, and in the spring of 2012, Northrop received a contract for the first batch of up to 30 MQ-8C Fire Scouts using the basic Jet Ranger air frame.

 

“The new system kept the sensors, communications and software of the smaller Fire Scout, with about 80 to 90 percent commonality with the B,” said Capt. Chris Corgnati, head of unmanned aircraft systems under the deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance (N2/N6). “But there was a different air frame, engine and rotor head.”

 

The new Fire Scout C is bigger — 10 feet longer than the B’s 31.7 feet, a foot higher, and with an operational ceiling 3,000 feet lower than the smaller helo’s 20,000 feet. But the C can fly at 140 knots over the B’s 110; has an internal payload of 1,000 pounds over the B’s 600 pounds; has a gross takeoff weight of 6,000 pounds compared with the B’s 3,150 pounds; and can stay aloft 11 to 14 hours versus the smaller vehicle’s endurance of four to five hours.

 

“The C will have approximately twice the capability of the B — time on station, payloads — and provides for additional growth, including radar,” said Capt. Patrick Smith, Fire Scout program manager at the Naval Air Systems Command. “And because of more endurance, it should have less impact on the crew, who can launch, then recover, the aircraft eight hours later.”

 

With the change, the Navy has ended procurement of the B model at 30 aircraft, with the last two to be delivered this year. While the Bs will continue to operate, Smith said, there are no further plans to buy the smaller aircraft.

 

Instead, the Navy intends to order a total of 30 Cs — two test aircraft plus 28 operational aircraft — under an “endurance upgrade.” The first test helicopter is still at Bell’s facility in Ozark, Ala., Smith said, and is expected to be shipped in mid-June to begin tests at the naval air warfare center at Point Mugu, Calif. The first flight of the type is planned for September, with the program aiming to reach initial operating capability in late 2014.

 

The first at-sea deployment of the C is planned for a destroyer in support of SOCOM, Smith and Corgnati said, and operations from frigates and “all air-capable ships,” including joint high speed vessels, will be studied. But the overall focus continues to be on the LCS.

 

“The future and main driver for the entire Fire Scout program is LCS,” Corgnati said. “That we can support special operations forces in the interim is [a] bonus.”

 

But will the larger helo fit on the Navy’s other surface combatants?

 

“We can store two aircraft on a frigate, a destroyer or an LCS, on one side of the hangar,” said George Vardoulakis, Northrop’s vice president for tactical unmanned systems. “That’s essentially what we’re doing with the Bs as well.

 

“We’ve modeled it, we’re very confident that we will be hangaring two 8Cs in the space of a 60,” he said. “Operational, not broken down. Absolutely.”

 

Corgnati admitted there are space challenges, but he also noted that the increased capabilities of the C could mean fewer aircraft would need to be carried.

 

“Nominally [with the B] you have four-hour aircraft doing 24/7 operations, and you’re launching and recovering every three hours,” he said. “You back that off with an eight-hour platform doing similar coverage.”

 

He already envisions frigate deployments with three Cs rather than the now-standard 4 Bs.

 

Neither the Navy nor Northrop Grumman would comment on a revised cost-per-aircraft for the C, since the price depends on how many are bought. The airframe represents about 15 percent of each aircraft’s cost, Vardoulakis said, and he expects the unit price to rise roughly by about $1 million for the larger C. The more aircraft that are bought, the lesser the cost, particularly in later years, he said.

 

Earlier cost figures had been based on the Navy requirement for 168 Bs.

 

“We’re certainly worried those lower quantities will impact our costs significantly,” he said.

 

Northrop is excited, however, about the possibilities with the larger aircraft.

 

“We’re marketing this aircraft for Marine Corps and Army missions,” Vardoulakis said. “Those offerings have a significantly smaller fuel tank in the center of the aircraft and volume available for storage or medevac.

 

“There are no active proposals for the Marines and Army,” he said. “We just see a great opportunity for synergy within [the Defense Department] for an aircraft in this class.”

 

For the Navy, a decision point is coming on whether to continue buying Cs or begin a competition for another aircraft.

 

“We have a desire to move to a single model,” Corgnati said. “We fully intend to use the Bs for their full service life. The initial LCS deployments will be with the B, then you’re going to see a mix over the next number of years of Bs and Cs deployed on platforms. As you go through natural attrition, the Bs will atrophy to the C or another follow-on.”

 

A decision on the way ahead is at least “several months” off, Corgnati said.

 

“Could be we go back out and do a new-start competition?” he said. Pending evaluation of the new aircraft, “everything’s on the table; there’s nothing decided at this point.”

MQ-8B Fire Scout aboard USS Simpson (FFG 56)

MQ-8B Fire Scout aboard USS Simpson (FFG 56)

Smaller Fire Scout Getting Bigger Punch

 

Improvements continue to be made to the smaller MQ-8B version of the Navy’s Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle, including a new effort to arm the diminutive helicopter.

 

“We’re doing another rapid deployment capability in response to an urgent-needs request from 5th Fleet [in the Middle East],” said Capt. Patrick Smith, Fire Scout program manager with Naval Air Systems Command. “We’re integrating the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System on to the B.”

 

The weapon system uses precision guidance to shoot 2.75-inch folding-fin Hydra-70 rockets with laser-guided pinpoint accuracy. It would give the Fire Scout — hitherto used largely for intelligence, surveillance and reconaissance missions — an impressive, if limited, attack capability.

 

The $40 million rapid-response program, begun in late 2011, includes development and testing along with six aircraft modification kits, Smith said. Each kit includes pylon arms and launchers to be fitted externally, and an internal wiring kit.

 

Aircraft are not intended to be permanently modified, but the system would be installed in theater or prior to deployment, he said.

 

The Navy tested similarly-sized rockets on an early RQ-8A Fire Scout in 2005, but those tests were with unguided weapons. The APKWS uses a newer laser-guided 70mm rocket that’s been in production since 2010.

 

“There was only one launch pylon” on the earlier tests, Smith said. The APKWS uses two three-tube launchers, he said.

 

Current plans are to install the system on only the B model of the UAV and not the larger MQ-8C version.

 

“We’ve done initial analysis with the C to transfer that capability from the B,” Smith said. “But that’s not now a capability that’s going to be delivered on the C.”

NAVAIR-personnel-w APKWS MQ-8 Photo Kelly Schindler

NAVAIR-personnel-w APKWS MQ-8 Photo Kelly Schindler

Live-fire tests with the APKWS and the MQ-8B began in May in California, Smith said, and the service intends to complete the testing in June and then determine “deployment windows,” he said.

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RAF chief hints at Sentinel AGS role post-Afghanistan

Jun. 11, 2013 by Craig Hoyle – FG

 

London - The UK could use its Raytheon Systems Sentinel R1 battlefield reconnaissance aircraft as a national adjunct to NATO's alliance ground surveillance (AGS) fleet of unmanned air vehicles, says Royal Air Force chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.

RAF chief hints at Sentinel AGS role post-Afghanistan

Using NATO's Boeing E-3-equipped airborne early warning and control system force and the RAF's contribution of E-3D Sentry aircraft as an example of such an arrangement, Dalton says: "Sentinel could form part of NATO AGS, along with [Northrop Grumman] Global Hawk UAVs."

RAF chief hints at Sentinel AGS role post-Afghanistan

The UK coalition government's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) of September 2010 proposed retiring the RAF's relatively new fleet of five Bombardier Global Express-derived Sentinels, once the type was no longer needed to support NATO-led activities in Afghanistan. However, the Ministry of Defence in May 2012 indicated its intention to provide a "contribution in kind" to the multinational AGS programme, with the manned surveillance aircraft being its most applicable solution.

 

Speaking at a Royal Aeronautical Society lecture in London on 10 June, Dalton said the at-risk Sentinel system has proven its ability to deliver "timely, and fully releasable intelligence products" through operations performed over Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.

The RAF deployed one of its Sentinels and supporting personnel to Dhakar in Senegal between January 2013 and late May, following a request from the French government for product from its dual synthetic aperture radar and ground moving target indication sensor during its Serval operation.

 

"Sentinel enabled France to understand the behaviour of the militants, and supported the movement of its troops on the ground," he says. Offering such a system to support future multinational operations via the AGS programme framework would benefit the UK, he believes, as it could be "flexed from NATO to national operations, as required".

 

A formal decision on whether to retain the Sentinel capability will be made as part of the UK's next SDSR process, which is due to report its findings in 2015.

 

Approved late last year, the AGS programme's scope was reduced over several years, due to cost constraints, eventually settling on a deal for five radar-equipped Block 40 Global Hawks, to achieve initial operating capability during 2016.

 

Meanwhile, Dalton says the UK needs to invest in technologies to enable its future remotely piloted air systems to be capable of operating in contested airspace. He also notes that such equipment - as with the RAF's General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reapers now used in Afghanistan - will be operated following "the same legal and ethical framework" as its manned combat aircraft.

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Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman of Paramount Group

Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman of Paramount Group

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 10 (UPI)

 

South Africa's Paramount Group has acquired Advanced Technology and Engineering Co. Pty. Ltd., a move which has saved ATE from liquidation.

 

ATE is an aeronautical engineering company specializing in avionics, sensor systems and upgrades for helicopter and fighter aircraft,

 

"Paramount Group's success lies in our confidence and faith in Africa's technical ability," said Ivor Ichikowitz, Paramount's executive chairman. "This transaction will aid the continent, allow us to drive research and development in this high-tech field, and participate as one of the leading global industry players.

 

"This acquisition not only safeguards service delivery for ATE's worldwide customers, but builds on our commitment to grow Africa's high-tech competence.

 

"With South Africa becoming a fully-fledged member of BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] it's imperative that we enter a new phase of industrialization. The development of home-grown technology, skills and manufacturing capabilities are crucial if we are to capitalize on the world's appetite to do business in our region," Ichikowitz said.

 

Financial and other details of the transaction were not disclosed but Paramount said its acquisition will preserve about 250 ATE jobs.

 

BRICS, formed in 2010, is an association for promotion of the national economies of emerging nations.

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Un avion de chasse CF-18 Hornet à Bagotville

Un avion de chasse CF-18 Hornet à Bagotville

GATINEAU, Quebec, June 10 (UPI)

 

The Canadian government has sent a third questionnaire to industry to gauge potential offset benefits to local businesses if it replaces its CF-18 fighter jet.

 

Public Works and Government Services Canada said the questionnaire from the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat supports a "rigorous examination" of available fighter aircraft options against the missions outlined in the Canada First Defense Strategy and will complement previous questionnaires on capability, production and supportability and price of new aircraft.

 

"Engaging with industry is consistent with the secretariat's commitment to transparency and openness, and integral to an evaluation of options process," it said.

 

"The evaluation of options to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet is part of the government's Seven Point Plan launched in response to Chapter 2, Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets, of the Auditor General of Canada's 2012 Spring Report. Until the Seven-Point Plan is complete, the government will not make a decision on the replacement for the CF-18 fighter jets and all options remain on the table. "

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Sud-Ouest :Commandes militaires à confirmer

11/06/2013 Jean-Bernard Gilles - sudouest.fr

 

Jean-Marie Pontois, patron de Dassault à Mérignac, est le président de Bordeaux Aquitaine aéronautique et espace (Baas), l’association qui réunit tous les industriels du secteur. Il témoignera ce matin, au petit-déjeuner « Sud Ouest » Eco, de la conjoncture aéronautique civile et militaire. Les carnets de commandes de l’aviation civile sont pleins pour des années mais cette embellie profite d’abord à Toulouse, puis aux Pyrénées-Atlantiques, enfin aux sous-traitants girondins. On note des frémissements sur l’aviation d’affaires mais le rythme annuel de production des jets privés de Dassault, produits à Mérignac, est de 70 par an, contre plus de 100 en 2008. L’industrie militaire (Astrium, Thales…) vit encore l’incertitude des arbitrages de la future loi de programmation militaire. Le danger serait que l’État anticipe un éventuel contrat à l’export avec l’Inde pour baisser ses commandes à Dassault, qui assemble un Rafale par mois. L’impact serait alors délicat pour Mérignac, qui ne baisse pas la garde.

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Vulture UAV

Vulture UAV

JOHANNESBURG, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

 

ATE (Advanced Technology and Engineering Company (Pty) Ltd), une des plus anciennes entreprises d'aéronautique d'Afrique, spécialisée dans la fabrication de produits de haute technologie pour les marchés mondiaux de la défense, a évité la liquidation suite à son rachat par Paramount Group, un des plus importants groupes de défense et d'aéronautique d'Afrique. Ainsi, un savoir-faire et une technologie essentiels vont pouvoir rester en Afrique.

 

L'entreprise d'ingénierie aéronautique, qui se spécialise dans les drones, l'avionique, les systèmes de détection et les mises à niveau des hélicoptères et des avions de chasse, va devenir la propriété du Paramount Group, suite à la finalisation d'un accord permettant de sauver 250 emplois hautement qualifiés.

 

L'acquisition de Paramount Group garantit le maintien de cette activité stratégique et ajoute de nouvelles capacités considérables et sophistiquées au portefeuille de produits du groupe.

 

Pour Ivor Ichikowitz, président exécutif de Paramount Group :

 

« La réussite de Paramount Group est basée sur notre confiance et notre fidélité dans la capacité technique de l'Afrique. Cette transaction va aider le continent, nous permettre de continuer la recherche et le développement dans ces domaines de haute technologie et continuer d'être un acteur majeur de l'industrie au niveau mondial. »

 

« Cette acquisition non seulement protège les prestations de services en direction des clients d'ATE dans le monde entier, mais maintient notre engagement pour le développement des compétences africaines en matière de haute technologie. »

 

« Étant donné que l'Afrique du Sud est devenue un membre à part entière de BRICS, il est impératif que nous lancions une nouvelle phase d'industrialisation. Le développement local de technologies, de talents et de capacités de fabrication est primordial si nous voulons profiter du désir du monde entier de faire des affaires dans notre région », conclut M. Ichikowitz.

 

L'incorporation d'ATE va améliorer la position de Paramount Group en tant que principal groupe privé de défense et d'aéronautique africain, grâce à une offre solide et diversifiée à l'intention des forces terriennes, marines et aériennes.

 

Paramount suit une trajectoire de croissance qui va encore plus s'accélérer avec l'intégration des compétences d'ATE dans ses activités actuelles. Paramount Group va également étoffer son expertise dans les marchés civils de la surveillance des frontières, les patrouilles côtières, la protection de l'environnement et les services de réaction aux accidents et aux catastrophes.

 

Paramount Group : Le plus important groupe de défense et d'aéronautique africain et un partenaire de confiance des gouvernements souverains. http://www.paramountgroup.biz ou http://www.ivorichikowitz.com Suivez-nous sur Twitter.

 

ATE : Spécialiste en ingénierie aéronautique depuis plus de 27 ans, ATE propose des solutions pour tous les types de missions militaires et civiles. http://www.ATE-southafrica.com

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USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) - photo Austal

USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) - photo Austal

Jun 7, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) successfully launched, June 5, from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

 

The third joint high speed vessel is a versatile, non-combatant, transport ship that will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment.

 

"This launch is an important achievement for the program, as it's the first time the ship has entered the water," said JHSV program manager Capt. Henry Stevens. "Launching signifies a ship is ready to enter into the final phase of construction including test and activation of major equipment such as the propulsion plant."

 

Millinocket will now prepare for a series of trials conducted by the shipbuilder, testing overall system performance underway prior to demonstration to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey later this year.

 

Each JHSV is designed to commercial standards, with limited modifications for military use. These vessels can transport 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots and can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility. The ships also have an aviation flight deck to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations. JHSVs have berthing space for up to 104 personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312.

 

JHSV 3 is one of two JHSVs currently under construction at Austal. The future USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) held a keel laying and authentication ceremony May 20, and JHSV 5 started fabrication in February. USNS Choctaw County delivered June 6. The lead ship of the class, USNS Spearhead, was delivered to the Navy in December 2012. A total of ten JHSV class ships are under contract with Austal.

 

Millinocket is designated as a U.S. Naval Ship (USNS), signifying its civilian crew. The vessel will have a core crew of 22 civilian mariners who will operate and navigate the ship as part of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.

 

As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality war fighting assets, while balancing affordability and capability, is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy.

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Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Choctaw County

Jun 7, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

The Navy accepted delivery of the second Joint High Speed Vessel, USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2), from Austal USA, June 6 in Mobile, Ala.

 

JHSV 2 successfully completed acceptance trials in May, when the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated performance of the ship's major systems and equipment. Delivery represents the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy.

 

"This ship is delivering just six months after the first ship in the class, USNS Spearhead, delivered, a commendable accomplishment for this dedicated Navy-shipbuilding team," said JHSV program manager Capt. Henry Stevens. "With their high-speed, on-load and off-load capabilities and maximized cargo space, these vessels will provide the fleet versatile and flexible capabilities for decades to come."

 

JHSV 2 will be owned and operated by the Military Sealift Command. Pending the completion of crew move-aboard and familiarization, JHSV 2 will sail away from Austal USA's shipyard later this summer.

 

"USNS Choctaw County is a welcome addition to our Navy's fleet and we are confident that our civilian mariners are ready to operate this uniquely fast and flexible ship wherever and whenever needed around the world," said Rear Adm. T.K. Shannon, commander, Military Sealift Command.

 

Intended to provide transportation in shallow-draft waterways and ports, the JHSV is capable of transporting 600 short tons at least 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. The ship also features a flight deck designed to support helicopter operations and a fast-rescue boat mounted midship on the port side. The vessel has airline-style seating for 312 embarked forces, with fixed berthing for 104.

 

MSC operates approximately 110 non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.

 

As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets, while balancing affordability and capability, is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy.

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1st Carrier Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo Launched

Jun 7, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) conducted the first aircraft carrier-borne end-to-end at-sea test of the Surface Ship Torpedo Defense (SSTD) System, the Navy announced, June 6.

 

The SSTD System combines the passive detection capability of the Torpedo Warning System that not only finds torpedoes, but also classifies and tracks them, with the hard-kill capability of the Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo, an encapsulated miniature torpedo. The at-sea tests were conducted May 15-19.

 

The Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo is being developed by the Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory (PSU-ARL). It is designed to locate, home in on and destroy hostile torpedoes. Over the four-day testing period, Bush engaged seven torpedo-like targets with seven Countermeasure Anti-Torpedoes. Designed to validate the end-to-end of the system, the testing proved successful.

 

"These tests are a culmination of a very focused effort by the Navy including the program office, Bush's crew, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and our academic and industrial partners. With all seven of our shots doing what they are designed and built to do, it validates our work and significantly enhances our current capabilities," said Capt. Moises DelToro, the Undersea Defensive Warfare Systems program manager.

 

This first end-to-end test of the SSTD System achieved several firsts: the first Torpedo Warning System detection of targets from a carrier, the first automatic detection and automatic targeting of an incoming torpedo target from a ship, the first launch of Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo from a carrier and the first end to end Torpedo Warning System and Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo system detection-to-engage at-sea test.

 

"It is gratifying to have these tests go so well," said Rear Adm. David Johnson, program executive officer, Submarines, whose portfolio includes the Undersea Defensive Warfare Systems Program Office. "The engineering involved to detect a hostile torpedo, process its direction, speed, depth, and then engage it with a carrier-launched Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo is impressive. I am confident that the fleet will be pleased with the results."

 

Given the complexity of the system, the program office is taking an incremental approach to the development and acquisition of the Surface Ship Torpedo Defense System.

 

"What is currently aboard Bush is an engineering development model, or EDM, that is a fully-functioning system, but not the final configuration or production model," DelToro said. "We're learning from the Bush to improve the system so we can provide the most robust and cost-effective hard-kill anti-torpedo capability possible."

 

The Navy currently plans to equip all aircraft carriers and other high-value units with the Surface Ship Torpedo Defense system by 2035.

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11.06.2013 Frank Simon - leberry.fr

 

Le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a profité de sa visite à MBDA et Nexter munitions pour confirmer deux programmes très attendus par les deux industriels.

 

La visite d’une journée du ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, est déjà un événement en soi. Le fait qu’il vienne dans l’agglomération berruyère pour signer deux conventions liant MBDA et Nexter munitions aux PME locales, sources de sous-traitance, est également un geste à saluer. Mais que Jean-Yves Le Drian vienne dans le Cher pour notifier à ces deux groupes d’importance pour le tissu local la concrétisation de deux programmes majeurs est assurément à marquer d’une pierre blanche dans un contexte industriel de la défense pour le moins tendu à la veille des discussions autour de la future loi de programmation militaire.

 

Missile anti-navire léger

 

Une visite ministérielle entamée chez MBDA Aéroport avec un ministre de la Défense accueilli par le président du groupe industriel, Antoine Bouvier. Le temps d’une visite au pas de charge des ateliers des lignes de production mécanique et de production composite et les deux hommes, accompagnés par les élus départementaux, s’isolent pour ressortir quelques instants plus tard. Antoine Bouvier a le sourire des bons jours. Il faut dire que le ministre vient enfin de lui confirmer l’engagement de la France dans la poursuite du programme de développement du missile anti-navire léger développé depuis plusieurs mois par MBDA sur fonds propres. Un soulagement pour le président du groupe qui ne cachait pas ses craintes, il y a encore peu de temps, de voir l’État Français revenir sur un engagement pris en 2010 dans le cadre des accords de Lancaster House, signés par Paris et Londres, qui s’étaient mis d’accord pour lancer en commun le développement du missile anti-navire léger, pour un coût estimé à 500 millions d’euros.

 

Un missile qui doit équiper à terme les hélicoptères Lynx Wildcat de la Royal Navy ainsi que les NH-90 Caïman et Panther de la marine nationale. Mais le changement de gouvernement avait quelque peu retardé les décisions de lancement de programme. Au point tel qu’Antoine Bouvier avait déclaré à nos confrères de la Tribune : « Si les Français ne prennent pas de décision sur l’ANL, nous ferons ce programme quoi qu’il arrive mais ce sera alors un programme britannique. » MBDA ayant déjà initié les études sans attendre la décision étatique. Un risque qui a payé, semble-t-il, et qui a même été salué, hier, par le ministre.

 

Munitions de gros calibres

 

Autre entreprise de la défense et autre annonce attendue : Jean-Yves Le Drian s’est en effet ensuite rendu sur le site de Nexter munitions à La Chapelle- Saint-Ursin où il a été, là encore, accueilli par le président du groupe Nexter, Philippe Burtin. Une visite sur le même rythme que précédemment, avec une découverte du travail, réalisé dans les ateliers gros et moyens calibres, un passage par la case apprentissage avec une rencontre entre le ministre et plusieurs apprentis notamment en pyrotechnie et une présentation du système d’arme à munitions télescopées 40 millimètres, développé par la filiale franco-britannique CTA International. Et si là encore, le ministre a signé une convention entre Nexter et les PME locales, la nouvelle du jour tenait assurément dans la confirmation de la commande pour 175 millions d’euros de munitions de gros calibres à Nexter. Une annonce, on l’imagine, attendue dans le cadre des commandes pluriannuelles de l’État. Une commande qui permet de conforter le plan de charge pour Nexter munitions pour les années à venir.

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Le Bourget 2013 : la Russie en embuscade

10 juin 2013 Par Elodie Vallerey - Usinenouvelle.com

 

A quelques jours de l'ouverture du salon international de l'aéronautique et de l'espace de Paris-Le Bourget (17-23 juin), la Russie ne compte pas laisser le duopole américano-européen Boeing-Airbus continuer de s'octroyer l'exclusivité su marché aéronautique mondial.

 

A une semaine de l'ouverture du Bourget 2013, Airbus et Boeing sont sur les starting-blocks. Le premier espère pouvoir créer l'événement en procédant au premier vol de son nouveau long-courrier, l'A350 XWB, avant le 17 juin, pour gratifier les visiteurs du salon d'un passage surprise aux alentours du 21. Le deuxième, lui, va tout faire pour redorer un blason terni par les déboires du 787 Dreamliner en début d'année en lançant une nouvelle version allongée de son gros porteur, le 787-10X.

 

Mais le duopole est suivi de près par un outsider, certes encore discret, mais qui pourrait leur faire de l'ombre dans les années à venir. Il s'agit d'OAK, le consortium aéronautique russe qui réunit d'illustres constructeurs tels que Sukhoï, MiG, Tupolev ou encore Irkout.

 

Dans une interview accordée au site internet de La Tribune, Mikhaïl Pogossian, le directeur général d'OAK, fait le point sur les programmes aéronautiques civils et militaires russes. Avec, en ligne de mire, la ferme intention d'imposer le MS-21, un futur concurrent du Boeing 737 et de l'Airbus A320.

 

Objectif : écouler un millier de ms-21

 

"Beaucoup de compagnies ont besoin de nouveaux appareils dans des délais plus courts. C'est pourquoi nous avons estimé que nous pouvons vendre autour de 1 000 MS-21 toutes versions confondues. Grâce à l'expérience acquise avec le Superjet (l'avion régional de Sukhoi, ndlr), nous tablons sur des premiers essais dès 2015 et des livraisons en 2017", assure l'industriel.

 

Pogossian revient sur la décision d'OAK de rapprocher les programmes Superjet 100 et MS-21. "Nous venons de doubler la surface de travail à l'usine de Komsomolsk et de presque doubler le personnel Cela va permettre d'augmenter la cadence de production, qui atteindra quatre appareils par mois à la fin de l'année. L'unification consiste à commercialiser non pas deux produits séparés mais une famille d'avions Superjet et MS-21", explique-t-il à La Tribune.

 

Au Bourget, la Russie entend bien marquer les esprits. Avec la première présentation à l'étranger de son avion de combat Su-35 de Sukhoi, le lancement du nouvel intérieur cabine du Superjet 100, et les démonstrations de l'avion d'entraînement Yak-130, l'aviation russe veut montrer qu'elle est, plus que jamais, de retour sur la scène aéronautique mondiale.

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Jean-Yves Le Drian confirme le missile ANL

11.06.2013 Helen Chachaty à Bourges - .journal-aviation.com

 

Lors de son déplacement à Bourges sur le site de MBDA le 10 juin, le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian a confirmé le programme de missile anti-navire léger (ANL), qui doit à terme équiper les hélicoptères maritimes français et britanniques tels que les AW159 Wildcat, les NH90 ou les Panther.

Jean-Yves Le Drian confirme le missile ANL

Le programme était plus ou moins en suspens, attendant l’aval du gouvernent français. C’est à présent chose faite, l’ANL sera bien intégré à la LPM et lancé « prochainement », sans toutefois de calendrier plus précis. MBDA table sur une mise en service qui pourrait intervenir à partir de 2015.

 

En janvier dernier, le CEO de MBDA Antoine Bouvier avait qualifié le programme d’urgent et l’avait jugé absolument nécessaire, en particulier pour la Grande-Bretagne, forcée de prolonger la durée de vie de ses actuels Sea Skua.

 

L’ANL (FASGW – Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) est un missile de 100 kg, dont la portée doit atteindre 20 kilomètres.

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Register for European Defence Directory (Yellow Pages)
Brussels | Jun 11, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

On 28 June the European Defence Agency (EDA) is opening a new section on its website dedicated to procurement for the defence community. 

 
This new section will serve as a one-shop gateway for users looking for procurement related information (at EU, EDA and national level) and business opportunities. Besides access to a wide variety of information, industry will be able to register in the brand-new and unique European Defence Directory, a yellow page-like section of the gateway. 

 

To appear in the directory, European industry is invited to send the completed “Yellow page registration request form” to yellowpage.gateway(a)eda.europa.eu.

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Nexter munitions reçoit une commande de 175 millions d’euros

11 juin 2013 Patrick Déniel et Hassan Meddah - Usinenouvelle.com

 

La filiale du groupe Nexter va développer sept types de munitions pour la Direction général de l’Armement (DGA).

 

Lors de sa visite, ce lundi 10 juin, sur le site de Nexter, à La Chapelle Saint-Ursin, près de Bourges (Cher), le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian a annoncé que la Direction générale de l’Armement (DGA) vient de notifier une commande de 175 millions d’euros au groupe Nexter Munitions.

 

Il s’agit de la suite du contrat de 313 millions d’euros de munitions de gros calibres (105, 120 et 150 millimètres) dont la première partie avait été contractualisée fin 2011. Le contrat regroupe la production et le développement de sept types de munitions, notamment utilisées au Mali.

 

Cinq à six ans d’activité

 

"Ce contrat va nous assurer 20 % d’activité sur les cinq ou six prochaines années" assure Jean-Patrick Baillet, le PDG de Nexter Munitions. La filiale du groupe Nexter réalise environ 130 milliond d’euros de chiffre d’affaires, c’est dire l’importance de cette commande.

 

Le ministre de la Défense a également visité les locaux du missilier MBDA, où il a signé avec Antoine Bouvier, son PDG, une convention bilatérale dans le cadre du Pacte Défense PME afin de favoriser la croissance des PME sous-traitantes du missilier.

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Two Guardium unmanned ground vehicles (IDF photo)

Two Guardium unmanned ground vehicles (IDF photo)

10.06.2013 IDF - army-guide.com

 

Head of robotics development: IDF uses robotic technology “to strengthen our forces’ operational capability and to facilitate the IDF’s ground superiority”.

 

Senior officers of the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT) were among the participants and speakers in a conference on robotics and its potential for military use held at Tel Aviv University this week.

 

In a session dealing with the use of robotics for security and military purposes, Lt. Col. Gabi, head of MAFAT’s Robotics Division, delivered a general survey of ground robotics in the IDF.

 

“Our systems operate in coordination with existing weapons systems, so as to strengthen our forces’ operational capability and to facilitate the IDF’s ground superiority,” he stated.

 

Lt. Col. Gabi's lecture focused largely on the IDF's use of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). “These tools travel on a complex network of predetermined roads, and 90 percent of the time, that happens without the intervention of their operators,” he said.

 

Currently, the IDF uses UGVs – including the Israeli-developed Guardium – primarily within the Southern Command. UGVs are also used as observation tools along the Judea and Samaria security fence.

 

Reducing danger for soldiers

 

In addition to its UGVs, the IDF uses robots to identify and neutralize explosives. These robots utilize advanced capabilities – such as three-dimensional mapping in real time, identifying barriers and planning routes – so as to minimize the involvement of the operators and allow them to focus on other tasks.

 

“These actions are performed to allow for the opening of roads for the free and safe movement of military forces,” Lt. Col. Gabi explained.

 

Lt. Col. Gabi discussed various combat scenarios in which robots and UGVs can assist ground forces. “One of the [necessary tasks], for instance, is the clearing of roads from threats or explosives, and it makes perfect sense for this to be done as much as possible by unmanned systems,” he explained. “The UGVs can observe from closer and more dangerous points and draw fire toward themselves tactically.”

 

In urban combat scenarios, he noted, robotic technology can play a particularly important role in keeping soldiers safe. “The robots sometimes go in front of the forces, open challenging roads such as narrow alleys and assist logistically. A robot can help lighten a soldier’s burden, so that if the soldier is confronted with a battle, he or she can respond appropriately,” Lt. Col. Gabi stated.

 

He added that he IDF hopes to further upgrade such technology, with plans to begin using a new computerized system that will generate an approximate route for a UGV. The precise route, however, will be determined by the UGV itself.

 

“The [UGV] will be equipped with obstacle detection sensors, cameras and other tools, and it will be able to identify the barriers by itself and circumvent them,” he explained.

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Une section de l’avant du premier sous-marin classique brésilien -  Marine Brésilienne

Une section de l’avant du premier sous-marin classique brésilien - Marine Brésilienne

10 juin 2013 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

Le 1er juin, des sections avant, construites en France, du 1er sous-marin classique brésilien, sont arrivées à Rio de Janeiro. Les pièces, d’un poids de 220 t, 25 m de long et 12 m de haut, ont été transportées du port de Sepetiba, vers les installations de Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados (Nuclep).

 

Ensuite, elles ont été transportées par la route vers l’Unidade de Fabricação de Estruturas Metálicas (UFEM), où les sections 1 et 2 de ce sous-marin seront fabriquées. Le contre-amiral Sydney dos Santos Neves, gestionnaire du programme, a indiqué que cela marquait la matérialisation du transfert de technologies de la France vers le Brésil.

 

« Rien ne sera plus construit en France. Le reste de la construction des coques des sous-marins sera effectué au Brésil. Les sections 1 et 2 ont déjà commencé à être construites. La section de qualification, qui habilite à la fabrication, est déjà en phase finale de conclusion à Nuclep, » a affirmé l’amiral Neves.

 

Les sections 3 et 4 du premier sous-marin classique, fabriquées en partenariat avec la France, a été construites en 3 ans. 255 stagiaires de différentes entreprises brésiliennes ont participé à la construction : Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) et Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados (Nuclep), ainsi que des ingénieurs, des techniciens et des opérateurs de la marine brésilienne. Pendant cette période, 140 cours de formation ont été administrés dans les différents domaines de connaissance.

 

« C’est un événement marquant : grâce à ce transfert de technologie, il sera possible de construire au Brésil les coques des sous-marins 2, 3 et 4, » souligne l’amiral Neves.

 

Le 28 juin, le ministre brésilien de la défense, Celso Amorim, accompagné du commandant de la marine, l’amiral d’escadre Julio Soares de Moura Neto, visitera l’UFEM pour voir une section avant du premier sous-marin classique construit en partenariat avec la France.

 

Référence : Marine Brésilienne

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Public hearing on the European defence industry strategy - SEDE

27-05-2013 Security and Defence

 

Programme

  • common.download.document Programme
 

Presentations and speeches

  • common.download.document Presentation by Jan PIE, Secretary General, Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association
  • common.download.document Statement by Jan PIE, Secretary General, Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association
  • common.download.document Presentation by Christian MÖLLING, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

 

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MSN8 First Flight 10.06.2013 photo Airbus Military

MSN8 First Flight 10.06.2013 photo Airbus Military

Second production Airbus Military A400M makes maiden flight - photo Airbus Military

 

Madrid,  10 June 2013 Airbus Military

 

The second production Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter has made its maiden flight.

 

Known as MSN8, the aircraft made its first flight from Seville, Spain, the location of the A400M final assembly line on 7 June.

 

It is scheduled for delivery to the French Air Force in the third quarter of the year. MSN7, which flew for the first time at the beginning of March this year, will be delivered to the French Air Force in the coming weeks.

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crédits : Benoit Floch - Mer et Marine

crédits : Benoit Floch - Mer et Marine

10.06.2013 Mer et Marine

Les deux vedettes du type RPB 20 vendues par Raidco Marine à la Libye ont quitté Lorient jeudi dernier. Le Janzour et l’Akrma sont attendus à Tripoli autour du 18 juin, des escales à Tanger, au Maroc, et à Bizerte, en Tunisie, étant prévues d'ici là. A bord de chaque bâtiment, 9 personnes, soit 2 officiers et 3 officiers-mariniers libyens, ainsi que 3 personnels de Raidco marine et un interprète. En plus de la livraison des vedettes, Raidco Marine a, en effet, assuré la formation des équipages, ainsi que des équipes qui assureront la maintenance des bâtiments.

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ELM-2022A multirole radar  - Elta Systems

ELM-2022A multirole radar - Elta Systems

6 Jun 2013 By Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - Israel Aerospace Industries is in the final stages of delivering a multirole persistent surveillance radar system mounted on an aerostat platform to a foreign customer, with acceptance testing having recently been completed.

 

The tethered aerostat solution will enable the operator to detect low flying and surface targets at the radar's maximum range by mitigating the curvature of the earth and terrain-masking limitations.

 

Developed by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, the sensor is based on the ELM-2022A multirole radar. It detects and automatically tracks maritime and airborne targets, ranging in size from small periscopes to large maritime vessels in high sea states and in high-density coastal environments, the company says. The radar includes a ground moving target indication mode for detection in designated areas of interest.

 

An electro-optical/infrared sensor payload is also installed on the aerostat and integrated with the radar, allowing enhanced identification capabilities.

 

The system can be operated locally or remotely and be deployed to different areas of interest as a primary sensor or temporary gap-filler.

 

"This novel concept, which allows for multisensor, multirole target detection and management, will be one of the first operational multimode aerostat platforms of its kind," says Elta president Nissim Hadas. "It follows IAI/Elta's tradition of innovation and provides the customer with high performance, cost-effective solutions."

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Sikorsky Receives U.S. Navy Award to Build Four CH-53K Operational Test Helicopters

June 06, 2013 sikorsky.com

 

  STRATFORD, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has received a $435 million U.S. Navy contract to build four production-representative CH-53K heavy lift helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Designated as System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA), the four aircraft will enable the Marines to conduct operational evaluation of the new helicopter system in support of Initial Operational Capability in 2019.

 

 

“The four SDTA aircraft are based on the configuration of the fourth and final flight test aircraft currently being assembled on the prototype production line,” said Dr. Michael Torok, Sikorsky’s CH-53K Program Vice President. “We truly appreciate the high level of confidence the Navy and Marine Corps have shown to the CH-53K team as we move forward with this important next phase of the program.”

 

The Navy has included the SDTA helicopters as an additional line item under the existing $3.5 billion System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract initially awarded to Sikorsky in April 2006. The contract schedule requires that Sikorsky deliver the first SDTA aircraft in 39 months, and the fourth by the end of March 2017, when the Marines will begin operational evaluation. The contract’s cost-plus-incentive fee arrangement incentivizes Sikorsky to deliver early. Sikorsky will perform final assembly of the SDTA aircraft at the company’s Florida Assembly and Flight Operations facility in West Palm Beach.

 

To date, Sikorsky has delivered two of the seven SDD CH-53K aircraft – the Ground Test Vehicle and the Static Test Article – into the test program, and is finalizing assembly of the four flight test aircraft and the Fatigue Test Article. First flight of a CH-53K prototype aircraft is expected in late 2014.

 

Once the SDTA aircraft enter operational evaluation in 2017, the Marine Corps will verify the CH-53K helicopter’s capability to carry 27,000 pounds over 110 nautical miles under “high hot” ambient conditions, nearly tripling the external load carrying capacity of the current CH-53E Super Stallion™ helicopter.

 

Technology enablers for increased lift include three 7,500-shaft-horsepower GE38-1B engines; a split torque transmission design that more efficiently distributes engine power to the main rotors; fourth-generation composite rotor blades for enhanced lift; and a composite airframe structure for reduced weight.

 

"The SDTA contract represents an exciting and significant milestone in our program," said Col. Robert Pridgen, the Heavy Lift Helicopters program manager for the Naval Air Systems Command. "We are well on our way to making the CH-53K a reality for our Marines and our Naval fleet. The capability this aircraft brings, in every clime and place, is critical to sustaining the future missions of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force. The future of heavy lift is bright."

 

Per the current program of record, the Navy intends to order an additional 196 CH-53K aircraft as part of a separate production contract to stand up eight operational squadrons and one training squadron to support the Marine Corps’ operational requirements. Eventual production quantities would be determined year-by-year over the life of the program based on funding allocations set by Congress and the U.S. Department of Defense acquisition priorities.

 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning opportunities for development, production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans, availability of funding and in the type and number of aircraft required; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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EDA-R : Le nouveau moyen de connecter la mer et la terre

07/06/2013 Marine nationale

 

En novembre 2011, la flottille amphibie accueillait son premier Engin de débarquement amphibie rapide (EDA-R). En un an et demi, le connecteur terre-mer de nouvelle génération a fait ses preuves à la mer, depuis les bâtiments de projection et de commandement (BPC) français comme lors d’interactions avec les moyens d’autres marines, américaine et britannique notamment.

Tour à tour catamaran ou chaland, c’est sa capacité de mutation qui fait de l’EDA-R un engin atypique et novateur. A l’instar de tout bâtiment de la Marine, l’admission au service actif marque le point de départ de la montée en puissance. Celle des EDA-R peut commencer…

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