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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:35
India's MoD Says No to Joint Heron Development With Israel


Apr. 24, 2013 - By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI  - Defense News


NEW DELHI — India has shot down an Israeli proposal to jointly develop an advanced version of the Heron UAV in India, a rarity for projects between the two nations.


This month, India’s Ministry of Defence rejected the codevelopment and coproduction proposal by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), MoD sources said.


During a meeting this month, senior MoD officials said DRDO should concentrate more on the Indo-Israeli Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) program, which is behind schedule and has technical problems.


IAI executives here were not available for comment.


This rejection illustrates the new thinking among India’s MoD, which is concentrating more on sustaining existing DRDO programs than on paying for new projects, the source said. In 2009, India and Israel agreed to jointly develop the MRSAM for use by both militaries. One prototype failed in December, the source said.


DRDO signed the codevelopment contract with IAI after the MoD failed in its efforts to procure the MRSAM through competition. No vendor was prepared to transfer technology for the system.


The Indian Air Force’s requirement is for 18 MRSAMs, estimated to cost around US $1.2 billion. The MRSAM would be a low- and medium-level, quick-reaction missile system capable of moving with mechanized forces. The system would be able to engage manned and unmanned aircraft, missiles and all types of airborne targets.


The MRSAM will have a range of more than 50 kilometers, and its warhead will have self-destruct capabilities to avoid unwanted collateral damage on the ground. The system will have an active seeker with the option of a passive seeker and an electro-optical system will be provided, which would enable the system to track targets in hostile electronic countermeasures environments.


As for the Heron, the Indian MoD has around 60 and requires more, although it hasn’t said how many.


In its proposal for the joint development of Herons, DRDO claimed it has developed a broad spectrum of knowledge on UAV subsystem technologies, including aerodynamic design, composite materials, telemetry and propulsion. The advanced Heron would have featured greater range and endurance.


The Indian Army plans to procure a variety of UAVs, including micro and nano UAVs. The Army also plans to acquire weaponized UAVs, which can be armed with precision missiles.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:30
IAI to produce F-35 wings


TEL AVIV, Israel, April 24 (UPI)


Wings for Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter are to be supplied by Israel Aerospace Industries under a contract with a potential value of $2.5 billion.


IAI said the length of the contract is 10-15 years. Initial deliveries of wings will begin in 2015.


"This agreement represents an important milestone for IAI and ensures its involvement in the world's most advanced fighter aircraft," said Joseph Weiss, president and chief executive officer of IAI. "I welcome the strengthening relationship with Lockheed Martin, a leading manufacturer of aircraft."


Lockheed Martin and IAI recently started construction of a production line for F-35 JSF Lightning II wings following IAI's investment in required technologies and systems. The company produces wings for Lockheed's F-16s and T-38s used by the U.S. Air Force.


IAI is Israel's largest aerospace and defense company. It has headquarters at Tel Aviv's David Ben Gurion International Airport.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:30
Hagel: Defense Partnership Anchors US-Saudi Relationship


April 25th, 2013 By US Department of Defense - defencetalk.com


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: On his inaugural trip to the Middle East since taking office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met here today with Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.


During their talks, Hagel and his Saudi counterpart reiterated the longstanding, steadfast relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and emphasized the strong defense partnership that anchors the two nations, Little added.


They also discussed the release of standoff weapons to Saudi Arabia that will provide strategic precision defensive capabilities to the Saudi F-15 fleet, Little said. Such smart weapons can navigate to their targets and are more precise and can be fired at further distances.


“Both agreed the release reflected the close bilateral partnership and would enable long-term cooperation in the pursuit of common security policy aims of a peaceful and stable region,” Little said. The two defense leaders also consulted on regional issues, including the need for Iran to abide to international commitments on its nuclear program, the situation in Syria, and the political transition in Yemen, he added.


Hagel’s trip to the Middle East, which began April 20 and will end April 26, began in Israel and Jordan and tomorrow will take the secretary to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to discuss common threats and interests in the region.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
A US Air National Guard's F-16C aircraft carrying MALD under its wings

A US Air National Guard's F-16C aircraft carrying MALD under its wings


24 April 2013 airforce-technology.com


Raytheon has been awarded a contract to produce and deliver additional Miniature Air Launched Decoy-J (MALD-J) jammers to the US Air Force (USAF).


Valued at $81.7m, the firm-fixed-price option covers Lot 6 on the Lot 5 contract for supply of an additional 200 MALD-J jammers and containers, along with a ten-year warranty to the air force.


Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems vice president Harry Schulte said: "MALD-J adds a jamming capability to the current decoy function of the MALD that disrupts enemy integrated air defence systems using jamming and radar signature technology.


He added: "This weapon will provide unprecedented capability and flexibility to the US Air Force and improve the survivability of our Airmen and their aircraft."


Weighing less than 300lb, the MALD-J is an expendable, close-in jammer designed to degrade and prevent an early warning or acquisition radar from establishing a track on a strike aircraft, while also maintaining the ability to fulfil the basic decoy mission.


Employed from the F-16 C/D Fighting Falcon and B-52 bomber, the unmanned MALD-J is capable of navigating and operating closer to hostile radars compared to the conventional electronic warfare (EW) systems, thus keeping aviators and aircraft away from enemy's path.


Designed to work with and use other EW platforms, the device can function either as a stand-alone system or in pairs, and is also able to loiter in the target area for an extended period of time, ensuring mission completion.


The ADM-160 MALD is an advanced, air-launched and programmable flight vehicle designed to confuse enemy integrated air defence systems, by accurately duplicating all combat flight profiles and radar signatures of the US and allied aircraft in the battlefield.


Manufacturing work will be primarily carried out at the company's facility in Tucson, Arizona, US, however the delivery schedule has remained undisclosed.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers of the 3rd Special Forces Group patrol through the Afghanistan countryside in a ground mobility vehicle (GMV-S). Note the M136 AT4 84mm anti-tank rocket strapped to the GMV above its right door - U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Horace Murray

U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers of the 3rd Special Forces Group patrol through the Afghanistan countryside in a ground mobility vehicle (GMV-S). Note the M136 AT4 84mm anti-tank rocket strapped to the GMV above its right door - U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Horace Murray


Apr. 24, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Next month, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is scheduled to award a contract to one company for at least 1,300 ground mobility vehicles (GMVs) to replace its current fleet of aging GMVs.


SOCOM commander Adm. William McRaven confirmed the planned award while warning about his command’s spending on research and development during a hearing of the House Armed Services’ intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee on April 17.


The GMV program is the planned replacement for the heavier Humvee variant being used by SOCOM, and according to budget documents released in April, they would start being fielded next year.


SOCOM’s fiscal 2014 budget request submitted April 10 calls for $24.7 million to purchase 101 vehicles in the coming year at $245,000 per vehicle. The three companies competing for the work, which is expected to produce about 200 vehicles a year for seven years, are General Dynamics, current GMV-maker AM General and Navistar International.


Requirements documents released last year call for a vehicle that weighs less than 7,000 pounds, has the ability to carry up to seven passengers and can be transportable in an M/CH-47 Chinook helicopter.


On April 5, SOCOM also released a request for proposal for what it is calling an internally transportable vehicle (ITV), which will be designed to fit in the back of a V-22 Osprey. While the specifications are classified, a draft solicitation released in June revealed that any submission must include two “critical flight mission payloads,” one at 1,000 pounds and another at 2,000 pounds, with a field-installable weapon station mount capable of fitting the M2 .50-caliber machine gun, the M240, the M249 squad automatic weapon, the MK-19 and the MK-47 Grenade Launcher.


SOCOM also requires the ITV to fit two passengers in addition to a driver, feature a removable gunner’s seat, be able to carry three to six casualty litters and have a crush-resistant roll cage.


SOCOM wants designs capable of traveling 350 to 450 miles “at 45 mph on level paved roads using organic fuel tank(s), without refuel, and exclusive of onboard fuel storage cans,” while reaching top speeds of 65 to 75 mph.


Given the advanced electronic jamming and communication technologies that modern spec ops forces employ in austere environments, SOCOM requires that any submission be able to produce continuous electrical power — even with the engine off — to operate a manpack radio for four to 12 hours.


Even with these initiatives and several other big-ticket developmental items outlined in the 2014 budget, such as the $20 million requested to kick off a Precision Strike Package Large Caliber Gun program, which would build an upgraded version of the Precision Strike Package on AC-130J gunships, McRaven told lawmakers that his command’s research-and-development budget “is a little out of balance.” After 12 years of focus on readiness as a combat force, “our research ... has waned a little bit.”


McRaven said even though SOCOM takes up only 1.7 percent of the total Defense Department budget, “my expectation is that we will take some cuts” in coming years.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
GA-ASI, OMX Team for Canadian RPA Program


April 23, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: General Atomics Aeronautical; issued April 23, 2013)


GA-ASI and OMX Partner to Identify Suppliers for Canada's JUSTAS Program


SAN DIEGO and TORONTO, CANADA --- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and OMX today announced that the companies have signed a two-year agreement to support GA-ASI’s Industrial Regional Benefit (IRB) efforts to identify and work with Canadian suppliers.


The partnership will strengthen GA-ASI’s and its teammate CAE’s commitment to offer the Predator B and/or Predator C Avenger RPA to meet the Canadian Government’s Joint Unmanned Surveillance and Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS) requirements. GA-ASI and CAE, the Montreal-based leader in simulation/modeling technologies and in-service support solutions, formalized their teaming arrangement in May 2011 to meet Canada’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) needs.


“GA-ASI is committed to integrating Canadian suppliers of all sizes into its long-term global supply chain, ensuring real, long-term, high-value, economic benefit to Canada,” said Frank Pace, president, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI.


Over the past year, OMX has developed the largest, amalgamated structured database in the Canadian defence, aerospace, and security industry. OMX’s database system uses information that is actively gathered, collected, and managed from existing information available on the Internet by a series of proprietary algorithms. The searchable database has been live since December 2012, with nearly 50,000 companies indexed.


The effort to identify, review, validate, and track potential suppliers across Canada, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), is substantial to GA-ASI as entering large acquisition programs can be confusing and expensive for many Canadian suppliers.


“We want every Canadian supplier to have the opportunity to determine its own fate,” added Pace. “Suppliers should be able to manage their own data and its availability to our company and other primes without the need to rely on others.”


Not only does the database allow suppliers to manage their own data, but it also actively searches the Web to bring forward new opportunities for GA-ASI to partner with Canadian suppliers that otherwise might be missed through traditional channels.


“There is a constant “push/pull” relationship between suppliers and GA-ASI,” said Nicole Verkindt, founder of OMX. “The best way for Canadian companies to be noticed, particularly SMEs, is to claim their company profile, update their information, including CCVs, and message GA-ASI directly on the site.”


The database will provide GA-ASI with a centralized location for managing data regarding potential suppliers from anyplace in the world. As a result, data regarding potential Canadian suppliers will no longer be lost within stovepiped organizations. GA-ASI will be able to sort and manage data for potential suppliers by type, size (e.g. can view “SMEs only”), location, services provided, certifications/standards, experience, capacity, CCV percentage, and many other factors.


GA-ASI and OMX are working together to develop a back-end to the supplier-managed database that will enable GA-ASI to have a single location to submit and annotate its own data fields, including contact histories, validation comments, and internal reviews, for companies that are coupled with it. In addition, the future OMX IRB tracking platform will be used to monitor GA-ASI’s successful efforts to create jobs and opportunities in Canada.



General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing remotely piloted aircraft, radar, and electro-optic solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company’s Aircraft Systems Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft systems, including Predator A, Predator B, Gray Eagle, and the new Predator C Avenger and Predator XP.


OMX is a secure software application for government contractors to manage their offset obligations in the defence, aerospace and security industries. The OMX marketplace provides access to tens of thousands of potential Canadian recipients—including suppliers, investment opportunities and R&D projects—by region, classification and capability.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
MH-60L helicopter

MH-60L helicopter


24 April 2013 army-technology.com


Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been awarded a contract for the supply of a low-cost, lightweight, precision-guided missile for evaluations by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), as part of the Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC) programme.


Under the terms of the $3.2m contract, ATK will deliver its guided advanced tactical rocket (GATR) and precision-guided rocket launcher (PGRL) for both environmental and operational evaluation on the USSOCOM's MH-60L/M rotary-wing platforms.


ATK Armament Systems vice-president and general manager Dan Olson said: "Our ongoing investment and expertise in precision strike weapons, including the GATR system, provide a mature capability that fulfils the requirements of our military customers using innovative approaches that minimise integration costs."


Manufactured in collaboration with Elbit Systems, the GATR is a 70mm precision system designed for air-to-ground and ground-to-ground missions against soft, lightly armoured, stationary, moving and manoeuvring targets, and for military operations in urban terrain.


Incorporating a semi-active laser seeker similar to the one used in combat-proven joint direct attack munition (JDAM), the system enables pilots to lock-on targets before launch to ensure engagement of only the target of interest, with minimum collateral damage and at reduced operational costs.


Compatible with the existing 2.75in rocket-launcher hardware, the system features a digitally fused M282 multi-purpose warhead that is programmed from cockpits to provide super quick, point detonating fusing to defeat soft targets or delayed fusing for hardened targets penetration.


Available in three, seven and 19-tube versions, GATR is launched from PGRL digital launcher, and supports seamless integration into all fixed and rotary-wing platforms using existing digital and analogue fire control systems to offer digital stores management for all loaded weapons.


The DAC programme seeks validation of GATR and PGRL's desired operational and ballistic performance, while deployed from USSOCOM's airborne platforms.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
US Army Pays $340M to Extend GCV Tech Dev Phase

April 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued April 23, 2013)


Pentagon Contract Announcement


General Dynamic Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded a modification (No. P00019) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (W56HZV-11-C-C002) with a maximum value of $180,399,976 to extend the ground combat vehicle technology development phase by six months.

Fiscal 2013 Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation, Army contract funds are being obligated on this award.

The Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity.


BAE Systems Land and Armaments LP., Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded a modification (No. P00019) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (W56HZV-11-C-C001), with a maximum value of $159,481,403 to extend the ground combat vehicle technology development phase by six months.

Fiscal 2013 Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation, Army contract funds are being obligated on this award.

The Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
USAF's first of two F-35A JSF fighters arrives for operational testing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, US. Photo: US Air Force photo by Laura Mowry.

USAF's first of two F-35A JSF fighters arrives for operational testing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, US. Photo: US Air Force photo by Laura Mowry.

24 April 2013 airforce-technology.com


Northrop Grumman-built multifunction advanced data link (MADL) waveform has successfully demonstrated its ability to advance communication among the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft during flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in California, US.


During testing, the MADL joined the communications, navigation and identification (CNI) Link-16 and variable message format network present on an F-35 aircraft, and the data passed was correlated with information from other F-35 sensors by a fusion system to form a simplified situational awareness picture on the cockpit displays.


The testing forms an important element of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Block 2 software release that is designed to offer an advanced mission systems capability at Edwards AFB.


Northrop Grumman Information Systems Defense Systems division vice president and general manager Mike Twyman said the MADL performed reliably and displayed an excellent range at multiples of required specifications, while demonstrating ability to connect fifth-generation fighters during flight tests.


"This success is a significant achievement for the F-35 program and enabling joint aerial concept of operations," Twyman added.


A critical capability of the F-35 CNI avionics, the MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link designed to enable coordinated tactics and engagement to help bring significant operational advantages to fifth-generation aircraft operating in high-threat environments.


The CNI system provides F-35 pilots with an equivalent capability of over 27 avionics subsystems, including identification friend or foe (IFF), automatic acquisition of fly-to points, and various voice and data communications, while lowering size, weight and power demands on the aircraft.


Northrop also manufactures F-35's centre fuselage, radar and electro-optical subsystem, mission systems and mission planning software, pilot and maintenance training system courseware, apart from managing the F-35 industry team's use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies.


Currently under production by Lockheed, the F-35 JSF is designed to conduct ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defence missions with stealth capability.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
Officials during USNS Millinocket christening ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Austal.

Officials during USNS Millinocket christening ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Austal.

24 April 2013 naval-technology.com


The US Navy's third of ten Spearhead-class joint high-speed vessels (JHSV), USNS Millinocket (JHSV 2), has been formally christened at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.


US Navy secretary Ray Mabus said: "I chose to name the joint high-speed vessel after East Millinocket and Millinocket to honour those values and the men and women of the community that represents them no less today than it did in the early 1900s."


The company is under a ten-ship contract worth more than $1.6bn with the US Navy, while 338ft-long USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), the first ship of the class, has already been delivered.


Austal USA president Craig Perciavalle said that the ship was expected to provide an high-level of flexibility, mobility, efficiency and support to combatant commanders and the country.


Operated by the Military Sealift Command, the JHSVs can support a range of missions such as overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, supporting special operations forces and emerging joint sea-basing concepts.


Capable of performing day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations in shallow-draft ports, the vessels have a displacement capacity of 2,362t, beam of 28.5m, a draft of 3.8m and can cruise at a maximum speed of 43k.


Powered by four MTU 20V8000 M71L diesel engines driving four Wartsila WLD 1400 SR waterjets, the ship features a Navair level 1 class 2 certified flight deck to support helicopter missions.


Designed to be fast, flexible and manoeuvrable in shallow waters, the Spearhead-class vessels are equipped with helicopter operations surveillance system (HOSS) to enable the aircraft to operate in very low-light conditions.


USNS Choctaw County, the second ship of the class, is expected to be delivered to the navy later in the summer of 2013.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 21:35
BAE Australia LHD training center

BAE Australia LHD training center

CANBERRA, Australia, April 24 (UPI)


The Australian navy, in collaboration with BAE Systems, has opened a training facility for Landing Helicopter Dock ships.


The facility, in New South Wales, was officially opened by Minister for Defense Materiel Mike Kelly.


"The opening of this training facility is another example of the effective collaboration between the Defense Materiel Organization, Royal Australian Navy and BAE Systems Australia," he said.


"This facility will train over 700 ADF (Australian Defense Force) personnel to safely operate and maintain the LHDs in anticipation of acceptance by (the) navy of Australia's first LHD NUSHIP Canberra in early 2014 and the acceptance of NUSHIP Adelaide the following year."


The training facility will feature simulated training suites, LHD ship fitted equipment and classrooms.


Redevelopment of an existing government site for the training facility took six months and cost about $5.1 million.


"The facility has the potential for follow-on training and through-life support training and to manage and conduct other future training for the ADF," the Department of Defense said.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 20:40
source Almaz-Anteï

source Almaz-Anteï

MOSCOU, 24 avril - RIA Novosti


Le nouveau système russe de défense antiaérienne de courte portée Morfeï sera adopté par les forces armées du pays en 2015, a annoncé mercredi aux journalistes à Moscou le vice-ministre russe de la Défense, le général Oleg Ostapenko. 


"Le Morfeï n'a pas d'analogue. Je crois que les premiers prototypes de ce système équiperont l'armée russe en 2015", a indiqué le vice-ministre.


En août 2011, le co-président du conseil d'experts pour la défense aérospatiale de l'époque Igor Achourbeïli avait déclaré que le nouveau système serait déployé en 2013.


Le système Morfeï est développé depuis 2007 par le Bureau d'études du groupe russe Almaz-Anteï. D'une portée maximale de 5 km, ce système est destiné à protéger des sites militaires.


La caractéristique unique du Morfeï, qui le distingue des systèmes similaires, réside dans la configuration de son radar. Réalisé en forme de dôme, ce dernier est capable de détecter les cibles dans toutes les directions sans devoir pivoter, indiquent ses concepteurs.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 19:35
La Chine veut se doter d'un deuxième porte-avions plus grand que le premier (Chine nouvelle)


PEKIN, 24 avr 2013 marine-oceans.com  (AFP)


La Chine va se doter de plusieurs porte-avions et le deuxième devra être plus grand et capable d'accueillir plus de chasseurs que le premier, a indiqué un haut responsable militaire chinois cité mercredi par l'agence Chine nouvelle.


"Nous espérons que le prochain porte-avions sera plus grand et qu'il pourra transporter plus d'avions", a expliqué le contre-amiral Song Xue, chef d'état-major adjoint de la Marine chinoise, aux attachés militaires de 64 pays, selon l'agence officielle chinoise.


Ceux-ci étaient reçus mardi pour le 64e anniversaire de la fondation de la marine de l'Armée populaire de libération.


En septembre dernier, la Chine a mis en service son premier porte-avions, le Liaoning, construit à partir de la coque d'un navire destiné à l'origine à la Marine soviétique, le Varyag, qui n'avait jamais été achevé.


Cette mise en service était intervenue en pleine crise des relations entre Pékin et Tokyo autour de la souveraineté d'îles - appelées Diaoyu en chinois et Senkaku en japonais - en mer de Chine orientale.


Le contre-amiral a expliqué que la Marine chinoise mettait actuellement en place un groupe aérien composé d'au moins deux escadrilles pour le Liaoning, comprenant à la fois des chasseurs, des avions de reconnaissance, des appareils antisousmarins et de brouillage électronique, ainsi que des aéronefs à décollage vertical.


Il a précisé que le Liaoning était placé sous le commandement direct du quartier général de la Marine et ne dépendait d'aucune de ses trois flottes en particulier.


Le responsable a d'autre part déclaré que des informations de presse selon lesquelles ce deuxième porte-avions chinois serait construit à Shanghai étaient inexactes.


Des essais d'atterrissage et de décollage ont déjà été effectués par des chasseurs J-15 à bord du Liaoning, mais le contre-amiral Song a indiqué que d'autres essais aériens été nécessaires avant que ces chasseurs-bombardiers dérivés du modèle russe Sukhoï Su-33 soient opérationnels.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 17:25
Brazil's Embraer, AgustaWestland drop helicopter plans

Apr. 24, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)


SAO PAULO — Top Brazilian plane maker Embraer and Italy’s AgustaWestland have dropped joint-venture talks to produce the Anglo-Italian company’s helicopters in the South American country.


A brief Embraer statement on Wednesday said the two companies jointly decided “to terminate negotiations without reaching an agreement for the establishment of a joint venture in Brazil.”


It gave no explanation for why the talks collapsed.


Last January, Embraer said it signed a memorandum of understanding with AgustaWestland, a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica, to create a joint venture “which could lead to the production of AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil to be marketed for both commercial and military use in Brazil and Latin America.”


The companies then said preliminary studies had shown strong market potential for helicopters to serve Brazil’s growing offshore oil and gas sector, as well as for executive transport and military craft.


Embraer is the world’s third largest commercial aircraft maker while AgustaWestland is a leader in a number of helicopter markets

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 16:50
STAR*BRICKS screenshot

STAR*BRICKS screenshot

Bonn, le 23 avril 2013 cassidian.com


    STAR*BRICKS : gain de temps et d'argent lors de la création et du développement de simulations extrêmement complexes

    VeSA et HochZeN comblent d'importantes lacunes dans la conduite d'opérations mobiles au profit des forces armées


« Les services informatiques, moteurs d'applications flexibles », tel est le thème choisi par Cassidian pour présenter ses systèmes de simulation et d'entraînement, ainsi que ses solutions destinées à la conduite d'opérations mobiles, à l'occasion du salon de l'armement AFCEA, qui se tiendra à Bonn les 24 et 25 avril 2013 dans la salle polyvalente de Bad Godesberg.


« La gamme de produits Cassidian dans le domaine des systèmes de commandement et d'information comble d'importantes lacunes dans la conduite d'opérations mobiles au profit des forces armées. Nos systèmes de simulation et d'entraînement innovants répondent aux exigences des exercices militaires actuels et contribuent à former au mieux nos clients à leurs missions », a déclaré Bertram Gorlo, Directeur commercial Allemagne de Cassidian.


Cassidian présentera pour la première fois son logiciel STAR*BRICKS® à l'occasion du salon AFCEA. Ce logiciel breveté de formation en ligne ouvre une nouvelle voie pour la simulation de systèmes de mission et de procédures de formation extrêmement complexes. Contrairement aux solutions développées jusqu'ici, STAR*BRICKS s'appuie sur des modules de formation appelés « bricks ». Ces modules, qui opèrent indépendamment les uns des autres, sont des microsimulations de systèmes individuels ou de composants d'aéronef, tels que la cabine de pilotage, les divers calculateurs ou une simple vis. Associés, ils reproduisent un système complet de manière très réaliste. Les divers modules peuvent être échangés et combinés par simple glisser-déposer sur l'interface utilisateur. L'utilisateur est ainsi en mesure de préparer très rapidement des scénarios d'entraînement sans avoir besoin de connaissance informatique spécifique. De plus, le temps et les coûts requis pour l'extension des scénarios d'entraînement restent limités, puisque seuls des modules individuels doivent être développés ou créés. STAR*BRICKS s'adresse aussi bien aux clients civils que miliaires et est compatible avec la plupart des systèmes d'exploitation courants. Le logiciel fonctionne sur PC, smartphone et tablette.


Dans le domaine de la conduite des opérations mobiles des forces armées, Cassidian expose sur le salon AFCEA des produits de pointe destinés aux soldats en mission.


Le nouveau système de commandement ultramobile VeSA (Vehicle Situation Awareness) allie les technologies logicielles d'échange et de création d'informations tactiques les plus modernes et un concept de commande permettant à l'équipage des véhicules de convoi et de patrouille d'obtenir très rapidement une représentation complète de la situation sur le théâtre d'opérations. Conçu à partir d'interfaces standardisées, le logiciel VeSA peut être exploité sur les équipements de dernière génération.


HochZeN (Hochmobile zellulare Netzwerke) est un système de chiffrement adapté aux communications voix et données des forces armées dans le cadre de leurs missions de convoyage et de patrouille, ainsi qu'aux missions requérant un système mobile. Il s'appuie sur les normes de radiocommunication TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) et LTE (Long Term Evolution). Outre la connexion des systèmes existants et futurs par le biais d'interfaces standardisées, HochZeN propose également une liaison satellite. Sur le salon AFCEA, Cassidian présente le système dans sa configuration de base. Dans sa configuration finale, HochZeN sécurisera les communications dans un rayon d'une dizaine de kilomètres.


Visitez le stand de Cassidian sur le salon AFCEA : Z6


A propos de CASSIDIAN (www.cassidian.com)

Cassidian, la division de défense d'EADS, est un leader mondial en matière de solutions de défense et de sécurité. L'entreprise fournit des systèmes de défense sophistiqués pour l'ensemble de la chaîne fonctionnelle: des capteurs aux avions de combat et drones en passant par les systèmes de commandement. Dans le domaine de la sécurité, Cassidian équipe ses clients dans le monde entier de systèmes de surveillance des frontières, solutions de cyber sécurité et de communication sécurisée. En 2012, Cassidian a réalisé un chiffre d'affaires de 5,7 milliards d'euros avec un effectif de quelque 23 000 employés.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 16:20
USS Freedom (LCS 1) - photo US Embassy Singapore Apr 2013

USS Freedom (LCS 1) - photo US Embassy Singapore Apr 2013

24/04 Les Echos.fr (Reuters)


Des failles ont été découvertes dans le réseau informatique de l'USS Freedom, qui appartient à la classe la plus récente de la flotte américaine, mais leur gravité ne justifiait pas le report de son déploiement à Singapour, a-t-on appris mardi de source proche de l'US Navy.


Ces lacunes auraient été constatés par des experts chargés de contrôler la sécurité du réseau en tentant de s'y introduire.


"Nous procédons à ce type d'inspections dans toute la flotte pour identifier des vulnérabilités spécifiques ou des tendances globales", a-t-on expliqué de même source.


Le bateau, mis au point dans le cadre du programme "Littoral Combat Ship" qui représente un investissement de 37 milliards de dollars, est arrivé la semaine dernière à Singapour. Son constructeur Lockheed Martin espère que sa présence stimulera la demande en Asie.


La sécurité informatique est l'une des priorités de la marine américaine, dont l'efficacité dépend largement des systèmes de télécommunication, de positionnement et de guidage par satellite.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 12:55
Veillée d'armes chez les industriels de l'armement

24/04/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


C'est inéluctable, le budget de la Défense va encore baisser. Notamment le budget d'équipement, ce qui se répercutera sur l'industrie de l'armement. Toute la question est de connaître l'ampleur des coupes...


«Réduire le budget équipement dès 2014 peut être une bonne pioche pour le gouvernement, car les licenciements chez les industriels interviendront bien plus tard », explique cyniquement un industriel du secteur. « Le temps de l'industrie, qui travaille sur le moyen et le long terme, n'est pas celui du politique, qui gère le court terme », regrette-t-il. D'où les inquiétudes des grands patrons du secteur de la défense, qui ont toutefois pu passer le message, lundi 15 avril à l'Élysée, au cours d'un entretien d'une heure et quart avec François Hollande, qui a été « très à l'écoute et compétent sur les dossiers », selon un industriel. Contrairement à ce qui s'était passé le 10 avril lors du dernier conseil de défense. De quoi ouvrir à nouveau des espoirs pour les industriels de l'armement.


Car ce qu'ils redoutent le plus, c'est une politique de rupture qui changerait le modèle des armées et, donc, sacrifierait des secteurs industriels. « Je n'aimerais pas être le patron de Nexter en ce moment », explique-t-on au ministère de la Défense. Bref, entre une politique de rupture et une cuisine budgétaire habituelle avec étalements et/ou reports de programmes, certes pénible, pour les industriels, il n'y a pas photo. « Depuis plusieurs années, les armées comme les industriels ont appris à ne pas demander tout et tout de suite, analyse un industriel. Ils acceptent des lacunes quand la pensée opérationnelle ou les prio-rités industrielles ne sont pas claires, comme le report pénible du programme de drone MALE, mais sont finalement intelligentes et responsables au plan budgétaire. Peu de couples industrie/client ont su gérer ainsi ce commencement de pénurie, en évitant les désastres. »Mais, à 29 milliards d'euros de budget par an, comme le veut Bercy, la défense ne sait pas faire. « Nous sommes en cessation de paiement car dès 2014 nous aurons un problème de trésorerie immédiat », explique une source proche du dossier. Pourquoi? Parce que comme l'expliquait à l'automne le chef de l'État-major des armées, l'amiral Édouard Guillaud, « la défense est comme un grand navire lancé à 32 milliards d'euros : on ne peut pas réduire sa vitesse aussi rapidement qu'on le voudrait. »Quoi qu'il arrive, la défense ne sera pas épargnée. Déjà, l'État envisage de réduire la cible finale de l'un des programmes les plus emblématiques, le Rafale, laquelle pourrait passer de 286 à 225 appareils à l'horizon 2025. Le ministère de la Défense réfléchit également à baisser ses commandes d'hélicoptères. Récemment, la direction générale de l'armement (DGA) a obtenu un délai de deux mois avant de conclure, ou pas, une nouvelle commande d'hélicoptères de transport NH90 (Eurocopter), qui devait être passée à la fin de mars. Et les directions financières des différents états-majors planchent sur les équipements des armées selon les différentes trajectoires financières encore en cours aujourd'hui. À François Hollande, chef des armées et du combat pour l'emploi, de trancher.


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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 12:30
German Firm Arms Qatar with Tanks

April 24th, 2013 By German Radio - defencetalk.com


German arms manufacturer Kraus-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has just closed a billion dollar deal with Qatar that was five years in the making. On Thursday (18.04.2013), the Munich-based company announced that it signed a contract to deliver 62 Leopard 2 tanks and 24 self-propelled howitzers to the emirate. The price for the arms: roughly 1.9 billion euros ($2.48 billion).


Before the deal, Qatar owned old tanks and artillery from France and South Africa, according to KMW. Now the country wants to scrap the old weapons and modernize its 8,500-man army with the German manufacturer’s new weapon systems. As reported vaguely by news agencies, armament experts say Qatar wants to be prepared for a possible conflict with Iran. That sounds convincing to political scientist and Middle East expert Werner Ruf.


“One reason is definitely that Qatar is among the nations in the Gulf who consider Iran a real threat, and who want to arm themselves against that threat,” he told DW.


What is the armament for?


But one of the most important factors in such large weapons deals is money, Ruf said.


“Weapons are the goods that elicit the highest sums of bribery,” he said. “That makes for great earnings on the side for the person in charge of choosing the weapons.”


Qatar expert and political scientist Hamadi El-Aouni from the University of Berlin said he thinks the Gulf state wants the tanks to support friendly groups in other countries.


“It’s not impossible that that these weapons will be shipped off somewhere,” he told DW. “I assume toward Syria, via Turkey. Or possibly Lebanon.”


El-Aouni said he not believe Qatar is purchasing the weapons to protect itself from Iran. Home to a large US Air Force base, he said the United States would protect Qatar if it came to a confrontation with Iran.


Limited rights


The opposition parties in Germany heavily criticize the arms deal with Qatar. They point to the country’s autocratic government and lack of respect for human rights. Ruf and El-Aouni agreed with this assessment. The Arab news channel Al Jazeera in Qatar once stood for independent reporting and free access to news, but today its broadcasts are mostly filled with foreign propaganda, Ruf added.


There is also no opposition allowed in Qatar, El-Aouni said: “With very few exceptions, there is no freedom of expression. The emir and his family, as well as Qatar’s government, remain off-limits.” Qatar might not be a visible police state, but there are always secret observers watching you, El-Aouni added.


The fact that Qatar supported the rebels during many of the Arab Spring conflicts doesn’t mean that the country whole-heartedly supports democracy. They saw their own interests at stake, according to El-Aouni.


“Qatar hasn’t support the young people’s revolution so that democracies could rise in countries like Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Qatar just assumed that the revolution would eventually lead to Islamist states and an Islamist community,” he said, adding that the country only held up a smoke screen of democracy.


That pseudo-democracy became visible in Qatar’s approach to foreign policy, Ruf said.


“The way they reacted to the uprising in Bahrain definitely gave them away,” he said. “While Al Jazeera praised the Arab Spring movement, the government sent tanks to Bahrain to support Saudi Arabia’s course of action: smothering the Bahrain uprising in blood.”


The West looks the other way


Ruf said political and strategic reasons were behind the West’s decision not to criticize the situation in Qatar more openly.


“I believe that there’s a trend toward a new international order behind all this,” he said. “The US can’t do everything they want anymore. They are moving their military power to the Pacific and are putting together a new security power in the Gulf region.”


Saudi Arabia and Qatar, members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, are the new powers, according to Ruf.These countries in turn work to secure their power by trying to make Arab nations, specifically those of the Arab Spring, more Islamist.


“You can see this in Egypt, and also in Tunisia, where huge amounts of money are spent to help the Islamists, and where this money is used to recruit thousands of fighters for the conflicts in Syria and Mali,” Ruf said, adding that human rights and democracy don’t have roles to play.


He added that Germany’s behavior is hypocritical, too: when Islamists march into Mali, everyone condemns it. “But at the root of all that, where human rights are abused systematically, every day, such as in Qatar and Saudi Arabia above all, the West just looks the other way.”


Ruf quoted German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle as proof for legitimization of authoritarian Gulf states. He said Westerwelle said that Saudi Arabia was an anchor of stability and that Qatar helped hold that anchor down.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 08:00
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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 07:50
source FOB

source FOB

23.04.2013 Par Frédéric Lert (FOB)


Le 8×8 de Nexter vient d’effectuer ses premiers tours de roues au Danemark, dans le cadre d’une compétition visant à fournir à Copenhague un successeur au M113. Ce dernier, entré en service il y a déjà un demi-siècle, est aujourd’hui totalement incapable de faire face aux niveaux de menaces et aux attentes propres aux opérations internationales. De toute évidence, les Danois veulent rapidement siffler la fin de la récré : l’appel d’offre a été lancé à l’été dernier et la sélection du vainqueur est anticipée pour le début 2014. Le besoin annoncé est fluctuant, de 200 (hypothèse basse) à 400 véhicules (hypothèse hausse), avec dans un premier temps des transports de troupes qui seront suivis par d’autres véhicules spécialisés. Même si la conjoncture économique plaiderait plutôt pour une hypothèse basse, le marché est très convoité à en juger par le nombre de concurrents. Huit ont répondu aux demandes d’information et six ont été « short listés ». Les deux éliminés sont le Boxer de KMW/Rheinmetall et l’AMV de Patria. Il reste en lice quatre véhicules chenillés et deux à roues, le VBCI retrouvant dans cette deuxième catégorie le Piranha 5 de General Dynamics.

photo EMA / ECPAD

photo EMA / ECPAD

Quatre mois d’essais intensifs devraient permettre à l’armée danoise de trouver son champion, ou pourquoi pas « ses » champions pour le cas où le Danemark choisirait de couper la poire en deux entre véhicules chenillés et à roues. Le VBCI arrive dans le royaume nordique fort de deux prestations particulièrement réussies, en Afghanistan tout d’abord et plus récemment au Mali. Dans le cadre de l’opération Serval, le 8×8 a sans doute écrit quelques-unes des pages les plus impressionnantes de sa jeune histoire, avec un raid de plus de 2500 kilomètres sur les routes et les pistes maliennes pour rejoindre la zone de combat. Optiques et canon de 25mm ont ensuite pu donner la pleine mesure de leurs capacités en appui de l’infanterie, avec des engagements à plus de 2000m.

photo EMA / ECPAD

photo EMA / ECPAD

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 07:40
Three Nuclear Subs to Join Russian Navy by Yearend

MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti)


The Russian Navy will take delivery of two Project 955 Borey-class ballistic-missile submarines, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh, and one Yasen-class attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, by the end of the year, a Defense Ministry official said on Tuesday.


Everything is going according to plan and there will be "no delays," said Andrei Vernigora, director of the ministry’s state defense contracts department, refuting reports the Alexander Nevsky would only be put into service only in 2014.


Alexander Nevsky is due to be commissioned with the Navy in September, he added. The boat has been undergoing trials at the Sevmash shipyard since 2012. A Bulava ballistic missile will be test-launched from the submarine in the summer, a Navy official told RIA Novosti in late March.


Alexander Nevsky is the second Borey-class submarine. The first, the Yury Dolgoruky, entered service with the Northern Fleet in January, and the third, the Vladimir Monomakh, was floated out last December and will start trials in the White Sea in June, United Shipbuilding Corporation President Andrei Dyachkov said earlier this month.


The Sevmash shipyard will start construction this year of two more Borey-class Project 955A submarines - the Alexander Suvorov and the Mikhail Kutuzov.

Severodvinsk nuclear attack submarine

Severodvinsk nuclear attack submarine

Borey class submarines are to become the mainstay of the Navy's strategic nuclear deterrent, replacing the ageing Project 941 (NATO Typhoon class) and Project 667 class (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats.

A total of eight Borey-class submarines are to be built for the Russian Navy by 2020.

Sevmash said in August it hoped to hand the Severodvinsk attack submarine over to the Russian Navy by the end of 2012.

The Severodvinsk carried out a series of cruise-missile test-firings in November earlier including the test-launch of a supersonic cruise missile at a land target. Laid down in 1993, Severodvinsk is one of eight Yasen-class boats being built for the Russian Navy.

The multirole attack submarine has a submerged displacement of 13,800 tons, length of 119 meters, speed of 31 knots, and can dive to 600 meters. It has a crew of 90 including 32 officers.

It is armed with 3M55 Oniks (SS-N-26) and 3M54 (SS-N-27) Kalibr cruise missiles, torpedoes, and mines.

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 07:35
Kraz 5 ton 6x6 truck (photo : Militaryphotos)

Kraz 5 ton 6x6 truck (photo : Militaryphotos)

24.04.2013 Defense Studies

“AutoKrAZ” Wins the Tender for Delivery of KrAZ Trucks after Severe Struggle

PJSC “AutoKrAZ” has won the tender for delivery of large lot of KrAZ trucks for the needs of Royal Thai Army. Trucks to be delivered will be provided with the YaMZ-238ДЕ2-33 engine rated at 330 hp (Еuro 3), the 9JS150TA-B transmission and the MFZ-430 clutch. All the trucks are right-hand drive.

At the customer’s request the trucks will be provided with hydraulic winch by leading global producer Sepson (Sweden). The contract award was preceded by tough comparative tests over a protracted period, where KrAZ participated along with other manufacturers of similar vehicles.

According to test program, the vehicles competed in the harshest climatic and environmental conditions of this country. Ukrainian truck achieved flawless victory in hard competitive struggle continuously keeping ahead of its rivals and demonstrating the best results in trial. This was a crucial factor in opting for KrAZ truck.

PJSC “AutoKrAZ” has proceeded with contract performance, with shipment set for August of this year.


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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 07:30
Umtas Long Range Antitank Missile

Umtas Long Range Antitank Missile

Apr. 22, 2013 - By BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense news


Development of 'National Systems' Moves at Full Speed


ANKARA — Hardly a day passes without a Turkish defense company proudly announcing that it has designed, developed and produced a weapon system the country would normally buy off-the-shelf from a foreign supplier. The most recent indigenously developed Turkish weapon is an anti-tank missile, the UMTAS.


Turkish military officials are anxiously awaiting the first serial production and delivery of the UMTAS.


“After years of going from one foreign supplier to another, we are happy to have our companies providing us with national solutions,” a senior Army official said.


Procurement officials said the UMTAS has recently undergone several successful field tests.


“This system can quickly find foreign buyers and mark an impressive transformation [of Turkey] from an import-dependent country into an exporting one,” one procurement official said. “It is relatively low-cost and reliable.”


State-owned missile maker Roketsan initiated the long-range anti-tank UMTAS missile project in efforts, first, to meet local demand from the Turkish Armed Forces, and later to export it, especially to countries in the region.


The UMTAS, with its infrared imaging and laser-seeker options, is an anti-tank missile with a range of 8 kilometers to be used in air-to-ground and ground-to-ground operations.


Roketsan officials said the system is going through further tests for technical properties and compatibility with environmental conditions. Thus far, the system has completed ballistic-missile tests and controlled-missile tests, and its sub-system design has been finished, they said.


The UMTAS is considered the official anti-tank system for the T-129, the helicopter gunship Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is co-producing with Italian-British AgustaWestland in a US $3.2 billion project. It also can be integrated into the Anka, Turkey’s first locally developed unmanned aircraft. Other potential platforms to be outfitted with the UMTAS are armored land vehicles and naval vessels.


Roketsan officials said they plan to develop the L-UMTAS, the same anti-tank missile with laser seeker warheads and missiles using high-explosive particles.


In February, Roketsan said it won a contract from the United Arab Emirates to sell its laser-guided rocket system, known as the Cirit, under a contract worth $196.2 million. The deal comes as Turkey seeks to boost arms exports to Arabian Gulf countries. The Emirati Army is the first foreign customer for the Cirit system.


The Cirit is one of several programs launched by Turkey to equip the Army’s T-129, AH-1P Cobra and AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters with low-cost precision strike capabilities. The 70 mm rocket has a range of 8 kilometers.


French-German company Eurocopter selected the Cirit for a test and integration program to equip the Eurocopter EC635. Roketsan is also producing canisters for Lockheed Martin’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile.


Analysts say the commercial development of the Anka boosted Turkish defense manufacturing.


“The Anka is the first aerial platform totally designed, developed and manufactured by Turkish engineering. It has a symbolic importance,” said Ceyhun Ozguven, an Ankara-based analyst.


The Anka has a 56-foot wingspan, a top speed of 75 knots and a maximum altitude of 30,000 feet. It completed military testing in late January and is set for serial production. Turkey aims to export the drone around the region, with the Egyptian government reportedly considering an order.


With the Anka headed for serial production, TAI has already begun developing an armed version of the drone called the Anka +A that will be outfitted with Cirit missiles .


On March 6, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul showed the Anka to Jordan’s King Abdullah, along with other military products, such as the T-129 and the Hurkus, a basic trainer aircraft TAI is developing. In 2012, Turkey exported about $1.2 billion worth of defense equipment, a 35.7 percent rise over 2011. The main export destinations were the US, UAE and Saudi Arabia. The industry is aiming for $2 billion in exports by 2016.


Turkey’s procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), has a regional office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for overseeing and coordinating export activities in the region.


Other Turkish weapons include the Altay tank, a $400 million project developed and produced by privately owned armored vehicles maker Otokar. South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem and Turkey’s Roketsan and Aselsan, a state-owned military communications and electronics company, are among the project’s sub-contractors. Also, last month Aselsan said it successfully developed the country’s first indigenous identification friend or foe (IFF) system and delivered the first prototypes to the Turkish military

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24 avril 2013 3 24 /04 /avril /2013 07:20
TIF-25K Aerostat

4/23/2013 Strategy Page


KEY WEST, Florida (April 23, 2013) A tethered TIF-25K aerostat is positioned on the Military Sealift Command high-speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) to be tested and evaluated at sea for use in future Operation Martillo counter transnational organized crime operations while assigned to U.S. 4th Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker)

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Northrop Grumman Launches CUTLASS, Next Generation Unmanned Ground Vehicle

19.04.2013 Northrop Grumman - army-guide.com


LONDON, -- Northrop Grumman Corporation has launched CUTLASS, its latest generation unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), expanding its range of industry-leading capabilities in unmanned systems for the remote handling and surveillance of hazardous threats.


CUTLASS has been designed, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman in the U.K., and includes significant advances in technology and performance and a range of features that provides state-of-the-art capabilities for national security and resilience applications.


"Our CUTLASS vehicle is setting new standards in the UGV market and significantly enhancing the ability of users to handle hazardous threats safely. It is more dexterous, cost effective and, as a package, four times faster than any other UGV," said Greg Roberts, managing director, defence and security, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Europe. "The vehicle is already in service across the U.K. and has proven itself to be robust and capable in the most demanding environments. We look forward to exploiting the potential opportunities for exporting this capability into international markets."


CUTLASS will be on display in Northrop Grumman's exhibit at the Counter Terror Expo, where it will also show its range of capabilities in daily live scenario-based demonstrations. The international exhibition and conference Counter Terror Expo takes place at the National Hall, Olympia, London, April 24-25.


CUTLASS offers the latest technology in a modular design, enabling the user to deal safely with the full range of hazardous threats from a distance, including the detection and disposal of explosive ordnance. Its highly versatile design means that it is capable of accommodating a wide range of payloads, sensors and tools. It carries all of the tools and sensors it needs to perform the full range of operations required for explosive ordnance disposal and other applications, avoiding the need to deploy two standard UGVs. CUTLASS saves up to 50 percent on the through-life costs when compared to owning and operating two standard UGVs.


The manipulator arm is equipped with a three-fingered, state-of-the-art gripper and has nine degrees of freedom for greater movement and agility inside limited spaces. With a specialised sensing system it provides a high level of control and dexterity to minimize damage to property and preserve forensic evidence.


Using CUTLASS, a hazardous situation can be restored to normal up to four times more quickly than with any other UGV. The combination of the speed of the wheeled platform, which can reach speeds of up to 12 kph, and the ability of CUTLASS to carry multiple tools and sensors negates the need to return to the incident control point, thus saving considerable time. The robot is able to creep along at deliberately slow speeds for delicate operations and may accelerate to high speeds to enable rapid travel. The six-wheeled design offers mobility on all types of hard and soft terrain and in all weather conditions.


Northrop Grumman's unmanned ground vehicle business has been established in Coventry, U.K., for more than 20 years. Today, the company designs, develops and manufactures in the U.K. some of the most capable and reliable unmanned ground vehicles available, from the Wheelbarrow bomb disposal robot to the latest vehicle, CUTLASS.


Northrop Grumman has more than 2,000 unmanned ground vehicle systems in operation around the world.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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