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Apr. 14, 2013 - By LAURA BONILLA – Defense News (AFP)


RIO DE JANEIRO — Embraer, the world’s third largest commercial aircraft maker, wants to boost its presence in the lucrative defense sector, with strong support from Brazil’s government.


The company aims to increase its sales in the sector by 25 percent this year, Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president of Embraer’s defense and security unit, said on the sidelines of this week’s LAAD Defense and Security expo here.


Between 2006 and 2012, Embraer’s defense activities expanded by an average of 29 percent annually to represent 17 percent of total sales, up from six percent.


Aguiar said the company hoped to grow 12 percent a year between now and 2020.


Last year, sales of its defense and security products exceeded $1 billion for the first time.


“The government wants to make Embraer a major defense player, and not just in the aerospace sector,” said Nelson During, a respected Brazilian defense expert who runs the DefesaNet website.


“Embraer wants to expand and diversify its products so as not to depend only on its commercial aircraft which are susceptible to the (economic) crisis, as happened in 2008.”


The company is banking on the development of surveillance systems (radar, electronic systems) and will be a key competitor in all future tenders, During said.


BNDES, the government’s development bank and investment arm, extended a line of credit to help Embraer finance the purchase of six Super Tucano A-29 light attack aircraft by Guatemala and three by Senegal, announced this week.


“The line of credit is part of the defense strategy,” Aguiar told reporters. “It is not very different from what we see in the rest of the world.”


For Embraer and the Brazilian defense sector in general, this government support is fundamental, according to During.


For years, BNDES and the government have been supporting sales of Embraer commercial aircraft, enabling it to offer financing terms comparable to those of competitors.


Brasilia is committed to developing a major domestic defense industry.


And implementing the government’s Border Surveillance Integrated System SISFRON will mean million-dollar contracts for Embraer.


Currently, SISFRON — a web of drones, radars, sensors and communication systems — is in the experimental stage. It is deployed 650 kilometers (400 miles) along the border of Mato Grosso do Sul state with Paraguay and Bolivia.


Later, it will be extended along the country’s 16,000 kilometers of borders with nine neighboring countries and French Guiana, an overseas territory of France, at an estimated cost of $6 billion.


“It is a $350 million program in its initial phase, which gives a major boost to Embraer contracts. It could mean billions of dollars,” said During.



This week, Embraer also launched the sale of its new military transport aircraft KC-390, the biggest built by Brazil, in partnership with Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic and Portugal.


The goal is to sell 728 such planes to 77 countries for a total value of more $50 billion.


Aguiar said his company was ready to enter a market dominated by US firm Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules.


He added that the KC-390 would be sold at lower prices than those offered by competitors, without going into details.


Such planes are sold at between $90 and 125 million but Embraer will offer “much more competitive prices,” he noted.


Meanwhile, Embraer’s Super Tucano contract with Guatemala this week to help protect the Maya Biosphere also includes a command and control system, three primary three-dimensional radars as well as logistical support for air operations and training for pilots and mechanics.


The contract with Senegal also provides for logistical support for air operations and a training center for pilots and mechanics.


This week, Embraer further announced a $127 million contract with the Brazilian Air Force to provide logistical support and services to its fleet of 92 Super Tucanos.

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The Coronado, seen at its christening in January

2012, is the fourth LCS for the U.S. Navy.


Apr. 14, 2013 By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Fire broke out aboard the littoral combat ship Coronado late Friday morning while the vessel was on its second day of sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. Navy official confirmed Saturday.


No one was injured in the accident, and early indications are that the damage was minor, the official said.


The incident happened as the ship was conducting a full-power demonstration and running at high speed. Insulation on the starboard diesel exhaust first smoldered, then ignited but, according to the official, the flames were “extinguished immediately.”


Shortly after, the lagging on the port diesel exhaust repeated the sequence and again, the flames were immediately put out.


Running on its gas turbines, the Coronado returned to the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., late Friday night to begin the incident assessment by representatives from the Navy, Austal USA, diesel builder MTU and others.


Initial expectations were that the incident would not trigger a major delay in the ship’s sea trials or completion.


The Coronado (LCS 4) is the second ship of the Independence (LCS 2) class under construction for the Navy. The ship was christened in January 2012 and is scheduled for delivery this spring. It has been under construction in Mobile since 2009.


A spokesperson for prime contractor General Dynamics could not immediately be reached for comment. GD is the prime for the first two ships in the class, while Austal USA has taken over as prime for the remaining ships of the LCS 2 class. Austal USA spokesman Craig Hooper declined to comment on the incident, deferring to the Navy and GD.


Both the Freedom and Independence LCS variants are powered by a combined diesel and gas turbine power plant. Two MTU 20V 8000 M90 diesels power the Independence-class ships, along with two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines.


Intended to be manned by very small crews compared with other naval warships, the LCSs are designed with a high degree of automated damage control systems, including extensive fire fighting fittings.


It could not be immediately confirmed if any design changes in the lagging or engine insulation had been made between the Independence and Coronado, or if any changes were planned for future ships.


The number of people aboard the Coronado at the time of the incident could not be immediately confirmed. Prior to acceptance by the Navy, ships on sea trials are operated by civilian crews — usually shipyard employees or contractors — and a large number of other people are on board, including representatives from the Navy and a host of technical contractors.


After the Coronado, Austal USA has contracts or contract options to build another 10 ships for the Navy.

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10 avril 2013 3 10 /04 /avril /2013 18:42

Kalashnikov assault rifle source Ria novisti


10 avril 2013 Romandie.com (AFP)


MOSCOU - Un ancien vice-ministre russe de l'Agriculture et l'ex-directeur général de l'usine produisant les fusils d'assaut kalachnikov ont été arrêtés pour des détournements de milliards de roubles, soit des dizaines de millions d'euros, a annoncé mercredi le ministère de l'Intérieur.


Vladimir Grodetski, ancien directeur général de l'usine Ijmach qui est le principal producteur russe de fusils d'assaut kalachnikov, a été arrêté pour le détournement présumé de 5 milliards de roubles (125 millions d'euros au cours actuel), ont indiqué les agences de presse russes, citant le ministère. Aucun détail n'a été fourni sur la nature de ces détournements.


M. Grodetski a dirigé Ijmach de 1996 à 2011, a précisé Interfax.


Par ailleurs, le ministère de l'Intérieur a annoncé l'arrestation de l'ancien vice-ministre de l'Agriculture, Alexeï Bajanov, ainsi que de deux complices, pour des faits survenus en 2008-2009, alors que l'actuel président Vladimir Poutine était chef du gouvernement.


Selon un communiqué du ministère, le détournement dont il est soupçonné consistait à accorder un soutien financier en fonds publics à des entreprises agricoles pour l'acquisition de matériel.


Les sociétés étaient en fait sous contrôle d'un groupe criminel, et des documents fictifs étaient produits pour justifier des versements de fonds, selon le ministère.


L'ex-ministre de l'Agriculture Elena Skrynnik figure en qualité de témoin dans ce même dossier, et la suite de l'enquête doit permettre de préciser son rôle, a indiqué une source proche de l'enquête à l'agence Interfax.


Mme Skrynnik, ministre de 2009 à 2012, était au moment des faits à la tête de la société publique Rosagroleasing impliquée dans les détournements de fonds.


L'ex-ministre a été interrogée en février par les enquêteurs.


En novembre, la télévision publique russe avait diffusé un documentaire accusateur sur son implication dans le détournement de 39 milliards de roubles (près d'un milliard d'euros).


Les scandales de détournement de fonds publics se sont multipliés dernièrement en Russie.


Le plus retentissant a abouti au limogeage en novembre du ministre de la Défense, Anatoli Serdioukov, éclaboussé par une affaire de fraude lors de la vente de biens publics, d'un montant de plus de 6 milliards de roubles (150 millions d'euros).


D'autres affaires, portant sur des milliards de roubles, concernent notamment le secteur spatial et des travaux gigantesques d'infrastructures réalisés dans la région de Vladivostok (Extrême-Orient).

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Apr. 10, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — AEL-built avionics will be installed in the Brazilian version of the Gripen NG if the fast jet secures a deal to supply the Brazilian Air Force with a new fighter Saab, executives said Tuesday at the LAAD defense and security conference here.


Eddy de la Motta, the man leading Saab’s Gripen export drive, said AEL had been selected to supply displays, computers and other items in the event that the latest version of the Swedish fast jet wins the long-running FX-2 program.


The program to buy 36 fighters has been stalled by Brazilian economic developments, technology transfer and other issues.


The Gripen is in a three-way battle with Boeing’s F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and Dassault Aviation’s Rafale for the deal.


La Motta said the inclusion of AEL avionics would create a separate standard of the under-development NG version of the aircraft already ordered by Sweden.


Switzerland has also selected the Gripen NG, but the purchase is subject to ratification by an upcoming referendum of voters there.


AEL is majority owned by Elbit of Israel. Embraer also has a 25 percent stake in a company, which has been heavily involved in providing avionics for recent Brazilian Air Force combat jet updates.


The Swedish executive took the opportunity during a briefing at LAAD to reiterate a financial offer on the FX-2 program that would allow the Brazilian government to not pay for the aircraft until the last machine had been delivered.


The payback period would run for 15 years after that, said the Saab executive.


In a separate development, Saab announced it had done a partnering deal with local Brazilian company Force Delta Equipamentos Militares for the part manufacture of multi-spectral camouflage for signature management.

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Apr. 8, 2013 - By PAUL MCLEARY  - Defense News


WASHINGTON — If the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, deploys to Afghanistan this year to act as a security forces advise-and-assist team mentoring Afghan troops, they’ll likely introduce a weapon to the battlefield: the Boar Battle Wagon.


Two privates from the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment “Wild Boars” constructed the beast at Fort Polk, La., during their train-up for the mission this winter. It consists of a John Deere Gator ATV stacked with the Army’s newest and most anticipated communications equipment.



Lt. Col. Al Boyer, the commander of 2/30, said he was looking for a way to use the Capability Set 13 suite of radios, mission command and on a platform lighter than a mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle, to have connectivity in places where the hulking armored vehicle is too big to go.


The two privates equipped the vehicle with satellite voice capability and a Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below system. It also has access to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance feeds. They loaded it on a CH-47 Chinook with a small generator to keep everything running and dropped it on top of a mountain, where Boyer was able to stay in contact with his soldiers.


In Afghanistan, “I need to be expeditionary,” Boyer said. “So essentially, we can drive this thing up on the back of a ’47, fly it up to some austere environment, pull it out, fire up the generator and, essentially, I had every single thing on the back of that vehicle that I could have in my [tactical operations center] in a hardwired structure.”


Boyer praised the CS13 package his soldiers used during their training rotation, saying it “will save people’s lives in Afghanistan, especially as we transition to retrograde and advising our Afghan partners. That situational awareness in those small teams is critical.”


At the training center, the unit created a BOLO list (short for “be on the lookout”) with the names and descriptions of suspects they were hunting. They blasted it through the CS13 system “so every single soldier out there on the battlefield had the BOLO list” available on the smartphone-like devices they were equipped with.


After that, “we started rolling up the network significantly.” The opposition force told him that “those checkpoints significantly impacted their operations” because soldiers could now spot any suspects that might be coming through, Boyer said.


“Capability Set 13 is a great out-of-contact system” he continued, adding that once a fight starts he wants his soldiers to be focused on the fight and not fiddling with their radios and smartphones.


“What it does out of contact is immediately following contact you can drop [virtual] chem lights and say ‘this is where the enemy is,’ or drop a request for help or you can take a picture and send it back, or you can locate personnel on the ground who are not in contact” for things such as casualty evacuation.

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April 9, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


News release from the Streit Group:


Streit Group, the world’s largest privately-owned vehicle armouring company, is looking to Latin America as a new and potentially strong market for future growth. With over 100 models across a range of product categories – including luxury vehicles for VIP protection, cash in transit, security and commercial, and tactical military vehicles – the company is delivering a new level of quality. Proven by the extensive experience they have gained in the field, including recent war zones, all Streit Group vehicles have full test certifications.

As one of the BRIC countries, Brazil represents a particular area of opportunity for new business across the region which is why Streit Group is exhibiting two of its most versatile APCs at LAAD Defence & Security 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.
The exhibition is being held in the city’s RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Center and Streit Group will be ready to greet visitors in Hall # 3, Stand R28 where the two vehicles on display will be:


Representing a new generation of Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV), the Spartan can be configured in various models to support a wide range of military, counter-terrorism and police operations and has the off-road capability to cope with some of the most difficult terrains. Designed to accept a large crew compartment – armoured to CEN Level 7 – for up to 12 personnel, the Spartan is STANAG Level 1 certified, built to withstand ballistic attack and provide advanced protection against anti-personnel mines and grenade blasts. Field-proof, low maintenance and with superior off-road performance, the Spartan can be configured with a range of weapons platform options – including a manual or electric rotating turret – making it the ideal vehicle for mission roles ranging from command and control and military tactical operations to SWAT, riot control, counter terrorism and counter surveillance.



The Typhoon is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle offering up to STANAG 3 level protection against both blast and ballistic attack. Highly manoeuvrable, with 60% gradient and 30% side slope capabilities as well as a high ground clearance of up to 920mm, the Typhoon is equally at home in urban, mountainous and challenging rural terrains and has excellent field reparability. With the capacity to carry up to 12 personnel plus equipment, the Typhoon can be configured for a wide range of missions, including Command and Control, EOD, Patrol, Convoy Support, Forward Observation, Reconnaissance and Med-Evac.


Guerman Goutorov, Founder & CEO of Streit Group, commented:

“Security forces across Latin America are facing heightened threat levels and an increased number of attacks, and we are more than confident that we can provide them with the new level of protection they need. With our 20+ years’ experience, including developing vehicles for deployment in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa, we know how to produce high quality vehicles that offer the optimum balance of protection, performance and affordability”.
In addition to the Spartan and Typhoon, Streit Group manufactures a wide range of other tactical military vehicles, including:


The Scorpion is a fast-moving, agile MRAP armoured command vehicle with a top speed of 110 km/h. Its innovative modular design – with the engine and suspension mounted separately from the V-shaped monocoque shell – maximises both vehicle performance and occupant survivability. Its crew compartment, which can carry up to six personnel when deployed in the field, can be manufactured with a protection level of up to STANAG 3 level.



The capabilities of the VARAN 6×6 forward-fighting vehicle reflect its state-of-the-art design. Able to accommodate up to 10 personnel, the VARAN’s 400 horse power V6 Cummins engine gives it the power to cross the most difficult and hostile terrains, including deserts. Armoured to a full STANAG 4 level, its V-shaped hull is designed to disseminate the impact of mine blasts immediately.



Based on the Toyota Tundra, the Puma has a 5.6 litre engine with 6 speed automatic transmission. Fully armoured to STANAG 3 level, the vehicle has a monocoque hull with independently mounted suspension and can be fitted with a range of weapon platform options.


LAAD is the leading exhibition for the defence and security sector across Latin America, attracting widespread international attention and bringing together representatives of the armed forces, police and special forces and other government agencies with a wide range of companies exhibiting the latest equipment and services. In 2011, the last time the event was held, over 660 exhibitors from 40 different countries were represented and the 25,800 visitors came from 54 different countries

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09 April 2013 defenceWeb


The partnership between Denel Dynamics and Abu Dhabi-based Tawazun Holdings looks set for greater heights following the successful execution of a difficult mission profile by the Al Tariq precision-guided munition.


It demonstrated superior accuracy against a laser designated target in a flight test evaluation. The test evaluated the weapon’s capability to dynamically determine its own flight path according to set launch and pre-programmed terminal phase conditions.


The missile was launched off-track of target and was instructed to fly into the target arena from a different direction during its terminal phase.


“This implies the missile had to perform a dog-leg manoeuvre and the flight path had to be calculated dynamically ‘on the fly’,” said Al Tariq programme manager Coenie Loock.


Despite the level of difficulty intentionally selected to give Al Tariq a thorough test, the weapon completed its mid-course guidance successfully and during terminal phase had a direct hit on the designated target with the miss distance at less than half a metre.


Al Tariq has a number of range options, from 40 km for the standard version to 100 km for the long-range version. The demonstrated accuracy is independent of the range variant. The weapon can also be pre-programmed to engage targets from specific directions and at different dive angles.


A model of the Al Tariq weapon is currently on show at the Tawazun Dynamics stand at the LAAD 2013 defence exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


“This is a great result for Denel Dynamics and reflects the success of the joint venture announcement last September with Abu Dhabi-based, Tawazun Holdings, for the development, manufacturing, assembly and integration of precision-guided weapon systems in Tawazun Dynamics, opening up an international gateway to potential new opportunities.


“Geographically, this is the first deal of its kind for Denel where the partnership is located outside South Africa creating an international footprint,” the South African company in the State-owned Denel group said in a statement.

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crédits MinDefFR


April 9, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Renault Trucks Defense; issued April 9, 2013)


Renault Trucks Defense at Sofins Special Forces Show


Improvements of SAS Patrol Vehicles


VERSAILLES --- Further to the Special Operations Command and the French Procurement joint collaboration, Panhard will soon deliver kits to enhance the operational capabilities of VPS (vehicle patrols SAS).


These kits include:

-- Milan support - they can carry a missile launcher and several missiles, but also fire from the vehicle

-- Ballistic shields to improve protection of the 12.7 mm gunner

-- Camouflage screens Lacroix (Galix 13) to allow the vehicle to evade the opponent's views.


As a reminder, 51 VPS have been ordered by the DGA and delivered to the SOC troops in 2008.


New Version of the ALTV Torpedo ACMAT


On the occasion of the SOFINS show, Renault Trucks Defense presents a version of the ALTV Torpedo ACMAT. It will be exhibited during the dynamic show.


This new version receives a higher ground clearance (from 0.3 to 0.35m) and a wider approach angle (from 25° to 40°) in order to improve the land mobility.


In parallel to these new performances, the ALTV keeps its essential characteristics that made its international success in 2012. More than 60 ALTV (Torpedo models) were indeed sold last year. The ALTV is, thanks to its robustness and its large payload (1.4t), adapted to the needs of the Special Forces.


With a 190hp, the vehicle can reach speeds of 170km/h while its 1,600 km autonomy allows it to operate in isolated areas without logistic support. It can carry 3 ( 4 in option) men.


The ALTV is capable of operating on slopes up to 80%, side-slopes up to 100% and cross a ford of 0.5m. Finally, it is also able to support mine and ballistic protection kits, and is fitted for a manned operated machinegun on the roof (7.62/12.7/LG40mm/M134).


“Battlenet Inside” at the Heart of Renault Trucks Defense Vehicles


To meet the requirements of armed forces for modularity, growth potential and cost control, Renault Trucks Defense launched at Eurosatory 2012 an innovative vetronic solution called “Battlenet Inside”. All systems are now presented embedded on the Sherpa Scout at Sofins 2013.


The range of operations that modern military vehicles have to conduct is giving rise to increasing complexity: a wide variety of missions, multiple threats, interoperability with other armed forces, tactical situations that are often highly complex, and so on. Renault Trucks Defense intends to meet these new operational requirements by optimising the integration of more and more items of equipment into its combat vehicles, Sherpa Scout included. It is ideally suited for tactical missions such as scouting, patrol, convoy escort, command and liaison and is able to transport up to 4 or 5 soldiers. Connected on the vetronic network Battlefield, the Scout becomes a complete mission system whose operational effectiveness can be optimized and adapted for each type of operation.


The different elements on this Sherpa Scout are:

-- a light turret WASP that is remotely-controlled from inside the vehicle. It can be fitted with a MAG 58 7,62mm machine gun coupled to a day/infrared sight and observation scope for day or night observation (Panhard and Sagem Defense Systems Sécurité),

-- a portable, light and easy to use UAV called “SPYARROW” (Thales),

-- a reverse camera (Motec),

-- a long-distance secured VH/VHF communication system “HF3000” (Thales),

-- a night vision goggle with video display, ultra-compact and lightweight goggle (Thales),

-- a distant vehicle management called “e-soutien” to maximize materials support in operational condition (RTD).


All systems presented on this Sherpa Scout are connected on our vetronic network Battlenet Inside:

-- Video streams shared on vehicle displays

-- Head-up display of Commander’s monitor on Minie D Night Vision Goggles

-- Vehicle integrated ergonomic HMI for systems

-- Ability to receive drones video

-- Distant vehicle management with “e-soutien” application


Battlenet Inside is an innovative electronic architecture designed by Renault Trucks Defense. It is based on open, standardized and proven COTS solutions coming from IP technologies.


As an integrator, Renault Trucks Defence guarantees interfacing with mission kits, the interoperability of these kits, their ergonomics, and the new collaborative functionalities, while respecting the know-how of the suppliers concerned.


Renault Trucks Defense has decided to propose an open architecture capable of ensuring the interoperability of these items of equipment. At the same time, as this equipment is constantly changing, there is a need to be able to upgrade the complete system, without modifying its basic architecture, by selecting long-standing, open standards. Renault Trucks Defence ensures the modularity and growth potential of the systems integrated on its vehicles while significantly reducing life cycle costs.


Networking the mobility platform with these items of equipment allows new collaborative functions to be provided while enhancing the overall effectiveness of the mission system in operations, training and maintenance.


This “Battlenet Inside” is based on an Ethernet network and on all existing protocols for carrying images, video or voice. Video streams shared on vehicle displays, drones video reception as well as the “e-soutien” application, make the vehicle a mechanical, electrical, electronic and MMI host structure onto which mission kits can be integrated as modules:

-- Drone Spy Arrow

-- Remote Control Weapon Station WASP

-- Night Vision Goggle with Video Display

-- Reverse camera

-- E-Soutien

-- HF/VHF Communications



Renault Trucks Defense, a reference manufacturer for the terrestrial armed forces, designs and develops a full range of armoured vehicles, with the SHERPA. Legacy supplier to the French Army, with more than 4,000 VAB armoured personnel carriers in service, Renault Trucks Defense can claim more than 65 customer countries across the world. Armoured vehicles represent more than 60% of its activity, but it also has a truck offering geared to a very full range of military uses. Renault Trucks Defense participates in programmes with Nexter, such as the CAESAR artillery system and the VBCI infantry fighting armoured vehicle. It holds several brand names across the world, including ACMAT and Panhard.

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Le Gripen suédois n’a été autorisé à participer qu’à des opérations de renseignement en

Libye. ©Forces armées suédoises / Lasse Jansson


03 avril 2013 par: Romain Mielcarek - ActuDéfense


La Libye a été la première opération aérienne de l’armée de l’air suédoise depuis le Congo en 1961. Cette mission a aussi été le baptême du feu du Gripen. Retour sur l’engagement du chasseur polyvalent de Saab.


Chauvinisme oblige, nous nous sommes beaucoup, en France, intéressés aux résultats du Rafale ou du Mirage en Libye. Ce théâtre d’opération a pourtant été le lieu d’une étrange rencontre entre trois chasseurs de dernière génération, concurrents sur quelques uns des principaux marchés des années à venir : le Rafale, l’Eurofighter et le Gripen. C’est sur le cas de ce dernier que nous allons nous pencher.


Le JAS 39 Gripen, en Libye, ce sont quelques 2000 heures de vol réalisées par huit appareils. Les Suédois ont participé en tout à 650 sorties au cours desquelles les pilotes se sont concentrés sur un effort de renseignement, réalisant près de 150 000 clichés. 140 militaires ont été mobilisés sur la base de Sigonella, en Sicile, directement aux côtés des Américains. L’engagement suédois a commencé le 8 avril et s’est terminé le 24 octobre 2011.


L’armée de l’air suédoise déployait pour la première fois depuis près de 50 ans des avions de combat sur un théâtre opérationnel. Elle ne l’avait pas fait depuis son intervention au Congo belge en 1961. La réactivité a été d’autant plus remarquable que les premiers équipages ont commencé à travailler moins d’une semaine après le vote favorable du Parlement, début avril 2011.


Pour le lieutenant-colonel Stefan Wilson, qui commande les forces aériennes, le bilan opérationnel est positif. Il insiste notamment sur la capacité des suédois à travailler au sein d’une coalition internationale, sous commandement de l’OTAN. En effet, si la Suède n’est pas membre de l’Alliance, elle est régulièrement amenée à travailler avec les armées de l’air de celle-ci. En Libye, c’est plus directement avec les Américains et les Danois qu’elle a collaboré. L’officier s’estime ainsi satisfait de l’usage fait des liaisons OTAN L16, sur lesquelles les Français ont eu quelques soucis, ainsi que de l’intégration dans la chaîne de commandement.

Panne d’essence


Le Gripen suédois vole avec une catégorie de carburant civil qui demande quelques ajustements par rapport

au carburant militaire utilisé par les Américains. ©Saab Group


Tout n’a cependant pas été parfait. Les Suédois ont notamment souffert de leur incapacité à assurer leur propre soutien essence. Ils ont du pour cela compter sur les capacités de l’US Air Force … qui n’utilise pas le même combustible. Le temps d’ajouter les additifs nécessaires au gazole américain, les Suédois ont perdu quelques jours.


On pourrait aussi regretter de ne pas en avoir découvert plus sur les capacités du Gripen dans des missions de combat. L’avion suédois, dont le mandat parlementaire ne permettait que de faire de la reconnaissance, participait ici à sa première opération. Alors qu’il est sensé concurrencer, comme appareil multirôles, des engins comme le Rafale ou l’Eurofighter, il n’aura pas pu démontrer toutes ses possibilités.


Reste à observer les nombreux exercices aériens multinationaux auxquels participe l’avion de Saab. Les amateurs pourront regarder du côté du colossal Red Flag, organisé aux Etats-Unis, ou des plus modestes Loyal Arrow en Suède et Joint Warrior en Grande-Bretagne. Le tout en attendant l’intégration de la bombe à guidage laser GBU 39 et du missile Meteor … d’ici quelques années !

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2 avril 2013 2 02 /04 /avril /2013 18:50


L’hélice composite Duc Hélices sur le drone Atlante



2 avril Aerobuzz.fr


Duc Hélices qui a bâti sa notoriété dans le monde de l’aviation ultra-légère vient de mettre le pied sur un nouveau marché prometteur en équipant le nouveau drone Atlante de Cassidian (groupe EADS). Après trois années de développement, le drone a effectué son premier vol, avec succès, le 28 février 2013 à Castro de Rei, en Espagne.



Le drone Atlante de Cassidian, équipé d’une l’hélice Duc,

a réalisé le 28 février 2013, son premier vol sur

l’aérodrome de Rozas, (Espagne).


Doté des technologies de toute dernière génération (automatisation, capteurs, systèmes de protection, etc.) développées par l’industrie espagnole, le drone Atlante a été conçu conformément aux normes applicables aux avions pilotés (navigabilité et de certification), qui lui permettent d’opérer dans l’espace aérien civil. L’Atalante est un drone tactique capable d’effectuer des missions tant civiles que militaires, dont la surveillance urbaine et rurale, la recherche et le sauvetage, les missions de secours en zones sinistrées ou lors d’incendies de forêt, et le contrôle d’événements sportifs. Il peut en outre décoller et atterrir sur des pistes non aménagées ou être lancé par des catapultes.


Le partenariat avec EADS à travers sa filiale Cassidian, ouvre de nouvelles perspectives à Duc Hélices qui annonce sa participation au salon Aero 2013 (24-27 avril) à Friedrichshafen.

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A group of commercial banks has drawn up a loan to fund Indonesia’s purchase of

truck-mounted artillery from French land systems maker Nexter, sources close to the deal said.

Shown is Nexter's Caesar self-propelled guns. (photo EMA)


Mar. 31, 2013 - By PIERRE TRAN  - Defense News


PARIS — A group of commercial banks has drawn up a loan to fund Indonesia’s purchase of truck-mounted artillery from French land systems maker Nexter, sources close to the deal said.


The agreement is the latest in Jakarta’s push to “catch up” on defense procurement after what one analyst called “a long period of atrophy.” And by financing the deal through a bank loan rather than paying cash, Indonesia is part of a growing number of emerging defense markets looking to stretch their buying power as they seek to beef up militaries.


“Indonesia is a key target for everyone,” Grant Rogan, chief executive of Blenheim Capital, a specialist in defense offset deals, said March 26. “Our client base, which includes 25 large aerospace and defense companies, all, without exception, view Indonesia as a prime target.”


Jakarta’s short-term high-interest loan will pay for 34 Caesar 155mm 52-caliber guns, the sources said.


Indonesia required a buyer’s credit for 85 percent of the 108 million euro ($140 million) contract, with funding to be delivered to the Indonesian Finance Ministry in April, an executive said.


Indonesia’s request for bank financing is just one of a number of weapons deals for the Asian country, a European banker said.


The Asian market for bank loans “is concentrated in Indonesia,” as other countries such as India, Malaysia and Thailand pay cash, the banker said. Jakarta is in the midst of a procurement drive after staying out of the arms market for years, due to a lack of money and Western sanctions over human rights abuse. Now, the government is trying to “catch up,” said Richard Bitzinger, senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.


“Indonesia is in the midst of trying to upgrade its military after a long period of atrophy,” Bitzinger said. Jakarta buys weapons from a variety of suppliers, as it seeks to avoid being too dependent on a major foreign arms producer and to find the best value for money, he said.


Despite the rule of paying cash, a market for bank funding is rising, Rogan said. “Many countries are requesting financing.”


Blenheim has added a specialization in financing that complies with Islamic Sharia law, reflecting the rising demand.


Rogan was speaking from the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, Malaysia.


Banks Pursue Deals


The pricing of loans is a sensitive issue, and the sensitivity is heightened by the unusual nature of the Indonesian artillery deal.


A source close to the deal said there are not many banks in this group of lenders, which is expected to be composed mainly of French lenders. The term of the loan is expected to be for a relatively short period, under five years.


The margin on the proposed bank loan is estimated to be below 200 basis points, the source said. Banks set the interest on loans using basis points — 1/100th of a percentage point — which are keyed to official interest rates such as the London Interbank Offered Rate.


A financial specialist said the estimated margin on the Caesar deal is relatively expensive, in view of the short loan period and the fact that the deal is backed by a sovereign guarantee from Indonesia.


The margin and loan period indicate France and the bank lenders are essentially taking a short-term view of Indonesia as a financial risk, with a loan covering production and delivery of the guns, and perhaps after-sales warranty, the specialist said.


A lower margin, on the other hand, would indicate a long-term view of Indonesia’s attractiveness as a client.


Indonesia, which sees itself as a regional power and is undergoing a procurement drive to reflect that role, moved last year to holding tenders for bank lending instead of private trade deals, attracting the attention of international and local banks.


Since then, about a dozen big banks expressed interest in arranging loan finance for eight or nine arms contracts Indonesia signed with Brazil, China, France, Russia, Spain and the United States.


The loans range from large orders to small deals of around $10 million.


For instance, Jakarta relaunched a bank tender this year to raise money to buy the Brazilian Avibras Astros B multiple rocket launcher system.


The Astros is capable of firing cluster submunitions. Western banks likely stayed away because the Oslo convention bans these weapons, forcing Indonesia to reset the tender a couple of months ago.


Indonesia reportedly used that type of munition in East Timor when the local population called for self rule in a 1999 referendum.


Indonesia also has a tender out for bank loans for 25 Bell 412 utility helicopters for the Army. Jakarta is also spending $750 million to upgrade secondhand F-16 C/D fighters provided free by the U.S. government. That upgrade will be a cash deal through the Foreign Military Sales regime.


The Down Side for Lenders


A bank loan for weapons poses problems for commercial lenders, the defense specialist said.


Lending on civil programs such as a nuclear power plant or a highway is relatively simple because they can generate revenue, part of which can be placed in escrow holding accounts to act as security.


But weapons have no power to raise revenue, and what is worse, might be destroyed. If a country loses use of its arms, it might stop repaying the loan. “What security is that?” the specialist said. Banks are also concerned about how the public views lending on arms deals. One large British bank refuses to lend on arms, two sources said.


Given the size of the Indonesian economy, the 108 million euro purchase price for the Caesar guns “is peanuts,” the specialist said.


A striking aspect of the Indonesian artillery loan is what is seen as the relatively long time between the signing last summer and the financing in April.


That long lead time may signal a slowing of arms deals, perhaps delaying some until 2014. Or perhaps it reflects a lower economic growth rate, or simply a bottleneck in the finance and defense ministries as staff struggle to cope with the volume of orders.


A loan for 85 percent of purchase amount is the maximum allowed under trade rules of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the 15 percent paid in cash, an export credit executive based in New York said.


Trying To Catch Up


Indonesia has a robust defense and aerospace industry in place, and the government wants to co-produce and co-assemble to build the domestic base, Rogan said.


Malaysia is the leader in that drive to build the defense industrial base, and wants to take a regional approach with Indonesia. The two countries would avoid product competition, and instead, buy from each other.


That approach drew foreigners’ skepticism three years ago, yet Malaysia is buying six-wheeled vehicles from Indonesia, and Indonesia is buying vessels from Malaysia, Rogan said.


Indonesia is rated the 16th largest economy, with an estimated growth rate of 6 percent in 2012, slowing from 6.5 percent in the previous year, the CIA World Factbook said.


The Indonesian government needs to improve poor infrastructure, which impedes growth, while also dealing with labor unrest over pay and cutting a fuel subsidy amid high oil prices, the country report said. Corruption, poverty and unemployment are also big problems, the report said.


Indonesia is expected to become the sixth or seventh largest economy.


Observers see the recent purchases as an “unblocking” of Indonesian procurement after a fallow period of three or four years. The big orders before the quiet spell were mainly Russian deals, financed by Russian banks.


Russian banks have lent money for Indonesia’s purchase of Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, the European banker said. Russian loans have helped Venezuela buy around $4 billion of weapons. The VTB bank is active in Vietnam, and the Russian lender is understood to have funded military purchases.


U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron visited Indonesia in 2012, looking to drum up defense deals after the previous Labour administration halted arms sales on allegations BAE Systems Hawk jets were used to bomb civilians in East Timor in 1999.


BAE and AgustaWestland executives went with Cameron on the visit.


Indonesia is now seen as an attractive market after a Western moratorium because of its human rights record and brutal put-down of movements for self-determination in Aceh, Papua and East Timor.


Jakarta also has close ties with South Korea, and some of the recent deals are financed on a government-to-government basis, the banker said.


These are understood to include Jakarta’s 2012 $1 billion purchase of three attack submarines — the first built in South Korea with Indonesian engineers on site, part of the second built in Indonesia, and the third built by state company PAL in Surabaya.


Jakarta has also bought 17 of the KT-1B basic trainers.


Jakarta and Seoul share similar ambitions.


“I think the Indonesians like working with the Koreans as they are in roughly the same situation: rising, aspiring regional powers with ambitions to play larger roles in their respective regions, and to also create sophisticated arms industries by which to do so,” Bitzinger said.


“The problem is, the Koreans have a level of technological sophistication and organizational production capability that the Indonesians still lack. So any partnerships with the Koreans still leave the Indonesians in a decidedly junior role,” he said.


Indonesia has also bought Damen missile corvettes from the Netherlands, financed by Dutch banks. Some Dutch banks have a policy of no support for military sales but they are quietly funding the deals anyway.




Andrew Chuter in London and Wendell Minnick in Taipei contributed to this report.

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28.03.2013 SITTA


Le salon IDEX 2013, qui s'est tenu à Abu Dhabi (Emirats Arabes Unis), a de nouveau fait la démonstration de l’intérêt qu’il suscite auprès des industriels de l’armement. Cet important salon a servi de vitrine à de très nombreux nouveaux matériels provenant de tous les continents, notamment du Moyen Orient, ce qu’illustrait le dynamisme du conglomérat Tawazun (Emirats Arabe Unis). Le salon IDEX 2013 a conservé son rang de grand événement de niveau mondial.

Kombo  (MIC Soudan– Soudan)

A l’occasion de sa première apparition dans un salon de ce niveau, la firme MIC Soudan présentait le Kombo, soldat du futur soudanais.

 Le programme se compose des équipements suivant :

-       un ordinateur intégrant un système de positionnement GPS pour les déplacements. Il se fixe sur la poitrine du fantassin ;

-       un système de communication numérisé ;

-       un casque de protection balistique ;

-       un gilet de protection balistique ;

-       un système de visée optique pour l’arme (diurne et nocturne) ;

-       une monoculaire montée sur casque reliée au système de visée de l’arme ;

-       un fusil d’assaut pouvant être équipé d’un lance-grenades de type UBGL (Under Barrel Grenade Launcher).



MIC Kombo (Soudan)


Le fusil Terab, chambré pour la munition 5,56 x 45 mm, est alimenté par chargeur de 20 ou de 30 cartouches. Sa portée pratique est comprise entre 300 et 500 mètres. Son poids, sans optique de visée, est de 3,2 Kg et la longueur de son canon est de 505 mm.



MIC Kombo (Soudan)

Tarian (AmsafeBridport – Angleterre)

La firme britannique Amsafebridportprésentait un kit de protection anti-RPG « Tarian » monté sur le véhicule de combat d’infanterie 6x6 PARS de la firme FNSS.



Tarian (Angleterre)


Ce système, constitué d’un filet de protection, est plus léger et plus pratique qu’une grille métallique. Son montage est simple et rapide. Le gain de poids obtenu permet de réduire la consommation de carburant des engins qui en sont équipés et, par conséquent, de réduire le coût des opérations militaires. Ce système équipe d’ores et déjà les engins blindés de l’armée britannique.



Tarian sur PARS 6x6 (Angleterre)

POF G3M  (POF– Pakistan)

La firme pakistanaise POF (Pakistan Ordnance Factories) présentait le fusil d’assaut POF G 3 M. Cette arme chambrée pour la munition de 7,62 x 51 mm pèse 4,7 Kg à vide. Elle fonctionne avec une culasse à verrouillage à galets et est alimentée par chargeur de 20 cartouches.


Le POF G 3 M dispose d’une crosse rétractable. Son système de visée mécanique est constitué d’une hausse tournante et d’un guidon sous tunnel. Un rail picatinny, placé sur le dessus du boitier de culasse, sert au montage des systèmes de visée diurnes (ici Aimpoint ML 4) ou nocturne.


Le canon, de 450 mm de long, est équipé d’un nouveau cache-flamme/compensateur qui donne à l’arme une meilleure précision en tir automatique et une signature visuelle plus discrète.


Le fût standard a été remplacé par un tri-rail permettant le montage d’une poignée antérieure, d’un bipied repliable, d’un pointeur laser, etc.



POF G 3 M (Pakistan)

Lance-grenades UAG 40 (Plant LeninskaKuznya- Ukraine)

La firme ukrainienne présentait le lance-grenades automatique UAG 40 alimenté par grenades de 40 x 53 mm enmaillonnées.


L’arme peut être montée sur trépied (voir image) ou sur colonne.


Le lance-grenades UAG 40 se distingue par sa précision et sa légèreté ; ses 17 kg font de lui l’arme la moins lourde de sa catégorie. Par ailleurs, son frein de bouche réduit notablement son recul au moment du départ de coup.


L’arme peut tirer en mode automatique et semi-automatique. Sa portée maximale est de 2200 mètres et sa cadence de tir est comprise entre 370 et 400 grenades par minute. L’UAG 40 est compatible avec toutes les grenades normalisées OTAN. Son système de visée mécanique est constitué d’une grille de hausse et d’un guidon tous deux repliables. Un rail picatinny peut être monté afin d’accueillir les systèmes de visée optique diurne ou nocturne.


UAG 40

UAG 40 (Ukraine)

LRM JDS (Jobaria – EAU)

La firme émiratie présentait un nouveau lance-roquettes multiple constitué d’un tracteur Oshkosh et d’une remorque portant 4 modules pouvant tirer 240 roquettes de 122 mm (de la firme turque Rocketsan).


D’une hauteur de 3,8 mètres, le JDS mesure 29 mètres de long pour 4 mètres de large. Le poids de l’ensemble est de 105 tonnes.


Le tracteur, dont la cabine blindée bénéficie d’une protection de niveau 2, est équipé d’un réservoir de 940 litres de carburant, ce qui lui assure une autonomie de 450 kilomètres. L’équipage est composé d’un pilote, d’un navigateur et d’un chef d’engin.





Le LRM JDS permet de tirer des munitions de type :

-       TR 122 roquettes de 122 mm, (charge explosive - portée maximum de 40 kilomètres - rayon létal de 40 mètres) ;

-       TRB 122 roquettes de 122 mm, (charge explosive - portée maximum de 40 kilomètres - rayon létal de 70 mètres).

Un véhicule ravitailleur, disposant du même tracteur et de  la même remorque que le LRM, permet le rechargement en munitions. Celles-ci sont chargées au moyen de deux grues hydrauliques.







En réponse au succès remporté par le NIMR,de nombreuses variantes de ce véhicule étaient présentées dont notamment le NIMR MRCV (Multi Role Combat Vehicule). Cet engin 6x6 est équipé d’une tourelle BAE TRT 30 armée d’un canon de 30 mm de type 2 A 42 (400 obus), d’une mitrailleuse de type PKT (1000 cartouches) et de deux missiles antichars de type Konkurs. La tourelle peut tourner sur 360° en azimut et 65° en site. Le NIMR MRCV est, en outre, doté d’un système de pression centrale des pneus et d’un treuil placé à l’avant du véhicule. La puissance de son moteur Cummings de 6 cylindres de 6,7 litres (240 chevaux) lui permet d’atteindre 135 km/h. Son autonomie est de 700 kilomètres pour un poids de 15 tonnes.




T 815 7Z0R9T (Tatra – République Tchèque)

La firme tchèque Tatra présentait le véhicule de dépannage T 815 7Z0R9T. Son châssis 8x8 est équipé d’un moteur V8 de 440 KW avec un couple de 2650 Nm. Sa vitesse maximale est de 100 km/h et son autonomie de 700 km. Le véhicule dispose de deux réservoirs de 320 litres de carburant. L’engin, dont la cabine blindée bénéficie d’une protection de niveau 2, pèse 35  tonnes.


Sa grue hydraulique peut soulever 43,9 tonnes. Le système de traction repliable, placé à l’arrière du véhicule, permet de tirer des engins d’un poids maximum de 14 tonnes. L’ensemble est complété par deux treuils de 24 tonnes et par un treuil additionnel de 2 tonnes. Les câbles associés à ces treuils mesurent respectivement 100 et 220 mètres

A l’avant de l’engin, une lame dozer permet de préparer des positions défensives.


TATRA T 815 7Z0R9T

T 815 7Z0R9T (République tchèque)

Record 338 (Izhmash – Russie)

La firme Izmash célèbre pour ses fusils d’assaut, présentait pour la première fois le fusil de tireur d’élite Record 338.


Record 338 (Russie)


Cette arme performante est chambrée pour la puissante cartouche 338 Lapua Magnum, ce qui permet de réaliser ainsi des tirs précis sur des cibles placées à longue distance (plus de 1200 mètres)


L’aluminium dont elle est constituée, procure à l’arme légèreté et solidité. La crosse, de type anatomique, est réglable en longueur et en hauteur. Son appuie-joue et son monopod sont également réglables en hauteur. Une poignée de transport est montée sur la carcasse.


L’arme est alimentée par un chargeur amovible contenant 5 cartouches. Le fût en matière synthétique est pourvu de rails de fixation de type picatinny servant au montage d’accessoires (pointeur laser, module de télémétrie, etc..). Un bipied repliable est fixé à l’extrémité du fût.


L’arme dispose d’un canon match de 690 mm de long avec un important cache flamme/compensateur. La longueur de l’arme est de 1290 mm et son poids est de 6,5 Kg.



Record 338 (Russie)

Belomo PKP 2S (Belomo – Bielorussie)

La firme biélorusse exposait la lunette Belomo PKP 2S



Belomo PKP 2S (Biélorussie)


Cette lunette de type point rouge a été optimisée pour le combat urbain. Elle dispose de deux oculaires : un fixe, pour les tirs classiques ; l’autre, formant un angle de 45° par rapport à l’axe de visée, permet de tirer en étant à l’abri d’une protection (un mur, par exemple). La Belomo est équipée de supports sur lesquels s’adaptent des rails de fixation latéraux (de type russe) ou des rails de type picatinny. Elle mesure 212 mm et son poids est de 580 grammes. Grâce à sa batterie de type AA, son autonomie est de 400 heures.



Belomo PKP 2S (Biélorussie)

EagleOwl SA 75/140  (DND – Allemagne)

La firme allemande DND (Dynamit Nobel Defense) présentait la lunette Eagleowl SA 75. Cette lunette de visée thermique non refroidie se distingue par sa légèreté (1 Kg), sa faible consommation d’énergie et sa résistance à des températures extrêmes (entre -40°C et +75°C). Elle fonctionne dans la bande spectrale de 8 à 14 µm et dispose d’un zoom électronique allant jusqu'à X 12.


Efficace de nuit ou par mauvaise visibilité, la lunette SA 75 détecte un homme à une distance de 690 m et un char à 750 m.


Eagleowl SA 75 (Allemagne) 

Bur (KBP – Russie)

La firme russe KBP présentait pour la première fois la munition consommable BUR.


BUR (Russie)


Cette munition consommable de calibre 62 mm est disponible avec deux types de charge militaire : HE (High Explosive)et HEF (High Explosive Fragmentation).


La munition est conditionnée dans un tube de lancement sur lequel sont clipsés une poignée de mise de feu et un système de visée optique (diurne, nocturne à intensification de lumière ou lunette de visée thermique).


La munition HE est employée contre du personnel débarqué. Ses effets destructeurs couvrent une zone ouverte de 50 m2. Elle est également utilisée contre des bâtiments ou des véhicules faiblement blindés


De même, la munition HEF est employée contre du personnel débarqué mais son action s’exerce sur une zone plus vaste (80 m2).


La portée pratique de la munition BURest de 650 mètres et sa portée minimum est de 25 mètres. Son poids est de 3,5 Kg et celui de sa lunette de visée diurne de 1,3 Kg. Elle résiste à des températures comprises entre -40°C à +60°C.

Cette nouvelle munition dispose déjà d’un simulateur (9F7000) conçu pour l’entrainement des troupes.



BUR (Russie)

S2 Jockey seat (Scotseats – Ecosse)

La firme écossaise Scotseats présentait le S2 Jockey. Ce siège a été conçu pour réduire les effets mécaniques des chocs s’exerçant sur la colonne vertébrale des équipages de bateaux se déplaçant à très grande vitesse tels que les RIB (Rigid hulled Inflatable Boat)et les HSC (High Speed Craft). Ce siège peut être monté facilement, sur rail ou sur socle existant.


S 2 Jockey

Seat S 2 Jockey (Écosse)

Hanwha RCMS (Hanwha-Corée du sud)

La firme Kanwha présentait le Kanwha RCMS (Remote Control Munition System), système de protection de zone. Ce système est composé de trois types d’éléments :

-       le DCU (Detecting Canister Unit) qui constitue l’unité principale ;

-       le module Relais ;

-       le module de commande.


Le module de commande permet de contrôler 10 DCU, pouvant être déclenchés ensemble ou séparément. 10 DCU couvrent une zone  de 7 680 mètres carrés.


Chaque munition propulsée par le DCU dispose de deux fusées de sureté :

-       une fusée d’armement ;

-       une fusée d’autodestruction.



Hanwha RCMS (Corée du Sud)

SLXtreme  (Snowlizard/Otis- Etats-Unis)

La firme SnowLizard en collaboration avec la société Otis nous ont présenté un matériel très intéressant pour les soldats pourvus d’i-Phone.


Le SLXtreme est une coque durci permettant de résister aux chocs, mais aussi étanche jusqu'à deux mètres de profondeur. Sur la face arrière de cette coque est monté un panneau solaire permettant le rechargement de l’iPhone 4/4S. Cette coque durci permet de conserver toutes les fonctions de l’iPhone. La coque est réalisée en polycarbonate et caoutchouc. Elle dispose d’une prise normalisée permettant une connexion extérieure.

Cette coque est disponible en plusieurs coloris (jaune, noire, coyote, orange, urban color, etc..)



SLXtreme (États-Unis)

COTWS (Raytheon– Etats-Unis)

La firme américaine présentait pour la première fois la lunette de visée COTWS (Clip-On Thermal Weapon Sight). Efficace de jour (notamment par mauvaise visibilité, pluie, fumigène, etc..) comme de nuit, cette lunette thermique se monte rapidement grâce au rail picatinny dont elle est équipée. Son module thermique de type non refroidi lui confère légèreté (seulement 860 grammes) et petite taille (183 mm), ce qui permet de la monter sur des armes comme le fusil M 4 ou la mitrailleuse M 249. La COTWSdétecte un homme à une distance de 1100 mètres. Pour finir, ses 4 piles AA lui assurent, selon les conditions climatiques, une autonomie de 7 à 12 heures.



Raytheon COTWS (États-Unis)

Le MRAP Higuard (Renault truck Defense – France)

Renault Truck Defense présentait de nombreux engins, parmi lesquels figurait le Higuard, engin polyvalent de type MRAP.


Le Higuard combine une excellente mobilité tout terrain et un haut niveau de protection (balistique, contre IED et mines). Ce véhicule de transport de troupes peut accueillir 12 combattants  équipés. Son poids total autorisé en charge est de 20 tonnes alors que sa charge utile est de seulement 4 tonnes, ce qui permet de l’équiper de protections complémentaires ou de le doter d’une grande diversité de systèmes d’armes. Sur l’image ci-dessous, le Higuard est armé d’une mitrailleuse M 2 HB, mais il peut également être équipé d’un tourelleau télé-opéré de type FN DeFNder.

Son châssis 6x6 est associé à un moteur Renault MD 7 diesel de 340 chevaux avec un couple de 1306 Nm.  Le Higuard se déplace à une vitesse maximale de 90 km/h et son autonomie est de 850 km/h. Il est aérotransportable par Airbus A 400 M.



Higuard (France) 

Aselsan RCWS LMM(Aselsan-Turquie)

La firme turque Aselsan présentait une tourelle télé-opérée montée sur bâtiments de surface dénommée Aselsan RCWS LMM.



Aselsan RCWS LMM (Turquie)


Cette tourelle se présente sous deux configurations :

-       La première intègre 8 missiles de type LMM (Light-weight Multirole Missile) et un bloc optronique de surveillance et de visée ;

-       La seconde intègre  4 missiles LMM. Le bloc optronique est dissocié de la tourelle.

Cette tourelle télé-opérée utilise le missile polyvalent LMM à guidage laser : ce missile traite des cibles comme des petites embarcations, des véhicules légèrement blindés et même des aéronefs lents (petits avions et hélicoptères). Le système est entièrement stabilisé pour optimiser le tir. Son faible poids et son encombrement réduit permettent de le monter sur une grande variété d’embarcations.



Aselsan RCWS LMM (Turquie)

SR 2 MP (Tsniitochmash-Russie)

La firme russe Tsniitochmash présentait une version modifiée du SR 2 M. Ce pistolet mitrailleur a été conçu pour armer les unités équipées d’un casque avec visière balistique.


Sa crosse repliable est complétée par une crosse squelette fixée sur à l’arrière de la carcasse. L’arme dispose d’un modérateur de son, monté sur le canon, et d’une poignée antérieure repliable. Elle peut être dotée d’un système de visée optique de type point rouge (ici Panorama Mk II) et d’un pointeur laser monté sur le rail de fixation latérale.

Le SR 2 MP est chambré pour la puissante munition 9 X 21 mm. A titre d’exemple, la munition  7N 29 (9 x 21) perce 4 mm d’acier à une distance de 100 mètres.



SR 2 MP (Russie)

CS/VP 3 (Polytechnologies-Chine)

La firme Polytechnologies présentait le MRAP (Mine Résistant Ambush Protected)CS/VP 3. Ce véhicule 4x4 de transport de troupes, pouvant embarquer jusqu’à 10 combattants, résiste aux munitions de calibre 7,62 x 51 mm perforantes. Il résiste également aux charges de 8 Kg d’équivalent TNT, placées sous la caisse, et aux charges de 16 Kg, placées sous une roue.


Le CS/VP 3 est un véhicule de 15 tonnes. Sa charge utile est de 2 tonnes. Deux circulaires (placées une à l’avant et l’autre à l’arrière), toutes deux équipées d’une mitrailleuse et d’un lance-grenade, assurent sa protection.

Grâce à son moteur de 235 KW, ce MRAP se déplace à une vitesse maximale de 90 km/h. Son autonomie est de 800 km.


L’engin dispose d’un treuil d’une capacité de 10 tonnes, placé à l’avant de l’engin.



CS/VP 3 (Chine)

Spartan (STREIT Group– Emirats Arabe Unis)

Cette année la firme STREIT présentait de nombreuses nouveautés dont une version 6 x 6 du Typhoon.


Spartan (EAU)


Par ailleurs, la présentation dynamique a été l’occasion d’observer le Spartan, véhicule blindé polyvalent, basé sur un châssis de Ford F 550 et équipé d’un moteur V8 turbo diesel de 400 chevaux.


L’engin pèse 7,87 tonnes avec une charge utile de 1,1 tonne. Sa protection balistique, de niveau B 6, le garantit des munitions de petit calibre et des grenades.


Placée sur le toit,  une circulaire blindée accueille des armes collectives de type mitrailleuse M 2 HB ou lance-grenade MK 19 Mod 3.En outre, sept trappes de tir permettent l’emploi d’armes individuelles.


Enfin, l’engin dispose d’un treuil placé sur l’avant et de pneumatiques de type Run flat.



Spartan (EAU)

Sphinx SDP Standard (Sphinx-Suisse)

La firme Sphinx, connue pour l’excellente qualité des ses armes, présentait le pistolet Sphinx SDP Standard.


Sphinx SDP Standard (Suisse)


Cette arme, fonctionnant en simple ou double action, dispose d’un levier de désarmement monté sur la glissière.

La firme suisse a choisi une carcasse en aluminium anodisé avec un insert en polymère et caoutchouc pour une bonne prise en main. La glissière est en acier anodisé.


Le Sphinx SDP Standard a une capacité de 17 cartouches. Sa longueur est de 210 mm, sa largeur de 33 mm et sa hauteur de 140 mm. Il pèse 900 grammes.


La version présentée disposait d’un canon fileté pouvant accueillir un modérateur de son de type Déviance.

Un rail de type picatinny usiné dans la masse permet le montage d’un pointeur laser ou d’une lampe tactique (ici un module Streamlight TLR 2)


L’arme dispose d’un kit de visée HALO H3 de la firme Déviance constitué d’une hausse en U et du nouveau guidon au tritium (de couleur verte ou rouge). Ce système se révèle très utile notamment par faible luminosité.

US Ordnance M 240 B  (US Ordnance- Etats-Unis)

La firme américaine présentait de nombreuses nouveautés dont la mitrailleuse M 240, disponible en 3 versions :

-       version infanterie (l’US Ordnance M 240 B) ;

-       version engin blindé (l’US Ordnance M 240 C) ;

-       version pour hélicoptères ou circulaires (l’US Ordnance M 240 D).


US Ordnance M 240 B (États-Unis)

La M240 B fonctionne par emprunts des gaz et est alimentée par bandes enmaillonnées. Elle peut être configurée pour un tireur droitier ou pour un tireur gaucher et est compatible avec les interfaces de MAG 58.

L’arme est dotée d’un système de visée mécanique constitué d’une planche de hausse réglable et d’un guidon préservé par des oreilles de protection. Un rail de fixation de type picatinny sert au montage d’une lunette de type Trijicon ACOG 6 x 48. La crosse pleine fixe en polymère est équipée d’un amortisseur hydraulique. Quant à son canon, il est dispose d'un traitement de type stellite, ce qui accroit notablement sa durée de vie. Enfin, un bipied repliable placé sous l’emprunt des gaz complète cet ensemble.

Cette arme a été testé avec succès par le spécialiste dans le domaine des armes à feu, Dan Shea.

Primetake GTR 60 (Primetake-Angleterre)

La firme anglaise Primetake  proposait de nombreuses munitions dont la grenade Primetake GTR 60 (grenade flash-bang d’entrainement rechargeable).


Cette grenade a été développée pour réduire les coûts d’entrainement, notamment pour les forces spéciales : elle peut être rechargée au moins 100 fois.


Le cœur de la grenade comporte trois logements permettant d’y placer trois recharges. La puissance sonore délivrée au moment de l’explosion est de 135 dB. L’explosion produit également un flash de 550 000 candelas. La grenade mesure 110 mm de haut pour un diamètre de 44 mm et un poids de 305 grammes, charge comprise.



Primetake GTR 60 (Angleterre)

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28 mars 2013 4 28 /03 /mars /2013 18:54
METRAVIB, brand of ACOEM, introduces PILAR at IDEX 2013.

28 mars 2013 acoemTV

The PILAR system uses the sound waves generated by the firing of small arms, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and mortars to detect and accurately identify their location in real time. The PILAR screen displays the precise origin of the enemy fire in 3D.

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26 mars 2013 2 26 /03 /mars /2013 10:55



26.03.2013 Elisabeth.SCHOEFFMANN - EU Defence Agency News


Peter Round, Capabilities Director of the European Defence Agency, highlighted during his presentation at the Agency’s annual conference some Pooling & Sharing priorities. Already in his introduction he made clear that Pooling & Sharing was not just a buzz word and that pragmatism was the answer to budget restrictions in Member States. Mr Round emphasised that the objective of Pooling & Sharing was to address shortfalls while getting more out of current capabilities and at the same time freeing resources for other activities.


While Pooling & Sharing might look easy on paper, it clearly is not. However, the Agency’s work since the endorsement of eleven initial Pooling & Sharing priorities by Defence Ministers in November 2011, has produced concrete results.

Mr Round mentioned in his presentation the Agency’s Counter-IED Laboratory as an excellent example of EU/NATO co-operation and of EDA’s support to operations. Other projects with possible benefits to operations are the Agency’s European Satellite Communication Procurement Cell, its helicopter training programme, the Maritime Surveillance network, the field hospitals initiative and its comprehensive work regarding air-to-air refuelling. Regarding the latter, Mr Round emphasised that the Agency was addressing shortfalls as well as fragmentation.


Next to these projects, the Agency is also working on improving efficiency. Some examples are its initiatives on diplomatic clearances for transport aircraft or on innovative tools like the Third Party Logistic Support or the Effective Procurement Methods. Finally, Mr Round emphasised the importance of the recently signed Code of Conduct on Pooling & Sharing as an important signal of increased will to cooperate.


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25 mars 2013 1 25 /03 /mars /2013 17:20

M113 source FOB


March 25, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Army TACOM; issued March 21, 2013)


Draft RFP Sections


The AMPV program is releasing a Full DRAFT Request for Proposal (RFP) for industry review and comment. This DRAFT RFP, including all associated Exhibits and Attachments, are DRAFT ONLY, Pre-decisional, and are anticipated to be changed before the final RFP is released.

-- Questions from Industry

All questions or comments must be submitted through the AMPV email address at usarmy.detroit.acc.mbx.ampv-program@mail.mil. Please note that ALL comments submitted in regard to the DRAFT RFP WILL NOT be released to the public and will be used for program planning purposes only. These responses MAY BE used to update the RFP if the Government determines it is in the program's best interest. All questions submitted will be posted, along with their responses, on the AMPV webpage for Industry to review.

PM AMPV remains committed to review all Industry's comments and address all questions and concerns related to the posted DRAFT RFP. Please be advised that comments and questions received close to the date of a final RFP release may not get answered or posted to the website. Due to uncertainty of a final RFP release date, the Government may lack sufficient time to respond, but will make every attempt to reconcile and post responses to submitted questions. Any previously submitted questions, which are not reconciled before a final RFP, may be resubmitted and answers will be posted until receipt of proposals.

-- *Questions to Industry (RFI Questions)
In addition to receiving industry feedback and comments based on the released DRAFT RFP and associated documents, the AMPV team would like industry feedback on specific sections within the DRAFT RFP. The following is a list of questions for industry to review and provide comment: Request for Information (RFI) Questions

-- *Please note that ALL responses to the RFI Questions WILL NOT be released to the public and will be used for program planning purposes only. These responses MAY BE used to update the RFP or Acquisition Strategy, if the Government determines it is in the program's best interest.

-- Industry Day
A second Industry Day is planned for April 23, 2013. The purpose of this event is to update industry on AMPV program requirements and provide an overview of the DRAFT RFP. Details regarding industry day, including how to register, can be found on the following link: 2013 AMPV Industry Day

-- Instructions on Requesting CUI/CLASSIFIED/FOUO/Export Controlled Information

Information on this webpage, including the referenced attachments below, marked as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is subject to export control. See the following instructions for access to CUI, in addition to all Classified and FOUO information: (link).

Click here to reach the RFP page, listing all related documents, on the US Army TACOM website.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The AMPV is thus described in the RFP:
“The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is the proposed United States Army program for replacement of the M113 Family of Vehicles (FOV) to mitigate current and future capability gaps in force protection, mobility, reliability, and interoperability by mission role variant within the Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT).
The AMPV will have multiple variants tailored to specific mission roles within HBCT. Mission roles are as follows: General Purpose, Medical Evacuation, Medical Treatment, Mortar Carrier, and Mission Command.
AMPV is a vehicle integration program. Existing Mission Equipment Packages (MEPs) will be transferred into the AMPV platforms where applicable.)

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25 mars 2013 1 25 /03 /mars /2013 16:50
EDA Sums Up Annual Conference


March 25, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: European Defence Agency; issued March 22, 2013)


European Defence Matters


Five hundred key decision makers from the European Union defence community, including Member States, European institutions, research bodies, think-tanks, industry and the media, along with 17 high-level speakers, met at the annual conference of the European Defence Agency (EDA) yesterday in Brussels to discuss how Europe can enhance its capabilities at a time of decreasing defence budgets.


“When in November 2011 Defence Ministers approved eleven Pooling & Sharing priorities they sent a clear signal that, in times of austerity, complex operations and highly advanced technology, acting together is essential if Europe is to preserve and develop the capabilities it requires,” said Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the EDA, introducing the event.


The European Council will discuss defence topics during its December 2013 summit; conference speakers and delegates agreed that this meeting will have to take critical decisions on finance and empowering European institutions to speed initiatives such as Pooling & Sharing if Europe is to meet its defence and security commitments.


But the gap between the political rhetoric on cooperation and the speed with which it is being introduced by national administrations was a key feature of the debate at the EDA annual conference, entitled “European Defence Matters.”


Capability gap


“We face critical capability gaps,” according to Cathy Ashton, head of the EDA, who underlined what could be done through successful EU cooperation in defence. She also mentioned the efforts of EU operations, such as seeing piracy drop by 95% over the last three years in Somalia, while over 3,000 Somali troops have been trained.


“If current trends continue by 2017 we risk losing 17% of the European expenditures since the economic crisis started,” said Mr Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. It was a strong message echoed by many speakers, with serious consequences for the European defence industrial base. “My main concern is not so much CSDP as such or “EU defence”, but rather the state of defence in Europe. That's how Presidents and Prime Ministers look at these issues together” declared President Van Rompuy. “The same goes for their joint responsibility for our continent's defence; there also, decisions in one country, will affect others. There is too little public awareness of this, and in that respect precisely, Presidents and Prime Ministers are uniquely placed to convince a wider public opinion, and thereby to set things into motion. (…) Upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo last December, [European leaders] said the European Union stands by those in pursuit of peace and human dignity. To fulfil such responsibilities, we should make sure we have the means at our disposal.”


“For the defence dimension of our discussion in December, for me the important thing is to make concrete progress on three key issues: (1) priorities for future investment and equipment procurement; (2) strengthening our industrial base, so that it remains competitive and innovative; (3) and finally, the preparation and availability of forces.” stated the President of the European Union.


Industrial base


According to Tom Enders, Chief Executive of EADS, unless serious action is taken Europe risks losing key elements of its defence industrial base as skilled personnel either leave or transfer to civil industry. “We are facing a challenge of political drift,” said Mr Enders, “it is unlikely that EADS which was formed in 1999 could be created in 2013.”


“The biggest threat to European defence today is shrinking budgets. We need some light from Heads of States.” said Mr Danjean. So what are the options? According to Claude France Arnould, Chief Executive of the EDA it would be unrealistic to expect a 20% increase in the budget of the EDA - but if more Member States came forward to support individual Pooling & Sharing programmes that would be an excellent start. “Money is not just the only sign of support,” said Ms Arnould.


Concurring with Tom Enders saying that more money should be given to EDA, Mr Klich, Senator of the Republic of Poland and former Minister of Defence also stated “But I have doubts about the current budget of the EDA”, suggesting that as the EDA was the only European organisation actively working to increase defence cooperation it would need more resources to undertake its role.


Success in cooperation


Many speakers pointed out some of the success stories of what has been achieved through cooperation in recent years. General de Rousiers, Chairman of the Military Committee of the EU, gave the example of the European air transport command which had been created in a relatively short time and the working being undertaken to exploit civil observation satellite assets for military operations. “Pooling & Sharing is one of the greatest European defence achievements of the last two to three years,” said Mr Klich.


The priorities for European defence leaders were also discussed – Mr Missiroli, Director of the European Institute for Security Studies suggested these were securing the European homeland, securing the European neighbouring areas, securing global commerce and ensuring access to energy. Delegates also discussed the “quick wins” which the European Council could sanction such as improving military access to space resources, coordinating cyber defence activities, opening access to remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) in the European sky and developing air to air capabilities through Pooling & Sharing.


“Cooperation between NATO ACT and EDA is essential and well-functioning” said General Palomeros, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. “There is a pressing need to balance defence commitments from both sides of the Atlantic, and European partners will need to deliver their full share in capabilities.” In some areas, such as developing a single European requirement for an RPAS MALE system, European defence departments have already missed the boat, but in others, such as the A400M military transport, consolidated capability requirements had delivered positive results.


But not all European states faced the same problems. Mr Krystowski, CEO of Poland’s BUMAR group clearly said some states in central and Eastern Europe had different defence priorities to those in the West and a more vibrant economy which should be taken into account.


Task force on defence


A critical input into the Council’s meeting later this year will come from the European Commission’s task force looking at bolstering the continent’s defence industrial and technological sector. Mr Calleja, Director General of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate General of the European Commission underlined some of the priorities already identified by the task force, including enhancing the common security and defence policy, building a strong industrial base, strengthening the internal defence market, developing an industrial base to include SMEs and their access to finance and improving R&T levels of funding. Another priority was energy conservation. “Europe’s military spends around €1 billion a year on energy,” he said, “the same as a small European state.”


Despite the problems the EDA has made significant progress over the last year in meeting capability gaps through Pooling & Sharing, said Peter Round, Director Capabilities at the agency. Ten Member States are now working on a joint procurement programme to acquire urgently needed air-to-air refuelling assets in the long-term. A further procurement initiative was underway to access satellite communications services from the civil sector for a range of operational needs. Another multi-national initiative has been launched to provide medical hospitals for troops in the field.


“We must now close the gap between rhetoric and reality” concluded Claude-France Arnould.

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24 mars 2013 7 24 /03 /mars /2013 12:30



23.03.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense


Le Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) a diffusé vendredi un pré-appel d'offres (draft RFP) pour le remplacement des M-113 (en service depuis 53 ans) par un "Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle" (on lira le texte du draft RFP ici). La première phase de ce projet prévoit une commande de 29 prototypes sous 4 ans (d'ici à 2017) puis une première tranche de 289 véhicules (2018-2020). Coût prévu: 1,5 milliard de dollars.


La deuxième tranche, d'un montant de 4,7 milliards, concernera 2 618 autres exemplaires de l'AMPV. Soit 522 exemplaires pour le transport de matériels, 386 pour le transport de mortiers, 933 véhicules radio, 790 ambulances et 216 mini-cliniques mobiles.


Parmi les projets annoncés,


des modèles du Stryker


et du Bradley


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