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photo Richard Seymour_Thales


16.09.2015 Thales Group
 

Le nouveau système de drone modulaire Watchkeeper X de Thales reflète le besoin croissant de capacités performantes de renseignement, de surveillance, d'acquisition d’objectifs et de reconnaissance (ISTAR), aux derniers standards militaires, pour des marchés élargis. Offrant différentes options d’adaptation aux exigences opérationnelles spécifiques, sa polyvalence en fait un système idéal pour assurer des fonctions ISTAR dans un large éventail d’opérations aériennes, terrestres et navales.  Il offre également des capacités de réaction rapide pour déjouer différents types de menaces. Le Watchkeeper X sera produit en partenariat, dans le cadre d’une collaboration avec les industriels locaux.  Cette approche originale en matière de drones permet aux clients d’établir une véritable souveraineté nationale.

 

Au cœur du Watchkeeper X se trouve un système de drone certifié, très performant et éprouvé au combat. S’appuyant sur cette base, Thales offre désormais différentes options en matière de capteurs, d’exploitation, de mobilité et d’effecteurs, pouvant être intégrées, mises à niveau et adaptées pour disposer de capacités modulaires et évolutives, propres à répondre aux besoins actuels et futurs.  

L’option capteurs s’appuie sur une configuration avec double charge utile offrant caméras, radars, capacités de surveillance électronique, et une exploitation simultanée entièrement intégrée. L’option mobilité permet de disposer d’un éventail de solutions pour assurer des opérations à partir d’une infrastructure fixe, ou dans le cadre de déploiements ou de forces expéditionnaires de grande ampleur. L’option exploitation tire profit de l’expérience de Thales en matière de gestion et de diffusion des données pour fournir des outils tels que des liaisons de données afin de diffuser des informations adaptées n’importe où dans le monde, de les protéger et les exploiter avec une efficacité maximale. Enfin, l’option effecteurs fournit les capacités nécessaires pour délivrer les effets nécessaires, directement ou indirectement.

Fort de ses avantages en termes de déploiement rapide, d’autonomie, de modularité des charges utiles et de frappes de précision, le système Watchkeeper X répond au besoin croissant de capacités ISTAR. Construit selon les mêmes normes que les aéronefs pilotés, ce drone peut être transporté aisément et sa conception modulaire lui permet d’être adapté à des exigences opérationnelles spécifiques. Pouvant intégrer à tout moment les apports technologiques les plus récents, ce système  offre la souplesse requise pour évoluer en fonction des priorités stratégiques.

« Le Watchkeeper X est basé sur un système de drone innovant, unique dans le monde, conçu spécifiquement pour les besoins des forces britanniques. Il n’existe rien d’équivalent sur le marché mondial actuel. Les connaissances et l’expertise acquises  au cours de ce programme nous permettent d’offrir à nos clients un système disposant d’encore plus de souplesse, d’efficacité et de disponibilité, afin de les aider à répondre aux différents contextes opérationnels auxquels ils sont confrontés. »

Pierre Eric Pommellet, Directeur général adjoint, Systèmes de mission de défense de Thales

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EOTS Electro-Optical Targeting System - photo Lockheed Martin

EOTS Electro-Optical Targeting System - photo Lockheed Martin

 

Sept 16, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Selex ES; issued Sept 15, 2015)

 

Finmeccanica – Selex ES has been awarded a contract by prime contractor Lockheed Martin to supply 165 advanced targeting lasers for the F-35 Lightning II’s Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). The contract forms part of the Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) programme phase.

 

The laser, integrated into the EOTS, allows fighter aircraft crews to perform precision ranging and targeting functions. The award follows on from existing orders for lasers for the F-35 programme.

 

Selex ES has developed a strong relationship with Lockheed Martin, successfully delivering tactical lasers on the F-35 EOTS, the Apache helicopter’s targeting and pilotage system, M-TADS/PNVS, and the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod.

 

This latest order for the F-35 EOTS programme is critical to sustaining and strengthening this relationship going forward and further expands Selex ES’s highly successful lasers business in Edinburgh.

 

Selex ES is also working closely with Lockheed Martin to meet the aggressive cost reduction challenges of the F-35 programme, whilst at the same time enhancing the laser product. F-35 production is expected to ramp to full rate in 2018 with deliveries forecasted for the next 30 years of more than 3,000 aircraft.

 

The Selex ES laser business has been hugely successful in exporting the products generated by the company’s world-class laser development and manufacturing capabilities. In addition to a number of contracts with US prime contractors, advanced ground-based laser systems were also sold to customers in Europe and the Middle East in 2014.

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Thales remporte un contrat de 54 M£ pour fournir le système de visée tireur des véhicules blindés SCOUT

 

September 15, 2015 Thales Group

 

Thales annonce la signature d’un contrat de 54 M£ avec Lockheed Martin UK Ltd, pour fournir le système de visée stabilisée jour/nuit DNGS-T3 destiné à la phase de production du programme Specialist Vehicle (SV) SCOUT du ministère de la Défense britannique. Le système sera intégré sur la tourelle sur le site de Lockheed Martin à Ampthill, Bedfordshire au Royaume-Uni.

 

Dans le cadre de ce contrat, Thales fournira 245 systèmes DNGS-T3 pour équiper la variante reconnaissance du véhicule spécialisé britannique SCOUT SV. Ce système établit un nouveau standard mondial en termes de visée balistique destinée aux véhicules blindés de nouvelle génération ou aux programmes de retrofit des véhicules plus anciens.

Ce système stabilisé 2-axes, équipé d’une caméra thermique infra-rouge de premier ordre et d’un télémètre laser, est entièrement intégré à l’architecture numérique du véhicule. DNGS-T3 permet au chef de bord d’adopter un rôle défensif ou offensif, en fonction des impératifs du scénario opérationnel.

La phase de production du programme mis en œuvre par le ministère de la Défense britannique (MoD) portera sur une période de cinq ans (2016-2021), et tous les équipements seront produits sur le site optronique de Thales, à Glasgow, avec à la clé 40 emplois hautement qualifiés dans l’ingénierie et la production.

Ce nouveau succès fait suite au contrat de 125 M£ récemment attribué à Thales par General Dynamics UK Ltd. pour fournir les systèmes de visée primaire et les systèmes d’appréciation de la situation (LSA) permettant à l’équipage de disposer d’une vision à 360°. Thales et Lockheed Martin UK apportent un soutien total à General Dynamics UK Ltd. afin de maximiser la disponibilité opérationnelle et l’efficacité à long terme des véhicules spécialisés SCOUT destinés au programme du ministère de la Défense britannique.

- See more at: https://www.thalesgroup.com/fr/worldwide/press-release/thales-remporte-un-contrat-de-54-mps-pour-fournir-le-systeme-de-visee-tireur#sthash.lJiqwQIM.dpuf
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The RAF's seventh A400M. Photo UK MoD

The RAF's seventh A400M. Photo UK MoD

 

16 September 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received the seventh A400M aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space, strengthening its transport fleet capability to carry out extended world-wide tasks.

 

Currently, the RAF is operating four A400M aircraft from Brize Norton, while three others are being fitted with UK-specific systems required to operate in hostile environments.

 

UK Defence Minister Philip Dunne said: "This significant milestone marks an important achievement for all those who have been involved in the UK's A400M Atlas programme, from the MoD and the RAF through to our industry partners.

 

"Those flying the aircraft are hugely impressed with its capability, and with a protected Defence budget and our investment of £160bn in equipment, we look forward to growing the UK A400M Force over the coming months."

 

The A400M is a multi-national military transport aircraft designed to serve as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities. It is powered by four EuroProp TP400-D6 turboprop engines.

 

Powered by four EuroProp TP400-D6 turboprop engines, the A400M will have a lifting capacity of up to 30t, and can also be configured to conduct long-range cargo and troop transport, medical evacuation, aerial refuelling and electronic surveillance missions.

 

Moreover, the aircraft will be able to operate both at low and high-level altitudes and to deploy troops and equipment between and within theatres of operation using either parachute or landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.

 

UK MoD Chief of Materiel (Air), Air Marshal Simon Bollom said: "The fleet now has the core capabilities required to train the instructors and crews, and to undertake logistics missions.

 

"As the fleet continues to build, more advanced military capabilities will be introduced as planned over the coming months including aerial delivery of stores, parachuting and advanced self-protection capabilities."

 

The new aircraft are scheduled to replace RAF's decommissioned fleet of C1/C3 (C-130K) Hercules transport aircraft in 2020.

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Royal Thai Army places additional order for STARStreak Air Defence Missile Systems

 

September 16, 2015 Thales Group

 

Thales announced today at DSEI that it has signed a multi-million pound contract with DataGate in Thailand to supply the Royal Thai Army with the STARStreak air defence missile system.

 

This contract follows on from Thailand’s initial purchase of STARStreak in 2012.

 

The system comprises STARStreak missiles, the world’s fastest very short range air defence (VSHORAD) missile and Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML).  The LML tripod-based system allows swift deployment of STARStreak missile to deal with attacks from low-level fighter aircraft, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and attack helicopters.  The system plays a key part in the air defence forces continued commitment to protecting the Kingdom of Thailand.

 

Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales in the UK, said: “STARStreak is the leading VSHORAD system in the world today, enabling nations to protect key assets against both emerging and established threats.  We are honored to continue to serve the Royal Thai Army as a key supplier for Thailand’s advanced air defence capability.”

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Black Hornet - photo UK MoD

Black Hornet - photo UK MoD

 

17 September 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP

 

The MOD is bringing two Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) used to protect troops in Afghanistan into its core equipment programme.

 

Contracts worth approximately £23M have been placed for the Black Hornet and Desert Hawk 3 systems, which were used on operations to provide surveillance and intelligence for troops on the ground.

Both systems are unmanned. The Black Hornet, which is palm-sized, provided real-time video and snapshot images while Desert Hawk 3, which is battery-powered and weighs only 8lbs (3.6kg), gathers intelligence, and provides reconnaissance and surveillance.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

Black Hornet and Desert Hawk proved their worth in Afghanistan, providing essential intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to our troops. The introduction of Black Hornet was a significant milestone in the development of our unmanned aerial systems as we were the first nation to use a rapidly deployable “nano” UAS solution for our Armed Forces.

Unmanned and remotely-piloted air systems are increasingly important in today’s operational environment and our protected Defence budget and £160 billion equipment plan has allowed us to bring both Black Hornet and Desert Hawk into our core programme.

Chief of Materiel (Air) at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support Organisation, Air Marshal Simon Bollom, said:

This is a world-class capability and tremendous asset providing local situational awareness to troops on the ground. Therefore, bringing these proven systems into core will provide our Armed Forces with an invaluable addition to their surveillance and intelligence gathering operations.

 

Desert Hawk 3 UAS (Unmanned Air System) - photo UK MoD

Desert Hawk 3 UAS (Unmanned Air System) - photo UK MoD

MOD recently awarded a contract extension to Marlborough Communications Limited to support Black Hornet through to its Out of Service Date in 2017, while Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training has also been awarded a contract to support the Desert Hawk 3 programme. Both achieved Full Operating Capability (FOC) last month.

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A Boeing KC-46A tanker aircraft depicted in aerial refueling. Photo Boeing

A Boeing KC-46A tanker aircraft depicted in aerial refueling. Photo Boeing


 

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Sept. 16 (UPI)

 

As the budget deadline for fiscal year 2016 quickly approaches for U.S. lawmakers, the Pentagon reports operations under a continuing resolution may force the Air Force to end its contract with Boeing for the KC-46 tanker.

Under the current contract, Boeing supplements the cost for engineering and manufacturing for the tanker program, capped by the Air Force at $4.9 billion. Thus far, technical issues over the past 18 months have had Boeing paying $1.2 billion in tax overages. Should a continuing resolution continue, further services will require a waiver from Congress.

Top U.S. military officials have expressed concern over the potential end of the KC-46 contract.

 

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U-Boot U31

U-Boot U31

 

17.09.2015 par Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Les marines allemande et italienne cherchent à augmenter à nouveau la taille de leur flotte sous-marine, à la lumière de l’évolution des défis de sécurité, ont indiqué des responsables officiels à la conférence Subcon 2015 sur les technologies sous-marines organisées à Kiel par ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

 

 Allemagne

Un « arc d’instabilité » couvre désormais plusieurs continents, exacerbant les défis à la sécurité maritime. La crise ukrainienne a mis en lumière le besoin de ne pas oublier les défis plus traditionnels, souligne le vice-amiral Andreas Krause, le commandant de la marine allemande.

La mer Baltique faire son retour comme zone d’intérêt pour la marine allemande, avec la capacité d’exercer un contrôle de zone maritime et d’avoir une capacité d’interdiction et de dissuasion en mer, a ajouté le capitaine de vaisseau Henning Faltin, responsable des plans futurs au ministère de la défense. Garantir un espace maritime sûr et ouvert est important pour les pays de la région et indispensables pour l’accès des pays baltes au monde en particulier.

Alors que les nouvelles technologies — senseurs, armement, modularité accrue et entraînement sur simulateur — peuvent permettre de résoudre certains défis, la marine allemande pourrait avoir besoin de dépasser le nombre actuel de sous-marins : 6. Pendant la Guerre Froide, l’Allemande disposait de plus de 20 sous-marins côtiers, plus petits. Elle avait prévu de les remplacer par 12 sous-marins après les années 2000. Mais ce chiffre a été régulièrement réduit. Lorsque tous les sous-marins côtiers restants ont été désarmés en une seule fois en 2010, il ne lui reste plus que 4 U-212A. Deux autres sont en construction et devraient être mis en service d’ici la fin de l’année.

Même s’il n’y a pas encore un besoin urgent d’avoir plus de sous-marins, les besoins opérationnels futurs de la marine allemande poussent à envisager les choses bien à l’avance, en particulier dans l’optique du remplacement des sous-marins actuels, qui pourrait commencer d’ici 15 ans. Il pourrait s’accompagner d’une légère augmentation du nombre de sous-marins, au-delà des 6 actuels.

 
Italie

La flotte sous-marine italienne est actuellement composée de 6 sous-marins : 2 U-212A et 4 Improved Sauro, construits entre 1988 et 1995. 2 autres U-212A sont actuellement en construction afin de remplacer en 2016 les 2 Sauro les plus anciens. En 202, avec le désarmement des 2 Sauro restants, la flotte ne se composera plus que de 4 U-212A.

Mais l’instabilité et les conflits en cours sur les côtes méditerranéennes, l’importance de son commerce, et — plus récemment — son utilisation pour les trafics de drogue et d’êtres humains, ont conduit la marine italienne à augmenter l’utilisation de ses sous-marins. Depuis mars, 2 sous-marins italiens sont en permanence déployés au large des côtes libyennes, selon le contre-amiral Dario Giacomin, commandant les forces sous-marines. Les sous-marins italiens ont aussi participé entre 2010 et 2013 aux opérations de lutte contre la piraterie en océan Indien.

Même si les sous-marins apportent la preuve de leur flexibilité dans ces scénarios modernes, le contre-amiral Giacomin avertit que l’importance des rôles traditionnels ne doit pas être sous-estimée. « La dissuasion, l’interdiction et le contrôle d’une zone maritime restent les principales raisons d’être d’une flotte sous-marine. » La force sous-marine espère aussi limiter la réduction du nombre de sous-marins. Elle envisage en effet de prolonger de 10 années supplémentaires la vie de 2 Improved Sauro (maintenant la flotte à 6 sous-marins jusqu’à au moins 2025). Elle pousse aussi le gouvernement à aller au-delà des 4 sous-marins prévus à long terme dans le cadre de la préparation du futur livre blanc sur la défense.

 

Référence :  Jane’s (Grande-Bretagne)

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Royal Navy to build laser cannon by end of the decade

The US Navy has already deployed a drone-killing laser cannon to the Gulf Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young

 

15 Sep 2015 By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent

 

The “directed energy weapon” will be able to fire high energy beams to damage and burn up targets at the cost of only pence per shot.

 

Britain will test a prototype laser cannon on its warships by the end of the decade, the head of the Navy has said. The “directed energy weapon” will be able to fire high energy beams to damage and burn up targets at the cost of only pence per shot. It will see Britain join the laser arms race after America has already deployed a laser to the Gulf on one of its own warships. The announcement by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, the First Sea Lord, comes after the Ministry of Defence said it was looking for defence firms to build a military laser weapon.

 

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Contrats Rafale : le missilier MBDA va embaucher 550 personnes en France

Les contrats Rafale permettent à MBDA d'embaucher 550 personnes sur 18 mois en France (Crédits : Dassault Aviation A. Pecchi)

 

16/09/2015 Par Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Le PDG du missilier européen, Antoine Bouvier, a lancé un vaste plan d'embauches en France et en Grande-Bretagne. Il a annoncé le recrutement de 550 personnes sur les sites français d'ici à fin 2016.


 

Les commandes pleuvent (ou vont pleuvoir) chez MBDA, notamment celles liées aux contrats Rafale et Eurofighter : Égypte (1,1 milliard, dont 300 millions pour l'armement de la frégate FREMM) et Qatar (autour de 2 milliards d'euros à confirmer) pour le Rafale et, enfin, Koweït pour l'Eurofighter. Du coup, le PDG du missilier européen, Antoine Bouvier, a lancé un vaste plan d'embauches en France et en Grande-Bretagne. Il a annoncé vendredi lors d'un comité central d'entreprise (CCE) aux syndicats français du missilier le recrutement de 550 personnes sur les sites français d'ici à fin 2016. Soit un solde net de de 220 salariés.

"Les contrats Égypte arrivent au bon moment en raison de l'incertitude sur la charge qui pesait en 2016 et 2017", avait admis en début d'année Antoine Bouvier lors de sa conférence de presse sur le bilan 2014.

Cette augmentation des salariés de MBDA France correspond à une hausse d'environ 5% des personnels du missilier dans les sites français (4.060 salariés sur un total de 10.900 dans le monde). Antoine Bouvier doit prochainement annoncer un plan d'embauches aux syndicats britanniques.

De nombreuses commandes britanniques

Cette nouvelle hausse des effectifs en Grande-Bretagne est le fruit des nombreuses commandes gagnées ces dernières années par les équipes britanniques. D'ailleurs, MBDA a annoncé ce mercredi avoir gagné un contrat de plus de 300 millions de livres (près de 410 millions d'euros) portant sur la livraison de nouveaux missiles air-air ASRAAM, destinés à la Royal Air Force. Ces missiles seront produits dans le nouveau site de fabrication et d'assemblage de Bolton, qui sera mis en service à la mi-2016.

En 2014, l'essentiel des commandes (4,1 milliards d'euros en 2014) a été essentiellement réalisé grâce à des produits britanniques. Ainsi, l'Arabie Saoudite, en vue d'équiper ses Eurofighter fournis par BAE Systems, s'est offert des missiles air-air Meteor, un contrat estimé à un plus de 1 milliard d'euros. C'est le premier contrat export du Meteor. En outre, MBDA avait également enfin obtenu un contrat en Inde. New Delhi a mis en vigueur un contrat estimé à 428 millions de dollars en vue d'équiper les vieux Jaguar de l'armée de l'air indienne de missiles britanniques air-air de courte portée Asraam

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S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare aircraft

S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare aircraft

 

16.09.2015 by By Franz-Stefan Gady Pacific Sentinel

 

Seoul is moving ahead with plans to purchase refurbished Viking S-3 planes.

 

South Korea’s Navy will procure 12 Lockheed Martin S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft with the option of eight more from the United States to counter threats from North Korea Yonhap news agency reports.

 

The article notes that a military program review group approved the purchase in August, which will now have to be evaluated by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. Final approval will be up to South Korea’s national defense system committee. According to an unnamed South Korean defense official, “using the planes can give the country the ability to deal more effectively with underwater threats.”

 

The United States retired its fleet of S-3 Vikings in 2009 and purportedly offered its surplus S-3 aircraft to South Korea and other allies thereafter. Between 1971 and 178, a total of 187 S-3As were built. In the 1980s a much-improved S-3B version of the aircraft entered service specifically designed to counter quieter Soviet submarines. There are currently 91 S-3B models in storage out of which 87 could be refitted for active duty, according to the Defense Industry Daily.

 

Read the full story at The Diplomat

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The Future Soldier Vision



16 sept. 2015 by Defence HQ

 

Sensor-laden body armour, a smart watch that monitors life signs and smart glasses with integrated cameras are all part of a futuristic design for military uniforms, unveiled today.

The Future Soldier Vision (FSV) is part of the Ministry of Defence’s plan to ensure that British soldiers of the future have high quality equipment, utilising the latest technologies. Today’s unveiling shows what a soldier could be wearing and using on the battlefield in the 2020s, based on current military research and emerging commercial technology.

The first phase of the concept has been developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) with industry partners Kinneir Dufort and SEA Ltd with the British Army. It will be on display at the Future Soldier Showcase at DSEI, in the Land Zone.

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Saab Receives First Order For Carl-Gustaf M4

 

 

Defence and security company Saab has received the first order for the new Carl-Gustaf M4 system from the armed forces of the Slovak Republic. Deliveries are expected to take place during 2016.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 made its market debut in late 2014. It has all the effectiveness and versatility of the proven Carl-Gustaf system but its improved, lightweight design (weighing only about 7 kg) offers significant mobility improvements to the soldier.

The M4 also compatible with future battlefield technology developments such as intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition. Now Slovakia has become the launch customer for the next-generation M4 system. In addition, the
Carl-Gustaf M4 system have been acquired by two other undisclosed countries for evaluation/qualification purposes.

“This is a great milestone for Saab and the Carl-Gustaf system. I am very proud to announce that Slovakia is the first country to implement the Carl-Gustaf M4 in its armed forces. For Saab and for business area Dynamics this is further proof of our ability to offer world-leading solutions to our customers,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

“Slovakia now has a system that will further increase its defence capabilities. Since the launch of the system we have seen a tremendous interest in the market and we look forward to taking further orders from more countries,” says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, head of Saab Market Area Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Saab’s Carl-Gustaf system has a long and distinguished service history all around the world. It has been successively modernised and enhanced to meet the changing requirements of its users.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest version of the portable, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system. It gives users a wide range of engagement options and allows troops to remain agile and effective in any scenario. It builds on the system’s formidable capabilities, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations.

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MOD to upgrade air-to-air missile

 

16 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

 

The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £300m contract to sustain a key air-to-air missile used by RAF Typhoon jets, supporting over 400 jobs across the UK.

 

MBDA (UK) Ltd will design and build the new variant of their Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) missile, incorporating updated sub-systems into the current ASRAAM design. This will make it possible to upgrade the weapon system as necessary.

The eight-year contract will directly sustain around 200 highly skilled technology jobs across MBDA sites in Bristol, Stevenage, Hertfordshire and Lostock, Lancashire and the UK-based supply chain, with around another 200 supported in wider industry.

Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, said:

ASRAAM missiles provide our Typhoon jets with battle-winning technology on combat missions, and these upgrades will help to make it a missile for the future, ready for use on our new Lightning II aircraft.

This contract is part of our £160 billion equipment plan, supported by a rising Defence budget. It will sustain hundreds of skilled British jobs and ensure that the RAF continues to perform at its very best.

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Chief of Materiel (Air) at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Air Marshal Simon Bollom, said:

Sustainment of the UK’s short range air-to-air capability is essential as it supports standing operational commitments such as the protection of UK airspace and any other air defence roles.

The contract provides the most cost-effective way of maintaining this capability and allows what is a very effective missile to be retained whilst ensuring continued compatibility with the aircraft we launch it from.

 

MOD to upgrade air-to-air missile

ASRAAM is currently in-service on Typhoon and Tornado GR4 aircraft, and will be integrated onto the Lightning II platform in time for first aircraft delivery.

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LRV 400 Mk2 Recon Vehicle - photo Supacat

LRV 400 Mk2 Recon Vehicle - photo Supacat

 

September 11, 2015 By Andrew Chuter – Defense News

 

LONDON — The DSEi show is not scheduled to open its doors at London’s Excel Centre until Sept. 15. But British specialist military vehicle maker Supacat has decided not to wait to take the wraps off the latest version of its LRV 400 Special Forces light reconnaissance vehicle it will debut when the lights go up on what promises to be the world’s biggest defense show of the year.

Supacat has improved on the first version of the vehicle it launched in 2012 with a number of upgrades incorporated in the Mk2 being displayed for the first time at the show.

 

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Typhoon Completes Meteor Guided Firing Trials

An MBDA Meteor long-range, ramjet-powered air-to-air missile launches from a Typhoon during recent trials in the UK, part of the flight test campaign for Typhoon’s ‘Phase 2 Enhancements’ (P2E) program.

 

Sept 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com/

(Source: BAE Systems; issued Sept 15, 2015)


Our Company has successfully completed guided firing trials of the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.

The trials took place at the Ministry of Defence’s Hebrides range in the United Kingdom and saw Typhoon conduct guided Meteor firings against real air targets in pre-planned scenarios. The trials formed part of the flight test campaign for the ‘Phase 2 Enhancements’ (P2E) programme which will introduce a range of new and improved long range attack capabilities including Meteor and Storm Shadow missiles.

Typhoon aircraft IPA6, a Tranche 2 standard aircraft equipped with the latest P2E software, was used for the trials. Our test pilot Nat Makepeace, who flew the aircraft, said: “The missile separated very cleanly and guided very successfully towards its target maintaining a datalink communication between the weapon and the aircraft.

“This year is undoubtedly one of the most exciting years I have experienced in the development of Typhoon. We are taking to the skies with upgraded software, trialling new nigh

 

t vision helmet technologies, developing and expanding weapons capabilities and looking forward to flying the Captor E-scan radar – all in the space of one year.”

The integration of the Meteor weapon further enhances Typhoon’s swing-role capabilities, allowing the pilot to engage hostile air threats at long range, at the same time as identifying and engaging targets on the ground.

The flight trials were conducted with support from QinetiQ, MBDA and Selex and form part of a NETMA contract to fully integrate the Meteor missile onto Typhoon by 2017.

Information on further developments in the Typhoon Phased Approach can be found here.

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Defence companies face fresh scrutiny over contract charges and profits

National security means Britain's nuclear submarines have only one contractor and one buyer Photo: BAE Systems

 

13 Sep 2015 By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor

 

New defence contracts watchdog to bring 'fundamental' revamp to profits made by industry and costs passed on to Ministry of Defence

 

A new watchdog is poised to crack down on defence procurement and stop the practice of “padding” government supply contracts.

The Single Source Regulations Office set up last year, is launching a fundamental review of rules on how much profit companies can make, in the first shake-up of defence procurement in almost 50 years.

Padding is when a supplier bills for items such as entertainment and marketing costs.

The SSRO sits between industry and MoD and examines the £8bn-plus spent a year on contracts where there is only one supplier and one buyer because of issues such as national security or troops on operations urgently needing equipment.

It has the power to examine all new contracts valued at £5m or more and claw back charges it rules unjustified.

“Historically it would have been acceptable for contractors to charge entertaining and marketing costs,” said Jeremy Newman, SSRO chairman. “Our view is if there is only one buyer and one seller there isn’t any entertaining and marketing needed, so we said, ‘Sorry folks, you can’t charge that’.”

Other areas where costs have been eliminated is “reworking”.

“If work has to be done again because of a change of specification as technology advances, that’s allowable,” he added. “For example, the technology on a submarine is out of date before you’ve put the wiring in. But charging for reworking because of faulty workmanship is not acceptable – why should the taxpayers pay for a company’s screw-up?”

 

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SME Showcase at DSEI 2015

 

16 September 2015, Centre for Defence Enterprise, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Ministry of Defence

 

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) will showcase some of the best research ideas it's funded, delivered by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

At DSEI 2015, 10 SMEs who have been successful through CDE funding competitions will present their work in 5-minute pitches. Time for networking will follow.

This session will take place on Thursday 17 September 2015, 12pm to 2pm in the West Theatre, Unmanned Zone. Find out more.

It will include an introduction to CDE opportunities, before hearing first hand from the 10 SMEs about their companies and their innovations.

The session will be very useful for those with an interest in innovative defence research and to meet up-and-coming SMEs who have been funded as part of the CDE supply chain.

The companies exhibiting for CDE are listed below. The innovation summaries link to a case study from each organisation.

 

Company

Innovation summary

Autonomous Devices

Improvised robotic devices

Folium Optics

Adaptive camouflage technology

IQHQ

High-resilience radio communication receivers

Kaon

Use of plasmonic meta materials in lenses

Metrarc

Deriving secure encryption keys from the properties of digital systems

Mobbu

Secure mobile communications software

The Technology Partnership (TTP)

Sensing solution for SONAR applications

Thinking Safe

Insider threat detection

Trauma Simulation

Realistic trauma simulation

Voicekey

On-device, voice biometric mobile identity management solution

Presentations from the companies will be also be published after the event via the links above.

 

About CDE

CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

CDE is part of Dstl.

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Thales announces order for ForceSHIELD Integrated Air Defence system and STARStreak missiles for Malaysian Armed Forces

 

September 15, 2015 thalesgroup.com

 

Thales announced today at DSEI that it has signed a contract with Global Komited, a company within The Weststar Group, to supply the Malaysian Armed Forces with ForceSHIELD, the Thales integrated Advanced Air Defence system.

 

In addition to the STARStreak missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster 200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger and RAPIDRover mobile weapon systems and the Next Generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher, as well as associated communications.

 

The STARStreak missiles and launcher systems are manufactured in Thales’s facility in Belfast and the CONTROLMaster by Thales in France. This significant purchase by the Malaysian Armed Forces will increase jobs in Belfast and develop high value added jobs and skills set in Malaysia through a programme of technology transfer.

 

The purchase of ForceSHIELD will enable the Malaysian Armed Forces to replace and enhance the previously commissioned Thales STARBurst missile system, which has been in service since the mid 1990’s.

 

The STARStreak missile utilises the proven principle of ‘high velocity’ to defeat threats with short unmasking times.  The three-dart configuration maximises lethality and the highly accurate laser beam riding guidance enables engagement of small signature targets.

 

Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales UK, says: “I am delighted that another country has decided to buy ForceSHIELD.  This latest-generation sensors to effectors solution will give Malaysia a world class, cutting edge capability.  Increasing our export sales is a key part of Thales’ growth strategy and today’s news marks another milestone.”

 

    "I am delighted that Westar and Thales have agreed to work together to supply the STARStreak missile system to the Malaysian Armed Forces. This is an excellent example of companies sharing technology to support the ongoing modernisation of the country’s Armed Forces. I very much value our Defence relationship with Malaysia and look forward to working with their government and Armed Forces as part of our enduring Defence cooperation."

    Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement

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 PLA upgrades ELINT capability with Y-9JB reconnaissance plane

 

14.09.2015 Pacific Sentinel
 

The People's Liberation Army's new electronic intelligence (ELINT) gathering aircraft, the Y-9JB, is a major upgrade on its predecessors and reflects the emphasis China is placing on electronic reconnaissance capabilities, says the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.

 

The Y-9JB, also known as the GX-8 — which literally means the "High New 8" — is the ELINT variant of the Shaanxi Y-9 mid-sized transport aircraft. It is said to possess significant advancements over China's first-generation electronic reconnaissance planes, the Y-8DZ or GX-2 and the Y-8G or GX-3.

 

According to the report, China has been developing electronic warfare aircraft for decades with the aim of improving the PLA's ability to gather and analyze operational and tactical electronic intelligence, and therefore its strategic decision-making.

 

Read the full story at Want China Times

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Z-19 at Third China Helicopter Expo

Z-19 at Third China Helicopter Expo

 

15.09.2015 Pacific Sentinel

 

China has begun to develop a fourth-generation attack helicopter which will have stealth capabilities and expects to deliver it to the People's Liberation Army by around 2020, according to a report by the English-language China Daily.

 

Aviation Industry Corp of China, an aircraft manufacturer and supplier to the PLA, has been given the responsibility of researching and developing the helicopter, Cankaoxiaoxi.com website reported Sunday, citing Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster.

 

The company disclosed the information in a media brochure distributed to domestic journalists taking part in the Third China Helicopter Expo, which opened on Wednesday in Tianjin, according to the China Daily report published Friday.

 

The company gave no further details but according to the report, it was the first time that China has confirmed it is developing a new-generation combat helicopter.

 

Read the full story at Want China Times

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ST Marine delivers second Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessel to Oman Navy

The second Al-Ofouq class of PVs, RNOV Shinas, measures 75m in length and displaces approximately 1,250t. Photo ST Marine

 

14 September 2015 naval-technology.com

 

Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) has delivered the second of the four Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessels, RNOV Shinas, to the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO).

 

The new vessels are aimed to replace the RNO's current four Seeb-class patrol vessels commissioned in the early 1980s.

 

ST Marine president NG Sing Chan said: "ST Marine and the Royal Navy of Oman are again proud that we have achieved this 'Double Milestones, Double Happiness' together.

 

Based on ST Marine's Fearless-class patrol vessels, which are used by the Republic of Singapore Navy, each 246ft-long Al-Ofouq-class vessel will provide a maximum cruise speed of more than 23mph, while offering a 1,000m range at 17mph.

 

In addition, the vessels will be armed with a modern weapon and combat management system and will be suitable for maritime and homeland security missions such as undertaking extended surveillance patrols of the Sultanate Exclusive Economic Zone.

 

The new vessels will also feature Tacticos combat management system (CMS), the Variant surveillance radar and STIR 1.2 EO Mk2 radar E/O tracking system, as well as the ESM system.

 

In addition, ST Marine also christened the third patrol vessel, RNOV Sadh.

"Today is a day for us to celebrate and also a moment for us to reflect and thank our partners and colleagues."

 

The Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman awarded a $699.4m contract to ST Marine for the construction of these patrol vessels in 2012.

 

Currently, Austal Australia is constructing two 72m-long high-speed support vessels (HSSVs) for the Oman Navy.

 

The HSSV 72 vessel is intended for the transportation of military personnel and cargo, and can support helicopter operations. It can also be deployed in search and rescue, and humanitarian relief operations.

 

Delivery of the vessels is expected to take place in 2016.

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USS Halsey (DDG 97) - photo US Navy

USS Halsey (DDG 97) - photo US Navy


14.09.2015 Pacific Sentinel
 

The United States is upgrading its Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to counter China's new DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile with their ability to sink medium-sized warships, Harry J Kazianis, the executive editor of National Interest magazine, writes in a piece published on Sept. 9.

 

At a press conference on Sept. 4, Lockheed Martin announced a new contract worth US$428 million to modernize the US Navy Aegis Combat System's hardware and software over the next 10 years. Just a day prior to the announcement, China used the military parade in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II to display its DF-26 missiles to the public for the first time.

 

Read the full story at Want China Times

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KC-46 Refueling Tanker to Make First Flight This Month

 

September 15, 2015 by Bryant Jordan - defensetech.org

 

The U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. is scheduled to make its first flight on Sept. 25, a general said.

 

The date was announced Tuesday by Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson during the Air & Space Conference near Washington, D.C. The milestone for the eventual successor to the KC-135 and KC-10 was initially planned for the spring.

 

“Once that first flight occurs we’ll go into initial air worthiness,” he said. That means the second flight will begin testing the boom, hose and drogue systems, he said.

 

Richardson, the program executive officer for tankers with the Air Force Material Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, said the subsequent flights will involve a variety of aircraft flying with the KC-46 and culminate with actual refueling flights in January.

 

Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the recent cost overrun on the aircraft, known as the Pegasus and based on the 767 twin-engine commercial airliner, is “deeply unfortunate” and that he’s concerned about delays to the program.

 

McCain said he detailed the concerns in a recent letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. He and Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island, sent a similar letter over issues with the Air Force’s new bomber program.

 

“While the recently announced cost overrun on the Air Force’s KC-46A tanker is deeply unfortunate, it is encouraging that the contractor, and not the taxpayer, will bear this expense,” McCain said.

 

“That said, the resulting delays to the program’s internal deadlines for completing key qualification and planned ground and flight testing activities are indicative of a program at risk of not meeting its planned delivery milestones,” he said.

 

Boeing plans to deliver the first 18 KC-46As to the Air Force by August 2017. The service estimates it will spend $49 billion to develop and build 149 of the planes to replace its aging fleet of KC-135s, according to Pentagon budget documents. Boeing forecasts an $80 billion global market for the new tankers, according to Trading Alpha.

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Upgraded Spearfish Torpedo Successfully Completes in Water Trial

 

Sep 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

A prototype of the next-generation Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo has successfully completed a first in-water trial at the Ministry of Defence operated British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre, on the west coast of Scotland.

 

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