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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 15:55
Création d'un incubateur de l'aéronautique à Paris avec 25 start-up

 

20 mars 2015 par  Jacques Marouani - electroniques.biz

 

Tous les domaines de pointe sont représentés parmi les grandes problématiques des secteurs de l’industrie aéronautique et du transport aérien : drones, nouveaux aéronefs, dirigeable, tourisme spatial, réalité augmentée, optoélectronique, divertissement à bord, logiciels, sécurité, interfaces homme-machine, mais aussi matériaux, procédés, etc...

 

L'incubateur dédié aux start-up de l'aéronautique, Starburst Accelerator, créé en 2014 par le cabinet Impulse Partners, et soutenu par Airbus Group, Thales, Hutchinson et Zodiac Aerospace, va inaugurer son site parisien dans le 15e arrondissement le 23 mars 2015. De prochaines ouvertures sont aussi prévues à Toulouse, Los Angeles et Montréal.

Starburst Accelerator fournit aux start-up un ensemble de services leur permettant d’atteindre au plus vite la phase de croissance : constitution du dossier de financement, interface avec les investisseurs et grands groupes industriels aérospatiaux, hébergement au cœur d’un quartier d’affaires parisien, organisation d’ateliers thématiques réguliers.

 « Les start-up sont essentielles à la chaîne de valeurs de l'innovation : elles offrent au marché de nouvelles idées nées en laboratoire. Dans le contexte concurrentiel et de défi permanent que constitue l’aéronautique, Starburst Accelerator leur apporte le meilleur soutien, augmentant considérablement leurs chances de succès », promet François Chopard, fondateur de Starburst.

 

25 start-up incubées

Tous les domaines de pointe sont représentés parmi les grandes problématiques des secteurs de l’industrie aéronautique et du transport aérien : drones, nouveaux aéronefs, dirigeable, tourisme spatial, réalité augmentée, optoélectronique, divertissement à bord, logiciels, sécurité, interfaces homme-machine, mais aussi matériaux, procédés, etc...

25 startups sont incubées chez Starburst Accelerator dont Akoustic Arts, Amplisens, AriadNext, Blue Industry & Science, Cosmica Spacelines, Defacto, Diota Soft, Display Interactive, Eazy Group, Elwing, Erneo, Luna Technology, Mach 7, Nethis, Redbird, RepairManager.Aero, Safety Line, Suricog, Trust In Soft, Vaylon, Voox, WiNMS, Workfly.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
RUAG Defense's Cobra 120mm mortar features a semi-automatic loading system. Photo courtesy RUAG Defense

RUAG Defense's Cobra 120mm mortar features a semi-automatic loading system. Photo courtesy RUAG Defense

 

BERN, Switzerland, March 19 By Richard Tomkins (UPI

 

-- RUAG Defense of Switzerland has introduced a modular 120mm mortar system that comes equipped with a semi-automatic loader system.

 

The Cobra features electronic drives and shoot–and-scoot capabilities, multi-round capabilities and ballistic computing. It can be integrated into any lightweight vehicle, RUAG said.

"The RUAG Cobra mortar system incorporates RUAG's ballistic computing, allowing automatic gun laying and multi-round single impact capabilities," the company said. "The system is designed to fire any standard 120mm ammunition, including latest generation smart ammunition."

The Cobra system has a range of about 5.6 miles.

RUAG said the system was first unveiled last month at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Additional details on the system's specifications were not immediately available.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
Airbus DS teams with Korean company for missile warning system

 

MUNICH, Germany, March 19 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Airbus Defense and Space has partnered with a Korean firm for local production of a missile warning system for use on Korea's new Surion helicopters.

 

South Korea's new Surion military helicopters are to be equipped with advanced missile warning systems from Airbus DS and Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd.

 

Airbus Defense and Space said that under a recently signed cooperation agreement, Huneed Technologies will produce the core electronic components of Airbus Defense and Space's Missile Launch Detection System, or MILDS, which is being supplied for the Surion.

 

"Airbus Defence and Space follows a dedicated globalization and partnership strategy in a wider perspective", said Thomas Muller, head of the Electronics Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space. "We are convinced that a close cooperation with local industries creates additional value for our customers."

 

Airbus DS had been awarded several contracts by Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration and Korea Aerospace Industries to develop and locally manufacture the missile warning system for the Surion based on its MILDS system.

 

Airbus DS' MILDS is a passive, high-resolution imaging sensor that detects the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. It is in service with the Royal Danish Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Upgraded P-3 Orion Delivered Ahead Of Schedule

 

 

GREENVILLE, S.C., Mar. 18, 2015— Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin delivered [Mar. 18, 2015] a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion aircraft 37 days ahead of schedule.

 

This is the 12th of 14 aircraft in the program to receive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications and phased depot maintenance. The MLU replaces the outer wings, center wing, horizontal stabilizer and horizontal stabilizer leading edges. All necessary fatigue life-limiting structures are replaced, leading to significantly reduced maintenance and sustainment costs. 

 

The completion of the aircraft significantly ahead of schedule allows for a quicker return of the aircraft to the CBP P-3 fleet supporting homeland security and drug interdiction missions. The MLU will enable the P-3 Orion to support operators for 20-25 more years.

 

About Lockheed Martin:

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Jeff Johnson to Lead Boeing Military Aircraft Business Development

 

Mar 19, 2015 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today named Jeffrey Johnson, vice president, Business Development, Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA). He succeeds Tim Norgart, who recently retired from Boeing. Johnson will be based in St. Louis, Missouri, and report to BMA President Shelley Lavender.  

Johnson has been president of Boeing Middle East since March 2011, based in the company’s Dubai office. Before that, he was senior director of Global Strike Business Development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) from November 2009. Over his Boeing career, Johnson has business development experience in more than 40 countries. 

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 17:30
A Vega launch vehicle takes flight. Photo: Arianspace

A Vega launch vehicle takes flight. Photo: Arianspace

 

EVRY, France, March 19 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Arianespace reports it will launch two Earth Observation Satellites of the military of the United Arab Emirates in the coming years. The low-orbit Falcon Eye satellite being built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space will be sent aloft on Vega, or Soyuz, launchers from the Guiana Space Center in 2018 and 2019 under a contract received from Airbus DS, the company said. No information as to the value of the contract received was disclosed.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Rockwell Collins providing secure GPS receivers for Harris tactical radios

Harris Corporation's Falcon III radios will soon be equipped with secure GPS receivers from Rockwell Collins. Photo: Harris Corporation

 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, March 19 By Richard Tomkins  (UPI)

 

Secure, jam-resistant GPS receivers for tactical radios are being provided to Harris Corporation by Rockkwell Collins. Rockwell Collins said Harris has ordered 5,000 of its MicroGRAM system, the largest annual purchase it has received for the system. The Micrograms are being delivered over a period of three years. "MicroGRAM enables Harris Corporation to meet military customer demands for embedded, secure GPS," said Mike Jones, vice president and general manager of Communication and Navigation Products for Rockwell Collins. "MicroGRAM protects warfighters from the growing jamming and spoofing threats on the battlefield, while enhancing survivability and mission success."

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

March 19, 2015 By: Beth Stevenson – FG

 

London - An arms transfer study from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) claims that only the UK and Nigeria have been the recipients of armed unmanned air vehicles, despite “widespread interest” in their acquisition.

The numbers of importers and exporters of both armed and unarmed UAVs has “grown significantly” over the past 15 years, SIPRI says, and between the period of 2010 to 2014, 35 countries and the UN acquired 429 UAVs that weigh more than 25kg.

The USA and Israel are the main suppliers, although Austria, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Africa and Sweden all exported UAVS, says SIPRI in its “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2014” paper, released on 16 March.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
Malaysia A400M first flight 30 Jan 2015 - photo Airbus DS

Malaysia A400M first flight 30 Jan 2015 - photo Airbus DS

 

March 19, 2015 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Langkawi - Airbus Defence & Space has highlighted the suitability of the A400M tactical transport as a humanitarian relief aircraft.

In a presentation at the LIMA show, representatives from Airbus and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies discussed the nature of airborne disaster relief missions, and the role air-lifted relief plays in disaster response.

The IFRC says it operated 21 full-aircraft humanitarian charters in 2013. Types used included the Airbus A340-600 and three Boeing types: the 727, 747, and 777. During that year, 73% of humanitarian aid was sent by sea, 16% by air, and 11% by road.

The representatives also discussed their partnership with the Airbus Group Foundation, under which the airframer effectively donates free flights. These flights include providing capacity on the ferry flights of commercial and military aircraft from the company’s production locations in Europe. Such flights are frequently empty, and therefore provide an opportunity to move cargo of a humanitarian nature.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
Hawk T1 jet trainer 208 Sqn - photo Royal Air Force

Hawk T1 jet trainer 208 Sqn - photo Royal Air Force

 

LONDON, March 19 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Additional pylons for BAE Systems' Hawk advanced jet aircraft trainer are to be manufactured in Malaysia by SME Aerospace.

BAE Systems, which did not disclose the value of the award, said the award is for 16 inboard and 16 outboard pylons for a key export customer.

"This is a further example of the excellent work being carried out in Malaysia's aerospace industry," said John Brosnan, managing director, South East Asia, BAE Systems. "SME Aerospace has an excellent track record in manufacturing pylons for Hawk aircraft and we are pleased with the continued manufacture and export of this key component by Malaysian industry.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:30
Credits Israel Defense

Credits Israel Defense

 

March 19, 2015 By: Arie Egozi – FG

 

Tel Aviv - Israel's defence ministry is trying to create a "formula" that will allow the nation's unmanned air system manufacturers to sell their products in Poland.

Warsaw is soliciting bids for 12 systems of middle-range tactical UAS and 15 systems of mini-UAS for its armed forces. Initial bids were made last month, with further stages to follow. The Polish defence ministry wants to sign a deal in early 2016.

At this stage, the official position of the Polish government is to make an effort to buy systems via local companies, but the armed forces are pressing for proven systems, which will bring Israeli manufacturers into the competition – either directly or indirectly.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
An A-10 sits on the tarmac after a mission against Islamic State. photo US Air Force

An A-10 sits on the tarmac after a mission against Islamic State. photo US Air Force

 

March 19, 2015 by JOSEPH TREVITHICK – War is boring

 

Eventually, the U.S. Air Force wants to replace the low and slow-flying A-10 Warthog with the fast-moving F-35 stealth fighter. But it’ll take years before the troubled jet fighters are ready for duty. In the meantime, the Air Force still needs a plane for dedicated close air support missions — something the A-10 excels at. So what does the flying branch propose? Not keeping the Warthog. Instead, the Air Force wants to replace the Warthog with a modified F-16 fighter jet — an old concept that failed to live up to expectations decades ago. The F-16s would fill in temporarily until the F-35s can take over. We have a hard time believing it — but yes, this is a serious proposal.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Hélicoptère UH-60M photo Sikorsky

Hélicoptère UH-60M photo Sikorsky

 

19 mars 2015 par Thierry Dubois – Aerobuzz.fr

 

Le conglomérat United Technologies Corporation (UTC) envisage de se séparer du constructeur d’hélicoptères Sikorsky, tandis que ce dernier pourrait vendre sa gamme Schweizer. Même si sa marge de 10% n’est pas jugée satisfaisante par UTC, les résultats de Sikorsky sont bons. Du coup, il est trop cher pour trouver un acquéreur.

 

Le président d’UTC, Gregory Hayes, trouve que Sikorsky affiche une croissance et une marge trop faibles, si on le compare aux autres entreprises du groupe. « Ce n’est pas ce que nous souhaitons  », déclarait-il récemment. Et de pointer une marge légèrement supérieure à 10 % en 2014 et une croissance annuelle projetée de 3 % jusqu’en 2023. Avec un chiffre d’affaires de 7,5 Md$, Sikorsky est aussi la plus petite des cinq composantes d’UTC – les quatre autres sont Pratt & Whitney (moteurs aéronautiques), UTAS (systèmes aérospatiaux), Otis (ascenseurs) et Carrier (climatisation). La forte dépendance au secteur militaire est vue, en outre, comme un facteur d’incertitude. Le conseil d’administration d’UTC a autorisé ses dirigeants exécutifs à examiner « toutes les options stratégiques  ». Un travail qui devrait se terminer d’ici à la fin de l’année. Il s’agit, bien sûr, de créer de la valeur pour les clients et les actionnaires. Sikorsky emploie 15.200 personnes.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
photo Bundeswehr-Grauwinkel

photo Bundeswehr-Grauwinkel

 

Berlin - 19 March, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA), visited Germany on 17 March 2015 to to discuss Germany’s involvement in projects of the European Defence Agency, support to defence industry as well as preparation of the European Council on defence issues in June 2015. 

 

During the visit Jorge Domecq met with Karin Suder, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defence as well as senior Federal Foreign Office and Federal Ministry of Defence officials and representatives of the German Federation of Security and Defence Industries. The main topic addressed was the preparation of the  Heads of State and Government discussion on defence in June 2015.

“The European Defence Agency is committed to providing the best possible input for the discussions on defence by Heads of State and Government in June this year. In the current context, we need a strong defence in Europe, which means more cooperation and a robust defence industry. We are working with all Member States on capability development, incentives for cooperation and support to European industry. Today’s discussions highlighted the role of the European defence industry as regards our overall economic performance, our continued ability to develop the capabilities of the future and our technological strategic autonomy”, Jorge Domecq said after the meetings in Berlin.

The meetings in Brussels are part of a tour to all EDA Member States by Jorge Domecq following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the European Council in June.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 08:45
Terence Dumont, CEO of Atlantis

Terence Dumont, CEO of Atlantis

 

March 2015 press release issued by Atlantis Corporation

 

The Atlantis Defence Division has named Terence Dumont as its chief executive officer.

 

The Atlantis Defence Division, based in the Tygervalley area, has added substantially to its technical and project management staff in the past few months in order to complement the international contracts it has been awarded.

 

Atlantis has successfully registered several successful patents and expanded the operational envelope, while reducing the manufacturing costs and improving the production processes of several infantry weapon systems.

 

The company recently expanded its Programme Management offices for a third time in three years and purchased additional production capacity equipment.

 

Among the appointments is Terence Dumont, recently promoted to CEO. Dumont has over 25 years' experience in the defence industry and headed a large manufacturing facility specialising in weapon and munition component production for 14 years. He joined Atlantis a year ago as a director, and his impeccable work ethic and professionalism has earned him this well-deserved promotion. 

 

"We believe his technical expertise in production management is going to assist us fulfil our vision of delivering innovation excellence and achieving our expanded role as an ordnance manufacturing facility," says Gordon Blackbeard, chairman of the Atlantis Group of Defence Companies.

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 08:40
Russie: les ventes d'armes se maintiennent malgré les sanctions

 

Moscou, 19 mars 2015 Marine & Océans (AFP)

 

Les exportations d'équipements militaires de la Russie, deuxième vendeur d'armes de la planète, ont généré 15,5 milliards de dollars en 2014 malgré les sanctions occidentales visant le secteur de la Défense en raison de la crise ukrainienne, a annoncé jeudi un haut responsable russe.

 

"Nous avons légèrement dépassé nos prévisions, avec des ventes d'armes pour un montant total de 15,5 milliards de dollars", a déclaré Alexandre Fomine, directeur du Service fédéral de coopération militaro-technique, cité par l'agence de presse Ria Novosti.

 

En 2013, les exportations d'armes russes avaient atteint 15,7 milliards de dollars.

 

Les sanctions imposées par l'Occident "ont un impact indéniablement négatif sur notre travail mais le résultat de notre travail sera satisfaisant cette année", a ajouté M. Fomine.

 

La Chine et l'Inde sont les deux plus importants clients de la Russie, qui a également exporté pour environ un milliard de dollars d'armes au Venezuela et au Vietnam en 2014, selon Ria Novosti.

 

En janvier, le président russe Vladimir Poutine s'était félicité du maintien des exportations d'armes, vantant la réputation russe de "partenaire fiable et prévisible", une critique indirecte de la France qui a lié sa décision de livrer à la Russie des navires de guerre Mistral à un apaisement du conflit dans l'est de l'Ukraine.

 

Les sanctions imposées par Washington à la Russie pour son rôle présumé dans la crise ukrainienne portent notamment sur le secteur de la Défense. L'UE prohibe l'importation et l'exportation d'armes de et vers la Russie.

 

Les autorités russes ont mis des moyens importants ces dernières années dans la modernisation des forces armées et l'industrie de la Défense, une volonté renforcée avec la crise actuelle. Le secteur représente un poids croissant dans le budget de l'Etat.

 

Selon les statistiques publiées lundi par l'Institut international de recherche sur la paix de Stockholm (Sipri), qui portent sur une période de cinq ans (2010-2014), la Russie est le deuxième vendeur d'armes au monde derrière les Etats-Unis et représente 27% des exportations.

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS

 

Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Airbus Defence and Space; issued Mar 17, 2015)

 

Prime Minister of Malaysia Witnesses Official Handover of First Airbus A400M to Royal Malaysian Air Force

 

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) today officially received its first of four Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, ordered from Airbus Defense and Space.

 

Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Saad officially took over the aircraft from Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. The ceremony took place at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) 2015 in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Seri Najib Razak and Minister of Defence Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

 

Malaysia is the first export customer of the A400M outside of the original launch nations.

 

The occasion also marked the debut of the A400M at LIMA 2015. The technologically-advanced airlifter had earlier performed a special fly-past at the Show's opening ceremony.

 

The RMAF A400M will be on static display throughout the LIMA 2015 from March 17-21, 2015 before returning to its new home base Subang in Kuala Lumpur.

 

"As a new generation multi-role transport aircraft, the A400M will strengthen RMAF's tactical and strategic capabilities. It will enable us to undertake an extraordinary range of military and humanitarian operations within the country and regionally," said Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Saad.

 

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: "We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer and we want to congratulate Malaysia on its foresight and vision. The A400M is the ideal aircraft for a region like Asia-Pacific and we are sure that Malaysia will show the way here on how beneficial the A400M can be."

 

Following the official ceremony, the Prime Minister of Malaysia met with the RMAF crew who had flown the A400M all the way from Seville, Spain, to its new home at RMAF Subang, with an overnight stop at Abu Dhabi. The same crew also flew this morning's fly-past demonstration.

 

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense then visited the airlifter spending time at the cockpit with the crew.

photo Airbus DS
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Pentagon Prepares to Unveil Better Buying Power 3.0

 

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 – By Nick Simeone DoD News

 

Pentagon officials are preparing to unveil the latest version of Better Buying Power, a multibillion-dollar equipment and service-buying program aimed at improving the acquisition process while maintaining the nation’s significant technological edge on the battlefield, the department’s chief acquisition officer said here yesterday.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told a defense conference that Better Buying Power 3.0 will be largely about innovation, excellence and maintaining technological superiority -- “the things we can do that will make a substantial difference and give us a significant edge for a decade or more on future battlefields.”

 

More Capability, More Value

The Defense Department introduced Better Buying Power in 2010 to extract more capability for the warfighter and more value for the taxpayer. “This is largely about efficiency and productivity,” Kendall said.

The new version, which will roll out in the weeks ahead, will bring the intelligence community further into the acquisition process, Kendall said. It also will be more responsive and agile to threats while taking full advantage of quickly advancing technologies, including countering what he said is a growing threat of anti-satellite technology posed by Russia and China.

 “We are starting to do something about this, but we really haven’t made a great deal of progress yet,” he said. “We rely on a small number of very capable and very expensive satellites that are increasingly at risk, and that trend is going to continue to get worse.”

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 07:50
Experts meet on materials modelling and simulation

 

Brussels - 11 March, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Materials modelling and simulation are cross-cutting technologies with potential benefits for defence capabilities. 35 experts from national ministries, European institutions, industry and academia participated in an EDA workshop to discuss current and future areas of application in defence on 27 January 2015.

 

Materials modelling is becoming well-established in the civil and military domains. As conducting experiments is costly and often difficult owing to environmental constraints (high strain rate, high temperature, hazardous environments), integrating materials modelling with experimental programmes yields benefits. 

The main objective of the workshop on Materials & Structures Modelling & Simulation (M&S2)  was to identify the potential impact of these technologies on defence. The workshop concentrated on discussing active and future directions on materials modelling around four key topics: new materials, new structures, new processes and defence specific phenomena.

Generally speaking, two main topics related to polymer composites and ceramic materials came out of the discussions: 

  1. There is a need to provide diagnostic and prognostic methods for structures and also relevant characterisation of defence and dual-use specific phenomena, such as ageing, fatigue stress, impact damage, etc.; and 
  2. In order to improve the materials performance under extreme conditions, a better understanding of their behaviour at atomic and molecular level is needed. Therefore, there is a need to further develop modelling at nanoscale level which could be integrated in mesoscale models, described in the microscale until reaching current macroscale.

These ideas will be used by the EDA Materials & Structures expert groups in order to provide inputs for different initiatives, and also for building a roadmap for the achievement of the identified research & technology goals, and future update of the Strategic Research Agenda on materials & structures.

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Discussions on European defence in Portugal

 

Lisbon - 19 March, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency and José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, Minister of Defence of Portugal met today to discuss preparations of the European Council on defence issues in June 2015 as well as the implementation of the EU Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan.

 

The Portuguese Minister of Defence stressed the importance of the European Defence Agency, especially in the context of EU’s financial constraints. José Pedro Aguiar-Branco underlined the importance of R&T programmes as a way of developing defence and dual-use technologies. He also mentioned the importance of supporting the role of small and medium enterprises, since they are the backbone of the European Technological and Industrial Base. Finally, he underlined the need to work towards the full implementation of the December 2013 European Council conclusions in accordance with the agreed roadmap.

 

“The European Defence Agency witnessed Portugal’s hospitality and commitment to European defence corporation during the last three editions of Hot Blade which is part of our successful Helicopter Exercise Programme. To date, 174 helicopters, 329 crews and over 12.000 personnel have participated in seven live exercises organised as part of this programme. Portugal will also host the European Air Transport Training in June this year. By training together, our armed forces can be best prepared for their deployment in multinational operations”, Jorge Domecq said at the meeting in Lisbon.

 

During the visit, Jorge Domecq also met with the National Armaments Director, the Chief of Defence and other senior officials of the Portuguese Ministry of Defence. Additionally, he held discussions at the European Maritime Security Agency (EMSA) and the Portuguese defence industry organisation.

 

The main topics addressed during the meetings were the preparation of the Heads of State and Government discussion on defence in June 2015, the implementation of the EU Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan as well as support to defence industry with particular emphasis on small and medium sized enterprises.

 

Jorge Domecq’s meetings in Lisbon are part of a tour to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the European Council in June.

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CAPTA E-Scan radar - photo BAE Systems

CAPTA E-Scan radar - photo BAE Systems



19 mars 2015 BAE Systems

 

The 4 Eurofighter partner nations have signed a contract signalling the full integration of the CAPTA E-Scan radar. Footage courtesy of forces news.

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Concept design for the SilentHawk hybrid-electric motorcycle - Logos Technlogies

Concept design for the SilentHawk hybrid-electric motorcycle - Logos Technlogies

 

March 19, 2015: Strategy Page

 

U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) is testing a SilentHawk hybrid-electric motorcycle for troops to use in places where lightweight transportation is needed, especially in areas (like Afghanistan and Iraq) where roads may be risky because of roadside bombs and mines.

 

Some countries have already used conventional motorcycles with some success, but found that the noise a conventional motor generates was sometimes a problem. The SilentHawk has a max range of 370 kilometers (170 miles) but can run silent (on just batteries) for up to 80 kilometers. Weighing 149 kg (350 pounds) SilentHawk can also carry 34 kg (75 pounds) of cargo. While based on a commercial bile (RedShift), SOCOM is testing to see if the militarized version is rugged and reliable for battlefield use. SOCOM has tested all-electric bikes before but those did not have the range required for combat use. Despite that SilentHawk is designed so the gasoline motor can be easily removed providing a shorter (and a bit lighter) range all-electric bike.

 

Despite the noise factor British special operations troops used a militarized versions of the Yamaha Grizzly 450 in Afghanistan. Basically the Grizzly is a four wheel, 285 kg (628 pound) cross country motorcycle. This ATV (all-terrain vehicles) is 2.73 meters (six feet) long and 1.1 meters (3.5 feet) wide. In addition to the driver, there are racks on the bike that can carry another 80 kg (175 pounds). Grizzly can tow a trailer carrying another 159 kg (350 pounds) of cargo. Top speed, on a flat surface, without a trailer, is about 75 kilometers an hour. Cross country, it's usually about half that and a bit less if a trailer is being hauled. The British Army bought 250 Grizzly 450s in 2005, and these were very popular with the troops in Afghanistan. There they are used for patrolling and hauling supplies to troops in isolated positions. The British paid $41,000 for each bike, although that includes a trailer, spare parts, and technical services. The civilian version goes for about $8,000 each.

 

MV850 ATV photo Polaris  Industries Inc

MV850 ATV photo Polaris Industries Inc

 

ATVs have proved particularly useful, and popular, in Afghanistan, especially for special operations forces. There are many models in use, all of them militarized civilian vehicles. These vehicles are innovative both in original concept and how they are constantly modified and upgraded. One useful innovation was the use of non-pneumatic tires. This first showed up as optional equipment for the MV850 ATV. This is an 800 kg (1,800 pound) 4x4 vehicle with the largest cargo carrying capacity (385 kg/850 pounds) of any vehicle in its class. It is a compact vehicle at 242.3x120.1x152.4cm (94.5x47.3x60 inches). It can also haul a trailer carrying 680 kg (1,500 pounds). Top speed is 83 kilometers an hour.  The non-pneumatic tires are not solid like traditional tires but built with a web of plastic honeycomb and surrounded by a thick band of rubber that is very similar to the tread found on pneumatic tires. These tires can survive a hit by a 12.7mm (.50 caliber) bullet and keep going. They feel about the same as pneumatic tires, although some users report they are not as effective in mud or watery surfaces.

 

The U.S. Department of Defense has been buying ATVs (as well as motorcycles) for American troops in Afghanistan since 2004. One of the more popular models was the Ranger, which is a militarized ATV that is 2.9 meters (nine feet) long, 1.6 meters (five feet) wide, weighs 760 kg, and can carry nearly as much. There are two seats and a rear deck that can hold up to half a ton of cargo. The top speed of 67 kilometers an hour and the ability to ford 76 cm (30 inches) of water contributes to excellent cross country performance. A 49 liter (13 gallon) fuel tank gives the Ranger a range of 500 kilometers or more, depending on how much time is spent off-roads. The Ranger engine burns military JP8 fuel and generates 40 horsepower. The Ranger began arriving in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2006, initially for use by light infantry and commandos. Troop reaction was positive. SOCOM has long been a user of various ATVs. Eventually, regular army units got the ATVs, mostly for hauling gear around remote outposts. ATVs could be flown in slung under a helicopter. The ATVs were often used to collect air dropped supplies that, because of the often unpredictable winds, fell far from the base.

 

The ATVs have been so popular that many troops have bought them when they get back home and use them for cross-country trips (for camping, hunting, or just sightseeing). The army has bought some of these ATVs for use by troops just returned from Iraq or Afghanistan. It's the kind of high-excitement recreation that has been found to help the troops decompress after returning from a combat tour.

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photo Nexter Systems

photo Nexter Systems

Économie. Plusieurs programmes, dont la rénovation du Char Leclerc qui devrait débuter prochainement, vont bénéficier au site industriel de Roanne.

 

19/03/2015 LeProgès.fr

 

Dans un communiqué transmis ce mardi, le groupe Nexter, spécialisé dans la fabrication de véhicules blindés de combat terrestre et les munitions, parle de « dynamique de croissance confirmée » en revenant sur l’année 2014.

 

Un carnet de commandes évalué à 5 milliards d’euros

 

« L’innovation et l’activité commerciale soutenues placées au cœur du développement organique, associées à une stratégie de croissance externe ciblée, avec l’acquisition des sociétés Mecar (Belgique) et Simmel Difesa (Italie), ont permis au Groupe de doubler ses prises de commande. L’international a contribué pour 56 % des prises de commandes » indique le service communication du groupe d’armement. Et de mettre en avant le chiffre d’affaires de 1,5 milliard d’euros, en augmentation de 30 % par rapport à l’exercice précédent avec une part de 53 % prise par l’international. Un carnet de commandes évalué à 5 milliards d’euros représentant plus de deux ans d’activité.

 

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source ead-minerve.fr

source ead-minerve.fr

 

19-03-2015 - SEDE

 

The Subcommittee will consider the draft report on impact of developments in European defence markets on the security and defence capabilities in Europe (Rapporteur: Ana GOMES, S&D).

 

When: 24 March 2015

 

Further information Draft agenda and meeting documents

 

Draft report: The impact of developments in European defence markets on the security and defence capabilities in Europe (Rapporteur: Ana Gomes)

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F-35B -  (photo Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian)

F-35B - (photo Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian)

 

March 18, 2015: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Air Force recently revealed that a new (JMMBRU) bomb rack for the F-35 will not work in the bomb bay of the vertical takeoff version (F-35B) of the F-35 until the bomb bay is modified to move a hydraulic line and a bracket. These two items did not interfere with the original bomb racks that were to go into the bomb bay. The JMMBRU is a new development that was not really planned for when F-35 development began. Sort of an “unknown, unknown.” 

 

In late 2014 the air force had successfully tested the new JMMBRU bomb rack for the 225 kg SDB (Small Diameter Bomb) in an F-35A. JMMBRU allows the F-35 to carry eight SDBs internally (instead of four), plus (in a less stealthy configuration) another 16 externally. This makes the F-35 a much more effective bomber, especially since the SDB has been upgraded to glide farther and hit moving targets, as well as still penetrate the ground to destroy bunkers. The new SDB II has three different guidance systems: radar, heat seeker, and homing on laser light bounced off the target. That means no matter what the weather or time of day there is a guidance system that will find the target.

 

A frequent user of JMMBRU will be the vertical takeoff version, which the U.S. Marine Corps needs to provide ground support. The marines are buying 533 F-35Bs and the B version had to be heavily modified internally to handle the vertical takeoff capability. Changes to the bomb bay (including making it a bit smaller) were considered acceptable until the JMMBRU was designed and apparently did not take into account these differences in the F-35B

 

Meanwhile a lot of controversy surrounds the F-35. The U.S. Air Force still expects to get production models of its 31 ton F-35A in late 2016. This is the cheapest version, costing about $159 million each. The U.S. Navy version (the F-35C) will arrive in late 2019 and cost about $264 million each. This version has a stronger landing gear to handle carrier landings and components that are more resistant to corrosion from constant exposure to salt water. The vertical take-off version for the marines, the F-35B, will cost $214 million each. All of these prices are expected to be much higher (20 percent or more) in reality. This is happening despite more and more delays as well as questions about reliability and cost. At the moment the F-35 costs 60 percent more (than the F-16, per flight hour) to operate.

 

The F-35 is armed with an internal 25mm cannon and, before the SDB, four internal air-to-air missiles (or two missiles and two smart bombs) plus four external smart bombs and two missiles. All sensors are carried internally and max weapon load is 6.8 tons. The aircraft is very stealthy when just carrying internal weapons. The more compact (it looks like a missile) SDB was designed with the internal bomb bays of the F-22 and F-35 in mind.

 

Like the F-22 fighter, the F-35 is stealthy and stuffed with a lot of new technology. Most (about 60 percent) of the F-35s built will be used by foreign nations. The rising cost of the F-35 brings with it reluctance to buy as many aircraft as currently planned. The success of smart bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan has also made it clear that fewer aircraft will be needed in the future. In any event, it's likely that F-35s will end up costing close to $200 million each. But with SBDs F-35s become a very potent bomber that can get at well protected targets.

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