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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 08:30
A UH-60M helicopter. (Photo Sikorsky)

A UH-60M helicopter. (Photo Sikorsky)


10 March 2015 army-technology.com


Sikorsky Aircraft is reportedly set to install Battlehawk kits on the UAE Armed Force's UH-60M Black Hawk multi-mission helicopters.


The company received a $270.5m contract in February 2011 to upgrade 23 of 70 UH-60M helicopters with Battlehawk kits, DefenseNews reported.


Sikorsky Aircraft Sales vice-president Robert Kokorda said the UAE-funded programme for the kit production to weaponise Black Hawks is currently in the final stages of development.


Kokorda said: "We have been underway now for a couple of years and it's going along well, where we are working to finalise the different configurations that the UAE want on the aircraft and are in the testing phase."


Certification of the UAE-mandated weapons kit will be completed after the test-firing programme is finalised.


Comprising guided weapons and optical and laser-guided anti-armour missiles such as Hellfire and laser-guided rockets, the Battlehawk kits are claimed to provide the most advanced weaponised Black Hawk helicopter on the market.


International Institute for Strategic Studies military aerospace senior fellow Douglas Barrie said: "[The kit] would make it a weaponised utility helicopter, which goes some of the way of being an attack helicopter, but not all the way."


While the development has been funded by the UAE, the kit is also being marketed to other countries.


Kokorda added: "Right now, [this product] is for them and until we have finished creating the product for them, we are actively marketing it, telling everybody that we are going to have this weapons kit available, but we are not necessarily developing other things beyond what the UAE is looking to put in."


In addition to armed reconnaissance and attack missions, Battlehawk-equipped UH-60Ms are expected to perform troop transport, search and rescue, and disaster relief operations, Deagel reported.

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credits : Orbital ATK

credits : Orbital ATK


11 March 2015 army-technology.com


Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract to supply additional precision guidance kits (PGKs) to the US Army for 155mm artillery systems.


Under the terms of the $120m agreement, the company will be responsible for the production, lot acceptance testing and delivery of guidance fuses for the US and select allied forces.


PGK is a guidance fuse designed to fit within the fuse well of 155mm high-explosive artillery projectiles and can transform existing, conventional artillery projectiles into precision weapons that significantly reduce dispersion to 30m or less, enabling accurate targeting.


Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group Armament Systems division vice-president and general manager Dan Olson said: "This contract signing marks another significant milestone for the PGK programme.


"Fielding PGK for use with existing artillery projectiles provides soldiers with a distinct battlefield advantage, by greatly reducing the inherent dispersion associated with conventional artillery.


"As a proven and qualified technology, the next step is growing PGK into future precision applications for either existing or new direct and indirect-fire weapons systems."


The kit features a fixed-canard guidance and control approach with gun-hardened electronics and a self-generated power supply, and also incorporates a fail safe option, which prevents PGK-equipped artillery from detonating if it fails to get close enough to the target.


The kit was supplied to the US military for training and tactical operations in Afghanistan through an urgent release in March 2013.


PGK programme management, systems integration and production is overseen by Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group's Armament Systems division in Plymouth, Minnesota, US.


Deliveries are scheduled to start next year, without a production break from low-rate initial production, which started in January.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 22:55
photo Dassault - DCNS - Nexter Systems - RTD - MBDA

photo Dassault - DCNS - Nexter Systems - RTD - MBDA


11 mars 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)


Paris - Les exportations françaises d'armement ont atteint un nouveau record en 2014, avec un montant supérieur à 8 milliards d'euros, a annoncé mercredi le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian.


Depuis mon arrivée (en 2012), le montant des prises de commandes a doublé, a-t-il ajouté, lors d'une conférence de presse.


Celles-ci se sont élevées à 4,8 milliards d'euros en 2012 et 6,87 milliards d'euros en 2013 (+43% par rapport à l'année précédente). En 2014, la hausse est donc d'au moins 16% par rapport à 2013.


J'ai toutes les raisons de penser que nous allons poursuivre sur cette lancée en 2015, a poursuivi le ministre, en prenant l'engagement de redoubler d'efforts pour remporter d'autres contrats.


A ces conditions, nous pourrons effectuer les investissements prévus par la Loi de programmation militaire (LPM) pour la modernisation de nos forces, a-t-il estimé.


La France va notamment livrer trois milliards de dollars d'armements au Liban à partir d'avril, ainsi que 24 avions de chasse Rafale et une frégate multimissions à l'Égypte, un contrat d'un montant de 5,2 milliards d'euros.


Au titre des matériels nécessaires aux forces armées, M. Le Drian a indiqué avoir demandé la préparation de plans spécifiques afin de doter les forces françaises d'hélicoptères, spécialement d'hélicoptères de manoeuvre, et de moyens de transports aériens tactiques.


Ce sont des lacunes qui sont clairement apparues réelles au cours des derniers mois et nous devons y remédier, a-t-il dit.


Trois drones de moyenne altitude longue endurance (MALE) Reaper seront commandés à l'été, et une livraison aux armées interviendra au début du mois d'avril, a-t-il par ailleurs indiqué.


L'industrie de défense française génère un chiffre d'affaires de plus de 17 milliards d'euros pour 165.000 emplois directs ou indirects, selon un rapport publié en 2014 par le ministère de la Défense.


Avec 29% du total des exportations recensées en 2013, les États-Unis dominent le marché mondial de l'armement, devant la Russie (27%), l'Allemagne, la Chine et la France.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
Bv206 photo BAE Systems Hägglunds

Bv206 photo BAE Systems Hägglunds


9 March 2015 baesystems.com


BAE Systems Hägglunds and the Netherlands MoD have signed a contract for a mid-life upgrade (MLU) of the Dutch fleet of 95 Bv206 vehicles.


The upgrade includes replacement of the engine, transmission, tracks, electrical systems and the renovation of other sub-systems.


The contract with the Netherlands includes the delivery of one prototype, as well as six pre-series vehicles, with an option for a further 88 vehicles. The first seven vehicles will be upgraded at the BAE Systems Hägglunds facility in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The following 88 vehicles will be upgraded in the Netherlands in close cooperation with the customer.


“We believe we will provide our Dutch customer with critical capabilities through the upgrade work which will ensure their Bv206s continue to serve as some of the most capable and reliable all terrain vehicles in the world.” said Peter Nygren, Director Business Development at BAE Systems Hägglunds. “This contract is key for us, as it will serve as a valuable basis and reference in our ambitions to provide further Bv206 upgrades to other customers around the world.”


BAE Systems Hägglunds has delivered more than 11 000 Bv206 to 40 different countries around the world.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
photo Alenia Aermacchi

photo Alenia Aermacchi


March 11, 2015: Strategy Page


The Polish Air Force finally selected a new jet trainer, the Italian M-346 Master. The other competitors were the British Hawk 128, U.S. T-50, and Czech L-159. The $311 million deal buys eight aircraft (with an option to buy four more), a full logistical package, technical support and documentation, advanced flight simulators, ejection simulator, and computer training aids.


The 9.5 ton M-346 was the cheapest offer in the bid as well as the second most modern one. The M-346 is a transonic jet trainer aircraft that began development in 2000 as an Italian (Aermacchi) Russian (Yak) joint venture. That didn’t last long because of different design priorities. The Russian line of development became the Yak-130, while the M-346, heavily modified from the original design and produced in Italy, had its first flight in 2004. The Polish Air Force is not the first export customer, the M-346 is also used by Israel, Italy and Singapore, and might be bought by even more countries in the future.


The Polish Air Force has long needed a new jet trainer. The M-346 is going to replace the Cold War era TS-11. This aircraft was made in Poland, but entered service in 1964. The 3.8 ton TS-11 is a subsonic jet that is badly outdated, especially when it came to training pilots for Polish air force's recently acquired F-16 fighters, with their far different and more advanced avionics.


Poland has been trying to obtain a more modern advanced jet trainer since the late 70's. By the 1990s the best candidate was the Polish 7.5 ton twin-engine I-22. However, long delays caused by political chaos and then the collapse of East European communist government in 1989 delayed things. But two I-22s crashing brought to light serious design flaws. That plus unusually high per hour flight cost led to the Polish Air Force losing interest in the I-22 and by 2000 and those still in use were retired. That led to a frantic search that took longer than expected and finally led to the M-346.


The M-346 can be modified to carry weapons, like the Italian T-346A variant does. The variant ordered by Poland is not a combat capable one. The aircraft is qualified as a transonic trainer, but it has been demonstrated as capable of reaching Mach 1.15 in producer's test flights.


A Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) variant of the M-346 is currently in late stage of development, which is something that Poland might possibly consider and have its’ own M-346s modernized to in the future. The LCA will possess a better radar, defensive systems and 9 pylons capable of carrying 3 tons of various ordnance, including AIM-9, IRIS-T, Maverick and Brimstone missiles, bombs, recon and ECM pods. Three of the pylons can also support additional fuel tanks.


There is also another, recently developed modification kit for the M-346 - an easily installable low radar observability kit, based around differently constructed engine air intakes that grant the aircraft limited stealth capabilities, at least in frontal aspect.  --Adam Szczepanik

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 17:45
Industrie militaire : Sortie d’usine du Mercedes Zetros 6X6 (Algérie)


11.03.15 par Lyes Malki - elwatan.com


Après avoir réussi la fabrication de son premier modèle de camion militaire Mercedes Benz en avril 2014, la SAPPL-MB a lancé, hier, un autre camion de type Mercedes Zetros 6X6, dans sa version transport de troupes. Le produit, dont les modèles algériens vont être livrés essentiellement au ministère de la Défense nationale (MDN), est le fruit d’un investissement algéro-germano-émirati.


Créée en 2012 avec un capital de 103 millions d’euros, la SAPPL-MB, implantée au siège de la SNVI, est détenue à 51% par la partie algérienne à travers la SNVI (34%) et le ministère de la Défense nationale (17%), et à 49% par l’émirati Aabar, tandis que l’allemand Daimler/Mercedes Benz en est le partenaire technologique. «La sortie de ce camion militaire est le couronnement d’un processus devant aboutir à la satisfaction de l’essentiel des besoins nationaux en moyens de transport routier, selon un assortiment et une qualité strictement identique à celle prévalant au niveau du groupe Daimler», a-t-on fait savoir.  Une première commande de 35 véhicules de ce type a été passée, a indiqué à l’APS le président du conseil d’administration de cette société mixte, Hamoud Tazrouti.


L’usine de Rouiba, dont la production sera destinée au marché national, notamment les institutions militaires, les entreprises publiques ainsi que le secteur privé, atteindra en 2018 et 2019 quelque 15 000 camions, cars et bus par an. Deux autres sociétés à capitaux mixtes ont été créées dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de protocoles d’accord algéro-émirati-allemands pour le développement de l’industrie mécanique nationale.


Il s’agit de la Société de fabrication de véhicules de marque Mercedes Benz/SPA/Tiaret et de celle de fabrication de moteurs de marque allemande (Mercedes Benz, Deutz et MTU) SPA/Oued Hmimine (Constantine). Inaugurée en octobre 2014, la capacité productive annuelle de l’usine de Aïn Bouchekif (Tiaret) est de 6000 véhicules de type Sprinter, destinés à différents usages, et de 2000 4X4 «classe C» tout-terrain de la catégorie G, destinés à des fins militaires et paramilitaires. Quant à l’usine de Constantine (Oued Hmimine), elle devrait atteindre une capacité annuelle de production de 25 000 moteurs de car.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
DDG 1000 on the Kennebec (20 Feb 2015) - photo General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

DDG 1000 on the Kennebec (20 Feb 2015) - photo General Dynamics Bath Iron Works


March 10, 2015 By Christopher P. Cavas – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Problems with the complex technology being installed in the new destroyers of the Zumwalt class have forced the Navy and shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to delay delivery of the first two ships, the US Navy said Monday night.


The Zumwalt (DDG 1000) had been scheduled to be delivered to the Navy this summer, but that has dropped back to November. Delivery of the second ship, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), production of which is about a year behind Zumwalt, has also been pushed back a few months in 2016, to November of that year.


Work on the third and last ship in the class, Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), has not been affected, and that ship is still scheduled for delivery in December 2018.


"The schedule delay is due primarily to the challenges encountered with completing installation, integration and testing of the highly unique, leading edge technology designed into this first-of-class warship," Cmdr. Thurraya Kent, spokeswoman for the Navy's acquisition directorate, said in a statement.


The three ships are all under construction at GD's shipyard in Bath, Maine. Zumwalt was launched last October and is 94 percent complete, Kent said, and the ship is expected to begin engineering sea trials later this year. Monsoor is scheduled for launch this year as well.


Bath also builds Aegis destroyers of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke class. Completion delays with Zumwalt and Monsoor could affect Aegis destroyer production, Kent indicated.


"Navy and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works continue to work together in evaluating schedule impacts for all ships under construction in Bath, Maine, which also includes ships under construction for the Aegis Class Destroyer Program," Kent said in the statement. "Both the Navy and BIW are committed to collectively managing risks and controlling costs to deliver both DDG 1000 and DDG 51-class ships to the fleet in the most efficient manner possible."


The DDG 1000 design features an innovative, integrated power system able to switch electrical power between propulsion, sensor and weapon systems, along with a new combat system and numerous technical innovations. The Pentagon's Office of Test and Evaluation did not discuss the DDG 1000 in its latest report on selected acquisition programs, issued in January, and in its report a year earlier did not discuss any major technical problems with the ships' construction.

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CH-53K program - photo Sikorsky Aircraft

CH-53K program - photo Sikorsky Aircraft


March 11, 2015 by Donaldson Company - army-technology.com


Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has completed delivering system development versions of its engine air particle protection system (EAPPS) to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation's CH-53K program that will provide the next-generation heavy-lift helicopter for the US Marine Corps.


The 12 Engineering Development Models delivered by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc, support the system development and demonstration phase of the CH-53K programme.


This phase is scheduled to achieve a key milestone this month when the CH-53K ground test vehicle 'lights off' to test its three turbine engines, main and tail rotors and transmissions at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Florida facility.


The first flight is scheduled for 2014, with initial operating capability of the first CH-53K squadrons targeted for the Fiscal Year 2019.


The Marine Corps plan to acquire 196 CH-53Ks, which are designed to have twice the payload and combat radius capability of the current heavy-lift CH-53E, and perform better in 'high and hot' operating conditions, all while maintaining the same footprint as the CH-53E when deployed on ships.


In addition to flying at high altitudes in hot temperatures, the CH-53K will carry troops and cargo to remote, unimproved landing sites in dusty and dirty conditions.


Its three, 6,000-shaft-horsepower-class engines are key to achieving these goals and Donaldson's EAPPS are necessary to ensure the engines perform safely and reliably in such challenging conditions.


Donaldson Aerospace & Defense general manager Mark Rigby said: "The CH-53K will provide critical heavy-lift capabilities for the most urgent missions the Marines perform, including combat deployment and support, troop positioning, and resupply and humanitarian relief after natural disasters.


"Donaldson is honored that our advanced filtration technology will play an essential role in this impressive helicopter's success on those missions."


Using its patented Strata™ Tube technology, Donaldson developed the lightweight, high-efficiency EAPPS to protect the CH-53K's engines from the damaging effects of dirt, dust, sand, and other contaminants.


Strata technology offers low airflow restriction, high filtration efficiencies and minimal maintenance. Strata panels are used successfully in many military applications, including the D and E versions of the CH-53.


To learn more about the Donaldson Aerospace & Defense group, visit www.DonaldsonAerospace-Defense.com.

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PCU Colorado (SSN 788) - photo US Navy

PCU Colorado (SSN 788) - photo US Navy


Mar 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Navy


The U.S. Navy held a keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Colorado (SSN 788) at General Dynamics Electric Boat, March 7.


The initials of the submarine's sponsor, Annie Mabus, were welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine. Mabus is the daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.


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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 16:55
photo Thales Alenia Space

photo Thales Alenia Space


11 mars 2015 12:36 par Jacques Marouani - electroniques.biz


Emmanuel Macron, ministre de l’Economie, de l’Industrie et du Numérique, et Alain Vidalies, secrétaire d'Etat chargé des Transports, ont réuni lundi 9 mars, les chefs de projet des trois plans de la Nouvelle France Industrielle du secteur aéronautique et spatial : « Dirigeables & Drones », « Avion électrique » et « Satellite à propulsion électrique ».


Après la table-ronde « Usine du futur » organisée le 14 novembre dernier sur le site d’Aerolia à Méaulte dans la Somme et la réunion du 19 décembre sur six plans de la transition énergétique et écologique, la troisième réunion de travail portant les "34 plans de la Nouvelle France Industrielle, a porté sur les trois thématiques dédiées au secteur aéronautique et spatial : « Dirigeables & Drones », « Avion électrique » et « Satellite à propulsion électrique ».


A l’occasion de cette réunion, Emmanuel Macron, ministre de l’Economie, de l’Industrie et du Numérique, et Alain Vidalies, secrétaire d'Etat chargé des Transports, ont salué le travail réalisé par les chefs de projet présents.


A propos des drones, il est nécesaire de structurer cette filière en pleine expansion (multiplication par 13 du nombre d’opérateurs en 2 ans et déjà 2 500 emplois). Un conseil pour les drones civils a été mis en place en début d’année. Des travaux sont engagés sur le volet réglementaire, la feuille de route technologique et le développement export de la filière française. Un projet technologique fédérateur pourrait être lancé avant la fin de l’année 2015.


Concernant les dirigeables , deux projets ont été labellisés à ce stade, le projet de dirigeable stratosphérique « Stratobus » porté par Thales Alenia Space et le projet de dirigeable charges lourdes « DCL » de Flying Whales. L’année 2015 sera décisive pour boucler le tour de table financier de ces deux projets.


Dans le domaine de l'avion électrique, la version 1.1 de l’e-Fan devrait effectuer la traversée de la Manche quelques jours avant le salon du Bourget, qui verra la présentation de la maquette à l’échelle 1 de la v2 de l’e-Fan. L’Etat a décidé, fin 2014, d’apporter son soutien à la conception préliminaire de l’e-Fan à hauteur de 5,1 M€ sur 18 mois.


Enfin, pour ce qui est du satellite à propulsion électrique, les champions français de la filière spatiale, qui doivent faire face à la concurrence américaine, obtiendront un soutien de l’Etatà hauteur de 73M€. Le lancement du satellite E172B, qui viendra valider la nouvelle plateforme Eurostar d’Airbus D&S et le moteur à propulsion électrique de Snecma (groupe Safran) est planifié pour avril 2017 au plus tard.

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 13:50
photo  EU2015LV

photo EU2015LV


March 6, 2015 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe; issued March 5, 2015)


ASD Welcomes EU Initiative On Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems


RIGA, Latvia --- On the occasion of the High Level Conference on civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems organised by the Latvian EU Presidency in Riga on 5-6 March 2015, the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Associations (ASD) welcome the intention of the EU Commission to move forward with a joint European action plan to open the (civil) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) market.


“RPAS will be huge potential market of future aviation contributing to an estimated employment of 150 000 direct jobs in 2050 , innovation and growth in Europe. In the future, many applications could be developed both in terms of fixed wing aircraft and rotorcraft. Moreover, important technological spin offs could be created to improve efficiency and safety for manned aviation,” said Jan Pie, ASD Secretary General.


Speaking in the name of ASD, Mr Alberto Pietra, Business Development Director at Selex ES, delivered the keynote speech, highlighting the importance of making progress on the insertion of all categories of RPAS into controlled airspace without reducing safety and airspace capacity. Mr Pietra also drew the attention to the fact that Industry was prepared to play a leading role in terms of technology development provided that the right framework is put in place in terms of safety regulation and EU public funding for R&D. ASD in particular stressed the need for Industry to be fully involved in all safety rulemaking initiatives and the need to increase the amount of public funding for R&D beyond the funds currently allocated to SESAR 2020.


ASD represents the Aeronautics, Space, Security and Defence industries in Europe. Based in Brussels, the organisation’s membership today comprises 15 major European aerospace and defence companies and 27 member associations in 20 countries. These industries reach a turnover of 197.3 billion euros, invest 20 billion euros in R&D, employ more than 778,000 people and counts over 3000 companies, 80000 suppliers, many of which are SMEs.

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Airbus Helicopters en pole-position en Corée du Sud

Airbus Helicopters pourrait développer en coopération avec Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) une nouvelle génération d'hélicoptères légers LCH (Light Civil Helicopter) et LAH (Light Armed Helicopter). Sur la photo, le Surion développé et fabriqué en Corée en coopération entre KAI et Airbus Helicopters


11/03/2015 Michel Cabirol - LaTribune.fr


C'est en Corée du Sud qu'Airbus Helicopters pourrait avoir prochainement une très bonne nouvelle. Le constructeur de Marignane est en discussions exclusives avec KAI pour développer une nouvelle génération d'hélicoptères légers civils et militaires.


Pour Airbus Helicopters, la Corée du sud est une terre bénie. Près de dix ans en décembre 2005 après avoir réussi un joli coup commercial pour le développement et la production du programme KHP (Korean Helicopter Program), Airbus Helicopters est à nouveau bien parti pour récidiver au pays du Matin frais. Car, selon nos informations, il est actuellement en négociations exclusives avec Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

L'industriel coréen, qui avait été lui-même sélectionné en juillet 2014 par le ministère de l'Industrie et de l'Energie et la DAPA (agence en charge de l'acquisition des programmes de défense) pour développer une nouvelle génération d'hélicoptères légers LCH (Light Civil Helicopter) et LAH (Light Armed Helicopter). KAI était jusqu'à récemment encore en discussions avec l'italo-britannique AugustWestland, Airbus Helicopter ainsi que les américains Bell and Sikorsky.


1.000 hélicoptères en jeu

Le budget global de ces deux projets du gouvernement coréen s'élève à environ 700 millions d'euros, qui n'inclut pas l'investissement étranger. Les projets LCH /LAH seront issus d'une seule et même cellule de base pour économiser les coûts de développement. Le LCH remplacera les hélicoptères étrangers dédiés actuellement à l'évacuation sanitaire, la surveillance maritime, le transport des passagers, etc... Il doit être mis en service vers 2020 avant le LAH, programmé vers 2022. Cet appareil remplacera les vieux hélicoptères d'attaque 500MD et AH-1S Cobra.

Les Coréens prévoient 1.000 unités de production pour LCH (15 millions de dollars par appareils) et LAH (20 millions), dont 600 unités pour l'export. Selon Challenges, Séoul prévoit d'abord une première tranche de 60 hélicoptères civils et 50 militaires, assemblés par KAI. Soit un programme évalué à 10 milliards de dollars.

En outre, le constructeur de Marignane propose également un dérivé de l'hélicoptère Surion, fabriqué en coopération avec KAI pour le programme KMOH, la version navale du Surion (60 millions de dollars à l'unité). Séoul prévoit l'achat d'une première tranche de 12 appareils pour une cible estimée entre 40 et 60 hélicoptères.


En 2005, Airbus Helicopters avait déjà été sélectionné

Fin 2005, Séoul avait donné son feu vert pour le lancement du programme KHP, l'hélicoptère de transport militaire Surion fabriqué en Corée sous la maîtrise d'œuvre de KAI, la principale entreprise aéronautique coréenne en partenariat avec Airbus Helicopters (à hauteur de 30% pour le développement et 20% pour la production ). Le budget total de ce projet (245 hélicoptères), compris entre 6 et 8,8 milliards de dollars, avait été découpé en trois phases par le ministère de la défense coréen (MND) : développement (de 1 à 1,3 milliard de dollars entre 2006 et 2011), production (3 à 4 milliards) et maintenance (2 à 3,5 milliards).

Le premier prototype du KUH Surion (Korean Utility Helicopter) a été livré en août 2009 et a effectué avec succès son premier vol en mars 2010 avant le début de sa production à grande échelle en 2012.

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photo A Deluc  -Sirpa Marine

photo A Deluc -Sirpa Marine


March 9th, 2015  By - defencetalk.com


DCNS has been selected – as part of a multinational industrial team led by the US Company Leidos – to participate in the system engineering and the integration of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence.

DCNS will provide its leading-edge expertise as a naval systems prime contractor to contribute both to the definition and specification and to the integration and test of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence architectures. The single-award firm-fixed-price contract has a four-year base period of performance, two one-year options plus one eight-month option, and a total contract value of $77 million if all options are exercised.

NATO’s goal is to integrate existing and future national weapon systems, sensors, command and control systems with the NATO Battle Management Command Control Communications and Intelligence system to provide an active defence for the protection of the alliance territory and populations, as well as deployed military forces and critical assets, against a large spectrum of ballistic missiles threats.

The multinational team will assist in this effort by defining, specifying and testing and verifying the proposed NATO Ballistic Missile Defence architectures and requirements using an integration test bed that will be upgraded and operated under the contract.


“DCNS is the prime contractor for the FREMM Frigates – the most technologically advanced combat ships on the market – two of which will be dedicated to Air and Missile defence for the French Navy, and for the Horizon Frigates Combat Management System maintenance. These frigates are strong candidates to contribute to the future NATO BMD architectures.” said Pierre Legros, Senior Vice President, Programmes. “This success of DCNS clearly demonstrates the company’s continued commitment towards the most powerful technological solutions supporting the most advanced defence capabilities.”


Leidos Team is a multinational industrial consortium composed of Leidos (USA), a national security, health and engineering solutions company, prime contractor, Aselsan (Turkey), The Boeing Company (USA), DCNS (France), Parsons (USA), QinetiQ (United Kingdom), RIMPAC (Canada), Thales (Netherlands) and TMS (Germany).


DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The DCNS Group generates annual revenues of €3.1 billion and employs 13130 people (2014 data)

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HMS Prince of Wales build intensifies

11 mars 2015 Royal Navy


The build profile of HMS Prince of Wales intensifies as blocks are moved around the yard to accommodate the programme of lifts including that of the Gas Turbine Alternator. This video shows one of the sponsons being moved.

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photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS


March 11, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Airbus Defence and Space; issued March 10, 2015)


Airbus Defence and Space has formally delivered the first of four Airbus A400M military transport ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force. The handover also marks the first delivery of an A400M to an export customer outside the original launch nations.


The aircraft was accepted at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain on 9 March by Chief of Malaysian Defence Force General Tan Sri Dr. Zulkifeli, witnessed by Datuk Nozirah, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Finance, and Dato Dr. Rothiah, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Defence, who signed the Transfer of Title on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Bin Saad, said: "The A400M will give the RMAF the most advanced heavy transport capability in the region and enable us to undertake an extraordinary range of military and humanitarian operations."


Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: "We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer - Malaysia. These aircraft will transform Malaysia's air mobility force thanks to the A400M’s unique combination of strategic and tactical capabilities. Today sends a clear message that the A400M is not just a specialised aircraft designed and developed for Europe's air forces, but is truly the new reference in tactical and strategic transport market globally – fulfilling both roles in a single machine."


After arrival in Malaysia, the A400M will star in the LIMA airshow at Langkawi, 17-21 March.

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Germany Floods Middle East with Weapons


March 10th, 2015 By German Radio - defencetalk.com


German Vice Chancellor and Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel is facing an awkward trip. From Saturday, he will be on a four-day journey through Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar – all countries where Germany has significant business interests. Representatives from 140 German companies will be accompanying him.


Less exhilarating, however, is the fact that each of these countries is guilty of significant human rights atrocities in the name of Islamic law – including beheadings and brutal corporal punishment.


The most notorious of these is Saudi Arabia, the first stop on Gabriel’s tour. Opposition parties have been making the usual appeals to Gabriel’s conscience in advance. Katrin Göring-Eckardt, parliamentary leader of the Green party, called on the vice chancellor to use his meetings to bring up the case of Raif Badawi, the DW prize-winning blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for allegedly “insulting Islam.” She also wants Badawi to be offered asylum in Germany. The socialist Left party MP Jan van Aken echoed the call and demanded that future weapons exports be made contingent on improvements in the human rights situation.


Two days before his journey, the pressure on Gabriel was cranked up further by the release of an answer to an official Bundestag question made by the Left party. In response to the question, Gabriel’s ministry was forced to reveal exactly how many weapons exports Germany had approved over the last 12 years, and to which German arms manufacturers.


Olaf Boehnke, German foreign policy analyst at the European Council of Foreign Relations, points out that the government justifies the sales in a number of ways beyond the economic. “The political argument is that Saudi Arabia is an important cooperation partner in a region marked by a lot of insecurity and defragmentation,” he told DW. “Our interest has to be to support those who support European interests in the fight against IS.”


More precise numbers

The answer to Left party’s question shows that, since 2002, Germany has approved an average of 14 weapons exports a year – Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s 2002 – 2005 tenure saw the approval of 68 exports, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2005 – 2009 tenure 48, and her second – up to 2013 – saw 52 approvals.


The figures also showed that Saudi Arabia has been one of Germany’s best weapons customers. In the period 2009 – 2013 alone, under Merkel’s coalition government with the Free Democrats, fully 43 of 52 approvals went to Saudi Arabia – including machine guns, ammunition, and parts for tanks and armored vehicles – all ideal equipment for suppressing internal dissent.


As well as the three countries on Gabriel’s tour, Germany’s other customers in the past 12 years have included Pakistan (fighter plane parts), Indonesia (tank parts), both pre- and post-revolutionary Egypt (ammunition manufacturing equipment), Turkey (assault rifles, ammunition), pre- and post-revolutionary Libya (radar systems), Algeria (parts for surveillance systems), Israel (ammunition, weapons parts), Oman (sniper rifles, machine guns), Lebanon (machine guns, handguns), Bhutan (machine guns, grenades), and Turkmenistan (patrol boats).


While a member of the opposition, Gabriel criticized Germany’s weapons exports, but in office, he has been confronted with grubby realities dealing with business interest groups, Now, he says that the country is still caught in old contracts that it can’t get out of. “But there are various interest camps in a permanent conflict here,” said Boehnke. “In a recent speech, Gabriel said he would much prefer to pass the decision-making to the foreign ministry, because it was much better equipped to judging the human rights situation – which I expect led to a lot of laughter in the foreign ministry, because, of course ,they don’t want to either.”


The government’s weapons exports decisions are made periodically by a secret “security council,” chaired by the chancellor and attended by key ministers, like Gabriel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.


Flooding the Middle East with weapons

The new figures also show that fully one-third of the approved contracts went to the controversial gun-maker Heckler and Koch, named by anti-weapons campaigners as the “deadliest company in the world,” and currently under investigation by Stuttgart prosecutors for illegally exporting assault rifles to Mexico. Heckler and Koch’s machine guns are used by police forces and armies all over the world, as well as virtually every Islamist militia – from Hezbollah to “Islamic State.”


Despite this, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly been sold “manufacturing equipment” for Heckler and Koch guns over the past decade. “Whether it’s Schröder, Merkel, [former Foreign Minister Joschka] Fischer, or Steinmeier, they all personally decided to put the instruments of oppression into the hands of the unjust regime in Saudi Arabia,” van Aken told the Süddeutsche Zeitung.


Thanks to Germany, Saudi Arabia now has the capacity to make its own Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles – the state-of-the-art weapon used by the Bundeswehr and other NATO forces. Given that these guns can be functional for a period of 30 to 50 years, it seems likely they will be in circulation around the Middle East conflicts for decades to come, and that Western coalition soldiers will eventually be facing “terrorist” militias armed with German weaponry.

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AEWE Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment - photo US Army

AEWE Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment - photo US Army



Mar 9, 2015 ASDNews Source : Kelly Ann DeWitt, AMRDEC Public Affairs - US Army


Three Army technologies were in play at the recently conducted Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment, or AEWE, on Fort Benning, Georgia.


"AEWE is (Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC) live, prototype experimentation campaign," said Harry J. Lubin, chief of the experimentation branch, Maneuver Center of Excellence. This year, 66 industry and military technologies participated in AEWE.


U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, also known as AMRDEC, technologies participating in spiral "J" included the TowerHawk weapons system, Containerized Weapons System, and the Maneuver Aviation Fires Integrated Application, also known as MAFIA.


TowerHawk is a transportable, modular remote weapon system. Soldiers can employ it as an integrated capability of the Combat Outpost's Force Protection network or as a stand-alone capability, said Stephen W. Stillwell, Jr. project engineer, Engagement and Effects Tech Area, Mission Systems Focus Area, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Aviation Development Directorate. In either configuration, TowerHawk provides surveillance, enhanced perimeter defense, and an extended range of precise lethal response.


TowerHawk combines a modular remote weapon system consisting of a highly accurate .338 Lapua Magnum semi-auto rifle equipped with a 10 or 35 round magazine, day and night optics, and a laser rangefinder/pointer, an electro-optical/infrared sensor ball.


The operator controls the system remotely using secure fiber optic communications between the weapon and the ground station enabling the system to engage man-sized targets at ranges more than 1,200 meters with a reduction in civilian casualties or collateral damage, Stillwell said.


The Containerized Weapons System, or CWS, was designed to provide enhanced lethality and bolster force protection. This "weapons system in a box" concept combines a rapidly deployable Container Express, also known as CONEX, with the Commonly Remotely Operated Weapons Station M153 system, with various levels of firepower ranging from .50 caliber to the Javelin.


CWS works to augment or replace existing guard towers, said John Dillon, a mechanical engineer with the Weapons Development Directive, Platform Integration group. CWS provides a scalable, standalone force protection or threat suppression asset. This technology has been completed and qualified through testing and demonstration and is deployed in numerous locations under the management of Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, Program Management-Close Combat Weapons Systems.


MAFIA is a collaborative software application that allows field artillery and infantry small unit leaders to create precise, category one coordinates for accurate, timely, and predictable fires support, said Michael V. Murray, government lead and training coordinator, Battlefield Operations Software Suite team, Software Engineering Directorate.


The application provides full motion video from various Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, also known as SUAS, directly to the squad level, and supports cursor on target commands. The application is fully government owned, and is hardware agnostic, allowing for future hardware migration.


Lubin said the AEWE used the technologies in three cases: a live-fire exercise and two force-on-force events with Soldiers and Marines integrating the participating technologies into each mission.


The Army Test and Evaluation Center will analyze the results of the experiments and publish a final report, followed by an "experiment to action plan" to help TRADOC discover and develop "technologies of merit," Lubin said. That plan enables TRADOC organizations and the Army's Science and Technology community to place evolving technologies into the hands of deploying Soldiers earlier and more often, he said.


The three technologies performed well, said Lubin, who was especially complimentary of MAFIA, in its third year of experimentation at AEWE.


"We have over the last few years established a really great working relationship with AMRDEC. They have been linked to everything we do," said Lubin, crediting the MAFIA team's constant contact with the Maneuver Center of Excellence. "That constant contact enables this integrated development over time. We see that partnership continuing to grow over time."


Initial feedback from the participants of AEWE was also positive on the CWS and TowerHawks systems, he said. Both provide the sought-after expeditionary aspect for further development. "With their expeditionary emphasis, we can certainly see some utility for both," Lubin said.


"This was a great opportunity to hear about strategic challenges facing the Army's continuing transition as an agile, networked, expeditionary fighting force," said AMRDEC Director James Lackey, who attended a visitor's day March 3. "The overall focus at AEWE on building a networked infrastructure was a key takeaway for me. This reinforces the importance of how all of our AMRDEC systems interface along networks. It's all about linking various levels of command and control to sensors and shooters and pushing warfighting control to the lowest practical unit."


"AMRDEC's products of MAFIA, Containerized Weapon System and TowerHawk demonstrate networked sensor to shooter warfghting value for the expeditionary fight," Lackey said. "In my talks with the Soldiers at AEWE, they provided overall complimentary opinions of these specific capabilities. Through forums like AEWE, AMRDEC retains a tuned ear to the valuable, operational voice of the user. Their inputs drive our overall purpose and direction."

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Saab Receives Order for Carl-Gustaf Components


Mar 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB


Defence and security company Saab have signed a contract on further deliveries of components for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system.

The order has a total value of SEK 127 million and comprises components for ammunition to the Carl-Gustaf system, a modern and effective ground support weapon system. The contract also includes an option for additional orders with a total value of SEK 60 million.


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Airbus DS Wins Bundeswehr Contract to Supply Intelligent Systems Ensuring Protection Against Roadside Bombs


Mar 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Airbus DS


Electronic Jamming System Deactivates Detonation Signals in Real Time


Airbus Defence and Space will equip vehicles of the German Armed Forces with an electronic system for the protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The German procurement authority BAAINBw has awarded the company a contract worth several million euros to supply 36 jammers of the type VPJ-R6 (VPJ = Vehicle Protection Jammer). The systems are intended to be integrated into protected vehicles of the German Armed Forces.


The Vehicle Protection Jammer uses the ultra-fast SMART Responsive Jamming Technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space to substantially enhance protection compared to conventional systems. It detects and identifies radio signals intended to detonate roadside bombs. After detection and classification, it transmits real-time jamming signals, which precisely match the hostile frequency band, thus interrupting the connection between assassin and bomb.


Thanks to new digital receiver and signal processing technologies, the system achieves reaction times of well below a millisecond. Up to 750.000 threat signals in all common frequency bands can be detected and jammed each second. The jamming power is focused on the detonation signal’s specific frequency instead of being distributed over the whole frequency range, as is the case in conventional systems. In this way less energy is required, while the jamming effect is increased at the same time. Moreover, this also reduces the impact on friendly forces’ radio communication, which means that reliable command and control can be ensured.

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Norway's Cold Response 2014 exercise (Photo Norwegian Armed Forces)

Norway's Cold Response 2014 exercise (Photo Norwegian Armed Forces)


March 3, 2015 By Gerard O'Dwyer - Defense News


HELSINKI — As Russia strengthens its naval, air and ground forces in its northern territories, Norway has responded by scaling-up manpower, equipment and Arctic combat units as part of a broader reinforcement of its High North defenses.


Norway's program, part of the Norwegian Defense Forces' (NDF) Smart Defense strategy, comprises a strong Arctic-focused dimension in funding and resource allocation.


The Smart Defense approach to High North military reinforcement has, since 2010, placed higher priority on Arctic-class specialized equipment procurement coupled with more intensive training for High North-deployed units. The goal is to produce combat-ready modular units that can fight independently or alongside NATO forces.


The NDF's August 2009 decision to relocate the Army's headquarters functions to the Arctic town of Bodø — 1,700 kilometers north of Oslo — bolstered Norway's commitment to establishing an integrated High North defense system. That decision led to the establishment of the Joint Operational Command Headquarters (JOCH).


This new approach is centered around more compact units equipped with the best available Arctic fighting equipment and capable of delivering greater firepower.


The JOCH is overseeing the evolution of Norway's High North defenses into a centralized command and coordinated fighting structure that will be able to call upon an Air Force equipped with F-35s, forward Army battalions deploying CV90 tracked armored fighting vehicles and high mobility Archer artillery units, and a stronger Navy operating anti-aircraft and submarine-hunting Arctic-class Fridtjof Nansen frigates and Skjold corvettes.


The scaling-up of Norway's defense capabilities in the High North is happening while the military intelligence services are urging the government to adopt a more cautious posture toward Russia's increasing militarization in the region.


Although the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) believes Norway is under no "short- to medium-term threat" from Russia, its latest open threat evaluation assessment, FOKUS-2015, advocates vigilance.


"Threat is a combination of two factors; capacity and intention," NIS chief Lt. Gen. Kjell Grandhagen said. "Although capacity is increasing, it is difficult for the time being to see a rational reason for Russian military activity against Norway in a short- to medium-term perspective. But intentions can change over time, and it is therefore now increasingly important for Norway to follow Russia's long-term political, economic and military development."


The NIS' intel-gathering capacity will be enhanced once its new advanced signals intelligence ship, the Marjata 11, enters service in the High North and Barents Sea in 2016.


Under the Smart Defense program, Ørland, located on the mid-Norway coast, and Evenes, above Norway's Arctic Circle, will become the main operating bases for F-35 aircraft and, during more regular joint exercises, NATO aircraft and forces. Evenes also will house a Quick Reaction Alert squadron.


Ørland, Evenes and the NDF's core High North battalions will also be equipped with an updated Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile system, which is being deployed primarily to protect key military installations, warfare units and infrastructure against air-to-surface attacks.


The system uses active missiles and different types of sensors, boosting firepower for the NDF's Smart Defense and High North strengthening program.


Archer, the next-generation self-propelled artillery system developed as a joint project with Sweden, also increases firepower. Norway plans to deploy 24 Archer systems complete with fully automated 155 mm/L52 howitzer guns and M151 Protector remote-controlled weapon stations. These are mounted on modified Volvo A30 six-wheel-drive chassis all-terrain articulated haulers.


The Arctic-class Archer's operational strike-and-run capacity makes it ideal in the hilly and forested terrains of the High North. Moreover, Archer can fire Nexter Bonus and Raytheon/Bofors XM982 Excalibur guided rounds over respective distances of 34 kilometers and 60 kilometers.


The NDF also is establishing a specialized Arctic-trained "professional" rapid reaction force north (RRFN), set to become fully operational in 2017. The RRFN unit's core will comprise an existing armored battalion and a motorized infantry battalion equipped with CV90 infantry fighting vehicles and Leopard 2 tanks


Norway's ability to defend its High North territories also received a boost from the Defense Ministry's US $1.6 billion program to re-equip its core forward armored brigade units with CV90 tracked infantry fighting vehicles, part of the NDF's biggest fighting vehicle modernization project investment.


The vehicle fleet upgrade, with delivery scheduled from BAE Systems in 2015-17, will include 74 modernized and armor-strengthened infantry fighting vehicles, 21 reconnaissance, 16 multirole (mortar carrier or cargo), 15 command and control, 16 engineering, in addition to two driver training vehicle types.


The new and updated vehicles are expected to make the NDF's forward armored battalions in the High North more mobile with improved firepower. The infantry vehicles also will have better protection against armor-piercing weapons and rounds, including improvised explosive devices.


The infantry and reconnaissance vehicles will also be equipped with better sensor systems, surveillance and communication capabilities, and fitted with integrated technologies that will extend to dismounted infantry troops. Norwegian company Kongsberg's Protector remote weapon stations are to be fitted to all IFV variants.


The need to prioritize military readiness and defense capability in the High North helped drive Norway's decision to raise spending on defense above that of any of its Nordic neighbors, said defense analyst Thorvald Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian defense minister.


"Russia is rebuilding its naval and Air Force strength, as well as its Arctic fighting capability, in the High North," Stoltenberg said. "While this is understandable from a Russian perspective, its growing level of activity regionally is causing problems and concerns among all Nordic governments and militaries. This is unfortunate, as the emphasis should be on building more, not less, bilateral cooperation with Russia on defense and security in the Arctic."


Norway's defense budget will run to $8 billion in 2015.

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Russian Navy new Ka-52K Hokum B Naval Attack Helicopter Conducted its First Test Flight


March 10, 2015 by navyrecognition.com


MOSCOW, -- Pictures have emerged on Russian social networks showing the first test flight of the new Ka-52K Naval Attack helicopter. Based on the Ka-52 "Alligator" the K version has been specifically modified for the Russian Navy to operate the helicopters from the Mistral class LHDs.

Intended originally to be deployed from the two Mistral class LHDs built in France, it is not clear what the Russian Navy will do if the two amphibious vessels are not delivered.


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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
MRAP HIGUARD - Renault Trucks Defense

MRAP HIGUARD - Renault Trucks Defense

Le MRAP HIGUARD de Renault Trucks Defense pourrait-il être vendu à Singapour?


10 mars, 2015 Pierre Brassart (FOB)


La France est, depuis plus de vingt ans, un important fournisseur d’armes pour la république de Singapour. Que ce soit pour les hélicoptères (Cougar, Fennec,…), les blindés (AMX-10P), les missiles (Milan, Mistral, Aster), les frégates (classe Formidable, dérivée des La Fayette), la France est toujours présente. Et, qui sait, peut-être qu’une nouvelle vente se profile à l’horizon…


Le ministère de la défense singapourien a publié début mars un document concernant le futur de son armée, tant en ce qui concerne la marine que l’aviation ou l’armée de terre.  On y parle notamment, pour le volet terrestre, du remplacement de véhicules blindés V200 dans le cadre du programme PRV (Protected Response Vehicle). Or, sur plusieurs sites internet spécialisés, ainsi que sur le site du journal singapourien Today, une photo montrant un véhicule de Renault Trucks Defense, le MRAP Higuard, est apparue.


La République de Singapour pourrait-elle être le deuxième client export pour le Higuard après le Qatar ?

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Margot Wallström Photo Kristian Pohl - Government Offices of Sweden

Margot Wallström Photo Kristian Pohl - Government Offices of Sweden


10.03.2015 Le Monde.fr (AFP)


La Suède a décidé de ne pas renouveler son accord de coopération militaire signé avec l'Arabie saoudite en 2005, a annoncé mardi 10 mars le premier ministre social-démocrate, Stefan Löfven. « Il sera rompu », a déclaré M. Löfven à la radio publique SR depuis Kiev, à propos de cet accord qui était controversé au sein de la majorité de gauche en raison de la question des droits de l'homme. Cette décision survient peu après que l'Arabie saoudite a empêché la ministre des affaires étrangères suédoise, Margot Wallström, de prononcer un discours prévu lors d'une réunion de la Ligue arabe au Caire.


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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Boeing and Saab test their new Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb concept in Feb. 2015.(Photo Boeing)

Boeing and Saab test their new Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb concept in Feb. 2015.(Photo Boeing)


March 10, 2015 By Aaron Mehta – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Boeing and Saab have teamed up to develop a Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) program, with three successful test launches of the new system completed last month.


The three tests, conducted at a range in Sweden, proved that the Boeing and Saab design could successfully launch a SDB weapon from the ground, sync up with GPS and guide the weapon to its target, opening up what Beth Kluba, vice president for Boeing Weapons and Missile Systems, called "all-angle, all-aspect attack."


The system essentially sticks a GBU-39B small diameter bomb, widely used by the US military and a number of international customers, on the front of a M26 rocket. The M26 is set to be demilitarized by 2018 under a set of cluster munitions treaties, meaning the GLSDB program would essentially be recycling an item that countries were planning to stockpile or scrap.


The weapon is designed to be launched out of a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), used by a number of US allies already, avoiding the need to design a new launch system. That MLRS can hold six weapons per pod, with two pods per vehicle.


Executives from the two companies are positioning the system as a low-cost product that meets a requirement gap by combining off-the-shelf products.


Video of Boeing's Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb


"These are technologies that are already in use," Kluba said. "It's off-the-shelf technology. That really drives the risk down for this new capability."


Once launched, the SDB acts as any air-launched SDB would, which means ground-based commanders now have 360-degree coverage. The weapon can do both high and low angles of attack, fly around terrain to hit targets on the back of mountains, or circle back around to attack a target behind the launch vehicle.


Range-wise, the GLSDB can hit targets 150 kilometers in front of the launcher or 70 kilometers behind it.


While declining to put a price range for the system, Kluba said it will be "very affordable" and comparable in price to anything the MLRS currently uses. She also predicted an 18- to 24-month delivery time from when a contract is signed to when the system would be fielded.


"This is not developmental, it's not PowerPoint," she said. "It' hardware, it exists, and through our investment we're able to bring this capability to the war fighter very quickly."


That investment she mentions is all internal R&D spending, something split between the two companies.


According to Kluba and Saab North America President Michael Andersson, there are ongoing discussions with a number of customers, including several who were present for the weapon tests in February. While Kluba confirmed the US Army is looking at the system, she declined to identify other customers.


Boeing actually began development of the GLSDB system in 2011, but dramatically sped up the process once Saab signed on as a partner in August.


Both executives also declined to go into details of how the investment has been split between the two companies. However, it is clear that a big part of Saab's role will be to help sell the system to nations overseas, something in line with previous Boeing teaming efforts.


"From Boeing's point of view, this was something we wanted to do and we were moving towards that goal," Kluba said. "As we conducted out various reviews, we saw an opportunity, because we have a relationship in place with Saab, and as we were looking at the market and how to be most successful in penetrating the global market, we saw an opportunity."


"We view ourselves as equal partners," Andersson said. "We're bringing different skills and capabilities to the program, and that ranges from engineering production, testing and also marketing."


Andersson added that there are 10 potential initial customers identified by the companies, adding that this is a program that could exist even if the US does not buy in.


"Looking at the international coalition partners, this is a very important capability," he said. "In the US context it may be more complimentary. Here it is a unique capability that they haven't had access too, and that's really important in terms of looking at the broader market."

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Programme T-X  : Lockheed pourrait envisager de repartir de zéro

Air-to-air right side view of an USAF T-38 Talon aircraft from 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, TX, taken from the 3rd aircraft in echelon formation as lead aircraft banks to the left.- photo USAF


10/03/2015 par Antony Angrand – Air & Cosmos


Après Northrop Grumman, c'est maintenant au tour de Lockheed de garder sous la main une alternative possible concernant le programme T-X. Northrop Grumman est reparti d'une feuille blanche en abandonnant la version du T-X autour du BAE Hawk, faisant appel à Scaled Composites pour sa nouvelle mouture. Lockheed garde en option un appareil créé de toutes pièces, en parallèle au T-50 Golden Eagle.


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