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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
F-35 Is Not Ready for Prime Time


Mar 13, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Project On Government Oversight; posted March 12, 2015)


DOT&E Report: The F-35 Is Not Ready for IOC and Won't Be Any Time Soon (excerpts)

Inside-the-Beltway wisdom holds that the $1.4 trillion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is too big to cancel and on the road to recovery. But the latest report from the Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) provides a litany of reasons that conventional wisdom should be considered politically driven propaganda.

The press has already reported flawed software that hinders the ability of the plane to employ weapons, communicate information, and detect threats; maintenance problems so severe that the F-35 has an “overdependence” on contractor maintainers and “unacceptable workarounds” (behind paywall) and is only able to fly twice a week; and a high-rate, premature production schedule that ignores whether the program has demonstrated essential combat capabilities or proven it’s safe to fly.

All of these problems are increasing costs and risks to the program. Yet rather than slow down production to focus resources on fixing these critical problems, Congress used the year-end continuing resolution omnibus appropriations bill—termed the “cromnibus”—to add 4 additional planes to the 34 Department of Defense (DoD) budgeted for Fiscal Year 2015.

The original FY2016 plan significantly increased the buy to 55, and now the program office is further accelerating its purchase of these troubled planes to buy 57 instead.

At some point, the inherent flaws and escalating costs of a program become so great that even a system with massive political buy-in reaches a tipping point. The problems described in the DOT&E report show that the F-35 has reached a stage where it is now obvious that the never-ending stream of partial fixes, software patches, and ad hoc workarounds are inadequate to deliver combat-worthy, survivable, and readily employable aircraft.

This year’s DOT&E report also demonstrates that in an effort to maintain the political momentum of the F-35, its program office is not beneath misrepresenting critically important characteristics of the system.

In sum, the old problems are not going away, new issues are arising, and some problems may be getting worse.

Below are some of the key issues raised by the DOT&E report.

Cooking the Numbers

The Joint Program Office, led by Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, is re-categorizing failure incidents to make the plane look more reliable than it actually is. This kind of number-cooking has been done in other important areas of the program, such as using gimmicks to lowball acquisition costs and operating costs per flying hour.


Section headings:

-- Testing Being Deferred, Not Completed
-- Significant Safety Risks Are Still Unresolved
-- Wing Drop Concerns
-- Engine Problems Continue to Hold the F-35 Program Back
-- Dangerous Helmet Failures
-- Initial Combat Capabilities for the Marine Corps Variant Will Be Even More Limited Than Planned
-- ALIS Software Failures
-- Software Snarls Jeopardize Combat Suitability
-- Hiding Today's Failings While Building a Huge Future Cost "Bow Wave"
-- A Maintenance Nightmare
-- Conclusion: Exquisitely Limited Capability

(end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story (with many onward links) on the POGO website.

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 07:55
Airbus DS to build CERES signals intelligence satellites for French defence


12 March 2015 Airbus DS


Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has been selected by the DGA (Direction générale de l’armement) to build the three CERES satellites, which will provide France with its first operational SIGINT capability.


“The fact that the DGA has entrusted Airbus Defence and Space with the construction of the CERES satellites demonstrates the quality of our expertise and technology, acquired through our successful development of the ESSAIM and ELISA demonstrators,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “Signals intelligence is flagged as a top priority in the French Defence and National Security white paper. Airbus Defence and Space, which started working with Thales through CERES, is proud to provide France with its industrial and technological expertise, thus confirming its position as the prime contractor for all French space-based intelligence systems.”


The CERES (Capacité de Renseignement Electromagnétique Spatiale or Space Signal Intelligence Capacity) system comprises three closely positioned satellites that are designed to detect and locate ground signals, along with ground control and user ground segments. CERES is due to enter service in 2020.


Airbus Defence and Space has been entrusted with the space segment comprising the three satellites, while Thales is responsible for the payload and the user ground segment. The two manufacturers are the joint prime contractors for the entire system. In addition, Thales Alenia Space acts as a subcontractor to Airbus Defence and Space in supplying the platform.


Intelligence is one of four priorities identified by the white paper. The 2014-2019 Military Planning Law has translated this priority into programmes and funding, which include signals intelligence and one of its operational uses, the CERES programme.


This satellite system will give France a capability that few countries possess. In designing and building CERES, Airbus Defence and Space and Thales will draw on the experience they acquired jointly from the ESSAIM and ELISA demonstrators.


Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.

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satellite Ceres  Crédits CNES - DGA

satellite Ceres Crédits CNES - DGA


March 12, 2015 by Thales Group


Contract to build space signals intelligence system for the French military awarded to Thales and Airbus Defence and Space.


The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has selected Thales and Airbus Defence and Space as co-prime contractors for the design and construction of France's future military spaced-based signals intelligence (SIGINT) system, which is due to enter service by 2020.


In addition to its role as overall system co-prime contractor, Thales has responsibility for the mission payload on board the satellites and for the user ground segment in charge of programming the satellites and the data processing.


CERES (Capacité de Renseignement Electromagnétique d’origine Spatiale) will provide the French armed forces with an operational space-based SIGINT capability. Three closely positioned satellites will detect and locate radiocommunications and radars. The system also includes a ground control segment, to be provided by the French space agency CNES, and the user ground segment.


Airbus Defence and Space will have responsibility for the space segment, comprising the three satellites that will integrate the SIGINT payloads. Thales Alenia Space will supply the platform under subcontract to Airbus Defence and Space.


Intelligence is one of four priorities identified by the French defence white paper, and funding was earmarked for SIGINT, including the CERES programme, under the 2014-2019 defence spending plan.



"This satellite system will be one of the most sophisticated in the world, giving France a capability that few nations possess. To design and build CERES, we will be drawing on the experience and expertise acquired on the ESSAIM and ELISA demonstrators."

Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales Executive Vice-President, Defence Mission Systems

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
US Naval base tests out Laser weapons Photo ONR

US Naval base tests out Laser weapons Photo ONR


11 Mar 2015 By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent - TheTelegraph


Britain is joining the Star Wars arms race with a new Ministry of Defence project to build and test a prototype laser weapon


The Ministry of Defence will begin building an experimental laser weapon later this year as a prototype for Star Wars-type armaments that could one day be used by British forces. The project costing up to £100 million aims to create a high-energy laser that can track and hit moving targets in any weather. Britain is joining the laser arms race as America has already developed a series of drone-killing and ship-burning lasers and already has one weapon on board a warship in the Gulf. The MOD is looking for defence firms to help build prototype machines “to enhance the UK’s understanding of the capability of a laser based weapon system”. “The potential of laser based weapons systems has been identified as an opportunity and offers significant advantages in terms of running costs as well as providing a more appropriate response to the threats currently faced by UK armed forces,” according to the MoD.


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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
Skynet 5 satellite

Skynet 5 satellite


12 March 2015 by Airbus DS - (defenceWeb)-


The UK Ministry of Defence has selected the company to provide satellite airtime for air and ground tracking of ground assets and helicopters.


The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has selected Airbus Defence and Space to provide satellite airtime for air and ground tracking of ground assets and helicopters on a worldwide basis. The contract is for the provision of Iridium Short Burst Data and Iridium Rudics Data Minutes for the MOD's established Asset Tracking System (ATS), Helicopter ATS (HeATS) and Ground ATS (GrATS).


The UK ATS meets operational command situational awareness requirements by providing the location of tracked ground and air assets in near real-time. The strategic importance of the ATS requires reliability across all of its components, including the satellite airtime provided by Airbus Defence and Space to transmit GPS data from assets in the field.


"This service further extends our close co-operation with UK MOD, beyond the Skynet satellite network. Remote tracking and monitoring of critical assets is a rapidly expanding area, and we are delighted to be able to support ATS," said Paul Millington, head of Government Communications UK Airbus Defence and Space.


Airbus Defence and Space is a unique satellite services provider with complete control over its own fleet of military satellites and teleports, but also an end-to-end service provider for both military and commercial fixed VSAT (very small aperture terminal) and mobile bandwidth and network services.

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 17:30
photo Nexter Systems

photo Nexter Systems


11 mars, 2015 Pierre Brassart (FOB)


Le salon IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) est le plus grand salon d’armement du Moyen-Orient et probablement un des plus grands (si ce n’est LE plus grand) hors d’Europe. Par ce fait et par le partenariat stratégique qui unit la France et les Émirats Arabes Unis, la présence française était, on peut le dire, considérable. Le pavillon français était le deuxième plus grand pavillon européen (juste derrière l’Allemagne mais devant l’Italie et le Royaume-Uni).


La France a mis les petits plats dans les grands lors de cette édition. En présentation statique, on pouvait observer un Leclerc, deux VBCI (tourelle T-40 et VPC), un Caesar, un VAB Mk III, un Titus, un ARAVIS, un PVP, etc…  Dans les allées des différents halls, ainsi que sur le stand de l’armée française, des légionnaires du 2ème REP présentaient leur équipement Félin et connaissaient un certain succès auprès des visiteurs. Dans la zone navale du salon, le chasseur de mine Andromède ouvrait ses écoutilles aux intéressés. Le Ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian a bien évidemment fait le déplacement (le 9ème aux Émirats !) et en a profité  pour rencontrer le Prince héritier Cheikh Mohamed bin Zayed et d’autres homologues étrangers.


Jusqu’ici, peu de succès ont été obtenu pour les industriels français, si ce n’est Thales qui a signé un accord avec Abu Dhabi Ship Building pour assurer la maintenance de plusieurs forces navales de la région. Un officiel émirien a également annoncé que les EAU seraient toujours en discussion, entre autres avec Dassault en vue de l’achat d’avions de combat.

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 15:55
Vol en patrouille photo Dassault Aviation - K. Tokunaga

Vol en patrouille photo Dassault Aviation - K. Tokunaga


12/03/2015 Michel Cabirol - LaTribune.fr


Le ministre de la Défense souhaite lancer un drone MALE européen. Il voudrait signer un accord de principe sur le lancement des études de ce type de drone. En Europe, le Reaper américain a fait une OPA sur ce marché.


La route est encore longue et surtout très incertaine en matière de drone MALE (Moyenne altitude longue endurance) européen. Mais le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian fait preuve d'une bonne volonté pour gagner ce pari. En tout cas, les études de ce futur drone MALE de nouvelle génération seront lancées cette année, avec un accord de principe dès le salon aéronautique du Bourget, a annoncé mercredi Jean-Yves Le Drian.

"Notre effort en matière de drones de surveillance et d'ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance, ndlr) devrait être accentué, avec notamment, dès cette année, le lancement des études relatives au futur drone européen, que la France envisage à l'horizon 2025 avec l'Allemagne et l'Italie", a-t-il déclaré lors d'une conférence de presse.

Quand une telle décision sera-t-elle prise? "Le Salon du Bourget, au mois de juin, constituera un autre rendez-vous majeur pour nos industries de défense. Ce sera d'ailleurs un jalon important sur le chemin de la réalisation du drone européen, puisque nous signerons à cette occasion un accord de principe sur le lancement des études", a précisé le ministre. En juin 2013, Jean-Yves Le Drian, au moment où il avait annoncé son choix d'acheter des drones américains Reaper, avait expliqué qu'à plus longue échéance, il fallait "préparer avec les Européens le drone MALE de troisième génération". On y est mais existe-t-il un marché?

A l'époque, Jean-Yves Le Drian avait évalué le marché à 30 ou 40 drones en Europe. Selon lui, la Pologne pourrait à terme avoir besoin de ce type de drones, qu'utilisent déjà l'Allemagne, la France, la Grande-Bretagne et l'Italie. Pour autant, certains observateurs restent sceptiques sur la constitution d'une filière industrielle : le marché européen, déjà difficile à unifier, reste trop étroit et un drone MALE est un programme relativement modeste pour accepter de nombreux partenaires.


Un projet européen

Ce projet de drone MALE européen est porté par Airbus Group, Dassault Aviation et Alenia Aermacchi (groupe Finmeccanica) qui ont soumis en mai dernier aux gouvernements français, allemand et italien une proposition concrète pour construire ensemble un drone militaire d'ici à 2020, un marché dominé par les États-Unis et Israël. Les trois groupes européens d'aéronautique avaient en juin 2013 fait part de leur volonté de coopérer pour fabriquer un drone MALE  de nouvelle génération.

"Non seulement un tel programme conjoint satisferait les besoins des forces armées européennes, mais en outre il surmonterait les difficultés budgétaires actuelles par la mise en commun des ressources allouées à la recherche et au développement", avaient souligné les trois partenaires.

Lors de la présentation de ses résultats annuels mercredi, Dassault Aviation a évoqué dans ses faits marquants "le début des discussions avec les ministères de la Défense français, allemand et italien en vue de la phase de définition d'un programme de drone MALE européen, sur la base de la proposition" élaborée avec ses deux partenaires, sans plus de précision.


Le Reaper, le drone MALE européen

Pour autant, les industriels et les nations européennes ont échoué pendant plus de dix ans à s'entendre sur un projet commun de drone MALE, avec pour conséquence la domination du Reaper en Europe, où il équipe déjà la Grande Bretagne, l'Italie et la France. Acet égard, Jean-Yves Le Drian a indiqué mercredi que la France allait recevoir au mois d'avril un troisième drone Reaper et en commander trois supplémentaires à l'été.

Lors d'un sommet consacré à la Défense en décembre 2013, les Européens avaient souligné l'urgence du besoin de drones pour les pays européens, mais les baisses des budgets militaires n'ont pas jusqu'ici permis de débloquer les crédits pour développer un tel projet de drone. Et l'avenir est très sombre notamment en Grande-Bretagne et en Italie où des coupes dans les budgets de défense sont à prévoir... Pour le drone MALE européen, le chemin est encore très incertain.

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 12:25
LUPO class frigates GENERAL SOUBLETTE (F-24) and GENERAL SALOM (F-25) docked alongside in port - photo US DoD

LUPO class frigates GENERAL SOUBLETTE (F-24) and GENERAL SALOM (F-25) docked alongside in port - photo US DoD


11 mars 2015. Portail des Sous-Marins


La frégate lance-missiles General Soublette de la marine vénézuélienne va subir d’importantes réparations dans un chantier naval militaire à Cuba.


La frégate sera réparé au chantier naval Granma, des Forces Armées Révolutionnaires de Cuba. Le montant des travaux s’élève à 104,6 millions $.


Le contrat entre Cuba et le Venezuela prévoit une « maintenance préventive importante de la structure de la coque et des systèmes annexes ».


La frégate fait parti d’un groupe de 6 unités de la classe Mariscal Sucre, construit en Italie entre 1980 et 1982.


Référence : Cuba Headlines

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
photo mod.gov.lv

photo mod.gov.lv


Mar 11, 2015 by Elisabeth SCHOEFFMANN – European Defence Agency


On March 9-10, the European Defence Agency (EDA) National Armaments Directors discussed ways to enhance European defence and security capabilities to prepare for the June 2015 European Council discussion on defence.


National Armaments Directors discussed how to promote cooperation of European states in the area of joint procurement, project planning and implementation, support for EDA capability programmes and ways to strengthen the European defence industry.

National Armaments Directors concluded that the involvement of small and medium sized companies in supply chains is beneficial for the European economy and long-term defence capabilities and should be enhanced. Evaluating the current security challenges, Member States agreed that cooperation is paramount; therefore, it is crucial to strengthen the cooperation with partners, such as NATO and the U.S.

“This is a significant forum because it tackles the European capabilities at their core and allows our countries to cooperate in the area of procurement, armaments and assistance to our defence industries”, stressed Raimonds Vējonis, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, welcoming the participants of the meeting.

“In the light of recent developments in the European security architecture, cooperation within the EU and our partners is essential, therefore the back-to-back event with the NATO and the U.S. gave an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest and standardization, government to government sales and Single European Skies”, said R.Vējonis regarding the back-to-back event with the NATO and the U.S. that took place during the informal meeting and was hosted by the Latvian EU Presidency.

”EDA’s role is to support Member States in their efforts to develop capabilities. In light of new security challenges paired with budgetary constraints, the case for cooperation becomes ever more compelling. The meeting of National Armaments Directors in Riga was an important opportunity towards the preparation of the European Council discussion on defence in June since they are responsible for delivering the capabilities our armed forces need today and in the future”, said Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the EDA  after the meeting.

During the meeting an exhibition of Latvian defence industry products was available for the participants. The display included products ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles and shipbuilding to cans, password replacement solutions and machine translation.


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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Diehl and Orbital ATK Cooperate on AARGM in Germany


March 11th, 2015 By Diehl BGT Defence - defencetalk.com


Diehl Defence signed an exclusive teaming agreement with the US company Orbital ATK on marketing and manufacturing the Advanced Anti-Radar Guided Missile (AARGM) in Germany.


AARGM is the most advanced anti-radar missile available. It is based on tactically significant improvements to the High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). AARGM provides the legacy HARMs with a new guidance unit featuring GPS as well as an upgraded anti-radiation homing (ARH) antenna and digital signal processor. AARGM is also equipped with a millimeter wave end game terminal seeker providing substantially improved guidance solutions in the GPS-denied environments.


AARGM, with the international designation AGM-88E, is currently being integrated and qualified in the Italian TORNADO weapon system. This creates favourable prerequisites for economical operation in Germany. Apart from Italy, the missile, having been in production since 2012, is currently being procured by the United States Navy and the Royal Australia Air Force.


In case the AAGRM is procured by the Bundeswehr, the agreement between Diehl and Orbital ATK provides for the transfer of essential workshares to Germany covering production and service during operative use.


Diehl already participated in the production of the HARM guided missile currently in the German Air Force´s inventory. Moreover, Diehl took part in studies and development programs aimed at improving the guidance section.


By cooperating with Orbital ATK, Diehl is supporting the procurement of modern equipment, available on the market, for the Bundeswehr.

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
photo Airbus HC

photo Airbus HC


11 mars 2015 par Gil Roy – Aerobuzz.fr


Après trois ans d’hésitation, l’Allemagne commande 18 NH90 NFH pour remplacer ses Sea King et Lynx à bout de souffle. Cette commande n’apaise pas pour autant le différent qui oppose Berlin au constructeur dans le dossier du NH90 et qui s’est traduit par l’annulation de 40 NH90TTH.


Plus de trois ans après avoir annoncé son intention d’acquérir de nouveaux hélicoptères navals, le Bundestag a finalement ratifié, le 4 mars 2015, l’achat de 18 NH90 NFH. Ces hélicoptères de nouvelle génération seront produits en Allemagne, sur le site Airbus Helicopters de Donauworth. Ils seront basés aussi bien à terre qu’en mer. Bien que démunis de système ASW/ASuW, ils seront capables d’assurer des missions de transport, des opérations spéciales et des opérations de sauvetage dans les conditions les plus difficiles. La décision d’acquérir ces hélicoptères, qui implique la mise à disposition d’un budget de 1,4 Milliards d’euros, n’a pas été simple car elle s’inscrit dans un mouvement de réforme plus vaste des acquisitions de matériels de Défense.


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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 08:45
MR2175 - photo Megaray

MR2175 - photo Megaray


11 March 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


Specialist searchlight company Megaray is offering an integrated recognition system that can identify people at 1.8 km or vehicle number plates at 1.2 km using an upgraded searchlight in conjunction with a low light camera and lens system.


Grant Cornish, International Sales Manager at Megaray, said the original MR2175 has been upgraded to a 300 watt unit to become the MR2300 and is capable of projecting a beam of light in infra-red onto a distant target in order to allow long range lenses and low light cameras the ability to covertly identify targets at night over long distances.


The MR2300 was specifically designed for vehicle, vessel and weapon mounted platforms as was its smaller predecessor the MR2175. The MR2300 also incorporates the strobe feature of the earlier version.


The MR2175/MR2300 can be mounted on weapons, including .50 calibre guns and mini-guns and carry MIL-STD-810G certification, while the MR4300 can be remote controlled in conjunction with CCTV surveillance up to 5 km from the operator.


Megaray recently launched the MR3300, which caters for the marine environment and is remotely operated. It joins the company’s main products which include the 5 km range MR2300, MR3300 and MR4300 searchlights, the smaller MR2175, and the familiar MR175MK2 series compact handheld or tripod mounted 3 km range unit. Infrared lenses are also incorporated with the units for covert or semi-covert use.


Cornish told defenceWeb that mining companies are now also showing interest in the MR2300/Lens Low-light Camera configuration for security use, and have taken several of the units for testing. He anticipates that more orders will follow.


Cornish said the company’s search lights fall under the “non-lethal technologies” category and as an all-rounder are used for detection, search and rescue, crowd control, counter-piracy and sniper suppression applications, for example.


Megaray specialises in the manufacture of high powered military grade searchlights aimed at defence forces, police services and security companies.

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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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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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