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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
China Air Force Lijian Sharp Sword UCAV

China Air Force Lijian Sharp Sword UCAV

 

March 4, 2015: Strategy Page

 

After years of pressure from manufacturers, and allies, the United States has finally reduced most of the prohibitions for exporting large (a ton or more) UAVs (like the Predator and Reaper). The restrictions were largely based on media misinterpretation of what the UAVs actually do. Over the last two decades the media myth was created that depicted UAVs, especially armed UAVs, as a horrific new weapon. The reality was that the only advantage UAVs had was in surveillance and stealth. As a surveillance aircraft (what the military first, and still, used aircraft for) UAVs were a major step forward because they created an unprecedented level of “persistence” (spending lots of time watching some area below) or literally following (“tailing” in detective lingo) an individual or group. Adding guided missiles to the UAV enabled the attack to be made as soon as the identity of the target was confirmed (often after dozens or more hours of observation) and before the target could get away (into a forested or urban area where tracking was much more difficult).

 

This sort of thing could have been done before UAVs using manned aircraft but it would have cost more than ten times as much and not have been as effective. What is also missed in the enormous reduction in civilian casualties when using UAVs. Until precision bombs and missiles came along military targets anywhere near residential areas led to high civilian casualties when attacked. The use of precision weapons and UAVs has reduced civilian casualties over 90 percent. For some reason all this never became news. But the myth did force American politicians to bar exports of UAVs.

 

What really changed minds about UAV exports was the fact that China was now offering similar (in some cases what appear to be copies) of American UAVs to anyone who can pay. These UAVs come with a Chinese version of the American Hellfire missile, and no restrictions on how the buyer will use the UAVs.

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 08:25
CZ-11W Light Attack Helicopter

CZ-11W Light Attack Helicopter

 

March 3, 2015: Strategy Page

 

China is making a major effort to become the largest exporter to Latin America (South America and the Caribbean). One of the major offerings is not cheap consumer goods but military equipment. This stuff is not only cheaper than anything the Americans have but is also sold without any restrictions. Over the last few decades the United States has added a growing list of conditions to its military exports. All these are directed at withholding weapons from any nation who that does not meet current American standards for political correctness. China has long ignored that sort of thing sold to anyone (openly or clandestinely) to anyone who could pay. China also realizes (as do most South American military leaders) that these countries do not need the best (as in American) weapons just something as good as or a little better than what their neighbors have.

 

China is so eager to get into and dominate the Latin American market that it is willing to ignore the credit worthiness problems. Thus China has offered Argentina armored vehicles, warplanes and warships on easy terms. China also wants to open factories in Argentina to produce Chinese military equipment. All this in a country that, over the last few decades, has stumbled from one fiscal crises to another and is now a pariah to most foreign investors. But China sees a long term opportunity and wants to sustain spectacular growth in trade with Latin America. This grew from $18 billion a year in 2002 to nearly $300 billion now. That is still a third of the trade the United States does with Latin America but it is still impressive growth. It will take deals like the one with Argentina to keep the growth going.

 

China isn’t going blind into Argentina. Back in 2011 China licensed an Argentinian firm to build military versions (CZ-11Ws) of the Chinese Z-11 helicopter. Despite a Western arms embargo, China was able to buy Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engines for its Z-11 light helicopter. Normally, American military grade equipment cannot be sold to China, but the Z-11 is considered a civilian helicopter. This despite the fact that there is a military version, which is armed with four anti-tank missiles, two 12.7mm machine-guns or four rocket launchers. The 2.2 ton Z-11 can carry up to six people, cruises at 259 kilometers an hour and has an endurance of 4-5 hours. There was no such embargo on Argentina, so they will be able to buy American equipment for their Chinese designed helicopter gunships. However, because of the way American export laws work, these Argentinian gunships could not be sold back to China. Argentina planned to build about 40 CZ-11Ws. That deal was eventually cancelled, in part because the Americans would not play along and China got tied up in the Argentinian bureaucracy. China did not consider all that a failure but rather a learning experience and are proceeding more confidently into the new deal.

 

Before the 2011 Chinese helicopter deal Argentina sought, for the first time, to buy Russian military equipment in the form of two Mi-17 helicopters. The main reason for this 2010 move was price. American or European helicopters would cost more than twice as much. Russia also offers lower rates for training pilots and mechanics. Russia is keen on establishing good relations with new South American customers, and has been increasingly successful selling weapons in this region during the last two decades. This deal fell apart because the Russians were put off by the fiscal anarchy rampant in Argentina and the poor prospects of ever getting paid.

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
photo Rolls-Royce

photo Rolls-Royce

 

3 Mar 2015 By: Stephen Trimble - FG

 

Washington DC - Rolls-Royce has opened the first repair and overhaul facility for the Lockheed Martin F-35B's LiftFan system in Indiana, as it consolidates assembly of major components away from the UK.

The $10 million LiftWorks repair facility in Plainfield will serve as an interim logistics hub for F-35Bs operated by the US Marine Corps and the UK. The site could eventually be augmented or replaced by the US government depot system or separate repair and overhaul facilities in the UK or Italy, should either of those governments decide to invest in that capability, says Tom Hartmann, senior vice-president of R-R.

 

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 07:30
Dornier 228NG - photo RUAG Aviation

Dornier 228NG - photo RUAG Aviation

 

March 3, 2015 By Craig Hoyle - FG

 

RUAG has promoted its Dornier 228NG utility aircraft to several potential users in Oman, as part of which it has conducted a series of demonstration flights over a three-day period.

Offering the twin-engined type to Oman’s air force, police service and tourism sector in association with local partner Aflag, the Swiss company says it could be used to fulfil numerous roles.

“No other aircraft can perform surveillance flights more efficiently than the Dornier 228. The borders of the Sultanate and the exclusive economic zone can be supervised in the most cost-efficient ways,” claims Philippe Erni, RUAG Aviation’s regional sales director for the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

 

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 07:20
AGM-86 ALCM - photo USAF

AGM-86 ALCM - photo USAF

 

3 Mar 2015 By: Stephen Trimble - FG

 

Washington DC - The US Air Force will consider a supersonic engine among three propulsion options now under review for the long range standoff (LRSO) missile, according to an acquisition notice released on 26 February.

The LRSO is expected to replace the Boeing AGM-86 air launched cruise missile, a subsonic weapon powered by a Williams F107 turbofan engine.

The USAF is considering two subsonic engine options – a derivative of an existing engine with 5% greater fuel efficiency and an advanced engine offering up to 20% better fuel efficiency, according to the request for information released by the LRSO branch of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

A third option under review is a supersonic engine that would be sized comparably to “existing small core expendable engines”, the acquisition document says.

 

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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
Suisse : Les exportations d’armes reprennent l’ascenseur

 

27.02.2015 laliberte.ch

 

La Suisse a exporté davantage de matériel de guerre l’an dernier. Des armes, des munitions et équipements pour une valeur de 563,5 millions de francs ont été vendus à d’autres pays, soit une hausse de 102,3 millions par rapport à 2013, année marquée par un fort recul. A noter l’augmentation importante des livraisons à l’Indonésie.

 

Ce pays d’Asie du Sud-Est a commandé pour plus de 121 millions de matériel de guerre. En 2013, la demande avoisinait les 157 000 francs. Cette commande - des systèmes de défense aérienne et leurs munitions ainsi que des armes légères - fait de l’Indonésie le second plus gros client de l’industrie de l’armement suisse.

 

C’est ce qui ressort des statistiques relatives aux exportations de matériel de guerre publiées hier par le Secrétariat d’Etat à l’économie (seco). L’Allemagne reste le plus gros demandeur (186,9 millions, contre 123,5 millions en 2013).

 

La Suisse a en outre livré de l’armement aux Emirats arabes unis et au Bahreïn pour 14 millions chacun. Mais dans ces pays où les livraisons d’armes sont controversées, le matériel helvétique importé est constitué de munitions et de pièces de rechange pour des systèmes de défense aérienne suisses, a expliqué Simon Plüss, chef de secteur contrôles à l’exportation.

 

La Russie et l’Ukraine, actuellement en conflit, ont importé du matériel de guerre suisse pour respectivement 536 000 et 10 000 francs.

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Le dernier C-17 de l'US Air Force a été livré en septembre 2013 photo Boeing

Le dernier C-17 de l'US Air Force a été livré en septembre 2013 photo Boeing

 

02/03/2015  par Guillaume Belan – Air & Cosmos

 

Alors que le salon International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) vient de fermer ses portes aux Emirats Arabes Unis, Abu Dhabi annonce avoir signé un contrat avec Boeing de 618 millions de dollars pour l'achat de deux avions de transport militaire C-17.

 

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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 13:35
Philippine Air Force C-295M being tested in Seville, Spain

Philippine Air Force C-295M being tested in Seville, Spain

 

March 3, 2015 manilatimes.net

 

The cargo and transportation capability of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will be getting a much needed boost with the arrival of the first C-295 medium lift aircraft from Spanish manufacturer EADS/CASA-Airbus Military this March.

 

This was confirmed by Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary for finance, modernization and materiel Fernando Manalo in an interview with the PNA.

 

“Our first C-295 will be arriving this March,” he said.

 

The March delivery date of the first C-295 is five months earlier than its scheduled August arrival, Manalo said.

 

He did not give the specific date for security reasons.

 

With the early arrival of the first aircraft, the DND undersecretary expects the two other aircraft to follow in short order.

 

EADS/CASA-Airbus Military won the DND’s medium lift aircraft program by tendering a bid for Php5.29-billion for three aircraft last year.

 

This is considerably lower than the Php5.3-billion stipulated in the contract.

 

The PAF’s medium lift capability is presently being fulfilled by its three F-27 “Friendship” aircraft.

 

“These aircraft will help in troop and limited equipment movement,” DND secretary Voltaire Gazmin earlier said.

 

The C-295 is described as “a capable and versatile transport and surveillance aircraft.”

 

EADS/CASA stated that the C-295 can carry up to nine tons of cargo or 71 people.

 

It also has a maximum cruising speed of 260 knots and operate in short and rough airfields

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Armed AW-109s to be Commissioned During The Philippine Navy's 117th Anniversary

 

04.03.2015 by Maki Catama

 

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) has Announced that its two armed AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters will be commissioned during its 117th anniversary on May 27.

 

"We're hoping to commission them by our anniversary this May," Navy spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a message to the PNA on Sunday.

 

The two armed AW-109 airframes arrived in the country last December as part of the five-helicopter deal, worth PhP1.33 billion, signed by the Philippines with AgustaWestland in early 2013.

 

Three of the AW-109s were delivered and commissioned on Dec. 22, 2013.

 

The armed versions of the AW-109s will be armed will have machine guns, 20mm cannons and possibly with air-to-ground rockets.

 

The AW-109 "Power" helicopter is a three-ton class eight-seat helicopter powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines.

 

The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles.

 

The aircraft's safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.

 

The AW-109 has established itself as the world's best-selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions.

 

Its superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective maritime helicopter in its class.

 

For shipboard operations, the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures.

 

The ability to operate-from small ships in high sea state enables the AW- 109 to perform its mission when many others helicopters would be confined to the ship's hangar.

 

Over 550 AW-109 "Power" and the AW-109 light utility helicopters have been ordered for commercial, parapublic and military applications by customers in almost 50 countries.

 

 

The Philippines receives five AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopters for its navy. The two armed aircraft are currently undergoing assembly before commencing flight tests.  The AgustaWestland AW109 naval helicopters worth Php 2.2 billion funded jointly by the AFP Modernization Program and Department of Energy.

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A scaled mock-up of Hyundai Heavy Industry KSS-500A submarine.

A scaled mock-up of Hyundai Heavy Industry KSS-500A submarine.

 

04.03.2015 by Maki Catama - aseanmildef.com

 

BANGKOK, -- Having previously Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) origin South Korea filed a class submarine Type-209 to consider the Thai Navy, on this occasion the South Korean company that others are HHI also offers submarine to the Royal Thai Navy.

 

It should be noted that the Type-209 submarines / Mod proposed by DSME is proposed also to the Thai Navy by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) from Germany. Thailand hopes that the submarine offered no physical form and is used by the Navy. From this side of the Type-209 / Mod-made DSME actually quite satisfy, but it is impossible to compete with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems with hull Type-209 submarines are the same although the respective copyright.

 

On the other hand HHI has proposed submarine HDS- 500 to the Thai navy has been no information regarding its use by the South Korean Navy, also does not appear on the site information HHI. The new submarine is being developed and was offered as an alternative to the Navy other countries, but have yet to find customers, as well as artificial Amur Russia.

 

Since 2011 the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) , which is regulated by the Defense Advanced Research belongs to the South Korean government has launched a program KSS-500A submarine, a small submarine that can replace class submarines Dolgorae small classes in South Korea last year also reported that the HHI developed a small submarine. Maybe submarine HDS-500RTN developed from KSS-500A, if this is true then it is a great option for the smallest submarine fleet RTN today.

 

This boat may have a weight of 510 tons with roaming capabilities are  continuous as far as  2,000 nautical miles for 21 days, the maximum speed of 20 knots and a maximum depth of 250 meters, this ship has a crew of about 10 people.

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First 2 F/A-50s to be mission ready upon arrival

 

02 March 2015 ptvnews.ph

 

Come December this year, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will be flying and using two South Korean-made F/A-50 "Fighting Eagle" to defend the country's airspace.

 

The fighter jets would be part of the 12 F/A-50 bought for Php 18.9 billion by the Philippines under a purchase deal with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), signed in March 2013.

 

The two jet fighters are expected to be delivered by December while the rest of the 10 F/A-50s by 2016.

 

"We are looking at the early delivery of two F/A-50s. They will be combat and mission ready upon their arrival this December," Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary for finance, modernization and materiel Fernando Manalo said on Monday in an interview with the PNA.

 

Mission ready means that the aircraft can fly immediately and do patrol and interception missions if needed.

 

Earlier, Philippine Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya said that the soon-to-be commissioned F/A-50s, with relatively updated radar systems onboard, would do autonomous air patrols without relying too much on ground based surveillance systems.

 

"(The F/A-50s) has its own onboard radar systems so it can detect (any hostile air threats) while on patrol," he said.

 

Canaya declined to give the specifics of the F/A-50's radar systems for security reasons but stressed that it is quite adequate for air patrol work.

 

This feature of the South Korean made jet fighter has greatly boosted the air defense capabilities of the PAF which was greatly reduced with the decommissioning of its Northrop F-5 "Tiger" jet fighter squadrons and Vought F-8 "Crusader" fleet, in 2005 and 1988, respectively.

 

This was done due to air frame aging and lack of spare parts to keep the two planes on operational status.

 

WIth the deactivation of its two premier supersonic jet fighters, the PAF was forced to convert the SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainers for an air defense role.

 

However, the S-211s are ill-suited for air defense work due to their slow speeds.

 

The DND earlier said that the radar systems onboard the F/A-50s was one of the many pluses why the Philippines opted to acquire 12 units of the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) made jet fighter over its many competitors.

 

The F/A-50 has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 "Sidewinder" air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons.

 

The F/A-50 will act as the country's interim fighter until the Philippines get enough experience of operating fast jet assets and money to fund the acquisition of more capable fighter aircraft.

 

The F/A-50 design is largely derived from the F-16 "Fighting Falcon", and they have many similarities: use of a single engine, speed, size, cost, and the range of weapons.

 

KAI's previous engineering experience in license-producing the KF-16 was a starting point for the development of the F/A-50.

 

The aircraft can carry two pilots in tandem seating. The high-mounted canopy developed by Hankuk Fiber is applied with stretched acrylic, providing the pilots with good visibility, and has been tested to offer the canopy with ballistic protection against four-pound objects impacting at 400 knots.

 

The altitude limit is 14,600 meters (48,000 feet), and airframe is designed to last 8,000 hours of service.

 

There are seven internal fuel tanks with capacity of 2,655 liters (701 US gallons), five in the fuselage and two in the wings.

 

An additional 1,710 liters (452 US gallons) of fuel can be carried in the three external fuel tanks.

 

Trainer variants have a paint scheme of white and red, and aerobatic variants white, black, and yellow.

 

The F/A-50 uses a single General Electric F404-102 turbofan engine license-produced by Samsung Techwin, upgraded with a full authority digital engine control system jointly developed by General Electric and Korean Aerospace Industries.

 

The engine consists of three-staged fans, seven axial stage arrangement, and an afterburner.

 

Its engine produces a maximum of 78.7 kilonewton (17,700 pound force) of thrust with afterburner.

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Ariane 6 : les industriels veulent une rallonge de près de 1 milliard d'euros

Il manque plus de 800 millions d'euros pour boucler le développement d'Ariane 6, selon le PDG d'Airbus Safran Launchers, Alain Charmeau (Crédits : ESA)

 

03/03/2015 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Il manque plus de 800 millions d'euros pour boucler le développement complet d'Ariane 6, selon le PDG d'Airbus Safran Launchers, Alain Charmeau. C'est ce qu'il a écrit dans un courrier adressé fin janvier au directeur général de l'agence spatiale européenne, Jean-Jacques Dordain.

 

La douche froide... Moins de deux mois après la célébration début décembre du lancement d'Ariane 6 au Luxembourg, le PDG d'Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), Alain Charmeau, a adressé le 27 janvier au directeur général de l'Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) Jean-Jacques Dordain un courrier, dont "La Tribune" s'est procuré une copie, pour lui demander des comptes. Car le patron de la nouvelle société commune entre Airbus et Safran dans le domaine des lanceurs explique dans ce courrier qu'il manque "plus de 800 millions d'euros" pour le développement complet du futur lanceur européen. Soit un écart entre 3,41 milliards d'euros, c'est-à-dire le montant plafond engagé par ASL pour développer Ariane 6, et 2,54 milliards, la somme que l'ESA destine aux industriels pour développer le futur lanceur européen.

"Il y a un écart de plus de 800 millions d'euros entre le coût plafond engagé par Airbus Safran Lauchers et ses partenaires industriels pour le développement du système de lancement Ariane 6, et notre compréhension du budget disponible pour les contrats de développements industriels", écrit notamment Alain Charmeau.

Le coût du développement d'Ariane (3,41 milliards d'euros, dont 3,21 milliards de coûts non-récurrents) a été communiqué à l'ESA par Airbus et Safran pour la première fois le 27 octobre 2014 afin de "préparer la conférence ministérielle du Luxembourg", rappelle le PDG d'Airbus Safran Launchers. Puis, ce montant a été à nouveau confirmé par les industriels le 16 janvier dernier. Avec ce montant, les industriels s'engagent à développer Ariane 6 jusqu'à sa mise en service opérationnelle, en incluant les investissements de production. Cette somme couvre également le développement complet du moteur P120C, qui propulsera la prochaine version du lanceur italien, Vega-C, selon les exigences de l'ESA.

 

Alain Charmeau appelle à "une clarification"

C'est pourquoi le patron d'ASL estime qu'une "clarification pour combler cet écart serait très utile à court terme pour que l'industrie puisse préparer sa proposition attendue (en avril 2015, ndlr) pour le développement complet du système de lanceur Ariane 6, dans les deux mois prochains". Soit février et mars. Mais pour l'heure, selon nos informations, l'ESA n'a pas encore répondu à ce courrier. Pourquoi cet écart? Selon une source industrielle, Jean-Jacques Dordain aurait minoré de 20% le coût de développement d'Ariane 6 lors de la conférence ministérielle au Luxembourg.

Que propose ASL pour combler cet écart ? Alain Charmeau évoque une augmentation de 5% de la contribution des Etats membres, qui financent le programme Ariane 6. Une fois obtenu cet effort, les industriels seraient quant à eux prêts à combler une petite partie du trou "s'il y a vraiment un business case" (étude d'opportunité en français), estime une source industriel proche du dossier. Et, selon Alain Charmeau, l'augmentation de la contribution des Etats membres sera "un effort clé" afin d'ouvrir de nouvelles discussions entre les différents industriels européens participant au programme Ariane 6. Objectif, signer un accord avant mi-2016.

Les industriels proposent à l'ESA des "évolutions dans la distribution géographique des activités industrielles" d'Ariane 6. "Cependant, la complexité supplémentaire de la nouvelle organisation industrielle demandée, y compris des chaînes de production en double par exemple, sera prise en compte, estime Alain Charmeau. (...) Devant une telle situation et gardant à l'esprit le calendrier très serré pour préparer l'offre industrielle attendue avant avril 2015, je pense qu'il est extrêmement important pour l'ESA et ASL d'examiner ensemble les différentes possibilités(...) pour qu'Ariane 6 soit un programme réussi conformément aux attentes des ministres des pays de l'ESA".

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photo NorthStar Aviation

photo NorthStar Aviation

 

03/03/2015 par Jean-Pierre Husson – Air&Cosmos

 

NorthStar Aviation (NSA) a dévoilé lors du salon IDEX 2015, son hélicoptère 407 MRH (Multi-Role Helicopter), basé sur la cellule du Bell 407GX. La solution proposée par NSA s'adresse aux clients qui recherchent un hélicoptère multirôle doté de bonnes performances, tout en affichant un coût d'acquisition contenu (moins de 10 millions de dollars).

 

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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - photo US Navy

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - photo US Navy

 

March 2, 2015 By John Keller - militaryaerospace.com

 

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 March 2015. U.S. Navy aviation experts are ordering one advanced E-2D maritime patrol and air control aircraft from its manufacturer, Northrop Grumman Corp., under terms of a $148.3 million contract modification announced Friday.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems segment in Melbourne, Fla., to provide one E-2D full rate production advanced Hawkeye radar surveillance aircraft.

 

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L'État récolte un milliard d'euros après la vente d'une partie du capital de Safran

L'Etat a allégé à plusieurs reprises au cours de ces dernières années sa participation dans Safran et dans le capital d'autres entreprises à participations publiques, afin de réduire son endettement et de réinvestir dans des secteurs économiques d'avenir. - photo Safran

 

03/03/2015 latribune.fr (AFP,Reuters)

 

L'État a cédé 3,96% du capital du groupe industriel et technologique, soit quelque 16,5 millions d'actions. La France reste le premier actionnaire du groupe.

 

La part de l'État dans le groupe Safran va une nouvelle fois baisser. Le gouvernement a lancé lundi 2 mars le processus de cession d'une partie de sa participation dans le groupe industriel et technologique français.

Les 16,5 millions de titres proposés par l'Agence des Participations de l'État (APE), qui s'échangeaient à 63,76 euros à la clôture de la Bourse lundi soir, ont été placés auprès d'investisseurs institutionnels.

 

L'État maintiendra "son influence"

Au terme de ce placement, l'État restera le premier actionnaire de Safran, avec 18,03% de son capital.

"Les droits de vote double dont dispose l'État lui permettront de maintenir à terme son influence à l'assemblée générale de l'entreprise", soulignent dans une communiqué les ministères de l'Economie et des Finances.

 

Volonté de réduire son endettement

L'État a allégé à plusieurs reprises au cours de ces dernières années sa participation dans Safran et dans le capital d'autres entreprises à participations publiques, afin de réduire son endettement et de réinvestir dans des secteurs économiques d'avenir.

Le ministre de l'Économie Emmanuel Macron avait annoncé en octobre que l'État, qui détient actuellement des participations dans 74 entreprises pour une valeur d'environ 110 milliards d'euros, allait céder 5 à 10 milliards d'euros d'actifs dans les 18 mois suivants.

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Predator B - photo General Atomics

Predator B - photo General Atomics

 

Mar 2, 2015 ASDNews Source : General Atomics

 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, and SENER, a leading Spanish engineering company, today announced that they have signed a teaming agreement that promotes the use of the multi-mission Predator B® RPA to support Spain’s airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.

“GA-ASI is proud to be teamed in Spain with SENER. They are a leading high-technology company with a long record of success in the defense and security sectors,” said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. “GA-ASI is fully committed to working with Spanish industry as we believe this program’s success requires local industry partnerships that provide collaborative innovation in enhancing the capabilities of Predator B for the Spanish Government.”

 

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AW609 TiltRotor photo AgustaWestland

AW609 TiltRotor photo AgustaWestland

 

Mar 3, 2015 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company

 

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today that the AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil tiltrotor in development to date.  A second final assembly line is expected to be established at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in Italy at a later date.

 

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Soldier Equipment and Technology Advancement Forum

 

Mar 3, 2015 Source : ASDEvents

 

  • Optimising Soldier Equipment For Winter Warfare
  • 15 April, 2015 - 16 April, 2015, Oslo, Norway

 

The dismounted soldier and marine are still the greatest asset of any defence force and time and time again have proven vital for mission effectiveness in a variety of complex operational environments. As the global political and economic landscape has shifted and many soldier modernisation programme managers are evaluating changes in national defence strategies, it has never been more important to gather the community and share information on how dismounted operations can be improved with new equipment and technology advances.

Unlike other events, SETAF is a meeting for the soldier modernisation community that is designed around a series of focused discussion groups run by co-chairs who are selected experts on vital subject matter.

With no PowerPoint presentations, the SETAF meeting will dedicate the precious time of its participants to in-depth learning, networking and discussions, making it a complementary part of the soldier modernisation communities’ annual training and development programme.
 

SETAF Event Highlights

  • No Attendees only participants: SETAF’s unique discussion based format means we deliver only technical discussions lead by experts in their field
  • Participation confirmed from soldier system experts from Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, US, Canada, Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands
  • Soldier Winter Warfare Equipment Briefing Day: hear from local and international programmes and how they design and optimise their soldier systems for sub-zero environments
  • Real solutions uncovered in the SETAF exhibition zone: the very latest technologies will be showcased to help advance the next generation of soldier system
     

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Benefits of Attending

  • No attendees, only participants. SETAF is an event where everyone gets involved in technical discussions, no one sits out and just observes!
  • Explore shared experiences and uncover opportunities for partnership and exchange of lessons learnt with new and innovative industry partners in the SETAF exhibition zone
  • SETAF Artic Focus Day: Don’t miss the chance to hear briefings from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Canada on how they optimise soldier systems and focus their design for sub-zero and low temperature harsh operational environments
  • Hear direct operational feedback from soldier systems tested in theatre and how this real life experience is redesigning the next phase of national programmes
  • Take advantage of over 20 hours of informal networking-more than at any other soldier system meeting in 2015!
     

Focus Day / Workshop

Don't Miss the Pre-Conference Winter Warfare Soldier Equipment Briefings Day | 14th April 2015

Make Sure you register for the SETAF Programme Acquisition and Integration Masterclass | 16th April 2015
With Colonel Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier

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Speakers
  • Major General Anukul Chandra, Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ
  • Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation
  • Adelbert Bronkhorst, Principal Scientist, TNO Defence, Security & Safety
  • Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg, Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement, Norwegian Defence Staff
  • Colonel Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
  • Darren Browning, Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
  • Derek Riezebos, Project Manager -VOSS-E-Lighter Programme, Netherlands MoD
  • Ed Andrukaitis, National Defence HQ, National Defence Headquarters
  • Gert Nutzel, Chief Scientist, PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.
  • John Foley, Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead, Thales
  • Lt Colonel Christopher Woodburn, nfantry Weapons and Optics, Maneuver Branch, Fires and maneuver Integration Division, United States Marine Corps
  • Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej, Soldier System TYTAN - Project Manager, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces
  • Lt Colonel Tiberius Tomoiaga, Director, METRA
  • Major Enric Bouffard, Lead Requirements Officer, Soldier Clothing, Protection And Equipment, Canadian Army
  • Major Jonathan Herbert, Director Land Requirements 5-6, National Defence Headquarters
  • Olaf Aul, Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics
  • Patrick Curlier, Vice President Optronics and Defence Division Sagem Defense and Securite, Sagem
  • Ross Jones, Programme Leader - Dismounted Soldier Systems Programme & Delivery Directorate, DSTL
  • Rune Lausand, Chief Scientist, FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
  • Steven Savage, Senior Scientist, Defence, Safety and Security FOI -POWER, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

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The U.S. Department of Defense approves ATIRCM for export.

The U.S. Department of Defense approves ATIRCM for export.

 

Mar 2, 2015 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

BAE Systems, Inc. today announced that its Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system has been approved for export by the U.S. Department of Defense. The export approval paves the way for sales to allied nations around the world, giving them access to this life-saving technology.

“In today’s environment with the proliferation of surface-to-air missiles, a proven aircraft survivability system to counter advanced threats meets an immediate need,” said Bill Staib, director of threat management solutions at BAE Systems. “We are seeing tremendous international interest for this system, which has proven to be both highly effective and reliable since its fielding in 2009.”

 

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Future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Launches

 

Mar 2, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

The future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), launched from the Austal USA shipyard Feb. 25, marking an important production milestone for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

 

"This third Independence variant ship of the block buy is the first ship constructed fully utilizing Austal's LCS Modular Manufacturing Facility and is launching at the highest level of production completion to-date," said Capt. Tom Anderson, Littoral Combat Ship program manager, "a sign that facility investments are now paying off in schedule and cost performance."

 

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Australian Light Armoured Vehicle in Puckapunyal, Victoria

Australian Light Armoured Vehicle in Puckapunyal, Victoria

 

19 February 2015 Minister for Defence

 

The Minister for Defence, the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, today announced the Australian Government has given First Pass approval for project LAND 400 Phase 2 – Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability. The Request for Tender has been released for the multi-billion dollar project to replace the Australian Defence Force’s Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).

Mr Andrews, together with the Minister for Industry and Science, The Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP, urged Australian industry to take advantage of opportunities arising from project Land 400 Phase 2.

Speaking at the Puckapunyal Army Base, Mr Andrews said Australian industry would have the opportunity to participate in both the acquisition and support phases.

“The ASLAV is the ADF’s current mounted combat reconnaissance vehicle and has seen extensive operational service, including in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan,” Mr Andrews said.

“The fleet will reach the end of its life around 2021. The Government is committed to replacing and enhancing the Army’s fleet of combat vehicles and other land force capabilities to best protect our soldiers.”

Mr Macfarlane said the prime contractors leading bids to provide the new vehicles would be expected to maximise Australian industry content while ensuring an effective capability, without detriment to the quality, interoperability, schedule or cost of the project.

“When it comes to Defence contracts, Australian suppliers want a piece of the pie,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Government’s broader policy settings, including our Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, are focussed on building on our strengths and maximising opportunities for investment and job creation.

“Australian industry must continue to demonstrate that it can be competitive, and can be a vital, long-term contributor to supply chains and support strategies.”

The upcoming Defence White Paper will confirm the remaining scope of the program, which is likely to provide an infantry fighting vehicle, currently partly provided by the M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier, a manoeuvre support vehicle, and an integrated training system.

When fully delivered, the LAND 400 Program will allow Army to successfully sustain mounted close combat against emerging and future threats as part of a joint force.

Australian companies wishing to be involved as sub-contractors to have the opportunity to pursue a range of opportunities including:

· Component and parts supply;

· Integration of Australian communications, sensor and weapons systems;

· Engineering and testing;

· Facilities; and

· Vehicle sustainment and logistics.

This process is consistent with the successes achieved by Australian companies in winning work in other major Defence procurement programs including the international Joint Strike Fighter program.

Defence continues to provide assistance to industry through a number of other related and successful programs including the Global Supply Chain program and Team Defence Australia.

 

Australian suppliers are being encouraged to register at: http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/AboutDMO/OurStructure/GMLandandMaritime/LandSystems/Content/land400industryopp.aspx

 

Industry registration link: http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/AboutDMO/OurStructure/GMLandandMaritime/LandSystems/Content/land400industryopp.aspx

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Airbus Helicopters opens R & D facility in Poland

A Tiger helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, which has opened a research and development facility in Poland. Photo: Airbus Helicopters.

 

MARIGNANE, France, Feb. 22 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Airbus Helicopters has opened an engineering design office in Poland, expanding its research and development capabilities. The facility, with about 100 engineers, is in the city of Lodz and is the company's fourth such facility. The others are located in France, Germany and Spain. "We see a significant potential from Poland, particularly with its young and skilled engineers who can contribute to a new way of bringing innovation to our products and systems," said Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury. "Our goal is to have Airbus Helicopters Polska directly involved with us in many fields, including organization, processes and design."

 

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Indonesian Navy Mulls Chinese 30 mm CIWS Fit for Corvettes, LPDs

 

17 February 2015 by Maki Catama

 

JAKARTA, -- The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) is exploring the possibility of equipping its Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvettes and Makassar-class landing platform dock (LPD) ships with the Chinese-developed Type 730 close-in weapon system (CIWS), a source close to the TNI-AL informed IHS Jane's on 18 February.

 

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Vietnam Received Geographic Information System for the Missile Complex "Bastion"

 

03.03.2015 by Maki Catama - aseanmildef.com

 

HANOI, --  Russia has delivered Vietnam Geographic Information System (GIS) "Horizon" for coastal missile complex "Bastion" said Tass source in the military-technical cooperation.

"We have carried out the supply of "Horizon" to our Vietnamese partners. This system is designed for coastal missile complex "Bastion" and onshore exploration air and surface surveillance" Monolith-B "- a spokesman said.

"Horizon" designed by Automatic Apparatus Research Institute, Semenikhina (included in the combined instrument-making corporation of the State Corporation "Rostec"). This system was first presented to the public at the exhibition MILEX-2014. The site Corporation reported that "Horizon" has unique capabilities for speed, quality of information displayed and processing very large volumes of map data. In corporations argue that such a display quality nobody else has not yet reached.

Complex "Bastion" is equipped with anti-ship missiles "Yakhont" and is designed to destroy various surface ships, both single and in the composition of airborne compounds percussion groups and convoys. In addition, it can also affect ground targets. Intelligence systems "Monolith-B" horizon designed to detect and track air and sea targets.

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The mobile, self-contained coastal defense battery developed jointly by three companies. Photo: MDBA  Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2015/02/24/Coastal-defense-system-makes-debut/6131424777159/#ixzz3TKZesgi5

The mobile, self-contained coastal defense battery developed jointly by three companies. Photo: MDBA Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2015/02/24/Coastal-defense-system-makes-debut/6131424777159/#ixzz3TKZesgi5


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 24 (UPI)

 

A proposed self-contained coastal battery system that fires two types of missiles has been unveiled at an international defense exhibition.

The proposed system is from Siham Al Khaleej Technology of the United Arab Emirates, European missile systems company MBDA, and GEM elettronica of Italy.

The system, displayed at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


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