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The Mbombe 6x6 armored vehicle to be assembled in Jordan for its military. Photo: Paramount Group

The Mbombe 6x6 armored vehicle to be assembled in Jordan for its military. Photo: Paramount Group

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 26 (UPI)


Jordan has become the first customer for the Mbombe 6x6 armored infantry combat vehicle from South Africa's Paramount Group.

The initial 50 vehicles for the Jordanian armed forces will be assembled in Jordan by KADDB, or the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau, which will also produce some components for it.

Additional details of the deal, including its monetary value, were not disclosed.

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The Z:NightOwl M surveillance system from Airbus Defense and Space. Photo: Airbus DS

The Z:NightOwl M surveillance system from Airbus Defense and Space. Photo: Airbus DS


Feb. 26, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 26 -- An unidentified Middle Eastern country has contracted Airbus Defense and Space for long-range opto-electric/infrared imaging system for use on its borders. The system to be supplied by Airbus DS' Optronics business is the Z:NightOwl M, a surveillance system specifically developed for extremely long-range observation purposes. Airbus DS said the system provides a very large field of view for wide-area observation and detection, coupled with an extremely small field of view for identification.


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Aselsan, Honeywell Sign MoU on Collaboration


Feb 27 2015 trdefence.com (DefenseNews)


ANKARA — Turkish defense electronics specialist Aselsan and US Honeywell have signed a memorandum of understanding to generate a framework for future collaboration, Aselsan said in a statement Friday.


The statement from Turkey’s biggest company said: “[Aselsan and Honeywell] signed a memorandum of understanding on the third day of the IDEX 2015 Exhibition at Abu Dhabi.”


It said that the agreement sets forth a pathway for collaboration on avionics products for both civilian and military industries.


It also said: “To ensure that the cooperative work to be undertaken by the companies proceeds efficiently, the parties have agreed to establish a Steering Committee to ensure regular meetings as well as dedicated Working Groups to execute the collaborative efforts.”


Aselsan says its business focuses on in-house critical capabilities, state-of-the-art technologies and sustainable research and development.


The company, listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange, primarily engages in design, development, production, system integration, modernization and after sales services in the fields of military communication systems, professional communication systems, radar and electronic warfare systems, electro-optical systems, avionic systems, defense and weapon systems, C4ISR systems, naval combat systems, transportation systems, security systems, and energy and power management systems.

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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
The Dagor off-road vehicle. Photo by Polaris Defense

The Dagor off-road vehicle. Photo by Polaris Defense



Polaris Defense has internationally introduced its new ultra-light off-road vehicle for transporting cargo or a nine-person infantry/special operations squad.

The vehicle is called Dagor and took its bow at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference is Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

"Polaris Defense understands the off-road vehicle environment better than anybody," said Doug Malikowski, director of international business development. "We're continually developing vehicles and technology in support of warfighters around the world and DAGOR is the latest example of that.

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Opportunities for UK technology companies in the US defence market


24 February 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)


Speech by Mr Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.



We couldn’t have chosen a better venue to discuss our US defence relationship than the Cabinet War Rooms.

Because this is where Churchill would discuss the progress of the Second World War…on a daily basis with President Roosevelt…

…providing a reminder that ours is a partnership based on the firmest of historic footings

In World War Two…that unique combination of UK/US expertise…was perhaps personified in the Tizard Mission which produced a paradigm shift in radar technology.

During the Cold War…it was our special relationship that enabled us to strike the Polaris… and later Trident… agreements …that strengthened both our nations in the face of the Communist threat.

And today co-operation continues in all areas …whether in intelligence…in force protection… in airborne ISR…or in the interoperability of our force structures.


Today’s relationship

Of course, given the US’s technological pre-eminence in many areas it is inevitable that we still purchase a significant amount of equipment from our American friends …from Huskeys and Harpoons to Ridgbacks and Reapers

But this relationship is as deep as it is broad.

Yes, we buy capability from the US.

But often, as in the case of Rivet Joint, we find new and innovative ways to operate it.

At the same time there are instances of reciprocity.

So the C17 programme might be built by Boeing in the US but their high-tech international training centre is in Farnborough.

While with the Chinook Fleet we get the best availability.

At the same time the US remains one of our biggest customers.

Official Statistics from UKTI DSO cite 12% of UK defence exports going to north America last year,

In 2013 the Department of Defense procured $1.5 billion in supplies, services, fuel and construction from UK entities …

Plus there is the unseen but growing British content in the supply chains of US defence companies, which draws upon a gamut of dual use technologies.

And while the US rarely procures platforms and major systems from overseas… when it does…it often chooses British.

Whether it is the US versions of the Harrier Jump Jet and the Hawk Jet Trainer in decades past.

Whether it is our Rolls Royce MT30 engines or our Martin Baker Ejection Seats fitted in every F-35 which will come into service for decades to come.

Some of the companies here today provide excellent examples of British success trading in the US defence market:

….Ultra Electronics, TMD, Cobham, Astute Electronics …. to name but a few.

Each demonstrating that you don’t have to be a prime contractor to break into the market.

Yet what has sustained our relationship and kept it fresh over the years is continual collaboration.

Once upon a time we were pioneering jet propulsion

Today we are working on the most advanced jet aircraft on earth in the form of the F35 …with the UK proud to be the US’s only level one partner.

We’re also partnering today on a wide range of 100 other S&T projects.

Working hand-in-glove to develop the Common Missile Compartment

…the infra-red counter measures for aircraft… …and advanced night vision capability.


New opportunities

Yet you’re here today because that priceless prize of working with the US is growing.

Like us … the US is looking to the future.

As equipment technology advances exponentially… as advanced surface-to-air and anti-access area weapons proliferate.

…as multiple potential adversaries increasingly compete to acquire fifth generation technology …the US has seen its technological advantage …the bedrock of its defence for the past 60 years …gradually erode

So it is looking to make another giant leap forward …upgrading, developing and fielding breakthrough technologies and systems.

That is why the US, last year, launched its new Defence Innovation Initiative, the Third Offset Strategy, which I discussed with Deputy Secretary Work in December.

Bob Work is asking serious questions about how to improve US capability in a host of areas:

How can it increase its resilience and reduce its dependence on space technology?

How can it increase its underwater capabilities to counter anti-access and area denial, and focus on autonomous systems and underwater payloads?

How can it maintain air dominance and continue to strike in non-permissive environments?

How can it counter electronic warfare, maintain stealth and develop jam-resistant missiles?

And how can it keep up to speed with emerging technologies and concepts such as autonomy and advanced manufacturing …when investment in the commercial sector is outstripping military research and development?

The challenge for the US is that it must do all this while still driving down its costs… …something with which we’re only too familiar in the UK.

Last year, Frank Kendall, the US Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics unveiled his acquisition reform program ‘Better Buying Power 3.0’.

A strong sign that ….like us… in tough times ….our American counterparts see the virtue of cooperative research, co-development, and co-production.

Why pay to duplicate technology solutions that already exist elsewhere?

We believe the determination of the US to broaden its horizons… is now opening up new opportunity for its allies as I was discussing with Frank only on Sunday at IDEX in Abu Dhabi.

This is especially so for those British companies, with the expertise the US is looking for.

And that’s why you’re here today.


A big challenge

I’m not saying it will be easy to break into the American defence market place.

I’m speaking as someone who spent some years working in the US myself, so I am under no illusion as to the challenges.

I know the US Defence market is truly vast.

10 times the size of our own in this country.

For example, the US Special Operations Command, its smallest service, is roughly the size of the British Army

And that the US Marine Corps, also regarded in the US as “small”, is the size of the whole of UK defence…and can muster a similar spectrum of capability.

All this presents genuine challenges, especially to small businesses

Yet at the same time it brings huge possibilities beyond anything we see in Europe.

So you need to know where to start..

…how to find the right route to market …and how to establish good local partners

You need not just the ability to grow…deliver at scale …and at the pace such a large customer demands.

…but to get to grips with an unwieldly procurement machine that is considerably more complex than UK MOD …where the preference for domestic suppliers is enshrined in law …and where export controls and the infamous International Traffic in Arms Regulation control the proliferation of US technology.

Don’t be put off

But don’t be put off.

If you’re already concentrating your business on exportability, modularity and innovation….

…and we’ve rewritten our policy to ensure ‘exportability’ must be actively considered from the very beginning of our own acquisition cycle

…then you’re in the right place

And today’s sessions will help you with some of the practicalities.

The US experts in this room

…from our MOD staff in Washington, ….UKTI’s Defence and Security Organisation, …and BIS in London …stand ready to use their excellent local knowledge …to help you disentangle the complex web of regulation …decode the unfathomable jargon …and navigate around the labyrinthine US procurement structure

I would also like to thank the experts from law firms Crowell & Moring, and Stoock

…as well as from Bloomberg Government for the time they have taken and the interest they have shown in supporting UK industry.

…by travelling from the US to share their professional advice with you today.


Bilateral agreements

Yet their advice alone isn’t the only thing that should give you the confidence to go to America.

We’ve also drawn up a raft of bilateral agreements to help your cause.

In December I renewed the Reciprocal Defence Procurement MOU

It is designed to create a level playing field for UK and US companies accessing each country’s market.

We’re also coming up to the second anniversary of the Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty which eases the export control burden for certain categories of technology.

Colleagues in MOD are now working with authorities in the US to ensure the treaty retains its value in the wake of reforms that have begun easing US export control regulations in some technology areas.

And we also have the Science & Technology communiqué that I signed with Frank Kendall last year.

It is there to accelerate our joint programmes of research in disruptive technologies …whether in situational awareness, satellites and communications

And it is already paying dividends.

There are currently around 100 distinct R&D programmes underway between the UK and the US.

…an increased number of US exchange scientists and engineers in the UK.

…and a new scheme for short term exchanges between UK and US scientists.

The value of the Communiqué has been affirmed by the development of co-operation into quantum technology, autonomy and directed energy.

While the recently signed master submarine research agreement, and related agreements on undersea technologies mean greater opportunities in those areas as well.

Inevitably, the names of these agreements matters less than what they will do for you.

Again our experts here today can give you chapter and verse.


Defence Growth Partnership, new solutions centre and DSIEP

But today’s event isn’t the only place you’ll find advice to help your business succeed when crossing the Atlantic

Our Defence Growth Partnership now provides a collaborative environment for the best brains from industry, academia and government to come together.

…making the UK defence industry more sustainable and more competitive …and assisting industry in providing leading edge capability for our armed forces around the world.

Our new Defence Solutions Centre is designed to act as a fulcrum for international requirements.

By utilising the latest market data and making the most of its understanding of the UK’s value chain… it will create capability and technology roadmaps to respond to future international opportunities.

Undertaken in an environment where the UK remains a leader in academic research.

…let’s not forget the UK still publishes 16% of the world’s top quality research

… still punching way above our weight

…it will help British business make the most of its great potential

Meanwhile, our Defence and Security Industrial Engagement Policy is encouraging overseas companies…including several US primes…to work with the UK’s defence and security sector.

We are working with UKTI DSO to offer showcase events for non-domiciled primes to meet the UK defence and security supply chain, engineer to engineer, I have attended 2 such events in the past year, with Boeing and Raytheon, where each met over 100 UK supply chain SMEs, and real business has resulted.

We are seeking to use this policy to help our industry become better placed to secure exports as well as support front line capability.


Investment in innovation

Bi-lateral agreements and top quality advice will help you punch above your weight when competing in the American market.

But the government is also helping you in another way …we’ve put aside investment for innovation…the lifeblood of defence

We’ve protected our annual investment in S&T…so it remains at least 1.2% of the defence budget…

And we’re channelling that money into our Centre for Defence Enterprise…

…which is already developing novel high risk, high potential benefit innovations …such as game changing quantum technologies …new advanced materials …and a powerful neutron microscope …that will allow us discover materials for faster planes, new and better computer chips and feather lightweight kit for our military



So my message to you today is that when it comes to the US market …the market is changing

Becoming more transatlantic.

In both directions.

So please enjoy the day.

Chat to the experts.

Share your experiences.

Make the connections who can help you break into this market.

The US accounts for almost 37% of worldwide defence expenditure … in a market estimated back in 2013 to be over US$1.7 trillion

That’s a massive opportunity

And we’re keen to do what we can to help you get your share.

As for those concerned the journey ahead might seem a long one …let me leave you with a bit of sage advice from Churchill himself:

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else”

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Automated weapons maintenance and tracking system highlighted

A RuBee tag placed on weapons and munitions can track their location. Photo : Visible Assets Inc.


Feb. 26, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


An automated system that monitors the movement of weapons and munitions in an armory as well as their condition has been tested by the Navy in a pilot program.


DENVER, Feb. 26 -- A new weapons maintenance system that remotely manages, diagnoses and tracks weapons and munitions has been pilot program tested by the U.S. Navy. The system -- RuBee Weapon Shot Counter -- was developed by Lockheed Martin and Visible Assets Inc. It automates the weapons and munitions tracking process and holds the promise of saving the Navy millions of dollars.


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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 16:50
FREMM Frigate Carlo Margottini

FREMM Frigate Carlo Margottini


Feb. 27, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has begun the construction of an eighth FREMM frigate for the Italian Navy.


TRIESTE, Italy, -- The first steel sheeting for a new Italian Navy FREMM frigate has been conducted at a shipyard of Fincantieri near Genoa, the company reports. The cutting marks the build phase of the multi-mission vessel, the eighth being constructed in the multinational FREMM program. A total of 10 FREMM frigates are being built in Italy, with Orizzonte Sistemi Navali as the prime contractor.


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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 13:55
Jean-Paul Herteman - photo Safran

Jean-Paul Herteman - photo Safran


02.03.2015 Le Monde.fr (Reuters)


L'Etat a engagé la cession de 3,96 % du capital du groupe Safran avec la possibilité de porter ce pourcentage à 4,55 %, ont annoncé lundi 2 mars Michel Sapin, ministre des finances, et Emmanuel Macron, ministre de l'économie.

Cette cession prend la forme d'un placement accéléré auprès des investisseurs institutionnels. Au terme de cette opération, l'Etat restera le premier actionnaire de l'équipementier aéronautique avec 18,03 % de son capital.


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Photo Steve Lympany - RAF Brize Norton

Photo Steve Lympany - RAF Brize Norton


28.02.2015 source RAF Brize Norton


The RAF takes possession of its second Airbus A400M at RAF Brize Norton. The aircraft, ZM402, arrived at the airfield on the afternoon of the 27th February and was met by Officer Commanding LXX Squadron, Wing Commander Simon Boyle.


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Arrivée du second A400M à Brize Norton - Photo : Steve Lympany - RAF Brize Norton

Arrivée du second A400M à Brize Norton - Photo : Steve Lympany - RAF Brize Norton


3 Mars 2015 defens-aero.com


C'est dans une courte annonce, publiée sur la page Facebook officielle de la base aérienne anglaise de Brize Norton, que l'information a été divulguée : La Royal Air Force vient de réceptionner son deuxième A400M "Atlas".

En effet, selon le communiqué publié hier Lundi 02 Mars dans la matinée, le Royaume-Uni a réceptionné son second avion de transport dans l'après-midi du Vendredi 27 Février, sur la base aérienne de Brize Norton, là où est stationné le premier A400M "City of Bristol". Ce second aéronef, construit par Airbus Defence & Space, est immatriculé ZM402.


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photo EDA

photo EDA


Mar 02, 2015 by Guillaume STEUER - European Defence Agency


EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq and Athena Administrator Hans-Werner Grenzhäuser signed an arrangement establishing the framework for future cooperation between EDA and Athena.


This arrangement builds upon a successful pilot case conducted in 2014 in which the European Defence Agency (EDA) supported the acquisition of Air to Ground Surveillance and Reconnaissance Services for Operation EUFOR Althea.

Procurement of contracted solutions has become increasingly relevant for EU military operations not only to fill capability gaps in the force generation process, but also as a general planned support for ongoing operations.

This broader arrangement opens the option for the Athena Administrator or any Operation/Mission Commanders as Contracting Authorities to call upon EDA to provide, upon its expertise and available means and capabilities, technical and overall administrative support for procurement of infrastructure works, as well as a variety of services or supplies, through direct contracts or pre-mission solutions, e.g. through framework contracts.


Greater flexibility

Speaking about the cooperation, Hans-Werner Grenzhäuser said:  I am convinced that our cooperation would be of huge benefit for supporting EU-led military operations. The European Defence Agency can play a significant role. It holds a considerable knowledge of the industry, as well as in-house technical expertise and experience in contracting. The cooperation with EDA will therefore increase flexibility, optimise procurement procedures and save scarce resources by providing contractor support solutions to operations and Athena central.”  

Talking about the arrangement, Jorge Domecq added: “The ultimate goal of any EDA project is to support operations. Today’s arrangement allows us to do this by providing a procurement service directly to the Administrator or an EU mission. I am sure this will prove particularly useful to develop upstream more ready-to-use solutions available from the shelf at the start of an operation in fields such as medical services, real-life support, satellite communication or strategic transport.”


The Athena Mechanism

Athena is the mechanism established to administer the financing of the common costs of European Union operations having military or defence implications governed by Council Decision 2011/871/CFSP. The Council Decision allows for arrangements to be signed with Union bodies to facilitate procurement in operations in the most cost-effective manner.

More information about the Athena Mechanism is available here.

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 18:50
Update on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme

2 mars 2015 BAE Systems


BAE Systems has been awarded an £859 million demonstration phase contract for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.
Find out what this means for our business, supply chain partners and employees as Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed the UK Government’s continued commitment to sustaining national sovereign capability to deliver complex warships to the Royal Navy.

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
Les batteries Li-ion de Saft choisies pour équiper les véhicules tactiques militaires Hawkei


COCKEYSVILLE, MD., 18 février 2015Saft


Saft, leader de la conception et de la fabrication de batteries de haute technologie pour l’industrie, a été sélectionné par Thales Australia pour fournir des systèmes de batteries Li-ion qui pourraient alimenter jusqu’à 1 300 véhicules tactiques militaires Hawkei. Cette commande démontre l’adoption progressive de la technologie Li-ion pour les applications de véhicules militaires de haute puissance.

Saft commencera à livrer ses batteries Li-ion pour des véhicules prototypes à partir du premier trimestre 2015. Cette première livraison donnera lieu, après validation, à un contrat additionnel pour l’équipement de véhicules supplémentaires au début du troisième trimestre 2015.

Le Hawkei représente le véhicule de prochaine génération pour la protection et la mobilité des forces de défense confrontées aux engins explosifs improvisés, aux mines ou aux tirs d’armes légères. Extrêmement mobile, armé et léger, ce véhicule héliportable remplit de nombreuses missions opérationnelles. Il peut, grâce à sa compacité, se déplacer furtivement et offrir le niveau de protection et de sécurité indispensable à une utilisation militaire. Il est équipé d’armes et de systèmes qui permettent d’apprécier les situations à risques avec un niveau d’efficacité inégalé pour un véhicule de cette taille et de ce poids.

Le système batteries Li-ion de Saft se présente sous la forme d’un boîtier léger et compact, de la taille d’une batterie au plomb classique, ce qui facilite son intégration dans le véhicule. Le système alimentera le démarrage, l’éclairage, l’allumage et les fonctions de surveillance silencieuse du Hawkei. La solution de Saft dispose d’une longévité exceptionnelle et répond aux objectifs de mission fixés, à savoir offrir une source d’énergie plus puissante et plus compacte avec un rendement énergétique accru et ce, tout en allongeant la durée de vie de la batterie et en réduisant les coûts de possession sur le cycle de vie.

Le programme Hawkei permet une nouvelle fois à Saft de démontrer les capacités de son système batteries Li-ion pour véhicules terrestres militaires d’ores et déjà adopté par les plus grandes armées du monde.

« Le projet Hawkei illustre l’adoption progressive des technologies Li-ion pour alimenter les applications militaires et de défense dans toutes les zones du monde », a déclaré Thomas Alcide, Président de Saft America, Inc. et Directeur général de Specialty Battery Group de Saft. « La pérennité de Saft et son expertise dans la conception des systèmes font de notre société le partenaire idéal pour le développement des technologies et des applications de nouvelle génération. Nous sommes très honorés de travailler sur ce programme ».

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
Indian Light Combat Copter Goes Through Cold Tests

March 2, 2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist

Cold weather trials of India's Light Combat Helicopter were carried out at Air Force Station, Leh early last month. “The trials covered engine starts with internal batteries after overnight cold soak at 3 km altitude and 4.1 km altitude”, HAL chairman T. Suvarna Raju has said in a statement. The engine starts were satisfactory in the temperature of minus 18 degree C at 4.1 km, the flights were also carried out to assess high altitude performance and low speed handling, the statement said.


The LCH prototype, TD2 was ferried from Bangalore to Leh and the flight trials were carried out involving customer pilots from Air Force and Army and with the participation of representatives from RCMA (H/c) and DGAQA (H/c).


“Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made its maiden flight in November last year and the TD-4 is likely to fly soon. The IOC is expected in the later part of this year and to achieve this we are concentrating on building more prototypes and increase the number of flights to reduce the lead-time for IOC”, Raju said.

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 17:25
Cuban mechanics in SA to help build SANDF capacity


02 March 2015 by defenceWeb


South African military mechanics are working alongside Cubans in terms of an agreement between the two countries, the Department of Defence (DoD) has confirmed.


Reports late last month indicated about 100 Cuban mechanics arrived in South Africa at the same time as a group of engineers who will work on improving and upgrading South Africa’s fast deteriorating water supply and reticulation infrastructure.


The Cuban mechanics are in South Africa as part of a technical agreement between the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces under an existing military to military agreement, said Department of Defence (DoD) head of communications, Siphiwe Dlamini.


“A technical advisory team made out (sic) of technicians from the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces is assisting the SANDF to service and maintain the South African military vehicles (Samil) and build internal technical capacity,” he said in a statement.


The Cubans have been deployed to various bases across the country. It is believed there are now Cuban military mechanics working in Bloemfontein, Potchefstroom and Wallmansthal, north of Pretoria.


The first inkling that Cuban diesel mechanics were in South Africa as part of Operation Caribbean, said to be running at a provisional budget of R200 million, was made public by Afrikaans daily Beeld late last month. The newspaper also disclosed that the mechanics had arrived in South Africa at the same time as the water engineers. They are here under a three year contract which can be extended.


According to Dlamini the importing of Cuban expertise on military vehicles and with diesel experience will help “create an internal pool of technical skills in the SANDF. This will enable the defence force to properly service and maintain its vehicles. Since the arrival of the Cuban mechanics there has been a markedly increased manner in the servicing of vehicles (sic)”.


He added it was “a known fact” the SANDF has had numerous problems with maintenance of vehicles at “very high cost with little benefit”.


“Through this agreement the SANDF will be able to develop its own internal capacity and save on costs whilst bringing up its vehicle serviceability.


“More importantly the SANDF will be able to build internal capacity to ensure the serviceability of its vehicles in operational areas where it has been facing serious challenges which had a negative impact on the reimbursement from the United Nations.”

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
photo Airbus Military

photo Airbus Military


27 Feb 2015 By: Dan Thisdell - FG


Airbus is heralding mixed fortunes for its troubled A400M military transport programme, with expected deliveries in 2015 of 16 units – double 2014’s total – coming on the back of a €551 million ($620 million) fourth-quarter charge for delays and action needed­ to ramp-up production. Highlights of the 2015 delivery campaign should include five aircraft for the UK Royal Air Force, which currently has two – including one delivered in 2014. But original expectations for the total transfer of more than 20 units are clearly out of reach.


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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin


CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 26, 2015by Lockheed Martin


The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin Australia a contract to supply a modern C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid (MFTA) to support maintenance and aircrew training at RAAF Base Richmond.

Through this major upgrade, the RAAF will have a standardised curriculum tailored for its operations and based on decades of C-130 training innovation by Lockheed Martin.

“Delivering these training technologies to the RAAF represents Lockheed Martin’s continued commitment to supporting the RAAF air mobility mission,” said Raydon Gates, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand. “These capabilities, supported by a network of training services and products across Lockheed Martin’s aircrew training programs, enable the most effective training for the next generation of pilots and maintainers.”  

Under the maintenance training contract, Lockheed Martin Australia together with Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in Orlando, Florida, will update two classrooms, providing a modern electronic learning environment. The new classrooms will feature high resolution desktop maintenance trainers paired with computer-based training courseware for a realistic, integrated simulation offering. Further support will add two developer stations to enable RAAF C-130J-30 training staff to modify and update the training courseware through the aircraft lifecycle. 

In addition, the delivery of Lockheed Martin’s MFTA will provide innovative, aircraft-based simulation to aid the instructors and students. Powered by Prepar3D® simulation software, the MFTA reduces demand on operational aircraft while providing a highly realistic simulation environment for more affordable training. 

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1,000 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

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Pilatus PC-7 Mk.2 - photo Livefist

Pilatus PC-7 Mk.2 - photo Livefist


February 28, 2015 by Shiv Arror - Livefist

The Indian Ministry of Defence has just approved the Indian Air Force's move to exercise options on its original basic trainer deal (for 75 aircraft) with Pilatus Aircraft and will shortly sign up for 38 more. Of a total of 181 basic trainers the IAF has said it needs, the original Pilatus PC-7 Mk.2 order takes care of 75 aircraft.

The remaining 106 aircraft were to be HAL's in-development HTT-40 propeller trainer that's all set to take-off for the first time this month. With the IAF approved to exercise options on 38 more PC-7s, HAL's platform will meet the remaining requirement: 68 aircraft. Indications are, however, that that number will be cranked up to make the project more viable in the near term.

An IAF-HAL-MoD committee is being set up to monitor the HTT-40 programme. The HTT-40 prototype is all set for its first flight in June.

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 12:30
Export Armes : La France a émis 112 autorisations à destination d’Israël.


26.02.2015 IsraelValley


Entre 2003 et 2008, la France a exporté plus de 521 millions d’Euros d’armes vers Israël. La France a également exporté vers Israël des équipements spécialisés pour la reconnaissance, tels que les systèmes laser.

D’après le Ministère français de la Défense, la France reçoit chaque année entre 4 000 et 6 000 demandes internationales d’armement. La France a émis 6 605 autorisations d’exportation d’armement, dont 112 à destination d’Israël.

Ces autorisations d’exportation d’armement représentent, selon le Ministère français de la Défense, un montant de 126 millions d’euros, ce qui fait de la France le plus gros fournisseur européen d’armement en Israël.

La majorité des exportations françaises est constituée d’armes conventionnelles, comprenant 88 millions d’euros en équipement électronique à usage militaire, 29 millions en matériel d’imagerie et de contre-mesures également à usage militaire, 10 millions en équipement aéronautique et 1 million en véhicules terrestres et pièces détachées.



Les exportations françaises d’armement devraient approcher les 8 milliards d’euros cette année après avoir déjà progressé de 40 % l’an dernier, a estimé le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian. Après 4,7 milliards d’euros en 2012 et 6,3 milliard en 2013, le ministre a dit avoir bon espoir de faire mieux et de “tangenter” les 8 milliards d’euros d’exportations d’armement en 2014.

L’Etat hébreu est bien l’un des cinq concurrents majeur de la France. Selon le Ministère de la Défense israélien, le pays avait dépassé le Royaume-Uni en 2007, en affichant un chiffre d’affaires de 4 milliards de dollars : ce qui le classait juste derrière le trio de tête des exportateurs dans le domaine de la défense composé par les Etats-Unis, la Russie et la France.

Les Echos : " Jean-Yves Le Drian s’exprimait à Rennes lors d’une rencontre avec des industriels consacrée aux menaces d’intrusion dans le secteur de la défense et organisée par la direction de la protection et de la sécurité de la Défense (DPSD) dont le patron le général Jean-Pierre Bosser, devrait devenir le futur chef d’état-major de l’armée de terre (CEMAT). Sans citer de pays, le ministre a appelé les industriels à la prudence dans leurs communications car ils doivent savoir que leurs concurrents les écoutent et s’en servent pour torpiller leurs appels d’offres.


Le Rafale en 2015 ?

La France devra vraisemblablement patienter encore un peu pour signer un contrat Rafale. L’Inde devrait finaliser les négociations en 2015 tandis que le Qatar, s’il annonce le choix du Rafale le 23 juin, devrait finir les négociations l’année prochaine. Les principaux contrats signés à l’exportation, ou très proche de l’être, sont : quatre corvettes Gowind en Egypte (1 milliard d’euros plus 300 à 500 millions d’armements), dont le contrat a déjà été signé (mais pas mis en vigueur), les deux satellites d’observations (autour de 700 millions d’euros) en discussions avancées avec les Emirats Arabes Unis, un contrat finalisé d’environ 200 millions de dollars au Pérou (satellite d’observation), les 3 milliards de dollars d’équipements militaires et leur maintenance pour le Liban.

Enfin, le Qatar devrait finaliser prochainement un certain nombre de contrats en cours de discussions : avions ravitailleurs, 22 hélicoptères NH90 (de 1,5 à 2 milliards d’euros), dont 10 en version marine (NFH) et frégates anti-aériennes (2,5 milliards d’euros). D’autant que le nouvel émir du Qatar, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, a demandé à ses responsables militaires d’accélérer les processus de négociations afin d’équiper au plus vite les forces armées. Airbus Helicopters est également en compétition en Pologne pour la fourniture de 70 hélicoptères multirôles (versions tactique, navale et de sauvetage), un contrat estimé à 3 milliards d’euros. Une décision est attendue prochainement".

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LRASM Completes 3rd Successful Flight Test


ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19, 2015by Lockheed Martin



The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) built by Lockheed Martin achieved a third successful air-launched flight test, with the missile performing as expected during low altitude flight.

The test, conducted on Feb. 4, was in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy joint-service LRASM program.   

Flying over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, released the LRASM prototype, which navigated through planned waypoints receiving in-flight targeting updates from the weapon data link.

“LRASM continues to prove its maturity and capabilities in this flight test program,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM air launch program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “This much-needed weapon seeks to provide a new capability that would enable deep strike in previously denied battle environments.”

LRASM is a precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile leveraging the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in a robust anti-access/area-denial threat environment. JASSM-ER, which recently completed its operational test program, provides a significant number of parts and assembly-process synergies with LRASM, resulting in cost savings for the U.S. Navy and Air Force Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare programs.

The tactically representative LRASM is built on the same award-winning production line in Pike County, Alabama, as JASSM-ER, demonstrating manufacturing and technology readiness levels sufficient to enter the engineering, manufacturing and development phase and to meet urgent operational needs.

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

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C4ISR  - photo Lockheed Martin

C4ISR - photo Lockheed Martin


DENVER, Feb. 25, 2015 – by Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will continue to support the Navy system that allows secure sharing of sensitive data between unclassified and classified security domains. The U.S. Navy recently awarded Lockheed Martin two contracts with a total ceiling value of $90 million to support the Radiant Mercury cross domain solution for five years. 

“Since developing Radiant Mercury in 1992, we’ve ensured it has met the operational needs of customers throughout the world,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business. “As we deploy the fourth generation of the system, we’ll continue to advance it with the most robust capabilities available.”

Today’s military and intelligence operations depend on the timely sharing of critical information. Radiant Mercury helps this by ensuring that data transferring from one network domain to another undergo extremely high levels of scrutiny, protecting against compromises in the integrity of the information. While guarding classified data from unauthorized access, the system simultaneously allows those with the appropriate security classification to retrieve sensitive and critical information.  Radiant Mercury supports simultaneous data flows to hundreds of channels, interfaces with most major C4ISR systems, and supports most transport, network and data link protocols.

Used by both U.S. and allied partners at more than 400 sites worldwide, Radiant Mercury has streamlined the process of sharing critical operational and intelligence information with coalition forces. Accredited at the highest levels of protection in the United States for secure information sharing, Radiant Mercury is compliant with the Intelligence Community Directive 503 policy, which protects sensitive compartmented information within information systems. It is also approved for both top secret and secret interoperability by the Unified Cross Domain Services Management Office, which lists systems verified to transfer DoD and intelligence community information between multiple security domains with limited risk.  Radiant Mercury is available on the U.S. General Services Administration schedule of products and services. 

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

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CSE 90LP - photo CMI Defence Cockerill

CSE 90LP - photo CMI Defence Cockerill



28.02.2015 Philippe Bodeux - lesoir.be


LIÈGE Fort de ses contrats dans les secteurs de la défense et de l’énergie, CMI voit l’avenir avec optimisme. Des engagements ? Oui mais à des fonctions -très- qualifiées.


CMI, première entreprise liégeoise en termes de chiffre d’affaires, devant ArcelorMittal, Techspace Aero et la FN ? C’est la thèse soutenue par ses deux dirigeants et actionnaires, Bernard Serin et Pierre Meyers, qui annoncent 894 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires pour 2014, soit une hausse de 38 % par rapport à 2013. Le résultat d’exploitation devrait quant à lui atteindre les 50 millions d’euros, un record également. Une performance qui résulte de plusieurs commandes importantes signées en 2014 : un contrat de fourniture de 711 tourelles-canons, étalés sur 7 ans, pour le compte de General Dynamics qui a conclu un contrat de vente de blindés légers à l’Arabie Saoudite et la livraison de chaudières pour deux centrales solaires au Chili.


Bernard Serin est optimiste pour son groupe quasi exclusivement tourné vers les marchés internationaux au départ du centre de décision basé à Seraing. «  Un pétrole bon marché, un euro faible par rapport au dollar et des taux d’intérêt quasi nuls : les conditions sont favorables pour les industries européennes ». Du coup, Bernard Serin vise le milliard d’euros de chiffre d’affaires dans les années qui viennent.


Le groupe CMI, c’est quatre secteurs (Défense, Énergie, Industrie et Services) qui s’équilibrent, bon an, mal an. Les deux premiers viennent de fournir des commandes records, les deux suivants refont surface avec notamment, en ce qui concerne l’industrie, la fourniture d’une ligne de galvanisation complète pour la Chine, des fours pour le traitement de pièces dans l’aéronautique et des équipements de traitements de déchets solides en Arabie Saoudite, entre autres. Quant au secteur des services, il a dû encaisser la contraction de chantiers de maintenance en Belgique (sidérurgie) mais a engrangé plusieurs contrats dans le secteur ferroviaire en Tunisie et au Congo Brazzaville (commande de locomotives) et poursuit sa progression en Nouvelle-Calédonie, en France et au Brésil.


Comment cela se traduit-il au niveau de l’emploi ? CMI compte aujourd’hui 4.465 travailleurs dont une majorité de « cols blancs ». En région liégeoise, l’effectif est stabilisé autour des 1.100 emplois dont 250 ouvriers, 7 membres du personnel sur 10 sont donc des cols blancs. Les vases communicants continuent : CMI engage des cadres et des employés mais c’est autant d’ouvriers qui ne sont plus remplacés dans des fonctions historiques. «  Nous avons pour politique de maintenir des ouvriers très qualifiés, c’est ainsi que nous créons la Champions league de la soudure avec un atelier dédié aux réalisations de haut vol », explique Bernard Serin. Pour le reste, CMI, après avoir rénové et agrandi son centre décisionnel à Seraing pour un montant de 20 millions d’euros, investit en France 70 millions d’euros dans un campus Cockerill à Commercy, à proximité d’un champ de tir où seront formés les instructeurs de simulateurs de tirs pour son secteur Défense.


Quid de l’implication de CMI dans le tissu industriel liégeois ? Notons que 75 % du CA de CMI sont soumis à l’impôt en Belgique et que ses dirigeants affirment ne recourir à aucun montage qui permet d’éviter la taxation des résultats. « Nous sommes fiers de payer nos impôts en Belgique », déclare Pierre Meyers qui ajoute que CMI a accepté d’entrer au capital de Meusinvest pour soutenir l’économie liégeoise.

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Le système de tourelles-canons qui fait le succès du groupe CMI Photo Benjamin HERMANN

Le système de tourelles-canons qui fait le succès du groupe CMI Photo Benjamin HERMANN


27.02.2015 Benjamin HERMANN - lavenir.net


CMI devient la plus grosse société en région liégeoise, avec 1,4 milliard d’euros de commandes en 2014. Grâce notammentà son secteur défense.


On a pour habitude de brosser un tableau morose de l’activité industrielle en région liégeoise. CMI (Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie), dont le siège se trouve à Seraing, vient de présenter ses chiffres 2014, «année de tous les records», selon le patron du groupe, Bernard Serin. Après avoir subi la crise de 2008 et essuyé la mort progressive de l’un de ses partenaires privilégiés, la sidérurgie liégeoise, cet héritier du groupe Cockerill annonce avoir constitué un carnet de commandes de 1,44 milliard d’euros en 2014. «C’est un record historique», bien plus qu’en 2013 (556 milliards) et de loin le meilleur résultat depuis le rachat du groupe, en 2002, par le même Bernard Serin et l’autre actionnaire de poids, Pierre Meyers.

Le chiffre d’affaires s’élève à 894 millions d’euros, «ce qui constitue également un record et fait de nous la plus grosse entreprise en région liégeoise».

Le groupe a considérablement évolué en une douzaine d’années. Il s’est internationalisé, s’implantant progressivement en Chine, au Brésil, en Russie, en Inde, en Afrique, en Nouvelle-Calédonie, en s’étendant aussi en France.


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General Dynamics UK Completes CDR for SCOUT Reconnaissance Variant


Feb 26, 2015 ASDNews Source : General Dynamics Corporation


General Dynamics UK has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the SCOUT Reconnaissance variant, as part of the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme.

The completion of the SCOUT Reconnaissance variant CDR is a significant marker in the SCOUT SV programme, with the first SCOUT Reconnaissance pre-production prototype to be completed later this year.


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Airbus Group vole de records en records

Fin 2014, le carnet de commandes d'Airbus Group représentait en valeur 857,5 milliards d'euros (680,6 milliards d'euros fin 2013) F


27/02/2015 Michel Cabirol, de Munich – LaTribune.fr


Airbus Group a enregistré en 2014 un chiffre d'affaires, un EBIT (résultat opérationnel) et un carnet de commandes records. Le chiffre d'affaires a progressé de 5%, à 60,7 milliards d'euros tandis que l'EBIT reporté est en hausse de 54% pour passer à 4 milliards d'euros.


Sans trop de surprise, Airbus Group a enregistré en 2014 un chiffre d'affaires, un EBIT (résultat opérationnel) et un carnet de commandes records. Les fondamentaux du groupe européen d'aéronautique et de défense sont solides. Le chiffre d'affaires a progressé de 5%, à 60,7 milliards d'euros (57,6 milliards en 2013) tandis que l'EBIT reporté est en hausse de 54% pour passer à 4 milliards d'euros (marge de 6,7 %). Et ce malgré une provision de 551 millions due aux retards sur le programme A400M.Enfin, le flux de trésorerie disponible est positif, à 2 milliards d'euros, incluant 900 millions d'euros issu des produits de cessions d'actifs.

"Nous avons nettement amélioré la rentabilité et la génération de trésorerie en 2014 grâce à une solide performance opérationnelle et un carnet de commandes record à la fin de l'année, a déclaré le président exécutif d'Airbus Group, Tom Enders, cité dans le communiqué publié ce vendredi par le groupe. Nous avons livré un nombre d'appareils commerciaux plus élevé que jamais, dont le premier A350, et nos commandes nettes ont représenté, une fois de plus, plus du double du nombre de livraisons. (...) Nous sommes mobilisés pour faire face aux différents défis opérationnels, notamment la montée en cadence et les coûts de l'A350 et de l'A400M, les premières livraisons de l'A320neo, pour stimuler les ventes d'hélicoptères et continuer à restructurer notre portefeuille dans la défense et l'espace".

De solides résultats qui reflètent une amélioration de la performance opérationnelle, avec des chiffres records en matière de livraisons d'appareils commerciaux, de chiffre d'affaires et de carnet de commandes. Ainsi, le résultat net a atteint 2,34 milliards d'euros (2013 : 1,47 milliard), avec une augmentation du bénéfice par action à 2,99 euros (2013 : 1,86 euro). La position de trésorerie nette fin 2014 s'élevait à 9,1 milliards d'euros (fin 2013 : 8,5 milliards d'euros), après prise en compte de 587 millions d'euros au titre du paiement du dividende 2013 et de 462 millions d'euros de cotisations versées au régime de retraites. La position de trésorerie brute au 31 décembre 2014 s'élevait à 16,4 milliards d'euros.


Des commandes dynamiques

Les prises de commandes d'Airbus Group se sont élevées en 2014 à 166,4 milliards d'euros (2013 : 216,4 milliards d'euros. Soit un carnet qui représentait en valeur 857,5 milliards d'euros fin 2014 (680,6 milliards d'euros fin 2013). Airbus a reçu 1.456 commandes nettes d'avions commerciaux (2013 : 1.503 commandes nettes), avec un ratio de commandes nettes et de livraisons supérieur (book-to-bill) à deux et un carnet de commandes de 6.386 appareils à la fin de l'année.

Les prises de commandes chez Airbus Helicopters portent sur 369 unités (2013 : 422 unités), incluant un ajustement dans le carnet de commandes de 33 NH90. La valeur des prises de commandes d'Airbus Defence and Space a progressé de 4 %, avec un fort dynamisme des activités spatiales et un bon niveau de commandes d'avions militaires moyens et légers.


Des perspectives à la hausse

Pour 2015, Airbus Group table sur des taux de croissance de l'économie mondiale et du trafic aérien international conformes aux prévisions indépendantes qui prévalent et sur l'absence de perturbation majeure. Dans ce cadre, les livraisons d'Airbus devraient être légèrement supérieures à 2014 et une augmentation du carnet de commandes des avions commerciaux est à nouveau anticipée. En 2015, avant les fusions et acquisitions (M&A), Airbus Group anticipe une augmentation des revenus et une légère hausse de son EBIT avant éléments non récurrents. "Nous confirmons que le seuil de rentabilité pour l'A380 sera atteint en 2015", a en outre affirmé Airbus Group. Le groupe aéronautique prévoit donc une augmentation supplémentaire de son bénéfice par action et de son dividende par action en 2015.

Sur la base de ses perspectives actuelles, Airbus Group prévoit une montée en cadence industrielle. "En raison d'une forte demande pour les monocouloirs, nous avons décidé d'augmenter la production de la famille des A320 à 50 appareils par mois à partir du premier trimestre 2017. Parallèlement, nous avons décidé de réduire temporairement la production d'A330 à six appareils par mois en 2016", a expliqué Tom Enders. Airbus a vendu plus de 11.500 Airbus monocouloirs et livrés plus de 6.400 appareils à 317 compagnies aériennes, la famille A320 - A319, A320 et A321.

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