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23 janvier 2015 5 23 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base 2014 Highlights


22 janv. 2015  Lockheed Martin

 

The Integrated Test Force (ITF) at Edwards Air Force Base met several significant milestones in 2014, including reaching 1,000 flight hours for aircraft AF-2 and completing several weapons separations tests.

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23 janvier 2015 5 23 /01 /janvier /2015 11:50
First Airbus A400M airlifter for Malaysia rolled out of paintshop

 

23.01.2015 Airbus DS

 

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Malaysian Air Force has now been painted in its new colours at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain. In the coming days the aircraft, known as MSN22, will perform its first ground tests and flights before delivery. RMAF pilots, maintenance engineers and technicians are already undergoing instruction at the Airbus Defence and Space International Training Centre.

 

 

About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 18:35
US Army UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter.

US Army UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter.

 

21.01.2015 by Maki Catama

 

BANGKOK, -- The Royal Thai Army is eyeing to acquire additional UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter as part of its modernization plans in 2016, Bangkok Post quoted Thai Army Chief Udomdej Sitabutr as saying on January 10.

The announcement did not specify as to how many of the aircraft the army was considering to buy. Thailand had bought six UH-72A helicopters from Airbus March last year at an estimated cost of $34 million.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 18:35
Taiwan Army No. 904 UH-60M helicopter.

Taiwan Army No. 904 UH-60M helicopter.

 

January 17, 2015 21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com

 

After eight years of negotiations, Taiwan is finally getting its next-generation utility helicopters.

In December last year, the first four UH-60M Blackhawks for Taiwan’s special forces arrived in Kaohsiung Port.

An additional 56 UH-60M’s are being delivered until 2018 as replacements for Taiwan’s UH-1H Hueys. The deal is worth $3.1 billion.

This transaction is just the latter half of a major helicopter deal that has been in the works since 2002 during the administration of President George W. Bush. It originally included a 2002 request for 30 AH-64D Apaches and in 2005 Taiwan wanted “price and availability data” for 60 utility helicopters.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
photo USAF

photo USAF

 

20.01.2015 By Dominic Perry - FG

 

Slovakia is leaning towards the purchase of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters after receiving promises from the US government over support for the acquisition. Martin Glváč, the Slovak defence minister, speaking during a press conference following a meeting with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel, said that new rotorcraft could be acquired through the Foreign Military Sales mechanism.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
Le nouveau planning de livraisons de l'A400M sera connu fin février

 

20 janvier 2015 Usinenouvelle.com (Reuters)

 

Airbus Defence and Space revoit actuellement son programme de livraisons d'avions de transport militaire A400M pour 2015 avec les différents pays clients, a déclaré mardi Jean-Marc Nasr, son responsable pour l'Europe, du Moyen-Orient et de l'Afrique.

 

Airbus Defence ans Space confirmera le nouveau programme de livraison d'A400M fin février, précise Jean-Marc Nasr, son responsable pour l'Europe, du Moyen-Orient et de l'Afrique.lors d'une conférence de presse. Le responsable de la division d'Airbus Group refuse de fournir de précisions sur le montant d'appareils qui seront finalement livrés. Il a évoqué des problèmes liés à la chaîne de fournisseurs pour expliquer les retards de livraisons révélés par des clients comme l'Allemagne, dont le ministère de la Défense a fait part jeudi dernier de ses inquiétudes sur un possible retard concernant les livraisons de l'avion de transport militaire du constructeur européen.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
AW129 Mangusta - Toplite photo AgustaWestland

AW129 Mangusta - Toplite photo AgustaWestland

 

18/01/2015 psk.blog.24heures.ch

 

AgustaWestland termine la phase de modernisation de son hélicoptère de combat AW129 « Mangusta » avec l’adaptation d’un nouveau système de détection électro-optique, qui pourra notamment mettre en oeuvre le missile « Spike-NLOS ».

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:45
Ukraine delivered T-72AV tanks and BTR-4E APCs to Nigeria

BTR-4 Infantry Fighting Vehicule source Beegeagle's Blog

 

January 4, 2015 Denys Kolesnyk - info-news.eu
 

Ukraine Industrial, referring to Nigerian source “Beegeagle’s Blog”, published information about the delivery of Soviet-made T-72AB tanks and modern Ukrainian BTR-4E APCs.

Previously there was no information about contracts on delivery of such armaments to Nigeria. However, the information about the repair works of T-72AV at State Enterprise “Lviv Armor Repair Plant” appeared in September 2014. Concerning the BTR-4E, it seems that small part of 42 BTR-4E APCs batch designed for Iraq, was sold to Nigeria, after Iraq refused to accept them.

On March 26, 2014, Ukraine’s ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko asked the Security Service of Ukraine to investigate the sale of military equipment to foreign states during the time of Russian military aggression against Ukraine. She also noted, that she had the information about the preparation of delivery of T-72 tanks and BTR-4E APCs to Nigeria.

Valeriy Heletey, then-Defense Minister of Ukraine, refuted some part of Tymoshenko’s statements, while confirmed the existence of a sales contract between Ukraine and Nigeria. “The contract was signed during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, and in case of inability to fulfill this contract, Ukraine will be obliged to pay the penalties.” – said Mr. Heletey.

According to unofficial information, in 2014, the Democratic Republic of Congo received a batch of modernized T-64B1M tanks in the framework of sales contract for 50 such tanks. However, 12 T-64B1M from that batch were delivered to the National Guard of Ukraine.

Source: Ukraine Industrial | Beegeagle’s Blog

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:40
BTR-4 received slight modernization

 

19.01.2015 by Denys Kolesnyk - info-news.eu

 

Ukrainian BTR-4 APC was slightly modernized, taking into account its combat experience in Iraq and Eastern Ukraine. The engineers upgraded its defense capabilities, extending its real life time in combat.

In Iraq this APC took part in the fight against the Islamic State, while in Eastern Ukraine – against the pro-Russia terrorists and Russian regular troops. In both armed conflicts BTR-4 showed itself from a positive side, however, some weaknesses were also spotted during its exploitation by the National Guard of Ukraine. The drawbacks concern the defense capabilities of the machine.

The specialists and designers installed new anti-mine “skirt”, increasing the protection of the vehicle from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The ‘Parus’ (Sail) battle module was equipped with the cage armor, increasing the protection from an RPG hit. Some other upgrades are planned as well.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:35
Arjun Tank May Miss Date Again

 

January 19, 2015 idrw.org

 

The domestically produced Arjun Tank beat the Russian T-90 tanks hollow in the field trials, but it may again miss the date for its delivery to the Indian Army in 2015, because of the new conditions slapped by the Indian Army procurers every time the state-run DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) came forward to declare ready its production.

 

On the recommendations of the Army, the Defence Ministry has kept demanding newer and newer additions in the Arjun Tank Mark-2 that its total weight has gone up and now DRDO is being posed the challenge to reduce its weight. The new challenges are thrown at DRDO every time trial of its tanks were completed against the order placed with it in 2010 for producing 124 such tanks.

 

When the trial was over, a new demand was made that the Army needs night vision device on the gunner side of tanks. The Chennai-based Heavy Vehicles Factory of DRDO complied with the demand, the Army sought a similar device also on the commander side. That too was complied with when a fresh demand came to install 120mm gun for anti-tank guided missiles. The gun was fitted when the demand came that it should be rather a laser gun.

 

Since the laser guns are not produced indigenously, DRDO bought them from Israel and installed them. The Army, however, rejected these guns for too much smoke it produces and sought more changes. An insider says as many as 72 technical changes have been incorporated by DRDO since I got the original order in 2010. The Defence Ministry insists that all these changes were felt necessary to have a most modern tank with the Army, but those in DRDO now smell a deliberate attempt to browbeat the public sector company to give up and let the government import the tanks from abroad.

 

Nobody in the Defence Ministry is ready to listen that so many changes have made the tanks costlier and heavier and hence the designs will have to be reworked to reduce price and weight and hence DRDO cannot make the delivery on time as announced by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar without understanding the politics that goes on in the ministry.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:35
Chinese Navy commissions new Huanggang missile destroyer

"The new destroyer is equipped with 32 HQ-16 radar-guided, surface-to-air missiles."

 

19 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The Chinese Navy has commissioned a new 4,000t Huanggang guided-missile destroyer at Zhoushan Port in Zhejiang province.

 

The latest Huanggang-class Type 054A multirole frigate is claimed to be capable of attacking vessels and submarines, and will improve the medium-to-high altitude air defence potential of the army's East Sea Fleet.

 

Huanggang-class vessels have long-range detection and air defence capabilities, as well as a full displacement of more than 4,000t, Xinhua reported.

 

The new destroyer is equipped with 32 HQ-16 radar-guided, surface-to-air missiles and eight YJ-83 eagle strike, infrared and radar-guided, anti-ship missiles, which are capable of supersonic travel.

 

Towed-radar array sonar enhances submarine detection, with the systems tracked several kilometres behind a vessel, away from its own noise sources.

 

A Type 1130 close-in weapon system, which consists of 11 30mm calibre guns that have a potential fire of between 9,000 to 11,000 rounds per minute, has been installed.

 

The frigate's anti-submarine capabilities reportedly surpass that of China's Type 052C and Type 052D destroyers.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:35
All The Weapons Australia's New F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Is Designed To Carry

 

21.01.2015 by Maki Catama - aseanmildef.com

 

CANBERRA, -- The image above shows an F-35A at Edwards Air Force Base in California next to the F-35 systems development and demonstration weapons suite the aircraft is designed to carry. According to Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter can carry more than 3,500 pounds of ordnance in low-observable (stealth) mode and over 18,000 pounds uncontested. The Lightning II is conducting testing required for full weapons certification through a campaign that included validating 2B weapons software and successfully executing several weapons separation and engagement tests.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:35
L'armée de l'Air indienne réceptionne un premier Tejas de série

Un premier Tejas devrait être déclaré pleinement opérationnel fin 2015 photo Indian Air Force

 

19/01/2015 par Emmanuel Huberdeau – Air & Cosmos

 

Enfin ! L'armée de l'air indienne a réceptionné le 15 janvier 2015, un premier chasseur monomoteur LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas de série. L'appareil a été produit localement par HAL (Hindustant Aeronuatics). Lancé dans les années 1980, le Tejas a volé pour la première fois en 2001. Depuis le programme a accumulé bien des retards.

Le premier chasseur livré à l'armée indienne, le LCA-SP1 est sorti d'usine en septembre 2014. Il a par la suite été évalué par les services du ministère de la défense indien. Il a reçu la qualification «Initial Operational Clearance II » et devrait être déclaré pleinement opérationnel d'ici la fin de l'année 2015. L'Idian Air Force avait déjà reçu des Tejas mais ceux ci n'avaient pas été qualifiés pour les opérations. Ils étaient utilisés principalement pour l'entrainement et la formation.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:30
Egypt interested in purchasing Rafale fighters, FREMM frigates

 

20 January 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Egypt is interested in procuring 20 Rafale fighter jets as well as two FREMM frigates from France in a potential deal worth nearly six billion euros.

 

French newspaper La Tribune reported that France has offered two DCNS FREMM multi-mission frigates worth 1.8 billion euros and 20 Dassault Rafales worth 3.6 billion euros, with representatives from the companies visiting Egypt this week to promote the deal.

 

La Tribune quotes ‘reliable sources’ as saying the deals could be finalised soon, with contracts signed in the coming weeks. MBDA would supply missiles for both the ships and aircraft.

 

Egypt apparently expressed interest in up to 24 Rafales in September last year during a visit by French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The country had originally shown interest in the Rafale in 2011 during the Arab Spring.

 

The Egyptian military has fairly close ties with France, and operates French equipment such as vehicles and around 18 Mirage 2000 fighters. The country recently ordered four Gowind 2500 corvettes from France, which will deliver one and build the remaining three in Egypt.

 

As a result of the US suspension of some of its $1.3 billion in annual military aid following the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi by the military in July 2013, Egypt has looked elsewhere to meet its military needs, notably Russia. In September, Alexander Fomin, Russia’s chief of Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said Egypt had agreed to a $3.5 billion arms deal that includes fighter jets, surface-to-air missiles, submarines and other equipment.

 

Russian defence industry official Sergei Chemezov earlier told RIA Novosti that arms exports to Egypt would include deliveries of small arms, air defence systems and artillery. Russia earlier expressed interest in MiG-29/35 fighters, Mi-35 attack helicopters and other hardware.

 

Presumably part of the deal, Egypt is buying S-300VM air defence systems from Almaz Antey for around $500 million. This is according to Russian daily Vedomosti. The Fontanka newspaper earlier this month reported that a factory in St Petersburg was building 22 tracked vehicles used with the S-300VM for an unidentified foreign customer.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:30
photo Israeli air force

photo Israeli air force

 

20.01.2015 By Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - The Israeli air force is upgrading the capabilities of its Boeing F-15I strike aircraft, including the installation of a new radar system. The sensor most likely to be fitted is the Raytheon APG-82(V)1 active electronically scanned array, which was also fitted to the US Air Force's F-15Es in place of the ageing APG-70. The selection of the US-made radar instead of an Israeli-designed option is likely the result of the fact that Israel can purchase the APG-82(V)1 using the Foreign Military Funding it receives annually from the USA.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:30
BAE touts APKWS for IS battle

 

15 Jan 2015 By: Beth Stevenson - FG

 

BAE Systems is touting the incorporation of its precision rocket guided system into the US Air Force’s fixed-wing inventory, where it could be utilised in the fight against Islamic State militants.

The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) is currently used on some of the US Marine Corps’ rotary platforms – the Bell UH-1Y Venoms and AH-1W Cobras – but BAE says it could be optimised for fixed-wing aircraft for the air force.

“We continue to talk to the United States Air Force, the Air National Guard and the Marine Corps, to figure out what it might take to bring just a slightly modified rotary wing variant to those fixed wing platforms – and get it fielded urgently because there are [suitable] platforms that are in the fight today,” Dave Harrold, product line director for APKWS at BAE Systems, tells Flightglobal.

 

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
photo BAE Sytems

photo BAE Sytems

 

20 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

BAE Systems has signed a contract with the US Navy to deliver critical system engineering, integration and testing support for its Aegis combat system.

Initially valued at $23m, the five-year agreement comes with an overall price of $120m.

As part of the Aegis technical representative engineering support services contract, BAE Systems will provide system development, integration, engineering and maintenance support.

BAE Systems Intelligence and Security sector president DeEtte Gray said: "Our Aegis system engineering experts have been working side-by-side with sailors for more than 40 years to modernise and strengthen the US Navy's fleet of Aegis-equipped surface ships.

"Together, we are enhancing the US Navy's combat readiness."

The Aegis system, which is reportedly the navy's most advanced and complex weapon system, integrates the latest-generation computers and radars to trace and guide weapons.

Vessels integrated with Aegis system upgrades will feature open architecture and technologies aimed at reducing overall ownership costs while ensuring military readiness for ongoing missile defence requirements.

More than 100 vessels from the navies of Australia, Japan, Norway, and Spain, as well as the US, have been, or will be, equipped with the system.

BAE also provides modernisation support for the navy's fleet of cruisers and destroyers equipped with the Aegis system.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 07:50
Re-launch of '10 Steps to Cyber Security'

 

16 Jan 2015 GCHQ
 

In association with CPNI, Cabinet Office and BIS, GCHQ is pleased to announce the re-issue of the highly successful ’10 Steps to Cyber Security’, offering updated guidance on the practical steps that organisations can take to improve the security of their networks and the information carried on them.

Alongside the Cyber Essentials Scheme, ‘10 Steps to Cyber Security’, is a critical resource for UK businesses aiming to protect themselves in cyber space.

In parallel with the re-issue of the ’10 Steps to Cyber Security’, GCHQ has published a paper called ‘Common Cyber Attacks:Reducing the Impact’.
 
 
 
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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 07:45
Damen successfully builds two FCS 5009 patrol vessels in South Africa

 

16 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has successfully completed construction on two FCS 5009 patrol vessels in South Africa.

Another Damen vessel of the same class is currently operational with the Cape Verdean Coast Guard.

Damen Africa sales manager Friso Visser said: "The versatile FCS 5009 patrol boats have consistently shown themselves to be an ideal solution for patrolling an exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

"They have low operational costs, are very fuel efficient, have a competitive purchase price and, crucially, are easy to maintain.

"Overall, they provide a reasonable total cost of ownership, making them attractive to countries that have a requirement to patrol an EEZ."

The two new vessels are designed to be equipped with Sea Rogue weaponry, which includes a system with a 20mm cannon forward of the wheelhouse and two 12.7mm Browning guns.

Capable of being operated by a hand controller, the Sea Rogue boasts an accurate target-tracking feature and can be installed in collaboration with manufacturer Reutech.

DSCT chairman Sam Montsi said: "The FCS 5009 is deliverable in two formats. It can be either a fast crew supply ship or a security patrol vessel.

"They are also the first in their class to be outfitted with MTU engines that offer a lighter weight-to-power ratio for increased speed."

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 07:35
Japan Selects Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities

 

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 18, 2015 – Northrop Grumman

 

The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected two Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) systems to enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

 

Under a process known as type selection, the Japanese government chose the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system to help maintain the country's sovereignty.

 

Type selection identifies the capabilities and systems to be purchased to meet specific defense requirements. Following selection, the U.S. government will be asked to enter into the foreign military sale (FMS) process for these items.

 

"Northrop Grumman has a long history working with Japan's Air Self-Defense Force and we look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come," said Mary Petryszyn, vice president for International, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "We are very pleased the Japan Ministry of Defense has expressed confidence in these systems and look forward to working with our U.S. military customers through the FMS process."

 

Contract terms, timing and quantities of aircraft are yet to be determined and, as such, details are not available at this time.

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

Japan Selects Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities
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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 07:20
photo US Navy

photo US Navy

 

16 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy has confirmed plans to rename 20 modified littoral combat ships (LCS) as frigates.

US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said: "It is going to be the same ship, same programme of record, just with an appropriate and traditional name.

"One of the requirements of the small surface combatant task force was to have a ship with frigate-like capabilities.

"Well, if it is like a frigate, why don't we call it a frigate?"

The new designation of the FF label will apply to all LCS that are upgraded with additional weapons, sensors and combat systems such as retrofitted vessels.

However, hull numbers could stay as they are.

Future ships will also be eligible for the new designation, with 32 vessels set to be reclassified if and when they are equipped with additional weapons.

The decision comes as the US Navy retires the last of its legacy frigate vessels, including USS Kauffman, which is on its last deployment.

The navy is also reportedly considering changing the designation of the several other vessels such as joint high-speed vessels, mobile landing platforms and the afloat forward-staging base.

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20 janvier 2015 2 20 /01 /janvier /2015 22:50
Airbus : la malédiction de l'A400M

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20/01/2015 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

L'avion de transport militaire traverse à nouveau des turbulences. Airbus Defence and Space est en train de revoir le calendrier de livraisons de l'A400M. Un nouveau calendrier devrait être dévoilé fin février.

 

Décidément l'A400M n'est pas un programme au long fleuve tranquille. Depuis son lancement en 2003, l'avion de transport militaire donne régulièrement du fil à retordre à Airbus. C'est encore le cas en ce début d'année. Airbus Defence and Space revoit actuellement son planning de livraisons pour 2015 avec les différents pays clients, a annoncé ce mardi le directeur général d'Airbus DS en France, Jean-Marc Nasr. Airbus DS devrait dévoiler son nouveau calendrier 2015 de livraisons de l'avion de transport militaire A400M "probablement fin février", a-t-il précisé à l'occasion de la présentation des vœux à la presse vœux de la division défense et spatiale d'Airbus Group.

"Vous aurez plus d'informations sur ce sujet là probablement fin février", a-t-il estimé, peut-être à l'occasion de la publication des résultats annuels de la maison-mère, Airbus Group. "J'espère, je n'ai pas de date, a-t-il précisé. Lorsque le groupe présentera la clôture des comptes, fin février, il annoncera l'intégralité des grands programmes. L'A400M sera sûrement le programme dont on parlera le plus avec l'A350 et l'A380".

 

Nouvelles difficultés

Le ministère allemand de la Défense a indiqué jeudi dernier craindre un retard dans les livraisons de l'A400M, dont il attend cinq unités en 2015 après avoir réceptionné son premier avion en décembre 2014. En outre, un responsable du sous-secrétariat turc des industries de la défense a dit lundi que le pays s'attendait à des retards dans les livraisons de ses deux A400M anticipées en 2015, après avoir déjà dû patienter plus longtemps que prévu pour les deux premiers qu'il a reçus en 2014. Airbus Group a reconnu des problèmes de livraisons vendredi lors d'une réunion avec l'Organisme conjoint de coopération en matière d'armement (Occar), qui gère les programmes européens.

"Il n'y a pas de problème grave", a assuré le directeur général d'Airbus DS en France. Le magazine allemand Spiegel rapportait mercredi dernier que seuls deux avions sur cinq pourraient être livrés à l'Allemagne cette année en raison de problèmes d'assemblage du fuselage. "Il n'y a pas de problème de fuselage en tant que tel", a souligné Jean-Marc Nasr, faisant état de difficultés avec l'organisation de la chaîne des fournisseurs. "On voudrait optimiser ce système-là".

 

Et la France?

Jean-Marc Nasr n'a pas souhaité préciser le nombre d'A400M que la France, qui dispose déjà de six A400M dans sa flotte, pourra réceptionner en 2015. Ni des autres pays d'ailleurs. Selon lui, "la nouvelle cible de livraison va être agréée avec les États clients et l'Occar dans les prochaines semaines". L'armée française en espère quatre cette année, dont deux appareils à un nouveau standard qui permettra notamment des largages de matériel, des parachutages d'hommes et du ravitaillement en vol.  Des avions dotés du nouveau standard seront bien livrés courant 2015, a précisé Jean-Marc Nasr. Un porte-parole du ministère français de la Défense a dit ne pas avoir connaissance d'éventuels retards de livraisons pour l'A400M en 2015.

En 2014, le groupe a livré neuf appareils, notamment à trois nouveaux clients (Allemagne, Royaume-Uni et Turquie). Au total, 174 avions ont été commandés par huit pays à ce jour. L'année 2015 "va être l'année de montée en puissance de l'A400M", a pourtant estimé Jean-Marc Nasr. Il a notamment indiqué que la Malaisie recevrait son premier appareil en 2015 sur les quatre commandés en 2005.

 

Plusieurs pays intéressés à l'export par l'A400M

Jean-Marc Nasr espère "fortement" signer des contrats d'exportation de l'A400M cette année. Entre cinq à dix pays ont d'ores et déjà fait état de leur intérêt et plusieurs négociations sont bien avancées. L'A400M a été notamment présenté au Mexique, aux Emirats arabes unis et au Kazakhstan, et a suscité l'intérêt de plusieurs pays dans le Golfe, l'Asie-Pacifique et l'Amérique latine, avait indiqué Airbus l'an dernier.

Au-delà de l'A400M, il a souligné que l'avionneur avait engrangé l'année dernière 28 prises de commandes d'avions de transport de petite et moyenne capacité (CN235 et C295) et un avion de ravitaillement en vol A330 MRTT, dont cinq exemplaires ont été livrés en 2014. Airbus DS dispose ainsi d'un carnet de commandes de 163 A400M, de 30 CN235 et C295 et 13 A330 MRTT.

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20 janvier 2015 2 20 /01 /janvier /2015 19:50
vz.58 Pistol 762 photo CSA

vz.58 Pistol 762 photo CSA

 

18 janvier 2015 par Stephane Mantoux - Historicoblog

 

On en sait un peu plus désormais sur les armes utilisées par les frères Kouachi lors de l'attaque de Charlie Hebdo et par Amedy Coulibaly. Les médias ont souvent parlé de fusils d'assaut et même d'un lance-roquettes, ce qui ne recouvre qu'une partie de la réalité. Les terroristes de Paris se sont manifestement approvisionnés par la filière des Balkans, celle qui alimente le grand banditisme français et même au-delà, dans certaines cités.

 

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20 janvier 2015 2 20 /01 /janvier /2015 17:50
£112M Typhoon support contract extension sustains 650 jobs

 

20 January 2015 BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems have been awarded a £112M contract by the UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD) to extend the Typhoon Availability Service (TAS) for the in-service support of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Typhoon fleet by 15 months.

 

The contract extension means the Company will continue to work alongside the RAF in meeting Typhoon’s operational requirements until early 2016. The extension will help to sustain around 650 jobs for BAE Systems’ personnel based at RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth supporting the Typhoon fleet.  Under the contract, BAE Systems is responsible for delivering Typhoon aircrew and ground crew training, maintenance of the aircraft, along with providing technical support and managing spares, repairs and logistics.

 

Nigel Davey, BAE Systems Director for Military Air Support said: “This agreement is a continuation of a strong partnership with the MOD and RAF to support its Typhoon fleet.

 

“Over the past six years we have worked hard to develop a service which ensures the RAF is able to meet its operational requirements while providing the best value for the UK’s taxpayers.

 

“BAE Systems is proud to support the fleet at RAF Coningsby, RAF Lossiemouth and in the Falkland Islands as it continues to perform its vital role in safeguarding our nation both at home and overseas.”

 

Defence Minister Philip Dunne added: “This contract will deliver vital aircraft maintenance to the RAF Typhoon Force, ensuring the availability of the Typhoon fleet to meet its operational commitments. The new contract incorporates best practice and lessons learnt during the first six years of service, improving the way the RAF is supported and making sure we can continue to keep the UK secure, both at home and abroad.

 

“Alongside recent announcements for weapon capability upgrades, this contract demonstrates our continuing commitment to maintain the aircraft’s status as a world class multi role combat aircraft of choice now and in the future.”

 

BAE Systems’ work on the TAS contract has delivered tangible savings for the MOD. For example, from 2013, through increased efficiencies and continued improvement in aircraft performance, the Company has been able to increase the amount of time between Typhoon’s maintenance intervals from 400 to 500 hours. This initiative followed a detailed analysis to ensure the changes could be implemented without compromising safety. The result of this change generated a saving to the MOD of more than £100M and has increased availability of the jets to the RAF.

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photo Sergei Mamontov RIA Novosti.

photo Sergei Mamontov RIA Novosti.

 

MOSCOU, 19 janvier - RIA Novosti

 

L'armée russe se dotera massivement de missiles hypersoniques d'ici 2030-2040, a annoncé lundi à Moscou Boris Obnossov, directeur du consortium russe Missiles tactiques. 

"Le programme comprend plusieurs étapes. A mon avis, il donnera des résultats dès la prochaine décennie et l'armée passera aux armes hypersoniques pendant les années 2030 et 2040", a indiqué M.Obnossov dans une interview au magazine Défense de Russie.

Le responsable avait déclaré en novembre dernier que les premiers missiles hypersoniques destinés aux avions russes seraient conçus d'ici 2020.

Selon lui, le problème principal des concepteurs d'armes hypersoniques consiste à créer de matériaux capables de résister à des températures élevées pendant le vol hypersonique. Mais il faut en outre créer de nouveaux moteurs et équipements de bord.

"Je crois que nous sommes plutôt à niveau avec les Etats-Unis (dans le domaine de la conception d'armes hypersoniques), mais il y a toujours un risque d'être en retard. Nous menons donc des travaux très sérieux dans ce secteur", a noté M.Obnossov.

Créé en 2002, le consortium Missiles tactiques réunit 26 entreprises qui produisent des missiles, des bombes guidées et des armes embarquées.

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