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BA6 Class G - Mercedes-Benz

BA6 Class G - Mercedes-Benz

 

04-01-2015 A. Mohamed - letempsdz.com

 

La première partie des véhicules tout-terrain (4x4) BA6 Class G de marque Mercedes-Benz fabriqués par la Société algérienne de fabrication des véhicules de marque Mercedes-Benz  a été livrée hier aux unités de l'ANP, selon le communiqué du ministère de la Défense nationale parvenu hier à notre rédaction. Cette opération se terminera le 15 du mois en cours, par la réception par le biais des services de la Direction centrale du matériel du ministère de la Défense nationale, de plus de 200 véhicules inscrits au titre du programme 2014.

 

Cette société aux capitaux mixtes entre l'Epic-Etablissement de développement de l'industrie des véhicules du ministère de la Défense nationale et l'EPE/Société nationale de véhicules industriels ainsi que le partenaire technologique allemand Daimler et le Fonds d'investissement émirati Aabar a été inaugurée, le 26 octobre 2014, par le général de corps d'armée, vice-ministre de la Défense nationale, chef d'état-major de l'Armée nationale populaire.

 

La fabrication de ces véhicules sera suivie, à compter du mois de mars 2015, par le lancement sur le même site, à Tiaret, de la fabrication des fourgons Sprinter de marque Mercedes-Benz dans ses diverses versions (transport de personnel, ambulance, marchandise…).

 

Cette réalisation s'inscrit dans le cadre de l'exécution du programme de relance économique initié par le président de la République, qui a pour objectif de redynamiser l'industrie nationale et reflète l'intérêt que porte le haut commandement de l'Armée nationale populaire au développement des potentiels industriels militaires, pour pourvoir aux besoins de nos forces armées et contribuer au développement national.

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25 décembre 2014 4 25 /12 /décembre /2014 12:20
BAE Systems remporte un contrat d'environ 1 milliard d'euros aux Etats-Unis

BAE Systems va fournir un nouveau type de véhicule blindé pour l'armée américaine

 

24/12/2014 latribune.fr 

 

Le groupe britannique de défense a remporté un contrat allant jusqu'à 1,2 milliard de dollars (986 millions d'euros) portant sur la construction d'un nouveau type de véhicule blindé pour l'armée américaine.

 

L'année finit bien pour BAE Systems. Le groupe britannique de défense a annoncé mercredi avoir remporté un contrat allant jusqu'à 1,2 milliard de dollars (986 millions d'euros) portant sur la construction d'un nouveau type de véhicule blindé pour l'armée américaine. Le contrat initial porte sur la fabrication de 29 véhicules avec cinq variantes pour 383 millions de dollars. Une option prévoit ensuite la fabrication de 289 unités supplémentaires pour un total de 1,2 milliard de dollars.

Il s'agit de remplacer les antiques M113 datant de la guerre du Vietnam avec de nouveaux véhicules blindés polyvalents (AMPV), a expliqué BAE Systems dans un communiqué. Le groupe britannique, très implanté aux États-Unis, a précisé que la fabrication va commencer immédiatement dans ses usines de Pennsylvanie et du Michigan.

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L’exécutif américain autorise la vente de chars lourds à l’Irak

 

23.12.2014 Par - RFI

 

Alors que l’Irak continue de faire face au groupe Etat islamique, Bagdad réclame aux Etats-Unis de pouvoir acheter le meilleur de sa technologie militaire. Le département d’Etat vient de donner son accord de principe pour la vente de blindés lourds et de véhicules de combat pour un montant de trois milliards de dollars.

 

175 chars lourds de combat M1A1 Abrams. 1000 véhicules blindés légers Humvees. Le tout accompagné d’armements de gros calibres. C’est ce que le département d’Etat américain et le département de la Défense viennent d’accepter de vendre à l’Irak, vendredi 19 décembre, pour un montant estimé à près de trois milliards de dollars (2,45 milliards d’euros).

Cette « notification de vente potentielle » est un accord de principe de la part de l’exécutif américain, avant tout commerce d’armement. Elle doit encore être validée par le Congrès avant que Bagdad ne puisse officiellement contacter les industriels concernés pour passer commande. Les parlementaires américains, relativement unanimes sur le besoin d’équiper les Irakiens, ne devraient logiquement pas s’opposer à un tel contrat.

 

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AMPV Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

AMPV Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

 

 

23 December 2014 BAE Systems  Ref 259/2014

 

BAE Systems was awarded a contract worth up to $1.2 billion from the U.S. Army for the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) and Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).

 

 

The program aims to provide the U.S. Army with a highly survivable and mobile fleet of vehicles that addresses a critical need to replace the Vietnam-era M113s.

 

“This award represents a significant milestone for the U.S. Army and BAE Systems,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles at BAE Systems. “The AMPV will provide a substantial upgrade over the Army’s current personnel carrier fleet, increasing the service’s survivability, force protection, and mobility while providing for future growth potential. It also confirms BAE Systems’ role as a leading provider of combat vehicles.”

 

The initial award is for a 52-month base term, valued at approximately $383 million, during which BAE Systems will produce 29 vehicles across each of the variants. The award also provides an option to begin the LRIP phase immediately following the current EMD phase, at which time the company would produce an additional 289 vehicles for a total contract value of $1.2 billion.

 

The AMPV capitalizes on proven Bradley and M109A7 designs, meeting the Army’s force protection and all-terrain mobility requirements while enabling the AMPV to maneuver with the rest of the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). The maximized commonality within the AMPV family of vehicles and the ABCT will reduce risk and provide significant cost savings to the Army.

 

The BAE Systems AMPV team includes DRS Technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Air Methods Corporation, and Red River Army Depot. Work on the contract is expected to begin immediately and will take place primarily at the company’s York, Pennsylvania, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, facilities.

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Patrice Caine directeur général et Henri Proglio président du conseil d'administration. - photo Thales

Patrice Caine directeur général et Henri Proglio président du conseil d'administration. - photo Thales

Patrice Caine sera le futur directeur général de Thales (Crédits : Thales)

 

23/12/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Patrice Caine sera le directeur général de Thales. Il formera avec Henri Proglio, président du conseil d'administration, un tandem à la tête du groupe d'électronique.

 

Il fallait vraiment que l'État tienne beaucoup à Patrice Caine, le nouveau directeur général de Thales, pour accepter l'improbable come-back d'Henri Proglio en tant que président du conseil d'administration du groupe d'électronique. Car l'opération commando menée dans le plus grand secret pour le faire tomber à la tête d'EDF est bien désormais dans les annales de l'Etat, qui craignait sa réaction grâce à ses fameux réseaux dont tout le monde dit qu'ils sont puissants. Mais deux mois plus tard, Henri Proglio, un très proche de la maison Dassault, est finalement revenu par la fenêtre dans la sphère publique, l'État détenant 26,6 % de Thales. Abracadabrantesque... comme seul l'État en a le secret.

Pour Patrice Caine, l'heure de gloire est donc arrivée... à seulement 44 ans. Et si certains lui reprochent sa jeunesse, donc une possible inexpérience, ils devraient toutefois se rappeler qu'avant lui, de glorieux anciens comme Denis Ranque et Alain Gomez, ont été nommés PDG au même âge que lui. La valeur n'attend donc pas le nombre des années, y compris en France... Et s'il est nommé PDG, il devra toutefois préparer la dissociation des fonctions entre directeur général, fonction qu'il exercera, et président du conseil. En tant que numéro deux de Jean-Bernard Lévy, il a également fait le job et plutôt bien en faisant tourner pendant près de deux ans la maison Thales au poste de directeur général en charge des opérations et de la performance. Un poste clé dans la bonne marche du groupe et le respect des objectifs fixés en termes de performances.

 

Un tandem avec Henri Proglio

Proglio-Caine, un tandem improbable à première vue à la tête de Thales. Mais à y regarder de plus près, Henri Proglio connaît bien la famille Caine, notamment le père de Patrice Caine, selon le journal Marianne. En outre, le frère du futur directeur général a été longtemps l'un des grands barons du groupe Veolia quand Henri Proglio était à la tête du numéro un mondial de la gestion de l'eau et des déchets. Pour Dassault, cela vaut donc quitus. Henri Proglio a servi de passerelle entre Patrice Caine, qui était assuré du soutien de tout l'Etat y compris de l'Elysée, et les Dassault, dont il n'est pas la tasse de thé. Mais Henri Proglio n'est pas n'importe qui chez Dassault, il fait partie du comité des sages chargé de conseiller les héritiers de Serge Dassault. Pour l'ancien patron d'EDF, c'est aussi un joli pied de nez à l'Etat.

Beau gosse, Patrice Caine, marié à une styliste, est un homme apprécié au sein de Thales qu'il connaît bien, et même très bien. Il est arrivé en 2002 dans le groupe où il a rejoint la direction de stratégie après avoir été conseiller technique en charge de l'énergie au cabinet de Laurent Fabius (2000-2002). Il n'a d'ailleurs pas changé depuis qu'il a pris le job de directeur général en charge des opérations et de la performance même si le poste était à risques. Il a su séduire les équipes de Thales par sa connaissance des dossiers, par sa disponibilité et son ouverture d'esprit. Sa présence aux côtés de Jean-Bernard Lévy à l'arrivée de celui-ci, avait notamment rassuré en grande partie la maison Thales.

 

Une trajectoire sans faute de goût

Diplômé de l'École polytechnique et de l'École des mines de Paris, Patrice Caine a débuté sa carrière en 1992 dans le groupe pharmaceutique Fournier avant de devenir conseiller en fusions et acquisitions et stratégie d'entreprise au sein de la banque Chaterhouse à Londres.
De 1995 à 1998, il est chargé de mission auprès du préfet de région Franche-Comté et parallèlement chef de la division Développement Industriel et Energie à la Direction Régionale de l'Industrie de la Recherche et de l'Environnement (DRIRE). De 1998 à 2000, il rejoint le conseil général des Mines, en charge des ressources humaines du corps des Mines. Parallèlement, il est responsable de la formation des ingénieurs-élèves des corps techniques de l'État à l'École des mines de Paris.

Il rejoint donc Thales en 2002. Il occupe de 2004 à 2012 des postes de direction dans différentes unités opérationnelles : communications tactiques, aéronautiques et navales, identification, navigation, radar, C4I Air, systèmes de défense aérienne et gestion du contrôle du trafic aérien.

 

voir aussi Thales : un conseil d'administration désormais à parité entre l'Etat et Dassault:

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22 décembre 2014 1 22 /12 /décembre /2014 08:35
HAL Looks To Hulk-Smash IAF's Avro Replacement Effort


21.12.2014 by Livefist
 

In case you haven't been following the Indian Air Force's effort to replace 56 Hawker-Siddley 748 Avro transport aircraft, I strongly suggest you lose no more time in doing so. It's playing out as one of the most absurdly contentious, supremely ugly competitions -- and here's the thing: it hasn't even begun yet. After several stops and starts over the last two years, the latest is that the MoD has twice deferred a decision on what to do with the single bid that's landed in response to the Buy-A-Few-Make-The-Rest-In-India tender request. Now the crux, the whole point, of the Avro replacement programme is to give India's so-far hungry but ignored private industry a chance to create aerospace capacity by competing for the lucrative project. HAL therefore was deliberately kept out of the competition. The MoD and IAF felt this made sense since HAL, a single point monopoly in all things military aviation in India, has overflowing order books, limited capacity for more, and a relationship with its prime customer that can at best be described, to borrow from Facebook, as 'complicated'. HAL's extreme irritation and opposition to a tender that explicitly excludes it from the reckoning is well known. But things just went to the next level, with the company now hiring the services of prominent former staff to help lobby against the programme, and if necessary derail the course it's currently on. Journalists , including myself, received copies of an e-mail former HAL board member R. Srinivasan, who served as Managing Director of the Helicopter Complex, has written to Minister of State in the MoD Rao Inderjit Singh and Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur specifically asking, as you'll see in a moment, pretty explicitly that the programme be canned and HAL be allowed to build the planes -- pretty much because the private sector isn't up for it. Or, as the e-mail tantalisingly ends, it points to 'strategic options' available to India ahead of President Obama's upcoming visit. I'm tempted to offer my comments on every line of the stunning letter you're about to read, but I'm going to leave you to it.

 
Here's the e-mail in full:
 


From: Radhakrishnan Srinivasan <***************@gmail.com>

Date: 16 December 2014 10:57:14 IST
To: mos-mod@******
Cc: defsecy@******, bckhanduri@*********
Subject: Request to hold Replacement of 56 Avro Aircraft by IAF till all relevant issues are analysed by PMO/RM
 
Respected Sir,
 
At the outset, I would like to introduce myself as R.Srinivasan, who had worked for four decades in the defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in several positions culminating in being appointed as a member of the Board of HAL as Managing Director of Helicopter Complex and subsequently as Director (Human Resources) before superannuating in May 2011. I had thoroughly enjoyed the various challenging assignments I had in the course of my long career in HAL and even after retirement, it is my pleasure to keep myself abreast of all the developments in HAL that have a bearing on its future. Certain recent decisions of the Government of India on an important defence project have left me greatly disturbed and in this context, I would like to draw your kind attention to the ‘Request for Proposal’ (REP) for Avro Aircraft Replacement released by IAF for procurement of 56 aircraft. The RFP was released on 8th May 2013 soliciting responses from OEMs with participation from only Indian private Industry.
 
2. With the laudable intent to develop private sector in the area of aircraft manufacturing, Govt. had cleared the proposal for replacement of 56 Avro transport aircraft of IAF under “Buy and Make” route.  The Avro aircraft were produced during the early 60s to 80s under technology transfer at Kanpur by HAL. A total of 89 aircraft were produced, 67 for IAF and the balance for civil customers. IAF currently holds 56 aircraft, which it wants to replace by an aircraft with “Tactical Airlift” capability.
 
3. The Approval of Necessity (AON) for the subject Avro case was approved for fulfilling the tactical airlift capability gap in the 5-tonne class of aircraft. Avro does not have Tactical Airlift capability, the ground on which Approval of Necessity (AON) was sought and accorded.  Hence, this proposal is not for Avro replacement but a fresh procurement case. IAF, in its inventory, has aircraft like AN-32, C-130J and C-17 which are equipped with functionalities for such applications viz. rear ramp, high altitude operational capability, auxiliary power unit etc.  Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA), catering to this specific capability, is also under development jointly between UAC-TA, Russia and HAL. IAF’s Tactical Airlift capability, therefore, has not been dependent on Avros and justifying replacement of Avro on grounds of declining tactical airlift capability does not sound logical.
 
4. The tender issued in May’13, for the subject case had to be extended several times due to requests from foreign OEMs for more time required in identifying an Indian partner. Notable part of the tender was exclusion of entire PSUs of India from participation as approved by Defence Acquisition Council, to avoid any competition from it.  Foreign OEMs were required to identify an Indian partner other than PSU, supply initial 16 aircraft from their original facilities and provide technology transfer for manufacture of balance 40 aircraft by the Indian partner. Foreign OEM would, however be the main contractor as the contract for 56 aircraft is required to be signed between the OEM and IAF, while the, Indian partner would only be a vendor to the foreign OEM.
 
5. The noticeable apathy of Indian private companies in partnering with any OEM, can be easily gauged. Low number of requirement, upper hand of the foreign OEM in deciding the terms and conditions, low margins, high capital investment, high skill requirement, long term engagement over the life of the aircraft for maintenance support, remote possibility of the selected platform for civil use etc. are some of the factors which cannot be easily overlooked by any private entrepreneur.  The result is in front of us for all to see. After more than one and a half years of deliberations, we today have only one offer from Airbus Military with TATA as Indian partner, for the aircraft which can otherwise be competitively selected and economically produced if the requirements are carefully identified and available facilities and expertise in the country are utilised.
 
6. The proposed Airbus C-295 aircraft is almost of double the capacity (9.25 T payload/ 71 seats) as against that required for Avro replacement (5 T payload/50 seats), flew for the first time way back in 1997 and only around 100 numbers have so far been sold over the last 17 years  IAF’s requirement of 56 numbers would definitely be attractive to Airbus with TATAs providing ideal partnership, as they have insider information about HAL, the only integrated aviation company in India.TATA,  being a large business house, can effectively influence the Govt .decision in their favour. The erstwhile Chairman of the Tata Group had served as an Independent Director on HAL Board for two terms for a total of 5 years and had been privy to all important information about the company’s plans and policies. This opportunity provided to TATAs has enabled them to systematically diversify into Aviation.
 
7. Nations, world over, have followed the concept of flagship companies in various business segments. Aviation is a business, in which countries have followed the concept of National Champion and consolidation of aviation industries taking place world over is proof of the same. Boeing and Airbus are classic examples of how these flagship companies have played the role as National Champions in their respective countries. We in India too, have done the same. Aeronautics India Limited formed in 1960 as a private company was consolidated in 1964 with other aviation agencies as HAL, for the same reason. Several companies with the same competencies cannot co-exist and be competitive in aviation sector due to the sector specific and inherent characteristics like low volumes, large capital, high skill set, cutting edge technologies, long term engagement etc. It would never be advisable to create multiple infrastructures/capacities/capabilities for similar type of products with enormous capital, and allow idling of the same at public expense.
 
8. Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call for Make in India aims to create new manufacturing capability within the country as well as optimally utilise the available capability. Setting up of new facility at the cost of non-utilisation of existing public funded infrastructure would never be the objective.  On the contrary, it means loading more work to existing facilities so that they achieve the desired scales of economy for competitive manufacturing.  The global competitiveness, as Hon’ble Prime Minister has rightly pointed out, can only be achieved with  the right combination of skill, scale and speed.  Given the scale, available skill can produce the required speed. This is where Govt’s intervention and support are required in enabling a DPSU like HAL to become globally competitive. ‘Make at any Cost’ is not the underlying mantra that the call for ‘Make in India’ implies. Economic unreasonability is not and can never be the rationale behind the ‘Make in India’ campaign. I strongly believe that the current proposal is heading in the direction of ‘economic unreasonability’,  given the unavoidable duplication of capital infrastructure requirements at a huge cost.
 
9. I invite your kind attention to the above case and sincerely request that the matter be  re-examined from a larger and wider perspective keeping in view the nature and intricacies of aviation business. If IAF is allowed to pursue this case further in the proposed format, it will not be achieving the objectives underlined by Hon’ble Prime Minister but will only be turning the ’Make in India’ drive into ‘Make by TATA’. In fact, the AON itself needs to be revisited and reviewed from the points of view of necessity, specification as well as mode of procurement. Make in India does not mean that production in India is done by only the top 3 or 4 big business houses. Hon’ble Prime Minister wants it to be done with the concept of inclusive growth as the basis. The Govt. may also like to decide this deal keeping in view the various strategic options it has, in view of the forthcoming visit of President of USA to India.
 
With best regards,
(R. Srinivasan)
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F/A-18 Hornet: Elinkaaripäivitys 2 - Mid-Life Upgrade 2



20 déc. 2014  Puolustusvoimat - Försvarsmakten - The Finnish Defence Forces

 

Ilmavoimien F/A-18 Hornet-kalusto on ylläpitopäivitysten myötä operatiivisesti parhaassa käyttöiässä. Ilmasta maahan -kyvyn rakentumisen myötä kaluston koko operatiivinen kyky ja ominaisuudet saadaan täysimääräisesti käyttöön.

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Third batch of four O3b satellites successfully launched

 

Cannes, December 18, 2014Thales Alenia Space

 

The third batch of four satellites in the O3b medium Earth orbit (MEO) constellation, operated by O3b Networks, was successfully launched by Arianespace on December 18 from French Guiana using a Soyuz rocket.
 

The first four satellites have been in orbit since June 2013, while the second batch, launched on July 10, 2014. The constellation of 8 became fully operational in September. The services offered by these eight satellites are highly successful – confirming the validity of the O3b design based on high-throughput and low latency.  

Positioned at an altitude of 8,062 kilometers (about 5,000 miles), four times closer to the earth than geostationary satellites, these Ka-band satellites offer high speed, low-latency connectivity to Internet and telecommunications service providers in emerging markets. O3b Networks supplies trunking and mobile backhaul connectivity services to telecom operators and service providers at speeds comparable to those offered by fiber-optic networks.

Jean Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space said: “This launch is a new major step in the deployment of the O3b constellation and provides further proof of Thales Alenia Space's leadership in telecom constellations. We are very proud to be working with our customer O3b on this exciting endeavor that provides telecommunications services and high-speed Internet connectivity to billions of people who were previously unable to access broadband services.”

Steve Collar, CEO of O3b said: “O3b already provides connections to customers who bring life changing connectivity in remote places such as Papua New Guinea, East Timor, The Cook Islands, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and customer feedback has been excellent. O3b Networks is definitively a “game changer” for Internet connectivity and we are pleased to have a strong partnership with Thales Alenia Space to provide the  O3b  satellites”.

 

About Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), is a key European player in space telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration and orbital infrastructures. Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio form the two parent companies' “Space Alliance”, which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Because of its unrivaled expertise in dual (civil/military) missions, constellations, flexible payloads, altimetry, meteorology and high-resolution optical and radar instruments, Thales Alenia Space is the natural partner to countries that want to expand their space program. The company posted consolidated revenues in excess of 2 billion euros in 2013, and has 7,500 employees in six countries. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

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20 décembre 2014 6 20 /12 /décembre /2014 13:55
photo Groupe La Poste

photo Groupe La Poste

 

19.12.2014 Par lefigaro.fr

 

Une filiale du groupe français a mené avec succès un test de livraison de colis par drone, rejoignant ainsi d'autres entreprises comme les géants du Web Amazon et Google.



La société de distribution de colis GeoPost, filiale du groupe La Poste, a indiqué vendredi avoir mené des tests en septembre dernier sur l'utilisation d'un drone pour la livraison de colis.
Cet essai effectué "sur le site du Centre d'études et d'essai pour modèles autonomes (CEEMA) dans le Var", a permis de démontrer la viabilité de ce système en conditions réelles, indique GeoPost dans un communiqué. Un colis de deux kilos a été livré à une distance de plus d'un kilomètre.

Le succès de cette expérimentation alimente la réflexion menée autour de l'utilisation de drones pour accéder à des zones isolées comme les montagnes, les îles ou à la campagne. "Cette nouvelle technologie permettrait également de répondre à de nombreuses situations d'urgence", souligne le communiqué. Dans le cadre de ce test, GeoPost a missionné Atechsys, une entreprise varoise spécialisée dans les systèmes autonomes qui travaille également sur des robots sous-marin.

Jeff Bezos, le patron-fondateur du géant américain de la distribution en ligne Amazon, avait évoqué pour la première fois fin 2013 son projet "Prime Air", visant à livrer des petits paquets par drone en au maximum 30 minutes. DHL, la filiale de la poste allemande, s'est également déjà servi de drones pour livrer des médicaments sur une île isolée. Le géant du Web Google dispose lui même d'un programme de recherche et développement sur le sujet.

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Ankunft des ersten A400M in Deutschland


19 déc. 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 12/2014 14E33002

 

Nun kann auch die Bundeswehr einen A400M ihr Eigen nennen. Bundesministerin Ursula von der Leyen empfängt das Transportflugzeug samt Crew in Wunstorf bei Hannover. Der Militärflugplatz des Lufttransportgeschwaders 62 ist die neue Heimat des ersten A400M der Luftwaffe.
 

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Airbus helicopters - Greetings 2015

19 déc. 2014 Airbus HC

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Merlin Mk2 Helicopter Takes Part in Royal Navy’s Exercise Deep Blue


19 déc. 2014 Lockheed Martin

 

In June 2014, the Royal Navy’s new Merlin Mk2 helicopters took part in Exercise Deep Blue, off the south coast of England. The anti-submarine warfare exercise was designed to test the helicopters which were recently upgraded by Lockheed Martin UK through the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme. Nine Merlin Mk2s were involved in Deep Blue, the largest concentration of Merlins at sea. More than 250 Royal Navy personnel deployed on HMS Illustrious and HMS Westminster for the exercise which lasted several weeks. Find out more at www.lockheedmartin.co.uk

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Defence experts meet to discuss implications of Additive Manufacturing


Brussels - 19 December, 2014 European Defence Agency
 

More than 50 experts from Ministries of Defence, industry and academia have met in an EDA workshop held in ONERA to discuss the implications of additive manufacturing for defence capabilities.
 
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it is more commonly known, has received widespread media attention in the past few years. From prototypes for car manufacturers through to a fully 3D printed house in the Netherlands, the technology has the potential to radically change manufacturing across a host of industries, defence industries. As such Additive Manufacturing has been recognised as a key cross-cutting technology that could enhance defence capabilities in the EDA’s group working on Materials and Structures.

3D printing has particular benefits for the defence industry – where the need for tailored or adapted components is important. The technology will enable the manufacturing of pieces on demand, reducing the logistics of deploying spare parts and also making possible to develop tailored parts for a damage system in operations.

 

Connecting European experts

The main objective of the EDA workshop was to identify the potential impact of these technologies in Defence. Twenty-two speakers from eight different MS provided an exhaustive overview of the technology. The workshop gave background information on the state of the art of different additive manufacturing technologies, on-going work at EU level, and provided an overview of related projects, their synergies and future activities.

The needs of the air, maritime, energy industry for defence applications were presented, highlighting the capability gaps and the need for research & technology. In addition, presentations on specific technologies and steps in the value chain were included, such as: High strength steel by SLM, protection and highly dynamic behaviour, functional integration and weight reduction, novel materials and structural repairing, process modelling, qualification, certification, international standards development, metal powder processes, and the road to production. The information gathered during the workshop will help to identify the areas were further research is needed for the application of this technologies in the Defence sector. Furthermore, the synergies created during the event will create a network of experts on Additive Manufacturing within the EDA framework.

 

More information

For further information contact GEM1@eda.europa.eu  

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L'Ukraine se dotera de radars anti-mortiers US

 

18.12.2014 par La Voix de la Russie

 

L'Ukraine envisage d'acheter des radars anti-mortiers à la société américaine Defense Technology Inc, a annoncé mercredi à Kiev le consortium public ukrainien Ukroboronprom.

 

"Des nouveaux radars anti-mortiers AN/TPQ-49 commandés par le ministère ukrainien de la Défense arriveront au début de 2015. La société publique Ukrinmash, qui fait partie d'Ukroboronprom, a signé un contrat approprié avec la société américaine Defense Technology Inc", a indiqué le consortium dans un communiqué.

 

Selon Ukroboronprom, les radars anti-mortiers en question sont capables de détecter immédiatement les postes de tir ennemis et ont une portée de 50 m à 10 km.

 

Ukrinmash a déjà signé des contrats avec le français Thales Group et les sociétés américaines ATN Corp et Barrett Firearms sur la livraison d'armes et équipements militaires modernes.

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U.S. military wants bullets that can change direction after being fired

 

December 16, 2014 by David Pugliese

 

New .50-caliber bullets that can change direction after they have been fired could soon make U.S. military snipers more deadly, the American publication, the Stars and Stripes reports.

 

More from the Stars and Stripes article:

The EXACTO program — or Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance — is being developed by California’s Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC at the behest of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, according to a DARPA video posted on YouTube.

 

 

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M1110 40mmx46 DayNight Trainer cartridge

M1110 40mmx46 DayNight Trainer cartridge

 

18 December 2014 naval-technology.com

 

Rheinmetall Munitions has won three framework contracts from the US Navy and the US Marine Corps (USMC) for the delivery of advanced infantry and screening smoke munitions.

 

The three IDIQ framework contracts, worth $127.8m and running through 2019, comprise one for the delivery of M1110 40 x 46mm day/night training cartridge and two for 66mm vehicle-launched screening smoke grenades.

 

To be built at the company's Camden facility in Arkansas, initial deliveries of 40mm ammunition are scheduled to commence in mid-2015.

 

However, the 66mm grenades ordered by both the USMC and the US Navy will be built at the Rheinmetall's Neuenburg plant in Germany.

 

Already eligible for deployment by the Marine Corps, the M1110 40 x 46mm low-velocity (LV) cartridge is mainly aimed at allowing infantry forces to conduct live fire training at night, as well as in all weather and range conditions.

 

Currently deployed by global militaries, including the US, the UK and several other Nato countries, Rheinmetall's family of 66mm smoke grenades are claimed to be the world's most advanced screening and obscuration munitions for vehicle protection.

 

Rheinmetall's 66mm smoke grenades use a composition of red phosphorus (RP) that offers effective and durable screening effects in both the visual and infrared bands and secures combat vehicles from observation and laser illuminators, targeting devices and rangefinders.

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Right product, Right partner


18 déc. 2014 BAE Systems

 

Choosing the right Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) for Denmark is an important decision.

With this industrial involvement in mind, Paul Hitchcock - Vice President at BAE Systems - explains what potential Danish industrial partners can expect from the company.

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India Launches Its Largest Space Rocket

India’s ISRO has successfully carried out the first suborbital test launch of India’s next-generation GSLV Mk III space launcher, which carried a 3,775 kg test payload. (ISRO photo)

 

Dec 19, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: India Space Research Organisation; issued Dec 18, 2014)

 

First Experimental Flight of India's Next Generation Launch Vehicle GSLV Mk-III Successful

 

The first experimental flight (GSLV Mk-III X/CARE) of India's next generation launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III was successfully conducted today (December 18, 2014) morning from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. Also known as LVM3-X/CARE, this suborbital experimental mission was intended to test the vehicle performance during the critical atmospheric phase of its flight and thus carried a passive (non-functional) cryogenic upper stage.

 

The mission began with the launch of GSLV Mk-III at 9:30 am IST from the Second Launch Pad as scheduled and about five and a half minutes later, carried its payload - the 3775 kg Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE) - to the intended height of 126 km. Following this, CARE separated from the upper stage of GSLV Mk-III and re-entered the atmosphere and safely landed over Bay of Bengal with the help of its parachutes about 20 minutes 43 seconds after lift-off.

 

Two massive S-200 solid strap-on boosters, each carrying 207 tons of solid propellants, ignited at vehicle lift-off and after functioning normally, separated 153.5 seconds later. L110 liquid stage ignited 120 seconds after lift-off, while S200s were still functioning, and carried forward for the next 204.6 seconds.

 

CARE separated from the passive C25 cryogenic upper stage of GSLV Mk-III 330.8 seconds after lift-off and began its guided descent for atmospheric re-entry.

 

After the successful re-entry phase, CARE module's parachutes opened, following which it gently landed over Andaman Sea about 1600 km from Sriharikota, there by successfully concluding the GSLV Mk-III X/CARE mission.

 

With today's successful GSLV Mk-III X / CARE mission, the vehicle has moved a step closer to its first developmental flight with the functional C25 cryogenic upper stage.

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Top Gun fuze photo IAI

Top Gun fuze photo IAI

 

13/12/2014 IsraelDefense

 

Pursuant to Operation Protective Edge, the IDF Ground Arm has decided to complete the development process and initiate procurement in the context of the "precision artillery shell" project

 

The IDF Ground Arm has decided to complete the development process and initiate procurement in the context of the "precision artillery shell" project.

 

MAFAT, IMOD's Weapon System & Future Technological Infrastructure Research & Development Administration, had initially supported two primary projects involving the manufacture of precision guidance fuzes for artillery shells: the fuze designated "Top Gun" by IAI and the fuze designated "Silver Bullet" by Rokar, a subsidiary of the BAE Systems Group.

 

The fuze is intended to convert any "dumb" artillery shell into a precision-guided munition.

 

The idea behind the development effort was to convert "standard" artillery layouts, that are part of every military organization around the world, into systems possessing the ability to launch precision-guided munitions with an accuracy radius of ten meters, for a price that may be regarded as relatively inexpensive, so that ground forces may be able to afford the acquisition of the new measure.

 

In the case of the Silver Bullet fuze, the shell leaves the muzzle of the gun with the fins already deployed. The location data of the shell are continuously transmitted and picked up by a two-way antenna. The uploading of target data into the computer inside the fuze is accomplished through wireless communication.

 

The Top Gun fuze by IAI also passed a series of trials in previous years. In the Top Gun fuze, the fins are deployed after the shell has left the muzzle of the gun. They are identical in size and function much like the wings of an aircraft.

 

The IDF Ground Arm made a decision to acquire "a precision guidance fuze" and will select one of the options being offered.

 

Converting "dumb" artillery shells into precision-guided munitions can be a significant force multiplier for any artillery unit. Converting standard shells into precision-guided munitions will also make it possible to engage targets in densely-populated combat zones that characterize the modern battlefield, as concerns about hitting uninvolved parties – as was the case during Operation Protective Edge – will be minimized.

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Introducing the IAF's &quot;secret of youth&quot;


18.12.2014 David Greenwald - IAF


While the price of new aircrafts is skyrocketing to unprecedented levels, the IAF manages to preserve its old planes and use them year after year. Introducing the IAF's "secret of youth"

 

The aircraft market, like many others, is becoming more and more expensive. The platforms and technologies continue to advance and reach prices countries cannot afford, a process that leads to a decrease in the development and the purchase of new planes.

The Israeli Air Force prefers to extend the life span of its aircrafts instead of buying new ones. While performing these extensions, the IAF is obligated to maintain the flight safety and operational relevance of its planes. Extending the life span of planes and improving their systems are some of the IAF's most exceptional capabilities, and a major contribution to its strength: While foreign air forces shut down their aircraft, the IAF operates its planes for years on end. How is this done?

Like Good Wine
The processes of extending the life span of an aircraft and improving its systems are different and completely separate from one another. Two units are in charge of these processes: the first is the aerial maintenance unit, which specializes in the body of the plane. The second is the IAF electronics unit, which deals with the electronic systems of the plane, which are considered the heart of the plane.

The process of extending the life span includes a general repair, aimed at ensuring that the plane flies safely for a few more years. This treatment includes the body of the plane, its mechanical components, the rotor head, and the wiring systems. On the other hand, the upgrade process is performed by both units. In order to adjust the aircraft to the current operational needs, the units install the latest military systems in the field of arming, self-defense, radar, communication, display and many more.

In other words, the first process is a "medical treatment" for the plane to allow it to keep living, while the second process is about improving the plane to make it work better.

Live Long And Prosper
When the Israeli government purchases a new plane, helicopter or any other platform from the manufacturer, which is usually located in the US, it receives all the relevant information about it. Fighter jets are designed to fly for 30-40 years without the need for significant repairs, except routine maintenance and checkups.

"The manufacturer knows when the plane is expected to develop fatigue malfunctions and when parts of the plane become dangerous to use. Our aim is to understand the forecasts and to build an improvement plan to ensure safe flights and reasonable maintenance costs", says Colonel S', Commander of the Aerial Maintenance Unit. "Our planes and helicopters still have some of the original parts, because they work just fine. We can anticipate corrosion, cracks and other problems caused by fatigue, and deal with them before they become a safety hazard".

Up until the previous decade, it was customary to perform upgrades after 15-20 years, in order to refresh the operational systems and fix safety problems. Today, some aircraft go through a second or a third round, like the Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters, which are currently undergoing improvements to allow them to fly safely for many years to come. In the 90s, these helicopters went through the same process, which gave them the capability to continue to fly until today. This is, of course, only one example out of many.

Old Aircraft, New Challenges
The challenges that Israel faced in the years when most of the currently active aircraft of the IAF were purchased are completely different from the challenges it faces today. Large and fast fighter jets are being replaced with small, fast unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with low RCS. In order for a plane that was built four decades ago to be able to perform missions relevant to modern warfare, it is necessary that it be upgraded significantly. And indeed, the IAF is constantly improving the capabilities of its aircraft. "The operational challenges of the IAF are very unique and its advanced electronic systems, which are mostly exclusive to the IAF, give it the needed advantages", says Colonel A, Commander of the Electronics Unit.

"Together with the many electronic upgrades we perform, the electronics world is advancing rapidly and the systems we install today may become too challenging or even irrelevant tomorrow, and therefore the unit must maintain a high level of professionalism".

Introducing the IAF's &quot;secret of youth&quot;Introducing the IAF's &quot;secret of youth&quot;
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CP140M Aurora opération IMPACT (30 oct 2014) – photo MDN

CP140M Aurora opération IMPACT (30 oct 2014) – photo MDN


16.12.2014 45eNord.ca
 

IMP Aerospace delivered the first of three CP-140M Aurora fitted with an advanced Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite communications system on schedule and under budget today approximately a month after its arrival. Participation at the delivery ceremony included the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant General Yvan Blondin, as well as Director Air Requirements, Colonel Ian Lightbody, and 14 Wing Commander Iain Huddleston.

The prototype CP-140M Aurora aircraft will provide an improved Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability in support of Canada’s military requirements internationally. In concert with DND personnel, IMP Aerospace provided the installation design and modification of the IBLOS system in Halifax, NS. The system enables secure high-speed data streaming from the aircraft via satellite in areas which are remote from familiar ground stations.

« IMP Aerospace has supported the CP-140 Aurora fleet since its entry into service with the RCAF and has engineered and installed numerous modifications and enhancements to the aircraft on behalf of the RCAF. I’m very pleased that this urgent requirement was completed on schedule and under budget to the RCAF and will provide them with enhanced operational capabilities, » stated David Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence.

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A400M Germany Complete Process


18 déc. 2014 Airbus DS

 

Germany takes delivery of its first Airbus A400M. http://bit.ly/1AuXlyU

Check out the First Engine run, First Taxi, Painting and First Flight of A400M aircraft for the German Air Force.

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European Defence Matters - The Role of the European Defence Agency

 

source EU Defence Agency

 

European Defence Agency is the place for defence cooperation enabling EU Member States to strengthen their defence capabilities. Find out more about the work of the Agency in this video.

The EDA was formed in 2004 to build and enhance cooperation between European Member States around a common goal of mutual security. The EU and member states need to be able to protect their citizens and interests locally and globally. The only EU member that does not participate is Denmark, meaning that there are 27 other member nations. It's mission is to improve the effectiveness of defence expenditure.

The European Defence Agency is bringing greater harmonisation into the operations of the European defence industry. Currently each member has rules about the operating standards of equipment and training, but each set of rules is slightly different creating a significant amount of administration. By developing a standard framework for these rules and procedures, EDA is helping to streamline the work of the European defence technological and industrial base and make defence cooperation smoother.

As this harmonisation gathers pace, defense cooperation can become more integrated and able to respond more swiftly to both military and humanitarian situations. There are also great benefits still to be unlocked by working more closely together as defense research projects can be combined with multiple members contributing to different parts of development and innovation. This work also includes the testing of munitions and missiles. In time this will bring Europe much closer to its goal of smart defence.

Greater defence cooperation, regulations, standardisation and certification also requires and enables an increase in defence capabilities and armament cooperation. These matters can help reduce costs for national budgets while simultaneously generating operational improvements. It has also been possible to benefit from access to the European Union's budget by providing funds for greater research and development.

The European Defence Agency also has an Action Plan that will bring about harmonisation in safety features. As with deployment and operating standards, there are also differences between the ways that weapons are stored, stockpiled and transported between EU Member States and eliminating these differences will lead to both safety and cost improvements. It is also believed that these changes will help the European ammunition industry to increase it's competitiveness as it will have less administration to deal with from different member clients.

EDA is also bringing members together to work much more closely towards maritime awareness and having the very best maritime picture. This enables different navies to share the same maritime picture when cooperating on joint missions, such as against piracy or anti drug trafficking operations. This network is called MARSUR and has 15 member states. It is a project for European navies that is built by European navies which enables it to provide the solutions that they want and need.

The current Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency is Claude-France Arnould. By overseeing the organisation and representing it at a political level, she has enabled the Ministries of Defence to come together and share best practices and ideas with their partners and help to develop the institution in the ways that they will benefit the most from. In her words, "Cooperation is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity".

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First German Air Force A400M maiden flight


18 déc. 2014 Airbus DS

 

First Flight of German Air Force A400M and interview to experimental Test Pilot Thomas Wilhelm, who captained the flight.

More info about A400M: http://bit.ly/11OQ3eu

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Combat boat with missile (image : Militaryphotos)

Combat boat with missile (image : Militaryphotos)

 

18.12.2014 Defense Studies


MANILA (PNA) -- In a bid to improve its territorial sea interdiction capabilities, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced that it will be acquiring missile-armed MPACs (multi-purpose assault craft) to beef up its patrol force.

This was announced by PN vice commander Rear Admiral Caesar C. Taccad during Tuesday's briefing on modernization.

"It will be armed with stabilized weapon system with fire control complemented with a short to medium range missile system," he added.

The MPACs will be designed for territorial sea interdiction operations with maritime situational awareness and limited credible deterrence in the protection of the country's interest at the West Philippine Sea, Taccad stated

"And it may also be used for internal security operations and humanitarian assistance disaster response operations," he stressed.

The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier announced that it is allocating Php270 million to acquire three missile-armed MPACs.

The money will be sourced from the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund of 2000.

The contract includes mission essential equipment.

Mission essential equipment includes day/night electronic navigation systems, communication suites, safety-of-life-at-sea, propulsion system and seamanship and ship-handling gears.

The PN currently operates a force of six MPACs.

Three of the PN's MPACs are sourced from Taiwan while the remaining three were ordered from Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation, which is based in Subic Bay, Zambales.

These ships are 16.5 meters long, 4.76 meters wide and has a draft of one meter and a top speed of 45 knots.

Each one costs around Php90 million. It has a range 300 nautical miles. The hull is made of high-quality aluminum and is crewed by one officer and four enlisted personnel. It is capable of carrying 16 fully-equipped troopers or two tons of cargo.

The MPAC is capable of operating in territorial waters up to "Sea State 3" (slight waves) without any system degradation. It is armed with one .50 caliber and two 7.62mm machine guns. 

(PNA)

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