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15P High-maneuverability 105mm howitzer Fire Assault Vehicle at AirShow China 2014 in Zhuhai, China. - photo Army Recognition

15P High-maneuverability 105mm howitzer Fire Assault Vehicle at AirShow China 2014 in Zhuhai, China. - photo Army Recognition

December 15, 2014: Strategy Page

Chinese firms are now offering combat versions of some of their commercial trucks. A recent example is the Type 15P, which is an armored (against rifle and light machine-gun fire as well as shell fragments) version of the popular SX2110 4x4 three axle all-terrain truck. This seven ton vehicle has 280 HP engine and can carry up to five tons. The Type 15P is configured as an “assault” vehicle and is armed with a 105mm howitzer that has a max range of 11 kilometers but is meant for direct fire (at targets the Type 15P crew can see) using high explosive or anti-tank (HEAT) shells. There is also a 12.7mm machine-gun and eight smoke grenade launchers.

China has already been producing a lot of armored and heavily armed vehicles based on the American hummer. In the 1990s China tried Russian and European designs in their search for a new tactical truck (similar to the American hummer), they finally settled on a hummer clone of their own. China still uses the Russian and German designs for most of its tactical vehicles but it is also buying a growing number of locally made hummer clones. These have been widely adopted by the military in the last decade, and a civilian version has been popular with commercial firms operating in remote areas, especially outside of China.

China got their hands on an American hummer (M998 HMMWV) in 1988 as a gift from the manufacturer. Initially Chinese military officials felt the hummer was too expensive. But the performance of the hummer in the 1991 Gulf War, plus the growing presence of the American civilian version of the hummer (especially those brought in by oil companies for use in remote areas), changed minds. By 2003, two Chinese companies were producing hummer clones and the Chinese Army adopted one of them as the EQ2050. By 2012 an armored version (the EQ2058) was developed.

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LTE by Thales: Nexium Wireless


15 déc. 2014 Thales


Discover our video to know more about Nexium Wireless, the Thales’s mission-critical LTE Solution.

NEXIUM Wireless, the first and unique LTE solution which is adapted to civil and military security forces’ mission-critical applications. learn more : https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldw...

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15 décembre 2014 1 15 /12 /décembre /2014 17:50
Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo


15 déc. 2014 BAE Systems


We’ve been awarded a £270 million contract by The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) to upgrade the Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo for the Royal Navy’s submarines.

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HMS Astute (S119) photo Royal Navy

HMS Astute (S119) photo Royal Navy


15 December 2014 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


The deal with BAE Systems ensures the sustainment of the UK’s torpedo manufacturing capability in Portsmouth for another 10 years.


The MOD has awarded a £270 million contract to upgrade the Royal Navy’s Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes.

The Spearfish programme supports 60 jobs in Portsmouth where the torpedo is designed and manufactured with an additional 40 new skilled engineering vacancies being recruited for to work on the programme by BAE Systems.

The company also estimates that hundreds of jobs will be sustained in the company’s supply chain.

This year the MOD has already awarded BAE Systems a £600 million contract to run Portsmouth Naval Base and a £70 million Type 45 destroyer support contract that combined sustains more than 2,000 jobs in the Portsmouth region, including skilled engineering roles.

Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, said:

This contract award is good news for the Royal Navy, the UK and the city of Portsmouth where around 100 engineering jobs will be created or sustained.

Portsmouth continues to play a significant part in defence as illustrated by this contract award and has a bright future ahead of it thanks to recent investment such as the £600 milliion contract to run the naval base, sustaining thousands of jobs, and the upcoming £100 million of infrastructure work to prepare the city for the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers.

The Spearfish Upgrade includes a new warhead, a change to the fuel system to improve safety, full digitisation of the weapon and a new fibre optic guidance link to improve performance.

They are carried by the Royal Navy’s Astute, Vanguard and Trafalgar Class submarines and can target both underwater and surface threats.

Once the torpedo has been fired Spearfish homes in on its target using sonar and will be controlled by the submarine after launch via the new fibre optic link.

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Understanding our past: Naval life in the 1600's


12 déc. 2014 Saab

On the 10 August 1628 the Vasa warship capsized and sank into the depths of the archipelago off the island of Beckholmen at the entrance to Stockholm. There it remained until 24 April 1961, when the ship was fully returned to the surface, in preserved form, thanks to the mud down below. Now, 383 years after sinking, a replica of one of Vasa's cannons has been test-fired for the first time.

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15 décembre 2014 1 15 /12 /décembre /2014 12:56
L'ONERA sur les rails pour préparer Ariane 6

L’étage central et le troisième étage seront équipés des moteurs à ergols cryogéniques  Vulcain 2 (adapté de la version Ariane 5 ECA) et VINCI (développé pour Ariane 5 ME et Ariane 6). Les propulseurs à poudre du premier étage reprennent la technologie développée pour le petit lanceur Vega d’Arianespace.


13.12.2014 ONERA


L’Europe a tranché. Le prochain lanceur spatial européen sera Ariane 6 - low-cost et opérationnel dès 2020. L’ONERA est prêt pour les travaux R&T à mener sur le futur lanceur, dans la continuité de son soutien à la filière Ariane.


Les décisions prises à la Conférence Ministérielle de l’ESA du 2 décembre 2014, ont confirmé le besoin crucial de maintenir la compétitivité européenne des lanceurs et ont conduit à retenir pour 2020 une configuration modulaire Ariane 6 PHH (trois étages avec les modes de propulsion : « Poudre », « Hydrogène », « Hydrogène »), avec deux variantes : 


La coopération ONERA-CNES est historique dans le domaine des lanceurs. L’ONERA a ainsi activement contribué par ses travaux de R&T et d’essais expérimentaux à la fiabilité du lanceur Ariane 5 et au confort de ses charges utiles.

L’expertise de l’ONERA est forte dans la compréhension des phénomènes complexes en propulsion solide et liquide, en aérodynamique, en aérothermique, en acoustique et en mécanique du vol avec la définition de lois de pilotage des lanceurs. L’ONERA  a plus récemment contribué à la préparation du futur Ariane 6, dans une version antérieure PPH (« Poudre », « Poudre », « Hydrogène »).

Aujourd’hui, le choix de la nouvelle configuration donne une nouvelle impulsion aux thématiques « R&T lanceurs » qui vont se poursuivre dans le cadre de l’accord de partenariat ONERA-CNES et des  Programmes d’Intérêt Commun (PIC) récemment lancés :

  • instabilités hautes fréquences
  • écoulement dans les tuyères
  • transferts thermiques dans les moteurs
  • simulation du bruit de jet lanceur
  • conception des structures composites
  • pilotage des lanceurs 

La poursuite de ces PIC fera l’objet d’une deuxième tranche de travaux de 2016 à 2018.

De plus, un nouveau PIC est cours de préparation sur les oscillations de poussée (ODP) et les travaux en assistance technique sur les ondes de souffle (phénomènes critiques pour les lanceurs) vont se poursuivre.

Lors de la rencontre bilatérale CNES ONERA du 8 octobre 2014, il a été acté le renforcement de la coopération dans les différents domaines de la recherche spatiale. Dans le domaine des lanceurs, pour le post Ariane 6, un axe d’étude envisagé est celui des lanceurs réutilisables


L'ONERA sur les rails pour préparer Ariane 6

Simulation numérique ONERA CEDRE de l’onde de souffle d'une configuration étudiée en avant-projet pour Ariane 6. Enjeu : s’assurer de la bonne évacuation de cette onde de pression lors des premières secondes du lancement, afin qu’elle n’endommage pas le satellite situé dans la coiffe.

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Brimstone on Typhoon - photo BAE Systems

Brimstone on Typhoon - photo BAE Systems


12 December 2014 BAE Systems


We have completed the first full trial installation of MBDA’s Brimstone missile onto a Typhoon aircraft.


The trial fit is an important milestone in demonstrating the integration of the missile with the aircraft and follows the successful completion of an initial £5M study contract awarded to us by the UK’s Ministry of Defence earlier this year.  The trials are helping to pave the way for Brimstone 2 integration for the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) by 2018. 


Six Brimstone missiles were fitted to the aircraft, each wing carrying a launcher with three missiles. Training missiles were used for the purposes of the trial and demonstrated that the weapon can be fitted to the aircraft.  The aircraft was also fitted with two Paveway IV precision guided bombs, showing the baseline Phase 3 Enhancements Air-to-Surface configuration which will provide RAF Typhoon operators with a multi-role platform capable of addressing a wide range of target sets and delivering a variety of proportional precision weapon effects.


Andy Blythe, Test Pilot said “Brimstone is an extremely flexible combat low collateral damage missile which was proven on the Tornado GR4.  Brimstone 2 is the next iteration of the weapon and building on its previous successes, will undoubtedly provide the RAF with a potent capability. When the system is paired with Typhoon and Paveway IV, the aircraft will be able to engage a huge cross section of potential targets.”


The current Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone which Brimstone 2 replaces is effective against the most challenging, high speed and manoeuvring targets over land and sea. As a low collateral, close air support weapon it is already combat proven by the RAF in Afghanistan, Libya and most recently in Iraq on the Tornado GR4.


Fitting of the Brimstone missile comes in a year that has seen progress across a range of programmes for Typhoon.  The UK RAF are now operating the most advanced Typhoon to date with the latest Phase 1 Enhancement package now in operation.  This upgrade delivers true simultaneous swing-role capability to Typhoon.


Progress is also being made across a number of weapons programmes including the award of a full integration contract for the Storm Shadow weapon and further trials to fully integrate the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-To-Air missile.  In addition an EUR1bn contract to develop and fit the Captor E-Scan radar was signed on 19 November which will give Typhoon one of the most advanced radar systems in the world, providing a wider field of regard than any other combat aircraft.  

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Leopard 2A7 photo Bundeswehr - Neumann

Leopard 2A7 photo Bundeswehr - Neumann


11 décembre, 2014 par Frédéric Lert (FOB)


Pendant l’édition 2010 du salon Eurosatory, le groupe allemand Kraus Maffei Wegmann (KMW) présentait sur son stand le Leopard modèle 2A7, fruit de la modernisation du 2A6 déjà en service. L’engin rassemblait des évolutions nées notamment du retex afghan, et très certainement de l’engagement des Leopard danois et hollandais. Avec le modèle 2A7, KMW cherchait avant tout à offrir à son char de bataille une meilleure protection dans le cadre de combats dits « asymétriques » et/ou urbains, avec en premier lieu une protection renforcée sur 360° contre les lance grenade du type RPG7. Le 2A7 offrait également à son chef de bord une meilleure appréciation de l’environnement extérieur avec un nouveau viseur stabilisé incluant un imageur infrarouge, un télémètre laser et une caméra TV. Le canon de 120mm restait inchangé, mais il gagnait toutefois une munition supplémentaire avec un obus Rheinmetall HE (High Explosive) programmable. Un des défauts majeurs apparus pendant le conflit afghan était la vulnérabilité du plancher de l’engin aux mines et autres IED. En bonne logique, le 2A7 était également renforcé à ce niveau. Citons enfin l’ajout d’un groupe auxiliaire de puissance renforcé permettant au char de rester sous tension tout en coupant sa motorisation principale.


Quatre ans après cette première présentation à Paris, la Bundeswehr a donc reçu son premier véhicule modernisé. L’objectif affiché par l’Allemagne est de hisser sa flotte complète de Leopard 2A6 à ce nouveau standard, soit un total théorique de 225 engins répartis en quatre bataillons. Pour l’instant, les tankistes allemands devront  se contenter d’un premier lot de 20 véhicules qui ne ré-équiperont que partiellement le 203ème bataillon de chars.

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Interview with the first Brazilian Gripen instructors

11 déc. 2014 by Saab

The first Brazilian Gripen instructors talk about their first Gripen flight experience. The pilots participate in a six month long instructor course for Gripen at Swedish Air Force wing F7, Såtenäs.

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Thales Alenia Space to build new space optics facility


December 9, 2014 Thales Alenia Space


Cannes, December 9, 2014 – Thales Alenia Space announced today the start of construction of a new building at its site in Cannes to be used for the integration and testing of high-resolution optical observation instruments. This exceptional facility will join the company's current facilities for spaceborne optical observation programs, and will support the growth of export sales for high-resolution observation systems.


The new optics building is the last step in the Odyssée program, which started in 2008 and was designed to expand the company's Cannes site using adjacent land provided by the city of Cannes.


The new optics building will offer 1,250 square meters of floorspace (13,500 sq ft) and measure 55 meters long by 40 meters wide by 16 meters high (180x131x52 ft). It is a modular building, with up to four integration areas that can handle four programs at the same time. It will also include 700 square meters of clean rooms (7,560 sq ft), including 250 square meters (2,700 sq ft) of Class 100 space for the optics bench.


Construction started in mid-October with the foundations, and the building will be handed over to Thales Alenia Space in the summer of 2015.


For Thales Alenia Space, this new building dedicated to high-resolution optics represents a major economic and strategic challenge. It will help the company efficiently address the changing requirements of a booming global market, as shown by the Falcon Eye contract for the United Arab Emirates, which entered into force today.


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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Cameri Air Base, Italy and F-35 facilities. Photo Lockheed Martin

Cameri Air Base, Italy and F-35 facilities. Photo Lockheed Martin


10 December 2014 by David Pugliese


Officials in Italy are preparing for the rollout of their first F-35A from the final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy early next year, Amy Butler of Aviation Week writes.


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FCAS (Future Combat Air System)

11 déc. 2014 by Thales


Preparing for the Future of Combat Aerospace (FCAS)

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Tunisia AF C-130J Lockheed Martin photo by John Rossino

Tunisia AF C-130J Lockheed Martin photo by John Rossino


MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 11, 2014Lockheed Martin


The Republic of Tunisia received its second C-130J Super Hercules during a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility here.

Tunisia received its first C-130J in April 2013, marking the first delivery of a J-model to an African nation. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js, as well as to provide training and an initial three years of logistics support.

“Tunisia’s Super Hercules fleet is both a national and a regional asset, able to support more missions than any other aircraft in operation today,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, C-130 Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “We are proud to have Tunisia as a member of the global C-130J family. As legacy operators, Tunisian Air Force crews have long showcased why the C-130 is the world’s most versatile aircraft and continue to do so with its C-130J fleet.”

Tunisia’s new C-130Js are the longer fuselage or “stretched” variant of the aircraft. Tunisia’s new C-130Js will support operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional airlift sorties.

Sixteen countries have chosen the C-130J Super Hercules to meet their air mobility needs. The C-130J is the standard by which all other airlifters are measured in terms of availability, flexibility and reliability. With more than 1.2 million flight hours to date, the C-130J is available in nine variants and offers operators 17 different mission configurations.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 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 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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11 décembre 2014 4 11 /12 /décembre /2014 17:35
Athos 155mm howitzer

Athos 155mm howitzer


9/12/2014 Ami Rojkes Dombe – Israel Defence


According to idpsentinel website, Elbit Systems will compete in the tender for the Mounted Gun System of India, through its joint venture "Bharat Forge" with the Indian Company Kalyani


India published a RFI for the procurement of 814 155 mm/52 caliber mounted gun systems. Indian companies can also win the upgrade of M-46 Russian artillery guns, from 130 mm to 155 mm. The RFI was published in June 2013, with a deadline for September of that year. An alteration to the RFI was released in December this year with the deadline of 24.12.2014. The tender is estimated at $ 2.5 billion.

The companies competing for the tender are "Bharat Forge", a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Kalyani Group, "Tata Power SED", a joint venture between the Indian company TATA and Denel of South Africa, and "Larsen & Toubro", a joint venture between the French company Nexter and Indian company Ashok Leyland. Also to participate in the tender are the Russian company "Rosoboronexport", UK's "BAE Systems" and General Dynamics of the US.

According to the website army-technology , the first 100 guns will be bought off the shelf from the original equipment manufacturer, while the remaining 714 will be manufactured in India. According to India Today, the replacement of the mounted gun systems is a phase in the process to replace all 2000 guns of India, in a total cost of $ 6.6 billion. A comprehensive article about India's artillery can be found at eurasiareview .

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Pleiades satellite credits Airbus DS

Pleiades satellite credits Airbus DS


December 9, 2014 Thales Group


Cannes, December 9, 2014 - Thales Alenia Space has been selected by the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF)  to develop the very-high-resolution payload for their Falcon Eye program, within the scope of a consortium led by Airbus Defense and Space.


This contract was officially signed by the United Arab Emirates in August 2014 and is now entering into force.


The contract includes building two satellites offering very-high-resolution optical capabilities and a ground system for monitoring, receiving and processing images, as well as a training program for the engineers from the United Arab Emirates who will control and operate the satellites once in orbit.


As the co-contractor, Thales Alenia Space is in charge of the high-performance, very-high-resolution optical payload, the image data transmission subsystem, the ground image processing system, and co-engineering and validation of the overall system.


The Falcon Eye contract confirms Thales Alenia Space's excellence in very-high-resolution optical instruments and systems, following the success of the Helios 1 and 2 and Pleiades programs. This leadership will be further reinforced through developments now under way for the MUSIS CSO program.


"This contract with the UAEAF culminates a long effort by our teams with a total support of the French Government, the French Ministry of Defense in particular. It underlines once again Thales Alenia Space's unique capabilities in high-resolution optical observation systems, whether for French defense applications or export markets. This partnership with Airbus Defense and Space combines the strong points of our two companies to stand up to the competition and bolster Europe's position in the global space industry." said Jean-Loïc Galle, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space


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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ThalesRaytheonSystems’ Ground Master radars will boost France’s airspace surveillance capability


Massy, France, 11 December 2014 –  ThalesRaytheonSystems


ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded a contract by the DGA, the French defense procurement agency, to supply the French armed forces with 12 fixed Ground Master 400 radars and 4 mobile tactical Ground Master 200 radars. In addition to delivery and through-life support of the radars, the contract awarded on 8 December includes installation and civil engineering work for the 12 Ground Master 400 radars.

This contract is part of the SCCOA* air command and control program for which ThalesRaytheonSystems is the main supplier. France has already acquired Ground Master radars for its military bases in Kourou, Nice and Lyon. The radar in Kourou, the first of its kind to enter operational service in France, was inaugurated on 27 November.

Like the other Ground Master radars already integrated within SCCOA, the new radars will be coupled with the NATO ACCS**. They will thus provide airspace monitoring, a high-priority mission under the country's Permanent Security Posture (PSP), and ground-based air defense detection.

Jérôme Bendell, Chief Executive Officer of ThalesRaytheonSystems France, said: “ThalesRaytheonSystems is proud to be contributing with its Ground Master radars to the modernization of France’s air surveillance capability, which is already underway with the delivery of these latest-generation radars for the bases in Kourou, Nice and Lyon.

The Ground Master 400 and Ground Master 200 belong to the family of 3D air defense radars built by Thales. The Ground Master range of fully digital, multi-role air defense radars is dedicated to airspace surveillance and the protection of key assets and expeditionary forces. These systems are specifically designed to deliver high detection performance, high operational availability, excellent mobility and simplified maintenance. They are able to detect a vast array of modern threats such as UAVs from very low to very high altitude. More than 80 Ground Master radars have been sold around the world.


Note to editors

* The SCCOA program is designed to provide airspace surveillance and control and air operations command capability for French forces. It is an incremental program designed to evolve and increase this capability to assure air surveillance, space situational awareness, control of military and government flights, and air operations command and control.

** The Air Command and Control System (ACCS), for which ThalesRaytheonSystems is prime contractor, is designed to adapt to evolving NATO operations, with continued advancements to AirC2 or additional ballistic missile defense capabilities. ACCS will provide the solid command and control foundation needed for future Alliance missions. ACCS is a smart defense system in that it provides all NATO nations with a common basis for training, standard procedures and centralized maintenance, significantly reducing support costs and increasing staffing flexibility.


About ThalesRaytheonSystems

ThalesRaytheonSystems is an international company specializing in air defense systems, air command and control systems, 3D air defense radars, battlefield and counterbattery radars. Since its inception in 2001, ThalesRaytheonSystems has become one of the defense industry’s most successful transatlantic joint ventures. The company employs 1,400 people and is equally owned by Thales and Raytheon.

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photo Nexter Systems

photo Nexter Systems


11 December 2014 army-technology.com


The Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received final offers from four European manufacturers for the national army's ageing M113 armoured personnel carriers (APC) fleet replacement contract.


BAE Systems Hagglunds has offered its CV90 Armadillo, while Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) and General Dynamics European Land Systems have pitched its G5 protected mission module carrier (PMMC) and ASCOD vehicle respectively, in the tracked category, Defense News reported.


The wheeled category includes Nexter Systems' Vehicule de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) and General Dynamics' Mowag Piranha V vehicles.


The companies submitted bids in 2012 for the contract, which requires between 206 and 450 vehicles in six different configurations, and were shortlisted in February 2013.


Even though the numbers are yet to be confirmed, industry executives believe that the MoD appears to be leaning toward an initial purchase of 206 vehicles.


One French official said there was informal feedback that the wheeled vehicles outperformed the tracked units during a 17-week trial in 2013.


During the trials, all three tracked versions reportedly replaced conventional steel with rubber band tracks, which have been used by the Danish military for operations in Afghanistan.


The MoD had indicated that the acquisition would not be split between tracked and wheeled vehicles, but industry executives believe that the policy is likely to change.


The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) was expecting to select a contractor earlier this year, but lengthy discussions with the European Union over how the offset package for the vehicle could look under tightened regulations prevented this.


A DALO spokesman said that the new guidelines for defence sector offsets became effective in July.


Provided the procurement process stays on target, the winning contractor could be named and receive the contract by the end of May 2015.


The Royal Danish Army currently operates 632 heavily armoured M113s in different configurations, including tactical air control party carrier and fire-fighting capacities.

CV90 - BAe Hagglunds

CV90 - BAe Hagglunds

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11 décembre 2014 4 11 /12 /décembre /2014 12:40
Russie: des drones 100% russes livrés à l'armée dès 2016


MOSCOU, 10 décembre - RIA Novosti


Des drones de conception russe seront mis en service opérationnel dans l'armée russe entre 2016 et 2018, a annoncé mardi soir le vice-président du collège de la Commission pour l'industrie de défense russe Oleg Botchkarev.


"Des drones 100% russes seront mis en service opérationnel à partir de 2016, 2017 ou 2018", a indiqué M.Botchkarev lors de l'émission "Défense nationale" à la radio moscovite Stolitsa FM.


Selon lui, il s'agit de drones de différentes classes - des drones-espions aux engins de frappe.


"Nous avons procédé à la conception des drones plus tard que d'autres Etats. Nous avons même dû acheter des drones étrangers", a indiqué M.Botchkarev. Mais la Russie a "déjà pris toutes les décisions stratégiques requises" pour se doter de matériels de ce type.

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Le bombardier stratégique Tu-160 sera remplacé par le bombardier PAK DA

Le bombardier stratégique Tu-160 sera remplacé par le bombardier PAK DA


MOSCOU, 10 décembre - RIA Novosti

Le bombardier russe de 5e génération PAK DA sera livré à l'armée russe entre 2023 et 2025, a annoncé mercredi à Moscou le commandant de l'Aviation à long rayon d'action russe Anatoli Jikharev.

"Nous modernisons tous les avions, de nouveaux armements arrivent. Nous nous doterons prochainement du bombardier PAK DA. Ses premiers vols d'essai commenceront entre 2019 et 2020. Les livraisons de ces avions à l'armée débuteront entre 2023 et 2025", a indiqué le général Jikharev.

Destiné à remplacer les bombardiers stratégiques Tu-160 et Tu-95, le bombardier PAK DA (Complexe aérien prospectif pour l'aviation à long rayon d'action) aura une faible signature radar et sera capable de surmonter la défense antiaérienne moderne. Selon des informations précédentes, il sera doté d'une arme hypersonique. L'avion est conçu par le bureau d'études Tupolev.

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11 décembre 2014 4 11 /12 /décembre /2014 08:45
AHRLAC logs 50 incident-free flying hours


09 December 2014 by defenceWeb


AHRLAC, the first military manned fixed wing aircraft fully designed, tested and developed in South Africa, has completed 50 hours of incident-free test flying from Wonderboom Airport.


The Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft is another offering for the South African and African defence and security sectors from the Paramount Group, the largest privately owned defence and aerospace company on the continent.


The 50 hour milestone was reached with 55 flights since July at the airport north of Pretoria. The flight test programme is expanding the aircraft’s flight envelope in key performance areas including handling, airframe systems, centre of gravity, performance ranges and rough field capabilities.


Commenting on the achievement Paramount chief executive Ivor Ichikowitz said: “This is a proud moment for Paramount and the AHRLAC team of engineers and technicians who have invested so much of their creativity, energy and ‘can-do’ mentality to develop this aircraft. It is also a proud moment for South Africa and the rest of the African continent to showcase our aerospace capability through innovative design, technologies and manufacturing processes”.


Test flight team leader Blokkies Joubert said AHRLAC had proven itself to be reliable with a rugged, solid feel.


“The aircraft’s performance has matched all our initial predictions closely and its systems have performed as they should. AHRLAC has shown itself to be predictable, intuitive and easy to fly, a true testament to the aerodynamic work done in the early stages of development. Control inputs in flight are light and direct, with a very accurate and quick response,” Joubert said.


The aircraft addresses a key industry need by performing the combined tasks that previously required four separately configured aircraft. It integrates designs from surveillance platforms and reconnaissance aircraft with the ability to carry surveillance, weapons, radar and electronic warfare systems. This has brought advanced operational solutions, historically requiring more costly aircraft or complex unmanned aerial surveillance systems.


“Operationally, the aircraft is reliable and easy to fly and maintain. AHRLAC’s predictable nature, remarkable exterior view and the ease with which it responds are outstanding features. Every member of the development team believes AHRLAC is the best answer to the problems it was designed to solve. The first 50 flight hours thus far have reinforced this,” Joubert added.


Ichikowitz believes AHRLAC is a ground-breaking example of what Africa is capable of producing and will be a key solution to bolster Africa’s capability to deal with its security issues. AHRLAC, he said, is not only a solution for Africa, but for defence forces around the world, whether from developing countries or from nations with advanced and sophisticated defence capabilities.


The aircraft was designed and built by a team of 60 engineers and technicians. One of the most innovative aspects of the construction phase is that 98% of all 6 000 parts of the airframe were designed and produced locally by the engineering team. Since the launch of the project in September 2011, the team spent 315 000 labour hours completing detailed designs and manufacturing the first prototype.


“AHRLAC is creating the next generation of engineers on the continent and is an excellent reflection of the capabilities of African engineers. There are a number of skills challenges in South Africa and beyond our borders but the progress made by local engineers has put them at the forefront of global aerospace innovation. Their joint expertise has turned them into pathfinders, who are proudly setting new milestones, through continuous innovation that we can export to the world,” Ichikowitz said.

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11 décembre 2014 4 11 /12 /décembre /2014 08:25
Rippel Effect producing more IGS-4S sights for Colombia

10 december 2014 by defenceWeb

South African company Rippel Effect Systems has landed another contract for IGS-4S day/night sights for the Colombian Army which has now standardised on this item of equipment from Rippel for all its cavalry requirements.

The company expects to complete installation on the whole Colombian Cascavel armoured combat vehicle fleet during next year.

The IGS-4S was launched as a Rippel product two years ago and the technology is licensed from South African firm Vision 24 Observation Systems. The model selected by Colombia is the IGS-4S compact video sighting system, which can be utilised in conjunction with various vehicle-mounted weapons in calibres ranging from 7.62 mm to 125 mm. The system provides the operator with a 24/7 below-armour observation and ranging capability to fire the weapon in all weather conditions, low visibility and darkness.

Rippel Effect said the IGS-4S accommodates multiple sensors tailored to suit user requirements and weapon choice. As a single system it can be pre-programmed with ballistic aiming marks for any weapon and the various types of ammunition for the selected weapon. IGS-4S has the additional ability to range distance to target. It has a laser rangefinder, day camera, uncooled thermal imaging and multi-function screen, which displays aim points and system parameters, as well as controls for the thermal camera. The system is optimised for installation in small vehicles where space is of prime consideration.

Chief Executive of Rippel Effect, Fritz Visser said there are good prospects for the sight, which is being marketed internationally. Particular focus is on the Cascavel series of armoured vehicles.

The company has developed a video bore sighting device as well as a day/night sight, the VK-RSS-02, that can be used with the secondary weapon on armoured vehicles (such as the 7.62 machine gun on the Cascavel). Both the bore-sight and the VK-RSS-02 integrate seamlessly with the IGS-4S System. The video bore sight makes bore sighting possible by one person from inside the vehicle. The VK-RSS-02 makes it possible to use the secondary weapon from below-armour. The VK-RSS-02 can also be used as hand-held thermal imaging device.

Rippel Effect is known for its series of 40 mm grenade launchers and is focusing on three main products: its new less lethal six-shot multiple grenade launcher RLL37/38 which will be marketed in association with two of the world’s foremost less lethal ammunition manufacturers - Condor of Brazil and ALS of the US; the XRGL40 extended range 40 mm MGL and IGS-4S targeting and sighting system. The XRGL40 can fire low velocity, medium velocity and less lethal ammunition with very low port pressures, including rubber, ball, soft-nose, illuminating and smoke grenades. The 5 kg XRGL40 fires a 220 gram medium velocity projectile to a range of 800 metres, versus 375 metres for low velocity ammunition.

Designed as a true multi-role weapon system, it comes with the GR40 smart multi-velocity sight, which allows the soldier to fire 40 mm ammunition with different ballistic profiles from the same weapon - both 40x46 mm low-velocity and 40x51 mm medium-velocity grenades and also the latest less-lethal rounds.

Rippel Effect started marketing the six shot XRGL40 in 2011/12 and in the last two years has managed to sell the XRGL40 extended range 40mm MGL to eight different countries, the extended range 40mm MGL System is now operational in the Middle East, Latin America and Far East. The XRGL40 is also used in 40 x 51mm extended range ammunition development programs by RDM (South Africa), Diehl BGT Defence (Germany), Energetics Technologies Ltd (UK) and Indumil (Colombia).

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11 décembre 2014 4 11 /12 /décembre /2014 08:20
Raytheon awarded $26 million US Navy contract for Tomahawk launching system


TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 10, 2014 Raytheon


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received a $25.9 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk missile Composite Capsule Launching Systems (C/CLS). Production and delivery of the systems will support submarine-launched Tomahawk Cruise missiles.

"Submarine and surface-launched Tomahawk missiles have been employed in more than 2,000 combat missions worldwide," said Roy Donelson, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director. "Raytheon and the U.S. Navy are working together to give this proven missile even greater capability."

The new launching systems will be integrated into nuclear powered fast attack submarines and nuclear powered guided missile subs. The C/CLS provides for all mechanical and environmental interfaces between the missile and the submarine missile tube. Deliveries will begin in September 2015.


About Tomahawk Block IV
With a range of more than 1,000 miles the Tomahawk Block IV missile is a surface and submarine-launched precision strike stand-off weapon. Tomahawk is designed for long-range precision strike missions against high-value and heavily defended targets. Raytheon and the U.S. Navy are working to provide Tomahawk with even greater capability.


About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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10 décembre 2014 3 10 /12 /décembre /2014 18:35
 Indodefence 2014 - by SITTA

09/12/2014 by SITTA


La nouvelle édition du salon « INDO DEFENSE 2014 » s’est déroulée au centre des expositions de Jakarta du 04 au 08 novembre 2014. Cette 6ème édition constitue un événement majeur dans la région dans le domaine de l’industrie de la défense et de la sécurité.

Réservé aux professionnels de l’aérospatiale, de la défense navale et terrestre, INDO DEFENSE 2014 a attiré plus de 18 000 visiteurs autour de 600 exposants de 56 nationalités différentes.


Organisé par le ministère indonésien de la défense, l’édition 2014 a été inaugurée par le vice-président indonésien Jusuf Kalla. Parmi les 25 pavillons représentés, il convient de noter la présence de l’Australie, la Biélorussie, le Brésil, le Cambodge, le Canada, la France, l’Allemagne, l’Inde, l’Italie, le Japon, la Russie, le Royaume-Uni, les Etats-Unis.

La France était pour sa part représentée par une dizaine des sociétés dont AIRBUS, THALES et MBDA. Ce salon a également été l’occasion pour le COGES (Commissariat Général des Expositions et Salons) de proposer ses services aux participants dans le cadre de l’organisation de futures manifestations de ce type dans le monde.

Il convient de souligner le dynamisme des sociétés françaises qui se sont distinguées par une affluence importante et continue sur leurs stands.

Parmi les nombreux matériels et équipements présentés durant l’édition 2014, certains ont plus particulièrement retenus l’attention des visiteurs :

-       drone de surface BONEFISH  de la société indonésienne PT LUNDIN ;

-       véhicule blindé COCKRILL 90P de la société indonésienne PT PINDAD ;

-       fusil d’assaut SS 7,62 mm  de la société indonésienne PT PINDAD ;

-       lance grenade BUR de la société russe KBP ;

-       radar de veille air ROHINI indien produit par le DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation) ;

-       propulseur sous-marin GANENDRA RI-1 de la société indonésienne PT ELMAS VIANADJAJA ;

-       la frégate KDDX de la société sud-coréenne DSME ;

-       système sol-air CHINON de la société sud-coréenne LIG Nex1 ;

-       télescope KM12A8 de la société sud-coréenne WOO KYUNG OPTICS.

Avec des infrastructures particulièrement accueillantes, le salon INDO DEFENSE 2014  a été très apprécié par l’ensemble des visiteurs et exposants. Le rendez-vous est déjà pris pour la septième édition qui se déroulera en 2016 à Jakarta.




Le ministre de la défense indonésien, en compagnie du chef d’état-major de la marine indonésienne, a procédé à une cérémonie d’inauguration du premier trimaran BONEFISH. Cet appareil est un drone de surface furtif construit par le chantier naval PT Lundin (connu également sous le nom NORTH SEA BOATS – Indonesia), en partenariat avec l’industriel suédois SAAB. Sa mission principale sera la surveillance des espaces maritimes situés entre les milliers d’îles qui composent l’archipel indonésien. Très bas sur l’eau, il est propulsé par deux puissants moteurs. Un mât proéminent, accueille un radar de veille surface et des antennes de communication pour le pilotage de l’engin et la transmission des détections. Sur la maquette du drone présentée sur le stand de SAAB, placé à proximité du stand de Lundin, on pouvait observer un tourelleau téléopéré muni d’une mitrailleuse de calibre 12,7 mm.

PT LUNDIN - Indonésie



Au cours de cette édition du salon INDODEFENCE, la société PINDAD a présenté un nouveau véhicule blindé, dérivé des ANOA en service dans les forces armées indonésiennes. Le COCKERILL 90P est un blindé 6 x 6 équipé un moteur de 340 chevaux (6 cylindres) er armé d’un canon de 90 mm. Son blindage permet de protéger l’équipage du tir de munitions de 12,7 mm Des lance-fumigènes et une mitrailleuse lourde assurent la protection du blindé.


PT PINDAD - Indonésie


Fusil d’assaut SS 7,62

La deuxième nouveauté du stand de PINDAD était un fusil d’assaut en 7,62 x 51. Ce prototype, qui devrait bientôt entrer en service dans les forces spéciales indonésiennes, pèse 5,1 kg. La portée maximale est de 950 m et il dispose de trois modes : position de sécurité, mono-coup ou tir automatique. Cette nouvelle arme a attirée la curiosité des visiteurs et a fait la fierté des employés de la société, qui ont eu l’honneur de recevoir la visite du président indonésien sur leur stand.


PT PINDAD - Indonésie


Lance-grenade BUR

Parmi toutes les armes d’infanterie présentées par KPB, on pouvait découvrir un nouveau lance-grenade léger. Ce système, composé d’une poignée et d’optiques pour la visée de jour et de nuit, tire des grenades de 62 mm de diamètre et de 742 mm de long. Après chaque tir, le fantassin doit démonter la poignée pour la fixer sur un nouveau tube de lancement, qui contient la munition. La portée maximale de cette arme est de 950 mètres. Le BUR sert à attaquer des véhicules peu ou non blindés et des unités d’infanterie logés dans des bâtiments. Il peut également traiter une zone à l’air libre d’environ 50 m² avec un puissant explosif.


 KBP - Russie



Le DRDO a présenté un radar mobile de veille aérienne en  3D, qui serait déjà en service dans l’armée de l’air indienne. Baptisé « ROHINI », ce nouveau radar est monté sur un camion 8 x 8 qui assure une grande mobilité et une mise en œuvre en moins de trente minutes. La portée maximale de détection est supérieure à 185 km. Ce système a été conçu pour pouvoir détecter des intrusions d’aéronefs dans les zones montagneuses, à haute altitude.

 DRDO - Inde



Le GANENDRA RI-1 est un prototype de propulseur sous-marin pour nageurs de combat (SDV). Cet engin, propulsé par un moteur électrique grâce à une batterie lithium-ion, embarque deux commandos. Son autonomie est d’environ huit heures à sa

vitesse de croisière de 1,3 nœud, et d’une heure et trente minutes à sa vitesse maximale (2,2 nœuds). Il pèse 24 kg et peut emporter une charge de 90 kg.




Frégate KDDX

Le chantier naval sud-coréen Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) a présenté - pour la première fois - la maquette de la future frégate KDDX. Selon le commercial, Séoul n’a pas encore choisi les senseurs et l’armement qui  équiperont cette classe de bâtiments, ni le nombre d’unités commandées. Cependant, Il est très probable qu’ils soient équipés du missile anti-aérien C-Star (lancé verticalement) et de la torpille légère Blue Shark. SAMSUNG, en partenariat avec la société THALES, pourrait fournir les équipements de détection radar.


 DSME – Corée du Sud


Système sol-air CHIRON

L’attraction sur ce stand coréen était le système sol-air CHIRON. Armé par un tireur, il permet de lancer deux missiles à courte portée et à guidage infrarouge. Chaque missile pèse 14,4 kg, a une portée maximale de 7 km, et peut atteindre une cible à l’altitude maximale de 3,5 km. Le CHIRON peut également être monté sur un véhicule blindé ou un 4 x 4. Il serait en service dans les forces armées sud-coréennes et aurait un taux d’efficacité de 95%.


 LIG Nex1 – Corée du Sud


Télescope KM12A8

La principale nouveauté chez WOO KYUNG OPTICS était le télescope KM12A8, utilisé pour des pièces d’artillerie de 105 mm et 155 mm. Ses caractéristiques techniques sont les suivantes :

Longueur : 24,7 cm

Masse : 2 kg

Grossissement : x 4

Champ de vision : 10°


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10 décembre 2014 3 10 /12 /décembre /2014 17:50
Le salon des drones de Bordeaux devient « multi-milieux »


8 déc. 2014 Aerobuzz.fr


Forts du succès de l’édition 2014 d’UAV Show, salon européen des drones aériens créé à l’initiative de Bordeaux Technowest, ses organisateurs ont décidé d’élargir la manifestation aux systèmes autonomes terrestres et maritimes, y compris sous-marins, en lançant, à l’automne 2015, UGS (Unmanned Global Systems), un salon professionnel des drones aériens, terrestres et maritimes. Les objectifs de cette approche « multi-milieux » sont de proposer une offre globale couvrant l’ensemble de la chaîne pour les utilisateurs potentiels et de mutualiser des moyens et savoir-faire approchants ou complémentaires. Les bordelais veulent aussi que leur salon du drone, initialement programmé tous les deux ans, devienne « la porte d’entrée vers le marché européen des drones pour les acteurs internationaux ».


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Further Meteor firing trials begin for Typhoon


04 December 2014 BAE Systems

A Typhoon aircraft has successfully completed the first in a series of live firings of the MBDA Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile. This continues the series of trials we lead to demonstrate integration of the Meteor missile with Typhoon's weapon system.


Following contract signature in 2013 for the full integration of Meteor onto Typhoon, the trials continue to demonstrate that the weapon operates effectively with the aircraft.

Led by ourselves with support from MBDA, Selex, Qinetiq and MOD, the trials were conducted  in November 2014  at the MOD’s Hebrides firing range in the UK and further developed and tested the integration of the missile with the weapon system as well as expanding the jettison envelope by conducting firings at different altitudes and speeds. The trials also tested the interface of the missile with the weapon system for both pre-launch priming and post launch datalink functions between the missile and radar.

Test pilot Nat Makepeace flew the sortie and  said: “The aircraft and the weapon performed exactly as expected.  It’s very easy and intuitive to operate, and the trials demonstrated that we can operate in an expanded envelope safely and accurately.  This is a significant step forward for the full integration of the Meteor missile onto the Typhoon aircraft.”

Produced by MBDA, Meteor is an active radar guided missile designed to provide a multi-shot capability against long-range manoeuvring targets, such as fast jets, small unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles in a heavy electronic countermeasures environment.

Capable of engaging air targets during day and night, and in all-weather conditions, the Meteor will complement Typhoon’s existing missile systems, providing pilots with a greater choice of weapons during combat.

Further firing trials are scheduled to be carried out as part of the Meteor Integration contract to fully expand the launch envelope and weapon system integration which will culminate in the integration being complete in 2017.

These trials take place in a year that has seen progress across a range of programmes for Typhoon. The UK RAF are now operating the most advanced Typhoon to date with the latest Phase 1 Enhancement package now in operation. This upgrade delivers true simultaneous swing-role capability to Typhoon. Progress is also being made across a number of weapons programmes including the award of a full integration contract for the Storm Shadow weapon and the first multiple release of a Paveway IV bomb.

A £800m contract to develop and fit the Captor E-Scan radar was signed in November which will give Typhoon one of the most advanced radar systems in the world, providing a wider field of regard than any other combat aircraft. Typhoon is already regarded as one of the world’s leading swing-role combat aircraft and continues to be upgraded to provide decades of effective, relevant effect. 

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