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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 17:45
Ghana acquires third C295 as Airbus finalises further African orders

 

12 November 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

The Ghana Air Force has acquired a third C295 transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space, confirming plans announced last year. The company is finalising three new C295 contracts in East and West Africa, with two already having been signed.

 

Ghana’s third C295 was seen at Airbus’s final assembly plant in Seville, Spain, in late October.

 

Ghana received its first C295 in November 2011 and the second in April 2012 as part of the Air Force’s modernisation drive. One of the C295s was used to support the United Nations-led MINUSMA mission in Mali. In November 2014 Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama announced that Ghana would acquire an additional C295, in addition to other aircraft, including five Super Tucanos, Mi-17s and four Z-9s.

 

Antonio Rodriguez Barberan, Head Of Sales, Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, said that two African C295 contracts have been signed while the third depends on certain financial obligations being met. He told defenceWeb that he sees sales of 50 aircraft in the next decade to the continent.

 

At the moment Algeria has six C295s in service, Ghana three and Egypt has ordered 24. Airbus is currently still manufacturing C295s for Egypt.

 

Barberan said he sees Egypt as having a need for additional C295s and said that the North African country is an important customer for Airbus. The Egyptian Air Force is an enthusiastic operator of the type, having accumulated 10 000 flight hours in its first four years of operation, with several pilots reaching 1 000 flight hours.

 

In total, the 139 C295s flying in the world have accumulated more than 230 000 flight hours while the CN235 fleet of 236 aircraft has accumulated more than 1.35 million flight hours.

 

Elsewhere, Airbus is hoping to sell its C295 to Canada to meet its requirement for a Buffalo and C-130 replacement. The aircraft would be configured for search and rescue and maritime surveillance. The C295 is the only finalist in India’s competition for an Avro replacement and may be produced locally in India, and Barberan said that he expects to see more C295 orders from Latin America in 2016.

 

Airbus is offering the C295 in a multitude of guises, including waterbomber, gunship, VIP transport, ground surveillance, signals intelligence, air-to-air refuelling, maritime patrol, search and rescue, oil spill dispersant and airborne early warning and control platform.

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Medium-Class Stage III (MCS-III) solid rocket motor - photo Orbital ATK.jpg

Medium-Class Stage III (MCS-III) solid rocket motor - photo Orbital ATK.jpg

 

Nov 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : Orbital ATK, Inc.

 

Orbital ATK's Medium-Class Upper Stage Motor Provides New Capability to Air Force

 

The U.S. Air Force and Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) successfully conducted a ground level static fire test of the Medium-Class Stage III (MCS-III) solid rocket motor on November 5. This test was a demonstration of advanced technologies being studied for use in the forthcoming Air Force Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) system. Orbital ATK successfully conducted a ground level static fire test of the Medium Class Stage III solid rocket motor at their facility in Promontory, UT. This was a demonstration test of advanced technologies being studied for use in the forthcoming U.S. Air Force Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) system. (Photo: Business Wire)

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F-35A with Canadian markings

F-35A with Canadian markings

 

November 8, 2015 David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

 

Defence Watch has been running a back and forth debate on the F-35 between defence analyst Richard Shimooka and Alan Williams, the former ADM Materiel at DND, who signed the original MOU committing Canada to the research and development aspect of the F-35. On Sept. 24 Richard Shimooka had an opinion piece in the National Post arguing that the F-35 is still the best bet for Canada.

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Executive Technical Advisor Gill A. Pratt with President Akio Toyoda photo Toyota

Executive Technical Advisor Gill A. Pratt with President Akio Toyoda photo Toyota

 

09 novembre 2015 par  Jacques Marouani - electroniques.biz

 

L'investissement initial d'un milliard de dollars au cours des cinq prochaines années servira à mettre en place les deux sites prévus - l'un près de l'université de Stanford en Californie, l'autre à proximité du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - et à les doter en personnel (environ 200 salariés)

 

Le numéro un japonais de l'automobile, Toyota, vient d'annoncer la création aux Etats-Unis d'une société de R&D spécialisée dans l'intelligence artificielle et la robotique, dans laquelle il va investir un milliard de dollars en 5 ans.

 

Cette nouvelle structure, Toyota Research Institute, dont le siège sera situé dans la Silicon Valley, devra aider à combler le fossé entre la recherche fondamentale et le développement de produits, a expliqué Toyota dans un communiqué diffusé à l'ouverture d'une conférence de presse du Pdg Akio Toyoda à Tokyo.

 

Toyota Research Institute, qui doit voir le jour en janvier 2016, sera dirigée par Gill Pratt, un spécialiste de la robotique qui travaillait jusqu'à récemment au sein de l'agence américaine des projets de recherche avancée sur la défense (DARPA).

 

L'investissement initial d'un milliard de dollars au cours des cinq prochaines années servira à mettre en place les deux sites prévus - l'un près de l'université de Stanford en Californie, l'autre à proximité du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - et à les doter en personnel (environ 200 salariés).

 

Dans la même optique, Toyota avait dévoilé début septembre un partenariat avec ces deux prestigieuses universités américaines, avec à la clé un investisserment de 50 millions de dollars sur cinq ans également.

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photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

Nov 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin

 

LM Transitions to Digital Engineering in Program's 60th Year

 

The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights Nov. 7 and 9 of two Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The world’s most reliable large ballistic missile, the D5 missile has achieved a total of 157 successful test flights since design completion in 1989. The D5 is the sixth in a series of missile generations deployed since the sea-based deterrent program began 60 years ago. The Navy launched the unarmed missiles in the Pacific Ocean from a submerged Ohio-class submarine. The missiles were converted into test configurations using kits produced by Lockheed Martin that contain range safety devices and flight telemetry instrumentation. The test flights were part of a demonstration and shakedown operation, which the Navy uses to certify a submarine for deployment following an overhaul.

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Le Cameleon C, récemment testé avec succès par la STAT (Crédit: ECA Group)

Le Cameleon C, récemment testé avec succès par la STAT (Crédit: ECA Group)

 

9 novembre, 2015 Nathan Gain (FOB)

 

Le portfolio des systèmes de lutte NRBC de l’armée de Terre pourrait bientôt s’agrandir avec l’introduction du Cameleon C d’ECA Group. Ce robot léger d’intervention NRBC vient en effet de réussir une batterie de tests conduite par la Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre (STAT).

 

Annoncée ce 5 novembre par ECA, cette série de tests a mis en œuvre la version NRBC du Cameleon C, équipée avec un senseur chimique AP4C en usage dans l’armée française et un module de collecte d’échantillons.

 

Le Cameleon C a premièrement confirmé ses bonnes performances en terme de mobilité. Les techniciens de la STAT ont en outre souligné les bonnes capacités de franchissement du drone, capable de franchir jusqu’à 25 cm de vide et de grimper une pente inclinée à 45°. La progression du drone est également facilitée par ses deux caméras à haute résolution jour/nuit.

 

« En ce qui concerne les charges utiles, l’intégration de l’AP4C et du module collecteur d’échantillons sont un succès et garantie l’accomplissement de la mission dans le cadre de la lutte NRBC. L’intégration des modules sur la plateforme est en effet très facile et rapide, grâce au système de hot-plug ; un atout majeur en cas d’urgence, » a pour sa part déclaré ECA Group en marge des essais de la STAT.

 

Doté d’une autonomie de 4h et d’une vitesse maximale de 6km/h, le Cameleon C est capable d’opérer dans un rayon de 350 m et ce, dans des conditions climatiques extrêmes (de -20°c à + 55°c). Ses trois interfaces disponibles pour l’intégration de capteurs NRBC, son collecteur d’échantillons gazeux et liquides, ainsi que la possibilité d’effectuer mesures et analyses en temps réel sont autant d’atouts relevés par la STAT.

 

Bref, évaluation réussie pour le Cameleon C, qui devrait maintenant accroître considérablement les ressources des unités de lutte NRBC de l’armée française.

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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 13:35
Successful Delivery of the 75th PC-7 MkII to the Indian AF

 

Nov 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : Pilatus Aircraft Ltd

 

The successful handover of the 75th Pilatus PC-7 MkII Training Aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal marks the final aircraft delivery milestone under the contract between Pilatus and the Government of India’s Ministry of Defence which was signed on the 24th of May 2012. The introduction of the PC-7 MkII Training System has enabled the IAF to revolutionise their basic pilot training capability.

 

The arrival of the first of 75 Pilatus PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft in February 2013 signified the beginning of a new era for pilot training in the IAF.

 

Commenting on the delivery of the 75th aircraft with its “commemorative livery”, Jim Roche VP Government Aviation & Deputy CEO of Pilatus says:

 

“We are extremely pleased to have completed delivery of all PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft well ahead of the original IAF schedule requirement. Delivering and supporting the IAF’s Basic Flight Training requirements has been a remarkable experience and we remain fully committed to supporting the fleet’s in-service operations with equal efficiency and competence.”

 

The PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft has achieved some outstanding performance benchmarks at Dundigal. Since the first delivery in February 2013, the PC-7 MkII fleet has flown more than 40,000 hours and accumulated well over 80,000 landings.

 

The PC-7 MkII has enabled the IAF to increase the basic training syllabus in terms of flight hours by 220 percent compared to previous operations and also increase the solo content from 1 to 14 sorties. The PC-7 MkII Training System has successfully proven its effectiveness and validates the decision by the IAF to operate the most advanced Basic Flight Training aircraft in the world – the PC-7 MkII.

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JAC of the UAE Selects the AW609 TiltRotor for SAR Missions

 

Nov 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland

 

 AW609 TiltRotor to be operated by the UAEaEUR(tm)s Joint Aviation Command

 Joint Aviation Command to be the launch customer for the SAR variant of the AW609 TiltRotor

 The extraordinary speed and range of the AW609 bring new capabilities to the market

 

The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotors to the JAC, with three additional options,is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe. The Joint Aviation Command will be the launch customer for the search and rescue variant of the AW609TiltRotor, which will include a tailored equipment configuration to meet its specific operational requirements.  

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KC-390 photo Embraer

KC-390 photo Embraer

 

Nov 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins

 

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Embraer to provide the Cargo Handling and Aerial Delivery Control System (CHADCS) for the Brazilian Air Force’s KC-390 program. “The CHADCS selection is a significant increase to our KC-390 content and is an example of both continuing to leverage our advanced Pro Line Fusion capabilities in expanded ways and also of innovating to address new opportunities,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, Americas, for Rockwell Collins. “The win exemplifies the continued trust that Embraer has in Rockwell Collins based on our performance on the KC-390 to date.”

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Airbus Defence and Space and The Coulson Group to collaborate on C295W water bomber

 

Nov 12, 2015 ASDNews Source : Airbus Defence and Space

 

Airbus Defence and Space and The Coulson Group of Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the industrialization, supply and support of the new water bomber version of the Airbus C295W transport aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement The Coulson Group of Alberni BC, Canada through its operating company Coulson Aircrane Ltd, will develop and manufacture a version of its Retardant Dropping System (RDS) which is already in operation with the world’s most demanding firefighting agencies.

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12 novembre 2015 4 12 /11 /novembre /2015 12:45
An A-Darter missile and Badger armoured vehicle

An A-Darter missile and Badger armoured vehicle

 

10 November 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The Public Enterprises Minister has given Denel a clean bill of health and the announcement of major multi-million Rand contracts adds further credibility but at least some suppliers of goods and services maintain they have not been paid.

 

According to one supplier, his company’s account with the State-owned defence industry conglomerate is currently 90 days in arrears.

 

“We also have no commitment as to when the outstanding amount of more than R10 million will be paid,” the disgruntled contractor said, adding there are “at least 20 other suppliers to Denel Dynamics” who find themselves in similar positions.

 

Last month Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said, in reply to a Parliamentary question, that the acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa had not exhausted Denel’s cash reserves.

 

Natasha Mazzone, opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow public enterprises minister, who first asked questions about Denel’s liquidity, said: “It appears the extent of the problem is greater than what has been reported and I have written to Minister Brown requesting her to urgently appear before the Parliamentary Public Enterprises Committee to respond to the Denel crisis”.

 

Among the other 20 companies who still await payment for goods and services are some that have incurred penalties on export contracts.

 

The newest addition to the Denel stable, now renamed Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS), this week confirmed a R900 million plus contract with NIMR in the United Arab Emirates for the development and supply of N35 (formerly RG35) mine protected vehicles.

 

The contract, according to a Denel statement, is one of the largest received by the now DVS and previously BAE Land Systems Land Systems South Africa in recent years and will provide work for two of the company’s major divisions for the next 24 months.

 

“It is one of several contracts awarded to DVS since it became part of Denel earlier this year and further confirms Denel’s leadership role in landward mobility and mine protected vehicles,” Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Denel Group Executive Business Development, said.

 

Other contracts Denel landward defence has recently concluded include 24 RG-31 mobile mortar platform (MMP) vehicles, assembly of driveline components for NIMR, maintenance and supply of spares for combat and military support vehicles and for components in the new Transnet electric locomotives.

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Vietnam-Brésil : De nombreux potentiels de coopération dans la défense

Le général de corps d'armée Nguyên Chi Vinh (droite), vice-ministre vietnamien de la Défense, et l'ambassadeur brésilien Marco Brandao, le 11 novembre à Hanoi. Photo : Hông Pha/VNA/CVN

 

12/11/2015 Le Courrier du Vietnam

 

Le général de corps d'armée Nguyên Chi Vinh, vice-ministre vietnamien de la Défense, a reçu le 11 novembre à Hanoi l'ambassadeur brésilien Marco Brandao.

 

Les deux parties ont estimé que les relations entre les deux pays, notamment dans la défense, n’avaient cessé de se développer avec la multiplication d'échanges de délégations de tous échelons, le partage d'expériences et l'entraide en matière d’opérations des forces de maintien de la paix de l'ONU, d'industrie de la défense...

 

Nguyên Chi Vinh et Marco Brandao ont affirmé que la prochaine visite au Vietnam de la présidente brésilienne Dilma Rousseff était une bonne opportunité pour les deux ministères de la Défense de signer un Protocole d'accord sur la coopération bilatérale en la matière.

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Leclerc-VBCI (Nexter- photo G. Belan) - LEOPARD 2 A5 (KMW)

Leclerc-VBCI (Nexter- photo G. Belan) - LEOPARD 2 A5 (KMW)

 

11/11 Thibaut Madelin et Dominique Seux - lesechos.fr

 

La menace du terrorisme renforce les projets d’armement franco-allemands, dont le rapprochement de Nexter et KMW.

 

Philippe Burtin en est convaincu. « Nous sommes face à une seule et même menace, qui est le terrorisme », a déclaré mardi le PDG de Nexter au forum économique franco-allemand organisé par « Les Echos » et « Handelsblatt » à Berlin. « Aucune nation, ni la France, ni l’Allemagne, n’est en mesure de surmonter seule cette menace », a ajouté Frank Haun, le patron du groupe allemand Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). Leur analyse les conforte dans leur projet de rapprochement. Ensemble, Nexter et KMW veulent créer le numéro deux européen de la défense avec un chiffre d’affaires de près de 2 milliards d’euros et plus de 6.000 salariés. Après la signature de leur alliance, ils attendent d’ici à la fin de l’année les dernières autorisations, y compris celle du ministère allemand de l’Economie, sensible aux exportations d’armes. Sur le principe, le gouvernement allemand soutient l’opération, qui s’inscrit dans la continuité de la stratégie de sécurité et de défense européenne. « Une armée européenne : c’est cela le vrai but », a jugé Hans-Peter Bartels, médiateur parlementaire auprès des armées. Idem sur l’armement. « Nous avons besoin d’une réduction des programmes » nationaux, a-t-il ajouté.

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Airbus provided satellite imagery for Exercise Oxide

 

11 November 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Airbus Defence and Space supplied geo-intelligence maritime security support to the South African Maritime Safety Agency (Samsa) for Exercise Oxide between the French and South African navies earlier this year.

 

The reports were generated from the multiple satellites operated by Airbus Defence and Space. These satellites are the optical satellites SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 complimented by the very high resolution satellites Pléiades 1A and 1B. The radar satellites are known as TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and will soon to be complimented by a third named PAZ.

 

The satellite imagery was acquired on 22 and 23 September to generate a vessel detection report the same day. This allowed for the detection and identification of military vessels and civilian vessels within the open water zone during the search and rescue portion of the exercise.

 

Thomas Lutz, Director Sales East & Southern Africa at Airbus Defence & and Space, said the geointelligence data was provided by the Maritime Application department within GEO-Intelligence based in Toulouse, France. For the maritime environment, Airbus Defence and Space offers an Information Fusion Centre that integrates various satellite, AIS (Automatic Identification System), VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) and satellite imagery solutions for its customers.

 

Satellite imagery is one of the assets that Airbus Defence and Space is offering to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). In March 2012 Cassidian (as a predecessor of Airbus Defence and Space) demonstrated its Spexer 2000 radar to the SANDF on the border with Mozambique. Lutz said the radar was hugely successful as the operators were able to monitor the border on a 24/7 basis. It was also showcased in Cape Town and at Coega in Port Elizabeth, for harbour monitoring and for monitoring ships at anchor. Cassidian demonstrated the radar to the Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), which performs defence research for the South African Ministry of Defence. The IMT did trials in False Bay.

 

Lutz said that feedback from the system, which was also equipped with electro-optical sensors and a laser rangefinder, was fantastic. He said a radar like the Spexer would be highly useful for border surveillance, counter-poaching and peacekeeping operations. He suggested that the SANDF could start off with some sensor towers at hotspot locations (or mobile sensor reconnaissance vehicles), and connect these with a command and control centre. As funds became available, this system could be expanded over time

 

Airbus is marketing the radar elsewhere in Africa and the system is operational in the Middle East on a big border security project.

 

The Spexer forms part of Airbus’s larger border security portfolio. The company has sold its border security services to three African countries in West and North Africa and is in discussions with a number of oil producing countries in this regard, with several acquisition projects underway. Airbus officials told defenceWeb that there is demand for border protection due to migration, terrorism, and smuggling. The migrant crisis in Europe has in particular raised the issue of border security in nations like Libya, Egypt and Algeria.

 

Airbus Defence and Space has executed major border security contracts in places like Romania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and France. For instance in Saudi Arabia it has executed the largest fully integrated border security solution, covering 6 500 km of land border and 2 500 km of maritime border.

 

Qatar’s sea and land borders are protected by cameras and radar towers while France integrates radars, AIS, mobile platforms and other sensors to monitor its borders in Europe and overseas territories, according to Dr Thomas Jacob: Integrated Systems and VP Border Security at Airbus Defence and Space.

 

Jacob said that sensor-based systems require less people in the field, who are reduced to checking, intercepting threats and maintaining equipment. Sensors are able to operate in all weathers, 24 hours a day and maintain a continuous presence.

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Riyad achèterait pour 10 mds USD d'armes russes

 

11.11.2015 sputniknews.com

 

La Russie pourrait notamment livrer à l'Arabie saoudite des systèmes de missiles tactiques Iskander (code Otan: SS-26 Stone).

 

Plusieurs contrats pour la livraison d'armes russes à Riyad sont en cours de préparation en vue d'une possible visite du roi saoudien Salmane Ben Abdelaziz Al Saoud en Russie, rapporte le journal russe Vedomosti.

 

Auparavant, le porte-parole du Kremlin Dmitri Peskov a annoncé aux journalistes que la visite du monarque saoudien en Russie était en train d'être préparée par des diplomates des deux pays.

 

Selon le quotidien Vedomosti, qui cite des sources au sein du holding russe de hautes technologies Rostec et de l'agence d'exportation d'armements Rosoboronexport, le roi pourrait se rendre en Russie fin novembre.

 

Par le passé, le directeur général du Rosoboronexport Anatoli Issaїkine a déclaré que son agence considérait les pays du golfe Persique en tant qu'éventuels partenaires dans le domaine de la coopération militaro-technique.

 

Iskander est un système russe de missiles balistiques courte portée ou moyenne portée de nouvelle génération. Pour le moment, les systèmes Iskander n'ont jamais été vendus à l'étranger.

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An airborne view of the Terra test site, where integration testing of the IAI Elta TERRA dual-band multi-radar system is taking place. Photo: IAI

An airborne view of the Terra test site, where integration testing of the IAI Elta TERRA dual-band multi-radar system is taking place. Photo: IAI

 

11.11.2015 IsraelValley Desk

 

Un nouveau système de radar d’Israël appelé “Terra” est conçu pour identifier chaque missile, satellite ou avion ennemi à une distance de plusieurs milliers de kilomètres.

 

Le système se compose de deux types de radar qui se complètent mutuellement: le premier est le radar à courte portée « Ultra » qui peut fournir la première identification d’un missile ou d’un avion lancé et commencer à le suivre tout en recueillant des statistiques sur sa destination prévue. C’est là que le radar « Spectra » joue son rôle et fonctionne à une résolution plus élevée lors de la collecte de données précises sur le missile: type, poids, vitesse de vol, cible estimée.

 

Les deux radars « Terra » offrent une gamme combinée de 320 degrés et peuvent fonctionner l’un à côté de l’autre ou éloignés. En effet, le radar « Spectra », le plus petit des deux, peut être monté et utilisé de façon portable.

 

Le coût du système atteint des centaines de millions de dollars. Le radar plus petit, le « Spectra », pèse 130 tonnes et mesure 15 mètres de large et neuf mètres de haut. Le «Ultra» pèse 280 tonnes et mesure 30 mètres de large et 10 mètres de haut. Les deux sont plus grands que le radar américain Aegis.

 

Le système a été conçu par l’Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) et sa filiale Elta, où sont conçus la plupart des systèmes de radar en Israël. Il n’est pas actuellement vendu en Israël, mais a déjà été utilisé pendant près de deux ans par des armées étrangères.

 

Le développement a duré trois ans, un record international pour la quantité de temps nécessaire pour développer un tel système. Quatre cents personnes ont travaillé sur son développement, y compris des ingénieurs et techniciens dans les usines IAI à travers Israël.

 

« Les pays du Moyen Orient avaient déjà des missiles balistiques rapides il y a dix ans, qui ont depuis été améliorés, et qui aujourd’hui peuvent atteindre des cibles, en moyenne deux à trois fois plus vite », explique une source de haut rang de l’industrie aérospatiale. « Le système est capable d’identifier et de recueillir des données fiables sur un grand nombre de cibles différentes en même temps – des missiles à longue portée, des satellites et différents types d’avions, y compris des drones », ajoute-t-il.

 

Chacun des deux radars du système est composé de centaines de petits radars qui, ensemble, peuvent se connecter à d’autres systèmes de pistage, donnant ainsi une image complète du ciel.

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Lebanese AF Selects A-29 Super Tucano for Close Air Support Role

 

Nov 9, 2015 ASDNews  Source : Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A

 

The Republic of Lebanon today confirmed the acquisition of six A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft from Embraer Defense & Security and Sierra Nevada Corporation. The contract includes logistics support for aircraft operation as well as a complete training system for Lebanese Air Force pilots and mechanics. The sale was approved in June by the U.S. State Department. The aircraft sale is part of a larger, more comprehensive package, including infrastructure improvements, that will be fulfilled by other parties not involved in the Embraer/SNC partnership. The planes, which are currently in operation with 10 Air Forces around the world, will be built in the Jacksonville, Florida.

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Photo: U.S. Northern Command

Photo: U.S. Northern Command

 

November 11, 2015: Strategy Page

 

On October 28th a JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor) blimp undergoing testing at a U.S. Army base in Maryland (north of Washington DC) broke loose and drifted for nearly four hours and 240 kilometers until the deflation device (for such emergencies) activated and brought the blimp down. Because the blimp was dragging about 2,200 meters of tether (the cable that keeps the blimp in one place) some 26,000 civilians in its path (rural Maryland and Pennsylvania) lost electrical power for hours as the tether shorted out power lines. There were no injuries but all the damage and disruption is going to cost the army nearly $200 million. It is also likely to get the JLENS program shut down. While there have been JLENS type systems suffering runaway blimps in Afghanistan and Iraq, these did not make the news and were recovered and soon back in service. But a runaway blimp not far from the American capital is another matter. There were originally supposed to be 16 JLENS systems built by now but for a number of reasons there are only two and the other is in storage. JLENS technology has been useful even as JLENS itself has had many problems. The latest wandering blimp incident may prove fatal for JLENS.

 

Since the 1990s the U.S. Department of Defense has spent nearly $3 billion to develop JLENS a system that used tethered blimps to carry radars that could spot low-flying aircraft like helicopters, small planes and cruise missiles so that these targets could be attacked using missiles or autocannon, fired from the ground or the air, to destroy these hard to detect (using normal radars) targets. Even before the runaway JELENS there was a lot of political pressure to cancel JLENS because of failure to perform. Naturally it’s more complicated than that. While JLENS technology has proved very useful since September 11, 2001, there is concern that JLENS itself never achieved a high level of effectiveness and reliability in performing the task it was originally designed for. The manufacturer insists these accusations are baseless but it is true that JLENS has had several recent embarrassments when the system was not ready when needed or it was operational but did not spot the low flying threat or did spot it but could not tell if it was hostile.

 

One of the original uses JLENS was developed for was to help defend offshore oil facilities from attack by terrorist speedboats. This it was able to do after 2003 in Iraq. But in more crowded environments (like urban areas) JLENS spotted too many low flying objects but could not tell which ones were a threat and which were not. This has now become an issue because JLENS type systems are no longer in Iraq.

 

The JLENS system uses two 75 meter (233 foot) long, helium filled, unmanned blimp equipped with radar and other sensors. A JLENS blimp is about 2.5 times the size as the more familiar advertising blimp. Actually, the JLENS blimp is an aerostat, a blimp like vehicle designed to always turn into the wind and stay in the same place. The JLENS blimp is unpowered and secured by a cable (tether) that can keep the aerostat in position at its maximum altitude of 5,000 meters (15,000 feet). At that altitude the JLENS aerostat can carry a two ton payload. The cable also supplies power, which means the blimp can stay up for about 30 days at a time before it has to be brought down for maintenance on its radars. Two radars are carried in each aerostat. One is a surveillance radar, the other is a precision track and illumination radar (PTIR). The surveillance radar provides long-range coverage (over 300 kilometers, exact range is secret), while the PTIR, which is a steerable system capable of tracking multiple targets, can focus in on items of interest. Thus each JLENS can cover a huge area and can pass target data to airborne or ground based missile systems for interception.

 

A major JLENS success was using JLENS technology for similar systems defending bases in Iraq and Afghanistan from ground attack. While larger UAVs are popular, mainly for their persistence (the ability to stay in the air, over a particular area, for a long time) and some (Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk) can stay in the air for over 24 hours at a time, they still have to land regularly to be refueled or undergo maintenance. In Iraq the military found that "stationary UAVs" (helium filled aerostats or tall towers) not only do the job just as well but do it a lot cheaper (under $1000 an hour, mostly for maintenance, repairs, and personnel to monitor the sensors). Compare this to Predator, which costs $5,000 an hour to operate, and Global Hawk, which costs $25,000 an hour. Global Hawk is so expensive partly because of the high end sensors used. Not everyone needs the high flying Global Hawk or even a Predator. They just need a way to keep an eye on a large area (like a chunk of the Syrian, Iranian, or Pakistani border) 24/7. JLENS and its ground defense variant (RAID) are a much cheaper alternative and have become popular alternatives to mobile UAVs.

 

In 2004 the U.S. Army sent 22 blimps (aerostats, actually) to Iraq and Afghanistan to operate as part of RAID (Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment) systems. These systems were based on JLENS. The blimps float at about 320 meters (a thousand feet) up, tethered by a cable that provides power and communications to the day and night cameras up there. The big problem is ground fire from rifles and machine-guns. Iraqis, in particular, like using the RAID blimps as targets. Rifle fire won't destroy the blimps but does cause them to be brought down more frequently for repairs. Bullet-hole repairs often have some of them coming down every few days. There are surveillance systems similar to RAID but mounted on tall steel towers. These also suffer gunfire damage, but rarely any that damage the equipment.

 

The first army blimp sent to Iraq in early 2004 was one of its JLENS systems. JLENS equipment was also modified to be mounted on a tower even though it was most effective when operating from the aerostat. JLENS sensors can not only detect and track low flying aircraft and missiles but also small boats and ground vehicles. Off the coast of Iraq it could detect hostile boats making a run for Iraqi oil facilities. JLENS has been used in Afghanistan as well. JLENS was still in development in 2002 but much of the tech was soon approved for mass production. In addition to providing 24/7 coverage for approaching cruise missiles JLENS can also provide a communications relay for other radars and weapons systems (anti-aircraft missiles and warplanes) to coordinate detection and destruction of cruise missiles.

 

The RAID systems (used on aerostats as well as towers) are much cheaper than JLENS, less than five million dollars each, and the army has bought over a hundred of them. When RAID aerostats operate at an altitude of a 320 meters their cameras can see out to about sixty kilometers. The smaller towers shorten that range quite a bit. The ten meter (30 foot) tower can see out to eleven kilometers, the 20 meter (60 foot) tower out to 16 kilometers, and the 27 meter (84 foot) tower out to 20 kilometers. The ten meter tower is adequate for most situations, which usually involve guarding a base. The JLENS and RAID systems are operated by air defense troops, often from the reserves or National Guard.

 

One of the two JLENS built is used for development. This included testing new capabilities being added to JLENS. In 2013 the army and air force successfully tested a new air defense capability by using its JLENS system to detect an anti-ship cruise missile and automatically pass the target data to an F-15 via its digital data link (Link 16), and enabling the pilot to launch an AMRAAM missile to intercept the incoming cruise missile. This is a major reason for the huge cost of JLENS; adding new capabilities and costs. This is a problem with most peacetime weapons development programs and JLENS is a good example of this bad habit.

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MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command -  photo Lockheed Martin

MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command - photo Lockheed Martin

 

November 10, 2015: Strategy Page

 

In late 2015 U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) two more MC-130J all-weather transports. SOCOM has already received most of the 37 on order and deliveries are supposed to be complete by 2017. This is part of a major program to upgrade and expand the SOCOM fleet of specialized aircraft. Despite cuts in the American defense budget since 2010 SOCOM gets money for its aircraft program because SOCOM personnel are still in big demand worldwide.

 

Since 2009 SOCOM  has been devoting the largest chunk of its procurement budget to aircraft and most of that is going for one type of aircraft; the C-130J. SOCOM wants to buy about a hundred C-130Js and use them as commando transports (MC-130J) or gunships (AC-130J). In addition several hundred million dollars is being spent on sensors and weapons that can be quickly installed in MC-130Js to turn them into temporary gunships.

 

All this spending on aircraft is because the SOCOM air force has been worked hard since September 11, 2001 and has been constantly short of aircraft and qualified pilots. Back in 2009 SOCOM looked at their air force (some 300 MC-130s MH-53s AC-130s MH-6s MH-60s CV-22s and a few other types) and drew up a plan to shrink and update this overworked and aging collection of transports and helicopters. Having fewer, but more capable aircraft was seen as the only way out of the chronic shortages of aircraft and pilots. There was also the problem of aircraft worn out from heavy use and combat damage. So in addition to replacing the elderly C-130s SOCOM also sought to take the 31 MH-47Ds and E helicopters  (which have additional navigation gear) and upgraded them to MH-47F standards while the fleet was expanded to 61 helicopters. Most other SOCOM aircraft were also to be upgraded or refurbished.

 

Meanwhile the expansion and refurbishment program could not keep up with the demand in Afghanistan. Worse, there was never been enough logistics support to service all the jobs SOCOM is called on to do. In response, SOCOM improvised as much as they could. They borrowed aircraft and logistics support from other units. SOCOM is a high priority outfit, and can often get some of what they need. When SOCOM is providing specialized support for the combat units they borrow resources from they don't have a problem.

 

However when it's a pure SOCOM mission the army and air force are not as eager to part with scarce resources. What it means is that troops are operating at less than peak efficiency because they don't have all the tools they need to get the job done. Missions get cancelled, and opportunities are lost. SOCOM is a flexible outfit, and adaptations are often made. More commando operations were carried out using ground transportation. More troops, and equipment, were parachuted in. SOCOM is even obtained UAVs that can carry supplies. SOCOM is all about innovation, and a helicopter shortage is just seen as another opportunity to be creative. But there was always an ultimate solution for a lot of the air transportation and it was the new C-130J.

 

Back in 2011 SOCOM received its first MC-130J. This was part of a larger U.S. Air Force effort to replace 200 worn out C-130Es. The C-130J transport proved to be more than just another model in the fifty year old C-130 design. This is mainly because it's cheaper and easier to use. Like most new commercial transports, the C-130J emphasizes saving money. The new engines generate 29 percent more thrust while using 15 percent less fuel. Increased automation reduced crew size from four to three. The rear ramp door can now be opened in flight when the aircraft is going as fast as 450 kilometers an hour, versus the current 270 kilometers an hour.

 

The SOCOM MC-130s are all-weather aircraft used for everything from moving SOCOM personnel and equipment around the combat zone, to parachuting supplies, refueling helicopters in the air, dropping bombs and propaganda leaflets, or loading a pallet or two of electronic gear for special reconnaissance or psychological warfare missions. MC-130s are particularly useful because they have terrain following radar that enables them to fly at low altitude, especially at night or during bad weather. MC-130s have several additional navigation and communication systems, which allow them to fly in all weather, especially low enough to avoid radar detection.

 

C-130Js have cost nearly twenty percent less per hour than previous models. The most common version of the C-130 still in service is the C-130H. It has a range of 8,368 kilometers, a top speed of 601 kilometers per hour, and can carry up to 18 tons of cargo, 92 troops, or 64 paratroopers. The latest version, the C-130J, has a top speed of 644 kilometers, 40 percent more range than the C-130H, and can carry 20 tons of cargo. The stretched C-130J-30 can carry more bulky cargo, and goes for about $100 million each. The C-130J has a top speed of 644 kilometers, 40 percent more range than the C130H. The C-130 has been in service for over half a century, and has been flying for over 50 countries.

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Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)

Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)

 

Nov 8, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon

 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has successfully completed the flight test phase of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program.

 

PCAS is a package of technologies designed to speed close air support to soldiers on the battlefield, enabling ground troops, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and combat aircrews to share real-time situational awareness and weapons systems data. Executed in three phases, the four-and-a-half year program included flight testing during the first six months of 2015.

 

"The PCAS program was able to reduce close air support response times from nearly one hour to less than six minutes," said Tom Bussing , Raytheon vice president of Advanced Missile Systems. "By speeding critical information to decision makers, PCAS could save lives in the battlespace."

 

During the U.S. Marine Corps' Talon Reach V exercise in March, the program demonstrated end-to-end, fully digital weapons release of a Griffin missile from a modified MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. In May, an A-10C Thunderbolt II attack aircraft and a joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) on the ground, both using PCAS' real-time digital communications and situational awareness capabilities, successfully employed 10 GPS- and laser-guided weapons in a second series of flight tests.

 

The PCAS system is designed to be platform-, digital radio-, sensor-, and weapons-class agnostic, and to be portable from platform to platform. The two main parts of the system are PCAS-Air, which consists of smart launcher electronics and a pilot tablet, and PCAS-Ground, which comprises the equipment used by the JTAC.

 

Raytheon is the systems integrator for PCAS. The company leads an industry team comprised of Rockwell Collins, General Electric, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and 5-D Systems. Raytheon brings its expertise in overall systems integration, weapons, aircraft integration and unmanned aircraft system ground control stations to PCAS.

 

As part of its conclusion of the program, DARPA is now focusing on transitioning PCAS technology demonstrated on both the A-10C and the MV-22 to different military platforms. DARPA is also working with the Army on other PCAS transition activity relevant to ground forces and manned and unmanned aircraft.

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Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft

Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft

 

Nov 9, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $262.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s F-15 sensor suite. The sensor suite includes Sniper ® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP), LANTIRN Extended Range (ER) navigation pods and Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will collaborate with Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) to perform Sniper ATP and LANTIRN ER sustainment services as well as LANTIRN ER pod upgrades at the Sniper Expanded Repair Capability facility in Saudi Arabia. Lockheed Martin will support IRST sustainment at its IRST depot in Orlando, Florida.

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DynCorp fait la "une" avec ses pertes: deux tués en Jordanie et des résultats trimestriels dans le rouge


10.11.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense
 

Les deux contractors US tués lors de la fusillade de Jordanie appartiennent à la firme DynCorp. Le porte-parole du DoS (State Dept) l'a confirmé hier soir.

DynCorp et quatre autres sociétés américaines: Justice Services International, MPRI qui appartient à L3C, PAE Government Services, Civilian Police International ont été retenues en 2011 par le Département d'Etat dans le cadre de l'ex-programme CIVPOL devenu le "Criminal Justice Program Support" (CJPS). Voir l'avis d'attribution de 2011 ici.

DynCorp déploie actuellement du personnel dans le cadre du "Palestine Task Order" d'une valeur annuelle de 10 millions de dollars. La firme US recrutait encore, il y a quelques jours, des agents pour ses "mobile training teams" (voir ici) qui ont la responsabilité du programme de formation des Palestiniens.

Par ailleurs, DynCorp a dévoilé hier ses résultats trimestriels (voir ici). Du mieux mais pas fameux... Pour le 3e quarter 2015, le CA a été de 479,8 millions de dollars (540,3 pour la même période en 2014) et les pertes de 15,7 millions (71,5 millions pour la même période en 2014).

Ces résultats laissent espérer un CA annuel de l'ordre de "1,89 à 1,93 milliards de dollars" selon Lou Von Thaer, le CEO de DynCorp. On se souviendra que le CA de 2014 était de 2,3 milliards et celui de 2013 de 3,3 milliards.

Les revenus de DynLogistics dégringolent toujours; seul DynAviation retrouvent des couleurs, son CA pour le 3e quarter étant de 313 millions (contre 293, il y a un an).

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Rheinmetall Wins New Order for Tank Ammunition Worth Around EUR20 M

 

10.11.2015 Rheinmetall

 

An international customer has awarded Rheinmetall a contract to supply it with practice tank ammunition. Now official, the order is worth around €20 million.

 

The DM78A1 and DM78A3 subcalibre practice ammunition will be delivered in two lots between 2016 and 2018.

 

The 120mm x 570 DM78 round is based on an innovative acceleration and replacement techology that enables an especially economical design. In addition, the DM78 is safe to fire in all the same climatic zones as the DM63 KE service round. The DM78’s very low pressure level results in negligible erosion, fostering extremely long barrel life. Moreover, the round can be used at any tank firing range that meets the safety standards required for its predecessors, the DM38 family and the DM48.

 

This new order underscores once again Rheinmetall’s clear technological lead in the field of large-calibre weapon systems and ammunition.

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First Storm Shadwow release from Eurofighter Typhoon


9 nov. 2015 BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems’ Chief Test Pilot Steve Formoso describes how ongoing work on the integration of the weapons as part of Phase 2 Enhancements and beyond further enhances the Eurofighter Typhoon’s potent multi-role and swing-role capabilities.

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New Contracts To Boost Denel's Armoured Vehicle Business

 

10.11.2015 army-guide.com

 

Denel Vehicle Systems has concluded a contract of more than R900-million with NIMR in the United Arab Emirates for the development and supply of advanced mine-protected vehicles.

 

This contract for N35 is one of the largest received by Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) in recent years and will provide work for two of the company’s major divisions for the next 24 months.

 

Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Group Executive Business Development says the new contract confirms Denel’s leadership role in landward mobility and mine-protected vehicles. It is one of several contracts awarded to DVS since it joined the Denel Group earlier this year.

 

“We are delighted to work with NIMR, one of world’s leading manufacturers of wheeled armoured vehicles,” says Ntshepe. “There is a strong synergy between our companies and products and we are confident that we can, together, develop and improve the N35 to be among the best in its class.”

 

The N35 – formerly known as the RG-35 – is an armoured vehicle with superior mine protection and combat capabilities and can be used in command, ambulance and recovery roles.

 

Ntshepe says the contract with NIMR follows on the awarding of several other contracts to Denel’s landward defence business in recent months amounting to over R1 500m in total. These are

- The OMC division, within Denel Vehicle Systems specialises in wheeled armoured and mine-protected vehicles, received a development contract for the N35 from NIMR.

- A production contract for 24 RG-31 mobile mortar platform (MMP) vehicles.. The contract includes vehicle manufacture and technical support and will be delivered in the next 12 months.

- Contracts from Armscor for maintenance of - and the supply of spares for both combat and support vehicles.

- The Gear Ratio division, within Denel Vehicle Systems is working on a contract from NIMR for the assembly of driveline components.

- A contract was also concluded with Steloy Castings for components used in the new Transnet electric locomotives.

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