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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:20
7th Boeing GPS IIF Delivered to Orbit and Operational

 

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Aug. 2, 2014 – Boeing

 

Third launch this year in Boeing-Air Force GPS modernization effort

 

A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite, launched late yesterday, has sent the signals to controllers that confirm it is currently operating properly within the constellation that millions of people rely on for timing and navigation information.

 

GPS IIF-7 was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-5 rocket from Cape Canaveral. It is the seventh of 12 such satellites Boeing has built for the U.S. Air Force, and the third on-orbit delivery this year.

 

“We are providing our Air Force partner and GPS users with a steady supply of advanced GPS IIFs,” said Craig Cooning, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. “Our robust launch tempo requires vigilance and attention to detail, and mission success is our top priority. We continue to partner with the Air Force and ULA to effectively execute the launch schedule.”

 

Boeing and the Air Force will complete the full on-orbit checkout of the satellite next month. The GPS IIFs offer improved signal accuracy, better anti-jamming capability, longer design life and the new civilian L5 signal.

 

GPS IIF-8, slated for launch during the fourth quarter, arrived at Cape Canaveral on July 16 to undergo final launch preparations.

 

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:20
Despite Delays, New US Navy Sub Headed for On-Time Delivery

Pre-Commissioning Unit North Dakota (SSN 784) sits moored at the graving dock of General Dynamics Electric Boat prior to its christening ceremony on Nov. 2 in Groton, Conn. (Lt. j.g. Phillip Chitty / US Navy)

 

Aug. 11, 2014 - By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS- Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The building program of the US Navy’s Virginia-class submarines has an outstanding reputation, both for keeping to cost and for on-time delivery. There’s even a modest competition between the two shipyards that build the subs to see who can shave off more time of the contractual delivery date.

Bets are off, however, for the North Dakota, the 11th and newest unit of the class. The submarine is the first of the Block III version, with the most significant design changes to date — that led to delays that were acknowledged in the spring. The Navy hoped to continue the march of early deliveries and begin the sub’s first round of sea trials in mid-April, but it was apparent more time was needed to resolve a number of problems.

 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 22:40
The National Guard of Ukraine will receive 21 KrAZ Spartan LAVs

 

 

Ukrainian KrAZ company started the production of KrAZ Spartan 4×4 Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) in collaboration with Canadian Streit Group. New LAVs will be produced in Kremenchuk (Ukraine) for the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine. According the the press-service of the National Guard, 21 such vehicles were ordered and will be delivered by the end of 2014.

Minister of Interior Affairs of Ukraine added, that a new contract for 40 vehicles worth of ₴95 mln (approx. €6 mln) is being prepared. However, there is no details yet concerning the type of those vehicles.

“For us, KrAZ is a main and strategic supplier for the future, as long as it keeps the competitive price & quality parity as it is the case now.” – he underlined.

KrAZ Spartan is a Light Armored Vehicle armed with powerful weapon. It is known, that “Sarmat” system with “Korsar” anti-tank module is installed on top of the vehicle. In addition, this vehicle is equipped with the infrared camera and night vision devices.

Source: Ukraine Industrial

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 18:30
Les S-300 destinés à la Syrie seront recyclés (Moscou)

 

MOSCOU, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

Les systèmes de missile sol-air S-300 destinés à la Syrie seront détruits et recyclés, a annoncé lundi aux journalistes le directeur adjoint du Service fédéral russe de coopération technico-militaire Konstantin Biriouline.

 

"Les systèmes S-300 destinés à la Syrie seront recyclés. Cette décision a été adoptée au niveau de la direction politique du pays", a déclaré M. Biriouline.

 

Interrogé sur la possibilité de revendre ces armes à d'autres pays, le responsable du Service de coopération technico-militaire a fait remarquer que des propositions de genre avaient été formulées, mais que cette éventualité était peu probable.

 

En 2011, Moscou et Damas ont signé un contrat d'un milliard de dollars prévoyant la livraison de quatre systèmes S-300PMU-2 à la Syrie. Cependant, début septembre 2013, le président Vladimir Poutine a déclaré que la Russie avait suspendu la livraison de ces missiles antiaériens au régime de Damas.

 

La décision d'annuler le contrat a été prise suite à la résolution du problème des armes chimiques syriennes.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 17:55
Moscou participera au salon Euronaval 2014 à Paris

 

MOSCOU, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie continuera de participer aux salons de défense étrangers malgré les sanctions, et sera présent au salon Euronaval 2014 programmé à Paris du 27 au 31 octobre, a annoncé lundi à Moscou Konstantin Biriouline, directeur adjoint du Service fédéral russe pour la coopération militaire et technique (FSVTS).

 

"Nous ne renonçons pas à notre participation aux salons étrangers et prendrons part au salon naval et maritime Euronaval", a indiqué M.Biriouline.

Le responsable avait antérieurement déclaré que Moscou réduirait sa participation aux salons de défense européens en raison des sanctions.

 

L'UE a introduit en juillet des sanctions visant, entre autres, l'industrie militaire russe et les technologies de pointe à "double usage" (civil et militaire). Les Etats-Unis ont déjà introduit des sanctions contre une série de compagnies russes, y compris contre des entreprises de défense.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 17:40
Bombardier russe de 5ème génération: le premier vol en 2019

 

BALACHIKHA, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le bombardier russe de 5e génération PAK DA effectuera son premier vol en 2019, a annoncé lundi lors d'une conférence de presse le commandant de l'Armée de l'air Viktor Bondarev.

 

"En 2019, il devrait effectuer son premier vol. La livraison devait débuter en 2021", a expliqué le responsable interrogé par les journalistes sur l'état d'avancement du projet. 

 

Il a antérieurement été annoncé que le bombardier PAK DA serait subsonique.  Il accomplira les missions réalisées actuellement par trois types d'avions à long rayon d'action: le Tu-160, le Tu-95MS et le Tu-22. Selon des données non officielles, le nouvel appareil sera doté d'une arme hypersonique. 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:50
HMS Middleton completes major overhaul programme

 

11 August 2014 naval-technology.com

 

The UK Royal Navy's Type 2 Hunt-class minehunter HMS Middleton (M34) has received an upgrade to its engines, as part of a major overhaul programme.

 

With the installation of new Caterpillar engines, the Portsmouth-based warship can sail faster and stay at sea longer. Its operational life has also been extended to 2030 and beyond.

 

Portsmouth Flotilla commander commodore Paddy McAlpine said: "The ship's company should be justifiably proud of their achievements. The refit threw up some serious challenges, which could have impacted on the ship's ability to deploy later this year.

 

HMS Middleton marine engineering officer warrant officer Alan Evans said: "It's not over yet but I am confident the department will continue to work together to deliver success on all fronts."

 

HMS Middleton's crew, following completion of the refit programme, sailed to the west coast of Scotland to undergo an intensive period of sea safety training, and to exercise required skills to manage at-sea emergencies.

 

The 750t warship is scheduled to undergo a seven-month deployment to the Gulf, where the ship's crew will join an international naval task force helping to keep the sea lanes open for merchant ships from all nations.

 

Capable of accommodating a crew of 45 with five officers, the 60m-long Hunt-class vessel can carry out minesweeping and minehunting, and can support patrol missions.

 

Featuring Kelvin Hughes Type-1007 naval radar operating at the I-band, the Hunt-class vessels are integrated with two Eca PAP 104 Mk3 remotely controlled mine disposal vehicles for the identification and disposal of mines.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:50
Airbus Shares in Dassault Aviation

 

August 11, 2014 by Think Defence

 

Airbus have confirmed they are now actively looking to divest themselves of their 46% shareholding in Dassault Aviation.

 

With increasing defence cooperation with the UK and the intent of BAE to merge with EADS now ancient history would it make sense for BAE and Dassault to consider an increasingly closer relationship?

 

The two are already working on the joint French/UK FCAS unmanned combat aircraft study, the fit there is an obviously good one.

 

Would there be value in such a closer relationship.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:50
UK Earmarks Funds for Maritime Autonomous Systems
 

 

source defense-unmanned.com

(Source: UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory issued July 30, 2014)

 

£9 Million Available for Future of Maritime Autonomous Systems


The Ministry of Defence (MOD) through the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and in partnership with a number of associations and industry bodies is making £9 million available to support the future of Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS).

Autonomy in Maritime Unmanned Vehicles offers the potential to transform the manner in which many activities are conducted at sea such as the clearance of sea mines and persistent wide area surveillance. This funding for the development of MAS is available through four initiatives each addressing different areas of maritime autonomy.

Philip Smith, Affordable Maritime Presence Programme Manager at Dstl says: “The opportunities presented by Maritime Autonomous Systems are very exciting. However if we are to fully exploit these opportunities we need to invest in key areas such as “Supervised Autonomy” and “Deployment & Recovery” in order meet future requirements and position the UK as a world leader in next generation Maritime Mission Systems. The funding we are making available through these four initiatives is a significant step towards achieving this.”

The specific initiatives are:

-- Maritime Autonomous Systems (MUxV) Technology:
Sponsored by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, this competition addresses Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for defence applications and is directed at SMEs in the Solent that can create or safeguard jobs in the local defence supply chain. The total funding available is worth £1 million and awards will be made for projects of up to £75,000 in value. The competition closes in April 2015. Find out more:
http://solentlep.org.uk/growing_places/solent_defence_growth_partnership_sme_fund

-- Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research (ASUR):
Addressing unmanned system enablers for all environments this competition, sponsored by Dstl, is worth £1.5 million. Open from September 2014 for a year, the competition will award projects of around £250,000 to be split into 2 phases. Find out more.
http://www.asur-programme.co.uk/calls-for-proposals/

-- Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks:
A Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council and Dstl addressing the tracking of dynamic maritime features with unmanned vehicles. With a total of £1.5 million available the competition is open from September 2014 for 18 months and will award projects of around £250,000 to be split into 2 phases. Find out more:
https://www.innovateuk.org/-/adaptive-autonomous-ocean-sampling-networks-aaosn-

-- Towards Excellence in Maritime Autonomous Systems:
Recently announced by the Minister for Portsmouth, Matthew Hancock, the competition sponsored by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, and Dstl addresses Maritime Unmanned Vehicles for defence and civil applications. Open from October 2014 for 3 years the competition is worth £5 million and will award projects of between £500,000 and £1.5 million directed to collaborative, business-led, consortia. Find out more.
https://www.innovateuk.org/funding-competitions-forthcoming


BACKGROUND NOTES:

Dstl
Dstl is a trading fund of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with three main sites at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.
Dstl works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas. Around 60% of MOD’s Science and Technology Programme is delivered by these external partners and suppliers.

Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.

Solent LEP
The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was formed after the Government offered local areas the opportunity to take control of their future economic development. It is a locally-owned partnership between business, education and local authorities and plays a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.

http://solentlep.org.uk/

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:50
German coalition bickers over arms exports

 

Aug 10, 2014 Spacewar.com (AFP)

 

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is raising hackles among conservatives in the coalition government with plans to tighten rules on arms exports, amid tit-for-tat sanctions between the West and Russia.

"If you're not very careful, (selling arms abroad) can very quickly become a deal with death," Gabriel, who is also vice chancellor, warned recently on public television.

Normally, the position of deputy chancellor is largely a symbolic one.

But Gabriel, a Social Democrat, is taking advantage of the absence on holiday of conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel to lobby publicly for a topic close to his heart.

Exporting arms was already an issue for his Social Democratic Party (SPD) during last year's general election campaign, but with the crisis in Ukraine, it has taken on added currency.

Gabriel believes that European sanctions against Moscow do not go far enough, and last week he blocked a major contract for German company Rheinmetall to provide a fully-equipped training camp to Russia.

The minister is not looking to change Germany's current laws on arms exports.

But he wants the authorities to be much more watchful when awarding export licences, particularly with regard to the country buying the weapons and their record on human rights.

 

- A discreet industry -

In 2013, Merkel's previous administration authorised 5.8 billion euros' ($7.8 billion) worth of arms exports, 62 percent of which were destined for non-NATO countries such as Algeria, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with Gabriel particularly concerned about the latter.

But the minister's plan, seen by some as an attempt to reach out to the opposition Greens and far-left Linke party in the distant eventuality of a post-Merkel alliance, is rattling some conservatives.

The head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party, Horst Seehofer, accused Gabriel of acting "without a concept and without a compass" and of endangering jobs.

"German companies will disappear from the market or relocate abroad," he warned.

The CSU is the Bavarian sister party of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and the wealthy southern state is home to companies such as Airbus Defence and Space, tank maker Krauss Maffei Wegmann -- which plans to tie-up with French rival Nexter -- and guided missile maker Diehl.

Germany's defence industry is tight-lipped about its actual sales, preferring instead to publish its output.

In 2011, the most recent data available, the sector's output amounted to 22.6 billion euros.

It employs nearly 100,000 people directly while more than 200,000 are employed by sub-contractors and suppliers.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Germany is the world's third-biggest exporter of arms, after the United States and Russia.

Germany's own security and defence industry federation, BDSV, is more modest.

"We're definitely among the top 10," a spokesman said.

But according to the business daily Handelsblatt, weapons is one area where Germans are not proud of their export prowess.

 

- Fervent plea -

But in addition to exports of tanks or missiles, pacifists are angry about exports of small arms, such as the guns and pistols made by Heckler & Koch, which has annual sales of more than 200 million euros.

In a fervent plea to ban arms exports, former chancellor Helmut Schmidt described smaller hand-held weapons such as machine guns and hand grenades as "today's weapons of mass destruction".

Generally speaking, "I think it's perverse to send weapons instead of soldiers," he said.

Gabriel's SPD party colleague, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has for months been calling for Germany to become more directly involved in the resolution of international conflict hotspots.

As for the industry itself, "we would like the government to tell us what its position is," BDSV chief Georg Wilhelm Adamowitsch said recently.

Last week, defence technology group Rheinmetall issued a profit warning in the wake of Gabriel's decision to block its Russian contract, sending its shares sharply lower on the stock market.

Gabriel is to meet labour representatives of some of the market players in mid-August.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:45
Rheinmetall and Pindad sign Indonesia ammunition deal

 

11 August 2014 by defenceWeb

 

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has signed a memorandum of understanding with PT Pindad to produce ammunition ranging from 30 to 105 mm for the Indonesian military as well as export customers.

The agreement was signed in the Indonesia capital Jakarta on August 7, local media reported. The agreement will see RDM and Pindad form a joint venture in 2015 to construct a 168 hectare facility in Malang, East Java, to manufacture ammunition.

 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:35
Hobart-class air warfare destroyers - Photo ASC

Hobart-class air warfare destroyers - Photo ASC

 

11 August 2014 Grant Turnbull - naval-technology.com

 

Australia’s troubled shipbuilding industry could be overhauled under radical proposals by the Canberra government, local media reports have indicated. Speculation is rife that British defence giant BAE Systems will be brought in to rescue the Navy’s long-delayed and over-budget Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD) project.

 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:35
New Interceptor Boat Ready to Protect Sabah Waters

P-38 high-speed interceptor boat from United Engineering Services with max spped +55 knots (all photos : UES)

 

26 July 2014 Defense Studies

Navy ready to protect Sabah waters

KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Malaysian Navy, which has helped thwart pirates in international waters, is well placed off Sabah’s east coast to protect the country’s security against external threats.

Taking the role as the “mother ship” is naval vessel Bunga Mas 5, which will serve as a forward sea base equipped with high-speed interceptor boats, radar surveillance and helicopters.

The three interceptor combat boats (CB90) will be used together with the rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) that are currently being used by the navy’s elite sea commando unit (Paskal) and two new boats that were recently acquired by the navy – the Silver Brize and P38 craft.

“The Bunga Mas 5 is the right choice to be placed in the area as it has a surveillance radar system and is equipped with helicopters to carry out night operations over long distances,” said navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar.

He said it helped thwart the attacks by Somali pirates against ships crossing the Gulf of Aden.

Admiral Abdul Aziz said the navy would also be sending in warship KD Lekiu, which was equipped with a Super Link aircraft, to the eastern Sabah waters.

“I am confident with the presence of Bunga Mas 5 and the other assets, we will able to act against the intruders,” he said here yesterday.

He said the helicopters, capable of operating at night, were seen as the best option in protecting borders against unwanted elements.

On his earlier order of “shoot on sight” against intruders, Admiral Abdul Aziz said it “can be frustrating for our navy personnel to not shoot at an identified enemy during hot pursuit within the country’s waters”.

“This is due to constraints in operational directives,” he added.

(The Star)

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:35
Australia To Renew Ground-based Air Defense Capability

Saab sees its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system as part of a possible solution to the Australian requirement. (Saab)

 

Jul. 27, 2014 - By NIGEL PITTAWAY – Defense News

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Australia plans to include a replacement for its Saab RBS-70 very-short-range air defense missile system in its next Defence Capability Plan.

 

The Australian Army uses the RBS-70 system, along with the Lockheed Martin PSTAR-ER radar, to fulfill its ground-based air defense (GBAD) requirements, but an Australian Defence Force (ADF) spokesperson confirmed the combination was not considered adequate to defeat future threats.

 

“It is a dated, line-of-sight system missile that provides very-short-range GBAD and lacks the sensors, range and performance to protect against the likely threats of today’s helicopters, UAVs, stand-off aerial weapons, cruise missiles and rockets, artillery, mortars,” the spokesperson said.

 

The ADF is developing future ground-based air and missile defense requirements and examining options in the marketplace.

 

The new system will be acquired under the ongoing Project Land 17 Phase 7B, but has yet to gain much traction.

 

“The system is planned to provide the Joint Force with persistent defense against advanced threats including aircraft, helicopters,” the spokesperson said. “Land 19 Phase 7B is planned to have wide utility across many types of defense operations, not just application in conventional warlike operations.”

 

The Australian government will give first pass approval in fiscal 2016-2017, which the ADF says will allow time to initiate formal market solicitation. Acquisition is estimated to be between AUS $500 million (US $469 million) and AUS $1 billion.

 

Government approval for acquisition would be sought in fiscal 2017-2018.

 

Army initial operational capability is planned for fiscal 2020 to 2021.

 

“Land 19 Phase 7B will enhance or replace the existing GBAD system to allow it to function as a complete ground-based force protection system,” the ADF spokesperson said. “In a traditional combat setting it is planned to perform its core functions of airspace surveillance and identification, target tracking, target interception and destruction to provide an enhanced level of protection against current and emerging threats.”

 

The spokesperson said the project is modeled after the National Advanced surface-to-air missile system used by a number of European nations, and also by the US National Guard in defense of Washington.

 

“The US chose a ground-based system as the other options of continuous air combat patrols or permanently stationed air-warfare ships were more expensive, manpower-intensive and less persistent,” a spokesman for the project office said. “It was due to this system maturity and broad user group that it was selected as an exemplar to allow the early development work to progress.”

 

In 2012, the Australian Army took delivery of three Saab Giraffe agile multibeam (GAMB) radar systems under an urgent acquisition process to provide its base at Tarin Kot in Afghanistan with a counter-rocket, artillery and mortar capability.

 

Since the Australian withdrawal of most of its forces from Afghanistan, the two operational GAMB radars have been returned to Australia (the third had been retained locally for training) but do not have a clear role in domestic operations.

 

Saab Australia sees the Giraffe AMB, together with its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system, as a possible solution to the Australian requirement.

 

The missiles used by the RBS-70NG are identical to those in the earlier system already in use with the Army and comprise the third-generation Mk.2, with an effective range of 7 kilometers at heights up to 4,000 meters; and the fourth-generation Bolide round, capable of knocking down targets at distances up to 8 kilometers and altitudes up to 5,000 meters.

 

The company says the major change is to the sight, which has an integrated thermal imager, an auto-tracking system to improve aiming and guidance, automatic after-action video capability, and 3D visual cueing. This feature receives data from the surveillance radar, allowing the operator to find the target without actually seeing it first.

 

Saab officials claim that during recent comparative trials in India, RBS-70NG operators were getting their shot away before their competitors systems had even acquired the target.

 

The RBS-70NG also incorporates an identify friend or foe interrogator system as standard equipment while Saab works to integrate it with land vehicles, delivering a tactical, mobile GBAD system.

 

The company is proposing to upgrade Australia’s GAMB radars, including provision of a Link 16 datalink, and swap out the RBS-70 launchers for the upgraded equipment at what it claims is a modest cost.

 

The company has also integrated other missile systems with GAMB, including Raytheon’s I-Hawk and Diehl’s IRIS-T.

 

“We think it will be attractive to the ADF because Australia is already an RBS-70 user,” explained Jessica Rylander, an engineer with Saab’s Dynamics branch. “And the difference from an operator’s perspective is the increased” kill probability, she said.

 

The RBS-70NG sight enhances the capability of the Bolide missile by reducing tracking noise, increasing maneuverability and improving performance against small targets at maximum range, according to Saab.

 

“The RBS-70NG and Giraffe AMB solution is designed to address targets such as small UAVs, cruise missiles and helicopters in the 2025 space,” added Mat Jones, Saab Asia-Pacific business development manager.

 

“We are investing a lot of time, effort and money into GBAD, to ensure the architecture is future-proofed. The RBS-70NG/GAMB combination could provide a step change in capability, within the existing budget,” said Jones.

 

But much will depend on the final specifications mandated by Land 19/7B when the Defence Capability Plan is made public next year.

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Fuselage of the First NATO AGS UAV Completed

 

Source defense-unmanned.com

(Source: NATO; issued July, 28 2014)

 

BRUSSELS --- NAGSMA General Manager, Jim Edge, and NAGSMO Chairman, Erling Wang announced that the Fuselage of the first NATO AGS UAV has been completed at Northrop-Grumman’s plant at Moss Point (Mississippi, USA). The fuselage is now on its way to Palmdale, California in order to complete the production.

 

The AGS Core will be an integrated system consisting of an air segment and a ground segment and related support systems. The air segment consists of five Global Hawk Block 40 high-altitude, long-endurance UAVs.

 

The UAVs will be equipped with a state-of-the-art, Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) ground surveillance radar sensor, as well as an extensive suite of line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight, long-range, wideband data links.

 

The air segment will also contain the UAV flight control stations (AVMC2), which will be located at the AGS main operating base at Sigonella Air Base, Italy.

 

The ground segment will provide an interface between the AGS Core system and a wide range of command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C2ISR) systems to interconnect with and provide data to multiple deployed and non-deployed operational users, including reach-back facilities remote from the surveillance area.

 

The ground segment component will consist of a number of ground/maritime stations in various configurations, such as mobile and transportable, which will provide data-link connectivity, surveillance, data-processing and exploitation capabilities via interfaces (interoperability) with NATO and national C2ISR systems.

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USS Abraham Lincoln receives final mast section

USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) levels 010 and 011 being replaced. Photo US Navy and Huntington Ingalls Industries

 

11 August 2014 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy's fifth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) has received the 38ft upper mast section as part of its refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH), at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding.

 

The installation marks a major milestone in the ship's RCOH programme.

 

Newport News Navy programmes vice-president Ken Mahler: "Since we began the refuelling complex overhaul, we've been working side-by-side on this project to recapitalise and modernise the entire ship, such that when she returns to service, Lincoln will continue to be one of the most capable and formidable ships in the world."

 

During the RCOH process, the company replaced the original round mast pole with a modified, tapered square pole, to increase strength and keep electrical piping systems enclosed.

 

The square pole includes waist-high rails and easier access to all areas via internal ladders.

 

The RCOH process, which is performed as part of the navy's $2.6bn cost-plus-incentive-fee contract awarded in April 2013, also includes the refuelling of the ship's reactors, painting of the hull, an upgraded system and a complete recapitalisation.

 

Armed with three Raytheon GMLS Mk29 eight-cell launchers for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, the 317m-long Nimitz-class ships can accommodate more than 6,000 personnel and cruise at a maximum speed of over 30k.

 

Upon the scheduled redelivery in October 2016, the 102,000t USS Abraham Lincoln will continue to operate for another 25 years.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 15:45
BAE Land Systems SA to be sold to Denel

 

11 August 2014 by defenceWeb

 

BAE Systems has made the decision to sell of its South African division, BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA), which is being bought by state owned arms company Denel.

 

BAE Systems and Denel today signed an agreement to proceed with the sale, which is anticipated to conclude during the fourth quarter of this year after receiving regulatory and other approvals, BAE Systems Land Systems SA announced in a statement. Until the sale goes through, LSSA will continue with business as usual.

 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 14:40
Oboronexpo-2014: Allemagne, France et USA répondent présent

 

JOUKOVSKI (région de Moscou), 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

Les sanctions décrétées contre la Russie n'ont pas dissuadé l'Allemagne, les Etats-Unis et la France de participer au salon international de l'armement et du matériel militaire Oboronexpo-2014 de Joukovski (région de Moscou), ont annoncé lundi les organisateurs de l'événement.

 

"Les principales entreprises de l'industrie de défense russe participeront au salon", indiquent les organisateurs dans un communiqué précisant en outre que l'Algérie, l'Allemagne, l'Arménie, la Biélorussie, la Chine, les Etats-Unis, la France, l'Inde, la République tchèque et la Suisse prendront en outre part au salon qui se déroulera du 13 au 17 août.

 

L'exposition réunira au total 250 participants qui exposeront leurs produits sur une surface de plus de 6.000m2 .

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A400M - first plane for Royal Air Force - engine tests and taxying

 

11 août 2014 Airbus DS

 

The first Airbus Defence and Space A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Air Force has taken another step towards delivery with engine tests and taxying trials.

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La Corée du sud intéressée par le dôme de fer

 

11.08.2014 i24news.tv

 

Les sud-coréens pensent au dôme de fer pour se protéger de leur voisin du nord

 

La Corée du Sud serait intéressée par l'achat du dôme de fer, le système de défenses anti-missiles à courte portée, selon son fabricant, la société israélienne Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

 

La guerre actuelle avec le Hamas dans la bande de Gaza est une opération de démonstration de l'efficacité du dôme de fer, ont affirmé des responsables israéliens et des observateurs américains.

 

Le PDG de Rafael Yedidia Yaari a déclaré que la performance du système avait alimenté l'intérêt pour le dôme de fer à l'étranger, notamment de la Corée du Sud, en conflit avec son voisin du nord.

 

"La [Corée du Sud] est très inquiète, non seulement à propos de roquettes, mais aussi pour d'autres choses ... Vous pouvez certainement les inclure dans le club des pays intéressés", a déclaré Yaari à la radio de l'armée d'Israël, après avoir affirmé que des représentants de Rafael avaient visité Séoul pour promouvoir le dôme de fer.

 

Yaari n'a pas donné de détails sur le degré d'avancement d'un tel accord avec la Corée du Sud. Rafael n'a pas rendu public non plus les ventes du dôme de fer à l'étranger jusqu'à présent, mais a indiqué qu'il donnait la priorité à Israël, qui comprend déjà neuf batteries sur un total prévu de 12 unités d'interception.

 

Washington a également grandement financé le déploiement de batteries en Israël et les missiles intercepteurs. Des sources de l'industrie de la défense estiment que chaque batterie coûte environ 50 millions de dollars et que chaque missile d'interception entre 30 000 et 50 000 dollars.

 

Ont également participé à la production de Dôme de Fer les entrepreneurs de la défense israélienne Elisra Group et Israel Aerospace Industries. Le système utilise également des composants fabriqués par l'entreprise américaine de défense Raytheon.

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Deloitte Views for Aerospace & Defense: August 2014

 

August 2014 Deloitte Views for Aerospace & Defense


2014 Global aerospace and defense sector financial performance study

An analysis of the top 100 A&D companies’ financial performance in 2013

 

2014 Global A&D sector financial performance study

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s Global Manufacturing Industry group 2014 Global aerospace and defense sector financial performance study is an assessment of the 2013 financial performance of 100 major global aerospace and defense (A&D) companies using information from public company filings and press releases. The key financial indicators studied include sales revenue, operating earnings, and operating margin. The results presented in this study reveal important observations about the overall global A&D industry.

 

Key findings from the report

  • Global aerospace and defense sector growth slowed down in 2013, with the U.S defense subsector slowdown a key contributor
  • Top 10 global A&D companies rankings have changed from prior year, reflecting commercial aerospace growth
  • While the A&D sector becomes more global, U.S. companies continue to dominate. Europe is gaining momentum in revenue growth, but losing some ground in profitability
  • Profitability is improving across the global A&D industry
  • A&D sector share prices outpaced global equity indices

 

 

2014 Global A&D financial performance study - infographic

 

The infographic gives a summary of key financial indicators. It talks about the average performance of A&D companies in 2013:

  • Revenue: US$706 billion
  • Operating earnings: US$63 billion
  • Operating margin: 8.9%
  • Return on invested capital: 17.0%
  • Free cash flow: 5.1%
  • Number of A&D employees: 2,042,252

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Air Weapons: The Smallest Smart Bomb

 

August 8, 2014: Strategy Page

 

British Defense firm Thales has developed an unpowered version of its LMM (Lightweight Multi-role Missile). The original LMM is a 76mm (diameter), 13 kg (28.6 pounds) missile with a range of eight kilometers that uses laser (beam riding) guidance. It can be fired from the air or the ground.

 

The new version is called FFLMM and is LMM without the rocket motor. That means FFLMM weighs only six kg (13 pounds) and is 700mm (27.5 inches) long. FFLMM has larger fins for guidance and lift so that from a high altitude FFLMM has a range of at least two kilometers. FFLMM also has GPS and INS (inertial) guidance in addition to laser. This FFLMM can be used as a lightweight smart bomb. A U.S. defense firm is marketing FFLMM as “Fury.”

 

Small missiles like LMM have become more common in the last five years. This is due to technical advances. For example over the last two decades several firms have figured out how to turn 70mm (2.75 inch) unguided rockets into laser guided missiles. All these 70mm guided rockets are basically 13.6 kg (30 pound) 70mm rockets with a laser seeker, a 2.7 kg (six pound) warhead, and a range of about six kilometers when fired from the air. Laser designators on a helicopter, or with troops on the ground, are pointed at the target and the laser seeker in the front of the DAGR homes in on the reflected laser light.

 

These 70mm designs are finally starting to get orders and there is plenty of competition. Back in 2010 the U.S. began using the 15.6 kg (34.5 pound) Griffin in Afghanistan, fired from UAVs and gunships. The Griffin came about because the existing small missile (Hellfire) was often too big. The Hellfire II weighs 48.2 kg (106 pounds), carries a 9 kg (20 pound) warhead, and has a range of 8,000 meters. The Griffin has a 5.9 kg (13 pound) warhead which is larger, in proportion to its size, than the one carried by Hellfire. Griffin has pop-out wings, allowing it to glide and thus has a longer range (15 kilometers) than Hellfire. UAVs can carry more of the smaller missiles, typically two of them in place of one Hellfire. There are similar arrangements for LMM. The LMM is believed to have the same design approach as the Griffin, including a fairly large warhead (over 5 kg).

 

The British Royal Navy has become the first customer for the LMM, ordering a thousand of them in 2011 for its new Lynx Wildcat helicopter. The LMM will enter service by the end of the decade and the FFLMM shortly thereafter. The light weight of the FFLMM makes it useful for many smaller UAVs.

 

In 2013 Turkish firm joined with Thales to develop and market a ship mounted remote control launcher for LMM. The Aselsan Missile Launching System (MLS) has eight LMMs in sealed containers, plus some sensors. The launcher can be mounted on small warships, shore installations, or oil rigs.

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La BNS ne lâche pas l'industrie de l'armement

 

10 août 2014 20minutes.ch

 

Contrairement à ses déclarations d'intention, la Banque nationale suisse détient toujours des participations auprès de fabricants d'armes controversés.

 

La Banque nationale suisse (BNS) détient toujours des actions dans plusieurs entreprises de défense américaines d'une valeur supérieure à 250 millions de francs, rapporte l'hebdomadaire Schweiz am Sonntag.

Dans son rapport annuel 2013, la BNS avait pourtant annoncé ne plus vouloir miser dans des titres controversés liés à l'armement. «La Banque nationale a décidé en 2013 de ne plus investir dans des actions d'entreprises qui produisent des armes interdites à l'échelle internationale», avait-elle énoncé. Depuis, la BNS a confirmé, durant le premier semestre de l'année, ses participations dans les entreprises américaines de défense Honeywell International et Lockheed, en les renforçant même à 66 millions de francs, respectivement 43 millions de francs. Les deux sociétés sont notamment accusées par des organisations des droits de l'homme, mais aussi par l'Etat norvégien, de fabriquer des armes nucléaires.

Les participations de la BNS dans Raytheon et General Dynamics sont encore plus controversées. Les deux firmes sont toutes les deux suspectées d'être impliquées dans la fabrication de munition. La Banque nationale n'a pas voulu s'exprimer sur ces participations. Elle affirme se baser sur des analyses de titres effectuées par des institutions bien établies. Elle se serait néanmoins quand même séparée de participations au sein de la firme Textron active dans la fabrication de munition.

Les actions des sociétés actives dans l'armement ont la cote ces derniers mois avec la hausse du nombre de conflits militaires et les incertitudes géopolitiques.

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Drones : Un marché qui devrait doubler en dix ans

 

10 Août 2014 par Mathieu M. - generation-nt.com

 

Qu'on s'en inquiète ou qu'ils nous indiffèrent, les drones sont voués à s'installer dans notre vie active pour les années à venir. Un nouveau rapport indique ainsi que l'industrie liée aux drones devrait véritablement exploser dans les dix années à venir.

Actuellement, on estime à 6,4 milliards de dollars les sommes dépensées chaque année pour le développement des technologies liées aux drones à travers le monde. Un rapport publié par la Teal Group Corp, une société de recherche en aérospatial spécialisée dans les marchés de la défense, indique ainsi que le marché cumulé des drones commerciaux et militaires pourrait atteindre 11,5 milliards de dollars par an d'ici 2024.

 

Au cours des dix années à venir, ce sont 91 milliards de dollars qui devraient être investis dans le développement, les tests et la validation des technologies des drones.

 

C'est principalement le domaine de la défense qui devrait concentrer la majeure partie des investissements. L'armée américaine utilise déjà une large gamme de modules volants non habités pour ses différentes missions de surveillance, mais aussi pour des frappes stratégiques et de l'appui aérien.

 

Les USA ont également déjà commencé des tests sur la conversion d'anciens avions de chasse en modèles totalement contrôlables à distance ou autonomes. Le développement d'avions capables de remplacer un jour les pilotes est également bien avancé avec le programme X-45 Phantom Ray mené par Boeing et le X-47 Pegasus dirigé par Northrop Grumman.

 

Concernant le domaine civil, le marché ne représenterait actuellement que 11 % du total des technologies liées aux drones. Néanmoins, il faut s'attendre à voir les investissements augmenter dans les années à venir, le marché civil pouvant dépasser les 14 % du marché total  d'ici 2024.

 

Le rapport sépare l'usage de drones civils dans trois grandes catégories :

 

Les drones des gouvernements : Dans les dix années à venir, on devrait constater plus de drones utilisés dans le cadre de la surveillance des frontières, l'assistance aux forces de l'ordre, les programmes de recherche sur la vie sauvage.

 

Les drones commerciaux : Ils devraient être majoritairement utilisés dans l'agriculture, la cartographie aérienne, la prospection de ressources minières.

 

Les drones de loisir : Les drones volants se présentent comme un marché juteux pour les industriels visant le grand public. De quelques centaines à plusieurs milliers d'euros, les drones de loisir s'adressent de plus en plus aux simples amateurs comme aux professionnels de la prise de vue aérienne.

 

Malgré tout, le rapport stipule que l'évolution du marché du drone concernera avant tout les applications militaires et de défense. Principalement par le fait que les technologies les plus avancées devraient rester financièrement parlant hors de portée des consommateurs.

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Le Japon et les Etats-Unis vont développer en commun un drone sous-marin

 

8 août 2014 portail des Sous-Marins

 

Le ministère japonais de la défense et l’US Navy prévoient de lancer un projet commun de recherche afin de développer un drone sous-marin pouvant mener pendant 30 jours des activités de surveillance et d’alerte, a appris le quotidien japonais The Yomiuri Shimbun.

 

Les 2 pays souhaitent en particulier développer une pile à combustible pour le drone sous-marin. La principale mission du drone sera de recueillir des informations sur la marine chinoise qui accélère la modernisation de ses sous-marins.

 

Le ministère japonais de la défense prévoit de dépenser environ 25 millions $ pour ce projet, entre 2014 et 2018.

 

Le drone sous-marin, d’une longueur de 10 m, sera conçu pour pouvoir rester en plonger pendant environ 30 jours.

 

Référence : Asia News Network

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