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11 novembre 2015 3 11 /11 /novembre /2015 17:30
Saab Receives Order For New Advanced Airborne Surveillance Systems From UAE

 

 

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to expand and enhance the Emirates’ airborne surveillance capabilities. Saab will deliver a new airborne Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS) incorporating a new version of the Saab Erieye radar system. The order value amounts to approximately USD1.27 billion.

The new SRSS for the UAE uses the Global 6000 aircraft from Bombardier as a platform. The Swing Role Surveillance System is capable of simultaneous detection and tracking of multiple targets in the air, on land and at sea. It is the latest evolution of the Erieye system that incorporates Saab’s many decades of radar capabilities across all domains.

“The new version of Erieye is without a doubt the most capable airborne early warning and control system on the market. Saab’s capability to develop high technology solutions for customers shows that our focus on research and development is the right way to ensure continued competitiveness on the defence market,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

"Saab understands the vital importance of advanced airborne surveillance and we have a family of products that play a key role in defence and civil security. The UAE’s selection of Saab’s solution confirms our strong position regarding airborne surveillance and systems integration,” says Micael Johansson, head of Saab Business Area Electronic Defence Systems. 

The work will be carried out at Saab's facilities in Gothenburg, Linköping, Järfälla, Arboga, Luleå and Centurion (South Africa).

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L-ATV vehicle Photo Oshkosh Corporation

L-ATV vehicle Photo Oshkosh Corporation

 

10.11.2015 Oshkosh

 

For the first time in company history, Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, will be exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow, November 8 – 12, 2015, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Oshkosh offers a full range of leading-edge military, security and airport fire fighting vehicles to serve customers throughout the Middle East Region, including the highly transportable Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), which was recently selected by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to replace aging up-armored HMMWVs.

 

Today’s conflicts demand military vehicles with the protection, mobility and transportability to serve a full range of missions and unpredictable environments. The Oshkosh L-ATV combines proven automotive technologies, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)-level protection and extreme mobility in a light-weight, highly-transportable profile. The L-ATV offers armed forces around the globe next-generation capabilities that no other vehicle can match.

 

In August 2015, after extensive U.S. Government testing and evaluation, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps selected the Oshkosh L-ATV as the winner of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Under the JLTV contract, Oshkosh will produce and deliver up to 17,000 JLTVs for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The JLTV program is scheduled to achieve full rate production within three years.

 

“As future battlefields generate new, asymmetrical threats, troops will require a scalable, protected all-terrain vehicle to perform their missions – wherever they may be,” said Bill Mooney, regional vice president of Middle East and North Africa for Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh L-ATV provides an entirely new generation of light vehicles with unprecedented levels of off-road mobility, transportability and survivability. The extensive testing and evaluation proves, without a doubt, that it’s the world’s most capable tactical wheeled vehicle.”

 

Roughly one-third lighter than the Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), at the same protection level, the L-ATV weighs less than 6,350 kg at curb weight. The Oshkosh L-ATV has the latest in automotive technologies as well as the Oshkosh Core1080™ crew protection system, which is an occupant-centric, comprehensive systems engineering approach that considers every inch of the vehicle with respect to crew protection during blast events.

 

The L-ATV is equipped with the TAK-4i™ intelligent independent suspension system; the next-generation of Oshkosh’s advanced TAK-4® independent suspension system. The TAK-4i allows the L-ATV to deliver superior ride quality at speeds 70 percent faster than today’s top-performing tactical wheeled vehicles. Additionally, the TAK-4i can be raised and lowered using interior operator controls to meet sea, air and land transportability requirements. The L-ATV can be air transported internally by a C-130, C-5, C-17 or externally by CH-47 and CH-53.

 

Oshkosh has produced and sustained more than 150,000 tactical wheeled vehicles for the United States and its allies. Oshkosh serves armed forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, MRAP, airport rescue fire fighting (ARFF), and light vehicles. Oshkosh provides the full spectrum of vehicle life-cycle sustainment capabilities through its Global Integrated Product Support (GIPS) services.

 

Oshkosh has been supporting militaries in the Middle East for nearly 30 years and has a well-established presence with program offices in the United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Countries throughout the region, including the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Oman, rely on Oshkosh vehicles every day for tactical and logistical operations.

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HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System - photo Lockheed Martin

HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System - photo Lockheed Martin

 

DALLAS, Nov. 9, 2015 – Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary munitions recently underwent successful stockpile reliability tests. All rockets were launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

 

The tests included eight GMLRS rockets that were conditioned at hot and ambient temperatures. The ATACMS Unitary missile, which is the current production configuration, was conditioned hot for the test. The HIMARS launcher can fire ATACMS and GMLRS munitions ranging between 15km and 300km.

 

The flight tests, which were part of the U.S. Army’s tactical munitions reliability program, were conducted using simulated targets. Soldiers were inside the HIMARS’ Improved Armored Cab, where they initiated the launches.

 

“Lockheed Martin’s HIMARS, ATACMS and GMLRS precision fire solutions provide critical, quick-strike capabilities to U.S. and allied forces worldwide,” said Ken Musculus, vice president of tactical missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

 

In service since 2005, HIMARS brings MLRS firepower to a wheeled chassis. It carries a single six-pack of rockets or one ATACMS missile, and can launch the entire MLRS family of munitions. It is C-130-transportable and can be deployed into areas previously inaccessible to heavier launchers.

 

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About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that – with the addition of Sikorsky – employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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Une patrouille Rafale et Mirage utlisant les équipements de Rafaut (Crédits : Rafaut)

Une patrouille Rafale et Mirage utlisant les équipements de Rafaut (Crédits : Rafaut)

 

10/11/2015 Par Michel Cabirol - LaTribune.fr

 

La Tribune vous propose une série hebdomadaire de cinq success-stories dans le monde de l'aéronautique civile et militaire. Deuxième volet de cette série, Rafaut. A la tête depuis plus de 50 ans de petite PME francilienne, Jacques Rafaut, est en train d'organiser avec réussite sa succession. Ce qui permettra de pérenniser l'entreprise sur le long terme.

 

Chez Rafaut, il y aura bien un après Jacques Rafaut, l'emblématique mais discret PDG de la PME éponyme qu'il dirige depuis plus de 50 ans. Après avoir repris à 20 ans au pied levé en 1960 la PME de petite mécanique francilienne créée en 1940 par son père décédé brutalement, Jacques Rafaut a entrepris depuis quatre ans déjà et de façon progressive de pérenniser l'avenir de sa société. Ce qui n'est jamais naturel et facile en France pour ce type de chef d'entreprise autodidacte de passer la main au bon moment et dans de bonnes conditions. Jacques Rafaut est quant à lui en train de réussir ce passage de témoin en douceur pour le bien de sa société.

Il a d'abord recruté en 2011 un directeur général en attirant Bruno Berthet, alors directeur adjoint du développement international à la DGA (direction générale de l'armement). Puis, Jacques Rafaut a ouvert en juin dernier le capital de son entreprise à ACE Management. Cette société de gestions de portefeuille spécialisée dans l'aéronautique et la défense va prendre une participation de 30 % dans la PME, basée à Villeneuve-la-Garenne. "Il a considéré qu'il n'y avait pas de solution de transmission familiale, explique Bruno Berthet. L'arrivée d'ACE Management "va faciliter la transmission et pérenniser la société". "Il vont mettre des moyens pour développer l'entreprise, en faisant de la croissance externe", précise-t-il.

"Je suis heureux d'accueillir au capital de Rafaut l'investisseur ACE Management, spécialiste de l'aéronautique civile et militaire. Je sais qu'il sera capable d'accompagner notre stratégie dans la durée. Nous avons trouvé un véritable partenaire, en mesure d'apporter un soutien de poids à Bruno Berthet dans ses fonctions de président, alors même que le Rafale trouve de premiers débouchés significatifs à l'export", avait expliqué Jacques Rafaut en juin dernier.

Rafaut a réalisé en 2015 un chiffre d'affaires proche de 30 millions (exercice du 1er septembre au 31 août), dont 40% dans le militaire, (contre 28 millions d'euros en 2014). Elle compte 115 salariés sur ses deux sites de Villeneuve-la-Garenne et Salbris (Loir-et-Cher), où la société s'est installé en 2003 quand Matra Défense (devenu MBDA) a quitté le site. La société dispose également de son propre bureau d'études orienté plutôt vers le militaire, qui essaime ensuite vers le civil. Enfin, Rafaut a une capacité de production intégrée.

 

Rafaut de plus en plus à l'international

Depuis son arrivée à la direction générale de Rafaut, Bruno Berthet prospecte de façon très régulière à l'international pour trouver de nouveaux marchés. Il était tout récemment au salon de défense de Séoul (ADEX), où Rafaut est intéressé de participer au programme d'hélicoptère civil (LCH) et militaire (LAH) codéveloppé et coproduit par Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) et Airbus Helicopters. Bruno Berthet propose des pylônes pour accrocher les missiles de la version militaire du LAH (Light Armed Helicopter).

En début d'année, il était au salon Aero India (18-22 février) à Bangalore pour proposer le pylône universel (lance-missiles et emport de carburant sous voilure) et un adaptateur tri-bombes) développés par Rafaut aux Indiens dans le cadre du marché Rafale en Inde. Au salon du Bourget en juin, la PME francilienne a d'ailleurs signé un accord en vue de créer une société commune avec le groupe indien OIS Aerospace dans le cadre de la politique indienne "Make in India" préconisée par le Premier ministre indien, Narendra Modi.

 

Une PME devenue incontournable pour Dassault

En plus de 50 ans, Rafaut est devenu, notamment au moment des "30 glorieuses", un acteur incontournable en matière de conception et de fabrication de systèmes d'emport et de largage d'armements, essentiellement dédiés à la famille d'avions de combat Dassault. Car très vite, Jacques Rafaut a lancé en 1961 son entreprise dans la sous-traitance de pièces pour l'aéronautique civile. D'abord en tant que sous-traitant puis il décide de réaliser ses propres produits. Rafaut réalise aujourd'hui entre autre des commandes de vol, dont notamment pour les A320, et des équipements mécaniques spéciaux pour avions civils et hélicoptères (dont des kits de bombardier d'eau).

Puis à partir de 1970, il réussit à entrer dans le cercle de l'aéronautique militaire en se faisant par le ministère de la Défense. Rafaut réalise d'abord pour le compte du ministère un système de sécurité pour bombes (SL F2), qui a progressivement équipé toutes les bombes produites en France, notamment les SAMP de 250 kg et de 400 kg. La PME se frotte alors sur ce marché à Alkan avec qui la compétition est rude. "Puis Rafaut est monté dans la chaine de valeur dans le domaine de l'armement", explique Bruno Berthet.

Rafaut et Alkan ont notamment inventé des systèmes de pompage de crochets des déclencheurs et des éjecteurs. Ce qui permet un calage aussi précis et répétitif des charges qu'auparavant mais beaucoup plus rapide. Rafaut développe des éjecteurs télescopiques pour les avions d'entrainement Alpha Jet et un système de hissage des bombes entièrement nouveau. En 2003, Rafaut met au point pour le Rafale, un pylône universel (lance-missiles et emport de carburant sous voilure) et un adaptateur tri-bombes (AT-730). Il est capable d'éjecter 3 munitions de 250 kg, ou 2 munitions de 500 kg.

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AK-47 assault rifle. © Vitaly Ankov / RIA Novosti

AK-47 assault rifle. © Vitaly Ankov / RIA Novosti

 

9 Nov, 2015 RT.com

 

Russian gun maker Kalashnikov Group is in discussions with Indian firms about starting weapons production in the country, according to Kalashnikov CEO Alexei Krivoruchko.

 

“We are in talks with both public as well as private companies in India. But it is a bit early to offer any specific names, as we are still at negotiations," Krivoruchko told the Press Trust of India news agency (PTI) on Monday.

 

Discussions started in early 2015, although some Indian companies have shown an interest in producing Kalashnikov rifles since 2008, he added. He also said India’s Defense Ministry is not involved in the talks.

 

Around $100 million will be needed to begin production, according to the CEO. That excludes the cost of utilities and manufacturing facilities.

 

"Initially we are expecting production of at least 50,000 units per year with a potential of scaling up production in the future," Krivoruchko said, specifying that India is primarily interested in the 5.56mm and the 7.62mm automatic weapons.

 

The Kalashnikov Group was created in 2013 with the merger of two gun makers, Izhmash and Izhevsk Mechanical Plant. The firm exports to 27 countries, including the USA, UK, Germany and Italy. The AK-47 assault rifle is one of the most popular and widely used assault rifles in the world.

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Patriot radar array (photo Raytheon)

Patriot radar array (photo Raytheon)

 

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

The United States Army is acquiring upgrade kits to make the combat-proven Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system better at detecting and destroying threats, cost less to operate, and run even more reliably than it already does. The U.S. Army recently awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a contract modification to an existing contract for radar digital processor (RDP) upgrade kits, not to exceed the amount of $86.2 million.

The contract modification, previously announced on Sept 30th, will enable the U.S. Army to finish upgrading their entire inventory of Patriots.  The U.S. Army began phasing the upgrade kits into its Patriot fleet in 2013.

The U.S. and members of the 13-nation strong Patriot partnership funded development of the RDP. Patriot batteries upgraded with the RDP will:

  • Better detect and identify targets, and have enhanced surveillance.
  • Cost less to operate and maintain. The legacy processor has more than 700 components, while the RDP just has fewer than 100.
  • Have a 40% higher reliability rate than systems with the legacy component.

"When one country develops an upgrade or improvement to Patriot, that capability is made available to the entire 13-nation Partnership," said Ralph Acaba, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense. "With more than 220 Patriot fire units owned by 13 countries, countries whose industrial bases participate in manufacturing Patriot have a very large potential export market."

The RDP and other Patriot upgrades leverage the lessons learned from Patriot's more than 190 combat employments, 700 flight tests and 2,500-plus ground tests.

 

About Global Patriot Solutions

Raytheon's Global Patriot Solutions is the most advanced portfolio of air and missile defense technologies in the world, providing comprehensive protection against a full range of advanced threats including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. Continually upgraded and enhanced to leverage the latest technology, thirteen nations depend on Patriot as the foundation for their defense. 

 

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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9 novembre 2015 1 09 /11 /novembre /2015 16:55
photo B-Temia, Inc

photo B-Temia, Inc

 

Québec and Boulogne-Billancourt, November 9, 2015  B-Temia

 

Canadian company B-Temia, Inc. and French company Sagem (Safran) today announced the signature of a technological and business development agreement concerning a new-generation of exoskeletons for industrial and military applications.

 

Exoskeletons are bio-mechanical and electronic structures worn on the body to assist and enhance people's movements, or to restore mobility.

 

According to the terms of this agreement, Sagem and B-Temia will jointly develop and market new-generation exoskeletons. Sagem will contribute its long experience in the integration of complex systems, its innovative actuators and stabilization technologies.  B-Temia, an exoskeleton technology leader, will contribute its experience in human robotics and artificial intelligence, based on its proprietary "Dermoskeleton™" technology, already in production for the healthcare sector.

 

"B-Temia is very proud of this partnership with Sagem, focused on the development and production of our dermoskeleton products. This agreement confirms our company's technology leadership business value, and the credibility of our work addressing increased human mobility needs in both industrial and defense applications," said Stéphane Bédard, President and CEO of B-Temia.

 

Martin Sion, Chief Executive Officer of Sagem, added, "Our collaboration with B-Temia will enable us to sustain new R&D work on exoskeletons. For Sagem, this is a very promising technology for industrial and military applications. In particular, our collaboration spotlights the dynamic mindset that Sagem seeks to deploy in the application of innovative dual technologies in conjunction with both startups and major corporations."

 

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B-Temia Inc. is a private medical technology company that develops and markets products in the growing market for human augmentation systems. B-Temia has two wholly-owned subsidiaries, B-Temia Health Inc. and B-Temia Military Inc. B-Temia has developed a proprietary technology called aDermoskeleton™, giving users a motorized mechanical support to restore, maintain or augment mobility.

 

Sagem, a Safran high-tech company, holds world leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the # 1 company in Europe and # 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran international network, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,600 people in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and South America.

 

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9 novembre 2015 1 09 /11 /novembre /2015 12:50
Approval of EMAR M

 

Soesterberg - 03 November, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

The 12th October 2015 saw the Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum meet a major milestone with the approval for publication of EMAR M on Continuing Airworthiness Management. This document was the final EMAR to be drafted, and its approval means that the full suite of European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) are now available on the EDA website.

 

The approval of EMAR M marks a significant achievement for the MAWA Forum following the Defence Ministers’ Political Declaration in November 2009 “...for the timely development and early implementation of the harmonised European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) into national regulations.” 

With the full suite of EMARs approved (EMAR 21, EMAR 145, EMAR 66, EMAR 147 and now EMAR M),  pMS are able to implement these harmonised requirements into their national airworthiness regulations. 

The harmonised EMARs are the key to unlocking the potential benefits available to pMS in a wide range of aviation related initiatives in pooling and sharing activities including collaboration on multi-national projects, the use of common spares pools, rationalised base maintenance and common type training.

 

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VAT Exemption: New Incentive for Defence Cooperation

 

Brussels - 04 November, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Member States can as of now profit from VAT exemption for projects run by the European Defence Agency (EDA). The recently adopted revised Council Decision defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the EDA includes the clause that cooperative defence projects and programmes are exempt from VAT as long as the Agency adds value to the initiative. 

 

The VAT exemption is a strong incentive to European defence cooperation: it generates an attractive business case for cooperative projects and programmes in the framework of the EDA. We will soon propose roadmaps for potential future cooperative programmes for which Member States will be able to benefit from the VAT exemption and thus achieve considerable savings”, comments Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency.

With the entering into force of the revised Council Decision on 13 October, the new provision can be applied immediately for any new EDA initiative meeting the Decision’s conditions. VAT exemption is not linked to the nature of the activity. It can thus be applied to any project and programme where the Agency adds value ranging from technical expertise, pooling demand, building a multinational capability or synergies with EU wider policies, promoting interoperability to full administrative and contractual management of a cooperative initiative. Member States are and remain the end-users of the capability. 

 

Concrete savings

While the VAT exemption should not be the driver for defence cooperation, tight defence budgets limit investment in research, innovation and capabilities. Any breathing space is appreciated. By incentivising defence cooperation financially, we will be able to do more and better together”, says Jorge Domecq.

One of the projects the VAT exemption will be immediately applied to is the EU SatCom Market, an EDA project where the Agency provides for satellite communication services for currently eleven Member States and the Athena mechanism. The EDA is responsible for procurement and contract tasks, manages orders as well as payments and provides technical advice as needed and thus adds clear technical and administrative value to the project. As a consequence, each order – which comes from Member States individually or by groups – benefits from VAT exemption. 

One Member State has for example recently submitted an order of about 1.3 million Euros for one year of services. Due to the VAT exemption, this Member State will not have to pay VAT for a corresponding value of 273 thousand Euros which represents about three months of free services.

 

Legal basis

The Council Decision defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the EDA (Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1835) was adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council on 12 October 2015. It foresees that VAT exemption applies to activities where the role of the Agency in administering projects or programmes in support of Member States brings an added value. 

The legal basis for VAT exemption are Protocol No 7 of the EU Treaties on the privileges and immunities of the European Union and Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 on the common system of value added tax.

The VAT exemption is compliant with EU law; and is not market distorting.

 

Background

The European Defence Agency was set-up in 2004 to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the European Union’s defence capabilities for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). This means running and supporting cooperative European defence projects; supporting research and technology development; boosting the European defence technological and industrial base; and working on wider EU policies.

 

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EDA Defence Procurement Gateway: User Experience Survey

 

source IHS Global Ltd. (On behalf of EDA)

 

The European Defence Agency invites all users of its Procurement Gateway to participate in a user experience survey. The gateway features defence related business opportunities and information. It aims at providing easy access to defence related information for European government officials, as well as industry representatives and researchers.

The survey will allow the Agency to better understand the needs and expectations of gateway users. It only takes a couple of minutes to be completed and all data shared will be of course treated with complete confidentiality and anonymity.

Share you user feedback, help us improve!

 

Submit your response

 

For any questions regarding the study, please contact EDA stakeholders and / or Aman Pannu (Aman.Pannu@ihs.com) and Daniel Smith (Daniel.Smith@ihs.com).

 

 
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USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) - photo US Navy.jpg

USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) - photo US Navy.jpg

 

November 8, 2015 By Burak Ege Bekdil and Aaron Mehta - Defense News

 

ANKARA, Turkey, and WASHINGTON — As the US continues to modify its strategy for Syria, Turkish officials are raising concerns that Washington is moving too slowly to provide its ally with needed military goods. Turkish officials are bristling at what they see as delays in the delivery of weapons and ammo that are needed to fight Kurdish militant groups, with several large orders stuck pending in the system. Among the orders that are held up is a major deal from February 2014 between Sikorsky and the Turkish government for the co-production of 109 utility helicopters. Another is a Turkish request to transfer three Oliver Hazard Perry frigates, two of them floatable and one for spare use, along with a military trailer, to the Turkish military. An official from a state-controlled Turkish defense company said that other US-made equipment and systems Turkey has asked the US to ship include combat UAVs, smart military supplies, frigates and military trailers.

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9 novembre 2015 1 09 /11 /novembre /2015 08:55
Le MCO des embarcations de la gendarmerie confié à LGM

 

05.11.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense
 

La société LGM, de Vélizy, a remporté un marché d'un montant maximum (avec part à bons de commande) de 13 099 756,52 € (H.T.) sur 5 ans.

Ce marché porte sur le maintien en condition opérationnelle de 32 vedettes de surveillance maritime de la gendarmerie maritime et des embarcations de projection. Ces vedettes et embarcations sont réparties sur 22 sites en métropole et outre-mer.

Selon l'avis, les prestations prévues sont les suivantes:
- prestations de maîtrise d'oeuvre industrielle d'ensemble et de maître de chantier ;
- ingénierie de MCO ;
- suivi en classe ;
- réalisation des prestations d'entretien, pièces et main d'oeuvre comprises, incluant la réalisation des tâches de maintenance préventive et corrective ainsi que la réalisation des modifications (engagement de disponibilité).

LGM est présente dans le domaine naval et gère la maintenance de plusieurs types de navires de la Marine (voir ici).

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Protection des avions: un système russe de pointe pour l’Egypte et l’Algérie

 

09.11.2015 Sputnik

 

Le complexe de bord de défense (BKO) Président-S est destiné à parer les attaques de missiles sol-air.

 

La Russie négocie avec l'Egypte et l'Algérie la livraison dans ces pays de complexes de défense embarqués Président –S destinés à protéger les avions et les hélicoptères contre les attaques au missile, a annoncé lundi à RIA Novosti le premier vice-directeur du Groupe de technologies radio-électroniques KRET Igor Nassenkov.

"Actuellement, nous négocions la livraison de complexes Président-S à l’Egypte et à l’Algérie", a indiqué le responsable lors du Salon aérospatial Dubaï Airshow —2015.

Le complexe de bord de défense (BKO) Président-S est destiné à parer les attaques de missiles sol-air. Le complexe détecte automatiquement le lancement d’un missile et active l’utilisation d’interférences passives et actives dans les gammes infrarouges et radios, brouillant ainsi les systèmes d’autoguidage du missile et le redirigeant vers de fausses cibles.

Le système Président-S a été réalisé sous la forme de blocs qui peuvent être placés tant à l'intérieur que sur les accroches externes du fuselage des avions et hélicoptères civils et militaires.

Le prototype du complexe a été présenté pour la première fois en juin 2010 au Salon Eurosatory-2010 à Paris. La production industrielle a été lancée en juin 2015.

"Ces dernières décennies, dans les guerres locales et les conflits, la plupart des avions et hélicoptères perdus (80-90%) ont été détruits par des systèmes Sol-air à très courte portée (SATCP) dotés de têtes de guidage optiques. La discrétion, l’autonomie et la simplicité relative d’utilisation, la commodité de transport, le prix relativement bas par rapport à un complexe de missiles antiaériens avec systèmes de guidage radar ont permis la prolifération des SATCP dans le monde entier, y compris dans les pays du Proche-Orient et d’Afrique. C’est pour cela qu’il existe aujourd’hui dans le monde un risque élevé d’attaques de missile pour les aéronefs civils. Le complexe Président-S est capable de protéger efficacement n’importe quel appareil volant contre ce type d’attaque", a souligné le responsable.

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The ALFS integrated dipping sonar system enables the MH-60R to accomplish assigned undersea warfare missions. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin)

The ALFS integrated dipping sonar system enables the MH-60R to accomplish assigned undersea warfare missions. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin)


06.11.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Bon an, mal an Raytheon Company et Thales Underwater Systems, Brest, produisent une vingtaine de sonars de type AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS). Les deux firmes sont associés pour la production de ce sonar qui équipe les hélicoptères MH-60R de l'US Navy.

La dernière commande en date porte sur 22 sonars (20 pour l'US Navy et 2 pour la marine saoudienne). 59% du marché sera réalisé à Brest par TUS. Montant de ce marché: 65,8 millions de dollars.

 

L'avis du Pentagone:

"Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $65,801,757 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0012) for the procurement of 22 MH-60R full-rate production Lot XIII Airborne Low Frequency Sonar systems for the Navy (20), and the government of Saudi Arabia (2), including associated program management support. Work will be performed in Brest, France (59 percent); Portsmouth, Rhode Island (37 percent); and Johnstown, Pennsylvania (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $65,801,757 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($59,819,779; 91 percent), and the government of Saudi Arabia ($5,981,978; 9 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity."

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photo USAF

photo USAF

 

07 November, 2015 by James Drew - FG

 

Dubai   - Australia still hopes to acquire an armed, long-range unmanned air vehicle in a similar class to the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper, but moving forward with a “recommended project” depends on the outcome of a pending force structure review.

 

That review, the Defence White Paper, takes into consideration the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) request for a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAV, but is awaiting examination and release by the country’s new prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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Shadow M2 - photo Textron Systems

Shadow M2 - photo Textron Systems

 

07 November, 2015 by James Drew - FG

 

Dubai - Textron is determined to arm its “Version 2” and next-generation “Mark 2” Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft with its lightweight Fury weapons even without serious interest from the US Army, which is more keen to diversify the weaponry available on its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-1C Gray Eagles.

 

The all-digital RQ-7B V2 Shadow entered service with the army in late 2014, and Textron expects to deliver 20-25 systems annually, each consisting of four aircraft and two ground stations, over the next five years as the service replaces legacy platforms. Meanwhile, Textron continues to market the new Shadow “M2” air vehicle domestically and abroad, touting its more powerful engine, payload capacity, endurance and potential satellite communications capability for beyond-line-of-sight reconnaissance missions. The M2 and Textron’s Aerosonde small UAV are both on display at this year’s Dubai air ahow, along with the Fury miniature munition that Textron hopes will arm modern RQ-7 variants as well as other manned and unmanned platforms.

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Flying Launch and Recovery System or FLARES – photo Insitu

Flying Launch and Recovery System or FLARES – photo Insitu

 

November 6, 2015 Robert Beckhusen – War is Boring

 

Say goodbye to the ScanEagle's 4,000-pound ground catapult

 

Here’s one way to find a new use for an old drone — stick it underneath another drone which serves as a flying mothership. Insitu, a Boeing-owned company which manufactures the tiny ScanEagle surveillance drone, recently showed off a video of a quadcopter carrying the ScanEagle into the air and launching it … like a flying aircraft carrier. The ScanEagle then heads back to its quadcopter and snags a retrieval line. The whole system, known as the Flying Launch and Recovery System or FLARES, is a drone-carrier drone.

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« Faire preuve d’initiative et d’audace » - photo État-major des armées

« Faire preuve d’initiative et d’audace » - photo État-major des armées

 

06/11/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Déterminé à faire progresser la cohérence entre les besoins des militaires engagés au combat et les moyens dont ils doivent disposer, le général d’armée Pierre de Villiers a réuni à Balard les industriels de la défense pour leur présenter un retour des expériences tirées des opérations en cours afin d’améliorer la réponse industrielle aux besoins des forces.

 

S’inscrivant dans une logique « gagnant-gagnant », le chef d’état-major des armées a fait part aux industriels de sa conviction « qu’il est toujours possible de mettre en œuvre des solutions innovantes et pragmatiques, dès lors que nous unissons nos volontés dans l’objectif commun de donner la primauté à l’opérationnel ». Conçu comme un « trilogue » Armées – DGA – Industrie, ce séminaire était co-présidé par M. Collet-Billon, délégué général pour l’armement.

 

« Faire preuve d’initiative et d’audace » - photo État-major des armées

« Faire preuve d’initiative et d’audace » - photo État-major des armées

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Le séminaire RETEX Armées – DGA – Industrie est organisé chaque année et rassemble, autour du CEMA, du DGA et des présidents directeurs généraux des principales entreprises de défense, les acteurs du débat capacitaire.

L’objectif du séminaire 2015 était de réfléchir ensemble à une meilleure prise en compte de l’environnement de mise en œuvre des équipements militaires (soutien logistique, maintien en condition opérationnelle, partages Etat-industrie, ressources humaines,…)

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Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter aircraft - photo Saab

Swedish Air Force Gripen fighter aircraft - photo Saab

 

Nov 6, 2015 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide support and maintenance for Gripen during 2016 on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces. The contract value is SEK154 million.In 2012 Saab signed a contract with FMV for performance-based support and maintenance of the Gripen fighter.

This latest order for services in 2016 is confirmation of an option held under that 2012 contract. The order includes support and maintenance operations with a focus on technical support, publications and component maintenance to support the continued operation of Gripen.

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BAP Jules Verne (A 620) - photo Marine Nationale

BAP Jules Verne (A 620) - photo Marine Nationale

 

05/11/2015 Sources : Marine nationale

 

La Marine a attribué le marché de déconstruction des ex-transports de chalands de débarquement Orage et Ouragan, de l’ex- bâtiment de transport et de soutien Bougainville, de l’ex-bâtiment atelier polyvalent Jules Verne, de l’ex-remorqueur ravitailleur Rari et des ex-bâtiments de transport légers Francis Garnier et Jacques Cartier à l’entreprise Galloo Gent du groupe franco-belge Galloo. Les travaux de déconstruction seront réalisés à Gand en Belgique.

 

Les départs de l’ex-bâtiment atelier polyvalent Jules Verne et de l’ex-remorqueur ravitailleur Rari, respectivement de Toulon et de Brest vers Gand, devraient intervenir au printemps 2016, après obtention des autorisations de transfert transfrontalier de déchets et de transfert de produits liés à la défense.

 

Dans le strict respect de la protection des travailleurs et de l’environnement, la Marine met en œuvre une politique éco-responsable de déconstruction et de valorisation de ses bâtiments retirés du service actif.

RR Rari (A634) - photo Marine Nationale

RR Rari (A634) - photo Marine Nationale

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Artillery: South Korea Does What The Americans Cannot

 

November 3, 2015: Strategy Page

 

South Korea recently sold a hundred of its locally designed and made K9 155mm self-propelled howitzers to India for about $7.5 million each. South Korea has already sold 350 K9s to Turkey and 120 to Poland. While superficially similar to the American M109 the K9 is a heaver (46 tons versus 28 for the M109), carries more ammo and has twice the range (up to 56 kilometers in part because of a barrel that is a third longer). There is more automation on the K9, so it has a crew of five versus six on the M-109. South Korea thus joins Germany in their effort to build a suitable replacement for the elderly M109 design. To get the Indian sale South Korea had to agree to have the K9s assembled in India from South Korean components. This sale gives South Korea an edge in obtaining an even larger contract to supply India with several thousand towed 155mm howitzers. Because of corruption and political problems the Indian Army has not been able to buy any new artillery since the 1980s. The chief competitor for the Indian contract was Russia which offered its similar 42 ton 2S19. The K-9 won on the basis of technical capabilities, field tests and a South Korean reputation for quality and reliability.

 

The K9 and 2S19 are examples of the kind of system the United States sought to build to replace its 1960s era M109. The United States sought to build the 56 ton Crusader to replace the M109s. Crusader was very similar to the K9 but was too complex and expensive and the heavier weight was seen as a disadvantage for a country that has to ship its armored vehicles overseas to use them. For South Korea, Turkey and Poland that is not a problem and more heft (and protection for the crew) is an advantage.

 

One American innovation K9 users will probably adopt is the GPS guided Excalibur shell. This smart shell entered service in 2008 and changed everything. Excalibur has worked very well in combat, and this is radically changing the way artillery operates. Excalibur means 80-90 percent less ammo has to be fired to destroy a target and this results in less wear and tear on SP artillery, less time needed for maintenance, and less time spent replenishing ammo supplies and more time being ready for action.

 

Because of Excalibur (and other precision munitions) since 2001 operations in Iraq and Afghanistan provided very little work for the M109. The lighter, towed, M777 has proved more useful, especially when using the Excalibur shell. Currently, the army plans to keep newly upgraded versions of the M109 around until 2050. The army plans to acquire at least 551 upgraded M-109s by 2027, reflecting the impact of the Excalibur shell, and the number of older M109s that are still fit for service. The M109 was a solid design, which is pretty clear from how difficult it's been to come up with a replacement. So, in the end, the army replaced the M109 with another M109 upgrade and is still seeking a replacement for that.

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photo Rafael

photo Rafael

 

November 4, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Israel is offering for sale a laser weapon that can shoot down artillery and mortar shells as well as rockets and small UAVs. Called Iron Beam it has a range of 2,000 meters and is expected to enter service in Israel by the end of 2015. There is a lot of action on Israeli borders for a system like Iron Beam and it will soon become evident if Iron Beam is the first effective laser air defense weapon or not.

 

Each Iron Beam firing unit consists of a radar and control system and two lasers. These three elements can be stationary or mounted (and used) in trucks. This is the first C-RAM (counter-rockets, artillery and mortars) system using lasers to be offered for sale. There have been several attempts to develop systems like this since the 1990s but this one is the first to actually hit the market.

 

The first non-laser system similar to Iron Beam was developed by the United States in 2006. This was a C-RAM version of the Phalanx ship-mounted missile defense system. The C-RAM Phalanx was intended to protect large bases in Iraq and Afghanistan from mortar and rocket attack. The original Phalanx was a 20mm cannon designed to defend American warships against anti-ship missiles. Phalanx does this by using a radar that immediately starts firing at any incoming missile it detects. The C-RAM Phalanx system has its software modified to detect smaller objects (like 82mm mortar shells). This capability came about when it was discovered that the original Phalanx could take out incoming 155mm artillery shells. This capability is what led to the 2006 C-RAM Phalanx.

 

The first C-RAM was sent to Iraq in late 2006 to protect the Green Zone (the large area in Baghdad turned into an American base). It was found that C-RAM could knock down 70-80 percent of the rockets and mortar shells fired within range of its cannon. It took about a year to develop C-RAM, and another version, using a high-powered laser, instead of the 20mm gun, was soon in development. The laser powered version is still in development.

 

 Other modifications included linking Phalanx to the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar and Q-36 Target Acquisition Radar. When these radars detect incoming fire, C-RAM Phalanx points toward the incoming objects and prepares to fire at anything that comes within range (about 2,000 meters) of its 20mm cannon. Phalanx uses high explosive 20mm shells that detonate near the target spraying it with fragments. By the time these fragments reach the ground, they are generally too small to injure anyone. The original Phalanx used 20mm depleted uranium shells, to slice through incoming missiles. Phalanx fires shells at the rate of 75 per second. Another advantage of C-RAM Phalanx, is that it makes a distinctive noise when firing, warning people nearby that a mortar or rocket attack is underway, giving people an opportunity to duck inside if they are out and about.

 

Iron Beam eliminates the risk of shells not going off in the air and falling to ground or the small chance of anyone (especially children) being hit by the small fragments and injured. Perhaps the best thing Iron Beam has going for it is the impressive track record of Israel in developing anti-aircraft weapons. The Israeli Iron Dome anti-rocket system has been heavily used since 2011 and Israeli work on its Arrow anti-ballistic missile system is considered world-class.

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Electronic Weapons: Transparent Armor

 

November 3, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Israel and the United States have developed a new VR (Virtual Reality) feature that enables pilots and armored vehicle crew to look through any part of the aircraft or vehicle to see what is outside. This was first applied to the "look and shoot" helmet displays used by F-35, F-15, F-16, Eurofighter Typhoon and F-18 pilots. F-35s are getting the latest model (the U.S.–Israeli HMDS, Helmet-Mounted Display System) of these smart helmets and that will include the new VR feature. These new helmets can display graphics in real time and the VR feature enables the helmet display to show what is beneath the aircraft (via cameras on the fuselage beneath the cockpit) when the pilot looks down with this VR feature turned on. This can be very useful in combat, ground attack or simply landing. This feature proved particularly effective when operating at night. HMDS is also closely integrated with the very capable F-35 avionics and thus will enable to the F-35 to be the first modern jet without a standard HUD (mounted above the cockpit instruments in front of the pilot).

 

The ground vehicle version takes advantage of the fact that a growing number of vehicles have numerous day/night vision vidcams mounted on the outside. These allow the crew to look at a display and switch between different cameras. That can take time. Even if it’s only a few seconds that can be too long in combat. Thus some or all the people in the vehicle can be equipped with a monocle or goggles that use the VR feature. The monocle is useful if the VR system in the vehicle does not have the data display feature. This is standard in modern pilot helmet visors. This VR capability is believed to be more useful for crews of armored vehicles where there is a lot more going on outside the vehicle that is the case with aircraft.

 

Other features the armored vehicle monocle or tablet will adapt from pilot helmets is the "look and shoot" helmet displays that include information displayed on the visor and sensors in the helmet. This enables the pilot to look at the target (either another aircraft, or something on the ground) and fire a weapon (missile) that will go after the target being looked at. Recent upgrades allow the pilot to also put "head up display" (HUD) information on the helmet visor visual system. This is a big advantage in air combat, where it's always been a problem having to look down at some display or instrument reading, and take your eyes off the surrounding air space. This makes it safer for pilots (especially when flying on the deck, at high speed) and in combat. Another recent enhancement allows each pilot to customize what information is shown on their helmet visor. A tank or IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) crew could use the same tech, especially for the remotely controlled weapons on the turret or even the main gun of a tank.

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photo Italian Air Force

photo Italian Air Force

 

05/11/2015 par Guillaume Belan - Air & Cosmos

 

Rome pourrait bien devenir le second pays export à armer ses drones Reaper, après le Royaume-Unis. Ce 3 novembre, la Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) américaine a accepté d'exporter à l'Italie les kits d'intégration d'armements pour 6 de ses drones MQ-9 Reaper. Cette acceptation fait suite à une demande italienne pour l'achat de 156 missiles AGM-114R2 Hellfire II de Lockheed Martin, 30 bombes guidées laser GBU-12, 30 GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), 30 GBU-49 guidées laser, 30 GBU-54 laser JDAM. Le contrat pourrait s'élever à 130 millions de dollars.

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Xtract®2. Photograph: TSG Associates.

Xtract®2. Photograph: TSG Associates.

 

5 November 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

Stretchers that weigh just 1.5kgs are amongst some of the innovations from Northern Powerhouse companies that have been praised by the MOD.

 

Speaking at the Northern Defence Industries (NDI) annual conference, Defence Minister Philip Dunne highlighted the invaluable and innovative work being carried out by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) across the UK’s Defence industry.

 

As part of his key note speech, the Defence Minister revealed that £1.4 million has been invested this year in 7,500 Xtract®2 stretchers from Yorkshire based TSG associates. Designed by Gulf-war veteran Colin Smart and his company, the stretchers weigh just 1.5kg, compared to the weight of a standard stretcher of around 10kgs, and are capable of carrying three times the weight of an average soldier.

 

Xtract®2 Photo TSG Associates

Xtract®2 Photo TSG Associates

Following his speech to the NDI, Mr Dunne paid a visit to Merseyside-based ship engine specialist James Troop & Co to review progress of a £2million deal to replace the generator sets on seven Royal Navy Mine Hunters.

 

With the generators now in place on all seven ships James Troop will focus on training naval personnel on engine maintenance as well as providing on-going technical and spare parts support.

 

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

    We recognise that the UK’s defence contractors, whatever their size, are a vital source of innovation in our supply chain, and in the last year, the MOD has done business with over 5,400 Small and Medium Enterprises, worth over £800 million.

    By harnessing this expertise, whether from a veteran with front line experience or from one of the UK shipping industry’s oldest companies, we are securing highly skilled UK jobs and ensuring our Armed Forces have the very best possible equipment available.

 

The MOD and the Government have recently reiterated our commitment to SMEs. We launched the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge in March this year, while also setting up Supply Chain Champions, giving companies an easier “in” to the defence industry. They have also appointed an SME champion to be a voice for innovative SMEs across the country and are encouraging Prime contractors to open up their supply chains, to help bring innovative design and technology into the defence sector.

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