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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 16:40
UEC facilities will be used to create engines for fifth-generation fighter jets

 

June 27, 2014 by Rostec

 

A steering committee has been established for the PAK FA Prospective Engine Program at the Ufa Engine Industrial Association (UEIA), which is a subsidiary of the United Engine Corporation. The new division will receive most of the authority to manage the project to build the engine for the fifth-generation fighter jet. 

 

According to UEIA Managing Director Alexander Artyukhov, the program to build the engine for the prospective cutting-edge aircraft is currently one of the most advanced in all of Russian industry. Work on the project will be undertaken using the phase-gate system. Experts will identify key milestones with clear goals and objectives for each period.

Evgeny Marchukov, Chief Designer of the A M. Lyulki Experimental Design Bureau (a branch of UEIA), has been appointed head of the steering committee.

UEIA is the parent company of the "Engines for Combat Aircraft" UEC Division. It was awarded the status of chief designer of the prospective engine for the PAK FA fighter jet in 2013. In November of last year the technical plan was defended before a committee of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, which is the project's customer. In 2014 UEIA was appointed chief manufacturer of prototypes for engine parts and assembly units.

Currently, the company and its subsidiary, the A M. Lyulki Experimental Design Bureau, are preparing to manufacture the first demonstration engine for the PAK FA.  

The main structural components of the T-50 fighter (the PAK FA project) are being produced by Rostec enterprises. The power plant is being developed by designers at the United Engine Corporation. The cockpit and fuselage exterior are being prepared by specialists at RT-Chemical Technologies and Composite Materials. Avionics satisfying the requirements for fifth generation aircraft are being created by the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 16:35
Philippine Air Force receives four new UH-1 Huey helicopters

UH-1 Huey of the Philippine Air Force on display at Camp Aguinaldo. Photo Maurotongco.

 

27 June 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has taken delivery of four new UH-1 Huey multi-mission helicopters at Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

 

Philippines defence secretary Voltaire Gazmin told the Inquirer that the four new UH-1 Hueys are part of the 21 combat utility helicopters being acquired as part of the PAF's modernisation programme.

 

"The four helicopters are being assembled so they can be displayed during the Air Force anniversary," Gazmin said.

 

The PAF will celebrate its 67th anniversary on 1 July.

 

The helicopters would be used by the air force to transport troops and equipment during disaster response.

 

The air force ordered 21 UH-1 Hueys under a PHP1.26bn ($28m) contract with Rice Aircraft Services and Eagle Copters joint venture (JV) in December 2013.

 

The PAF is scheduled to take delivery of three more Huey choppers by the end of July.

 

The helicopters are expected to enhance the country's combat, security and utility, and transport capability.

 

The PAF is scheduled to take delivery of three more Huey choppers by the end of July.

 

"There were slight delays in the unloading of equipment in Port Area because of the traffic but hopefully, we will be able to complete all these projects within the year," Gazmin said.

 

Manufactured by Bell Helicopter, the UH-1 Huey is a multi-mission helicopter designed for airborne command and control, aeromedical evacuation, troop and equipment transport, and search-and-rescue missions.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 11:50
Thales Alenia Space opens new plant in Leuven, Belgium
 

Charleroi, June 26, 2014Thales Alenia Space

 

Thales Alenia Space Belgium announced today the opening of its second plant in Belgium, at Leuven, following the original announcement of its plans last October. This strategic new facility reflects Thales Alenia Space's growing role in Belgium, a country that is fully committed to government-funded space R&D programs at the national and European levels.

The new plant will initially have a team of about 20 engineers, tasked with developing new avionics products and technologies for satellites and launch vehicles. The facility works closely with the company's microelectronics center of expertise in Leuven, as well as with Thales Alenia Space's Charleroi plant in Belgium.

According to Roger Dernoncourt, CEO of Thales Alenia Space Belgium, "By opening this new facility in Leuven, we will boost our position within the Belgian space industry. In particular, this facility includes equipment design services for new European launchers. Our goal is to develop innovative solutions that will place us in a strong position to be chosen as a supplier of avionics and electronics on Ariane 6."

Jean Loïc Galle, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space, added: "The opening of this new facility in Belgium is a natural fit with Thales Alenia Space's strategic plan, based on expanding our presence in countries that are investing heavily in space. The creation of both this new facility in Leuven and our German subsidiary near Stuttgart, plus the recent opening of Thales Alenia Space UK, are all an integral part of our approach, which aims to ensure the ongoing growth of our company in the coming years."

 

About Thales Alenia Space:

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

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 11:40
VSMPO-AVISMA is prepared for possible disruptions of supplies from Ukraine

 

June 20, 2014, by Rostec

 

Ilmenite reserves are enough to ensure eight months of uninterrupted operation of the company’s plants

 

The VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, the world's largest titanium producer, has prepared for possible disruptions of supplies of raw materials due to the crisis in Ukraine. Titanium reserves will last for eight months to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the company's plants

 

Today VSMPO-AVISMA relies on Ukrainian suppliers, the Volnogorsk and Irshansk Mining and Concentration Complexes, for supplies of almost 100% of its raw materials to produce titanium sponge (ilmenite).

 

Currently, both Ukrainian factories are supplying raw materials without interruption. However, in case of possible future supply disruptions due to the situation in Ukraine, VSMPO-AVISMA has already stockpiled raw materials by filling its warehouses with Ukrainian ilmenite as a precaution. RIA Novosti reports that "there are enough supplies to ensure the continuous operation of the corporation's factories for eight months," according to Company CEO Mikhail Voevodin.

 

Mikhail Voevodin emphasized that currently the market has been flooded with ilmenite from African, Vietnamese, and Australian companies. Russia also has a titanium ore deposit in the Altai Mountains, which can guarantee the full raw material independence of VSMPO-AVISMA from any foreign suppliers.

 

"We could possibly find alternative sources of raw materials from Vietnam or Africa, for example. Due to logistics, African raw materials are one-and-a-half times more expensive. However, this will not lead to a serious increase in the cost of titanium sponge, because within the corporation ilmenite accounts for only 2% of total costs," said CEO of AVISMA.

 

VSMPO-AVISM  is the world's largest manufacturer of titanium ingots, all kinds of semi-finished titanium alloys, as well as large extruded aluminum products, semi-finished products made of alloy steel and heat-resistant nickel-based alloys. It is a subsidiary of the Rostec State Corporation.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 11:30
L'Irak achète plusieurs chasseurs Sukhoï (Maliki)

 

MOSCOU, 26 juin - RIA Novosti

 

Le premier ministre irakien Nouri Al-Maliki a confirmé que son pays avait récemment acheté à la Russie et à la Biélorussie plusieurs chasseurs d'occasion de type Sukhoï, rapporte jeudi la chaîne BBC. 

 

Dans sa première interview depuis le début de la récente crise, M.Maliki a déclaré que les appareils en question pourraient effectuer leurs premières missions "dans les jours à venir", ajoutant que les Etats-Unis retardaient la vente de chasseurs F-16 à Bagdad. 

 

Le président russe Vladimir Poutine a confirmé vendredi dernier lors d'une conversation téléphonique avec M.Maliki le soutien de Moscou aux efforts du gouvernement irakien visant à libérer le territoire de son pays du joug terroriste. 

 

Les autorités de l'Irak et de la Syrie essaient de stopper l'offensive de l'EIIL, déterminé à conquérir un vaste territoire riche en pétrole. Depuis les trois dernières semaines, les commandos de l'EIIL, soutenus par les tribus sunnites et d'anciens militaires irakiens ont envahi plusieurs villes de l'Irak et des territoires situés à la frontière avec la Syrie et la Jordanie.

 

L'armée et la police irakiennes ont tenté de reprendre les territoires occupés par les djihadistes, mais n'ont toujours pas réussi à inverser la situation. Bagdad a sollicité l'aide militaire d'autres pays, notamment des Etats-Unis.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 11:20
SDB II photo Raytheon

SDB II photo Raytheon

 

TUCSON, Ariz., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire

 

Latest flight tests move program closer to production

 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Air Force concluded a series of flight tests for the Small Diameter Bomb II culminating in direct hits on stationary land targets. The successful tests further position the SDB II program to move from engineering, manufacturing, development phase to low rate initial production.

Using upgraded hardware and electronics during extended periods of flight, SDB II successfully acquired and engaged several stationary targets.

"Detecting stationary targets amidst the clutter of battlefield environments without using latitude and longitude presents a difficult challenge for most weapons today, but not SDB II," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "Acquiring stationary targets with the same seeker that can identify and track moving targets demonstrates the dynamic capability this new weapon brings to the warfighter."

SDB II can hit targets from a range of more than 40 nautical miles. Its powerful warhead can destroy armored targets, while keeping collateral damage to a minimum through a small explosive footprint. The highly accurate SDB II offers warfighters the flexibility to change targets through a datalink that passes inflight updates to the weapon.

"These latest tests showcase our tri-mode seeker's game-changing capability to acquire, track, engage and destroy both stationary and moving targets in adverse weather," said John O'Brien, Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II program director. "Upcoming live fire tests will prove the end-to-end capability of SDB II and will demonstrate the program's readiness to progress to System Verification Review and Milestone C, clearing the way for low rate initial production."

 

About SDB II
SDB II employs Raytheon's uncooled tri-mode seeker. The new seeker operates in three modes: millimeter-wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared and semi-active laser. These three modes enable the weapon to seek and destroy targets, even in adverse weather conditions from standoff ranges. 

The DOD has validated SDB II as a weapon that meets a critical warfighter need and has invested more than $700 million in the SDB II program.

 

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 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 cyber security 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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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 10:55
photo Dassault

photo Dassault

 

26/06 Les Echos

 

L’assemblée générale de Groupe industriel Marcel Dassault a décidé de créer un poste de président statutaire successif, confié à Charles Edelstenne, l’actuel directeur général.

 

La question de la succession de Serge Dassault à la tête de l’empire Dassault , célèbre pour ses avions, « Le Figaro », l’éditeur du logiciel Catia ou encore le château bordelais, est en passe d’être réglé. A l’unanimité, les actionnaires réunis en assemblée générale ont décidé de créer un poste de président statutaire successif, confié à Charles Edelstenne, actuel directeur général du groupe.

 

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:55
SGDC photo Thales

SGDC photo Thales

 

Jun 25, 2013 by Richard Tomkins(UPI)

 

Cannes, France  - Brazilian Air Force personnel have completed training in France on operating the South American country's future military communications satellite.

 

The satellite, being built by Thales Alenia Space, is scheduled for launch in 2016 by Ariane Space.

 

The course involved instruction on systems that involve planning, design, construction, operation, and validation of space systems, the Brazilian military said.

 

In addition to the 2016 satellite, Brazil is to operate a military remote-sensing satellite constellation from 2018.

 

"We are participating in the construction of the satellites, and improving our knowledge of their operation, as we prepare for the next stage of the Strategic Program for Space Systems," said Lt. Col. Helcio Vieira Jr,, head of the Space Operations Center Principal Core, the air force unit that will operate all Brazilian military satellites.

 

The satellite to be launched in 2016 will serve the needs of Brazil's National Broadband Plan and will provide wide-area strategic communications in both civilian and military/government spheres. New capabilities as a result of the satellite include increased military communications capabilities in support of the SISFRON land border monitoring system, among others.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:45
Growing African armoured vehicles market worth $1.2 billion by 2024

 

 

26 June 2014 by defenceWeb

 

The demand for armoured and counter-IED vehicles in Africa is expected to reach $1.2 billion by 2024 as the market shifts to North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to a new report.

 

The Global Armoured and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2014-2024 report said that budget cuts in Europe and the United States and the withdrawal of the US and its allies from Iraq and Afghanistan have shifted the market to the Middle East and Asia. The report predicted that the global armoured and counter IED vehicles market is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.33% during 2014-2024.

 

The Asia Pacific followed by North America are expected to be the largest armoured and counter IED vehicle markets with cumulative market share of more than 55%. Demand for mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from the Middle East is expected to be robust due to security concerns in the region. Saudi Arabia and Israel are expected to lead the armoured and counter IED vehicles market in the Middle East.

 

The establishment of production facilities in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Algeria will further boost the armoured vehicles market in the region, especially as these countries export to their neighbours.

 

In Africa, security threats are increasing the defence budgets of African countries, especially the growing threat of Islamist militants. Despite limited budgets, a number of modernisation programmes and procurement initiatives are valued continent-wide at up to $20 billion over the next decade for armoured and tactical vehicles alone, according to forecasts at the Armoured Vehicles Africa conference in July 2013.

 

The conference predicted that of the $20 billion to be spent in Africa by 2023, Algeria will account for most spending. The country is buying around 1 200 Fuchs APCs from Germany, which will assemble them in the North African nation. Algeria is also jointly producing the NIMR vehicle in conjunction with the United Arab Emirates and recently ordered more than 300 T-90 tanks from Russia.

 

Algeria’s neighbour Morocco is also upgrading its armour, having recently received 88 BearCat APCs. Libya, slowly rebuilding its armed forces, recently ordered 350 BRDM wheeled reconnaissance vehicles and BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles.

 

Nigeria is a large market for armoured vehicles and is procuring many diverse types, from China and the West and has unveiled its own indigenously produced APC as well.

 

Some of the big spenders identified by the conference include Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, although North Africa is the biggest market. An indication of the state of the market came earlier this month when Streit Group signed a deal for 480 armoured vehicles with a North African country.

 

Due to the Badger infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) programme in South Africa, which will see the delivery of 238 vehicles over ten years, the market for MRAPS is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.1% over the forecast period there. Projects Sapula and Vistula are also expected to contribute to market growth in South Africa (these projects will replace Pumas and Casspirs and acquire new trucks).

 

According to South African vehicle manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa, the company is seeing new vehicle projects emerging with an uptick in business expected in 2016 in both police and military markets. Demand is expected to come mainly from Africa, the Middle East, South America and Eastern Europe.

 

“A lot of African and European countries will, within the next few years, need to start replacing old and now obsolete armoured vehicles that are now 30 to 40 years old,” Land Systems South Africa business development and communications director Natasha Pheiffer told Engineering News recently.

 

South Africa, long regarded as a leader in armoured vehicle development, sold 452 new and refurbished armoured vehicles to 20 different countries in 2013 alone, in deals worth R2.421 billion.

 

Certain African countries face notable threats, including Mali, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Sudan. Conflict in these countries has driven the armoured vehicles market and alkso resulted in international peacekeeping forces becoming involved and even supplying vehicles – for instance, the United States has arranged the supply of Puma vehicles to Mali.

 

Due to the growing demand in Africa, many foreign countries are offering their armoured vehicles to the continent, such as Russia, China, Italy, the UAE, Serbia and the Ukraine.

 

According to the Global Armoured and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2014-2024 report, infantry fighting vehicles are expected to dominate the wold armoured vehicles market with a share of 28.1% while the market for MRAPs will decline. The demand for Main Battle Tanks is projected to increase, with the market size of MBTs expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.18% during forecast period. Armoured Personnel Carriers are expected to record a marginal increase.

 

Peacekeeping missions, security threats, the rise in asymmetric warfare, international peacekeeping missions and modernization initiatives are expected to channel more funds towards the armoured vehicles market. However, challenges to the market include global budget cuts, the withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan by the United States and its allies and the high cost of high tech armour solutions. In addition, the increase in demand for refurbished vehicles poses a threat to new projects and unmanned systems are increasingly taking the place of manned armoured and counter-IED vehicles.

 

On the technology front, the report noted that hybrid engines are becoming increasingly popular while vehicle-mounted directed energy weapons, using laser beams, will be the new weapons for armoured vehicles, the report said. Other technological developments include E-Camouflage technology and active protection systems.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:40
Another super quiet sub for Russia’s Black Sea fleet

Project 636.3 Varshavyanka class diesel-electric submarine (RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Ankov)

 

June 26, 2014 RT.com

 

St. Petersburg shipbuilders have launched an improved Kilo-class submarine for Russia’s Black Sea fleet. Armed with cruise missiles, this diesel-electric stealth sub is believed to be the quietest in the world, and so was dubbed ‘black hole’ by NATO.

 

The multipurpose, low-noise and highly maneuverable Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) submarine is named after the city of Rostov-on-Don. Construction began at the Admiralty Shipyard on November 21, 2011.

 

It is the second Varshavyanka submarine out of six planned for the Black Sea Fleet by the end of 2016. Unlike the fleet’s main forces stationed in Sevastopol in Crimea, these new submarines will use the port of Novorossiysk as their home base.

 

Armed with 18 torpedoes and eight surface-to-air Club missiles, Project 636.3 submarines are mainly intended for anti-shipping and anti-submarine missions in relatively shallow waters. They have an extended combat range and can strike surface, underwater and land targets.

 

The prototype Varshavyanka submarine ‘Novorossiysk’ is undergoing tests in the Baltic Sea, and in early 2015 is expected to make a two-month journey around Europe under its own power to its home base.

 

At present, there are two more Project 636.3 submarines under construction: work on the ‘Stary Oskol’ began in August 2012 and on the ‘Krasnodar’ in February of this year.

 

In the 1990s and 2000s, Russian shipwrights constructed a number of previous version Kilo-class submarines for export. According to open sources, China operates 10 Russian-built Kilo-class submarines (Project 636 and 636M). Vietnam possesses two Kilo submarines (project 636.1) and is expecting four more, which are at various stages of readiness. Two Project 636M submarines have also been delivered to Algeria.

 

On Friday, the Admiralty Shipyard will launch a state-of-the-art mine sweeper, the ‘Aleksandr Obukhov’ (Project ‘Aleksandrit’); its entire 62-meter hull is made of monolithic fiberglass. It took over a year to form the hull, which has no magnetic signature, in a specially designed matrix. The ‘Aleksandr Obukhov’ is the largest plastic-hulled ship ever made in Russia. The vessel is capable of detecting and destroying all kinds of modern sea mines, even if they are silt-covered.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:35
La Royal Australian Navy en formation sur MRH-90!

 

25/06/2014 avia news

 

La Royal Australian Navy (RAN) a débuté la formation de ses équipages d’hélicoptère MRH-90 en vue de l’utilisation sur navire amphibie (LHD). Ce début de formation en vue d’une utilisation du nouvel hélicoptère depuis des bâtiments de surface s’effectue depuis un simulateur de pont d’envol.

 

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:20
Sikorsky Awarded U.S. Air Force Contract to Develop New Combat Rescue Helicopter

 

June 26, 2014 Sikorsky Aircraft

 

Stratford, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop new combat search and rescue helicopters. Sikorsky will develop a derivative of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK model for the Air Force’s rescue mission.


The award of an estimated $1.28 billion Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract includes development and integration of the rescue mission systems; delivery of four Combat Rescue Helicopters; as well as seven aircrew and maintainer training systems. Initial training of Air Force aircrew and maintainers and five Combat Rescue Helicopters are also expected to be delivered by 2020, once additional aircraft and training options are exercised. This contract is the first step in the eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion. Eventual production quantities would be determined year-by-year over the life of the program, based on funding allocations set by Congress and the U.S. Department of Defense acquisition priorities.

“We are honored that the Air Force has selected Sikorsky to develop and build the new Combat Rescue Helicopter,” said Sikorsky President Mick Maurer. “Since 1943, Sikorsky has proudly provided the combat rescue helicopter platform to enable the Air Force to perform one of its most important and sacred missions – bringing our downed service members home safely. I’m tremendously pleased that we will continue to do so for years to come.”

The Air Force announced in 2010 that it would replace its aging HH-60G PAVE HAWK helicopters. Sikorsky, joined by Lockheed Martin as the major subsystems supplier, offered a UH-60M derivative to replace the venerable PAVE HAWK, also made by Sikorsky, as the Air Force’s new Combat Rescue Helicopter. The aircraft features increased internal fuel capability, compared with today’s HH-60G helicopter, thereby giving the CRH-60 the required range, while increasing its internal cabin space.

Like the UH-60M helicopter, the aircraft will feature T700-GE-701D engines, composite wide-chord main rotor blades, and fatigue- and corrosion-resistant machined aero-structures to sustain maneuverability at high density altitudes.

“We are proud to expand our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Air Force and Sikorsky, providing a new aircraft system capable of performing the vital personnel recovery missions, including combat rescue and casualty evacuation,” said Dale Bennett, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business.

Sikorsky has produced more than 700 H-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters for the U.S. government and militaries worldwide, since production aircraft deliveries began in 2007.

 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 07:20
Photo by George Csukly for Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre

Photo by George Csukly for Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre

 

June 26, 2014 By David Pugliese Defence Watch

 

The Canadian government is looking at joining an international effort to upgrade naval missiles to deal with future threats.

 

The Canadian navy started using the Sea Sparrow missile in the 1970s on its ships, before purchasing the upgraded Evolved Sea Sparrow in 2005. That purchase cost around $500 million, according to figures provided by the Department of National Defence.

The new effort, led by the U.S., will focus on improving the Evolved Sea Sparrow so it can operate until 2030.

The weapon is now designed to protect ships from incoming missiles as well as attacks by aircraft. The U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Thailand and Turkey all use the Evolved Sea Sparrow.

 

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BPC Vladivostok photo T. Bregaris Ouest-France

BPC Vladivostok photo T. Bregaris Ouest-France

 

26/06/2014 bfmtv.com

 

Quatre cents marins russes sont attendus à partir de lundi à Saint-Nazaire pour être formés au maniement des Bâtiments de projection et de commandement (BPC) de type Mistral dont le premier doit être livré à la mi-octobre à la Russie, a-t-on confirmé jeudi chez STX France.

 

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Le nouveau pacha de DCNS Hervé Guillou bientôt à bord

Armement -  Pressenti pour succéder à Patrick Boissier, Hervé Guillou pourrait arriver à la tête de DCNS dès cet été - photo ensta-bretagne

 

26/06/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Pressenti pour remplacer Patrick Boissier à la tête de DCNS, Hervé Guillou pourrait prendre ses quartiers dès cet été.

 

L'ancien patron des activités de cyberdéfense d'Airbus Group, Hervé Guillou, pressenti pour remplacer le PDG de DCNS Patrick Boissier, serait sur le point d'embarquer finalement plus tôt que prévu à la tête du groupe naval. Vraisemblablement cet été. Pourquoi ? Selon nos informations, le ministère de la Défense souhaiterait que le nouveau PDG porte la responsabilité du budget 2015 du groupe naval, qui a réalisé 3,3 milliards d'euros de chiffre d'affaires en 2013 pour 13.648 emplois (équivalents temps plein). Un budget très compliqué qui sera préparé dès la rentrée prochaine.

D'où la volonté de l'Hôtel de Brienne d'accélérer le remplacement de Patrick Boissier, qui devrait initialement quitter le groupe qu'à la fin de l'année. Pour autant, le PDG de DCNS a trouvé une sortie honorable en étant élu mercredi président du conseil d'administration du Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activités Navales (GICAN). Il a succédé à Jean-Marie Poimbœuf.

 

L'Etat veut des relations apaisées entre DCNS et Thales

Au regard du passé, le ministère a aussi demandé à Hervé Guillou de travailler en bonne intelligence avec Thales, actionnaire à 35 % du groupe naval. Car le futur patron de DCNS quand il était président d'EADS Defence and Security France a par le passé beaucoup ferraillé contre le groupe électronique. notamment Hervé Guillou

En 2009, Hervé Guillou avait remporté un appel d'offres important de la Marine nationale face à son rival Thales en situation de quasi-monopole sur le secteur en France. Le ministère de la Défense avait préféré EADS Defense and Security au groupe d'électronique pour passer une commande de 240 millions d'euros pour renforcer le réseau intranet des bâtiments et avions de sa marine, programme « Rifan » (réseau IP de la force aéronavale) étape 2. Hervé Guillou avait également beaucoup œuvré au succès d'EADS Allemagne pour remporter également en 2009 le célèbre appel d'offre de surveillance des frontières saoudien Miksa... contre Thales.

 

Et Thales ?

Thales a pris la décision, selon nos informations, de ne pas proposer de candidats à la succession de Patrick Boissier, qui se serait bien vu continuer un demi-mandat supplémentaire. Ce qui a bloqué les éventuelles candidatures de Pascale Sourisse, directeur général en charge du développement internationale, et de Pierre-Eric Pommellet, directeur général adjoint en charge des systèmes de mission de défense. Avant la décision de Thales de ne pas proposer de candidats, Pascale Sourisse aurait été approchée par la DGA pour le job. Mais vu le salaire proposé, pas sûr qu'elle se serait lancée....

Pourquoi une telle décision de la part de l'électronicien ? Parce que le PDG Jean-Bernard Lévy aurait trouvé maladroit, dans le cadre de la réflexion du ministère de la Défense sur une éventuelle montée de Thales au capital de DCNS, de présenter un candidat à la tête du groupe naval. Par ailleurs, certains observateurs du milieu industriel de la défense estiment que le renoncement de Thales serait la conséquence d'un veto de l'Hôtel de Brienne à sa montée au capital de DCNS avant la fin du quinquennat de François Hollande. A suivre.

 

Chasse aux sorcières ?

La succession de Patrick Boissier arrive au plus mauvais moment pour DCNS, qui aborde une année cruciale à l'export. La deuxième partie de l'année pourrait être complètement parasitée, voire paralysée, par la course à la présidence. Et beaucoup craignent enfin que l'arrivée d'un nouveau président soit une occasion pour déclencher une chasse aux sorcières néfaste à l'obtention de contrats proches d'être signés ou nuisible à des campagnes très importantes pour l'avenir du groupe, voire de la loi de programmation militaire (LPM), notamment celles concernant les frégates multimissions FREMM.

Le groupe naval a signé un contrat avec l'Egypte (4 corvettes Gowind), et en Uruguay (trois patrouilleurs Gowind dont l'Adroit). Il n'est pour le moment pas mis en vigueur. Surtout le groupe naval lorgne un contrat en Arabie Saoudite de plus de 15 milliards d'euros (Sawari 3). L'Arabie Saoudite et la France négocient un projet de vente de six frégates multimissions FREMM et de cinq à six sous-marins dans le cadre du programme Sawari 3. Un mégacontrat estimé à plus de 15 milliards d'euros. Il fait tourner les têtes des principaux groupes concernés : DCNS, Thales, le missilier MBDA et l'hélicoptériste Eurocopter (EADS). La France a signé une LoI (Letter of intent), elle attend maintenant la signature de Ryad où des changements au plus haut niveau au sein du ministère de la Défense ont perturbé le processus de ratification.

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La Russie livrera deux sous-marins à l'Algérie

 

SAINT-PETERSBOURG, 26 juin - RIA Novosti

 

Les Chantiers navals russes de l'Amirauté construiront deux sous-marins à propulsion diesel-électrique du projet 636 "Varchavianka" à l'Algérie, a fait savoir à RIA Novosti une source au sein du complexe militaro-industriel russe.

 

"Le contrat portant sur la construction de deux sous-marins a été approuvé", a indiqué l'interlocuteur de l'agence sans préciser le montant du contrat et les délais de sa réalisation.

 

Les Chantiers navals russes de l'Amirauté font partie du Groupe unifié de construction navale russe (OSK). Auparavant, la société a déjà livré des sous-marins de classe Varchavianka à l'Algérie. En 2009, les Chantiers ont signé avec le Vietnam un contrat prévoyant la livraison de six sous-marins du projet 636.1 pour un montant total de deux milliards de dollars.

 

Baptisés "trou noir" par les experts de l'Otan pour sa discrétion, les sous-marins diesel-électriques polyvalents du projet 636 "Varchavianka" (Improved Kilo, selon le code de l'Otan) appartiennent à la 3ème génération de sous-marins. Ils peuvent être dotés notamment de systèmes de missiles multirôles 3M-54 Club.

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F-16C Fighting Falcons conducting flight over Kunsan air base in Korea. Photo US Air Force

F-16C Fighting Falcons conducting flight over Kunsan air base in Korea. Photo US Air Force

 

Jun 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

BAE Systems has begun to upgrade 134 South Korean F-16 aircraft in partnership with the U.S. Air Force.

 

Two of the F-16s recently arrived at the company’s modification facility at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, where they will be equipped with advanced weapons and next-generation avionics, including advanced mission computers, new cockpit displays, and advanced radars and targeting sensors.

 

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photo Livefist

 

June 26, 2014 defenseworld.net/

 

India’s $20 billion deal to buy Rafale fighter jets may not conclude this financial year as negotiations are still to be completed without which budgetary provision cannot be made.

The Indian budget for fiscal 2014-15 is scheduled for July during which a higher allocation for defence as compared to last year could be made. However provision for the Rafale MMRCA purchase seems unlikely as the Indian MoD is yet to conclude negotiations with Dassault. A huge capital expenditure of this type is budgeted over several year as per the schedule of payments agreed upon.

 

 

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Aura to Deliver Approximately $500,000 of Its VIPER Mobile Power Systems to Israeli Defense Contractors

 

Jun 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : Aura Systems, Inc

 

Aura Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: AUSI) announced today that it received orders from two Israeli defense contractors to deliver numerous VIPER systems over the next few months totaling approximately $500,000.00. Some of the systems are designated for the IDF (Israeli Defense Force).

 

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26 juin 2014 4 26 /06 /juin /2014 14:55
FREMM Normandie - photo DCNS

FREMM Normandie - photo DCNS

 

Lorient, le 25 juin 2014 DCNS Group

 

La frégate multimissions FREMM Normandie, deuxième de la série commandée par l’OCCAr au profit de la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) et de la Marine nationale, vient d’achever cinq semaines d’une intense activité au large des côtes toulonnaises. Ces essais ont permis de valider les performances du système de combat de cette frégate avant sa livraison à la Marine nationale fin 2014.

 

La série d’essais de la FREMM Normandie, qui vient de s’achever en mer Méditerranée, a été dédiée principalement à la vérification du système de combat du navire. Pour les réaliser, la frégate a été intégrée à de nombreux scenarii, qui ont permis d’avancer dans la mise au point de ses capacités dans tous les domaines de lutte (lutte antiaérienne, lutte anti-sous-marine, …).

 

Ces essais de qualification ont été réalisés grâce à de multiples concours mis à disposition par la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) et la Marine nationale (balises radar, avions de chasse, avions de patrouille maritime, hélicoptères, bâtiments de surface, sous-marins…). Ces concours ont, par exemple, permis la mise en oeuvre du système de guerre électronique du navire ( interception, leurrage et brouillage) ou encore l’établissement des liaisons de données tactiques.

 

« Nous avons réalisé au total plus d’une cinquantaine d’essais sur la FREMM Normandie, grâce à une très forte implication de l’ensemble des équipes de DCNS, de la Marine nationale, de la DGA et de l’OCCAr. Ces essais contribuent à la bonne intégration des différents senseurs et armements de la frégate au système de management de combat de dernière génération SETIS® développé par DCNS » déclare Anne Bianchi, Directrice du programme FREMM.

 

La présence de la frégate à Toulon a également permis d’achever certains essais relatifs à la plateforme du navire avec, en point d’orgue, le premier appontage de l’hélicoptère Caïman NH90.

 

Après un dernier essai, réalisé avec le concours de la FREMM Aquitaine le mardi 24 juin et permettant de vérifier l’interopérabilité entre les deux frégates, la frégate Normandie a désormais rejoint le site DCNS de Lorient. De derniers travaux de finition seront réalisés sur le navire, pendant l’été, avant sa livraison à la Marine nationale attendue au cours du dernier trimestre 2014.

 

Le programme FREMM : un programme majeur pour DCNS et ses partenaires

 

Pour DCNS, le programme FREMM représente douze unités, soit onze pour la Marine nationale et une pour la Marine Royale du Maroc.

Pour rappel, en novembre 2012, DCNS a livré avec succès la FREMM Aquitaine, première unité de la série des frégates multimissions FREMM. La deuxième unité du programme, la FREMM Mohammed VI a été livrée à la Marine Royale du Maroc le 30 janvier 2014 conformément aux accords contractuels.

DCNS mène actuellement à Lorient la construction de cinq autres frégates multimissions, à différents stades d’avancement :

- la FREMM Normandie, troisième unité de la série, a débuté ses essais en mer en octobre 2013 et sera livrée à la Marine nationale fin 2014 ;

- la FREMM Provence a été mise à flot au mois de septembre 2013 et effectuera sa première sortie en mer au troisième trimestre 2014;

- les cinquième et sixième frégates de la série sont en cours d’assemblage ;

- la découpe de la première tôle de la septième a été effectuée fin 2013.

 

Caractéristiques techniques des FREMM

Fortement armées, les frégates FREMM mettent en oeuvre, sous maîtrise d’oeuvre DCNS, les systèmes d’armes et équipements les plus performants, tels que le radar multifonction Héraclès, le Missile de Croisière Naval, les missiles Aster et Exocet MM 40 ou encore les torpilles MU 90.

• Longueur hors tout : 142 mètres

• Largeur : 20 mètres

• Déplacement : 6 000 tonnes

• Vitesse maximale : 27 noeuds

• Mise en oeuvre : 108 personnes (détachement hélicoptère inclus)

• Capacité de logement : 145 hommes et femmes

• Autonomie : 6 000 nautiques à 15 noeuds

 

DCNS : Sea the Future

 

DCNS est convaincu que la mer est l’avenir de la planète. Le Groupe invente des solutions de haute technologie pour la sécuriser et la valoriser durablement. DCNS est un leader mondial du naval de défense et un innovateur dans l’énergie. Entreprise de haute technologie et d’envergure internationale, DCNS répond aux besoins de ses clients grâce à ses savoir-faire exceptionnels et ses moyens industriels uniques. Le Groupe conçoit, réalise et maintient en service des sous-marins et des navires de surface. Il fournit également des services pour les chantiers et bases navals. Enfin, DCNS propose un large panel de solutions dans l'énergie nucléaire civile et les énergies marines renouvelables. Attentif aux enjeux de responsabilité sociale d’entreprise, le groupe DCNS est l’un des premiers acteurs de son secteur à avoir été certifié ISO 14001. Le Groupe réalise un chiffre d’affaires de 3,4 milliards d’euros et compte 13 600 collaborateurs (données 2013). www.dcnsgroup.com

 

L’OCCAR, Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement, est une organisation internationale qui a pour coeur de métier la gestion des programmes d'équipements de défense en coopération qui lui sont confiés par les Etats membres. L’OCCAR assure, entre autres, la maitrise

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Ariane 5 - photo CNES

Ariane 5 - photo CNES

 

25 juin 2014 par Pierre Sparaco  - Aerobuzz.fr

 

Face à la montée en puissance de l’américain Space X, Airbus Group et Safran ont décidé de regrouper leurs forces dans le domaine des lanceurs spatiaux. La co-entreprise française se retrouve face à un entrepreneur d’un autre genre, Elon Musk, qui a fait fortune en créant Paypal. La NASA lui a "acheté" une douzaine de tirs à destination de la station spatiale internationale.

 

L’Airbus Group et Safran ont choisi de brûler les étapes et, sans attendre d’éventuelles propositions de leurs autorités de tutelle spatiales, ont amorcé un ambitieux programme de regroupements (« consolidation » en franglais). Les deux industriels vont créer une co-entreprise (« joint venture ») unifiant leurs activités en matière de lanceurs. C’est un événement majeur dans l’évolution de la filière Ariane dont les perspectives sont beaucoup plus sombres que ne veut bien l’affirmer le discours officiel.

 

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26 juin 2014 4 26 /06 /juin /2014 11:35
Le commandant du 7e corps de l'armée de l'air américaine volera sur un T-50

 

SEOUL, 26 juin (Yonhap)

 

Le lieutenant-général Jan-Marc Jouas, le commandant du 7e corps de l'armée de l'air américaine, effectuera ce jeudi un vol expérimental sur un avion d'entraînement supersonique T-50 construit par Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), à la base aérienne de Gwangju, à 330 kilomètres au sud de Séoul. Il sera donc le premier commandant du 7e corps de l'armée de l'air américaine à voler sur un T-50.

 

«Ce vol a été organisé pour mieux comprendre l'excellence des avions d'entraînement supersoniques et du système d'entraînement des forces aériennes sud-coréennes en tant que commandant du 7e corps de l'armée de l'air», a fait savoir un responsable de l'armée de l'air. «Le lieutenant-général Jan-Marc Jouas sera sur le siège arrière de l'avion.»

 

Jan-Marc Jouas, pilote de F-16 et F-15, a à son compteur plus de 3.100 heures de vol.

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Israël: cyber-exportation de 3 milliards de $ en 2013

 

26.06.2014 i24news.tv

 

La Start-up Nation se place en seconde place mondiale, investissant 11% du capital mondial

 

L'exportation israélienne de cyber-services et de produits liés à la sphère virtuelle a atteint son apogée de 3 milliards de dollars, soit 5% de son marché global, et prend la deuxième place du podium mondial après les Etats-Unis, a rapporté cette semaine le site Defense News, qui relaye un communiqué officiel du Cyber Bureau national israélien (NCB).

 

Les données classent largement Israël en deuxième position des cyber-exportateurs mondiaux. "Notre part du marché international rivalise avec le monde entier, à part avec les Etats-Unis, nous prenons part à 5% des exportations mondiales", a déclaré Tal Steinherz à la tête de l'aile technologique de NCB, un chiffre qui, selon les experts, devraient atteindre les 10% d'ici 5 ans et 150 milliards de dollars.

 

Les compagnies israéliennes ont levé près de 165 millions de dollars de fonds d'investissement, ce qui représente près de 11% du capital mondial investi dans les cyber-technologies.

 

L'entreprise israélienne Matanya, qui comprend 20 multinationales de recherche et développement et 200 start-ups locales.

 

La start-up nation est par ailleurs promue par le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou, qui en fait une mission personnelle et national, afin d'élever le pays au statut de cyberpuissance mondiale, l'investissement dans la cyberdéfense ayant par exemple augmenté de 30% cette année.

 

Toujours selon le site Defense News, des millions de shekels sont consacrés à la région de Beersheva, que les autorités souhaitent transformé en "pivot mondial de la cyber-innovation", capable de concurrencer la Sillicon Valley américaine.

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26 juin 2014 4 26 /06 /juin /2014 11:25
Honduras, Embraer Discuss Aircraft Upgrades

 

June 23, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Forecast International; issued June 23, 2014)

 

Honduras Seeks Technical Agreement with Embraer for Fleet Modernization

 

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador --- Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is hoping to sign a technical agreement with Brazilian manufacturer, Embraer. The agreement would cover the refurbishment and modernization of the Honduran Air Force's Super Tucano and F-5 aircraft.

 

The Honduran government will resume the repair project for the Air Force's EMB-312/A-27 Super Tucano and Cessna A-37B Dragonfly aircraft which was initiated by the previous administration of President Porfirio Lobo. President Hernández is also considering the possibility of acquiring new aircraft such as the Embraer EMB-314/A-29 Super Tucano.

 

The Air Force has been seeking to acquire a new batch of A-29s for quite some time. Unfortunately, funding was difficult to obtain and after much consideration, President Porfirio Lobo decided in February 2012 that priority would be given to repairing the Air Force's existing fleet of Embraer EMB-312 Tucanos rather than buying new Super Tucanos.

 

The Honduran MoD expected the upgrade to cost between $6 million and $10 million; only six aircraft would be involved in the program. Then in October 2013, the government determined that due to Honduras' poor financial situation, an upgrade could not be performed either.

 

The goal now is to modernize and repair 20 EMB-312s and acquire at least 4 new EMB-314s.

 

The technical agreement would involve the transfer of Honduras' F-5 to Brazil. The transfer would require U.S. approval, though. Honduras acquired 12 ex-USAF Northrop F-5E/Fs in 1987; only five of the remaining nine are operational. Taiwan, Brazil, and Israel are all interested in restoring the fleet.

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Boeing Phantom Swift Joins VTOL X-Plane Competition

 

25/06/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Boeing's Phantom Works division believes its entry into DARPA's VTOL X-Plane competition could shape the next generation of vertical takeoff and landing-capable aircraft designs.

 

In February 2013, DARPA (the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) reached out to industry for future VTOL aircraft concepts. Its VTOL X-Plane search involves types with a high payload capacity that can reach and maintain high flight speeds but also hover very efficiently. "We are looking for true cross-pollinations of designs and technologies from the fixed-wing and rotary-wing worlds", DARPA's Ashish Bagai commented at the time.

 

Boeing's Phantom Swift concept is essentially an aircraft-helicopter hybrid of the type required. So far, Phantom Works has developed, built and test-flown a scaled-down technology testbed and, in March this year, the Phantom Swift officially joined the VTOL X-Plane programme as a competing design.

 

Boeing Phantom Swift

 

Boeing's Phantom Swift is equipped with a pair of large fans, fitted internally, which supply vertical lift. When the aircraft moves between vertical and forward flight, these fans stop supplying power and wingtip-placed fans take over. The same fans on the wingtips are used to enhance stability when the Phantom Swift is in hover mode.

 

Boeing says that, with this fan arrangement, the Phantom Swift is at least 50 per cent more efficient in the hover than a typical helicopter. It's expected to have a top speed of 740 kilometres per hour and, according to the US defence/aerospace firm, the Phantom Swift's configuration template could be replicated in other designs, ultimately creating a whole developmental series.

 

Phantom Swift: VTOL X-Plane

 

The full-sized Phantom Swift will have a wing span of 50 feet (15.2 metres) and a fuselage length of 44 feet (13.4 metres), weighing in at 12,000 lb (5,450 kilograms).

 

"The combination of body-fans and tilt-wing fans for improved controllability is the unique feature of the Phantom Swift", Boeing's Brian Ritter told media representatives today. "In the challenge of efficient hover and high-speed flight the answer is in ducted-fan technology, and this is something that Boeing is now investing heavily in."

 

Four competing designs are involved in the DARPA VTOL X-Plane competition, which is currently in its Phase 1 stage. Phase 3, the final stage, will see the winning design selected.

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