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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 07:45
Denel PMP to double turnover to R1 billion

 

17 June 2014 by defenceWeb

 

Munitions company Denel PMP aims to double its turnover to over R1 billion over the next five years as it grows its presence in Africa and meets the growing requirements of the local market.

 

Phaladi Petje, CEO of the Pretoria West-based company, says PMP will be embarking on a plant-renewal programme to modernise its machinery and production processes.

 

“We will also increase our research and development capacity. PMP is set to become the ammunition solution partner of choice both in South Africa, across the continent and in any of the markets we are targeting,” said Petje.

 

The Defence Review, presented to Parliament earlier this year, has highlighted the need for self-sufficiency in the provision of ammunition not only to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), but the security cluster as a whole. “PMP is in an excellent position to meet all the SANDF’s current and future needs for small and medium calibre ammunition,” according to Petje.

 

“We have been in this business for more than 75 years and the experience gained over this period will enable us to meet the challenges emanating from the local defence community.”

 

The state-owned company has a strong relationship with the SANDF and Armscor that covers product development and testing to the ultimate production and delivery as well as after sales service, proofing and destruction of ammunition. “We offer our clients a complete life cycle management approach,” said Petje.

 

The company intends to build a similar relationship with the SA Police Service, metro police forces and the private security industry, Denel said in a statement today. “We can meet almost the entire local demand for small calibre ammunition in the defence and security sectors,” he said.

 

Petje also foresees significant opportunities for business growth on the rest of the African continent. The company now manufactures 7.62 mm calibre ammunition for the well-known AK-47 assault rifle as well as a range of 23 mm ammunition widely used by African defence forces. Denel PMP has formed strategic relationships with companies in Europe whilst similar mutually beneficial relationships are being pursued in Africa and within the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) partnership, the company said.

 

More than 40% of PMP current production of ammunition is destined for the export market (export revenue amounted to R185 million last year, while total revenue was R531 million). Petje said that “innovation is at the core of the company’s future” and Denel is working together with Armscor, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and local universities on various research and new product developments.

 

PMP specialises in manufacturing small- and medium-calibre ammunition and technology-related products for military and commercial use. It also manufactures crew escape systems and power cartridges for local and international clients. The company supplies handgun and rifle ammunition to the commercial sector. It also provides the mining industry with drill bits and the electrical manufacturing sector with brass strip. These are commercial products that are derived from defence technology. Lead styphnate and lead azide are supplied to the chemical industry for the manufacture of detonators for the mining industry.

 

PMP’s main range of products include small-calibre ammunition ranging from 5.56 mm to 12.7 mm and medium-calibre ranges of ammunition from 20 mm to 35 mm and percussion caps of all types, as well as links for various small- and medium-calibre rounds.

 

PMP also produces power cartridges, rocket motors and canopy fragilisation systems for the safe ejection of pilots from aircraft; Probit rock drill bits for the mining industry and primary explosives and explosive products for commercial use in the private sector.

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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 07:30
Jordan to expand gunship fleet with C295 conversion

 

June 17, 2014 by Craig Hoyle - FG

 

Jordan is to modify one of its Airbus Defence & Space-produced C295 medium transports as a gunship, with the adapted platform to join two recently-delivered AC235s in air force service.

 

Airbus on 17 June announced it is to work on the programme with Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau and US contractor ATK, which were responsible for the conversion of a pair of CN235s handed over to Jordan earlier this year. The European airframer provided technical support during the previous project.

 

“A C295 operated by the Royal Jordanian Air Force will be converted to [a] gunship by ATK,” Airbus says. The service has two of the medium transports in service, with Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database recording these as having been built in 2003.

 

Plans call for the larger model to be equipped with onboard mission and fire control systems, an electro-optical/infrared sensor, a synthetic aperture radar payload and a defensive aids system for self-protection. Armaments will include an ATK-supplied 30mm sideways-firing chain gun, Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and 70mm guided rockets. BAE Systems was recently selected to supply its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System to meet the latter requirement for the AC235.

 

Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, head of commercial at Airbus’s Military Aircraft unit – who earlier this month said a customer announcement was expected “soon” – describes the future C295 gunship as “a cost-effective and powerful addition to the Jordan armed forces”.

 

Airbus lists potential duties for an armed C295 as including providing close air support for special forces personnel, plus target acquisition, armed reconnaissance and combat search and rescue.

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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 07:25
Airbus Helicopters delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil
From left to right : Mrs Perpetua Almeida, President of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and National Defense in the House of Representatives; Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, Commander of the Brazilian Navy; Eduardo Marson, CEO of Helibrás; Admiral Wilson Barbosa Guerra, Commander of Naval Operations and Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Brazilian Navy; Richard Marelli, vice president of Industrial Helibrás. © Helibras

 

Itajubá, Brazil,,  17 June 2014 airbus-group.com

 

The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry.

This milestone aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by Airbus Helicopters’ Helibras subsidiary at Itajubá in Minas Gerais state. Representing a €160 million investment, the facility includes the EC725‘s final assembly line, test benches, a paint facility, training resources and a state of the art engineering center.

“The delivery is another key achievement in a program that remains on schedule and within the contractual budget, underscoring the dedication of all partners to its success,” said Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury. “It also highlights our long-term commitment to dual goal of enhancing Brazil’s heli-lift capabilities while developing a world-class rotorcraft industry in the country.”

Brazil’s armed forces have received a total of 12 EC725s to date, with the previous 11 helicopters either supplied from Airbus Helicopters’ production site in France or partially assembled at Helibras’ Itajubá facility.With this latest delivery, the Brazilian Navy now has three EC725s in its inventory, while another five are operated by the Air Force, and four by the Army.

These helicopters have logged a combined total of 5,000 flight hours with the three military services.

The milestone rotorcraft provided to the Brazilian Navy went through its complete assembly at Itajubá – including the integration of mission equipment, flight line activities and industrial acceptance.

“The cooperation between France and Brazil gave rise to extraordinary results” said Eduardo Marson, CEO of Helibras. “The helicopter was assembled on-site by highly committed Brazilian and French teams, who contributed to the success of another milestone in the transfer of technology and in nationalizing the EC725’s production". As part of developing an in-country supply chain for the EC725, Helibras already has signed contracts with 16 Brazilian companies for the supply of components, parts and services. Ultimately, EC725s supplied to the Brazilian armed forces will have 50 percent domestic content.

The EC725 is Airbus Helicopter’s latest member of its Super Puma/Cougar helicopter family. As a highly capable twin-engine helicopter in the 11-metric-ton category, it is designed for multiple missions, including combat search and rescue, long-range tactical transport, aeromedical transport, logistic support and naval duties.

About Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 46 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries, and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 07:20
LRSAV Ground Vehicle System Ensures Mission Success

 

ORLANDO, Fla., June 17, 2014 – Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully fired HELLFIRE and DAGR missiles from its Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle (LRSAV) turreted weapon system during recent ground-to-ground tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

The LRSAV is a fully integrated, turreted, ground-vehicle weapon system. It uses advanced missile and weapon control-system technologies and a newly developed 15-inch, spherical, mast-mounted electro-optical/infrared sensor to enable targeting and employment of missiles from a wide range of surface platforms.

During the tests, the vehicle-mounted LRSAV system launched a HELLFIRE II missile from 6.4 km and a DAGR missile from 3.5 km. Both missiles successfully impacted their targets. In both tests, missile lock-on-before-launch and lock-on-after-launch capabilities were used to demonstrate LRSAV’s flexibility for various engagement scenarios. Additionally, an AH-64D Apache helicopter equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) was used to remotely designate the short-range target, validating LRSAV’s cooperative battlefield-engagement capability.  

The tests confirm that the LRSAV weapon system is a low risk solution that can support multiple missions. Lockheed Martin’s LRSAV weapon system delivers a superior capability that will engage targets from safe standoff distances, and enhanced performance for increased mission success, survivability and low collateral damage.

Building on Lockheed Martin’s expertise in designing Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) turrets and its experience in missile systems, this development work supports potential business opportunities worldwide. The LRSAV system was designed and built at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control facilities in Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Ampthill, England. In a recent test conducted in the United Kingdom, Lockheed Martin successfully fired a MK44 30mm cannon and the Javelin™ missile from a turret as part of the IFV effort.

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

 

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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 07:20
Northrop Grumman, US Navy Increase MQ-8B Fire Scout's Visual Reach with a Modernized Radar

 

 

SAN DIEGO – June 17, 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation

 

Integrating advanced radar onto the MQ-8B Fire Scout

 

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders.

 

Warfighters will now have the latest in radar technology to pair with their current electro-optical infrared payload. Integrating this new radar system will provide the MQ-8B Fire Scout with essential operational capabilities in all tactical environments and will improve how it addresses threats in real-world scenarios.

 

"Fire Scout is pushing the limits of unmanned helicopters by continuing to add enhanced capabilities to its already advanced payload," said George Vardoulakis, vice president, medium range tactical systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "This modernized radar complements Fire Scout's other sensors and systems to provide the Navy with increased visibility far beyond the horizon, while collecting vital imaging for maritime operations."

 

Northrop Grumman modified a Telephonics Corporation AN/ZPY-4 multi-mode maritime surveillance radar system used for manned aircraft, so it could be used on the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout.

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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18 juin 2014 3 18 /06 /juin /2014 06:55
Eurosatory : une dizaine d’entreprises bretonnes bénéficie du savoir-faire du réseau Entreprise Europe

 

17-06-2014 bretagne-economique.com

 

Pour la première fois, le réseau Entreprise Europe a été missionné par les organisateurs du salon international Eurosatory pour programmer les rendez-vous d’affaires entre PME françaises et PME d’origine étrangères.

 

Eurosatory est le plus grand salon international de défense et de sécurité terrestres et aéroterrestres. Il se tient à Paris tous les deux ans. Plus qu’une exposition, Eurosatory est une plateforme d’échanges internationale dédiée à tous les experts de ces domaines. En 2012, 70% des 1432 exposants et 48% des 53 480 visiteurs étaient étrangers. 84 pays étaient présents.

 

Pour cette édition 2014, les PME bretonnes, Deti SA, Enag , Estar System, Inpixal, Interface concept, meunier SA, Secure IC, Sensup, Syrlink, ont bénéficié de ce réseau animé en région par la CCI Bretagne pour faire du business sur le salon. Avec 4 rendez-vous d’affaires chacune en moyenne, programmés sur 4 jours, elles s’ouvrent ainsi de nouvelles perspectives de développement à l’international.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 18:55
photo MBDA

photo MBDA

 

Salon Eurosatory, Paris-Nord Villepinte, Ie 17 juin 2014 Sagem (Safran)

 

Leader européen des systèmes de navigation embarqués, Sagem (Safran) vient de signer avec son partenaire MBDA un nouveau contrat portant sur la fourniture de centrales de navigation SIGMA 20 pour l’équipement des systèmes de combat MPCV(1) destinés au marché export.

Equipement de navigation et de pointage à haute précision, le navigateur SIGMA 20 fait appel à une technologie de rupture en matière de senseurs inertiels, le Gyroscope Résonnant Hémisphérique, ou GRH. Cette technologie brevetée Sagem permet d’offrir des solutions de navigation très compétitives et d’une grande fiabilité.

Se caractérisant par une intégration aisée aux plates-formes de combat, les centrales de navigation Sigma de Sagem sont insensibles au brouillage et permettent l’engagement d’un système d’armes en l’absence de signal GPS, y compris dans les environnements les plus sévères.

En production dans l’établissement de Sagem à Montluçon depuis 2013, la nouvelle centrale de navigation SIGMA 20 vient renforcer le catalogue Sagem de systèmes de navigation et de pointage pour l’artillerie sol-air.

Sur la base de cœurs inertiels à gyrolaser ou de GRH, les centrales de navigation Sigma équipent plus de 40 systèmes d’armes différents dans le monde.

Sagem maîtrise l’ensemble des technologies inertielles (mécanique, laser, fibre optique, vibrant), couvrant tout le spectre des applications de navigation terrestres. Seule société au monde à proposer une gamme complète de systèmes de navigation civils et militaires en France et à l’international, Sagem affiche plus de 60 ans d’expertise et de savoir-faire.

 

A Eurosatory 2014, la centrale Sigma 20 est intégrée aux postes de tir du système MPCV exposé sur le stand de MBDA et sur le stand de Sagem (Hall 2 - F80).

 

(1) Sous maîtrise d’œuvre MBDA, le MPCV ou Multipurpose Combat Vehicle est un système de combat armé de canon ou de missiles pouvant être décliné en version sol-air à courte portée lorsqu’il est équipé de missiles Mistral ou en version combat terrestre, lorsqu’il est équipé de missiles MMP.

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Sagem, société de haute technologie de Safran, est un leader mondial de solutions et de services en optronique, avionique, électronique et logiciels critiques, pour les marchés civils et de défense. N°1 européen et n°3 mondial des systèmes de navigation inertielle pour les applications aéronautiques, marines et terrestres, Sagem est également n°1 mondial des commandes de vol pour hélicoptères et n°1 européen des systèmes optroniques et des systèmes de drones tactiques. Présents sur tous les continents via le réseau international de Safran, Sagem et ses filiales emploient 7 500 personnes en Europe, en Asie du Sud-est et Amérique du Nord. Sagem est le nom commercial de la société Sagem Défense Sécurité.
Pour plus d’informations : www.sagem.com

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 16:56
Le VBCI équipé de la tourelle Oto Melara avec canon de 30mm. Photo Frédéric Lert.

Le VBCI équipé de la tourelle Oto Melara avec canon de 30mm. Photo Frédéric Lert.

 

17 juin, 2014 Frédéric Lert (FOB)

 

Pour répondre aux clients potentiels export, Nexter présente deux nouveaux véhicules sur son stand. Le premier est une évolution de son VBCI équipé de la tourelle téléopérée Oto Melara accueillant le canon Mk44 d’ATK en 30mm et une mitrailleuse coaxiale de 7,62mm. Le canon ATK est équipé d’une double alimentation permettant de choisir entre deux types de munitions. Le deuxième VBCI exposé rassemble différentes évolutions issues des dernières compétitions internationales et opex. Les unes comme les autres apportant leur lot de remarques, suggestions et parfois critiques… On retiendra par exemple sur ce VBCI que le dernier essieu est directionnel pour réduire le rayon de braquage.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 16:50
Airbus shows off new portfolio after restructuring

 

13 June 2014 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Airbus Defence and Space is marketing an expanded range of military hardware, from tactical UAVs to fighter jets, under its new guise.

 

Following restructuring and rebranding effective from the beginning of this year, Airbus Defence and Space brings together several different divisions resulting from the integration of Cassidian and Astrium, namely Military Aircraft, Space Systems, Communication, Intelligence & Security (CIS), and Electronics, which more than doubles its addressable market.

 

Antonio Barberan, head of commercial at Airbus Military, told journalists attending the annual Trade Media Briefing in Spain this week that the restructured company will bring synergies that will better serve its customers. “Our strategy is to be global leaders in each of the markets we are serving,” he said.

 

One of these areas is light and medium transport. Airbus started actively marketing the A400M for export in February last year and is targeting an order before the year ends. It has demonstrated the type throughout the world (the A400M was shown to Kazakhstan, Germany and Mexico this year) and has eight or nine requests for information and requests for proposals (RFIs and RFPs). South Africa is one target customer, and Airbus hopes to sell four A400Ms to the South African Air Force as C-130 replacements.

 

Airbus hopes to capture 50% of the market in which the A400M competes and sell 300-400 A400Ms over the next three decades. Airbus has already developed an ITAR compliant export version that features modified communications and navigation equipment.

 

France was the first of eight nations to receive the type, in August last year, and has two in service. Apparently the French Air Force is very happy with the A400M, and has deployed the aircraft to Mali and French Guyana. Airbus Defence and Space will deliver 11 more A400Ms this year, including the first to Turkey in April, the first to the UK in September and the first to Germany in November. 22 aircraft will be delivered next year, including the first for Malaysia.

 

So far the A400M has accumulated 6 343 flight hours in 2 278 flights as part of the flight test campaign. The aircraft is still being refined, and only next year will models be delivered with full aerial delivery, self-defence and tanker capabilities. By 2018, the A400M will be able to perform low level flight, have complete air-to-air refuelling capabilities and perform search and rescue functions, according to Airbus.

 

The European company also gave journalists an update on the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) programme. 34 aircraft have been ordered and 21 delivered so far and problems with the refuelling boom have been resolved. The model has been selected by Qatar (two) and Airbus is negotiating with France and will be targeting South Korea this year. India has also selected the A330 MRTT over the Ilyushin Il-78 but the recent elections there have slowed down the procurement process, for six aircraft.

 

The aircraft can be fitted with underwing or underfuselage refuelling pods from Cobham or an Airbus developed boom and can also accept fuel through its own receptacle. 140 000 litres of fuel is stored in the wings and tail, leaving the cabin free for cargo, troops or a VIP interior.

 

At the moment 19 of 28 ordered A330 MRTTs are in service, with the UK, Australia, UAE and Saudi Arabia, but this month another two will be delivered. Airbus said the type has a 90% air-to-air refuelling mission success rate and a 99% availability rate. So far the 19 aircraft in service have flown over 20 000 hours.

 

Antonio Caramazana, VP Head of Military Derivatives Programme, said the aircraft is showing very good reliability and availability and he expected to receive contracts from France, India and Qatar in the coming months. France is negotiation for nine aircraft plus three options. Singapore last year ordered six.

 

Airbus is developing the A330 MRTT Enhanced version, which features improved avionics, a higher takeoff weight, reduced fuel consumption through revised aerodynamics and other changes. Prototype conversion will start in October next year with flight testing in the second half of 2016. All future customers will receive this upgraded configuration when it becomes available in 2017. The Enhanced upgrades can be retrofitted to earlier A330 MRTT versions.

 

On the light transport side, Airbus has received orders for 20 C295s this year, including three for Ecuador and eight from a country in the Maghreb. The company is continuing to upgrade the model with improved engines and winglets and is developing numerous variants of the transport, from firefighting to gunship.

 

Another big part of Airbus Defence and Space’s offering is maintenance. Eighteen customers flying 109 aircraft make use of its Full In Service Support (FISS) system, which covers some 40 000 flight hours a year

 

With the restructured company, Airbus Defence and Space is now responsible for the marketing of the Eurofighter Typhoon. The company said that market opportunities exist for 700 Eurofighters. So far, 406 have been delivered and accumulated over 236 000 flight hours. As the Eurofighter will be the backbone of European air forces for decades to come, the aircraft is being upgraded and improved. Thrust vectoring and conformal fuel tanks are future possibilities. Other additions planned are Harpoon and Martel anti-shipping weapons and a derivative of the Brimstone missile.

 

Airbus Defence and Space is promoting a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles, with payloads from 1 kg to several tons. Barberan said that this is perhaps not a label Airbus Military wanted but has it now and is going to be a world leader in this field in the coming years.

 

Barberan said that in the coming years, medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) UAVs would be where the money stands, especially if UAVs are allowed to fly in civilian airspace. Once this happens, he predicts the market will grow exponentially.

 

Airbus Defence and Space has experience operating the Harfang and Heron I UAVs, which have been deployed to Afghanistan and Mali. More than 18 000 flight hours have been accumulated in Afghanistan and the Harfang has reached over 10 000 hours in 900 flights in Mali with the French Air Force. French Harfangs will be upgraded by Airbus Defence and Space for service to at least 2018.

 

With an eye to the future, Airbus has launched several technology programmes, such as the Barracuda, Sagitta and Optionally Piloted Vehicles, and is developing the MALE 2020 project with Dassault and Finmeccanica. Airbus has also developed the ISIS mission system for the controversial Eurohawk.

 

Aimed mainly at the commercial market, Airbus is developing the Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS), which can stay aloft for weeks and is aimed at being a cost effective alternative to satellites. The aircraft weighs 100 kg and can fly at altitudes of 12-25 km using its electrically driven propellers. First flight was in August last year. Jens Nielsen, Head of Unmanned Aerial Systems, said there was high interest from the communications sector since the aircraft is able to permanently provide low earth coverage. However, payload is limited to 5 kg with the current Zephyr 7 but the Zephyr 8, under development, will be able to carry several times that.

 

Domingo Urena-Raso, Head of Military Aircraft, cautioned journalists that European, and North American, nations were unlikely to order much defence equipment over the next five years as they deal with restrictive budgets. He believed the market will remain quite critical. However, he noted that while Europe will continue to struggle with defence budgets, the major market has shifted to Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

 

Guy Martin attended the 2014 Trade Media Briefing in Spain as a guest of Airbus Defence and Space.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 16:20
Canadian air force CF-18 Hornet  Exercise Vigilant Eagle 13

Canadian air force CF-18 Hornet Exercise Vigilant Eagle 13

 

16 juin 2014 La Presse Canadienne

 

La mise en application et l'attribution du contrat devraient quant à elles se faire entre 2018 et 2020, date approximative de fin de service de plusieurs des CF-18 de l'armée.

 

Le contrat visant à remplacer la flotte aérienne vieillissante de CF-18 ne sera pas finalisé avant 2018, a révélé lundi le gouvernement Harper.

 

Le Guide d'acquisition de la Défense, document attendu qui fournit à l'industrie un aperçu des besoins militaires estimés pour les 20 prochaines années, a été publié lundi par Ottawa.

 

Il y a quelques semaines, toutefois, le ministre de la Défense Rob Nicholson avait affirmé aux entrepreneurs du milieu de la défense que ce guide ne représentait pas une promesse d'achat de la part du gouvernement, mais qu'il visait plutôt à entreprendre le dialogue avec les manufacturiers.

 

Selon le guide, le programme de remplacement des avions de combat canadiens demeurera en phase de définition entre 2015 et 2017. Cela implique qu'une décision finale pourrait survenir seulement après les prochaines élections, prévues dans moins de 18 mois.

 

La mise en application et l'attribution du contrat devraient quant à elles se faire entre 2018 et 2020, date approximative de fin de service de plusieurs des CF-18 de l'armée.

 

Le guide propose aussi des améliorations aux ensembles de guerres électroniques et aux logiciels, ainsi qu'à l'entraînement des avions, achetés dans les années 1980

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 16:20
Exelis to provide NATO country Enhanced High Capacity Data Radios

 

Jun 16, 2014 ASDNews Source : Exelis

 

    Upgrade program to improve capabilities and increase data rate

 

Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a $12 million contract to deliver enhanced high-capacity data radios to a NATO customer. This award expands on this NATO country’s existing robust communications capabilities.

 

The High Capacity Data Radio (HCDR) is an intelligent, self-managing, ad hoc networking radio that provides a secure data link between mounted and dismounted headquarters and fielded forces. It also serves as the data backbone for this country’s sophisticated communications architecture.

 

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 15:55
Airbus et Safran lancent une OPA sur les activités spatiales de l'Etat

 

17/06/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Airbus Group et Safran vont créer une entreprise commune dans le domaine des lanceurs

 

C'était dans l'air depuis un bon petit moment, notamment dans les esprits des deux industriels Airbus Group et Safran, partenaires de longue date dans tous les programmes de lanceurs européens et de missiles balistiques. Derrière la coentreprise (joint-venture) entre Safran et Airbus Group dans le domaine des lanceurs spatiaux, se cache en fait le vrai objectif de cette opération : mettre enfin la main sur l'autorité de design des lanceurs aujourd'hui, un bijou de technologies logé au Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) ainsi que sur Arianespace (détenu à 34,6 % par le CNES), responsable des approvisionnements et de l'assemblage final des lanceurs en Guyane et de l'ensemble des opérations de lancements. Ce qui était une incongruité depuis trop longtemps aux yeux des deux industriels dans l'organisation de la filière spatiale.

 

Arianespace et le CNES vendus ?

Le seul à jouer cartes sur table, c'est le PDG de Safran, Jean-Paul Herteman. "Dans notre idée, la nouvelle entité a vocation aussi à intégrer l'opérateur de lancement Arianespace et les compétences de la direction des lanceurs du CNES", a-t-il déclaré en présence du PDG d'Arianespace Stéphane Israël et du directeur du CNES Jean-Yves Le Gall, en sortant d'une réunion à l'Élisée. C'est ce que disait déjà dans une interview accordé à La Tribune, Stéphane Israël : "L'industrie souhaite récupérer l'autorité de design, les institutions étant davantage dans un rôle d'autorité de certification".

Pourquoi ? Pour récupérer notamment les budgets de développement de l'État français sans qu'ils ne passent entre les mains du CNES, accusé d'avoir "trop de gras" par les industriels et qui sera bientôt réduit au rôle d'une direction générale de l'armement (DGA). Cette opération en deux temps a la bénédiction du président de la République, qui a reçu les impétrants tôt lundi matin et a salué "l'ambition commune affichée par les groupes Airbus et Safran dans le domaine du spatial", une "étape majeure vers la consolidation de la filière spatiale européenne, génératrice d'emploi, porteuse d'avenir, et élément de souveraineté".

C'est ce confirme la secrétaire d'Etat chargée du dossier spatial, Geneviève Fioraso. "Les industriels seront responsables de toute la chaîne de valeur, de la conception jusqu'au lancement et la commercialisation, a-t-elle expliqué, l'Etat restant maître de la stratégie". C'est à eux de trouver la forme juridique adéquate, avec le CNES et Arianespace, a-t-elle précisé. "Le calendrier est serré, on a jusqu'à la fin de l'année pour arriver à ça". La seule question qui se pose : l'Etat va-t-il maintenant brader ses bijoux ?

 

SpaceX, un modèle subventionné par la NASA...

Pour forcer la main à l'Etat et ouvrir son coffre-fort, il fallait donc une action des deux industriels, qui ne pouvait que contraindre les pouvoirs publics à bouger, et un chiffon rouge. En regroupant leurs forces dans les lanceurs spatiaux, les deux industriels ont trouvé le moyen de faire bouger l'Etat, qui va très certainement abandonner son leadership dans la conception des lanceurs spatiaux. Le chiffon rouge, c'est bien sûr SpaceX, diabolisé pour le danger que l'américain représente mais surtout envié par les industriels pour son modèle intégré. Sauf que ce modèle ne tient que par les aides massives de la NASA au lanceur Falcon.

Mais les industriels ne veulent retenir que les succès de ce modèle bancal bâti dans l'un des pays les plus protectionnistes au monde, les Etats-Unis. Dans une interview accordée le 9 juin à l'AFP, Tom Enders, qui s'est beaucoup investi dans la réussite de cette opération entre Safran et Airbus Group, n'avait pas caché son admiration devant "la vitesse de décision et d'exécution, la capacité de prendre des risques" d'entrepreneurs comme le fondateur de SpaceX, Paypal et Tesla Motors, le milliardaire Elon Musk.

 

Des synergies ?

Airbus Group et Safran resserrent leurs liens pour proposer une nouvelle famille de lanceurs compétitifs, polyvalents et performants, afin de répondre aux besoins commerciaux et institutionnels du marché, expliquent Safran et Airbus Group. "Notre objectif principal reste l'amélioration de la compétitivité de notre activité lanceurs, a expliqué Tom Enders cité dans le communiqué commun d'Airbus Group et de Safran. Le programme Ariane est un immense succès depuis trente ans, mais pour qu'il demeure viable et compétitif, nous devons mettre en place une structure industrielle nettement plus efficace. C'est ce que les clients attendent de notre part. Notre accord avec Safran est le point de départ d'une aventure passionnante qui verra naître une filière européenne de lanceurs plus intégrée, plus performante et donc plus rentable". A suivre...

Dans un premier temps, Airbus Group, qui n'a pas hésité récemment à tailler dans ses effectifs dans les activités espace, et Safran devraient créer une joint-venture de programmes, regroupant leurs contrats de programmes civils et leurs principales participations dans le domaine des lanceurs commerciaux. A terme, des actifs industriels seraient apportés afin de créer une entreprise à part entière, leader mondial, et détenue conjointement. La création et le début des opérations de la joint-venture sont prévus avant la fin de l'année 2014.

Les deux groupes n'ont jusqu'ici guère évoqué les synergies. Mais elles devraient se jouer à la marge même si ce n'est neutre. Grâce à une entité intégrée, les deux partenaires géreront "plus efficacement les interfaces, ce qui fera gagner du temps et in fine de l'argent", explique un bon connaisseur des dossiers spatiaux. Et puis les deux partenaires devront définir la façon dont ils travaillent en commun, notamment l'organisation industrielle. Ils devront organiser enfin la gouvernance.

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Thales leads the way in the UAS industry

 

17.06.2014 Thales

 

In a video interview recorded ahead of the show, Pierre Eric Pommellet, EVP, Defence Mission Systems, explains why Thales is so well positioned in this rapidly expanding sector.

 

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10 things to see at Eurosatory 2014

 

06/17/2014   Defence IQ Press

 

Defence IQ spent the day at Eurosatory on Monday 16 June 2014 as the doors for this year’s event opened. The exhibition space is enormous and would take a full week to visit each stand in turn but we’ve come up with a list of the some of the first things you should go see this year. Which new products were unveiled? Which company stands are unmissable? We were there to find out – here’s our top 10...

 

1. LEOPARD, KRAUSS-MAFFEI WEGMANN GMBH & CO KG [Outside, Stand 211]

The latest upgrade version of the LEOPARD 2 family of battle tanks, the German LEOPARD 2 A7, is presented for the first time at Eurosatory with improved day and night vision capabilities, programmable munitions, and a cooling system. The “Leopard’s Home” stand gives an overview of KMW’s current product portfolio including artillery systems and its new DINGO 2 HD route clearance vehicle.

 

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Eurosatory 2014  JT n° 2 - Mardi 17 juin

 

17.06.2014 Ministère de la Défense

 

Le journal télévisé en direct du salon Eurosatory 2014 est diffusé tous les jours à 14h du lundi 16 au vendredi 20 juin.

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Le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a rencontré EDEN Cluster

 

16.06.2014 EDEN Cluster

 

Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la Défense, a visité le pavillon EDEN Cluster au premier jour du salon Eurosatory, le 16 juin à Paris. Au cours d'un échange avec Jean-Luc Logel, Président du groupement de PME de la défense et de la sécurité, le ministre a souligné la croissance d'EDEN, qui rassemble désormais près de 130 entreprises des régions Rhône-Alpes, Bretagne, PACA et Centre.

 

Le ministre a également tenu à visiter le stand de Centralp, l'entreprise que dirige Jean-Luc Logel.

Centralp, qui emploie 170 personnes à Vénissieux, conçoit et réalise des prototypes en série pour des applications militaires, ferroviaires et médicales, de la conception de cartes électroniques à leur intégration dans des enveloppes mécaniques.

 

45 PME membres du cluster EDEN présentent leurs innovations au salon Eurosatory 2014, du 16 au 20 juin 2014 : ADES Technologies, Aeronet, Aérosurveillance, APRRES Industries, Banc National d'Epreuves des Armes et Munitions, Baumier, Bollé Protection, CEDREM, Centralp, Deti, Elma Electronic, Elno, Essonne Sécurité, Euro-Shelter, Infotron, Forginal Industrie, Inpixal, IRTS, K-Plan, LGM, Merio, Metravib, Nicomatic, Novadem, Novarressort, Optsys, Ouvry, Petzl, PGM Précision, Phoebe, Procaly, R&D Tech, Rostaing, Safer, Sensup, SITA Remédiation, Solarmtex, Sunaero, Survey Copter, Syrlinks, Titan Aviation, TRA-C Industrie, Verney-Carron, Wildsteer.

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Discover the Thales's stand at Eurosatory 2014.

 

17.06.2014 by Thales Press

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France : les armes russes au salon Eurosatory 2014

 

 

MOSCOU, 17 juin - RIA Novosti

 

Le plus grand salon international d'armements, de matériel militaire terrestre et de défense antiaérienne Eurosatory 2014 a ouvert ses portes le 16 juin au Parc des expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte, écrit mardi le quotidien Rossiïskaïa gazeta. L'exposition continue jusqu'au 20 juin.

Le salon Eurosatory, destiné uniquement aux spécialistes, se déroule depuis 1992 sous l'égide du ministère de la Défense français. Cette année, l'exposition s'étend sur plus de 120 000 m². 1 456 compagnies de 57 pays ont annoncé leur participation.

La Russie est un acteur traditionnel des salons Eurosatory mais sa prestation de cette année n'est pas aussi imposante qu'en 2013. Elle n'a pas présenté de modèles en taille réelle, hormis un complexe universel robotisé. Et la délégation russe est plus modeste. On en devine facilement la raison: les sanctions occidentales.

Néanmoins l'organisateur du stand russe, la compagnie publique Rostekhnologuii, a réussi à créer une exposition très intéressante. 28 organisations russes ont déployé leurs stands sur 620 m² avec 359 modèles exposés.

Les modèles du groupe Kalachnikov, qui participe pour la première fois à ce salon, attireront très certainement l'attention. Son stand présente toute la gamme de fusils AK, le lance-grenade intégré GP-34, les fusils de précision Dragounov SVD et SVDS, SV-98 et SV-99, le pistolet-mitrailleur Vitiaz SN, la carabine à canon lisse 18,5 KS-K, ainsi que les obus de haute précision d'artillerie Kitolov-2M et Krasnopol.

Le groupe Kalachnikov a présenté la version modernisée du pistolet semi-automatique Iaryguine 9 mm, le pistolet PSM et le Makarov PMM modernisé avec un plus grand chargeur, qui accueille 10 et 12 cartouches.

Sans oublier que l'aspect d'une partie des modèles de série du plus grand fabricant russe d'armes d'infanterie a été renouvelé.

Selon les représentants officiels du groupe, l'exposition en France fait partie des meilleures tribunes pour présenter ses produits et organiser des négociations avec les acheteurs potentiels et les partenaires d'affaires. Des rencontres sont prévues avec des représentants d'Europe, du Moyen-Orient, d'Afrique du Nord, d'Asie du Sud et du Sud-Est.

L'exposition du bureau d'étude de Toula a présenté le fusil d'assaut 9A-91, le lance-grenade GM-94 de 43 mm, le pistolet-mitrailleur silencieux PP-2000, le fusil de précision OSV-96 de 12,7 mm, le révolver spécial Stetchkine OTs-38 de 7,62 mm et des missiles guidés.

La présentation du paquetage du soldat du futur, Ratnik, a fait sensation. Il s'agit de sa première présentation complète à l'étranger. Ratnik est appelé à faire concurrence à l'équipement français FELIN.

Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), contrairement au salon précédent, n'a pas présenté de chars réels. Mais les modèles de matériel blindé actuels attirent même des spécialistes avérés. Sur ce salon UVZ s'est concentré sur la présentation de divers programmes logistiques et de modernisation.

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Mustmove HELIPAD

Mustmove HELIPAD

 

15/06/2014 par Olivier Berger - lavoixdunord.fr


Musthane, une PME d’une quarantaine d’employés installée à Willems (métropole lilloise) depuis 1989, spécialiste de la transformation du polyuréthane, n’avait pour ainsi dire jamais communiqué. Une nouvelle gamme de produits vendue aux armées et lancée à l’occasion du salon de défense et sécurité, Eurosatory à Paris (d’aujourd’hui à vendredi), le fait sortir de sa coquille innovante.

Avec un chiffre d’affaires annuel de 8 à 15 millions d’euros, Musthane vit du vaste marché mondial de la défense au minimum à 50 %, dont parfois 100 % à l’export (les budgets sont en baisse en France). Avec les tissus enduits, les caoutchoucs du Lillois Colmant-Cuvelier, l’entreprise innove et assemble à Willems des tentes militaires, des systèmes de distribution de carburant, des tissus technologiques pour les théâtres d’opérations…

 

Innombrables tests et évaluations

Avec Mustmove, la société espère franchir un cap en proposant aux armées des solutions mobiles, compactes et légères pour les sols difficiles (sable, boue…) : un héliport de 400 m2 qui tient dans un container, déroulable et montable en deux heures par quatre personnes avec un système d’ancrage novateur, des tapis de débarquement sur les plages, de roulage temporaire (supportant jusqu’au poids d’un avion C-130 Hercules !) et des plaques souples de désensablement et de désembourbage.

Depuis les premières recherches à Willems en 2009 et le premier brevet déposé en juin 2011, ils sont passés par d’innombrables tests et évaluations de la Section technique de l’armée de terre (STAT), du camp de Mourmelon jusqu’au désert des Émirats. Les forces spéciales, mobiles et autonomes par définition, sont particulièrement intéressées par la souplesse, la compacité et la légèreté des produits.

Inutile de vous préciser qu’avec des opérations extérieures françaises dans le sable du Mali et la boue de la Centrafrique, les solutions de Musthane ont rapidement trouvé leur place. Si la série de génie militaire Mustmove est présentée pour la première fois cette semaine au salon Eurosatory, des unités de l’armée française et d’armées étrangères ont déjà acquis ces matériels.

« Beaucoup de ces informations sont confidentielles, mais je suis certain que lors de l’opération Serval, nombre de nos produits ont été utilisés. Les clients sont très contents des résultats. C’est très prometteur », avoue Reza Rosier, le directeur général.

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New capabilities for Saab's AT4 family

 

 

Jun 16, 2014 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab is developing significant new capabilities for its AT4 family of disposable shoulder-launched weapons systems. The enhanced weapons will deliver extended range (ER) and improved high explosive (HE) effects. This enables the soldier to defeat enemy targets with much greater flexibility and in many more scenarios. The update further confirms Saab’s leading position as a supplier of modern ground combat weapon systems.

 

Building on the modularity of the 84-mm calibre system applied to both the AT4 and Carl-Gustaf weapons, the new capabilities allow a soldier to engage and defeat more types of enemy targets, over longer distances and in more complex environments.

 

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CMI Defence and BAE Systems Hägglunds present the CV90105

 

16.06.2014 CMI Defence - army-guide.com

 

Global demand for medium tanks continues to strengthen. At Eurosatory 2014, CMI Defence and BAE Systems Hägglunds present a new medium tank concept. The system integrates the Cockerill XC-8 turret and the CV90 tracked chassis. With a system weight of some 25 tonnes, the concept offers advanced 105mm or 120mm firepower with high operational flexibility and tactical mobility.

 

The Cockerill XC-8 is a low-weight concept-turret that recognises divergent market requirements; specifically for the broad operational flexibility demanded by the medium-tank requirement, and for the narrower, more specialised anti-armour requirement. Thus one of two low-recoil force guns may be fitted in the XC-8.

 

The Cockerill 105mm high pressure gun provides crew commanders with a wide choice of ammunition to suit the tactical situation; it fires all NATO-standard 105mm types and the Cockerill Falarick 105 Gun Launched Anti Tank Guided Missile (GLATGM). Elevating to +42° this weapon delivers exceptional engagement capability in complex terrain, an indirect-fire HE capability to beyond 10km range, and the GLATGM permits heavy armour to be engaged at extended ranges.

 

The Cockerill 120mm high pressure gun provides a strengthened anti-armour capability. This weapon fires all NATO-standard 120mm smoothbore ammunition and the Cockerill Falarick 120 GLATGM, which permits the effective engagement and penetration of heavy armour to beyond 5km range.

 

Both guns are employed using a common high performance, digital, fully-stabilised, day/night weapon control system. Turret weight is kept low through the use of a bustle-mounted autoloader, which permits a two-person crew. The Cockerill XC-8 concept-turret draws on the proven modular technology of the established Cockerill CT-CV 105HP turret. This latter turret is now entering production and this permits the XC-8 to be realised at low risk.

 

The CV90 is the most versatile tracked vehicle available today. In-service with six (6) different nations and combat proven by three (3) of these, it is a stunning example of uncompromising combat vehicle design. Wherever CV90 family is deployed, it provides cutting-edge tactical and strategic mobility, anti-armour capability and class-leading levels of survivability.

 

CV90 is famous as an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) but the CV90 family comprises many other successful variants such as Armoured Recovery Vehicle, Forward Observer Vehicle, Command & Control Vehicle and Anti Aircraft Vehicle. Benefitting from BAE Systems Hägglunds consistent investment in technology and capability development, the latest incarnation of CV90 is the Armadillo. The CV90 Armadillo, combines unprecedented levels of modularity with even greater levels of protection, operational flexibility and payload capacity.

 

The combination of the Cockerill XC-8 turret with the combat-proven BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90 chassis promises a great advance in terms of medium-weight direct-fire capability. The CV90105 concept offers highly effective and flexible lethality with market-leading strategic mobility, tactical mobility and reliability.

 

The future is uncertain. CV90105 offers the capability to effectively manage the operational challenges of today, with the operational flexibility and growth potential to do the same into the long-term future.

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PROTECTOR MCT-30 unveiling at Eurosatory

 

Jun 17, 2014 ASDNews Source : Kongsberg Gruppen

 

General Dynamics Land Systems and KONGSBERG will unveil its latest vehicle integration at Eurosatory. The PROTECTOR MCT-30 and LAV integration will be exhibited for the first time in Paris during the exhibition.

 

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Thales supplies secure communications services for EU force in Central African Republic

 

17.06.2014 Thales
 

Thales has been chosen to supply and operate the European Union Force (EUFOR) with a highly secure communication and information system in the Central African Republic.

 

The system deployed and operated in theatre by Thales in the Central African Republic employs a wide range of technologies including satcom and point-to-point PMR radio links, fire-optic links, secure voice over IP (VoIP) and video on demand. All these services are available simultaneously and can be implemented extremely quickly, enhancing operational value for forces in the field. The system also provides data storage and back-up for users and military applications. Complex combinations of transmission solutions are required to meet the broad spectrum of operational situations encountered on this deployment, which increasingly call for data and video services as well as voice.

 

The contract covers three deployment phases. The first phase, involving the provision of secure communication services between chiefs of staff and in-theatre units, was completed in April. The second phase is now underway.

Thales will equip EUFOR’s two points of presence in Bangui as well as the European command headquarters in Larissa, Greece. The Central African theatre network is connected to Larissa via a satcom link also supplied and operated by Thales.

Thales’s experience as a supplier of information system and secure communication services proved decisive in the contract award. Since 2006, Thales has been delivering secure voice and data communication services for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Thales’s solution guarantees a very high level of telecommunication service availability for EUFOR, with highly qualified Thales on-site personnel operating the system around the clock.

 

“This success with EUFOR in Central African Republic is a further endorsement of the operational value of our turnkey network operations services and our ability to guarantee extremely high levels of reliability and availability for users.”

Gérard Herby, Services Director, secure communications and information systems activities, Thales.

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Robotic complex "Plastun"

Robotic complex "Plastun"

 

June 17, 2014 Rostec

 

Control Systems, which is a part of the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation, has initiated development on a project codenamed "Unicum" under an order from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. It plans to develop a software system for managing groups of robotic systems.

 

To date, robots are already quite widely used in both civilian and military applications. However, as Sergey Zhuravlev, Chief Specialist of the Division at the Company, explained, today at least one person is needed to manage each robot. The technology under development will allow for transitioning to a more rational concept: "one operator for one group of robots".

Thanks to the new software, one operator will be able to effectively manage a small group that includes multipurpose robot systems. Though the operator will control the group as a whole, the robots themselves will be responsible for distributing resources among themselves. The person can also allow the group to manage itself. The group of robots can solve problems without needing to ask permission from the operator. According to specialists at the company, this approach increases the efficiency of the robotic systems and reduces the time needed for decision-making in combat conditions.

The new technology can be applied to various robots, including both existing ones and those that will appear in the future. It is expected that the system will be able to handle multitasking, the ability to download a variety of scenarios and effectively allocate resources. The software will allow for a multiuser operating mode and distribute access rights.

Control Systems has already achieved a similar development. The company's specialists together with the researchers at the Robotics Center of Bauman Moscow State Technical University created software for two Plastun robotic systems. These machines have the ability to identify objects and determine priority objectives. They can independently hold the best firing positions, ask the operator for permission to damage targets and even destroy them on their own automatically without operator intervention.

This development was demonstrated to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last fall at the Russia Arms Expo-2013 exhibition. It was also shown in January of this year to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the working meeting of the Foundation for Advanced Research in Tula.

In the spring of 2014 Control Systems won a competition to create the Unicum system. The project will be completed in 2015.

Specialists from Control Systems together with developers from the Robotics Center of Bauman Moscow State Technical University will present the concept of the new development at the Innoprom International Industrial Exhibition, which will open on July 9 in Yekaterinburg as part of the exhibition of the Russian Robotics Initiative.

Control Systems is an integrated company that is a subsidiary of the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation. Its mission is to develop the automatization and computerization of certain processes within public administration, particularly in military applications.

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Raytheon, Thales team to upgrade TOW missile

New variant will reduce cost, increase warfighter survivability

 

Jun 16, 2014 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation

 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Thales have signed a 27-month development and five-year production agreement in support of future improvements of Raytheon's tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) weapon system.

 

Thales has committed a £13.5M (~$20.2 million) investment in the design and qualification of two new TOW missile subassemblies that will address obsolescence, increase system fuze safety and reduce total missile cost.

 

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