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17 novembre 2014 1 17 /11 /novembre /2014 12:55
Journées nationales de l’infanterie 2014

Les journées nationales de l'infanterie 2014 se dérouleront les 18 et 19 novembre à l'école de l'infanterie de Draguignan. Tous les pays alliés de l'OTAN y sont conviés et largement représentés.


17/11/2014 Ministère de la Défense


Les journées nationales de l’infanterie 2014 se dérouleront les 18 et 19 novembre à l’école de l’infanterie à Draguignan. Elles seront présidées par le général de corps d’armée Eric Margail, commandant le quartier général du Corps de Réaction Rapide - France, et se tiendront en présence du major général de l’armée de Terre Bertrand Houitte de la Chesnais.


Présidées par le général de corps d’armée Eric Margail, commandant le quartier général du Corps de Réaction Rapide - France, les journées nationales de l’infanterie (JNI) 2014 se dérouleront les 18 et 19  novembre à l’école de l’infanterie à Draguignan, en présence du major général de l’armée de Terre Bertrand Houitte de la Chesnais.


Manifestation annuelle de cohésion organisée au sein de la maison mère de l’Arme, les JNI sont l’occasion de présenter un point de situation de l’infanterie, de conduire des réflexions, de faire part de témoignages, et de diffuser des informations récentes sur une arme largement représentée sur tous les théâtres d’opération où nos armées sont déployées.


Ces JNI 2014 revêtent, pour la première fois, une dimension internationale puisque tous les pays alliés de l’OTAN y sont conviés et largement représentés (Suisse, Italie, Pays-Bas, Belgique, Espagne, Pologne, Grèce, Danemark, Allemagne, Royaume Uni, Etats-Unis mais également les Emirats Arabes Unis,…).


Ces journées sont pour tous l’occasion de réfléchir à l’avenir de l’infanterie et aux capacités et structures du régiment d’infanterie à l’horizon 2020, dans le cadre du Projet Armée de terre du général chef d’état-major de l’armée de terre.


Ces journées sont aussi l’occasion de développer, lors de deux colloques, deux thèmes d’actualité : la simulation dans l’infanterie, ou comment optimiser l’emploi des nouvelles technologies à des fins de formation et d’entraînement, ainsi que le retour d’expériences de l’opération Sangaris (République de Centrafrique).


Une cérémonie nocturne, organisée le mardi 18 novembre à 20h15, nous permettra de célébrer Saint Maurice, de commémorer les combats menés par l’infanterie en 1914 et de rendre hommage à nos camarades de l’arme décédés ou meurtris dans leur chair au cours de l’année écoulée.


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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:30
Micro Tactical Ground Robot photo Roboteam

Micro Tactical Ground Robot photo Roboteam


August 7, 2014: Strategy Page


About a week after the current war with Hamas began Israeli staff officers realized that the large number of Hamas tunnels discovered were more complex and dangerous than any previously encountered and a new robot was needed to deal with the situation. Within days a specification was provided to Israeli robot manufacturers and by the end of July a new robot design had been accepted, in production, delivered and in action. The new MTGR (Micro Tactical Ground Robot) was not a major breakthrough, it was simply a better application of design elements that had been developed since the 1990s and suited current Israeli needs. The Israelis have ordered over a hundred MTGRs for delivery ASAP. Based on its success in Gaza MTGR is being offered to other armed forces and police departments around the world.


MTGR is a 7.3 kg (16 pound) tracked (or wheeled version weighing 9 kg) robot. Tracks are preferred for getting up stairs and over obstacles. MTGR can carry up to 9 kg of accessories. The basic MTGR comes with five cameras, a microphone, and can carry additional sensors. The cameras have day/night capability, 360 degree views and x10 zoom. One of the more useful accessories is a robotic arm for clearing debris or searching. Another useful item are bright LED lights when you need illumination. MTGR uses GPS and can carry a laser rangefinder to measure dimensions of where it is. The battery lasts 2-4 hours depending how onboard equipment is used. Top speed is 50 meters a minute and max range for the operator is 500 meters.


MTGR is designed to be carried in a backpack and an operator can use the handheld control unit to operate several MTGRs at once. The MTGR has been a lifesaver for exploring Hamas tunnels, which are often filled with booby traps and other nasty surprises for advancing Israeli troops. Often MTGR will simply go down, take a lot of measurements and pictures and then withdraw after which explosives will be lowered down and the tunnel collapsed. If MTGR detects documents or electronic devices like laptops, tablets or cell phones, MTGR will carefully survey the area and troops will go down to recover the valuable intel often found on such devices. If MTGR can reach cell phones or small tablets it can pick them up and carry them away.


The U.S. Army has been using robots like the MTGR since the 1990s. American designs went through rapid refinement after September 11, 2001 because thousands of these robots were bought and used by American troops in combat. The culmination of all that was expressed in the XM1216 SUGV (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle). SUGV was designed to be the definitive next generation infantry droid, replacing existing droids like the similar but larger PackBot. Not surprisingly MTGR is based on the same experience but more refined and using some newer technology.  This design was not ready for action until most of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan was over. Thus by 2012 only about 200 of these combat robots were in service or on order. It was only in 2011, after more than six years of development, that the army bought its first production model SUGV.


Before September 11, 2001, the army didn't expect to have robots like PackBot or SUGV until 2013. But the technology was already there, and the war created a major demand. The robots expected in 2013 were to be part of a new generation of gear called FCS (Future Combat Systems). SUGV is still waiting for some of the high tech FCS communications and sensor equipment (which MTGR used), and appeared in 2011 using off-the-shelf stuff in the meantime. The troops don't care, as long as it worked. These small robots have been quite rugged, having a 90 percent availability rate.


The overly ambitious, expensive and much delayed FCS program was cancelled in 2009 but successful bits, like SUGV, were allowed to keep moving. This was a big deal for SUGV, because demand for these small droids collapsed when the Islamic terror offensive in Iraq did in 2008. There were plenty of droids left over for service in Afghanistan, where the Taliban provided a much lower workload for the little bots than did Iraq.


SUGV is a 13 kg (29 pound) robot, similar to the slightly older and larger Packbot. SUGV can carry 3 kg (6.6 pounds) of gear, and seven different "mission packages" are available. These include various types of sensors and double jointed arms (for grabbing things.) SUGV is waterproof and shock resistant. It fits into the standard army backpack, and is meant to operate in a harsh environment. The battery powered SUGV is operated wirelessly, or via a fiber optic cable, using a controller that looks like a video game controller with a video screen built in. SUGV can also use an XBox 360 controller, with the right drivers. Like the earlier PackBot and later MTGR, SUGV can climb stairs, maneuver over rubble and other nasty terrain.


The SUGV design is based largely on feedback from combat troops. For example, it is rugged enough to be quickly thrown into a room, tunnel or cave, activated and begin sending video, as well as audio, of what is in there. This feature makes it very popular with the troops, who want droids with the ability to see, hear and smell were more acutely. No one likes being the first one going into dark, potentially dangerous, places. Throwing a grenade in first doesn't always work, because sometimes frightened civilians are in there. Despite all these fine qualities, the current generation of robots is not fast enough, agile enough or sensitive enough to compete with human troops doing this kind of work. Sometimes, however, the robots are an adequate, and life-saving, substitute. SUGV is supposed to be better at this sort of thing.


SUGV can also perform outpost and listening post work. These are two dangerous jobs the infantry are glad to hand off to a robot. Outposts are, as the name implies, one or two troops dug in a hundred meters or so in front of the main position, to give early warning of an enemy attack. A listening post is similar, but the friendly troops are often much deeper into enemy territory. The SUGV battery enables it to just sit in one place, listening and watching, for eight hours or more. After that, you send out another SUGV with a fresh battery, and have the other one come back for a recharge. No risk of troops getting shot at while doing the same things, and the troops really appreciate that. Again, the problem with this is that the robot sensors are just not there yet. The sensors are getting close, but not close enough for troops to trust their lives to this thing.


Other dangerous jobs for the SUGV are placing explosives by a door (to blow it open for the troops), or placing a smoke grenade where it will prevent the enemy from seeing the troops move. Since 2006 users of the older PackBot UGVs filled military message boards with interesting uses they have found for these robots, and new features they could make use of. SUGV and MTGR are the products of all that chatter.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:50
Le Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance-Tracked de l’armée britannique -Crédits: UK MoD

Le Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance-Tracked de l’armée britannique -Crédits: UK MoD


25 mars, 2014 Guillaume Belan (FOB)


Le ministère letton de la Défense a confirmé, la semaine dernière, le contrat d’acquisition de 120 véhicules blindés CVR-T (Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance-Tracked) d’occasion acheté au Royaume Uni. Cet acquisition est la concrétisation d’un accord (LoI) signé entre Londres et Riga lors du meeting des représentants pays de l’OTAN,  qui s’est tenu à Bruxelles le 27 février dernier. La valeur du contrat est estimée à environ 70 millions d’euros. L’achat de ces 120 CVR-T s’inscrit dans le cadre du programme de modernisation de l’armée lettonne, qui prévoit la mécanisation de ses brigades d’infanterie. Divisé en deux phases, ce programme sera financé jusqu’en 2020 grâce à un investissement d’environ 250 millions d’euros.


En ce qui concerne les 120 CVR-T, il devrait s’agir plus précisément de FV107 Scimitar que la British Army a retiré du service après les avoir utiliser durant la guerre du Golfe, en ex-Yougoslavie, en Irak et en Afghanistan. Produit par Alvis Car and Engineering, le Scimitar est un chenillé de la classe de 7,8 tonnes, armé d’un canon L21 RARDEN de 30 mm et d’une mitrailleuse coaxiale L37A1 de 7,62 mm OTAN.


« Il s’agit d’une première étape d’un projet plus vaste de modernisation de nos forces armées »  a commenté Raimonds Vējonis, le Ministre de la défense letton. Car le programme letton prévoit également l’acquisition de véhicules blindés de transport de troupes, aujourd’hui inexistants dans l’infanterie.

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31 janvier 2014 5 31 /01 /janvier /2014 17:50
Rheinmetall to supply Vario-Ray laser light modules to UK infantry forces

The Laser Light Module Mk3 mounted on an SA80 A2 assault rifle. Photo Andrew Linnett.


31 January 2014 army-technology.com


Rheinmetall Defence has been awarded a framework contract for supply of its Vario-Ray laser light modules (LLM) to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).


Under the terms of the €33m competitively awarded contract, the company will supply tens of thousands of the innovative devices, including more than 7,000 modules in the first batch, for use by UK infantry forces.


The contract forms part of the MoD's comprehensive programme to modernise the UK infantry.


Officially dubbed the Laser-Light Module Mark 3 by the UK armed forces, the Vario-Ray can be mounted on small arms to enable soldiers to detect, identify and mark targets during day and night operations.

"The contract forms part of the MoD's comprehensive programme to modernise the UK infantry."


Powered by two 3V CR123A lithium batteries, the device features a powerful white light lamp, a red light laser marker, infra-red pointer, an electrically focusable infrared illuminator and an optional target identification friend/foe IR laser. It can be attached to small arms using a Mil-Std 1913 rail.


All light sources are infinitely variable, and can be selected using a nine-phase turn-switch, and switched on by means of three push-buttons present on the module or the push-buttons on the trigger cable accessory.


A successor of the combat-proven LLM-01, already widely used by the UK military, the 244g device meets MIL-STD-810G requirements for harsh environmental conditions, and forms part of Germany's new Gladius expanded future soldier system.


Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place over the next few years.

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7 mai 2013 2 07 /05 /mai /2013 16:30
Turkey's Otokar Unveils New Tracked Vehicle

May. 7, 2013 - By BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense news


ANKARA — Turkey’s leading armored vehicles manufacturer, Otokar, has revealed what it views as the most strategic indigenous vehicle ever developed by a local company, a tracked armored tactical vehicle, the Tulpar.


Analysts said that once the Tulpar has hit serial production, it would end Turkey’s dependence on imported tracked vehicles. But they also say the Tulpar may have to find export markets rather than win huge domestic orders.


“The Tulpar is a vehicle the Turkish military needed in large quantities. But the current peace process with Kurdish insurgents will probably mean less local demand than potentially foreign demand for a vehicle like this,” said one London-based analyst.


After three decades of civil strife with its autonomy-seeking Kurdish minority and nearly 40,000 deaths, the Turkish government earlier this year launched ambitious peace talks with the militant Kurds. The Kurdish separatist PKK promised to withdraw from Turkish territory as of May 8 in return for broader political rights and constitutional recognition. Turkey, the US and the EU recognize the PKK as a terrorist entity.


“The Tulpar is a strategic product for the Turkish military. It is designed to fight all anti-tank assets along with the new-generation tanks Turkey will possess,” Serdar Gorguc, general manager for Otokar, told reporters.


The Tulpar boasts an advanced ballistic and mine resistant body and modular armor technology. It can carry an entire infantry squad.


Otokar unveiled last year the country’s first national main mattle tank, the Altay, with top government officials promising the program would be completed “one or two years” ahead of time.


In 2008, Otokar signed a $500 million contract with the country’s procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries. Under the deal, Otokar will finish building four prototypes of the Altay this year, two years ahead of the original schedule. The four prototypes will undergo performance tests throughout 2013.


The SSM selected South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem for overall technical support. Turkey’s Aselsan was chosen as the fire control system and command, control and communications system subcontractor. Also, state-owned MKEK was selected as the subcontractor for the 120mm primary weapon, and Roketsan was tasked with the job to provide the armor.


Procurement officials said the serial-production agreement for the Altay would be effective probably in 2017, and together with the expected foreign orders, a first batch of at least 200 tanks is expected to be produced. The Altay probably will be the world’s most modern tank in the 60-ton category by then, Turkish procurement officials say.


Otokar also produces several other armored vehicles, the best known being the Cobra, a four-wheel-drive vehicle, used for reconnaissance and area control purposes by the Turkish security forces and the armies of several other countries.

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