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C-IED Manual Neutralisation Techniques Courses and Exercises
Brussels | Oct 08, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Sweden signed today a Letter of Intent expressing their interest in pooling resources and expertise for the setting up of a shared C-IED Manual Neutralisation Techniques courses and exercises capacity. Improvised Explosive Devices continue to pose significant threat to military and civilian personnel. In some cases complex explosive devices have to be neutralised manually.

 
Member States (MS) earlier this year expressed their wish to increase efforts on Manual Neutralisation Techniques (MNT) due to an urgent but limited requirement which does not justify separate, national training programmes in this cost-intensive area. Austria as lead nation proposed and developed a four year MNT project under the umbrella of the Pooling & Sharing Countering IED Training initiative with the intention to conduct one MNT course and exercise a year. The training of Manual Neutralisers is highly cost-intensive due to equipment and specialist’s advisory role. The role of Manual Neutralisers is life saving and is a priority for participating Member States.

 

With today’s letter of intent, the signatory countries express their interest to cooperate in the development of a project arrangement and to participate in the project. 

 

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29 septembre 2013 7 29 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Italy becomes first EU state to ratify UN arms treaty

September 27th, 2013 defencetalk.com (AFP)

 

Italy’s parliament on Wednesday ratified the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty, which is intended to stop arms supplies to countries at war or that abuse human rights.

 

The treaty was adopted by the United Nations in April to regulate the $80 billion (59 billion euros) annual trade in conventional arms and stop supplies to states where they could be used for human rights abuses.

 

“It is a great result,” said Silvana Amati, a senator from the left-wing Democratic Party.

 

Amati said Italy could be “a driving force within the European Union, seeing as at least 50 countries need to ratify the treaty for it to enter into force.”

 

Only four other UN members have ratified so far, and Italy is the first European Union state to do so.

 

Italy is the eighth biggest arms exporter in the world, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which keeps detailed data.

 

Its handguns, high-precision artillery systems and attack helicopters are particularly prized, and it has in the past supplied arms to deposed Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

 

The treaty has no automatic enforcement but seeks to contain the weapons industry within accepted boundaries.

 

The treaty, which has been years in the making, was adopted only after tough negotiations at the United Nations.

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to sign the treaty later Wednesday, according to a US official, in a move that could help the West push Russia to curtail arms sales to Syria.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 11:55
L’«Île-de-France» participe à l’exercice CASALPS

Des pilotes de l'escadron de chasse 2/5 "Ile de France"

 

26/09/2013 Droits : Armée de l'air

 

Du 9 au 13 septembre 2013, l’escadron de chasse 2/5 «Île-de-France» a participé à CASALPS, exercice interarmées et interallié bi-annuel, consacré à l’appui aux troupes au sol en région montagneuse.

 

Organisée par le 93e régiment d’artillerie de montagne de Varces, cette édition automnale se tenait dans la zone du col du Galibier, au nord du massif des Écrins. Le scénario opposait, au sol, des troupes «savoyardes» à des troupes «haut-alpines», appuyées par des aéronefs des escadrons de chasse, notamment des Mirage 2000C du 2/5 «Ile-de-France».

 

CASALPS a permis d’entraîner les forces aériennes et terrestres au Close Air Support (CAS - appui aérien rapproché), dans un terrain de haute montagne typique des engagements récents (Afghanistan ou nord Mali).

 

Au total, près d’une vingtaine de patrouilles ont participé à la manœuvre, réalisant plus de 60 guidages au profit des forces terrestres françaises, italiennes et néerlandaises.

 

L’«Île-de-France» a, pour sa part, fourni un quart des sorties allouées à l’exercice, re-qualifiant une dizaine de pilotes, et démontrant ainsi, une nouvelle fois, les capacités du Mirage 2000C dans les missions air-sol.

L’«Île-de-France» participe à l’exercice CASALPS

Les troupes italiennes, néerlandaises et françaises ont participé à cet exercice

L’«Île-de-France» participe à l’exercice CASALPS

Des moyens de défense sol-air étaient également déployés

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
Afghanistan : retrait progressif de l’Otan

24.09.2013 Par Guillaume Belan (FOB)

 

Le Canada sur le départ

 

La première phase de retrait du contingent canadien d’Afghanistan va débuter dès le mois d’octobre, pour arriver environ à 650 militaires sur place. La seconde phase de retrait, prévue juste avant les fêtes de Noël, verra la présence canadienne réduire à environ 375 soldats. Au final, la mission canadienne au sein de l’ISAF devrait se conclure avant le 31 mars 2014.

 

Italie et Allemagne restent encore sur place

 

Alors que le retrait français de Kaboul est quasiment terminé, l’Allemagne et l’Italie ont, eux, confirmé qu’ils entendaient maintenir un contingent national significatif en Afghanistan après 2014. L’Allemagne conservera ainsi le commandement du secteur Nord, avec 600 à 800 militaires, et l’Italie celui du secteur Ouest, beaucoup plus « chaud », avec un millier de soldats. Pour mener à bien la poursuite de leurs missions, Berlin et Rome sont à la recherche de partenaires, allant jusqu’à solliciter des pays hors Otan, comme l’Ukraine. Déjà, une centaine de militaires ukrainiens sont arrivés à Herat, au quartier général du Regional Command-West (RC-West) sous responsabilité italienne. La plupart des contingents nationaux de l’ISAF opérant sous le contrôle du RC-West ont déjà quitté l’Afghanistan. Les Lituaniens, initialement basés à Chagcharan, dans la province isolée de Ghor, resteront en Afghanistan mais rejoindront le contingent allemand dans le secteur Nord (RC-North). Les Albanais se sont déjà retirés et les Espagnols sont en train de plier bagage de la province de Badghis pour rejoindre Herat où, d’ici la fin de l’année, ils maintiendront un contingent de seulement 300 militaires, au lieu des 750 initialement prévus.

 

Il reste aujourd’hui encore quelque 100 000 soldats de l’Otan (principalement américains) sur place, répartis dans une centaine de bases de l’OTAN (contre 800 il y a encore quelques années). Malgré ce massif retrait engagé, les insurgés continuent de mettre la pression sur les armées étrangères. Après plus de 13 années de présence, le retrait des forces otaniennes devrait s’achever à la fin de l’année prochaine, laissant derrière eux un pays loin d’être pacifié. Ce 21 septembre, trois soldats de l’Otan ont encore été tués dans l’est de l’Afghanistan, par un homme portant un uniforme des forces afghanes.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 17:45
Multi-national training to rebuild Libyan Army

18 September 2013 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb

 

The Bulgarian and United States governments have signed an agreement paving the way for joint training of up to 8 000 Libyan Army soldiers, on a rotational basis, at two Bulgarian military bases run by the two nations as international efforts to rebuild Libya’s post-war army intensify.

 

The agreement comes two weeks after Britain, Italy, Turkey and France agreed to provide professional military training for up to 7 000 more Libyan soldiers, bringing the number of soldiers earmarked for training abroad over the next eight years to 15 000.

 

 

Bulgarian Defence minister Angel Nayednov told local media in the capital Sofia batches of between 150 and 200 Libyan soldiers will be trained on a rotational basis in the US-Bulgarian bases at Novo Selo and Graf Ignatievo.

 

Naydenov said although his government approved the US request for the hosting and training of Libyan troops, the two countries still have to work out the finer details of the programme.

 

“This is a bilateral proposal which is also being discussed within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and could be expected to become part of NATO’s mission for post-war reconstruction of Libya,” said the minister.

 

In terms of the initial proposal, US and Bulgarian instructors will train between 150 and 200 Libyan soldiers on a rotational basis over the next five to eight years. This agreement follows those entered into by Italy, Turkey and Britain to train a further 7 000 Libyan Army soldiers in their respective countries.

 

A spokesman for Libyan Army Chief of Staff Colonel Ali Sheikhi told local media up to 360 soldiers will be sent in batches for training abroad as part of an international military assistance plan for rebuilding the Libyan armed forces.

 

He said the details of the programme were initially negotiated between Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and representatives of the three European governments in June. “It has been agreed with Italy, Turkey, France and Britain to train ground army units for three months for each group,” the spokesman said.

 

The programme is expected to start shortly with the first batch of 360 Libyan Army soldiers headed for training in Italy on September 27 where they will attend professional military courses for up to three months. The army said the soldiers would be trained in basic infantry skills and military leadership at a British Army location in Cambridgeshire.

Britain has agreed to train a total of 2 000 Libyan soldiers while France, Italy and Turkey will share the remaining 5 000 soldiers earmarked for EU training. Sheikhi said the Libyan government is currently engaged in discussions with the governments of Turkey, Italy and Britain to increase the number of trainees and the length of their courses.

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
DSEI: Selex marks mini and micro UAV success

13 Sep 2013 by Dan Thisdell – FG

 

London - Finmeccanica's Selex ES has marked a successful week for its unmanned air systems business, achieving Italian air force certification for micro and mini systems developed by its technical centre at Ronchi dei Legionari, near Trieste.

 

Selex chief executive Fabrizio Giulianini is especially pleased to have passed this particular milestone for the ducted-fan hovering Asio and fixed-wing Crex systems, as the Italian version of the NATO standard was written after the aircraft were in advanced stages of development.

 

Speaking exclusively to Flightglobal at the DSEI show in London on 11 September, Giulianini said he was delighted to have been faced with the challenge of adjusting the programmes to meet that NATO standard.

 

The door is now open for military sales in Italy and abroad and, he stresses, both systems are in a strong position to bid for sales as soon as regulators in North America and Europe establish flight standards to open civil airspace to unmanned aircraft.

 

"We look forward to the rules of flying in unsegregated airspace," says Giulianini.

 

The next challenge, he adds, will be to push battery performance to extend the backpackable systems' endurance in battlefield use.

 

Asio offers endurance of more than 30min in flight and hovering mode, and of over 4h in silent (perching) mode, as well as a datalink range of up to 12km (6.5nm) in line-of-sight and an ability to provide stabilised, high-resolution imagery.

 

Crex enables "over the hill" and "around the corner" intelligence missions to gather real-time information "in a stealthy way", tracking stationary and moving targets.

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13 septembre 2013 5 13 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Selex ES reveals UNIMAST, an innovative approach to integrated naval mast design

Sep 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : Selex ES

 

Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has revealed UNIMAST, its new integrated multi-sensor naval mast at DSEi 2013. UNIMAST brings together air and surface target detection and tracking, communications, IFF and electronic warfare capabilities housed in a single, low-radar cross section profile structure featuring a single management system. The latter integrates the operations of multifunctional 3D AESA radars, phased array IFF operating at Mode 5 and below, optronic systems, communication suites (including tactical data links) and EW systems.

 

UNIMAST offers significant operational effectiveness benefits over the conventional approach of adding and replacing separate mast sub-systems over time, with the risks of sub-optimal performance and mutual interference. Every sensor has an unobstructed field of view, and systems can operate simultaneously without conflicting. All systems can be operated from a common System Manager, which acts as the “brain” of the integrated mast.

 

“The UNIMAST will make a huge difference to a vessel’s operational capability. Historically, Navies installed and qualified multiple sub-systems, and then struggled to operate them simultaneously to their optimum performance - those days are over.” said Lorenzo Mariani, Managing Director of Selex ES’s Land & Naval division, adding; “Our expertise goes from large systems integration through to best-of-breed enabling-sensors and communications, so we’re able to combine systems into a single structure and ensure they operate seamlessly together.”

 

The UNIMAST is a modular system which will be reconfigured depending on the vessel mission.

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12 septembre 2013 4 12 /09 /septembre /2013 07:45
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou

11 septembre 2013 eutmmali.eu

 

Du 10 au 12 septembre, le bataillon malien « Elou » est engagé dans l’exercice de synthèse « Doumba », marquant la fin de sa formation par la mission européenne d’entraînement au Mali (EUTM Mali).

 

L’exercice « Doumba » (du nom de la localité constituant l’épicentre de la zone de manœuvre)  se déroule dans la région située au nord de Koulikoro, dans un quadrilatère de 50/40 km. Il a pour objectif d’évaluer la capacité opérationnelle du bataillon Elou à conduire de façon autonome une manœuvre coordonnée de niveau GTIA (groupement tactique interarmes), dans le cadre d’un scénario le mettant aux prises avec des éléments armés menant une offensive vers le sud du pays. Il comprend quatre phases : reconnaissance offensive, réduction de résistance, contrôle de zone, coup d’arrêt. Deux avions de combat Mirage 2000 de la force française Serval participent également à cet exercice au travers de deux créneaux d’une heure de vol, dans le cadre de l’évaluation des équipes TACP (tactical air control patrols) du bataillon Elou.

 

Final exercise for the “Elou” battalion

 

From September 10 to 12, the Malian battalion « Elou » is involved in the « Doumba » final exercise, marking the end of its training by the European Union training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali).

 

The « Doumba » exercise (the name of the locality forming the epicenter of the maneuvering area) takes place in the northern region of Koulikoro, in a quadrangle from 50/40 km. It aims to assess the operational capability of the Elou battalion to conduct an autonomous coordinated maneuver at combined arms battle group level, in the frame of the scenario of an attack led by armed elements, leading an offensive towards the South. It consists of four phases: recce in force, reduction of enemy resistance, area control, blocking action. Two Mirage 2000 fighter aircrafts of the Serval French force are also involved in this exercise, through two slots an hour’s flight, as part of the evaluation of TACP (tactical air control patrols) teams Elou battalion.

Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
Exercice de synthèse du bataillon Elou
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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
Selex ES Sells Falco UAV to Middle Eastern Country

Sep. 10, 2013 - By TOM KINGTON – Defense News

 

ROME — -- Finmeccanica unit Selex ES has announced a deal worth over €40 million (US $52 million) to sell its Falco UAV to an unnamed Middle Eastern country.

 

The deal covers operational and maintenance support to the customer for 12 months, Selex said in a statement on Tuesday.

 

Last year, Finmeccanica said it was seeking to sell a second batch of Falcos to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has already reportedly purchased the tactical medium-altitude, medium-endurance UAV.

 

At the time the firm said it had sold the UAV to four customers, with Pakistan known to be on the client list alongside Saudi Arabia.

 

Last month, the UN said it was acquiring a Falco system to support peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first time the UN has used UAVs.

 

On Tuesday, after the latest Middle East contract announcement, a Selex spokeswoman said the firm now has five customers for the Falco.

 

Last year, Finmeccanica said it saw opportunities to sell UAVs in Algeria, the UAE and Malaysia, countries that may be reluctant to do business with the Israeli UAV industry.

 

Fabrizio Giulianini, CEO of Selex ES, said the firm has also launched a flight campaign for its larger, Falco Evo UAV and won a launch customer for its platform-agnostic SkyISTAR mission system

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Italy’s SAMP/T Reaches Full Operational Capability

A French air force SAMP T medium-range air-defense system fires an Aster 30 missile which intercepted a Tactical Ballistic Missile (TBM) target for the first time in Europe. (DGA photo)

 

Sept. 09, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Eurosam; issued Sept 6, 2013)

 

SAMP/T Reaches Full Operational Capability

 

Last month, Italy formally stated that its SAMP/T units, deployed in the Army base in Mantova, reached Full Operational Capability, and were ready to take operational missions ordered by NATO or by national authorities. A press brief took place on September 6th.

 

SAMP/T operational capability has gradually increased, since Fall 2010, when the French Air Force declared it had reached Initial Operational Capability and activated its first MAMBA GBAD squadron, in Luxeuil AFB.

 

Since then Italy and France received most of the units they ordered from Eurosam, through OCCAr, with growing capability as the users got familiar with the outstanding performances of their new equipment, extensively testing it in operational conditions.

 

The latest tests, in a complete NATO environment, were the ATBM intercept conducted in March 2013 by a joint Italian-French team and the JPOW multinational exercise, in June.

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Fincantieri Lays Keel of the Sixth Fremm Frigate

Sept. 10, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Fincantieri; issued Sept. 6, 2013)

(Issued in Italian only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

 

Riva Trigoso: Fincantieri Lays Keel of the Frigate “Luigi Rizzo”

 

Today at the Riva Trigoso shipyard, near Genoa, Fincantieri held a ceremony marking the laying of the keel of the frigate "Luigi Rizzo", the sixth ship of the FREMM program.

 

This event continues the construction of the European Multi-Mission Frigates, which remains to date the most important joint initiative between European industries in the field of naval defense.

 

The vessel, which will be delivered in early 2017, will be about 144 meters long, 19.7 wide, and will have a full load displacement of about 6,700 tons.

 

She will be able to reach a top speed of over 27 knots, and will accommodate up to 200 people.

 

The ship will be characterized by a high operational flexibility, and will have the ability to operate in multiple scenarios, particularly to maintain the security of the Mediterranean basin.

 

The ships of the FREMM program will represent the authority of the Italian state and of the European Union in the Mediterranean, and will replace the Italian navy’s "Lupo" and "Maestrale" class frigates, built by Fincantieri in the seventies.

 

The initiative involves the participation as prime contractor for Italy of Horizon Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, Finmeccanica 49%) and for France of Armaris (DCNS + Thales).

 

This cooperative program has built on the positive experience of the previous French-Italian program "Horizon" that led to the creation of two destroyers for the Italian Navy, the '"Andrea Doria" and "Caio Duilio".

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6 septembre 2013 5 06 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Empennage, tuyères et cônes d’hélices modifiés pour l’AW609 – photo AgustaWestland

Empennage, tuyères et cônes d’hélices modifiés pour l’AW609 – photo AgustaWestland

5 septembre 2013 Aerobuzz.fr

 

L’hélicoptériste AgustaWestland a annoncé tester plusieurs améliorations aérodynamiques sur son convertible civil AW609. Empennage vertical, tuyères des moteurs, cônes d’hélice : l’ensemble des modifications devrait réduire la traînée de 10 % environ. Les concepteurs de l’AW609 comptent sur un allègement simultané. Au Texas et en Italie, les deux prototypes ont accumulé 800 heures de vol depuis le premier vol en 2003. La certification, régulièrement repoussée, est désormais attendue en 2017.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Alenia installs helmet mounted display on M-346 aircraft

The new helmet mounted display will make M-346 trainer more representative of the operational aircraft. Photo Alenia Aermacchi.

 

5 September 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

Alenia Aermacchi has fitted its M-346 Master advanced trainer aircraft with a fully integrated helmet mounted display (HMD) system to make it even more representative of the operational aircraft.

 

Installed into the aircraft's avionics systems and ground-based mission simulators, the HMD is designed to help pilots develop competency in use of advanced weapons systems management in scenarios fully representative of combat aircraft, by serving as a true interface between the pilot and aircraft systems.

 

The easy-to-use and maintain system can particularly prove effective in scenarios where the trainee uses the embedded tactical training system (ETTS) for sensor and weapons systems training by enhancing the pilot's situational awareness both in air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

 

Besides enabling reconfiguration of navigation and tactical symbology for replication of various operational aircraft systems, the system also displays targeting and tracking information on the helmet visor to help trainees perform tactical manoeuvres and weapon release to achieve mission objectives.

 

Fitted with a click-on night module, the M-346 HMD facilitates easy mechanical integration with most of the common night-vision goggle (NVGs) models, and is also expected to prove useful for the back seat crew training.

 

The system successfully completed flight testing in May 2010.

 

Powered by two Honeywell F124-GA-200 turbofan engines, the M-346 Master is an advanced and lead-in fifth-generation fighter aircraft designed to offer combat pilot training for frontline fighters with high angle-of-attack capability.

 

A derivative of the Russian Yak-130 combat trainer, the aircraft features a full authority quadruplex fly-by-wire control system to remain fully controllable at angles of attack of more than 35°, as well as an integrated digital avionics suite with an ability to simulate sensors and threats in flight.

 

The aircraft has been ordered by the air forces of Italy and Singapore, and more recently by Israel as part of a $1bn government-to-government deal with Italy.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
First Collective Air-to-Air Refuelling Clearance Trial
Decimomannu | Sep 05, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

The European Defence Agency, Italy and the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) jointly organise the first collective European Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) clearance trial on the Italian KC767. Starting on 5 September, aircraft from France (one Mirage 2000, one Rafale) and Sweden (three Gripen) participate in the campaign to obtain technical and operational AAR clearances against the Italian strategic airlift tanker.

 

AAR is a critical European capability gap and one of the eleven Pooling & Sharing priorities of the European Defence Agency (EDA). Mandated by Defence Ministers in March 2012, EDA is engaged in four work strands in this domain: short-term gap filling; optimisation of existing assets; optimisation of AAR capacity offered by the future A400M fleet and enhancement of Europe’s strategic tanker capability by creating a multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) capability.

 

“Italy’s AAR clearance initiative is a cost efficient way to quickly close an important capability gap regarding tanker-receiver certification; given the urgency based on lessons learned from recent operations, we would have welcomed more nations to participate in the clearance campaign”, says Claude-France Arnould, Executive Director of the European Defence Agency.

 

Aerial Refuelling Clearance

Technical and operational clearances are mandatory to provide or receive fuel and they are thus a prerequisite to interoperability in multinational operations. Taking place in Italy at Decimomannu airbase from 5 to 12 September, France and Sweden will be able to perform the necessary ground and in-flight tests to obtain missing AAR clearances. Today Europe can deploy 42 tanker aircraft of twelve different types for which more than 40% of required clearances are missing. While for critical requirements and war-time operations clearances limited to a specific operation can be issued on a case by case basis, this campaign allows for a coordinated approach for full and unrestricted clearances. This increases the flexibility of AAR operations and facilitates immediate deployment of assets in future.

 

Benefits

EDA’s collective AAR certification campaign is first of its kind; it allows several Member States to obtain the necessary technical and operational clearances in the minimum amount of time for a maximum amount of receivers. Up to now, this process had to be organised on a bilateral level. Organising a collective campaign facilitates the procedure for Member States, increases interoperability and saves time, human resources and costs.

 

Background

AAR is a critical enabler for air power projection and it is required to enable anything beyond short range air combat operations. A unique force multiplier, it is a fundamental capability embedded in modern aircraft design, not just in combat aircraft, but across the full spectrum of air platforms – including in the near future Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.

 

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4 septembre 2013 3 04 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
HMS Westminster (left) and Italian ship Francesco Mimbelli [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

HMS Westminster (left) and Italian ship Francesco Mimbelli [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

3 September 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

A Royal Navy warship deployed in the Mediterranean has been testing her skills in an anti-submarine warfare exercise with the Italian Navy.

 

HMS Westminster is working as part of the Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) which is on an annual deployment to the Mediterranean and the Gulf to test the flexibility and capability of the force.

Part of their tasking includes working alongside NATO allies – and in Westminster’s case this came in the form of the Italian destroyer Francesco Mimbelli and submarine Salvatore Pelosi.

Taking turns to practise hunting for each other, the sailors from both ships and the submarine were put through their paces in an action-packed few days. As well as testing sensors and weapons skills, the exercise also tested the reactions of those on board.

There was also the chance for some of the sailors to experience life on board a partner nation’s vessel. From HMS Westminster, Medical Officer Lieutenant Moira McLellan spent 2 days on the Francesco Mimbelli.

Italian ship Francesco Mimbelli, HMS Westminster and Italian submarine Salvatore Pelosi
Italian ship Francesco Mimbelli, HMS Westminster and Italian submarine Salvatore Pelosi taking part in an exercise [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

She said:

It was a very enjoyable visit and interesting to see the similarities in the day-to-day workings of both navies. However, the culinary differences were very apparent, with pizza being served on Mimbelli’s bridge at 10 in the morning.

Aside from the anti-submarine exercise, HMS Westminster has been busy undertaking a wide range of tasks including flying, gunnery and boarding as part of her Cougar deployment and also in preparation for operations further afield.

HMS Westminster is due to leave the Cougar force before the end of their deployment and take up station in the Gulf as one of the Royal Navy’s long-standing commitments to the region.

HMS Westminster's 30-millimetre gun
Smoke emanates from HMS Westminster's 30-millimetre gun after firing [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

The Commanding Officer of HMS Westminster, Captain Hugh Beard, said:

The ship’s company of Westminster have been working hard as part of our Cougar 13 deployment and also in preparation for our future mission.

As a former submarine commanding officer, I am a poacher-turned-gamekeeper and I have really enjoyed my experience with the capabilities of Westminster to try to defeat the Italian submarine Pelosi.

The ships of Cougar 13 will operate in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf and around the Horn of Africa.

A Royal Marine fast ropes from a Lynx helicopter
A Royal Marine from HMS Westminster fast ropes from a Lynx Mk8 helicopter [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

This annual deployment involves exercising with partner nations and will show the UK Armed Forces’ capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world as part of the RFTG, which is being commanded by Commodore Paddy McAlpine from the fleet flagship HMS Bulwark.

The RFTG is the United Kingdom’s high readiness maritime force, made up of ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, at 5 days’ notice to act in response to any contingency tasking including humanitarian disaster relief and international military intervention.

As well as HMS Westminster there are 3 other Royal Navy ships – HMS Bulwark, HMS Illustrious and HMS Montrose – taking part and all are being supported by 5 Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.

Royal Marines conducting a boarding exercise
Royal Marines conducting a boarding exercise which involves searching people on the flight deck of HMS Westminster [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]
A member of HMS Westminster's gunnery team
A member of HMS Westminster's gunnery team fires his general purpose machine gun [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]
Members of the firefighting team
Members of the firefighting team on deck during an exercise [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]
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Syrie: l'allié italien ne sera pas au rendez-vous

29/08/2013 à 17:59 Par Julie Connan – LeFigaro.fr

 

Rome estime qu'il n'est pas «sage» d'intervenir en cas d'absence de feu vert du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU. Toutefois, l'Italie, très présente au Liban, pourrait revoir sa position en fonction de l'évolution de la situation.

 

Après avoir été prompt à suivre George W. Bush en Irak en 2003, l'Italie ne participera pas à l'opération internationale qui se prépare contre le régime de Bachar el-Assad en Syrie. Le gouvernement se déclare certes en «harmonie avec ses alliés», mais sa ministre des Affaires étrangères, Emma Bonino, a estimé mercredi sur CNN qu'il ne serait pas «sage» d'intervenir sans le feu vert - peu probable - du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU. «Franchement, je ne sais pas ce qu'ils - la coalition - veulent vraiment faire. Punir Assad? Mettre fin au conflit? Ce n'est pas du tout clair pour moi», a renchéri la chef de la diplomatie. «Il n'y a aucune chance que l'Italie prenne une part active à une quelconque nouvelle action militaire», a tout bonnement tranché mercredi son collègue à la Défense, Mario Mauro, dans une interview à Avvenire.

Le refus italien d'ouvrir un nouveau front s'explique en partie par les réticences de l'opinion publique, qui redoute une action potentiellement inefficace et coûteuse, en pleine polémique sur les dépenses de défense. D'ailleurs, les Italiens sont déjà «engagés et même sur-engagés» militairement dans d'autres régions du monde, dont l'Afghanistan, a insisté Emma Bonino, comme pour se justifier.

 

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 09:36
Syrie / intervention: Rome veut un aval de l'ONU (journal)

MOSCOU, 29 août - RIA Novosti

 

L'Italie ne mettra ses bases aériennes à la disposition des participants à l'intervention militaire en Syrie que si cette opération se déroule sous l'égide de l'ONU, a écrit mercredi le journal La Repubblica, se référant à des sources au gouvernement italien.

 

"Londres et Washington, qui projettent de lancer une intervention militaire en Syrie, en réponse à une attaque chimique de la semaine dernière, ne pourront pas utiliser les bases italiennes. Des sources gouvernementales ont indiqué que Rome ne permettrait pas d'utiliser les bases militaires sur son territoire, si - comme cela semble de plus en plus probable - l'opération aura lieu sans l'aval des Nations unies", selon le journal.

 

La ministre italienne des Affaires étrangères Emma Bonino insiste toujours sur le fait qu'il n'y "a pas de solution militaire au conflit", qui doit être réglé par voie politique, et que l'Italie "ne participerait aux opérations militaires sans l'aval du Conseil de sécurité", d'après le quotidien.

Intervenant devant la commission parlementaire italienne pour les affaires étrangères, Mme Bonino a déclaré qu'il fallait tenir la conférence Genève 2 et négocier un règlement durable de la situation en Syrie et dans l'ensemble de la région.

 

Le ministre italien de la Défense Mario Mauro opte aussi pour une solution politique. Il a appelé mercredi l'Italie, sur les ondes de la Radio Anch'io, à "ne pas être timide face aux Etats-Unis, à la France, à la Grande-Bretagne et à l'Allemagne", tout en soulignant qu'elle devait être "en harmonie avec le rôle des alliés", toujours selon La Repubblica.

 

La situation en Syrie est entrée dans une phase critique le 21 août, date à laquelle certains médias ont fait état de l'utilisation d'armes chimiques par les troupes gouvernementales dans la région de Damas. Selon les rebelles, cette attaque présumée pourrait avoir fait jusqu'à 1.300 morts.

 

Damas a démenti avoir mené l'attaque et dénoncé une manipulation visant à déclencher une intervention étrangère dans le conflit syrien, qui dure depuis mars 2011.

 

Le 27 août, un porte-parole de la Maison Blanche a annoncé que le président Barack Obama réfléchissait aux mesures de riposte à cette attaque. Certains pays occidentaux, dont les Etats-Unis, la Grande-Bretagne et la France, appellent à une intervention militaire en Syrie sans aval du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 07:40
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BASILDON, England, Aug. 28 (UPI)

 

Britain's Selex ES has partnered with Russia's NIIDAR to promote surveillance systems produced in Russia and Italy.

 

The cooperative agreement between Selex ES, a subsidiary of Italy's Finmeccanica company, and NIIDAR (Scientific and Research Institute for Long-Distance Radio Communications), a Russian open joint stock company, was announced Tuesday.

 

The two companies have so far identified two products for international promotion: Selex ES's Lyra family and NIIDAR's Laguna over-the-horizon, integrated maritime surveillance system.

 

Selex ES said its Lyra radar line family is designed to meet requirements in the security domain, including integration into major systems for homeland protection, vessel traffic services and field deployment in a man-portable radar configuration.

 

NIIDAR's Laguna civil use radar is the second product. Its designed for law and order operations and for the surveillance of the exclusive economic zone of coastal states.

 

"The agreement will enhance the capabilities of both companies in their domestic markets as well as in the wider international marketplace," Selex ES said.

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Grounded Aermacchi M-346 Returns to Flight

August 27, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Alenia Aermacchi; dated Aug. 22, web-posted Aug. 23, 2013)

 

VENEGONO, Italy --- The M-346 advanced jet trainer has resumed test flight operations after it was grounded by Alenia Aermacchi following an accident of the company-owned, pre-series aircraft on 11 May 2013.

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An NH-90 helicopter belonging to the Italian army aviation command’s Task Force Fenice photographed during a long-range mission in Afghanistan. (IT MoD photo)

An NH-90 helicopter belonging to the Italian army aviation command’s Task Force Fenice photographed during a long-range mission in Afghanistan. (IT MoD photo)

August 27, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Italian Ministry of Defence; issued Aug. 23, 2013)

(Issued in Italian only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)

 

Afghanistan: One Year of Operational Deployment for the Army’s NH-90

 

Some days ago, coinciding with the completion of their first year of operational deployment in Afghanistan, two NH-90 helicopters of the Italian Army Aviation command (AVES), assigned to Task Force ‘Fenice’ (Phoenix) of Regional Command West (RC-W ), arrived at the headquarters of the ISAF Joint Command (IJC), after a three-hour flight and a quick stop at Forward Operating Base (FOB) of Chaghcharan, after flying over the Hindu Kush mountain range. IJC is the NATO command in Afghanistan which has the responsibility for military operations throughout the area of responsibility of ISAF.

 

Italian army NH-90s, which recently passed the 1,000 flight hour milestone, arrived in the Afghan theater of operations in August of last year and, for the first time ever among the program’s partner nations, have been engaged in combat and combat support missions.

 

This helicopter is equipped with latest generation avionics and fully integrated systems for day and night vision, allowing the crew a constant high state of situational awareness, ie the full and continuous perception of all the technical and operational aspects necessary for the safe completion of their missions. Together with the high professionalism and experience of the pilots in critical environmental situations typical of the Afghan theater of operations, the N-90 has proved to be an extremely flexible tool available to the commander of RC-W.

 

The organization put in place by Task Force 'Fenice' for the operation of these helicopters was also the subject of visit by a delegation from Australia who appreciated the effectiveness and the innovative solutions adopted for field maintenance.

 

Task Force 'Fenice', currently commanded by Colonel Luigi Adiletta, is the Italian Army Aviation unit deployed in the Afghan theater which is tasked with carrying out missions such as close air support to ground troops, transport and logistical support, as well as medical evacuation and the immediate stabilization of personnel wounded in combat with their 'Forward Medical Team' (FMT).

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L'Italie n'exclut pas des ventes de participations pour se désendetter

19/07/2013 .finances.net (AFP)

 

MILAN (Lombardie), 19 juil 2013 -: L'Italie n'exclut pas de céder des parts dans les groupes énergétiques Eni et Enel, et de défense Finmeccanica pour réduire sa forte dette, a déclaré vendredi le ministre de l'Economie Fabrizio Saccomanni à Bloomberg TV.

 

Outre des cessions de biens immobiliers de son patrimoine, "nous envisageons aussi la possibilité de réduire notre participation dans des entreprises contrôlées par l'Etat", comme ces trois groupes, a-t-il dit depuis Moscou, où il se trouve pour une réunion du G20.

 

Le gouvernement n'exclut pas non plus d'utiliser ses parts comme "collatéral (garantie) dans des schémas de réduction de la dette", a-t-il ajouté selon la transcription de l'entretien. "Nous prenons en compte différentes idées", a-t-il dit.

 

Interrogé sur le calendrier d'une éventuelle vente de parts, il a répondu: "Nous sommes en train d'examiner le programme en termes plus généraux. J'espère que d'ici à la fin de l'année nous pourrons dire ce que nous envisageons concrètement dans notre stratégie globale de réduction de la dette".

 

La dette italienne a atteint un nouveau sommet historique de 2.075 milliards d'euros en mai 2013, selon des statistiques publiées cette semaine par la Banque d'Italie

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Selex Cyber Team Receives Galileo PRS IOV Signal

July 11, 2013 Source: Selex ES

 

Selex ES Cyber Security Team Successfully Receives Galileo PRS IOV Signal

 

Selex ES has successfully proved itself able to work with the secure signal radiated by Galileo satellites. Just days after the European Space Agency (ESA) made available the keys to "open" the encrypted Galileo PRS (Public Regulated Service), the PRS receiver "Cartesio", fully developed by Selex ES, proved to work successfully.

 

Selex ES Cyber Security team achieved the first navigation solution using only the encrypted Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) signals, with a positioning accuracy compliant to the specification. The use of the PRS signal is restricted to EU and other authorized countries government agencies and critical infrastructures. Anti-spoofing and interference rejection capabilities are PRS main features, due to the very sophisticated signal processing and high-grade encryption techniques.

 

Selex ES is the first company to have developed the PRS know-how outside the ESA contracts and without the continuous support of the Galileo system architects. This was the roadmap of the Cartesio achievements:

-- Demonstration to Italian Authority representative in the Genoa Laboratory of the PRS signal acquisition and tracking on 19th July 2012;

-- Successful reception and processing of the PRS Signal-in-Space on 14th June 2013, two days after the IOV keys were made available by ESA;

-- Achieving the PRS-only navigation solution on 4th July 2013.

 

Cartesio has been approved for use under IOV testing by the National Security Agency and the Italian Competent PRS Authority asked to make it available for the “PRS Participants Trial for IOV” (PPTI) framework, including both laboratory verifications and trials with governmental users.

 

The receiver is the first member of a product family but already integrates Galileo OS and GPS SPS capabilities, to extend the field testing windows.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:40
Italy, Russia to Modernize Diesel Submarine Project

July 5, 2013 Source: RIA Novosti

 

ST. PETERSBURG --- Russia and Italy have decided to optimize their joint next-generation diesel submarine project, a Russian naval design bureau said Friday.

 

The S-1000, a 1,000-ton diesel submarine, is a joint project begun in 2004 by Russian submarine builder Rubin and Italy’s Fincantieri. Russia and Italy presented a mockup model of the S-1000 at an international arms show in France in October 2006.

 

Andrei Baranov, deputy head of the Rubin Central Design Bureau, said that in its proposed configuration, the S-1000 is of “little interest” for potential clients, adding that a decision had been made to improve the project and target specific countries that need a submarine fleet.

 

The submarine was originally designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, reconnaissance missions, and transportation of up to 12 troops. It is 56.2 meters long, has a top speed of 14 knots and is equipped with a new fuel cell-powered Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system developed by the Italian firm.

 

Although its exterior will stay as designed, there will be considerable changes to “what’s inside” the submarine, Baranov said, adding that the target regions for selling submarine would remain the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

 

He cited several reasons for the upgrading the sub, including to market it to the Russian and Italian navies. He said the S-1000 design was drawn up almost a decade ago and much has changed since then. And, he noted, such small submarines are currently in great demand in the world, and there is intense competition on the market.

 

“Countries that are actively looking for new submarines are setting some totally unexpected demands for those ships,” he said.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Maestrale class frigate - photo US Navy

Maestrale class frigate - photo US Navy

 

July 12, 2013: Strategy Page

 

The Philippines has decided to buy two newly built Italian two Maestrale class frigates for $208 million each. Italy has some older Maestrales for sale at a much lower price but the Filipino navy is full of second hand ships and the government wants some new ones to help persuade China to back off from claiming many shoals and uninhabited islands off the Filipino coast.

 

The Maestrales are 3,100 ton ships each armed with four anti-ship missiles, short range anti-aircraft missiles, a 127mm gun, two autocannon for defense against missiles and eight torpedo tubes. Two helicopters can be carried. These ships are well equipped for anti-submarine operations. Top speed is 59 kilometers an hour and crew size is 225.

 

The United States recently sold the Philippines two refurbished Hamilton class Coast Guard cutters. The first of these 3,200 ton, ocean going patrol ships will be the flagship of the Philippine Navy, replacing a World War II era destroyer escort. Built in the late 1960s, the Hamiltons have been well maintained, but worked hard since they entered service over four decades ago. The Hamiltons are armed with a 76mm gun, two 25mm autocannon and two Phalanx 20mm anti-missile gun systems. The ship has a top speed of 52 kilometers an hour, endurance of 45 days and a crew of 167. The Philippines is paying $15 million for each ship, but this will mostly cover the cost of some refurbishment and upgrades that will be done in the United States before the ship is delivered.

 

For most of the last decade, the Philippines military has been energetically seeking hand-outs and second-hand weapons. One of the poorest nations in the region (largely because of corruption), the armed forces have not had the money to replace aging equipment. While American training efforts have improved the combat effectiveness of army units, especially special operations and infantry units, there has been much less help for the air force and navy. To help out, the U.S. has provided dozens of cheap, or free, second-hand helicopters and aircraft. The navy has received second hand patrol ships from South Korea and the United States.

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Lockheed, Italy Cancel Ceremony At Italian F-35 Plant (excerpt)

July 10, 2013 Source: Reuters



WASHINGTON --- Lockheed Martin Corp and the Italian military this week scrapped plans for a public ceremony marking the opening of an assembly plant for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after bitter debate about the warplanes in Italy's parliament.

Orlando Carvalho, head of Lockheed's aeronautics business, and Air Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, who runs the F-35 program for the Pentagon, had planned to attend the ceremony, which was scheduled for July 18, along with Italian officials.

Lockheed spokesman Joe LaMarca said the ceremony was cancelled at the request of the Italian defense ministry, but workers were continuing to assemble the first F-35 at the plant near Milan.

"At the request of the Italian Ministry of Defense, the July 18 public ceremony recognizing the start of F-35 assembly operations at the Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) facility in Cameri has been cancelled," LaMarca said. He gave no explanation. (end of excerpt)


Click here for the full story, on the Reuters website.

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