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23 décembre 2011 5 23 /12 /décembre /2011 08:25
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22 December 2011 - by the Shephard News Team

 

Alenia Aeronautica has signed a framework agreement that will see it define the procedures for the supply of logistic support services to the C-27J fleet of the Bulgarian Air Force. The work will cover a ten year period, with a first contract signed to cover the first five years.

 

Worth 25 million euro, the contract includes, in addition to the spare parts, ground support equipment, technical material, maintenance inspections, training activities, also a specific and continuous on-site technical assistance, thanks to a ‘Field Service Representative’ at Sofia’s Bulgarian base, to fully meet the technical-operational requirements of the customer.

 

The last of three C-27Js were delivered to the Bulgarian Air Force earlier this year, following a contract signed in 2006.

 

According to the company, the C-27J is a new-generation tactical transport aircraft compliant with NATO standards and interoperable with heavier airlifters in service with other Atlantic Alliance countries and also capable of operating in the most complex operational scenarios, thanks to its active and passive self-defence systems. The Bulgarian C-27Js are equipped with self-defence systems that significantly improve the aircraft’s capability of operating in the most difficult operational conditions.

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17 décembre 2011 6 17 /12 /décembre /2011 19:45

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17.12.2011 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

Les autorités italiennes ont diffusé les premiers bilans chiffrés de leur intervention militaire en Libye. Pas d'évaluation sur les coûts mais des chiffres sur les opérations.

 

Florilèges de chiffres:

- 710 bombes guidées et missiles air-sol tirés: 550 par les Tornado et AMX, 160 par les AV8 de la marine.

- entre 20 et 30 Storm Shadow tirés (taux de réussite: 97%)

- 1900 sorties et 7300 heures de vol pour les appareils de l'armée de l'air

- 1221 heures de vol pour les 8 AV8 Harrier du Garibaldi

- 1921 heures de vol pour les hélicos du même porte-aéronefs;

- 340 000 photos prises par les pods Reccelite des Tornado et AMX

- au total, une douzaine de types d'appareils engagée: Tornado, AMX, F-16, EuroFighters (voir photo ci-dessus), C-130, Boeing 767 de ravitaillement, drone Reaper, Harrier, une trentaine d'hélicos de type EH-101, SH-3D et AB-212

- deux sous-marins, le Todaro et le Gazzana, ont été engagés.

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The C-27J Spartan (photo : Alenia)

 

19.10.2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

The federal government has confirmed it has requested pricing and availability of 10 Alenia C-27J tactical transport aircraft for the RAAF.

 

The Air 8000 Phase 2 Battlefield Airlifter (BFA) project aims to replace the tactical airlift capability left vacant by the retirement of the RAAF’s DHC Caribou in December 2009, and has been put off by successive governments over a period of more than 20 years.

 

The C-130H and C-130J Hercules operated by Richmond based 37SQN have to some extent fulfilled this role in recent years, but the Hercules lacks the short field performance and is much heavier than the Caribou or its possible replacements, while helicopters lack the range or speed of a fixed wing aircraft.

 

In a statement released on October 19, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare said the formal request was being sent now because production of 38 C-27Js for the US Air National Guard was coming to an end. “Due to the pending closure of the production line for US Air National Guard aircraft the Government has authorised Defence to issue a non-binding/no-commitment Letter of Request seeking price and availability information on the C-27J,” the statement reads.

 

While Defence was unable to confirm at time of writing to which organisation the request had been submitted, the ministerial statement suggests the C-27J may be acquired through the US Foreign Military Sales process. This would give Australia an opportunity to tie into the US’s sustainment and upgrade program for its fleet, as well as giving greater economies of scale for both operators.

 

Recent media reports suggest US politicians are pushing for an increase in the US ANG fleet to as many as 75 C-27Js, as the type is now in operation in Afghanistan and has proven to be far more economical than the larger C-130 with typical loads. The C-27J shares common engines and cockpit avionics architecture with the C-130J.

 

The formal request doesn’t mean the C-27J has been selected to fulfil the Air 8000 Phase requirement over Airbus’s rival C295. “The information from the Letter of Request will inform Government consideration of capability, cost and schedule issues associated with this project as well as consideration of the acquisition strategy, including whether a roader tender process will be pursued,” the ministerial statement said.

 

But the RAAF is known to have long favoured the more rugged structure and larger cargo hold of the C-27J over the smaller but longer C295, and is likely to push for a sole-source selection. The statement says it expects a response to the request by February 2012, after which “careful consideration of all the options will then proceed.”

 

The statement has also for the first time officially acknowledged that Defence is developing options to retain the C-130H fleet – of which about eight aircraft are operational out of a core fleet of 12 – beyond its planned retirement in 2013 out to 2016.

 

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4 octobre 2011 2 04 /10 /octobre /2011 05:55

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30/09/2011 EMA

 

Le 18 septembre 2011, l’amiral italien Filippo Maria Foffi, commandant le Task Group 455.01 (volet naval de l’opération de l’OTAN en Libye) a convié l’amiral Jean-Baptiste Dupuis, commandant la Task Force 473 (force aéro-maritime de l’opération Harmattan, placée sous contrôle opérationnel français) sur le bâtiment de transport de chalands de débarquement italien San Giusto.

 

L’amiral français a, en retour, reçu l’autorité italienne sur le bâtiment de projection et de commandement (BPC) Tonnerre le 23 septembre 2011.

 

Le TG 455.01 compte 12 bâtiments, y compris un aviso français, appartenant à 9 nations alliées. Leur principale mission est la mise en œuvre de l’embargo sur les armes prévu par la résolution 1973 des Nations-Unies. « La zone côtière libyenne s’étend sur 1800 km. Son contrôle passe essentiellement par une surveillance du trafic commercial et des flux humanitaires », rappelle l’amiral Foffi.

 

Pour éviter toute activité illicite, chaque bateau ou embarcation qui entre ou sort des eaux libyennes est contrôlé. « Depuis fin mars, plus de 3000 embarcations ont été interrogées par nos bâtiments, intervient le capitaine de vaisseau Vincenzo Montanaro, chef d’état-major du TG 455.01. Avec les transports humanitaires, qui représentent trois à dix bateaux par semaine, nous avons développé une méthode d’identification simplifiée, pour qu’ils puissent travailler sans délai et que nous nous concentrions sur les autres flux ». Au total, du bateau de pêche au cargo, 300 embarcations ont été « visitées » par le TG 455.01.

 

Le TG 455.01 comprend aussi 3 chasseurs de mines, qui passent au crible l’ensemble du littoral libyen, dont certaines zones sont susceptibles d’avoir été minées par les forces pro-Kadhafi.

 

Le volet maritime d’Unified Protector est exemplaire de ce que savent faire, ensemble, les marines de l’OTAN. En revanche, comme le souligne l’amiral Foffi, la coordination avec les opérations aériennes a constitué « un véritable défi, car l’espace aérien est partagé par de nombreuses voilures comme des avions de chasse et de patrouilles maritimes, des drones, des hélicoptères, engagées sur des missions différentes ». « Les capacités et les missions de chacun étaient connues. Une fois les procédures de liaison mises en place, les solutions se sont donc trouvées d’elles-mêmes » ajoute-t-il.

 

Par ailleurs, l’amiral Foffi a exprimé sa satisfaction quant à l’efficacité opérationnelle de l’aviso français LV Lavallée, placé sous son contrôle opérationnel. Il a également loué le concours apporté à tous les bâtiments engagés au large de la Libye par le pétrolier ravitailleur Marne. Comme pour illustrer son propos, au même moment la Marne effectuait deux ravitaillements de carburant au profit d’un bâtiment turc et d’un bâtiment britannique, à quelques nautiques de là.

 

Une étroite coopération entre la TF 473 française et le Task Group 455.01 de l’OTAN était primordiale. « Les opérations sous contrôle opérationnel national et celles contrôlées par l’Otan travaillent pour la même mission. De l’embargo maritime aux frappes sur des objectifs militaires au sol, nos actions sont parfaitement complémentaires car elles poursuivent un même objectif, celui de protéger les populations », rappelle l’amiral Dupuis.

 

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20 septembre 2011 2 20 /09 /septembre /2011 12:35
Mexico receives first C-27J transport

Photo Alenia Aeronautica

 

20/09/11 By Craig Hoyle SOURCE:Flight International

 

Mexico's first newly-acquired Alenia Aeronautica C-27J has made its public debut at an event to commemorate the nation's independence.

 

Sporting a white colour scheme, the tactical transport was accompanied by one of the Italian manufacturer's own C-27J Spartans during the 16 September flight over Mexico City.

 

Acquired under a roughly $200 million contract signed in July, the aircraft is the first of four C27Js that will be delivered to Mexico by late 2012.

 

Alenia Aeronautica expects the nation's air force to operate the type for tasks including troop and equipment transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue amnd humanitarian assistance missions.

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19 juillet 2011 2 19 /07 /juillet /2011 06:35
Thales Alenia Space Italia awarded lead mandate for MUSIS-CIL Program

July 18, 2011 defpro.com

 

Cannes | Thales Alenia Space Italia announces the signature of a contract with OCCAR-EA (Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation) for the study phase for the definition and feasibility of the Multinational Space-based Imaging System (MUSIS) Federated Activities program. OCCAR-EA acted on behalf of the French and Italian Ministries of Defense, and awarded the contract to a Temporary Grouping of Companies made up of Astrium France and Thales Alenia Space France, led by Thales Alenia Space Italia.

 

The study is aimed at defining a Common Interoperability Layer (CIL) between the Ground Segments of the Italian COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation and the French CSO (Optical Space Component) high resolution optical system. The two defense ministries will be guaranteed access to both systems through this common interoperability, providing them with multi-sensor observation capabilities (SAR and Optical).

 

This approach has several objectives:

- guarantee mutual access for Italy and France to both SAR and high- and very-high resolution optical satellite capabilities, at the same time ensuring suitable mutual confidentiality requirements.

- reduce life cycle costs through the development of common user interfaces providing access for both national systems;

- ensure full consistency and compatibility with the development plans of the respective national programs.

 

The development of the CIL is part of the broader MUSIS program, which calls for a federation of several national systems endowed with complementary observation capabilities. Italy will contribute to this program by building, under the responsibility of the Italian Space Agency and the Ministry of Defense, two satellites equipped with radar sensors (with active SAR antenna) called COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation.

 

Although primarily designed to meet Italy and France's program and operational needs, the development of CIL will also give other countries interested in the MUSIS program access to the CSG and CSO systems and possibly extend its functions to other federated space components.

 

With the start of the MUSIS – CIL project, France and Italy, which have collaborated in the defense and space sector for decades, further strengthen their profitable bilateral relationship, putting it in an even European broader context where they can achieve their respective objectives and attain a common goal.

 

The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation system represents the technological evolution of COSMO-SkyMed, made up of a constellation of four satellites., With cutting edge global technology, the system “watches” our planet day and night and under any atmospheric condition thanks to the high resolution X-band radar systems. Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor, with responsibility for the entire system, including the Space and Ground Segment. COSMO-SkyMed is managed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) within the scope of an ASI/Defense joint Program Office and is the first completely dual project developed worldwide.

 

CSO (Composante Spatiale Optique – optical space component) is the follow-on to the Helios 2 French programme for which Thales Alenia Space will supply the very-high-resolution optical imaging instrument.

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28 juin 2011 2 28 /06 /juin /2011 06:50

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June 27, 2011 by DEFESA Global

 

Since June 20, the Portuguese Army is conducting in the north of the country a training exercise with the aim of training the EUROFOR based EUBG 2/2011 high readiness military contingent.

 

The live exercise designed DRAGÃO/PADRELA 11 include the participation until June 29 of 1374 troops from Portugal, France, Spain and Italy in an geographic area comprising Vila Real and Vila Pouca de Aguiar cities.

 

From July 01, EUBG 2/2011 will be in standby for a period of six month. If necessary, the force of 1792 soldiers (740 Portuguese, 432 elements from Spain, 177 French troops and 443 Italians) could be projected anywhere in the world. EUBG 2/2011 HQ is located near Paris, France.

 

The French Army contingent is participating with several wheeled vehicles including the TRM 10000 tractor truck, GBC 180 heavy trucks, Scania trucks based fuel tankers, P4 light utility vehicles and as well as two PVP light armoured vehicles and VLRA TPK 4.25 light truck equipped with MISTRAL air defence system.

 

The Portuguese Air Force has participated in the exercise with the AW101 Merlin medium tactical transport helicopter and support equipment and maintenance personnel as well as a TACP team.

 

A newly received shelter based secured/encrypted communications system is being used by the Portuguese troops during the exercise. Due to sensitive issues, no additional information has been provided regarding this specific equipment.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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24 juin 2011 5 24 /06 /juin /2011 12:10
Alenia Aeronautica’s Study for C-27J Version to support Special Forces Operations

 

June 23, 2011 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Alenia Aeronautica; issued June 22, 2011)

 

Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that it is evaluating the feasibility of an aircraft for the Italian Air Force to support National Special Forces Operations.

 

The Italian Defence has decided to launch the so called Pretorian Programme, as a special version of the C-27J, in order to analyse potential technical solutions for providing weapons and integrated weapon systems, Communications Intelligence (COMINT), EO/IR Sensor (Electro optical/Infra-red) to the C-27J Aircraft, as existing platform.

 

“The ‘Pretorian’ Programme has all the potentialities to attract the interest on the main world markets” – Giuseppe Giordo, Alenia Aeronautica’s CEO and Responsible for Finmeccanica’s Aeronautics Sector, said.

 

Mr. Giordo then added that "to produce the special version of the C-27J, Alenia Aeronautica will seek international Partners and explore all the business opportunities that may arise”.

 

The C-27J Spartan is the best seller in the tactical transport airlifter’s category. The C-27J is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft with state-of-the-art technology in avionics, propulsion and other on-board systems. It provides high performances, high cost effectiveness, extreme operating flexibility and best performances among other aircraft of its class in all weather conditions and offers interoperability with heavier airlifters.

 

The C-27J is capable of taking off from and landing on unprepared strips, less-than-500 m. long, with maximum take-off weight of 30,500 kg; it may carry up to 60 equipped soldiers or up to 46 paratroopers and, in the air ambulance version, 36 stretchers and 6 medical assistants.

 

The large cross section (2.60 meters high, 3.33 metres wide) and high floor strength (4,900 kg/m load capability) allow heavy and large complete military equipment to be loaded. The C-27J can, for example, transport fighter and transport aircraft engines, such as C-130, Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16 and Mirage 2000, directly on their normal engine dollies without further special equipment.

 

The C-27J has been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Morocco and by the U.S. Air Force for a total of 79 airplanes. The aircraft has also been selected by Slovakia.

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10 juin 2011 5 10 /06 /juin /2011 12:50

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10/06/11 By Luca Peruzzi SOURCE:Flight International

 

The Italian air force has outlined its use of air-to-ground munitions in Libya, more than 40 days after the nation's government approved offensive missions in support of NATO's Operation Unified Protector.

 

Panavia Tornado IDS and ECR aircraft are being used for air-to-ground, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, buddy-buddy refuelling and the suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) missions.

 

The former carry the CLDP targeting pod and a range of weapons, including Raytheon Paveway II laser-guided GBU-16s and Enhanced Paveway II GPS/laser-guided EGBU-16 455kg (1,000lb) bombs. Other options include Paveway/Enhanced Paveway III 907kg conventional or BLU-109 penetrating munitions, and 455kg bombs equipped with Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition guidance kit.

 

 

 

Both images © Troupe Azzurra

 

Tornado IDS in the so-called "Ret 6" first mid-life update standard have also employed MBDA's Storm Shadow cruise missile, marking the type's first operational deployment in Italian service. The IDS aircraft is also meeting ISR demands using Rafael's RecceLite pod.

 

 

 
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According to military sources, the air-to-ground missions are being accomplished with success, as are SEAD operations involving Raytheon AGM-88 HARM-equipped Tornado ECRs.

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6 mai 2011 5 06 /05 /mai /2011 22:30
AERO Vodochody supplied the 30th centre wing box for C-27J Spartan

The C-27J Spartan tactical military cargo aircraft. (Photo: Alenia Aeronautica)

 

May 6, 2011defpro.com

 

AERO Vodochody delivered at a small ceremony the 30th complete center wing box for the C-27J Spartan tactical military cargo aircraft at the presence of the top representatives from the Italian company Alenia Aeronautica.

 

AERO Vodochody participates in the production of the C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft since 2006 and manufactures the complete center wing box ready for installation on the aircraft. AERO Vodochody is the only manufacturer and supplier of this key construction unit for the aircraft C-27J Spartan.

 

The C-27J Spartan is tactical military cargo aircraft, featuring great operation flexibility and low operation costs. The aircraft is used for a wide range of missions from cargo transportation to logistic support of military units and airborne unit transportation as well as for special services, e.g. naval and electronic surveillance, search and rescue operations, firefighting, etc. Its military unit transportation version offers transportation capacity of 62 soldiers or 42 paratroopers, while the cargo version can carry a load of up to 11,500 kg, two APCs, three howitzers, a middle-sized helicopter or various cargo on standard pallets.

 

The C-27J serves the militaries in Italy, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Morocco and the USA. In 2007, the C-27J Spartan won a US government tender for the Joint Cargo Aircraft for the US Armed Forces. Under the contract, a total of 38 C-27J Spartans will be delivered to the US Army and US Air Force by the year 2013.

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26 avril 2011 2 26 /04 /avril /2011 18:30
Italy says air force can bomb Libya military targets

26 April 2011  by defenseWeb – Reuters

 

Italy, which has been playing a limited role in NATO operations in Libya, decided yesterday that its air force will be allowed to bomb selected military targets in the former Italian colony.

 

The surprise decision immediately opened a fresh crack in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government, with a minister in a key coalition party, the Northern League, saying he strongly opposed it. Other League officials also dissented.

 

Italy was one of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's best friends in Europe until his violent suppression of an uprising prompted the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution authorising the use of force to protect civilian lives.

 

A statement from Berlusconi's office said he had informed U.S. President Barack Obama in a telephone conversation of the government's decision, and that he would call other European leaders to tell them personally as well.

 

It said the government had decided to "increase the operative flexibility of its aircraft with actions aimed at specific military targets on Libyan territory with the aim of protecting the civilian population".

 

Rome has made several air bases available for NATO forces and has contributed eight aircraft to the Libya mission.

 

But until now only it has taken part only in reconnaissance and monitoring of the U.N.-mandated no-fly zone rather than attacks on military infrastructure, which have principally been carried out by Britain, France and the United States.

 

"We have already done enough by offering the bases and logistical support and anti-radar activity," said Roberto Calderoli, minister for legislative simplification.

 

He said that, if Italy's allies wanted Rome to do more in Libya, they should help Italy turn back illegal immigrants and take some of the migrants from north Africa who land in southern Italy.

 

Italo Bocchino, a parliamentarian from a group that split with Berlusconi's party, said Calderoli's breaking of ranks was a precursor to a government crisis. Calderoli denied this, saying the League would convince other parties it was right.

 

Berlusconi was to inform British Prime Minister David Cameron and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Italy's new position soon, and also explain the decision with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who visits Italy on Tuesday to discuss immigration, the statement said.

 

Just 10 days ago, Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa said Italy would not order its aircraft to take part in military operations, despite pressure from Britain and France for NATO allies to contribute more to the air operations against Gaddafi's forces.

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31 mars 2011 4 31 /03 /mars /2011 19:00
Bulgaria receives its last C-27J transport

Photo Alenia Aeronautica

 

31/03/11 By Craig Hoyle Flightglobal.com

 

Alenia Aeronautica delivered the Bulgarian air force’s third and last C-27J Spartan tactical transport during a 31 March ceremony at Sofia Vrazhdebna airport. The Italian company also opened a new logistics support centre for the type at the site. Introducing the C-27J forms part of a modernisation effort by the Bulgarian air force. The service’s other current transport assets include three Antonov An-26s and three Let L-410s, says Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database. Examples of both legacy types are visible in the image below, along with the air force’s lone An-30 reconnaissance aircraft.  Bulgaria had originally intended to acquire five C-27Js via a contract signed in 2006, and received its first example in November 2007. However, the NATO nation last April announced its intention to cancel the final two aircraft in an effort to save funds. Delivery of the third example was delayed while negotiations took place. Alenia Aeronautica has also previously delivered C-27Js to Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Morocco, Romania, Slovakia, the US Air Force and the US Army. It also recently named Indonesia as a potential future customer for the type.

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17 juillet 2010 6 17 /07 /juillet /2010 16:50
La Force de gendarmerie européenne officiellement instituée

Gendarmes se préparant avant leur départ en Afghanistan, en 2009. Dans le cadre de la FGE, 150 gendarmes français forment et encadrent la police nationale afghane sur le terrain.

 

13/07/2010 par Samantha Lille

 

Le projet de loi autorisant la ratification du traité, entre l’Espagne, la France, l’Italie, les Pays-Bas et le Portugal, portant création de la Force de gendarmerie européenne (FGE) a été adopté le 12 juillet 2010 par l’Assemblée nationale.

 

Le concept de la Force de gendarmerie européenne (FGE ou EUROGENDFOR) proposé par la France a été scellé le 17 septembre 2004, par une déclaration d’intention signée à Noordwijk (Pays-Bas). Le projet s’est ensuite concrétisé le 18 octobre 2007 par la signature d’un traité.

 

Outre les pays fondateurs représentés par la gendarmerie nationale française, la garde civile espagnole, les carabiniers italiens, la maréchaussée royale des Pays-Bas et la garde nationale républicaine portugaise, la FGE compte depuis décembre 2008, la gendarmerie roumaine parmi ses membres.

 

Opérationnel depuis 2006, ce nouvel instrument de gestion de crise a vocation à servir prioritairement la politique de sécurité et de défense commune (PSDC) de l’Union européenne. Elle peut également être mise à la disposition de l’ONU, de l’OTAN, de l’OSCE ou d’une coalition internationale. Elle vise à combler le manque opérationnel constaté entre le moment où des forces armées entrent sur un théâtre d’opérations et le moment où des forces de police peuvent y remplir normalement leur mission.

La FGE dispose d’un état-major permanent basé à Vicenza en Italie. Elle peut déployer une force de réaction rapide de 800 hommes sous un délai de 30 jours et peut compter jusqu’à 2 300 personnes en comptant les états tiers contributeurs.

 

C’est dans le cadre de cette force que 150 gendarmes français sont déployés en Afghanistan. Placés sous le commandement de la force internationale d’assistance et de sécurité ( FIAS) de l’OTAN, ils forment et encadrent la police nationale afghane.

 

La FGE est actuellement dirigé par le colonel portugais Jorge Esteves.

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