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7 mars 2014 5 07 /03 /mars /2014 17:45
Corymbe: exercice franco-italien

 

 

07/03/2014 Sources : EMA

 

Le 27 février 2014, l'aviso "Commandant Birot", en mission Corymbe dans le Golfe de Guinée, a effectué un exercice conjoint avec des bâtiments de la Marine nationale Italienne.

 

Les deux commandants ont décidé d’axer leur travail sur un exercice de lutte anti-navire, des manœuvres aviation ainsi qu'un échange de personnel entre les bâtiments. L'interaction s'est conclue par le ravitaillement à la mer du "Commandant Birot" par le ravitailleur "Etna", avant que chacun ne reprenne sa route dans le cadre de sa mission nationale.

 

Corymbe est une mission de présence quasi permanente des forces armées françaises dans le golfe de Guinée, en place depuis 1990. Le dispositif est armé par un bâtiment de la Marine nationale qui peut être renforcé par des moyens terrestres et aéromobiles embarqués. Dans le cadre de cette mission, les militaires français sont en mesure de soutenir les opérations en cours dans la région ; de contribuer à d’éventuelles missions d’aide aux populations, de sécurisation ou d’évacuation de ressortissants; de réaliser des missions de coopération bilatérale avec les pays de la région, visant en particulier à soutenir la montée en puissance des marines africaines de la zone.

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photo Fincantieri

photo Fincantieri

 

4 mars 2014. Portail des Sous-Marins

 

Deux mois après l’acceptation définitive de la frégate Virginio Fasan, la marine italienne a reçu la 3è frégate FREMM, baptisée Carlo MARGOTTINI. La cérémonie s’est déroulée au chantier naval Fincantieri de La Spezia (Italy). La frégate Margottini est en configuration anti-sous-marine.

 

La livraison de 3 bâtiments entièrement opérationnels en seulement 9 mois est le résultat des synergies obtenues entre l’OCCAR [1], la marine italienne et les industriels.

 

Pour l’Italie, le programme prévoit la construction de 10 frégates, dont 8 sont déjà financées. Le calendrier contractuel du programme est respecté. La prochaine échéance est le lancement, le 29 mars, de la frégate CARABINIERE, la 3è en version ASM.

 

Notes : [1] Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation.

 

Référence : Navy Recognition

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4 mars 2014 2 04 /03 /mars /2014 19:50
First Tranche 3 Eurofighter for Italy emerges

 

Mar. 4, 2014 by Craig Hoyle - FG

 

London - Italy’s first Tranche 3 production example of the Eurofighter Typhoon has been rolled out from Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin-Caselle final assembly line, ahead of being handed over within the next few months.

 

“The Italian single-seat aircraft number 64 is now ready for engine tests, and will be delivered within the first half of this year,” the Eurofighter consortium says.

 

Italy’s air force is to receive 21 aircraft under the four-nation programme’s Tranche 3A production phase, with a further combined 91 to be accepted by Germany, Spain and the UK.

 

The Italian air force has a current active fleet of 71 Eurofighters, and is also yet to receive its last three examples in the Tranche 2 configuration, according to Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.

 

The emergence of the second aircraft in the new standard – which follows a lead Royal Air Force example flown for the first time by a BAE Systems test pilot last December – comes days after Germany’s defence ministry confirmed it will not proceed with the Eurofighter programme’s previously expected Tranche 3B activity. This was to have delivered the last 124 aircraft from an originally-planned umbrella contract for 620 of the type signed by the partner nations. Italy, Spain and the UK also plan to halt their acquisition of the Typhoon on the completion of their 3A order.

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Traité Ciel ouvert: la Russie effectuera un vol d'inspection en Italie

 

 

MOSCOU, 24 février - RIA Novosti

 

Des experts russes effectueront un vol d'inspection en Italie dans le cadre du Traité Ciel ouvert du 24 au 28 février, a annoncé lundi à Moscou le chef du Centre russe pour la diminution de menace nucléaire Sergueï Ryjkov.

 

"Un groupe d'inspecteurs russes effectuera un vol d'observation en Italie à bord d'un avion russe Antonov An-30B dans le cadre du Traité Ciel ouvert. L'inspection durera du 24 au 28 février", a indiqué M.Ryjkov.

 

Le vol sera effectué selon un trajet convenu avec la partie italienne et les spécialistes italiens contrôleront l'utilisation des moyens techniques de surveillance et le respect des ententes conclues, selon M.Ryjkov.

 

Signé le 24 mars 1992 à Helsinki, le Traité Ciel ouvert est appliqué depuis le 1er janvier 2002. Le document vise à accroître la transparence et la confiance entre les Etats signataires dans le domaine des activités militaires et du contrôle des armements. Il instaure un régime de libre survol des territoires des différents Etats parties au Traité.

 

Le traité a été signé par 34 Etats d'Europe et d'Amérique du Nord, membres de l'Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe (OSCE). La Russie y a adhéré le 26 mai 2001.

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[Armée de l'air] suisse : tout est question de timing

 

18 Février 2014 valeursactuelles.com

 

Pas trop vite. Le détournement hier matin d’un avion de ligne éthiopien, qui a dû se poser en urgence sur le tarmac à Genève, a soulevé de nombreuses questions. Parmi elles: pourquoi les armées françaises et italiennes sont intervenues pour résoudre cette urgence, et non l’armée suisse ? La réponse est surprenante.

 

Un problème de timing

 

L’[armée de l'air] suisse n’est pas intervenue car elle ne travaille pas 24 heures sur 24. En effet, l’[armée de l'air] suisse n’est opérationnelle qu'entre 8h30 et midi, puis de 13h30 à 17h00. L’avion éthiopien a été détourné à 6h05, soit 2h25 trop tôt…Cette lacune opérationnelle surprend d'autant plus que le service militaire est obligatoire en Suisse pour tous les hommes de 20 ans à 34 ans.

 

Le porte-parole des forces aériennes suisses a tenté de se justifier : «Nous n’avons pas les moyens d’assurer un service de piquet 24 heures sur 24». Il a également assuré qu’un service militaire aérien effectif 7 jours sur 7 est prévu pour 2020 !

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Détourné en dehors des heures de bureau, l'avion a dû être escorté par des forces étrangères

 

 

17.02.2014 RTS.ch

 

Le détournement d'avion de lundi à Genève ayant eu lieu hors des heures de bureau, les forces aériennes suisses n'ont pu l'escorter vers Cointrin et ce sont des forces étrangères qui ont dû oeuvrer.

L'avion éthiopien qui a été détourné lundi matin par son copilote a été escorté par des appareils militaires italiens puis français jusqu'à son atterrissage à Genève, car les forces aérienne suisses n'étaient pas en service à cette heure-là.

L'aéroport de Cointrin a été fermé durant plus de 2 heures après l'arrivée de l'avion, détourné par le copilote de l'appareil, qui souhaitait demander l'asile à la Suisse  (lire le compte-rendu détaillé des faits: L'auteur du détournement d'avion à Genève-Cointrin était le copilote). L'homme a été maîtrisé et personne n'a été blessé.

 

Intervention française et italienne

Le Boeing d'Ethiopian Airlines a été accompagné par deux Eurofighter de l'armée italienne dans l'espace aérien italien, a indiqué lundi le porte-parole des forces aériennes suisses, Laurent Savary. Deux Mirages 2000 de l'armée française ont ensuite pris le relais dans l'espace aérien français, jusqu'à Genève, où l'appareil détourné a atterri à 6h02.

Les forces aériennes suisses ne sont pas intervenues, car elles ne sont opérationnelles que dans les heures de bureau, entre 8h et 12h et de 13h30 et 17h.

Cette limitation des interventions de l'armée aux heures de bureau est surtout due à des questions financières: un service de piquet et l'engagement de pilotes seraient nécessaires pour assurer des opérations en tout temps. Lancé par le Département fédéral de la défense, de la protection de la population et des sports, le projet Ilana devrait remédier à cette situation, mais pas avant 2020.

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Les armées de l’air française et italienne interviennent lors du détournement du vol ETH 702c

 

17/02/2014 Sources : EMA

 

Lundi 17 février 2014, l’armée de l’air française, en coopération avec les forces aériennes italiennes et suisses, a réalisé l’interception en vol d’un Boeing 767 de la compagnie Ethiopian Airlines.

 

Il est environ 04h10, lorsque le centre interallié de conduite des opérations aériennes de Torrejon (Espagne) informe le centre national des opérations aériennes (CNOA) de Lyon Mont-Verdun du détournement de l’avion de ligne éthiopien vers la Suisse.

 

L’avion, en provenance d’Addis Abeba en Éthiopie, a été détourné de sa destination d’origine, Rome, pour se diriger vers l’aéroport de Genève.

 

Après analyse de la situation depuis le CNOA, la haute autorité de défense aérienne (HADA) ordonne le décollage de la permanence opérationnelle (police du ciel) de la base aérienne 115 d’Orange pour intercepter l’appareil et place également d’autres avions en alerte.

 

05h07 : le 767 est intercepté par 2 Eurofighter italiens, relayés à 05h12 par un Mirage 2000 C français. À 05h17, la reconnaissance à distance réalisée par l’avion de chasse confirme que le vol d’Ethiopian Airlines met le cap sur la Suisse. Un négociateur dépêché sur l’aéroport de Genève par les autorités suisses est en contact avec le pirate de l’air qui refuse de poser l’avion tant que ses exigences ne sont pas acceptées.

 

05h56 : la HADA ordonne le décollage d’un second Mirage 2000 C d’Orange pour relever le premier. Les négociations aboutissent et le vol ETH 702 d’Ethiopian Airlinesentame sa phase d’approche sur Genève et se pose à 06h02. Le pirate de l’air a immédiatement été arrêté par la police suisse. Quant aux deux Mirage 2000 français, ils regagneront la base d’Orange.

 

Ce cas de détournement réel d’un avion de ligne a permis de mettre à l’épreuve les chaînes de commandement de sûreté aérienne suisse, italienne et française, conjointement à la coordination avec les autorités suisses qui a eu un rôle déterminant. La mobilisation dans un délai très bref de tous ces acteurs a contribué à secourir les quelque 200 passagers et membres d’équipage à bord de l’appareil.

 

Ces aéronefs de l’armée de l’air ont décollé dans le cadre de la posture permanente de sûreté aérienne, dispositif de sûreté participant à la protection du territoire national et visant à faire respecter la souveraineté nationale.

 

Le 21 janvier dernier, APEX, exercice transfrontalier mené entre la France et l’Italie, déroulait le scenario d’un détournement d’avion de ligne, permettant de tester la mise en œuvre des procédures de sûreté aérienne des deux pays. Cet exercice a porté ses fruits comme les deux armées de l’air l’ont démontré aujourd’hui. Les exercices transfrontaliers organisés régulièrement demeurent une garantie du bon déroulement des procédures et des transmissions d’informations, ayant pour but d’assurer, 24h/24 et 7 jours sur 7, la mission de sûreté aérienne confiée à l’armée de l’air.

Les armées de l’air française et italienne interviennent lors du détournement du vol ETH 702c
Les armées de l’air française et italienne interviennent lors du détournement du vol ETH 702c
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Italian warship training Mozambican Navy

 

10 February 2014 by Dean Wingrin - defenceweb

 

The Italian Navy vessel Borsini is in Mozambican waters for the next two months as it trains the southern African nation’s small navy, following the signature of a maritime collaboration agreement between the two countries.

 

The 30th Naval Group of the Italian Navy, comprising the aircraft carrier Cavour (CVH550), frigate Bergamini (F590), patrol ship Borsini (P491) and supply ship Etna (A5326), left Italy on 13 November on a circumnavigation of the African continent. Commanded by Rear Admiral Paolo Treu, the Naval Group arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, on 27 January.

 

Titled "A Country on the Move", the Naval Group is a joint Italian Navy and industry campaign involving multiple objectives, such as training, maritime security operations, confidence building, naval diplomacy, humanitarian assistance and the promotion of Italian industry.

 

The technical agreement for collaboration with the Mozambique Navy was signed by the Italian Chief of Navy during his visit to Maputo between 28 and 30 January.

 

In terms of the agreement, the Italian and the Mozambican navies will carry out naval cooperation activities in Mozambican waters for two months. In particular, training will be organized at sea and on land with specific emphasis placed on anti-piracy and patrolling in Mozambican territorial waters. Other areas of cooperative training include protection of commercial shipping, the fight against trafficking and rescue at sea.

 

The Italian Navy has experience with anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean, being a participant in Operation Atalanta, the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia.

 

As a result of the cooperation agreement, the patrol ship Borsini detached from the Naval Group on 1 February and will remain in Mozambican waters for the next two months.

 

Speaking to defenceWeb, Treu said that the Borsini will be helping the Mozambican Navy to grow. “It’s a small navy, so we are trying to provide them (with) our experience in maritime security operations, in particularly in anti-piracy activities and protecting the ships from terrorist attacks,” he said.

 

In light of the recent natural gas deposits discovered in Mozambique, Treu noted that the country has to learn how to protect its resources.

 

“We are there just to help them grow as a navy, providing them with our experience,” he explained. “We will show them how to perform operations (like anti-piracy patrols). If there is a real event going on, of course we could be tasked to do a real operation to fight piracy in case of need,” he continued.

 

The South African Navy, supported by the South African Air Force, has maintained a permanent anti-piracy patrol in the Mozambique Channel since early 2011, under Operation Copper. The frigate SAS Spioenkop is currently on station.

 

Having departed Maputo on 31 January, the three remaining vessels of the Naval Group arrived in Cape Town on 5 February.

 

Following their departure from Cape Town on 11 February, the Naval Group will continue its circumnavigation of the African continent, visiting Luanda in Angola next.

 

Mozambique’s small navy has only a few serviceable vessels, including two Namacurra boats (donated by South Africa), eight patrol vessels (including RHIBs) and a Conejera class patrol craft (Pebane – donated by Spain). However, last year French firm Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie (CMN) was given a $200 million contract to build three Ocean Eagle 43 patrol vessels, three HSI 32 interceptors and 24 CMN 23.5 trawlers for the Mozambican navy. Deliveries are scheduled to take place by 2016.

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Le satellite franco-italien Athena-Fidus est en orbite

 

07/02/2014 DGA

 

Le satellite franco-italien de télécommunications civilo-militaire à très haut débit Athena-Fidus (Access on theatres for European allied forces nations - French Italian dual use satellite) a été lancé avec succès le 6 février 2014 depuis le « port spatial » de Kourou (Guyane).

 

Athena-Fidus a été mis en orbite par une fusée Ariane 5 à 23H03, heure de Paris. Cette réussite consolide la coopération franco-italienne dans le domaine spatial et contribue à renforcer les capacités opérationnelles européennes. Le satellite apporte de nouvelles capacités de télécommunications par satellite à très haut débit pour faire face à l'accroissement des besoins de défense et de sécurité en France et en Italie dans ce domaine. Ce satellite est complémentaire du système Syracuse 3 dont le remplacement à terme est prévu par le programme COMSAT NG. Fonctionnant en bandes Ka et EHF, Athena-Fidus prépare les satellites de demain.

 

Athena-Fidus est cofinancé par la France et l'Italie à hauteur de 140 M€ chacune. Il s'appuie pour la part française sur un partenariat entre la Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) et le Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), et côté italien, entre le Secrétariat général pour la Défense italienne (Segredifesa) et l'Agence spatiale italienne (ASI). Le maître d'ouvrage du système est Thales Alenia Space.

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Seven national pavilions so far for AAD

 

 

05 February 2014 defenceWeb

 

Switzerland is the latest addition to the list of countries that will be using national pavilions to showcase defence and security equipment at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition.

 

The landlocked European country joins the defence industries of Argentina, China, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United States as national exhibitors for AAD which returns to its 2012 venue of AFB Waterkloof from September 17 to 21.

 

Of the national pavilions confirmed to date only Italy has indicated which companies will be exhibiting. Ficantieri, Finmeccanica and ICE are listed as being part of the Italian pavilion.

 

As of today the exhibition website shows a total of 67 exhibitors, including the seven national pavilions. Twelve chalets on the flight line have also been reserved by, among others, the Department of Defence and Military Veterans, Armscor, the Civil Aviation Association of SA, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, Aerosud, Exeujet, National Airways Corporation (NAC) and the SA Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD), which is the AAD 2014 host.

 

Six hangars at Waterkloof, the SA Air Force’s (SAAF) Transport Centre of Excellence, have been set aside for exhibitors with space both in and outside the hangars.

 

State-owned Denel and Ivor Ichikowitz’ Paramount Group, the two major players in the South African defence industry, have reserved the bulk of space in Hangar Four. The CSIR and Airbus Defence and Space group company Cassidian are also taking sizeable sections of exhibition space in this hangar.

 

Other confirmed exhibitors include DCD Protected Mobility, Reutec, Turbomeca, Tellumat, MTU South Africa, Wagtail Military, Imperial Armour, Osprey Logistics, BAE Systems, OTT and Rippel Effect.

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Les Etats-Unis et l'Italie signent un accord sur la formation conjointe pour les opérations de maintien de la paix

 

2014-02-04 xinhua

 

Le département de la Défense américain et la gendarmerie nationale italienne, les carabiniers, ont signé lundi un protocole d'accord pour promouvoir l'entraînement et la formation conjointes de leurs troupes pour les opérations de maintien de la paix.

 

Il s'agirait du premier accord de ce type signé entre la Défense américain et les carabiniers, a commenté Frank DiGiovanni, chargé des ressources humaines et de la formation des troupes au Département de la Défense des Etats-Unis.

 

"Ce nouveau protocole (...) a un objectif très productif pour promouvoir la paix et la stabilité dans les régions du monde qui sont en proie aux tensions", a indiqué Frederick Vollrath, secrétaire adjoint du bureau des ressources humaines et de la formation du Département de la Défense.

 

Ilio Ciceri, chef d'état-major des carabiniers, a affirmé que le soutien et la position des Etats-Unis étaient une source de "grande fierté" pour son pays.

 

"L'utilisation de nos techniques de formation et de déploiement sur le terrain a toujours joui d'un soutien et d'une appréciation extraordinaires de la part des commandants américains", a-t-il rappelé.

 

L'accord, qui est entré en vigueur immédiatement après sa signature, a une validité de cinq ans.

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Athena-Fidus in the starting blocks

 

Cannes, February 4th, 2014 – Thales

 

The French-Italian dual broadband telecommunications satellite Athena-Fidus, will be launched shortly by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, using an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Thales Alenia Space is the program prime contractor on behalf of the French and Italian space agencies, CNES and ASI, and the French and Italian defense ministries (procurement agency DGA for France and Segredifesa for Italy). Thales Alenia Space is in charge of the development, construction, testing and in-orbit delivery of the satellite. Telespazio, a joint venture of Finmeccanica (67%) and Thales (33%), supplies the ground mission system, as well as launch support services. Satellite positioning in orbit will be handled jointly by Telespazio from Fucino and by Thales Alenia Space from Cannes.

The Athena-Fidus program (Access on Theatres for European allied forces Nations-French Italian Dual Use Satellite) includes a geostationary satellite with EHF and Ka-band transponders and the ground control segment, located at a French military base. The satellite deploys the latest civil telecom standards, DVB-RCS and DVB-S2, to ensure optimum transmission capacity and service availability. It will provide data transmission services to the French and Italian defense ministries, as well as to these countries' security organizations (civil security, homeland security, police, firefighters, etc.). Built on a Spacebus 4000 platform, the satellite will weigh over 3,000 kg at launch and offers a design life exceeding 15 years.

"The launch of Athena-Fidus, followed at the end of the year by Sicral 2, is the culmination of the first concrete collaboration in Europe, between Italy and France, for a military and dual space telecom program," said Bertrand Maureau, Vice President for Telecommunications at Thales Alenia Space. "This new and highly innovative satellite will naturally pave the way for government broadband contracts. We hope that Thales Alenia Space will be able to offer its experience and expertise to other government customers, whether for its proven dual technology solutions, or to support the development of new partnerships."

 

About Thales Alenia Space

The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups’ “Space Alliance”. Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecommunications, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. With consolidated revenues of 2.1 billion euros in 2012, Thales Alenia Space has 7,500 employees in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and United States. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

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Black Shark Torpedo model at Euronaval 2010 Photo Navy Recognition

Black Shark Torpedo model at Euronaval 2010 Photo Navy Recognition

 

01 February 2014 Navy Recognition

 

On January 28th the new Black Shark Advanced (BSA), produced by WASS was launched for the first time ever from the submarine SCIRE’. The torpedo launched in “Push Out” mode (water ram expulsion system, which ejects the torpedo by means high water-pressure), was equipped in a totally innovative way, thanks to the new Lithium-Polymer Battery.

 

The launch, called “Short-Fire”, took place in the La Spezia gulf and was aimed at testing the WASS progresses in the frame of the project “New Heavyweight Torpedo”, developed in cooperation with the Italian Navy. The successful launch represents another step ahead, toward the acquisition by the Italian Navy.

 

“The Black Shark is the result of Italian research and cutting-edge technology– said Alessandro Franzoni, Chief Executive Officer of WASS – example of the national excellence in the field of underwater defence equipment through the use of innovative technical solutions for the propulsion systems, power generation and electro-acoustics. Thanks to its high quality standards it will succeed in all main international markets.”

 

Over the next few years, the Black Shark Advanced is expected to replace the old A-184 Heavyweight Torpedo, now supplied to submarines of the Italian Navy, increasing significantly the ability to defend the waters and the Italian homeland.

Finmeccanica Whitehead Underwater Systems (WASS) crew onboard the submarine during the test - Picture WASS

Finmeccanica Whitehead Underwater Systems (WASS) crew onboard the submarine during the test - Picture WASS

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Algeria Prepares To Receive LPD Amid Defense Spending Boost

 

 

Jan. 31, 2014 - By TOM KINGTON – Defense News

 

ROME — Algeria’s defense spending spree shows no sign of abating as the North African country gets set for a September delivery of a new amphibious ship from Italy. Algeria is also reportedly preparing to receive three Chinese frigates in 2015 as well as buying a new Italian minesweeper.

 

In January, Italian shipyard Fincantieri launched the 8,800-ton, 143-meter-long landing platform dock (LPD) Kalaat Beni-Abbes at its Riva Trigosa yard, with handover to the Algerian Navy scheduled for September at the Navy’s Taranto base in southern Italy.

 

Based on the design of the Italian LPD San Giusto, the ship has been built by a joint venture of Fincantieri and Italy’s Finmeccanica.

 

The Algerian purchase is part of growing defense expenditures, which one analyst put at US $10.3 billion in 2013. “That’s up 14 percent year on year to about five percent of [gross domestic product],” said Francesco Tosato, a military analyst at the Italian Centro Studi Internazionali.

 

“About $1.5 to $2 billion of that goes on procurement since the total budget also covers wages for 350,000 personnel,” he added.

 

In addition to the LPD buy, Algeria is understood to be acquiring a minesweeper built by Italian firm Intermarine, with training likely to be handled by the Italian Navy. Intermarine, which declined to comment about the buy, has built minesweepers for Finland, Thailand, the US, Italy and Australia.

 

A UK-based analyst said Algeria will meanwhile take delivery of three new frigates from China in 2015. “They have been built at the same yard as the F22 vessels sold by China to Pakistan and could be similar or slightly smaller,” said Christian Le Miere, a senior fellow for naval forces and maritime security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

 

The deals follow Algeria’s purchase of two Meko A-200 frigates from Germany.

 

While buying the LPD from Fincantieri, Algeria has also dispatched sailors for training by the Italian Navy, with 134 sailors arriving at the Taranto base in September and 30 more in January.

 

The Algerians will then move up to Fincantieri’s Muggiano yard, where the LPD is being fitted out, and where the Navy has another training center, an Italian Navy source said. By the end of May, the sailors will be onboard the vessel, he added. The Italian Navy, said the source, is working under a subcontract to the Fincantieri-Finmeccanica joint venture.

 

The vessel features an Italian-built EMPAR radar and is fit to carry the Italian AW101 helicopters Algeria has purchased separately. Some features derive from Fincantieri’s experience in the cruise ship business, including LED lights to save power.

 

A handover to the Algerian Navy will occur in September, although the ship will not immediately leave Italy, sailing south to Taranto at the end of 2014 for operational sea training and live-fire training of the ship’s 76mm gun.

 

An Algerian crew will work on a bridge and combat center simulator at Taranto before the ship sails to Algeria in the first half of 2015.

 

The source said the program was the most ambitious training program the Italian Navy had ever set up. “Training while the ship is built is an innovative, time-saving solution,” he said.

 

“These new procurement deals are part of a bid to reduce Algeria’s dependence on Russia for naval procurement,” Tosato said. “That said, having ships in service from Russia, Germany, Italy and China does raise questions about interoperability.”

 

Algeria is meanwhile due to receive two Russian-built Tigr corvettes, one this year and one in 2015, he said, and two Russian-improved Kilo 636 submarines in 2016-17 to add to the four it has.

 

Le Miere said he wondered if Algeria really needs a landing platform dock. “It is a large vessel, what is it for and will they need it?” he said. “It is of questionable value for a military focusing on internal counterinsurgency.”

 

Local Islamic militants, active in the country’s vast southern regions, have been increasing their attacks, notably with the attack on a gas facility near In Amenas in January 2013, during which hundreds of hostages were taken. As Algerian special forces raided the facility, at least 39 hostages were killed.

 

“Algeria turned down the [offer] of US and French help because accepting it would have been damaging to the reputation of the country’s armed forces, both regionally and internally,” said Marco Di Liddo, a second analyst from Centro Studi Internazionali.

 

To serve its land operations, Algeria has bought 1,200 Fuchs 2 armored vehicles from Germany, a deal that focuses on another Algerian requirement — technology transfer and job creation, Tosato said.

 

“The plant opened in Algeria to build these vehicles will also build Mercedes trucks,” he said.

 

But military spending is soaring for another reason, Di Liddo said. “Military spending nourishes the power of the armed forces at a time when they are in competition with the civilian government for influence and as the country’s president is seeking to strengthen politics at the Army’s expense,” he said.

 

“As long as it has gas revenue, a rivalry with Morocco, instability in neighboring Tunisia and Libya, militants in the south, the need to update an Army still equipped with Soviet-era equipment and the need to create jobs, defense spending in Algeria will continue to rise,” Tosato said.

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Un Mirage 2000C d'Orange

Un Mirage 2000C d'Orange

 

30/01/2014 Cne Nolot, communication CDAOA - Armée de l'air

 

Un exercice aérien franco-italien appelé « APEX » a eu lieu le 21 janvier 2014. Le scénario s’appuyait sur le déroutement d’un avion de ligne, simulé par un Alphajet, afin de tester la mise en œuvre des procédures de défense aérienne des deux pays.

 

À 09h15, le centre de détection et de contrôle (CDC) de Lyon Mont-Verdun détecte un avion de ligne, en provenance du Luxembourg et à destination de Carthage en Tunisie, suspecté d’être détourné d’après le plan de vol déposé par le pilote. Le CDC prend immédiatement contact avec le centre national des opérations aériennes (CNOA) de Lyon  qui, sous l’autorité de la haute autorité de défense aérienne, classe l’avion «douteux».

 

Le CNOA demande alors le décollage de la permanence opérationnelle d’Orange. Le chasseur doit intercepter l’avion de ligne qui se dirige vers l’Italie. Le Mirage 2000C en approche de l’appareil tente un contact radio, sans succès. En Italie, le combined air operations center de Poggio Renatico est informé de la menace aérienne et prend le relais du CNOA. L’avion vient d’être classé « hostile ». Il est dans l’espace aérien italien et a mis le cap sur la ville de Rome, refusant toujours de répondre aux sollicitations radio du chasseur français.

 

Un Mirage 2000C de l'escadron "Île de France"

Un Mirage 2000C de l'escadron "Île de France"

 

09h49, le Mirage 2000C transfère l’interception à 2 Eurofighter italiens. La décision est prise par les militaires italiens de contraindre l’avion à se poser sur le terrain aéronautique de Grosseto, au sud de la Toscane.

 

Comme tous les exercices transfrontaliers réalisés avec les pays limitrophes européens, « APEX » entraîne les chaînes de commandement et de contrôle des armées de l’air italienne et française. Il a révélé une fois encore toute l’importance de la première analyse d’une menace de type Renegade (avion commercial utilisé à des fins terroristes), permettant ainsi un transfert de responsabilité de bon niveau.

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Italy Warns of Continued Security Threat

 

Jan. 20, 2014 - By TOM KINGTON and VAGO MURADIAN – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON AND ROME — Italy’s defense minister has warned that criminal groups with potential links to terrorism are profiting from running migrant vessels across the Mediterranean to European shores and is calling on the US to keep focused on resurgent Islamic terrorism in the region.

 

Mario Mauro told a small group of reporters that Italy is using drones and submarines to counter the profitable trafficking of migrants from North Africa, which was potentially bankrolling terrorism.

 

“European governments and public opinion see this as a problem of illegal immigration — this is not my vision,” Mauro said during a trip to Washington last week to see US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

 

“My thinking is that the situation is linked to the problem of international security and the security of the Mediterranean,” he said.

 

Mauro and Hagel — who also discussed Afghanistan and the Joint Strike Fighter program — agreed to raise the Mediterranean refugee issue at the upcoming NATO Military Committee meeting in Brussels this month.

 

The traditional flow of migrants from Africa to Italy, usually on ramshackle boats that head for the Italian island of Lampedusa, has stepped up in recent years, initially boosted by an outpouring of migrants from Tunisia, and more recently from Syria. Migrants also make the arduous desert crossing from Sub-Saharan Africa through Libya, where they have often been jailed and tortured before being allowed to board boats.

 

After hundreds of migrants drowned last year when their boats sank, the Italian Navy mounted regular patrols to pull people off unseaworthy, overcrowded vessels.

 

Mauro said the normal flow of boats from Libya is being augmented by sailings from Egypt organized by “criminal multinational organizations,” which had handled 25,000 paying passengers in the past year, the majority fleeing the war in Syria.

 

Traffickers are using mother ships, he said, which would tow smaller and less seaworthy vessels to within about 200 kilometers of the Italian coast, at which point about 1,000 passengers would be loaded onto the smaller vessels and released.

 

On one occasion, an Italian submarine surfaced 100 meters from a mother ship, allowing Italian special operations forces to board it and arrest the traffickers, he said.

 

With each passenger paying around $3,000, each sailing was netting about $3 million, he said, with proceeds heading to international criminal organizations, not excluding some possible links with terrorist groups in Syria and Somalia.

 

“The problem is not just illegal migration but international security,” Mauro said. “It’s important that the US understands better what is going on in the Mediterranean.”

 

In Libya, he added, it is hard to tell the difference between criminal and terrorist groups involved in trafficking.

 

“There are 28 brigades that call themselves jihadists, but they are often criminals,” he said. South of the Libyan border, he added, “chaos” reigns, with thousands of terrorists at large.

 

Mauro said he believes the ships could also have been used to ferry terrorists into Europe.

 

“I was in Kosovo where I learned that about 500 Kosovars who had been involved in the Syrian war were coming home. How can we discover if they are in these boats?” he said.

 

Right now, he added, the Italian Navy is receiving assistance in its patrols from the Navy of Slovenia.

 

“Lampedusa is the border of Europe, not just Italy,” he said. “We are convinced that Europe has to do more to guarantee security in the Mediterranean.”

 

Robert Fox, an independent UK defense analyst, said “Libya left a conduit open which will be a channel for al-Qaida into Europe, and this means Afghan veterans, not just a loose alliance of African groups. If the US is still interested in security, it needs to stay focused on the Mediterranean.”

 

Mauro also warned of the potential of the Syrian war to spill over into Lebanon, stating, “Hezbollah is now fighting an offensive war for the first time, which is very dangerous,” while in Syria, “there are Chechen and Yemeni brigades as well as Saudi fighters, as well as Sunni rebels fighting each other due to different backers and different visions of Islam. And with the jihadists losing, there is the problem of a spill over into Iraq.”

 

During their meeting, Hagel and Mauro discussed the Middle East and Italy’s offer of the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro for the switching of Syria’s chemical weapon stockpile from Danish and Norwegian vessels to a US ship configured to neutralize the weapons at sea.

 

Tension and violence in the Middle East will not vanish, Mauro said.

 

“The results of the last 10 years suggest we will live with this situation for a long time,” he said. “I am determined to convince our allies to share a long-term common vision, and we probably need a new strategy for the area and one crucial element is the role of the US.”

 

That, he said, requires a stronger relationship between the US and Europe, “an Atlantic perspective, not just a European or an American perspective.”

 

And that, in turn, requires a stronger Europe, he said. “We need more Europe, and that means we can guarantee the US it will be less alone facing an international crisis. A more united Europe is a good opportunity for the US,” he said.

 

But that requires more coordination of fractured defense spending — Europe’s apparently unresolvable problem.

 

“This was discussed at the EU summit in December for the first time in five years,” Mauro said. “Without a common strategy of defense, there is no guarantee for the political project which is the European Union.”

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Italian Predator Bs start Afghan duty

 

Jan. 20, 2014 by Craig Hoyle – FG

 

London - the Italian air force has begun using its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator B unmanned air system in Afghanistan, following successful check flights.

 

Operating from Herat air base in support of the NATO International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command West organisation, the new type will replace the A-model Predators previously flown by the Italian air force in the country.

 

Equipped with an electro-optical/infrared sensor and a synthetic aperture radar payload, Italy’s unarmed Predator Bs will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks. The type was previously used by the air force during the NATO-led campaign to protect Libyan civilians in 2011.

 

Italy’s Predator B acquisition totals six air vehicles, plus related equipment.

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20 janvier 2014 1 20 /01 /janvier /2014 18:50
Italian G550 fleet to get additional capabilities

 

Jan. 20, 2014 By Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - The two airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system aircraft that Italy will get from Israel – linked to the latter's acquisition of the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 trainer – will have some "extra" capabilities, based mainly on the miniaturisation of the different building blocks.

 

Israel Aerospace Industries' Elta Systems subsidiary is currently manufacturing the AEW&C system selected by the Italian air force, with the service's modified Gulfstream G550 business jets expected to be delivered in late 2015.

 

The Israeli air force is to field a fleet of 30 M-346 trainers, which it will refer to as the "Lavi".

 

IAI has previously supplied G550-based AEW&C aircraft to the air forces of Israel and Singapore. These operate a combined six of the model, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database.

 

In a parallel effort, Elta continues to offer a version of its AEW&C package with the Airbus Defence & Space C295 – a radome-equipped demonstrator of which has already been shown to potential clients.

 

The G550 and C295 are offered with a full range of equipment, including an AEW radar, electronic intelligence and communications intelligence sensors, plus self-protection systems, command and control systems and a comprehensive communication suite – including datalinks and a satellite communication capability.

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20 janvier 2014 1 20 /01 /janvier /2014 17:45
Brand Italy – military, diplomatic and humanitarian – on its way to South Africa

 

20 January 2014 defenceWeb

 

The Italian Navy’s 30th Naval Group is well into its six-month training, humanitarian and promotional sales tour and is due to port in South Africa on February 5.

 

The group departed Italy in November. It is led by the aircraft carrier Cavour and comprises the multi-mission frigate Bergamini, logistic support ship Etna and the Comandanti Class patrol ship Borsini.

 

The voyage combines training, diplomacy and humanitarian assistance with a privately funded marketing trip for Italian industry billed as a “moving country”.

 

The group has already ported in Bahrain and Doha in Qatar and has now moved into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. Stops at a number of ports will see the issues of maritime security and merchant shipping protection addressed as well as support to navies of African costal countries through active co-operation.

 

The voyage is also flying the flag for the Mediterranean country’s foreign policy as well as marketing the “Made in Italy” brand. In this respect it was called a “floating Le Bourget” by Italian Defence Minister Mario Mauro when he saw the group off in November. This was in reference to the major defence industry exhibition held in Le Bourget, France.

 

The rationale behind the travelling sales mission, which will call at 19 ports before returning to Italy in April, is that companies on board will foot the bill, effectively underwriting crew training as regular funding for exercises dries up, DefenseNews reported.

 

Industry will pay more than €10 million for fuel costs and €3 million for other expenses, including port fees, while the Navy will pick up the €7 million wages bill, Navy Chief Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi said at a press conference prior to the group’s departure.

 

He added the voyage would also see Italian Navy crews training in a challenging climate, far from home.

 

The Navy has been pushing to find creative ways to fund crew training while maintenance and operations budgets are eroding as planners divert large amounts for personnel spending, DefenseNews reported.

 

In the three-year budget published this year, maintenance and operations funding slips from €1.33 billion this year to €1.32 billion in 2014 and to €1.3 billion in 2015.

 

The Italian contingent is due to sign a co-operation agreement with Mozambique when the group ports in Maputo.

 

The marketing of Italian naval vessels also would be on the agenda in the Arabian Gulf, Morocco, South Africa and Mozambique, while in Angola, talks would continue regarding Italian industry helping to develop a new type vessel for the local navy, he said.

 

For companies in the Finmeccanica group, the voyage allows a focus on the gulf ports in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

 

AgustaWestland will be parking an NH90 and AW101 helicopter on board the Cavour, while Oto Melara will promote its new guided munitions and Selex ES the combat management system it installed on Cavour. Torpedo unit WASS will promote its Black Shark torpedo, while visitors also will see the Storm Shadow, Meteor and Brimstone missiles built by MBDA, in which Finmeccanica holds a stake.

 

Small-vessel builder Intermarine is joining the trip, as is small arms maker Beretta.

 

“We are interested in the visits to the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait,” said Lorenzo Benigni, vice president for communications at electronics firm Elettronica, which has supplied self-protection systems on Cavour.

 

The defence stands will share space with displays promoting Italy’s hosting of Expo 2015, as well as stands taken by small aircraft maker Blackshape, tire-maker Pirelli and business aircraft company Piaggio Aero. Railway technology group Mermec and microsatellite builder Sitael also will be represented, as well as an Italian trade association grouping 2 800 furniture and wooden goods manufacturers.

 

The voyage, according to De Giorgi, is “a business card for Italy” while the Defence Minister described it as “a piece of Italy”.

 

Following stops in the gulf, the ships will also port in Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Algeria, Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco and Algeria.

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Syrie: les armes chimiques transbordées dans un port italien (ministre)

 

 

ROME, 16 janvier - RIA Novosti

 

Les armes chimiques syriennes seront acheminées vers le port italien de Gioia Tauro, en Calabre, pour être transbordées sur le navire américain Cape Ray en vue de leur destruction, a déclaré jeudi le ministre italien des Transports Maurizio Lupi lors d'un discours devant un groupe de députés et de sénateurs.

 

Le transbordement sera effectué dans le strict respect des mesures de sécurité et prendra 48 heures tout au plus.  Selon le ministre, les conteneurs renfermant les substances chimiques "ne toucheront pas le sol italien". L'opération est prévue fin janvier ou début février lorsque le Cap Ray entrera en Méditerranée.

 

Le directeur général de l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAC), Ahmet Uzumcu, a déclaré jeudi lors d'une conférence de presse à Rome que les arsenaux chimiques syriens ne seraient pas détruits avant juin en raison de problèmes sécuritaires et logistiques.

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7 janvier 2014 2 07 /01 /janvier /2014 17:55
Arianespace vise douze lancements en 2014

Arianespace, la société européenne de lancement de satellites, a annoncé le report de "quelques jours" de la mission VA 217.

 

06/01/2014 Michel Cabirol 

 

Le report du premier lancement de l'année d'Arianespace pourrait compliquer un peu plus l'objectif ambitieux de la société européenne de lancement de satellites de réaliser douze tirs en 2014.

 

L'année 2014 débute mal pour Arianespace. Premier lancement, premier report. La société européenne de lancement de satellites a annoncé ce lundi le report de "quelques jours" de la mission VA 217. Le 23 janvier, une Ariane ECA devait mettre en orbite le satellite de télécoms ABS-2 de l'opérateur Asia Broadcast Satellite et un satellite dual franco-italien de télécoms très haut débit, Athéna Fidus, pour le compte des ministères de la Défense français et italien.

 

Mais Arianespace et le CNES ont été contraints de changer un équipement sur le lanceur  Ariane 5 ECA. "Le changement d'un équipement sur le lanceur Ariane 5 ECA prévu pour le vol VA 217 s'est avéré nécessaire", a expliqué Arianespace dans un communiqué publié lundi. Selon nos informations, un obturateur mal fixé par Snecma (groupe Safran) sur le moteur Hm7B du lanceur a endommagé le divergent dans sa chute. Ce qui nécessite de changer cet équipement, celui-la même qui avait provoqué en décembre 2002 l'échec d'une Ariane 5 ECA. Le vol VA 217 pourrait être effectué le 5 février prochaine. Soit un report d'environ deux semaines.

 

Une tuile pour Arianespace ?

 

C'est un aléa dont se serait bien passé Arianespace, qui n'a procédé qu'à seulement quatre tirs d'Ariane 5 en 2013. Et le PDG d'Arianespace, Stéphane Israël, a de grandes ambitions en 2014. Son objectif est "de réaliser au moins un lancement par mois en moyenne", précise-t-il. Soit douze lancements en 2014. C'est ce qu'il va annoncer mardi lors de sa présentation des vœux à la presse.

 

Un objectif qui pourrait néanmoins se compliquer un peu plus d'emblée avec ce report. Certains observateurs estiment même qu'un objectif de dix lancements serait plus réaliste. Chez Arianespace, on affirme que ce report "limité à quelques jours" n'aura pas d'impact sur un objectif de douze lancements en 2014.

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Kosovo : visite du COM KFOR et du SCOAT

 

30/12/2013 Sources : EMA

 

A l’occasion de Noël, le contingent français de la mission Trident, engagée dans le cadre de la force de l’OTAN (KFOR) a reçu, la visite du commandant de la KFOR, le général Farina(italien), du sous-chef des opérations aéroterrestre de l’état-major de l’armée de terre, le général Brousse, qui représentait le CEMAT.

 

Le 24 décembre,le général Farina s’est adressé à l’ensemble des contingents, les félicitant du travail réalisé durant les élections municipales et depuis la mise en place des taxes douanières sur la ligne administrative entre la Serbie et le Nord du Kosovo. Il s’est ensuite rendu à DOG 31, sur le poste frontière où est actuellement engagé une partie de l’Escadron d’Eclairage et d’Investigation (EEI).

 

Cette même journée, le général Brousse est venu à la rencontre des éléments français duKosovo Après un entretien avec le colonel Calas, commandant le contingent français (NCC), il a fêté le réveillon avec les militaires français.

 

La KFOR participe au maintien d’un environnement sûr et sécurisé au profit de l’ensemble de la population du Kosovo, en coopération avec la Mission des Nations unies au Kosovo (MINUK) et la mission de l’Union européenne (EULEX). Environ 320 militaires français sont engagés dans l’opération TRIDENT, nom de la participation française à la KFOR, avec une unité de manœuvre (l’EEI) et un élément de soutien national.

Kosovo : visite du COM KFOR et du SCOAT
Kosovo : visite du COM KFOR et du SCOAT
Kosovo : visite du COM KFOR et du SCOAT
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Norway to Sign €732M Contract for AW101 Helicopters on Dec. 19

Dec. 18, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security; issued Dec. 4, 2013)

 

AgustaWestland Awarded Contract



AgustaWestland was on the 4th December awarded the contract for delivery of 16 new search and rescue helicopters to Norway. The contract will provide a significant strengthening of the public search and rescue service and ensure emergency readiness throughout the country.

“I am very pleased that we soon will be signing the contract with AgustaWestland. This will insure a significantly improved safety for people at sea, along the coast and in remote areas around the country,” says the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen.

The new helicopters will be able to relieve significantly more people in distress, be noticeably faster and with longer range than today - under virtually all weather conditions. Additionally, search capability and the possibility for medical treatment are significantly improved.

AgustaWestland AW 101 is the candidate that in total, after intensive negotiations, best meets the demands for Norway's future SAR helicopter. On 7 November 2013 the Government gave the Ministry of Justice and Public Security the authorization to finalize the negotiation and sign the contract for the new rescue helicopter.

The acquisition process started on 21 October 2011 with the announcement of prequalification. Tender documents were released on12. July 2012 and the offers was received from four bidders on 18 December the same year. The intention is to sign the contract with AgustaWestland after the standstill period of fourteen days has expired.


Click here for the government’s mini-website on the SAR Helicopter project.

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Insight: Libya’s training honeypot

 

17 December 2013 by ADIT - The Bulletin - defenceWeb

 

.Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime and the foreign military intervention in the country, the need to rebuild security through a stable and capable army in Libya has become urgent. Indeed it is becoming vital to fill Libya’s security vacuum, and efficiently fight against the country's growing chaos, the militia violence, and al Qaida.

 

Many countries and private entities are interested in benefitting from the risky endeavour of training the Libyan armed forces, and expanding their influence within the resource rich country. Through different partnerships with different countries, Libya is starting to enhance its army capacity through training and mentoring arrangements on several fronts:

The European Union is focusing on training Border Guards and the Coast Guard under a border mission called Eubam (EU Border Assistance Mission). According to the mission’s blueprint, the EU objective is to take Border and Coast Guard "battalions" out of the field, train them in secure locations, and "redeploy" them into action. Eubam's 111 personnel will be unarmed (albeit heavily guarded by private contractors) and many of them will have civilian backgrounds in EU police and customs. But the EU document notes that Eubam should also recruit people with "military expertise" to "provide specialist skills."

 

After cancelling an October tender to secure Eubam training, the European Union (EU) launched one-on-one negotiations with bidders, including Argus Security Projects. To date, 40 Eubam personnel that are already present in Libya are protected by Argus, which also secures the European official representation office in Tripoli.

 

Italy, as Libya’s former colonial power, still remains a major interlocutor and donor in Libya, as far as energy and security issues are concerned. As reported by EUobserver and according to the Eubam paper, it seems that Italy set aside at least 250 million euros for Libya for 2012 and 2013, the vast majority of which is being spent on security projects, run by Italy's defence and interior ministries, including:

• Training 60 Libyan border guard officers in Vicenza, Italy

• Teaching 65 Libyan infantrymen at Italy's Army Infantry School in Cesano

• Training 280 Libyan military police in Tripoli

• Teaching another 150 civilian police in using anti-drug sniffer dogs and in forensic crime scene investigation.

Rome is also sending a naval boat to Libyan waters to stop "weapons smuggling," restoring seven Libyan naval vessels and donating 20 VBL Puma armoured vehicles. In addition, two Technical Agreements aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation between Rome and Tripoli were signed. One of these agreements concerns the employment of Italian remotely piloted aircraft to support Libyan authorities in border control activities in southern Libya. Moreover, as reported by Reuters, Libya is going to build a satellite surveillance system with Italian expertise to help secure its borders to stem the flow of Islamist militants and illegal immigrants. Another agreement on training Libyan personnel has also been signed, and will be implemented either in Libya or in Italy, in order to improve common security.

 

France has already agreed to train 1 000 Libyan police in counter-terrorism and plans to train another 1 500, Foreign minister Laurent Fabius said on the sidelines of a regional border security conference in the Moroccan capital Rabat, as reported Reuters. In addition, still according to EUObserver, France is currently training 75 bodyguards to protect Libyan VIPs, 30 Libyan airmen, 20 naval officers as well as 72 naval divers. These training sessions have been delivered partly by DCI AIRCO and NAVFCO since early 2013.

 

The United Kingdom is also very keen to enhance the Libyan Army’s capabilities. The Foreign Office acknowledges that the British Army is training 2 000 Libyan soldiers in basic infantry skills. Furthermore, according to an undisclosed source close to the security services, the British are currently conducting training Libyan intelligence agents in a secret location somewhere in Scotland.... Meanwhile, London has appointed a "Defence Assistance Team" within the Libyan Ministry of Defence, plus a "strategic adviser" to the Ministry of the Interior.

 

Germany is helping to prevent nuclear fuel in Libya's Tadjoura research centre from getting into the wrong hands. It is also spending 600 000 euros on "disposal of chemical weapons" and 800 000 euros on securing Libya's stocks of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.

 

The US and some of its allies in the region - including Jordan, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates - are also working on a big scale. According to EUobserver and Commentary Magazine, Washington is going to train between 5 000 and 8 000 Libyan soldiers and a separate, smaller unit for specialized counterterrorism missions - potentially in Bulgaria, as reported by The Complex. The US has already launched a $20 million programme on "justice sector reform, arms control and land border security," which involves "contracted personnel" from private security firms in Libya and US personnel in "neighbouring countries," such as Morocco.

 

A group of 220 Libyan soldiers recently flew to Turkey to start three and half months of military training. The soldiers are the first group of a total of 3 000 troops who will be trained at the Egirdir Commando School, as part of an agreement between the two countries.

 

Denmark, Greece, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain are also about to implement military training or assistance projects, although on a smaller scale. According to a recent statement from Libya's oil ministry, the country is currently producing just 700 000 barrels a day, but could quickly get back to pre-war levels of 1.4 million barrels if things go well.

 

EU and US oil contracts aside, Libya may soon have a lot of money to spend on security equipment, public infrastructure and military hardware. It is therefore urgent to provide a stable environment necessary to achieve this kind of bright future… The bees are therefore flying around the Honey pot…

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Syrie/armes chimiques: l'Italie met un port à disposition

 

MOSCOU, 16 décembre - RIA Novosti

 

L'Italie a accepté de mettre à disposition un de ses ports pour un transbordement d'armes chimiques syriennes à bord d'un navire américain chargé de les détruire en haute mer, annonce lundi la diplomatie italienne citée par les médias occidentaux.

Selon l'Organisation pour l'interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAC), les substances chimiques les plus dangereuses doivent quitter la Syrie avant le 31 décembre. Cette cargaison devrait être acheminée dans le port syrien de Lattaquié avant d'être chargée à bord du navire américain Cape Ray, chargé de la détruire en haute mer.

Un porte-parole de la diplomatie italienne s'est abstenu de dire de quel port il s'agissait.

Auparavant, l'Onu a annoncé qu'un plan détaillé de destruction d'armes chimiques syriennes à l'extérieur de la Syrie serait rendu public le 17 décembre.

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