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12 janvier 2015 1 12 /01 /janvier /2015 12:45
Tanzania flying Seeker observation aircraft

 

12 January 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Images have emerged confirming the Tanzania People’s Defence Force Air Wing as an operator of the Seabird Seeker light surveillance aircraft.

 

An article in Aero Australia magazine noted that by 2009, “Seekers had flown some 11 000 hours including 5 000 on surveillance and patrol duty, and were operating in Australia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Iraq, South Africa, Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates and the USA.”

 

However, it was not clear how many aircraft were flying in Tanzania and it was only after a music video appeared last year that a Tanzanian Seeker was seen for the first time, in the music video entitled Jeshi La Wananchi Tanzania by Jay Moe, Juma Nature and Professor Jay.

 

The video shows SB7L-360 Seeker JW-9704, which, according to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, could indicate that four aircraft have been delivered. Wescam’s MX-10 video/infrared sensor turret has been demonstrated on the Seeker and appears to be fitted to the Tanzanian example.

 

The Seeker is produced by Seabird Aviation in Australia and Seabird Aviation Jordan.

 

In 2006 a Jordanian example was supplied to South Africa (JY-SE1). In September 2004 the Paramount Group ordered five Seeker SB7L-360 surveillance aircraft from Seabird Aviation Jordan, with options for a further five units. In September 2006 Jane’s information group reported that Seabird Aviation Jordan had appointed Paramount as the exclusive distributor of the Seeker SB7 observation aircraft in western, central, southern and east Africa and central Asia.

 

It is believed that four of the aircraft sent to South Africa were subsequently supplied to the Ghana Police Service. The fifth aircraft was set to remain with the Paramount Group in South Africa as a demonstrator aircraft representing Seabird Aviation Jordan in the central and southern African region but it appears it is this aircraft that was donated to SANParks to combat rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park in late 2012.

 

Paramount confirmed to defenceWeb that it did not supply Seekers to Tanzania. The aircraft most likely come from Jordan.

 

The Seeker is powered by a 168 hp Lycoming engine driving a pusher propeller and features a pod and boom layout with excellent visibility from the cockpit to support its surveillance role. It has good low speed and loiter capabilities, as it can loiter at a speed of 120 km/h. Maximum speed is 200 km/h. Endurance is up to six and a half hours.

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13 novembre 2014 4 13 /11 /novembre /2014 08:30
Ministers Hennis-Plasschaert and Asscher - photo DefensieNL

Ministers Hennis-Plasschaert and Asscher - photo DefensieNL

 

06-11-2014 Defensie NL

 

"I have immense respect for our Dutch military personnel and the contribution they are making to the international effort in the fight against ISIS. It is important work that is also in the interests of the Netherlands.", said Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher while visiting Air Task Force Middle East in Jordan. He, together with Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp, was informed about the military effort against the ISIS terrorist movement.

 

During their visit to the air base from where the Dutch F-16s operate, the ministers and the general talked to both pilots and ground crew members. The detachment commander gave a tour of the F-16s and explained the planning process and mode of operation of his unit.

 

Flexibility

 

The ministers and the Chief of Defence gave expression to their feelings of respect and  appreciation for the military personnel and their high-risk and important mission. "The response time available for deployment was short. There is great flexibility and professionalism among our people. I am deeply impressed", said Hennis. The delegation is to return to the Netherlands tonight.

 

Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp – photo DefensieNL

Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp – photo DefensieNL

 

Support for the mission

 

According to the first results of  a survey conducted by the Defence organisation, the Dutch population supports this mission in the fight against ISIS. 64% of those questioned declared to be "strongly in favour or mostly in favour" of the Dutch deployment; 67% indicated that they were "proud" of the Dutch contribution to the fight against ISIS, and 59% said they thought that the deployment of our F-16s "will contribute to security in Iraq".

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24 septembre 2014 3 24 /09 /septembre /2014 16:30
L'Arabie saoudite confirme avoir participé aux frappes en Syrie

 

23 septembre 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Ryad - L'Arabie saoudite, chef de file des monarchies du Golfe, a confirmé avoir participé mardi aux frappes menées par les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés arabes contre les jihadistes du groupe Etat islamique (EI) en Syrie.

 

Les forces aériennes royales saoudiennes ont pris part aux opérations militaires contre l'EI en Syrie, en soutien à l'opposition syrienne modérée, et cela dans le cadre de la coalition internationale conduite par Washington, a déclaré un porte-parole officiel, cité par l'agence officielle SPA.

 

Cette coalition, a-t-il ajouté, est destinée à éradiquer le terrorisme, une maladie mortelle, et à soutenir le peuple syrien frère afin de rétablir la sécurité, l'unité et le développement dans ce pays sinistré.

 

La Jordanie, puis Bahreïn et les Emirats arabes unis ont tour à tour annoncé avoir mené des frappes contre les jihadistes de l'EI, les premières lancées par les Etats-Unis en Syrie.

 

Le Qatar est le seul des cinq pays arabes, dont la participation a été annoncée par le Pentagone, à ne pas encore s'être exprimé dans la soirée.

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

 

June 17, 2014 by Craig Hoyle - FG

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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7 mai 2014 3 07 /05 /mai /2014 07:30
Ouverture d'un salon de l'armement en Jordanie

 

07-05-2014 French.china.org.cn

 

La 10e édition du salon jordanien SOFEX dédié aux forces d'opérations spéciales a ouvert ses portes mardi, avec la participation de nombreux exposants de l'industrie de la défense.

 

Ce salon SOFEX 2014 réunit 371 exposants de renommée mondiale du secteur de la défense, de la sécurité intérieure et de la lutte contre le terrorisme, qui viennent de 41 pays.

 

On y trouve exposés des solutions de défense, des véhicules blindés, des avions et hélicoptères, des armes et autres équipements provenant du monde entier.

 

Cet événement est bien plus qu'une conférence ou une exposition, a déclaré le directeur général de SOFEX Amer Tabbaa lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture.

 

"C'est un melting-pot où les experts et les concepteurs les plus pointus de l'industrie de la défense du monde entier et les décideurs gouvernementaux de la communauté internationale partagent des perspectives et se renseignent en découvrant les dernières tendances et innovations", a expliqué M. Tabbaa.

 

Le salon, qui a été organisé pour la première fois en 1996, est aussi un lieu de rencontre permettant de discuter des technologies émergentes qui serviront de base aux armées modernes de demain, a ajouté M. Tabbaa.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 08:30
ATK Completes First Flight Test of its Light Gunship for Kingdom of Jordan

 

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire

 

Modifications Completed for Jordan's King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) CASA-235 Military Transport Aircraft

 

ATK (NYSE: ATK), a leader in weaponized, special-mission aircraft, announced it has completed the first flight test for the Kingdom of Jordan's two CASA-235 light gunship aircraft. ATK was awarded a contract by King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) of the Kingdom of Jordan to modify two of the country's CASA-235 transport aircraft into highly-capable and cost-effective special mission aircraft.

 

With modifications and ground testing complete, ATK began the flight test program to validate the installed weapons and gun system. Upon successful completion of the test program, the aircraft will be delivered to the Kingdom of Jordan to support the mission of the Jordanian Armed Forces.

 

"We are pleased that KADDB has selected ATK to provide this unprecedented capability to the Jordanian Armed Forces," said Bill Kasting, vice president and general manager of ATK's Defense Electronic Systems division. "This program will provide the Kingdom of Jordan with the first multi-mission gunship capability in the region. The start of the flight test is a major milestone achievement by the ATK and KADDB team."

 

In collaboration with KADDB, ATK developed and provided the system integration and aircraft modifications to turn a CASA-235 cargo plane into a multi-mission gunship. These modifications include installation of an electro-optical targeting systems, a laser designator, aircraft self-protection equipment, a synthetic aperture radar, and an armaments capability that can provide sustained and precise firepower in a variety of scenarios using Hellfire laser-guided missiles, 2.75-inch rockets, and a side-mounted M230 link-fed 30mm chain gun. The gun is automatically aligned to the target, cued by a camera in conjunction with the mission management and fire control solution. These capabilities are integrated with and controlled by ATK's Mission System, which provides both day and night reconnaissance and fire control capabilities, and the ability to acquire, monitor and track items of interest.

 

The gunship capability package is part of ATK's Special Mission Aircraft product portfolio, which provides affordable, responsive and advanced capabilities to customer-preferred platforms. ATK's expertise includes outfitting various aircraft – including the Alenia C-27J, CASA CN-235/295, Lockheed C-130, Bombardier Dash-8, Hawker Beechcraft King Air, Cessna Caravan and others – with integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and weapons employment capabilities.

 

About KADDB

The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) was established by Royal Decree on August 24, 1999 to provide an indigenous capability for the supply of independent, high quality, efficient and cost-effective scientific and technical services to the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF). KADDB is an independent government entity within the JAF that acts as the Jordanian research and development facility created to provide a one-stop solution for the supply of defence and commercial equipment. KADDB aims at harnessing science and technology to fulfil Jordan's defence needs and, in the process, assist the nation in creating a sustainable defence industrial base. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.KADDB.com.

 

About ATK

ATK Defense Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable ammunition, precision and strike weapons, electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air-, sea-, and land-based systems.

 

ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atk, or on Twitter @ATK.

CN-235 Royal Jordanian Air Force

CN-235 Royal Jordanian Air Force

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19 novembre 2013 2 19 /11 /novembre /2013 08:20
Javelin Joint Venture Awarded $176 Million for Javelin Weapon System

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (Nov. 18, 2013) Lockheed Martin

 

The Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Javelin Joint Venture received a $176 million contract for the production and delivery of 842 Block I Javelin missile rounds and 120 command launch units (CLUs). The contract was awarded to the Javelin Joint Venture in September.

 

The missiles will be provided through the U.S. government to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and three international customers: Oman, Jordan and Indonesia. Funded with Special Defense Acquisition Funds, the CLUs will be delivered to the U.S. Army beginning October 2014.

 

“The Javelin Joint Venture is providing U.S. and allied warfighters with an affordable, versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided missile and surveillance weapon,” said Jeff Miller, Raytheon Javelin program director and Javelin Joint Venture president. “This contract is important to the Javelin program because the CLU retrofit business keeps our production line warm through mid-2015.”

 

Javelin enhances direct-fire capability against armored vehicles, buildings and field fortifications. Using the Javelin missile system, a single infantryman can engage and defeat targets in close combat and at ranges up to two-and-a-half kilometers.

 

“This contract allows us to provide to our customers one of the most reliable and user-friendly systems in the world,” said Barry James, Lockheed Martin Javelin program director and Javelin Joint Venture vice president. “Javelin has proven and continues to prove itself time and time again in combat.”

 

About Javelin

 

Javelin is a compact, lightweight missile designed for one-soldier operations in all environments. It is made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin. Javelin has been adopted by international armed forces around the world. It is currently fielded with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, and has also been approved for foreign military sales to 13 nations.

 

About Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion. For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com.

 

About Raytheon

 

Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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7 octobre 2013 1 07 /10 /octobre /2013 19:30
Special arms for Syria rebels fall into Nusra hands

October 04, 2013 By Lauren Williams - The Daily Star / Lebanon News

 

BEIRUT: Some Saudi Arabian-supplied anti-tank missiles intended for mainstream Syrian rebels have inadvertently landed in the hands of the Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front, throwing plans to arm moderates via neighbor Jordan into question.

 

The failure of the pilot plan has forced Western and Arab opposition backers to reconfigure efforts to arm and vet moderate opposition types, and shift these efforts to the northern, Turkish border, The Daily Star has learned.

 

Senior Free Syrian Army and Jordanian sources, along with video evidence, have confirmed that European-made anti-tank missiles were obtained, and in some cases sold, to the hard-line Nusra Front after being supplied to vetted Free Syrian Army battalions across the Jordanian border.

 

The debacle prompted Jordan to back away from arrangements to arm moderate rebels, and close its borders in May.

 

The plan to train and arm moderate rebels via Syria’s southern border gained Western and Saudi support earlier this year, as concerns mounted over gains by Bashar Assad’s forces, backed by his Lebanese ally Hezbollah, as well as the proliferation of hard-line Islamist rebel brigades.

 

Special Forces personnel from the United States and the United Kingdom are known to have conducted training operations for vetted opposition troops.

 

An investigation by Reuters revealed that Saudi Arabia began transferring small numbers of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian rebels under the command of Gen. Salim Idriss, the chief of staff of the FSA, through Jordan in March.

 

The supply was reportedly coordinated by Saudi Arabia in consultation with France and Britain.

 

But Jordan, weary of the presence of Islamists at home, voiced concern over plans to arm the rebels, fearing that the weapons might end up in the hands of radicals, further jeopardizing Jordan’s security.

 

Jordan’s foreign minister, Nasser Judeh, cast doubt early on about the ability to properly vouch for rebel elements.

 

“Our position was always, arming who? And do we have addresses and do we have CVs? ... We are a country that neighbors Syria, and therefore, while we don’t interfere in the internal affairs of Syria, we are certainly affected by the outcome of what’s going on in Syria,” Judeh told reporters, in response to questions about arming the rebels, during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman in May.

 

Those fears have only been compounded by hard-line jihadist gains in northern Syria. Increasing clashes between hard-line Islamist groups and Western-backed FSA battalions are also troubling Western opposition backers, who fear the Islamist rebels will prove hostile to their interests.

 

Complicating matters further, a group of over 30 mostly Islamist factions issued a statement late last month rejecting the authority of the Turkey-based, Western-backed Joint Military Council of the FSA, which has been struggling to unite armed opposition groups on the ground.

 

Those concerns appear to have come to fruition with the Saudi-supplied missiles apparently landing in the hands of the Nusra Front “within days” of arrival.

 

“Saudi [Arabia] supported the FSA with anti-tank missiles, which were worth about 1 million Syrian pounds ($5,000) each,” one Joint Military Council source told The Daily Star.

 

“But within days Nusra paid $15,000 for each.”

 

“So they are going in, and immediately being sold on.”

 

Whether FSA fighters were selling the missiles or Islamist fighters were acquiring them by force is unclear. But the effect was immediate.

 

Rebel fighters made steady gains in Deraa province on the border with Jordan in July and August, after the missiles began to be supplied.

 

But the growing role of Islamist groups in spearheading the fighting there was highlighted last week, when a group of mainly Islamist brigades, including the Nusra Front claimed to have taken control of the main Ramtha border crossing following days of intense fighting.

 

Jordan has closed its main borders to Syria for months, but officials and analysts say that events effectively ended the program and halted all weapons supply.

 

“Because Nusra has now taken control of the borders, arming has completely stopped,” said Fahd al-Khitan, political analyst and commentator at Al-Ghad newspaper.

 

“The transfer of weapons did not produce practical results on the ground.

 

Khitan noted incidents in which it appeared Nusra fighters had captured the weapons from their intended recipients during clashes.

 

“Jordan was always concerned that these shipments would reach radical groups and their concerns were proven correct,” he added.

 

Videos and photographs of Nusra Front fighters with the new weapons have recently circulated on the Internet.

 

“It was intended as a message from Nusra,” the Joint Military Council source said of one video statement.

 

“All this proves is that the SMC needs to work more on how to protect their property,” he said.

 

Blogger Eliot Higgins, aka Brown Moses, who maps the spread and use of weapons in the Syrian conflict, documented Nusra Front fighters using the Saudi-supplied missiles in joint operations in Deraa in March, but noted that in joint operations, it was unclear whether the intended recipients were also using the weapons.

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15 juin 2013 6 15 /06 /juin /2013 17:30
Missiles sol-air Patriot

Missiles sol-air Patriot

MOSCOU, 15 juin - RIA Novosti

 

Un déploiement éventuel de systèmes antiaériens en Jordanie constituerait une violation flagrante du droit international, a déclaré samedi le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov.

Il s'agit de déployer des chasseurs F-16 et des missiles Patriot en vue de mettre en place une zone d'exclusion aérienne en Syrie. Selon les médias américains, cette idée est actuellement à l'étude.

"Nul besoin d'être expert pour comprendre que cette démarche constituerait une violation flagrante du droit international. Nous espérons que nos partenaires américains concevront toutes leurs actions compte tenu de l'initiative conjointe américano-russe prévoyant la convocation d'une conférence internationale sur le règlement du conflit en Syrie", a déclaré M. Lavrov à l'issue de négociations avec la chef de la diplomatie italienne Emma Bonino.

Début juin, la porte-parole du département d'Etat Jennifer Psaki a annoncé la décision de Washington d'envoyer des chasseurs F-16 et des missiles sol-air Patriot en Jordanie dans le cadre d'un exercice conjoint américano-jordanien. La diplomate a également fait savoir que ce matériel pourrait rester dans ce pays après l'exercice.

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15 juin 2013 6 15 /06 /juin /2013 11:30
US F-16s, missiles to stay in Jordan after drill: official

Jun 13, 2013 ASDNews (AFP)

 

The United States will keep F-16 fighter jets and Patriot anti-missile weapons in Jordan after a joint military exercise ends this month, a US defense official said Thursday.

 

The US administration, which is weighing a decision to arm rebels fighting in neighboring Syria's civil war, also planned to keep a unit of US Marines on amphibious ships off the coast after consultations with Jordanian leaders, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

 

The warplanes, anti-missile systems and warships had been sent to Jordan for a major exercise, dubbed Eager Lion, but officials decided to keep the troops and weapons in place on the request of Jordan, which is anxious about a spillover of violence and a growing influx of refugees from the conflict.

 

"It was decided the assets would remain in place," said the official.

 

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit taking part in the drill consists of about 2,400 troops, which arrived in a group of three amphibious ships, including the USS Kearsarge.

 

Officials declined to say how many F-16 jets had been deployed.

 

The move came as President Barack Obama's deputies reviewed possible options to supply weapons to Syria's rebel forces, with top officials attending a White House meeting on the issue Wednesday.

 

Secretary of State John Kerry called off plans for a trip to the Middle East to take part in the discussions.

 

The US official said one option under serious consideration would have the United States contribute funds that other governments -- including European allies -- could use to purchase weapons for the rebels, who have suffered serious setbacks in recent fighting.

 

"There would be pooled funds. That would enable other countries to draw from the pool to provide weapons," the official said, adding that no final decision had been made.

 

The option to provide funds was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which cited a plea from a top rebel commander, General Salim Idris.

 

The general warned Aleppo could fall to Syrian regime troops without the delivery of arms and ammunition, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, the Journal said.

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14 juin 2013 5 14 /06 /juin /2013 11:30
Syrie: Washington prêt à instaurer une zone d'exclusion aérienne (médias)

MOSCOU, 14 juin - RIA Novosti

 

Les Etats-Unis examinent la possibilité de mettre en place en Syrie une zone d'exclusion aérienne, qui s'étendrait au-dessus de la région frontalière avec la Jordanie, annoncent vendredi les médias occidentaux se référant à des sources diplomatiques.

 

Vendredi, la Maison Blanche a annoncé qu'en ayant fait usage d'armes chimiques, le gouvernement syrien avait franchi la "ligne rouge" et que les Etats-Unis allaient riposter.

 

Jeudi, le conseiller adjoint à la sécurité nationale du président américain Ben Rhodes a déclaré que la mise en place d'une zone d'exclusion aérienne n'était pas un moyen efficace de régler la crise en Syrie, les dépenses occasionnées risquant d'être supérieures à celles de l'opération en Libye.

 

Le gouvernement et l'opposition armée syriens s'accusent mutuellement d'avoir fait usage d'armes chimiques, proscrites par les conventions internationales. Le conflit armé en Syrie a fait, selon l'Onu, près de 93.000 morts.

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14 juin 2013 5 14 /06 /juin /2013 07:30

13/06/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Exercise Eager Lion 2013 has started in Jordan, with 19 participating nations.

 

A massive multi-national military exercise, Eager Lion is mean to firm up pre-existing armed forces partnerships and give regional stability a real shot in the arm by supplying the personnel taking part with a chance to respond to true-to-life 21st century security simulations.

 

These scenarios are varied in nature and encompass humanitarian aid, disaster relief and combined air/missile defence, according to officials.

 

"We from the United States are following behind our lead, the Jordanians, this year, who have really taken this exercise to a great level after building it over the last four years", US Central Command's Major General Robert Catalanotti told journalists at the start of this year's Exercise Eager Lion.

 

"This exercise challenges the participants to respond to realistic, modern-day security scenarios by integrating a variety of disciplines in the air, on land and at sea. Our relationship with Jordan and the 19 partner nations involved in the exercise is built on a foundation of interoperability that brings us closer together and enhances regional stability."

 

Exercise Eager Lion

 

Exercise Eager Lion began on 9 June and concludes on 20 June. The finale is an immense sea-land capabilities display, being staged over the last three days.

 

Exercise Eager Lion 2013 involves 5,000 military personnel from the US alone, with 3,000 more troops also on the scene.

 

The United States aside, other nations involved in Exercise Eager Lion 2013 include the UK, Bahrain, Canada, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

 

Participating aircraft include US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier IIs and MV-22 Ospreys, while participating US Navy assets include the USS Carter Hall dock landing ship, the USS Kearsarge amphibious assault ship and the USS San Antonio amphibious transport dock - all part of the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group

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14 juin 2013 5 14 /06 /juin /2013 07:30
Syrie: Washington va laisser des F-16 et des Patriot en Jordanie

13 juin 2013 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

WASHINGTON - Les Etats-Unis vont laisser des chasseurs de combat F-16 et des missiles Patriot en Jordanie, pays frontalier de la Syrie, après des manoeuvres communes qui doivent s'achever à la fin du mois, a annoncé jeudi un responsable américain de la Défense.

 

L'administration américaine, qui étudie la possibilité d'armer l'opposition syrienne mais n'a encore pris aucune décision à ce sujet, devrait également laisser une unité de Marines sur des navires amphibies au large des côtes du pays, a-t-il été décidé après des consultations avec les responsables jordaniens, a précisé ce responsable sous couvert d'anonymat.

 

Les chasseurs, les missiles antimissiles et les navires avaient été envoyés en Jordanie pour un exercice militaire baptisé Eager Lion, mais les responsables américains ont décidé de les laisser sur place à la demande de la Jordanie, qui craint de voir les violences en Syrie déborder sur son territoire.

 

Il a été décidé qu'ils resteraient sur place, a déclare ce responsable américain.

 

Quelque 2.400 Marines prennent part aux manoeuvres militaires en Jordanie, où ils sont arrivés à bord de trois navires amphibies. Les responsables américains n'ont en revanche pas précisé combien de F-16 avaient été déployés.

 

L'annonce du maintien de ces armements en Jordanie est survenue au moment où l'administration étudie la possibilité d'armer les rebelles syriens. Des réunions sur la crise syrienne étaient prévues mercredi à la Maison Blanche, en présence notamment du secrétaire d'Etat John Kerry.

 

Une des possibilités étudiées, toujours selon le même responsable américain, serait de voir les Etats-Unis contribuer à un fonds que d'autres gouvernements --dont les alliés européens de Washington-- utiliseraient pour acheter des armes destinées aux rebelles syriens, une possibilité évoquée en premier lieu par le Wall Street Journal.

 

Aucune décision n'a été prise, a toutefois rappelé ce responsable.

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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 11:30
Exercise Eager Lion begins in Jordan

June 13th, 2013 By Army News Service - defencetalk.com

 

Exercise Eager Lion kicked off in Jordan this week as U.S. service members began training with military forces from 19 nations.

 

The multi-national exercise, which runs June 9-20, began with a press conference in which Maj. Gen. Robert Catalanotti, director of exercises and training for U.S. Central Command, explained how impressed he was with the Jordanian way of running the training.

 

“We from the United States are following behind our lead, the Jordanians, this year, who have really taken this exercise to a great level after building it over the last four years,” Catalanotti said.

 

Eager Lion is designed to strengthen military-to-military partnerships and enhance security and stability in the region by responding to realistic, modern-day security scenarios, according to U.S. Central Command. This year’s scenarios will focus on integrated air and missile defense, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, officials said.

 

Around 5,000 U.S. service members are participating in the exercise. Included among those are Soldiers with a U.S. Army Patriot missile battery that deployed in order to participate.

 

“This exercise is designed to encounter national security challenges such as counterinsurgency, border security, close air support and integration of the whole of government,” said Maj. Gen. Awni al Adwan, chairman of joint task force with the Jordanian Army. He spoke during the press conference announcing the beginning of Eager Lion 2013.

 

In hosting the military training exercise, Jordan is opening its doors to allow more than 8,000 participants who will be conducting operations by land, air and sea.

 

Eager Lion includes events ranging from board, search and seizure techniques to live-fire demonstrations being conducted by the participating militaries. It is designed to increase the capabilities and partnerships of the participating countries.

 

“Eager Lion is an excellent example of teamwork that brings together military forces and inter-agency partners from around the world,” Catalanotti said. “This exercise challenges the participants to respond to realistic, modern-day security scenarios by integrating a variety of disciplines in the air, on land and at sea. Our relationship with Jordan and the 19 partner nations involved in the exercise is built on a foundation of interoperability that brings us closer together and enhances regional stability.”

 

Eager Lion culminates with a massive display of sea-land capabilities, June 18-20.

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6 juin 2013 4 06 /06 /juin /2013 12:30
Patriots, F-16s May Remain in Jordan After Eager Lion Exercise

Jun 6, 2013 ASDNews Source : AFPS

 

The United States could leave Patriot anti-missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in Jordan following the end of Exercise Eager Lion, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.

 

Jordan has requested the batteries, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not yet reviewed it, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Hagel is returning from NATO meetings in Brussels today.

 

“When the secretary receives the request, he will favorably consider it,” Warren said. “Jordan is a strong partner with us. We have a longstanding and strong relationship with the Jordanians, and we want to do what we can to support their security requirements.”

 

The fighting in neighboring Syria has raised concerns in Jordan. The Patriot batteries and F-16s are going to Jordan to take part in Eager Lion – an annual exercise that this year encompasses 19 nations and about 8,000 service members. It is scheduled to start June 9 and to run through June 20.

 

About 200 U.S. soldiers of the 1st Armored Division based at Fort Bliss, Texas, deployed to Jordan in April to provide a nucleus of command and control capabilities if the fighting in Syria spills over into Jordan. About 120,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan to escape the country’s civil war.

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29 mai 2013 3 29 /05 /mai /2013 07:30
Jordan In Talks Over MIM-104 Patriots Purchase

28/05/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Jordan is engaged in discussions with "friendly nations" concerning the acquisition and deployment of MIM-104 Patriot missiles on home ground, after Turkey recently did the same thing.

 

As was reported earlier this month, Turkey has acquired four Patriot missile batteries to try and secure its borders as it faces the prospect of violence spilling over from Syria, which lies to the south. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan also shares a border with Syria so it, too, is concerned about what might happen if the latter's disturbances expand beyond its territory. Since Syria's civil war erupted, close to half a million people have fled it and settled in Jordan.

 

"We wish and we demand Patriot missiles", Abdullah Nsur - the Prime Minister of Jordan - stated in comments recently quoted by newspaper Al-Sharq. "We always talk about this because we want to protect ourselves."

 

Jordanian Patriot Talks

 

This statement was updated on 26 May by Mohammed Momani, Jordan's Information Minister. "Jordan wishes to deploy Patriot missile batteries in order to boost its defense capabilities and help protect the country", he explained to journalists, adding: "We are currently at the stage of talks with friendly states."

 

The MIM-104 Patriot SAM (surface-to-air) missile is a modern military icon. First designed in the late 1960s, it went into series production in 1976 and, to date, more than 10,000 missiles have been manufactured. Nations currently equipped with Patriot missile systems include the United States, Taiwan, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Spain and the UAE.

 

MIM-104 Patriots Purchase

 

The Turkish MIM-104 Patriots purchase was NATO-approved in December 2012, for the specific purpose of providing protection against missiles fired from inside Syria.

 

The Royal Jordanian Army's current air defence inventory is dominated by Soviet and Russian designs, such as the Pantsir-S1E and ZSU-23-4 Shilka, but also includes 85 US-origin M163 Vulcan Air Defense Systems.

 

In related news, last month, MIM-104 manufacturer Raytheon announced that the world's Patriots had at least another 15 years' service left in them. It reached this verdict after carrying out a three-year study, funded by the US Government and other sources.

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23 avril 2013 2 23 /04 /avril /2013 19:30
Jordan refutes report of opening airspace to Israeli armed drones to spy on Syria

April 22, 2013 RT.com

 

A Jordanian military official has refuted the reports that Jordan has opened two air corridors for Israeli drones to monitor the Syrian conflict. The official told RT Arabic that an earlier report by Le Figaro was “inaccurate and groundless.”

 

Citing a Western military source, the French daily said the decision to open Jordanian airspace to the Israelis had been reached in March following a visit by President Barack Obama to the country.

 

"The Syrians have Russian air defense assets, but Israeli aircraft are difficult to detect and therefore virtually immune to anti-aircraft measures," said the unnamed source to Le Figaro. The military craft will fly at night to minimize the risk of detection and are capable of striking a target “anywhere in Syria.”

 

The report follows an alleged Israeli strike at targets inside the Syrian border in acts branded as a violation of the UN charter. The new aerial corridors through Jordan will allow Israeli aircraft to avoid flying over southern Lebanon and inciting a possible aggressive response from Hezbollah.

 

Israel has repeatedly voiced its concern over stockpiles of chemical weapons in Syria and the possibility they may fall into the wrong hands. In late January the Israeli government issued a number of warnings to Syria before reports of an air strike on what Damascus claimed was a “scientific research center" emerged. Israel did not take direct responsibility for the strike, but Defense Minister Ehud Barak implied Israeli involvement.

 

“I keep telling you frankly that ... when we say something we mean it. We say that we don’t think [Hezbollah should be allowed] to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon,” he told journalists in Germany a week after the attacks.

 

The US got behind Israel, stating that Washington had been informed prior to the strike on what was also said to be a weapons convoy heading to Lebanon.

 

The attack on a Syrian target drew widespread condemnation internationally, with Lebanon decrying the strike as “barbaric aggression,” while Russia said it was deeply concerned by the move that was in breach of the UN charter.

 

Israel has taken steps to beef up its military defenses along its borders with Syria and Lebanon. Iron Dome missile defense components were deployed along Israel’s northern borders along with a US-made Patriot missile unit in February, security sources told Reuters. The anonymous military spokesperson maintained that the deployment was purely routine.

 

Jordan has been dramatically affected by the escalating violence in neighboring Syria. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have flooded into Jordan since the conflict began over two years ago, leading to the creation of vast camps to house them. On Sunday the Jordanian authorities detained eight Syrians in a camp along the border for inciting riots, fueling fears the conflict could spark violence in Jordan.

 

Jordanian King Abdullah reportedly met with embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad in secret in March with a view to curb the influx of Syrian into Jordan. Assad, for his part, issued a warning to the Jordanian government last week, stating that thousands of fighters had crossed into Jordan to fight government forces.

 

"The fire will not stop at our border and everybody knows that Jordan is exposed as Syria is," Assad said in an interview broadcast on Al-Ikhbariya television.

 

The Syrian conflict has been raging for over two years and has shown no signs of abating. Opposition support group, the so-called Friends of Syria, met over the weekend to discuss monetary aid to rebel forces attempting to oust President Assad. The group granted $123 million in ‘non-lethal’ aid to the Syrian opposition.

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17 avril 2013 3 17 /04 /avril /2013 20:34
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2 avril 2012 1 02 /04 /avril /2012 12:55

nimr II

 

April 2, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE

 

The UAE (United Arab Emirates) has ordered another 200 NIMR vehicles for its armed forces. The NIMR is produced by a UAE company with an assembly plant in Jordan. The NIMR is a hummer like vehicle designed to cope with the high heat, and abundant sand and dust found in the Middle East. The basic 4x4 NIMR weighs 4.4 tons, can carry 1.5 tons (or up to eight people), and be equipped with a remote control 12.7mm machine-gun turret. Top speed is 140 kilometers an hour on roads. This version costs about $82,000 each. There is a larger 6x6 version for carrying cargo. There is also an anti-aircraft version armed with four Mistral missiles ready-to-fire, and four more as reloads. An anti-tank version comes equipped with four Milan ATGM (anti-tank guided missiles) ready to fire, and four more as reloads. All NIMRs are equipped to take a variety of armor kits (providing different degrees of protection against bullets and explosions.)

 

NIMR development began in the late 1990s, and production began in 2005. NIMR was designed with the help of Russian automotive company GAZ, which also helped set up the manufacturing operation and supplies some of the components.

 

The UAE armed forces bought a thousand NIMR vehicles a year ago and have about 500 in service. The new Libyan armed forces have ordered 107 while Lebanon, Tunisia and Algeria are testing the vehicle.

 

NIMR is part of an effort by oil-rich Arab countries to develop their economies, and not just be dependent on exporting oil and gas.

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