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14 septembre 2015 1 14 /09 /septembre /2015 12:30
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September 14, 2015 By Eurofighter GmgH


Germany: The Eurofighter Consortium today welcomes the State of Kuwait as a new member of the Eurofighter community.


This new international success follows an order from the Sultanate of Oman for 12 aircraft in December 2012 and it is a further evidence of growing interest in the Eurofighter Typhoon across the globe and in the Gulf Region in particular with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman who have already ordered this combat aircraft.


On behalf of the consortium and its Eurofighter Partner Companies (EPC) the CEO of Eurofighter, Alberto Gutierrez, said: “This new agreement is the confirmation of the superiority of the Eurofighter over its competitors and will provide a great opportunity for further Eurofighter orders. We are delighted to welcome Kuwait as the newest member of our Eurofighter Typhoon family. The Eurofighter is already proven and trusted by six nations to perform in all operational environments.”


With Kuwait, the Eurofighter Typhoon confirms its role as Europe’s largest military collaborative programme with a total of 599 aircraft committed. It provides leading-edge technologies and strengthens Europe’s defence industry in international competition. More than 100,000 jobs in 400 supplier companies are involved in this four-nation programme and deliver significant contributions.


Since entry into service of the first Eurofighter Typhoon at the end of 2003, 444 aircraft have been delivered to six nations: Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia. In December 2012, Oman became the seventh customer and ordered a total of twelve aircraft.


Eurofighter Typhoon is currently in service at 22 operational units and up to now, the whole fleet has completed more than 300,000 flying hours worldwide.

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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 08:30
Eagle Resolve Exercise Draws Worldwide Participation


TAMPA, Fla., March 20, 2015 – U.S. Central Command


Improving interoperability is often touted by exercise organizers and senior leaders as one of the benefits in bringing together a cross-section of militaries.


With about 5,500 troops from 29 nations taking part in exercise Eagle Resolve in Kuwait this month, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today, there are many opportunities to increase the ability of militaries to work together.


“Everybody brings something different to the fight, but it's only effective if you know how to use their skills and expertise,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Mattson, U.S. Central Command's director of exercises and training and the U.S. exercise director for Eagle Resolve.


Militaries Gather From Many Regions


Since its inception in 1999, Centcom’s release said, Eagle Resolve has been a venue for the U.S. and Arabian Gulf countries to partner with militaries from North and South America, Europe and Asia -- all regions are represented at this year's exercise -- and address their collective security concerns in a relatively low-risk environment. The current exercise began March 8 and concludes March 31.


In addition to Kuwait and the United States, the other 27 nations taking part in Eagle Resolve include: Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.



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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 17:30
17-Nation Exercise Kicks Off in Kuwait


March 10, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Central Command; issued March 09, 2015)


Eagle Resolve 2015 Multilateral Exercise Kicks Off in Kuwait


MACDILL AFB, Fla. --- U.S. forces, Gulf Cooperation Council nations and international partners are participating in the multilateral Eagle Resolve exercise held in Kuwait, according to U.S. Central Command officials.


Eagle Resolve 2015 kicked off March 8 and the exercise concludes March 31, officials said. Exercise events are being held in Kuwait and its territorial waters, officials added.


Eagle Resolve will consist of a weeklong series of "injects," simulated events designed to exercise participants' ability to respond as a multinational headquarters staff, followed by a series of tactical demonstrations of land, maritime and air forces from several nations, officials said.


The exercise ends with a senior leader seminar to foster an environment for commanders to discuss issues of regional interest, officials said.


About 3,000 U.S. military personnel representing U.S. Central Command headquarters and its components along with military representatives from more than a dozen other nations will support the exercise, officials said.


This is the Kuwaiti government's first time hosting this exercise, officials said.


Qatar hosted Eagle Resolve 2013, officials said. The first iteration of the exercise was held at Centcom’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida, in 1999.

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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 12:30
Defence Secretary pledges to train Syrian Moderate Opposition

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon meets US Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Lt General James Terry - photo UK Gov


2 March 2015 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP


In Kuwait today, the Defence Secretary met the senior military figures overseeing the international coalition’s response to the ISIL threat.


Michael Fallon met with the US Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Lt General James Terry and the UK Deputy Commander Major General Bob Bruce at Camp ‘Arifjan, the Headquarters for anti-ISIL operations.

During talks, Mr Fallon received an update on operational activity against ISIL. He emphasised the UK’s position that ISIL must be defeated in both Iraq and Syria and reaffirmed the UK’s intention to contribute to a US-led programme to train the Syrian Moderate Opposition at training sites across the Middle East.

Mr Fallon also discussed the UK’s significant contribution to the international coalition’s air campaign and the training and assistance provided to the Iraqi military.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

I came here to review progress in the campaign to defeat ISIL with Lt General Terry and Major General Bruce and to consider what more we can do counter its violent ideology.

This is a fight that ultimately can only be won on the ground and we are making a major contribution to assist Iraqi forces. Our aircraft have conducted around 160 strikes and provided vital refuelling capability; and the recently deployed E3-D aircraft will boost the coalition’s command and control and surveillance capabilities.

But ISIL must be defeated in both Iraq and Syria. Our actions and surveillance capabilities are freeing up other countries to strike in Syria. I reiterated today that Britain intends to contribute to the coalition’s training of moderate Syrian opposition.

Mr Fallon travelled to Kuwait as part of a wider Gulf visit as UK air activity over Iraq increased significantly recently, with RAF Tornados attacking a number of ISIL positions threatening Iraqi ground operations over the weekend. The trip will focus on how countries in the region can continue to tackle extremist groups. He met with the Kuwaiti Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah and Defence Minister Sheikh Khaled al-Jarrah al-Sabah to welcome Kuwait’s contribution to anti-ISIL efforts and to reiterate the strength and importance of relations between the two countries.

En route to Kuwait, Michael Fallon also met with His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mashal M. Al-Zaben in Jordan to reinforce the UK’s commitment to the Jordanian Armed Forces and to explore the country’s vision for countering the treat of ISIL to the region.

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15 novembre 2014 6 15 /11 /novembre /2014 23:30
Italy To Send 4 Tornados for Recon in Iraq

Italy will send four Tornado aircraft to Iraq to serve in a reconnaissance role.


Nov. 14, 2014 - By TOM KINGTON – Defense News


ROME — Italy will send four Tornado aircraft to join coalition operations against the Islamic State in Iraq, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Friday.


The aircraft, which will be based at Ahmed Al Jaber air base in Kuwait, will be used for reconnaissance missions only, he added.


In a letter sent to the Italian parliament, Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti said the aircraft would be accompanied by 135 support staff.


Pinotti said Italy was also dispatching to Iraq a number of Folgore 80mm anti-tank weapons previously used by the Italian Army.


In October, Italy said it would send a 767 tanker aircraft and two unarmed Predator drones to assist operations against fighters in Iraq, as well as 280 instructors.


Italy also sent a loaded C-130J to Baghdad, for shipment to Erbil, on Sept. 12. On board was a collection of arms worth €1.9 million (US $2.4 million), including 100 MG 42/59 machine guns and 100 12.7 Browning machine guns, plus munitions taken from Italian military stocks.


But there were also 2,000 RPG munitions and 400,000 machine gun rounds taken from a collection of arms and munitions seized in 1994 from a vessel allegedly defying a blockade to ship arms to Serbian fighters during the Balkan wars

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:30
Kuwait receives first KC-130J tanker


6 Aug 2014 By: Craig Hoyle - FG


Lockheed Martin has delivered its first of three KC-130J tanker/transports to the Kuwait air force, providing the service with a new air-to-air refuelling capability.


Carrying the registration KAF 326, the short-fuselage aircraft will be followed by another two contained within a production order signed in 2010. These are to be handed over before the end of this year, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database.

Kuwait also has options on a further five Rolls-Royce AE2100D3-powered KC-130Js. It will use the type for tasks including supporting operations with its Boeing F/A-18C combat aircraft.

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24 juin 2014 2 24 /06 /juin /2014 14:30
Defence Secretary to visit Middle East partners


23 June 2014 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP


Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is to visit the Gulf to discuss the threat terrorist group  poses to Iraq and the region as a whole.


Mr Hammond will arrive in the Gulf early on Tuesday to meet with foreign and defence ministers of the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar.

The 2-day visit will be an opportunity to discuss the need for a political solution to the crisis in Iraq which is inclusive and representative of all Iraq’s communities.

The meetings with regional allies will again demonstrate the UK’s commitment to the security of Gulf countries.

Speaking ahead of the visit Mr Hammond said:

The UK is deeply concerned by the recent developments in Iraq and the gains made by ISIL. Although the UK is not planning a military intervention, we are committed to finding a long-term political solution.

We remain committed to the security of the Gulf and want to reassure our friends and allies that we will do everything possible to support those who are working for a stable and democratic Iraqi state and to alleviate humanitarian suffering.

As the Foreign Secretary and I have previously made clear, the response to these events must be led by the Iraqi government. We are urgently looking at ways to help the Iraqi government, for example with counter-terrorist expertise.

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9 décembre 2013 1 09 /12 /décembre /2013 17:20
Switzerland, Kuwait request F/A-18 follow-on support from US

Swiss Air Force's FA 18 Hornet during its flight. Photo Peter Gronemann


9 December 2013 airforce-technology.com


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of two potential foreign military sales (FMS) of F/A-18 Hornet aircraft follow-on support and associated equipment to Switzerland and Kuwait.


Under the first estimated $200m sale, Switzerland has requested a possible sale of follow-on support for F/A-18 Hornet upgrade programme, including participation in the aircraft's engine component improvement program (CIP), spare and repair parts, system integration and testing, flight testing, support and test equipment, transportation, personnel training and training equipment, in addition to other related elements of logistics support.


The second estimated $150m FMS involves the continuation of contractor engineering technical services, contractor maintenance services, hush house support services, and liaison office support for the Kuwait Air Force's F/A-18 C/D programme.


Specific services include supply of spare and repair parts, US Government and contractor technical support services and other related elements of logistics support, to help the Kuwait Air Force ensure the reliability and performance of its F/A-18 C/D fleet.


Expected to support the current Switzerland F/A-18 Hornet Upgrade 25 and future upgrade programmes, the defence articles and services will enable the national air force to extend the aircraft's useful life and enhance their survivability, and also keep pace with technology advances in sensors, weaponry and communications.


Both sales contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Switzerland and Kuwait, which serve as an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe and in the Middle East.


The prime contractors for the first sale include Excelis, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Boeing, General Electric Aircraft Engines, General Dynamics Information Technology, Wyle Laboratories, MacKee and Zenetex.


Kay and Associates Incorporated, Boeing, Industrial Acoustics and General Electric will serve as prime contractors for the second FMS programme.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 16:30
Lockheed Martin Supports US Department of Commerce Cyber Security Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

Sep 26, 2013 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation


Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] joined a cyber security and critical infrastructure protection trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait led by the Department of Commerce. Headed by Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez, the goal of this trade mission is to introduce U.S. firms to high-level government officials and potential partners in the Middle Eastern market.


“I’m proud to have Lockheed Martin join me for this important trade mission focused on cyber security and critical infrastructure protection,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez. “Lockheed Martin offers the high-quality technology, products, and expertise that help public and private sector entities in these two critical trading partners achieve their specific cyber security and infrastructure protection goals.”


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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 07:30
Raytheon Wins $45M for Kuwait Patriot Upgrade

September 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued September 23, 2013)


Pentagon Contract Announcement


Raytheon, Andover, Mass., was awarded a $44,854,006 firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract to procure modern manstation upgrade kits for the Patriot weapon system for the United States and Kuwait.


This is support of foreign military sales to Kuwait.


Performance location will be Andover, Mass., with funding from fiscal 2013 other authorizations funds. This contract was a con-competitive acquisition with one bid received.


The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Redstone Arsenal (Missile), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-13-C-0017).

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:30
Kuwait's first AH-64D Apache Longbow hovers over the flight line at Boeing's facility site in Mesa, Arizona, US. Photo Boeing

Kuwait's first AH-64D Apache Longbow hovers over the flight line at Boeing's facility site in Mesa, Arizona, US. Photo Boeing

26 July 2013 airforce-technology.com/


Selex ES has completed training of the Kuwaiti Air Force pilots in operation of the helicopter integrated defensive aids system (HIDAS) at its electronic warfare operational support (EWOS) facility in Lincolnshire, UK.


The six-month training programme delivered the essential knowledge and skills that will enable the air force to customise the HIDAS system in response to the current and emerging threats.


Additionally, the training is expected to help the country start development of a national EWOS capability.


Selex ES EWOS vice-president Ramie Smith said the equipment alone does not offer the most effective solution in the fast-paced EW world.


''This training will allow our Kuwaiti customer to program their electronic warfare hardware to effectively defend against modern threats and new challenges as they emerge in the future,'' Smith said.

Specifically, the training includes a multitude of EW and EWOS basics such as EW data analysis, EW database management, EW mission support, threat vulnerability assessment, as well as EW tactics and counter-measures development, United Press International (UPI) reports.


The company is now planning to supply a broad spectrum of mission data sets to Kuwait, eventually paving way for the country to start its assessment and development of a national EW capability.


Acquired though a US foreign military sale (FMS) programme route in 2002, the HIDAS systems are currently installed onboard the Kuwaiti Air Force's AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters.


Equipped with advanced sensors and intelligent software, HIDAS has been designed to automatically detect, identify, prioritise, and counter threats to the Apache helicopter by creating a comprehensive picture of the tactical operating environment without crew intervention.


Capable of being used in automatic, semi-automatic or manual modes, the system is also installed on British military's Apache, Chinook and Puma helicopters, as well as other exported Apache helicopters.

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12 juin 2013 3 12 /06 /juin /2013 11:30
F-18C Hornet aircraft of the Kuwaiti Air Force – photo PH2 Bruce R. Trombecky

F-18C Hornet aircraft of the Kuwaiti Air Force – photo PH2 Bruce R. Trombecky



The U.S. military has notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale of technical and logistics support to Kuwait.


The deal would support the country's fleet of F/A-18 C/D aircraft and carries an estimated value of $200 million.


According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the package would include avionics software upgrades, engine component improvements, ground support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, and engineering change proposals.


The principal contractor would be General Dynamics, Boeing and Wyle Laboratories.


The assignment of 90 U.S. government and contractor representatives to Kuwait for three years to establish and maintain operational capability would be required, the agency said.


"The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," DSCA said in its notification. "The proposed sale of this support will not alter the basic military balance in the region."

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2 juin 2013 7 02 /06 /juin /2013 17:35
le BPC Tonnerre et le George Leygues - photo Marine Nationale

le BPC Tonnerre et le George Leygues - photo Marine Nationale

June 1, 2013 nvonews.com


NEW DELHI, Kuwaiti ambassador to India Sami Al-Sulaiman has participated in the reception ceremony of FNS Tonnerre and FNS George Leygues-two French naval ships carrying navy cadets from Kuwaiti and other countries — that arrived in Goa yesterday as a part of the ‘Mission Jeanne D’Arc’, a Kuwait embassy statement issued to KUNA said here Saturday.


The reception was held on one of the ships, on which French cadets were embarked, including cadets from other navies.

The French Navy Jeanne d’Arc Task Group is composed of LHD Dixmude and anti-submarine destroyer Georges Leygues, five helicopters, three amphibious landing craft and about 133 cadets from the 2010 class of the French naval academy. ‘Mission Jeanne D’Arc’ began in March and is scheduled to conclude in July.


The mission has taken the naval group to Lebanon, Jordan, Djibouti, Abu Dhabi and Muscat.


This training squadron will return to France in late July 2013 after visiting many countries and participating in operational missions along its journey through the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean in the framework of cadets training, including a port call in Goa from June 1 to 5.

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18 avril 2013 4 18 /04 /avril /2013 16:32

Apr 18, 2013 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress April 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for 1 C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $371 million.

The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of 1 C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft, 4 Turbofan F117-PW-100 Engines, 1 AN/AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System, 1 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Set (CMDS), secure radios, precision navigation equipment, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, tactics manuals, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, aircraft ferry support, aircraft fuel, and technical and logistics support services; and related elements of initial and follow-on logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $371 million.

Kuwait continues to be a key ally and strong supporter of U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in the Persian Gulf region. The proposed sale will enhance the United States foreign policy and national security objectives by increasing interoperability among the Kuwait Air Force (KAF), the United States Air Force, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and other coalition forces. The relationships built upon current flying operations will enhance the US Air Force’s influence and access in Kuwait.

The provision of a second C-17 provides KAF a more robust regional airlift and long-range strategic airlift capability. The additional C-17 aircraft will allow the KAF to better participate in humanitarian support operations.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be The Boeing Company of Chicago, Illinois. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Kuwait for a period of (5) five years to establish and maintain operational capability.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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28 février 2012 2 28 /02 /février /2012 12:40
Kuwait - AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Missiles

Feb 27, 2012 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Feb. 24 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All-Up-Round Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $105 million.


The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All-Up-Round Missiles, 26 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles, 2 CATM-9X-2 Block II Missile Guidance Units, 8 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance Units, 2 Dummy Air Training Missiles, containers, missile support and test equipment, provisioning, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related logistics support. The estimated cost is $105 million.


This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.


The Kuwait Air Force is modernizing its fighter aircraft to better support its own air defense needs. The proposed sale of AIM-9X-2 missiles will enhance Kuwait’s interoperability with the U.S. and among other Central Command nations, making it a more valuable partner in an increasingly important area of the world.


The proposed sale of this weapon system will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

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