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30 octobre 2013 3 30 /10 /octobre /2013 12:50
Leopard - Photo Daniel Orban

Leopard - Photo Daniel Orban

 

25/10/13 Guy Verbruggen – MIL.be

 

Du 11 au 25 octobre 2013, le Bataillon 1/3 Lanciers a tiré ses derniers coups de canon avec le char Léopard dans le camp d'exercice OTAN de Bergen-Hohne. Plus de 2.000 militaires s'y sont entraînés.

 

Pour assister à cet événement historique, de nombreux anciens de l'unité ont fait le déplacement jusque dans le nord de l'Allemagne. Un triste moment pour beaucoup mais également un regard tourné vers l'avenir.

 

D'autres unités à l'instar du Bataillon Carabiniers Prince Baudouin Grenadiers s'entraîneront encore avec ce char en 2014. Sous peu, le Léopard cèdera la place au nouveau véhicule à roues Piranha III AIV (Armoured Infantry Vehicle) équipé d'un canon de 30 ou 90 millimètres.

 

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6 octobre 2013 7 06 /10 /octobre /2013 12:55
Une cavalerie à 40 escadrons ?

06 octobre à 12h40 par Jean-Dominique Merchet

 

La cavalerie pourrait perdre 20% de ses unités élémentaires.

 

La dissolution du 4 ème régiment de dragons est peut-être l'arbre qui cache la forêt des restructurations à venir au sein de la cavalerie. Comme nous l'expliquait sur ce blog le général Sainte Claire-Deville, le père de l'arme, le pion de base de la cavalerie est l'escadron, pas le régiment. "La cavalerie, c'est cinquante escadrons très sollicités", nous confiait-il en mai dernier. Ce pourrait bientôt n'être plus que quarante escadrons, qui seraient au passage renforcés. 

 

Selon nos informations, les réflexions en cours pourraient aboutir à ce nouveau format, avec la suppression de dix escadrons, soit une réduction de 20%. Outre les quatre escadrons de Leclerc du 4ème RD, dissous, six autres escadrons seraient supprimés.

 

Plusieurs pistes sont à l'étude, en particulier la fusion des actuels 7 Escadrons d'aide à l'engagement (sur VAB et VBL) à vocation antichar avec les 6 Escadrons d'éclairage et d'investigationsn directement rattachés au niveau brigade. Ils deviendraient tous des ERIAC (escadron de reconnaissance et d'intervention antichar), à raison d'un par régiment lourd ou léger.  Soit 10 ERIAC au lieu de 13 EAE + EEI.  Soit -3.

 

Pour atteindre le chiffre de 10 escadrons à supprimer, les régiments de chars Leclerc (2ème cuirassiers d'Olivet, le 501ème régiment de chars de combat de Mourmelon et le 1er chasseurs de Verdun) seraient réorganisés sur la base de 3 escadrons et non plus 4 comme aujourd'hui. Ces escadrons lourds seraient toutefois "densifier", les pelotons passant de trois à quatre chars. Les pelotons de la "légère", sur AMX-10 RC, seraient également renforcés en effectifs.

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2 octobre 2013 3 02 /10 /octobre /2013 12:50
Army reserves train on Salisbury Plain

A Challenger 2 engages an enemy position using laser sights – a pyrotechnic element adds realism to the visual simulation  (photo  Richard Watt, UK MoD)

 

1 October 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

Army reserve soldiers from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry are this week training with Challenger 2 tanks on Salisbury Plain.

 

More than 100 soldiers are training to become crewmen on the armoured vehicles and this is the first time in several years that the unit has had the opportunity to train with Challenger 2 on Salisbury Plain.

The reservists are spending a week on the Plain taking part in Exercise Wessex Dragon, which is their annual training camp.

The exercise is also an opportunity for the unit to use and train on its new fleet of Wolf Scout Land Rover vehicles which were recently delivered to the unit’s squadrons as part of the government’s ongoing £1.2 billion investment to revitalise the Army Reserve.

Trooper Elliot Metcalfe said:

The training stands today have been very good and very informative on all different aspects of the Challenger 2, and I have enjoyed using the laser technology system which is fitted to our weapons so we can simulate firing and hitting a target.

Troops work on extracting a casualty from a tank
Troops work on extracting a casualty from a tank [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

Captain Damien Thursby said:

Since the Future Reserves 2020 announcement we are actually getting to see the tanks more and having more opportunities for all the guys to get out on exercise with regular units, which is great.

Corporal Nathan Howard said:

The is the first time we have been able to take the tanks out as a troop working under our own steam and it is very beneficial learning to live with our tanks out here for 3 or 4 days.

These reserve personnel are preparing to fulfil a vital role in the future British Army as, by this time next year, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry will formally become the only armoured reinforcement unit in Britain.

Troops being briefed before an exercise
Troops being briefed before an exercise [Picture: Richard Watt, Crown copyright]

The regiment will be working towards fully integrating with the British Army’s 3 regular armoured units, the Queen’s Royal Hussars, the King’s Royal Hussars and the Royal Tank Regiment, who will be based together in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

As a result, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry will be one of only a handful of reserve units to be part of the British Army’s reactive forces which are held at a state of higher readiness and are prepared to deploy anywhere around the world to protect Britain’s interests and national security.

This challenging and exciting new role for the Royal Wessex Yeomanry was bestowed upon them following the recent publication of the white paper ‘Reserves in the Future Force 2020’. This document detailed the restructure of the British Army and the creation of a new, well-trained, well-funded, well-equipped and fully integrated Reserve Force.

In order to successfully fulfil this enhanced new role, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry will work closely with the aforementioned regular regiments and, from now on, will train alongside them in preparation for any possible future deployment.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris MacGregor said:

Integration is absolutely vital so we have borrowed for this training 8 tanks from one of our paired regular units, the King’s Royal Hussars, and a crew from the 1st Royal Tank Regiment, which is another. We also have instructors from these units permanently based with us.

There is a desire on the part of regular forces to invest in their reservists and likewise the reservists want the best capability they can get and that comes through great training and opportunities like this.

The UK Reserve Forces play a vital part in our nation’s defence. Find out how you can get involved and what is on offer for Reserve

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27 septembre 2013 5 27 /09 /septembre /2013 11:40
Russia’s Prime Minister Gets Sneak Preview of Top Secret Tank

NIZHNY TAGIL, September 26 (RIA Novosti)

 

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and a select group of senior officials got a sneak peek at a secret prototype of the country’s new-generation battle tank in a closed viewing at an arms show in the Urals region on Thursday.

 

The new tank, dubbed Armata, is expected to join the military in 2015 and become the core of Russia’s army. The Defense Ministry has said that the Russian army will get 2,300 Armatas by 2020.

 

Although the new tank remains top secret, its manufacturer Uralvagonzavod has said that its design incorporates elements seen in other projects, including Object 195 and Black Eagle.

 

It will also reportedly feature a remotely controlled gun and fully automated loading, as well as a separate crew compartment made from composite materials and protected by multilayered armor.

 

Russian experts believe that the appearance of the remotely controlled gun would eventually lead to the development of a fully robotic tank which could be deployed to spearhead an offensive.

 

The Armata is designed as a modular universal combat platform that could be used as the basis for a variety of combat vehicles, including fire support, mine clearing, heavy flame throwing, and bridge laying vehicles, local media reported citing defense ministry officials.

 

Igor Korotchenko, a Russian military expert associated with the Defense Ministry, said this week that over the period 2009-2012, Russia had 52.7 percent of the global market for new main battle tanks, calculated by the units exported (806) or 31 percent if calculated by value ($2.58 billion).

 

Korotchenko, who heads the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Global Arms Trade, forecasted that global tank exports could reach 1,552 units over the next three years, with an estimated value of $8.98 billion. However he also said that Russia’s expected share of this market could shrink, by comparison with the preceding 3-year period, to 48.8 percent in unit terms.

 

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 21:40
The Peruvian Army has Highly Praised the T-90S

The combat capabilities of the Russian tank were demonstrated to the Peruvian army

 

25.09.2013 Rostec.ru

 

The Commander of the Army of Peru, Rikardo Monkada Novoa, examined the potential of the T-90S tanks, constructed by the research and production corporation Uralvagonzavod.

 

The senior military leadership of the South American republic was shown both daytime and nighttime fighting capabilities of the T-90S, as well as its accuracy at different ranges with all kinds of weapons in low visibility conditions and mountainous terrain, according to the press service of Uralvagonzavod.

The crew of the combat vehicle excelled in all of the tasks, demonstrating the high potential of the Russian tank producer Uralvagonzavod. At the end of the presentation, a Peruvian mechanic and tank operator, who has operated T-55 tanks in the Peruvian Army, was invited to test-drive the T-90S. After a five-minute briefing, he was able to drive as if an expert.

The Russian company contended that its experiment proved that the modern T-90 tank is lightweight and easy to manage, like its predecessor, the T-55, first developed by Uralvagonzavod 40 years ago. “Both high-ranking officers of the Peruvian army and tank experts appreciated the capabilities of the T-90S,” according to reports.

Rosoboronexport presented the armored T-90S tank at the SITDEF International Exhibition of Defense Technology, held May 15-19 in Peru. The T-90 is the most modern tank in service in the Russian army. Over the past ten years, it has become one of the best-selling tanks in the world. Over 1,000 T-90S tanks have been exported during that period.

The T-90S shoots 7 times a minute, with an effective range of 2,500 meters. It can fire Reflex (AT-11 Snier) missiles with laser sights and targeting from a range of 75 to 5,000 meters. With a weight of 17 kg, its missiles can pierce armor with a thickness of 900mm.

The tank is 6.86 meters long (9.36 m with its barrel), 3.78 meters wide, and 2.2 meters tall. It weighs 46.5 tons. Its maximum speed is 60 km/h. Its three-person crew is made up of a commander, gunner, and driver.

In an effort to modernize its armed forces, the Peruvian army plans to purchase 120 tanks, which will replace the obsolete T-55 tanks, built from 1973-78.

Rosoboronexport is a state company with the exclusive right to sell the full range of arms and other military equipment produced by the Russian military industry on the world market. The state corporation Rostechnology owns 100% of shares of Rosobornexport.

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 17:40
Chars: la Russie occupera 50% du marché mondial d'ici 2016 (expert)

MOSCOU, 25 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie occupera d'ici 2016 près de 50% du marché mondial des chars de combat principaux neufs, a déclaré mercredi à Moscou Igor Korottchenko, directeur du Centre russe d'analyse de commerce mondial d'armes (TsAMTO).

 

"Les ventes de chars de combat principaux (MBT) neufs atteindront 1.552 unités pendant la période de 2013 à 2016. Elles se chiffreront à 8,98 milliards de dollars en cas de réalisation des contrats déjà signés et en cours de discussion. La Russie représentera 48,8% (758 unités) du total", a indiqué M.Korottchenko.

 

Ceci sera possible si la Russie et l'Inde poursuivent la réalisation de leur programme conjoint de production des chars T-90S après l'assemblage du premier lot de 300 chars. Au total, la licence prévoit la production de 1.000 chars T-90S.

 

"La Russie a détenu 52,7% du marché mondial des MBT neufs de 2009 à 2012 en termes de volume (806 unités) et 31% en termes de revenus (2,58 milliards de dollars)", a ajouté l'expert.

 

Au total, 1.527 chars neufs pour 8,32 milliards de dollars ont été exportés ou produits sous licence dans le monde de 2009 à 2012, selon lui.

 

Les Etats-Unis occupent le 2e rang sur le marché mondial des exportations avec 868 chars pour 5,9 milliards de dollars, l'Allemagne arrive en troisième position avec 394 chars pour 4,7 milliards de dollars et la Chine est troisième avec 112 chars pour 354,4 millions de dollars.

"Pékin a accédé au marché mondial des chars de combat principaux neufs grâce au projet de char MBT-2000 qu'il réalise conjointement avec le Pakistan. Ce char a également été livré au Bangladesh, au Maroc et au Myanmar (Birmanie)", a expliqué M.Korottchenko.

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24 septembre 2013 2 24 /09 /septembre /2013 07:40
Industry Exec Gives Glimpse of Russia’s New ‘Secret’ Tank

Tanks designed by the Uralvagonzavod corporation

 

MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti)

 

Russia’s new-generation main battle tank will feature an unmanned, remotely controlled turret that will be digitally controlled by a crew located in a separate compartment, a defense industry official said Monday.

 

An Armata prototype will be demonstrated at “a restricted showing” this month during the 9th Russia Arms Expo 2013 international arms exhibition due to the “secret nature of the project,” said Igor Sevastyanov, deputy general director of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state-run arms export monopoly.

 

Industry Exec Gives Glimpse of Russia’s New ‘Secret’ Tank

Another feature of the new tank, tentatively scheduled to enter military service in the Russian army in 2015, is an automated combat command and control system, he added.

 

Armata is a modular universal combat platform that will be used as a basis for a new tank, fire support vehicle, mine clearing vehicle, heavy flame throwing vehicle, bridge laying vehicle and other heavy equipment, Sevastyanov said.

 

A prototype Armata tank is ready for testing, and that process is due to begin in November, Lt. Gen. Alexander Shevchenko, commander of the Russian Tank Forces, said earlier this month in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio.

 

The biannual Russian Arms Expo will run in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil between September 25 and 28.

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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 07:30
Altay tank nov 2012

Altay tank nov 2012

Sep. 18, 2013 - By BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense News

 

ANKARA — Despite their differences over the July coup in Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have ratified a defense industry cooperation agreement..

 

According to the agreement, which took effect Sept. 11, Turkey and Saudi Arabia “aim to increase cooperation in the defense industry by improving the industry capabilities of both countries through more effective collaboration on the development, production and procurement of goods and services in the defense industry and the related technical and logistical support fields.”

 

The agreement had been signed in May and was pending parliamentary approval.

 

The agreement will remain in force for five years and it should be extended automatically for successive one-year periods. Last year, the Turkish parliament also approved a deal with Saudi Arabia regarding cooperation in the training of military personnel.

 

On a political level, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have cooperated to support the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which both countries said must be removed. But Ankara and Riyadh differ in their Egypt policies. Turkey has been a fierce opponent of the military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in July, while the Saudi kingdom has been supporting the military-backed government there.

 

Industry experts here say the cooperation accord between Turkey and Saudi Arabia could facilitate Turkey’s future exports of naval vessels, assault boats, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The Arab kingdom also has shown an interest in the Altay, Turkey’s first indigenous new-generation battle tank now in the prototype production and testing stage.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:30
Israel Advances IMI Privatization Plan

Israel Military Industries produces about 40 percent of Israel's Merkava Mk4 main battle tank.

 

Sep. 16, 2013 - By BARBARA OPALL-ROME – Defense news

 

If Approved, Asking Price Assessed at US$600 Million

 

TEL AVIV — After decades of discussion, the Israeli government is advancing a plan that, if approved, could result in the privatization of Israel Military Industries (IMI), the nation’s oldest defense firm.

 

Under the plan approved Monday by IMI’s board of directors, the firm will retire some 950 employees, which is about a third of its workforce; leave prime real estate in the center of the country; and consolidate all but government-designated critical technologies into a new, streamlined firm tentatively called “New IMI” in southern Israel.

 

The prospective sale of IMI’s vast real-estate holdings is expected to net the government some 20 billion shekels (US $5.7 billion), a portion of which will be used to cover ongoing pension obligations that have mired the company in decades of debt.

 

If approved and implemented according to an agreement hammered out in painstaking negotiations with the IMI workers committee and the national labor union, New IMI should be smaller, more competitive and available to government-approved investors for approximately $600 million, company executives here say.

 

IMI announced on Monday that the privatization plan will be presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in a meeting scheduled for Oct. 15.

 

“The expected government decision is an important milestone for the company’s recovery and will pave the path to implementation of a number of organizational and business moves” aimed at preparing the company for privatization, IMI Chairman Udi Adam said.

 

 

According to IMI, the company reached an agreement in principle with Israel’s Defense Ministry that identifies critical technologies and strategic infrastructure that will remain in government hands.

 

IMI declined to detail specific business units or technologies that will not be available to outside investors, but sources here said MoD is unlikely to relinquish heavy propulsion capabilities developed by the firm’s Givon Rocket Systems Division.

 

Imri Tov, a former Defense Ministry budget director who specializes in Israeli industrial base issues, said the agreement between IMI management and the labor unions marks a significant step in a decades-long push for privatization. Nevertheless, he recommended waiting for the outcome of next month’s ministerial meeting to realistically assess the prospects for privatization.

 

“Various schemes have made it up to the prime minister’s level in the past; and at one point in the early 1990s, [then-Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin actually approved a plan,” Tov said.

 

In a Monday interview, Tov said it could cost the government several billion shekels to absolve the company of previous debt, cover costs of the 950 employees slated for retirement, and create a safety net for another 1,050 employees who may be asked to leave by prospective new owners.

 

Similarly, he said the MoD would have to bear “not insignificant costs” for the firm’s transfer to southern Israel and for maintaining and operating former IMI units designated as critical technologies.

 

“We’re talking here about a mega project that will cost billions of shekels and could take years to implement,” Tov said. “At this point, it remains unclear exactly what will be put up for sale, what will remain in government hands, and what specific obligations will be passed on to prospective investors.”

 

According to IMI’s statement, the company has a backlog of some 5 billion shekels, and posted year-end 2012 sales of 1.9 billion shekels. Some 70 percent of IMI turnover is export sales.

 

The firm produces about 40 percent of Israel’s Merkava Mk4 main battle tank; has an extensive portfolio of precision rockets, mortars and artillery systems; and provides system engineering and upgrades for a broad spectrum of land warfare systems. Additionally, the firm specializes in a full range of armored solutions, including the new Iron Fist active protection system for ground vehicles.

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7 septembre 2013 6 07 /09 /septembre /2013 16:40
La Russie crée un nouveau char lourd baptisé Armata

 

MOSCOU, 7 septembre 2013- RIA Novosti

 

La Russie a conçu trois blindés, dont un char, sur la base du châssis lourd Armata, qui seront présentés fin septembre au salon de l'armement à Nijni Taguil (Oural), a annoncé Alexandre Chevtchenko, chef du département des véhicules blindés du ministère russe de la Défense.

"Nos usines ont achevé la fabrication d'échantillons d'essai. Trois blindés Armata sont prêts", a indiqué vendredi le général Chevtchenko au Musée central des blindés à Koubinka, dans la région de Moscou. 

"Les échantillons d'essai seront prochainement exposés au salon de Nijni Tagil. Les tests de ces véhicules commenceront dans un ou deux mois", a-t-il ajouté samedi à la radio Echo de Moscou. 

Les deux autres blindés conçus sur la base du châssis Armata sont un blindé lourd de transport de troupes et un véhicule blindé de dépannage. Les trois véhicules ont des performances égales voire supérieures à celles de leurs concurrents étrangers, selon le général Chevtchenko.

Le char lourd Armata sera doté d'obus traditionnel et de missiles, d'après le général Sergueï Maïev, ancien chef du département des blindés au ministère de la Défense.

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6 septembre 2013 5 06 /09 /septembre /2013 16:40
Russian Firm to Unveil BMPT-72 Tank

Sept. 6, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Uralvagonzavod; web-posted Sept. 5, 2013)

 

RAE 2013: Terminator-2 World Premiere

 

A world premiere will take place on the first day of the 9th International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment and Ammunition - Russia Arms EXPO 2013 (RAE 2013) on September 25, 2013.

 

Research and Production Corporation Uralvagonzavod will present its latest design - Tank Support Fighting Vehicle BMPT-72. BMPT-72 is a breakthrough modernization of the world-famous Uralvagonzavod T-72 tank. When designing BMPT-72, engineers relied on experience of creation and exploitation of BMPT, also known as Terminator for its gun power.

 

Just as its basic model, Terminator-2 is a multipurpose tank and infantry fire support vehicle that can operate in any combat mode, complicated geographic area, light conditions and against any enemy. Still, it has some new features: upgraded fire-control system and turret weapon station protection. The breakthrough vehicle is built on the platform of the most widely manufactured and used T-72 tank.

 

Given that, the key advantage that BMPT-72 gives to all the counties that operate T-72 tanks, is that they can promptly and at minimum cost upgrade their armies to ultra-modern level, enhance its capacity, mobility, protection and armament without purchasing new high cost machines.

 

Terminator-2 is to premiere in a multimedia lightshow at a 900 m2 presentation centre built especially for that purpose. Foreign visitors and official delegation are expected to attend the presentation.

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3 septembre 2013 2 03 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
New Polish Tank Design Concept

2 sept. 2013 Nasze Kielce


Soon, serving in the Polish army tanks T-72, PT-91 Hard or Leopard tanks can replace future polish tank PL 01 CONCEPT presented at the International Defence Industry Exhibition 2013 International Defence Industry Exhibition Kielce.

 

Photos from the fair at http://www.naszekielce.com/?q=targi_z...

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 11:40
Russia Revives The Canadian Army Trophy

August 29, 2013: Strategy Page

 

In August 2013 the Russian Army held its first tank gunnery competition. Tank crews competed by performing actual tasks a tank crew would be called on to carry out in combat. The competition is held on a course that is 20 kilometers long and the winders are those who get through it the quickest. Each time a tank goes through it they are called on to halt when a target appears and fire one of their three weapons (main gun, machine-gun or long range missile fired from main gun barrel). Each time a tank misses a target it must hustle through a 500 meter penalty loop. Part of the course is an obstacle course where crews are graded on time and accuracy (not hitting certain obstacles). The crews are ranked according to their scores and those that do the best are rewarded in one way or another.

 

Such competitions are costly, especially when they involve all similar units in the army, navy or air force. But in the West such competitions were found to be worth the additional cost and effort. They are a big boost to morale as well because of the competitive element and this is especially true for the teams (and the unit they are from) who win overall. Russia has picked up on this and has made these elaborate and expensive training/testing methods part of their military reforms.

 

It’s unclear if Russia is seeking to revive a Cold War era tank competition held among NATO tank crews. From 1963 to 1991 Canadian forces in Europe sponsored a tank gunnery competition for NATO troops stationed in Europe. The completion ceased because the Cold War ended and Canadian forces withdrew from Europe in 1993. The most frequent competitors were Canada, Belgium, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, West Germany and the United States. The winner got to keep the Canadian Army Trophy until the next competition. The competition evolved over the years and its final format was very similar to the one the Russians are now using.

 

Russia has invited other nations to compete. This includes nations that used to be part of the Soviet Union as well as China and NATO countries. The U.S. was also invited to compete, but that would be expensive (moving American tanks to Russia for the competition) and in these times of shrinking military budgets, not likely to happen. This is a disappointment to tanks crews worldwide, who have a keen interest in knowing which nation does indeed have the most skilled crews. Then again the Russians might be tempted to cheat (using specially selected and trained “competition crews” instead of having all crews on active service competing to select the best ones for the international competition.)

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Trials of Arjun Mark-II main-battle tanks to be completed this year

Jul 25, 2013 Rajat Pandit, TNN

 

NEW DELHI: The advanced version of the homegrown main-battle tank, Arjun, is all set to complete its protracted trials this year, which will include firing the Israeli-origin laser guided LAHAT missiles from its main gun.

 

This Mark-II version of the Arjun has "89 upgrades or improvements'' over the earlier 124 Mark-I tanks inducted by the Army. "The trials began in June 2012 at the Mahajan field firing ranges in Rajasthan. Phase-II of the trials, which basically revolve around the armaments, kicked off in May-June this year,'' said an official on Thursday.

 

Another round of the LAHAT missile firing will take place in the first week of August. "The remaining trials will begin in the third week of August at Pokhran. If the trials are fully successful, the production order for 118 Arjun Mark-II tanks will be placed,'' he said.

 

While the Army has inducted 124 Mark-I Arjuns, the force and other agencies had suggested the 89 improvements for the Mark-II version. These included the capability to fire missiles from the main gun, advanced laser warning and control systems, and explosive reactive armour plates for better self-protection of the tanks.

 

With the long delay in the indigenous Arjun project, which was sanctioned as far back as in 1974, the Army has progressively inducted around 800 of the planned 1,657 T-90S Russian-origin tanks till now.

 

The T-90S tanks, which are replacing the older T-55 and T-72 tanks, are going to be the main battle-tanks of the Army for the foreseeable future. DRDO, however, wants Army to order a minimum of 500 Arjuns to stabilise production lines and pave the way for the development of a "futuristic'' MBT. "The Arjun Mark-II, a crucial indigenous effort, will have better firepower, mobility and survivability over the earlier version,'' said another official.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:30
Leopard 2 tank photo KMW

Leopard 2 tank photo KMW

Jul. 12, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

General Dynamics considered as alternative

 

FRANKFURT — German defense technology group Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann is about to lose a contract worth at least 5 billion euros from Saudi Arabia, the daily Handelsblatt reported Friday.

 

The Saudis are losing patience over Berlin’s foot-dragging on a deal, worth US $6.5 billion, to deliver 270 Leopard combat tanks, which is the subject of fierce controversy in Germany, the newspaper said.

 

As a result, Riyadh is considering awarding the contract to US giant General Dynamics.

 

Handelsblatt also reported that KMW was in “advanced” merger talks with French rival Nexter.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Ukraine's state arms exporter presents to Thai army officials first production of T-84 Oplot tank

12 July 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine's state arms exporter presents to Thai army officials the first main battle tank T-84 Oplot which will be delivered to the Army of Thailand. According to the contract by the end of 2014, Ukraine should submit 49 such machines to Thailand.
 
Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine's state arms exporter, unveiled the first production model of the Oplot for the RTA at the Kharkiv Malyshev Plant (KMP) on 26 June. 
 
In comments reported on the Ukroboronprom (Ukrainian Defence Industries) website, Director General Sergey Gromov said the Oplot contract would be completed by the end of 2014.
 
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3 juillet 2013 3 03 /07 /juillet /2013 12:20
How Not To Tow A Tank

6/21/2013 Strategy Page

 

Here is what happened. One tank broke down and the other towed it. M1s have turbine engines which run hot. When towing an M1 with another M1 the crews are supposed to employ a blast deflector. They did not. This occurred in Iraq and the ambient temp was over 120 degrees F.

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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 11:40
Défense: nouvelle visée pour les chars T-80, T-90 et T-72

MOSCOU, 13 juin – RIA Novosti

 

Le célèbre fabricant d'appareils photo Zenit – l'usine Zverev de Krasnogorsk – a développé un nouveau système de visée Agat-MDT, capable de voir dans le noir complet jusqu'à 4 kilomètres, écrit jeudi le quotidien Izvestia.

 

Intégralement conçu avec des éléments russes, il est également basé sur la matrice russe fabriquée par la société Orion avec une résolution inédite pour l'industrie du pays (640x512 pixels).

 

Cependant ce système n'est pas prévu pour les futurs chars russe à châssis Armata ou Kourganets et ne peut être installé que sur les chars T-72, T-80 et T-90.

Le directeur général de la société Alexandre Tarassov estime que ce n'est pas un défaut majeur car les chars T-72 et T-90 ont beaucoup de potentiel en termes de modernisation et d'exportations.

 

"Le char T-90 est très populaire auprès de nos partenaires étrangers. Le Pérou a récemment annoncé l'achat des T-90S. D'autant que le ministère de la Défense russe modernise activement les chars T-72 et T-90. Par conséquent nous pensons que notre produit a beaucoup de perspectives", explique Alexandre Tarassov.

Par ailleurs, il souligne que l'usine Zverev de Krasnogorsk voit en Agat-MDT un produit intermédiaire et poursuit le développement de systèmes mécaniques-optiques pour les chars de l'avenir. Toutefois, Alexandre Tarassov ne précise pas si le ministère de la Défense a commandé ce genre de concepts.

 

C'est précisément le manque de mise au point du système de visée qui a provoqué l'atermoiement de six mois avant la mise en service d'Armata - et le système a été finalement commandé en Biélorussie à la compagnie Peleng.

 

Vladimir Goutenev, vice-président du Comité pour l'industrie à la Douma (chambre basse du parlement), explique que la création du système Agat permettrait aux fabricants de chars russes de renoncer aux visées thermiques, jusqu’ici importées en l'absence d'analogues russes.

 

"Jusqu'à présent les différentes versions du T-90 prévues pour l'exportation étaient équipées de visées thermiques construites par la société française Thales. D'après les performances annoncées Agat n'a rien à leur envier. Le holding Chvabe, dont fait partie l'usine Zverev, présente toute la gamme de ces dispositifs – c'est un grand pas en avant, nous devenons compétitifs sur ce marché de systèmes relativement coûteux", remarque Goutenev.

 

Il ajoute que le système de visée thermique russe rendait non seulement les chars indépendants des équipements étrangers mais permettrait également un cycle complet de modernisation des équipements des chars. De plus, Goutenev estime que la demande pour les T-72 et T-90 ne diminuera pas dans les années à venir.

 

"Ces chars ne seront pas recyclés : ils seront modernisés et vendus à l'étranger. Grâce au système Agat il sera plus simple de le faire sans fournisseurs étrangers", explique Vladimir Goutenev.

 

D'après l'usine Zverev de Krasnogorsk, le système de visée et d'observation combiné, équipé de la vision thermique Agat-MDT de fabrication russe, permet d'identifier des cibles ennemies mobiles et statiques jusqu'à 4 km, de mesurer la distance jusqu'à la cible grâce à un télémètre laser et de tirer avec précision à partir du canon et des mitrailleurs du char.

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Ankara hopes that by 2017, as the first Altay MBT rolls off the production line it will be produced both for Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Photo: Savunma ve havacilik, Turkey

Ankara hopes that by 2017, as the first Altay MBT rolls off the production line it will be produced both for Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Photo: Savunma ve havacilik, Turkey

May 31, 2013 defense-update.com

 

Turkey’s defense industry may sell hundreds of new generation Altay battle tanks (video) to Saudi Arabia, as the two countries show a common understanding on the civil war in Syria – Defense-Update reports.

The rift between Sunni and Shiite moslems reflected in the Syrian Civil war could open new business opportunities for Turkish defense industries, the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reports. One of the main prospects, Saudi Arabia is sharing political and strategic interest with Turkey, particularly over the Syrian civil war and support for Syrian rebels. “There are indications that their political alliance with Ankara may facilitate bigger contracts,” Hurriyet quoted a top defense industry official in Turkey.

An executive from a Turkish armored vehicles manufacturer said that reinforced alliances with some of the Gulf countries over the Syrian crisis have already indicated that new contracts could be in the offing for the Turkish arms industry. “I can say that we are more warmly welcomed in certain [Gulf] capitals than before. Our counterparts have made it clear that almost excellent political relations their countries have with Turkey could soon turn into new business opportunities for Turkish defense companies,” he said.

Turkey has already offered hundreds of Altay Main Battle Tanks (MBT) to Saudi Arabia. While the Altay is still in development, Ankara is hopeful a preliminary agreement over a future order of the Altay could be struck in the near future. “The Altay is not available for immediate sale, but is potentially a powerful export product when you think of a medium-term deal. Saudis are good customers with available cash, good political ties and their need for new tanks. We are hopeful about a future deal [for the Altay],” an official with the Turkish Defense procurement agency (SSM) said. Riyadh expressed interest in modernizing its fleet of MBTs for years, but has yet to decide what tank it would like to buy. Among the platforms they have considered in the past were the leopard II, which is still in consideration, French AMX-56 Leclerc, the cancelled T-95 and its successor T-99 ‘Armata’ from Russia. Saudi Arabia already operates several hundreds American M-1A2 currently undergoing systems upgrades. New tanks are required to replace 320 AMX-30 tanks delivered from France in the 1980s.

Koç Holding’s Otokar is currently producing prototypes of the Altay MBT. Under the turkish defense procurement plan, four tranches of 250 units will be procured over the next decade, gradually replacing some 3,000 German-made Leopard 1 and US made M-60s and obsolete M48 still in service. Ankara is hopeful that a Saudi order could further improve the production cost of the new tank, expected to begin in 2017, establishing the new tank’s position in the export market.

Source: Defense-Update

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En 2012, les niveaux de disponibilité du Leclerc ont été particulièrement bas

17 mai 2013 par: Romain Mielcarek - ActuDéfense

 

Sable, température … et mauvaise organisation ont mis les disponibilités de chars Leclerc à rude épreuve. L’exercice franco-émirati Gulf 2012 a largement contribué à un éloignement significatif des taux visés.

 

Le député François Cornut-Gentille (UMP) faisait remarquer à la mi-février que les disponibilités du parc de Leclercs avait baissé en 2012. En 2011, 72,3% des chars lourds tricolores avaient été en capacité d’être utilisés, le reste étant principalement en situation de maintenance. L’année passée, l’objectif était fixé à 85% … pour en réalité baisser à 63%, selon les premiers chiffres – non définitifs.

 

Début mai, le ministère de la Défense répond officiellement : ce taux exceptionnellement bas de disponibilité des Lerclerc est conjoncturel. Il serait le fait de la participation de 26 chars à l’exercice Gulf 2012 au cours de l’été. Il a en effet fallut, en amont, immobiliser les blindés en question pour les préparer à ce déploiement. Une fois envoyés dans le Golfe, ce sont les conditions climatiques, à savoir le sable et les températures élevées, qui auraient mis le Leclerc a rude épreuve et causé des pannes.

 

Le ministère de la Défense confesse également des failles organisationnelles dans la gestion des délais de mise en condition qui ont contribué à ce faible niveau de disponibilité. Désormais, la planification de tels exercices devrait être préparée largement en amont, afin de mieux anticiper les maintenances.

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German Firm Arms Qatar with Tanks

April 24th, 2013 By German Radio - defencetalk.com

 

German arms manufacturer Kraus-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has just closed a billion dollar deal with Qatar that was five years in the making. On Thursday (18.04.2013), the Munich-based company announced that it signed a contract to deliver 62 Leopard 2 tanks and 24 self-propelled howitzers to the emirate. The price for the arms: roughly 1.9 billion euros ($2.48 billion).

 

Before the deal, Qatar owned old tanks and artillery from France and South Africa, according to KMW. Now the country wants to scrap the old weapons and modernize its 8,500-man army with the German manufacturer’s new weapon systems. As reported vaguely by news agencies, armament experts say Qatar wants to be prepared for a possible conflict with Iran. That sounds convincing to political scientist and Middle East expert Werner Ruf.

 

“One reason is definitely that Qatar is among the nations in the Gulf who consider Iran a real threat, and who want to arm themselves against that threat,” he told DW.

 

What is the armament for?

 

But one of the most important factors in such large weapons deals is money, Ruf said.

 

“Weapons are the goods that elicit the highest sums of bribery,” he said. “That makes for great earnings on the side for the person in charge of choosing the weapons.”

 

Qatar expert and political scientist Hamadi El-Aouni from the University of Berlin said he thinks the Gulf state wants the tanks to support friendly groups in other countries.

 

“It’s not impossible that that these weapons will be shipped off somewhere,” he told DW. “I assume toward Syria, via Turkey. Or possibly Lebanon.”

 

El-Aouni said he not believe Qatar is purchasing the weapons to protect itself from Iran. Home to a large US Air Force base, he said the United States would protect Qatar if it came to a confrontation with Iran.

 

Limited rights

 

The opposition parties in Germany heavily criticize the arms deal with Qatar. They point to the country’s autocratic government and lack of respect for human rights. Ruf and El-Aouni agreed with this assessment. The Arab news channel Al Jazeera in Qatar once stood for independent reporting and free access to news, but today its broadcasts are mostly filled with foreign propaganda, Ruf added.

 

There is also no opposition allowed in Qatar, El-Aouni said: “With very few exceptions, there is no freedom of expression. The emir and his family, as well as Qatar’s government, remain off-limits.” Qatar might not be a visible police state, but there are always secret observers watching you, El-Aouni added.

 

The fact that Qatar supported the rebels during many of the Arab Spring conflicts doesn’t mean that the country whole-heartedly supports democracy. They saw their own interests at stake, according to El-Aouni.

 

“Qatar hasn’t support the young people’s revolution so that democracies could rise in countries like Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Qatar just assumed that the revolution would eventually lead to Islamist states and an Islamist community,” he said, adding that the country only held up a smoke screen of democracy.

 

That pseudo-democracy became visible in Qatar’s approach to foreign policy, Ruf said.

 

“The way they reacted to the uprising in Bahrain definitely gave them away,” he said. “While Al Jazeera praised the Arab Spring movement, the government sent tanks to Bahrain to support Saudi Arabia’s course of action: smothering the Bahrain uprising in blood.”

 

The West looks the other way

 

Ruf said political and strategic reasons were behind the West’s decision not to criticize the situation in Qatar more openly.

 

“I believe that there’s a trend toward a new international order behind all this,” he said. “The US can’t do everything they want anymore. They are moving their military power to the Pacific and are putting together a new security power in the Gulf region.”

 

Saudi Arabia and Qatar, members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, are the new powers, according to Ruf.These countries in turn work to secure their power by trying to make Arab nations, specifically those of the Arab Spring, more Islamist.

 

“You can see this in Egypt, and also in Tunisia, where huge amounts of money are spent to help the Islamists, and where this money is used to recruit thousands of fighters for the conflicts in Syria and Mali,” Ruf said, adding that human rights and democracy don’t have roles to play.

 

He added that Germany’s behavior is hypocritical, too: when Islamists march into Mali, everyone condemns it. “But at the root of all that, where human rights are abused systematically, every day, such as in Qatar and Saudi Arabia above all, the West just looks the other way.”

 

Ruf quoted German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle as proof for legitimization of authoritarian Gulf states. He said Westerwelle said that Saudi Arabia was an anchor of stability and that Qatar helped hold that anchor down.

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19/04/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Le groupe allemand Krauss-Maffei a annoncé jeudi avoir signé un contrat avec le Qatar d'un montant de 1,89 milliard d'euros portant notamment sur la livraison de 86 chars Leopard-2

 

Et le Leopard remporta la bataille de chars de combat de Doha face au Leclerc. Ce qui n'est pas une surprise, la proposition française de vendre une quarantaine de Leclerc d'occasion fabriqués par Nexter n'était pas la solution privilégiée par le Qatar, qui préférait le Leopard-2 fabriqué par Krauss-Maffei. Le groupe allemand a annoncé jeudi avoir signé un contrat avec le Qatar d'un montant de 1,89 milliard d'euros portant notamment sur la livraison de 86 chars. Outre le Leopard-2, le groupe basé à Munich a indiqué qu'il allait également fournir des services et matériels annexes, qui permettront à l'armée qatarie de se moderniser. Soixante-deux des blindés qui vont être livrés sont des véhicules de type Léopard-2, principaux chars d'assaut allemands. Les 24 restants sont des obusiers blindés PzH 2000, a précisé l'entreprise dans son communiqué.

 

Nexter a d'autres prospects au Qatar

 

Ce contrat était dans les tuyaux depuis plusieurs mois. En juillet 2012, la presse allemande s'était fait l'écho de l'intérêt du Qatar pour 200 chars allemands. Mardi, la chancelière Angela Merkel avait reçu à Berlin le Premier ministre du Qatar, Hamad ben Jassem al-Thani. Les chars livrés par Krauss-Maffei doivent progressivement remplacer les blindés français AMX-30 et AMX-10P et sud-africains que possède actuellement le Qatar, a précisé le groupe allemand.

 

Pour aurtant, Nexter veut également une part du gâteau au Qatar. Le groupe public propose peu ou prou l'ensemble de sa gamme : le véhicule blindé hautement protégé, l'Aravis, le canon autotracté Caesar, le véhicule blindé de combat d'infanterie (VBCI). Le tout pour équiper une brigade qatarie.

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02/04/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr (AFP)

 

Le Mali veut acheter à la Russie des hélicoptères, des avions de combat et des véhicules blindés pour combattre les rebelles islamistes dans le nord du pays.

 

Après l'acquisition de fusils d'assaut kalachnikov, le gouvernement du Mali veut acheter maintenant à la Russie des matériels beaucoup plus... consistants. Du lourd même. Bamako a demandé à Moscou de lui livrer des hélicoptères, des avions de combat et des véhicules blindés pour combattre les rebelles islamistes dans le nord du pays, affirme mardi le quotidien russe Vedomosti. Le Mali veut "des hélicoptères Mi-35 et Mi-17, des avions cargo et des avions de combat, des véhicules blindés BTR-80, des systèmes radar de défense antiaérienne, ainsi que des armes légères et des munitions", a indiqué une source au sein de l'agence publique russe d'exportation d'armements Rosoboronexport, citée par le journal.

 

En février, la Russie a déjà livré au Mali 3.000 fusils d'assaut kalachnikov, 300 mitrailleuses et des munitions pour un montant total de 12 millions de dollars, dans le cadre d'un contrat conclu en septembre 2012, a précisé cette source. Il n'est pas exclu que de nouveaux contrats sur la livraison d'armes russes, en premier lieu des hélicoptères et des véhicules blindés, au Mali puissent être signés "prochainement", a-t-elle souligné. Le directeur de Rosoboronexport, Anatoli Issaïkine, avait indiqué début mars que l'agence livrait au Mali des armes à feu "en toute légalité". Les autorités maliennes avaient alors fait part de leur intention d'acheter d'autres types de matériel militaire, selon la même source.

 

Et la France ?

 

Une opération militaire multinationale à laquelle participe la France est en cours depuis janvier au Mali, pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest en proie à une rébellion islamiste armée. Au début de cette opération, des avions cargo russes très gros porteurs Antonov-124 ont effectué au moins 20 vols pour acheminer des matériels militaires de l'armée française au Mali, a indiqué à Vedomosti une source au sein du ministère russe de la Défense. En mai, les Antonov-124 pourraient reprendre leurs vols au Mali pour aider la France - qui a déployé dans ce pays un contingent de 4.000 hommes - à effectuer le retrait d'une partie de ses troupes, selon la même source.

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