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17 février 2014 1 17 /02 /février /2014 18:50
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17/02/2014 Sources : EMA

 

La 25eédition de la conférence des aumôniers en chefs des pays de l’OTAN a eu lieu à Paris, du 3 au 7 février 2014. A cette occasion, quatre-vingt-quatre aumôniers en chef se sont réunis au sein d’un cercle de réflexion élargi. Ils provenaient de 28 pays européens, des Etats-Unis, du Canada, mais aussi d’Afrique du Sud, de Nouvelle-Zélande et de Corée du Sud.

 

Depuis 1990, ce congrès annuel rassemble les aumôniers en chef des pays de l’OTAN dans un pays hôte différent. Cette année, le congrès a été placé sous la double autorité du chef d’état-major des armées (CEMA) et du Supreme Allied Commander Europe(SACEUR).

 

L‘objectif de cette conférence est de faciliter les échanges à partir d’une réflexion sur un thème volontairement général. Le thème, choisi à cette occasion par les aumôniers en chefs français, était : “Souffrance et Espérance”. Dans ce cadre, chacun des quatre aumôniers en chefs français (catholique, protestant, musulman et israélite) a animé une conférence débat d’une demi-journée.

 

L’aumônier en chef protestant, le pasteur Stéphane Rémy, le général de division Jean-Fred Berger du commandement des forces alliées de l’OTAN à Naples, et monsieur Eric Germain, de la Délégation aux affaires stratégiques du ministère de la Défense, ont animé le premier débat autour de la question : apport des aumôniers aux opérations extérieurs (OPEX).

 

Pour le culte musulman, le thème abordé fut le “soutien de l’aumônier comme facteur de résilience du soldat”. L’intervention a été assurée par monsieur Abdelkader Arbi, aumônier militaire en chef musulman.

 

Pour l’aumônerie catholique, monseigneur Luc Ravel, l’historien Xavier Boniface, le père Griffon et le père Fresson ont choisi d’aborder le thème au travers d’une réflexion sur « le centenaire de la guerre de 1914-1918 ».

 

La dernière conférence débat fut animé par le grand rabbin Haïm Korsia, le professeur Didier Sicard, président de la commission de réflexion sur la fin de vie, Véronique Dubois, aumônier israélite française au Val de Grâce, deux aumôniers protestants allemands et deux aumôniers protestants britanniques sur le thème « blessures invisibles ».

 

La journée du 4 février a été marquée par l’intervention du Général (US) Breedlove, SACEUR. Elle s’est achevée par la concélébration d’une messe présidée par monseigneur Luc Ravel dans la chapelle de l’Ecole militaire, tandis qu’un culte présidé par le pasteur François Clavairoly, président de la Fédération Protestante de France, s’est déroulé au temple protestant de Passy-Annonciation, rue Cortambert, et qu’une visite de la Grande Mosquée de Paris réunissait aumôniers militaires musulmans et israélites.

 

C’est sous le signe des commémorations de la Grande guerre que le colonel (US) David Beauchamp, Chaplain-in-chiefde l’US EUCOM et le Colonel Chavanat de l’état-major des armées ont ravivé la flamme sous l’Arc de Triomphe.

 

L’ensemble des aumôniers participant au congrès ont par ailleurs visité le musée de la Grande guerre, à Meaux, le 6 février, avant de se rendre à la chancellerie de la Légion d’Honneur où le général d’armée Geogelin les a accueilli et leur a présenté les collections abritées dans ce lieu prestigieux.

 

Le congrès s’est achevé par une réception des aumôniers dans les salons du gouverneur militaire de Paris (GMP) présidé par l’amiral Xavier Magne, inspecteur général des armées marine, représentant le CEMA, en présence du général (US) Owens, European Command Plans and Operations Center (EPOC).

 

En 2015, ce sont les Pays-Bas qui accueilleront la 26econférence des aumôniers en chefs des pays de l’OTAN.

Aumôneries : les aumôniers en chefs des pays de l’OTAN réunis à Paris.
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27 janvier 2014 1 27 /01 /janvier /2014 13:35
T-6C trainer - Royal New Zealand Air Force

T-6C trainer - Royal New Zealand Air Force

 

 

Jan. 27, 2014 FG

 

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is to buy 11 Beechcraft T-6Cs to meet its requirement for an advanced pilot training capability. The NZ$154 million ($127 million) deal will also include simulators and classroom- and computer-based training packages.

 

New Zealand requires an intermediate trainer with a glass cockpit that will be able to take students from the Pacific Aerospace CT-4E Airtrainer to the Lockheed Martin P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft, Boeing 757 and upgraded Lockheed C-130H transports, plus the AgustaWestland AW109, NH Industries NH90 and future Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopters.

 

The Pilot Training Capability project was announced in the Defence White Paper 2010. A request for information (RFI) was issued to industry in October 2011, and Beechcraft’s T-6C demonstrator made a tour to New Zealand in 2012, and was used to fly a number of Royal New Zealand Air Force officers. The extent to which other competing aircraft were evaluated is unknown.

 

At the time of the RFI, the government said that it was open to a purchase or lease, or to contracting a complete pilot training package from a commercial provider.

 

Under the deal, CAE simulators will be installed at the air force's Ohakea base and supported by CAE Australia. Also included in a 30-year contract is maintenance support by New Zealand company Safe Air, which will create around 21 new jobs at Ohakea.

 

The T-6Cs will be operated by 14 Sqn, which previously flew the Aermacchi MB-339CB in the advanced training and light attack roles, until the disbandment of the New Zealand’s air combat force in 2001.

 

A first aircraft will be delivered from Wichita, Kansas in mid-2015, but will be owned by Beechcraft and used to train maintenance personnel. Training facilities and simulators should also be in place by the same time, enabling the first qualified flying instructor course to begin.

 

The deal was signed by defence secretary Helene Quilter and Beechcraft Defense president Russ Bartlett on 24 January, and formally announced by defence minister Jonathan Coleman on 27 January.

 

“The new system is expected to be operational for the first trainee intake in early 2016," Coleman says. "It is estimated it will produce up to 15 graduate pilots and 12 qualifying flying instructors per year over the next 30 years.”

 

Basic pilot training is currently carried out on the CT-4E, but structural problems with the leased fleet have reportedly caused backlogs in the output of qualified pilots. The type is scheduled to reach the end of its service life in 2018. Advanced and twin-engined training is conducted with the Beechcraft King Air 200, which are leased under a contract that will expire in 2018.

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16 décembre 2013 1 16 /12 /décembre /2013 13:35
Nouvelle-Calédonie : QUAD PRINCIPALS

 

13/12/2013 Ministère de la Défense

 

Du 3 au 5décembre 2013, le général de brigade Luc de Revel – COMSUP FANC – a participé à la rencontre annuelle du « quadrilateraldefence coordinating group » (QUAD) de niveau « principals » (officiers généraux).Il était accompagné d’une délégation de l’état-major interarmées des forcesarmées de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC) et d’un officier des forces armées enPolynésie française (FAPF).

 

Le QUAD est un forum de discussion réunissant l’Australie, la Nouvelle-Zélande, les Etats-Unis et la France. Son objectif vise à organiser la coordination des actions de coopération et de défense au profit des Etats insulaires du Pacifique. Cette session, qui se tenait à Canberra(Australie), a permis de consolider de manière pérenne la stratégie despartenaires, centrée sur la sécurité maritime dans le Pacifique Sud et en particulier sur la surveillance des pêches.

 

Le QUAD constitue un dispositif essentiel pour accompagner les Etats insulaires du Pacifique dans l’exercice de leur sécurité maritime, notamment pour la surveillance de leur zone économique exclusive.Pour la France, la participation à ces instances régionales estl’occasion de conforter sa position de contributeur de premier plan au maintien de la sécurité en zone Pacifique et de se positionner comme un partenaire important de la coopération régionale.

 

La réunion annuelle des « principals » se tient parallèlement à une session semestrielle de type « ateliers de travail opérationnels » (operational working group - OWG) dont le but est demettre en pratique la stratégie et les orientations déterminées par les officiers généraux. La prochaine session de niveau « OWG »aura lieu en mars 2014 à Honiara, sur l’île de Guadalcanal où est localisé le quartier général de la Forum Fisheries Agency.

 

La prochaine réunion du QUAD, niveau « Principals »,se tiendra à Wellington (Nouvelle-Zélande) du 3 au 5 décembre 2014.

 

Sur le« théâtre Pacifique », les FAPF et des FANC ont pour principales missions d’affirmer la souveraineté de la France, d’animer la coopération régionale et d’entretenir des relations privilégiées avec l’ensemble des pays riverains de la zone Pacifique. Les FANC constituent le point d’appui central du « théâtre Pacifique» avec un dispositif interarmées centré sur un groupement tactique interarmes (GTIA) et les moyens de projection associés. Les FAPF quant à elles constituent un dispositif interarmées à dominante maritime.

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Nouvelle-Calédonie : exercice Southern KATIPO 2013 en Nouvelle-Zélande

 

12/12/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Du 27 octobre au 28 novembre 2013, les forces armées de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC) ont participé à l’exercice interallié néo-zélandais SOUTHERN KATIPO 2013.

 

Organisé sur l’île du Sud, dans la région de Timaru, Southern Katipo 2013 a rassemblé dix nations (Australie, Canada, Etats-Unis, France, Nouvelle-Zélande, Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, Pays-Bas, Royaume des Tonga, Royaume-Uni et Singapour) et mobilisé plus de 2000 militaires. Sur fond de conflit interethnique, le scénario visait à rassembler une force multinationale, pour procéder à un débarquement aéromaritime et conduire une opération de stabilisation puis d’évacuation de ressortissants.

 

Les FANC ont contribué à l’exercice à hauteur de 150 militaires répartis comme suit : des officiers insérés au sein du centre d’opération, une section du régiment d’infanterie de marine du Pacifique, un avion CASA de l’escadron de transport 52 et la frégate de surveillance Prairial, en provenance de Polynésie française.

 

Organisé sur une base biennale, cet exercice d’envergure vise à entretenir la coopération opérationnelle entre les pays partenaires de la zone, en renforçant leur interopérabilité et leur capacité d’intervention conjointe en cas de crise. Suspendue en raison du séisme survenu à Christchurch le 22 février 2011, la dernière édition de Southern Katipo remontait à 2009. Néanmoins, le bon niveau de coopération entretenue par ailleurs entre les différents pays partenaires a permis aux FANC de tirer un bilan positif de cet exercice.

 

Les FANC constituent le point d’appui central du « théâtre Pacifique» avec un dispositif interarmées centré sur un groupement tactique interarmes (GTIA) et les moyens de projection associés. Avec les forces armées en Polynésie française (FAPF), dispositif interarmées à dominante maritime, les FANC ont pour principale mission d’assurer la souveraineté de la France dans leur zone de responsabilité, d’animer la coopération régionale et d’entretenir des relations privilégiées avec l’ensemble des pays riverains de la zone pacifique. Dans le cadre de leur mission, les FANC engagent régulièrement leurs moyens pour des opérations d’aide aux populations, en appui des autres services de l’Etat. 

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Rheinmetall delivers 40 new trucks to New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand Army / Air Force Unimog vehicles in Auckland City, New Zealand. Photo Ingolfson.

 

11 December 2013 army-technology.com

 

Rheinmetall-MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has delivered 40 new medium-heavy operational vehicles to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

 

Delivered as part of $113m order for 200 new trucks in May 2013, the received vehicles would be used to replace its old fleet comprising Unimog and heavier Mercedes trucks.

 

New Zealand Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman said that the new Rheinmetall-MAN military medium and heavy vehicles are designed for modern military operations and offer improved mobility and protection, enhanced technology, and greater capacity.

 

"By purchasing these trucks off the same production line as the UK, the government has ensured value for money, and has achieved a fast delivery in record time," Coleman said.

 

"This project is a good example of smart and efficient procurement. The government is keen to work closely with our international partners to identify future procurement opportunities which could achieve similar results."

"The new trucks are part of a wider programme of equipment upgrades and investment into navy, army and air force frontline capabilities."

 

Ordered in sizes including 6t 4x4, 9t 6x6 and 15t 8x8, the trucks feature thigh capacity electrical systems, air conditioners and Euro 4 emissions compliant engines, which will facilitate efficient operations even if lower quality fuel is used.

 

An additional $22m has been allocated for armour protection kits, weapons mounts, personnel modules and other particular military equipment, in addition to spares, logistic support arrangements and widespread training packages.

 

"The NZDF's continuous drive to deliver back office savings and efficiencies means that reinvestment into frontline capabilities like these new trucks can be made," Coleman said.

 

"The new trucks are part of a wider programme of equipment upgrades and investment into navy, army and air force frontline capabilities."

 

The NZDF is planning to begin the training personnel in February-March next year, while the trucks will be introduced to Army and Air Force bases, with complete commissioning expected by the late-2015.

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 18:50
New Zealand To Buy Penguin; Funding Provided for Joint Strike Missile

The Norwegian government will provide funding to continue development of the Joint Strike Missile. (Kongsberg Defence Systems Concept)

 

Dec. 4, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense news

 

The Norwegian government will provide funding to continue development of the Joint Strike Missile.

 

LONDON — Kongsberg has secured New Zealand as a customer for its Penguin anti-ship missile and agreed to a deal with the Norwegian government to provide stop-gap funding on its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) program while parliamentary approval is awaited to complete development of the weapon.

 

The missile deals were among four announcements made by Norway’s top contractor over the last few days.

 

The company said it has also signed a framework agreement with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) to support and maintain systems it has supplied to the Norwegian Navy and is progressing efforts to integrate the JSM on Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter.

 

The New Zealand Defence Force has purchased a small number of Penguin Mk2 Mod 7 anti-ship missiles and associated equipment to equip new Kaman SH-2G (I) Super Seasprite helicopters acquired by the Navy.

 

New Zealand has purchased eight SH-2G(I)’s from a batch of machines originally purchased by Australia before the deal was canceled. The Penguins are thought to have come from the same original customer.

 

“This contract strongly confirms the Penguin missile’s position as the leading missile within its segment. The contract is for a limited number of missiles, however it is considered an important upgrade of New Zealand’s Navy,” said Pal Bratlie, the executive vice president at Kongsberg Defence Systems.

 

No contract value was given.

 

Kongsberg has also signed a NOK 480 million ($78 million) deal with the NDLO to continue work on the JSM ahead of the Norwegian Parliament’s expected approval of the final phase of development of the weapon.

 

An earlier version of the weapon, known as the Naval Strike Missile, has already been acquired by Norway and Poland for maritime and coastal defense roles.

 

The new JSM weapon is being developed principally, but not exclusively, for the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter for anti-surface and naval fire support missions.

 

Norway has already committed to buying the F-35 and is looking to equip the fighter with the new long-range weapon, which can be carried internally in the bomb bay or externally.

 

Walter Qvam, Kongsberg’s CEO, said the international F-35 user consortium is showing great interest in the missile.

 

Phase 2 development is complete and Kongsberg said in a statement that to “ensure competence and progress between phase 2 and phase 3 the Norwegian Armed Forces have signed a bridging phase contract prior to Parliamentary proceedings and approval of the entire JSM development phase 3.”

 

Work in phase 2 included detailed design and early integration work on the F-35 as well as the F/A-18 and the F-16.

 

Kongsberg said it had recently completed a fit-check of the JSM on the external pylons of an F/A-18F at Boeing’s St. Louis facility.

 

In its most recent announcement, Kongsberg said Dec 3 that it had secured a NOK 165 million deal with the Norwegian Navy to support, maintain and further develop systems it had supplied, including Nansen-class frigates, Ula-class submarines and various training centers.

 

Missiles, sonar systems, command and control, and navigation equipment are all included in the six-year contract.

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 12:35
Survol au large de la Nouvelle-Zélande

Survol au large de la Nouvelle-Zélande

 

04/12/2013 Armée de l'air

 

Du 16 au 28 novembre 2013, un équipage de l’escadron de transport 52 «Tontouta» basé en Nouvelle-Calédonie a participé à l’exercice Kiwi Flag 2013, organisé par les forces aériennes néo-zélandaises.

 

Cet exercice aéroterrestre de grande ampleur a rassemblé des moyens aériens français (un Casa CN235), singapouriens, australiens et américains aux côtés de ceux de la Royal New Zealand Air Force.

 

Trois zones disposées sur le territoire néo-zélandais ont permis aux nations participantes de s’entraîner ensemble, notamment selon des procédures communes de largage. Dans ce contexte, l’avion de transport français a réalisé plus de 36 heures de vol aux côtés des C17 américains et des C130 néo-zélandais et singapourien engagés.

 

En plus d’entraîner les équipages au vol tactique et de favoriser l’interopérabilité, cet exercice assurait aussi le soutien logistique de l’exercice Southern Katipo 2013 mobilisant près de 2000 hommes déployés sur la base aérienne d’Ohakea (île du nord).

 

Survol d'une des zones de largage néo-zélandaises

Survol d'une des zones de largage néo-zélandaises

Pilotes français et américains devant un C17 américain

Pilotes français et américains devant un C17 américain

 

Ces exercices ont permis de renforcer les excellents liens tissés entre les forces armées françaises et néo-zélandaises.

 

Les forces armées de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC), sont déployées sur le théâtre Pacifique, en coordination avec les forces armées de Polynésie Française (FAPF) dans le cadre de la réorganisation du dispositif militaire outre-mer. Les FANC constituent le principal point d’appui aéroterrestre du théâtre Pacifique.

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2 décembre 2013 1 02 /12 /décembre /2013 08:35
Canadian Army Learns Amphibious Warfare Exercises In New Zealand

 

 

December 1, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

This exercise has just wrapped up….here is what the Army put out shortly before it ended, plus photos:

 

South Canterbury Region, New Zealand — Completing an amphibious landing from a sealift vessel, securing a port and transferring 200 troops and 55 vehicles onto land is all in a day’s work for Major Patrick Chartrand, who is currently deployed in New Zealand on Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO 2013 (Ex SK13).

 

Major Chartrand, Royal 22e Régiment is attached to the evaluation team as part of Exercise Control for SK13. His role is to assess how well the operations are carried out and identify any gaps ahead of Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO 2015. This means he is participating in every aspect of the exercise, including the amphibious landing at Port Timaru that signalled the start of the exercise on November 9th.

 

“Being involved in executing a real-time amphibious landing is a great opportunity and the more practice we can get will definitely help us in the future.” Ex SK13 is the biggest international military exercise ever to be held in New Zealand, in terms of the number of countries participating.

 

The exercise aims to test the capability of the New Zealand’s Defence Force (NZDF) to mount a medium-scale amphibious operation that involves land, air and maritime assets. It also provides a unique opportunity for the NZDF to enhance its ability to work with its partners, particularly those in the Pacific region.

Exercise Director Colonel Paul Van Den Broek describes the exercise as modern and invaluable for the preparedness of the Pacific nations participating.

 

“I think the multinational nature of the exercise very much reflects the nature of contemporary military operations. Whether in Afghanistan or in conducting peacekeeping operations,” says Col Paul Van Den Broek.

 

“It’s proving very invaluable in actually finding the friction points within the combined and joint environment. And a lot of the lessons we are learning to date we could not have discovered if we had merely run a command post activity, as opposed to really running an exercise at this level.”

 

For Brigadier-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East, who visited the troops during the exercise, “it represents valuable collective training for our troops in an international setting. I was very impressed to witness first hand the level of professionalism and expertise displayed by our troops and our allies.”

Ex SK13 was held in the South Canterbury region in the South Island of New Zealand from November 4 to 29. It involved three war ships, and up to 18 aircraft and 2200 personnel from New Zealand and nine other countries: Australia, Tonga, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Canada, the United States, France, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

 

The Canadian Armed Forces contingent of 32 troops arrived in New Zealand in October. They were assigned to Headquarters Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force for the exercise.

Maj Chartrand explains this is the first time Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been embedded with the NZDF.

 

“Our troops have had a chance to train with their counterparts; we had the reconnaissance and snipers with their counterparts from New Zealand, they went in the mountains. Obviously in Quebec City we don’t have the same kind of terrain, the guys were able to do training that they were not able to do back home – that was very beneficial.”

He added, “I know when I go back home I’ll be taking a lot of lessons learned and insights with me. It is all about working with other nations, learning and sharing our knowledge. This builds not only the expertise of my team but also those of other nations taking part.”

 

Article by Samantha Bayard, Canadian Army Public Affairs, and Natala Low, New Zealand Defence Force Communications

Canadian Army Learns Amphibious Warfare Exercises In New Zealand
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NZ Government to Close Defense Funding Gap

 

November 13, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: New Zealand Ministry of Defence; issued Nov. 13, 2013)

 

Government Remains Committed to Sustainable, Affordable Future Defence Force

 

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman told the Defence Industry Association annual conference today that the Government remains committed to a sustainable and affordable future Defence Force out to 2030.

 

“The Government inherited a substantial long term funding gap in defence, and the 2010 Defence White Paper signalled that new money would be required over time to maintain and improve NZDF capabilities,” says Dr Coleman.

 

“It is important New Zealand plays our part in international security. The Government is committed to having a future Defence Force which is capable, sustainable, deployable and affordable.”

 

The NZDF has undergone a period of significant change, and has focused on moving resources from non-deployable to deployable areas of the NZDF. Progress made on the Savings and Redistribution Programme has resulted in $193 million reinvested into frontline capabilities.

 

The Defence Mid-Point Rebalancing Review (DMRR) was commissioned by Ministers to develop a robust long term funding plan. It was a thorough analytical process which looked at the costs of various combinations of capabilities that would be able to deliver on the Government’s expectations.

 

DMRR was a combined effort by NZDF, MoD, Treasury and DPMC. It has been identified as a model process for understanding costs across the public service.

 

The DMRR has been completed and the Government has agreed to a sustainable long term funding approach for the NZDF out to 2030. The details of the funding will be announced in the Budget.

 

“This funding approach allows the NZDF to plan strategically for its long term future, and it will ensure the NZDF can maintain and improve its current mix of capabilities,” says Dr Coleman.

 

“It will enable the NZDF to meet the Government’s expectations set out in the 2010 Defence White Paper to protect and advance New Zealand’s interests at home, in the South Pacific and globally.

 

“The NZDF remains committed to making on-going savings and efficiencies as part of its long term future planning. This continued focus is vital for the NZDF to sustain its capability.”

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Hommage des rugbymen aux morts de 14-18

 

07/11/2013 Communauté Défense

 

Les rugbymen Français et Néozélandais qui s'affrontent samedi 9 novembre lors d'un match au stade de France participent aux commémorations de la Première Guerre mondiale.

 

Le ministre délégué auprès du ministre de la Défense, chargé des anciens combattants s'est rendu mercredi 6 octobre à la résidence du XV de France à Marcoussis afin de signer une déclaration d'intentions pour commémorer le centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale.

 

Cette déclaration prévoit que la fédération française de rugby (FFR) ornera le maillot des joueurs du XV de France d'un bleuet, symbole français des anciens combattants, pour les rencontres internationales qui se dérouleront entre les mois de novembre 2013 et novembre 2014. "Cette action marque notre volonté de rendre hommage aux victimes de cette guerre et aux nombreux rugbymen qui ont perdu la vie au champ d'honneur pendant la première guerre mondiale", explique Pierre Camou, président de la FFR. "Nous sommes très fiers et très heureux que l’État français et le ministère de la Défense aient choisi le rugby pour ces commémorations."

 

Kader Arif qui rencontrait les équipes de France de rugby a déposé, en compagnie du capitaine Thierry Dusautoir, une gerbe au pied de la plaque commémorative des internationaux français morts pour la France en 1914-1918. Dans son allocution, le ministre a précisé que la Défense et le rugby partageaient des valeurs communes. "Quand je parle avec des militaires, et notamment ceux que j'ai rencontré au Mali, je m'aperçois que les valeurs au combat sont les mêmes, s’agissant des théâtres d'opérations ou du terrain de sport. La devise de notre République Liberté, égalité, fraternité prend tout son sens.

 

"Le fait d'arborer le bleuet sur notre maillot est un vrai motif de fierté. Nous avons à cœur d’honorer la mémoire de nos anciens internationaux et de tous ceux qui sont tombés pour défendre la Nation", a dit Thierry Dusautoir.

 

Le soir, une délégation de l'équipe néozélandaise de rugby,les all-blacks, participait à la cérémonie de ravivage de la flamme, sous l'Arc de Triomphe. Accompagnés de la ministre des sports, Valérie Fourneyron, du ministre délégué aux anciens combattants, Kader Arif, et de l'ambassadrice de Nouvelle-Zélande, quatre All Blacks ont ravivé la flamme du Soldat inconnu. Une manière de rappeler qu'entre 1914 et 1918, un Néo-Zélandais sur 10 est venu se battre au côté de la France. Samedi 9 Novembre, le match amical entre le XV de France et les All-Blacks sera l'occasion de poursuivre cette série d'hommage.

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US and New Zealand resume military cooperation

Oct 28, 2013 Spacewar.com (AFP)

 

Washington - The United States and New Zealand will resume bilateral military cooperation after a near-total 30-year interruption, the two countries' defense ministries said Monday.

 

The improvement in military relations comes as part of the US strategy to pay more attention to the Asia-Pacific region, amid China's growing clout.

 

"We're also very pleased to see the resumption of mil to mil talks after 30 years," cheered New Zealand defense minister Jonathan Coleman during a press conference at the Pentagon with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel.

 

The two countries plan to develop cooperation in peacekeeping and military training, humanitarian aid and emergency response, the two ministries explained.

 

"In addition to high-level visits like this one, we've had a productive set of exercises and training initiatives, the first joint defense policy talks in almost three decades," Hagel noted.

 

Wellington is set to send a ship to participate in the international anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, as well as to participate in next year's RIMPAC near Hawaii -- the world's biggest multi-national naval exercise.

 

"Today I authorized a New Zealand navy ship to dock at Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC 2014," Hagel said.

 

This would be one of the first visits of a New Zealand ship in a US military port since the United States lifted a ban in September 2012 that had been in place since 1986.

 

Washington had ordered the embargo as a reprisal for a New Zealand ban on nuclear-armed or nuclear-powered submarines from entering the Pacific island nation's waters.

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MBDA's Sea Ceptor Air Defence System Selected for RNZN's ANZAC Frigate Upgrade

Oct 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : MBDA

 

The New Zealand MoD has confirmed its preferred tenderers for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project to include MBDA as the provider of Sea Ceptor for the Local Area Air Defence (LAAD) system; subject to the New Zealand (NZ) Government’s final approval to proceed. Sea Ceptor will equip frigates HMNZ Te Kaha and Te Mana with the latest generation naval air defence system capable of protecting not only the host ship but also combined joint allied forces in the vicinity.

 

Following a meeting in Wellington on 4th October 2013, Mr Des Ashton, the NZ MoD Deputy Secretary of Defence (Acquisition), said: “The primary objective of the ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project is to restore the ship’s combat capability and utility to a comparative level to that of a current generation, new release Combat System.  This is required to counter the combined challenges of an increased level of threat sophistication coupled with obsolescence of some of the current systems.  We also want to leverage off advances in technology over the past 20 years and incorporate additional functionality and performance through the selection of modern Combat System Elements.  The LAAD Sea Ceptor system is a key component of the overall project ensuring that crucial constituents of the RNZN fleet are best equipped to respond to the emerging threats and protect not only the frigates themselves but also high value units in company.”

 

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Annual Report Shows Light at End of the Tunnel for NZDF

Sep. 23, 2013 - By NICK LEE-FRAMPTON – Defense News

 

WELLINGTON — With only a small fleet of aircraft and relatively few warships, it was inevitable that upgrading all these platforms would have an impact on availability which, in its annual report for 2012-13, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) acknowledges.

 

Indeed, although the hangar time of its five C-130H Hercules and six P-3 Orions and the systems upgrades to its two Anzac-class frigates have led, respectively, to reduced flying hours and days at sea, personnel shortages, especially in the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), also have had an adverse effect.

 

However, as Chief of Defence Force Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones points out in his overview to the report, published last week, the past year marked “an important shift” in operational focus for the NZDF.

 

“Drawing down from our more than decadelong commitments to a number of high-intensity operations [including Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste] is in turn allowing the NZDF to accelerate change, providing a greater focus on our region — the South West Pacific and South East Asia — and developing and introducing new capabilities as the NZDF moves towards an integrated Joint Force Amphibious Capability in 2015,” Jones writes.

 

He also notes several positive events, including a recent contract for some 200 new medium and heavy operational vehicles for the Army, the purchase of replacement SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopters and a forthcoming new pilot training capability.

 

Moreover, a number of long-running major acquisition projects are in their final phases, including upgrades of the C-130 Hercules and P-3 Orion aircraft and the delivery of A109 training/light utility helicopters; and NH90 medium utility helicopters.

 

Also in near-term prospect, the report notes, are network-enabling of land forces; strengthened command-and-control systems; improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities; and acquisition of increased satellite network bandwidth for global communications.

 

The latter has been on the planning table for some years and it may be that its progress has been hindered by high attrition rates and a lack of skilled staff.

 

The report credits the NZDF with 8,502 regular troops (just over half of whom are in the Army) as of August — the lowest total in at least a decade.

 

Although attrition has dropped markedly — “from 23% at the start of the year to 16% at year’s end,” the report states — it still is double what it was in 2010, and while almost 40 percent of regular force respondents rate their employment as either excellent or good, one in five apparently rates it as poor.

 

Smallest of the three NZDF services, with only 1,910 personnel, the RNZN has been particularly hard-hit by the shortage of skilled staff, as the report explains: “The significant reduction in the number of trained personnel available ... has directly impacted the Fleet operating profile ... with skill and experience levels in some critical trade groups seriously degraded.”

 

A prime example is that one of the two 279-foot offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) was unavailable for most of fiscal 2012-13 because of “crewing constraints,” according to the report.

 

A lack of suitable sailors was not the only reason why the OPVs, both commissioned in 2010, have not yet been fully accepted into service. For the second reporting period in a row, says the report, “the cold weather capability release was delayed by the cancellation of the second sub-Antarctic patrol of the season, for reasons beyond the NZDF’s control.”

 

Despite intense efforts to regenerate the Navy and get ships back to sea, the report estimates that it will take “up to three years” for the RNZN to recover.

 

There is some light on the horizon, though. Six years after she was commissioned, the RNZN's flagship, the 430-foot amphibious support ship Canterbury is expected to be fully operationally capable in fiscal 2013-14.

 

Moreover, the Navy’s Seasprites’ flying rate (1,136 hours for the five helicopters) was higher than previous years, “predominantly due to ... the newly formed Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.” However, the introduction into service of the replacement SH-2G(I) Seasprites is bound to affect flying hours in the coming year or two, though the new helicopters will ultimately improve availability and capabilities.

 

This has been the case as the Air Force’s Orion fleet has been upgraded from P-3K to P-3K2 standard. The report mentions “occasional periods” where no Orion aircraft were available to support operations and admits that for “more than five months” only one out of six Orions was “able to deliver outputs.” Nevertheless, adds the report, availability for search and rescue and emergency tasks was better in comparison to fiscal 2011-12.

 

The type's life-extension programme continued to affect planned C-130 Hercules’ tasking and preparedness targets too, but “a major milestone” was achieved when one upgraded C-130H(NZ) was certified to conduct logistic support.

 

Overall, the report shows the NZDF is beginning to savor the benefits of new and improved capabilities and, for the time being, respite from the arduous deployments of the past decade.

 

As Jones remarks in his overview, “While we are still active on many missions around the world, this operational tempo change is an opportunity for the NZDF to reorganize in preparation for ‘the next’ complex military mission.”

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NZ Defense Chief Leaves Office Under cloud

Sept. 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Xinhua; published Sept. 17, 2013)

 

Gov't Under Fire As New Zealand Military Chief Leaves Office Under Cloud

 

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- The head of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is to leave office, the government confirmed Tuesday, amid accusations that the country's most senior military officer was being used as a scapegoat for failed policies.

 

The government's unannounced decision not to reappoint Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones was an attempt to scapegoat him for multiple failures, defence spokesperson for the main opposition Labor Party, Phil Goff, said.

 

A safety review of the NZDF completed this month had indicated that government cost cutting, restructuring and high attrition were all factors in the poor safety record of the NZDF, he said in a statement.

 

The latest report also found that up to 5 percent of all navy lifejackets did not have the required inflation devices attached to them, he said.

 

However, Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said in a statement that Jones' "retirement" was completely unrelated to the health and safety review, adding "Sadly there were eight accidental deaths in defense over the past five years, and eight deaths in the five years prior to that period. One death is one too many."

 

Jones was appointed as the country's top military officer in January 2011 on a three-year contract and was instructed by the government to cut the defense budget by 400 million NZ dollars (326.79 million U.S. dollars).

 

In July, the NZDF was convicted in court on breaches of the country's workplace health and safety laws regarding the death of a soldier during a training exercise in September last year.

 

As a government entity, the NZDF could not be fined on the charge, which would normally carry a penalty of up to 250,000 NZ dollars.

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Nouvelle-Calédonie: participation française à l’opération « Pacific Partnership »

03/09/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Du 25 juillet au 15 août, les forces armées de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC) ont poursuivi leur participation à l’opération « Pacific Partnership 2013 » en engageant un hélicoptère de type Puma.

 

« Pacific Partnership » est une opération récurrente à vocation humanitaire destinée à venir en aide aux populations des pays du Pacifique Sud. Cette année, les missions de natures variées (soutien sanitaire et vétérinaire, déminage, formation et coopération régionale, rénovation d’infrastructures publiques, prévention contre les catastrophes naturelles) sont conduites  notamment au royaume des Tonga, en Papouasie-Nouvelle Guinée et sur les îles Marshall.

 

Nouvelle-Calédonie: participation française à l’opération « Pacific Partnership »

Un hélicoptère Puma de l’escadron de transport 52 « Tontouta » des FANC et un équipage renforcé ont embarqué le 25 juillet à Nouméa sur un bâtiment australien le « New Zeland Ship (HMNZS)* Canterbury » pour participer à l’opération « Pacific Partnership 2013 »  en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée. Cette opération consistait essentiellement à apporter un soutien médical aux populations et à procéder à des rénovations d’infrastructures civiles. Les FANC y ont donc contribué en fournissant un soutien logistique aérien aux détachements néo-zélandais, australiens et américains.

 

Après deux jours d’entraînement destinés à valider des procédures de travail entre le Puma et le « Canterbury », les missions de transport de personnel et de fret sous élingue se sont enchainées pendant près de deux semaines. Environ 65 tonnes de matériel ont ainsi été délivrées au cœur même des villages et près de 400 personnes ont été transportées pour permettre la rénovation des infrastructures. Près de 65 heures de vol ont été nécessaires pour mener à bien cette opération.

 

Les FANC constituent le point d’appui central du « théâtre Pacifique» avec un dispositif interarmées centré sur un groupement tactique interarmes (GTIA) et les moyens de projection associés. Avec les forces armées en Polynésie Française (FAPF), dispositif interarmées à dominante maritime, les FANC ont pour principale mission d’assurer la souveraineté de la France, d’animer la coopération régionale et d’entretenir les relations privilégiées avec l’ensemble des pays riverains de la zone pacifique. Conformément à leur mission, les FANC engagent régulièrement des moyens pour des opérations d’aide aux populations, en appui des services de secours civils. 

 

* HMNZS : Her Majesty New Zealand Ship

Nouvelle-Calédonie: participation française à l’opération « Pacific Partnership »
Nouvelle-Calédonie: participation française à l’opération « Pacific Partnership »
Nouvelle-Calédonie: participation française à l’opération « Pacific Partnership »
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New Zealand to improve cyber security

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, June 13 (UPI)

 

 The New Zealand government will put a much greater emphasis on security and privacy when it comes to buying and setting up publicly accessible communication systems.

 

"New Zealanders expect government agencies will be doing everything they can to ensure the integrity of public sector ICT [information and communication technology] systems," State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman said.

 

"We expect every public service department and agency to comply fully with the agreed plan of action."

 

Coleman's statement comes in the wake of a review by Colin MacDonald, head of the Government Chief Information Office.

 

MacDonald's review examined the government's publicly accessible ICT systems, many of which are available at places such as kiosks and include WiFi networks and Web services.

 

He found privacy and security processes within many government agencies were underdeveloped and relied too much on the skills and capabilities of staff and suppliers rather than embedded programs and safety features.

 

The GCIO review covered 215 publicly accessible information systems across 70 government agencies.

 

It found 12 agencies had a weak point in the security of one of their publicly accessible systems. These issues were resolved quickly and there is no evidence of any actual privacy breach, the report said.

 

The government said it received MacDonald's report in December but delayed releasing the document.

 

Instead, the State Services Commission and the GCIO were given time to develop a work program to address the issues raised in the report before making it public.

 

"The public release of the GCIO's review was delayed to enable testing within these 12 agencies to ensure there were no further weak points," Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain said.

 

"Naming agencies can make them a target for hackers and we didn't want to put these systems at risk from cyber-attacks."

 

A recent report by NZ Television's 3 News said information from the country's intelligence agency Government Communications Security Bureau showed there were 134 significant cyberattacks last year, up from 90 attacks in 2011.

 

The government was the target of 21 of the attacks while 63 were against private companies.

 

Eight attacks were against infrastructure organizations including banks and phone companies. Some of the 42 other incidents were against individual New Zealanders.

 

Forty-two of the 134 attacks originated within New Zealand, 80 came from overseas and in 12 cases, the origin was unknown.

 

The actual numbers of serious attacks, whether successful or not, may never be known because not all cybercrime is reported to the GCSB, 3 News reported.

 

In some cases, the organization or government agency may not know it was attacked.

 

The GCSB refused to confirm how many of the attacks came from China or how many of them were successful, 3 News said.

 

On an individual level, a report by the U.S. global security company Symantec found 16 percent of New Zealanders were victims of mobile or social cybercrime in 2012.

 

Many of the attacks were initiated through malware masquerading as legitimate apps, with mobile malware growing by 58 percent since 2012, the New Zealand Herald reported last month.

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The A400M and C295W will be offered to New Zealand. (photo : Airbus Military)

The A400M and C295W will be offered to New Zealand. (photo : Airbus Military)

 

01.02.2013 Defense Studies

The eventual retirement of the RNZAF’s C-130Hs will see Airbus Military pitch the A400M and newly-launched C295W to the New Zealand government.

Announced at its annual briefing to trade media, Airbus Military said while it views New Zealand as a longer-term proposition, it is confident the two aircraft could fill the gap to be left by the ultimate retirement of the RNZAF’s five C-130Hs and indeed enhance the nation’s airlift capabilities.

Airbus Military was upbeat about the potential its new products could offer, and will embark on initial discussions within an undisclosed period, believed to be in the nearer-term to seed the products as potential candidates.

One observer at the briefing noted the C295 could also provide a pragmatic solution to New Zealand’s future maritime patrol needs when the Orions fall due for replacement. Airbus Military is offering the C295W as both a tactical airlifter and maritime patrol aircraft.

The last of the RNZAF C-130Hs to undergo a 15-year life-extension was re-delivered only in February this year, five years later than expected, under a program that was originally approved in 2003.

Airbus Military’s advance campaigning comes as it readies to launch the A400M into service in the coming weeks. The manufacturer’s head of programs, Rafael Tentor, who was A400M project head, said it had been “a long and winding road” to get to this point of delivery, but the A400M was “now the right aircraft at the right time”.

(Australian Aviation)

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Le général Nguyen Chi Vinh vice-ministre de la Défense. Source: VNA

Le général Nguyen Chi Vinh vice-ministre de la Défense. Source: VNA

01/06/2013 vietnamplus.vn

 

En marge du 12e Dialogue Shangri-La organisé à Singapour, le général Nguyen Chi Vinh, vice-ministre de la Défense, chef de la délégation vietnamienne à cet événement, a eu samedi des rencontres bilatérales avec des responsables de la défense de certains pays participants.

 

Il a travaillé avec les ministres malaisien, néo-zélandais et australien de la Défense, et ses homologues singapourien, russe, sud-coréen et du Brunei, ainsi que le commandant de la Flotte pacifique des Etats-Unis et le chef adjoint d'état-major de l'Armée populaire de Libération de Chine, Qi Jianguo.

 

Lors de ces rencontres, les deux parties ont passé en revue les relations militaires bilatérales et échangé leurs points de vue sur la situation de la sécurité régionale. Elles ont également discuté des mesures afin de renforcer les relations dans la défense sur la base des liens d'amité traditionnelle et promouvoir les liens de coopération et de développement sur la base du respect commun.

 

Elles ont émis le souhait de trouver la voix commune sur les problèmes importants dans la défense de la région et du monde comme la paix, la guerre, la sécurité de navigation maritime, la lutte contre le terrorisme...

 

Le général Nguyen Chi Vinh a affirmé que le Vietnam souhaitait la poursuite de construire et consolider les relations d'amitié et de coopération avec les pays, dont en matière de défense.

 

Il a hautement apprécié le soutien des pays pour la position du Vietnam dans l'édification de l'environnement de paix et de stabilité dans la région sur la base du respect du droit international sans oublier de remercier les pays d'avoir aidé l'Armée du Vietnam dans plusieurs domaines. -VNA

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NZ Budget Holds Steady, Air Force Gains

May. 16, 2013 - By NICK LEE-FRAMPTON - Defense News

 

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand’s spending on defense is little changed from the NZ $2.9 billion (then US $2.2 billion) for 2012-2013 to NZ $2.87 billion for 2013-2014.

 

The details, announced in the May 16 budget, include a marked reduction in spending on the Royal New Zealand Navy, a decrease in the Army’s budget and a modest increase for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

 

Funding for the Navy drops from NZ $662 million to just under NZ $600 million.

 

Spending on the Army falls from NZ $845 million to NZ $810 million while the Air Force enjoys a surge from NZ $790 million to just over NZ $803 million.

 

However, there are rises and falls within all three services. For example, the Navy’s budget for the patrol force (including two offshore and four inshore patrol vessels) rises from NZ$126 million to NZ $131 million. The joint funding for the fleet tanker and the amphibious support ship Canterbury is raised from NZ $100 million to NZ $110 million.

 

At the same time, the littoral warfare support budget, which includes mine countermeasures, is reduced and the fiscal support for the Navy’s two Anzac-class frigates drops from NZ $338 million to NZ $325 million.

 

Reflecting New Zealand’s withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, the allocation for operationally deployed forces tumbles from NZ $65 million to just NZ $27.6 million.

 

The allowance for land combat support forces (which includes artillery, engineers and communications) is slightly reduced, whereas funding for Special Operations Forces is boosted from NZ $80 million to NZ $87 million.

 

The Air Force’s helicopters, the NH90s and A109s of 3 Squadron, enjoy an increase from NZ $221 million to NZ $246 million, while the naval helicopter force of Kaman Seasprites also shows a slight increase, from NZ $86 million to NZ $91 million.

 

The Air Force’s RNZAF’s fleet of six P-3K2 Orions, officially titled the Airborne Surveillance and Response Force, enjoys a marked increase in funds from NZ $182 million to almost NZ $203 million.

 

The Ministry of Defence is allocated more funds, too, rising from NZ $164 million to NZ $241 million.

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MHOV 8x8 Heavy Truck

MHOV 8x8 Heavy Truck

16 May 2013 Pacific Sentinel
 
Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman today announced the purchase of 200 new trucks for the New Zealand Defence Force.
 
In a $135 million project, the government is purchasing Rheinmetall- MAN military vehicles to replace the old NZDF Unimog and heavier Mercedes trucks.
 
“The new NZDF medium and heavy trucks will carry more people and equipment, and will be fitted with armour and weapons to protect the crew, allowing them to function effectively in modern military environments,” said Dr Coleman.
 
“The same military vehicles are being purchased by the United Kingdom and we have bought them at a great price by purchasing off the same production line as the Brits, achieving an economy of scale.”
 
“The total cost for the trucks from the production line is $113 million.  The remaining balance of the project costs includes armour protection kits; weapons mounts; personnel modules and a range of specialised military equipment,” he said.
 
“It also covers spares, logistic support arrangements, and extensive training packages.”
 

 

“The arrival of all the new trucks by the end of 2014 will mean the NZDF can begin working up to a future operational capability which will be a huge step forward in technology and protection from the current fleet.” 
 
“The government’s defence policy is all about investment in the front line and these new trucks are a great example of that,” said Dr Coleman.
 
“These new trucks are part of an ongoing programme of equipment upgrades, including modernisation of the ANZAC frigates,  replacement helicopters for the Navy, and getting our upgraded Orions and Hercules fully into service.”
 
Key Facts:

 

  • The trucks will be used across the whole NZDF.
  • Three sizes of truck will be purchased: 6 tonne 4x4, 9 tonne 6x6 and 15 tonne 8x8.
  • The 6 tonne trucks have 240Kw engines, while the 6x6 and 8x8 variants have 324Kw engines. All engines are Euro 4 emissions compliant, which is the highest level that still allows efficient operations even if the fuel is of lower quality (such as might be found on operations).
  • All trucks are fitted with high capacity electrical systems to future proof them for developments in communications and other electronic systems. They are all fitted with air conditioning to maximise crew efficiency in a wide range of temperatures..
  • Variants to be purchased include trucks fitted with winches and cranes to allow completely independent operations, dump trucks, trucks fitted with specialised pallet and container handling equipment, and tractor/semi-trailer combinations to carry heavy vehicles and equipment.
  • Specific components, including semi-trailers and dumper bodies, will be made in New Zealand.
  • Although the trucks meet military requirements, over 80% of their components are used by civilian MAN vehicles. This commonality will allow for readily available maintenance support to the vehicles.
  • Five training vehicles are arriving soon and will allow drivers and mechanics to train and qualify on the vehicles prior to the main fleet arriving.

 

 
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Kaman Announces Contract with New Zealand for the Purchase of Ten SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite Aircraft

13.05.2013 Defense Studies

 

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 8, 2013-- Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that its subsidiary, Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman), has entered into a $120 million contract with the New Zealand Ministry of Defence for the purchase of ten SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite aircraft, spare parts, a full mission flight simulator, and related logistics support.
 
The contract is consistent with the previously announced government authorization and calls for the aircraft to be delivered over an approximately three year period with revenue recognition beginning in 2013.
 
The SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite is an advanced integrated maritime weapon system and a proven day/night/all-weather multi-mission helicopter. Originally designed to meet the exacting requirements of the U.S. Navy, the SH-2G Super Seasprite has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any maritime helicopter, assuring a safe return-to-ship capability even in single-engine flight conditions. Its robust design, outstanding stability, and excellent reliability have been proven through more than 1.5 million flight hours. The SH-2G is a fully integrated, multi-mission maritime weapon system designed to fulfill anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), over the horizon targeting, surveillance, troop transport, vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and utility missions. It is the largest, most powerful small ship helicopter in use today and is recognized for its mission effectiveness, support, and unmatched performance. In addition to the Royal New Zealand Navy, the SH-2G Super Seasprite is operated by the Egyptian Air Force and the Polish Navy.
 
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Pacifique : la coopération multilatérale au cœur du South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting

07/05/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Les 1eret 2 mai 2013, le général de brigade Jean-François Parlanti, commandant supérieur des forces armées de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC), et le colonel Jean-François Schoonmann, chef d’état-major interarmées des forces armées de Polynésie française (FAPF) accompagnaient l’ambassadeur Gilles Montagnier au royaume des Tonga pour représenter le ministre de la Défense et le chef d’état-major des Armées à l’occasion de la première réunion des ministres de la Défense du Pacifique Sud (South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting– SPDMM).

 

Les pays disposant d’une présence militaire dans le Pacifique Sud se sont réunis, pour la première fois, dans un format rassemblant leurs ministres de la Défense et leurs chefs d’état-major d’armées, ou leurs représentants. Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande, Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, Tonga, France et Chili ont ainsi fait le point sur la coopération militaire et de sécurité dans le Pacifique et engagé une réflexion prospective. La rencontre a débuté par des discussions bilatérales avant l’ouverture d’un dialogue multilatéral le deuxième jour qui a été initié par une réunion des chefs d’états-majors suivi d’une séance plénière.

 

Cette première rencontre ministérielle matérialise, au niveau politico-militaire, l’existence d’une communauté de défense et de sécurité du Pacifique Sud. Engagées de longue date dans des opérations relevant de la sécurité des espaces maritimes, de l’assistance humanitaire et du secours aux populations victimes de catastrophes naturelles, les FANC et les FAPF interviennent régulièrement en coordination étroite avec les autorités civiles et les organisations compétentes de la région ainsi qu’avec les forces armées des pays partenaires. L’objectif de cette rencontre visait à approfondir la coopération dans certains domaines spécifiques comme l’échange d’informations, l’interopérabilité ou encore la planification des activités conjointes (opérations, exercices et entraînements). Il s’agit de rendre l’action des pays partenaires la plus efficiente possible dans chacun de ces domaines.

 

La France est le seul pays d’Europe à maintenir un niveau de forces significatif dans le Pacifique pour assurer la protection de ses communautés et la préservation de ses intérêts outre-mer. Cette présence s’inscrit dans la dynamique de ré-articulation des forces pré-positionnées conformément à une logique de « théâtre ». Ainsi, la Nouvelle-Calédonie et la Polynésie Française constituent nos principaux points d’appui militaires dans cette région du monde. Dans ce cadre, les FANC et les FAPF contribuent à la défense et à la sécurité sur le « théâtre » Pacifique et constituent des acteurs à part entière de la coopération militaire et de défense régionale.

 

Le prochain SPDMM, instauré désormais comme une réunion annuelle, se tiendra en 2014 en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée.

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Feb. 27, 2013 - By NICK LEE-FRAMPTON – Defense News

 

Wellington, New Zealand — New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence has issued a request for information (RfI) for an “Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (UWISR)” system.

 

It may seem axiomatic that such an obviously maritime nation as New Zealand would maintain a credible anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability, yet in recent years the focus of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s six Orion aircraft has been on overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

 

The missions system upgrade that marked the Orions’ transition from P-3K to P-3K2 status (in 2011) was accompanied by renaming the Maritime Patrol Force the Airborne Surveillance and Response Force.

 

In August 2008, Air Commodore Gavin Howse, then Air Component commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, told Defense News, “we will still be able to do maritime surveillance, but the capabilities on board will make [the P-3K2] an excellent overland surveillance aircraft.”

 

However, it appears the ASW role was neglected, for in December 2011 Air Vice Marshal Peter Stockwell, chief of the Air Force, told Defense News, “We are only maintaining a fairly rudimentary capability in the ASW world at the moment.”

 

However, he added, “There is certainly discussion around the need to modernize the airborne ASW role.”

 

Yet, in November 2012, when asked about ASW capability, Lt. Gen. Rhys Jones, chief of the Defence Force, said, “It is impossible for us to counter every threat, every issue, and that’s where we need to balance things up.”

 

“Submarine proliferation in the area is growing. Is it going to be an issue for us? Yes, it will in the future … but is it a greater priority than overland surveillance or other surveillance that we might need to have in our region?”

 

The UWISR RfI seeks information, by April 4, on a replacement for the P-3K2 Orion’s existing acoustics system, a magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) system and an improved airdropped stores ejection system.

 

Ground training equipment, including a postmission acoustic analysis system and a MAD simulator are included in the RfI.

 

This suggests the Air Force’s ASW capabilities may not remain “rudimentary” as Asia-Pacific submarine fleets expand and modernize.

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