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UH-72A Lakota  photo James Darcy  Airbus Helicopters Inc.

UH-72A Lakota photo James Darcy Airbus Helicopters Inc.

 

13 novembre, 2015 Nathan Gain - FOB

 

Douze nouveaux hélicoptères Lakota viendront, à partir d’août 2017, renforcer les 50 UH-72A déjà stationnés à Fort Rucker, et destinés à former la pierre angulaire du futur programme d’entraînement des pilotes , dont le lancement est prévu pour début 2016. À terme, l’armée américaine envisage d’acquérir un total de 187 UH-72A en version d’entraînement afin de remplacer les TH-67 fabriqués par Bell Helicopter et en service depuis plus de vingt ans. Un contrat évalué à 61 millions d’euros et une bonne nouvelle pour Airbus, dont l’implantation américaine peut maintenant envisager sereinement la consolidation de sa ligne de production au-delà de 2017.

 

« Maintes et maintes fois, l’UH-72A s’est avéré être la solution la plus rentable pour répondre à la grande variété des besoins de l’armée américaine et de nos alliés, » s’est félicité Allan McArtor, directeur général d’Airbus Group Inc. « L’exécution sans faille du programme Lakota par l’armée [américaine] a prouvé que, malgré l’environnement difficile dans lequel se trouve tout programme d’acquisition, il existe des success stories aussi bien pour le contribuable que pour le combattant, » a-t-il ajouté en marge de l’annonce du contrat.

 

Le Lakota (dont le nom, à l’instar des Chinook, Apache & co, est inspiré d’une tribu indienne), n’est rien de moins que le cousin militarisé et américain du EC145 en service dans la Gendarmerie nationale et la Sécurité civile française, dotées respectivement de 15 et 35 appareils.

 

Sélectionné en 2006 dans le cadre du programme « Light Utility Helicopter » (LUH), l’UH-72A est destiné à accomplir un large spectre de missions pour l’armée américaine et la garde nationale, à savoir l’entraînement des pilotes, des missions SAR, d’évacuation médicale, de surveillance des frontières, de C2 (command & control), de transport VIP et, en toute logique, de logistique au sens large. Près de 338 Lakota sont déjà sortis des chaînes d’assemblage d’Airbus HC situées à Columbus (Mississippi) pour être livrés aux forces armées américaines, sur les 423 commandés à ce jour par le Département de la Défense américain.

 

Conçu pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques de l’US Army, l’UH-72A est capable d’atteindre une vitesse de 269 km/h grâce à ses deux moteurs Turbomeca ARRIEL 1E2. Ses pales en matériau composite diminuent les vibrations et le bruit tout en augmentant l’aérodynamisme, donc les performances opérationnelles. Doté d’un design modulaire, cet hélicoptère multirôle est capable d’emporter jusqu’à six soldats en plus de l’équipage, ou deux brancards dans sa configuration MEDEVAC. Le Lakota est également équipé de la suite avionique Meghas produite par la Thales.

 

Preuve supplémentaire du succès de ce modèle, l’armée américaine envisage désormais, au-delà des commandes additionnelles, l’introduction d’une version « B » modernisée basée sur l’EC145 T2. Avec, logiquement, d’éventuelles commandes supplémentaires pour la filiale américaine du géant des voilures tournantes.

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Meggitt Training Systems Launches Enhanced System to Further Expand Small Arms Training

 

Nov 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Meggitt PLC

 

United States and allied forces worldwide will soon have access to the newest and most advanced small-arms training system. Georgia-based Meggitt Training Systems will introduce the FATS®100e, an evolutionary step forward from previous virtual-reality solutions, at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) from Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 in Orlando, Fla. The new FATS100e system solution is an extension of the proven and popular FATS M100 and a major expansion in weapons training capability, introducing new features such as Crytek-based 3D lanes, automatic coaching and VBS3-based collective training. The 3D lanes provide visually realistic and highly detailed terrains and targets, including weather, and striking visual effects including wind-blown environments, birds in flight, dirt splashes and explosions. Automatic coaching has never been available in the small-arms training market, and collective training is new to the VBS3 system.

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The Long Arm: The "International" Squadron has Broken 3 Records

 

10.11.2015 Talya Yariv | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida & Ofri Aharon

 

During the "Red-Flag" training exercise in August, the "International" Squadron operating Boeing 707 aircraft broke multiple records. One of them is the farthest direct flight in the history of the IAF. "The record demonstrates the squadron's range of capabilities"

 

Farther, longer and stronger: The "International" Squadron aircrews, operating the Boeing 707, broke three records, led by the longest flight in IAF history, that was executed as a part of the transportation operation to and from the "Red-Flag" training exercise that took place in August in Nevada, USA.

The transportation operation to the exercise was a complicated mission that posed an opportunity to practice one of the air force's strategic missions: reaching every point on the globe.

"The records demonstrate the squadron's abilities", exclaims Lt. Col. Itamar, the squadron commander. "They show the range of possibilities the squadron can achieve when needed. They make the aircrews better, raise our confidence in our abilities and expand the range of our skills".

 

"Breaking a record is a show of capability"

The transportation operation from the USA to Israel at the end of the exercise was carefully planned, as were the stops made on the way. In the first leg of the journey, a malfunction was identified in one of the Boeing 707 aircraft and grounded it for a night for repairs, while the rest of the aircraft continued their journey to Israel.

In order to stick to the original plan, the operation's commanders decided that at the moment the jet will be flight-ready, it would be refueled with a larger quantity than usual and fly directly to Israel.

The approximately 6,000 mile flight was the record breaker and is the farthest flight ever conducted in the history of the IAF.

"There is no squadron that executed such a long flight with no stopovers", said Lt. Col. Itamar. "I see the breaking of the record as a demonstration of ability. The IAF knows that today, it has an aircraft that can takeoff in the heart of the United States and land in Israel and vice versa, this is an important achievement. The 707 landed in Nevatim Airbase without much fuel to spare, but safely and efficiently as we expected".

 

The Amount of Jets Refueled: Greater than Ever

Another record broken by the "International" Squadron during the "Red-Flag" training exercise was the amount of fuel administered by way of aerial refueling from the Boeing 707s to the F-15s and F-15Is during the transportation operation and the exercise. By the end of the exercise, the squadron reached an unprecedented amount of fuel administered to the fighter jets.

"The amount of fighter jets that passed through the transportation operation, meaning we refueled, was about 50% greater than we ever refueled in any other operation. The amount of fuel that we used during the two weeks of the exercise was equivalent to the amount of fuel the IAF uses every six months", he explained. "Because of the amount of jet fighters, we enlarged the amount of Boeing 707s. Until today, the largest amounts of Boeing 707s that have crossed the Atlantic Ocean simultaneously were three, but now, it's five".

The squadron's main mission which Aerial Refueling mission, is a complicated and unique mission, in which a "controlled collision" situation is conducted. Throughout the training, dozens of "collisions" of this kind were executed.

"In any other division, a collision between two planes would be considered an 'accident'. For us - it's a mission", explains Lt. Col. Itamar. "Like any other IAF mission we complete, we also emphasize lessons for personal improvement. We checked the operation while flying to the United States and made improvements the following morning. This explains why the transportation operation on the way back to Israel was even more professional".

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Flight Ready: Atlantic Targets & Marine Operations


12 nov. 2015 NAVAIRSYSCOM

 

Preparing the fleet for the frontlines, that's the job of the Atlantic Target and Maritime Operations (ATMO) division, Norfolk detachment, based in Dam Neck, Va. Learn how this fleet training team executes simulated attacks on ships and aircraft and why these realistic threat drills are vital to a battle group's success at sea.

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photo White House

photo White House


12 nov. 2015 by White House

 

President Obama delivers remarks at the Medal of Honor Presentation to Captain Florent Groberg, United States Army. November 12, 2015.

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La technologie "Dermosquelette" de B-Temia a déjà été activement testée par les forces spéciales américaines et canadiennes (Crédit: Revision Military Inc)

La technologie "Dermosquelette" de B-Temia a déjà été activement testée par les forces spéciales américaines et canadiennes (Crédit: Revision Military Inc)

 

10 novembre, 2015 Nathan Gain (FOB)

 

Sagem rêverait-il de mécatronique ?  Ce spécialiste français de l’électronique et de l’optronique de défense a annoncé hier la signature d’un partenariat technologique et commercial avec la société québécoise B-Temia dans un domaine civilo-militaire pour le moins…futuriste, à savoir les exosquelettes.

 

« B-Temia est fière de s’associer à Sagem pour l’évolution et l’industrialisation de son produit « DermosquelettiqueTM ». Ce partenariat confirme l’avance technologique de notre société, sa valeur commerciale et la crédibilité de nos travaux en réponse au besoin croissant de mobilité humaine dans l’industrie et la défense » a déclaré Stéphane Bédard, Président de B-Temia.

 

Selon les termes de cet accord, Sagem et B-Temia mettront leur savoir en commun pour développer et commercialiser des exosquelettes dernier-cri. Dans ce but, chaque entité apportera son expérience : Sagem pour l’intégration d’équipements complexes et ses innovations en terme d’actionneurs et de stabilisateurs, B-Temia en matière de robotique humaine et d’intelligence artificielle. La jeune société canadienne se basera pour cela sur sa technologie « Dermosquelette », déjà largement utilisée dans le domaine médical. Une technologie par ailleurs créée à l’origine à des fins militaires, comme le rappelle Stéphane Bédard : « Le soldat porte entre 100 et 150 livres de surpoids sur le dos. Ce qui entraîne souvent des blessures. Les armées à travers le monde cherchent des solutions à ce problème-là qui est majeur. »

 

Le produit imaginé par B-Temia est un appareil robotisé avec des moteurs, des senseurs et un logiciel d’intelligence artificielle. Au moyen d’une série de senseurs, l’ordinateur de cette « prothèse » anticipe les mouvements de la personne. Assistant de façon motorisée les mouvements du fantassin, la biorobotique  vise à réduire l’effort métabolique et à protéger contre les blessures musculosquelettiques. Ce système permettrait de maintenir les capacités de combat des soldats, d’améliorer leur mobilité sur le terrain et d’augmenter l’efficacité de ces derniers en mission. Le modèle actuel est capable de soutenir un soldat déployé en situation opérationnelle durant une période de 6 heures.

 

« Notre coopération avec B-Temia permettra de soutenir les nouveaux travaux de R&D dans le domaine des exosquelettes. Pour Sagem, il s’agit d’une activité prometteuse dans les applications industrielles et militaires. Cette coopération met particulièrement en avant la dynamique d’innovation que Sagem veut déployer dans l’exploitation de technologies duales avec des startups ou des grands groupes, » a quant à lui déclaré Martin Sion, Président de Sagem.

 

À terme, le duo Sagem-B-Temia pourrait intégrer le cercle très restreint des entreprises s’étant déjà attaqué à cette technologie avant-gardiste, tels qu’ECA Dynamics (ECA Group), ou encore Lockheed Martin et son système FORTIS. Et pourquoi pas, rêver à l’intégration d’un exosquelette pour le successeur du FELIN ?

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Deployable Instrument Landing System (D-ILS) - photo Thales

Deployable Instrument Landing System (D-ILS) - photo Thales

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

General Dynamics Mission Systems' radios will provide the communications for the new U.S. Air Force Deployable Instrument Landing System (D-ILS). The system, built by Thales, will give pilots the precision guidance they need to land at locations where the existing air traffic control system is unavailable or where no infrastructure exists, including temporary airfields in austere, isolated locations. The D-ILS will use the General Dynamics CM-300/350 V2 air traffic control (ATC) radios along with the Fortress ES2440 High-capacity Mesh Point wireless backhaul radios.

"The General Dynamics Mission Systems radios offer an integrated solution with commercial off-the-shelf products, delivering significant cost savings in bringing this new Air Force capability into service," said Mike DiBiase, a vice president of General Dynamics Mission Systems.

The Thales D-ILS system will provide pilots with precise landing instructions during final approach in low-visibility or low-ceiling weather conditions. The system will also provide the Air Force with a highly deployable system for rapid set-up, activation and relocation during Air Force tactical and restoral-of-service operations.

The General Dynamics Mission Systems CM-300/350 V2 radios are the first VoIP UHF and VHF radios approved by the FAA for ground-to-air communications. The radios are being installed in airport control towers, FAA regional centers and training facilities nationwide.

General Dynamics Mission Systems' Fortress wireless technology is currently used in military operations where vehicles, deployed assets, sensor devices and soldiers are operating in large outdoor areas and allows these distributed assets to connect to the network without the considerations and constraints of traditional wired networks.

 

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) combined the resources of Advanced Information Systems and C4 Systems as "General Dynamics Mission Systems" on January 1, 2015. For more information about General Dynamics Mission Systems, please visit gdmissionsystems.com and follow us on Twitter @GDMS.

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Medium-Class Stage III (MCS-III) solid rocket motor - photo Orbital ATK.jpg

Medium-Class Stage III (MCS-III) solid rocket motor - photo Orbital ATK.jpg

 

Nov 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : Orbital ATK, Inc.

 

Orbital ATK's Medium-Class Upper Stage Motor Provides New Capability to Air Force

 

The U.S. Air Force and Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) successfully conducted a ground level static fire test of the Medium-Class Stage III (MCS-III) solid rocket motor on November 5. This test was a demonstration of advanced technologies being studied for use in the forthcoming Air Force Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) system. Orbital ATK successfully conducted a ground level static fire test of the Medium Class Stage III solid rocket motor at their facility in Promontory, UT. This was a demonstration test of advanced technologies being studied for use in the forthcoming U.S. Air Force Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) system. (Photo: Business Wire)

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F-35A with Canadian markings

F-35A with Canadian markings

 

November 8, 2015 David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

 

Defence Watch has been running a back and forth debate on the F-35 between defence analyst Richard Shimooka and Alan Williams, the former ADM Materiel at DND, who signed the original MOU committing Canada to the research and development aspect of the F-35. On Sept. 24 Richard Shimooka had an opinion piece in the National Post arguing that the F-35 is still the best bet for Canada.

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Executive Technical Advisor Gill A. Pratt with President Akio Toyoda photo Toyota

Executive Technical Advisor Gill A. Pratt with President Akio Toyoda photo Toyota

 

09 novembre 2015 par  Jacques Marouani - electroniques.biz

 

L'investissement initial d'un milliard de dollars au cours des cinq prochaines années servira à mettre en place les deux sites prévus - l'un près de l'université de Stanford en Californie, l'autre à proximité du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - et à les doter en personnel (environ 200 salariés)

 

Le numéro un japonais de l'automobile, Toyota, vient d'annoncer la création aux Etats-Unis d'une société de R&D spécialisée dans l'intelligence artificielle et la robotique, dans laquelle il va investir un milliard de dollars en 5 ans.

 

Cette nouvelle structure, Toyota Research Institute, dont le siège sera situé dans la Silicon Valley, devra aider à combler le fossé entre la recherche fondamentale et le développement de produits, a expliqué Toyota dans un communiqué diffusé à l'ouverture d'une conférence de presse du Pdg Akio Toyoda à Tokyo.

 

Toyota Research Institute, qui doit voir le jour en janvier 2016, sera dirigée par Gill Pratt, un spécialiste de la robotique qui travaillait jusqu'à récemment au sein de l'agence américaine des projets de recherche avancée sur la défense (DARPA).

 

L'investissement initial d'un milliard de dollars au cours des cinq prochaines années servira à mettre en place les deux sites prévus - l'un près de l'université de Stanford en Californie, l'autre à proximité du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - et à les doter en personnel (environ 200 salariés).

 

Dans la même optique, Toyota avait dévoilé début septembre un partenariat avec ces deux prestigieuses universités américaines, avec à la clé un investisserment de 50 millions de dollars sur cinq ans également.

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photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

Nov 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin

 

LM Transitions to Digital Engineering in Program's 60th Year

 

The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights Nov. 7 and 9 of two Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The world’s most reliable large ballistic missile, the D5 missile has achieved a total of 157 successful test flights since design completion in 1989. The D5 is the sixth in a series of missile generations deployed since the sea-based deterrent program began 60 years ago. The Navy launched the unarmed missiles in the Pacific Ocean from a submerged Ohio-class submarine. The missiles were converted into test configurations using kits produced by Lockheed Martin that contain range safety devices and flight telemetry instrumentation. The test flights were part of a demonstration and shakedown operation, which the Navy uses to certify a submarine for deployment following an overhaul.

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Airbus Defence and Space and The Coulson Group to collaborate on C295W water bomber

 

Nov 12, 2015 ASDNews Source : Airbus Defence and Space

 

Airbus Defence and Space and The Coulson Group of Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the industrialization, supply and support of the new water bomber version of the Airbus C295W transport aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement The Coulson Group of Alberni BC, Canada through its operating company Coulson Aircrane Ltd, will develop and manufacture a version of its Retardant Dropping System (RDS) which is already in operation with the world’s most demanding firefighting agencies.

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Photo: U.S. Northern Command

Photo: U.S. Northern Command

 

November 11, 2015: Strategy Page

 

On October 28th a JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor) blimp undergoing testing at a U.S. Army base in Maryland (north of Washington DC) broke loose and drifted for nearly four hours and 240 kilometers until the deflation device (for such emergencies) activated and brought the blimp down. Because the blimp was dragging about 2,200 meters of tether (the cable that keeps the blimp in one place) some 26,000 civilians in its path (rural Maryland and Pennsylvania) lost electrical power for hours as the tether shorted out power lines. There were no injuries but all the damage and disruption is going to cost the army nearly $200 million. It is also likely to get the JLENS program shut down. While there have been JLENS type systems suffering runaway blimps in Afghanistan and Iraq, these did not make the news and were recovered and soon back in service. But a runaway blimp not far from the American capital is another matter. There were originally supposed to be 16 JLENS systems built by now but for a number of reasons there are only two and the other is in storage. JLENS technology has been useful even as JLENS itself has had many problems. The latest wandering blimp incident may prove fatal for JLENS.

 

Since the 1990s the U.S. Department of Defense has spent nearly $3 billion to develop JLENS a system that used tethered blimps to carry radars that could spot low-flying aircraft like helicopters, small planes and cruise missiles so that these targets could be attacked using missiles or autocannon, fired from the ground or the air, to destroy these hard to detect (using normal radars) targets. Even before the runaway JELENS there was a lot of political pressure to cancel JLENS because of failure to perform. Naturally it’s more complicated than that. While JLENS technology has proved very useful since September 11, 2001, there is concern that JLENS itself never achieved a high level of effectiveness and reliability in performing the task it was originally designed for. The manufacturer insists these accusations are baseless but it is true that JLENS has had several recent embarrassments when the system was not ready when needed or it was operational but did not spot the low flying threat or did spot it but could not tell if it was hostile.

 

One of the original uses JLENS was developed for was to help defend offshore oil facilities from attack by terrorist speedboats. This it was able to do after 2003 in Iraq. But in more crowded environments (like urban areas) JLENS spotted too many low flying objects but could not tell which ones were a threat and which were not. This has now become an issue because JLENS type systems are no longer in Iraq.

 

The JLENS system uses two 75 meter (233 foot) long, helium filled, unmanned blimp equipped with radar and other sensors. A JLENS blimp is about 2.5 times the size as the more familiar advertising blimp. Actually, the JLENS blimp is an aerostat, a blimp like vehicle designed to always turn into the wind and stay in the same place. The JLENS blimp is unpowered and secured by a cable (tether) that can keep the aerostat in position at its maximum altitude of 5,000 meters (15,000 feet). At that altitude the JLENS aerostat can carry a two ton payload. The cable also supplies power, which means the blimp can stay up for about 30 days at a time before it has to be brought down for maintenance on its radars. Two radars are carried in each aerostat. One is a surveillance radar, the other is a precision track and illumination radar (PTIR). The surveillance radar provides long-range coverage (over 300 kilometers, exact range is secret), while the PTIR, which is a steerable system capable of tracking multiple targets, can focus in on items of interest. Thus each JLENS can cover a huge area and can pass target data to airborne or ground based missile systems for interception.

 

A major JLENS success was using JLENS technology for similar systems defending bases in Iraq and Afghanistan from ground attack. While larger UAVs are popular, mainly for their persistence (the ability to stay in the air, over a particular area, for a long time) and some (Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk) can stay in the air for over 24 hours at a time, they still have to land regularly to be refueled or undergo maintenance. In Iraq the military found that "stationary UAVs" (helium filled aerostats or tall towers) not only do the job just as well but do it a lot cheaper (under $1000 an hour, mostly for maintenance, repairs, and personnel to monitor the sensors). Compare this to Predator, which costs $5,000 an hour to operate, and Global Hawk, which costs $25,000 an hour. Global Hawk is so expensive partly because of the high end sensors used. Not everyone needs the high flying Global Hawk or even a Predator. They just need a way to keep an eye on a large area (like a chunk of the Syrian, Iranian, or Pakistani border) 24/7. JLENS and its ground defense variant (RAID) are a much cheaper alternative and have become popular alternatives to mobile UAVs.

 

In 2004 the U.S. Army sent 22 blimps (aerostats, actually) to Iraq and Afghanistan to operate as part of RAID (Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment) systems. These systems were based on JLENS. The blimps float at about 320 meters (a thousand feet) up, tethered by a cable that provides power and communications to the day and night cameras up there. The big problem is ground fire from rifles and machine-guns. Iraqis, in particular, like using the RAID blimps as targets. Rifle fire won't destroy the blimps but does cause them to be brought down more frequently for repairs. Bullet-hole repairs often have some of them coming down every few days. There are surveillance systems similar to RAID but mounted on tall steel towers. These also suffer gunfire damage, but rarely any that damage the equipment.

 

The first army blimp sent to Iraq in early 2004 was one of its JLENS systems. JLENS equipment was also modified to be mounted on a tower even though it was most effective when operating from the aerostat. JLENS sensors can not only detect and track low flying aircraft and missiles but also small boats and ground vehicles. Off the coast of Iraq it could detect hostile boats making a run for Iraqi oil facilities. JLENS has been used in Afghanistan as well. JLENS was still in development in 2002 but much of the tech was soon approved for mass production. In addition to providing 24/7 coverage for approaching cruise missiles JLENS can also provide a communications relay for other radars and weapons systems (anti-aircraft missiles and warplanes) to coordinate detection and destruction of cruise missiles.

 

The RAID systems (used on aerostats as well as towers) are much cheaper than JLENS, less than five million dollars each, and the army has bought over a hundred of them. When RAID aerostats operate at an altitude of a 320 meters their cameras can see out to about sixty kilometers. The smaller towers shorten that range quite a bit. The ten meter (30 foot) tower can see out to eleven kilometers, the 20 meter (60 foot) tower out to 16 kilometers, and the 27 meter (84 foot) tower out to 20 kilometers. The ten meter tower is adequate for most situations, which usually involve guarding a base. The JLENS and RAID systems are operated by air defense troops, often from the reserves or National Guard.

 

One of the two JLENS built is used for development. This included testing new capabilities being added to JLENS. In 2013 the army and air force successfully tested a new air defense capability by using its JLENS system to detect an anti-ship cruise missile and automatically pass the target data to an F-15 via its digital data link (Link 16), and enabling the pilot to launch an AMRAAM missile to intercept the incoming cruise missile. This is a major reason for the huge cost of JLENS; adding new capabilities and costs. This is a problem with most peacetime weapons development programs and JLENS is a good example of this bad habit.

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MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command -  photo Lockheed Martin

MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command - photo Lockheed Martin

 

November 10, 2015: Strategy Page

 

In late 2015 U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) two more MC-130J all-weather transports. SOCOM has already received most of the 37 on order and deliveries are supposed to be complete by 2017. This is part of a major program to upgrade and expand the SOCOM fleet of specialized aircraft. Despite cuts in the American defense budget since 2010 SOCOM gets money for its aircraft program because SOCOM personnel are still in big demand worldwide.

 

Since 2009 SOCOM  has been devoting the largest chunk of its procurement budget to aircraft and most of that is going for one type of aircraft; the C-130J. SOCOM wants to buy about a hundred C-130Js and use them as commando transports (MC-130J) or gunships (AC-130J). In addition several hundred million dollars is being spent on sensors and weapons that can be quickly installed in MC-130Js to turn them into temporary gunships.

 

All this spending on aircraft is because the SOCOM air force has been worked hard since September 11, 2001 and has been constantly short of aircraft and qualified pilots. Back in 2009 SOCOM looked at their air force (some 300 MC-130s MH-53s AC-130s MH-6s MH-60s CV-22s and a few other types) and drew up a plan to shrink and update this overworked and aging collection of transports and helicopters. Having fewer, but more capable aircraft was seen as the only way out of the chronic shortages of aircraft and pilots. There was also the problem of aircraft worn out from heavy use and combat damage. So in addition to replacing the elderly C-130s SOCOM also sought to take the 31 MH-47Ds and E helicopters  (which have additional navigation gear) and upgraded them to MH-47F standards while the fleet was expanded to 61 helicopters. Most other SOCOM aircraft were also to be upgraded or refurbished.

 

Meanwhile the expansion and refurbishment program could not keep up with the demand in Afghanistan. Worse, there was never been enough logistics support to service all the jobs SOCOM is called on to do. In response, SOCOM improvised as much as they could. They borrowed aircraft and logistics support from other units. SOCOM is a high priority outfit, and can often get some of what they need. When SOCOM is providing specialized support for the combat units they borrow resources from they don't have a problem.

 

However when it's a pure SOCOM mission the army and air force are not as eager to part with scarce resources. What it means is that troops are operating at less than peak efficiency because they don't have all the tools they need to get the job done. Missions get cancelled, and opportunities are lost. SOCOM is a flexible outfit, and adaptations are often made. More commando operations were carried out using ground transportation. More troops, and equipment, were parachuted in. SOCOM is even obtained UAVs that can carry supplies. SOCOM is all about innovation, and a helicopter shortage is just seen as another opportunity to be creative. But there was always an ultimate solution for a lot of the air transportation and it was the new C-130J.

 

Back in 2011 SOCOM received its first MC-130J. This was part of a larger U.S. Air Force effort to replace 200 worn out C-130Es. The C-130J transport proved to be more than just another model in the fifty year old C-130 design. This is mainly because it's cheaper and easier to use. Like most new commercial transports, the C-130J emphasizes saving money. The new engines generate 29 percent more thrust while using 15 percent less fuel. Increased automation reduced crew size from four to three. The rear ramp door can now be opened in flight when the aircraft is going as fast as 450 kilometers an hour, versus the current 270 kilometers an hour.

 

The SOCOM MC-130s are all-weather aircraft used for everything from moving SOCOM personnel and equipment around the combat zone, to parachuting supplies, refueling helicopters in the air, dropping bombs and propaganda leaflets, or loading a pallet or two of electronic gear for special reconnaissance or psychological warfare missions. MC-130s are particularly useful because they have terrain following radar that enables them to fly at low altitude, especially at night or during bad weather. MC-130s have several additional navigation and communication systems, which allow them to fly in all weather, especially low enough to avoid radar detection.

 

C-130Js have cost nearly twenty percent less per hour than previous models. The most common version of the C-130 still in service is the C-130H. It has a range of 8,368 kilometers, a top speed of 601 kilometers per hour, and can carry up to 18 tons of cargo, 92 troops, or 64 paratroopers. The latest version, the C-130J, has a top speed of 644 kilometers, 40 percent more range than the C-130H, and can carry 20 tons of cargo. The stretched C-130J-30 can carry more bulky cargo, and goes for about $100 million each. The C-130J has a top speed of 644 kilometers, 40 percent more range than the C130H. The C-130 has been in service for over half a century, and has been flying for over 50 countries.

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Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)

Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)

 

Nov 8, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon

 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has successfully completed the flight test phase of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program.

 

PCAS is a package of technologies designed to speed close air support to soldiers on the battlefield, enabling ground troops, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and combat aircrews to share real-time situational awareness and weapons systems data. Executed in three phases, the four-and-a-half year program included flight testing during the first six months of 2015.

 

"The PCAS program was able to reduce close air support response times from nearly one hour to less than six minutes," said Tom Bussing , Raytheon vice president of Advanced Missile Systems. "By speeding critical information to decision makers, PCAS could save lives in the battlespace."

 

During the U.S. Marine Corps' Talon Reach V exercise in March, the program demonstrated end-to-end, fully digital weapons release of a Griffin missile from a modified MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. In May, an A-10C Thunderbolt II attack aircraft and a joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) on the ground, both using PCAS' real-time digital communications and situational awareness capabilities, successfully employed 10 GPS- and laser-guided weapons in a second series of flight tests.

 

The PCAS system is designed to be platform-, digital radio-, sensor-, and weapons-class agnostic, and to be portable from platform to platform. The two main parts of the system are PCAS-Air, which consists of smart launcher electronics and a pilot tablet, and PCAS-Ground, which comprises the equipment used by the JTAC.

 

Raytheon is the systems integrator for PCAS. The company leads an industry team comprised of Rockwell Collins, General Electric, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and 5-D Systems. Raytheon brings its expertise in overall systems integration, weapons, aircraft integration and unmanned aircraft system ground control stations to PCAS.

 

As part of its conclusion of the program, DARPA is now focusing on transitioning PCAS technology demonstrated on both the A-10C and the MV-22 to different military platforms. DARPA is also working with the Army on other PCAS transition activity relevant to ground forces and manned and unmanned aircraft.

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États-Unis. Les sociétés militaires privées boivent la tasse

 

10 Novembre 2015 par Philippe CHAPLEAU – Ouest-France

 

Le retrait d'Irak et d'Afghanistan a provoqué une baisse des commandes fédérales. DynCorp qui a perdu 2 de ses instructeurs, en Jordanie, n’en finit pas d’annoncer des pertes.

 

 « Guerre » non seulement rime avec « bonnes affaires » mais les termes sont synonymes. La formule est cynique mais indiscutable. Et quand, enfin, survient la paix, la crise dans le secteur de la défense et la dépression chez les équipementiers sont inévitables.

 

Fin de l'âge d'or

Aux États-Unis, entre 2002 et 2012, les dépenses du Département américain de la Défense (le DoD) ont augmenté de 45 %. Mais l’Âge d’or a brutalement pris fin et des entreprises aux revenus longtemps dopés par les guerres d’Irak et d’Afghanistan voient leur chiffre d’affaires décimé. Pour l’année fiscale 2013, les dépenses du DoD ont reculé de 15 % et la tendance baissière s’est accentuée sous l’effet du mur budgétaire. Dès 2013, 17 des 20 plus grands équipementiers militaires ont vu leur chiffre d’affaires décroître. Si Boeing a tiré son épingle du jeu, c’est grâce à ses activités commerciales civiles. Comme le résume Tom Captain, en charge du domaine Espace/Défense chez Deloitte : « Il y a trop d’entreprises pour trop peu de dollars. Il n’y a pas suffisamment de travail pour tout le monde ». D’où des faillites, des licenciements et des plans de restructuration en cascade qui affectent aussi les PME frappées de plein fouet par les coupes claires dans les commandes du Pentagone.

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Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft

Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft

 

Nov 9, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $262.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s F-15 sensor suite. The sensor suite includes Sniper ® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP), LANTIRN Extended Range (ER) navigation pods and Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will collaborate with Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) to perform Sniper ATP and LANTIRN ER sustainment services as well as LANTIRN ER pod upgrades at the Sniper Expanded Repair Capability facility in Saudi Arabia. Lockheed Martin will support IRST sustainment at its IRST depot in Orlando, Florida.

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DynCorp fait la "une" avec ses pertes: deux tués en Jordanie et des résultats trimestriels dans le rouge


10.11.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense
 

Les deux contractors US tués lors de la fusillade de Jordanie appartiennent à la firme DynCorp. Le porte-parole du DoS (State Dept) l'a confirmé hier soir.

DynCorp et quatre autres sociétés américaines: Justice Services International, MPRI qui appartient à L3C, PAE Government Services, Civilian Police International ont été retenues en 2011 par le Département d'Etat dans le cadre de l'ex-programme CIVPOL devenu le "Criminal Justice Program Support" (CJPS). Voir l'avis d'attribution de 2011 ici.

DynCorp déploie actuellement du personnel dans le cadre du "Palestine Task Order" d'une valeur annuelle de 10 millions de dollars. La firme US recrutait encore, il y a quelques jours, des agents pour ses "mobile training teams" (voir ici) qui ont la responsabilité du programme de formation des Palestiniens.

Par ailleurs, DynCorp a dévoilé hier ses résultats trimestriels (voir ici). Du mieux mais pas fameux... Pour le 3e quarter 2015, le CA a été de 479,8 millions de dollars (540,3 pour la même période en 2014) et les pertes de 15,7 millions (71,5 millions pour la même période en 2014).

Ces résultats laissent espérer un CA annuel de l'ordre de "1,89 à 1,93 milliards de dollars" selon Lou Von Thaer, le CEO de DynCorp. On se souviendra que le CA de 2014 était de 2,3 milliards et celui de 2013 de 3,3 milliards.

Les revenus de DynLogistics dégringolent toujours; seul DynAviation retrouvent des couleurs, son CA pour le 3e quarter étant de 313 millions (contre 293, il y a un an).

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Le coquelicot rouge : symbole durable du souvenir partout dans le monde depuis la Première Guerre mondiale

Un coquelicot est épinglé sur l’uniforme d’un soldat des Forces armées canadiennes, dans le cadre de la dernière cérémonie du jour du Souvenir célébrée par des soldats canadiens en Afghanistan, le 11 novembre 2013. Photo : Sgt Norm McLean, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes

 

2014-11-12 Par Lynn Capuano, Affaires publiques de l’Armée – ref  14-0230

 

Ottawa, Ontario — Le coquelicot rouge évoque la consolation. Le rouge symbolise la passion et l’amour. Cette fleur des champs très répandue devenue symbole international du souvenir a des origines toutes particulières.

 

Le jour du Souvenir marque l’anniversaire de la fin officielle des hostilités de la Première Guerre mondiale à la onzième heure de la onzième journée de novembre 1918. Le coquelicot représente le symbole international du souvenir. On le porte à partir du dernier vendredi d’octobre jusqu’à la fin de la journée, le 11 novembre.

 

Les Canadiens portent le coquelicot afin de se souvenir de plus de 117 000 Canadiens qui ont, à ce jour, consenti l’ultime sacrifice et également dans le but de leur rendre hommage. Cette année, un total de dix-neuf millions de coquelicots fabriqués au Canada et environ 70 000 couronnes, croix et autres articles ont été distribués un peu partout au Canada et à l’étranger. Les millions de dollars en dons à la Campagne du coquelicot sont tenus en fiducie et utilisés pour aider les vétérans et leur famille qui ont des difficultés financières. Ils servent également à financer l’achat d’appareils médicaux, la recherche, les services à domicile, les établissements de soin et de nombreuses autres choses officiellement approuvées.

 

Au Canada, le 11 novembre est officiellement appelé le jour du Souvenir, également connu sous le nom de jour de l’Armistice et de jour du Coquelicot. Le jour du Souvenir est commémoré partout dans le monde, y compris dans bon nombre des 53 pays membres du Commonwealth, notamment l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande. Aux États-Unis, le Veterans Day est célébré le même jour. Au Royaume-Uni, le dimanche le plus proche du 11 novembre est connu comme étant le dimanche du Souvenir.

 

Durant les guerres napoléoniennes de 1799 à 1815, le coquelicot apparaissaient presque mystérieusement dans les champs de bataille et les cimetières au printemps et à l’été. C’était l’une des seules plantes qui survivaient dans le sol dévasté. Les champs de fleurs semblaient servir de couverture réconfortante aux soldats enterrés.

 

Durant la Première Guerre mondiale, des coquelicots ont recommencé à pousser spontanément au printemps dans les champs de batailles et dans les cimetières des soldats dans les Flandres, une région ancienne qui fait maintenant partie de la Belgique et de la France.

 

Les graines de coquelicots flottaient au-dessus du paysage ravagé et germaient dans le sol perturbé des champs de bataille et des cimetières. Les fleurs prospéraient dans le sol, qui était enrichi de chaux provenant des décombres et des débris de bombes.

 

Après le décès de l’un de ses compagnons d’armes, un docteur, soldat et poète canadien, le lieutenant-colonel John McCrae (1872-1918) a constaté ce phénomène et il l’a décrit dans son poème légendaire Au champ d’honneur, qui débute comme ceci : « Au champ d’honneur, les coquelicots / Sont parsemés de lot en lot auprès des croix. »

 

McCrae est décédé d’une pneumonie pendant qu’il servait en 1918 et il a été enterré près de l’endroit qui lui a inspiré son poème. Il serait tout indiqué si des coquelicots poussaient sur sa tombe.

 

Publié pour la première fois dans le magazine d’Anglettre Punch en décembre 1915, le poème visait à représenter les sacrifices qu’ont consentis toutes les personnes qui ont combattu durant la Première Guerre mondiale. En novembre 1918, deux jours avant l’Armistice, le poème a été une source d’inspiration pour une dame américaine, Mlle Moina Michael d’Athens, en Géorgie, qui a décidé de porter un coquelicot durant toute l’année en souvenir des soldats morts au combat. Elle a écrit un poème en réponse à celui de McCrae, qu’elle a intitulé We Shall Keep the Faith. En voici un extrait : « We caught the torch you threw / And holding high / We keep the faith / With all who died. »

 

Le concept d’un coquelicot comme symbole du souvenir a continué d’évoluer. En 1920, Mme Anna E. Guérin de la France s’est rendue au États-Unis et a rencontré Mlle Michael. Madame Guérin a alors décidé de vendre des coquelicots faits à la main par des veuves autour du jour de l’Armistice afin d’amasser des fonds pour les enfants pauvres qui habitaient dans les régions dévastées par la guerre en France. En 1920 et en 1921, elle a convaincu les associations de vétérans des É.-U., de la Grande-Bretagne, du Canada et de la Nouvelle-Zélande à adopter le coquelicot en tant que symbole du souvenir. À l’origine, des vétérans handicapés fabriquaient les coquelicots à la main, mais l’augmentation du volume nécessaire a fait en sorte que les usines ont pris la relève. L’usine britannique de confection de coquelicots, établie en 1922, fabrique quelque 36 millions de coquelicots chaque année.

 

De nos jours, les coquelicots canadiens sont faits de plastique feutré, tandis qu’en Grande-Bretagne, ils sont faits de papier, ont deux pétales, une feuille et une tige. En Écosse, ils sont également faits de papier, mais ils ont quatre pétales et aucune feuille ni tige. Tous les coquelicots ont un centre noir afin qu’ils ressemblent le plus possible à la vraie fleur.

 

Outre le jour du Souvenir, les coquelicots peuvent être portés lors d’événements de commémoration tout au long de l’année, notamment lors d’anniversaires de grandes batailles, d’un service commémoratif à un congrès de la Légion royale canadienne ou lors d’événements d’Anciens Combattants Canada à l’étranger. Les gardes de drapeau peuvent également porter un coquelicot durant un défilé, de même que les membres de la Légion qui assistent à des funérailles d’un vétéran ou par d’autres militaires.

 

La Légion royale canadienne remet des coquelicots au gouverneur général et aux lieutenants-gouverneurs quelques jours avant le début de la Campagne. Les coquelicots sont généralement portés sur le revers gauche du vêtement, ou le plus près possible du cœur. 

 

De nombreuses personnes enlèvent leur coquelicot à la fin des cérémonies du jour du Souvenir et le déposent au pied du cénotaphe en guise de respect. En 2000, lorsque la Tombe du Soldat inconnu est devenue partie intégrante du Monument commémoratif de la guerre à Ottawa, une nouvelle tradition est née spontanément lorsque les personnes présentes ont déposé leur coquelicot au pied de la Tombe du Soldat inconnu à la fin des cérémonies.

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L-ATV vehicle Photo Oshkosh Corporation

L-ATV vehicle Photo Oshkosh Corporation

 

10.11.2015 Oshkosh

 

For the first time in company history, Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, will be exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow, November 8 – 12, 2015, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Oshkosh offers a full range of leading-edge military, security and airport fire fighting vehicles to serve customers throughout the Middle East Region, including the highly transportable Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV), which was recently selected by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to replace aging up-armored HMMWVs.

 

Today’s conflicts demand military vehicles with the protection, mobility and transportability to serve a full range of missions and unpredictable environments. The Oshkosh L-ATV combines proven automotive technologies, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)-level protection and extreme mobility in a light-weight, highly-transportable profile. The L-ATV offers armed forces around the globe next-generation capabilities that no other vehicle can match.

 

In August 2015, after extensive U.S. Government testing and evaluation, the U.S. Army and Marine Corps selected the Oshkosh L-ATV as the winner of its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. Under the JLTV contract, Oshkosh will produce and deliver up to 17,000 JLTVs for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The JLTV program is scheduled to achieve full rate production within three years.

 

“As future battlefields generate new, asymmetrical threats, troops will require a scalable, protected all-terrain vehicle to perform their missions – wherever they may be,” said Bill Mooney, regional vice president of Middle East and North Africa for Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh L-ATV provides an entirely new generation of light vehicles with unprecedented levels of off-road mobility, transportability and survivability. The extensive testing and evaluation proves, without a doubt, that it’s the world’s most capable tactical wheeled vehicle.”

 

Roughly one-third lighter than the Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV), at the same protection level, the L-ATV weighs less than 6,350 kg at curb weight. The Oshkosh L-ATV has the latest in automotive technologies as well as the Oshkosh Core1080™ crew protection system, which is an occupant-centric, comprehensive systems engineering approach that considers every inch of the vehicle with respect to crew protection during blast events.

 

The L-ATV is equipped with the TAK-4i™ intelligent independent suspension system; the next-generation of Oshkosh’s advanced TAK-4® independent suspension system. The TAK-4i allows the L-ATV to deliver superior ride quality at speeds 70 percent faster than today’s top-performing tactical wheeled vehicles. Additionally, the TAK-4i can be raised and lowered using interior operator controls to meet sea, air and land transportability requirements. The L-ATV can be air transported internally by a C-130, C-5, C-17 or externally by CH-47 and CH-53.

 

Oshkosh has produced and sustained more than 150,000 tactical wheeled vehicles for the United States and its allies. Oshkosh serves armed forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, MRAP, airport rescue fire fighting (ARFF), and light vehicles. Oshkosh provides the full spectrum of vehicle life-cycle sustainment capabilities through its Global Integrated Product Support (GIPS) services.

 

Oshkosh has been supporting militaries in the Middle East for nearly 30 years and has a well-established presence with program offices in the United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Countries throughout the region, including the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Oman, rely on Oshkosh vehicles every day for tactical and logistical operations.

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Canada: l'armée confrontée à un taux de suicide élevé

 

11-11-2015 Par Pascale Guéricolas, correspondante à Montréal - RFI

 

En ce 11 novembre, les familles de certains anciens combattants canadiens se sentent à l’écart des cérémonies en l’honneur des soldats qui ont sacrifié leur vie dans les conflits auxquels le Canada a participé depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. En effet, les proches des vétérans qui se sont suicidés, particulièrement depuis leur retour d’Afghanistan, un pays dans lequel le Canada s’est investi militairement pendant treize ans, se heurtent au silence de l'armée.

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HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System - photo Lockheed Martin

HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System - photo Lockheed Martin

 

DALLAS, Nov. 9, 2015 – Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary munitions recently underwent successful stockpile reliability tests. All rockets were launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

 

The tests included eight GMLRS rockets that were conditioned at hot and ambient temperatures. The ATACMS Unitary missile, which is the current production configuration, was conditioned hot for the test. The HIMARS launcher can fire ATACMS and GMLRS munitions ranging between 15km and 300km.

 

The flight tests, which were part of the U.S. Army’s tactical munitions reliability program, were conducted using simulated targets. Soldiers were inside the HIMARS’ Improved Armored Cab, where they initiated the launches.

 

“Lockheed Martin’s HIMARS, ATACMS and GMLRS precision fire solutions provide critical, quick-strike capabilities to U.S. and allied forces worldwide,” said Ken Musculus, vice president of tactical missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

 

In service since 2005, HIMARS brings MLRS firepower to a wheeled chassis. It carries a single six-pack of rockets or one ATACMS missile, and can launch the entire MLRS family of munitions. It is C-130-transportable and can be deployed into areas previously inaccessible to heavier launchers.

 

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About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that – with the addition of Sikorsky – employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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Le Briefing de 45eNord.ca avec Wali, parti combattre l'EI en Irak


10 nov. 2015 par Nicolas Laffont - 45eNord.ca

 

Deuxième émission avec Wali, parti combattre l'EI en Irak.

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Patriot radar array (photo Raytheon)

Patriot radar array (photo Raytheon)

 

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

The United States Army is acquiring upgrade kits to make the combat-proven Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system better at detecting and destroying threats, cost less to operate, and run even more reliably than it already does. The U.S. Army recently awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a contract modification to an existing contract for radar digital processor (RDP) upgrade kits, not to exceed the amount of $86.2 million.

The contract modification, previously announced on Sept 30th, will enable the U.S. Army to finish upgrading their entire inventory of Patriots.  The U.S. Army began phasing the upgrade kits into its Patriot fleet in 2013.

The U.S. and members of the 13-nation strong Patriot partnership funded development of the RDP. Patriot batteries upgraded with the RDP will:

  • Better detect and identify targets, and have enhanced surveillance.
  • Cost less to operate and maintain. The legacy processor has more than 700 components, while the RDP just has fewer than 100.
  • Have a 40% higher reliability rate than systems with the legacy component.

"When one country develops an upgrade or improvement to Patriot, that capability is made available to the entire 13-nation Partnership," said Ralph Acaba, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense. "With more than 220 Patriot fire units owned by 13 countries, countries whose industrial bases participate in manufacturing Patriot have a very large potential export market."

The RDP and other Patriot upgrades leverage the lessons learned from Patriot's more than 190 combat employments, 700 flight tests and 2,500-plus ground tests.

 

About Global Patriot Solutions

Raytheon's Global Patriot Solutions is the most advanced portfolio of air and missile defense technologies in the world, providing comprehensive protection against a full range of advanced threats including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. Continually upgraded and enhanced to leverage the latest technology, thirteen nations depend on Patriot as the foundation for their defense. 

 

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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photo B-Temia, Inc

photo B-Temia, Inc

 

Québec et Boulogne-Billancourt, le 9 novembre 2015  Sagem

 

La société canadienne B-Temia Inc. et l’entreprise française Sagem (Safran) annoncent la signature d’un accord de développement technologique et commercial dans le domaine des exosquelettes de nouvelle génération pour les applications industrielles et militaires.

 

Les exosquelettes forment une structure biomécanique et électronique appareillée sur le corps humain en vue de l’assister dans ses mouvements ou de restaurer des capacités de mobilité. 

 

Dans le cadre de cette coopération, Sagem et B-Temia co-développeront et commercialiseront des exosquelettes de nouvelle génération. Sagem apportera son expérience en intégration d’équipements complexes et ses innovations en matière d’actionneurs et de technologies de stabilisation.  Leader technologique dans le domaine des exosquelettes, B-Temia apportera son expérience en robotique humaine et en intelligence artificielle à travers sa technologie « DermosqueletteTM » déjà produite au profit du secteur de la santé. 

 

« B-Temia est fière de s’associer à Sagem pour l’évolution et l’industrialisation de son produit « DermosquelettiqueTM ». Ce partenariat confirme l’avance technologique de notre société, sa valeur commerciale et la crédibilité de nos travaux en réponse au besoin croissant de mobilité humaine dans l’industrie et la défense » se félicite Stéphane Bédard, Président de B-Temia.

 

Selon Martin Sion, Président de Sagem : « Notre coopération avec B-Temia permettra de soutenir les nouveaux travaux de R&D dans le domaine des exosquelettes.  Pour Sagem, il s’agit d’une activité prometteuse dans les applications industrielles et militaires. Cette coopération met particulièrement en avant la dynamique d’innovation que Sagem veut déployer dans l’exploitation de technologies duales avec des startups ou des grands groupes.»

 

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B-Temia Inc. est un industriel dans le domaine des dispositifs médicaux qui développe et commercialise des appareils d’assistance à la mobilité pour le marché des systèmes d’augmentation de l’humain.  B-Temia possède deux filiales en propriété exclusive: B-TEMIA Health Inc. et B-TEMIA Military Inc. B-Temia est propriétaire d’une technologie brevetée appelée « Technologie dermosquelettique » qui permet à son utilisateur de bénéficier d’un support mécanique motorisé pour la restauration, la conservation ou l’augmentation de la mobilité.

 

Sagem, société de haute technologie de Safran, est un leader mondial de solutions et de services en optronique, avionique, électronique et logiciels critiques, pour les marchés civils et de défense. N°1 européen et n°3 mondial des systèmes de navigation inertielle pour les applications aéronautiques, marines et terrestres, Sagem est également n°1 mondial des commandes de vol pour hélicoptères et n°1 européen des systèmes optroniques et des systèmes de drones tactiques. Présents sur tous les continents via le réseau international de Safran, Sagem et ses filiales emploient 7 600 personnes en Europe, en Asie Pacifique, en Amérique du Nord et en Amérique du Sud.

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