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20 janvier 2016 3 20 /01 /janvier /2016 17:50
Patriot Missile training in Poland


20 janv. 2016 by NATO

 

US troops travel from Germany to Poland to train with Polish soldiers in the use of Patriot Missiles and improve ground to air defence.

The exercise, called Panther Assurance, received a visit from Antoni Macierewicz, the Polish Minister of Defence, who emphasized the importance of increasing Poland’s defence budget to protect NATO’s eastern flank.

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19 novembre 2015 4 19 /11 /novembre /2015 08:30
Patriot missile photo emirates247-com

Patriot missile photo emirates247-com

 

November 13, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Satellite photos indicate that the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is withdrawing its Hawk air defense missile batteries (acquired in the 1980s) and replacing them with Patriot batteries. UAE first ordered Patriot in 2001. Six air defense missile sites are now missing there Hawk equipment and appear to have Patriots. Each Patriot battery is manned by about a hundred troops and contains a radar plus four launchers. A battery can fire two types of Patriot missile. The $4 million PAC 3 missile is smaller than the cheaper anti-aircraft version (PAC 2), thus a Patriot launcher can hold sixteen PAC 3 missiles, versus four PAC 2s. A PAC 2 missile weighs about a ton, a PAC 3 weighs about a third of that. The PAC 3 has a shorter range (about 20 kilometers) versus 96 kilometers for the anti-aircraft version. While each Patriot launcher, loaded with PAC 3 missiles, can only defend against ballistic missiles approaching within 20 kilometers, the Patriot radar can detect targets out to a hundred kilometers. Two PAC 3 missiles are fired at each incoming ballistic missile, to increase the probability of a hit. The PAC 3 missile has its own radar, and uses it to track the incoming warhead, and execute a collision course. The UAE apparently sent at least one Patriot battery into Yemen with UAE ground troops helping the government there fight Iran backed Shia rebels. UAE was also seen using at least two S340 airborne radar aircraft in Yemen.

 

The UAE is doing a lot more to upgrade its air defenses. In 2013 the UAE ordered 17 French Ground Master 200 (GM200) portable radars. The system fits in a standard 20 foot shipping container and weighs less than ten tons. It is carried on one 6x6 truck. This is an AESA radar that can be set up by a four man crew in 30 minutes. It can detect aircraft at up to 250 kilometers and locate them accurately enough for targeting at 100 kilometers. Aircraft can be seen at up to 25.8 kilometers (80,000 feet) altitude. The entire system will, on average, operate for several thousand hours before experiencing a failure. The radar can also track incoming mortar shells but not ballistic missiles. The UAE is using the GM200 to better coordinate its several different anti-aircraft systems (Improved Hawk, Rapier, Crotale, Patriot, NASAM, and Avenger) all of which can use real-time data from these radars. Each GM200 system cost about $23 million and will further enhance UAE defenses against Iranian attack.

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9 novembre 2015 1 09 /11 /novembre /2015 17:20
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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14 octobre 2015 3 14 /10 /octobre /2015 11:20
photo Raytheon

photo Raytheon

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 By Ryan Maass   (UPI)

 

Raytheon announced major milestones bringing an upgrade of Patriot Air and Missile Defense System radar with Gallium Nitride-based Active Electronically Scanned Array radar closer to production phase. Raytheon is funding an upgrade to the Patriot radar as more advanced drones, aircraft, and ballistic missiles are likely to become a greater threat. The upgrade is a Gallium Nitride-based AESA technology, which uses three antenna arrays mounted on a mobile radar, allowing coverage in all directions. Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business, says the upgrade will balance more coverage with mobility.

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8 octobre 2015 4 08 /10 /octobre /2015 06:20
Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 MSE interceptor at launch. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 MSE interceptor at launch. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

 

Oct. 6, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Lockheed Martin delivers first enhanced PAC-3 missile interceptors to the U.S. Army.

 

DALLAS-- The U.S. Army has received its first enhanced range and improved mobility Patriot 3 interceptor missiles from Lockheed Martin. The Patriot Advanced Capability Missile Segment Enhancement, or PAC-3 MSE, interceptors were delivered Oct. 5, the company said, but the number involved was not disclosed. "We are proud to deliver these interceptors to the U.S. Army and are confident the men and women of the armed forces can count on the PAC-3 MSE when it matters most," said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

 

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4 octobre 2015 7 04 /10 /octobre /2015 07:30
Patriot in Turkey photo Nato

Patriot in Turkey photo Nato


02.10.2015 45eNord.ca (AFP)
 

Les missiles Patriot américains déployés en Turquie depuis 2013 pour protéger ce pays de missiles venant de Syrie seront retirés comme prévus en octobre, malgré l’évolution de la situation en Syrie, a-t-on appris auprès du Pentagone.

 

« Nous prévoyons toujours d’achever » le retrait de ces missiles anti-aérien « en octobre », a indiqué la porte-parole du Pentagone Laura Seal.

Les Etats-Unis et la Turquie avaient annoncé en août le retrait de ces missiles, déployés sous l’autorité de l’Otan en 2013 pour protéger la Turquie d’éventuels tirs de missiles venus de Syrie.

Les Etats-Unis avaient justifié ce retrait par la nécessité de moderniser les deux batteries de missiles concernées.

L’Allemagne a aussi annoncé son intention de retirer de Turquie ses deux batteries de missiles Patriot.

L’Otan peut toujours compter sur une batterie espagnole déployée depuis janvier 2015 à Adana, au sud de la Turquie.

Selon le Pentagone, les Patriots américains pourront être redéployés en Turquie « sous une semaine » en cas de besoin.

Les Etats-Unis maintiennent également en permanence en Méditerranée des navires militaires équipés de système anti-missile Aegis, capable de fournir à l’Otan des capacités de défense aérienne dans la région, rappelle le Pentagone.

Les Etats-Unis et la Turquie « consulteront leurs alliés de l’Otan sur les moyens de répondre aux préoccupation de la Turquie sur sa sécurité », a également indiqué Laura Seal.

La situation militaire en Syrie a rapidement évolué ces dernières semaines, avec le déploiement d’avions de combat par la Russie qui ont commencé mercredi des missions de bombardements dans le pays.

Les missiles Patriot peuvent détruire en vol des missiles balistiques tactiques, des missiles de croisière ou des avions.

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16 mars 2015 1 16 /03 /mars /2015 18:50
photo US DoD

photo US DoD

 

Mar 13, 2015 ASDNews Source : AFPS

 

U.S. and Polish forces will conduct an exercise later this month involving a U.S. Patriot missile battery and Poland’s 3rd Warsaw Air Defense Missile Brigade, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren announced today.

The exercise will involve some 100 U.S. soldiers and 30 vehicles at a location on Polish territory.

Warren called the exercise part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which is designed to reassure allies, demonstrate freedom of movement and deter regional aggression on the eastern flank of NATO. The mission began in response to Russia’s armed support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea a year ago.

 

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9 mars 2015 1 09 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
photo Raytheon

photo Raytheon

 

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

Polish defense industry successfully demonstrates advanced engineering capabilities

 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and TELDAT successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) phase of their current contract to co-develop and co-produce advanced militarized routers for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system. This milestone validates the capability of the TELDAT design to meet all Patriot system requirements and enables the company to transition into the manufacturing and design qualification phase of the program. 

"It is with great satisfaction that we successfully completed the first batch of military and modern routers for Next Generation Patriot, on schedule and while adhering to the highest quality technology standards. This is an important stage in our cooperation with Raytheon and proves that TELDAT is a reliable business partner and a global leader in development and production of military IT solutions," said Henryk Kruszynski, Ph.D., CEO of TELDAT Company. "The milestone allows us to start the next stages of our close partnership with Raytheon, which will surely bring more tangible benefits for both companies and further strengthen the Polish-American cooperation."

"TELDAT has demonstrated exemplary technical capabilities in support of this key initiative," said Daniel J Crowley, President, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "When we contracted with TELDAT, we envisioned a long-term partnership beyond just WISLA. By producing this militarized router, TELDAT will have access to an export market among established users worldwide – an opportunity unique to our global Patriot customers."

Polish industry will have major involvement in the co-development (design, engineering, software) of the Next Generation Patriot system, including co-production of a large portion of this future capability. To date, Raytheon has signed seven contract awards and 28 initial teaming agreements (LOIs), which are all focused on bringing work share to Polish industry from the WISLA program and beyond. Raytheon is already exploring partnerships beyond air and missile defense to include naval modernization, cyber, smart munitions, sensors, and other missiles (air to air, air to ground).

 

About TELDAT
TELDAT is a Polish business entity that has existed in the defense market for about 20 years. It has the broad expertise, capabilities, and comprehensive solutions, which are widely sought in Poland and abroad. The company specializes in design and manufacturing of innovative, specialized IT solutions, dedicated especially for security and national defense. Its products and provided services have been successfully used and tested in the following situations: (1) Polish troops and institutions, and on the major international peace and stabilization theaters of operation; (2) Subsequent editions of the biggest international military exercises (eg. Combined Endeavor, NATO CWID, NATO and the Bold Quest CWIX) in particular command and communications; (3) NATO, US and European research laboratories; (4) International worldwide projects and programs (e.g. the Multilateral interoperability Program  where TELDAT and its solutions are the only Polish and a few that have passed the highest tests). For more about TELDAT visit www.teldat.com.pl.

 

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 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 cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @Raytheon.

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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
Materieel Patriotmissie Turkije weer terug - @Defensie


3 mars 2015 Defensie.NL

 

Al het materieel dat voor de Patriotmissie in Turkije was, is terug. Het schip dat het luchtafweergeschut, goederen en voertuigen transporteerde, meerde maandag 2 maart 2014 af in Eemshaven.
3 maart gaan meer dan 160 voertuigen in verschillende colonnes de weg op. Nog eens zo’n 70 containers volgen woensdag. Die dag is alles weer terug op de Luitenant-Generaal Bestkazerne in het Limburgse Vredepeel. Het materieel krijgt er groot onderhoud en wordt gemodificeerd.

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10 février 2015 2 10 /02 /février /2015 08:50
A Dutch Patriot system in Adana, Turkey - photo Defensie-NL

A Dutch Patriot system in Adana, Turkey - photo Defensie-NL

 

04-02-2015 Defensie.nl

 

After exactly 2 years, the Dutch Patriot mission in Turkey has come to an end. This afternoon, the Dutch mission's tasks were officially transferred to fellow NATO member Spain during a ceremony at Incirlik air base. The ceremony was attended by the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Army, Lieutenant General Mart de Kruif.

 

The systems deployed by the Defence organisation to help protect the Turkish city of Adana from possible air attacks from Syria had to be brought back to the Netherlands for a number of reasons. The continuous deployment of the systems means that major maintenance is now required, which cannot be carried out in the field. At the same time, the personnel of Defence Ground-based Air Defence Command need to be rested after their prolonged and demanding period of deployment in Turkey.

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Israel Air Force Hones Patriot Batteries for UAV Defense

 

Nov. 16, 2014 - By BARBARA OPALL-ROME – Defense News

 

Scores First Enemy Intercept in 30-Year History of US-Built System

 

TEL AVIV — With newly war-tested batteries of drone-killing Patriots, air defenders of Israel Air Force (IAF) Wing 168 are earning equal footing with F-16s in guarding the skies against new and growing unmanned threats.

 

The Wing’s Patriot force forms the ground-based node of Israel’s extensively integrated air defense network — historically junior partner to IAF fighters in their joint intercept mission against air-breathing threats.

 

But as traditional threats from fast-flying fighters and other manned aircraft give way to a surging new spectrum of slow, potentially combat-equipped UAVs, Wing 168 and its US-built force is proving a prime time option for frontline defense.

 

Three times in the past four months, US-built Patriot batteries of Wing 168 made history here and for users worldwide by blasting UAVs out of the skies that had penetrated Israel’s northern and southern borders.

 

The first intercept came on July 14 against a Gaza-launched drone. Israeli Patriots scored again on July 17 against the second and last of the unmanned aircraft attempting to penetrate from Gaza during the 50-day war.

 

The third unmanned target came from the north and was quickly destroyed in an Aug. 31 intercept near the Syrian border.

 

Prior to last summer’s Gaza war, Israel-operated Patriots shared the same track record as all other anti-air variants built by Raytheon for the US Army and at least 10 other countries: Zero intercepts of enemy aircraft.

 

They came close in October 2012, maintaining full target tracking of a Lebanon-launched UAV as it flew over two-thirds of the country. “Our Patriots were ready for intercept orders,” recalled Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish, IAF air defense commander at the time.

 

 

The mission ultimately went to F-16s, which downed the target just north of Israel’s nuclear facility in the southern Negev desert.

 

Nearly a decade earlier, US Patriot batteries forward deployed in Iraq came tragically too close, mistakenly intercepting a British Tornado and an F/A-18.

 

Three allied airmen were killed by friendly Patriot fire in March and April of 2003 in attacks marking an all-time low in the 30-year operational track record of the US anti-air system.

 

But from that all-time low, officers and experts say inherent UAV-killing capabilities recently validated by Wing 168 will eventually benefit other nations that rely on Patriot anti-air batteries to defend against growing unmanned threats.

 

A senior IAF commander noted that just a decade ago, the threat from UAVs was rare. “Today, it’s a huge problem. We bear the brunt of it today, but soon many others will face similar threats.”

 

He was interviewed Nov. 11, a day before Iran’s state-run Press TV released footage of what Tehran claims is the maiden flight of an the unmanned system reverse-engineered from a US RQ-170 Sentinel captured in late 2011.

 

At the time, the Pentagon confirmed Iranian’s claims that the reconnaissance UAV took off from Afghanistan. It has not commented on Tehran’s parallel claim that its cyber forces hacked into the aircraft’s control system, forcing it to land in Iran.

 

Herzl Bodinger, a retired major general and former IAF commander, said enemy states and non-state terror organizations are expanding their arsenals of UAVs as a cheap and more effective way to attack Israel by air.

 

“Enemy states have learned not to challenge our airspace and lose their prize assets,” he said.

 

Far overshadowing the UAV threat from Gaza that debuted in last summer’s war with Hamas is the increasingly capable unmanned force amassed by Hezbollah since Israel’s 2006 Lebanon war.

 

Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, a former commander of Israel’s Northern Command, estimated that Lebanon-based Hezbollah holds “an unlimited number” of UAVs initially supplied by Iran and since supplemented by a range of other systems.

 

Also in Syria, experts here cite an uptick in UAV use by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, some of which may have fallen into hands of insurgents fighting to topple the Damascus regime.

 

As the officer who took command of the IAF a year after Patriots were first deployed here during the 1991 war in Iraq, Bodinger said the system that initially disappointed Israel as an anti-missile interceptor has provided significant added value in its anti-air role.

 

“For our purposes, the Patriot is excellent against aircraft; a critical part of our continuously upgraded system of integrated air defenses.”

 

Raytheon spokeswoman Bailey Sargent deferred to the Israeli government and the IAF when contacted for comment. “Patriot is the air and missile defense system of choice for 13 countries around the world,” was all she had to say.

 

Healthy Competition

 

Israeli officers roundly acknowledge that the first UAV to breach sovereign airspace — an Iranian Mirsad launched from Lebanon in late 2004 — came by surprise.

 

When pressed, most also acknowledge that the second unmanned infiltration from Lebanon, in April 2005, was a mistake. Israel’s integrated air defenses were not yet fully honed against the small, stealthy unmanned threat.

 

“It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” retired Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedy, then commander of the IAF, told Defense News at the time.

 

By the time war broke out in Lebanon in June 2006, the IAF’s fortified target detection and classification network helped F-16s score their first intercept against a Hezbollah Ababil.

 

At least five unmanned planes have penetrated Israeli airspace since then, three of them destroyed in recent months by Wing 168.

 

“Today, we’re finding many needles in the haystack,” Col. Chemi Bar-El, 168 Wing commander, said.

 

Bar-El acknowledged “a healthy competition” between ground- and air-based nodes of the net, which provide multiple options for each target.

 

With such limited airspace and so many threats, Bar-El said Israeli air defenders don’t have the luxury of finding out in real time the intentions of unauthorized penetrations.

 

“We have a very clear policy: If it flies it dies,” Bar-El said.

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12 novembre 2014 3 12 /11 /novembre /2014 08:35
A patriot ballistic missile exits a launcher during an exercise in Southwest Asia (Oct. 1, 2014)


23.10.2014 US Air Force
 

A patriot ballistic missile exits a launcher during an exercise held at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Oct. 1, 2014. The exercise is a U.S. Army Central-led, bilateral combined patriot live fire exercise with host nation, and U.S. Air Force Central Command. It was held to exercise joint and combined air and missile defense operations. The event is intended to increase proficiency, expand levels of military-to-military cooperation, and promote long term regional stability and interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Henry Hoegen)

 

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PAC-3 Missile (Patriot Advanced Capability 3)

PAC-3 Missile (Patriot Advanced Capability 3)

 

2 octobre 2014 tel-avivre.com

 

Les Etats-Unis ont signé un contrat d’armement de $ 1,75 milliards avec  l’Arabie Saoudite pour mettre à niveau son système de défense Patriot. L’accord permettra aux Saoudiens de moderniser leur stock de missiles Patriot  désormais obsolètes pour les remplacer par des missiles PAC-3. Les missiles seront fournis par Lockheed Martin et Raytheon du département d’Etat.

 

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18 septembre 2014 4 18 /09 /septembre /2014 13:30
L'Espagne déploiera des missiles Patriot en Turquie

 

MADRID, 18 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

L'Espagne s'apprête à déployer en Turquie une batterie de missiles anti-aériens Patriot accompagnée de 130 militaires, a annoncé mercredi le ministre espagnol de la Défense Pedro Morenes.

 

Selon le ministre, cette mesure s'inscrit dans le cadre de l'opération de l'Otan visant à protéger les civils résidant à la frontière entre la Turquie, l'Irak et la Syrie contre les éventuelles attaques aériennes et les frappes de missiles balistiques.

 

Les Patriot espagnols seront implantés en janvier prochain dans la région d'Adana (sud-ouest de la Turquie), a-t-il fait savoir.

 

Toujours d'après M.Morenes, le déploiement des missiles et l'envoi de soldats qui remplaceront le contingent néerlandais en place ne sont pas liés à la formation de la coalition internationale chargée de combattre les djihadistes de l'Etat islamique (EI), qui se sont emparés de vastes territoires en Irak et la Syrie.

 

Auparavant, l'Espagne a déclaré que son armée ne participerait pas directement aux bombardements des positions de l'EI.

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Le Qatar achète pour 11 milliards de dollars d'armements aux Etats-Unis

 

15/07/2014 latribune.fr

 

L'émirat a signé lundi avec le Pentagone un contrat pour l'achat de missiles Patriot américains (Raytheon) et d'hélicoptères d'attaque Apache. Une commande record passée avec les Etats-Unis, moins d'un mois après les échanges entre François Hollande et le cheikh qatari sur une éventuel vente d'avions Rafales.

 

La concurrence s'intensifie. Les États-Unis et le Qatar ont conclu lundi un accord d'un montant évalué à 11 milliards de dollars soit 8 milliards d'euros portant sur la livraison à l'émirat d'hélicoptères de combat Apache ainsi que de missiles Patriot et de systèmes de défense anti-aérien Javelin.

 

Le plus gros contrat de l'année avec les Etats-Unis

Le ministre de la Défense du Qatar, Hamid ben Ali Al-Attiyah, a signé ce contrat à l'issue d'entretiens avec son homologue américain Chuck Hagel à Washington, ont précisé ces responsables qui s'exprimaient sous le couvert de l'anonymat.

Dans le détail, l'émirat acquiert une dizaine de radars et 34 lanceurs de missiles Patriot, fabriqués par le groupe de défense américain Raytheon, et destinés à la défense anti-missile. En outre, Doha achète 24 hélicoptères d'attaque Apache et des missiles anti-char Javelin, selon les mêmes sources.

Il s'agit du plus gros contrat d'armement passé cette année par les États-Unis.

 

Un point pour Boeing

L'avionneur américain Boeing est de son côté en compétition avec le britannique BAE Systems et le français Dassault pour fournir au Qatar des avions de chasse.

Dans ce contexte, la vente de lundi est "un bon signe" pour Boeing, s'est réjoui un haut responsable du Pentagone.

Les États-Unis, a-t-il poursuivi, veulent continuer à être "le fournisseur de choix" du Qatar et d'autres États du Golfe en termes d'armement.

C'est la première fois que le Qatar se dote de missiles Patriot, tandis que d'autres pays du Golfe comme le Koweït, l'Arabie saoudite et les Émirats arabes unis en ont déjà acheté par le passé.

 

Contrer la menace iranienne

Par l'achat de ces armes, le Qatar entend ainsi s'équiper pour contenir la menace qu'il voit dans l'Iran voisin. Les responsables américains pressent depuis longtemps leurs partenaires du Golfe de mettre en place un réseau coordonné de défense anti-missile pour faire face à la menace de l'Iran, mais une telle coopération a mis du temps à s'installer.

La vente de ces armes devrait améliorer les relations diplomatiques et de sécurité des États-Unis avec le Qatar, a estimé l'un des responsables, malgré des différends qui persistent sur le dossier syrien et notamment l'aide de Doha à certains groupes rebelles jugés trop radicaux par Washington.

"C'est un investissement dans la prochaine génération (de dirigeants militaires)... C'est un investissement sur le long terme", a souligné l'un des responsables.

D'autant que le Qatar abrite le Centre des opérations aériennes combinées (CAOC), capital pour l'armée américaine car les hauts responsables militaires y supervisent leurs avions de combat en Afghanistan et surveillent le trafic aérien à travers le Moyen-Orient.

 

54.000 emplois créés

La vente de ces armes sera également bénéfique à l'économie américaine, selon ces responsables, qui citent le chiffre de 54.000 emplois créés dans le cadre du contrat signé avec le Qatar.

Les missiles Patriot valent plus de 7 milliards de dollars, les hélicoptères Apache plus de 3 milliards et les missiles anti-char Javelin près de 100 millions, selon les mêmes sources

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Accord USA/Qatar sur la vente d'hélicoptères Apache, de missiles Patriot

 

15/07/2014 zonebourse.com

 

Les Etats-Unis et le Qatar ont conclu lundi un accord d'un montant évalué à 11 milliards de dollars (8 milliards d'euros) portant sur la livraison à l'émirat d'hélicoptères de combat Apache ainsi que de missiles Patriot et Javelin.

 

L'accord a été conclu au Pentagone par le secrétaire américain à la Défense Chuck Hagel et par son homologue qatari Hamid ben Ali al Attiah.

 

Le Qatar et les Etats-Unis ont signé en décembre un accord décennal de défense encadrant les relations entre forces américaines et qataries permettant le maintien des bases américaines dans la région. (Peter Cooney, Nicolas Delame pour le service français)

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Patriot in Turkey photo Nato

Patriot in Turkey photo Nato

 

14/7/14 – LaCroix.com

 

L'émirat du Qatar va acquérir pour 11 milliards de dollars de missiles Patriot (Raytheon) et d'hélicoptères d'attaque Apache auprès des Etats-Unis, ont annoncé des responsables du Pentagone à l'AFP lundi.

 

Le ministre de la Défense du Qatar, Hamid ben Ali Al-Attiyah, a signé le contrat à l'issue d'entretiens avec son homologue américain Chuck Hagel à Washington, ont précisé ces responsables qui s'exprimaient sous le couvert de l'anonymat.

 

Le Qatar entend ainsi s'équiper pour contenir la menace qu'il voit dans l'Iran voisin, expliquent-ils.

 

Dans le détail, l'émirat acquiert une dizaine de radars et 34 lanceurs de missiles Patriot, fabriqués par le groupe de défense américain Raytheon, et destinés à la défense anti-missile. En outre, Doha achète 24 hélicoptères d'attaque Apache et des missiles anti-char Javelin, selon les mêmes sources.

 

Il s'agit du plus gros contrat d'armement passé cette année par les Etats-Unis.

 

L'avionneur américain Boeing est de son côté en compétition avec le britannique BAE Systems et le français Dassault pour fournir au Qatar des avions de chasse.

 

Dans ce contexte, la vente de lundi est "un bon signe" pour Boeing, s'est réjoui un haut responsable du Pentagone.

 

Les Etats-Unis, a-t-il poursuivi, veulent continuer à être "le fournisseur de choix" du Qatar et d'autres Etats du Golfe en termes d'armement.

 

C'est la première fois que le Qatar se dote de missiles Patriot, tandis que d'autres pays du Golfe comme le Koweït, l'Arabie saoudite et les Emirats arabes unis en ont déjà acheté par le passé.

 

Les responsables américains pressent depuis longtemps leurs partenaires du Golfe de mettre en place un réseau coordonné de défense anti-missile pour faire face à la menace de l'Iran, mais une telle coopération a mis du temps à s'installer.

 

La vente de ces armes va améliorer les relations diplomatiques et de sécurité des Etats-Unis avec le Qatar, a estimé l'un des responsables, malgré des différends qui persistent sur le dossier syrien et notamment l'aide de Doha à certains groupes rebelles jugés trop radicaux par Washington.

 

"C'est un investissement dans la prochaine génération (de dirigeants militaires)... C'est un investissement sur le long terme", a souligné l'un des responsables.

 

D'autant que le Qatar abrite le Centre des opérations aériennes combinées (CAOC), capital pour l'armée américaine car les hauts responsables militaires y supervisent leurs avions de combat en Afghanistan et surveillent le trafic aérien à travers le Moyen-Orient.

 

La vente de ces armes sera également bénéfique à l'économie américaine, selon ces responsables, qui citent le chiffre de 54.000 emplois créés dans le cadre du contrat signé avec le Qatar.

 

Les missiles Patriot valent plus de 7 milliards de dollars, les hélicoptères Apache plus de 3 milliards et les missiles anti-char Javelin près de 100 millions, selon les mêmes sources.

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Patriot in Turkey photo Nato

Patriot in Turkey photo Nato

 

14/7/14 – LaCroix.com

 

L'émirat du Qatar va acquérir pour 11 milliards de dollars de missiles Patriot (Raytheon) et d'hélicoptères d'attaque Apache auprès des Etats-Unis, ont annoncé des responsables du Pentagone à l'AFP lundi.

 

Le ministre de la Défense du Qatar, Hamid ben Ali Al-Attiyah, a signé le contrat à l'issue d'entretiens avec son homologue américain Chuck Hagel à Washington, ont précisé ces responsables qui s'exprimaient sous le couvert de l'anonymat.

 

Le Qatar entend ainsi s'équiper pour contenir la menace qu'il voit dans l'Iran voisin, expliquent-ils.

 

Dans le détail, l'émirat acquiert une dizaine de radars et 34 lanceurs de missiles Patriot, fabriqués par le groupe de défense américain Raytheon, et destinés à la défense anti-missile. En outre, Doha achète 24 hélicoptères d'attaque Apache et des missiles anti-char Javelin, selon les mêmes sources.

 

Il s'agit du plus gros contrat d'armement passé cette année par les Etats-Unis.

 

L'avionneur américain Boeing est de son côté en compétition avec le britannique BAE Systems et le français Dassault pour fournir au Qatar des avions de chasse.

 

Dans ce contexte, la vente de lundi est "un bon signe" pour Boeing, s'est réjoui un haut responsable du Pentagone.

 

Les Etats-Unis, a-t-il poursuivi, veulent continuer à être "le fournisseur de choix" du Qatar et d'autres Etats du Golfe en termes d'armement.

 

C'est la première fois que le Qatar se dote de missiles Patriot, tandis que d'autres pays du Golfe comme le Koweït, l'Arabie saoudite et les Emirats arabes unis en ont déjà acheté par le passé.

 

Les responsables américains pressent depuis longtemps leurs partenaires du Golfe de mettre en place un réseau coordonné de défense anti-missile pour faire face à la menace de l'Iran, mais une telle coopération a mis du temps à s'installer.

 

La vente de ces armes va améliorer les relations diplomatiques et de sécurité des Etats-Unis avec le Qatar, a estimé l'un des responsables, malgré des différends qui persistent sur le dossier syrien et notamment l'aide de Doha à certains groupes rebelles jugés trop radicaux par Washington.

 

"C'est un investissement dans la prochaine génération (de dirigeants militaires)... C'est un investissement sur le long terme", a souligné l'un des responsables.

 

D'autant que le Qatar abrite le Centre des opérations aériennes combinées (CAOC), capital pour l'armée américaine car les hauts responsables militaires y supervisent leurs avions de combat en Afghanistan et surveillent le trafic aérien à travers le Moyen-Orient.

 

La vente de ces armes sera également bénéfique à l'économie américaine, selon ces responsables, qui citent le chiffre de 54.000 emplois créés dans le cadre du contrat signé avec le Qatar.

 

Les missiles Patriot valent plus de 7 milliards de dollars, les hélicoptères Apache plus de 3 milliards et les missiles anti-char Javelin près de 100 millions, selon les mêmes sources.

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South Korea to purchase Patriot PAC-3 air defense missile system from United States next year

14.03.2014 Pacific Sentinel
 

South Korea will procure new Patriot missiles PAC-3 capable of intercepting North Korea's ballistic missiles starting in 2016. The Defense Project Promotion Committee chaired by Minister Kim Kwan-jin reached the decision on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. South Korea will upgrade its present PAC-2 air defense system and buy PAC-3 missiles next year to improve its anti-ballistic missile capability against North Korea.
 
South Korea currently operates 48 PAC-2 Patriot missiles imported from Germany, and seeks to adopt the advanced interceptors as part of plans to build the indigenous Korea Missile Defense System. The missiles have an interception rate of less than 40 percent.
 
The project aims to buy "hit-to-kill" PAC-3 missiles with improved accuracy, and upgrade the PAC-2 fire control system to make it able to fire off both PAC-2 and PAC-3 missiles.
 
Read the full story at Army Recognition
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5 mars 2014 3 05 /03 /mars /2014 20:30
Le Koweït acquiert des batteries de missiles Patriot supplémentaires

 

03/03/2014 Romain Guillot - journal-aviation.com

 

Raytheon a confirmé l’annonce du Pentagone du 28 février concernant l’acquisition par le Koweït de deux batteries de missiles de défense antiaérienne Patriot supplémentaires.

 

Le contrat, qui comprend des équipements de rechange, est estimé à 655 millions de dollars.

 

À l’instar des kits de modification contractualisés à la fin de l’année dernière, le nouveau contrat koweïtien concerne la version PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3).

 

Les livraisons s’étalent jusqu’en avril 2018.

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21 novembre 2013 4 21 /11 /novembre /2013 08:20
Patriot performance excels in PAC-3 test firing

 

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire

 

Annual program designed to test readiness in the field

 

Raytheon Company's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully test fired two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The mission consisted of two single firings against single tactical ballistic missile representative targets.

 

"Patriot's successful track record is testament to its continual testing and evolution," said Ralph Acaba, vice president for Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "Our customers have confidence in the Patriot systems they depend on to protect their nations from evolving threats. This test is just the latest of over 2,500 search track tests and more than 1,000 Patriot missiles that have been flight tested under real world combat and test conditions."

 

The test firing was part of the Field Surveillance Program (FSP) and, with potential international customers in attendance, is the second successful FSP mission in the span of 12 months. Annual FSP firings are intended to demonstrate the viability and performance of existing fielded interceptors. Interceptors are selected at random for independent assessment of the globally fielded interceptor lot.

 

Raytheon assists its worldwide Patriot customer base in maintaining its operational readiness. Earlier this month, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force successfully completed a series of test firings at its Annual Service Practice at McGregor Range, N.M. In October, the Republic of Korea conducted a successful test of its Patriot system.

 

About Patriot

Patriot is the world's most capable air and missile defense system, providing protection against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. It is the system of choice for 12 nations around the globe.

 

Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

 

About Raytheon

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

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19 novembre 2013 2 19 /11 /novembre /2013 08:30
US To Keep Patriot Missiles In Turkey For Another Year

 

Nov. 18, 2013 – Defense News (AFP)

 

WASHINGTON — The United States will keep two Patriot missile batteries in Turkey for another year to help bolster the country’s air defenses against threats from Syria’s civil war, the Pentagon said Monday.

 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Washington’s decision in talks at the Pentagon that focused on the conflict in Syria, a spokesman said.

 

Hagel “conveyed to Minister Davutoglu that the United States has decided to continue its contribution of two Patriot batteries under NATO command and control for up to one additional year,” Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog said in a statement.

 

Turkey had made a formal request to NATO to extend the deployment of the surface-to-air Patriot missiles, which are designed to counter aircraft and short-range missiles.

 

The United States, the Netherlands and Germany have provided a total of six Patriots along the Turkish border with Syria.

 

Turkey was once an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but now backs the opposition fighting to topple the embattled leader.

 

At Monday’s talks, Hagel and Davutoglu also discussed “the imperative to eliminate the regime’s chemical weapons and achieve a political transition” in Syria, Woog said.

 

Ankara has faced an influx of refugees from Syria, and Hagel “praised Turkey’s actions to provide humanitarian relief to the people of Syria,” he added.

 

The 32-month war has reportedly killed more than 120,000 people and displaced millions.

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photo Voice of America Scott Bobb

photo Voice of America Scott Bobb

 

 

Nov. 13, 2013 Defense News (AFP)

 

ANKARA — Turkey has asked NATO to extend for another year the deployment of surface-to-air Patriot missiles to protect its troubled border with Syria because of a continuing “serious” threat, officials said on Wednesday.

 

“We have received a letter from the Turkish government requesting the continuation of the Patriot mission,” a NATO official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

 

“The North Atlantic Council has regularly assessed the situation and the implementation of the Patriot mission. It is clear that the overall risks and threats to Turkey remain serious,” the official said.

 

A Turkish foreign ministry diplomat, contacted by AFP, also confirmed Ankara’s request.

 

Turkey turned to its NATO allies after a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory killed five Turkish civilians in the border town of Akcakale in October last year.

 

Since the deadly attack, Turkey has retaliated in kind for every Syrian shell that has landed on its soil and beefed up its volatile 910-kilometer (560 mile) frontier.

 

Washington confirmed that Turkey has asked NATO “to continue to augment its air defense capabilities to aid in the defense of its population and territory.”

 

“We look forward to working through NATO to address the request,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, adding that “we respect and value Turkey as a long-standing NATO and US ally.”

 

Without specifying whether Washington would agree to the demand, Psaki added the US did “recognize the needs they have.”

 

The six batteries of the US-made missiles, effective against aircraft and short-range missiles and dispatched by the Netherlands, Germany and the United States, are deployed in the southern city of Adana and the southeastern cities of Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep.

 

“Allies have shown a strong commitment to protect and defend Turkey,” said the NATO official.

 

“Any continuation of the deployment would reaffirm the determination of NATO to deter threats and defend Turkey, reflecting and confirming once again NATO’s solidarity with Turkey.”

 

NATO approved their initial deployment in December, saying the use of ballistic missiles by the Syrian regime posed a threat to Turkey.

 

But Syria’s allies Iran and Russia opposed the Patriot deployment, fearing that it could spark a regional conflict also drawing in NATO.

 

Originally used as an anti-aircraft missile, Patriots today are used to defend airspace by detecting and destroying incoming missiles. They were made famous during the 1991 Gulf War as a defense from Scuds fired on Israel and Saudi Arabia from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

 

NATO deployed Patriot missiles in Turkey during the 1991 Gulf war and in 2003 during the Iraqi conflict.

 

Turkey was once a friend and ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but relations have broken down since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, sending more than 600,000 refugees across the border.

 

Ankara has backed the opposition fighting to topple the embattled leader.

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Raytheon Wins $45M for Kuwait Patriot Upgrade

September 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

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

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

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

 

This is support of foreign military sales to Kuwait.

 

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

 

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

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25 juin 2013 2 25 /06 /juin /2013 11:30
patriot missile Eager Lion 2013 Jordan

patriot missile Eager Lion 2013 Jordan

WASHINGTON, 22 juin - RIA Novosti

 

700 militaires américains, ainsi que des chasseurs et des systèmes de missiles Patriot, resteront déployés en Jordanie à l'issue des exercices conjoints Eager Lion, lit-on dans une lettre de Barack Obama au Congrès US.

"Le déploiement de ces unités correspond aux intérêts de la sécurité nationale des Etats-Unis ainsi qu'à la nécessité d'assurer la sécurité de la Jordanie et la stabilité dans la région", a indiqué le chef de la Maison Blanche dans son message.

Selon le document, les soldats américains resteront stationnés en Jordanie jusqu'à ce que la situation dans la région soit réglée.

La Jordanie, alliée de Washington au Proche-Orient, est le pays voisin de la Syrie ravagée depuis plus de deux ans par une contestation populaire meurtrière. Le déploiement de chasseurs et de systèmes de missiles US en Jordanie intervient sur fond de rapports faisant état d'une possible instauration d'une zone d'exclusion aérienne en Syrie.

Auparavant, l'Otan a implanté des missiles Patriot en Turquie à proximité de la frontière syrienne suite à une demande d'Ankara qui avait exprimé son inquiétude face à une éventuelle frappe balistique en provenance de Syrie.

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