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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 17:20
Lockheed Looks to Poland for Possible MEADS Partnership

A Medium Extended Air Defense System missile launches to intercept a target in November. Lockheed Martin is pursuing missile defense partnerships in the Middle East and Europe after the US announced it was backing out of the MEADS program. (US Army)

 

Sep. 11, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense news

 

WASHINGTON — Like other US defense companies looking for international opportunities amid Pentagon spending cuts, Lockheed Martin executives say they’re aggressively pursuing missile defense business in the Middle East and Europe, and hope to make a controversial program the centerpiece of this effort.

 

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), a partnership between the United States, Italy and Germany, is gearing up for its final test in November, after which the US Army — after spending $2 billion on the program — will back out, leaving its two European partners to decide what to do next.

 

Germany and Italy have long vowed to continue work on the 360-degree missile-detection radar system. However, there is little chance they can pool the money to make up for the US funding that will go away.

 

Still, Mike Trotsky, vice president of Air & Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, which has helped develop the program, told reporters on Tuesday that the company is looking at a Polish missile defense program as a possible landing pad for MEADS.

 

“The Poles have the most mature acquisition that’s going on right now,” he said. “But we see a market for anybody who has aging short to medium-range air missile defense systems.”

 

Trotsky also said that the German and Italian governments might also be able to join with the Polish government to keep MEADS going after the Americans pull the plug, incorporating it into a larger Europe-wide missile defense system.

 

There are other opportunities for the system elsewhere in the Middle East and Asia, he said, where governments “have expressed informal interest, but nothing as formal as the Polish program, which actually has a budget.”

 

MEADS would have to beat out other European and Israeli systems to win the Polish deal.

 

While the US Army is backing out of continued funding for the program, Congress has mandated that the government consider harvesting what it can from the $2 billion investment already made in developing the system.

 

“The US also has a 30-year plan for air and missile defense that runs into the tens of billions of dollars,” Trotsky pointed out. Since Lockheed has developed two modern sensors, “I suspect what you’ll see is that those items get merged” into the long-term missile defense strategy, he said.

 

A day before Trotsky’s comments, Lockheed announced that a German launcher had arrived in the United States for integration ahead to the November test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

 

MEADS had a successful intercept test there last November using the Italian configuration launcher, and MEADS authorities are planning to use the two European launchers in this year’s two-target flight test.

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6 septembre 2013 5 06 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
Aerospace firms expand supply, services networks in Poland

WARSAW, Poland, Sept. 5 (UPI)

 

Italy's Alenia Aermacchi and AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Świdnik SA are expanding their Polish business networks as they pursue Polish military contracts.

 

Alenia Aermacchi, seeking a Polish Ministry of Defense contract to supply jet trainers, has signed a series of agreements with the Polish aerospace companies for joint development of technologies, production of advanced materials, logistic support, production of equipment and servicing and maintenance activities.

 

PZL-Świdnik SA, meanwhile, has signed Memorandums of Understanding with 19 other Polish companies for systems and services for a locally manufactured and Polish configured AW149 military helicopters.

 

"We have signed MoU's with 19 leading Polish players, including companies and research centers," said Mieczysław Majewski, president of the Management Board of PZL-Świdnik SA. "Negotiations are under way with further potential partners.

 

"The AW149 Polish Industrial Team provides clear evidence of our commitment to offering the Polish armed forces the most advanced Polish-made solution to meet their future requirements."

 

Poland's military is seeking to procure 70 multi-role helicopters.

 

The AgustaWestland AW149 that PZL-Świdnik is offering to Poland is a medium-lift aircraft with a cruise speed of 173 miles per hour. It can carry 12 fully equipped combat troops or nearly 6,000 pounds of cargo.

 

PZL-Swidnik collaborated with AgustaWestland in the aircraft's development.

 

For Poland's new fleet of jet trainers, Alenia Aermacchi is offering its twin-seat M-346 advanced jet trainer, which is based on the Yak-130 subsonic trainer/light attack jet developed with Russia's Yakovlev as a joint venture. It has a top speed of 652 mph. It is also able to replicate the characteristics of several fourth-generation fighters.

 

To strengthen its bid for a new trainer fleet, Alenia Aermacchi said it has signed a series of agreements with Polish aviation companies for the maintenance, repair and life support services for the aircraft as well as production of components and logistics.

 

It also signed a deal with PZL-Swidnik for the transfer in Poland of composite material production activities for new commercial aircraft and for M-346 component production.

 

"Alenia Aermacchi is expecting that the potential technology and workload centered around the M-346 success in AJT (advanced jet trainer) acquisition could trace the path for a strong and successful cooperation between Alenia Aermacchi and the Polish Aerospace Industry, for the most effective AJT Fleet management in support of Polish Air Force requirements, as well as for the exploitation of the widest possibilities of industrial synergies for future commercial and military aerospace programs," Alenia Aermacchi said.

 

In other Polish aviation news, Boeing and Polish Defense Holding have agreed to collaborate in areas such as platform production, advanced technology solutions, and research and development.

 

"PDH is a regional leader in defense technology and draws on Poland's talented and experienced workforce to manufacture world-class products," said Henryka Bochniarz, president of Boeing Central and Eastern Europe. "We look forward to collaborating with them on potential contributions to Poland's drive for defense modernization."

 

PDH, comprised of 40 companies in Poland and elsewhere, is a major manufacturer and supplier of military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe.

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4 septembre 2013 3 04 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Boeing, Polish Defence Holding to Explore Collaboration on Future Defense Work

Sep 3, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Polish Defence Holding (PDH) on Sept. 2 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore areas where Boeing and PDH can work together to meet Poland’s defense needs while supporting the growth of local industry.

 

Under the agreement, signed at the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce, leaders from Boeing and PDH will begin to determine areas for future collaboration. Opportunities may include platform production, advanced technology solutions, research and development, and other areas of shared expertise.

 

“PDH is a regional leader in defense technology and draws on Poland’s talented and experienced workforce to manufacture world-class products,” said Henryka Bochniarz, president of Boeing Central and Eastern Europe. “We look forward to collaborating with them on potential contributions to Poland’s drive for defense modernization.”

 

“Both PDH and Boeing have a reputation for excellence throughout Europe, so this collaboration has significant potential,” said Krzysztof Krystowski, president and CEO of Polish Defence Holding. “We look forward to exploring the ways in which we can meet Poland’s defense needs and the needs of its allies around the world.”

 

PDH, the largest manufacturer and supplier of military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe, is composed of 40 companies operating in Poland and abroad, with 10,000 employees. The company’s mission is focused on meeting soldiers’ needs, making intensive investments in modern technologies, and expanding into new markets.

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4 septembre 2013 3 04 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
M-ATV Special Forces Vehicle (SFV) - Oshkosh Defense

M-ATV Special Forces Vehicle (SFV) - Oshkosh Defense

Sep 2, 2013 ASDNews Source : Oshkosh Corporation

 

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is presenting its M-ATV Special Forces Vehicle (SFV), designed to protect troops and overcome rugged off-road terrain in demanding special operations missions, at the 21st International Defense Industry Exhibition MSPO, Sept. 2-5 in Kielce, Poland.

 

“As Poland prepares to lead NATO’s special operations in Europe, Oshkosh Defense has the right mix of special forces expertise and advanced vehicles to meet the most demanding mission requirements,” said Serge Buchakjian, Senior Vice President and General Manager for International Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “Our M-ATV SFV offers Polish Armed Forces a modern, protected and highly mobile vehicle that is already supporting special operations. Additionally, as a global manufacturer, we retain partnerships with local industries in select markets and can ensure value is delivered to local economies.”

 

The M-ATV SFV is part of the Oshkosh Defense MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) family of vehicles, which also includes the base vehicle, Tactical Ambulance, Multi-Mission Vehicle (MMV) and 2.5 Cargo. Coalition forces are currently using the M-ATV in Afghanistan for protection against threats such as improvised explosive devices (IED) and to overcome the country’s rugged off-road terrain. The M-ATV uses the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system to support challenging tactical operations in rugged and mountainous off-road terrain. Battle-tested technology focused on crew safety meets Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle standards.

 

To date, Oshkosh Defense has delivered more than 9,500 life-saving M-ATVs to U.S. and global forces.

 

Oshkosh Defense developed the M-ATV SFV in close cooperation with U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to meet the U.S. Special Forces’ demanding operational requirements. Such collaboration is intrinsic to the approach Oshkosh takes to meeting each customer’s specific mission profile. Among the many changes made to the base M-ATV to meet special forces’ needs in the SFV variant are a modified cargo deck, intended to accept specialized equipment based on each mission’s requirements, and larger front windscreens for increased visibility.

 

In addition to the vehicle on display, Oshkosh Defense also will present at MSPO its Integrated Product Support (IPS) capabilities, a comprehensive vehicle-service portfolio designed to optimize fleet readiness and life-cycle costs. Oshkosh IPS offerings include training services, instruction manuals, maintenance and repairs, parts supply, and fleet restoration services.

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3 septembre 2013 2 03 /09 /septembre /2013 17:50
Défense : la Pologne fera-t-elle un geste vers les industriels de l'armement français ?

03/09/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Alors que le salon international de l'industrie de défense (MSPO) a ouvert ses portes lundi à Kielce en Pologne, Varsovie n'est vraiment pas un très bon client de l'industrie française d'armement. Mais le missilier MBDA et l'hélicoptériste Eurocopter ont actuellement deux belles cartes à jouer.

 

La roue va-t-elle un jour finir par tourner pour l'industrie d'armement française en Pologne… Depuis l'échec cinglant du Mirage 2000-5 de Dassault Aviation en 2002 - Varsovie candidate alors à l'Union européenne avait préféré des F-16 américains -, la France est toujours restée complètement absente des grands marchés de l'armement polonais. Les industriels français font régulièrement un « bide » commercial. Sur la période 2007 et 2011, Varsovie, qui préfère acheter américain, allemand ou israëlien, a ainsi royalement commandé à l'industrie tricolore 54,7 millions d'euros d'équipements militaires, selon le dernier rapport au Parlement sur les exportations d'armement de la France publié en octobre 2012.

 

 Dialogue politique franco-polonais

 

Qu'est-ce que peut espérer la France aujourd'hui ? Sur le plan politique, le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a tendu à plusieurs reprises la main aux Polonais dans le cadre du Triangle de Weimar (Berlin, Paris et Varsovie) pour relancer l'Europe de la défense. Son homologue Tomasz Siemoniak y semble favorable. Paris avait réussi à réunir en novembre à Paris dans le cadre du format "Weimar Plus", les huit ministres des Affaires étrangères et de la Défense de la Pologne, mais aussi de l'Allemagne, de la Pologne, de l'Italie et de l'Espagne.

 

Dans la déclaration commune, les dix ministres avaient annoncé qu'ils étaient "réunis pour confirmer [leur] volonté de promouvoir une politique européenne ambitieuse dans le domaine de la sécurité et de la défense". L'ambition "de construire une Europe de la défense intégrée n'est pas facile", a reconnu le ministre de la Défense espagnol, Pedro Morenes Eulate. Depuis, c'est silence radio…

 

Contraintes budgétaires

 

Parallèlement Varsovie avait entrepris de moderniser et de renforcer ses équipements militaires. En juin dernier, le Premier ministre, Donald Tusk, avait confirmé un plan de modernisation des forces armées polonaises de 43 milliards d'euros sur 10 ans, annoncé en mai. Mais la Pologne a été rattrapée par la crise et, deux mois plus tard, Donald Tusk a pris la décision… de couper dans les achats d'armement.

 

Le projet de collectif budgétaire fait état de recettes fiscales inférieures de 23,7 milliards de zlotys (5,6 milliards d'euros) par rapport à ce qui était prévu dans la loi de finances pour 2013. En réponse, le gouvernement polonais propose de procéder à des coupes dans ses dépenses de 7,7 milliards de zlotys pour limiter l'augmentation du déficit budgétaire à 16 milliards de zlotys. Les coupes concerneront principalement les financements de la défense nationale (3,5 milliards de zlotys) et des infrastructures de transport.

 

Priorité à la défense aérienne et aux hélicoptères

 

De sept projets prioritaires, le ministre de la Défense polonais Tomasz Siemoniak en a conservé trois, dont la défense aérienne et les hélicoptères. Deux compétitions auxquelles participent le missilier MBDA (37,5 % BAE Systems, 37,5 % EADS et 25 % l'italien Finmeccanica) et Eurocopter (groupe EADS). MBDA, qui doit faire face à la concurrence américaine, postule avec le système antimissile SAMP/T pour renforcer la défense aérienne, en vue de contrer notamment les avions de combat russes. Pour gagner, MBDA avait signé en juillet 2009 avec le groupe d'armements polonais Bumar un accord-cadre sur la création en commun d'un système de missiles de défense aérienne.

 

En dépit d'un retard initial, Eurocopter, qui expose au salon MSPO de Kielce un EC725, semble maintenant avoir rattrapé ses concurrents (l'italien AgustaWestland et l'américain Sikorsky) et a réussi à rebattre les cartes en Pologne avec l'EC725, le Caracal qui a fait ses preuves sur plusieurs théâtres d'opération, notamment en Afghanistan... qui a séduit les militaires polonais. Objectif, remporter un appel d'offres, qui pourrait être lancé en fin d'année et qui porte sur l'achat de 70 hélicoptères de transport de troupes, un contrat estimé à 3 milliards d'euros environ. Si le constructeur européen remporte cette campagne, il installera avec le motoriste Turbomeca respectivement deux chaînes d'assemblage pour l'EC725 chez l'industriel polonais WZL 1 basé à Lodz. Varsovie pourrait choisir son fournisseur vers la mi-2014.

 

Et les sous-marins ?

 

Sous-marin Scorpene photo  DCNS

Sous-marin Scorpene photo DCNS

DCNS, qui propose deux Scorpène (950 millions d'euros), aura tout fait pour tenter de briser le tropisme allemand de la marine polonaise. Difficile (trop ?) même si le groupe naval propose de sauver les chantiers navals polonais en faillite. Car l'Allemagne et la Pologne ont signé en avril une lettre d'intention (LoI), qui consolide le partenariat stratégique entre les deux pays dans le domaine naval. Selon ce document, cette coopération comprend un large spectre, dont notamment le développement de capacités dans le domaine de l'armement et des achats. Dans les annexes, les deux pays souhaitent établir une autorité opérationnelle commune pour les sous-marins allemands et polonais.

 

Face aux difficultés budgétaires, la marine polonaise, qui pour l'heure n'a pas obtenu le lancement d'un appel d'offres du gouvernement polonais contrairement à ce qui était prévu cet été, chercherait des solutions innovantes pour acquérir deux nouveaux sous-marins. Car ce n'est plus dans les priorités de Varsovie, qui aurait envisagé de louer deux sous-marins conventionnels SS U-212A (ASA 2005-2007) à l'Allemagne, qui seraient prélevés sur les 6 SS U-212A Batch-1 et 2 de la marine allemande. Un projet qui pourrait être déjà mort-né tant il soulève des réticences de la marine allemande, qui ne souhaite pas se séparer de ses navires, et des interrogations. Une telle procédure, sans publication d'un appel d'offres à l'échelle européenne, pourrait contrevenir aux règles communautaires de l'Union.

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3 septembre 2013 2 03 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Eurocopter and Poland: Meeting the country's multi-role military helicopter requirements

.... and supporting its industrial supply chain on a global scale

 

Sep 2, 2013 ASDNews Source : Eurocopter

 

Eurocopter’s participation at Poland’s MSPO defense industry exhibition underscores its long-term commitment to this country, which includes the company’s EC725 Caracal offer for the Ministry of National Defense’s multi-role helicopter acquisition, and its intention to build on well-established partnerships with the Polish industry.

 

As part of the presence at MSPO – being held September 2-5 in Kielce – Eurocopter has brought for a second time the EC725 Caracal helicopter. The machine operating recently in Afghanistan, Mali or Libya belongs to the French Air Forces. The Caracal is proposed for Poland’s acquisition of 70 multi-role helicopters, with Eurocopter and Turbomeca (Safran) signing industrial cooperation agreements that include the creation of full assembly lines in Poland for the Caracal and its Makila 2 turboshaft engines.

 

“Our Caracal is a proven and reliable choice for Poland’s multi-role helicopter tender, as demonstrated by its battle-proven experience and confirmed by a growing list of customers,” said Eurocopter CEO Guillaume Faury. “Eurocopter’s response to the tender is fully coherent with our long-standing strategy of working with Poland’s industry to further integrate its companies into the global supply chain. We are ready to build this partnership well beyond the Caracal tender, and to support the Polish defense industry’s development.”

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

2 sept. 2013 Nasze Kielce


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

 

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

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 07:50
UK-Polish Group Unveils New Vehicle Demonstrator

An artist's rendering of a concept vehicle being developed by Obrum, part of the Polish Defence Holding group. The demonstrator will be unveiled at the upcoming MSPO exhibition in Poland next month. (Polish Defence Holding)

 

Aug. 28, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News

 

LONDON — The BAE Systems-Polish Defence Holding’s team competing for an upcoming requirement from the Polish Army for a family of light tanks and infantry fighting vehicles has released a sneak preview of a concept demonstrator they plan to unveil at the upcoming MSPO defense equipment show.

 

The concept vehicle — developed by Obrum, part of the Polish Defence Holding group — features an unmanned turret sporting a 120mm gun mounted on a chassis, drawing heavily on CV90 mobility and protection technology provided by BAE’s Hagglunds operation in Sweden.

 

The vehicle will be a centerpiece of Polish Defence Holding’s stand at the MSPO exhibition, which opens in Keilce, Poland, on Sept 2.

 

BAE and the state-owned Polish Defence Holding, formerly known as the Bulmar Group, announced a teaming deal in late May to compete for a Polish Army requirement for hundreds of light tanks and infantry fighting vehicles using a universal tracked platform.

 

Formal specifications for the tracked vehicle requirement are expected to be released by the Polish Defense Ministry toward the end of the year, with a requirement for the first delivery sometime in 2018.

 

BAE officials said the modular design of the demonstrator is intended to be flexible and help stimulate debate as Poland heads toward issuing a formal specification.

 

Despite unexpected Polish government revenue shortfalls this year, which could result in some trimming of the defense budget spending on the military, funding remains robust with the portion of cash going to equipment increasing.

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27 août 2013 2 27 /08 /août /2013 11:50
PZL-Świdnik SW-4 Solo

PZL-Świdnik SW-4 Solo

August 26, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: PZL-Świdnik; issued Aug. 23, 2013)

 

“Our presence at the Radom Air Show proves the unmatched capabilities of PZL-Świdnik as the only Polish manufacturer with the full ability to design, develop and produce state-of-the-art rotorcraft. What we will display, particularly the AW149 and the SW-4 Solo, shows the outstanding present and future capabilities of the Polish Armed Forces.”, said Mieczysław Majewski, President of the Management Board, PZL-Świdnik SA.

 

The latest achievement of PZL-Świdnik and AgustaWestland engineering teams, the AW149 has been designed and developed in the last few years. It is a modern military helicopter that meets the most stringent operational requirements in terms of flexibility, performance, security and cost-effectiveness.

 

The AW149, the most modern design offered within the tender, features open architecture and high growth potential. Having intellectual property of the so-called source codes, PZL-Świdnik and AgustaWestland, are able to guarantee Poland the broadest capability to modify and customize the helicopter to meet the needs of the Polish Armed Forces in the future.

 

“We are confident the AW149 helicopter is the only solution able to meet the Polish Armed Forces’ needs and bring measurable benefits to the Polish industry. What we are offering to Poland is not only the product itself. We are committed to delivering complete solutions, including logistic and training packages, which ensure the product’s broadest availability and helicopter’s safe operation throughout the next 40 years,” said Nicola Bianco, Managing Director, PZL-Świdnik SA.

 

The SW-4 Solo RUAS/OPH, the result of a close collaboration between PZL-Świdnik and AgustaWestland, will also be among the show’s highlights. The Solo demonstrates the companies’ involvement in the development of the UAV sector, which shows significant growth potential and provides market opportunities.

 

“The SW-4 Solo RUAS/OPH is one of the most advanced aviation technology achievements in recent years, which confirms PZL-Świdnik’s commitment to innovation. Its ability to perform both manned and unmanned flights considerably expands the capabilities of modern rotorcrafts.”, stressed Tomasz Bilski, Engineering Director, PZL-Świdnik SA.

 

PZL-Świdnik’s static display will also include the company’s flagship products, the light single engine SW-4 helicopter able to perform a wide range of military and civil missions and the W-3PL Głuszec helicopter, remaining in service with the Polish Armed Forces, which has proven to be a highly effective and reliable machine capable of operating in the most demanding conditions.

 

PZL-Świdnik is the strategic sponsor of the Air Show-2013 in Radom.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Philippines: Defense chief says purchase of 8 Sokol choppers from Poland is last

26 July 2013 By Dona Z. Pazzibugan- Pacific Sentinel

 

MANILA, Philippines—”Of what use is a combat helicopter if you cannot use its machine gun?” President Aquino asked in his State of the Nation Address on Monday.

 

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the purchase of eight Sokol helicopters from Poland would be the last by the Department of National Defense (DND) since they could not be used in combat, after all.

 

“I understand helicopters because I’m a combat officer. The first thing I noticed was, why do you have to remove the machine gun before you can get inside it? The entrance is too narrow, it’s all wrong,” said Gazmin, a former Army Special Forces commander.

 

The P2.8-billion deal with Augusta PZL Swidnik of Italy and Poland for eight Sokol helicopters had been signed, sealed and delivered when he assumed office in July 2010, Gazmin said.

 

“We just had to make the payment,” he said.

 

The eight Sokol (Falcon in Polish) helicopters were delivered in two batches in 2012.

 

Read the full story at Inquirer News

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 11:50
Across Europe, Nations Mold Cyber Defenses

Jul. 9, 2013 - by TOM KINGTON – Defense News

 

ROME — Since Estonia suffered a crippling cyberattack in 2007, generally attributed to Russian hackers, European states have slowly been organizing their disparate cyber crime and security organizations under national coordinating committees, bringing military commanders into contact with intelligence agencies, police forces and private industry.

 

The new furor over US spying on European Union nations will likely heighten efforts in the region to strengthen defenses against economic and political cyberattack from political and economic adversaries and allies alike.

 

Italy

 

In Italy, a decree issued by the Cabinet in January sought to impose a chain of command on a series of cybersecurity operations launched in recent years by law enforcement and state agencies.

 

The decree puts the prime minister at the top of the pyramid but gives operational authority to the head of the DIS, the Italian intelligence agency that oversees both overseas and domestic operations.

 

“The DIS has led this reorganization and has taken a central role,” said Stefano Mele, a cyber analyst with the Italian Institute for Strategic Studies. “It is the first real step toward an operational approach to cybersecurity.”

 

“The Italian cyber strategy is defensive,” an Italian intelligence source said.

 

The new setup, which is reportedly still being staffed, involves a political committee to propose strategy to the prime minister, drawing representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, interior, defense, justice, economy and economic development.

 

 

A permanent monitoring center is also being established, to be run by the prime minister’s military adviser.

 

Mele said the new center would be open 24 hours a day to monitor threats.

 

“Police units have previously mounted 24-hour monitoring operations, but the new setup moves beyond a focus on cyber crime to cyberwarfare,” he said.

 

The center can also activate a crisis unit, drawing on various ministries when an attack threatens national security.

 

One analyst feared the new structure was too complex to react quickly to cyber threats.

 

“The chain of command is too long and complicated to respond to attacks, which are by definition fast, but this is a start,” said Raoul Chiesa, a cybersecurity consultant to the UN.

 

The Italian military’s cyber defense operation, which is run by the General Staff in Rome, continues on a parallel track to the new civilian setup, but there would be crossovers, Mele said.

 

“The key role given the prime minister’s military adviser is no coincidence,” Mele said.

 

Germany

 

Responsibility for German cybersecurity is divided among many players on the federal and state levels. The National Cyber Defense Center, under the federal Interior Ministry, was founded in April 2011, involving the military, the police, the secret service and other security and civil defense organizations.

 

Additionally, a National Cyber Security Committee has been set up to decide wider cybersecurity policy, involving the chancellery, various ministries, the states and industry representatives as associate members.

 

While these are all defensive measures, the Bundeswehr acknowledged last year that it had a Computer Network Operations Team capable of offensive action. It is part of the Strategic Reconnaissance Command and stationed in Rheinbach, near Bonn. Press reports suggest the unit started training a couple of years ago and reached initial operational capability in 2012.

 

However, actual offensive operations would require the approval of the German parliament, as all German military actions do.

 

The team is not represented in the National Cyber Defence Center nor is it responsible for the defense of the military itself against cyberattacks; the military has built up a separate IT security organization.

 

United Kingdom

 

Cybersecurity spending in the UK emerged unscathed from a new round of government austerity measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne for the 2015-16 financial year.

 

The Treasury said cyber was a national security priority and investment in the area will continue to grow in 2015, including a £210 million (US $320 million) investment in the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP).

 

That money builds on £650 million in funding set aside in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review to tackle cyber threats and turn the problem into an opportunity for the British security industry.

 

The initial four-year spending program, started in 2011, allocated an extra £384 million to the intelligence services over the period with the Ministry of Defence-allocated £90 million.

 

That money is in addition to other cyber funding streams for the intelligence agencies and government departments — figures that are not aired in public.

 

The review said cyberattacks were among the government’s four top security risks.

 

That review was followed at the end of 2011 by a new UK cybersecurity strategy that sought to better protect cyberspace interests and build the capabilities needed to combat the growing problem.

 

Only last week, Iain Lobban, the head of the government’s intelligence-gathering operation, GCHQ, told the BBC that business secrets were being stolen in Britain on an “industrial scale.”

 

Government and industry networks are targeted by sophisticated cyberattacks about 70 times a month, often by other states, he said.

 

GCHQ has already invested in new capabilities to identify and analyze hostile cyberattacks, and now plays host to a new Joint Cyber Unit set up in partnership with the MoD to help counter threats to the UK.

 

Another MoD initiative will likely see the armed services set up a “Cyber Reserve” to harness the talents of industry specialists and others.

 

Poland

 

Meanwhile, Poland is increasing the cyber defense and combat capacities of its armed forces — one of the priorities of the modernization of the Polish armed forces, according to a white paper on national security, released in May by the National Security Bureau.

 

The paper “recommends a national cyber defense system … integrated with similar systems of [other NATO member states],” the document said.

 

The paper also recommends the armed forces receive “mechanisms and systems for offensive activities in this area, and treated as an element of support to conventional activities.”

 

Poland’s cybersecurity efforts are largely driven by the massive cyberattacks that targeted Estonia in 2007 and crashed the Baltic state’s Internet infrastructure, local analysts said.

 

Two organizations set up to avoid the fate of Estonia will become operational next year.

 

The Polish Ministry of Defense and the Internal Security Agency, Poland’s domestic intelligence agency, are aiming to launch the National Cryptology Center, designed as a “response to the newest cyber threats … which should bring a breakthrough in what concerns [Poland’s] cybersecurity,” Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said.

 

A new unit within the Ministry of Defense will also foster the development of information technologies for military purposes.

 

The planned Inspectorate of Implementation of Innovative Technologies will be modeled on the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, according to Siemoniak.

 

Nordic Region

 

Across Europe, Nations Mold Cyber Defenses

Closer collaboration in developing common platforms to counter cyber threats has been given priority status by the Nordic militaries’ cooperation vehicle, Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO).

 

The need for a robust Nordic dialogue and pan-Nordic interaction is highlighted in the study, “Cyber Defense in the Nordic Countries and Challenges of Cyber Security,” produced by the Finnish National Defense University and delivered to NORDEFCO in January.

 

The study generated a report, “The Fog of Cyber Defense,” which is expected to provide a road map for future cyber threat cooperation among Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. It is anticipated that the first cross-border projects to develop common anti-cyber threat policies and strategies could emerge as soon as 2014.

 

In the meantime, the five Nordic states are working to strengthen their domestic cyber defense capabilities. All have, or are in the process of, establishing national cyber defense centers that can draw expertise from military and national intelligence units, as well as cyber threat divisions within the communications regulatory authorities in each country.

 

Recommendations advanced in the “The Fog of Cyber Defense” include a pan-Nordic political initiative to pursue cooperation. This would entail developing a sophisticated cyberspace information exchange platform supported by each country’s cyber defense center; development of a common cyber strategy; the holding of joint interoperability exercises to enhance linguistic, procedural and technical compatibility; the establishment of a common Nordic Cyber Defense Center; and the possibility of standardizing legislation on cyber defense cooperation.

 

NORDEFCO is running a so-called Cooperation Area research program to ascertain the cost benefits and operational gains from Nordic cyber defense cooperation that would specifically deal with immediate threat warnings.

 

On a national level, Norway established a dedicated cyber defense unit under the management of the Ministry of Defense in 2012. The unit merges the cyber threat and defense capabilities of the Armed Forces Command’s Norwegian Military Intelligence Service, the National Security Authority and the Norwegian Police Security Service.

 

Denmark established a Center for Cyber Security under the direction of the Ministry of Defense in December, while Finland launched its Total Society Cyber Security Strategy in January, a four-year strategy that aims to have a dedicated cyber defense center and acomprehensive countermeasures infrastructure in place in 2016.

 

In Sweden, the government established a National Cyber Defense organization in January, which will share information from frontline cyber units within the military’s signals intelligence wing FRA, the military intelligence unit MUST and the Swedish national police intelligence service, Säpo.

 

Albrecht Müller in Bonn, Andrew Chuter in London, Jaroslaw Adamowski in Warsaw and Gerard O’Dwyer in Helsinki contributed to this report.

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Falcon Multiband Tactical Radio

Falcon Multiband Tactical Radio

Jul 1, 2013 ASDNews Source : Harris Corporation

 

    Supplying Ministry of National Defence with manpack, handheld radios for battlefield communications.

    Radios to enable enhanced communications interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces.

    Broadens Harris role as leading provider of high-performance tactical communications globally.

 

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received $61 million in orders to enable the Poland Ministry of National Defense to better communicate with coalition partners.

 

Poland is acquiring Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G  manpack and  AN/PRC-152A handheld radios for the next phase of its tactical radio modernization. The Harris radios will provide Poland's armed forces with secure wideband combat net radio, tactical satellite and ground-to-air communications.

 

Both radios are equipped with the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2), which enables military forces to leverage advanced battle management applications such as collaborative chat, streaming video and intelligence collection.

 

"Our Falcon III(r) radios will enable Polish military personnel to communicate seamlessly with U.S. and NATO forces during joint warfighting missions,'' said Brendan O'Connell, president, international business, Harris RF Communications. "Our radios unite the forces by making it easier to exchange voice, data and situational awareness, even while on the move.''

 

Harris has deployed more than 40,000 AN/PRC-117G and AN/PRC-152A radios worldwide. They are in use by all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense and more than 15 allied nations.

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Le NH90 d'Eurocopter, l'un des atouts de la filiale d'EADS à l'export - (NHI photo)

Le NH90 d'Eurocopter, l'un des atouts de la filiale d'EADS à l'export - (NHI photo)

27/06/2013 Michel Cabirol, - LaTribune.fr

 

La filiale hélicoptériste d'EADS est sur la piste de mégacontrats dans la défense. Elle mène des campagnes commerciales au Qatar, en Pologne, aux Etats-Unis, en Inde, en Malaisie et, enfin, en Norvège.

 

Et si Eurocopter touchait le jackpot en 2013, voire en 2014. Car la filiale hélicoptériste d'EADS est sur la piste d'éléphants blancs - très grands contrats - dans le domaine de la défense. La filiale hélicoptériste d'EADS a d'ailleurs plusieurs mégacontrats dans sa ligne de mire au Qatar, en Pologne, aux Etats-Unis, en Inde, en Malaisie et, enfin, en Norvège. Des campagnes qui concernent notamment l'hélicoptère de combat Tigre mais surtout sa gamme d'hélicoptères de transport NH90 (versions terrestre -TTH - et navale) et EC725. Eurocopter a déjà remporté une très belle commande auprès du ministère de la Défense français, qui a signé fin mai un contrat portant sur l'acquisition de 34 hélicoptères de transport NH90. Une commande pour Eurocopter qui approche 1 milliard d'euros

 

NH90 et Tigre au Qatar

le-caiman-et-le-tigre-en-vol-a-valence – photo GAMSTAT P.Gillis

le-caiman-et-le-tigre-en-vol-a-valence – photo GAMSTAT P.Gillis

Quatre milliards d'euros à ramasser pour Eurocopter sous le soleil du Qatar, qui s'intéresse au NH90 dans ses deux versions TTH et NFH ainsi qu'au Tigre. Lors de sa visite à Doha le week-end dernier, François Hollande a "fait de nouvelles propositions en matière de défense aérienne, terrestre et navale" et a assuré avoir "toute confiance que nous avancerons dans chacun de ces domaines" avec l'émirat, à qui la France fournit 75 % de son matériel .Si Eurocopter joue sur les deux tableaux (NH90 et Tigre), les autorités françaises préfèrent quant à elles mettre en avant le NH90 plutôt que le Tigre. Histoire de ne pas faire trop d'ombre au Rafale de Dassault Aviation, qui a lui aussi ses chances au Qatar (24 à 36 appareils). Mais pas que... Car les Qataris préféreraient pour le renouvelement de leur flotte d'hélicoptères de combat (une douzaine d'appareils) l'Apache de Boeing au Tigre. "L'Apache est plus gros, donc plus dissuasif pour les Qataris", explique-t-on à La Tribune.

En revanche, l'évaluation de l'hélicoptère TTH de l'armée de Terre, en pleine tempête de sable, a impressionné à Doha, qui ont encore une douzaine de vieux Sea King d'AgustaWestland. En octobre dernier, un comité d'évaluation qatari est également venu en France et en Italie pour visiter les sites de fabrication du NH90 chez Eurocopter à Marignane et d'AgustaWestland en Italie. Les pilotes qataris ont volé sur du TTH. Pour l'heure, la France travaille sur deux propositions, l'une étant de panacher la version terrestre (12 modèles TTH) et navale (10 NFH), l'autre étant de proposer que du NFH (22 exemplaires). Face au NH90, les Américains proposent le Seahawk de Sikorsky. A noter que les Qataris n'ont pas eu la même profondeur d'évaluation sur le Tigre, note-t-on dans le groupe EADS.

 

L'EC725 séduit Varsovie

Défense : les neuf grands contrats qui font rêver Eurocopter

A défaut du NH90 mis hors course par les Italiens d'AgustaWestland, Eurocopter a réussi à rebatrre les cartes en Pologne avec l'EC725... qui a complètement séduit les militaires polonais. En Pologne, l'hélicoptériste est en compétition face à l'italien AgustaWestland et l'américain Sikorsky, pour remporter un appel d'offre de 70 appareils, un contrat estimé à 3 milliards d'euros environ. Si Eurocopter remporte cette campagne, le constructeur européen et le motoriste Turbomeca installeront respectivement deux chaînes d'assemblage pour l'EC725 chez l'industriel polonais WZL 1 basé à Lodz. "C'est le contrat de la décennie en Europe", explique-t-on chez Eurocopter. Un appel d'offre pourrait être lancé à la fin du second semestre 2013 et Varsovie pourrait choisir son fournisseur vers la mi-2014.

Eurocopter, qui a le soutien des autorités françaises, cherche également l'appui de Berlin. Ce qui n'est pas gagné. Car l'Allemagne vise plutôt un contrat de sous-marins en Pologne pour ThyssenKrupp... face à DCNS. Pour autant la filiale d'EADS garde bon espoir et déploit toute une stratégie de séduction pour convaincre les Polonais. Ainsi, en avril dernier, le ministre de la Défense polonais Tomasz Siemoniak, lors d'une visite en France, a volé dans un EC225 de la Marine nationale en compagnie de son homologue français, Jean-Yves Le Drian, pour rallier la base sous-marine L'Ile Longue.

 

En Inde, Eurocopter doit s'armer... de patience

 

source Livefist

source Livefist

Quoi de neuf en Inde ? Eurocopter, qui a répondu à un nouvel appel d'offre en 2008, attend... depuis 2010 l'ouverture des enveloppes commerciales par New Delhi pour savoir si il est à nouveau sélectionné par l'armée indienne. Elle souhaite renouveler sa flotte d'hélicoptères Cheetah et Chetak dans le cadre du  programme Light Utility Helicopters (LUH). Une décision était pourtant attendue fin mars. Le contrat, qui porte sur 197 hélicoptères de reconnaissance pour les armées de l'air et de terre destinés notamment aux troupes stationnées en altitude près de la frontière avec la Chine, est estimé à 400 millions d'euros. Il peut s'élever jusqu'à 1,5 milliard d'euros avec l'achat au total de 600 appareils. Eurocopter propose le Fennec (AS350 C3), le seul hélicoptère à s'être posé sur le mont Everest, face au KA-226 du russe Kamov.

En parallèle il existe plusieurs campagnes commerciales représentant environ 10 milliards d'euros, dont deux ont déjà été gagnées en décembre par Boeing (15 Chinook Ch-47F et 22 AH-64D Block-III Apache) pour un montant de deux milliards d'euros environ. Eurocopter vise deux autres programmes de renouvellement de la flotte indienne. Outre les 197 Fennec, la version militaire de l'Ecureuil, le constructeur européen vise un appel d'offre lancé en août 2012 portant sur la fourniture d'hélicoptères pour la Marine (56 appareils) dans le cadre du programme NUH (hélicoptères utilitaires navals) dont le montant est évalué à plus de 500 millions d'euros et un autre lancé en novembre 2012 portant sur l'équipement des Coast Guard (14 appareils, soit un contrat estimé à plus de 400 millions). Eurocopter propose respectivement l'AS565 MB Panther, la version militarisée du Dauphin, et le NH90. Soupçonné de corruption, AgustaWestland (groupe Finmeccanica), le seul rival d'Eurocopter sur ces campagnes, est pour l'heure autorisé à poursuivre les deux compétitions.

 

Douche écossaise aux Etats-Unis

 

UH-72A Lakota Helicopter photo US Army

UH-72A Lakota Helicopter photo US Army

Après avoir interrompu brutalement le programme d'hélicoptères légers LUH-Lakota (LUH) fourni par Eurocopter, les Etats-Unis pourrait lancer dans le courant du second semestre 2013 un appel d'offre en vue de renouveler la flotte d'hélicoptères de reconnaissance OH-58 Kiowa du constructeur américain Bell dans le cadre du programme AAS (Aerial armed scout). Ce programme, qui a déjà glissé dans le temps, est actuellement gelé (séquestration) en raison des nouvelles contraintes budgétaires américaines. Le contrat pourrait porter sur 500 machines, soit un contrat évalué entre 6 et 8 milliards de dollars.

"On sera dans la compétition", a affirmé, avant le salon aéronautique du Bourget, le nouveau PDG d'Eurocopter, Guillaume Faury. Le constructeur présentera l'EC645, qui a été présenté pour la première fois lors du salon Eurosatory de 2010. De son côté, Bell fait le siège de l'administration américaine en argumentant qu'il vaut mieux rénover les OH-58 pour économiser des crédits. En revanchen Eurocopter ne participera pas à la compétition Joint Multi-Role (JMR) en vue de remplacer les célèbres Black Hawk.

 

Le Tigre en Malaisie ?

 

hélicoptère Tigre version HAD appui-destruction - Crédits EFA

hélicoptère Tigre version HAD appui-destruction - Crédits EFA

Depuis 2005, Eurocopter toujours a l'espoir de vendre son produit vedette, le Tigre (entre 12 et 20 exemplaires), qui a été présenté au salon aéronautique de Langkawi cette année-là. Bien que le Premier ministre malaisien Najib Razak, un ancien ministre de la défense, qui vient de gagner les élections législatives, apprécie particulièrement cet appareil, il n'en a pas fait encore sa priorité. Le Tigre pourrait faire partie des prochaines à l'occasion du 11e plan pluriannuel, qui débutera à partir de 2015. En tout cas, les élections législatives, qui ont neutralisé tout achat d'armements pendant de longues semaines, étant passées, les entreprises d'armement vont à nouveau pouvoir se presser à Kuala Lumpur.

 

La Norvège veut des hélicoptères de recherche et de secours (SAR)

 

Défense : les neuf grands contrats qui font rêver Eurocopter

Enfin, le ministère de la Justice norvégien veut s'équiper d'hélicoptères de recherche et de secours (SAR, search and rescue) lourdement équipés dans le cadre du programme NAWSARH. Soit 16 appareils (plus six en option) pour un montant évalué à moins de 2 milliards d'euros. L'Islande pourrait rejoindre ce projet en commandant un appareil ferme (plus deux en option). Eurocopter présente le EC725, AgustaWestland l'EH101 tandis que le consortium NHI (Eurocopter, AgustaWestland et Fokker) propose le NH90. Enfin Sikorsky est en compétition avec le S92. La Norvège pourrait présélectionner cet été deux appareils.

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Aero Vodochody retire son L-159 de l’appel d’offres polonais

13.06.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Aero Vodochody Aerospace a annoncé lundi 10 juin qu’il se retirait de l’appel d’offre portant sur la vente d’avions d’entraînement à l’armée de l’air polonaise. L’industriel tchèque, qui proposait son L-159T1 biplace Albatros, a justifié sa décision en dénonçant le processus d’acquisition « chaotique » de la Pologne et certaines « ambiguïtés » des caractéristiques de l’appel d’offres.

 

Aero Vodochody liste les raisons de son retrait : les documents concernant l’appel d’offre ne sont pas assez précis et contiendraient même des erreurs, ils auraient même été modifiés plusieurs fois par la Pologne ; les garanties financières à présenter seraient trop élevées et les conditions contraires aux standards internationaux ; le délai entre la mise à disposition des caractéristiques et la deadline pour présenter une offre était trop court.

 

Aero Vodochody avait déjà participé au précédent appel d’offres polonais, qui avait été annulé en 2011 en raison d’un manque de budget.

 

Alenia Aermacchi et son M-346 ainsi que KAI-Lockheed Martin avec le T-50 restent pour le moment en course, pour un contrat estimé à 1,5 milliards de dollars.

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Poland To Acquire Middle-Range Missile Systems

Jun. 5, 2013 - By JAROSLAW ADAMOWSKI – Defense News

 

WARSAW — The Polish Ministry of Defense is aiming to purchase middle-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate said in a statement. The procurement is part of Poland’s plans to overhaul its missile defense system from 2014 to 2023.

 

The ministry invited interested manufacturers to participate in a dialogue through which they will be provided more detailed information on the technical and strategic requirements of the procurement. The deadline for applications is June 21, the statement said.

 

In addition to middle-range systems, the Polish ministry is planning to acquire short-range missiles. Under the plan, deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.

 

Poland’s National Security Bureau estimates that acquisition of a new missile defense system could be worth between 8 billion zloty and 12 billion zloty (US $2.5 billion to $3.75 billion).

 

In April, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski signed a bill on modernizing and financing the Polish Armed Forces that secured a separate stream of funding to overhaul its missile defense system. According to the bill, the funds will be set aside from the country’s defense budget from 2014 to 2023.

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Polish defense industries come together

WARSAW, Poland, June 3 (UPI)

 

Polish defense industry companies have been brought together under a single umbrella to serve the country's military and international markets.

 

The new entity is Polish Defense Holdings. Forty companies are now part of PDH.

 

On May 31, BAE Systems of Britain announced it has teamed with PDH to win a contract to supply Poland's military with new armored vehicles.

 

"Previous actions undertaken by the Council of Ministers in the last 10 years and also by the companies themselves have been heading for this stage, which is the establishment of one national entity," PDH said. "Merging companies of Polish defense industry -- both large and small -- jointly form one family, one Polish brand."

 

PDH, in its announcement, called itself "the future of modern defense industry" and an important step toward Poland having an important position in Europe's defense industry system.

 

"I consider placing necessities of the main client -- Poland's Ministry of National Defense -- together with a declaration to focus on developing the latest technologies in the center of interests of Polish Defense Holding as a guarantee of obtaining a very good offer for the armed forces of the Republic of Poland and directing it to foreign markets," said Krzysztof Krystowski, PDH's chief executive officer.

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Next stop for next generation armored combat vehicles: Poland

May 31, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

    BAE Systems & Polish Defence Holding Offer New Family of Armored Tracked Vehicles for Poland Military

 

BAE Systems Hägglunds and Polish national defense company, Polish Defence Holding (formerly the Bumar Group), have joined forces to offer new tracked armored combat vehicles for a top-priority Polish military program under an exclusive teaming agreement.

 

The “Modular Tracked Platform” (MTP) is part of Poland’s National Armor Program.

 

The MTP timescales are tight with a production contract likely to be let in 2015 and first vehicles delivered for service in 2018. To meet them the team is proposing a family of vehicles which draws heavily on CV90 technology and reaps the benefit of millions of man hours and dollars already invested in its design.

 

“Polish Defence Holding has extensive experience as an in-country prime contractor and will be critical in developing solutions for this new family of armored fighting vehicles that will meet the military’s requirements in Poland,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems’ Land & Armaments sector.

 

The partnership brings the team one step closer to meeting the demanding technical and time challenges of this major Polish program and delivering critical operational capability to the Polish Land Forces. Polish Defence Holding will be instrumental in facilitating production of the vehicles if this team’s offering is selected.

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Estonia Completes Military Drills with NATO Allies

TALLINN, May 26 (RIA Novosti)

 

Estonia completed on Saturday large-scale military drills, which began on May 9 and involved some 5,000 military personnel, including from NATO allies, the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces said.

 

The Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) drills have been held annually in different parts of Estonia since 2003. This year they were held in northern and central Estonia and involved for the first time units from the UK, Belgium and Poland as well as the Estonian navy.

 

“Our military servicemen gained experience of cooperation with pilots from Poland, air defense experts from Belgium, infantrymen from Britain, Latvia and Lithuania by participating in joint drills,” Estonian Commander in Chief Gen.-Maj. Riho Terras said at a line-up in the village of Kuusalu.

 

NATO allies were represented by an infantry company from the UK and Latvia each, a reconnaissance platoon from Lithuania and an anti-aircraft missile platoon from Belgium.

 

The exercise also involved Polish attack aircraft SU-22, Estonia's training jets L-39, light helicopters R-44, light transport planes An-2 and French Mirage F-1 aircraft, according to Estonian newspaper Postimees.

 

President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves attended the large-scale military exercise on May 17.

 

Estonia, as well as two other ex-Soviet republics in the Baltics - Latvia and Lithuania, joined NATO in March 2004.

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Baltic States Prepare for International Saber Strike Exercise

TALLINN, May 27 (RIA Novosti)

 

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are preparing to take part in a large-scale international exercise, Saber Strike, to take place in early June, Estonian TV reported on Sunday.

 

Saber Strike is a USAREUR (United States Army in Europe)-led theater security cooperation exercise to be conducted in the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on June 3-14. It will involve approximately 2000 personnel from the three Baltic States, the United States, Finland, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom, as well as forces from the Polish headquarters of NATO’s Multinational Corps Northeast.

 

“The main headquarters will be located in Lithuania. Air forces and the Corps Northeast will be deployed in Estonia. Latvia will host the practical part of the exercises,” said an Estonian official charged with planning the exercise, Lt. Col. Tiit Paljak.

 

 

On Friday, the Polish Navy landing ships Lublin and Poznan brought 100 metric tons of military equipment to the Estonian city of Paldiski. The two vessels brought 17 vehicles and 50 members of the Polish and German defense forces.

 

On the same day, a nine-car train arrived in Pabrade railway station in Lithuania, bringing US military equipment from Germany, including vehicles and trucks and a medical support unit.

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Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 source Flight Global

Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 source Flight Global

May. 28, 2013 By Bartosz Glowacki – FG

 

Warsaw - Lockheed Martin UK has unveiled some details of an offer submitted for the Polish air force's advanced jet trainer (AJT) system competition tender for the Polish air force.

 

The company on 23 May said its offer of the Korea Aerospace Industries/Lockheed T-50 "would provide significant operational synergies with the current Polish air force [Lockheed] F-16 fleet". According to John Neilson, Lockheed Martin UK's director of communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, "the aircraft which will be included in the proposal for Poland would be built outside Poland. This is to be expected for the number now required to meet Poland's need".

 

"When selecting the best training platform to accompany our bid, fleet commonality and the ability to meet Poland's evolving pilot training requirements for the next 20 to 30 years were key considerations," says Tim James, who is part of the Lockheed Martin UK team in Poland.

 

If the bid is successful, it is believed maintenance of Polish air force T-50s would be performed at the WZL-2 Military Aviation Works in Bydgoszcz. Lockheed already has a strong relationship with the organisation through the F-16 programme, and recently opened a new paint stripping facility at the site. However, Neilson notes: "We may also be in discussion with other partners too."

 

Another element of the Lockheed proposal would be to establish a state-of-the-art training centre at the Polish air force academy in Deblin. This would be based on the Ascent Flight Training facility at RAF Valley in the UK, which is operated by a Lockheed Martin UK and Babcock International joint venture.

 

Warsaw should select a winner for its eight-aircraft requirement before the end of 2013. Other candidates are the Aero Vodochody L-159T1, Alenia Aermacchi M-346 and BAE Systems Hawk AJT.

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BAE, Polish Defense Holding Team on Vehicle Competition

May. 28, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News

 

LONDON — BAE Systems has struck a teaming deal with state-owned Polish Defense Holding to compete for the Central European country’s upcoming tracked fighting vehicle program.

 

The companies are expected to formally join forces Wednesday, when the deal is to be officially signed to offer a family of 25-ton-plus tracked fighting vehicles to meet the Polish military’s Universal Tracked Platform requirement.

 

With an eventual requirement for more than 600 vehicles, the competition for heavy tracked machines is set to be Europe’s biggest upcoming export competition in the sector.

 

Poland is one of the few European nations still increasing defense spending. It has a number of significant capability improvements in its defense spending plans, including implementation of a national armor program that encompasses the heavy requirement being addressed by BAE and Polish Defense Holding and a light armored vehicle requirement.

 

No mention is made of the platform to be offered by the new team but it almost certainly will draw on BAE’s CV-90 vehicle technology, particularly the chassis.

 

Technology from the unsuccessful Anders armored vehicle program previously developed by Polish Defense Holding will also likely find its way onto the machine.

 

Polish Defense Holding was formerly known as the Bumar Group.

 

With the first production vehicle required for delivery to the Polish Army in 2018, the winning contender likely will be largely an off-the-shelf solution.

 

Requirements for the multibillion zloty program are expected to be released by the Polish Defense Ministry later this year. The program is scheduled for completion by 2022.

 

“Polish Defense Holding’s experience as an in-country prime contractor will be instrumental in developing solutions for this new family of armored fighting vehicles that will meet the military’s requirements and facilitate production in Poland,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE’s Land & Armaments sector.

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Deux responsables militaires chinois rencontrent le ministre polonais de la Défense

24-05-2013 French.china.org.cn

 

Fan Changlong, vice-président de la Commission militaire centrale, et Chang Wanquan, conseiller d'Etat et ministre de la Défense nationale, ont successivement rencontré vendredi à Beijing le ministre polonais de la Défense Tomasz Siemoniak.

 

Durant son entretien avec M. Siemoniak, M. Chang a déclaré que la Chine travaillerait avec la Pologne pour renforcer la coopération militaire concernant des visites de haut niveau, la formation du personnel et des échanges médicaux.

 

M. Siemoniak a indiqué pour sa part que la Pologne espérait élargir sa collaboration et approfondir ses relations militaires avec la Chine.

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Honneurs militaires sur la Cité de l'air

Honneurs militaires sur la Cité de l'air

23/05/2013 Armée de l'air

 

Le général Denis Mercier, chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air (CEMAA), a accueilli son homologue polonais, le Lieutenant General Lech Majewski, de la Polish Air Force, dans le cadre d’une visite officielle.

 

Les honneurs militaires lui ont été rendus sur la cité de l’air et base aérienne 117 de Paris-Balard, tandis que les hymnes nationaux des deux pays étaient interprétés par une formation de la Musique de l’air. Le Lieutenant General Majewski s’est ensuite entretenu avec le CEMAA, avant de partir pour la base aérienne 702 d’Avord.

Échange de cadeaux entre les deux CEMAA

Échange de cadeaux entre les deux CEMAA

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Le Primauguet franchit les passes de Brest

Le Primauguet franchit les passes de Brest

14/05/2013 Sources  Marine nationale

 

Du 13 au 23 mai 2013, la France conduit auprès de six autres nations, l’entraînement tactique multinational bisannuel de lutte anti-sous-marine Spontex  sur la façade atlantique. Spontex 2013 est particulièrement consacré à la lutte anti-sous-marine en zone littorale et en eaux peu profondes.

Le Primauguet en grande rade de Brest. Le sous-marin portugais, Arpao, en rade de brest, s'apprète à  franchir les passes

Le Primauguet en grande rade de Brest. Le sous-marin portugais, Arpao, en rade de brest, s'apprète à franchir les passes

Ainsi, la France, l’Allemagne, la Belgique, le Canada, la Pologne, le Royaume-Uni et le Portugal réunissent dix bâtiments de surface, deux sous-marins, deux avions de patrouille maritime et des hélicoptères, pour un entraînement de haut niveau dont l’objectif est d’améliorer l’interopérabilité des alliés en les mettant dans les conditions de leur potentiel emploi au sein d’une task force multinationale

 

Spontex met également en œuvre toute la chaîne de commandement et de contrôle  tactique dans un contexte multinational, en déployant un état-major d’une trentaine de personnes à bord du TCD Siroco, majoritairement issues de la Force aéromaritime de réaction rapide, pour conduire les opérations

 

Les moyens français participant à Spontex 13

 

    Transport de chalands de débarquement Siroco

    Frégate anti-sous-marine Primauguet

    Aviso Commandant L’Herminier

    Sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque

    Deux avions de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2

    Un état-major embarqué de trente personnes, essentiellement armé par la force aéromaritime de réaction rapide (FRMARFOR).

Le Kosciusco devant les passes de Brest

Le Kosciusco devant les passes de Brest

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Poland rejoins NATO AGS programme

17 Apr 2013 By:   Bartosz Glowacki – FG

 

Warsaw - Poland has confirmed its intention to formally rejoin NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme as a core nation, with the alliance's managing organisation now preparing the relevant documents for its reinclusion.

 

Warsaw was involved in the early stage of the AGS project, but in early 2009 decided to leave the collaborative effort, citing financial problems.

 

Announcing its decision following a 21 March meeting, Poland's defence ministry says: "Joining AGS will be very significant for increasing Poland's meaning and strengthening its position in NATO structures."

 

It expects to re-enter the programme in early 2014, contributing 4.5% of the total AGS funds, or roughly €71 million ($93 million) until 2017.

 

Polish companies including Bumar Elektronika, Netline, Transbit and Wojskowy Instytut Lacznosci are expected to participate in the programme, providing radar equipment, component manufacturing and maintenance activities.

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