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19 novembre 2015 4 19 /11 /novembre /2015 08:20
Pike munition - photo Raytheon

Pike munition - photo Raytheon


November 14, 2015: Adam Szczepanik – Strategy Page


An American firm (Raytheon) has successfully tested a new revolutionary weapon; the Pike 40mm laser guided missile. Pike is another step in the constant shrinking of precision guided munitions, much like the miniaturization of personal electronic devices everyone is familiar with. 40mm Pike is a major step in further miniaturization of laser guided missiles especially for infantry and ground vehicles. Pike will be much cheaper than heavier existing systems like Javelin. The tiny 0.7 kg  (1.5 pound) and 43 centimeter (17 inch) long Pike can reach targets up to two  kilometers distant and come within 4.5 meters (14.5 feet) of the designated target. The major advantage of this missile is that it can be fired from some of the already existing 40mm grenade launchers, like the M320 and FN EGLM. All that is needed is a second soldier with pistol sized laser designator illuminating a target for the missile, and thanks to the semi active laser homing and parabolic trajectory of the missile, the target needs to be illuminated only about 15 seconds after the missile is launched. This allows the missile to be launched from behind cover, and limits the time during which the spotter with laser designator has to be exposed to enemy fire. The Pike is also expected to be integrated with other launch platforms, including small UAVs, boats, and light vehicles. The missile’s 0.3 kg (0.6 pound) blast-fragmentation warhead, slightly larger than that of an ordinary 40mm grenade has 10 meter (32 feet) lethal radius. Further upgrades are also planned for Pike’s electronics, including data link capability and multiple-round simultaneous programming.


Pike is part of a trend. Rrecently developed laser guided versions of 70mm rockets, like the Talon, Cirit, DAGR, and APKWS program were the first examples of rapid progress in miniaturization of air launched weapons. Developed since 2002, and first was used in combat in 2012, the APKWS was the first of these missiles to prove the concept worked. These 70mm guided rockets are basically 13.6 kg (30 pound) 70mm missiles, with a laser seeker, a 2.7 kg (six pound) warhead, and a range of about six kilometers. Laser designators on a helicopter, aircraft, or with troops on the ground, are pointed at the target and the laser seeker in the front of the 70mm missile homes in on the reflected laser light. The $28,500 guided 70mm rocket is used against targets that don't require a larger (49 kg/108 pound), and more expensive (over $100,000), Hellfire missile but still needs some targeting precision. In tests the APKWS hit within a meter (a few feet) of the aiming point, about what other 70mm missiles are capable of.


The 70mm missile makes an excellent weapon for UAVs, especially since you can carry more of them. The launcher for carrying these missiles is designed to replace the one for Hellfire but can carry four missiles instead of one. Other launchers for 70mm Hydra rockets, like the 7-tube LAU-68 were also adapted for APKWS. However, the APKWS, being based on aircraft carried unguided rockets, have not received a launcher deployable by ground forces.


This has forced the infantry to rely on guided anti-tank weapons, like the American Javelin, if no other precision weapons were available. These weapons, designed to fight armored vehicles, are not only challenging for infantry to carry in significant quantity due to their considerable weight of 15.9 kg (35 pound) per 1.2m (4 feet) single missile and launch container, but are also extremely expensive to use, especially in light of the fact that in Afghanistan and Iraq they were generally used against buildings, light fortifications, and trucks. A lot of the cost is due to the advanced, 8.4 kg (18.5 pounds) HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank) warhead that features a top-attack mode specifically meant for defeating modern main battle tanks. The newest variant of the Javelin, FGM-148F, has a multi-purpose warhead available for enhanced effectiveness against buildings and fortifications, costs $78,000 per shot, in addition to a re-useable $126,000 Command Launch Unit.

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Photo: U.S. Northern Command

Photo: U.S. Northern Command


November 11, 2015: Strategy Page


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)

Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS)


Nov 8, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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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The ALFS integrated dipping sonar system enables the MH-60R to accomplish assigned undersea warfare missions. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin)

The ALFS integrated dipping sonar system enables the MH-60R to accomplish assigned undersea warfare missions. (Photo credit Lockheed Martin)

06.11.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Bon an, mal an Raytheon Company et Thales Underwater Systems, Brest, produisent une vingtaine de sonars de type AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS). Les deux firmes sont associés pour la production de ce sonar qui équipe les hélicoptères MH-60R de l'US Navy.

La dernière commande en date porte sur 22 sonars (20 pour l'US Navy et 2 pour la marine saoudienne). 59% du marché sera réalisé à Brest par TUS. Montant de ce marché: 65,8 millions de dollars.


L'avis du Pentagone:

"Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $65,801,757 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0012) for the procurement of 22 MH-60R full-rate production Lot XIII Airborne Low Frequency Sonar systems for the Navy (20), and the government of Saudi Arabia (2), including associated program management support. Work will be performed in Brest, France (59 percent); Portsmouth, Rhode Island (37 percent); and Johnstown, Pennsylvania (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $65,801,757 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($59,819,779; 91 percent), and the government of Saudi Arabia ($5,981,978; 9 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity."

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Raytheon introduces new launcher for the TOW weapon system. Photo courtesy of Raytheon

Raytheon introduces new launcher for the TOW weapon system. Photo courtesy of Raytheon


Oct. 29, 2015 By Ryan Maass (UPI)


TUCSON -- Raytheon has introduced a next-generation TOW EagleFire launcher, the latest development in the TOW weapon family. The launcher is designed to fire both wire-guided and wireless radio frequency missiles. Raytheon officials say the EagleFire is a followup to the TOW 2 launcher, and features improved capabilities at a lower cost. These improvements include integrated day-and-night sight, range-finding capabilities, ergonomic handgrips, and an extensive built-in test capability. "We improved target acquisition and engagement found in the older TOW 2 launcher system," said Duane Gooden, vice president of Raytheon's Land Warfare Systems in a statement. "TOW EagleFire is simpler to maintain and more reliable, thanks to built-in test equipment and a significant reduction in system subassemblies."

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30 octobre 2015 5 30 /10 /octobre /2015 12:30
Turkey - Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)


Oct 29, 2015 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)


The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 28, 2015.


The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits comprised of 400 GBU-31(V)1 for use with Mk84 bombs, 200 GBU-31(V)3 for use with BLU-109 bombs, 300 GBU-38 for use with Mk82 bombs, 100 GBU-54 Laser JDAM kits for use with Mk82 bombs, 200 BLU-109 Hard Target Penetrator Warheads, and1000 FMU-152A/B fuzes. Non-MDE includes containers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, integration, test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and technical support, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $70 million.


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Close-in defense systems provide "last chance" ship defense- photo Raytheon

Close-in defense systems provide "last chance" ship defense- photo Raytheon


TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire


The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $159.9 million contract to manufacture, inspect and test Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS).


Phalanx 1B encompasses the range of actions required to assure success and shape the battlespace for naval, joint, and combined forces. The contract, which provides for a $10 million option in FY15 and another valued at $291 million in FY16, includes support equipment for the Phalanx and SeaRAM Weapon Systems, Block 1B radar upgrades and kits for reliability, maintainability, and availability. The contract also covers overhaul of four Land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems. "Phalanx provides the U.S. Navy's ships with a 'last-chance' defense against anti-ship missiles and littoral warfare threats while SeaRAM extends that inner-layer battlespace," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "Close-in systems give warfighters the ability to automatically carry out functions usually performed by separate systems on other ships." Work under the contract, which was signed in the third quarter of 2015, is expected to be completed by August 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. This contract was announced by the Department of Defense on September, 30, 2015.


Close-in Defense Solutions

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defense systems. More than 890 systems have been built and deployed in navies around the world.

Intended to enlarge Phalanx's keep-out range against evolving anti-ship missiles, rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and other threats, SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense Systems use advanced Phalanx Block 1B sensors and replaces the gun with an 11-round Rolling Airframe Missile guide. SeaRAM is aboard the Independence-class of the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ships.


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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Surface Forces: The Zumwalts Are Fading Away


October 16, 2015: Harold C. Hutchison – Strategy PAge


The American Zumwalt class destroyers may find its production run truncated yet again, as reports indicate that the third ship of the class, Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), is on the budget chopping block. The result would leave the Navy with two of the advanced destroyers. Initially these radically new destroyers were meant to replace four Iowa-class battleships and 31 Spruance-class destroyers. The Zumwalts proved too expensive and mass production was cancelled.


DDG 1002 was already slated for some changes from the first two units of the class (Zumwalt and Michael Monsoor). DDG 1002 was to receive a steel deckhouse as opposed to the composite deckhouses used on the other two ships. This was meant to save money. There had also been a chance that one of the 155mm guns would be replaced with an electromagnetic railgun on DDG 1002. The electromagnetic railgun is another expensive navy effort that may see introduction delayed a long time because of cost considerations.


The Zumwalt class was planned to include 32 ships – more than enough to replace the 31 Spruance-class destroyers that were retired early in the 1990s and early 2000s. Armed with two 155mm guns, and 80 VLS cells while reaching a speed of up to 56 kilometers per hour, the 14,000-ton ships specifically designed to replace the Spruances in the land attack mission, which they had shifted to after the end of the Cold War. But it soon became apparent that many aspects of the Zumwalts were too ambitious. For example they were originally intended to have the Mk 110 57mm gun, but the Navy instead elected to install the cheaper and less capable Mk46 Bushmaster II, a 30mm cannon. The Zumwalts’ also incorporate a lot of automation and require a crew of only 150 but increased development and construction costs more than expected. 


The Zumwalt class was also hit hard by the navy budget crunch caused by so much money being shifted to the army after 2001 for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Even before construction of the lead ship was funded in 2005, the class had been cut, first to 24, then to 7, then to 3, as costs kept climbing and navy requests for larger budgets went unanswered. The thing is, cutting the production run had the perverse effect of making the Zumwalt’s cost problems increase. Spreading the R&D cost of $9.6 billion over the original 32 ships would have only added $300 million to the price of each ship. By cutting the program to three units, each ship now shoulders $3.2 billion of the R&D costs.


Would the Zumwalt class have been a success? Two other high-tech programs that were truncated early, the F-22 and Seawolf-class submarine, indicating the answer might have been “Yes.” Instead, the Zumwalt will be widely derided as a failure, when the blame rests not on the designers or the Navy, but instead the budget-cutters. Meanwhile, the Navy will have a hard time finding enough hulls in the water to handle the many missions it will have.

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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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9 octobre 2015 5 09 /10 /octobre /2015 16:30
Raytheon Awarded $18.6 M to Expand Border Security Work in Kingdom of Jordan


Oct 8, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corp


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded an additional $18.6 million contract from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to help the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (GoHKJ) secure its borders with Syria . The award is for increment three of DTRA's Jordan Border Security Project (JBSP). Raytheon previously announced the completion of Phase 2 and 3 ( Jordan / Syria and Jordan / Iraq borders, respectively) as part of the JBSP, delivering key capabilities to help safeguard the Kingdom's borders.


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Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile photo USS Gridley / US Navy

Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile photo USS Gridley / US Navy




The U.S. Navy's networked Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile has demonstrated new capabilities in a special test conducted with missile-maker Raytheon. In the test, a missile was launched from the destroyer USS Gridley carrying a camera, and captured battle damage indication imagery and then transmitted the image to fleet headquarters with a two-way UHF SATCOM datalink. The missile then engaged in a loiter pattern to await further instructions. Strike controllers at the U.S. Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain retargeted the missile to a new aim point on a Navy range off the coast of California, which it successfully struck.


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Top 100 des entreprises d'armements


28.07.2015 fr.sputniknews.com


Le magazine américain Defense News a publié le Top 100 des entreprises d'armements et de matériels de guerre.


Sans surprise, les Etats-Unis restent hégémoniques sur le marché des armes, avec sept entreprises américaines parmi les dix premières du classement annuel présenté par Defense News.


Le géant des groupes de défense Lockheed Martin reste le premier vendeur d'armes de la planète, avec 40,128 milliards de dollars de chiffre d'affaires (dans l'armement). Boeing (29 mds USD) est deuxième et le groupe britannique BAE Systems est troisième (25,5 mds USD).


Sept sociétés russes figurent parmi les meilleures entreprises d'armements et de matériels de guerre au monde, selon le magazine américain.


Le meilleur producteur d'armes russe est Almaz-Anteï qui monte du 12e au 11e rang dans la nouvelle version du classement. Il a réalisé, en 2014, un chiffre d'affaires (dans l'armement) de 9,209 milliards de dollars.


Le Consortium aéronautique unifié (OAK) entre dans le Top 100 à la 14e place avec 6,244 mds USD de ventes d'armes, et le groupe Hélicoptères de Russie se situe au 23e rang (3,960 mds USD).


Le Consortium unifié de construction de moteurs (ODK) qui produit des propulseurs et moteurs pour l'aviation militaire et civile ainsi que pour les vaisseaux spatiaux progresse de 8 places pour se retrouver au 26e rang avec un chiffre d'affaires (dans l'armement) de 3,324 mds USD.


Le consortium russe Missiles tactiques (KTRV), qui fait aussi ses débuts dans le classement de Defense News, est 31e (2,812 mds USD) et le groupe de recherche et de production Uralvagonzavod est 52e (1,545 mds USD).


Le consortium RTI Sistemy, qui était 78e en 2014, se hisse à la 69e place avec 947,2 millions de dollars de ventes d'armes.


La France est représentée par cinq sociétés dont Thales (12e, 8,472 mds USD), Safran (20e, 4,081 mds USD), DCNS (21e, 4,074 mds USD), Nexter (57e, 1,392 md USD) et Dassault Aviation (58e, 1,332 md USD). Thales, qui occupait la 9e place en 2014, quitte de nouveau le Top 10.

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photo US Navy

photo US Navy


June 26, 2015: Strategy Page


In May 2015 the U.S. Navy ordered its new SM-6 (Standard Missile 6) anti-aircraft missile into full production. Over 200 have already been built or ordered for development or as initial (low quantity) production. In late 2014 there were successful several live fire tests in which SM-6 shot down aircraft, anti-ship missiles and cruise missiles under a variety of different conditions. This included the longest surface-to-air engagement (missiles shooting down target) in naval history. The distance achieved was not released, but the max range of the SM-6 is given as 240 kilometers. The new version of the Aegis fire control software was also successfully tested under realistic combat conditions.


It was only in 2013, two years after receiving the first production models, that the SM-6 successfully hit an aircraft (a BQM-74 target UAV) over the horizon. The SM-6 is basically the existing SM-2 anti-aircraft missile with the more capable guidance system of the AMRAAM air-to-air missile, as well as general improvements in the electronics and other components. The SM-6 is a 1.5 ton, 6.55 meter (21.5 foot) long, 533mm (21 inch) diameter missile. It has a max altitude of 33 kilometers (110,000 feet).


The older SM-2 is 1.35 ton, 8 meter (26.2 foot) long missile with a max range of 190 kilometers and max altitude of 24.4 kilometers (80,200 feet). The main change for the SM-6 is the guidance system which is self-contained and will seek out any target it comes within range of. The SM-2 uses a "semi-active" guidance system, which requires that a special targeting radar "light up" the target with a radar beam, which the SM-2 guidance system detects and homes in on. The "active" guidance system of the SM-6 is thus harder to jam and can home in on targets beyond the range of targeting radars. The SM-6 can attack anti-ship missiles as well.


The SM-6 took 9 years to develop and has been in limited production since 2011, with plans to obtain 1,200 missiles at a cost of $4.3 million each. SM-6 will replace many of the SM-2 missiles currently carried by American and Australian warships.


Meanwhile, the navy has been continuing years of improvements in the Aegis radar and fire control system that controls SM-2, SM-6, and the smaller SM-3 anti-missile version. The SM-3 can destroy ballistic missiles and low orbit satellites. Aegis equipped ships began getting version 4.0 of the Aegis anti-missile software in 2013 and the next major upgrade (5.0) makes the anti-missile capabilities a standard feature of Aegis software. New destroyers are having anti-missile Aegis software installed as standard equipment. Much of the anti-missile capability of the original Aegis anti-aircraft system came from upgrades to the Aegis software.


The Aegis anti-missile system has had a success rate of over 80 percent in knocking down incoming ballistic missile warheads during test firings. To achieve this, two similar models of the U.S. Navy Standard anti-aircraft missile are in service, in addition to a modified (to track incoming ballistic missiles version) version of the Aegis radar system.


The RIM-161A, also known as the Standard Missile 3 (or SM-3), has a range of over 500 kilometers and max altitude of over 160 kilometers. The Standard 3 is based on the anti-missile version of the Standard 2 (SM-2 Block IV). This SM-3 missile has a shorter range than the SM-2, which can destroy a warhead that is more than 200 kilometers up. The SM-3 is optimized for anti-missile work, while the SM-2 Block IV was designed to be used against both ballistic missiles and aircraft. The SM-2 Block IV also costs less than half of what an SM-3 costs. So going after aircraft with SM-3s is discouraged unless absolutely necessary.

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VBCI 40 CTAS - IDEX 2015 photo FOB

VBCI 40 CTAS - IDEX 2015 photo FOB

09.06.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Restons en Australie après mon post de ce matin.

Après le retrait de Boeing et Iveco du programme Land 400 pour équiper l'armée de terre australienne, c'est au tour du duo Raytheon-Nexter d'annoncer qu'il ne prendra part à la compétition. Nexter entendait proposer son VBCI associé à la tourelle T40 dans le cadre du Land Combat Vehicle System (pour en savoir plus sur ce programme, lire ici).

Quatre offres devraient être confirmées d'ici au 6 août, à savoir celles de:
- BAE Systems et Patria
- Elbit Systems et ST Kinetics
- General Dynamics Land Systems et Thales Australia
- Rheinmetall et Northrop Grumman

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système SAMP/T - photo DGA

système SAMP/T - photo DGA


21/04/2015 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


Une bonne nouvelle en cache une mauvaise. Si Varsovie a choisi les Caracal d'Airbus Helicopters (2 milliards d'euros), la Pologne a toutefois sélectionné Raytheon pour sa défense antimissile (4 milliards) au détriment de MBDA et Thales. Clairement, Varsovie a confié à Washington la commande la plus stratégique pour sa défense.


C'est officiel cette fois-ci. La Pologne a choisi pour de nouveaux "tests" les Caracal, les hélicoptères multirôles d'Airbus Helicopters, dans le cadre d'un appel d'offres estimé entre 2 et 2,3 milliards d'euros (50 appareils au lieu des 70 fixés par l'appel d'offre), a annoncé mardi le président polonais Bronislaw Komorowski. Une façon originale d'indiquer que le constructeur de Marignane est entré en négociations exclusives avec Varsovie. Et surtout de préciser élégamment que le Caracal a remporté la compétition face aux deux autres hélicoptères en compétition jusqu'ici, le S-70i de l'américain Sikorsky et l'AW149 de l'italo-britannique AgustaWestland.

"Le gouvernement a pris la décision politique de retenir pour tests l'appareil de la société Airbus", a déclaré à la presse Bronislaw Komorowski, à l'issue d'une rencontre avec la Première ministre polonaise, Ewa Kopacz.

Si Airbus Helicopters parvenait in fine à gagner un tel appel d'offre, ce serait la première fois que la Pologne passe une commande significative dans le domaine de l'armement à la France. Historique... Entre 2009 et 2013, la Pologne a par exemple commandé royalement à la France pour un total de 53,6 millions d'euros de matériels militaires. C'est peu et cela dure depuis de très nombreuses années.

La signature du contrat pourrait intervenir "en septembre" et les premiers hélicoptères devraient être livrés "à partir de 2017", a-t-on expliqué de source proche du ministère de la Défense, qui a estimé que la quantité d'hélicoptères pourrait être revue à la hausse. Enfin, Paris a démenti que la décision de Varsovie en faveur des hélicoptères français étaient liée à une promesse française de ne pas livrer les deux porte-hélicoptères de type Mistral à la Russie.


Les États-Unis choisis pour la défense antimissile

Paris n'a pas toutefois réalisé le grand chelem en perdant en parallèle une compétition dans la défense aérienne (Air defence). Peu d'observateurs estimaient d'ailleurs possible une victoire total de Paris sur Washington. Le président polonais Bronislaw Komorowski a donc annoncé que la Pologne ouvrirait des négociations avec les États-Unis qui visaient également à l'image de la France le grand chelem, pour finaliser l'appel d'offres des missiles."Les États-Unis visaient le grand chelem, ils ont mis une pression politique majeure au cours des derniers mois sur la Pologne", explique-t-on de source proche du ministre de la Défense.

Varsovie, qui avait accéléré cet automne le processus de sélection du fournisseur de son nouveau système de défense antimissile en raison des tensions liées à la situation en Ukraine, s'est donc employé à réaliser un équilibre transatlantique dans un contexte de montée des tensions avec la Russie. La Pologne, membre de l'Otan depuis 1999, s'est peu à peu rapprochée du reste de l'Europe ces dernières années. Surtout depuis que Barack Obama a réduit le bouclier de défense anti-missiles en Europe de l'Est. Depuis la fin de la Guerre froide, Varsovie entretenait auparavant des liens de défense et de sécurité étroits avec Washington.


La très belle offre de MBDA/Thales que Varsovie a refusé

Le ministère de la Défense polonais a précisé pour sa part que Varsovie avait approuvé sa recommandation de passer une commande de missiles Patriot de l'américain Raytheon au détriment d'un consortium tricolore formé par le missilier européen MBDA et Thales (système SAMP/T). Soit un possible contrat de l'ordre de 4 milliards d'euros, ce qui serait le plus gros marché public de l'histoire militaire de la Pologne. Surtout la Pologne a encore choisi les États-Unis, qui a réinvesti l'Europe de l'est avec la crise ukrainienne, pour le contrat le plus stratégique, sa défense antimissile.

"MBDA et Thales avaient une très belle offre qui était en cohérence avec les savoir-faire des deux groupes, regrette-t-on dans l'entourage du ministre. Nous avons le sentiment que cette offre a été sérieusement considérée par la Pologne. Mais il faut savoir d'où vient la Pologne, qui ne peut pas effacer comme cela en deux ans sa relation avec les États-Unis". Une très belle offre qui donnait la part belle à l'industrie polonaise. Bon élève, Eurosam a collé au plus près des demandes de la Pologne.

Ainsi, le GIE proposait le système SAMP/T, un système européen déjà opérationnel dans les pays de l'OTAN, donc compatible avec l'Alliance atlantique. Le SAMP/T bénéficie des dernières technologies, dont la capacité ATBM. En Turquie, faut-il rappeler qu'il est arrivé en deuxième position derrière le système chinois CPMIEC (China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corp.) mais devant les américains Lockheed Martin/Raytheon (PAC-3). D'ailleurs, ce sont les Polonais eux-mêmes qui avaient demandé à Eurosam de concourir alors que le GIE n'avait pas été invité à participer en 2013 au dialogue technique.


Une offre qui donnait la part belle à l'industrie polonaise

Contrairement à Raytheon, qui a fait le minimum, MBDA et Thales proposaient un partenariat de haut niveau à la Pologne via un transfert de technologies (ToT) très élevé qui concerne aussi bien le missile que les fonctions Commande et Contrôle, les radars, les lanceurs et les communications (développement, production, intégration, tests, maintenance, formation...). Ce qui aurait pu induire des milliers d'emplois à la clé pour Varsovie selon le degré du ToT négocié. Ils proposaient aussi un partenariat sur le long terme avec l'industrie polonaise, notamment la possibilité de rejoindre la feuille de route Aster grâce à la modernisation du système (Aster B1NT).

Concrètement si Eurosam avait gagné le contrat, les industriels français auraient signé des partenariats avec les groupes polonais Bumar PIT Radwar, Mesko et HSW filiales de la holding Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ). Des déclarations d'intention (Letter of Intent) avaient déjà été signées. Thales a déjà une coopération étroite avec Radmor sur les postes de radio PR4G fabriqués en Pologne, ou encore la technologie IFF qui fait l'objet d'une coopération entre Thales et Radwar.

Enfin, les deux partenaires au sein d'Eurosam donnaient, contrairement aux Américains, la maîtrise totale du système. Soit une indépendance opérationnelle de l'armée polonaise. Au-delà, la France proposait un partenariat stratégique avec un choix d'un système européen pour participer à la construction de l'Europe de la défense et ne pas reposer uniquement sur les États-Unis. Raté...


Airbus Helicopters remporte la mise

"Nous nous préparons maintenant pour les prochaines étapes de l'appel d'offres, a réagi Airbus Helicopters dans un communiqué. Nous coopérerons étroitement avec les forces armées polonaises, pendant la période des essais, afin de répondre à toutes questions et demandes et démontrer ainsi que le Caracal satisfait à l'ensemble des critères de l'appel d'offres et des besoins opérationnels". Dans le camp français, on s'attend à des recours des deux rivaux. "La procédure a été respectée", a-t-on expliqué.

Mais on explique dans l'entourage du ministre de la Défense, que le choix de Varsovie est "difficilement réversible" même si Airbus Helicopters "n'a pas encore gagné". Pourquoi un tel optimisme? Parce qu'au ministère, on estime que l'annonce a été faite par le président polonais, c'est donc "un peu plus qu'une étape technique", veut-on croire. D'autant que le Caracal a convaincu les Polonais, a-t-on insisté : "ils achètent un matériel dans la perspective d'un engagement militaire. Ils l'ont déjà vu fonctionner, sur le terrain et en exercice".

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Stinger® missile - photo Raytheon

Stinger® missile - photo Raytheon


Mar 31, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon


Systems to Go Aboard Apache Helicopters


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) signed a $35 million contract to deliver Stinger® missiles and air-to-air launchers to the Republic of Korea Army in support of their recent procurement of AH-64 Apache helicopters.


Under the previously announced foreign military sale, Raytheon will begin deliveries of the Stinger weapon systems in 2017.


"Stinger provides vital self-protection capabilities as well as defensive counter-air protection of aviation and ground forces," said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon's Land Warfare Systems product line. "Most importantly, Stinger operates day and night, in all environmental conditions and allows for the engagement of multiple targets within seconds."


This agreement highlights a renewed global interest in air-to-air Stinger as a key component of attack and light attack helicopter mission configurations. Stinger greatly enhances the capabilities of the aircraft to successfully perform today's missions while countering existing threats.


"With the emergence of unmanned aerial vehicles in the battlespace and the key role of helicopters, the evolved technology of air-to-air Stinger is easily adapted to defeat evolving threats," said Jack Elliot, Raytheon's Stinger program director. "Stinger is an immediate- response weapon of choice against a wide range of air threats for protection of both fixed sites and maneuver forces."


About Stinger

Stinger-RMP (reprogrammable microprocessor) Blk 1, the current production version of Stinger, has maintained a greater than 90 percent success rate in reliability and training tests against advanced threat targets. The combination of supersonic speed, agility, highly accurate guidance and control system, and lethal warhead gives Stinger the operational edge against all classes of helicopters, UAVs, cruise missiles, and fixed-wing aircraft. In service in 19 countries, Stinger not only has a surface-to-air capability from land and sea, but also an air-to-air capability that can be integrated into most fixed- or rotary-wing platforms.

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photo Raytheon

photo Raytheon


Mar 31, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received a $91.5 million U.S. Air Force contract modification award for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile. The contract modification is for Lot 8. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by June 2017. This award was booked in the first quarter 2015.


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24 mars 2015 2 24 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Raytheon Recognized by NASA for Small Business Support


DULLES, Va., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/


NASA selected Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) as the Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year in its agency-level awards to recognize small business partnership. Raytheon was nominated for its support to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and was then advanced to recognition at the agency level for extensive efforts to help NASA meet its goals for small business inclusion.

In its announcement, NASA explained its Small Business Industry Awards program is designed to recognize outstanding contractors that help the agency meet its mission. For 2014, nominations were received from all 10 of NASA's centers.

The Raytheon team was nominated by the Goddard Space Flight Center for support through the Evolution and Development, or EED, program led by NASA's Earth Science and Data Information System Project Office. Raytheon has been NASA's partner on the program for more than 20 years.

"Raytheon's work in support of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center underpins our nation's continued space exploration and scientific discovery," said Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "We approach this work as a trusted partner to NASA and are committed to program innovation as we team with, and mentor, small businesses."

Raytheon program manager Tim Ortiz said Raytheon employees partner with small-businesses in direct support of NASA's Earth Science Climate Research at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The Raytheon team's integrated partnership means a 42-percent work share for small businesses, exceeding goals set by the Small Business Administration.

Raytheon Company has a history of more than 50 years of partnership with NASA through programs including manufacture of the Apollo flight computer, training astronauts, providing weather and other data analysis, and building space-based environmental sensing instruments for study of geophysical properties of Earth and other planets.


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, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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GBU-53B SDB-II - photo Raytheon

GBU-53B SDB-II - photo Raytheon

21.03.2015 par Info-Aviation

Lockheed Martin est en train de développer un pod de cyber-attaque pour le F-35 Lightning II dans le cadre d’une intégration d’armes cinétiques, a déclaré le responsable exécutif du programme le 17 mars.


« L’industrie développe un pod qui n’altèrera pas la signature radar de l’avion », a déclaré le contre-amiral Randy Mahr à la conférence de l’association Precision Strike à Springfield (Virginie). Il a ajouté que ce système offensif était dans la « phase de prototypage » et qu’il n’était pas conçu par Lockheed Martin (tout en refusant de nommer le développeur).

Parallèlement, le contre-amiral Mahr a déclaré que le F-35B à décollage court et atterrissage vertical (STOVL) serait compatible avec la nouvelle bombe Raytheon GBU-53/B SDB II (Small Diameter Bomb Increment).

La soute du F-35B est toutefois limitée et l’emport d’une GBU-53 nécessitera quelques adaptations.

« La SDB II s’adaptera au F-35B », a précisé le contre-amiral Mahr. « Nous devons simplement passer une ligne hydraulique et un faisceau de fils d’un demi-pouce de chaque pour la faire rentrer ».

Il a précisé que la SDB II était encore en développement et ne serait pas prête pour l’intégration avant l’achèvement du F-35 Bloc 4.

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ANL missile - credits : MBDA

ANL missile - credits : MBDA


16/03/2015 Vincent Lamigeon – Challenges.fr

Un chiffre d’affaires en berne, mais des prises de commandes record. MBDA, le missilier européen codétenu par Airbus Group,  BAE et Finmeccanica, a présenté ce lundi 16 mars des résultats 2014 contrastés, mais encourageants. Le point négatif, c’est évidemment le chiffre d’affaires : à 2,4 milliards d’euros, il baisse de 14% par rapport à 2013, du fait de la contraction des budgets de défense européens. « Un point bas qui était prévu, et totalement conforme à nos objectifs, assure Antoine Bouvier, PDG du groupe. Le chiffre d'affaires devrait connaître une remontée significative dès 2015 sous l'effet des prises de commandes exceptionnelles enregistrées ces deux dernières années. »


Car, et c’est le point positif, MBDA a réussi deux superbes années en termes commerciaux, avec 4,1 milliards d’euros de contrats décrochés en 2014, dont 2,5 milliards à l’export, avec des succès en Inde (missiles air-air ASRAAM sur les antiques Jaguar, Exocet pour le Brésil, et le contrat de missiles Meteor pour les Eurofighter saoudiens, révélé par la Tribune début février). Le carnet de commandes atteint désormais 12,6 milliards d’euros, soit quatre ans de production. Et 2015 a commencé très fort avec la commande de Rafale et de frégates FREMM en Egypte, dont la part MBDA dépasse le milliard d’euros.


Le champion européen des missiles, un des trois géants mondiaux du secteur avec les américains Raytheon et Lockheed Martin, est donc en passe de réussir son pari : compenser la baisse des commandes des clients traditionnels (France et Royaume-Uni, notamment) grâce à l’export. « Pour la première fois, la part de notre carnet de commandes hors d’Europe dépasse celle des clients européens », souligne Antoine Bouvier. MBDA estime être à peu près à égalité sur les missiles tactiques avec ses deux rivaux américains, avec une part de marché de 20 à 25%. Et des compétitions majeures sont encore à gagner : système de défense aérienne en Pologne, en Turquie, contrat indien de missiles sol-air SRSAM…


L’autre pari du groupe était tout aussi osé : accepter, notamment en France, une baisse des livraisons sur les équipements actuels, pour privilégier les lancements de nouveaux programmes. Là encore, la recette semble efficace : douloureuse au départ (350 millions d’euros de crédits de paiements encaissés en France en 2014, contre 500 millions en 2013), elle a permis de lancer le successeur du Milan, le missile antichar MMP (missile moyenne portée), le missile franco-britannique ANL (anti-navire léger) ou encore le nouvel Aster Block 1NT, un programme franco-italien.

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Standard Missile-3 Block IB

Standard Missile-3 Block IB


Mar 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon


    Updates Make SM-3 More Lethal Against Advanced Threats


For the first time ever, Raytheon has begun enhancing Standard Missile-3 Block IBs with 'threat upgrade' software, giving the weapon's kill vehicle the ability to hunt down more complicated, more lethal targets.


Though exact details are classified, the ability to make improvements through software upgrades means combatant commanders can get increased ballistic missile defense capabilities without the time and expense associated with traditional disassembly or hardware replacement.


"We're proving it's possible to significantly improve the SM-3 Block IB's capability without having to go through the process of breaking apart the missile and then rebuilding again," Dr. Mitch Stevison, Standard Missile-3 senior program director. "Software updates are inherently less risky and extremely cost effective."


The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy plan to test an SM-3 Block IB enhanced with the new software in 2015.


The SM-3 Block IB's software updates were performed in Raytheon's Tucson, Ariz., Space Factory. Final assembly of the SM-3 takes place at Raytheon's Redstone Missile Integration Facility in Huntsville, Ala.


About the Standard Missile-3

SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space using nothing more than sheer impact, which is equivalent to a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph. The next-generation SM-3 Block IB incorporates an enhanced two-color infrared seeker and the Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System, a mechanism that propels the missile toward incoming targets.

    More than 200 SM-3s have been delivered to the U.S. and Japan to date.

    SM-3 Block IB will be deployed ashore in 2015 in Romania.

    SM-3 Block IIA, co-developed with Japan, will have larger rocket motors and a bigger, more capable kinetic warhead. It's on track for deployment at sea and ashore in 2018.

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Raytheon Awarded $122 M US Navy Contract for Tomahawk Block IV Missiles


Mar 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation


Raytheon received a contract modification for $122,443,911 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0075) for the procurement of 114 Tomahawk Block IV All Up Round missiles for the U.S. Navy. This completes the Navy's planned purchase of 214 Tomahawk Block IV missiles for fiscal year 2015 and continues to build the inventory to support warfighting requirements.


"Employed in every recent conflict, submarine and surface-launched Tomahawk missiles continue to be our nation's weapon of choice to defeat high value threats," said Dave Adams, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director. "Raytheon continues an acute focus on maintaining affordability and enhancing the impressive capabilities of this sophisticated weapon system."


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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).


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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Raytheon wins support work for bomb carriages


DULLES, Va., March 3 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


Raytheon is supplying a range of technical support services for advanced bomb carriage systems under a contract from the U.S. Air Force.


Life-cycle technical support for advanced bomb carriage and release systems is being conducted by Raytheon under a contract from the U.S. Air Force.


The award for the Joint Miniature Munitions Bomb Rack Unit, or JMM BRU, program is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a period of performance of eight years.


Raytheon said the contract is worth $35 million and that it has already received its first delivery order under the contract that began late last year.


"JMM BRU end users now have a next-evolution system that can be integrated with more than 11 different platforms," said Todd Probert, vice president for the Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "Our strength in engineering and design allowed us to offer the customer a system with improved combat turn-around time, enhanced system performance and improved warfighter readiness."


Raytheon said its work under the award includes engineering, investigation and analysis, aircraft integration, testing, training, material and software updates, simulations, modeling, test hardware, initial spares and procurement of associated hardware.


The JMM BRU system will enable the Air Force and U.S. Navy to perform more missions utilizing fewer aircraft, Raytheon said.

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