13 oct. 2015 Forces TV
The two Royal Air Force personnel killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan have been named as Flight Lieutenants Geraint 'Roly' Roberts and Alan 'Scotty' Scott. Both officers were part of the Puma helicopter force based at Oxfordshire's RAF Benson.
Speaking about their loss the Station Commander Group Captain Simon Paterson said: "Today we mourn the loss of two of our most capable and dedicated colleagues and friends, both of whom were exceptional men who made a massive impact on the Puma Force and, indeed, the Station."
"They will be greatly missed by all and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families of Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott and Flight Lieutenant Geraint ‘Roly’ Roberts."
Find out more - http://frces.tv/FKNAEd
09/10/2015 Sources : Sirpa air / BA 106 - Armée de l'air
Les 70 ans du retour des Groupes Lourds d’Angleterre ont été commémorés, jeudi 8 octobre 2015, sur la base aérienne 106 de Bordeaux-Mérignac.
Cette journée de commémoration a débuté par une cérémonie militaire solennelle, rendue en hommage aux vétérans et aux proches des groupes de bombardement II/23 «Guyenne» et I/15 «Tunisie», dits Groupes Lourds. Dix vétérans sur les douze toujours en vie avaient spécialement fait le déplacement.
À cette occasion, le colonel Christophe Michel, commandant la base aérienne 106 de Bordeaux, a procédé à la lecture d’un vibrant ordre du jour, saluant la mémoire des aviateurs français ayant combattu «au service de la France et de la liberté».
«Les 20 et 29 octobre 1945, les Groupes Lourds se posent sur le sol français, sur la base aérienne de Bordeaux-Mérignac. Ils constituent la 21eescadre de bombardement et sont dignement fêtés, le 26 novembre, sur la place des Quinconces, où la Croix de guerre vient orner leur drapeau. Sur une base aérienne sévèrement endommagée par les bombardements, le «Guyenne» et le «Tunisie» s’installent et appréhendent leur nouvelle mission. (...) Saluons ici nos Anciens dont la présence nous honore. Leur exemple est l’étoile qui nous guide sur le chemin de la réussite dans l’accomplissement de nos missions.»
Au terme de ce premier hommage, une cérémonie des couleurs était également organisée sur le tarmac de la base girondine. Pour l’occasion, deux Rafale de la 4e escadre de chasse de Saint-Dizier, entité héritière des traditions des Groupes Lourds, étaient disposés sur le parking bordelais.
Pour clore cette journée riche en célébrations, une rencontre a été organisée entre les vétérans, les 120 membres de l’association des anciens et des amis des Groupes Lourds, ainsi que 200 collégiens originaires de Mérignac. Après la projection de documentaires consacrés à l’histoire des groupes français, une série de questions-réponses a été entamée entre les jeunes élèves et les aviateurs français.
Suite de l'article
12 octobre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)
Kaboul - Cinq membres de l'Otan, dont deux soldats de l'armée de l'air britannique, sont morts dimanche dans l'accident de leur hélicoptère à Kaboul, peu après qu'un convoi britannique eut été visé par un attentat suicide dans la capitale afghane.
Les autorité ont annoncé lundi que l'hélicoptère s'était écrasé dimanche après-midi lors de son atterrissage au quartier général de la coalition de l'Otan, qui apporte un soutien aérien à l'armée afghane.
L'accident a provoqué la mort de cinq membres de (l'opération) Soutien résolu et en a blessé cinq autres, selon un communiqué.
Une enquête a été ouverte mais nous pouvons confirmer qu'il s'agit d'un accident et non du résultat d'une attaque d'insurgés, a souligné auparavant le ministère britannique de la Défense.
Le décès de deux soldats britanniques porte à 456 le nombre des Britanniques morts en Afghanistan depuis que la Grande-Bretagne a participé à l'invasion de l'Afghanistan lancée par les Etats-Unis en octobre 2001.
Les nationalités des autres victimes n'ont pas été révélées.
Cet accident intervient peu après une attaque ayant visé dimanche un convoi britannique dans le centre de Kaboul, signe de l'instabilité persistante en Afghanistan, deux semaines après la prise spectaculaire de Kunduz (nord) à par les talibans.
Cet attentat suicide, commis par un kamikaze taliban à une heure de pointe dans le centre de la capitale, a blessé trois civils, dont un enfant.
Les talibans ont renforcé leurs attaques contre les forces gouvernementales afghanes depuis que l'Otan a achevé en décembre sa mission de combat en Afghanistan.
Les insurgés talibans étaient parvenus le 28 septembre à s'emparer en quelques heures seulement de la ville stratégique de Kunduz.
Cette prise de contrôle, même si elle n'a duré que quelques jours, avait signé leur plus grande victoire depuis 2001, constituant un grave revers pour le président Ashraf Ghani, au pouvoir depuis un an.
Les forces de sécurité afghanes ne leur avaient opposé qu'une faible résistance, symptomatique des énormes difficultés qu'elles rencontrent pour contenir les combattants islamistes.
Les talibans ont affirmé dimanche que leur attentat suicide à Kaboul contre les forces de l'Otan avait été perpétré en représailles aux bombardements barbares de Kunduz.
Des bombardements aériens américains, en soutien aux forces afghanes et de l'Otan sur le terrain à Kunduz, avaient atteint un hôpital de Médecins sans frontières (MSF) faisant au moins 22 morts, dont 12 employés de l'ONG.
Le président Barack Obama avait présenté ses excuses à l'ONG qui demande une enquête internationale impartiale sur cette tragédie.
Oct 5, 2015 (UPI)
Britain is to replace and double its fleet of remotely piloted aircraft and modernize equipment of its Special Forces.
The investment, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, is part of the 2015 Strategic Defense and Security Review.
"In order to equip UK intelligence agencies and British Armed forces with the capabilities they need to keep the streets of Britain safe, the prime minister has announced that the RAF will replace the existing fleet of 10 Reaper aircraft with more than 20 of the latest generation of RPAS, which will be called Protector and will carry the very latest technology," the Ministry of Defensee said.
"With a greater range and endurance, the new Protector aircraft will dramatically increase the UK's ability to identify, track, deter and ultimately counter potential threats. Combined with the increase in the size of the fleet, this will substantially enhance the UK's global intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance capability.
For its Special Force, the Ministry of Defense said, new specialist weapons and clothing will be procured to ensure that the force "remains at the cutting edge of technology, giving them a clear advantage over enemies."
Additional details of the procurement of RPAs and Special Forces equipment was not elaborated upon.
The Reaper currently used by Britain is made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Cameron, who made the announcement in a newspaper interview, gave no information on the Protector RPA, including its manufacturer.
"The duty of the UK Government is to keep our country safe and we must do more as the threats we face evolve," said Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. "We must adapt and stay ahead of our enemies.
"This investment package will enhance our ability to address these sophisticated dangers both at home and abroad, allowing us to intervene with speed and precision to protect the people of the UK and our international partners."
7 October 2015 Ministry of Defence
On Thursday 1 October, an RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft patrolled ahead of Kurdish peshmerga as they conducted their latest offensive against the ISIL terror network in northern Iraq. The Reaper’s crew identified a team of armed terrorists moving on foot and successfully engaged them with a Hellfire missile. The Reaper then provided support to a coalition air strike on an ISIL facility, where car-bombs were being assembled; our aircraft used its sensors to sweep the surrounding area, ensuring there was no risk to civilians, before the air strike went ahead and destroyed the target.
The following day, Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri also provided close air support to the peshmerga, south-west of Kirkuk. ISIL extremists were spotted and were struck by a Paveway IV guided bomb. Meanwhile, further south and west, a Reaper provided surveillance support to a coalition air strike on an ISIL-held building, then used one of its Hellfires to destroy an armoured truck. The Reaper then provided targeting support to another coalition aircraft as it engaged a terrorist heavy machine-gun concealed under trees.
Sunday 4 October saw RAF GR4s patrolling over western Iraq, where they destroyed an anti-aircraft gun position with a Paveway IV. A Reaper was also operating over Anbar province, and it supported coalition air attacks on two Da’ish buildings and a heavy machine-gun. On Monday 5 October, a Reaper, again operating over the west of the country, identified a terrorist team as they planted an improvised explosive device, and successfully attacked them with a Hellfire.
Whilst the coalition air campaign provides extensive air support to current Iraqi security operations, intensive training continues to build up their strength for future offensives, with British military instructors playing their part alongside training teams from other members of the global coalition. A particular focus for the British instructors has been on teaching techniques to minimise the threat posed by the large numbers of improvised explosive devices and booby-traps with which the terrorists attempt to hold up Iraqi advances. The UK has given the Iraqi forces 1,000 Vallon mine-detectors and these, combined with the training provided, have already helped save many lives.
1 October 2015 Ministry of Defence
A series of air strikes by Royal Air Force aircraft have helped Iraqi troops maintain relentless pressure on the ISIL terrorist network over recent days. RAF Tornado GR4 and Reaper aircraft have flown daily armed reconnaissance missions as part of the coalition air campaign to support the Iraqi units fighting the terrorists in the front line.
On Sunday 27 September, an RAF Reaper on a surveillance mission over northern Iraq observed a number of armed terrorists as they moved between buildings in a pair of compounds and successfully attacked three terrorist positions, using Hellfire missiles.
On Tuesday 29 September, again in northern Iraq, a Reaper tracked a car carrying a number of ISIL extremists to a building, which was destroyed with a Hellfire. The Reaper was also able to support two other coalition air strikes in the immediate area, which destroyed a vehicle and a fighting position.
The following day, Wednesday 30 September, two Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri, supported by a Voyager refuelling tanker, provided close air support to Kurdish peshmerga advancing west of Kirkuk, who had come under fire from two ISIL heavy machine-gun positions. Both positions were successfully hit using Paveway IVs, removing the threat posed to the Kurdish troops.
Previous air strikes
1 September: A Reaper patrolling in western Iraq, where it spotted a vehicle check-point close to the Syrian border being used by the terrorists to prevent the movement of traffic. The Reaper’s crew conducted a successful strike with a Hellfire.
2 September: Another Reaper provided air support to Iraqi army units operating in western Iraq. The aircraft conducted four successful attacks on terrorist targets. With the ISIL in Ramadi increasingly cut-off and isolated by the Iraqi security forces, terrorists were spotted loading hundreds of mortar and rocket rounds onto a boat, which then attempted to smuggle the ammunition down the Euphrates river. A direct hit by one of the Reaper’s Hellfires sank the boat and its cargo.
The Reaper then destroyed three vehicles – two armoured trucks and a bull-dozer - using a pair of Hellfire missiles and a Paveway guided bomb, with significant secondary explosions confirming large quantities of explosives. Elsewhere in Iraq, a second Reaper successfully attacked a terrorist position with a Hellfire, whilst GR4s located an enemy engineering vehicle near Mosul, constructing a fortified position, and destroyed it with a Paveway.
3 September: A Reaper observed another load of mortar and rocket ammunition being prepared for transport and destroyed it with a Hellfire.
4 September: A Reaper patrol supported two coalition air strikes on terrorist positions, then conducted its own attack on an ISIL team armed with rocket-propelled grenades, after they had fired on Iraqi forces.
6 September: Two Tornado GR4s conducted four Paveway strikes on a series of machine-gun nests near Sinjar, neutralising the threat these presented to the Kurds.
7 September: A Reaper destroyed an ammunition truck, whilst the reconnaissance work of another Reaper discovered a large terrorist network of bunkers and trenches: our aircraft provided targeting support to three successful attacks by coalition fast and conducted five attacks with its own weapons. Near Bayji, a pair of Tornado GR4s flew close air support for Iraqi troops, and used Paveway IVs to destroy three buildings held by terrorist teams.
8 September: A Reaper patrolling over western Iraq discovered several large stockpiles of explosives close to the Euphrates River. It destroyed one of the stockpiles with its own Hellfire missile – a skiff waiting to transport the explosives was sunk in the blast - and helped coalition fast jets target three more. The Reaper’s crew also provided support to successful air strikes on a terrorist-held compound and a fighting position.
9 September: A Reaper used Hellfires to destroy two vehicles being prepared as car-bombs.
10 September: Another Reaper patrol identified a group of heavily armed ISIL fighters gathering in a building. Both the building and a vehicle used by the terrorists were destroyed with Hellfires, and the Reaper also assisted coalition aircraft in 13 successful attacks on further terrorist positions nearby. Elsewhere in the country, a second Reaper conducted two attacks on extremists attempting to attack Iraqi troops, whilst in northern Iraq, a pair of Tornado GR4s used a Paveway IV precision guided bomb to destroy a building from which the terrorists had been firing a heavy weapon at the Kurdish peshmerga.
11 September: A Reaper supported a Kurdish offensive operation to clear an ISIL-held village, in the course of which it engaged a defensive position with a Hellfire.
13 September: Again in northern Iraq, near to Sinjar, a Paveway from a Tornado mission destroyed a terrorist group, armed with rocket-propelled grenades.
14 September: The Tornado GR4s patrolling near Mosul, where they attacked a rocket-firing position, while a Reaper operating over Anbar province, struck a pair of terrorists who had been spotted preparing a booby-trap, then supported two further coalition air strikes in the area.
15 September: A Reaper assisted coalition strikes on ISIL rocket launchers in western Iraq, then used Hellfires to attack an ISIL team as they attempted to arm a “daisy-chain” of linked improvised explosive devices and a GBU-12 guided bomb against a hostile fighting position.
16 September: GR4s bombed two terrorist positions, including a heavy-machine gun, which were firing on Kurdish troops and in western Iraq a Reaper destroyed an engineering vehicle and a large car-bomb which ISIL were positioning to attempt to hold up Iraqi advances.
19 September: Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling tanker, provided close air support to Kurdish peshmerga as they conducted offensive operations. Near Sinjar, the peshmerga came under fire from a heavy machine-gun positioned in a building. This was destroyed by our aircraft using a Paveway IV precision guided bomb. The GR4s then flew east to the area around Mosul, where another Kurdish unit was being engaged by a terrorist mortar team; this too was neutralised by a Paveway IV.
20 September: An RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft on patrol over western Iraq launched a Hellfire missile which destroyed a stockpile of explosives.
21 September: Another Reaper, operating over north-west Iraq, identified two vehicles carrying ISIL terrorists which were successfully tracked and destroyed with Hellfire missiles.
24 September: Tornado GR4s were again on patrol near Mosul when they were called upon to assist a Kurdish unit under fire from an ISIL mortar; the terrorist position was hit in a Paveway strike.
Details of previous airstrikes can be found here.
For more information see ISIL: UK government response page on GOV.UK
29 September, 2015 BY: Beth Stevenson – FG
London - the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force’s Raytheon Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft will continue to be operated in Iraq and Syria until 2016, despite uncertainty surrounding the fleet's lifespan.
Sentinel has been operating in support of Operation Shader – the UK’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State insurgents that began in September 2014 – but rumours had surfaced the type would be withdrawn from operations in the near future. However, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on 26 September that Sentinel would remain in its surveillance role in support of the mission until 2016, in turn confirming the UK will continue to operate Operation Shader until at least that date.
16 September 2015 airforce-technology.com
The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received the seventh A400M aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space, strengthening its transport fleet capability to carry out extended world-wide tasks.
Currently, the RAF is operating four A400M aircraft from Brize Norton, while three others are being fitted with UK-specific systems required to operate in hostile environments.
UK Defence Minister Philip Dunne said: "This significant milestone marks an important achievement for all those who have been involved in the UK's A400M Atlas programme, from the MoD and the RAF through to our industry partners.
"Those flying the aircraft are hugely impressed with its capability, and with a protected Defence budget and our investment of £160bn in equipment, we look forward to growing the UK A400M Force over the coming months."
The A400M is a multi-national military transport aircraft designed to serve as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities. It is powered by four EuroProp TP400-D6 turboprop engines.
Powered by four EuroProp TP400-D6 turboprop engines, the A400M will have a lifting capacity of up to 30t, and can also be configured to conduct long-range cargo and troop transport, medical evacuation, aerial refuelling and electronic surveillance missions.
Moreover, the aircraft will be able to operate both at low and high-level altitudes and to deploy troops and equipment between and within theatres of operation using either parachute or landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.
UK MoD Chief of Materiel (Air), Air Marshal Simon Bollom said: "The fleet now has the core capabilities required to train the instructors and crews, and to undertake logistics missions.
"As the fleet continues to build, more advanced military capabilities will be introduced as planned over the coming months including aerial delivery of stores, parachuting and advanced self-protection capabilities."
The new aircraft are scheduled to replace RAF's decommissioned fleet of C1/C3 (C-130K) Hercules transport aircraft in 2020.
The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £300m contract to sustain a key air-to-air missile used by RAF Typhoon jets, supporting over 400 jobs across the UK.
MBDA (UK) Ltd will design and build the new variant of their Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) missile, incorporating updated sub-systems into the current ASRAAM design. This will make it possible to upgrade the weapon system as necessary.
The eight-year contract will directly sustain around 200 highly skilled technology jobs across MBDA sites in Bristol, Stevenage, Hertfordshire and Lostock, Lancashire and the UK-based supply chain, with around another 200 supported in wider industry.
Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, said:
ASRAAM missiles provide our Typhoon jets with battle-winning technology on combat missions, and these upgrades will help to make it a missile for the future, ready for use on our new Lightning II aircraft.
This contract is part of our £160 billion equipment plan, supported by a rising Defence budget. It will sustain hundreds of skilled British jobs and ensure that the RAF continues to perform at its very best.
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Chief of Materiel (Air) at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Air Marshal Simon Bollom, said:
Sustainment of the UK’s short range air-to-air capability is essential as it supports standing operational commitments such as the protection of UK airspace and any other air defence roles.
The contract provides the most cost-effective way of maintaining this capability and allows what is a very effective missile to be retained whilst ensuring continued compatibility with the aircraft we launch it from.
ASRAAM is currently in-service on Typhoon and Tornado GR4 aircraft, and will be integrated onto the Lightning II platform in time for first aircraft delivery.
Photographer: Images by Sgt Jack Pritchard, RA
Part of a series of images captured during a 2 day period spent with the Royal Air Forces Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which is based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.
15 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP
The Royal Air Force’s transport fleet has reached a key milestone with the delivery of the latest Atlas aircraft to RAF Brize Norton.
The handover of the seventh A400M aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space means the £2.75 billion programme for 22 aircraft has achieved its In-Service Date (ISD), a declaration of the fleet’s capability to undertake extended world-wide tasks.
Four of the aircraft are now operating from Brize Norton while three others are being fitted with UK-specific systems required to operate in hostile environments, ahead of the next operational capability milestone which is due next year.
Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:
This significant milestone marks an important achievement for all those who have been involved in the UK’s A400M Atlas programme, from the MOD and the RAF through to our industry partners.
Those flying the aircraft are hugely impressed with its capability, and with a protected Defence budget and our investment of £160 billion in equipment, we look forward to growing the UK A400M Force over the coming months.
Since taking delivery of its first A400M Atlas in November, named ‘City of Bristol’, the aircraft has undertaken a range of training and operational sorties around the world to test its capability and to build up the first cadre of A400M aircrew.
The aircraft, which will gradually replace the C130 Hercules, is capable of operating either at low or high-level altitudes and to deploy troops and/or equipment between and within theatres of operation, either by parachute or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.
The MOD’s Chief of Materiel (Air), Air Marshal Simon Bollom said:
The achievement of the A400M In Service Date is a key milestone for the Royal Air Force and is testament to the outstanding work of the DE&S Project Team working closely with the RAF and industry. The fleet now has the core capabilities required to train the instructors and crews, and to undertake logistics missions.
As the fleet continues to build, more advanced military capabilities will be introduced as planned over the coming months including aerial delivery of stores, parachuting and advanced self-protection capabilities.
14 September, 2015 BY: Craig Hoyle - FG
London - Royal Air Force A400Ms will be equipped with an important security system from Airbus Defence & Space, under a new contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.
Worth £3.3 million ($5 million) for an initial 15-month activity spanning development to delivery, the deal will lead to the provision of a local crypto key management system. This technology “eliminates the need for crypto equipment aboard an airborne platform to be individually re-keyed before every mission,” says Airbus, which adds that the enhancement will “prevent data compromise that could threaten the safety and security of an aircraft’s mission.”
Nimrod destruction cost taxpayer £3.4bn as MoD ignored 'cost implications', MPs say - photo Ronnie Macdonald
12 Sep 2015 By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
Defence giant Lockheed Martin reveals plan to 'recycle' RAF's ageing Hercules transporters as spyplanes
The fight to sell a new spyplane to Britain will step up this week with Lockheed Martin showcasing its plans on how to fill the hole left in the UK’s military power when the Nimrod jets were scrapped.
The defence company is proposing to take C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft currently in service with the RAF but due for retirement and repurposing them with advanced sensors to take over the surveillance role.
US-based Lockheed has been working in earnest on the project for over a year and will reveal its proposals at the Defence and Security Equipment International show in London this week.
An upgraded Hercules is seen as the most serious contender to Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon jet, currently the frontrunner in the contest to replace the new generation of Nimrods which were scrapped while under construction in 2010 as part of a military review. Ending the work saved the Government £2bn, though £3bn had already been sunk into the project.
8 sept. 2015 Defence HQ
An RAF Reaper attacks ISIL boat loaded with hundreds of mortar and rocket rounds.
Linton-on-Ouse, United Kingdom - 02 September, 2015 European Defence Agency
The third iteration of the prestigious Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (HTIC) has just started at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, United Kingdom. The course aims to provide selected helicopter instructors with the tactical skills and knowledge to then deliver tactical training within their own organisations and throughout the Helicopter Exercise Programme events, such as Italian Blade exercise and Cold Blade exercise.
The 2015 HTIC is for the first time delivered under an EDA Category B programme, with its own approved programme arrangement signed in March 2015 by Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Additional EDA participating Member States have already shown interest in joining the programme in the near future.
The 2015 course is delivered by the EDA Chief Instructor, and a cadre of instructors from Sweden and the UK. 18 trainee instructors from Austria (OH-58), Sweden (UH-60 and NH-90) and the UK (CH-47) will be challenged to deliver high-end performances across the three main strands of the course, which will culminate in the planning and delivery of the complex Composite Air Operations (COMAO).
The successful graduates will obtain Bronze or Silver HTI qualifications, corresponding to their experience and skill level. These qualifications are recognised by all the Member States involved in the helicopter programme. The instructors are expected to deliver courses themselves in the future, thus increasing their experience and competence. 33 more instructors from Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and the UK have already graduated from the previous two courses held in 2013 and 2014.
The ground and simulator phase of HTIC runs until 18 September and starts with the theory, giving a comprehensive introduction to Electronic Warfare and its application for rotary platforms in a hostile environment. Next, it moves on to look at Evasion Training against a range of ground and air threats and the tactics applicable to rotary tasking in non-permissive environments. The theory is then put into practice in the EDA tactics trainers and, finally, the live flying phase, which will be delivered from 28 September to 17 October 2015 at Vidsel range, Sweden.
4 sept. 2015 Defence HQ
As part of its Airseeker Programme, the second signals intelligence aircraft has been delivered to the RAF, seven months early, the MOD has announced. The specialist surveillance aircraft was handed over today at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk and will be deployable on operations within a matter of weeks.
27 juil. 2015 by Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force and Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft are ‘dogfighting’ in a major airpower training exercise in the skies above Britain.
For Exercise Indradanush the IAF has flown their Russian built Flanker jet fighters, along with transport and tanker aircraft, across three continents to train with their RAF counterparts. Designed to reinforce the strategic relationship and enhance the mutual operational understanding between the two air forces, pilots and ground forces from both nations are participating in a series of increasingly complex training scenarios
1 juil. 2015 by DefenceHQ
On Friday 26 June, a Reaper on patrol over western Iraq located an engineering vehicle, used by ISIL to construct defences in the area. Despite the efforts to conceal the vehicle, the Reaper was able to destroy the target with a Hellfire missile.
22/06/2015 par Jean-Yves Le Drian, Ministre de la défense
« Je viens d'apprendre avec beaucoup de tristesse le décès d'Alain Papazow, survenu samedi. Il était l'un des plus jeunes SAS de la France Libre, et j'avais eu l'honneur de l'élever au grade d'officier de la Légion d'honneur, il y a tout juste un an, à l'occasion du soixante-dixième anniversaire des combats de Saint-Marcel dans le Morbihan.
Alain Papazow avait rejoint la guerre à 16 ans à peine, en août 1941, et avait fait le choix de quitter sa famille alors installée à l'étranger pour venir libérer la France. Il avait menti sur son âge comme sur son nom pour pouvoir s'engager.
Le 14 juin dernier, il venait de fêter ses 90 ans. 71 ans plus tôt, le 8 juin 1944, il avait sauté sur Saint-Marcel, quelques jours après ses premiers camarades SAS largués sur le sol breton à côté de Plumelec le 5 juin 1944. Il contribuera à la formation des maquisards bretons encore inexpérimentés. Il dirigera ensuite le maquis de Calan et participera à la libération de Vannes avant de poursuivre les combats vers Auray, pour couper les lignes allemandes de leur base de Lorient.
Au terme des combats de libération de la Bretagne, il recevra la Silver Star des mains du général George Patton, commandant de la IIIe armée américaine.
Dans le cadre de l'opération Spencer, il participera ensuite aux combats contre la division « Das Reich » entre Châteauroux et Vierzon. Il livrera aussi bataille dans les Ardennes, entre Bastogne et Bertrix dans le cadre de l'opération Franklin. Avant, pour conclure un engagement glorieux aux côtés de la Résistance, de participer à une opération secrète de parachutage sur le nord des Pays- Bas, dans la nuit du 7 avril 1945, l'opération Amherst.
Après une brillante carrière dans le parachutisme sportif, notamment comme Directeur technique national de 1967 à 1976, il avait mis à profit sa retraite pour continuer de faire vivre le devoir de mémoire au sein du musée de St Marcel.
C'est un grand homme qui vient de nous quitter. Un homme qui, dans sa jeunesse, avait fait le choix de prendre les armes pour défendre la liberté de son pays. Toute sa vie, il est resté fidèle à ces valeurs. Je tenais à lui rendre hommage aujourd'hui et à présenter mes plus sincères condoléances à sa famille et ses proches. »
Jean-Yves Le Drian
Ministre de la défense
18 juin 2015 by FORCES TV
RAF Puma helicopters have deployed to Afghanistan for the first time.
1563 Flight is normally based at RAF Benson but in April, it joined the British training and assistance mission, known as Op Toral.
The unit is in Kabul for four months, transporting people and equipment across the city.
Charlotte Cross has more in the latest of her special reports from Kabul.
21 juin 2015 by Royal Air Force
The first part of a short documentary looking at the Battle of Britain from the view point of one of “the few” and a contemporary RAF pilot from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The video was first produced for the 70th anniversary of the battle of Britain. The story remains forever relevant. #BoB75 https://www.raf.mod.uk
17 juin 2015 by Royal Air Force
Four RAF Typhoons are currently deployed to Amari airbase in Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission to assure and secure the airspace of the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. “People are what make a mission for the Royal Air Force”, says the commander of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing, Wing Commander Stu Smiley; “We have the equipment and the aircraft which execute the mission with the pilots in, but it is everybody behind that that makes it possible.”
16.06.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense
Voici une alliance qui risque de peser lourd: le constructeur américain de drones General Atomics et l'équipementier et prestataire de services britannique Cobham viennent de signer un accord dans le domaine du soutien des drones de type Predator et Reaper. Le communiqué de presse précise que le groupement d'entreprises va offrir ses services au Royaume-Uni (lvoir ici le site Drone Wars UK) et en Australie où "de futures opportunités" sont prévisibles.
Ce groupement devrait tout naturellement surveiller ce que les autres utilisateurs européens de drones Reaper, dont la France, vont décider en matière de soutien de leurs matériels.
Le MQ-9 Users Group qui s'était réuni en janvier à l'initiative de Paris avait mis en place quatre groupes de travail portant sur la formation, la simulation, l’insertion dans l’espace aérien et le soutien. Sa prochaine réunion était planifiée pour le mois de juin 2015... L'arrivée du duo anglo-américain risque de changer la donne.