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Apr. 3, 2013 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense News


SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, BRAZIL — As Brazil’s largest defense company, Embraer Defense & Security will be well represented at LAAD Defense & Security expo this month. And the crown jewel the company will be showcasing is its KC-390 transport aircraft, which the company expects to compete with the Lockheed Martin C-130 on the world market.


For Embraer, the KC-390 marks a serious change in corporate thinking for a company that traditionally designs products for Brazil, then looks for other countries with similar needs. With the KC-390, Embraer launched a comprehensive study of the market internationally and decided there was a need for a competitor to Lockheed’s C-130J model.


“When we thought about this airplane, it was the first time we looked at the international market also, not just the Brazilian requirements,” Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the company’s CEO, said during a March 14 interview conducted as part of a company-sponsored trip for reporters to Brazil. “We saw there were 2,000 old airplanes all over the world in more than 70 countries, very well spread out with a diversified base of potential customers. We looked at that and saw there was only one aircraft available in the market being produced and being delivered.”


Aguiar believes “our great star” could have a market worth $50 billion.


As of now, the plane exists primarily on paper, although a flight simulator and mockup of the cabin were shown to reporters. But Embraer took a major step forward with the March 25 announcement that the plane had completed its critical design review, which signals that the design is mature enough to begin manufacture of a prototype.


A spokesman for the company declined to comment on what news Embraer would be announcing at the show, which runs April 9-12 in Rio de Janeiro, but a contract announcement with the Brazilian government for a first batch of KC-390s might be imminent.


‘On Track’


Paulo Gastao Silva, Embraer’s program vice president for the KC-390, told reporters on March 13 that the company is committed to launching the first flight of the plane in the second half of 2014, more than five years since development contracts were signed in April 2009. Embraer plans to deliver the first planes in late 2015 or early 2016.


Costs for the new plane are “on track,” Silva said, with development costs slightly falling. However, Silva declined to provide a unit cost for the plane, saying only that it “must be competitive with respect to” the


C-130. He estimated that the Brazilian government will invest $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion in development and preparation costs by the time the plane is in production.


Although the KC-390 is designed as a transport, Silva emphasized its “multirole” capabilities. During his presentation, he highlighted both firefighting and search-and-rescue roles, which are enhanced by the inclusion of an electro-optical/infrared pod on the plane. Other features of the plane include a fly-by-wire system, an advanced communications suite and a defense suite that includes chaff and radar warning systems.


The plane would transport 80 Brazilian troops, or 64 paratroopers; cargo-wise, it would carry seven 108-by-88-inch pallets. The plane also would come equipped with two probe-and-drogue refueling pods and a refueling probe on top of the cockpit. It would carry enough fuel to resupply four Boeing F/A-18s, five Dassault Rafales or eight Saab Gripen fighters, Silva said.


However, he quickly dismissed any suggestion the plane could enter the international market as a full-time tanker. The


KC-390 “brings organic tanker capability, but it’s not a large tanker. It could not compete just on a tanker market,” Silva said, adding that attempts to turn the transport into a tanker were unlikely, as they would require major modifications to the airframe.


Silva also said the company has held preliminary discussions with the Brazilian postal service about a commercial version of the aircraft.


Beyond Aerospace


The company nearly quintupled its revenue in the past six years, growing from $227 million in 2006 to more than $1 billion in 2012. With that growth, Embraer has eyed ways for the company to expand as an aerospace manufacturer.


“We are manufacturers of aircraft, yes, but today we are proposing and executing projects that surpass the great complexity of creating an aircraft,” Aguiar said in a March 14 speech to reporters. As examples, Aguiar pointed to the company’s purchase of strategic assets such as radar firm Orbisat and C4I company Atech.


Yet the company is not abandoning its aerospace arm. In addition to the KC-390, Embraer will showcase its A-29 Super Tucano at LAAD. Fresh off its selection by the U.S. Air Force to supply 20 of the single-propeller planes to the Afghanistan military, Aguiar said he believes the market for the fighter could be worth $4 billion, with more than 340 planes in operation by 2025.


He added that the U.S. Air Force selection of 20 Super Tucanos for the Afghan Air Force could open more markets around the world.

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Apr. 3, 2013 - By AARON MEHTA  - Defense News


In 2006, Embraer Defense & Security, Brazil’s largest defense company, earned $227 million in revenue. In 2012, it cleared $1 billion in revenue for the first time. That economic growth has mirrored the company’s emergence on the world stage, a presence the company is confident it can increase even as nations around the world cut defense spending.


With the U.S. Air Force selecting Embraer’s Super Tucano as the light air support (LAS) contract winner to supply Afghanistan with new turboprop combat planes, the company now has a foothold in America and eyes on worldwide expansion with its KC-390 transport plane. Defense News talked to company CEO Luiz Carlos Aguiar on March 14 as part of a company-sponsored trip to Brazil.


Q. You’ve talked about seeking out niche markets. How does the company target these and capitalize on them?


A. We have great experience doing that, not just on defense. On defense, we have a couple of examples, such as the [LAS contract]. When the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer designed these airplanes, it was designed for the Brazilian mission. Later, we found we had discovered a niche product for countries like Brazil that had challenges on their borders, trying to control the narco-traffic, drugs, arms and other things like that. The Philippines, Indonesia, even Central America, there is a great challenge to control the drugs there. The Brazilian Air Force had introduced a new aircraft, and later other air forces decided it was the right one to combat these kind of problems we have all over the world.


Another case is the patrol and surveillance aircraft based on the ERJ-145 [a civilian regional jet]. It’s a very cost-effective airplane. It is now being utilized by Mexico, by Greece, by India and others. It was again based on the Brazilian budget constraints.


Other countries have a lot of cuts and they need to have a surveillance system. For their missions, they don’t need to buy a larger airplane — they need something smaller. Once again, we found our niche for that.


Q. How is the KC-390 transport plane different from past products?


A. When we thought about this airplane, it was the first time we looked at the international market also, not just the Brazilian requirements. We balanced both needs. We saw the market first. We saw there were 2,000 old airplanes all over the world in more than 70 countries, very well spread out with a diversified base of potential customers. We looked at that and saw there was only one aircraft available in the market being produced and being delivered [the C-130].


We looked at the market and then came back to the Brazilian Air Force to talk with them about what they think about their cargo airplanes for the future. They said they were probably going to replace with more C-130s, and we started talking and showed them we were able to develop something in a very feasible way. It took two years working together to launch and sign the contract. It was a much more sophisticated process. We are on schedule, and I think we have a great chance to sell abroad.


Q. What other products do you have an eye on exporting?


A. When you look at the land side of it, we have the C4I capabilities with the company we just bought, Atech. We need to invest more money on that, we need to have more contracts to develop the technology, but there are capabilities already in place.


The radar company, Orbisat, once again has a chance in Brazil to produce and deliver [for Embraer’s border security system] Sisfron, and then we’ll have an economy of scale and a great chance to mature this product and export it also. We are focused on C4I, radars. And our bet is intelligence and communications.


Q. You’ve said you view the LAS contract as establishing the company in the American market. How do you expand?


A. We need to consolidate first and execute this program. We have a new company there, which is Embraer Defense & Security, incorporated in the U.S. We need to find someone who will manage it, a local, American executive to run this business for us. And then we’re going to write down a new business plan for America that, in my opinion, must include certain types of acquisitions. We need to think a little more about it.


First thing is getting there, executing this program [LAS], getting closer to increase our credibility with the end user. We are certain in this. But we want to take this opportunity to get to know our end user. We’re going to find and study the market.


Our main objective is two pillars: mobility and surveillance. These two operational capabilities are what we are focused on. Any type of acquisition, any type of project, will be under these two pillars.


We don’t want to go into armaments or other areas. Why? Because despite all of the budget constraints, these two areas need capabilities. Even in these specific areas, the budget in Europe or the U.S. might grow despite the fact the entire [defense] budget is shrinking.


Q. Are you worried about Beechcraft’s challenge to the LAS contract award?


A. No. The process was so robust. Senior people took control of the process. They have internal and external advisers. I think they did the right thing, they did it by the book, and they will prove that. It’s going to take some time, but I think this time we’re going to get there. We are ready to go right away in order to deliver on time, but we need to be patient and wait a little bit more, unfortunately.


Q. Could the Beechcraft challenge impact the timing of the contract?


A. I hope not. At this stage, it is very difficult to say something. [The U.S. Air Force] needs to [act] carefully so it does not open any gap in the process. That’s the way it is.


Unfortunately, our competitors are going downhill. They discontinued a lot of products that in the past were the champions of the market, and they tried to keep this as if it was their survival. They keep saying that they have the lower price. But mission capabilities, past performance and price, there are three variables and the [request for proposal] is quite clear on that. [USAF] took all of the information, put it inside their model, and then said who is the winner. That’s the way it is.


Q. Is Brazil’s long-delayed F-X fighter jet program coming soon, and what role will Embraer have?


A. I think Brazil is going to make this decision. It is time to make this decision. They have everything in place. All of the contenders have offered their offset programs. It’s more than mature enough to go ahead, in my opinion. I think it’s going to be in the next months, this year, I would say. Our role in that depends — I cannot tell any details — depends on who is going to win.


We have a memorandum of understanding with all three of the contenders. Each of them offers an offset program, but we prefer not declaring publicly our preference because we don’t want it to jeopardize the choice. It is a governmental decision, and we will respect that. Whatever they choose, we’re going to be in the process. They need to make this decision because Brazil needs that.


And it will have huge benefits for industry as well. There are new technologies, products and developments. There are opportunities for Embraer to leverage our current technology through the F-X. With the F-X, we can even go further in terms of technology, and even some new products could come up with one of these three contenders. That’s what I can tell you, I can’t go further than that.


Q. Did the decision to recompete the LAS competition hurt the chances of a U.S. company winning the F-X program?


A. There is no formal relation between the two programs. Formally. But goodwill is important. I couldn’t say that the [F/A-18 Super Hornet] is not going to be selected, but for sure, the way that [the initial LAS contract] happened in the United States — choosing a Brazilian aircraft, then canceling the contract, the way it happened — it caused some kind of bad blood, right? It’s a normal, human perception.


Q. But you don’t think there was long-term damage to the relationship between the two countries?


A. No, I don’t think so. Now, it is different. There are some steps that any competitor in the United States has the right to do. It doesn’t mean the [USAF] is canceling the contract; they are trying to keep our victory. One year ago, they looked at the process, saw some gaps, made a mistake and they canceled the contract. Now it’s different. They are trying to defend their choice. So far, so good. No problem at all with the relationship. It’s a part of the game there. That’s the way it is, there are rules and laws.


Q. What is next for Embraer?


A. We’re going to have a lot of new projects. And they are big. We’re talking about $20-25 billion in the next 10 years. If you look back, it started in 2008, when we had the new national defense strategy. After that, you had the mobility project with KC-390, the submarine project with the French company DCNS, the Sisfron.


In any society, you want to develop technology and protect yourself, because there are threats you didn’t have before. There are more things happening in Brazil right now, and we need to protect ourselves. There are high-level, added-value products we can develop and export. That’s our objective. We don’t see the maximum market as just selling in Brazil and continuing the process later. We try to focus where we can add value, build up a capability, and sell abroad. That’s the way it is.




• 2012 revenue: $1.06 billion

• 2012 backlog: $3.4 billion

• Key businesses: Aerospace, border security, ISR and integrated solutions.

• Key markets: Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific

Source: Defense News research




Mehta reported from San Jose Dos Campos, Brazil.

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Scorpene source DCNS


Apr. 3, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


LONDON — Brazil’s ambition to build a modern Navy with regional and sometimes global reach took a big step forward in February, when President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated a submarine-building facility that could eventually construct a fleet of nuclear-powered boats.


Rousseff’s presence at the Itaguai facility at the Brazilian Navy’s base on Sepetiba Bay near Rio de Janeiro was the culmination of a near three-year building program undertaken by local company Odebrecht and its joint venture partner, France-based DCNS, to provide the industrial capability to deliver four of the French company’s conventionally powered Scorpene submarines.


The potential for new naval business in Brazil, and elsewhere in Latin America, lies behind the attendance of a large number of maritime companies at the upcoming LAAD Defense and Security show due to kick off in Rio on April 9.


Companies from Britain, China, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the U.S. and elsewhere are among the list of international naval suppliers with a presence at the show.


All of them will be looking for signs as to whether Brazil’s slowing economy and high spending requirements to fund upcoming international sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympics will affect the scope and timing of naval update plans.


The Brazilian Navy already operates submarines, but the new unit at Sepetiba Bay is the first time local industry has had a facility to build its own boats. Besides being home to a submarine construction yard, plans call for the Sepetiba Bay facility to house a submarine base able to accommodate and support up to 10 vessels.


Aside from the four diesel-electric boats, the submarine deal agreed to by the French and Brazilian governments in 2008 includes DCNS assistance in the design and production of a nuclear-powered submarine — although the Brazilians alone would be responsible for the reactor.


DCNS is building the forward section of the first Scorpene submarine at its Cherbourg plant in northern France and shipping it over to Itaguai, a company spokeswoman said.


The remainder of the program will be undertaken in country as part of Brazilian moves to build local industrial capabilities across the defense sector.


The first of four submarines in the PROSUB program is due for delivery in 2017, the second in 2018, third in 2020 and fourth in 2021, she said.


The first nuclear-powered submarine is due in 2025, adding Brazil’s name to an exclusive club with the capability: Britain, China, France, India, Russia and the U.S.


Some European executives, though, are concerned whether Brazil, even with non-nuclear assistance from an experienced submarine builder such as DCNS, can meet the in-service target date for the nuclear-propelled attack craft.


Worse than that, they say, the program could divert funds from other weapons programs if it is hit by serious budget overruns.


Beefing up their submarine capabilities isn’t the only naval update the Brazilians are eyeing.


Offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), frigates, an aircraft carrier, inshore patrol craft and eventually logistics support vessels will all likely figure in an update of a surface fleet, which will look pretty tired by 2017, executives said.


Last month saw the surface fleet expand with the handover of the second of three offshore patrol boats acquired from British shipbuilder BAE Systems.


A contract with a local shipbuilder for a batch of inshore patrol craft could be awarded in the next few weeks, executives said.


They add that the award could be followed this year by a consulting deal between Brazil and an overseas yard in what is likely to be the first step toward designing an aircraft carrier to replace the Sao Paulo, the ex-French carrier Clemenceau, by the middle of the next decade.


BAE, Fincantieri, Navantia and others are vying to secure what would be a key deal ahead of Brazil moving toward design and construction.


The Brazilians have begun updating other parts of the surface fleet with the 133 million pound ($201 million) purchase of three OPVs from BAE in January 2012.


The agreement also includes a manufacturing license to allow for a further batch of vessels to be built locally — although there is no guarantee the Brazilians won’t look elsewhere to build up OPV numbers.


The Brazilians have been talking to the British and other contenders about their frigate requirements, and have had engineers embedded for several months in the BAE-led team designing the Type 26 Global Combat Ship for the Royal Navy.




Pierre Tran in Paris contributed to this report.

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BMP-3 amphibious tracked IFV


MOSCOU, 28 mars - RIA Novosti

Les Forces armées vénézuéliennes ont reçu 13 véhicules blindés de combat d'infanterie russes BMP-3 acheminés par mer au port de Puerto Cabello, a annoncé jeudi le Centre russe d'analyse de commerce mondial d'armes (TsAMTO).


Il s'agit du premier lot d'armes et de matériels russes transporté au Venezuela après le décès du président du pays Hugo Chavez. Les blindés BMP-3 sont arrivés au centre de maintenance de la 41e brigade blindée au Fort Paramacay, dans une banlieue de Valencia, la capitale de l'Etat de Carabobo.


Le Venezuela a commandé 123 blindés de combat d'infanterie BMP-3 (versions BMP-3M, BMP-3K), ainsi que des véhicules blindés de rétablissement BREM-L. La Russie a commencé les livraisons des blindés en 2011, selon TsAMTO. Les informations sur les achats ultérieurs effectués par le Venezuela en Russie n'ont pas été divulguées.


Les BMP-3 achetés par le Venezuela seront remis à la 14e brigade d'infanterie mécanisée cantonnée dans l'Etat de Lara, à la 25e brigade d'infanterie mécanisée déployée de l'Etat de Táchira et à la 41e brigade blindée de Valence. L'armée vénézuélienne est également dotée de blindés de transport de troupes russes BTR-80 à 8 roues motrices.

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Shoval drone


03.04.2013 Youval Barzilaï | News - israelvalley.com


Selon un reportage du magazine israélien Globes, le Groupe Aéronautique israélien IAI est en train de se focaliser de plus en plus sur un marché très important en terme de volume : le Brésil.


Lors du prochain salon international de Rio de Janeiro qui se tiendra le mois prochain, le LAAD International Defense and Security Exhibition, IAI s’attend a obtenir des commandes très substantielles dans ses domaines d’activité. Déjà des ventes très conséquentes ont eu lieu ses deux dernières années dans ce pays.


Un secteur porteur au Brésil pour l’israélien : l’aéronautique et spatial. Le groupe IAI produit des drones et des systèmes spatiaux (satellite d’observation Ofek, satellite de communications AMOS et le lanceur Shavit). IAI développe actuellement un missile anti-missile Arrow contre les missiles à courte et moyenne portée qui peut intéresser le Brésil.


Toutes les branches de l’industrie de défense israélienne ont renforcé leur présence en Amérique latine ces dernières années en raison de son potentiel de marché important. En particulier, les firmes Elbit Systems et Rafael sont actives sur ce marché. Rafael a même acquis plusieurs filiales au Brésil. Toutefois, la suppression des restrictions sur le transfert de la technologie américaine pourrait nuire à l’entreprise des fabricants d’armes israéliens.


Le plus important concurrent d’Israël au Brésil sont les Etats-Unis qui vont intensifier leurs efforts dans le marché de l’armement en Amérique latine. Les USA vont supprimer les restrictions sur le transfert des technologies. Une telle démarche soulève des préoccupations d’Israël, car elle pourrait compliquer les choses pour l’industrie de défense israélienne.

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photo camero-tech.com


Apr 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : Camero


    This award adds another country to the 25 others already using the company's systems


Camero - a world leader and pioneer in the development and marketing of radar-based Through Wall systems - announces its award of a tender to supply XAVER™400 Tactical Through-Wall Imaging systems to the Special Forces units of a South American army. This award adds another country to the 25 others already using these systems. The company will display its well known world leading XAVER™400 at LAAD, April 9-13, Israel Pavilion, Hall 4, Stand #I-40.


A compact, lightweight, and durable personal device, the XAVER™400 tactical through-wall imaging system delivers unprecedented real-time situational awareness - enabling the observation of multiple stationary and moving objects concealed behind walls or barriers. It is optimized for the speed of tactical entries, making it ideal for tactical missions in urban areas of South America. It delivers critical information regarding the number of people and their location behind walls made of common materials. It also provides information regarding room dimensions and major infrastructure elements. The system enables simultaneous detection of both static and moving objects within a range of up to 20m, and can be operated in stand-off mode at a distance from the wall.


Extremely popular, the XAVER400 is the best-selling solution in its category in the world, and has been deployed in over 25 countries for both Military and Homeland Security applications (HLS) - such as terror activities, hostage rescue, anti-narcotics operations, and many other urban operations and missions.


Also on display, the Xaver™100 is an ultra-portable, handheld presence-of-life detector providing military, law enforcement, and search & rescue personnel with critical information in real time about the presence of life and its distance behind a wall - enabling better tactical decision-making in various operational scenarios. The Xaver 100 is ruggedized and ergonomically designed. . It has a detection range of up to 20m, and built-in wireless capability for remote operation via a PDA – supporting remote monitoring and control of up to 5 Xaver 100 units simultaneously from a single PDA.


The Xaver™800 is a portable, high-performance imaging system, providing a true 3D image of objects behind walls. The system enables quick location of people hidden by walls and barriers, and tracking of their movement patterns and orientation. It enables simultaneous detection of both static and living objects - as well as information about room dimensions and major infrastructure elements. Rich 3D imaging allows users to easily grasp the situation from multiple angles, enabling effective planning.


According to Amir Beeri, Camero's CEO, "We are very pleased to have been awarded the tender in South America, following a rigorous process during which the customer selected our system. The Xaver™400's features make it the ideal solution for use in tactical situations in the urban environments of South America. We are confident that implementation of the system by Special Forces will contribute significantly to the operational capabilities of these units." He continues, "Camero works closely with its customers on an ongoing basis in order to meet and exceed the requirements arising from the field. We invite everyone to our booth at LAAD to take a closer look at our range of solutions."

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Apr. 2, 2013 by Stephen Trimble – FG


Washington DC - Two years can seem like a long time in the revitalised Brazilian defence market. While the lengthy delay to the air force's FX-2 fighter contract award receives most of the attention, the Brazilian military and the national defence industry have moved forward aggressively in key areas, revealing a new appreciation for taking national and regional security obligations more seriously.


Brazilian air force Hermes 450 UAV Brazilian air force

 Brazilian air force

The Hermes 450 is being adapted for local requirements

Perhaps the most telling example of this trend is the rapidly diversifying portfolio of Embraer Defense Systems. In 2012 alone, Embraer won a landmark border surveillance contract from the Brazilian army, formed a joint venture to manage satellite construction projects, publicly began contemplating a surprise entry into the shipbuilding industry, and - not least - posted a 24% increase in annual revenues, topping $1 billion in defence and security sales for the first time in the company's history.

The wide scope of those interests point in the direction of Embraer's evolution into Brazil's main prime contractor for a rapidly growing set of defence and security needs. It is a strategy likely to reshape the company's portfolio of products in the defence sector in less than a decade.




At the beginning of 2012, Embraer expected 75% of its defence revenues to come from four major programmes: development of the KC-390 transport and tanker; modernisation of AMX/A-1 and Douglas A-4 combat aircraft for the Brazilian air force and navy; the A-29/EMB-314 Super Tucano; and EMB-145-based P-99 and R-99 surveillance and command and control aircraft. It was a list with a healthy potential backlog and well within Embraer's comfort zone as an aircraft manufacturer.


By 2020, Embraer expects the fighter modernisation programmes and the P-99 and R-99 production lines to be gone, with the KC-390 and light attack aircraft to account for 43% of the defence company's overall revenues.

Meanwhile, revenues generated by several new business product lines, featuring Embraer as a border surveillance integrator, satellite construction manager, unmanned aerial vehicle maker and possibly even a shipbuilder, will contribute 42% of sales by the same point, according to its projections.

To be fair, Embraer had dabbled in the systems integration business in the past. It created an air operations centre for Mexico, which connected to the nation's EMB-145-based airborne early warning and control system aircraft. It had also participated in the creation of the Brazilian air force's system for the surveillance of the Amazon (SIVAM), but as a subcontractor to Raytheon.


There were no system integrators in Brazil when the SIVAM programme was awarded in the mid-1990s, as the country was in the midst of a near two-decade reduction in defence spending.

National priorities have shifted in the past decade, however, as Brazil has embraced a larger role on the regional and world stages and discovered a new wealth of oil and natural gas deposits within its maritime borders in the South Atlantic.



Foreign defence companies have been doing well in Brazil. With rising security needs and a small defence industrial base, the nation has been forced to go beyond its borders to buy military hardware.

That is why Brazil's new submarines come from France, its newest ocean patrol vessels come from the UK and its new fighter will be acquired from France, Sweden or the USA; the latter in a competition between the Rafale, Gripen E and Lockheed Marting F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

But a new law passed in 2012 seeks to change Brazil's reliance on foreign companies for major weapons systems. Public law 12.598 establishes a new category for a "strategic defence company", of which at least 60% of the shares are owned by Brazilians.

It is not the first time a government has leveraged its defence budget to incentivise or protect a domestic industry. The US defence industry is shielded from some foreign competitors by the Buy American Act and the Berry Amendment.

Brazil's new law does not prohibit foreign companies from competing on military hardware or services bids, but it does make it harder for them to win. Instead, the law exempts strategic defence companies from Brazil's tax on industrial goods, and frees them from obligations to contribute to unemployment insurance and social security programmes.

The move appears partly aimed at countering the foreign defence companies that have been buying ownership stakes in Brazilian defence companies.

"There is no prohibition for someone who is a multinational company, but they are not to be eligible for the benefits of being a strategic defence company," says Luiz Carlos Aguiar, chief executive of Embraer Defence Systems.

The programme has already caused a minor restructuring within the defence industrial base. Two years ago, Embraer formed the Harpia Systems joint venture with Elbit Systems subsidiary AEL Sistemas, with equal ownership by both companies. As a result of the new law, former Embraer rival Avibras agreed to buy 10% of Elbit's stake in the joint venture, increasing the number of shares owned by the Brazilian firms to 60%.

Defence spending remains at a modest 1.6% of gross domestic product, but the country's rising economic output means spending has risen proportionately. Overall spending peaked in 2012 at $36 billion, of which about $5.16 billion was set aside for investments split between the three armed services.

"That's above what we had last year," says Luiz Carlos Aguiar, chief executive of Embraer Defense Systems. "There are some important programmes they have been reducing because they are finalising, and they are being replaced by others. That's why I believe we have space to grow in Brazil. Out of this $5 billion, Embraer, as a group, have 27%."

If that level of spending is sustained Brazil will be buying much more than new fighters and KC-390s during the next decade. The military is seeking to modernise its inventories of combat and support equipment, while introducing a wide-ranging surveillance network over the country's porous south-eastern border and territorial waters.


Indeed, Brazil's ambitions grew so large it appeared to briefly force Embraer on the defensive, as the promise of lucrative systems-integration contracts energised new competitors from the country's construction companies. Salvador-based Odebrecht formed an alliance with European prime contractor and EADS subsidiary Cassidian to compete for the border surveillance contract. Another Brazilian construction firm, Synergy Group, teamed up with Israel Aerospace Industries to pursue the same work.

In the end, the Brazilian army awarded the $400 million contract to Embraer in November 2012 to launch phase one of the system for the surveillance of the frontiers (SISFRON) contract.


The award appeared to deflate the hopes of Embraer's erstwhile competitors. Follow-on awards for SISFRON are still available and the Brazilian navy plans to launch a similar programme next year, but the Odebrecht/Cassidian joint venture has reportedly been dissolved in the aftermath of losing the army contract.




Instead, Embraer appears to have secured its new role as the Brazilian military's most important prime contractor, with billions of dollars in new programmes waiting on the books.

With the KC-390 already headed for series production, Embraer Defense Systems looks set to continue on a seven-year growth trend, including the defence unit that existed before the standalone company was formed. Defence sales accounted for only $227 million of Embraer's revenues in 2006, but nearly quintupled to more than $1.05 billion in 2012.


As a percentage of the company's overall revenues, the share claimed by the defence unit has nearly tripled to 17%, even as Embraer has introduced the Phenom 100 and 300 business jets to its product line-up.


The key for Embraer now will be executing on the SISFRON programme. It has only received the phase-one award, but the overall programme is valued at $4 billion during the next decade. The system is going to create a network of border surveillance stations, with ground-based radars, UAV sensors and command and control systems networked together to identify and catch smugglers crossing the open border.


Brazilian air force P-3 & F-5 Brazilian air force

 Brazilian air force

The fleet of the Brazilian air force includes Lockheed P-3 special-mission aircraft and Northrop F-5 fighters


"Until March we are going to finalise all of the subcontractors on the SISFRON contract," says Aguiar. "We have a deadline by the end of March, and we are in the process right now. We have already implemented our office. We have a physical office separated from Embraer in Campinas. It is a city close by Sao Paulo, close by Orbisat, which is part of the consortium."


Orbisat, which is partially owned by Embraer, is providing the ground-based radar for the phase-one pilot programme. Meanwhile, Atech, another Brazilian contractor partly owned by Embraer, will supply the command and control equipment.


The second phase of the contract is expected to be awarded in 2014, and it is not guaranteed it will be given to Embraer. "It depends on our performance," Aguiar says. "If we do the right thing they will hire us again."




SISFRON's second phase is likely to usher in the use of operational UAVs in regular Brazilian military operations. Embraer anticipated the need and formed a joint venture with Elbit Systems-owned subsidiary AEL Sistemas, which is adapting the Israeli manufacturer's Hermes 450 for Brazilian requirements. In January, Avibras also acquired a 10% stake in the Harpia Systems joint venture, which adds the Falcao UAV to the product mix.


Although the SISFRON phase-two effort will be managed by the army, Harpia is waiting on developments with the Brazilian air force, which is charged with setting overall unmanned air system requirements for all three branches of the military.


"They are designing the requirements for the UAS," Aguiar said in January. "This is going to become public probably two or three months from now, and then we are going to participate and make our proposal to develop this new configuration UAV through Harpia."


Embraer has projected a market in Brazil worth $1 billion during the decade for new UAVs alone. The company has also invested an ownership stake in Santos Labs, which makes small UAVs, and signed a licence agreement with Boeing Insitu.


"It is good not having a UAV in the first phase of SISFRON because it's going to give us a bit of time to develop," Aguiar says.


Another market possibly worth more than $1 billion to Embraer in the next decade is Brazil's nascent satellite industry. In 2012, Embraer formed Visiona, a joint venture with national telecommunications company Telebras, to manage a growing requirement for earth observation and communications relay satellites over Brazil. Visiona is evaluating the selection of manufacturers for the satellites and the command and control systems.


"After that we're going to be responsible for signing the contract with the insurance company and the launching company," Aguiar says. "To integrate those parts, I think we have a chance to learn from this experience in order to add value for the second, the third and the fourth satellites that Brazil, for sure, will need in the future."




The Brazilian air force is likely to announce a firm order for Embraer's KC-390 tactical transport and tanker at the Latin American Aerospace and Defence (LAAD) trade show in Rio de Janeiro in April, analysts say.


The aircraft completed its critical design review on 22 March, which means Embraer can release engineering drawings to the factory floor in preparation for building and flying the first KC-390 in the second half of 2014. If all goes well, series production will start in 2016, with deliveries starting the same year.


Brazil, which is paying more than $2 billion to develop the KC-390, has so far only signed a letter of intent to purchase 28 of the aircraft. Securing a firm order would be a vote of confidence from the KC-390's domestic market, and provide a significant boost to Embraer's sales campaigns to secure further international commitments for the new aircraft.

In many ways, the KC-390 is Brazil's halo product that the rising economic colossus hopes will herald its arrival on to the international defence market.


In addition to its home market, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic and Portugal have also signed letters of intent for a further 32 KC-390s. Colombia says it will buy 12 aircraft, while Argentina, Chile and Portugal are expected to order six each. The Czech Republic is also expected to buy two jets.


Rebecca Edwards, an analyst at Forecast International, says Embraer hopes to convert these commitments into a total of 60 firm orders by the end of 2013.


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Embraer completed the critical design-review of the tactical transport and tanker on 22 march

Embraer estimates the medium-lift transport market is worth $50 billion during the next 10-15 years, which could mean a total of 700 orders up for grabs. While Lockheed Martin's C-130J Hercules currently dominates that market, Edwards says Embraer could seize a significant portion of those sales. "The KC-390 is going to pursue sales as the C-130 replacement, a market of considerable size and potential," she says. "Granted, the KC-390 will not be the only competition, but it can be expected to win a good portion of the market. Based on this information, Forecast International anticipates unit production to reach 98 aircraft by 2021 and as high as 234 by 2027."

Indeed, Embraer admits the Lockheed-built tactical transport is its chief rival, even though it was not the company's original intent to compete head-to-head.

Richard Aboulafia, an analyst at the Teal Group, says it is certainly possible that Embraer could sell anywhere from 150 to 200 aircraft, but that is assuming the US market remains closed to Embraer. Teal's forecast calls for a more gradual ramp up of the KC-390 line, with 25 aircraft being built by 2021. Aboulafia says Embraer's projection for a potential market of 700 aircraft is roughly on target, but much of that is locked-up by the USA.


Edwards says many of Embraer's sales will come in the Latin American and African markets, where the USA has comparatively less political clout. Political muscle is a huge factor in military aircraft sales, Aboulafia adds, but Embraer could compete by offering a "really good" aircraft at low prices. However, the challenge will be to hold the KC-390's price down at around the $50 million level. "There are all kinds of reasons to prefer a C-130J, but what they're really going for is value for money for a really good cargo box," Aboulafia says. "They're going to find a niche here."


Paulo Gastao Silva, Embraer vice-president for the KC-390 programme, says the aircraft is "on track" to meet its cost targets, projected at between $2.3-2.4 billion. In fact, there has been a slight drop of about $42 million in the projected development cost for the transport, he says.


Gastao Silva's figures do not quite match up with earlier cost projections, originally budgeted at $1.3 billion, according to a Teal Group report. The report projects the aircraft's development costs would increase by $2 billion to $3 billon, which seems to have at least partially borne out.


One factor which could drive up prices is that the Brazilian government has mandated the use of as many local suppliers as possible, depriving programme managers of the ability to choose the best components at the lowest possible cost, Aboulafia says. Local subsystems tend to cost more than their international counterparts because of economies of scale and development costs. "It's not a killer, it's just something that hobbles designers, especially when they're trying to keep costs down," he says.


But the KC-390 does have significant advantages over its Lockheed-built competitor in that it is a much newer design which incorporates new technologies such as fly-by-wire, Edwards says. The Brazilian aircraft carries a 23t payload, which exceeds the roughly 21t carrying capability of the C-130J. Additionally, the KC-390, powered by twin International Aero Engines V2500 turbofans, is also 100kt (185km/h) faster than the Lockheed type, with a cruise speed of 465kt.

Gastao Silva says the KC-390 is being designed specifically to operate from austere semi-prepared airstrips. He adds that the aircraft can make 10 passes on a fully unpaved runway before the landing strip is rendered useless.


But while choosing the V2500 was a good move because it is a proven airliner engine with a huge installed base on the Airbus A320 fleet, turbofan engines may actually hinder the KC-390's appeal as a tactical transport, particularly for special missions, Aboulafia says. "For this size class, that's assuming more of a cargo mission rather than a special operations," he says. "It also assumes more developed airfields rather than improvised or rough ones."


One of the questions that must be answered about Embraer's claims pertaining to the KC-390's improvised airfield capabilities is what kind of payload the jet will be able to carry when operating from unpaved strips, Aboulafia says. There is also the ever-present danger of foreign object damage to the engines, which is less of a problem on turboprop-powered aircraft.


Additionally, some users prefer turboprops for low-altitude missions because they are much more fuel-efficient when operating in those flight regimes, Aboulafia says. "At low altitude there's nothing like a prop but, moreover, the quad-engined C-130 has more redundancy for those kinds of operations, which many potential users prefer. If you're doing more cargo or longer-range, jets are just fine, that's why the [Boeing] C-17 does just fine with turbofans," Aboulafia says.


Time will tell if Brazil and the KC-390 will be able take on Lockheed and the political muscle of the USA, securing a niche for itself. In any case, the KC-390 should prove to be a remarkable achievement once it completes its development cycle and enters into service.

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Mi-171E Helicopter


BUENOS AIRES, 31 mars - RIA Novosti


Le gouvernement péruvien achètera 24 hélicoptères russes Mi-171 pour un montant total de plus de 400 millions de dollars en vue de lutter contre le trafic de drogue et le terrorisme, rapporte le journal péruvien La República.


Selon le quotidien, le ministère péruvien de la Défense a déjà soumis au ministère de l'Economie un projet de décision finale basé sur la comparaison des hélicoptères russes et les appareils AS-332-C1 Super Puma et AS 532 Cougar fabriqués par Eurocopter.


La Russie a proposé ses hélicoptères au Pérou lors des négociations entre une délégation gouvernementale russe et des représentants du ministère péruvien de la Défense tenues début mars à Lima, indique le journal.


Le coût d'un Mi-171 dépasse 16,9 millions de dollars. D'après La República, 21 hélicoptères seront livrés au Pérou en 2014 et trois autres en 2015.


La partie péruvienne a également manifesté son intérêt pour l'achat d'armes embarquées et d'équipements pour les hélicoptères de fabrication russe. Pour sa part, Moscou propose d'organiser la formation et l'instruction des pilotes sur les territoires russe et péruvien. Si ces décisions sont prises, la valeur totale du contrat pourrait atteindre 485,5 millions USD.

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27 mars 2013 3 27 /03 /mars /2013 12:25



March 27th, 2013 By Embraer - defencetalk.com


The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Embraer Defense & Security have successfully concluded the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the KC-390 military transport aircraft. The contract event, which is one of the main landmarks of the program, took place at Embraer’s facilities in the Eugênio de Melo district of the city of São José dos Campos, from March 11 to 22.


During the CDR, the definitive aerodynamic and structural configurations, as well as the architecture and systems installations were confirmed, and meaning that the design is sufficiently mature to begin the detailed project and manufacture the prototypes of the aircraft.


“It was two intense weeks of presentations and discussions, and we were very happy with the solutions presented by Embraer,” said Engineer Colonel Sergio Carneiro, Manager of the FAB’s KC-X Project. “We came out of these discussions convinced that the building of the prototypes can begin.”


Participating in the closing of the CDR were members of the Brazilian Air Force High Command, with special mention of Air Force Lieutenant General Aprígio Eduardo de Moura Azevedo, Air Force Chief of Staff. The FAB delegation got a close look at the tools and models used in developing the KC-390, such as an engineering simulator and a life-size model of the cockpit.


“We have concluded an important stage of the KC-390 Program and, therefore, we gave an accounting to the FAB of the work done. We will now begin the production phase of the prototypes,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.


“This is a great program landmark, and we are proud of the result of our efforts to demonstrate the maturity of the project to the FAB,” said Paulo Gastão Silva, Director of the KC-390 Program at Embraer. “We are certain that the KC-390 will be another big success of the proven combination of the well-defined FAB requirements and the solutions developed by Embraer to meet them.”


The manufacture of the first pieces of the prototype will soon begin and all of the activities of the project are focused on taking the first flight in the second half of 2014. The KC-390 is the largest airplane ever conceived and built by the Brazilian aeronautics industry and will establish a new standard for medium-sized military transport aircraft, in terms of performance and payload, as well as advance mission and flight systems.

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26 mars 2013 2 26 /03 /mars /2013 13:25

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LIMA, March 26 (UPI)


Peru is in talks with Spain and warplane suppliers as part of a low-budget plan to replace aging air force aircraft with second-hand Eurofighters and comparable fighters.


Cost is a major issue for Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, who is looking at competitively priced fighter jets that will fit the national budget.


Peru's cut-price fighter jet competition contrasts with Brazil's multibillion-dollar FX-2 replacement jet fighter program, which has gone on for more than two years without a decision on a final choice.


Peruvian news media said the government would be looking to replace aging fighter jets with Spanish Eurofighters -- or a mixed inventory that could include France's Rafale, Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, SAAB's Gripen NG and Russian MiG-35 and Sukhoi Su-30/35.


Industry analysts said Peru was unlikely to buy new aircraft because of cash constraints.


Government sources didn't say if any of the jets was likely to be given preference. However, the most likely scenario will be Peru's option on second-hand Eurofighter jets released from the Spanish air force.


Humala's government has already made a formal request to buy 16 of the Eurofighters from Spain at a cost $61 million each and a relatively young service life of 600 flight hours, Flight International reported.


Peru's Ministry of Defense is serious about upgrading its air force's fighter capabilities amid security threats raised by continuing guerrilla activity in the country, industry analysts said.


The Peruvian air force's current inventory includes Mirage 2000 and MIG-29 fighter aircraft, Mi-25D and Mi-35P attack helicopters and C-26B patrol aircraft. Most of the air force is considered to be approaching a stage where it may be rendered obsolete or require expensive repairs and upgrades.


As in neighboring Chile, which is also upgrading its long-neglected air force, the Peruvian military has struggled to keep pace with avionics and maintenance of the aircraft.


The air force suffered losses of fighter aircraft and combat helicopters in the 1995 border war with neighboring Ecuador and shortage of funds has prevented Peru from making good those losses.


Spain's government has tendered a proposal to Peru for the possible sale of 18 Tranche 1 Eurofighter combat aircraft in service with its air force, Flight International said.


The proposal was submitted at the request of the Peruvian Defense Ministry. If negotiations go forward, the intention would be to transfer all of the fighters to Peru within one year of a contract, Flight said.


Meanwhile, the government is continuing a costly overhaul of its Mirage fighters.


Neither the Mirage nor the MiG-29 is likely to remain in service beyond 2025. Questions have also been raised over the combat readiness of Peru's Russian SU-25 ground attack aircraft.


Peru is known to have at least 18 of the Soviet-era combat aircraft, which were widely used in Afghanistan after the 1979 Soviet invasion, in the Iran-Iraq war and other conflicts of the last century, but only four of those in the Peruvian air force are known to be operational, Flight International said.


Peruvian air force estimates say the upgrading of its Mirage 2000 and MIG-29 combat aircraft will entail an investment of $266 million, the Diario Correo newspaper reported.


Work on the upgrades is in progress and its completion is scheduled for 2014.


The Peruvian air force upgrade began about six years ago under the presidency of Alejandro Toledo and a key part, training of the pilots in the uses of new technologies, is continuing with French help.

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Mar 26, 2013 ASDNews Source : Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A


The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Embraer Defense & Security have successfully concluded the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the KC-390 military transport aircraft. The contract event, which is one of the main landmarks of the program, took place at Embraer’s facilities in the Eugênio de Melo district of the city of São José dos Campos, from March 11 to 22.


During the CDR, the definitive aerodynamic and structural configurations, as well as the architecture and systems installations were confirmed, and meaning that the design is sufficiently mature to begin the detailed project and manufacture the prototypes of the aircraft.


“It was two intense weeks of presentations and discussions, and we were very happy with the solutions presented by Embraer,” said Engineer Colonel Sergio Carneiro, Manager of the FAB’s KC-X Project. “We came out of these discussions convinced that the building of the prototypes can begin.”


Participating in the closing of the CDR were members of the Brazilian Air Force High Command, with special mention of Air Force Lieutenant General Aprígio Eduardo de Moura Azevedo, Air Force Chief of Staff. The FAB delegation got a close look at the tools and models used in developing the KC-390, such as an engineering simulator and a life-size model of the cockpit.


“We have concluded an important stage of the KC-390 Program and, therefore, we gave an accounting to the FAB of the work done. We will now begin the production phase of the prototypes,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.


“This is a great program landmark, and we are proud of the result of our efforts to demonstrate the maturity of the project to the FAB,” said Paulo Gastão Silva, Director of the KC-390 Program at Embraer. “We are certain that the KC-390 will be another big success of the proven combination of the well-defined FAB requirements and the solutions developed by Embraer to meet them.”


The manufacture of the first pieces of the prototype will soon begin and all of the activities of the project are focused on taking the first flight in the second half of 2014. The KC-390 is the largest airplane ever conceived and built by the Brazilian aeronautics industry and will establish a new standard for medium-sized military transport aircraft, in terms of performance and payload, as well as advance mission and flight systems.

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25 mars 2013 1 25 /03 /mars /2013 17:25



March 21, 2013 Sikorsky


  Stratford, Connecticut - The Colombian Army has formally inducted five new Sikorsky S-70i multi-mission helicopters into its fleet of BLACK HAWK aircraft. Colombia is the first South American country to buy the S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter variant from Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).




“We are honored by the trust the Colombian Armed Forces continue to place in Sikorsky, and in the BLACK HAWK aircraft as the country’s utility helicopter of choice,” said Jennifer Caruso, Sikorsky Vice President of Army and Air Force Programs.


The aircraft were accepted during a Feb. 11 ceremony in Tolemaida attended by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon.


Built at Sikorsky’s aircraft manufacturing facility in Mielec, Poland, the five aircraft were custom-equipped in the United States for the Special Forces of the Colombian Army’s Air Assault Division.


A team of Colombian pilots and maintainers flew the five aircraft from Connecticut 4,334 miles (6,975 km) via Central America to the Army Special Operation Aviation Military base in Tolemaida, arriving Jan. 30 following 10 days of flight.


Before departing Connecticut, the Colombian team received extensive training from Sikorsky to become familiar with the S-70i aircraft’s digital cockpit and advanced avionics. The system includes a dual GPS/INS system with digital map that provides accurate navigation and enhanced situational awareness. The team also graduated instructor pilots and maintainers to train others in their unit.


The five S-70i aircraft join a fleet of 96 UH-60L helicopters operated by the Colombian National Police, Colombian Air Force, and Colombian Army —accounting for the world’s fourth-largest BLACK HAWK fleet. Military forces in almost 30 countries operate more than 3,000 BLACK HAWK aircraft for a variety of missions, including troop transport and air assault, cargo lift, search and rescue, and VIP transport.


Sold directly by Sikorsky to international militaries and government agencies, the S-70i helicopter delivers the same power and lift performance as S-70M BLACK HAWK aircraft. The S-70i model can be customized easily by Sikorsky to specific mission needs, to include radar, ballistic protection, medical litters, extended range fuel tanks, an external rescue hoist, and cargo hook among other features.


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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20 mars 2013 3 20 /03 /mars /2013 13:25


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20 March 2013 airforce-technology.com


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract for implementation of the Brazilian Air Force's (FAB) KC-X2 large-scale air refuelling project, to help replace the existing four KC-137 Stratoliner tanker fleet with the service.


Awarded following an international competition, the contract covers conversion of two Boeing 767-300 extended-range (ER) commercial airliners into multimission tanker and transport (MMTT) aircraft.


The converted aircraft will be designed to carry out air-to-air refuelling, strategic troop and cargo transport, as well as aeromedical evacuation (AE) missions, in accordance with the FAB's operational requirements.


IAI president and CEO Joseph Weiss said the programme will also involve participation from several Brazilian subcontractors of the company.


Incorporated into the FAB in 1986, the KC-137 has extensively been operated by 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Transportation Group (2°/2°GAv) in support of several significant operational and humanitarian missions across the country.

"The contract covers conversion of two Boeing 767-300 extended-range (ER) commercial airliners."


The aircraft are being replaced due to higher operating costs and fuel consumption, as well as excessive engine noise, as reported by Flight Global.


Managed by the Program Coordinating Committee Combat Aircraft (COPAC), the KC-X2 project sought solutions, taking into account technical and operational requirements, logistics, industrial and commercial and technological compensation of the country.


Manufactured by Boeing, the KC-137 is a military derivative of the 707 jet airliner, and is primarily used for VIP transport or as an aerial refuelling tanker aircraft.


Mainly used by the US Air Force (USAF), several variants of the aircraft are also operational with the air forces of Canada, Italy and Saudi Arabia (RSAF). All contractual details are expected to be finalised by the air force and the company in the next few weeks.

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19 mars 2013 2 19 /03 /mars /2013 13:25



19 March 2013 naval-technology.com


Cassidian Optronics has been awarded a contract by the Colombian Navy to provide the SERO 250 search periscope system in support of its 209-class submarine upgrade programme.


Under the contract, Cassidian will install its compact sighting system onboard the existing 209-class submarines for increased capabilities and enhanced performance.


Commissioned in 1975, the Colombian Navy's 209-class submarines are currently under a modernisation programme at Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) facility in Kiel, Germany, as part of a contract signed in December 2008.


HDW and MarineForce International MFI consortium will provide two material packages and technical support for overhaul of the two Colombian submarines, ARC Pijao and ARC Tayrona, as reported by Deagel.com.


As part of the upgrade programme, the Colombian Navy will replace all current optical systems equipped onboard the vessels.


A modern and cost-effective plug-in solution, SERO 250 is integrated with advanced sensors, including a new-generation infrared one to provide increased night-vision capabilities for the crew.


Designed for retrofit programme solutions, the compact system is suitable for submarines where space is available in an attack and search version.


Capable of improving a submarine's combat effectiveness at moderate costs, the system can monitor surface and air activity and collect navigational data, as well as detect and identify targets.


In addition to providing video signals for parallel observation on combat system monitors, a periscope requires minimal modifications to integrate an eye-safe laser rangefinder and features dual-axis, line-of-sight stabilisation.


Cassidian Optronics is also under contract to upgrade the Turkish Navy's AY-class submarines.

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March 15, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Brazilian air force; issued March 14, 2013)

(Issued in Portuguese only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)


Official Note - FAB Closes Selection Process for Tankers


BRASILIA --- The Air Force Command has completed the selection process of the two large aircraft which will replace the KC-137 operated by the 2nd Squadron of the 2nd Transportation Group (2 ° / 2 ° GT).


The winning proposal was made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which will convert two Boeing 767-300ER commercial aircraft into platforms capable of performing refueling, strategic troop and cargo transport, and aeromedical evacuation, according to the requirements formulated by the Brazilian Air Force.


The KC-X2 Project, as the replacement process of the aircraft was designated, was established by the Air Force General Staff (EMAER) in 2008 and conducted by the Program Coordinating Committee Combat Aircraft (COPAC), who sought the best solutions on the market, considering technical and operational requirements, logistics, industrial and commercial and technological compensation for the Brazilian state.


The former KC-137s were manufactured in the 1960s and incorporated into the FAB in 1986, and had been employed since then in various operational and humanitarian missions of great importance for the Brazilian Air Force and Brazil.

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15 mars 2013 5 15 /03 /mars /2013 17:25



15 March 2013 by Dave Majumdar – FG


Embraer is undertaking a critical design review (CDR) for its KC-390 tactical transport and tanker, a top company official says.


"We are doing this week and next week, the KC-390 critical design review with the [Brazilian] air force," says Paulo Gastao Silva, Embraer's programme vice president for the KC-390.


The review, which started on 4 March, should be completed by 22 March, he says.


Successfully completing the CDR is an important step for the programme because it clears the way for manufacturing drawings to be released to the factory floor, Gastao Silva says. "We will really start building the aircraft this year," he adds.


This will clear the way for the KC-390's first flight in the second half of 2014, he adds. The first aircraft are to be delivered in late 2015 or early 2016.


Series production of the aircraft is expected to start in 2016, but Embraer also hopes to receive a final operational clearance for the KC-390 later that year. The Brazilian air force is funding the developmental work, and is the launch customer.


Gastao Silva says the aircraft is "on track" to meet its cost targets. In fact, there has been a slight drop in the projected development cost of the transport, which is powered by twin IAE V2500 turbofans, he says. The total development cost is expected to come in at between $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion.


While he will not say what the unit cost for the KC-390 will be, Gastao Silva claims the type will have the best lifecycle costs in its class.


Although Embraer had not originally intended the KC-390 to be a direct competitor to the Lockheed Martin C-130J, Gastao Silva says the Hercules is the Brazilian-built machine's main competitor.


"We never considered developing an aircraft to fight the C-130J on the market, we started with only an aircraft to respond to Brazilian air force requirements," he says. "We will, of course, compete against the C-130J."


More than half of the world's tactical transports are versions of the C-130, says Gastao Silva, who also claims that the Embraer design brings a host of modern technologies to the market that the C-130J cannot match.


The Brazilian aircraft will carry a 23t payload, which exceeds the roughly 21t carrying capability of the Lockheed-build machine. The KC-390, with its twin-turbofan design and fly-by-wire controls, is also much faster than the turboprop-powered C-130J, with a cruise speed of 465kt (860km/h). It also offers greater flexibility than the Hercules, Gastao Silva says.


The KC-390 offers advanced avionics in the form of Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion cockpit displays equipped with enhanced vision capability. The aircraft can also carry a Rafael Litening II electro-optical/infrared targeting pod for search and rescue missions. Additionally, the transport was designed from the ground up with a built-in aerial refuelling capability, to support both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.


Gastao Silva says the KC-390 is being designed specifically to operate from austere semi-prepared airstrips. The aircraft can make 10 passes on a fully unpaved runway before the landing strip is rendered useless, he adds.


Further development of the KC-390 might come in the form of a stretched variant. Embraer has already been in discussions with the Brazilian postal service and other potential customers about building a civilian cargo version with a longer fuselage, Gastao Silva says. However, the company is not currently proceeding with the development of a civilian variant at this time, he adds.


Currently, Embraer does not have any firm orders for the aircraft, but does have letters of intent to buy the jet from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic and Portugal for a total of 60 KC-390s.


Of this number, 28 aircraft would be for the Brazilian air force, but Embraer estimates that the medium-lift transport market is worth $50 billion over the next 10 to 15 years. That could mean a possible total of 700 orders.

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15 mars 2013 5 15 /03 /mars /2013 17:25


Cassidian Optronics Submarines Mast on Class 209 submarine.

Foto: Cassidian Optronics

Oberkochen/Germany, 15 March 2013 cassidian.com
  • Search periscope with IR sensors enhances submarines' capabilities
  • Cassidian Optronics proves position as a major player in the refit and upgrade market

Cassidian Optronics improves the mission effectiveness of the 209 class submarines of the Colombian Navy by installing state-of-the-art sighting systems. After the already ordered refurbishment of an attack periscope, the Colombian Navy has now ordered a SERO 250 search periscope from Cassidian Optronics for a 209 Class submarine. Cassidian Optronics is the well-known producer of optronic mast systems and periscopes for submarines, formerly known as Carl Zeiss Optronics.


This contract is the first in a series of contracts aimed at the final replacement of all current optical systems on board the existing Class 209 submarines of the Colombian Navy. These submarines were commissioned in 1975 and are now in an overhaul and upgrade phase. The current programme is under contract to the German shipbuilding company HDW in Kiel. Cassidian Optronics' SERO 250 was chosen because it is a modern and cost effective plug-in solution replacing older periscopes without having to make major modifications to the boat.


One of the main criteria for a periscope upgrade in submarines is the increase in capabilities. The SERO 250 periscope is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors. These include a new generation infrared sensor, offering the crew a night vision capability. It was specifically designed for the submarine refit market to replace legacy systems with minimal platform adaptation. In the integration process local partners in Columbia will be involved.


Previously, Cassidian Optronics won different programmes within the retrofit market, including the upgrade programme of the Turkish Navy's AY-Class submarines. (More information about Cassidian Optronics maritime solutions under http://www.cassidian.com/en_US/web/guest/optronics-maritime-solutions).


Employing about 800 staff at the German locations of Oberkochen and Wetzlar, and at Irene in South Africa, Cassidian Optronics GmbH develops and manufactures optical and optronic products which are used in military ground, sea and air systems as well as in border and security technologies, but also in non-military high-tech systems and in the aerospace sector. Cassidian Optronics combines the optical and optronic precision technology from Carl Zeiss Optronics with Cassidian's know-how as a global market leader in defence and security technology.


About CASSIDIAN (www.cassidian.com)

Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications. In 2012, Cassidian – with around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion.

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14 mars 2013 4 14 /03 /mars /2013 13:25



14 March 2013 airforce-technology.com


Pall Corporation has inked a strategic agreement with Embraer Defense & Security for the supply of hydraulic filters for the Brazilian Air Force's (FAB) KC-390 tanker aircraft development programme.


Under the agreement, the company will manufacture and deliver unspecified units of hydraulic filter manifolds and assemblies for KC-390 aircraft during the next 30 years.


Pall Aeropower president Mark Morris said the company is looking to build on the current KC-390 strategic alliance and also collaborate with Embraer on future aircraft applications.


Developed from the latest filtration technology in accordance with Embraer's specifications, the filter manifolds and assemblies will boost the KC-390's reliability through purification of pressurised hydraulic fluids that power its flight control systems, cargo door and landing gears.


Combining a number of separate filtration components into a single unit, the filter manifold cost-efficiently purifies contaminants that are introduced into hydraulic system fluids from the environment, during manufacturing and routine maintenance, as well as from component wear.


These contaminants, if not removed, will recirculate, leading to corrosion, fluid degradation, reduced system efficiency and ultimately failure of the associated components.


Embraer is currently manufacturing 28 KC-390s as part of a $1.3bn contract received in April 2009, to help replace the FAB's existing fleet of 22 Lockheed Martin-built C-130E/Hs and KC-130 aircraft.


The initial test flight of the KC-390 aircraft is expected to take place in 2014, followed by entry into operational service in 2016.


Powered by two IAE V2500-E5 turbofan engines, the KC-390 is a medium-lift aircraft designed to conduct troop and cargo transport in Antarctic and Amazon regions, apart from aerial delivery, in-flight refuelling, search and rescue (SAR) and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operations.


Initial deliveries under the contract are expected to take place by the end of 2013.earlier version of it over alleged irregularities in the bidding process.

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14 mars 2013 4 14 /03 /mars /2013 08:25



Mar. 13, 2013 - By AARON MEHTA  - Defense News


SAN JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil — Embraer expects to complete the critical design review of its KC-390 transport plane by next week, according to a top program official.


The completion of the review is a major step toward “the point it becomes a real airplane,” Paulo Gastao Silva, Embraer’s program vice president, told reporters visiting Embraer’s facilities here. Embraer funded the trip.


Silva added that the company is committed to launching the first flight of the plane in the second half of 2014, with the first planes delivered in late 2015 or early 2016.


The news comes roughly a month before the LAAD defense expo in Rio de Janeiro, the largest in the region.


Costs for the new plane are “on track,” Silva said, with development costs slightly falling. However, Silva declined to provide a unit cost for the plane. He estimated that the Brazilian government will have invested $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion in development and preparation costs by the time the plane is in production.


Although the KC-390 is designed as a transport plane, Silva emphasized its “multirole” capabilities. During his presentation, he highlighted both firefighting and search-and-rescue roles, which are enhanced by the inclusion of an EO/IR pod on the plane.


The plane can transport 80 Brazilian troops, or 64 paratroopers; cargo-wise, it can carry seven 108- by 88-inch pallets. The plane also comes equipped with refueling capabilities and carries enough fuel to resupply four Boeing F-18s, five Dassault Rafales or eight Saab Gripen fighters, according to Silva.


Silva acknowledged that the main competition for the cargo plane would be Lockheed Martin’s C-130J design. While he stressed that the plane was designed for Brazilian needs, not to compete with the C-130 directly, Silva did say a market analysis conducted by the company estimates the potential market for the KC-390 at around 700 planes.

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12 mars 2013 2 12 /03 /mars /2013 13:25

OPV APA photo Bae Systems


Mar 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


The latest addition to the Brazilian Navy’s fleet departed the UK in the snow today for her new home in Rio de Janeiro where she will strengthen Brazil’s maritime security.


APA is the second of three Amazonas Class Ocean Patrol Vessels being delivered to the Brazilian Navy by BAE Systems. Her sister ship, AMAZONAS, completed the crossing last year, while the final ship, ARAGUARI, will be handed over in June.


BAE Systems employees and the Brazilian Navy support team, who are working in partnership to deliver the class of ships, gathered on the dockside at HM Naval Base Portsmouth where she departed.


Her journey of more than 10,000 miles will include diplomatic stops along the West coast of Europe and Africa before crossing the South Atlantic to reach her new home in May.


Nigel Stewart, Commercial Director of BAE Systems Maritime, said: “We’re very proud to watch APA sail off and begin her important role in providing maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian relief. This highly capable and versatile ship performed extremely well during training with the Brazilian Navy, which is a great credit to all those who designed, built and delivered her.


“APA’s crew may have departed, but our partnership with the Brazilian Navy continues to grow, as we look forward to welcoming the crew of the next Ocean Patrol Vessel, ARAGUARI.”


APA’s 81 crew members completed Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) around the UK coast last week with the Royal Navy and support from BAE Systems. Their rigorous training schedule included simulations of operations that the ship is designed to undertake, including search and rescue, humanitarian relief, anti-piracy and boarding operations to tackle maritime violations such as trafficking.


Beyond training, the Brazilian Navy crew learnt about life in the UK while living on HM Naval Base Portsmouth, which included English breakfasts and most experiencing their very first snowfall.


The ship's Commanding Officer, Capitão-de-Fragata Marcelo Considera, said: "Receiving a new ship is a great challenge, which involves many people working in partnership. I believe all of us – BAE Systems, Brazilian Navy, VTFlagship and FOST – worked very well together. The ship and her crew were tested in high intensity training and we are very confident that we possess the ability to fulfill the missions we are assigned, which fills us with enormous pride.”


The £133 million contract for the supply of the three Ocean Patrol Vessels and ancillary support services also includes a manufacturing licence to enable further vessels of the same class to be constructed in Brazil, helping to support the country’s naval re-equipment programme and strengthen its maritime industrial capability.


The 90 metre Amazonas Class ships are based on the design of the Royal Navy’s River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels and are ideal for providing maritime security in Brazil’s territorial waters, including the protection of the country’s oil and gas platforms.


The ships are equipped with a 30mm cannon and two 25mm guns, as well as two rigid inflatable boats and a helicopter flight deck. The ship contains additional accommodation for 50, designed for use by a boarding party of troops or passengers such as evacuees.


APA and ARAGUARI were constructed at BAE Systems’ Scotstoun shipyard and completed in Portsmouth, while AMAZONAS was constructed in Portsmouth.

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11 mars 2013 1 11 /03 /mars /2013 16:25



March 11, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Embraer; issued March 8, 2013)


Embraer Delivers Upgraded F-5 Fighter to Brazilian Air Force


NEWTOWN, Conn. - On March 7, Embraer redelivered the final aircraft in the first batch of Brazilian Air Force F-5 fighters. A total of 46 will be upgraded to the F-5EM and F-5FM standard to keep them active until 2020.


The upgrade program has faced long delays, as it was approved by the Brazilian Senate 12 years ago, in January 2001. The first F-5 for the program was transferred to Embraer in February 2001 and redelivered after a full upgrade in September 2005.


The upgrade includes the Grifo F-BR radar, hands-on throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) cockpit controls, three multifunction displays, additional weapons capabilities, a radar warning receiver, and an electronics countermeasures suite. Those F-5s lacking air-to-air refueling probes are being fitted with them.


In April 2011, Brazil decided to expand the scope of the F-5M upgrade program to include 11 F-5s (eight Es and three Fs) that it had purchased from Jordan.


A contract with SELEX Galileo worth $85 million was signed a few months later, in July, for an additional 11 Grifo F/BR radars. Work on the 11 aircraft began in October 2012 and will continue through 2013.

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10 mars 2013 7 10 /03 /mars /2013 16:29

Scorpene-class attack submarine. (Photo DCNS)


10/03/2013 Par Véronique Guillermard – LeFigaro.fr


Le spécialiste du naval militaire vient d'inaugurer la première usine brésilienne d'assemblage de sous-marins dans le cadre du plus important transfert de technologie mené par la France dans la défense.

Itaguai, ville de plus de 100.000 habitants, au nord-est de l'État de Rio de Janeiro. Ses plages et son golfe aux allures de Saint-Tropez brésilien. Et, bientôt, de l'autre côté de la baie de Sepetiba, ses installations militaires navales. Le 1er mars dernier, Dilma Rousseff, la présidente de la République du Brésil, avait fait le déplacement pour inaugurer la première usine d'assemblage de sous-marins construite sur son sol. Une étape clé dans le déroulement du plus important transfert de technologie jamais mené à ce jour dans le domaine militaire par une entreprise française.


Fin 2009, le Brésil signe avec la France pour plus de 10 milliards d'euros de contrats d'armement dans le cadre d'un accord de coopération militaire et d'un partenariat stratégique. La pépite? Un contrat géant de 6,7 milliards d'euros gagné par le français DCNS contre l'allemand TKMS pour doter le Brésil d'une industrie de défense sous-marine. Il prévoit la livraison de quatre sous-marins de classe Scorpène entre 2017 et 2021 puis d'un sous-marin à propulsion nucléaire de type SNA en 2025, dans le cadre d'un transfert de technologie complet (hors chaufferie nucléaire qui reste du ressort des Brésiliens) ainsi que la construction d'une usine d'assemblage, d'un chantier et d'une base navale, futur port d'attache de la marine brésilienne, d'une capacité d'accueil de 10 sous-marins.


Le projet représente une rentrée de 4,1 milliards d'euros dans les caisses de DCNS qui intervient à deux niveaux. Le constructeur transfère ses technologies de fabrication de sous-marins via une filiale, créée avec un partenaire local, le groupe de BTP diversifié Odebrecht. «Nous transférons également notre know-how (notre savoir-faire, NDLR) en matière de conception de base et chantier navals à Odebrecht qui en assure la maîtrise d'œuvre et la construction», précise Patrick Boissier, PDG de leader européen du naval militaire.

Conserver un avantage compétitif

Dans quelques semaines, la nouvelle usine d'Itaguai doit recevoir la section avant du premier sous-marin. Elle a été assemblée à Cherbourg, le site français servant de «centre de formation» à quelque 200 ouvriers, techniciens et ingénieurs brésiliens. La section arrière sera réalisée au Brésil. Parallèlement, une soixantaine de salariés de DCNS se sont installés à Itaguai pour participer au transfert de technologie. Et, dans leur sillage, des fournisseurs français d'équipements. «Au total, le contrat brésilien se traduit par une charge de travail pour environ 400 collaborateurs français de DCNS et pour plus de 1000 personnes chez ses fournisseurs pendant au moins six ans», souligne Patrick Boissier. Et de citer, des missions de formation, l'assistance technique, la réalisation d'équipements comme les tubes lance-torpilles ou les périscopes.


«En huit ans, de la signature du contrat à la première livraison, le Brésil aura acquis toutes les technologies pour fabriquer des sous-marins de conception classique», résume le PDG de DCNS. Il avertit: «Sans ce transfert de technologie, il n'y aurait pas eu de contrat.» Or, ajoute-t-il, «il était inéluctable que le Brésil se dote d'une industrie militaire navale. Avec nous ou avec d'autres». À l'instar de l'Inde, le Brésil veut se doter des attributs de grandes puissances. Nanti d'une industrie aéronautique de premier rang avec Embraer, Brasilia ambitionne de développer une marine océanique capable de surveiller ses intérêts vitaux et de se projeter à travers les mers.


«Nous transférons nos technologies actuelles les plus avancées mais nous faisons ce qu'il faut pour conserver un avantage compétitif en développant les navires de nouvelle génération. D'où un effort important et constant d'investissement en recherche & développement qui représente de 8 à 10% de notre chiffre d'affaires», développe Patrick Boissier. Les navires du futur font déjà l'objet d'études (furtivité, propulsion, matériaux…) au sein de structures ad hoc comme Advansea pour les bâtiments de surface.

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9 mars 2013 6 09 /03 /mars /2013 20:44

Russia Weapon Maker


09/03 LesEchos.fr (AFP)


La Russie compte préserver ses liens, notamment militaires, avec le Venezuela, a déclaré samedi son chef de la diplomatie Sergueï Lavrov, quatre jours après le décès du président vénézuélien Hugo Chavez.


Le Venezuela a signé des milliards de dollars de contrats d'armement avec la Russie, dont le conglomérat Rosneft a fait du pays latino-américain une cible prioritaire de ses investissements à l'étranger.


Les liens entre ces deux pays sont d'autant plus importants que la Russie et le Venezuela entretiennent des relations tendues avec les Etats-Unis, a estimé M. Lavrov.


"Les investissements à long terme, sous la forme de coopération dans les domaines militaire, de l'économie et de la coopération ou autres renforcent les relations entre pays", a dit M. Lavrov dans une interview devant être diffusée samedi soir par la télévision russe.


"En permanence, nous essayons de faire des échanges économiques la clé de voute de nos relations avec le reste du monde", a poursuivi le ministre, selon une transcription de l'interview rendue publique par les Affaires étrangères.


La perte de ces contrats "aurait sans aucun doute un impact sur nos relations avec le Venezuela", a-t-il déclaré sans fournir de précisions, tout en ajoutant que Moscou "respecterait" le choix du futur président.


La Russie a été représentée à Caracas aux obsèques jeudi d'Hugo Chavez par une délégation commerciale conduite par le président de Rosneft, Igor Setchine, le patron de l'agence russe chargée de la vente d'armes Sergueï Tchemezov et le ministre du Commerce Denis Mantourov.

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8 mars 2013 5 08 /03 /mars /2013 13:25


Sortie de l'eau de ballots par l'équipe de visite


08/03/2013 Marine nationale


Le 27 février et le 1er mars 2013, dans le cadre d’une opération de lutte contre le narcotrafic baptisée « Carib Royale», la frégate de surveillance Ventôse a intercepté deux embarcations de type « go-fast » en mer des Caraïbes. 7 ballots de drogue représentant plus de 240 kilogrammes de cocaïne ont pu être récupérés lors de ces opérations. Les marins embarqués sur ces deux embarcations ainsi que la drogue ont été remis sans délais aux enquêteurs de l’antenne Caraïbes de l’OCRTIS et la frégate Ventôse a poursuivi sa mission. Retour sur ces deux opérations…


Le 26 février 2013 en soirée, la frégate Ventôse, déployée en mission de lutte contre le trafic illicite de stupéfiants en mer des Caraïbes, agissant de conserve avec un Falcon 50 de surveillance maritime de la Marine nationale, a  détecté une embarcation suspecte de type « go-fast », navigant à grande vitesse. Sur ordre du commandant supérieur des forces armées aux Antilles, le Ventôse a engagé immédiatement la poursuite du «go-fast», fait décoller son hélicoptère Panther et mis à l’eau une embarcation rapide sur laquelle était embarquée une équipe de visite.


Lorsque l’hélicoptère s’est approché pour effectuer une reconnaissance de l’embarcation, le largage de plusieurs colis suspects à la mer a pu être observé et filmé. Malgré l’ordre qui lui a été donné de s’arrêter et en dépit des avertissements, l’équipage du «go-fast» a poursuivi sa route à grande vitesse. Sur ordre du préfet de la région Martinique, délégué du gouvernement pour l’action de l’État en mer, le commandant du Ventôse a alors procédé aux opérations contraignant le «go-fast» à stopper.


Le «go-fast» a ensuite été rejoint par l’équipe de visite du Ventôse qui en a pris le contrôle. Ses cinq membres d’équipage ont été transférés sur la frégate et placés en rétention.


7 colis récupérés


Le 1er mars, selon le même mode opératoire, le Ventôse a intercepté un second «go-fast» suspecté de se livrer à des trafics illicites. Dès que le Panther de la frégate a été aperçu par l’équipage du «go-fast», celui-ci a  jeté 7 colis à la mer. Le «go-fast» n’obtempérant pas aux injonctions de stopper, le commandant supérieur des forces armées aux Antilles a autorisé les manœuvres d’intimidation à partir de l’hélicoptère.


Devant la détermination affichée par les unités militaires, l’équipage du «go-fast» a finalement stoppé ses moteurs. Les trafiquants ont rapidement été interceptés par l’équipe de visite du Ventôse qui en a pris le contrôle. Ses cinq membres d’équipage ont été transférés  sur la frégate et placés en rétention. Les 7 colis ont été récupérés par l’embarcation rapide de la frégate. Le test à la cocaïne s’est révélé positif. La quantité saisie s’est élevée à plus de 240 kilogrammes.



jet de ballot



go-fast en route


 2,4 tonnes de cocaïne interceptées en 2012


Ces missions d’interception ont été menées sur instruction du procureur de la République de Fort-de-France et sous l’autorité du préfet de la région Martinique, délégué du gouvernement pour l’action de l’État en mer. Les opérations ont été conduites par l’amiral, commandant supérieur des forces armées des Antilles depuis le centre opérationnel interarmées implanté au Fort Desaix.


En 2012, 2,4 tonnes de cocaïne ont été interceptées en haute mer par les Forces Armées aux Antilles et 3 tonnes au total dans le cadre d’opérations relevant de l’action de l’État en mer, menées également avec le concours de l’administration des douanes. Ces deux nouvelles interceptions viennent renforcer l’action interministérielle et internationale menée par tous les acteurs de la lutte contre le narcotrafic dans les Caraïbes.


Les forces armées aux Antilles (FAA) garantissent la protection du territoire national et animent la coopération régionale depuis les départements de la Martinique et de la Guadeloupe. Elles constituent un dispositif interarmées à dominante aéromaritime de premier plan sur le théâtre Antilles-Guyane, en coordination avec les forces armées en Guyane (FAG). En cas de crise sur le territoire français ou à l’étranger, elles ont pour mission de conduire ou participer à une opération militaire et de mener des opérations de secours d’urgence (assistance humanitaire, catastrophe naturelle).



arrivée équipe de visite à proximité du go fast jour

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8 mars 2013 5 08 /03 /mars /2013 08:25



04.03.2013 Mer et Marine


Réalisée avec l’assistance technique de DCNS, l’Unité de Fabrication des Ensembles Métalliques (UFEM) du nouveau chantier des futurs sous-marins brésiliens a été inaugurée le 1er mars par la présidente Dilma Roussef. Situé à Itaguaí, dans la baie de Sepetiba, cet ensemble industriel est chargé de produire les sections équipées des sous-marins de la famille Scorpène commandés en 2009 par le Brésil dans le cadre du programme PROSUB. En tout, quatre bâtiments de 75 mètres et environ 2000 tonnes de déplacement en plongée doivent être livrés entre 2017 et 2022, la tête de série des « S-BR » étant coréalisées en France et au Brésil. Le site DCNS de Cherbourg a, ainsi, construit la section avant, qui a servi à la formation des équipes brésiliennes (notamment les soudeurs) et qui partira au printemps pour le Brésil, où elle sera assemblée à la partie arrière, réalisée localement.


Vue d'un futur S-BR (© : DCNS)


D’un montant de 6.7 milliards d’euros, le contrat signé en 2009 par DCNS et son partenaire brésilien, Odebrecht, avec lequel le groupe français a créé une société commune, Itaguaí Construções Navais (59% Odebrecht, 41% DCNS), ne se limite pas à l’achat des quatre Scorpène. Le programme comporte un important transfert de technologie incluant non seulement les procédés de réalisation des bâtiments, mais aussi l’assistance française pour la conception d’un nouveau chantier et d’une nouvelle base navale à Itaguaí.  « DCNS apporte son expertise pour la définition de la base navale et des infrastructures nécessaires à la construction et à l’entretien des sous-marins. Le travail de DCNS porte sur le design, la définition des spécifications fonctionnelles au travers d’exigences, l’assistance technique pour la construction, le suivi de chantier et la réception des ouvrages et équipements industriels », explique le groupe français.


Parmi les nouvelles infrastructures se trouve donc l’UFEM. Cette unité de production s’étend sur près de 55.000 m2 couverts et réunit notamment des ponts roulants de 150 tonnes et des presses de fortes capacités pour la manutention et la mise en forme d’aciers HLES (Haute Limite d'Elasticité Soudables). Ces outillages industriels seront utilisés dans la production de sections équipées des futurs sous-marins. Non seulement les Scorpène, mais également le premier sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque brésilien (devant être livré vers 2025), pour lequel DCNS apporte également son aide (pour la conception des parties non nucléaires).



Vue du futur chantier et de la future base navale (© : DCNS)


En dehors de l’UFEM, un grand chantier d’assemblage des sous-marins (avec les sections produites par l’UFEM), organisé comme à Cherbourg autour d’une vaste nef couverte, sera opérationnel vers 2015. Il disposera notamment d’ateliers spécialisés de deux bassins de radoub permettant d’assurer la maintenance des bâtiments après leur mise en service. A proximité du chantier, on trouvera la future base navale, qui abritera la flotte sous-marine brésilienne et son commandement. Le site pourra, à terme, accueillir 10 sous-marins.

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