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21 novembre 2012 3 21 /11 /novembre /2012 18:45



21 November 2012 airforce-technology.com


ORBIT Communication Systems has been awarded a contract to provide its airborne digital management systems (ADAMS) to the Brazilian Air Force (BAF).


The undisclosed contract covers the supply of ADAMS for installation onboard the air force's P-95A Bandeirulha aircraft fleet to help support its maritime patrol operations.


The selection was based on the cost-effectiveness and combat proven high performance of the ADAMS, which is expected to address the specific requirements and challenges of maritime patrol, which include secure communications and support for large crews.


Commenting on the contract award, ORBIT Communication Systems CEO Ofer Greenberger said the company will support BAF's mission-critical maritime patrol missions.


The award also reflects the quality and suitability of the company's communication management systems to handle complex requirements of maritime patrol applications, Greenberger added.


Featuring a modular, open design, the ADAMS is a fully digital, secure audio management system designed for routing and distribution of audio and data between aircrew and the aircraft communication data and recording systems.


The commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems can address specific requirements of advanced large crew aircraft, such as commercial airliners, transportation, tanker and mission applications.


The night vision goggles-compatible system supports up to 20 full capability users, eight intercom only users, 16 radios and 31 receivers, six recording outputs, discrete lines and several internal intercom networks.


Manufactured by Embraer, the P-95A is a twin-engine derivative of EMB-110 Bandeirantev light transport aircraft, and is also operational with Chile and Gabon air forces.


The aircraft was also leased and operated by the Argentine Navy during the Falklands war in 1982.

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21 novembre 2012 3 21 /11 /novembre /2012 08:45

China Armed Forces source Brahmand.com




Defense manufacturers in Brazil and Chile face new competition from China's rapidly developing aviation and arms industries, showcased at the Zhuhai International Air Show.


The air show surprised Western military analysts with the diversity and variety of Chinese defense products that are destined for international markets at competitive prices.


Chinese arms manufacturers also demonstrated they had honed skills and removed elements that earned them notoriety for substandard production and unreliability, observers at the air show said.


The Zhuhai air show in China's southern Guangdong province ran Nov.13-18.


The appearance of a new, stronger Chinese presence was seen by Brazilian and Chilean exhibitors as an open challenge as China mounts a global marketing drive to find customers for its wares.


The air show was "full of surprises," DefenseNews.com said on its website. It said the show revealed to Western visitors "a variety of new weapon systems and international arms deals."


The Chinese Morning Whistle website said the show ended with "record deals" worth $11.8 billion.


The two main Latin American exhibitors, Brazil and Chile, didn't immediately report their reaction to the show's outcome. Brazil was represented by aircraft manufacturer Embraer and Chile sent representatives from its own annual defense show.


Defense manufacturers and arms dealers from across Latin America attended in small numbers.


China has been pushing its military hardware in Latin America in direct competition with Russia, France and Germany, the three major players who have sought to fill the vacuum created by the United States' long absence from the scene.


Although recent U.S. administration efforts have tried to reverse the trend, both U.S. officials and defense businesses are up against rivals who are willing to offer their weapons systems at discounted rates and easy payment terms.


Chinese defense manufacturers are keen to establish their military wares' reputation after many years of bad publicity caused by poor performance of previously supplied Chinese equipment.


The current focus of Chinese manufacturers is on targeting less developed countries that want to have new military equipment but do not have the resources to afford it. Chinese firms are keen to find customers and offer them special rates, industry sources said.


The Zhuhai air show, seen by China as its most important platform for showing off military and civilian aircraft technologies, attracted about 650 aviation and aerospace manufacturers from more than 35 countries, but China revealed many new brands in its displays.


The Aviation Industry Corp. of China revealed its supersonic L-15 Hunting Eagle advanced jet trainers.


Chinese manufacturers are also aiming to replace engines based on Russian and Ukrainian models that will give them an edge over rivals. AVIC has said it plans to develop the L-15 into a target drone, DefenseNews.com said.


AVIC's Guizhou Aircraft Co. showed off a modified FTC-2000 light multipurpose jet trainer that seems likely to compete with Embraer models that are trying to capture international markets from U.S. and European manufacturers.


Guizhou also displayed a new model for Harrier III unmanned aerial vehicle which can cruise for up to 24 hours.


The market for unmanned aerial vehicles and aerial systems is set to expand across Latin America. Several nations other than Brazil and Chile are exploring ways of producing their own UAVs as a substitute for fighter or surveillance aircraft they can't afford to buy.


This is an area where China aims to find customers with its own competitively priced hardware.


The Boeing Co., which set up aviation and defense technology partnerships in Brazil, is hoping to expand its role in the region but competition is getting tougher, analysts said.

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21 novembre 2012 3 21 /11 /novembre /2012 08:15



20 novembre 2012 Info-Aviation


Les deux premiers avions de transport militaire Shaanxi Y-8 de fabrication chinoise sont arrivés au Venezuela, a déclaré le président Hugo Chavez le 15 novembre.


« Ils ont traversé l’Afrique et le Brésil pour atterrir dans sur la base aérienne Libertador de Maracay (nord) », a fait savoir le leader vénézuélien.


Caracas et Pékin ont conclu le contrat pour l’achat de huit de ces appareils au début de l’année 2011.


Le Shaanxi Y-8 est un avion cargo fabriqué par Shaaxi Aircraft Company (filiale d’AVIC) et une adaptation de l’avion Antonov An-12, fabriqué en Union soviétique. Il équipé de quatre moteurs turbopropulseurs WJ-6 et d’hélices à quatre pales JL-G13. Il peut transporter jusqu’à 96 personnels ou 20 tonnes de fret.


Selon le ministre vénézuélien des Communications et de l’Information Ernesto Villegas, les avions achetés par Caracas ne font pas partie de l’arsenal offensif et seront utilisés pour le transport de passagers et de cargaisons à l’intérieur du pays, y compris à des fins civiles.


La coopération technico-militaire entre le Venezuela et la Chine se développe de façon dynamique. L’été dernier, Caracas a annoncé un achat d’armes chinoises pour un montant total de 500 millions de dollars en vue d’équiper la marine nationale.

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20 novembre 2012 2 20 /11 /novembre /2012 07:45



17th Nov 2012 SUMAN SHARMA  sunday-guardian.com


New Delhi | Ashok Leyland has approached the Brazilian government to sell its heavy defence truck Stallion MK-IV (above), under a joint venture agreement.


eavy trucks maker Ashok Leyland has approached the Brazilian government to sell its heavy defence truck Stallion MK-IV, under a joint-venture arrangement. The move comes as the terrain of Latin America requires heavy trucks for logistic purposes, and currently the ones being used in countries like Brazil, Columbia, Peru and Equador are US and China made, which are expensive. Brazil however, was scouting for a cheaper option. These Ashok Leyland vehicles can perform the same tasks and are cheaper.


The tie-up between Ashok Leyland and the Brazilian company would meet the logistic requirements of neighbouring countries like Columbia, Peru, Equador, as well, but the main assembly plant will be in Brazil. As of now it is not yet known which Brazilian company will tie up with Ashok Leyland, which has offered its vehicles at almost one-third the price of the US and Chinese vehicles.


Over 70,000 of these trucks are already in use in the Indian army to supply logistics in far-flung areas. The proposal was forwarded through the Ministry of External Affairs recently, to the Ambassador of Brazil, in the form of a presentation.


These heavy vehicles will be all-weather and all-terrain vehicles. According to a source, the terrain in and around countries like Peru, Brazil, Columbia and Equador is such that heavy vehicles are required, because of which this is being seen as a win-win situation for both nations. Partnership is still unclear, but most probably a private company from Brazil will enter into partnership with Ashok Leyland for assembling the 4 into 4 truck, which has automatic integral power steering. The truck with an overall height of 3000 mm has a rear and pneumatic brake at the front, and a fully floating steerable driven axle. Powered by a maximum speed of 85 kmph, it can carry a payload of 5000 kg. With an overall width of 2500 mm and length of 7395 mm, the truck has an angle of approach of 35 degrees.


Still in the initial stages, the deal is yet to be finalised but is being looked at very seriously by Brazil. The numbers are not yet known as to how many of these would be required by Brazil and other countries.


Apart from Stallion Ashok Leyland also makes other models like the Colt and Super Stallion for defence purposes, along with which serve as Rapid Intervention Vehicles, Field Artillery Tractors, Water Bowsers, Truck Fire Fighters etc. for the Indian armed forces, to meet their mobility and logistic needs.

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17 novembre 2012 6 17 /11 /novembre /2012 22:45

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November 17, 2012. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


Canada and Colombia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation. Defence Minister Peter MacKay signed the MOU with his Colombian counterpart, Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzon Bueno. The Memorandum of Understanding provides a strategic framework for what DND is calling in a news release “the growing defence relationship between our countries.”


According to DND, Canada and Colombia enjoy strong bilateral defence relations. Canada established a Defence Attache position in Colombia in 2001, while an accredited Colombian Military Attache resided in Ottawa from 2002 to 2005, and again since 2010. Colombia became a member of the Military Training and Cooperation Program in late 2011.


More from the news release:


Current areas of collaboration between Canada and Colombia include military exercises, military training, and defence policy talks.


The Memorandum of Understanding with Colombia originated at the first Canada-Colombia Defence Policy Talks, which were held in Bogota in late February 2012. These talks identified a number of opportunities for further cooperation between our two countries, including military justice, care of the wounded, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, and knowledge sharing on counter-improvised explosive devices.


The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Forces’ commitment to enhancing engagement with military partners in the hemisphere, in support of the Government of Canada’s Engagement in the Americas. As part of this commitment, Canada also promotes and participates in a number of multilateral hemispheric defence fora, where we interact with many Latin American and Caribbean countries, including Colombia. Minister MacKay’s latest meeting with the Colombian Minister of National Defence, Juan Carlos Pinzon Bueno, took place at one of these fora, the Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas, in October 2012, and provided the opportunity to discuss new initiatives to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Canada and Colombia.

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16 novembre 2012 5 16 /11 /novembre /2012 13:05


Y-8 of the Myanmar Air Force


MEXICO, 16 novembre - RIA Novosti


Le premier lot d'avions de transport militaire Shaanxi Y-8 de fabrication chinoise est arrivé au Venezuela, a déclaré le président du pays latino-américain Hugo Chavez cité vendredi par les médias locaux.


"Ils ont traversé l'Afrique et le Brésil pour atterrir dans sur la base aérienne Libertador de Maracay (nord)", a fait savoir le leader vénézuélien.


Le Shaanxi Y-8 est une adaptation de l'avion Antonov An-12, fabriqué en Union soviétique. Caracas et Pékin ont conclu le contrat pour l'achat de huit de ces appareils au début de l'année 2011.


Selon le ministre vénézuélien des Communications et de l'Information Ernesto Villegas, les avions achetés par Caracas ne font pas partie de l'arsenal offensif et seront utilisés pour le transport de passagers et de cargaisons à l'intérieur du pays, y compris à des fins civiles.


La coopération technico-militaire entre le Venezuela et la Chine se développe de façon dynamique. L'été dernier, Caracas a annoncé un achat d'armes chinoises pour un montant total de 500 millions de dollars en vue d'équiper la marine nationale.

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15 novembre 2012 4 15 /11 /novembre /2012 08:18



November 15, 2012. David Pugliese - Defence Watch


The recent industry day on the Canadian Forces fixed wing search and rescue (FWSAR) project brought a new player into the mix. Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embaer was invited to attend.


The company has the KC-390, a twin-jet engine military transport under development by Embaer and the Brazilian air force. The first flight is planned for 2014 and the aircraft is to enter into service with the Brazilian military two years later.


Aviation Week magazine notes that Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic and Portugal have all committed to join Brazil in developing and purchasing the KC-390. From 2014 to 2021, 98 KC-390s are expected to be built, the magazine states.


So does Embraer stand a chance on the FWSAR project with its, so far, anyways, paper airplane?


Embraer officials didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.


Rob Maraucher at Viking Air, which itself is interesting playing a role in FWSAR either with its own aircraft or by joining forces with other players, says his firm is keeping an eye on the Embraer development. “The 390 is a Herc killer,” he told Defence Watch. “They want to get a western country involved in the program. That may put them in a situation where they’re prepared to make a lost leader here. We’re not discounting Embraer. We’re watching closely what develops there.”

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14 novembre 2012 3 14 /11 /novembre /2012 17:35

bae systems


LONDRES, 14 nov 2012 marine-oceans.com (AFP)


Le groupe de défense britannique BAE Systems a annoncé mercredi avoir réglé à l'amiable un contentieux qui l'opposait depuis deux ans au gouvernement de la Trinité-et-Tobago, à la suite de l'annulation d'une commande de trois navires patrouilleurs.


"Le règlement avec le gouvernement de la Trinité-et-Tobago est en ligne avec les provisions qui ont été prises", indique le numéro un européen de la défense dans un communiqué.


BAE Systems avait provisionné 100 millions de livres en 2010 à la suite de l'annulation de la commande par les autorités de l'ancienne colonie britannique des Caraïbes. Le contrat avait été signé en 2007 avec le précédent gouvernement, ensuite évincé du pouvoir lors d'élections législatives anticipées.


Les trois patrouilleurs ont finalement été vendus à la marine brésilienne dans le cadre d'une commande signée en décembre 2011. Le premier navire a été livré en juin dernier.

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14 novembre 2012 3 14 /11 /novembre /2012 08:05

Gripen EF Photo Stefan Kalm - saabgroup.com SKA0070 355x236

In 2009 Gripen submitted an offer for

36 Gripen NG fighters to Brazil.


November 13, 2012 defpro.com


Brazilian suppliers to become a member of GE’s global supply chain


Saab’s technology transfer plan regarding Gripen NG for the Brazilian F-X2 fighter jet competition has been further strengthened by its partner GE Aviation signing MOU´s with several Brazilian aerospace companies. The MOU’s enable Brazilian suppliers to become a member of GE’s global supply chain and strengthens the in-country component of Saab’s Gripen NG proposal to the Brazilian Air Force.


The MOUs with Grauna Aerospace S.A., Increase Aviation Service Ltda., TAP Maintenance and Engineering, Avio do Brasil and AKAER provide local expertise in different areas of aircraft maintenance, manufacturing and engineering.


"GE Aviation is pleased to build on our excellent relationship with Brazil, where we have developed cutting edge technologies with local industry and launched our most recent technology research center in Rio de Janeiro,” said Tom Champion, GE Aviation Industrial Cooperation director. "With on-the-job training, GE will help build industrial capabilities in Brazil that will position the country to compete in the aerospace market for years to come."


The potential co-operation for GE Aviation is to develop programs with the Brazilian aerospace companies to establish long-term aircraft support within Brazil. The programs would include technology transfer as well as training in maintenance and assembly and engine inspection and testing.


“I am very pleased with the continued and extended support from GE that demonstrates their comittment to our joint activities in Brazil. Saab and GE has a long term sucessful partnership in the Gripen program,” said Åke Albertsson Saab Country Manager in Brazil.

Akaer is already participating in the Gripen NG programme including design, tooling and industrialization and in May 2012 Saab strengthened its relation with Akaer through a financial investment furthering yet another important step towards further future design, development and production of Gripen NG in Brazil.


Saab’s proposal for Gripen NG in Brazil includes a Technology Transfer plan to equip Brazilian industry with the necessary capabilities (skills & knowledge) to perform development, production and maintenance of the Gripen NG.


The Transfer of Technology will be performed through hands-on development work and put into practice through the development, manufacturing, operation and future upgrade phases of the Gripen NG in Brazil. A strategic alliance with Brazilian industry where Brazil will become an equal partner in the development work of Gripen NG.

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13 novembre 2012 2 13 /11 /novembre /2012 08:20



Nov 9, 2012 ASDNews Source : COMSOFT


    FT Automacao Industrial selected COMSOFT to undertake the installation of their new Surveillance Data Distribution System SDDSNG in the Amazon area.


The German ATC supplier recently has been awarded a contract to provide FAB (Força Aérea Brasileira) with its SDDS-NG at 22 locations. Predecessor of this new generation of surveillance data distribution is RMCDS, one of COMSOFT's core products and a platform of several surveillance networks for various ANSPs. The systems are currently deployed at their destination sites and are scheduled to be operational upon completion of all required tests.


Like RMCDS, SDDS-NG is a powerful ASTERIX engine for the exchange, conversion, filtering and distribution of any kind of surveillance data - but evolved from scratch using state-of-the-art design and development tools while incorporating all valid safety- and quality standards as well as imminent requirements in the development process of the past years.


Besides the exchange, verification and distribution of surveillance data, the systems to be installed in Brazil will act as communication gateways between different types of protocols. SDDS-NG ensures the provision of surveillance data from radar sensors of different generations and manufacturers to the data processing systems in a redundant way. The original data will be generated according to the latest ASTERIX standard and enriched by additional information. Furthermore the systems have the potential to allow for further functionalities in the field of surveillance such as ADS-B or WAM.

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12 novembre 2012 1 12 /11 /novembre /2012 19:55



Nov. 12, 2012 by Dave Majumdar – FG


Washington DC - AAR is modifying two Boeing 737-400s for the Colombian air force (FAC), which the company expects will generate about $31 million in the second half of its current fiscal year.


"We presented the modified 737-400 platform bundled with AAR's maintenance and logistics support as the most efficient means to satisfy the FAC's air transport, cargo and personnel movement requirements," says Donald Wetekam, the company's business development vice-president. "The programme is based on a successful procurement and conversion programme we originally developed for the US government and we are looking forward to implementing this cost-effective, custom solution for the Colombian air force."


AAR says it will perform inspections and maintenance checks on the two 737s at its aircraft services business in Miami, Florida. One is being converted from a passenger configuration into a combination passenger/freighter while the second will be modified into a freighter-only configuration. AAR is working with Pemco to perform the modifications.

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12 novembre 2012 1 12 /11 /novembre /2012 12:15



09/11/2012 Margaux Thuriot – ministère de la Défense


Le ministre de la Défense s’est rendu au Brésil les 4 et 5 novembre 2012. Ce voyage a été l’occasion pour Jean-Yves Le Drian de constater la réalité du partenariat stratégique qui lie la France et le Brésil. Il a également rencontré son homologue, Celso Amorim.


Jean-Yves Le Drian était au Brésil les 4 et 5 novembre 2012, pour une visite qui s’est déroulée en trois temps. La France est le principal partenaire européen du Brésil en matière de défense et cette visite a permis au ministre d’apprécier les illustrations concrètes de la coopération qui lie les deux pays.


Dimanche 4 novembre, le ministre a rencontré les grands industriels français installés au Brésil. Dans le cadre du partenariat stratégique mis en placeen 2008 entre la France et le Brésil, différents programmes ont été lancés, notamment dans le domaine naval, avec la construction de quatre sous-marins Scorpène, fruit d’un partenariat entre le groupe français DCNS et la société brésilienne Sepetiba/Odebrecht. Egalement dans le domaine aérien, avec des hélicoptères de transport EC-725, par le biais de l’entreprise brésilienne HELIBRAS, dont EADS est actionnaire majoritaire.


Le ministre de la Défense a poursuivi sa visite par un entretien suivi d’un déjeuner de travail avec son homologue Celso Amorim, lundi 5 novembre. Cette rencontre fait suite à celle du 9 juillet dernier entre les deux ministres et marque un point d’étape important avant la venue de la présidente brésilienne Dilma Roussef en France, prévue au mois de décembre.


Parmi les sujets abordés par Jean-Yves Le Drian et Celso Amorim, les enjeux sécuritaires, qui constituent un aspect majeur de la coopération militaire bilatérale. Ils ont notamment évoqué la lutte contre le narcotrafic dans les Caraïbes, la coopération sur la sécurité en Afrique occidentale et dans le golfe de Guinée, les besoins sécuritaires dans l’Atlantique-Sud et sur la frontière guyanaise. Dans cette zone frontalière, la coopération franco-brésilienne concerne en particulier la surveillance des frontières communes et la lutte contre la pêche illicite et l’orpaillage clandestin.


Plus largement, le ministre de la Défense a exprimé son attachement à la relation de concertation qui caractérise la France et le Brésil sur les sujets de politique internationale. Il a par ailleurs réaffirmé son soutien à la candidature brésilienne à un siège permanent au Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies.



Visite de la future base de sous-marin à Itaguai.


Autre point fort de la visite ministérielle au Brésil : la visite en « avant-première » de la base et du chantier naval d’Itaguai, avant son inauguration officielle. Ce projet est l’illustration du partenariat franco-brésilien dans le domaine naval et s’inscrit dans le cadre du développement des transferts de technologie. La livraison des sous-marins Scorpène est ainsi associée à une prestation de soutien et à la construction d’une infrastructure base navale/chantier naval par le français DCNS en partenariat avec le brésilien Sepetiba/Odebrecht.


Ce projet a été lancé en 2009, avec la signature du contrat PROSUB entre DCNS et la marine brésilienne. Il est l’une des illustrations majeures du partenariat stratégique entre la France et le Brésil. La volonté des deux pays est de le maintenir dans la durée. « Je suis porteur d’un message de continuité. C’est l’intérêt de la France et celui du Brésil. Poursuivons dans d’autres domaines cette logique de partenariat exceptionnel qui nous lie », a ainsi déclaré Jean-Yves Le Drian.

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05/11/2012 Sources : EMA


Du 11 au 13 octobre 2012, dans le cadre de la coopération militaire bilatérale avec Trinidad, la 4e compagnie du Détachement Terre Antilles – 33e RIMa (DTA – 33e RIMa) des forces armées aux Antilles (FAA) et une section de l’armée de Terre trinidadienne ont participé à un entraînement aux techniques amphibies (TECHPHIB).


L’objectif de cet entraînement était de former et d’accoutumer les militaires aux spécificités des opérations à partir d’un bâtiment de transport léger (BATRAL), le Dumont d’Urville. Le BATRAL a effectué plusieurs opérations d’embarquement et de débarquement amphibies entre la base navale de Fort-de-France et la plage du Carbet, de jour comme de nuit.


Pendant ces trois jours, les militaires français et trinidadiens ont été sensibilisés aux opérations amphibies à travers des conférences données par l’équipage du BATRAL. Ils ont reçu des instructions élémentaires sur la sécurité et la survie en environnement maritime et des formations techniques, individuelles et collectives, de manœuvres à la mer et de mise à terre des hommes et des véhicules.




Dans le cadre de leurs missions, les FAA mènent des actions de coopération régionale et entretiennent des relations privilégiées avec l’ensemble des nations présentent dans la zone maritime Antilles. Dans le cadre de la réorganisation des armées, les FAA constituent avec les forces armées en Guyane (FAG) le « théâtre » Antilles-Guyane. Dans une logique de complémentarité et de mutualisation, les FAA mettent ainsi en œuvre un dispositif interarmées à dominante maritime et les FAG, principal point d’appui du « théâtre » Antilles-Guyane, un dispositif interarmées à dominante aéroterrestre.



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12 novembre 2012 1 12 /11 /novembre /2012 08:50

Rafale photo2 Sirpa Air


06-11-2012 Par Challenges.fr (Avec AFP)


L'avion de Dassault est en lice pour un appel d'offre de l'armée brésilienne portant sur l'achat de 36 avions de combat, d'un montant de plus de 4 milliards d'euros.


A un mois de la visite de Dilma Rousseff à Paris, le ministre français de la Défense a plaidé lundi 5 novembre au Brésil pour un renforcement du partenariat stratégique entre les deux pays, mais le contrat pour lequel le Rafale est en lice n'est pas encore mûr, a souligné Brasilia.


"Il n'y a pas de sujets tabous. Pour nous, c'est une discussion dont les éléments sont sur la table et qui donnera lieu à une décision du Brésil en temps voulu", a déclaré à la presse le ministre brésilien de la Défense Celso Amorim, à l'issue d'un déjeuner de travail avec son homologue français Jean-Yves Le Drian, à Brasilia.


La France est en lice pour un appel d'offre de l'armée brésilienne portant sur l'achat de 36 avions de combat, d'un montant de plus de 4 milliards d'euros. Le Rafale de l'avionneur français Dassault est en compétition avec le F/A-18 Super Hornet de l'Américain Boeing et le Gripen NG du suédois Saab.


Des transferts de technologie pour remporter le marché


Paris table sur sa promesse d'effectuer d'importants transferts de technologie au Brésil pour remporter ce marché malgré le coût élevé du Rafale.


L'ancien président Lula Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), avait publiquement exprimé sa préférence pour l'appareil de combat français. Mais depuis l'accession au pouvoir de Dilma Rousseff, qui effectuera une visite d'Etat en France début décembre, Brasilia a repoussé de mois en mois sa décision.


Le Brésil a fait savoir récemment que rien ne serait décidé avant 2013, alors que la sixième économie mondiale est confrontée à une croissance en berne depuis 2011.


Négociations exclusives avec l'Inde


L'Inde a annoncé en février qu'elle ouvrait des négociations exclusives avec Dassault pour l'achat de 126 Rafale, un méga-contrat de 12 milliards de dollars, marquant le premier succès à l'exportation de l'avion français.


Jean-Yves Le Drian s'est déclaré "porteur d'un message de continuité" du partenariat stratégique scellé entre les deux pays sous le mandat du président de droite Nicolas Sarkozy. "C'est l'intérêt de la France et celui du Brésil".


Le groupe français de construction navale DCNS a signé en 2009 un contrat de 6,7 milliards d'euros sur la construction en partenariat avec la marine brésilienne de cinq sous-marins, dont un sous-marin nucléaire d'attaque (SNA).


Un autre important contrat, signé en 2008, porte sur la production par Helibras, filiale brésilienne d'Eurocopter, de 50 hélicoptères militaires de transport EC725 (Caracal), qui seront fabriqués au Brésil.


4 sous-marins Scorpène construits au Brésil


Après sa rencontre avec Celso Amorim, le ministre français s'est rendu à la future base navale d'Itiguai, à une centaine de kilomètres de Rio, qui sera inaugurée le mois prochain et où sera assemblé le premier sous-marin Scorpène français vendu au Brésil.


Les quatre autres exemplaires seront entièrement construits au Brésil. Le dernier incorporera de la technologie brésilienne de propulsion nucléaire, ont expliqué les deux ministres.


"Poursuivons dans d'autres domaines cette logique de partenariat exceptionnel qui nous lie", a déclaré Jean-Yves Le Drian.


"Cette visite marque une étape importante entre le sommet Rio + 20" de juin --au cours de laquelle le président socialiste français François Hollande avait rencontré son homologue brésilienne Dilma Rousseff--, et la visite d'Etat attendue de Mme Rousseff en décembre à Paris", a-t-il souligné.


Le ministre français, un proche de François Hollande, a notamment "réitéré son soutien à la candidature du Brésil comme membre permanent du conseil de sécurité de l'ONU", une revendication pressante de Brasilia.

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BRASILIA, Brazil, Oct. 30 (UPI)


Brazil is pushing ahead its armored personnel carrier production program both to modernize its army and to create a new defense export market.


Argentina is the first foreign customer to indicate interest in acquiring at least 14 of the six-wheel Guarani APC that Brazil is developing in a joint venture with Italy's Iveco S.p.A., which has headquarters in Turin.


Brazil has invested tens of billions of dollars in regenerating its shipyards and civilian and defense aviation industries. Commercial and defense aviation major Embraer is developing new tactical transport aircraft as part of that overall strategy and plans are afoot to build capacity for commercial and military helicopters.


Brazil's previously profitable defense vehicle industry suffered a major setback when demand for its products collapsed with the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988, bringing bankruptcies and ruin to Brazilian companies involved with the business.


The second Gulf War in 1990-91 and the shift to U.S.-supplied weapons in the battle zone decisively removed Brazil as a major supplier to the region.


Iveco, which has a wide customer base in Latin America, has been a partner to Brazilian companies in commercial transport vehicles.


A $3.2 billion contract gave the company a new start in Brazil to develop armored wheeled vehicles that could replace the obsolete EE-11 and EE-9 APCs marketed by Engesa before its 1993 bankruptcy.


Brazil's aims are two-fold: to modernize the army and lay the foundations for a robust, regenerated heavy vehicle industry.


The Iveco contract, signed in December 2009, will enable Brazil to renew its wheeled armored personnel carrier fleet and also facilitate access to new technologies as part of the plan to regenerate the local military vehicle industry.


The 6×6 Guarani Viatura Blindada Transporte de Pessoal, Media de Rodas will likely replace both EE-11 and EE-9, which are increasingly harder to operate because of shortage of spares and questions about the vehicles' protection levels, the Defense Industry Daily reported on its website.


Brazil hopes the VBTP-MR can be developed to a level where it can replace both of the outmoded vehicles in Brazilian military service.


The defense vehicles are being developed through the Iveco Fiat Oto Melara joint venture.


The 20-ton VBTP-MR will likely have amphibious capacity and be powered by a FPT diesel engine coupled to an automatic gearbox.


The VBTP-MR will be able to carry a crew of 10 dismounts excluding the driver and will fit into a C-130 Hercules or the planned Brazilian KC-390 transport aircraft, increasingly seen as a rival to the C-130 range.


Brazil's recent contracts with foreign suppliers indicate the new APC will come a variety of remote-controlled weapon stations, guns and cannons, including Israeli manufacturer Elbit's ORCWS UT-30BR, and anti-tank missiles.


The Guarani also offers Iveco an attractive prospect of developing a new market in addition to its new Puma six-wheel and four-wheel armored personnel carriers.

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30 octobre 2012 2 30 /10 /octobre /2012 17:00



October 30, 2012 defpro.com


Safran was selected by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to supply the electrical power distribution and back-up power generation systems on its new KC-390 military transport aircraft. This represents a real challenge for the electrical energy system specialist, which has broadened its field of expertise for the requirements of this program. It marks yet another step towards “more electric” aircraft.


It is no coincidence that Hispano-Suiza (Safran) is working on the KC-390. Two key factors played their role: firstly, Embraer was interested in working with new suppliers in the field of electrical power generation and distribution and, secondly, Hispano-Suiza responded to this requirement by putting forward an innovative range, through the Safran Power division. The contract was officially announced in November 2011 and includes the supply of the primary and secondary electrical distribution systems as well as the RAT (Ram Air Turbine), a back-up electrical generation system.




The primary electrical power distribution system (PEPDS) is the heart of an aircraft’s electrical system. It encompasses the energy generated by all power sources on the aircraft and ensures that this energy is available for all aircraft systems by intelligently managing the network. The secondary power distribution system (SPDS) provides electrical power for equipment that can be turned on or off as need according to the flight phase, such as interior/exterior lighting and the cabin air management system. For these two systems, Hispano-Suiza is working with Safran Electronics for the electronic circuit boards, and Labinal (Safran) for the design and manufacture of electronic boxes. As regards the RAT*, "this system was listed in Safran’s product catalog, but we were able to incorporate it thanks to the acquisition of Aerosource, which provided us with an off-the-shelf product. This enabled us to offer an adapted, competitive solution to Embraer," said Jérôme Tourdiat, the KC-390 Program Manager at Hispano-Suiza.




The thing that tipped the balance in Hispano-Suiza’s favor, on top of their ability to adjust the system design as the program evolves, was the use of an integration test bench capable of simulating all the equipment operations. "This tool will allow us to test the complete electrical energy system, comprising power generation, primary and secondary distribution and usage. The tool will be used for part of the certification tests which are normally carried out by the aircraft manufacturer," explained Jérôme Tourdiat. This contract represents a major challenge for Hispano-Suiza, since it involves significantly stepping up expertise and capacity, while meeting a tight schedule. At the beginning of the year, the company recruited staff with the requisite skills to meets these new requirements. The preliminary design review took place in June; it will be followed by the detailed review scheduled for the beginning of next year, with the delivery of the first prototype planned for the end of 2013.




Other Safran companies are also working on the KC-390: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty was selected for the brakes and landing gear and Sagem for the horizontal stabilizer trim control system**. The three companies and Safran’s Director of Programs for Brazil convened once a month to discuss their work with Embraer. "These meetings enable us to gain a better understanding of the customer’s expectations. Despite the distance separating us, we have a very productive relationship with the customer. Discussions are quite open, so we can always find a common ground in order to move forward, find joint solutions and keep the schedule on track."



*Located at the nose of the aircraft, this system is deployed in the event of an electrical failure and operates like a wind turbine.

** The horizontal stabilizer trim control system enables the pilot to control the horizontal stabilizer trim as efficiently as possible to keep the aircraft’s attitude stable, while also minimizing the aerodynamic control forces to fly the plane.

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29 octobre 2012 1 29 /10 /octobre /2012 12:10

Mi-25 source RN


October 29, 2012: Strategy Page


Peru recently received four of their Mi-25 helicopter gunships that had been sent to Russia for refurbishment. These are the first of seven Mi-25s being rebuilt and upgraded, as part of a $20 million deal that will extend the service life of these helicopters seven years. The Mi-25 is the export version of the Mi-24.


Eight years ago Russia offered Peru a $250 million loan for use in refurbishing their Russian-made transports, helicopters and warplanes. This got negotiations going on several deals to get more of Peru’s military aircraft operational. Four years ago a deal was agreed on to refurbish the 18 Peruvian Mig-29 fighters for about $110 million. This put an end to an embarrassing bit of military procurement.


This all began after Peru’s war with Ecuador in 1995. Unhappy with the outcome of that conflict Peru, in 1996 bought second-hand Mig-29 fighters and Su-25 ground-attack planes from Belarus for $350 million. Russia, angered that the sale went to Belarus and not to them, refused to support the aircraft (with spares, technical assistance and upgrades). After two years of negotiations the Russians were persuaded to provide maintenance, as well as sell Peru three more MiG-29s.


Over time, it became clear the MiGs weren't much use. The deficiencies became embarrassingly evident in 2001, when a MiG-29 crashed in front of an anti-corruption panel checking the airworthiness of the fighters. The cause of the crash was traced to a generator the pilot failed to turn on before flight. Another MiG-29 had been lost in 1997. Russia pointed out that all the Belarus MiG-29s were older models and that this problem could be fixed. As a result all the older MiG-29s have been refurbished and are more reliable and safer to operate. Russia has also made a point about how important it is to get manufacturer support for military aircraft.

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October 26, 2012 defpro.com


The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Embraer have reduced contract costs of developing the KC-390 aircraft by about USD 42 million, after a reassessment of the contract held on October 19.


This reduction was only possible thanks to the joint efforts of the Coordinating Committee for Combat Aircraft (COPAC) of FAB and Embraer, which, through the Program Executive of the KC-X Project, conducted analyzes and used modern management tools to good effect.


To formalize this reduction by the signature of a new contract amendment, the President of the COPAC, Air Brigadier Carlos Baptista de Almeida Junior, and the Vice President of Operations of Embraer Defense and Security, Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, confirmed the existing partnership between the Air Force and the Brazil’s aerospace industry.


This partnership has, since the beginning of national aviation, contributed to the creation of new technologies and jobs, and to the development Brazil.


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

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25 octobre 2012 4 25 /10 /octobre /2012 07:50

Eitan (Heron TP) drone source flightglobal.com


23 Oct 2012By Arie Egozi – FG


Tel Aviv - Israel Aerospace Industries' Heron unmanned air vehicle has crossed the Andes during an operational flight demonstration conducted in a Latin American country.


Performed last month, the flight demonstrated the Heron's advanced ability to fly long-range missions using satellite communications for control and activation, IAI says.


During the demonstration, the UAV carried a synthetic aperture radar payload, electro-optical/infrared sensor and a communications intelligence system. The aircraft (file image below) performed reliably during day and night flights made over several days of activity, at ranges extending over 270nm (500km) and to altitudes of more than 25,000ft (7,620m).


The Israeli manufacturer says the system successfully demonstrated its performance under the extreme weather conditions which are typical of the Andes, including strong winds, very heavy cloud cover and icing conditions.

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25 octobre 2012 4 25 /10 /octobre /2012 07:05



24.10.2012 Elbit - army-guide.com


Haifa, Israel -- Elbit Systems Ltd. ("Elbit Systems") announced today that Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa S.A. ("Ares"), its Brazilian subsidiary, was awarded an initial production order valued at approximately $25 million to supply 12.7/7.62mm Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) to the Brazilian Army. The RCWS, named REMAX, a unique development of Ares, will be supplied within two years.


Specifically designed to meet Brazilian Army requirements as part of the VBTP program, Ares' REMAX have already been successfully tested. REMAX, is a stabilized weapon station for 12.7/7.62mm machine guns and will be used in armored vehicles for troop transport and in armored platforms that include logistics vehicles utilized in combat, border patrol and peace keeping missions.


This award marks the second contract award in approximately a month of Elbit Systems in Brazil, following the September 13, 2012 Elbit Systems announcement regarding a $15 million initial production order awarded to AEL Sistemas S.A, another Elbit Systems subsidiary in Brazil, to supply Unmanned Turrets to the Brazilian Army.

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25 octobre 2012 4 25 /10 /octobre /2012 06:55

Hermes 450 UAV


23 Oct 2012By Arie Egozi – FG


Brazil has begun using its Elbit Systems Hermes 450 unmanned air vehicles to perform surveillance duties along its border with Bolivia. Two of the Brazilian air force's new UAVs were trialled in the monitoring task during the recent Operation "Agata 6".


The first two Hermes systems are being operated by the air force's "Horus" squadron from Santa Maria air base, Rio Grande do Sul. Founded in 2011, the unit has now flown more than 600h with its Hermes 450s, locally designated as RQ-450s.


In preparation for hosting the football World Cup in 2014 and Olympic Games in 2016, Brazil's defence ministry has dispatched 7,500 troops to the country's northwest borders with Peru and Bolivia in an effort to stop cross-border criminal operations.


Elbit's Brazilian subsidiary Aeroeletronica was awarded a $48 million contract in January 2011 to supply Hermes 450 systems. The air force is evaluating the purchase of more UAVs following the recent operation along its border.


With a 450kg (990lb) maximum take-off weight, the Hermes 450 tactical UAV can supply real-time intelligence data to ground forces. With a wingspan of 10.5m (34ft), the aircraft has a maximum flight endurance of more than 20h.

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24 octobre 2012 3 24 /10 /octobre /2012 07:45



SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 23 (UPI)


International suppliers for the world's naval fleets have set sights on Central and South America and the Caribbean as the next growth area for naval procurement and refurbishment contracts.


The optimism is shared by regional shipyard and naval industries that are attending this week's Euronaval defense show in Paris in a bid to clinch new international partnerships.


The high-profile event is backed by the French Ministry of Defense and the French Secretariat of State for the Sea.


France is competing with international rivals to expand its naval manufacturing sales in Latin America after the launch of its joint submarine manufacture program with Brazil.


Brazil embarked on a multibillion-dollar regeneration of its shipbuilding capacity, neglected in the first two decades after return to democratic rule in 1985.


Argentina, Chile and Colombia have taken measures to build their shipbuilding and component making capacity while looking for new trade partners in this neglected sector of the Latin American defense industry.


This year's Euronaval has hundreds of participants from Latin American governments and defense businesses that want to capitalize on the revived interest in naval development and procurement.


Brazilian company Atrasorb showed off its specialist work on submarines, special purpose naval craft and ships and diving craft at the Parisian defense show.


Brazilian naval builder and service provider Emgepron hopes to build partnerships in warship construction, ship repairs and cartography.


Another Brazilian defense company, Estaleiro Eisa-Synergy Defense e Seguranca, is hoping to build new international business in surveillance ships, patrol craft and cargo ships and shipbuilding and repairs.


Major defense producer Odebrecht is looking to expand markets for its sea-to-sea and surface-to-surface missiles, command and control systems and data processing equipment.


The Chilean Defense Industry Asmar aims to secure international shipbuilding and repairs contracts from naval forces and maritime and fishing industries operating along the Latin American west coast.


Colombian shipbuilder Cotecmar has aroused investor interest because of its recent achievements in ocean-going and river vessels. Located in the port of Cartagena, just 180 miles of the Panama Canal, the shipyard boasts easy access from the most important maritime routes of the Caribbean Sea, a plus for new shipbuilding and repairs business.


Cotecmar built and launched Dona Clary, the first tugboat built in Colombia, to serve the country's offshore oil industry.


Cotecmar says the vessel is the first of its kind built in the world, "the result of a special design to support oil tanker loading operations and maritime infrastructure maintenance carried out in this specific case, in the Gulf of Morrosquillo," in the Caribbean Sea.

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23 octobre 2012 2 23 /10 /octobre /2012 07:10



22 oct 2012 marine-oceans.com (AFP)


BUENOS AIRES - La majeure partie de l'équipage du navire-école Libertad, retenu depuis le 2 octobre au Ghana à la demande d'un fonds spéculatif, sera de retour à Buenos Aires mercredi, a annoncé lundi le gouvernement argentin.


"Les marins arriveront à l'aéroport de Buenos Aires mercredi à 20H00 (23H00 GMT) par un vol de la compagnie Air France spécialement affrété pour assurer cette évacuation", a annoncé un communiqué du ministères des Affaires étrangères publié à Buenos Aires.


Un total de 281 membres d'équipage, dont tous les étrangers embarqués sur la frégate (15 Chiliens, huit Uruguayens et des ressortissants brésilien, paraguayen, équatorien, sud-africain et vénézuélien), seront rapatriés et 44 autres resteront à bord pour assurer la maintenance du navire tant qu'il sera retenu, a précisé le texte.


Le navire est retenu depuis le 2 octobre au port de Tema au Ghana, à la demande du fonds spéculatif NML, basé aux îles Caïmans, qui réclame à Buenos Aires une dette de plus de 370 millions de dollars (283 millions d'euros).


Lundi, le ministre argentin des Affaires étrangères, Hector Timerman, a rencontré à New York le président en exercice du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU pour tenter d'obtenir la libération du navire-école mais ce dernier a estimé que le Conseil n'était pas habilité à traiter ce dossier.

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22 octobre 2012 1 22 /10 /octobre /2012 12:35

Mi-25 source RN


October 22, 2012 defpro.com (RIA Novosti)


MEXICO CITY | Four Mil Mi-25 Hind D attack helicopters, modernized in Russia, have joined the Peruvian Air Force to boost its combat capability in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.


The choppers have been assembled in Peru by Russian specialists after their transfer from Russia. They are part of a $20-million upgrade deal involving seven Mi-25s, whose service life has been extended by seven years.


Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano, who inspected the overhauled helicopters at the La Joya air base in the southern region of Arequipa, stressed that these were attack helicopters, although they retained troop transport capability.


The Mi-25s will be deployed in November in the area of Valle de los Rios Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro (Vraem) where the fight against militant groups and drug-trafficking is hampered by rugged terrain, the jungles, and high elevation.


Mi-25s proved to be very effective in combat engagements in the Andes.


Mi-25 is an export version of Russia’s Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter, called by Soviet and Russian pilots ‘the flying tank’ due to its heavy armor and formidable firepower.


Peru has a total of 16 Mi-25 and Mi-35P helicopters in service with the country’s air force.

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19 octobre 2012 5 19 /10 /octobre /2012 16:40



Oct. 19, 2012 – Defense news (AFP)


BUENOS AIRES — The head of Argentina’s military intelligence resigned Oct. 18 in the wake of a warship seizure by Ghana over a bond dispute, a source said.


The boat, which went to the West African nation for a training mission, was seized by port officials in Tema this month under a court order secured by a Cayman Islands investment group that claims Buenos Aires owes it more than $370 million (283 million euros).


“Puente Olivera, director of strategic military intelligence has handed in her resignation: she considered it appropriate to do so,” a government source who requested anonymity said, without providing more details.


The resignation follows that of the commander of the Argentine Navy, Carlos Alberto Paz, on Oct. 15. The government has also punished two high-ranking naval officers over the decision to have the ARA Libertad and its 200-strong crew stop over at the port.


In an effort to defuse the crisis, a delegation consisting of Deputy Defense Secretary Alfredo Forti and Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zuain was sent to Ghana.


Argentina has denounced the seizure of Libertad as a violation of the Vienna Convention, arguing that the military vessel is protected by diplomatic immunity.


Bondholders NML Capital, a so-called “vulture fund,” bought Argentine bonds at a discount when the country’s economy was in freefall in 2000. Buenos Aires later defaulted.

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