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October 17, 2012: Strategy page


The U.S. exports a lot of things to its allies. One of the little known exports is wargaming. And one of the least expected recipients of this export is the Mexican Navy. But then some Mexican naval officers, who had encountered U.S. Navy wargaming while attending an American military school, realized that those wargaming techniques would have application to some of the unique situations the Mexican Navy has to deal with (South American drug smugglers, local drug cartels, natural and man-made disasters like oil spills). While American naval wargaming has long concentrated on major fleet operations, in the last decade the U.S. Navy has begun to think smaller and this led to brainstorming and training (in basic techniques of creating wargames) between American naval wargame experts and Mexican naval officers seeking to apply wargaming tools to Mexican Navy needs.


While American naval wargaming uses a lot of computers, a lot of the wargame design effort is still manual, as in putting together what looks like a board game. This uses techniques like operations research and systems analysis to build a working model of the forces involved (as in the Mexican Navy and the drug cartels) and the environment both sides operate in. You verify your game by playing out a past situation, to see if the game can accurately reflect the decisions, actions, and outcomes of that situation.


At that point you can use the game to investigate what both sides can do to each other in the present and future. This is very valuable, as the Mexican drug cartels have deployed dozens of submarines and small boats full of armed men as well as thousands of armed men ashore to move cocaine into the United States and billions in cash back to Mexico. The Mexican Navy and Marine Corps are major players in trying to disrupt the drug operations. Navy and marine commanders want to stay one jump ahead of the cartels and the best way to do that is to use an opportunity to look at the situation from the viewpoint of the cartel boss. Wargames let you do that and much more. Once the U.S. Navy showed their Mexican counterparts how it was done, Mexican officers were able to develop their own games and put them to work.

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18 octobre 2012 4 18 /10 /octobre /2012 07:55

Haazem Drone

Haazem Drone


CARACAS, Venezuela, Oct. 16 (UPI)


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is pursuing plans to develop a home-grown defense industry topped by a drone built reportedly with Chinese, Iranian and Russian help.


Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles and associated systems have won over Venezuela's military procurers who see the UAVs as a conveniently cheaper supplement -- if not yet an alternative -- to expensive combat aircraft.


Chavez has been hinting at a drone development program since early this year even as he was preoccupied with treatment to cure him of an unspecified cancer and his bid toward re-election.


Earlier in October Chavez won 54 percent of the national vote, calling it a "perfect victory."


Since defeating opposition leader Henrique Capriles, Chavez has redoubled efforts to inject new life into a fledgling defense industry. The drone project is part of that effort.


Chavez announced after a meeting with military and defense officials that Venezuela has made its first drone in partnership with China, Iran and Russia and hopes to start exporting quantities of the craft.


"It is one of the three planes that we have manufactured here, and we are continuing to make them ... not just for military use, (as) much of its equipment is for civilian use," Chavez said.


The drones were developed in cooperation with "Russia, China, Iran and other allied countries," Chavez said during the address broadcast on radio and television.


Chavez has yet to outline the kind of assistance received from China, Iran or Russia but has said said the drone developed locally is intended as a surveillance tool and will not be armed.


Technical details of the drone are still sketchy but Gen. Julio Morales, president of the state-run Venezuelan Military Industrial Co., said the drone is about 13 feet long and 10 feet wide and equipped to take photographs and video.


The craft has a 60-mile sweep and can fly for about 90 minutes and reach an altitude of 9,000 feet, Morales said.


U.S. officials remain skeptical about the Venezuelan drone project and cite examples of previous statements by Chavez that made exaggerated claims about Venezuela's military achievements.


Published media reports said the drone was assembled from parts made locally in Venezuela and built by engineers trained in Iran. Details of Venezuelans undergoing training in Iran remain vague, but the two countries have discussed wide ranging technical cooperation since an exchange of visits in 2010.


Chavez said Venezuela also aimed to develop its own assault rifle, modelled after the Russian AK103, which offers versatile uses and can be adapted to operate with laser and conventional sights and be used as a grenade launcher.

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18 octobre 2012 4 18 /10 /octobre /2012 07:05



LIMA, Oct. 17 (UPI)


An international team of experts has begun clearing mines along Peru's borders with Chile and Ecuador after Norway pledged additional cash to make the area explosive-free.


The United States has also donated equipment to Ecuador for the mine clearing operations, which have been debated for several years and are seen crucial to restoring normal life in the area.


Thousands of mines embedded in the land along the borders have posed a threat to local communities and their cattle and also impeded border trade and tourism.


Oslo's non-government organization Norwegian People's Aid was commissioned by the governments of Peru and Chile to de-mine their common border. A team of 29 international experts is set to work in the area for about two months.


Peru is facing the threat of mines planted during past tensions with Ecuador and Chile including explosive devices that washed up during recent floods.


Thousands of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines are suspected of being active in the border areas. Many were washed down to the Pacific coast after recent floods.


In September the United States provided Ecuador with equipment to de-mine the shared border with Peru. U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm in Quito made a donation of equipment valued at $500,000, including safety gear, helmets and metal detectors.


Part of the U.S. assistance entailed training for Ecuadorean military personnel.


Some of the gear will be used for demining an area known as Cordillera del Condor, where Ecuador and Peru battled over territorial disputes in 1981 and 1995. A peace agreement in 1998 led to a shaky reconciliation between the neighbors.


Ecuador military officials said more than 200,000 landmines were cleared over a decade.


A joint Ecuador-Peru unit for demining operations is working with U.N. agencies to complete the operation.


Meanwhile, mine clearing operations are also continuing along the Peruvian-Chilean border.


Recent border incidents wounded at least two Peruvian police officers. Anti-government rebels active in the area seized 36 workers, demanding $10 million ransom, but security operations yielded the captives six days later. It was not clear if any ransom was paid.


Earlier a Peruvian taxi driver died when his vehicle drove over an antitank mine.


A 1997 Ottawa Treaty requires all Latin American countries to help clear mines on their territories, but progress has been slow. Regional governments have cited lack of resources among reasons for the delay in demining operations.


Agreements are still awaited on demining activities in other Latin American areas of conflict, including Nicaragua.

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16 octobre 2012 2 16 /10 /octobre /2012 16:30



Ecuador Delegation: Minister of Defense: Miguel Carvajal, Chief of Joint Command: General Leonardo Barreiro, Ejército General Commander: General Marco Vera, Ambassador in France: Carlos A. Jativa. Eurocopter: Rodolphe Henry: Eurocopter Sales Director for Latin America. (Ref. EXPH-0052-04, © Copyright Eurocopter, Eric Raz)


Marignane,  16 October 2012 EADS


On September 25, Eurocopter delivered the first two AS550 C3 Fennec helicopters to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense under a contract signed in 2010 for seven of these helicopters and two AS350 B2s, which were delivered in December 2011. The contract contemplates delivery of two Fennecs per year until 2015.


The delivery ceremony held at Eurocopter’s Marignane facility in southern France was attended by the Ecuadorian Defense Minister Miguel Carvajal, the Chief of the Armed Forces Joint Command General Leonardo Barreiro, Ejército Commander Marco Vera and Carlos A. Jativa, Ecuadorian Ambassador to France, among other officials.


“The delivery of these two new helicopters represents a further step forward under the Ecuadorian Army’s ambitious modernization program,” declared the Ecuadorian Defense Minister, Miguel Carvajal. “Our Air Force will have a new generation of helicopters with higher performance levels and lower maintenance costs.”


The recent visit by the Ecuadorian delegation also provided an opportunity to continue discussions on an order for a second batch of aircraft, which would come in addition to the nine helicopters ordered in 2010. These orders are part of the MOD’s plans to progressively replace their Gazelle and Lama fleet, some of which have been in service for several decades.


“Eurocopter is grateful to the Ecuadorian Armed Forces for trusting in our range of products for more than 40 years now,” declared Rodolphe Henry, Eurocopter’s Vice President of Sales for Latin America. “The new helicopters are perfectly suited to the operational requirements of the Ecuadorian Air Force and will undoubtedly help to ensure the success of the different missions to which they are assigned.” The Ecuadorian Armed Forces were one of the first armies in Latin America to integrate Eurocopter aircraft into their fleet, and they now have more than 20 Eurocopter helicopters, including two Ecureuil AS350 Bs, two Ecureuil AS350 B2s, three SA315 B Lamas, two SA316 B Alouettes, seven SA342 Gazelles and five AS332 Super Pumas. In the 80’s, the Ecuadorian Armed Forces were also one of the first Latin-American armies to integrate the French Army Light Aviation concept, in cooperation with the French Army. The fleet’s long operational life bears testimony to the reliability and durability of the Eurocopter range.


The new Fennecs will perform a wide range of missions including rescue, reconnaissance, drug enforcement and border patrol from their base at Porto Viejo. Modern, versatile and highly maneuverable, the AS550 C3 Fennec is perfectly adapted to the operational requirements in Ecuador, a country that combines high altitudes and extreme temperatures.


About Eurocopter


Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports some 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,300 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 149 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.

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16 octobre 2012 2 16 /10 /octobre /2012 12:55



16 octobre 2012 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


La présidente argentine Cristina Fernandez a limogé le chef d’état-major de la marine Carlos Paz, à qui il est reproché la saisie d’une frégate argentine par le Ghana, a déclaré lundi le porte-parole de la présidence argentine Alfredo Scoccimarro.


Référence : Afriquinfos (Espagne)

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16 octobre 2012 2 16 /10 /octobre /2012 07:00

Harris Corporation Falcon tactical radio systems


Oct 15, 2012 ASDNews Source : Harris Corporation


Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received $15 million in orders from a nation in Latin America for public safety and tactical radios and accessories. This Harris equipment will be integrated into the country's new wireless digital voice and data network for national security applications.


Harris will provide the customer with Falcon very-high frequency (VHF) and high-frequency (HF) tactical radios and portable land mobile radios and accessories. The radios will operate on the country's Harris OpenSky® mission-critical radio system to provide federal officials and armed forces with interoperable voice and data communications to help protect strategic installations.


"Harris is uniquely positioned to address converging defense and internal security missions," said Brendan O'Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communication. "These new Harris tactical and land mobile radios will enhance the capabilities of this nation's forces to coordinate their efforts to provide safety and security to its citizens."


The Falcon III® RF-7800V is a next-generation VHF tactical radio that delivers advanced mission-critical management and data capabilities to deployed personnel. The Falcon® RF-5800H is an advanced HF manpack that provides beyond-line-of-sight terrestrial communications and offers advanced encryption, enhanced frequency hopping and an internal GPS receiver. Harris P5500 portable land mobile radios deliver sophisticated features in a lightweight, compact, resilient package for public safety and mission-critical users alike.

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16 octobre 2012 2 16 /10 /octobre /2012 07:00

Harris Corporation Falcon tactical radio systems


Oct 15, 2012 ASDNews Source : Harris Corporation


Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received $15 million in orders from a nation in Latin America for public safety and tactical radios and accessories. This Harris equipment will be integrated into the country's new wireless digital voice and data network for national security applications.


Harris will provide the customer with Falcon very-high frequency (VHF) and high-frequency (HF) tactical radios and portable land mobile radios and accessories. The radios will operate on the country's Harris OpenSky® mission-critical radio system to provide federal officials and armed forces with interoperable voice and data communications to help protect strategic installations.


"Harris is uniquely positioned to address converging defense and internal security missions," said Brendan O'Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communication. "These new Harris tactical and land mobile radios will enhance the capabilities of this nation's forces to coordinate their efforts to provide safety and security to its citizens."


The Falcon III® RF-7800V is a next-generation VHF tactical radio that delivers advanced mission-critical management and data capabilities to deployed personnel. The Falcon® RF-5800H is an advanced HF manpack that provides beyond-line-of-sight terrestrial communications and offers advanced encryption, enhanced frequency hopping and an internal GPS receiver. Harris P5500 portable land mobile radios deliver sophisticated features in a lightweight, compact, resilient package for public safety and mission-critical users alike.

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11 octobre 2012 4 11 /10 /octobre /2012 11:30



Oct 10, 2012 Spacewar.com (UPI)


Santiago, Chile - Chile's air force command has deployed the Israeli-made RecceLite reconnaissance system but the government of President Sebastian Pinera has yet to formally announce the acquisition.


Reports of the Rafael air defense system entering the service of Chile's military establishment followed industry assessments Pinera's administration is keen to hasten modernization of the country's military, neglected for more than a decade.


The Chilean military was relegated to the background in the years after the end of dictatorial rule in the country from 1973-90 because of public sensitivity to funding or procurement measures seen to strengthen the armed forces.


The military is widely blamed for supporting authoritarian regimes in Chile, including that of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Sympathy for Chilean military's interest in upgrades and defense modernization has contrasted with bitter opposition in earlier years.


The air force's use of the RecceLite pod system wouldn't have come to light or reported through normal channels because RecceLite isn't regarded as a weapon. However, news reports said the Chilean military was one of six air forces that attended a recent conference in the Netherlands that brought together users of the Rafael system.


RecceLite is favored by air forces worldwide because it provides real-time reconnaissance and data links. Chile's reported purchase of the advanced pods is meant to supplement the air force's operations of its F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet.


Photographs of Chilean F-16s showed a targeting pod that appeared to be the Litening, the blog website for Chile's Defense and Military said.


However, defense analysts said, the Litening and RecceLite are similar in appearance opening possibilities that the Chilean air force may be using both systems. The Litening targeting pod, also designed originally in Israel, is a precision targeting pod system used with a wide variety of combat aircraft.


Chile never publicly has acknowledged deployment of targeting and reconnaissance pods.


The representatives of the air forces from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Spain and the Netherlands met at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands for what was acknowledged to be the third annual RecceLite users' conference.


Users shared experiences and feedback while discussing dynamic changes in operational needs. Officials from Rafael presented developments taking place to improve and upgrade the system.


Developed and produced by Rafael, RecceLite is a self-contained, self-cooled multi-sensor tactical reconnaissance system, consisting of an airborne pod based on the Litening pod, a ground exploitation station and a data link.


The system was used during NATO campaigns in Libya and Afghanistan.

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9 octobre 2012 2 09 /10 /octobre /2012 07:22



Oct 8, 2012Spacewar.com (UPI)


Lima - Renewed military contacts between Peru and the United States are seen as a boost to the prospect of increased aviation and defense sales in the Latin American country.


Last week Peru and the United States announced they would update bilateral defense cooperation accords dating to 1952.


U.S. Defense Secretary Leo Panetta, who met with President Ollanta Humala and Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano, said the two sides would step up joint counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism measures.


"The United States is part of the family of the Americas and we face some common challenges, we face the challenge of terrorism, of drug-trafficking," Panetta said after meeting with Humala and Cateriano.


"Our country will do whatever it can to work with our friends here in Peru to provide whatever assistance is necessary in order to make sure that Peru can provide better security and prosperity for this country and can help provide for the security and prosperity of this region," Panetta said.


Cateriano echoed Panetta's remarks, adding the bilateral defense accord would be revised and updated.


The U.S.-Peruvian accord is seen as a counterweight to recent moves by China for a larger share of Peru's aviation and defense market, already split between suppliers from the United States, Russia, France, Italy and Spain, as well as Israel and South Korea and regional suppliers.


U.S. officials have indicated they are more interested in setting up defense advisory services than permanent bases, though any expansion of joint operations against organized crime and narcotics trafficking to North America will likely increase U.S. military and security industries' presence in Peru.


U.S. aid to Peru is estimated to top $84 million this year but is likely to be reduced by at least $10 million in 2013. However, new military cooperation accords will likely increase the scope of security industry operations increasing.


Humala is keen to stamp out militant groups and armed gangs that officials say are financed by drug trafficking. In August rebels killed five army officers in a night time ambush about 190 miles east of Lima.


The area where the attack took place was earlier identified as the focus of Shining Path guerrilla activity. Several other armed groups, including Maoist rebels, are also active in the area.


The Shining Path group waged a decade-long battle against the government 1980 but retreated when its leader Abimael Guzman was captured in 1992. More than 70,000 people died in the conflict.


In May a failed government operation against Shining Path militants triggered a government crisis, in which Interior Minister Daniel Lozada and Defense Minister Alberto Otarola resigned.

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pentagon source defenseWeb


08 octobre 2012 - Le Vif(Belga)


Les Etats-Unis veulent moderniser leurs accords de coopération de défense en Amérique latine et ont ouvert des négociations en ce sens avec l'Uruguay et le Pérou, a annoncé dimanche le Pentagone.


"Aujourd'hui les Etats-Unis et l'Uruguay se sont mis d'accord pour mettre à jour leur accord de coopération de défense qui remonte à 1952", a annoncé le porte-parole du Pentagone George Little à l'issue d'un entretien entre le secrétaire américain à la Défense Leon Panetta et son homologue uruguayen Eleuterio Huidobro. La rencontre s'est tenue dans la cité balnéaire de Punta del Este, où débute lundi la Xe conférence des ministres de la Défense des Amériques. "Cet accord permettra de moderniser la structure de la future coopération en matière de défense" entre les deux pays, selon M. Little. La veille à Lima, Leon Panetta et son homologue péruvien Pedro Cateriano ont annoncé des négociations similaires entre Etats-Unis et Pérou, dont l'accord de défense remonte également à 1952. "Cela fait 60 ans, c'était du temps de la guerre froide. Notre engagement était centré sur des défis différents et certains éléments (de l'accord, ndlr) comme la façon de conduire les exercices militaires sont dépassés", a expliqué un haut-responsable américain sous le couvert de l'anonymat. La trame légale de ces accords pouvait également poser "quelques problèmes" dans leurs relations bilatérales, les lois ayant beaucoup évolué depuis. Washington dispose d'accords de défense similaires avec l'Argentine, la Colombie ou encore le Brésil. (ALEX WONG)

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8 octobre 2012 par Antoine Barbizon -- geotribune.com


Le porte-parole du Pentagone, George Little, a annoncé hier dimanche l’intention du ministère de la Défense américain de revoir les accords de coopération de défense qui lient les États-Unis avec plusieurs pays d’Amérique latine.


L’annonce survient suite à un entretien entre le secrétaire américain à la Défense Leon Panetta et son homologue uruguayen Eleuterio Huidobro dans la cité balnéaire de Punta del Este en Uruguay. Les accords qui doivent être revus devraient prendre un caractère plus moderne et rééquilibrer le rapport de force.  En effet, les États-Unis ont brillé par le passé par leurs ingérences actives dans les affaires internes de plusieurs pays de la région. Il s’agit donc d’institutionnaliser les partenariats et les approches innovantes. Ces nouveaux accords s’inscriront également dans la stratégie américaine qui vise à renforcer les capacités des forces militaires sur le continent et leur interopérabilité afin qu’ils aient les moyens de contribuer à la sécurité régionale et mondiale. Les accords de défense entre les États-Unis et les pays d’Amérique latine soufflent cette année pour la plupart leur 60ème bougie. Conclus du temps de la guerre froide, ils ne sont plus adaptés ni au contexte, ni aux défis auxquels ces pays doivent faire face actuellement. Les États-Unis sont actuellement liés militairement avec l’Uruguay, le Pérou, l’Argentine, la Colombie ou encore le Brésil.


La cité balnéaire de Punta del Este accueille à partir d’aujourd’hui la Xe conférence des ministres des la Défense des Amériques. Le secrétaire d’État américain à la Défense a multiplié les contacts. Outre son homologue uruguayen, il s’est également entretenu avec ses homologues, le canadien Peter McKay et salvadorien Jose Benitez. Il avait rencontré samedi, mais à Lima cette fois-ci, son homologue péruvien Pedro Cateriano. Ils ont également annoncé des négociations pour revoir leurs accords de défense.

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8 octobre 2012 1 08 /10 /octobre /2012 17:20


Les ministres de la Défense des Amériques lors de la

CDMA 2010, en Bolivie (Photo: CDMA)


8 octobre 2012 par Nicolas Laffont - 45enord.ca


Le ministre de la Défense nationale, Peter MacKay, et le chef d’état-major de la Défense, le général Walt Natynczyk, participent à la 10e Conférence biennale des ministres de la Défense des Amériques, qui se tient du 8 au 11 octobre à Punta Del Este, en Uruguay.


Un communiqué du ministère précise que les participants à la Conférence discuteront, durant quatre jours, d’enjeux communs aux pays du continent américain en matière de défense et de sécurité. Parmi les thèmes abordés cette année: les catastrophes naturelles et le protectionnisme écologique, les opérations de maintien de la paix, ainsi que les concepts de la sécurité et de la défense, notamment le système de défense interaméricain.


M. MacKay souligne aussi que l’aide humanitaire et les secours en cas de catastrophe sont des domaines où la collaboration est possible.


Au cours de son séjour en Uruguay, le ministre MacKay tiendra une série de rencontres bilatérales avec ses homologues des autres pays du continent. Il rencontrera également le secrétaire général de l’Organisation des États américains.

Le général Natynczyk, qui participe pour la dernière fois à la rencontre, a affirmé que la conférence « constitue une excellente occasion de rencontrer les dirigeants de la défense des Amériques pour discuter d’enjeux relatifs à la défense et à la sécurité et d’améliorer notre collaboration en vue d’accroître la sécurité sur le continent américain. En nous comprenant mieux les uns les autres, nous sommes en mesure de travailler plus efficacement à améliorer la sécurité de la région et notre capacité commune à appuyer les opérations d’aide humanitaire, le cas échéant. »

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4 octobre 2012 4 04 /10 /octobre /2012 18:11



04 octobre 2012 By Stephen Trimble - FG


Embraer has revealed plans to "strengthen" its relationship with a Brazilian start-up building unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).


São José dos Campos-based Santos LAB emerged three years ago to supply a mini-UAV called the Caraca 2 to the Brazilian military, and rapidly forged partnerships with major airframers.


In 2011, Boeing promised to transfer the Insitu Scan Eagle to Santos if the Brazilian air force purchased the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Embraer also signed an agreement to help Santos LAB market UAVs to Brazilian militaries.


Both companies are now in discussions to strengthen that relationship further, Embraer confirms.


Embraer declines to elaborate if the discussions involved taking an ownership stake in Santos LAB, but in a media presentation on 3 October, Santos was listed among several wholly-owned subsidiaries of Embraer.


Embraer in 2011 acquired ownership stakes in two other Brazilian start-ups - Atech and OrbiSat. The latter markets a medium-sized UAV called the Sarvant. Embraer also has formed a joint venture with Brazil's AEL to adapt the Elbit Systems Hermes 450 to Brazilian military requirements.


Embraer is now the sole bidder to win a $4 billion contract with the Brazilian army to establish an integrated surveillance network over the country's vast Amazon borders with other South American countries. The network is expected to emphasise surveillance by long-endurance UAVs.

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4 octobre 2012 4 04 /10 /octobre /2012 07:55



Itajubá, Brazil,  03 October 2012 EADS


During the inauguration of the new production facility in Minas Gerais, Eurocopter’s Helibras subsidiary signed yesterday a contract with Brazil’s InbraAerospace to supply composite armor protection on the Brazilian armed forces’ multi-role EC725 helicopters to be assembled in the new plant.


This new agreement brings to 15 the number of supplier contracts already placed for Brazilian-made content on the EC725s, which are to be operated in missions that include combat search and rescue, long-range tactical transport, aeromedical transport, logistic support and naval duties.


InbraAerospace was selected to provide the EC725 composite armor after a rigorous international competition – reinforcing this company’s role as a Eurocopter subcontractor.


“This new selection builds on our relationship with InbraAerospace which already produces armor for Ecureuil helicopters,” said Helibras Vice President Eduardo Mauad, who is responsible for industrial cooperation. “It also opens future business opportunities for Inbra with Helibras and its Eurocopter parent company.”


InbraAerospace was created in 2002 to develop the manufacture of aeronautical composites in Brazilian and international markets. It is a unit of Grupo Inbrafiltro, and currently employs 120 persons.


“This partnership is an exceptional opportunity to further evolve our aerospace market presence,” said Jairo Candido, the President of InbraAerospace. “It includes technology transfer from Eurocopter to InbraAerospace, which is aligned with the contractual goals established for Brazil’s acquisition of the EC725s.”


Other Helibras contracts with EC725 suppliers in Brazil include Toyo Matic Aerospace, which already has produced the first “made in Brazil” rotor head sleeves to be used on the helicopters; Aernnova do Brasil for metal tailbooms; Turbomeca do Brasil for the supply of engines; Sagem/TM for autopilot systems; Rohde & Schwarz do Brasil for radios; AEL Aeroeletrônica, to supply cockpit instrumentation; Microturbo/TM for auxiliary power units; SDV Brasil for logistics; AKAER for engineering services; and manufacturing tooling suppliers RCS, GNS, UNISTIL, MASTER, ITAKAR and IFAM.


Helibras is to provide a total of 50 EC725s to Brazil’s three armed forces in a €1.8 billion acquisition signed by the Brazilian Defense Ministry in 2008. As part of the agreement, these helicopters are to progressively include 50 percent Brazilian-made content.


A state-of-the-art assembly facility created by Helibras at Itajubá will produce the EC725s, along with EC225 civilian versions for the regional marketplace.

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4 octobre 2012 4 04 /10 /octobre /2012 07:40


photo BAE


04/10/2012 Mer et Marine


L’Amazonas, premier d’une série de trois patrouilleurs hauturiers (OPV) acquis par le Brésil auprès de la Grande-Bretagne, a été livré cet été. Construits par BAE Systems, l’ex-Port of Spain et ses deux sisterships avaient été initialement commandés par Trinidad et Tobago, qui y a finalement renoncé en septembre 2011. Ils ont été finalement vendus à la marine brésilienne au travers d’un contrat de 159 millions d’euros prévoyant également la réalisation au Brésil, en transfert de technologies, de patrouilleurs supplémentaires.


Longs de 90.5 mètres pour un déplacement de 2000 tonnes en charge, les OPV du type Amazonas peuvent atteindre 25.8 noeuds et franchir 5500 nautiques à 12 noeuds. Armés par un équipage de 70 hommes, ils peuvent transporter 50 passagers. Leur armement comprend un canon de 30mm, deux canons de 20mm et 2 mitrailleuses de 12.7mm. Ils disposent d'une plateforme pour hélicoptère mais pas de hangar ; ainsi que d'embarcations rapides.

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3 Oct 2012 by Dominic Perry – FG


Brazil's armed forces are set to receive a further three Eurocopter EC725s in 2012, as assembly rates begin to increase at Helibras, the airframer's Brazilian subsidiary.


So far four of the 50 rotorcraft ordered have been delivered - one each to the air force, army and navy, with the other for use as a VIP transport. Three additional helicopters will be handed over this year, with each service again to receive a single unit.


Deliveries will increase to eight in 2013 and 13 the following year. Helibras opened a new assembly line for the type in Itajubá on 2 October.


Meanwhile, eight of the 16 maritime aircraft on order will have MBDA's AM39 Exocet anti-ship missile integrated. They will also have a degree of local content through cooperation with Brazilian company Avibras, which is developing a revised propulsion system for the weapon.



Patrick de la Revelière, vice-president sales directorate at MBDA, says only after the integration phase is complete will the company receive a final contract for the missiles. "They will not place an order until it is fully integrated," he says, while declining to speculate on the size of any future deal.


Work on the integration has already commenced, with MBDA targeting 2013 for completion.


Meanwhile, the Brazilian army's first upgraded Eurocopter AS565 Pantera Mk2 will be handed over by Helibras in December. A second aircraft will follow in March 2013, and if the deliveries meet the service's requirements, a further 22-unit upgrade deal could follow.


The enhanced model features an improved gearbox and more powerful engines, a four-axis autopilot and additional self-protection equipment. A similar enhancement programme for the country's fleet of AS550 Fennecs will get under way in November.

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3 octobre 2012 3 03 /10 /octobre /2012 08:00

Multi-Role EC725 Helicopter


Oct. 2, 2012 Defense News (AFP)


ITAJUBA, BRAZIL — Helibras, the Brazilian subsidiary of European manufacturer Eurocopter, on Tuesday inaugurated a new plant in the southern state of Minas Gerais that will assemble 50 EC725 military helicopters for the armed forces by 2017.


A company statement said the choppers will have 50 percent Brazilian content with the other 50 percent made in France.


The new facility in Itajuba will also assemble the EC225, the civilian version of the EC725, which will be used for airlift between the continent and offshore oil rigs, it added.


The total investment for the project is $210 million.


In 2008, the consortium Helibras-Eurocopter won a $2.4 billion contract to build in Brazil 50 long-range multi-purpose helicopters with 50 percent domestic content for the army, the navy and the air force.


“This is a program that will assist the national and local industries while benefiting a major supply chain,” said Eduardo Marson Ferreira, Helibras president.


Four EC725 choppers made in Eurocopter’s French plant have already been delivered, three in December 2010 and one last July.


Eurocopter President Lutz Bertling, who attended the inauguration, said the idea was to enable Helibras to produce the first 100 percent Brazilian-made helicopter in 2025.


“The aircraft will be available on the world market in the middle of the 2020’s. I am prepared to discuss with President Dilma Rousseff and Defense Minister Celso Amorim the best way to reach our objective,” Bertling told Tuesday’s O Estado de Sao Paulo.


Helibras is a partner of Eurocopter, the world’s leading supplier of choppers, which has EADS as parent company.


The Itajuba plant employs more than 700 people and has a production capacity of 36 helicopters per year.


Helibras has already delivered more than 600 choppers in Brazil, 70 percent of them AS350 Squirrels.


Brazil, a huge country with the world’s sixth largest economy, plans to modernize its air force to protect its long borders and huge offshore oil reserves as well as to ensure the security of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio summer Olympics.

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3 octobre 2012 3 03 /10 /octobre /2012 08:00

Rafale photo2 Sirpa Air




Brazil is hoping to secure a better deal on its planned multibillion-dollar revamp of the air force combat inventory with the possible purchase of up to 36 new jet fighters.


Officials say a decision on the fighter jet deal is unlikely before next year.


More than two years after Brazil revived its FX-2 program to re-equip the Brazilian air force with next-generation jet fighters, outlook on the Latin American country's purchase plans remains unclear.


A partial acquisition of the 36 fighter jets was to have been completed in 2011 but talks toward a contract were halted during the presidential election in 2010. When President Dilma Rousseff took office in January, her administration cited budgetary constraints and industry sources hinted at differences of opinion within the air force over the choice of the jet.


French jet fighter Rafale was the hot favorite after former French President Nicolas Sarkozy canvassed for manufacturer Dassault Aviation during talks with former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Just before handing power over to Rousseff, Lula postponed a decision on the purchase.


Rafale is in competition with Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet and Swedish manufacturer Saab's Gripen NG.


U.S. President Barack Obama visited Brazil last year and his talks with Rousseau revived support for Boeing. The visit also brought into sharper focus Brazil's insistence on extensive military technology transfers as part of the manufacture, assembly and delivery of any jet fighters to the country.


Of the three rival bidders, Boeing has been notably proactive in forging partnerships with Brazilian aviation and defense companies both to prepare for a possible jet fighter deal and to position itself in a growing defense market that includes aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, civil and military aviation and satellite communications.


Boeing has actively entered a market dominated by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, which seeks to unseat U.S. and other aircraft manufacturers with its own competitively priced executive jets, light attack aircraft and a planned tactical transport plane to capture the C-130 Hercules market.


The rival bidders have spent huge sums on marketing pitches in Brazil. Promotion costs are said to be running into hundreds of thousands of dollars. The total jet fighter deal at current estimates is worth up to $6 billion.


Brazilian media speculated the postponement might be linked to Rousseff's wait-and-see stance on the U.S. presidential election in November. She has indicated Brazil is interested in wide-ranging technology transfer cooperation with the U.S. government and private sector manufacturers.


The F/A-18 Super Hornet is cheaper than Rafale but the French jet is said to be more versatile. Unlike the Super Hornet, however, Rafale has struggled to find buyers outside France.

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2 octobre 2012 2 02 /10 /octobre /2012 07:45





Embraer Defense and Security has picked Brazilian companies to supply ballistics protection and other equipment for its KC-390 military transport.


The companies are Aerotron and LH Colus.


Aerotron will supply the ballistics protection, while LH Colus will provide seating and stretchers for the aircraft, which is being built for the Brazilian air force.


"We are quite pleased to announce another two Brazilian companies as suppliers of the KC-390 program", said Eduardo Bonini Santos Pinto, vice president of Operations and chief operating officer of Embraer Defense and Security.


"Both companies bring to the program excellent solutions and we are certain that they will deliver technologically advanced products of the highest quality."


Aerotron said its initial prototypes of ballistics protection will be delivered to Embraer next year. LH Colus will develop and deliver the first set of seats and stretchers for the KC-390 test flights scheduled to begin in 2014.


The KC-390 is a medium-sized, jet-powered aircraft that will be used for cargo, troop transport, aerial refueling and other missions.

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1 octobre 2012 1 01 /10 /octobre /2012 12:55



01/10/2012 Sources : EMA


Du 03 au 10 septembre 2012, trente marsouins et légionnaires ont effectués des patrouilles conjointes avec autant de militaires de la gendarmerie nationale. Pour cette mission, ce sont les sites de Dagobert, non loin de Repentir (centre du département) et de Saint-Lucien, à l’est de Regina, qui ont été fouillés. Avec succès.


Depuis la fin juin 2012, date de la mort de deux soldats des Forces Armées en Guyane (FAG) sur le site de Dorlin, le rythme des opérations n’a cessé d’augmenter. Ce harcèlement porte ses fruits puisque les orpailleurs disposent de moins en moins de moyens matériels et ne reçoivent plus l’approbation de la population.

Ainsi, au cours de cette semaine de mission, les FAG ont confisqué plus d’une tonne de matériels majeurs et couteux utilisés par les orpailleurs : des moyens logistiques, tels que des véhicules de type quads, 4X4, ou tracteur ; des armes de calibre 12, de l’équipement typique tels que des motopompes, groupes électrogènes ou encore des moyens de communication (téléphones cellulaires et radios) et du carburant.




La mission Harpie rend de plus en plus difficile l’activité des orpailleurs clandestins. Depuis 2009 ces opérations ont permis de réduire de moitié le nombre de sites d’orpaillage illégal.

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1 octobre 2012 1 01 /10 /octobre /2012 07:45



September 26, 2012 by EXPAL - naval-technology.com


EXPAL has been awarded the tender for the implementation and management of a demilitarization line in Brazil.


The project will be run in collaboration with EMGEPRON, state-owned company of the Brazilian Navy.


The key factor for choosing EXPAL has been its proven experience in the demilitarization field. Over the course of more than 30 years, EXPAL has eliminated over 1,000 different kinds of munitions.


The contract will be carried out in collaboration with the Brazilian State-owned company EMGEPRON, which manages projects of interest for the Brazilian Navy.


This project will involve the controlled destruction of obsolete and out of use ammunition, using the most advanced technological processes based upon safety and environmental protection.


This contract demonstrates increasing concern of the Brazilian Navy and the Ministry of Defence for the safety of their military arsenals, as well as the protection of the environment.


With this project, EXPAL will be a pioneer private company providing demilitarization services in Latin America. EXPAL already provides these services in more than 20 countries, and owns manufacturing facilities in Europe and the US.

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1 octobre 2012 1 01 /10 /octobre /2012 07:20

C-130J Super Hercules photo Lockheed Martin


27 September 2012 - airforce-technology.com


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of two C-130J-30 Hercules aircraft to Mexico.


Under the estimated $412m FMS programme, Mexico has requested two C-130J-30 aircraft, along with ten Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 engines, spare and repair parts, and support and test equipment.


The potential sale also includes personnel training and programme support services for a period of three years.


Primarily ordered for presidential support, the aircraft will also be used to provide airlift support for the Mexican Armed Forces during drug interdiction missions.


Lockheed Martin-Aerospace will serve as prime contractor for the programme.


A stretched version of Lockheed Martin-built C-130J Hercules, the C-130J-30 is a four-engine, medium-lift military transport aircraft designed to conduct military, civilian and humanitarian assistance operations.


The aircraft features an expanded cargo compartment, and is equipped with two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics, colour multifunctional liquid crystal displays and head-up displays, as well as enhanced navigation systems with dual inertial navigation system and global positioning system.


Additional features include fully integrated defensive systems, low-power colour radar, digital moving map display, digital auto pilot, enhanced fuel, environmental and ice-protection systems and an improved cargo-handling system.


The Mexican Air Force currently operates a total of seven C-130 Hercules aircraft for tactical transport missions.

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30 septembre 2012 7 30 /09 /septembre /2012 20:21

Rafale photo2 Sirpa Air


Sep. 30, 2012  Defense News (AFP)


RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil will postpone until next year a decision on a multi-billion-dollar contract to buy 36 next-generation fighter and there is currently no favorite, a government source said Friday.


“The government budget does not include an outlay for the purchase of the jets, the decision is for 2013,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.


The official added that there was no favorite in the contest pitting the U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornet against the Rafale fighter, made by French firm Dassault Aviation, and Swedish manufacturer Saab’s Gripen, for a contract valued at more than $5 billion.


The source said Brasilia was awaiting the outcome of the U.S. presidential election in November before making a decision.


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is also considering a possible trip to France in December, the source added.


When she came to power in January 2011, Rousseff put off the purchase decision, which was expected to be made this year.


The early favorite was the Rafale, but Brasilia finds it too expensive and has been pressing for a better price. Paris has offered full technology transfers in its bid to win the contract.


Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet is cheaper, but Brazilian officials are wary of Washington’s possible use of technology restrictions.


In 2006, the United States blocked the sale of 24 Super Tucano light attack aircraft made by Brazil’s top aeronautics firm Embraer to Venezuela as they contained U.S.-built components.


Brazil, Latin America’s dominant power and the world’s sixth biggest economy, is now insisting on technology transfer in all its defense agreements.


The country is keen to develop its own defense industry and wants to assemble aircraft with foreign technology for export.

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29 septembre 2012 6 29 /09 /septembre /2012 16:55



Sep 28, 2012 ASDNews Source : General Dynamics Corporation


General Dynamics UK today announced the establishment of a Brazilian subsidiary General Dynamics do Brasil, as British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Brazil with a large delegation of British business this week. General Dynamics do Brasil (GD do Brasil) will deliver capability to the Brazilian defence and security sectors through strategic partnerships with Brazilian companies; facilitate knowledge transfer from the UK to Brazil; and work to develop indigenised solutions for its Brazilian customers. It also intends to establish an EDGE® facility in Brazil to support relationships between British and Brazilian SMEs and academic establishments, and is participating in the Science Without Borders programme that will see Brazilian students visit Britain for university and work placements.


Prime Minister David Cameron said, “General Dynamics UK’s expansion in Brazil is a perfect example of how a British company can boost its business by attracting customers from new markets abroad. This will help to safeguard jobs back at home and also offer opportunities for small British companies, working in partnership with General Dynamics, to win new contracts. And it's testament to the UK's expertise in the defence and technology sector.”


Dr. Sandy Wilson, president and managing director at General Dynamics UK said, “The opening of General Dynamics do Brasil and our intention to establish an EDGE® in Brazil demonstrates our commitment to our Brazilian customers and the Brazilian market, and will facilitate transfer of knowledge and capability to Brazil by working with our current and future partners there. We intend to work here with our Brazilian partners to deliver Brazilian capability.”


Brazil is currently in the process of procuring a number of defence and security solutions that would benefit from General Dynamics UK’s systems integration capabilities, ranging from a £20m Command and Control System in advance of the Football World Cup and Olympics, to the major US$4bn opportunity, SisGAAZ, which will integrate a C4I1 network to protect 8000kms of littoral, economic exclusion zone, and continental shelf extension (primary oil and gas fields) as well as contributing to search and rescue capability.


General Dynamics UK is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated security solutions working across the range of requirements from Government and national critical infrastructure such as borders and large areas that need protection to the civil sector including the global Oil and Gas industry. Most recently it has delivered the entire integrated Port Operating System for the newly operational Khalifa Port in the UAE making it the safest and most advanced port in the region; secured BP’s newest oil platforms on the North Sea’s Clair Ridge and provided a full telecommunications and security infrastructure for the world’s largest Gas to Liquid facility, Shell’s Pearl GTL site in Qatar. This expertise and capability will be of significant importance to Brazil’s own burgeoning Oil & Gas exploration activities, as well as the resulting port installations that are to be built or improved in the coming years and will deliver and integration capability to the country that would benefit programmes like SisGAAZ.


General Dynamics UK is also one of a very small number of companies that understands how to use this integration capability to address the security challenges and requirements of Governments, their security forces, and private enterprises that wish to protect their valuable assets, whether populations, frontiers, national infrastructure or facilities from attack or intrusion, and delivers robust systems with resilience which ensures business continuity.  General Dynamics do Brasil will facilitate the transfer of the knowledge and technology that has been delivered to border security & surveillance, emergency control centre and critical national infrastructure programmes in other parts of the world to Brazil.

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29 septembre 2012 6 29 /09 /septembre /2012 16:45

Penguin Missile


28/09/2012 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


The Brazilian Navy is getting AGM-119 Penguin anti-ship guided missiles from Norwegian manufacturer Kongsberg, via a $42 million order placed in September 2012.


These missiles will equip the Brazilian Naval Aviation's brand new Sikorsky S-70B Seahawks, of which it currently has two in service and four more on the way.


These first two Brazilian Naval Aviation Seahawks were inducted last month and the entire fleet of six should have become operational by 2014. Their roles will include surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and search and rescue.


AGM-119 Anti-Ship Missiles


Current AGM-119 anti-ship missile users include the US Navy, the Spanish Navy and the South African Air Force and, since 2007, an upgraded version's been available - the NSM (Naval Strike Missile). The original Penguin anti-ship guided missile's got an active range of 55 kilometres, a length of three metres and boasts a 120 kilogram warhead that's fuze-detonated.


Flying low over the waves, it's got a top speed in the high-subsonic range and its flightpath typically involves random weaves prior to the target impact phase.


The AGM-119 Penguin is now 40 years old and it was the first anti-ship guided missile in NATO's inventory equipped with an IR seeker. It's compatible with a wide range of helicopter types including the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk and UH-60 Black Hawk, the Kaman SH-2 Seasprite and later Westland Lynx variants and can be air-launched or sea-launched.


Brazilian AGM-119 Penguins


The Brazilian AGM-119 Penguin contract calls for the supply of around 40 examples, each one costing in the region of $1m.


Established in 1916, the Brazilian Naval Aviation is tasked with reconnaissance, aircraft carrier support, anti-submarine warfare and air defense duties.


It has about 70 helicopters and aircraft and, besides the AGM-119 Penguins, its other weapons include AIM-9 Sidewinder and MAA-1A Piranha air-to-air missiles, Exocet anti-ship missiles, Mark 46 torpedoes and Mark 82 and Mark 83 bombs.

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