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20 juin 2012 3 20 /06 /juin /2012 13:32


The first A-1M prototype completed, awaiting the first flight.

Photo: Silva Lopes, FAB


Jun 20, 2012 ASDNews Source : Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A.


    And Delivers the Last A-29 Super Tucano and F-5M Aircraft to the FAF


Embraer successfully performed the first flight of the A-1M prototype at its manufacturing plant in Gavião Peixoto, in outstate São Paulo, during a ceremony attended by the Aeronautics Commander, Air Force General Juniti Saito, and officers from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) High Command. The aircraft’s flight test campaign will soon begin. The A-1M program provides for refurbishing and upgrading 43 FAB AMX subsonic fighters. Ten aircraft are already at the Company’s facilities and the first deliveries are planned for 2013.


The event also marked the delivery of the 99th, and last, A-29 Super Tucano light attack turboprop to the FAB, as well as the last two upgraded F-5M fighters from the first group. Via the AL-X program, the FAB became the launch customer for the Super Tucano, in December 2003. The aircraft is currently used for advanced pilot training and carries out important functions in the Amazon Surveillance System (SIVAM). The A-29 Super Tucano has been chosen by ten customers in Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.


The F-5M program covers the refurbishing and upgrading of 46 supersonic fighters. Each aircraft received new navigation systems, weaponry, computers, and multimodal radar. This equipment, as well as structural repairs, increase the operational capability of the fighters for at least fifteen more years. In December 2010, a new contract was signed to upgrade 11 additional F-5 aircraft, with the work beginning on the first jet in October 2012. The first deliveries of this second group are planned for 2013.


“The A-1Ms are receiving modern systems that are similar to those already found on the F-5M and A-29 aircraft. All of the upgrades and acquisitions are aligned with the objectives of the Aeronautics Strategic Military Planning (PEMAER)—which positions the FAB, via medium- and long-term studies—based on the National Defense Policy (PND) and on the National Defense Strategy (END). One premise of this process is the pursuit of commercial, industrial, and technological returns for developing defense materiel and strengthening the Nation’s industry,” said Aeronautics Commander, Air Force General Juniti Saito. “Therefore, our equipment makes the most of the similarity between the avionics of these aircraft, which helps with the adaptation of our pilots, and provides a level of standardization that comes with numerous operational advantages, such as improving the employment doctrine of the FAB and a better yield in terms of flight hours. Embraer’s technical capability for meeting our needs strengthens the Air Force and, consequently, strengthens Brazil, making us ready to respond promptly to any threat to the sovereignty of our air space.”


“These achievements reinforce the commitment of Embraer Defense and Security, as a strategic partner of Brazil and, especially, of the Brazilian Air Force, and contributes to its reequipping process and the upgrading of its material resources,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, President of Embraer Defense and Security. “The Super Tucano gives continuity to our tradition of developing aircraft that meet Air Force requirements and, at the same time, are capable of enjoying commercial success on the foreign market, while the upgrading of the A-1 and F-5 shows our ability to develop integrated solutions, in complex systems, for our customers.”

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20 juin 2012 3 20 /06 /juin /2012 07:50

KC-390 military transport aircraft source asdnews


SAO PAULO, June 19 (UPI)


Brazilian aviation and defense manufacturer Embraer is expanding components manufacturing in Portugal as part of a global strategy to compete in different international markets.


Embraer says it may add capacity, in addition to two industrial plants already nearing completion, and invest in the construction of a third unit in Portugal, plans for which were cited in comments made to Portuguese financial daily Diario Economico by Embraer Europe President Luiz Fuchs.


Embraer is building two separate aircraft component manufacturing units in the Portuguese city of Evora, in which it has invested $215 million, company data indicated.


Both units are to start trial production in July before a scheduled official inauguration in September, officials said.


Some of the top manufacturing experts in the two units include personnel sent by Embraer, Sao Paolo, who will work with about 100 locally hired staff.


The industrial units have an inventory for manufacture that includes complex airframe structures and components in composite materials for Embraer aircraft both old and new.


Aside from making parts for older models and the Legacy 450 executive jet, Embraer's Portuguese units are part of the manufacturer's strategy to break into global tactical transport market with the development of its KC-390 military cargo plane.


Global competition in the 20-ton air transport sector remains intense and Embraer's own estimates indicate there is international demand for at least 700 aircraft that can replace the C-130 transport plane.


Embraer is aiming to develop a jet-powered rival to compete with Lockheed Martin's C-130J, as well as the larger version of Airbus A400M, Russia's Antonov AN-12, its Chinese adaptation, the Yun-8/9 and the Indian-Russian Irkut-HAL MRTA transport.


Smaller tactical transport aircraft vying for the market include the EADS-CASA C-295M, and Alenia's C-27J.


Seeking not to be outdone by competitors on any feature, Embraer is developing the KC-390 as a jet-powered transport plane with a cargo capacity of around 23 tons. Embraer is also emphasizing the aircraft's fuel efficiency.


Using dedicated pods, the KC-390 will refuel in the air and also provide refueling services to other airborne aircraft.


Faced with an array of competing aircraft, Embraer has been investing heavily in adding components that it hopes will outdo rivals with their performance. Embraer has also acquired a 65 percent controlling stake in Portuguese aircraft maintenance company OGMA, which has a facility in Alverca, near Lisbon.


Portugal's state defense company Empresa Portuguesa de Defesa Empordef holds the remaining 35 percent in OGMA.


Last year Brazil and Portugal signed agreements to increase collaboration for the production of KC-390.

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19 juin 2012 2 19 /06 /juin /2012 17:48

Cheetah C D fighter source Flight global


June 19, 2012 defpro.com


All 12 of the South African Cheetah supersonic fighters sold to Ecuador have successfully completed their test flights and are now ready for deployment by the Ecuadorian air force.


Riaz Saloojee, the Group Chief Executive of Denel, says the sale of the 10 Cheetah C (single seat) and two Cheetah D (dual seat) planes is now complete and has been delivered to the complete satisfaction of the client.


Denel Aviation will continue to provide a comprehensive maintenance and support service to the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) for the next five years with an option for renewal.


“This is an exciting business opportunity for Denel Aviation,” says Mr Saloojee. “We successfully sold a fighter plane that was designed in South Africa and used locally for many years to a major international client.


“Our future partnership with the Ecuadorian Air Force will provide an important platform to showcase local capabilities for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work to the rest of the world” says Mr Saloojee.


Mike Kgobe, the CEO of Denel Aviation says the agreement to deliver the 12 fighters was signed in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, in November 2010. The government of Ecuador decided to purchase the Cheetahs as part of a programme to modernise its aircraft fleet.


The Cheetahs were delivered in four batches with the final shipment completed earlier this year. Prior to dispatching the aircraft, they were returned to service and flight-tested before being disassembled locally for shipment and then carefully reassembled and flight-tested in Ecuador.


Denel Aviation provided technical and logistics support to the local teams conducting the tests in Ecuador. Ecuadorian pilots and ground support staff also received extensive conversion training to fly and maintain the South African planes.


“All the stringent tests have now been completed and the Cheetahs were declared ready for operational deployment,” says Mr Kgobe.


Mr Kgobe says a significant milestone was reached on 17 May 2012 when seven of the fighters took to the Ecuadorian skies simultaneously during a fly past to mark the handover of command of the country’s air force to Brigadier General Enrique Velasco.


Denel Aviation is the design authority of the single-seat fighter that was locally developed as a variant of the Mirage lll in the 1980s. The Denel Cheetahs were retired from active duty following the acquisition by South Africa of its new fleet of Saab Gripen fighter jets.


Negotiations between Denel Aviation, Armscor and the FAE started in 2009. An Ecuadorian team visited South Africa in April 2010 to inspect the Cheetah fleet and to participate in specific evaluation flights.


Denel Aviation subsequently visited FAE facilities to review the infrastructure and technical capability of the Ecuadorian Air Force to accommodate the Cheetah aircraft, to evaluate the level of support required and to identify the need for further training. says Mr Saloojee.

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19 juin 2012 2 19 /06 /juin /2012 16:09



June 19, 2012 defpro.com


First contract follows the recent launching of the ELSAT 2100 at Eurosatory


Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a first contract by a Latin American customer to supply the ELSAT 2100 Satellite-On-The-Move (SOTM) terminal. The contract is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems.


This first contract follows the recent launching of the ELSAT 2100 at Eurosatory 2012 in Paris, validating the systems performance superiority and deployment readiness in demanding MIL SATCOM wheeled and tracked vehicular SOTM applications.


The ELSAT 2100 is an 80cm diameter low profile rugged bi-directional Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) vehicular SOTM antenna with outstanding characteristics. Based on a new generation planar antenna technology developed for high performance and efficiency of low profile SOTM antennas, the ELSAT 2100 delivers a six-fold performance improvement over the ELSAT 2000, enabling 50Mbps downlink and 10Mbps uplink speeds.


The system features an advanced triple tracking mechanism based on a combination of Gyro, GPS and RSSI (Receive Signal Strength Indication), with a 110 degree elevation capability for superior SOTM tracking and relocking.


The system features a Tx-Gain of 33.4dbi, and Rx-Gain of 33dbi, and a G/T of 12 dB/k (including Radom loss), with a highly effective radiation pattern of -14dbw/4kHz. It also delivers outstanding SOTM performance as well as superior efficiency resulting in substantial bandwidth cost efficiency.


Designed for demanding tactical vehicular military SATCOM on-the-move applications, the system is designed for Ku and extended Ku band operation.


ELSAT 2100 is fully integrated with Elbit’s InterSKY 4M, enabling breakthrough performance and efficiency enhancements. The integration within Elbit's C4I military systems ensures seamless broadband connectivity in LOS, BLOS and OTH combat arenas, positioning InterSKY 4M as a leading Tactical Military SatCom Platform.

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17 juin 2012 7 17 /06 /juin /2012 16:45



Jun. 14, 2012 – Defense News (AFP)


CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez has revealed that Venezuela has made its first drone in partnership with Iran, Russia and China, and said Caracas plans to start exporting it soon.


“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 during a meeting with top military and defense officials.


The drones were developed in cooperation with “Russia, China, Iran and other allied countries,” he said in remarks broadcast on radio and television.


Designed as a surveillance tool, the machine “does not carry arms” and has a 60 mile (100-kilometer) sweep. It can fly solo for some 90 minutes and reach an altitude of 9,000 feet (3,000 meters), according to Venezuelan Gen. Julio Morales, president of the state-run Venezuelan Military Industrial Company (CAVIM).


Chavez is a left-wing firebrand who often criticizes the United States, which has closely monitored for any signs of Iranian influence in Venezuela.


The United States, which has controversially waged drone strikes remotely against suspected militants in Pakistan and Yemen, expressed caution about Chavez’s announcement.


“The Venezuelans make lots of extravagant claims. So do the Iranians,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington. “Our concern, obviously, would be with any breaking of international sanctions on Iran. And we will be most vigilant in watching how this goes forward.”


Another official in Venezuela said that the drone was assembled from parts made locally and built by engineers trained in Iran.


Measuring four meters (13 feet) long by three meters (10 feet) wide, the drone can transmit real time photographs and video, officials said. It is currently being modified so it can also carry out night flights.


CAVIM is also developing guns such as the AK103 in partnership with Russia, grenades and munitions, as well as more pilotless planes.


“Of course we are developing a powder factory ... a drone factory, of course we are doing it. We have the right, we wouldn’t have it if we were a colony, but we are a free and independent nation,” Chavez said.


A one-time lieutenant colonel in the Venezuelan Army, Chavez has been developing cooperation with several countries to boost the force.

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17 juin 2012 7 17 /06 /juin /2012 13:34



L'avion a été assemblé à partir de pièces produites au Venezuela et construit par des ingénieurs militaires formés en Iran, a précisé un autre responsable. Image: AFP/VTV


14 juin 2012 lapresse.ca/


Le président vénézuélien Hugo Chavez a présenté le premier avion sans pilote fabriqué au Venezuela en partenariat avec l'Iran, la Russie et la Chine, notamment, et affirmé qu'il entendait débuter son exportation prochainement.


« C'est l'un des trois avions que nous avons fabriqués ici, et nous allons continuer à en fabriquer (...) pas seulement pour un usage militaire (car) beaucoup de ces équipements sont pour des usages civils », a déclaré mercredi le président lors d'une rencontre avec des hauts responsables militaires au ministère de la Défense, retransmise à la radio et à la télévision.


Ces drones ont été développés en coopération avec « la Russie, la Chine, l'Iran et d'autres pays alliés », a ajouté M. Chavez.


Dédié à la surveillance, l'appareil « ne transporte pas d'armement », dispose d'un rayon d'action de 100 km, avec une « autonomie de vol de 90 minutes et peut atteindre l'altitude de 3000 mètres », a détaillé le président de la Compagnie anonyme vénézuélienne d'industrie militaire (Cavim), le général Julio Morales.


L'avion a été assemblé à partir de pièces produites au Venezuela et construit par des ingénieurs militaires formés en Iran, a précisé un autre responsable.


L'appareil, qui mesure 4 mètres de long pour 3 de large, peut transmettre simultanément et en temps réel des photographies et de la vidéo. Il est actuellement en cours de modification pour pouvoir assurer des vols de nuit.


La Cavim développe également la production de fusils (notamment des AK103 en partenariat avec la Russie), de grenades, de poudre et de munitions, en plus des avions sans pilote.


« Bien sûr que nous développons une usine de poudre (...) et une usine d'avions sans pilote, bien sûr que nous le faisons. Nous en avons le droit, nous ne l'aurions pas si nous étions une colonie, mais nous sommes un pays libre et indépendant », s'est justifié le président Chavez.


Depuis plusieurs années, le président, lui-même ancien militaire, développe la coopération avec différents pays pour renforcer l'armée vénézuélienne.

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17 juin 2012 7 17 /06 /juin /2012 07:05



At the Eurosatory show, Iveco handed over the first of over 2,200 Guarani armored vehicles to the Brazilian army, and will now develop a new infantry variant. (Iveco photo)


June 15, 2012 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: IVECO; issued June 12, 2012)


Iveco Delivers First Guarani Pre-Series Unit to Brazilian Army and Announces the Beginning of A New Project for the Brazilian Cavalry


Eurosatory provided Iveco with the opportunity to deliver the first Guarani pre-series unit to the Brazilian Army at a ceremony with Alfredo Altavilla, Iveco CEO and General Sinclair James Mayer, head of the Brazilian Army’s Science and Technology Department.


The 6x6 Amphibious Armoured Vehicle, named Guarani by the Brazilian Army and also known as VBTP, has been developed by Iveco in partnership with the Science and Technology Department of the Brazilian Army.


This follows the signing of a contract in 2009 for the supply of 2,044 units of a new family of armoured personnel carriers. The vehicle will be produced in the new €23 million production unit in Sete Lagoas (Brazil), which is currently under construction and due for completion by the end of 2012. With an estimated production capacity of more than 100 units per year and deliveries scheduled for the next 20 years, the new plant will start serial production in 2013.


At the ceremony, it was also announced that the Brazilian Army has decided to entrust Iveco with the development of a new version of the Guarani armoured vehicle for use by the Brazilian Infantry. The initial Guarani project was produced for Cavalry applications only, with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of Brazilian land forces. A wide variety of configurations makes them very effective in fulfilling different roles including personnel carrier, reconnaissance and ambulance, therefore meeting the whole range of military needs and reinforcing the Army’s operational capability in the most demanding scenarios.


This new development project also acknowledges the trust that Iveco has gained with the Brazilian Army and also marks Iveco’s strength in building strong and durable relationships with its partners.


The Guarani is a family of 18-tonne armoured vehicles with amphibious capabilities. Powered by a FPT Industrial Cursor 9 engine with 383cv, 6x6 traction and automatic gearbox, it can carry a crew of up to 11 in several different configurations. External dimensions are 6.9 meters long, 2.7 meters wide and 2.3 meters high.


It can be equipped with different weapon systems and can be air-carried by a Hercules C-130 or a Embraer KC-390 type airplane.


The Guarani is designed to provide the basis for a family of vehicles capable of filling a multitude of roles. The adoption of a modular approach to product development provides a number of advantages such as product variety without un-necessary re-engineering (reducing timescales and costs), optimum combination of power, protection and payload and flexibility in operation and support through improved serviceability and ease of upgrade.


The use of COTS main assemblies (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) ensures outstanding levels of reliability and consequently excellent fleet availability, ease of maintenance and low whole life costs.


“There is potential for sales in several world markets”, says Paolo Del Noce, recently appointed as head of the project in Brazil. ”The Argentinean Army has already demonstrated its interest”.


Iveco Defence Vehicles is dedicated to delivering innovative automotive and protection solutions to meet the needs of military customers worldwide. The company manufactures specialist military logistic, protected and armoured vehicles in its facility in Bolzano in Northern Italy, as well as marketing Iveco’s full commercial range, adapted as necessary to meet the demands of the military user. In consequence, Iveco Defence Vehicles has a full range of vehicles to meet almost any defence application.

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16 juin 2012 6 16 /06 /juin /2012 17:00



MEXICO, 14 juin - RIA Novosti


Le Venezuela a l'intention de commencer à exporter ses propres armements, notamment des armes automatiques, des véhicules militaires et des drones, a déclaré mercredi soir le président vénézuélien Hugo Chavez à la télévision publique du pays.


"Viendra un temps où nous commencerons à livrer des milliers de véhicules Tiuna en différentes versions non seulement sur le marché intérieur, mais également à l'export. La même chose peut être dite concernant les mitraillettes AK-103, leur munitions et les drones", a annoncé le chef de l'Etat vénézuélien lors d'une réunion avec les chefs des forces armées de son pays.


Actuellement, une usine de production de mitraillettes AK-103 est en cours d'implantation au Venezuela avec l'assistance de spécialistes russes. Pour le moment, sa construction n'est achevée qu'à 60%. Selon un représentant de l'armée vénézuélienne, après son entrée en service, l'usine pourra produire 25.000 mitraillettes et 60 millions de munitions par an.


Actuellement, le Venezuela ne produit que 3.000 mitraillettes AK-103 par an.


A l'issue de l'année 2011, le Venezuela a été classé au premier rang des importateurs d'armes russes par le Centre de l'analyse du commerce mondial des armes. Ainsi, le Venezuela a acheté des chars de combat T-72B1, des véhicules de combat d'infanterie BMP-3M, des blindés BTR-80A, des obusiers automoteurs 2S19 "MSTA-S", des mortiers automoteurs 2S23 "Nona-SVK", des mortiers 2S12A "Sani", des systèmes lance-roquettes multiples 9K51 BM-21 «Grad», ainsi que d'autres équipements.


En avril dernier, la Russie a achevé la livraison au Venezuela de 92 chars de combat T-72B1 en vertu d'un contrat conclu en 2009.

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15 juin 2012 5 15 /06 /juin /2012 18:30

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15 juin 2012 -    Vincent Durupt - letelegramme.com


Directeur de DCNS Brest jusqu'à la rentrée 2009, Gérard Solve est aujourd'hui à Rio. Il y préside ICN, société impliquée dans le contrat de construction de cinq sous-marins pour le Brésil, quatre conventionnels et le cinquième à propulsion nucléaire.


«L'intérêt ici, c'est que l'on développe», résume l'ex-directeur brestois, aujourd'hui président de la société ICN. DCNS y détient 41% du capital; Odebrecht, une grosse entreprise brésilienne, à l'origine dans le bâtiment et les travaux publics, les 59% restants. Pour l'heure, ICN emploie 150 personnes. «Nous devrions être 450 à la fin de l'année, et 1.200 en 2014», indique Gérard Solve. Le job? Fabriquer les sous-marins, former des gens aptes à les réaliser, monter un outil industriel, mis à disposition neuf et le rendre en l'état une fois le travail effectué. L'objectif n'est pas en soi de développer une société mais de réaliser un contrat. Peut-être s'y ajoutera plus tard de la maintenance, mais ce n'est pas le cas pour l'instant. Le chantier situé à Itaguai, à 80km environ à l'ouest de Rio, région où se trouvent déjà d'autres industries, est en cours. Six mille personnes ytravaillent en 3 x 8. Il s'agit ni plus ni moins de construire une usine et, un peu plus loin, une base navale, édifiée sur une zone gagnée sur la mer. Bref une sorte de «mix» de Cherbourg, Brest et l'Île-Longue. Entre, un tunnel de 1,6km a été percé. Un acheminement de pièces par voie maritime, en contournant la montagne, est aussi possible.


Le premier en 2017


Juste à côté de l'usine, un sous-traitant, Nuclep, est déjà en place et fabriquera la coque épaisse. «Participer à l'élaboration d'outils de cette ampleur, dans un délai aussi serré, c'est exceptionnel, on ne fait pas cela 36 fois dans sa vie», observe Gérard Solve. Normalement, le premier sous-marin, de type Scorpène, doit être remis à la marine brésilienne en 2017. Il est prévu que les autres s'échelonnent ensuite tous les 18mois, le sous-marin à propulsion nucléaire étant sans doute le plus fondamental aux yeux des Brésiliens, qui étaient déjà dotés de sous-marins avant la commande auprès de la France. La moitié du premier doit arriver au premier trimestre de l'année prochaine, venant de Cherbourg, où il a été fabriqué. Un des enjeux est de développer des formations spécifiques localement pour les Brésiliens. «Le Brésilien ne dit jamais qu'il ne sait pas faire, n'aime pas le conflit. Il faut surveiller de près pour avoir la garantie que les choses soient bien comprises», explique Gérard Solve, avec un recul de près de trois ans.


«Tout, tout de suite»


Dans un Brésil en développement où la main-d'oeuvre manque, la projection dans une carrière à venir paraît assez limitée. «C'est tout, tout de suite», constate Gérard Solve. D'une certaine façon, les écarts de salaires brésiliens, de 1 à 100, incitent aussi à une certaine volatilité...

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15 juin 2012 5 15 /06 /juin /2012 16:55



16.06.2012 Marine Nationale


Du 5 au 13 juin 2012, le groupe Jeanne d’Arc a réalisé de nombreuses actions de coopération avec le Brésil.

À quai tout d’abord, un salon de l’armement a eu lieu à bord du Dixmude. Au-delà de cette collaboration industrielle, c’est ensuite l’excellente coopération militaire entre les deux pays qui a pu être démontrée par l’organisation et la conduite de trois jours d’opérations amphibies, navales et aéronavales entre le groupe Jeanne d’Arc et la Marine brésilienne.


Le Brésil est le principal partenaire de la France en Amérique du Sud. Depuis des années, la France accompagne les grands programmes d’armement du Brésil. Dans ce contexte, un salon d’armement s’est tenu à bord du BPC Dixmude toute la journée du 6 juin, réunissant 14 stands d’industriels de toute taille. Alors que de grands groupes de défense français et européens exposaient leur matériel et démontraient leur savoir-faire, des entreprises de moindre taille présentaient des produits à usages militaire et civil. Toute la journée, plus de 200 visiteurs ont pu découvrir les produits développés par les entreprises d’armement présentes ce jour-là et avoir des contacts directs avec leurs représentants.



À quai toujours, le groupe Jeanne d’Arc a ensuite intégré des fusiliers marins, un état-major embarqué, un groupe soutien et un groupe aéromobile soit 212 brésiliens afin de mener du 11 au 13 juin des opérations communes avec la Marine brésilienne.


Du 11 au 13 juin, le Dixmude, 6 hélicoptères et 4 engins de débarquement français et brésiliens ainsi que 212 marins brésiliens et 409 marins et terriens français ont conduit des opérations de débarquement amphibie en trois dimensions : de la mer à la terre, par voies maritime et aérienne. La situation tactique s’organisait autour d’une assistance et d’une évacuation de personnes sinistrées - 20 ressortissants brésiliens en difficulté sur l’île. Le groupe amphibie franco-brésilien a donc mené un raid de type va-et-vient consistant en un débarquement simultané par les airs et par la mer de trois sections de troupes brésiliennes afin d’assurer la sécurisation des abords des zones d’évacuation puis le rassemblement des personnes sinistrées avant leur évacuation. En parallèle à ces opérations de débarquement, des séances d’appontages ont été organisées à bord du Dixmude.


À 78 nautiques au sud-ouest de Sepetiba Bay, la frégate anti-sous-marine Georges Leygues naviguait de concert avec les FASM Niteroi et Greenhalgh et le pétrolier-ravitailleur Alm Gastao Motta. L’interopérabilité des moyens franco-brésiliens a été démontrée par le succès des nombreux appontages croisés des hélicoptères embarqués brésiliens (Super Lynx sur le Niteroi et Esquilo sur le Greenhalgh) et français (l' Alouette III) sur les trois frégates anti-sous-marines, ainsi que par la coopération navale. Les unités ont en effet réalisé différents entraînements opérationnels en commun : transit sous menace sous-marine avec le concours du sous-marin brésilien Tamoio,  transit sous menace aérienne avec le passage de Skyhawk brésiliens, transit sous menace surface simulée par un patrouilleur brésilien et ravitaillement à la mer pour le Georges Leygues avec le pétrolier-ravitailleur Alm Gastao Motta.


Le groupe Jeanne d’Arc, enfin, a pu intégrer ses officiers-élèves à bord des unités brésiliennes, une occasion unique pour les futurs officiers de Marine de comprendre les enjeux géostratégiques de la région et de découvrir les opérations en interalliés et interarmées.


Sources : © Marine nationale

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14 juin 2012 4 14 /06 /juin /2012 09:57

Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement Dixmude photo Ma


12/06/2012 Sources : Marine nationale


Du 5 au 11 juin 2012, le Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement (BPC) Dixmude, la Frégate Anti-Sous-Marine (FASM) Georges Leygues et leurs détachements embarqués de l’ALAT, de l’escadrille 22S et de la flottille amphibie ont conduit les 144 officiers-élèves et leurs instructeurs à Rio de Janeiro.


Dès les côtes brésiliennes en vue, les hélicoptères de l’ALAT ont décollé du Dixmude pour partir en reconnaissance des plages qui serviront aux manœuvres de débarquement prévues du 11 au 13 juin. Au même moment, la batellerie du groupe, soit deux chalands de transport de matériel (CTM) et un engin de débarquement amphibie rapide (EDAR), regagnait le radier du BPC avant son accostage à Rio.


Stationnés dans le port, au cœur de la ville, les deux bâtiments français ont accueilli durant l’escale des officiers brésiliens à bord du Dixmude afin de préparer et de planifier les actions de coopération programmées du 11 au 13 juin 2012. Le 10 juin, veille de l’appareillage du groupe, le Dixmude a embarqué 212 militaires brésiliens (3 sections de fusiliers-marins, 1 état-major embarqué, 1 groupe « soutien » et 1 groupe « aéromobile »).


Du 11 au 13 juin, l’ensemble du groupe Jeanne d’Arc mènera un programme complet d’actions de coopération. Planifiées par les officiers-élèves notamment, des opérations amphibies seront conduites par le Dixmude et son groupe amphibie avec la mise à terre de 3 sections brésiliennes sur un scénario d’évacuation de personnes sinistrées. Le Georges Leygues, 4 bâtiments brésiliens et leurs hélicoptères embarqués, mèneront des opérations navales et aéronavales.


Au cœur de la planification, de l’organisation et de l’exécution des opérations, les officiers-élèves seront également intégrés à bord des bâtiments brésiliens. La présence, durant toute la Mission Jeanne d’Arc de l’enseigne de vaisseau João Celso Silva de Deus, officier-élève brésilien de 24 ans, souligne la volonté des deux pays de coopérer pendant ces échanges.

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13 juin 2012 3 13 /06 /juin /2012 18:49
Sagem acquiert la société brésilienne Optovac

Paris, Eurosatory 2012, Ie 13 juin 2012 Sagem


Sagem (groupe Safran) vient de signer à Eurosatory un accord en vue de l’acquisition d’Optovac Mecânica e Optoeletrônica Ltda, société brésilienne spécialisée dans le domaine de l’optronique et de la vision nocturne. Elle fait partie du tissu de PME innovantes reconnues par le Ministère de la défense brésilienne, disposant de tous les atouts pour devenir une Entreprise Stratégique de la Défense (EED).


Cette acquisition s’inscrit dans le cadre de la stratégie de partenariat local que Sagem entend développer avec l’industrie de défense au Brésil.


Sagem a pour objectif d’accompagner la croissance de cette société, avec l’ambition d’en faire un acteur de référence dans le domaine des technologies, équipements et systèmes optroniques.


Optovac aura vocation à produire et à assurer le soutien au profit de ses clients d’une large gamme d’équipements sur la base des savoir-faire de Sagem. Son activité comprendra également le développement local de solutions adaptées aux besoins des forces armées brésiliennes.

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11 juin 2012 1 11 /06 /juin /2012 11:45

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Jun. 10, 2012 By PIERRE TRAN Defense News


Has Embraer Made Right Moves To Win Border Deal?


PARIS — Embraer will bid for an estimated $400 million contract for a first stage of the Brazilian Army’s vast SISFRON border surveillance program, CEO Luiz Carlos Aguiar said.


The request for proposals for a prime contractor went out last week with a 30-day deadline for submissions, Aguiar said here June 5 on the sidelines of a pre-Farnborough International Airshow news conference.


The Brazilian company’s bid for the SISFRON job marks a step in realizing its ambitions to play a leading role in defense and security, diversifying from its traditional role as a civil and military aircraft maker. The first stage of SISFRON is intended to monitor the 1,000-kilometer border between Brazil’s Mata Grosso state and neighboring Bolivia and Colombia.


“It’s a very complex project,” Aguiar said.


The requirement calls for seven subsystems: C4I, cybersecurity, ground radars, communications and electronic intelligence, satellite communications, UAVs and armored vehicles. Logistics and client support are also part of the package. A contract award is expected in 2013, with implementation due over two and a half years.


“This is a prototype,” Aguiar said.


The second stage will cover 17,000 kilometers of Amazonian rainforest, where Brazil shares borders with 10 countries.


The full SISFRON program is estimated to be worth $4 billion over the next 10 years, Aguiar said. Foreign companies are expected to supply technology solutions while Embraer would act as integrator.


As part of preparations for its bid, Embraer bought stakes or partnered with companies that include C4I specialist Atech, radar maker Orbisat, satellite house Visiona and mini-UAV maker Santos Lab. Embraer also has set up a joint venture with Elbit Systems of Israel to build UAVs for the border patrol project and other missions for the Brazilian Air Force.


News of Embraer’s acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Atech, a Brazilian company, emerged at last year’s Latin American Aerospace and Defense show, where Elbit displayed a command-and-control center.


For the satellite communications portion, Embraer has signed up with Telebras, a major Brazilian telecommunications company.


Domestic construction firms are likely to compete for the contract, Aguiar said.


Embraer’s experience in producing aircraft helps position it for a prime contractorship, said Robbin Laird at consulting firm ICSA, based here and in Washington.


“Embraer is moving in that direction,” he said. “Developing and building aircraft such as the Super Tucano positions you as a prime contractor.”


For example, Lockheed Martin has only a direct 30 percent stake in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, in the final assembly stage, and acts as integrator and prime contractor for the multinational program, Laird said.


A particular challenge for Embraer is Brazil’s diverse geography and austere conditions in the Amazon region, he said. Brazil also has a huge maritime border, which requires policing.


The border security program will force the country’s authorities to set priorities, since it is impossible to tackle all of the tasks in managing the frontier.


Deciding on the priorities will allow the Brazilian Army to identify threats and “surge assets,” Laird said, as it is useless to identify a threat and not be able to do anything about it.




In Embraer’s traditional military aircraft activities, the KC-390 tanker/transport program is increasing its contribution to defense and security annual sales as the government funds development and work expands. The KC-390 is expected this year to account for 39 percent of sales for Embraer’s defense and security business, compared with 19 percent in 2011.


Embraer plans to freeze the final design of the KC-390 next March, offering the prospect of setting a price on the military aircraft and going to market, Aguiar said.


“The KC-390 is on schedule,” he said, with a final configuration due in the first quarter of 2013, with terms and conditions to be fixed. That will allow Embraer to go to market and “to aggressively sell it,” Aguiar said.


The KC-390 is intended to replace the C-130 Hercules cargo plane in its various versions. Embraer estimates a world market of 2,000 units for a Hercules replacement, of which 700 are open to sales of the KC-390 — excluding the U.S., Russian and Indian markets, which are effectively closed to the Brazilian aircraft.


Embraer’s “very, very conservative approach” is to win 15 percent to 18 percent of the 700-unit market, worth more than $50 billion, Aguiar said.


Some 800 people and 50 to 55 companies are working on the KC-390 program, which is in the joint definition phase. All of the plane’s main suppliers have been selected. A first flight is due in 2014, with entry into service two years later.


France is among the 77 countries seen as potential customers, as there is a market gap between the four-engine Airbus A400M and twin-engine CN235/C295 transports, built by EADS CASA.


“If we can get it, it will be great,” Aguiar said.


France said in 2009 it would acquire a squadron of KC-390s as a counterpoint to a Brazilian purchase of the Dassault Rafale fighter jet in its long-running FX-2 competition. But the Rafale selection has yet to materialize.


The FX-2 competition did not appear in the Embraer media presentation. Aguiar said he had no knowledge of the Brazilian government’s plans for the fighter program.


Embraer hopes to benefit from changes in the U.S. Air Force’s evaluation of its Super Tucano in an upcoming tender for 20 light attack aircraft. The company will resubmit its light attack/trainer plane in a new Air Force competition to equip Afghanistan’s military.


The new evaluation allocates more points to aircraft deemed fit for counterinsurgency rather than the basic trainer mission, Aguiar said, which “will benefit us.”


Another change in the evaluation method is the absence of a fly-off between competing aircraft, he said. Data from the fly-off demonstration under the previous Air Force tender will be excluded from the evaluation, Aguiar said.


The requirements remain the same as those set in the previous competition, he said.


The U.S. service on March 2 canceled its selection of the Super Tucano, a single-engine turboprop, after a legal challenge from Wichita, Kan.-based Hawker Beechcraft, maker of the rival AT-6.


Embraer partnered with Sierra Nevada, Sparks, Nev., to bid for the previous $355 million contract.


It hopes to win half of a 300-unit, $3.5 billion market for light attack/trainer aircraft.

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9 juin 2012 6 09 /06 /juin /2012 11:14

Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement Dixmude photo Ma


9 juin 2012 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


Accompagné de la frégate anti-sous-marine Georges Leygues, le bâtiment de projection et de commandement Dixmude, de la marine nationale, est arrivé à Río de Janeiro, en provenance d’Afrique du Sud.


Il participera à plusieurs exercices avec la marine du Brésil, dont des sous-marins, des patrouilleurs, des frégates, des véhicules amphibies, des avions et des hélicoptères. Au cours de l’un d’entre eux, aux côtés de 220 fusiliers-marins brésiliens, il simulera l’évacuation de civils, suite à une catastrophe naturelle, près de Marambaia au sud-ouest de Rio.


De plus, comme pour l’escale sud-africaine, ce sera l’occasion de faire la promotion de ce type de bâtiments devant des autorités navales manifestement intéressées à en disposer dans un avenir relativement proche.


Référence : Defensa.com (Espagne)

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6 juin 2012 3 06 /06 /juin /2012 07:25



SANTIAGO, Chile, June 5 (UPI)


European defense consortium EADS is seeking a greater presence in Latin American markets for aviation and defense equipment with a new partnership in Chile.


The EADS entry follows similar endeavors by Boeing, France's Dassault Aviation, Sweden's Saab and other European, Israeli and Asian manufacturers who see Latin America as a major growth area for defense acquisitions.


One major contract in immediate sight of the rival manufacturers is Brazil's FX-2 jet fighter replacement program worth up to $8 billion-$9 billion. EADS lags behind Dassault, Boeing and Saab in the competition to win a lucrative defense contract for the supply of up to 36 fighter aircraft.


Brazil is looking to replace obsolete fighter aircraft, including French Mirage jets, at the high end of its air force inventory as part of the so-called FX-2 fighter competition.

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6 juin 2012 3 06 /06 /juin /2012 07:15



5 juin 2012 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


Le sous-marin brésilien Tikuna arrivera jeudi à la base navale de Norfolk (côte est des Etats-Unis).


L’US Navy a annoncé lundi que le Tikuna, un sous-marin classique de la marine brésilienne, passerait 11 jours à Norfolk dans le cadre d’une mission de routine. C’est le 4è sous-marin brésilien à faire escale à Norfolk.


Le Tikuna va participer à des exercices de lutte anti-sous-marine pendant les 3 mois qu’il doit passer dans la région.


Référence : The Virginian-Pilot (Etats-Unis)

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5 juin 2012 2 05 /06 /juin /2012 07:00

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04 June, 2012 defenceWeb (Reuters)


Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim said the country's growing need to protect its borders, the Amazon rainforest, and massive offshore oil discoveries would lead it to gradually increase defense spending by a quarter to reach roughly 2 percent of Brazil's economy.


During an interview at the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit, Amorim said the country's valuable food, water, and energy supplies could eventually make it the target of a "scramble for natural resources." Given the country's recent economic growth, he added, Brazil must spend more on preparedness and its ability to "react or dissuade any effort to invade our territory."


Brazil has good relations with all 10 of its South American neighbors, and hasn't been to war with any of them since the 19th century, so defense spending has historically been seen as a second-tier priority, Reuters reports.


But President Dilma Rousseff's government has come under public pressure to better defend its borders from drugs and other contraband because of a crack epidemic in Brazilian cities.


At present, Brazil spends about 1.6 percent of its gross domestic product on defense; other countries, including Russia and the United States, spend more than 4 percent, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Last year, the figure reached more than 61 billion reais ($30.3 billion), Brazil's defense ministry said.


In the coming years, Amorim said, Brazil should spend closer to 2 percent of GDP, a percentage more in line with that of other big developing nations, such as India and China. The minister gave no time-line for when that target might be reached, but said hypothetically it could take as long as ten years.


Increased spending, Amorim said, would also help nourish a nascent but growing defense industry in Brazil that could supply the weapons and equipment necessary to fulfill the government's defense goals.


Because of strict rules that require Brazilian companies to have a share in defense purchases, either alone or through partnerships with foreign contractors, local industries should benefit from the need for equipment including satellites, helicopters, armored vehicles, and ships. To improve much-needed border patrols, for example, Amorim expects Brazilian companies within four years to have sufficient know-how on their own to supply the country with unmanned drones.




A career diplomat and foreign minister during the eight-year administration of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Amorim helped raise Brazil's profile in global forums like the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and Group of 20 major economies. His success in leveraging Brazil's growing economic might into a role as a voice for developing nations prompted President Dilma Rousseff last year to charge Amorim with seeking similar heft for the armed forces.


Amorim has been working to secure long-sought upgrades to the old and rickety weapons and surveillance systems now used by the military. Chief among planned procurements is a contract for new fighter jets, expected to be worth more than $5 billion when finally awarded.


But procurement in Brazil, even by the slow-moving standards of the defense industry, historically has been stop and go.


The long-pending decision to purchase a new generation of fighter jets, for instance, has been in the works for more than a decade. Though Brazil earlier this year looked set to pick France's Dassault (AVMD.PA) to supply the new aircraft, the government held back on a decision and is still considering jets manufactured by Boeing (BA.N) of the U.S., and Sweden's Saab (SAABb.ST).


Amorim said he hopes a decision will come "soon," but declined to predict whether that meant a matter of months or even years.


A stagnating Brazilian economy, which has come perilously close to recession in recent quarters, isn't expected to impede key defense decisions further, he added. The perceived vulnerability along the borders, around offshore oil fields, and across its farm belt, forests and wetlands will ensure military spending remains a growing priority.


"Even if you bring in less money at home, you can't not pay for a lock on the door," he said.




Amorim said the government must work to convince Brazilian society that the ramp-up in spending is worth it, especially because many Brazilians remain wary of the country's armed forces. Brazil's military ruled the country in a dictatorship that lasted two decades, ending in 1985.


Brazil will also work with its neighbors, he added, to ensure that regional cooperation can grow along with military ventures and contracting.


This month, Brazil signed an agreement with Colombia, valued at $10 million, for the purchase of patrol vessels that will be used to monitor the Amazon and its tributaries. Brazilian planemaker Embraer (EMBR3.SA), for its part, works with Argentine partners in the development of a planned cargo aircraft that is expected to compete with other would-be successors to Lockheed Martin's (LMT.N) ageing C-130 Hercules.

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4 juin 2012 1 04 /06 /juin /2012 16:25

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June 4, 2012 Office for Disarmament Affairs /UN Department of Public Information – defpro.com


NEW YORK | In May 2012, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) provided a set of small arms destruction equipment to the Dominican Republic and trained national officers on the use of the equipment. These activities aim to strengthen the capacity of the Dominican Republic to combat the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons nationally, as well as in the Caribbean region.

UNLIREC provided a set of hydraulic shears to assist the Dominican Republic in having a permanent and sustainable capacity to destroy surplus, obsolete and confiscated small arms and light weapons. The Centre also provided training to officers of the country’s Armed Forces. These shears will contribute to the destruction of approximately 30,000 obsolete small and light weapons from the arsenals of the Armed Forces and the National Police.

UNLIREC previously undertook a national baseline assessment and provided 40 international standard padlocks to strengthen weapons stockpile safety and security.

The provision of this equipment by UNLIREC is part of its “Firearms Destruction and Stockpile Management Assistance Package for Caribbean States”. This Assistance Package aims at assisting Caribbean States in combating illicit arms trafficking and in implementing relevant international and regional disarmament instruments such as the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms. The Assistance Package aids States to reduce the risk of theft and diversion from government holdings of operational, confiscated, surplus and obsolete small arms, light weapons, ammunition and explosives.

UNLIREC’s assistance to Caribbean States also includes the development of independent weapons monitoring and verification methodologies; the establishment of safe and efficient methods for the destruction of small arms, light weapons, ammunition and explosives based on United Nations standards; and the legal review of national small arms legislation.

This Assistance Package is implemented with the financial support of the United States.

For more information on UNLIREC, visit www.unlirec.org.

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26 mai 2012 6 26 /05 /mai /2012 11:40

Elbit Systems Skylark 1


22 May 2012 By  Arie Egozi - FG


Tel Aviv - Chile's defence ministry is set to select a mini unmanned air system for its armed forces, with the final contenders being the BlueBird Spylite, Elbit Systems Skylark 1LE and the Mantis made by Indra of Spain.


The initial contract is expected to value around $3 million, but industry sources say this will lead to the follow-on purchase of a "great number" of additional systems.

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25 mai 2012 5 25 /05 /mai /2012 07:00
French leader's Brazil visit could hasten decision on jets

May 23, 2012 Spacewar.com (AFP)


Brasilia - French President Francois Hollande's visit to Brazil next month for the Rio+20 summit could help hasten Brasilia's decision on a contract to buy 36 next-generation fighter jets, a government official said Wednesday.


The Rafale fighter, made by French firm Dassault Aviation, is competing against the US F/A-18 Super Hornet and Swedish manufacturer Saab's Gripen for the contract valued at between $4 billion and $7 billion.


The government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Hollande's attendance at the June 20-22 UN summit on sustainable development "could untie the knot", with Brasilia hoping for clarifications on the French offer.


"We are not happy with any of the proposals" right now, the official said, explaining that the French price was deemed too high while Brasilia does not trust US assurances on technology transfer.


Brazil, Latin America's dominant power and the world's sixth-largest economy, is insisting on technology transfer in all its defense agreements.


Last month, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited Brazil and pledged US advanced technology transfers if Brasilia chooses the Boeing's F/A-18.


France has offered full technology transfers in its bid to win the contract.


Another factor is India's recent tentative decision to buy 126 Rafales in a contract valued at $12 billion, a more attractive price than that proposed to Brazil.


Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim traveled to India in February to discuss prospects for a "technical military accord."

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24 mai 2012 4 24 /05 /mai /2012 11:48



24 mai 2012 Par Astrid Gouzik L’USINE NOUVELLE


C’est ce qu’a affirmé une source au sein du gouvernement brésilien à l’AFP, mercredi 23 mai.


Du 20 au 22 juin, François Hollande doit se rendre au Brésil dans le cadre du sommet de l’ONU, Rio+20. Et c’est ce voyage qui pourrait enfin débloquer les négociations d’appel d’offres pour 36 avions de combat destinés à l’armée de l’air brésilienne. Et Dassault, après avoir ouvert des négociations exclusives avec l’Inde en février pour la ventre de 126 Rafales, espère bien vendre son chasseur à Rio.


Pour ce contrat de 4 milliards d’euros, l’avionneur français est en compétition avec le le F/A-18 Super Hornet de l'Américain Boeing et le Gripen NG du suédois Saab. Mais "aucune des propositions ne nous plaît" actuellement, a confié cette source. Elle avance que le prix du Rafale reste très élevé.


En ce qui concerne l'offre américaine, le Brésil doute, a précisé cette source, d'obtenir un transfert de technologies en dépit des promesses du Congrès et du président Barack Obama. Alors qu’il a obtenu cette garantie de la part de l’Etat français qui n’a pas besoin de l’autorisation du Parlement.


Quoi qu’il en soit, le suspens ne devrait plus être long. Après avoir été repoussé plusieurs fois pour des raisons budgétaires, le choix de l’avion devrait intervenir cette année, selon le ministre de la Défense Celso Amorim.

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23 mai 2012 3 23 /05 /mai /2012 12:11



MEXICO, 23 mai - RIA Novosti


Un nouveau lot d'armes russes armes arrivera au Venezuela dans un avenir proche, a déclaré mardi le président vénézuélien Hugo Chavez.


"Sans l'aide de la Russie, nous n'aurions pas cette puissance militaire dont nous disposons aujourd'hui", a indiqué M.Chavez cité par la télévision vénézuélienne.


Selon le président, les livraisons actuelles sont effectuées dans le cadre du plan visant à renforcer l'armée vénézuélienne avec des armes modernes.


"Nous sommes confiants dans le soutien tous azimuts de la Russie et de la Chine", a poursuivi M.Chavez.


A l'issue de l'année 2011, le Venezuela a été classé au premier rang des importateurs d'armes russes par le Centre de l'analyse du commerce mondial des armes. Ainsi, le Venezuela a acheté des chars de combat T-72B1, des véhicules de combat d'infanterie BMP-3M, des blindés BTR-80A, des obusiers automoteurs 2S19 "MSTA-S", des mortiers automoteurs 2S23 "Nona-SVK", des mortiers 2S12A "Sani", des systèmes lance-roquettes multiples 9K51 BM-21 «Grad», ainsi que d'autres équipements.




En avril dernier, la Russie a achevé la livraison au Venezuela de 92 chars de combat T-72B1 en vertu d'un contrat conclu en 2009.

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23 mai 2012 3 23 /05 /mai /2012 07:10

KC-390 military transport aircraft source asdnews

Five countries, plus Brazil, have commited to KC-390


May. 22, 2012 by Murdo Morrison –FG


London - Embraer's roots are in defence. Its first aircraft - the EMB 110 Bandeirante - was built for the Brazilian armed forces in the early 1970s, and it designed the AMX fighter with Italian industry in the 1980s. Embraer also developed the Tucano and Super Tucano light fighters. However, as the firm focused on commercial and business aviation in the 1990s and 2000s, defence took a back seat.


The launch of the KC-390 in 2008 changed that. Although maintenance work, special mission and other modifications and Super Tucano sales have kept the defence division ticking over, the military transport is Embraer's biggest and arguably most ambitious aircraft to date, and will help to elevate the defence segment to an expected 25% of Embraer's revenues by 2020.


With the Brazilian government helping to underwrite the programme with an order for 28 of the IAE V2500-powered twinjet, Embraer has secured further commitments (though not firm orders) for 32 aircraft from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic and Portugal. All five countries are expecting industrial participation, with Czech firm Aero Vodochody and Portugal's EEA and Embraer subsidiary OGMA among those already lined up as programme partners.


The prototype of the KC-390 is due to fly by the end of 2014, with a targeted service entry with the Brazilian air force of 2016. Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the president of Embraer's defence business, sees a potential market for the 23-tonne payload airlifter of around 100 aircraft - mostly replacements for older versions of the ubiquitous Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules - assuming a 15% market share for Embraer. "There are a lot of ageing C-130s out there," he says.




But Embraer's defence ambitions do not stop with the KC-390. Aguiar is keen to follow companies such as Lockheed Martin, Finmeccanica and BAE Systems and position Embraer in the growing homeland security segment - with a World Cup and Olympics coming up in Brazil, as well as pressing needs to control borders and deter drugs trafficking, this could prove a lucrative market. But it will require developing technologies within Brazil, and this will mean Embraer partnering with or even making "middle-size acquisitions" of the companies behind the technology, he says.


Linking with international companies in this sphere is not an option, however. "They have developed their own technology and consolidated their markets. It doesn't make sense for them to open up to us," says Aguiar. "Our model is to take our capability, take it through Brazilian acquisitions and then export a Brazilian solution." Ideas being developed for the domestic market today, he says, "could in five years be exported to Africa and Latin America. There are lots of countries growing fast from a small base, and like Brazil will face future changes in social demands."


Another departure for the business is unmanned air systems. Late last year Embraer formed a venture with Israel's Elbit, Harpia Systemas, to develop tactical and strategic UAS for the air force for border protection. An Elbit Hermes 450 will provide the initial platform. However, Aguiar says Brazil, rather than Israel, will own much of the intellectual property. "We have technology here in Brazil. The air force needs to have commonality with datalinks, so it is not going to buy off the shelf from Israel. It has to be very specific for a Brazilian environment."




An established product - the Super Tucano - is also is enjoying a resurgence, in a security role. Embraer was dealt a blow in February when a contract to supply 20 of the trainer aircraft for a US Light Aircraft Support requirement for surveillance in Afghanistan , with US partner Sierra Nevada, was put on hold after a challenge by rival Hawker Beechcraft. However, while the USA remains very much in Embraer's sights for the Super Tucano, counter-insurgency demands in Asia and Africa have helped to deliver strong sales, with Angola, Burkina Faso and Mauritania among recent customers. "We estimate that the counter-insurgency market represents around 300 aircraft to 2020," says Aguiar. "And we conservatively expect to sell 50% of these."

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18 mai 2012 5 18 /05 /mai /2012 19:30



17/05/2012 Sources : EMA


Le 15 mai 2012, l’amiral Edouard Guillaud, chef d’état-major des armées (CEMA) a reçu le général Hernán Mardones Ríos, chef de l’état-major interarmées du Chili.


Cette rencontre a été l’occasion d’aborder les différentes problématiques régionales et internationales en matière de sécurité et de défense et d’identifier de nouveaux axes de coopération bilatérale.


La relation bilatérale de défense avec le Chili est relativement dense et constitue une des plus importantes coopérations militaires en Amérique du sud. Le position stratégique dans le Pacifique sud offre des perspectives de coopération avec nos forces dans le Pacifique : les forces armées en Polynésie française (FAPF) et les forces armées en Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC).


La coopération militaire avec le Chili repose, pour l’essentiel, sur des activités de formation individuelle et d’expertise, répondant ainsi aux attentes des armées chiliennes, engagées dans un processus de modernisation et de réformes, et intéressées par le modèle français. Les activités opérationnelles d'entraînement sont essentiellement menées par les forces armées en Polynésie française (exercices interarmées), le Chili souhaitant œuvrer pour renforcer la sécurité maritime dans le Pacifique.


La France conduit des échanges dans le domaine des opérations de maintien de la paix avec le Chili, au travers du soutien au Centre d'entraînement conjoint aux opérations de paix chilien (CECOPAC).


Lors du prochain exercice interarmées Marara 2013 organisé par les FAPF, des observateurs chiliens seront accueillis afin de suivre cet exercice biannuel à dominante humanitaire, en contexte international.

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15 mai 2012 2 15 /05 /mai /2012 20:50



Herndon, Virginia,  15 May 2012 EADS North America


EADS North America has delivered the fourth and final Airbus Military CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to be supplied to the Mexican Navy under a U.S. Coast Guard managed foreign military sales agreement.


The Coast Guard employs the CN235-300 in the HC-144A Ocean Sentry configuration for a range of missions, including search and rescue, disaster relief and drug interdiction. In March, a Coast Guard HC-144 crew used the aircraft’s sensor capabilities to locate and help interdict a semi-submersible “drug sub” in the Western Caribbean Sea.


EADS North America delivered its 13th HC-144A Ocean Sentry to the U.S. Coast Guard earlier this year, two months ahead of schedule. Last month, the Coast Guard exercised a contract option for deliveries that will bring the service’s Ocean Sentry fleet up to 17 aircraft. The service ultimately plans to acquire up to a total of 36 of the twin-engine turboprops.


Mexico was the first U.S. foreign military sales customer for the highly successful Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter family, more than 250 of which are already in operation by 27 countries. EADS North America is also supplying spares provisioning, ground support equipment and associated training for the Mexican Navy aircraft.


“We’re proud that the HC-144A has proven to be such a powerful asset in the U.S. Coast Guard mission to protect the security of our nation,” said Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO. “Likewise, we’re proud to have served America’s national interests by delivering a similarly important capability to the Mexican Navy.”


The CN235-300 MPAs enhance Mexico’s ability to support the Mérida Initiative, a cooperative security arrangement between the U.S., Mexico and Central American countries. Missions for the new aircraft include drug interdiction, homeland security, search and rescue, cargo and personnel transport, military readiness, and maritime environmental protection.


The MPA configuration of the CN235 incorporates the latest technology developed for surveillance over the sea. The combination of a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system and search radar allows the aircraft to locate and track ships to conduct thorough patrols of a coastline. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) help make this aircraft the ideal tool to carry out military surveillance missions for the Mexican Navy. The FITS was developed by Airbus Military and ensures that the extensive data gathered by the aircraft’s onboard sensors can be easily used by the crew to execute their mission.

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