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Le général Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi, de l’Afrique du Sud. Photo ONU -Mario Rizzolio

Le général Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi, de l’Afrique du Sud. Photo ONU -Mario Rizzolio

 

29 décembre 2015 – ONU

 

Le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé mardi la nomination du général Derick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi, de l'Afrique du Sud, au poste de Commandant de la force de la Mission de l'ONU pour la stabilisation en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO), selon un communiqué de presse de son porte-parole.

 

Le général Mgwebi succèdera au général Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, du Brésil, dont le mandat a expiré le 2 décembre. Le Secrétaire général a exprimé sa reconnaissance au général Cruz pour sa contribution significative à la MONUSCO au cours des deux ans et demi qui viennent de s'écouler, a ajouté le porte-parole.

Né en 1956, le général Mgwebi possède plus de 35 ans d'expérience militaire aux niveaux national et international. En 1991, il avait été nommé Directeur des Forces spéciales au sein des Forces nationales de défense sud-africaines et en 1993, Directeur de la formation et des opérations. Il a occupé le poste de Secrétaire militaire au ministère sud-africain de la Défense (1995-1997) et il a été membre du Mpumalanga Command (1997-2002), après quoi il a été nommé Directeur de l'Infanterie au sein de l'Armée sud-africaine.

De 2004 à 2006, il a été Commandant de la force de l'Opération des Nations Unies au Burundi (ONUB). Puis, de 2007 à 2011, le général Mgwebi a été Chef des ressources humaines au sein des Forces nationales de défense sud-africaines. Il est actuellement le Chef des Opérations conjointes de ces Forces nationales de défense.

 

Le général Mgwebi est diplômé en Gestion de la défense et en administration des affaires de l'Université d'Afrique du Sud.

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Le nouveau véhicule kazakh sera basé sur ce Marauder sud-africain

Le nouveau véhicule kazakh sera basé sur ce Marauder sud-africain

 

9 décembre, 2015 Christina Mackenzie (FOB)

 

Jetant notre filet un peu plus loin que d’habitude pour aller à la pêche aux informations et vous en rapporter d’au-delà des frontières de l’Europe, nous avons découvert que Paramount Group, la plus grande entreprise privée de défense et d’aérospatiale d’Afrique, a récemment démarré la production de l’Arlan, une variante de son véhicule de combat blindé Marauder, dans une usine dernier cri ouverte il y a quelques jours au Kazakhstan.

 

D’après le groupe sud-africain, basé à Johannesburg et fondé en 1994, cette nouvelle fabrique est le fruit d’une joint venture valorisée à 62.5 millions d’euros, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), formée l’an passé avec Kazakhstan Engineering Distribution.

 

Cette nouvelle unité de production de véhicules blindés située dans la zone de libre échange de Zhana Kala, dans la capitale kazakhe Astana, peut produire plus de 200 véhicules blindés par an, créant de facto près de 150 emplois qualifiés.

 

KPE est la première usine de véhicules blindés de cette république d’Asie centrale et la première usine défense présentant de telles capacités de production dans la région. L’Arlan a été conçu et développé pour résister à la neige et aux conditions hivernales rudes en collaboration avec l’armée kazakhe, et ses prototypes ont subi des tests rigoureux afin de répondre aux besoins opérationnels spécifiques des militaires kazakhs.

 

Pour marquer le lancement de production dans cette usine de 15 000 m2, elle a reçu la visite le 30 novembre dernier du président de la République du Kazakhstan, Noursoultan Nazarbaïev, qui était accompagné par son ministre de la défense, Imangali Tasmagambetov, le directeur exécutif de Paramount, Ivor Ichikowitz, et le président de Kazakhstan Engineering, Yerlan Idrissov.

 

« L’usine de KPE est conçue pour la production complète de bout en bout et la fabrication locale de produits finis. À travers cet investissement, nous allons activement créer un savoir-faire local en formant de jeunes ingénieurs à la conception de véhicules blindés et à d’autres compétences, » a expliqué Idrissov.

 

L’usine emploie actuellement 70 personnes mais entend atteindre 120 employés dans les mois à venir. « Notre intention est que l’usine puisse fournir les marchés locaux et régionaux », a souligné Idrissov.

 

L’industrie de défense sud-africaine espère sortir du marasme dans lequel elle se trouve aujourd’hui grâce à d’autres projets de ce genre. Ivor Ichikowitz précise que l’un des plus grands défis de l’industrie de défense sud-africaine vient de la baisse de commandes de son gouvernement dont le budget de défense rétrécit drastiquement, conduisant à une perte alarmante de compétences. « Il est extrêmement important, non seulement pour nous mais aussi pour Denel et d’autres entreprises de défense, de trouver des marchés à l’export afin que nous puissions développer notre clientèle et augmenter le nombre d’emplois que nous créons, » explique-t-il.

 

Et Ichikowitz d’ajouter que « les projets de cette nature sont très important pour nous parce que si nous pouvons gagner des marchés, enregistrer des commandes, cela contribue à notre capacité à créer de nouveaux emplois… [et] conduira l’industrie de défense d’Afrique du Sud à un tout autre niveau. »

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An A-Darter missile and Badger armoured vehicle

An A-Darter missile and Badger armoured vehicle

 

10 November 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The Public Enterprises Minister has given Denel a clean bill of health and the announcement of major multi-million Rand contracts adds further credibility but at least some suppliers of goods and services maintain they have not been paid.

 

According to one supplier, his company’s account with the State-owned defence industry conglomerate is currently 90 days in arrears.

 

“We also have no commitment as to when the outstanding amount of more than R10 million will be paid,” the disgruntled contractor said, adding there are “at least 20 other suppliers to Denel Dynamics” who find themselves in similar positions.

 

Last month Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said, in reply to a Parliamentary question, that the acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa had not exhausted Denel’s cash reserves.

 

Natasha Mazzone, opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party shadow public enterprises minister, who first asked questions about Denel’s liquidity, said: “It appears the extent of the problem is greater than what has been reported and I have written to Minister Brown requesting her to urgently appear before the Parliamentary Public Enterprises Committee to respond to the Denel crisis”.

 

Among the other 20 companies who still await payment for goods and services are some that have incurred penalties on export contracts.

 

The newest addition to the Denel stable, now renamed Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS), this week confirmed a R900 million plus contract with NIMR in the United Arab Emirates for the development and supply of N35 (formerly RG35) mine protected vehicles.

 

The contract, according to a Denel statement, is one of the largest received by the now DVS and previously BAE Land Systems Land Systems South Africa in recent years and will provide work for two of the company’s major divisions for the next 24 months.

 

“It is one of several contracts awarded to DVS since it became part of Denel earlier this year and further confirms Denel’s leadership role in landward mobility and mine protected vehicles,” Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Denel Group Executive Business Development, said.

 

Other contracts Denel landward defence has recently concluded include 24 RG-31 mobile mortar platform (MMP) vehicles, assembly of driveline components for NIMR, maintenance and supply of spares for combat and military support vehicles and for components in the new Transnet electric locomotives.

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Photo Dylan Mohlala

Photo Dylan Mohlala

 

10 November 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The closing ceremony for Exercise Amani Africa II was held on 8 November at the Lohatla Combat Training Centre in the Northern Cape, with President Jacob Zuma declaring the rapid deployment capability of the African Standby Force (ASF) ready to go. Some 5 000 troops from numerous African Union countries took part in one of the largest military exercises ever held in South Africa.

 

Click here to view the gallery.

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Airbus provided satellite imagery for Exercise Oxide

 

11 November 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Airbus Defence and Space supplied geo-intelligence maritime security support to the South African Maritime Safety Agency (Samsa) for Exercise Oxide between the French and South African navies earlier this year.

 

The reports were generated from the multiple satellites operated by Airbus Defence and Space. These satellites are the optical satellites SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 complimented by the very high resolution satellites Pléiades 1A and 1B. The radar satellites are known as TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and will soon to be complimented by a third named PAZ.

 

The satellite imagery was acquired on 22 and 23 September to generate a vessel detection report the same day. This allowed for the detection and identification of military vessels and civilian vessels within the open water zone during the search and rescue portion of the exercise.

 

Thomas Lutz, Director Sales East & Southern Africa at Airbus Defence & and Space, said the geointelligence data was provided by the Maritime Application department within GEO-Intelligence based in Toulouse, France. For the maritime environment, Airbus Defence and Space offers an Information Fusion Centre that integrates various satellite, AIS (Automatic Identification System), VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) and satellite imagery solutions for its customers.

 

Satellite imagery is one of the assets that Airbus Defence and Space is offering to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). In March 2012 Cassidian (as a predecessor of Airbus Defence and Space) demonstrated its Spexer 2000 radar to the SANDF on the border with Mozambique. Lutz said the radar was hugely successful as the operators were able to monitor the border on a 24/7 basis. It was also showcased in Cape Town and at Coega in Port Elizabeth, for harbour monitoring and for monitoring ships at anchor. Cassidian demonstrated the radar to the Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), which performs defence research for the South African Ministry of Defence. The IMT did trials in False Bay.

 

Lutz said that feedback from the system, which was also equipped with electro-optical sensors and a laser rangefinder, was fantastic. He said a radar like the Spexer would be highly useful for border surveillance, counter-poaching and peacekeeping operations. He suggested that the SANDF could start off with some sensor towers at hotspot locations (or mobile sensor reconnaissance vehicles), and connect these with a command and control centre. As funds became available, this system could be expanded over time

 

Airbus is marketing the radar elsewhere in Africa and the system is operational in the Middle East on a big border security project.

 

The Spexer forms part of Airbus’s larger border security portfolio. The company has sold its border security services to three African countries in West and North Africa and is in discussions with a number of oil producing countries in this regard, with several acquisition projects underway. Airbus officials told defenceWeb that there is demand for border protection due to migration, terrorism, and smuggling. The migrant crisis in Europe has in particular raised the issue of border security in nations like Libya, Egypt and Algeria.

 

Airbus Defence and Space has executed major border security contracts in places like Romania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and France. For instance in Saudi Arabia it has executed the largest fully integrated border security solution, covering 6 500 km of land border and 2 500 km of maritime border.

 

Qatar’s sea and land borders are protected by cameras and radar towers while France integrates radars, AIS, mobile platforms and other sensors to monitor its borders in Europe and overseas territories, according to Dr Thomas Jacob: Integrated Systems and VP Border Security at Airbus Defence and Space.

 

Jacob said that sensor-based systems require less people in the field, who are reduced to checking, intercepting threats and maintaining equipment. Sensors are able to operate in all weathers, 24 hours a day and maintain a continuous presence.

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New Contracts To Boost Denel's Armoured Vehicle Business

 

10.11.2015 army-guide.com

 

Denel Vehicle Systems has concluded a contract of more than R900-million with NIMR in the United Arab Emirates for the development and supply of advanced mine-protected vehicles.

 

This contract for N35 is one of the largest received by Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) in recent years and will provide work for two of the company’s major divisions for the next 24 months.

 

Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Group Executive Business Development says the new contract confirms Denel’s leadership role in landward mobility and mine-protected vehicles. It is one of several contracts awarded to DVS since it joined the Denel Group earlier this year.

 

“We are delighted to work with NIMR, one of world’s leading manufacturers of wheeled armoured vehicles,” says Ntshepe. “There is a strong synergy between our companies and products and we are confident that we can, together, develop and improve the N35 to be among the best in its class.”

 

The N35 – formerly known as the RG-35 – is an armoured vehicle with superior mine protection and combat capabilities and can be used in command, ambulance and recovery roles.

 

Ntshepe says the contract with NIMR follows on the awarding of several other contracts to Denel’s landward defence business in recent months amounting to over R1 500m in total. These are

- The OMC division, within Denel Vehicle Systems specialises in wheeled armoured and mine-protected vehicles, received a development contract for the N35 from NIMR.

- A production contract for 24 RG-31 mobile mortar platform (MMP) vehicles.. The contract includes vehicle manufacture and technical support and will be delivered in the next 12 months.

- Contracts from Armscor for maintenance of - and the supply of spares for both combat and support vehicles.

- The Gear Ratio division, within Denel Vehicle Systems is working on a contract from NIMR for the assembly of driveline components.

- A contract was also concluded with Steloy Castings for components used in the new Transnet electric locomotives.

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Armées : la force de l’UA fin prête

 

8 novembre 2015 BBC Afrique

 

S'exprimant lors d'une cérémonie marquant la fin de la formation d’une durée de près d’un mois, le président sud-africain Jacob Zuma a encouragé les militaires, les policiers et les civils qui en sont membres.

 

Le général Elia, un responsable militaire a indiqué qu’à partir de décembre prochain, ''cette force sera prête à être déployée sur le terrain''. Elle est appelée à intervenir dans les Etats membres de l'UA, "dans des circonstances graves : crimes de guerre, crimes de génocide et crimes contre l'humanité". "Nous avons beaucoup travaillé lors des entrainements, des exercices physiques. La force que nous avons est prête à être déployée sur le terrain. Ce qu’il faut faire maintenant, c’est lui apporter le soutien nécessaire", a dit le général Elia, lors de la cérémonie présidée par M. Zuma.

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Landward force makes up over half of SANDF strength

 

27 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The SA Army is by far the largest arm of service in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), providing more than forty thousand of the force’s total strength of 78,011. This was at the end of the 2014/15 financial year with the two other combat arms of service – the SA Air Force (10,443) and SA Navy (7,575) – between them contributing less than half the landward force’s 40,215.

 

Other large contributors to the March 31, 2015 actual strength of 78,011 are the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) with 8,145, the Logistics Division with 3,094, Joint Operations Division with 1,966 and the Military Police Division with 1,609.

 

The Department of Defence and the SANDF had 1,455 people employed in its Human Resources Division at the end of the 2014/15 financial year.

 

The Financial Management Division had 832 people keeping a weather eye on defence spend while the Defence Inspectorate Division, charged with ensuring rules and regulations are strictly adhered to, could call on the services of 125 people. Internal Audit had the services of 32 people for its work.

 

The personnel strength at Defence Intelligence was 884.

 

The Defence Policy, Strategy and Planning Division could call on the specialist knowledge of 91 people complemented by the 29 people in Military Policy, Strategy and Planning.

 

Three hundred and ninety people were on the strength of Defence Legal Services and its satellite offices at March 31 this year while 460 people worked in the Corporate Staff Division.

 

Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, had a staff complement of 73 and Secretary for Defence, Dr Sam Gulube, had 43 people working in his secretariat.

 

The remainder of posts in the DoD/SANDF structure fall into categories including the Chaplain General, (18) Corporate Communication (53), Defence Reserves (27), Defence Foreign Relations (148), The Office of the SANDF Chief (19), Defence International Affairs (17), Command and Management Information Systems Division (140), Defence Materiel Division (83) and the Military Ombudsman (45).

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Protea is demo platform for Camcopter

Protea is demo platform for Camcopter

 

28 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Last week saw Austrian company Schiebel successfully undertake trials with its Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) using the SA Navy hydrographic vessel, SAS Protea, in False Bay.

 

In a statement the Austrian manufacturer, which also produces a range of defence and humanitarian products, said: “The maritime environment hold unique demands for both situational awareness and timely communications. The Camcopter S-100 is an asset that meets these requirements, specifically with its ability to persistently extend the electronic ears and eyes of maritime commanders to operational ranges well beyond those on sensors on board.

 

“The SA Navy as well as representatives of other South African government authorities had the opportunity to see these capabilities for themselves at sea offshore Naval Base Simon’s town.

 

The S-100 conducted all flights from the aft deck of the SAS Protea, a Hecla class deep-ocean hydrographic survey vessel. Turbulent head and crosswinds beyond 25 knots, limited deck size as well as lack of NATO landing grid represented exceptional challenges during the trials.

 

The unmanned helicopter effortlessly conducted automatic take-offs and landings and all other required manoeuvres, thanks to its integrated GPS-independent positioning system, enabling pinpoint precision at a high dynamic range.

 

During the trials the payload chosen and demonstrated was the Selex ES SAGE Electronic Support Measure (ESM) system, allowing the Camcopter S-100 to detect, identify and geo-locate radio frequency sources while routinely operating out to 200 km or remaining on-station for periods of more than six hours.

 

“This system provides the right support for maritime surveillance missions or anti-piracy operations in which the SA Navy is interested,” the Vienna headquartered company said.

 

Camcopter is a rotary-winged vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS that needs no specially prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It can operate 24/7 with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 300km, on land and at sea.

 

The S-100 navigates via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or is operated with a pilot control unit. Missions are planned and controlled via a point-and-click graphic user interface. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. Using "fly-by-wire" technology controlled by a triple-redundant flight computer, the UAS can complete its mission automatically. Its carbon fibre and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 18,000 foot. In its standard configuration, the Camcopter S-100 carries a 34 kg payload up to 10 hours and is powered by either Avgas or heavy fuel.

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Four more Badger ICVs for the Army

Four more Badger ICVs for the Army

 

28 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The SA Army will ultimately have a fleet of 242 Badger infantry combat vehicles in nine variants as opposed to the original five combat variants according to the 2014/15 Armscor annual report.

 

The slight increase in the number of vehicles is “a quid pro quo for increasing the advance payment made to industry on the production contract”.

 

Earlier this year the National Conventional Arms Control committee (NCACC) reported the import of a single armoured personnel carrier (APC) from Finland as part of the Denel Land Systems/Patria Land and Armament partnership to produce the new generation of combat vehicles for the landward arm of the SA National Defence Force. Two APC hulls were also imported.

 

According to the Armscor public document 21 vehicle platforms will be sourced from the Finnish company with the remaining 221 to be “completely manufactured in South Africa”.

 

The report continues: “Significant progress was made during the past year with the final phases of the vehicle development programme and a number of major technical challenges were successfully mitigated. It is expected that development will be completed by the end of the 2016/17 financial year and that industrialisation and production can commence without significant delay.”

 

The 2014/15 financial year saw completion of most of the design, test and evaluation trials of the Badger with the preliminary operational test and evaluation completed in February.

 

“The locally developed 30mm Camgun performed well during trials and all performance life goals were achieved.

 

“Development of the mortar and missile variants of the vehicle are planned to lag behind the section variant, and design and test and evaluation trials for these variants are planned to be completed during the 2015/16 financial year. Development of both these variants will be completed by the end of 2016. The concept designs of the signal and ambulance variants were completed in March 2015, while that of the artillery variant will be completed during the 2015/16 financial year,” according to the report.

 

The year under review also saw three vehicle platform pre-production models manufactured by Patria in Finland with two delivered to South Africa.

 

Denel Land systems will deliver the new infantry combat vehicles to the SA Army over a 10 year period from the signing of the production contract in November 2013 with final delivery expected at the end of 2022.

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SA Navy to attend India's International Fleet Review

 

27 October 2015 by Dean Wingrin - defenceWeb

 

The South African Navy (SA Navy) has accepted an invitation from the Indian Navy to participate in the Indian International Fleet Review next year.

 

Over 100 warships and submarines from 60 countries are expected to take part in the naval event which will be held at Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on February 6, 2016. This city, on the Indian east coast, is headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.

 

The South African and Indian navies have a close relationship, with both services being members of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) as well as being partners, together with Brazil, in the IBSAMAR series of biennial naval exercises that takes place along the South African coast.

 

The International Fleet Review is being hosted by India to build better relationships with other nations. This will be the first time India will host an International Fleet Review, with all previous reviews having the status of Presidential Fleet Review.

 

An Indian Ministry of Defence spokesperson said “a Naval Fleet Review is a long-standing tradition of navies world-over. The Review was conceived as a show of naval might and readiness for battle. In India, thus far, 10 Reviews have been held, with the first in 1953 and the latest in 2011. The Review aims at assuring the country of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, high moral and discipline.”

 

Whilst the SAN has still to confirm the actual vessel that will make the 9,000 km (4,900 nm) voyage to the Indian sub-continent, it is likely the honour will fall to the frigate SAS Spioenkop (F147). Spioenkop is no stranger to Asia, having conducted a three month, six-country visit to the Far East, including China, during 2008.

 

Expected to depart Naval Base Simon’s Town on January 16, the frigate will transit to India via Mauritius and will participate in naval exercises with the Indian Navy. The two to three month expedition will return to South Africa via Sri Lanka and Tanzania (Dar es Salaam).

 

Other planned activities surrounding the Review at Visakhapatnam include an International Maritime Conference and an Exhibition on Naval Systems. It has not yet been confirmed if the Chief of the SA Navy, Vice Admiral Mosuwa Hlongwane, will join the other Navy Chiefs attending the review.

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First A-Darter missiles to be delivered in February 2016

 

27 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The development of the A-Darter fifth generation short range air-to-air missile has reached the stage of industrialisation and subsequent production with first deliveries expected by February next year.

 

The 2014/15 Armscor annual report notes that “despite a total delay of approximately six months during the development phase, this ambitious development programme, co-funded by the Brazilian Air Force and the SA Air Force, is delivering good results.

 

“It will deliver an air-to-air missile that is functionally comparable with the most advanced missiles of this nature available in the world. Despite delays incurred during the development phase, the programme time scale has still been shorter than that of comparable missiles developed internationally.

 

“The programme encountered several difficulties on various aspects during this reporting period, but these difficulties were all successfully resolved without any significant further delays to the programme. During the past year, a number of test flight campaigns were conducted which culminated in the successful completion of the final development flight test campaign.

 

“These successful tests essentially signify the completion of the development phase of the project. The following reporting period will see the finalisation of the Critical Design Reviews of the complete missile and all its subsystems as a precursor to final qualification and attainment of the Product Baseline (PBL).

 

“Following the successful flight test campaigns conducted during the past year, and sufficient mitigation of most technical risks on the programme, a contract for the industrialisation and subsequent production of the operational missiles for the SAAF was placed with industry towards the latter part of the reporting period. First delivery of missiles is expected to be towards February 2017.”

 

During the year under review work was also done on integrating the A-Darter and a helmet mounted display capability (HMC) onto the SAAF’s Hawk Mk120 lead-in fighter trainers.

 

“A feasibility study was conducted to identify and reduce major integration risks, and it was concluded it is viable to integrate the missile and an HMC onto the Hawk aircraft with no major developmental risks associated with the programme.”

 

Armscor foresees a contract for the integration of the A-Darter missile onto the Hawk aircraft based at 85 Combat Flying School in Limpopo being concluded during the 2015/16 financial year.

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Oxide 2015 - photo South African Navy

Oxide 2015 - photo South African Navy

 

26-10-2015 Noël Ndong - adiac-congo.com

 

La France et l’Afrique du Sud vont signer très prochainement un accord inter-gouvernemental qui prévoit des patrouilles maritimes communes dans le sud de l’océan Indien.

 

Il s’agit  de lutter contre la pêche illégale dans leurs Zones économiques exclusives (ZEE) respectives. Les moyens maritimes de l’Afrique du Sud consacrés à la surveillance de la pêche dans la ZEE sont insuffisants. Ce qui ne permet pas la surveillance de la pêche dans les ZEE, notamment celles voisines avec la France. Les deux pays partagent un intérêt commun pour la protection des ressources halieutiques.

 

L’accord devrait être signé d’ici la fin de l’année. Il sera similaire à celui conclu entre la France et l’Australie en 2011. Il permet des patrouilles communes qui font respecter les lois dans les ZEE et mers territoriales des deux pays. Il permet l’échange de personnel nécessaire pour faire appliquer les lois. Pour qu’un bâtiment de la marine nationale puisse faire respecter les lois sud-africaines dans la ZEE de ce pays, il embarquera un officier sud-africain, et vice versa.

 

Les bâtiments d’un pays pourront poursuivre, visiter et saisir les navires en infraction, sous couvert de l’officier de l’autre pays. Depuis que l’accord franco-australien est en place, la surveillance des ZEE des deux pays s’est accrue. Aucun navire n’a été surpris en action de pêche illégale. Les scientifiques ont constaté que la population de poissons augmentait.

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Suisse: baisse des exportations de matériel de guerre sur 9 mois en 2015

 

27.10.2015 Romandie.com (AWP)

 

Zurich (awp) - Les exportations de matériel de guerre suisse ont reculé sur les neuf premiers mois 2015, comparé à la même période il y a un an, a annoncé mardi l'Administration fédérale des douanes (AFD). Le recul a été particulièrement marqué pour l'Allemagne et les Etats-Unis, mais la Confédération a augmenté ses ventes vers l'Afrique du Sud et l'Inde notamment.

 

Les ventes à l'international de matériel de guerre par la Suisse ont baissé de 8,8% à 314 mio CHF entre janvier et septembre, a précisé l'AFD dans un communiqué.

 

Le repli a été particulièrement marqué pour le premier client d'armement helvétique. L'Allemagne a ainsi réduit ses achats de 28,1% à 84,5 mio CHF. Les ventes vers l'Indonésie ont quant à elles chuté de 19,2% à 43,1 mio, suivi par les Etats-Unis avec une baisse de 15,8% à 20,8 mio et l'Italie (-42,4% à 19,5 mio).

 

Les exportations vers le Royaume-Uni sont par contre restées quasiment stables à 18,3 mio CHF. La Roumanie est quant à elle venue s'ajouter comme nouveau client avec des achats de 12,7 mio.

 

Les pays émergents figurent parmi les bons clients de la Confédération. Les ventes vers l'Inde ont ainsi effectué un bond, passant de 0,3 mio CHF sur les neuf premiers mois 2014 à 26,1 mio sur la même période en 2015. Elles se sont également envolées vers le Brésil à 15,4 mio contre 3,3 mio précédemment et vers l'Afrique du Sud (13,1 mio contre 1,2 mio).

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A Red Roman trailer

A Red Roman trailer

 

13 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Local surveillance company Desert Wolf has shipped the first five of its Red Roman WiFi communication trailers to Ethiopia. A total of 25 systems will be deployed on behalf of an international organisation.

 

Hennie Kieser, Managing Director of Desert Wolf, told defenceWeb that the first five trailers were ordered on 3 July. Total project cost is around R7 million. They are being delivered in batches of five as five can be fitted into a single 40 foot shipping container.

 

Desert Wolf is equipping the Red Roman trailers with masts, batteries etc. while the communications equipment will be installed by the customer with a team of Desert Wolf going to Addis Ababa to support the customer.

 

Kieser said the first five trailers will arrive in Addis Ababa in two weeks’ time.

 

The Red Roman trailer accommodates electronic equipment in a vibration damped 19 inch rack mount, with cooling by either forced air flow with DC fans or an air conditioner. It comes with a solar power system and a 2 kW petrol generator with a battery backup. The surveillance mast tilts for easy sensor attachment. Desert Wolf said the system is ideal for small to medium surveillance systems and can accommodate a 1.8 metre satellite dish.

 

Desert Wolf stainless steel trailers are in use with the South African Police service and have been bought by oil companies, municipalities, airports, research institutions, the South African National Defence Force, British Defence Force and United Nations amongst many others. In addition to trailers, Desert Wolf offers trailer manufacturing and sales licenses.

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South Africa Air Force jet pilots going to Russia for further training

 

13 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The financially strapped SA Air Force (SAAF) is further extending its foreign training commitments with Russia being the latest addition.

A report has it that about 10 pilots from 2 Squadron at AFB Makhado have been selected for further training in Russia. This is a direct outflow of a co-operation agreement signed between the defence ministers of the two countries, Afrikaans weekly Rapport said.

 

Four pilots are already undergoing training in Cuba and according to SA National Defence Force Chief General Solly Shoke, agreements have also been entered into with the United States and the United Kingdom on various aspects of military training.

 

At the same time the paper reports the SAAF has experienced more resignations from the ranks of its jet pilots.

 

“Four of only the handful of jet fighter pilots in the SAAF have resigned leaving the force with three times as many Gripens as qualified pilots for them,” the paper said.

 

Making matters worse is that two test pilots based at AFB Overberg, home of the Test Flight and Development Centre (TFDC), have not had their contracts renewed.

 

Against this background it is not surprising the original number of 18 pilots supposed to go to Russia was cut. Another reason for sending fewer jet pilots is cost. South Africa had to pay for travel and living expenses while Russia is carrying the cost of training.

 

The majority of those going to Russia are qualified pilots but are short of flying hours to build their experience base. The lack of flying hours, also a result of a tight budget, has contributed in no small measure to this.

 

Pilots at AFB Makhado told the paper their colleagues who resigned had done so because they couldn’t fly. They have apparently joined airlines or companies operating in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and China.

 

It appears the group bound for Russia are not going to have an easy time of it. A SAAF officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Russians had made it clear no time would be wasted on pilots who cannot fly properly.

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Strong growth for Alaris Antennas

 

07 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

Alaris Antennas (formerly Poynting Defence & Specialised), which designs and manufactures specialised broadband antennas as well as other related radio frequency products, has recorded healthy growth over the last year, increasing revenue by 15% to R88.4 million.

 

The company, part of Alaris Holdings, reported that profit after tax for 2015 increased by 29% from R16.2 million in 2014 to R20.9 million.

 

“Alaris Antennas continued to be a leader in product innovation, adding 155 new products to its portfolio compared to 52 in 2014,” the company said. “Further investment during this financial year included growth in headcount from 77 to 87, moving from its old premises in Wynberg into a far more fit for purpose set of buildings in Centurion, investing into a new spray booth facility and upgrading the ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning] system. This has set the platform for further growth in the future.”

 

Alaris Antennas has consistently grown turnover and profits since its establishment in 2005 with operational earnings before interest and tax growing with a cumulative annual growth rate of more than 25% over the past 10 years. Growth is derived from the addition of new and innovative products, adding new system houses, distributors and agents, diversifying territories and entering into new market segments.

 

“The business has invested in capacity to enable growth that should be reflected in future results and continues to build its confirmed future order book and pipeline that extends well into the next financial year,” noted Alaris CEO Juergen Dresel.

 

Alaris recently abandoned its bid for Antenna Research Associates (ARA) in the United States, after the business failed to meet a number of conditions prior to the takeover.

 

Alaris Antennas designs and manufactures specialised wideband antennas and other related radio frequency (RF) products. These products sell in the Electronic Warfare (EW), frequency spectrum monitoring, test and measurement, communication and other specialised markets and find application in the system integration, frequency spectrum regulation and homeland security market space.

 

Some of the applications for the Alaris Antenna’s product range:

 

Communication: Antennas designed with receive and transmit capabilities, typically geared towards field communications and applicable to both traditional HF/VHF and UHF communications as well as modern data network deployments. These antennas support a number of operational deployments including vehicle, handheld and fixed platforms.

 

Jamming Antennas: These high power antennas are used to prevent unauthorised communications from functioning by facilitating localised domination of the electromagnetic spectrum. Typically these antennas are wide band in nature, with very good impedance matching.

 

Counter-RCIED: A special case of jamming antennas, these are typically deployed specifically to counter the threat of Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIEDs). The focus is on man and vehicle deployments with a strong move towards radiator co-localisation and wide band performance.

 

Monitoring: Antennas specifically designed with the intent to detect signals. These antennas are typically deployed on vehicle and fixed platforms.

 

Direction finding: A class of monitoring antennas designed with the specialised capability of being able to determine the direction of arrival of incoming signals. These antennas are widely diverse, deployed across the spectrum from large scale fixed sites to compact man-portable scenarios, airborne platforms and even submarines.

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T-72B3 - photo Military-today

T-72B3 - photo Military-today

 

07.10.2015 sputniknews.com/

 

Une délégation militaire de la République sud-africaine se rendra pour la première fois dans l'Extrême-Orient russe pour évaluer le niveau de préparation des tankistes et assister à un exercice tactique, a annoncé le porte-parole de la Région militaire de l'est, le colonel Alexandre Gordeïev.

 

La visite de la délégation sud-africaine débutera le 12 octobre et durera quatre jours.

 

"Cet octobre, une délégation militaire de la République sud-africaine effectuera sa première visite dans la Région militaire de l'est. Les membres de la délégation prendront connaissance des méthodes de formation de sous-officiers pour les troupes blindées, assisteront à des tirs réels menés par des chars T-72B et suivront, dans l'un des champs militaires de l'Extrême-Orient russe, une étape pratique d'un exercice réunissant une grande unité de fusiliers marins", a déclaré le colonel.

 

La délégation sud-africaine rencontrera les commandants de la Région militaire et de la Flotte russe du Pacifique et déposera une couronne de fleurs au pied du mémorial de la Gloire à Khabarovsk. Elle visitera également certaines unités militaires déployées dans l'Extrême-Orient russe.

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Desert Wolf adding grenades to Skunk riot control UAV

A Desert Wolf Skunk UAV.

 

07 October 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Local surveillance company Desert Wolf is adding grenades to its Skunk riot control unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is currently being manufactured with four paintball markers.

 

Hennie Kieser, Director of Desert Wolf, told defenceWeb that the non-lethal grenades are being supplied by a company in South America and will be available in a number of different formats, including smoke, flash-bang, tear gas etc. Up to 48 grenades can be carried by the upgraded Skunk GL UAV.

 

The grenades will be dropped over crowds and descend via parachute, minimising collateral damage on the ground and allowing the smoke to spread from above.

 

The South American company commissioned development of the grenade version of the Skunk, which will be marketed jointly by both it and Desert Wolf.

 

Kieser said he expected test flights and customer acceptance of the grenade version by the end of December. Photos and videos of the Skunk GL will be made available in the next 6-8 weeks.

 

Desert Wolf is currently manufacturing its Skunk UAV in Europe. This version is fitted with four paintball markers able to fire a variety of different rounds, from hard plastic to pepper spray. Manufacturing is underway for seven different customers, which have ordered some 400 airframes. Two batches of aircraft have already been shipped and pilots trained. These seven orders should be completed by year-end, Kieser said.

 

The skunk riot control UAV is being developed into a whole family that can be used for a variety of duties, such as search and rescue, surveillance, LIDAR scanning and lifeguard.

 

The Skunk multirotor, armed with four paintball markers, cameras and a loudhailer, was unveiled at the IFSEC security exhibition in Johannesburg in May last year, where it generated a considerable amount of interest both locally and abroad.

 

The Skunk has evolved into the Skunk II. It features two high definition colour cameras, a thermal camera for night operations, spot/strobe lights, eye-safe pulsating lasers, speakers, police sirens and flashing blue lights and four paintball markers.

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The new LM14 low cost armoured personnel carrier. LMT photo

The new LM14 low cost armoured personnel carrier. LMT photo

 

06 October 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) will officially unveil its new LM14 cost effective armoured personnel carrier (APC) next month at the South African Army’s annual infantry conference.

 

The company funded LM14 is a completely new design that was developed in response to a need for a cost effective solution aimed at the African market as well as the United Nations and South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

 

Development began on 26 January, with design and development being concluded in nine months. The first vehicle rolled out of the prototype shop on 16 September. At the moment LMT is busy with certification of the vehicle and will go into production as soon as a first order is received.

 

Vinesh Selvan, Head of Business Development at LMT, told defenceWeb that the market for the vehicle is of a significant size as there appears a genuine demand for low cost APCs and the company has already had some expressions of interest from certain parties.

 

The LM14 is a candidate to meet the South African Army’s Project Sepula to replace some of its aging armoured vehicles, particularly Casspirs and Mambas, although this project is currently stalled.

 

The LM14 carries eight troops in addition to a driver, commander and a gunner, with all ten having firing ports. Turrets can be mounted on top – at the moment the prototype is fitted with a manned .50 Browning machinegun mount on the roof. The vehicle is ballistically and mine protected.

 

In addition to armoured personnel carrier configuration, the LM14 is also offered in armoured ambulance and command and control configurations.

 

LMT developed three new vehicles (the LM8 special operations vehicle, LM13 Multi-purpose combat vehicle and LM18 Protected transport vehicle) for a country in the Middle East and is currently working on another two new vehicles. It is also doing some design work for countries in the Middle East.

 

LMT specialises in ballistic, landmine and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) protection and the integration of these protection technologies into armoured vehicles, and has the ability to design and manufacture mine-protected vehicles with amongst others, flat or semi-flat floor mine protection. Vehicles with this technology are generally lower and more spacious than vehicles with a conventional V-hull design and have a smaller profile.

 

LMT designed and qualified the flat floor landmine protection for the South African Army’s new Badger infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). Among LMT’s other products are the Gecko 8x8 tactical vehicle, used by the South African National Defence Force, armoured truck cabs, the AV55 light-protected vehicle and explosive ordnance disposal vehicles. LMT’s protected cabs are manufactured for Mercedes Benz in Germany and used by at least three NATO countries in areas such as Afghanistan. The company recently supplied more than 130 armoured cabs to Mercedes Benz.

 

Denel Group has a majority stake in LMT Holdings. The acquisition of LMT in 2012 expanded Denel’s range of vehicles and products, adding a capacity for mine-protected vehicles, hulls and cabs as well as product testing, simulations, maintenance and support of other products within the Denel Group.

 

For the 2014/15 financial year, LMT earned revenues of R231 million, up from R110 million the year before. Earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) amounted to R13 million, up 225% from R4 million the year before and R6 million in 2013. Export revenues rose dramatically from R60 to 205 million, while employee numbers also rose from 135 to 285 for the 2015 financial year, according to the 2015 Denel annual report.

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CSIR to develop black EW and radar SMMEs

CSIR to develop black EW and radar SMMEs

 

05 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The CSIR is going to implement a radar and electronic warfare transformative enterprise development (REWTED) programme with the aim of transforming and developing black-owned small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the radar and electronic warfare (REW) sector of the defence industry.

 

According to the scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisation the strategic intent of the programme is to support the National Development Programme's goals and drive socio-economic transformation towards a knowledge based economy.

 

The REWTED programme can be seen as an extension of the Department of Defence's broad socio-economic transformation mandate to transform South Africa's defence sector. Its focus will be transformation of the South African REW sector by supporting previously marginalised black-owned SMMEs.

 

The REW Industry Support Strategy Implementation Plan will accelerate and support industry development for economic growth and further enable the REW black-owned SMMEs to actively participate in the national and regional defence economy a CSIR statement said. The REWTED programme will consist of two parallel tracks - technology development and enterprise development, concentrating on the long-term sustainability of the business.

 

Technology development will be based on the technology driven innovation model, which entails the development of new REW core technologies as well as the generation and creation of new knowledge using scientific breakthroughs. The model also supports strategic management of innovation as full innovation processes, emphasising that all innovation stems from scientific breakthroughs. The development of new technology should also include finding viable technology commercialisation opportunities.

 

No timeline has been given and further information can be obtained from pnaidoo1@csir.co.za.

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Exercise Oxide ticked all the right boxes

 

06 October 2015 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb

 

The just completed Exercise Oxide off South Africa’s east coast in the Richards Bay area saw in excess of 230 activities successfully executed in what has been called a “unique” exercise for the SA Navy (SAN). “Exercise Oxide was unique in that it was the first time an exercise of this magnitude was conducted away from a SAN home support base,” Corporate Communications Officer Commander Cara Pratten said.

 

“The crux of the exercise was to plan for and have sufficient logistic support to sustain a deployment of 638 people from different units and countries for a month. This proved to be the backbone of the exercise and several lessons were learnt,” she said, adding they would be added to the maritime arm of service’s knowledge base for future use.

 

The 2015 iteration of Exercise Oxide had as its overall objective exercising inter-operability between national and international rescue organisations as well as naval entities.

 

“This was accomplished with resounding success,” Pratten said.

 

The co-ordinated search and rescue component of Oxide was conducted in collaboration with Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Committees based in Cape Town and La Reunion.

 

The second objective was to exercise specific sea serials. These included advanced interdiction and boarding, Special Forces activities, establishment of a beach head and beach landings done by the Navy’s Maritime Reaction Squadron and sea manoeuvres such as light line transfers, personnel transfers, vertical replenishment and gunnery firing.

 

Two highlights for the French contingent as seen through the eyes of the Officer Commanding FNS Floreal, Commander Francois-Xavier Waroux, were a towex (towing exercise) with SAS Protea and the professionalism of the SA Navy shown by its sea riders aboard the French light surveillance frigate.

 

The towex was conducted in wind conditions exceeding 20 knots and Waroux said that presentations were all not perfect because of the wind but this did not stop it from being a good exercise.

 

Waroux said the SAN midshipmen tasked with manning the Chaka communications system aboard the French frigates handled themselves professionally at all times.

 

“The quality of South African midshipmen bodes well for the future of the SA Navy,” he said after the exercise.

 

In total 307 activities were planned for oxide 2015 and 238 were executed in accordance with the serialised programme. Cancellations were mostly due to weather.

 

The execution of serials was measured according to an “after-action review” reporting format for each activity. The lessons learned were discussed in detail at the technical debrief held on October 5.

 

“One of the most important aspects of any exercise is analysing the application of current military doctrine and reassessing it for future utilisation and Oxide provided the conditions to do precisely this. In future, all relevant guidelines, policies and after-action reports will be clearly visible so as to improve performance,” Pratten said.

 

La Reunion is set to host Exercise Oxide 2017.

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SAS Amatola to be back in service early next year

 

02 October 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

The South African Navy’s frigate SAS Amatola will be ready to deploy operationally in the first quarter of 2016 after being refitted with her weapons. She recently underwent an extensive refurbishment at Southern African Shipyards in Durban and is currently undergoing the weapons refit in Simon’s Town.

 

The 121 metre long, 3 700 ton vessel was handed back to the Navy at Salisbury Island Naval Station on 31 July and sailed for Simon’s Town on 1 August after the R400 million overhaul, which took place between March 2014 and July 2015.

 

Prasheen Maharaj, CEO of Southern African Shipyards, said the refit involved the replacement of both main propulsion units, the refurbishment of the gas turbines, the complete blast and re-coating of the ship and the refurbishment of accommodation, bridge, engine control room, galley, mess, helicopter deck and hangar and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

 

Charles Maher, SAS General Manager: Marketing told defenceWeb that the refit had gone smoothly, with the only issue being the rudders, which had to be sent to ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Germany for repair.

 

He said the Navy was extremely satisfied with the work that has been carried out look forward to similar work on future vessels being carried out in the same manner.

 

Commander Rachel Dulamo of the South African Navy told defenceWeb that the SAS Amatola’s refit was planned in two stages: a platform refit in Durban and a weapon system refit in Simon’s Town. The major components of the weapons system were removed before the ship let Simon’s Town for Durban and were sent for deep maintenance and refurbishment.

 

The ship is now in the Dock in Simon’s Town and is being fitted with installation and alignment of major weapon system components, Dulamo said. She added that the ship should be ready to deploy operationally in the first quarter of 2016 after it has gone through its safety and readiness checks.

 

“The Navy is happy with the work conducted by SA Shipyards,” Dulamo said.

 

Although the SAS Isandlwana is earmarked to be number two in line for a mid-life refit, she currently undergoing maintenance to extend her operational capability as no funding has yet been made available for refit. Maher said SAS was trying to revive the Isandlwana refit tender.

 

Maher said that the work done on Amatola has proved that SAS can carry out naval maintenance on an African scale and this opens the door to other African markets where naval fleets are not in the best state. He added that the Durban-based company is looking at South Africa’s neighbours and their naval forces.

 

Maharaj said Southern African Shipyards was now eyeing the replacement of the fleet replenishment vessel, SAS Drakensberg, but no official requirement shad been issued by Armscor.

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SAAF investigating Hawk squadron at AFB Waterkloof

 

01 October 2015 by Kim Helfrich - defencceWeb

 

85 Combat Flying School (CFS) of the SA Air Force (SAAF) is staying put at Fighter Town – AFB Makhado – but an investigation into an operational Hawk squadron at AFB Waterkloof is underway.

 

This was the official response from the Air Office of the SAAF when asked if there were plans in place for 85 CFS to move to the Centurion air force base, generally seen as the SAAF’s transport hub.

 

“The SAAF is currently investigating and testing the feasibility to re-open an operational Hawk squadron at AFB Waterkloof,” the statement said.

 

With a total of 24 Hawk Mk120s in its inventory, of which three are believed to be unserviceable thanks to accidents, the SAAF could set up a separate Hawk squadron with 12 aircraft. This would leave nine aircraft at the Limpopo base for training purposes.

 

AFB Makhado is also home to the SAAF’s only other fast jet squadron – 2 – which flies the Gripen. According to the Air Office there are “no plans for any relocation of 2 Squadron at the moment”.

 

Military aviation watchers generally maintain it would not be good to split the Hawk fleet into two because of the extra resources that would be required at AFB Waterkloof to maintain and keep the aircraft operational. They also point to the noise factor being a problem with the base surrounded by suburbia as well as AFB Waterkloof being almost in the centre of South Africa’s largest and busiest chunk of controlled airspace.

 

As far as actual flying training is concerned any Hawks based at AFB Waterkloof will have to “commute” to suitable airspace, the closest being north-east of Pretoria over the Wallmannsthal military area, before training can start. A commute to and from usable airspace will also add unneeded hours to airframes.

 

Another military aviation watcher asked if the possible move of assets and resources to AFB Waterkloof was not part of an improved defence system for Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative and diplomatic capital.

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photo Marine Nationale

photo Marine Nationale

 

30/09/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Le 9 septembre 2015, la frégate Floréal des Forces armées de la zone Sud de l’océan Indien (FAZSOI) a appareillé de Port-des-Galets (île de la Réunion) pour rejoindre Richards Bay (Afrique du Sud), afin de participer à l’exercice Oxide 15 qui débutait le 14 septembre.

 

Au cours de l’exercice biannuel Oxide 15 avec la Marine sud-africaine, le Floréal a conduit une mission de surveillance maritime dans les zones économiques exclusives françaises et une action de coopération bilatérale au large de Richards Bay. Pour cette mission, le Floréal a embarqué la section spécialisée du Groupe d’assaut par mer (GAM) du 2ème Régiment parachutiste d’infanterie de marine (2ème RPIMa) de Pierrefonds.

 

Dans la continuité des précédents Oxide, le principal objectif de l’exercice consiste à favoriser la coopération et l’interopérabilité entre les forces françaises et sud-africaines, en améliorant notamment la connaissance mutuelle des capacités des forces maritimes et aériennes. Les marines française et sud-africaine coopèrent également en mettant en œuvre un protocole de soutien aux opérations de SAR (Search and Rescue – recherche et sauvetage) entre le Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCC) du Cap (Afrique du Sud) et le Centre régional opérationnel de surveillance et de sauvetage (CROSS) du Port (La Réunion).

 

Les FAZSOI garantissent la protection du territoire national et animent la coopération régionale depuis La Réunion et Mayotte. Elles constituent le point d’appui principal du théâtre « océan Indien » pour lutter contre de nouvelles menaces comme la piraterie ou l’immigration illégale, assurer la surveillance des zones économiques exclusives associées à l’ensemble des îles de la zone de responsabilité et conserver une capacité régionale d’intervention rapide.

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