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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
Saab receive order for multispectral camouflage systems

11 September 2013, Saab Press Release


Defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract for Multispectral Static Camouflage Nets from Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). The order amounts to MSEK 54 with the right to exercise several options with for potential additional orders of MSEK 44 over 5 years.


“Saab has an unrivalled leading position in the world within Signature Management technology. We continue to attract and retain new and existing customers around the globe,” says Anders Wiman, Managing Director for Saab Barracuda


Saab Barracuda’s advanced Camouflage technology products have been exported to more than 50 countries. Saab offers a unique package of camouflage systems and force protection solutions with the purpose to decrease the enemy’s ability to detect and engage. These solutions protect camps, vehicles and personnel against hostile sensors and enemy target acquisition.


Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Suisse-Le Conseil national avalise l'achat de chasseurs Gripen

11/09 LesEchos.fr (Reuters)


Le Conseil national, soit la chambre basse de l'Assemblée fédérale suisse, a validé mercredi le projet d'achat de 22 chasseurs Gripen au groupe suédois Saab pour l'équivalent de 2,6 milliards dd'euros.


Le marché, qui sera débattu le 18 septembre par le Conseil des Etats, la chambre haute du parlement, peut encore capoter par le biais d'un référendum même si le législateur l'approuve.


Ce référendum peut s'organiser si 50.000 électeurs d'au moins de huit cantons le réclament dans un temps limité.


La Suisse a choisi le Gripen car cet avion de combat est moins cher que le Typhoon, conçu par le consortium Eurofighter (BAE, Finmeccanica et EADS ), et le Rafale de Dassault Aviation.


Les Gripen doivent remplacer des F-5 Tiger fort âgés, une décision que certains désapprouvent car elle nécessitera des coupes budgétaires ailleurs, comme l'éducation.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
Saab Delivers Final Gripens to Thailand

Sept. 09, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Saab Gripen blog; posted Sept. 6, 2013)


RTAF Received Their Last Three Ordered Gripen


Three SAAB Gripen C aircraft ordered by Thailand safely arrived 4 September at their home base Wing 7 in Surat Thani, Thailand. The aircraft were received by happy RTAF pilots and officers.


These were the last of twelve Gripen C/D aircraft Thailand agreed to purchase in a G2G integrated air defense agreement with Sweden signed early 2008. RTAF will inaugurate the operational “Gripen Integrated Air Defense System” on 11 September with a ceremony at Wing 7.


The ferry flight took off from Linköping, Sweden, 30 August, on a route that took them to Greece, Jordan, Qatar, Oman and India before Thailand. They spent a total of 16.5 flight hours before touch down at Wing 7.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
La Thaïlande réceptionne ses derniers Gripen

09.09.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com


La Royal Thaï Air Force a réceptionné ses trois derniers Gripen C le 4 septembre sur la base de Surat Thani, au sud de la Thaïlande. Les trois appareils font partie d’une seconde tranche d’avions commandée en 2010, la première ayant été passée en 2008.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
First Collective Air-to-Air Refuelling Clearance Trial
Decimomannu | Sep 05, 2013 European Defence Agency

The European Defence Agency, Italy and the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) jointly organise the first collective European Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) clearance trial on the Italian KC767. Starting on 5 September, aircraft from France (one Mirage 2000, one Rafale) and Sweden (three Gripen) participate in the campaign to obtain technical and operational AAR clearances against the Italian strategic airlift tanker.


AAR is a critical European capability gap and one of the eleven Pooling & Sharing priorities of the European Defence Agency (EDA). Mandated by Defence Ministers in March 2012, EDA is engaged in four work strands in this domain: short-term gap filling; optimisation of existing assets; optimisation of AAR capacity offered by the future A400M fleet and enhancement of Europe’s strategic tanker capability by creating a multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) capability.


“Italy’s AAR clearance initiative is a cost efficient way to quickly close an important capability gap regarding tanker-receiver certification; given the urgency based on lessons learned from recent operations, we would have welcomed more nations to participate in the clearance campaign”, says Claude-France Arnould, Executive Director of the European Defence Agency.


Aerial Refuelling Clearance

Technical and operational clearances are mandatory to provide or receive fuel and they are thus a prerequisite to interoperability in multinational operations. Taking place in Italy at Decimomannu airbase from 5 to 12 September, France and Sweden will be able to perform the necessary ground and in-flight tests to obtain missing AAR clearances. Today Europe can deploy 42 tanker aircraft of twelve different types for which more than 40% of required clearances are missing. While for critical requirements and war-time operations clearances limited to a specific operation can be issued on a case by case basis, this campaign allows for a coordinated approach for full and unrestricted clearances. This increases the flexibility of AAR operations and facilitates immediate deployment of assets in future.



EDA’s collective AAR certification campaign is first of its kind; it allows several Member States to obtain the necessary technical and operational clearances in the minimum amount of time for a maximum amount of receivers. Up to now, this process had to be organised on a bilateral level. Organising a collective campaign facilitates the procedure for Member States, increases interoperability and saves time, human resources and costs.



AAR is a critical enabler for air power projection and it is required to enable anything beyond short range air combat operations. A unique force multiplier, it is a fundamental capability embedded in modern aircraft design, not just in combat aircraft, but across the full spectrum of air platforms – including in the near future Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.


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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Czech gripen source Saab group

Czech gripen source Saab group

 September 4th, 2013 defencetalk.com


On the occasion of finalising talks between Czech and Swedish parties on prolongation of a lease agreement of SAAB 39 Gripen supersonic aircraft, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok visited 21st Tactical Air Force Base at Caslav to get more information on operation of these aircraft and conditions of their pilots who guard Czech air space daily for eight years.


A squadron of SAAB 39 Gripen (also known as JAS-39 Gripen) aircraft serves not only for the Czech Republic but also within NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System. “I am glad that pilots are very satisfied with the equipment they use. I think that this aircraft seems to be optimal choice for our military at all, that is in tactical, combat and operational economic respects,” said Jiri Rusnok, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic at the Caslav Base.


PM Rusnok was accompanied by Minister of Defence Vlastimil Picek and Chief of the General Staff of ACR Lieutenant General Petr Pavel. They toured the whole base including infrastructure and support facilities where pilots of SAAB had passed their experience with service. In discussion, Minister Picek, General Pavel and commander of the 21TAFB Colonel Petr Hromek informed PM Rusnok about risky factors that would possibly occure in transition to another type of supersonics.


Talks with the Swedish party resulted in mutually advantageous draft agreement on prolongation of the lease of 14 Gripen aircraft for more than ten years. Minister of Defence Vlastimil Picek said that the decision over the prolongation would probably take the next government and added that the present one had created the best for really simple decision in future.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 07:50
Czechs, Swiss Boost Hopes for Sweden’s Gripen

Aug 28, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: The Local; published Aug 28, 2013)


Czechs and Swiss Boost Hope for Swedish Gripen


The interim Czech government said it plans to renew its lease of JAS Gripen fighter jets, while a parliamentary committee in Switzerland said yes to a proposed 23 billion kronor ($3.5 billion) purchase of the Swedish-made warplanes.


Following two days of discussions of the deal that would see the Swiss military purchase 22 JAS Gripen jets, the security and defence committee of the Swiss parliament voted 14-9 in favour of the deal. The deal now moves for a vote in front of the full parliament on September 11th.


The committee had previously given the deal a thumbs up in the spring, but some politicians expressed concerns, prompting the government to review and clarify the deal.


As the new Gripen E is still in development, there remains uncertainty as to whether Saab and Sweden can deliver what they've promised and that Switzerland may end up with what some called an "Ikea-plane" instead of a "Super-JAS".


Meanwhile, outgoing Czech prime minister Jiri Rusnok said this week that the government expects to renew its lease on 14 Swedish fighter jets beyond 2015.


"The negotiations are at an advanced stage. The ball is actually in our court. The Swedes are awaiting our final answer to their recent offer," he told reporters on Monday.


The new contract with Stockholm over the supersonic JAS-39 Gripen combat jets could be inked at the end of the year or in early 2014 by the new government, he added. Snap elections are scheduled for late October.


The Czech military paid nearly $1 billion to lease the Gripens for a decade starting 2005. The aircraft include 12 one-seater JAS-39 Cs and two two-seater training JAS-39 Ds.


In July of last year, former Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said Stockholm was being "uncooperative" regarding the renewal. According to press reports, the Swedes had been refusing to lower the lease price.


Necas stepped down in June amid a spy and bribery scandal. The president appointed a new technocratic government led by Rusnok, but that cabinet lost a confidence vote this month.


"The next government will make the final decision on the Gripens, but this (Rusnok) cabinet will do its utmost to facilitate it," Defence Minister Vlastimil Picek said Monday. He added that the new contract will be a better deal for the Czech Republic and valid for "a period longer than ten years".

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28 août 2013 3 28 /08 /août /2013 07:50
Chief Test Pilot VBS armasuisse flies Gripen EF test aircraft Photo Stefan Kalm - saabgroup.com

Chief Test Pilot VBS armasuisse flies Gripen EF test aircraft Photo Stefan Kalm - saabgroup.com

Aug 27, 2013 ASDNews Source : Saab AB


Earlier today, the security committee of the National Council (Nationalrat) in the Swiss Parliament debated and voted “yes” to the procurement of Gripen E.


The committee reached a majority “yes” vote – 14 in favour and 9 against - and it is anticipated that the procurement will progress to the plenum of the Nationalrat for votation in the September session.


“We are naturally very pleased by the decision of the security committee of the Nationalrat. This is a very positive endorsement of the Gripen programme.


Whilst we continue to respect and follow the political process, we also continue to assemble the pre-production Gripen E. Also, our Swiss industrial participation programme aiming at creating business between the suppliers to Saab and Swiss companies is progressing. It has today seen 456 contracts signed between our suppliers and 117 Swiss companies valued at 315 MCHF,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area.


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27 août 2013 2 27 /08 /août /2013 17:50
L’achat de Gripen approuvé par la commission de la politique de sécurité du Parlement suisse

27.08.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com


La commission de la politique de sécurité du Parlement suisse a approuvé cet après-midi l’achat des Gripen pour le compte de l’armée de l’air helvète, à 14 voix contre 9, avec 2 abstentions. La décision de se doter des 22 chasseurs de Saab est assortie d’un accord pour le versement d’un acompte d’un milliard de francs suisses (environ 800 millions d’euros), soit près d’un tiers du prix total du futur contrat, estimé à 3,1 milliards de francs suisses (2,6 milliards d’euros).


Fait étonnant, la commission semble être revenue sur une décision prise en avril dernier, alors qu’elle avait suspendu ses travaux, arguant d’un manque d’informations et de garanties concernant cet achat : Elle avait alors préconisé de ne pas verser d’acompte de plus de 15% du montant total du contrat, et se retrouve donc aujourd’hui à entériner un versement de près de 40%. La nouvelle a d'ailleurs créé quelques tensions parmi les parlementaires suisses.


La décision finale, qui devait être prise en juin, a finalement été reportée à cet automne, le projet devant à présent passer au Parlement lors de la session de rentrée, le 11 septembre prochain. Le projet de soumettre l’achat des Gripen à un referendum est toujours d’actualité, laissant ainsi potentiellement la décision finale aux citoyens helvètes.


Le choix de la Suisse de s’équiper de 22 Gripen afin de remplacer sa flotte de F-5 Tiger remonte à novembre 2011. Depuis, le processus d’acquisition a connu maints retards, du fait de blocages au niveau politique. Lors de la dernière réunion de la commission de la politique de sécurité du Parlement en avril 2013, sa présidente Chantal Galladé avait exprimé ses inquiétudes en qualifiant l’achat de « trop risqué », en l’état actuel des choses.

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24 juillet 2013 3 24 /07 /juillet /2013 12:45
British Army tests deployable simulation system in Kenya source army-guide.com

British Army tests deployable simulation system in Kenya source army-guide.com

19 July 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb


Saab yesterday gave a live demonstration of its Deployable Tactical Engagement Simulation (DTES) system, which is used by the British Army for training is soldiers in Kenya and which is being promoted to the South African military.


The DTES system was designed to train a battlegroup with an opposing force (OPFOR) and a civilian population, Saab said. Each soldier carries simulation equipment, including a Personnel Detection Device (PDD) consisting of a laser-detector vest, GPS, communications with a tracking system and a link to a laser small arms transmitter (SAT). Each soldier’s weapon carries a laser sight that activates when the soldier fires a round (such as a blank training round). If another soldier gets hit by a laser shot, his PDD will indicate that he has been killed.


The entire training scenario is tracked via a computer in real time and data is sent to a command post, allowing for comprehensive after-action play-by-play review.


Saab demonstrated its DTES system at the Murrayhill Special Forces training facility outside Pretoria, as part of the Land Forces Africa conference this week. During the simulation, nearly a dozen South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers approached a building in two Mamba armoured vehicles, before a simulated IED knocked out one of the Mambas (also fitted with a simulation system that marked it inoperable). The troops then dismounted and, moving through tall grass, approached the building. Firing hundreds of rounds at the enemy, they proceeded to capture their objective.


Saab is hopeful that the SANDF will order the DTES training system, which is attracting “considerable” interest from other nations. It is already in service with the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), which has been using it for combined training since August 2009. In April 2012 Saab was awarded a two year contract extension to continue offering the training service to the British Army.


As part of the agreements with the UK, Saab will provide the DTES service for five training periods each year with an option for two additional ones, with 98% availability. Brian Drummond, the manager of the Saab base site in Nanyuki, Kenya, who is responsible for all logistic support and maintenance, said they have achieved an average 99.7% availability rate by maintaining a buffer stock of equipment at the base site, having forward-deployed technicians from Saab in Sweden and Saab Grintek Defence in South Africa.


Saab also demonstrated some of its other technology at Murrayhill, including a throwable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a hexacopter UAV. Also on display was the company’s Chaka command and control system.


“By lending technological support to the British Army in Kenya or providing logistics and infrastructure to the SANDF, we are extremely pleased, as Saab South Africa, that our contribution is assisting defence forces fulfil their mandates,” stated Magnus Lewis-Olsson, CEO of Saab Grintek Defence.


He was referring to Saab’s involvement in Operation Corona, the SANDF’s border patrol initiative, which necessitates army training camps along the northern and eastern border between South Africa and Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Saab is currently engaged in upgrading operational base facilities for the SANDF, following the re-launch late in 2012 of the upgraded and expanded Operational Base Madimbo. This base, east of Musina near the Zimbabwe border, is the first of a number to be modernised and improved since the SANDF assumed responsibility for border security.


Operational Base Madimbo includes a command centre, airstrip, a parade ground, water purification facilities, and new medical and two way radio battery charging facilities. Roads, the electrical supply, and sewerage systems, and a vehicle wash bay with oil and water separators were upgraded, while new messes with enlarged kitchen, laundry and recreation facilities were installed. The base also includes a new military police facility.


Saab has camp building experience on peacekeeping operations, having assisted the African Union and the United Nations on the continent. One mission has seen Saab setting up a complete turn-key camp solution in the horn of Africa. In the same multilateral environments, Saab said it has successfully provides explosive ordance disposal products in East and West Africa for training of and for safe unexploded ordance and IED (Improvised Explosive Device) destruction purposes. The company has also provided maintenance, repair and overhaul activities for vehicles, generators, water purification plants, air-conditioning units and patrol boats.


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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Saab gets first order for unmanned Skeldar

July 11, 2013 by Craig Hoyle – FG


London - Saab has secured a first customer for its Skeldar vertical take-off and landing unmanned air system, with the type to be employed in a maritime surveillance role.


Announcing its receipt of the contract on 11 July, the Swedish company says the "Skeldar UAS will be operationally deployed with the customer before the end of this year and will be used in naval operations where the benefits of a vertical take-off and landing UAS are most prominent".


Further details about the launch user and number of systems to be supplied have not been disclosed. "The industry's nature is such that information regarding the customer will not be announced," the company says.


Saab's head of aeronautics, Lennart Sindahl, cites the Skeldar's "flight performance, heavy fuel engine and easy-to-maintain design" as key factors in securing the sale. According to company information, the unmanned rotorcraft has a maximum take-off weight of more than 200kg (440lb), including a sensor payload totalling up to 40kg, and offers a 5h flight endurance.


Developed and tested during the last several years, the maritime version of the Skeldar can carry a range of payloads, including an electro-optical/infrared sensor and automatic identification system equipment to monitor the activities of surface ships.

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5 juillet 2013 5 05 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Saab Starts Assembly of 1st Pre-Production Gripen E

Jul 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : Saab AB


Defence and security company Saab has started the assembly of  the next generation Gripen, the Gripen E. First to be constructed is the front fuselage of the first pre-production test aircraft 39-8.


Following a short and intense period of design using the latest tools and methods, through so called ‘Model Based Design’, the construction of the Gripen E begins with the manufacturing and assembly of all parts of the fuselage; the largest and most time consuming part of the airframe. These parts will then be joined together and assembled into a complete airframe. This is followed by an intensive construction period to install cables, mount systems, the outer shell and other equipment. More than 1,000 people at Saab are now working solely with the development and production of the Gripen E.


“What we are experiencing now is a leap in technology for Saab and the global aeronautical industry as we can see the latest and most modern fighter being constructed using the latest processes, methods and tools. This allows us to bring forward an even more capable fighter at an even more favourable life cycle cost,” says Lennart Sindahl, Head of Business Area Aeronautics at Saab. “Following years of R&D investments in aeronautical design, we can offer unique opportunities for transfer of knowledge and technology by inviting customer countries’ industries into the work on Gripen E. The Gripen E programme will also continue to drive technological development as well as the creation of jobs, both in Sweden and in other countries.”


Based on the design of previous versions of the Gripen system, the Gripen E offers a next generation sensor suite, new communication links, revolutionary avionics architecture, more thrust, increased flight time, more weapon stations and load capability, a fully digital cockpit including HUD (Head-Up Display) and a brand new electronic warfare system.


The test aircraft 39-8 will be the first complete pre-production version of the Gripen E and will be used to demonstrate new features and capabilites. The technological leaps in the Gripen E have been proven in the Gripen demonstrator programme with the Gripen E/F demo aircraft that has flown over 250 hours in countries such as Sweden, the UK, India and Switzerland (in Emmen in October 2012, January and April 2013) since 2008.


On February 15, Saab signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding development and modification of 60 Gripen E for Sweden during the period 2013-2026 as well as a possible order for new production of Gripen E for Switzerland.

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5 juillet 2013 5 05 /07 /juillet /2013 11:50
Saab commence l'assemblage du premier Gripen E pré-production

03.07.2013 Romandie.com


Suite à une période de conception intense et brève, qui a tiré parti d'outils et de méthodes à la pointe par l'utilisation du 'Model-Based Design' (conception basée sur modèle), la construction du Gripen E débute avec la fabrication et l'assemblage de tous les éléments du fuselage, l'élément le plus grand de la cellule et celui qui nécessite le plus de temps pour sa fabrication. Ces parties seront ensuite réunies et assemblées pour former une cellule d'avion complète. Une période intensive de construction s'ensuivra au cours de laquelle les câbles, les systèmes, le revêtement externe et d'autres équipements seront montés. Plus de 1'000 personnes chez Saab travaillent à l'heure actuelle exclusivement sur le développement et la production du Gripen E.


L'expérience que nous vivons actuellement représente un saut technologique pour Saab et pour l'industrie aéronautique dans son ensemble, puisque l'on observe la construction de l'avion de chasse le plus récent et le plus moderne par l'utilisation des procédures, des méthodes et des outils les plus récents. Cette approche nous permet de produire un avion aux capacités encore plus développées, à un coût de cycle de vie encore plus avantageux », explique Lennart Sindahl, responsable de la division aéronautique de Saab. Après des années d'investissements en R&D liés à la conception aéronautique, nous pouvons offrir des opportunités uniques pour le transfert du savoir-faire et de la technologie, en invitant les industries des pays de nos clients à participer au travail sur le Gripen. Le programme Gripen E continuera à être un moteur de développement technologique ainsi que de création d'emplois, aussi bien en Suède que dans d'autres pays.


Le Gripen E représente une suite logique, puisqu'il se fonde sur les mêmes principes que ceux que Saab a toujours défendu : amener sur le marché des capacités de niveau mondial par l'utilisation de design intelligent et de solutions techniques innovantes, mais en réduisant les coûts de production et les frais opérationnels à un niveau bien inférieur à ceux de plate-formes concurrentes. Développé sur la base du design des versions précédentes du système Gripen, le Gripen E offre une série de capteurs de la prochaine génération, de nouvelles liaisons de communication, une architecture avionique révolutionnaire, une poussée accrue, un temps de vol plus long, davantage de stations d'armes et de capacité de charge, un cockpit entièrement digital y compris un HUD (Head-Up Display - Affichage tête haute) et un système de guerre électronique entièrement nouveau.


L'avion test 39-8 sera la première version complète pré-production du Gripen E et servira à implementer de nouvelles caractéristiques et de nouvelles capacités. Les sauts technologiques du Gripen E ont déjà fait leurs preuves au cours du programme de démonstration du Gripen, avec l'avion démo Gripen E/F qui a cumulé depuis 2008 plus de 250 heures de vol à son actif dans des pays tels que la Suède, le Royaume-Uni, l'Inde et la Suisse (à Emmen en Octobre 2012 puis en janvier et avril 2013).


Le 24 août 2012, la Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) et sa contrepartie suisse armasuisse ont signé un accord-cadre sur l'acquisition de 22 avion Gripen E par la Suisse. Selon cet accord, les avions devraient être livrés entre 2018 et 2021.


Le 15 février 2013, Saab a signé un accord avec le Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) portant sur le développement et la modification de 60 Gripen E pour la Suède au cours de la période 2013-2026 ainsi que sur une commande possible d'une production supplémentaire de Gripen E pour la Suisse.

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3 juillet 2013 3 03 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Saab Carries Out Successful Initial Test on Meteor Air-to-Air Missile

Gripen Fighter With Meteor Missile


02/07/2013 by Victoria Knowles - Armed Forces International Reporter


Saab has successfully carried out the initial test firing of the Meteor air-to-air missile, which is radar controlled and developed for mass production.


The test was conducted by the security and defence company in collaboration with the Swedish Defence Material Administration. Gripen, therefore, is the world's first combat fighter system that has been developed with the capability to fire this Meteor version, which has been designed for Gripen, Rafale and Eurofighter.


In late June, the first pair of Meteor missiles in their mass production configuration was triggered for the first time at a remote-controlled target from Gripen. The trial firing illustrated the missile's capacity to lock on to the target, and also demonstrated the link function between the missile and aircraft and its separation from the aircraft. The test was also used to substantiate the command support for the pilot.


"Testing has been completed as planned and we've now taken yet another important step in work with integration and development of Gripen C/D," said FMV's project manager for the Meteor, Michael Östergren.


Saab Carries Out Successful Initial Test on Meteor Air-to-Air Missile
Saab Carries Out Successful Initial Test on Meteor Air-to-Air Missile

Radar Controlled Meteor Developed for Mass Production


He described his satisfaction for the results that has been jointly accomplished, and said it has given the integration project between the Gripen and the Meteor "considerable confidence."


Classified as a Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), the Meteor is designed to engage with long distance airborne targets. A European collaborative project, between Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Sweden and Great Britain developed the missile. Great Britain is responsible for contracts and the UK's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) led the work.


Saab's head of Aeronautics, Lennart Sindahl, said thanks to Gripen's advanced design and the team's efficiency of working, it is evident that the combat fighter system possesses great potential for cost-efficient and fast new capability integration, such as with sensors and weapons.


He described the Meteor missile, Saab PS05 radar and Gripen collaboration as being world-class regarding air defence. Representatives from British MBDA, FMV and Saab comprised the test team. Further tests will take place in the autumn, allowing the new capabilities to be delivered next year.

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3 juillet 2013 3 03 /07 /juillet /2013 14:50
Gripen equipped with the Meteor missile taking off from Vidsel for a test firing. Photo Kristofer Sjöström, FMV Vidsel Test Range

Gripen equipped with the Meteor missile taking off from Vidsel for a test firing. Photo Kristofer Sjöström, FMV Vidsel Test Range

3 juillet 2013 par DSI


La question de la survie des industriels européens actifs dans le domaine des avions de combat se pose depuis plus d’une vingtaine d’années maintenant et nombre d’analystes estiment que les réductions budgétaires couplées à l’accroissement du coût des matériels va condamner nombre d’entre-eux. Reste que l’avenir de l’aviation de combat n’est sans doute pas aussi clair qu’il n’y paraît.


Pour preuve, Saab considère toujours qu’il sera en mesure de produire des avions de combat après 2040. Au-delà du développement des Gripen E et F, à présent sanctuarisés par la Suède, il est question de développer une nouvelle évolution de l’appareil. Il serait cette fois optionnellement piloté, ce qui permettrait de réduire les coûts humains et politiques face à la densification des défenses aériennes.


D’un point de vue industriel, l’investissement serait relativement réduit, la plateforme en tant que telle étant considérée comme viable. Reste que ce qui n’est pour l’heure qu’un ballon d’essai lancé afin de voir les réactions du marché n’est pas sans intérêt, dès lors qu’il permettrait à l’avionneur de conserver des compétences dans le domaine des appareils pilotés, y compris la « transition au piloté à distance » effectuée.



Le premier vol du demonstrateur nEuron - photo Dassault Aviation

Le premier vol du demonstrateur nEuron - photo Dassault Aviation

Boeing, dans ses travaux pour le FA-XX, raisonne d’une manière proche, cette fois en travaillant sur des versions pilotées et pilotées à distance de son futur appareil de sixième génération : la plateforme est identique mais est déclinée en deux versions. A n’en pas douter, il y a là un réel enjeu, notamment pour Dassault : si le domaine des UCAV est convoité en tant que voie d’avenir, est-il nécessaire – et prudent – d’abandonner le secteur des appareils de combat pilotés ?

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1 juillet 2013 1 01 /07 /juillet /2013 17:50
photo Saab

photo Saab

01.07.2013 Helen Chachaty -- journal-aviation.com


Saab annonce la réussite de sa campagne de tirs d’un missile air-air Meteor embarqué par les Gripen. La campagne a duré une semaine et s’est déroulée fin juin, le Gripen ayant eu l’occasion de tirer deux missiles sur des cibles factices.


Il s’agissait notamment de valider la séparation du missile de l’avion et de vérifier le bon fonctionnement du système de transmission des données entre les deux plateformes. Les essais ont été réalisés avec succès et préfigurent une nouvelle étape dans l’intégration du Meteor de MBDA aux Gripen C/D.


Meteor missile Swedish Air Force Gripen. Photo Kristofer Sjöström, FMV Vidsel Test Range

Meteor missile Swedish Air Force Gripen. Photo Kristofer Sjöström, FMV Vidsel Test Range

D’autres tests vont suivre à l’automne 2013, afin de préparer les livraisons des missiles opérationnelles au cours de l’année 2014, indique Saab, qui précise également que le Gripen sera le premier avion à bénéficier de ce nouvel armement.

Gripen equipped with the Meteor missile taking off from Vidsel for a test firing. Photo Kristofer Sjöström, FMV Vidsel Test Range

Gripen equipped with the Meteor missile taking off from Vidsel for a test firing. Photo Kristofer Sjöström, FMV Vidsel Test Range

Le missile air-air Meteor est produit par MBDA. Lancé en 2003, le programme est le fruit d’une coopération européenne, comprenant l’Allemagne, l’Espagne, la France, la Grande-Bretagne, l’Italie et la Suède. Le contrat a été notifié à MBDA UK en 2010 par la DGA britannique. Le Meteor est destiné à équiper les Gripen, les Rafale et les Eurofighter. Ces derniers ont d’ailleurs déjà effectué des essais de tir, en octobre pour le Rafale, en décembre pour l’Eurofighter.

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19 juin 2013 levif.be (Belga)


La Corée du Sud va acquérir des missiles de croisière Taurus, produits par l'Allemagne et la Suède, après le refus des Etats-Unis de lui vendre un armement correspondant, a annoncé mercredi l'agence sud-coréenne des achats militaires.


Au cours d'une réunion avec le ministre de la Défense Kim Kwan-Jin, l'Administration des programmes d'acquisition de la défense (DAPA) a approuvé un projet d'achat de missiles air-sol d'une portée de 500 kilomètres. L'amplitude de la commande et le budget nécessaires n'ont pas été confirmés mais selon l'agence de presse Yonhap, Séoul souhaiterait se porter acquéreur de 170 missiles d'une valeur totale de 300 millions de dollars (223 millions d'euros). Actuellement, l'Armée de l'air sud-coréenne ne possède que des SLAM-ER américains d'une portée de 278 kilomètres. La DAPA hésitait entre le Taurus et le Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) de l'américain Lockheed Martin. Mais le Pentagone n'a pas approuvé la vente de ces missiles d'une portée de 370 km, considérés comme une arme stratégique. "Dans un contexte de menaces croissantes de la Corée du Nord, nous devons acquérir (les missiles) au plus tôt. Mais l'acquisition du JASSM est devenue impossible compte tenu de la position du gouvernement américain", a justifié la DAPA. La Corée du Sud a lancé officiellement mardi l'appel d'offre pour un contrat de 7,3 milliards de dollars US portant sur la fourniture de 60 avions de combat, dernière étape d'un processus qui voit s'affronter trois géants de l'aéronautique de défense, deux américains et un européen. Boeing et Lockheed Martin, ainsi que l'européen EADS ont chacun présenté leur offre, assortie de conditions favorables destinées à remporter ce marché, le plus important jamais passé par la Corée du Sud.

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14 juin 2013 5 14 /06 /juin /2013 07:50
Le chef d’État-major canadien Tom Lawson (2e à partir de la G) à la réunion des chefs de la Défense des pays nordiques les 11 et 12 juin au Groenland (Photo ministère danois de la Défense)

Le chef d’État-major canadien Tom Lawson (2e à partir de la G) à la réunion des chefs de la Défense des pays nordiques les 11 et 12 juin au Groenland (Photo ministère danois de la Défense)

NR 13.192 - le 13 juin 2013 forces.gc.ca


OTTAWA – Le Chef d’état-major de la Défense, le général Tom Lawson, a participé à une réunion de deux jours des chefs de la Défense des pays nordiques, organisée par le Chef de la Défense danois, le général Peter Bartram, à Ilulissat, au Groenland, les 11 et 12 juin. Cette deuxième rencontre annuelle des chefs de la Défense des pays nordiques a servi à élaborer les résultats de la réunion de 2012 qui a eu lieu à Goose Bay (T.-N.-L.), en renforçant les relations régionales en matière de défense et en favorisant le dialogue sur les questions nordiques d’intérêt commun.


« C’est avec plaisir que j’ai participé à cette rencontre organisée par nos amis danois. Cette série de réunions nous a aidés, mes homologues et moi, à continuer d’améliorer notre compréhension mutuelle de ces questions, et notre partage d’expériences et d’expertises liées à l’Arctique. J’ai également trouvé nos séances collectives et bilatérales très fructueuses, a déclaré le général Lawson. Bien que nous ayons chacun nos propres réalités nationales, nous partageons aussi de nombreux intérêts dans le Nord, comme, entre autres, la recherche et le sauvetage, la gérance de l’environnement, et l’appuie à nos autorités civiles respectives. Je crois que cette réunion a contribué à notre dialogue collectif et a amélioré la relation de défense entre le Canada et nos voisins du Nord. J’ai hâte à notre prochaine rencontre et à élaborer davantage cette précieuse initiative. »


Parmi les participants à la rencontre se trouvaient Son Altesse Royale le prince Joachim, le prince du Danemark, les chefs ainsi que les autres représentants de la Défense du Canada, du Danemark, des États-Unis, de la Finlande, de l’Islande, de la Norvège, de la Russie et de la Suède. L’initiative de cette année a également réuni les commandants des régions du Nord afin d’examiner les domaines de collaboration potentielle.


L’objectif principal de cette conférence de deux jours visait à permettre à toutes les parties d’élaborer leurs relations de défense existantes en leur offrant l’occasion d’entamer des discussions directes multilatérales et bilatérales axées sur les questions touchant les affaires du Nord. Les sujets discutés ont compris le partage des connaissances et de l’expertise relatives aux défis opérationnels régionaux, à la gestion responsable du Nord, et au rôle que peuvent jouer les militaires du Nord afin d’appuyer leurs autorités civiles respectives.


La toute première réunion des chefs de la Défense des pays nordiques a été lancée par le Chef d’état-major de la Défense du Canada en 2012 afin de créer un forum où les chefs et les autres hauts dirigeants de la Défense régionaux pouvaient discuter de questions de sécurité communes liées au Nord.

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7 juin 2013 5 07 /06 /juin /2013 16:30
JAS Gripen photo Ernst Vikne

JAS Gripen photo Ernst Vikne

Jun. 6, 2013 – By BURAK EGE BEKDIL -  Defense News


ANKARA — Turkey has selected Saab to help shape its plans to design, develop and manufacture its first national fighter jet.


Ankara has already drafted three models, one of which likely will become its first indigenous fighter, although some analysts said Turkey should have opted for an unmanned model.


“After lengthy negotiations with Saab, we have come to the conclusion to go ahead with this company to finalize our feasibility studies,” a senior procurement official familiar with the national fighter program said.


He said that the Swedish aerospace and defense group already has assisted with the three models Turkish engineers have drafted, and these would be presented to top management at the country’s arms procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), as well as to the Air Force.


“We are working to make that presentation in September or October,” the official said.


The Saab group’s office here did not respond to questions by press time.


An official from Tusas Aerospace Industries (TAI), the local prime contractor for the program, said that one of the three drafts is a twin-engine stealth aircraft and the other two are single-engine models, also stealthy.


The procurement official said the program has two problems to overcome.


“We need to pick up the right engine manufacturer with which we should be able to work out a long-term relationship. That will be essential. Also, we need to know that a meticulously devised cost-benefit analysis should prove this is a feasible program,” he said.


A government official said the final decision on whether to launch the manufacturing phase would be made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


“A lot will depend on the findings of the cost-benefit analysis in progress now,” the official said. “We would accept a certain margin that will make the Turkish fighter reasonably more expensive than available options. But if we find out that we could only manufacture a fighter, say, [at a cost] 40 to 50 percent more expensive than a proven, off-the-shelf buy option, then the prime minister would probably drop the idea.”


According to a draft plan, the country is aiming for a maiden flight for its national fighter jet in 2023, the Turkish Republic’s centennial. Production would commence in 2021, and deliveries to the Air Force are planned between 2025 and 2035. The aircraft would remain in service until 2060.


“This is a long-term plan, and given technological developments in the global aerospace scene, the Turks should perhaps have gone for an unmanned fighter,” a London-based Turkey specialist said.


Earlier, TAI signed a technical assistance deal with Saab to carry out conceptual design work. This followed an August 2011 deal signed with SSM to begin the conceptual design work for the fighter and trainer jets that Turkey hopes to build.


Designing the first Turkish fighter, according to defense analysts, is a necessary but not critical step.


“What is crucial here is whether this project would enable Turkey to earn capabilities to successfully integrate avionics, electronics and weapon systems into the chosen platform,” the London-based analyst said.


Saab produces the JAS 39 Gripen, a lightweight, single-engine multirole fighter. Saab has cooperated with other aerospace companies in marketing the aircraft and has achieved moderate success in Central Europe, South Africa and Southeast Asia. More than 240 Gripens have been delivered or ordered.


In 2010, Sweden awarded Saab a four-year contract to improve the Gripen’s equipment, integrate new weapons and lower operating costs. Last August, Sweden announced it planned to buy 40 to 60 Gripen NGs. The Swedish order followed Switzerland’s decision to buy 22 E/F variants of the jet.


For its fighter program, dubbed TF-X, Turkey hopes to copy the method devised to co-produce T-129 attack helicopters with Italian-British AgustaWestland.


“We think this model has worked successfully and could be a template for our fighter program,” the TAI official said.


Turkey also plans to buy the F-35. But Turkish officials said they wanted to develop a fighter jet with another country to reduce Turkey’s dependence on Washington.

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Otan: l'adhésion de la Finlande et de la Suède serait négative pour la Russie (Medvedev)

KIRKENES (NORVEGE), 4 juin - RIA Novosti


Une éventuelle adhésion de la Suède et de la Finlande à l'Otan est une affaire intérieure à ces deux pays, cet élément ne serait toutefois pas positif pour la Russie, a déclaré mardi le premier ministre russe Dmitri Medvedev lors d'une conférence de presse.


"Nous ne considérons pas un rapprochement de l'Otan vers les frontières russes comme un facteur positif", a indiqué le chef du gouvernement russe, ajoutant que la décision d'adhérer à l'Alliance était une affaire relevant d'un pays.


M. Medvedev a rappelé que l'Otan était "une structure possédant un certain potentiel militaire qui, en cas de situation défavorable, peut être retourné contre la Russie".


"Nous ne pensons pas que l'adhésion de nouveaux pays à l'Otan est susceptible de créer une nouvelle situation visant à assurer la stabilité. Au contraire, tout nouveau membre de l'Alliance se trouvant près des frontières russes modifie en fin de compte l'équilibre des forces, nous obligeant à réagir", a déclaré le premier ministre russe interrogé par une journaliste finlandaise sur une modification du rapport des forces dans la région de la mer de Barents suite à une éventuelle adhésion de la Finlande et de la Suède à l'Otan.

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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 11:50
A Protector remote weapon station mounted on an M1126 Stryker vehicle. Photo TSGT Mike Buytas, USAF.

A Protector remote weapon station mounted on an M1126 Stryker vehicle. Photo TSGT Mike Buytas, USAF.

3 June 2013 army-technology.com


Protector RWS system


Kongsberg Group has been awarded a contract by Ðuro Ðakovic to supply its M151 12.7mm calibre Protector remote weapon stations (RWS) to the Croatian Army.


Valued at $17.03m, the order forms part of a contract signed between Ðuro Ðakovic and the Croatia defence ministry for the acquisition and installation of Protector systems on the national army's AMV 8x8 armoured combat vehicles.


After signing the contract, Croatian defence minister Ante Kotromanovic said the continued cooperation with Ðuro Ðakovic on combat armoured vehicle project represents another step in the ministry's efforts to build a small, but modern and mobile army.


"This is another confirmation that the Croatian Government and the Ministry of Defence remain firmly dedicated to continuously supporting the Croatian defence industry as one of the most potent Croatian export industries," Kotromanovic said.


Ðuro Ðakovic management board president Vladimir Kovacevic said the contract reaffirms the long-lasting successful cooperation that exists between the company and the defence ministry.


"We are happy that the armed forces are continuing the equipment and modernisation of their existing technology relying on Croatian producers as much as possible," Kovacevic added.

"We are happy that the armed forces are continuing the equipment and modernisation of their existing technology relying on Croatian producers as much as possible."


Manufactured by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, M151 Protector is a combat proven system, and is designed to enhance military troop protection and combat capabilities by enabling target acquisition and engagement from safer distances in the battlefield.


Equipped with a stabilised firing platform, a fire control system and control grips, the system can be mounted to an array of platforms, including the M249 and M240machine guns, Browning M2, MK19 40mm automatic grenade launcher and Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) amongst others.


The system is currently operational with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, as well as the US and the UK.

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Chief Test Pilot VBS armasuisse flies Gripen EF test aircraft Photo Stefan Kalm - saabgroup.com

Chief Test Pilot VBS armasuisse flies Gripen EF test aircraft Photo Stefan Kalm - saabgroup.com

LINKOPING, Sweden, May 30 (UPI)


Swedish defense company Saab is conducting meetings with Swiss firms to discuss potential business opportunities.


The talks are part of the company's effort to obtain a deal with the Swiss government for the procurement of 22 Gripen-E fighters.


The marketing/business opportunities tour involves industrialists in 10 regions of the country.


The decision to procure Gripen has not yet been taken by the Swiss government," Peter Kuratli, director of the St. Gallen Office for Economy and Labor said. "However, for any industrial cooperation to be long-term, work has to start early.


"I ... welcome the industry in the regions of St. Gallen, Thurgau and the Appenzell region to evaluate the subject and take the decisions that they feel appropriate."


Added Beat F. Brunner, member of the board of the industry association Swissmem: "To generate business for the Swiss industrial and technological base must happen in an effective way and as a long-term strategy. This is even more important when it comes to doing business with the defense and security industry."


If Switzerland decides to acquire the Swedish fighters, Saab would be required provide Swiss industry with business equal to the value of the Gripen contract.

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30 mai 2013 4 30 /05 /mai /2013 16:50
Saab Wins Order for Underwater Vehicle

May 30, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Saab AB; issued May 30, 2013)


Saab Receives Order for the Underwater Vehicle System AUV62


Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract on delivery of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle systems, AUV62, in training configuration. The order has a total value of MSEK 148 and system deliveries will take place during 2014.


The order comprises the supply of AUV62, the latest version of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in a configuration as training target for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training.


“The AUV62 is a competent and advanced system that will enhance and strengthen the customer’s underwater capabilities. We are of course very satisfied to have been able to secure yet another order for the system,” says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Dynamics.


The AUV62 is an advanced and highly modern Autonomous Underwater Vehicle available in several different configurations and already selected by a number of customers.


Equipped with an acoustic payload it is an advanced and capable system for cost-efficient training of a navy’s ASW forces. The AUV62 is an artificial acoustic target that mimics a submarine in a way that is compatible with any torpedo- and sonar system on the market today. The AUV62 system fully replaces the use of a submarine in the role as a manoeuvring training target.


Equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) payload it is an efficient system for mine search, reconnaissance and seabed mapping. With the AUV62 Saab offers a state-of-the-art Autonomous Underwater System for demanding customers investing in the future.


The industry’s nature is such that depending on circumstances concerning the product and customer, information regarding the customer will not be announced.



Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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29 mai 2013 3 29 /05 /mai /2013 09:50
First European Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course Delivered Successfully

Brussels | May 29, 2013 European Defence Agency


Fourteen students from Germany and Sweden together with four observers from Austria and Hungary participated in the first European Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (EHTIC) which was successfully organised in two parts. The classroom and simulator phase took place from 08 - 28 April in the UK (RAF Linton-on-Ouse) and the life flying phase was hosted and located by Sweden at the Vidsel Test Range (06 – 24 May) 2013. The complete course is part of the EDA Helicopter Training Programme (HTP). 


The aim of course is to give selected European helicopter aircrew tactical depth and expertise, leading to an enhanced awareness of helicopter tactics and employment and multi-national integration.  At the end of the course graduates are adept at imparting tactical instruction during training and on operations and are also competent in providing helicopter tactical advice at one star level, as well as leading multi-platform complex Composite Air Operations (COMAOs).


Classroom and simulator phase

The classroom and simulator phase was executed in the simulator assets of the Helicopter Tactics Course (HTC) and followed the syllabus of the UK QHTI (Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructor) course as the baseline. Fourteen instructors of the UK instructor team of the ROWETU (Rotary-Wing Operational Evaluation and Trials Unit) ran the course which allowed a ratio of one instructor per student. This allowed a very individual and supportive training with a high-value output.

The focus of the course is to not only train the pilots, but the rear crew (chiefs and door-gunners) as well. Not only the “Pitchers” (German nickname for the front crew) had to prepare the missions or give related briefings, the “Mixers” (German nickname for the crew chiefs) and the door-gunners where challenged as well.


Life flying phase

For the life flying phase, one CH-53 (Germany), one AS332 (Sweden, Super Puma) and two UH-1D (Germany) were available.The life flying phase was executed in cooperation with the UK 100 Squadron which deployed their two HAWK fast jets as red air for the evasion training phase. Swedish GRIPPEN jets were involved in this part of the course as well.

The following topics are integral parts of the course:

  • Electronic Warfare Training (EW)
  • Evasion Training (ET)
  • Airspace Battle Management (ATO, ACO, SPINS)
  • Manpads/SA
  • Helo Escort Techniques
  • Other Operations (Wells, Tac-3D Manoeuvres, Vehicle Interdiction, Mutual Support)
  • Tac Formations
  • Mission Preparation & Planning
  • COMAO Mission Planning
  • Multinational, English language, three building-block phases


Excellent support was provided by the Swedish Ministry of Defence organisation, FMV, which is running the Vidsel Test Range and which provided all necessary organisational requirements for the live flying phase in Sweden.


Results and way forward

The EHTI course delivers an outstanding opportunity to expose helicopter crews to the training methodology and tactical knowledge of another Member State. “An extremely challenging course, delivered by highly professional instructors, we have to keep this going”, said Major Sascha Pink from the German Army Aviation. It is also the first step in delivering a sustainable European course where successful graduates can be awarded a qualification recognised by all pMS. Additionally, on returning home, these graduates can pass on the common understanding and methodologies to their own crews and can interact as mentors vis-à-vis other helicopter programmes.

During the HOT BLADE Exercise of the Helicopter Exercise Progamme (HEP) in Portugal this July, many of the freshly trained instructors will meet together with UK instructors at OVAR Airbase and form together the first Mentor Team for an HEP Exercise, ready to support the multinational crews in preparation and execution of the challenging COMAO missions.

This year’s students will become next year’s instructors.  This will allow the gradual build-up of expertise and create a self-sustaining course using European Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructors.   


More information:

  • For more information on the Agency's helicopter activities, please visit the project page
  • Pictures from the course are available on Flickr
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23 mai 2013 4 23 /05 /mai /2013 11:50
Royal Marines prepare themselves during a public order demonstration [Picture: Corporal Lu Scott, UK MoD]

Royal Marines prepare themselves during a public order demonstration [Picture: Corporal Lu Scott, UK MoD]

21 May 2013 Ministry of Defence


Royal Marines from 42 Commando have been exercising their hostile action skills with EU partner forces on Salisbury Plain.


The Royal Marines and personnel from Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden and the Netherlands all form the EU Battle Group (EUBG) which provides a military rapid response force. All these countries took part in the exercise which took place last week.

The EUBG is made up of an infantry battalion with additional combat support, combat service support, and enablers, totalling between 1,500 and 3,000 military personnel.

During the exercise, the EUBG personnel were faced with a number of scenarios including dealing with hostile action at a checkpoint and controlling a public disturbance.

Dr Andrew Murrison
Dr Andrew Murrison addresses troops on Salisbury Plain [Picture: Corporal Lu Scott, Crown copyright]

Minister for International Security Strategy, Dr Andrew Murrison, who attended the exercise, said:

Our primary focus remains on delivering European capabilities through NATO, but the EU can have a very important role in taking on tasks that are not suitable for NATO.

The UK supports the EU’s complementary defence role and has consistently made it clear that we would like to see many of our European partners do more to generate greater deployable capability, whether that’s through mechanisms such as the EUBG or bilaterally through arrangements such as the UKNL [UK/Netherlands] Amphibious Force, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

I found the capabilities demonstrated on Salisbury Plain deeply impressive. The EUBG is an adaptable and capable force and also an effective vehicle for improving the armed forces of member states. It is very clear that the militaries of the 5 contributing nations are at ease with one another and ready to deploy together if the need arises.

The UK supports the EUBG and our participation this year follows similar contributions in 2005 and 2008, when we provided battle groups on a UK national basis, and in 2010, when the battle group was based on the UKNL Amphibious Force.

Salisbury Plain Training Area is maintained by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which delivers the Training Service.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Hiskett, Principal Training Safety Officer, DIO Ops Training South West, said:

DIO’s priority is to support our Armed Forces and their allies as they prepare for operations. This exercise was the first of its kind for us and was an essential opportunity for these disparate organisations to come together and conduct joint planning and training.

The size and nature of Salisbury Plain means that it offers excellent training facilities, ideal conditions and the perfect backdrop for complex and diverse exercises such as these.

At over 38,000 hectares (94,000 acres) the Plain is the UK’s largest training area and offers first-class and diverse training facilities to enable the British Army to meet its training requirements to prepare for operations worldwide.

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