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14 September 2015 by Africa Defense Forum

 

With unmanned aircraft changing the dynamics of warfare, it should come as no surprise that the technology is changing peacekeeping as well.

 

Since the end of 2013, the United Nations has used unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs and drones, to fly over the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The 5-meter-long Selex ES Falco drones monitor remote regions that U.N. peacekeeping troops can’t reach. The drones, equipped with cameras, heat-signature equipment and night-vision technology, can conduct surveillance in the dark and detect movement below a thick tree canopy — a new frontier in intelligence-gathering. The drones patrol the eastern border at a low altitude, monitoring rebels and militia, and also track illegal mining in the region. The DRC mission known by the acronym MONUSCO is the first time the U.N. has used drones for peacekeeping. Although the sophisticated UAVs aren’t cheap, they are becoming more affordable. The initial cost of the two-drone mission was estimated at $15 million per year, or about 1 percent of the mission’s annual budget. The mission has since added three more drones, although one of them crashed in October 2014. “They provide a very good bang for the buck,” a U.N. official told FoxNews.com. “When you are thinly spread in the region, these UAVs provide an extra set of eyes for our peacekeepers in the DRC.” Drone use in the military is here to stay. As of early 2012, at least 10 African countries had established some type of drone program.

 

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1 avril 2015 3 01 /04 /avril /2015 07:20
New Concept for Air Warfare


31 mars 2015 by DARPA

 

DARPA's System of Systems (SoS) Integration Technology and Experimentation (SoSITE) program aims to develop and demonstrate concepts for maintaining air superiority through novel SoS architectures--combinations of aircraft, weapons, sensors and mission systems--that distribute air warfare capabilities across a large number of interoperable manned and unmanned platforms.

The vision is to integrate new technologies and airborne systems with existing systems more quickly and at lower cost than near-peer adversaries can counter them.

SoSITE is being developed by DARPA's Strategic Technology Office.

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29 mars 2015 7 29 /03 /mars /2015 11:20
ACTUV Concept Video


27 mars 2015 DARPA

 

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) seeks to develop a new type of independently deployed unmanned surface vessel (USV) that would track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over thousands of miles at a fraction of current costs. ACTUV would operate under sparse remote supervisory control and safely follow the maritime “rules of the road” for collision avoidance known as COLREGS.

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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Soryu class submarines (photo kure-news)

Soryu class submarines (photo kure-news)


18 March 2015 by Aurelia George Mulgan, Professor at the University of New South Wales, Canberra.- Pacific Sentinel
 

In July 2014, the Abe government adopted the ‘Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology’, which approved Japanese weapons exports as long as certain conditions are met.

 

Based on this new, less restrictive policy on weapons exports Japan has concluded two major deals. The first is to supply surface-to-air missile parts to the US and the second to conduct joint research on air-to-air missiles with the United Kingdom. The proposed Australian submarine deal would eclipse both of these in terms of scale and significance.

 

Japan is yet to respond to the Australian government’s announcement that there would be a ‘competitive evaluation process’ to build Australia’s next submarine. But the Japanese Minister for Defense, Gen Nakatani, expressed a wish to hold talks with the Australian government regarding the matter. The Japanese government now understands that the submarine procurement issue is intertwined with Australia’s domestic politics and ‘is keeping a close eye on Abbott’.

 

Despite critical commentary in the Japanese press on the Australian government’s policy backflip, speculation continues that Japan’s Soryu-class submarines are the most likely candidate to replace Australia’s ageing Collins-class submarines. The expectation is that cooperation with Japan will continue because Australian companies are ‘incapable of building submarines on their own’.

 

In early January 2015, the Japanese press reported that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) had proposed joint development and production of the submarine with Australia. Instead of exporting a completed Soryu-class submarine, the proposal suggested joint development of new technology for material that absorbs sound waves and special steel that would be used to manufacture the hull.

 

Japan would be in charge of producing the main parts of the hull and assembling the submarines, while Australia would be in charge of producing some of the parts as well as the final building and maintenance. A Japanese MOD official noted that assembling the submarines in Australia would lead to higher costs and might affect the quality and safety of the product.

 

Other reports point to Japanese caution about completely handing over its submarine technology to Australia. Submarines are categorised as the ‘most sensitive of all sensitive information’. For this reason the Japanese military, and especially the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) whose cooperation will be essential if the deal goes ahead, has major reservations about the deal. MSDF officers ‘don’t tell colleagues, let alone family members, where a submarine is headed after it leaves port’. Japan and the US, which share some information gathered by submarines, do not share the location or ability of each submarine.

 

But the Abe government judged that sharing Japan’s submarine technology with Australia would lead to a strengthening of the production capacity of Japan’s domestic enterprises. The fact that Prime Minister Abe decided to examine the provision of Soryu-class submarine technology to Australia despite opposition from the MOD was regarded as proof that he considers Australia to be a ‘quasi-ally’.

 

The Abe administration is gradually putting in place the necessary policy, institutional and financial support framework to enable Japan’s defence industries to become significant players in the international weapons and defence technology market. In 2015, the Japanese government will launch a Defence Equipment Agency in the MOD. The new agency will have centralised control over defence equipment development, acquisition and exports. It will lead the expansion of weapons exports and is part of the so-called ‘Abe line’ that links the development of defence enterprises with the government’s growth strategy.

 

The MOD’s 2014 Strategy on Defense Production and Technological Bases includes financial assistance for the overseas expansion of defence enterprises and funding to research institutions that work on developing technology that can be used in weapons and equipment. A new executive panel for promoting weapons exports and joint development was also appointed to the MOD in December 2014. It will help the ministry to respond to the many requests for a framework to support the private enterprises involved and establish a system to determine the needs and technological standards of partner countries.

 

While the government has given the green light to weapons sales, companies that manufacture defence equipment are more mindful of the difficult practicalities of particular deals and the need to gain real profits. Some have strong reservations about the Australian submarine deal. An executive of Kawasaki Heavy Industries remarked ‘there is no way Australia will be able to look after the submarines properly even if we give it to them’. But at this stage it is ‘almost impossible’ for a private company to become even partially involved in the operations of the Australian Navy.

 

If the agreement goes ahead this deal could signal an inseparable security relationship between Australia, Japan and the US with both Japan and the US supplying their relevant technology to Australia and cooperating in Australia’s submarine development.

 

For Prime Minister Abe, weapons exports are a key element in a broader strategy of building a network of ‘quasi-alliances’, which includes Australia, India and Southeast Asian countries, with the Japan–US alliance maintained as the strategic ‘trump card’.

 
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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
US Army’s largest technical library collaborates to define its future

James Lackey, Redstone Scientific Information Center chairman and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center director, and board members reviewed near-term actions as well as far-term strategic plans during Board of Directors meeting held Mar. 11 at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.

 

March 20th, 2015 By Army News Service - defencetalk.com

 

The board of directors for the largest science and technology library in the Army met March 11 at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, or AMRDEC.

 

Redstone Scientific Information Center, or RSIC, is a unique, national asset containing a collection of specialized materials including technical reports, contractor reports, technical memorandums, informational briefs, special reports, and conference papers open to all government employees and contractors at Redstone Arsenal.

 

In addition to being the largest technical library, it is also the only joint Army/ NASA library.

 

The RSIC board of directors is composed of various Redstone organizations to include AMRDEC, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, or MSFC, Missile and Space Intelligence Center, Space and Missile Defense Command and most recently, Missile Defense Agency as an emergent funding partner.

 

“RSIC is extremely important to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as a resource for technical data on a wide variety of topics ranging from rocket propulsion to space physics, from systems design to vehicle operations,” said MSFC Center Chief Technologist and board member, Dr. Andrew Keys. “Marshall is committed to working with the ‘Team Redstone’ members to ensure RSIC has a future within our community.”

 

RSIC Board Chair and AMDREC Director James Lackey shared insight on future development for the center.

 

“One of the key challenges for RSIC is making a secure transition into a more digital future. The entire definition of what a library means is fundamentally changing,” Lackey said. “Just look at how eBooks are proliferating over traditional hardback products in your very own home. Brave new world concepts of ‘knowledge management’, ‘data mining’, and ‘cloud analytics’ prevail over traditional dusty phrases of ‘card catalog’, ‘bound periodicals’, and ‘microfiche’.”

 

Library customers can provide information on their topics of interest and the staff will set up a profile in several databases. Customers will then receive journal articles, conference papers, and report citations by email when something new is published on their subject. This service saves researchers time and keeps them informed about the latest publications in their field.

 

All registered users at RSIC also have desktop accessibility to the library’s online resources, which include access to the library’s online catalog, 20 electronic databases, the electronic books and journals, RSIC’s digital collection containing electronic documents produced by AMRDEC, MSFC, Redstone Test Center, and the Comanche Project Office.

 

Lackey said, “RSIC must keep pace with information technologies to remain viable and relevant for today’s and tomorrow’s technical workforce. This entails a variety of activities including converting existing collections into digital format, exploring use of information technology tool sets, and social media as well as potentially expanding partnerships of RSIC beyond the arsenal gates to include local academic institutions. All of this future greatness comes with a literal cost.”

 

The objective of RSIC board of directors, or BoD, was to review the current operational status of the RSIC and make decisions on near-term actions as well as far-term strategic plans, including how to secure a more stable funding future.

 

“While the answer to this question is complex and obviously depends on a variety of factors, BoD members remain committed to support the RSIC charter going forward in the best supportive manner under our current and projected budget constrained environment,” Lackey said.

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Concept design for the SilentHawk hybrid-electric motorcycle - Logos Technlogies

Concept design for the SilentHawk hybrid-electric motorcycle - Logos Technlogies

 

March 19, 2015: Strategy Page

 

U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) is testing a SilentHawk hybrid-electric motorcycle for troops to use in places where lightweight transportation is needed, especially in areas (like Afghanistan and Iraq) where roads may be risky because of roadside bombs and mines.

 

Some countries have already used conventional motorcycles with some success, but found that the noise a conventional motor generates was sometimes a problem. The SilentHawk has a max range of 370 kilometers (170 miles) but can run silent (on just batteries) for up to 80 kilometers. Weighing 149 kg (350 pounds) SilentHawk can also carry 34 kg (75 pounds) of cargo. While based on a commercial bile (RedShift), SOCOM is testing to see if the militarized version is rugged and reliable for battlefield use. SOCOM has tested all-electric bikes before but those did not have the range required for combat use. Despite that SilentHawk is designed so the gasoline motor can be easily removed providing a shorter (and a bit lighter) range all-electric bike.

 

Despite the noise factor British special operations troops used a militarized versions of the Yamaha Grizzly 450 in Afghanistan. Basically the Grizzly is a four wheel, 285 kg (628 pound) cross country motorcycle. This ATV (all-terrain vehicles) is 2.73 meters (six feet) long and 1.1 meters (3.5 feet) wide. In addition to the driver, there are racks on the bike that can carry another 80 kg (175 pounds). Grizzly can tow a trailer carrying another 159 kg (350 pounds) of cargo. Top speed, on a flat surface, without a trailer, is about 75 kilometers an hour. Cross country, it's usually about half that and a bit less if a trailer is being hauled. The British Army bought 250 Grizzly 450s in 2005, and these were very popular with the troops in Afghanistan. There they are used for patrolling and hauling supplies to troops in isolated positions. The British paid $41,000 for each bike, although that includes a trailer, spare parts, and technical services. The civilian version goes for about $8,000 each.

 

MV850 ATV photo Polaris  Industries Inc

MV850 ATV photo Polaris Industries Inc

 

ATVs have proved particularly useful, and popular, in Afghanistan, especially for special operations forces. There are many models in use, all of them militarized civilian vehicles. These vehicles are innovative both in original concept and how they are constantly modified and upgraded. One useful innovation was the use of non-pneumatic tires. This first showed up as optional equipment for the MV850 ATV. This is an 800 kg (1,800 pound) 4x4 vehicle with the largest cargo carrying capacity (385 kg/850 pounds) of any vehicle in its class. It is a compact vehicle at 242.3x120.1x152.4cm (94.5x47.3x60 inches). It can also haul a trailer carrying 680 kg (1,500 pounds). Top speed is 83 kilometers an hour.  The non-pneumatic tires are not solid like traditional tires but built with a web of plastic honeycomb and surrounded by a thick band of rubber that is very similar to the tread found on pneumatic tires. These tires can survive a hit by a 12.7mm (.50 caliber) bullet and keep going. They feel about the same as pneumatic tires, although some users report they are not as effective in mud or watery surfaces.

 

The U.S. Department of Defense has been buying ATVs (as well as motorcycles) for American troops in Afghanistan since 2004. One of the more popular models was the Ranger, which is a militarized ATV that is 2.9 meters (nine feet) long, 1.6 meters (five feet) wide, weighs 760 kg, and can carry nearly as much. There are two seats and a rear deck that can hold up to half a ton of cargo. The top speed of 67 kilometers an hour and the ability to ford 76 cm (30 inches) of water contributes to excellent cross country performance. A 49 liter (13 gallon) fuel tank gives the Ranger a range of 500 kilometers or more, depending on how much time is spent off-roads. The Ranger engine burns military JP8 fuel and generates 40 horsepower. The Ranger began arriving in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2006, initially for use by light infantry and commandos. Troop reaction was positive. SOCOM has long been a user of various ATVs. Eventually, regular army units got the ATVs, mostly for hauling gear around remote outposts. ATVs could be flown in slung under a helicopter. The ATVs were often used to collect air dropped supplies that, because of the often unpredictable winds, fell far from the base.

 

The ATVs have been so popular that many troops have bought them when they get back home and use them for cross-country trips (for camping, hunting, or just sightseeing). The army has bought some of these ATVs for use by troops just returned from Iraq or Afghanistan. It's the kind of high-excitement recreation that has been found to help the troops decompress after returning from a combat tour.

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
DoD to Boost Modernization of Weapons, Capabilities

 

Mar 17, 2015 ASDNews Source : AFPS

 

This year, the Defense Department will move aggressively to reverse the trend of chronic underinvestment in weapons and capabilities, the deputy defense secretary said here today.

 

Bob Work spoke this morning about defense modernization and the department’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget before an audience attending the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference.

The bottom line, he said in prepared remarks, is that “because of budget uncertainty and restrictions imposed by Congress, and because of our unrelenting focus on the readiness of forward deployed forces, we're chronically underinvesting in new weapons and capabilities.”

Work added, “That should give all of us pause because our technological dominance is no longer assured.”

 

Modernization = Technological Superiority

The U.S. military’s technological superiority is directly related to its modernization accounts, the deputy secretary said, so this year the department is moving to redress the long-deferred modernization to stay ahead of competitors and potential aggressor nations.

Work said the White House has helped by approving about $21 billion in added requirements over the Future Years Defense Program.

“This came with added funding, which has allowed us to make targeted investments in space control and launch capabilities, missile defense, cyber, and advanced sensors, communications, and munitions -– all of which are critical for power projection in contested environments,” he said.

The White House also added funding to help the department modernize its aging nuclear deterrent force, Work said.

 

Supporting Ongoing Operations

The department’s fiscal 2016 base budget request is $534 billion, or $36 billion above the FY16 sequestration caps, he said, adding that it’s “only the first year of a five-year Future Years Defense Program. When considering fiscal years 2016 through 2020, our planned program is approximately $154 billion over the sequestration caps.”

The department also is asking for $51 billion in overseas contingency operations funding, Work said, “to support our campaign against the extremist [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant], ongoing operations in Afghanistan, and other operations in the Central Command area of responsibility.”

The global demand for U.S. forces remains high, particularly for deployable headquarters units, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, missile defense, and naval and aerospace forces. The global operating tempo also remains high, he added.

Together, the deputy secretary said, these requests provide funding needed to recover readiness over the next several years, invest in long-deferred recapitalization and modernization, and meet global demands placed on the military by the National Security Strategy.

 

The Ragged Edge

 “The leaders of this department believe firmly that any significant reduction in funding below what is in the president's budget, or a broad denial of the reform initiatives that we have proposed to Congress, would mean the risks to our defense strategy would become unmanageable,” the deputy secretary said.

 “Quite frankly,” he added, “we’re at the ragged edge of what is manageable.”

Adding to the pressure on defense systems, potential competitors are developing capabilities that challenge the U.S. military in all domains that put space assets and the command and control system at risk, Work said.

 “We see several nations developing capabilities that threaten to erode our long-assured technological overmatch and our ability to project power,” he added.

These include new and advanced anti-ship and anti-air missiles, and new counter-space, cyber, electronic warfare, undersea and air attack capabilities, Work said.

 

Erosion of Technical Superiority

In some areas, he added, “we see levels of new weapons development that we haven’t seen since the mid-1980s, near the peak of the Soviet Union’s surge in Cold War defense spending.”

The department, Work said, is addressing the erosion of U.S. technological superiority through the Defense Innovation Initiative, a broad effort to improve business operations and find innovative ways to sustain and advance America’s military dominance for the 21st century.

 “The DII’s leading focus is to identify, develop and field breakthrough technologies and systems,” he said, “and to develop innovative operational concepts to help us use our current capabilities in new and creative ways.”

The ultimate aim is to help craft a third offset strategy, he added.

 

Third Offset Strategy

After World War II the United States used nuclear weapons development to offset Soviet numerical and geographic advantage in the central front, and again changed the game in the 1970s and 1980s with networked precision strike, stealth and surveillance for conventional forces, Work explained.

Now, he said, “we will seek to identify new technologies and concepts that will keep the operational advantage firmly in the hands of America’s conventional forces, today and in the future.”

Central to the effort is a new Long-Range Research & Development Planning Program, the deputy secretary said.

The LRRDP was created to identify weapons and systems in the force that can be used in more innovative ways, promising technologies that can be pulled forward and long-range science and technology investments that can be made now for a future payoff.

 

Invitation to the Table

Technologies that might be associated with a new offset strategy are being driven by the commercial sector, he said.

These include robotics; autonomous operating, guidance and control systems; visualization; biotechnology; miniaturization; advanced computing and big data; and additive manufacturing like 3-D printing.

 “The third offset strategy is an open invitation for everyone to come to the table … to creatively disrupt our defense ecosystem. Because we'll either creatively disrupt ourselves or be disrupted by someone else,” Work said.

 

Game-changing New Technologies

Funding dedicated to the effort includes the department’s annual $12 billion in science and technology accounts, and the FY 2016 budget request creates a reserve account to resource projects expected to emerge from the DII, he said.

 “The FY 2016 budget submission also invests in some fantastic, potentially game-changing new technologies that we can more quickly get into the force,” Work added, “as well as longer-range research efforts.”

Over the Future Years Defense Program, for example, the department is investing $149 million in unmanned undersea vehicles, $77 million in advanced sea mines, $473 million in high-speed strike weapons, $706 million in rail gun technology, and $239 million in high-energy lasers.

And, he said, a new Aerospace Innovation Initiative will bring people together to develop a wide range of advanced aeronautical capabilities to maintain U.S. military air dominance.

 

Solving Operational Challenges

Work said the department’s innovation must be “broad-based and rooted in realistic war gaming –- a big priority of mine -– more experimentation, and new concept and leadership development to enable our people to adapt to situations we can’t yet imagine.”

The third offset strategy is looking to solve specific operational challenges, the deputy secretary said, using the electromagnetic spectrum as an example.

“Electronic Warfare is often regarded as a combat enabler, but more and more it is at the actual forefront of any conflict,” he said. “To ensure we remain ahead in this increasingly important space, today I’m signing out a memo that establishes an Electronic Warfare, or EW, Programs Council.”

 

Electronic Warfare Programs Council

The senior-level oversight council will have the lead in establishing and coordinating DoD’s EW policy and will be co-chaired by Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., he said.

Compared to the platforms that carry EW suites, the deputy secretary added, it is a relatively small investment but has the potential for a very high payoff.

“Our potential competitors seek to contest the EW space, an area where we retain a decided lead,” Work said. “But that lead is tenuous, and we believe that there has been insufficient focus on EW across the department.”

 

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 08:30
photo Tsahal

photo Tsahal

 

March 11th, 2015 By IsraeliMoD - defencetalk.com

 

Imagine being in the heat of battle, you are exhausted, fatigued and running on adrenaline. A few seconds before a terrorist opens fire, you are told over the radio to take cover and prepare. This is the development of military-like “Google Glasses”, which will provide real-time information from combat soldiers in battle to their commanders.

 

The IDF continues to ambitiously develop and harness technology of the twenty first century with the goal of preventing harm to combat soldiers. The IDF’s Development Branch, which is in charge of the development of forthcoming technology in the military, has been at the forefront of technology like the IDF’s “Google Glass” and the use of applications. Recently, this branch has been inspired from previous operations to advance technology that provides real-time information on the battlefield in order to prevent harm to the soldiers.

 “After Operation Protective Edge, there became a greater understanding that mobility is a significant factor in combat,” said Capt. Rotem, Head of Development Branch. “One of the things we’re working on is a change in the perception of mobility within the development branch of the IDF. In the coming year we will learn how to develop and utilize Android apps, and enter the realm of multi-faceted technology”.

 

Soldier ready for battle

One of the more dynamic projects that the communications branch is developing a “Google Glass” for combat soldiers to wear. Soldiers will be able to provide real time information that will connect to command and control screens, where people manning the stand will able to assess a soldier’s situation on the battlefield. “Of course the goal is not to confuse, but to add information that can help fighters make correct decisions – to prevent firing at our forces for example,” said Capt. Rotem.

The “Google Glass” is being transformed into military technology that will eventually take a step further and be repurposed for many other vital uses such as transport, navigation and identification. These concepts will be introduced through the development of applications, that will connect commanders in the field with the general staff.

 “We have completed our first application that works on a mobile platform – mobile logistics transportation,” explained Capt. Rotem. “It displays a map on the screen, displaying the route they are taking to deliver logistics, trucks with weapons, etc. This enables the commanders to gather updates on the delivery during the fighting, when it will reach the area – and be able to control the means of transport.”

 

Real time combat

Applications developed, such as the logistics application, will form the basis for many others to be developed for use by the end of 2015. There is a wide range of ideas, both in combat and operational support; applications that can help fighters navigate the battlefield and identify goals, possibly identify and confirm dead soldiers under a biometric element.

The realization of greater mobility and real time interaction between combat soldiers and commanders has become the recent objective through development of technology. The progression of “Google Glass” like technology is the first step to bringing combat and operational units together, while also preventing harm to soldiers on the battlefield with last minute absolute decision making.

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Discover the latest issue of European Defence Matters

 

Brussels - 10 March, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

The seventh issue of European Defence Matters, the magazine of the European Defence Agency, is now available.

 

The cover story of this latest issue is dedicated to defence research & technology in Europe. We gathered views and opinions from a number of experts in the field, ranging from Philippe Brunet, Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries within the European Commission’s Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, to Denis Roger, EDA European Synergies & Innovation Director, and Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation CEO and Chairman of the Defence Business Unit of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). They provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the upcoming Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research, which could prove to be a real game-changer for European defence.

Also in this issue, we report on a selection of programmes in the field of air-to-air refuelling, maritime surveillance, non-lethal capabilities or renewable energy. We also explain the latest revision of the Agency’s Capability Development Plan with EDA experts.

Meanwhile, Latvian Minister of Defence Raimonds Vējonis has kindly accepted to share his views on European defence issues in this latest edition of our magazine. Here he discusses topics of interest for Latvia, who is assuming the EU presidency for the first half of 2015. Vice-Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, Director of the Defence Material Organisation in the Netherlands, also sat down with European Defence Matters in order to review some of the Dutch priorities in the field of defence acquisition and cooperation.

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photo Livefist

photo Livefist

 

March 06, 2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist

 

A 150-km range stand-off glide weapon and 288-km range light-weight cruise missile. These two mysterious items surfaced at Aero India last month. I'd been meaning to post about them, but decided to first get more information. They're both internal concepts by a group of IAF officers (serving and retired) for stand-off weapons that the service has been looking for for years. What stands out is just how specific the 'performance' parameters of the cruise missile and glide bomb really are. The IAF confirmed to Livefist that neither of the two items on display was part of active development activity, but that the concepts had been showcased as an indication of the kinds of design activities its internal teams are engaged in. The two models were fabricated at an IAF depot. The information on the boards suggest these are concepts with reasonably serious tactical capabilities, especially in terms of their stand-off range. More on these soon.

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25 teams to participate in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

To qualify for the DRC Finals, the new teams had to submit videos showing successful completion of five sample tasks: engage an emergency shut-off switch, get up from a prone position, locomote ten meters without falling, pass over a barrier, and rotate a circular valve 360 degrees.

 

Mar 06, 2015 (SPX)

 

Washington DC - The international robotics community has turned out in force for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, a competition of robots and their human supervisors to be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., outside of Los Angeles. In the competition, human-robot teams will be tested on capabilities that could enable them to provide assistance in future natural and man-made disasters.

 

Fourteen new teams from Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the People's Republic of China, South Korea, and the United States qualified to join 11 previously announced teams. In total, 25 teams will now vie for a chance to win one of three cash prizes totaling $3.5 million at the DRC Finals.

 

"We're excited to see so much international interest in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals," said Gill Pratt, program manager for the DRC. "The diverse participation indicates not only a general interest in robotics, but also the priority many governments are placing on furthering robotic technology. As this technology becomes increasingly global, cooperating with the United States in areas where there is mutual concern, such as disaster response and homeland security, stands to benefit every country involved.

 

"We're looking forward to seeing how the teams ensure the robustness of their robots against falls, strategically manage battery power, and build enough partial autonomy into the robots to complete the challenge tasks despite DARPA deliberately degrading the communication links between robots and operators," said Pratt.

 

To qualify for the DRC Finals, the new teams had to submit videos showing successful completion of five sample tasks: engage an emergency shut-off switch, get up from a prone position, locomote ten meters without falling, pass over a barrier, and rotate a circular valve 360 degrees.

 

"There will be roughly 15 different commercial and custom physical robot forms demonstrated at the DRC Finals," said Pratt. "Although seven teams will use the upgraded Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics, it's each team's unique software, user interface, and strategy that will distinguish them and push the technology forward."

 

In tandem with the DRC, DARPA is sponsoring the Robots4Us contest, which asks U.S. high school students to prepare 2- to 3-minute videos describing their vision of the roles they'd like to see robots play in future society. Up to five individual winners (with chaperones) will be selected to receive a trip to attend the DRC Finals in person and participate in a panel discussion before an audience of media, engineers, and industry leaders. The deadline for entries is April 1, and rules for the contest can be found here.

 

The DRC Finals event is free and open to the public and media. In addition to the competition, an on-site robotics exposition (DRC Expo) will showcase technology related to disaster response, robotics, and unmanned aerial systems, and include an overview of DARPA's mission and legacy.

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Soldier Equipment and Technology Advancement Forum

 

Mar 3, 2015 Source : ASDEvents

 

  • Optimising Soldier Equipment For Winter Warfare
  • 15 April, 2015 - 16 April, 2015, Oslo, Norway

 

The dismounted soldier and marine are still the greatest asset of any defence force and time and time again have proven vital for mission effectiveness in a variety of complex operational environments. As the global political and economic landscape has shifted and many soldier modernisation programme managers are evaluating changes in national defence strategies, it has never been more important to gather the community and share information on how dismounted operations can be improved with new equipment and technology advances.

Unlike other events, SETAF is a meeting for the soldier modernisation community that is designed around a series of focused discussion groups run by co-chairs who are selected experts on vital subject matter.

With no PowerPoint presentations, the SETAF meeting will dedicate the precious time of its participants to in-depth learning, networking and discussions, making it a complementary part of the soldier modernisation communities’ annual training and development programme.
 

SETAF Event Highlights

  • No Attendees only participants: SETAF’s unique discussion based format means we deliver only technical discussions lead by experts in their field
  • Participation confirmed from soldier system experts from Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, US, Canada, Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands
  • Soldier Winter Warfare Equipment Briefing Day: hear from local and international programmes and how they design and optimise their soldier systems for sub-zero environments
  • Real solutions uncovered in the SETAF exhibition zone: the very latest technologies will be showcased to help advance the next generation of soldier system
     

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Benefits of Attending

  • No attendees, only participants. SETAF is an event where everyone gets involved in technical discussions, no one sits out and just observes!
  • Explore shared experiences and uncover opportunities for partnership and exchange of lessons learnt with new and innovative industry partners in the SETAF exhibition zone
  • SETAF Artic Focus Day: Don’t miss the chance to hear briefings from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Canada on how they optimise soldier systems and focus their design for sub-zero and low temperature harsh operational environments
  • Hear direct operational feedback from soldier systems tested in theatre and how this real life experience is redesigning the next phase of national programmes
  • Take advantage of over 20 hours of informal networking-more than at any other soldier system meeting in 2015!
     

Focus Day / Workshop

Don't Miss the Pre-Conference Winter Warfare Soldier Equipment Briefings Day | 14th April 2015

Make Sure you register for the SETAF Programme Acquisition and Integration Masterclass | 16th April 2015
With Colonel Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier

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Speakers

  • Major General Anukul Chandra, Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ
  • Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation
  • Adelbert Bronkhorst, Principal Scientist, TNO Defence, Security & Safety
  • Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg, Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement, Norwegian Defence Staff
  • Colonel Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
  • Darren Browning, Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
  • Derek Riezebos, Project Manager -VOSS-E-Lighter Programme, Netherlands MoD
  • Ed Andrukaitis, National Defence HQ, National Defence Headquarters
  • Gert Nutzel, Chief Scientist, PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.
  • John Foley, Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead, Thales
  • Lt Colonel Christopher Woodburn, nfantry Weapons and Optics, Maneuver Branch, Fires and maneuver Integration Division, United States Marine Corps
  • Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej, Soldier System TYTAN - Project Manager, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces
  • Lt Colonel Tiberius Tomoiaga, Director, METRA
  • Major Enric Bouffard, Lead Requirements Officer, Soldier Clothing, Protection And Equipment, Canadian Army
  • Major Jonathan Herbert, Director Land Requirements 5-6, National Defence Headquarters
  • Olaf Aul, Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics
  • Patrick Curlier, Vice President Optronics and Defence Division Sagem Defense and Securite, Sagem
  • Ross Jones, Programme Leader - Dismounted Soldier Systems Programme & Delivery Directorate, DSTL
  • Rune Lausand, Chief Scientist, FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
  • Steven Savage, Senior Scientist, Defence, Safety and Security FOI -POWER, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

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Opportunities for UK technology companies in the US defence market

 

24 February 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)

 

Speech by Mr Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.

 

Introduction

We couldn’t have chosen a better venue to discuss our US defence relationship than the Cabinet War Rooms.

Because this is where Churchill would discuss the progress of the Second World War…on a daily basis with President Roosevelt…

…providing a reminder that ours is a partnership based on the firmest of historic footings

In World War Two…that unique combination of UK/US expertise…was perhaps personified in the Tizard Mission which produced a paradigm shift in radar technology.

During the Cold War…it was our special relationship that enabled us to strike the Polaris… and later Trident… agreements …that strengthened both our nations in the face of the Communist threat.

And today co-operation continues in all areas …whether in intelligence…in force protection… in airborne ISR…or in the interoperability of our force structures.

 

Today’s relationship

Of course, given the US’s technological pre-eminence in many areas it is inevitable that we still purchase a significant amount of equipment from our American friends …from Huskeys and Harpoons to Ridgbacks and Reapers

But this relationship is as deep as it is broad.

Yes, we buy capability from the US.

But often, as in the case of Rivet Joint, we find new and innovative ways to operate it.

At the same time there are instances of reciprocity.

So the C17 programme might be built by Boeing in the US but their high-tech international training centre is in Farnborough.

While with the Chinook Fleet we get the best availability.

At the same time the US remains one of our biggest customers.

Official Statistics from UKTI DSO cite 12% of UK defence exports going to north America last year,

In 2013 the Department of Defense procured $1.5 billion in supplies, services, fuel and construction from UK entities …

Plus there is the unseen but growing British content in the supply chains of US defence companies, which draws upon a gamut of dual use technologies.

And while the US rarely procures platforms and major systems from overseas… when it does…it often chooses British.

Whether it is the US versions of the Harrier Jump Jet and the Hawk Jet Trainer in decades past.

Whether it is our Rolls Royce MT30 engines or our Martin Baker Ejection Seats fitted in every F-35 which will come into service for decades to come.

Some of the companies here today provide excellent examples of British success trading in the US defence market:

….Ultra Electronics, TMD, Cobham, Astute Electronics …. to name but a few.

Each demonstrating that you don’t have to be a prime contractor to break into the market.

Yet what has sustained our relationship and kept it fresh over the years is continual collaboration.

Once upon a time we were pioneering jet propulsion

Today we are working on the most advanced jet aircraft on earth in the form of the F35 …with the UK proud to be the US’s only level one partner.

We’re also partnering today on a wide range of 100 other S&T projects.

Working hand-in-glove to develop the Common Missile Compartment

…the infra-red counter measures for aircraft… …and advanced night vision capability.

 

New opportunities

Yet you’re here today because that priceless prize of working with the US is growing.

Like us … the US is looking to the future.

As equipment technology advances exponentially… as advanced surface-to-air and anti-access area weapons proliferate.

…as multiple potential adversaries increasingly compete to acquire fifth generation technology …the US has seen its technological advantage …the bedrock of its defence for the past 60 years …gradually erode

So it is looking to make another giant leap forward …upgrading, developing and fielding breakthrough technologies and systems.

That is why the US, last year, launched its new Defence Innovation Initiative, the Third Offset Strategy, which I discussed with Deputy Secretary Work in December.

Bob Work is asking serious questions about how to improve US capability in a host of areas:

How can it increase its resilience and reduce its dependence on space technology?

How can it increase its underwater capabilities to counter anti-access and area denial, and focus on autonomous systems and underwater payloads?

How can it maintain air dominance and continue to strike in non-permissive environments?

How can it counter electronic warfare, maintain stealth and develop jam-resistant missiles?

And how can it keep up to speed with emerging technologies and concepts such as autonomy and advanced manufacturing …when investment in the commercial sector is outstripping military research and development?

The challenge for the US is that it must do all this while still driving down its costs… …something with which we’re only too familiar in the UK.

Last year, Frank Kendall, the US Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics unveiled his acquisition reform program ‘Better Buying Power 3.0’.

A strong sign that ….like us… in tough times ….our American counterparts see the virtue of cooperative research, co-development, and co-production.

Why pay to duplicate technology solutions that already exist elsewhere?

We believe the determination of the US to broaden its horizons… is now opening up new opportunity for its allies as I was discussing with Frank only on Sunday at IDEX in Abu Dhabi.

This is especially so for those British companies, with the expertise the US is looking for.

And that’s why you’re here today.

 

A big challenge

I’m not saying it will be easy to break into the American defence market place.

I’m speaking as someone who spent some years working in the US myself, so I am under no illusion as to the challenges.

I know the US Defence market is truly vast.

10 times the size of our own in this country.

For example, the US Special Operations Command, its smallest service, is roughly the size of the British Army

And that the US Marine Corps, also regarded in the US as “small”, is the size of the whole of UK defence…and can muster a similar spectrum of capability.

All this presents genuine challenges, especially to small businesses

Yet at the same time it brings huge possibilities beyond anything we see in Europe.

So you need to know where to start..

…how to find the right route to market …and how to establish good local partners

You need not just the ability to grow…deliver at scale …and at the pace such a large customer demands.

…but to get to grips with an unwieldly procurement machine that is considerably more complex than UK MOD …where the preference for domestic suppliers is enshrined in law …and where export controls and the infamous International Traffic in Arms Regulation control the proliferation of US technology.

Don’t be put off

But don’t be put off.

If you’re already concentrating your business on exportability, modularity and innovation….

…and we’ve rewritten our policy to ensure ‘exportability’ must be actively considered from the very beginning of our own acquisition cycle

…then you’re in the right place

And today’s sessions will help you with some of the practicalities.

The US experts in this room

…from our MOD staff in Washington, ….UKTI’s Defence and Security Organisation, …and BIS in London …stand ready to use their excellent local knowledge …to help you disentangle the complex web of regulation …decode the unfathomable jargon …and navigate around the labyrinthine US procurement structure

I would also like to thank the experts from law firms Crowell & Moring, and Stoock

…as well as from Bloomberg Government for the time they have taken and the interest they have shown in supporting UK industry.

…by travelling from the US to share their professional advice with you today.

 

Bilateral agreements

Yet their advice alone isn’t the only thing that should give you the confidence to go to America.

We’ve also drawn up a raft of bilateral agreements to help your cause.

In December I renewed the Reciprocal Defence Procurement MOU

It is designed to create a level playing field for UK and US companies accessing each country’s market.

We’re also coming up to the second anniversary of the Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty which eases the export control burden for certain categories of technology.

Colleagues in MOD are now working with authorities in the US to ensure the treaty retains its value in the wake of reforms that have begun easing US export control regulations in some technology areas.

And we also have the Science & Technology communiqué that I signed with Frank Kendall last year.

It is there to accelerate our joint programmes of research in disruptive technologies …whether in situational awareness, satellites and communications

And it is already paying dividends.

There are currently around 100 distinct R&D programmes underway between the UK and the US.

…an increased number of US exchange scientists and engineers in the UK.

…and a new scheme for short term exchanges between UK and US scientists.

The value of the Communiqué has been affirmed by the development of co-operation into quantum technology, autonomy and directed energy.

While the recently signed master submarine research agreement, and related agreements on undersea technologies mean greater opportunities in those areas as well.

Inevitably, the names of these agreements matters less than what they will do for you.

Again our experts here today can give you chapter and verse.

 

Defence Growth Partnership, new solutions centre and DSIEP

But today’s event isn’t the only place you’ll find advice to help your business succeed when crossing the Atlantic

Our Defence Growth Partnership now provides a collaborative environment for the best brains from industry, academia and government to come together.

…making the UK defence industry more sustainable and more competitive …and assisting industry in providing leading edge capability for our armed forces around the world.

Our new Defence Solutions Centre is designed to act as a fulcrum for international requirements.

By utilising the latest market data and making the most of its understanding of the UK’s value chain… it will create capability and technology roadmaps to respond to future international opportunities.

Undertaken in an environment where the UK remains a leader in academic research.

…let’s not forget the UK still publishes 16% of the world’s top quality research

… still punching way above our weight

…it will help British business make the most of its great potential

Meanwhile, our Defence and Security Industrial Engagement Policy is encouraging overseas companies…including several US primes…to work with the UK’s defence and security sector.

We are working with UKTI DSO to offer showcase events for non-domiciled primes to meet the UK defence and security supply chain, engineer to engineer, I have attended 2 such events in the past year, with Boeing and Raytheon, where each met over 100 UK supply chain SMEs, and real business has resulted.

We are seeking to use this policy to help our industry become better placed to secure exports as well as support front line capability.

 

Investment in innovation

Bi-lateral agreements and top quality advice will help you punch above your weight when competing in the American market.

But the government is also helping you in another way …we’ve put aside investment for innovation…the lifeblood of defence

We’ve protected our annual investment in S&T…so it remains at least 1.2% of the defence budget…

And we’re channelling that money into our Centre for Defence Enterprise…

…which is already developing novel high risk, high potential benefit innovations …such as game changing quantum technologies …new advanced materials …and a powerful neutron microscope …that will allow us discover materials for faster planes, new and better computer chips and feather lightweight kit for our military

 

Conclusion

So my message to you today is that when it comes to the US market …the market is changing

Becoming more transatlantic.

In both directions.

So please enjoy the day.

Chat to the experts.

Share your experiences.

Make the connections who can help you break into this market.

The US accounts for almost 37% of worldwide defence expenditure … in a market estimated back in 2013 to be over US$1.7 trillion

That’s a massive opportunity

And we’re keen to do what we can to help you get your share.

As for those concerned the journey ahead might seem a long one …let me leave you with a bit of sage advice from Churchill himself:

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they’ve tried everything else”

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Unmanned aerial vehicles. Photo US Navy

Unmanned aerial vehicles. Photo US Navy

 

20 February 2015 aerospace-technology.com

 

US-based Battelle has tested a new ice protection system for unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

Called HeatCoat, the technology is tested on wing and engine inlet test articles, which are placed into an aero-icing tunnel with temperatures as low as -22°F and air speeds of up to 182kts.

 

The tunnel is designed to imitate icing conditions encountered during flight.

 

Ice protection technology incorporates a carbon nanotube coating, which can be sprayed onto an aircraft surface, creating a heated area.

 

The heater performance is monitored by a controller that applies appropriate power levels for flight conditions.

 

The four-day test demonstrated HeatCoat's ability to perform anti-icing and de-icing functions, and paves the way for flight demonstration phase of carbon nanotube coating, Battelle said.

 

Battelle HeatCoat Systems product manager Ron Gorenflo said: "Our recent tests validated improvements we've made and prove that we are ready to go from a technology readiness level (TRL) 6 on to a TRL 7 once we identify a key partner to help complete the next step of this process."

 

The new process is claimed to be lighter than traditional ice protection systems, operate on less power, and can be retrofitted to existing assets.

 

Battelle said its product is radically different from traditional ice protection systems, including bleed air, pneumatic boots or weeping wings.

 

In 2010, Battelle scientists completed initial feasibility tests of the coating in an icing tunnel in compliance with the FAA regulations, and found the technology could provide a durable, lightweight ice protection solution for aerial platform.

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Le missilier Rafael (Israël) va transférer ses technologies à Kalyani (Inde)

 

22.02.2015 Dan Rosh (Tel Aviv) – Israel Valley

 

Le géant israélien des missiles Rafael va transférer, au travers d’un accord de joint-venture, ses technologies en Inde. La firme partenaire des israéliens est Kalyani (12 000 employés). Rafael sera minoritaire dans la nouvelle société (49% des actions).

 

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, connu sous le nom RAFAEL (acronyme hébraïque de «Autorité pour le développement de l’armement ») est l’autorité israélienne pour le développement d’armes et de technologie militaire. Rafael conçoit, développe, fabrique et distribue une large gamme de systèmes de défense de haute technologie pour les armées de l’Air, de Terre, la Marine ainsi que des applications spatiales. Plus de 9 % de son chiffre d’affaires est investi dans la Recherche et Développement. RAFAEL collabore avec différentes sociétés américaines (Lockheed Martin, Raytheon) et européennes (Thales, EADS, BAE) sur plusieurs projets de missiles, drones et systèmes d’armes.

 

Selon L’Express : “La société commune Rafael-Kalyani fabriquera (..) des systèmes d’armement et des solutions avancées de blindage pour les clients indiens et mondiaux de Rafael”, a dit B.N Kalyani, directeur opérationnel du groupe indien, à des journalistes.

 

L’Inde, premier importateur mondial d’équipement militaire, veut renouveler son matériel d’armement, dont une partie risque l’obsolescence. En ouverture de ce salon de la défense, M. Modi a assuré vouloir mettre fin à ce titre de premier acheteur mondial, voulant fabriquer 70% de son équipement sur son sol d’ici cinq ans.

 

Le ministre israélien de la Défense, Moshe Yaalon, qui a rencontré jeudi M. Modi, a dit vouloir travailler en coopération avec l’Inde dans la production et le développement de l’industrie militaire indienne. “Cette visite nous donne l’occasion d’améliorer et de renforcer notre relation”, a dit le ministre israélien lors d’une conférence.

 

“Nous coopérons de manière ouverte dans tous les domaines mais nous avons aussi trouvé le moyen de coopérer discrètement dans la sécurité”, a-t-il ajouté sans plus de précision. Le salon de Bangalore réunit des centaines de groupes de la défense et de l’aéronautique pendant cinq jours. Le premier contingent d’exposants est représenté par les Etats-Unis, avec 64 entreprises, suivi par la France, la Grande-Bretagne, la Russie et Israël".

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Technology boost essential for UN peacekeepers

 

24 February 2015 by defenceWeb/UN

 

Put high-tech to use for UN peacekeepingFrom the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations’ peacekeeping missions must make greater use of technological advances in order to better confront the dynamic challenges of the 21st century, according to a group of UN experts.

 

The findings of the five-member Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation, led by peace and security expert Jane Holl Lute and published in a report released earlier this month, include practical recommendations that call on the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support to keep pace with innovation and take full advantage of readily available and existing technologies essential to success in the field.

 

“Every peacekeeping mission in the field ought to have at least the same level of technology Member State militaries and polices now consider operationally imperative – whether it’s command and control, communications, mobility, shelter, the provisioning of essential supplies,” Lute said.

 

“All of these things which are now standard in the operation of many organisations around the world need to be brought to peacekeeping.”

 

Scattered across vast countries and forbidding territories, UN peacekeeping missions frequently encounter challenges in executing their mandates. Over the past year, however, the UN has ramped up its use of technology in the field in order to assist its missions with monitoring efforts.

 

In the DRC, where unwieldy terrain, dense forests and vast distances can debilitate response time to an emergency, the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) had an immediate impact. In one instance last year, a UAV detected a ferry accident in Lake Kivu, in the country’s east, instantly prompting the UN peacekeeping mission in the country to dispatch its speedboats and helicopters to the scene. The blue helmets quick response led to the rescue of 15 people.

 

UAVs are “a good example of one technology of which a lot of organisations around the world are making increasing use. We think this is a capability missions ought to be able to take greater advantage of.”

 

“The ability to visualise your operating area of responsibility from the air is an essential capability for every mission, really with only a few exceptions,” she added.

 

The panel’s findings were based on several field visits and interviews with Member States, partner organisations and partner organisations with similar field operations.

 

Along with the critical upgrade of field technology, UN blue helmets are also aiming to “go green” through the responsible use of limited resources, in a bid to leave mission areas in better shape than when they arrived. Among other steps, GIS data is being used to help find water sources for missions so as not to compete with the local water supply.

 

Missions are also including waste water treatment plants designed to drastically reduce the need for water and generation of disposable waste, as well as exploring alternative sources of energy such as solar panels.

 

Nonetheless, while technology moves quickly, the UN’s procurement systems may sometimes cause unexpected and unwanted delays for the introduction of critical technologies into the field.

 

“The UN needs to construct the kinds of support systems necessary to facilitate greater use of technology so we need procurement systems that can identify and acquire capabilities in not more than 18 months because longer than that technology has already changed and moved on,” Lute said.

 

In a separate note to UN correspondents the lead expert admitted that as UN peacekeeping missions continue to face down “rapidly evolving and complex environments,” the Organisation’s blue helmets would be increasingly pressured to transition to a culture that values innovation.

 

“UN peacekeeping must be ready to respond to a vast array of challenges. No advantage should be withheld from those working for peace,” she said.

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Mr Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology

Mr Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology

 

23 February 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP

(Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered at Chatham House)

 

Speech by Mr Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.

 

Introduction

Good Afternoon.

It’s a pleasure to be here today to take part in a timely discussion…

…as we prepare to run the triple gauntlet of a comprehensive spending review followed by a Strategic Defence and Security Review, and as you may have a noticed, both preceded by a General Election 75 days from today, or as I prefer to think of it polling stations open 1,736 hours from now.

 

Challenging times…require change

But looking beyond the horizon of domestic UK politics for a moment, to say these are challenging times is something of a British understatement.

The world is dangerous…and getting more so.

As a nation our appetite for taking risks with our security remains low.

While our national ambition for global influence remains resolute.

At the same time, budgets are being squeezed and traditional military advantage is being undermined by disruptive technology and hybrid warfare.

So if we’re to survive and thrive in this new international dynamic we need to think differently.

I’ll explain what I mean, shortly.

But before I do, I must emphasise that while creating and sustaining armed forces fit for the 21st century will not be plain sailing…for any nation…

In the UK, the prevailing wind is behind us.

 

Defence Transformation

Thanks to 5 years of defence reform, we’re on the right trajectory.

We’ve filled the black hole in the defence budget and balanced the books.

For the third consecutive year, we’ve published an affordable equipment plan, worth £163 billion over 10 years, with substantial headroom and flexibility built in…

We’ve rethought our approach to defence acquisition, redefining it along the principles of value for money and open procurement.

…and spelling it out in black and white in our 2012 white paper: ‘National security through technology’.

We’ve also got a grip on our big ticket procurement projects.

And you don’t just have to take my word for it.

We have in this country a National Audit Office admired around the world for its fearsome independence from the government of the day. Consequently its pronouncements on departmental performance, especially its report on major procurement projects, are eagerly anticipated by the Ministry of Defence each year.

So to illustrate how far we have transformed defence acquisition, you can do no better than look at the position we inherited from the NAO’s report on 2009, where the top 15 defence projects were a staggering £4.5 billion over budget in year and 336 months overdue.

Contrast this with last month’s NAO ‘Major projects report’ which confirmed the top 11 defence projects are £397 million under budget and in aggregate only 14 months over time.

 

A much leaner machine

And we have also got to grips with the formidable administrative machinery of the Ministry of Defence, where I see our transformation as an exemplar of this government’s approach to public service reform.

Head Office is smaller, more focused and more strategic. By the end of next month there will be 25,000 fewer civil servants supporting our armed forces, 2 times the proportionate head count reduction of the frontline.

Budgets have been devolved to the front line commands…with the men and women at the coalface taking responsibility for spending decisions.

And, when it comes to our corporate services, we’ve injected some re-invigorating private sector expertise…only last Thursday I announced the preferred bidder for outsourcing the logistics, services and commodities activity to bring defence’s antiquated inventory management and logistics into the 21st century.

Our Head Office now adopts a more commercial approach…ensuring we are a more intelligent customer; better able to get high-quality equipment and services at best value for the taxpayer.

 

Equipment coming on stream

Over the past year alone we’ve made a steady stream of investments in next generation kit and delivered new capability into service.

This includes:

On land, the biggest armoured fighting vehicle order for the British Army in a generation, a £3.5 billion contract for 589 fully digitalised Scout specialist vehicles…

At sea, the floating up of the Royal Navy’s flagship Queen Elizabeth Carrier, followed by confirmation it will be joined in service by our second operational aircraft carrier.

And only last Friday, the Prime Minister announced an £859 million contract for long lead items for the first 3 of our next generation Type 26 frigates.

Beneath the oceans, the launch of HMS Artful, the third of seven Astute class hunter-killer submarines.

In the air, the arrival of the Royal Air Force’s first A400M Atlas transport aircraft, which this month I helped christen the City of Bristol to reflect the contribution that city is making and will make to this programme for years to come.

And last July the Prime Minister announced an extra £800 million of investment in intelligence and surveillance assets for our emerging cyber domain.

The contrast with the previous administration’s legacy couldn’t be starker:

where there was a £38 billion budget black hole, now there is a balanced budget; where there were cost overruns, now there are cost savings; where equipment deliveries were years late, now they are either on time or a few months behind,

in short, where there was chaos, now there is competence.

But we’re not complacent.

Which is why we’re continually working to perpetuate the transformative and progressive culture that has carried us this far.

More specifically…as I said earlier…we’re ensuring that from first to last… everyone in UK defence thinks differently.

More innovatively.

More imaginatively

And more internationally.

And I’d like to touch on how we’re doing that when it comes to defence procurement.

 

First: thinking more innovatively

Firstly, thinking more innovatively…an imperative if we’re to prepare for the world as it will be…not as we hope it will be.

Because it’s innovation that delivers the military productivity so key to realising successful military outcomes in a climate of continuing budget pressure.

What’s more, it’s innovation that underpins national prosperity…driving productivity and helping us move towards an export led recovery.

And the wheel turns, neatly, full circle when you consider that a strong economy is the wellspring of strategic strength.

With such high stakes, and a return to a more contingent posture following drawdown from Afghanistan, the MOD is focusing our efforts to unlock innovation wherever we can.

So we’re protecting our S&T spend…ensuring it remains at least 1.2% of the defence budget…

…And we’re investing an increasing amount of that on research into game-changing “disruptive” capability…

This year it was around £40 million.

Next year, we hope to increase that to £60 million.

Meanwhile, our Centre for Defence Enterprise develops novel high risk, high potential benefit innovations on everything from complex weapons to sensor navigation and guidance.

At a showcase earlier this month I saw for myself some of this new research effort into analysing social media trends to identify potential threats of tomorrow.

But investing in innovation is only the start…

We must weave it into the very DNA of defence procurement.

Which is why we’re increasing opportunities for SMEs …where entrepreneurs and scientists provide the niche capability and groundbreaking ideas that give us the edge.

And we’re doing that by making our procurement procedures more transparent, simpler and faster…

…engaging SMEs through a dedicated forum, which I chair…

…and setting ourselves challenging targets through an SME action plan.

And beyond the confines of MOD, we’re working with defence primes…encouraging them to open up their supply chains…

…not just to those in the defence business but to SMEs from across the spectrum…from computer gaming to motorsports.

Because military technology is no longer the main driver of civilian sector advances…it’s increasingly the other way around.

And we’re doing this…amongst other ways…via the Defence Growth Partnership…

…bringing together the best brains in industry, government and academia…

…fostering a collaborative environment to ensure the UK defence industry becomes more innovative, sustainable and competitive.

Things are moving fast.

The DGP’s Centre for Maritime Intelligence Systems in Portsmouth is up and running…a UK Centre of Excellence, to become a test bed for new systems and technology that can be sold around the world.

And it’s soon to be followed by the Defence Solutions Centre in Farnborough, which I have high hopes will also become an international centre of excellence for defence innovation.

So we’re doing our best…but we are also asking industry to step up to the mark.

Which is why we are looking to recalibrate our relationship.

Whereas, in the past, defence contractors looked upon the MOD as a benevolent cash cow that would fund its R&D, and then also pay for any development cost overruns…

Under our stewardship…working with industry…we’ve established a new mechanism to share pain and gain equally above a realistic threshold by aligning our interests more closely.

I want to see industry adopt this partnership approach more widely.

Not just identifying and managing risk and opportunity but also bearing and sharing it, in a spirit of partnership as we develop capabilities for a broader defence (and sometimes adjacent civilian) customer base.

But our ask goes beyond risk.

We’re now demanding that ‘exportability’ is actively considered from the very beginning of the acquisition cycle…


…because developing bespoke capability just for the UK attracts a cost premium that is not always justifiable, or affordable.



This will require industry and government to work together to assess our own requirements in the full context of the global export market…

…sharing both the opportunities and risks that come from developing ‘export ready’ capability.

But done properly the potential benefits are tangible:

First, the MOD gets the best kit for the best price.

Second, industry will reap the rewards of a virtuous circle of innovation, exportability and productivity.

And third, UK PLC will benefit from greater security and prosperity.

Which brings me on to my second point.

 

Second: thinking more imaginatively

Because…just as we cannot defend our security interests from Fortress Britain, neither can we advance our prosperity solely from within our shores.

Which is why, when it comes to building a strong UK defence industrial base capable of exploiting innovation to its greatest effect…we must be increasingly imaginative in the way we champion foreign investment on the one hand and exports on the other.

So, through our Defence and Security Industrial Engagement Policy…we’re encouraging overseas primes to extend opportunities for UK innovators to become part of their supply chains.

The UK defence industry is rightly proud of its place as the broadest and deepest supply chain outside the US. We have more companies engaged in defence and security than France, Germany and Italy combined.

But we are also using wider government initiatives…

…Like reducing corporation tax to one of the lowest rates in the EU’s big 5 economies…

…tax reliefs for R&D and exploiting patents.

…and deregulation

…to ensure the UK remains the number one choice in Europe for foreign direct investment.

Our success is manifest.

As just one example, more than 30% of Saab’s Gripen multi-role fighter aircraft is supplied by British industry.

And when it comes to banging the drum for UK defence exports, we’ve worked hard too.

Through the DGP we’ve been strengthening the roles and capabilities of UKTI’s Defence and Security Organisation.

While, from the Prime Minister down, ministers have taken every opportunity to promote UK defence products across the world.

Far from being embarrassed, as frankly many in the previous administration were, supporting the British defence industry is something we’re proud to do… as I was leading the UK delegation of 80 British companies at IDEX in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

This is not least because we know we have the most robust and comprehensive export licensing process anywhere.

And when it comes to success, the figures speak for themselves:

Year on year growth in defence exports…

And a 22% share of the global defence market…making us the second largest exporter of new defence products and services, behind the US.

No less crucial are the diplomatic returns we get from engaging with other countries…

…returns that make exports a pillar of our international defence engagement strategy…and, ultimately, our national security.

 

Thirdly: Thinking more internationally.

Which brings me to my third point: thinking more internationally.

Because in this increasingly interconnected world, if we’re to stay ahead of the game…

From first to last, we must pool our resources more widely, a key tenet of our white paper.

It means collaborating on science and technology, as we do with 18 nations, including, of course, the US…

…with whom we have around 100 joint research and development arrangements currently underway.

And with whom I hope we can explore the potential for more joint working under their third offset strategy.

It means developing and procuring capability together…

…multilaterally as with the A400M…

Or bilaterally…as we’ve done with the French on the FASGW missile system or with US on the Common Missile Compartment.

Sometimes, it’ll mean working as equal partners, sometimes it’ll mean differing levels of national commitment, and sometimes it’ll simply mean agreeing to buy off each other’s shelf…as we’re exploring with the US when it comes to Scout and Striker.

Each approach presents pros and cons.

But whichever one we take…I believe it’s inevitable and desirable that UK capability programmes will become increasingly international.

And, if I’m right, it’ll be vital to work hand in glove with our allies and partner nations to make this shift in a coordinated and intelligent fashion…

…Ensuring we can align acquisition, access each other’s markets…and see capability collaboration for what it really is: a force multiplier and a pooling of the market; not a mechanism for eroding national sovereignty, competition or profit.

What’s more, by adopting common equipment platforms, interfaces and standards, our armed forces will be better able to interoperate with our allies…

Making collaborations more than just the sum of their parts when meeting the onslaught of emerging and rapidly evolving threats.

 

Conclusion

So as we approach the next SDSR

…despite the challenging targets the MOD has had for the last 5 years…

…defence can enter the process from a position of much greater strength than the doomsayers suggest…

…a strength that is the legacy of 5 years of imagination, innovation and internationalism…

…offset by a regime of realism, efficiency and prudence.

UK defence is in a far, far better place today than we were 5 years ago.

I firmly believe that whoever holds the reins of power…

And of course now 20 minutes closer to the polls opening, I am increasingly positive about the prospects that this will be the party I have the honour to be part of….

But whoever has the rare privilege of joining the ministerial team in the Ministry of Defence, I am sure that if they continue on the course we have set…

As a nation, working closely in concert with our international allies, we will find opportunity in adversity…

To deliver security through defence…

…to secure the future for Britain.

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Maintien de la paix: comment accroître l'efficacité des casques bleus?


24.02.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense
 

Un groupe d'experts mandaté par l'Onu propose plus d'une centaine de recommandations pour améliorer l'efficacité des OMP (opérations de maintien de la paix) et préconise un recours accru à des capacités technologiques avancées.

 

Selon leur rapport intitulé Performance peacekeeping, les casques bleus sont mal équipés, en particulier en moyens de transmissions et de surveillance (ISR). De nombreux pays contributeurs s'inquiètent pour la sécurité de leurs Casques bleus, confrontés à des situations de violence et d'anarchie comme en Centrafrique ou au Mali. Au moins 44 Casques bleus ont ainsi été tués dans le nord du Mali depuis le déploiement dans ce pays d'une mission de l'Onu en juillet 2013.

 

Les experts suggèrent donc, entre autres (il y a 119 recommandations), une généralisation du déploiement de drones (comme en RDC et au Mali) pour mieux renseigner les casques bleus et donner au commandement des moyens décisionnaires propres.

 

L'intégralité du rapport est disponible (en anglais) ici.

 

Le panel avait été nommé en juin 2014 (voir ici) par Hervé Ladsous; il comprend: le général Jane Holl Lute (USA), le  Lieutenant General Abhijit Guha (Inde), le Major General Michael Fryer (Afrique du Sud), le Major General Ib Johannes Bager (Danemark) et Walter Dorn (Canada).

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Squad X Core Technology – the Warfighter’s information superiority

DARPA plans to introduce lightweight, integrated systems that will provide dismounted infantry squads unprecedented awareness, adaptability and flexibility in complex environments. The SXCT projevct will demonstrate how Soldiers and Marines can intuitively understand and control their complex mission environments - DARPA artist concept.

 

Feb 10, 2015 Defence-Update

 

Warfighters in aircraft, on ships and in ground vehicles have benefited tremendously from technological advances in recent decades, with advanced capabilities ranging from real-time situational awareness to precision armaments. But many of these benefits depend on equipment with substantial size, weight and power requirements, and so have remained unavailable to dismounted infantry squads who must carry all their equipment themselves. This gap leaves squad members without the degree of real-time situational awareness and support for decision-making that warfighters typically experience while on board aircraft and ships and in vehicles.

“We are working towards advanced capabilities that would make dismounted infantry squads more adaptable, safe and effective”

 

DARPA’s new ‘Squad X Core Technologies’ (SXCT) program aims to address this challenge and ensure that dismounted infantry squads maintain uncontested tactical superiority over potential adversaries without being overburdened by cumbersome hardware. The goal is to speed the development of new, lightweight, integrated systems that provide infantry squads unprecedented awareness, adaptability and flexibility in complex environments, and enable dismounted Soldiers and Marines to more intuitively understand and control their complex mission environments.

SXCT aims to help dismounted infantry squads have deep awareness of what’s around them, detect threats from farther away and, when necessary, engage adversaries more quickly and precisely than ever before,” said Maj. Christopher Orlowski, DARPA program manager. “We are working towards advanced capabilities that would make dismounted infantry squads more adaptable, safe and effective.”

SXCT is seeking to introduce overwhelming tactical superiority at the small-unit level by enabling squad members to more quickly and effectively collect, synthesize and share data about their fellow members, their environment and potential threats without increasing physical or cognitive burdens.

Among the areas included in the program are:

  • Precision Engagement: Precisely engage threats out to 0.6 mile (1,000 meters), while maintaining compatibility with infantry weapon systems and without imposing weight or operational burdens that would negatively affect mission effectiveness
  • Non-Kinetic Engagement: Disrupt enemy command and control, communications and use of unmanned assets at a squad-relevant operational pace (walking with occasional bursts of speed)
  • Squad Sensing: Detect potential threats out to 0.6 mile (1,000 meters) at a squad-relevant operational pace
  • Squad Autonomy: Increase squad members’ real-time knowledge of their own and teammates’ locations to less than 20 feet (6 meters) in GPS-denied environments through collaboration with embedded unmanned air and ground systems

Specifically, Squad X plans to focus on providing:

  • Integrated access to and control of mobile sensors, including full-motion streaming video
  • A three-dimensional common operating picture
  • The ability to organically locate and identify friendly forces and threat locations in near real time
  • In previous request the agency also requested proposals for other focus areas including sensing technologies for warfighter health and operational status and non-optical and distributed sensing solutions.

Studies commissioned by Squad X program are to define the critical issues in Squad X implementation. The agency is also looking at critical infrastructure components such as radios, networking, computing applications, sensing, autonomous systems and size weight and power (SWaP). Integration Studies should also address Squad X architecture and integration approach. The goal is to establish an open, common, commercially extensible, government-owned architecture; defining key interfaces and standards; outlining the technology integration plan.

DARPA has scheduled a Proposers Day on Friday, February 27, 2015 to discuss the program with potential participants. In addition to the regular performers the agency invited ‘non-traditional performers’, including small businesses, academic and research institutions and first-time government contractors to participate. Special Notice document announcing the Proposers Day and describing the specific capabilities sought is available here.

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European Defence Matters - The Role of the European Defence Agency

 

source EU Defence Agency

 

European Defence Agency is the place for defence cooperation enabling EU Member States to strengthen their defence capabilities. Find out more about the work of the Agency in this video.

The EDA was formed in 2004 to build and enhance cooperation between European Member States around a common goal of mutual security. The EU and member states need to be able to protect their citizens and interests locally and globally. The only EU member that does not participate is Denmark, meaning that there are 27 other member nations. It's mission is to improve the effectiveness of defence expenditure.

The European Defence Agency is bringing greater harmonisation into the operations of the European defence industry. Currently each member has rules about the operating standards of equipment and training, but each set of rules is slightly different creating a significant amount of administration. By developing a standard framework for these rules and procedures, EDA is helping to streamline the work of the European defence technological and industrial base and make defence cooperation smoother.

As this harmonisation gathers pace, defense cooperation can become more integrated and able to respond more swiftly to both military and humanitarian situations. There are also great benefits still to be unlocked by working more closely together as defense research projects can be combined with multiple members contributing to different parts of development and innovation. This work also includes the testing of munitions and missiles. In time this will bring Europe much closer to its goal of smart defence.

Greater defence cooperation, regulations, standardisation and certification also requires and enables an increase in defence capabilities and armament cooperation. These matters can help reduce costs for national budgets while simultaneously generating operational improvements. It has also been possible to benefit from access to the European Union's budget by providing funds for greater research and development.

The European Defence Agency also has an Action Plan that will bring about harmonisation in safety features. As with deployment and operating standards, there are also differences between the ways that weapons are stored, stockpiled and transported between EU Member States and eliminating these differences will lead to both safety and cost improvements. It is also believed that these changes will help the European ammunition industry to increase it's competitiveness as it will have less administration to deal with from different member clients.

EDA is also bringing members together to work much more closely towards maritime awareness and having the very best maritime picture. This enables different navies to share the same maritime picture when cooperating on joint missions, such as against piracy or anti drug trafficking operations. This network is called MARSUR and has 15 member states. It is a project for European navies that is built by European navies which enables it to provide the solutions that they want and need.

The current Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency is Claude-France Arnould. By overseeing the organisation and representing it at a political level, she has enabled the Ministries of Defence to come together and share best practices and ideas with their partners and help to develop the institution in the ways that they will benefit the most from. In her words, "Cooperation is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity".

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Staying ahead: the US and future technologies

 

The US is determined to remain the world leader in defence technology. After several years of procurement and research cuts (a 14% reduction to $168 billion in fiscal year 2013 and a further 4% to $162 billion in 2014), the US is now planning to stabilise spending levels in this field. To ensure that it stays ahead in the technology game even in times of tighter budgets, the Pentagon will shift more money to basic research and early stage developments – the level where concepts are turned into prototypes.

The trade-off is that the budget for system development and demonstration is being reduced, meaning that many promising new technologies may never materialise or enter production. Meanwhile, the US will continue producing systems of incrementally improved levels of technology so as to ensure that its military keeps its edge until new breakthrough technology can be fielded.

 

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Investment in Technology Crucial For Defence Future 09.10.14


13 oct. 2014 British Forces News

 

The Shadow Defence Minister Alison Seabeck says she does not want to see any more significant cuts in the defence budget. She spoke to Will Inglis at a Defence Conference in Cardiff.

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A Fleet Made of Bricks


3 oct. 2014 US Navy

 

A former naval architect uses Legos to get kids excited about STEM.

Retirement from the warship business didn't slow McKinley down. He still designs ships but now he also builds them. His materials of choice are colorful pieces that snap together, known to most people as Lego bricks.

He began building the ships as a way to get kids interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). He's now constructed more than 150 model ships that make up his Teach Fleet where McKinley is affectionately known to his students and parents as "the Commodore".

Read more about this story and more at www.ah.mil

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Raytheon and UMass Lowell establish institute to inspire technology innovations and knowledge sharing

 

 

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire

 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell have announced an agreement to establish a joint research facility focused on the advancement of innovative technologies in a collaborative, state-of-the-art institute. Raytheon is committing $3 million with options to $5 million throughout the next 10 years for establishment of this research facility. 

The Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI) will feature state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms that will serve as a launchpad for collaboration and learning among UMass Lowell faculty and students and Raytheon employees to benefit both organizations in the pursuit of federal research funding. It will also provide UMass Lowell students with opportunities for research projects and employment opportunities at Raytheon.

"The creation of the RURI presents a tangible opportunity to advance the research and the learning of technologies under development for students and employees alike and will inspire future engineers and drive innovation," said Dan Crowley, president of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"We look forward to bringing the expertise of our top-notch faculty together with researchers from Raytheon. This new partnership is just one example of how UMass Lowell is leading the way in collaborating with industry to power innovation and the economy in Massachusetts and beyond," said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. "This institute will also provide our students with the kind of real-world experience that is one of the hallmarks of a UMass Lowell education."

"As a co-directed, co-located research environment, the RURI signifies a unique opportunity for Raytheon's university partnerships," said Mark E. Russell, Raytheon vice president of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance. "The RURI will serve as an extension of our current research capabilities and represents a resource across the Raytheon enterprise for the study of advanced materials and flexible circuit technologies, such as printable electronics and nanotechnology."

Initial research will focus on future technologies for radar and communication systems and could expand into other areas as needed. The institute will leverage UMass Lowell's strengths in printed electronics and nanotechnology that align with Raytheon's strategic technology needs including high-frequency printed conformal antennas, carbon-based transistors and photonic devices.

The RURI will be located in the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, an $80 million, 84,000-square-foot research facility on the UMass Lowell campus that is home to cutting-edge research in a variety of science and engineering disciplines. The center – one of nine new buildings opened by the university since 2009 – was constructed to provide not only UMass Lowell faculty and students with the most advanced research facility of its kind north of Boston, but to also support collaboration with businesses from startups to world leaders like Raytheon.

The building's fourth floor will be specially equipped to house the institute, which will be co-directed by Dr. Christopher McCarroll of Raytheon and UMass Lowell Prof. Craig Armiento, Ph.D., a faculty member in electrical and computer engineering in the university's Francis College of Engineering.

 

About UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 17,000 students bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in business, engineering, education, fine arts, health, humanities, liberal arts, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu

 

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

 

 

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Global Defence Technology: Issue 38
 
14 April 2014 naval-technology.com

In this issue: How the British soldier’s kit evolved during operations Iraq and Afghanistan, the world’s nuclear arsenal, breakthroughs in networked simulation training for pilots, naval power shifts in the Asia Pacific region and more

Security concerns for the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia were even higher than those for London in 2012. We review what security measures were put in place and whether they can be considered a success and ask whether the event will help bring long-term stability and tourism to the region.

We also examine the nuclear arsenal owned by key nations around the world, take a look at the booming biometrics market and review technological innovation in soldier kit that came out of urgent operational requirements during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Moreover, we investigate emerging threats against military satellites and the most effective measures to protect such vital networks, take a look at new breakthroughs in networked simulation training for pilots and explore recent shifts of power and the drives behind increased naval procurement activity in the Asia Pacific region.

Click here to read the latest issue.

 

In this issue

 

A Triumph over Terror?
Despite a background of terrorist attacks and safety concerns in the run-up to the opening ceremony, the Sochi Winter Olympics passed without incidents. Berenice Baker reviews the security measures that were put in place.
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Power Shift: The World's Nuclear Arsenal
Significant progress has been made in nuclear disarmament, with the US/Russia New START treaty achieving its milestone goals. But as not all nuclear weapons states are signatories to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and North Korea continues testing, Berenice Baker asks, is the world a safer place?
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Booming Biometrics
Recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions have driven the adoption of biometric systems by armed forces. Berenice Baker takes a look at the evolution of sophisticated biometric technology.
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Evolution of the British Soldier
The British Army was dangerously ill-equipped for Iraq and Afghanistan, but a number of urgent operational requirements have achieved significant equipment upgrades. Grant Turnbull reviews how a decade of war has transformed the British soldier's kit.
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Space Wars
With today's militaries relying heavily on satellites, Grant Turnbull asks how the US is addressing growing concerns over space debris and anti-satellite weapons.
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The Digital Battlefield
Soldiers, sailors and airmen could soon be rehearsing realistic battles online across a network of simulators. Grant Turnbull explores the latest technologies from Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems that are making this virtual dream a reality.
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Sea Change
Territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas and an impetus to defend strategic access points have led to increased investment in advanced vessels. Berenice Baker examines the main drivers behind naval policy in the region.
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Super Carriers
Aircraft carriers are a key asset to any naval force, having proven their worth as floating air bases since World War II. We take a look at the world's ten biggest carriers by displacement.
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Next issue preview

In February, the British Army was drafted in to stem the tide of flooding that left parts of the UK inaccessible. We take a look at the role of the armed forces in helping out national emergencies, and the skills and equipment they bring on board that aren't otherwise available. We also explore a new generation of smart weapons, review Turkey's ambitious domestic equipment manufacturing projects and investigate the controversy surrounding Switzerland's plans to buy 22 Gripen fighter jets from Sweden.

Moreover, we find out how Europe's two revolutionary unmanned combat aircraft, the Taranis and the nEURon, compare in terms of capability, catch up with the latest developments in NATO's Ballistic Missile Defence roll-out and examine the future of BAE Systems' Scottish shipyards.

 

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