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5 février 2014 3 05 /02 /février /2014 17:20
Les Etats-Unis et l'Italie signent un accord sur la formation conjointe pour les opérations de maintien de la paix


2014-02-04 xinhua


Le département de la Défense américain et la gendarmerie nationale italienne, les carabiniers, ont signé lundi un protocole d'accord pour promouvoir l'entraînement et la formation conjointes de leurs troupes pour les opérations de maintien de la paix.


Il s'agirait du premier accord de ce type signé entre la Défense américain et les carabiniers, a commenté Frank DiGiovanni, chargé des ressources humaines et de la formation des troupes au Département de la Défense des Etats-Unis.


"Ce nouveau protocole (...) a un objectif très productif pour promouvoir la paix et la stabilité dans les régions du monde qui sont en proie aux tensions", a indiqué Frederick Vollrath, secrétaire adjoint du bureau des ressources humaines et de la formation du Département de la Défense.


Ilio Ciceri, chef d'état-major des carabiniers, a affirmé que le soutien et la position des Etats-Unis étaient une source de "grande fierté" pour son pays.


"L'utilisation de nos techniques de formation et de déploiement sur le terrain a toujours joui d'un soutien et d'une appréciation extraordinaires de la part des commandants américains", a-t-il rappelé.


L'accord, qui est entré en vigueur immédiatement après sa signature, a une validité de cinq ans.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 13:55
French Army commissions Thales' commander training system


5 December 2013 army-technology.com


The French Army has inducted Thales-built new-generation commander training system into its service during a ceremony at Mailly-le-Camp in France.


Ordered by the French defence procurement agency (DGA), the OPOSIA system is currently deployed at the army's CENTAC combat training centre in Mailly-le-Camp, to train combined-arms task forces.


A latest addition to Thales' individual, collective, command-level and live training systems suite, the OPOSIA system is designed to instruct and train commanders of company-level combined-arms task forces, as well as section and platoon leaders.


Specifically, the system can train up to 45 personnel, including three digitised task force commanders, along with their subordinates, including section and platoon leaders and leaders of support units, such as engineering, artillery and logistics in a virtual theatre of operations.


The system uses Thales-built tactical simulation software to immerse trainees in a highly-realistic virtual 3D universe, comprising terrain features, weather conditions, weapon systems, allied and opposing force deployment doctrines.


In addition, the system, which can be coupled with the "live" training on the CENTAURE system, supplied by Thales under a separate contract with DGA, enables personnel to use their own operational communication and information systems to add more realism to the exercises.


Apart from reproducing current training and deployment areas, the system also features support tools to facilitate rapid uploading of other terrains, thereby ensuring consistency with evolving operational requirements.


The OPOSIA system represents a key component in the army personnel training that ensures effective coordination of support units in the field, allowing unit commanders, section leaders and platoon leaders to develop and apply their tactical reasoning skills in combined-arms missions.

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4 décembre 2013 3 04 /12 /décembre /2013 17:50
Kongsberg Signs Long Term Framework Agreement for Support and Maintenance


Dec 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : Kongsberg Gruppen


Support and Maintenance Of systems onboard the RNoN's combat vessels and training centers


KONGSBERG has signed a long term Framework Agreement with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) for support, maintenance and further development of systems delivered by KONGSBERG onboard the RNoN's combat vessels and training centers.


The Framework Agreement is valid from 1st January 2014 with duration of 6 years. The overall scope of the Framework Agreement is 165 MNOK. In addition, the Agreement enables NDLO to order additional services, spare parts and other necessary equipment upon need.


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6 septembre 2013 5 06 /09 /septembre /2013 07:45
Navy focuses on advancing simulation training

05 September 2013 by Dean Wing - defenceWeb


The South African Navy (SAN) is developing a master plan for the use of simulators, with the SAN Simulation Workgroup hosting a Navy/industry symposium in Simon’s town on Tuesday.


Simulation-based training has long been used by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to reduce the cost of training and increase user skills and experience. While the S A Army and Air Force already have substantial experience in battlefield and training simulation, the SAN has not been lax either, with submariners leading the way.


Opening the symposium, Rear Admiral Hanno Teuteberg, Chief Director Maritime Strategy, noted “the enemy often has better equipment and intelligence than us, but the difference is in our training. We should give our kids the unfair advantage of being excellently trained”.


While gaining real-life experience traditionally took 20 to 30 years, Teuteberg expressed the view there is a need to compress training to gain the necessary knowledge and experience in a far shorter time.


Captain (SAN) Chris Manig, a member of the SAN Simulation Workgroup, noted the use of simulators was gaining increased importance within the Navy, “where running costs are going up and budgets are going down”.


The Workgroup has been tasked with formulating a policy for the use of simulators in the Navy, including the development of a Master Plan. The end result will be the effective use of simulation to achieve and maintain operational capability at the highest level in a reduced time.


The Navy realises they have very few experts in the service with experience in simulation architecture and programing, thus the need for industry involvement. In addition to these benefits, Captain (Navy) Andre de Wet observed the Navy cannot make use of commercial maritime simulators as they lacked the capabilities and equipment specific to naval vessels, such as warfare, replenishment at sea, close manoeuvring and weapon specific systems.


The submarine flotilla already use of various simulators, such as the Engineering Test Bed (incorporating the Periscope Simulator) provided by Cybicom Atlas Defence; Submarine Control Simulator; the Mobile Combat Information Centre Simulator; the Submarine Escape Training Tower; a Torpedo Counter-Measure Launcher simulator as well as computer based training and scale models.


The Warfare School also makes use of the frigate Combat Team Trainer, the Wildcat tactical trainer, the Radsim radar trainer, the Land Based Training System and various firearm, fire fighting and damage control trainers.


Demonstrating the value the Navy is deriving from its simulators, de Wet said the Submarine Control Simulator was at the heart of submarine training in the SAN. This simulator was running two shifts a day until 10pm every night.


A thorough needs analysis is being conducted, detailing urgent and further needs requirements. Included in the urgent requirement are Ship’s Bridge and Flight Deck simulators, for which Cybicom has also built and demonstrated prototypes.


Both local and international speakers spoke of the benefits of simulator training and provided an overview of products and future developments. A common theme among speakers was the need to link and network the various sub-system simulators to provide total platform training.


A new development is the incorporation of first-person shooter engines from the gaming industry, allowing for accurate 3D representation of the ship with detailed walk-through and work-flow.


Simulators are not only used for training, but also for acquisition support, forecasting, planning, etc.


As noted by presenters, the provision of advanced, networked simulators is not dependent on technology, but based on what the organisation requires.


While the Navy has clearly identified the need for and the will to acquire advanced simulators, the final implementation will be dependent on budgetary constraints.

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