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19 novembre 2013 2 19 /11 /novembre /2013 13:50
Brimstone missile picture MBDA

Brimstone missile picture MBDA

 

19 November 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

MBDA has received a multi-million pound contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the supply of an additional batch of Brimstone air-to-surface missiles.

 

Announced at the ongoing 2013 Dubai Air Show, the £35m contract is designed to guarantee Brimstone supply for the next five years in order to help sustain the Royal Air Force's (RAF) stockpile.

 

The missiles are scheduled to be manufactured and assembled by MBDA at its facilities in Bedfordshire and Bolton, UK, securing 20 specialist jobs.

 

UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology minister Philip Dunne said the missiles have continued to prove their effectiveness on operations, and are key to protecting the UK forces in Afghanistan.

 

''This contract will ensure our Brimstone missiles are fully primed for use with the RAF for years to come,'' Dunne said.

 

MoD Defence Equipment and Support organisation Weapons Operating Centre Engineering head air commodore Mike Quigley said: ''Brimstone plays a vital part in our modern and sophisticated arsenal of precision strike weapons and securing this contract means a consistent delivery of weapons to the RAF as and when they are needed.''

 

The dual mode Brimstone is a long-range, anti-armour missile, designed to attack and destroy a wide range of static and mobile targets, such as tanks and armoured vehicles in difficult urban environments with minimum collateral damage.

 

Equipped with a millimetric wave radar and laser seeker combined with a small warhead for enhanced accuracy, the missile entered operational service as an urgent operational requirement (UOR) onboard RAF Tornado GR4 fighters in Afghanistan, in 2008.

 

Extensively used during Operation Ellamy in Libya, the missile is also expected to be integrated onto the RAF's Typhoon and the future F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft.

photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

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UK Considers Adapting FMS Framework for its Exports

 

Nov. 18, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense news

 

Dunne: Eurofighter Program Would Not Apply

 

DUBAI — Britain is investigating whether to adopt an American-style foreign military sales (FMS) program, but defense procurement minister Philip Dunne said the approach wouldn’t be used to sell Typhoon fighter jets in the Arabian Gulf or elsewhere.

 

Dunne, appearing at the Dubai Airshow Monday to promote Britain’s defense export effort, said the Defence Ministry is in the early stages of investigating whether elements of the highly successful FMS framework could be adapted for use by the British.

 

But while talking to reporters at the show, the procurement chief said that even if Britain goes ahead with its own scheme, it wouldn’t include international collaborative ventures.

 

“We are exploring whether we should establish some kind of British equivalent to FMS for defense sales. It’s early days and I can’t give any indications where we will come out on that,” Dunne said. “But it won’t apply to collaborative ventures, so it’s most unlikely to apply to the four nation Eurofighter Typhoon.”

 

The procurement minister said internal work is underway at the MoD, with a report on findings expected in the second half of next year.

 

British government ministers have been in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in force this week in support of an export effort to sell the Typhoon in a number of countries in the region, including Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE itself.

 

Dunne, who announced a small contract with missile-maker MBDA for upgrade and sustainment of Dual Mode Brimstone stocks at the show, confirmed that if Typhoon customers wouldn’t benefit from any potential FMS plan, they still might gain from governance changes being considered for the Typhoon program.

 

The procurement minister said that with the emphasis on the Typhoon set to eventually shift away from production to capability enhancements for existing and future customers, the way the program is run might change to be able to move faster to accommodate export customers requirements.

 

“Instead of focusing on individual nation’s requirements, we become more focused on the requirements of export customers. We think that should lead to some changes in the way the Eurofighter construct is organized,” he said. “It’s something we wish to do in order to be able react to the speed of the customer and the customer is rather a different entity once it is no longer an air force of one of the partner nations that owns the business. ... It’s a change of emphasis rather than a criticism of the way it’s been organized in the past.”

 

The NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency runs the program on behalf of the British, German, Italian and Spanish governments; the Eurofighter consortium oversees the industrial aspects of the program.

 

Eurofighter consortium members BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica have been discussing possible improvements to the way the organization is run since the Typhoon was beaten into place second place for the Indian fighter contract by the French government and Dassault Aviation with the Rafale fighter.

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

18 November 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

 

Defence scientists are investigating how to protect helicopter engines from a common problem that occurs in Afghanistan.

 

Materials experts from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are working to protect helicopter engines from sand erosion.

Gas turbine engines in helicopters suck in air from the surrounding environment. In desert conditions, particularly during take-off and landing, the air contains sand particles that damage the engine’s components.

When components are damaged by sand erosion, the engine is forced to work harder, burning more fuel and struggling to produce the required power. Sand-eroded components need to be replaced more often, resulting in costly repair bills and loss of capability as helicopters are taken out of service for maintenance.

To investigate whether erosion-resistant coatings could be the answer, an international project was set up by The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP).

TTCP enables technical collaboration on specific issues between defence organisations in the UK, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

An RAF Merlin helicopter takes off with an underslung load in Afghanistan (library image) [Picture: Sergeant Andy Reddy, Crown copyright]

An RAF Merlin helicopter takes off with an underslung load in Afghanistan (library image) [Picture: Sergeant Andy Reddy, Crown copyright]

The UK contribution was to design and conduct effective and reliable tests that would indicate the relative strengths and limitations of a number of commercially available coatings.

Dstl identified that the University of Birmingham had suitable facilities within its metallurgy and materials department to support this work.

The tests that have been conducted include measuring bending stress on small specimens. Since the specimen is rotating at 3,000 revolutions per minute, a test of 1 million cycles can be conducted in around 11 hours.

Tests undertaken in Australia, Canada and New Zealand looked at hardness, adhesion and erosion, enhancing the international defence community’s understanding of commercially available products.

Industry suppliers in the UK and Canada applied their coatings to the test specimens without charge. In exchange, they will find out how their coatings performed in 5 tests and have ongoing support from the international defence organisations, helping them to improve their technology for defence applications.

Dstl’s involvement in this project was funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) via the Materials and Structures Science and Technology Centre.

The results of the tests are already being used by MOD as it assesses technologies to protect its helicopter engines

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La corvette Steregouchtchi Photo Chantiers navals du Nord

La corvette Steregouchtchi Photo Chantiers navals du Nord

 

MOSCOU, 14 novembre - RIA Novosti

 

La Grande-Bretagne a invité la flotte russe du Nord à participer aux exercices internationaux FRUKUS 2014, a annoncé jeudi Vadim Serga, porte-parole de la région militaire russe de l'Ouest à l'issue d'une visite de l'attaché naval britannique David Fields à Mourmansk.

 

"M.Fields a proposé au commandement de la flotte du Nord d'étudier la possibilité qu'un navire de la flotte participe aux exercices internationaux FRUKUS qui se tiendront à la mi-2014", a indiqué le porte-parole.

 

Cette année, la corvette Steregouchtchi de la flotte de la Baltique a représenté la Russie aux exercices FRUKUS qui engagent tous les ans des navires de France, de Russie, du Royaume-Uni et des USA).

 

Une délégation diplomatique britannique a effectué une visite à la base de la flotte du Nord les 13 et 14 novembre. L'attaché naval David Fields et le chef d'état-major de la flotte du Nord, l'amiral Nikolaï Evmenov ont discuté de la coopération entre la flotte du Nord et la Marine britannique lors d'opérations de sauvetage en mer, de gestion des catastrophes naturelles et technique et de lutte contre le terrorisme international.

 

La première édition des manœuvres FRUKUS s'est déroulée en 1988, à l'époque de l'URSS. Ils se sont poursuivis en 1993, dans le cadre d'un accord tripartite entre la Russie, la Grande-Bretagne et les Etats-Unis. Avant l'adhésion de la France à ce programme en 2003, ils s'appelaient RUKUS.

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photo Marine Belge

photo Marine Belge

 

12/11/2013 Marine nationale

 

Le vice amiral d’escadre Verwaerde, major général de la Marine, a assisté les 7 et 8 novembre 2013 à la réunion annuelle du Channel Committee (CHANCOM) à Bruges.

 

La première journée a été dédiée à la mémoire de la fin de la Première Guerre mondiale, notamment à travers la visite du musée « In Flanders Fields » à Ypres. La seconde journée a été consacrée aux échanges autour de sujets d’intérêt commun entre les pays membres du CHANCOM. Le cadre restreint de cette réunion permet une discussion ouverte et un partage d’idées. Cette année, les sujets principaux étaient les enjeux de sûreté aux frontières européennes, la dimension maritime de l’Union Européenne et de l’OTAN, la communication stratégique ainsi que la mutualisation (Pooling & Sharing).

 

Le major général de la Marine à la conférence annuelle du Channel Committee à Bruges

La Belgique, l’Allemagne, la France, la Grande-Bretagne et les Pays-Bas sont membres du CHANCOM. En observateurs, participent l’Espagne, l’Italie et le Portugal, ainsi que des représentants de l’Union Européenne et de l’OTAN. Instance dotée d’une présidence annuelle tournante, la Belgique a passé le relais à l’Allemagne dès la fin de la réunion.

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12 (Bomber) Squadron Tornado GR4 - photo UK MoD

12 (Bomber) Squadron Tornado GR4 - photo UK MoD

 

13/11/2013 Par Guillaume Steuer – Air & Cosmos

 

Comme sa voisine outre-Manche, la Royal Air Force n'échappe pas à une restructuration du format de son aviation de combat. "Deux escadrons de Tornado GR4 seront dissous l'an prochain", expliquait aujourd'hui l'Air Commodore Dave Waddington, commandant de la flotte de Tornado britannique. Cette annonce a été faite lors de la conférence "International Fighter" organisée à Londres par IQPC.

 

"Le 12(B) Squadron est rentré d'Afghanistan et sera dissous en mars prochain", a précisé l'aviateur. "Le 617 Squadron est actuellement déployé sur ce théâtre et sera lui aussi dissous courant 2014, après son retour prévu cet hiver", a-t-il ajouté. Au final, seuls trois escadrons de première ligne resteront opérationnels sur Tornado GR4 ; ceux-ci seront stationnés sur la base de RAF Marham. Il s'agit des II(AC)Sqn, IX(B)Sqn et 31 Squadron.

 

Cette réduction de format devrait se poursuivre au-delà de 2015, dans des proportions qui seront déterminées par la future revue stratégique de défense et de sécurité (SDSR). D'ici là, "nous pouvons encore faire évoluer les capacités du Typhoon" dans le domaine de l'air-sol, a insisté le militaire britannique. Il a aussi souligné que Londres "ne disposerait pas d'un grand nombre de F-35" et que le principal défi à venir pour la RAF sera "d'intégrer cette petite flotte le plus efficacement possible avec les avions de combat de quatrième génération comme le Typhoon".

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Ambitions stratégiques américaines, britanniques et russes en Méditerranée

 

 

Octobre 2013 – Par Bastien ALEX, Didier BILLION, Alain COLDEFY et Richard LABÉVIÈRE (IRIS)

 

Comptant 23 pays riverains, soit plus de 450 millions d’habitants et accueillant 25 % du trafic maritime mondial pour seulement 1 % de la surface océanique global, la Méditerranée constitue un carrefour stratégique majeur, aussi bien sur les plans politique, économique, commercial, qu’énergétique ou migratoire. De ce fait, sa sécurité demeure cruciale pour la sauvegarde des intérêts des puissances comme les États-Unis, le Royaume-Uni et la Russie mais aussi ceux d’autres pays qui cherchent désormais à s’affirmer dans la région (Israël, Chine et Turquie).

 

Cet espace méditerranéen est actuellement traversé par deux dynamiques déstabilisatrices : la crise économique mondiale – et ses répercussions au sein de l’UE – et les soubresauts induits par l’onde de choc qui traverse le monde arabe. La première a des conséquences d’ordre financier du fait du creusement de la dette des États qui leur impose des politiques de rigueur budgétaire qui se répercutent entre autres sur les budgets de défense. La seconde suscite l’inquiétude en raison des changements de régime intervenus qui provoquent de facto de l’instabilité, les difficiles transitions et reconstructions des institutions s’inscrivant sur le moyen terme et les territoires nationaux, terrestre comme maritime, demeurant insuffisamment contrôlés. Si des conflits terrestres de basse intensité devaient éclater et surtout se pérenniser, cela aurait en outre des répercussions sur les flux migratoires, illégaux notamment. Ce risque, s’il n’est pas majeur, doit être pris au sérieux.

 

À ces dynamiques récentes s’ajoutent des points de frictions plus anciens, structurants de l’espace méditerranéen, et dont les fluctuations en termes d’intensité ont des répercussions plus ou moins significatives sur le contexte sécuritaire (conflit israélo-palestinien, différend turco-chypriote, crise du Sahara occidental). Enfin, le dernier élément méritant attention demeure la question de la sécurité des détroits (Gibraltar, Dardanelles, Canal de Suez). Ces trois points d’entrée méditerranéens voient leur sécurité susceptible d’être perturbée, certes dans le pire des scénarii, par les évolutions du contexte géopolitique de la région.

 

Le changement de contexte a provoqué l’apparition de nouveaux interlocuteurs. Dans quelle mesure cette donne ouvre-t-elle des perspectives de coopération ? Des risques de tensions ?

 

La « réduction de la voilure » découlant de la crise crée, pour les pays européens, un alourdissement du fardeau sécuritaire méditerranéen qui pourrait être exploité par certains États (Turquie, Chine, Russie). Mais ces derniers sont-ils réellement désireux – ou en mesure – de le faire, et ainsi de jouer un nouveau rôle dans la région ? A contrario, la crise créée-t-elle les conditions nécessaires à un rapprochement/renforcement de la coopération entre les pays européens afin de mutualiser la sécurisation de l’espace méditerranéen ? Quel rôle pourrait prendre la France dans la refonte du partenariat méditerranéen ? Qu’a-t-elle à y gagner ?

 

Devant l’échec relatif des différents avatars de la coopération entre pays riverains de la Méditerranée, face aux conséquences de la crise économique et aux turbulences politiques en cours au sud et à l’est, s’impose une réflexion sur les menaces et leur réalité, sur les ambitions de chacun ainsi que sur les opportunités que peut proposer cette évolution de la situation en termes de redéfinition d’un cadre de coopération plus adapté aux enjeux actuels.

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bâtiment libanais Tabarja photo marine-nationale

bâtiment libanais Tabarja photo marine-nationale

 

13/11/2013 Marine nationale

 

Après avoir conduit un entraînement impliquant les marines américaine et britannique au large de Chypre, la frégate anti-aérienne (FAA) Cassard a réalisé un entraînement commun avec la marine libanaise.

 

Lors d’un entraînement de défense aérienne, le Cassard a eu l’opportunité de travailler avec des chasseurs britanniques EurofightersTyphoon du 11th Squadron de la base d’Akrotiri (Chypre) et avec les frégates USS Monterey (type Ticonderoga) et USS Ramage (type Arleigh Burke). Le Cassard assurait la protection rapprochée de l’USS Monterey et contrôlait l’un des trois Eurofightersen Combat Air Patrol, alors que l’USS Ramage se plaçait en WATCHDOG (position excentrée destinée à donner un préavis suffisant sur la menace).

 

Quelques jours plus tard, le Cassard a effectué, avec le bâtiment libanais Tabarja dédié à la protection des approches portuaires, une opération de visite. Chacun des deux bâtiments a fait l’objet d’un abordage par l’équipe de visite de l’autre.

 

Au-delà de l’aspect pratique de cet entraînement, cet échange croisé constitue aussi un symbole de l’intérêt que la France témoigne au Liban avec lequel elle entretien toujours des liens forts.

EurofightersTyphoon du 11th Squadron de la base d’Akrotiri

EurofightersTyphoon du 11th Squadron de la base d’Akrotiri

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photo Dassault Aviation

photo Dassault Aviation

 

Nov. 13, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER and PIERRE TRAN  - Defense News

 

LONDON AND PARIS — BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation have submitted proposals to the British and French governments to jointly develop an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator, according to the UK Defence Ministry.

 

The companies recently completed a 15-month preparation phase contract awarded by the two nations’ defense ministries, and have now lodged details of a plan to mature and demonstrate critical technology and operational aspects for a future combat air system.

 

British defense procurement minister Philip Dunne and his French counterpart, Laurent Collet-Billon, head of the Direction Générale de l’Armement, will consider the proposals during a mid-December meeting.

 

A French source said the meeting is “important” and part of a dialogue between the two governments aimed at a contract award for the next phase of work in 2014.

 

“A decision is not expected at the [December] meeting,” the French source said.

 

The high-level working group, which includes other high-level officials, will study the industry proposals for the planned program, along with other bilateral cooperation issues.

 

Britain and France signed a defense treaty in 2010, which included plans to collaborate on a number of equipment programs across missiles, UAVs, maritime equipment and other sectors.

 

Plans to co-develop a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned surveillance machine have been pretty much sidelined, with the focus instead on building skills and capabilities in the UCAV sector.

 

Britain’s MoD, in written evidence on remotely piloted air systems supplied recently to Britain’s parliamentary defense committee, said the government would have to make a strategic capability decision on a future combat air system as part of its 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

 

“The next phase of the program is important to de-risk critical technologies to underpin SDSR ’15 decision making,” the evidence said.

 

The two European nations are examining their options for next-generation combat air systems after the Rafale and Typhoon fighter jets are due to come out of service in the 2030 timeframe, the documents said.

 

A British Ministry of Defence spokesperson, though, said it is “too early to provide specific timescales for the future combat air system. We are currently assessing joint proposals received by BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation, and will make a strategic capability decision at the next SDSR.”

 

Both the British and the French are flight-testing technology demonstrator vehicles, but the new proposal foresees eventually building a jointly developed aircraft to assess operational issues.

 

The British decided to go it alone on their demonstrator, known as Taranis. But the French Neuron program is a collaborative effort that includes Greek, Italian, Spanish, Swiss and Swedish involvement.

 

The British MoD disclosed to the parliamentary defense committee that the BAE-led Taranis UCAV had recently flown for the first time. The flight test program is ongoing.

 

An MoD spokesman declined to give further details.

 

This year, industry sources said test flights of the 8-ton Taranis would take place at the remote Woomera test site in Australia.

 

On France’s Neuron UCAV technology demonstrator, some 85 flights are planned at the Istres test center in southern France until autumn 2014, said prime contractor Dassault Aviation.

 

Neuron then will go to the Vidsel test range in Sweden for pre-operational trials, and will later be sent to the Perdadesfogu range in Italy for tests, particularly on firing and stealth assessment, Dassault said.

 

Neuron restarted test flights at Istres after appearing at the Paris Air Show in June.

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Defence supply chain boost for UK SMEs

 

November 12, 2013 by Michael Crosby dcicontracts.com

 

Summary: The Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne recently chaired a forum at the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) which sought to support small and medium-sized enterprises to win more business in the defence sector.

 

Enter the defence supply chain

 

The CDE aims to remove barriers for small and medium-sized enterprises to enter the defence supply chain, working with a range of science and technology providers to provide an entry point into MOD contracting for those new to the industry.

 

The recent forum gave the MOD direct communication with SMEs, allowing them to share experiences, best practice and help inform them about new MOD and government policies.

 

The CDE has received more than 4700 research proposals, with around 750 selected for funding, resulting in a total contract value of £44m. Almost half of all CDE contracts go to SMEs.

 

Mr Dunne said: “CDE shows how MOD works closely with companies, including SMEs, to provide innovative equipment and support for our Armed Forces.

 

“CDE also plays a crucial role in ensuring SMEs have direct access to MOD contracts. We saw first-hand the results of CDE’s work and the valuable impact this can have.”

 

In August 2013, the Cabinet Office published the Making Government business more accessible to SMEs: Two years on report, which revealed the breakdown of spend with SMEs by government department.

 

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Le CPA 20 participe au stage « Sniper Course »

 

13/11/2013  Actus Air

 

Pour la deuxième fois au cours de l’année, le commando parachutiste de l'air n° 20 (CPA 20) de la base aérienne 102 de Dijon a envoyé plusieurs de ses membres au stage tireur d’élite"Sniper Course" en Angleterre.

 

Un stage de neuf semaines pendant lesquelles les commandos doivent passer des tests éliminatoires, indispensables à l’obtention de la qualification de tireur d’élite. À Honnington, par exemple, les aviateurs sont allés suivre des cours sur l’armement puis sur la progression tactique. Ils ont aussi réalisé deux semaines d’entraînement au tir ainsi qu’un raid de synthèse de onze jours et des tests écrits.

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Selecting our Canadian Close Combat Vehicle partners

 

 

Nov 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

    A November planning session in Ottawa was the latest development in BAE SystemsaEUR(tm) drive to ensure Canadian industry has a major role to play in the Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) program.

 

BAE Systems has selected a coast-to-coast Canadian team of companies which would play a major role in the program if its CV90 is selected.  These strategic partners include:

 

    ABB

    DEW Engineering

    Mil-Quip

    SAAB Canada

    Calian (SED Systems)

    Thales

    Valco Manufacturing

    Dumur

    Soucy

 

“Our goal was – and remains – to offer to the customer the highest-quality, highest-performing, Canadian solution.  And that meant seeking out Canadian companies that could meet our strict criteria on performance, capabilities and price,” explains Caroline Elliott, General Manager for Group Business Development in Canada.

 

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First Rivet Joint aircraft delivered to the UK

Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft arrives at RAF Waddington [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Blake Carruthers, Crown copyright]

 

12 November 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The first of 3 Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft has been delivered to MOD ahead of its entry into service with the RAF in 2014.


 

The aircraft will form part of project Airseeker, which will provide the UK with a world class capability able to provide real-time on-scene intelligence, surveillance and analysis for forces in the air and on the ground.

The Boeing RC-135V/W Rivet Joint system has a proven track record, having been used by the United States Air Force (USAF) for many years. Since 2011, the RAF’s 51 Squadron have been training and operating alongside their USAF colleagues in preparation for the UK aircraft entering service in late 2014.

UK crews have already achieved in excess of 32,000 flying hours and 1,800 sorties as part of the US 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.

MOD has purchased 3 aircraft from the US which will each be configured to support UK operations. The first aircraft has successfully completed its flight trials in Greenville, Texas, ahead of schedule, allowing it to be delivered to the UK early.

Air Vice-Marshal Peter Ewen, Director Air Support at Defence Equipment and Support, who are responsible for the procurement of Rivet Joint, said:

I am delighted that the first Rivet Joint aircraft has been delivered to the UK, an important milestone in the procurement pathway for the future Airseeker signals intelligence capability for UK Defence.

A testament to the ongoing and highly effective UK/US co-operation in the procurement programme, support and RAF aircrew training, this first of 3 aircraft will form a vital component of the nation’s future ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance) capabilities.

Air Vice-Marshal Phil Osborn, Director of Capability at Joint Forces Command, said:

I know that the RAF and Defence are looking forward to operating this key capability and building on the unique history of 51 Squadron.

We plan to have our Airseeker programme – comprising all 3 Rivet Joint aircraft with their highly skilled aircrew, ground crew and analysts – fully operational by mid-2017.

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Royal Navy aircraft carrier ramping up

The 300-tonne section of ramp is lifted onto the Queen Elizabeth [Picture: Aircraft Carrier Alliance]

 

11 November 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The final section of the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth has been fitted onto the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier.

 

Pictures released by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance today show the ramp section, which will allow jet aircraft to take off from the ship, being lowered into place at the shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, where the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers are being constructed.

The 300-tonne section of ramp, which is 64 metres long and 13 metres wide, is the final exterior piece of the aircraft carrier to be fitted. At its highest point, the take-off ramp is 6 metres above the flight deck, which will allow aircraft to be propelled into the air.

The pictures come on the same day as MOD announces that a fourth Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been ordered from Lockheed Martin. The UK has already taken delivery of 3 Lightning II jets and Royal Navy and RAF pilots are training on the aircraft in the USA.

This fourth jet, which is specially designed to be a test aircraft, will help boost the ongoing training available.

The forward ramp section in place on the Queen Elizabeth
The forward ramp section in place on the Queen Elizabeth at the shipyard in Rosyth [Picture: Aircraft Carrier Alliance]

Earlier this year, the first take-off at sea by a UK pilot in a Lightning II took place during a week of trials aboard the United States Marine Corps’ amphibious assault ship USS Wasp.

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said:

We are on track to ensuring carrier strike capability by 2020. Both the completion of the take-off ramp and the announcement of the contract for the fourth jet show the tremendous progress being made to ensure that the Royal Navy will have a modern carrier force.

Not only are these jets the most advanced ever operated by our armed forces, but the programme is worth over £1 billion to UK industry each year and will support around 25,000 British jobs over the next 25 years.

An F-35B Lightning II jet takes off from the USS Wasp
An F-35B Lightning II jet takes off from the USS Wasp (library image) [Picture: Todd R McQueen, Lockheed Martin]

MOD’s Chief of Materiel (Air), Air Marshal Simon Bollom, said:

The latest contract for the fourth Lightning II means we are a step closer to realising the ambition of having the most advanced fast jets available for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to defend our nation’s interests.

Our strong participation in the test and development of the aircraft has shown the potent capability that this fifth-generation fighter delivers.

It represents the cutting-edge of combat aircraft design and will be a tremendous asset for the UK, so we are delighted with the progress the programme is making.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be structurally complete next year. She will begin her sea trials in 2017 before flight trials with the Lightning II jets get underway in 2018.

As well as operating from the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, Lightning II will be jointly operated by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy from RAF Marham in Norfolk

The 300-tonne section of ramp is lifted onto the Queen Elizabeth
The 300-tonne section of ramp is lifted onto the Queen Elizabeth [Picture: Aircraft Carrier Alliance]
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Un sable particulier sous la porte de Menin

 

12/11/13 Liesbeth Bardyn – MIL.be

 

Lors de la cérémonie de l'Armistice sous la porte de Menin (Ypres), le prince britannique Philippe a réceptionné un peu de terre provenant des cimetières belges de la Première Guerre mondiale. Ces sacs de sable voyageront jusqu'à Londres à bord d'un bateau belge.

 

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Parmi les milliers de spectateurs massés à la Porte de Menin, on aperçoit une file d'écoliers belges. En septembre, ils remplissaient des sacs de sable. Aujourd'hui, ils les placent sur un chariot lors d'une cérémonie du last post. « Je suis très contente d'être présente » raconte Hannah Buysen de l'Athénée Erasmus à Deinze. « Quand nous remplissions les sacs, je me sentais en contact avec les disparus mais aujourd'hui le sentiment s'est accru. »

 

À ses côtés, des élèves d'un collège britannique. Dans ce projet, chaque école belge coopère avec un collège anglais. « Mes élèves et moi participons à cette entreprise avec nos partenaires de l'école de Heist » explique  Lisa Berck, professeur à la London Beverwood school. « Dans un mois, les sacs rejoindront Londres à bord de la frégate Louise-Marie. Nous les réceptionnerons dès lors. »

 

Lisa et Hannah poursuivront le projet de l'Armistice avec quelques centaines d'élèves et professeurs jusqu'à sa clôture l'année prochaine. La terre belge sera dispersée au Memorial Garden en plein cœur de Londres. Ce jardin sera le symbole des victimes tombées lors de la Première Guerre mondiale, il y a près d'un siècle.

 

Vidéo : Mathieu Duhembre

Lors de la cérémonie de l'Armistice sous la porte de Menin (Ypres), le prince britannique Philippe a réceptionné un peu de terre provenant des cimetières belges de la Première Guerre mondiale. Ces sacs de sable voyageront jusqu'à Londres à bord d'un bateau belge.

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A New Queen is Shaping Up at the Dockyard

The forward ramp section in place on the Queen Elizabeth at the shipyard in Rosyth (Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance)

 

November 12, 2013 defense-update.com

 

Pictures released by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance yesterday show the ramp section, which will allow jet aircraft to take off from the ship, being lowered into place at the shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, where the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers are being constructed.

 

The 300-tonne section of ramp, which is 64 metres long and 13 metres wide, is the final exterior piece of the aircraft carrier to be fitted. At its highest point, the take-off ramp is 6 metres above the flight deck, which will allow aircraft to be propelled into the air.

 

The pictures come on the same day as MOD announces that a fourth Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been ordered from Lockheed Martin. The UK has already taken delivery of 3 Lightning II jets and Royal Navy and RAF pilots are training on the aircraft in the USA.

 

This fourth jet, which is specially designed to be a test aircraft, will help boost the ongoing training available.

 

Earlier this year, the first take-off at sea by a UK pilot in a Lightning II took place during a week of trials aboard the United States Marine Corps’ amphibious assault ship USS Wasp.

 

“We are on track to ensuring carrier strike capability by 2020. Both the completion of the take-off ramp and the announcement of the contract for the fourth jet show the tremendous progress being made to ensure that the Royal Navy will have a modern carrier force.” Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology confirmed.

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Typhoon Flight Simulators Improve Weapon System Training

 

 

November 10, 2013. David Pugliese - Defence Watch

 

News release from BAE:

 

Up to the minute weapon system simulation software is being loaded onto the Typhoon flight simulators at RAF Leuchars, allowing pilots to experience ‘flight missions’ even before the aircraft arrive at the base.

 

At the heart of this improved training environment is an accurate, fully qualified simulation of the Typhoon weapon system, developed by a team of our engineers based our facility in Warton, Lancashire.

 

Thanks to its flexible and scalable design, the simulation can be plugged into a wide range of training systems from desktop devices to full dome cockpits.

 

Two simulators are in use at RAF Leuchars and each is loaded with the latest standard of software to provide concurrent training for the RAF’s Typhoon pilots.

 

With the upgrades formally accepted by the RAF, Air Commodore Keith Bethell, Head of the DE&S Fast Air Support Team said: “I am very encouraged by the capability being developed by BAE Systems which has now been delivered into service at RAF Leuchars. I am hopeful that this capability will be a significant contributor to the development and sustainment of our military capability in the coming years.”

 

Alan Murdoch, who led our efforts to deliver this enhanced training capability said: “Typhoon continues to evolve over time and with that comes a constant flow of new capability. The development work we are doing in simulation is key to unlocking these enhancements by getting new capability into the hands of the customer when it is needed. Our innovative approach to simulation offers real benefits to current and future customers.”

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Philip Hammond joins Afghan president at military academy opening

 

11 November 2013 Ministry of Defence and Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 

The UK Defence Secretary has joined President Hamid Karzai at the formal opening of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul.

 

The formal opening marks a significant step in Britain’s long-term commitment to a stable future for the country.

Having paid his respects at a remembrance service in Camp Bastion yesterday, Mr Hammond flew from Helmand province this morning to join President Karzai at Qargha, west of Kabul. There, at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA), he saw teaching rooms, living spaces and training areas where hundreds of officer cadets have recently started training, before addressing more than 1,000 members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) at the official launch of the academy.

There are 265 recruits in the first intake, narrowed down from more than 10,000 initial applications. Candidates will progress through a 42-week course designed to give them essential leadership skills to take into battle. It is inspired by the British Army’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst model, and adapted to include courses that are Afghanistan-focused.

Following the launch Mr Hammond attended an Armistice Day service at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul.

The Defence Secretary lays a wreath during the remembrance service held at Camp Bastion
The Defence Secretary lays a wreath during the remembrance service held at Camp Bastion [Picture: Corporal Ross Fernie, Crown copyright]

Mr Hammond said:

It was a pleasure being here to witness the official opening of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy. The efforts that have brought the academy to this point have been significant.

Modelled on the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, this academy will provide world-class training. It will teach the importance of leadership, of self-reliance, of personal discipline, of dedication and of service to fellow soldiers.

This will help ensure the Afghan officers and those training them will be of the highest quality, helping sustain the progress made in building a capable and professional force.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Peter Witkowski, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, is the ANAOA sergeant major mentor. He said:

It’s fantastic here. It’s a great opportunity, particularly with the drawdown within Afghanistan, to be able to provide more support and assistance, particularly mentoring support for the ANA beyond 2014 here in Qargha.

The recruits who leave here will be posted to combat units around Afghanistan and will have a really important job. They will be leading young soldiers on operations and will work hard to improve stability in their country.

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Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute partners with Ricardo on new 8x8 vehicle

Black Widow Spider 8x8 concept on display at the Defence & Security 2013 exhibition, Bangkok

 

11.11.2013 Ricardo - army-guide.com

 

The Defence Technology Institute (DTI) – the Thai ministry of defence’s research and development agency – today announced that it will partner with Ricardo on the next phase of development of its Black Widow Spider 8x8 armoured vehicle programme in support of the Royal Thai Army.

 

DTI was set up to develop Thailand’s defence technology capability and to help build the local defence industry; the Black Widow Spider represents its first major military vehicle programme. DTI and Ricardo have already completed the initial phase of technology development for the Black Widow Spider 8x8, and displayed the vehicle configuration at the recent Defence & Security 2013 exhibition hosted in Bangkok. The vehicle has been designed to provide protected firepower and extreme mobility in reconnaissance, command and control and fire support roles.

 

“DTI and Ricardo have agreed to work together to develop the next phase of the Black Widow Spider 8x8 project,” confirmed Colonel Tawiwat Veeraklaew, DTI’s executive director of R&D. “I am looking forward to working closely with Ricardo on this important project for Thailand’s defence industry.”

 

“Ricardo is proud to have been selected by DTI to partner with it on this key vehicle programme,” commented Andy North, Ricardo chief engineer, defence. “This work builds upon our extremely strong reputation for the design, development and production of class-leading, agile and highly crew-protected defence vehicles, including the Foxhound, WMIK and Vixen platforms used by British forces. We look forward to working with DTI on this important programme and helping to develop a truly world-class defence vehicle.”

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Photo Marine Nationale N. Nocart

Photo Marine Nationale N. Nocart

12.11.2013 Marine Nationale

 

Du 6 au 9 novembre 2013, la base de l’aéronautique navale de Landivisiau a accueilli des détachements britanniques et italiens pour un entraînement mutuel au profit des pilotes et techniciens de chacune des nations.

Les missions ont impliqué principalement les aéronefs des flottilles 11F et 17F Landivisiau ( Rafale Marine, Super-Étendard modernisé) et quatre Eurofighters (EF2000) italiens du 4 Stormo, IX Gruppo, tous contrôlés par un hélicoptère Seaking ASaC (Airborne Surveillance and Control) du 849th Squadron (Royal Navy).

De tels échanges sont régulièrement organisés dans le cadre des accords de défense avec le Royaume-Uni et l’Italie et des protocoles Eurofight de l’European Air Group (EAG). Ils visent à accroître l’interopérabilité des forces aériennes afin que celles-ci puissent agir comme une seule force dans l’éventualité d’un conflit.

Photo Marine Nationale N. Nocart

Photo Marine Nationale N. Nocart

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Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopter takes off from the deck of the Royal Navy's amphibious assault helicopter carrier HMS Ocean - photo UK MoD

Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopter takes off from the deck of the Royal Navy's amphibious assault helicopter carrier HMS Ocean - photo UK MoD

 

November 10, 2013 by martin – Think Defence

 

Due to the ongoing sequestration and budget battle in Washington the US Army has been forced to delay its Apache new build and rebuild programs to AH 64 E standards. This means the current type as used by the British Army is likely to be supported for longer giving the MOD some vital breathing space to decide what to do about its Apaches.

 

Currently UK thinking seems to be slanted towards going for a rebuild on the current fleet but reported costs for the US program would put a rebuild on the entire UK Apaches fleet some where north of $600 million which is probably not something the MOD can consider for the next few years at the very least.

 

However as the rebuild will see the fuselage and main rotor replaced, if it was to go ahead would it be worth the UK looking at a marinised version? The aircraft is said to have performed very well from Ocean but it has some severe maintenance issues when being used in a salt water environment. Could a rebuild offer us the chance to solve some of these issues and produce a truly purple asset.

 

ADEX 2013: US sequestration buys time for UK Apache decision makers

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L'OPEP espionnée par les services secrets britanniques

 

11.11.2013 Par La Voix de la Russie

 

Les services secrets britanniques GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) ont utilisé de faux comptes LinkedIn et Slashdot à des fins d'espionnage, communique la revue allemande Spiegel.

 

Ils ont ainsi piraté le siège de l'Organisation des pays exportateurs de pétrole (OPEP) et la compagnie belge de télécommunications Belgacom.

 

De faux profils ont été utilisé pour avoir accès aux réseaux internes des organisations en question. Les GCHQ appellent ce mode de pénétration « quantum insert ». Les détails de son fonctionnement ne sont pas communiqués.

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Oil Espionage: How the NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC

 

November 11, 2013 By SPIEGEL Staff

 

America's NSA and Britain's GCHQ are both spying on the OPEC oil cartel, documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal. The security of the global energy supply is one of the most important issues for the intelligence agencies.

 

Documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that both America's National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have infiltrated the computer network of the the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

 

In January 2008, the NSA department in charge of energy issues reported it had accomplished its mission. Intelligence information about individual petroleum-exporting countries had existed before then, but now the NSA had managed, for the first time, to infiltrate OPEC in its entirety.

 

OPEC, founded in 1960, has its headquarters in a box-like building in Vienna. Its main objective is to control the global oil market, and to keep prices high. The 12 member states include Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iran and Iraq.

 

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Astrium delivers new tactical, land and maritime Astrium delivers new tactical, land and maritime X-band satcom capability to UK MOD capability to UK MOD

London,  07 November 2013 eads.com

 

  • Astrium Services is delivering 25 terminals for land forces, as well as the first two maritime terminals for small Royal Navy ships and related IP baseband, to the UK Ministry of Defence to enable secure communications on frontlines overseas
  • The new terminals will draw on Astrium Services’s new IP core based infrastructure, ensuring UK Armed Forces have the best capability for secure communication that supports voice and data traffic with encryption from tactical, land and maritime operations worldwide
  • These new deliveries are based on communications via Astrium Services X-band satellites through the Skynet 5 programme, now in its 10th year

Astrium, the world’s second-ranking space company, is now delivering to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) enhanced overseas tactical, land and maritime communications capability which directly links to Astrium Services’s new IP core based modular infrastructure.

This capability allows UK Armed Forces to securely connect their users to one core defence infrastructure – supporting all voice and data traffic with encryption from tactical, land and maritime operations across the globe – rather than having to recreate a network of services. Astrium Services provides a flexible and scalable environment that can cost-effectively accommodate all expected connectivity needs.

Astrium Services is delivering the first two DMM (Deployable Maritime Milsat) SCOTPatrol terminals, which feature reduced top-weight and a compact footprint both above and below deck for easier integration on small vessels. These terminals will enable IP based communication onboard smaller Royal Navy ships, including Mine Counter Measure Vessels on operations in the Arabian Gulf. The SCOTPatrol next generation naval satellite communications terminal, along with all of the baseband equipment, allow the vessels to fully integrate into the network via Skynet 5’s resilient and hardened X-band satcoms. Further terminals are on order and are being delivered during the next year.

To meet the UK Armed Forces land and tactical requirements, Astrium Services is delivering 25 Mantis terminals and lightweight “Snapper” baseband equipment to the UK MOD as part of a managed service package. A small IP node service – which has enabled a switch over to IP baseband – covers X-band on Skynet 5, a Mantis terminal and “Snapper” baseband for an advanced lightweight and resilient communications capability for remote users overseas.

To meet the requirements of large deployed land forces or air bases with multiple users, fixed and transportable IP Domains nodes are available. The first two overseas bases to be equipped are on order for delivery early next year.

“These service deliveries ensure that maritime, land and air units from the UK Armed Forces have the best capability for secure communications by guaranteeing secure voice and data access to our forces on the frontline while using lightweight and IP based equipment”, said Colin Paynter, Executive Director Government Communications at Astrium Services.

“These services are important steps in the Skynet programme, which started 10 years ago and has become an example of just how effectively industry can work with the MOD in an on-going service delivery programme,” Mr. Paynter added. “Astrium Services continuously works with the UK Armed Forces to develop and deliver these types of services within short time frames as part of a long-term stable contract.”

Services offered as part of the Skynet 5 contract also cover training, spares/maintenance support, assurance monitoring and reporting, as well as 24/7 customer services and more.

Through the Skynet programme, Astrium Services operates the Skynet military satellite constellation and the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight communications to the UK MOD. The programme, covering a 22-year period, has also enabled Astrium Services to provide Skynet-based communication services to other government institutions including the UK Cabinet Office and armed forces from other nations such as The Netherlands and Portugal, and also to NATO.

 

About Astrium  

Together, pioneering excellence

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Astrium had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.

Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Astrium Satellites, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Astrium Services, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

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Taranis First Flight

 

November 10, 2013 by martin – Think Defence

 

It seems that the long awaited first flight of Taranis in Australia has already taken place but been kept a under wraps. I would love to know  more about this aircraft and many of the outlandish claims in the media including that it is super sonic with a 2,000 – 4,000 mile range and one of the lowest Radar Cross Sections ever recorded. But the men at the ministry are giving nothing away for once.

 

Taranis makes maiden flight

 

Parliamentary Documents Reveal Beginning Of Taranis Test Flights

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