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Les deux porte-avions britanniques avec tremplins et F-35B - crédits Royal Navy

Les deux porte-avions britanniques avec tremplins et F-35B - crédits Royal Navy

09 Sep 2013 By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent - telegraph.co.uk

 

Britain must have two working aircraft carriers if it wants to be a global military player, a Foreign Office parliamentary aide has said.


 

A Government cost-cutting proposal to mothball or sell one of two carriers being built would be a poor use of public money, Tobias Ellwood MP said in a report for a military think tank.

Trying to rely on a single carrier would also undermine the UK’s ability to cope with international crises.

Mr Ellwood said: “The UK either needs a carrier capability or it does not.

“If it does, then a minimum of two are required in order to have one permanently available.”

Running both carriers would cement Britain’s position as “a global player with a military power of the first rank,” he said.

The Government has yet to decide the fate of the two 65,000 ton Queen Elizabeth class carriers currently being built, but the 2010 defence review proposed selling one or keeping it mothballed to save money.

Mr Ellwood, in a report for the Royal United Services Institute, said: “A £3-billion carrier waiting in ‘suspended animation’ in Portsmouth to be activated has political consequences, as does the selling of a ship at a loss.

“Neither option is a sensible use of taxpayers’ money. Indeed, the latter should be firmly disregarded.”

He said the lack of British carriers during the 2011 Libya campaign had meant that RAF Tornadoes and Typhoons had been forced to fly a 3,000 mile round trip from the UK to hit Col Gaddafi’s forces.

Even when a base became available in Italy, he said air raids were still four times more expensive than if they had been launched from a carrier in the Mediterranean.

Mr Ellwood, a former Army officer, said: “The carrier’s agility and independence means it is likely to be one of the first assets deployed to any hotspot around the globe.”

He said a single carrier would only be available around 200 days per year because of maintenance work.

Last week backbenchers on the Public Accounts Committee warned the aircraft carrier programme faced further spiralling costs.

The project remained a “high risk” because technical problems had not been resolved and there was potential for “uncontrolled growth” in the final bill.

The committee also said a decision to change the type of planes to fly from the carriers had wasted tens of millions of pounds.

The Ministry of Defence had originally opted for jump jet versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, then switched to the carrier variant, only to return to the jump jets again last year when costs soared.

Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary, said no decision would be made on what to do with the two carriers until the 2015 strategic defence and security review.

But money saved by reverting to the jump jet F-35s meant there was the possibility of having two operational carriers.

He said: “Of course there are operational cost implications of holding two carriers available rather than one, but we will weigh very carefully the benefits of that and the costs of that in the review.”

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Terrier Demonstrating Innovation in Military Vehicles at DSEI

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

BAE Systems’ Terrier® Combat Engineer Vehicle, the most advanced combat engineer vehicle which delivers uncompromising performance from a medium weight chassis, is on display on the BAE Systems stand at DSEI

 

The latest vehicle to be accepted into service with the British Army, Terrier has been designed with an integrated electronic architecture which facilitates ‘drive-by-wire’ and remote control making the vehicle highly capable, survivable and adaptable.

 

Likened to a combat ‘Swiss Army Knife’, Terrier is one of the most versatile, agile and adaptable combat vehicles and can carry out multiple roles in the most demanding battlefield conditions. Typical applications include providing mobility support (obstacle and route clearance), counter-mobility (digging of anti-tank ditches and other obstacles) and survivability (digging of trenches and Armoured Fighting Vehicle slots). With a flying weight of 32 tonnes, which allows it to be transported in the A400M airlifter, Terrier provides strategic air transportability as well as being extremely mobile on the ground on all terrains, reaching speeds of up to 70 kph and with a road range of 600km.

 

Terrier is the first combat vehicle with drive-by-wire technology and “special to role” computers which manage the automotive and combat engineer systems respectively allowing electronic signals sent by the vehicle’s computers to perform functions. Physical connections are maintained between the driver and the essential automotive systems for safety and survivability reasons, but the vehicle is capable of being fully controlled via the commander’s joysticks through the drive-by-wire systems and the front loader and the excavator arm hydraulic systems are fully controlled through the databus.

 

Moreover, the vehicle can be operated by wireless remote control up to 1km away, using a gaming type controller and remote cameras.  The remote control interface would be readily recognised by any computer gamer, making this capability easy for new recruits to learn.

 

David Bond, Managing Director of Combat Vehicles (UK) said: “With Terrier making its first ever appearance at an international defence exhibition, we anticipate plenty of interest from international markets and customers keen to see the benefits of the most up to date technological advancements in armoured vehicle technology as well as confirming our position as the UK’s leading design authority on combat engineer vehicles”

 

In addition to the Terrier vehicle, BAE Systems has delivered a full suite of integrated logistic support and a complete state of the art training capability including mission and scenario based training using innovative student led exploration to maximise engagement and knowledge retention. Operators and maintainers are trained simultaneously through a combination of high fidelity, full motion simulators, virtual emulations of the vehicle and its systems and hands-on ‘live’ experience.  An initial five year programme of Contractor Logistic Support covering fleet management, technical advice, maintenance and logistics support was commenced on 1 April 2013.

 

Sixty vehicles are being delivered under the programme which are being built in Newcastle.

 

Terrier® is a registered trademark of the Secretary State for Defence

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Le Groupe Nexter sera présent au salon DSEI 2013

10.09.2013 Nexter Group

 

… et dévoilera la nouvelle référence en termes de mobilité du soldat

 

Héritier d'une industrie nationale multiséculaire, Nexter est un des leaders européens de la défense terrestre. Le groupe Nexter propose aujourd'hui une vaste gamme de systèmes de défense terrestre et équipe plus d'une centaine d'armées à travers le monde.

 

Du 10 au 13 septembre 2013, le Groupe Nexter dévoilera sur son stand (N8-160) une multitude de produits dont des véhicules blindés (VBCI) ainsi que l'ensemble de son offre de munitions et d'équipements produits par ses filiales (N7-460).

 

Véritable atout de l'Armée française lors des conflits en Afghanistan, au Liban et au Mali, le Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) 8x8 sera à l'honneur sur le stand Nexter (N8-160), mais également dans l'aire d'exposition statique des forces françaises où aura lieu une conférence sur le RETEX Mali. Nexter Munitions présentera également sa gamme complète de produits (munitions du moyen au gros calibre).

 

Sur le stand N7-460, les équipements Nexter seront à l'honneur et les filiales du groupe présenteront quelques-uns de leurs produits les plus novateurs : notamment Nexter Mechanics avec son système centralisé de gonflage de pneumatiques Syegon® et son siège anti-mines Safepro® ; NBC-Sys avec ses systèmes de protection contre les menaces nucléaires, radiologiques, biologiques ou chimiques (NRBC) ; Nexter Robotics (robots terrestres et aéroterrestres) avec le robot NERVA® ; Optsys (systèmes optomécaniques et optoélectroniques) qui dévoilera pour la première fois son tout dernier démonstrateur technologique « Optsee » ; et enfin Nexter Systems avec son Système d’Information Terminal FINDERS C2®.

 

Parce que l'innovation est notre moteur et que le Groupe Nexter ne cesse de développer de nouvelles références dans le secteur de la défense, Nexter Systems vous invite le second jour du salon, mercredi à 10h, sur son stand pour découvrir en avant-première son tout nouveau système.

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Ground-breaking Radar for Aircraft Carriers Begins Testing at Secret Facility on Isle of Wight

Sep 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

A new 3D radar capable of cutting through interference equal to 10,000 mobile phone signals, has successfully commenced integration trials at a secret electromagnetic radar testing facility on the Isle of Wight.

 

The testing of ARTISAN 3D radar is in advance of installation on the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers (QEC) which are being assembled in Rosyth, Scotland.

 

The ARTISAN trials will test a series of integrated systems which include the provision of 3D air surveillance, target identification and air traffic management services for the ships,   The ARTISAN 3D Radar will provide extensive air traffic control and medium range tactical picture capability with ground breaking features such as tracking more than 900 targets at one time and has the ability to spot objects as small as a tennis ball travelling up to three times the speed of sound.

 

The BAE Systems radar testing facility on the island occupies the site of the old Somerton Aerodrome which began as an airfield in 1916. As well as being equipped for the manufacture and test of aircraft components, the aerodrome operated flights between London and the Isle of Wight in the 1930s. The site was taken over by the Decca gramophone company in 1959 which had contributed to the war effort resulting in a number of ventures into marine radar and navigation. This heritage continues today through BAE Systems’ expert radar testing at the site.

 

ARTISAN 3D is successfully providing 'real world' tracks and radar video to the QEC Combat Management System - which is also produced by BAE Systems - whilst receiving simulated 'own-ship' data in the QEC Mission System Test Facility.  ARTISAN 3D is being successfully controlled from CMS consoles to provide operators with both a medium range tactical picture and the essential air traffic control picture the ships will rely on.

 

In addition to the strong integration results, the system is operating successfully with the QEC Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, which can identify aircraft as friendly and track its range from a potential threat.

 

The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence. The first ship will begin sea trials in 2017.

 

Les Gregory, Product and Training services Director, BAE Systems said, "I am delighted that the ARTISAN 3D Radar is producing excellent results as predicted for the QEC, it is an exciting milestone not only in the development of BAE Systems radar programme but for the future of Royal Navy warships."

 

The medium-range radar system, which has a reach of up to 200km completed its factory testing in December 2012 and was installed at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Electromagnetic Environment Assessment facility at BAE Systems, Cowes, earlier this year.

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Une initiative franco-allemande au conseil européen en décembre

10.09.2013 Par Olivier Berger, grand reporter à La Voix du Nord - Défense globale

 

Une initiative franco-allemande en matière de défense verra le jour au Conseil européen à Bruxelles en décembre, a annoncé le secrétaire d'Etat à la Défense allemand, Stéphane Beemelmans, lors de l'université d'été de la Défense à Pau.

 

Pour le Conseil européen, consacré aux questions de défense et de sécurité les 19 et 20 décembre 2013 à Bruxelles, le secrétaire d'Etat allemand cherche " une nouvelle efficacité et une visibilité commune ". L'initiative franco-allemande de décembre s'articulera autour de plusieurs points :

- Qualification de partenaires de confiance (la base).

- Développement de battlegroups (au niveau d'une force de réaction rapide) dans des perspectives nouvelles sur l'engagement.

- Plus de transparence et de coopération dans le développement des capacités et le processus de planification.

- Intensification du pooling and sharing (mutualisation et partage de moyens).

- Poursuite de l'augmentation de la coopération en matière de cybersécurité.

- Renforcement du marché intérieur de la Défense - " mais là, je suis plutôt pessimiste ".

- Une des priorités qui nécessitera " un travail énorme ", " la normalisation et la certification à l'échelle européenne " en matière industrielle mais aussi capacitaire.

 

Stéphane Beemelmans ne se rengorge pas : " Tout cela peut paraître pas très ambitieux. Mais c'est toujours un bon départ quand la France et l'Allemagne font une proposition commune. "

 

Les responsables envisagent une complémentarité européenne, notamment dans le domaine des actions civilo-militaires, à l'influence de l'OTAN.

 

Autant vous dire que l'ambassadeur du Royaume-Uni en France, Peter Ricketts, n'est pas aussi angélique ou constructif (tout dépendant de quel côté on se place). En bon Britannique, il se veut plutôt pragmatique : " La coopération en Europe a toujours été plus difficile dans son principe que dans la pratique. " Puis, séducteur : " Il y a toujours des malentendus sur les intentions britanniques. "

 

Cela dit, Peter Ricketts " ne peut imaginer des structures opérationnelles européennes. L'Europe n'est pas adaptée, par exemple, pour conduire des opérations de haute intensité. Il faut se concentrer sur ce que l'Europe sait faire et peut refaire. Comme les opérations civilo-militaires. C'est peut-être moins ambitieux mais ça peut être très utile ". Prévention, assistance, consolidation de la paix, voilà pour l'ambition britannique pour l'Europe. Qui n'a pas parlé de coopération industrielle une seule seconde.

 

Claude-France Arnould, directrice de l'Agence de défense européenne, se débat pour chercher des convergences essentielles : des normes (par exemple, dans le secteur des drones). Et esquisse des pistes de coopération en cyberdéfense, dans les domaines des satellites, de l'énergie, de la surveillance du territoire européen et de la sécurité maritime.

 

Avec une méthode communautaire, " en mettant au clair qui fait quoi et en proposant des incitations. Evidemment, dans un domaine de souveraineté comme celui-ci, la coopération n'est pas naturelle. "

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NGC to Develop Cyber Visualisation Tools as Part of UK Research Programme

Sep 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : Northrop Grumman

 

 – Sept. 9, 2013 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been retained by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to carry out a further phase of development of the N.Guru Cyber Situational Awareness System, the software application for the visualisation of cyber events for decision makers.

 

The research project awarded by Dstl will be carried out by Northrop Grumman in partnership with the Universities of Oxford and South Wales. This work is part of the MOD's Cyber Research Programme and is developing concepts, tools and techniques to provide cyber situational awareness for users.

 

"The ability to visualise cyber events in new ways will help create greater situational awareness and enable users to improve the speed and effectiveness of network defence decision making," said Danny Milligan, sector managing director, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Europe. "This research and the resulting capability it produces will be a key enabler in helping the MOD to defend its digital assets intelligently and maintain its core business processes."

 

The N.Guru project will develop techniques for the monitoring and mitigation of detected risks through the use of visualisations that enhance situational awareness and facilitate decision support for cyber defence. It will also explore the impact that a cyber-threat could have on business processes, look for more widespread anomalies and known threat patterns, and provide information that enables operators to develop mitigation actions.

 

Northrop Grumman in the U.K. has successfully supported a number of cyber research programmes following the commissioning of the Federated Cyber Range at its Fareham site in 2010. The company is also teamed with Finmeccanica for the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability, which is currently being rolled out to multiple NATO sites in Europe and North America.

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F-35 Weekly Update: 9th September 2013

09/09/2013 Defence IQ Press


 

Britain and Norway are investigating possible collaboration in the support and training for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The two sides said they are looking at cooperation opportunities in maintenance, sustainment and training of crew and technicians.

The collaboration announcement followed a Sept. 5 meeting in London between British defense procurement minister Philip Dunne and his Norwegian counterpart, Eirik-Owre Thorshaug. A spokesman for the Norwegian Ministry of Defence said exploratory discussions between officials were continuing today in London.

The talks come against a background of wider European efforts to collaborate on F-35 support, but the spokesman said that with similar delivery timelines and their geographical proximity it was natural the British and Norwegians would consider bilateral opportunities.

“This will be the first time in nearly 60 years that Norway and the UK will operate a similar type of fighter aircraft [the last time was the Vampire] and this naturally opens up new possibilities for co-operation,” said Thorshaug.

“The pooling and sharing of resources and maintenance capabilities is already at the heart of the support strategy for operating the F-35 [in Europe], and the UK and Norwegian MoD are looking to see where further national synergies may exist. In this context, both governments are encouraging UK and Norwegian industry to explore collaborative opportunities for cooperation in support and sustainment of our common F-35 fleet,” the two sides said in a statement. [Defense News]

 

Production delays on Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 fighter aircraft have contributed to major cost increases and schedule delays for the $43 billion Navy program to build three aircraft carriers, and could eventually lead to pricey retrofits to the initial ship after it's delivered.

Newport News Shipbuilding is manufacturing three Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, which will replace the current Nimitz-class carriers. The lead ship, CVN 78, is under construction and preparation work is under way for the second, CVN 79.

Among its features is the ability to launch about 90 aircraft, including the F-35, but aircraft development and testing delays have affected integration activities on the lead ship, according to a Thursday report from the Government Accountability Office.

For example, the Navy has been unable to complete planned testing of the F-35 with the ship's electromagnetic aircraft launch system, the advanced arresting gear system used when landing and the ship’s storage capabilities for the F- 35’s tires, wheels and lithium-ion batteries that provide startup and backup power.

F-35 initial capability was scheduled to occur prior to the shipbuilder’s delivery of the first ship to the Navy in 2016. But because of the F-35 delays, the Navy will not field the aircraft until at least 2017 — one year after the carrier delivery. As a result, the Navy has deferred F-35 integration activities, "which introduces risk of system incompatibilities and costly retrofits to the ship after it is delivered to the Navy," the GAO reported. [Washington Business Journal]

 

Northrop Grumman Corp. named Brian E. Chappel to lead the company’s F-35 Lightning II program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter.

Northrop’s Aerospace Systems sector, based in Redondo Beach, is principal partner on the F-35 to prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corp.

Chappel will direct and oversee cost, schedule, technical matters, quality and customer satisfaction for production of the aircraft’s center fuselage, Northrop said in a statement. Northrop produces the center fuselage in Palmdale and performs engineering work in El Segundo.

Chappel most recently served as vice president of Business Management and chief financial officer for the company’s Advanced Development Programs business unit.

Chappel joined Northrop in 1993 after serving in the U.S. Air Force. His experience in Northrop includes business development, proposals, contracts, pricing and program business operations. [Daily Breeze]

 

The Pentagon's chief arms buyer on Wednesday said he did not expect the U.S. Navy to significantly change its plans to buy F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), despite mounting pressure on the U.S. military budget.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that the $392 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was the U.S. military's highest priority conventional warfare program.

He said the Navy needed the added capabilities that the F-35 offered, noting that other countries were developing their own radar-evading fighter planes, advanced electronic warfare capabilities and other advanced weapons that threatened the U.S. military's ability to "control the air."

"I don't see any indication that the Navy is going to change its plans in any fundamental way," Kendall told the summit.

The Navy and other branches of the military have been mapping out their options if lawmakers fail to reverse mandatory budget cuts and they are forced to implement an additional 10 percent budget cut in fiscal 2015.

One possibility under discussion has been a two-year pause in orders for the F-35C carrier variant, a move that could increase the cost of the remaining aircraft to be bought by the Marine Corps and the Air Force, according to four sources familiar with the issue. [Reuters]

 

A worst-case scenario of cost risks in a Department of National Defence report on a possible acquisition of 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets estimates the airplanes could cost Canada up to $71-billion through acquisition, sustainment and operations over 36 years.

The costs, $25-billion more than the current National Defence estimate, are contained in a section of the department’s latest report to Parliament on the F-35 that outlines “cost risk and uncertainty” and is intended to provide a range of effects on the cost of buying and operating a fleet of stealth attack planes if factors such as inflation, the exchange rate between the Canadian and U.S. dollar, the cost of fuel and the rate of aircraft to be produced by Lockheed Martin fluctuates either higher or lower than the estimates that are behind the current National Defence figures. [Ottowa Citizen]

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Huge Surge In RAF Reaper UAV Weapons Launches

RAF Reaper UAV - Photo: Corporal Steve Follows RAF UK MoD

 

09/09/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Royal Air Force Reaper UAV weapons launches over Afghanistan have increased sevenfold since 2008, according to newly-published data

 

Published in early September 2013, the data confirms that, last year, the RAF's Reaper fleet was involved in 892 flights over Afghanistan. During 92 of these sorties, missiles were fired, meaning such events occurred during over 10 per cent of the flights total.

 

In contrast, a total of 296 RAF Reaper MALE (medium altitude long endurance) UAV missions were staged during 2008, of which circa five per cent involved weapons being fired.

 

Deployed against suspected militant forces located in Afghanistan, the RAF's Reapers can be equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles: a capability first revealed in June 2008. Under the United States' control, UAVs operating in Afghan skies have proved highly controversial. While having successfully engaged with intended targets, the same unmanned platforms have reportedly also killed dozens of innocent civilians.

 

RAF Reaper Weapons Launches

 

According to officials, five different UK Armed Forces UAVs are presently deployed in Afghanistan. Of these, the RAF's Reapers are the only UAVs able to carry and launch weapons.

 

The type, said one RAF representative, has: "played a vital role supporting military operations [and]...saved countless UK and allied forces lives by providing essential intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and precision weapons in support of coalition forces on group operations."

 

Previously known as the Predator B, the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper made its first flight in February 2001 and entered service on 1 May 2007. To date, 57 examples have been produced, each one costing in the region of $16.9 million.

 

RAF Reaper UAVs

 

Reaper MALE UAVs currently equip three nations - Italy, the US and the UK. The Royal Air Force's Reapers UAVs serve two squadrons: No. 39 Squadron and No. 13 Squadron.

 

Powered by a single Honeywell TPE331-10 turboprop engine generating 900 horsepower, the Reaper has a top speed of 300 miles per hour, a range of 1,150 miles and an endurance of 14 hours in its heaviest configuration. Reapers can fly at up to 50,000 feet but typically operate at around 25,000 feet and, equipped with seven weapons hardpoints, they can carry up to AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles.

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New partnership to equip defence sector for long-term success

9 September 2013 Ministry of Defence - Department for Business, Innovation &Skills

 

Prime Minister David Cameron will today give his backing to a new joint government and industry vision for growth in the UK defence sector.

 

‘Securing Prosperity’ – a strategic vision for the UK defence sector – will be launched this morning (Monday 9 September 2013). The new document identifies the sector’s core strengths and sets out how government and industry will work together to maximise the UK’s competitive advantage to boost British jobs, trade and growth.

This strategic vision for the defence sector has been developed by the Defence Growth Partnership – a forum set up by the Prime Minister in 2012 in which the government, the UK’s top defence companies, the sector trade association and SMEs are working together for growth.

The Prime Minister said:

Britain’s defence industry is a national success story that we are right to take pride in. Across the country, British engineers, scientists, apprentices and manufacturers are working to ensure that our Armed Forces have the best equipment in the world.

But as well as making an essential contribution to our national security, the industry is vital to economic growth too – with well over 100,000 people employed and a turnover of £22 billion a year.

The Defence Growth Partnership sets us and industry a joint challenge to deliver a long-term strategic vision to maintain our position on the leader board – maximising opportunities for British business and further strengthening the economy.

Key UK strengths that the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) will maximise include:

  • air capabilities – which have yielded 82% of UK defence export success over the last 10 years, and which have significant potential for growth
  • intelligent systems – development of the electronics, software and systems integration that are at the heart of many military capabilities
  • growing international business – developing more co-ordinated UK solutions, tailored to the needs of customers around the world
  • technology and enterprise – establishing more effective ways of creating and exploiting the intellectual property of the future, such as autonomous systems
  • skills – developing the next generation of apprentices, technicians, engineers and other professionals
  • value chain competitiveness – improving the competitiveness of the UK’s defence value chain, providing differentiation in terms of capability, cost and market access

As well as supplying world class equipment, services and support to our Armed Forces and others around the world, the defence industry is a key sector of the UK economy. It is a vital driver of opportunity and employment all over the country, which industry estimates supports well over 100,000 highly skilled jobs in companies large and small throughout the supply chain.

The government is committed to creating the conditions that industry needs to continue to generate the innovation, well-paid jobs and high-value exports that are critical to long-term, balanced economic growth.

The Defence Growth Partnership will meet today (Monday 9 September 2013) to launch its Strategic Vision at a breakfast event at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. The DGP is jointly chaired by MBDA UK Managing Director Steve Wadey and Business Minister Michael Fallon. They will be joined at the launch by major UK defence firms, defence trade organisation ADS Group, and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne.

Steve Wadey, MBDA UK Managing Director and DGP co-chair, said:

The work of the Defence Growth Partnership to date has brought the importance of the sector to the fore, highlighting the UK’s core areas of strength which offer the greatest opportunity for growth, both at home and overseas. The defence industry welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with government, enabling us to develop technologies, skills and capabilities that meet the needs of customers today and for the long-term, ultimately driving growth in the UK economy.

Business Minister Michael Fallon said:

The UK is a market leader on the world stage, with defence exports alone generating £8.8 billion in 2012. But customers’ needs are changing in an uncertain world; competition is fiercer and technology is evolving rapidly. This long-term partnership between government and industry will maximise new opportunities for exports and inward investment, support new skills and generate new jobs in companies of all sizes.

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of defence trade organisation ADS Group, said:

Today is an important step forward for the UK defence industry as the Defence Growth Partnership reveals its strategic priorities and looks to develop a plan that will support this high value sector for the long term. By working in partnership, government and industry have a unique opportunity to put the right mechanisms in place to capitalise on opportunities for growth.

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

I welcome today’s publication of ‘Securing Prosperity’ as we move into the next stage of the Defence Growth Partnership. MOD supports the DGP’s vision of a strong, vibrant and competitive defence industry focusing on delivering battle-winning capabilities for the UK Armed Forces, our allies and defence partners around the world.

The work of the Defence Growth Partnership, the 10-year £160 billion Equipment Plan and the approach in the National Security through Technology White Paper will ensure the defence industry is in the strongest possible position to succeed in the domestic and global market.

This week, Michael Fallon and Philip Dunne will attend the DSEI (Defence Systems and Equipment International) exhibition in London to discuss the Defence Growth Partnership’s new Strategic Vision.

The Strategic Vision for the Defence Sector sets out how the DGP will work together as it works towards publishing a full implementation plan for the sector in the summer of 2014.

Notes to Editors:
  1. Securing Prosperity – a strategic vision for the UK Defence Sector will be available from Monday 9th September 2013 at www.defencegrowthpartnership.co.uk

  2. The Defence Growth Partnership currently involves: Babcock, BAE Systems,Cobham, EADS, Finmeccanica, General Dynamics, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Marshall, MBDA, Qinetiq, Raytheon, Rolls Royce, Serco, Thales, Trade Association ADS, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, The Ministry of Defence.

  3. The government’s economic policy objective is to achieve ‘strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries’. It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’, published at Budget 2011:

  4. to create the most competitive tax system in the G20
  5. to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business
  6. to encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy
  7. to create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.

Work is underway across government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the government wants the economy to travel.

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Syrie: 11 pays du G20 appellent à une «réponse internationale forte» contre Damas

06/09/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

Onze pays présents au sommet du G20 ont appelé vendredi dans une déclaration commune à une «réponse internationale forte» suite à l’usage d’armes chimiques en Syrie, assurant que des indices montraient «clairement» la responsabilité du régime de Bachar al-Assad dans une attaque chimique le 21 août.

The english version of the joint statement will follow:

Déclaration commune sur la Syrie (texte traduit de l’anglais):

Les dirigeants et les représentants de l’Australie, du Canada, de France, d’Italie, du Japon, de la République de Corée, de l’Arabie saoudite, d’Espagne, de Turquie, du Royaume-Uni et des États-Unis d’Amérique ont fait la déclaration suivante en marge de la réunion des leaders des pays du G 20 à Saint-Pétersbourg, en Russie:

La norme internationale contre l’utilisation d’armes chimiques est ancienne et universelle. L’utilisation d’armes chimiques diminue partout la sécurité des personnes partout dans le monde. Si elle n’est pas  n’est pas sanctionnée,  augmente le risque d’une nouvelle utilisation et la prolifération de ces armes.

Nous condamnons dans les termes les plus vifs l’attaque aux armes chimiques horrible dans la banlieue de Damas le 21 Août qui a coûté la vie de tant d’hommes, de femmes et d’enfants. Les preuves indiquent clairement que le gouvernement syrien est responsable de l’attaque, qui corrspond au modèle d’utilisation des armes chimiques par le régime.

Nous appelons à une réponse internationale forte à cette violation grave des règles et la conscience du monde qui enverra  un message clair que ce genre d’atrocité ne peut jamais être répétée. Ceux qui ont perpétré ces crimes doivent être tenus responsables.

Les signataires [de cette déclaration, ndlr] ont constamment soutenu une résolution forte du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU, étant donné les responsabilités qui incombent au  Conseil de sécurité de mener  la réponse  internationale, mais reconnaissent  que le Conseil reste paralysé comme il l’a été pendant deux ans et demi. Devant l’échec du processus au Conseil de Sécurité, le monde ne peut pas attendre indéfiniment, ce  qui ne peut que conduire à une augmentation de la souffrance en Syrie et de l’instabilité régionale. Nous soutenons les efforts entrepris par les États-Unis et d’autres pays pour faire respecter l’interdiction de l’utilisation d’armes chimiques.

Nous nous engageons à soutenir les efforts internationaux à long terme, y compris à travers les Nations Unies, pour relever le défi de la sécurité durable posée par les stocks d’armes chimiques de la Syrie. Les signataires ont également appelé la mission d’enmquête de l’ONU mission à  présenter ses résultats dès que possible, et  le Conseil de sécurité à agir en conséquence.

Nous condamnons dans les termes les plus énergiques toutes les violations des droits humains en Syrie de tous les côtés. Plus de 100.000 personnes ont été tuées dans le conflit, plus de 2 millions de personnes sont devenus des réfugiés, et environ 5 millions sont déplacées à l’intérieur [de la Syrie]. Reconnaissant que le conflit en Syrie n’a pas de solution militaire, nous réaffirmons notre engagement à rechercher un règlement politique pacifique à travers la mise en œuvre complète du communiqué de  la Conférence de Genève  2012. Nous sommes déterminés à trouver une solution politique qui ménera à une Syrie unie, solidaire et démocratique.

Nous avons contribué généreusement au dernier appel à l’aide humanitaire  des Nations Unies (ONU) et du  CICR  [Comité international de la Croix-Rouge] et nous allons continuer à fournir un soutien pour répondre aux besoins humanitaires croissants en Syrie et leur impact sur les pays de la région. Nous nous félicitons des contributions annoncées lors de la réunion des pays donateurs en marge du G20. Nous appelons toutes les parties à permettre aux acteurs humanitaires un accès sûr et sans entraves aux personnes dans le besoin.

Les signataires européens continueront à s’engager dans la promotion d’une position européenne commune.

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Joint Statement on Syria

The Leaders and Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America made the following statement on the margins of the Group of 20 Nations Leader’s Meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia:

The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal.  The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere.  Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.

We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children.  The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime.

We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated. Those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable.

Signatories have consistently supported a strong UN Security Council Resolution, given the Security Council’s responsibilities to lead the international response, but recognize that the Council remains paralyzed as it has been for two and a half years.  The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability.  We support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

We commit to supporting longer term international efforts, including through the United Nations, to address the enduring security challenge posed by Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.  Signatories have also called for the UN fact finding mission to present its results as soon as possible, and for the Security Council to act accordingly.

We condemn in the strongest terms all human rights violations in Syria on all sides.  More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, more than 2 million people have become refugees, and approximately 5 million are internally displaced.  Recognizing that Syria’s conflict has no military solution, we reaffirm our commitment to seek a peaceful political settlement through full implementation of the 2012 Geneva Communique.  We are committed to a political solution which will result in a united, inclusive and democratic Syria.

We have contributed generously to the latest United Nations (UN) and ICRC appeals for humanitarian assistance and will continue to provide support to address the growing humanitarian needs in Syria and their impact on regional countries. We welcome the contributions announced at the meeting of donor countries on the margins of the G20.  We call upon all parties to allow humanitarian actors safe and unhindered access to those in need.

European signatories will continue to engage in promoting a common European position.

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Internet et les réseaux de téléphones sont sous la loupe des agences de renseignement américaine et britannique (Photo: Archives/InternetSociety)

Internet et les réseaux de téléphones sont sous la loupe des agences de renseignement américaine et britannique (Photo: Archives/InternetSociety)

06/09/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

S’appuyant une nouvelle fois de documents remis par l’ancien analyste de la NSA, Edward Snowden, plusieurs médias viennent de publier une série d’articles mettant encore en cause les agences de renseignement américaine et britannique, qui seraient capables de décoder les systèmes de cryptage sur Internet censés sécuriser notamment les courriels et les transactions bancaires en ligne.

 

The Guardian, le New York Times et ProPublica affirment ainsi que la NSA américaine et son homologue britannique, le GCHQ, ont réussi à obtenir les «clés» des différents systèmes de cryptage grâce à leurs supercalculateurs et à la coopération des sociétés internet, parfois obtenue à la faveur d’injonctions judiciaires.

D’après ces documents, ce programme secret nommé Bullrun permet de décoder quasiment tout ce qui est crypté sur la Toile: dossiers médicaux, conversations téléphoniques, clavardage, …

Le programme Bullrun aurait conduit en 2010 à une percée technologique exceptionnelle, qui aurait permis à la NSA de rendre «exploitables» de grandes quantités de données interceptées grâce à des écoutes de câbles Internet, ce que leurs propriétaires ont toujours démenti. Le GCHQ, avec un programme similaire baptisé Edgehill, aurait ainsi décrypté le trafic des «quatre grands» d’Internet: Hotmail, Google, Yahoo! et Facebook.

D’autres documents obtenus par les trois publications mentionnent également l’accès prochain, dès 2013, aux données d’un «opérateur majeur de télécommunications», ainsi que d’un «service de communications de pair à pair de premier plan», qui pourrait être Skype.

Si cette capacité à passer outre les différents niveaux de cryptages peut aider à retrouver des terroristes et prévenir des attentats, elle peut également avoir des «conséquences non prévues en affaiblissant la sécurité des communications», note le New York Times.

 

 

Interrogé par le quotidien de New York, Matthew Green, chercheur en cryptographie explique que le risque d’avoir créé «une porte d’accès dérobée dans des systèmes est que vous ne soyez pas le seul à l’exploiter».

Le New York Times et ProPublica rapportent que des responsables américains du renseignement leur ont demandé de ne pas publier ces informations, craignant que leurs révélations ne conduisent des entités ciblées par ce programme à changer de méthodes de cryptage ou de mode de communication.

Défendant la publication, le Times affirme que «les médias n’ont pas mentionné certains aspects mais ont décidé de publier l’article en raison de l’importance d’un débat public sur les actions du gouvernement qui affaiblissent les outils les plus puissants censés protéger la vie privée des Américains et d’autres».

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RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

Sept. 5, 2013 by Craig Hoyle – FG

 

London - Early use of the Royal Air Force's BAE Systems Hawk T2 advanced jet trainer has dramatically boosted the quality of instruction being provided to UK students, programme officials say.

 

A first course of four ab initio pilots completed their training on the T2 with 4 Sqn at Valley in June 2013, before progressing to the RAF's 29 Sqn operational conversion unit (OCU) for the Eurofighter Typhoon at Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

 

"I think we've doubled the standard of the students," says Alasdair Shinner, station manager at the Anglesey base for Lockheed Martin/Babcock joint venture Ascent; the Ministry of Defence's training system partner for the Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme. The T2 has the potential to deliver a "multi-role, combat-ready pilot" to the OCU, he adds, whereas the RAF's analogue cockpit Hawk T1s "weren't giving them relevant training for the aircraft that they were going to be flying".

 

Several additional courses are now under way, with these including RAF and Royal Navy students and 11 more UK qualified flying instructors (QFI). With only 50% of system capacity currently being used on a 28-aircraft fleet, potential options to increase the volume of training delivered include preparing additional RAF QFIs, increasing the number of instructors sourced from other air forces from a current one each from Australia, Canada and France, or approving Ascent-employed instructors to command some flights, officials say.

 

"Spare capacity is something that is being looked at, but there is no simple answer," says Gp Capt Simon Blake, from the RAF's 22 Group training organisation. "Lots of other air forces are coming here and seeing that we are filling the [training capability] gap," he notes.

 

Meanwhile, activities involving the RAF's Hawk T1-equipped 208 Sqn have been extended at Valley, with the service currently providing Phase IV lead-in fighter training for Royal Saudi Air Force pilots. Riyadh will take delivery of its first of 22 T2-equivalent Hawks from BAE in 2015, with Oman also having ordered eight of the new-generation type.

 

The remainder of the MFTS programme's fixed-wing equipment package should be determined by 2015, with a side-by-side-configuration type to deliver elementary training and a turboprop-powered basic trainer offering "jet-like performance" to be acquired as a replacement for the RAF's current Shorts Tucano T1s. Operations should commence from around 2018, says Ascent training director Simon Falla.

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Sea King Mk7 Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC)

Sea King Mk7 Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC)

Sept. 4, 2013 by  Craig Hoyle – FG

 

London - Further details of the UK Royal Navy's Crowsnest next-generation airborne early warning programme have been disclosed by the nation's Ministry of Defence, with the effort expected to have a maximum cost of around £500 million ($782 million).

 

Aiming to provide replacements for the Fleet Air Arm's current Westland Sea King 7 airborne surveillance and control system helicopters, Crowsnest recently entered a second assessment phase. This is concerned with candidate radars and mission systems to be installed aboard eight upgraded AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM2 rotorcraft from later this decade.

 

Merlin HM2 programme prime contractor Lockheed Martin is offering its Vigilance mission suite, combined with a Northrop Grumman radar for Crowsnest, while Thales is promoting an update of its Cerberus system and Searchwater 2000 sensor already used with the Sea King 7. Elta Systems and Selex ES are also offering radars for the requirement, according to evidence given to the UK Public Accounts Committee by MoD officials earlier this year.

 

In a report about the UK's future carrier strike capability published on 3 September, the committee voiced concern that the Crowsnest system is not scheduled to achieve full operational capability until 2022 - two years after the expected initial use of the RN's first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier with deployed Lockheed F-35B combat aircraft.

 

Service trials with the selected system would commence in 2020, the MoD says, with initial operational capability to be declared late the same year. "By the time we get to 2020 we will own four Crowsnest helicopters, of which two would be available to deploy in extremis," deputy chief of defence staff (military capability) Air Marshal Stephen Hillier told the committee. Prior to achieving a full carrier strike capability, the UK "would be working alongside allies and would be able to share capabilities", he notes.

 

The MoD expects to launch a third assessment phase activity next year, and to make a main gate investment decision for the Crowsnest system in 2017. The programme is expected to have a total cost ranging between £230 million and around £500 million, it says.

 

Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database records the Fleet Air Arm as having 12 radar-equipped Sea King 7s in active service. Their use will come to an end in March 2016, when the MoD will also retire all remaining examples of the aged transport and search and rescue asset.

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M10 60mm Mortar

M10 60mm Mortar

04 September 2013 by defenceWeb

 

New innovations in landward defence products manufactured by Denel will debut internationally at the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) exhibition in London this month.

 

“We have chosen DSEI to launch these systems internationally because it is the world’s largest fully-integrated defence expo and attracts industry leaders, decision-makers and analysts from across the globe,” Riaz Saloojee, Denel Group chief executive, said ahead of the exhibition which runs from next Tuesday to Friday.

 

On display for the first time will be the GI-30 30mm CamGun and the M10 – 60mm breech –loading mortar, both designed and manufactured at Denel Land Systems (DLS) in Lyttelton, Centurion.

 

“We are confident the GI-30 will impress and excite the industry and visitors to DSEI. It was developed as part of our contract to deliver a first class infantry combat vehicle (ICV) for the SA Army.

 

“It will be the main weapon system on the South African Badger ICV but can be easily fitted into other turrets on the market,” Stephan Burger, DLS chief executive, said.

 

He maintains both the GI-30 and the M10 mortar system are global leaders in their fields with unique features not yet available on other systems.

 

The GI-30 is an externally driven electro-mechanical cannon, utilising a drum-cam to cycle the breech to chamber rounds and extract spent cartridges. This reduces gases in the confines of a turret and improves the controlled firing rate. DLS designed the GI-30 to fire link-less 30 x 173mm ammunition through a dual feeder – a world-first for this kind of weapon.

 

 

As a single-shot weapon, it is seen as unique for its sniper mode of operation. Fired from a closed-breech position it offers more accurate fire because no movement takes place immediately before the round is fired. It has an effective range of 4 000 metres and can fire up to 100 rounds per minute.

 

 

The GI-30 CamGun uses SAPHEI, APFSDS (Armoured Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot) and TPT (Target Practice Type) ammunition types, designed and manufactured by Denel PMP (Pretoria Metal Pressings), as well as ammunition from Oerlikon and Nammo. Ammunition is replenished from a supply inside the turret.

 

Burger said the 60mm long-range mortar system was also developed in parallel with the Badger but can easily be adapted to fit into most standard turrets. Its range of 6 000 metres at sea level makes it a world leader in its class.

 

Another unique feature is its range of elevation -- from -5° to +70° -- which allows it to be employed in a direct fire application.

 

The new features make it an ideal weapon system for peace support operations and the changing nature of modern conflict in urban or other close environments. With its compact size and low recoil (54kN), the mortar can be fitted to light vehicles such as a pickup truck or even a boat.

 

The system can provide a sustained rate of fire of six rounds per minute or eight rounds per minute at one minute intervals – for 250 bombs.

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Les deux porte-avions britanniques avec tremplins et F-35B - crédits ROYAL NAVY

Les deux porte-avions britanniques avec tremplins et F-35B - crédits ROYAL NAVY

Sep 4, 2013 (UPI)

 

London - The British navy still doesn't have a grip on spiraling costs for an ambitious aircraft carrier expansion program, House of Commons lawmakers asserted this week.

 

A report issued Tuesday by the Commons Public Accounts Committee criticized the Ministry of Defense for continuing cost overruns in the program to build two new aircraft carriers and equip them with U.S.-built F-35B "jump-jet" joint strike fighters.

 

Committee members said the soaring costs have cast doubt on the government's ability to deliver the long-planned upgrades and puts it at serious risk.

 

The cross-party panel said it was "still not convinced that the Ministry of Defense has this program under control," adding the costly effort "remains subject to huge technical and commercial risks, with the potential for further uncontrolled growth in costs."

 

Margaret Hodge, the Labor Party member of Parliament who chairs the committee, pointed to a Defense Ministry decision in February 2012 to scrap plans to use F-35C fighters and instead revert to the original F-35Bs as an example of out-of-control spending.

 

 

"This U-turn, which will cost the taxpayer at least ($115 million), is the latest in an ongoing saga that has seen billions of pounds of taxpayers' money down the drain," she wrote.

 

"When this program got the green light in 2007, we were supposed to get two aircraft carriers, available from 2016 and 2018, at a cost to the taxpayer of ($5.7 billion).

 

"We are now on course to spend ($8.5 billion) and have no aircraft carrier capability for nearly a decade."

 

Because of the situation, the lawmakers declared the 2007 contract signed by the previous Labor government for the carriers was no longer "fit for purpose" because there are not enough incentives for contractors to cut costs.

 

Ministers, meanwhile, said they are trying to juggle the need for state-of the-art technology with controlling costs, the BBC reported.

 

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told the broadcaster the Defense Ministry was negotiating with contractors to bring costs under control and praised the recognition the original contract was no longer sufficient to do so.

 

Under the massive program, Britain is constructing two carriers -- the Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales. The biggest bone of contention has been the production costs of the aircraft that are due to fly from them, which could rise much further, the Financial Times reported.

 

Britain's National Audit Office determined this year the cost of the vertical-landing fighters has more than doubled since their development began 2001, with higher costs possible if orders don't reach expectations.

 

The Commons report also renewed fears delays in the development of the Crowsnest early warning radar system for the carriers means the vessels won't be equipped with the radar until two years after the first one is deployed in 2020.

 

But defense officials denied that, telling the newspaper the Crowsnest program will provide "an initial operating capability by the time the first carrier is in operational service."

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FN Herstal to Exhibit at DSEi 2013

September 04, 2013 by FN HERSTAL

 

FN Herstal will attend the DSEi Defence & Security Event, due to take place in London on 10-13 of September. Staff will be on hand at booth N3-622 in the Belgian Pavilion at the ExCeL centre to answer questions about FN Herstal's latest products and developments, which will be on display.

 

FN Herstal's exhibits will be:

 

    The FN MINIMI® 5.56 light machine gun, the world's most widely deployed machine gun in 5.56mm

    The FN MINIMI® 7.62 light machine gun, combining lightweight, long-range, and hitting power; the MINIMI® 5.56 and the MINIMI® 7.62 feature high parts commonality and identical ergonomics and operator handling

    The famous FN MAG® machine gun, originally designed by FN Herstal, is still a leading reference in the field of 7.62x51mm NATO caliber general purpose machine gun with more than 200,000 units supplied to more than 90 countries all around the globe

    The family of FN SCAR® assault rifles: designed for, tested, adopted, and used by the most demanding combat units. This highly adaptable weapon is available in 5.56mm or 7.62mm NATO caliber, easy to change between short (CQC) and standard barrels, light, modular, ergonomic, accurate and highly reliable in the harshest conditions. An additional FN40GL® 40mm LV grenade launcher mounted under the 5.56 or 7.62mm assault rifle or as a stand-alone launcher provides increased capability to the user

    The FN SCAR® precision rifle in 7.62mm caliber is the latest development within the FN SCAR® family and is available with a foldable or fixed sniper-type butt; while retaining the ergonomics and reliability of the FN SCAR® assault rifle, it has been adapted for increased range and accuracy for sniper support or designated marksman roles

    The FN FCU™ fire control unit is a full solution highly accurate aiming system for 40mm LV/MV grenade launchers allowing first round hits, at all ranges, in the most difficult situations, by day or by night

 

In addition to an extensive range of portable weapons designed, developed and manufactured for military, law enforcement and special forces operators worldwide, FN Herstal's product portfolio also includes integrated weapon systems for air, land and sea applications.

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the newly developed lightweight variant of the Resolve manpack electronic warfare system. Photo Roke Manor Research Limited.

the newly developed lightweight variant of the Resolve manpack electronic warfare system. Photo Roke Manor Research Limited.

4 September 2013 army-technology.com

 

Chemring Technology Solutions (CTS) has developed a lightweight variant of its Resolve manpack electronic warfare (EW) system for on-the-march military operations.

 

Weighing 22lbs, the newly launched system provides an alternative EW system to the standard Resolve manpack, which provides dismounted soldiers with advanced signals analysis enabling multiple mission profiles.

 

In addition, the system readily fits into a standard daysack, offering more flexible EW capabilities to exploit several communications systems.

 

CTS business sector manager, Gavin O'Connell, said the company's original Resolve system provides a high level of direction-finding capability for dismounted missions that cannot be delivered by other EW systems.

 

''The Resolve lightweight manpack system builds on this by meeting our customers' increasing demand for smaller, portable solutions that reduce thesoldiers' burden and provide more effective support for on-the-march EW operations,'' O'Connell said.

 

Despite a significant weight and size reduction, the system still offers immediate threat warning, electronic overwatch and single sensor location from a single battery for up to eight hours, and can also be networked to other static or mobile systems in the theatre.

 

Due to its simple interface, Resolve lightweight system can easily access vital functions to deliver immediate support in a range of operational environments, including close-quarter, long-range patrol or stand-off missions.

 

The system is scheduled to be displayed during the 2013 Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition, which will be held from 10 to 13 September in the ExCeL convention centre, London.

 

Fitted with one or more, intercept and direction finding nodes, Resolve is a modular and scalable EW suite designed for the interception and geolocation of tactical communications.

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HMS Westminster (left) and Italian ship Francesco Mimbelli [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

HMS Westminster (left) and Italian ship Francesco Mimbelli [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

3 September 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

A Royal Navy warship deployed in the Mediterranean has been testing her skills in an anti-submarine warfare exercise with the Italian Navy.

 

HMS Westminster is working as part of the Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) which is on an annual deployment to the Mediterranean and the Gulf to test the flexibility and capability of the force.

Part of their tasking includes working alongside NATO allies – and in Westminster’s case this came in the form of the Italian destroyer Francesco Mimbelli and submarine Salvatore Pelosi.

Taking turns to practise hunting for each other, the sailors from both ships and the submarine were put through their paces in an action-packed few days. As well as testing sensors and weapons skills, the exercise also tested the reactions of those on board.

There was also the chance for some of the sailors to experience life on board a partner nation’s vessel. From HMS Westminster, Medical Officer Lieutenant Moira McLellan spent 2 days on the Francesco Mimbelli.

Italian ship Francesco Mimbelli, HMS Westminster and Italian submarine Salvatore Pelosi
Italian ship Francesco Mimbelli, HMS Westminster and Italian submarine Salvatore Pelosi taking part in an exercise [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

She said:

It was a very enjoyable visit and interesting to see the similarities in the day-to-day workings of both navies. However, the culinary differences were very apparent, with pizza being served on Mimbelli’s bridge at 10 in the morning.

Aside from the anti-submarine exercise, HMS Westminster has been busy undertaking a wide range of tasks including flying, gunnery and boarding as part of her Cougar deployment and also in preparation for operations further afield.

HMS Westminster is due to leave the Cougar force before the end of their deployment and take up station in the Gulf as one of the Royal Navy’s long-standing commitments to the region.

HMS Westminster's 30-millimetre gun
Smoke emanates from HMS Westminster's 30-millimetre gun after firing [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

The Commanding Officer of HMS Westminster, Captain Hugh Beard, said:

The ship’s company of Westminster have been working hard as part of our Cougar 13 deployment and also in preparation for our future mission.

As a former submarine commanding officer, I am a poacher-turned-gamekeeper and I have really enjoyed my experience with the capabilities of Westminster to try to defeat the Italian submarine Pelosi.

The ships of Cougar 13 will operate in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf and around the Horn of Africa.

A Royal Marine fast ropes from a Lynx helicopter
A Royal Marine from HMS Westminster fast ropes from a Lynx Mk8 helicopter [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

This annual deployment involves exercising with partner nations and will show the UK Armed Forces’ capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world as part of the RFTG, which is being commanded by Commodore Paddy McAlpine from the fleet flagship HMS Bulwark.

The RFTG is the United Kingdom’s high readiness maritime force, made up of ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, at 5 days’ notice to act in response to any contingency tasking including humanitarian disaster relief and international military intervention.

As well as HMS Westminster there are 3 other Royal Navy ships – HMS Bulwark, HMS Illustrious and HMS Montrose – taking part and all are being supported by 5 Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.

Royal Marines conducting a boarding exercise
Royal Marines conducting a boarding exercise which involves searching people on the flight deck of HMS Westminster [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]
A member of HMS Westminster's gunnery team
A member of HMS Westminster's gunnery team fires his general purpose machine gun [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]
Members of the firefighting team
Members of the firefighting team on deck during an exercise [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]
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HMS Illustrious (right) takes fuel from the French supply tanker FS Somme

16.08.2013 Photographer: PO(Phot) Ray Jones - UK MoD

 

HMS Illustrious met up with the FS Somme today, a tanker from the French Navy, to conduct a Replenishment At Sea (RAS). This is where two ships sail at extremely close quarters, pass lines between the two of them, and then pump fuel across. Even though Lusty only sailed a few days ago, it is always prudent to take the opportunity to top up the tanks when possible. This was also a useful training evolution for both ships companies, and once again demonstrated interoperability between the Royal Navy and the French Navy.

 

HMS Illustrious is currently deployed on Cougar 13. Cougar is the annual deployment of the UK Armed Forces Maritime Response Force Task Group to the Mediterranean and East of Suez. The deployment serves to protect the free, safe and lawful use of the sea and to promote UK interests by developing international partnerships. Cougar allows the UK’s maritime assets to exercise with multinational forces in the Gulf region, enhancing our interoperability.

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Queen Elizabeth UK aircraft carrier - Picture Aircraft Carrier Alliance

Queen Elizabeth UK aircraft carrier - Picture Aircraft Carrier Alliance

Sep. 2, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News

 

LONDON — The British government is trying to renegotiate a contract with the BAE-led alliance that is building two 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy in order to control rising costs, but it says the terms of the deal leave it with little room to maneuver, according to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

 

Responding to a critical Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report into the aircraft carrier program due to be published here Tuesday,, Hammond said in a statement, “We are currently negotiating with industry to seek to secure proper alignment between industry and the MoD over the balance of the project and so bring the costs under control, but we are doing so within the context of a contract that gives us very little negotiating leverage.”

 

The PAC criticized the contract signed by the MoD and the alliance, saying it was “not fit for purpose as it fails to provide industry with any real incentive to control costs.”

 

The British lawmakers said that as things stood, the “contractors will continue to make a profit until the 5.24 billion pound target cost has been exceeded by 2.5 billion pounds.”

 

At one point, the original contract negotiations — which led to the signing of the construction deal for the Royal Navy’s largest-ever warships in 2008 — were targeting a cost of 3.65 billion pounds.

 

A spokesman for the Aircraft Carrier Alliance declined to comment beyond confirming negotiations with the MoD were ongoing. The alliance includes BAE, Babcock and Thales.

 

Margaret Hodge, the PAC chairwoman, said in a statement the committee was still “not convinced that the MoD has this program under control. It remains subject to huge technical and commercials risks, with the potential for further uncontrolled growth in costs.”

 

Senior alliance officials reported to the MoD this summer that the program faced time and cost overruns, said one industry source. He said he did not believe they were significant problems at this point.

 

Labour were responsible for signing the construction deal, but it is the Conservative-led coalition government that came in for much of the report’s criticism.

 

The PAC was prompted to investigate the carrier program after the government’s 2012 decision to do a U-turn and revert to the F-35B short takeoff and landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter to equip the carriers.

 

The British originally selected the F-35B, but the coalition government opted to change to the F-35C conventional carrier variant in a botched decision made as part of the 2010 strategic defence and security review (SDSR).

 

Two years later, when the spiraling cost of fitting catapults and traps to the two STOVL-designed warships became clear, the government changed its mind again and reverted to the F-35B.

 

The PAC said the decision to switch to the F-35C was “deeply flawed” on cost grounds and wasted at least 74 million pounds of taxpayers’ money.

 

Hodge said that “at the time of the SDSR, the MoD believed the cost of converting the carriers for the new aircraft would have been between 500 million pounds and 800 million pounds. By May 2012, it had realized that the true cost would be as high as 2 billion pounds.”

 

The renegotiations come as the carrier construction program is approaching the halfway mark. The alliance is preparing to fit the last major structural element of the first of the warships around mid-November, ahead of it being floated out of the yard at Rosyth, Scotland, next summer.

 

The government has committed only to operating one of the carriers and will decide in the 2015 SDSR whether it can afford to operate the second vessel as well or whether it will mothball or sell it.

 

Negotiations to buy a first production batch of F-35Bs to equip the aircraft carriers are currently underway, and the British hope to start flying from HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2018.

 

The PAC report said that aside from trying to change the terms of the carrier contract, the MoD was also attempting to renegotiate a wider maritime agreement with UK industry “with a view to incentivise contractors more by transferring cost risk.”

 

The MoD had aimed to conclude negotiations over the summer, said the PAC.

 

BAE and Babcock both have terms of business agreements with the UK government that virtually guarantee workload in return for efficiency savings at their ship construction and repair yards.

 

With two naval shipyards in Glasgow, Scotland, and a third in Portsmouth, southern England, BAE has been in talks with the government for months about reducing its capacity once the aircraft carrier program starts to run down.

 

A decision on future yard closures had been expected in late 2012, but negotiations with the government over several issues, including a possible stop-gap order to fill some of its yard capacity until the Type 26 frigate program enters production later in the decade, have delayed a decision.

 

The PAC also criticized the government for delaying an airborne early warning helicopter program that is vital for the protection of the aircraft carrier.

 

Known as Crowsnest, the program would replace an existing Sea King helicopter-based capability due to be axed in 2016 with an AgustaWestland EH101 rotorcraft system planned to become fully available in 2022 — two years after the first carrier is scheduled to become operational.

 

Hammond defended the money-saving decision.

 

“The Crowsnest program is expected to deliver an initial operating capability by the time the first carrier is in operational service. Maritime surveillance will also be provided by other platforms and systems, including the state of the art radar on the Type 45 Destroyers, working together in a layered defence.”

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Britain Says No Plans For New Syria Vote

Sep. 2, 2013 – Defense news (AFP)

 

LONDON — Britain’s government said on Monday that it had “no plans” to hold a second parliamentary vote on joining military action against Syria even if the US Congress approves air strikes next week.

 

Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote in the lower House of Commons on Thursday on the principle of taking action to punish Syria for alleged chemical weapons use, and pledged to respect parliament’s wishes.

 

But after US President Barack Obama announced on Saturday that he would ask Congress to authorize military action against Bashar al-Assad’s regime there has been pressure on Cameron to hold a fresh vote.

 

Cameron’s official spokesman said on Monday: “Parliament has spoken and that is why the government has absolutely no plans to go back to parliament.”

 

“The position we are in is that parliament has expressed its will and that is the basis on which we will proceed,” added the spokesman.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, whose Liberal Democrats are in coalition with Cameron’s Conservatives, said meanwhile he could “not foresee any circumstances” under which the government would seek a second vote.

 

“We’re not going to keep asking the same question of parliament again and again,” Clegg said. “I can’t foresee any circumstances that we would go back to parliament on the same question, on the same issue.”

 

But the careful wording of the government’s statements left room for supporters of military action against Syria to keep pressing for a new vote once US lawmakers have decided.

 

Former international development minister Andrew Mitchell said nothing should be ruled out.

 

“It may be, after lengthy and careful consideration, (that) Congress affirms its support for the president’s plans and, in the light of that, our parliament may want to consider this matter further,” he told BBC radio.

 

The US Congress is to debate Obama’s decision to attack Syria during the week starting on September 9 when they return to work, its speaker said.

 

Obama cited the British vote when defending his decision to let US lawmakers vote.

 

Cameron suffered the most humiliating defeat of his three years in power when Conservative rebels joined the opposition Labour party in voting against military action by 285 to 272.

 

Labour leader Ed Miliband had called for “compelling” evidence that Assad’s regime had gassed its own people before launching an attack.

 

Cameron’s spokesman said the prime minister would keep pressing for a political solution to the Syria conflict at the G20 meeting of world leaders in Saint Petersburg later this week.

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FASM Primauguet - photo Marine Nationale

FASM Primauguet - photo Marine Nationale

02/09/2013 Marine nationale

 

La frégate anti-sous-marine Primauguet a appareillé le 2 septembre 2013 de Brest dans le cadre de sa participation à l'entraînement multi-lutte Northern Coast en mer Baltique.

 

Northern Coast  se déroulera cette année du 9 au 20 septembre 2013 et aura pour thème «les opérations en eaux peu profondes». Le Primauguet représentera la Marine nationale et sera intégré à la Task Unit 421.10.10 avec les bâtiments danois HDMS Absalon (et son Lynx embarqué), allemands FGS Karlsruhe et FGS Frankfurt (et son Sea King embarqué) et britannique HMS Portland (et son Lynx embarqué).

 

L’entraînement opérationnel Northern Coast est un exercice aéromaritime multi-lutte multinational rassemblant les marines de différents pays de l’OTAN et de l’Union Européenne. Il se déroule régulièrement en mer Baltique. Cet entraînement opérationnel annuel a été initié en 2007. La Marine nationale y a participé pour la première fois en 2010 avec l'aviso Commandant Bouan. Cette année, la nation hôte est la Suède et la marine qui y déploie le plus d'unités est la marine allemande.

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Chemring Technology Solutions Launches a New Timer-based Explosives Initiator

Sep 2, 2013 ASDNews Source : Chemring Technology Solutions

 

Chemring Technology Solutions today launches PED Mk2, the successor to its world leading PED100 timer-based programmable explosives initiator.

 

PED Mk2, which has a countdown range from 1 minute to 30 days, is a third of the weight of the PED100 system it replaces and now includes an integrated programmer. The integrated programmer allows the timer to be set in the field to allow greater operational flexibility. Its capability is also enhanced as it can now survive immersion to a depth of 30 meters. The PED Mk2 can be used to support operations that include general combat demolitions, ammunition disposal and underwater mine clearance.

 

Despite its reduced size and weight, PED Mk2 has greater firing energy (1.5 joules) and a higher countdown resolution of one second which allows for accurate synchronisation of multiple detonations. The small size and near silent emissions profile of PED Mk2 also reduces the probability that the timer will be discovered. If discovered, removal of the tear-off keypad makes it impossible to re-programme or repurpose the device.

 

Mike Luedicke, General Manager of Chemring Technology Solutions in Poole, said: "PED Mk2 has been developed to improve mission efficiency by minimising training needs and delivering a more flexible and precise timing system. As it does not require a separate programming device, it allows the user, such as military engineers, to rapidly set custom time delays at the point of deployment."

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Syrie/opération: pas de participation de Berlin (Merkel)

BERLIN, 2 septembre - RIA Novosti

 

L'Allemagne ne participera pas à l'opération militaire que les Etats-Unis pourraient lancer en Syrie, a annoncé dimanche la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel.

 

"Non, l'Allemagne n'y participera pas. L'Allemagne ne pourra s'impliquer que s'il y a un mandat de l'Otan, de l'Onu ou un mandat européen", a déclaré Mme Merkel durant un débat télévisé contre son opposant de centre-gauche Peer Steinbrück, à l’approche des élections du 22 septembre.

 

Auparavant, le ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères Guido Westerwelle a déclaré que Berlin excluait la possibilité de prendre part à une intervention militaire en Syrie.

 

"On ne nous a pas demandé [d'intervenir] et nous ne l'envisageons pas", a-t-il déclaré dans une interview au quotidien régional Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

 

Le secrétaire britannique à la Défense Philip Hammond a fait savoir jeudi que Londres ne participerait pas à une opération militaire éventuelle contre la Syrie, le parlement ayant voté contre.

 

Le premier ministre canadien Stephen Harper a annoncé lui aussi que son gouvernement n'envisageait pas d'effectuer une mission militaire.

 

Pour sa part, le président français François Hollande a indiqué qu'il n'excluait pas la participation de son pays à une intervention.

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Safran finalise le rachat de la participation de Rolls-Royce dans le programme commun de turbines d’hélicoptère RTM322

Paris, le 2 septembre 2013 - Safran

 

Safran (NYSE Euronext Paris : SAF) annonce avoir finalisé l’acquisition à Rolls-Royce de la participation de 50 % de cette dernière dans leur programme commun de turbines d’hélicoptère RTM322. Le montant en numéraire de la transaction s’élève à 293 millions d’euros.

 

Désormais, Turbomeca (filiale de Safran leader dans les turbines d’hélicoptère) assumera la totalité de la responsabilité de la conception, de la production, du support des produits et des services (pièces de rechange et maintenance, réparation et révision) pour le moteur RTM322. Ce modèle équipe les hélicoptères Apache, EH101 et NH90. Rolls-Royce s’engage à accompagner pleinement Turbomeca dans la phase de transition au cours de laquelle les activités de Rolls-Royce liées à ce programme feront l’objet d’un transfert progressif.

 

Le programme RTM322 est une priorité pour Turbomeca, qui a la volonté d’en poursuivre le développement technique et commercial et envisage notamment une amélioration de ses performances, ainsi que des investissements afin de répondre sur le long terme aux besoins du segment stratégique du marché des turbines d’hélicoptères les plus puissantes (3 000 shp et au-delà).

 

Les objectifs et aspects financiers de la transaction ont été communiqués lors de l’annonce de sa signature le 23 avril 2013.

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Calendrier :

 

    Chiffre d’affaires T3 2013 : 24 octobre 2013

    Résultats annuels 2013 : 20 février 2014

 

Safran est un groupe international de haute technologie, équipementier de premier rang dans les domaines Aérospatial (propulsion, équipements), Défense et Sécurité. Implanté sur tous les continents, le Groupe emploie 62 500 personnes pour un chiffre d’affaires de 13,6 milliards d’euros en 2012. Composé de nombreuses sociétés, le groupe Safran occupe, seul ou en partenariat, des positions de premier plan mondial ou européen sur ses marchés. Pour répondre à l’évolution des marchés, le Groupe s’engage dans des programmes de recherche et développement qui ont représenté en 2012 des dépenses de 1,6 milliard d’euros. Safran est une société cotée sur NYSE Euronext Paris et fait partie de l’indice CAC 40.

Pour plus d’informations, www.safran-group.com / Suivez @SAFRAN sur Twitter

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