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Les Challenger 2 devraient enfin faire l'objet d'un programme de modernisation visant à étendre leur durée de vie jusqu'à l'horizon 2035 - photo UK MoD

Les Challenger 2 devraient enfin faire l'objet d'un programme de modernisation visant à étendre leur durée de vie jusqu'à l'horizon 2035 - photo UK MoD

 

13 octobre, 2015 par Nathan Gain (FOB)

 

Moderniser ou remplacer, tel est le dilemne face auquel de trop nombreuses armées modernes se retrouvent confrontées en ces temps d’économies (forcées). Un choix cornélien qui n’épargne personne, mêmes les plus grandes armées actuelles ; à l’image d’une armée britannique sur le point de déterminer l’avenir de son parc de chars Challenger 2. Face à un programme d’achat jugé économiquement inenvisageable, le ministère de la défense britannique semble en effet s’être résolument tourné vers ce qui semble avoir toujours été son plan A, à savoir la prolongation de la durée de vie des Challenger. La date de sortie de service de ceux-ci devrait donc être déplacée de 2025 à 2035. « Toutes les options, allant de ne rien faire du tout à l’achat d’un nouveau tank, ont été étudiées durant la phase de concept du projet « CR2 Life Extension Project ». En l’état, il est très peu probable que l’armée [britannique] choisisse la solution consistant en la fabrication et l’achat d’un nouveau char de combat. Une décision définitive sera bientôt prise concernant les Challenger 2, et la phase d’évaluation du projet « CR2 LEP » devrait en conséquence commencer début 2016, » a récemment déclaré un porte-parole du ministère de la défense britannique.

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RAF Names Two Aircrew Killed In Afghan Puma Crash


13 oct. 2015 Forces TV

 

The two Royal Air Force personnel killed in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan have been named as Flight Lieutenants Geraint 'Roly' Roberts and Alan 'Scotty' Scott. Both officers were part of the Puma helicopter force based at Oxfordshire's RAF Benson.

Speaking about their loss the Station Commander Group Captain Simon Paterson said: "Today we mourn the loss of two of our most capable and dedicated colleagues and friends, both of whom were exceptional men who made a massive impact on the Puma Force and, indeed, the Station."

"They will be greatly missed by all and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families of Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott and Flight Lieutenant Geraint ‘Roly’ Roberts."

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Jordanian Armed Forces partner with U.S. and U.K. forces for military exercises. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan Young/released

Jordanian Armed Forces partner with U.S. and U.K. forces for military exercises. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan Young/released

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 By Ryan Maass   (UPI)

 

The U.K. Ministry of Defence announced the country will provide more military equipment to the Jordanian Armed Forces to help them counter border threats. The package amounts to over $3.84 million, and includes non-lethal transport vehicles, body armor, communications and IT equipment. The package is part of the United Kingdom's support for the Jordanian Armed Forces Quick Reaction Force, and their fight against the Islamic State, Sunni militants also identified as Daesh and by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL. The militants have taken considerable territory in Iraq and Syria, two countries bordering Jordan. Penny Mordaunt, Minister of the State for Armed Forces, visited the growing force in Jordan over the weekend.

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Black Alligator 2015: Close quarter battle


13 oct. 2015 by Royal Navy

 

Close quarters battle footage from Exercise Black Alligator. 42 Commando train to hone their skills in a unique training environment.

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FCAS photo Dassault Aviation

FCAS photo Dassault Aviation

 

13/10/2015 Par Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves le Drian a annoncé le lancement par Londres et Paris de la "deuxième phase" du programme franco-britannique du futur drone armé Scaf.

 

La France et la Grande-Bretagne vont lancer la "deuxième phase" du programme "de démonstration franco-britannique du système de combat aérien futur (SCAF), dit drone armé", a annoncé fin septembre à l'Assemblée nationale le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian. En novembre 2014, Paris et Londres avaient donné le coup d'envoi à des études industrielles pour un futur drone aérien de combat franco-britannique à l'horizon 2030. Dassault Aviation et BAE Systems coopèrent sur ce projet qualifié "d'historique".et se partagent une enveloppe de 150 millions d'euros.

Outre les deux avionneurs, les deux motoristes Snecma et Rolls-Royce ainsi que les deux électroniciens Thales et Selex UK font partie de l'équipe historique. "Aujourd'hui, la France et la Grande-Bretagne décident de préparer ensemble l'avenir de leur aéronautique de combat", avait assuré le PDG de Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier. Ce contrat représente "une étape importante pour les deux pays et pour les deux industriels",  avait confirmé de son côté le patron de BAE Systems, Ian King

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

12 October 2015 Ministry of Defence

 

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton has visited Nigeria to see UK military personnel training the Nigeria Armed Forces.

 

General Sir Nicholas Houghton also met with senior Nigerian government officials to discuss how the UK might optimise the training support it can offer.

 

The UK has a resident British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT) in the African nation, which has grown in size since former Foreign Secretary William Hague announced last summer that the UK would increase its training and capacity building support to the Nigerian military to help it counter the violent extremist organisation known as Boko Haram.

 

Supported by the deployment of a growing number of short-term training teams (STTT), the BMATT is helping to deliver an expanding training programme to all three services of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

 

More than 100 UK military personnel have deployed to Nigeria already this year on training tasks ranging from one to eight weeks in length, providing training and advice in a number of niche areas such as countering improved explosive devices, infantry patrolling skills, civil-military cooperation and command and leadership. This number will grow as the UK continues to expand its offer of assistance.

 

UK personnel currently deployed in Nigeria are helping to train Nigerian troops who will deploy on operations against Boko Haram in the north-east.

 

General Sir Nicholas Houghton visited them to see their work after holding routine meetings, with President Muhammadu Buhari, and senior Nigerian military officials, in which he praised the ‘remarkable progress’ of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the last two months, and offered to intensify UK help and support.

 

Whilst the UK is helping to deliver pre-deployment training for counter-insurgency operations, our package of support is not all about Boko Haram and the BMATT is working closely with Nigerian military training schools and academies, helping to build longer term capacity as part of our enduring Defence relationship.

 

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton said:

    I was extremely pleased to visit our military training team in Nigeria and see, first-hand, the excellent work being carried out by our troops with Nigerian forces.

    The visit has also provided an opportunity to discuss the security challenges that Nigeria faces with senior members of the Nigerian Administration and Military. We are committed to strengthening our long-standing Defence relationship with Nigeria, and I hope we can increase our support in the future.

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Posé d’un groupe de commandos parachutistes (GCP) du 1er RCP sur la zone de saut de Woodbridge. Photo J. Bardenet Armée de Terre

Posé d’un groupe de commandos parachutistes (GCP) du 1er RCP sur la zone de saut de Woodbridge. Photo J. Bardenet Armée de Terre

 

12/10/2015 armée de Terre

 

Du 28 septembre au 07 octobre 2015, près de 1 400 soldats de la 11e brigade parachutiste et de la 16th air assault  brigade ont participé à un exercice binational dans le sud-est du Royaume-Uni.

 

L’exercice avait pour but de poursuivre l’entrainement d’une force d’intervention rapide franco-britannique composée de deux bataillons d’infanterie aéroportée et d’éléments d’appui et de soutien. L’état-major est binational, la nation ayant le commandement fournit 70 % des effectifs.

 

Eagle Amarante a rassemblé 1 400 militaires dont 350 soldats français issus des brigades parachutistes, d’aérocombat, logistique et du renseignement. Cet exercice découle du traité de Lancaster House signé en 2010 par la France et la Grande Bretagne. Il vise notamment à renforcer la coopération des deux nations dans le domaine de la Défense.

 

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GB/Assange: la police arrête la surveillance physique 24h/24 de l'ambassade équatorienne

 

12 octobre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Londres - La police britannique a annoncé lundi l'arrêt de la surveillance physique 24h/24 de l'ambassade équatorienne à Londres, où est réfugié le fondateur de Wikileaks Julian Assange, pour la remplacer par un certain nombre de mesures, visibles et masquées.

 

Il est disproportionné d'avoir la présence permanente d'officiers à l'ambassade de l'Équateur à Londres, a indiqué la police britannique dans un communiqué, alors que cette surveillance était critiquée pour son coût.

 

Toutefois l'opération pour arrêter Julian Assange continue et s'il devait quitter l'ambassade, la police britannique mettrait tout en oeuvre pour l'arrêter, précise Scotland Yard.

 

Même si aucune mesure ne peut garantir le succès de l'opération si Julian Assange quitte l'ambassade, la Metropolitan Police va déployer un certain nombre de mesures visibles et masquées pour l'arrêter, précise le communiqué.

 

Le fondateur de Wikileaks, accusé de viol par une Suédoise depuis 2010, vit reclus depuis juin 2012 dans l'ambassade équatorienne de Londres, dans le quartier chic de Knightsbridge, près de Hyde Park.

 

Visé par un mandat d'arrêt européen, il refuse de se rendre en Suède de peur d'être extradé vers les États-Unis, où il pourrait se voir reprocher la publication par Wikileaks en 2010 de 500.000 documents classés secret défense sur l'Irak et l'Afghanistan et 250.000 communications diplomatiques.

 

L'Australien de 44 ans était jusqu'à la mi-août également accusé d'agression sexuelle mais cette accusation est entre temps tombée sous le coup de la prescription cinq ans après les faits.

 

Wikileaks, qui a créé un site internet pour dénoncer le gaspillage gouvernemental (govwaste.co.uk) représenté par la surveillance policière britannique de l'ambassade, affirme que le coût total s'élève à 12,59 millions de livres (16,96 millions d'euros) pour les contribuables britanniques.

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Les Groupes Lourds honorés sur la base aérienne 106 de Bordeaux

 

09/10/2015 Sources : Sirpa air / BA 106 - Armée de l'air

 

Les 70 ans du retour des Groupes Lourds d’Angleterre ont été commémorés, jeudi 8 octobre 2015, sur la base aérienne 106 de Bordeaux-Mérignac.

 

Cette journée de commémoration a débuté par une cérémonie militaire solennelle, rendue en hommage aux vétérans et aux proches des groupes de bombardement II/23 «Guyenne» et I/15 «Tunisie», dits Groupes Lourds. Dix vétérans sur les douze toujours en vie avaient spécialement fait le déplacement.

 

À cette occasion, le colonel Christophe Michel, commandant la base aérienne 106 de Bordeaux, a procédé à la lecture d’un vibrant ordre du jour, saluant la mémoire des aviateurs français ayant combattu «au service de la France et de la liberté».

 

«Les 20 et 29 octobre 1945, les Groupes Lourds se posent sur le sol français, sur la base aérienne de Bordeaux-Mérignac. Ils constituent la 21eescadre de bombardement et sont dignement fêtés, le 26 novembre, sur la place des Quinconces, où la Croix de guerre vient orner leur drapeau. Sur une base aérienne sévèrement endommagée par les bombardements, le «Guyenne» et le «Tunisie» s’installent et appréhendent leur nouvelle mission. (...) Saluons ici nos Anciens dont la présence nous honore. Leur exemple est l’étoile qui nous guide sur le chemin de la réussite dans l’accomplissement de nos missions.»

 

Au terme de ce premier hommage, une cérémonie des couleurs était également organisée sur le tarmac de la base girondine. Pour l’occasion, deux Rafale de la 4e escadre de chasse de Saint-Dizier, entité héritière des traditions des Groupes Lourds, étaient disposés sur le parking bordelais.

 

Pour clore cette journée riche en célébrations, une rencontre a été organisée entre les vétérans, les 120 membres de l’association des anciens et des amis des Groupes Lourds, ainsi que 200 collégiens originaires de Mérignac. Après la projection de documentaires consacrés à l’histoire des groupes français, une série de questions-réponses a été entamée entre les jeunes élèves et les aviateurs français.

 

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Drone - UAV (photo Armée de l'Air, Armée de Terre, Onera,Dassault Aviation)

Drone - UAV (photo Armée de l'Air, Armée de Terre, Onera,Dassault Aviation)

 

12 oct. 2015 Ministère de la Défense

 

Over the last decade, it has become an essential asset in military interventions. Now the preferred means of carrying out reconnaissance and observation, the drone is a source of fascination. As France and the UK prepare to work together to develop futuristic drones capable of carrying out strikes on the enemy, the Journal de la Défense takes a closer look at this rapidly evolving military resource.

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Afghanistan: 5 membres de l'Otan tués dans un accident d'hélicoptère

 

12 octobre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Kaboul - Cinq membres de l'Otan, dont deux soldats de l'armée de l'air britannique, sont morts dimanche dans l'accident de leur hélicoptère à Kaboul, peu après qu'un convoi britannique eut été visé par un attentat suicide dans la capitale afghane.

 

Les autorité ont annoncé lundi que l'hélicoptère s'était écrasé dimanche après-midi lors de son atterrissage au quartier général de la coalition de l'Otan, qui apporte un soutien aérien à l'armée afghane.

 

L'accident a provoqué la mort de cinq membres de (l'opération) Soutien résolu et en a blessé cinq autres, selon un communiqué.

 

Une enquête a été ouverte mais nous pouvons confirmer qu'il s'agit d'un accident et non du résultat d'une attaque d'insurgés, a souligné auparavant le ministère britannique de la Défense.

 

Le décès de deux soldats britanniques porte à 456 le nombre des Britanniques morts en Afghanistan depuis que la Grande-Bretagne a participé à l'invasion de l'Afghanistan lancée par les Etats-Unis en octobre 2001.

 

Ces deux soldats appartenaient aux 230 Squadron et 33 Squadron de la Royal Air Force.

 

Les nationalités des autres victimes n'ont pas été révélées.

 

Cet accident intervient peu après une attaque ayant visé dimanche un convoi britannique dans le centre de Kaboul, signe de l'instabilité persistante en Afghanistan, deux semaines après la prise spectaculaire de Kunduz (nord) à par les talibans.

 

Cet attentat suicide, commis par un kamikaze taliban à une heure de pointe dans le centre de la capitale, a blessé trois civils, dont un enfant.

 

Les talibans ont renforcé leurs attaques contre les forces gouvernementales afghanes depuis que l'Otan a achevé en décembre sa mission de combat en Afghanistan.

 

Les insurgés talibans étaient parvenus le 28 septembre à s'emparer en quelques heures seulement de la ville stratégique de Kunduz.

 

Cette prise de contrôle, même si elle n'a duré que quelques jours, avait signé leur plus grande victoire depuis 2001, constituant un grave revers pour le président Ashraf Ghani, au pouvoir depuis un an.

 

Les forces de sécurité afghanes ne leur avaient opposé qu'une faible résistance, symptomatique des énormes difficultés qu'elles rencontrent pour contenir les combattants islamistes.

 

Les talibans ont affirmé dimanche que leur attentat suicide à Kaboul contre les forces de l'Otan avait été perpétré en représailles aux bombardements barbares de Kunduz.

 

Des bombardements aériens américains, en soutien aux forces afghanes et de l'Otan sur le terrain à Kunduz, avaient atteint un hôpital de Médecins sans frontières (MSF) faisant au moins 22 morts, dont 12 employés de l'ONG.

 

Le président Barack Obama avait présenté ses excuses à l'ONG qui demande une enquête internationale impartiale sur cette tragédie.

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Britain to increase UAV fleet, modernize Special Forces gear


Oct 5, 2015 (UPI)

 

Britain is to replace and double its fleet of remotely piloted aircraft and modernize equipment of its Special Forces.

The investment, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, is part of the 2015 Strategic Defense and Security Review.

"In order to equip UK intelligence agencies and British Armed forces with the capabilities they need to keep the streets of Britain safe, the prime minister has announced that the RAF will replace the existing fleet of 10 Reaper aircraft with more than 20 of the latest generation of RPAS, which will be called Protector and will carry the very latest technology," the Ministry of Defensee said.

"With a greater range and endurance, the new Protector aircraft will dramatically increase the UK's ability to identify, track, deter and ultimately counter potential threats. Combined with the increase in the size of the fleet, this will substantially enhance the UK's global intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance capability.

For its Special Force, the Ministry of Defense said, new specialist weapons and clothing will be procured to ensure that the force "remains at the cutting edge of technology, giving them a clear advantage over enemies."

Additional details of the procurement of RPAs and Special Forces equipment was not elaborated upon.

The Reaper currently used by Britain is made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Cameron, who made the announcement in a newspaper interview, gave no information on the Protector RPA, including its manufacturer.

"The duty of the UK Government is to keep our country safe and we must do more as the threats we face evolve," said Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. "We must adapt and stay ahead of our enemies.

"This investment package will enhance our ability to address these sophisticated dangers both at home and abroad, allowing us to intervene with speed and precision to protect the people of the UK and our international partners."

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M109 howitzer

M109 howitzer

 

Oct 8, 2015 By Dylan Vosman - defence-blog.com

 

The company BAE Systems will provide the Army of Brazil the first batch of 16 upgraded M109 self-propelled howitzers in 2016. The delivery of the second package is planned for 2018. Armored Troop The Brazilian army has undergone a major modernization in the last decade, especially with the emergence and consolidation of the Armored Training Center (Bld CI) training unit located in Santa Maria (RS). This process has just opened a new stage with the imminent delivery of modernized self-propelled howitzer (VBCOAP) M109. To date innovations in Armored Troop they focused on Movement and Combat Maneuver (MBT) function, with the acquisition of armored combat vehicles Leopard 1A5 KMW. Now the combat role by fires (self-propelled howitzers) gains a new dimension with the acquisition of VBCOAP M109 A5 within the strategic project OCOP (Getting Full Operational Capability) Army.

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Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, left, attends the NATO Defence Ministerial in Brussels. Picture: NATO

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, left, attends the NATO Defence Ministerial in Brussels. Picture: NATO

 

8 October 2015 Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

 

Michael Fallon has announced persistent UK troop deployments to the Baltic states and increased training for the Ukraine Armed Forces.

 

Speaking at the NATO Defence Ministerial in Brussels today (8 October), Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that company sized units will now be deployed to the Baltics and Poland on a regular basis to provide reassurance and training support. The deployed units will build on existing deployments wherever possible.

The move, which will form part of the US-German Transatlantic Capability Enhancement and Training (TACET) initiative, builds on Britain’s contribution to policing Baltic air space. RAF Typhoons have been deployed to the region each year since May 2014 and will return in 2016.

This contribution will benefit the UK in several ways, including building the capacity and capability of our regional allies, enhancing interoperability with our armed forces, maintaining the UK’s regional leadership, reaffirming the UK’s commitment to NATO and collective security, and offering training opportunities and regional knowledge.

The initiative also gives the UK the opportunity to coordinate its deployments with the US and Germany, which demonstrates a clear UK commitment to enhance our bilateral relationships with Germany, and sustains our relationship with the US.

One of the aims of TACET is to coordinate military training and exercises in the Baltic States and Poland, to provide reassurance and develop capability and resilience.

Mr Fallon has also announced an uplift to the number of UK training personnel based in Ukraine and an increase in the capacity to deliver training by a third.

The UK has already stepped up the training programme in Ukraine to include additional infantry, medical and survival skills, and increase the number of Ukrainian soldiers being trained.

We are providing non-lethal assistance that has been requested by the Ukrainian Government to enhance the capability of their armed forces to defend themselves.

19 UK teams have operated in Ukraine to train nearly 1,600 members of the UAF at eight training sites. The operation remains on course to have trained more than 2,000 UAF troops by the end of the financial year.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

We are committed to supporting the sovereignty of the democratic nations of Eastern Europe. We are already deploying RAF jets to the Baltics and providing crucial training to the Ukrainian armed forces.

Now we will have a more regular drumbeat of troops deploying in the Baltics and Poland, and will step up our training effort in Ukraine.

The UK’s permanent representative to NATO, Sir Adam Thomson, said:

This meeting came at a crucial time for the Alliance. There’s an arc of instability along NATO’s periphery, with new challenges and threats.

Change is already underway in NATO to respond. The Readiness Action Plan is on track. The spearhead force is launched. All Allies are contributing to Assurance Measures - 28 for 28.

And the UK is playing a leading role - as today’s announcement clearly shows. The UK is committed to the defence of our Allies and to projecting stability in NATO’s neighbourhood.

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal SITREP 07 Oct.. – CJTF-OIR

 

October 7, 2015 by CJTF-OIR Release # 20151007-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Oct. 6, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using fighter aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 20 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

 

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

 

Syria

• Near Abu Kamal, three strikes struck two separate ISIL crude oil collection points.

 

Iraq

• Near Habbaniya, one strike destroyed two ISIL rocket rails.

• Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL fighting position.

• Near Kisik, three strikes suppressed two ISIL rocket positions, an ISIL mortar position, and an ISIL sniper position.

• Near Makhmur, one strike suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.

• Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL heavy machine guns and three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL rocket position and an ISIL mortar position.

• Near Ramadi, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL bunker, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

• Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and two ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL rocket position.

• Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL trench, and an ISIL berm and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

• Near Tikrit, one strike destroyed four ISIL obstacles.

 

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

 

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.

 

The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group's ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Canada, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.

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Air Strikes in Irak - photo UK MoD

Air Strikes in Irak - photo UK MoD

 

7 October 2015 Ministry of Defence

 

On Thursday 1 October, an RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft patrolled ahead of Kurdish peshmerga as they conducted their latest offensive against the ISIL terror network in northern Iraq. The Reaper’s crew identified a team of armed terrorists moving on foot and successfully engaged them with a Hellfire missile. The Reaper then provided support to a coalition air strike on an ISIL facility, where car-bombs were being assembled; our aircraft used its sensors to sweep the surrounding area, ensuring there was no risk to civilians, before the air strike went ahead and destroyed the target.

 

The following day, Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri also provided close air support to the peshmerga, south-west of Kirkuk. ISIL extremists were spotted and were struck by a Paveway IV guided bomb. Meanwhile, further south and west, a Reaper provided surveillance support to a coalition air strike on an ISIL-held building, then used one of its Hellfires to destroy an armoured truck. The Reaper then provided targeting support to another coalition aircraft as it engaged a terrorist heavy machine-gun concealed under trees.

 

Sunday 4 October saw RAF GR4s patrolling over western Iraq, where they destroyed an anti-aircraft gun position with a Paveway IV. A Reaper was also operating over Anbar province, and it supported coalition air attacks on two Da’ish buildings and a heavy machine-gun. On Monday 5 October, a Reaper, again operating over the west of the country, identified a terrorist team as they planted an improvised explosive device, and successfully attacked them with a Hellfire.

 

Whilst the coalition air campaign provides extensive air support to current Iraqi security operations, intensive training continues to build up their strength for future offensives, with British military instructors playing their part alongside training teams from other members of the global coalition. A particular focus for the British instructors has been on teaching techniques to minimise the threat posed by the large numbers of improvised explosive devices and booby-traps with which the terrorists attempt to hold up Iraqi advances. The UK has given the Iraqi forces 1,000 Vallon mine-detectors and these, combined with the training provided, have already helped save many lives.

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Offshore Patrol Vessel

Offshore Patrol Vessel

 

7 October 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP

 

Construction of the final Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) took an important step forward today.

Construction of the final Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) took an important step forward today, as the Minister of State for Defence Procurement started a computer-guided laser to cut the first piece of hull.

During a visit to BAE Systems’ Govan yard in Glasgow, Defence Minister Philip Dunne saw progress on the build of the first and second OPVs and met members of the workforce on a programme that has protected more than 800 Scottish jobs.

HMS Trent is the third of three Offshore Patrol Vessels which will begin joining the fleet in 2017. Alongside HMS Forth and HMS Medway, HMS Trent will go on to take part in counter terrorism, combating piracy, halting smuggling and defending UK waters.

The vessels are being built at BAE Systems’ shipyards on the Clyde as part of a £348 million contract.

Defence Minister, Philip Dunne, said:

These new ships will provide an important capability to the Royal Navy and our Armed Forces‎. They will perform vital tasks in defending the nation’s interests around the world.

This investment forms part of over £160 billion in our 10 year Equipment Plan which is funded out of the newly protected Defence budget.

Manufacture of these ships sustains over 800 quality engineering jobs here in Scotland, ensuring that the shipyards on the Clyde continue to sit at the heart of a thriving naval shipbuilding capability. They are paving the way for work to begin on our new T26 frigates next year.

This third generation of River-class patrol ship is expected to displace approximately 1,800 tonnes, be about 90m long and 13m wide and have a range of over 5,000 nautical miles.

Director Ships Support at the MOD’s Defence, Equipment and Support organisation, Neal Lawson, said:

HMS Trent, along with HMS Forth and HMS Medway, will provide the Royal Navy with the flexibility to operate in a wide variety of roles in UK waters and overseas. More capable than the existing River class, they will have a flight deck to take the latest Merlin helicopters, fire fighting equipment, and increased storage capacity and accommodation.

But the importance of this programme is not only that the OPVs will have the latest technology in new ships, but also that the build programme acts as a stepping stone to work on our future multi-mission warship, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

Construction of the first two ships, HMS Forth and HMS Medway, is already well underway.

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Les centrales nucléaires vulnérables aux cyberattaques

 

6 octobre 2015 45eNord.ca (AFP)

 

L’industrie nucléaire, en retard dans la prévention du risque technologique, constitue une cible particulièrement vulnérable aux cyberattaques, elles-mêmes de plus en plus répandues et sophistiquées, selon un rapport publié lundi.

 

Les acteurs de l’industrie nucléaire «commencent, mais ont du mal, à lutter contre cette nouvelle menace insidieuse», analyse le groupe de réflexion britannique Chatham House dans une étude reposant sur 18 mois d’enquête.

L’institut estime que les centrales nucléaires «manquent de préparation pour affronter une urgence en matière de cybersécurité, dans un incident de grande ampleur, et auraient du mal coordonner une réponse adéquate».

En cause : un financement insuffisant de cette prévention, un manque de formation, de normes réglementaires et de culture de la cybersécurité, l’utilisation croissante du numérique dans les systèmes d’exploitation des centrales et le recours à des logiciels de série peu onéreux, mais plus vulnérables au piratage, observe le rapport.

Chatham House dénonce le «mythe répandu» selon lequel les centrales nucléaires seraient protégées parce qu’elles ne seraient pas connectées à internet.

Dans les faits, de nombreuses installations ont progressivement mis en place une forme de connectivité et leurs systèmes informatiques peuvent être piratés par des moyens parfois très simples.

Ainsi, le virus Stuxnet, qui avait perturbé le fonctionnement de sites nucléaires iraniens en 2010, avait été implanté au moyen d’un périphérique USB. Selon Chatham House, cette attaque est devenue une référence dans le monde des cybercriminels et leur a permis d’améliorer leur technique.

«Une fois que l’existence de Stuxnet a été connue, explique le rapport, les pirates à travers le monde se sont inspirés de son fonctionnement et ont incorporé certaines de ses fonctionnalités à leurs propres logiciels à visée malveillante».

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Artisan 3D fitting to HMS Queen Elizabeth


6 oct. 2015 by BAE Systems

 

Our cutting-edge 3D radar system, capable of detecting objects as small as a tennis ball and travelling at three times the speed of sound more than 25Km away, has been successfully installed to the Royal Navy’s future aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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photo UK MoD

 

October 4, 2015 By Gerard O'Dwyer  Defense News

 

HELSINKI — Sweden is not ruling out the possibility that it may apply to join the elite British-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), although no formal process exists to do so, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said.

 

Hultqvist has been summoned by the Defense Committee of the Riksdag, Sweden's parliament, to confirm if the government is engaged in formal talks to join the JEF without the parliament’s knowledge.

 

Amid Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and an increasingly aggressive and unpredictable Kremlin, Sweden has intensified efforts to shore up its defense capabilities by actively seeking to join bilateral and multilateral defense cooperation in Northern Europe.

 

The  Riksdag committee's desire for an explanation also takes place amid deepening defense cooperation with NATO, coupled with the disclosure of a classified memorandum from November exploring the value of Sweden joining the JEF.

 

The memorandum — prepared by Col. Mats Danielsson, the Swedish MoD’s defense attache to its embassy in London — revealed the existence of unofficial contacts between Sweden and Britain that could take neutral Sweden into the NATO-allied JEF.

 

Anna Kinberg Batra, the leader of the pro-NATO Moderate Party, demanded that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s Social Democratic-Green government establish a more open and transparent stance with the legislature over NATO and the JEF.

 

"We need to have a broad public debate on membership. Therefore, we need to know how the government plans to keep the parliament informed about important changes in NATO cooperation," Batra said.

 

Opposition parties, including the Moderates, are urging Löfven to present a positional statement to the Riksdag that will set out the government’s end-game strategy in defense deepening with NATO and outline any future role for Swedish forces in the JEF, a force that will include Nordic-Baltic NATO members Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands.

 

Secretive, behind-the-scene discussions over joining the JEF, Batra said, reinforced Sweden’s image globally as a country that is "part of NATO but without the benefits that actual NATO membership would deliver."

 

Hultqvist did not deny the existence of the MoD memorandum, titled "Orientation of JEF and requests for Swedish participation." However, the defense minister stated that because Sweden has not received a formal invitation to contribute to the JEF, the issue of its membership is speculative.

 

"Consequently there is no preparation taking place in Cabinet," he said.

 

Sweden’s interest in joining the modular-organized JEF stems from its potential role as a rapid response force should a crisis erupt in the High North or Baltic Sea regions, and one or more NATO member states come under attack.

 

The formation of the 10,000-strong JEF began in December 2012.  It is designed to operate alone or jointly in support of NATO, European Union or United Nations missions in Europe, the Middle East or the Arabian Gulf.

 

The UK element of the JEF will comprise lead commando, airborne, armored, aviation, air and maritime task groups drawn from the Royal Marines, British Army, the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

 

Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands signed a letter of intent with the UK in 2014 to join a fully operational high-readiness JEF in 2018.

 

The JEF will operate independently and separate from NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) of about 30,000 land, sea, air and special operations troops, to which the UK is contributing 1,000.

 

The Nordic-Baltic representation in JEF enhances the unit’s potential future role as a "first in" force, capable of deploying in two to five days, in potential crisis-conflict situations in the region .

 

The London Embassy memorandum noted that the UK would likely welcome Sweden, observing that its joining the JEF would be "perfectly possible if we wanted to."

 

As regards to the JEF, the government must provide clarity to its defense-deepening ambitions with NATO and the United States, said Allan Widman (Liberals), the Riksdag Defense Committee's chairman.

 

"A lot is happening behind closed doors in terms of secret discussions that we do not know about," Widman said. "The government appears willing to allow Sweden to increase its dependence on NATO but isn’t yet ready to talk about membership."

 

The clear implication, he said, is that Sweden’s unilateral dependence on NATO continues to strengthen while the country’s national defense organization becomes more reliant on individual countries within NATO.

 

"Sweden is coming ever closer to NATO and to Article Five in the NATO statutes which deals with collective defense," Widman said.

 

The government must adopt the same degree of openness and transparency in its dealings with the JEF and NATO that it has exhibited in its defense-deepening relationships with neighbors Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Widman said.

 

Sweden and fellow nonaligned Nordic defense partner Finland are already in the NATO Response Force (NRF), the high-readiness unit comprising land, air, sea and special operations forces. Sweden joined the NRF in 2013 and Finland in 2008.

 

NATO membership is certain to become an even greater focus, if not priority, for the Löfven government. Pro- NATO sentiment is rising in Sweden. A recent poll showed 41 percent of Swedes favor NATO membership while 39 percent remain opposed and 20 percent are undecided.

 

Political relations between Stockholm and Moscow remain frosty. Russia has repeatedly warned that it will deploy military counter-measures if Sweden joins NATO.

 

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström described relations as "chillier than ever" following a meeting with Russian Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev on Sept. 17.

 

Wallström demanded Tatarintsev explain the intent behind his June remarks suggesting Sweden could expect to face military counter-measures from Russia if it joined NATO.

 

She also sought an explanation for "saber-rattling" comments by Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said during a press briefing on Sept. 10 that Swedish membership in NATO would have "politico-military and foreign policy consequences" that would require "retaliatory measures from Russia."

 

"We wanted to establish that Sweden decides its own foreign and security policies and that we do not accept attempts to, through threats, influence us in this or other matters," Wallström said. "We delivered a clear message. Threats from Russia are unacceptable."

 

In related news, the Swedish government plans to highlight territorial violations by foreign militaries. Under a new policy, the Armed Forces Command is authorized to inform the public "within hours" of detected incursions by foreign naval vessels or aircraft in Swedish territorial waters or airspace.

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UK Reaper Training

October 03, 2015 by Think Defence

A couple of FOI requests that reveal the UK’s training regime for the Reaper.

US Training

UK Personnel stationed at Creech AFB

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Un colloque international sur le thème : « Le combat numérique au cœur des opérations »

 

01/10/2015 Sources : Etat-major des armées

 

Le jeudi 24 septembre 2015, s’est tenu à l’école militaire le premier colloque international de CyberDefense. L’EMA et la DGA ont préparé ces rencontres, organisées par le ministère de la Défense et réunissant près de 30 nationalités différentes, autour du thème « le combat numérique au cœur des opérations ».

 

Ouvert par le ministre de la Défense et son homologue britannique Michael Fallon, ce colloque a montré toute l’importance de la coopération avec nos alliés pour faire face à une menace qui ne connait pas de frontière. L’évolution des menaces, la place du combat numérique dans le cadre d’opérations militaires, l’interopérabilité entre partenaires, la formation et l’entraînement à la gestion de crise, autant de sujets qui ont permis des échanges nourris entre experts civils et militaires, entre opérationnels et universitaires.

 

Composante essentielle de l’efficacité opérationnelle, la formation initiale n’a pas été oubliée. Un challenge a été organisé sur deux jours, dont l’objectif était d’évaluer, parmi un panel international d’écoles militaires, le niveau de connaissance de futurs experts, de tester leurs aptitudes à participer au combat numérique et de commencer à fédérer un réseau cyber multinational. L’École Navale a remporté cette confrontation entre six écoles, sur un scénario cyber autour d’un système de contrôle de niveau de cuves, installées pour cette occasion à l’Ecole militaire.

 

Parce que l’espace numérique est devenu un champ d’affrontement, la cyberdéfense est intégrée en France à la planification et la conduite des opérations, sous l’autorité du CEMA. L’état-major des armées s’est en effet doté d’une chaîne de commandement opérationnel de cyberdéfense, placée au sein du centre de planification et de conduite des opérations (CPCO).

 

Le combat numérique représente un véritable défi. Compte-tenu des menaces, du champ de manœuvre et du tempo, les armées ont compris que pour le relever il fallait plus que jamais inscrire leur stratégie dans l’inter : l’interarmées, l’inter-service, l’interministériel et l’interalliés. Ce colloque aura permis de consolider ces liens et d’accompagner ainsi la montée en puissance de la cyberdéfense au sein du ministère.

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30.09.2015 BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems today delivered the first production series ARCHER artillery system to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) during a ceremony at the company’s Karlskoga facility.

 

The ARCHER system is one of the world’s most advanced artillery systems with high mobility and precision. ARCHER provides fire support that is powerful and flexible, and features high levels of autonomous operation under protection. It is based on proven subsystems and has an extensive ammunition portfolio.

 

“BAE Systems Bofors and FMV have been working very closely to achieve our high-level requirements for the ARCHER program. This is an important milestone as we begin the delivery of all systems for our Swedish customer,” said Lena Gillström, managing director for Weapon Systems, Sweden at BAE Systems, Inc. “ARCHER will provide the Swedish armed forces with an advanced artillery system that focuses on the safety of our soldiers.”

 

BAE Systems’ employees and representatives from FMV, the Swedish Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Defence were in attendance as Gillström delivered the first system to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvst.

 

“ARCHER is an important part of strengthening the Swedish defense,” said Dan Ohlsson, Acting Director General for FMV.

 

BAE Systems delivered the pre-serial ARCHER systems to the Swedish government in 2013, which have been in use by the Swedish artillery regiment.

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1 October 2015 Ministry of Defence

 

Latest update

A series of air strikes by Royal Air Force aircraft have helped Iraqi troops maintain relentless pressure on the ISIL terrorist network over recent days. RAF Tornado GR4 and Reaper aircraft have flown daily armed reconnaissance missions as part of the coalition air campaign to support the Iraqi units fighting the terrorists in the front line.

On Sunday 27 September, an RAF Reaper on a surveillance mission over northern Iraq observed a number of armed terrorists as they moved between buildings in a pair of compounds and successfully attacked three terrorist positions, using Hellfire missiles.

On Tuesday 29 September, again in northern Iraq, a Reaper tracked a car carrying a number of ISIL extremists to a building, which was destroyed with a Hellfire. The Reaper was also able to support two other coalition air strikes in the immediate area, which destroyed a vehicle and a fighting position.

The following day, Wednesday 30 September, two Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri, supported by a Voyager refuelling tanker, provided close air support to Kurdish peshmerga advancing west of Kirkuk, who had come under fire from two ISIL heavy machine-gun positions. Both positions were successfully hit using Paveway IVs, removing the threat posed to the Kurdish troops.

 

Previous air strikes

1 September: A Reaper patrolling in western Iraq, where it spotted a vehicle check-point close to the Syrian border being used by the terrorists to prevent the movement of traffic. The Reaper’s crew conducted a successful strike with a Hellfire.

2 September: Another Reaper provided air support to Iraqi army units operating in western Iraq. The aircraft conducted four successful attacks on terrorist targets. With the ISIL in Ramadi increasingly cut-off and isolated by the Iraqi security forces, terrorists were spotted loading hundreds of mortar and rocket rounds onto a boat, which then attempted to smuggle the ammunition down the Euphrates river. A direct hit by one of the Reaper’s Hellfires sank the boat and its cargo.

 

 

The Reaper then destroyed three vehicles – two armoured trucks and a bull-dozer - using a pair of Hellfire missiles and a Paveway guided bomb, with significant secondary explosions confirming large quantities of explosives. Elsewhere in Iraq, a second Reaper successfully attacked a terrorist position with a Hellfire, whilst GR4s located an enemy engineering vehicle near Mosul, constructing a fortified position, and destroyed it with a Paveway.

3 September: A Reaper observed another load of mortar and rocket ammunition being prepared for transport and destroyed it with a Hellfire.

4 September: A Reaper patrol supported two coalition air strikes on terrorist positions, then conducted its own attack on an ISIL team armed with rocket-propelled grenades, after they had fired on Iraqi forces.

6 September: Two Tornado GR4s conducted four Paveway strikes on a series of machine-gun nests near Sinjar, neutralising the threat these presented to the Kurds.

7 September: A Reaper destroyed an ammunition truck, whilst the reconnaissance work of another Reaper discovered a large terrorist network of bunkers and trenches: our aircraft provided targeting support to three successful attacks by coalition fast and conducted five attacks with its own weapons. Near Bayji, a pair of Tornado GR4s flew close air support for Iraqi troops, and used Paveway IVs to destroy three buildings held by terrorist teams.

8 September: A Reaper patrolling over western Iraq discovered several large stockpiles of explosives close to the Euphrates River. It destroyed one of the stockpiles with its own Hellfire missile – a skiff waiting to transport the explosives was sunk in the blast - and helped coalition fast jets target three more. The Reaper’s crew also provided support to successful air strikes on a terrorist-held compound and a fighting position.

9 September: A Reaper used Hellfires to destroy two vehicles being prepared as car-bombs.

10 September: Another Reaper patrol identified a group of heavily armed ISIL fighters gathering in a building. Both the building and a vehicle used by the terrorists were destroyed with Hellfires, and the Reaper also assisted coalition aircraft in 13 successful attacks on further terrorist positions nearby. Elsewhere in the country, a second Reaper conducted two attacks on extremists attempting to attack Iraqi troops, whilst in northern Iraq, a pair of Tornado GR4s used a Paveway IV precision guided bomb to destroy a building from which the terrorists had been firing a heavy weapon at the Kurdish peshmerga.

11 September: A Reaper supported a Kurdish offensive operation to clear an ISIL-held village, in the course of which it engaged a defensive position with a Hellfire.

13 September: Again in northern Iraq, near to Sinjar, a Paveway from a Tornado mission destroyed a terrorist group, armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

14 September: The Tornado GR4s patrolling near Mosul, where they attacked a rocket-firing position, while a Reaper operating over Anbar province, struck a pair of terrorists who had been spotted preparing a booby-trap, then supported two further coalition air strikes in the area.

15 September: A Reaper assisted coalition strikes on ISIL rocket launchers in western Iraq, then used Hellfires to attack an ISIL team as they attempted to arm a “daisy-chain” of linked improvised explosive devices and a GBU-12 guided bomb against a hostile fighting position.

16 September: GR4s bombed two terrorist positions, including a heavy-machine gun, which were firing on Kurdish troops and in western Iraq a Reaper destroyed an engineering vehicle and a large car-bomb which ISIL were positioning to attempt to hold up Iraqi advances.

19 September: Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling tanker, provided close air support to Kurdish peshmerga as they conducted offensive operations. Near Sinjar, the peshmerga came under fire from a heavy machine-gun positioned in a building. This was destroyed by our aircraft using a Paveway IV precision guided bomb. The GR4s then flew east to the area around Mosul, where another Kurdish unit was being engaged by a terrorist mortar team; this too was neutralised by a Paveway IV.

20 September: An RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft on patrol over western Iraq launched a Hellfire missile which destroyed a stockpile of explosives.

21 September: Another Reaper, operating over north-west Iraq, identified two vehicles carrying ISIL terrorists which were successfully tracked and destroyed with Hellfire missiles.

24 September: Tornado GR4s were again on patrol near Mosul when they were called upon to assist a Kurdish unit under fire from an ISIL mortar; the terrorist position was hit in a Paveway strike.

Details of previous airstrikes can be found here.

For more information see ISIL: UK government response page on GOV.UK

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Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft - photo UK MoD

 

29 September, 2015 BY: Beth Stevenson – FG

 

London - the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force’s Raytheon Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft will continue to be operated in Iraq and Syria until 2016, despite uncertainty surrounding the fleet's lifespan.

 

Sentinel has been operating in support of Operation Shader – the UK’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State insurgents that began in September 2014 – but rumours had surfaced the type would be withdrawn from operations in the near future. However, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on 26 September that Sentinel would remain in its surveillance role in support of the mission until 2016, in turn confirming the UK will continue to operate Operation Shader until at least that date.

 

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