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Fin du déploiement du groupe de guerre des mines dans le Golfe arabo-persique

18/07/2013 Sources : EMA

 

Les 15 et 17 juillet 2013, le groupe de guerre des mines (GGDM) et les bâtiments de la mission Jeanne d’Arc achevaient respectivement leur participation à l’opération Enduring Freedom(OEF). Composé de deux chasseurs de mines tripartites (CMT) de la Marine nationale, le Pégase et le Sagittaire, le GGDM avait pour mission première de sécuriser les voies maritimes ainsi que les approches des ports, et contribuer ainsi à la sûreté de nos approvisionnements.

 

Le GGDM avait également comme mission de mettre à jour notre connaissance des fonds marins et des routes maritimes. Cette mission permet d’être en mesure de comparer, à tout moment, les cartes préalablement établies et les levées de fonds plus récentes des CMT.

 

Régulièrement intégré à l’opération Enduring Freedom durant son déploiement, le GGDM a amplement contribué à la connaissance approfondie de la zone permettant à la force d’entretenir un suivi précis dans la zone d’opération.

Fin du déploiement du groupe de guerre des mines dans le Golfe arabo-persique

Cette projection dans le Golfe arabo-persique a également permis de consolider la coopération entre la France et ses alliés en matière de guerre des mines - qu’il s’agisse des pays du Golfe ou des nations prépositionnées dans la zone - notamment à travers la participation du GGDM à deux exercices majeurs. Le premier, dénommé « Artémis Trident », s’est déroulé au large des côtes bahreïniennes du 18 au 27 juin 2013 : c’était un exercice tripartite anglo-franco-américain dont le principal enjeu était d’augmenter l’interopérabilité de nos trois marines dans le domaine de la guerre des mines.

Fin du déploiement du groupe de guerre des mines dans le Golfe arabo-persique

Le second exercice, « IMCMEX » (international Mine Countermeasures Exercise), a rassemblé 35 bâtiments et 41 nations lors de sa deuxième édition de mai 2013. Le principal objectif de cet exercice majeur était la préparation à la lutte contre les menaces asymétriques, afin de garantir la sécurité maritime et la protection des infrastructures. L’intégration complète de l’état-major français à bord de l’USS Ponce a constitué un moment fort de cette mission.

Fin du déploiement du groupe de guerre des mines dans le Golfe arabo-persique

Les déploiements de groupes de guerre des mines en océan indien sont réguliers : ils contribuent à la présence navale permanente, du golfe d’Aden au golfe persique, engagée dans la lutte contre les menaces qui pèsent sur nos intérêts, comme les trafics liés au terrorisme.

Les deux bâtiments qui composent la mission Jeanne d’Arc, le bâtiment de projection et de commandement (BPC) Tonnerre et la frégate anti-sous-marine (FASM)Georges Leygues,ont été intégrés dans l’opération Enduring Freedom depuis le 5 juillet dernier, offrant ainsi des moyens significatifs au profit de la TF150.

 

Actuellement, un bâtiment français est engagé dans OEF : il s’agit du bâtiment de commandement et de ravitaillement (BCR) Somme, qui accueille l’état-major de la TF150, sous commandement français. C’est la huitième fois que la France occupe cette responsabilité depuis le début de l’opération.

 

La France participe à la composante aéromaritime de l’opération Enduring Freedom(Task force150) qui a pour missions de dissuader et de lutter contre le terrorisme et ses réseaux de soutien, principalement les trafics d’armes et de drogue dans l’océan indien, la mer rouge et le détroit d’Ormuz. Cette zone, qui représente un intérêt majeur, voit la majorité du trafic maritime mondial y transiter. La présence permanente de bâtiments de la coalition contribue ainsi à la libre navigation des personnes et des biens.

Fin du déploiement du groupe de guerre des mines dans le Golfe arabo-persique

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
First Hawk Pilots Graduate

July 10, 2013 Source: BAE Systems

 

The first four pioneering pilots to train in the revolutionary Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer have graduated from RAF Valley.

 

The quartet is the first group to develop their skills on the new-look Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT), which uses state of the art advanced avionics suite and sensor simulation software to help make the step up between trainer aircraft and Typhoon easier.

 

Converting training into flying

 

The Hawk – dubbed the T2 by the RAF – has a digital glass cockpit designed to closely resemble those of fast jets and it therefore cuts the time to convert training into flying fighter aircraft such as Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II.

 

 

RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

Learning to fly

 

Fight Lieutenant, Victoria ‘Tori’ Lyle, one of the four graduates said: "The last year has been both a challenging and rewarding one.

 

“Learning to fly the new Hawk T2 has been fantastic, presenting us with opportunities to develop skills that are more in line with the front line aircraft we will be going to fly after Valley.

 

"It was a wonderful opportunity to be part of the first course, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at RAF Valley. Whilst it is always difficult to simulate all aspects of airborne flying in the simulator, the sophistication of the ground based training facilities has allowed us to develop our ‘kit manipulation’ to a high degree, having said that, nothing can quite beat the feeling of flying low level through the Welsh hills.”

 

In July the graduates will continue their frontline operational conversion unit training at RAF Coningsby on the Typhoon.

 

Proud

 

To mark their achievement a small ceremony was held at RAF Valley attended by Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton, the Chief of Air Staff, who said: "The pilots who graduated can be proud of what they have achieved as the pioneers of this new advanced training system, the Hawk T2, and can look forward with confidence that, following their conversion to operational aircraft, they will very soon take on their roles on Royal Air Force frontline squadrons.

 

"Having completed the course on the new Hawk they are some of the best trained pilots to graduate from UK fast jet training. RAF Valley delivers the most advanced fast jet training programme in the world. At the core of it, the Hawk's advanced cockpit closely resembles that of our current and future combat aircraft, which will reduce the time required to convert to flying an operational aircraft, be that Typhoon, Tornado or the Lightning II.

 

"The live flying at RAF Valley, on the Hawk T2, is supported by an increasing range of synthetic training on the ground. This makes every flying hour more productive and makes this entire programme even more cost effective for the United Kingdom."

 

Preparing for the front line

 

The ‘synthetic’ classroom based training using simulators is ahead of its time, preparing the fast jet pilot for the frontline and reducing the time it takes to become familiar with flying a combat aircraft once they move to their operational conversion units.

 

The course runs for approximately 11 months, with around 120 hours of live flying. There is no final examination. The last flight on the course involves the student evading airborne and surface-to-air threats at medium and low level. The student has to take part in a simulated Paveway IV bomb attack against a designated target whilst trying to evade a low level airborne threat and lead their wingman home in a simulated emergency.

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Inmarsat Demonstrates L-TAC: TACSAT On-The-Move At 70 mph

July 11, 2013 Source: Inmarsat

 

Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the successful demonstration of its L-TACTM service on-the-move in vehicles at speeds up to 70 mph [112 kph].

 

The newly launched L-TAC service will provide approved government customers with a low cost Tactical UHF Satellite (TACSAT) capability solution, which allows soldiers on foot or in vehicles to communicate on-the-move, using their existing UHF tactical radios.

 

Available for order in July and for connectivity in August 2013, Inmarsat’s latest offering is the next step in the expansion of mobile Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communications provided by the innovative technology behind its L-band satellites.

 

The L-band service uses smaller antennas than the UHF equivalent, making it practical to offer compact, inexpensive omni-directional antennas for mounted and dismounted use.

 

Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, commented: ““We have successfully demonstrated robust L-TAC communications from vehicles at speeds up to 70 mph. This will have huge military utility, for example coordinating logistic convoys moving over long distances or for command and control of widely dispersed vehicle patrols manoeuvring in difficult terrain.

 

“Our small, lightweight man-pack version offers the same comms on the move capability to dismounted soldiers. This is a real game-changing capability. Convoys and patrols won’t have to pause while using their TACSAT, and that means improved tempo and less time spent vulnerable to attack. We have received very positive feedback during the trial stage and governments around the world have already expressed keen interest in the service. L-TAC will provide a new, innovative and affordable means to gain maximum value from the investment they have made in their existing tactical radios.”

 

TACSAT is in very high demand by government users as it easily and reliably extends tactical Push-to-Talk radio networks to wide area BLOS operations, but existing networks are oversubscribed. Inmarsat’s L-TAC service, announced earlier this year, will complement existing capacity with a single-hop, low-latency voice and data service, providing additional capacity when UHF channels are unavailable. The powerful Inmarsat-4 constellation of satellites provides this capability across the globe. To access the service, users require only a small, light-weight adaptor to convert their existing radio to L-band and an L-band replacement for their existing UHF antenna.

 

Inmarsat has partnered with Spectra to develop the Slingshot system, which comprises a power supply, frequency convertor and antenna. SlingShot works with existing tactical military radios and requires minimal additional training to provide BLOS communications without the need for supplementary infrastructure or additional cumbersome gear. Slingshot™ supports the majority of military TACSAT radios and has already been tested with the most widely used types. Combined with Inmarsat’s L-TAC leased service, it is fully flexible and designed to meet security and reliability requirements cost-effectively. Users will be able to lease the service for periods as short as one month in either narrow spot beams, larger regional beams or beams customized to meet their area of operations.

 

Simon Davies, Managing Director, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd said: “The ability to use existing radios spread over long distances in the field to increase operational capabilities without straining government budgets is critical. As governments around the world review military budgets, offering a device which meets military standards, without large capital expenditure is a highly compelling offer.”

 

 

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:20
Stiletto Program Teams with UK for UAV Demo

July 11, 2013 Source: US Navy

 

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. --- The Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program partnered with the United Kingdom's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) for an unmanned aerial systems capability demonstration, June 10-20, off the Maryland coast.

 

The Stiletto is a unique, maritime demonstration craft developed by the Defense Department to test littoral warfare concepts. Engineers and technicians with specialized expertise in maritime technology from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock's Norfolk detachment maintain and operate the 88-foot-long, composite-bodied, m-shaped vessel.

 

"Stiletto [capability demonstrations] are conducted in partnership with a host warfighting command or government organization," said Rob Tutton, NSWC Carderock engineer and Stiletto Maritime Demonstration program manager. "For this event, DSTL wanted to observe the operation of UAV's from a small boat platform for maritime missions."

 

DSTL supplies science and technology services to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence within the defense and military counter terrorism arenas. Three different UAVs, specifically selected for this demonstration, were launched from Stiletto's flight deck, and DSTL personnel observed launch, payload operation and recovery.

 

"The Stiletto capability demonstration offered a unique opportunity to take a potent government/industry brew of good ideas, practical options and hard work, turning the mix into a genuine capability demonstration for the allied warfighter, which in turn shows how to solve existing and future operational problems. The UK has no equivalent facility, and we are grateful for the support of our U.S. colleagues on the Stiletto team in making this recent capability demonstration a reality," said Paul Mather, DTSL surveillance capability leader.

 

The Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program is sponsored by ASD Rapid Reaction Technology Office and managed by Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's Norfolk Detachment, Special Projects Branch.

 

"This program was established to accelerate the delivery of innovative maritime technologies across all of the armed services," said Glenn Fogg, Rapid Reaction Technology Office director for the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Rapid Fielding. "It's open to any DoD commands, government agencies, industry, or academic institutions that have a need to observe or demonstrate their technologies underway in as relevant an environment as possible."

 

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's Norfolk Detachment, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is located in Virginia Beach, Va., and provides full-spectrum, full-lifecycle engineering for combatant craft, boats, watercraft and associated hull, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 12:50
Moog delivers Turret Test System to Lockheed

12 July 2013 army-technology.com

 

Lockheed Martin has taken delivery of turret test systems (TTS) from Moog Industrial Group to evaluate stabilisation of military vehicles at its facility at Ampthill, UK.

 

The system will be used for validation of turret stabilisation systems of the UK Army's Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), as part of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Program (WCSP) and Scout IFVs.

 

Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle

Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle

The enhanced turret is integrated with a 40mm cased telescoped gun requiring optimisation of gun aiming and stability performance during manoeuvres for simulation of a typical battlefield mission.

 

Previously, such trials were carried out on an external remote test track or proving ground, requiring engineers to adjust the gun aiming and stability settings in less-than-perfect conditions, which limited their work, in addition to making it difficult to consistently replicate dynamic motion inputs.

"The user-friendly system can precisely reproduce time history files recorded by a vehicle on a test track using its replication module in a controlled in-house environment."

 

Capable of handling a turret weighing up to 53,000lb, the system features a six degrees-of-freedom (DOF) motion base, control cabinet and replication module of the Moog integrated test suites software.

 

Also present is a motion base system, which has been designed to deliver desired dynamic performance with up to 17,500lb payloads, and also facilitate installation of an actual turret or a remote weapon station (RWS).

 

In addition to addressing particular excursions, velocities or accelerations requirements, the user-friendly system can precisely reproduce time history files recorded by a vehicle on a test track using its replication module in a controlled in-house environment, saving time and enhancing the test results reliability.

 

The 24/7 laboratory testing enables the engineers to perfect the optimum vehicle set-up for combat readiness, saving money on putting a fully operational vehicle on a test track and working in a confidential environment.

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Where are the world's major military bases?

11 Jul 2013 By Harriet Alexander - telegraph.co.uk

 

As the British government examines whether it could maintain Trident's base in an independent Scotland, here is a look at some of the major military bases on foreign soil - excluding Afghanistan - around the world.

 

UK:

 

1) Scotland

The Faslane base, on Gare Loch, is home to the UK's Trident nuclear submarine base.

 

2) Cyprus

Two bases, at Akrotiri and Dhekelia, were retained as British sovereign territory with independence in 1960. The bases are home to army, navy and RAF personnel.

 

3) Germany

British forces will have all left Germany by 2020. However, there remains a significant presence, with the Rhine Garrison as the head quarters.

The US also has 48,000 soldiers in Germany.

 

4) Gibraltar

The army has had a presence on the Rock for over 300 years, although the last UK-based infantry battalion left in 1991. It is now home to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, and acts as a Joint Operating Base for UK operations in the region.

 

5) Kenya

An army training unit in Nanyuki, 200km north of Nairobi, has 56 permanent staff and 110 rotating staff members, who work with the troops coming in to train.

Britain also has a peace support team in Kenya, working on security sector reform and mine removal.

 

6) Sierra Leone

Established in 2002 at the end of the civil war, Britain has a military advisory and training centre on the outskirts of Freetown.

 

7) Falklands

A combined force of army, navy and RAF is based on the islands.

 

8) Brunei

An infantry battalion and a Bell 212 helicopter flight are based in Brunei, which is used as a centre for jungle warfare training.

 

9) Canada

The training area in Alberta is equivalent in size to all the main training areas used by the British forces in the UK and Europe. Around 1000 tanks and armoured vehicles are kept there to train 7000 troops each year.

 

USA:

 

10) South Korea

There are 28,500 American troops based in Seoul, at the Yongsan Garrison. They will move to Camp Humphreys, 40 miles south of the capital, later this year.

 

11) Japan

Okinawa is home to about half of America's 50,000 troops stationed in Japan.

 

12) Guam

Andersen Air Force base is home to bomber crews, while nuclear submarines are also housed here.

 

13) UK

America operates out of six RAF bases in the UK. RAF Croughton is one of the largest military communications centres in Europe, and handles 30pc of all US military traffic within Europe.

 

14) Diego Garcia

A British overseas territory, the island was home to the Chagossians – who were expelled by the British between 1968 and 1973 to make way for the American base. It is now uninhabited, except for military personnel.

 

15) Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

Cuba granted America complete jurisdiction and control over this remote part of the island in 1903, although Cuba retains sovereignty. It is home to the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, opened in 2002 to hold prisoners from the "War on Terror".

 

16) Qatar

Approximately 5,000 troops are stationed between three bases and the US Combined Air Operations Centre. Most American troops left Saudi Arabia in 2003, at the end of the Gulf War, and Qatar is now one of their main centres. They also have troops stationed in Bahrain (home to the Fifth Fleet), Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Yemen. Overall in the Arabian Gulf region there are reportedly 40,000 American servicemen.

 

RUSSIA:

 

17) Ukraine

Sevastopol is home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet – the largest subunit of the navy.

 

18) Syria

Russia maintains a navy logistics centre in Tartus, with 16 ships. It is the only base outside of the former USSR. In January Russia was forced to deny that it was withdrawing its personnel from the base, and emphasise that the centre was staffed by civilians, not military staff.

 

19) Tajikistan

Over 7,000 Russian troops are based in Tajikistan, making it their largest base in Central Asia. The present contract between Russia and Tajikistan ends in 2014, but a new agreement has been signed which remains in force until 2042.

 

FRANCE:

 

20) Abu Dhabi

France opened its first military base in the Gulf in 2009 – the first foreign military installation built by the French for 50 years, and its first centre in a country which was not a colony. It is home to 500 troops.

 

21) Djibouti

Home to France's largest base in Africa, plus a major US base.

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The ScanEagle is launched from ships by a pneumatic catapult- Picture Boeing Defence UK

The ScanEagle is launched from ships by a pneumatic catapult- Picture Boeing Defence UK

July 11, 2013: Strategy Page

 

The British Royal Navy is equipping its warships (and some support vessels) with American Scan Eagle UAVs. Apparently noting the growing use of Scan Eagle by the American fleet (and more expensive helicopter type UAVs by the Chinese), the British selected the inexpensive and proven Scan Eagle. The procurement deal is worth $46 million.

 

Scan Eagle weighs 19 kg (40 pounds), has a 3.2 meter (ten foot) wingspan, and uses day and night video cameras. On ships it uses a catapult for launch and is landed via a wing hook that catches a rope hanging from a 16 meter (fifty foot) pole. This was recently replaced with the more compact CLRE (Compact Launch and Recovery System). On land Scan Eagle can land on any flat, solid surface.

 

The Scan Eagle can stay in the air for up to 15 hours per flight and fly as high as 5 kilometers (16,000 feet). Scan Eagles cruising speed is 110 kilometers an hour and can operate at least a hundred kilometers from the ground controller. Scan Eagle carries an optical system that is stabilized to keep the cameras focused on an object while the UAV moves. Scan Eagle has been flying for over a decade now and has been in military service since 2005.

 

The U.S. Navy has, in the meantime, developed a successor to the Scan Eagle. Production has begun for the RQ-21A Integrator UAV. The U.S. Navy and Marines, as well as the Dutch Navy, have ordered the 55 kg (121 pound) UAV, which has a 4.9 meter (16 foot) wingspan and can fly as high as 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) at a cruise speed of 100 kilometers an hour. RQ-21A can stay in the air up to 24 hours and can carry a payload of 23 kg (50 pounds). It uses the same takeoff and landing equipment as the Scan Eagle.  RQ-21A also uses many of the Scan Eagle sensors, in addition to new ones that were too heavy for Scan Eagle. The additional weight of the RQ-21A makes it more stable in bad weather or windy conditions.

 

The marines have ordered 32 systems (with five UAVs each), while the navy is getting four, and the Dutch are getting five systems (which include ground controllers and maintenance gear). The first RQ-21As are expected to enter service next year.

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HMS Astute Arrives at Faslane - photo UK MoD

HMS Astute Arrives at Faslane - photo UK MoD

11 Jul 2013 By Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor, Faslane - telegraph.co.uk

 

The British Government denies reports it is examining plans to designate Faslane as sovereign UK territory in case Scots back independence next year.

 

David Cameron today strongly denied reports the Government is considering a plan to ensure that Britain’s nuclear deterrent would remain in Scotland after independence despite SNP promises to remove it.

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) was said to be considering designating the Faslane base that houses Trident nuclear submarines as sovereign UK territory, giving it the same legal status as British bases in foreign countries like Cyprus.

 

Alex Salmond would be presented with a choice of accepting this status, it was claimed, or a separate Scotland having to pay a substantial part of the multi-billion pound bill for removing Trident.

 

A deal over Faslane would ensure the Trident fleet would have access to the open seas via the Firth of Clyde and the continuation of Britain’s round-the-clock deterrent. At least one nuclear-armed submarine is on patrol at sea at any one time.

 

The Scottish Nationalists seized on the reports as evidence of the UK attempting to strong-arm Scotland into keeping nuclear weapons and said they would not agree to such an arrangement.

 

But Downing Street and the MoD attempted to head off a public backlash in Scotland by insisting they did not recognise the proposal, which was outlined in the Guardian, describing it as not “credible”.

 

They said they were not drawing up contingency plans for Trident in case Scots back independence next year despite expert warnings that there may be nowhere else suitable in the UK for the deterrent.

 

Mr Salmond has repeatedly insisted that nuclear weapons would be removed from the Clyde if Scots back independence, promising that a ban would be included in a written constitution.

 

He has claimed Faslane could be turned into a conventional naval base. But experts have warned it would cost many billions of pounds and take decades for Trident to be removed from the Clyde despite the SNP claiming it could be done very quickly.

 

Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Salmond’s deputy, told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "This seems to me to be an outrageous attempt at bullying by the UK Government.

 

"I can't see how they could do that without the agreement of the Scottish Government and speaking for my party that is not an agreement that would be forthcoming."

 

She said it was a "preposterous threat from the UK Government" and said that Coalition ministers should instead start talks now on how to remove Trident as quickly as possible in the event of a ‘yes’ vote next year.

 

But a Number 10 spokesman said: “This Government has not commissioned contingency plans over Faslane. No such ideas have come to the Secretary of State or the Prime Minister.

 

“They would not support them if they did. It’s not a credible or sensible idea.”

 

An MoD spokesman said: "No contingency plans are being made to move Trident out of Scotland. The scale and cost of any potential relocation away from Faslane would be enormous."

 

According to the Guardian report, MoD civil servants are starting to examine a two-stage process whereby the British Government would initially emphasise the huge expense and logistical difficulties of moving Trident.

 

These costs would be factored into the ‘divorce settlement’ between Scotland and the UK, reducing the sum to which the former is entitled.

 

However, it is claimed they are examining an alternative whereby Scotland would get a much better deal in return for allowing Faslane to become sovereign UK territory, along the lines of the Akrotiri and Dhekelia naval bases in Cyprus.

 

A defence source was quoted as stating: “The sovereign base area is an option. It is an interesting idea because the costs of moving out of Faslane are eye-wateringly high.”

 

Sir Menzies Campbell, the former Liberal Democrat leader, warned of a backlash. He said: “To seek to impose a financial penalty on an independent Scotland in relation to the decommissioning of Faslane might be seen as undue pressure and could easily play into the hands of the SNP.”

 

However, he pointed out that a separate Scotland might have to agree to keep Trident anyway under Mr Salmond’s plans to apply for Nato membership.

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British airborne engineers deploying a 100-foot Medium Girder Bridge [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

British airborne engineers deploying a 100-foot Medium Girder Bridge [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

11 July 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

UK airborne engineers joined French paratroopers on a bridge building exercise to prepare them to respond to urgent operations worldwide.

 

Military engineers of 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) (23 Engr Regt (Air Asslt)), based at Woodbridge in Suffolk, recently spent 2 weeks on Exercise Eagle Sapper at Wyke Regis Training Area in Dorset.

The exercise saw the sappers hone their skills alongside reservists from 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers (Volunteers) and French troops from 17e Régiment de Génie Parachutiste (17e RGP).

The troops were tested across a range of skills, from assessing the capacity of existing crossings to constructing bridges across fast-flowing water and deep gaps.

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Hones, Commanding Officer of 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), watches the construction of a 100-foot Medium Girder Bridge [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Hones, Commanding Officer of 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), watches the construction of a 100-foot Medium Girder Bridge [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

Bridging is a key aspect of 23 Engr Regt (Air Asslt)’s role providing close combat engineering support to the Air Assault Task Force (AATF), which sees 16 Air Assault Brigade maintain a force ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice for operations from disaster relief to war fighting.

The training ranged from setting up a Medium Girder Bridge, capable of carrying a Challenger 2 main battle tank across a 30 metre deep and 30 metre wide gap, to taking to the streets of Weymouth to assess which military vehicles could use the town’s bridges.

Crossing the tidal waters of the Fleet, sandwiched between the shore and Chesil Beach, was a stern test for sappers setting up an Air Portable Ferry Bridge (APFB). APFB can be parachuted or moved by helicopter and set up either as a conventional bridge or a self-propelled ferry to cross wider obstacles.

British and French Airborne Engineers train in bridge site reconnaissance [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

British and French Airborne Engineers train in bridge site reconnaissance [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

Staff Sergeant Kieran Dale was in charge of the build, with APFB designed to be set up by 24 men in 2 hours and carry a 35-tonne load. He said:

AFPB is very flexible and capable kit, but setting it up in a strong current is a real challenge. The ferry is built on the water and it’s very important to ensure the parts are correctly aligned, which is hard when the current is moving everything around.

Among the 20 reservists on the exercise was Sapper Nathan Gibson from South Shields, a medical electronics technician in civilian life.

The 26-year-old has been in 299 Para Sqn RE (V), which is the only parachute-trained engineer unit in the Army Reserve, for 18 months.

British Army sappers prepare to set up an Air Portable Ferry Bridge [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

British Army sappers prepare to set up an Air Portable Ferry Bridge [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

Sapper Gibson said:

I’ve always been interested in the military and joined up to challenge myself. This is my first major exercise and it’s great to get out and do practical engineering tasks. The training is really well done and we’ve been treated the same as the Regulars.

The skills I’m learning don’t directly relate to my job, but the wider experience I’m getting does. What I’ve learnt about teamwork and pulling together in uncomfortable situations has really developed my confidence at work.

Parallel to bridging activity, the Regiment’s dive team was put through its paces in joint training with 17e RGP’s divers. In the waters of Portland Harbour the divers practised surveying underwater structures, clearing obstacles using hydraulic tools and search tasks.

The French engineers, who were divers and reconnaissance specialists, joined the exercise to learn about British equipment and techniques to be ready to deploy together as part of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force, a partnership between 16 Air Assault Brigade and 11e Brigade Parachutiste (11e BP) for contingency operations.

Airborne Sappers launch an Air Portable Ferry Bridge [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

Airborne Sappers launch an Air Portable Ferry Bridge [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Hones, Commanding Officer of 23 Engr Regt (Air Asslt), said:

This exercise has been an excellent opportunity to work with the Regiment’s integrated reserve squadron and our French counterparts.

The Weymouth area is a tourist destination but this has been anything but a holiday for my sappers. We have worked extremely hard to practise and refine our techniques, particularly in the key mobility skill of bridging, to prepare for potential deployments as part of the Air Assault Task Force.

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A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter carries out deck landings on RFA Mounts Bay

A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter carries out deck landings on RFA Mounts Bay

10 July 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

The Royal Navy has begun training the first aircrew to fly its next-generation helicopter, the Wildcat.

 

Five Fleet Air Arm pilots and observers are currently undergoing conversion training at the new Wildcat Training Centre at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, with the helicopter – successor to the Lynx – just 18 months away from front line service.

From the beginning of 2015, Wildcats will begin to relieve the Lynx as the mainstay of helicopter operations for all of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers and some of its Type 23 frigates, as well as any other air missions the fleet requires of it.

700W – ‘W’ for Wildcat – Naval Air Squadron (700W NAS), based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, got its first naval version of the new helicopter on 1 May 2013.

The squadron has been formed especially to bring Wildcat into front line service – squeezing every last ounce of information out of the helicopter so they can share it with the rest of the Wildcat world.

First Navy aircrew begin training on Wildcat

Last month 700W NAS took the naval Wildcat to sea for the first time, carrying out deck landings on Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Mounts Bay off the south coast off England.

Its personnel – 5 pilots, 6 observers (who act as navigators/weapons systems specialists) and 44 ground crew and technicians – are also developing the tactics which will allow Wildcat to track drug-runners, intercept pirates, take out small surface targets, sink submarines and save lives in mid-ocean rescues; basically everything its predecessor Lynx does, only better.

Wildcat pilot Lieutenant James Woods said:

We often hear ‘it looks like a Lynx, how different can it be?’ Well yes, from the outside it bears a striking resemblance to the Lynx, but that really is where the similarity ends.

In Wildcat the Fleet Air Arm is getting a world-leading naval helicopter that builds upon the successes of the present-day Lynx. It’s bristling with the latest advanced mission systems and weapons – it’s the perfect solution to allow the Royal Navy to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter on RFA Mounts Bay's flight deck - Picture UK MoD

A Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter on RFA Mounts Bay's flight deck - Picture UK MoD

The 700W NAS Wildcat pioneers were taught to fly the new helicopter by its builders, AgustaWestland.

Now they’re passing on that experience to existing trained aircrew. And, from early 2015, the Fleet Air Arm will take rookie fliers straight from ‘helicopter school’ at RAF Shawbury and turn them into Wildcat pilots and crew.

Wildcat was on public display at RAF Waddington last weekend, and will be present at 4 more air shows across the UK this summer:

Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter (library image) [Picture: Copyright AgustaWestland]

Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter (library image) [Picture: Copyright AgustaWestland]

In the autumn the rest of the Navy will get to see what Wildcat can do when the helicopter takes part in the Joint Warrior war games off Scotland for the first time.

The Fleet Air Arm is buying 28 Wildcats and the Army Air Corps is receiving 34. The maritime variant will be fitted with the SELEX Galileo Seaspray 7000E active electronically scanned array radar system for maritime surveillance missions. All will be based at Yeovilton.

The last Lynx will be withdrawn from service in the spring of 2017.

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Britain had to rely on German military for first time since Waterloo

10 Jul 2013 By Tom Whitehead, Security Editor - telegraph.co.uk

 

Britain has had to rely on German military support in a war for the first time since the Battle of Waterloo.

 

During the Libyan conflict in 2011 British forces had to use maps supplied by German intelligence because of cut backs in the Ministry of Defence, it has emerged.

 

It was the first time the UK had to rely on Germany in such circumstances since 1815 when Gebhard von Blucher’s Prussian forces helped the Duke of Wellington defeat Napoleon.

 

The development was disclosed on the annual report of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee which raised concerns over decreasing funding for defence intelligence.

 

The committee, which takes evidence from the security and intelligence agencies in private, warned that cutbacks meant resources had to be constantly shifted around and it risked “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.

 

The committee said the spy agencies and defence intelligence would have to increasingly rely on “burden sharing” and make use of allies in some parts of the world who may be better placed to provide intelligence.

 

It said: “We accept the need for this specialisation. It is not novel: for example we have been told that (by defence intelligence) ‘in Libya we went to war on German maps’”.

 

Sir Max Hastings, the military historian, said it would likely be the first time Britain relied on Germany like that since Waterloo.

 

”It is a fact of enormous frustration that it is now almost impossible to conduct any military operation without help,” he said.

 

The ISC report warned cuts to the defence budget will lead to the loss of 450 defence intelligence posts – the equivalent of 10 per cent.

 

It concluded: “The Committee has repeatedly warned of the risks of cutting resources – in particular to Defence Intelligence – to the UK’s ability to provide the necessary level of global coverage.

 

“Whilst we recognise that burden-sharing arrangements with allies may offset some of the impact, there must continue to be a critical mass that can respond to unexpected events without this being at the expense of coverage of other key areas.

 

“We are concerned that shifting resources in response to emerging events is ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’: we must maintain the ability to respond to more than one crisis at a time.”

 

An MoD spokesman said: "It is important that we use Defence resources effectively and efficiently.

 

"It is increasingly common for us to burden-share activities with allies. In this particular case our operational planning for Libya was undertaken using current German mapping under long-established programmes of work sharing.

 

"Operations in Libya were a coalition effort and therefore it is only right that we make best use of the assets of our international partners.”

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Royal Air Force personnel in front of a Sentinel aircraft in Dakar, Senegal (library image) [Picture: Corporal Laura Bibby RAF, Crown copyright]

Royal Air Force personnel in front of a Sentinel aircraft in Dakar, Senegal (library image) [Picture: Corporal Laura Bibby RAF, Crown copyright]

10 July 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

A VIP reception has been held at the Palace of Westminster to honour the RAF's support to the French forces fighting insurgents in Mali.


 

The Mali homecoming reception was held for participating RAF units in the Houses of Parliament and hosted by James Gray MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces.

A total of 25 RAF personnel from air bases across the UK who took part in the military campaign gathered at the House of Commons to talk openly with peers and parliamentarians about their experiences of the mission, codenamed Operation Newcombe.

They were joined by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, and, representing the French Armed Forces, Air Force Colonel Emmanuel Caboche.

A Royal Air Force Regiment gunner (left) guarding an RAF C-17 alongside a French colleague in Mali (library image) [Picture: Sergeant Ralph Merry RAF, Crown copyright]

A Royal Air Force Regiment gunner (left) guarding an RAF C-17 alongside a French colleague in Mali (library image) [Picture: Sergeant Ralph Merry RAF, Crown copyright]

Speaking at the event, James Gray said:

I am delighted to welcome this representative group of Service personnel from the Royal Air Force to Parliament to say thank you for their efforts during the recent Mali campaign. I have been particularly struck by the successful deployment of the C-17 heavy-lift aircraft from their base at RAF Brize Norton and the Sentinel intelligence and surveillance aircraft from RAF Waddington.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Colonel Caboche from the French Air Force for attending, highlighting that this campaign in Mali was an immensely successful joint operation with our French partners.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton stands alongside parliamentarians and members of the RAF and the British Army in Westminster Hall [Picture: Sergeant Jez Doak RAF, Crown copyright]

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton stands alongside parliamentarians and members of the RAF and the British Army in Westminster Hall [Picture: Sergeant Jez Doak RAF, Crown copyright]

In response, Air Chief Marshal Dalton, said:

This reception shows that our parliamentarians strongly support and recognise the dedication and commitment of all those Royal Air Force and Army personnel who contributed to the successful French-led operation in Mali.

The crews of the Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster and Sentinel aircraft made a highly-valued and unique contribution to the French mission in Mali. This operation demonstrated the tremendous capability, responsiveness and agility of the expert Royal Air Force personnel who operate both of these impressive aircraft.

An RAF Sentinel aircraft operating in West Africa (library image) [Picture: Corporal Laura Bibby RAF, Crown copyright]

An RAF Sentinel aircraft operating in West Africa (library image) [Picture: Corporal Laura Bibby RAF, Crown copyright]

The Royal Air Force readiness and global reach demonstrated, yet again, that the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces are ready, prepared and able to deliver critical air mobility and intelligence-gathering capability for any contingency,” he continued.

As an airman, I would find it difficult to imagine any future conflict without the knowledge that our national Sentinel capability provides.

Colonel Caboche added:

The contribution of the Royal Air Force was key to the Mali operation, in particular the availability of the C-17 during the deployment phase, and the later integration of Sentinel within the French intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance package.

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Royal Scots Dragoon Guards leaving Main Operating Base Price in Helmand province - Picture: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards leaving Main Operating Base Price in Helmand province - Picture: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

10 July 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

The Defence Secretary has announced that 7th Armoured Brigade will lead the next group of UK Armed Forces personnel deployed to Afghanistan.

 

The next roulement, or transition, of UK forces in Afghanistan is due to take place in October 2013.

As the Prime Minister announced in December 2012, the UK’s conventional force levels in Afghanistan will draw down to around 5,200 by the end of 2013, from the current level of around 7,900.

As part of this drawdown, there will be around 6,000 personnel in Afghanistan from Autumn 2013. However, this figure may fluctuate and occasionally exceed this total due to ‘relief-in-place’ (where all or part of a unit is replaced in an area by an incoming unit) and additional surges into theatre.

Around half of these units will form Task Force Helmand under the command of 7th Armoured Brigade. The remainder will deploy within Helmand province and also to other locations in Afghanistan, particularly Kandahar and Kabul, as part of the UK’s overall contribution.

In addition to the list of formed units, individual augmentees from each of the Services will continue to deploy as part of this integrated force package. In total MOD expects around 1,119 individual augmentees to deploy on operations.

These will be comprised of 246 Royal Navy personnel, 370 Army personnel and 503 Royal Air Force personnel. The Royal Air Force currently provides the command element of Headquarters Joint Force Support (Afghanistan), with the wider headquarters manned by individual augmentees from all 3 Services. 101 Logistic Brigade will deploy in November to take on this role.

A member of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards talks to one of the local children during a patrol around Kopak near Babaji - Picture: Sergeant Keith Cotton RLC

A member of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards talks to one of the local children during a patrol around Kopak near Babaji - Picture: Sergeant Keith Cotton RLC

Volunteer and ex-regular members of the Reserve Forces will continue to deploy to Afghanistan as part of this integrated force package, and we expect to issue around 400 call-out notices.

On completion of their mobilisation procedures, the reservists will undertake a period of training and, where applicable, integration with their respective receiving units.

The majority will serve on operations for around 6 months although a small proportion of any force which is stood down due to force level reductions is likely to be reservist.

As announced by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on 14 May 2013, some elements of 7th Armoured Brigade will deploy on Op Herrick 19 for up to 8 months. This will remove the requirement to train and deploy an extra brigade, at greatly reduced scale, to cover the final months of 2014.

It will also align tours to key milestones in the transition process, such as the Afghan presidential elections in Spring 2014. A small number of reservists may voluntarily serve 8 months.

20th Armoured Brigade is currently training to relieve 7th Armoured Brigade in 2014.

The forces deploying include:

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RAF Typhoon jets – photo baesystems.com

RAF Typhoon jets – photo baesystems.com

10 July 2013 baesystems.com

 

The Royal Air Force has completed the biggest training mission ever undertaken by its Typhoon force.

 

Over the past two weeks a total of 265 sorties have been flown on six days in Exercise Android Preference.

 

Availability of aircraft

 

One of the main aims of the Typhoon Availability Service and ATTAC (Availability Transformation Tornado Aircraft Contract)TAS and ATTAC contracts is to ensure the RAF has the maximum amount of aircraft available. Working in partnership with the RAF, our colleagues on both these contracts contributed towards ensuring such a large scale training mission could take place.

 

Qualified Weapons Instructor Course

 

Exercise Android Preference, which concluded at RAF Coningsby on 5 July, forms part of the Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI) course regarded as the pinnacle qualification for RAF aircrew, as RAF Coningsby Station Commander, Gp Capt Johnny Stringer, explained:

 

“The QWI courses are where we fuse the physical, moral and conceptual components of air fighting power at the tactical level. We’re taking our brightest and best and making them the most capable and aware tactical operators they can be. What Android Preference allows us to do is not only to prepare them for the QWI operational phase, but also to expose them to some of the wider and higher-level considerations and consequences of their tactical appreciation, planning and subsequent execution.”

 

A real operational feel

 

The exercise designer, Flight Lieutenant Andrew Tidmarsh, said:

 

“For the first time we’ve executed missions involving the entire Typhoon Force which, along with other Force Elements, gives a real operational feel. The exercise challenges the whole spectrum of what Typhoon can do as a platform; not only fighting air-to-air, but also finding, fixing and prosecuting targets on the ground.

 

“Being fully swing role the Typhoon is able to fight its way to the target and then fight its way out again. This places a high training demand on the pilots who have to be extremely capable in the air-to-air role and the air-to-surface role and be able to make timely tactical decisions to enable them to fulfil both in a high threat environment.”

 

Largest training mission for Typhoon

 

In the first week of the Exercise the single largest training mission Typhoon has ever undertaken as one complete Force was executed. A total of 22 Typhoons from five different squadrons took part in a Combat Search and Rescue scenario that also included Tornado GR4s, USAF F-15 Eagles and Danish F16s, as well as Support and Attack Helicopters. Tactical air control and command was provided by an E-3D Sentry from RAF Waddington and 1 Air Control Centre (1 ACC), which deployed to RAF Coningsby from their home station at RAF Scampton.

 

Gp Capt Stringer explained: “The key involvement of 1 Air Control Centre and E-3 Sentry underlines the importance of air command and control, as well as ISTAR, to the effective employment of modern combat air power. We’re also delighted and very grateful to have had the excellent support from the Support Helicopter and Tornado GR4 Forces, 100 Squadron, the Army Air Corps and our USAF and Danish colleagues.”

 

Challenging roles

 

This variety and scope of exercise participants presented its own challenge for mission planning and execution in addition to an excellent opportunity for training large and diverse packages of aircraft. Each QWI student took it in turns to act as a Mission Commander, a challenging role which requires individual tactical prowess and wider integration in order to succeed.

 

Flt Lt Tidmarsh added: “At one point there was a 16 versus 20 air-to-air fight concurrent with ground serials including Air Interdiction, Close Air Support and Dynamic Targeting. I can’t remember in my career the whole force attempting one Defensive Counter Air mission that lasted an entire day.”

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Illustration of Royal Navy's MARS tanker. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.

Illustration of Royal Navy's MARS tanker. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.

10 July 2013 naval-technology.com

 

Designers have completed plan for the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary's (RFA) new fleet of Tide-class military afloat reach and sustainability (MARS) tankers, which will serve at least 25 years.

 

The four Tide-class MARS tankers, comprising Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce, will enter service with the Royal Navy to boost its capabilities by delivering fuel, water, spare parts and other supplies.

 

In cooperation with the Royal Navy and RFA, BMT Defence Services has completed design for the four next-generation tankers with hundreds of design drawings and plans.

 

The company has also developed and tested scale models in the gigantic water tank at Haslar in Gosport, where Tidespring vessel also successfully refuelled HMS Queen Elizabeth in various sea conditions.

"A Range Rover's fuel tank connected to all four 7in hoses on the starboard size of a Tide tanker would be full in 0.12 seconds."

 

The future tanker project naval architect Mark Lewis said: "A Range Rover's fuel tank connected to all four 7in hoses on the starboard size of a Tide tanker would be full in 0.12 seconds."

 

Following completion of a £450m quartet design of the 37,000t ships, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) will draw up detailed plans to begin construction on the ships next year at Okpo-dong in south-east South Korea.

 

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a contract to DSME in 2012 for the construction of four MARS tankers to replace the existing RFA's single hulled tankers, with the first ship of the class due to be delivered in October 2015, with the final vessel due in April 2017.

 

The new double-hulled tankers will be designed to meet International Maritime Organization pollution (MARPOL) regulations, an International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 and the protocol of 1978, as well as European Commission environmental regulations.

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Australian Hawk upgrade contract

9 July 2013 baesystems.com

 

£90 million contract awarded for Australian Hawk upgrades

 

The Minister for Defence Materiel for the Commonwealth of Australia has awarded a £90m contract to us for the upgrade of their Mk127 Hawk fleet.

 

Known as Project AIR5438, the upgrade to the Australian Hawk fleet will deliver an enhanced training capability and also encompass the supply of three Full Mission Simulators, RAAF aircrew/groundcrew training and support.

 

We have been working closely with the Australian Department of Defence to define the scope of the upgrade, leveraging off previous Hawk programs and experience.

 

The upgrade of the Australian Hawk fleet will ensure its effectiveness into the next decade and provides a solid foundation for the progression of aircrew onto the F/A-18 Classic and Super Hornets and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) when it is introduced into service.

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Five Sentinel R1 aircraft are operated by Waddington-based 5 Sqn – photo Craig Hoyle FG

Five Sentinel R1 aircraft are operated by Waddington-based 5 Sqn – photo Craig Hoyle FG

July 10, 2013 by Craig Hoyle – FG

 

London - The UK Royal Air Force has detailed the contribution made by its Sentinel R1 ground surveillance aircraft during France's Operation Serval activity in Mali earlier this year, as prime contractor Raytheon has achieved a notable training milestone in support of its 5(AC) Sqn.

 

During a four-month detachment to Dakar in Senegal launched in late January, Sentinel aircraft flew 66 sorties, totalling a combined 697h, says British Army Maj Seymour Bailey, operations officer for the RAF united based at Waddington, Lincolnshire. Services provided by its roughly 40 deployed personnel included delivering 100 detailed intelligence reports to French commanders, he says.

 

Typically prepared by ground-based image analysts using a deployed tactical ground station within 6-8h of an aircraft landing, individual reports included providing annotated synthetic aperture radar imagery of points of interest to support activities by the French armed forces against Islamist militants. This included surveying a dirt landing strip in Tessalit, to assess whether tactical transport aircraft would be able to land safely. Other points of interest included the strategic town of Gao and the Mali/Niger border, where rebel activity was supported by crossing points and resupply boats.

 

As during the Sentinel's previous use under combat conditions in Afghanistan and Libya, the aircraft's Raytheon dual-mode radar was also used in its ground moving target indication mode to track vehicle movements and build so-called "pattern of life" data. Operators on board the aircraft also were in real-time voice contact with French troops during some missions.

 

"We were the 'find' phase of the operation," says Bailey. "Persistence over the target is critical. We could look long and far, and cross-cue other assets into suspicious activity for positive identification."

 

Meanwhile, Raytheon's head of training for the airborne standoff radar system programme, Martin Johnston, says the company has recently trained its 1,000th student for the UK. The company provides five full-time instructors at 5 Sqn's RAF Waddington home, with RAF pilots also receiving simulator-based training with CAE in Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

 

Adapted from Bombardier's Global Express business jet, the Sentinel has a flight endurance of up to 11h. Flown with two pilots, with additional crew members comprising an airborne mission commander and two airborne image analysts, the system has been in operational use since late 2008, with five aircraft delivered.

 

Previously slated for early retirement following the completion of UK combat involvement in Afghanistan, the Sentinel's ability to respond to contingencies in Libya and Mali - where an aircraft was in theatre within 48h of an order to move - has led chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton to suggest that the fleet could be retained through the next Strategic Defence and Security Review, planned to conclude during 2015. One possible role would be in providing a manned adjunct to NATO's future Alliance Ground Surveillance fleet of five Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles, he says.

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Across Europe, Nations Mold Cyber Defenses

Jul. 9, 2013 - by TOM KINGTON – Defense News

 

ROME — Since Estonia suffered a crippling cyberattack in 2007, generally attributed to Russian hackers, European states have slowly been organizing their disparate cyber crime and security organizations under national coordinating committees, bringing military commanders into contact with intelligence agencies, police forces and private industry.

 

The new furor over US spying on European Union nations will likely heighten efforts in the region to strengthen defenses against economic and political cyberattack from political and economic adversaries and allies alike.

 

Italy

 

In Italy, a decree issued by the Cabinet in January sought to impose a chain of command on a series of cybersecurity operations launched in recent years by law enforcement and state agencies.

 

The decree puts the prime minister at the top of the pyramid but gives operational authority to the head of the DIS, the Italian intelligence agency that oversees both overseas and domestic operations.

 

“The DIS has led this reorganization and has taken a central role,” said Stefano Mele, a cyber analyst with the Italian Institute for Strategic Studies. “It is the first real step toward an operational approach to cybersecurity.”

 

“The Italian cyber strategy is defensive,” an Italian intelligence source said.

 

The new setup, which is reportedly still being staffed, involves a political committee to propose strategy to the prime minister, drawing representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, interior, defense, justice, economy and economic development.

 

 

A permanent monitoring center is also being established, to be run by the prime minister’s military adviser.

 

Mele said the new center would be open 24 hours a day to monitor threats.

 

“Police units have previously mounted 24-hour monitoring operations, but the new setup moves beyond a focus on cyber crime to cyberwarfare,” he said.

 

The center can also activate a crisis unit, drawing on various ministries when an attack threatens national security.

 

One analyst feared the new structure was too complex to react quickly to cyber threats.

 

“The chain of command is too long and complicated to respond to attacks, which are by definition fast, but this is a start,” said Raoul Chiesa, a cybersecurity consultant to the UN.

 

The Italian military’s cyber defense operation, which is run by the General Staff in Rome, continues on a parallel track to the new civilian setup, but there would be crossovers, Mele said.

 

“The key role given the prime minister’s military adviser is no coincidence,” Mele said.

 

Germany

 

Responsibility for German cybersecurity is divided among many players on the federal and state levels. The National Cyber Defense Center, under the federal Interior Ministry, was founded in April 2011, involving the military, the police, the secret service and other security and civil defense organizations.

 

Additionally, a National Cyber Security Committee has been set up to decide wider cybersecurity policy, involving the chancellery, various ministries, the states and industry representatives as associate members.

 

While these are all defensive measures, the Bundeswehr acknowledged last year that it had a Computer Network Operations Team capable of offensive action. It is part of the Strategic Reconnaissance Command and stationed in Rheinbach, near Bonn. Press reports suggest the unit started training a couple of years ago and reached initial operational capability in 2012.

 

However, actual offensive operations would require the approval of the German parliament, as all German military actions do.

 

The team is not represented in the National Cyber Defence Center nor is it responsible for the defense of the military itself against cyberattacks; the military has built up a separate IT security organization.

 

United Kingdom

 

Cybersecurity spending in the UK emerged unscathed from a new round of government austerity measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne for the 2015-16 financial year.

 

The Treasury said cyber was a national security priority and investment in the area will continue to grow in 2015, including a £210 million (US $320 million) investment in the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP).

 

That money builds on £650 million in funding set aside in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review to tackle cyber threats and turn the problem into an opportunity for the British security industry.

 

The initial four-year spending program, started in 2011, allocated an extra £384 million to the intelligence services over the period with the Ministry of Defence-allocated £90 million.

 

That money is in addition to other cyber funding streams for the intelligence agencies and government departments — figures that are not aired in public.

 

The review said cyberattacks were among the government’s four top security risks.

 

That review was followed at the end of 2011 by a new UK cybersecurity strategy that sought to better protect cyberspace interests and build the capabilities needed to combat the growing problem.

 

Only last week, Iain Lobban, the head of the government’s intelligence-gathering operation, GCHQ, told the BBC that business secrets were being stolen in Britain on an “industrial scale.”

 

Government and industry networks are targeted by sophisticated cyberattacks about 70 times a month, often by other states, he said.

 

GCHQ has already invested in new capabilities to identify and analyze hostile cyberattacks, and now plays host to a new Joint Cyber Unit set up in partnership with the MoD to help counter threats to the UK.

 

Another MoD initiative will likely see the armed services set up a “Cyber Reserve” to harness the talents of industry specialists and others.

 

Poland

 

Meanwhile, Poland is increasing the cyber defense and combat capacities of its armed forces — one of the priorities of the modernization of the Polish armed forces, according to a white paper on national security, released in May by the National Security Bureau.

 

The paper “recommends a national cyber defense system … integrated with similar systems of [other NATO member states],” the document said.

 

The paper also recommends the armed forces receive “mechanisms and systems for offensive activities in this area, and treated as an element of support to conventional activities.”

 

Poland’s cybersecurity efforts are largely driven by the massive cyberattacks that targeted Estonia in 2007 and crashed the Baltic state’s Internet infrastructure, local analysts said.

 

Two organizations set up to avoid the fate of Estonia will become operational next year.

 

The Polish Ministry of Defense and the Internal Security Agency, Poland’s domestic intelligence agency, are aiming to launch the National Cryptology Center, designed as a “response to the newest cyber threats … which should bring a breakthrough in what concerns [Poland’s] cybersecurity,” Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said.

 

A new unit within the Ministry of Defense will also foster the development of information technologies for military purposes.

 

The planned Inspectorate of Implementation of Innovative Technologies will be modeled on the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, according to Siemoniak.

 

Nordic Region

 

Across Europe, Nations Mold Cyber Defenses

Closer collaboration in developing common platforms to counter cyber threats has been given priority status by the Nordic militaries’ cooperation vehicle, Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO).

 

The need for a robust Nordic dialogue and pan-Nordic interaction is highlighted in the study, “Cyber Defense in the Nordic Countries and Challenges of Cyber Security,” produced by the Finnish National Defense University and delivered to NORDEFCO in January.

 

The study generated a report, “The Fog of Cyber Defense,” which is expected to provide a road map for future cyber threat cooperation among Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. It is anticipated that the first cross-border projects to develop common anti-cyber threat policies and strategies could emerge as soon as 2014.

 

In the meantime, the five Nordic states are working to strengthen their domestic cyber defense capabilities. All have, or are in the process of, establishing national cyber defense centers that can draw expertise from military and national intelligence units, as well as cyber threat divisions within the communications regulatory authorities in each country.

 

Recommendations advanced in the “The Fog of Cyber Defense” include a pan-Nordic political initiative to pursue cooperation. This would entail developing a sophisticated cyberspace information exchange platform supported by each country’s cyber defense center; development of a common cyber strategy; the holding of joint interoperability exercises to enhance linguistic, procedural and technical compatibility; the establishment of a common Nordic Cyber Defense Center; and the possibility of standardizing legislation on cyber defense cooperation.

 

NORDEFCO is running a so-called Cooperation Area research program to ascertain the cost benefits and operational gains from Nordic cyber defense cooperation that would specifically deal with immediate threat warnings.

 

On a national level, Norway established a dedicated cyber defense unit under the management of the Ministry of Defense in 2012. The unit merges the cyber threat and defense capabilities of the Armed Forces Command’s Norwegian Military Intelligence Service, the National Security Authority and the Norwegian Police Security Service.

 

Denmark established a Center for Cyber Security under the direction of the Ministry of Defense in December, while Finland launched its Total Society Cyber Security Strategy in January, a four-year strategy that aims to have a dedicated cyber defense center and acomprehensive countermeasures infrastructure in place in 2016.

 

In Sweden, the government established a National Cyber Defense organization in January, which will share information from frontline cyber units within the military’s signals intelligence wing FRA, the military intelligence unit MUST and the Swedish national police intelligence service, Säpo.

 

Albrecht Müller in Bonn, Andrew Chuter in London, Jaroslaw Adamowski in Warsaw and Gerard O’Dwyer in Helsinki contributed to this report.

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The British Army's Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire

The British Army's Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire

9 July 2013 Ministry of Defence and Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 

The Foreign Secretary has confirmed that up to 2,000 personnel from the Libyan Armed Forces are to be trained in the UK.

 

In a written statement to Parliament earlier today, William Hague confirmed that the UK Armed Forces are to train their Libyan counterparts in basic infantry skills and leadership in order to help professionalise them and help them achieve peace and stability across their country. Courses will begin later this year.

The training will take place at a British Army site in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. Members of the Libyan Armed Forces – all of whom will be vetted in advance for medical, physical and behavioural suitability – will be brought to the UK in a number of small groups for courses which are expected to last a minimum of 10 weeks. The Libyan government will pay the costs of the training

Foreign Secretary William Hague answers questions from the media at the G8 foreign ministers' press conference on 11 April 2013 (library image) [Picture: Crown copyright]

Foreign Secretary William Hague answers questions from the media at the G8 foreign ministers' press conference on 11 April 2013 (library image) [Picture: Crown copyright]

The training of Libyan Armed Forces personnel in the UK is part of a broader package of defence and security assistance developed with the US, France and Italy. This is aimed at supporting the Libyan government’s efforts to increase the effectiveness and capacity of its security and justice sector institutions, and to ensure the state’s monopoly on security.

As the Prime Minister announced at last month’s G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, in total more than 7,000 members of the Libyan Armed Forces will be trained by some G8 nations.

William Hague said:

The government firmly believes that a stable, open and democratic Libya contributing to wider regional stability and security is in the UK’s interest. That is why we are working closely with the US and other European countries to lead the broader international effort, co-ordinated by the UN Support Mission in Libya, to support Libya’s democratic transition and the Libyan authorities’ efforts to make visible improvements in public security in Libya.

British soldiers training on an assault course (library image) [Picture: Peter Davies, Crown copyright]

British soldiers training on an assault course (library image) [Picture: Peter Davies, Crown copyright]

The UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

The UK’s Armed Forces are recognised as being amongst the best in the world so it is no surprise that we are one of the countries Libya has turned to for this specialist training.

The UK provides world class defence training and education to many countries, creating lasting ties between our Armed Forces and enhancing their ability to work together towards regional security and stability.

Detailed planning remains ongoing and the UK government continues to work on the specific terms of its assistance with the Libyan government. Close engagement will also be conducted with local authorities and the Bassingbourn community in advance of the training commencing.

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BAE Advances Warfighter Communications with Successful Test of WNW Anti-Jam Mode

Jul 8, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems is advancing the ability of today’s warfighters to securely and reliably communicate battlefield information via jam-resistant waveforms. As the developer of the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) Anti-Jam (AJ) mode for the Department of Defense, the company tested its mid-tier PHOENIX™ networking radios at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Fort Dix) in New Jersey.

 

“Protecting tactical communications is fundamental to maintaining battlefield advantage. Our expertise with the Anti-Jam mode of WNW is evident in the positive results of our field testing at Fort Dix,” said Christopher A. Ager, director of Networked Communications at BAE Systems. “During this testing, each PHOENIX radio successfully and securely communicated across uneven terrain.”

 

The over-the-air test was conducted within the scope of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), and BAE Systems. The CRADA provides industry with unique opportunities to collaboratively work alongside government engineers, allowing BAE Systems access to government facilities and resources at Fort Dix. The Product Director for C4ISR and Network Modernization — a directorate of CERDEC — provided the venue to host, instrument, and observe the BAE Systems-led tests.

 

Using PHOENIX radios, soldiers can communicate voice, data, and video for enhanced battlefield awareness. This family of software-defined radios includes three programmable variants, each of which uses the next-generation, government-owned WNW and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), and allows multiple configurations: two-channel with SINCGARS, two-channel, and four-channel. With the robust WNW, all PHOENIX variants provide full anti-jam modes to protect communications in hostile environments and when using jammers. This off-the-shelf radio system offers a low size, weight, and power design that integrates easily with the SINCGARS radio space already allotted on U.S. Army ground combat vehicles.

 

BAE Systems is planning additional WNW-AJ tests on networks of up to 30 nodes in the coming months. In November 2012, PHOENIX-2C radios successfully provided tactical networking capabilities during U.S. Army exercises at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, enabling soldiers to communicate more than 20 kilometers in moving vehicles, which is double the mid-tier network requirement.

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Berlin prévoit une décision début 2014 sur l'Eurofighter

08/07 LesEchos.fr (Reuters)

 

L'Allemagne, l'Espagne, l'Italie et la Grande-Bretagne prendront sans doute début 2014 une décision sur la dernière tranche de leur commande de chasseurs Eurofighter, a déclaré lundi un porte-parole du ministère de la Défense après avoir confirmé que le coût de l'appareil avait augmenté.

 

L'Allemagne a pour l'instant pris livraison de 101 exemplaires de l'avion de combat et prévoit de porter sa flotte à 108 unités d'ici la fin de l'année, sur un total de 143 commandés.

 

Une éventuelle dernière tranche n'est soumise à aucune obligation contractuelle.

 

"Nous discutons évidemment avec nos partenaires mais nous n'avons pas encore pris de décision. Les discussions vont continuer dans le courant de cette année et je pense que d'ici le début de l'an prochain, nous serons en mesure de prendre une décision", a dit le porte-parole.

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Exercice Tactical La Fayette Week dans le sud de la France

05/07/2013 Armée de l'air

 

Du 20 au 27 juin 2103, l’escadron de chasse 2/4 «La Fayette» a participé à l’exercice Tactical La Fayette Week (TLW) organisé par le centre opérationnel des forces aériennes stratégiques (COFAS).

 

Cet exercice vise à entraîner dans un environnement réaliste les équipages aux différentes phases tactiques d’une mission aérienne complexe. Au programme, des phases de ravitaillement en vol, de pénétration basse et moyenne altitudes, et de combat aérien en vol dans le respect le plus strict des règles de sécurité aérienne du temps de paix.

 

Les avions ont évolué dans la zone d’entraînement aérienne la plus étendue de France, qui couvre tout l’espace maritime entre Perpignan et Solenzara, en Corse. Cette zone, l’une des plus grandes en Europe, offre de très belles possibilités d’entraînement (vitesse supersonique, vol très basse altitude…). L’emploi de moyens de conduite modernes tels Stradivarius (outil de visualisation en temps réel de la situation aérienne) a favorisé l’optimisation des moyens aériens dédiés à TLW.

 

Au bilan, l’exercice a totalisé 137 sorties en 9 raids aériens composés de 15 à 25 chasseurs. Le nombre des acteurs révèle également le succès de TLW : Mirage 2000N, Rafale, Mirage 2000-5, Mirage 2000D, Mirage F1, Alphajet, avions ravitailleurs C135 et un avion radar E3-F. TLW se caractérise aussi par sa dimension interarmées avec la participation de Rafale de la flotille 11F de la marine nationale, mais également une dimension interalliée avec la présence d’Eurofighter espagnols et italiens, de F18 espagnols et de Tornado britanniques. Enfin, par son action, le centre de détection et de contrôle de Lyon Mont-Verdun a permis de donner toute sa dimension à cet exercice.

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4 juillet 2013 4 04 /07 /juillet /2013 07:50
Europe de la Défense : le Sénat appelle à un sursaut

03/07 Par Alain Ruello – LesEchos.fr

 

La commission des Affaires étrangères et de la défense dresse un constat sans fard du blocage actuel. Elle préconise la création d’un groupe pionnier sur la base du couple franco-britannique.

 

L’Europe de la défense est morte, vive la défense européenne ! C’est en substance le principal message du rapport présenté ce mercredi sur le sujet par la commission des Affaires étrangères, de la Défense et des Forces armées du Sénat. Enième rapport sur un thème éculé qui intéresse surtout les cénacles militaro-industriels franco-français ? Oui en grande partie, même si le texte a le mérite de dresser un constat sans fard de la situation.

 

« Expression ambigüe », « impasse conceptuelle », ou « situation désormais contre-productive » : malgré quelques résultats encourageants à ses débuts, les sénateurs reconnaissent que l’Europe de la défense est figée. Sur le plan industriel par exemple, on compte 17 programmes nationaux de blindés et sept de frégates. La volonté politique est quasi nulle. « Depuis dix ans l’Europe de la défense n’avance plus. Elle reste sur ses acquis », résume Jacques Gautier, sénateur UMP des Hauts-de-Seine. Daniel Reiner, son collègue de Meurthe-et-Moselle va plus loin : l’Europe de la défense ? « Elle est morte ».

 

A cela, trois raisons principales : faute de menaces aux frontières la mobilisation ne prend plus ; l’Otan et l’Union Européenne n’arrivent pas à accorder leurs violons ; surtout, la politique des « petits pas » montre ses limites. Prônée par Jean-Yves Le Drian, le ministre de la défense, et avant lui par Hervé Morin, cette politique privilégie les avancées concrètes, fussent-elles modestes, aux ambitions irréalistes de type « grand soir ».

 

Arrêter de tourner en rond

 

Et pourtant, les sénateurs continuent de croire en une défense européenne, afin d’éviter aux 28 pays membres de l’Union de connaître un déclin stratégique. Seulement voilà, pour la plupart de leurs recommandations, certaines usées à force d’avoir été rebattues, on a du mal à voir ce qui permettrait de relancer la machine, les mêmes causes risquant de produire les mêmes effets.

 

Ainsi de la création d’un Etat-major européen, véritable chiffon rouge pour les Britanniques. Ou encore de l’établissement d’une feuille de route entre Etats pour partager des équipements militaires. Cela fait des années qu’on y réfléchit, sans beaucoup de résultat. Le regroupement entre industriels doit être « encouragé », sur la base du « volontariat » pour créer des grands groupes pan-européens notamment. On a vu le résultat entre EADS et BAE Systems... Que penser enfin d’un rapprochement entre l’Agence Européenne de défense (l’AED) et l’Organisme conjoint de coopération en matière d’armement (Occar) pour donner naissance à une « Agence européenne de l’armement » ? Certains y sont favorables, mais faute de programmes d’armement, cette Agence risque de tourner autant au ralenti que l’AED.

 

Groupe pionnier

 

La véritable nouveauté concerne la mise sur pied d’un « Eurogroupe de défense» composé de pays « pionniers », seule solution pour que le vieux Continent se dote d’une « capacité militaire autonome » et assume ses responsabilités au sein de l’Alliance Atlantique. Le règlement intérieur de ce groupe reste à écrire. Ce qui n’empêche pas les sénateurs d’avoir une idée précise de ses membres : la France et le Royaume-Uni évidemment, associés à l’Allemagne, voire à l’Italie.

 

Les deux premiers ont déjà formé un groupe pionnier depuis les traités de Lancaster House de novembre 2010 qui, dans l’esprit des sénateurs, doivent servir de « nucleus » à cet Eurogroupe (pour tout ce qui est hors nucléaire évidemment). Le hic c’est que Lancaster House avance déjà cahin caha, même si Paris et Londres sont très proches sur le plan militaire. Ajouter un ou deux pays, c’est prendre le risque de ralentir les choses, d’autant que l’Allemagne tient la guerre en aversion. Qui plus est, la mode à Paris ces derniers mois était plutôt au renforcement de la coopération avec Varsovie...

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Defence business plan: small and medium-sized enterprises (UK MoD)

3 July 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

The MOD recognises the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as direct suppliers to MOD and as participants in the defence supply chain.

The white paper on ‘National security through technology: technology, equipment, and support for UK defence and security (Cm 8278)’ describes how SMEs are a vital source of innovation and flexibility in meeting defence and security requirements. SMEs can also often offer highly cost effective value for money solutions for defence requirements.

The white paper takes into account responses received from the consultation green paper on ‘Equipment, support, and technology for UK defence and security’ that was published in December 2010. The consultation process identified the potential for improvements in three main areas: changes to government processes, particularly within MOD; the way MOD manages its direct relationships with SMEs; and SMEs’ relationships with prime contractors. Our plans for improvements in each of these three areas may be found in chapter 5 of the white paper.

The departmental action plan (2013/14) describes the work we are doing to support and encourage SMEs and sets a target for increasing MOD’s direct and indirect spend with SMEs by end 2014/15.

The departmental action plan is attached together with a number of examples of successful SME engagements with the MOD.

Documents

SME action plan

The MOD recognises the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

PDF, 92.4KB, 19 pages

SME case study examples

PDF, 154KB, 16 pages

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ASV Wins Contract for Unmanned Boat

July 1, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: ASV; dated June 14, issued June 28, 2013)

 

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) Wins Research Contract to Design and Build A Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle

 

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) is leading a team having successfully won the second phase of the recent SBRI competition to develop a Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LEMUSV). Run by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratories (Dstl) the competition brief sought to develop an autonomous vehicle to gather data from the ocean over several months.

 

The team includes Cosworth, who are looking at generator systems, Hyperdrive Ltd who will investigate motor options and power management systems and Cranfield University who will be considering collision avoidance technologies.

 

ASV will undertake the detailed production design, build, commissioning and sea trials of a fully operational, open ocean going “C-Enduro 4” vessel. This second phase work will build on research and development from the phase one of the LEMUSV project. The robust vehicle design will utilise state of the art technologies from the consortium and be designed specifically capable of being deployed at sea for periods of up to three months in all weather conditions and sea states.

 

The C-Enduro concept centres on a ‘three pillar’ energy system providing a flexible and fault tolerant solution to energy supply. Having researched and trialled various energy sources as part of the phase one work the team has selected solar panels, a wind generator and a lightweight diesel generator as energy sources. Detailed calculations and tests show that this selection, combined with efficient power management and command and control systems packaged in a rugged self-righting vehicle, provides the greatest likelihood of meeting the performance requirements of this project.

 

ASV will work closely with the NERC and Dstl teams to ensure that their requirements and ideas are captured and incorporated in the detail design.

 

ASV has a proven track record in Unmanned Systems over 10 years and has delivered systems to a range of military and commercial customers with all having passed rigorous acceptance testing in accordance with ISO 9001 accreditation. This puts them in an excellent position to meet the challenges of this project. “This is a very exciting project for ASV and the companies involved and a fantastic opportunity to work closely with the NERC and Dstl,” commented Dan Hook, ASV Managing Director.

 

Formed in 1998 ASV provides rugged, reliable and effective unmanned systems using cutting edge marine technology. ASV is based near Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

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