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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 11:50
SME Showcase at DSEI 2015

 

16 September 2015, Centre for Defence Enterprise, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Ministry of Defence

 

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) will showcase some of the best research ideas it's funded, delivered by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

At DSEI 2015, 10 SMEs who have been successful through CDE funding competitions will present their work in 5-minute pitches. Time for networking will follow.

This session will take place on Thursday 17 September 2015, 12pm to 2pm in the West Theatre, Unmanned Zone. Find out more.

It will include an introduction to CDE opportunities, before hearing first hand from the 10 SMEs about their companies and their innovations.

The session will be very useful for those with an interest in innovative defence research and to meet up-and-coming SMEs who have been funded as part of the CDE supply chain.

The companies exhibiting for CDE are listed below. The innovation summaries link to a case study from each organisation.

 

Company

Innovation summary

Autonomous Devices

Improvised robotic devices

Folium Optics

Adaptive camouflage technology

IQHQ

High-resilience radio communication receivers

Kaon

Use of plasmonic meta materials in lenses

Metrarc

Deriving secure encryption keys from the properties of digital systems

Mobbu

Secure mobile communications software

The Technology Partnership (TTP)

Sensing solution for SONAR applications

Thinking Safe

Insider threat detection

Trauma Simulation

Realistic trauma simulation

Voicekey

On-device, voice biometric mobile identity management solution

Presentations from the companies will be also be published after the event via the links above.

 

About CDE

CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

CDE is part of Dstl.

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Thales announces order for ForceSHIELD Integrated Air Defence system and STARStreak missiles for Malaysian Armed Forces

 

September 15, 2015 thalesgroup.com

 

Thales announced today at DSEI that it has signed a contract with Global Komited, a company within The Weststar Group, to supply the Malaysian Armed Forces with ForceSHIELD, the Thales integrated Advanced Air Defence system.

 

In addition to the STARStreak missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster 200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger and RAPIDRover mobile weapon systems and the Next Generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher, as well as associated communications.

 

The STARStreak missiles and launcher systems are manufactured in Thales’s facility in Belfast and the CONTROLMaster by Thales in France. This significant purchase by the Malaysian Armed Forces will increase jobs in Belfast and develop high value added jobs and skills set in Malaysia through a programme of technology transfer.

 

The purchase of ForceSHIELD will enable the Malaysian Armed Forces to replace and enhance the previously commissioned Thales STARBurst missile system, which has been in service since the mid 1990’s.

 

The STARStreak missile utilises the proven principle of ‘high velocity’ to defeat threats with short unmasking times.  The three-dart configuration maximises lethality and the highly accurate laser beam riding guidance enables engagement of small signature targets.

 

Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales UK, says: “I am delighted that another country has decided to buy ForceSHIELD.  This latest-generation sensors to effectors solution will give Malaysia a world class, cutting edge capability.  Increasing our export sales is a key part of Thales’ growth strategy and today’s news marks another milestone.”

 

    "I am delighted that Westar and Thales have agreed to work together to supply the STARStreak missile system to the Malaysian Armed Forces. This is an excellent example of companies sharing technology to support the ongoing modernisation of the country’s Armed Forces. I very much value our Defence relationship with Malaysia and look forward to working with their government and Armed Forces as part of our enduring Defence cooperation."

    Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement

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Building a British Military Fit for Future Challenges Rather then Past Conflicts

 

15 September 2015 by General Sir Nicholas Houghton - Ministry of Defence

 

General Sir Nicholas Houghton gives his personal views ahead of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review. (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)


 

Well it is a great pleasure to be here tonight. Chatham House enjoys international respect for the quality of its independent and critical thought. So it is, I believe, wholly appropriate that, as part of the Ministry of Defence’s public engagement on the Strategic Defence and Security Review I share some thoughts with you this evening.

It is also important to, I think, reflect that this talk falls on the formal 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. I say this because I wholly revere, as I hope do we all, the remarkable contribution of the Royal Air Force to protecting our country from an undeniably existential threat 75 years ago.

But it is also somewhat ironic that in 2015, this SDSR year, we as a country are spending so much of our national time in emotional reflection on war. Agincourt, Waterloo, Gallipoli, the Battle of Britain, Iraq, Afghanistan. Next year we will commemorate Jutland. For various no doubt immaculate reasons wars or battles such as these have been branded on our national psyche.

As a result I sometimes worry that many have come to view our Armed Forces solely through the optic of war. Our utility has come to be assessed through individual and collective audits of war’s occasionally questionable benefits. This, I strongly believe, hugely misjudges the beneficial utility of military power.

So, if I have a more personal aspiration for this talk, and for the SDSR more generally, it is to bring about a re-imagining of the utility of the Nation’s Armed Forces. Rather than view them through the optic of fighting wars; view them through the optic of the wars we avoid having to fight; the stability we help assure; the prosperity we help achieve; and the liberty and open society we help ensure.

Because, as I will attempt to explain, many of the threats we face today are not existential to our survival as a nation in the classic physical sense. But they are existential to our way of life; to our prosperity, our national values, our individual liberty and to our sense of our nation’s place in the world. These threats will take a particular and bespoke strategy to defeat, or at least to ameliorate.

As I say this talk is part of our public engagement on the SDSR, so it is meant to be a catalyst for questions and inputs to a process that still has perhaps its most interesting and challenging phases ahead of it. For, although it has been underway for some time, there is much left to be decided. Specifically there are some important decisions to be made about our national ambition; our national risk appetite; some hard choices on capability options; and also on what we call security postures… or how we use and employ our national security capabilities.

One thing I would say at the outset is that, in very stark contrast to where we might have been, this Summer’s budget settlement for Defence has given us the opportunity to make choices in this SDSR which are about betterment rather than decline; about reviewing the scale and nature of the security risks to the country and reducing them. This is hugely welcome.

But this does not make this SDSR an easy ride. Far from it. As I will indicate, over the last five years the world has become a far more, not less, dangerous place. It has become ever more difficult to distinguish between transient threats of a non-existential nature and those threats which pose a more enduring danger to our national interest over time.

And although the financial settlement for Defence is real and welcome, its most significant benefits will only materialise in the later years of this parliament. The early benefits lay in a much better-founded ability to deliver the programme envisaged in SDSR 2010. Capability enhancements will rely heavily on new efficiencies which we are now incentivised to achieve and in our ability to compete successfully for the new £1.5 billion Joint Security Fund.

The SDSR will inevitably lead, by the end of the year, to a number of choices about capability. Those choices will, in the main, be made on the grounds of political judgements about national ambition, security risk tolerance and available resources.

In offering such choices to government, officials across Whitehall are trying to create the best possible informed judgements about the risks we must contend with, our national interests, the national security objectives that will deliver those interests, and the policy and capability choices which will best secure those objectives given the global security context which confronts us.

It is not my aim tonight to give you a comprehensive view of where we have progressed with this complex synthesis. Rather I want to give you my sense of the global security context; to draw some deductions from that context; and finally to describe some of the capability and posture choices that derive from those deductions and about which some very difficult decisions will have to be made.

So let me start with the global security context. This is a personal not departmental formulation, it is delivered from personal judgement, a military perspective and is devoid of the optimism bias that some can indulge in. I offer seven thematic observations. The context is one of uncertainty; of instability; of significant threat diversification; of an increasing complexity in inter-state relationships; of the advent of the power of the narrative; of ever greater constraint on the use of force; and of an ever more revealed mis-match between the capabilities we have and those that we need to meet the multiple demands of the current operating environment. I will just start by offering a few words on each.

The uncertainty which continues to endure is borne of the inevitability of change. That change is driven by at least two strategic factors. The first is the relative decline in economic and demographic terms of what you might call Old Europe and the seemingly inevitable rise of the Asia-Pacific region.

The second factor driving uncertainty is the first indications that America may be starting to realise the finite nature of her own power and particularly her ability, or societal willingness, to remain the external security guarantor of three regions of the world: Europe; the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific. However premature such a judgement is, it is nevertheless a cause of uncertainty in the regions that may be affected.

My second observation of the global security context is the prevalence of instability. Instability defines the Middle East and both North and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is China’s greatest internal threat. It is increasingly the condition of Russia’s near abroad. It is not confined to land alone, but is a maritime phenomenon in the Gulf of Guinea, the Mediterranean, the East and South China Seas and elsewhere.

The pervading condition of instability and the individual despair that it generates is one of the causes of mass migration. But, perhaps, the more important thing to recognise is that one of the strongest drivers of this instability is a sense, amongst several nations and at least one great religion, that the current world order denies them a sense of their historic entitlement and to the enjoyment of their rightful place in the world. In some ways we are inextricably a part of an upheaval in the balance of power between states over-time and in other ways we are seeing the state-based model of international order challenged by other views of how the world should be arranged.

My third observation is of the diversification of threats. It probably holds true that an existential threat to the United Kingdom in classic, symmetrical, force-on-force, terms is still remote. But Russia now presents a threat in more novel ways to several of our NATO Allies; and potentially, if not handled well, to the coherence of NATO as an Alliance. In some of our responses we must be careful not to assume that Russia’s rationality mirrors our own.

More widely the threats from in particular terrorism, but also from cyber attack, organised crime, mass migration, natural disaster, energy shortages and much else, all continue to increase. And the emerging outcome of the government review of national security risks, is that we confront a greater range of more serious threats than five years ago; and these threats could manifest themselves in compound form.

My next observation is that the nature of inter-state relationships grows ever more complex as global interdependencies increase. It is absolutely possible for two countries to be in a state of cooperation, competition, confrontation and conflict at one and the same time. Economic cooperation goes hand in hand with competition for trade and markets. Localised and regionalised confrontation over unresolved land disputes abound. Conflict dominates deniable activity in cyberspace. It no longer holds true that our enemy’s enemy is our friend. Reflect, if you will, on Syria, Iraq, Iran and Da’ish.

My fifth observation relates to the significant increase in the power of a potent narrative. This is but one element of Information Age Warfare. Through most of history the primary purpose of military operations has been achieved through physical activity. Physical activity, destruction and geographic advantage has been the means to influence the cognitive domain of war. But nowadays almost all acts of physical violence come with an on-line component, exploiting social networks to manipulate opinion and perception. The tactics employed by Russia in Ukraine, Estonia and Georgia, include combinations of information warfare, cyber activity, counter-intelligence, espionage, economic warfare and the sponsorship of proxies.

In Syria, Iraq and increasingly in our own homelands, Da’ish’s use of messaging and propaganda is more potent than its actual conventional military capability. Da’ish uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in 23 different languages. The information age, more widely, permits adversaries unconstrained by western policy, ethical and legal codes, to exploit and assault our vulnerabilities.

My final two observations are borne primarily of reflection on our own national condition, but they are shared in part or in full by many other western nations. The first is that we are experiencing ever greater constraints on our freedom to use force.

Some of these constraints relate to advances in the technological competence of potential enemies and their ability to generate anti-access and area denial capabilities. But the more worrying constraints on the use of force lay in the areas of societal support, parliamentary consent and ever greater legal challenge.

Such constraints are particularly significant when the desire to commit to the use of force is in support of operations which some may consider discretionary to the national interest. And such constraints may impact on our ability to generate deterrence, which wholly depends on the perceivable credibility of our willingness to use force if necessary. My point here is that if a nation’s assumed willingness to commit to the use of force is only in the face of national survival, then we encourage rather than deter revisionist states and their own ambitions.

My final observation is the growing potential mis-match between the current silhouette of Armed Forces capability and the growing demand for action in a contemporary environment constantly requiring effective responses to crisis. Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of the intelligence and strike assets needed to counter terrorism at range. To some our Armed Forces remain stubbornly optimised for episodic combat at scale, whereas the contemporary environment demands multiple, concurrent responses of high readiness force packages optimised for a whole range of crises: from striking terrorists to eliminating Ebola.

What deductions should we draw from all of this? Well my first deduction is really drawn from the first two observations: the inevitability of change and the prevalence of instability brought about by the challenges to the current global order.

The simple fact is that, seen over time, the United Kingdom has done pretty well out of the post 1945, post Cold-War, international settlement and the rules based system which is part of that. Our remarkable retention of geo-political status, relative prosperity and our enviable open society rests significantly on our ability to retain that rules based system and the global stability that is needed to underpin it.

So we must be careful to balance our Defence and Security responses between those threats which demand immediate action and those threats which present as a more incremental but potentially more enduring danger to our national interest over time.

Personally I remain convinced that the Grand Strategic security challenge of the age for the United Kingdom, is how we manage to accommodate the change that is inevitable, whilst at the same time maintaining the stability of the global commons and the rules based international system on which our prosperity, status and open society absolutely depend.

My second deduction is that there is no longer a simple distinction between war and peace. We are in a state of permanent engagement in a global competition. To win or even survive in such a competition means that all the instruments of national power need constantly to be in play. In this context we do need to re-imagine the utility of the Armed Forces beyond the simple construct of fighting wars or preparing for the next one.

To an extent non-war fighting tasks such as deterrence, reassurance, capacity building, peace-keeping, stabilisation and Defence engagement have always been features of what our Armed Forces have done. But, most recently at least, they have not been organised as a strategic endeavour in the context of our most vital national interest.

My third deduction is that most of the threats we face cannot be resolved by decisive military action alone. Terrorism, Hybrid War, Compound threats and War in the Information Age need sophisticated all-of-government approaches. Economic sanctions may prove a more effective lever than military coercion. The importance of a convincing strategic narrative is vital against the dis-information of Russia or the powerful seduction of extremist ideology, magnified as it is through the power of social media. And, across government, we need to organise even better to provide a harmonised response to the threats we face.

My fourth deduction is that we cannot face these threats alone. The importance of achieving collective security through alliances is vital to any enterprise that needs to be conducted at scale. It is also vital to our ability to manage risk in a context in which we simply cannot afford a national inventory to face all threats. In this context an effective NATO is essential, not least because NATO is the only organisation which can credibly integrate conventional and nuclear deterrence. But our other bi-lateral and multi-lateral arrangements are also important, and many of these we only achieve by retaining the status of, what I call, reference Armed Forces, capable of leading coalitions as well as acting independently in our own right.

My final deduction, and one I absolutely share with my fellow chiefs, is the need to be completely honest about the capability start point for this SDSR. In SDSR 2010, the financial crisis forced government to make some difficult choices when setting Future Force 2020. Specific risks were taken, warfighting resilience reduced, certain capability gaps accepted. The choices we make in this SDSR must both start to put this right, and we’ve already done that, and address the new threats we face.

So, my final set of comments relate to those choices. In outlining such choices to you I am not going to list a catalogue of pet projects. Rather I will offer them as packages of capability that address our requirements in generic terms. And I will also say something about postures.

The first set of capability choices lay in the requirement to make good some of our deficiencies in warfighting resilience. This is a broad menu. It stretches from adequate spares provision, to ammunition and missile holdings, to better force protection, to maximising the advantage of the current sunk costs in expensive platforms such as the carriers.

The second set of choices is to regain or sustain the organisational status of our Armed Forces in structural terms. In simple terms this means to fully develop the power-projection capability of the Maritime Taskgroup; to reprioritise the deployable Divisional level of manoeuvre of the Army; and to increase the available Combat Air Mass of the Air Force.

A significant amount of these first two choices can in effect be achieved through changes to structure and productivity rather than simply by buying new things. But we need to make these choices to underwrite and contribute to conventional deterrence, strategic influence and national ambition. Our choices in this respect, particularly in respect of resilience, also need to include infrastructure, manpower and training, so we ensure that the force does not become hollow. Particularly we need to address some of our critical manpower challenges. The greatest risks which the Defence Board faces relate to our ability to recruit and retain skilled people. This is a national not just Defence issue.

In the context of retaining strategic authority we will have some choices to make about de-risking the nuclear enterprise in respect of both its protection and the seamless delivery of a successor deterrent. I say this because we cannot afford to take risk against a deterrent the effectiveness of which fundamentally relies on its invulnerability and continuous availability. So this is non-discretionary.

But, to me, the most interesting package of choices in this SDSR lay in what we call the Joint Forces Command Proposition. Five years ago in SDSR 2010 the Joint Forces Command did not exist and, in the context of a response to the strategic shock of austerity, few people championed the cause of Joint Enablement. The advent of Joint Forces Command has meant we have already started to invest in this vital area.

We now need to build on this investment and increase our capacity to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Target Acquisition. Our capacity for multiple deployed Command and Control must increase in number and reduce in bulk. In combination our C4ISR must make possible operations in the information age: exploiting mega data, social media, processing power and miniaturisation.

We must also continue to reset the capabilities of our Special Forces to both achieve strategic insight and to restore a capacity for strategic strike at range, at speed and with enhanced security in otherwise denied areas.

Separately the JFC is the champion of our Cyber Defence and offensive capabilities and I strongly believe that, in offensive capability terms, we are still in the foothills of understanding and exploiting the potency of this new domain of warfare and the degree to which it might replace or complement more conventional approaches to deterrence, coercion and, if necessary, warfighting.

There is much more in the Joint Forces Command package. But I highlight its priority in this SDSR because to me it pulls a three card trick. It meets much of the immediate demand for enhanced counter terrorist capability; it enables the better exploitation of the conventional force structure; and it moves us into a greater realisation of the way to conduct warfare in the information age.

The final set of choices I would offer may not generate the headlines they deserve. But if we are going to stay ahead of the game then we need to spend more, and more wisely on innovation. Only through technical innovation, which properly harnesses the potential of robotics, microprocessing, novel materials and unmanned flight, to name but the most obvious, will we be able to maintain technological advantage, resolve the challenges of anti-access and area denial capability and address some of the long term issue of manpower costs. And our approach to innovation must be more than technical, it must be intellectual, temperamental and doctrinal as well.

In respect of how we posture our Armed Forces, we should reflect on my comments on the need to significantly enhance the pro-active use of a far greater amount of our capability. For example, more of the force structure will need to be active in protection, deterrence and reassurance tasks, including the more active protection of home waters and air space; and a greater routine contribution to NATO’s deterrent posture. We have neglected some aspects of homeland security beyond our responses to terrorism and particularly in the context of Critical National Infrastructure.

A second change in how we posture the force will be in how we contribute to shaping a more stable world. This is an amalgam of tasks which include Defence Engagement, Capacity Building, supporting regional strategies, working with allies and partners to enhance effective security. This will involve additional resources in order to maintain deployed footprints and fund enhanced activity levels. But such activity will also be a key enabler of Defence’s contribution to our wider national prosperity agenda.

But the third, and perhaps most significant change to force posture, will be in our preparedness to manage crisis through agile response. So, a force structure which must ultimately be capable of force projection at scale, must nevertheless optimise its routine posture so it is able to respond to the multiple, small scale demands, which are the defining feature of today’s operating environment. And some of this, through the mechanism of the UK’s Joint Expeditionary Force Pool, will be multinational by design.

Now, it will be very evident to you that the combination of capability choices and force posture options which I have outlined will most definitely aggregate to a resource bill that we cannot meet instantaneously. The capability choices will, therefore, need to be prioritised and the criteria for prioritisation are still in the process of agreement. Clearly, a priority must go to those capabilities which offer the ability to mitigate the most serious and proximate threats. Countering terrorism will be high on this list. The regulator will be the requirement to accept risk elsewhere; and we must do this consciously. An SDSR cannot resolve all our security problems in a moment. Strategic patience will be a virtue.

I cannot yet judge how this SDSR will turn out in respect of the detailed outcomes. But I do have considerable faith that the intellectual framework to deliver a coherent outcome is in place. If I have one residual concern it is that, in our haste to realise efficiency in order to improve capability, we will inflict self-harm in respect of our manpower. We must guard against this, since a failure to attract and retain talent is the most serious risk to our overall capability and, therefore, our national security.

And, finally; I do worry that some people will aspire for an SDSR of falsely assumed perfection, one which delivers a single strategic outcome in which Ends, Ways and Means are locked in perfect harmony and which does not need to be worried about for another five years. I do not believe that the contemporary world allows for such an approach.

Strategy, to me, like helicopter flight, is inherently unstable and often very noisy. Our approach must be adaptive, constantly revisiting ends, ways and means to ensure that coherence is maintained; accepting risk when it is manageable, constantly seeking optimum ways of doing things and only ever compromising ambition when absolutely necessary.

If pressed, therefore, to describe a military fit for future challenges rather than past conflicts, it would be a military that embraces the need for continuous adaptation which I would favour: a military imbued with the spirit of innovation rather than preservation. A military, you might reflect, not a million miles, in human terms, from the Royal Air Force of 1940. It will be an interesting few weeks; and your input will be most welcome.

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Upgraded Spearfish Torpedo Successfully Completes in Water Trial

 

Sep 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

A prototype of the next-generation Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo has successfully completed a first in-water trial at the Ministry of Defence operated British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre, on the west coast of Scotland.

 

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photo BAE Systems

photo BAE Systems

 

15 Sep 2015 By Vin Shahrestani, and agencies

 

A new state-of-the-art fighter pilot helmet by BAE Systems is able to to see in the dark, as well as to 'see through' the aircraft

 

BAE Systems has unveiled the Striker II, its most advanced fighter pilot helmet which removes the need for external night-vision goggles. The helmet has a fully integrated digital night vision and can also track the pilot's head movement, a feature that allows the aircraft computer system to work in sync with its human operator.

 

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Hurricane Mark II, Avro Lancaster Mk 1 & Spitfire Mark Vb over Blackpool


Photographer: Images by Sgt Jack Pritchard, RA

 

Part of a series of images captured during a 2 day period spent with the Royal Air Forces Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which is based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

 

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Thales unveils new generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher

 

September 15, 2015 source Thales

 

The Lightweight Multiple Launcher New Generation (LML NG) system can be used on a tripod or vehicle mount, and supports swift deployment of STARStreak and/or the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) systems. The system provides two ready to fire missiles, allowing it to handle saturation air attacks or provide a complimentary surface to surface capability. The man-portable system is designed to suit a wide range of missions from lightweight rapid reaction roles to air droppable operations.

 

When using the STARStreak missile - with it’s extremely fast time of flight - a variety of threats can be defeated from head on or fast crossing aerial targets, to targets such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters. When used with the LMM, a capability is provided to enable the defeat of surface targets such as Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs), trucks and fixed installations and aerial targets such as UAVs. Both systems utilise Thales unique laser beam riding guidance system.

 

Thales unveils new generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher

This new launcher gives the operator a unique lightweight and highly deployable capability to react quickly against a wide variety of threats. LML NG perfectly complements the other state of the art lightweight missile launchers in the Thales portfolio."


Philip McBride, General Manager of Thales Advanced Weapon Systems activities in the UK

 

The LML NG provides a 24 hour surveillance asset consisting of TV and Thermal Imaging cameras. System architecture supports linkages to a Command and Control network, to radar or passive sensors for early target detection and auto target tracking. Display of the command and control information can be provided to both the Commander and the Operator.

 

LML NG is being exhibited at DSEI on the Thales Stand (S6-110).

 

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

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BVS10 Beowulf - photo BAE Systems

BVS10 Beowulf - photo BAE Systems

 

Sep 15, 2015 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

A new BAE Systems all-terrain vehicle which can reach more places and carry more cargo than any other vehicle of its kind, is making its debut at DSEI in London this week.

The new vehicle, called “Beowulf,” is based on the Company’s revered Viking BvS10 fighting, troop-carrying and logistics vehicle that was initially designed in Sweden for the UK Royal Marines. Beowulf has a payload capacity of eight tonnes and built-in flexibility with special role cabins in the rear car to carry a combination of personnel and cargo. The vehicle can traverse through water, swamps, snow and soft sand; and climb 45-degree slopes. Beowulf features increased crew comfort and visibility, and is easy to maintain and support, resulting in reduced operational costs.

 

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15 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

The Royal Air Force’s transport fleet has reached a key milestone with the delivery of the latest Atlas aircraft to RAF Brize Norton.

 

The handover of the seventh A400M aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space means the £2.75 billion programme for 22 aircraft has achieved its In-Service Date (ISD), a declaration of the fleet’s capability to undertake extended world-wide tasks.

 

Four of the aircraft are now operating from Brize Norton while three others are being fitted with UK-specific systems required to operate in hostile environments, ahead of the next operational capability milestone which is due next year.

 

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

    This significant milestone marks an important achievement for all those who have been involved in the UK’s A400M Atlas programme, from the MOD and the RAF through to our industry partners.

    Those flying the aircraft are hugely impressed with its capability, and with a protected Defence budget and our investment of £160 billion in equipment, we look forward to growing the UK A400M Force over the coming months.

 

Since taking delivery of its first A400M Atlas in November, named ‘City of Bristol’, the aircraft has undertaken a range of training and operational sorties around the world to test its capability and to build up the first cadre of A400M aircrew.

 

RAF transport aircraft ready for worldwide operations

The aircraft, which will gradually replace the C130 Hercules, is capable of operating either at low or high-level altitudes and to deploy troops and/or equipment between and within theatres of operation, either by parachute or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.

 

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

    The achievement of the A400M In Service Date is a key milestone for the Royal Air Force and is testament to the outstanding work of the DE&S Project Team working closely with the RAF and industry. The fleet now has the core capabilities required to train the instructors and crews, and to undertake logistics missions.

    As the fleet continues to build, more advanced military capabilities will be introduced as planned over the coming months including aerial delivery of stores, parachuting and advanced self-protection capabilities.

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15 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

The Royal Navy’s anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the Merlin Mk2, has achieved Full Operating Capability (FOC), on time and under budget.

 

The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy.

The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and have undergone improvements to their anti-submarine/surface warfare combat capabilities, including radar upgrade, as well as being fitted with advanced glass cockpits.

Each aircraft has improved aircrew consoles, touch-screen displays and are fitted with over 40km of new wiring. The new technology gives them the enhanced ability to detect and track targets, and to share data with other aircraft and ships while airborne.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne:

The considerable investment the UK Government has made in these next-generation Merlin helicopters will ensure that we continue to deliver a flexible capability that meets the needs of our Armed Forces.

This programme forms part of this Government’s commitment to invest £11 billion in our helicopter fleet over the next 10 years as part of our £160 billion Equipment Plan to provide our people with the very best equipment and support.

Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young, Director Helicopters at the MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organization, said:

The Merlin Mk2 is an exceptional aircraft providing a variety of specialist warfare and general roles, and this programme has been delivered on time and under budget making it a great procurement success.

It is an important part of our overall helicopter force, and has proved itself countless times fulfilling a number of tasks including counter-piracy measures and providing humanitarian relief.

 

Merlin MK2 Infographic - UK MoD

Merlin MK2 Infographic - UK MoD

The upgrade programme was carried out by Lockheed Martin, based in Havant and AgustaWestland in Yeovil, and supported around 1,000 jobs.

The helicopters roles include carrying out counter-piracy and casualty evacuation duties. They have delivered vital support to the UK effort in Sierra Leone to tackle the spread of Ebola and supported the rescuing of migrants in the Mediterranean.

The Merlin Mk2 helicopters are expected to be deployed on the Royal Navy’s next generation Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, as well as frigates, destroyers and support ships world-wide to help keep Britain safe.

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RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

 

14 September, 2015 BY: Craig Hoyle - FG

 

London - Royal Air Force A400Ms will be equipped with an important security system from Airbus Defence & Space, under a new contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.

 

Worth £3.3 million ($5 million) for an initial 15-month activity spanning development to delivery, the deal will lead to the provision of a local crypto key management system. This technology “eliminates the need for crypto equipment aboard an airborne platform to be individually re-keyed before every mission,” says Airbus, which adds that the enhancement will “prevent data compromise that could threaten the safety and security of an aircraft’s mission.”

 

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UK MOD hackathon to mine the Deep Web

 

14 September 2015 Ministry of Defence and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

 

The Ministry of Defence (MOD), working with Dstl and KTN, is hosting a hackathon for an enhanced Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) capability

 

MODHack is a unique opportunity to collaborate with software developers, data scientists and innovators to develop ideas and solutions for mining of the deep web, using a range of open source tools and services and build something that has the potential to support the national security of the UK. MODHack will run from midday on Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September at Wallacespace, London and is being hosted by Dstl and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

MODHack forms one aspect of the wider Catalysing Defence Innovation through Science and Technology (CDIST) project, under which MOD is looking at new approaches for innovation, and mechanisms for engaging with non-traditional Defence suppliers.

There is a huge volume of non-classified and publically available information that could be exploited by the MOD in order to ensure the security of the UK. Today’s web searches use a centralised, one-size-fits-all approach that searches the Internet with the same set of tools for all queries. While that model has been wildly successful commercially, it does not work well for many government cases. The goal of the event will be to help invent better methods for interacting with and sharing information, so users can quickly and thoroughly organise and search subsets of information relevant to their individual interests. Creation of a new domain-specific indexing and search paradigm will provide mechanisms for improved content discovery, information extraction, information retrieval, user collaboration, and extension of current search capabilities to the deep web, and non-traditional (eg multimedia) content.

Dstl is collaborating with the United States Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Participants may want to consider building on the Open Source tools developed by DARPA under the Memex Programme. The list of Memex tools can be found here. Dstl experts will be on hand to assist with Memex and provide a Cloud development environment. All you need to do is bring your laptop and be up for it! Please note Dstl/MOD will not have a claim on any Intellectual Property you create. You build it, you keep it. Support will be given to the most promising proofs of concept to get a market ready minimum viable product (MVP).

The Proofs of Concept developed will be judged and there will be awards in various categories for coding and concept skills. An exclusive prize is up for grabs to the team that develops the overall winning project - a day out with the Royal Navy Underwater Escape Training Unit at Yeovilton including a dip in the Dunker, dinner in the Officers’ Mess, and a tour of the Fleet Air Arm museum.

To register your interest in attending MODHack, visit EventBrite. Come as a team - or join one on the day.

Please also note, by confirming your attendance at this event, you have agreed to the filming, video, photography and vox pops that will be taken throughout the weekend and the use of these images after the event. If you do not wish to be photographed/filmed please make us aware upon arrival at the event.

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Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance system - Chess Dynamics

Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance system - Chess Dynamics

 

14 September 2015 by defenceWeb

 

A North African country has ordered long-range Hawkeye VS Land Cruiser mounted mobile surveillance systems to monitor and protect its borders.

 

The systems were ordered from Chess Dynamics in a multi-million pound contract by an unspecified North African customer, the company said. Chess Dynamics will initially provide 14 systems, which will be integrated onto all-terrain Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles. These will undergo extensive testing before deployment on border surveillance and intelligence gathering duties. Further batches will be delivered over the coming months following the initial training and deployment.

 

The Hawkeye VS system combines electro-optical sensors, including a thermal imaging and high resolution colour TV cameras, with a laser range finder and a Blighter Revolution 360 radar mounted on a pneumatic mast. The mast can raise the sensors 3 metres above the vehicle.

 

“We have developed the Hawkeye VS to provide defence and security forces with a highly mobile system which can quickly provide surveillance once it arrives in the operational area, plugging the gap on porous, ill-defined borders and giving a strong deterrent to illegal cross border activity,” said Graham Beall, Managing Director of Chess Dynamics.

 

“We see a tremendous potential for Hawkeye VS across not only Africa but in many parts of the world where borders are ill-defined or mobile surveillance systems are required”, he added.

 

The system starts operating when the FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) Doppler fastscan radar detects a target, which could be as small as a single walking person 7 km away, over a full 360 degree sector using a rotary positioner. Information from the radar is then passed by built-in tracker software to the cameras.

 

The cameras, which work in day or night conditions, slew-to-cue. The Thermal Imager recognises a person at a distance of over 2 kilometres while the high resolution TV camera provides a range of greater than 5 kilometres in daytime. The operator is then able to monitor the selected target and direct further assets to intercept and manage the situation.

 

The system operator sits in the rear seat of the vehicle with two 15 inch flat panel colour displays providing mapping, radar and EO imagery. The system can be controlled either by the built-in automatic software video tracker or via joystick, tracker ball and touch screen according to the user’s preference. In both cases the system locks onto the selected objects to control the head and follow objects. Images can be recorded for evidence and later analysis.

 

For the North African customer Hawkeye VS is being fitted to the Toyota Land Cruisers by Polish system integrators Germaz.

 

The UK-based Chess Dynamics is an aerospace and defence subsystem supplier that provides design, development and manufacturing solutions for land, maritime and airborne applications. The company specialises in precision stabilised and non-stabilised platforms, directors and positioners for electro-optic, radar, communication, security and surveillance systems, inclusive of thermal and daylight cameras and special sensors. The company has supplied several hundred of the core Cobra directors to the British Army for route survey and reconnaissance armoured vehicles during the past six years.

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Lockheed Martin offers up Nimrod replacement

Nimrod destruction cost taxpayer £3.4bn as MoD ignored 'cost implications', MPs say - photo Ronnie Macdonald

 

12 Sep 2015 By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor

 

Defence giant Lockheed Martin reveals plan to 'recycle' RAF's ageing Hercules transporters as spyplanes

 

The fight to sell a new spyplane to Britain will step up this week with Lockheed Martin showcasing its plans on how to fill the hole left in the UK’s military power when the Nimrod jets were scrapped.

The defence company is proposing to take C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft currently in service with the RAF but due for retirement and repurposing them with advanced sensors to take over the surveillance role.

US-based Lockheed has been working in earnest on the project for over a year and will reveal its proposals at the Defence and Security Equipment International show in London this week.

An upgraded Hercules is seen as the most serious contender to Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon jet, currently the frontrunner in the contest to replace the new generation of Nimrods which were scrapped while under construction in 2010 as part of a military review. Ending the work saved the Government £2bn, though £3bn had already been sunk into the project.

 

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A British soldier learning Counter IED drills. U.K. Ministry of Defense photo by Sgt Ian Forsyth RLC

A British soldier learning Counter IED drills. U.K. Ministry of Defense photo by Sgt Ian Forsyth RLC

 

Sep 11, 2015 by Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Britain plans to gift Pakistan spare parts and other equipment to support counter-explosive equipment previously given to the country.

 

The intention to donate more than $1.5 million of equipment was announced earlier this week by Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.

 

"I'm pleased that we are able to offer this support package as our counter-IED work is part of our close partnership with Pakistan and our shared determination to fight terrorism," Fallon said.

 

"By working together, we will make our streets safer at home in the UK and in Pakistan. Pakistan has a rapidly expanding C-IED capability, with over 5,000 of its security forces trained, and more of these IEDs are being defeated across the provinces and lives are being saved. Pakistani battalions, who have benefited from UK support, have been operating for more than a year as part of the military's counter-terrorism operations."

 

Britain last May completed a three-year program to help Pakistan develop a multi-agency ability to counter improvised explosive devices. Counter-IED equipment, including mine detectors, were donated to the country. A new three-year support package was then offered to Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan and which faces its own extremist threat.

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RAF Reaper strike on ISIL boat 2 September 2015


8 sept. 2015 Defence HQ

 

An RAF Reaper attacks ISIL boat loaded with hundreds of mortar and rocket rounds.

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Third helicopter tactics instructor course launched

 

Linton-on-Ouse, United Kingdom - 02 September, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

The third iteration of the prestigious Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (HTIC) has just started at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, United Kingdom. The course aims to provide selected helicopter instructors with the tactical skills and knowledge to then deliver tactical training within their own organisations and throughout the Helicopter Exercise Programme events, such as Italian Blade exercise and Cold Blade exercise.

 

The 2015 HTIC is for the first time delivered under an EDA Category B programme, with its own approved programme arrangement signed in March 2015 by Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Additional EDA participating Member States have already shown interest in joining the programme in the near future.

The 2015 course is delivered by the EDA Chief Instructor, and a cadre of instructors from Sweden and the UK. 18 trainee instructors from Austria (OH-58), Sweden (UH-60 and NH-90) and the UK (CH-47) will be challenged to deliver high-end performances across the three main strands of the course, which will culminate in the planning and delivery of the complex Composite Air Operations (COMAO). 

The successful graduates will obtain Bronze or Silver HTI qualifications, corresponding to their experience and skill level. These qualifications are recognised by all the Member States involved in the helicopter programme. The instructors are expected to deliver courses themselves in the future, thus increasing their experience and competence. 33 more instructors from Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and the UK have already graduated from the previous two courses held in 2013 and 2014.

The ground and simulator phase of HTIC runs until 18 September and starts with the theory, giving a comprehensive introduction to Electronic Warfare and its application for rotary platforms in a hostile environment. Next, it moves on to look at Evasion Training against a range of ground and air threats and the tactics applicable to rotary tasking in non-permissive environments. The theory is then put into practice in the EDA tactics trainers and, finally, the live flying phase, which will be delivered from 28 September to 17 October 2015 at Vidsel range, Sweden. 

 

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New RAF intelligence aircraft arrives in UK seven months early


4 sept. 2015  Defence HQ

 

As part of its Airseeker Programme, the second signals intelligence aircraft has been delivered to the RAF, seven months early, the MOD has announced. The specialist surveillance aircraft was handed over today at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk and will be deployable on operations within a matter of weeks.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth - photo QEC

HMS Queen Elizabeth - photo QEC


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HMS Queen Elizabeth begins tracking aircraft as she flashes up her radar

Turning and burning’ for the first time, this is the long range radar of Britain’s flagship of tomorrow.

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Rain-full skies for Artful as Navy’s newest submarine debuts in Faslane

A traditional Faslane welcome – rain, cloud – greeted the newest war machine in the Royal Navy’s arsenal.

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MADE IN THE ROYAL NAVY

See how Shantel took her cooking skills to the next level, exploring new cuisines and the world. The latest video in our Made in the Royal Navy series gives you a little taster of what it’s like to be a chef in the Royal Navy.

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JOB OF THE MONTH: ENGINEERING TECHICIAN (MARINE SUBMARINER)

A crucial member of a close-knit and professional crew, you’ll be responsible for maintenance on your submarine’s vital systems, from air and water purification to the nuclear reactor itself. You’ll also be trained to operate engines, power-generation equipment and the nuclear reactor. When the submarine goes into action, you’ll be part of a damage-control and firefighting team. When you’re not at sea, you could be working hands-on at a fleet maintenance unit, or helping to plan maintenance schedules for the entire Submarine Service. Wherever you’re serving, you’ll be part of an elite fighting force, respected throughout the Royal Navy and beyond.

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Ship to Shore Logistics – Think Defence

 

August 29, 2015 by Think Defence

 

What started out as a post about Mexeflote’s in 2011 has turned into a 95,000 word Think Defence project on the subject of Ship to Shore Logistics.

 

This is the reason the post rate has dropped recently, sorry about that, but it is now complete.

The Ship to Shore Logistics Project picks up from the multi post series of the same name but this is a refresh and significant expansion, table of contents below.

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction

 

Case Studies

The Normandy Landings

The San Carlos Landings

Umm Qasr

Haiti

 

Current Capabilities

UK amphibious Doctrine

Survey

Mine Countermeasures

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

Amphibious Assault and Logistics

US Amphibious Logistics

Making a Case for Change

 

Increment 1

Requirements

Survey and Initial Operations

Repairing and Augmenting the Port

A Summary and Final Thoughts on Increment 1

 

Increment 2

Requirements

Existing Solutions and Studies

Pierhead

Pier

Shore Connector

Wave Attenuation

Closing Comments

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Chronique culturelle du 27 Août 2015 - SHD

 

27.08.2015 source SHD

 

27 aout 1793 : insurrection antirévolutionnaire (Toulon). La flotte toulonnaise soutenue par la flotte anglaise de Hood hisse le pavillon blanc fleurdelisé en ville et proclame roi, Louis XVII, le fils de Louis XVI. C’est lors de la reprise de la ville par les révolutionnaires que le capitaine Bonaparte se fait remarquer pour et est propulsé dans la carrière.

 

27 aout 1798 : bataille de Castlebar (revanche de la Boyne). « Un corps expéditionnaire français aux ordres du général Humbert débarque le 22 août pour prêter main forte aux insurgés irlandais face à la Couronne d’Angleterre. La connaissance du terrain des insurgés, permettant de s’infiltrer sur les arrières à courte portée, cumulée à la puissance de feu des français permet de bousculer la garnison anglaise de Castlebar, pourtant trois fois plus nombreuse. La retraite des Anglais vire à la panique, des quantités importantes de matériel, de bagages et d’équipements sont abandonnés ; la « célérité » de cette retraite conduira à donner à cette bataille le surnom de « courses de Castlebar ». Col Nicolas Tachon (EMF3).

 

27 aout 1805 : fin du projet d’invasion de l’Angleterre (camp de Boulogne). Napoléon apprenant que les Autrichiens se remettent en ordre de bataille et qu’une troisième coalition se monte à l’Est,… financée par l’Angleterre, ordonne à ses généraux de basculer les troupes d’Ouest en Est. Environ 200 000 hommes quittent les côtes de la Manche pour entamer la campagne d’Allemagne. Le projet d’invasion de l’Angleterre a vécu.

 

27 aout 1813 : bataille de Dresde (Allemagne). Napoléon est obligé de rejoindre à marche forcée l'Allemagne pour affronter les Autrichiens, Suédois, Prussiens et Russes qui viennent de constituer la 6ème coalition et d'attaquer l'Empire. Enfermé dans Dresde avec 20 000 hommes, Gouvion Saint-Cyr fait face aux hommes de Schwarzenberg, 4 fois plus nombreux et faiblit lorsque Napoléon arrive avec la cavalerie de Murat et la jeune garde (les Marie Louise). La pluie qui tombe depuis la veille a détrempé le champ de bataille et rares sont les fusils pouvant tirer. Les Autrichiens jouent de la baïonnette pour défendre leurs carrés lorsque les cavaliers français utilisent leurs pistolets restés au sec dans les sacoches. Dès lors, les carrés se disloquent et les Autrichiens se replient. C’est au cours de cette bataille que meurt dans les rangs des alliés le général Moreau, passé à l’ennemi suite à l’échec d’un complot contre l’Empereur.

 

27 aout 1885 : combat de Jang Hoa (Madagascar). Le chef de bataillon Théophile Pennequin, camarade de promotion de Gallieni, s'est principalement fait remarquer pour sa désinvolture dans le service. Il montre par ailleurs une telle empathie pour les autochtones qu'il surprend. Ses conceptions de la formation des troupes indigènes se trouvent confortées par la victoire qu'il remporte à Jang Hoa (ou Andampy). Avec sa compagnie (70 guerriers sakalaves et 50 marsouins), il parvient à mettre en fuite plusieurs milliers de Hovas commandés par le colonel (mercenaire) Saint-Léger Shervington. Ces derniers viennent de piller un village et trop sûrs d'eux-mêmes, se jettent sur les hommes de Pennequin qui les ont pris en chasse. L'instruction et l'entrainement données à ses hommes font alors merveille : le carré est formé, les ordres parfaitement compris et intelligemment exécutés. Les Hovas subissent de très lourdes pertes. La réputation de Pennequin change et ses idées coloniales, sans remporter l'unanimité, se répandent.

 

27 aout 1914 : Novi-Bazar est abandonné par les Austro-Hongrois (actuelle Serbie).

 

27 aout 1917 : artillerie et statistiques :  « Selon Fayolle, 4,5 millions d’obus (dont 1,5 d’artillerie lourde) ont été tirés en une seule semaine d’opérations à objectif limité dans la région de Verdun, soit la moitié du stock prévu en 1914 pour toute la durée de la guerre ». LCL Remy Porte (EMAT).

 

27 aout 1939 : premier vol du He-178 (Allemagne). Le Heinkel 178 est le premier avion à réaction au monde. Mono réacteur, contrairement au superbe Messerschmitt 262 bien plus puissant, il entre en service en 1944 et c’est un avion en bois.

 

27 aout 1944 : libération de Saint Mandrier (Toulon). Le RICM reçoit la reddition sans conditions du commandant allemand de la garnison, l’amiral Ruhfus.

 

27 aout 1979 : assassinat de Lord Mountbatten (Baie de Donegal – Irlande). L’IRA fait exploser le bateau de Mountbatten pour atteindre un proche de la reine d’Angleterre. C’était, entre autres, l’ancien chef des opérations combinées britanniques durant la seconde guerre mondiale : il est à l’origine des raids commandos sur Bruneval, St Nazaire et Dieppe.

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photo EMA

photo EMA

 

24/08/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Deux officiers français du 5e Régiment Interarmes d’Outre-mer (5e RIAOM) stationné à Djibouti ont été projetés en Ouganda au sein d’un détachement britannique afin de contribuer à l’exercice de synthèse du bataillon ougandais : l’UGABAG (Uganda Battle Group) XVII.

 

L’instruction des bataillons ougandais fait partie du programme d’ACOTA (Africa Contingency Operation Training and Assistance) visant à accompagner la montée en puissance des armées africaines, qui constitue une des missions des forces françaises stationnées à Djibouti. Cet exercice, qui a clôturé 10 semaines d’instruction et d’entraînement, s’est déroulé sur le camp de Singo du 3 au 13 août 2015.

Les officiers projetés à Singo ont participé à la formation et à l’accompagnement des échelons de commandement du Battle Group ougandais qui sera déployé en Somalie en novembre 2015. Participant depuis plusieurs années à la préparation des forces ougandaises (Uganda People’s Defence Force - UPDF), les forces françaises stationnées à Djibouti (FFDj) projettent régulièrement des détachements d’instruction opérationnelle (DIO) d’une trentaine de personnes chargés de la formation initiale des soldats de chaque UGABAG. Cet échange, qui complète ainsi le panel des actions menées dans le cadre de la coopération des FFDj avec l’Ouganda, favorise une participation continue à l’ensemble des rendez-vous majeurs de la préparation des bataillons de l’UPDF. Il s’inscrit dans le cadre de la coopération plus globale engagée par la France avec ses partenaires africains. Cette coopération vise à accompagner la consolidation des forces armées africaines et leur capacité à armer les opérations de maintien de la paix.

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photo Royal Navy

 

20/08/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Du 16 au 19 août 2015, le bâtiment de soutien britannique de la Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay a effectué une escale technique à la base navale militaire de Fort-de-France.

 

Durant cette escale, l’équipage du Lyme Bayet les militaires des forces armées aux Antilles (FAA) ont échangé à la fois sur leurs capacités à planifier et délivrer un soutien aux opérations de secours ou de gestion de crise, mais également à mener des opérations de lutte contre le narcotrafic en mer des Caraïbes. Ainsi, le commandant du Lyme Bay - le capitaine de vaisseau Paul Minter - a déclaré : « Nous sommes heureux de venir en Martinique, de pouvoir ainsi renouveler les contacts avec nos homologues français et travailler de concert à l’élaboration d’entraînements communs».

A cette occasion, l’équipage britannique a pu visiter les ateliers militaires de la base navale militaire de Fort-de-France qui dispose en effet de services de maintenance technique adaptés aux besoins des bâtiments militaires, qu’ils soient français ou alliés.

Le soutien apporté pour cette escale technique mais également les échanges d’expertise entre militaires français et britanniques sont autant d’actions concrètes témoignant de la volonté commune de nos deux nations d’entretenir et de renforcer la relation de défense franco-britannique.

 

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photo Armée de Terre

 

04/08/2015 armée de Terre

 

Du 5 au 9 juillet 2015, le 11e régiment d’artillerie de marine (11e RAMa) a effectué les premiers tirs du Camion équipé d’un système d’artillerie (CAESAR) en Angleterre, aux portes de l’Écosse. Cette action s’inscrivait dans le cadre de l’exercice Green Cannon, réalisé en coopération avec le 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery (29 Cdo Regt) de l’armée britannique.

 

Constitué de près de 40 bigors et de 15 véhicules dont 2 CAESAR, le détachement du 11e RAMa a réalisé des tirs sur le camp d’Otterbun, aux côtés de ses camarades britanniques, équipés de 105mm Light Gun. L’objectif principal de cet exercice interarmées était le partage d’expérience entre les deux unités d’artillerie. Cette collaboration franco-britannique, qui mettait en œuvre des aéronefs de la Royal Air Force et de l’aéronavale, a permis de perfectionner les techniques et les procédures dans le domaine des tirs d’artillerie, de l’observation et de la coordination des feux.  Le 11e RAMa coopère régulièrement avec le 29 Cdo Regt mais c’est la première fois que des CAESAR tiraient sur le sol britannique. La particularité de l’exercice était de faire tirer les bigors sous commandement britannique et les Britanniques sous commandement français. Un réel succès qui, selon le commandant du 29 Cdo Regt, marque l’interopérabilité avérée entre les deux pays et « contribue directement à créer une force expéditionnaire interarmées commune».

 

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photo RAF


27 juil. 2015 by Royal Air Force

 

Royal Air Force and Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft are ‘dogfighting’ in a major airpower training exercise in the skies above Britain.

For Exercise Indradanush the IAF has flown their Russian built Flanker jet fighters, along with transport and tanker aircraft, across three continents to train with their RAF counterparts. Designed to reinforce the strategic relationship and enhance the mutual operational understanding between the two air forces, pilots and ground forces from both nations are participating in a series of increasingly complex training scenarios

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