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5 février 2015 4 05 /02 /février /2015 17:50
Mission Arromanches : La frégate anti sous-marine HMS Kent intégrée au groupe aéronaval français déployé en océan Indien

 

05/02/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Après avoir quitté Toulon, son port d’attache, le 13 janvier dernier et franchi Suez le 26 janvier, le groupe aéronaval constitué autour du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle vient d’intégrer une frégate britannique, le HMS Kent. Cette frégate anti sous-marine de dernière génération a quitté Portsmouth en novembre dernier et a opéré pendant plusieurs mois aux côtés du groupe aéronaval américain constitué autour du porte-avions Carl Vinson stationné dans le Golfe arabo-persique, avant de rejoindre en mer Rouge ses partenaires français.

 

Durant les prochains mois de la mission Arromanches en océan Indien et dans le golfe arabo-persique, ce bâtiment y assumera des responsabilités de premier ordre, contribuant directement à l’escorte du porte-avions, à sa protection anti-sous-marine et à la maîtrise des espaces maritimes grâce notamment à son drone embarqué.

 

Cette coopération de haut niveau, au cœur d’une zone stratégique pour la France comme pour la Grande-Bretagne, illustre la confiance et le niveau d’interopérabilité qui unit la marine nationale et la Royal Navy. Elle constitue une déclinaison concrète et opérationnelle des traités de Lancaster House signés en 2011, comme le souligne l’Amiral, commandant de la Task Force 473 : « Nous coopérons très régulièrement avec la Royal Navy, mais l’intégration du HMS Kent en lieu et place d’une frégate française au sein du groupe aéronaval dans le cadre d’un déploiement opérationnel de plusieurs mois est une première. Elle reflète le niveau de coopération atteint entre les deux marines ainsi que la prise de conscience de la nécessité d’unir nos forces pour faire face conjointement aux défis maritimes auxquels nous sommes confrontés. »

 

Mission Arromanches : La frégate anti sous-marine HMS Kent intégrée au groupe aéronaval français déployé en océan Indien

Le groupe aéronaval ou TF 473 comprend le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle, son groupe aérien embarqué, la frégate de défense aérienne Chevalier Paul, la frégate anti-sous-marine britannique HMS Kent, le pétrolier ravitailleur Meuse et un sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque, déployé en précurseur.

 

Le groupe aéronaval français offre à notre pays et à ses décideurs militaires et politiques un atout stratégique et un outil militaire de premier plan. Affirmant la présence et la puissance de la France, il peut contribuer simultanément à la maîtrise des espaces aéromaritimes, à l’entretien de notre capacité autonome d’appréciation de situation et à la projection de puissance. Il offre une capacité d’action polyvalente, graduée et adaptée aux besoins des autorités politiques.

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5 février 2015 4 05 /02 /février /2015 17:20
Naval Research Laboratory Designs Robot for Shipboard Firefighting


4 févr. 2015 US Navy

 

To help further improve future shipboard firefighting capability, scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory have formed an interdisciplinary team to develop a humanoid robot that could fight fires on the next generation of combatants. A humanoid-type robot was chosen because it was deemed best suited to operate within the confines of an environment that was designed for human mobility and offered opportunity for other potential war fighting applications within the Navy and Marine Corps.

 

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USS Bonhomme Richard AV-8B Harrier II


5 févr. 2015 US Navy

 

Single engine ground attack aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoff and landind. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

Visit USS Bonhomme Richard home page: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lhd...

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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 12:30
CVN-78 USS Gerald R. Ford

CVN-78 USS Gerald R. Ford

 

January 17, 2015: Strategy Page

 

An Egyptian engineer (Mostafa Ahmed Awwad) was arrested in November 2014 and charged with espionage. The engineer, who received a security clearance in August so he could work on the new Ford class aircraft carriers, promptly began stealing technical data on the Fords and passing it to Egyptian intelligence for cash. Awwad had married an American in 2007 and had applied to become a citizen. Apparently Awwad wanted to help his home country by providing data on the Fords that would make it easier for an enemy to sink one (by knowing the best place to aim the missiles). Egypt could then sell that information to a nation that could use it (like China, Russia or Iran) and afford to pay well. This would also improve the reputation of the Egyptian intelligence agency. Awwad seemed quite disheartened when he discovered that the “Egyptian agents” he was dealing with, in Arabic, were actually from the FBI, which suspected Awwad’s loyalty and were testing him. Awwad failed the test, not the least because of his enthusiasm for spying on the United States. Awwad now faces 20 years in prison.

 

The Ford class carriers are built to better survive the large missiles Russia and China build to destroy or disable large warships. The U.S. Navy's first Ford class aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), is nearly complete and will be delivered in 2016. The Ford is a unique new carrier design in many ways, not just in its new protective aspects. For example, the Ford will be the first modern American warship built without urinals. There are several reasons for this. The Ford will have a smaller crew (by at least 20 percent) and more of them will be women. Currently about ten percent of American warship crews are women, but the Ford crew will be at least 15 percent female. Since women sleep in all-female dormitories ("berthing areas"), a toilet ("head") will now be attached to each berthing area (instead of being down the hall for all in the area). Moreover, berthing areas will be more spacious (because of the smaller crew) and hold a third to half as many bunks as previous carriers. Finally, drain pipes for urinals more frequently get clogged than those coming from toilets. So eliminating the urinals means less work for the plumbers. Many of the junior sailors, who have to clean the heads, won't miss the urinals, which are more of a chore to keep clean than the toilets.

 

The Fords will be about the same length (333 meters/1,092 feet) and displacement (100,000 tons) of the previous generation (Nimitz class ships) but will look different. The most noticeable difference will be the island set closer to the stern (rear) of the ship. The USS Ford is expected to cost nearly $14 billion. About 40 percent of that is for designing the first ship of the class, so the actual cost of the first ship (CVN 78) itself will be some $9 billion. Against this the navy expects to reduce the carrier's lifetime operating expenses by several billion dollars because of greatly reduced crew size. Compared to the current Nimitz class carriers (which cost over $5 billion each) the Fords will feel, well, kind of empty. There will be lots more automation, computer networking, and robots. The most recent Nimitz class ships have a lot of this automation already. That also includes new damage control equipment, which the navy does not like to publicize, if only to keep the enemy guessing.

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USS Virginia - photo US Navy

USS Virginia - photo US Navy

 

February 3, 2015 David Pugliese

 

The U.S. Navy plans to fund a total of 48 ships through fiscal 2020, according to the 2016 budget sent to Congress, writes my Defense News colleague Christopher P. Cavas.

 

Those ships include 10 new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and 10 Virginia-class submarines from 2016 through 2020, he noted in his article.

 

More of what Chris Cavas writes:

Advanced procurement for the SSBN(X) strategic missile submarine begins in 2017, with the first ship to be ordered in 2021. The cost to build a class of 12 submarines is expected to dominate service shipbuilding budgets through the 2020s.

Last summer, the Navy estimated the procurement cost for the first of 12 planned SSBN(X) subs to cost about $12.4 billion, but is working to get the average cost of each submarine down to about $5 billion.

 

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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 08:20
Northrop Grumman to Deliver Additional Mission Packages for US Navy Littoral Combat Ship Program

 

Feb. 2, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Northrop Grumman Corp.; issued Feb. 2, 2015)

 

BETHPAGE, N.Y. --- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) has received a $21.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy for two additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission packages. As the mission package integrator, the company will deliver one mission package for surface warfare and one for mine countermeasures.

 

The capabilities contained in the various mission modules directly support the three LCS primary missions – surface warfare, mine countermeasures and antisubmarine warfare. Mission modules facilitate efficient modular mission package embarkation, mission package operations at-sea, and debarkation / logistics support.

 

"As the mission package integrator for LCS we are committed to meeting the demanding requirements of our warfighters, while providing supplier base stability and reducing cost to the Navy," said Doug Shaffer, director, electronic attack/maritime systems integration programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "As more Littoral Combat Ships enter service, the U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman team has stepped up to make sure the mission modules are available when needed to achieve initial operational capability (IOC)."

 

Northrop Grumman has delivered three mine countermeasures and three surface warfare mission modules for LCS. A fourth mine countermeasures mission module is in production and scheduled for delivery in 2015. The fourth and fifth surface warfare mission modules are also in production and scheduled for delivery in early 2015. Northrop Grumman performs the final integration work and completes delivery at the Mission Package Support Facility located at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.

 

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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2 février 2015 1 02 /02 /février /2015 17:20
L'Amérique submergée: quand l' US Navy craint l'eau

La base navale de Norfolk est la plus grande de la planète. C'est le port d'attache d'une douzaine de sous-marins, de cinq porte-avions et de 75 autres navires militaires.

 

01 février 2015 - Charles Côté, Envoyé spécial - La Presse

 

(Norfolk, Virginie) La hausse du niveau de la mer se fait sentir partout sur les côtes aux États-Unis et au Québec, et les villes doivent faire face à des défis de plus en plus nombreux pour protéger les populations. Nos journalistes se sont déplacés de la Louisiane jusqu'à Sept-Îles pour sonder les efforts faits par les régions touchées. Aujourd'hui, visite à Norfolk, en Virginie, qui voit son port, ses quartiers et son économie menacés par les inondations de plus en plus fréquentes.

 

L'ouragan Sandy souffle déjà très fort dans le havre de Norfolk, en 2012, quand l'inquiétude commence à gagner l'équipage d'un submersible nucléaire. Leur vaisseau est en cale sèche pour un entretien important. Vulnérable et immobile. Des trous béants ont été taillés dans la coque pour en retirer des dispositifs électroniques sophistiqués et ultrasecret. L'équipement est entreposé sur une barge amarrée au quai du chantier naval de la marine. Puis, c'est l'alerte.

L'eau commence à passer par-dessus les portes de la cale sèche. La barge, portée par les vagues de la tempête, menace de se déposer sur le quai et de se renverser. En toute hâte, les marins soudent des plaques d'acier sur les ouvertures du sous-marin afin d'éviter que l'eau y pénètre. Finalement, les dommages sont évités, mais on a frôlé la catastrophe. «Close call», résume le marin qui a raconté l'anecdote à La Presse. Cet événement, la marine américaine refuse de le nier ou de le confirmer. Mais c'est exactement le type de conséquences qui guettent le coeur de la puissance navale américaine avec la hausse inexorable des océans.

 

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2 février 2015 1 02 /02 /février /2015 17:20
Patriot Warrior 2014


29 janv. 2015 US Air Force

 

Patriot Warrior is an Air Force Reserve Command exercise performed in a joint environment with U.S. Army and Navy Reserves, active duty and Air National Guard partners designed to evaluate the capability to deploy, establish and operate in support of joint operations. Nearly 6,000 U.S. Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and AFRC personnel took part in the exercise.

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31 janvier 2015 6 31 /01 /janvier /2015 08:30
Chammal : fin de mission pour le Jean-Bart

 

 

29/01/2015 Sources : Etat-major des armées

 

Du 22 octobre 2014 au 27 janvier 2015, la frégate Jean Bart a été intégrée à la Task Force 50 articulée autour du porte-avions USS Carl Vinson et de son groupe aéronaval, dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal.

 

Le bilan extrêmement positif de cette intégration de 3 mois, inédite pour la marine française, souligne et confirme la capacité d’une frégate de défense aérienne française à travailler efficacement et en confiance au profit d’un Carrier strike group (Groupe aéronaval) américain.

 

En effet, au même titre que les escorteurs américains intégrés au dispositif, le Jean Bart a pleinement assuré les fonctions de :

    Sector air defence commander(SADC) : contrôle d’une zone de défense aérienne au profit du CAOC (centre inter-alliés des opérations aériennes) situé au Qatar ;

    Air missile defence commander(AMDC) : défense aérienne du porte avions américain.

    Horizon reference Unit (HRU) : positionnement dans l’axe de la piste du porte-avions pour servir de référence aux pilotes de chasse lors de leur séquence d’appontage.

 

En outre, le Panther, hélicoptère embarqué sur le Jean Bart, a contribué, aux côtés des MH-60 américains, à assurer la permanence des missions de surveillance maritime de la zone sanctuaire autour du porte-avions.

 

Enfin, l'interopérabilité des moyens français s'est également exprimée aussi bien lors d’exercices mutuels (plongée, recherches d’engins explosifs, treuillages,…) que dans le soutien de l'homme.

 

Soutien indéniable au dispositif de la coalition, le Jean Bart a ainsi apporté une plus grande flexibilité à la TF 50 assurant une fois encore l’amiral commandant la 5ème flotte américaine de la capacité de la marine française à réaliser des missions de haut niveau technique.

 

Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de neuf avions Rafale, six avions Mirage 2000D, un ravitailleur C-135 FR et un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2.

Chammal : fin de mission pour le Jean-BartChammal : fin de mission pour le Jean-Bart
Chammal : fin de mission pour le Jean-Bart

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28 janvier 2015 3 28 /01 /janvier /2015 13:30
Chammal : EOD Day à bord de la FAA « Jean Bart »

 

 

28/01/2015 Sources : Etat-major des armées

 

Le 22 janvier 2015, 6 plongeurs démineurs américains ont participé à une journée d’échange de savoir-faire avec l’équipage de la frégate Jean Bart.

 

Le Jean Bart assure depuis 3 mois sa mission d’escorte du porte avions USS Carl Vinson au sein du Carrier Strike Group One. Dans le cadre des échanges et dans le but de renforcer l’interopérabilité inter-marines, 6 plongeurs démineurs américains ont été hélitreuillés sur le Jean Bart pour un « EOD day » (Explosive Ordonance Demolition)

 

La journée a débuté par une plongée sous coque conduite par des palanquées mixtes franco-américaines. Un entraînement conjoint à la progression en milieu clos a ensuite été organisé par l’équipe de visite. La découverte sur le parcours d’un colis piégé factice a permis aux démineurs de l’US Navy de faire une démonstration de leurs méthodes de neutralisation dont ont bénéficié notamment les fusiliers et le personnel RECONEDEX du bord.

 

Cette longue période d’intégration d’un bâtiment français autour d’un porte avions américain, en opération, inédite dans l’histoire récente de notre marine, aura permis, à l’image de cette journée, de pousser à un niveau élevé la connaissance et la confiance mutuelle entre les marins des deux nations.

 

Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l’opération Chammal vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces armées irakiennes dans leur lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech. Le dispositif est structuré autour de neuf avions Rafale, six avions Mirage 2000D, un ravitailleur C-135 FR, un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2 et la frégate anti-aérienne Jean Bart, intégrée dans le groupe aéronaval américain constitué autour du porte-avions USS Carl Vinson, opérant depuis le Golfe arabo-persique.

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28 janvier 2015 3 28 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
US Navy's IRST system enters low-rate initial production

Two US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets fly a combat patrol over Afghanistan. Photo staff sgt Aaron Allmon, US Air Force.

 

26 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy has given its approval for low-rate initial production of the F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, which has been developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

 

IRST is a passive, long-range sensor equipped with radar-jamming technology designed to simultaneously track multiple targets and provide air-to-air targeting capability when encountering advanced airborne threats.

 

US Navy F/A-18 programme manager captain Frank Morley said: "This see-first, strike-first capability can be used in a variety of threat environments and is a game changer for our warfighters as we combat future adversaries."

 

The system includes Lockheed's IRST21 sensor, the GE Aviation FPU-13 fuel tank assembly and the Meggitt Defense Industry environmental control unit.

 

IRST21 is the upgrade of Lockheed's legacy IRST sensor system, which accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on the US Navy's F-14 and international F-15 platforms.

 

The long-range sensor uses F/A-18 sensor data to provide maximum situational awareness.

 

A series of extensive assessments and reviews, including flight tests, were conducted to demonstrate the system's production readiness on Super Hornet.

 

Boeing F/A-18 IRST programme manager Tim Adrian said: "The IRST system is another example of how we continue to evolve Super Hornet capabilities to ensure it outpaces future adversaries."

 

The Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft capable of performing a range of missions, including day / night strikes with precision-guided weapons, suppressing enemy air defences and reconnaissance operations.

 

The IRST is expected to be installed on the helicopter in 2017.

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27 janvier 2015 2 27 /01 /janvier /2015 18:20
US Navy Secretary announces creation of new task force innovation

 

26 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced the creation of a new task force innovation (TFI), which will develop a comprehensive innovation agenda.

 

TFI will consist of subject matter experts from across the department, including special advisers and representatives from the offices of the Assistant Secretaries of the Navy, the Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy (Policy), the General Counsel and the Office of Naval Research.

 

Mabus said: "From non-state actors to rising powers, today's threats to our national security and our interests are not just becoming more numerous, they are also accelerating.

 

"Establishing TFI will help us develop the best ways to improve our systems and ensure that we are also able to embrace our innovative ideas at a pace that keeps us ahead."

 

Specifically, TFI will be responsible for the creation of the US Department of the Navy's innovation vision and the development of short and long-term innovation goals and metrics, as well as oversight of coordination across the department.

 

It will use innovative methods to create and maintain an adaptive workforce and ensure the service is effectively viewing information as an asset.

 

TFI will also ensure emerging operational capabilities have a clear and useful path to the navy fleet.

 

A 60-day period will be used to submit a detailed innovation agenda about the actions required to prepare the navy for future operations.

 

Mabus added: "I am confident that by working together, we will develop creative solutions to the most demanding challenges that lie ahead of us."

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27 janvier 2015 2 27 /01 /janvier /2015 17:35
EA-18G Growler aircraft. (photo US Navy)

EA-18G Growler aircraft. (photo US Navy)

 

26 January 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

DRS Technologies has been awarded a contract to supply joint tactical terminal-receivers (JTT-R) systems to the Australian Defence Force and the US Navy.

 

Under the $12m indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, the Finmeccanica subsidiary will manufacture and supply up to 180 JTT-Rs for installation onboard the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) and the US Navy's EA-18 Growler aircraft.

 

The foreign military sales contract was awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. The agreement combines purchases for the navy and the Australian Government, and covers JTT-R production engineering, test set racks, fixtures, and tooling.

 

DRS Technologies C4ISR business group president Sally Wallace said: "It's critical threat, targeting and mission planning data provides improved communications for delivering a distinct advantage to the US Navy and Australian Growler aviators flying the most advanced naval airborne electronic attack platform in the world."

 

The JTT-R has been developed since 2009. It is an ultra-high-frequency receiver, and is designed to provide near real-time, over the horizon threat data for situational awareness and assessment, as well as threat avoidance, targeting, mission planning and communications.

 

In particular, the receiver presents critical situational awareness information to the user by receiving near real-time threat, survivor and Blue Force Tracking data through integrated broadcast service and common interactive broadcast waveforms over UHF satellite communications links.

 

JTT-R serves as a replacement to the conventional multi-mission advanced tactical terminal (MATT) that is nearing end-of-life with the impending transition to the common interactive broadcast waveform.

 

A derivative of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II aircraft, the EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack that can disrupt or jam a range of military electronics systems, including radars and communications systems.

 

The aircraft's primary missions are electronic attack and suppression of enemy air defences, particularly at the start and on-going early stages of hostilities.

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27 janvier 2015 2 27 /01 /janvier /2015 17:30
Electronic Weapons: Prowler Returns To Iraq

 

January 27, 2015:  Strategy Page

 

In 2014 American EA-6B (“Prowler”) electronic warfare aircraft returned to Iraq after a three year absence. The EA-6B were needed to jam the communications of Islamic terrorists (ISIL) who began overrunning Iraq in 2014. These EA-6Bs operate from a land base. EA-6Bs were to be withdrawn from U.S. Navy service in 2015 but the marines are keeping theirs until 2019 and these are now based in Kuwait to help deal with ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Marine Corps has long had its own air force that operates mostly from land bases, as well as carriers. Marine aviation always included some EA-6Bs.

 

It was back in 2006 the U.S. Navy and Marines began stationing some of its EA-6B in Iraq, in order to use the extensive jamming and signal monitoring gear on these planes to track enemy activity and help defeat roadside bombs. Depending on how many carriers were in the area there could be up to half dozen EA-6Bs in the air over Iraq at one time. The EA-6B jammers could be used to jam cell phones and other wireless devices, thus their usefulness in neutralizing roadside bombs.

 

 After September 11, 2001 EA-6Bs proved useful for all sorts of electronic warfare against the Islamic terrorists. For example, the aircraft use their USQ-113 communications jammers to take control of terrorist communications. Department of Defense electronics warfare geeks found ways to use the jammer to do all sorts of things with radio, TV and cell phone signals. Working with psychological warfare and intelligence experts, the EA-6Bs have become key players in counter-terror operations. There was also a version of the USQ-113 that can be plugged into communications and sensor networks, making it easier to use the EA-6Bs in support of ground combat. Another useful feature of the ALQ-219 pod allowed the EA-6B to jam a small area (a single building or block). That was useful because sometimes the barrage (wide area) jamming also interfered with friendly communications. Although the EA-6B is being replaced, many of its electronic tools (hardware and software) will continue serving in the new EA-18G and other electronic warfare aircraft.

 

EA-18G Growler photo US Navy

EA-18G Growler photo US Navy

The 27 ton EA-6Bs has long been scheduled to finally retire in 2015 (they entered service in 1971) and have been replaced by the 29 ton EA-18G. The EA-6B carries a crew of four, the highly automated EA-18G will have only two people on board. The marines are not buying the EA-18G but are instead equipping F-35s or UAVs for electronic warfare work.

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24 janvier 2015 6 24 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
U.S. Navy Approves F/A-18 Super Hornet IRST System for Production

 

Orlando, Fla., and ST. LOUIS, Mo., Jan. 22, 2014Lockheed Martin

 

Long-range sensor system demonstrated production readiness on Super Hornet

 

The F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, developed and integrated by Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], received approval from the U.S. Navy to enter low-rate initial production.     

The IRST system consists of Lockheed Martin’s IRST21™ sensor, the GE Aviation FPU-13 Fuel Tank Assembly and the Meggitt Defense Industry Environmental Control unit. The system demonstrated its production readiness through a series of extensive assessments and reviews, including flight tests.   

“This ‘see first, strike first’ capability can be used in a variety of threat environments and is a game changer for our warfighters as we combat future adversaries,” said U.S. Navy F/A-18 program manager Capt. Frank Morley. IRST is expected to deploy on the F/A-18 Super Hornet in 2017.

IRST21 is the next generation of Lockheed Martin’s legacy IRST sensor system, which accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on the U.S. Navy’s F-14 and international F-15 platforms.  The long-range IRST21 sensor uses infrared search and track technology to detect, track and enable the Super Hornet to engage threats with air-to-air weapons.

“Lockheed Martin and Boeing have proven the maturity of the IRST21 sensor and the IRST system and are poised to get this advanced capability out to the fleet to support Navy carrier strike group objectives,” said Ken Fuhr, fixed wing program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

In addition to detecting airborne threats, IRST significantly enhances multiple target resolution compared to radar, providing greater discrimination of threat formations at longer ranges. Data from the IRST21 sensor is fused with other on-board F/A-18 sensor data to provide maximum situational awareness to the warfighter.

“The IRST system is another example of how we continue to evolve Super Hornet capabilities to ensure it outpaces future adversaries,” said Tim Adrian, F/A-18 IRST program manager at Boeing.

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense

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Air Force Warrior Games Team 2015


21 janv. 2015 US Air Force

 

The Warrior Games are an adaptive sports competition featuring more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans competing in seven sports (archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball). Athletes represent the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations.

 

Air Force Warrior Games Team 2015 : Facebook Page

 

2014 Warrior Games : Facebook Page

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22 janvier 2015 4 22 /01 /janvier /2015 07:20
Third Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Secure Communications Satellite Launched and Responding to Commands

The U.S. Navy's third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellite launched at 8:04 p.m. EST tonight aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V.

 

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015Lockheed Martin

 

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is now responding to commands after being launched here today. An initialization team, led by the company, is operating the MUOS-3 satellite from the Naval Satellite Operations Center located at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California.

The MUOS satellite constellation operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

“Thanks to the Atlas team for the safe delivery of MUOS-3 into our Geosynchronous Transfer orbit,” said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin. “We look forward to completing our on-orbit health checks and delivering this important asset to the U.S. Navy. The addition of this satellite will give the MUOS constellation coverage over more than three-quarters of the globe, further extending the reach of the advanced communications capabilities MUOS will provide our mobile warfighters.”

MUOS-3 launched at 8:04 p.m. EST aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and will transition over the next nine days to reach its geosynchronous orbit location 22,000 miles above the Earth. The solar arrays and antennas will then be deployed, and on-orbit testing will start for subsequent turn-over to the Navy for test and commissioning to service.

Earlier today, before the MUOS launch, Lockheed Martin employees visited six classrooms totaling about 280 seventh and eighth-graders at nearby Ronald McNair Magnet Middle School in Rockledge, Florida, to demonstrate important principles of space engineering through a hands-on activity and to encourage science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Six members of the school’s science department and faculty later attended the launch viewing.

MUOS is the Navy’s next generation secure mobile satellite communications system which will eventually replace the legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-On system. MUOS satellites have two payloads to ensure access to UHF narrowband communications as well as new capabilities. MUOS’ advanced Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) payload incorporates commercial technology and a new waveform to provide users priority-based capacity.

Once fully operational, MUOS will provide 16 times the capacity of the legacy system. More than 50,000 terminals that are in the field today can be retro-fitted with WCDMA.

Prior to its launch, the MUOS-3 satellite was built at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California, manufacturing facility. The satellite was shipped to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 5, and encapsulated into its launch fairing on Dec. 18.

The MUOS constellation is expected to provide warfighters full global coverage before the end of 2015. MUOS-1 and MUOS-2, launched respectively in 2012 and 2013, are already operational and providing high-quality voice communications. MUOS-4 is on track to launch later this year. The fourth and final required MUOS ground station also is expected to be delivered to the Navy early this year.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, is the MUOS prime contractor and system integrator. The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, California, are responsible for the MUOS program.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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20 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

BAE Systems has signed a contract with the US Navy to deliver critical system engineering, integration and testing support for its Aegis combat system.

Initially valued at $23m, the five-year agreement comes with an overall price of $120m.

As part of the Aegis technical representative engineering support services contract, BAE Systems will provide system development, integration, engineering and maintenance support.

BAE Systems Intelligence and Security sector president DeEtte Gray said: "Our Aegis system engineering experts have been working side-by-side with sailors for more than 40 years to modernise and strengthen the US Navy's fleet of Aegis-equipped surface ships.

"Together, we are enhancing the US Navy's combat readiness."

The Aegis system, which is reportedly the navy's most advanced and complex weapon system, integrates the latest-generation computers and radars to trace and guide weapons.

Vessels integrated with Aegis system upgrades will feature open architecture and technologies aimed at reducing overall ownership costs while ensuring military readiness for ongoing missile defence requirements.

More than 100 vessels from the navies of Australia, Japan, Norway, and Spain, as well as the US, have been, or will be, equipped with the system.

BAE also provides modernisation support for the navy's fleet of cruisers and destroyers equipped with the Aegis system.

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16 January 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy has confirmed plans to rename 20 modified littoral combat ships (LCS) as frigates.

US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said: "It is going to be the same ship, same programme of record, just with an appropriate and traditional name.

"One of the requirements of the small surface combatant task force was to have a ship with frigate-like capabilities.

"Well, if it is like a frigate, why don't we call it a frigate?"

The new designation of the FF label will apply to all LCS that are upgraded with additional weapons, sensors and combat systems such as retrofitted vessels.

However, hull numbers could stay as they are.

Future ships will also be eligible for the new designation, with 32 vessels set to be reclassified if and when they are equipped with additional weapons.

The decision comes as the US Navy retires the last of its legacy frigate vessels, including USS Kauffman, which is on its last deployment.

The navy is also reportedly considering changing the designation of the several other vessels such as joint high-speed vessels, mobile landing platforms and the afloat forward-staging base.

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US Navy Forward Deploys Guide-Missile Cruiser to Japan to Underscore Commitment to the Asia-Pacific Region

 

Jan 16, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

The U.S. Navy announced today that the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) will join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan. As part of the U.S. Navy's long-range plan to send the most advanced and capable units to the Asia-Pacific, Chancellorsville will leave her homeport of San Diego and deploy to Yokosuka in the summer of 2015.

 

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19.01.2015 info-aviation
 

L’ US Navy a officiellement attribué un contrat de 60,4 millions de dollars à Boeing pour l’achat de six pods de recherche et de ciblage infrarouge (IRST) AN/ASG-34  pour le F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (source : U.S. Department of Defense – 15 janvier).

 

Le 2 décembre 2014, le Commandement aérien des systèmes navals (NAVAIR) avait approuvé l’acquisition des 6 pods AN/ASG-34 et autorisé des essais à la base aérienne Edwards en Californie.

Développé par Lockheed Martin, Boeing et General Electric, l’AN/ASG-34 ne sera pas directement intégré dans l’avion mais dans un réservoir situé dans sa ligne médiane et spécialement modifié. Le contrat devra s’achever en août 2017.

 

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 - photo USS Carl Vinson

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 - photo USS Carl Vinson

 

15 January 2015 by Mark Urban Diplomatic and defence editor, BBC Newsnight

 

How is progress measured on board the US aircraft carrier which is playing a key role in the fight against Islamic State?

 

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, plying the waters of the Gulf, represents a big slice of the coalition effort being used to pound the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria and Iraq - an onslaught that has been going on for the best part of five months now.

It is a floating town of more than 5,000 souls and 60 fighter aircraft engaged in a costly and complex campaign.

Each time it launches one of its jets, catapulting it over the green waters south of Iran, the event is so dramatic and inherently dangerous that it would be understandable if many a spectator forgot the question - is this air offensive working?

It's extremely hard for Western reporters to seek the answers to that on the ground, in Mosul or Raqqa. But we can be on board the carrier, speaking to those carrying out this operation, as I was for four days, gauging their sense of the task, its challenges, and whether it's achieving results.

 

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Jan 15, 2015 Spacewar.com  (UPI)

 

The U.S. Navy has authorized the use of long-range multi-role SM-6 missiles by more ships in the fleet equipped with the Aegis Combat Weapons System.

 

Raytheon, the missile's manufacturer, said the authorization affects more than 35 ships with the Aegis baseline 5.3 and 3.A.0 system series.

 

"SM-6 is the longest range integrated air and missile defense interceptor deployed, and its multi-role capabilities are unprecedented," said Mike Campisi, Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 senior program director. "Its use is transforming how we define fleet defense."

 

The SM-6 is a surface-to-air supersonic missile. It is designed to defeat manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight. It features active and semi-active guidance, advanced fuzing techniques and signal processing and guidance control capabilities.

 

Raytheon assembles the weapon at its facility at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.

 

Details on any ramp up in production of the missiles were not disclosed by the company.

 

Aegis is a naval weapons system that integrates computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to targets.

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U.S. Navy Poised to Launch Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS-3 Secure Communications Satellite

 

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 16, 2015Lockheed Martin

 

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, MUOS-3, here on Tuesday, Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 7:43 p.m. and 8:27 p.m. EST.

A live launch broadcast will begin at 7:23 p.m. EST and will be accessible via the United Launch Alliance webcast. Click here for the live launch broadcast and webcast details.
 
MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

“The launch of MUOS-3, and the near-term certification of our fourth and final Radio Access Facility, brings us to the brink of the global coverage we anticipate for MUOS communications. This government and contractor team knows how important this capability is for our protectors in harm’s way,” said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin. “To deliver a satellite like MUOS is no small task and the team worked around the clock and through every holiday. We are honored to do so, because we know that our warfighters never stop in their own mission to keep us safe.”

Replacing the legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-On system, MUOS satellites have two payloads to ensure access to UHF narrowband communications as well as new capabilities. MUOS’ advanced Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) payload incorporates commercial technology and a new waveform to provide users priority-based capacity. Once fully operational, MUOS will provide 16 times the capacity of the legacy system. More than 50,000 terminals that are in the field today can be retro-fitted with WCDMA.

The MUOS-3 satellite was built at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California manufacturing facility. The satellite was shipped to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 5, and encapsulated into its launch fairing on Dec. 18.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, is the MUOS prime contractor and system integrator. The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, California, are responsible for the MUOS program.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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La FLF Guépratte en exercice Stakenet dans le Golfe Arabo-Persique

 

15/01/2015 Sources : Etat-major des armées

 

Du 11 au 14 janvier, le Guépratte a participé à un exercice maritime majeur aux côtés de bâtiments britanniques, américains, koweitiens et bahreïnis engagés dans la Task Force152 qui lutte contre les trafics illicites dans le golfe Arabo-persique. Cet exercice avait pour objectif d’entraîner les marines participantes à la défense d’infrastructures stratégiques sensibles, comme les plates-formes pétrolières.

 

Ainsi, le Guépratte s’est activement entraîné pendant quatre jours à la mise en œuvre de  procédures nouvelles au sein d’une flotte dynamique et professionnelle réunissant au total huit navires. Le bâtiment britannique RFA Fort Austin jouait le rôle de plateforme pétrolière que le Guépratteet plusieurs autres unités devaient défendre de façon coordonnée contre les attaques des patrouilleurs américains. Cet exercice, qui nécessitait une circulation rapide et dynamique de l’information entre tous les participants, a permis de systématiser des procédés opératoires, affûtant ainsi la réactivité de chacun des bâtiments.

 

La FLF Guépratte en exercice Stakenet dans le Golfe Arabo-Persique

Cet entraînement,  a été l’occasion pour les différents partenaires de la CTF152 de rencontres et d’échanges en marge des exercices : le commandant du RFA Fort Austin, puis le commodore saoudien Al Enazi, commandant de la Coalition Task Force 152, ont ainsi été reçus successivement à bord du Guépratte pour entretenir les liens de confiance réciproque, clé de toute coopération efficace.

 

Ces quatre jours d’entraînement intense se sont donc avérés profitables à tous points de vue : ils ont non seulement permis de renforcer la capacité de défense coordonnée des installations pétrolières dans cette région sensible mais également entraîné le Guépratte et ses équipes de passerelle à la manœuvre dynamique, en coordination avec le dispositif de force protection largement mis à contribution.

La FLF Guépratte en exercice Stakenet dans le Golfe Arabo-PersiqueLa FLF Guépratte en exercice Stakenet dans le Golfe Arabo-Persique

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