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photo General Atomics

photo General Atomics

 

15 October, 2015 by James Drew - FG

 

Washington DC - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has confirmed the US Army’s purchase of 19 “Improved Gray Eagle” UAVs following the service’s disclosure this week that its MQ-1C procurement has been “amended” to the extended-range version.

 

The army announced a $121 million contract modification in June for 19 General Atomics MQ-1C aircraft and the same number of “satellite communications air data terminals” for delivery in September 2018, and it appears those units are being delivered in the Improved Gray Eagle (IGE) configuration. Speaking at an army conference in Washington this week, UAS project manager Col Courtney Cote says the programme adjustment was made in July and those extended-range MQ-1Cs will be delivered to the army’s intelligence and special forces groups initially.

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photo James Drew FG

 

15 October, 2015 by James Drew – FG

 

Washington DC  - Lockheed Martin has displayed an evolved version of its ‘Terminator’ loitering unmanned air vehicle, which it is offering for the US Army's long-running terminator Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (LMAMS) programme.

 

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14 October, 2015 by Stephen Trimble -- FG

 

Washington DC - Logos Technologies will develop a highly advanced sensor suite for the Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack unmanned air system under an $18.2 million contract awarded by the US Office of Naval Research.

 

The Virginia-based contractor must develop and integrate four different sensors into a package that fits within the 17.8kg (39lb) maximum payload limit of the RQ-21, a small tactical unmanned air system operated by the US Navy and Marine Corps and foreign militaries. The sensor suite will include an electro-optical camera, wide area imager, short wave infrared hyperspectral imager and a high-resolution camera for use as an inspection sensor, according to the contract award

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Angela Merkel source johnbrownnotesandessays

Angela Merkel source johnbrownnotesandessays

 

15 octobre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Berlin - Les services secrets allemands, déjà soupçonnés d'avoir espionné pour le compte de Washington, auraient aussi espionné de leur propre chef plusieurs autres pays alliés, comme la France et les Etats-Unis, affirment jeudi des médias allemands.

 

Les services de renseignement extérieurs allemands, le BND, avaient déjà été accusés d'avoir écouté pour le compte de l'agence de renseignement américaine NSA des responsables du ministère français des Affaires étrangères, de la présidence française et de la Commission européenne.

 

Jeudi, la radio publique RBB et l'édition en ligne de l'hebdomadaire Der Spiegel affirment que le BND auraient également espionné, cette fois de son propre chef, plusieurs ambassades et administrations de pays européens et alliés, notamment la France et les Etats-Unis, sans que cela ne figure dans ses attributions.

 

Le BND, qui aurait utilisé des sélecteurs (mots clés, noms, numéros de téléphone ou de cartes de crédit...) qui lui avaient été fournis par la NSA, aurait également employé ses propres sélecteurs, affirment les deux médias.

 

La pratique aurait duré plusieurs années, avant de prendre fin à l'automne 2013.

 

Le ministre allemand de la Justice, Heiko Maas, a plaidé jeudi pour que le BND soit soumis à des règles plus strictes. Nous devons aussi nous assurer que ces règles soient appliquées, a-t-il déclaré au quotidien Rheinische Post à paraître vendredi.

 

L'Etat de droit et les droits fondamentaux ne s'arrêtent pas aux frontières allemandes, a encore ajouté le ministre.

 

Informé de cette affaire mercredi soir, l'organe de contrôle parlementaire, chargé de faire la lumière sur les pratiques d'espionnage révélées ces dernières années le pays, devrait entendre la semaine prochaine des agents du BND, indiquent Der Spiegel et RBB.

 

A l'automne 2013, des informations sur la mise sur écoute d'un téléphone portable de la chancelière Angela Merkel avaient provoqué de fortes tensions entre Berlin et Washington. L'espionnage entre amis, cela ne va pas du tout, avait alors déclaré Mme Merkel.

 

L'enquête ouverte par la justice allemande avait finalement été classée en juin dernier.

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Ex ‎Flintlock‬ '15 Feb 2015 - photo US DoD

Ex ‎Flintlock‬ '15 Feb 2015 - photo US DoD

 

15.10.2015 BBC Afrique

 

Le président Barack Obama a annoncé mercredi le déploiement en cours de 300 militaires américains au Cameroun dans le cadre de la lutte contre le groupe islamiste Boko Haram en Afrique de l'ouest.

 

Ces forces travailleront à des opérations de renseignement, de surveillance et de reconnaissance aérienne. "Les soldats seront armées pour assurer leur protection et permettre le bon déroulement de ces opérations mais elles ne seront pas sur place dans un rôle de combat", a souligné Josh Earnest, porte-parole de l'exécutif américain. La Cameroun fait partie de la coalition contre les insurgés qui mènent depuis plusieurs mois des attentats sanglants bien au-delà du nord-est du Nigeria, leur fief historique. La secte islamiste sévit aussi dans les Etats limitrophes du bassin du lac Tchad: Tchad, Cameroun et Niger.

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14 October 2015 BBC Africa

 

US President Barack Obama has announced that US armed forces have been deployed to Cameroon to help fight against the Islamist militants Boko Haram.

 

The force, which will be 300 strong, will conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in the region. Cameroon and Chad have been targeted by the Islamist militants from northern Nigeria. Mr Obama said the forces would remain in Cameroon until "no longer needed". In a notification to Congress, he said an advance force of 90 troops were sent to the country on Monday. He said all US troops there would be "equipped with weapons for the purpose of providing their own force protection and security".

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photo FFDj - C. Veron / Armée de Terre

photo FFDj - C. Veron / Armée de Terre

 

14/10/2015 Sources : État-major des armées

 

L’exercice Ouerka 2015, conçu et conduit par le 5e Régiment interarmes d’Outre-mer (5e RIAOM), s’est déroulé du 21 septembre au 7 octobre 2015 à Djibouti et a réuni plus de 300 militaires français du 5e RIAOM et Marines US de la 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU). L’entraînement visait à parfaire la préparation opérationnelle au combat interarmes en zone désertique des unités terrestres déployées à Djibouti. Il participe aussi à la coopération bilatérale avec les forces américaines qui a pour objectif de développer l’interopérabilité des unités.

 

Le 3e escadron du 5e RIAOM et les soldats de la 15th MEU ont armé un sous-groupement tactique interarmes mixte pour conduire une opération offensive de contrôle du massif de Koron-Ouerka. Les troupes au sol ont été appuyées par un sous-groupement aéromobile composé d’hélicoptères français (Puma et Gazelle) et américains (Huey et Cobra).

 

Les unités ont réalisé une phase d’aguerrissement et de combat à pied avant de s’entraîner au tir et à la manœuvre sur les matériels français (AMX10 RCR et mortier de 120 mm) et américains (LAV 25 pour Light Armored Vehicle) armant les unités basées sur la base avancée temporaire désert implantée dans le désert du Qaïd.

 

Un exercice de synthèse auquel ont participé les forces spéciales de Djibouti a constitué l’aboutissement de l’entraînement qui, d’après le lieutenant-colonel (USMC) Greeley de la 15th MEU de « mettre en valeur l’interopérabilité à tous les échelons de commandement et de permettre le partage des bonnes pratiques et le développement de la fraternité d’armes ».

 

L’ensemble des participants s’est ensuite vu décerner le brevet du 124e stage de l’école du désert des Forces françaises stationnées à Djibouti (FFDj).

 

En conformité avec le traité de coopération de défense signé en 2011 avec la République de Djibouti, les FFDj constituent une base opérationnelle avancée en Afrique de l’Est. À ce titre, elles participent au dispositif militaire français prépositionné permettant de disposer d’un réservoir de forces pouvant être projetées rapidement en cas de crise. De plus, les forces françaises stationnées à Djibouti soutiennent l’armée Djiboutienne dans ses efforts pour  renforcer ces capacités militaires en général, dont en particulier la capacité à participer aux opérations de maintien de la paix. Plusieurs fois par an, les FFDj contribuent ainsi à la formation de militaires africains dont les pays ont des accords bilatéraux avec la France.

photo FFDj - C. Veron / Armée de Terrephoto FFDj - C. Veron / Armée de Terrephoto FFDj - C. Veron / Armée de Terre
photo FFDj - C. Veron / Armée de Terre

photo FFDj - C. Veron / Armée de Terre

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Soldiers Can Set When Grenade Explodes With New Launcher

The XM-25 carries a magazine of five 25mm grenade rounds and a fire-control system that lets the soldier instantly program how far the grenade will travel before it explodes. (Photo: Heckler & Koch)

 

October 12, 2015 By Kyle Jahner – Defense News

 

The maker of a new grenade launcher that can fire rounds that explode when they pass walls or barriers is "finalizing development" of a weapon it believes will give soldiers a serious edge.

 

XM25 carries a magazine of five 25mm grenade rounds and a fire-control system that lets the soldier instantly program how far the grenade will travel before it explodes. That means a soldier can engage an enemy hiding behind a target — only he doesn't need to hit something to ruin the enemy's hiding place and his day.  According to XM25 maker Orbital ATK spokesman Jarrod Krull, in spring the Army will conduct qualification testing and contract validation. If the weapon fulfills the Army's requirements, the Army could see fielding in early 2017, Krull said — assuming budget decisions also line up in the weapon system's favor. "It provides combat overmatch; the ability to engage the target in defilade (shielded)," Krull said.

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Photo : Cplc Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes (2012)- DND-MDN Canada

Photo : Cplc Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes (2012)- DND-MDN Canada

 

October 11, 2015 by David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

 

Canada and the U.S. will hold Exercise FRONTIER SENTINEL on Oct. 15 and 16th off the coast of Nova Scotia.

 

The exercise, led by Joint Task Force Atlantic, will involve a ferry, Princess of Acadia, acting as “a vessel of interest.” The frigate, HMCS St. John’s, is scheduled to participate. The Frontier Sentinel Exercises series was initiated in 2006 and is a joint/combined interagency exercise involving Joint Task Force Atlantic, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy Fleet Forces as well as numerous other government departments and agencies from both Canada. The primary focus of the exercise is to practice, evaluate, and make recommendations for enhancing capabilities in response to threats to North American maritime security, Canadian Forces spokesman Maj. Martell Thompson told Defence Watch.

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Oshkosh® MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) 6×6 Technology Demonstrator

Oshkosh® MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) 6×6 Technology Demonstrator


13.10.2015 by Sergyi Way - army-guide.com
 

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, is unveiling the Oshkosh® MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) 6×6 Technology Demonstrator, at AUSA in Washington, D.C. October 12-14, 2015. The M-ATV 6×6 Technology Demonstrator builds upon the protection and off-road mobility performance of the battle-proven M-ATVs, while providing more interior volume for up to 15 soldiers, as well as greater payload capacity and all-wheel steer for exceptional maneuverability.

“It’s never been more important for troops to have vehicles that effectively balance protection, payload, modularity and mobility to carry out missions in any environment or threat level,” said U.S. Army Major General (Retired) John M. Urias, executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The M-ATV 6×6 Technology Demonstrator was developed to transport a full squad with their required mission equipment and provide more power on the battlefield – all while maintaining MRAP level protection and off-road mobility.”

The Oshkosh M-ATV 6×6 Technology Demonstrator is multi-mission ready, allowing crews – whose roles may rapidly change – to have the right vehicle to perform that mission. The combined benefits from the TAK-4® independent suspension and the M-ATV 6×6’s all wheel steer enables maneuverability across any type of terrain on the modern battlefield.

 
Oshkosh Introduces New Advanced Driver Assist Systems

At AUSA, Oshkosh is also introducing the Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) kits for any vehicle platform to help troops operate their vehicles safely in harsh conditions and difficult terrain. The Oshkosh ADAS kits use intelligent technologies to help increase driver control and response – during both peacetime and combat operations. The Oshkosh ADAS has three levels of performance:

  • ADAS Tier 1: A camera-based technology that allows the vehicle to see where drivers cannot. Active alerts enhance driver awareness to mitigate collisions.
  • ADAS Tier 2: Electronic Stability Control kit and radar-based technologies assist drivers with an additional layer of active safety. Tier 2 includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to maintain a following gap with a lead vehicle and Collision Mitigation Braking (CMB) to help slow the vehicle if a crash is imminent.
  • ADAS Tier 3: Equips drivers with comprehensive technologies for accident avoidance. Tier 3 combines all of the technologies from Tier 1 & Tier 2, making it Oshkosh’s most comprehensive safety solution.

The winning JLTV solution from Oshkosh, M-ATV 6×6 Technology Demonstrator and Global Integrated Product Support (GIPS) kiosk will be showcased on the second floor at AUSA in the Oshkosh Defense booth #6643. Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the company’s vehicles, technologies and services.

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photo US Navy

photo US Navy

 

October 13, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Questions are being asked, and no answers given, about the aftermath of an American raid in Syria that captured lots of evidence of illegal activities throughout the Middle East and in the West. Five months after the raid the massive amount of intel taken has resulted no one being arrested or prosecuted. This all began on May 18th, 2015, in the eastern Syria (Deir Ezzor province) when American commandos (from the army Delta Force) raided the heavily guarded ISIL compound of Fathi ben Awn ben Jildi Murad al Tunisi (nicknamed Abu Sayyaf), a Tunisian who ran ISIL finances. This included the lucrative trade in stolen oil and any other scams that will bring in revenue. The raiders sought to take Abu Sayyaf alive but he and two other senior ISIL officials died in the brief battle.

 

The raiders did seize many records (most of them electronic) and took away Abu Sayyaf’s wife who was wanted for supervising the enslavement of captured women. Also taken away were a quantity of small (easy to smuggle) antiquities that ISIL was preparing to smuggle out of Syria for sale to wealthy buyers in the Middle East and the West. In late September the United States returned these small antique items to the Iraqi government and that put the May raid back in the news and triggered unanswered questions about the follow-up to the intel taken in that operation. It may be a long time before it is revealed what actually happened here, especially when it comes to the trade in illegal antiquities. The most likely explanation is that the non-terrorists revealed to be involved (as smugglers, middlemen and financiers) of the smuggling operation all agreed to provide information about ISIL and thus are remaining unidentified. That doesn’t explain all the silence, but does account for much of it. Abu Sayyaf was dealing with tens of millions of dollars of illegal transactions each month and the number of operations he had in various stages of completion probably amounted to over $100 million and involved a lot of prominent people who pretended to be honest, upright citizens. That sort of thing rattles a lot of cages and has lot of unpredictable side effects. .

 

The raiders came in at night in special SOCOM UH-60 helicopters and left the same way with all their loot and captives. ISIL was alarmed as the suddenness and success of this raid and suspect one or more traitors supplied the Americans with information. That was because the raiders know where everyone and everything was inside the compound (which contains over fifty buildings) and also seemed to know that most of the security forces had been temporarily called away to take care of an emergency. ISIL is always looking for traitors and being falsely accused of treason is considered an occupational hazard within ISIL. Most of those accused are executed and many are extensively tortured first. ISIL has also made it more complicated to join the inner circle (ISIL management) and now demands extensive background checks. The penalty for failing such a background check is death. The most likely source of the traitorous information was probably local civilians who hate ISIL. 

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photo Raytheon

photo Raytheon

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 By Ryan Maass   (UPI)

 

Raytheon announced major milestones bringing an upgrade of Patriot Air and Missile Defense System radar with Gallium Nitride-based Active Electronically Scanned Array radar closer to production phase. Raytheon is funding an upgrade to the Patriot radar as more advanced drones, aircraft, and ballistic missiles are likely to become a greater threat. The upgrade is a Gallium Nitride-based AESA technology, which uses three antenna arrays mounted on a mobile radar, allowing coverage in all directions. Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business, says the upgrade will balance more coverage with mobility.

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A Humvee on patrol in Iraq. Photo By Photographers Mate 3rd Class Shawn Hussong, U.S. Navy

A Humvee on patrol in Iraq. Photo By Photographers Mate 3rd Class Shawn Hussong, U.S. Navy

 

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 13 By Richard Tomkins   (UPI)

 

New contracts and contract modifications have been given to AM General for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, or Humvees.

 

Vehicle-maker AM General has received contracts for production of additional High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles for eight countries. The contracts, worth a combined total of about $42.1 million, include modifications for vehicles and vehicle parts under earlier contracts. Covered under the awards are new production vehicles, international ambulance chassis vehicles, automotive kits, spare parts and training for the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Kenya and Lebanon. The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle is popularly known as the Humvee.

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F-15C Eagles from 493rd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, soar through Turkish skies June 17, 2015, during Anatolian Eagle 2015 - photo USAF

F-15C Eagles from 493rd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, soar through Turkish skies June 17, 2015, during Anatolian Eagle 2015 - photo USAF

 

October 11, 2015: Strategy Page

 

Sensing an opportunity the manufacturer of the 1970s era F-15 jet fighter are offering another upgrade, one what uses new missile racks and novel use of hard points usually reserved for extra fuel, to create an F-15 that can carry 16 long range (AMRAAM) air-to-air missiles rather than the usual eight. This enables an F-15 equipped with the latest radars and fire control systems to quickly attack enemy aircraft before those fighters are close enough to hit the F-15. The F-22 and F-35 were designed to excel at BVR (Beyond Visual Range) encounters where longer range AMRAAM missiles could take out enemy fighters up to 70 kilometers away. But there are too few F-22s and the F-35s are suffering an unending series of delays. Air forces with F-15s need some help in the BVR department and an F-15 with the right electronics and lots of BVR missiles seems a likely solution.

 

Since BVR capability arrived, as the next-big-thing in the 1960 pilots have not been enthusiastic about BVR engagements. The early missiles (like the AIM-7 Sparrow) were not all that reliable or accurate. Pilots were also not confident about firing on an aircraft they could not see (and positively identify as hostile). But after decades of trying, they finally have a winning combination with the AMRAAM and a new generation of radars and electronic gear. Combat training exercises between BVR aircraft and those relying on heat seeking missiles and cannon usually show the BVR birds winning. It has reached the point where many older fighters are being equipped with modern radars and BVR missiles and turned into formidable warplanes because of their BVR, not dog fighting, capabilities. 

 

For American F-15s there is the added bonus of working with one or more of the stealthy F-22s and relying the superior F-22 passive sensors acting as spotters for targets that the AMRAAM equipped F-15s can then fire on quickly and with enough missiles to knock down most of the enemy aircraft before they can fire back. The U.S. Air Force is upgrading 178 of its F-15s to the “Golden Eagle” standard (AESA radar and passive long range sensors) that makes these new tactics possible because these aircraft are equipped to communicate with F-22s using a new system that does risk detection by doing so.

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13 oct. 2015 NAVAIRSYSCOM

 

For 50 years, the C-2A Greyhound has delivered solutions and smiles across the seas. Watch to learn more about this "workhorse" of the Navy and see the integral logistical support it continues to provide deployed combat groups today.

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MaxxPro MRAP photo Navistar Defence

MaxxPro MRAP photo Navistar Defence

 

13.10.2015 Navistar - army-guide.com

 

Navistar Defense, LLC is displaying, for the first time, its latest MaxxPro® MRAP. A Reset vehicle coming straight from the Reset line in West Point, Miss., this vehicle has an enhanced level of blast protection and features the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The company also has on display the General Troop Transport (GTT) variant of its 7000 MV Medium Tactical Vehicle line which is similar to what will be delivered to Afghanistan under a recent $369 million order.

 

“The MaxxPro on display incorporates two very significant steps forward in improving safety and mission performance for our country’s warfighters,” said Kevin Thomas, president, Navistar Defense. “First, it is a Reset vehicle which brings a MaxxPro that previously deployed in support of combat operations and has now returned for an extensive refurbishment effort to restore it to like new condition while also being upgraded to the latest configuration. The second is that we have added electronic stability control which further improves safety and performance. As a result of this Reset effort, all MaxxPro vehicles in the U.S. Army inventory will be at the same level of configuration.”

 

These newly Reset and upgraded MaxxPro vehicles are re-entering service in Afghanistan. A total of 785 MaxxPro vehicles, in two variants, are being Reset under a $75 million contract.

 

“Our Medium Tactical Vehicle on display is an example of state-of-the-art technology for taking our commercial Series 7000 WorkStar® truck platform and making it tactically viable and flexible,” according to Thomas. "The baseline MTV platform has been configured in 17 different variants ranging from the GTT to water and fuel tankers and recovery vehicles. This provides tremendous flexibility, commonality and supportability for the Afghan and Iraqi forces operating them.”

 

In late August 2015, the U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Navistar Defense a $369 million contract to provide 2,293 Medium Tactical Vehicles (MTVs) to build upon the already existing Afghanistan National Security Force's (ANSF) MTV Fleet. Production will commence immediately, with deliveries starting in January 2016 and concluding in 2019.

 

A total of 17,000 MTVs are in service in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Fiery Cross Reef

13/10/2015  lecourrier.vn

 

Les États-Unis ont briefé leurs alliés en Asie sur les plans de conduire des patrouilles navales "liberté de navigation" près des îles artificielles construites par la Chine dans la Mer Orientale, ont dévoilé des officiels américains cités par le New York Times paru le 12 octobre.


Les patrouilles, qui se dérouleraient dans les limites des 12 milles marins d’au moins l’une des îles artificielles construites illégalement par la Chine sur des récifs dans l’archipel  de Truong Sa (Spratleys).

Elles sont destinées à remettre en cause les efforts de la Chine pour revendiquer la quasi-totalité de cette mer, carrefour de routes maritimes vitales pour le commerce mondial et réserve potentielle de pétrole, de gaz et d’importantes ressources halieutiques.

L’assistant du secrétaire américain à la Défense pour l’Asie de l’Est et le Pacifique, David Shear, a dit devant le Congrès que les États-Unis se sont abstenus de s’en approcher de si près les îles occupées par la Chine.

En mai, un avion de surveillance militaire P-8A Poseidon, avec à son bord un reporter de la CNN, avait survolé près de trois des cinq îles artificielles illégalement construites par la Chine en Mer Orientale sans entrer dans les limites des 12 milles marins, que déjà des opérateurs radio de la marine chinoise l’avaient adressé huit avertissements pour quitter les lieux.

Des fonctionnaires aux Philippines ont déclaré qu’ils avaient été informés ces derniers jours de ces patrouilles, et le sénateur Antonio F. Trillanes IV, président du Comité national de défense et de sécurité a indiqué lundi 12 octobre saluer cette décision.

Le secrétaire américain de la Défense, Ashton B. Carter, et le secrétaire d’État américain John Kerry, devraient discuter des patrouilles avec leurs homologues australiens lundi et mardi à Boston. Le commandant de la Flotte américaine du Pacifique, l’admiral Harry B. Harris Jr, devrait les rejoindre.

 

>>Expos de photos sur les constructions illégales de la Chine en Mer Orientale

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Le groupe EI confirme la mort de son numéro deux tué dans un raid américain

 

13 octobre 2015 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Beyrouth - Le porte-parole du groupe jihadiste Etat islamique (EI) a confirmé la mort du numéro deux de l'organisation jihadiste tué en août dans un raid américain en Irak, selon un enregistrement diffusé mardi sur les sites islamistes.

 

En août dernier, les Etats-Unis avaient annoncé que le numéro deux de l'EI Fadel Ahmad al-Hayali avait été tué le 18 du même mois dans un raid aérien américain près de Mossoul en Irak alors qu'il se trouvait dans un véhicule avec un autre responsable de l'organisation jihadiste.

 

L'Amérique s'est réjoui de la mort d'Abi Moutaz al-Qorachi en le présentant comme une grande victoire, a dit le porte-parole de l'EI Abou Mohamed al-Adnani, en le désignant par un de ses multiples pseudonymes.

 

Je ne vais pas pleurer celui dont le seul souhait était de mourir au nom de Dieu... Il a entraîné des hommes et laissé derrière lui des héros, qui avec l'aide Dieu, vont faire du mal à l'Amérique, a-t-il ajouté sans dire exactement comment le numéro deux avait été tué.

 

A l'époque, la Maison Blanche avait précisé que Hayali était l'un des principaux coordinateurs des transferts d'armes, d'explosifs, de véhicules et d'individus entre l'Irak et la Syrie, deux pays frontaliers où l'EI contrôle de vastes territoires.

 

Elle l'avait présenté comme le principal adjoint du chef de l'EI Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi, en précisant qu'il était en charge des opérations de l'EI en Irak.

 

Le groupe jihadiste avait lancé en juin 2014 une offensive fulgurante en Irak qui lui avait permis de s'emparer de vastes pans du territoire face à des forces gouvernementales en déroute.

 

Les Etats-Unis et leurs alliés bombardent depuis plus d'un an par les airs les positions de l'EI en Syrie et en Irak sans être parvenus à neutraliser ce puissant groupe ultraradical.

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Hesco Armor Wins US Army Contract

 

ABERDEEN, Washington, October 12, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

Hesco Armor, Inc. wins a share of a $49.5M indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) body armor contract to supply the next generation of Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPI) to the US Army

 

The competitively awarded contract has been shared between three armor manufactures to satisfy U.S. Army Security Assistance Command's (USASAC) Foreign Military Sales requirements, and USASAC's Special Defense Acquisition Fund's Foreign Military Sales inventory requirements.

 

The IDIQ contract called for a technically proficient plate, not before seen in previously available SAPI plates. Hesco Armor plates were chosen for their next generation composite material that creates an ultra-lightweight ballistic resistant insert.

 

Awarded days after the launch of the new Hesco Group brand identity, the contract is an additional testament of The Group's commitment towards innovation and their mission to protect people and assets, whenever and wherever needed.

 

Hesco Armor CEO Stephanie Victory commented : "We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this contract. This award further demonstrates that Hesco is a leader in innovation and personnel protection. Our body armor designs and performance are a leap forward in protection for National Security and Military Personnel."

 

Hesco Armor's parent company, Hesco Bastion, is a long-established provider of defensives barriers for perimeter and infrastructure protection for the US Department of Defense, and synonymous with saving countless lives and now Hesco Armor, relatively new to the personal protection market, has already developed a strong following among homeland security and local law enforcement and will continue the Hesco legacy of keeping the country safe.

 

About Hesco Bastion, Inc

Hesco Bastion, Inc. part of the Hesco Group is a leader in the design and manufacture of rapidly deployable, ground-mounted, earth-filled barrier systems for the purposes of military protection, homeland security and flood protection.

 

About Armor, Inc

Hesco Armor, Inc located in Aberdeen, Washington, was founded in 2012. The company is focused on research and development and manufacturing of body armor and vehicle armor that will bring enhanced safety and advanced technology to the men and women of the US Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Solution to Respond to Threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems

 

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2015 – Lockheed Martin

 

At this year’s Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) unveiled a new capability that will allow users to detect and counter emerging threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The solution, ICARUS™, was designed to operate defensively in various threat environments.

“The U.S. government is seeing an increase in the use of commercially available UAS platforms for surveillance and weaponization,” said Deon Viergutz, vice president of Cyber Solutions for Lockheed Martin. “What Lockheed Martin has developed in ICARUS is a system that can detect, recognize and counteract these systems with pinpoint accuracy.”

Lockheed Martin’s Counter-UAS system has been field tested and demonstrated to several domestic and international customers over the past year. Those tests demonstrated the ability of ICARUS™ to identify and intercept commercially available unmanned aerial systems. 

The development of the ICARUS™ software system draws on Lockheed Martin’s rich history of innovations in electronic warfare, cybersecurity and countermeasures associated with sophisticated threats. It was developed through Lockheed Martin internal investment and combines advanced cyber and cyber electromagnetic activity experience with sensor technology and non-kinetic techniques.

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Marines: USMC More Vulnerable To Extinction

Los Angeles, Calif - Marine Raiders with 1st Marine Raider Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, transition out of the water during a simulated underwater assault force night-raid in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 3, 2015. - photo USMC

 

October 13, 2015: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Marine Corps is at war with itself over how to handle the future. Many marines have noticed that their traditional (for over a century) role as the overseas emergency force has been quietly taken over since the 1980s by SOCOM (Special Operations Command). It wasn’t until 2005 that the marines officially assigned its 2,600 strong Marine Special Operations Command, to SOCOM. This was in belated recognition that SOCOM, when it was formed in 1986 was indeed the most effective way to manage and use all the special operations units in the American military. Back then there was resistance from all the services, except the army (which had the most special operations troops mainly in its Special Forces.) But the Secretary of Defense overruled the services, and, by 1990, the navy (SEALS) and air force (special aircraft and pararescue troops) had assigned their special operations units to SOCOM control. The marines resisted and got away with it by insisting they didn't have any "special operations" troops or that "all marines are special operations troops," (depending on what day you asked them.)

 

By late 2001, it was obvious even to the marines that SOCOM was where the action was, and the marines wanted in. After four years of haggling and negotiation, the marines were in with a combination of traditional commandoes, long range recon, and "ranger" type forces. There are also support troops (dog handlers, interrogators and interpreters, intelligence analysts, supply and transportation) as well as a training unit (to instruct foreign troops, a job the marines have been helping the army Special Forces with already.) The marines also agreed to provide, as needed, other marine units that are trained to perform jobs SOCOM needs done. The marines have long had their infantry battalions train some of their troops to perform commando type operations (raids, hostage rescue and the like.) This was done so those battalions, when serving on amphibious ships at sea, had some capability to handle a wider range of emergencies (like getting Americans out of some foreign hot spot.)

 

At the time some observers (including a few marines) thought that the marines might contribute more forces to SOCOM in the future, or perhaps the entire Marine Corps would join SOCOM and take it over. That last jest was based in reality as before World War II the Marine Corps was the “special operations” force you called in for emergencies overseas. That changed during World War II but many American marines noted the different path taken by the British Royal Marines after the war. After 2001 many American marines thought it might be a good idea to copy their brethren, the British Royal Marines, and convert themselves to a commando force.

 

During World War II the Royal Marines had turned themselves into the Royal Marine Commandos. After 1945, when Britain disbanded all of its commando units, the Royal Marines retained three of their infantry battalions as Royal Marines Commandos (commando battalions). These three battalions have remained in service to the present, mainly because they always performed as advertised and were always in great demand.

 

The marines did change after World War II but in different ways. They gradually dropped their army-like divisional organization, using their three "division" headquarters as an administrative units for managing the battalion and brigade (2-4 battalions) size task forces for whatever assignments come their way. This worked quite well during the last two decades of the 20th century. After 2001 there was a new proposal to completely do away with the marine division. Note that the first one of these was organized in 1942 and six were active by 1945. The 2002 proposal had most marines trained more for commando operations rather than traditional infantry combat. This was a trend that was already present in marine training, although marines were still considered, first and foremost, elite ground combat troops. At the time there was a lot of resistance from marine veterans groups (over a hundred thousand marine veterans of World War II were still around then and they could be a feisty lot.) But the marines did have a tradition of constantly transforming themselves, something even old marines recognize and respect. Any such transformation had to wait because after 2003 (the Iraq invasion) the marines became a supplementary force for the army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the next decade the marines noted that they could not go back to what they were in 2002 because the army had become more like marines (highly trained and effective infantry) and the marines had become more like these new soldiers.

 

Many marines are concerned that more people will notice that SOCOM is now the marines of old and that the marines are not nearly as special and specialized as they used to be. To make matters worse in 2006 the U.S. Navy decided to create a new naval infantry force to do some of the jobs the marines had originally done but were now too busy being soldiers to take care of. By 2008 the navy had built a new ground combat force staffed by 40,000 sailors. This was NECC (Navy Expeditionary Combat Command), which was capable of operating along the coast and up rivers, as well as further inland. NECC units were already in Iraq by then and ready to deploy anywhere else they are needed. The 1,200 sailors in the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) teams are particularly sought after, because of increased use of roadside bombs and booby traps by the enemy. NECC has also organized three Riverine Squadrons which all served in Iraq. NECC basically consists of most of the combat support units the navy has traditionally put ashore, plus some coastal and river patrol units that have usually only been organized in wartime.

 

In light of all this many marines fear that any new effort by the politicians to eliminate the Marine Corps will succeed. The marines have been avoiding these extinction efforts for over a century mainly because they could demonstrate some unique abilities. Without that advantage the marines are vulnerable.

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Test de missile: Téhéran a probablement violé une résolution de l’ONU (Maison Blanche)

 

13.10.2015 45eNord.ca (AFP)
 

Le test par l’Iran d’un nouveau missile longue portée guidé a probablement été effectué en violation d’une résolution du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU, a estimé mardi la Maison Blanche.

 

« Nous avons de fortes indications selon lesquelles ce test de missile a violé une résolution du Conseil de sécurité », a déclaré Josh Earnest, porte-parole de l’exécutif américain. « Malheureusement, ce n’est pas nouveau », a-t-il ajouté, le département d’Etat précisant de son côté qu’il entendait soulever la question à l’ONU.

L’Iran, qui possède plusieurs types de missiles d’une portée de 2.000 kilomètres capables d’atteindre Israël, a annoncé dimanche ce test d’un nouveau missile sans toutefois en préciser la portée exacte.

 

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Last of 12 GPS IIF Satellites Arrive at Cape Canaveral for Processing

 

Oct 9, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Air Force

 

The last Air Force GPS IIF in a block of 12 satellites was delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from Boeing's manufacturing facility in El Segundo, California, Oct. 8 via a C-17 Globemaster III. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite's final assembly, gathered on the Cape's "Skid Strip" to watch the off-loading of the satellite they will prepare to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2016.

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photo Russia MoD - US DoD

photo Russia MoD - US DoD

October 13, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued October 10, 2015)

Today Department of Defense officials held a secure video conference with officials from the Russian Ministry of Defense. The talks focused on steps that can be taken by Russian and counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant coalition aircraft to promote safe flight operations over Syria.

The discussions were professional and focused narrowly on the implementation of specific safety procedures. Progress was made during the talks, and the U.S. agreed to another discussion with Russia in the near future.

The video conference lasted approximately 90 minutes.

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Inherent Resolve – Chammal sit rep 13 Oct.. – CJTF-OIR

 

October 13, 2015 by CJTF-OIR Release # 201510013-01

 

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

 

SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Oct. 12, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using bomber aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

 

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

 

Syria

• Near Al Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and two ISIL vehicles.

• Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIL crude oil collection point.

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL crude oil collection point.

 

Iraq

• Near Al Huwayjah, two strikes struck two separate tactical units and destroyed six ISIL bunkers and two ISIL fighting positions.

• Near Bayji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and an ISIL vehicle.

• Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.

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

• Near Ramadi, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL buildings, an ISIL sniper position, two separate ISIL command and control nodes, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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