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27 juin 2014 5 27 /06 /juin /2014 16:50
 Coopération franco-britannique pour Gallic Marauder 2014


27/06/2014 Sources : Marine nationale


Pour la 4èmeannée consécutive, l’exercice d’appui aérien Gallic Marauder se déroulera du 30 juin au 11 juillet 2014 sur le champ de tir de Castlemartin (Pays de Galles). Exercice aéroterrestre entre la France et le Royaume-Uni, il est organisé par le centre d’expertise du groupe aérien embarqué de Landivisiau (CENTEX GAé).


Cet exercice impliquera simultanément 300 militaires français et britanniques déployés au sol (parachutistes, bigors et fusiliers marins du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle) et les aéronefs des flottilles 4F, 11F, 12F et 17F qui opéreront depuis leurs bases bretonnes.


L’objectif principal est l’acquisition pour certains et l’entretien pour d’autres d’un savoir-faire en joint-fire(coordination des feux). Le GAé mettra à profit son expérience en close-air support (appui de troupes au sol)tout en développant son aisance dans le joint-fire. Les forces terrestres, quant à elles, réaliseront des manœuvres offensives de marche à l’ennemi intégrant simultanément l’action de l’infanterie, de l’artillerie et des chasseurs.

Durant cet exercice une grande variété de munitions sera tirée: cartouches de petit calibre, obus de 105 et mortiers de 120 mm, missiles anti-char, bombes d’exercice guidées laser (LGTR) et obus de 30mm


Ce type d’exercice interallié et interarmées, rare en France comme au Royaume-Uni, est une belle occasion d’échanges et de synergies. Il s’inscrit dans la continuité des accords de Lancaster House et se veut une étape supplémentaire dans la montée en puissance du CJEF(Combined Joint Expeditionary Force).

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27 mai 2014 2 27 /05 /mai /2014 11:50
100 days until 2014 NATO Summit in Wales - @NATOWales


27 May 2014 Wales Office


With 100 days to go until the 2014 NATO Summit, Welsh Secretary David Jones highlights the huge opportunities that it will provide for Wales


In 100 days the world’s attention will be focused on Wales.

Prime Minister David Cameron and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will host one of the largest-ever gatherings of world leaders to be held in the UK for the 2014 NATO Summit.

Heads of Government from the 28 NATO member states and senior dignitaries from NATO’s 30 partner countries will meet at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport from 4 to 5 September.

This will be the first NATO Summit in the UK since we welcomed the Alliance to London in 1990 and the first time a sitting USA President has made an official visit to Wales. In total, some 2,000 delegates are expected, along with an estimated 1,500 journalists.

The NATO Summit will provide Wales with an unprecedented opportunity to showcase the very best it has to offer to a global audience of billions, cementing our international reputation and our ability to host events of global importance and I am confident that we can rise to the challenge.

Both governments in London and in Cardiff are working hard to ensure that Wales derives the maximum benefit from the summit and is promoted as a great place to visit, do business and study.

The UK government will also be promoting Wales overseas, using our extensive network of embassies, consulates and high commissions around the world.

Building on the summit, it is my intention to hold an international trade conference in Wales to reap the maximum benefit of our time in the international spotlight. Business confidence across the UK is at a record high and the highest it has been in Wales since 2009. British products and services and - by extension - those produced in Wales are in demand and, as a country, our global profile has never been higher. The trade conference will provide additional opportunities for our world-class Welsh exporters.

It is important to educate young people about the UK’s role in NATO, which is why a teaching resource for 11 to 18 years has been developed and will soon be available to schools across the UK.

It also is fitting that this year’s summit, with its focus on ‘Future NATO,’ is being held in Wales, which has long been in the forefront of the aerospace and defence industries. Welsh companies employ thousands of people in this sector and provide high quality equipment and support to our excellent armed forces around the world.

The Newport area itself boasts Europe’s largest and most advanced centre of military armour technology. We also have advanced defence engineering companies in north Wales, such as Raytheon UK, whose Broughton site produces the technology used in the Sentinel aircraft, the UK’s most advanced manned surveillance system. It is essential that we take advantage of the summit to ensure that Welsh expertise in the defence sector is highlighted to delegates.

Wales, of course, has a proud military history and strong links with our armed forces. Our reservists have for centuries been a strong element of the British military. In recent times, Welsh units and reservists have both been deployed and served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anglesey is home to RAF Valley, a world-leading centre for military aviation, which plays a key role in the local economy and makes an important contribution to UK defence and resilience – something recognised by the many nations who send their pilots there to train.

In September, world leaders will gather in Wales to discuss issues of huge importance to us all: terrorism, piracy, unstable states, cyber attacks and the challenge of building stability in an unpredictable world. Ensuring that all NATO nations have the equipment, skills and intelligence needed to protect themselves will also be a focus.

But all the opportunities that this year’s NATO Summit in Wales will undoubtedly bring, perhaps the most important is that of restating the message that the interests of the free world and its peoples continue to be better protected by working closely together.


For updates on the 2014 Nato Summit follow the official summit Twitter account @NATOWales

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2 mai 2014 5 02 /05 /mai /2014 11:50
Communications contract secures 140 jobs in Wales

A soldier equipped with a personal role radio during operations in Afghanistan – Photo Corporal Paul Morrison, UK MoD


1 May 2014 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support


More than a hundred jobs in south Wales are being sustained by a £364 million investment in military communications.


The Ministry of Defence has awarded two 5-year contracts to General Dynamics UK to support the Bowman radio system used by UK armed forces personnel.

General Dynamics UK will provide design, engineering and logistic support for the radio system that is used by service personnel across the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

The work will sustain the jobs of 140 highly skilled engineers at General Dynamics UK’s site in Blackwood near Newport in south Wales, with further roles being secured in the company’s wider supply chain.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

For more than a decade, Bowman radios have played a vital role on operations, helping our personnel communicate sensitive information.

I am delighted that these significant contracts will protect 140 skilled engineering jobs in south Wales, allow us to deliver better value for money for the taxpayer, and, most importantly, ensure personnel on operations have the secure equipment they need.

This is more good news for south Wales ahead of the Nato summit later this year.

Communications contract secures 140 jobs in Wales
Soldiers on operations in Afghanistan using the PRC-255 medium-power VHF radio (library image) [Picture: Sergeant Barry Pope, Crown copyright]

Bowman radios allow personnel on land, at sea and in the air to communicate on operations around the world. The radios use an encrypted frequency to share intelligence and increase situational awareness and have seen extensive service in Afghanistan by troops on patrol, on Royal Navy ships during relief efforts in the Philippines, and by the Royal Air Force when providing air support to land operations.

Chief Operating Officer of General Dynamics UK Steve Rowbotham said:

With our proven supply chain and support infrastructure, General Dynamics UK is uniquely placed to successfully deliver these contracts in parallel and ensure that the British armed forces have the security of supply and support as they continue to meet operational requirements around the world.

We are delighted to be able to continue with the successful partnership that has delivered world-class secure tactical communications to the British armed forces, building on this unique UK sovereign capability.

The new contract will see improved management of the radios and repair services. It will also allow competition within the supply chain to be opened up which is expected to deliver better value for money for the taxpayer.

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