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April 6, 2021 | International, Aerospace

UK Ministry of Defence awards $21M to support Common Missile Warning System

This contract ensures the continued support and sustainment of CMWS systems on various UK aircraft platforms. The award includes annual repair and engineering services.

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  • State, DoD Letter Warns European Union to Open Defense Contracts, Or Else

    May 22, 2019 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security, Other Defence

    State, DoD Letter Warns European Union to Open Defense Contracts, Or Else

    By PAUL MCLEARY Europe has bristled at a letter sent to the EU from the Pentagon and State Department, which says proposed EU defense programs are unfair to the US defense industry. WASHINGTON: Pentagon and State Department officials have told the European Union they’re “deeply concerned” over plans to potentially exclude US defense firms from competing for billions worth of new arms deals, suggesting the US could slap restrictions on buying European defense equipment in retaliation.   At issue is the proposed $14 billion European Defence Fund, and a host of procurement programs under the the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO, the European economic alliance is undertaking. While the May 1 letter from Ellen Lord, Pentagon procurement chief, and Andrea Thompson, State’s undersecretary for arms control and international security, expressed general support for the EU initiatives, it made clear the US would like to see significant changes in the draft language before the 28-country bloc votes on them as early as next month. The language in both documents, the US argues, feature intellectual property and export control restrictions that would act as “poison pills” to “effectively preclude participation by any company that uses U.S.-origin technology.” Overall, Lord and Thompson write, the conditions outlined in the EDF and PESCO documents “represent a dramatic reversal of the last three decades of increased integration of the transatlantic defense sector.” If the restrictions are kept in place, the US officials warn, “it is clear that similar reciprocally imposed U.S. restrictions would not be welcomed by our European partners and Allies, and we would not relish having to consider them in the future.” But EU officials defended their efforts this week. Asked about the US letter, an EU spokesperson replied in an email that the EDF and PESCO will “complement and strengthen NATO,” at a time in which the Trump administration has made that a key policy goal, and “enable Europe to shoulder its fair share of the burden and responsibility for global security.” But it’s clear the letter has rankled the Europeans. “The EU has an open and competitive defense procurement framework, in fact more so than the US procurement market,” the spokesperson wrote. “In the EU, there is no ‘Buy European Act.’ 81 percent of the total value of international defense contracts in Europe go to US firms. The US defense market is three to four times larger than that of the EU, and yet imports from the EU are marginal for the US, while EU imports from the US are significant.” The official said that American companies with subsidiaries in the EU will remain eligible for funding under the EDF subject to security conditions “which are similar – in fact less restrictive – to the ones that EU companies face in the US.” The EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini told reporters Tuesday that PESCO projects aren’t meant to be a vehicle to increase transAtlantic ties, and the EU will gladly continue doing business with non-EU defense companies. The program “is not defined to be an instrument for partnership,” she said. “It does not substitute other partnerships, including in the defense industry and research that we have already in place and that are essential for us,” she added. For years, non-NATO countries like Sweden and Finland have drawn closer to NATO and have increased ties with US defense firms while also building their own domestic defense capabilities, though the relationship hasn’t always been smooth. While the US government is concerned over US companies being excluded, the PESCO effort has been developed explicitly to bolster the ability of European countries to produce their own weapons systems, cyber capabilities, and surveillance technologies. So-called “third states” — non EU members — may ask to participate in PESCO projects, but all of the member states must vote to allow them in. Lord and Thompson argue that walling-off EU projects from NATO efforts would lead to duplication and waste, while decreasing interoperability between the EU and NATO. It could also “potentially tum the clock back to the sometimes divisive discussions about EU defense initiatives that dominated our exchanges 15 years ago.” In the end, the US letter is just the latest turn in what has been a complex, up and down relationship between the US and Europe under the Trump administration. The president has loudly condemned Washington’s closest allies in Europe for not spending enough on their own defense, while threatening to pull out of NATO. At the same time, the US has increased troop levels in Europe and pumped over $11 billion into the European Deterrence Initiative over the past two years, in an effort to upgrade US and allied basing, increase joint exercises, and modernize equipment on the continent to counter the Russian threat.

  • Hyundai Rotem readies Multipurpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle for delivery

    December 1, 2020 | International, Land

    Hyundai Rotem readies Multipurpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle for delivery

    by Dae Young Kim   South Korean defence and engineering prime Hyundai Rotem has been selected as the supplier of Multipurpose Unmanned Ground Vehicles (MUGVs) to the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Hyundai Rotem announced on 24 November that it had won a contract from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to supply two MUGVs within six months under an accelerated acquisition scheme that aims to introduce new capabilities to the military. The company will also provide the associated support for the two vehicles. MUGVs are two-tonne multirole platforms that can be fitted with a range of mission equipment depending on the user’s requirements. The type can be used to perform combat reconnaissance in heavily contested battlefield environments to improve the firepower and survivability of troops. The vehicle can also be used for supporting roles such as ammunition and expendable resupply, and casualty evacuation. The MUGV will be derived from Hyundai Rotem’s HR-Sherpa UGV, a 6×6 multirole dual-use platform that is 2.7 m in length, 1.7 m in width, and 0.9 m in height. It weighs 1.6 tonnes in its baseline configuration, and up to two tonnes when fully loaded. The company will also supply an in-house remote-control weapon system (RCWS) and plans to arm it with a 5.56 mm light machine gun. The battery powered UGV is equipped with airless tyre technology and can turn on its axis. It is also equipped with a water-cooled battery and an integrated heat management system that supports long-distance driving in all-weather operations, and offers a claimed endurance of six hours when cruising at 5 km/h. It can also attain road and cross-country speeds of up to 40 km/h and 10 km/h, respectively.

  • Le drone "Patroller sera armé, l'armée de Terre le souhaite" (Chef d'état-major de l'armée de Terre)

    November 15, 2019 | International, Aerospace, Land

    Le drone "Patroller sera armé, l'armée de Terre le souhaite" (Chef d'état-major de l'armée de Terre)

    Par Michel Cabirol  Le nouveau chef d'état-major de l'armée de Terre, le général Thierry Burkhard, a annoncé que le Patroller "sera armé". En 2023, l'armée de Terre disposera d’environ 1.200 drones couvrant plusieurs segments capacitaires. L'armée de Terre va armer le drone Patroller, comme l'a récemment écrit La Tribune. C'est aujourd'hui officiel. Le nouveau chef d'état-major de l'armée de Terre, le général Thierry Burkhard, l'a annoncé lors de son audition le 16 octobre au Sénat. "Le Patroller sera armé parce que l'armée de terre le souhaite mais sa mission première ne sera pas d'appuyer nos troupes", affirme-t-il. En outre, selon nos informations, Safran a d'ailleurs récemment obtenu la notification d'un contrat d'une durée de 18 mois pour une étude de levée de risques pour l'armement du Patroller. "Nous faisons aussi preuve d'imagination et d'anticipation en armant le Patroller alors que ce n'était pas prévu au départ. Le Patroller sera donc armé parce que l'armée de terre le souhaite mais sa mission première ne sera pas d'appuyer nos troupes. Cependant, il bénéficiera de cette capacité. Par conséquent, si un Patroller découvre un poste de commandement ennemi à détruire, il doit pouvoir le faire", explique le général Thierry Burkhard. Le choix de l'armement s'est porté sur la roquette guidée laser de 68mm de Thales, qui équipe déjà l'hélicoptère Tigre. Elle a été préférée à la version sol-air du MMP (Missile moyenne portée), le MHT de MBDA. Pourquoi ? La roquette guidée laser est dimensionnée aux besoins de l'armée de Terre en étant parfaitement adaptée à des objectifs rencontrés par le Patroller lors de ses missions de surveillance pour réaliser des tirs sur des cibles d'opportunité (pick-up, sniper...). La roquette est également beaucoup moins chère et plus légère que le MMP. 1.200 drones en service dans l'armée de Terre L'armée de Terre aura mis d'ici à la fin de l'année, quatre nouveaux types de drones en opération : le drone tactique Patroller (Safran), les mini-drones NX70 (Novadem) et Spy Ranger (Thales) et, enfin, le nano-drone Black Hornet 3 (l'américain FLIR). L'armée de Terre disposera "à terme de 1.300 drones, allant du nano drone de quelques grammes au drone tactique dont les performances permettront d'appuyer l'engagement d'une unité au combat dans la durée et sur de fortes distances", avait expliqué le prédécesseur du CEMAT, le général Bosser. Le projet de LPM prévoit la livraison d'ici à 2025 des trois premiers systèmes de drone tactique Patroller ainsi qu'une commande pour équiper l'armée de terre à hauteur de cinq systèmes à l'horizon 2030. L'armée de Terre souhaite disposer de cinq systèmes et vingt-huit drones tactiques de ce type en 2030. close volume_off   Le général Thierry Burkhard marche bien évidemment dans les pas de son prédécesseur dans le domaine des drones. "Dans cet environnement aéroterrestre, les drones ont déjà toute leur place", observe-t-il. D'autant que comme il le rappelle elle a été "précurseur dans l'emploi des drones". L'armée de Terre renouvelle son segment tactique avec le Patroller et élargira sa capacité jusqu'aux plus bas échelons des théâtres d'opérations avec les nano-drones. "L'armée de Terre possède aujourd'hui environ 160 drones. En 2023, elle en comptera environ 1.200", précise le général Thierry Burkhard

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