20 mai 2022 | International, Terrestre

Amid Ukraine crisis, Lockheed-Raytheon partnership gets $309M for Javelins

The US has provided more than 5,500 Javelin shoulder-mounted anti-armor systems to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration.


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    2 novembre 2020 | International, Aérospatial

    Safran souhaite se renforcer dans la défense

    La crise du Covid-19 a montré la grande dépendance de Safran à l'aéronautique civile alors que l'activité hélicoptère et la défense sont en croissance. À cet égard, le groupe souhaite se renforcer dans le secteur militaire. « J’aimerais que le groupe se développe dans la défense. Si des actifs sont à vendre, je regarderai avec intérêt », a déclaré Philippe Petitcolin, son directeur général. Les activités militaires représentent 16% environ du chiffre d'affaires du groupe. Il est présent dans les drones avec le Patroller commandé par l'armée de Terre, les boules optroniques, les centrales inertielles, ainsi que les moteurs de l'avion de combat Rafale, de l'Airbus A400M et de plusieurs hélicoptères, notamment le nouveau H160 M qui doit équiper les forces armées dans les prochaines années. Safran bénéficiera aussi du futur contrat Rafale grec. Athènes négocie avec la France pour acheter 18 avions de combat. « Si de nouveaux contrats Rafale sont pris à l'exportation et en France, ils auront un impact positif en 2022 et 2023 », a précisé le directeur général.  Le Figaro 30 octobre 2020 

  • Dutch leading role for German Frigate project MKS-180

    25 juin 2020 | International, Naval

    Dutch leading role for German Frigate project MKS-180

    June 19, 2020 - On June 19th Damen Shipyards Group and the German Bundesamt fur Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr signed the contract for the construction of four MKS-180 frigates for the German Navy. Damen is the main contractor for this complex project which it is undertaking, together with partners Blohm+Voss and Thales, in Germany. The combination of companies was previously declared the winner of a European tender; the largest in the history of the German Navy. On 17 June, the necessary financial resources were released by the German Bundestag budget committee. The contract marks the start of the design and construction phase. Approximately 80% of the project investment remains in Germany as added value. The vessels will be built at Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, but partly also at other shipyard locations in Germany, including Bremen, Kiel and Wolgast. Besides this, approximately 100 small and medium-sized companies from the maritime industry, mechanical engineering and plant construction sectors will be involved in the implementation. These companies originate from almost all German states. Hein van Ameijden, Managing Director Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding: “I am convinced that with the MKS-180 project, we are building a high-quality frigate that meets all the wishes of the German Navy. It is a German-Dutch project. We are already working well with our partners in Germany; Luerssen, Blohm+Voss, and Thales.  The project also offers prospects for further European cooperation. The many years of cooperation between Damen and Thales as part of the Dutch golden ecosystem is an important factor in this success. If the Netherlands continues to invest in innovative projects for its own navy, we can further expand our role within European naval construction. That’s good for the Netherlands’ strategic role, which fits in with the Defence Industry Strategy.” The German added value and knowledge development also apply to Thales’s mission systems acquired within the project. Approximately 70% is supplied by Thales’s German branches in Kiel and Wilhelmshaven. This is done in close cooperation with numerous subcontractors. Gerben Edelijn, CEO of Thales Netherlands: “This historic contract for both the German Navy and Thales is a significant milestone in more than 50 years of cooperation, and confirms our worldwide leading position in the field of high-end naval mission systems. The women and men on board of these innovative frigates can rely on the latest technologies in the field of cyber defense, radar and fire control. The AWWS system, developed for the Netherlands and Belgian Navies, will soon also enable the German Navy to withstand threats of today and the coming decades.” Damen, Lürssen, Bohm+Vos and Thales are delighted with the confidence that the German government places in it. The implementation of the project will begin soon and involves the delivery of four frigates between 2027 and 2031 for an amount of approximately 4.6 billion euros. There is also an option to supply two more frigates after 2032. View source version on Damen Shipyards Group: https://nlnavy.damen.com/dutch-leading-role-for-german-frigate-project-mks-180/

  • BAE Systems to get new CEO in April

    18 décembre 2019 | International, Aérospatial

    BAE Systems to get new CEO in April

    WASHINGTON — BAE Systems Chief Executive Jerry DeMuro will hand over leadership to Tom Arseneault next year, the company announced Tuesday. Arseneault will transition from chief operating officer to CEO of the U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based BAE Systems plc in April, with DeMuro taking on a newly created role of executive vice president of strategic initiatives. DeMuro will also continue to serve on the board of directors. “I think it is one of the primary responsibilities you have, as a CEO, to develop the talent,” DeMuro told Defense News when asked about succession planning in an exclusive interview Dec. 7, during the Reagan National Defense Forum. “And leadership succession, in particular CEO succession, isn’t always smooth. I think this is a natural progression, making it smooth for our customers, our shareholders, all stakeholders and our employees. “It’s just about progressing to that point where we on the board feel it’s time to hand that baton off.” DeMuro has served as CEO since 2014, when he succeeded Linda Hudson. Among his key priorities during the last five years has been unifying a business primarily born out of acquisition. With Tom’s April appointment, Jerry will transition to an advisory role, providing advice and counsel to leadership with both BAE Systems Inc. in the U.S. and BAE System plc in Europe on a number of priority programs. Within the scope of his responsibilities will be chairing the internal program reviews for several key international pursuits. He will also continue to advance the defense industry’s positioning regarding evolving cybersecurity requirements. Arseneault, who in May also added “president” to his title and was elected to the company’s board, is currently responsible for delivering business and functional performance across the company’s three sectors. He’s been with BAE for 22 years, having previously served as president of the company’s electronic systems sector and executive vice president of the product sectors. “If you’ve been watching, we had him as the COO [chief operating officer] for several years. I also had him doing strategy and corporate development, and rounding out his portfolio" across the various business units, DeMuro said. “[I]t’s just about getting him prepared, and making sure our stakeholders are comfortable.” BAE is currently in low-rate production for the U.S. Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle to replace the M113 armored personnel carrier and family of vehicles. It’s also scheduled to deliver its prototype for the Mobile Protected Firepower vehicle program by 2021 — required ultimately to be a 105-120mm cannon and a tracked vehicle that can withstand a classified level of enemy fire. DeMuro has pointed to electronic warfare as another key priority area for the company, delivering capabilities to the F-35 and all other fifth-generation fighter jets, as well as precision-guided munitions and technologies that support space resiliency. Parent company BAE Systems in the U.K. ranked seventh on the Defense News Top 100 list of the largest defense companies in the world. Defense revenue has dropped from $25.45 billion in 2015 to $22.48 billion in 2018. The U.S. subsidiary oversees one of the companies largest operations from Arlington, Virginia. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2019/12/17/bae-systems-to-get-new-ceo-in-april  

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