24 septembre 2023 | International, Naval, C4ISR

Navy brings unmanned vessels to Japan to bolster fleet integration

Four USVs are operating from Japan in the Integrated Battle Problem 23.2 exercise aimed at integrating these unmanned systems into routine fleet missions.


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  • Pencils down: Bids are in to replace the US Army’s Bradley fighting vehicle

    2 octobre 2019 | International, Terrestre

    Pencils down: Bids are in to replace the US Army’s Bradley fighting vehicle

    By: Jen Judson WASHINGTON — The bids are in for a chance to build prototypes for the Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle that will replace its Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Among them is a Raytheon and Rheinmetall team putting forward Rheinmetall's Lynx 41 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and General Dynamics Land Systems, which showcased its Griffin III technology demonstrator equipped with a 50mm cannon a year ago at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual exposition. It is currently unknown if any other teams submitted bids by the service's set deadline of Oct. 1. None have come forward publicly despite rumors of a dark horse or two. Absent from the usual brood of combat vehicle manufacturers is BAE Systems. Defense News broke the news earlier this year that the company wouldn't compete in the OMFV competition. Textron has joined the Raytheon and Rheinmetall team with plans to, if chosen to build the new vehicle, build Lynx here in the United States at its Slidell, Louisiana, manufacturing facility. Raytheon and Rheinmetall announced a joint venture Oct. 1 — calling it Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems LLC — to pursue the OMFV competition. “General Dynamics Land Systems submitted our OMFV proposal and bid sample to the US Army on 27 September. GD's bid sample was purpose built to address the desired system lethality, survivability and mobility as substantiation of our response to the Army's request for proposal,” the company said in a statement sent to Defense News. The company did not provide details on the submission. GDLS did note, however, that it is proposing a “purpose built vehicle” using technologies from other platforms and “years of investment in advanced capabilities to include a 50mm cannon,” according to the statement. The Army released its request for proposals in March opening a competition to build prototypes. The service plans to choose from the pool of bidders up to two teams to build 14 prototypes each. The service will choose a winner that will start replacing Bradleys in 2026 that is designed to better operate in future environments that would allow soldiers to maneuver to a position of advantage and “to engage in close combat and deliver decisive lethality during the execution of the combined arms maneuver,” according to an Army statement issued along with the RFP release. Some of the threshold requirements for OMFV are a 30mm cannon and a second-generation, forward-looking infrared system, or FLIR. Objective requirements are a 50mm cannon and a third-generation FLIR. Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, who is in charge of Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) modernization efforts, said at the Defense News Conference in September that he is confident the requirements set for OMFV are right and had no plans to change them. The selected prototypes will go through “rigorous” operational testing and soldier assessments. The Army plans to downselect to one vehicle for low-rate initial production following the assessments and testing. https://www.defensenews.com/land/2019/10/01/pencils-down-bids-are-in-for-armys-bradley-fighting-vehicle-replacement

  • Lockheed: F-35A Cost To Drop Below $80 Million Per Fighter In 2023

    30 janvier 2019 | International, Aérospatial

    Lockheed: F-35A Cost To Drop Below $80 Million Per Fighter In 2023

    By: Ben Werner Lockheed Martin is committed to producing the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter for $80 million each by next year and further reducing the overall program costs as part of the next production contract negotiations with the Department of Defense, the company said on Tuesday In 2022, Lockheed Martin officials expect to negotiate the next multiyear F-35 contract with the Joint Program Office. The goal is to use the steady cash flow from a multiyear contract to drive down further the production costs once the contract kicks in. As part of a pitch for multiyear contract, Lockheed Martin officials say such a deal will lower the F-35A price to less than $80 million per fighter, Marillyn Hewson, chief executive of Lockheed Martin, told analysts during a conference call today discussing the company's 2018 year-end results and expectations for 2019. “That's our target, to continue to drive the unit cost down,” Hewson said. “And we won't stop there, we will always be looking at ways that we can take the cost down in the program as it continues to mature and grows.” Currently, the F-35A, the standard take-off and landing variant primarily used by the U.S. Air Force and foreign partners, has a price tag of $89.2 million. The F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant used by the Marine Corps and some foreign partners currently cost $115.5 million each, and the F-35C carrier variant used by the Navy cost $107.7 million per fighter, according to Lockheed Martin. As production increases, the price per F-35 is expected to decrease due to efficiencies in the production process and the ability to lock in lower prices for large quantities of raw materials and components. Lockheed Martin plans to deliver 131 fighters this year, compared to the 91 F-35 fighters delivered in 2018. Within two years, company officials expect to deliver more than 161 fighters per year. However, with F-35 production is closing in on what's considered the full capacity for the program of record, Hewson said the company could build more. Increasing the production rate would require coordination with the JPO, the supply chain and international customers, but Hewson said the company could handle increased demand. Germany, Switzerland and Finland are currently considering buying the F-35, Hewson said. Already the U.S. and 12 other countries are either part of the program of record or committed to purchasing F-35 fighters, according to Lockheed Martin. “We could certainly go to a higher rate if the demand were such that we needed to do that,” Hewson said. Other segments of Lockheed Martin's weapons systems portfolio are also expected to perform well in 2019. The company's Missiles and Fire Control business are expected to record a profit of between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion in the year. The Rotary and Mission Systems business is expected to record a profit of about $1.3 billion for the year, Bruce Tanner, Lockheed Martin's chief financial officer, said during the call. After the call, the U.S. Department of State's Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced it approved the sale of two Aegis Weapon Systems, two Multi-Mission Signal Processors and two Command and Control Processor refreshes to Japan. Lockheed Martin's Rotary and Mission Systems division is the prime contractor for the Aegis Weapon System and Multi-Mission Signal Processor portion of the $2.1-billion total buy. Japan selected Lockheed Martin in July to outfit its Aegis Ashore system but needed State Department approval before finalizing the deal. In September, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force successfully tested its sea-based Aegis ballistic missile defense capability with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Japan currently has four Aegis-equipped destroyers and is in the process of building two more. The following is the State Department notice it approved a proposed Aegis Weapon System sale to Japan. AEGIS Weapon Systems Transmittal No: 19-08 WASHINGTON, January 29, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of two (2) AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS), two (2) Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and two (2) Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.150 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to buy two (2) AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS), two (2) Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and two (2) Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes. Also included is radio navigation equipment, naval ordnance, two (2) Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Systems, Global Command and Control System-Maritime (GCCS-M) hardware, and two (2) Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), U.S. Government and contractor representatives' technical, engineering and logistics support services, installation support material, training, construction services for six (6) vertical launch system launcher module enclosures, communications equipment and associated spares, classified and unclassified publications and software, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $2.150 billion. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region. It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability. This proposed sale will provide the Government of Japan with an enhanced capability against increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile threats and create an expanded, layered defense of its homeland. Japan, which already has the AEGIS in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support does not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractor for the Aegis Weapon System and Multi-Mission Signal Processors will be Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Washington, DC. The Command and Control Processor Refresh will be provided by General Dynamics, Falls Church, VA. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will require annual trips to Japan involving U.S. Government and contractor representatives for technical reviews, support, and oversight for approximately eight years. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded. All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov. https://news.usni.org/2019/01/29/40708

  • A220 : les fournisseurs d’Airbus toujours sous pression pour réduire leurs coûts de 20 %

    30 septembre 2019 | International, Aérospatial

    A220 : les fournisseurs d’Airbus toujours sous pression pour réduire leurs coûts de 20 %

    Par Maxime Bertrand Airbus vise toujours une réduction de 20 % des coûts de la part de ses fournisseurs afin d'assurer la rentabilité de l'A220. C'est ce qu'ont déclaré les pdg d'Airbus et d'Airbus Canada, Guillaume Faury et Philippe Balducchi, lors d'une rencontre avec la presse montréalaise jeudi. Nous avons progressé, mais le processus n'est pas terminé, a déclaré Philippe Balducchi, pdg d'Airbus Canada L'A220 a vraiment besoin d'une accélération, d'un renforcement du programme de réduction des coûts, a renchéri Guillaume Faury, pdg d'Airbus. Le géant européen a pris les commandes du programme né de la C Series de Bombardier – renommé A220 depuis – en juin 2018. Pas plus tard qu'en octobre 2018, le pdg d'Airbus affirmait qu'il lui faudrait « des années » avant que l'A220 devienne une réussite économique. En entrevue avec la presse montréalaise, les deux dirigeants ont soutenu jeudi qu'il était normal que l'effort demandé soit plus important pour l'A220 que pour les autres appareils de la flotte d'Airbus, car le programme en est à ses débuts et qu'il faut repositionner l'appareil, accélérer la cadence de production et entrer dans une zone de rentabilité. Selon la direction de l'avionneur, tous les appareils en début de production doivent relever ce genre de défi. Airbus se donne trois ans pour terminer le processus entamé il y a une quinzaine de mois et parvenir à une réduction des coûts de 20 %. La démarche ne s'arrêtera pas là, préviennent les dirigeants, car les baisses des coûts devront également s'inscrire dans le temps. À la fin de mai dernier, le carnet de commandes d'Airbus comptait 536 appareils A220. Au salon aéronautique du Bourget, en juin, l'entreprise a annoncé de 70 appareils A220. Dossier des avions de chasse Dans le dossier des avions de chasse, la direction d'Airbus a dit s'être retirée avec beaucoup de regret de l'appel d'offres du gouvernement canadien. Elle croit que sa présence au Canada gr'ce à l'A220 permettra d'accroître sa visibilité et de saisir les occasions futures qui se présenteront. Différend commercial entre l'Europe et les États-Unis Par ailleurs, la direction d'Airbus a réagi à la décision de l'Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC) d'autoriser les États-Unis à imposer des droits de douane annuels de 7,5 milliards de dollars sur les produits européens dans le cadre du conflit sur les subventions dans le domaine de la construction aéronautique. Il s'agit d'un différend de 15 ans entre Boeing et Airbus, donc entre les États-Unis et l'Europe, qui s'accusent mutuellement de consentir des aides illégales à leurs avionneurs. Nous croyons que tout le monde sort perdant d'une guerre commerciale, a déclaré Guillaume Faury. Si des droits sont imposés par les deux parties, cela entraînera une hausse des coûts de déplacement et nous rendra moins concurrentiels. Nous croyons que les parties finiront par s'entendre et que la voix de la sagesse sera la plus forte. Nous continuons à militer en faveur d'une entente, nous croyons qu'il est possible d'y parvenir. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1319890/a220-avion-reduction-couts-programme-airbus

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