26 juillet 2021 | International, Terrestre

US Army chooses competitors to design infantry fighting vehicle replacement

The U.S. Army has chosen five teams to develop rough digital designs for its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.


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    18 mars 2019 | International, Aérospatial

    Air Force to buy handful of light-attack planes, but will a bigger program follow?

    By: Valerie Insinna  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force will procure a handful of A-29 Super Tucano planes from Sierra Nevada Corp. and AT-6 Wolverines from Textron to continue light-attack demonstrations, the service’s top general said Wednesday. That purchase provides a modest, but much-needed show of confidence for the two companies, which have invested internal funding over the past two years on the Air Force’s light-attack experiment and are still hoping the service moves forward with a bigger buy of light-attack aircraft. The Air Force plans to place small detachments of AT-6 and A-29 turboprop planes at Nellis Air Force Base — the Nevada-based installation that hosts Red Flag and other training exercises — and Hurlburt Field, Florida, where Air Force Special Operations Command is based, Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein said during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Defense News that the service would likely buy two or three of each aircraft, but Goldfein told lawmakers at the hearing that the exact numbers would be dependent on the price tag of the planes. “The United States Marine Corps has already said they’re joining us,” Goldfein said. “We’re going to invite allies and partners, and with the authorities you’ve given us now that we own those prototypes, we will continue to experiment to build the interoperable network that we’ve already advanced.” Full article: https://www.defensenews.com/smr/federal-budget/2019/03/13/air-force-to-buy-handful-of-light-attack-planes-but-will-a-bigger-program-follow

  • Thales : focus sur le système Syracuse IV

    23 février 2021 | International, Aérospatial, C4ISR

    Thales : focus sur le système Syracuse IV

    DÉFENSE  Thales : focus sur le système Syracuse IV  L’Usine Nouvelle consacre un article détaillé au nouveau contrat conclu par la DGA avec Thales, rendu public le 18 février, concernant Syracuse IV (SYstème de RAdioCommunication Utilisant un SatellitE), le réseau qui permet d’assurer l’ensemble des communications militaires entre la France et les unités déployées sur les théâtres d’opérations 24h/24. Dans le cadre de ce contrat, d’un montant de 354 millions d’euros, Thales fournira les 200 antennes satellitaires qui équiperont les navires, les sous-marins et les véhicules blindés de l'armée française. La nouvelle technologie de transmission hautement sécurisée de Thales, baptisée « modem 21 », est au cœur du système Syracuse IV. Ce modem permet d’offrir des communications dix fois plus rapides par rapport à la génération précédente, et donnent la possibilité de réaliser des communications simultanément avec une centaine d’utilisateurs. Elles sont prévues pour résister au brouillage, aux tentatives de déchiffrement, et s’adaptent à la mobilité des militaires sur le terrain. « Les premières stations issues de ces contrats seront livrées à partir de la fin de l’année 2022 », a précisé la DGA dans son communiqué. Plusieurs sites de Thales bénéficieront des retombées liées à cette commande : Cholet (Maine-et-Loire), Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine) et Brive (Corrèze). « Cela va contribuer à sécuriser 800 emplois chez Thales et autant chez nos sous-traitants », précise Marc Darmon, directeur général adjoint en charge de l’activité des systèmes d’information et de communication sécurisés pour Thales.  L’Usine Nouvelle du 23 février   

  • ‘No lines on the battlefield’: Pentagon’s new war-fighting concept takes shape

    17 août 2020 | International, Terrestre, C4ISR

    ‘No lines on the battlefield’: Pentagon’s new war-fighting concept takes shape

    By: Aaron Mehta  WASHINGTON — For most of this year, Pentagon planners have been developing a new joint war-fighting concept, a document meant to guide how the Defense Department fights in the coming decades. Now, with an end-of-year deadline fast approaching, two top department officials believe the concept is coalescing around a key idea — one that requires tossing decades of traditional thinking out the window. “What I’ve noticed is that, as opposed to everything I’ve done my entire career, the biggest difference is that in the future there will be no lines on the battlefield,” Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an Aug. 12 event hosted by the Hudson Institute. The current structure, Hyten said, is all about dividing areas of operations. “Wherever we go, if we have to fight, we established the forward edge of the battle area, we’ve established the fire support coordination line, the forward line of troops, and we say: ‘OK, Army can operate here. Air Force can operate here,’ ” Hyten explained. “Everything is about lines” now, he added. But to function in modern contested environments, “those lines are eliminated.” What does that mean in practice? Effectively, Hyten — who will be a keynote speaker at September’s Defense News Conference — laid out a vision in which every force can both defend itself and have a deep-strike capability to hold an enemy at bay, built around a unified command-and-control system. “A naval force can defend itself or strike deep. An air force can defend itself or strike deep. The Marines can defend itself or strike deep,” he said. “Everybody.” That “everybody” includes international partners, Hyten added, as the U.S. operates so often in a coalition framework that this plan only works if it can integrate others. And for the entire structure to succeed, the Pentagon needs to create the Joint All-Domain Command and Control capability currently under development. “So that’s the path we’ve been going down for a while. And it’s starting to actually mature and come to fruition now,” Hyten said. The day before Hyten’s appearance, Victorino Mercado, assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, talked with a small group of reporters, during which he noted: “We had disparate services [with] their concepts of fighting. We never really had a manner to pull all the services together to fight as a coherent unit.” Mercado also said the war-fighting concept will directly “drive some of our investments” in the future and tie together a number of ongoing efforts within the department — including the individual combatant command reviews and the Navy’s shipbuilding plan. “I can tell you there’s some critical components [from those reviews] — how you command and control the forces, how you do logistics; there are some common themes in there in a joint war-fighting concept,” he said. “I can tell you if we had that concept right now, we could use that concept right now to influence the ships that we are building, the amount of ships that we need, what we want the [combatant commands] to do. “So this war-fighting concept is filling a gap. I wish we had it now. Leadership wishes we had it now,” he added. “It would inform all of the decisions that we make today because now is about positioning ourselves in the future for success.” Like Hyten, Mercado expressed confidence that the concept will be ready to go by the end of the year, a deadline set by Defense Secretary Mark Esper. But asked whether the department will make details of the concept public when it is finished, Mercado said there is a “tension” between informing the public and key stakeholders and not giving an edge to Russia and China. “I think there is an aspect that we need to share of this joint war-fighting concept,” he said. “We have to preserve the classified nature of it. And I think I have to be careful what I say here, to a degree.” https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2020/08/14/no-lines-on-the-battlefield-the-pentagons-new-warfighting-concept-takes-shape/

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