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Frankreich in Deutschland - Actualités Franco-Allemandes

M. Jean-Marc Ayrault à la conférence allemande des ambassadeurs

A l'occasion du 25ème anniversaire du triangle de Weimar, le ministre des affaires étrangères, M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, et son homologue polonais, M. Witold Waszczykowski, ont participé à l'ouverture de la 15ème conférence allemande des ambassadeurs, lundi 29 août 2016, à Berlin.
Dans son allocution prononcée en allemand, le Ministre a notamment insisté sur l'importance de l'engagement européen pour la résolution des crises dans le monde.
- Discours intégral du ministre en version (...)

- Actualité /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 30 August 2016 | 12:55 pm

Remise de la Légion d'honneur au général Volker Wieker

Vendredi 26 août 2016, l'inspecteur général de la Bundeswehr, le général Volker Wieker, a été décoré des insignes de commandeur dans l'ordre de la légion d'honneur. Cette décoration lui a été remise en présence de M. Philippe Etienne, ambassadeur de France en Allemagne, par le chef d'état major des armées françaises, le général Pierre de Villiers.
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- Actualité /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 5:09 pm

Déclaration conjointe des ministres des Affaires étrangères du Triangle de Weimar

Jean-Marc Ayrault et ses homologues allemand et polonais, MM. Frank-Walter Steinmeier et Witold Waszczykowski, ont été reçus à Weimar aujourd'hui par MM. Bodo Ramelow, ministre président de Thuringe et Stefan Wolf, maire de la ville.
« Nous avons désormais la chance unique de faire progresser la nouvelle Europe en assumant une responsabilité commune dans un esprit de solidarité humaine et avec le sentiment d'appartenir à une communauté de destin ainsi qu'en nous appuyant sur l'héritage de nos valeurs communes.

- Actualité /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 29 August 2016 | 1:00 pm

Revue hebdomadaire de la presse allemande - 26 août 2016

La presse allemande avec un regard français. Revue hebdomadaire de la presse allemande en langue française, éditée par l'Ambassade de France en Allemagne (consultez le document PDF).
N° précédents de la revue hebdomadaire de la presse allemande
Die deutsche Presse aus französischer Sicht. Lesen Sie den wöchentlichen Spiegel der deutschen Presse in französischer Sprache. Herausgeber : Französische Botschaft in Berlin. (...)

- Presse allemande /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 5:49 pm

La semaine des ambassadeurs 2016

La semaine des ambassadeurs se tiendra du 29 août au 2 septembre 2016 au centre de conférences ministériel (27, rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris) sur le thème « Sécurité, territoires et Europe ».

- Présidence François Hollande /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 4:53 pm

Apéro French Tech Berlin

- Manifestations /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 2:52 pm

25ème anniversaire du triangle de Weimar : rencontre franco-germano-polonais

Les ministres français, allemand et polonais des affaires étrangères, MM. Ayrault, Steinmeier et Waszczykowski, se rencontrent dimanche 28 août 2016 au château d'Ettersburg, près de Weimar, pour commémorer le 25ème anniversaire de la création du triangle de Weimar.
Ils seront accueillis à Weimar par le ministre-président de Thuringe, M. Bodo Ramelow, et le maire de Weimar, M. Stefan Wolf, avant de s'entretenir à l'école de musique avec des jeunes français, allemands et polonais sur l'avenir de l'Europe. (...)

- Actualité /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 12:41 pm

Syrie – Rapport sur l'utilisation d'armes chimiques

Rapport du mécanisme d'enquête et d'attribution sur l'emploi d'armes chimiques (25 août 2016)
Le 24 août 2016, le mécanisme d'enquête et d'attribution sur l'emploi d'armes chimiques en Syrie, établi par la résolution 2235 du conseil de sécurité, a publié un rapport qui confirme que le régime de Bachar Al Assad a utilisé, au moins à deux reprises, à Talamen, en avril 2014, et à Sarmin, en mars 2015, des armes chimiques contre la population syrienne.

- Syrie/Irak/Liban /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 26 August 2016 | 9:51 am

Décès de Walter Scheel, ancien président de la RFA

Déclaration de de Jean-Marc Ayrault, ministre des affaires étrangères et du developpemt international :
C'est avec une grande tristesse que j'ai appris le décès de l'ancien président de la République fédérale Walter Scheel. Je présente toutes mes condoléances à sa famille.
Je tiens à exprimer aux autorités et au peuple allemand toute ma sympathie. Vice-chancelier et ministre des affaires étrangères au sein du gouvernement conduit par Willy Brandt de 1969 à 1974, puis Président de la République fédérale de (...)

- Actualité /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 3:36 pm

Rétrospective : le Président de la République Valéry Giscard d'Estaing accueille le Président fédéral Walter Scheel à Paris (21 avri.1975]

- Actualité /
Source : Frankreich in Deutschland (http://www.ambafrance-de.org)

Posted on 25 August 2016 | 3:29 pm

Actualités Défense

Taiwan Navy Takes Delivery of First Stealth ‘Carrier Killer’ Corvette - USNI News


The Republic of China Navy has taken delivery of what could be the first of a new class of stealth corvettes, according to local press reports. The locally built 500-ton Tuo Jiang was delivered to the Taiwanese Navy from shipbuilder Lung Teh Shipbuilding at the harbor of Su-ao in a Tuesday ceremony. “With the completion …


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Posted on 28 December 2014 | 8:58 pm

Ukraine ministry offers Russia to import electric power at $43.5 per MW


Ministry of Energy and Coalmining asked Russian Energy Minister Aleksander Novak to conclude a deal for electric power import


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Posted on 28 December 2014 | 4:46 pm

Crash d'un avion jordanien en Syrie, le pilote au mains de l'EI



Yves Aneste's insight:
D'après les USA, l'appareil n'aurait pas été abattu par l'EI.

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Posted on 28 December 2014 | 4:25 pm

Patrouilleurs légers guyanais: la Socarenam décroche le marché


Le 4 décembre dernier, je posais la question suivante: "Qui de Piriou ou Socarenam va construire les deux patrouilleurs légers destinés à la...

Yves Aneste's insight:
La notification officielle n'a pas encore été publiée.

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Posted on 28 December 2014 | 4:19 pm

Israël annonce officiellement la commande de 4 corvettes à l'industriel allemand TKMS


TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that Israel has concluded a long-awaited naval procurement deal with Germany.

"Today, I am pleased to announce that three days ago, we added an important component to our defensive force. We purchased four new Saar vessels from Germany," Netanyahu said, using the Hebrew word for patrol.

Speaking at a Dec. 25 Israel Air Force ceremony, Netanyahu credited German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the bilateral cooperation manifest in the latest deal for the four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and Israel's ongoing program for German-built Dolphin-class submarines.

"I would like to thank German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her commitment and constant assistance to our security," he said.

Officials from the Prime Minister's office and the Defense Ministry were unavailable to provide details of the announced OSP deal or the extent to which Berlin may be funding the program.

For more than two years, Israeli officials had been trying to secure German commitment to share some of the costs of the estimated 2.3 billion shekel program.

Israel plans to use the four OPVs by Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in defense of offshore energy sites and other strategic assets. The ships, loosely-customized versions of the Meko A-100, are built by the same consortium contracted for Israel's six Dolphin-class submarines fleet.

In four separate agreements going back decades, Germany agreed to fully fund the first two submarines, split costs of the third, and underwrite the last three submarines by about 30 percent. The INS Rahav, Israel's fifth submarine, is expected to arrive here in the first months of the coming year. A sixth submarine is under construction and is expected to be deployed by the end of 2017.



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Posted on 28 December 2014 | 4:17 pm

Le Brésil va remettre en service sur le PA Sao Paulo après modernisation des aéronefs C1-A Trader inactifs depuis 26 ans


The Brazilian Navy is restarting the refurbishment of eight C1/S2 carrier based transport aircraft. If everything goes according to plan, four ex-US Navy C-1A Trader aircraft that have rested for 26 years in the aircraft boneyard in Arizona will return to sea, operating from the deck of Brazil’s aircraft carrier São Paulo.

Over a thousand C1/S2 aircraft were produced by Grumman between 1952 and served on board US Navy Carriers for three decades, from the mid 50s through the 1980s. A total of 83 C-1A models were produced, used as the Navy’s Carrier On-Board Delivery (COD) aircraft. In 1988 the Traders were retired and sent to the Davis Monthan Boneyard outside Tucson, Arizona.
Unlike the US and French Navies, that operate the E-2C/D Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound from larger aircraft carriers, the Brazilian Navy’s only aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo is constrained in catapult strength and deck size, limiting their choice of aircraft to the smaller, lighter Tracker/Trader.

Among the last fleets to operate the S-2, the Brazilians turned to Arizona based Marsh Aviation of Mesa Arizona to modernize the eight aircraft retrieved from the nearby boneyard. Marsh had experience in such refurbishing jobs, as the company refurbished 26 ex-Navy tankers into S-2T aerial firefighters for the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CDF). Israel Aerospace Industries(IAI) performed a similar job in the 1990s, replacing the piston-engined Trackers operated by the Argentinian Navy with turboprops.

The Brazilians opted to refurbish the Trader carrier transport variants, from aircraft they selected at the boneyards. Originally the Brazilian Navy was planning to convert eight aircraft – four into S-2T Airborne Early Warning configuration, at present, four C-1As are to be converted into Turbo Traders, re-designated KC-2 COD/AAR (Carrier-On-Board/ Air-to-Air Refueling). They will be used as COD and aerial refueling aircraft on board the Brazilian Navy’s aircraft carrier, the NAe São Paulo.

As with the S-2T, the original rotary piston engines will be replaced Honeywell TPE-331 turbo-prop engines, the KC-2 will also get a modern Glass Cockpit, new communication systems, Environmental Control Systems (ECS), as well as integration of air to air refueling capabilities.

Originally signed four years ago, in October 2011, the upgrade was delayed due legal difficulties encountered by Marsh. Last month, the Brazilian navy’s directorate of aeronautics and Marsh Aviation revived the program, with the introduction of M7 Aviation, of San Antonio, Texas, as a subcontractor and facilitator.

While the eight airframes were bought at a ‘bargain’ price of $32,000 each, the entire refurbishment, re-engining and upgrading program would cost $167 million, according to the original contract awarded to Marsh back in 2011. M7 would receive $106 million for its part in the five-year project. The upgrade work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, at the facilities of M7 Aerospace, an Elbit Systems of America subsidiary, under the supervision of Brazilian Navy officers who are currently deployed to San Antonio.

Originally scheduled for delivery by 2015, the first KC-2 prototype flight is expected for November 2017 and the delivery of the first operational aircraft to the Brazilian Navy is scheduled for December 2018. The aircraft will be operated by the 1st Transport and Early Warning Squadron (VEC-1) based in the Sao Pedro d’Aldeia Naval Air Station.



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Posted on 28 December 2014 | 4:16 pm

La construction du destroyer tête de série DDG-1000 USS Zumwalt touche à sa fin


In life, Tulare native Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt led a distinctive, storied career that included being the youngest-ever chief of U.S. Naval Operations and the architect of Navy personnel policies that eased racial tensions in the service.

Though he died in January 2000, Zumwalt's name took a step closer this year to becoming immortalized in a new way by the Navy.

The first of a new class of navy destroyers bearing his name was christened in April at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Five months earlier, the future "USS Zumwalt," was put in the water for the first time for the final phases of construction.

"Basically, the ship is 92 percent complete," said Chris Johnson, a spokesman for the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. "It's in the water. It looks like a ship."

But it doesn't look like any ship before it. The Zumwalt is the first of a new class of destroyers that will be designated "Zumwalt-class" ships.

They're about 100 feet longer than the Navy's current destroyers and operate on an electrical propulsion system powered by specially-formulated jet fuels, unlike the noisier diesel-powered engines destroyers now use.

In addition, they'll operate with about 100 fewer crew members than current destroyers because of the numerous automated systems installed that will include automatic fire-suppression equipment and automatic cannon loaders.

Then new ships also look a lot different from existing destroyers, as the Zumwalt will have very little deck area, so most of most of the crew will work and live in enclosed areas, much like sailors of submarines, Johnson said.

The body changes will help give the ships a "stealth capability" to avoid detection by enemy ships, along with a new radar system that other ships will have a tough time tracking back the source of a radar "ping," he said.

At an estimated cost of $3.1 million apiece, the first Zumwalt-class ship is expected to undergo seat testing some time next year with plans to be put into service in 2016, while two other ships are under construction.



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Posted on 28 December 2014 | 4:16 pm

FREMM pour l’Egypte : Ça se précise…


Les délégations égyptiennes se succèdent en France en vue de conclure au plus vite l’achat d’au moins une frégate de type FREMM. La Caire est très pressé car les Egyptiens souhaitent disposer du bâtiment pour l’été 2015. L’idée est, en effet, que le nouveau navire amiral de la flotte égyptienne ouvre une grande revue navale marquant la fin des travaux d'élargissement du canal de Suez. Un chantier de grande ampleur voulu par le président Abdel Fattah al-Sissi et pour lequel les contrats avec les


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Posted on 20 December 2014 | 5:25 pm

US Navy Engineer Indicted For Trying To Sell Secrets


A naturalized American citizen working for the US Navy was arrested Friday for attempting to sell technical information about the nuclear aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford to an agent of the Egyptian government.


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Posted on 6 December 2014 | 6:37 pm

Patrouilleurs pour la Guyane: Socarenam et Piriou en finale


Qui de Piriou ou Socarenam va construire les deux patrouilleurs légers destinés à la Guyane pour remplacer La Gracieuse et La Capricieuse, les P400...


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Posted on 6 December 2014 | 6:32 pm

La Norvège relance son projet de futurs sous-marins


Defence has since 2007 studied Norway’s future submarine capability. Several options have been looked at in the process. The Government has now decided that the project will enter a definition phase and evaluate an acquisition of new submarines to replace the existing Ula class when it becomes obsolete.

Norway’s six Ula class submarines were commissioned between 1989 and 1992, designed for a service life of thirty years. These submarines will be phased out in the 2020s. In addition to aging, technological advances make the Ula-class, which is based on design and technology from the 1980s, insufficient to meet future, high-tech threats.

Norway’s future submarine capability has been studied since 2007. The studies have been conducted in two phases, both with thorough external quality reviews before being presented. The Norwegian Government has now taken a conceptual decision on future submarine capability.

“Submarines are a vital capability in the Norwegian Armed Forces, and have a major impact on our overall defence capability. Together with combat aircraft and Special Operations Forces, submarines are among the armed forces’ most important capabilities. Hence, it is important that we now have established that the acquisition of new submarines will form the basis for further project work. This decision makes it possible for us to maintain a credible submarine capability,” says Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide.

The current Ula Class submarines will be 35 years old when they are replaced. They are originally built for 30 years of service. However, the Ula-class must be kept operational for additionally five years in order to maintain a continuous submarine capability until a replacement is operational. Studies show that it would have been very costly and impractical to extend the service life beyond this.

“The ability to operate covertly, which is vital for the submarine’s relevance, will be significantly better for a new submarine than what is achievable through service life extension of the current fleet. This is due to lower acoustic signatures and a better hydrodynamic design,” says Eriksen Søreide.

It is a substantial task that awaits the project organisation. Part of the work will be to evaluate potential cooperation with other countries in terms of procurement, training and maintenance. A partnership can contribute to economies of scale and a robust solution throughout the life of the submarines.

The decision only entails that the project moves into a new phase, the project definition phase. No investment decisions have so far been taken. By the end of 2016, a recommendation on the future submarine capability will be presented. Thereafter, pending the Governments decision, an investment proposal will be presented to Parliament. This will enable the delivery of new submarines to the Norwegian Navy starting from the mid 2020′s.

The total investment cost of this project depends on the number of submarines and the weapons inventory.

“I emphasize that we have not decided the final level of ambition for this project or the number of submarines. This is something I will give my recommendation on when the project is presented in 2016,” says the Minister of Defence.

 

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Posted on 6 December 2014 | 6:31 pm

Pentagon Won’t Confirm Ashton Carter is Next Defense Secretary


Ashton Carter

Yves Aneste's insight:
Aston Carter, ancen sous-secrétaire à la Defense,pourrait être le nouveau chef du DoD.

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Posted on 3 December 2014 | 1:03 pm

Inde/Rafale : Les négotiations au ralenti ?


India's planned multi-billion dollar, 126+ plane jet fighter buy certainly captured the attention of global fighter manufacturers. Boeing's Mark Kronenberg, who runs the company's Asia/Pacific business, put it succinctly:

Yves Aneste's insight:
Les problèmes porteraient notamment sur la garantie.

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Posted on 3 December 2014 | 1:01 pm

Le Brésil choisit le missile de défense aérienne Sea Ceptor de MBDA pour ses futures corvettes classe Tamandaré


Brazil has chosen the MBDA Sea Ceptor shipborne local area air-defence system to equip the Brazilian Navy's new Tamandaré-class corvettes, it was announced on 28 November.

Brazil is planning to build four of the 2,400-tonne Tamandaré-class corvettes (formerly known as the CV03 project), with local shipbuilder VARD Niterói selected to draw up the preliminary design of the vessel in February.

The new corvettes are understood to be broadly based on the design of the Brazilian Navy's existing V34/Barosso-class corvettes. The Tamandaré-class is intended to be fully multirole, featuring both anti-ship and anti-air missile capabilities, a main gun and secondary armament, as well as the ability to embark a helicopter.

 


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Posted on 3 December 2014 | 12:53 pm

Rapatriements d'or depuis les USA par les Pays Bas


Why all of a sudden this quick 'gold fix'?

Yves Aneste's insight:
Ces mouvements sont suffisament rares pour être signalés. La plupart des réserves d'or des banques centrales sont aux USA.

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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:36 am

NATO Jets Surrounding Russia: Before And After | Zero Hedge


Leading news site for global finance, economics, market, and political analysis.

Yves Aneste's insight:
L'OTAN a récemment révélé avoir intercepté plus de 400 aeronefs russes, la plupart dans le couloir aérien menant à l'oblast de Kaliningrad (Königsberg).

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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:30 am

La RAF recoit ses premiers A400M Atlas


The Royal Air Force has officially taken delivery of its first Airbus A400M Atlas airlifter with the aircraft landing at the Brize Norton airbase Monday.


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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:23 am

Afghan Lower House Approves Foreign Troops Staying


Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.


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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:22 am

Jean Yves Le Drian défend la dissuasion et annonce les futures évolutions des armes nucléaires - Zone Militaire


Au vu de l'évolution du contexte international, la dissuasion nucléaire est "plus que jamais pertinente" pour Jean-Yves Le Drian, le ministre de la Défense


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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:22 am

Les futurs avions ravitailleurs de l'armée de l'Air seront des A330 Phénix - Zone Militaire


Le 1er octobre dernier, lors d'une audition devant la commission de la Défense, à l'Assemblée nationale, le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, ava


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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:19 am

L’opération anti-pirates de l’UE est prolongée




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Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:09 am

BPC russes : Le Sébastopol à Penhoët, le Vladivostok en forme Joubert


Il y a eu d'importants mouvements, cette nuit, dans le port de Saint-Nazaire. Après sa mise à l’eau, le second bâtiment de projection et de commandement russe, le Sevastopol (Sébastopol), quittait avant 3 heures du matin la forme de construction de STX France pour gagner, via la forme-écluse Joubert, le quai d’armement du bassin de Penhoët. Là où se trouvait jusqu'ici son aîné, le Vladivostok, préalablement déplacé hier soir de l’autre côté du bassin, derrière le vraquier Vartholomeos. Une fois


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Posted on 21 November 2014 | 12:35 pm

Virtual Technology Changes Design of UK Navy Warships | Naval Today




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Posted on 11 November 2014 | 10:37 pm

Was IS chief al-Baghdadi wounded?




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Posted on 11 November 2014 | 10:36 pm

Britain Struggles With Costs for New Frigates


Britain's Defence Ministry will miss the deadline to award a contract to BAE Systems to build the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigate, according to sources, who say it could take months before the two sides are in a position to agree to a deal.


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Posted on 11 November 2014 | 10:02 am

La France et l'Arabie Saoudite ont signé le contrat portant sur la livraison d'équipements militaires au Liban - Zone Militaire


Négocié depuis décembre 2013, le contrat portant sur la livraison d'équipements militaires aux forces armées libanaises pour un montant total de 3 milliard


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Posted on 6 November 2014 | 5:57 pm

?Indonesia orders 11 AS565 ASW helicopters - 11/5/2014 - Flight Global


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Posted on 6 November 2014 | 3:58 pm

CMN : Un pas de plus vers la vente de patrouilleurs au Liban


L’accord cadre concernant le financement de la vente d’armements français au Liban a été signé hier, en Arabie Saoudite. C’est la société ODAS (ex-Sofresa) qui va porter la série de contrats allant bénéficier aux industriels français. Ceux-ci livreront notamment des véhicules, des hélicoptères, des systèmes de missiles et des navires. Sur ce dernier volet, c’est CMN qui est concerné. Comme nous le révélions le 8 octobre dernier, le constructeur cherbourgeois doit réaliser trois patrouilleurs du


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Posted on 5 November 2014 | 7:51 pm

Premiers appontages du F-35C


ABOARD USS NIMITZ: The first F-35C seemed to float through the air toward the slowly pitching deck of the USS Nimitz, looking as if it was hanging by a wire and heading implacably to the ship’s arresting wires. The weather was gorgeous, with the massive carrier sailing some 40 miles off the San Diego coast through small swells and under gorgeous cloud-scudded cerulean blue skies. The F-35C’s wings didn’t wobble at all on final approach as test pilot Cdr. Tony “Brick” Wilson guided her in. And on its first try the plane’s tail hook grabbed the third arresting wire — the catch most favored by Navy pilots — at 12:19 pm. When an F-18 Hornet landed minutes later, the plane’s wings twitched slightly up and down on its approach and the pilot snagged the fourth wire, second to the bottom in the Navy hierarchy of carrier landing awards. Then the second F-35C test plane came in just as steady and firm as the first. It also snagged the third wire, sending a clear message to the Navy’s aviation community that the Lockheed Martin plane not only could handle carrier landings, but could execute them with aplomb. The word historic got thrown around the deck of the Nimitz quite a bit today. “You are going to look back on this day as a very historic occasion,” the Navy’s Air Boss, Vice Adm. David Buss told ship’s company a few hours before the landings. Perhaps the best quote of the day came from a visibly pumped Brick Wilson: “Today is a landmark event in the development of the F-35C. It is the culmination of many years of hard work by a talented team of thousands. I’m very excited to see America’s newest aircraft on the flight deck of her oldest aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz.” But the F-35C’s landings today also underscored that, while the Navy certainly doesn’t oppose the F-35C, its leadership also hasn’t shown great enthusiasm for the aircraft, especially when compared to the leadership of the Marines and the Air Force. (Note that the F-35C is not designed to replace but to fly with the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.) Today may well help change the opinions of some senior Navy commanders, especially if the rest of the testing proceeds as well. The Air Boss, who might be more receptive to the Joint Strike Fighter than some of his bosses, told reporters that today’s landings will be a “springboard to our future.” There was one glitch to today’s testing. The F-35C’s first catapult launches were postponed because of glitches with some of the test sensors, which were not relaying data to testers. The Nimitz tests are scheduled to continue for two weeks. It will include night landings around the last three days of testing, Buss told me on the flight deck. Until the night landings, the Nimitz crew and the F-35C pilots will “gradually expand the flight envelope,” putting the plane through its paces by forcing it to land into the wind, against the wind and to take off using all of the ship’s four catapults, he said. A Navy officer familiar with the program told reporters it will probably take four months to go through the enormous data that flows from these tests. This batch of testing is called DT-1. It will be followed by DT-2 at the end of next summer and DT-3 in the spring of 2016. You’ll get more F-35C testing coverage after the Tuesday elections.


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Posted on 4 November 2014 | 1:13 pm

French-Saudi Arms Deal For Lebanon To Be Inked Tuesday


Saudi Arabia and France are to finalize Tuesday a deal to provide Lebanon's army with $3 billion worth of French weapons, with Riyadh footing the bill, a Saudi daily and a French source said.


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Posted on 4 November 2014 | 1:12 pm