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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 21 Sep 2012 - 19:42

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 24 Sep 2012 - 12:44

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British Navy May Face 4-Year Gap in Airborne Early Warning Capability

LONDON — The Royal Navy could be facing as much as a four-year gap in its airborne early warning capability after the current fleet of Sea King Mk7 helicopters is taken out of service in 2016, said sources familiar with the plan.

It could be 2020 before the Merlin helicopters earmarked to take over the airborne surveillance and control role in a project known as Crowsnest are operational, the sources said.

The move leaves the Royal Navy with a yawning gap in its maritime surveillance capabilities during the second half of this decade

following the axing of the Nimrod MRA4 patrol aircraft as part of the cost-cutting strategic defense review of 2010.

The radar-equipped Merlins will have a key role providing organic protection for the Royal Navy’s new F-35-equipped aircraft carrier force, scheduled to be operational around 2020.

Concerns over a capability gap developing between introduction of the airborne early warning radar-equipped Merlins and the demise of the Sea Kings were voiced in a parliamentary defense committee report Sept. 19, looking at the future of U.K. maritime surveillance.

“There is the potential for other capability gaps to occur, such as when the Sea King airborne surveillance and control helicopter is withdrawn in 2016 to be replaced by the Project Crowsnest operating from the Merlin Mk2,” the report said.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman declined to comment on the in-service date.

In a statement released with the report, James Arbuthnot, the committee chairman, said the “risk is likely to worsen in the medium term as further maritime surveillance capabilities are withdrawn or not yet filled.”

For some time now, Sea King airborne surveillance and control helicopters have been successfully deployed in Afghanistan supporting NATO ground forces.

Crowsnest has been in limbo for months while the MoD sorted out wider funding shortfalls.

The program could start to move ahead by the end of the year, with the MoD possibly announcing the start of what is expected to be a lengthy project assessment phase.

The MoD spokeswoman said Crowsnest is “approved as part of the core equipment program, with an assessment phase to start in due course.”

She said a contractor for Crowsnest has not been selected.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 24 Sep 2012 - 12:50

pas de harrier,pas de nimrod,pas de AEW,moins de navires..on dirait que l´argentine va gagner au lotto

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 25 Sep 2012 - 13:28

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Un rapport parlementaire s’inquiète des lacunes capacitaires de la Royal Navy
25 septembre 2012 – 12:23
En octobre 2010, le gouvernement britannique a décidé, dans le cadre de la “Strategic Defense and Security Review” (SDSR), de mettre un terme au programme d’avion de patrouille maritime Nimrod MRA4, destiné à remplacer la version MR2, retirée du service actif en mars de cette année-là.

Ayant coûté 4 milliards de livres pour leur développement, ces 9 appareils étaient attendus pour assurer des missions essentielles au profit de la flotte de sous-marins nucléaires lanceurs d’engins (SNLE) de la Royal Navy en assurant la sécurité des abords de la base de Faslane, en Ecosse. Outre cette tâche, les avions PATMAR peuvent également être utilisés pour coordonner les opérations de sauvetage en mer ou bien encore pour lutter contre les trafics.

A l’époque, le ministère britannique de la Défense (MoD) avait assuré que les missions dévolues aux Nimrod MRA4 pouvaient être aussi bien confiées à d’autres moyens, comme par exemple des hélicoptères et des C-130 Hercules dotés d’équipements spécifiques ainsi que des frégates anti-sous-marines.

Pour autant, cette décision d’envoyer à la ferraille les Nimrod MRA4 déjà assemblés (ce qui a coûté 200 millions de livres), avait suscité les critiques sévères de 6 anciens officiers supérieurs britanniques dans les colonnes du Daily Telegraph.

Pour eux, l’arrêt de ce programme risquait de “porter sérieusement atteinte aux intérêts du pays sur le long terme” et que rien ne pouvait “remplacer la contribution stratégique multi-rôle du Nimrod”. Cette décision de se passer de ces avions PATMAR allait à contre-courant de la tendance générale, étant donné que d’autres pays se comptaient se doter, à l’époque, de moyens comparables.

Plus d’un an plus tard, le comité de la Défense de la Chambre des communes est allé dans le sens des critiques formulées par ces anciens officiers, en publiant un rapport dans lequel il a exprimé ses inquiétudes et ses doutes au sujet des capacités de surveillance maritime de la Royal Navy.

“Nous ne sommes pas convaincus que le ministère de la Défense a la capacité de répondre à toute escalade dans les risques qui peuvent apparaître au-delà des côtes du Royaume-Uni” a déclaré James Arbuthnot, le président du comité. “En outre, a-t-il ajouté, nous estimons que le problème est susceptible de s’aggraver à moyen terme avec la disparition d’autres moyens de surveillance maritime”, notamment avec le retrait des 4 frégates ASM type 22 et celui, programmé, des hélicoptères Sea King en 2016.

D’ailleurs, la mise hors service de la version “Airborne Surveillance and Control” (ASaC) de ces hélicoptères risque de poser la question des capacités de guêt aérien de la marine britannique tant que leurs successeurs, probablement des AW-101 Merlin équipés pour assurer cette mission, ne seront pas opérationnels. Ce qui devrait prendre 4 ans pour que cela soit le cas.

Quoi qu’il en soit, le MoD a défendu l’arrêt du programme Nimrod MRA4, en avançant que c’était “la bonne décision”, étant donné que le seul exemplaire livré “n’avait pas passé les tests de navigabilité aérienne” et qu’il fallait encore des “financements considérables” pour remédier aux problèmes techniques constatés. Et puis cela a permis d’économiser 2 milliards de livres sur 10 ans.

Cela étant, la question de d’acquérir ou pas des avions de patrouille maritime devrait être prise à l’occasion de la révision de la politique de défense et de sécurité en 2015. Mais en attendant, quelques constructeurs se sont mis sur les rangs en faisant des propositions au MoD, comme par exemple Boeing (P-8 Poseidon), EADS (C-295 Persuader) ou encore Saab (340 MSA).
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Sam 6 Oct 2012 - 13:33

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 8 Oct 2012 - 16:45

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 8 Oct 2012 - 20:18

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British Inspectors to Make Surveillance Flight over Russia
05:16 08/10/2012MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti)


Inspectors from Britain will conduct an inspection flight over Russia under the Open Skies Treaty, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

“In the period from October 8 to 12, a British mission will conduct a surveillance flight on board Swedish SAAB OS-100 surveillance aircraft over the territory of the Russian Federation under the international Treaty on Open Skies,” the spokesman told journalists.

“A Russian group of inspectors plans to conduct two consecutive surveillance flights on board Russian Tu-154M Lk-1 surveillance aircraft over the US territory on October 8-22,” the spokesman said.

The Open Skies Treaty, signed in 1992 on an initiative of U.S. President George H.W. Bush, established a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of its member states to promote openness and transparency of military forces and activities.

The treaty entered into force on January 1, 2002 and its regime covers the national territories (land, islands, internal and territorial waters) of all 34 treaty signatory states. It is an important element of the European security structure.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 12 Oct 2012 - 11:53

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06:54 12/10/2012MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti)

Seven Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder in an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the BBC reported citing the British Ministry of Defense.

It is believed to be the first time UK servicemen have been detained on such charges during the conflict.

"The investigation will now be taken forward and dealt with by the service justice system. These arrests demonstrate the Department and the Armed Forces' determination to ensure UK personnel act in accordance with their rules of engagement and our standards,” a ministry spokesman said as quoted by the BBC.

“It would be inappropriate to make any further comment while the investigation is under way,” he said.

The Ministry of Defense said the incident occurred after an "engagement with an insurgent," adding that no civilians were involved.

The engagement rules stipulate circumstances under which British forces were allowed to open fire, either when directly contacting the enemy or in order to prevent an imminent attack.

Over 20 servicemen from 3 Commando Brigade, based in Helmand in 2011, lost their lives last year during a summer tour of duty. Many more were injured.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 12 Oct 2012 - 11:59

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The most advanced ship simulator in the Navy has been installed at Dartmouth, featuring photo-realistic recreations of key harbours to train bridge teams.

The upgrade to the replica bridge at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) features photo-realistic recreations of key harbours such as Portsmouth and Plymouth, immersing trainee naval officers, budding navigators and experienced ship’s teams in an almost-real world as they hone their ship piloting skills safely on dry land.

There are four bridge simulators to train navigators and bridge teams – two at HMS Collingwood and one each at Dartmouth and Faslane, all of which have been in use for several years.

It’s the photo-realism of the upgrade to the BRNC trainer which takes the training to the next level:

“Whereas in the past you’d just see a row of houses, now there are specific buildings,” explains Lieutenant Sam Stephens, head of navigation at Dartmouth.

Buildings such as the distinctive Wilton Hotel on Plymouth’s Grand Parade. It’s painted gold – like the real thing – and you can clearly read the lettering. The same goes for the Spice Island Inn in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Harbour is the pièce de résistance of the upgrade. A graphics specialist from the simulator’s developers Transas spent five days photographing every aspect of the waterfront and environs – by day and by night.

It means that, in the dark, Gunwharf Quays with its myriad bars and restaurants lights up, as does ‘The Lipstick’ building (officially No 1 Gunwharf Quays). The waters reflect this neon world, as well as the yachts in the marina and HMS Warrior.

Such features aren’t just ‘nice to have’, say the Dartmouth staff, but are important in making the training as realistic as possible – which in turn means students get more out of it:

“The graphics are fantastic, much more realistic – they really capture you. The realism makes the difference,” says Lieutenant Simon Preece, who is on the BRNC navigational staff.

“You’re absorbed by what is going on. You forget that you’re not in Plymouth or Portsmouth.”

The simulator – which features the front section of a generic warship’s bridge, plus giant display screens in a 180-degree arc to recreate the outside world – is powered by the equivalent of ten high-spec gaming computers.

The system can also recreate a lookout’s view through binoculars, while the ‘ship handling’ characteristics – length, beam, displacement and the like – perfectly mirror most classes of ships in the fleet (the main exception presently being the new Type 45 destroyers).

As well as locations and harbours, which can be loaded in a matter of seconds (the Portsmouth Harbour file is 630 megabytes – enough data to fill a CD), the computer recreates pretty much all sea and weather conditions one of Her Majesty’s Ships might encounter: driving rain or snow, hurricanes, sandstorms and fogbanks.

That’s not to say that the simulator is perfect, or, ultimately, a substitute for the real thing. It struggles with very heavy seas (winds of Force 10 and above) and especially waves over the bow. Turn it down a few notches to 6 or 7 and the realism returns:

“I sat at the back of the room and watched a group of senior officers on a command course swaying around,” says Lieutenant Stephens.

“Some people have even asked if it’s on hydraulics. It’s not. It simply tricks the mind.”

As well as giving cadets their first taste of guiding a ship safely through the Seven Seas, the BRNC simulator is used by bridge teams of Devonport-based ships to practise leaving or entering tricky or unusual harbours, plus ‘rules of the road’ and officer of the watch manoeuvres, while warfare officers undergoing their initial training will spend around 30 hours on the simulator:

“You can run through any scenario on here that you wouldn’t want to try for real – it’s a safe environment – as well as everyday manoeuvres, such as replenishing at sea, and navigating in fog or poor weather conditions,” Lieutenant Stephens adds.

-ends-The most advanced ship simulator in the Navy has been installed at Dartmouth, featuring photo-realistic recreations of key harbours to train bridge teams.

The upgrade to the replica bridge at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) features photo-realistic recreations of key harbours such as Portsmouth and Plymouth, immersing trainee naval officers, budding navigators and experienced ship’s teams in an almost-real world as they hone their ship piloting skills safely on dry land.

There are four bridge simulators to train navigators and bridge teams – two at HMS Collingwood and one each at Dartmouth and Faslane, all of which have been in use for several years.

It’s the photo-realism of the upgrade to the BRNC trainer which takes the training to the next level:

“Whereas in the past you’d just see a row of houses, now there are specific buildings,” explains Lieutenant Sam Stephens, head of navigation at Dartmouth.

Buildings such as the distinctive Wilton Hotel on Plymouth’s Grand Parade. It’s painted gold – like the real thing – and you can clearly read the lettering. The same goes for the Spice Island Inn in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Harbour is the pièce de résistance of the upgrade. A graphics specialist from the simulator’s developers Transas spent five days photographing every aspect of the waterfront and environs – by day and by night.

It means that, in the dark, Gunwharf Quays with its myriad bars and restaurants lights up, as does ‘The Lipstick’ building (officially No 1 Gunwharf Quays). The waters reflect this neon world, as well as the yachts in the marina and HMS Warrior.

Such features aren’t just ‘nice to have’, say the Dartmouth staff, but are important in making the training as realistic as possible – which in turn means students get more out of it:

“The graphics are fantastic, much more realistic – they really capture you. The realism makes the difference,” says Lieutenant Simon Preece, who is on the BRNC navigational staff.

“You’re absorbed by what is going on. You forget that you’re not in Plymouth or Portsmouth.”

The simulator – which features the front section of a generic warship’s bridge, plus giant display screens in a 180-degree arc to recreate the outside world – is powered by the equivalent of ten high-spec gaming computers.

The system can also recreate a lookout’s view through binoculars, while the ‘ship handling’ characteristics – length, beam, displacement and the like – perfectly mirror most classes of ships in the fleet (the main exception presently being the new Type 45 destroyers).

As well as locations and harbours, which can be loaded in a matter of seconds (the Portsmouth Harbour file is 630 megabytes – enough data to fill a CD), the computer recreates pretty much all sea and weather conditions one of Her Majesty’s Ships might encounter: driving rain or snow, hurricanes, sandstorms and fogbanks.

That’s not to say that the simulator is perfect, or, ultimately, a substitute for the real thing. It struggles with very heavy seas (winds of Force 10 and above) and especially waves over the bow. Turn it down a few notches to 6 or 7 and the realism returns:

“I sat at the back of the room and watched a group of senior officers on a command course swaying around,” says Lieutenant Stephens.

“Some people have even asked if it’s on hydraulics. It’s not. It simply tricks the mind.”

As well as giving cadets their first taste of guiding a ship safely through the Seven Seas, the BRNC simulator is used by bridge teams of Devonport-based ships to practise leaving or entering tricky or unusual harbours, plus ‘rules of the road’ and officer of the watch manoeuvres, while warfare officers undergoing their initial training will spend around 30 hours on the simulator:

“You can run through any scenario on here that you wouldn’t want to try for real – it’s a safe environment – as well as everyday manoeuvres, such as replenishing at sea, and navigating in fog or poor weather conditions,” Lieutenant Stephens adds.



Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/upgraded-ship-simulator-aids-royal-navy-training-45061/#ixzz294rOksvS
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 12 Oct 2012 - 16:58

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UK MoD's LOSA RED programme moves ahead
12 October 2012
A Selex Galileo-led cross-industry team has been awarded a contract to implement the first phase of the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Land Open Systems Architecture (LOSA) Research, Experimentation and Development (RED) programme..

Under the terms of the undisclosed deal, Selex will serve as prime contractor to Team Castrum, to demonstrate the way LOSA can save or maintain available resources, such as time, money or manpower to provide operational advantage.

The demonstrations will be conducted over the first half of this month and involve testing of five packages featuring power and data interoperability and soldier/vehicle/base integration in relevant and realistic combat scenarios.
Data obtained from these experiments will be integrated into subsequent phases of the programme, which is expected to serve as an open architecture for systems integration and interoperability in the land environment.

Selex Galileo Battlespace Solutions vice president Peter Martin said the team had successfully applied the openness principles, fundamental to LOSA architecture across a diverse set of industries.

"This has provided the experimentation programme with a unique opportunity for pan-industry engagement on a scale rarely seen and we expect to demonstrate real results within the first few weeks of the programme getting underway," Martin added.

Led by Selex Galileo Battlespace Solutions, the Castrum team includes Dytecna, BAE Systems, IBM, QinetiQ, Thales, Harris and General Dynamics, Rolls-Royce, MIRA and Marshall Protected Workspace among others.

The team had already participated in MoD's Generic Base Architecture 2 (GBA2) demonstration at Caerwent, Wales, in November 2011.

LOSA is an MoD's initiative aimed at ensuring integrity for army personnel to conduct peacetime training and operations through systems integration and interoperability between three basic platforms, which include soldiers, vehicles and bases.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Sam 13 Oct 2012 - 10:15

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UK’s Royal Marines join the ranks of shamed NATO troops in Afghanistan

In a first for the UK’s tight-knit, disciplined and fiercely proud commandos, seven Royal Marines were arrested on suspicions of murdering an unarmed insurgent after a colleague came forward and broke the Marines’ strict ‘code of silence.’

Seven Royal Marines were arrested on suspicion of murder after a colleague came forward and claimed a disarmed insurgent had been killed in a manner that broke the British military’s strict rules of engagement in Afghanistan.

The seven soldiers were arrested Thursday by Royal Military police, and a murder inquiry will be undertaken by the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) justice system, which investigates British personnel who commit offenses overseas.

The incident took place last year in Afghanistan’s Helmand province; it is believed that investigators only began their probe after the code of silence among Marines was broken when a witness to the alleged crime came forward.

The Royal Marines were in Helmand last year between April and September as part of 3 Commando Brigade, commanded by Brigadier Ed Davis. The group operated in the Nahr-e Saraj and Nad Ali districts, where scores of British soldiers died after being deployed there in large numbers in 2006.

The MoD did not say when the alleged incident took place, but confirmed that it was believed to have happened during a skirmish with insurgents.

“The Royal Military police have today arrested seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder,” an MoD spokesperson said. “The arrests relate to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011. The incident followed an engagement with an insurgent: there were no civilians involved.”

An anonymous source from Britain’s Royal Navy, which oversees the Royal Marines, told the UK newspaper the Times that he believed the soldiers captured and disarmed the insurgent before killing him.

“From what I am hearing that seems to be what the issue is. If that is the issue, it is right that we investigate, for the sake of the guys, when rumors are flying around that something has happened,” the source said.

The arrests are a blemish on the reputation of the Royal Marines, who pride themselves on their strict discipline and professionalism. It may also further tarnish the reputation of NATO forces in Afghanistan, which is under fire for a number of incidents involving the mistreatment of insurgents and civilians.

A British soldier was dismissed from the army last year and sentenced to 18 months in jail for stabbing a ten-year-old Afghan boy while drunk on vodka after the boy asked him for a bar of chocolate.

Members of the US military were involved in a number of embarrassing controversies in Afghanistan, including the alleged murder of 16 civilians, many of whom were sleeping, when a US soldier went on a shooting rampage in Kandahar in March.

Six US marines also escaped criminal charges for urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban insurgents and mistakenly burning copies of the Koran.

The code of silence among troops operating in Afghanistan is very strong; according to RT correspondent Sarah Firth in London, similar incidents may have occurred that will never be revealed.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 16 Oct 2012 - 12:23

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BAE to continue providing ADPS services to UK MoD
15 October 2012
BAE Systems has received a contract modification from the UK Land Forces HQ Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) to continue providing advisory web-based aviation deconfliction planning services (ADPS).

The unspecified contract modification follows the original award secured by BAE in September 2011, and covers the supply of ADPS to the UK Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy for one year.

ADPS is based on BAE's centralised aviation data service (CADS) solution, which reduces the risk of collision and wirestrikes in uncontrolled airspace through transmission of a common view of planned routes to all UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) users functioning from disparate operating bases.

Commenting on the award, MoD Boscombe Down wing commander Al Dale said the CADS would continue preserving the MoD's flight safety ethos by playing a significant role in lessening the risk of a mid-air collision to as low as reasonably practical.

"The service provided to date has undergone continual development through pro-active engagement with the user community along with application of company initiative and expertise," Dale said.

CADS provides all operators and supervisors from each of the disparate JHC units with full visibility of all night, low-level movements, ensuring collaborative air-to-air deconfliction and management of all active aircraft types in the airspace.

The web-based solution helps flight planners instantly share information for flight schedules within the same geographical area and timeframe, eventually saving critical time and administration for military pilots.

Visiting aircraft from outside of JHC will also benefit from the solution, which allow sharing of hazardous wires and obstructions information on national scale, regardless of base location to help safeguard the lives of aviators.

Services provided under the initial contract were used to manage night flying operations over UK counties Somerset and Wiltshire, which are identified as low-flying regions
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 16 Oct 2012 - 15:33

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Prime Minister inspects new carrier construction
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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited Rosyth dockyard yesterday to see the work taking place to build the first of the two new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.Arriving at 1100hrs on Monday, the Prime Minister met around 200 people working on the project which will see the country's most powerful ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, handed over to the Ministry of Defence in 2016.

Huge at 280 metres in length, 65,000 tonnes and capable of embarking 40 aircraft - twice the capacity of HMS Illustrious - the aircraft carrier is being constructed at shipyards across the country and assembled at Rosyth.

Addressing the workers, Mr Cameron said:

"I think this is the success story that the whole of the United Kingdom can take great pride in.

"Just as the Olympics showed what we can do when we come together, you're showing it right here in Rosyth with this incredible feat of engineering.

"This has been and still is an immense task and, as soon as you have completed this aircraft carrier, the Prince of Wales will follow, and I am very proud to be standing here and to say thank you to you.

"As was said at the Olympics, we want to make sure 'Made in the United Kingdom' is a badge we can be really proud of and I believe that, with these aircraft carriers, you here in Rosyth are making it absolutely clear that it is something we can all be really proud of."
Mr Cameron's visit coincided with the moving of the aft - or back - section of the hull onto one of the two largest barges in the world at Govan shipyard, ready for its move to Rosyth on 3 November.

This will be the final hull section of HMS Queen Elizabeth to arrive at the dockyard where BAE Systems and Babcock are working together to put all the sections together.

Production of the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has also started at Govan and Portsmouth dockyards.

Angus Holt, Queen Elizabeth Class Block Delivery Director at BAE Systems, said:

"Today marks the culmination of months of hard work and preparation and I am extremely proud of the team's achievements in successfully loading out the aft section on time and built to an exceptional standard.

"The sheer size and complexity of the block both highlights the skill Clyde and the huge amount of progress which we continue to make deliver the nation's flagships."

The vessels are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a partnership between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the Ministry of Defence.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 16 Oct 2012 - 16:24

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Angry UK troops to picket parliament to protest cuts
More than 400 troops will demonstrate outside the British parliament later this week despite facing threats of court martial in a move unprecedented in 363 years.


The demonstrators comprised of serving and retired troops from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will hit the parliament on Thursday in protest to the government’s decision to axe the regiment’s second battalion.

The march that will coincide with a parliamentary with defense cuts is unrecorded since the Bishopsgate Mutiny of 1649 and the first time the British Army will hold a protest since it was formed in 1707.

The regiment members have said the decision is a political one as Prime Minister David Cameron has chosen to cut their numbers in order to be able to save the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

There are fears that cutting the Scottish regiment will increase anti-British nationalist sentiments in the area just after the Scottish government launched its Yes campaign for an independent Scotland in a referendum expected in autumn 2014.

“There is a lot of anger because we know the Government did a deal to save the Jocks [the Scottish regiment] and to cut 2RRF,” said Captain Joe Eastwood, a former Regimental Sergeant Major of the Fusiliers.

“I am sure that serving soldiers will join us on the protest, but given the risks to their careers, the arrangements for their participation are under the radar.”

Eastwood also said they have to keep some arrangements “cloak-and-dagger” as the Ministry of Defense has threatened to use Section 69 of the 1995 Army Act to ensure “courts martial… for those who defy orders.”

While the regiment members have pledged to march in uniforms the Army has advised them against such a move.

“Although personnel are not precluded from activity which is potentially political in nature, they are not permitted to do so in uniform,” an Army spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, a former Fusiliers member Tory MP John Baron has tabled a parliamentary motion against scrapping of the battalion. Thirty lawmakers have so far backed the motion.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mer 17 Oct 2012 - 13:39

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Queen Elizabetz Carrier's Largest Puzzle Piece Rolls Out on the Clyde


Lower Block 04 is loaded out at Govan for the first time. (Photo: BAE Systems)

15:43 GMT, October 16, 2012 Glasgow, United Kingdom | Workers at BAE Systems today moved the biggest section of HMS Queen Elizabetz, the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, out of the company’s shipbuilding hall at Govan for the first time.

A team of 40 moved the 11,300 tonne aft section, known as Lower Block 04, across the specially reinforced tarmac at the yard in less than three hours using 450 remote controlled transporters.

Angus Holt, Queen Elizabeth Class Block Delivery Director at BAE Systems, said: “Today marks the culmination of months of hard work and preparation and I am extremely proud of the team’s achievements in successfully loading out the aft section on time and built to an exceptional standard. The sheer size and complexity of the block both highlights the skill of workforce here on the Clyde and the huge amount of progress which we continue to make on the programme to deliver the nation’s flagships.”

Tomorrow (Monday 15 October), the block will be loaded onto one of the two biggest sea-going barges in the world in preparation for her journey to Rosyth where the aircraft carriers are being assembled. Departing from Govan on Saturday 3 November, the 600 mile journey will take Lower Block 04 around the north coast of Scotland.

The load out of Lower Block 04 comes only 34 months after the first steel was cut on the section in January 2010. Since then, employees at the company’s Govan yard have worked steadily to construct the block which stands over 20 metres high and 80 metres long. It is the largest hull section equating to around 20% of the overall weight of the ship, and the final hull section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH to arrive in Rosyth. This will mark a significant phase in the programme with all major hull sections of the ship delivered and ready for integration. Approximately 250 employees from the Clyde will follow the block to Rosyth where they will work in partnership with employees at Babcock to complete the assembly phase of this section of the carrier.

Meanwhile, production on both Lower Block 03 and 04 of HMS PRINCE OF WALES continues to progress at Govan, while the aft island for the first ship is underway at the company’s Scotstoun yard. BAE Systems is also manufacturing sections of hull at its Portsmouth facility. Additionally, the company is responsible for the design integration and testing of the ships’ complex mission and advanced communications systems.

The aircraft carriers HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence. BAE Systems has an overarching role in managing the QE Class programme, as well as playing a central role in the design and build of the ships.

The QE Class will be the centre piece of Britain’s military capability. Each 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a four acre military operating base which can be deployed worldwide. The vessels will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 18 Oct 2012 - 14:58

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HMS Bulwark takes the lead of the Exercise Cougar 12 Task Force Group in the Mediterranean Sea.
From the left, the other vessels in the group are RFA Mounts Bay, Merchant Vessel Hartland Point, HMS Illustrious and HMS Montrose.
HMS Bulwark is taking part in Cougar, a three month deployment to the Mediterranean as part of the United Kingdom’s Response Force Task Group, exercising with key allies.
Exercises will include Corsican Lion, which will test the maritime element of the UK-French Combined Joined Expeditionary Force (CJEF), and exercise Albanian Lion which will provide superb faculties for the Lead Commando Group to train with Albanian forces, consolidating our relationship.
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HMS Illustrious is pictured during Exercise Cougar 12 in the Mediterranean Sea.





Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose is pictured at speed in the Mediterranean Sea during Exercise Cougar 12.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 19 Oct 2012 - 17:43

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HMS Vanguard "vents off" as she leaves HMNB Clyde in Scotland.
HMS Vanguard was the first of the four submarines of her class to be launched, on 4 March 1992 at Barrow. As the name-ship of the class she continued to lead the way, carrying out the first Trident missile test firing in May 1994 and the first operational deterrent patrol in early 1995.
She was also the first to undergo her major mid-life refit, from 2002 to 2004, during which she was fitted with the new Core H reactor core, which will provide the power to see her through the rest of her service life.
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A Royal Air Force ground crew member transports a Paveway bomb to a Tornado GR4 prior to an operation.
Paveway III is an upgraded Laser Guided Bomb and is designed specifically to defeat hardened targets, such as protected underground command posts. When Paveway III is released from an aircraft it flies on a pre-programmed course towards its target, using a flight profile designed to give it the best approach to achieve a successful attack.
It carries a 900kg penetrator warhead that is steered to the target by a more advanced and precise guidance package, compared with that fitted to the smaller Paveway II bomb.
Steerable vanes on the front of the bomb are controlled by a proportional guidance system that increases accuracy, and its range by limiting the amount of kinetic energy lost in maneuvering. Computer-controlled shaping of the attack trajectory maximises the bomb's capacity for penetrating a considerable depth of reinforced concrete to destroy a target.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 23 Oct 2012 - 11:44

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UK Ministry of Defence awards Raytheon new Phalanx contract
Five Close-In Weapon Systems to be added starting in 2013





PARIS, Euronaval (Oct. 23, 2012) – Raytheon Company signed a contract for 42.8 million pounds to deliver five Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon Systems to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence starting in 2013. Installation and in-service support will be provided by Babcock Marine.

“Phalanx provides unparalleled ship self-defense to fleets operating in blue water as well as littoral environments,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. “Thanks to its array of sensors, Phalanx brings a proven solution against threats launched from land, sea or air.”







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About Phalanx
Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defense systems. More than 890 systems have been built and deployed in the navies of 25 nations.

“The addition of these five systems underpins the Royal Navy’s Fleet 2020 capability plans and significantly increases ship self-defense to crews and ships,” said Paul Gilligan, head of strategic programs for Raytheon UK, the U.K. subsidiary of Raytheon Company. “The constant evolution of the threat demands the most successful and reliable method of protection, which Phalanx provides.”

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• Extremely high reliability thanks to years of development, testing, and design improvements.
• Provides target designation for other shipboard weapons.
• Autonomous assessments of all threats from detect to destroy.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 23 Oct 2012 - 16:00

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Second UK F-35 joins test and evaluation effort
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10/23/2012
A second UK Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) /Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) arrived at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida on 19 October for use in the initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) phase of the development programme.

The aircraft, serial number BK-2/ZM136, is the 15th short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35B to be manufactured to date, and the second of four IOT&E platforms to be built the UK.

While the UK has said it intends to procure four F-35B IOT&E platforms, the exact composition of its operational fleet has not yet been established. Having reverted back to the F-35B from the carrier variant F-35C, the UK could opt to mix its F-35B force with the conventional take-off and landing F-35A.

This mixed force structure, first reported by IHS Jane's in July, would see the purchase of a number of F-35A offset a sizeable cut in the UK's planned F-35B buy. While final numbers will not be announced, UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has hinted that 48 F-35Bs will be procured to equip the Royal Navy's future carriers, with the remaining 90 planned platforms being made up of the F-35A.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 23 Oct 2012 - 17:56

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UK to double number of drones in Afghanistan


RAF makes urgent purchase of five more Reaper drones, which will be the first to be controlled from a UK base



The UK's existing Reaper drones in Afghanistan have flown about 40,000 hours so far. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The UK is to double the number of armed RAF "drones" flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and, for the first time, the aircraft will be controlled from terminals and screens in Britain.

In the new squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), five Reaper drones will be sent to Afghanistan, the Guardian can reveal. It is expected they will begin operations within six weeks.

Pilots based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire will fly the recently bought American-made UAVs at a hi-tech hub built on the site in the past 18 months.

The UK's existing five Reaper drones, which are used to target suspected insurgents in Helmand, have been operated from Creech air force base in Nevada because Britain has not had the capability to fly them from here.

After "standing up" the new XIII squadron in a ceremony this Friday, the UK will soon have 10 Reapers in Afghanistan. The government has yet to decide whether the aircraft will remain there after 2014, when all Nato combat operations are due to end.

"The new squadron will have three control terminals at RAF Waddington, and the five aircraft will be based in Afghanistan," a spokesman confirmed. "We will continue to operate the other Reapers from Creech though, in time, we will wind down operations there and bring people back to the UK."

The use of drones has become one of the most controversial features of military strategy in Afghanistan. The UK has been flying them almost non-stop since 2008.

The CIA's programme of "targeted" drone killings in Pakistan's tribal area was last month condemned in a report by US academics. The attacks are politically counterproductive, kill large numbers of civilians and undermine respect for international law, according to the study by Stanford and New York universities' law schools.

The most recent figures from the Ministry of Defence show that, by the end of September, the UK's five Reapers in Afghanistan had flown 39,628 hours and fired 334 laser-guided Hellfire missiles and bombs at suspected insurgents.

While British troops on the ground have started to take a more back-seat role, the use of UAVs has increased over the past two years despite fears from human rights campaigners that civilians might have been killed or injured in some attacks.

The RAF bought the drones as an urgent operational requirement (UOR) specifically for Afghanistan, and the MoD confirmed that their purpose after 2014 was unclear. Under rules imposed by the EU and the Civil Aviation Authority, UAVs can be flown only in certain places in the UK, including around the Aberporth airfield in mid-Wales.

If the air-exclusion zone restrictions are not lifted by the end of 2014, the UK may have to relocate the drones to the US, or perhaps even to Kenya, sources said.

"No decisions have been made about the longer-term future of Reaper as a core capability, nor have any decisions been made on the basing of Reaper aircraft once the UOR is complete," said a spokesman. "The UK has a need for a persistent intelligence-gathering capability. Our investment and experiences with Reaper will be considered in developing the programme ... at this stage, the MoD is still developing this strategy."

The MoD said the relocation of RAF personnel from 39 Squadron at Creech air force base would begin in the new year, and that RAF Waddington would eventually be home to two squadrons of drones.

"The intention is to phase the relocation of 39 Squadron to ensure there is no disruption to Reaper support to current operations," the spokesman added.

In the first three-and-a-half years of using the Reapers in Afghanistan, the aircraft flew 23,400 hours and fired 176 missiles. But those figures have almost doubled in the past 15 months as Nato seeks to weaken the Taliban ahead of withdrawal.

The MoD insists only four Afghan civilians have been killed in its strikes since 2008 and says it does everything it can to minimise civilian casualties, including aborting missions at the last moment.

However, it also says it has no idea how many insurgents have died because of the "immense difficulty and risks" of verifying who has been hit.

The MoD says it relies on Afghans making official complaints at military bases if their friends or relatives have been wrongly killed – a system campaigners say is flawed and unreliable.

Heather Barr, a lawyer for Human Rights Watch, has said: "There are many disincentives for people to make reports.

"Some of these areas are incredibly isolated, and people may have to walk for days to find someone to report a complaint. For some, there will be a certain sense of futility in doing so anyway. There is no uniform system for making a complaint and no uniform system for giving compensation. This may not encourage them to walk several days to speak to someone who may not do anything about it."

In December 2010, David Cameron claimed that 124 insurgents had been killed in UK drone strikes. But defence officials said they had no idea where the prime minister got the figure and denied it was from the MoD.

A high court hearing on Tuesday may shed light on any support the UK is giving to the CIA's campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan. The case has been brought by Noor Khan, whose father was killed in an attack on a local council meeting in 2011. He is asking the foreign secretary, William Hague, to clarify the government's position on sharing intelligence for use in CIA strikes, and is challenging the lawfulness of such activities.

His lawyer, Rosa Curling, said: "This case is about the legality of the UK government providing 'locational intelligence' to the US for use in drone strikes in Pakistan.

An off-the-record GCHQ source stated to a number of media outlets that GCHQ assistance was being provided to the US for use in drone attacks and this assistance was 'in accordance with the law.'

"We have advised our client that this is incorrect. The secretary of state has misunderstood the law on this extremely important issue and a declaration from the court confirming the correct legal position is required as a matter of priority."
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 25 Oct 2012 - 15:13

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Royal Marine and a soldier from 3 Medical Regiment killed in Afghanistan
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24 Oct 12


It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the deaths of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines and a soldier from 3 Medical Regiment on Wednesday 24 October 2012.They died from injuries sustained whilst on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, said:

"I am extremely sorry to announce the deaths of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando and a soldier from 3 Medical Regiment serving with Task Force Helmand.

"This is dreadful news for all of us serving in Afghanistan. Our sincere condolences go to their families, friends and colleagues at this time of grief."

Next of kin have been informed and have requested a period of grace before further details are released.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 29 Oct 2012 - 21:55

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Britain’s Royal Air Force has taken delivery of the second British F-35B Lightning II. The aircraft joins the nine A variants of the joint strike fighter flown by the Air Force and the 11 B variants flown by the Marine Corps to become the largest fleet of F-35s in the world with 22 jets


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