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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 29 Oct 2012 - 22:04

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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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"It's another exciting day for the United Kingdom and the 33rd Fighter Wing as we build up the F-35 force. The two U.K. jets now will become the backbone of test and evaluation at Edwards [Air Force Base] and we will be adding a third next year," said Sqn. Ldr. Jim Schofield. "It was great to see the first course of U.K. maintainers as I arrived to the VMFAT-501."
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 29 Oct 2012 - 22:57

Une question, quelle sera la taille de l'armée britannique après l'indépendance de l'Écosse?

Je crois qu'ils perdront leur base nucléaire, ainsi que plusieurs régiments écossais.. A moins que....
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 9 Nov 2012 - 12:32

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GDELS tests mobile test rig of UK Army's specialist vehicle
9 November 2012
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has trialled the mobile test rig (MTR) of the specialist vehicle (SV) element of the UK Army's future armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) programme at its facility in Austria.

The MTR had its gross vehicle weight (GVW) originally set at 30t for the trials, but successfully towed 92t train weight more than 300km, demonstrating the SV's ability to offer required full-load powerpack performance for addressing its expected growth path in the next 30 years.

The additional 62t load was provided by three towed vehicles, which included two military AFVs, a 28t ULAN PT5 and an 18t SK105 light tank, with a 105mm cannon, as well as a truck ballasted to 16t.

Conducted to provide proof-of-design and de-risking before the main trials programme, the testing highlighted the SV's automotive systems capabilities, including tracks, wheels, suspension, engine, gearbox and cooling group to deliver performance, and the capability of SV Recovery variant to tow all other existing UK Army vehicles.

Trials also confirmed the SV's ability to withstand extreme environmental operating temperatures, which could prove critical during operations in high-ambient temperatures at higher altitudes and also while climbing steep gradients.

GDELS is now planning to conduct a series of operational and tactical (O&T) mobility trials on the MTR with increasing GVWs to demonstrate its ability to reach the mandated maximum GVW of 42t for meeting stringent mobility requirements of the SV programme.

Following completion of O&T trials in late 2012, the MTR will also undergo a rigorous accelerated life testing (ALT) phase, which is designed to simulate pre-defined battlefield missions at the company's test facilities in Seville, Spain.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded General Dynamics the SV contract in March 2010 for delivery of up to 580 units of Scout and common base platform variants of its Austrian-Spanish cooperation development (ASCOD) vehicle, followed by a £500m award for demonstration of seven prototype vehicles in July the same year.

SV represents tracked segment of the MoD's future rapid effect system (FRES) programme, which aims to deliver a fleet of more than 4,000 AFV's to the UK Army.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 12 Nov 2012 - 15:27

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Last section of aircraft carrier ends 1,200 mile trip to Rosyth dockyard

An artist's impression of the Royal Navy's super aircraft carriers. Picture: PA



By CLAIRE GARDNER
Published on Monday 12 November 2012 00:00


The final hull section of the UK’s new aircraft carrier has arrived at Rosyth dockyard following a 1,200 mile journey around the south coast.




The 11,300 tonne aft section of hull for HMS Queen Elizabeth, known as Lower Block 04 (LB04), made its way under the Forth bridges shortly before 11am yesterday.

It left BAE Systems’ yard on the Clyde last Sunday. The section has travelled all the way around the south coast to reach the Fife assembly site.

The block is the largest section of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of two new aircraft carriers being constructed by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. It will be the Royal Navy’s largest ever warship.

Programme director Ian Booth said: “LB04 is the largest section of HMS Queen Elizabeth, and the final part of the hull to make the journey.

“This marks a huge milestone for the programme to deliver the nation’s flagships.

“Now it is at Rosyth the hard work continues, as we begin the massive task of joining it to the sections of HMS Queen Elizabeth already in place.”

A complex engineering effort will soon begin, to float the block off the barge and move it into position in the dock. Once it is in place, the dock will be drained and work to integrate the sections will begin.

Six UK shipyards are involved in building various parts of the ship. The vessel will not be finished until 2016 at the earliest, and may not be ready for active service until 2020, when it will be based in Portsmouth.

The navy is expected to have no aircraft carriers between 2014, when HMS Illustrious is taken out of service, and 2016, when HMS Queen Elizabeth is completed. The government decided to retire the HMS Ark Royal and its fleet of Harrier jump jets in 2011, five years early.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 13 Nov 2012 - 7:28

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mer 14 Nov 2012 - 11:48

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Upgraded UK Chinooks set for Afghan debut
By Tim Ripley
11/13/2012


Upgraded Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing Chinook HC.4 transport helicopters are to be deployed to Afghanistan for the first time in December.
The first upgraded helicopters, which feature the newly installed Thales 'Project Julius' part-digital cockpit, and their crews are currently undergoing environmental training at the US Naval Air Facility at El Centro in California ahead of their deployment to theatre.
Technical and certification issues delayed the operational deployment of the Chinook HC.4s by a year, but RAF officers said the helicopters are now performing well and are ready to go on operations.
IHS Jane's understands that after the deployment of the first batch of three Chinook Mk 4s later in 2012, additional helicopters will be dispatched at six monthly intervals until the full force of Chinook HC.2/2A helicopters based in Afghanistan is replaced with the improved machines.
An RAF spokesman told IHS Jane's in early November that "the new [HC].4 fleet will be used over the coming months in Afghanistan, exact time scales will flex to accommodate available transport and qualified crews".
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 15 Nov 2012 - 13:51

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LONDON — Royal Air Force plans to field an upgraded version of the Eurocopter Puma helicopter have been delayed until at least the middle of next year, according to Britain’s defense procurement and support minister.

The Ministry of Defence said that the crash of a civilian version of the Puma in France in July, which killed key Eurocopter flight test crew, was partly to blame for the delay.

“There have been some delays to aspects of the project and work is being undertaken to understand whether this will impact on fielding plans” Procurement Minister Philip Dunne admitted in a parliamentary written response today.

Dunne failed to specify the cause of the problem.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman later said that one of the reasons for the delay was the crash in the French Alps, which killed key Eurocopter test pilots.

“A review into the causes of the delay has not yet been complete, however, the Eurocopter air crash [in July] was a factor, as are other unexpected delays — mainly, work we had not expected has had to be done,” said the spokesman.

Eurocopter declined to comment.

Signed in 2009, the £339 million pound ($538.2 million) program to significantly update 24 Puma Mk 1 tactical transports operated by the British has seen the helicopter emerge with new engines, flight controls and other upgrades.

At one time, the life-extension program of the tactical transport helicopter was a candidate for the axe as part of the budget-cutting strategic defense review in 2010.

The first production standard aircraft undertook its maiden flight in September 2012 and 21 of the 24 helicopter’s in the program have either been delivered or are in the update program being undertaken at a Eurocopter factory in Romania.

Dunne said the MoD “currently expects to field the initial aircraft for training by mid-2013 and incrementally expand the capacity and capability of the Puma Mk2 force over the subsequent two years.”

When the deal was signed in 2009, it was expected the Puma Mk2 would enter service this year and reach full operational capability in 2014.

The procurement minister said the upgrade is still forecast to be delivered within budget.

British rotorcraft plans envisage tactical helicopter lift being provided by Boeing Chinooks and Mk2 Puma’s, while with the AgustaWestland Merlin machines, which are also operated in that role, will be being used moved over to provide amphibious lift for the Royal Navy’s Commando forces, as its Sea King capability is finally pensioned off
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 15 Nov 2012 - 14:07


In a bilateral “first”, the French navy frigate Surcouf will sail on a full anti-piracy deployment with a Royal Navy Lynx Mk 8 as its on-board helicopter. (Royal Navy photo)
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 15 Nov 2012 - 14:08

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The first Royal Navy Lynx helicopter to join a French frigate for a full counter-piracy deployment has arrived on board the ship in Toulon.

As part of the initiative for the UK and French armed forces to work more closely together, the Lynx Mark 8 aircraft from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton will deploy with the FS Surcouf as part of Operation Atalanta off the Horn of Africa.

The 12 UK personnel from 217 Flight have started a four-week training period, including an exercise to assess the warship’s capability for operations, before deploying at the end of the month.

Flight Commander Lieutenant Mike Curd said: “To be given the opportunity to learn the language and then spend an entire deployment operating with the French Navy is fantastic and my team is very excited, not only to be contributing to counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean, but to be doing it in such unusual circumstances.”

Lt Curd and Pilot Lt Chris Southworth are part of a team comprising of senior maintenance rating Chief Petty Officer Matthew Eccles and seven aircraft engineers along with two Royal Marine snipers.

Their training included a 15-week French language course earlier this year to prepare them for life on board the French vessel.

This deployment falls under the terms of the Lancaster House Treaty in which UK and the France agreed military cooperation to assure their international commitments and strengthen their capability.

Op Atalanta is part of the European Union’s ongoing Naval effort to disrupt and deter piracy in a bid to reduce its impact on international trade, maritime security and on the economic activities and security of countries in the region.

Commanding Officer of the FS Surcouf, Capitaine de Frigate (CF) Hughes Laine said: “I am very pleased to welcome 217 Flight to Surcouf and look forward to having the world renowned capability of the Lynx Mk 8 at my disposal for the deployment.”

217 Flight will be away over Christmas and New Year returning to RNAS Yeovilton in March 2013.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 16 Nov 2012 - 14:59

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HMS Astute: nuclear submarine beset by design problems and construction failures


One of the Royal Navy’s multi-billion pound nuclear-powered submarines has been beset with catalogue of design problems and construction failures, it emerged last night.


HMS Astute, the first of seven new submarines to be built at a cost of £9.75bn, is reportedly too slow, is subject to leaking and is rusty in parts.


The boat, lauded as the most sophisticated Navy submarine, cannot race to emergencies or away from an attack – considered an essential requirement – because it is unable to reach its intended top speed.


It also cannot maintain the more than 30 knot speed with the Navy new aircraft carriers, which the submarines protect, because of what sources described to The Guardian as a "V8 engine with a Morris Minor gearbox".


Other problems reported in recent months include flooding during a routine dive, corrosion in parts – despite being new – nuclear reaction monitoring instruments being the wrong type of lead and concerns the periscope is flawed.


"These problems are much more significant, than the niggles and glitches expected to arise during working up of a new class of nuclear-powered submarine,” said John Large, an independent nuclear safety analyst and specialist engineer.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Dim 18 Nov 2012 - 20:16

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Royal Marines stateside for live firing exercise


Members of Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines,
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16 Nov 12 UK MoD - A Training and Adventure news article

Despite the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, 42 Commando Royal Marines have commenced training in Twentynine Palms, California.

The final group to depart Devon, comprised of around 300 men, were delayed in their transit to the US for 36 hours due to logistical complications caused by one of the largest storms in US history.

The transit involved a brief stopover in Bangor, Maine, where members of the Bickleigh-based unit were welcomed in style by the local residents who applauded their arrival into the transit lounge and offered them complimentary cakes and snacks.

Members of the unit spent time chatting to the enthusiastic residents and posed for photos (see Related links) before embarking on the final leg of their journey to Victorville in California.

On landing, a two-hour bus ride awaited the troops for the journey to the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

Arriving in Camp Wilson at 0230hrs, cot-beds were occupied in record time in the knowledge that breakfast would be served in a few short hours.


Royal Marines commandos enter a compound at the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, also known as Twentynine Palms, in California - Picture MOD 2012

The first day consisted of briefs, including lectures on dangerous fauna in the area such as the Sidewinder rattlesnake, various spiders and how to protect endangered species such as the rare Mojave Desert tortoise.

With daytime temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, keeping cool and hydrated is vital. A typical 'section attack' can see a marine run and crawl through desert for 15 minutes with 40lbs (18kg) of equipment. The combination of extreme physical activity and heat takes its toll.

Unlike the Mojave Desert tortoise, which can go without a drink for months by circulating recycled water around its body, the Marines of 42 Commando are having to drink several litres of water a day.

Within hours of arriving, elements of the unit commenced working on the ranges in this vast training facility with its 932 square miles (2,414 square km) of desert terrain in which to operate.

Lima Company were the first group from the unit to get onto the ranges and spent several days building up to a live firing serial which included throwing grenades into compounds known as 'killing houses'.


A Royal Marines commando on the ranges at the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, in California – Picture MOD 2012


Major Oli Coryton, Officer Commanding Lima Company, said he is pleased with how the training has gone so far:

"This is the culmination of three days bespoke modern urban combat training and close quarter battle drills. We've spent two days doing 'dry' firing manoeuvres [without ammunition] and today has been spent live firing in bespoke built 'killing houses'.

"It's been a really good progression; the guys have heard a lot about these ranges and what they have to offer. Actually getting in among it with the live firing simulates so much of what is real."

"It's really nice to see the company drawing together as a cohesive unit," he added. "We've got a lot of new joiners, including some reservists, Royal Engineers, signallers and medics, so bringing that group together over the last few days has been great."


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Dim 18 Nov 2012 - 20:35

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Royal Marine and French Marine Landing Craft Working Together




Picture shows a Royal Marine Landing Craft Utility (LCU) conducting cross decking drills with the French Marines with a French landing craft in the background.

HMS Bulwark was 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.

Exercisesl included Corsican Lion, which will test the maritime element of the UK-French Combined Joined Expeditionary Force (CJEF), and exercise Albanian Lion which provided superb faculties for the Lead Commando Group to train with Albanian forces, consolidating the UK and Albania relationship.

Photographer: LA(Phot) Joel Rouse

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 19 Nov 2012 - 11:01

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Duncan: Final Type 45 Destroyer on Sea Trials



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DUNCAN, the sixth and final Type 45 destroyer built by BAE Systems, has today set sail from the company’s Scotstoun shipyard on the Clyde to embark on her second stage sea trials off the west coast of Scotland.
During the next 19 days at sea, DUNCAN will undertake an extensive program of trials, including final testing of the ship’s power and propulsion, combat systems, navigational and communications equipment ahead of her handover to the Royal Navy in March next year.
Jennifer Osbaldestin, Type 45 Program Director at BAE Systems, said: “Today marks a significant achievement in what has been a highly successful Type 45 program as the final ship embarks on her sea trials. The team has worked tirelessly to put DUNCAN to sea to demonstrate her outstanding capabilities and there is a real sense of pride at reaching this milestone.
“The effective partnering between industry, the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defense has been key to the success of this program and will continue to drive DUNCAN towards Acceptance off Contract in March, when all six Type 45 destroyers will have been delivered to the Royal Navy.”
DUNCAN Senior Naval Officer, Commander Phil Game Royal Navy, said: “My Royal Navy personnel are very much looking forward to joining our established MOD and BAE Systems teams taking DUNCAN to sea for the second and final contractor sea trials period and putting our ship through her paces.”
Following her sea trials, DUNCAN will return to the Clyde for final integration and testing, before setting sail for her home port of Portsmouth. Working alongside the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, BAE Systems also provides in-service support to the Type 45 destroyers, coordinating all aspects of repair, maintenance and support to the fleet. The Type 45 Class Output Management team has successfully supported HMS DARING, DAUNTLESS and DIAMOND during their overseas deployments and continues to support HMS DRAGON and DEFENDER throughout their training periods as the vessels prepare for upcoming deployments.
The Type 45s will provide the backbone of the UK’s naval air defenses for the next 30 years and beyond. The destroyers will be capable of carrying out a wide range of operations, including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster relief work and surveillance operations as well as high intensity war fighting.
Each destroyer can engage a large number of targets simultaneously, and defend aircraft carriers or groups of ships, such as an amphibious landing force, against the strongest future threats from the air. The vessels will contribute a specialist air warfare capability to worldwide maritime and joint operations.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 19 Nov 2012 - 19:16

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La Royal Navy révèle les noms de ses futurs pétroliers-ravitailleurs
19/11/2012


crédits : BMT DEFENCE SERVICES

La nouvelle série de pétroliers-ravitailleurs britanniques sera connue sous le nom de classe Tide. C’est ce qu’a annoncé la Royal Navy, qui a décidé de baptiser ses quatre nouveaux bâtiments Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge et Tideforce. Une précédente classe de pétroliers-ravitailleurs portait le nom de Tide (la marée). Ces unités ont été armées par la Royal Fleet Auxiliary entre 1954 et 1991.

Conçus par le groupe britannique BMT Defence Services, les nouveaux navires seront construits par les chantiers sud-coréens Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), la tête de série devant être livrée en 2016. Longs de 200.9 mètres pour une largeur de 28.6 mètres, les futurs bâtiments du programme MARS auront un déplacement de 37.000 tonnes en charge. Dotés d’une double coque et capables d’atteindre la vitesse de 20 nœuds, ils seront armés par un équipage de 63 marins et pourront accueillir 46 passagers, ainsi qu’un hélicoptère de 10 tonnes.


Bâtiment du type Tide ravitaillant un destroyer T45 (© BMT DEFENCE SERVICES)


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 23 Nov 2012 - 15:55

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UK to launch Crowsnest AEW assessment in 2013

The UK Ministry of Defence will launch the assessment phase for its planned Project Crowsnest effort to replace the Royal Navy's Westland Sea King 7 surveillance helicopters during 2013, only three years before the current type's retirement from use.

"The Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC) aircraft will be retired in 2016 when the Sea King fleet exits service in entirety," says minister for defence equipment, support and technology Philip Dunne. Assessment phase activities on a replacement capability will begin next year, he adds, but declines to estimate the programme's likely cost ahead of a main investment decision.




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Responding to a parliamentary question on 19 November, Dunne said £18 million ($28.6 million) has already been spent on "relevant development work under predecessor projects".

With little time available to deliver a new system, the likelihood is that the UK will experience a capability gap - potentially of several years - in its ability to deliver organic airborne early warning services from its surface fleet. "If Crowsnest were not available immediately on retirement of SKASaC, other systems could provide a surveillance and control capability until such time as Crowsnest came into service," Dunne says.

The RN's Fleet Air Arm has an active inventory of 13 Sea Kings equipped with Thales Searchwater 2000 radars, says Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database. Primarily developed for airborne early warning activities, the sensor has also delivered significant utility as an over-land surveillance asset in Afghanistan, and was employed during last year's NATO operation to protect Libyan civilians.

One of the aircraft recently deployed aboard the RN's new Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer for the first time, with the surveillance asset operating from HMS Diamond in the Middle East.

Potential options to deliver the Crowsnest capability include a Thales proposal to integrate existing radars with some of the RN's AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin multimission helicopters, and a Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems/Northrop Grumman product development for the same platform named Vigilance.

Comprising one or two pod-mounted active electronically scanned array radars, the Vigilance system is due to perform flight trials in the UK with a Merlin from late this month, according to industry sources.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 23 Nov 2012 - 16:54

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LONDON — The British Army is to get an additional 51 Foxhound light protected patrol vehicles following a 46 million pound deal between the Ministry of Defence and platform builder General Dynamics Force Protection.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Dim 25 Nov 2012 - 16:41

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 29 Nov 2012 - 11:09

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Improved Capability for Typhoon Fleet


(Source: BAE Systems; issued Nov. 28, 2012)


Under the programme known as Retrofit 2, 43 Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft have been upgraded to the Tranche 1 Block 5 standard.

This includes installation of the forward looking infra-red (FLIR) system, enhancement of air-to-air capability, the introduction of an air-to-surface capability and the ability to use the laser designator pod for precision weapon delivery.

Martin Taylor, BAE Systems’ Combat Air Support Director said: “This upgrade programme gives the Royal Air Force Typhoon fleet an improved baseline capability, making it better than it has ever been before. This improved capability will also allow the Royal Air Force greater scope for how they manage the Typhoon fleet.”

Air Commodore Keith Bethell, Head of the Fast Air Support Team, Defence Equipment and Support said: “The Retrofit 2 programme was one of the first steps on our ongoing journey to deliver Typhoon availability and capability through a partnered approach with BAE Systems. This early step helped lead us onto the highly successful Typhoon Availability Service into which Retrofit 2 was then subsumed. The conclusion of the Retrofit 2 programme is a significant milestone on the Typhoon journey and one we will build from as we continue to grow the Typhoon Force.”

Over the last six years, a mixture of twin and single seat aircraft have been processed through the programme which has been managed by a team of around 160 employees working in close co-operation with the Royal Air Force/Ministry of Defence fleet management team.

Under the programme, the last aircraft to be handed back to the Royal Air Force is British single seat Typhoon number BS23 (tail number ZJ932). The aircraft originally entered service with 3 Squadron on 10th November 2006, delivering Quick Reaction Alert duties from RAF Coningsby. The aircraft will return to service with XI Squadron to provide a major contribution to the deployable Typhoon Force.

In the early days of the contract it was recognised that synergies could be gained by contracting BAE Systems to also perform primary servicing on the aircraft at the same time as the upgrade programme was being undertaken. This combination of work minimised downtime of the aircraft from the Typhoon fleet and offered significant savings to the customer.

Previously under standalone national contracts, the activity was subsequently subsumed into the wider Typhoon Availability Service (TAS) contract.

All future upgrade and maintenance programmes will be carried out at the RAF Coningsby Typhoon Maintenance Facility.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 29 Nov 2012 - 11:14

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One of the world’s leading tank-busting missiles has been fired from Apaches based on HMS Illustrious during a firing exercise in the western Mediterranean.

For the second time this year the Army Air Corps gunships were launched from the deck of the Portsmouth-based aircraft carrier to fire live Hellfire missiles.

Two Apaches from 656 Squadron AAC flew from the helicopter carrier’s flight deck as the sun rose over the western Med near Gibraltar to practise shooting at specialist targets.

With the ranges clear of all other shipping and aircraft, the two gunships sent five Hellfire missiles into specialist targets up to 2.5km (1.5 miles) away, obliterating them and sending debris and shrapnel spinning across the water.

The Hellfire has proven itself repeatedly in Afghanistan and was used extensively in last year’s Libyan campaign, when Apaches flew from the deck of HMS Ocean against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces – the first time the gunships had been used in anger at sea.

In the spring, HMS Illustrious carried out the first live Hellfire firings in UK waters and now has repeated that exercise in the Med.

As well as training for the Apache crews, the firings allowed Illustrious’ specialist air engineer weapons supply team to practise safely moving the missiles (each carries a 9kg/20lb warhead) from the carrier’s magazine to the flight deck, where the squadron’s armourers loaded them on to the helicopters.

Apaches can carry up to 16 Hellfires, mounted in sets of four on pylons beneath the helicopter’s wings.

The missile leaves its launch rail and accelerates to a speed of Mach 1.3 – 425 metres every second or 950mph – meaning it takes fewer than 20 seconds to reach a target at its maximum range of eight kilometres.

In this instance the missiles were launched at special radar-designated targets –aluminium sheeting with attached radar reflectors – which could be picked up by the fire control system on the Apaches and by the Hellfires themselves.

“Just as we successfully proved earlier this year, the latest Hellfire firings conducted from Illustrious have once again demonstrated the combination of Army Apache helicopters launched from the deck of HMS Illustrious are a potent mix, capable of combat against targets on land and at sea anywhere in the world,” said Captain Martin Connell, HMS Illustrious’ Commanding Officer.

HMS Illustrious is now heading back to Portsmouth, having completed her part in the Cougar 12 deployment to the Mediterranean.

Cougar saw the UK’s Response Force Task Group; led by flagship HMS Bulwark, carry out amphibious exercises with the French Navy off Corsica, then with the Albanians in the Adriatic.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 29 Nov 2012 - 17:43

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Apache helicopters conducting training on board HMS Illustrious have successfully carried out live firings of the tank busting Hellfire missile in the western Mediterranean. Two Apache helicopters from 656 Squadron Army Air Corps fired 5 Hellfire missiles at training targets that were positioned by HMS Illustrious in the sea off the coast of Gibraltar. The hellfire missile has been used in combat by British Forces in Afghanistan and Libya. As well as training the Apache pilots themselves, the firings also allowed the crew of HMS Illustrious to practice safely delivering the missiles from the ship’s weapon magazines to the helicopters on the flight deck. Images by Petty Officer Airman Ray Jones MOD/Crown copyright 2012

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 30 Nov 2012 - 10:18

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UK MoD 'not planning' contingency plans to cope with Scottish independence
By Guy Anderson
11/29/2012
The UK government has reaffirmed that it will not draft contingency plans to cover the implications on defence policy of Scottish independence, saying that it is "not planning for any other outcome" than Scotland choosing to remain in the union.

The position of the UK government was repeated by Undersecretary of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare, and Veterans Andrew Robathan MP (South Leicestershire - Conservative) in response to a parliamentary question on 27 November.

The question – "to ask the secretary of state for defence what recent discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on the potential effect on UK defence policy of Scottish independence" – had been posed by Gregg McClymont MP (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, and Kirkintillock Each - Labour). Robathan answered the question in the absence of Defence Secretary Philip Hammond MP.

He told parliament: "The UK government's position is clear ... we are confident that the people of Scotland will choose to remain part of the UK and we are not planning for any other outcome. It is for those advocating independence to explain the nature and implications of an independent Scotland."
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 30 Nov 2012 - 12:01

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 30 Nov 2012 - 12:12

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IMPROVED CAPABILITY FOR TYPHOON FLEET



Under the programme known as Retrofit 2, 43 Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft have been upgraded to the Tranche 1 Block 5 standard, which includes installation of the forward looking infra-red (FLIR) system, enhancement of the air-to-air capability, introduction of an air-to-surface capability and the ability to use the laser designator pod for precision weapon delivery.

Martin Taylor, BAE Systems’ Combat Air Support Director said: “This upgrade programme gives the Royal Air Force Typhoon fleet an improved baseline capability, making it better than it has ever been before. This improved capability will also allow the Royal Air Force greater scope for how they manage the Typhoon fleet.”

Air Commodore Keith Bethell, Head of the Fast Air Support Team, Defence Equipment and Support said: “The Retrofit 2 programme was one of the first steps on our ongoing journey to deliver Typhoon availability and capability through a partnered approach with BAE Systems. This early step helped lead us onto the highly successful Typhoon Availability Service into which Retrofit 2 was then subsumed. The conclusion of the Retrofit 2 programme is a significant milestone on the Typhoon journey and one we will build from as we continue to grow the Typhoon Force.”

Over the last six years, a mixture of twin and single seat aircraft have been processed through the programme which has been managed by a team of around 160 employees working in close co-operation with the Royal Air Force/Ministry of Defence fleet management team.

Under the programme, the last aircraft to be handed back to the Royal Air Force is British single seat Typhoon number BS23 (tail number ZJ932). The aircraft originally entered service with 3 Squadron on 10th November 2006, delivering Quick Reaction Alert duties from RAF Coningsby. The aircraft will return to service with XI Squadron to provide a major contribution to the deployable Typhoon Force.

In the early days of the contract it was recognised that synergies could be gained by contracting BAE Systems to also perform primary servicing on the aircraft at the same time as the upgrade programme was being undertaken. This combination of work minimised downtime of the aircraft from the Typhoon fleet and offered significant savings to the customer.

Previously under standalone national contracts, the activity was subsequently subsumed into the wider Typhoon Availability Service (TAS) contract.

All future upgrade and maintenance programmes will be carried out at the RAF Coningsby Typhoon Maintenance Facility.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 30 Nov 2012 - 16:48

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Bulwark takes a slow sail through Gibraltar waters




The Royal Navy flagship HMS Bulwark made a high profile visit to the Bay of Gibraltar yesterday morning, sailing slowly through British waters as it carried out a crew transfer.

The vessel was on its way to the UK after a three-month deployment in the eastern Mediterranean as part of task force Cougar 12.



While the assault ship carried out is logistical operation in the bay, other members of the British task force slipped through the Strait of Gibraltar bound for Devonport.

They included the Royal Navy’s helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious, which sailed past with its aircraft clearly visible on deck.

The presence of the warships in and around British Gibraltar territorial waters had been scheduled for some time and came at the end of the Cougar 12 deployment.

But it also followed last week’s incursions by a Spanish warship into Gibraltar waters, an incident that led to a significant diplomatic spat.

Britain and Spain summoned each other’s ambassadors for a dressing down over tensions at sea. Yesterday, while HMS Bulwark was in the bay, a Guardia Civil launch was involved in yet another, albeit completely unrelated incursion.

In the northern end of the bay, the Spanish fishing boat Divina Providencia was accompanied by the Guardia Civil launch Rio Cerdeña and drew the attention of the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron,

The Spanish boats were warned to leave British waters, which they eventually did without further incident.

As has now become routine, the incursion was logged by officials at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and will be the subject of a diplomatic complaint to Spain.
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