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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 22 Juil 2016 - 12:34

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Marines, NSA to Bring Combat-Adapted Smartphone Tech to the Battlefield

he program will mirror a similar approach adopted by the US Army that will provide soldiers with the ability to transmit strike coordinates, access visual maps, and potentially engage weapon systems using a heavily-modified consumer-level smartphone.

The Marine Corps and the National Security Agency (NSA) have joined forces to develop battlefield-ready smartphones by 2019, providing American soldiers with cutting-edge civilian technology without sacrificing security, said Maj. Kevin Shepherd of Marine Corps Systems Command.



The program, in conjunction with the NSA’s new Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC), mirrors an Army Nett Warrior effort, in which soldiers use smartphones for navigation and to confirm strike coordinates. The Marines have not yet settled on a vendor with ongoing experiments signalling a preference by forces for Android while their counterparts in the Army Special Operations Command favor the Apple iOS system.

The Marines issued a Request for Information (RFI) in January, asking for industry input on which operating system would provide soldiers with the best battle-capable technology, with the highest level of security.

Major Shepherd, a helicopter pilot who now heads the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Common Handheld team, said in an interview with Breaking Defense, that the RFI, "will clarify the stuff that we’ve learned since January and we learn very quickly in this field because it changes very rapidly."

The Marines and the NSA believe that they will have compiled enough useful information to begin a formal Request for Proposal competition process this fall, perhaps before the October 1 beginning of the 2017 fiscal year, with a view toward getting combat smartphones in the hands of soldiers by 2019.




http://sputniknews.com/military/20160721/1043427459/marines-nsa-droid-iphone-battlefield.html

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Lun 25 Juil 2016 - 17:36

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25 juil. 2016 | Par Emmanuel Huberdeau
Début du Red Flag 16-3 avec pour la première fois des F-35B


La dernière édition du fameux exercice aérien Red Flag a débuté le 11 juillet 2016 sur la base de Nellis aux Etats-Unis.

115 appareils participent à ce Red Flag 16-3 qui, comme toujours, bénéficie des infrastructures de l'immense base de Nellis qui permettent de mettre en place des exercices de grande ampleur très réalistes. L'exercice concerne de façon assez classique les domaines du combat air-air, de l'attaque au sol et de la guerre électronique. Mais désormais, l'accent est aussi mis sur le domaine "cyber".

Cette édition est marquée par la participation, pour la première fois, des F-35B des Marines. Les appareils du "Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121" sont engagés près d'un an après la déclaration par les Marines de l'IOC (Capacité opérationnelle initiale) du F-35B. L'exercice permettra de tester les capacités d'intégration du F-35B au sein dans un environnement interarmés.

Cette participation du F-35B à Red Flag apparait comme une répétition générale avant le déploiement à partir de janvier 2017 de l'appareil au Japon sur la base de Iwakuni.


http://www.air-cosmos.com/debut-du-red-flag-16-3-avec-pour-la-premiere-fois-des-f-35b-80001


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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 26 Juil 2016 - 16:33

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Presidential helicopter passes CDR milestone

Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
26 July 2016



The VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program recently passed its Critical Design Review (CDR), Lockheed Martin announced on 25 July.

The milestone means that the programme to replace the presidential fleet of ageing Sikorsky VH-3D (Sea King) and VH-60N (Black hawk) helicopters with the Sikorsky S-92 can now proceed to assembly, test and evaluation.

As noted by Lockheed Martin, the CDR saw industry and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) conduct an in-depth design review for the programme some two years after the USD1.24 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract was awarded to Sikorsky on 7 May 2014.

This EMD contract with production options was for the building of two test and 21 operational aircraft to replace the current 11 VH-3D and 8 VH-60N platforms. The two test helicopters are currently undergoing modification work at Sikorsky's Stratford plant in Connecticut. The first flight of a fully configured VH-92A is planned for 2017, with initial fielding in 2020. All 21 helicopters will be delivered by the end of 2023.

Once operational, the VH-92A will be supported in its presidential duties by the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, which entered service with the United States Presidential Flight Squadron (HMX-1) in May 2013. The 12 V-22s of HMX-1 will provide passenger and logistical support to the president's helicopter (Marine One).



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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 26 Juil 2016 - 16:51

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Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: U.S. Department of Defence; issued July 25, 2016)
-- CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Florida (N61340-16-D-2001);
-- CSC Government Solutions LLC, Falls Church, Virginia (N61340-16-D-2002);
-- Cubic Global Defense Inc., San Diego, California (N61340-16-D-2003) ;
-- Engineering Support Personnel Inc.,* Orlando, Florida (N61340-16-D-2004);
-- Fidelity Technologies Corp., Reading, Pennsylvania (N61340-16-D-2005);
-- Flight Safety Services Corp., Centennial, Colorado (N61340-16-D-2006);
-- L-3 Communications Corp. (Link Simulation & Training), Arlington, Texas (N61340-16-D-2007);
-- LB&B Assoc. Inc., Columbia, Maryland (N61340-16-D-2008); and
-- Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Orlando, Florida (N61340-16-D-2009),

are each being awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for Lot I fielded training systems support services for the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as Foreign Military Sales customers.

Services to be provided include training device contractor operation and maintenance services, contract instruction services, training device modifications involving little or no design efforts, training device relocations, training systems management, in-service engineering office support, spares/product support, and other related trainer support services.

The estimated aggregate ceiling for all contracts is $1,750,000,000 with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders.

Work will be performed at Navy and Marine Corps installations located inside and outside the U.S. Work is expected to be completed in July 2021.

Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $119,504 are being obligated at time of award; all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. These contracts were competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; 12 offers were received.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.









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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 27 Juil 2016 - 10:39

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Sea Breeze 2016: Ukrainian and US marines to conduct joint operation from USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41)



A media group visited the amphibious dock landing ship USS LSD Whidbey Island (LSD 41). CDR Ethan M. Rule told guests about the ship, showed armament, equipment, etc.

The US military sailors shared their personal impressions from the first visit to Odesa, spoke about the exercise stressing the importance of joint actions to practice basic combat skills.

Capt. 1st rank Oleksiy Doskato, Co-director, Ukrainian party, said that during an active phase of the exercise a group of the Ukrainian marines along with US peers would conduct amphibious manoeuvres from USS LSD Whidbey Island.








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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 29 Juil 2016 - 13:06

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 29 Juil 2016 - 19:55

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29/07/2016

Le Sikorsky VH-92 présidentiel en bonne voie !





Sikorsky (Lockheed-Martin) a terminé la phase d’examen critique de conception (CDR) du programme de remplacement de l'hélicoptère présidentiel VH-92A « Marine One ». Avec l'étape de conception terminée, le programme se prépare maintenant à l'assemblage du premier prototype qui volera l’année prochaine.

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La marine américaine a accordé Sikorsky un contrat de 1,24 milliard de dollars en mai 2014 pour commencer l'ingénierie et la fabrication du développement (EMD) du nouvel hélicoptère présidentiel, soit une version modifiée du Sikorsky S-92 bimoteur. Au total le projet porte sur une enveloppe de 9 milliards de dollars pour la fourniture de six hélicoptères VH-92A. L’entrée en service est prévue pour 2020.

Sikorsky VH-92A (S-92) :

Le Sikorsky VH-92 est un dérivé du S-92. Le premier appareil a été livré en septembre 2004. Principalement utiliser pour le ravitaillement des plates-formes pétrolières et en mode de recherche et sauvetage, il a été commandé par les Forces armées canadiennes au nombre de 28 exemplaires sous la désignation CH-148 Cyclone. Le Cyclone peut voler de jour comme de nuit, dans presque toutes les conditions météorologiques et par des températures variant entre - 51 °C et + 49 °C. Grâce à sa vitesse maximale de croisière de 250 km/h, le CH-148 est environ 10 % plus rapide que le « Sea King ». Le Cyclone peut aussi parcourir 450 km sans ravitaillement. Le Sikorsky S-92 est un hélicoptère de transport biturbine, muni d’un rotor principal et d’un rotor de queue quadripales, d’un train d’atterrissage tricycle rétractable et pouvant transporter jusqu’à 22 passagers. Cinq prototypes sont construits, un pour des tests au sol et les quatre autres pour les essais en vol, munis de turbines General Electric CT7-6D. Les pilotes sont assis sur des sièges Martin-Baker anti-crash et utilisent deux manettes qui permettent, grâce aux divers capteurs et de l’ordinateur de gestion du vol, de contrôler l’appareil en tangage, roulis et lacet. Le poste de pilotage est chauffé, ventilé et climatisé indépendamment de la cabine. Un équipement quasi complet permet une sécurité en vol maximale : deux systèmes automatiques de contrôle de vol (AFCS), des systèmes anticollision (TCAS) et d’avertissement de proximité du sol (EGPWS) et un radar météorologique placé dans le nez de l’appareil. Les systèmes vitaux de l’appareil sont redondants, la cellule offre une bonne résistance en cas de crash et la boite à vitesse peut fonctionner durant ½ heure sans huile. En cas d’amerrissage forcé, un système de flottaison se gonfle automatiquement, comprenant également deux radeaux d’une capacité de quinze personnes chacun à l’avant des flotteurs.

Dans le cadre du programme VXX, Sikorsky propose le S-92 dans le standard VH-92 aux moteurs plus puissants et entièrement construit par des entreprises américaines. Les systèmes électriques et hydrauliques sont installés en triple exemplaires et le système d’alimentation en carburant se fait par aspiration, ce qui évite d’éventuelles fuites dues à la pression. Les systèmes de pilotages sont également redondants. Les réservoirs de carburant auto-obturant, placés à l’extérieur de la cabine, sont capables de supporter des impacts d’obus de 23mm. L’appareil possède un système de dégivrage et est également protégé contre la foudre et les champs de rayonnement d’intensité élevée. L’appareil sera également doté d’un système de guerre-électronique complet.



Photos : Projet Sikorsky VH-02A @ Sikorsky

http://psk.blog.24heures.ch/archive/2016/07/29/le-sikorsky-vh-92-presidentiel-en-bonne-voie-861853.html
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 2 Aoû 2016 - 18:43

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Les Marines testent des robots de combat


Posté dans Forces, Technologie par Laurent Lagneau Le 02-08-2016




L’an passé, l’US Marine Corps a mis en veilleuse le programme de « mule » robotisée, conduit par l’entreprise Boston Dynamics. Il s’est avéré que cette machine, appelée LS3 (Legged Squad Support Systems) et destinée à transporter des charges lourdes, manquait de discrétion lors des patrouilles, à cause du bruit de tondeuse à gazon qu’elle générait.

Pour autant, cet échec relatif – il est possible qu’une version moins bruyante soit mis au point un jour – n’a évidemment pas sonné le glas pour les robots militaires, toujours utiles pour neutraliser à distance un engin explosif improvisé ou effectuer des reconnaissances en terrain hostile.

Et même si des scientifiques et des entrepreneurs de renom mettent en garde contre la « robotisation du champ de bataille », des sociétés continuent de développer des robots armés, et donc susceptibles de tuer. Récemment, l’assassin de 5 policiers à Dallas a même été tué par une de ses machines, en l’occurrence un Northrop Grumman Andros de la police et doté d’une bombe. Une première.

Il y a quelques semaines, il a été fait grand cas du robot tactique Dogo, de l’entreprise israélienne General Robotics Ltd. Selon cette dernière, cette machine, destinée aux opérations spéciales, serait la première du genre à être armée d’un pistolet Glock de 9 mm. Et, lors du salon EuroSatory, il a été question du RoBattle d’Israel Aerospace Industries, un système autonome de combat tout-terrain.

En réalité, la filiale nord-américaine de Qinetiq avait imaginé un concept quasiment identique il y a déjà quelques années : le MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System), dont un premier exemplaire fut livré à l’US Army en 2008 à des fins expérimentales.

Mais ce robot monté sur des chenilles, armé d’une mitrailleuse M240 (ou d’un lance-grenades) et conçu pour des missions de reconnaissance, de surveillance et d’acquisition d’objectifs, intéresse beaucoup l’US Marine Corps, au point qu’il fait actuellement l’objet d’une évalution par le 3rd Battalion 5th Marines.

Ce robot est mis en oeuvre par un opérateur, qui dispose d’une unité de contrôle munie d’un écran grâce auquel il lui est possible de voir ce qu’il se passe sur le terrain et, le cas échéant, d’ouvrir le feu si il le décide.

Le MAARS peut rouler à une vitesse de 11 km/h (7 miles/heure) et dispose d’une autonomie comprise entre 8 et 12 heures. Outre la mitrailleuse M240, il est équipé de caméras de vision nocturne, de détecteurs de mouvements, d’un système de détection de tir, d’une sirène… Bref, il pourrait très bien remplacer une sentinelle… Car l’une de ses limites est son rayon d’action de seulement 800 mètres, ce qui n’est pas l’idéal pour partir en patrouille.

Ce robot n’est pas le seul robot à être évalué par l’USMC. Les Marines testent également le Robotic Vehicle Modular/Combat Area Robotic Targeting (RVM/CART), aux dimensions nettement plus imposantes. Cet engin, chenillé, a un rayon d’action de 4 km pour une endurance de 20 heures et une vitesse d’environ 20 km/h. Sa puissance de feu est aussi supérieure puisqu’il peut être armé d’une mitrailleuse Minigun M134.



http://www.opex360.com/2016/08/02/les-marines-testent-des-robots-de-combat/
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 2 Aoû 2016 - 18:50

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Après les frappes américaines, les jihadistes reculent à Syrte


Posté dans Afrique, Opérations par Laurent Lagneau Le 02-08-2016




Les détails des frappes effectuées le 1er août par les forces américaines contre la branche libyenne de l’État islamique, à Syrte, ne sont pas encore totalement connus. Certaines sources évoquent l’engagement d’hélicoptère d’attaque AH-1 Cobra tandis que d’autres parlent de deux avions AV-8 Harrier.

Une chose est certaine : ce sont des appareils de l’USS Wasp, à bord duquel se trouvent des éléments du 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, qui ont été sollicités pour l’opération « Odyssey Lightning », lancée à la demande du gouvernement libyen d’union nationale (GNA).

En outre, il est aussi question de l’implication de drones MALE (Moyenne Altitude Longue Endurance) MQ-9 Reaper, mis en oeuvre depuis une base située en Afrique (au Niger?). En effet, ceux basés à Sigonella, en Sicile, n’aurait pas pu décoller sans l’accord du gouvernement italien… à qui il n’a rien été demandé. Toutefois, ce dernier a fait savoir, ce 2 août, qu’il examinera toute requête américaine pour autoriser l’utilisation de la plateforme sicilienne dans le cadre d’une campagne aérienne contre l’EI en Libye.

Quant aux objectifs détruits par les raids américains, il est question d’un char T-72 et de deux véhicules utilisés par les jihadistes. Le Pentagone a expliqué que le gouvernement libyen avait exprimé le besoin de frappes « précises » pour éviter tout dommage collatéral.

Quoi qu’il en soit, ces raids américains ont probablement contribué à débloquer la situation à Syrte, ville encerclée depuis la mi-juin par les forces pro-gouvernementales libyennes. En effet, ces dernièes ont repris un quartier important aux jihadistes.

« Nos forces ont pris le contrôle total du quartier al-Dollar après l’assaut lancé dimanche par les forces loyales », a ainsi affirmé le bureau « médias » des troupes pro-GNA. « La nouvelle ligne de front s’établit désormais dans le secteur situé entre le quartier al-Dollar et le centre de conférence de Ouagadougou », où les jihadistes ont installé leur quartier général, a-t-il ajouté.

http://www.opex360.com/2016/08/02/apres-les-frappes-americaines-les-jihadistes-reculent-syrte/
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 3 Aoû 2016 - 12:36

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USMC expects optionally manned helicopter from FVL

Marina Malenic, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
02 August 2016



The US Marine Corps (USMC) expects an optionally manned helicopter to emerge from the joint-service Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme being led by the US Army, the corps' deputy commandant for aviation said on 29 July.

Although the USMC has been using the remotely piloted Lockheed Martin K-MAX unmanned helicopter for cargo operations for several years, Lieutenant General Jon Davis said medium-lift helicopters should still provide the military with the option to put a pilot in the cockpit. "Especially for a high reliability airplane, we view that airplane as a manned platform," he said following a speech at the American Enterprise Institute.

Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky have received army contracts to support the cost of building demonstrator aircraft for the FVL precursor, the Joint Multirole-Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) programme, which is set to debut flying prototypes from both contractors next year. Bell is offering its V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft and Sikorsky has teamed with Boeing to develop the SB-1 Defiant. The army and the US Navy are expected to acquire replacement helicopters via FVL for at least three classes of helicopters throughout both fleets.






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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 10 Aoû 2016 - 13:01

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USMC to continue deploying, disaggregating Amphibious Ready Groups

Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
10 August 2016




The US Marine Corps (USMC) will continue to deploy multi-ship Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs) despite regularly needing to disaggregate the groups to meet global commitments, General Robert Neller, the USMC commandant, said on 9 August.

An ARG generally consists of three US Navy amphibious ships - a landing helicopter dock (LHD), a landing ship dock (LSD), and a landing platform dock (LPD) - as well as some additional naval assets and a USMC Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

The corps has more missions and tasks than capability, Gen Neller told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, so to be in multiple places it needs to disaggregate ARG/MEUs and send the smaller forces out for various operations or exercises.

However, he said the USMC does not plan to deploy the groups as only one or two ships because it wants to maintain the ability to seamlessly aggregate and function together in case the ARG/MEU is called upon for a more serious high-end contingency, such as landing ashore in a hostile environment.

Disaggregation allows the ARG's assets to be used more widely, but creates shortfalls within the group and extra personnel alone cannot fill those gaps. For example, San Antonio-class LPDs do not have an embarked intermediate level maintenance facility for aircraft as do the LHDs, so when parts are taken off platforms they must go into the maintenance supply system instead of being fixed on board.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 18 Aoû 2016 - 11:32

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Raytheon Gets $30.1Mln Contract to Supply Turrets for US Marines Vehicles
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Raytheon has won a $30 million contract to manufacture 20 turrets for the US Marine Corps’ LAV-25 light armored vehicle, the Department of Defense announced.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, with an estimated completion date of February, 28, 2019, the Defense Department noted.
"Raytheon Company [of] McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $30.1 million… contract for a quantity of 20 turrets for the Marine Corps armored vehicle anti-tank variant," the announcement stated on Wednesday.
The LAV-25 vehicles are equipped with a M242 Bushmaster 25 mm cannon, two M240 7.62 mm machine guns, and two 4-barrel smoke grenade launchers located on the forward left and right sides of the turret, according to published reports.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 23 Aoû 2016 - 9:51

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U.S. Marines demonstrate capabilities to the International Committee of the Red Cross
Aug 22, 2016216





Senior armed forces delegate from the International Committee of the Red Cross visited the Marines and sailors of I Marine Expeditionary Force, Aug. 16, as they conducted I MEF Large Scale Exercise 2016, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

Martin Lacourt, from the Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada in Washington, D.C, discussed interagency coordination with senior members of the I MEF staff. The force conducted a massive, simulated, and live-action exercise involving more than 50, 000 military members at multiple Marine Corps installations throughout Southern California.
The exercise was designed to enhance command and control and interoperability between I MEF command element staff and its higher, adjacent and subordinate command headquarters.
According to the ICRC’s mission statement the non-governmental organization was established in 1863. It is headquartered in Geneva and operates as an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

“They reached out to us and wanted to participate in our exercise to deepen the relationship between the ICRC and high-levels of U.S. military commands and to educate the military staff on the roles of the ICRC in armed conflicts,” said Col. Amber Lehning, who oversees civil-military operations for I MEF.

Lacourt said the purpose of his visit was twofold: “With the U.S. military, we have two main topics of discussion. The easiest one is the topic of coordination … to tell you where we work (and) to avoid any situation where we are in the middle of the battle that you are planning.”

He added that when the organization is in a combat zone where the U.S. military is operating, they coordinate all land, air and sea movements to not be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“The other topic of discussion is detention and conduct of facilities,” he continued. “So we are also there to remind the U.S. military of their obligation. If you go back to why I’m here today, it’s in fact to inject on the exercise those discussions we have in real life, just to prepare a good relationship.”

Lehning said the discussions were “fruitful and beneficial to both parties,” referring to ICRC and I MEF Civil Affairs Detachment, which acts as a liaison between military and civilian authorities and international organizations like the ICRC.

“It’s always good for the staff outside (civil-military operations) to interact with real-world members of the international community,” she said.

The scenario that LSE-16 simulates is the planning, deployment and combat operations of a MEF-level force within a partner country while operating alongside coalition forces. The ICRC would be heavily involved with relief efforts during such combat operations.

According to Lacourt, the organization has a long history of lending a helping hand to military casualties and other victims of armed conflict, and can trace its creation back to a Swiss businessman who was strongly impacted by the Franco-Austrian War.

“So that also explains why the ICRC has in its DNA this will to outreach to combatants, to soldiers, to military … but also the non-state actors that exist now today on the battlefield,” Lacourt said.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 24 Aoû 2016 - 12:06

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US to Deploy 16 F-35 Stealth Fighters At Japan Base Next Year
(Source: Kyodo News; published August 22, 2016)
The Japanese government informed the city of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Monday that the United States plans to deploy 16 F-35 fighters at the US military base there from January to August next year.

It marks the first time for that stealth aircraft to be stationed overseas.

High-ranking officials from Japan’s defence and foreign ministries visited Iwakuni in western Japan and informed Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda as well as Yamaguchi Governor Tsugumasa Muraoka of the planned deployment. The plan is to first deploy 10 F-35 jets in January and six more in August.

Fukuda told Shunsuke Takei, parliamentary vice foreign minister, and Hiroyuki Miyazawa, parliamentary vice defence minister, that his city was frustrated at the lack of information provided to them by the central government and called for details to be given to them in a “swift” manner.

“The (F-35) deployment is simply upgrading the type of aircraft and is not linked to the US military realignment,” Takei said during their meeting, which was open to the media.

The Iwakuni base is also expected to accommodate 59 carrier-borne fighter jets from the US Navy’s Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, around next year, in line with the realignment of US forces in Japan agreed by Tokyo and Washington in 2006. The move is viewed as further strengthening the base’s functions.

The United States plans to replace the F/A-18 fighters and the AV-8 Harrier jets at the Marine Corps’ Air Station Iwakuni with the F-35B, a variant of the F-35 fighters capable of short takeoff and vertical landing.

The envisioned deployment of the F-35, which is being developed by an international consortium led by US aircraft giant Lockheed Martin Corp., is part of the US strategic rebalance to Asia amid China’s military buildup.

“As this would be the first deployment in Japan, we would like to make inquiries about the aircraft’s safety and operation,” Fukuda told reporters after their meeting.

Muraoka separately said to reporters he wants to “respect the wishes of residents”.






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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 25 Aoû 2016 - 18:12

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U.S. Marines demonstrate NATO logistics integration in Bulgaria
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Marines alongside Bulgarian counterparts loaded heavy equipment onto the Bulgarian rail system, here, for transport to Tbilisi, Georgia, for an upcoming regional exercise.

That was reported by marines.mil.

“We chose to move the equipment by rail for the combined arms company because we have to get it to the port city which is quite a distance from our current location,” said Master Sgt. Jason Pittsely, the Combined Arms Company Operations Chief. “It is the quickest and the easiest method to move all of our equipment in one movement.”
The Marines and Bulgarian rail workers successfully loaded tanks, Humvees, seven-ton vehicles, amphibious assault vehicles and artillery cannons onto the train for Exercise Agile Spirit 2016. The process demonstrated the logistics integration among allies capable of transporting equipment in support of operations throughout the Black Sea region.

“It’s actually been moving pretty efficiently with the help of the Bulgarians,” said Lance Cpl. Nancy Johnson, the unit’s embarkation chief. “Working with them makes it a lot easier because they know what they are doing. We have gotten everything on in a timely manner.”

The rail system will take the equipment, along with a small group of Marine passengers, to the port city where the equipment will be moved across the Black Sea via ferry boat.

“So this type of movement saves the Marine Corps time and money,” said Pittsely. “One, we move our equipment all in one movement and two, we don’t have to send security with each one of our vehicles or pieces of equipment as it moves across a couple of different countries to get to its end state and we also don’t have to have Marines riding with each one of those pieces of equipment so it keeps our unit together.”

Agile Spirit is a multi-national operation focused on enhancing the participating nations’ abilities to conduct joint conventional operations and combined arms integration at the battalion level. The exercise will improve collective military capabilities and enhance professional relationships with allies and partner militaries during a crisis.

Black Sea Rotational Force is an annual multilateral security cooperation activity between the U.S. Marine Corps and partner nations in the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus regions designed to enhance participants’ collective professional military capacity, promote regional stability and build enduring relationships with partner nations.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Lun 29 Aoû 2016 - 22:30

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50ème KC-130J « Super Hercules » pour l’USMC !





Marietta, Le Corps des Marines des États-Unis a réceptionné son 50ème Lockheed-Matin KC-130J « Super Hercules ». Ce KC-130J « Super Hercules » est affecté au Marine Corps Air station de Miramar en Californie.

Le Corps des Marines a la particularité de fonctionner avec la plus grande flotte de KC-130J dans le monde. Le KC-130J de ravitaillement aérien est le dernier d'une longue lignée d’avion de combat KC-130 « Hercules ». Le nouveau KC-130J tire pleinement parti des améliorations technologiques et de performances énormes inhérentes au C-130J de base.

Le KC-130J « Super Hercules » Tanker :

Le KC-130J «Super Hercules» en version Tanker est directement dérivé du nouveau C-130J « Super Hercules ». Il incorpore une technologie de pointe pour réduire les besoins en personnel, de fonctionnement de soutien avec des coûts de cycle de vie plus actuel que pour les anciens C-130. Le modèle dispose également d'une maniabilité accrue et une manutention plus courtes. Il est doté de nouveaux moteurs Rolls-Royce Allison AE 2100D3 dotés d’hélices à six pales. La version KC-130J est dotée des systèmes de perches de ravitaillement, des réservoirs supplémentaires et un poste pour l’opérateur ravitailleur. Le système de ravitaillement existe déjà sur les modèles plus anciens du C-130.

La flotte mondiale de « Super Hercules » a plus de 1,3 million d'heures de vol à son actif et est pilotée par 19 opérateurs différents.


Photo : le 50ème KC-130J @ Lockheed-Martin

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 7 Sep 2016 - 13:05

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18 nations participate in ASEAN Exercise 16-3
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Areas of the world riddled with natural disasters and cursed by the secondary effects of mother nature’s wrath demand a responsive force that thinks, trains and plans ahead.

An exercise bringing together those very forces from 18 nations’ military and government organizations kicked off Sept. 5, 2016 at 14th Military Circle, Chonburi Province, Thailand. ASEAN Exercise 16-3 commenced with a fitting demonstration of an earthquake-induced collapsed building Search and Rescue operation.

Helicopters from Japan, Russia, Singapore and Thailand roared toward the airfield, dispatching fast-rope rescue teams and airlifting casualties. Meanwhile, teams on the ground moved casualties from the “hot zone,” a simulated collapsing building, to the “warm zone,” the immediate safety of an open field, and triaged according to casualty condition.

Teams from the Indian Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and Royal Thai Army moved casualties secured on backboards swiftly to the pickup zone or field hospital. It was a grand display of pre-planned, coordinated and rehearsed disaster response, reinforcing the pay-off of the very familiarity and training this exercise will focus on.

“This exercise is intended to foster cooperation and to share experience, information and skills among military medics of the ASEAN member states and plus countries, while fostering capabilities of military units in the region through joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations,” said General Prawit Wongsuwon, Kingdom of Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, during the opening ceremony.

AEx 16-3 is an opportunity for different nations to apply and hone common standard operating procedures and diversify each other’s capabilities for the inevitable calamities of the volatile Indo-Asia-Pacific.

A U.S. contingent of approximately 25 personnel from U.S. Pacific Command; U.S. Army Pacific; U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Pacific Air Forces will work alongside the other nations in both the command post and field training exercises conducting medical planning, air medical evacuation, military medicine and chemical/ biological/ radiological/ nuclear defense.

Approximately 2,000 personnel are participating in the exercise from the 10 ASEAN member states Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and “plus” countries Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia.

“This is considered an important milestone of defense cooperation,” Wongsuwon lauded the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus program, which, “which helps maintain peace, stability and security in the region.”

Humbling reminders of the significance of combined joint disaster response training come in the form of approximately 100 natural disasters on average each year in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Sharing and honing real-world, on the ground, tactical and operational response capabilities facilitates effective, efficient response in a merciless environment.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 7 Sep 2016 - 13:26

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The Marine Corps is celebrating a decade of keeping Marines safer on the battlefield with the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected family of vehicles.

In 2006, combatant commanders identified the urgent operational need for an increased number of MRAP vehicles in theater to provide better protection against underbody mines, improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. MRAP vehicles were already in use by the Army and Marine Corps, but in limited numbers and for specialized missions, such as explosive ordnance disposal and other route clearance work. In response, Marine Corps Systems Command established the MRAP Joint Program Office in 2006, to combine the efforts of Marine Corps, Army, Navy and special operations acquisition expertise. The JPO’s mission was to get the maximum number of vehicles to the operating forces in the shortest period of time.

“The object of the program office was to field vehicles to all the services, U.S. Special Operations Command and coalition partners to ensure the same level of troop protection was provided to the entire joint and combined forces,” said retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Michael Brogan, Joint Program Executive Officer for the MRAP vehicle program from 2007 to 2011 and a former commander of Marine Corps Systems Command. “The presence of the MRAP also challenged the enemy, since the insurgents had to increase the size of their explosive devices to have any effect on these more survivable vehicles. The larger devices, and longer time it took to implant them, increased the likelihood that our troops would detect an IED before it detonated.”

The MRAP family of vehicles consists of four vehicle categories that incorporate a “V-shaped” hull, armor plating and a raised chassis designed to provide protection against the three primary kill mechanisms of mines and IEDs: fragmentation, blast overpressure and acceleration.




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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 7 Sep 2016 - 16:37

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Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract for Nine GaN G/ATOR Systems
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BALTIMORE --- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) received an award from the U.S. Marine Corps for an additional nine AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) low rate initial production (LRIP) systems.

These nine additional systems and all subsequent G/ATOR systems incorporate advanced Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, providing the Marine Corps with nearly $2 million in life cycle cost savings per system. GaN technology also provides a number of performance benefits including lower input power needs, higher efficiency and higher output power. This higher output power can substantially increase threat detection and tracking ranges for all four G/ATOR mission capabilities: air surveillance, weapon cueing, counter-fire target acquisition and air traffic control.

Northrop Grumman is already on contract to provide six G/ATOR LRIP systems, the first of which will be delivered in February 2017.

“There are no other GaN ground-based active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars in production today,” said Roshan Roeder, director, mission solutions, Northrop Grumman. “G/ATOR is the first DoD ground-based AESA system to incorporate GaN in a production program. We proposed this technology as a cost savings measure for the government and funded risk reduction internally to ensure a seamless insertion into the G/ATOR system. We are continuing to look at future technology insertions to continue providing the best capability out there to our warfighters at an affordable cost.”

Northrop Grumman is a leader in the development of AESA radar systems and is also on contract to develop and test high-performance, short- and medium-range radars for additional DoD ground- and ship-based applications. The company's family of ground radar systems includes the AN/APG-83 Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar (HAMMR) AESA system as well as the solid-state AN/TPS-78 and TPS-703 radar systems.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.










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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 16 Sep 2016 - 21:24

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Powerful M1 Abrams Armored Tank In Action During Repair and Ressuply Mission Training  

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U.S. Marines conduct a Large Scale Exercise (LSE) on Marine Air Ground Command Center Twentynine Palms. Video also include footage of soldiers training to recover an M1117, Armored Security Vehicle, from a small creek bed during a driver’s training course for the M1117.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 29 Sep 2016 - 12:31

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U.S. Marine Corps to acquire Polaris Defense MRZR all-terrain vehicle

The U.S. Marine Corps is about to outfit its infantry regiments with a version of the Polaris Defense MRZR four-seater, all-terrain vehicle. That was reported by www.dodbuzz.com.

Under the Utility Task Vehicle program, the Marines are planning to purchase 144 Polaris MRZR-Ds, a new version of the vehicle designed to take diesel and JP8 fuel, Joaquin Salas, business development fort Polaris Defense, told Military.com Tuesday at Modern Day Marine 2016.

No contract has been awarded yet, but the Corps is planning on fielding 18 MRZR-Ds per infantry regiment, according to UTV program information displayed at the USMC’s Program Manager Light Tactical Vehicles booth at the show.

The vehicles are scheduled to go into production in October, Salas said. In addition to the four crew seats, the MRZR-D features a small cargo bed and is capable of carrying 1,500 pounds of payload, Salas said.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Sam 1 Oct 2016 - 12:22

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'Growing' Bullets: US Marines Start Testing 3D-Printed Ammo During Drills

With 3D printing becoming more and more advanced, the Pentagon wants to utilize the technology to create ammunition on the battlefield.

A number of bizarre things have been created through 3D printers. Cookies, bionic ears, and even human stem cells have all been successfully printed. But as with most technologies, the Pentagon is hoping it can utilize 3D printing for its own purposes.

To that end, the US Marine Corps achieved a milestone last week, printing and detonating an indirect fire munition. According to Capt. Chris Wood, co-lead of 3D printing for Deputy Commandant of Installations and Logistics Lt. Gen. Michael, the test was successful, and suggests that the production method could allow the Corps to customize munitions for individual missions.

"One of the benefits of being able to precisely control the way that a munition or warhead is 'grown' through [additive manufacturing] is that we think we’ll be able to tailor the blast and associated fragmentation to achieve specific effects for particular targets, heights, collateral damage, or even environmental considerations," Wood said, according to Military.com. "Some of this can be done currently with very expensive, hand-made munitions, but [additive manufacturing] allows us to do it better, faster and likely cheaper."



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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Lun 10 Oct 2016 - 18:19

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Réflexion sur une possible présence militaire américaine en Norvège


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Une porte-parole du ministère norvégien de la Défense, Ann Kristin Salbuvik, a confirmé une information publiée par le quotidien Adresseavisen selon laquelle les États-Unis envisageraient de déployer 300 militaires du corps des Marines à Værnes, localité située à l’ouest de Trodheim, à un peu plus d’un millier de kilomètres de la frontière avec la Russie.

« Il y a une évaluation au niveau militaire pour examiner les possibilités d’avoir plus de formation, plus de stockage [d'équipements militaires, ndlr] et ce genre de choses », a en effet déclaré Mme Salbuvik à l’AFP, en précisant qu’il n’est « pas question d’une présence [américaine] permanente. »

La ministre norvégienne de la Défense, Ine Eriksen Søreide, a indiqué de son côté qu’il s’agissait d’une demande américaine et que les discussions portaient « sur le plan militaire pour une formation accrue » en Norvège.

« Ce travail est en cours, mais l’initiative n’a pas encore été politiquement débattue au sein du ministère de la Défense. (…) Toutes les propositions concrètes seront évidemment traitées par le gouvernement et le Parlement de la manière habituelle », a encore ajouté Mme Søreide.

Membre de l’Otan depuis 1949, Oslo avait pris l’engagement – déjà pour ne pas froisser la Russie soviétique (comme disait le général de Gaulle) – de ne pas accueillir de forces étrangères sur son territoire tant que le Norvège n’était pas attaquée ou menacée de l’être. Depuis la fin de la Guerre Froide, cette position a évolué, des exercices internationaux de l’Otan étant régulièrement organisés sur le territoire norvégien.

C’est ainsi que, par exemple, l’armée de l’Air a envoyé des Rafale et des Mirage 2000 à Banak, dans le cadre de l’exercice Arctic Thunder et que les unités alpines de l’armée de Terre participent aux manoeuvres Cold Response.

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