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  • Video of the month | SLDInfo
    Video of the month An Italian First The F 35 Crosses the Atlantic 02 06 2016 The Italians fly the first F 35 across the Atlantic Italian F 35 Pilots First Flight 11 10 2015 Italian F 35 pilots first flight included flying Aussie F 35 Test Firing of F 35 Gun 11 02 2015 F 35 test pilot Maj Charles Flak Trickey fires the first aerial gun test burst

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  • F-35 Consortium | SLDInfo
    world through efficient distribution and warehousing provided by partner suppliers Support centers organized at the depot regional and international levels will ensure a global supply chain management system that provides quick access to F 35 parts systems and expertise More Information F 35 Consortium The Global Reach The F 35 is building a 21st century fighter from the ground up Sustainability is a key element of the program which is based on a global supply chain By building a global fleet of F 35s the U S and its allies will be able to operate globally in a very different way With a global supply chain parts and availability are enhanced and support diversified The global supply chain is a key element of both how to manufacture the aircraft and how to supply the aircraft as operations rolls out In modern manufacturing sustainability is a core element of shaping the capability of a modern combat aircraft Briefing slides and simulations are not the same thing as a finished good of high quality and of high reliability Here you need a trained workforce good engineering practices and an ability to deliver a product of high quality and standards It is challenging to build new systems and not every manufacturer is created equal A core element of today s manufacturing systems is the challenge of managing extended supply chains And these supply chains are subject to disruptions and the need to manage those disruptions The F 35 with its integrated global supply chain is built on a solid foundation to go forward to support 21st century operations These slides describe as of June 2012 the current suppliers in the F 35 program Both within the U S and the partner countries the companies participating in the program are key players in shaping 21st century defense systems and capabilities Play Slideshow F 35 Consortium News View All 02 12 2016 Ship Survivability A Key Fleet Consideration for the Evolving Amphibious Task Force If the Navy buys lower cost low survivability vessels and puts them into harm s way without adequate passive and active protection against burgeoning undersea surface and air space borne threats it runs the Read More 02 12 2016 The Mistral is Coming to Egypt Adding a Sea Base to Its Combat Capability The Egyptian Navy will take delivery of its two Mistral class landing helicopter dock LHD ships this year Read More 02 12 2016 Maintainers at Red Flag 16 1 Providing the Infrastructure for Combat Effectiveness Red Flag 16 1 s training is centered on readiness through completing combat realistic missions in a contested degraded operationally limited environment Read More 02 12 2016 An Italian First The F 35 Crosses the Atlantic and Lands at Pax River February 5 2016 In stark contrast to the F 16 experience the first F 35A to cross the Atlantic was flown by Italy not the USAF Read More 02 12 2016 An Update on Eurofighter Longer Range Missile Integration An Historic Trans

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  • Australian and Chinese Naval Exercises: Shaping a Way Ahead | SLDInfo
    Royal Australian Navy works with China and all of Australia s regional partners to provide a stable and cooperative security environment and encourages constructive relations between all militaries in the region VADML Barrett said Activities such as this provide both countries with an opportunity to operate in close proximity and increase their knowledge of each other s operating procedures HMAS Darwin departed Sydney on 30 December to assume duties as part of Operation MANITOU which is the Australian Government s contribution to the international effort to promote maritime security stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region HMAS Darwin is the 62nd deployment of an RAN ship to the Middle East As Edward Johnson noted in a Bloomberg news story published January 1 2016 Australia walks a diplomatic tightrope between its most important security ally the U S and its largest trading partner China The balancing act has come under pressure amid criticism by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull s government of China s territorial expansion into waters off its eastern and southern coasts One could add as well that the US Navy is forging its own relationship with the Chinese Navy even while the Chinese lay claim to more territory in the South China Sea The challenge is clear how does cooperation impact on Chinese behavior Is it part of a reshaping of relationships or simply an input into the data bank of Chinese strategies to get what they want in the Pacific And last Fall the Royal Australian Navy conducted port calls and exercises with the Chinese Navy According to the Australian Navy The Royal Australian Navy conducted a port visit and naval exercise with the People s Liberation Army Navy PLA N in Zhanjiang China during the period 31 October to 2 November The port visit by HMA

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  • Egypt Receives Second Delivery of Rafales | SLDInfo
    Wolves Egyptian Rafales will be armed with Mica air to air missiles Scalp cruise missiles and AASM Hammer guided missiles The first three Rafales were originally produced for the French Air Force but were diverted to Egypt instead after some French equipment was removed The remainder are due to follow at a rate of five aircraft per year France has ordered 180 Rafales and received 137 so far In April 2015 India ordered 36 Rafales while in May Qatar signed a contract for 24 of the jets Egypt recently took delivery of additional F 16s On 29 October the final four of 12 F 16 Fighting Falcons arrived at Cairo West Air Force Base from the United States The eight preceding F 16s were delivered to Egypt on July 30 and 31 The United States froze the delivery of military hardware to Egypt in 2013 after former President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown by the military after mass protests against his rule In late March 2015 US President Barack Obama lifted a hold on a supply of arms to Cairo authorizing deliveries of US weapons valued at more than 1 3 billion including 12 Lockheed Martin F 16s 20 Boeing Harpoon missiles and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits made by General Dynamics Meanwhile a two seat F 16 of the Egyptian Air Force was destroyed in a crash on 27 January after technical failure during an exercise Both crewmembers pilot Mohamed Gamal Farag and Captain Mahmoud Fouad were killed in the accident at Al Ismailiyah Air Base near Fayed in northeastern Egypt http www defenceweb co za index php option com content view article id 42164 egypt takes delivery of more rafales catid 35 Aerospace Itemid 107 The aircraft involved are DM04 DM05 and DM06

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  • French President Visits India: Rafale Sale Moves Forward | SLDInfo
    tender dubbed the combat aviation deal of the century was supposed to have been one of the most lucrative aviation contracts in history In January 2012 the Indian government announced that Dassault Rafale had won the competition but the negotiations to finalize the sale dragged on for years due to disputes over price technology transfer and other issues v Last year the French and Indian governments decided to launch direct government to government talks to break the commercial logjam between Dassault and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd HAL which was to produce a growing share of the plane in India after an initial delivery of 18 planes vi Modi decided to purchase three dozen planes for two 18 plane squadrons in flyaway condition as India did with the Mirage 2000 in the 1980s which Dassault and Thales are upgrading under another contract rather than await the transfer of assembly and production facilities to India Chandigarh Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French President Francois Hollande at Government Museum Art Gallery in Chandigarh on January 24 PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist According to media reports this week Modi and Holland signed a memorandum of understanding on the inter governmental agreement on the technical aspects of the deal that will provide a modified version of the aircraft with indigenous systems and technology The French President said that the intergovernmental MOU represented a decisive step and that the remaining financial issues will be sorted out in a couple of days vii But the weight of the Indian defense bureaucracy and political imperatives cannot be so easily overcome They both are pressing the Modi government to lower the planned purchase price of the planes which cost more than the planes India has bought from Russia viii and keep a hefty offset requirement to promote the national defense industry as part of Modi s popular make in India program According to the terms Dassault and its partners like Safran and Thales will share technology with India s Defence Research and Development Organisation and Indian private companies ix However Indian firms do not have the capabilities to produce many critical defense items at home while the offset policy has proved ineffective at remedying this deficiency due to the limited absorption capacity of the Indian defense industry x The Indian government could better achieve its goal of reducing the costs of the planes if it were to lower these offset requirements and shape a more effective way forward Dassault issued a statement that it supports the French authorities in finalising a full accord within four weeks but it could well take much longer to finalize the accord xi 83026 random 1 0 5 0 Another unresolved issue is whether Dassault Aviation could accelerate the delivery of the planes which are all supposed to be supplied within seven years of signing the deal xii The company has already committed to sell many planes this year to other foreign customers as well as the French military xiii The total number of planes

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  • A South African Perspective on the Challenge of Maritime Defense and Security | SLDInfo
    Martin has offered its C 130J Super Hercules to meet the South African Air Force s tanker transport and maritime patrol requirements Ray Fajay Director Air Mobility Business Development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics last year said the SC 130J Sea Hercules would be ideal to support the SAAF s maritime surveillance patrol requirements and replace its 70 year old C 47TPs This variant can be fitted with ESM electronic support measures equipment six torpedoes infrared sensors maritime surveillance radar sonobuoys magnetic anomaly detector and four anti shipping missiles A single Sea Hercules would be able to patrol all three of South Africa s exclusive economic zones in one mission according to Lockheed Various other manufacturers in addition to Saab and Lockheed Martin have eyed South Africa s maritime surveillance patrol aircraft requirements and L 3 has offered its King Air based Spydr Bombardier its Dash 8 Q400 and HAL and RUAG the Do 228 Other potentially suitable aircraft include the Viking Twin Otter CN 235MP and ATR 42 72MP At the moment anyone who believes that we have a maritime surveillance capability is indulging in magnificent self delusion neither the C 47TPs nor the C 130s have the necessary capabilities Heitman affirms The several C 47TPs used by the South African Air Force s SAAF s 35 Squadron for maritime surveillance are barely adequate for the job as they have no special mission sensors such as infrared or even optical cameras or radar and are around 70 years old Heitman points out that the SAAF cancelled Project Saucepan for new maritime surveillance aircraft but did promise to move ahead with the maritime patrol aircraft project Metsi That said I saw no funds for Metsi in the budget which is worrying South African Gripen in operation Credit DefenceWeb Given that we have nothing and do not seem likely to get anything soon the SAAF cancelled Project Saucepan for reasons that remain unclear and Metsi is not on the horizon yet we need to grasp at whatever straws are available Heitman states and suggests using Gripens for surveillance as the Swedes do The Gripens could fly reconnaissance sorties along the coast and even over the Mozambique Channel to at least provide a radar picture of what traffic there is Using their reconnaissance pod they could even provide imagery of any ships believed to be suspect Better than nothing would give the fighter types some flying hours and could be used to practise them in some aspects of the gentle art of anti ship strikes Heitman points out that the need to protect and monitor South Africa s coastline and EEZ requires a mix of aircraft and ships because aircraft cannot stay out long enough and cannot carry out an arrest In terms of vessels Heitman believes that accepting that the Mozambique Channel is a vital interest of SA s oil route future offshore gas and oil Maputo harbour and that we need to show ourselves in West Africa at least some of the time the Navy should have a patrol force of at least eight large OPVs offshore patrol vessels with embarked helicopters in addition to the four frigates and at least two but preferably three support ships Plus some small IPVs inshore patrol vessels for harbour environs The submarines then continue to provide strategic surveillance LHDs landing helicopter docks would need to be added if we want to play a regional role Study of the DR 2014 Defence Review will show that the absolute minimum number will be eight OPVs accepting some gaps and some tasks falling to the frigates Heitman stated Under Projects Hotel and Biro the South African Navy will receive three inshore and three offshore patrol vessels and a new hydrographic survey vessel Armscor is currently evaluating bids from various shipyards for OPVs and IPVs under Biro The Spanish Offshore Patrol Vessel ESPS Relámpago Some of the local shipyards bidding for Biro include Southern African Shipyards in partnership with Vard formerly STX and paramount Naval Systems Nautic Africa which has partnered with Austal and Navantia Damen Shipyards Cape Town Abeking Rasmussen and Poly Technologies are also interested in Biro The six new Biro hulls are expected to be taken into service in three to four years from now and will at least initially work alongside the current OPVs These are the converted Warrior Class strikecraft SAS Isaac Dyobha SAS Galeshewe and SAS Makhanda According to the Department of Trade and Industry DTI the 60 local content requirement on both projects will see a projected spend of over R6 billion over the next three to four years The local content requirement will guarantee that at least the hulls are built in South Africa The problem is that gearing up to build just three ships is plain silly If we were going for a two phase project of six ships per phase with smaller vessels and refits etc between the two it would make sense To make all that investment for three is not good economics or even good strategy given that the capability will be lost almost as soon as the last ship is delivered Heitman cautions He suggests developing a proper long term fleet plan from the Defence Review and then developing a 30 year ship building programme to build most or even all of the surface ships That will probably not be cost effective per type but would give a revived ship building and outfitting industry a baseload of work on which to enter other markets particularly for the offshore gas and oil industry Considering numbers the DR argues for three vessels operational at all times in SA waters and four for regional work Assuming all of them are to be OPVs keeping the four frigates in hand as a reserve and for more serious challenges or when a high speed run is required as in the Tristan rescue a while ago that means seven OPVs operational which argues for about 10 in total If we assume

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  • NATO 2015: The Challenges of Hybrid War | SLDInfo
    these acts terrorists attempted to disrupt people s everyday lives and fragment the rules based societies and systems that are the foundation of stability and prosperity Russia continued to pursue a more assertive and unpredictable military posture in 2015 While persisting in illegally occupying parts of Georgia the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and continuing to support separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine Russia also began a military operation in Syria not as part of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL but in support of the Assad regime The serious risks associated with ignoring or skirting agreed international rules and procedures were brought to light in 2015 when violations of Turkish airspace led to the downing of a Russian jet The hybrid nature of security challenges combining military and non military means of inflicting damage or creating instability also continued to colour the security environment in 2015 While the notion of hybrid warfare is not new the scale speed and intensity of the challenge demanded a new approach to preparing for deterring and defending against these threats While Russia s actions have been unpredictable NATO is committed to transparency and is working to update the mechanisms meant to ensure openness in relation to certain military activities and to restore predictability to the relationship with Russia At the same time NATO is fully committed to the collective defence of all Allies and continues to bolster the readiness and responsiveness of its forces Throughout 2015 NATO continued to implement the Readiness Action Plan that was agreed at the NATO Summit in Wales providing assurance for Allies in the eastern part of the Alliance supporting Turkey as it is faced with instability in the South and adapting so that NATO is prepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow These actions have contributed to the most significant reinforcement of NATO s collective defence in decades NATO agreed a hybrid strategy to cope with the fast moving challenges posed through a range of military and non military means The Alliance exercised its forces in a variety of scenarios throughout the year including in its largest exercise in over a decade which brought together more than 36 000 troops from over 30 countries In 2015 Allies invested in defense and security developing and improving their capabilities including ballistic missile defense surveillance and reconnaissance and cyber defense Allies worked together and with partners on the operations and missions in which NATO is engaged from training and advising in Afghanistan to maritime monitoring in the Mediterranean Terrorist attacks are meant to terrify but NATO along with the broader international community has vowed to strengthen its resolve and continue to develop the ways and means of addressing the challenge Every member of the Alliance is part of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL and NATO is working with its partners in the region to bolster their capacity to provide security and prevent further instability NATO deepened its cooperation with partners across a range of areas to build capacity enhance

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  • France, ISIS and the Way Ahead: Michel Gurfinkiel Looks at the Challenge | SLDInfo
    militarized police corps originally in charge of the rural areas but now active in urban areas as well and the regular police each over 100 000 strong in terms of operational personnel The operational defense and security apparatus as a whole can thus be estimated to be about 300 000 or so which is barely enough by any standard for a population of 67 million overseas territories included in a state of multilateral war Security personnel including army personnel involved in the post Charlie Hebdo Operation Sentinelle the protection of places deemed sensible sensitive i e more likely to be attacked have consistently complained of being overworked What about the much broader assignments they now face now under a heightened state of emergency True the Hollande Administration decided in the wake of November 13 to reverse the previous trends and expand the security forces some 8 000 troops are to be recruited to start with Another project is the formation of a voluntary reserve force already dubbed the National Guard Yet such things cannot be implemented overnight New organizations must be adjusted to the larger defense and security structure and of course all new personnel must be trained and equipped A second major difficulty arises from the ethnic and religious diversity of contemporary France the discussion of which has taken on a different and more frank tone since November 13 Whereas the November 13 terrorists in Paris were apparently Muslim French or Belgian citizens of North African descent their victims were overwhelmingly ethnic French Some media attempted to conceal these facts if only by highlighting the presence at Bataclan and other places of some people of North African or African descent However such intimations melted away before the fairer faces of the majority of victims and missing persons seen across the web and on social networks The unsettling sense that the terrorist attacks contained an element of minority versus majority genocidal intent has become very widespread not so surprising really in what is despite centuries of attempted transcendence a country with a bloodline based nationalism Also dawning is the uneasy realization that a war on terror might escalate into a kind of civil war between the ethnic French and the French Muslims even if the security forces are thoroughly integrated and in fact list a high proportion members of the ethnic and religious minorities including observant Muslims Again the numbers seem to matter Due to a combination of immigration and natural increase the French Muslim community grew from about 5 percent of the total population of 60 million in 1997 to 9 percent of 67 million in 2014 Where in 1997 there were 3 million French Muslims there are now 6 5 million Moreover some places big cities as well are rural areas now have Muslim majorities And in younger cohorts thanks to greater fertility or the inflow of immigrants the proportion of Muslims is much higher than the national average Fully a fifth of French citizens or residents under age 24 are Muslims Once one sees these demographic geographical and generational factors together the likely consequences of an internecine conflict become clear For instance in the département county of Seine Saint Denis in the northern suburbs of Paris of which Saint Denis is the administrative center around 30 percent of the population and about 50 percent of the youth are Muslim Since war including civil war is fought by young persons usually young men in their late teens and early twenties the Muslim non Muslim ratio there would not be 1 to 9 as the overall demographic data would suggest but closer to 1 to 1 Which raises a further question How central is radical Islam to the lives of French Muslims and by implication how French do they feel According to a comprehensive investigation published just one year ago by Fondapol the French Foundation for Political Innovation a political science think tank French Muslims split into three group observants believers and French citizens of Muslim origin A photograph of the theater hall reveals the bloody horror that unfolded when terrorists opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at The Eagles of Death Metal rock concert on November 13 Credit Daily Mail The first group which enforces strict religious practice among its members and is largely influenced by Wahhabism and other fundamentalist movements more often than not its mosques are funded by Saudi Arabia or Qatar grew from 36 percent in 2001 to 42 percent in 2014 It is much more likely than the two other groups to entertain negative views of non Muslims The second group whose members advocate a measure of compromise between traditional Islam and the French way of life and entertains slightly less negative views against non Muslims fell from 42 percent in 2001 to 34 percent in 2014 The third group whose members clearly identify with French culture human rights and French democratic patriotism and which tends to be more positive toward non Muslims including Jews fell from 25 percent in 2007 to 21 percent in 2014 All in all religious assertiveness is clearly growing among French Muslims and in a political age is bound to be politicized before long and at least to some extent These trends are leading to the increasing de facto segregation of Muslims from non Muslims a condition that Muslim communities increasingly seem to choose It is now frequently the case that neighborhoods with Muslim majorities are no go zones where the even the police fear to tread Christine Angot a liberal minded best selling writer participated this past summer in a television program at the working class neighborhood in Chateauroux in central France where she was brought up She realized that the place had become such a Muslim no go zone She described her experience in Le Monde on October 1 When we arrived all of us the TV crew complete with their cameras and sound booms and the writer who grew up there we had to account

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