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L'OTAN s'exprime...avec prudence dans la controverse du contrat des BPC pour la Russie

L'OTAN s'exprime...avec prudence dans la controverse du contrat des BPC pour la Russie | L’Allemagne pourrait vendre 100 patrouilleurs à l’Arabie Saoudite et 2 autres sous-marin à l’Egypte | Scoop.it

PARIS — France has the right to decide whether to deliver a controversial helicopter carrier to Russia, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. But the opinions of allies also count.

The deal with Moscow may become tougher as the crisis with Ukraine deepens. Foreign policy chiefs from the European Union, US, Russia and Ukraine are due to meet this week in a bid to ease tensions.

Apart from the naval deal on the Mistral helicopter carrier, French hopes for the land sector have been put on hold. Swedish truck maker Volvo has told its French unit, Renault Trucks Defense (RTD), to effectively freeze talks on co-development of a Russian armored vehicle.

Political pressure may be high, but Russian industry hopes to sell arms by attending the June Eurosatory exhibition for land weapons here.

Asked whether Paris should hand over the Mistral helicopter carrier to Moscow, Rasmussen said April 8, “It is a national decision. I am not going to interfere with such national decisions.

“I am confident that France will take the necessary decision, taking into account all the concerns that have been expressed,” he said.

That balanced approach should be applied to Russian interest in French armored vehicles and other military equipment, Rasmussen added.

“Let me stress that such possible regulations are not NATO business, they are dealt with in the European Union and other fora,” Rasmussen said.

The NATO secretary general was speaking at a news conference at a high-level seminar on NATO transformation.

Since Russia last month effectively annexed Crimea from Ukraine, France has come under pressure to cancel a government-to-government arms deal signed in July 2011 with Russia. That €1.2 billion (US $1.6 billion) contract covered the delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, with options for two more.

Some 80 percent of the first two ships has been completed; Russian partner OSK holds a 20 percent work share, an industry executive said.

French subcontractor STX has built the vessels at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in northwestern France, based on a design by prime contractor DCNS.

A second batch of two ships would be built on a 60-40 basis, with the Russian company taking the larger share. DCNS has transferred technology for the work to move to Russia.

Moscow has met an undisclosed payment schedule, the executive said.

Some 400 Russian sailors are due to land in June for four months of training off the French coast, to be led by training company DCI.

A French Navy officer said there is a big difference in the Russian crew culture, which is strictly based on orders from above and a large number of sailors. The Mistral is highly automated, and the 22,000-ton ship requires a relatively small crew of 177. A Russian equivalent would require around 1,000 sailors.

Russia’s search for a carrier drew a number of offers at the time, including from shipbuilders in the Netherlands, Spain and South Korea, two sources said. The French offer of technology transfer made the difference.

France might already have decided whether to deliver the first ship, named Vladivostok, in October, but Paris can keep options open by announcing it only at the delivery time, a French and US source said.

That approach offers “leverage,” but it does not look good, the US official said. “It’s very visible,” the official said.

The sources said Paris has won time to work toward a solution between Moscow and Kiev, rather than revealing its intention.

The Saint-Nazaire dockyard is in the Brittany region, where Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has his electoral base. President François Hollande offered Le Drian the prime minister’s post at a recent Cabinet reshuffle, but the latter declined, media reports said.

Exporting the Mistral does not send sensitive technology to Russia, the US official said.

The Mistral is essentially a civilian ship, and the technology “is not very advanced,” the official said. On bilateral relations between Paris and Washington, “France is in lockstep,” the official said.

A cancellation would hurt France’s image in export markets, a defense specialist said. That concern puts pressure on Paris to deliver the Mistral ships, since a contract has been signed.


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US Navy : des robots pompiers pour lutter contre les feux de navires - OPEXNEWS

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Les feux de navires sont toujours extrêmement redoutés des marins. L'US Navy va tester l'été prochain, en situation réelle, des robots pompiers à bord d'un navire amphibie désaffecté, l'ex-Shadwell, amarré à Mobile Bay, en Alabama.
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SINGAPOUR : Thales place son radar GM200 - OPEXNEWS

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Des radars de surveillance Thales pour Singapour : la force aérienne de l'île-Etat (RSAF) a profité du salon aéronautique qui ouvrait ses portes aujourd'hui pour lever le voile sur une acquisition qui était jusque-là restée confidentielle. Baptisé &Shikra&,...
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GD Electric Boat commence le travail sur la toute première modélisation pour le futur SNLE américain

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QUONSET POINT, R.I. -- Over the next several years, General Dynamics Electric Boat plans to add several new buildings to its facility here, double its workforce, and invest about $150 million -- all as preparation for the construction of the Navy's next-generation nuclear-armed submarine.  

Early prototyping is already under way at Electric Boat for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP), a high-tech, 560-foot long, nuclear-powered submarine. Navy leaders have announced plans to build 12 ORPs, with the first one slated to enter service in the early 2030s. 

General Dynamics Electric Boat is working on a five-year technology development contract worth up to $1.85 billion on the submarine that has come to be known simply as ORP.

These investments come at a time when the majority of the defense industry is scaling back investments because of smaller government defense budgets -- an interesting move during the days of sequestration and reductions.

The ramp up comes as Electric Boat starts the program's initial technology development phase, an effort that involves early design work and some early prototyping welding missile tubes to portions of the hull, said Brian Wilson, ORP program manager, Electric Boat. 

At Quonset Point, a new hull manufacturing center will begin construction in the third quarter of this year, a building which will eventually be joined with a new module outfitting facility, said Robert Hamilton, director of communications, Electric Boat.  

In addition to possibly increasing the Quonset Point workforce from 2,900 up to 6,000 by 2020, Electric Boat may add thousands of workers at its Groton, Conn., facility as well -- the location for final integration and testing of new submarines, Hamilton explained. 

The Quonset Point facility in Rhode Island is one of three Electric Boat manufacturing and development sites, with the others being New London and Groton. The facilities are all currently working on construction of at least five Block III Virginia-class attack submarines at the moment, company officials said. 

Block III is an eight-ship block of submarines and the first two have already been built, said Sean Davies, general manager, Quonset Point, Electric Boat. The construction of Block III Virginia-class submarine is divided up among Electric Boat in Groton, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, or HII, in Newport News, Va.

"The Navy has a 30-year ship building plan. We are building to support the Navy acquisition strategy," Davies said. 

Navy leaders have emphasized that the service hopes to produce the ORP for less than $6 billion per boat. 

Submarine construction has evolved over the years to incorporate greater degrees of efficiency and computer automation, Davies explained.  There are some parts of the process where welding specifications are communicated via computer screen, for example. 

Steel plates are blasted and bent before being welded into a complete cylinder, Davies explained. A cylinder uses three steel plates rolled by a 5,000-ton press, he added. 

"The submarine hull cylinders are built to tight tolerances for circularity. We try to build a circle as perfect as we can because a perfect circle behaves much better when it is subjected to external pressure than a circle that is not perfect," said Davies. 

Each cylinder forms a small portion of the submarine's hull; cylinders are then joined together to form what's called modules, or blocks of the submarines body. The hull surface is given a series of coats for corrosion prevention.

Much of the construction such as the loading of pipes, tanks and electrical equipment is all done in a shop environment prior to final assembly of the hull, in order to minimize costs to construction and increase efficiency, Davies explained.

The coating on the hull has become more efficient as well. Historically individual tiles were glued onto the hull with the desired coating, whereas now there are a series of molds that apply to the hull, enabling a much more efficient process, he said.

The Navy and Electric Boat have partnered up over the years through a program called capital investments, strategies to hopefully cut the costs of manufacturing the Navy's submarine fleet. Navy officials hope to see the investment pay off for ORP and even within the Virginia-class fleet.

With the Virginia-class submarine program, General Dynamics Electric Boat and the Navy together invested $9.4 million in a light metal fabrication shop at Quonset Point, an investment expected to yield $31 million in savings to the program.  

As part of the same strategy, $13.1 million was spent on a module transportation system which will save an estimated $98.6 million.  About $18.2 million was invested in a main construction building at the Groton facility, a move which is expected to yield $81.3 million in savings.


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Le bâtiment collecteur de renseignements français Dupuy de Lôme est entré en Mer Noire le 10 avril

Le bâtiment collecteur de renseignements français Dupuy de Lôme est entré en Mer Noire le 10 avril | L’Allemagne pourrait vendre 100 patrouilleurs à l’Arabie Saoudite et 2 autres sous-marin à l’Egypte | Scoop.it

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Centrafrique: l'armée française durcit le ton envers les anti-balaka - Le Point

Centrafrique: l'armée française durcit le ton envers les anti-balaka - Le Point | L’Allemagne pourrait vendre 100 patrouilleurs à l’Arabie Saoudite et 2 autres sous-marin à l’Egypte | Scoop.it
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