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L'admission au service actif du 1er sous-marin Scorpene brésilien retardée d'un an et recalée au 2ème trimestre 2018

L'admission au service actif du 1er sous-marin Scorpene brésilien retardée d'un an et recalée au 2ème trimestre 2018 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Navy of Brazil and the Itaguaí Marine Construction (ICN) - a company formed by the Brazilian company Odebrecht Defense and the French shipyard DCNS - agreed a change in the construction schedule of the first Brazilian submarine Scorpene class (S-BR), the "Riachuelo" (S40).

According to this adjustment, the vessel shall open sea trials around the month of July 2017, which will delay its delivery to the Navy's operating sector for the second quarter 2018.

In the final half of 2009, the General Directorate of the forecast of the Navy Material (DGMM) was that the SBR-1 was ready in 2015 (see story "Schedule of supplies of submarines and EC725 helicopters" , published by the Naval Power in September 3, 2009). Later, the Submarine Development Program (PROSUB) Navy had its modified deployment. The new forecast, the "Riachuelo", first of the four conventional submarines to be built, would be ready in 2016 and, after completion of dock tests and sea, would be delivered to MB in mid 2017.

According to the Naval Power can determine at that time the ICN and the Navy examine the development of an amendment to the construction contract of the submarines that specify the new manufacturing schedule SBR-1, because it involves several changes in deadlines, both for technical targets to be achieved, as the result of financial disbursements.

The expectation on the operation of the ship is, however, a very positive level.

One of the points that draws the attention of Brazilian concerns remedies adopted by designers and French manufacturers, to ensure a standard of quiet operation of the ship.

It must be said that were found technical resources capable of reducing vibration and sound produced naturally by the submarine in its displacement. A set of devices that extends from the work of special shims of pipes attached to the inner walls of the boat, suitable to eject fatty flows.

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Le Brésil va remettre en service sur le PA Sao Paulo après modernisation des aéronefs C1-A Trader inactifs depuis 26 ans

Le Brésil va remettre en service sur le PA Sao Paulo après modernisation des aéronefs C1-A Trader inactifs depuis 26 ans | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Brazilian Navy is restarting the refurbishment of eight C1/S2 carrier based transport aircraft. If everything goes according to plan, four ex-US Navy C-1A Trader aircraft that have rested for 26 years in the aircraft boneyard in Arizona will return to sea, operating from the deck of Brazil’s aircraft carrier São Paulo.

Over a thousand C1/S2 aircraft were produced by Grumman between 1952 and served on board US Navy Carriers for three decades, from the mid 50s through the 1980s. A total of 83 C-1A models were produced, used as the Navy’s Carrier On-Board Delivery (COD) aircraft. In 1988 the Traders were retired and sent to the Davis Monthan Boneyard outside Tucson, Arizona.
Unlike the US and French Navies, that operate the E-2C/D Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound from larger aircraft carriers, the Brazilian Navy’s only aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo is constrained in catapult strength and deck size, limiting their choice of aircraft to the smaller, lighter Tracker/Trader.

Among the last fleets to operate the S-2, the Brazilians turned to Arizona based Marsh Aviation of Mesa Arizona to modernize the eight aircraft retrieved from the nearby boneyard. Marsh had experience in such refurbishing jobs, as the company refurbished 26 ex-Navy tankers into S-2T aerial firefighters for the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CDF). Israel Aerospace Industries(IAI) performed a similar job in the 1990s, replacing the piston-engined Trackers operated by the Argentinian Navy with turboprops.

The Brazilians opted to refurbish the Trader carrier transport variants, from aircraft they selected at the boneyards. Originally the Brazilian Navy was planning to convert eight aircraft – four into S-2T Airborne Early Warning configuration, at present, four C-1As are to be converted into Turbo Traders, re-designated KC-2 COD/AAR (Carrier-On-Board/ Air-to-Air Refueling). They will be used as COD and aerial refueling aircraft on board the Brazilian Navy’s aircraft carrier, the NAe São Paulo.

As with the S-2T, the original rotary piston engines will be replaced Honeywell TPE-331 turbo-prop engines, the KC-2 will also get a modern Glass Cockpit, new communication systems, Environmental Control Systems (ECS), as well as integration of air to air refueling capabilities.

Originally signed four years ago, in October 2011, the upgrade was delayed due legal difficulties encountered by Marsh. Last month, the Brazilian navy’s directorate of aeronautics and Marsh Aviation revived the program, with the introduction of M7 Aviation, of San Antonio, Texas, as a subcontractor and facilitator.

While the eight airframes were bought at a ‘bargain’ price of $32,000 each, the entire refurbishment, re-engining and upgrading program would cost $167 million, according to the original contract awarded to Marsh back in 2011. M7 would receive $106 million for its part in the five-year project. The upgrade work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, at the facilities of M7 Aerospace, an Elbit Systems of America subsidiary, under the supervision of Brazilian Navy officers who are currently deployed to San Antonio.

Originally scheduled for delivery by 2015, the first KC-2 prototype flight is expected for November 2017 and the delivery of the first operational aircraft to the Brazilian Navy is scheduled for December 2018. The aircraft will be operated by the 1st Transport and Early Warning Squadron (VEC-1) based in the Sao Pedro d’Aldeia Naval Air Station.

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Dilma Rousseff inaugure officiellement le hall d'assemblage principal du chantier de construction des sous-marins brésiliens

Dilma Rousseff inaugure officiellement le hall d'assemblage principal du chantier de construction des sous-marins brésiliens | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

On 12 December, the President of the Brazilian Republic, Dilma Rousseff, officially inaugurated the main hall of the submarine construction shipyard, located in Itaguaí in the Bay of Sepetiba. This industrial facility brings together specific resources and tools for the assembly and equipping of Scorpene submarine sections in the frame of the Brazilian Navy submarine programme. DCNS also provides support for the non-nuclear part of the first nuclear-powered Brazilian submarine.

The ceremony took place in the presence of the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian Defence Minister, Celso Amorim, Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto of the Brazilian Navy, high representatives and the CEOs of DCNS and Odebrecht, Hervé Guillou and Marcelo Odebrecht.

The responsibilities of DCNS for the construction of this shipyard covered the design, the definition of the functional specifications, technical support for the construction of the shipyard and naval base, worksite management and the reception of the installations and industrial equipment.

The inauguration of this new building marks an important milestone for the programme and illustrates the success of the partnership with Brazil. The function of the shipyard is to assemble the submarine sections built in the Metal Assembly Production Unit by Itaguai Construções Navais (Joint-venture between Odebrecht and DCNS) and integrate equipment and systems.

The inauguration relates to the main building, the shipyard’s largest installation. When it becomes operational, its dimensions and industrial facilities will allow the simultaneous construction of two submarines, thus confirming its large industrial capacity.

Hervé Guillou explains: “The achievement of this milestone demonstrates that Brazil possesses cutting-edge industrial infrastructures allowing it to strengthen the capacities of its Navy. DCNS is proud to work alongside the Brazilian Navy to ensure the success of this vast technology-transfer programme.”

The four Scorpene-type conventional S-BR submarines respond to the specific requirements of the Brazilian Navy. They are perfectly suited to the protection and defence needs of Brazil’s 8,500 kilometres of coastline. The Scorpene submarines are versatile ocean-going submarines designed for all types of missions, including surface-vessel warfare, anti-submarine warfare, special operations and intelligence gathering.

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La marine brésilienne étudie la refonte de l’ex-Foch et s’intéresse au Gripen - Mer et Marine

La marine brésilienne étudie la refonte de l’ex-Foch et s’intéresse au Gripen - Mer et Marine | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Manque de moyens financiers pour lancer PRONAE

L’ex-Foch de la marine française, mis en service en 1963 et transféré au Brésil en 2001, ne dispose pour l’heure que de vieux  A-4 M Skyhawk datant de 1977. Des avions périmés que la marine brésilienne souhaite voir remplacés par de nouveaux appareils. La construction de nouveaux porte-avions est aussi voulue dans le cadre du projet PRONAE. Mais les problèmes économiques rencontrés par le Brésil, s’ils n’ont pas remis en cause les ambitions du pays de se doter d’une force de projection aéronavale, retardent clairement le lancement de ce programme. Du coup, en attendant d’avoir les moyens de construire de nouveaux porte-avions, le Brésil étudie la refonte du Sao Paulo. Un bâtiment aujourd'hui très ancien et qui navigue relativement peu. Le contenu de l’éventuel chantier de rénovation n’est pas connu à ce jour, aucun contrat en ce sens n’ayant encore été lancé. Mais il parait clair que les travaux tiendront compte des nouveaux avions embarqués que la marine brésilienne souhaite acquérir.

Avec deux options possibles : soit conserver les deux catapultes à vapeur de 50 mètres dont est doté l’ex-Foch, soit les débarquer et intégrer éventuellement à la proue du bateau un tremplin.


Saab a dévoilé la version navalisée de son avion en 2010

 Lorsque Saab a dévoilé en 2010 le Sea Gripen, version navalisée de son avion de combat, le constructeur suédois avait affirmé qu’il pouvait être développé en modes CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off Barrier Arrested Recovery) et STOBAR (Short Take Off Barrier Arrested Recovery)...



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L'Angola modernise sa Marine pour protéger ses ressources maritimes : accord de partenariat avec le Brésil

L'Angola modernise sa Marine pour protéger ses ressources maritimes : accord de partenariat avec le Brésil | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Last month, Brazil and Angola signed a Technical Memorandum of Understanding for the Brazilian navy to support the development of Angola’s naval capabilities. Angola will purchase seven Brazilian Macae patrol ships, four of them built in Brazil with Angolan personnel support, and three others in Angola. Brazil will also train Angolan military personnel and build a shipyard in Angola. The agreement is another sign of Brazil and Angola’s strategic partnership, following their 2010 Defense Cooperation Agreement and more recent pacts on naval and aeronautic cooperation. But it also fits into Angola’s broader strategy to secure its maritime borders to safeguard its oil and fishing resources.

Angola’s military authorities first made improving the navy’s capabilities a priority in 2006, when Gen. Agostinho Nelumba, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, called for a complete naval modernization. Since then, they have followed up with several initiatives. In 2009, Angola announced plans for a National Maritime Surveillance System (SINAVIM) to monitor, control and protect territorial waters against illicit activities. As planned, SINAVIM will include a monitoring component—with short-, medium- and long-range radars, data-processing centers and four regional centers distributed along the Angolan coast—and an operational component comprised of naval and aerial assets, including unmanned aerial vehicles. Although the Angolan government has yet to set a target date for acquiring and installing the necessary systems, when it becomes fully operational, SINAVIM will also support the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), a regional partnership that promotes shipping and security, according to Minister of Transportation Augusto da Silva Tomas. ...

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Angola : accord avec le Brésil pour la construction de 7 patrouilleurs de conception brésilienne classe Macaé

Angola : accord avec le Brésil pour la construction de 7 patrouilleurs de conception brésilienne classe Macaé | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Angola's Naval Power Development Programme (PRONAVAL) took a significant step forward on 5 September, when Minister of Defence João Manuel Lourenço and his Brazilian counterpart, Celso Amorim, signed a technical memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering the construction of seven Macaé-class patrol boats.

The MoU specifies that four vessels will be built in Brazil, with the other three to be constructed in Angola. The two governments will now begin contractual negotiations to establish the technical configuration of the ships.

The project will be run by Brazil's state-owned Naval Projects Management Company (EMGEPRON), which will also oversee the building of a shipyard in Angola and the training of the associated industrial and naval personnel.

Already in service with the Brazilian Navy, the Macaé class is a local modification of French company CMN's Vigilante 400 CL54 design.

Vessels in the class have a displacement of about 500 tonnes, a length of 54.2 m, a beam of 8 m, a top speed of 21 kt, a range of 2,500 n miles at a cruising speed of 15 kt, an endurance of 10 days, and a complement of 35.

The vessels currently in service in Brazil have two MTU Friedrichshafen 16V 4000 M90 diesel engines coupled to controllable pitch propellers; Ares Aerospacial e Defesa electro-optical sensors; IPqM's TTI 2900 tactical control system; and the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT 250 integrated bridge system, which includes X-band and Y-band navigation radars.

They can carry rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) and are armed with an Allied Ordnance of Singapore L70 NADM 40 mm gun and two 20 mm Oerlikon GAM-B01 guns.

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Le Brésil et la Colombie vont développer en commun un nouveau patrouilleur fluvial conçu spécialement pour l'Amazone

Le Brésil et la Colombie vont développer en commun un nouveau patrouilleur fluvial conçu spécialement pour l'Amazone | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Colombia and Brazil signed an agreement earlier this month to begin joint development of a river patrol vessel specifically designed for the Amazon.

The Amazon Patrol Vessel (Buque Patrullero Amazónico - BPA) will be jointly designed and developed by Brazil's EMGEPRON and Colombia's COTECMAR, with the latter stating that the design would capitalise on previous work with the 373-ton PAF-series river patrol vessel - a fully armoured gunboat capable of embarking a medium-size helicopter.

The agreement marks the second phase in the Colombian-Brazilian bilateral defence co-operation agreement signed in July 2008, which began to be implemented in late 2012 with a USD6.4 million order of four COTECMAR LPR-40 river patrol boats, two each for the Brazilian Army and Navy.

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Airbus livre à la marine brésilienne le premier EC725 construit localement par Helibras | Mer et Marine

Airbus livre à la marine brésilienne le premier EC725 construit localement par Helibras | Mer et Marine | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Le premier EC725 réalisé au Brésil et destiné à la marine de ce pays a été livré vendredi dernier. C’est ce qu’a annoncé hier Airbus Helicopters, dont la filiale locale, Helibras, est en charge de la production des machines à Itajubá, dans l’Etat de Minais Gerais. Représentant un investissement de 160 millions d’euros, la nouvelle usine comprend la chaîne d’assemblage final de l’EC725, des bancs d’essais, un centre d’ingénierie et des espaces de formation et d’entrainement.

A ce jour, les forces armées brésiliennes ont reçu 12 hélicoptères de ce type, soit 5 pour l’armée de l’air, 4 pour l’armée de terre et 3 pour la marine. Alors que les 11 premiers ont été réalisés en France par Airbus, la machine livrée vendredi dernier a été assemblée Itajubá avec l’aide technique d’une équipe hexagonale. Helibras va désormais monter en puissance pour produire les prochains EC725, l’objectif étant de générer le maximum de retombées sur l’économie locale. A ce titre, un accord a été signé avec 16 sociétés brésiliennes pour la fourniture de différents composants, représentant 50% de l'hélicoptère.

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http://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/airbus-livre-la-marine-bresilienne-le-premier-ec725-construit-localement

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Brésil : des nouvelles de l'état d'avancement de la construction des sous-marins à Itaguai

Brésil : des nouvelles de l'état d'avancement de la construction des sous-marins à Itaguai | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Protect 8500 km of coastline and hidden riches under the sea, as the reserves of the pre-salt and minerals from Blue Amazon. With this goal, advances in building Brazil's first five submarines, one of them with nuclear propulsion, in partnership with France.

"Brazil holds riches that are in our beautiful sea. It is our responsibility to have a strong armed force. Not to make war, but not to go to war. Not to try to take our wealth. The nuclear submarine is one of the weapons most likely to deterrence, "he said in an interview with AFP the admiral of the fleet Gilberto Roffé Max Hirschfeld, general coordinator of Prosub, submarine development program, estimated to cost in U.S. $ 23 billion (about U.S. $ 10 billion).

The new submarines will replace the five conventional that Brazil currently has, built between 1980 and 1990, in partnership with Germany, and that are at the end of its life.

In Itaguai, 70 km south of Rio de Janeiro, is the complex of 540 thousand square meters where the Brazilian contractor Odebrecht, the French state-owned DCNS Defense and the Navy of Brazil work together to meet a schedule that extends to 2025.

In the factory, the first conventional submarine (SBR1), planned for launch to sea in 2017, is 45% complete, and the second (planned for 2019) begins to be built. The rest will be completed every 18 months.

The dimensions of the complex are impressive: at the factory, with 38 meters high, laborers work in large steel plates, which together form the sturdy hull of conventional submarines ready, will be 75 feet long and weigh 2,000 tons.

A few yards away, 3,000 people work at a fast pace to lift the shipyard, scheduled to open in November, where sections of the submarines will be assembled.

The infrastructure will also have a yard maintenance, a naval base and a radiological complex, where the exchange of nuclear fuel will be taken.

The nuclear submarine (SNBR), 100 feet long and 6,000 tons, will begin construction in 2017 and will be released in 2025.

Currently, only five countries design and build nuclear submarines: China, UK, U.S., Russia and France.

Conventional submarines have restrictions such as diesel-electric engine, which forces them to go to the surface every 12 hours or 24 hours to charge the batteries and change the air breathed in the cabin.

More expensive, nuclear propulsion are faster and do not need to come out, because they use atomic energy, supply practically inexhaustible, to move their engines, and breathed air is purified by a chemical compound.


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La Marine brésilienne va tester à son tour le petit hélidrone Camcopter S-100

La Marine brésilienne va tester à son tour le petit hélidrone Camcopter S-100 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Austria's Schiebel is scheduled to test its Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Brazil from 2-5 June.

The system was shortlisted by the Brazilian Navy for its VANT-E (Veículo Aéreo Não Tripulado-Embarcado) naval UAV project together with the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle fixed-wing system.

The latter was tested by the Brazilian Navy in February 2014 from its Apa (P121) offshore patrol vessel.

Navy officials are looking to procure 10 systems in two separate tranches, with the first by 2015 and second by 2023, a spokesperson for the service's General Directorate for Naval Equipment told IHS Jane's on 16 May.

Each system will comprise two to five vehicles and associated equipment, including an electro-optical payload and services, the spokesperson added.

Patrick H. 's insight:

La Marine néerlandaise vient de le tester avec succès :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4020643492/2014/05/02/l-helidrone-camcopter-s-100-teste-avec-succes-en-milieu-maritime-par-la-marine-neerlandaise

L'appareil de la firme autrichienne Schiebel connaît un certain succès. La France le met déjà en œuvre et l'Italie vient de confirmer ce choix  :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4015773272/2014/02/11/la-marine-italienne-choisit-aussi-le-drone-a-voilure-tournante-camcopter-s-100-uav-de-schiebel

Le Vietnam s'est également positionné pour son acquisition :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4016094859/2014/02/17/singapore-airshow-le-vietnam-est-a-son-tour-en-discussions-pour-l-acquisition-du-camcopter-s-100

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Navantia signe un accord avec l'industriel Synergy Group avec l'objectif de contrats pour la Marine brésilienne

Navantia signe un accord avec l'industriel  Synergy Group avec l'objectif de contrats pour la Marine brésilienne | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Infodefensa.com) Madrid - Navantia prepares to land in Brazil through the front door. The Spanish shipbuilder has signed a memorandum of understanding ( MoU ) with Synergy Group , a military shipyard in the country, to create a strategic defense company ( EED ) with which to supply the Brazilian Navy . Certificate of EED , created last year, involves, among others, tax benefits and better access to the Brazilian military programs.

The new company, called Construções Navais of Defesa do Brasil , Navantia promote products in the South American country to become a supplier of reference Marinha do Brasil explained from the Spanish firm.

In it, they add, "the tech Navantia in military shipbuilding, with manufacturing capacity of Synergy Group" will be combined.

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The agreement was signed in Madrid by the president of Synergy Group, Germán Eframovich and President of Navantia, Jose Manuel Revuelta . With this agreement, Navantia consolidates its presence in Brazil and strengthens its commercial options to get the great naval engagements, since the technology partner is the only Brazilian shipyard is currently building boats for Marinha Brazil.

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Il s'agit, pour Navantia, de se placer en position favorable dans la perspective du grand programme de construction navale brésilien PROSUPER :

"Navantia is hoping to beat off perhaps as many as six rivals to win a design order for up to 11 ships - including five 6,000 tonne frigates, five 1,800 tonne OPV patrol boats and a logistics support ship."

http://www.janes.com/article/36536/navantia-inks-naval-agreement-with-brazil-s-synergy-group


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Le Brésil envisage d'acquérir de nouveaux patrouilleurs de 500 T classe Macae en contrat de leasing

Le Brésil envisage d'acquérir de nouveaux patrouilleurs de 500 T classe Macae en contrat de leasing | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Brazilian Navy's Naval Engineering Directorate (DEN) is considering acquiring another 39 Macaé-class (NAPA 500) patrol ships, of which 20 are scheduled to be procured under a new leasing architecture, a top DEN manager told IHS Jane's .

The leasing acquisition procedure is being considered by navy leaders in co-ordination with Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais, a state-owned company specialising in naval project management. An acquisition schedule has not yet been established, the DEN source added.

The NAPA 500 project, based on Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie's (CMN's) 54 m Vigilante 400CL 54 design, currently covers the construction of 46 ships as part of the navy's modernisation plan (PAEMB).

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Nouvelle avarie sur le São Paulo (ex-porte-avions Foch) | Mer et Marine

Nouvelle avarie sur le São Paulo (ex-porte-avions Foch) | Mer et Marine | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Le porte-avions brésilien São Paulo, ex-Foch français, a été victime d’une nouvelle avarie le 30 janvier. Deux jours après son appareillage pour des essais sur son système propulsif, une fuite de combustible s’est déclarée alors que le bâtiment se trouvait dans la baie de Guanabara, face à Rio de Janeiro. La marine a déployé des barrages flottants pour contenir la pollution et récupérer les hydrocarbures qui s’étaient échappés en mer suite à une rupture de canalisation.  La veille, le porte-avions avait été victime d’une fuite de vapeur, touchant légèrement trois marins. Après une visite médicale, ceux-ci ont pu reprendre leur poste. Ces nouveaux incidents ont suscité quelques remous au Brésil, des membres d’équipage ayant initialement évoqué une situation dangereuse et des risques d’explosion...

...La presse brésilienne s’interroge logiquement sur l’état du São Paulo, qui a déjà été victime de plusieurs accidents graves. Ainsi, le site Poder Naval rappelle que depuis son rachat à la France, en 2000, l’ex-Foch, qui est entré en service en 1963, a connu pas moins de six incendies faisant quatre morts et 13 blessés, le dernier sinistre mortel remontant à 2012....


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Une commission de la Direction du matériel de la Marine brésilienne préconise l'acquisition du TCD Siroco

Une commission de la Direction du matériel de la Marine brésilienne préconise l'acquisition du TCD Siroco | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

sA Brazilian Navy (MB) evaluation commission from the General Directorate of Naval Material recommended procurement of the French Navy Siroco (L 9012) Foudre-class landing platform dock (LPD) in late January, according to local reports.

The Brazilian commission surveyed the 12,000-ton Siroco at its homeport of Toulon in mid-December 2014. Siroco 's latest operational deployment, in November 2014, included transporting troops and supplies to support deployment of French Air Force Mirage 2000s to Jordan as part of operations against the Islamic State.

Siroco was commissioned in December 1998 and is the second of the Foudre-class LPDs, the first of which was sold in 2011 to the Chilean Navy. Chilean officials had announced interest in Siroco since 2013; however, Chile's new government announced in late 2014 that it would no longer seek a second LPD.

At 1,536 m 2 , Siroco has a slightly larger helicopter deck than sister ship Foudre .

Siroco is scheduled for decommission from the French Navy in June 2015, following its last operational deployment, which will be to the Gulf of Guinea. The ship will decommission without replacement, as the fourth Mistral-class landing helicopter deck originally planned was cancelled in France's 2013 defence White Paper.

Brazilian reports indicate that the ship will be procured for EUR80 million (USD91 million), plus maintenance and reconditioning services to be provided by France's DCNS.

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Given the relatively poor expectations for Brazil's economy in 2015 and the uncertainty from the low oil prices, an opportunity buy of Siroco is likely, especially because the ship would be a much needed replacement for ageing ex-US Thomaston-class LPDs.

The navy's Programa de Obtenção de Navios Anfíbios (PRONAnf) requires two 12,500-ton ships with a large helicopter hangar and the ability to transport up to 490 troops. Siroco 's four-helicopter capacity and 450-troop capacity closely matches these requirements and would be available by the end of 2015 or early 2016.

While PRONAnf specifies that the preferred choice would be for local construction of a foreign design already in service with an international navy; it does not discard secondhand procurement.

The MB's medium- and long-term requirements outlined in the National Defence Strategy (END) and translated into the navy's re-equipment programme (PRM) are vast and need to be matched by adequate budgets. The END specifically favours strengthening the local shipbuilding industry, but the MB in the past has resorted to more pragmatic opportunity buys, especially for large ships. For example, in 2008 the navy bought Garcia D'Avila (ex-Sir Galahad) and Almirante Saboia (ex-Sir Bedivere) landing ship tanks from the UK's Royal Fleet Auxiliary for a combined USD47 million.

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Un hélicoptère prototype EC725 Caracal avec AM39 Exocet et radar AN/APS-143 testé par Helibras et Airbus pour la Marine brésilienne

Un hélicoptère prototype EC725 Caracal avec AM39 Exocet et radar  AN/APS-143 testé par Helibras et Airbus pour la Marine brésilienne | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

A specialized team of Helibras and Airbus Helicopters experts tested for future Brazilian Navy needs a prototype of the EC725 Caracal carrying two MBDA Exocet AM39 anti-ship missiles and a chin mounted Telephonics AN/APS-143 maritime imaging radar system. Eight of the Sixteen EC725 helicopters belonging to the Brazilian Navy will receive this configuration. As part of "Project H-X BR" 50 EC725s were ordered by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense for the three Army corps.

More than 20 flights were performed in Marignane, France during a one month period, from April to May 2014.
Experiments performed with such heavy weapons, weighing around 700 kg per missile, are very rare and require close coordination and collaboration among several departments, including the armament, structures, integration, computation, aerodynamics, loads, vibrations and flight tests.

According to a Brazilian Navy press release, the significant results achieved during these flights in different profiles and maneuvers were satisfactory, and confirmed the predictions of land based testing (vibration tests and associated extensive computer simulations) carried out by Airbus Helicopter and MBDA.
Following the positive results of this first test in France, the certification campaign of this configuration will be conducted in Brazil in 2015 by the Airbus Helicopters-Helibras consortium. Brazilian company HELIBRAS will use a prototype platform which will subsequently be the first EC725 (local designation UH-15A) helicopter to be delivered to the Navy of Brazil.
This is a major technological and operational step that will ultimatly bring state of the art capabilities to the Brazilian Navy's naval aviation.

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Le Brésil choisit le missile de défense aérienne Sea Ceptor de MBDA pour ses futures corvettes classe Tamandaré

Le Brésil choisit le missile de défense aérienne Sea Ceptor de MBDA pour ses futures corvettes classe Tamandaré | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Brazil has chosen the MBDA Sea Ceptor shipborne local area air-defence system to equip the Brazilian Navy's new Tamandaré-class corvettes, it was announced on 28 November.

Brazil is planning to build four of the 2,400-tonne Tamandaré-class corvettes (formerly known as the CV03 project), with local shipbuilder VARD Niterói selected to draw up the preliminary design of the vessel in February.

The new corvettes are understood to be broadly based on the design of the Brazilian Navy's existing V34/Barosso-class corvettes. The Tamandaré-class is intended to be fully multirole, featuring both anti-ship and anti-air missile capabilities, a main gun and secondary armament, as well as the ability to embark a helicopter.


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Sur ce sujet, lire aussi l'article de Navy Recognition :

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/year-2014-news/november-2014-navy-naval-forces-maritime-industry-technology-security-global-news/2214-mbdas-sea-ceptor-selected-for-brazilian-navys-next-generation-corvette-programme.html

et celui de Defense News qui rappelle que la Nouvelle-Zélande a aussi commandé ce système d'armes :

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141128/DEFREG05/311280010/Brazil-Orders-Sea-Ceptor-Air-Defense-Missile


Le système de détection principal de ces corvettes sera un nouveau radar développé en partenariat avec BAE Systems et  basé sur la technologie du radar britannique Artisan 3D :

http://www.planobrazil.com/artisan-3d-radar-da-corveta-brasileira-classe-tamandare/


Il y a un an, la presse brésilienne dévoilait quelques éléments du cahier des charges de ce projet :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4010353968/2013/11/03/marine-bresilienne-premiers-elements-de-design-des-futures-corvettes-cv03-avec-ou-sans-mat-integre


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La Marine brésilienne commande 3 hélicoptères MH-60 Seahawk supplémentaires

La Marine brésilienne commande 3 hélicoptères MH-60 Seahawk supplémentaires | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Brazilian Naval Aviation has ordered 3 Sikorsky S70B / MH-60 Seahawk to replace its aging SH-3 Sea King operated for more than three decades in the 1st Squadron Helicopter Anti-Submarine (HS-1, Squadron Guerrero). The package includes a tactical operational flight trainer, five sets of night vision goggles AN / AVS-9, spare parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, personnel training and associated equipment, publications and technical documentation.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Après les 2 exemplaires déjà livrés l'an dernier et 2 autres auparavant :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4010352920/2013/11/03/le-bresil-va-recevoir-deux-helicopteres-navals-seahawk-s-70b-supplementaires


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Le Brésil va dévoiler au salon Euronaval le nouveau design d'une série de patrouilleurs océaniques conçus par EMGEPRON

Le Brésil va dévoiler au salon Euronaval le nouveau design d'une série de patrouilleurs océaniques conçus par EMGEPRON | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Brazilian state-owned naval project management company EMGEPRON (Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais) is to unveil the design for Brazil's first indigenously developed offshore patrol vessel (OPV) at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition, taking place in Paris, France at the end of October.

The design has been developed by the Brazilian Navy's Ships Project Center (CPN).

The ship - given the designation Navio-Patrulha Oceânico BRasil (NaPaOc-BR), or BR-OPV - has been designed to carry out surveillance tasks in Brazil's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), including the protection of offshore resource platforms; to combat illegal activity at sea; to provide security for maritime traffic; and to support search-and-rescue operations.

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Airbus Defence & Space livre le dernier des 9 avions PATMAR P-3 Orion modernisés au Brésil

Airbus Defence & Space livre le dernier des 9 avions PATMAR P-3 Orion modernisés au Brésil | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Airbus Defence & Space has delivered the last of nine Lockheed P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft it has upgraded for the Brazilian air force.

The final enhanced example has been ferried from Airbus Defence & Space’s facility in Seville, Spain to the service's base in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil.

Acquired from the US Navy in 2006, the nine aircraft have been equipped with a suite of mission sensors, communications systems and cockpit avionics, alongside the Airbus Defence & Space Fully Integrated Tactical System.

In addition, work was carried out on the airframes and Rolls-Royce T56 powerplants to prolong the P-3’s operational life “for many years to come”.

Brazil will use the modernised aircraft to perform ASW, maritime patrol, search and rescue and economic exclusion zone enforcement missions.

Under the terms of its contract with Airbus, Brazil has received a package of industrial offsets, including training and research in the aerospace sector.

Airbus Defence & Space has modernised a total of 12 P-3 Orions – nine for the Brazilian air force and three for its Spanish equivalent.

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La Marine brésilienne va moderniser ses hélicoptères navals Lynx

La Marine brésilienne va moderniser ses hélicoptères navals Lynx | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Brazilian Navy is to update eight AgustaWestland Lynx Mk21A helicopters in a deal worth $160 million, the company announced Wednesday.

The upgrade includes installation of a new higher powered engine, an avionics suite comprising a tactical processor, satellite-based navigation, instrument landing system, radar warning receiver/electronic surveillance measures and other improvements. The deal also includes a flight training device.

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Lire aussi :

http://www.agustawestland.com/news/brazilian-navy-signs-contract-lynx-mk21a-upgrade


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Le drone Camcopter S-100 expérimenté sur un patrouilleur océanique brésilien | Mer et Marine

Le drone Camcopter S-100 expérimenté sur un patrouilleur océanique brésilien | Mer et Marine | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

La société autrichienne Schiebel a mené à bien une campagne d’expérimentation de son drone aérien Camcopter S-100 sur l’Apa, l’un des trois nouveaux patrouilleurs hauturiers brésiliens de la classe Amazonas. Les essais se sont déroulés du 2 au 5 juin au large de San Pedro, à 160 km à l’est de Rio de Janeiro. Pour l’occasion, le drone a été doté d’une boule électro-optique L3 Wescam MX-10, d’un système de guerre électronique SAGE ESM et d’un radar PicoSAR fournis par Selex, ainsi que d’un récepteur AIS (système d’identification automatique des navires). Via différentes manœuvres, l’engin sans pilote a pu faire la démonstration de ses capacités en matière de surveillance maritime, de renseignement, de détection, d’identification et de suivi d’objectifs.


Lire l'intégralité de l'article sur Mer et Marine :

http://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/le-drone-camcopter-s-100-experimente-sur-un-patrouilleur-bresilien


Patrick H. 's insight:

L'annonce de ce test avait été faite le 20 mai dernier :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4021642385/2014/05/20/la-marine-bresilienne-va-tester-a-son-tour-le-petit-helidrone-camcopter-s-100


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Les réparations de l'OPV venezuelien Warao vont enfin débuter sur un chantier brésilien avec assistance Navantia

Les réparations de l'OPV venezuelien Warao vont enfin débuter sur un chantier brésilien avec assistance Navantia | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Navantia has signed an agreement with Brazilian company ECOVIX-ENGEVIX to assist with the repair of the Venezuelan offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Warao (PC 22) which ran aground near the Brazilian port of Fortaleza in August 2012.

The Spanish state-owned company, which built the Avante 2400-class vessel known as the Patrullero Oceanico para la Vigilancia de la Zona Economica Exclusiva (POVZEE) by the Venezuelan Navy, said it will be providing technical support and replacement parts for the vessel's propulsion and control systems.

The 2,400 tonne Warao was taking part in the 'Venbras 2012' bilateral exercise with sister ship Kariña (PC 24) and Brazilian Navy ships when it ran aground.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Ce dossier est en attente depuis plus d'un an, puisque le bâtiment est arrivé au Brésil sur une barge en mars 2013.

Lire l'historique de l'affaire du patrouilleur océanique Warao construit par Navantia pour le Venezuela :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/3997995929/2013/03/07/l-opv-venezuelien-warao-est-arrive-sur-une-barge-a-rio-de-janeiro-pour-des-reparations-avec-le-concours-de-navantia


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Le Département d'Etat approuve une vente de Harpoon Block II au Brésil pour ses PATMAR P-3

Le Département d'Etat approuve une vente de Harpoon Block II au Brésil pour ses PATMAR P-3 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The State Department has approved a $169 million foreign military sale of Boeing-built missiles to Brazil in an effort to help bolster regional stability in South America, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Marcus Weisgerber writes the government of Brazil will purchase 16 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles, four CATM-84L Harpoon Block II captive air training missiles, spares, training and logistics tools.

Brazil is acquiring the weapons as part of its strategy to modernize anti-surface warfare systems on its fleet of P-3 aircraft, according to the report.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency told Congress Tuesday that Brazil intends to bolster its use of the P-3 for countererrorism programs, maritime border security and offshore asset protection, Defense News reports.

Brazil and Saab reached a deal in December to work together in a move aimed at bolstering public-private cooperation in the country and furthering foreign military sales deals.

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La Marine brésilienne effectue des essais du drone tactique Scan Eagle à bord d'un OPV récemment livré

La Marine brésilienne effectue des essais du drone tactique Scan Eagle à bord d'un OPV récemment livré | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Brazilian Navy conducted embarked trials of Boeing/Insitu's ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) on 18 February as part of studies into the selection of a UAS to fulfill the Aeronave Remotamente Pilotada-Embarcada (Remotely Piloted Aircraft-Embarked: ARP-E) project.

The trials took place 12 km from Rio de Janeiro on board the recently delivered 1,700-tonne Apa (P121), an Amazonas-class offshore patrol vessel built by BAE Systems.

The ARP-E project requires procurement of five embarked UASs and will be a programme funded under the larger Amazonia Azul Surveillance System (SisGAAz). Each UAS will comprise two or three embarked vehicles; a control station; a variety of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensors; and an embarked data link terminal.

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Scorpène brésiliens : La plateforme d’intégration des systèmes de combat inaugurée | Mer et Marine

Scorpène brésiliens : La plateforme d’intégration des systèmes de combat inaugurée | Mer et Marine | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

DCNS vient d’inaugurer la plateforme d’intégration des systèmes de combat qui équiperont les futurs sous-marins brésiliens du type Scorpène. Cet outil dédié, installé sur un site de la Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) à Saint-Mandrier, permet de tester et d’éprouver à terre ces systèmes de traitement d’information très performants, qui permettent à l’équipage d’analyser l’environnement du sous-marin grâce à la compilation des informations perçues par les senseurs et de mettre en œuvre ses armes. « L’installation de cette solution innovante illustre la bonne avancée de la coopération liant DCNS et la Marine brésilienne autour de la conception et la réalisation de sous-marins dans le cadre d’un transfert de technologie. Les différents équipements constitutifs du système de combat des premiers sous-marins conventionnels de type Scorpène sont désormais assemblés sur cette plateforme à terre dans une configuration technique similaire à celle rencontrée à bord des sous-marins », explique DCNS.


Lire l'intégralité de l'article sur Mer et Marine :

http://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/scorpene-bresiliens-la-plateforme-dintegration-des-systemes-de-combat-inauguree


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