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La Marine israélienne installe des systèmes de détection sous-marine de nageurs AquaShield de DSIT sur ses côtes

La Marine israélienne installe des systèmes de détection sous-marine de nageurs AquaShield de DSIT sur ses côtes | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

(JNS.org) During Operation Protective Edge last summer, a small force of Hamas naval commandos managed to approach the Israeli coast from the sea, undetected by military surveillance until the group reached the shore. That event, which was thwarted due to the alertness of an Israeli Navy spotter, is not expected to repeat itself because the Israeli Navy has installed the AquaShield Diver Detection Sonar system, which makes it possible to identify individual divers underwater from a far greater distance off the coast.

The navy has already installed the system—manufactured by DSIT Solutions—along the sea border with the Gaza Strip, and is in the process of installing it along Israel’s northern sea border, Israel Hayom reported. A senior navy officer said, “The chances of a diver infiltrating the system are zero. The system is proven and constitutes a sea barrier for Israel.”

AquaShield is built to detect divers and provide protection for vital infrastructure located at sea and on the coast, such as gas rigs and ports. During the Gaza war, the Israel Defense Forces was forced, for the first time, to contend with the threat posed by Hamas’s unit of underwater divers. One group managed to infiltrate Israel near Kibbutz Zikim, and was spotted and killed. Had the AquaShield system been deployed prior to Operation Protective Edge, the terrorists would likely have never reached the beach.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Le contrat d'acquisition de ces systèmes à DSIT avait été finalisé en septembre 2014 :

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/navy-orders-dsits-aquashield-diver-detection-sonar-276455101.html

En savoir plus sur ce système :

http://www.naval-technology.com/products/aquashield-extended-range-er-sdv-diver-detection-sonar


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L'Allemagne aurait réussi à emporter le contrat des 4 futures corvettes israéliennes avec un coup de pouce au financement

L'Allemagne aurait réussi à emporter le contrat des 4 futures corvettes israéliennes avec un coup de pouce au financement | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Under a deal reached with Israel in November, Germany earmarks up to 115 million euros ($143 million) for four new corvette warships for the Israeli Navy • Contract could be finalized before the end of this year, German government spokesman says.

Germany plans to finance part of the cost of four new corvette warships for the Israeli Navy made by German firm Thyssen Krupp, under a deal struck with Israel in November, the German government said on Monday.

Following approval by German parliament's budget committee, the contract could be finalized before the end of this year, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

As part of its atonement for the Holocaust, Germany is committed to Israel's security and has often helped pay for the cost of military equipment such as submarines.

The mass-circulation Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday that Berlin had earmarked up to 115 million euros ($143 million) for the warships -- which would cost around 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in total.

Seibert declined to comment on the size of the German contribution.

Patrick H. 's insight:

En septembre dernier, il semblait qu'Israël avait choisi la voie d'un appel d'offres international après un premier échec d'une consultation restreinte avec l'Allemagne :

http://sco.lt/6GcIAD

Les allemands ont sans doute eu des arguments plus convaincants pour ce 2ème tour. Attendons toutefois la signature officielle du contrat.

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Corvettes lance-missiles israéliennes : l'Allemagne propose une réduction de €300 millions pour les 3 bâtiments

Corvettes lance-missiles israéliennes : l'Allemagne propose une réduction de €300 millions pour les 3 bâtiments | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

A crisis between Israel and Germany over missile boats required to protect Israel's offshore gas fields has ended after Berlin agreed to slash €300 million (about $382 million) off the cost, officials on both sides said. They are expected to initial an agreement for the boats within weeks.

The talks between Israel and Germany to purchase three fast missile boats to protect the gas rigs off Israel’s shore began a year ago. Haaretz reported that the deal was worth about €900 million.

Israel asked for a 30 percent reduction on the price, like it had received in previous deals on German submarines. The German discount, tantamount to a grant of hundreds of millions of euros, was part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy to bolster Israel’s security.

In the beginning of May, about two weeks after the talks between Israel and the Palestinians stalled, German’s national security adviser Christoph Heusgen told his Israeli counterpart Yossi Cohen that Israel would not receive the discount and would have to pay their full price.

Heusgen said that following the breakdown in the peace talks with the Palestinians and the harsh criticism in Germany of Israel’s construction in the settlements, the Bundestag would not approve a grant of hundreds of millions of euros to subsidize the boats.

The German decision deepened the crisis that has been developing between the two states over the past five years, due to the tense relations between Merkel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The low-key talks were jumpstarted at the end of June when Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Berlin and met German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. According to a senior Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem, Steinmeier told Lieberman "don't worry, it will be o.k.," and Lieberman left the meeting optimistic about the possibility of getting the missile boats deal back on track.

The talks continued intensively for three months after the meeting between a small group of senior officials on both sides - Lieberman and Steinmeier, Israeli ambassador to Germany Yaakov Hadas and Germany's ambassador to Israel Andreas Michaelis, national security advisor Yossi Cohen and his German counterpart Christoph Heusgen, as well as Finance Minister Yair Lapid and his counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble.

Israeli officials who asked to remain anonymous said there were several factors which led to the German decision to give Israel the grant despite the criticism over the failure in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the continued construction in the settlements.

One official said Lieberman deserves most of the credit, for forging close cooperation with Steinmeier, who pushed to advance the deal in Germany. “Lieberman dealt with the issue incessantly,” the official said. “He played a very positive part and managed to enlist many German officials to advance the issue.”

Another official said Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s visit in Berlin for talks with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was extremely helpful in advancing the deal in its last stages.

Lapid also met Heusgen and told him he was trying to restrain Israel’s money transfers to the settlements.

Another official said the Germans understood that the missile boats were a vital security necessity for Israel. Cohen, who held talks with Heusgen and other German officials, told them there was a real threat that Hezbollah would attack the gas rigs.

Moreover, the deal was worth hundreds of millions of euros for the German economy and for shipyards which employ thousands of workers. The initial German refusal to give the discount made Israel examine the possibility of purchasing the boats from South Korea. Eventually, the Germans understood they too have an interest in promoting the deal and in putting the discount back on the table. 

What finally swung the deal was Merkel’s personal commitment to Israel’s security, a Foreign Ministry official said. "Though she has a lot of criticism, when it's come to Israeli security she puts it all aside," said the official. “This deal will strengthen Israel’s strategic ties with Germany for the next 20 years,” he said.

Patrick H. 's insight:

On avait appris récemment qu'Israël ne devait donner le résultat de son appel d'offres international qu'en fin 2015. Changement de la donne ?

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4028906275/2014/09/29/le-resultat-de-l-appel-d-offres-international-des-corvettes-lance-missiles-pour-la-marine-israelienne-ne-sera-connu-qu-en-fin-2015


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On avait appris récemment qu'Israël ne devait donner le résultat de son appel d'offres international qu'en fin 2015. Changement de la donne ?

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4028906275/2014/09/29/le-resultat-de-l-appel-d-offres-international-des-corvettes-lance-missiles-pour-la-marine-israelienne-ne-sera-connu-qu-en-fin-2015

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Le résultat de l'appel d'offres international des corvettes lance-missiles pour la Marine israélienne ne sera connu qu'en fin 2015

Le résultat de l'appel d'offres international  des corvettes lance-missiles pour la Marine israélienne ne sera connu qu'en fin 2015 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The decision on the winning bid to build the patrol vessels will only take place next year.

The Israel Navy is still waiting for the new warships designed for the defense of Israel's economic waters. After examining possible procurement of the new ships from Germany, South Korea, and the US, and even Israel Shipyards, the Ministry of Defense published an international tender several weeks ago inviting companies in the industry to present price bids. It is believed that the stage of opening the envelopes in the new tender will take place only at the end of the week, and that the decision will be taken only next year. It should be kept in mind that building the ships, adapting them to the Israel Navy's operational requirements, and declaring them operational is liable to take several years after a decision is made.

The Ministry of Defense wants to procure four advance patrol vessels for the Navy that will ensure an extensive protective envelope for the natural gas infrastructure in the Mediterranean Sea against a broad range of threats. These include deadly shore-based Yakhont missiles that Hezbollah is believed to possess, which pose a threat to the gas drilling platforms, as well as vessels in Israeli territorial waters. The ships to be procured are designed to carry advanced defense systems, including a new generation of Barak missiles produced by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1), which can intercept Yakhont missiles.

The Defense Ministry's discussions of the urgent need to equip the Navy with the new ships began five years ago: procurement plans were raised and rejected, mainly for budgetary reasons. Senior naval officers made it clear several times in the past that the existing equipment could not provide absolute protection for Israel's economic interests in the Mediterranean Sea. State Comptroller Judge (ret.) Joseph Shapira published an audit report on the Defense Ministry in March, in which he criticized the Defense Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office National Security Council for the delays in the plan. He said that due to foot-dragging by government ministries, the gas facilities in the Mediterranean were only partially protected, although they constituted a target for attacks by terrorist organizations.

The cost of the plan for procuring the new ships was previously estimated by Navy officers at over NIS 2 billion. The Navy last year considered the possibility of purchasing skeletons of civilian ships and adapting them to its operational needs, after installing radar, command and control systems and advanced firing systems on them. The Defense Ministry later conducted a comprehensive examination of procurement of the new ships from Germany, with the German government bearing part of the cost. These negotiations were unsuccessful, and the plan did not go through. Israel and Germany have cooperated for many years in Israel's procurement of Dolphin submarines manufactured in Kiel Shipyards. The German government participates in the cost of the submarine plan.

The Defense Ministry said, "The Ministry has been preparing for a number of years an international tender for the procurement of ship to operate in Israel's marine economic area, and has done in-depth staff work in the matter. The government decided to procure the ships only in November 2013, and provided a special budget for them. Procurement was suspended in order to provide enough time for negotiations for a deal with a foreign country. Last July, following the prolonging of these processes, the Defense Ministry decided to issue an international tender for procurement of the ships. The tender is currently taking place; the envelopes will be opened next December, and a preliminary answer will be given. The tender will be completed by the end of 2015."

Patrick H. 's insight:

Cet appel d'offres international avait été lancé en mai dernier après l'échec de la consultation restreinte avec l'Allemagne :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4021538368/2014/05/18/israel-annule-son-projet-de-corvette-en-partenariat-avec-l-allemagne-et-prepare-un-appel-d-offres-international

Dès le mois de décembre dernier, on sentait que ce "deal" pouvait ne pas dérouler de manière aussi limpide qu'annoncé initialement, notamment dans la presse allemande :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4012329594/2013/12/08/corvettes-pour-israel-rien-n-est-fait-avec-l-allemagne-et-la-coree-du-sud-est-aussi-sur-les-rangs

On pourra trouver ici quelques éléments historiques sur ce dossier d'une grande importance stratégique pour Israël :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4012271764/2013/12/06/israel-cherche-a-acquerir-des-corvettes-allemandes-pour-proteger-ses-exploitations-de-gaz-off-shore



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La Marine polonaise teste le missile de défense aérienne et anti-missiles israélien Barak-8 pour ses nouveaux navires

La Marine polonaise teste le missile de défense aérienne et anti-missiles israélien Barak-8 pour ses nouveaux navires | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Polish navy is evaluating the Israeli developed Barak-8 missile for the protection of its new navy ships.

With a top speed of Mach 2 and a maximum operational range of 38nm (70km), the Barak-8 is  4.5m (14.8ft) long and has a diameter of 0.54m. Its wingspan is 0.94m and it weighs 275kg (606lb), including a 60kg payload.

Developed based on an agreement signed in 2007 between India and Israel, it has been selected by the Indian navy.

According to the India media, the initial co-development cost was  about $350 million, 50% of which was financed by Israel Aerospace Industries.

The Israeli company says the missile is highly man0euvrable at target interception range.

The Barak-8 is designed to counter a wide variety of airborne threats, such as anti-ship missiles, aircraft, unmanned air vehicles and supersonic cruise missiles.

India is arming its aircraft carriers and front-line warships with Barak-8s to protect them against strike aircraft and anti-ship missiles. The missile will be fitted to at least 14 Indian warships.

A land-based short-, medium- and long-range version is also available.

One new potential market is protecting offshore oil and gas rigs from marine and aerial threats.

IAI and Rafael are offering the Barak-8 with different types of radar systems made by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems.

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Le Tanin, 1er des sous-marins Dolphin modifiés construits par l'Allemagne, a appareillé définitivement pour Israël

Le Tanin, 1er des sous-marins Dolphin modifiés construits par l'Allemagne, a appareillé définitivement pour Israël | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

"As we speak, [the submarine] has left port in Germany and is on its way to Israel," said the Navy commander, Vice Admiral Ram Rothberg.

As the dust settles from the latest round of hostilities with Hamas in the South, and as tensions increase along the Syrian frontier atop the Golan Heights, Israel received a boost for its naval forces on Wednesday when it announced that it would add another Dolphin class submarine to its fleet.

At a ceremony honoring cadets who completed training to become midshipmen, the commander of the Navy announced that Israel would soon receive its fourth Dolphin submarine, which is considered one of the most advanced vessels of its kind in the world.

"As we speak, [the submarine] has left port in Germany and is on its way to Israel," said the Navy commander, Vice Admiral Ram Rothberg. "This is the fourth such vessel to be added to bolster Israel's maritime defenses." His comments were reported by Channel 2.

According to Rothberg, the new advanced model which Israel will absorb into its fleet is "capable of descending deeper into the ocean, is able to sail further out to sea for longer periods of time, and it is capable of operating at a level of potency that we have not yet seen to this day."

The submarine will be renamed INS Tanin ("allegator"). The most expensive military item in the Israeli arsenal, submarines are thought to be of immense strategic value to Israel since they are reportedly capable of carrying cruise missiles tipped with nuclear warheads. If true, this would mean Israel possesses an offshore nuclear second strike capability.

“This is a major boost in our capabilities,” a senior naval officer told The Jerusalem Post. “Submarines are strategic platforms that allow the navy to operate in the Mediterranean, as well as in any other region in which its presence is required.”

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Le Ministre de l'Economie allemand donne son approbation à la vente d'un nouveau sous-marin à Israël

Le Ministre de l'Economie allemand donne son approbation à la vente d'un nouveau sous-marin à Israël | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Germany's Economy Ministry said on Wednesday that Germany's security council, which examines arms exports to non-NATO states, had approved the export of a submarine to Israel.

Israel already operates German-built submarines, manufactured by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The vessels are considered by Israel to be a vanguard against foes like Iran.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Il s'agit en fait d'un feu vert de M. Sigmar Gabriel pour le 3ème et dernier sous-marin de la série Dolphin 2 AIP. Plus de précision dans un article du journal allemand "Der Spiegel" :

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/u-boot-fuer-israel-bundesregierung-genehmigt-heiklen-export-a-981289.html

Le "Tannin" et le "Rahav" de cette même série ont déjà été livrés. Voir la publication de la "Newsletter navale" de l'an dernier :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4000763032/2013/04/29/la-marine-israelienne-a-receptionne-le-5eme-sous-marin-dolphin-2eme-de-la-serie-dolphin-ii-a-kiel


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Israël annule son projet de corvette en partenariat avec l'Allemagne et prépare un appel d'offres international

Israël annule son projet de corvette en partenariat avec l'Allemagne et prépare un appel d'offres international | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

TEL AVIV — Israel is backing away from a long-anticipated ship deal with Germany after failing to secure Berlin’s commitment to share some of the costs of the estimated $500 million buy.

Instead, defense and industry sources here say Israel’s Defense Ministry is opening its four-ship offshore patrol vessel (OPV) procurement to international bidders, with requests for proposals likely by summer’s end.

“The German option is off the table ... They’re not willing to contribute funding and, on top of that, the price they proposed is unacceptably high,” said a retired Israel Navy admiral familiar with the discussions.

“After more than two years, it’s back to the beginning,” he said. “MoD is moving ahead with an international bid.”

A recently retired, high-ranking MoD official confirmed the “setback” with Germany and preparations underway to compete the program. He declined, however, to speak on record or to provide details.

“Nobody wants to talk about it; it’s too sensitive,” he said.

Officials from both countries refused comment on the setback, which several sources attributed, on condition of anonymity, to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s anger at the collapse of US-led Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The Israeli MoD referred all questions to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, where spokesman David Baker responded, “We have nothing to offer on your query.”

Boris Nannt, a spokesman at the German Defense Ministry, said the Ministry of Economy was responsible for this issue, but a press liaison there referred queries to the Federal Foreign Office.

In a written reply, Konrad Lax said, “The Federal Foreign Office cannot comment on issues concerning contracts involving private companies. Neither can it provide information on financing issues.”

Israel’s interest in customized versions of the German-built Meko A-100 has been a top item on the bilateral defense trade agenda since 2009, first in stretch form as a low-cost alternative to the US littoral combat ship and more recently as a 1,400-ton platform for patrolling offshore energy assets.

The Meko ships are built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, the same Hamburg-based consortium contracted for Israel’s six, heavily German-subsidized, Dolphin-class submarines. In four separate agreements going back decades, Germany agreed to fully fund the first two submarines, split costs of the third, and underwrite the last three submarines by about 30 percent.

As in the Dolphin deals, Israel had been pressing for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing Berlin to partially fund the OPV deal.

Israel based its cost-sharing case on the special security ties forged from the flames of World War II and the economic benefit to Germany’s shipbuilding sector as a result of the technology and knowhow it contributes to the customized builds.

But the Israeli OPV financing request languished for years as ties between Merkel and Netanyahu grew increasingly strained, primarily over Israel’s West Bank settlement policy....

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Sources here point out that Israeli-German cost-sharing talks began to gain traction late last year as Netanyahu overcame intense domestic opposition over Palestinian prisoner releases and appeared ready to support the US-led peace drive.

By January, the financing issue had been elevated to Cabinet-level discussion, first in Berlin at a Jan. 30 meeting of Israeli and German defense ministers and again in late February, when Netanyahu hosted Merkel and most of her Cabinet in Jerusalem....

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But in early April, negotiations hit a dead-end when German counterparts informed a visiting delegation of Israeli National Security Council, MoD and Navy representatives not to expect funding participation from Berlin.

At the time, it was clear that the US-led drive toward a two-state deal were about to collapse.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Dès le mois de décembre dernier, on sentait que ce "deal" pouvait ne pas dérouler de manière aussi limpide qu'annoncé initialement, notamment dans la presse allemande :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4012329594/2013/12/08/corvettes-pour-israel-rien-n-est-fait-avec-l-allemagne-et-la-coree-du-sud-est-aussi-sur-les-rangs


On pourra trouver ici quelques éléments historiques sur ce dossier d'une grande importance stratégique pour Israël :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4012271764/2013/12/06/israel-cherche-a-acquerir-des-corvettes-allemandes-pour-proteger-ses-exploitations-de-gaz-off-shore


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La marine israélienne prend le contrôle d’un navire iranien d’armes à destination de Gaza | JSS News

La marine israélienne prend le contrôle d’un navire iranien d’armes à destination de Gaza | JSS News | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Israël a intercepté ce matin, en mer Rouge, « Klos C », un navire iranien à destination de Gaza avec des dizaines de tonnes d’armes à bord.

Le navire iranien a vu arriver sur son pont à 5h30 du matin des soldats israéliens, alors que le commandant du navire mettait le cap sur le Soudan – où il était censé décharger les armes pour que ces dernières partent en camion vers Gaza à travers l’Egypte.

A l’intérieur des cales, des missiles sol-mer, sol-sol, sol-air… Dont certain ayant une portée de 200 km ! Ainsi, Gaza aurait pu toucher « tout Israël » avec ces missiles.

« Nous avons pris le contrôle du navire iranien sans résistance et il n’y a eu aucune victime ni violence » explique une source bien renseignée à JSSNews.

 Le Chef d’Etat Major de l’armée ajoute: « cela fait plusieurs jours que nous avons l’oeil sur ce navire. Nous l’avons arrêté à 1.500 km de nos cotes, et le personnel marin dans le navire iranien  est international. Nous essayons aujourd’hui de savoir s’ils étaient au courant de ce qu’ils transportaient. »

« Nous avons trouvé des dizaines de roquettes identiques à ce que l’on trouve en Syrie, des 302M » ajoute l’armée.

En fait, des armes ont été chargées sur ce bateau depuis la Syrie, l’Iran et l’Irak.

Le navire a été capturé entre le Soudan et l’Érythrée. 

Dans le passé, les opérations d’abordage similaires de la Marine ont conduit à la capture d’armes. En novembre 2009 les combattants de la marine ont pris le contrôle du navire Francop , qui voyageait de l’Iran vers la Syrie avec 40 conteneurs pleins d’armes, pesant environ 300 tonnes.

En janvier 2009 a été arrêté le navire chypriote Monchegorsk loué par une société iranienne d’expédition. A l’intérieur: des obus de chars, de l’artillerie et des roquettes.

Le bateau le plus célèbre arrêté est le Karine-A. Israël l’avait abordé en 2002. Il venait d’Iran et avait pour destination l’Autorité Palestinienne.

En mai 2001, le navire Santorin a quitté le Liban avec des armes pour la bande de Gaza. Il a été capturé au large de Haïfa. A l’intérieur, des RPG, des kalachnikov, et des missiles moyenne portée.

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Les hélicoptères AW159 Wildcat de la Marine sud-coréenne seront équipés de missiles antinavires Spike NLOS

Les hélicoptères AW159 Wildcat de la Marine sud-coréenne seront équipés de missiles antinavires Spike NLOS | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

More Israeli-made Spike missiles with the maximum range of 25 km will be installed in maritime helicopters ready for deployment next year.
Several Spike missiles are already installed on vehicles defending the northwesternmost islands.
But the new lot will be mounted on Wildcat maritime choppers to be purchased over the next two years, an official with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Friday. "We've recently struck a deal with the Israeli manufacturer of the missile."
The Spike missile is allegedly capable of hitting a window-size target 25 km away guided by infrared.
An officer said the missile can hit the North's coastal artillery as well as its high-speed boats or hovercraft if they launch surprise landings on South Korean territory.
A total of eight Wildcat helicopters will be procured, each of which can carry four Spike missiles. The missiles cost about W300 million (US$1=W1,056) each, approximately 100 times the price of a shell for the K-9 self-propelled howitzer.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Le missile Spike NLOS :

http://www.rafael.co.il/Marketing/343-1608-en/Marketing.aspx

 

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L'intégration de radar a débuté sur un bâtiment de combat indien pour les futurs essais du système LR-SAM

L'intégration de radar a débuté sur un bâtiment de combat indien pour les futurs essais du système LR-SAM | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

New Delhi: The new generation long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) being primarily developed for the Indian Navy ships is now heading for the trials on an Indian naval ship. The radars and the support equipment is being integrated on a ship said an official source, who refused to name the ship.

In January 2006, India and Israel had signed a $350m agreement to co-develop the LR-SAM. The missile when developed, is projected to have a range of 70 km and weighing around 275 kg. The SAM’s length is about 4.5m, diameter 0.54m, wingspan 0.94m and can achieve Mach 2 speeds. Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are the lead developers of the missile.

Some technologies are absolutely new with no parallels in the world and it took time to realise them, said the official when quizzed over the delays. Once the system is deployed, it will be a unique system in its class, he said. The front end of the missile including seeker is from IAI and the back end like including propulsion, actuators and others are ours, he said. Speaking on Indian components on the missile, the official said that the technologies have been perfected and have been derived from other missile projects

 

Patrick H. 's insight:

Le radar dont il est question pourrait être le radar israélien (IAI) à balayage électronique actif EL/M-2258 ALPHA. Sa fiche de caractéristiques :

http://www.iai.co.il/Sip_Storage//FILES/5/36845.pdf

 

Le LR-SAM doit être à terme le système de défense aérienne longue portée principal du nouveau porte-avions indien INS Vikramaditya :

http://trishul-trident.blogspot.fr/2013/08/sensor-fitments-of-iac-1ins-vikrant-ins.html

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Vikramaditya-may-lack-air-defence/2013/08/03/article1715622.ece

 

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Corvettes pour Israël : rien n'est fait avec l'Allemagne et la Corée du Sud est aussi sur les rangs !

Corvettes pour Israël : rien n'est fait avec l'Allemagne et la Corée du Sud est aussi sur les rangs ! | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Defense Ministry is expected to ask the Finance Ministry for a budget increase of some 3 billion shekels ($853 million) to purchase  four missile boats for protection of Israel’s offshore natural gas fields. The planned acquisition was first reported in Haaretz over the weekend.

The extra money may be defined as a special expenditure rather than a part of the regular defense budget, to avoid swelling the military procurement budget for future years. But as far as is known, neither the full cabinet nor the political-security cabinet has discussed how to finance the protection of the offshore fields.

The German newspaper Bild reported on Saturday that following months of negotiations, Berlin has agreed to sell Israel two advanced gunboats at a cost of 1 billion euros. It said Israel’s national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, was in Berlin last week to discuss the deal.

But the negotiations with Germany are still in the early stages, and Israel is also holding talks with gunboat manufacturers in South Korea and the United States.

A few months ago, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz approved plans to purchase four large gunboats to help the navy protect the gas fields and recruit another few hundred sailors to operate these vessels.

The cabinet tasked the Israel Defense Forces with protecting these fields even though they are owned by private companies. The fields are located within Israel’s exclusive economic zone, defined as the area within 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) of the country’s coastline.

The navy has already started protecting the gas fields via patrols by its Sa’ar-5 missile boats and other vessels. These patrols have become more frequent since the gas actually started flowing. But the navy said four extra gunboats would provide a more comprehensive defense of Israel’s exclusive economic zone, and the diplomatic-security cabinet approved the navy’s plan.

The drilling sites themselves are protected by private security forces comprised of veterans of elite army units, as well as by aerial patrols, including drone flights, and other means.

The navy currently has 13 missile boats, including three of the advanced Sa’ar-5 class. Earlier this year, the IDF announced that due to budget constraints, it would take two of the older missile boats out of service.

The Sa’ar-5 boats were purchased in the United States. Nevertheless, Israel decided to negotiate with Germany – the supplier of its Dolphin submarines – over the acquisition of the new missile boats. But since Germany is still in a political transition following its September election, the talks will go into high gear only after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government is sworn in.

Israel has so far acquired six Dolphin submarines from Germany, with the first deal signed in the late 1980s. The first three submarines, delivered in the ‘90s, were given as a gift as part of the special relationship between the two countries. The other three cost Israel only 1.4 billion euros, since the German government covered one-third of the cost.

The navy has bought most of its gunboats from the United States; Israel used its annual U.S. military aid for the purchases.

Once a deal is signed, the navy expects the boats to be delivered gradually over the next three to four years. Until then, it will continue patrolling the gas fields with its existing gunboats.

Patrick H. 's insight:

On parle beaucoup de ce potentiel marché depuis vendredi :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4012271764/2013/12/06/israel-cherche-a-acquerir-des-corvettes-allemandes-pour-proteger-ses-exploitations-de-gaz-off-shore

 

Le pas très sérieux Bild Zeitung s'était un peu trop avancé en annonçant un accord quasi-conclu avec l'Allemagne...

 

Quelques précisions...minimes ; difficile d'y voir clair !

http://www.neurope.eu/news/wire/israel-seeks-budget-853-mln-usd-procure-missile-boats

 

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Une flottille de protestation contre le blocus se prépare à une confrontation avec la Marine israélienne au large de Gaza

Une flottille de protestation contre le blocus se prépare à une confrontation avec la Marine israélienne au large de Gaza | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The IDF and Israel Navy are prepared to encounter what has been dubbed a “reverse flotilla” from Gaza, reports Israel Hayom Monday. The political flotilla will be coming at the Israeli ships from Gaza and going westward, as opposed to previous political flotillas that came from the west toward Gaza, hence the name "reverse flotilla".

The IDF estimates that dozens of Arab and European activists will be on the flotilla, and that it will include several boats.

The flotilla is the initiative of a group that is calld Shabab al-Intifada and was planned to take place Friday, but was postponed. The group said on its Facebook page that its intent is to “break the naval siege of Gaza,” and that the participants will be young people from Gaza and other countries, who do not belong to any political movement.

IDF sources told Israel Hayom that it is too early to say how “serious” the flotilla will be.

Israeli sources said that ever since the infamous 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, most countries are not interested in funding flotillas toward Gaza. There have been several incidents in which boats tried to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, however, but they ended without violence.

Nine Turkish members of the IHH pro-terror group were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara, which was part of a flotilla called Free Gaza. The IHH members brutally attacked IDF soldiers who boarded the ship, using guns, knives, and metal pipes, seriously injuring several soldiers and leaving the elite IDF unit no choice but to defend itself by using use lethal force.

The incident caused great tension between Israel and Turkey, which was partly defused when Israel apologized to Turkey following US-brokered contacts. Then- Commander of the Navy, Major General Eliezer Marom said the commandos were upset by the apology.

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Israël annonce officiellement la commande de 4 corvettes à l'industriel allemand TKMS

Israël annonce officiellement la commande de 4 corvettes à l'industriel allemand TKMS | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

TEL AVIV Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that Israel has concluded a long-awaited naval procurement deal with Germany.

"Today, I am pleased to announce that three days ago, we added an important component to our defensive force. We purchased four new Saar vessels from Germany," Netanyahu said, using the Hebrew word for patrol.

Speaking at a Dec. 25 Israel Air Force ceremony, Netanyahu credited German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the bilateral cooperation manifest in the latest deal for the four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and Israel's ongoing program for German-built Dolphin-class submarines.

"I would like to thank German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her commitment and constant assistance to our security," he said.

Officials from the Prime Minister's office and the Defense Ministry were unavailable to provide details of the announced OSP deal or the extent to which Berlin may be funding the program.

For more than two years, Israeli officials had been trying to secure German commitment to share some of the costs of the estimated 2.3 billion shekel program.

Israel plans to use the four OPVs by Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in defense of offshore energy sites and other strategic assets. The ships, loosely-customized versions of the Meko A-100, are built by the same consortium contracted for Israel's six Dolphin-class submarines fleet.

In four separate agreements going back decades, Germany agreed to fully fund the first two submarines, split costs of the third, and underwrite the last three submarines by about 30 percent. The INS Rahav, Israel's fifth submarine, is expected to arrive here in the first months of the coming year. A sixth submarine is under construction and is expected to be deployed by the end of 2017.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Des rumeurs de cet accord avaient déjà filtré il y a quelques jours :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4033680313/2014/12/16/l-allemagne-aurait-reussi-a-emporter-le-contrat-des-4-futures-corvettes-israeliennes-avec-un-coup-de-pouce-au-financement

Il s'agit cependant d'un véritable retournement de situation puisqu'en septembre dernier, on s'attendait plutôt au lancement d'un appel d'offres international après un premier tour de négociations bipartite soldé par un échec avec l'Allemagne.

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Le système d'armes missile de défense aérienne israélo-indien Barak-8 a terminé ses essais de développement

Le système d'armes missile de défense aérienne israélo-indien Barak-8 a terminé ses essais de développement | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

China has put the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne multirole fighter into serial production, with at least eight production examples known to be flying already. This is in addition to the six J-15 prototypes, some of which conducted carrier trials on board China’s refurbished former Soviet Kuznetsov-class carrier, Liaoning.

Undated photos published on Chinese online forums in October showed J-15s bearing the tail numbers 107 and 108 operating from an undisclosed airfield in China. Both aircraft carried the Flying Shark motif on the tail, along with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ensign on the fuselage, similar to all production J-15s seen so far.

Earlier, in October 2013, Chinese state-run media showed news clips of J-15 production facilities at Shenyang Aircraft Corporation in which they revealed a production aircraft said to be being readied for delivery to the PLAN. This was followed by photos of J-15s bearing tail numbers 100, 101, and 102 appearing on the Internet in early December 2013.

Since then, photos of J-15s bearing sequential tail numbers up to 108 (with the exception of 106) have been published. These aircraft are very likely based at the newly constructed base near Huludao, Liaoning Province. Purpose-built as a carrier training facility, the base boasts of 24 shelters for a regiment of fighter-sized aircraft, maintenance hangars, as well as ski-jumps and flight-deck markings that replicate those found on the Liaoning.

With an article in the Chinese-language Shanghai Morning Post published in August saying that Liaoning’s will embark 24 J-15s, it would mean that China is on its way to fielding its complement of carrier-borne fighters.

It is worth noting that all production J-15s seen thus far have been powered by the Russian Saturn AL-31 turbofan engine instead of the locally-developed WS-10 Taihang. The Russian engine is still used in a number of aircraft types in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and PLAN, including the Sukhoi Su-27/30 Flanker and their license-built Shenyang J-11A counterparts, as well as the indigenous Chengdu J-10A/B fighter.

Conducted under “complex” conditions, Weiss said the test proved “impressive advanced capabilities” of Barak-8, the air and missile defense system flagged as “a major growth engine” for IAI.

Avinash Chander, head of the Indian Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and scientific adviser to India’s defense minister, characterized the Nov. 10 test as “an important milestone” in bilateral cooperation between India and Israel.

Ophir Shoham, a rear admiral in the Israel Navy reserves who heads the Israeli Defense Ministry’s research and development directorate (DDR&D), cited close bilateral ties forged from protracted cooperation in the face of technological challenges.

“The Barak-8 project expresses a constructive cooperation between the Indian DRDO and the Israeli DDR&D and the armed forces of both nations,” Shoham said. “Together, they have pushed forward this important program, overcoming technological challenges and earning achievements along the way.”

Patrick H. 's insight:

L'infrastructure du système d'armes Barak-8 est déjà installé sur les frégates israéliennes Saar 5 pour contrer une menace Yakhont en Méditerranée orientale en particulier sur les plates-formes pétrolières off-shore israéliennes:

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4005343052/2013/07/29/la-marine-israelienne-installe-des-missiles-barak-8-sur-ses-fregates-saar-5-pour-contrer-la-menace-yakhont


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Inde : le Premier Ministre approuve la commande de 262 missiles israéliens Barak-1 pour la Marine indienne

Inde : le Premier Ministre approuve la commande de 262 missiles israéliens Barak-1 pour la Marine indienne | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Monday, October 13, 2014 - Islamabad—India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given final approval to the purchase of 262 Israeli Barak-I missiles for Indian Navy which will provide further boost to its growing capabilities.
According to a report reaching here, the decision was made early this month by the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Modi.
The decision is considered a major breakthrough in stalled Indo-Israeli defence ties after series of bribery accusations against pro-Israeli officials of former government and defence high ups in India.
The new deal is expected to cost more than $144 million and may pave the way for further defence contract with Israel.
According to insiders the delivery of Israeli Barak missile will begin as of 2015 and about fourteen Indian Naval ships are expected to be fitted with the Barak-1.
Indo-Israeli defence deals faced a set-back when India’s Central Bureau of Investigation began investigating charges against Israeli firms, IAI and Rafael regarding the supply of Barak-1 missiles, in a deal struck by the then BJP-led NDA government in 2000. Later the then Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes, retired Naval Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar, and a number of others were involved in the scandal. But later it was revealed that the deal was signed by Fernandes over the objections of the government’s scientific advisor and former Indian President A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
Following kickback allegations, India’s Communist Party demanded that India refuse all deals with Israel, and particularly with IAI and later IAI nor Rafael was blacklisted.
However, after Narendra Modi’s government came into power the Corporate lobby became soft towards Israel and finally PM Modi gave approval to the Barak missile contract.
Reports also add that India and Israeli defence contracts have reached an estimated $10 billion worth which included procurement of up to 15 Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) from Israel aimed at bolstering the reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities along the borders with Pakistan and China.
During a three-day visit to Israel in early July, India’s Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur is said to have discussed fresh deals to boost electronic capacities following procurement of two Israeli-made Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems.
Israel is also interested to market its Iron Dome air defense system for protection against incoming short and long-range missile but defence experts have questioned the level of success of Iron Dome during recent Hamas rockets into Israel.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Le Gouvernement indien avait officiellement mis fin à l'affaire des pots-de-vin en décembre dernier et ainsi préparé la voie à cette commande :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4013192408/2013/12/24/l-inde-confirme-la-commande-de-nouveaux-missiles-barak-1-pour-sa-marine-et-met-fin-a-l-affaire-des-pots-de-vin


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Le sous-marin israélien Tanin du type Dolphin II AIP sub arrive pour la 1ère fois à Haifa

Le sous-marin israélien Tanin du type Dolphin II AIP sub arrive pour la 1ère fois  à Haifa | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Israel's fourth Dolphin-class submarine, INS Tanin , arrived at the Haifa naval base on 23 September, completing an acquisition that has been hailed as a significant boost to the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF's) long-range operational capabilities.

Manufactured by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), Tanin is the first of the Israeli Navy's three new Dolphin vessels with an air-independent propulsion (AIP) system. The fifth submarine, INS Rahav , is due to arrive in Israel in March or April 2015; the sixth within six years.

Tanin 's AIP system allows it to remain submerged for far longer than the three older Dolphin-class vessels, providing it with better ability to operate covertly off the coasts of hostile countries, navy sources said.

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Azerbaidjan : la marine azeri aurait commandé 12 patrouilleurs rapides israéliens (6 Shaldag Mk V et 6 Saar 62)

Azerbaidjan : la marine azeri aurait commandé 12 patrouilleurs rapides israéliens (6 Shaldag Mk V et 6 Saar 62) | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

IHS Jane's can confirm that an Israel Shipyards order to deliver six Shaldag Mk V patrol boats and six Saar 62 offshore patrol vessel (OPVs), an order reportedly for two separate customers, in fact came from the same customer - the Azerbaijan Coast Guard (Sahil Mühafizsin).

This development came to light following the release on 18 July 2014 of images relating to the commissioning of a new 13,000 m 2 naval shipyard, staffed by nearly 100 specialist workers, at Turkan in Baku. The images showed details of the ongoing work on the vessels.

So far the new facility - itself also believed to have been built by Israel Shipyards - has constructed two 32.65 m, 95 ton Shaldag Mk V fast attack craft (pennants S301 and S302) using kits supplied by Israel Shipyards.

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Plusieurs belles photos des sous-marins israéliens Type Dolphin II sur le blog "Intercepts" de Chris Cavas

Plusieurs belles photos des sous-marins israéliens Type Dolphin II sur le blog "Intercepts" de Chris Cavas | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Israel’s new Dolphin II-class submarines are the largest undersea craft built in Germany since the Second World War, and when they reach active service they’re expected to take their place among the world’s most effective subs.

Three submarines are in various stages of construction at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Kiel, Germany – the TANIN, RAHAV, and a yet-to-be-named third ship. The submarines are bigger than the three Israeli Navy Type 800 Dolphin-class submarines built in the 1990s: 68.6 meters long versus 57.3 meters for the older subs; 2,050 tons’ displacement on the surface, 2,400 tons submerged versus 1,565 tons and 1,720 tons.

Weapons include ten swim-out torpedo tubes – four 650 mm-diameter and six 533 mm-diameter tubes. Published sources credit them with carrying DM-2A4 Seehake wire-guided torpedoes, UGM-84C Harpoon antiship missiles and Triton anti-helicopter missiles.

The submarines are fitted with an air-independent propulsion (AIP) system, allowing extended underwater operations without the need to surface or snort.

The TANIN (“crocodile”) was handed over to Israel in May 2012, while the RAHAV (“arrogance” or “fearlessness”) changed hands in April 2013. Both boats remained in Germany for continued tests and trials.

These photos, published here courtesy Leo Van Ginderen, show the submarines in June 2014 at ThyssenKrupp’s Howaldtswerke (HDW) shipyard in Kiel, Germany. The photos of TANIN and RAHAV in the shipyard were taken June 14, while the TANIN is seen underway on June 19.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Voir toutes ces photos sur la page publiée aujourd'hui sur ce blog :

http://intercepts.defensenews.com/2014/08/israels-deadliest-submarines-are-nearly-ready/


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Un système de défense anti-aérien et anti-missiles israélo-indien sera installé en 2015 sur le Porte-Avions Vikramaditya

Un système de défense anti-aérien et anti-missiles israélo-indien sera installé en 2015 sur le Porte-Avions Vikramaditya | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Goa, June 15
As euphoria over the newly inducted aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya settles down, it is the time for the Navy to equip the warship with two sets of weapons and missile systems.

INS Vikramaditya does not have the Close-In Warfare System (CIWS) and the long range missile firing capability that can pick out targets up to 100 km.

The CIWS is slated to be fitted in April-June 2015 at the Karwar naval base. Sources say the Navy is looking at two options, either the Israeli Barak or the Russian Shitil missiles.

The CIWS system is needed on board large warships as the last protection layer against incoming missiles as well as aircraft. It is like the ships own air-defence system. When deployed, a carrier does not float alone but moves around with a small flotilla of warships. The Navy is banking on ships in the flotilla for air defence support and also for long range missile firing. Some of the Indian warships carry the sea version of the 290 km range hypersonic missile (BrahMos).

The Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAMs) can be fitted on the warship when it goes for its first re-fit after three years. Fitting the LR-SAM will be a complex procedure and it will entail some cutting through the deck, a period of eight-nine months has been factored in for this, sources said.

The LR-SAM, a joint venture between the Israel’s IAI and India’s DRDO, is still being tested. A series of tests are slated between November and March at the integrated test range, Orissa. The LR-SAM has been designated Barak-8 by the IAI. This can be housed in vertical launch units.

Each such unit will hold eight missiles. The warship could carry up to 32 or 48 LR-SAM’s

The Israeli company is working at the front section of the LR-SAM, including its seeker head that guides the missile and the warhead. The DRDO is working at the rear section - the rocket motor, the thrust vector control and fins that can be folded.

Meanwhile, the Navy has joined hands with the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to set up a shore-based test facility to train pilots. At present, the Navy has around 10 qualified pilots.

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Des chercheurs israéliens planchent sur un dispositif de vision immergée sans périscope...

Des chercheurs israéliens planchent sur un dispositif de vision immergée sans périscope... | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

A submarine without its periscope? Researchers from Israel’s Technion are developing an underwater photography and surveillance system that might make periscopes obsolete.

Close to a hundred years and always the same process: Submarine commanders who wanted to see what was happening on the surface raised their periscope with the “up scope” command, or lowered it with “down scope.”

That’s about to change. In the future submarine commanders will be able to monitor the surface from the depths without relying on periscopes. A team of Israeli researchers from the Technion’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering will present their new system at a scientific conference taking place in Santa Clara, Calfornia: A system that allows an underwater vehicle to see above the surface without a physical periscope – using a virtual periscope instead. The system is still under development, but the idea is sound and has already been successfully tested. The new virtual periscope system is called “Stella Maris,” the star of the sea.

“Divers have been using periscopes for a hundred years now,” said Prof. Yoav Schechner, along with the two doctorate students Marina Alterman and Yochai Savirski. “The periscope’s downside is the fact that it gets exposed once it rises above the water surface.” The alternative system developed by the scientists includes a fully submerged camera and a special sensor, used to create a virtual periscope and avoid exposure.
The main technical challenge was image distortion due to wave activity. In order to solve this problem the researchers founed a solution used by astronomers, a mechanism that reduces image distortion, and applied it to naval systems. This mechanism, a refracted imaging sensor, includes a thin metal sheet with precise, laser-cut holes that measure sunlight refraction, used to correct distortions in images taken by the new underwater system.

Technion researchers have already tested the system along the Haifa shores, taking pictures of team members from below the surface without using a physical periscope. Lab test results were also satisfactory. Prof. Schechner explained that “there’s still a lot to do before periscopes vanish entirely, but our work continues.”

The periscope will also have some civilian uses, such as tracking and taking pictures of birds at sea. The system, from its position on the bottom of the sea, will be able to track birds in flight, while plummeting towards the water and during their stay under the surface.

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Israël : IAI présente à Defexpo un drone de surface conçu pour la protection des infrastructures pétrolières

Israël : IAI présente à Defexpo un drone de surface conçu pour la protection des infrastructures pétrolières | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

The Indian defense systems exhibition Defexpo 2014 opens on Wednesday of this week, in New Delhi. Focusing on land, naval and internal homeland security systems, companies from round the world will be competing head on with their latest concepts and products.

Israeli Aerospace Industries Ltd, or IAI, will be present with an important new naval concept which seeks to replicate the use of UASs, unmanned aerial systems, and sometimes known as “drones”, in a maritime context.

IAI will be unveiling their new concept for the “Katana” unmanned ship, which is designed to protect critical marine infrastructures, such as oil and gas rigs, gas terminals, undersea pipelines, perhaps even LNG carriers and of course the approaches to ports.

To do so the Katana will be equipped with the latest in automated navigations and fast propulsion systems and its own specialized arrays of weaponry.

Israeli defense companies are well known for their success in unmanned aerial vehicles, which they have sold in the billions, including to a number of Asian countries. IAI will clearly be hoping to replicate the exercise with the Katana as well.

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L'Inde confirme la commande de nouveaux missiles Barak-1 pour sa Marine et met fin à l'affaire des pots-de-vin

L'Inde confirme la commande de nouveaux missiles Barak-1 pour sa Marine et met fin à l'affaire des pots-de-vin | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) India's defence ministry has cleared procurement proposals of over Rs. 16,000 crore, including that of additional Israeli Barak missiles for the navy, sources said Monday.

The sources said that Defence Acquisitions Council headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony had also cleared projects for acquiring 41 Dhruv advanced light helicopters, two deep submergence submarine rescue vessels and 16 anti-submarine boats.

The sources said that the ministry had put on hold procurement of Barak-I missile because of a Central Bureau of Investigation case for the past over five years.

They said that clearance for the Barak missiles is expected to come as a relief for navy which had strongly pitched for them to due to their depleting stocks.

Patrick H. 's insight:

On s'attendait à cette décision depuis le 11 décembre dernier (voir explications sur cette vieile affaire) :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4012495673/2013/12/11/l-inde-devrait-commander-des-misssiles-barak-1-pour-ses-navires-et-clore-l-affaire-des-pots-de-vin

 

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L'Inde devrait commander des misssiles Barak-1 pour ses navires et clore l'affaire des pots-de-vin

L'Inde devrait commander des misssiles Barak-1 pour ses navires et clore l'affaire des pots-de-vin | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI: The closure of the infamous Barak kickbacks case will come as a big relief for the Navy because it's grappling with a critical shortage of missiles to arm the Israeli Barak-I anti-missile defence (AMD) systems fitted on 14 frontline warships.
Sources on Tuesday said the Rs 393 crore procurement of an additional 262 Barak-I missiles, which successive Navy chiefs have dubbed "a critical operational requirement", is now "likely to be cleared" by the A K Antony-led defence acquisitions council (DAC) in its next meeting on December 23.
The Navy has for long been sounding the alarm over its fast depleting stock of missiles for the Barak-I AMD systems - which intercept hostile incoming sea-skimming missiles at a 9-km range - that act as a defensive shield for aircraft carrier INS Viraat, the latest Shivalik stealth frigates and guided-missile destroyers.
India had ordered the first Barak system for INS Viraat in the late-1990s to counter Pakistan's acquisition of sea-skimming Exocet and Harpoon missiles. DRDO's abject failure to develop the indigenous Trishul AMD system paved the way for further Barak orders after the 1999 Kargil conflict.
But in recent times, Navy was even forced to curtail practice firings of the Barak systems due to the shortage of missiles. The defence ministry has kept the fresh Barak order on hold for five years now due to the pending CBI case, with "the three-volume thick file" doing the rounds as well as opinions being sought from the law ministry and the attorney general.
The attorney general, earlier this year, left it to MoD to take a decision on the matter. The DAC in November had then referred the Barak acquisition case to "an independent group" for evaluation, with the caveat that "a final decision" would be taken within a month.
Interestingly enough, despite the CBI case of October 2006, MoD refused to blacklist Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael on the ground that it would be "counter-productive" to national security. This was in sharp contrast to the blacklisting of other armament companies like South African Denel, Singapore Technologies Kinetics, Rheinmetall Air Defence (Zurich) and Corporation Defence of Russia for irregularities.
Israel is the second-largest defence supplier to India, with sales worth around $1 billion every year. Of the several projects currently underway, IAI and DRDO are jointly developing a long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) system for Rs 2,606 crore to arm Indian warships and a medium-range SAM system for IAF at a cost of Rs 10,076 crore.
Both these systems, with an interception range of 70-km each, were to be ready long ago but have repeatedly missed deadlines. The naval LR-SAM, approved in December 2005, is now slated for completion by December 2015. The MR-SAM project, sanctioned in February 2009, has a "probable date of completion" by August 2016, say sources.

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Israël cherche à acquérir des corvettes ...allemandes (!) pour protéger ses exploitations de gaz off shore

Israël cherche à acquérir des corvettes ...allemandes (!) pour protéger ses exploitations de gaz off shore | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

In previous navy purchases, Germany agreed to cover one third of the cost as a way of expressing its commitment to Israel’s security.

Israel is seeking to buy advanced missile boats from Germany to protect drilling operations in its offshore natural gas fields. The government is hoping the deal can be concluded at a cost of about 1 billion euros.

Israel previously bought six Dolphin submarines from Germany. The German government agreed to cover one third of the cost of those purchases, as a way of expressing its commitment to Israel’s security.

Berlin hasn’t yet responded to the current request, partly because the new government elected in September hasn’t yet been sworn in. Chancellor Angela Merkel will need to consult her new foreign and defense ministers before making a decision.

A senior Israeli official said Israel needs three or four missile boats to protect the gas fields, which are located in the Mediterranean Sea. On October 21, the Israeli business daily Globes reported that the navy had drawn up a list of the equipment it needs to protect the fields and presented it to the diplomatic-security cabinet. The paper also reported that Israel had obtained price quotes from shipyards in Germany, South Korea and the United States.

The diplomatic-security cabinet discussed the matter and decided to try to purchase the boats from Germany. But in contrast to the submarines, which Israel never seriously considered buying from any country but Germany, the planned missile boat deal has sparked interest from several other countries.

Germany’s largest shipyard is currently in difficult economic straits and is hungry for new projects.

Patrick H. 's insight:

Cet article vient confirmer les intentions exprimées en octobre dernier :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4009639409/2013/10/21/israel-veut-investir-600-millions-dans-des-corvettes-pour-proteger-ses-exploitations-de-gaz-off-shore

Depuis octobre, l'enveloppe a grimpé à 1 milliard d'euros, ce qui représente une somme conséquente pour une telle acquisition.

 

Du côté allemand, selon le Bild Zeitung relayé par l'AFP, il s'agirait d'un accord d'un montant similaire mais pour seulement 2 unités de la taille destroyer (???)

http://www.expatica.com/de/news/german-news/germany-to-sell-two-destroyers-to-israel_280382.html

 

On s'attendait pourtant à voir Israël investir dans le nouveau modèle de mini-corvette Saar 72 d'Israel Shipyards dévoilé au salon IMDEX en mai dernier et coûtant moins cher qu'une Saar 5 :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4001739948/2013/05/16/israel-shipyards-presente-au-salon-imdex-sa-nouvelle-mini-corvette-ou-opv-saar-72

On peut rappeler, qu'en 2010, Israël avait regardé de près l'acquisition de corvettes modulaires furtives Meko CSL de TKMS (proches de la LCS de Lockheed Martin) :

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2516468/posts

et qu'on trouve toujours au catalogue de TKMS :

http://www.thyssenkrupp-marinesystems.com/en/blohmvoss-class-meko%28R%29-csl-light-frigate.html

 

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