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Indonesia Targets Shipbuilding Collaboration with France, Germany

17 November 2014

Indonesia to increase naval shipbuilding collaboration with France and Germany (photo : DCNS)

Indonesia has outlined its intention to increase naval shipbuilding collaboration with France and Germany as part of the southeast Asian country’s continuing drive to become a modern maritime power.

Indonesia’s state news agency Antara reported on 16 November that President Joko Widodo met separately with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Markel at the G20 Leaders Summit in Australia to discuss maritime industrial co-operation.

Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto said Indonesia and France had agreed to establish a working group to explore areas of shipbuilding collaboration. With regards to Germany, he added that industrial links would continue in the land systems sector but that “in the wider defence industry both sides will co-operate on what can be done within the maritime [sector]”.


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Lockheed Targets Denmark for F-35

Designed to defeat both existing and emerging threats, the F-35 Lightning II represents a quantum leap in air dominance and international partnership for the Royal Danish Air Force. An aircraft so advanced, it sets new global standards for multi-mission capability and interoperability.

The F-35 is a 5th generation multirole fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. With air forces across the globe flying the same aircraft, the F-35 will position Denmark as an asset to global security, providing a platform for partnership to keep the nation safe and secure for decades to come.

The F-35 is already contributing to meaningful and lasting industrial partnerships in Denmark and internationally. Several Danish companies, such as Terma and Systematic, are currently making parts on every F-35 in production, including pylons, advanced composites, software solutions, radar components and horizontal tail edges. As an official partner of the F-35, Denmark has supported the F-35 from the beginning. However, the legacy of partnership and collaboration between Lockheed Martin and Denmark began long before the F-35 was even in development.

Since the 1970s, Lockheed Martin has partnered with the Danish Ministry of Defense and the defense industry to protect the air space of the United States, Denmark and its allies.

“After more than forty years of partnership with Denmark, I can say that we have a ‘stellar’ relationship,” Lockheed Martin Capture Management Director Yung Le said. “With the F-16 Fighting Falcon, Denmark was able to serve on expeditionary missions and act as a key member of our European Participating Air Forces. Their work on the program has acquired significant clout in the aerospace sector and Danish companies have become very competitive in the global aerospace and defense market.”

Global partnerships and technological innovation are the building blocks of the F-35 program. On June 22, businesses from around the globe gathered at the Danish Air Show in Karup, Denmark, to showcase state-of-the-art technologies, watch flying demonstrations, and discuss technology partnerships.

Drawing on the aerospace expertise of a global network, the F-35 program has led to unprecedented technology transfer, job creation and innovation. With the creation of jobs comes the need for a skilled workforce. As we look to the future, we see a growing need in our communities to educate and empower our youth to pursue engineering professions. After all, engineers hold almost 60 percent of defense industry positions.

At the Danish Air Show, Lockheed Martin hosted a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) tent to provide children with the opportunity to build their own Lego® F-35 aircraft and meet F-35 test pilots. In addition, college students from local Danish universities showcased their robotics programs to inspire and encourage youth to pursue STEM curriculum.

Through STEM education and future internship opportunities with Danish universities, Lockheed Martin aims to inspire local students to pursue STEM careers now and in the future.

The F-35 continues to demonstrate its global partnerships as it prepares to make its first international debut in the skies over the United Kingdom at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough International Airshow later this summer.

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International raid targets data-stealing computer virus: US

An international dragnet has dismantled a global computer hacker network which used a sophisticated computer virus to steal millions of dollars from companies and consumers, the US Justice Department announced Monday.

Gameover Zeus, which first appeared in September 2011, stole bank information and other confidential details from victims.

According to FBI investigators, the virus infected between 500,000 and a million computers in 12 countries, creating a network of “bots” the hackers could “infiltrate, spy on, and even control, from anywhere they wished.”

“Gameover Zeus is the most sophisticated botnet the FBI and our allies have ever attempted to disrupt,” said FBI Executive Assistant Director Anderson.

The FBI blamed the Gameover Zeus botnet for the theft of more than $100 million, obtained by using the stolen bank data and then “emptying the victims’ bank accounts and diverting the money to themselves.”

The bust also targeted another computer virus, dubbed “Cryptolocker,” which appeared in September 2013.

The virus encrypted the computers of its victims and demanded a ransom — often in excess of $700 — in exchange for the password to unlock it. Investigators say the cyber criminals amassed more than $27 million in just the first two months.

Russian Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, 30, an alleged administrator of the network, was charged in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with 14 counts including conspiracy, computer hacking, bank fraud and money laundering in the Gameover Zeus and Cryptoblocker schemes.

Bogachev, sometimes called “Slavik” or “Pollingsoon,” was also charged in Omaha, Nebraska with “conspiracy to commit bank fraud” in relation to an earlier incarnation of Gameover Zeus.

“Evgeniy Bogachev and the members of his criminal network devised and implemented the kind of cyber crimes that you might not believe if you saw them in a science fiction movie,” said Leslie Caldwell, deputy attorney general.

US investigators worked with counterparts in Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Canada, Ukraine, and Britain, as well as the European Cybercrime Center, according to a statement.

They were also aided by private companies, including Dell, Microsoft, Afilias, Deloitte and Symantec.

Victims are urged to contact a site created by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/gameoverzeus

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Army tests vehicle-mounted laser against multiple targets

The Army used a vehicle-mounted high-energy laser for the first time to successfully engage more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles in flight.

The Army High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator, or HEL MD, underwent multiple test events between Nov. 18 and Dec. 10, at White Sands Missile Range.

This was the first full-up demonstration of the HEL MD in the configuration that included the laser and beam director mounted in the vehicle, according to officials of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. They said a surrogate radar, the Enhanced Multi Mode Radar, supported the engagement by queuing the laser.

The HEL MD is being developed to show directed-energy force-protection capabilities against rockets, artillery and mortars, known as RAM. It is also intended to protect against unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs, and cruise missiles.

Mortars travel at low velocities for short ranges in high-arching trajectories. These weapons, as well as UAVs, are representative of the threat encountered by U.S. and allied forces on the battlefield, officials said.

Initial system effectiveness was proven through low- and medium-power test demonstration that took place in 2011. High-power testing has now concluded at the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility on White Sands Missile Range.

The demonstration and testing confirms the capability of a mobile solid-state laser weapon system to counter mortars, UAVs, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors mounted on the UAVs, officials said.

The recent testing utilized a 10-kilowatt class laser. In the future, a 50-kW class laser will be integrated into the HEL MD platform, officials said. The 50-kW laser is scheduled to be upgraded to a 100-kW class laser in subsequent demonstrations, they added.

The supporting thermal and power subsystems will also be upgraded to support the increasingly powerful solid-state lasers, according to USASMDC/ARSTRAT officials. They said these upgrades will increase the effective range of the laser or decrease required lase time on target.

The Boeing Company is the prime contractor for the HEL MD program.

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Ground-launched IRIS-T Shoots Down 2 Targets

By on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

With two direct hits Diehl Defence proved the IRIS-T SL (Surface Launched) surface-to-air guided missile`s operational capability and performance. The two firings were conducted within a test campaign from November 4 to 8, 2013, at the Overberg Test Range in South Africa and are part of the development program for the new guided missile plus launcher, contracted by the Federal Office of Equipment, Information Technology and Utilization of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).

Realistic air defence scenarios were displayed by employing low-flying target drones of the type DO DT-25. Both missiles destroyed their targets with direct hits confirming the guided missile system’s expected precision. In one case the maximum distance lay far beyond 20 kilometres.

IRIS-T SL is planned as an effector for the German Armed Forces’ future ground-based air defence architecture and is designed for easy integration in this architecture. This is accomplished by seamless connection to fire control systems via standardized interfaces.

Based on IRIS-T SL, Diehl Defence is offering armed forces a modern, cost-effective solution of entire air defence systems. The mobile, medium-range systems provide comprehensive 360 degree protection against air attacks by aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and guided weapons. They allow simultaneous engagement of several targets even at very short distances thanks to extremely short reaction times.

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Army tests lethality against moving targets with new software model

By on Monday, June 24th, 2013

Military analysts now have a tool that brings together unprecedented modeling and simulation features to help them better choose, or build weapons to overpower future threats.

Such features allow military researchers to analyze, for example, how a grenade, artillery round or any other weapon performs — or falls short — against moving targets in complex battlefield scenarios, which is one of the biggest challenges the military faces today.

With this information, researchers say, Army leaders can identify future technology investments early on, whether that is modifications to existing weapons or replacing them altogether.

“The Smart Weapon End-to-End Performance Model, or SWEEPM, developed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, known as ARL, is a set of files and software that cover all impacts associated with firing a round and anything that affects the delivery of that round,” said William F. Oberle, Ph.D., Advanced Weapons Concepts branch chief within ARL’s Weapons and Materials Research Directorate.

Oberle said the model’s versatility sets it apart from other force-on-force models that military planners use to practice sustained operations. With SWEEPM, as it’s called, researchers can model the overall effectiveness of all types of munitions throughout the entire target engagement, from target detection through damage estimation with a modular Monte Carlo simulation.

Using the model, researchers can look at a conceptual or actual guided artillery round, its guidance system and its performance, for example. Ballistic engineers provide information on how the round would be used in an attack, against a tank or truck for instance, and insight on the current inventory of the round. Other variables such as material composition of the round, muzzle velocity, how Soldiers aim and fire weapon systems, weather, stationary or moving targets are incorporated as part of a total system analysis that once encoded, helps researchers determine effectiveness scenarios, or situations that indicate the amount of damage the round causes.

“One of the missions of the Advanced Weapons Concepts Branch is to develop modeling and simulation tools to perform our performance/effectiveness analyses. Being able to perform these analyses in a timely manner requires that we look out and forecast what type tools we will need in the future,” Oberle said.

“In 2008, ARL recognized a void in modeling and analyzing smart weapon systems from target acquisition through damage estimation,” Oberle said. “Since a large segment of the divisions work in the future would involve smart weapons and no existing model could be found, we chose to start development of what is now termed SWEEPM.”

The Army completed SWEEPM in April 2013.

“It’s unique in that it was developed as a modular tool capable of being changed and adapted to model new concepts with minimal turnaround time,” said Mary K. Arthur, principle investigator who is credited with developing SWEEPM by discreetly integrating legacy and newly developed software.

SWEEPM currently employs two trajectory models, she said, a basic, fast-running 3DoF model used primarily in the development of SWEEPM, and a more complex, modified point mass model which includes a GPS navigation model and control forces for terminal guidance.

“Other submodels that can be easily changed out or modified include a target motion model, scout and rangefinder models, damage estimation models, and a recently added in-flight autonomous targeting model.”

Last month, SWEEPM was transitioned to the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center’s, or ARDEC’s, System Engineering Directorate in Picatinny, N.J., on the heels of Army leadership’s renewed emphasis on force-on-force warfare, which had taken a backseat to counterinsurgency operations.

ARL and ARDEC are both elements of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

According to an ARDEC spokesperson, engineers there are in the midst of reviewing the tool for formal adoption, given the high performance computing, or HPC, capabilities of SWEEPM are of interest to the engineers and analysts at ARDEC.

“The ability to run SWEEPM on HPC assets at ARDEC allows for the stochastic evaluation of weapon performance by incorporating the real world randomness of target motion, target acquisition and projectile flight,” said Ingrid M. Dombroski, competency manager in ARDEC’s System Analysis Division. “SWEEPM is representative of the ever growing collaboration between ARDEC and ARL, where a shared need is met through the individual excellence of each center. In the case of SWEEPM, ARL brought forward their expertise in HPC; guidance, navigation and control, and target effects while ARDEC provided a world class user base for beta testing, programmatic support, and analytical and technical proficiency to meet a common Army need.”

Currently, ARL is using the model in a study requested by the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., to look at performance variables for the 40mm grenade. The center conducts research, development and experimentation to ensure our future maneuver force is prepared and equipped to fight and win in a complex future environment.

Plans are underway to incorporate the tool in an analysis of a conceptually guided artillery round, created by ARL designers, where control forces are going to be required to address hitting moving targets. The in-house concept will attempt to define requirements of an actual round to meet certain performance goals, and the results will be fed into programs managed by ARL’s Guidance Technology and Flight Science branches.


ARL is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America’s Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness — technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment — to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.

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Asymmetric Warfare Group targets NIE 13.2

By on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The Asymmetric Warfare Group, the “operational arm” of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, is leveraging Network Integration Evaluation 13.2′s multi-echelon training and live mission sets in which Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, are conducting tactical operations.

Referring to the Asymmetric Warfare Group, or AWG, as the Army’s global scouts, Lt. Gen. Keith C. Walker, deputy commanding general of Futures, and director of Army Capabilities Integration Center, said the group will work with Soldiers to identify new capability needs as the Army becomes regionally aligned throughout the world.

“The advantage of Fort Bliss (Texas), the [Network Integration Evaluation] and the entire Second Brigade, First Armored Division, is these Soldiers go to the field every six months in an operational environment,” said Walker. “They evaluate new capabilities and it gives the Asymmetric Warfare Group another important venue to get views of Soldiers to try out new ideas. Whether it’s doctrine, organization [or] training, it’s a tremendous venue.”

“As we look at the future of rapid acquisition on the materiel side and the rapid development of other ideas for doctrine, organization and training — the Asymmetric Warfare Group’s involvement with [Network Integration Evaluation] is huge and there’s tremendous amount of potential to that,” added Walker.

According to military officials, Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, is critical to the Army because these events get operationally-tested equipment to Soldiers faster and at less cost. In addition to providing operational validation of network capability, the NIE also provides integrated training, techniques and procedures, enhancing a unit’s ability to Prevent, Shape and Win.

“The NIE is an incredible point of synergy for the Army to understand its emerging capabilities and to collaborate with other organizations to start to anticipate future operational challenges,” said Maj. Scott Bailey, a test and evaluation officer with AWG’s Concepts and Integration Squadron. “You certainly have the newest technology that units are going to potentially be receiving, so what better place to see how units will be empowered.”

The AWG is trying to baseline what a company’s capability would be in a subterranean setting right now, he added.

“We want to articulate what some of the gaps might be as the Army anticipates operations in a subterranean environment,” Bailey said. “And describe some of the challenges in doctrine, training, techniques and procedures that may exist. From our aspect [we want] to understand what new technologies might actually fill some of these gaps.”

Master Sgt. Michael Kelly, AWG’s Integration Troop senior enlisted adviser, said the use of subterranean environment, which includes man-made tunnels, caves, and hardened and or deeply buried facilities, is something that will probably be dealt with in the future in several different areas around the world.

“One of our objectives is to write an Army Techniques Publication that directly addresses the subterranean environment and operations within it,” said Kelly.

Two companies from 2-1 AD’s 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, were identified to conduct a raid on an underground objective.

“This is probably one of the best environments for this type of assessment,” said Kelly. “Within the larger tactical exercise, this smaller objective and the raid [conducted] on it, fits perfectly into that. Also, the land out here, the brigade that’s available and the whole infrastructure that goes along with NIE is very important to our objectives with this.”

The Asymmetric Warfare Group is also leveraging the NIE to work on doctrine and tactics, techniques and procedures development. In this case they are focusing on subterranean concepts, said Lt. Col. Timothy O’Brien, battalion commander for 1-6 Infantry.

The subterranean theme supports the overall NIE scenario in which Soldiers are helping a mock host nation stabilize their government, O’Brien said.

“It’s just another sub-component, since there are tunnels all over the world. So a mission may entail clearing a tunnel of weapons caches, weapons of mass destruction, you name it,” he added.

“It’s great training for the Soldiers,” said O’Brien. “They get to actually train on something that we haven’t necessarily touched in quite some time — probably since Vietnam. So it’s an outstanding opportunity for them to get involved and it nests well within the scenario of NIE. It also allows us to test the equipment that we have out here and see how it affects and operates in different conditions.”

Bailey said 1-6 Infantry has been very supportive in affording AWG the opportunity to discover what they are able to do with some of their Joint Tactical Radio Systems products. He said the one of the biggest things the group is trying to learn is how will the new mission-command platforms enable units to operate effectively in a subterranean environment.

“Quite frankly, we don’t know that yet,” Bailey said. “And as we start to understand and watch several units do this — it will help us very quickly understand what Programs of Instruction we can recommend to U.S. Training and Doctrine Command and what recommendations we can give to the materiel community.”

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