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05 October 2015


The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition is held 12-14 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. With more than 26,000 attendees from around the world gathering for informative presentations, panel discussions, Workshops, and outreach opportunities, this three day event is the largest land warfare exposition and professional development forum in North America. Attendees can expect close to 300,000 net square feet of display space with 600 displays located in five halls on both levels of the Convention Center.
Nine international pavilions, a new AUSA Homeland Security Pavilion, multiple Rally Point,s and attendance by senior leaders and key US Department of Defense decision-makers make this event a unique opportunity to network with colleagues across the entire defense community and discover the leading developments in defense technology.

MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #10/15 has exclusive features and stories for the region, and can be found at the German pavillion on booth 2115.

Mönch will be present at AUSA 2015 with a team, comprising editors and members of the sales staff. Mönch is present with MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #10/15 at the show and will report, via this blog, daily from the show.

MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #10/15 has exclusive features and stories for the region, and can be found at the German pavillion on booth 2115. MILITARY TECHNOLOGY is also available on the App-Store and the Play-Store for your tablet.

For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #10/2015, available at the show at the German pavillion on booth 2115; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.

29 September 2015

Cooperation Between Germany and Japan Needed Now More Than Ever Before

On 29 September 2015, at the third German-Japanese Defence Forum in Tokyo by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, 23 German companies and one Japanese company (Fujitsu) exhibit and present their high technology to the Japanese customer.

As reported before, after seven decades of self-imposed exclusion from the international defence market, Japan has opened up to foreign companies. Complemented by a series of lectures on defence technology, i.e. weapons and ammunition, electronics and defence components, and mission support and supply equip,emt, the event has attracted Japanese defence companies and government officials from both countries.

German ambassador Dr. Hans Carl von Werthern provided information about Germany and Japan being natural partners, by both being centres of high technology, having arms-exports restrictions in place, and increasing costs for modern defence equipment. He made an excellent point by stating that Small Sized Enterprises (SME) being the backbone of the defence industry.

In his keynote, Hubert Blahnik, Deputy Director General for Equipment and Usage (AIN) in the German MoD, explained that the Armed Forces need the best equipment possible. As budgets are currently challenging, “we must look for partners,” where Japan comes into place, as both countries (German and Japan) are highly reliable. While the MoDs of both countries are in legal discussions for possible cooperations, it is “largely up to industry to work on practical means for collaboration.”

In February 2015, Japan’s MoD announced that it will establish the Acquisition and Logistics Agency (ATLA), to be headed by a commissioner who has seniority equivalent to an administrative vice minister (the top bureaucratic position), and is expected to absorb the Japanese MoD’s resident research and development (R&D) and contract management functions. By doing so, this new organisation is expected to provide oversight in five core functions: Acquisition programme management, promotion of defence equipment cooperation with Japan’s trusted security partners, R&D, execution of acquisition reform, and preservation of Japan’s indigenous defence industrial base. The official launch is expected in the next few days.

Toru Hotchi, Director of Equipment Policy Division, Bureau of Finance and Equipment, Japanese MoD told the forum of industry experts and military that advice from German MoD and industry on how to integrate SMEs into the fold can be used. With challenging financial difficulties, ATLA is bound to further accelerate working level discussions on transfer of technology with Germany and expand it around the world. “We need to have international partnerships,” he said.

To further German-Japanese defence industry cooperation, Akiko Iimura, Director for Defence Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), gave an outlook of the future vision of the Japanese Defence Industry: Maintain and strengthen the industry base, and to maintain and enhance technology superiority through R&D, with Japan being either a partner or supplier or both.

As one of the companies exhibiting at the forum, Dynamit-Nobel (DND) told MT that the company is here to promote its new RGW 90 family, as well as its family of DynaSim simulators. Renowned manufacturer of shoulder launched munitions (SLM), DND has been introducing a series of variants of its well proven RGW 90 weapon including an area denial munition. At the DND presentation, the company detailed its ERA solution that is on order for the German Army's new PUMA vehicle. DND's head of business development Herbert Weisshaupt explained that while DND has been working on ERA solutions for many years, recent trials have shown that its ERA protective system is capable of coping with hits of small and medium caliber rounds up to 30mm including APFSDT rounds without going off.

RUAG is at the forum in order to further promote its DO228 robust turboprop aircraft, having already sold five to NCA and a 6th in the works.

Airbus Defence & Space (DS) and Fujitsu detailed their cooperation in the ATX Japanese military trainer aircraft future tender, electronic warfare systems, and missile warners. In terms of gallium-nitride (GaN), Fujitsu is a world leader, and Airbus DS wants to use this expertise for possible future markets.

"The reason we are here is, primarily, to simply get to know a lot more about the market, to find out its potential for our company and present ourselves to firms that could become our clients or collaborators," a Jenoptik executive told MT. In news, he unveiled to MT that the company has recently sold NYXUS BIRD multifunctional thermal imager to the Police of Peru.

Rheinmetall, having already provided the Japanese military with munition and smoothbore guns, the group is currently in tests with its F-35 onboard cannon munition, and will market this in Japan, once tests are finalised.

TKMS is at the moment watching the marketplace very closely.

Atlas Elektronik provides an array of maritime solutions, including sonar, command and weapons deployment systems, mine countermeasures equipment, unmanned underwater and surface craft and shipping guidance systems, with a lot of interest here in Japan.

The Forum is still on today, so please watch this place for news from the floor and conference, as well as our twitter feed.

Japan’s Defence Policy and Defence Capability Build-up

Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff, Japan Self Defence Force gave MILITARY TECHNOLOGY an exclusive statement, to be read in MT #9/2015.

Japan is surrounded by the sea, and has a long coastline, numerous remote islands and a vast Exclusive Economic Zone. Japan is a maritime state and dependent largely on international trade for its supply of food and natural resources. Therefore, securing the safety of maritime and air traffic, through strengthening an “Open and Stable Sea” order based upon such fundamental principles as the rule of law and the freedom of navigation, constitutes the basis of our peace and prosperity.

The Asia-Pacific region including areas surrounding Japan is still seeing a concentration of large scale military power as well as increasing modernisations of forces and activities of military and relevant organisations.

In light of this security situation, the Government of Japan issued the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG), and the Midterm Defense Program in December 2013. Based on them, the MoD/Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) is currently promoting and building the Dynamic Joint Defense Force with which we focus on building mobile deployment capabilities in addition to firm main ensuring maritime supremacy and air superiority.

The new NDPG call for the JSDF to selectively strengthen the following functions and capabilities in particular, paying attention to enhance joint functions with interoperability with the US forces, prioritising defence build-up, which enables Japan to maintain maritime supremacy and air superiority, which are prerequisites for effective deterrence and responses to various contingencies- such as strengthening defence posture in the south-western Areas of Japan:
  • ISR Capabilities: Japan will implement extensive and persistent ISR at seas and airspace surrounding it, and adopt a flexible approach to boosting its ISR posture according to the developments of situations.
  • Intelligence Capabilities: Japan will strengthen its system for intelligence collection, processing information, and analysing and sharing the collected information, so that the SDF can promptly detect signs of various situations, and take other actions.
  • Transport Capability: In order to swiftly deploy and move necessary units, the SDF will strengthen its integrated transport capacity, while seeking collaboration with the civilian transport sector on a regular basis.
  • C3I Capabilities: In order to establish a C2 system that can manage units nationwide in a mobile, joint and integrated manner, a new central headquarters to control all regional armies will be established within the GSDF, among other measures. The SDF will also strive to enhance and strengthen its communication infrastructure on remote islands and data link functions among the three services, along with other C3I capabilities.
  • Response to an Attack on Remote Islands: In order to ensure maritime supremacy and air superiority, the SDF will strengthen its ability to deal with attacks by aircraft, naval vessels, and missiles, etc. The SDF will newly develop sufficient amphibious operations capability, which enables the JSDF to land, recapture, and secure without delay in the case of an invasion of any remote islands.
  • Response to Ballistic Missile (BM) Attacks: To counter North Korea’s improved BM capability, Japan will pursue comprehensive improvement of its response capability against ballistic missiles. With regard to the BM Defence system, Japan will enhance readiness, simultaneous engagement capability, and sustainable response capability to strengthen the capability to protect the entire territory.
  • Response in Outer Space and Cyberspace: While strengthening information collection capability using satellites, and reinforcing C2 and telecommunications capabilities, the JSDF will enhance the survivability of satellites through such initiatives as space situational awareness. As for cyberspace, Japan will enhance integrated persistent surveillance and response capabilities as well as continuously strengthen and secure personnel with expertise and the latest equipment.

ShinMaywa's US-2, priced at almost ¥12 billion per aircraft, can take off and land even on rough seas, a standout feature compared to amphibious planes by other manufacturers. 

It is essential for Japan to strengthen cooperation with international partners including European countries and NATO members from peace time in order to deal with global challenges, which are extremely difficult for one country to tackle on its own. Therefore, from the perspective of “proactive contribution to peace” based on the principle of international cooperation, the Japanese people expect the MOD/JSDF, as the final bearer of national security, to strengthen its activities in terms of both quality and quantity.

Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Joint Staff, Japan Self Defence Force

Full statement along with other Chiefs of Defence in MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #09/2015, available at DSEI on booth #S2 165. Please frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.

Can ShinMaywa Handle a Third Customer?

It is only a matter of time before Tokyo sells a major military platform rather than just parts. With a wealth of experience in manufacturing armour, ships, submarines and helicopters, Japan's first export will probably be a search-and-rescue (SAR) amphibious aircraft, the US-2.

Japan and India have been discussing the sale of the amphibian since 2012. The platform's civilian SAR role allowed talks to progress even before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government revised the principles governing defence exports.

Since the change in policy, however, the government has stepped up efforts to market the US-2 alongside more traditional defence platforms such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' SORYU submarine and Kawasaki Heavy Industries' P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). This has meant a lot more exposure for Japan's niche amphibious aircraft.

The aircraft is a joint product of Japan's defence industry giants. Mitsubishi contributes the outer sections of the wings and the rear sections of the engine nacelles, NIPPI builds the amphibian's special water-tight landing gear housings, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries supplies the cockpit. US-2's manufacter ShinMaywa is then responsible for assembling the parts around its special boat-like forward hull and supplying the aircraft to the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

ShinMaywa has supplied three production-standard copies since 2007 but a lack of capacity is choking the production line. The company can only produce two aircraft simultaneously, which increases the length of the production run. This complicates the conditions of supplying Japanese-assembled aircraft for export.

India is looking to buy somewhere between 10 and 20 US-2s — Tokyo and New Delhi are still negotiating the final number. India wants to manufacture the planes domestically but Japan is asking to build them at its existing factories. This would allow ShinMaywa to get the most out of its existing capital, but building the aircraft in Japan would either reduce the flow of planes to the Maritime Self-Defense Force or add a significant wait time to the Indian bid.

Indonesia has also expressed an interest in the aircraft, but with ShinMaywa's domestic orders and possible Indian orders, is ShinMaywa able to handle a third customer? In the meantime, the company is continuing to attend defence and aerospace exhibitions at the request of the Japanese government. 

Japanese Troops to be Sent on UN Peacekeeping Missions

The upper house of the Japanese parliament (Diet) passed a series of security bills on 19 September aimed at substantially modifying the way the country’s post-war pacifist constitution is interpreted. The vote, of 148 to 90, was pushed through by Shinzo Abe’s conservative coalition. It marks a significant break with the past that has caused both the prime minister’s popularity to plummet and outrage in China, but has been largely welcomed by Japan’s regional neighbours and allies (apart from South Korea).

The main effect is to allow Japan’s Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) to help America and its allies even if Japan is not under attack itself. Although the Diet will have to approve any deployments abroad — a concession by Mr Abe to get some smaller parties onside — it means that the long-standing bilateral security pact between America and Japan ceases to be a one-way street obliging the US to defend Japan but not the other way round. It will also make it possible for Japanese troops to be sent on UN peacekeeping missions in more forceful roles. An interesting early test could come in South Sudan, where both Japan and China contribute to the UN effort. Under the new laws, the JSDF could find itself fighting alongside Chinese soldiers should they come under attack.

Japan is raising defence spending. This year, its military budget has increased by 2% to ¥4.98 trillion ($42 billion) and next year will go up by 2% again. 

24 September 2015

CCExpo Critical Communications Expo 2015

Mission critical information and communications, professional mobile radio (PMR) and control rooms for critical infrastructures
Date: 6th and 7th October 2015, 0900 to 1700 hrs 
Messe Berlin, Entrance North, Ehrenhalle (Pantheon), Exhibition Hall 20

CCExpo Critical Communications Expo is the annual platform for mission critical information and communications, professional mobile radio (PMR) and control rooms in all fields of critical infrastructure at national and international level. With this future-oriented concept as independent branch and user meeting CCExpo 2015 is already the 15th event covering this topic by Exhibition & Marketing Wehrstedt GmbH (EMW).

In co-operation with 8 national and international associations and institutions CCExpo expands the content, technological offers and attractiveness for all visitor groups. Apart from BOS (authorities and organizations with security tasks) other professional associations and organizations, technology and product suppliers, system suppliers, planners/designers, installers and users as well as research institutions and teaching facilities present the entire spectrum of relevant products.

Highlights of CCExpo® 2015:

  • Specialised Trade Fair
  • Communications Congress, 6th October 2015 
  • 12th Official Control Room Congress, 7th October 2015
  • Open Forums in the exhibition hall
  • Blue light Forum Broadband and  Blue light Forum In-House Coverage
  • NEW: Forum Future
  • NEW: Forum Transport & Communication
  • Premiere in Germany Interactive Patrol Cars: Special presentation of different interactive patrol cars from 4 German states (Bundesländer)
  • Briefing in the safety lab of the Innovation Centre Public Security at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS
  • Cyber Security as Precondition for the Operation of Critical Infrastructures in the Energy Sector, panel discussion with emphasis on target group municipal utilities
  • Additional Official and informal meetings of relevant panels/committees/bodies
  • parallel to CCExpo: Meeting of the PSRG Public Safety Radiocommunication Group, 7th/8th October 2015

Source: CCExpo Critical Communications

MDM 2015: Lockheed Martin Introduces New Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Candidate

Lockheed Martin officially introduced its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 offering at the Modern Day Marine trade show in Quantico, Virginia, on Tuesday. The armored, eight-wheel-drive vehicle is designed to transport up to 13 Marines, transition seamlessly between land and water, and provide high levels of blast protection.

Lockheed Martin’s new Amphibious Combat Vehicle candidate undergoes testing in Saginaw, Michigan. The heavily armored eight-wheel-drive vehicle transitions seamlessly between land and water, and carries up to 13 Marines.

The US Marine Corps established the ACV programme to replace its aging fleet of Amphibious Assault Vehicles, which have been in service since the 1970s. The Lockheed Martin ACV candidate is a modular, easily upgradable 8x8 design that allows superior growth for a wide range of variants, weapons, sensors and communications options. Lockheed Martin is the original equipment manufacturer, systems integrator, and final-assembly, integration and test agent for its ACV. The company has selected an experienced team of suppliers for their specific capabilities to enable the production and delivery of a high-quality, affordable solution.

We have been committed to the Marine Corps for more than eight years in the growth and evolution of the ACV and its predecessor programmes,” said Scott Greene, vice president of Ground Vehicles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “In concert with the Marine Corps’ desire for domestic production, Lockheed Martin has assembled a supplier team that will enable the manufacturing and delivery of a vehicle that meets or exceeds their requirements at the right price.”

The Lockheed Martin ACV candidate meets the Marine Corps’ ACV requirements in four key areas, according to the company: Water Operations; Land Operations; Payload Capacity and Protection. The team’s ACV offering is comprised primarily of off-the-shelf components and products currently in service on vehicles around the world. They have been brought together in the Lockheed Martin 8x8 to provide the Marine Corps a vehicle that meets their needs today and supports their missions far into the future.