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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

2006 France Special Weapons News

  • Sagem Défense Sécurité: successful test firing of AASM armament Sagem (Safran group) 14 Dec 2006 -- On December 1, France’s defense procurement agency (DGA) successfully completed the first operational test firing of the AASM modular air-to-ground armament. Developed and manufactured by Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group), the AASM is a new family of weapon that will equip the French Army’s and Navy’s Rafale planes by 2007.
  • 4 states may join ITER reactor project in 2007 - Russian scientist RIA Novosti 27 Nov 2006 -- An international agreement to build ITER, an experimental nuclear fusion reactor in France, may be joined next year by another four countries, the director of a Russian nuclear center said Monday.
  • Deal to build world's first fusion power reactor signed RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2006 -- An international agreement to build the world's first fusion power reactor, known by the acronym ITER, has been signed in Paris.
  • Premier essai en vol réussi pour le M51 EADS 09 Nov 2006 -- Biscarosse, le 9 novembre- Les équipes de la DGA, et d'Astrium ont procédé depuis la Base de Lancements Balistiques de Biscarrosse au premier essai en vol du M51 qui s'est déroulé de façon parfaitement nominale.
  • French Air Force EADS Socata TB 30 trainer fleet passes 500,000 flight hours Mark EADS 20 Sep 2006 -- Cognac-based French Air Force flight training Unit celebrated the passage of the symbolic threshold of 500,000 hours flown for its fleet of EADS Socata TB 30 Epsilons, during a ceremony presided by Pierre Niclot, head of the French Air Force Training command, while Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Vittini took over command of the school, replacing Lieutenant-Colonel Hubert Crépin.
  • EADS awards Grob Aerospace and Sogitec Industries contracts to supply training devices for the French Air Force Training School EADS 30 Aug 2006 -- EADS Military Air Systems France has awarded Grob Aerospace and Sogitec Industries contracts to supply training aircraft and ground-based training devices for the French Air Force Flight Training School in Cognac. Thus the French Air Force which currently trains its pilots with TB 30 Epsilon aircraft will operate 24 upgraded TB 30 Epsilon combined with additional 18 Grob 120A aircraft for the training of its pilots in the future.
  • French Army and MoD experiment network-enabled operations Thales 15 Jun 2006 -- From a common operational scenario, assets and metrics, an integrated project team (IPT) was set up in Thales' facilities in Colombes for the experiment.
  • Boeing Completes Radar Improvements for French AWACS Fleet Boeing 08 Jun 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has completed ahead of schedule the installation of Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) kits on France's fleet of four E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
  • Eurocopter Proudly Announces the Operational Debut of the Combat SAR EC725 Helicopters with the French Armed Forces EADS 10 May 2006 -- On 10 May 2006, the French Air Force Chief of Staff, General Richard Wolsztynski, presided the official ceremony on the Cazaux Base in which the Combat Search & Rescue EC725 helicopters were declared operational.
  • EADS to provide fleet management and support for French military pilot training EADS 26 Apr 2006 -- After a competitive procurement process lasting eighteen months, the French Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded EADS the management and support of the “ab-initio” training for future military aircrews of the French Air Force’s Flying School at Cognac. The ten-year, multi-services contract, includes the procurement of new aircraft, line and base aircraft maintenance as well as ground-based training devices including flight simulators, integrated logistic support with supply-chain management plus infrastructure handling and will be performed by EADS Socata and EADS Military Air Systems.
  • International Forum To Collaborate on New Reactors Washington File 21 Feb 2006 -- The United States signed an agreement about sodium-cooled fast reactor systems with France and Japan February 16, providing the framework for collaboration among these countries on the research and development of advanced nuclear reactors.
  • EADS Secure Networks modernises the “RUBIS” network of the French Gendarmerie (Military Police) EADS 21 Feb 2006 -- EADS Secure Networks has signed a four-year contract with the French National Gendarmerie on modernisation of its “RUBIS” secure radio communications network. This contract, worth € 32 million, will enable the French National Gendarmerie to ensure long-term viability of its radio communications network, benefit from new applications and better respond to operational requirements.
  • India, France sign 9 agreements including nuclear declaration IRNA 20 Feb 2006 -- India and France on Monday signed nine agreements, including a declaration on nuclear energy and a pact on defence cooperation, after the conclusion of talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting French President Jacques Chirac.
  • India, France sign document on civilian nuclear cooperation IRNA 20 Feb 2006 -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the visiting French President Jacques Chirac today signed a landmark document on civilian nuclear cooperation and a defence pact, declaring that New Delhi would place its nuclear facilities acquired in "future" through international cooperation under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.
  • India and France Agree to Cooperate on Nuclear Energy VOA 20 Feb 2006 -- A visit to India by the president of France has led to an agreement for the two nations to cooperate on civilian nuclear technology.
  • India, France to sign Peaceful Nuke Cooperation Declaration IRNA 17 Feb 2006 -- India and France will sign a `Declaration' on development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and an agreement on Defence cooperation during the upcoming visit of French President Jacques Chirac here on February 19-20, taking their strategic partnership forward.
  • India, France to sign agreement on civil N-cooperation: Chirac IRNA 17 Feb 2006 -- France are "close" to reaching an agreement with India on civil nuclear cooperation but feels that "more work" is required on both sides, French President Jacques Chirac has said ahead of his visit here.
  • French armed forces command selects Thales decision-management tool Thales 16 Feb 2006 -- The development of the Scapin system is part of moves to improve efficiency and optimise costs by modernising the management tools in service with the French armed forces. The new system will support France's results-based approach to budget management, as set out in the constitutional by law on budget acts (Loi organique relative aux lois de finances, LOLF) of 1 August 2001.
  • The French Defense Procurement Agency has chosen Sagem Défense Sécurité to supply helicopter mission planning systems for French Army Sagem (Safran group) 08 Feb 2006 -- The French Defense Procurement Agency’s (DGA/SPART) has contracted Sagem Défense Sécurité to develop a helicopter crew mission planning module (MPME). By 2008 the system will be used by all French Army Aviation Branch (ALAT) flight crews. It will enable the army to cooperatively plan, carry out and debrief missions.
  • EADS Socata selected for the maintenance of the French Military TBM fleet EADS 01 Feb 2006 -- EADS Socata announced today that it had been selected to provide the follow-on support (FOS) for the fleet of TBM 700 operated by the French Ministry of Defense. This contract will come into force today and will run for 8 years.
  • Asefi dismisses Chirac's unconventional claims on nuclear arms IRNA 21 Jan 2006 -- The 'unconventional' claims by French President Jacques Chirac on the use of nuclear arms under the pretext of preventing terrorism are 'unacceptable', said an Iranian Foreign Ministry official here on Saturday.
  • Chirac Warns of Nuclear Response to State-Sponsored Terrorism VOA 19 Jan 2006 -- French President Jacques Chirac has raised the threat of a nuclear response to state-sponsored terrorist attacks on French soil.
  • Transcript: Speech by Jacques CHIRAC, President of the French Republic, during his visit to The Stategic Forces Présidence de la République française 19 Jan 2006 -- "As I emphasized immediately after the attacks of 11 September 2001, nuclear deterrence is not intended to deter fanatical terrorists. Yet, the leaders of States who would use terrorist means against us, as well as those who would consider using, in one way or another, weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would lay themselves open to a firm and adapted response on our part. And this response could be a conventional one. It could also be of a different kind".

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