Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 tests Sea Venom/ANL missile

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 tests Sea Venom/ANL missile View post tag: Sea Venom View post tag: Royal Navy Share this article A Royal Navy Lynx Mk 8 helicopter recently performed air carriage and jettison trials of the MBDA-made Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile.According to the missile manufacturer, the trials proved that the missile can be integrated onto the Lynx and Super Lynx helicopters.Sea Venom/ANL has been developed to deliver an enhanced capability to replace existing and legacy systems such as the UK-developed Sea Skua and the French-developed AS15TT anti-ship missiles.Working together through the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) initiative, the trials were conducted by MBDA, the UK Defence Solutions Centre (DSC), the Royal Navy and QinetiQ.The trials were undertaken in March at the Larkhill Range at Boscombe Down, and saw a Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 successfully conduct a series of air carriage trials prior to jettisoning two Sea Venom missiles fitted with telemetry kits.The 100 kg-class Sea Venom missile is one of the products of France and the United Kingdom’s collaboration on missile technologies. In UK service the missile is planned to be used from the AW159 Wildcat helicopter, while in France the DGA (Direction générale de l’armement – the French defence procurement agency) is currently conducting the development flight campaign for the missile on a Panther test bed helicopter.Sea Venom is a primarily anti-ship missile designed to destroy vessels ranging from FIAC (Fast Inshore Attack Craft), through medium sized FAC (Fast Attack Craft) up to large vessels such as Corvettes from safe stand-off ranges.According to MBDA, this missile also has a surface attack capability against coastal and land targets. Unlike legacy semi-active radar guided missiles, Sea Venom uses an imaging infrared seeker that offers ‘fire-and-forget’ capabilities in even the most complex littoral environments. Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Lynx April 10, 2017 Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 tests Sea Venom/ANL missile View post tag: MBDAlast_img read more

Colombian Armed Forces Capture Eight Members of Los Puntilleros

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo July 25, 2018 Colombian authorities detained eight members of the Organized Armed Group (GAO in Spanish) Los Puntilleros at the end of May 2018. The captures took place simultaneously in the Vichada and Meta departments of eastern Colombia as part of a joint interagency operation by the Army, the Navy, and Joint Task Force ARES of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish). The operation also counted with support from the National Police and the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia. The terrorists face charges for drug trafficking and aggravated murder, among other crimes. “The Armed Forces combine all their capabilities to disrupt these structures,” said FAC Brigadier General Iván Hidalgo, commander of the Second Air Combat Command. Alias Costeño, leader of Los Puntilleros, with an arrest warrant in Puerto Carreño for controlling drug trafficking routes along the border with Venezuela, was among the detainees. In the department of Vichada, authorities charged four other people with extortion, kidnapping, and supporting the organization’s logistics, among other crimes. According to the Colombian Navy, all five stand accused for the murder of nine people in Puerto Carreño. Authorities captured three other people in the department of Meta at the same time. Alias Boyaco, head of the Vichada Liberators Bloc, part of Los Puntilleros, was among them. Boyaco, who coordinated drug trafficking activities in the area, is accused of 16 cases of extortion in Meta. A six-month-long joint military intelligence effort made the arrests possible. The Fifth Marine Brigade, the Regional Eastern Riverine Intelligence unit, and the Army’s 28th Jungle Brigade, which monitored and identified GAO members, carried out the operations. Los Puntilleros Los Puntilleros started operating in 2015 under the leadership of Oscar Mauricio Pachón, alias Puntilla, who merged the Vichada Liberators GAO and Meta Bloc —both organizations arose after the 2011 demobilization and fragmentation of the Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia. Los Puntilleros control strategic points of narcotrafficking corridors in eastern Colombia, from the department of Meta to the Venezuelan border. “Their main modus operandi is to control routes and mobility corridors in the department of Vichada and part of the department of Meta to carry out their illicit activities,” Colombian Navy Rear Admiral Antonio José Martínez Olmos, commander of the Eastern Naval Force, told Diálogo. “They also collect extortion money from riverine and land traders as funding sources.” The Colombian Ministry of Defense classifies Los Puntilleros, Clan del Golfo, and Los Pelusos as the main GAOs, in addition to remnants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that oppose the peace agreements. The Ministry of Defense seeks to promote and strengthen interagency and combined work for the Armed Forces to counter GAO structures effectively. Land, rivers, and air Weather conditions affect mobility in the Eastern Plains region, where the departments of Vichada and Meta are located. Summer lasts six months, at which time rivers are no longer navigable and land becomes the preferred transport route for people, trade, and tourism. “When winter comes, rivers rise for six months, allowing large vessels to navigate and move transport, tourism, and trade through the main waterways,” Rear Adm. Martínez said. “This situation presents us with two different operational scenarios, in which joint efforts play an important role [with] permanent land, river, and air presence.” “Through the Victoria Plus Plan for stabilization and consolidation and the Horus Plan, enforced around the country, the Military Forces keep up offensive operations against all GAOs, especially in the Meta and Guaviare regions,” Brig. Gen. Hidalgo said. “In recent weeks, we carried out [maneuvers] with good results to neutralize all these structures.” According to the General Command of the Colombian Military Forces, the Victoria Plus Plan counters dissidents and new alliances among groups such as Los Puntilleros. The Horus Plan involves law enforcement operations in 603 high-priority townships and 157 municipalities to bring peace to the population. “We expect to deliver more and better news about the fight against these structures. The National Police and Colombian Military Forces will keep working to secure eastern Colombia,” Brig. Gen. Hidalgo concluded.last_img read more

Commodity exposure hits returns at Swiss pension fund Publica

first_imgThe pension fund also noted that its “conservative” approach to European bonds, where it invests solely in core Europe, had an impact on its portfolio’s performance.Further, emerging market debt, comprising 5% of Publica’s strategy, lost 15%, while commodities fell by 12%.Gold, which accounts for 2% of Publica’s portfolio, fared particularly badly, the pension fund said.Nevertheless, Dieter Stohler, managing director at Publica, told IPE “it would be wrong to exit these investments based on a short-term valuation loss”.He said: “We are expecting positive returns over the long run in those sectors, with a horizon beyond the end of the year.”However, he acknowledged that Publica was now re-evaluating its asset strategy regularly every two years, which meant “there might be one or two adjustments”.But he rejected a full exit from either emerging markets or gold.At the other end of the spectrum, the BPK, the public pension fund for the Swiss city of Berne, returned 9.3% over 2013.The fund’s equity exposure, 38%, was the main driver for the strong performance, it said.Hans-Peter Wiedmer, head of asset management at the CHF10bn Pensionskasse, said “very good tactical and operational implementation”, as well as “very low asset management costs”, also boosted returns, which raised the funding level to approximately 83%.For 2014, the BPK does not plan any major changes to its strategy. It said it would keep equity exposure at around the same level, with “frequent rebalancing”.Similarly, the PKE, the pension fund for the Swiss energy sector, reported a return of 8.8%, similar to the 2012 return of 8.7%.Following a strategic review, the CHF5bn scheme reduced its equity allocation in 2012 from 42% to around 39% in favour of a slight increase in alternatives and FX bonds.In 2013, “all asset classes had contributed positively” to the performance, apart from foreign bonds, according to Ronald Schnurrenberger, managing director at the PKE. The performance spread between Switzerland’s largest public pension fund Publica and the Pensionskasse for the city of Berne was as large as 580 basis points over the course of 2013, due to their differing approaches to asset allocation.Last year, the average return for Swiss pension funds, according to a number of sources, was approximately 6%.The CHF35.8bn (€29bn) Publica Pensionskasse, which only managed to generate a 3.5% return over the period, cited its “commitment” to emerging markets and commodities.According to its investment strategy, equities currently comprise about 33% of Publica’s overall portfolio, with 10% of equity exposure allocated to emerging markets, which underperformed relative to Swiss or developed-market equities last year.last_img read more

Volleyball to face familiar foes

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald file photoThe Wisconsin volleyball team will open up the Big Ten season this weekend on the road against Iowa and Minnesota.“We are really excited for the Big Ten [season] to start,” said junior outside hitter Caity DuPont. “It’s kind of a new focus because during preseason you don’t really know the teams very well. But in the Big Ten, you have seen most of the players before so you can really focus on the teams and what they do.”The Badgers, who are coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Marquette Cheese Bowl, have dropped in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll for the second time this year from No. 13 to No. 18 after their five-game loss to Oregon State on Saturday.Although the loss to the Beavers was tough, UW is not discouraged. In fact, the team sees it as a challenge and a way to trick their opponents into overlooking the team.“Having a high number in the polls puts a target on your back,” DuPont said. “When we were higher in the polls, people wanted to beat us. Now that we are slipping, people might underestimate us. We are going to come after them with a lot of fire, and they are going to be surprised.”The Badgers are going into the weekend as the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten. The defending champion Nittany Lions are ranked No.1, and the Golden Gophers are ranked No. 12. Purdue, Illinois and Michigan round out the Big Ten’s representation, ranked 19, 20 and 21, respectively.Wisconsin’s first test of the weekend will be against a revitalized Iowa team. The Hawkeyes are led by new head coach Sharon Dingman, who got the job after spending eight years at Illinois State. While with the Redbirds, Dingman led the team to seven winning seasons in eight years, including a NCAA tournament appearance in 2007, their first in 10 years.This is the first year Iowa has not been picked to be at the bottom of the Big Ten. Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said Dingman has brought a new mentality to the team and has them believing they can compete with the teams at the top of the division.“If you look at Iowa, they have a new team and a new staff,” Waite said. “They have some veteran players, and it makes them kind of scary because they were down, and now they are excited about what they are doing.”On the court, the Hawkeyes are led by setter Kiley Fister, who ranks sixth in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 9.77 per game. Senior outside hitter Catherine Smale averages 3.5 kills per game, which ranks eighth in the conference.“[Iowa] has a good setter,” senior middle blocker Audra Jeffers said of Fister. “She is really good at setting against the flow, and our middle blockers are going to have to be really disciplined with that.”On Saturday, the Badgers head north to play in the latest chapter of the Border Battle against Minnesota. The Gophers, who are coming off a 3-2 loss to North Carolina last weekend, are looking to get revenge on Wisconsin after being swept in both matches last year.“It’s always a battle, and it’s exciting. We love competing,” Jeffers said. “It’s one of the most fun matches of the year. I know our team and their team are going to be competing really hard. Especially with last year’s outcome, they are going to come out with a chip on their shoulder. We always love to beat Minnesota, and they are ranked ahead of us, so it’s going to be extra motivation for us. ”Although they lost last weekend, junior libero Christine Tan was named Big Ten defensive player of the week. Tan leads the Big Ten in digs with 230 and averages 5.35 per game. On defense, Tan is complemented by sophomore middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer, who ranks second in the Big Ten in blocks, averaging 1.44 per game.For the Badgers, look out for DuPont and freshman setter Janelle Gabrielsen to play major contributions. Last weekend, DuPont was named to the all conference team and is seeing major improvements in her game despite being injured for most of the preseason. If the team is able to successfully rebound from a less than stellar weekend last year, look for them to be in the mix early in the Big Ten season.last_img read more