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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Canadian AF Establishes Simulation Strategy

Royal Canadian Air Force pilots train on a flight simulator at the Southport Aerospace Centre in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.(Photo: Cpl Vicky Lefrancois/Royal Canadian Air Force)

 

March 21, 2015 By David Pugliese – Defense News

 

VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has released its first long-term simulation strategy, paving the way for the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars on new training initiatives.

Among the systems identified for acquisition are a flight trainer for the RCAF's CH149 Cormorant helicopters, a variant of the AgustaWestland EH-101, as well as simulators for CC177 transport and the CC150 Polaris aircraft. The CC177 is Canadian terminology for Boeing's C-17 while the Polaris is a converted Airbus A310 used by the RCAF for transport and refueling.

The strategy would be put in place over the next 10 years and would employ see both virtual training and a networked common synthetic environment, according to RCAF Simulation Strategy 2025, released March 13.

 

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
SecAF: KC-46 First Flight 'Hopefully' Summer

 

March 19, 2015 By AARON MEHTA – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The Air Force secretary expects the KC-46A tanker to have its first flight sometime over the summer, a "several month" delay for a milestone on the program.

 

The timeline laid out for Defense News by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James clarifies comments made Tuesday by Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, program executive officer for tankers, that the tanker was going to miss the expected first flight date of mid-April.

 

"It is concerning me," James said in a Thursday interview. "My best belief, at this point, is it will be a several-month delay. So hopefully summertime is when it would occur."

 

This is not the first delay of a major test point on the tanker. The first test flight of a Boeing 767-2C, a test version of the KC-46A without the refueling boom and other tanker equipment, was scheduled for June 2014; it eventually occurred just before the New Year.

 

Executives for Boeing have emphasized that its focus is on a contractual obligation to provide 18 ready-to-go tankers on the ramp by 2017, and noted that first flight dates are targets, not obligations.

 

James did say that the KC-46 program has some good news, noting that the costs are capped and the company is largely on track for its major contractual requirements.

 

However, Richardson warned on Tuesday that the margin built into the schedule was essentially gone, and that any delay in getting that first flight up was a concern because of the need to get air worthiness certifications.

 

James echoed Richardson's concern about the lack of margin, and added that Boeing has submitted a new integrated master schedule, laying out its internal target dates, for review by the Air Force.

 

"The worrying news is that underneath those contractual and milestone requirements, there are a whole lot of other milestones," James said. "This is the internal plan for how do you get from here to there to meet the milestones. That's where there have been challenges and slippages and so forth, so that is the worrying part."

 

The KC-46A will replace the majority of the service's tanker fleet with 179 new planes, based on a Boeing commercial design.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
JF-17 Block 2 makes first flight ahead of Block 3 improvements

 

March 19, 2015 by asian-defence.net

 

The first Block 2 JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft made its maiden flight from the Pakistan Aeronautical Company (PAC) facility at Kamra on 9 February.

 

The aircraft (serial number 2P01) made three more successful flights before being taken to the paint shop in mid-February. The test flights came as a boost as PAC continues to look for a first export customer for its platform.

 

Air Commodore Ahsan Rafiq, Deputy Chief Project Director (Operations) JF-17 and a former commanding officer of the JF-17 Test and Evaluation Unit, described the Block 2 version as "an upgraded Block 1 with an air-to-air refuelling (AAR) probe, enhanced oxygen system [to allow the pilot to stay in the air longer], and improved electronic countermeasures system (ECS)".

 

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has a contract for 50 Block 2 JF-17s but as Air Cdre Ahsan pointed out, "the full AAR system will not appear until the 29th jet, which should fly later this year [at Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in China]."

 

In a further development that sends a clear signal that PAC and Chinese marketing partner CATIC intend business in the international arena, the Block 2 JF-17 will also have a two-seater version, which is now being developed at Chengdu according to the PAF's requirements.

 

"We know potential customers would like to see a two-seater, although it is not such a big deal for the PAF, which started flying several types, [A-5, F-6, F-7P and F-7PG] without a training version," Air Cdre Ahsan said. "This will give us the chance to show potential suitors how the jet can perform in the air."

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Images suggest upgrades to China's early series J-11s

 

March 19, 2015 by asian-defence.net

 

Images have emerged on Chinese military web forums suggesting sensor upgrades to Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-11A combat aircraft, with reports noting that two regiments have received these modifications so far.

 

Upgraded J-11As appear to have four new missile approach warning systems (MAWS), two just aft the cockpit facing forward and two pointing aft on the vertical stabilisers. Similar systems have previously been fitted to the H-6M and H-6K strategic bombers.

 

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Su-30MKI With BrahMos-A at AeroIndia 2015 photo Livefist

Su-30MKI With BrahMos-A at AeroIndia 2015 photo Livefist

 

March 19th, 2015 defencetalk.com

 

The Indian Air Force plans to start mounting BrahMos cruise missiles on its aircraft in 2016, BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Mishra told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

 

The short-range supersonic missile was jointly developed by Russia and India and has been in use by the Indian Navy since 2005.

 

“The missile is scheduled to be adopted in 2016, ten more tests will be carried out by the end of the year,” Mishra said.

 

He added that the next test flight is due in May with the aircraft carrying the missile launcher. This will be followed by flights with the equipped missiles and, eventually, test firing them.

 

India is Russia’s biggest arms trade partner, with more than 70 percent of India’s military equipment coming from Russia or the former Soviet Union, according to Russia’s state arms exporter.

 

The two countries are taking part in the major Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’15), currently underway in Malaysia.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:25
A Mexican Air Force C-130K Hercules aircraft in flight. Photo Zahpo75

A Mexican Air Force C-130K Hercules aircraft in flight. Photo Zahpo75

 

20 March 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

Cascade Aerospace has completed a first test flight of the Mexican Air Force's (FAM) upgraded C-130K Hercules aircraft from its base in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

 

In November 2013, the company received a contract as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Canadian and Mexican Governments, for maintenance and modernisation of FAM's two C-130K aircraft.

 

The C-130K maintenance and modernisation programme was initiated in 2014. It involved an upgrade of the avionics system. including the installation and integration of Rockwell Collins Flight 2 avionics suite, digital fuel quantity indication, and engine instrument display systems.

 

The aircraft, which is currently based at Cascade's hangar, has also been equipped with a new auxiliary power unit, as well from undergoing a wing availability and sustainment programme.

 

Cascade Aerospace executive vice-president and CEO Ben Boehm said: "This test flight represents the culmination of a year of detailed design effort followed by countless hours of skilled craftsmanship to present the Mexican Air Force pilots with an airworthy plane.

 

"This test flight will lead to the delivery of a modernised and updated aircraft to the Mexican Government at a fraction of the cost of a new aircraft."

 

The Flight 2 system is developed from Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics solution, the Flight 2 system improves aircraft's operational capabilities by offering an open systems architecture that combines flight operations with navigation and guidance functions, and supports future growth requirement.

 

The company also conducted operational and technical training for FAM personnel using the Rockwell Collins Flight 2 procedural training simulator at its Abbotsford facility.

 

Power for the C-130K Hercules is supplied by Allison T56A-15 engines turboprop engine.

 

The aircraft is a derivative of Lockheed Martin's C-130 Hercules, and is used to carry troops, passengers or freight.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
US Air Force complete C-17 avionics, weather radar upgrades

 

March 19th, 2015 By Air Force News Agency - defencetalk.com

 

When one door closes at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex regarding aviation modernization, that same door swings open for another opportunity.

 

In the 562nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, maintainers have completed a complex avionics and weather radar modernization package, referred to as BLOCK 16, with the final C-17 Globemaster set to fly home this month.

 

This steady program at Robins speaks to the highly-skilled maintainers who have worked on this particular upgrade package since 2007.

 

When the aircraft is returned to its crew at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, they will basically be getting a brand new transport aircraft, complete with state-of-the-art communications capabilities, navigation upgrades, and weather radar with new color palettes and improved display.

 

During the last several months, more than 3,000 wires were removed during the upgrade, with more than 7,000 new wires installed — a complex undertaking involving scores of video cables, data transmission cables, power lines, and the like.

 

“It will be sad to see them go because we’ve gotten so good at working on them,” said Eric Bickett, 562nd AMXS first-line supervisor. “Our maintainers have proven themselves, taking an aircraft that Boeing and the Air Force have sent us, and completely changing what it’s capable of. It truly looks factory (made) when we’re done with it.”

 

Working on the communications portion was perhaps the most time consuming, according to maintainers, as this involved removing old analog wiring and installing new digital control boxes, headset receptacles, etc.

 

Satellite communications capabilities through the addition of ports will also allow any of the military services who board the aircraft to set up their own equipment.

 

“The overall goal is to get all these C-17s to be one specific aircraft so any aircrew can jump from one to the other and everything will be exactly the same,” said Frank Kipa, 562 AMXS aircraft electrician.

 

“While these particular upgrades are now completed, we still have much work to do with maintenance. With the quality of work we do here, we look forward to any future mods coming our way,” he said.

 

As this was the last completed BLOCK 16 modification for WR-ALC in a fleet of more than 220 aircraft (several aircraft will be modified at a later date by Boeing’s San Antonio facility), work is ongoing to hit another milestone on BLOCK 17 upgrades, which installs combat lighting inside and outside the aircraft.

 

“Combat lighting gives the aircrew flexibility in how they illuminate the aircraft whether it’s inside or outside,” said Bickett. “For example, when troops are being medically treated inside, we’re able to provide capabilities that can block light from escaping to the outside. We can also illuminate the exterior using different covert lighting.”

 

“You can illuminate the flight deck, the cargo bay and outside completely different after this combat lighting upgrade. There’s a lot of flexibility, giving an aircrew plenty of options,” he said.

 

The final aircraft to receive this upgrade is scheduled to arrive in December, and will return to its customer a year from now in 2016.

 

The C-17, despite its size, is able to take off and land on short runways, and is constantly carrying out missions all over the world.

 

The Air Force received its final C-17 from production at Boeing in the fall of 2013, a move that had been expected for some time.

 

Robins not only maintains the C-17, which first flew in 1991, but is also responsible for sustainment of the aircraft through the C-17 System Program Office, which also plays a crucial role in the modification, maintenance and overall service of the entire fleet.

 

Bickett said he likes to ask what happens to aircraft once they leave Robins. He recalled looking online last August and recognized a photo of a C-17 that had passed through the complex.

 

The aircraft had conducted a humanitarian assistance operation to aid Iraqi citizens. At that time, thousands of Yazidis were attempting to escape the advance of Islamic State fighters and had become trapped on Mount Sinjar. An Air Force C-17 had been tasked to provide food and supplies.

 

“That’s what we do,” he said. “As much as these aircraft are flown with the different missions they do, the wear and tear, the hard landings — they hit the ground like it’s moving. We help keep these flying and in their current state.”

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Model 527 radar signal simulator - photo Textron

Model 527 radar signal simulator - photo Textron

 

20 March 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

Textron Systems Electronic Systems has been awarded a contract to supply advanced, handheld radar simulators for electronic warfare (EW) preflight testing on all variants of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

 

The contract was awarded by Lockheed Martin. It requires the company to supply its Model 527 radar signal simulator, which is designed for end-of-runway and walk-around pre-flight testing, to determine the status of installed electronic warfare (EW) radar warning receiver systems.

 

Specifically, the system verifies operational readiness and threat recognition across antennas, transmission lines, radomes, cockpit displays, and controls on operational aircraft through free-space radiation functional testing.

 

Textron Systems Electronic Systems senior vice-president and general manager Steve Mensh said: "The F-35 is one of the world's most advanced tactical aircraft, designed to deliver powerful new capabilities to the warfighter.

 

"Our Model 527 and larger family of pre-flight testers give aircrews the confidence they need in their mission-critical systems, before they even leave the ground."

 

The advanced threat modelling software enables a variety of threat simulations including simple, continuous-wave, pulsed single emitters, and multiplexed radio frequency emitters that can model several threats simultaneously.

 

After the simulations have been developed within the system, soldiers can easily progress through them on the flight line with a thumb switch to verify aircraft operation.

 

The battery-powered system is fully compatible with the company's family of pre-flight confidence testers, such as the joint service electronic combat systems tester and the advanced architecture phase, amplitude and time simulator laboratory electromagnetic environment simulator.

 

Deliveries under the indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract are scheduled take place over the next three years.

 

The F-35 is manufactured by Lockheed. It is a fifth-generation multi-role fighter, and is designed to conduct a wide range of ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defence missions with stealth capability.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 15:55
Création d'un incubateur de l'aéronautique à Paris avec 25 start-up

 

20 mars 2015 par  Jacques Marouani - electroniques.biz

 

Tous les domaines de pointe sont représentés parmi les grandes problématiques des secteurs de l’industrie aéronautique et du transport aérien : drones, nouveaux aéronefs, dirigeable, tourisme spatial, réalité augmentée, optoélectronique, divertissement à bord, logiciels, sécurité, interfaces homme-machine, mais aussi matériaux, procédés, etc...

 

L'incubateur dédié aux start-up de l'aéronautique, Starburst Accelerator, créé en 2014 par le cabinet Impulse Partners, et soutenu par Airbus Group, Thales, Hutchinson et Zodiac Aerospace, va inaugurer son site parisien dans le 15e arrondissement le 23 mars 2015. De prochaines ouvertures sont aussi prévues à Toulouse, Los Angeles et Montréal.

Starburst Accelerator fournit aux start-up un ensemble de services leur permettant d’atteindre au plus vite la phase de croissance : constitution du dossier de financement, interface avec les investisseurs et grands groupes industriels aérospatiaux, hébergement au cœur d’un quartier d’affaires parisien, organisation d’ateliers thématiques réguliers.

 « Les start-up sont essentielles à la chaîne de valeurs de l'innovation : elles offrent au marché de nouvelles idées nées en laboratoire. Dans le contexte concurrentiel et de défi permanent que constitue l’aéronautique, Starburst Accelerator leur apporte le meilleur soutien, augmentant considérablement leurs chances de succès », promet François Chopard, fondateur de Starburst.

 

25 start-up incubées

Tous les domaines de pointe sont représentés parmi les grandes problématiques des secteurs de l’industrie aéronautique et du transport aérien : drones, nouveaux aéronefs, dirigeable, tourisme spatial, réalité augmentée, optoélectronique, divertissement à bord, logiciels, sécurité, interfaces homme-machine, mais aussi matériaux, procédés, etc...

25 startups sont incubées chez Starburst Accelerator dont Akoustic Arts, Amplisens, AriadNext, Blue Industry & Science, Cosmica Spacelines, Defacto, Diota Soft, Display Interactive, Eazy Group, Elwing, Erneo, Luna Technology, Mach 7, Nethis, Redbird, RepairManager.Aero, Safety Line, Suricog, Trust In Soft, Vaylon, Voox, WiNMS, Workfly.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Upgraded P-3 Orion Delivered Ahead Of Schedule

 

 

GREENVILLE, S.C., Mar. 18, 2015— Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin delivered [Mar. 18, 2015] a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) P-3 Orion aircraft 37 days ahead of schedule.

 

This is the 12th of 14 aircraft in the program to receive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications and phased depot maintenance. The MLU replaces the outer wings, center wing, horizontal stabilizer and horizontal stabilizer leading edges. All necessary fatigue life-limiting structures are replaced, leading to significantly reduced maintenance and sustainment costs. 

 

The completion of the aircraft significantly ahead of schedule allows for a quicker return of the aircraft to the CBP P-3 fleet supporting homeland security and drug interdiction missions. The MLU will enable the P-3 Orion to support operators for 20-25 more years.

 

About Lockheed Martin:

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Jeff Johnson to Lead Boeing Military Aircraft Business Development

 

Mar 19, 2015 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today named Jeffrey Johnson, vice president, Business Development, Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA). He succeeds Tim Norgart, who recently retired from Boeing. Johnson will be based in St. Louis, Missouri, and report to BMA President Shelley Lavender.  

Johnson has been president of Boeing Middle East since March 2011, based in the company’s Dubai office. Before that, he was senior director of Global Strike Business Development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) from November 2009. Over his Boeing career, Johnson has business development experience in more than 40 countries. 

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

March 19, 2015 By: Beth Stevenson – FG

 

London - An arms transfer study from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) claims that only the UK and Nigeria have been the recipients of armed unmanned air vehicles, despite “widespread interest” in their acquisition.

The numbers of importers and exporters of both armed and unarmed UAVs has “grown significantly” over the past 15 years, SIPRI says, and between the period of 2010 to 2014, 35 countries and the UN acquired 429 UAVs that weigh more than 25kg.

The USA and Israel are the main suppliers, although Austria, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Africa and Sweden all exported UAVS, says SIPRI in its “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2014” paper, released on 16 March.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
Malaysia A400M first flight 30 Jan 2015 - photo Airbus DS

Malaysia A400M first flight 30 Jan 2015 - photo Airbus DS

 

March 19, 2015 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Langkawi - Airbus Defence & Space has highlighted the suitability of the A400M tactical transport as a humanitarian relief aircraft.

In a presentation at the LIMA show, representatives from Airbus and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies discussed the nature of airborne disaster relief missions, and the role air-lifted relief plays in disaster response.

The IFRC says it operated 21 full-aircraft humanitarian charters in 2013. Types used included the Airbus A340-600 and three Boeing types: the 727, 747, and 777. During that year, 73% of humanitarian aid was sent by sea, 16% by air, and 11% by road.

The representatives also discussed their partnership with the Airbus Group Foundation, under which the airframer effectively donates free flights. These flights include providing capacity on the ferry flights of commercial and military aircraft from the company’s production locations in Europe. Such flights are frequently empty, and therefore provide an opportunity to move cargo of a humanitarian nature.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
Hawk T1 jet trainer 208 Sqn - photo Royal Air Force

Hawk T1 jet trainer 208 Sqn - photo Royal Air Force

 

LONDON, March 19 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Additional pylons for BAE Systems' Hawk advanced jet aircraft trainer are to be manufactured in Malaysia by SME Aerospace.

BAE Systems, which did not disclose the value of the award, said the award is for 16 inboard and 16 outboard pylons for a key export customer.

"This is a further example of the excellent work being carried out in Malaysia's aerospace industry," said John Brosnan, managing director, South East Asia, BAE Systems. "SME Aerospace has an excellent track record in manufacturing pylons for Hawk aircraft and we are pleased with the continued manufacture and export of this key component by Malaysian industry.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
An A-10 sits on the tarmac after a mission against Islamic State. photo US Air Force

An A-10 sits on the tarmac after a mission against Islamic State. photo US Air Force

 

March 19, 2015 by JOSEPH TREVITHICK – War is boring

 

Eventually, the U.S. Air Force wants to replace the low and slow-flying A-10 Warthog with the fast-moving F-35 stealth fighter. But it’ll take years before the troubled jet fighters are ready for duty. In the meantime, the Air Force still needs a plane for dedicated close air support missions — something the A-10 excels at. So what does the flying branch propose? Not keeping the Warthog. Instead, the Air Force wants to replace the Warthog with a modified F-16 fighter jet — an old concept that failed to live up to expectations decades ago. The F-16s would fill in temporarily until the F-35s can take over. We have a hard time believing it — but yes, this is a serious proposal.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Hélicoptère UH-60M photo Sikorsky

Hélicoptère UH-60M photo Sikorsky

 

19 mars 2015 par Thierry Dubois – Aerobuzz.fr

 

Le conglomérat United Technologies Corporation (UTC) envisage de se séparer du constructeur d’hélicoptères Sikorsky, tandis que ce dernier pourrait vendre sa gamme Schweizer. Même si sa marge de 10% n’est pas jugée satisfaisante par UTC, les résultats de Sikorsky sont bons. Du coup, il est trop cher pour trouver un acquéreur.

 

Le président d’UTC, Gregory Hayes, trouve que Sikorsky affiche une croissance et une marge trop faibles, si on le compare aux autres entreprises du groupe. « Ce n’est pas ce que nous souhaitons  », déclarait-il récemment. Et de pointer une marge légèrement supérieure à 10 % en 2014 et une croissance annuelle projetée de 3 % jusqu’en 2023. Avec un chiffre d’affaires de 7,5 Md$, Sikorsky est aussi la plus petite des cinq composantes d’UTC – les quatre autres sont Pratt & Whitney (moteurs aéronautiques), UTAS (systèmes aérospatiaux), Otis (ascenseurs) et Carrier (climatisation). La forte dépendance au secteur militaire est vue, en outre, comme un facteur d’incertitude. Le conseil d’administration d’UTC a autorisé ses dirigeants exécutifs à examiner « toutes les options stratégiques  ». Un travail qui devrait se terminer d’ici à la fin de l’année. Il s’agit, bien sûr, de créer de la valeur pour les clients et les actionnaires. Sikorsky emploie 15.200 personnes.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS

 

Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Airbus Defence and Space; issued Mar 17, 2015)

 

Prime Minister of Malaysia Witnesses Official Handover of First Airbus A400M to Royal Malaysian Air Force

 

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) today officially received its first of four Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, ordered from Airbus Defense and Space.

 

Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Saad officially took over the aircraft from Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. The ceremony took place at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) 2015 in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Seri Najib Razak and Minister of Defence Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

 

Malaysia is the first export customer of the A400M outside of the original launch nations.

 

The occasion also marked the debut of the A400M at LIMA 2015. The technologically-advanced airlifter had earlier performed a special fly-past at the Show's opening ceremony.

 

The RMAF A400M will be on static display throughout the LIMA 2015 from March 17-21, 2015 before returning to its new home base Subang in Kuala Lumpur.

 

"As a new generation multi-role transport aircraft, the A400M will strengthen RMAF's tactical and strategic capabilities. It will enable us to undertake an extraordinary range of military and humanitarian operations within the country and regionally," said Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Saad.

 

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: "We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer and we want to congratulate Malaysia on its foresight and vision. The A400M is the ideal aircraft for a region like Asia-Pacific and we are sure that Malaysia will show the way here on how beneficial the A400M can be."

 

Following the official ceremony, the Prime Minister of Malaysia met with the RMAF crew who had flown the A400M all the way from Seville, Spain, to its new home at RMAF Subang, with an overnight stop at Abu Dhabi. The same crew also flew this morning's fly-past demonstration.

 

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense then visited the airlifter spending time at the cockpit with the crew.

photo Airbus DS
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
CAPTA E-Scan radar - photo BAE Systems

CAPTA E-Scan radar - photo BAE Systems



19 mars 2015 BAE Systems

 

The 4 Eurofighter partner nations have signed a contract signalling the full integration of the CAPTA E-Scan radar. Footage courtesy of forces news.

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
F-35B -  (photo Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian)

F-35B - (photo Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian)

 

March 18, 2015: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Air Force recently revealed that a new (JMMBRU) bomb rack for the F-35 will not work in the bomb bay of the vertical takeoff version (F-35B) of the F-35 until the bomb bay is modified to move a hydraulic line and a bracket. These two items did not interfere with the original bomb racks that were to go into the bomb bay. The JMMBRU is a new development that was not really planned for when F-35 development began. Sort of an “unknown, unknown.” 

 

In late 2014 the air force had successfully tested the new JMMBRU bomb rack for the 225 kg SDB (Small Diameter Bomb) in an F-35A. JMMBRU allows the F-35 to carry eight SDBs internally (instead of four), plus (in a less stealthy configuration) another 16 externally. This makes the F-35 a much more effective bomber, especially since the SDB has been upgraded to glide farther and hit moving targets, as well as still penetrate the ground to destroy bunkers. The new SDB II has three different guidance systems: radar, heat seeker, and homing on laser light bounced off the target. That means no matter what the weather or time of day there is a guidance system that will find the target.

 

A frequent user of JMMBRU will be the vertical takeoff version, which the U.S. Marine Corps needs to provide ground support. The marines are buying 533 F-35Bs and the B version had to be heavily modified internally to handle the vertical takeoff capability. Changes to the bomb bay (including making it a bit smaller) were considered acceptable until the JMMBRU was designed and apparently did not take into account these differences in the F-35B

 

Meanwhile a lot of controversy surrounds the F-35. The U.S. Air Force still expects to get production models of its 31 ton F-35A in late 2016. This is the cheapest version, costing about $159 million each. The U.S. Navy version (the F-35C) will arrive in late 2019 and cost about $264 million each. This version has a stronger landing gear to handle carrier landings and components that are more resistant to corrosion from constant exposure to salt water. The vertical take-off version for the marines, the F-35B, will cost $214 million each. All of these prices are expected to be much higher (20 percent or more) in reality. This is happening despite more and more delays as well as questions about reliability and cost. At the moment the F-35 costs 60 percent more (than the F-16, per flight hour) to operate.

 

The F-35 is armed with an internal 25mm cannon and, before the SDB, four internal air-to-air missiles (or two missiles and two smart bombs) plus four external smart bombs and two missiles. All sensors are carried internally and max weapon load is 6.8 tons. The aircraft is very stealthy when just carrying internal weapons. The more compact (it looks like a missile) SDB was designed with the internal bomb bays of the F-22 and F-35 in mind.

 

Like the F-22 fighter, the F-35 is stealthy and stuffed with a lot of new technology. Most (about 60 percent) of the F-35s built will be used by foreign nations. The rising cost of the F-35 brings with it reluctance to buy as many aircraft as currently planned. The success of smart bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan has also made it clear that fewer aircraft will be needed in the future. In any event, it's likely that F-35s will end up costing close to $200 million each. But with SBDs F-35s become a very potent bomber that can get at well protected targets.

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 09:35
Solar Impulse décolle pour la Birmanie

 

19.03.2015 Romandie.com (ats)

 

Solar Impulse a pris jeudi la route de la Birmanie après une escale à Varanasi, en Inde, entamant la quatrième étape de son tour du monde sans carburant. Bertrand Piccard s'est assis dans le cockpit avant de décoller pour un vol de 1400 km et une vingtaine d'heures.

 

L'appareil a pris son envol à 05h22 locales (00h52 en Suisse), affrontant des températures matinales "plutôt froides", selon l'équipe de Solar Impulse. Après l'atterrissage à Mandalay, attendu à 14h00 suisses, et une escale d'au moins deux jours, l'avion poursuivra sa route vers la Chine.

 

Le SI2, parti d'Abou Dhabi le 9 mars, doit parcourir au total 35'000 km à la seule énergie solaire en survolant les océans Pacifique et Atlantique. Cette circonvolution prendra cinq mois, dont 25 jours de vol effectif, avant un retour à Abou Dhabi fin juillet/début août.

 

Prévu en 12 étapes, le tour du monde est l'aboutissement de douze années de recherches menées par les pilotes André Borschberg et Bertrand Piccard. Outre l'exploit scientifique, les deux Suisses cherchent à véhiculer un message politique.

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
photo Royal Air Force

photo Royal Air Force

 

March 19, 2015 By: Craig Hoyle - FG

 

London - Several of the Royal Air Force’s Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transports have been upgraded for extended-range operations, the UK Ministry of Defence says.

Nine of the service’s Hercules have been equipped with external fuel tanks under a modification activity valued at around £7 million ($10.3 million), minister for defence equipment, support and technology Philip Dunne said earlier this month, responding to a parliamentary question.

 

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Falcon 900 MPA - photo Dassault Aviation

Falcon 900 MPA - photo Dassault Aviation

 

March 18, 2015 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Langkawi - Maritime patrol and surveillance were the most prominent themes of this year's LIMA show, as big manufacturers jockeyed to promote their various solutions for the mission.

Industry sources say that Kuala Lumpur is in the process of crystallising a requirement for six to eight long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

The potential requirement attracted attention from a range of companies including Boeing, Saab, Dassault, and Indonesian Aerospace.

Boeing brought its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) technology demonstrator to the show. The type appeared on the static line, and the US airframer briefed media and officials on the MSA's capabilities. A modified Challenger 604 business jet, the unarmed MSA is optimised for high altitude, broad area surveillance.

Saab, Dassault, and Indonesian Aerospace also displayed models of MSA and MPA solutions on their stands.

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photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

 

18/03/2015 Armée de l'air - Economie et technologie

 

Partie d’Abu Dhabi le 9 mars 2015 pour le premier tour du monde en avion solaire, l’équipe de Solar Impulse 2 a fait une escale à Ahmedabad en Inde. Les sous-lieutenants Charly et Axel, les deux élèves de l’École de l’air intégrés au projet, relatent cette étape.

 

Lors de l’escale à Ahmedabad, la population locale a pu découvrir l’avion HB-SiB de Solar Impulse 2 lors d’une porte ouverte. Ne devant initialement être ouverte au public que deux heures, la tente abritant l’avion est finalement restée ouverte toute l’après-midi, face à l’engouement de la population locale.

 

Au total, plus de 15 000 personnes ont fait le déplacement pour voir cet avion solaire, qui éveille la curiosité de tous, à commencer par les jeunes écoliers venus observer l'appareil. Cet intérêt est une motivation supplémentaire pour l’équipe : « tant de sourires et de remerciements nous font prendre pleine conscience de la portée exceptionnelle de ce projet » confie le sous-lieutenant Axel.

 

Toujours en Inde, les deux élèves ont rejoint Varanasi dans la nuit du 14 au 15 mars, avec l’Advance team. Composée de 10 personnes, l'équipe est envoyée sur le lieu de la prochaine escale quelques jours avant l'arrivée de l'avion, pour régler les préparatifs avec l'aéroport local.

 

Suite aux conditions météorologiques défavorables, l'arrivée du HB-SiB n'est prévue que le mercredi 18 mars. L'avion effectuera un arrêt mécanique puis redécollera pour Mandalay (Myanmar), jeudi 19 mars au petit matin.

 

Les deux élèves seront en piste pour l’atterrissage à Varanasi et le décollage jeudi pour Myanmar. « Nous accueillerons l'avion en début de soirée. Il faudra l’installer dans le hangar mobile, monté pour cette escale de trois jours.
 La période à venir s'annonce comme la plus dense de ce tour du monde ! »

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photo Greg Waldron - FG

photo Greg Waldron - FG

 

Mar 2015 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Langkawi - A unit of Malaysian maintenance, repair and overhaul firm Airod has proposed an upgrade programme for Malaysia’s fleet of 10 RAC MiG-29 aircraft.

The upgrade, which an industry source says is being considered by the air force, would see the type upgraded to what it refers to as the “MiG-29NM” standard.

It is not clear how receptive Kuala Lumpur will be to the proposal. For several years major international fighter makers have vied for the Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) requirement, which will lead to the MiG-29s being replaced with 18 newer types. Still, the government has yet to issue a request for proposals for MRCA, and funding remains a challenge.

 

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
Su-30MKI - photo UIMC Rostec

Su-30MKI - photo UIMC Rostec

 

Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source New Delhi TV.com; published Mar 17, 2015)

 

Sukhoi-30 MKI, Air Force's Most Modern Fighter Jet, Plagued by Engine Trouble

 

NEW DELHI --- Sukhoi-30 MKI, the most powerful and modern fighter jets in Indian Air Force's stable, has been hit by mid-air engine failures. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Parliament today that as many as 35 instances of engine failures were reported in 2013-14 - that's nearly three a month.

 

In all, there are 69 instances of engine failure in the last four years, the minister said. Inquiries by the Air Force have revealed that in as many as 33 instances, the engines failed because of impure fuel, in another 11 cases, the problem was caused by excessive vibration and in eight others, engine failures were reported because of low pressure in the lubricant tanks, the Defence Minister said. About five SU-30 MKI have crashed since 2009.

 

Like all twin-engine jets, the Russian made Su-30s are capable of landing on a single engine. But to reach its maximum potential of carrying a total eight tones of payload including bombs, missiles and spare fuel tanks, the jet needs both its AL-31FP engines to function.

 

Engine failures is fast becoming a major concern for Air Force and also puts a question mark on India's ability to defend its skies. Another problem area that senior Air Force officers point out is serviceability. "Serviceability of the aircraft is about 50 per cent only," an officer said. It means at any given time, roughly half out of a fleet of 200 jets are available for operational purposes. This becomes crucial in times of emergencies like war.

 

Mr Parrikar said that the engines were scheduled to be overhauled after every 1000 hours of flying, but the defects started showing-up after only 500 hours of flying. The minister said that Russia-based NPO Saturn, manufacturers of Su-30 Al-31FP engines, offered to make "nine technological improvements" during overhauls, and added that after the modifications the engines were flying for upto 900 hours.

 

To address the growing capability gap, especially that created by increasing obsolescence of MiG-21, India is talking to France to buy 126 medium multi-role Rafale fighter jets. But the negotiations have been dragging on for three years. Although the acquisition has got mired on per unit cost and number of man hours required to produce it in India, a resolution of these issues can be expected when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits France in April.

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