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L’esplanade du musée de l’air et de l’espace de Paris-Le Bourget photo X. Deregel - MAE

L’esplanade du musée de l’air et de l’espace de Paris-Le Bourget photo X. Deregel - MAE

 

16 février 2015 par Aerobuzz.fr

 

Le Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace du Bourget se prépare pour une grande mutation. Objectif 2024. Sous l’impulsion de sa directrice, Catherine Maunoury, un vaste chantier de rénovation du bâtiment est en cours de réalisation. Les premiers effets seront visibles dès juin 2015.

 

Au musée de l’air et de l’espace de Paris, la première phase de travaux doit se terminer peu de temps avant le prochain salon du Bourget, en juin 2015. Elle comprend notamment la rénovation de la façade Est du musée (côté route nationale et parking voiture) et celle de la salle des Cocardes qui est consacrée aux premiers avions de combat à réaction. Les travaux intérieurs ont commencé en septembre dernier avec par exemple l’enlèvement de tous les velums qui tapissaient les murs et masquaient la structure du bâtiment. Le hall gagne ainsi du volume et de la clarté dans cette opération qui est une très belle réussite.

 

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IAF To Induct 1st Indo-Brazilian AEW&C Jet In Sept


15.02.2015 by Livefist

The Indo-Brazilian EMB-145i AEW&C platform, that made its first public appearance at AeroIndia 2013, returns to the show this year. But unlike two years ago, when the jet was steeped in a busy and extended period of systems trials, including sorties in the Eastern sector and over the Arabian Sea, the Indian Air Force gets all set to receive its first aircraft in seven months.

 

The team is looking to wrap up development flight & systems trials by the end of March (a Centre for Airborne Systems, CABS, officer tells me the aircraft at AeroIndia will still be notching up test points at the show too). With two aircraft in flight test, the Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) has enough to meet its March 2015 deadline to complete development tests. But choosing to deploy one of the two jets at the Bangalore show wasn't a difficult decision, given the remarkable level of interest in the platform. CABS sources say at least two countries could sign MoUs declaring their interest in getting more information about the platform to support potential acquisitions. A confidential list of nations that have asked for briefings on the platform includes Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Oman, and UAE. Embraer has taken it upon itself to (a) look at consolidating the EMB-145i into a standard marketable product that the two countries can jointly pitch in the global market, and (b) handle South American operations by itself.

 

Director of the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), lead integrator on the programme, Dr Christopher says, "Currently though the system is customised for the Indian Air force, the AEW&C India can fine tuned to any specific user‐oriented early warning product through appropriate programming/software which can be defined by the user. Many countries are evincing keen interest in the AEW&C system and discussions are in progress for export of this system."

 

But exports are in the future. The more immediate good news for the programme is what the Indian Air Force thinks of the EMB-145i. In the words of a senior officer associated with the programme, and one who will be part of 4-6 month user evaluation trials aimed for April, the IAF is 'impressed and satisfied'. Those are important words from a customer that hasn't had much faith in the past in long-gestation systems, especially critically needed platforms like early warning jets.

 

But September, the Indian Air Force hopes to be ready to induct the first of three EMB-145i. A third platform arrives from Brazil by the end of June or early July. The second EMB-145i will also likely enter service by the end of the year.

 

User trials with the IAF will include the deployment of the aircraft in a special live exercise to be jointly held by the Western and Central Commands, and involve operational situations for the AEW&C. A team from CABS will, of course, be embedded through this phase. Most importantly, there's a rare confidence in the systems and platform.

 

The IAF officer quoted above says, "These are impressive timelines. Our team has been satisfied with the performance. There are still some ends to tie up in the process of matching requirements with performance, but all major requirements have been demonstrated, including intercept control, battle management, Electronic Support Measure (ESM) and Communication Support Measure (CSM), data handling and the crucial SATCOM links. This could be one of the most trouble-free developments we have had so far."

 

The official literature on the platform, to be released at Aero India this year, says, "The AEW&C India has managed to pack in several sub-systems namely a highly versatile active array  Radar system, Identification friend or foe system, ELINT, COMINT systems, along with multiple combination of ‘C’-Band& SATCOM ‘Ku’-Band voice and Data Links, UHF/VHF/HF communications, & Self Protection Systems - in order to enhance mission capabilities, add redundancies to foolproof operations, and implant self‐protection against missile attacks from ground as compared with its contemporaries on same Embraer aircraft elsewhere in the world."

 

Speaking of the primary sensor, the heart of the platform, and India's contribution to the system, the Director of CABS Dr S. Christopher says, "While India has caught up with the rest of the world in adopting the Active Electronically Steering Array (AESA) Antenna for its radar; the two building-block components of the radar, the Transmit-Receive Multi-Module (TRMM) and the teflon-clad ultra light Antenna Panel are notable Indian innovations in the radar sub-system. These are developed by CABS and with a joint patent along with M/s Astra Microwave, Hyderabad for TRMM. The most important outcome of the efforts is the realisation of a system that is both operation-efficient and cost-effective."

 

The reloaded Indian AWACS programme, first revealed here on Livefist, is also gathering speed, with the DRDO expected to move forwarded in choosing an aircraft platform for the project this year.

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Rome devrait maintenir sa commande de 90 avions de chasse F-35

 

16/02/2015 zonebourse.com

 

Le gouvernement italien va résister aux pressions politiques émanant de son propre camp et maintenir sa commande de 90 avions de chasse F-35 fabriqués par l'américain Lockheed Martin, a-t-on appris de sources à Rome et aux Etats-Unis.

 

Cette décision est motivée par deux facteurs: le gros contrat d'entretien obtenu par la compagnie publique de défense Finmeccanica pour ces F-35 et la nécessité de renouveler la flotte de chasseurs.

 

"Le nombre approprié (de chasseurs) pour que l'Italie joue le rôle industriel auquel elle aspire est 90", a dit à Reuters une source italienne proche du dossier. "Respecter le programme est conforme aux différentes résolutions parlementaires et 90 est le nombre qui nous permet de couvrir les besoins du pays en terme de défense."

 

Cette opinion est partagée à Washington.

 

"La participation industrielle est proportionnelle au nombre d'avions que vous commandez. S'ils réduisent leur commande, le travail qu'ils auront à faire sur le site (d'assemblage et de vérification) et l'entretien diminueront", dit-on aux Etats-Unis.

 

L'achat de F-35 permettra à l'Italie de renouveler une flotte de plus en plus obsolète, alors que les tensions géopolitiques sont vives en Europe et dans son environnement, en raison de la crise en Ukraine et de l'islamisme radical.

 

Des élus du Parti démocrate, la formation du président du Conseil Matteo Renzi, ont réclamé en mai dernier de diviser par deux la somme consacrée à ce programme, estimé à 12 milliards d'euros. Certaines formations d'opposition réclament même l'abandon pur et simple du projet.

 

Matteo Renzi a lui-même évoqué l'an dernier une réduction de ce programme pour financer des baisses d'impôts pour les revenus les plus modestes.

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Photo F. Robineau, Dassault Aviation

Photo F. Robineau, Dassault Aviation

 

February 17, 2015 Rediff.com (Business Standard)

 

Air force brass is ignoring a project to develop a fifth-generation fighter for fear it will take attention away from buying the Rafale. Ajai Shukla reports

 

The priceless Indo-Russian project to co-develop the eponymous Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft is dying of neglect. With the Indian Air Force brass focused single-mindedly on procuring 126 Rafale fighters, the air marshals fear that an FGFA on the horizon would undermine their argument that the Rafale is essential. With the costly Rafale procurement imploding in slow motion, the FGFA is becoming collateral damage.

 

In October 2012, then IAF boss, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, announced the IAF would buy only 144 FGFAs instead of the 214 that were originally planned. Having cut down the numbers, the IAF is now undermining the FGFA project itself.

 

After the apex Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission for Military Technical Cooperation met on January 22 to discuss military cooperation, IAF officers whispered to a gullible media that the FGFA was dead. It was reported that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had told his Russian counterpart that joint research and development was a waste of time. This was factually incorrect. What is true is that the IAF -- for reasons that can only be guessed at -- is scuttling a project to develop a fighter that would rank alongside the world's best.

 

Why is the FGFA important, more so than the Rafale? It is a fifth-generation fighter, which makes it operationally more capable than contemporary fourth-generation fighters like the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Gen-5 fighters are designed to be stealthy, which means enemy radar cannot detect them until it is too late. They "supercruise", i.e. fly at supersonic speeds without lighting engine afterburners (the Rafale can do this too); and Gen-5 aircraft have futuristic avionics and missiles. In a war with China, stealthy Gen-5 aircraft would be ideal for missions deep into Tibet, evading China's radar network, to destroy the Qinghai-Tibet railway and roads leading to the Indian border -- to prevent China from quickly switching troops around on its superior border infrastructure.

 

So vital was the FGFA considered to India's aerospace capabilities that, in October 2007, New Delhi and Moscow signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement to co-develop the fighter, which placed the project above defence ministry procurement rules. The IGA states that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd would partner Rosoboronexport, Russia's defence exports agency, in co-developing the fighter. Furthermore, Indian engineers say the expertise gained from the FGFA would be valuable in building the planned indigenous Gen-5 fighter, designated the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft.

 

Following the IGA, New Delhi and Moscow signed a General Contract in December 2008, stipulating general principles of cooperation such as the share of work and cost, and the sale of the FGFA to third countries. In December 2010, a preliminary design contract was signed in which both sides contributed $295 million towards finalising the fighter's basic configuration, systems and equipment. With that completed in June 2013, the central R&D Contract is now being negotiated. This will govern the bulk of the work - the actual design and development of the FGFA.

 

Even as the IAF stonewalls the R&D contract negotiations, the need for India to come on board grows ever more pressing. Russia has already designed, built and flown the first prototypes of a Gen-5 fighter they call the PAK-FA (Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii, or "Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation"). The PAK-FA, built to Russian Air Force specifications, has already completed 650 test-flights. India's work share will lie in adapting this fighter to the IAF's requirements -- which include advanced capabilities like all-round radar that can detect threats in a 360-degree envelope, and voice recognition software that allows the pilot to call out commands. In all, the IAF has specified some 40-45 improvements that they want over the PAK-FA. Indian designers, who will have to integrate these improved capabilities with the existing PAK-FA, are losing out by not participating in the on-going design and test flying in Russia.

 

How Rafale is killing the (Indian) air force's future

Gen-5 fighters are designed to be stealthy, which means enemy radar cannot detect them until it is too late.

 

The IAF's objections to the FGFA are (a) The Russians are reluctant to share critical design information; (b) The fighter's current AL-41F1 engines are inadequate, being mere upgrades of the Sukhoi-30MKI's AL-31 engines; and (c) It is so expensive that "a large percentage of IAF's capital budget will be locked up." It is ironical that an air force that is eager to spend an estimated $20 billion on the entirely foreign, Gen-4 Rafale is baulking at spending a fraction of that on co-developing and indigenously manufacturing a Gen-5 fighter, which can be maintained and upgraded cheaply for decades to come.

 

An entire mythology has come up around the cost with even senior air marshals incorrectly stating that India will spend $11 billion on the FGFA. Even this inflated figure would be modest compared to the $40 billion that America spent in the 1980s and 1990s to develop the Gen-5 F-22 Raptor. Yet, in fact, this $11 billion figure was a defence ministry estimation in 2010, which included numerous items that have nothing to do with R&D. Firstly, the amount included both Russian and Indian expenditure; second, it included several options that India may not require, e.g. $1.5 billion for developing a twin-seat FGFA (which the IAF now says it does not want), and $1.5 billion for a new engine. Third, this included the cost of infrastructure that India must establish to manufacture the aircraft in large numbers for the IAF.

 

Since India urgently needs to start participating in the flight-test programme, of which the PAK-FA has already completed some 20 per cent, Sukhoi would have to build another prototype for India. That cost too is included in the estimation, along with the ground support equipment and training needed for a full-fledged Indian flight-test programme. With all of this factored in, officials closely involved in the negotiations say that India's share in the project could be about $3.5 to 4 billion.

 

Both sides have already talked around the R&D contract in such detail that it can be concluded in one sitting, provided Indian negotiators are given the green light from a clear-minded political leadership. The FGFA perfectly fits the "Make in India" idea; the strategy of being ready for a two-front conflict; and the IAF force structure of the future. From the standpoint of negotiation strategy, the timing is perfect. The rouble has plummeted more than 60 per cent against the dollar and the rupee in the last five months after the Ukraine crisis. The Russians will agree to the lower dollar rate that New Delhi has been proposing. The time to strike is now.

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Lockeed Martin's Legion Pod Takes Flight

 

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 12, 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin introduced Legion Pod – a multi-function sensor system that supports collaborative targeting operations between multiple aircraft in radar-denied environments.

Combining Lockheed Martin’s IRST21™ infrared sensor with advanced networking and data processing technology, Legion Pod provides high-fidelity detection and tracking of airborne targets. Designed for flexibility, Legion Pod also accommodates additional sensors within its current structure to address diverse mission requirements across a variety of platforms.

“Legion Pod fills a critical need for today’s warfighters, providing unique detection and tracking data for joint targeting operations,” said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “As a flexible, production-ready system, Legion Pod can be quickly procured and integrated to meet current and emerging customer requirements.”

Legion Pod is available to support the current F-15C infrared search and track program of record, which requires long-range detection and tracking in a wide field of view. Due to its flexible design, Legion Pod also supports the emerging Multi-Domain Adaptable Processing System and offers advanced capability for a variety of platforms, including non-fighter aircraft.

Lockheed Martin developed Legion Pod through internal investment, and pod components have completed limited qualification. Initial flight tests will occur this year, with additional flight tests planned for 2016.

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.

Legion Pod infographic – Source Lockheed Martin

Legion Pod infographic – Source Lockheed Martin

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France, India Disagree Over Key Rafale Contract Issue

 

Feb 12, 2015 by Jay Menon, Caroline Bruneau and Amy Svitak - Aviation Week & Space Technology

 

France will not warranty Indian-built aircraft

After months of seeing Dassault Aviation being browbeaten in the Indian press, French arms procurement agency DGA defended its contractor, asserting that a 2012 agreement to provide India with Rafale fighter jets never committed the company to guarantee aircraft manufactured in India at state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). However, a recent senior adviser to HAL’s management tells Aviation Week that guaranteeing HAL’s work is not the issue, but that the French are being “rigid” and refusing to stand behind the integrity of the design.

“Dassault will not be responsible for the whole contract. It is a co-management setup,” says French defense procurement chief Laurent Collet-Billon, who was clear that France will not assume full liability for HAL-built Rafales. “It cannot be a problem, because it was not in the request for proposals [RFP].”

Speaking to reporters during an annual media address Feb. 9, France’s arms procurement chief said the €10.2 billion ($12 billion) agreement—which has been under negotiation for more than three years—calls for the first 18 of 126 Rafale jets to be built in France. After that, HAL would take over production of the remaining 108 aircraft.

 

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Rafale (photo S. Fort)

Rafale (photo S. Fort)

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L’Embraer KC-390 fait son premier vol (video)

L’avion de transport brésilien KC-390 a effectué son premier vol avec succès le 3 février à São José dos Campos (source : Embraer).

 

4 février 2015 par Edouard Maire – Info Aviation

 

L’avion a volé durant 1 heure et 25 minutes piloté par Mozart Louzada et Marcos de Oliveira Lima Salgado. L’équipage comprenait également les ingénieurs d’essais Raphaël Lima et Roberto Becker pour l’évaluation des qualités et performances de vol.

 

« Le KC-390 est le résultat d’une coopération étroite avec la Force aérienne brésilienne et nos partenaires internationaux. Il représente ce qui est probablement le plus grand défi technologique que la société n’ait jamais rencontré dans son histoire. Nous sommes profondément émus d’avoir atteint cette étape », a déclaré Frederico Fleury Curado, président d’Embraer.

 

« Le KC-390 sera l’épine dorsale de l’aviation de transport pour l’armée de l’air brésilienne. De l’Amazonie à l’Antarctique, la flotte de 28 avions jouera un rôle clé dans la diversité des projets de l’État brésilien, dans la recherche scientifique pour le maintien de la souveraineté « , a déclaré le général Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, commandant de la Force aérienne du Brésil.

 

Durant ce premier vol, l’équipage du KC-390 a effectué des manoeuvres pour évaluer ses caractéristiques de vol et a mené une série de tests des systèmes après plusieurs simulations au sol.

 

« Le KC-390 s’est comporté de façon réactive et prévisible », a déclaré le capitaine Louzada. « Le système de contrôle fly-by-wire et l’avionique de dernière génération facilite considérablement le vol. »

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French Rafale fighter jet sale to Egypt 'imminent'

 

11 February 2015 defenceWeb (Reuters)

 

France is close to selling Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, sources close to the matter said on Tuesday, as Cairo looks to upgrade its military hardware over fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could spill over.

 

France and Egypt have been negotiating since a November state visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over 24 Rafale jets, a Fremm naval frigate and MBDA air-to-air missiles in a deal worth 5 billion to 6 billion euros ($5.65-$6.78 billion), two industrial sources told Reuters last week.

 

"It's imminent. For me the signature is certain," a French source told Reuters on Tuesday. The source said one remaining issue was the delivery timeframe.

 

Despite exclusive negotiations with India for the last three years, Dassault has not found a foreign buyer for its multi-role Rafale. Billed to be one of the most sophisticated fighter jets in the world, it is also one of the most expensive.

 

The source said the French and Egyptian defence ministries, Dassault and other industrial firms, including Thales and Safran, were holding technical talks on Tuesday.

 

Le Monde newspaper reported on Tuesday that Sisi had approved the deal and that the contract could be signed on Wednesday or Thursday. It did not identify its source.

 

A second source, close to French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, said talks would conclude in "several days."

 

"There's still work to be done, but we're optimistic," defence procurement chief Laurent Collet-Billon said on Monday about the negotiations with Egypt. Collet-Billon was speaking at the annual press conference by the procurement office, Direction Générale de l'Armement.

 

Egyptian army and government officials could not be reached for comment. Dassault declined to comment.

 

Paris and Cairo have enjoyed close economic ties in the past but turmoil in the north African state since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011 left Western governments wary of signing contracts, especially in defence.

 

"Egypt quickly needs planes," Patricia Adam, president of the French parliamentary defense committee, told Reuters. "They are especially worried by what's happening in Libya." She added that the deal could be financed through loans and by credit insurance firm Coface.

 

Egypt is keen to acquire the Rafale and DCNS multimission frigate in time for the planned opening of a new waterway for the Suez Canal in August.

 

France secured its first major military contract in Egypt in about 20 years in 2014 with a 1 billion euro deal for four naval frigates.

 

Dassault is under increasing pressure to sell the jet overseas. The French government is slowing the pace at which it takes delivery of Rafale jets, taking 26 over the next five years instead of 11 a year.

 

The Fremm is built by state-controlled DCNS, 35 percent owned by Thales. MBDA is a venture of Airbus Group, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica.

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PART 1: Big Surprises In LCA Navy NP1's Ski-Jump Fight

 

09.02.2015 by Livefist

 

When the first prototype of India's LCA Navy (NP1) roared off the ski-jump at the Shore-based Test Facility (SBTF) for the first time on December 20 last year, no one from the team observing the jet from the flightline and from telemetry stations knew that something unseen had happened. Something that would only become known later in the day when performance data was analysed. And it was good, solid news, much needed for a team that has seen little more than questions, derision and barely veiled bemusement. Importantly, it was the first time the team felt it had an answer to the 'what use is this platform, really?' question.

 

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PART 2: The Four 'Fixes' After LCA Navy's Ski-Jump Flight

 

PART 3: The Official LCA Navy Mk.2 Wishlist

 

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7 févr. 2015 Shiv Aroor - Livefsit

 

The second prototype of India's 1st indigenously built naval fighter, the LCA Navy, takes off on its debut flight in Bengaluru on Feb 7, 2015. More details here

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UIMC to present promising aviation developments in India

 

06.02.2015 by Rostec

 

The modernization of equipment for the Su-30MKI will be discussed at Aero India-2015

 

During the international exhibition in Bangalore, India, United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation will present promising developments in aviation radio communications, which may be of interest to Asian partners.

 

The Aero India-2015 exhibition will be held from February 18-22. During this time, planned meetings will take place with representatives from the Indian Air Force and aircraft manufactures from the corporation Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The sides will discuss the possibility of upgrading the communication equipment of the Su-30MKI Indian fighter jets and also outfitting Russian-Indian aircraft such as the FGFA fighter jet and the MTA transport aircraft with communication equipment.

 

“Our Asian partners immediately expressed interest in several models of Russian technology,” said Sergey Skokov, Deputy CEO of UIMC. “First of all, we have one of our latest developments for export, the S-112 aviation communication system, which provides a new level of data transmission efficiency. In addition, we are presenting in India the NKVS-27 system for multi-voice communication and information exchange between command posts and tactical aircraft.”

 

Since 2006, Polyot Research & Production Company, a subsidiary of UIMC, has manufactured the NKVS-27 system for foreign customers with Russian planes in the inventory. India may also be interested in acquiring the system for communication between aircraft command points and the Su-30MKI fighter jets, the Ka-31 helicopters, and the FGFA and MTA airplanes.

 

During the Aero India-2015 exhibition, the corporation will also present the on-board S-404 communication system developed by Polyot Research & Production Company, which features an integrated antenna system designed for the Ka-62 helicopter and other types of civilian aircraft. In comparison with similar products, the system has improved quality and range of communication. The system adheres to all international standards regarding radio communication equipment, including signal reception for selective calls. Its military modification provides anti-jamming protection and encryption of data and voice information on both the hardware and software levels.

 

The AT-E aviation information exchange terminal, also developed by ,  Polyot Research & Production Company will also be presented at the exhibition. This terminal solves problems related to communication, navigation, identification, and management of various branches of the armed forces, particularly in relation to aviation. The terminal utilizes information exchange network technology, and its characteristics correspond with all similar products (such as JTIDS/MIDS system terminals) utilized by the armies of both the USA and NATO.

 

The international aerospace exhibition Aero India has been held in Bangalore since 1996. Traditionally, it hosts leading representatives of the aerospace industry. In 2013, over 300 companies from 50 countries attended the exhibition.

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17 (Reserve) Squadron begin UK F-35 testing


10 févr. 2015 Royal Air Force

 

The arrival of the UK's first F35 Lighting II Stealth Fighter Aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base in the USA on the 13th Jan 2015. The Aircaft was flown in to Edward's by Wing Commander Jim Beck ,Officer Commanding for 17(R) TES Squadron.

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Northrop to design clean-sheet T-X trainer for USAF

 

6 Feb 2015 By: Dan Parsons - FG

 

Washington DC - Northrop Grumman has opted to design a brand new aircraft for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer programme rather than a modified version of the BAE Systems Hawk it had planned to pitch. Northrop has delegated the design work to Scaled Composites subsidiary, which is responsible for revolutionary aerospace innovations like the SpaceShipOne commercial space ship. Development of the new aircraft is apparently well along. Northrop says it will fly by the end of 2015.

 

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HAL bags Indian air force order for 14 Do-228s

 

6 Feb 2015 By: Greg Waldron - FG

 

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has secured an Indian air force contract for 14 Do-228 transport aircraft.The INR10.9 billion ($200 million) covers the aircraft, six additional engines, a flight simulator, and other equipment, says HAL in a statement.

 

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Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER Begins Bladed Ground Runs

 

4 févr. 2015 Sikorsky Aircraft

 

February 4, 2015 marks the start of bladed ground testing, a major milestone, for the S-97 RAIDER™ program. During the ground runs phase, the S-97 RAIDER team is testing the first of two aircraft prototypes as a completed system for the first time. The team will perform initial ground tests with the aircraft tied down and will focus on verifying correct operation of the propulsion system, drive train, rotor control system and pilot-vehicle interface.

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India's LCA Navy Prototype 2 Flies

 

February 07, 2015 by Livefist

 

The second prototype (NP2) of India's first indigenously developed carrier-borne fighter, the LCA Navy made its first flight today in Bengaluru. The aircraft, a single seater type, made its maiden flight at about 12.27HRS for about 35 minutes.

 

The flight was piloted by Captain Shivnath Dahiya, an Indian Navy test pilot with the National Flight Test Centre (NFTC). The launch was accomplished under telemetry control exercised by Test Director, Commander J D Raturi and Safety Pilot, Commodore J A Maolankar, the Chief Test Pilot of NFTC. The chase aircraft cover was provided by LSP2 piloted by Gp. Capt. Suneet Krishna (Retd) with the Test Director being Gp. Capt Prabhu and the Safety Pilot being Gp. Capt. RR Tyagi.

 

"The success of maiden flight of NP 2 is a testimony to the efforts put in by scientists and engineers to enable flight of the first LCA Naval Fighter. With one trainer and fighter in its stable “the indigenous carrier borne fighter program is making headway snf acquiring momentum," HAL said in a statement.

 

The HAL statement also said: "The ADA LCA (Navy) Programme Office, under Cmde C D Balaji (Retd) is exhilarated by the addition of NP 2 as a Flight Test platform. NP 2 has been built with vision and foresight. It addresses several systemic deficiencies observed whilst making progress on flight test of Naval Prototype 1. It incorporates most avionic hardware components promised to the customer, Indian Navy. During design and build NP 2 has been customized (Plug & Play) to incrementally accept modifications for Carrier Landing aids like Levcon Air Data Computer, Auto-throttle, external and internal Angle of Attack lights. NP 2 is the lead aircraft for arrestor hook integration, Derby Beyond visual Range missile and tactical data link. The inclusion of NP 2 into the LCA (Navy) flight test stable is a significant milestone in the indigenous Carrier borne aircraft development programme."

India's LCA Navy Prototype 2 FliesIndia's LCA Navy Prototype 2 Flies
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3 Feb 2015 By: Dan Parsons - FG

 

The KC-390, Embraer’s clean-sheet aerial refueling tanker, flew for the first time on 3 February from an airfield in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The KC-390’s 1h 25min flight consisted of manoeuvres to assess flight characteristics and system tests, including the aircraft’s fly-by-wire controls, Embraer says. "The KC -390 behaved in a docile and predictable manner," test pilot Mazort Louzada says in a statement. "The advanced system of fly- by-wire flight controls and the latest generation avionics facilitate piloting and provide smooth and accurate flight." Embraer chief executive Frederico Fleury Curado says development of the KC-390 is “most likely the greatest technological challenge that the company has faced in its history”.

 

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Musée de l’air: un salon pour découvrir les métiers de l’aéronautique

 

06/02/2015 Sources : Musée de l'air et de l'Espace

 

La 23e édition du salon des formations et métiers aéronautiques se tient, du 6 au 8 février 2015, au musée de l'Air et de l’Espace du Bourget (93).

 

Organisé en partenariat avec le magazine Aviation et Pilote, cet événement s’est affirmé, au fil des ans, comme un événement incontournable du secteur. Plus d’une cinquantaine d'exposants, français et étrangers, sont rassemblés afin de présenter tous les métiers du secteur aérien, ainsi que les cursus de formations.

 

Les intervenants présents sur les stands et les conférenciers présenteront les métiers du pilotage, du contrôle aérien, de l’escale, du service à bord, de la sécurité aérienne et de la maintenance, ainsi que les carrières militaires. Un stand est notamment tenu par le centre d’information et de recrutement des forces armées (CIRFA) de Pontoise, tandis que des conférences quotidiennes présenteront notamment les métiers de l’aéronautique de Défense.

 

Informations pratiques:

Ouverture les 6, 7 et 8 février 2015, de 10h à 17h

Hall 10 - Entre deux guerres

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Plus d’informations sur le site du musée de l’air et de l’espace

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L’AN-70 au salon du Bourget 2013 - photo RP Defense

L’AN-70 au salon du Bourget 2013 - photo RP Defense

 

4 février Aerobuzz.fr

 

L’avion cargo ukrainien Antonov 70 n’en finit pas de mourir et de ressusciter. L’An-70 a été lancé dans les années 90, il s’agit d’un appareil de transport militaire quadrimoteur de la classe de l’A400M. Selon Antonov, l’AN-70 présenté lors du dernier salon du Bourget est plus grand et capable de transporter plus de charge que son concurrent européen. Il est propulsé par des moteurs à hélices rapides contrarotatives D27 améliorés et doté d’une avionique occidentale.

 

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Hélicoptère de combat Apache AH-64E - photo Boeing

Hélicoptère de combat Apache AH-64E - photo Boeing

 

4 février Aerobuzz.fr

 

Le succès de l’hélicoptère militaire AH-64 Apache ne se dément pas. Boeing vient, en effet, de signer un contrat portant sur huit AH-64E pour l’Indonésie. Le modèle Echo bénéficie d’un système d’arme et de moteurs améliorés par rapport à son devancier le modèle Delta. Au total le contrat rapportera 296 M$ à Boeing et ses sous-traitants.

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Behind the Scenes with an F-35 Test Pilot in the Climatic Chamber


4 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

As the F-35 approaches its IOC debut for the U.S. Marine Corps in 2015, it must be put through the rigors of the McKinley Climate Testing Laboratory climatic chamber. Go behind the scenes to hear all about how the testing works from Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Billie Flynn.

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2014 F-35 Milestones - by Lockheed Martin


5 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

A video highlight of major 2014 milestones for the F-35 Lightning II program including 23,000 total flight hours, 106 aircraft in assembly, and 9 F-35 bases operating. Discover recent F-35 news: https://www.f35.com/news .

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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 12:20
Air Weapons: Upgrading Harvest Hawk

 

January 8, 2015: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Marine Corps has decided to buy only six Harvest Hawk kits instead of nine. Each of these kits can be used to quickly turn one of ten modified KC-130J transports into a gunship. Meanwhile the marines are also upgrading all their Harvest Hawk kits with new or improved software and electronics (mainly for sensors and communications). Such upgrades have been coming regularly since the first Harvest Hawk kit arrived in Afghanistan in 2010. The marines are also upgrading the KC-130Js already modified to use Harvest Hawk. For example in 2012 the first KC-130J got a modified rear door (the Derringer Door) that enables missiles to be fired, and the missile launcher reloaded, without first depressurizing the aircraft and lowering the rear ramp. This solved a major problem because initially you had to lower the rear door to fire missiles and reload the launchers. Since the aircraft usually operated at high altitude (6,400 meters/20,000 feet) the crew had to put on oxygen masks and it took time to depressurize the cargo bay and lower the rear ramp. The new door has ten launch tubes that can be used (for firing or reloading) while the ramp is closed.

 

The KC-130J is the latest, and largest, marine version of the C-130 transport used for aerial refueling. But the KC-130J can also carry cargo and weapons (bombs and missiles) hung from the wings or fired from inside. This last capability is for the Harvest Hawk version of the KC-130J. This "instant gunship" system enables weapons and sensors to be quickly rolled into a C-130 transport and hooked up. This takes a few hours and turns the C-130 into a gunship (similar in capabilities existing AC-130 gunships). The sensor package consists of day/night vidcams with magnification capability. The weapons currently consist of ten Griffin missile launchers plus four Hellfires and at least four Viper Strike hanging from the wings.

 

Viper Strike is a 914mm (36 inch) long unpowered glider. The 130mm diameter (with the wings folded) weapon weighs 20 kg (44 pounds). Because the Viper Strike comes straight down, it is better suited for urban warfare. Its warhead weighs only 1.8 kg (four pounds), and less than half of that is explosives. This means less damage to nearby civilians, but still powerful and accurate enough to destroy its target. A laser designator makes the Viper Strike accurate enough to hit an automobile, or a foxhole.

 

Griffin is a 20.5 kg (45 pounds) glide bomb that has a 5.9 kg (13 pound) warhead. Griffin has a greater range (15 kilometers) than Hellfire because of pop-out wings that allow it to glide after launch. Griffin uses laser, GPS, and inertial guidance. The Hellfire II missile has been around a lot longer, weighs 48.2 kg (106 pounds), carries a 9 kg (20 pound) warhead, and has a range of 8,000 meters.

 

The big thing with gunships is their sensors, not their weapons. Operating at night the gunships can see what is going on below in great detail. Using onboard weapons gunships can immediately engage targets. But with the appearance of smart bombs (GPS and laser guided), aerial weapons are more available to hit any target that is found. So Harvest Hawk would be able to hit targets that were "time sensitive" (had to be hit before they got away) but could also call on smart bombs or laser guided missiles for targets that weren't going anywhere right away. Most of what Harvest Hawk did in Afghanistan was look for roadside bombs or the guys who plant them. The marines wanted to track the bomb planters back to their base and then take out an entire roadside bomb operation. This worked quite well and Harvest Hawk may be returning to Iraq to use what it learned in Afghanistan.

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Embarquement d'une bombe sous la voilure d'un Il-76. photo Ilyushin

Embarquement d'une bombe sous la voilure d'un Il-76. photo Ilyushin

 

02/02/2015 par Emmanuel Huberdeau – Air & Cosmos

 

La société russe Ilyushin a publié des photos d'un exercice réalisé avec l'armée russe comprenant l'embarquement de bombes sur un avion IL-76MD. Ces images rappellent que l'IL-76 dont la vocation première est le transport peut également être utilisé comme avion d'armes.

 

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