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8 janvier 2015 4 08 /01 /janvier /2015 17:45
Libyan Air Force receives four new Su-27 fighter jets

 

7 January 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

The Libyan Air Force has reportedly taken delivery of four new Russian-made Su-27 Flanker fighter aircraft from an undisclosed country.

 

An unnamed Libyan official was quoted by official pro HoR LANA news agency as saying that informed military sources in the Libyan National Army (LNA) confirmed on 5 January that four new Sukhoi fighter jets effectively joined the squadrons of the Libyan Air Force.

 

The aircraft are capable of covering a distance of 3,530km with a maximum speed of 2,500kph. It is also claimed they are capable of staying airborne for a long duration, and can manoeuvre and re-attack up to three times.

 

They are expected to augment LNA's capabilities in the fight against extremist and terrorist militias across the country.

 

As Libya is not listed as an official buyer of the Sukhoi Su-27, it is believed to have acquired second-hand or refurbished fighters from other countries.

 

However, the LNA did not disclose whether the jets were new, or loaned from neighbouring states or allies, or an addition of upgraded old aircraft to the existing Air Force squadrons.

 

Meanwhile, Libya Herald reported that there is no independent confirmation of the delivery of the fighters.

 

The delivery comes as the Libyan Armed Forces pledge to intensify airstrikes on all vital infrastructure in the city of Misrata.

 

General Khalifa Haftar spokesman colonel Mohamed Hejazy was quoted by the Financial Times as saying: "Misurata's ports are used to transfer terrorist and extremist elements, whether Libyan or foreign.

 

"Misurata is the most dangerous threat to the Libyan state today.

 

"Therefore, all institutions in Misurata, whether its ports or airport, constitute threats against Libyans."

 

According to Libya Herald, the Libyan Air Force already threatened to shoot down any Sudanese or Turkish Military or civilian aircraft that enters its airspace.

 

This warning came a day after bombing a Greek-operated oil tanker, killing two crew members.

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7 janvier 2015 3 07 /01 /janvier /2015 12:50
Thales tests touch interaction solutions in harsh environments

 

7 janv. 2015 Thales

 

Touch screens have become ubiquitous in the consumer market. They will form an integral part of future cockpits and Thales is already working on their implementation so that pilots enjoy simpler and more intuitive interfaces. But positioning touchscreen technology in an aircraft requires certain specificities.

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Djibouti to receive ex-US C-23 cargo aircraft

 

07 January 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The United States has donated military equipment to Djibouti in the past and has now earmarked two ex-US Army C-23B+ cargo aircraft for the Djibouti Air Force. They will be donated as Excess Defence Articles after being retired as a cost cutting measure.

The Shorts C-23 Sherpa was retired from US Army National Guard service in January 2014 after two decades in service. Some of the 35 retired aircraft will be donated to foreign countries. In December US Army Security Assistance Command spokeswoman Kim Gillespie said that the Djibouti Air Force is set to receive two while the Philippines Army is set to receive two and the Philippines Coast Guard another two.


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7 janvier 2015 3 07 /01 /janvier /2015 12:35
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07.01.2015 by Claude Arpi - claudearpi.blogspot.in

 

Very few in India know the meaning of the French word ‘Rafale’, which is now associated with the supply of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force (IAF); ‘rafale' means a 'gust of wind'.
When the 'rafales' prevailed in the MMRCA competition, many thought that the Big Deal would soon be signed; three years later, it is still going through tough procedural ‘gusts of wind’. The reasons are not the qualities of the combat aircraft, but other complications.

 

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7 janvier 2015 3 07 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
Airbus Helicopters s’ouvre aux PME innovantes

 

29 décembre 2014 par Gil Roy – Aerobuzz.fr

 

Airbus Helicopters a officiellement lancé sa nouvelle plateforme Open Innovation. Ce nouveau programme offre l’opportunité aux entreprises créatives, désireuses de se développer sur de nouveaux marchés, d’accompagner Airbus Helicopters dans sa stratégie d’innovation.

 

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7 janvier 2015 3 07 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
Un radar pour éviter les collisions avec les éoliennes

 

3 janvier 2015 par Aerobuzz.fr

 

Airbus Defence and Space a développé un nouveau radar pour éviter que les avions n’entrent en collision avec les éoliennes. Le Spexer 500 AC déclenche des signaux et avertit le pilote.

 

Le nouveau radar Spexer 500 AC (AC = anti-collision) d’Airbus DS a été développé pour éviter que les avions n’entrent en collision avec les éoliennes. Il prévient le pilote des collisions pouvant se produire en localisant à temps les objets volant à proximité d’une éolienne pour ensuite enclencher le balisage lumineux. Ce radar est intégré en exclusivité à l’« airspex », le système de balisage de la société spécialisée dans l’énergie éolienne Enertrag.

 

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7 janvier 2015 3 07 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
Premier vol du ravitailleur KC-46 de Boeing

Avion ravitailleur KC-46 de Boeing développé pour l’US Air Force qui en a commandé 179 – photo Boeing

 

30 décembre 2014 Aerobuzz.fr

 

Boeing annonce que l’avion-ravitailleur KC-46 a effectué son premier vol, le 28 décembre 2014, à Paine Field (Washington). L’avion, un Boeing 767-2C qui a volé 3 heures et 32 minutes, sera doté de ses systèmes militaires après certification. Ce premier vol s’inscrit dans le programme de l’avion ravitailleur de nouvelle génération destiné à l’US Air Force. Le contrat a été remporté par Boeing en 2011 après un épique combat à rebondissements multiples mené contre Airbus et son A330 MRTT.

 

Boeing prévoit d’utiliser 4 avions d’essais : deux 767-2C et deux KC-46A. Les 767-2C seront utilisés pour la certification de la version cargo, avant de recevoir les systèmes de ravitaillement en vol. Dans le même temps, les KC-46, entièrement équipés, seront utilisés pour les certifications militaire et civile (FAA). Boeing doit livrer à l’US Air Force, les 18 premiers KC-46 en 2017. Le contrat total porte sur 179 avions.

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5 janvier 2015 1 05 /01 /janvier /2015 17:30
M-346 - photo Alenia Aermacchi

M-346 - photo Alenia Aermacchi

 

5 Jan 2015 By: Arie Egozi - FG

 

An Israeli air force squadron equipped with Alenia Aermacchi M-346 "Lavi" advanced jet trainers is close to being declared operational, having already received nine aircraft from an eventual 30-strong fleet.

Israel's first M-346 landed at Hazerim air base in the south of the country last July, and deliveries are continuing on schedule.

Being introduced as a replacement for the air force's aged Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, the Lavi represents a "big revolution" in training, saysan air force Lockheed Martin F-16I pilot – identified only as "Maj E" – who is part of the initial team of instructors.

 

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Patrice Caine directeur général et Henri Proglio président du conseil d'administration. - photo Thales

Patrice Caine directeur général et Henri Proglio président du conseil d'administration. - photo Thales

Patrice Caine sera le futur directeur général de Thales (Crédits : Thales)

 

23/12/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Patrice Caine sera le directeur général de Thales. Il formera avec Henri Proglio, président du conseil d'administration, un tandem à la tête du groupe d'électronique.

 

Il fallait vraiment que l'État tienne beaucoup à Patrice Caine, le nouveau directeur général de Thales, pour accepter l'improbable come-back d'Henri Proglio en tant que président du conseil d'administration du groupe d'électronique. Car l'opération commando menée dans le plus grand secret pour le faire tomber à la tête d'EDF est bien désormais dans les annales de l'Etat, qui craignait sa réaction grâce à ses fameux réseaux dont tout le monde dit qu'ils sont puissants. Mais deux mois plus tard, Henri Proglio, un très proche de la maison Dassault, est finalement revenu par la fenêtre dans la sphère publique, l'État détenant 26,6 % de Thales. Abracadabrantesque... comme seul l'État en a le secret.

Pour Patrice Caine, l'heure de gloire est donc arrivée... à seulement 44 ans. Et si certains lui reprochent sa jeunesse, donc une possible inexpérience, ils devraient toutefois se rappeler qu'avant lui, de glorieux anciens comme Denis Ranque et Alain Gomez, ont été nommés PDG au même âge que lui. La valeur n'attend donc pas le nombre des années, y compris en France... Et s'il est nommé PDG, il devra toutefois préparer la dissociation des fonctions entre directeur général, fonction qu'il exercera, et président du conseil. En tant que numéro deux de Jean-Bernard Lévy, il a également fait le job et plutôt bien en faisant tourner pendant près de deux ans la maison Thales au poste de directeur général en charge des opérations et de la performance. Un poste clé dans la bonne marche du groupe et le respect des objectifs fixés en termes de performances.

 

Un tandem avec Henri Proglio

Proglio-Caine, un tandem improbable à première vue à la tête de Thales. Mais à y regarder de plus près, Henri Proglio connaît bien la famille Caine, notamment le père de Patrice Caine, selon le journal Marianne. En outre, le frère du futur directeur général a été longtemps l'un des grands barons du groupe Veolia quand Henri Proglio était à la tête du numéro un mondial de la gestion de l'eau et des déchets. Pour Dassault, cela vaut donc quitus. Henri Proglio a servi de passerelle entre Patrice Caine, qui était assuré du soutien de tout l'Etat y compris de l'Elysée, et les Dassault, dont il n'est pas la tasse de thé. Mais Henri Proglio n'est pas n'importe qui chez Dassault, il fait partie du comité des sages chargé de conseiller les héritiers de Serge Dassault. Pour l'ancien patron d'EDF, c'est aussi un joli pied de nez à l'Etat.

Beau gosse, Patrice Caine, marié à une styliste, est un homme apprécié au sein de Thales qu'il connaît bien, et même très bien. Il est arrivé en 2002 dans le groupe où il a rejoint la direction de stratégie après avoir été conseiller technique en charge de l'énergie au cabinet de Laurent Fabius (2000-2002). Il n'a d'ailleurs pas changé depuis qu'il a pris le job de directeur général en charge des opérations et de la performance même si le poste était à risques. Il a su séduire les équipes de Thales par sa connaissance des dossiers, par sa disponibilité et son ouverture d'esprit. Sa présence aux côtés de Jean-Bernard Lévy à l'arrivée de celui-ci, avait notamment rassuré en grande partie la maison Thales.

 

Une trajectoire sans faute de goût

Diplômé de l'École polytechnique et de l'École des mines de Paris, Patrice Caine a débuté sa carrière en 1992 dans le groupe pharmaceutique Fournier avant de devenir conseiller en fusions et acquisitions et stratégie d'entreprise au sein de la banque Chaterhouse à Londres.
De 1995 à 1998, il est chargé de mission auprès du préfet de région Franche-Comté et parallèlement chef de la division Développement Industriel et Energie à la Direction Régionale de l'Industrie de la Recherche et de l'Environnement (DRIRE). De 1998 à 2000, il rejoint le conseil général des Mines, en charge des ressources humaines du corps des Mines. Parallèlement, il est responsable de la formation des ingénieurs-élèves des corps techniques de l'État à l'École des mines de Paris.

Il rejoint donc Thales en 2002. Il occupe de 2004 à 2012 des postes de direction dans différentes unités opérationnelles : communications tactiques, aéronautiques et navales, identification, navigation, radar, C4I Air, systèmes de défense aérienne et gestion du contrôle du trafic aérien.

 

voir aussi Thales : un conseil d'administration désormais à parité entre l'Etat et Dassault:

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An Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft refuels an Airbus A400M - photo Airbus DS

An Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft refuels an Airbus A400M - photo Airbus DS

 

23/12/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Les Pays-Bas, la Pologne et la Norvège vont négocier avec Airbus en vue d'acquérir dans le cadre d'une commande groupée quatre avions ravitailleurs A330 MRTT. Enfin, un pas vers la mutualisation des équipements de défense.

Enfin, un pas vers la mutualisation de équipements militaires. Ainsi, les Pays-Bas, la Pologne et la Norvège vont négocier avec Airbus en vue d'acquérir dans le cadre d'une commande groupée et via l'Agence d'armement européenne (OCCAR) quatre avions ravitailleurs A330 MRTT, ont déclaré vendredi des responsables européens. "Les Pays-Bas, la Pologne et la Norvège ont décidé de préparer des négociations avec Airbus Defence & Space en vue de l'acquisition d'une flotte d'avions A330 multirôles de transport et de ravitaillement en vol", a annoncé dans un communiqué l'Agence européenne de défense (AED). L'objectif est de parvenir à un contrat signé fin 2015.

Le ministère néerlandais de la Défense a précisé que le consortium envisageait d'acheter quatre appareils, qui seraient exploités en commun par les trois pays, ajoutant que d'autres nations pourraient rejoindre le projet par la suite. Peut-être la Belgique, voire l'Espagne, selon nos informations. Pour l'heure, les Belges souhaiteraient simplement acheter des heures de vol. Ce qui est possible, selon l'AED. En attendant de nouveaux entrants, une première capacité opérationnelle est attendue en 2019, a précisé l'AED.

 

Vers une flotte d'avions ravitailleurs européens mutualisés

Dix pays européens - Belgique, Espagne, France, Grèce, Hongrie, Luxembourg, Pays-Bas, Pologne, Portugal et Norvège - avaient signé en novembre 2012 un accord pour que l'Europe se dote d'ici à 2020 d'une capacité commune d'avions multirôle de ravitaillement en vol et de transport. "Ces dix pays signataires et d'autres futurs contributeurs feront l'acquisition ou utiliseront en commun une flotte d'aéronefs destinée à répondre au besoin de ravitaillement en vol des Européens en opérations, dans le même esprit que le Commandement du transport aérien européen (EATC)", avait alors souligné un communiqué du ministère de la Défense.

Inauguré en septembre 2010, l'EATC, dont le commandement est basé à Eindhoven (Pays-Bas), permet aux armées allemande, belge, française et néerlandaise de partager leurs moyens de transport aériens. Ce qui a été le cas avec succès pour l'opération Harmattan en Libye. "L'EATC a montré sa pertinence lors d'Harmattan", avait confirmé en octobre 2012 devant les députés le chef d'état- major de l'armée de l'air, le général Denis Mercier. Pour autant, en matière de ravitaillement, "l'Europe ne dispose pas de capacités pouvant assurer son autonomie comme l'avait montré l'opération Harmattan menée en Libye en 2011 où 75 % du ravitaillement en vol avait été opéré par d'autres que les Européens", a précisé le communiqué.

 

Près de 10 milliards d'économies grâce à la mutualisation

La directrice exécutive de l'Agence européenne de défense (AED), Claude-France Arnould, avait quant à elle estimé en janvier 2013 devant la commission des affaires étrangères et de la défense du Sénat, que "si nous nous mettions ensemble au niveau européen, nous pourrions faire 1,8 milliard d'euros d'économies dans le spatial, 5,5 milliards dans les programmes de véhicules blindés, et 2,3 milliards sur dix ans pour les frégates". Soit 9,6 milliards d'euros d'économies.

Le 13 décembre 2012, 26 pays membres de l'AED avaient indiqué qu'ils allaient systématiquement passer en revue leurs programmes en vue de favoriser dans le cadre d'un code de bonne conduite le "pooling and sharing" (union et partage) des capacité de défense dans leurs prochains achats. "Le code de conduite peut être un vrai tournant", avait assuré Claude-France Arnould. Sans aucun succès notoire jusqu'à la volonté exprimée récemment par les Pays-Bas, la Pologne et la Norvège d'acquérir quatre A330 MRTT.

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HAL Looks To Hulk-Smash IAF's Avro Replacement Effort


21.12.2014 by Livefist
 

In case you haven't been following the Indian Air Force's effort to replace 56 Hawker-Siddley 748 Avro transport aircraft, I strongly suggest you lose no more time in doing so. It's playing out as one of the most absurdly contentious, supremely ugly competitions -- and here's the thing: it hasn't even begun yet. After several stops and starts over the last two years, the latest is that the MoD has twice deferred a decision on what to do with the single bid that's landed in response to the Buy-A-Few-Make-The-Rest-In-India tender request. Now the crux, the whole point, of the Avro replacement programme is to give India's so-far hungry but ignored private industry a chance to create aerospace capacity by competing for the lucrative project. HAL therefore was deliberately kept out of the competition. The MoD and IAF felt this made sense since HAL, a single point monopoly in all things military aviation in India, has overflowing order books, limited capacity for more, and a relationship with its prime customer that can at best be described, to borrow from Facebook, as 'complicated'. HAL's extreme irritation and opposition to a tender that explicitly excludes it from the reckoning is well known. But things just went to the next level, with the company now hiring the services of prominent former staff to help lobby against the programme, and if necessary derail the course it's currently on. Journalists , including myself, received copies of an e-mail former HAL board member R. Srinivasan, who served as Managing Director of the Helicopter Complex, has written to Minister of State in the MoD Rao Inderjit Singh and Defence Secretary R.K. Mathur specifically asking, as you'll see in a moment, pretty explicitly that the programme be canned and HAL be allowed to build the planes -- pretty much because the private sector isn't up for it. Or, as the e-mail tantalisingly ends, it points to 'strategic options' available to India ahead of President Obama's upcoming visit. I'm tempted to offer my comments on every line of the stunning letter you're about to read, but I'm going to leave you to it.

 
Here's the e-mail in full:
 


From: Radhakrishnan Srinivasan <***************@gmail.com>

Date: 16 December 2014 10:57:14 IST
To: mos-mod@******
Cc: defsecy@******, bckhanduri@*********
Subject: Request to hold Replacement of 56 Avro Aircraft by IAF till all relevant issues are analysed by PMO/RM
 
Respected Sir,
 
At the outset, I would like to introduce myself as R.Srinivasan, who had worked for four decades in the defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in several positions culminating in being appointed as a member of the Board of HAL as Managing Director of Helicopter Complex and subsequently as Director (Human Resources) before superannuating in May 2011. I had thoroughly enjoyed the various challenging assignments I had in the course of my long career in HAL and even after retirement, it is my pleasure to keep myself abreast of all the developments in HAL that have a bearing on its future. Certain recent decisions of the Government of India on an important defence project have left me greatly disturbed and in this context, I would like to draw your kind attention to the ‘Request for Proposal’ (REP) for Avro Aircraft Replacement released by IAF for procurement of 56 aircraft. The RFP was released on 8th May 2013 soliciting responses from OEMs with participation from only Indian private Industry.
 
2. With the laudable intent to develop private sector in the area of aircraft manufacturing, Govt. had cleared the proposal for replacement of 56 Avro transport aircraft of IAF under “Buy and Make” route.  The Avro aircraft were produced during the early 60s to 80s under technology transfer at Kanpur by HAL. A total of 89 aircraft were produced, 67 for IAF and the balance for civil customers. IAF currently holds 56 aircraft, which it wants to replace by an aircraft with “Tactical Airlift” capability.
 
3. The Approval of Necessity (AON) for the subject Avro case was approved for fulfilling the tactical airlift capability gap in the 5-tonne class of aircraft. Avro does not have Tactical Airlift capability, the ground on which Approval of Necessity (AON) was sought and accorded.  Hence, this proposal is not for Avro replacement but a fresh procurement case. IAF, in its inventory, has aircraft like AN-32, C-130J and C-17 which are equipped with functionalities for such applications viz. rear ramp, high altitude operational capability, auxiliary power unit etc.  Multi-role Transport Aircraft (MTA), catering to this specific capability, is also under development jointly between UAC-TA, Russia and HAL. IAF’s Tactical Airlift capability, therefore, has not been dependent on Avros and justifying replacement of Avro on grounds of declining tactical airlift capability does not sound logical.
 
4. The tender issued in May’13, for the subject case had to be extended several times due to requests from foreign OEMs for more time required in identifying an Indian partner. Notable part of the tender was exclusion of entire PSUs of India from participation as approved by Defence Acquisition Council, to avoid any competition from it.  Foreign OEMs were required to identify an Indian partner other than PSU, supply initial 16 aircraft from their original facilities and provide technology transfer for manufacture of balance 40 aircraft by the Indian partner. Foreign OEM would, however be the main contractor as the contract for 56 aircraft is required to be signed between the OEM and IAF, while the, Indian partner would only be a vendor to the foreign OEM.
 
5. The noticeable apathy of Indian private companies in partnering with any OEM, can be easily gauged. Low number of requirement, upper hand of the foreign OEM in deciding the terms and conditions, low margins, high capital investment, high skill requirement, long term engagement over the life of the aircraft for maintenance support, remote possibility of the selected platform for civil use etc. are some of the factors which cannot be easily overlooked by any private entrepreneur.  The result is in front of us for all to see. After more than one and a half years of deliberations, we today have only one offer from Airbus Military with TATA as Indian partner, for the aircraft which can otherwise be competitively selected and economically produced if the requirements are carefully identified and available facilities and expertise in the country are utilised.
 
6. The proposed Airbus C-295 aircraft is almost of double the capacity (9.25 T payload/ 71 seats) as against that required for Avro replacement (5 T payload/50 seats), flew for the first time way back in 1997 and only around 100 numbers have so far been sold over the last 17 years  IAF’s requirement of 56 numbers would definitely be attractive to Airbus with TATAs providing ideal partnership, as they have insider information about HAL, the only integrated aviation company in India.TATA,  being a large business house, can effectively influence the Govt .decision in their favour. The erstwhile Chairman of the Tata Group had served as an Independent Director on HAL Board for two terms for a total of 5 years and had been privy to all important information about the company’s plans and policies. This opportunity provided to TATAs has enabled them to systematically diversify into Aviation.
 
7. Nations, world over, have followed the concept of flagship companies in various business segments. Aviation is a business, in which countries have followed the concept of National Champion and consolidation of aviation industries taking place world over is proof of the same. Boeing and Airbus are classic examples of how these flagship companies have played the role as National Champions in their respective countries. We in India too, have done the same. Aeronautics India Limited formed in 1960 as a private company was consolidated in 1964 with other aviation agencies as HAL, for the same reason. Several companies with the same competencies cannot co-exist and be competitive in aviation sector due to the sector specific and inherent characteristics like low volumes, large capital, high skill set, cutting edge technologies, long term engagement etc. It would never be advisable to create multiple infrastructures/capacities/capabilities for similar type of products with enormous capital, and allow idling of the same at public expense.
 
8. Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call for Make in India aims to create new manufacturing capability within the country as well as optimally utilise the available capability. Setting up of new facility at the cost of non-utilisation of existing public funded infrastructure would never be the objective.  On the contrary, it means loading more work to existing facilities so that they achieve the desired scales of economy for competitive manufacturing.  The global competitiveness, as Hon’ble Prime Minister has rightly pointed out, can only be achieved with  the right combination of skill, scale and speed.  Given the scale, available skill can produce the required speed. This is where Govt’s intervention and support are required in enabling a DPSU like HAL to become globally competitive. ‘Make at any Cost’ is not the underlying mantra that the call for ‘Make in India’ implies. Economic unreasonability is not and can never be the rationale behind the ‘Make in India’ campaign. I strongly believe that the current proposal is heading in the direction of ‘economic unreasonability’,  given the unavoidable duplication of capital infrastructure requirements at a huge cost.
 
9. I invite your kind attention to the above case and sincerely request that the matter be  re-examined from a larger and wider perspective keeping in view the nature and intricacies of aviation business. If IAF is allowed to pursue this case further in the proposed format, it will not be achieving the objectives underlined by Hon’ble Prime Minister but will only be turning the ’Make in India’ drive into ‘Make by TATA’. In fact, the AON itself needs to be revisited and reviewed from the points of view of necessity, specification as well as mode of procurement. Make in India does not mean that production in India is done by only the top 3 or 4 big business houses. Hon’ble Prime Minister wants it to be done with the concept of inclusive growth as the basis. The Govt. may also like to decide this deal keeping in view the various strategic options it has, in view of the forthcoming visit of President of USA to India.
 
With best regards,
(R. Srinivasan)
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F/A-18 Hornet: Elinkaaripäivitys 2 - Mid-Life Upgrade 2



20 déc. 2014  Puolustusvoimat - Försvarsmakten - The Finnish Defence Forces

 

Ilmavoimien F/A-18 Hornet-kalusto on ylläpitopäivitysten myötä operatiivisesti parhaassa käyttöiässä. Ilmasta maahan -kyvyn rakentumisen myötä kaluston koko operatiivinen kyky ja ominaisuudet saadaan täysimääräisesti käyttöön.

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Ankunft des ersten A400M in Deutschland


19 déc. 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 12/2014 14E33002

 

Nun kann auch die Bundeswehr einen A400M ihr Eigen nennen. Bundesministerin Ursula von der Leyen empfängt das Transportflugzeug samt Crew in Wunstorf bei Hannover. Der Militärflugplatz des Lufttransportgeschwaders 62 ist die neue Heimat des ersten A400M der Luftwaffe.
 

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Airbus helicopters - Greetings 2015

19 déc. 2014 Airbus HC

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Final flight of the A-7

 

Dec 17, 2014 ASDNews Source : Naval Air Systems Command

 

The last U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair aircraft retired from service in Greece on Oct. 17, after 39 years of flying with the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) – the final operator of the aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command’s Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office (PMA-226) supported the Foreign Military Sale and maintenance of the A-7s for the HAF beginning in 1975. The A-7 retired from U.S. Navy service in 1991, the U.S. Air National Guard in 1993 and Portugal in 1999.

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Introducing the IAF's &quot;secret of youth&quot;


18.12.2014 David Greenwald - IAF


While the price of new aircrafts is skyrocketing to unprecedented levels, the IAF manages to preserve its old planes and use them year after year. Introducing the IAF's "secret of youth"

 

The aircraft market, like many others, is becoming more and more expensive. The platforms and technologies continue to advance and reach prices countries cannot afford, a process that leads to a decrease in the development and the purchase of new planes.

The Israeli Air Force prefers to extend the life span of its aircrafts instead of buying new ones. While performing these extensions, the IAF is obligated to maintain the flight safety and operational relevance of its planes. Extending the life span of planes and improving their systems are some of the IAF's most exceptional capabilities, and a major contribution to its strength: While foreign air forces shut down their aircraft, the IAF operates its planes for years on end. How is this done?

Like Good Wine
The processes of extending the life span of an aircraft and improving its systems are different and completely separate from one another. Two units are in charge of these processes: the first is the aerial maintenance unit, which specializes in the body of the plane. The second is the IAF electronics unit, which deals with the electronic systems of the plane, which are considered the heart of the plane.

The process of extending the life span includes a general repair, aimed at ensuring that the plane flies safely for a few more years. This treatment includes the body of the plane, its mechanical components, the rotor head, and the wiring systems. On the other hand, the upgrade process is performed by both units. In order to adjust the aircraft to the current operational needs, the units install the latest military systems in the field of arming, self-defense, radar, communication, display and many more.

In other words, the first process is a "medical treatment" for the plane to allow it to keep living, while the second process is about improving the plane to make it work better.

Live Long And Prosper
When the Israeli government purchases a new plane, helicopter or any other platform from the manufacturer, which is usually located in the US, it receives all the relevant information about it. Fighter jets are designed to fly for 30-40 years without the need for significant repairs, except routine maintenance and checkups.

"The manufacturer knows when the plane is expected to develop fatigue malfunctions and when parts of the plane become dangerous to use. Our aim is to understand the forecasts and to build an improvement plan to ensure safe flights and reasonable maintenance costs", says Colonel S', Commander of the Aerial Maintenance Unit. "Our planes and helicopters still have some of the original parts, because they work just fine. We can anticipate corrosion, cracks and other problems caused by fatigue, and deal with them before they become a safety hazard".

Up until the previous decade, it was customary to perform upgrades after 15-20 years, in order to refresh the operational systems and fix safety problems. Today, some aircraft go through a second or a third round, like the Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters, which are currently undergoing improvements to allow them to fly safely for many years to come. In the 90s, these helicopters went through the same process, which gave them the capability to continue to fly until today. This is, of course, only one example out of many.

Old Aircraft, New Challenges
The challenges that Israel faced in the years when most of the currently active aircraft of the IAF were purchased are completely different from the challenges it faces today. Large and fast fighter jets are being replaced with small, fast unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with low RCS. In order for a plane that was built four decades ago to be able to perform missions relevant to modern warfare, it is necessary that it be upgraded significantly. And indeed, the IAF is constantly improving the capabilities of its aircraft. "The operational challenges of the IAF are very unique and its advanced electronic systems, which are mostly exclusive to the IAF, give it the needed advantages", says Colonel A, Commander of the Electronics Unit.

"Together with the many electronic upgrades we perform, the electronics world is advancing rapidly and the systems we install today may become too challenging or even irrelevant tomorrow, and therefore the unit must maintain a high level of professionalism".

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CP140M Aurora opération IMPACT (30 oct 2014) – photo MDN

CP140M Aurora opération IMPACT (30 oct 2014) – photo MDN


16.12.2014 45eNord.ca
 

IMP Aerospace delivered the first of three CP-140M Aurora fitted with an advanced Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite communications system on schedule and under budget today approximately a month after its arrival. Participation at the delivery ceremony included the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant General Yvan Blondin, as well as Director Air Requirements, Colonel Ian Lightbody, and 14 Wing Commander Iain Huddleston.

The prototype CP-140M Aurora aircraft will provide an improved Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability in support of Canada’s military requirements internationally. In concert with DND personnel, IMP Aerospace provided the installation design and modification of the IBLOS system in Halifax, NS. The system enables secure high-speed data streaming from the aircraft via satellite in areas which are remote from familiar ground stations.

« IMP Aerospace has supported the CP-140 Aurora fleet since its entry into service with the RCAF and has engineered and installed numerous modifications and enhancements to the aircraft on behalf of the RCAF. I’m very pleased that this urgent requirement was completed on schedule and under budget to the RCAF and will provide them with enhanced operational capabilities, » stated David Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence.

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A400M Germany Complete Process


18 déc. 2014 Airbus DS

 

Germany takes delivery of its first Airbus A400M. http://bit.ly/1AuXlyU

Check out the First Engine run, First Taxi, Painting and First Flight of A400M aircraft for the German Air Force.

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First German Air Force A400M maiden flight


18 déc. 2014 Airbus DS

 

First Flight of German Air Force A400M and interview to experimental Test Pilot Thomas Wilhelm, who captained the flight.

More info about A400M: http://bit.ly/11OQ3eu

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Übernahme des A400M in Sevilla


18 déc. 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 12/2014 14E33001

 

Im spanischen Sevilla ist der erste deutsche Airbus A400M offiziell abgenommen worden. Zuvor hatten Spezialisten der Wehrtechnischen Dienststelle 61 und der Beschaffungsbehörde der Bundeswehr das Transportflugzeug beim Hersteller Airbus Defence & Space in Andalusien mehrere Wochen lang noch einmal genau unter die Lupe genommen. Vor der Übernahme durch die Bundeswehr musste sichergestellt sein, dass alle vertraglichen Verpflichtungen eingehalten wurden und alles am Flugzeug ordnungsgemäß funktioniert.

 

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Improvements to the Beechcraft King-Air

 

18.12.2014 Nadav Berger - IAF

 

New flight systems that are currently being installed in Beechcraft King-Air C12 air will make the aircrews safer. The systems are meant to alert the aircrews to a crash or deviation from safe altitude

 

The Beechcraft King Air C-12 will be upgraded next year in order to increase safety thanks to a crash detector system that is currently being installed in the planes.

Over the years the number of aircrafts present in Israeli airspace during intensive operational activity has increased, which increases the aerial traffic in the area and, by extension, the risk of an aerial crash. The system that is currently being installed in the Beechcraft King Air C-12 is a system that tracks aircrafts flying near the plane and displays them to the aircrews on a flight monitor. When different air plane crosses the safety range, the system recognizes the risk of a crash according to the speed, altitude and direction, and the air crews receive a vocal warning accordingly.

Another system that is being installed in the airplanes is designed to maintain the correct altitude. The system informs the aircrews when they have reached the correct altitude and gives them a vocal signal when the airplane exceeds the limits of the correct altitude.

The installation of the two systems is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 in the planes operated by the "Aerial Kings" squadron from Sde Dov airbase. In the future, a designed to alert the aircrews to a sudden shutdown of the automatic flight systemis expected to be installed in the planes.

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AIA Projects Small Defense Gains in 2015

 

Dec. 17, 2014 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense news

 

WASHINGTON — Despite concerns over the Budget Control Act, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) projects small gains in the defense aviation market.

The gains will occur despite what AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey described at a Wednesday year-end event as a series of “unprecedented challenges” domestically and abroad.

AIA is one of the most powerful trade associations in Washington, representing both the commercial and military aviation markets.

AIA predicted a good 2014, with projected growth in nearly every defense category and a total sales growth of 5.5 percent. And the overall aviation market did indeed grow, driven largely by strong commercial sales.

But at the end of 2014, AIA numbers found military aviation sales were relatively flat, sitting at $87.3 billion. Aircraft sales increased by just 0.8 percent, or $420 million, to $52.6 billion in 2014. Sales of missiles dropped 4.1 percent, or $840 million, to $19.9 billion.

More positively, DoD space spending increased 5.5 percent, or $2.6 billion, to $48.8 billion, and there was what AIA’s annual report called “strong” growth in defense exports, to the tune of 9.2 percent.

AIA’s 2015 estimates show slight growth for all military aviation sectors for 2015, with space showing the largest projected growth, in the realm of $4 billion.

 

Read the full AIA report.

 

In her eighth year as AIA’s leader, Blakey used the luncheon event to send a warning to incoming members of Congress —as well as any potential 2016 presidential nominees — not to abandon the defense industry.

As a cudgel, AIA commissioned a Harris Poll that found 69 percent of registered voters favor increasing defense spending. That same percentage said it would be more likely to support a candidate for public office who supports increased spending on national security — something Blakey highlighted before warning those interested in running for office to “pay attention.”

At the same time, she acknowledged that “our companies did very well” in the recently passed “cromnibus” bill, adding “We’re delighted.”

Blakey also touched on a number of recent events in her speech. She responded positively to the nomination of Ash Carter to be the next secretary of defense, saying “this is gonna be good.” She also acknowledged to a questioner from the audience that Wednesday’s news that the Obama administration will seek normalized relations with Cuba could lead to more potential sales for the industry. Any Cuban sales, however, would likely come from the commercial market — at least in the near future.

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Japan, Australia Selected for Pacific F-35 Sustainment

 

Dec. 17, 2014 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense news

 

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday.

Japan and Australia will be responsible for heavy airframe maintenance for the northern and southern Pacific regions. Australia will be the center of heavy engine maintenance starting in 2018; Japan will follow as an engine maintainer three to five years later.

“Heavy” maintenance covers work involving changes or repair to the body of the aircraft, such as a replacement of a bulkhead or the fixing of a wing.

Australia is the only full Pacific partner in the F-35 program, with a planned buy of 100 F-35 models. Japan and South Korea are foreign military sales customers on the jet, with plans to buy 42 and 40 fighters, respectively.

Japan has also agreed to develop a final assembly and check-out (FACO) facility, which Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the F-35 program head, said is still being stood up.

He also noted that, unlike similar facilities in Italy and Texas, the Japanese FACO is being built vertically rather than spread across a large footprint, a result of Japan’s limited land to build on.

“The fact that Japan is investing their own money in building a FACO, and that FACO, with less investment than standing up something from the very beginning, could be transitioned into a maintenance capability, is a big factor, because for the enterprise that’s a great value,” Bogdan said. “Japan invests its own money in building a facility that with minimal investment on their part could be turned into a regional capability. So it was a factor in looking at what was best value.”

The Pacific announcement came a week after Bogdan made public the European sustainment partners.

Italy’s existing FACO will provide heavy airframe maintenance for Europe, with the UK potentially gaining extra business in the future if Italy cannot handle the workload. Turkey, meanwhile, will be the first of three European heavy engine maintenance facilities to come online, to be followed by Norway and the Netherlands.

While Italy will be the prime airframe maintainer for all of Europe, the Pentagon decided to go with two airframe maintainers in the Pacific due to the massive distances involved. Bogdan said the distance “makes it uneconomical and, from a movement of airplanes standpoint, difficult to take airplanes from the northern Pacific getting ready to go into depot and having to fly them 7,000 miles.”

“So from that perspective, geography played a fairly big role,” he added.

Estimates for how much work each facility will do are still being worked up, but the Joint Program Office believes the Italian facility will see 45-50 inductions of airframes for some form of heavy work between 2018 and 2022. Based on estimates, that would represent 150,000 hours of work, with a dollar value in the in the $30-$35 million range.

Bogdan has stressed that this is only the first wave of sustainment opportunities being offered to international partners and customers. He unveiled the sustainment strategy in an exclusive June interview with Defense News.

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney congratulated Japan and Australia in a statement and said the company looks forward to working with both nations to “establish affordable, world-class F135 [engine] depot capability in the Asia Pacific region.”

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UK Places Order For Lightning II Fighter Jets


16 déc. 2014 British Forces news

 

The UK has formally placed an order for its first four front line F-35 fighter jets.

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F-35 MRO&amp;U Assignments Made by DoD

Washington D.C., Dec. 11, 2014 -lockheedmartin.com

The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European Region. The assignments were based on data compiled and analyzed by the F-35 Joint Program Office that was collected from European Partners and their industries. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance and will be reviewed and updated in approximately five years.

As part of the F-35 global sustainment strategy, participating nations were provided with requirements outlining Regional MRO&U, or "heavy maintenance" needs for both F-35 engine and airframe. Each country was afforded the opportunity to work with their industrial base to provide the F-35 enterprise work over and above their own F-35 needs. Regional considerations such as forward basing, aircraft phasing, and transportation also contributed to initial assignment decisions.

In the European region, F-35 initial airframe MRO&U capability will be provided by Italy by 2018. Should additional airframe MRO&U capability be required, the UK would be assigned to supplement the existing capability. In the European region, engine heavy maintenance will initially be provided by Turkey, also in 2018, with Norway and the Netherlands providing additional capability approximately 2-3 years after Turkey’s initial capability.

These maintenance assignments do not preclude the opportunity for other F-35 Partners and FMS customers, including those assigned initial airframe and engine capabilities, to participate and be assigned additional future sustainment work, to include component and system repairs, as the fleet grows and F-35 global presence expands.

"This is the first of many opportunities we will have to assign F-35 global sustainment solutions," said F-35 Program Executive Officer, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan. "As international F-35 deliveries increase and global operations expand, support provided by our international F-35 users becomes increasingly more important. We are grateful for the opportunity to work alongside these nations on a daily basis; this close teamwork enables the US Defense Department to make well-informed, best-value decisions to shape the F-35 global sustainment posture for decades to come."

An announcement on the Asia-Pacific region workload assignments will be made at a later date.

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