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5 octobre 2014 7 05 /10 /octobre /2014 07:30
Le (très cher) F-22 enfin déployé au combat

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over clouds during RED FLAG-Alaska 14-3 Aug. 20, 2014, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

 

3 Octobre 2014 enderi.fr

 

Il fut un temps où les Etats-Unis refusaient même de le laisser se donner en spectacle, dans les grands meetings aériens internationaux. Mais cette époque semble révolue, et le plus cher des avions de combat, seul véritable chasseur de cinquième génération, participe désormais aux frappes aériennes en Syrie et en Irak. L’occasion de revenir sur le coût d’un programme, qui, sans atteindre les délires budgétaires du F-35, a donné bien des sueurs froides au budget de la Défense américaine.

 

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4 octobre 2014 6 04 /10 /octobre /2014 07:55
La source laser de l'Onera est intégrée dans le Windcube®de Leosphere

La source laser de l'Onera est intégrée dans le Windcube®de Leosphere

 

03.10.2014 – ONERA

 

L’ONERA et Leosphere sont associés dans le développement d’un nouveau Lidar scannant d’une portée supérieure à 10 km. Le système a été déployé au cours d’une campagne terrain d’un mois sur l’aéroport de Toulouse afin de qualifier l’apport du lidar dans la connaissance de la dynamique des masses d’air.

 

Cette action s’est déroulée dans le cadre du projet européen UFO (UltraFast wind sensOrs) coordonné par Thales Air System et dont l’objectif est de favoriser le développement d’innovations technologiques susceptibles de réduire les dangers des tourbillons de sillage et des vents de cisaillement sur aéroport.

 

La  campagne avait pour but de valider les performances, dans un rayon de 10 km, d’un nouveau lidar de cartographie de vitesse de vent et de turbulence en environnement aéroportuaire. Ce lidar est composé d’une nouvelle  source laser fibrée de forte puissance développée par l’Onera et intégrée dans Windcube® scannant de la société Leosphere (voir photo).

 

Les résultats de campagne seront exploités pour analyser la complémentarité des mesures lidar (ONERA-Leosphere) et radar (Thalès) en conditions météorologiques variées et pour valider les algorithmes de mesure de l’EDR (Eddy Dissipation Rate) qui est un paramètre déterminant de la durée de vie des tourbillons de sillage.

 

Carte de vent obtenue par le lidar ONERA-Leosphere

Carte de vent obtenue par le lidar ONERA-Leosphere

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 12:35
RAAF’s first F-35A fighter conducts inaugural flight test

Australia's first F-35A joint strike fighter taking flight from Fort Worth, Texas, US. Photo Liz Kaszynski - Lockheed Martin.

 

1 October 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) first F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter completed its inaugural flight at a facility in the US.

 

Designated AU-1, the aircraft reportedly took off from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, the US, for a two hour flight, which included a series of functional checks.

 

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston said the first flight event represents a significant step towards acceptance of the aircraft.

 

"Australia's first aircraft AU-1 and AU-2 will undergo further flight testing in the lead up to acceptance and ferry to Luke Air Force Base in 2015.

 

"The fifth generation JSF is the most advanced fighter in production anywhere in the world and will replace our fleet of Classic Hornets, which by 2020 will be more than 35 years old."

 

Australia is acquiring a total of 72 F-35A conventional take-off and landing aircraft from Lockheed Martin for an estimated cost of more than $12bn.

 

The first two aircraft were rolled out by Lockheed in Fort Worth, Texas, on 24 July.

 

At Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, US, the aircraft will be used in Australian and partner country pilot training programmes.

 

The first F-35 aircraft is scheduled to enter service in Australia in 2018, while the first operational squadron would be established by 2020.

 

Under development in three variants, the F-35 is a fifth generation multirole fighter jet designed to carry out a wide range of ground attack, reconnaissance and air defence missions with stealth capability.

 

Australia joined the F-35 programme during the development phase, bringing more than $355m worth of contracts to the domestic defence industry.

 

In addition to this, the Australian industry is on course to win in excess of $1.5bn in JSF-related production and support work over the life of the programme.

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 11:50
First A400M for German Air Force runs it´s engines for the first time


29 sept. 2014 Airbus DS
 

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has begun final tests towards its delivery. The four engines on the aircraft, known as MSN18, were successfully run simultaneously for the first time

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 11:35
Exelis’ AN/ALQ-211(V)9 pod cleared for installation on Pakistani F-16 fighters

Exelis- AN/ALQ-211(V)9 AIDEWS has been cleared to fly on board Pakistani Air Force's F 16 fighter aircraft. Photo Exelis

 

1 October 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The Exelis-built AN/ALQ-211(V)9 advanced integrated defensive electronic warfare system (AIDEWS) has been cleared to fly on board the Pakistan Air Force's F-16 fighter aircraft.

 

The clearance follows completion of the US Air Force's (USAF) Seek Eagle process for aircraft stores certification, which included a series of compatibility flight profile (CFP) missions designed to clear the pod to the F-16's basic limits.

 

Working in collaboration with the USAF and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, the Exelis team evaluated two stores configurations at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to capture current and future pod configuration requirements without the need for additional CFP missions.

 

Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business vice-president and general manager Joe Rambala said: "The AIDEWS pod provides the US and its allies with a modular, highly capable and cost-effective survivability system for a range of fighter aircraft.

 

"Achieving this certification will give more pilots access to the system's advanced RF protection and the flexibility to meet the evolving RF threat."

 

Currently limited to F-16A/B Block 15 aircraft procured by PAF through the Peace Drive 2 foreign military sales programme, the certification can be readily extended to both domestic and foreign F-16 Blocks 25 to 52 fighters.

 

An external pod variant of the Exelis ALQ-211 family of electronic self-protection systems, AN/ALQ-211(V)9 is a self-contained integrated electronic countermeasures and radar warning receiver system designed to protect the F-16 fighter from radio frequency threats.

 

Offering the flexibility to be installed or removed based on mission requirements, the pod provides digital radar warning, high-power jamming, threat geo-location and situational awareness using line replaceable units interchangeable with internal AIDEWS systems.

 

The AN/ALQ-211(V)9 is claimed to be the only digital radio frequency memory-based electronic warfare pod certified to F-16 basic aircraft limits, including requirements for lightning protection.

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 11:35
P180 Avanti II - photo Piaggio Aero Industries

P180 Avanti II - photo Piaggio Aero Industries

 

01 Oktober 2014 Defense Studies


The Royal Thai Air Force’s deputy chief of air staff, Air Chief Marshal Sutthiphan Kritsanakhup and Piaggio Aero Industries’ government sales director Francescomaria Tuccillo on 29 September reached an agreement in Rome for the delivery of one P180 Avanti II in a new photographic reconnaissance configuration.

Reached in the presence of Italian air force chief of staff Gen Pasquale Preziosa, the agreement will lead to a contract signing on 30 September. This will coincide with a Royal Thai Air Force delegation visiting Piaggio Aero’s new main facility in Villanova d’Albenga, near Savona, north-west Italy.

The Thai officials have already visited the Italian air force's 14th Wing, which is equipped with Avanti IIs in transport and special mission configurations, and its multi-crew training centre at Pratica di Mare air base, to receive information on the training capabilities that the service could provide to its Thai counterpart.

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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 16:40
Air Transportation: The An-124 Dies In Ukraine

 

September 30, 2014: Strategy Page

 

Another casualty of the Russian war on Ukraine is the Russian plan to build new An-124 air transports and refurbish some of the existing ones. The An-124 is the world's largest production aircraft and can carry a payload of 120 tons. It first flew in 1986 and only 55 have been built so far. New ones will cost over $100 million each. Russia has been trying to get it back into production for over a decade but needed to work out a deal with Ukraine, where the An-124 is built.

 

All this is driven by Russian efforts to replace their aging Cold War era weapons and military equipment. In 2012 the Russian Air Force announced ambitious plans to invigorate their aging force of air transports. This was to be accomplished by ordering 170 new aircraft by the end of the decade. These included 20 An-124s, 39 Il-476s, 11 An-140s, 30 L-410s, 50 Il-214s and 20 An-148s. Currently the air force depends on a lot of Cold War era transports (An-124s, An-22s, Il-76s and An-12, An-72, An-24 and An-26s). A lot of the older transports cannot be used because of age, or cannot be used much because of the high cost of maintenance. Some of the older aircraft (An-124s and Il-76s) were to be refurbished, but most of the remainder will be scrapped as they become too old to be used (too expensive to maintain or simply too unreliable).

 

By 2103 Russia and Ukraine had worked out a deal to build 20 new commercial An-124s but the contract has not been signed yet. Apparently a contract to build ten new An-124s for the Russian Air Force was closer to signing but that deal is now on hold as well. The Ukrainian manufacturer wants to build new aircraft as An-124-150s and upgrade some existing ones to that standard. That would reduce crew size from six to four and increase carrying capacity to 150 tons. The An-124 has been very successful as a commercial transport, especially for military purposes. Even NATO leases six An-124s for moving military cargo. Ukraine needs the work and Russia needs the An-124s but until the current conflict is resolved that will all have to wait

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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 12:55
Exposition "Mesures et démesures. Les très grandes souffleries aéronautiques de l'ONERA" au Musée des arts et métiers

 

30.09.2014 ONERA

 

Le Musée des arts et métiers accueille du 30 septembre 2014 au 4 janvier 2015, l'exposition de photographies "Mesures et démesures. Les très grandes souffleries aéronautiques de l'ONERA".

 

À Modane-Avrieux en Savoie, où sont implantées les très grandes souffleries de l'ONERA, centre français de la recherche et technologie pour l’aéronautique et le spatial, les avionneurs du monde entier viennent tester les performances aérodynamiques de leurs futurs engins. Les tests qui y sont réalisés permettent de réduire les incertitudes avant le premier vol et de minimiser ainsi les risques techniques et industriels ; un aspect fondamental pour les constructeurs dans un contexte de plus en plus concurrentiel.

L'exposition s’adresse aux publics passionnés d’aéronautique et de technologie, de photographie, d’architecture et patrimoine industriels. Elle invite les visiteurs à découvrir à travers des photographies grand format en noir et blanc ce site exceptionnel tant par son envergure et son histoire que par les essais et recherches qui y sont menés. Antoine Gonin, photographe, passionné de grandes infrastructures industrielles, a réussi à capturer le gigantisme de ces souffleries uniques au monde, situées dans la vallée de la Maurienne.

 

Informations pratiques

  • Venir au musée
    Métro : Arts-et-Métiers (lignes 3 et 11)
    ou Réaumur-Sébastopol (ligne 4)
    Bus : 20, 38, 39, 47
    Station Vélib’ : 55 rue de Turbigo
     
  • Heures d’ouverture
    Le musée est ouvert du mardi au dimanche inclus, de 10h à 18h.
    Nocturne le jeudi jusqu’à 21h30.
    Fermé les lundis, le 1er mai et le 25 décembre.
     
  • Tarif
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    Tarif réduit : 3,50€
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28 septembre 2014 7 28 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
Warplanes: A-10 Storm Chaser

 

 

September 27, 2014: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Air Force is providing the NSF (National Science Foundation) with a working A-10 ground attack aircraft for conversion to a storm (tornado or hurricane) chaser. The A-10 will have all its weapons and military electronics removed. The NSF is providing $13 million to install electronics (in place of the fire control system) that will enable the A-10 to monitor weather conditions in the immediate vicinity more accurately and also launch small sensors into a storm. The aircraft will be ready later in 2014, in time for late season hurricanes.

 

The basic A-10 is a 1960s design that has been upgraded a lot since it first appeared in the 1970s. The A-10 is a 23 ton, twin engine, single seat aircraft whose primary weapon is a multi-barrel 30mm cannon originally designed to fire armored piercing shells at Russian tanks. In addition, the A-10 can carry seven tons of bombs and missiles. Cruising speed is 560 kilometers an hour and the A-10 can slow down to about 230 kilometers an hour. In Afghanistan two drop tanks are usually carried, to give the aircraft more fuel and maximum time over the battlefield. The storm chaser version will still have the hard points on the wings so it can carry more wing tanks in addition to the small bomb-like sensor devices (that broadcast what they detect) that are dropped into storms. Removing the 30mm cannon leaves space for cameras, special radars and whatever.

 

The A-10 was built to withstand a lot of ground fire and be a stable gun platform when flying close to the ground (where the weather can be rather bumpier for aircraft.) Storms tend to generate high winds and hail and close to the ground the winds can send a lot of small objects moving around at high speed. The A-10 can handle this sort of thing and carry enough fuel to stay in the air for six hours or more.

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26 septembre 2014 5 26 /09 /septembre /2014 16:35
Airbus starts assembly of Malaysia’s first A400M aircraft

The Royal Malaysian Air Force's first A400M airlifter being assembled at Airbus' final assembly line in Seville, Spain. Photo Airbus DS

 

26 September 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

Airbus Defence and Space has started assembly of the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF) first Airbus A400M military transport aircraft at its final assembly line in Seville, Spain.

 

The company has joined all the fully equipped major section, including the wing, tailplane, cockpit, fuselage and landing-gear for ground-testing.

 

In December 2005, Malaysia awarded a RM3.5bn ($1.1bn) contract for the delivery of four A400M aircraft along with training and integrated logistics support services.

 

The aircraft are scheduled to supplement the RMAF's ageing C-130 Hercules fleet, and double its operational capabilities by providing a true heavy airlift and air-to-air refuelling capability.

 

The Airbus A400M is a multi-national four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designated as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities.

 

With a lifting capacity of up to 30t, the next-generation airlifter can also be configured to conduct long-range, inter and intra-theatre cargo and troop transport, medical evacuation, aerial refuelling and electronic surveillance missions.

 

The aircraft features a six-wheel, high-flotation main landing gear, and a short, soft, field landing and take-off capability, and has also been ordered by the air forces of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

 

Airbus is currently instructing the first group of Malaysian pilot trainees at the Airbus Defence and Space International Training Centre in Spain.

 

A new batch comprising Malaysian maintenance engineers and technicians are scheduled to arrive at the centre in the coming weeks.

 

Airbus is planning to hand over the first A400M to RMAF in the first quarter of 2015, followed by additional two aircraft later that year.

 

Delivery of the fourth and final aircraft will take place in 2016.

 
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26 septembre 2014 5 26 /09 /septembre /2014 07:55
Interview de Jean-Michel Palagos à l'ADS SHOW de Bordeaux


26 sept. 2014 DCI

 

Jean-Michel Palagos commente la présence de DCI lors du salon de MCO aéronautique, ADS Show, qui s’est déroulé à Bordeaux-Mérignac du 9 au 11 septembre 2014.

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25 septembre 2014 4 25 /09 /septembre /2014 16:55
photo Vivendi

photo Vivendi

 

September 18, 2014 Thales Group

 

The Board of Directors of Thales, on the proposal of the Public Sector, has appointed Régis Turrini, Commissioner for State Shareholdings Agency (APE), as a director to succeed David Azéma. Régis Turrini’s term as director will run until the end of the annual general meeting called to approve the 2015 financial statements.

 

Appointed to head the State Shareholdings Agency (APE) on 30 July, Régis Turrini is a former attorney admitted to the Paris bar. He is a graduate of the faculties of literature and law and the Paris Institute of Political Sciences, and an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (postgraduate public policy college).

 

He began his career as a judge in the French administration courts. He then joined law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (1989-1992), followed by Jeantet & Associés (1992-1995), as a corporate lawyer. In 1995, Régis Turrini joined the investment bank Arjil & Associés (Lagardère group) as an executive director. He was then appointed managing director and, from 2000, managing partner.

 

Until July 2014, Régis Turrini was Senior Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development at Vivendi, where he had worked since 2003.

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25 septembre 2014 4 25 /09 /septembre /2014 11:55
Thales recrute Pierre Schaeffer au poste de Directeur du Marketing

 

24 septembre Aerobuzz.fr

 

Pierre Schaeffer prend la direction du Marketing du groupe Thales, placée sous la responsabilité de Pascale Sourisse, Directeur général de Thales. Dans un contexte de croissance des activités de Thales à l’international, Pierre Schaeffer sera notamment chargé de développer une politique produit adaptée aux nouveaux marchés.

 

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24 septembre 2014 3 24 /09 /septembre /2014 13:50
First flight of MSN15, the first A400M aircraft for the Royal Air Force



24 sept. 2014 Airbus DS

 

First flight of MSN15 and interview with Ed Strongman, Chief Test Pilot Military.

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21 septembre 2014 7 21 /09 /septembre /2014 16:20
V-22 Flight Tests Validate 'Hot and High' Capability for Rolls-Royce AE 1107C Engines

 

Sep 18, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rolls Royce

 

Flight tests have validated a new engine upgrade for Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines powering V-22 aircraft, maximizing "hot and high" capability up to 6,000 feet of altitude and 95°F.

The enhanced capability is part of a series of upgrades that will boost engine power 17 percent for the aircraft, as Rolls-Royce continues to add innovations to the proven AE 1107C engine. The flight tests were conducted in a Bell Boeing V-22 test aircraft, and completed this summer in the western United States.

 

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21 septembre 2014 7 21 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
photos Boeing

photos Boeing

 

 

Sep 17, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] received a $293 million performance-based contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide aircraft parts and support that will enable DLA to provide essential logistics support to warfighters more quickly and effectively.

 “Boeing proposed a holistic partnership and transformational approach that fundamentally changes the way DLA and Boeing do business,” said Julie Praiss, vice president of Tactical Aircraft & Weapons Support. “We have laid the groundwork to improve affordability and efficiency that will increase aircraft availability for the warfighter.”

 

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20 septembre 2014 6 20 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
Airbus : Recentrer les activités de défense, des cessions en vue

 

20-09-2014 lemaghrebdz.com

 

Airbus Group va se concentrer sur les avions militaires, les missiles et les activités spatiales et les systèmes et services associés dans le cadre de la révision de son portefeuille d'activités de défense, qui passera également par des cessions, notamment dans les activités de communication.

 

"Suite à l'évaluation exhaustive et détaillée de son portefeuille d'activités, Airbus Defence and Space a défini les activités Espace (lanceurs et satellites), Avions militaires, Missiles ainsi que les systèmes et services associés comme ses cœurs de métier", annonce Airbus Group dans un communiqué. "La division continuera à investir dans ces secteurs afin de renforcer sa position de leader", précise-t-il. Le second volet de cette restructuration, qui intervient dans le cadre de la revue stratégique d'Airbus Group engagée en 2013, porte sur la cession d'activités de communication, de participations et filiales. Airbus Defence and Space, la branche née au 1er juillet du regroupement des activités défense de l'ex-EADS, prévoit ainsi "de céder certains secteurs d'activité ne correspondant pas à ses objectifs stratégiques et pour lesquels un meilleur développement serait possible dans des structures différentes". Airbus Defence and Space comprend les anciens Cassidian, Astrium et Airbus Military et constitue le deuxième pilier d'Airbus Group aux côtés de l'avionneur Airbus. Elle emploie à ce jour quelque 40 000 salariés pour un chiffre d'affaires annuel d'environ 14 milliards d'euros.

Le groupe n'avance pas de calendrier mais précise que le volume d'activité des entités à céder avoisine les 2 milliards d'euros, selon un porte-parole.

 

"Conséquence logique"

 

"Il s'agit tout d'abord des activités de communications commerciales et parapubliques (dont les radiocommunications mobiles professionnelles ainsi que des services commerciaux de communication par satellite), qui auront de meilleures perspectives de croissance en intégrant d'autres structures industrielles", précise le groupe. Parmi les actifs mis en vente figurent également certaines filiales et participations, dont Fairchild Controls, Atlas Elektronik, Rostock System-Technik, AvDef et ESG. Le conglomérat industriel allemand ThyssenKrupp a indiqué par la voix de son patron Heinrich Hiesinger avoir pris acte de l'intention d'Airbus de vendre sa part dans leur co-entreprise Atlas Elektronik, et qu'il allait "étudier toutes les options", y compris s'en porter acquéreur.

"Nous avons un droit de préemption, nous avons pris acte des annonces (d'Airbus) et nous étudions toutes les options, mais il n'y a pas encore de décision", a déclaré un porte-parole du groupe, rapportant des propos de M. Hiesinger. "Enfin, indique Airbus, toutes les alternatives industrielles seront explorées pour les secteurs Sécurité et Électronique de défense de la division afin d'assurer leur croissance future et la création de valeur". Autrement dit, cela passera par des partenariats ou des cessions. "Les décisions concernant le portefeuille d'activités d'Airbus Defence and Space sont la conséquence logique de la revue stratégique d'Airbus Group de 2013", a déclaré Tom Enders, P-DG d'Airbus Group, cité dans le communiqué. Elles permettront "de nous recentrer encore plus sur les cœurs de métier du groupe que sont l'aéronautique et l'espace", a-t-il ajouté. "Au vu du contexte budgétaire tendu dans nos pays et de la concurrence croissante sur les marchés mondiaux, l'examen de notre portefeuille d'activités apparaît comme un élément essentiel pour le développement futur de notre division défense et espace et l'amélioration de sa compétitivité", a fait valoir de son côté Bernhard Gerwert, patron d'Airbus Defence and Space. "Toutes ces décisions respecteront bien entendu les accords de sécurité nationale et feront l'objet de discussions franches et ouvertes avec les représentants du personnel", a-t-il assuré. Côté syndical en France, on estime que ces mesures "ne constituent pas une casse énorme, elles ne concerneraient en France que 200 personnes environ, essentiellement à Elancourt", a indiqué un responsable sous couvert de l'anonymat. Le périmètre exact des activités touchées en France ne sera connu que lors d'un comité d'entreprise mercredi à Elancourt, a-t-il précisé. L'ex groupe EADS, qui emploie quelques 144'000 salariés, se compose désormais de trois divisions: Airbus (aviation commerciale), Airbus Helicopters (ex-Eurocopter) et Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) qui regroupe les anciennes divisions Cassidian (défense), Astrium (espace) et l'activité avions de transport militaire d'Airbus. Pour sa partie Espace, le groupe a déjà entrepris en juin 2014 un rapprochement avec le groupe français Safran dans les lanceurs, notamment la fusée Ariane.

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Air Force Plans Major Step in Long Range Strike Bomber Program

 

September 15, 2014 by Kris Osborn - defensetech.org


The Air Force plans to award a contract to build its new bomber to a single vendor by next spring or summer as part of its ongoing effort to engineer a stealthy long range bomber that can evade advanced air defenses, service leaders said Sept. 15 at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference at National Harbor, Maryland.

“We’re about ready to enter into the next phase of the bomber. We’ve spent the last couple of years refining the requirements and maturing the technology. Within the next year we will down-select to one contractor and then start the heavy lifting of building the first bomber and testing,” Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy for Air Force acquisition, told Military​.com in an interview.


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18 septembre 2014 4 18 /09 /septembre /2014 11:55
Les Journées du Patrimoine au musée de l’Air et de l’Espace

 

source musée de l’Air et de l’Espace

 


Visites guidées gratuites et ouverture des ateliers de restauration.

Rendez-vous au musée tout le week-end, samedi 20 et dimanche 21 septembre, de 10h à 18h, pour la 31e édition des Journées européennes du Patrimoine.

"Patrimoine culturel, patrimoine naturel", tel est le thème de cette nouvelle édition, avec au programme :

visites thématiques,
visites commentées du Mercure,
ouverture exceptionnelle des ateliers de restauration de Dugny.

Plusieurs associations seront présentes sur le site de Dugny : les Ailes de la ville, les Ailes Anciennes, Mémorial flight et Normandie Niémen.

Venez nombreux, c'est gratuit et ouvert à tous !

INFOS JOURNEES
Samedi 20 et dimanche 21/09/2014
✈ De 10h à 18h
Dans le musée et sur le tarmac
✈ Sur le site de Dugny : ateliers de restauration ouverts au public (navettes gratuites
Musée < > Dugny)
✈ Accès GRATUIT

Programme détaillé
Horaires des navettes

Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
Aéroport de Paris-
Le Bourget - BP 173
93352 Le Bourget Cedex
France
 

www.museeairespace.fr
 

 
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Vincent De Vroey - Burkard Schmittin

Vincent De Vroey - Burkard Schmittin

 

Brussels, 9th September 2014 - AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)

 

The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) today announced the appointment of two new directors: Vincent De Vroey as Civil Aviation Director and Dr. Burkard Schmittin the position of Defence & Security Director. Both executives will take over their new roles and responsibilities on November 2nd, 2014.

 

“Vincent and Burkard are well known and highly respected in what is commonly called the Brussels scene. They both come to ASD with strong knowledge and track records in their respective areas of expertise. I am very happy to have them on board as ASD is increasing its efforts to become a proactive and knowledgeable speaking partner to the Institutions and European Member States”, said Jan Pie, ASD Secretary General.

 

Vincent De Vroey has spent the bulk of his career with the Association of European Airlines (AEA) holding a range of positions of increasing responsibility. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Electronics Engineering degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium.

Commenting on his appointment, Vincent De Vroey said: “I’m looking forward to working within ASD where my experience in the field of civil aviation and government affairs at EU level will certainly facilitate the dialogue in issues such as aviation safety, Air Traffic Management, Single European Sky, Research & Technology, REACH & environmental issues, maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) and airline operations”.

 

Dr. Burkard Schmitt has worked as defence expert at the European Commission. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris. Burkard Schmitt holds master’s degrees from the universities of Bordeaux and Erlangen and a PhD in Contemporary History from the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Germany.

“I’m very excited about this new role in my career and the challenge it represents. I believe that my expertise in European defence and security matters will contribute to a fruitful dialogue between industry and European policy makers on these issues, acknowledged Burkard Schmitt.

 

About ASD

ASD represents the Aeronautics, Space, Security and Defence industries in Europe. Based in Brussels, the organisation’s membership today comprises 16 major European aerospace and defence companies and 27 member associations in 20 countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK). These industries reach a turnover of 186.8 billion euros, invest 17.6 billion euros in R&D, employ more than 750.000 people and counts over 2000 companies, 80 000 suppliers, many of which are SMEs.

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Two J-10 fighters at the Zhuhai Airshow on Nov. 5, 2008. (Photo Xinhua)

Two J-10 fighters at the Zhuhai Airshow on Nov. 5, 2008. (Photo Xinhua)

 

September 16, 2014: Strategy Page

 

China continues to have problems with its locally produced military jet engines. The biggest problems are with the WS-10 series, which was designed and produced in China and the government has been pressuring the aircraft manufacturers to use Chinese made engines like this instead of Russian imports. This has not been working out as the government wants. For example, the new Chinese carrier fighter, the J-15, is supposed to have a more powerful Chinese made engine so that it can carry more weight using the ski jump deck on the new Chinese carrier. The ski jump is a cheaper and less complex take off alternative to the steam catapult. One disadvantage of the ski jump deck is that it cannot launch aircraft as heavy as a catapult can. China has developed a more powerful version of their WS-10 engine (the WS-10H) for the J-15 but has only been seen in two J-15s. Most J-15s are still using Russian AL-31Fs. China keeps details of its WS-10 development secret, but they cannot hide which of their aircraft are using the WS-10 and which the Russian made AL-31s that the WS-10 is based on and is supposed to replace. It is obvious that not a lot of WS-10s are being installed and that indicates the quality control and reliability problems of the WS-10 persist despite government denials.

 

The first WS-10s began showing up in J-11s back in 2004. In 2010 China revealed that it was replacing the Russian engines in its J-10 fighter, installing Chinese made WS-10A in place of the Russian made AL-31FN. Shortly after that announcement China ordered another 123 AL-31FNs, to be delivered by 2012. More AL-31s have been ordered but at the same time more Chinese fighters were being seen with WS-10s. Despite that the demand for AL-31s, based on the number of modern jet fighters China wants to build, is exceeding the Russian engine building capacity.

 

The Chinese claim the WS-10A is superior to the AL-31F, even though the WS-10A copied a lot of the Russian technology. The Chinese say they have improved on that. For example, as delivered from Russia, the original AL-31 was good for 900 hours of operation. The Chinese claim their engineers figured out how to tweak the design of the engine so that it would last for 1,500 hours. Russia has since improved their basic AL-31 lifetime to 1,500 hours, and, most recently, 2,000 hours. When pressed, the Chinese claim that they simply cannot produce enough WS-10As for all the new airframes they are building. But the reality is that the WS-10As have some serious, unpredictable and persistent reliability problems that limit the number of reliable (enough for regular use) engines available.

 

Back in 2011 China believed it would be free from dependence on Russia for military jet engines by 2016, which implied that Chinese engine manufacturers still had a way to go. Now the most any Chinese will admit to is that there will be no need for Russian engines by the end of the decade, maybe. Meanwhile China continues to import AL-31s and the RD-93 (a version of the MiG-29's RD-33) for the JF-17 (an F-16 type aircraft developed in cooperation with Pakistan) from Russia. These engines are expensive, with the RD-33 going for about $3 million each and the AL-31 for about a third more.

 

Since the 1990s Chinese engineers have managed to master the manufacturing techniques needed to make a Chinese copy of the Russian AL-31 engine. This is part of a program that has also developed the WS-13, to replace the RD-93 as well. While the Chinese have been able to build engines that are durable, they are still having problems with reliability. Apparently it is still worth buying more Russian engines because the Chinese models are out of action too often, which keeps the jets grounded for repairs or, worst of all, an engine change.

 

China has long copied foreign technology, not always successfully. But since the 1990s China has poured much money into developing a jet engine manufacturing capability. The Chinese encountered many of the same problems the Russians did in the beginning. Developing the necessary engine design and construction skills is difficult. But China has several advantages. First, they knew of the mistakes the Russians had made, and so were able to avoid many of them. Then there was the fact that China had better access to Western manufacturing technology (both legally and illegally). Finally, China was, unlike the Soviets, able to develop their engine manufacturing capabilities in a market economy. This was much more efficient than the command economy that the Soviets were saddled with for seven decades. The Chinese consider all this part of the learning process and they do learn from their mistakes.

 

Meanwhile the Chinese can build more Su-27 clones than they can reliable engines for them, and they keep developing more Su-27 variants. The Chinese J-11 jet fighter is an illegal Chinese copy of the Russian Su-27. It all began legally in 1995, when China paid $2.5 billion for the right to build 200 Su-27s. Russia would supply engines and electronics, with China building the other components according to Russian plans and specifications. But after 95 of the Chinese built aircraft were built Russia cancelled the agreement. Russia claimed that China was using the knowledge acquired with this Su-27 program to build their own copy of the Su-27, the J-11. The Chinese claimed that the J-11 was designed and built using only Chinese technology. China also has a stealthy version (J-17) of the Su-27. There is also an aircraft carrier version of the Su-30 (the Su-33, obtained from Ukraine) that is now in service as the J-15. In 2013 J-16s were spotted. This is a two-seat fighter-bomber similar to the American F-15E and nearly identical to the Russian Su-30MKK. China insists these are all Chinese designs that just happen to bear some resemblance to Russian fighters.

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The Future of Fighter Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force


16 sept. 2014 LockheedMartinVideos

 

The F-35A Lightning II is the future of fighter aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and its allies. It’s an agile, versatile, high-performance fighter jet, providing unprecedented situational awareness for its pilots. Learn more about the F-35A

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Thales appoints Pierre Schaeffer as Chief Marketing Officer

 

September 16, 2014 Thales Group

 

Pierre Schaeffer has been appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, for the Thales Group. An accomplished marketing professional with an international background, Schaeffer will be responsible for all Thales marketing operations, reporting to Pascale Sourisse, Thales Senior Executive Vice President.

 

As the Thales Group expands its international business, Pierre Schaeffer's responsibilities will include developing a product policy to meet the needs of fast-growing markets around the world.

 

Throughout his career, Pierre Schaeffer has designed and implemented successful strategies to capture new growth opportunities in a range of high-tech industries.

 

He began his career at Apple in 1989 and later served as regional director for Apple Europe's publishing, entertainment and new media business. In 1997, he joined Eastman Kodak, where he developed and led the marketing strategy for the consumer digital business for eight years. In 2009, Pierre Schaeffer was appointed Vice President, Marketing, for the Michelin Group, where he drove a global transformation in the tyre maker's marketing model to accelerate growth from emerging markets and services.

 

In 2011, Pierre Schaeffer founded Marketect LLC, an international management consulting practice based in the Washington DC area, helping companies successfully harness innovation, find market leverage and deliver growth.

 

Pierre Schaeffer graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles de Paris (ESPCI) and received a post-graduate degree in Artificial Intelligence from Paris VII University. He followed Apple's Executive MBA programme at the INSEAD business school near Paris.

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Airbus DS continues transformation with portfolio optimization

 

16 September 2014 Airbus Gtoup

 

    Activities in Space (Launchers and satellites), Military Aircraft, Missiles and related Systems and Services are core and to be strengthened

    Businesses in non-core segments will be divested

    Reinforce Airbus Defence and Space as a sustainable and successful pillar of Airbus Group

 

After a detailed and comprehensive portfolio assessment, Airbus Defence and Space has defined Space (Launchers & Satellites), Military Aircraft, Missiles and related Systems and Services as its future core businesses. These are the areas in which the Division will further invest to strengthen its leading position.

 

Some business areas are identified as divestment candidates as they do not fit the strategic goals and for which the company sees possibilities to increase their development potential in different set-ups.

 

This concerns, first of all, our commercial and para-public communication business (including Professional Mobile Radio and commercial satellite communications services activities), which will have better chances for growth and market success in different ownership structures.

 

Airbus Defence and Space further intends to sell some of its subsidiaries and participations, including Fairchild Controls, Rostock System-Technik, AvDef, ESG and Atlas Elektronik.

 

For the Division’s Security and Defence Electronics businesses further industrial alternatives will be explored in order to best develop and position these businesses for future growth and value creation.

 

"The portfolio decisions for Airbus Defence and Space are the logical follow-up to our Group‎ Strategy Review in 2013. They will foster the strengths of the division and, hence, will result in an even stronger focus on our Group's core activities, aeronautics and space," said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group.

 

“Given the tight budgetary situation in our home countries and increasing competition on global markets, the portfolio review is an essential element to further develop our defence and space business and to ensure its competitiveness”, said Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. “We have identified those segments where this is an achievable target and those where we should explore alternative options. In short, the portfolio review is a logical next step in the overall transformation process. It will strengthen Airbus Defence and Space’s business core, unlocking its full potential to drive the defence and space industry forwards, particularly on critically important international growth markets.

 

All these decisions will of course respect our national security agreements and will be discussed with employee representatives in a fair and open way”, added Bernhard Gerwert.

 

The first milestone of the Division’s transformation, as announced last year, was the reorganisation of the three former business entities – Astrium, Airbus Military and Cassidian – into one single organisation. This target was achieved on 1 July 2014, according to plan. A next significant milestone was to secure the future of the Division’s space launcher business, which received a major boost through the planned joint venture with Safran, as announced in June 2014, and which is currently being further developed.

 

About Airbus Group

 

Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2013, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 57.6 billion (restated) and employed a workforce of around 139,000 (restated).

About Airbus Defence and Space

 

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of the Airbus group, formed by a merger between the businesses of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. This new division is Europe' number one in the space and defence industry, the world's number two in the space industry and is one of the world's top ten defence industry companies. It has annual revenues of around €14 billion with a workforce of some 40,000 employees.

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ALIS Takes F-35 Fleet Management to New Heights


15 sept. 2014 LockheedMartinVideos

 

The Autonomic Logistics Information System, or ALIS, is the operations management backbone for the F-35 Lightning II. Pilots plan and debrief missions, and sustainment professionals maintain the F-35 using ALIS.

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