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13 août 2014 3 13 /08 /août /2014 16:35
ATD-X photo Japan MoD

ATD-X photo Japan MoD

 

13 août 2014  Info-Aviation

 

L’Institut de développement et de recherche technique (TRDI) du ministère japonais de la Défense et Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) ont démenti l’information selon laquelle le prototype de chasseur ATD-X ferait son premier vol en janvier 2015.

Le journal Mainichi Shimbun a rapporté le 12 août que MHI avait décidé d’entreprendre le premier vol du prototype d’avion de combat ATD-X pour remplacer les Mitsubishi F-2 de l’Armée de l’Air d’Auto-Défense du Japon, en janvier 2015. Le journal n’avait pas révélé sa source.

 

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photo Japan MoD

photo Japan MoD

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews (AFP)

 

A group of major Japanese firms are planning a test flight next year for the nation's first homegrown stealth fighter jet, a report said Tuesday.

The consortium -- led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries -- is developing a jet that has similar technology to US-made F-35 stealth fighters, with a prototype set for a test run in January, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said.

 

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13 août 2014 3 13 /08 /août /2014 07:40
Russia to modernize MiG-31s

 

August 12, 2014 David Pugliese

 

MiG-31 interceptors will be modernized and remain in Russia’s Air Force for another 15 years, says Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. In a report in ITAR-TASS, Rogozin said the aircraft “cannot be compared to any other aircraft.”

 

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The Mikoyan MiG-31 (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) is a long-range all-weather supersonic interceptor aircraft.

Production of MiG-31 began in 1979. Since then, the aircraft has been improved, modified and adjusted to new combat tasks.

As of early 1992, the CIS air defence units had over 200 aircrafts of the class. China bought 24 aircrafts.

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 16:40
Chasseur Su-30SM Photo groupe Irkout

Chasseur Su-30SM Photo groupe Irkout

 

MOSCOU, 12 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le prix d'un avion de combat russe dernier cri, tel qu'un Su-34,  Su-30 et Su-35, dépasse un milliard de roubles (20,7 millions d'euros), a annoncé mardi aux journalistes le commandant en chef de l'Armée de l'air russe, le général Viktor Bondarev.

 

"Notre armée s'équipe de matériel sophistiqué dont le prix est énorme, un avion Su-30, Su-35, Su-34 coûtant plus d'un milliard de roubles", a indiqué le général dans une interview accordée à la chaîne télévisée Rossia-24.

 

Selon le général, l'exploitation efficace de ces avions nécessite un réseau moderne d'aérodromes. Actuellement, près de 150 aérodromes sont exploités en Russie, la plupart ayant été construits à l'époque soviétique.

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:40
Following Sanctions, Russia Turns to China for Defense and Aerospace Equipment

 

August 12, 2014 By Ankit Panda – The Diplomat

 

Given increasing Western sanctions, Moscow turns to Beijing for its defense and aerospace needs.

 

Facing sanctions from the West for its actions in Ukraine earlier this year, including the annexation of Crimea and supporting Ukrainian separatists, Russia will increasingly turn to China for its military and aerospace components. According to RIA Novosti report citing a Russian-language report by Izvestia, “Russian aerospace and military-industrial enterprises will purchase electronic components worth several billion dollars from China.” The information is based on a source “close to Roscosmos, Russia’s Federal Space Agency.”

According to the Roscomos source: “[Russia does] work with the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) … Its institutions have already offered us a few dozen items, representing a direct alternative to, or slight modifications of the elements [Russia] will no longer be able to acquire because of the sanctions introduced by the United States.” Currently, Russia’s extensive military and aerospace industries do not source their components in China. “Over the next two, two-and-a-half years, until Russian manufacturers put the necessary space and military electronic components into production, plans call for the purchase of such items from China amounting to several billion dollars,” the source adds.

Additionally, according to Andrei Ionin, chief analyst at GLONASS Union, “establishing large-scale cooperation with Chinese manufacturers could become the first step toward forming a technology alliance involving BRICS member states.”

If Russia is indeed looking to China for military and aerospace components, it further signals that the Beijing-Moscow relationship continues to tilt in the former’s favor. The recent $400 billion natural gas deal between the two sides also showed another aspect of the changing dynamics in bilateral relations. Reports suggest that Moscow acquiesced to Beijing’s price demands in order to seal a 30-year deal.

Moreover, while Western sanctions will drive Russia and China closer together, they are not the only reason for the strategic convergence between these two countries. Both Russia and China have increased their cooperation in recent years and work together at international forums, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Under the latest round of E.U. and U.S. sanctions over the ongoing Ukraine conflict, Russian financial institutions, defense firms, and energy companies are increasingly isolated on a global scale.

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:30
Kuwait receives first KC-130J tanker

 

6 Aug 2014 By: Craig Hoyle - FG

 

Lockheed Martin has delivered its first of three KC-130J tanker/transports to the Kuwait air force, providing the service with a new air-to-air refuelling capability.

 

Carrying the registration KAF 326, the short-fuselage aircraft will be followed by another two contained within a production order signed in 2010. These are to be handed over before the end of this year, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database.

Kuwait also has options on a further five Rolls-Royce AE2100D3-powered KC-130Js. It will use the type for tasks including supporting operations with its Boeing F/A-18C combat aircraft.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 17:40
Bombardier russe de 5ème génération: le premier vol en 2019

 

BALACHIKHA, 11 août - RIA Novosti

 

Le bombardier russe de 5e génération PAK DA effectuera son premier vol en 2019, a annoncé lundi lors d'une conférence de presse le commandant de l'Armée de l'air Viktor Bondarev.

 

"En 2019, il devrait effectuer son premier vol. La livraison devait débuter en 2021", a expliqué le responsable interrogé par les journalistes sur l'état d'avancement du projet. 

 

Il a antérieurement été annoncé que le bombardier PAK DA serait subsonique.  Il accomplira les missions réalisées actuellement par trois types d'avions à long rayon d'action: le Tu-160, le Tu-95MS et le Tu-22. Selon des données non officielles, le nouvel appareil sera doté d'une arme hypersonique. 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 16:50
Airbus Shares in Dassault Aviation

 

August 11, 2014 by Think Defence

 

Airbus have confirmed they are now actively looking to divest themselves of their 46% shareholding in Dassault Aviation.

 

With increasing defence cooperation with the UK and the intent of BAE to merge with EADS now ancient history would it make sense for BAE and Dassault to consider an increasingly closer relationship?

 

The two are already working on the joint French/UK FCAS unmanned combat aircraft study, the fit there is an obviously good one.

 

Would there be value in such a closer relationship.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 12:45
A400M - first plane for Royal Air Force - engine tests and taxying

 

11 août 2014 Airbus DS

 

The first Airbus Defence and Space A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Air Force has taken another step towards delivery with engine tests and taxying trials.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Deloitte Views for Aerospace & Defense: August 2014

 

August 2014 Deloitte Views for Aerospace & Defense


2014 Global aerospace and defense sector financial performance study

An analysis of the top 100 A&D companies’ financial performance in 2013

 

2014 Global A&D sector financial performance study

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s Global Manufacturing Industry group 2014 Global aerospace and defense sector financial performance study is an assessment of the 2013 financial performance of 100 major global aerospace and defense (A&D) companies using information from public company filings and press releases. The key financial indicators studied include sales revenue, operating earnings, and operating margin. The results presented in this study reveal important observations about the overall global A&D industry.

 

Key findings from the report

  • Global aerospace and defense sector growth slowed down in 2013, with the U.S defense subsector slowdown a key contributor
  • Top 10 global A&D companies rankings have changed from prior year, reflecting commercial aerospace growth
  • While the A&D sector becomes more global, U.S. companies continue to dominate. Europe is gaining momentum in revenue growth, but losing some ground in profitability
  • Profitability is improving across the global A&D industry
  • A&D sector share prices outpaced global equity indices

 

 

2014 Global A&D financial performance study - infographic

 

The infographic gives a summary of key financial indicators. It talks about the average performance of A&D companies in 2013:

  • Revenue: US$706 billion
  • Operating earnings: US$63 billion
  • Operating margin: 8.9%
  • Return on invested capital: 17.0%
  • Free cash flow: 5.1%
  • Number of A&D employees: 2,042,252

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:50
Drones : Un marché qui devrait doubler en dix ans

 

10 Août 2014 par Mathieu M. - generation-nt.com

 

Qu'on s'en inquiète ou qu'ils nous indiffèrent, les drones sont voués à s'installer dans notre vie active pour les années à venir. Un nouveau rapport indique ainsi que l'industrie liée aux drones devrait véritablement exploser dans les dix années à venir.

Actuellement, on estime à 6,4 milliards de dollars les sommes dépensées chaque année pour le développement des technologies liées aux drones à travers le monde. Un rapport publié par la Teal Group Corp, une société de recherche en aérospatial spécialisée dans les marchés de la défense, indique ainsi que le marché cumulé des drones commerciaux et militaires pourrait atteindre 11,5 milliards de dollars par an d'ici 2024.

 

Au cours des dix années à venir, ce sont 91 milliards de dollars qui devraient être investis dans le développement, les tests et la validation des technologies des drones.

 

C'est principalement le domaine de la défense qui devrait concentrer la majeure partie des investissements. L'armée américaine utilise déjà une large gamme de modules volants non habités pour ses différentes missions de surveillance, mais aussi pour des frappes stratégiques et de l'appui aérien.

 

Les USA ont également déjà commencé des tests sur la conversion d'anciens avions de chasse en modèles totalement contrôlables à distance ou autonomes. Le développement d'avions capables de remplacer un jour les pilotes est également bien avancé avec le programme X-45 Phantom Ray mené par Boeing et le X-47 Pegasus dirigé par Northrop Grumman.

 

Concernant le domaine civil, le marché ne représenterait actuellement que 11 % du total des technologies liées aux drones. Néanmoins, il faut s'attendre à voir les investissements augmenter dans les années à venir, le marché civil pouvant dépasser les 14 % du marché total  d'ici 2024.

 

Le rapport sépare l'usage de drones civils dans trois grandes catégories :

 

Les drones des gouvernements : Dans les dix années à venir, on devrait constater plus de drones utilisés dans le cadre de la surveillance des frontières, l'assistance aux forces de l'ordre, les programmes de recherche sur la vie sauvage.

 

Les drones commerciaux : Ils devraient être majoritairement utilisés dans l'agriculture, la cartographie aérienne, la prospection de ressources minières.

 

Les drones de loisir : Les drones volants se présentent comme un marché juteux pour les industriels visant le grand public. De quelques centaines à plusieurs milliers d'euros, les drones de loisir s'adressent de plus en plus aux simples amateurs comme aux professionnels de la prise de vue aérienne.

 

Malgré tout, le rapport stipule que l'évolution du marché du drone concernera avant tout les applications militaires et de défense. Principalement par le fait que les technologies les plus avancées devraient rester financièrement parlant hors de portée des consommateurs.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:35
Chinese Radar May Pierce F-35 Stealth Armor: Report

 

July 31, 2014 by Brendan McGarry -  defensetech.org

 

Increasingly sophisticated radar in China and Russia may soon be able to pierce the stealth armor on F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, according to a news report.

 

The stealth coating on the U.S.-made fifth-generation fighters shields the aircraft from high-frequency radars operating in the Ku, X and C bands and some of the S band, but not from low-frequency systems utilizing L, UHF and VHF wavelengths, according to an article by Dave Majumdar at USNI News.

 

China and Russia are now working to develop low-frequency radars with more computing power designed to track stealth aircraft with more precision — enough to target them with a missile, according to the report, citing an unnamed former senior U.S. Navy official.

 

“Acquisition and fire control radars are starting to creep down the frequency spectrum,” the official told USNI News. “I don’t see how you long survive in the world of 2020 or 2030 when dealing with these systems if you don’t have the lower frequency coverage.”

 

To be sure, the Defense Department is aware of the increasing sophistication of enemy air defenses, known in military parlance as anti-access, area-denial, or A2-AD, environments.

 

The Pentagon’s latest annual report to Congress on military and security developments in China notes the country is continuing its military build-up and views defense against stealth aircraft and drones as “a growing priority.”

 

The People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, has long sought to control the flow of information in the event of war to thwart data-hungry adversaries such as the U.S. It considers the strategy of “information dominance” a critical form of defense against countries that it views as “information dependent,” according to previous assessments.

 

Perhaps not surprisingly, the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, sent an uninvited spy ship, probably the type 815 Dongdiao-class intelligence collection vessel Beijixing (pennant number 851), to this year’s Rim of the Pacific exercise, according to an article by Sam LaGrone of USNI News.

 

China is participating in the event — the world’s largest naval exercise, held off the coast of Hawaii — for the first time this year, with four vessels.

 

The head of U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Samuel Locklear, this week described the presence of the surveillance ship as “a little odd,” though it “hasn’t created any difficulties in the exercise,” which ends Friday.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:30
Air Transportation: The Prince Of The Desert

 

August 8, 2014: Strategy Page

 

Egypt has ordered another eight C295 transport aircraft from the Spanish manufacturer. This will increase the Egyptian C295 fleet to 20 aircraft. Egypt began ordering this twin engine turboprop, 23 ton aircraft in 2010. The C295 can carry six tons for up to 2,200 kilometers. Top speed is 570 kilometers an hour and max payload is nine tons or 71 troops. Egypt received its first C295 in 2011 and already has six in service. Egypt likes the C295 because it is easy to maintain, stands up well to daily operation over long periods and copes with hot and dusty conditions. All this was confirmed by the first ones Egypt received, which were immediately put to work and performed satisfactorily.

 

So far over 150 C295s have been ordered by 19 countries. The C295 entered service in 2001. Egypt uses them for military and humanitarian missions, as do most nations that purchase the aircraft.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:20
NATO to upgrade AWACS fleet

 

8 Aug 2014 By: Craig Hoyle b- FG

 

NATO’s fleet of Boeing E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft is to undergo a digital flightdeck update, under a programme worth around $250 million.

 

Work in support of the upgrade has already been conducted by Boeing under an engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase contract involving one of NATO’s 707-derived AWACS platforms. Flight testing with the enhanced aircraft is due to commence in the fourth quarter of this year, with the asset to be returned to use in December 2015.

 

“The new technology ensures compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements, giving the aircraft broader access to airspace around the world,” says Boeing. Other advantages of the new avionics package (pictured below) include improved access to engine, navigation and radar data, which enables a reduction from four to three flightdeck personnel.

 

Modifications to a further 13 of the NATO fleet will begin in 2016, with the programme scheduled for completion in 2018. The alliance’s E-3A component has 17 of the type, which are based at Geilenkirchen in Germany.

 

Boeing also will perform the same avionics update on one of the US Air Force’s AWACS aircraft from November, as part of the same EMD contract placed by NATO. Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database records the service as having 30 E-3B/Cs in use.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 17:50
F-35B Successfully Completes Wet Runway And Crosswind Testing

 

01 August 2014 Eric Schnaible - RAF

 

Fort Worth, Texas, July 30, 2014 – In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability (IOC) certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

 

“This testing is absolutely critical to 2B flight software fleet release and the Marine Corps’ IOC,” said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. “Collectively, the results support clearing the 20 knot crosswind envelope for Conventional Take Off & Landings (CTOL), Short Take Offs (STO) and Short Landings (SL), with ideal handling quality ratings and meaningful improvement over legacy 4th generational fighter aircraft.”

 

The testing, completed in 37 missions during a 41-day period, achieved 114 test points, including 48 of 48 wet runway test points, four of four performance STOs, 12 of 18 unique flight test conditions for STO, 19 of 23 unique flight test conditions for SLs and all directional control and anti-skid wet runway testing. All testing was performed with BF-4, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

 

In other achievements, four aircraft surpassed flight hour milestones, demonstrating program maturity and reliability: F-35C aircraft CF-1 and F-35A aircraft AF-4 achieved 500 flight hours, and F-35C aircraft CF-5 achieved 100 flight hours.

 

The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries. Following the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned July 2015 IOC, the U.S. Air Force and Navy intend to attain IOC in Aug. 2016 and 2018, respectively.

 

Group Captain Paul Godfrey, the Royal Air Force officer responsible for entry into service of the aircraft, which will be known in the UK as Lightning II said: ‘’The achievement of yet another important milestone within the F-35B programme continues to cement the foundations of the UK Initial Operating Capability in 2018. Although crosswind limits and runway conditions do not often get attention outside of specialist forums, the ability to be able to land and take off in a range of weathers is critical to the operational capability of the aircraft. To be at this level early in the development of the aircraft is a huge step forward and has already surpassed legacy STOVL aircraft limitations, which is testament to the next-generation flight control software on the F-35 and the ease of operation for the pilot.’’

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:50
BAE chairman quietly gets to grips before sorting succession

 

09 Aug 2014 By James Quinn, Executive Business Editor

 

Sir Roger Carr is progressing his plans at the British defence giant.

 

When Sir Roger Carr took over as chairman of BAE Systems, few in the City were surprised. Having served his dues as chairman of Cadbury and Centrica among others, the City grandee was more than ready to take on the challenge at one of the great companies of state.

In the aftermath of the British defence giant’s failed merger talks with European rival EADS, and after predecessor Sir Dick Olver’s steady 10-year reign, it was perceived by some that the arrival of Sir Roger in February heralded a series of significant changes at the FTSE 100 company.

But, despite those perceptions, the external changes have been few.

 

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:35
Defence Minister Confirms Livefist Report, Rings Death Knell For Intermediate Trainer

 

August 5, 2014 by - Livefist

Confirming a series of reports here on Livefist on devastating trouble for HAL's indigenous HJT-36 Sitara intermediate jet trainer, Indian defence minister Arun Jaitley today told Parliament that critical problems with the platform had forced the Indian Air Force to look for a foreign replacement.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:35
CAS Aircraft to be Armed with Precision Guided Munitions

The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft and will be armed with precision guided munitions (photo : missionreadyat-6)

 

9 Aug. 2014 Defense Studies

MANILA (PNA) -- In line with its efforts to make its close air support (CAS) aircraft more capable, the Department of National Defense (DND) has said the plane will be armed with precision guided munitions, a kind of weaponry that can be guided by lasers to its targets.

In a supplemental bid bulletin posted on the DND website, it said this capability must be present in the designs which will be submitted by prospective bidders to the P4.9-billion CAS aircraft project.

Bid opening and submission for the CAS project has been reset to Oct. 3 from the original date of Aug. 11.

In connection with this, DND Special Bids and Awards Committee-1 chair Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said that a second pre-bid conference will be held this coming Sept. 15.

This will be held at the DND Bidding and Awards Committee Conference Room, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Bid opening and submission will also take place at the same place.

The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft to replace or beef up the Philippine Air Force's existing Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" turboprop attack planes.

CAS refers to the capability to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy.

Funding for this weapon system will be sourced from the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.

Manalo earlier said that the contract includes integrated logistic support system.

Winning bidders must be able to deliver the aircraft within 540 calendar days from contract effectivity.

Participants in the DND's CAS project must have completed a similar program within the last 10 years.

Manalo added that the CAS aircraft must be used by the countries offering and manufacturing them. 

(PNA)

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 11:50
German A400 introduction takes shape

 

6 August -  EATC-   News & Press updates

 

The wings came from the United Kindom, fin and hull from Germany - and the cockpit was manufactured in France. Brought to Seville in Spain, where all aircraft parts are fixed together to one unit and where this video has been recorded: The first German A400M on the assembly line.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 07:55
17,8 millions de dollars pour améliorer les capacités des Awacs français

 

01.08.2014 par Philippe Chapleau – Lignes de Défense

 

Le Pentagone a diffusé un avis d'attribution concernant les Awacs français qui vont bénéficier d'une remise à niveau de leurs capacités radar.

 

Boeing assurera ces travaux à Seattle. Ils s'inscrivent dans un contrat en cours de modernisation des avions de guet aérien français dont la valeur totale est de 378 millions de dollars.

 

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, has been awarded a $17,858,824 firm-fixed-price, incentive-firm modification (25), on delivery order 0067 to F19628-01-D-0016 for E-3F enhancements. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $378,494,386. The contract modification is for the full Mode 5 and Mode S-FAA radar capabilities for incorporation into the French Air Force mission and ground system suite. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2017. This contract supports 100percent foreign military sales for France, and $17,858,824 will be obligated at time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Operating Location, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 07:20
Lockheed Wins $117M for C-130J Production

 

August 08, 2014 defense-aerospace.com/

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued August 06, 2014)

 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $116,717,704 firm-fixed-price modification (P00001) to FA8625-14-C-6450 for advance procurement funding for long lead parts for production aircraft associated with 14 fiscal 2015 C-130J aircraft.

 

Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 advance procurement funds in the amount of $116,717,704 are being obligated at time of award.

 

Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center/WLNNC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 18:20
Grand Forks AFB Hosts First Integrated UAV Flight

 

Aug. 08, 2014 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: US Air Force 319th Air Base Wing; issued Aug. 01, 2014)

 

GRAND FORKS AFB, N.D. -- The 319th Operations Support Squadron supported a milestone in unmanned aerial vehicle aviation Aug. 1.

 

For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration authorized two UAVs to operate simultaneously in a traffic pattern of unrestricted airspace.

 

"This is the result of a year and a half of planning between the 119th [Wing], 69th [Reconnaissance Group], 319th OSS and [U.S. Customs and Border Protection]," said Tech. Sgt. Nick Stegman, 319th OSS assistant chief controller.

 

While two unmanned aircraft operating simultaneously in close proximity in the same unrestricted airspace is a first for the base, Stegman emphasized the real significance of the flights.

 

"We're creating a stepping stone for the [Federal Aviation Administration] to integrate UAVs into the national airspace," he said. "This isn't just for us."

 

In further evidence of collaboration, the two MQ-9 Predator Bs that flew belong to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

 

"To be first to have two unmanned aircraft in the same airspace is something we wanted to do for a while," said Jeffrey Deem, CBP lead flight operations specialist. "Having that restriction off, we are able to have positive outcomes for both the Air Force and Customs and Border Protection."

 

Monitoring the flight was Airman 1st Class Cole Nesbitt, 319th OSS air traffic control journeyman, and Senior Airman Kyle Thwing, 319th OSS air traffic controller. They both recognized the great responsibility they were taking on, as they were solely responsible for keeping the aircraft separate and avoiding a collision.

 

"I think it's awesome to be part of history," said Nesbitt. "Hopefully this will lead to bigger and better things. This is where it starts."

 

For Thwing, the morning's flights held an extra unexpected significance. During the pattern, a manned civilian aircraft requested permission to do a brief runway approach which Thwing seamlessly worked in.

 

This not only meant that the first integration of manned and unmanned aircraft had just taken place; it also earned Thwing his FAA control tower operator certificate.

"I was not expecting that," Thwing said afterward. "You just have to go with it and take opportunities when they come."

 

Leadership of the 319th Air Base Wing, 319th Mission Support Group and 319th OSS were also on hand to watch the proceedings. As they left the tower, they left proud of the accomplishments of both their Airmen and their mission partners.

 

Lt. Col. Jonathan Castellanos, 319th OSS commander, said, "I'm extremely proud of the hard work and professionalism of the 319th OSS controllers in enabling this historic event."

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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 12:40
Russie: des chasseurs Su-30M2 livrés à l'Armée de l'air

 

MOSCOU, 5 août - RIA Novosti

 

L'avionneur Sukhoï a remis aux Forces aériennes russes un nouveau lot de chasseurs polyvalents de type Su-30M2, a annoncé le service de presse du groupe.

 

"Dans le cadre de l'exécution de la commande militaire d'Etat pour l'année 2014, la compagnie Sukhoï  a remis aux troupes un lot de chasseurs polyvalents", a informé la source sans toutefois préciser le nombre exact d'appareils.

 

Testés par des pilotes militaires, "les avions ont mis le cap sur leur lieu de déploiement. Cette année, plusieurs autres appareils de ce type seront livrés aux Forces aériennes russes", indique en outre l'avionneur dans un communiqué de presse.

 

Conçu sur la base du chasseur Su-30, le Su-30M2 est un avion de combat à longue portée.

 

Il a été antérieurement annoncé que plus de 30 appareils de combat seraient livrés au district militaire de l'est.

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Nigerian Air Force receives King Airs

 

08 August 2014 by defenceWeb

 

The Nigerian Air Force has taken delivery of three King Air light transport aircraft and has reportedly ordered 40 new helicopters as it continues its expansion.

 

The three King Air 350is were seen transiting the Canary Islands during their delivery flight on July 30. The aircraft were acquired “in line with the transformation agenda of the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Armed Forces [of the] Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,” the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said in a statement.

 

The aircraft were handed over to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, by Scott Plumb, the Vice President Sales, Middle East, Textron Aviation Austria, at the 209 Executive Airlift Group’s Hangar at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.

 

Amosu stated that the acquisition of the King Airs will go a long way in boosting the airlift capacity of the NAF. “It will also go down memory lane that the entire aircraft in the NAF inventory were all reactivated under the present administration.” Amosu said that additional platforms were expected in the future.

 

“We are happy with the operations branch of the Service, our training is going on well and it will continue so. We need to be ready for training and retraining with a desire to appropriately sustain the system,” he added.

 

Regarding training, the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (NAFIT) has apparently developed a light trainer aircraft called Farawa 2. NAFIT chief Air Vice Marshal Toni Adokwu this week made the revelation during a graduation ceremony at the institute, reports the Daily Trust.

 

“Currently, the NAF is faced with the challenge of high unserviceablility status of its primary trainer aircraft, the Air Beetle aircraft, which is equally a light trainer aircraft. Some of the problems associated with the aircraft include the high engine temperature and uncomfortable seats for instructors and student pilots. We believe the design and construction of this new trainer aircraft would address some of the challenges and ultimately address the issue of aircraft unserviceability,” Adokwu said.

 

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has apparently ordered 40 helicopters for attack and transport duties from the United States and Russia. This Day said the helicopters could start arriving as early as this month and the remainder could arrive by the end of the year.

 

"The arrival of the weaponry before the end of the year will be a game changer as it will help to ensure successful execution of the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, especially against the Boko Haram terrorists,” This Day quoted a source in the Presidency as saying.

 

It was earlier reported that Nigeria is receiving two helicopter gunships, most likely Mi-35s. The Nigerian Budget Office this year allocated funds for six Mi-35M helicopters.

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Boeing Delivers 15th Production P-8A Poseidon to US Navy

 

Aug 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

The 15th P-8A Poseidon built by Boeing [NYSE: BA] arrives at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it will help expand the U.S. Navy’s long-range maritime patrol capabilities.

The aircraft, delivered on schedule July 31st, joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews in preparation for deployment.

The delivery follows Patrol Squadron (VP) 16’s recent return home from the P-8A’s first operational deployment. The ‘War Eagles’ of VP-16 were deployed for seven months, operating out of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. They were recently replaced by the ‘Mad Foxes’ of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5.

Boeing is currently on contract to build and support 53 P-8A aircraft. The Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As, which are based on the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 platform. The versatile multi-mission aircraft provides anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and will replace the Navy P-3 fleet.

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