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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 08:35
Inde, le Tejas l’épine dans le pied du Rafale!

 

03/08/2014 Avia news

 

New Dehli, l’avion de combat indien HAL Tejas MkI va recevoir son  approbation opérationnelle finale (FOC) d’ici 2015, en parallèle, le Tejas MKII est attendu pour 2020.

L’arrivée tant attendue de l’avion de combat indien, pose dorénavant un vrai problème sur la finalisation du contrat Rafale, nous allons voir ici, les détails de ce feuilleton.

 

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6 août 2014 3 06 /08 /août /2014 19:50
Boeing Wins Upgrade Contract for NATO AWACS


Aug. 6, 2014 – Defense News
 

WASHINGTON — Boeing has been awarded a $250 million contract to upgrade NATO’s fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, the company announced Wednesday.

The avionics upgrades, designed to meet compliance with future aircraft regulations, will go on 13 of the 17 AWACS operated by the alliance. Those modifications will begin in 2016 with a 2018 completion date.

Perhaps most notably, the upgrades will also reduce the number of crew used on each plane from four to three, which will help reduce operating costs.

“Increasing airspace access means greater mission efficiency by saving time and fuel during operations,” Jon Hunsberger, Boeing AWACS program manager, said in a press release announcing the news. “The improvements also provide the pilot and co-pilot user-friendly and customizable engine, navigation and radar data.”

This is the second major upgrade for the NATO AWACS fleet announced in the last month.

At July’s Farnborough International Airshow, simulation company CAE announced it had been awarded a contract to upgrade NATO’s simulators. That deal is worth around $20 million, according to a source familiar with the agreement.

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6 août 2014 3 06 /08 /août /2014 11:20
F-35(top) and F-22(bottom)

F-35(top) and F-22(bottom)

 

04 août 2014 Par Julien Bergounhoux - Usinenouvelle.com

 

Les progrès des technologies radars à basses fréquences risquent à court terme de fortement diminuer l'utilité des technologies de furtivité très coûteuses dont sont équipés les chasseurs de pointe des armées américaines.

 

Le développement de nouveaux radars par les armées russes et chinoises risque de remettre en cause la furtivité tant vantée (et particulièrement coûteuse) des F-22 Raptor et F-35 Lighting II américains. Ces deux chasseurs sont conçus de manière à être pratiquement invisibles aux radars de ciblage utilisant des hautes fréquences (sur les plages de fréquences Ku, X, C et partiellement S), mais ils ne sont pas optimisés pour échapper aux radars à basses fréquences (par exemple les longueurs d'ondes L, UHF ou VHF). [...]

 

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6 août 2014 3 06 /08 /août /2014 07:50
A400M - Teil 1: Die Fertigung

 

1 août 2014 Bundeswehr

 

 

Im spanischen Sevilla befindet sich zur Zeit der erste deutsche Airbus A400M in der Endmontage. Das hochmoderne Transportflugzeug wird die Transall ablösen. Mit mehr Leistung, mehr Zuladung und größerer Reichweite wird der A400M der Luftwaffe sowohl beim taktischen als auch beim strategischen Lufttransport wesentlich mehr Möglichkeiten bieten.

Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 08/2014 14E16503

Musik: Pick it up (Wally Gagel)

 

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Le constructeur du F-35 Lockheed Martin reste année après année le meilleur vendeur d'armes de la planète

Le constructeur du F-35 Lockheed Martin reste année après année le meilleur vendeur d'armes de la planète

 

05/08/2014 Michel Cabirol- LaTribune.fr

 

Année après année, l'américain reste toujours au sommet des groupes de défense. Thales entre dans le top dix, en se plaçant au 9e rang mondial, selon le classement annuel dévoilé lundi par le magazine américain "Defence News".

 

Indéracinable Lockheed Martin... Depuis l'an 2000, le groupe américain a toujours gardé la première place du classement annuel des groupes de défense dévoilé lundi par le magazine américain "Defence News". En 2014, le constructeur de l'avion de combat F-35 a encore très facilement repoussé ses poursuivants, notamment Boeing (32 milliards de dollars de ventes dans la défense en 2013) et le britannique BAE Systems (28 milliards de dollars), qui complètent le podium, en affichant un chiffre d'affaires 2013 dans la défense de 40,49 milliards de dollars. Une activité pourtant en baisse de près de 10 % par rapport à 2012.

Pour compenser la baisse de ses activités de défense, Lockheed Martin est entré sur le marché civil dans des domaines comme la gestion de trafic aérien, la formation et la simulation dans l'aéronautique, l'énergie... Basé au Maryland, le groupe a ainsi pu compenser la chute de son chiffre d'affaires dans la défense entre 2012 et 2013 (plus de 4,3 milliards de dollars). Au total, les ventes globales de Lockheed Martin ont seulement baissé de 1,8 milliard de dollars. Aujourd'hui le groupe américain ne réalise plus que 89 % de son chiffre d'affaires dans la défense, contre plus de 95 % en 2013 et 2012. En 2000, la défense ne représentait que 63 % de son chiffre d'affaires global.

 

Thales dans le "Top Ten"

Curieux paradoxe. Alors que le PDG Jean-Bernard Lévy veut orienter son groupe vers les activités civiles en raison de la baisse des budgets de défense des pays matures, Thales est revenu en 2014 dans le "Top Ten" des groupes de défense. Un classement inédit depuis 2007, année où Denis Ranque était encore à la tête du groupe d'électronique. Avec près de 11 milliards de dollars de chiffre d'affaires dans la défense (soit 56,30 % de ses ventes globales), le groupe français se classe à la neuvième place du classement des 100 premiers groupes de défense.

Il est bien sûr devancé par Airbus Group (7e rang), qui lui aussi se réoriente vers le civil. Le groupe européen, basé aux Pays-Bas, a réalisé 16,5 milliards de dollars de chiffre d'affaires dans la défense sur un total de 81,1 milliards. Deux fois moins que son rival américain Boeing, qui a enregistré 32 milliards de ventes dans le militaire. A noter la bonne performance du groupe naval DCNS qui entre dans le "Top 20" de ce classement avec un chiffre d'affaires de 4,6 milliards de dollars (16e rang). Ce qui n'est pas son meilleur classement (14e en 2003). Safran (23e), qui gagne deux places par rapport à 2013 (25e), Dassault Aviation (50e, contre 55e en 2013) et Nexter (63e, contre 70e en 2013) complètent les groupes français dans le Top 100 de ce classement de "Defence News".

 

Six américains dans les dix premiers

Ce n'est pas une surprise. Mais pour ceux qui ont envie de baisser la garde en Europe, cela rappelle un peu plus l'hégémonie des Etats-Unis sur le marché mondial des ventes d'armes, une activité de souveraineté nationale par excellence. Six groupes américains - Lockheed Martin (1er), Boeing (2e), Raytheon (4e), Northrop Grumman (5e), General Dynamics (6e) et United Technologies (8e) - sont parmi les dix plus grands groupes mondiaux de défense. Et parmi les 20 premiers, ils sont treize : outre les six premiers, L-3 Communications, Huntigton Ingalls Industries (construction navale), Honeywell, Textron, Booz Allen Hamilton (SSII), General Electric et Exelis (conglomérat).

Seuls quatre groupes européens parviennent à concurrencer les Américains dans les dix premiers groupes mondiaux de défense : BAE Systems (3e), Airbus Group (7e), Thales (9e) et enfin l'italien Finmeccanica (10e), qui a régressé de deux places entre 2014 et 2013. En outre, le Russe Almaz-Antey (systèmes de défense aériens, électronique) se glisse à la 12e place, le motoriste britannique Rolls-Royce à la 14e et DCNS à la 16e.

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 07:35
Gripen Makes Its Debut In Australia


05.08.2014 Saab Group
 

Gripen entered a new continent when the Royal Thai Air Force, RTAF, dispatched six of its twelve JAS 39 Gripen to the exercise Pitch Black 2014 in Australia, beginning 1 August and ending 22 August.

The Pitch Black exercise is held in a vast area in Northern Australia with Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal as the main base, together with RAAF Base Darwin. 

All six RTAF Gripen left its base Wing 7 at Surat Thani in Thailand on July 29, with scheduled stops at Singapore and Bali before its arrival at RAAF Base Darwin on July 30. 

Seven countries take part in the exercise – the host RAAF, Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), the United States Air Force (USAF), RTAF, United Arab Emirates Air Force and the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia. 

Over 110 aircraft and 2,300 personnel from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and France are due to take part in the exercise, among them a range of fighter aircraft. The RTAF Gripen are joined by F-18 A Hornet and F-18 F Super Hornet from RAAF, F/A 16 from USAF, F-16 Falcon and F-15 SG Eagle from RSAF and Mirage 2000-9 from the United Arab Air Force. 

Besides a fighter fleet, several support aircraft play important roles during the exercise, for example tankers like the KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-30 Multirole Tanker. Two AEW aircraft join as well, one Gulfstream 550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft from RSAF and one Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft from RAAF.  

During Pitch Black 2014 participants will conduct Offensive Counter Air and Defensive Counter Air missions, launched from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal. Exercise participants will utilise the Delamere Range Facility and Bradshaw Field Training Area.

Mission scenarios will progressively become larger and more complicated through the course of the exercise, requiring mission commanders to factor in a variety of air combat roles.

You can read more on the official website of Exercise Pitch Black 2014 here
 

 

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 16:20
US Air Force, Northrop Grumman Celebrate 25th Anniversary of B-2 Stealth Bomber's First Flight

 

PALMDALE, Calif., July 17, 2014 Northrop Grumman

 

For several goose bump-filled minutes today at U.S. Air Force Plant 42, it was July 17, 1989, all over again.

 

Just as they had on that historic day 25 years ago, several thousand Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employees, civic leaders and Air Force personnel stood along the company's southern fence line in Palmdale to watch a B-2 stealth bomber taxi onto Runway 25.

As the tailless, bat-wing-shaped jet made its final turn and paused, its four General Electric engines began to roar. Slowly at first, then faster and faster, the B-2 thundered down the runway. As it lifted off and rose gracefully into the western morning sky, so too did the cheers of the adoring crowd, many of whom had started their careers on the B-2 program during its 30-plus-year history.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Air Force's B-2 bomber, a key component of the nation's long range strike arsenal, and one of the most survivable aircraft in the world.

"For the past 25 years, the B-2 has been, and today continues to be, one of the most decisive and effective weapons systems for influencing our adversaries and defending America's interests around the globe," said Brig. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. "The B-2's ability to provide strategic deterrence capabilities to our nation's leaders -- and when deterrence fails, to deliver global power options -- is a testament to the talents of those who designed and built the B-2, and to the daily sacrifices of the airmen who fly, maintain and support the fleet."

Northrop Grumman conducted its 25th anniversary ceremony today on the tarmac near the facilities where every B-2 bomber was built and where every B-2 comes for a periodic wingtip-to-wingtip overhaul known as programmed depot maintenance.

Set against the backdrop of an operational B-2, the program included remarks by former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda; Bruce Hinds, former Northrop Grumman chief B-2 test pilot, who commanded first flight; Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven L. Basham, who co-piloted the first B-2 combat mission, and Duke Dufresne, a former B-2 program manager for Northrop Grumman and currently sector vice president, Operations for its Aerospace Systems sector.

"The B-2's maiden flight from Palmdale to Edwards Air Force Base lasted just over two hours, but it changed forever the tenor of long range strike and international diplomacy," said Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Today, the bomber personifies Northrop Grumman's innovation and imagination, and provides an enduring symbol of the company's commitment to the brave men and women who defend our nation."

Following takeoff, the B-2 pilots thrilled the audience by circling back over the Plant 42 at low altitude and performing a ceremonial "wing wave" for the crowd.

The B-2 can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons. It is the only aircraft that combines stealth, long range, large payload and precision weapons delivery in a single platform. The B-2's unique capabilities allow it to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and put at risk its most heavily defended targets.

Please visit www.northropgrumman.com/B-2 for the latest news and information about Northrop Grumman's work modernizing and ensuring the availability of the B-2.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company that provides innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

 

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
Eurofighter pilot highlights the brand new radar system

 

18.07.2014 by Airbus DS

 

Eurofighter Typhoon Capability Manager and pilot Paul Smith highlights the advantages of the new radar system.

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 07:55
EMB-121 Xingu reaches milestone of 30 years of operations with the French AF

 

Jul 17, 2014 ASDNews Source : Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A

 

Embraer Defense & Security this month celebrates the historic milestone of 30 years‘ operations of the EMB-121A Xingu with the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) and French Navy (Marine Nationale). The Xingu, operated by the French  Ecole de l’Aviation de Transport (EAT) from Airforce Base 702 in Avord, France, has, to date, been used to train more than 1,900 cadets from France but also pilots from Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Luxembourg, and Madagascar.

 

The EMB-121 Xingu first landed at Air Force Base 702 on March 29th, 1983 as a training aircraft replacement for the Dassault 312 Flamant. In 1984, the first batch of newly qualified pilots concluded their training. Since that time, over 330.000 flight hours have been flown by the 43 Xingus of EAT and today, a total of 33 aircraft remain in operation.

 

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
ATK and Alenia Aermacchi Successfully Complete Testing on Italian AF C-27J with Roll-On/Roll-Off Palletized Gun Systems

 

Jul 16, 2014 ASDNews Source : Alliant Tech Systems, Inc (ATK)

 

ATK (NYSE: ATK), announced that the ATK and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force (ITAF). The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK's side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon.

ATK and Alenia have completed phase one of ground and flight testing for the MC-27J.

 

The ITAF MC-27J aircraft was modified with an L-3 Wescam MX-15Di Electro-Optical and Infrared Turret mounted under the nose of the aircraft to support multi-mission applications such as a Gunship, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance(ISR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; various radio and data links and ATK's Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) palletized gun and mission control systems.

 

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
Storm Shadow on Italian Eurofighter Typhoon

Storm Shadow on Italian Eurofighter Typhoon

 

FARNBOROUGH, UK, 17th July 2014:  eurofighter.com

 

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH today (July 17th) confirmed that  NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, has placed an order with it to integrate the Storm Shadow long range attack missile onto the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Representatives from NETMA, Eurofighter, and the four core nations of the Eurofighter Programme (the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Germany) convened for the Contract Signing Ceremony in the Eurofighter Pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show on Thursday.

Under the terms of what is known as a ‘Contract 4’ order from NETMA,  Eurofighter will work with the three Eurofighter Partner Companies (BAE Systems, Airbus Space & Defence, and Alenia Aermacchi) and their supply base – including MBDA, the makers of the Storm Shadow missile - to integrate the weapon on the aircraft. The Contract will form part of what is known as the P2E enhancement package. Flight trials with Storm Shadow on Typhoon have been progressing since late 2013 and, working with Eurofighter operators, we expect to deliver an operational capability in line with their requirements.

Storm Shadow is a long range, all-weather, high precision, stand-off weapon already in service on Royal Air Force Tornados. It has been proven in operations to great effect in Iraq and Libya neutralising hardened command bunkers and other high value targets. The stealthy weapon design allows it to penetrate layered air defences whilst the long range of Storm Shadow allows it to be launched outside those defences increasing the launch aircraft survivability.   

In the deep attack role Eurofighter Typhoon will carry two Storm Shadow missiles whilst maintaining the ability to carry 8 air-air missiles. This will enable Eurofighter Typhoon to fight its way in and out of the combat area. 

Graham Farnell, General Manager of NETMA said: “We are delighted to be able to place this Contract with Eurofighter and we look forward to still further enhancements as the Programme progresses.”

Alberto Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter, said: “This is yet further evidence of a solid roll-out of capability from Eurofighter and also demonstrates the value of forward investment by industry to ensure a progressive and pro-active approach to weapons systems enhancement.”
 

Background information:

Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced new generation multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft currently available on the world market. Seven nations (Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman) have already ordered the Eurofighter Typhoon. Eurofighter Typhoon is currently the largest military procurement programme in Europe. 

Its high technology strengthens the position of European aerospace industry in the international market. The programme secures more than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH manages the programme on behalf of the Eurofighter Partner Companies Alenia Aermacchi, BAE Systems and Airbus Defence and Space in Germany and Spain, which are the most important aviation and aerospace companies in Europe.

Since delivery of the first Eurofighter Typhoon to the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom end of 2003, a total of 412 aircraft have been delivered to six nations. The 100th Eurofighter was delivered to the Royal Air Force in September 2006. The 200th aircraft was handed over in November 2009 to the German Air Force. The 300th aircraft was delivered to the Spanish Air Force in November 2011 and the German Air Force received the 400th Eurofighter in December 2013.

In the past 10 years the Eurofighter fleet has demonstrated its high operational effectiveness in international missions and training exercises and has accumulated more than 250,000 flying hours.

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BAE Unveils Digital Striker II HMD System with Superior Tracking, Night Vision Capabilities

 

 

Jul 16, 2014 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

With decades of combat-proven experience, BAE Systems’ display technologies continue to grow with the newfully digital solution that provides today’s combat pilot with exceptional night vision and target tracking technology, integrated within a visor-projected system.

 

BAE Systems today unveiled its Striker® II Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD), a fully digital solution that provides today’s combat pilot with exceptional night vision and target tracking technology, integrated within a visor-projected system. With decades of combat-proven experience, the new platform-agnostic Striker II HMD builds upon BAE Systems’ current Striker HMD, which has been successfully deployed on Eurofighter Typhoon and Gripen fleets.

 

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Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft refuels Airbus A400M

 

16/7/2014 Airbus DS

 

First “wet contacts” conducted in latest trials.

 

Airbus Defence and Space has performed the first air-to-air refuelling of the Airbus A400M new generation airlifter from the A330 MRTT Multi Role Transport Tanker. In the course of four flights, by day and night, in southern Spain, the A400M received more than 80 tons of fuel in 100 “wet contacts” from a Royal Air Force Voyager version of the A330 MRTT using the tanker´s Fuselage Refuelling Unit. The trials follow dry contacts conducted in an earlier test-phase and support the A400M´s capability to conduct extremely long-range non-stop deployments. The photo shows the two aircraft framed by the wing of an F-18 chase aircraft.

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17 juillet 2014 4 17 /07 /juillet /2014 12:20
The F-35 Will Not Appear at Farnborough


17 juil. 2014 British Forces news

 

A new fighter aircraft to which the Ministry of Defence is committed has been ruled out of appearing at the Farnborough air show. A grounding of the F-35 by the Americans following an engine fire in Florida last month meant the combat aircraft was unable to arrive for the start of the seven-day Farnborough show yesterday.

Although the grounding has now been lifted, restrictions placed on flights means that the F-35 will not be able to fly over from the USA for any part of the show in Hampshire which ends on Sunday. The grounding meant that the F-35 was unable to appear when the Queen officially named the Royal Navy's newest, and biggest, aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth earlier this month.

An appearance by the F-35 at last weekend's military tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire was also ruled out, although hopes remained that the aircraft could still arrive for some part of the Farnborough show. The US Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Admiral. John Kirby, said it was a "difficult decision" to cancel the hoped-for participation at Farnborough, but the Pentagon remained confident that any of the plane's technical issues can be fixed.

"While we're disappointed that we're not going to be able to participate in the air show, we remain fully committed to the programme itself and look forward to future opportunities to showcase its capabilities to allies and to partners," he said.

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16 juillet 2014 3 16 /07 /juillet /2014 17:51
nEuron (Dassault) – Taranis (BAE System)

nEuron (Dassault) – Taranis (BAE System)

 

July 16, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: joint release vie Snecma; issued July 15, 2014)

 

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom --- Snecma (Safran) and Rolls-Royce have welcomed the signature by the British and French Governments of a new Programme Arrangement which allows them to continue design work on engines for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), an unmanned combat air vehicle.

 

With the current two-year Demonstration Programme Preparation Phase to be completed in the coming months, the new agreement signed by the two governments will guide discussions on an upcoming contract for the Feasibility Phase. The aim of this new phase is to start more in-depth design studies, backed by increased funding.

 

The governments will provide £120 million to the six manufacturers teaming up on this project: Dassault Aviation, BAE Systems, Thales, Selex ES, Snecma and Rolls-Royce. The power systems companies are participating through their 50:50 joint venture, Rolls-Royce Snecma Ltd., established in 2001. Negotiations for the second phase should culminate in a contract notification by the two governments in the last quarter of 2014.

 

Since the launch of initial studies in September 2012, Snecma and Rolls-Royce have successfully combined their respective technological expertise and agreed workshare arrangements to satisfy challenging technical requirements of the propulsion and integrated power system.

 

Studies to date have focused on the development of the enabling propulsion technologies for the FCAS demonstrator, and the generation of electrical power for the aircraft's systems and sensors. The feasibility phase will enable both companies to expand their design studies based on new propulsion system concepts and technologies for at the operational aircraft.

 

Didier Desnoyer, Executive Vice President, Military Engines at Snecma, said: “The signature of this Programme Arrangement underscores our excellent relations with the project partners, and especially Rolls-Royce through our joint venture. Our technical teamwork has proceeded very smoothly over the last two years, and we are very pleased to be continuing our joint work on these extremely promising technologies. Our people are totally focused on achieving the optimum technical and industrial tradeoffs that will allow us to meet the ambitious goals of the French and British governments.”

 

Bob Stoddart, Rolls-Royce President, Customer Business – Defence, added: “Together Rolls-Royce and Snecma can bring both the technical expertise needed to develop this leading edge propulsion system capability and the experience of partnership that will enable its delivery on-time and on-budget. Today’s announcement further underlines the confidence that the Governments of the UK and France have in our ability to achieve this.”

 

Snecma designs, builds and sells propulsion systems for air and space, including a wide range of commercial engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally-friendly, led by the global best-seller CFM56 and the new-generation LEAP. The company also makes world-class military aircraft engines, as well as rocket propulsion systems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles.

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Talios - Multi-function targeting pods (updated)

 

15.07.2014 by Thales

 

Designed entirely around operational feedback from users, TALIOS is the latest addition to the Thales family. TALIOS is the first optronic pod to cover the entire critical decision chain from intelligence gathering to weapon delivery.

 

Capabilities range from deep strike with long-range missiles and bombs to air-to-air target identification and close air support, and include the rapidly emerging requirement of Non-Traditional Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (NTISR).

 

Key features

    Latest generation of high-resolution sensors and high-precision line-of-sight stabilization

    Wide-angle vision providing critical contextual information and making the pod a key component of the pilot’s visual environment throughout the mission.

    Open architecture and a high level of functional integration

 

All functions will be standard for both French and international customers. With its open architecture, the TALIOS pod is conceived as a ‘plug & fight’ system for integration on all existing and future fighters.

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Saab and ETPS sign new multi-year agreement for continued Gripen training

 

16 July 2014 Saab Group

 

Defence and security company Saab and the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), operated by QinetiQ, have strengthened their unique test pilot training partnership with the signature of a new multi-year cooperative agreement. Saab will support ETPS flight operations with the Gripen D fighter over a four-year period, from 2015 to 2018.

 

ETPS and Saab have signed a new, multi-year framework agreement for the provision and use of Gripen D fast-jet aircraft and associated requirements, for the ETPS fixed-wing European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) compliant Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer courses. The original agreement has been in place since 1999 and, under the terms of the new framework, Saab will support ETPS from 2015 until 2018. Ongoing Gripen activity for 2014 is already covered by the existing agreement between the two organisations.

 

Earlier this year ETPS transitioned from Gripen B to Gripen D which provides access to a very advanced fast jet platform with a unique systems testing capability. The use of this smart fighter aircraft is cemented in the new framework agreement and underlines the long-term commitment by ETPS to the Gripen platform.

 

“Since 1999 Gripen has trained more than 70 test pilots and provided more than 800 hours for the ETPS. Saab has a record of 100 per cent on-time delivery with a jet that is totally reliable. The relationship between Saab and the ETPS is something really unique. This new framework agreement streamlines our future work together, and affirms the commitment both sides have to our relationship. I see it as an important link between companies, and between countries, says”, Håkan Buskhe, Saab’s President and CEO.

 

“Professional flight test training delivered by ETPS is an important part of the Long Term Partnering Agreement with the UK MoD. ETPS provides a global customer base with world-class flight test training that underpins the increasingly complex nature of air test and evaluation”, says Leo Quinn, CEO of QinetiQ Group.

 

ETPS has been training test pilots and flight test engineers with Gripen since 1999. The Gripen aircraft gives students invaluable experience with an advanced, agile, fly-by-wire aircraft for handling and evaluation purposes. Flight operations are conducted at Saab’s Flight Test Department in Linköping, with ETPS instructor pilots flying under Saab supervision. Campaigns typically last for one week in May and four to five weeks in August and September. Saab provides

 

ETPS with supervisory pilots, the Gripen aircraft, logistics, ground support and facilities. Additional Saab SK 60 aircraft are also provided to act as radar targets for training.

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Test Pilots Provide Inside Look at F-35

 

16.07.2014 by Lockheed Martin

 

F-35 Test Pilots provide an inside look at the F-35's unprecedented capabilities using the F-35 full scale model at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.

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Farnborough : F-35's UK air show appearance ruled out

 

15.07.2014 By: Craig Hoyle - FG

 

The dramatic lifting yesterday of a grounding order on the Lockheed ¬Martin F-35 briefly raised hopes that the stealthy type could make a transatlantic dash to the show, but was followed by late news from Washington that the Joint Strike Fighter will not be able to visit the UK.

An airworthiness board convened by the US Air Force and US Navy on Monday had approved a return to flight order for the F-35 fleet, but under certain limitations. These included a new inspection interval for the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, and a restricted flight envelope. To remain in place until the root cause of a late June fire has been identified, the measures effectively made the trip to the UK impossible.

 

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F-35: The Complete Guide to the Joint Strike Fighter

 

source DefenceIQ

 

The F-35 Lightning II is Lockheed Martin’s 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth 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 ten other countries.

 

This guide is designed to give you an overview of the F-35 variants, some of the new technologies the JSF is adopting and which countries and companies are participating in the programme.

 

Lt Gen Christopher C. Bogdan, the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, has been confirmed as a speaker at the International Fighter conference, taking place in London in November.

 


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Farnborough Airshow: UK to invest £1.1 billion in counter terror capabilities says Cameron, but F-35 still grounded

 

07/14/2014  Andrew Elwell - DefenceIQ

 

British Prime Minister David Cameron today announced a £1.1 billion boost to the Armed Forces and the government's cyber secruity defences. The investment includes an £800 million intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance package to bolster Special Forces capabilities in response to the threat of global terrorism and hostage taking.

 

Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow, Cameron said the investment was possible thanks to the government’s cost-cutting measures and MOD’s careful management of its finances.

 

The new funding also includes an investment of £300 million in existing capabilities including a new E-Scan radar for Typhoon and the purchase of Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector.

 

“Having modern, technologically advanced and flexible armed forces to protect us and our interests is vital,” said Cameron.

 

“We are also taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people.”

 

Ahead of his appearance at Farnborough the PM wrote an article in The Telegraph warning against new threats and “unseen enemies.”

 

“There are those who believe we would be safer if we fundamentally retreated from the world,” wrote Cameron.

 

“They see new warships and military investment and imagine a Government bent on foreign adventurism. But the plain fact is that in the 21st century, you cannot defend the realm from the white cliffs of Dover.

 

“Terrorist plots hatched thousands of miles away threaten to cause harm on our streets. When fragile and lawless states fracture, migration flows can affect us right here.”

 

The Prime Minister also announced the establishment of a UK Defence Solutions Centre in Farnborough to bring together industry, with support from government, to develop the new defence technologies of the future and identify future market opportunities.

 

The investment is good news for the Armed Forces and Britain’s defence industry, not to mention being a welcome distraction from the F-35’s failure to appear at the show. The Joint Strike Fighter was due to make its international debut last week at RIAT in Gloucestershire but an engine fire in June grounded the entire fleet while investigations are carried out.

 

While said to be an isolated incident and “not a [long-term] setback to the programme” by Lt. Gen. Bogdan, it’s certainly another embarrassing hiccup for the F-35. However, fortunately Lockheed Martin is prioritising pilot safety ahead of the inevitable PR headache. That is the right decision.

 

Rarely mentioned in the media these days without being cited as the “troubled F-35 programme,” commentators and analysts are losing patience with the costly next generation fighter. A delegation of high profile politicians, including Frank Kendall, the DoD's chief weapons buyer, and F-35 industry representatives held a press conference at Farnborough to discuss the current state of the project.

 

They've had a decades-long staring contest with critics and remain absolutely steadfast in their commitment to the programme, despite finding it increasingly difficult not to blink.

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Avion ravitailleur : le KC-46 de Boeing devrait coûter plus cher

 

15 juillet 2014 Usinenouvelle.com

 

Boeing pourrait devoir assumer des coûts de développement nettement supérieurs à ses prévisions pour le KC-46, le futur avion ravitailleur de l'armée de l'air américaine, même si le contrat prévoit que le constructeur assume seul ces dépassements, a déclaré le responsables des achats du Pentagone.

 

Frank Kendall, secrétaire adjoint à la Défense des Etats-Unis, a déclaré à des journalistes dimanche soir que le programme évoluait convenablement mais que plusieurs événements imprévus se traduisaient par une augmentation de son coût.

 

Boeing et le Pentagone sont en désaccord sur le montant du dépassement potentiel, notamment parce que le constructeur estime que les coûts des essais en vol seront inférieurs aux prévisions de l'administration.

 

"Nous nous attendons bien à un dépassement que Boeing devra assumer", a dit Frank Kendall. "C'est simplement une question d'amplitude du dépassement. Nous considérons que le chiffre sera nettement plus élevé qu'ils ne l'ont admis jusqu'à présent."

 

Boeing n'a pas fait de commentaire dans l'immédiat sur le montant du dépassement.

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A400M arrives at Farnborough Airshow

 

14 juil. 2014 Airbus DS

 

A400M arrives at Farnborough Airshow

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F35 Horizontal Tails stress testing at Brough

 

14.07.2014 BAE Systems

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First paratrooping trials of the A400M - photo Airbus DS

First paratrooping trials of the A400M - photo Airbus DS

 

14 juillet, 2014 Frédéric Lert

 

Pendant que l’Allemagne fait du sport et que la France défile, Airbus annonce avoir réalisé une première série de tests de parachutages par les portes latérales sur son A400M. Des parachutistes espagnols (Airbus Military est basée à Seville, dans le sud de la péninsule) ont participé à ces essais qui se sont tenus en France et en Espagne. Le programme d’essais s’est étalé sur onze vols, le dernier permettant le largage de vingt soldats, dix par chaque porte latérale depuis une hauteur d’environ 450m. L’A400M peut recevoir jusqu’à 116 parachutistes équipés, soit deux fois plus qu’un Transall.

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