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3 novembre 2015 2 03 /11 /novembre /2015 14:50
photo Airbus DS

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3 nov. 2015 by Airbus DS

 

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed certification testing of the A400M new generation airlifter on a grass runway. Tests took place over a three week period at the airfield of Écury-sur-Coole in France in September and examined the aircraft’s behaviour on grass and natural soil runways.

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3 novembre 2015 2 03 /11 /novembre /2015 07:20
Boeing au pied du mur dans le militaire après une défaite cinglante

 

02.11.2015 Romandie.com (AWP)

 

New York (awp/afp) - Après avoir perdu l'énorme contrat du bombardier du futur aux Etats-Unis, Boeing est au pied du mur pour relancer ses activités de défense alors qu'un rebond des dépenses militaires n'est pas attendu avant 2020-2023.

Le constructeur aéronautique se retrouve aujourd'hui exclu des deux plus importants programmes militaires américains de la décennie après la défaite concédée face à Lockheed Martin pour l'avion de combat de nouvelle génération F-35.

Une situation inédite pour un groupe ayant produit les célèbres bombardiers B-17 et B-29 de la Seconde guerre mondiale et le B-52 qui s'est illustré pendant la guerre du Vietnam. Le bombardier B-1 qu'il fabrique aujourd'hui avait été conçu par Rockwell, acquis en 2001 par Boeing.

"Les activités militaires de BDS (Boeing Defense and Space, branche militaire NDLR) ne se portent pas bien", observe Loren Thompson du Lexington Institute.

 l'exception des hélicoptères d'attaque Apache et de transport lourd Chinook, BDS est face à une montagne de difficultés: les retards s'accumulent pour l'avion ravitailleur KC-46 et il est en train de fermer son usine californienne de production de l'avion de transport militaire C-17.

Faute de commandes suffisantes pour son chasseur F/A-18 Super Hornet, l'industriel risque de ne plus jouer les premiers rôles dans le segment des avions de combat, redoute M. Thompson.

 

- Suppressions d'emplois -

Conscient des enjeux, Boeing n'exclut pas de faire appel de la décision du Pentagone d'attribuer à Northrop le contrat estimé à environ 80 milliards de dollars sur le futur bombardier LRS-B (Long range strike bomber).

En attendant, l'avionneur doit trouver une solution d'avenir pour l'activité de production des avions militaires, héritage de l'acquisition de McDonnell Douglas, estime Rob Stallard de RBC Capital.

Si les revenus de BDS sont restés stables à environ 30 milliards de dollars - soit un tiers du chiffre d'affaires total de Boeing - en dix ans, les recettes de la part militaire ont en revanche dégringolé. Le nombre de salariés a fondu de 75.000 à 50.000.

Lors des quatre dernières années, Boeing a vu la valeur de ses contrats auprès du Pentagone passer de 21,5 milliards de dollars à 18,2 milliards, en raison des coupes dans le budget.

"L'ensemble de l'industrie de défense est en train de s'ajuster aux défis budgétaires de nos clients à travers le monde", explique à l'AFP Todd Blecher, un porte-parole de Boeing.

Les observateurs, qui ne s'attendent à une reprise des dépenses militaires qu'à partir de 2020 et 2023, parient sur une réduction de la voilure, une éventualité que le groupe de Chicago n'écarte pas.

Les sites de production de St Louis (Missouri, centre), qui emploient près de 15.000 personnes, vont en faire les frais. Le F/A-18 et le F-15, dont les cadences de production ont été abaissées récemment, y sont assemblés.

Après un geste du Congrès américain, la production du F/A-18 n'est assurée que jusqu'à 2017 et celle du F-15 jusqu'en 2020 grâce à des commandes de l'Arabie saoudite.

Le nombre de suppressions d'emplois pourrait être limité par la décision de Boeing, séduit par d'importantes subventions locales, de construire une usine de production de pièces de son gros porteur 777X dans la région.

 

- Grosse acquisition ? -

Boeing fonde ses espoirs sur les programmes T-X (remplacement des avions d'entrainement de l'Armée de l'Air américaine), Uclass (drone de combat embarqué pour la Marine) et sur les perspectives à l'export du KC-46.

"Le Japon voudrait passer commande", assure Todd Blecher et il est plus que probable que le groupe va participer à l'appel d'offres sur les avions radar de surveillance du sol JStars aux Etats-Unis et celui sur le remplacement du F/A-18C en Finlande.

L'avionneur compte en outre sur les versions militaires de ses avions civils (737 pour l'avion de patrouille maritime P-8A par exemple) et veut être, affirme-t-il, le principal interlocuteur du Pentagone pour les très lucratifs services de maintenance.

Le développement des satellites militaires et civils est également un relais de croissance qu'examine Boeing mais l'industriel doit, estiment les analystes, acquérir un acteur majeur de l'industrie comme Northrop Grumman pour véritablement relancer ses activités militaires. Cela lui permettrait de récupérer le programme de bombardier lourd.

Boeing se refuse à commenter, une réticence sans doute due au fait que le secrétaire américain à la défense Ash Carter a prévenu en septembre qu'il s'opposerait à la consolidation de grands acteurs par souci de concurrence.

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2 novembre 2015 1 02 /11 /novembre /2015 08:20
Jeff Babione Named F-35 Program Leader

 

Oct 29, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) announced today that Jeff Babione has been named the executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 Program, effective January 1, 2016. Babione succeeds Lorraine Martin who has been appointed to the newly created position of deputy executive vice president, Mission Systems and Training (MST).

As head of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 team, Babione will lead development, production, and sustainment efforts across the three F-35 variants for 13 military services in nine partner countries and a growing list of foreign military sales customers. Under his leadership, the F-35 team will focus on completing the System Development and Demonstration Program, ramping up production and supporting the Initial Operational Capability of the U.S. Air Force in 2016 and the U.S. Navy in 2018.

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1 novembre 2015 7 01 /11 /novembre /2015 12:30
Israel’s all-inclusive F-35I deal doesn’t grant full tech access

 

29 October, 2015 By James Drew – FG

 

Washington DC - Despite the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme’s “unique relationship with Israel,” the country has not been granted unfettered access to every component on the 33 aircraft it intends to purchase.

Tel Aviv is demanding much from the joint programme office (JPO), including a local maintenance, repair and overhaul facility and pilot and maintainer training with full-motion simulators, even though those types of capabilities are being centralised at planned regional F-35 centres in America, Asia and Europe. The Israeli Air Force has relative freedom to upgrade, modernise and weaponise its Boeing F-15s and Lockheed Martin F16s, and will have extended access to F-35 hardware, but there are still some aspects of the aircraft that will remain off limit, according to the US programme director. “It is a true statement that some portions of the F-35 are not releasable to any partners or customers on the F-35, not uniquely Israel,” says F-35 JPO head Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan. “Only the US services and US industry can do certain things on the airplane. That’s not unique." "[With Israel], is if there’s anything unique to put on the airplane, if we can let you do it we will, and if not we’ll work it, in your country or in the US. Israel should be able to do anything it wants to the airplane, sometimes with our help and sometimes not.”

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31 octobre 2015 6 31 /10 /octobre /2015 12:25
KC-390 resumes flight tests as defence unit rebaselines

 

27 October, 2015 By Stephen Trimble – FG

 

Washington DC - Embraer has flown the KC-390 again for the first time in eight months as the company’s Defence and Security business adapts to a devalued Brazilian currency and a slower development schedule for the new tanker-transport.

 

The flight on 26 October at Embraer’s test centre in Gaviao Pexioto, Brazil, ends an eight-month hiatus caused by a fiscal crisis in Brasilia. As the Real currency has devalued by 50% since the beginning of the year, the government had slowed payments to Embraer on a host of projects, but none bigger than the KC-390. Last July, Embraer announced signing an agreement with the Brazilian air force that extended the KC-390 development schedule by a year, with entry into service beginning in 2018. The agreement also included provisions to reimburse Embraer more than $370 million owed by the air force on the KC-390 so far. Meanwhile, company officials have also restructured the division to remain profitable despite sharply lower revenues as shown on the balance sheet, which is converted to suddenly much more valuable US dollars.

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30 octobre 2015 5 30 /10 /octobre /2015 17:56
Une organisation sur mesure pour faire grandir elsA

Simulation elsA d’un avion complet avec les jets des moteurs (elsA calcule aussi les écoulements internes, les écoulements externes autours de configurations mixant parties fixes et parties mobiles, en maillages structurés ou non structurés)

 

30.10.2015 - ONERA -  Aérodynamique numérique

 

L’ONERA a mis en place l'organisation opérationnelle ONERA_elsA, dédiée au développement du logiciel elsA au bénéfice d’Airbus, de Safran et de l’ONERA. Cette nouvelle organisation s’inscrit dans l’accord de coopération tripartite signé en mai dernier.

 

Le logiciel d’aérodynamique elsA a été créé par l’ONERA qui en est le maître d’œuvre. elsA capitalise depuis de nombreuses années les savoir-faire en aérodynamique, analyse numérique et génie logiciel des ingénieurs-chercheurs de l’ONERA, qui l’utilisent pour leurs études et recherches. Il est également déployé chez Airbus et Safran aussi bien pour leurs activités de recherche que dans leurs bureaux d’étude pour la conception.

Airbus, Safran et l’ONERA, ayant constaté  la convergence de leurs visions en termes de besoins, ont confirmé leur intérêt de poursuivre  le développement de cet outil de simulation numérique aérodynamique  avancée.

Aussi ont-ils souhaité concrétiser leur intérêt  par un accord de coopération (signé le 29 mai 2015). Cet accord est conclu pour une durée de trois ans, renouvelable. Il fait l’objet d’un financement partagé des trois partenaires.

Il faut souligner que le logiciel continue à être utilisé par des clients et par des partenaires de recherche, parmi lesquels on trouve des sociétés d’études et de services, des organismes de recherche et des académiques (Cenaero, Cerfacs, DynFluid,  ISAE, LMFA, UPPA…), des  industriels (EDF, MBDA…). L’ouverture à de nouveaux utilisateurs est possible.

Les activités d’ONERA_elsA sont pilotées par un directeur directement rattaché à la Direction technique générale de l’ONERA et sont réalisées principalement par les départements scientifiques concernés. Cette organisation dispose de locaux spécifiques adaptés au travail en plateau en particulier pour les activités de production du logiciel, de déploiement dans les chaînes de simulation et de support et maintenance. Elle permet l’accueil d’ingénieurs pour les activités de recherche et de validation pour les phases de travail en équipe, ainsi que l'accueil des partenaires industriels.

Une telle organisation est une première à l’ONERA.

Pour en savoir plus sur elsA :

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30 octobre 2015 5 30 /10 /octobre /2015 17:20
AF Announces KC-46A Preferred, Reasonable Alternatives

 

Oct 29, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Air Force

 

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, has been chosen as the preferred alternative for the first Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus main operating base, Air Force officials announced Oct. 29. The KC-46As are expected to begin arriving in 2019.

 

Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts; and Grissom ARB, Indiana, were named as the reasonable alternatives.

 

"It is absolutely critical that we replace our aging tanker fleet with the KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "I am pleased to announce Seymour Johnson AFB as the first Reserve-led location because it is a testament to the Air Force's commitment to the total force.

 

“We must use all three components -- active, Guard and Reserve -- operating cohesively and seamlessly as one team so we can realize the full potential of airpower."

 

James also explained the 179 planned KC-46A aircraft are just the first phase of a three-phase effort to replace the aging tanker fleet. The first phase of tanker recapitalization will complete deliveries in fiscal year 2028.

 

During detailed, on-the-ground site surveys of each candidate base, the major commands evaluated the bases against operational and training requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure, and manpower.

 

The site survey teams also developed cost estimates to bed down the KC-46A at each candidate base. The results of the surveys were briefed to James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, who selected the preferred and reasonable alternatives for this mission.

 

"Seymour Johnson (AFB) was selected based on operational analysis, results of site surveys, cost, and military judgment factors," said Jennifer Miller, the Air Force deputy assistant secretary for installations. “The primary drivers for selecting this location as the preferred alternative were its lower costs and its highly successful existing active-duty association, which will lead to the lowest active-duty manpower required to stand up the KC-46A Reserve unit.”

 

Selection of this total force unit will minimize costs and the challenge of fielding a new weapons system while simultaneously establishing a new active association.

 

"Bringing the KC-46A online is a huge first step in recapitalizing a tanker fleet that has been the world leader in air refueling for more than five decades," Welsh said. "The incredible Airmen who will fly this great machine, and the joint and coalition partners they support in contingency and humanitarian operations around the world, deserve the improved aircraft availability rates, reliability and capability it will bring to the fight. Rapid global mobility has always been a core mission of our Air Force; the KC-46A will help us take it to the next level!"

 

The Air Force will also ensure Reserve component involvement from day one by establishing active/Reserve associations at all U.S. main operating base locations.

 

“The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are vital to accomplishing our air refueling mission,” James explained. “Therefore, the ability to recruit for and maintain a strong Reserve component association was a major consideration in this basing action.”

 

“We will now begin the Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP),” Miller said. “We look forward to the inputs provided from the communities as we proceed through the environmental impact analysis.

 

“Once the requirements of the environmental impact analysis process are complete, the Air Force will make its final basing decision.”

 

Reasonable alternatives will continue to be evaluated during the EIAP. Subsequent KC-46 decisions will use similar criteria; therefore, candidate installations will likely compete for future continental U.S. basing decisions.

 

The KC-46A will provide improved capabilities, including boom and drogue refueling on the same sortie; worldwide navigation and communication; cargo capacity on the entire main deck floor; receiver air refueling; improved force protection and survivability; and multi-point air refueling capability.

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30 octobre 2015 5 30 /10 /octobre /2015 17:20
How much has Canada spent on the F-35 so far?

 

October 30, 2015 David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

 

All eyes will be on the new Liberal government to see how they withdraw from the F-35 program.

 

How much has Canada spent on the F-35?

 

Canada has been a participant in the Joint Strike Fighter Program since 1997 and has spent US $309.3 million to date to participate in the program, Jessica Kingsbury, a spokeswoman for Public Works and Government Services tells Defence Watch.

 

The figure is broken down as follows:

- Concept demonstration phase (1997 to 2001)—Canada has contributed approximately US$10.6 million;

- System development and demonstration phase (SDD) (2001 to 2018)—Canada has contributed approximately US$94.4 million to date;

- Production, sustainment, and follow-on development phase (2006 to 2051)—Canada has contributed approximately US$204.3 million to date.

- Public Works could not provide current information on Canadian firms involved in the F-35. But a 2014 government update noted a little more than 30 Canadian firms have active contracts. They have secured contracts worth $637 million US.

 

The F-35 became a major political headache several years ago for the Conservatives. Although the Liberal government originally signed on to a research and development program for the plane, the Conservatives significantly expanded commitment and later agreed to the purchase 65 of the planes.

 

The purchase was later put on temporarily on hold by the Conservatives after concerns were raised about the cost of the F-35 and how the procurement process was handled.

 

During the election campaign Justin Trudeau promised to withdraw Canada from the F-35 program if the Liberals formed the government.

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 17:50
Sweden Submits Gripen Bid to Croatia

 

October 28, 2015 By Swedish Defence - defencetalk.com

 

FXM, the Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency, responded today, Friday 23 October, to a request for information from Croatia concerning the procurement of Gripen aircraft.

 

The request concerns 8 to 12 newly built aircraft of the C/D model. The request for information that FXM responded to was sent from the Croatian Ministry of Defence in June this year. Sweden has had a positive dialogue with Croatia regarding the Gripen since the year 2007. With today’s answer FXM wishes to emphasize that Croatia is seen as a possible valuable future Gripen partner in an important region where other countries already are flying the Gripen. JAS Gripen is operational in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, South Africa and Thailand. Brazil has procured the next generation Gripen, Gripen NG.

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 12:20
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

27/10/2015 par George de Bonadona - Air & Cosmos

 

Le programme F-35 pourrait être malmené au Canada, allié pourtant indéfectible des Etats-Unis. Justin Trudeau, qui a été élu Premier ministre le 19 octobre, a fait la promesse que son pays se retirerait du programme F-35. Bien que le jeune fils de Pierre Elliott Trudeau n’ait pas encore pris ses fonctions, Washington a déjà manœuvré pour empêcher le Canada de quitter le couteux programme.  Car si Ottawa abandonne le programme de recherche et développement et l’achat des 65 appareils, Washington espère compenser cette perte par l’augmentation du prix d’achat unitaire de 1 million de dollars pour les autres pays acquéreurs. C’est ce qu’a déclaré le chef du programme F-35 au Pentagone, le Lieutenant Général Chris Bogdan de l’U.S. Air Force.

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28 octobre 2015 3 28 /10 /octobre /2015 08:35
T-50 aircrafts, co-developed by KAI and Lockheed Martin. Photo KAI

T-50 aircrafts, co-developed by KAI and Lockheed Martin. Photo KAI

 

Oct. 26, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

SEOUL -- The United States is reportedly blocking a $400 million plan by South Korea to sell KAI T-50 Golden Eagle trainer jets to Uzbekistan. The aircraft, co-developed in 2006 with Lockheed Martin, uses Lockheed Martin technologies -- including avionics -- and as such requires permission under the U.S. Arms Export Control Act for its sale to other countries. The Korea Times , quoting unidentified sources, says that permission has been refused.

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27 octobre 2015 2 27 /10 /octobre /2015 17:55
Financière de Courcelles muscle son pôle Aéronautique-Défense

 

27/10/2015 par Financière de Courcelles

 

Financière de Courcelles annonce l’arrivée de Noël Forgeard en tant que partenaire associé. Il a pour objectif de développer, au sein de Financière de Courcelles, le conseil en M&A pour les entreprises du secteur « Aéronautique-Défense ».

 

Forte de l’expertise incomparable de Noël Forgeard, Financière de Courcelles ambitionne de se positionner comme leader des opérations dans le secteur « Aéronautique-Défense ». Noël Forgeard sera assisté dans sa mission par Philippe Doré et Florian Jover.

 

Après avoir été en charge des dossiers industriels aux Ministères des transports et de la Défense, Noël Forgeard débute une carrière industrielle dans le groupe Usinor-Sacilor en occupant la présidence de filiales du groupe de 1981 à 1986. Président d’Ascométal de 1984 à 1986, il conduit le rapprochement de la Compagnie française des aciers spéciaux avec la SAFE, l’aciérie d’Ugine Fos et les aciéries de Pompey, avant d’engager la réorganisation de l’ensemble. De 1986 à 1987, il devient conseiller pour les affaires industrielles auprès du Premier Ministre Jacques Chirac.

 

Entré chez Matra en 1987, il se voit confier le poste de président des activités Espace et Défense. En 1992, il devient directeur de branche puis codirecteur général de Lagardère où il participe à la création de deux leaders européens aujourd’hui intégrés dans EADS, Matra Marconi Space, devenu Astrium, et Matra BAe Dynamics dans le domaine des missiles tactiques.

 

En 1998, il rejoint le GIE Airbus Industrie en qualité d’administrateur gérant, amenant Airbus à parité avec Boeing en termes de parts de marché. Il concourt à la création de la société intégrée Airbus, filiale d’EADS et de BAE, mène le début de son intégration opérationnelle et en devient le premier président de 2001 à 2005. Elu Manager de l’année 2003 pour le secteur Aéronautique par Business Week, il aura porté la profitabilité de la société de 5% à 11,5% du chiffre d’affaires, avec un niveau record de commandes (300 Mds$). Nommé en juillet 2005 coprésident exécutif d’EADS qu’il quittera en 2006, il négocie l’achat par EADS de la participation de BAE dans le capital d’Airbus.

Début 2011, il rejoint la société de conseil Arjil, spécialisée en fusions-acquisitions en tant qu’associé senior où il dirige la pratique « Aerospace and Defence ». Il y mène à bien huit opérations.

 

Noël Forgeard exerce par ailleurs des mandats d’administrateur chez Schneider-Electric, où il est membre du comité d’audit et du comité stratégique, ainsi qu’au PMU.

 

Né en 1946, Noël Forgeard est diplômé de l`Ecole Polytechnique et Ingénieur des Mines.

 

Dominique Auburtin, Président Directeur Général de Financière de Courcelles, déclare : « L’arrivée de Noël Forgeard est pour nous un honneur et un atout incontestable pour le développement rapide de Financière de Courcelles dans le domaine de l’Aéronautique-Défense. Après le rapprochement réalisé entre Financière de Courcelles et Financière de l’Epervier permettant d’atteindre une taille critique, la venue de Noël Forgeard renforce notre dynamique de croissance dans le conseil en M&A.».

 

Bertrand de Saint Remy, Administrateur Directeur Général de Financière de Courcelles, déclare : « Nous nous réjouissons de cette association avec Noël Forgeard. Cet homme de terrain a géré et développé de grands ensembles industriels, acteur durant sa carrière de vastes restructurations européennes. Il incarne parfaitement les deux piliers sur lesquels Financière de Courcelles fonde son développement : son ouverture internationale, force historique de Financière de Courcelles, et sa compétence sectorielle ciblée.».

 

A propos de Financière de Courcelles :

 

Suite au rapprochement de Financière de Courcelles et de Financière de l’Epervier en février 2015, Financière de Courcelles (www.financieredecourcelles.fr) est un acteur majeur, indépendant, du conseil en fusions-acquisitions

 

qui dispose d’une solide expérience des opérations transfrontalières, de compétences sectorielles fortes (ex : Aéronautique, Automobile, Énergie-Transports ou encore Santé) et d’une couverture mondiale à travers le réseau Global M&A Partners (38 firmes réparties dans 50 pays) dont elle est membre fondateur, partenaire exclusif en France et en assure la présidence (www.globalma.com).

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27 octobre 2015 2 27 /10 /octobre /2015 17:20
Boeing and Lockheed Martin Statement on U.S. Air Force Long Range Strike-Bomber Decision

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2015 – Boeing.com

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today released the following statement on the U.S. Air Force’s decision to award Northrop Grumman the Long Range Strike-Bomber contract:

 

The Boeing and Lockheed Martin team is disappointed by today’s announcement. We will have further discussions with our customer before determining our next steps. We are interested in knowing how the competition was scored in terms of price and risk, as we believe that the combination of Boeing and Lockheed Martin offers unparalleled experience, capability and resources for this critically important recapitalization program.

 

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. In addition, Boeing supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. The company’s products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training. Boeing employs more than 165,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. Company revenues for 2014 were more than $90 billion. Follow us on Twitter: @Boeing.

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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F-35 Lightning II CVN DT-II Wrap Up


23 oct. 2015 by US Navy

 

Two F-35C Lightning II aircraft from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) flexed their sea legs aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) during the second F-35C developmental test (DT-II) phase October 2-10, 2015. (U.S. Navy video courtesy of Lockheed Martin | Matt Short, Dane Wiedmann, Andrew McMurtrie, and Andy Wolfe.)

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23 octobre 2015 5 23 /10 /octobre /2015 16:35
photo Boeing

photo Boeing

 

23 October, 2015 By James Drew – FG

 

Washington DC  - Just months after being rejected by South Korea and weeks after first flight, Boeing’s KC-46A has been selected by Japan to supplement the nation’s KC-767 tanker fleet.

 

The announcement came from Japanese defence minister Gen Nakatani on Friday, and constitutes a significant win for Boeing after a troubled start to the next-generation tanker development programme with the US Air Force. The Pegasus tanker can almost see the end of its development phase, after achieving first flight 25 September from Paine Field in Washington, following a roughly nine-month delay. According to Boeing, KC-46 is particularly attractive to Japan as it will be capable of refuelling the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s planned fleet of Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey helicopters. Japan intends to procure three tankers for fielding in the 2020 time frame, at a cost of more ¥20.8 billion – about $173 million per tanker.

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 CEO of Airbus DS Explains Divestments, Problems, Plans


Oct 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: By Markus Fasse - Handelsblatt English edition; published Oct 15, 2015)

 

The head of defense and aerospace at Airbus talks about the future of the European aviation firm's troubled Eurofighter jet and A400M troop transport, and why the company is selling its military electronics division.

WHY IT MATTERS:
Airbus lacks critical political support in Germany for selling fighter jets to other countries.

FACTS:
-- Airbus Defence and Space is looking to sell its military electronics division.

-- The four-engine turboprop A400M Atlas military transport was plagued by early delays and cost overruns, and a fatal crash in May 2015.

-- Delivery of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets was temporarily suspended this week following the discovery of a manufacturing flaw in the fuselage involving rivet holes that had not been properly filed off.


The Airbus Defence and Space complex near Munich is undergoing renovations for the first time in 30 years. The company itself is undergoing a renovation of sorts too. It announced last year that it would sell several business units, including military electronics, to focus on its core areas of space, military aircraft and missiles.


Bernhard Gerwert, chief executive of the military aircraft and satellites division, has been working at Germany’s largest arms manufacturer since 1979, and is a confidant of Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders. He sat down with Handelsblatt to explain why the Eurofighter, despite its problems, will be around for a long time to come, and how the A400M military transporter can expect a growing customer base in the Middle East and Asia.


Handelsblatt: Airbus is selling part of its defense business in Germany. Is it no longer possible to make money in armaments?

Bernhard Gerwert: Two years ago, we reorganized our business and combined the defense and space sectors. They have €14 billion ($16 billion) in revenues and 40,000 employees. Now we are letting go of one sphere of business with a little less than €2 billion in sales, about half of which is in the defense sector. We are retaining the largest share, because we’re convinced that we will continue to be successful in the field of armaments.

Handelsblatt: Nonetheless you are giving up key competencies in defense electronics, including radar, target recognition and flight control systems.

Only a small segment of our production goes into our own airplanes and helicopters. The major share goes into the programs of our competitors. In comparison to our international competitors, especially in the United States, we are simply too small. So it makes more sense to get out of that field and concentrate on building airplanes, rockets and satellites.

Handelsblatt:Do you already have a buyer? Rheinmetall, the military technology and auto parts supplier, has made an offer.

We have many interested parties — purely financial investors and also strategic bidders. The German government is closely involved. It’s in the federal government’s interest that certain technologies and locations remain in Germany. (end of excerpt)


Click here for the full story, on the Handelsblatt website.


Click here for our related July 6, 2015 Op Ed: “How Long Will Airbus Stick with Defense?”

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photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS

 

Oct 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Airbus Defence and Space; issued Oct 14, 2015)

 

 The wings for the first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the Spanish Air Force have arrived at the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in San Pablo, Seville. These first large elements of the aircraft, known as MSN44, were transported by ship from the UK where they were made to St Nazaire, France and then flown to Seville inside a specially designed giant Airbus Beluga aircraft.

MSN44 will shortly enter into the final assembly process in preparation for its delivery to the Spanish Air Force in the second quarter of 2016.

The picture shows the wings being unloaded from the open nose of the Beluga into the FAL through a set of doors shaped around the contours of the Beluga.


Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Spanish executives of Airbus Defence and Space told Spanish media attending the wing delivery on Oct 14 that they plan to deliver 13 aircraft this year, “with the possibility of increasing it to 17 depending on the outcome of testing of a new configuration.)

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South Korea's fighter jet program being offered European engine

 

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (UPI)

 

South Korea's indigenous fighter jet program could overcome a technology transfer issue if Seoul elects a European contractor specializing in jet engines. Eurojet Turbo GmbH's chief executive said Thursday it could manufacture its EJ200 without U.S. components, thus enabling South Korea to export future fighter jets, Yonhap reported. In September, Seoul's Defense Acquisition Program Administration had said the United States had barred U.S. contractor Lockheed Martin from sharing some of the technologies that include an active electronically scanned array and a radio frequency jammer.

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A C-17 Globemaster III flies over Biggs Army Airfield, Texas, during Bold Quest 15-2 operations Oct. 2, 2015 - photo USAF

A C-17 Globemaster III flies over Biggs Army Airfield, Texas, during Bold Quest 15-2 operations Oct. 2, 2015 - photo USAF

 

October 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Justice; issued October 14, 2015)

 

The Boeing Company has paid the United States $18 million to settle allegations that the company submitted false claims for labor charges on maintenance contracts with the U.S. Air Force for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft, the Justice Department announced today. Boeing, an aerospace and defense industry giant, is headquartered in Chicago.

“Defense contractors are required to obey the rules when billing for work performed on government contracts,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Today’s settlement demonstrates that the Justice Department will ensure that government contractors meet their obligations and charge the government appropriately.”

The government alleged that Boeing improperly charged labor costs under contracts with the Air Force for the maintenance and repair of C-17 Globemaster aircraft at Boeing’s Long Beach Depot Center in Long Beach, California. The C-17 Globemaster aircraft, which is both manufactured and maintained by Boeing, is one of the military’s major systems for transporting troops and cargo throughout the world. The government alleged that the company knowingly charged the United States for time its mechanics spent on extended breaks and lunch hours, and not on maintenance and repair work properly chargeable to the contracts.

The allegations resolved by the settlement announced today were originally brought by former Boeing employee James Thomas Webb under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act. The act permits private individuals to sue on behalf of the government those who falsely claim federal funds, and to share in the recovery. Mr. Webb’s share of the settlement has not yet been determined.

The case was handled by the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Defense Contract Management Agency.

The False Claims Act lawsuit is captioned United States ex rel. Webb v. The Boeing Company, CV13-000694 (C.D. Cal.).

The claims resolved by today’s civil settlement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability.

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Israel receives upgraded C-130 transport

Israel is modernizing its C-130H fleet, Photo: Israeli Air Force.

 

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 14 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

A C-130 aircraft modernize by Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries has been delivered to the Israeli Air Force.

 

The Israeli Air Force reports that it has received its first C-130H Hercules transport it had modernized by Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries. The aircraft has new radar, digital screens, advanced systems and a new main wing. The IAF said the upgrades will help keep the plane flying for decades.

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KC-46 Demos its Aerial Refuelling Systems

 

Oct 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : Cobham

 

The KC-46A Pegasus notched another success this week when the systems at the heart of aerial refuelling were demonstrated on EMD-2 with the deployment of both drogue systems and the boom

 

On Thursday, EMD-2 successfully extended the drogue refuelling baskets from both the Centerline Drogue System, located on the belly of the fuselage, and from the Wing Aerial Refuelling Pods, located on the wing tips, for probe receiver aircraft.  On Friday, EMD-2 extended the boom, the telescoping tube which an operator on the tanker aircraft extends to receptacle-equipped receiver aircraft. "The core mission of Pegasus is to fuel the fight, so deploying the boom and drogues signals real progress toward demonstrating the ability to pass fuel in flight," said Brig. Gen. Duke Z. Richardson, Program Executive Officer for Tankers at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. "This sets the stage for the main act, which is hooking up to and refuelling an aircraft in flight." 

 

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Both missiles are being tested on board the PAK FA - photo Rostec

Both missiles are being tested on board the PAK FA - photo Rostec

 

Oct 13, 2015 Sputnik

 

Images of several types of new air-to-surface missiles designed to arm Russian jets have emerged recently. The missiles are planned to equip Russian aircraft, including the PAK FA.

 

The missiles are known as X-59MK2 and X-58USHKE.

 

The first projectile is designed to destroy located stationary ground targets. The targeting system is combined: inertial and satellite gps/glonass. A self-targeting optical-electronic device is activated on the last stage of the flight trajectory. The missile flies at an altitude of 50-300 meters. The missile can carry warheads of two types: penetrating and cluster.

 

The second missile is equipped with self-directing navigational gear. It can fly three times faster than the speed of sound for a distance of 250 kilometers while carrying a 150-kilogram explosive warhead.

 

Both missiles are being tested on board the PAK FA. According to Commander Viktor Bondarev, the T-50 equipped with weapons is showing excellent results.

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Thales’s Watchkeeper achieves another first in aviation history

 

October 15, 2015 Thales Group

 

Thales announced that for the first time, Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was successfully flown alongside manned aircraft in controlled civil airspace. Watchkeeper, the only certified platform of its class able to undertake such a flight, was central to the success of the trial.

 

Key points

  • First flight for an UAS in non-segregated air space, alongside commercial aircraft.

  • Watchkeeper is the only airworthy UAS of its class certified to fly in both civilian airspace and restricted military airspace.

  • The Project CLAIRE flight demonstration is a collaborative effort under Europe’s SESAR UAS demonstration programme.

 

The flight took place on Wednesday 30 September and saw Watchkeeper fly from West Wales Airport into civil controlled airspace for an hour, where it was successfully managed by NATS, the UK air navigation services provider, for the first time.

The flight forms part of Project CLAIRE, a collaboration between Thales, NATS, the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory NLR, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and was joint funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking.

This new breakthrough is once more an innovative step for Watchkeeper, the largest single European UAS programme, having already been the first UAS of its type to be awarded a Release to Service (RTS) or equivalent in Europe.

Its type assurance and certification allows Watchkeeper to fly in non-segregated airspace, a certification pedigree that is transferable to regulatory authorities within other NATO member countries and the European Aviation Safety Agency. 

Using Watchkeeper, this aviation first will help develop the necessary operational and regulatory conditions to support a growing need for unmanned aircraft system to be used in commercial, search and rescue, homeland security tasks, critical infrastructure and border protection.

Air Commodore Pete Grinsted, Head of Unmanned Air Systems Team at the MOD’s Defence, Equipment and Support organisation, said: “This is a landmark achievement for UK aviation history and the Watchkeeper programme, and was only possible thanks to a collaborative approach involving Thales, CAA, NATS and the MOD. 

“The successful flight is the result of months of systematic planning to ensure Watchkeeper was safely controlled by UK Air Traffic Control agencies at all times. This is also an exciting step on the path to safely integrating military and civilian unmanned air systems into civilian airspace over the coming years.”

This flight together with the successful delivery of Watchkeeper into service demonstrates how Watchkeeper X, our tactical product, based on the British Watchkeeper programme, provides a strong solution to  meet the requirements of both France’s UAS programme and Poland’s Gryf Tactical UAS programme. 

 

“Thales is providing the first and only, completely Unmanned Aircraft System that is certified to fly through non-segregated airspace. Thales is proud to be involved in the Project CLAIRE flight demonstration and the challenge of safely integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into controlled civilian airspace. Watchkeeper is a uniquely capable system, which is leading the way in the evolution and regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems."

Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales Executive Vice-President, Defence Mission Systems

 

Notes to editors
SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) was set up to modernise and harmonise ATM systems through the definition, development and deployment of innovative technological and operational solutions. Established in 2007, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) is a public-private partnership which pools the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community in order to define, research, develop and validate SESAR Solutions. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SJU currently has 15 members who together with their partners and affiliate associations represent over 80 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SJU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators, and the scientific community. In 2014, the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM), comprised of air navigation service providers, airlines and the SESAR-related Deployment Airport Operators Group (SDAG), coordinates the implementation of the EU’s Pilot Common Project, the first set of SESAR Solutions to be deployed in a synchronised and timely manner across Europe.

Project CLAIRE is one of several demonstrations co-funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking aimed at safely integrating UAS into the European ATM system. www.sesarju.eu; www.sesardeploymentmanager.eu

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

 

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Le nouvel organigramme de Daher

Le nouvel organigramme de Daher

 

13.10.2015 par Aerobuzz.fr

 

Daher annonce le renouvellement de son Comité de Direction, 8 mois après la nomination de Didier Kayat au poste de Directeur Général Délégué, en vue de succéder à Patrick Daher à l’horizon 2017. La mise en place de ce nouveau Comité de Direction accompagne une nouvelle organisation au sein de Daher, qui sera opérationnelle au 1er janvier 2016. Elle s’organise autour de trois Business Units axées sur le développement et les programmes, et de trois Directions opérationnelles au service de l’exécution et de l’excellence opérationnelle.

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Le drone Asctec Falcon 8 opéré par Air Marine photo Air Marine

Le drone Asctec Falcon 8 opéré par Air Marine photo Air Marine

 

13.10.2015 par Gil Roy – Aerobuzz.fr

 

Les 14 et 15 octobre 2015, Bordeaux accueille UGS 2015 - Unmanned Global Systems - un symposium européen de tous les drones et robots. En parallèle des tables rondes, ateliers, et rendez-vous d’affaires, l’opérateur français Air Marine effectuera des démonstrations grandeur nature...

 

Depuis plus de 20 ans, Air Marine s’est fait une spécialité dans l’acquisition et exploitation de données par voie aérienne. Il y a quatre ans, elle a pris le virage des drones civils. Elle est devenue l’un des principaux opérateurs du marché. Au symposium UGS 2015, les 14 et 15 octobre 2015, à Bordeaux, elle va réaliser deux démonstrations avec le drone AscTec Falcon 8. [1] Air Marine aborde le drone avec l’état d’esprit de l’aéronautique, c’est-à-dire avec la même rigueur dans la préparation des missions et surtout la même exigence en ce qui concerne le matériel, en particulier au niveau de la redondance des systèmes dans un souci de sécurité des vols.

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