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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 16:55
Awacs à Roissy photo AFI KLM EM

Awacs à Roissy photo AFI KLM EM


07/04/2014 - AFI KLM E&M


Based until now at Le Bourget, AFI KLM E&M's Military Product team is moving to CDG as part of a plan to optimize and modernize the MRO's industrial base.


For the first time, one of the French Air Force's four AWACS aircraft, whose MRO support is entrusted to AFI KLM E&M, has arrived at Hangar H4 at CDG for a major overhaul scheduled to last several weeks. This is a major first, as military activities and French Air Force AWACS aircraft have until now been handled at Le Bourget ? another AFI KLM E&M facility to the North of Paris.

Leading-edge technology at H4 
The relocation is designed to ensure increased responsiveness for the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) as well as the French Defense Ministry's Aircraft Through Life Support Organization (SIMMAD) - two bodies in charge of AWACS modernization and maintenance operations on behalf of the French Air Force.
The inside of the hangar has been completely reconfigured in order to position all support functions (offices, back-office tasks, logistics, technical assistance and modification configuration) as close as possible to the aircraft. For increased security and performance, all operations are conducted in H4. AFI KLM E&M is also in charge of a dedicated AWACS Information System (IS) to concurrently inform both maintenance activity and the customer. The IS was successfully migrated from Le Bourget to CDG.

Heightening security 
AWACs maintenance provided by AFI KLM E&M is subject to a high level of both French and Nato classification. As a result, the investment needed to make Hangar H4 compliant with these security requirements was substantial.

Investing in the future
Executive Vice President Air France Industries Anne Brachet said: "The investment we have ploughed into new infrastructure for this fleet at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle clearly demonstrates our intention to satisfy the expectations of the French Defense Ministry and to be worthy of the trust it has placed in us."
This state-of-the-art maintenance infrastructure delivers improved service quality and is part of a much wider program. The grouping and modernization of operations north of Paris at CDG is part of the Transform 2015 adaptation and development Plan which aims to step up AFI KLM E&M's operational performance and economic effectiveness.
Based on these strong new assets, the Group intends to fully demonstrate its added-value for AWACS aircraft in particular, and for military fleets in general.

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 16:30
The Future Is Here: The Hercules C-130J lands at Nevatim Airbase



07.04.2014 Shani Pomes - iaf.org.il


This week, the IAF is expected to become stronger with the landing of the latest transport plane, the Hercules C-130J "Shimshon" (Hebrew for Samson). The IAF's new acquisition is capable of carrying much more than its sister plane, the Hercules H, and will be equipped with advanced Israeli systems which will extend the strategic arm of the IAF


This week, it's finally happening: after long anticipation and much preparation, the Hercules C-130J will land at the Nevatim airbase and will join the ranks of the IAF. The latest plane will join the Heavy Transport Division of the force and will add advanced capabilities to the long arm of the IAF.


Big, Accurate, Strong And Safe


The IAF purchased the long version of the Hercules C-130J from Lockheed- Martin which allows for an improved carrying capacity: instead of 64 paratroopers the short version can carry, the Hercules C-130J can accommodate in its cargo hold 92 paratroopers and their equipment. Alternatively, the cargo hold can accommodate four military SUVs instead of three, or transport 128 soldiers.


"The more cargo a plane is able to take, the fewer the trips that are necessary to accumulate power on the battlefield", explains Lieutenant Colonel Uri, commander of the "Elephants" squadron. "Also, there is cargo that cannot be put in a short plane and can only be put in a long plane". A tour of the cockpit of the Hercules C-130J reveals cutting-edge technology: in addition to the digital screens and the advanced displays, the new plane is equipped with new systems that streamline the aircraft maintenance work and allow the technicians to gain information on the routine operations and the malfunctions. Many of the systems that will be installed in the plane are Israeli-made and will make the Hercules C-130J stand out from Hercules planes around the world.


Working With Ground Forces


The installation of the Israeli systems in the Hercules C-130J was carried out in the production line of the planes in the United States and after the plane lands in Israel, additional systems will be installed. This is one step in the integration process of the IAF platform, during which the Hercules C-130J will undergo test flights at the Test Flight Center and, simultaneously, the air crews of the "Elephants" squadron will begin training on it.


"The Hercules C-130J is a plane whose main missions mostly include tactical transport of forces and cargo for long and short distances, in large amounts and with high accuracy", adds Lieutenant Colonel Uri. "The plane will mostly work with ground forces and to their benefit: it will transport forces, rescue them and know how to execute transport and supply missions for them with a high degree of efficiency and safety".

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 12:56
Opération de maintenance Awacs sur la base d'Avord photo Cosmao

Opération de maintenance Awacs sur la base d'Avord photo Cosmao



07/04/2014 par Guillaume Steuer – Air & Cosmos


Il s'est posé ce matin sur l'aéroport de Roissy : pour la première fois, un E-3F Awacs de l'armée de l'Air va être pris en charge par Air France Industries, en charge du maintien en condition opérationnelle de cet aéronef, sur son site de CDG. Et non plus au Bourget, comme c'était le cas jusqu'alors.


"Nous avons décidé de transférer cette activité vers Roissy afin de moderniser notre outil industriel et d'assurer la maintenance de cet appareil dans des installations entièrement rénovées", explique Anne Brachet, directrice générale d'Air France Industries. "Nous avons investi plus de cinq millions d'euros afin de réaliser ces travaux, qui s'inscrivent dans la continuité du plan Transform 2015", précise la dirigeante.


A ce jour, l'activité Awacs mobilise environ 200 personnes chez Air France Industries (AFI). Pour le moment, le site du Bourget héberge encore les équipes de direction et l'activité aérostructures. Mais cette dernière est également amenée à rejoindre Roissy, où une usine plus moderne est en cours de construction. Elle permettra notamment à AFI d'être mieux armé dans le domaine des matériaux composites.


A Roissy, les Awacs français seront désormais entretenus et modernisés sous le hangar de maintenance H4, dans une zone respectant les contraintes de sécurité fixées par le client mais aussi par le gouvernement américain, attentif à l'utilisation qui est faite des systèmes "sensibles" fournis par les Etats-Unis. Ce même H4 continuera toutefois de servir à la maintenance d'autres flottes long-courrier, A330 et A340 notamment.


L'Awacs qui vient de se poser à Roissy est par ailleurs le deuxième E-3F de l'armée de l'Air qui doit subir son chantier de rénovation à mi-vie (MLU). Une modernisation majeure qui vise à rénover entièrement le système de mission de l'appareil dans une configuration similaire à la version dite Block 40/45 développée par Boeing pour l'US Air Force.


De son côté, Air France Industries entend développer ses activités dans le domaine du soutien militaire à moyen et long terme. "Nous avons clairement exprimé notre volonté de participer au soutien complet des futurs A330 MRTT français", explique Anne Brachet. L'expérience acquise par AFI dans le soutien des A330 civils est une sérieuse référence, sur un marché qui reste toutefois très concurrentiel.

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 11:35
Philippines DND will be Acquiring a Multi-Role Fighter by 2018

After F/A-50 contract has signed, DND announced that it will be acquiring a multi-role fighter by 2018.


07 April 2014 Defense Studies

PHL to get MRF by 2018

MANILA, (PNA) — With the country now on its way to acquire its first-ever supersonic jet aircraft in 34 years, the Department of National Defense (DND) announced that it will be acquiring a "multi-role fighter" (MRF) by 2018.

This was revealed by DND undersecretary for finance, modernization, installations, and munitions Fernando Manalo

2018 is the second phase of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.

During this period, the defense and military establishment will determine whether to acquire additional units of the South Korean F/A-50 "Fighting Eagle" or go full stream with the acquisition of the MRFs to enhance the country's external defense capabilities.

Studies are now underway to determine the best MRF designs for the Philippines.

The Philippines and Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd (KAI) signed the P18.9 billion deal for 12 units of the F/A-50 last Friday. Manalo said that the first two F/A-50 jet aircraft will be delivered 18 months after the opening of the letter of credit, the next two will be delivered 12 months later and the remaining eight jet planes to be delivered in staggered basis within eight months.


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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 11:20
Canada: No F-35 Buys Before 2018

A move by Canada to postpone any F-35 buys until 2018 means decisions will wait until after the next federal election. (US Air Force)


Apr. 6, 2014 - By DAVID PUGLIESE – Defense news


VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Canada has told the US government it won’t be in a position to purchase the F-35 fighter jet until 2018, a move that critics of the aircraft say intentionally delays the controversial procurement until after the next federal election.


The decision has a number of ramifications. It will allow the ruling Conservative Party government to claim during the 2015 election campaign that no decision has yet been made on the purchase of a new fighter jet.


But if the Conservatives are defeated in that election, set for October 2015, it could mean further delays or even a cancellation of the proposed buy, since the country’s other political parties have raised concerns about the acquisition. Both the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party favor an open competition for a new fighter jet.


The F-35 Joint Program Office in the US has amended the Canadian “buy profile,” which indicates numbers of aircraft and timelines of the purchase.


“This moves the notional date of first delivery of aircraft from 2017 to 2018,” the Canadian government noted in a statement. No official reason was provided by Canada for the change in dates.


But industry, military and government officials say the change means a final decision won’t need to be made until after 2015.


“This whole thing is designed to delay and to get the Conservatives past the next election so they don’t have to come clean with Canadians about their F-35 plans,” Liberal Party defense critic Joyce Murray said.


Her analysis was echoed by Jack Harris, defense critic with the official opposition New Democratic Party, as well as Alan Williams, the Department of National Defence’s former head of procurement who approved Canada’s participation in the F-35 program.


Canada’s Conservative Party government committed in 2010 to purchasing 65 F-35s, but the acquisition soon became a major political albatross around the neck of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Opposition MPs alleged his government misled Canadians on the F-35’s price and performance.


In March 2011, the majority of the members of Parliament supported a motion that declared the Conservative government in contempt of Parliament over its withholding of information about the F-35, as well as other key financial documents on other issues. That motion of non-confidence in the government led to the federal election in May 2011, but despite the controversy, the Conservative Party was re-elected.


But in April 2012, Canadian Auditor General Michael Ferguson found Department of National Defence officials had withheld key information from Parliament about the fighter jet, underestimated costs and didn’t follow proper procurement rules.


In December 2012, the government, under continuing fire over the increasing cost of the F-35s, announced it would put the procurement on a temporary hold and examine other aircraft.


That process continues, but senior officers from the Royal Canadian Air Force have publicly stated they are preparing for the eventual delivery of the F-35.


Until the evaluation of other aircraft is complete, the government will not decide on how to proceed, said Pierre-Alain Bujold, a spokesman for Public Works and Government Services Canada. That department handles federal procurements.


Bujold said the “work is being completed as expeditiously as possible,” but the department could not provide any timelines on when it might be finished or a final decision on an acquisition made.


That’s because the process is a public relations exercise, former defense procurement chief Alan Williams alleges.


“It’s all designed to buy the government time so they can pick the opportune moment to announce the purchase of the F-35,” Williams said.


Jack Harris, defense critic with the official opposition New Democratic Party, said the F-35 acquisition has the potential to hurt the Conservative government’s image with voters in the upcoming election.


“They portray themselves as strong fiscal managers, but they have bungled numerous defense procurement files, particularly the F-35,” he said. “They don’t want this mess hanging over their heads during an election campaign.”


In his 2012 examination, Ferguson found that although Department of National Defence officials were publicly claiming the F-35 purchase would cost CAN $14.7 billion (US $13 billion), they had already quietly estimated the actual price tag to be $25 billion.


Mike Barton, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin Canada, said the delay will not affect the F-35 program. When Canada is ready to place its order for the planes, the company will respond, he said.


Canada is still a partner in the program and has not informed the US government or Lockheed Martin of any plans to change that.


Canada operates 78 modernized CF-18 fighters and was planning to replace those with the F-35A, the conventional-takeoff-and-landing version of the F-35.

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
Swedish Minister Wants More Gripens

Sweden should buy 10 additional Gripen E fighters, and budget more training to improve its defenses, Swedish defense minister Karin Enstrom said in the wake of the Crimea crisis. Swiss MoD photo)


April 04, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Radio Sweden; published April 4, 2014)


Defense Minister Calls for More JAS Gripen to Counter Russian Threat


Sweden's Defense Mininster Karin Enstrom says the military should get a total of 70 new JAS Gripen combat aircraft, ten more than Parliament had earlier decided.


Enstrom’s comments came in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine and also of widely publicized Russian military flight incidents last year, when Moscow attack aircraft flew practice missions over Sweden.


Those flights and the ongoing insecurity in Ukraine has alarmed Swedish officials.


"Russia's actions in and around Ukraine has led to uncertainty in Europe. What happened in the past has made it really necessary to strengthen Sweden's defense," Enstrom told the Swedish daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter.


Parliament had already agreed to purchase 60 Jas Gripen's, which are made and designed by Saab AB, but Enstrom believes that 10 more should be bought.


Any purchase would be preceded by proper procurement and pricing protocols to ensure fairness and transparency, she said.

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
B-1B B-2 and B-52 - photo USAF

B-1B B-2 and B-52 - photo USAF

April 03, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Air Force; issued April 03, 2014)


Bombers Train On Long-Range Capabilities


OFFUTT AFB, Neb. --- Two B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and two B-2 Spirit bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., recently flew non-stop from their home stations to training ranges in Hawaii to exercise the president's credible and flexible military options to meet national security obligations to the U.S. and its allies. Part of the mission was to conduct coordinated range operations amongst multiple airframes as well as test low approach training capabilities before returning to their bases.


"These long-duration, coordinated training missions allow our strategic bomber aircrews to execute synchronized global strike missions tailored to the needs of the combatant commander," said Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, commander, 8th Air Force and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike.


The mission, which spanned nearly 8,000 miles from home station to the drop site and back to the home installation, tested the ability for planners to coordinate operations between combatant commands and amongst multiple Air Force wings. The 20-plus hour training missions also demonstrated the U.S.' capability to provide a flexible and always-ready force to respond to a variety of threats and situations within U.S. Strategic Command's global strike and strategic deterrence missions.


During the training mission, bomber crews enhanced their operational proficiency and readiness by releasing their inert ordnance on Hawaii's Pohakuloa military weapon range. They also honed their skills at operating during a long duration flight; an important element of U.S. Strategic Command's enduring deterrence capability.


"These tailored exercises are vital to assuring our nation's leaders and our allies that we have the right mix of aircraft and skill to strike at the time and place of our choosing," General Vander Hamm said.


The Department of Defense routinely conducts training missions to ensure the U.S. has a credible capability to respond to a variety of levels of threats and to provide the President a variety of options he may need to protect the nation or its allies and partners.


"Most bomber missions are long duration like this. The experience gained from this kind of training mission is invaluable," said Lt. Col. Ryan Link, 96th Bomb Squadron commander, Barksdale AFB. "We boost our coordination capabilities and flying skills, and our bomber force is better for it."


The B-2 and B-52 are long-range, multi-role bombers capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. Both bombers can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet.

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6 avril 2014 7 06 /04 /avril /2014 21:20
Canadian air force CF-18 Hornet  Exercise Vigilant Eagle 13

Canadian air force CF-18 Hornet Exercise Vigilant Eagle 13


6 avril 2014 par Richard Rutily – 45eNord.ca


L’idée de ce billet a pris corps lorsque j’ai pris conscience que le processus d’acquisition d’un remplaçant aux CF-18 Canadiens avait des chances d’être assez long. La question que l’on peut se poser est: Pour qui joue le temps?


Comme SAAB n’a pas répondu au RFI du Canada, on examinera le cas du Super Hornet, puis du F35, du Typhoon et du Rafale


Super Hornet


photo US Navy

photo US Navy

En 2012, il restait 257 avions à livrer et les commandes pour 2013 pouvaient se monter à 66 E/F et 58 Growlers, ce qui permettait de tenir jusqu’en 2015.

Depuis la date limite a été repoussée à 2016, mais l’horizon se rapproche!

Il faut dire que la stratégie de Lockheed Martin consiste à s’appuyer sur l’USAF pour détruire toute possibilité de solution alternative à l’achat du F35. L’arrêt des lignes de production du F 15 et du F18 lui permettrait d’avoir un monopole dans la production des avions de chasse.

La Navy, elle, voudrait maintenir ouverte la ligne de production du F 18. Elle a  d’abord essayé des commandes E/F, mais des indiscrétions ont fait échouer la manœuvre, alors elle essaye avec le Growler, mais là encore elle a été contrainte d’annuler une notice de pré-sollicitation.

Il ne reste donc plus que l’export. La stratégie de Boeing consistait à gagner le Brésil puis le Canada, les EAU et le Qatar. Las, l’affaire Snowden aidant, le Brésil est allé au Gripen! Boeing essaye donc d’accélérer la décision du Canada, mais les hommes politiques du Canada ne sont pas pressés et préféreraient que la décision soit prise après les prochaines élections.

Le problème pour Boeing c’est qu’il faut acheter dès maintenant les items dont les délais de livraison sont longs.

Boeing told me they’ll have to make key decisions on long-lead items in early 2014. “When you lose a line,” said Aboulafia, “you almost never get it back.”http://breakingdefense.com/2013/12/forbes-champions-buying-super-hornets-f-18-vs-f-35-round-two/

On voit donc que la décision d’arrêter la ligne de production du F18 doit être prise maintenant.


JSF F-35


Autant en emporte le temps

Le cas du F-35 est très différent de celui du F-18, le carnet de commande est théoriquement pléthorique et l’avion n’est pas encore au point.

Le problème du F-35 c’est la spirale de la mort. On appelle ainsi un cercle vicieux dont on ne sait pas sortir une fois qu’il s’est déclenché: à un prix objectif correspond un certain nombre d’avion que l’on peut vendre, si le prix augmente certain pays ne sont plus intéressés et le nombre d’avion à produire baisse. Cette baisse fait augmenter le prix et le cycle recommence. Or le prix du F 35 a augmenté de 70%.

On est à la limite du cercle vicieux que l’on a décrit, et pour éviter qu’il ne s’enclenche Lockheed Martin fait preuve d’un optimisme ahurissant dans ses annonces sur le devenir du programme.

Mais si l’on s’en tient au passé pour juger de l’évolution du programme, on peut dire qu’elle est catastrophique:

Le programme F-35 a commencé en 2001 quand le programme X-35 a été choisi. A cette époque la livraison était prévue en 2011 et il s’agissait de la livraison d’un avion complètement opérationnel. Aujourd’hui un événement équivalent serait la livraison et l’IOC du Block 3F qui est prévue en 2021.

Après 13 ans de développement, l’horizon de la livraison qui, au départ, était à 10 ans, est maintenant à 7 ans. Il a fallu 13 ans pour réduire la distance de l’horizon de 3 ans! Lockheed Martin jure qu’à partir de maintenant les délais seront tenus et les coûts vont baisser, mais la version Block 2B dont l’IOC est nécessaire pour livrer en 2015 (dans un an) le F-35 aux Marines vient de voir son planning glisser de 13 mois. Si le taux de dérive se maintient, on ne devrait pas voir cette livraison avant 2019.

Vous l’avez compris, pour le F-35 le temps est un ennemi redoutable car il démontre la fausseté de la narrative en montrant la réalité.

Par exemple il démontre que la spirale de la mort est déjà enclenchée:

Royaume-Uni: commandes prévues 150; commandes prévisibles 48
Italie: commandes prévues 130; commandes prévisibles 90 (l’annulation complète de la commande est en discussion)
Pays bas: commandes prévues 85; commandes prévisibles 37
Canada: commandes prévues 65; commandes prévisibles?
Norvège: commandes prévues 85; commandes prévisibles 52
Cela fait en tout 228 commandes en moins de la part des partenaires internationaux.




1er Typhoon Tranche 3 en vol photo BAE Systems

1er Typhoon Tranche 3 en vol photo BAE Systems

Le problème du Typhoon c’est que les 4 pays à l’origine du programme ne croient plus en son avenir.

Le Royaume-Uni a misé sur le F-35 et ne peut pas s’en libérer complètement car seul le F-35B peut être embarqué sur les deux portes avions en cours de construction. C’est quand même le pays qui serait le plus volontariste pour développer le programme mais il se heurte à la mauvaise santé financière de l’Italie et de l’Espagne et à la volonté d’économie de l’Allemagne qui a annulé la commande de 37 avions tranche 3B. Il y a eu une commande de la tranche 3A dernièrement, mais on peut se demander si la tranche 3B sera commandée.

De plus il faut nourrir quatre chaînes de production, si bien qu’il reste assez peu d’avion à produire, au rythme où on est obligé de les produire. Cela explique la déclaration de Tom Enders: «Je ne suis pas terriblement optimiste», a-t-il dit au sujet de l’avenir de l’Eurofighter.«Nous espérons remporter encore un ou deux succès à l’exportation mais nous devons aussi nous préparer à un scénario où, en raison d’absence de commandes à l’exportation, nous devrons bientôt réduire la production», a-t-il expliqué. Faute de quoi, les lignes d’assemblage (au nombre de 4), verront leur plan de charge réduit à zéro à partir des années 2017-2018.

Bien que de façon moins critique, le temps joue aussi contre le Typhoon.




Rafale photo S. Fort - Dassault Aviation

Rafale photo S. Fort - Dassault Aviation

Le Rafale est un cas particulier car il a une assurance vie. L’état Français s’est engagé à alimenter une cadence de production de 11 avions par an, qui est la cadence minimum qui permet de maintenir la chaîne ouverte.

Au 1er Janvier 2014 Dassault avait livré 126 Rafale et il en restait à peu près 100 à livrer ce qui fait 9 ans. Cela nous mène donc en 2023. Bien sur l’état Français souhaiterait étaler ses commandes en donnant la priorité à l’export, c’est pourquoi la LPM (qui n’est qu’une prévision d’allocation de ressource mais qui n’est pas contraignante) fait l’hypothèse qu’il ne sera produit que 26 Rafale pour la France, entre 2014 et 2019. Si cela se vérifiait cela voudrait dire que l’on a produit 29 Rafale pour l’export ce qui repousserait la fin de la production du Rafale en 2026.

Le temps semble être critique pour la France mais pas pour Dassault.



Aussi surprenant que cela paraisse, on risque de voir Boeing être forfait sur cet appel d’offre après avoir essayé d’en accélérer la sortie, et Eurofighter pourrait les suivre 3 ans après! Il ne resterait que le JSF F-35 et le Rafale, et dans ce cas plus l’appel d’offre sera tardif, plus le Rafale sera favorisé.

Cette conclusion va à l’encontre de l’intuition, mais elle est assez robuste. Prenons pour exemple le seul cas où il y a eu une confrontation entre le Rafale et le F-35, c’est-à-dire l’évaluation qui a été faite en 2002 par les Pays Bas: l’écart était insignifiant, la note du Rafale était de 6.95 et celle du F35 de 6.97, mais la comparaison se faisait entre un avion réel que l’on pouvait essayer et un avion sur spécifications. Or les spécifications du F-35 n’ont pas été tenues et ont du être dégradées tandis que le Rafale est devenu mature et a démontré des progrès continus pendant 12 ans. Il semble donc évident que si une évaluation devait se faire aujourd’hui, la position du Rafale serait plus favorable qu’elle n’a été à l’époque.

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5 avril 2014 6 05 /04 /avril /2014 22:50
source EATC

source EATC


Apr. 5, 2014 - By MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense News


WASHINGTON — A European Defence Agency (EDA) effort to jointly purchase and share aerial refueling tankers with a number of nations could advance the NATO strategic weapons and equipment collaboration projects pushed by US and UK leaders.


NATO leaders for years have touted pooling and sharing projects, such as Smart Defense. However, efforts have not yielded substantial cooperation as countries have expressed national sovereignty concerns.


“It’s a realistic thing to say. It’s a difficult thing to deliver,” said Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.


But European leaders gave their blessing to the air-to-air refueling program and three other EDA projects that might change that trend, experts say.


“That could make a real difference because that’s the very level on which these capabilities, the big stuff, could be provided well,” James Hackett, an analyst with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, said of the tanker initiative.


A March EDA report said the goal is to have tankers flying by 2020; the Netherlands is leading the project. Belgium, Greece, Spain, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands and Norway all signed a letter of intent in 2012.


Many existing tanker aircraft in Europe have been flying for decades and are based on Boeing 707. The UK Royal Air Force has purchased Airbus A330 Voyager tankers and the Italian Air Force has purchased Boeing KC-767 tankers.


US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel used a February address at the Munich Security Conference to emphasize the need for European allies to invest more strategically in military projects, particularly as NATO’s mission in Afghanistan comes to an end and many nations reduce defense spending.


“We’re developing strategies to address global threats as we build more joint capacity with European militaries,” Hagel said.


“In the face of budget constraints here on the continent, as well as in the United States, we must all invest more strategically to protect military capability and readiness,” he said. “The question is not just how much we spend, but how we spend together.”


UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond echoed those comments during a visit to the US late last month.


“We both agree … that we have to look for additional areas where we can work closely together in order to maintain and enhance military capabilities and our interoperability,” Hammond said March 26 at the British Embassy in Washington.


“These will be areas around equipment procurement, around science-and-technology collaboration as well as ensuring that we have continuing opportunities for our militaries to exercise together to maintain the interoperability that we’ve built up in Afghanistan, but not just in Afghanistan, around the world in other areas where we work together.”


NATO’s militaries are preparing to end more than a decade of fighting together in Afghanistan. Over those years, many nations have achieved a high-level of common equipment and fighting techniques.


Hammond and Hagel discussed ways to advance their goals during a meeting at the Pentagon. Hammond said he hopes the meeting generates “momentum across the machine to get the work going in the various areas.”


NATO and other partner nations have successfully stood up a C-17 “Strategic Airlift Capability” at Pápa Air Base in Hungary. NATO members Hungary, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States and NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden all buy aircraft flying hours and jointly operate the cargo planes.


US and NATO officials have touted the program and some have said there would be benefits to including tankers and other types of airlift aircraft in the mix.


Another area for collaboration could be high-end intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, particularly since European countries are running a lot of operations in Africa, Hackett said.


Beyond the tanker effort, EDA is working to integrate unmanned aircraft into the European air traffic control system. EDA is also pushing satellite communication and cyber defense projects.


The military capabilities of nations across Europe varies, with some nations possessing a full complement of capabilities while many other nations have unique specialties, Barrie said.


Beyond collaboration on high-end projects, pooling and sharing could work among countries that have mutual security interests locally, Barrie said.


But, Hackett noted that there have been problems even among countries with similar interests and security concerns.


“Nations next door to each other just have different requirements,” he said. “They’re going different places. They’re wanting to use it for different things.”


Any real agreement in terms of getting equipment or capabilities has not centered on high-dollar items, Hackett said.


“The fundamental issue is about sovereignty and use of these [is a lot to trust],” he said

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photo Saab

photo Saab



April 4, 2014 by Craig Hoyle – FG


London - Saab has successfully test flown a key passive detection capability for its in-development Gripen E fighter, using dedicated test aircraft 39-7.


Developed by Selex ES’s Airborne & Space Systems division, the Skyward-G infrared search and track (IRST) sensor will give the combat aircraft a long-range means of detecting and identifying potential airborne threats, without the need to first switch on its active electronically scanned array radar. Secondary applications include the ability to act as a navigation and landing aid during darkness.


“The first flight in the Gripen E test aircraft with IRST has been performed with very good results,” says Hans Einerth, wing commander flying at Saab’s Linköping production and test site in Sweden. “Multiple targets were detected, tracked and identified, and the system works perfectly.”


Skyward-G comprises a sensor head unit installed in front of the fighter’s cockpit, and an associated processor unit box, which is stowed in the nose avionics bay. The entire system weighs less than 40kg (88lb), says Selex.


“The [IRST] integration and development work is progressing according to schedule,” says Saab. The company is producing three dedicated E-model test aircraft, with its current 39-7 asset being a modified D-model Gripen. The new-generation version should enter use in 2018, with operators expected to include Sweden, plus export customers Brazil and Switzerland; both have yet to finalise planned orders.

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 19:15
La Turquie accepte enfin le premier de ses dix A400M

L'armée de l'air turque a formellement accepté le premier de ses A400M commandés


04/04/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


Airbus Defence & Space a remis à la Turquie son premier avion de transport militaire avec un retard de plus de trois mois. Ankara a tenté de marchander pour obtenir de nouveaux avantages.


Enfin... Airbus Defence & Space a remis ce vendredi à la Turquie le premier de ses dix avions de transport militaire A400M commandés avec un retard de plus de trois mois sur le calendrier fixé. L'armée de l'air turque avait estimé en décembre que l'appareil en voie de livraison n'était pas conforme au contrat signé. Ce qui avait particulièrement agacé le directeur général d'Airbus Group, Tom Enders, qui avait reproché fin février à la Turquie de marchander au lieu de prendre livraison de son premier. Il avait jugé la situation "inacceptable".

L'armée de l'air refusait depuis décembre dernier de prendre livraison de cet appareil, le troisième de la série d'un programme multinational. Le directeur général Tom Enders avait expliqué le blocage "par un seul mot : marchandage". Il avait exprimé l'espoir que cette "situation de plus en plus inacceptable" serait réglée rapidement, et a souhaité l'aide des autres nations qui ont commandé cet avion. "Comment peut-on augmenter la cadence de production quand on n'a pas la certitude que les clients vont prendre l'avion et qu'on est obligé de le parquer ?", s'était-il interrogé.


Que voulaient les Turcs ?

Selon des sources concordantes, les Turcs exigeaient un peu plus que le stipulait le contrat signé. Ce qui a entraîné de très forts marchandages entre Airbus Defence & Space et l'armée de l'air turque, qui a formellement accepté son premier A400M. Un classique en Turquie. Le secrétariat d'Etat turc aux Industries de défense (SSM) est considéré comme l'un des négociateur les plus redoutable au monde. "C'est simple avec eux, à la fin de la négociation vous n'avez plus de marges", ironise un industriel. Le groupe turc Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) est dans le programme A400M est déjà impliqué dans le partage de la charge de travail. Il a 5,56 % du programme. Soit 7,2 % de la partie aérostructures de l'appareil : soit une partie du fuselage, des portes et des ailerons et spoilers.

La Turquie devraient en principe recevoir cet été son deuxième appareil destiné à remplacer les vieux C-160 Transall. A suivre d'autant que le secrétaire d'Etat turc aux Industries de défense (SSM), Murad Bayar, a dû démissionner en début de semaine à la suite d'un nouveau scandale. Réputé proche du Premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan, il a été victime de la diffusion sur internet (YouTube) d'une réunion confidentielle de sécurité où les Turcs envisageaient de faire bombarder un village turc depuis la Syrie pour pouvoir s'impliquer directement dans le conflit syrien. Du coup, Ankara avait bloqué Twitter et YouTube.


Une première commande à l'export en 2014 ?

L'A400M, sans équivalent sur le marché des avions militaires, a été commandé à 174 exemplaires par sept pays européens (Allemagne, Belgique, Espagne, France, Grande-Bretagne, Luxembourg et Turquie) et la Malaisie. La France a pris livraison des deux premiers exemplaires l'année dernière, et la Turquie devait prendre le troisième selon le calendrier de livraison convenu entre les partenaires de ce programme multinational.

Airbus Group espère décrocher une première commande à l'exportation pour cet appareil cette année. Pour l'A400M, "l'objectif est de décrocher un contrat cette année, même si ça va être très difficile", avait précisé fin janvier le directeur de l'activité avions militaires au sein de la division Airbus Defence and Space, Domingo Urena-Raso, lors d'une rencontre avec l'Association des journalistes professionnels de l'aéronautique et de l'espace (Ajpae) à Séville.

Depuis que l'armée de l'air française a pris livraison de cet appareil l'été dernier, neuf pays ont déposé des demandes d'informations sur l'avion et ses capacités, avait précisé le patron du programme A400M, Cédric Gautier. Deux demandes "de clients potentiels importants" ont été déposées en janvier, après que la France a fait voler l'appareil vers la Centrafrique et le Mali, sans attendre le délai habituel d'un an pour qualifier un nouvel avion, selon Domingo Urena-Raso.

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Le système de communication des Gripen sous le feu de la critique



30.03.2014 rts.ch


Le système de communication des Gripen E est sur la sellette. Selon Le Matin Dimanche, Saab a décidé de travailler avec une société américaine proche du Département américain de la défense.


Les Gripen E convoités par l’armée suisse seront équipés d’un système de communication américain, selon une information du Matin Dimanche. Le groupe aéronautique suédois Saab a en effet écarté la société bernoise Roschi Rohde & Schwartz, pressentie pour équiper les futurs Gripen, et choisi le géant américain Rockwell Collins, proche du Département américain de la défense.


Selon des experts dans le domaine de la guerre électronique, les Américains pourraient accéder aux transmissions des jets suisses. Les clés de cryptage seront suisses, mais le boîtier du système et son logiciel seront américains.


Pas d'accès au code source


Les Helvètes n’auront pas accès au code source et la maintenance se fera aux Etats-Unis. De quoi permettre aux Américains de poser un mouchard s’ils le souhaitent, estiment les experts.


Interrogés par Le Matin Dimanche, le Département de la défense (DDPS) et Saab répondent que "l'utilisation de composants (ndlr: hardware et software) non européens n’a jamais été exclue".

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
Team 21 Submits Bid for Future Australian Pilot Training System


CANBERRA, Australia, 3 April 2014 – Pacific Sentinel


Lockheed Martin Australia and Pilatus Aircraft, supported by Hawker Pacific, have jointly launched a bid to provide a new pilot training system for the Australian Defence Force.


The consortium, known as Team 21, submitted its proposal for the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System on March 31st. Under the proposal, Australian Defence Force pilots will graduate from a proven training system tailored to Australian requirements.


The companies in this team are currently in the eighth year of a 20-year performance-based flight training contract to provide the Basic Wings Course (BWC) to the Republic of Singapore Air Force, at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce in Western Australia.



“Team 21 offers superior performance, a proven team in Australia and capability for the future,” said Raydon Gates, Lockheed Martin Australia chief executive. “We have an established track record and have now graduated 20 classes from a Pilatus PC-21 based pilot training program at RAAF Base Pearce. BWC has very similar mission and support systems as proposed for AIR 5428, significantly reducing risk to the Commonwealth.”


“Team 21’s proven experience provides an excellent foundation for a cost-effective, off-the-shelf solution tailored to prepare Australian Navy, Army and Air Force pilots for fourth and fifth generation aircraft capability,” said Markus Bucher, Pilatus chief executive officer.


Selection of Team 21’s comprehensive pilot training solution will provide Australia with a fifth generation training system, delivering a safe, affordable and practical solution for today’s training needs while also supporting future requirements.

Established in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is the world's leading manufacturer of single-engine turboprop aircraft. Headquartered in Stans, Switzerland, Pilatus is a privately held company employing close to 2000 people. Pilatus provides aircraft and aviation services worldwide for the general aviation, commercial, training, utility, and special mission markets. The company, through Pilatus Australia Pty Ltd, currently supports over 140 Australian based military and civil aircraft.
Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd was formed in 1978 with its corporate headquarters in Sydney NSW, employs over 400 people across Australia and has significant aviation sales and support capabilities across the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Hawker Pacific’s Government Business unit is the prime contractor to the ADF delivering the B300 aircraft capability to 32 and 38 Squadrons at RAAF Bases East Sale and Townsville, holding Authorised Engineering Organisation and Approved Maintenance Organisation accreditation. At RAAF Base Pearce, Hawker Pacific has successfully provided maintenance support to the Singapore Air Force PC-21 aircraft training capability in synergy with Lockheed Martin and Pilatus since 2006.
Lockheed Martin Australia, headquartered in Canberra, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. LM Australia specialises in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 900 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.
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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:25
L'Argentine Paiera plus de $300 Millions un Escadron de Kfir Made In Israel.


03.04.2014 Yair Cohen (Savyon) – Israel Valley


Un deal qui va certainement booster les relations bilatérales entre les deux pays. L’Argentine est en négociation exclusives avec Israël pour racheter plus de 20 Kfirs (remis à jour) fabriqués dans l’Etat Hébreu depuis au moins 30 ans. C’est IAI qui devrait bénéficier de ce contrat important.



Les origines du Kfir remontent à l’embargo imposé par la France en 1969. Suite à la guerre des Six Jours et à l’attaque de l’aéroport de Beyrouth par l’armée israélienne (Opération Gift, 28 décembre 1968), le président Charles de Gaulle décrète un embargo sur le Moyen-Orient (pour Israël, cela concerne principalement les vedettes Sa’ar III et les Mirage 5).


En conséquence, l’État hébreu n’est plus en mesure d’approvisionner son aviation militaire en chasseurs Mirage et pièces détachées. Les autorités décident de procéder au développement d’un chasseur de fabrication nationale.


Le gouvernement israélien lance alors deux projets : le projet Raam A, construction d’un appareil d’après les plans du Mirage 5 (celui-ci devient le Nesher) ; le projet Raam B, qui impliquait alors le changement du réacteur ATAR 9C par le General Electric J79 pour le projet Raam A.


Le 19 avril 1971, Alfred Frauenknecht, ingénieur suisse, employé de la firme helvétique Sulzer fabriquant sous licence le Dassault Mirage IIIS, a avoué avoir vendu les plans secrets de cet appareil à Israël pour la somme de 200 000 $;

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
USAF Submits $8B Unfunded List to Congress

The Air Force's 2015 unfunded priorities list includes five HC-130Js. (Air Force)


Apr. 3, 2014 - By MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense News


WASHINGTON — The US Air Force has sent Congress an $8 billion unfunded priorities list, with more than $3.3 billion eyed for new procurement programs, according to a copy of the list obtained by Defense News.

The undated list includes $200 million for the Combat Rescue Helicopter program, a last-minute add to the five-year spending projection contained in the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal, which was sent to Capitol Hill in early March.

The list also includes more than $400 million for five Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighters — two for the Air Force and three for international sales.

The list includes funding for five Lockheed MC-130Js, five HC-130Js and 12 General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft. Two F-35s, the C-130Js and Reapers also appeared in the White House’s Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative.

About $1.6 billion of the funding would go toward more than five dozen weapons programs, for upgrade and enhancement work.

Another $3 billion would go toward facility maintenance.

In addition, the Air National Guard sent Congress a separate $2.6 billion 2015 unfunded priority list.

The wish list includes $720 million that would be used to purchase 10 new C-130Js. The aircraft would replace a squadron of C-130H aircraft.

The list includes $1.4 billion for modernization of Guard airlift, fighter and rescue aircraft. The eyed upgrades include electronic warfare suites, sensors, situational awareness displays and navigation equipment.

Another $40 million is eyed for five Air Guard cyber protection teams

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

MARIETTA, Ga. April 3, 2014 – Lockheed Martin


A U.S. Air Force crew ferried the 18th C-5M Super Galaxy to Dover Air Force Base, Del., yesterday from the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] facilities here.
Aircraft 87-0040 was flown by Lieutenant General Brooks L. Bash, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to Delaware, making Dover the first base with a complete C-5M Super Galaxy fleet.
The C-5M is the only true strategic airlifter capable of offering the entire globe in one unrefueled flight. A total of 52 Super Galaxy aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the Air Force by 2018.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 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 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
Northrop Grumman Flies First Production Smart Node Pod


SAN DIEGO – April 3, 2014 – Northrop Grumman


Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the first production Smart Node Pod for the U.S. Air Force.


Smart Node Pod is an aircraft-mounted airborne communications system that allows real-time information to be exchanged among many disparate military and commercial radios and different datalinks, extends the network to the forward edge of the battlefield and relays full-motion video.


Northrop Grumman conducted five flights to certify performance characteristics in February in Virginia Beach, Va. During the flights, the Smart Node Pod demonstrated the ability to transmit full-motion video, imagery, voice and digital messages between warfighters both in the air and on the ground via various waveforms and datalinks and its interoperability with the proprietary and open source forward tactical handheld devices.


The company is under contract to produce Smart Node Pod systems for the Air Force, with deliveries scheduled through mid-summer of this year. Two different pod designs – a single-pod and a multipod architecture – are in production.


"This proven, reliable technology gives an extremely capable but lightweight communications, situational awareness, and command and control capability that can be readily mounted on many different military aircraft and controlled by the deployed commander," said Jeannie Hilger, vice president, Network Communication Systems, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.


Hilger said the pod can connect to the high-altitude Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) platforms, ground operational centers or other pods for beyond-line-of sight connectivity and provides access to high level intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data and command and control information. "In this manner, Smart Node Pod has the capability to augment BACN in its anchor role as the persistent high altitude gateway of the Joint Aerial Layer Network (JALN) by providing connectivity at the lower tier. Working in unison, Smart Node Pod and BACN have the potential to expand warfighter benefits by building out a multitiered JALN architecture and providing network connectivity across the battlespace."


Smart Node Pod is based on BACN technology Northrop Grumman developed for the Air Force.


Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for developing, deploying, operating and sustaining the BACN systems flying missions in support of U.S. Central Command. The company was awarded the first BACN contract in April 2005 by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Since the system was deployed in 2008, it has delivered near 24/7 coverage in theater. Northrop Grumman initially deployed BACN to satisfy a joint urgent operational need. It is now a key enabler of surface and airborne missions theaterwide.


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing 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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Et si le Qatar montait à bord du Rafale en juin

Le nouvel émir du Qatar, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, pourrait annoncer lors de sa visite à Paris avant l'été le choix du Rafale


03/04/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


Le Qatar pourrait annoncer son choix en faveur du Rafale lors de la visite officielle à Paris au mois de juin du nouvel émir, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani.


Et si le Qatar annonçait sa décision de choisir le Rafale en juin lors de la visite à Paris du nouvel émir, cheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani ? En tout cas, toute la filière industrielle aéronautique militaire française l'espère. Tout comme le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, qui a bâti la loi de programmation militaire sur un contrat export de l'avion de combat fabriqué par Dassault Aviation. "Raisonnablement, nous pouvons croire à une telle annonce avant l'été de la part du Qatar", explique l'un des industriels contactés par "La Tribune". La signature d'une lettre d'intention (LoI) entre le Qatar et Dassault Aviation pourrait être signée à cette occasion. Inch Allah, comme se le répètent en boucle les industriels...

Selon nos informations, les discussions ont toutefois repris depuis le mois de mars après une période où Doha avait semble-t-il, mis en suspens ce dossier. Durant trois mois environ, les Qataris n'ont plus donné signe de vie sur le Rafale. Pour autant, à Paris, durant cette période, les industriels et les étatiques ne semblaient pas trop inquiets de ce silence. "Il faut s'inscrire dans la durée avec Doha, ils ont leur propre tempo", expliquait-on à "La Tribune". Et c'est en mars que les Qataris ont finalement repris langue avec le Team Rafale (Dassault Aviation, Thales et Safran) en posant par salves de nouvelles questions sur l'avion de combat.


72 avions de combat

De douze appareils - des Mirage 2000-5 -, le Qatar voudrait augmenter sa flotte d'avions de combat à 72, dont un premier lot de 36. En tout cas c'est que Doha souhaitait l'été dernier. Un client qui a de toute façon les moyens de s'offrir 72 avions de combat. Dans ce cadre, l'émirat avait envoyé en août dernier un appel d'offres (Request for Proposal) à trois candidats : Dassault Aviation, Lockheed Martin et le consortium Eurofighter. Selon un calendrier informel, le Qatar devait choisir un fournisseur pour un premier lot de 36 appareils d'ici à la fin 2013 et entrer ensuite avec ce constructeur en négociations exclusives. Dassault Aviation tenait la corde pour ce premier lot.

Mais le calendrier a dérapé en raison, notamment, du jeu étrange des Américains. Mi-septembre, Londres, qui propose Eurofighter Typhoon, et Paris, qui soutient le Rafale (Dassault Aviation), avaient rendu leur offre conformément au calendrier fixé par Doha. Mais pas Washington. Du coup, les deux enveloppes contenant les offres du consortium Eurofighter (BAE Systems, EADS et l'italien Finmeccanica) et de Dassault Aviation ont dormi plusieurs mois au fond d'un coffre avant d'être décachetées… une fois la réponse des Américains réceptionnée par les Qataris. Et curieusement, les États-Unis n'ont finalement pas proposé le F-35, selon des sources concordantes.


La LPM prévoit la livraison de 26 Rafale

Le ministre de la Défense a fait un sacré pari en inscrivant la livraison de seulement 26 Rafale dans la LPM (2014-2019). Elle fixe la livraison de 11 Rafale en 2014 puis 2015, quatre en 2016 et puis aucun entre 2017 et 2019. Pour compenser l'absence de livraisons de 11 Rafale par an, Jean-Yves Le Drian a fait le pari de l'export. Aujourd'hui on est entré dans le "money time" pour conclure un contrat à l'exportation. Car il faut en moyenne trois ans pour fabriquer un Rafale à partir de la signature du contrat.

S'il réussit, le ministère pourra économiser la livraison de 11 Rafale, soit autour de 1 milliard par an. A contrario, il s'expose à des pénalités très lourdes de Dassault Aviation, qui lui-même fait vivre 500 fournisseurs dont Thales et Safran, ses principaux partenaires. "Le contrat stipule la livraison annuelle de onze Rafale. "C'est la cadence minimale fixée au regard de la continuité industrielle et de la capacité des fournisseurs de Dassault à produire les équipements nécessaires", avait expliqué en 2012 le délégué général pour l'armement (DGA), Laurent Collet-Billon. Si un contrat export n'était pas signé, la LPM prévoit une clause de revoyure pour trouver de nouvelles solutions.


Avions ravitailleurs et hélicoptères NH90 pour le Qatar

Fin mars, le Qatar a déjà signé une lettre d'intention pour l'achat de 22 hélicoptères NH90, pour un montant de près de deux milliards d'euros. Il s'agit de douze appareils en version TTH (transport tactique) et de dix NFH (lutte anti-surface et anti-sous-marine). Programme lancé par l'OTAN (via l'agence NAHEMA), le NH90 est produit par NHIndustries, un consortium regroupant Airbus Helicopters, l'Italien AgustaWestland et le néerlandais Fokker Aerostructure. Les Qataris avaient également annoncé leur intention d'acquérir deux avions ravitailleurs MRTT.

L'Italie et l'Espagne peuvent également remercier le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, qui a arraché le dernier jour du salon naval de défense (DIMDEX) cette annonce, qui a même surpris certains industriels. C'est AgustaWestland qui assemble la version navale du NH90 sur son site de Venise, à l'exception de ceux destinés à la France. Et c'est en Espagne que les A330-200 fabriqués à Toulouse (un tiers du prix de l'avion) sont convertis à Getafe (Espagne) en A330 MRTT.

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KAI Comments FA-50 Sale to Philippines

Korea Aerospace Industries has detailed the $420 million sale of 12 FA-50 light attack fighters to the Philippines, which brings to 52 the number of T-50 variants ordered to date by foreign customers. (KAI photo)


April 2, 2014 defense-aerospace.com/

(Source: Korea Aerospace Industries; dated March 28, 2014)


KAI Won A Contract to Export 12 FA-50s to the Philippines, Worth $420 Million


Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI) won a contract to export 12 FA-50s to the Philippines for Philippine Air Force's multi-purpose fighter purchase project in a government-to-government way on March 28th.


This contract including training is valued at $420 million and the company will completely deliver 12 aircraft within 38 months after the deal goes into effect.


The variant of T-50 family has received 52 orders from the Air Forces of Iraq (24) in 2013, Indonesia (16) in 2011 and the Philippines (12) in 2014.


T-50 variant aircraft developed in partnership with Lockheed Martin and in operation in the Republic of Korea Air Force.


The FA-50 measures 13.13m in length, 9.45m in width and 4.85m in height and is able to fly with a max speed of Mach 1.5 with up to 4,500kg armed weapons loaded in it.


FA-50 light attack aircraft, in particular earned KAI recognition for its high-performance and low-cost fighter.


KAI is eyeing to further exporting the T-50 variant aircraft to the U.S.A., Botswana, the U.A.E., Thailand and Peru.

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2 April 2014 airforce-technology.com


South Korea has started a process to acquire its long-desired four in-flight refuelling tanker aircraft in an effort to enhance the national air defence.


The estimated KRW1.4tn ($1.31bn) deal forms part of the country's attempts to augment its air defence in wake of escalating tension in morth-east Asia over the maritime interests of Japan, China and North Korea, Reuters reports.


The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement that the purchase will be made through a competitive bid process and bids will be accepted by the end of June 2014.


Two unnamed industry sources were quoted by the news agency as saying that Boeing is expected to bid with a model that is based on a Boeing 767-level aircraft, such as the KC-46 Pegasus, while Airbus Group is likely to offer its A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT).



Boeing KC-46 tanker

Boeing KC-46 tanker

Other companies are also anticipated to enter the competition with commercial aircraft overhauled as tankers, the sources added.


A closed briefing is scheduled to be held by DAPA on 08 April to brief the bidders regarding the contract requirements.


Another source with direct knowledge of its requirements said the country aims to close a deal by the end of 2014.


The in-flight refuelling tankers are anticipated to enhance the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) fighter aircraft airborne operation time by more than one hour, the source added.


Scheduled to be acquired between 2017 and 2019, the new tankers will help extend the operational range of ROKAF's F-15K and KF-16 fighter aircraft fleet, as reported earlier by Yonhap News Agency.

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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
photo AirTanker

photo AirTanker


01.04.2014 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com


Le consortium AirTanker annonce que la première opération de ravitaillement en vol d’un C-130 Hercules de la RAF par un A330 MRTT a eu lieu le 31 mars. Cette manœuvre fait suite à la certification complémentaire accordée par le ministère de la Défense le 29 mars.


Les MRTT britanniques réalisent des opérations de ravitaillement en vol des Tornado GR4 et des Eurofighter depuis l’été 2013 et ont à ce jour effectué plus de 215 vols de ce type.


La Royal Air Force possède actuellement sept exemplaires des A330-200 modifiés par Airbus Defence & Space, sur les quatorze commandés.

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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 07:40
Bombardier Tu-160: Moscou relance la production d'équipements


MOSCOU, 31 mars - RIA Novosti


La Russie a relancé la production d'équipements pour les moteurs des bombardiers stratégiques porte-missiles modernisés Tu-160M, a annoncé lundi à Moscou le holding russe Equipements aéronautiques.

"L'usine des constructions mécaniques Znamia de Moscou relance la production en série des dispositifs de contrôle de combustible pour les moteurs du bombardier stratégique Tu-160. Il s'agit des équipements les plus complexes produits par l'usine", a indiqué le service de presse du holding.

La Russie a cessé de fabriquer ces dispositifs au début des années 1990 suite à l'arrêt de la production en série des bombardiers stratégiques supersoniques Tu-160 et de leurs moteurs. A présent, elle relance la production pour maintenir son aviation stratégique en état de combat.

Conçu par le Bureau d'études soviétique Tupolev pendant les années 1970-1980, le bombardier porte-missiles stratégique Tu-160 (Blackjack, selon le code de l'OTAN) est le plus grand et le plus puissant avion supersonique militaire aux ailes à géométrie variable. Le Tu-160 est aussi le plus lourd avion de combat au monde et le bombardier ayant la plus grande masse au décollage.

En service opérationnel depuis 1987, le Tu-160 est destiné à détruire des cibles importantes au moyen d'armes nucléaires et conventionnelles. Son rayon d'action atteint 14.000 km. Son équipage comprend quatre pilotes. 

Les Tu-160M (M pour "modernisés") sont deux fois plus efficaces que les Tu-160. Le porte-parole de l'Armée de l'air russe Vladimir Drik a annoncé en 2012 que ces appareils sont dotés d'un nouveau système d'armement permettant d'utiliser des missiles de croisière et des bombes. L'avionique des appareils a fait l'objet d'une modernisation complète.

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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
BAE Systems helps keep RAAF ‘eyes in the sky’


31 March 2014 BAE Systems


Adelaide, SA: BAE Systems today signed an AU $77 million, five-year contract extension with Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) to continue support for the electronic warfare sub-systems aboard the RAAF’s Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.


This extends the existing support contract until at least mid-2019 and retains 35 high skilled positions in South Australia. It also keeps BAE Systems at the forefront of Australia’s electronic warfare capability. The extension follows the recently announced signing of a five-year extension to the Wedgetail support prime contract between BDA and the Commonwealth.

BAE Systems has provided engineering, maintenance and spares support for the Wedgetail electronic warfare suite under subcontract to Boeing for the past two and a half years. The state-of-the-art equipment is operated by on-board sensor specialists to locate and identify radar emitters and to protect the aircraft and its crew from potential missile threats.

“We are very pleased to retain this work and specialist skills in South Australia,” said Kim Scott, Director Land & Integrated Systems. “We trust that continued success on this program will help demonstrate that this type of advanced technology and capability can be provided locally to world standards.”

“BAE Systems is a key partner in the Wedgetail support program”, said BDA’s Mark Horton, Acting Wedgetail In-Service Support Program Manager.  “The extension to BAE Systems’ contract recognises the results achieved during the initial support period and continues the excellent partnership we have established.”

“We are very proud to be associated with the Wedgetail project and look forward to continuing that association,” said Mr Scott.

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The seventh batch of An-32 aircrafts upgraded was supplied to the Air Forces of India

01 April 2014 Pacific Sentinel


On March 29, 2014 the representatives of Ukroboronprom, PLANT 410 CA and Spectechnoexport have supplied to the Air Forces of India the seventh batch of An-32 Transportation Aircrafts, which were upgraded in Kyiv in the framework of the contract concluded in 2009.


That very day the vehicles were departed from Kyiv to Kanpur (India). Taking into consideration the events in Crimea, the European partners, as an exceptional case, have opened the sky for the military transportation aircrafts, so that the vehicles will be able to arrive at destination place in time.  


 As Yuriy Tereshenko, Temporary Director General of Ukroboronprom, reported, Ukrainian and Indian parties are satisfied with the progress of contract implementation and count on development of cooperation within the Program.


“We are sure that our Indian partners are satisfied with a high quality of our works, conducted by Ukrainian enterprises. India was and remains to be a strategic Ukrainian partner in the area of military technical cooperation. We admit a mutual interest in further development of aviation program. We expect in the nearest future the bilateral cooperation will be continued by new contracts,” Yuriy Tereshenko stressed on.  



The contract, worth some USD 400 million, for the repair and upgrading of 105 units of An-32 vehicles of the Air Forces of India was signed in July 2009 between Air Forces of Ministry of Defense of India and subsidiary company of Ukrspecexport State Company – Spectechnoexport.


In accordance with the contract, that have become the largest in the history of Ukrainian Indian bilateral military technical cooperation, 40 aircrafts are to be modernized in Ukraine and the rest of the aircraft at the BRD-1 aviation plant of the Indian Air Force in Kanpur (North India). Ukraine’s Antonov Plant and Civil Aviation Plant 410 are executing the contract.


As part of the deep upgrade, the Indian aircraft is to be fitted with modern equipment made in Ukraine and other countries. In particular, these are aircraft collision warning equipment, collision with ground early warning equipment, satellite navigation system, aircraft rangefinders, modernized height finders, new radar set with two multifunctional indicators, new oxygen equipment, and modernized crew seats.    


The upgraded An-32 will be able to land on an ICAO category II approach. Whereas, fuel consumption and the mass of the empty upgraded aircraft will be lower than for the basic model.


In addition, in line with a three-year contract worth $110 million signed in December 2009 by Motor Sich OJSC (Zaporizhia) and the Indian Air Force, the AI-20 engines of the Indian An-32s are being upgraded.


As of today, 35 aircrafts, out of those that are to be upgraded in Kyiv, have been already upgraded and transferred to the Costumer.


The first 10 modernized aircrafts have been already transferred to the Costumer in 2011, and each year other 10 vehicles in 2012 and 2013 accordingly.  The next 5 transportations were sent to India in August of the last year. The supply of the final batch of aircrafts, the modernization of which is carried out in Kyiv, is planned for the summer. 



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