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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:25
Rockwell Collins selected for Mexican Air Force C-130 avionics upgrade


Mar 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


Rockwell Collins’ Flight2™ integrated avionics system has been selected by Cascade Aerospace for the Mexican Air Force C-130 upgrade program. This equipment will be installed on Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft.


“Mexican Air Force pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics on board these aircraft,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, the Americas for Rockwell Collins.  “This government-to-government contract via Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) will complete the modernization of Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft.  Through our work with Cascade Aerospace, we look forward to continuing our long legacy of helping C-130 pilots achieve their missions with these important upgrades."


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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
17th C-5M Super Galaxy photo Todd McQueen LM

17th C-5M Super Galaxy photo Todd McQueen LM


Marietta, Ga. Mar. 25, 2014– Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered its 17th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities here today. It is the first C-5M delivery for 2014. U.S. Air Force aircrews will deliver the aircraft tail number 87-0020 to Dover Air Force Base, Del. after a stop at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., where it will undergo internal paint restoration.


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 2017.


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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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
GAO Reports Persistent F-35 Software, Cost and Affordability Problems

Mar 25, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Government Accountability Office; issued Mar 24, 2014)


F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Problems Completing Software Testing May Hinder Delivery of Expected Warfighting Capabilities

Delays in developmental flight testing of the F-35's critical software may hinder delivery of the warfighting capabilities the military services expect.

F-35 developmental flight testing comprises two key areas: mission systems and flight sciences. Mission systems testing verifies that the software-intensive systems that provide critical warfighting capabilities function properly and meet requirements, while flight sciences testing verifies the aircraft's basic flying capabilities.

Challenges in development and testing of mission systems software continued through 2013, due largely to delays in software delivery, limited capability in the software when delivered, and the need to fix problems and retest multiple software versions.

The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) predicts delivery of warfighting capabilities could be delayed by as much as 13 months. Delays of this magnitude will likely limit the warfighting capabilities that are delivered to support the military services' initial operational capabilities—the first of which is scheduled for July 2015—and at this time it is not clear what those specific capabilities will be because testing is still ongoing.

In addition, delays could increase the already significant concurrency between testing and aircraft procurement and result in additional cost growth.

Without a clear understanding of the specific capabilities that will initially be delivered, Congress and the military services may not be able to make fully informed resource allocation decisions.

Flight sciences testing has seen better progress, as the F-35 program has been able to accomplish nearly all of its planned test flights and test points. Testing of the aircraft's operational capabilities in a realistic threat environment is scheduled to begin in 2015. The program has continued to make progress in addressing some key technical risks.

To execute the program as planned, the Department of Defense (DOD) will have to increase funds steeply over the next 5 years and sustain an average of $12.6 billion per year through 2037; for several years, funding requirements will peak at around $15 billion.

Annual funding of this magnitude clearly poses long-term affordability risks given the current fiscal environment. The program has been directed to reduce unit costs to meet established affordability targets before full-rate production begins in 2019, but meeting those targets will be challenging as significant cost reductions are needed.

Additionally, the most recent cost estimate for operating and supporting the F-35 fleet is more than $1 trillion, which DOD officials have deemed unaffordable. This estimate reflects assumptions about key cost drivers the program can control, like aircraft reliability, and those it cannot control, including fuel costs, labor costs, and inflation rates.

Reliability is lower than expected for two variants, and DOT&E reports that the F-35 program has limited additional opportunities to improve reliability.

Aircraft manufacturing continued to improve in 2013, and management of the supply chain is evolving. As the number of aircraft in production has increased, critical learning has taken place and manufacturing efficiency has improved. For example, the prime contractor has seen reductions in overall labor hours needed to manufacture the aircraft, as expected. In 2013, the contractor delivered 35 aircraft to the government, 5 more than it delivered in 2012 and 26 more than it delivered in 2011. The prime contractor has put in place a supplier management system to oversee key supplier performance.

Why GAO Did This Study:

The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is DOD’s most costly and ambitious acquisition program. The program seeks to develop and field three aircraft variants for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and eight international partners. The F-35 is integral to U.S. and international plans to replace existing fighter aircraft and support future combat operations. Total U.S. planned investment in the F-35 program is approaching $400 billion to develop and acquire 2,457 aircraft through 2037, plus hundreds of billions of dollars in long-term spending to operate and maintain the aircraft.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 mandated that GAO review the F-35 acquisition program annually for 6 years. In this, GAO's fifth annual report on the F-35, GAO assesses the program's (1) ongoing development and testing, (2) long-term affordability, and (3) manufacturing progress.

GAO reviewed and analyzed manufacturing data through December 2013, program test plans, and internal DOD analyses, and spoke with DOD, program, and contractor officials.
What GAO Recommends

Recommendation for Executive Action
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the delivery of F-35 software capabilities, the Secretary of Defense should conduct an assessment of the specific capabilities that realistically can be delivered and those that will not likely be delivered to each of the services by their established initial operational capability dates. The results of this assessment should be shared with Congress and the military services as soon as possible but no later than July 2015.
DoD concurs.

Click here for the full report (41 PDF pages) on the GAO website.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20

C-140 Aurora (Flickr/boegh)


March 25, 2014 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)


The Canadian Department of National Defense, which has ordered the upgrading of additional surveillance aircraft, has ordered new radar for the planes.


The Canadian Department of National Defense has contracted MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to provide radar surveillance systems.

The eight systems to be provided under the $57 million contract will be for integration aboard CP-140 Aurora fleet, which Canada is upgrading.

MDA's said its surveillance system for theCP-140 provides high-resolution imaging capability to detect, locate, and classify, land and marine-based objects.

"Canada's DND and MDA have developed a successful working relationship based on quality, reliability and value,” said Don Osborne, an MDA vice president. “We are pleased to support DND with this repeat business and provide additional high-performance airborne radar surveillance systems.

"This contract underscores the global need for critical multi-mission intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that aid in the detection of illegal or hostile activity in maritime approaches or remote regions."

The CP-140 Aurora is Canada's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Aircraft. The Lockheed Martin aircraft is based on the P-3 Orion airframe. Canada currently operates a fleet of 14 updated Auroras but announced last week it is investing in four more modernized CP-140s.

Modernization will be conducted under existing competitively awarded industry contracts and will include new avionics and missions systems.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
Ducommun Awarded Contracts from Bell Helicopter for V-22 Osprey



Mar 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : Ducommun Incorporated


Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE: DCO) (“Ducommun” or the “Company”) today reported that it has received contracts valued at $5.6 million from Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT), to provide electronic assemblies and wiring harnesses for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor military aircraft through January 2015. The Company will manufacture the electronic subassemblies at its Huntsville, Ark., plant and the wiring harnesses at its Joplin, Mo., facility. Ducommun has supported the V-22 program since 2005.


“We are certainly pleased to see our relationship with Bell continue to strengthen and grow through the V-22 program,” said Anthony J. Reardon, chairman and chief executive officer. “This latest award expands our support of the program with a new electronic subassembly — which we will manufacture with the same commitment to product integrity for our customer and, most importantly, for the V-22 fighter pilots and combat troops.”


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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20
B-2 stealth bomber photo US Air Force

B-2 stealth bomber photo US Air Force


25 Mar 2014 by Jon Hemmerdinger – FG


Washington DC - A US Air Force report about a 2010 fire on a Northrop Grumman B-2 bomber says that firefighting crews in Guam were unfamiliar with the aircraft’s tailpipe or with the potential for tailpipe fires.


The report, dated 26 May 2010 but only recently posted on the USAF’s website, attributes the fire to the aircraft’s design and inadequate flight manuals, but calls attention to training shortcomings with the firefighting team at Andersen AFB on Guam.


It says those shortcomings likely resulted in additional damage to the roughly $1.7 billion aircraft, which required $64.4 million in repairs over nearly four years.


Two fire chiefs at Guam told the USAF “they were unaware that a tailpipe bay existed, and they were unaware that there was a potential for fire inside it,” says the report.


The USAF did not immediately provide answer to questions about why fire crews were ill prepared, or about any steps taken to improve training.


The fire began on 26 February 2010, after the crew started all four of the aircraft’s General Electric F118 engines, and then shut one down following a generator problem.


During restart, “reverse airflow”, possibly caused by the adjacent running engine, drew fuel vapour into the tailpipe, says the report. The vapour ignited, which ignited oil-soaked foam in the tailpipe bay, says the report.


Firefighters contained the blaze after 26min, but applied less than 5% of 34,000 gallons of extinguishing fluid on the tailpipe. That was where the fire was hottest, at about 1,000˚F, says the report.


“There were delays in putting agent on the fire at its source in the tailpipe bay, which allowed the fire to burn longer and likely resulted in increased damage,” says the USAF. “No one in the Andersen AFB fire department was familiar with B-2 tailpipe bays.”


The USAF also recently released a report about a second B-2 ground incident, which occurred on 8 July 2011 at Whiteman AFB in Missouri. Crew error contributed to that incident, which involved overheating of the aircraft’s pitot system, says the report.


The overheating occurred because the pitot static heat switch was turned to the “on” position for 67min while the aircraft was connected to ground power during a fuel-offloading procedure, says the report.


“This action was a clear procedural error and a causal factor in the mishap,” says the report. “This switch must be in the off position prior to applying external electrical power.”


The USAF says it could not determine which crew member turned on the switch, but notes that it could have been mistaken for the adjacent windshield defog switch, which should be set to “min” while under ground power.


The overheating damaged all of the aircraft‘s 24 static port transducer units and two panels on which the units were mounted, says the USAF.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:50
Nexans va fournir 130.000 kilomètres de câbles à Airbus pour 200 millions d'euros

Le contrat prévoit la fourniture d'environ 130.000 kilomètres de fils de câblage, câbles de puissance, câbles de transmissions de données et câbles résistants au feu, a précisé Nexans.


25/03/2014 latribune.fr 


Le contrat entre l'avionneur européen et le fabricant de câbles devrait rapporter à ce dernier quelque 200 millions d'euros sur cinq ans. Il porte sur la conception, la fabrication et la fourniture de 130.000 km de fils de câblage (légers) destinés aux appareils Airbus.


200 millions d'euros. Voici le montant que devrait rapporter à Nexans, le groupe spécialisé dans la fabrication de câbles, le contrat conclu avec Airbus, qui s'inscrit dans le partenariat de long terme engagé il y a vingt ans entre les deux groupes.


95% des besoins totaux en câbles d'un avion

Celui-ci prévoit la fourniture d'environ 130.000 kilomètres de fils de câblage, câbles de puissance, câbles de transmissions de données et câbles résistants au feu, a précisé Nexans. Des équipements qui représentent environ 95% des besoins totaux en câbles d'un avion qui peut, selon les caractéristiques des modèles, être parcouru de 200 à 600 kilomètres de câblage.


"Le gain de poids, l'une des priorités d'Airbus"

Ce qui a pesé dans la balance en faveur de Nexans, "a été l'approche innovante du groupe pour la conception de câbles allégés" car "le gain de poids est l'une des grandes priorités d'Airbus", précise le communiqué du groupe.

"L'attention que nous portons à la qualité, aux livraisons et à la logistique a joué un rôle tout aussi important", a commenté Yvan Duperray, directeur des ventes Aéronautique de Nexans, cité dans le communiqué.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 18:30
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS


25.03.2014 by Arie Egozi - FG


Tel Aviv - Israel Aerospace Industries is in different stages of negotiations with four countries that have shown interest in the Airbus Defence & Space C295 medium transport, fitted with an airborne early warning and control system suite supplied by its Elta Systems subsidiary.


Airbus has previously flown one of its C295 development aircraft with an aerodynamic model of an AEW rotodome installed.


Elta is offering a mission system including a radar, command, control and communications equipment and electronic intelligence sensors.


An Israeli source says the proposed AEW version of the C295 is an attractive option for air forces that already use the European design for transport applications. The current interest includes some nations that currently use the twin-turboprop, the source reveals.


Airbus says an AEW version of the C295 would have a mission endurance of up to 9h, and be capable of operating at an altitude of up to 26,000ft (7,930m). The company is exhibiting a Brazilian air force-operated C295 at the 25-30 March FIDAE show in Santiago, Chile.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 17:20
USAF seeks new helmet-mounted display

21 Mar 2014 By Jon Hemmerdinger - FG

Washington DC - The US Air Force is seeking an improved digital helmet-mounted display (DHMD) for pilots, in response to the increasing complexity of aircraft and weapons systems.

In a recent request for information posted on the US government’s procurement website, the USAF says it seeks a helmet that improves pilots’ situational awareness and has features that integrate sensor data to help pilots better identify targets. The helmet system should also monitor pilot health and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the helmet.

Oxygen-related issues were found to have caused a series of hypoxia incidents that led to a four-month fleet-wide grounding of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors in 2011. An F-22 oxygen system problem also preceded one fatal crash.

However, the USAF's request – posted in February but updated on 13 March – does not say which aircraft the helmet would be used for, and the service did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

“The government is interested in receiving information on a broad array of technologies that have the potential to enhance aircrew warfighter operational capabilities in fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft platforms,” says the request.

“As weapon systems have become increasingly complex and aircrews are exposed to extensive amounts of battlespace information, it has become clear that a significant effort is necessary to provide a revolutionary leap in [DHMD] capability.”

The request says the USAF seeks a new helmet that makes better use of symbol displays – called symbology – and possibly uses “conformal”, or three-dimensional, symbols.

Also of interest is eye tracking technology that would allow information to be presented where pilots are looking, rather than where they are facing, says the USAF.

The service also wants a helmet that digitally incorporates night vision capability, and one that collects information gained from a variety of sensors, including mid-wave and long-wave infrared sensors and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors, says the request.

The USAF wants that information to be processed using algorithms that would help the pilot to better detect and identify ground objects, such as vehicles, humans, terrain hidden by fog, haze or dust, as well as objects concealed by floors and vehicles, says the service.

In addition, the system should be able to distinguish whether humans or vehicles are friend or foe, says the notice.

It would also have cognitive and physiological pilot monitoring that would identify, and prevent mishaps caused by pilot fatigue, cognitive overload, unconsciousness or spatial disorientation. The eye tracking system could potentially monitor vigilance and sleepiness by monitoring blinking and the amount of time a pilot’s eyes are closed, says the request.

The USAF is interested in monitoring heart activity with electrocardiogram data and brain activity with electroencephalography data.

The helmet system could also monitor “galvanic skin response” – used to identify sweat – blood flow, hydration and mask oxygen and carbon dioxide content, says the USAF.

In 2011, the service grounded all F-22s due to hypoxia incidents later attributed to issues with the aircraft’s onboard oxygen generation system and the pilot’s upper pressure garment. The grounding followed an F-22 crash in November 2010 that was preceded by failure of an oxygen sensor. That crash killed the pilot.

The USAF blamed the crash on the pilot, saying he failed to activate an emergency oxygen supply, but a later Pentagon report found the service’s conclusions were based on insufficient evidence.

Lockheed, which is integrating a helmet-mounted display from Vision Systems International (VSI) into its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, says it does not know which aircraft the new helmet is intended for.

Rockwell Collins, which joined with Elbit Systems to form VSI, could not be reached for comment.

The helmet for the F-35, the only fighter that currently has a digital helmet-mounted display, suffered developmental delays sufficient to lead the military to seek an alternative helmet in September 2011.

BAE Systems proposed a design, but the F-35’s programme office decided in October 2013 to stick with VSI.

Lockheed says the latest “third-generation” VSI helmet is progressing, noting that it plans to flight test the helmet in an F-35 in the third quarter of this year.

Features of VSI’s helmet include symbology, a virtual head-up display, mounted night vision and real-time video that is integrated with the aircraft’s 360˚ situational awareness system, says Lockheed

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 19:35
F-35 Stealth Multirole Fighters For South Korea



24/03/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


The Republic of Korea Air Force is upgrading its equipment, with plans announced to purchase 40 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighters and four Northrop Grumman Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles.


South Korea's aim is to revitalise its air force through deals set to be fully firmed-up between July and September 2014, with airframe deliveries tentatively scheduled from 2018 onwards. The Global Hawk UAVs' purchase price isn't known but, according to information given by defence officials to news agency Reuters, the 40 Lightning IIs will cost an estimated $6.8 billion in total.


Previously, South Korea seemed to have chosen the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle to meet the Republic of Korea Air Force's future fighter needs. However, in November 2013, it was hinted that, instead, the country's preference had swung towards the Lockheed Martin design.


South Korean F-35 Order


In a statement, Lockheed Martin expressed pleasure at the South Korean F-35 order announcement and pledged to support arrangements between the US and South Korea to set a contract in motion.


"We are honored by and appreciate the trust and confidence the Republic of Korea has placed in the 5th Generation F-35 to meet its demanding security requirements", explained its vice president of aeronautics, Orlando Carvalho. "We look forward to supporting the discussions between the Republic of Korea and US governments in support of a final agreement this year."


South Korea now becomes the tenth nation to have moved to acquire the F-35 Lightning II, alongside the US, UK, Australia, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Turkey, Israel and Japan.


Lightning II Stealth Multirole Fighter


Produced by a US-led consortium, the F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighter features cutting-edge technology aimed at making it undetectable by enemy radars. Three versions are available - the F-35A, F-35B and F-35C. These are capable of conventional (runway-based) take offs and landings, short take offs and landings and aircraft carrier operations, respectively.


The Republic of Korea Air Force has been active since 1949. According to a 2010 count, it operates 760 aircraft, many of them US-origin. McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons currently make up the backbone of its fighter fleet.

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 16:50
Interview de Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Airbus Group (SDBR)


Propos recueillis par Alain Establier - Lettre SECURITY DEFENSE Business Review n° 102 – Mars 2014



SDBR : Dans la nouvelle entité Airbus Defence & Space, vous avez évoqué un changement de périmètre. Pouvez-vous nous en dire plus ?


source Airbus Group

source Airbus Group


Marwan Lahoud : Actuellement nous faisons un inventaire complet des activités d’Airbus military, de Cassidian et d’Astrium, les 3 composantes d’Airbus Defence & Space (ADS), qui devrait aboutir vers le mois de juin. Tout ne sera peut-être pas encore figé à ce moment-là, mais nous aurons alors une bonne vision de l’existant pour pouvoir prendre des décisions au 2ème semestre 2014. Rien n’est fermé, ce qui signifie que le changement de périmètre pourrait aussi bien entrainer des cessions d’activités que des acquisitions de sociétés.


Dans ADS, il y a « Defence and Space » dans l’intitulé. Quid des activités civiles ?


Marwan Lahoud : Il n’y a pas de sous-entendu dans cet intitulé. Les activités civiles auxquelles vous faites allusion sont  essentiellement des activités spatiales, ou bien les activités de réseaux sécurisés. Nous n’abordons pas les activités sous cet angle, à savoir est-ce de la défense ou non, mais selon le Core business d’Airbus Group : est-ce que cela vole, est-ce que cela contribue à des objets volants ou est-ce que cette activité contribue à la notoriété du groupe, est-ce que cette activité contribue au positionnement du groupe en tant qu’acteur de la défense ou de l’espace ? Une fois que nous avons répondu à ces questions nous étudions les critères financiers, à savoir est-ce une activité rentable ou non, est-ce une activité capitalistique ou non ? Toutes ces questions nous permettront de décider de la pérennité de telle ou telle activité dans le groupe. Une fois que la décision sera prise de garder ou non une activité, il nous faudra réfléchir aux moyens de la conserver et de la développer, ou bien de la vendre, à condition qu’il y ait des acheteurs…


Peut-on parler des drones ?


Interview de Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Airbus Group (SDBR)


Marwan Lahoud : Les drones ! Prenons l’exemple du Talarion (projet de drone Male de Cassidian). Nous avons annoncé avoir lancé le Talarion en une coopération de la France, de l’Allemagne, de l’Italie et de la Turquie. Qu’en était-il en fait ? Quatre industriels avaient signé une lettre disant en substance : « s’il y a un programme de drone Male et si tout le monde est d’accord, alors nous le ferons ensemble… ». La réalité était un peu différente : la France n’a ni argent ni programme de drone Male, l’Allemagne non plus (en tous cas à ce jour, car le gouvernement vient de changer), l’Italie on ne sait pas et la Turquie non plus. Voilà la réalité. En revanche ce qui est sûr, c’est que si nous ne faisons pas rapidement de la technologie de drone en Europe, nous serons dépassés technologiquement pour l’aéronautique de l’horizon 2040 ! Comme on le constate avec les avions commerciaux, l’évolution va toujours dans la même direction. Il y a un enjeu majeur de l’objet volant sans pilote, qui ne peut être ni sous-estimé ni oublié. Au même moment, aux Etats-Unis et en Israël, les technologies « unmanned » se sont considérablement développées. Donc, si nous ne faisons pas d’effort sur ce sujet nous serons vite dépassés.


La Turquie rechigne à prendre livraison de ses A400M. Pourquoi ?


A400M MSN9 - photo Airbus DS

A400M MSN9 - photo Airbus DS


Marwan Lahoud : C’est toujours très ennuyeux. Sur un avion livrable, il existe des centaines de points de contrôle techniques or nous assistons à une contre-négociation contractuelle pour des points de détail. Tant que le client ne prend pas possession de l’avion, bien sûr le solde contractuel n’est pas dû… Le problème, c’est que l’industriel a lui une chaîne à faire tourner et des cadences à tenir. De plus cela fait mauvais effet sur les autres clients.


Quid du psychodrame entre Astrium et Thales Alenia Space ?


Marwan Lahoud : L’idée qu’on entend parfois, « il y a des difficultés chez TAS, il y a des difficultés chez Astrium, marions-les et tout ira mieux », est pour moi de la stratégie à deux sous… Je comprends que cela puisse passionner certains, friands de grand meccano industriel, mais un industriel est d’abord intéressé par la charge de ses usines, ce qui permet de faire tourner ses outils de production. S’il y a des activités à arrêter chez Astrium, nous les arrêterons et s’il y en a à développer, nous les développerons. Mais pour pouvoir acheter une activité, il faut un vendeur et un acheteur. Il faut sortir de la logique qui consiste à penser que toute idée de meccano se concrétisera forcément. Aujourd’hui, nous ne sommes pas vendeur et il en est de même pour Thales, il me semble.


Nos missiliers sont parfois en concurrence. Quel est votre avis sur ce sujet ?


photo MBDA

photo MBDA


Marwan Lahoud : MBDA est dans notre Core business et c’est une participation rentable dont nous sommes très contents. Si vous faites référence à l’Arabie saoudite, il faut replacer les choses dans leur contexte en y mettant des chiffres. En Arabie saoudite, il s’agit d’un budget de 4 milliards sur 20 ans pour la défense aérienne (soit 200M par an en moyenne). Le chiffre d’affaires annuel de MBDA est de 3,5 milliards, donc ramenons les sujets à leur juste proportion.


Concernant l’A380, vous avez souligné l’effort de ventes qu’il y avait à faire par Airbus. Avez-vous des espoirs en chine ?


Marwan Lahoud : C’est un avion qui a été conçu pour le marché chinois. D’ailleurs, les compagnies chinoises étaient parmi les compagnies aériennes qui ont été réunies dans le groupe de travail qui a donné les spécifications du projet de l’A380…                                 


* Airbus Group : http://www.airbusgroup.com

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 13:40
Les programmes militaro-industriels de l’Ukraine et la Russie en question

An-124-100 Russian, quadriréacteur lourd emblématique du constructeur ukrainien Antonov


23 mars Aerobuzz.fr


La crise qui agite l’Ukraine et la Russie risque de porter atteinte à la coopération industrielle entre les deux pays. En effet, les complexes militaro industriels sont depuis les années 50 étroitement imbriqués.

Les hélicoptères MI-8 et MI-17, par exemple, véritables best-sellers mondiaux et assemblés en Russie, sont dotés de moteurs ukrainiens TV3-117. Idem pour certains composants clé des missiles, des blindés, sans parler des avions de transport « Antonov » largement déployés en Russie.

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 12:35
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin



24/03/14 lesechos.fr (Reuters)


SEOUL, 24 mars - La Corée du Sud a budgétisé quelque 6,8 milliards de dollars (5 milliards d'euros environ) pour l'achat de 40 chasseurs F-35 fabriqués par la firme américaine Lockheed Martin, a-t-on appris lundi de source proche du dossier.


Le contrat doit être finalisé au cours du troisième trimestre.


Mais le budget a d'ores et déjà transmis par l'Agence nationale des programmes d'achats d'armements (DAPA) à la commission parlementaire qui supervise les acquisitions militaires, a ajouté cette source. (Joyce Lee; Henri-Pierre André pour le service français)

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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 11:50
Interview de Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Airbus Group (Extraits)


Propos recueillis par Alain Establier - Lettre SECURITY DEFENSE Business Review n° 102 – Mars 2014


SDBR : Dans la nouvelle entité Airbus Defence & Space, vous avez évoqué un changement de périmètre. Pouvez-vous nous en dire plus ?


Marwan Lahoud : Actuellement nous faisons un inventaire complet des activités d’Airbus military, de Cassidian et d’Astrium, les 3 composantes d’Airbus Defence & Space (ADS), qui devrait aboutir vers le mois de juin. Tout ne sera peut-être pas encore figé à ce moment-là, mais nous aurons alors une bonne vision de l’existant pour pouvoir prendre des décisions au 2ème semestre 2014. Rien n’est fermé, ce qui signifie que le changement de périmètre pourrait aussi bien entrainer des cessions d’activités que des acquisitions de sociétés.


Interview de Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Airbus Group (Extraits)

Suite de l'interview en fin de journée.

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22 mars 2014 6 22 /03 /mars /2014 12:50
Airbus A330MRTT : l’incident du Voyager britannique sans doute lié à une action involontaire du CDB


20.03.2014 Romain Guillot journal-aviation.com


Le bureau d’enquêtes sur les accidents défense britannique (MAA - Military Aviation Authority) a publié un rapport factuel sur l’incident survenu en croisière sur l’un des Airbus A330 MRTT de la Royal Air Force le 9 février dernier alors qu’il survolait l’espace aérien turque en direction de l’Afghanistan.


La perte de contrôle momentanée de l’appareil, qui avait chuté de 4400 pieds en 27 secondes, avec un vario négatif atteignant les 15000 pieds/minute, avait contraint les autorités britanniques à clouer l’intégralité de la flotte de Voyager (6 appareils) durant une dizaine de jours.


Selon le rapport de la MAA, les enregistrements du FDR n’ont pas montré de défaillance système pouvant entrainer une tendance à faire piquer l’appareil.


Par ailleurs, le Commandant de Bord, seul dans le poste au moment de l’incident, aurait involontairement et indirectement manœuvré son side-stick vers l’avant en avançant son siège, le déplacement de l’accoudoir gauche poussant un appareil photo qui lui même est entré en contact avec la commande de vol.


L’intégralité du rapport intermédiaire est consultable en cliquant sur ce lien.
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M-346 israélien photo Alenia Aermacchi

M-346 israélien photo Alenia Aermacchi



20.03.2014 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com



Alenia Aermacchi a organisé une cérémonie officielle de roll-out ce 20 mars afin de dévoiler le premier M-346 « Lavi », destiné à l’armée de l’air israélienne.


Ce premier exemplaire devrait être livré à l’été 2014 selon l’industriel italien. L’assemblage final avait débuté le 7 novembre 2013 en Italie.


Israël a commandé 30 exemplaires de cet avion d’entraînement en 2012 pour remplacer ses TA-4 Skyhawk.

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21 mars 2014 5 21 /03 /mars /2014 12:35
SU-30MKI photo g4sp

SU-30MKI photo g4sp


20 mars Aerobuzz.fr


New Delhi déplore le manque de fiabilité de ses 275 avions de combat polyvalents Su-30MKI. Les militaires mettent en cause le calculateur principal du système d’arme qui ne parvient pas à assurer le traitement de ses tâches. Du coup les écrans des deux cockpits deviennent soudainement vides. L’appel à l’aide des autorités indiennes est semble t-il resté lettre morte à Moscou. Cette panne est d’autant plus gênante que le Su-30MKI est considéré comme le fer de lance des forces armées indiennes. L’appareil polyvalent caractérisé par un radar « Bars » très performant et une avionique mêlant des équipements indiens, russes et occidentaux est appelé à devenir le porteur du missile d’attaque supersonique à longue portée Brahmos.

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Airbus Group highlights commitment to Latin America at FIDAE


Santiago de Chile,  20 March 2014 Airbus Group


  • Airbus Group showcases its cutting-edge products and technology at the show
  • First Latin American show where Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters participate under the new brand name

Airbus Group will have a major presence at the 18th edition of the FIDAE air show from the 25-30 March 2014 at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport. The Group, which is taking part in the show for the first time under its new name, will feature its three Divisions: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters (Chalets D4-D8).

“FIDAE is the biggest and longest-running air show in Latin America and a key event for the Airbus Group. Furthermore, we now have the opportunity to present our new brand and organisation to our customers and audiences in Latin America,” said Jean-Pierre Talamoni, Corporate Vice President of International at Airbus Group.

With more than 1,400 employees located at 17 sites across seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru), Latin America is a region where Airbus Group continues to expand its presence, generating revenues in 2013 of about $5 billion. According to Jean-Pierre Talamoni, “The Group has always aimed to be a partner of choice here, and our four decades of experience in the market reinforce this position by delivering key solutions to our customers’ needs.”

Latin America is one of the Group’s longest standing markets and sourcing partners, with an order backlog of about $60 billion. Agreements with some of the region’s leading universities and research centres also help making Latin America a research and skills partner for Airbus Group.


Airbus Group

Airbus Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2013, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 59.3 billion and employed a workforce of around 144,000.

(The legal name change from European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V. (“EADS N.V.”) to Airbus Group N.V. is subject to the approval of the Annual General Meeting.)

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 17:20
EA-18G Growler photo US Navy

EA-18G Growler photo US Navy


17 Mar 2014 By Jon Hemmerdinger - FG


Washington DC - The US Navy has confirmed it wants to buy additional Boeing E/A-18G Growler aircraft – a move the service says will protect the nation’s industrial base and provide it with the electronic warfare capability it will need in the coming decades.


“I see a growing Growler need,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm Jonathan Greenert told lawmakers during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on 12 March. “We are at the minimum requirement as we know it.”


“Today we have the minimum numbers [of Growlers] in each squadron,” adds USN secretary Ray Mabus.


The navy, which did not immediately respond to a request for additional information, currently has five Growlers per squadron, Mabus says. “Looking in the future, we don’t think electronic attack is going to get any smaller,” he adds.


The comments come days after news that the USN is seeking to include 22 additional Growlers in its “unfunded” requirements request for fiscal year 2015. That document, which must be approved by military leaders, includes items that were not in the military’s FY2015 budget request, released earlier this month.


In his committee testimony, Greenert calls the request a “hedge and risk-reduction” effort, adding that the navy is “very mindful of the industrial base”.


The US government is also “working on things like foreign military sales to keep that [Boeing] line in business”, Greenert adds.


Boeing’s Super Hornet and Growler production line in St Louis, Missouri will run out of work in the third quarter of 2016, if the company does not receive additional orders from the US government or foreign militaries.


The manufacturer says its twin-seat Growler can provide the electronic jamming capability needed to ensure other fighters – like Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – are most effective.

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 13:40
Croatian defence ministry

Croatian defence ministry


18 Mar 2014 By Igor Salinger - FG


Croatia's defence ministry says the current turmoil in Ukraine “has nothing to do” with a roughly five-month delay in returning its Mikoyan MiG-21bisD fighters and UMD-model trainers that are being overhauled in Odessa, instead citing “technical problems”.


These include issues with integrating new navigation and communication equipment from Czech supplier CLS, along with “digital to analogue signal conversion”.


Being performed under a €13.9 million ($19.3 million) deal forged through Ukraine's Ukrspecexport organisation, the project includes the overhaul of the seven aircraft and the provision of five additional single-seat examples, which are being refurbished and equipped to Croatian air force specifications.


Assistant defence minister and former air force commander-in-chief Viktor Koprivnjak says the service's original five aircraft are “finished, except for a problematic navcomm device”, while its two UMDs are “about 95%” complete. A solution to the issue is believed to have been found, a military source says, meaning the first fighters could be returned in the coming weeks.


The air force on 21 February took delivery of its first two Mil Mi-8MTV/-17 transport helicopters to have been overhauled under a co-operation agreement between repair facilities in Sevastopol, Motor Sich in Ukraine and a technical facility in Velika Gorica, Croatia.


A second batch of four helicopters scheduled to undergo the same process this year are unlikely to be sent to the same facility in Crimea, due to tensions in the region, although a final decision will not be made for around two months.


Meanwhile, the Croatian defence ministry has signed a deal to train 16 student pilots from Oman for 150h each, using its Pilatus PC-9s. Also involving two Omani flight instructors, the activity will be performed at the air force flight academy in Zadar.

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photo Ruag Aviation

photo Ruag Aviation


17 Mar 2014 By: Craig Hoyle - FG


London- Operators of Boeing’s legacy F/A-18 could benefit from a collaboration agreement between two European firms currently responsible for providing national support for the type.


Signed by Finland’s Patria ­Aviation and Switzerland’s Ruag Aviation, the pact will “study the impacts of the worldwide F/A-18 ‘sundown’ programmes”, the companies say.


Combined, their home air ­forces operate 94 of the aircraft – approximately 25% of the global fleet of A- to D-model Hornets, excluding US Navy and Marine Corps examples – and plan to keep them operational until 2030 to 2035.


“It’s definitely the right point in time to bring the industries together,” says Daniel Brunner, Ruag Aviation’s general manager for jets and missiles.


“This agreement allows Patria and Ruag to start working on similar issues. Instead of each nation trying to solve a problem individually, we can co-operate and share,” he says.


Reaching the signature phase took around two years, following a suggestion by the nations’ ­defence ministries.


“The co-operation between ­Patria and Ruag casts a strong foundation to secure the sustainment of the ageing F/A-18 fleets, and will utilise both companies’ resources to the maximum ­benefit of our customers,” says Lassi Matikainen, president of Patria Aviation.


Practical near-term examples include the exchange of personnel, which Brunner says will enable the companies to respond to periods of over- or under-capacity, and sharing lessons learned through their provision of technical and logistics support. “We have identified a number of opportunities,” he adds.


The non-exclusive agreement also defines the parties’ roles and responsibilities with regard to pursuing additional business ­opportunities.


“It would be easy to co-operate with other air forces,” says Brunner, who notes that the initiative is being advanced following intensive discussions between the partners and Boeing. “We need to, and we want to, work with the OEM [original equipment manufacturer],” he stresses.


Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database records 381 A- to D-model F-18s as being in operation with the air forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland. This total includes 61 F-18C/Ds flown by the Finnish air force and 32 of the same mark operated by its Swiss counterpart.


“All could benefit” from the currently bilateral effort to reduce through-life support costs on the type, says Brunner.

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 12:50
photo AgustaWestland

photo AgustaWestland



Mar 20, 2014 ASDNews Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company


AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and the Italian Air Force are pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training solutions. The announcement was made on the occasion of the official ceremony for the maiden flight of the first HH-101AHH-101A CAESAR helicopter for the Italian Air Force held at Yeovil plant, UK, today.


AgustaWestland and Italian AF Sign LOI for Training

The partners intend to co-develop new capabilities to meet the future rotary-wing training requirements by leveraging synergies between the AgustaWestland Training Organization based at its Frosinone plant, close to Rome, and the Italian Air Force 72nd Wing (72° Stormo). Through this mutually beneficial cooperation, AgustaWestland will further expand the level of service in the training sector to meet the evolving requirements of the customer, while the Italian Air Force will enhance the level of training for its personnel through an innovative, efficient strategy.


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KRET to double its income

March 19, 2014, Rostec

KRET has embraced a program of action for 2014-2016. The concern plans to increase sales proceeds up to 146 billion in two years and to move on from the production of separate components to the supply of integrated electronic complexes for  military and civil purposes.


The 2020 development strategy was embraced by the KRET last year. The concern has set an ambitious goal – to become the leader in the Russian and CIS market of airborne electronic avionics.

“The three-year action program is a sort of a «road map», which makes more specific the tasks and describes the actions of all divisions and services of the concern. Its realization is to allow us to increase the sale proceeds in 2016 by almost two times compared to 2013 and ensure the growth of KRET’s profitability from 6.3 to 11.7 billion rubles during the same time period”, said Nikolay Kolesov, CEO of the KRET.

One of the key KRET’s development areas is to become a transfer from supplying of separate components and systems to sales of the integrated airborne avionics complexes (AA). According to the concern’s plans a share of the complex decisions up to 2016 must exceed 30% of all AA supplies.

KRET plans to continue its cooperations with the leading Russian civil and military aerotechnics manufacturers - United Aircraft and Russian Helicopters. In August 2013, at the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovski, the concern has signed new agreements for partnerships with these companies. According to these agreements, KRET has taken responsibility for the whole life cycle of the available United Aircraft equipment, starting from the development of the visual and up to the post-sales service of the end products. Furthermore, KRET is conducting a development of new AA prototypes for the perspective helicopters in terms of agreement with Russian Helicopters.

As a result of the program’s implementation, the sale proceeds of KRET are to grow from 99.7 to 146 billion rubles with a net income of 11.7 billion rubles for the same period.

The  Radioelectronic Technologies group (KRET), a largest Russian holding of the radioelectronic sector, was founded in 2009. It specializes in production of the radioelectronic warfare and complexes, struggle, aircraft equipment for the air vessels, and metering instruments. The group’s enterprises produce also household and medical equipment, control systems and equipment for the FEC, transportation, and machine industry. KRET is a division of the Rostec  state corporations.

Source: Press Release

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 12:20
King Air 350ER. (Hawker Beechcraft)

King Air 350ER. (Hawker Beechcraft)


19 mars Aerobuzz.fr


L’achat de Beech Holdings, maison-mère de Beechcraft Corporation, par Textron Inc. est bouclé. Les marques Cessna et Beechcraft sont désormais réunies sous la même entité baptisée Textron Aviation qui pèse 4,6 Md$ (chiffre d’affaires cumulé 2013). Si une synergie sera mise en place au niveau notamment des supports clients, les marques Cessna, Beechcraft et Hawker resteront distinctes. Le catalogue de Textron Aviation est impressionnant. Il réunit en effet les deux familles de biréacteurs d’affaires Citation et Hawker, la gamme des biturbopropulseurs King Air et les monoburbopropulseurs Caravan, ainsi que les avions à pistons Cessna et Beechcraft (mono et bimoteurs). Sans oublier les avions d’entrainement militaire Beechcraft T-6 et AT-6.

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19 mars 2014 3 19 /03 /mars /2014 17:55
CS Communication et Systèmes prévoit de recruter 240 collaborateurs en 2014 dont 50% de jeunes diplômés


19 mars 2014 par  Jacques Marouani


A cette fin, CS Communication et Systèmes (CS) a conclu une convention de partenariat pour une durée de 3 ans avec l'école d'ingénieurs grenobloise Phelma.


En 2014, CS Communication et Systèmes envisage de recruter plus de 240 collaborateurs dont 50% de jeunes diplômés dans les domaines de l’énergie (sûreté nucléaire, simulation numérique), de l’aéronautique et du spatial, de la défense et de la sécurité.


Afin de mieux communiquer ses besoins en termes de ressources humaines, la société a initié un rapprochement avec l'école d'ingénieurs grenobloise Phelma. Elle vient de signer à cet effet une convention de partenariat avec l'école qui devra permettre de contribuer plus activement à l'intégration de stagiaires et de jeunes diplômés issus de Phelma.


Chaque année, CS propose des stages et des premiers emplois, en France et à l’international. L’entreprise souhaite ainsi communiquer sur les perspectives de carrières qu’elle peut offrir aux étudiants et de mieux préparer l’avenir. En 2013, CS a recruté 226 collaborateurs dont 50 jeunes diplômés pour intervenir sur des projets en France et à l’international.


Les filières Phelma concernées sont les suivantes : Génie énergétique et nucléaire (GEN), Signal, image, communication multimédia (SICOM, en commun avec Grenoble INP ‐ Ense3) et Systèmes et logiciels embarqués (SLE, en commun avec Grenoble INP – Ensimag).


Un tel partenariat, permet donc de renforcer non seulement l’attractivité de filières d’enseignement propres à Phelma et des filières communes avec l’Ense3 et l’Ensimag, mais aussi l’attractivité du groupe Grenoble INP.

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