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

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

 

October 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Israel receives upgraded C-130 transport

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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KC-46 Demos its Aerial Refuelling Systems

 

Oct 14, 2015 ASDNews Source : Cobham

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Oct 13, 2015 Sputnik

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Thales’s Watchkeeper achieves another first in aviation history

 

October 15, 2015 Thales Group

 

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

 

Key points

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Le nouvel organigramme de Daher

Le nouvel organigramme de Daher

 

13.10.2015 par Aerobuzz.fr

 

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

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

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

 

13.10.2015 par Gil Roy – Aerobuzz.fr

 

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

 

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

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P-72A maritime patrol aircraft - photo D. Perry Flight Global

P-72A maritime patrol aircraft - photo D. Perry Flight Global

 

13 October, 2015 by Dominic Perry - FG

 

Turin  - Alenia Aermacchi is nearing completion of a test and evaluation phase for the Italian air force’s new P-72A maritime patrol aircraft.

 

The first of an eventual four examples of the ATR 72-600-derived type is due to be handed over to the service in March 2016 as it replaces its remaining fleet of Dassault Breguet ATL-1 Atlantics. Two aircraft – the MSN940 and MSN1031, built in 2011 and 2012 respectively – are currently at the manufacturer’s Caselle facility near Turin for mission-system integration and testing, having received airframe modifications at its site in Naples.

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 P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance and intelligence aircraft

P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance and intelligence aircraft

 

October 13, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Indra; issued October 13, 2015)

 

MADRID --- On September 29 Indra presented the unmanned version of its P2006T MRI maritime reconnaissance and intelligence aircraft at the London conference series on maritime reconnaissance.

Indra's General Manager of Defense and Security, José Manuel Pérez-Pujazón, took advantage of the multinational's participation in the conference series to make the announcement. Indra adapted the aircraft as part of its so-called "Targus" project, and it has already passed the viability tests and experimental demonstration.

Indra is currently working on the system certification and testing phase, and has told the Regional Government of Galicia that it would be willing to conduct these activities at the UAV development center to be built at the Rozas airdrome in Lugo.

The aim of the development is to place an unmanned aircraft on the market for the very competitive price of less than 6 million euros per unit. “The system will offer 12 hours of flying time without touching down, high-performance maritime reconnaissance and search and rescue capabilities, and unbeatable operating and maintenance costs," said the company's general manager Pérez-Pujazón.

Indra initially developed the P2006T MRI as a low-cost airport surveillance solution based on a light manned aircraft, designed to complement coastal reconnaissance systems which, like the Integrated External Surveillance System (SIVE) in the Spanish case, have been deployed by different countries to protect and guard their maritime borders.

Coastal maritime reconnaissance systems offer effective cover of the area between the coastline and a 20 or 30-mile radius. However, the economic interests of coastal countries extend beyond this radius up to the boundaries of the maritime exclusion zone situated 200 miles from the coastline or, as the case may be, up to the halfway point between the coasts of two countries when the distance between them is less than 400 nautical miles.

This is the case of the Mediterranean Sea, in which the distances between coastlines belonging to different countries often form part of maritime exclusion zones situated within a radius of 50 to 80 miles.

An intelligent aircraft at an affordable price

Coastal reconnaissance systems alone are insufficient to monitor these areas efficiently, respond to the issue of illegal immigration and address the humanitarian crises it provokes. Aerial or ground reconnaissance systems are also required.

The P2006T MRI is designed specifically to cover these areas, and with operating costs significantly lower than those of traditional maritime reconnaissance aircraft. The miniaturization and greatly reduced weight of the radar and infrared sensors and automatic identification systems (AIS) required for the mission mean that they can be installed on light aircraft designed for low-consumption leisure aviation.

This is the case of Indra's P2006T MRI which, with six hours of flying time without touching down in its present version – the new unmanned system will double that – a fuel consumption of 32 liters of automotive gasoline per hour of flight and extremely low maintenance costs, permits the on-board installation and integration of not only a Seaspray 5000E active electronically scanned array radar (standard Royal Navy equipment), a high-resolution visible and infrared camera, and an AIS, but also a line-of-sight radio link with an effective range of 180 nautical miles and an Inmarsat terminal.

This terminal sends real-time transmissions of the radar signal, visible and infrared video, AIS data and the aircraft's navigation data to a ground station, where they are monitored in real time.

The P2006T MRI has been successfully tested by the Spanish Civil Guard and Frontex in the Indalo operation that is carried out every summer along the south coast of Spain; in Operation Cross Eye recently conducted in the Sicilian Channel; and in the demonstrations of the European Union's Perseus system carried out in the Alboran Sea and Aegean Sea. In view of the aircraft's efficiency, the European agency Frontex recently chose it for future aerial reconnaissance operations of maritime and land borders.


Indra is one of the leading consulting and technology multinationals in Latin America and Europe. In 2014 it reported revenues of 2.938 billion euros, employed 39,000 professionals, had a local presence in 46 countries, and delivered projects in more than 140 countries.

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Arrivée d'un E-3F sur le site d'AFI KLM E&M à Roissy - photo Armée de l'Air

Arrivée d'un E-3F sur le site d'AFI KLM E&M à Roissy - photo Armée de l'Air

 

13/10/2015 Sources : BA 702 - Armée de l'air

 

Et de 4! Le quatrième et dernier E-3F, l’appareil numéroté n° 203, a quitté lundi 12 octobre 2015 la base aérienne 702 d’Avord pour les ateliers d’Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance (AFIKLM E&M) localisé sur l’aéroport de Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle.

 

Sur place, un chantier de plusieurs mois l’attend pour être mis au tout dernier standard technologique appelé Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU).

 

Démarré en mai 2013, le chantier MLU fait l’objet d’un contrat FMS (Foreign Military Sale) conclu entre la direction générale de l’armement et les autorités américaines. Dans le cadre de cette rénovation, l’armée de l’air a donc coopéré étroitement avec l’US Air Force, ainsi qu’avec un binôme industriel constitué de Boeing et d’AFIKLM E&M.

 

La modernisation du 4e système de détection et de contrôle aéroportés (SDCA) marque la fin de carrière des SDCA originels (appelés Legacy) qui ont servi pendant 25 ans.  Cet événement concrétise également le travail collectif mené au sein de la 36e escadre et de la base aérienne 702 d’Avord qui abritera désormais le plus haut standard de la technologie existante Awacs.

 

Sur MLU, l’ensemble du système de mission est revisité, avec notamment de nouvelles interfaces homme-machine, ainsi que de nouvelles consoles permettant de disposer de l’information tactique à chaque instant et de transmettre les ordres à tous les vecteurs engagés, notamment via des réseaux de liaisons de données puissants et robustes.

 

Prononcée le 17 avril dernier, la mise en service opérationnel de ce nouvel avion a permis l’envoi d’un E-3F dès le lendemain vers le théâtre d’opération irakien dans le cadre de l’opération Chammal.

 

E-3F en chantier de modernisation - photo Armée de l'Air

E-3F en chantier de modernisation - photo Armée de l'Air

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photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin


12 oct. 2015 by Lockheed Martin

 

The U-2 Dragon Lady goes through Lockheed Martin Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) every 4,800 flight hours or every seven years. PDM involves the complete disassembly, inspection, repair and reassembly of the entire aircraft; ensuring its longevity and ability to fly at today's record-high operational rates. This thorough maintenance allows Lockheed Martin to collect data on airframe integrity, confirming that nearly 80 percent lifespan remains on the aircraft. The U-2 collects critical targets no other platform can, flying faster, deeper and with greater reliability compared to any high-altitude ISR aircraft since the SR-71.

Learn more: http://lockheedmartin.com/us/products...

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AN-26 taking off from Kharkiv Airbase April 2014 photo Ukraine MoD)

AN-26 taking off from Kharkiv Airbase April 2014 photo Ukraine MoD)

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 By Ryan Maass (UPI)

 

Ukrainian state-owned arms trading company Ukrspetsexport will collaborate with Kazakhstan Aviation Industry to create a functioning service center for An aircraft in Astana. The service center will provide maintenance services for the An-26, An-72, and An-74 aircraft. Interfax-Ukraine reports the agreement was signed during Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's visit to Kazakhstan, following the fifth meeting of the Ukrainian-Kazakh intergovernmental commission. The agreement's aim is to improve cooperation between the countries in the aviation market.

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Polish Air Force Acquires Missiles for the MiG-29; Ukrainian Contractors May Place Their Offers Too

A German air force MiG-29 fires an R-27 radar-guided missile. The Polish air force is looking to buy 40 such missiles to maintain the capabilities of its own MiG-29s, and says it will allow Ukrainian suppliers to compete. (Luftwaffe photo)



Oct 09, 201 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Defence24.com Poland; posted Oct 09, 2015)

 

Poland’s Armament Inspectorate announced that it has begun a procedure to acquire radar guided R-27R1 missiles, used as the main armament of the Polish MiG-29 fighters. Ukrainian manufacturers are allowed to submit offers as well.

The procedure concerns procurement of 40 R-27R1 missiles. This type of weaponry is the basic armament of the MiG-29 fighters used by the Polish Air Force. The missile is a semi-active radar-guided weapon used against airborne targets at close and medium ranges, in any weather conditions, by day and night, in any direction. This type of missiles requires the launch aircraft to continuously track the target with its radar.

According to the available information, R-27R1 missiles are tailored to destroy airborne targets at distances beyond 50 km, however, the maximum range is dependent on the manoeuvres implemented by the target (approaching, going away, manoeuvring). The Armament Inspectorate notes that the missiles should belong to “Category One”, and they should be manufactured not more than one year before initial delivery.

The manufacturer is required to guarantee the usability period for the R-27R1 missiles of at least 96 months (if missiles are hermetically sealed) and for another 60 months, once the weapon is unpacked.

The acquisition procedure is going to be realized in line with the Public Procurement Law. The procurement may be realized by contractors whose seat is located within the territory of the European Union, European Economic Area or within the territory of a country with which the Polish, or the EU authorities, concluded an agreement regarding the defence and security procurement. The Armament Inspectorate notes that, besides the companies from the above-listed states, potential contractors from Ukraine may also submit their offers.

R-27R1 missiles, as well as other derivatives of the R-27 missile, are being offered by the Ukrainian Artem company which supplied the missiles, referred to by NATO as AA-10 Alamo, to India.

Procurement of the missiles shows that Poland is willing to maintain the full scope of capabilities of the MiG-29 jet fighters. This class of missiles is not usually used in the Air Policing operations, whether in Poland of in Baltic Air Policing. In case of the MiG-29 fighters participating in the Baltic Air Policing operation, they were always armed with the short range R-60MK or R-73E missiles.

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Sukhoi delivers new batch of Su-34 to Russia

 

8 October 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

Sukhoi has delivered a new batch of Su-34 frontline bombers to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation as part of the 2015 state defence order.

 

According to the company, the new aircraft took off from the V.P.Chkalov Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant's airfield.

 

Sukhoi, the subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation, has secured contracts to deliver Su-34s for Russia up to the year 2020, guaranteeing a stable work load for the company.

 

Powered by a twin Lyulka AL-31FM1 turbofan engine, the Su-34 aircraft has an increased flight range of up to 4,000km, a maximum speed of up to 1,900km/h and an 8 tonne payload.

 

A two-seat derivative of the swing-wing Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 features a new weapon system and an air refuelling system, the company stated.

 

With a range of airborne munitions, including high-precision types, the aircraft is capable of engaging a range of land-based, sea and airborne targets in all weather conditions and any visibility levels.

 

In addition, it features a long-range aiming system, a modern on-board communication, an information exchange system and a complex survival system.

 

It also has an armoured cockpit and an active safety system, in addition to the new computers to manoeuvre and perform accurate bombing when under enemy attack.

 

The transfer of Su-34 aircraft comes after Sukhoi delivered a batch of Su-34 and Su-35S fighters to the Russian Air Force in July.

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Leading Aircraft Manufacturer Poised to Export New Fighter Jet

 

Oct. 09, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Zhao Lei China Daily; published Oct. 09, 2015)



BEIJING --- China's leading aircraft manufacturer is on the verge of exporting its fifth-generation fighter jet, according to industry sources. Aviation Industry Corp of China disclosed the technical specifications of the J-31 Gyrfalcon at an aviation expo even though the plane was still being tested, the sources said.

During the four-day Aviation Expo China 2015, a biennial event held in Beijing in mid-September, AVIC also displayed a large-scale model of the J-31.

Expo visitors were surprised that the State-owned defense contractor was willing to declassify the J-31's specifications, as it had never previously released such information on military air-craft until they entered mass-production and were ready for export.

Analysts said the decision indicates that the corporation wants potential foreign buyers to learn about the plane's capabilities as soon as possible so that it can secure contracts when the jet becomes operational.

A source close to AVIC who declined to be named said publication of the aircraft's specifications was aimed at impressing potential buyers. "The earlier the buyers know about the J-31's capabilities, the higher chance AVIC has of taking up a good share of the fifth-generation aircraft market," he told China Daily.

"Once the company receives buyers' payments, it can use these to sustain the production line and continue to upgrade the aircraft to win more customers."

AVIC executives have never concealed their intentions for the J-31 project. Li Yuhai, deputy general manager of AVIC, told reporters in November, "Since the start of the J-31's development, we have planned to use the plane to end some foreign nations' dominance of the fifth-generation fighter jet. One of its variants will be specifically designed for export."

Li was speaking on the sidelines of the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.

Chen Hu, a military expert with the People's Liberation Army, said exporting the J-31 would be a milestone for China's aviation industry because the plane would give AVIC a significant boost in competition with Western defense giants.

Xu Bangnian, a professor at the PLA Air Force Command Institute, said he expected international demand for the plane as it appeared to be the only choice for developing countries wanting an affordable fifth-generation stealth aircraft.

The only fifth-generation fighter jet available on the market is the United States' Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, but the US will only sell it to its allies.

The J-31's maiden flight in October 2012 caused a surprise globally, as few people expected China to develop another fifth-generation fighter jet following the J-20 stealth aircraft, which made its first flight in January 2011. During the past three years, the J-31 has undergone several test flights and some changes have been made to its design.

The AVIC specifications show that it has a maximum takeoff weight of 25 metric tons and is designed to be in service for up to 30 years.

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L'AVIC s'apprête à exporter son nouvel avion de chasse

 

09-10-2015 Par : Lisa -  French.china.org.cn

 

Le premier fabricant d'avions de Chine est sur le point d'exporter son avion de combat de cinquième génération, selon des sources de l'industrie. Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) a dévoilé les spécifications techniques de son J-31 Gyrfalcon lors d'un salon de l'aviation, bien que l'avion soit encore en phase de test, selon les sources.

 

Au cours de l'Aviation Expo China 2015 de quatre jours, un événement biennal organisé à Beijing à la mi-septembre, le groupe AVIC a également présenté un modèle à grande échelle du J-31.

 

Selon les analystes, cette décision montre que la société veut que les acheteurs étrangers potentiels soient conscients des capacités de l'avion dès que possible, afin que des contrats puissent être signés dès que l'appareil sera opérationnel.

 

Une source proche d'AVIC, qui a préféré garder l'anonymat, a déclaré que la publication des spécifications de l'appareil était destinée à impressionner les acheteurs potentiels.

 

« Une fois que la société reçoit les paiements des acheteurs, elle pourra les utiliser pour maintenir la ligne de production et continuer d'améliorer l'avion et gagner ainsi plus de clients », a déclaré la source.

 

Les dirigeants de l'AVIC n'ont jamais caché leurs ambitions pour le J-31.

 

Li Yuhai, directeur général adjoint de l'AVIC, a déclaré aux journalistes en novembre que « depuis le début du développement du J-31, nous avons prévu d'utiliser cet avion pour mettre fin à la domination des avions de combat de cinquième génération de certains pays étrangers. Une de ses versions sera spécifiquement conçue pour l'exportation ».

 

Chen Hu, expert militaire de l'Armée populaire de Libération, a déclaré que l'exportation du J-31 serait une étape importante pour l'industrie de l'aviation chinoise, parce que cet avion donnerait un coup de pouce significatif à l'AVIC pour sa compétitivité avec les géants occidentaux de la défense.

 

Xu Bangnian, professeur à l'Institut du commandement des forces aériennes de l'APL, a déclaré qu'il attendait une forte demande internationale pour cet avion, car il semblait être le seul choix pour les pays en développement qui souhaitent un avion furtif de cinquième génération abordable.

 

Le seul chasseur de cinquième génération disponible sur le marché est le Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II développé par les Etats-Unis, mais le pays ne le vend qu'à ses alliés.

 

Le vol inaugural du J-31 en octobre 2012 a causé la surprise à l'échelle internationale. Peu de gens pensaient la Chine capable de développer un autre avion de combat de cinquième génération après le chasseur furtif J-20, qui a effectué son premier vol en janvier 2011. Au cours des trois dernières années, le J-31 a effectué plusieurs vols d'essai et quelques modifications ont été apportées à son design.

 

Les spécifications de l'AVIC montrent qu'il a un poids maximum au décollage de 25 tonnes et qu'il est conçu pour voler un maximum de 30 ans.

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photo US Air Force

photo US Air Force

 

4 octobre 2015 par Frédéric Lert - Aerobuzz.fr

 

Soixante ans après le premier vol de l’avion espion, Lockheed Martin propose de revisiter son U-2 pour en faire un appareil furtif et piloté optionnellement. Pas certain que l’US Air Force morde à l’hameçon…

 

Le U-2 a donc passé le cap symbolique des soixante ans cet été. Le tout premier appareil dessiné par le bureau d’études Skunk Works et Clarence « Kelly » Johnson, ingénieur de légende de Lockheed, avait pris l’air pour la première fois le 1er août 1955. Le U-2 avait été développé très rapidement parce que le besoin exprimé était simple : à l’époque où les satellites n’existaient pas, il fallait tout simplement voler le plus haut possible en emportant un appareil photo. L’appareil avait pris l’air après moins d’un an de développement, pour un coût inférieur de 15% à l’enveloppe prévue. Ca fait rêver…On est d’accord que les U-2S qui volent aujourd’hui sous les couleurs de l’USAF n’ont plus grand chose en commun avec l’ancêtre de la Guerre Froide. Un peu comme la Golf VII d’aujourd’hui et celle de 1974 : le nom et la forme sont toujours là, mais à l’intérieur on a changé d’ère…

 

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Alcoa Wins Titanium Contract with Lockheed Martin for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

 

Oct 7, 2015 ASDNews Source : Alcoa

 

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa today announced a contract to supply titanium for Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II aircraft program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Under the contract, Alcoa becomes the titanium supplier for airframe structures for all three variants of the F-35 over nine years, from 2016 to 2024. At current projected build rates, the contract has an estimated value of approximately $1.1 billion.

 

Alcoa will supply titanium plate and billet from several operations gained through the RTI International Metals acquisition.

 

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F-16V multirole fighter Photo Lockheed Martin

F-16V multirole fighter Photo Lockheed Martin

 

JAKARTA, Oct. 7 (UPI)

 

Indonesia is in the market for a new fighter to replace the F-5E, and Lockheed Martin brought its F-16 cockpit demonstrator to the country this week to highlight the F-16V, the latest version of the Fighting Falcon.

The company says the F-16V is the most advanced 4th generation fighter available on the market today. The aircraft comes equipped with several enhancements to the mission computer, the craft's structure, cockpit, electronic warfare system, and the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR), a full-performance fire control radar designed to support next generation weapons and tactics. Indonesian officials, journalists, and U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Robert Blake Jr. all took turns sitting in the simulator. Other aircraft the country may consider include Saab's Gripen fighter.

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E-8C Joint STARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System).jpg

E-8C Joint STARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System).jpg

 

Oct 6, 2015 by Ryan Maass(UPI)

 

Washington - U.S. Air Force officials worry the planned recapitalization of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS, will have to be canceled due to budget restrictions.

 

William LaPlante, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, spoke to reporters at an event hosted by Defense One on Tuesday, saying the plan might not happen at all.

 

"It's a budget issue, so it depends on the sequester and where the priorities are in the department," LaPlante told Defense News. "It might not happen at all."

 

Budgets for defense contracts and other military operations have also been impacted by the passage of continuing resolutions by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Partisan debates on government funding for various programs, including defense, threatened to force a government shutdown in early October, which may have forced government defense and security employees, including troops, to have their pay suspended.

 

The passage of another CR kept the government open until December.

 

The acquisition process for JSTARS was delayed by the Pentagon in late September, following a review of its budget. The system is designed to enable the Air Force to provide ground troops with surveillance and tactical information.

 

Thus far, the Air Force has not yet detailed what more work needs to be done.

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Avion ravitailleur KC-46 de Boeing développé pour l’US Air Force qui en a commandé 179 – photo Boeing

Avion ravitailleur KC-46 de Boeing développé pour l’US Air Force qui en a commandé 179 – photo Boeing

 

07 octobre 2015 Par Julien Bonnet – Usine Nouvelle

 

Le futur ravitailleur de l’US Air Force, le KC-46 Pegasus de Boeing, a effectué son premier vol le 25 septembre dernier entre Everett et Seattle au nord-ouest des Etats-Unis. L’armée américaine en a commandé 179 exemplaires. Objectif : remplacer ses (KC-135) Stratotanker développés dans les années 50 et qui lui coûte plusieurs milliards de dollars chaque année pour les maintenir en service.

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Essais de trajectographie d’Exocet AM39 tiré depuis un Rafale dans la grande soufflerie S2MA de l’ONERA à Modane - photo ONERA

Essais de trajectographie d’Exocet AM39 tiré depuis un Rafale dans la grande soufflerie S2MA de l’ONERA à Modane - photo ONERA

 

05.10.2015 par ONERA

 

Les grandes souffleries, berceau de l’aéronautique française

L’ONERA possède le plus grand parc européen de souffleries de grandes dimensions.

S1MA, installée dans les Alpes, est la plus grande soufflerie sonique du monde : elle peut souffler un vent à presque Mach 1, soit la vitesse du son, ou encore près de 1200 km/h dans un conduit de 8 m de diamètre !

Tous les avions des gammes Airbus et Dassault Aviation sont passés par S1MA, notamment pour évaluer leurs performances en vol de croisière.
F1, sur la commune du Fauga près de Toulouse, a été conçue pour simuler le vol au décollage et à l’atterrissage. S2MA et S4MA sont notamment utilisées pour la simulation d’appareils militaires et des lanceurs, avec des écoulements d’air pouvant aller respectivement jusqu’à Mach 3 et Mach 12. Ces moyens hors normes sont bien sûr équipés d’instruments de mesure et de visualisation.

 

La mesure des efforts, une affaire de balances

La mesure « reine » de la soufflerie est la mesure des efforts : 6 composantes qui sont la portance, la traînée (ou résistance à l’avancement) capitale pour évaluer la performance en vol de croisière, la force latérale et trois moments (roulis, tangage, lacet) qui tendent à faire pivoter l’avion.
Ces mesures sont effectuées simultanément par les balances, instruments qui mesurent les efforts par déformation de jauges (extensométrie). L’ONERA en maîtrise conception, fabrication, étalonnage et elles sont parmi les plus performantes du monde. Ces balances participent pour une large part à l’excellence de la précision de mesure des essais réalisés dans les souffleries de l’ONERA.

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photo Northrop Grumman

photo Northrop Grumman

 

06 October, 2015 by James Drew – FG

 

Washington DC  - Northrop Grumman has built the first F-35 centre fuselage destined for Japan’s domestic joint strike fighter assembly plant, operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

 

The company says the centre fuselage is the core of AX-5, Japan’s fifth example, and will become the first to enter Japan's Nagoya final assembly and checkout plant instead of prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas. “It is the 207th centre fuselage that the company has produced at its Palmdale site, and the 30th such unit delivered this year,” the company said in a 4 October statement. “[MHI] will perform final assembly and checkout of the Japanese F-35As. The process includes mating the centre fuselage to the forward fuselage/cockpit and wings produced by Lockheed Martin, and the aft fuselage produced by BAE Systems.”

 

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photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

 

05 October, 2015 BY: James Drew – FG

 

Washington DC - Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has not yet seen combat, but already the defence manufacturer is exploring “concepts” for installing and employing a high-power fibre laser weapon on the new-generation combat jet for shooting down missiles and other airborne threats.

 

The company believes it finally has the right technology to produce modular and scalable fibre laser weapons for trucks, ships and aircraft, and a high-power, 60kW example will enter production for the US Army later this month. The F-35 has been in development since 2001 and only recently was declared fit for combat with the US Marine Corps. However, Lockheed’s Rob Afzal says company engineers are already thinking about how a laser weapon system could fit onto the supersonic stealth fighter and its usefulness in combat. “Absolutely, we’re looking at concepts for the integration of a laser weapon onto the F-35,” the Lockheed senior fellow for laser and sensor systems said at a media briefing 5 October. “We’re also looking at the utility and doing models and calculations so you would understand the utility of a leaser weapon system in the F-35.”

 

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A Sniper targeting pod attached to a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber. U.S. Air Force photo.

A Sniper targeting pod attached to a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber. U.S. Air Force photo.

 

Oct. 6, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods from Lockheed Martin are being supplied to the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

 

ORLANDO, Fla -- The Royal Netherlands Air Force is to equip its fleet of F-16 aircraft with Sniper advanced targeting pods from Lockheed Martin. A contract for 29 of the multi-mission systems was issued through the Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization and includes support equipment, training and sustainment. "Expedited delivery will enable the Royal Netherlands Air Force to rapidly deploy Sniper ATP to support current mission requirements," said Rich Lovette, director of Sniper international programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Maintaining a high availability rate through our award-winning sustainment program will also ensure the Sniper ATPs remain operational for warfighters."

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