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27 septembre 2013 5 27 /09 /septembre /2013 12:56
A400M: récits d’une aventure humaine (webdocumentaire)
 

Événement ! L’A400M Atlas est arrivé au sein de l’armée de l’air. Cet été, le titan s’est posé sur le tarmac de la base aérienne 123 d’Orléans, devenant ainsi le fleuron de l’aviation de transport à la fois tactique et stratégique.

 

Cet avènement est le fruit d’une formidable aventure humaine et technologique. Depuis l’expression du besoin jusqu’à la cérémonie officielle de réception, organisée à Orléans le 30 septembre 2013, les aviateurs ont tout mis en œuvre pour accueillir l’Atlas dans les meilleures conditions.

 

À travers une galerie de portraits des principaux acteurs de cette épopée, le webdocumentaire « A400M : récits d’une aventure humaine » revient sur les coulisses de la phase préparatoire à l’arrivée du mastodonte.  Pour découvrir plus en détails les atouts majeurs de l’appareil, une animation 3D* vous conduira au cœur de cet avion de nouvelle génération.

 

Durant plusieurs mois, nos équipes ont suivi les premiers pas des aviateurs aux commandes de ce géant.

 

Lecture d’une nouvelle page de l’histoire de l’armée de l’air.

 

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27 septembre 2013 5 27 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
BrahMos missile at the MAKS-2013 international air and space show. photo Boris Egorov RIR

BrahMos missile at the MAKS-2013 international air and space show. photo Boris Egorov RIR

26/09/2013 indrus.in (Itar-Tass)

 

Work on a scaled-down version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile co-produced by Russia and India is in the initial stage and the rocket may be phased into service in 2017, Dr. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO and MD of the BrahMos Aerospace Company, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

 

"In order to install a BrahMos rocket on board a fighter plane, it is essential to reduce the rocket's weight. A reduced version got the name of BrahMos-M (mini). After work on a detail design and an initial configuration of the rocket is completed, the development of the rocket proper will ensue," he pointed out.

 

According to Dr. Pillai, since the project "is in its initial stage, it is difficult to tell when the rocket may be phased into service". "Nevertheless, we expect that it will be adopted in the range of 2017," Dr. Pillai added.

 

The weight of a prospective rocket will be 1.5 tons and its length will be about six meters. It will be designed for Su-30MKI and MiG-29 fighter planes. However, it will be also fit for other operational combat aircraft or those set to be adopted by the Air Force of India, including Rafale and Mirage-2000 aircraft.

 

The first launch of an aviation version of BrahMos rocket (BrahMos-A) is slated for June 2014. A Su-30MKI fighter plane armed with it should be ready in September 2015. Only one BrahMos rocket can be mounted on it. In case of the manufacture of reduced versions of the rocket, the Su-30MKI will be able to carry three rockets and it will be possible to put two BrahMos-M rockets on a MiG-29.

 

The Russo-Indian joint-venture enterprise BrahMos was established in 1998 and got its name in honour of the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva. The Company is the technological partner of India's first naval and shipbuilding exhibition NAMEXPO-2013, which is being held in the city of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 22:19
EADS : Tom Enders confiant dans les perspectives de l’« aéronautique transatlantique »

26.09.2013 Romain Guillot journal-aviation.com

 

Tom Enders, président exécutif d'EADS, a profité d’une conférence organisée par l'European American Press Club à Paris le 26 septembre pour exposer sa vision sur l’avenir des relations transatlantiques dans le secteur aéronautique et spatial.

 

Dans le secteur de l’aéronautique civil tout d’abord, Tom Enders a voulu rappeler que 40% de la valeur d’un Airbus provenait de fournisseurs américains, exactement la même part que pour un Dreamliner de son concurrent historique Boeing, pointant du doigt les titres de presse qui résument souvent le secteur à une simple bataille « Airbus vs Boeing ». Le secteur civil représente 80% du chiffre d'affaires d'EADS aujourd’hui.

 

Le backlog d'Airbus est par ailleurs constitué à 27% par des commandes émanant des États-Unis et le pays continuera à être le principal acteur du secteur dans les vingt prochaines années, avant d’être rattrapé par l’Empire du Milieu. Tom Enders a également souligné que la future ligne d’assemblage final d’A320 de Mobile (Alabama), dont le chantier a commencé en août dernier, est un bon exemple de coopération transatlantique dans l’industrie aéronautique.

 

Cette FAL, la seconde implantée hors d’Europe après celle de Tianjin, « sera plus compétitive » que celles présentes à Toulouse et à Hambourg, même si Tom Enders n’a pas voulu avancer de chiffre. « Une ligne d’assemblage n’est pas qu’une question de coût de main-d’œuvre et le tissu de fournisseurs qui se développera progressivement autour améliorera encore sa rentabilité avec le temps » a-t-il souligné, ajoutant que « l’aéronautique n’était pas une industrie low-cost ».

 

Le président exécutif d'EADS s’est également montré relativement optimiste sur le projet d'accord de libre-échange entre l'Europe et les États-Unis, qui devraient d’abord bénéficier aux clients finaux (opérateurs), mais qui pourrait aussi être la source de consolidations du secteur au niveau transatlantique dans l’hypothèse ou les règles d’investissements dans les entreprises américaines seraient amener à évoluer pour être moins restrictives.

 

Tom Enders s’est cependant montré beaucoup plus sceptique dans le secteur de la défense, les USA et l’Europe ne partageant pas les mêmes intérêts géostratégiques. Par ailleurs, l’existence d’une diplomatie, voire d’une politique de défense européenne, ne lui a jamais semblé « aussi lointaine depuis 20 ans », une vision illustrée par les conflits en Libye, au Mali ou par la crise syrienne.

 

Une autre problématique qui concerne l’Europe est le manque de concertation et de discernement en termes de recherche, « les projets se chevauchant souvent ». Selon lui, l’Europe, et la France en particulier, sont encore des marchés trop fragmentés et des consolidations sont inévitables.

 

Concernant spécifiquement la participation d’EADS dans Dassault Aviation (46%), Tom Enders a jugé qu’il s’agissait d’un bon investissement, mais qu’il n’était pas stratégique, se gardant d’annoncer une quelconque intention de désengagement dans le futur. « Nous nous occuperons de cette question quand le moment sera venu, mais il n'y a aucune urgence pour l’instant ».

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
First QF-16 target drone flies without pilot (video)

25 sept. 2013 multimedianewsvideo

 

The first Boeing QF-16 has flown at Tyndall without a pilot. Up next, live fire trials at Holloman AFB, New Mexico--where probably some F-22s or possibly even some operational F-16 will have a field day blowing them out of the sky. The format is jacked-up as usual, but still better to have a video than to have no video.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
EADS Looks To Simplify 'Wide' Portfolio

Sep. 25, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News

 

Review Coincides With Defense, Space Business Consolidation

 

LONDON — Industry observers were warned by a top Cassidian executive “not to expect anything earth-shattering” to come out of a portfolio review being conducted by EADS as part of a restructuring and rebranding effort of its defense and space activities.

 

Christian Scherer, head of sales at EADS’ defense arm Cassidian, told reporters on the sidelines of the recent DSEi exhibition here that the review was ongoing but the likely out­come was a simplification of the busi­ness rather than a fundamental change.

 

 

“You could say our portfolio is too wide even for a large company, so as part of the restructuring and integration effort you will see us follow through on the review and that should resolve it,” he said. “Nothing earth-shattering. If anything it should result in a slight simplifying of what we do. ... Over time you will see a slight rationalization of the portfolio.”

 

The rationalization will likely affect operations that are small and segregated from the rest of the company. “We will not be adding complexity by going on a buying spree,” Scherer said.

 

The portfolio review was part of normal business activities, but it was decided it should coincide with the restructuring to avoid having to explain the changes twice, he said.

 

EADS announced in July it was restructuring and rebranding the entire company around the Airbus name used by its commercial aircraft operation.

 

Part of that reorganization involves merging Cassidian, the Astrium space activities and Airbus’ military airlifter business into one unit — Airbus Defence & Space. Scherer will be executive vice president for sales and mar­ket­ing in the new company.

 

The goal of the compay’s restructuring is to make itmore effective in export markets and to enable integration of adjacent business segments, such as the company’s space, air and land observation capabilities, Scherer said.

 

The US will remain a target for Airbus Defence & Space, although the restructuring will “probably not enable us quicker access” to the market, he said. Scherer pointed to potential opportunities for the A330 in-flight tanker and the A400M transport if the Pentagon ever needed their capabilities.

 

One area of the business that remains unresolved is the maritime sector, where EADS has a joint venture with ThyssenKrupp in systems and weapons house Atlas Elektronik as well as its own naval radar and other interests.

 

Asked whether he would rule out a possible ownership change at Atlas, Scherer said, “I am not saying there will be or will not be. How we achieve better integration between mission systems and sensors I don’t know. Whether that means a change in the ownership of Atlas or a change in who has 51 percent or 49 percent, the fact is we want to construct products that are more integrated on the naval side than what we have today. We don’t have the answer yet what that means for Atlas.”

 

The new company begins operation at the start of 2014, with completion of the merger by midyear, he said.

 

Airbus Defence & Space will have revenues of €13.7 billion (US $18.3 billion) and employ 45,000 people. The merger would not change the magnitude of the Airbus Defence & Space operation in the foreseeable future and the unit would continue to have aerospace at its heart, Scherer said.

 

That may not be enough to create a growing business, said Howard Wheeldon of Wheeldon Strategic Advisory.

 

“Clearly there remains scope to better integrate defense-related activities with other business activities in order to reduce costs, but that of itself will not contribute to sustainable growth,” Wheeldon said. “While EADS has always been brilliant at product innovation and design, and it has never been shy in research and development, it may need to up its game and the way to do this may be through increased partnerships.

 

“While acquisitions could never be ruled out, EADS’ route to greater success across the defense portfolio will be by product achievement, program execution and partnerships. With its existing financial strength, this could provide interesting future opportunities for growth in defense,” he said .

 

Scherersaid the move had enabled EADS to “find another way to create critical mass for ourselves” after the failure to merge with defense giant BAE Systems 12 months ago.

 

He ruled out suggestions EADS was merely parceling up the defense and space operations ahead of another merger attempt with BAE.

 

“This is not the left hook before the right hook of merging with BAE,” he said. “It’s not on the radar screen.”

 

He acknowledged that the two firms continue to discuss restructuring their interests in the Eurofighter Typhoon program to create an operation that is more responsive to commercial requirements in the export markets. BAE and Cassidian are the principal partners in a Eurofighter industrial effort, which also includes Finmeccanica.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
Belgique : Les vieux F-16 "bientôt" remplacés par des F-35

18 septembre 2013 dhnet.be (Belga)

 

Le ministre de la Défense Pieter De Crem (CD&V) envisage de proposer l'acquisition de chasseurs F-35 pour remplacer les F-16 belges vieillissants, écrit mercredi le Tijd. Selon le quotidien, le ministre entend préparer le dossier de manière à ce que le prochain gouvernement puisse rapidement prendre une décision politique sur ce dossier. Les F-16 belges sont appelés à être progressivement remplacés à compter de 2023. Le constructeur américain du F-35, Lockheed Martin, prévoit toutefois un délai de huit ans entre la commande ferme et la livraison effective des appareils.

 

Selon le Tijd, M. De Crem ne tient pas à s'exprimer sur le nombre d'appareils que la Belgique compte acquérir. Leur nombre sera toutefois "inévitablement" moindre que la soixantaine de F-16 que compte l'armée aujourd'hui, dit-il.

 

Les Pays-Bas ont annoncé mardi l'acquisition de 37 chasseurs F-35. La Haye déboursera 62 millions d'euros par appareil. Le gouvernement Verhofstadt ayant décidé, à l'inverse des Pays-Bas, de ne pas soutenir il y a dix ans le projet de développement du F-35, la Belgique devrait toutefois payer un prix supérieur pour ces mêmes appareils.

 

Dans l'opposition, le parti Groen n'a pas tardé à réagir.

 

"Les décisions relatives au remplacement de nos F-16 ne peuvent se prendre qu'après un débat au Parlement. Il serait beaucoup plus sensé de faire ces achats coûteux après un partage des tâches (militaires) entre pays européens. Avec sa proposition d'acquérir des avions de chasse américains, De Crem ne vise en fait qu'à renforcer sa campagne pour devenir secrétaire-général de l'Otan", juge ainsi le député Wouter De Vriendt.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 07:30
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photo RP Defense

The first RAF Typhoon was delivered in 2003, with the total delivered since reaching 112 aircraft.

 

25 Sep 2013 By Ben Martin, and Graham Ruddick

 

BAE Systems has formally submitted a bid to build 60 Eurofighter Typhoon jets for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), stepping up its attempt to strike a deal that could support thousands of UK jobs and is vital for the company’s prospects.

 

The Typhoon programme, developed by BAE, Italy’s Finmeccanica and Airbus–maker EADS, suffered a major setback last year when it lost out to French company Dassault for a major contract to supply India with 126 fighter jets.

 

However, the aircraft has emerged as the favourite to win the UAE contract, which could be worth around £6bn and has been described as a “game-changer” by the chief executive of BAE, Ian King.

 

More than 5,000 people work on the Typhoon project in Britain for BAE, which is the country’s biggest defence contractor. Securing the UAE deal would be a major boost to the manufacturing sites in Lancashire where the fighter jet is constructed.

 

In a note, UBS, BAE’s house broker, said: “We estimate that this order could potentially be worth £6bn for the aircraft alone and multiples of that including training, support and weapons packages.”

 

The British company is leading negotiations with the UAE on behalf of the Typhoon consortium. The potential deal is also likely to include a technology-sharing agreement on unmanned aircraft.

 

It is thought that the process to decide which aircraft the UAE selects could take several months. Dassault is also in the running to supply the UAE with its Rafale jets.

 

Charles Armitage at UBS said that if a deal is agreed between BAE and the UAE, it could open the door for talks with India to be restarted. He said: “If UAE is signed, this could put pressure on India, which would be the only export customer for Rafale - nobody likes being the only export customer for a programme as it tends to reduce flexibility and increase the upgrade/maintenance costs – and could bring Typhoon back into the picture.”

 

The group’s chances of securing the order were bolstered by an alliance that was agreed last November, when David Cameron travelled to the Gulf to unveil a formal defence and industrial partnership between Britain and the UAE.

 

BAE shares closed up 2.3pc at 461.3p on hopes the UAE deal will be agreed.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Drone Warfare Version 2.0: Great Power Edition

September 26, 2013 By  Zachary Keck - thediplomat.com

 

The first decade of drone and unmanned warfare has been the exclusive domain of nation states like the U.S. and Israel using armed drones to target leaders of non-state actors like al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Hamas.

 

This type of drone warfare will almost certainly continue into the future, albeit at a reduced pace in the case of the U.S. targeting al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders. Other nation states may decide to make similar use of drones, if reports that China considered using drones to target an international drug trader are any indication.

 

Meanwhile, a second generation of drone warfare is taking shape: one in which countries employ unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against other nation states.

 

As the world's military superpower, it should come as no surprise that the U.S. is taking the lead in this endeavor. In May of this year, the U.S. garnered some headlines when it launched the X-47B drone from the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia. Many more heads were turned in July, when the X-47B drone became the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to make a landing on the same aircraft carrier.

 

Last week a X-47B drone marked the 100th flight in the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program, which is geared toward maturing the capability to operate combat UAVs from aircraft carriers.

 

A press release announcing the 100th flight stated: “The Navy UCAS program successfully completed all objectives for the carrier demonstration phase with the X-47B.” It went on to note: “The program is currently planning for continued carrier integration demonstrations and has also begun surrogate Learjet testing of the autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) capability.” Earlier this month, the Navy announced key successes in this latter, refueling objective.

 

This followed the Navy’s announcement in August that the two prototype X-47Bs would not be retired to museums as planned, but instead would continue to be utilized for the purpose of, among other things, “developing unmanned aircraft carrier fleet concept of operations.”

 

Also in August, the U.S. Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR), which is overseeing the efforts to develop a carrier-based UAV fleet, announced that it had awarded US$15 million Preliminary Design Review (PDR) contracts to four defense companies for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program, which is designed to provide the U.S. Navy with its first deployed carrier-based unmanned air system.

 

As NAVAIR explained in a press release announcing the contracts, the carrier-based drone “will provide persistent, unmanned, semi-autonomous, carrier-based Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting (ISR &T) with precision strike capability to support 24/7 carrier operational coverage.”

 

According to Defense News, the carrier-based UAVs will initially have a strike capability of around 2,000 km. This hints at a key purpose of the drones; namely, to allow the U.S. to continue to strike China with sea-based aircraft while keeping America’s aircraft carriers outside the range of the PLA’s DF-21 anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). In other words, the sea-based drones will be a key component of America’s efforts to counter adversaries’ anti access/area denial (A2/AD) strategies.   

 

The U.S. is also putting together the larger infrastructure to execute this strategy. For example, in July Rear Adm. Thomas J. Moore, the Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Aircraft Carriers, confirmed that the Ford-class aircraft carriers, the next-generation U.S. carriers, are being built with the capabilities to launch large fleets of UAVs off them.

 

As Moore explained of the Ford Class: “The flight deck has been designed to be bigger and have a higher sortie generation rate. The ship itself is built with three-times the electrical generating capacity than the Nimitz {Ford predecessor} class has – so it is not hard to envision that we are going to be flying unmanned aircraft off that ship.”

 

One crucial difference between using drones against terrorists in areas where the air force enjoys air superiority, and in using them against peer-competitors in contested air space, is that the vulnerability of the drones to air defense systems becomes a key concern in the latter environment. Thus, whereas U.S. drones can loiter over Pakistani airspace for days trying to pinpoint the location of al-Qaeda operatives, they will enjoy no such luxury in trying to eliminate China’s land-based missile systems.

 

As such, the carrier-based combat drones that come out of the UCLASS will be unlikely to conduct their own surveillance in many of the missions in which they were operate. For that, the U.S. is developing different UAVs. As Foreign Policy reported last month, the U.S. Navy envisions “swarms of tiny drones infiltrating heavily defended skies at will.”

 

Summarizing a U.S. Air Force official, the report noted that “these bug-like surveillance bots will be particularly useful in the Pacific…. Because that represents the toughest challenge for American spyplanes: snooping on say, a China equipped with increasingly advanced air defenses.” Presumably, these nano-drones will collect intelligence on targets for the UCLASS drones.

 

The U.S. is developing another unmanned system to counter China’s A2/AD strategy. Earlier this month, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) solicited bids from defense companies for its Hydra program, which will “develop and demonstrate an unmanned undersea system, providing a novel delivery mechanism for insertion of unmanned air and underwater vehicles into operational environments.” News reports suggest that submarines will also be launched from the Hydra system. This would give the U.S. the ability to launch carrier-based aircraft from devices that would be impervious to China’s ASBMs.

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN_77) May 14, 2013, in the Atlantic Ocean

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN_77) May 14, 2013, in the Atlantic Ocean

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Boeing Wins $225M for P-8 Trainers

Sept. 25, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Sept. 24, 2013)

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $225,000,000 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for the procurement of six operational flight trainers, six weapons tactics trainers, two part task trainers, one training systems support center, three 10-seat electronic classrooms, and one 20-seat electronic classroom in support of the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon low rate initial Production IV and full rate Production I aircraft.

 

Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (30.4 percent); Tampa, Fla. (21.3 percent); Whidbey Island, Wash. (15.2 percent); Huntington Beach, Calif. (5.9 percent); San Francisco, Calif. (4.2 percent); Long Island, N.Y. (2 percent); Tulsa, Okla. (1.9 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (.9 percent); and various locations throughout the United States (18.2 percent).

 

Work is expected to be completed in March 2018. Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement, Navy contract funds in the amount of $225,000,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 06:50
EADS se prépare à une baisse des cadences sur l'A400M

19/09/2013 Par Guillaume Steuer – Air & Cosmos

 

C'est Marwan Lahoud, patron de la stratégie d'EADS, qui le reconnaissait ce matin devant les députés de la commission de défense : "la montée en puissance de la production de l'A400M sera plus lente que prévue", expliquait le dirigeant dans le cadre d'une audition sur le projet de loi de programmation militaire (LPM) pour la période 2014-2019.

 

Ce projet de LPM ne prévoit la livraison que de 15 A400M pour les forces françaises d'ici à 2019, alors qu'il en était encore attendu 30 au titre du contrat qui avait déjà fait l'objet d'une renégociation en 2010. Le dirigeant a cependant précisé que cette nouvelle réduction ne devrait pas avoir "d'impact dynamique" sur les emplois, le programme n'en étant que dans sa phase initiale au niveau de la production.

 

Le patron de la stratégie a en revanche nuancé l'impact pour son entreprise du glissement du programme de renouvellement des avions-ravitailleurs français : le projet de LPM prévoit en effet l'acquisition de deux machines seulement sur la période, pour une cible globale de douze A330 MRTT. "Si EADS était une entreprise 100% militaire, ce serait une catastrophe", a-t-il rappelé, soulignant qu'Airbus livrait plus de 10 Airbus A330 chaque mois à des clients civils.

 

S'exprimant au sujet des drones, Marwan Lahoud a partagé son pessimisme quant à l'émergence à court terme d'un projet de drone Male (moyenne altitude longue endurance) européen, constatant que selon la LPM, "aucun programme de ce type ne devrait être lancé" avant la fin de la décennie. Il a en revanche souligné qu'en matière de R&T, la filière hélicoptères partageait de grandes similitudes avec celle des drones et que l'avenir était selon lui aux voilures tournantes "optionnellement pilotées".

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Turbomeca élargit sa gamme de moteurs

25.09.2013 Safran

 

Safran a finalisé le 2 septembre dernier l’acquisition de la participation de Rolls-Royce dans leur programme commun de turbines d’hélicoptère RTM322. Turbomeca (Safran) complète ainsi sa gamme avec cette turbine de forte puissance. Explications avec Olivier Andriès, président-directeur général de Turbomeca.

 

Qu’est-ce qui a motivé le rachat de la participation de Rolls-Royce dans votre JV commune RRTM ?

 

Destiné au marché des hélicoptères lourds (8 à 13 tonnes), le moteur RTM322 est un élément clé pour renforcer notre présence sur ce créneau en pleine expansion. Cette acquisition n’est pas seulement commerciale, elle est aussi stratégique : alors que le programme était partagé en deux parties égales entre Rolls-Royce et Turbomeca, nous avons désormais toute latitude pour pousser plus loin la conception et l’intégration de nouvelles technologies sur ce moteur. Cela nous permettra de développer une nouvelle famille de moteurs d’une puissance allant de 2 500 shp* à plus de 3 000, un secteur sur lequel nous étions jusque-là absents. Dans les quinze prochaines années, nous prévoyons une demande s’élevant à 3 500 unités pour les hélicoptères lourds et très lourds. Le RTM322, combiné à nos efforts en matière de R&T, vient ainsi compléter notre gamme de moteurs qui s’étage maintenant de 500 à 3 000 shp.

Nous sommes maintenant à même d’offrir des turbomoteurs intégrant l’état de l’art de notre industrie aux hélicoptéristes qui ont lancé, ou s’apprêtent à lancer, de nouveaux programmes, comme Eurocopter et son futur hélicoptère lourd X6.

 

Quel impact cette opération aura-t-elle sur les activités de votre société ?

 

Désormais, Turbomeca sera intégralement responsable de la conception, de la production, ainsi que du support des produits et services (pièces de rechange, maintenance, réparation et révision) pour le moteur RTM322. De son côté, Rolls-Royce s’est engagé à accompagner Turbomeca dans cette phase de transition progressive. Avec un rythme de production de 60 à 90 unités par an, pour un carnet de commande de 260 unités à fin 2012 et 300 commandes supplémentaires potentielles, nous avons encore plusieurs années d’activité garantie devant nous. Nous tablons sur un chiffre d’affaires complémentaire de plus de 80 M€ par an en moyenne. A plus court terme, une des principales conséquences de cet accord est la reprise du support de la flotte du ministère de la défense britannique (UK MoD) par Turbomeca au travers du contrat à l’heure de vol récemment signé (environ 425 M€ sur 6 ans).

 

Quel bilan peut-on faire pour les RTM322 déjà en service ?

 

Ce turbomoteur équipe aujourd’hui les hélicoptères Apache, et il a été retenu par 90 % des clients du NH90** et par plus de 60 % de ceux du EH101, hélicoptère militaire produit par AgustaWestland. Dans ses différentes versions, le RTM322 répond aux besoins opérationnels des armées européennes : transport tactique de troupes, recherche et sauvetage en zone de combat, escorte et lutte anti-sous-marine. Les 550 moteurs équipant les EH101 et les Apache anglais et japonais cumulent 75 000 heures de vol chaque année, dans des environnements hostiles. Il faut noter aussi que la Marine française a salué la qualité et l’efficacité du service de maintenance assuré par Turbomeca pour les moteurs de ses NH90.

 

 

* chevaux

** Hélicoptère de transport militaire produit par NHIndustries, une coentreprise qui comprend Eurocopter, Agusta et Fokker.

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Unmanned aircraft Skat

Unmanned aircraft Skat

MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti)

 

Russia’s Defense Minister has urged defense firms to speed up work to develop combat drones, a senior industry official said Tuesday.

Oleg Bochkarev, deputy head of the government Military-Industrial Commission, told RIA Novosti that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had issued instructions to this effect in July.

Several defense companies, including Sukhoi, Sokol and Tranzas, are currently working on unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), Bochkarev said. He indicated that the commission would like to see Tranzas’ one ton combat drone start tests by 2014.

Earlier this month, Russia’s Berkut VL helicopter developer said that defense firms in the United Arab Emirates and Russia would develop drones based on the Berkut VL – a superlight two-seat helicopter equipped with a Conver VAZ or Lycoming engine and a range of up to 600 kilometers.

Mikhail Pogosyan, president of United Aircraft Corporation, the holding that unites the Russian aerospace industry, said last November that Sukhoi would focus on creating reconnaissance and strike UAVs in the near future.

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Avions de combat : Boeing prend une claque en Corée du Sud

Le F-15 Silent eagle

 

24/09/2013 Michel Cabirol – laTribune.fr

 

Séoul a annoncé reprendre à zéro la procédure d'appel d'offres pour 60 avions de combat, le plus gros contrat de défense jamais passé par le pays. Boeing faisait figure de grand favori avec le F-15 Silent Eagle.

 

C'est un gros revers pour Boeing en Corée du Sud. Séoul a annoncé mardi reprendre à zéro la procédure d'appel d'offres pour 60 avions de combat, le plus gros contrat de défense jamais passé par le pays, et pour lequel l'américain Boeing faisait figure de grand favori avec le F-15 Silent Eagle. Et pour cause le groupe américain avait soumis la seule offre correspondant au budget maximal prévu par Séoul. Il était donc à ce titre le seul fournisseur en lice. Les offres des autres candidats Lockheed Martin (F-35 Lightning II) et le consortium européen Eurofighter (BAE Systems, EADS et l'italien Finmeccanica), qui propose le Typhoon, avaient dépassé le budget autorisé.

L'agence gouvernementale sud-coréenne en charge des achats d'armement (DAPA) s'est prononcée  contre l'octroi à Boeing d'un contrat de 8.300 milliards de wons (5,7 milliards d'euros) pour la fourniture de 60 avions de combat, précisant qu'elle allait relancer l'appel d'offres. "Une majorité des membres du comité (de l'Agence) ont décidé de rejeter le F-15 et de recommencer le projet", a confirmé un porte-parole du ministère de la Défense, Kim Min-Seok. Les Silent Eagles ne répondent pas aux critères opérationnels requis, notamment au regard de la menace nucléaire émanant de la Corée du Nord. Le ministère de la Défense a précisé qu'il faudrait environ un an pour mener à terme un nouvel appel d'offres en vue de remplacer une flotte vieillissante de F-4 et de F-5.

 

Des critiques sur le F-15 de Boeing

Le processus d'appel d'offres a été émaillé de nombreuses tensions, en raison de l'inflexibilité du gouvernement à ne pas vouloir dépasser le budget fixé par le parlement. En août, la presse sud-coréenne affirmait qu'EADS avait été éliminé faut d'avoir répondu à certains critères, une information que l'européen avait aussitôt démentie. La presse sud-coréenne ajoutait que Lockheed Martin s'était retiré. Fin août, quinze anciens haut responsables des forces de l'air ont signé une pétition qualifiant d'"irrationnelle" la procédure qui avait éliminé les appareils de Lockheed Martin et d'EADS.

Les critiques reprochent au F-15 Silent Eagle de ne pas être équipé des capacités furtives permettant d'échapper aux radars, contrairement à des avions de combat plus modernes, tels que les F-35. Le gouvernement a donc décidé de reprendre toute la procédure à zéro, "rapidement, en réajustant le budget et d'autres questions, a indiqué un porte-parole de l'Agence. Nous allons accélérer les choses afin de nous assurer que le vide dans notre défense nationale soit limité à un minimum de temps". La DAPA avait pourtant estimé auparavant que tout report de la procédure remettrait en cause le projet de porter à 430 d'ici à 2019 le nombre de chasseurs dont dispose l'armée sud-coréenne. Plusieurs possibilités seront examinées : le nombre d'avions commandés pourrait changer, la période de financement pourrait être prolongée, ou le contrat pourrait porter sur plusieurs types d'avions.

 

Avions de combat : Boeing prend une claque en Corée du Sud

Le Rafale vainqueur des évaluations en 2002 mais le F15 vainqueur... des politiques  

Jusqu'à présent, les fournisseurs dans le secteur de la défense venaient pour la plupart des Etats-Unis, en raison de l'étroitesse des liens entre les deux pays en matière militaire. Washington reste un allié de poids de Séoul face à la Corée du Nord. Mais Séoul a semblé ces derniers mois élargir la liste de ses fournisseurs. En janvier, le pays a ainsi préféré l'anglo-italien AgustaWestland à l'américain Sikorsky pour la livraison de six hélicoptères à la Marine sud-coréenne, un contrat de 567 millions de dollars. Il avait également choisi en 2006 Eurocopter pour son programme d'hélicoptère de transport, le Surion (245 hélicoptères de la classe des 9 tonnes). 

La Corée du Sud a acquis 60 F-15 de Boeing depuis 2002, contre le rafale, pourtant déclaré vainqueur à l'issue des évaluations techniques et opérationnelles. Séoul avait dû changer les règles du jeu sous la pression de Washington en y incluant un paramètre politique. Les Sud-Coréens veulent aujourd'hui acquérir 60 autres avions de combat d'ici à 2021. La décision de relancer l'appel d'offres devrait certainement profiter au F-35 de Lockheed Martin, disqualifié uniquement en raison de son prix dans la procédure initiale. Et en général, ce que veut Washington au pays du Matin calme, c'est souvent parole d'évangile...

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Taiwan Receives First US Anti-Submarine Aircraft

Sep. 25, 2013 – Defense news (AFP)

 

TAIPEI — Taiwan on Wednesday received the first of 12 anti-submarine aircraft from the United States, as it beefs up its naval defenses against China, the military said.

 

Television footage showed the P-3C Orion patrol aircraft landing at an air base in southern Pingtung county. Water was then splashed on the plane in a brief welcome ceremony.

 

The other 11 planes are scheduled for delivery by 2015, the military said.

 

Washington agreed in 2007 to sell Taiwan the refurbished P-3C Orion patrol aircraft, which reportedly will expand the surveillance range of Taipei's anti-submarine fleet tenfold.

 

The P-3C fleet, which will cost around $1.96 billion, is intended to replace the island's aging S-2T anti-submarine aircraft to carry out maritime patrol and reconnaissance.

 

Ties between Taipei and Beijing have improved markedly since Ma Ying-jeou became Taiwan's president in 2008 on a China-friendly platform.

 

However, Beijing still regards the island as part of its territory and has refused to rule out the use of force against Taiwan. The two sides split in 1949 after a civil war.

 

Taiwan has built up a defense force equipped with weapons acquired mostly from the United States, despite Washington's switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

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Roaring Back

25.09.2013 Lior Estline --.iaf.org.il

 

It is almost 40 years old, but it is perfectly fit and though many years have passed since it started its service in the IAF, the IAI "Kfir" is one of the most surprising exports of the IAI. From outside it looks almost the same, but on the inside, technology from the second decade of the 21st century is installed, making it a fighter that can do anything on the modern battlefield

 

 

"It was the evening of Israel's Independence Day and high above Ben Gurion Airport a triangular winged fighter plane rolled in and performed maneuvers with grace and precision. What made the inaugural flight noteworthy is the fact that after years of relying on French and American fighter planes, Israelis now manufacture a plane with their own hands".

 

IAF Magazine opened its August 1975 edition with these very words. Four months prior, on the eve of Independence Day, two Kfir planes were delivered to the IAF and the vision of the "Israeli fighter plane" became a reality with the inaugural flight described in IAF Magazine.

 

While it is fixed in the national consciousness as the first Israeli fighter plane, few people know that today, almost 40 years after that evening in Ben Gurion Airport, the Kfir ('Lion" in Hebrew) has leapt into the 21st century, a leap that has brought with it the best of technology and armaments of 2013 and has made it a plane with diverse and attractive capabilities.

 

New, Brand New

 

"In the critical area of 'see first - shoot first', the Kfir has capabilities that are no less powerful than the capabilities of any western or eastern fighter plane of the fourth generation (F-16, F-15, Eurofighter, Rafal, MiG-29, Sukhoi-30) and is a first class competitor with planes that are not equipped with stealth technology produced in recent decades", says Oren Aviram, Director of Marketing and Business Development in the "Lahav" factory of the IAI. "If we take into account the technology and the computer systems installed in the newer fourth generation planes, it's around a decade old; in the 'Block 60' Kfir, the latest technology that is produced here these days is installed and that is where the advantage lies".

 

This situation is made possible because of the unique configuration of the aircraft system. According to Yossi Melamed, director of "Lahav":

"We work with open architecture, which allows us to continue to install innovations in the field of computing and avionics in the planes and actually to upgrade them all the time, unlike other fighter planes".

 

The "Block 60" which is the 2013 model of the Kfir, is an upgraded fighter plane that undergoes "stripping" before the beginning of the upgrading process. "Whether it's a Kfir that has arrived from a foreign customer or whether it's a local Kfir, we remove everything down to what we call the 'pipes', i.e. the central cylinder which constitutes the fuselage. Afterwards, we install everything new and if need be we produce parts that are needed", explains Melamed. "Of course, the equipment that is installed in the whole plane is new: wiring, avionics, computer systems, radar and various types of armaments and plane systems with zero hour flight".

 

During the stripping process, the body of the plane is checked down to the smallest screw. "After the process the plane undergoes in the 'Lahav' factory, it leaves with the ability to fly 8,000 hours with the manufacturer's warranty, meaning the plane can fly for decades", explains Aviram.

 

After the stripping process, the next step is the installation of the systems. One of the main systems is the version of the Data Link system that is installed in the Kfir planes produced by "Lahav" and also in all of the IAF fighter planes connecting the planes, control and command systems, and the armaments. The systems turns the Kfir into a plane that is suited for the battlefield of the 21st century, a battlefield that is based on a multitude of data, constantly connected and mainly data processing at record speeds in order to take necessary actions against targets with short exposure lengths and low signatures.

 

The Colombian Challenge

 

One of the main customers of the Kfir is the Colombian Air Force. "Colombia is a country that engaged in a battle", explains Oren. "The Kfir planes there work and attack; they have been engaged in continuous and intense operational activity for years".

 

Up until a few years ago the Colombians operated around a dozen Kfir fighters of the third generation configuration. "We faced some significant challenges on the Colombian project", adds Oren. "We had to upgrade the planes they own from third generation to fourth generation as well as double the number of Kfir planes of Colombia and finally, we were supposed to complete the project with in a period of three years".

 

All the Colombian planes underwent the upgrade process and became new planes within the same period of time that was assigned to the project. Consequently, on Colombian Independence Day which was set as the deadline, an impressive flying formation of 24 upgraded Kfir fighters flew across the sky.

 

"One of the main things in the project we put emphasis on was a high level of usability", said Melamed and not long before the level of usability was put to the test. The Colombian Air Force received an exclusive invitation to take part in the famous "Red Flag" week in USA. The Colombian Kfir planes flew over 2000 miles to the Nellis airbase in Nevada, using the new aerial refueling capabilities that constitute part of the upgrade and they all arrived safely, but the long flight was just a prelude to what happened at the "Red Flag" week.

 

"At some points in the flights during the week, the advanced fourth generation fighters of different countries took off in a partial composition following usability problems, while the Kfir planes demonstrated full usability in the air and yielded excellent results", explains Oren. "They did their job, scored hits and even surprised with their offensive abilities in aerial combat: the updated Kfir with advanced radar, electronic warfare, long range air-to-air armaments and advanced avionics managed to shot down fourth generation American fighters that flew against them as simulated enemy plane. The American participants thought very highly of the Colombian pilots and their Kfir planes, the many indications of which can be found on the internet".

 

Fire in the Sky

 

The people in "Lahav" put an emphasis on the Cost-Benefit characteristic of the 2013 "Block 60" model of the Kfir. "The Kfir is in line with fourth generation planes and brings with it between 80-120 percent of their capabilities in terms of avionics, armaments, payload and pods such as the 'Lightning' for nighttime attacks and laser designation capability for a precise attack, radar capabilities that include high resolution ground mapping, SAR capability that allows for information gathering and attacks in all weather conditions, all of this at a third of the price of fourth generation planes and with a flight hour at a fourth of the price of fourth generation Western planes with single engine", explains Aviram and Melamed adds that: "the customer receives a plane with radar capabilities, computer systems and advanced armaments at a significantly lower price than similar planes on the market".

 

The result is that more countries are already expressing interest in the Kfir planes, among them countries in Europe. The "Block 60" version for NATO countries will include connectivity, advanced radar of the AESA kind that allows activities in more than one mode simultaneously and more very advanced capabilities. Beyond that, aerial refueling capabilities were also added giving the plane a much broader scope and there were significant changes in the cockpit.

 

"The cockpit of the Kfir fighters has undergone a big change", explains Oren. "There is a colored radar screen, a moving map, a new multi-strength mission computer and HOTAS capabilities that allow control of many activities without removing your hands from the stick".

 

The Kfir can now lock on 64 targets, share them with other planes and get an indication of who is locked on whom. "The ability of the radar to separate targets and categorize together with the network sharing allows for a full picture of the battlefield", says Oren. "The Kfir has cross-section radar that is very low and coupled with the capabilities of its radar it 'sees first and shoots first' better than most of the other fighter planes of the fourth generation".

 

Even with respect to armaments, the Kfir planes are at the forefront. "You can hang on the Kfir any kind of armament on the nine stations", Melamed emphasizes. "We combined laser-guided munitions that are assisted by the designation pod with autonomous guided bombs and advanced air-to-air missiles, like the Python-5 and BVR missiles equivalent to AMRAAM".

 

It turns out that these capabilities also have evidence in reality. As stated, Colombia is very active with the upgraded Kfir planes in the air-to-ground area, precise attacks in inclement weather and at night. As a result, the Kfir planes remain operational and in use at all hours of the day.

 

Melamed is looking forward with optimism. "In a few years, the intention is to sell between two to three squadrons".

 

Kfir in action

 

The 27th of June, 1979 was a good day for world records and indeed two were actually set. It was a day in which for the first time, an F-15 fighter shot down an enemy plane but more interestingly, it was the first time the Kfir won a "Dog fight".

 

Captain S', who holds the world record, said in the August 1979 edition of IAF Magazine: "I got cold feet, but when you're inside, everything work out", and today when Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Shai Eshel looks back at that battle, he says that, in retrospect, it was possible to down even more Syrian MiGs. "The flight that same day was intended to intercept the Syrian MiGs that harassed the aerial photographing flights of the IAF that followed the placement of Syrian missile batteries in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon", he adds.

 

The pair of Phantom F-4 jets that took photographs was accompanied by eight intercepting planes. "Four of the planes consisting of Falcon (F-15) jets were visible. They talked on the two way radio and flew above Beirut, while our other four planes consisting of two Falcon (F-15) jets and two Kfir fighters, where I was number 4, went silent and flew at a low altitude outside of the area".

 

The Phantom planes began to go north from the Dead Sea area and ascended to reach an altitude of 60,000 feet from which the photographs can be taken. The Syrians that located the flight deployed eight MiGs from the Damascus area towards the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon. Crossing the northern line of the photographers getting ready to intercept them, the MiGs accelerated and gained height.

 

"Immediately afterwards, the F-15 jets start to make radar contact with the MiGs, while the photographing planes turn their tails towards the Syrian planes that were

flying towards them without knowing that they are arriving at a trap", explains Eshel. "Then, the controller tuned to the F-15 planes and gave the approval to open fire".

 

That is how the historic aerial battle began. While Eshel's silent aerial formation of four planes started to gain height towards the battle, the aerial formation of four F-15 planes opened fire. "We dropped extra fuel tanks, but my fuel tank got stuck because of a technical malfunction. As I was gaining height, the missiles launched by the F-15 fighters passed over our heads. We also entered the battle and I noticed a MiG spinning that I assumed was going to crash, so I didn't exert any effort on downing him. In retrospect, he landed safely and I missed an easy downing opportunity".

 

The radio network was filled with a lot of yelling and the air with missiles that were launched one after another. "I noticed two MiGs turning east and I went after them. From a range of 1500 meters I launched a missile towards the leader that exploded 2-3 meters behind it. It started to emit smoke, but the pilot continued to fly it. I approached it at a short distance in order to finish the job with canons, but he abandoned the plane and, in retrospect, it turned out that this moment was captured by the camera lens of the canon".

 

Eshel also tried to hit the second MiG. "The two of us were at low speed and so I tried to gain speed and raise the nose of the plane. I got into the missile launching position and I launched the second missile, but to my disappointment, it didn't hit the target. I reduced the distance between us in order to down him with a canon but he rolled over, entered a cloud and that is how lost the opportunity".

 

At the end of the massive battle that lasted a very short time, it became clear that five MiGs were shot down. Landed at the base, it became clear to Eshel that the real battle had just begun.

 

"The F-15 pilots claimed that all the shoot-downs belong to them", recalls Eshel. "Together with the Commander of the Base, I traveled to the debrief in which it was determined that the downing belonged to me".

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UK MoD Responds to River Joint Paint Furore

September 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: UK Ministry of Defence; issued Sept. 23, 2013)

 

Rivet Joint Aircraft

 

The Sunday Times reported that the RAF's new Rivet Joint 'spy planes' will be painted in US Air Force colours as part of a money-saving scheme MOD has agreed with the US. The paper also flags up concerns about the UK's 'reliance' on the US for such 'a sensitive capability'.

 

Rivet Joint provides the UK with a greatly advanced capability and it is nonsense to suggest that in joining with the US on this capability and adhering to a common standard the UK will be at a disadvantage. In fact, this close co-operation enhances our shared intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability.

 

MOD decided to configure our Rivet Joint aircraft to as close a common standard with the US Air Force as is possible; this has significant support cost benefits through the life of the aircraft.

 

Major servicing will be conducted in the US at a facility that has the appropriate protection to handle the security classification of the aircraft. Day-to-day maintenance will be done by RAF personnel in the UK supported by contractors provided as part of the US/UK cooperative agreement.

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USAF Says Global Hawk Is Safest Aircraft

September 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Air Force; issued Sept. 23, 2013)

 

100K & Going: Global Hawk Makes Mark As Safest Platform

 

GRAND FORKS AFB, N.D. --- Although the days of the bombers and tankers are long gone, Airmen at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., are still finding ways to make Air Force history thanks to the Global Hawk mission.

 

The Northrop Grumman Corporation recently announced that its high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems achieved 100,000 flight hours Sept. 5.

 

News of the milestone was well-received by the leadership and members of the 69th Reconnaissance Group, the unit at Grand Forks AFB directly in charge of conducting Global Hawk missions.

 

"This milestone is something in which those of us involved in the Global Hawk mission take great pride," said Col. Lawrence Spinetta, 69th RG commander.

 

According to the Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M., approximately 85 percent of the 100,000 flight hours for this aircraft were logged by U.S. Air Force Global Hawks. Credit for the remaining flight hours was split among the NASA, German and U.S. Navy versions of the aircraft.

 

The Global Hawk also has the safest record of any fighter, bomber or reconnaissance aircraft in the Air Force's active inventory.

 

"The safety record of the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk fleet is remarkable, especially given the fact that the system was rushed to combat and flew 75 percent of its first 100,000 hours supporting our warfighters in Afghanistan and elsewhere," Spinetta said. "These figures prove the reliability of unmanned aircraft technology. More importantly, it's testament to the professionalism of our Airmen and the pride they take in accomplishing our mission."

 

The Global Hawk is aptly named. Every day, RQ-4s circle the globe, providing critical strategic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to six combatant commands.

 

"The jet's long endurance is a significant combat force multiplier," Spinetta said.

 

The RQ-4, which can fly for upwards of 30 hours nonstop, has the ability to cover almost half the circumference of the world without refueling. That capability makes it a key contributor to the global vigilance, global reach, and global power of the U.S. Air Force.

 

Spinetta reflected on the recent aviation milestone and contemplated what it means for the history of the Air Force.

 

He told members of the 69th RG that their hard work is "the realization of an Air Force prophecy" by Gen. Henry H. "Hap" Arnold. As the commanding general for the U.S. Army Air Force in 1945, Arnold said, "We have just won a war with a lot of heroes flying around in planes. The next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all...Take everything you've learned about aviation in war, throw it out the window, and let's go to work on tomorrow's aviation."

 

Members of the 69th RG will receive patches from Northrop Grumman commemorating the milestone.

 

"Some people might refer to the patch as badge of honor, however, we know the real honor is knowing we are doing an excellent job protecting our warriors and our nation," Spinetta said. "That's exactly what we will continue to do."

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The Hawk in Flight

September 24, 2013 by Think Defence

 

BAE are making their pitch for the USAF trainer programme

 

 

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Boeing QF-16 Aerial Target Completes 1st Pilotless Flight

Sep 24, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

    Provides next generation of combat training for US Air Force

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force have completed the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flight, demonstrating the next generation of combat training and testing.

 

Two U.S. Air Force test pilots in a ground control station remotely flew the QF-16, which is a retired F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target. The QF-16 mission profile included auto takeoff, a series of simulated maneuvers, supersonic flight, and an auto land, all without a pilot in the cockpit.

 

Read morehttp://www.asdnews.com/news-51259/Boeing_QF-16_Aerial_Target_Completes_1st_Pilotless_Flight.htm

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Raytheon, Boeing Win $114M for F-18E Retrofits

September 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued September 23, 2013)

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $39,000,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0048 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) for the procurement of 15 AN/APG-79 AESA radar systems for the F/A-18 E/F aircraft.

Work will be performed in Forest, Miss. (80 percent), and El Segundo, Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2015.

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement, Navy contract funds in the amount of $39,000,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

 

-- The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $38,197,820 for fixed-price, incentive-fee delivery order 0073 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of retrofit kits in support of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G trailing edge flap engineering change proposal redesign, including 48 trailing edge flap redesign kits, 48 left hand units and 48 right hand units.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in July 2017.

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement contract funds in the amount $38,197,820 will be obligated at time of award; none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

 

-- The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $24,575,433 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0161 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of B kits, bulk data cartridge units and mass storage units in support of the F/A-18 E/F Full Rate Production I aircraft Distributed Targeting System engineering change proposal.

Work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla. (75 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (21 percent); North Reading, Mass. (1.6 percent); and various other locations in the United States (2.4 percent); is expected to be completed in August 2015.

This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($17,750,379, 72 percent) and the Government of Australia ($6,825,054, 28 percent) under the foreign military sales (FMS) program.

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement, Navy and FMS contract funds in the amount $24,575,433 will be obligated at the time of award; none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

 

-- The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $12,871,280 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0164 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of 114 advanced navigation system retrofit kits for F/A-18E and F/A-18F aircraft.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in May 2017.

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement contract funds in the amount $2,752,243 will be obligated at the time of award; none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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Pratt Wins $215M for F-35 Engine Spares

September 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued September 23, 2013)

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $214,843,107 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Lot VI low rate initial production advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0090).

 

This modification provides for initial spare modules, initial spare parts, replenishment spare parts, and production non-recurring efforts, including tooling, for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, the United Kingdom, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Norway.

 

Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (67 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2016.

 

Fiscal 2011 and 2012 procurement, Air Force, fiscal 2011and 2012 procurement, Navy, and international partner funding in the amount of $214,843,107 will be obligated at time of award, $33,328,898 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

 

 

This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps ($111,245,364; 51 percent); U.S. Air Force ($72,711,358; 34 percent); and the Governments of Italy ($8,850,625; 4 percent), the United Kingdom ($6,824,288; 3 percent), Australia ($6,245,484; 3 percent), The Netherlands ($2,350,434; 1 percent), Turkey ($2,722,643; 1 percent), Canada ($1,769,504; 1 percent), Denmark ($816,366; 1 percent) and Norway ($1,307,041; 1 percent).

 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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More weapons payload capability for B-52s

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La., Sept. 24 (UPI)

 

 The U.S. Air Force says planned Boeing upgrades for the B-52 Stratofortress will significantly increase the bomber's overall weapons payload by 67 percent.

 

The upgrade – the 1760 Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade – involves rewiring the existing B-52 bomb launcher into a Common Rotary Launcher, which carries the munitions and is housed in the B-52's bomb bay.

 

The rewiring, which allows the B-52 to communicate with the newest weapons in the Air Force's arsenal, will enable the bomber to carry eight advanced, precisions-guided Joint Direct Attack munition (JDAMs) in its internal weapons bay. A dozen JDAM bombs are carried on the bomber's external weapons pylons.

 

"Military Standard 1760 is the technical name," said Alan Williams, the B-52 Deputy Program element monitor at Air Force Global Strike Command said. "It determines how the wiring will be laid out and what signals will go through them.

 

"It's similar to your home's Internet connection; you need a specific type of wiring to access the signal and a software agreement as to what those signals will be.

 

"The system uses a digital interface," Williams said. "Then there's a software piece called a storage management overlay, or SMO. We currently have the SMO that can talk to the weapons on the wing. With the new wiring in place, we're now going to be able to change the software to also allow for communication with those weapons in the bomb bay."

 

Boeing is developing the upgrade, which will be installed and tested on six bombers. The target date is 2016. A new contract for 38 additional upgrade units would follow.

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La Corée du Sud annule son contrat d’achat d’avions de combat avec Boeing

Un F-35 de Lockheed Martin prêt à s'envoler (Photo Lockheed Martin Aeronautics)

 

24/09/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

Coup de théâtre en Corée du Sud. La Défense du pays a annoncé ce mardi qu’elle allait relancé l’appel d’offres pour la fourniture de 60 avions de combat suite à la décision de son agence en charge des contrats d’armements d’aller contre l’octroi à Boeing d’un contrat de 8300 milliards de wons (7,9 milliards $).

 

Il s’agit pour Séoul de remplacer une flotte vieillissante d’avions F-4 et F-5.

 

Le F-15 Silent Eagle de Boeing était opposé au F-35A de Lockheed Martin et au Typhoon du consortium européen Eurofighter (EADS, BAE Systems et Alenia). Ces deux derniers avaient cependant été éliminés car leurs offres dépassaient le budget fixé par Séoul, Boeing étant le seul à avoir soumis une offre correspondant au budget.

 

Une partie de l’état-major sud-coréen s’était toutefois récemment prononcée publiquement contre l’octroi de ce contrat à Boeing, jugeant que le F-15 Silent Eagle ne répondait pas aux besoins actuels des armées du pays. La raison invoquée serait entre autres le manque de capacités de furtivité de l’appareil face à certains de ses concurrents (le F-35 en tête).

 

Fin août, 15 anciens haut responsables de l’aviation sud-coréenne ont signé une pétition qualifiant d’«irrationnelle» la procédure qui avait éliminé les appareils de Lockheed Martin et d’EADS.

 

Le porte-parole du ministère de la Défense sud-coréenne a précisé que l’ensemble du processus devrait prendre «environ un an» et que le ministère ferait tout pour «accélérer les choses afin de nous assurer que le vide dans notre défense nationale soit limité à un minimum de temps».

 

Plusieurs possibilités seront examinés: le nombre d’avions commandés pourrait changer, la période de financement pourrait être prolongée, ou le contrat pourrait porter sur plusieurs types d’avions.

 

Les Pays-Bas ont récemment signé une commande de F-35, portant à sept le nombre de pays autres que les États-Unis optant pour cet avion, avec la Grande-Bretagne, l’Australie, l’Italie, la Norvège, Israël et le Japon.

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Le premier vol du premier F-35 hollandais a eu lieu le 6 août 2012

Le premier vol du premier F-35 hollandais a eu lieu le 6 août 2012

23 septembre 2013 par Pierre Sparaco – Aerobuzz.fr

 

Les Pays-Bas vont commander trente-sept F-35A Lightning II, alias Joint Strike Fighter. La Belgique en fera autant l’année prochaine, deux commandes qui confirmeront les grandes ambitions mondiales de l’avion de combat de Lockheed Martin.

 

C’est au terme d’une longue valse-hésitation que les autorités de La Haye ont décidé de consacrer 4,5 milliards d’euros au F-35A pour assurer le remplacement d’une partie de leurs F-16. Une commande complémentaire de plusieurs dizaines d’exemplaires est envisagée en un deuxième temps, pour autant que le budget de la Défense le permette.

Ce choix ne constitue en aucun cas une surprise, les Hollandais ayant de la suite dans les idées et ne résistant jamais à l’appel du grand large : ils ont en effet successivement commandé le Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, le Northrop F-5 puis le F-16, écartant systématiquement les propositions françaises qui leur étaient soumises. Les Belges ont été très influencés par cette manière de faire, aux dépens de l’Europe de la Défense, au point de multiplier les occasions manquées, à commencer par la possibilité qui leur avait été offerte par Dassault Aviation de prendre une participation de 10 % dans le développement et la production du Rafale.

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Le Pentagone et Lockheed Martin conduisent des négociations avec d’autres acheteurs potentiels, notamment le Canada, où le dossier est à l’origine d’une violente polémique politique. photo Lockheed-Martin

En Belgique, la situation est plus complexe qu’aux Pays-Bas. Sans indiquer le nombre d’exemplaires qui seraient commandés, Pieter De Crem, ministre de la Défense, a exprimé une préférence pour le F-35A, toute autre possibilité semblant écartée, Super Hornet, Rafale, Eurofighter ou Gripen NG. Mais il va se heurter à l’opposition du parti socialiste et, explique notre confrère Patrick Anspach, aux réticences de la Flandre. Ce qui revient à dire que l’inextricable fracture politico-linguistique qui mine la Belgique n’épargnera pas ce dossier.

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Le Pentagone prévoit de commander environ 2 400 F-35, dans ses trois versions, dans le cadre d’une opération d’une durée d’une cinquantaine d’années. photo Lockheed-Martin

Sabca, première entreprise aéronautique du royaume, va logiquement défendre les couleurs du Rafale, Dassault étant son actionnaire. Mais Asco, très influente, bénéficie de commandes de sous-traitance de Lockheed Martin et fera évidemment le choix contraire. D’où la perspective d’un affrontement violent qui, dans une certaine mesure, pourrait rappeler l’épique marché du siècle de 1975 : les Pays-Bas, la Belgique, le Danemark et la Norvège, après avoir renoncé au Tornado trop coûteux, avaient décidé de commander conjointement 348 avions pour tenter d’obtenir des conditions favorables et, notamment, des compensations économiques généreuses. Avec l’appui de Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics l’avait emporté avec le F-16, qui n’était alors qu’un démonstrateur technologique, une défaite cuisante pour l’Europe.

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Ce mois-ci, Lockheed Martin a célébré le début de l’assemblage du 100e avion à Fort Worth, jadis siège de General Dynamics, créateur du F-111 puis du F-16. photo Lockheed-Martin

Le F-35, programme d’une ampleur considérable, a déjà été retenu par le Royaume-Uni, l’Australie, l’Italie, la Norvège, Israël et le Japon, le Pentagone prévoyant pour sa part d’y consacrer 857 milliards de dollars. En retard, hors budget, mais bénéficiant d’efforts de redressement impressionnants, le prix catalogue du F-35 serait descendu, semble-t-il, à environ 85 millions de dollars. Trois versions sont mises au point, F-35A « classique », F-35B à décollage vertical, F-35C destiné à être embarqué sur porte-avions.

La production est lancée, le centième exemplaire est actuellement visible sur la chaîne d’assemblage final de Fort Worth, dans le Texas, dans le grand hall de 1 600 mètres de longueur d’une usine propriété de l’Etat fédéral, vestige de l’effort de guerre de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Une chaîne d’assemblage sera mise en place par Alenia Aermacchi, consacrant l’ancrage européen de l’opération.

 

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Su-25 Attack Aircraft Crashes in Russia, Pilot Ejects Safely

MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti)

 

A Soviet-era Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft crashed during a routine training flight in Russia’s Krasnodar region on Monday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

 

The statement said contact with the pilot was lost at 8:17 p.m. Moscow time (16:17 GMT). The plane crashed 49 kilometers from the Primorsko-Akhtarsk airfield.

 

“The pilot was able to steer the falling aircraft away from populated areas and eject safely,” the statement said.

 

The ministry confirmed that there were no injuries or damages to structures on the ground.

 

A Ka-27 search-and-rescue helicopter has been dispatched to the crash site, the ministry reported, adding that all flights of Su-25 aircraft in the Southern Military Districts had been suspended while an investigation into the incident was under way.

 

The Su-25 is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau to provide close air support for ground troops.

 

The aircraft has been in service with the Russian Air Force for more than 25 years. It has also been exported to dozens of countries

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