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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 11:30
L-3 Wins Iraqi F-16 Training Hardware

September 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: L-3 Link; issued Sept. 16, 2013)


L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded Contract Modification on F-16 Iraq Training Program


ARLINGTON, Texas --- L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a contract modification from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to build the Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) two F-16 Block 52 Weapon Tactics Trainers (WTTs), two brief/debrief systems and one mission observation center.


This contract modification follows L-3 Link’s November 2012 award to build two F-16 Block 52 Full Mission Trainers (FMTs) for the IqAF.


Plans currently call for the first F-16 Block 52 FMT to become ready-for-training during the first quarter of 2015. The remaining training devices, brief/debrief systems and mission observation center are scheduled to achieve ready-for-training milestones during the fourth quarter of 2015. All of the training devices and support systems will be installed at Balad Air Base in northern Iraq.


“L-3 Link looks forward to providing a comprehensive training system that will enable Iraqi F-16 pilots to enhance their tactical skills over a full range of mission areas,” said Lenny Genna, president of L-3 Link. “The high-fidelity F-16 Block 52 Full Mission Trainers, for instance, will allow pilots to gain training credit equivalent to live training while conducting either new or advanced skills training.”


Each F-16 Block 52 WTT combines a tactically relevant physical cockpit with a single out-the-window visual display monitor. The WTTs use the same high-fidelity computational system, software and models that are integrated on the FMTs. As a result, the WTTs can be networked to the FMTs to support four-ship tactical team training.


The F-16 Block 52 FMTs currently being built will enable pilots to conduct simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground combat exercises. During training exercises, Iraqi F-16 pilots will wear L-3 Link’s simulated joint helmet-mounted cueing system to control sensors and weapons through visual cueing. The FMTs’ visual system solution will enable pilots to acquire and identify targets, as well as accurately deliver a wide range of ordnance over a 360-degree field-of-regard. Pilots will be able to practice takeoffs and landings, aerial in-flight refueling, low-level flight and emergency procedures. All training exercises, which will occur within a virtual, geo-specific database, can be conducted in a variety of simulated weather conditions.



L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military and civil aircraft platforms. L-3 Link’s innovative solutions provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training technologies, including high-fidelity immersive simulations, as well as distributed academic and interactive courseware. The company has delivered military and civil training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. L-3 Link is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, with key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Crawley, U.K.


Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, platform and logistics solutions, and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2012 sales of $13.1 billion.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
Bangladesh Air Force on procurement drive

Sept.14, 2013  Bangladesh Defence Procurement


The Bangladesh Air Force received 8 more F-7BG1 from China last Sunday to make a full squadron of 16 fighter aircraft in the unit.


The F-7BG1 is the newest version of the F-7 series of fighter aircraft and boasts improved multi-role capabilities including launching of precision guided munitions and new generation Chinese air-to-air missiles. Each F-7BG1 cost $9.8 million according to bdmilitary.com sources in the Bangladesh Air Force.


The present government has procured 16 F-7BG1/FT-7BG1  multi-role fighter aircraft, one YLC-6C 3D radar and one JH-16 s-band AESA air defence radar from China. In addition 3 Mi-171Sh combat support and transport helicopters were also procured in the same period to strengthen the Bangladesh Air Force.


The Bangladesh Air Force is also set to receive 4 additional refurbished C-130Es from the United States of America under a $180 million purchase deal.


During the filing of this report the Bangladesh Air Force is in negotiation with Russian Rosoboronexport for the acquisition of 12 multi-role combat aircraft, 12 advanced jet trainers, two armed maritime patrol aircraft and nine other jet training aircraft under a $1.5 billion dollar state export credit facility provided by the Russian government to boost the Bangladesh Air Force’s capabilities.


The Bangladesh Air Force is rejuvenating its aircraft inventory after years of neglect. Ground based air defence will also be improved with the introduction of Russian and Chinese anti-aircraft missile systems, radar and air defence command and control centres.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 18:50
JSF Jet Fighter Purchase Gets Green Light After 18 Years: Telegraaf

Sept. 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Dutch News; published Sept. 17, 2013)


The Netherlands will go ahead with the purchase of the controversial JSF jet fighter, despite objections, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday. The decision brings to an end 18 years of political dithering about the wisdom of spending so much money on an aircraft when the defence ministry is struggling to find €1.33bn in cuts, the paper says.


The Netherlands will buy 37 JSF jets which will keep the cost within the €4.5bn special budget set aside for the purpose. They will cost an additional €270m a year to keep in the air, the Telegraaf reports, quoting sources in The Hague.




Defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert will confirm the buy when she unveils her vision for the future of the armed forces later on Tuesday, the paper says. Because of the careful budgeting, it is possible the Netherlands will buy more JSFs at a later stage, the Telegraaf said.


The JSF will gradually replace the aging F-16 fleet between 2019 and 2023. Earlier this month, sources said the Labour party, which had opposed the purchase of the JSF, was now in favour of the plan, clearing the way for cabinet approval. One Dutch jet is currently undergoing test flights and a second test aircraft is due to be delivered this year.


The issue has divided parliament for years, because of the high cost of the new American-built aircraft. There has also been criticism in the US over the mounting costs and delays.




A report by the Clingendael foreign policy institute earlier this year said an armed forces which includes the controversial JSF jet fighter is the least attractive scenario for the future of the Dutch military.


Clingendael says the JSF will only be needed if the Netherlands wants to take part in the opening phase of military interventions. The Netherlands rarely takes an active role.


But the high cost of the JSF will lead to ‘serious limitations’ to the country’s maritime operations – such as the role the Netherlands currently plays in protecting commercial shipping against pirates.



(EDITOR’S NOTE: If the Dutch budget of €4.5 billion will buy 37 aircraft, the average unit price works out to €121.6 million (approx. $158 million) per aircraft.

On the basis of annual operating costs of €270 million, the total operating cost of the fleet over 30 years works out to €8.1 billion, plus 30 years’ worth of inflation.

Of course, the Telegraaf story did not mention how any flight hours are included in the operating costs, so a more detailed analysis of the Netherlands’ cost estimates will have to wait for the defense minister’s official announcement.

It should be noted that the Netherlands originally planned to buy 85 F-35s.)

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 18:50
Upgrade to Self-Protection System Keeps AWACS Safe

Sept. 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Sept. 16, 2013)


MANCHING, Germany --- On a cool and cloudy morning, personnel from NAPMA, Force Command and the E-3A Component landed in Manching, Germany, for a ceremony in commemoration of the completion of the NATO E-3A Large Aircraft Infra-Red Counter Measures (LAIRCM) Retrofit Program.


The LAIRCM project to install a Northrop Grumman countermeasure system on the NATO E-3A AWACS started more than six years ago to upgrade the aircraft’s self-protection system. With the last E-3A retrofitted with LAIRCM, the component’s entire fleet is now standardized to defend itself against man-portable air defense weapons such as stingers.


The June 5 ceremony started with speeches, followed by the official transfer of the aircraft to Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt, who declared this LAIRCM fully operational. Gen. Schmidt then handed NL-17 back to Col. Paul Bell, E-3A Component Logistics Wing commander. Now while it was a typical ceremony, the impact LAIRCM has is tremendous.


“This critical capability is what enables our NATO AWACS fleet to operate in combat operations today and LAIRCM will keep us safe for a long time to come,” the general said.


LAIRCM, an autonomous defensive system, gives crews immediate situational awareness using an integrated display in the flight deck.


“It gives us the real protection we need to operate in a tough combat environment,” Gen. Schmidt said. “It allows us to get the job done safely every day.”


With the protection that LAIRCM provides, the component has been able to conduct more than 480 missions in support of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. LAIRCM is the key enabler which gives the E-3A the ability to conduct out-of-area operations anywhere at any time.


“It is the reason we are the only AWACS based in Afghanistan today,” the general said. “We would not have been based there for the last year without the ability to protect our NATO aircraft and our aircrew from the enemy.”

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 17:20
Bombardier Global Express Aircraft Configured as a BACN Aircraft, August 2007

Bombardier Global Express Aircraft Configured as a BACN Aircraft, August 2007

Sept. 17, 2013 by Dave Majumdar - FG


Northrop Grumman and Bombardier are set to deliver the last of four Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) aircraft to the US Air Force.


“There is going to be an official delivery ceremony in the coming weeks,” says Ben Boehm, Bombardier’s vice-president for sales and marketing. “It’s kinda up to the air force when they want to have the ceremony. The airplane is actually ready to go.”


The BACN, which will be used to facilitate communications between disparate US airborne assets, has been in development by Northrop since 2005. The idea was to use the communications node to translate data transmitted from stealthy fifth-generation fighters such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into a format usable by fourth-generation aircraft such as the Boeing F-15 Eagle and vice versa.


Originally, BACN was tested on board a NASA-operated Martin WB-57 Canberra bomber. However, a later prototype was installed on a Bombardier BD-700 business jet in 2011, which was ultimately designated as the E-11A.


After the success of the original E-11A prototype, which is being retained by the USAF, the service ordered three additional production aircraft based on the Bombardier Global Express 6000. It is the last of those three aircraft that is set to be delivered, Boehm says.


Boehm says that the USAF might order five more BACN II aircraft that would be somewhat modified from the current jets. Sensors, he says, are constantly evolving.


Bombardier says that further opportunities in the US market might arise from a programme to replace the USAF’s aging fleet of Northrop E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft. Service leaders, however, have said previously that while a business jet-derived JSTARS replacement is desirable, the USAF does not have the money to purchase such an aircraft.


Bombardier also hopes to leverage its new CSeries airframe for the military market, Boehm says. Two potential customers have already expressed interest in an airborne early warning platform based on the new aircraft.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 17:20
US Navy conducts AAR trials to enhance UCAS-D performance

16 September 2013 naval-technology.com


The US Navy and Northrop Grumman have completed another phase of autonomous aerial refuelling (AAR) test, intended to significantly increase the endurance and range of the X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator (UCAS-D).


During the test, being conducted in Niagara Falls, New York, US, a Calspan-built Learjet equipped with navigation and vision processor software from the X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft assisted the AAR test flight.


As a surrogate aircraft, the Learjet conducted a series of autonomous flights, behind an Omega K-707 aerial refuelling tanker, fitted with a refuelling interface system and tanker operator station.


The navy's unmanned combat air system programme manager, Captain Jaime Engdahl, said the AAR trials aim to demonstrate technologies, representative systems and procedures that allow the unmanned systems to safely approach and manoeuvre around tanker aircraft.


"Demonstrating AAR technologies and standard refueling procedures is the next logical step for our demonstration programme," Engdahl said.


The team is applying both navy and air force style refuelling techniques as well as demonstrating that the same systems architecture extends the autonomous systems distributed control concept from the aircraft carrier to the airborne refuelling environment, according to Engdahl.


The trials have been designed to assess the final X-47B AAR systems functionality and navigation performance as well as validate the government tanker refuelling interface systems.


"By demonstrating that we can add an automated aerial refueling capability to unmanned or optionally manned aircraft, we can significantly increase their range, persistence and flexibility," Engdahl continued.


The US Navy is planning to resume aerial refuelling testing using a completely autonomous setup, later this year.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 16:20
F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighters from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,

F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighters from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,

17/09/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr


En dépit des énormes surcoûts et des graves problèmes techniques du F-35, les Pays-Bas vont pourtant acheter 37 avions de combat de Lockheed Martin pour équiper leur armée de l'air.


En dépit des énormes surcoûts financiers et des graves problèmes techniques du F-35, les Pays-Bas vont finalement acheter 37 avions de combat de Lockheed Martin pour équiper leur armée de l'air, ont indiqué ce mardi à l'agence Reuters deux sources proches du dossier. La ministre néerlandaise de la Défense, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, doit annoncer cette décision dans la journée de mardi dans un document définissant sa vision à long terme pour l'armée néerlandaise, qui tourne le dos à l'Europe. Initialement, La Haye devait acheter 85 F-35 pour remplacer une flotte vieillissante de F-16AM. Une décision qui sonne comme un nouvel échec politique pour les partisans d'une Europe de la défense et alors que même le Canada, fidèle allié des Etats-Unis, s'interroge sur l'achat de cet appareil.

Le gouvernement néerlandais a prévu 4,5 milliards d'euros dans son budget pour le renouvellement de sa flotte de chasse, auxquels il faut ajouter 270 millions d'euros de coûts d'entretiens d'annuels. Le F-35 Joint Strike Fighter a été conçu pour devenir le chasseur de nouvelle génération de l'US Air Force et des alliés des Etats-Unis, mais son développement a pris plusieurs années de retard en raison de problèmes techniques et d'une hausse des coûts, 70 % plus élevés que prévu. Si la commande de F-35 est confirmée, les Pays-Bas seraient le septième pays à faire confiance à Lockheed Martin après la Grande-Bretagne, l'Australie, l'Italie, la Norvège, Israël et le Japon. Washington essaie de convaincre le Canada de rejoindre cette liste. 


Le F-35, un appareil pour tuer l'industrie aéronautique européenne

Cet appareil devait remiser tous ses rivaux dans les musées, Rafale compris. Ce qui est loin aujourd'hui d'être le cas compte tenu de ses graves problèmes techniques. Et le F-35 avait également une mission officieuse : torpiller l'industrie aéronautique militaire européenne, notamment en France, seul pays à maîtriser l'ensemble des technologies pour développer et industrialiser un avion de combat, à l'exception de la Russie. "Pour mieux la vassaliser", rappelle un expert du ministère de la Défense.

"Il faut bien savoir que les Américains souhaitent casser notre industrie de défense pour accroître leur domination mondiale, car nous sommes leur seul concurrent ", expliquait dans l'indifférence générale en mai 2002 Serge Dassault dans une interview accordée à "La Tribune".

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
South Korea poised for final decision in F-X III

Sept. 17, 2013 by Greg Waldron – FG


Singapore - South Korea could make a final decision in the F-X III competition for 60 fighters as soon as the following week, with Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle in a strong position.


Seoul’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) says it has completed the evaluation of the competing bids of the three jets involved in the competition, according to a report by state news agency Yonhap.


The report indicates that DAPA officials have briefed South Korean president Park Geun-hye about the competition, with the winner to be decided following a meeting presided over by defence minister Kim Kwan-jin on 24 September.


DAPA has indicated that the F-15SE has the edge as its bid came in below the won (W) 8.3 trillion ($7.7 billion) budget. Its rivals in the competition, the Lockheed Martin F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon, appear to have come in over budget, which should technically eliminate them from the competition.


This could give Seoul just two options in the following week: select the F-15SE or re-tender the competition.


A major consideration among Seoul’s defence establishment is the prestige inherent in the F-35, which is seen as a more advanced option owing to its dedicated stealth features. They are keenly aware of Tokyo’s decision to buy 42 F-35s in 2011, defeating rival bids from the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and Typhoon.


In addition, they are aware of aircraft developments in China, where apparently stealthy types such as the Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31 are undergoing flight testing.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
10,5 millards $ à risque sans le contrat des F-35

13/09/2013 Par Ross Marowits La Presse Canadienne


MONTRÉAL – Un directeur senior du géant de la défense Lockheed Martin soutient que l’industrie aéronautique canadienne pourrait perdre environ 10,5 milliards $ en contrats étalés sur plusieurs décennies si le gouvernement fédéral choisit de ne pas aller de l’avant avec sa commande controversée de 65 avions de chasse F-35.


Le vice-président exécutif de Lockheed Martin, Orlando Carvalho, affirme que la compagnie respectera des contrats d’une valeur totale de 500 millions $ déjà accordés à des partenaires canadiens, mais que d’autres contrats seront à risque sans la commande du gouvernement canadien.


«Si le gouvernement canadien décidait de ne pas choisir les F-35, nous respecterions certainement les engagements que nous avons pris avec l’industrie canadienne, mais notre approche, à l’avenir, serait d’essayer de faire des affaires avec les industries des pays qui nous achètent des avions», a-t-il affirmé lors d’un entretien suivant l’ouverture officielle des nouvelles installations d’inspection des moteurs à Montréal.


La compagnie Lockheed Martin estime que l’industrie canadienne pourrait potentiellement recevoir 11 milliards $ de contrats sur 25 à 40 ans, période pendant laquelle elle pourrait construire 3000 avions pour les armées de partout dans le monde.


Près de 72 entreprises canadiennes ont obtenu du travail à travers le projet des F-35. Industrie Canada a calculé que la valeur potentielle pourrait être de 9,8 milliards $ US, incluant les montants des contrats déjà accordés.


Ottawa évalue les solutions de rechange potentielles à son plan initial, qui était d’acheter 65 appareils F-35. L’an dernier, un rapport de la firme de services-conseil KPMG avertissait que la facture totale, incluant service et entretien, pourrait s’élever à 45,8 milliards $ sur 42 ans.


M. Carvalho affirme que Lockheed continue de réduire le coût de ses F-35. Les avions coûteraient au Canada autour de 75 millions $, au coût d’aujourd’hui, ou environ 85 millions $ avec inflation lors de leur éventuelle livraison en 2018.


«À mesure que les lignes de production et les connaissances gagnent en efficacité, que nous construisons de plus en plus d’avion et que la production augmente, le coût des avions ne peut que baisser», a affirmé M. Carvalho.


Il a ajouté que les particularités de l’avion, dont la technologie furtive et les capacités de surveillance, en font le choix idéal pour le Canada.


De son côté, le directeur de Boeing, le concurrent de Lockheed Martin, s’est dit la semaine dernière confiant que ses appareils F-18 Super Hornet puissent combler les besoins militaires canadiens à moindre coût.


Selon James McNerney, ce n’est qu’une question de temps avant que le gouvernement canadien retourne en appel d’offres.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
Textron unveils light attack Scorpion

Company officials unveiled the design for the Scorpion, in works since January 2012, during the annual Air Force Association Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Md. (Textron AirLand)


Sep. 16, 2013 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense News


NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — Textron and AirLand today unveiled the Scorpion, a clean-sheet light attack platform that the companies are confident can make inroads in both the international and domestic markets.


The plane is in the “final stages” of integration tests, with a flight expected before the end of the year, Scott Donnelly, chairman and CEO of Textron, told reporters today. He said the aircraft has already run successful tests of the ejector seat and engines.


Company officials unveiled the design, in works since January 2012 at a Wichita, Kan., facility, during the annual Air Force Association Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Md.


The Scorpion comes with twin turbofan engines and a tandem cockpit, although the jet is designed to be flown by a single pilot. There are six hard points on the plane that could hold a variety of equipment, from extra fuel to Hellfire missiles.


Potential competitors to the Scorpion, such as the Embraer Super Tucano and Beechcraft AT-6, are turboprop designs notable for their low-cost design. Donnelly, however, expressed confidence that his design would be priced similarly to a turboprop, while providing greater capabilities.


Donnelly expects a per-hour operating cost of around $3,000, significantly less than highly capable aircraft such as the F-16 or F-35.


The backing officials see the ISR capabilities as what really sets the plane apart. The Scorpion can carry 3,000 pounds of ISR equipment, with a modular design to allow customers to select what equipment should be on the plane. It boasts five hours of long-loiter time as well.


While the company has had conversations with potential customers, it was not willing to identify any specific areas of growth. However, both the Middle East and the Pacific have proven fertile grounds for light attack craft in the past.


Given budget cuts around the world, it seems potentially dangerous for a company to create a new plane without a requirement. But Donnelly insists that gives his group an entrance into the worldwide market.


“Our view has always been that we know the US and partner nations are all going to have budgetary challenges, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a mission requirement,” he said. “We’re offering a solution to people who have budgetary challenge and still have mission requirements. This is not a competitor to an F-35. The vast majority of missions don’t need that.”


Domestically, the Scorpion team is also keeping an eye on the Air Force’s T-X trainer replacement program. Donnelly indicated that by swapping the two engines with a single engine and changing the wings on the plane, the fighter would match up ideally with the expected requirements for the T-X program, potentially worth billions of dollars.


That kind of design flexibility will be key for making market headway, said former Air Force Secretary Whit Peters, who consulted for AirLand on the design of the plane.


“For the international market, its’ critical,” Peters said of the flexibility of the plane. Because its can be hard to know what technologies will and will not be exportable, it is important to be able to make a baseline airplane that can be exportable and then modified for customers, Peters said.


He indicated that worldwide fleets of A-37s, as well as the US Air Force’s fleets of A-10s and F-15Cs, could be platforms replaced by the Scorpion. Both those Air Force platforms are potentially on the cutting block due to sequestration.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
Rolls-Royce Boosts Power for V-22 Engines

Rolls-Royce says it has increased the power of the engine it supplies for US V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft by 17 percent. (photo USMC)


Sep. 16, 2013 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has increased the power output of its V-22 Osprey engine by 17 percent, a significant jump that should boost the reliability of the tilt-rotor aircraft in high-altitude, high-heat conditions, according to a company official.


“We’ve been upgrading the [AE family] of engines to provide more thrust as more challenging requirements came up in the commercial market, so we knew there was more power available” said Tom Hartmann, the company’s senior vice president of defense. “Now that we’re through the hurdles of wrestling and working the time-on-wing improvements, we recognize there is additional capability we haven’t taken advantage of that could provide high power to the Pentagon for their particular missions.”


The engine improvements came from three relatively small changes. First, the company added a new turbine to the engine, known as the Block 3 turbine. That design is based on a commercial product Rolls-Royce has used.


Some of those turbines are already in the field; the company has been installing them into all new-production models since July 2012, and began upgrading older turbines during regular maintenance two months later.


The other modifications included an increase in the flow capacity of the fuel valve and a software update, which allow the engines to deliver the higher power when needed.


Each V-22 Osprey is powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines. The US Air Force’s fleet of CV-22s are used for special operations missions. The US Marine Corps’ MV-22 has two variants, the B and C models, which are used in the transportation of troops and equipment.


Most of the time, the V-22 won’t need the extra power. It’s really designed for use at higher altitudes — the 6,000-8,000-foot range — where the V-22 has struggled.


“Without flight tests, it’s hard to say the real-world impact” of the improvements, Hartmann said. But Rolls aims to give US military operators full engine capability at 6,000 feet with an air temperature of 95 degrees, a challenge that he said Air Force officials asked the company to look at.


“Right now, they are limited on what load they can carry at 6,000 feet and 95 degrees.” Hartmann said. “The plan is to provide that full capability in the near term, and then, in a future upgrade, give enhanced capability at 8,000 feet and 95 degrees.”


The company will begin tests of its upgraded engine in the fall, beginning the Federal Aviation Administration review process. Hartmann expects kits for the improved engines to arrive late 2014.


Rolls also is keeping an eye on a more comprehensive Block 4 upgrade, which should increase power by 26 percent over the current baseline, allowing the engines to hit close to 10,000 horsepower. It also could improve fuel consumption, which the company expects to be key as the Pentagon focuses more on the Asia-Pacific region.


“You have the ‘tyranny of distance’ in the Pacific, so better fuel consumption is obviously a benefit in that region,” Hartmann said.

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17 septembre 2013 2 17 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
Northrop Unveils F-35 Missile Protection System

ThNDR and Lightning: Northrop's ThNDR system is designed to protect the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from enemy missiles. (Northrop)


Sep. 16, 2013 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman on Thursday unveiled a new anti-missile laser protection system designed for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Washington.


The Threat Nullification Defensive Resource — ThNDR for short, to compliment the F-35’s “Lightning” designation — is a progression from Northrop’s directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) family of systems.


DIRCM works by sensing by intercepting an incoming missile with a laser that confuses the seeker head on the weapon, causing it to lose track of the aircraft. The system has been highly successful, with installation on over 50 different platforms, but had yet to be mounted on a fighter jet in large part due to the challenge of getting a system to work with the tight turns and high speeds that pilots would be required to make in a combat situation.


Although not yet part of the F-35 program, Northrop is confident the Pentagon wants to incorporate some form of missile-protection into its fifth-generation fighter.


“We know that requirement does exist and it is on its way,” said Jeffrey Palombo, Northrop’s sector vice president and general manager for the Land and Self-Protection Systems Division. In an attempt to get ahead of potential competition, the company self-funded the research and design of ThNDR.


ThNDR was designed to meet specific size limitations for the F-35. It will be nestled next to the distributed aperture system (DAS), also designed by Northrop, and tap into the cooling system already in the fighter. Each jet will get a pair of systems, one on the top of the plane and one on the bottom, to create 360-degree coverage against threats.


A major feature of the F-35 is its low-observable design, vital to its stealth capabilities. Anything sticking off the plane could threaten those stealth characteristics, so ThNDR will be installed inside the jet, with a window cut out to allow the lasers to operate.


The company expects the requirement for a missile defense system to be included in the Block 5 upgrade, in the 2017 time frame, and be available for all domestic and international customers. “There’s no reason at all that it can’t be retrofitted” into an already-produced F-35, Palombo said, although he declined to go into details on what that might look like.


The system still has a way to go before completion, with testing planned in Northrop’s laboratories before the end of the year. While no requirement has been issued, Carl Smith, vice president of Infrared Countermeasures, said the company is keeping in touch with the F-35 Joint Program Office.


“We go talk with them periodically,” Smith said. “We share what our progress is. There’s obviously dialogue with Lockheed Martin. We keep everybody abreast of where we are and what’s happening. “


While designed for the F-35, Palombo said the company expects other fighters, such as the F-15, to eventually include a requirement for a DIRCM system.


“It’s really a fast jet capability,” Palombo said. “Look at the fact there aren’t going to be many new starts for airplanes. We’re going to be flying F-22s, F-16s, F-15s for a very long time, and they’re going to have to be protected, as well.”


The system could be mounted into the bottom of the airplane, or reconfigured to fit into a self-contained pod that can be attached to the bottom of a jet. It would also have the option to be liquid or air-cooled.


“We believe [the F-35 is] probably the first actual requirement proposal that will be coming down the pike,” Palombo reiterated. “It is very likely there will be others, either in parallel with that or immediately following that.”


Northrop executives describe ThNDR as a “sixth-generation” system, and the company is keeping an eye on what a seventh-gen system might look like. Smith, at least, believes that would likely involve higher-powered lasers in the “tens of kilowatts of energy.”

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Speed Agile : un concept futuriste pour le successeur du C-130

13/09/2013 Par François Julian – Air & Cosmos


Lockheed Martin a récemment publié, sur le site internet de son magazine Code One  une vue d'artiste du Speed Agile.


Ce démonstrateur technologique, qui pour le moment fait l'objet d'essais en soufflerie, doit permettre de défricher un concept de futur avion de transport militaire, qui pourrait succéder au C-130 Hercules.


Le Speed Agile est le fruit de recherches réunissant Boeing, Lockheed Martin, la NASA et l'US Air Force. Il s'agit d'étudier un futur avion cargo, pouvant évoluer depuis des pistes sommaires, ce qui impose une bonne tenue aux basses vitesse, tout en étant capable de voler en croisière à Mach 0,8.


L'accent serait d'ailleurs mis sur l'utilisation de dispositifs hypersustentateurs performants et de conception simple, qui permettraient à l'appareil de décoller et d'atterrir sur une distance de moins de 700 m.


Pour le moment, Speed Agile n'est encore qu'un avion de papier. Mais qui sait, il pourrait peut être intéresser un jour les décideurs du Pentagone, soucieux d'offrir au C-130 Hercules une retraite bien méritée.

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drone-europeen source enjeux_info

drone-europeen source enjeux_info

16.09.2013  affaires-strategiques.info


Depuis deux décennies, l’émergence et le développement des drones ont considérablement modifié la manière de mener la guerre. Néanmoins, l’Union européenne semble accuser un retard en matière de développement et d’acquisition de drone. Dans un document publié le 11 septembre par l’European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Andrea Gili, chercheure associée, analyse ainsi les perspectives qui s’ouvrent à l’Union sur cet enjeu primordial de la défense.


En effet, les drones offrent de nouvelles possibilités, notamment en matière de surveillance et améliorent les capacités de planification, contribuant parfois à simplifier les processus décisionnels des autorités responsables, notamment dans la lutte contre le terrorisme (assassinats ciblés par exemple). Les drones de combat ont donc, semble-t-il, entrainé une révolution dans la sphère militaire et plus particulièrement dans le domaine de la guerre aérienne. Permettant une réduction des forces armées présentes au sol et une efficacité à moindre coût, il paraît toutefois surprenant que les Etats membres de l’Union n’aient pas encore développé leur propres drones.

A ce titre, et si dans la dernière décennie, nombre de pays européens ont lancé des programmes R&D en matière de drone, seuls ou en coopération, il n’en demeure pas moins que le manque de fonds a bien souvent conduit à un échec de ces projets, les Etats se tournant alors vers l’acquisition de drones américains ou israéliens. Il semble d’ailleurs opportun de souligner que dans le passé, la coopération européenne en matière d’armement a été source de nombreux problèmes, les pays de l’UE cherchant souvent à protéger leur industrie nationale au détriment d’une mutualisation des compétences qui rendrait plus performante l’industrie de défense européenne. Mais désormais, la crise financière ainsi que les coupes drastiques qui sont intervenues dans les budgets de défense, ne laissent plus d’alternative possible si ce n’est celle de la coopération des industries de défense en Europe, selon le chercheur.

La problématique de la production de drone dans l’Union européenne soulève donc en réalité des questions sur les capacités de l’industrie européenne de l’armement à se structurer de telle sorte à rendre possible la production de drone et la compétitivité des industries européennes en la matière. Il s’agit là d’ailleurs d’une priorité car, comme le souligne Andrea Gili, l’élaboration de programmes R&D relatifs aux drones contribuerait à préserver la sécurité de l’Union ainsi que son autonomie stratégique à long terme. La valeur stratégique de disposer de telles capacités militaires apparaît donc non négligeable.

L’Union européenne se trouve donc à un tournant en matière de technologie militaire et nombreux sont ceux qui appellent à une décision claire des autorités européennes, notamment lors du prochain Conseil des Ministres européens de la défense qui aura lieu en décembre prochain.


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Les Pays-Bas vont acheter 37 chasseurs américains F-35

17/09/2013 Capital.fr


Les Pays-Bas vont acheter 37 chasseurs F-35 de Lockheed Martin pour équiper leur armée de l'air, ont indiqué mardi à Reuters deux sources proches du dossier.


La ministre néerlandaise de la Défense, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, doit annoncer cette décision dans la journée de mardi dans un document définissant sa vision à long terme pour l'armée néerlandaise, ont-elles ajouté.


Le F-35 Joint Strike Fighter a été conçu pour devenir le chasseur de nouvelle génération de l'US Air Force et des alliés des Etats-Unis, mais son développement a pris plusieurs années de retard en raison de problèmes techniques et d'une hausse des coûts, 70% plus élevés que prévu.


Anthony Deutsch; Tangi Salaün pour le service français

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Market Opportunities for Gripen E

Sep 16, 2013 ASDNews Source : Saab AB


During recent months the security and defence company Saab has met an increased interest in Gripen E, the next generation of its multirole fighter.


This is concurrent to the fact that Saab in February 2013 received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development of Gripen E and has started the assembly of the system.


Approximately 6000 fighter jets will need to be replaced on the world market during the coming 15-20 years (Source: IHS Jane´s 360). Due to Swedish export restrictions and other prerequisites, Saab has access to approximately half of this market. Previously Saab estimated that Gripen potentially could capture about 10 per cent of this market over the coming 15-20 years.


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Embraer on Schedule with Jacksonville A-29 Super Tucano Assembly Facility

Sep 17, 2013 ASDNews Source : Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A


Embraer Defense & Security Inc. announced, today, at the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition that the company is on schedule with its Jacksonville, Florida, assembly facility to begin deliveries in mid-2014 of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for the Light Air Support (LAS) program.


There have been several developments since the contract award was announced on February 27, 2013.


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F-35 : Lockheed Martin met de la pression sur le Canada

13 septembre 2013 radio-canada.ca


Le géant de la défense Lockheed Martin soutient que l'industrie aéronautique canadienne pourrait perdre environ 10,5 milliards de dollars en contrats, étalés sur plusieurs décennies, si le gouvernement fédéral choisit de ne pas aller de l'avant avec sa commande controversée de 65 avions de chasse F-35.


Le vice-président directeur de Lockheed Martin, Orlando Carvalho, affirme que la compagnie respectera des contrats d'une valeur totale de 500 millions déjà accordés à des partenaires canadiens, mais que d'autres contrats seront à risque sans la commande du gouvernement canadien.


Ottawa évalue les solutions de rechange potentielles à son plan initial, qui était d'acheter 65 appareils F-35. L'an dernier, un rapport de la firme de service-conseil KPMG avertissait que la facture totale, y compris service et entretien, pourrait s'élever à 45,8 milliards de dollars sur 42 ans.


De son côté, la compagnie Lockheed Martin affirme qu'elle pourrait potentiellement accorder 11 milliards de dollars de contrats sur 25 à 40 ans à l'industrie canadienne, période pendant laquelle elle pourrait construire 3000 avions pour les armées de partout dans le monde.


M. Carvalho affirme que Lockheed continue de réduire le coût de ses F-35 et indique que les avions coûteraient au Canada autour de 75 millions, au coût d'aujourd'hui, ou environ 85 millions avec inflation lors de leur éventuelle livraison en 2018.


Il ajoute que les particularités de l'avion, dont la technologie furtive et les capacités de surveillance, en font le choix idéal pour le Canada.

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F-35 Weekly Update: 16th September 2013

09/16/2013 Defence IQ Press



Canada's aerospace industry could lose about $10.5 billion worth of contracts over several decades if the federal government ultimately decides not to purchase the controversial F-35 Stealth Fighter, says a senior executive at Lockheed Martin.

Orlando Carvalho, executive vice-president of the U.S. defence giant, says Lockheed will honour $500 million worth of business already awarded to Canadian partners but that other work would be in jeopardy without a Canadian jet order.

"If in fact the Canadian government were to decide not to select the F-35 we will certainly honour the contracts that we have here with the Canadian industry but our approach in the future would be to try to do business with the industries that are in the countries that are buying the airplane," he said in an interview after officially opening its new engine overhaul facility in Montreal.

Carvalho said Lockheed estimates that Canadian industry could potentially receive $11 billion of contracts over 25 to 40 years as its builds 3,000 planes for air forces around the world.

About 72 Canadian companies have secured work on the F-35 project. Industry Canada has estimated that the potential value could be US$9.8 billion, including the amount of contracts already awarded.

Gilles Labbe, the former head of aerospace cluster Aero Montreal and CEO of F-35 supplier Heroux-Devtek (TSX:HRX), last year warned that thousands of jobs would be at risk if lead manufacturers Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman remove work destined to be completed in Canada by members of the global supply chain. [Huffington Post Canada]



Thirteen British companies and the U.K. Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology participated in a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Industry Recognition Event during the DSEI tradeshow today. Over the next 40 years, British industry will continue to play a vital role in the F-35’s global production, follow-on development and sustainment, bringing strong economic benefits to the kingdom.

“The F-35 is the largest defence programme in the world,” said U.K. Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne. “The U.K.’s involvement will generate billions of pounds and tens of thousands of jobs for the British economy for decades to come, with over 500 suppliers across the U.K. already contributing to the production of the F-35. Backed by this government's strategic vision for U.K. aerospace, the F-35 programme allows us to continue to build on the strengths of our nations avionics, systems and sensors industry.”

Steve O’Bryan, vice president, F-35 Business Development, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics added, “Our suppliers here in the U.K. are essential to the success of this program. Together, they will produce 15 percent of each one of the more than 3,100 F-35s planned for the global fleet. We are leveraging their proud legacy of innovation in aerospace to deliver this unprecedented capability to the warfighter.”

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries. [Your Industry News]



Northrop Grumman has begun company-funded development of a Directed Infrared Countermeasures (Dircm) system for fast jets, anticipating a requirement to protect the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from heat-seeking air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles.

“We believe the requirement is there, and coming quickly, and that the first opportunity will be on the F-35,” says Jeff Palombo, senior vice president and general manager of Northrop’s land and self-protection systems division.

Northrop plans to begin testing a prototype of the Threat Nullification Defensive Resource (ThNDR) system in its system-integration laboratory by year’s end, he revealed at a briefing in Washington Sept. 12.

The timing for development of a laser missile jammer to equip the F-35 “is still in question,” Palombo says, “but we want to get out in front of the requirement.”

Northrop has supplied more than 3.000 Dircms to protect large aircraft and helicopters against heat-seeking missiles by directing a modulated laser beam into the seeker head to confuse its guidance.

A Dircm is not part of the requirements for the initial, Block 3-standard F-35 now in development. But draft requirements already exist and Northrop says a laser jammer is now expected to be part of the scheduled Block 5 update.

The system must meet low-observability (LO) requirements and be packaged to fit in a restricted space available inside the F-35. But it will have a smaller, more-powerful laser than current Dircm systems and require liquid cooling, Palombo says.

The ThNDR, which includes the laser, beam steering and LO window, is packaged to fit inside volume available alongside sensors for the F-35’s distributed aperture system (DAS). There would be two jam heads, one on top and one underneath the aircraft to provide spherical coverage with minimal change to the outer mold line.

The DAS, which has six infrared sensors located to provide a 360-deg. view around the aircraft, would provide missile warning, detecting and declaring incoming threats and cueing the pointer/tracker, or jam head. [Aviation Week]


The Pentagon’s top officer overseeing the F-35 program put Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor, on notice last year with some unexpected straight talk about his views of the program saying the relationship between Lockheed and the Pentagon’s Joint Program Office is the “worst I’ve ever seen.”

A year later, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan is set to return to the Air Force Association’s annual conference, but the same fireworks are not expected as the F-35 Joint Program Office and Congress has seen progress in the F-35 program.

Air Force leaders have said publicly they are confident the A-model of the F-35 – the Air Force’s version — will achieve initial operational capability by 2016.

Initial operational capability, or IOC, is the target date each service sets for fielding an initial combat capable force. The IOC dates for the different F-35s have changed several times, starting with 2010–2012, according to a March 2013 report on the program by the Government Accountability Office.

Currently, there are 78 F-35s flying today amongst the services to include the Marine Corps, according to Lockheed Martin.  The contractor expects to have 90 by the end of the 2013 and by the end of 2016 the military will have 200 F-35s in the air, and more than 50 percent of them by the Air Force, said Mike Rein, a Lockheed Martin spokesman.

The Defense Department next year plans to spend $8.4 billion to buy 29 F-35s, including 19 for the Air Force, six for the Marine Corps, and four for the Navy. The funding includes $6.4 billion in procurement, $1.9 billion in research and development, and $187 million in spare parts.

The missed deadlines and cost overruns of the F-35 Lightning II, the most expensive weapons system in U.S. military history, have been well documented. But there are some critics who have begun to offer praise to the program. [Air Force Times]

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C-130J Photo Shiv Aroorr - Livefist

C-130J Photo Shiv Aroorr - Livefist

September 14, 2013 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist

Herc season. The Indian MoD's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) yesterday cleared the purchase of six more Lockheed-Martin C-130J Super Hercules medium transports from the US under a foreign military sale. The deal is subject to final clearance by the apex Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) before a contract is signed with the US government.
The 77 Squadron birds have been in the headlines recently quite a bit for their role in Uttarakhand flood relief, and the landing at Daulat Beg Oldie, the world's highest airstrip last month.

My report from two years ago:
Six More C-130Js For IAF In Afterglow Of First Contract
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Thailand Commissions Gripen-based Air Defense

Sept. 13, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Saab Gripen blog; posted Sept. 13, 2013)


Thailand Declares Its Gripen Integrated Air Defense System Commissioned


Just five and a half years after the signing ceremony in Stockholm February 2008, the undertaking by Sweden to provide the Royal Thai Air Force with 12 Gripen C/D aircraft, two SAAB 340 AEWs, radar and other systems, training and on-site support in a project called Peace Suvarnabhumi nears completion.


Despite the technological and logistic complexity, geographical distance and time difference, this project has run on time thanks to dedicated stakeholders and skilled staff in both countries. It is the first large defense project by Sweden in Asia.


The latest stamp of approval of this bilateral success came 11 September as the Royal Thai Air Force declared the Gripen Integrated Air Defense System commissioned as a fully operational part of the air force at its home base, Wing 7 in Surat Thani.


General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, officiated over the ceremony along with RTAF Commander ACM Prajin Juntong and high ranking representatives from the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Navy, watched by Thai and Swedish guests.

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Indonesia receives first pair of T-50i advanced jet trainers

13 Sep 2013 by Greg Waldron – FG


Singapore - Indonesia has received its first pair of Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50i Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer aircraft, following a transit through Taiwan and the Philippines.


The two aircraft arrived at the Iswahyudi air base in East Java on 11 September after departing KAI's Sacheon factory on 10 September, according to a report by official Indonesian news agency Antara.


Jakarta became the first export customer for the General Electric F404-powered aircraft when it signed a $400 million deal for 16 aircraft in 2011.


At the Paris air show in June, a company spokesman told Flightglobal that deliveries would commence in September, with all examples delivered by February 2014.


The T-50i received military type certification in South Korea in late June, and Indonesia pilots and ground crew have been training with the South Korean air force since February on both the T-50 and more capable TA-50, which has a cannon and carries air-to-air missiles.


The aircraft's transit through the Philippines coincides with South Korea's campaign to sell Manila 12 examples of the most advanced T-50 variant, the FA-50, which can carry precision-guided munitions.


KAI also hopes to sell the single-engined aircraft to Iraq and Chile.

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F-35  photo Lockheed Martin

F-35 photo Lockheed Martin

September 13, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued September 12, 2013)


Pentagon Contract Announcement


Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $149,041,442 fixed-price-incentive-firm modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-0004) for the redesign and qualification of replacement F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Electronic Warfare system components due to current diminishing manufacturing sources.


Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H. (73 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (23 percent); Orlando, Fla. (2 percent); Crestview, Fla. (1 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018.


Fiscal 2011 aircraft procurement Navy, fiscal 2011 aircraft procurement, Air Force, and international partner funding in the amount of $149,041,442 are being obligated on this award, $117,340,327 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.



This contract combines purchases for the Department of the U.S. Air Force ($94,000,000; 63 percent), U.S. Navy ($12,340,327; 8.3 percent), U.S. Marine Corps ($11,000,000; 7.4 percent), and international partners ($31,701,115; 21.3 percent).


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

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Dassault Aviation delivers a new Falcon 50 MS to the DGA

Sep 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : Dassault Aviation


On 11 September 2013 in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation delivered a Falcon 50 MS to the French defense procurement agency (DGA) to ensure maritime surveillance tasks.


This aircraft is the first in a series of four State-owned Falcon 50B (initially operated by Etec, the French Air Force squadron that ensured presidential and other official flights) to be transformed for maritime surveillance missions. It will join four other Falcon 50 M jets in service in the French Navy since the early 2000s.


The main missions of these aircraft involve search and rescue at sea, surveillance of fishing zones and fighting against trafficking and smuggling.


The project to transform the aircraft for maritime surveillance work involves installing observation windows and a mission control system (provided by Thales) that includes a radar device installed in the nose cone, retractable infrared optronics and an operator’s console in the cabin.


Delivery of the three other Falcon 50 M will be staggered up to early 2015.

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Annelise Lethimonnier, passionnée d’Europe

15 septembre 2013 Usinenouvelle.com


Trophée des Femmes de l'Industrie


Troisième nominée dans la catégorie "Femme au début prometteur" des Trophée des Femmes de l’industrie de L'Usine Nouvelle, Annelise Lethimonnier est directrice France des affaires institutionnelles du groupe Eurocopter.


Annelise Lethimonnier n’est pas entrée chez EADS par vocation pour l’aéronautique, mais parce qu’elle aime l’Europe. L’entreprise est pour elle "la preuve par les faits de la construction européenne". Le sujet passionne cette ex-étudiante de l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP) qui a consacré son mémoire à cette société.


Approchée une première fois, elle préfère aller étudier le management de projets à HEC. "Indispensable pour parfaire ma connaissance du monde de l’entreprise", explique-t-elle. Elle rejoint EADS, d’abord comme plume du président Louis Gallois, puis gourmande d’opérationnel, elle devient responsable de projets export drone au sein de Cassidian, une filiale du groupe. Devant négocier avec des Indiens, elle se plonge dans les livres pour connaître cette culture.


Elle se définit comme une femme d’action et d’analyse, l’une nourrissant l’autre. "Je ne me vois pas parler d’un sujet que je ne maîtriserais pas", explique-telle. Cette ligne de conduite reste la sienne aujourd’hui quand elle promeut les positions d’Eurocopter.


Femme de passion, elle admire le théâtre classique, où l’on vit "des émotions fortes". Déjà soucieuse, à 30 ans, de transmettre, elle donne un cours sur l’industrie de défense européenne aux élèves du master de l’IEP qu’elle a elle-même obtenu en 2006.

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