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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 22:50
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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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 17:35
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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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
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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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
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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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
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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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 07:55
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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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
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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Un F-35 dans la chaîne d’assemblage final de l’usine de production de Fort Worth, Texas (Photo: Archives/Lockheed Martin)

Un F-35 dans la chaîne d’assemblage final de l’usine de production de Fort Worth, Texas (Photo: Archives/Lockheed Martin)

14/09/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout - 45eNord.ca

 

Un haut responsable de 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 de 65 avions de chasse F-35, rapporte la Presse Canadienne.

 

Le vice-président exécutif de Lockheed Martin, Orlando Carvalho, affirme en effet 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 déclaré lors d’un entretien suivant l’ouverture officielle à Montréal des nouvelles installations d’Aveos, devenues le Centre d’Aviation Kelly, un centre de maintenance, réparation et révision de moteurs de Lockheed Martin.

Après un rapport accablant du vérificateur général, qui l’accusait d’avoir gravement sous-estimé les coûts d’acquisition du F-35, Ottawa avait été contraint d’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 prévenait que la facture totale pourrait même s’élever à 45,8 milliards de dollars sur 42 ans.

 

 

Le géant américain de la défense estime quant à lui que l’industrie canadienne pourrait 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, si Ottawa maintient son choix initial du F-35 de Lockheed.

Orlando Carvalho affirme en outre 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.

Le vice-président exécutif de Lockheed Martin ajoute aussi 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, toutefois, le président et chef de la direction de Boeing, James McNerney, avait affirmé la semaine dernière croire que l’avion de chasse F-18 Super Hornet puisse répondre aux besoins du Canada, précisant qu’il avait été modifié afin de présenter des capacités de cinquième génération et soulignant que Boeing avait aussi l’avantage d’avoir un système arrivé à maturité, contrairement à un système encore en voie de développement.

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Boeing delivers last USAF C-17

15 September 2013 By Dave Majumdar – FG

 

Boeing delivered the last C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter destined for the US Air Force on 12 September at its plant in Long Beach, California.

 

The aircraft is the last of 223 examples ordered with the service, but production continues for foreign orders of the aircraft.

 

“We are continuing the legacy by building C-17s for our partner nations, and we will continue to work with the U.S. Air Force to ensure their aircraft deliver top performance into the future,” says Nan Bouchard, Boeing’s C-17 programme manager.

 

There are 34 additional C-17s being operated by Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, NATO’s 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability and India. Production of C-17s continues for India.

 

Boeing had said previously that it expects further foreign orders for the aircraft.

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Pacte défense PME : Icarius Aerotechnics certifié par le ministère

13/09/2013 Ministère de la Défense

 

Icarius Aerotechnics, une PME spécialisée dans la maintenance aéronautique, a été certifiée en juin 2013 par le ministère de la Défense. Un certificat de bonne exécution prévu par le Pacte Défense PME, pour aider ces sociétés à conquérir de nouveaux marchés.

 

La Structure intégrée du maintien en condition opérationnelle des matériels aéronautiques du ministère de la Défense (SIMMAD) a décerné en juin dernier un "certificat de bonne exécution" à la société Icarius Aerotechnics. 

Leader mondial dans la maintenance des avions largueurs de type turbopropulseurs, la société, créée en 1993 et implantée dans les Hautes-Alpes sur l'aérodrome de Gap-Tallard, a décroché un marché en 2002 pour la maintenance de cinq avions Pilatus PC6 de l'armée de Terre. Ces avions ayant été engagés dans des opérations lors de l'intervention française au Mali, Icarius a dû réaliser certaines de ces prestations (soutien technique et logistique de la flotte, visite d'entretien, révisions générales des moteurs et des hélices, réparations des organes, accessoires et équipements) sur le terrain en Afrique, et dans des conditions rigoureuses.

Ce certificat est le premier décerné par le ministère de la Défense. Il fait partie des mesures mise en place dans le cadre du Pacte défense PME pour aider les PME à conquérir de nouveaux marchés.

La mesure s'inscrit dans l'action n°15 du Pacte Défense PME.

 

 

Pacte défense PME : Icarius Aerotechnics certifié par le ministère

Action n°15 DU Pacte Défense PME

Faciliter l’accès des PME à de nouveaux marchés hors ministère de la Défense, en France et à l’exportation.
Pour conquérir de nouveaux marchés, les PME doivent souvent disposer de références et de points d’entrée, en particulier dans le domaine de l’ armement.
Afin de les y aider, deux types de labels seront mis en place : un label « DGA testé » et l’attribution d’ un certificat de bonne exécution de marché.

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Rolls-Royce Joins BAE Hawk AJTS Team to Pursue USAF T-X Contract

Sep 13, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

    Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft

 

BAE Systems, Inc. and Rolls-Royce today announced that Rolls-Royce is joining the Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) team as an exclusive partner to compete for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program. As the engine supplier to BAE Systems on this pursuit, Rolls-Royce will lead the support and integration of the Adour Mk951 engine on the Hawk AJTS aircraft.

 

“Rolls-Royce’s extensive propulsion expertise, coupled with their lengthy relationship with the U.S. Air Force, makes them the perfect choice to integrate their Adour Mk951 engine in the Hawk AJTS aircraft,” said Robert Wood, vice president of BAE Systems’ Hawk Advanced Jet Training System team. “The selection of Rolls-Royce rounds out the Hawk AJTS team as we pursue the T-X program win.”

 

Rolls-Royce joins BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and L-3 Link Simulation & Training as the fourth member of the Hawk AJTS team. The team plans to offer the Hawk AJTS as the replacement of the T-38 trainer. The Hawk AJTS is uniquely tailored to meet the training needs of the U.S. Air Force and will be manufactured in the United States with the involvement of a strong U.S. supply chain.

 

“We are delighted to join the Hawk AJTS team and bring our decades of experience to the program,” said Tom Hartmann, senior vice president of Customer Business at Rolls-Royce Defense. “The Rolls-Royce Adour engine has demonstrated success with 8.6 million flying hours and 200 engines already in service within the U.S. Department of Defense, plus hundreds of others in service around the world. The Hawk AJTS is the affordable, low-risk option, offering proven performance to the U.S. Air Force.”

 

The Hawk AJTS effectively integrates live and synthetic air- and ground-based elements to successfully train pilots for 5th generation fighters such as the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor. It is the world’s only fully-integrated, off-the-shelf system in service today that is ready now to train U.S. Air Force combat pilots. More than just an aircraft, the Hawk AJTS teaches student pilots how to address the critical flow of information, learn to interpret it correctly, and make the right decisions to maintain operational advantage.

 

Almost 1,000 Hawk aircraft have been sold across the globe, helping produce highly trained pilots in 18 countries for newest-generation aircraft such as Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II, and JAS 39 Gripen. The Hawk aircraft, which is in active production around the world, is the future lead-in trainer for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35, and for militaries in the U.K., Canada, and Australia.

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13 septembre 2013 5 13 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
Corée du Sud: opposition à l’achat du F-15 s’il n’est que moins cher sans être performant

13/09/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca

Boeing, DAPA, EADS, F-15 SE, Lockheed Martin,

 

C’est le monde à l’envers: alors que les Canadiens se plaignent que leur gouvernement s’apprêtait à payer beaucoup trop cher pour ses avions de chasse, les Sud-Coréens, leurs chefs militaires en tête, se plaignent au contraire que leur gouvernement ne choisisse pas des chasseurs qui offrent une assez forte capacité de dissuasion face à la turbulente Corée du Nord.

 

Un groupe d’anciens chefs de l’armée de l’air à la retraite ont fait part de leur opposition au projet du gouvernement d’acquérir 60 avions de chasse nouvelle génération F-15 SE de Boeing, critiquant le processus de sélection qui a donné la priorité au prix et non aux capacités de l’avion, rapporte l’agence sud-coréenne Yonhap.

 

L’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA) de la Corée du Sud a lancé le 12 août un appel d’offres dans le cadre de son projet d’acquisition, six mois après avoir dû le suspendre parce que toutes les propositions qu’elle avait alors reçues dépassaient le budget de Séoul fixé à 8,3 milliards de wons (7,45 milliards $).

 

Finalement, deux enchérisseurs ont été éliminés pour raison de budget, le F-35 de Lockheed Martin et l’Eurofighter d’EADS.

 

Les responsables de Lockheed Martin et d’EADS ont toutefois dit qu’ils restent en course, car ils n’ont reçu aucune notification officielle de la part du gouvernement sud-coréen.

 

Les dix-sept anciens généraux-chefs de l’armée de l’air avaient envoyé fin août une lettre à l’Assemblée nationale, au bureau présidentiel et au ministère de la Défense, leur demandant de reconsidérer leur processus d’évaluation qui ne tenait pas suffisamment compte des capacités des avions proposés.

 

L’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA) avait déclaré qu’elle ne pouvait pas signer de contrat avec les entreprises dépassant son budget, mais la Défense sud-coréenne ne peut ignorer totalement l’opinion publique sur l’achat d’armes de défense aériennes stratégiques qui doivent offrir une forte capacité de dissuasion face à la Corée du Nord et il semble que pour les sud-coréens, qui ont un voisin pour le moins imprévisible, la protection soit au moins aussi importante que les économies.

 

«La DAPA a établi une règle irrationnelle voulant que tout avion dépassant le budget de 8.300 milliards de wons ne peut pas être sélectionné», ont dit les généraux dans leur lettre, ajoutant «(La DAPA) devrait entreprendre une évaluation détaillée (des trois avions).»

 

La DAPA présentera les résultats de son évaluation vendredi au bureau présidentiel et tiendra une réunion avec les chefs des armées à la fin du mois pour rendre sa décision finale.

 

Au lieu de se borner à acquérir un avion qui rentre dans son budget, les généraux ont suggéré au gouvernement d’acquérir une «capacité de défense aérienne asymétrique» contre la Corée du Nord, qui signifie des avions de chasse furtifs tels que le F-35.

 

«Il n’est pas encore clair si le gouvernement sélectionnera le F-15 SE ou reverra son programme d’acquisition», a dit un membre du ministère de la Défense sous couvert d’anonymat, selon ce que rapporte l’agence sud-coréenne.

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US Air Force to buy additional RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30s

September 12th, 2013 By Zach Rosenberg – FG

 

Washington DC - The US Air Force has issued a pre-solicitation notice to purchase additional Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned air vehicles (UAV), despite the potential retirement of the existing fleet.

 

The Air Force released a pre-solicitation notice on 12 September, notifying the public of its intent to buy Lot 12 aircraft.

 

The Block 30, initially purchased to augment and eventually replace the Lockheed Martin U-2 as a high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, has come under fire for reliability and sensor problems. A low rate of mission readiness coupled with the high cost of operation has led the USAF to repeatedly attempt to cancel the programme, saying that the U-2 and a classified platform could fulfill Global Hawk's mission. The sensors Global Hawk carries, the Enhanced Imagery Sensor Suite (EISS) and Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP), received mixed reviews.

 

"Against AF [Air Force] recommendations, AF was directed in the FY13 NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] to procure the GH [Global Hawk] Block 30 Lot 11 aircraft (3)--so we are," says a senior Air Force official, who requested anonymity. "Per our assessment, the current fleet of 18 GH Block 30 aircraft is sufficient to meet the required demand for high-altitude ISR support--and when delivered, the additional 3 aircraft will be "excess to need" and will very likely be designated as backup aircraft inventory (or attrition reserve)."

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F-15 Silent Eagle : d'anciens cadres de l'armée sud-coréenne critiquent Boeing

12.09.2013 journal-aviation.com:

 

SEOUL, 12 septembre (Reuters) - Une quinzaine d'anciens commandants de l'armée de l'air sud-coréenne ont adressé à la présidence et au parlement une pétition contre la sélection du F-15 Silent Eagle de Boeing dans le cadre d'un appel d'offres estimé à 8.300 milliards de wons (5,6 milliards d'euros), a déclaré jeudi l'un des signataires.

 

Boeing est désormais le seul groupe éligible pour remporter le plus important contrat d'armement de l'histoire sud-coréenne, au détriment du Typhoon d'Eurofighter, dont l'actionnaire principal est EADS, et du F-35 de Lockheed Martin .

 

Lockeed et Eurofighter, dont font aussi partie le britannique BAE Systems et l'italien Finmeccanica , ne sont en théorie pas exclus du processus, mais leurs offres dépassent le budget alloué par Séoul, ce qui les élimine de facto selon la loi sud-coréenne.

 

"Nous ne pouvons pas choisir des voiturettes à la place de berlines simplement parce qu'elles sont moins chères", a regretté Kim Hong-rae, chef d'état-major de l'armée de l'air en 1994 et 1995.

 

"Nous pouvons attendre un ou deux ans, avec en vue les 40 prochains années", a-t-il ajouté, en référence à un rejet éventuel de l'offre de Boeing par Séoul, qui annulerait tout l'appel d'offres et obligerait le gouvernement à reprendre la procédure à zéro.

 

La pétition, adressée fin août à ses destinataires, dont l'agence officielle chargée des contrats d'armement, reproche aux F-15SE de Boeing, qui s'engage à en livrer 60 exemplaires, d'être toujours "basés sur des modèles des années 1970".

 

L'offre du constructeur américain doit encore être approuvée par une commission présidée par le ministre de la Défense. Des sources ayant directement connaissance de la situation ont annoncé à Reuters qu'une réunion, initialement prévue cette semaine, avait été reportée. (Ju-min Park et Joyce Lee; Julien Dury pour le service français)

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Squadron Leader Jim Schofield RAF performs the first short takeoff at sea in a F-35B aircraft from the USS Wasp (photo Todd R McQueen, Lockheed Martin)

Squadron Leader Jim Schofield RAF performs the first short takeoff at sea in a F-35B aircraft from the USS Wasp (photo Todd R McQueen, Lockheed Martin)

12 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support

 

UK military pilots have been involved in the second round of vertical night landings at sea of the new F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft.

 

The pilots, along with UK ground crew, are testing 3 Lightning II jets at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, working alongside their counterparts from the US Marine Corps.

The latest testing has been used to expand the operational envelope, with aircraft flown in a variety of air and sea states, landing at day and night, all while carrying internal weapons.

The vertical night landings which took place on the USS Wasp, were the first to be conducted at sea.

Speaking at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event in London, the UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:
 

Our Armed Forces will be equipped with the best next generation jet fighter machine, giving them the operational advantage they will need to protect our citizens for decades to come.

The fifth-generation stealth aircraft will fly from the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Carriers from 2018.

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UCAV Skat Kh-31

UCAV Skat Kh-31

September 12, 2013: Strategy Page

 

Russia has now joined China and European firms in developing UCAV (unmanned combat air vehicle). These are replacements for current light bombers (or fighters operating as light bombers) and combat reconnaissance aircraft. The Russian entry is a further development of its Skat UAV, a ten ton aircraft with a two ton payload and a design that looks very similar to the American X-47 series. The MiG Aircraft Corporation developed Skat and the new UCAV as well.

 

Li Jian UCAV

Li Jian UCAV

A Chinese UCAV, called the Li Jian, was photographed moving around an airfield under its own power back in May, which is the sort of thing a new aircraft does before its first flight. For two years now the Li Jian has been photographed as a mock up, then a prototype, and now taxiing around. The Li Jian is similar in size and shape to the U.S. Navy X-47B. The European entries also look like the X-47 design.

 

It’s generally recognized that robotic combat aircraft are the future, even though many of the aviation commanders (all of them pilots) wish it were otherwise. Whoever gets there first (a UCAV that really works) will force everyone else to catch up or end up the loser in their next war with a UCAV equipped opponent. China may have just copied pictures of the X-47B, or done so with the help of data obtained by their decade long Internet espionage operation. Whatever the case, the Li Jian is not far behind the X-47B and the Russians and Europeans appear to be going in the same direction with increasing vigor.

 

These aircraft are meant to operate like current armed UAVs or like cruise missiles (which go after targets under software control). Enemy jamming can interfere with remote control and you have to be ready for that. This could mean pre-programmed orders to continue the mission (to put smart bombs on a specific target, the sort of attack cruise missiles have been carrying out for decades) or attempt that but turn around and return to base if certain conditions were not met (pre-programmed criteria of what is an acceptable target). Fighter (as opposed to bomber) UCAVs can be programmed to take on enemy fighters (manned or not) with some remote control or completely under software control. This is the future and China wants to keep up. This sort of thing frightens many people but has, in fact, been around for over a century (the naval mine and torpedoes). Both these weapons have, for decades, been equipped with increasingly powerful artificial intelligence. That tech has been applied to a growing number of missiles and “smart bombs.” This sort of tech is not the future, it’s the present and have been since the 19th century.

 

First Catapult Launch of X-47B Nov. 29, 2012

First Catapult Launch of X-47B Nov. 29, 2012

The U.S. Navy’s X-47B UCAV (unmanned combat air vehicle) is the most advanced of these unmanned combat aircraft and that’s what has other countries hustling to match this tech. For example, the X-47B made the first successful carrier landings in July. While software controlled landing systems have been around for decades, landing on a moving air field (an aircraft carrier) is considerably more complex than the usual situation (landing on an airfield). Dealing with carrier landings requires more powerful hardware and software aboard the aircraft. The navy expects glitches and bugs but hopes to catch up to the reliability of commercial landing software (which has been used very successfully on land based UAVs) within years rather than decades.

 

Russia Joins the UCAV Race

The X-47B made its first catapult launch from an aircraft carrier last May. That was followed by several touch and go landings on a carrier. The first carrier landing, as expected, followed soon. Two years ago the navy successfully tested its UCAV landing software, using a manned F-18 for the test, landing it on a carrier completely under software control. The first carrier launch came five months after an X-47B was catapulted from an airfield built to the same size as a carrier deck and equipped with a catapult. This first launch was to confirm that the X-47B could handle the stress of a catapult launch. Another X-47B has been loaded onto the deck of a carrier, to check out the ability of the UCAV to move around the deck. All this came 22 months after the first flight of the X-47B.

 

It was five years ago that the navy rolled out the first X-47B, its first carrier-based combat UAV. This compact aircraft has a wingspan of 20 meters (62 feet, and the outer 25 percent folds up to save space on the carrier). It carries a two ton payload and will be able to stay in the air for twelve hours. The U.S. is far ahead of other nations in UCAV development, and the U.S. Navy recently announced that four manufacturers are competing to design and develop the final version of the X-47, the X-47C. The X-47B is actually a development model, meant to prove that the concept works. That has been done and the next step is to create a slightly larger and more complex X-47C that will eventually enter regular service on carriers and land bases.

 

The U.S. Navy has done the math and realized that they need UCAVs on their carriers as soon as possible. The current plan is to get these aircraft into service before the end of the decade. But there is an effort to get the unmanned carrier aircraft into service sooner than that. The math problem that triggered all this is the realization that American carriers had to get within 800 kilometers of their target before launching current manned bombers. Potential enemies increasingly have aircraft and missiles with a range greater than 800 kilometers. The X-47B UCAV has a range of 2,500 kilometers and is seen as the solution.

 

For most of the last decade, the navy has been hustling to ready a UCAV for carrier operations and combat use. The navy has now demonstrated that the X-47B has the ability to regularly operate from a carrier, and next comes doing that and performing combat (including reconnaissance and surveillance) operations. The new efforts aim to have UCAV aircraft perform ground attack missions as well, something the Predators have been doing for over a decade. The larger Reaper UAV was designed to expand this combat capability and is being built as quickly as possible to replace F-16s and other bombers in the combat zone.

 

The 20 ton X-47B weighs a little less than the twenty-four ton F-18A and has two internal bays holding two tons of smart bombs. Once it can operate off a carrier, the X-47B will be used for a lot of bombing, sort of a super-Reaper. The navy has been impressed with the success of the Predator and Reaper. But the Reaper weighs only 4.7 tons. The much larger X-47B uses a F100-PW-220 engine, which is currently used in the F-16 and F-15.

 

The air force and navy have always differed about the widespread use of UAVs in combat. When the air force agreed to work with the navy on UCAVs a decade ago, the idea was that the air force ones would largely remain in storage, to provide a rapid "surge" capability in wartime. The navy, however, wanted to use theirs to replace manned aircraft on carriers. The reason was simple, carrier ops are dangerous and carrier qualified pilots are more difficult and expensive to train and retain in the service. The navy still has these problems and senior admirals are pretty much in agreement that UCAVs are the future of carrier aviation. The sooner these UCAVs prove they can safely and effectively operate from carriers, the better. Normally, "X" class aircraft are just used as technology demonstrators. But the X-47 program has been going on for so long, and has incorporated so much from UAVs already serving in combat, that the X-47B will probably end up running recon and bombing missions as the MQ-47C.

 

The Department of Defense leadership is backing the navy efforts and spurring the air force to catch up. At the moment, the air force is cutting orders for MQ-9s, which are used as a ground support aircraft, in addition to reconnaissance and surveillance, because American troops are being pulled out of Afghanistan, and it is believed Reaper would not be very useful against China, North Korea, or Iran. But, as the navy is demonstrating, you can build UCAVs that can carry more weapons, stay in the air longer, and hustle to where they are needed faster. The more the navy succeeds the more the air force will pay attention.

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Rafale : des sous-traitants au bord de la crise de nerf...

12 septembre 2013 par Frédéric Lert – Aerobuzz.fr

 

Devant la commission de la Défense, Eric Trappier, PDG de Dassault Aviation, a mis les pieds dans le plat. Il renvoie les politiques à leurs responsabilités.

 

Eric Trappier, PDG de Dassault Aviation, était auditionné hier par la commission de la Défense, présidée par la député du Finistère Patrica Adam. Pendant un peu plus d’une heure, les questions, et les réponses, ont porté sur la question des drones mais aussi et surtout sur le programme Rafale. Et c’est dans les dernières secondes de son audition, qu’Eric Trappier a lâché cette confidence étonnante, alors qu’il était interrogé sur les modalités d’implantation d’une chaine de fabrication et d’une partie de la sous-traitance en Inde :

« Je connais beaucoup de sous-traitants qui viennent me dire : si on gagne le contrat indien, on ne pourrait pas tout faire là bas ? Comme ça on serait débarassé du Rafale… (NDA sous-entendu en France) »

Ce qu’il faut comprendre, c’est que le tissu de sous-traitants commence à être sérieusement démotivé par les atermoiements français et les aléas du programme Rafale. Quand Dassault se bat pour assurer la fabrication d’un avion par mois, Airbus affiche quant à lui des cadences cinquante fois supérieures. Le choix est vite fait pour les sous-traitants qui savent de quel côté regarder pour faire tourner leurs ateliers et gérer leurs boutiques…

 

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National Council in Swiss Parliament Votes ''Yes'' to Gripen E Procurement

Sep 12, 2013 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Earlier today the National Council (Nationalrat), which is one of the two chambers in the Swiss Parliament, reached a majority “yes” vote regarding the procurement of Gripen E.

 

There were several motions and votations made in the Parliament, all positive for the Gripen procurement. The main votation was the endorsement of the procurement with 113 votes for and 68 against. The financing and Gripen fund law were also passed with strong majorities.

 

The procurement now moves to the other chamber in the Swiss Parliament, the Council of States (Ständerat), where a vote on financing is scheduled for the 18 September, and where a positive vote for Gripen E had been made earlier this year.

 

“Naturally we are pleased by the vote in the Nationalrat, which is another positive endorsement of Gripen E,” says Lennart Sindahl, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s Aeronautics business area.

 

“Whilst we respect and are following the political process closely, we continue to progress our Swiss industrial participation programme, which is generating business throughout all regions of Switzerland. Even before a Gripen order has been signed, contracts have been signed between our suppliers and 117 Swiss companies valued at 315 MCHF. Saab continues to increase these values whilst ensuring the regional distribution of the business,” adds Mr. Sindahl

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Turkey Launches Missile Warning System Competition

Sep. 11, 2013 - by BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense News

 

ANKARA — Turkey’s defense procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) has launched a competition to acquire hundreds of missile warning systems (MWS) for the Turkish Air Force’s fixed-wing platforms.

 

SSM at the end of August issued a request for proposals in order to “gather general information on potential suppliers of the MWS in the market; have an idea of availability of the required MWS; investigate and clarify the system and sub-system based technical details and requirements; define logistics support requirements for the system as a part of the request for proposal preparation effort.

 

Only MWS manufacturers can receive the document until Sept. 16, SSM said. The responses to the request should be delivered to SSM on or before Oct. 11.

 

Procurement officials said if Turkey decided to outfit only its F-16 fleet with the MWS, it would mean business for more than 200 aircraft.

 

“An initial batch would probably be purchased off-the-shelf from a foreign manufacturer, but the rest could be produced locally under license,” the official said.

 

Military electronics manufacturer Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense firm, has produced missile warning systems under German license for Turkish helicopters.

 

Industry sources said SSM will seek imaging infrared sensor technology for the new program.

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US Navy Details Transition from P-3 to P-8 Aircraft

September 12th, 2013 By US Navy - defencetalk.com

 

The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) is transitioning into a new type/model/series (TMS) for the first time in 50 years.

 

To make this transition a success, the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) and industry leaders are working to sustain the legacy P-3C and EP-3E while the P-8A TMS is being introduced to the fleet.

 

The last time the MPRF Community transitioned to a new TMS was in 1962 with the delivery of the first P-3A to Patrol Squadron (VP) 8. As in the past, the key to a successful transition is constant communication and cooperation across all levels of the NAE and industry. The following highlights are evidence of the success of these efforts.

 

The fleet transition to the P-8A Poseidon is progressing well and on schedule. In Jacksonville, Fla., the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30, MPRF Weapons School and P-8A Fleet Introduction Team have been busy facilitating the transition of the first three fleet squadrons from P-3C to P-8A. VP-16 achieved Safe for Flight (SFF) in January 2013 and is progressing through the Inter-Deployment Readiness Cycle (IDRC) in preparation for the first P-8A deployment in December. VP-5 achieved SFF and began their IDRC in the beginning of August, and VP-45 just started transition upon returning from their last P-3 deployment in June.

 

Over the last year, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 successfully completed P-8A Initial Operational Test and Evaluation supported by multiple detachments, exercises and real-world operations. As expected, the aircraft (based on the Boeing 737) has been extremely reliable. The mission systems have performed well and the aircrews are rapidly becoming more adept at flying and employing the aircraft while the maintenance team is developing the skills required to repair and maintain this modern aircraft.

 

The supply chain is expanding to meet the demands of a new aircraft and the community is constantly learning to ensure that the P-8A is poised for success when it deploys this winter. While there have been many challenges as the P-8A executes test and fleet introduction simultaneously, the P-8A program continues to be a model of effective planning and execution. The airframe and mission systems are a significant technological leap forward and provide commanders with a reliable platform hosting advanced technology sensors.

 

Legacy Platforms

As the P-3C and EP-3E continue their trek toward the end of their life cycle, many challenges need to be overcome, including parts obsolescence, increased levels of support for legacy components, and a shortage of flight line assets. In 2007, MPRF “red stripe” events, which grounded aircraft due to “fatigue tracking metrics beyond acceptable limits,” left the community with 49 mission aircraft to support the high operational demand across the globe and at home.

 

More than 50 percent of the P-3 fleet was out of reporting (OOR) due to the red stripe. Massive sustainment efforts have been made and we are beginning to see a real return on our investment as aircraft are returned to service. In FY14, we plan on reducing the amount of our P-3C inventory OOR for depot-level sustainment events and technological modifications by more than 10 percent, and we plan to reach P-3′s required number of Primary Aircraft Assigned by the end of FY15. We expect to have sufficient ready-for-tasking assets to meet deployment and training requirements until platform sundown, but P-8A delivery must proceed as planned to ensure there is no gap in coverage for Global Force Management.

 

Our cost savings efforts have been effective and multiple cost reduction initiatives have allowed the aging force to operate efficiently and effectively. Recently, initiatives to improve Engine Driven Compressor maintenance and place our APS-137 Receiver Exciter Processor and Transmitter under a Performance Based Logistics contract with Raytheon have helped reduce cost by 11 percent. With more than 50 years of faithful and dedicated service complete, the mighty P-3C Orion is prepared to finish its service to the Navy at full speed.

 

Manpower

One of the most complicated pieces of the MPRF transition is manpower. When the transition is completed, the MPRF community will consist of the P-8A Poseidon teamed with the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. The P-8A/MQ-4C combination will be responsible for all the missions currently covered by VP, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons (VQ), and Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit (VPU) today. The MPRF transition is a unique manpower story and a challenge – the P-3C is being replaced by two new TMSs – but all manpower is being sourced from within the legacy community. The restructuring has already begun with the consolidation of the VQ and VPU last year, and the continued transition of P-8A squadrons in Jacksonville. Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19, the first MQ-4C squadron, is currently scheduled to begin its standup with an officer-in-charge in late FY14.

 

Conclusion

The MPRF Community has almost fully recovered from the 2007 red stripe and is quickly transitioning to the new P-8A. The successful turnaround since 2007 can be directly attributed to the NAE and industry leaders working towards a common goal of recovery and eventual transition to the next generation of maritime patrol aircraft, both manned and unmanned.

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Beechcraft T-6C at Paris Air Show 2013

Beechcraft T-6C at Paris Air Show 2013

Sept. 11, 2013 by Ellis Taylor – FG

 

Singapore - BAE Systems has announced that it will team with CAE and Beechcraft to bid for Australia's military pilot training system project.

 

BAE will lead the consortium, with CAE will providing training, simulation and support services. Beechcraft will provide the T-6C Texan II as the primary trainer aircraft on a non-exclusive basis.

 

John Quaife, general manager aviation solutions for BAE Systems Australia says that Beechcraft and BAE already work together to deliver pilot training to the US Navy. CAE was also selected by BAE to provide three simulators for the Royal Australian Air Force's Hawk Lead-In Fighter programme.

 

Since 1992, BAE has operated the Australian Defence Force's Basic Flight Training School (BFTS) at Tamworth, which provides ab intio training and pilot screening for all ADF pilots using a fleet of Pacific Aerospace CT-4B piston trainer aircraft.

 

"These experiences and our combined track record in military flight training, complex project management and mission systems sustainment mean we can offer the Commonwealth a low risk, value for money solution to train the world's best military aviators at a location of its choosing," says Quaife.

 

The consortium is the first to announce its teaming arrangements in response to the Australian Department of Defence's Air 5428 project, which seeks to provide a complete pilot training system for all undergraduate pilots across the RAAF, Royal Australian Navy and Army.

 

Currently, pilots who graduate from BFTS are then posted to the RAAF's No 2 Flight Training School at RAAF Pearce in Western Australia for advanced training on the Pilatus PC-9/A, after which they are then posted to an operational squadron.

 

Under Air 5428, the respective training aircraft would be replaced by a new integrated training system run by the successful contractor. Australia would also likely acquire the same aircraft for use with the Aircraft Research and Development Unit and Forward Air Control Development Unit of the RAAF.

 

Lockheed Martin is expected to announce its teaming for the project soon, with industry sources indicating that it is likely to choose the Pilatus PC-21 as its main flying platform and will team with Hawker Pacific for sustainment. The three companies already provide a similar training package for pilots from the Republic of Singapore Air Force at RAAF Pearce under the Basic Wings programme.

 

Boeing, Thales and Raytheon are also expected to announce partners for their respective bids soon.

 

The tender will close in February 2014, with selection expected by the end of June 2015. Initial operating capability has been targeted for 2015-17.

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Pourquoi l'affaire Snowden relance les chances du Rafale de Dassault au Brésil

11-09-2013 Par Vincent Lamigeon - challenges.fr

 

Les révélations de l'ancien sous-traitant de la NSA sur les écoutes des conversations de leur présidente ont poussé les Brésiliens à stopper les négociations avec Boeing. Une chance pour l'avion français.


 

Le coup semblait pourtant parfait. Après avoir longtemps fait figure de challenger face au Rafale de Dassault sur la compétition brésilienne pour 36 avions de chasse, le F-18 de Boeing, soutenu par la surpuissante machine de guerre diplomatique américaine, semblait bien parti pour emporter la décision ces prochains mois. Une dépêche de Reuters évoquait même en juin une décision officielle en octobre prochain  sur ce contrat estimé à quatre milliards de dollars, lors de la visite de la présidente Dilma Rousseff aux Etats-Unis.

Et là, coup de théâtre: les révélations de la chaîne brésilienne Globo cette semaine, après celles d’août dernier, sont en train de rebattre totalement les cartes. La chaîne, sur la foi de documents transmis par l’ancien sous-traitant de la NSA (National Security Agency) Edward Snowden, a révélé que la NSA avait espionné les communications de Dilma Rousseff elle-même, de ses proches collaborateurs mais aussi de millions de Brésiliens et du fleuron pétrolier national Petrobras.

De quoi déclencher l’ire de la présidente brésilienne, qui conditionne désormais sa visite aux Etats-Unis à la réponse des Etats-Unis sur ces accusations d’espionnage: "Si les faits sont avérés, il est évident que le motif de cet espionnage n’est pas la sécurité nationale ou la lutte contre le terrorisme, mais des intérêts économiques et stratégiques, assure Dilma Rousseff. Ces tentatives de violation et d’espionnage de données et d'informations sont incompatibles avec la cohabitation démocratique entre des pays amis."

 

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LM Adds Integrated Missile Defense Command & Control Option to Dragon Family of ISR Configurations

Sep 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

    Dragon Dome Integrates ISR & Missile Data to Provide Comprehensive Operating Picture

 

Ever increasing threats and the need to have constant situational awareness of one’s surroundings prompted Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to add an integrated air & missile defense option to its Dragon series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance configurations. Lockheed Martin’s Dragon ISR configurations offer a unique approach for customers to tailor their mission requirements to meet their specific budget, sensor, communications and platform needs. The most recent option, Dragon Dome, is an unprecedented capability that links ISR, air operations and missile defense systems at the battle management level, allowing users to work together in a shared environment to optimize defense operations.

 

“We recognize that there are increasingly complex multi-national requirements for integrated air and missile defense,” said Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR Systems with Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. “Dragon Dome can dramatically improve the ability to make decisions faster, operate command centers with fewer people, and have higher confidence in achieving mission success.”

 

Lockheed Martin’s Dragon Family of Systems as a whole benefit from incorporating the Dragon Dome tool set.  Predicated on Lockheed Martin’s internally developed DIAMONDShield air & missile defense system, Dragon Dome links data from ISR, command & control, and missile defense assets to create a 4-dimensional view of the battlespace. Among its many decision-support capabilities are the system’s ability to advise operators on the best system to employ to eliminate a threat. This next-generation system has an open, non-proprietary software infrastructure, which enables rapid integration of new capabilities and legacy systems and lowers total ownership costs.

 

Based on U.S. and NATO standards and communication protocols, Dragon Dome can be easily integrated with coalition forces to greatly expand a given nation’s defensive capabilities and improve its performance in collaboration with allied nations. In essence, it provides a given nation with a native advanced C2 system that can network quickly and efficiently with coalition forces. In addition to Dragon Dome, the DIAMONDShield system has been integrated into the Dragon Shield (transport aircraft) and Dragon Star (mid-range platforms) configurations. All Dragon configurations are net-centric capable to support “Out of the Box” interoperability with NATO, U.S. and Coalition forces.

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Russia unveils plans for new anti-missile system, 5th-generation fighter jet

Sep 10, 2013 (Voice of Russia)

 

Moscow  - Russia is developing a fifth-generation unmanned fighter jet and a completely new missile defense system which can simultaneously engage several supersonic targets in space, it has been revealed at the MAKS-2013 airshow.

 

The fifth-generation unmanned aircraft, weighing in at around 20 tons, takes after the T-50 fighter jet, with most of its characteristics modeled after it, Mikhail Pogosyan, president of Russia's united aircraft-building corporation, told RIA Novosti at the MAKS-2013 show in Zhukovsky, just outside Moscow, which displayed the latest in air combat technology.

 

"We are working in accordance with plans developed together with the Defense Ministry. At this stage this implies further preliminary testing. The current stage is largely based on the technological breakthroughs we have achieved in the framework of the 'fifth generation' program," Pogosyan told the Russian ITAR-TASS agency, in reference to the upcoming drone.

 

With a fifth-generation PAK-FA heavy attack jet already developed and planned to enter service in 2016, Russian aviation is also looking to the future of air combat, conducting research and development for aircraft that can dominate airspace by the mid-21st century.

 

The news comes on the heels of a Thursday announcement by the Russian aircraft construction corporation, which signed a $90 billion deal with the Defense Ministry. Under the contract, the ministry will have its technology and equipment built and serviced by Russia's aircraft builders for the next three years, Pogosyan said at the MAKS-2013 show.

 

National media reports that on top of the new deal, another $3 billion contract has come into effect, stipulating, aside from the servicing of equipment, that the Defense Ministry shall receive 65 new fighter jets by the end of 2013.

 

Another exciting development in the Russian high-tech weapons market is the possible 2017 launch of the promising S-500 anti-aircraft missile system. The Friday news comes courtesy of a top Ministry of Defense figure, speaking to ITAR-TASS.

 

"A promising anti-aircraft missile system S-500 is being designed now," the source said. "The Armed Forces may have it in 2017." The special feature of the formidable new lineup is the ability to lock on to and engage multiple targets in space, never allowing them to reach Russian airspace.

 

Moscow has been making attempting leaps in combat technology - especially missile defense - given the uneasy international climate it finds itself in currently. The plan for a better missile defense is a direct answer to the United States' idea for a missile shield in Europe, which it says is for defensive purposes against unpredictable regimes such as Iran and North Korea. Russia is not feeling very secure with the proposed system to be so close to its territories.

 

Aside from the pursuit of fifth-generation technologies, Russia is also actively developing an unmanned sixth generation aircraft, said a former Air Force commander. Unlike NATO allies who will use American F-35 5Gs, self-sufficiency is an absolute must for Russia, said the commander, so 6G evolution is inevitable.

 

With regard to missile defense, Russia is currently using the S-400 Triumph, which has a range of 400 kilometers. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Armed Forces are to acquire 28 systems from the current lineup over the next 10 years.

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US spying on Brazil halts talks on warplane purchase: Brazil

Sept 10, 2013 spacewar.com (AFP)

 

Brasilia, Federal District (Brazil) - Brazil has been in talks to buy 36 fighter jets for years, at a cost of $5 billion. The candidates are the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Rafale from France's Dassault the Gripen NG by Saab of Sweden.

 

Alleged US spying on the communications of Brazil's president have brought negotiations on buying US warplanes to a halt, a Brazilian government source said Tuesday.

 

The talks have been going on for years, and got a nudge with a visit from Vice President Joe Biden in May.

 

"The negotiations were going very well, and then they stopped" with the recent press reports that the National Security Agency had spied on the online and other communications of President Dilma Rousseff. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was also alleged to have been targeted by the NSA.

 

The US government was eager to close the aircraft deal in time for a planned October visit to Washington by Rousseff, the source said.

 

Brazil has been in talks to buy 36 fighter jets for years, at a cost of $5 billion.

 

The candidates are the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Rafale from France's Dassault the Gripen NG by Saab of Sweden.

 

Rousseff said last week she will decide whether to go ahead with the Washington trip depending on the explanation she gets from Obama about the alleged espionage. Obama has promised an answer this week, Rousseff said.

 

"They have to win back our trust," the source said.

 

Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo has reported over the past two weeks that the NSA spied on the online communications of Rousseff, her aides and Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.

 

The allegations stem from documents leaked by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

 

But the alleged US espionage targeting Petrobras will not in fact delay an oil field auction scheduled for next month, a government official was quoted as saying Tuesday.

 

The finding of the enormous so-called Libra field marked the largest oil discovery in Brazilian history. It is believed to hold between eight and 12 billion barrels of recoverable oil, and covers an area of 1,500 square kilometers in ultra deep oil fields detected in 2007.

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