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SU-35 photo RP Defense

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12 juillet, 2013 Paul Duvernet, La Russie d'Aujourd'hui

 

L’expert Konstantin Makienko estime que faute d’un véritable partenariat stratégique avec l’Europe, l’industrie aéronautique civile russe peine à reprendre place sur le marché mondial. Les avions de combat continuent par contre de bien s’exporter.

 

La Russie a-t-elle laissé passer sa chance de revenir parmi les grands pays constructeurs d’avions civils ? C’est la question à laquelle s’est efforcé de répondre Konstantin Makienko, directeur adjoint du Centre d’analyse de stratégies et technologies (CAST) lors d’une conférence jeudi 11 juillet.

 

Organisateur de l’événement, l’observatoire franco-russe a jugé bon de faire le point sur l’industrie, après le Salon du Bourget le mois et dernier et avant le salon moscovite MAKS en août. M. Makienko s’est fendu d’un exposé remontant aux années 90, montrant l’émergence de deux pôles autour de MiG et de Sukhoi, jusqu’à l’unification au sein d’UAC (consortium d’Etat regroupant les principaux constructeurs civils et militaires).

Ce choix du Kremlin de créer un « champion national » a eu pour conséquence, selon l’expert, « d’entraîner la sortie d’EADS du capital d’UAC ».

Du coup, « la question de la création d’alliances stratégiques internationales n’a toujours pas été résolue (…) la Russie a laissé échapper pour longtemps la possibilité de devenir un acteur indépendant de premier plan sur le marché de l’aviation commerciale », avec la localisation profonde de la production d’appareils Airbus, qui aurait gardé à flot et permis la modernisation des capacités industrielles russes.

Pour M. Makienko, la coopération avec l’Ukraine (Antonov) ne mène à rien par la faute de ces derniers « incapables de respecter des engagements »

Parmi les invités de la conférence, tous ne partagent pas cette vision « pessimiste » de l’aviation civile. Un représentant d’EADS a souligné la fructueuse coopération franco-russe sur le moteur du Superjet. L’attaché pour l’aéronautique de l’ambassade de France a rappelé l’importante contribution de plusieurs fabricants français dans les programmes civils russes (Safran, Airbus, Thalès, Sagem, Turbomeca).

M. Makienko s’est gardé de dénigrer les deux principaux projets civils russes (Superjet et MS-21), mais estime que l’industrie russe serait « dans un bien meilleur état si le partenariat entrepris avec EADS en 2005 avait été mené à bien »

Sur le versant militaire, l’expert estime au contraire que l’aéronautique russe a su maintenir ses positions grâce à de bons produits (hérités de l’époque soviétique) et de solides clients comme la Chine et l’Inde. Le futur est moins réjouissant alors que la Chine tarde à préciser la taille de sa commande pour le Su-35.

Concernant l’Inde, M. Makienko note que le gros appel d’offre pour un chasseur léger de 4ème génération (auquel le Rafale français participe) lui semble tout à fait caduc. « L’Inde ferait mieux de consacrer ce budget pour développer un chasseur de 5ème génération avec la Russie ».

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F-35A in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 June 5, 2013. (Courtesy F-35 Program Office)

F-35A in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 June 5, 2013. (Courtesy F-35 Program Office)

July 11, 2013 Source: China News Agency

 

WASHINGTON --- A delegation from the Taiwan-US Inter-Parliamentary Amity Association of Taiwan's Legislature said Wednesday in Washington that Taiwan wants to purchase advanced F-35 fighter jets that best suit its defense needs.

 

Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator and Association Chairman Lin Yu-fang briefed reporters in Washington after the delegation's meeting at the Pentagon with David Helvey, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, to discuss Taiwan's needs for advanced defense weaponry.

 

The delegation members, in their capacity as the Republic of China (ROC) lawmakers, also met with Gregory Kausner, deputy assistant secretary of state for regional security and arms transfers, at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Washington Headquarters, according to Lin.

 

The lawmakers said Taiwan needs more advanced fighter jets and submarines to enhance its defense, and also needs to gain more international space.

 

Lin said Taiwan will continue to push for the purchase of F-35 fighters from the U.S. but should also consider buying a reasonable number of F-16C/D jets to replace Taiwan's aging F-5s, which are expected to be phased out in the next few years.

 

When the United States agreed to upgrade Taiwan's current fleet of F-16A/B fighter jets in September 2011, it effectively ruled out the sale of the next-generation F-35s, according to Lin.

 

It would be ideal if Taiwan could purchase the new fighters, which are capable of vertical and short take-off and landing, Lin said.

 

But even if the U.S. approves the sale, the global waiting list is so long that it would take 15-20 years for Taiwan's order to be delivered, he added.

 

While in Washington, the delegation also met with members of the U.S. Congress including Sen. Benjamin Cardin, chairman of the East Asian & Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, and Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

 

Earlier in New York, the delegation met more than a dozen of the permanent representatives to the United Nations of Taiwan's allies at the U.N. headquarters.

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F-35 instructor pilot

F-35 instructor pilot

July 11, 2013 Source: Lockheed Martin

 

F-35 Pilot Cadre Grows To 100 As Training Ramps Up At Eglin Air Force Base

 

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.--- Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight on July 9.

 

Miller's 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and simulator instruction at Eglin Air Force Base's Integrated Training Center, which provides pilot and maintainer training for the three F-35 variants.

 

"It was great to get airborne today. The jet handles well and is very easy to fly. I'm looking forward to testing the combat capabilities of the F-35 over the next few years at Edwards," said Miller.

 

Miller, currently assigned to the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has spent 11 years in the Air Force and has flown more than 1,300 hours in the F-16, including 369 combat hours. He joins an experienced cadre of F-35 pilots among the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, the United Kingdom and industry.

 

"Maj. Miller is representative of the highly-trained pilots populating the F-35 community," said Col. Todd Canterbury, commander of Eglin's 33d Fighter Wing. "This milestone is significant because it shows the program is maturing rapidly and highlights the successful implementation of a world-class training program and development of the F-35 Lightning II for the combat air forces. We are excited to have produced the 100th F-35 Lightning II pilot."

 

The joint service partners at Eglin Air Force Base have flown 2,292 F-35 hours and have 28 aircraft assigned, representing the largest fleet of F-35s in the world. Approximately 100 pilots and 2,200 maintainers will be qualified annually through the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Training System at the base to support initial operational capability targets. The Lockheed Martin training system is also operational at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

 

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-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.

 

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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F-35 instructor pilot

F-35 instructor pilot

July 11, 2013 Source: Lockheed Martin

 

F-35 Pilot Cadre Grows To 100 As Training Ramps Up At Eglin Air Force Base

 

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.--- Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight on July 9.

 

Miller's 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and simulator instruction at Eglin Air Force Base's Integrated Training Center, which provides pilot and maintainer training for the three F-35 variants.

 

"It was great to get airborne today. The jet handles well and is very easy to fly. I'm looking forward to testing the combat capabilities of the F-35 over the next few years at Edwards," said Miller.

 

Miller, currently assigned to the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has spent 11 years in the Air Force and has flown more than 1,300 hours in the F-16, including 369 combat hours. He joins an experienced cadre of F-35 pilots among the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, the United Kingdom and industry.

 

"Maj. Miller is representative of the highly-trained pilots populating the F-35 community," said Col. Todd Canterbury, commander of Eglin's 33d Fighter Wing. "This milestone is significant because it shows the program is maturing rapidly and highlights the successful implementation of a world-class training program and development of the F-35 Lightning II for the combat air forces. We are excited to have produced the 100th F-35 Lightning II pilot."

 

The joint service partners at Eglin Air Force Base have flown 2,292 F-35 hours and have 28 aircraft assigned, representing the largest fleet of F-35s in the world. Approximately 100 pilots and 2,200 maintainers will be qualified annually through the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Training System at the base to support initial operational capability targets. The Lockheed Martin training system is also operational at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

 

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-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.

 

 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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Une combinaison spéciale pour les pilotes de T-50

Pilote de T-50

 

12 juillet 2013 Info-Aviation

 

Les pilotes de chasseurs russes T-50 de cinquième génération seront munis d’un équipement de protection unique visant à compenser la pression en cas de surcharge prolongée (source : Izvestia).

 

Cette innovation de l’entreprise Zvezda comprend deux combinaisons anti-charge et un système d’équilibrage de la pression au niveau des poumons, permettant d’effectuer des manœuvres à un facteur de charge de 9G pour une durée de 30 secondes. Les pilotes seront également en mesure de s’éjecter à une altitude de 23 kilomètres.

 

Nikolaï Dergounov, constructeur en chef adjoint de Zvezda, a expliqué que la protection des pilotes comptera deux combinaisons : une anti-charge PPK-7 et une de compensation de l’altitude VKK-17. Le choix de l’une ou de l’autre dépendra de l’altitude : le PPK-7 est efficace jusqu’à 12 kilomètres, alors que le VKK-17 pourrait servir à des altitudes jusqu’à 23 kilomètres.

Combinaison de vol d’un pilote sur T-50.

Combinaison de vol d’un pilote sur T-50.

Les deux combinaisons sont liées au système d’équilibrage AD-17 qui pompe l’air dans des cavités spéciales et apporte l’oxygène dans le respirateur du pilote en cas de facteur de charge important.

 

Selon Mikhaïl Doudnik, spécialiste en chef de Zvezda, la pression de l’oxygène dans le respirateur pourrait atteindre 6 ou 7 fois celle de l’atmosphère en cas de facteur de charge. Ce procédé permet de gonfler les poumons du pilote de l’intérieur pour compenser la pression extérieure sur le thorax. Qui plus est, l’ordinateur de bord est en mesure de prévoir ces surcharges, permettant d’éviter une réaction tardive du système d’équilibrage.

 

« Cet équipement est notre savoir-faire unique : il n’existe pas dans le monde d’équivalents à ce système », remarque Mikhaïl Doudnik.

 

Ces deux combinaisons sont conçues en matière thermorésistante et sont munies de cavités et de tubes. Lors des manœuvres le système pompe l’air grâce à ces tubes et gonfle le costume. Le tissu fait pression sur le corps du pilote pour empêcher le retour du sang à la tête – au contraire de quoi le pilote perdrait immédiatement connaissance.

 

Selon Sergueï Bogdan, pilote d’essai décoré de la médaille du héros de la Russie, fut le premier à piloter le T-50 et assure actuellement ses essais. Sans ce système de compensation le nouvel avion pourrait tuer l’homme pendant les virages du fait de sa manœuvrabilité exceptionnelle.

 

« Un facteur de charge de 9G multiplie votre poids par neuf. La surcharge crée une pression énorme sur le thorax, ce qui rend la respiration extrêmement difficile. On peut la tolérer pour 2 ou 3 secondes mais il est tout à fait impossible de la subir au cours de 20 ou même 30 secondes », affirme Sergueï Bogdan.

Le PAK FA T-50.

Le PAK FA T-50.

La combinaison de compensation de l’altitude VKK-17 est conçue d’un tissu plus dense et possède un garnissage spécial permettant au pilote de survivre à la dépressurisation ou de s’éjecter à 23 kilomètres d’altitude. Le VKK-17 est également muni d’un gilet de ventilation qui sert à refroidir le corps du pilote. Néanmoins, ce système n’est pas en mesure de compenser à 100% la chaleur et les pilotes préfèrent donc le PPK-7 quand il s’agit d’altitudes moins importantes.

 

Les trois derniers prototypes de T-50 sont déjà munis de systèmes de pompes à air et d’équilibrage de pression. Les combinaisons sont actuellement à l’essai mais seront bientôt transmises aux pilotes : Sergueï Bogdan espère obtenir son exemplaire dès la semaine prochaine.

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AUS: Opportunities for Australian industry in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program

12 July 2013 Pacific Sentinel

 

Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today addressed representatives of Australian companies at a Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) industry day outlining the benefits and opportunities associated with the multi-billion dollar program.
 
The Canberra event was attended by about 100 representatives from Australian industry, US companies involved in the F-35 program and US and Australian Government staff working on industry aspects of the F-35 program.
 
The Australian companies represented included those presently supplying components and services to the program as well as candidates for future sustainment of the Royal Australian Air Force and world-wide F-35 fleet. 
 
Dr Kelly told the audience the Australian Government is committed to the JSF program, the world’s largest military aerospace program ever undertaken.
 
“Australian industry is well placed to capitalise on the Government’s investment in the program, winning $329 million in contracts to date,” Dr Kelly said.
 
Over the past 12 months, the program has seen very steady progress and the production of aircraft is going very smoothly.
 
Dr Kelly said while Australian companies are currently bidding for work making parts for the construction of F-35 aircraft, in the near future there will be opportunities to bid for work associated with the maintenance and support of the world-wide F-35 fleet.
 
Dr Kelly congratulated Australian companies who have already secured contracts on the JSF, including Quickstep Technologies, Marand Precision Engineering, Lovitt Technologies, TAE, Ferra Engineering, Levett Engineering and Broens.
 
“Support provided by the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Industry Support Program, Skilling and Training Programs, as well as the Defence Materials Technology Centre and the Global Supply Chain Program have all helped Australian industry secure work,” Dr Kelly said.
 
“The ability of Australian companies to be ‘world class’ and cost competitive in high technology aerospace manufacturing processes requires world leading innovation and a highly trained and well managed workforce.”
 
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photo Livefist

photo Livefist

July 12, 2013 idrw.org (Defense World)

 

The value Indian MMRCA deal is set to inflate to a whopping $17 billion from the original $12 billion by the end of this year thanks to the falling Indian rupee.The rupee currently stands at INR 59. 80 against the dollar and economists predict this number could rise up to INR 65 by the end of this year.

 

At the time of the announcement in January 2012, the rupee was being traded at INR 42 against the dollar and the deal was then valued at approximately $12 billion for 126 fighter jets.

 

With the current value of the rupee, the deal could potentially be worth $15 billion. However, if negotiations are postponed until later this year India may very well end up with a $17 billion bill from Dassault.

 

The deal was originally expected to be concluded by June 2012; however both sides have been unable to reach an agreement.

 

Earlier last month, top executives from HAL and Dassault Aviation met on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show to discuss the progress of ongoing projects.

 

However, both companies refused to entertain any media queries about the MMRCA contract.

 

“Both the teams expressed satisfaction on the work already achieved by the integrated teams and renewed their commitment towards successful completion of the various projects,” they said in an official statement.

 

Offset hurdles have been the major road block to signing the deal. Dassault earlier this year wrote to the Indian MoD demanding it be given the overall responsibility of the project and clearly identify HALs role.

 

Despite the ministry asserting that HAL would act as the project’s ‘lead-integrator’ as per the terms of the RFI issued in 2007, Dassault is now insisting that it be given the freedom to decide on the quantum of work to be shared between companies.

 

According to the original terms, eighteen of the 126 planes are to be purchased directly from Dassault, while HAL will manufacture the other 108 under a licence at an upcoming facility in Bangalore.

 

Once the contract has been signed, HAL will have a very short period to set up an entirely new assembly line for the Rafale fighters. According to a report published by a French publication Usine Nouvelle last year, Dassault could end up producing more than 18 aircraft in France than originally agreed to because “they (some 500 French companies) would still get far more than 50% of the production associated with the future contract during the initial years”.

 

The report also adds that although “the RFP originally demanded offsets of 50% of the contract value and technology transfers, several factors could explain this work division that is so favorable for French industry”.

 

Meanwhile, in 2012 the Indian government mandated that transfer of technology could be counted as offsets, though it might not apply to the MMRCA as this tender was floated under the earlier procurement policy. This also could be an issue of contention in the commercial negotiations as the MMRCA contracts mandates 50% offsets.

 

Meanwhile, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that his country hopes to begin exporting Rafales to India by 2016.

 

Le Drian is expected to visit New Delhi soon to conclude the Indian MMRCA contract, the report added.

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Marwan Lahoud élu président du GIFAS

12.07.2013 Mariama Diallo - journal-aviation.com

 

Marwan Lahoud, président d’EADS France et directeur général délégué à la Stratégie et à l'International du groupe européen d’aérospatiale et de défense, a été élu hier, jeudi 11 juillet, président du Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS). Il succède à Jean-Paul Herteman, patron du motoriste français Safran, qui était à la tête du GIFAS depuis 2009 et dont le mandat s’achève statutairement cette année.

 

L’assemblée générale ordinaire du groupement a également élu de nouveaux membres au sein du bureau et du conseil d’administration. Ainsi, Éric Trappier, PDG de Dassault Aviation, a été désigné comme premier vice-président du CA. Patrick Daher, président du groupe Daher, et Marc Ventre, directeur général délégué opérations de Safran, ont été élu vice-présidents.

 

Pascal Brier, directeur général adjoint d’Altran, Guillaume Faury, PDG d’Eurocopter et Alain Sauret, PDG de Labinal rejoignent, eux, le bureau.

 

Par ailleurs, Emeric d'Arcimoles a été réélu commissaire général des Salons Internationaux de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SIAE).

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EC645 T2  Crédit Eurocopter

EC645 T2 Crédit Eurocopter

11/07/2013 Par Guillaume Steuer - Air & Cosmos

 

Les premières machines seront livrées fin 2015.

 

Eurocopter a signé aujourd'hui un contrat avec le ministère de la défense allemand pour l'achat de quinze hélicoptères EC645 T2 destinés à équiper les forces spéciales de la Bundeswehr. Le Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), unité placée sous le commandement de la division des opérations spéciales allemandes, devrait prendre réception de ces machines entre fin 2015 et mi-2017. Le montant du contrat s'élève à 194 millions d'euros, équipements de mission compris.

 

Ces appareils serviront à remplacer les anciens MBB Bo 105 dont une partie avait été convertie pour mener des opérations au profit du KSK. Ces hélicoptères devaient initialement quitter le service en 2012, mais ils seront probablement maintenus jusqu'à l'arrivée des nouveaux EC645. En revanche, le KSK devrait bénéficier pour la première fois avec ceux-ci d'un moyen héliporté dédié, les Bo 105 étant jusqu'à alors mutualisés avec l'armée de terre conventionnelle.

 

Pour satisfaire aux besoins des forces spéciales, ces EC645 T2 seront notamment équipés d'un dispositif de descente sur corde, d'un crochet de charge externe, d'un treuil, d'un armement de bord et d'une boule optronique. Ils seront également dotés d'un système d'autoprotection et de kits de blindage.

 

Version militaire de l'EC145 T2, l'EC645 T2 est une évolution de l'UH-72A Lakota déjà livré à l'US Army au titre du programme LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) ; par rapport à ce dernier, il est notamment doté d'une motorisation plus puissante avec deux turbines Arriel 2E censées offrir 50% de puissance supplémentaire pour les décollages en conditions "temps chaud".

 

Si les forces spéciales allemandes deviennent le client de lancement de l'appareil, d'autres prospects sont également dans le radar d'Eurocopter. C'est le cas des Etats-Unis, où la machine est proposée sous l'appelation AAS-72X+ dans le cadre du programme Armed Aerial Scout. L'EC645 T2 est également candidat au remplacement d'une partie des hélicoptères légers de l'armée française au titre du futur programme HIL (hélicoptère interarmées léger) dont les contours devront être précisés par la prochaine loi de programmation militaire.

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Des avions F16 américains pour l'Egypte

11 juillet, 2013 – BBC Afrique

 

Selon de hauts responsables américains, les Etats Unis vont maintenir leurs plans de fournir à l'Egyte des avions de combats F-16, malgré l'instabilité dans le pays.

 

Washington évalue toujours les tenants et les aboutissants du renversement la semaine dernière du président islamiste Mohammed Morsi.

 

Conformément au droit américain, les Etats Unis devraient suspendre leur importante aide militaire octroyée à l'Egypte si Washington parvenait à la conclusion que les événements du 3 juillet constituent un coup d'Etat.

 

Les Frères Musulmans, le mouvement auquel est affilié Morsi, demandent que le président déchu soit rétabli dans ses fonctions.

 

Et tandis qu'ils continuent de manifester, le Procureur de la république a lancé mercredi un mandat d'arrêt contre leur guide spirituel, Mohammed Badié.

 

Au moins, neuf autres hauts responsables de la Fraternité sont également sous le coup de mandats d'arrêt.

 

Mohammed Badié est accusé d'avoir incité aux violences de lundi qui se sont soldées par la mort de plus de 50 personnes.

 

De nombreux membres des Frères Musulmans ont déjà été arrêtés et des mandats auraient été émis pour l'arrestation d'une centaine d'autres militants du mouvement.

 

Par ailleurs, un porte-parole du Ministère des affaires étrangères a déclaré que le président déchu Mohammed Morsi est 'détenu en lieu sûr'.

 

Badr Abdul Atti, le Procureur de la république, a cependant déclaré lors d'une conférence de presse qu'il ignorait où est détenu Morsi, tout en indiquant que le sexagénaire est traité avec grand égard pour sa dignité.

 

Les responsables américains qui ont donné l'information soulignent que les avions de chasse seront livrés dans les prochaines semaines.

 

La livraison des F-16 entre dans le cadre d'une commande de vingt appareils, dont huit avaient déjà été livrés en janvier. Le réliquat de la commande devrait être honnoré cette avant la fin de l'année.

 

Le porte-parole de la Maison Blanche, Jay Carney, a réitéré mercredi qu'il n'était pas de l'intérêt des Etats Unis de procéder à des modifications immédiates de leur programme d'assistance militaire à l'Egypte.

 

Il a ajouté que l'Administration Obama se donne le temps de cerner toutes les implications du renversement de Morsi.

 

Les Etats Unis apportent chaque annéeà l'Egypte une aide militaire estimée à $1,3 milliards.

 

Le président Obama a évité soigneusement d'utiliser le mot "coup d'état" pour qualifier la mise à l'écart de Mohammed Morsi, puisque reconnaître qu'il s'agit d'un putsch entraînerait la supension de l'aide.

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US Navy details X-47B navigation system malfunction on 3rd carrier landing attempt

July 11, 2013 by Zach Rosenberg – FG

 

Washington DC - The Northrop Grumman X-47B landed twice aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, but a malfunction with one of its three navigation computers prevented a third landing. The aircraft subsequently diverted to Wallops Field, Virginia, as programmed, for a safe recovery.

 

"There are three redundant navigation computers on the X-47," says Capt Jaime Engdahl, the US Navy's programme manager for unmanned systems. "We saw an issue on one of those computers and decided we had done enough for the day, flew the aircraft back and landed it."

 

The aircraft makes its approaches autonomously, without human interference. The computers onboard the aircraft noted the anomaly affecting one of the three precision GPS computers, and though capable of landing using only one, the aircraft is coded to abort landing under those circumstances. After the automatic abort, the human controller elected to divert the aircraft instead of continuing.

 

"They're working through the data right now," says Carl Johnson, Northrop Grumman's programme manager. "In terms of a malfunction it's probably a minor issue, that when we reset the computers everything will be up and running and we'll have a fully functional aircraft."

 

Two X-47Bs are flying. The aircraft used for the test has the tail number 502. An identical aircraft, tail number 501, will likely be used for the next aircraft carrier test series on 15 July. If all goes well in the second series, the X-47B's tests will be completed and the aircraft retired. A manned Learjet using X-47B's software will conduct autonomous air-to-air refueling trials in 2014.

 

The lessons learned from the X-47B demonstrations will be used to address the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) programme, meant to essentially create an operational production UAV for aircraft carriers. Four companies - Northrop, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems - have been selected to perform design work.

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Lockheed, Italy Cancel Ceremony At Italian F-35 Plant (excerpt)

July 10, 2013 Source: Reuters



WASHINGTON --- Lockheed Martin Corp and the Italian military this week scrapped plans for a public ceremony marking the opening of an assembly plant for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after bitter debate about the warplanes in Italy's parliament.

Orlando Carvalho, head of Lockheed's aeronautics business, and Air Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, who runs the F-35 program for the Pentagon, had planned to attend the ceremony, which was scheduled for July 18, along with Italian officials.

Lockheed spokesman Joe LaMarca said the ceremony was cancelled at the request of the Italian defense ministry, but workers were continuing to assemble the first F-35 at the plant near Milan.

"At the request of the Italian Ministry of Defense, the July 18 public ceremony recognizing the start of F-35 assembly operations at the Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) facility in Cameri has been cancelled," LaMarca said. He gave no explanation. (end of excerpt)


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F-X III fighter contest F-35 Eurofighter F-15 SE photo FG

F-X III fighter contest F-35 Eurofighter F-15 SE photo FG

11/07 LesEchos.fr

 

La Corée du Sud doit décider la semaine prochaine si elle poursuit sa procédure d'appel d'offres pour une commande de 60 avions de combat, après plusieurs soumissions infructueuses, a déclaré jeudi un haut fonctionnaire de la Défense.

 

Le ministre de la Défense présidera mercredi une réunion pour réexaminer le dossier et le lancement d'une nouvelle procédure fait partie des options envisagées, a expliqué ce haut fonctionnaire.

 

L'administration chargée des marchés publics de la défense (DAPA) a suspendu la procédure, aucune des propositions soumises par les sociétés ayant répondu à l'appel d'offres - Boeing , Lockheed martin et EADS - n'offrant un prix satisfaisant.

 

Boeing est en lice avec son chasseur F-15, tandis que Lockheed propose le F-35 et EADS l'Eurofighter Typhoon pour ce marché évalué à 8.300 milliards de wons (5,6 milliards d'euros).

 

Séoul veut remplacer sa flotte de chasseurs F-5 et F-4 à partir de 2017 pour mieux affronter la menace liée aux missiles et au programme nucléaire nord-coréens.

 

Compte tenu des liens militaires étroits que le pays entretient avec les Etats-Unis, Boeing et Lockheed ont un avantage de départ sur EADS, estiment des experts.

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FA-18F Super Hornet – photo US NAVY

FA-18F Super Hornet – photo US NAVY

Jul 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

    Helping Navy pilots land safely, every time.

 

U.S. Navy pilots count on air traffic control and landing systems to be fully operational so they can land safely every time. BAE Systems helps to make that happen. The company has received a $78 million contract to continue providing the Navy with the technical and engineering services needed to guide landings on aircraft carriers, large-deck amphibious assault ships and shore-based facilities.

 

“Ensuring that the landing systems function properly is paramount to the Navy’s mission and the safety of all pilots,” said Mark Keeler, vice president & general manager of Land & Electronic Systems at BAE Systems. “Our team understands the critical nature of this work, and we have a proven track record of getting the job done.”

 

For 20 years, BAE Systems has provided the Navy with system installations, certifications, technical assistance, training, mission-critical computer resources, and the repair and restoration of the landing systems.

 

This new contract is expected to be completed by 2018. The work will be performed at St. Inigoes and Great Mills, Maryland, in addition to other Navy sites, including San Diego, California and Norfolk, Virginia.

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A Batch of Su-34 Front-Line Bombers Was Transferred to the Russian Air Force

At its Novosibirsk factory on July 9, Sukhoi handed over three additional Su-34 bombers to the Russian Air force; three others were delivered in May under the 2013 delivery contract. (Sukhoi photo)

 

July 9, 2013 Source: Sukhoi Company

 

The ceremony of transfer of the serial Su-34 front-line bombers to the Russian Air Force was held today at the Novosibirsk branch of the Sukhoi Company – V.P. Chkalov Novosibirsk aircraft plant (NAZ).

 

Three aircraft took off and headed to the place of their deployment.

 

The first aircraft of the 2013 State Defense Order was transferred to the military at the beginning of May this year and is already in service.

 

Implementation of the 2013 State Defense Order at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant is in full swing. The company's management noted a high degree of readiness of aircraft, which is the guarantee of a full and timely implementation of the 2013 State Defense Order.

 

The large government contracts signed with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in 2008 and 2010 for the supply of Su-34 have created the conditions for a stable work load of the plant in the long run, and determined its long-term development prospects.

 

The Su-34 aircraft produced by the NAZ have been successfully operated in the armed forces demonstrating high performance, according to the military.

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U.S. to deliver fighter jets to Egypt

Jul. 10, 2013 – Defense News (AP)

 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is moving ahead with plans to deliver four F-16s to Egypt despite the ongoing debate about the military’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi and whether it legally constitutes a coup that could shut off aid to the country.

 

Defense officials say senior administration leaders discussed the delivery and decided to let it continue. The fighters are part of a $1.3 billion package approved in 2010 that included 20 F-16s and some M1A1 Abrams tank kits. About half of the aid package has been dispersed, officials said.

 

Eight of the F-16s were delivered in January, the next four are expected to be delivered in the coming weeks and the final eight will be sent later this year.

 

News of the impending weapons delivery to the Egyptian military came as the administration continued to make the case that it is staying neutral in the crisis.

 

The White House and State Department reiterated the view Wednesday that it would not be in the United States’ national security interests to interrupt U.S. aid to Egypt, including to the armed forces, as would be required by law if Morsi’s ouster is determined to have been a coup.

 

“We do not believe it is in the best interests of the United States to make immediate changes to our assistance programs,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, adding that the administration is going to take its time to make any determinations about the removal of Morsi from power.

 

At the State Department, spokeswoman Jen Psaki noted that aid to Egypt “has been around for quite some time and has a range of reasons as to why we do it.”

 

The comments come after a week of violence and widespread demonstrations and as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other U.S. leaders make repeated calls to their counterparts in Egypt urging an end to the violence and a quick transition to a civilian government. Hagel has spoken to Egypt’s defense minister, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, eight times in the last nine days, with one phone call lasting as long as 45 minutes.

 

U.S. officials have expressed satisfaction with the military-backed interim government’s plans to restore democratically elected civilian leaders.

 

Members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement have denounced the ouster and have demanded Morsi’s release from detention and reinstatement.

 

Associated Press writers Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman contributed to this report.

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X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)– photo US Navy

X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)– photo US Navy

A BORD DE L'USS HW BUSH (Etats-Unis), 10 juil 2013 marine-oceans.com  (AFP)

 

Le X-47B, un prototype de drone furtif, a apponté sur le porte-avions américain USS George HW Bush mercredi, une première ouvrant un nouveau chapitre dans l'histoire de l'aéronavale, a annoncé l'US Navy.

 

L'appareil, contrôlé à distance mais plus autonome que les drones actuels comme le Reaper ou le Predator, avait décollé quelques dizaines de minutes auparavant de la base aéronavale de Patuxent River, dans le Maryland (est), pour rejoindre le porte-avions croisant au large des côtes de Virginie (est).

 

Le X-47B "opère de façon autonome lors de son vol et lors de l'approche du navire mais l'officier d'appontage a un contrôle numérique direct grâce à un bouton" d'interruption en cas de problème, a expliqué le capitaine de vaisseau Jaime Engdahl, responsable du programme.

 

Le démonstrateur, destiné à développer les technologies pour les futurs drones de l'US Navy, avait déjà été catapulté du pont du George Bush le 14 mai.

 

Le X-47B, qui n'a pas d'empennage arrière, est doté d'un moteur à réaction, et a une forme dite en "aile de chauve-souris" pour accroître ses capacités furtives. Il a été conçu depuis 2007 par la firme américaine Northrop Grumman, qui construit également le drone d'observation Global Hawk.

 

L'appareil a une envergure de 19 mètres pour une longueur de 12 mètres. Ce n'est à ce stade qu'un démonstrateur et il faudra de nombreuses années de mise au point avant l'entrée en service opérationnelle de drones dans l'US Navy.

 

Sa portée de 2.100 miles nautiques (3.900 kilomètres) en fait un potentiel bombardier à long rayon d'action.

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US Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly in formation over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on May 14. photo Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr.US Air Force

US Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly in formation over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on May 14. photo Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr.US Air Force

July 10, 2013: Strategy Page

 

American fighter pilots (air force, navy and marine) are largely in agreement that, while the F-22 is a superior air-to-air fighter, the new F-35 is a better, if still flawed, all-round combat aircraft. A lot of this has to do with technology. The F-35 is a more recent aircraft, entering service a dozen years later than the F-22. Fighter pilots, who tend to be keen connoisseurs of aviation technology (many being university trained in aviation tech) note that the F-35 is actually using a new generation of tech as much of the F-22 stuff dates back to the 1980s and 1990s. This accounts for some of the tech updates the F-22 has received since it entered service in 2005. But the basic design and composition of the F-35 is a generation ahead of the F-22. As a result the F-35 is cheaper, more effective (in terms of tech), easier to maintain and designed as a fighter-bomber.

 

This last item is important for combat pilots, because they note there has been little air-to-air combat in the last few decades, but smart bombs (especially the GPS variety) have become cheaper, more effective and reliable and that has meant more calls for air support from ground troops. The F-22 is strictly air-to-air and despite heavily publicized efforts to give F-22s ground attack capability, the F-22 has not yet experienced combat. The smart bomb revolution also means that far fewer aircraft are needed and the air force can’t justify sending in the F-22 when there are so many available aircraft that can do the job a lot cheaper. So fighter pilots looking forward to a hot new ride tend to favor the F-35 rather than the F-22.

 

American fighter pilots do see downsides with the F-35. They believe the manufacturer and proponents promised too much and that the F-35 will never be able to deliver. There is a lot of doubt that stealth will work as promised and the shape restrictions on the F-35 (to make stealth possible) limit what the F-35 can do.

 

There are some attractive aspects of the F-35, especially because it comes in three distinct flavors. The vertical take-off F-35B is a 27 ton aircraft that can carry six tons of weapons and will enter service in two or three years. In vertical takeoff mode the F-35B has a range of 800 kilometers. The U.S. Air Force will get its 31 ton F-35A in 2016 or 2017. This is the cheapest version, costing about $154 million each. The U.S. Navy version (the F-35C) will arrive in late 2019 and cost about $200 million each (same as the F-35B). This version has a stronger landing gear to handle carrier landings and components that are more resistant to corrosion from constant exposure to salt water.

 

The F-35 has been delayed many times in the last decade and there is growing talk of cancellation. Orders have already been cut and the manufacturer is under a lot of pressure to get this new stealth aircraft into service. It’s still being debated how many F-35s will actually be produced. The U.S. Air Force assumes 3,162, but the Department of Defense is not so sure that many will eventually be built. Worst case, there will be more than ten times as many F-35s as F-22s. Most (about 60 percent) of the F-35s built will be used by foreign nations.

 

F22 raptor photo USAF

F22 raptor photo USAF

Last year the 187th, and last, F-22 fighter was completed. This last aircraft was sent to a squadron in Alaska which lost one in an accident two years ago. The manufacturer is not going to scrap or sell off the tools and equipment used to produce the F-22, but will store the stuff for a while in the hope that production may resume eventually.

 

That is unlikely as Congress passed a law forbidding the export of the F-22 fighter. Three nations (Australia, Japan, and Israel) sought to buy some. Efforts to change the law have failed. At one time there was a similar prohibition to the export of the F-16 and that law was changed. One reason for the law was the fear that F-22 technical and operational secrets would fall into the hands of a hostile power that would then build more than 200 of them.

 

The F-22 has performance that is far superior to that of any other aircraft in service, which is why several foreign air forces would like some. The combination of speed, advanced electronics, and stealth technology has created such a decisive advantage that F-22s are often matched up against as many as six F-15s to ensure their pilots face a challenge during training. So why is the F-35, with somewhat lower performance, getting all the export orders?

 

The first reason is price. The F-22 costs up to $200 million each (without even counting the huge R&D costs). The F-35 costs up to half as much (although that edge is eroding). This is one reason the U.S. is pushing exports of the F-35. This is why many more F-16s were exported, compared to the F-15. In any event, the F-35 will outclass a Rafale, F-15E, or Eurofighter, but not the F-22. The U.S. Air Force intended the F-22 to be part of a high-end/low-end mix with the F-35, much like the F-15 and F-16 were the combination in the 1990s, only the F-22/F-35 combination will be much harder to detect and defend against.

 

The U.S. Air Force saw export sales as a way to keep the F-22 production line active, giving it more time to persuade Congress to allow more to be built for the U.S. That did not work. Despite the high cost of the F-22, Russia is developing the similar T-50, and China the similar J-20. But neither of these aircraft is as capable, or as expensive, as the F-22. Neither of these aircraft is in service. The F-22 began development in the late 1980s, first flew in 1997, and entered service in 2005. The F-22 is expected to remain in service for at least 30 years. And for much of that time the F-22 will be the best, if also the least numerous, jet fighter on the planet. During that time many American fighter pilots believe the stealth advantage will be lost due to new technology. China, Russia and the Europeans will continue developing new combat aircraft designs and the appearance of unmanned fighters would change the situation most dramatically of all.

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X-47B lands aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) July 10 (U.S. Navy photo)

X-47B lands aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) July 10 (U.S. Navy photo)

10.07.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

C'est une nouvelle étape capitale qui a été franchie : Le démonstrateur de drone de combat X-47B de Northrop Grumman a effectué avec succès son premier appontage ce 10 juillet. Le drone a décollé de la BAN de Patuxent River, effectuant sa manœuvre d’appontage à bord du plus récent porte-avions de la classe Nimitz, l'USS George H.W. Bush de l’US Navy (CVN-77).

 

C’est un nouveau succès pour le programme UCAS-D de l’US Navy, qui cherche ainsi à étudier et à tester les capacités d’un drone à partir d’une plateforme maritime. Les deux démonstrateurs technologiques X-47B qui sont actuellement utilisés pour les essais n’ont pas vocation à être produits en série et déployés en opérations, mais ils sont néanmoins cruciaux pour les études de R&D et de R&T dans le domaine des appareils non pilotés.

 

Le programme « opérationnel » de l’US Navy est quant à lui nommé UCLASS (Unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike system). Une RFI (request for information) a été dévoilée il y a trois ans, l’appel d’offre devrait lui être annoncé prochainement. Il s’agit pour l’US Navy de se doter de capacités ISR ainsi que de capacités de frappe pour équiper ses porte-avions à l’horizon 2018. Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Atomics et bien sûr Northrop Grumman sont les quatre industriels attendus sur ce créneau.

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10 juil. 2013 U.S. Navy

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first and second carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10.

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EC225 - photo Anthony PECCHI(/h5)

EC225 - photo Anthony PECCHI(/h5)

10.07.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Le ministère norvégien de la Justice et de la sécurité publique a annoncé le 9 juillet avoir sélectionné AgustaWestland et Eurocopter pour engager des négociations avancées dans le cadre de son appel d’offres concernant les hélicoptères de recherche et de sauvetage.

 

Eurocopter, qui présente son EC225, et AgustaWestland, qui propose son AW101, vont donc entrer dans une phase de négociations plus poussées avec le ministère, la décision finale étant attendue pour la fin de l’année 2013.

 

AW101 - AgustaWestland

AW101 - AgustaWestland

Il s’agit pour la Norvège de remplacer sa flotte de Sea King à l’horizon 2020 par 16 nouveaux hélicoptères, avec une option pour six exemplaires supplémentaires. Le processus de sélection avait débuté en octobre 2011. Sikorsky (H-92) et NHIndustries (NH90) étaient les deux autres compétiteurs dans cet appel d'offres.

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RAF Typhoon jets – photo baesystems.com

RAF Typhoon jets – photo baesystems.com

10 July 2013 baesystems.com

 

The Royal Air Force has completed the biggest training mission ever undertaken by its Typhoon force.

 

Over the past two weeks a total of 265 sorties have been flown on six days in Exercise Android Preference.

 

Availability of aircraft

 

One of the main aims of the Typhoon Availability Service and ATTAC (Availability Transformation Tornado Aircraft Contract)TAS and ATTAC contracts is to ensure the RAF has the maximum amount of aircraft available. Working in partnership with the RAF, our colleagues on both these contracts contributed towards ensuring such a large scale training mission could take place.

 

Qualified Weapons Instructor Course

 

Exercise Android Preference, which concluded at RAF Coningsby on 5 July, forms part of the Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI) course regarded as the pinnacle qualification for RAF aircrew, as RAF Coningsby Station Commander, Gp Capt Johnny Stringer, explained:

 

“The QWI courses are where we fuse the physical, moral and conceptual components of air fighting power at the tactical level. We’re taking our brightest and best and making them the most capable and aware tactical operators they can be. What Android Preference allows us to do is not only to prepare them for the QWI operational phase, but also to expose them to some of the wider and higher-level considerations and consequences of their tactical appreciation, planning and subsequent execution.”

 

A real operational feel

 

The exercise designer, Flight Lieutenant Andrew Tidmarsh, said:

 

“For the first time we’ve executed missions involving the entire Typhoon Force which, along with other Force Elements, gives a real operational feel. The exercise challenges the whole spectrum of what Typhoon can do as a platform; not only fighting air-to-air, but also finding, fixing and prosecuting targets on the ground.

 

“Being fully swing role the Typhoon is able to fight its way to the target and then fight its way out again. This places a high training demand on the pilots who have to be extremely capable in the air-to-air role and the air-to-surface role and be able to make timely tactical decisions to enable them to fulfil both in a high threat environment.”

 

Largest training mission for Typhoon

 

In the first week of the Exercise the single largest training mission Typhoon has ever undertaken as one complete Force was executed. A total of 22 Typhoons from five different squadrons took part in a Combat Search and Rescue scenario that also included Tornado GR4s, USAF F-15 Eagles and Danish F16s, as well as Support and Attack Helicopters. Tactical air control and command was provided by an E-3D Sentry from RAF Waddington and 1 Air Control Centre (1 ACC), which deployed to RAF Coningsby from their home station at RAF Scampton.

 

Gp Capt Stringer explained: “The key involvement of 1 Air Control Centre and E-3 Sentry underlines the importance of air command and control, as well as ISTAR, to the effective employment of modern combat air power. We’re also delighted and very grateful to have had the excellent support from the Support Helicopter and Tornado GR4 Forces, 100 Squadron, the Army Air Corps and our USAF and Danish colleagues.”

 

Challenging roles

 

This variety and scope of exercise participants presented its own challenge for mission planning and execution in addition to an excellent opportunity for training large and diverse packages of aircraft. Each QWI student took it in turns to act as a Mission Commander, a challenging role which requires individual tactical prowess and wider integration in order to succeed.

 

Flt Lt Tidmarsh added: “At one point there was a 16 versus 20 air-to-air fight concurrent with ground serials including Air Interdiction, Close Air Support and Dynamic Targeting. I can’t remember in my career the whole force attempting one Defensive Counter Air mission that lasted an entire day.”

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Australian Hawk upgrade contract

9 July 2013 baesystems.com

 

£90 million contract awarded for Australian Hawk upgrades

 

The Minister for Defence Materiel for the Commonwealth of Australia has awarded a £90m contract to us for the upgrade of their Mk127 Hawk fleet.

 

Known as Project AIR5438, the upgrade to the Australian Hawk fleet will deliver an enhanced training capability and also encompass the supply of three Full Mission Simulators, RAAF aircrew/groundcrew training and support.

 

We have been working closely with the Australian Department of Defence to define the scope of the upgrade, leveraging off previous Hawk programs and experience.

 

The upgrade of the Australian Hawk fleet will ensure its effectiveness into the next decade and provides a solid foundation for the progression of aircrew onto the F/A-18 Classic and Super Hornets and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) when it is introduced into service.

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NGJ will replace the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system currently on the Navy's EA-18G Growler tactical airborne electronic attack aircraft.

NGJ will replace the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system currently on the Navy's EA-18G Growler tactical airborne electronic attack aircraft.

Jul 10, 2013 (SPX)

 

El Segundo CA - Raytheon report it has been awarded a $279.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract by the U.S. Navy to conduct the Technology Development phase of the Navy's Next Generation Jammer program.

 

"We believe the Navy's choice validates Raytheon's leadership in advanced electronic attack systems and technologies," said Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business.

 

"Raytheon looks forward to building on our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Navy as we provide the warfighter with innovative and reliable Next Generation Jammer solutions now and for many years to come."

 

Raytheon leveraged knowledge and experience as a leading tactical weapon systems integrator to provide an affordable, low-risk, comprehensive NGJ solution to the U.S. Navy. Raytheon also leveraged its Gallium nitride (GaN) based AESA technologies to provide warfighters with enhanced electronic attack capabilities.

 

"Raytheon provided the U.S. Navy with an innovative and efficient design capable of jamming current and future threats," said Yuse.

 

"Our technology approach met the program requirements and leveraged our industry team's extensive experience in combat-proven, high-reliability agile-beam RF systems designed for demanding carrier-based aircraft environments."

 

Raytheon wins US Navy Next Generation Jammer competition

NGJ will replace the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system currently on the Navy's EA-18G Growler tactical airborne electronic attack aircraft.

 

Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business, based in McKinney, Texas, will lead the Technology Development phase of the NGJ program with collaboration from Raytheon facilities in El Segundo, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, Texas; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Largo, Fla.; and Andover, Mass

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Nominations chez Hélidax

10/07 Par Les Echos

 

Jean-Baptiste Pinton, Valérie Chemin sont respectivement nommés président et directrice générale adjointe d'Hélidax, filiale de DCI (Défense Conseil International) et d'Inaer Helicopter France.

 

Jean-Baptiste Pinton, cinquante-deux ans, est un ancien élève de l'ENA (promotion Michel de Montaigne) et de l'IEP Paris. Depuis 2007, il est directeur général adjoint du groupe DCI. Affecté à la Direction du budget en 1988, il a notamment été sousdirecteur du budget et des interventions financières au ministère des Affaires étrangères (1997-2000), puis premier conseiller de l'ambassade de France en Afrique du Sud jusqu'en 2002, avant de devenir secrétaire général de l'Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire.

 

Valérie Chemin, quarante-neuf ans, titulaire d'une licence en sciences économiques de l'université de Rouen, a été directrice administrative et financière de Heurtaux, où elle était entrée en 1986. Elle est devenue en 2001 président-directeur général de Proteus Helicoptères, avant de prendre en charge la direction administrative et financière à la suite de l'entrée d'Elilario dans l'actionnariat de l'entreprise. En 2008, elle a participé à la création d'Hélidax, premier PPP du ministère de la Défense, en tant que directrice administrative et financière.

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