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28.06.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

L’industriel américain General Atomics a annoncé le 26 juin qu’il allait développer – sur fonds propres – une variante de son drone MALE MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B), afin de pouvoir en offrir une version pleinement compatible avec les exigences de navigabilité de l’US Air Force, mais surtout de futurs potentiels acheteurs membres de l’OTAN.

 

Il s’agit principalement pour General Atomics de travailler sur des capacités accrues d’intégration dans l’espace aérien du pays acheteur, pour offrir une configuration permettant au drone d’obtenir facilement ses certificats de navigabilité. Une initiative calculée de General Atomics, au vu des récentes polémiques ayant eu trait à la certification de navigabilité des drones dans l’espace aérien européen – l’EuroHawk pour ne pas le nommer.

 

Le drone MALE MQ-9 Reaper est destiné aux missions ISR ainsi qu’au ciblage d’objectifs précis. Motorisé par un TPE331-10 d’Honneywell, il peut voler jusqu’à une altitude de 50 000 pieds et rester un maximum de 27 heures dans les airs. Il est actuellement utilisé par l’US Air Force, la Royal Air Force et l’Italie. La France attend elle le feu vert du congrès américain pour pouvoir en acquérir deux d’ici la fin de l’année 2013.

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F-35 test aircraft photo Lockheed Martin

F-35 test aircraft photo Lockheed Martin

28/06/13 bourse.lesechos.fr (Dow Jones)

 

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Le Pentagone étudie la possibilité de retarder l'un des ses programmes d'armement les plus coûteux et les plus controversés, celui de l'avion de chasse F-35, dans le cadre de mesures d'économies, selon des responsables de la défense.

 

Le secrétaire américain à la Défense, Chuck Hagel, a envisagé cette option dans le cadre d'un plan présenté par un groupe de travail sur la réduction des dépenses du Pentagone entre 2015 et 2020. Mais des responsables ont insisté sur le fait qu'aucune décision n'avait été prise et que des conseillers de Chuck Hagel avaient recommandé d'écarter cette option en soulignant que les économies potentiellement engendrées n'étaient pas suffisantes pour justifier une telle mesure.

 

Selon des analystes du secteur de la défense, retarder la production de l'appareil pourrait permettre au gouvernement américain d'économiser entre 1 et 2,5 milliards de dollars par an entre 2015 et 2019. Tout retard dans le programme pourrait cependant constituer un coup dur pour l'appareil et pour son fabricant, le groupe Lockheed Martin.

 

Des responsables de la défense américaine ont refusé de dire de combien de temps pourrait être repoussée la production du F-35, ni le montant des économies qui pourraient être réalisées par le Pentagone.

 

Selon les derniers rapports militaires du Congrés, l'avion F-35B destiné à la marine américaine (Navy) doit entrer en service en 2015. Une autre version de l'appareil prévue pour la Navy, le F-35C, doit entamer ses opérations en 2019.

 

-Julian E.Barnes, DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

 

(Version française Jérôme Batteau)

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The UK's third F-35 Lightning II aircraft takes off from Lockheed Martin's facility near Fort Worth in Texas [Picture: Master Sergeant Randy A Crites USMC (Retd)]

The UK's third F-35 Lightning II aircraft takes off from Lockheed Martin's facility near Fort Worth in Texas [Picture: Master Sergeant Randy A Crites USMC (Retd)]

27 June 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

The third of the UK's F-35 short take-off and vertical landing Lightning II aircraft has arrived at Eglin US Air Force Base in Florida.

 

The aircraft will be used for pilot and maintainer training for the UK team currently based in the USA. At Eglin, pilots from the Royal Navy and RAF and ground crew are working alongside their US Marine Corps colleagues learning all they can about maintaining the aircraft and how to fly the platforms to get the best out of them.

Group Captain Harv Smyth, the UK’s Joint Strike Fighter National Deputy, said:

Today’s arrival of ‘BK-3’ is the latest step in delivering the F-35’s unprecedented capability to UK Defence.

With each passing day our Lightning II programme is maturing. In less than a year we have taken ownership of our first 3 aircraft and begun both pilot and engineer training.

The Lightning II truly represents a turning point for the UK’s combat air capability and will dramatically increase our ability to defend national sovereignty interests and ensure security around the globe.

The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility. More than 500 British suppliers will build 15% of each F-35 produced.

UK industry is responsible for numerous F-35 components including the aft fuselage, fuel system and crew escape system.

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The BAE Systems Typhoon multi-role jet aircraft (library image) [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Ben Stevenson, Crown copyright]

The BAE Systems Typhoon multi-role jet aircraft (library image) [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Ben Stevenson, Crown copyright]

20 June 2013 Ministry of Defence

 

British defence exports rose by 62% in 2012 – the largest increase for 5 years.


 

New figures published today by UK Trade & Investment’s Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) show that UK defence exports totalled £8.8 billion over the past year, a rise of 62% from 2011 in a global market that grew by 45%.

These results mean the UK maintains its position as the second most successful defence exporter after the United States. As in 2011, the UK continues to benefit from a strong defence supply chain, which contributed to the success in 2012.

Orders contributing to the strong results included Typhoon and Hawk aircraft. The Typhoon programme alone supports an estimated 8,600 jobs in the UK, across companies including BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and SELEX Galileo and their supply chains – with an estimated further 1,500 jobs dependent on export opportunities.

BAE Systems stand at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2013 [Picture: © Geoffrey Lee]

BAE Systems stand at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2013 [Picture: © Geoffrey Lee]

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence, Equipment Support and Technology said:

This is welcome news for the UK Defence Industry, and demonstrates that they remain world leaders in an increasingly competitive global market place.

The Ministry of Defence has continued to play a key supporting role in the promotion of defence equipment and services, recognising that defence exports make a significant contribution to the government’s growth agenda.

These results also demonstrate the high regard in which our Armed Forces, and the equipment they use, are held by our allies and partner nations overseas.

Hawk manufacture (library image) [Picture: Copyright © 2013 BAE Systems. All rights reserved]

Hawk manufacture (library image) [Picture: Copyright © 2013 BAE Systems. All rights reserved]

The UK continues to capture 20% of the global defence export market. Maintaining this level and growing security exports to 5% by 2015 are the key targets for UKTI Defence & Security Organisation. Last year’s expansion in the defence sector was supported by UK export growth of 4% to £2.7 billion in the security sector, in a global market that grew by 3%.

Combined defence and security exports rose to £11.5 billion in 2012, up from £8 billion in 2011.

Typhoon replica at Malaysia exhibition 2012 (library image) [Picture: Copyright © 2013 BAE Systems. All rights reserved]

Typhoon replica at Malaysia exhibition 2012 (library image) [Picture: Copyright © 2013 BAE Systems. All rights reserved]

Business Minister Michael Fallon said:

Defence exports are helping to safeguard much needed high quality jobs in UK industry at a difficult time for the economy and these robust figures demonstrate Britain’s ability to successfully compete in the global race.

The UK government has pledged its support to the defence industry which has an outstanding record of export success. We have a proven ability to help UK exporters to win business overseas and achieve their international business potential.

These export results reflect the importance of the high technology sector and its contribution to advanced manufacturing trade. The UK’s defence industrial base is rich in innovation, largely thanks to the vital contribution of smaller firms.

The increase in the security sector reinforces a consistent picture of year on year growth in a highly competitive market. Growth is particularly strong in the cyber security sector which is critical to the UK’s national security.

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DCI et Chalair Aviation prennent le contrôle de Vigie Aviation

27 juin Aerobuzz.fr

 

DCI, entreprise de services (dont l’Etat est actionnaire de référence) qui intervient sur tout le spectre de la défense et de la sécurité nationale, et Chalair Aviation, compagnie aérienne française, annoncent avoir pris une participation majoritaire dans la société Vigie Aviation. Ce rapprochement vient renforcer le lien entre DCI et Vigie Aviation. Les deux entreprises avaient signé un partenariat de coopération il y a 2 ans afin de développer des formations de personnels navigants dans le domaine de la patrouille maritime et d’exécuter des prestations de surveillance aérienne à des coûts réduits. Avec l’arrivée de Chalair Aviation, le partenariat permettra à l’entreprise de disposer d’une gamme élargie d’avions (Beechcraft série KingAir, 1900 C/D et ATR) pour ses missions de surveillance des espaces maritimes et terrestres.

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28 juin 2013 5 28 /06 /juin /2013 11:35
Affordable and Ready for Export: The Aviation Industry Corporation of China-built Wing Loong may be the first effort by a Chinese company to break the West's grip on the international UAV market.

Affordable and Ready for Export: The Aviation Industry Corporation of China-built Wing Loong may be the first effort by a Chinese company to break the West's grip on the international UAV market.

Jun. 25, 2013 -By WENDELL MINNICK  - Defense News

 

TAIPEI — Folks wandering past the model of the Pterodactyl UAV at the Paris Air Show last week were probably unaware that this was China’s first unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) on display at an international defense exhibition.

 

The model, also known as the Wing Loong, could be the first step by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to break the West’s grip on the UAV market by providing affordable and reliable alternatives that also bypass US embargoes, sanctions and regulations. This is particularly the case for African and Middle Eastern countries to which the US is legally constrained from selling arms, or in the case of Israel, refuses to do so.

 

A report issued by Kimberly Hsu, policy analyst for military and security affairs at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, “China’s Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Industry,” warns China’s inexpensive and multifunctional unmanned aerial systems are poised to steal the international UAV market away from the US and Israel.

 

Hsu’s report said that the US and Israel are “the top two UAV exporters worldwide and the only two countries confirmed to have exported strategic-level UAVs, are members of the two principal multilateral regimes that address UAV exports — the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and the Wassenaar Arrangement.” China is not a member of either and “in the absence of competition from more sophisticated US or Israeli alternatives, China could become a key proliferator to non-members of the MTCR or Wassenaar.”

 

Ian Easton, research fellow at the Washington-based Project 2049 Institute, said that if one looks forward, “technology trends suggest that the line between UAVs and long-range missiles [is] going to be increasingly blurred.” This raises concerns that China’s large-scale build-up of UAVs as a “major aspect of its reconnaissance-strike complex is going to further threaten already vulnerable air bases and other critical facilities in the region.”

 

Added to this concern is China’s history of “irresponsible export behavior,” particularly to some of the “most odious international actors on the planet,” including countries that threaten US security interests.

 

In the past, China has successfully produced and fielded a wide variety of tactical UAVs that operate at low to medium altitudes and in short to medium ranges. According to Hsu, tactical UAV systems constitute about 93 percent of Chinese UAV projects. The rest are devoted to strategic-level systems and UCAVs. However, this is expected to change.

 

“In the long term, China’s continued interest and progression in strategic-level UAVs appear poised to position China as a leader in the high-end UAV market,” Hsu wrote.

 

The UCAV model on display at Paris follows the static display of an operational platform at the 2012 China Airshow in Zhuhai. Defense News attended the show and acquired AVIC brochures that indicated it had air-to-ground attack configurations, including “ground target designation” and “ground moving target indication” capabilities.

 

Maximum payload was only 440 pounds. The Pterodactyl at Zhuhai was exhibited along with four weapons: BA-7 air-to-ground missile, YZ-212 laser-guided bomb, YZ-102A anti-personnel bomb and 50-kilogram LS-6 miniature guided bomb.

 

One aerospace expert cautions not to be fooled by many of the UAV and UCAV programs China displays at air shows. The Pterodactyl is an impressive platform, “but the extent of Beijing’s overall progress remains unclear, as does the level of sophistication and integration,” said Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

 

He argues that in the UAV arena, the airframe can often be the least challenging element of the overall system, and often times, due to transparency problems with Chinese authorities, photographs and models of China’s UAVs are often the only information available to outside experts.

 

However, Easton is convinced that China is poised to become a major proliferator of UAVs. “China is developing advanced unmanned systems, including UAVs for strategic ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] and precision-strike miss­ions, under conditions that virtually guarantee that they will have an export advantage over other nations.”

 

As Hsu points out in her report, one reason China’s UAVs are cheap is that many are developed not by industry but by academic institutions. The multirole, medium-altitude, long-endurance BZK-005, now in service with the Chinese military, was developed by Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The Northwest Polytechnical University, also known as Xi’an ASN Technology Group, is the “most prominent and prolific organization focusing on domestic UAV research and development” and holds about 90 percent of the domestic Chinese UAV market.

 

“Thus far, it has delivered over 1,500 UAVs” to the Chinese military, Hsu’s report said.

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A KC-130J load master watches a refueling of an MV-22B Osprey during a training mission in 2012. (Cpl. Michael Petersheim/US Marine Corps)

A KC-130J load master watches a refueling of an MV-22B Osprey during a training mission in 2012. (Cpl. Michael Petersheim/US Marine Corps)

Jun. 27, 2013 - By OREN DORELL USA Today  - Defense News

 

The United States plans to give Israel weapons that would enable it to send ground forces against Iranian nuclear facilities that it can’t penetrate from the air.

 

The deal includes air-refueling aircraft, advanced radars for F-15 fighter jets, and up to eight V-22 Ospreys, an aircraft that can land like a helicopter and carry two dozen special operations forces with their gear over long distances at aircraft speeds.

 

The Osprey “is the ideal platform for sending Israeli special forces into Iran,” says Kenneth Pollack, a former CIA analyst now at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

 

The aircraft could help solve Israel’s inability to breach Iran’s uranium enrichment facility buried under a granite mountain at Fordow. It might be impregnable to even the heaviest conventional bunker-busting munitions in the U.S. arsenal, Pollack said. Israeli military planners have been brainstorming how to conduct an effective operation, Pollack said, citing conversations with senior Israeli military officers.

 

“One of the possibilities is (Israel) would use special forces to assault the Fordow facility and blow it up,” Pollack said.

 

The weapons deal would be part of a military aid package for Israel that includes $1 billion for up to eight V-22 tilt-rotors; $500 million to retrofit radars into F-15 fighters and another $1 billion for a variety of air-to-ground weapons. Additional details about the U.S.-financed deal were revealed during a visit to Washington by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on June 15.

 

The State Department said discussions of the arms deal are ongoing.

 

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday had a working dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and will visit with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials through Saturday, discussing broad regional issues and the peace process.

 

Jonathan Schanzer, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said the arms package was part of an Israeli wish list including some items that were not discussed publicly to help it keep amilitary edge over other nations in the region and for possible operations against Iran.

 

Israel’s air force would be hard-pressed to cause lasting damage to the Iranian nuclear program because it cannot sustain long-term bombardment and has limited bunker-busting capabilities and limited air-refueling capabilities, said Kenneth Katzman, who co-wrote the 2012 report “Israel: Possible military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities” for the Congressional Research Service.

 

When he first announced the deal during a visit to Israel in April, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Ospreys would provide Israel with high-speed maritime search-and rescue-capabilities.

 

Yaalon said the arms sale would send a message to Israel’s chief adversary in the region.

 

“Without a credible military option, there’s no chance the Iranian regime will realize it has to stop the militarynuclear project,” Yaalon said.

 

Other parts of the arms package include Boeing’s KC-135 “Stratotanker,” which can refuel Ospreys and other aircraft while airborne and extend the tilt-rotor aircraft’s 426-mile range almost indefinitely. The deal also includes anti-radiation missiles that are used to target air defense systems, and advanced radars for Israel’s fleet of F-15 fighter jets, according to a Defense Department press release.

 

That equipment would increase Israel’s capabilities against Iran, said Ely Karmon, a senior research scholar at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

 

The refueling equipment would extend the reach of Israeli special forces, which could be used against Iran as they were in Israel’s attack on a Syrian nuclear facility under construction in 2007, Karmon said.

 

In the 2007 attack, at least one Israeli team was on the ground to provide laser targeting of sophisticated airmunitions, Karmon said. “The same would be done for Iranian sites.”

 

The Osprey also could be used for search-and-rescue operations if Israeli aircraft involved in a complex airoperation are shot down and pilots endangered, Karmon said.

 

Michael Rubin, an analyst for the American Enterprise Institute, said senior U.S. and Israeli bombers would do significant damage to Iran’s hardened sites by targeting the entrances, and Israel could use the Ospreys for missions other than Iran’s nuclear sites. Israel may want the ability to send troops to secure chemical facilities in remote regions of Syria or to block Iranian shipments bound for terrorists in the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula or Lebanon, Rubin said.

 

“Sudan and Eritrea are floating the idea of building an Iranian naval base or shipping Iranian missiles to the Gaza Strip,” Rubin said, referring to the Palestinian territory controlled by the terrorist group Hamas. “If you wanted to disrupt such missiles in a convoy, you’d do it with an Osprey.”

 

The arms deal also sends a message to Iran and reassurance to Israel that the United States is serious about standing by the Jewish state, Karmon said.

 

Katzman said he doesn’t think the arms sale provides Israel with significant new capabilities that Israel did not already have. He said the overall defense package, which also includes advanced F-16 fighter jets for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Iran’s chief rivals in the Persian Gulf, is more “a symbolic move to show (American) resolve to Iran,” Katzman said.

 

Contributing: Barbara Opall-Rome of Defense News

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Après un développement difficile, le V-22 a fait la preuve de ses capacités au combat. - photo USMC

Après un développement difficile, le V-22 a fait la preuve de ses capacités au combat. - photo USMC

26 juin 2013 par Frédéric Lert – Aerobuzz.fr

 

Une carte présentée au salon du Bourget sème le trouble : la France serait-elle intéressée par le V-22 ?

 

Après ses troubles de jeunesse et une scolarité difficile, l’appareil à rotors basculants a finalement trouvé un bon boulot au Pentagone et semble donner toute satisfaction à son employeur. 214 V-22 sont déjà en service au sein de l’US Marines Corps (USMC) et de l’Air Force et les premiers déploiements opérationnels ont semble-t-il pleinement comblé les « nuques de cuir ».

 

« Nous avons réalisé en Afghanistan des missions hors de portée pour tout autre appareils » expliquent les Marines, qui citent volontiers la récupération de 32 soldats au terme d’une mission de 800 miles (1300 km) aller-retour en quatre heures de vol non-stop. Les Marines ont exprimé un besoin total pour 360 de ces appareils et signe de la confiance qu’ils leurs accordent, deux MV-22 sont déjà en service au sein de l’escadron chargé de la logistique des déplacements présidentiels. Si le MV-22 n’est pas encore « Marine One », le rôle reste dévolu aux hélicoptères « traditionnels », on lui confie tout de même la mission de trimbaler les médias, ce qui peut être encore plus risqué…

 

L’an dernier à Farnborough, une douzaine de chefs d’état-major de différentes armées de l’air ont volé à bord de l’appareil en présentation. A ce jour, on sait qu’Israël est en négociation directe avec Washington pour l’achat du V-22.

Un C-2 Greyhound à l’appontage sur le PA Charles de Gaulle. La mise en œuvre d’un tel avion par la marine française se heurte à un obstacle financier.

Un C-2 Greyhound à l’appontage sur le PA Charles de Gaulle. La mise en œuvre d’un tel avion par la marine française se heurte à un obstacle financier.

« Une centaine de V-22 pourraient être vendus à l’international » expliquait pendant le salon du Bourget le colonel Gregory Masiello, co-directeur du programme pour l’USMC. Et c’est là que ça devient intéressant : Pour appuyer son discours, le colonel présentait pendant son briefing aux médias une carte du monde intitulée « International engagement ». Une quinzaine de pays y étaient nommés, parmi lesquels des prospects commerciaux bien connus, mais aussi la France. Paris pourrait donc être intéressé par l’appareil à rotors basculants ? C’est peu probable, mais si ce n’est pas illogique…

 

On sait que l’US Navy considère l’achat de V-22 pour remplacer ses actuels C-2 Greyhound : des avions cargo aptes au catapultage et à l’appontage, et qui servent au ravitaillement à longue distance des porte-avions. Appelés « COD » dans la nomenclature US (pour Carrier Onboard Delivery), les C-2 disposent d’une soute assez vaste pour emporter un réacteur, du fret en vrac ou encore une vingtaine de passagers. Ces C-2 (39 fabriqués au cours des années 80, en remplacement d’appareils de première génération) vieillissent et demanderont bientôt d’être remplacés. Bell Boeing verrait bien le V-22 tenir le rôle de COD. Il y a deux semaines dernière, deux convertibles ont opéré comme COD à partir de l’USS Trumman.

MV-22 Ospreys à l'appontage sur l' USS Bonhomme Richard. Le V-22 est en lice pour remplacer les Greyhound dans la mission "COD" (Carrier Onboard Delivery)

MV-22 Ospreys à l'appontage sur l' USS Bonhomme Richard. Le V-22 est en lice pour remplacer les Greyhound dans la mission "COD" (Carrier Onboard Delivery)

La France aurait elle aussi bien besoin d’un « COD » au service du Charles de Gaulle. Pendant l’opération Harmattan en 2011, la marine avait d’ailleurs « emprunté » deux Greyhound à l’US Navy pendant 16 jours, pour le ravitaillement de son porte-avions. Alors pourquoi ne pas imaginer des V-22 porteurs de la cocarde à hameçons ? Pour les mêmes raisons qui ont fait renoncer à l’achat de C-2 : l’oseille. A 70M$ pièce, le V-22 est un beau jouet un peu cher. Donc interrogé sur la place de la France sur la carte des « engagements internationaux », le colonel Masiello expliquait qu’elle se justifiait par les essais à venir du V-22 sur les BPC (Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement) de la classe Mistral. Des essais qui se feront quand navire et aéronef seront disponibles simultanément. Rien que de très classique avec ces essais, le V-22 réalisant, comme tout nouvel appareil, la tournée des popotes sur les navires du monde entier pour valider sa compatibilité. Début juin, des appareils basés dans le Pacifique avaient pu pour la première fois se poser sur les porte-hélicoptères japonais Shimokita et Hyuga.

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June 26, 2013 by Zach Rosenberg – FG

 

Washington DC - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has announced its intent to certify the Predator B unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to European and NATO standards.

 

The Predator B, called the MQ-9 Reaper in US military service, has been sold abroad to both the United Kingdom and Italy. The aircraft is in competition for service in Germany, and rumoured to have already won a contest in France despite lack of official confirmation.

 

"It is imperative that we ensure airworthiness certification of Predator B both at home and abroad as coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan and nations transition mission focus to protection of the homeland and other civil uses," says General Atomics chairman Neal Blue.

 

UAVs are not currently allowed to fly in European airspace without significant restrictions. How European nations intend to integrate UAVs into civilian airspace remains unclear, but pressure is growing to include them for both military and civil uses. The modifications to be made are unclear, but partner RUAG will help define and implement them.

 

General Atomics did not respond to immediate questions.

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C-130J Super Hercules Photo by Andrew McMurtrie

C-130J Super Hercules Photo by Andrew McMurtrie

27.06.2013 par Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

L’avionneur américain Lockheed Martin a livré le premier C-130J Super Hercules à Israël le 26 juin, lors d’une cérémonie qui s’est tenue à l’usine de Marietta, en Géorgie. L’avion devrait toucher le sol israélien au printemps 2014. Les trois avions que doit recevoir Israël seront surnommés « Shimshon », comme les 12 C-130E/H qu’utilise le pays depuis 1971.

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L’assemblage du premier KC-46A de Boeing a débuté

27.06.2013 par Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

L’assemblage du premier futur ravitailleur de l’US Air Force a débuté à l’usine d’Everett de Boeing le 26 juin, avec l’intégration du premier longeron d’aile du KC-46A.

 

Selon le calendrier établi par Boeing, l’assemblage final est prévu pour le mois de novembre, avec un roll-out espéré en janvier 2014. Le mois de juin de la même année aura lieu l’installation des équipements militaires et le début des essais au sol dans la foulée. Le premier vol est lui prévu pour le début de l’année 2015, la livraison attendue en 2016. Si l’US Air Force exerce toutes ses options, Boeing devrait livrer jusqu’à 179 KC-46A d’ici à 2027. Le futur ravitailleur est basé sur les 767-200ER de l’avionneur américain et remplacera à terme les KC-135 Stratotanker de l’US Air Force.

 

Le programme KC-46A a subi quelques turbulences en 2012, notamment après la publication d’un rapport du Government of Accountability Office, qui s’alarmait d’une forte hausse des coûts de développement et d’un retard important qui mettait en danger les délais de remplacement des KC-135 fixés par l’US Air Force. En septembre 2012, l’US Air Force se montrait optimiste et espérait toujours un bilan critique de conception (« critical design review ») avant la fin de l’année fiscale 2013. L’USAF confirmait sa confiance dans le programme en avril 2013, soulagée que le séquestre n’affecte pas – du moins pour l’instant – le développement du KC-46A.

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Third UK F-35B - Lockheed Martin photo by John Wilson

Third UK F-35B - Lockheed Martin photo by John Wilson

June 26, 2013 by Dave Majumdar – FG

 

Washington DC - The UK's third Lockheed Martin F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) Joint Strike Fighter arrived at Eglin AFB, Florida, on 25 June.

 

The British aircraft was flown in from Lockheed's Fort Worth, Texas, plant by US Marine Corps pilot Lt Col Roger Hardy on a flight that lasted 90min.

 

"In less than a year, we have taken ownership of our first three aircraft and begun both pilot and engineer training," says Royal Air Force Group Captain Harv Smyth, the senior UK officer at Eglin AFB. "Today's arrival of BK-3 is the latest step in delivering the F-35's unprecedented capability to UK defence."

 

This particular aircraft, BK-3 (ZM137), is the last of three UK F-35Bs currently on order, but the country is expected to have a fleet of 48 aircraft in service before 2020. Those 48 jets are expected operate from both land bases and from the UK's new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.

 

The three current UK aircraft are operating in a training capacity as part of the USMC's VMFAT-501 squadron at Eglin AFB. However, the aircraft will eventually move to Edwards AFB, California, to participate in the F-35's operational evaluations.

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Typhoon-Eurofighter-over-Abu-Dhabi

Typhoon-Eurofighter-over-Abu-Dhabi

24 Jun 2013 by Craig Hoyle –FG

 

London - Major deals involving the sale of 12 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to Oman and a combined 30 BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainers to the same nation and Saudi Arabia last year contributed to total UK defence exports worth £8.8 billion ($13.5 billion) in 2012, according to figures released by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

 

Representing a 62% increase from the £5.4 billion figure reported from 2011, the total maintained the UK's standing as the second-largest exporter of defence equipment after the USA, with an average 20% stake of the global market during the past decade, says UKTI's Defence and Security Organisation.

 

Combined with sales of security equipment, the year-end total of £11.5 billion was similar to the volume recorded in 2007, when the UK government agreed a Project Salam deal with Saudi Arabia for 72 Typhoons.

 

"The Ministry of Defence has continued to play a key supporting role in the promotion of defence equipment and services, recognising that defence exports make a significant contribution to the government's growth agenda," says minister for defence equipment, support and technology Philip Dunne.

 

UK military equipment on display at the 17-23 June Paris air show included a Hawk T2 from the Royal Air Force's 4 Sqn and an AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat.

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Army Ready to Upgrade AH-64E Apache Sensors

June 26th, 2013 by Matt Cox  - defensetech.org

 

The U.S. Army hopes to equip its first unit of Apache helicopters with the newest daytime sensors by this time next year.

 

The Apache Sensors Product Office recently accepted delivery of Lockheed Martin’s new Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Laser Rangefinder Designator, or LRFD, the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly.

 

The modernized LRFD is the first phase of upgrades for the M-DSA program, and will provide enhanced performance to the MTADS/PNVS system, Army officials maintain.

 

“This laser kit, what we call M-DSA phase one, is an investment by the Army and the Program Executive Office for Aviation, and we’re looking forward to the reliability and maintainability improvements that this laser will bring to the MTADS system,” said  Lt. Col. Steven Van Riper, product manager for Apache Sensor, in an Army press release. “The maintainers will have less of a burden when it comes to keeping the system up and fully operational, while our aircrews will be able to reap the benefits of the performance improvements.”

 

The new sensors are part of a duel contract the Army awarded to Lockheed Martin in February worth $162 million.

 

The current laser features a tactical wavelength in the system, Cold War technology that’s expensive to maintain. The new laser incorporates a second EyeSafe wavelength, the newest technology available. It replaces the old flash lamp technology to a more reliable, more robust diode pump laser technology.

 

The diode pump is the primary driver of increasing the Army’s reliability and maintainability numbers, Army officials maintain. Phase one will be fielded later this year and will be fully capable by 2016, according to Matt Hoffman, director of MTADS/PNVS programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

 

The Army’s goal is to retrofit the M-DSA and equip the AH-64E Apache units first.

 

The second phase, scheduled to begin in 2016, will include all the remaining elements in the DSA such as a high definition color television, laser pointer marker, upgraded laser spot tracker, and a state-of-the-art inertia measuring unit for stability and extended range in the system.

 

“We are meeting all of our milestones in terms of production ramp rate, moving towards maintaining our production rate of over 20 lasers per month,” Van Riper said. “We’re stepping up to that incrementally using a very deliberate production engineering process.”

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A400M makes spectacular defensive flares test

21 Jun 2013 By Craig Hoyle - FG

 

Airbus Military has performed a spectacular test with a key defensive system for its A400M, as its first production example comes within less than one month of delivery to the French air force.

 

Perfromed using a "Grizzly" development aircraft, the mass flare release was intended to prove the ability of the A400M's self-protection equipment to counter the threat posed by shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles during tactical operations.

 

The A400M's defensive aids system equipment is due to come online from the airlifter's SOC1 software standard.

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German air force to bid 'Pharewell' to last F-4Fs

26 Jun 2013 by Craig Hoyle –FG

 

London - Germany will retire its last operational McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom IIs on 29 June, with the veteran type's duties having been assumed by Eurofighter units.

 

After almost 40 years of service, the final interceptors will be retired during a decommissioning event to be staged at the Luftwaffe's Wittmund air base.

 

The final German examples are operated by the air force's JG 71 "Richthofen" squadron, which was also the first to begin flying the type, in March 1974. Delivered in 1973, its first F-4F, 37+01, received a special livery for the occasion.

 

A total of 263 Phantoms were acquired by Germany, the air force says, including 88 in the RF-4E reconnaissance configuration, from 1971.

 

Flightglobal's MiliCAS database shows Germany's retirement of the Phantom will reduce the global frontline fleet of the type to 431 aircraft, operated by the air forces of Egypt, Greece, Iran, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. The US Air Force also has more than 150 examples, which have been adapted for use as QF-4 aerial targets.

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F-35 CF-6 (Photo Lockheed Martin)

F-35 CF-6 (Photo Lockheed Martin)

June 26; 2013 by Dave Majumdar – FG

 

Washington DC - The US Navy received its first Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter training aircraft at Eglin AFB, Florida, on 22 June.

 

The stealth carrier-based aircraft will be assigned to the service's Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) "Grim Reapers", and will fly alongside US Air Force and US Marine Corps F-35 training units assigned to the air force's 33rd Fighter Wing. VFA-101 will serve as a fleet replacement squadron which will train aircrew and maintenance personnel from both the USN and USMC to fly and repair the F-35C.

 

The navy is the last of the US military services to receive the F-35, and many observers say its commitment to the tri-service jet is lukewarm at best. However, the USN publicly insists that it is behind the programme.

 

"For me, the F-35C is really a key part of our future," chief of naval operation Adm Jonathan Greenert told the Senate appropriations subcommittee on defense earlier in the month. "It provides a unique and essential set of capabilities for our air wing and for our carrier strike group, effectively for the fleet."

 

The F-35C is expected to be operational with the USN in late 2018 or early 2019.

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photo Dassault

photo Dassault

25/06 Par Alain Ruello – LesEchos.fr

 

Les émergents ne cessent de muscler leur industrie militaire à coup de transferts de technologie. C’est notamment le cas de l’Inde qui, en contrepartie de l’achat des Rafale de Dassault, voudrait pouvoir produire sur place les appareils.

 

Crise ? Quelle crise ? Si l’on en juge par les chiffres du cabinet IHS, qui fait autorité en la matière, le commerce international des armements et des services associés a explosé depuis 2008 : tous pays confondus, les échanges ont progressé de 30 %, pour atteindre 73,5 milliards de dollars l’an dernier, contre 56,5 milliards quatre ans plus tôt. « A ce rythme, les échanges militaires entre pays auront plus que doublé d’ici à 2020 », estiment les analystes d’IHS, pour qui la barre des 100 milliards sera franchie en 2018.

 

Les chiffres étonnent quelque peu. Entre la loi dite « Sequestration Act » aux Etats-Unis qui porte en elle la menace d’une coupe de 500 milliards de dollars du budget du Pentagone et les réductions des dépenses militaires en Europe, le sentiment général jusqu’alors était que les investissements des pays émergents compenseraient, mais pas de beaucoup, les baisses dans les pays occidentaux. Dit autrement, l’industrie militaire s’acheminait, au pire, vers une longue période de stagnation, et au mieux de croissance molle.

 

Bouleversement structurel sans précédent

 

Au contraire, IHS prédit que le monde va continuer à s’armer : les budgets vont progresser de 9,3 % d’ici à 2021, pour atteindre 1,65 trillion de dollars. Deux courants sont à l’œuvre, selon Paul Burton, un des responsables du cabinet : les dépenses militaires se tournent vers l’Est et la concurrence s’accroît. De ce fait, le secteur est en train de vivre un bouleversement structurel sans précédent qui va se traduire par la plus forte poussée du commerce d’armement jamais connue. Et à ce jeu, tout le monde ne sera pas gagnant à l’arrivée.

 

Si ces prévisions se confirment, l’Ouest, et les Etats-Unis en particulier, ont commencé à manger leur pain noir. Au fur et à mesure qu’ils importent des équipements militaires, les pays dits émergents en profitent pour muscler leur industrie à coup de transferts de technologie. C’est par exemple le cas de l’Inde, qui négocie l’achat des Rafale de Dassault : New Delhi veut être capable de produire en grande partie les appareils sur place.

 

Du coup, les grands pays importateurs d’aujourd’hui vont prendre un poids de plus en plus important dans le classement des pays exportateurs au détriment de l’Europe. Même les Etats-Unis sont menacés. La tendance est déjà notable, comme le montre le cas de la Corée du Sud : le pays du Matin calme a fait son entrée dans le Top 20 des exportateurs grâce à une hausse de 688 % de ses ventes depuis 2008, à 753 millions de dollars. La Chine est de plus en plus agressive commercialement.

 

Dans ce contexte, les industriels occidentaux n’ont d’autre choix que d’exporter encore plus ou de couler. Et encore, cela peut s’avérer à double tranchant car en étant obligé de transférer une partie de leur savoir-faire technologique, ils scient la branche sur laquelle ils sont assis au profit de leurs clients. « Donnez une décennie à l’Asie et au Moyen-Orient, et ces pays vendront des équipements de classe mondiale » , prédit Guy Anderson, analyste senior d’IHS .

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EASA & EDA: Civil-Military Cooperation in Aviation Safety
Paris | Jun 19, 2013 European Defence Agency
 

Patrick Goudou, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) on 18 June signed an arrangement for enhanced cooperation between the two agencies. The arrangement specifically covers the harmonisation of military aviation safety requirements with a primary focus on airworthiness.

 

“The EDA-EASA Cooperation Arrangement will improve European civil-military cooperation in aviation safety. EDA and its Member States will profit from EASA’s experience in the field of harmonised airworthiness requirements. EDA on the other hand brings in its experience from the military side”, said Claude-France Arnould during the signature ceremony at the International Paris Airshow “Le Bourget”. Patrick Goudou added, “I am delighted to sign this agreement with EDA. The combined expertise of our two agencies is a great asset that will enable to pave the way for an effective partnership. Our common objective is to promote the highest possible aviation safety standards, in the civil and military domains.” 

 

Both agencies expect to achieve considerable benefits from this increased cooperation, especially in areas of ‘dual use’ aircraft. One such example will be the A400M which had recently been certified by EASA in its civil aircraft configuration. This civil certification can serve as a baseline for the subsequent military certification by the respective national Military Airworthiness Authorities. Some Member States have already agreed to use EDA’s harmonised European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) for the in-service support phase of this aircraft programme. 


In the field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) close cooperation and harmonisation of civil and military rules and regulations to enable safe operations in Europe will be essential. EDA projects on air traffic insertion (DeSIRE) and mid-air collision avoidance (MIDCAS) can be preliminary enablers towards joint civil and military certification.

 

Background

In European civil aviation, EASA ensures that all civil aircraft operating within Europe are airworthy and safe. The relevant legal framework is detailed in EU regulations. This means that EASA issues aviation safety rules which are implemented the same way in all Member States following the agency’s mission of achieving a “high uniform level of civil aviation safety in Europe”. 

On the military side, Member States currently have their national aviation safety systems in place. These systems are independent from each other, as each Member State is responsible for the regulation of its military and state aircraft. The results of an EDA initiated study underlined that the use of harmonised certification procedures for the development phase of multinational military aircraft programmes could generate at least 10% cost savings on industry as well as on the governments’ side, and up to 50% reduction in the programme duration. The EDA Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum was established by Defence Ministers in 2008 with the main objective to harmonise the European military airworthiness regulations of Member States. The MAWA Forum has already developed and approved harmonised European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) on type certification, maintenance and training as well as other supporting documents. 

On invitation of EASA, EDA experts already participate as observers in EASA rulemaking groups on air traffic management, airworthiness and flight operations (RPAS).

 

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European Defence Agency Reflects on the Need for Greater Harmonisation in Military Airworthiness
 

Greater harmonisation in military airworthiness between European Member States could lead to significant cost and time savings as well as improved interoperability and other operational benefits. A common approach to the type-certification of military aircraft, together with approvals of airworthiness organisations and personnel, is essential for future Pooling & Sharing activities. During the high-level seminar on military airworthiness, organised on 18 June by the European Defence Agency (EDA) at the Paris Air Show “Le Bourget”, key European decision-maker’s discussed the enablers and perceived barriers to increased cooperation.

 

European Member States previously operated military aviation safety systems independently from each other, with each Member State being individually responsible for the regulation of their own military and state aircraft. As a result, military airworthiness activities were conducted and regulated on a national basis, with European harmonisation only being achieved at an individual programme level and having to be repeated and developed for each new programme. This generated many challenges for multinational aircraft programmes and has been identified as one of the primary causes of delays and additional costs. 

The EDA Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum was established by Defence Ministers in 2008 to harmonise the European military airworthiness regulations of Member States through the establishment of European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs) for implementation into national military regulations. The MAWA Forum comprises of representatives from the Military Airworthiness Authorities of Member States and industry representatives. It is chaired by the EDA.
 

High-Level Seminar

The Agency’s high-level seminar aimed at increasing key European decision-maker’s awareness and visibility of the achievements made to date in the area of military airworthiness and exploring the next steps. The EDA MAWA Forum has for example approved three European Military Airworthiness Requirements (EMARs): EMAR 21 for the initial and continued certification of military aircraft – including the approval of the design and production organisations, EMAR 145 covering the approval of maintenance organisations and the activities they undertake and EMAR 147 detailing the responsibilities of organisations responsible for the training of maintenance personnel. The EDA MAWA Forum has also approved other supporting documents and is on-track to deliver the complete set of EMARs by the end of 2015. 

Panellists in the seminar included high level representatives from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), European aerospace industry, Ministries of Defence and National Military Airworthiness Authorities. The event also provided an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards delivering the ‘Roadmap Objectives’ given to the EDA MAWA Forum by European Defence Ministers. 

The discussions addressed the political implications of this activity, areas for closer cooperation with EASA, together with governmental, industrial, and European National Military Airworthiness Authorities’ views on the positive impact that increased harmonisation will have on current and future military airworthiness activities.
 

Basic Framework Document

Additionally, several Member States provided their national approval and restating their commitment to the principles of the updated “European Harmonised Military Airworthiness Basic Framework Document” which defines the role and functions of the MAWA Forum. The previous version of the document had been nationally approved by 20 Member States and with the addition of Poland today brings the total to 21 Member States. Further national re-approvals are anticipated over the next few weeks. The document clarifies the principles of a common approach to military airworthiness and addresses issues such as the mutual recognition between National Military Airworthiness Authorities which is essential to realise the expected benefits from regulatory harmonisation. 

“EDA has received the mandate by Defence Ministers to work towards the harmonisation of military airworthiness. In close partnership and cooperation with the MAWA representatives from the National Military Airworthiness Authorities, we have created the necessary regulatory framework and principles. What we need now is additional political will for the next step: the implementation of the EMARs into national military regulations in order to achieve mutual recognition between Member States”, said Giampaolo Lillo, Armaments Director of the European Defence Agency, during the meeting.

 

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A few surprises at the 50th Paris Air Show

25 June 2013 by Alix Lebounlanger - Frost & Sullivan - defenceWeb

 

The 50th Paris Air Show this year offered some anniversary surprises, however more or less expected, starting with the large Russian defence industry exposure, according to Frost & Sullivan.

photo RP Defense

photo RP Defense

While almost hiding out in the static display area, the newly upgraded Russian Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighter stole the thunder several times from other aircraft in the skies. Its high manoeuvrability and extreme acrobatics monopolized lots of conversations. What was less expected were the brand new Yak-130 jet trainer and quasi silent Ka-52 alligator’s equally powerful demonstrations, highlighting their agility and handling abilities. The Russian Aerospace and Defence industry has been working hard to change its post-cold war image of low-tech and fragmented production and support base.

photo RP Defense

photo RP Defense

Conversely, European military aircraft took the sky with no real variation from what was originally expected; the Airbus A400M was the biggest highlight. However, the second big surprise of the show was the absence of American aircraft in the sky – even the Blackhawk S-70i was Polish. The American defence industry approach to the Paris Air Show this year has been quite interesting, placing legacy as the cornerstone of their presence, rather than innovation. This time there were no V-22s or Super Hornets. If Farnborough was American last year, the sky above Le Bourget was Russian this year.

 

Why this sudden change in the approach of Americans? Already stretched, complicated, too political, the European defence market is rife with opportunities for American OEMs without even having to promote or showcase their products. Europe will buy American weapon systems to bridge its capability gaps; the unmanned systems being the best illustration.

 

In view of the economic constraints, American OEMs prefer investing towards a presence in Middle East and Asia-Pacific tradeshows, as competition is much higher in those regions. In Paris, the US industry was keener this year to increase its market share across the much more buoyant commercial aviation segment. The Airbus-Boeing match, again neck and neck with recent orders, is part of tradeshow tradition and this 50th Air Show was no different. A similar trend has also been verified across the helicopter markets; the Anglo-Italian AgustaWestland has received new commercial orders against its main competitors, confirming that 2013 will be the year of AW139.

 

Despite the absence of big military aircraft contracts, the Paris Air Show offered one last interesting surprise in the military support in-service segment. Marginal till 10 years ago and almost restricted to North America outsourcing of military aircraft support to the industry has become a globally significant market for Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEMs.

photo RP Defense

photo RP Defense

Economic downturn and personnel reduction, especially in Europe, are increasingly making this segment more credible and attractive for the traditionally reluctant MoDs. The new Eurocopter solution named E-HOTS (Eurocopter Helicopter On Theatre Services) or the OEM Defence Service contract to maintain NH90s for 5 years, and the new Sikorsky-Boeing Joint Venture for support and logistics in Saudi Arabia are further steps in this direction.

 

With these solutions, the Western military OEMs targeted aim is not only to reduce platform lifecycle costs burden, but more specifically to make the acquisition price of new platforms more accessible and to attract hesitating end-users within the next few years.

 

If this strategy is successful for the NH90, then Farnborough 2014 could be really promising for European defence consortiums.

 

Alix Lebounlanger is a Research Analyst for Aerospace, Defence & Security Sector, at Frost & Sullivan.

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photo Livefist

25/06/2013 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Les négociations sur la vente de 126 Rafale à l'Inde, après avoir été très ralenties pendant plusieurs mois sur la question du partage des responsabilités entre les groupes français et indiens, ont repris depuis quelques semaines tous azimuts. Dassault Aviation, qui n'exige plus deux contrats séparés, en négocie qu'un désormais.

 

Le gouvernement et Dassault Aviation se sont montrés particulièrement enthousiastes ces derniers jours sur la concrétisation avant la fin de l'année d'un contrat portant sur la vente de 126 Rafale en Inde. Pourquoi un tel optimisme ? Selon des sources concordantes, les négociations, après avoir été très ralenties pendant plusieurs mois sur la question du partage des responsabilités, ont repris depuis quelques semaines tous azimuts. "Très souvent quand les négociations coincent sur un point, une fois l'obstacle franchi, elles repartent à plein régime", explique un proche du dossier. Le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian a même vendu un petit peu la mèche en expliquant en début de semaine dernière que les négociations avaient reprise sur un bon rythme. "Il y a eu des avancées significatives, avait-il expliqué, j'espère qu'elles se poursuivront et, si ce contrat est rempli, ce sera une très bonne nouvelle, pour Dassault, l'industrie aéronautique et pour la France".

 

Car effectivement l'abcès sur le partage des responsabilités entre les industriels indiens et français pour les 108 appareils devant être assemblés en Inde a été une bonne fois pour toute crevé entre Dassault Aviation et New Delhi, expliqe-t-on à La Tribune. Début avril, The Indian Express affirmait que les négociations achoppaient sur un différend lié à la responsabilité du groupe français pour les 108 appareils devant être assemblés en Inde. Mais le problème traînait déjà depuis l'automne dernier. La presse indienne évoquait déjà à cette époque ce différend. A tel point que l'avionneur tricolore exigeait de négocier deux contrats séparés, l'un pour les 18 fabriqués en France, l'autre pour les 108 assemblés en Inde. Finalement, Dassault Aviation, qui a semble-t-il obtenu des garanties, négocie actuellement un seul contrat englobant toutes les licences de transferts de technologies pour lui et l'ensemble de ses sous-traitants.

 

Un communiqué commun Dassault Aviation et HAL

 

Du coup, il y a une dizaine de jours, un peu avant l'ouverture du salon aéronautique du Bourget, le PDG de Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, s'est dit convaincu de signer le contrat de vente de l'avion de combat Rafale avec l'Inde, les deux parties souhaitant selon lui conclure cette année. "L'Inde a été le premier client export de Dassault dans les années 50, elle sera sûrement aussi le premier à signer le (contrat du) Rafale", avait-il estimé. "On espère aller le plus vite possible. Si on écoute nos amis indiens et si on s'écoute nous-mêmes, on aimerait bien finir en 2013, finir c'est signer un contrat", avait-il précisé. Refusant d'entrer dans le détail des négociations, Eric Trappier a simplement indiqué qu'elles se poursuivaient "dans la très bonne humeur", notamment sur le partage des responsabilités entre la France et l'Inde d'une part, et industriels français et indiens d'autre part. "Il n'y a jamais eu de blocage", avait-il précisé. Pas de blocage mais un très fort ralentissement des négociations. De son côté, le ministre de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, partageait cet enthousiaste. Il estimait que les négociations pour la vente du Rafale à l'Inde étaient "en bonne voie" et qu'il n'y avait "pas de retard particulier" dans le processus. En Inde, "il y a un temps de négociation qui est un petit peu long, mais je suis, comme M. Trappier plutôt positif par rapport à l'échéance", avait-il encore déclaré.

 

Et cette "bonne humeur" s'est concrétisée par un communiqué commun entre Dassault Aviation et son partenaire privilégié Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). A l'occasion du salon aéronautique du Bourget, le président de HAL Dr RK Tyagi et Eric Trappier se sont réunis "pour passer en revue les progrès des projets en cours. Les deux présidents ont exprimé leur satisfaction sur le travail déjà réalisé par les équipes intégrées et ont renouvelé leur engagement vers la réussite de leurs différents projets". D'une manière générale, l'Inde a besoin pressant sur le plan opérationnel de ces 126 appareils, notamment pour faire face à la menace du Pakistan et à celle de la Chine. L'armée de l'air doit notamment remplacer ses vieux MiG russes dangereux pour ses pilotes. En outre, cette acquisition majeure va permettre à New Delhi de restructurer en profondeur le tissu industriel dans le domaine de l'aéronautique. Enfin, en cas d'échec des négociations, New Delhi aurait perdu deux ans.

 

Quelles dates pour les élections générales

 

Seul bémol, les élections générales indiennes qui risquent de ralentir à nouveau les négociations. En juillet, New Delhi devrait décider de la date des élections. Si elles sont fixées au printemps 2014, Dassault pourrait avoir une bonne chance de terminer les négociations et signer un contrat avant la fin de l'année, comme Eric Trappier l'espère, estiment certains observateurs. En revanche, si elles ont lieu à la fin de l'année, l'avionneur devrait patienter encore plusieurs mois pour parapher le contrat.

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UK/US trials review F-35 interoperability in simulated maritime scenario

20 June 2013 adsadvance.co.uk

 

Working with Lockheed Martin and the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems have linked simulation facilities across five UK sites to create a common synthetic environment to evaluate F-35 interoperability with other UK military platforms.

 

Linking Air and Maritime

 

A recent trial saw Royal Navy, RAF and US Navy pilots operating the F-35 fighter jet during a live simulated maritime scenario with the Queen Elizabeth Carrier, a Type 45 Destroyer and Sea King helicopter. This is the first time that we and Lockheed Martin have linked our Air and Maritime simulation capabilities and mission system laboratories at multiple locations into one common battlespace environment.

 

Roles and responsibilities

 

Royal Navy, RAF and US Navy pilots flew the F-35 aircraft from Lockheed Martin supplied desk top simulators at our Samlesbury site, alongside two Royal Navy Sea King aircrew who provided command and control directions to the F-35 pilots.

 

Linking into the live scenario, Royal Navy air warfare officers from HMS DUNCAN were at the controls of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier lab in the Isle of Wight whilst in Portsdown, Royal Navy air warfare officers and fighter controllers from HMS DAUNTLESS operated from the Type 45 Destroyer lab.

 

Lt Cdr Mark Humphries, RAF Air Warfare Centre, took part in the trials. He said: “Bringing both air and maritime capabilities into a common mission scenario, we have been able to begin to test the interoperability between F-35 and other key maritime assets, something we have never been able to do before. Today we have taken part in a maritime scenario where the F-35 was the first line of defence for a Carrier Task Force in a hostile threat situation. Being able to evaluate interoperability concepts for passing commands and threat information via digital datalinks in real-time between air warfare officers on the Queen Elizabeth Carrier, fighter controllers on the Type 45 destroyer and Sea King helicopter and F-35 pilots has been extremely valuable."

 

Lt Cdr Jim Blythe, HMS DAUNTLESS, also took part. He said: “We have been able to fully exercise the Type 45 combat management system and gain a broader experience of digitally controlling fighters than has hitherto been possible. This means we are in a far better place to develop an informed Concept of Operations for working with the F-35 when it comes into service.”

 

World class simulation and systems integration

 

Tony Hall, BAE Systems F-35 programme manager for the Interoperability trials, said: “As a business we have world class simulation and systems integration capabilities which exist across a number of different locations. Working closely with Lockheed Martin and the UK customer we have created a distributed test capability linking UK Industry and Government assets across a secure network to provide a common synthetic environment.

 

"Not only does this help the UK customer get their heads around how the F-35 will integrate into operations, but it can also save a lot of time and money. We can identify interoperability issues early and fix things at this stage far easier than when the aircraft are built and in operation.

 

“It’s great that we can get the customer involved at these early stages to make sure that the aircraft and other cooperating platforms are doing the job they want them to do. It’s an added bonus that we are able to use this project to prompt improvements across a range of other military assets too."

 

BAE Systems are responsible for leading F-35 integration activities on behalf of the UK customer. The maritime mission scenario trial is the third out of a series of four planned scenarios which form part of the overall F-35 UK interoperability project.

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simulateur de vol A400M photo Thales UK

simulateur de vol A400M photo Thales UK

21/06/2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Thales a annoncé le 19 juin que son premier simulateur full flight destiné à l’entraînement des équipages de l’A400M avait reçu la qualification de l’agence européenne de la sécurité aérienne. Cette certification permettra de débuter l’entraînement des équipages pour leurs missions complexes.

 

Thales est également le principal fournisseur de l’avionique du futur avion de transport militaire d'Airbus Military. La filiale britannique Thales UK a également été choisie par le ministère britannique de la Défense pour fournir des solutions d’entraînement et de formation aux futurs personnels A400M.

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La US Navy a reçu son premier F-35 CF-6 (Photo Lockheed Martin)

La US Navy a reçu son premier F-35 CF-6 (Photo Lockheed Martin)

24/06/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

La US Navy a reçu en fin de semaine dernière le premier exemplaire de son futur avion de chasse, le F-35C, sur la base d’Eglin, en Floride.

 

Il a été affecté au Strike Fighter Squadron 101 «Grim Reapers», chargé de l’entraînement des pilotes et du personnel chargé de la maintenance des appareils. CF-6, le premier exemplaire de série, avait effectué son vol inaugural le 14 février dernier. L’avion produit par Lockheed Martin devrait atteindre sa Capacité Opérationnelle Initiale entre août 2018 et février 2019, selon les dernières dates annoncées le 31 mai dernier.

Le pilote d’essai de la US Navy, le major Chris Tabert a été le pilote qui a convoyé CF-6 à destination. L’année dernière, il est devenu le premier pilote d’essai militaire à avoir volé toutes les variantes du F-35.

«Nous sommes engagés aux côtés de la Marine pour la vision qu’elle a du F-35 qui va révolutionner la puissance de combat avancé basé dans les environnements de menaces actuelles et futures», a déclaré Lorraine Martin, vice-présidente exécutif et directrice générale du programme du F-35 chez Lockheed Martin. «Le F-35 représente la nouvelle norme en intégration des systèmes d’armement, maintenabilité, rayon d’action et charge utile, qui apporte une vraie capacité multi-mission pour la marine.»

Lockheed Martin est né en 1995, de la fusion des groupes Lockheed Corporation et Martin Marietta. Le siège social se trouve à Bethesda, au Maryland. Cette entreprise mondiale de sécurité et d’aérospatiale a un effectif d’environ 118 000 personnes réparties dans le monde entier. Elle se voue principalement à la recherche, à la conception, au développement, à la fabrication, à l’intégration et au maintien en puissance de services, de produits et de systèmes technologiques de pointe. En 2012, son chiffre d’affaires net a atteint 47,2 milliards $.

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