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9 mai 2013 4 09 /05 /mai /2013 11:20
X-51A WaveRider image Boeing

X-51A WaveRider image Boeing

07/05/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

Boeing's X-51A WaveRider entered the history books in May 2013 when it carried out the longest ever sustained hypersonic flight using scramjet power, hitting Mach 5.1 in the process.

 

It was launched from a USAF B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bomber, which had earlier taken off from Edwards Air Force Base. Positioned over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, the USAF B-52H let the X-51A WaveRider go at an altitude of 50,000 feet, at 1055hrs on 1 May 2013.

 

Following the X-51A WaveRider's release, the unmanned hypersonic test platform quickly reached Mach 4.8 thanks to its solid rocket booster. It then disposed of this booster and, drawing on its scramjet engine, powered on to Mach 5.1. Once all its fuel had been burnt away, the X-51A dived into the Pacific Ocean in a pre-planned manoeuvre.

 

Hypersonic X-51A Flight

 

According to Boeing officials, the hypersonic X-51A test flight saw all the development team's mission objectives accomplished.

 

This was the fourth such WaveRider trial sortie carried out for the USAF's Research Laboratory and one that surpassed the flight envelope created back in 2010. A previous August 2012 WaveRider test flight came to a very sudden end when the aircraft broke up mid-air, prior to falling into the Pacific Ocean.

 

The X-51A WaveRider programme is a joint venture between the USAF's Research Laboratory, DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

 

Hypersonic WaveRider Test

 

"This demonstration of a practical hypersonic scramjet engine is a historic achievement that has been years in the making", Boeing Phantom Works' President Darryl Davis explained in a statement on the hypersonic WaveRider test. He added: "This test proves the technology has matured to the point that it opens the door to practical applications, such as advanced defence systems and more cost-effective access to space."

 

Such applications could see the WaveRider's technology adopted in future missile designs but, equally, it's been suggested that a similar creation could revolutionise commercial air travel, bringing London-New York flight times to below 60 minutes.

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X-47B Completes Key Milestone As It Prepares for Carrier Tests At Sea

May 8th, 2013 By US Navy - defencetalk.com

 

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever arrested landing here May 4, another key step to mature the system for its historic carrier-based tests later this month.

 

“Landing an unmanned aircraft on an aircraft carrier will be the greatest singular accomplishment for the UCAS demonstration and will serve as the culmination of over a decade of Navy unmanned carrier integration work”, said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Navy UCAS program manager. “Shore based arrested landing testing here at NAS Patuxent River is our final check that the X-47B can meet that objective.”

 

During Saturday’s test, the X-47B used a tailhook on the aircraft to catch a carrier representative cable, known as the MK-7 arresting gear, to quickly stop the aircraft. This is known as an arrested landing, the type of recovery required aboard aircraft carriers. The MK-7 arresting gear is an underground installation of actual carrier equipment that accommodates structural tests and aircraft/arresting gear compatibility studies with all models of U.S. Navy carrier aircraft.

 

“Shore-based testing allows our combined Navy/Northrop Grumman team to control test conditions before taking the aircraft to the ship,” said Matt Funk, Navy UCAS test team lead. “We are gradually building up to the maximum load conditions we expect to see during an arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier.”

 

This month the aircraft will undergo sea-based carrier testing, catapulting from the carrier deck and potentially completing landings aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).

 

“The entire system has performed very well across a large set of shore-based testing events including aircraft performance, flying qualities, navigation performance, catapult launches, and precision landings designed to stress system operation,” Engdahl said. “Our final carrier-landing software simulation shows excellent performance, flight test results are very good, and we are confident the X-47B will perform well on the ship.”

 

The X-47B is a tailless, autonomous aircraft designed with unique features for an unmanned aircraft, such as carrier suitable landing gear and structure. While the X-47B itself will not be used for operational use, the UCAS-D program is developing a concept of operations and demonstrating technologies for use in follow-on unmanned carrier based aircraft programs.

 

“This actual demonstration of the X-47B unmanned carrier operations is a first, essential step toward developing a carrier-based unmanned system for the U.S. Navy,” said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, who leads the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. “A carrier-based unmanned aircraft will increase carrier strike group relevance, provide opportunities for training and readiness cost avoidance and enable our future forward deployed carrier air wings to provide continuous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.”

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 16:30
Boeing 737 AEW&C de la Royal Australian Air Force

Boeing 737 AEW&C de la Royal Australian Air Force

May. 8, 2013 By BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense News

 

ANKARA — Turkey has imposed sanctions on Boeing for major delays in the US company’s spy plane program, a top Turkish official said. But Turkish leaders are not disclosing the penalties, citing commercial secrecy.

 

Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said major delays in Turkey’s multibillion-dollar program for the purchase of four airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft from Boeing were due to the company’s failure in developing the system as well as other uncontrolled events within the program.

 

Under a July 23, 2003, contract, priced at more than US $1.6 billion, Boeing was to develop and deliver four AEW&C aircraft to the Turkish Air Force in 2008. The program involved the delivery of the 737-700 airframe, ground radar and control systems, ground control segments for mission crew training, mission support and maintenance support.

 

Yilmaz said April 8 that Turkey has paid Boeing only for work completed and has imposed legal sanctions for the delays considered the company’s failure.

 

“Compensation for the delays and other legal sanctions are being imposed [as part of Boeing’s contractual obligations],” Yilmaz said.

 

GTC Iletisim Danismanligi, a public relations firm that handles media queries for Boeing in Turkey, referred questions to Turkey’s procurement authorities.

 

Defense procurement officials said neither Turkey nor Boeing is required to disclose the clauses deemed as “commercial secrecy” in the original contract, including the compensation for delays. The generic compensation in any major Turkish defense contract is 0.03 percent per day, but different contracts can have lower or higher percentages and different rules of application.

 

“In the case of Boeing’s delays, there has been an agreement as to how the company should compensate for the delays,” a senior procurement official said. He did not say how much or whether the payment would be in cash or in the form of parts and maintenance supplies because “disclosing that would mean a breach of the contract.”

 

Procurement officials also said that the “force majeure” Yilmaz mentioned in his official explanation essentially referred to delays outside Boeing’s control, such as a now-defunct Israeli blockade of some of the parts in the program.

 

A clampdown by the Israeli Defense Ministry on the delivery of subsystems for the Turkish AEW&C program was only recently removed. Elta, the Israeli maker of the electronic support measures (ESMs) systems for the 737-700 serial, had since autumn 2011 been lobbying to remove the MoD licensing block preventing the delivery of the systems to Turkey.

 

Elta is a subcontractor of Boeing in this program and was building the ESMs for four aircraft under a subcontract worth more than $100 million.

 

The ESM is a passive, purely defensive system that does not enhance the firepower of the Turkish Air Force. The AEW&C system as a whole can be used offensively to direct fighters to their targets or defensively in order to counter attacks by enemy forces in the air and on the ground.

 

However, defense analysts agree that the ESM is a defensive subsystem.

 

The Israeli MoD, in December 2011, refused to allow Elta and Elbit, another Israeli company, to complete deliveries of long-range aerial photography systems to the Turkish Air Force.

 

The clampdown on the Boeing-led program marked the first Israeli government decision to force a US weapons-maker to fail to fulfill its contractual commitments to a third country governmental buyer — and at a time when the program itself faced major delays.

 

The 737-700 aircraft are to be used as part of Turkey’s NATO capabilities.

 

An airborne early warning and control system is an airborne radar system designed to detect aircraft, ships and vehicles at long ranges, and to control and command the battle space in an air engagement by directing fighter and attack aircraft strikes. Used at a high altitude, the radars on the aircraft allow the operators to distinguish between friendly and hostile aircraft hundreds of miles away.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 16:25
A maritime version of the Hermes 450 is already on offer from Elbit Systems

A maritime version of the Hermes 450 is already on offer from Elbit Systems

26 Apr 2013 By Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - The Brazilian navy has begun to evaluate unmanned air systems for its missions. The two current options are the Elbit Systems Hermes 450 and Israel Aerospace Industries Heron 1, both of which are already in service in Brazil in other configurations.

 

Elbit and IAI have already developed maritime versions of these two types equipped with a maritime search radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors, and Brazil's navy now wants to field its own maritime configuration.

 

The Brazilian air force's Horus squadron is operating its first two Hermes 450 systems from Santa Maria air base in Rio Grande do Sul, while the nation's federal police flies the Heron 1 from the Parana district. The type is mainly performing missions as part of an effort to fight drug trafficking.

 

According to the Brazilian police, four bases will be equipped with UAS by 2014.

 

Meanwhile, in preparations for Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the nation's defence ministry has dispatched 7,500 troops to its northwestern borders with Peru and Bolivia in an effort to stop cross-border crime.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 12:50
Poland rejoins NATO AGS programme

17 Apr 2013 By:   Bartosz Glowacki – FG

 

Warsaw - Poland has confirmed its intention to formally rejoin NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme as a core nation, with the alliance's managing organisation now preparing the relevant documents for its reinclusion.

 

Warsaw was involved in the early stage of the AGS project, but in early 2009 decided to leave the collaborative effort, citing financial problems.

 

Announcing its decision following a 21 March meeting, Poland's defence ministry says: "Joining AGS will be very significant for increasing Poland's meaning and strengthening its position in NATO structures."

 

It expects to re-enter the programme in early 2014, contributing 4.5% of the total AGS funds, or roughly €71 million ($93 million) until 2017.

 

Polish companies including Bumar Elektronika, Netline, Transbit and Wojskowy Instytut Lacznosci are expected to participate in the programme, providing radar equipment, component manufacturing and maintenance activities.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 12:50
BAE Systems toujours prudent pour 2013

08.05.2013 Romandie.com (AWP)

 

Londres (awp/afp) - Le groupe de défense britannique BAE Systems a confirmé mercredi ses prévisions prudentes pour l'année 2013, sous la pression des économies budgétaires en Europe et aux États-Unis, qui pourraient s'améliorer en cas de finalisation d'un important contrat en Arabie Saoudite.

 

Le numéro un européen du secteur indique toujours tabler sur une progression "modeste" de son bénéfice par action sous-jacent en 2013, une prévision qui reste sujette aux incertitudes concernant le budget de la défense aux États-Unis, où le groupe est très implanté.

 

Le résultat par action pourrait cependant augmenter d'environ 3 pence en cas de finalisation d'un important contrat avec l'Arabie saoudite.

 

Ce pays avait signé en 2007 avec le Royaume-Uni un contrat pour l'achat de 72 avions de combat Eurofighter Typhoon auprès de BAE Systems. Mais dans le cadre de ce programme nommé "Salam", les deux parties négocient actuellement une augmentation du prix des 48 appareils qui restent à livrer.

 

Les discussions avec le royaume sont toujours en cours même si les livraisons ont repris en avril, indique dans un rapport d'activité BAE Systems, dont le projet de fusion avec l'européen EADS a capoté l'an dernier.

 

"Nous continuons à croître sur nos marchés internationaux et avons consolidé nos solides prises de commandes enregistrées en 2012 avec 2,3 milliards de livres de commandes hors des États-Unis et du Royaume-Uni jusqu'à présent cette année", a souligné le directeur général, Ian King.

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Maritime Heron UAV  photo Israel Aerospace Industries

Maritime Heron UAV photo Israel Aerospace Industries

2 May 2013 By Arie Egozi – FG

 

Tel Aviv - A European project intended to prove the feasibility of using satellite communications to enable unmanned air system operations in non-segregated airspace completed a 6h flight from San Javier air base in Spain on 24 April.

 

Performed using a maritime surveillance variant of the Israel Aerospace Industries Heron, the demonstration involved the beyond line of sight control of the air vehicle, with satellite communications maintained between an operator in its ground control station and air traffic controllers.

 

Funded by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and European Space Agency, the Desire programme test was conducted by an international consortium led by Spain's Indra, and also included AT-One, CIRA, SES ASTRA and Thales Alenia Space.

 

The Heron's satellite data link was engaged after take-off, while the aircraft was still in segregated airspace, before it entered class-C airspace at 20,000ft (6,100m) under the supervision of Spanish air navigation service provider Aena.

 

During the trial, a manned aircraft from the Spanish air force academy approached the UAS, simulating frontal and 90˚ collision trajectories. "The pilots of the two aircraft followed the separation instructions issued by the air traffic controllers, demonstrating the safe operation of remotely-piloted aircraft, even in an emergency situation," the EDA, ESA and Indra say in a joint statement.

 

Land and maritime surveillance information was also relayed to the ground control station during the mission.

 

"All the information collected in these tests will be analysed and compared with the safety requirements being established by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the operational requirements being set by Eurocontrol," the programme partners say.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 11:40
La Serbie va acheter des MiG-29

8 mai 2013 par Daniel Favre – Info-Aviation

 

La Serbie envisage d’acheter plusieurs MiG-29M/M2 Fulcrum à la Russie. Les pilotes serbes sont déjà en formation au pilotage de l’avion, a déclaré le vice-premier ministre et ministre de la Défense Aleksandar Vučić, le 6 mai.

 

La Serbie aimerait acheter lesMiG-29 à crédit, ajoutant que le coût final de l’opération dépendra des systèmes d’armes installés ainsi que le volume des pièces de rechange devant être achetées.

 

Les parties discuteront des détails de l’accord lors de la visite du président serbe Tomislav Nikolic en Russie le 21 mai, suivie de la visite du ministre de la défense Aleksandar Vučić le 23-24 mai.

 

Le nouvel accord pourrait aussi prévoir la modernisation de l’usine aéronautique Moma Stanojlovic en Serbie, qui est amenée à devenir un centre régional de maintenance pour les avions MiG, dont beaucoup sont en service dans les pays voisins, a commenté le ministre serbe.

 

Le pays espère acheter un total de six MiG-29M/M2 et deux stations radar à la Russie. L’affaire pourrait être conclue avant la fin de 2013.

 

La Serbie étudie la possibilité d’acheter des MiG-29 depuis 2010.  À l’époque, le général Ranko Živak avait déclaré que la Serbie avait besoin d’au moins 12 ou 14 chasseurs polyvalents pour remplacer les quatre MiG-29 soviétiques qui, comme plusieurs dizaines de MiG-21 sont obsolètes, et équipent jusqu’à présent l’armée de l’Air serbe.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 11:35
IAF to upgrade vintage Avro aircraft

May 8, 2013 SOURCE: TRIBUNE INDIA

 

One of the oldest warhorses of the Indian Air Force, the Avro transport aircraft will soon get a fresh lease of life, enabling it to soldier on for at least another decade or so.

 

IAF sources said the upgradation suite envisioned for the Avro includes incorporating a radar, installing an auto-pilot system and a new communication system, besides better avionics. Studies have shown that the aircraft still retains some residual technical life and their life extension is feasible.

 

Though the initial batches of Avro aircraft, also known as HS-748, were initially procured from the United Kingdom and later these were licence-produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the upgrade will be undertaken by a private vendor, sources said. The MiG 21 is the only aircraft in IAF inventory that matches Avro in vintage.

 

The move to upgrade these vintage aircraft comes in the backdrop of major acquisitions hanging fire. While the contract for VVIP helicopters from Italy has run into rough weather, the procurement of the 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft is still a long way from finalisation. The process to procure light utility helicopters remains grounded.

 

The IAF also plans to replace the existing Avro fleet and is seeking 56 transport aircraft in this category at an estimated price of $ three billion. The proposed aircraft would have a payload capacity of 6-8 tonnes.

 

The IAF began inducting Avro twin-engine turboprop aircraft in 1964. With 64 aircraft, this fleet formed the backbone of the IAF’s airlift capability till AN-12 and AN-32 were procured. At present about 30-odd aircraft still remain in service, mostly relegated to training and communication roles.

 

Avros also formed part of the IAF’s Communication Squadron designated for VVIP transport till this role was taken over the Brazilian Embrarer-135 executive jets in 2005.

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Flight Tests Set This Year for Australia-Developed Wing Kit for JDAM-ER

May. 7, 2013 By NIGEL PITTAWAY  - Defense news

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — While Australia uses a variety of air-launched precision weapons it has not developed any such weapons beyond a wing kit for the GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), which are used on its F/A-18A/B Hornet and F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters.

 

The wing kit is manufactured in Australia and marketed by Boeing.

 

The wing kit was originally developed by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in 2006 under a government-funded capability and technology demonstrator program known as Kerkanya, an Aboriginal word for kestrel hawk.

 

Boeing Australia was selected to manufacture and market the product, now called the JDAM-ER, and the Royal Australian Air Force became the first customer in 2011.

 

On March 13, Boeing announced it had selected Ferra Engineering of Brisbane to manufacture the kits on its behalf.

 

“The first wing kits will be used for JDAM-ER flight tests scheduled to be conducted later this year,” said Mike Kelly, minister for defense materiel. “Initial production orders are expected to be completed by 2015 and this program provides potential for further worldwide sales and exports.”

 

JDAM-ER utilizes a strap-on wing kit that pops-out after separation, significantly increasing stand-off range. During trials with two weapons in 2006, both struck within 1.5 meters of their intended target after a 40-kilometer-plus glide.

 

Australia is also the only country in Asia-Pacific other than the United States to use both the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air to Surface Strike Missile (JASSM) and Raytheon AGM-154C Joint Stand Off Weapon (JSOW).

 

JASSM was acquired to provide the F/A-18A/B Hornet force with a precision stand-off strike capability between the retirement of the F-111C/AGM-142 combination in December 2010 and introduction of the F-35A, now due later in the decade.

 

Australia also became the first US Ally to operationally test the AGM-154C JSOW, with the successful launch of missile from an RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet in December 2010. JSOW was acquired with the purchase of the 24 Super Hornets, again as a bridging capability between F-111C retirement and F-35A introduction, as it is a US Navy-standard weapon.

 

The upgraded AGM-154C-1is also being purchased for Australia’s Super Hornets, with final deliveries expected in 2014.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 11:30
Turkey Says $3.5B Helo Deal with Sikorsky Is Near

May. 7, 2013 By BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense news

 

ANKARA — Turkish procurement officials said they are near to signing a $3.5 billion contract with Sikorsky Aircraft for the co-production of scores of utility helicopters.

 

Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), posted on its web page May 6 that it had come to the final round of contract negotiations on the deal.

 

Turkey in 2011 selected Sikorsky Aircraft as its partner company to lead production of the country’s next-generation utility helicopters. Sikorsky, with its T-70, the Turkish version of its S-70 Black Hawk International, defeated Italian-British AgustaWestland.

 

A contract has been pending since then and industry sources rumored major problems during contract negotiations. The first batch of the co-production program involved 109 platforms.

 

“We have come a long way to put the final seal on the deal. We faced tough moments during talks but we have now reached a point that satisfies both parties,” a Turkish official familiar with the program said May 7.

 

The S-70 Black Hawk International is used by the militaries of dozens of countries, including Turkey. AgustaWestland had competed with its TUHP 149, the Turkish version of its newly developed A-149.

 

The first batch will be for 109 utility helicopters, but with follow-on orders more than 600 platforms could be built at a cost of more than $20 billion, according to defense analysts.

 

Sikorsky and AgustaWestland had announced benefit packages worth billions of dollars each. Several Turkish companies, most notably Turkish Aerospace Industries, will take part in the joint production.

 

Most of the helicopters in the first batch will go to the military, with the Gendarmerie receiving the largest portion, and the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Special Forces Command all getting their shares. The remaining choppers will go to the Security Directorate, meaning the police forces, and to the Firefighting Department.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 11:20
Ospreys Delivered to Marine Presidential Helicopter Squadron

May 8th, 2013 By USMarines - defencetalk.com

 

The helicopter squadron responsible for carrying the President of the United States and his staff, Marine Helicopter Squadron One, received its first of 12 MV-22 Ospreys to be assigned to its fleet, April 5, at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

 

The Ospreys will conduct presidential support missions, which means these aircraft will carry presidential support staff and news media representatives traveling with the president. The Osprey mission at HMX-1 does not include carrying the President of the United States.

 

Flight operations at HMX-1 began April 26, but flights carrying presidential support staff and news media representatives in the Ospreys assigned to HMX-1 will not begin until later this year.

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A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Edwards Air Force Base prepares to release the Boeing X-51A from 50,000 feet above the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo.

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Edwards Air Force Base prepares to release the Boeing X-51A from 50,000 feet above the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo.

May 08, 2013 (SPX)

 

Edwards AFB CA - X-51A WaveRider unmanned hypersonic vehicle achieved the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered hypersonic flight in history May 1, flying for three and a half minutes on scramjet power at a top speed of Mach 5.1. The vehicle flew for a total time of more than six minutes.

 

"This demonstration of a practical hypersonic scramjet engine is a historic achievement that has been years in the making," said Darryl Davis, president, Boeing Phantom Works.

 

"This test proves the technology has matured to the point that it opens the door to practical applications, such as advanced defense systems and more cost-effective access to space."

 

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Edwards Air Force Base released the X-51A from 50,000 feet above the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range at 10:55 a.m. Pacific time. After the B-52 released the X-51A, a solid rocket booster accelerated the vehicle to about Mach 4.8 before the booster and a connecting interstage were jettisoned.

 

The vehicle reached Mach 5.1 powered by its supersonic combustion scramjet engine, which burned all its JP-7 jet fuel. The X-51A made a controlled dive into the Pacific Ocean at the conclusion of its mission. The test fulfilled all mission objectives.

 

The flight was the fourth X-51A test flight completed for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. It exceeded the previous record set by the program in 2010.

 

The X-51A program is a collaborative effort of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, with industry partners Boeing and Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne. Boeing performed program management, design and integration in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 07:50
EADS envoie ses barons à la conquête du monde

07/05 Par Alain Ruello – LesEchos.fr

 

Chaque membre du comité exécutif du groupe va piloter un pays stratégique.

 

Cap à l'international. Lors d'un comité exécutif mardi dernier, Tom Enders, le patron d' EADS, a demandé à quasiment tous ses lieutenants de piloter les activités du groupe aéronautique dans un ou plusieurs pays donnés, en plus de leurs responsabilités de patron de filiale, a-t-on appris de source interne. En nombre limité, les pays concernés sont ceux qui présentent les plus forts potentiels.

 

« La croissance proviendra principalement des pays en dehors d'Europe, les pays émergents apportant leur contribution. Augmenter nos ventes à l'international tout en maintenant nos sites de développement et de production uniquement en Europe ne constitue plus un modèle viable pour EADS », aurait dit Tom Enders lors de ce comité.

 

Représentants officiels du groupe

 

Le patron du groupe aéronautique marche dans les pas de Jean-Bernard Lévy, qui a pris la même orientation peu de temps après sa nomination à la tête de Thales. A charge pour chaque « sponsor » d'un pays d'y piloter les développements spécifiques, de coordonner l'ensemble des implantations, ou encore d'agir en tant que représentant officiel du groupe.

 

En pratique, l'affectation par baron est assez logique. Le PDG d' Airbus, Fabrice Brégier, va piloter la Chine, un pays dans lequel l'avionneur a ouvert une chaîne d'assemblage d'A320 et où il assure l'essentiel des ventes d'EADS. Domingo Ureña, son alter ego d'Airbus Military, va chapeauter l'Indonésie, avec l'espoir de placer l'A400M.

 

De son côté, Marwan Lahoud, le patron de la stratégie et du marketing, récupère la zone Amérique. Bernhard Gerwert (Cassidian, la branche défense), se voit assigner l'Inde. Guillaume Faury, le tout nouveau patron d' Eurocopter, va faire des allers-retours fréquents au Brésil, là encore de façon logique puisque le constructeur d'hélicoptères y dispose de sa seule chaîne d'assemblage en dehors du Vieux Continent. Même le directeur financier, Harald Wilhelm, est mobilisé pour couvrir Singapour et la Malaisie, tandis que François Auque (Astrium) gagne la Russie, un pays avec lequel la filiale espace d'EADS coopère beaucoup. Contacté, EADS n'a pas souhaité faire de commentaire.

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source lfpb-didairbus.blogspot.be

source lfpb-didairbus.blogspot.be

07-05-2013 Source : Gaboneco.com

 

Un accord d’assistance technique a récemment été signé entre les forces armées américaines et gabonaises. A l’initiative du Ministre de la Défense Nationale, Rufin Pacome Ondzounga et de l’ambassadeur des Etats-Unis au Gabon, Eric D. Benjaminson, cet accord a pour but de créer un climat de coopération entre les deux armées et de faire bénéficier le Gabon de l’expertise américaine.

 

Dans le cadre de l’impulsion d’une coopération militaire dynamique et productive entre les deux pays, le Ministre gabonais de la Défense, Rufin Pacome Ondzounga et l’ambassadeur des Etats-Unis au Gabon, Eric D. Benjaminson auraient récemment signé un accord militaire d’assistance technique.

 

Portant essentiellement sur la formation des techniciens de maintenance, cet accord permettra aux militaires gabonais de bénéficier de l’expertise américaine, notamment dans l’entretien des aéronefs de type C 130 de l’armée de l’air du Gabon.

 

Il contribuera également à rendre l’armée gabonaise moins dépendante de l’assistance extérieure en matière de maintenance de sa flotte aérienne, réduisant ainsi les coûts de celle-ci.

 

La concrétisation de cet accord sera certainement manœuvrée par le remplaçant d’Eric D. Benjaminson qui lui, quitte le Gabon dans quelques jours après 3 années passées dans le pays.

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AIM-120 AMRAAM (right) fitted in a weapons bay of a F-22 Raptor photo USAF

AIM-120 AMRAAM (right) fitted in a weapons bay of a F-22 Raptor photo USAF

May. 7, 2013 By AARON MEHTA  - Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force has requested $841 million in the fiscal 2014 budget for tactical missiles, a jump of nearly $200 million from proposed 2013 levels.

 

The money would fund the purchase of 1,164 missiles, up from 991 in the 2013 proposed base budget. In total, the US Defense Department wants to spend $5.34 billion for “missiles, spacecraft, rockets and related equipment.”

 

The largest financial request is for 199 of Raytheon’s advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs), for which the service requested $340 million. The US Navy, which also uses AMRAAMs, has requested 54 missiles. The budget request also notes that foreign military sales of the AIM-120C7 model are projected at the rate of 200 per year.

 

The Air Force has also requested $291.1 million for 183 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) designed by Lockheed Martin. An autonomous, air-to-ground precision weapon, the JASSM comes in two models: the baseline version and the extended-range (JASSM-ER) model, which improves the range by more than two and a half times. In the fiscal 2014 request, 80 of the missiles will be of the ER variety, but going forward, the service expects to phase out purchases of the baseline model by fiscal 2017.

 

Other tactical weapons the Air Force has requested include 225 Sidewinder missiles for $119.9 million, 144 small diameter bombs at $42.3 million, and 413 Hellfire missiles designed for use by Predator unmanned aircraft. The Hellfires will cost $48.5 million

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Japan, Taiwan Upgrade Strike Capability

May. 6, 2013 By WENDELL MINNICK and PAUL KALLENDER-UMEZU    Defense News

 

TAIPEI AND TOKYO — Japan’s main movements on precision strike involve upgrading its Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet fleet with Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) capability, and working on a more accurate surface-to-surface missile.

 

Taiwan, meanwhile, is pushing forward on a variety of secret missile programs designed to punish mainland China for daring to cross the center line of the Taiwan Strait. These include a new land-attack cruise missile, medium-range ballistic missile, and two new anti-ship missiles powered by ramjets.

 

Japan is focused on deterring and defending against raids by foreign guerrillas and special operations forces, with JDAMs considered a useful tool against such forces. Since 2011, the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) has been steadily adding JDAM capability to its F-2 fighter, spending ¥2.1 billion (US $21.4 million) to equip 12 fighters with JDAM kits in 2011, ¥2.8 billion in 2012 for 20 fighters, and ¥1.3 billion this year to equip an undisclosed number of F-2s.

 

Defense Ministry spokesman Takaaki Ohno said the MoD plans to equip its F-2s with what it calls “JDAM capability.”

 

Unconfirmed Japanese press reports say the JDAM kits are for Mk-82 225-kilogram bombs. Japan’s fleet of F-2s also carries a range of free-fall bombs with GCS-1 IIR seeker heads. The ASDF’s fleet consists of 63 F-2s and about 150 Mitsubishi F-15J and 45 F-15DJ Eagles, and it still flies around 80 aging Phantom F-4s of various stripes.

 

The MoD is spending ¥1.3 billion to develop a surface-to-surface missile with improved guidance and extended range to succeed the Type-90 surface-to-surface missile. To reduce cost, the missile will be developed based on the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Type-12 surface-to-ship missile. The missile can be guided by updated target information from helicopters. The Type-90 ship-to-ship missile is a 260-kilogram solid-propellant and ship-launched variant of the turbojet engine-propelled 150-200 kilometer range SSM-1.

Japan, Taiwan Upgrade Strike Capability

Taiwan's Missile Confusion

 

In Taiwan, the Cloud Peak missile program is a land-based, supersonic, anti-ship missile system, according to a Taiwan defense analyst with close ties to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).The news is contrary to previous media reports that Cloud Peak is the same as the medium-range ballistic-missile (MRBM) program or that it is the new land-attack cruise missile (LACM).

 

The MND did not respond to requests for further program information.

 

The defense analyst said the MRBM project exists but is a separate program.

 

“Don’t know its current project name. It’s been changed many times since the early 2000s, when it was originally known as Ti Ching, which literally meant ‘Distant Pacified,’ ” which is traditionally associated with barbarians to the far west of China, the analyst said.

 

Cloud Peak is an extended-range supersonic anti-ship cruise missile, based on a much enlarged version of the Hsiung Feng-3 anti-ship missile, intended to be land-based and used against invasion fleets from China’s southeastern coast, he said.

 

“In fact, this is the production project name for the system formerly known by the code name for its base construction project: Hsiang Yang or Xiangyang,” he said.

 

The Cloud Peak’s range and payload capabilities fall well under Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Category 1 limitations, “so I doubt it would attract significant US opposition just yet,” he said.

 

The MTCR is a voluntary partnership among nations to stop the proliferation of missile technology allowing for payloads of 500 kilograms and a range of 300 kilometers.

 

The Taiwan source said the Obama administration wants to distance itself from major new Taiwan arms sales and “has been urging Taiwan to go asymmetric.” The US government will “basically try to stay out of Taiwan’s way, so long as Taipei keeps any such counterstrike projects low-key.”

 

Despite Taiwan’s best efforts to develop precision strike weapons, the source said Taiwan could not defeat an all-out Chinese attack.

 

China has roughly 1,500 Dong Feng 11/15 short-range ballistic missiles targeting the island and an unknown number of LACMs, according to Pentagon estimates.

 

Taiwan has also begun fielding its first LACM, the Hsiung Feng 2E. The Missile Command’s 601 Group has three squadrons of the system deployed in ground-mobile launchers. In photos widely published throughout the Internet, the launchers are painted pastel blue and disguised as “Red Bird Express” delivery trucks.

 

Taiwan’s Navy has begun fielding its first ramjet supersonic anti-ship missile, the Hsiung Feng 3, aboard its Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, and might also deploy it on the Lafayette and Knox-class frigates, MND sources said. Known as the “carrier killer,” it has a range of 150 to 200 kilometers.

 

The objective is “to complicate Chinese strategic calculations by raising the strategic uncertainty of military action against the island, to disrupt the tempo of People’s Liberation Army operations, thereby mitigating their intended effects and affording Taiwan more time to seek outside assistance/intervention,” the Taiwan defense analyst said

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May. 6, 2013 By BARBARA OPALL-ROME – Defense news

 

Adapts Older 1,000-lb. SPICE for JSF

 

TEL AVIV — Israel’s state-owned Rafael is expanding its SPICE family of autonomous, jam-resistant, surgical standoff weapons with a new 250-pound missile against fixed and moving targets.

 

Now in advanced development, the newest version of the company’s Smart, Precision Impact, Cost-Effective (SPICE) weapon — known here as SPICE250 — features the same day-night electro-optical seeker and advanced scene-matching algorithms that allow 1,000-pound and 2,000-pound SPICE missiles to autonomously home in on preplanned targets some 100 kilometers away.

 

Like the much larger, combat-proven SPICE weapons, the downsized SPICE250 is designed for “one-shot, one-kill” without having to rely on satellite guidance or target coordinates, industry sources here said. The new SPICE250 features advanced data link communications, a multieffect warhead and inherent bomb damage assessment capabilities that optimize the standoff system for strikes against moving targets.

 

“We believe SPICE250 will be a compelling extension of the SPICE family. It’s a versatile system relevant for all target sets, with the ability to engage a single pixel and nothing else,” said Yuval Miller, Rafael’s director for air-to-surface systems.

 

Miller said the SPICE250 has the potential to answer operational needs now supported by a combination of munitions, including laser- and GPS-guided standoff penetration weapons.

 

“It could very well change the way air forces organize their inventory and build their force,” he said.

 

Miller said the firm already is under contract to supply SPICE250 to the Israel Air Force and is working to expand its portfolio of international customers.

 

The Rafael executive said the new weapon could be integrated on a variety of platforms, with initial plans focused on F-16Is.

 

In an interview following the November 2012 Pillar of Defense campaign in Gaza, an Israeli Air Force (IAF) brigadier general said the service aims to enhance its air-to-ground strike arsenal with systems offering greater precision and multimission flexibility.

 

The officer, head of the air branch on the IAF staff, said the service employed nearly 100 percent precision-guided munitions against 1,400 separate targets during the eight-day Pillar of Defense operation, with success rates “in significant excess of 90 percent.”

 

The IAF general did not mention SPICE or other specific weapons slated for multiyear funding, but credited local industry for its “intimate knowledge of our cur­rent and future operational requirements.”

 

The Rafael SPICE, particularly the 2,000-pound version, was proven in Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon; the December 2008-January 2009 Cast Lead operation in Gaza; and most recently in the Pillar of Defense anti-rocket war in Gaza.

 

Israeli defense and industry sources said the SPICE250 would provide a locally made option to requirements now answered by the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) by Chicago-based Boeing or the new SDB II by Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon.

 

Israel has procured hundreds of the Boeing SDBs for launch against fixed targets from F-15Is.

 

The Raytheon SDB II is slated for low-rate production later this year and has not yet been offered to foreign customers. In addition to its planned use against moving targets by a broad range of manned fighters and bombers in the U.S. inventory, SDB II has been proposed for launch by the MQ-9 Reaper UAV.

 

SPICE1000 for JSF

 

In parallel, Rafael plans to integrate its 1,000-pound SPICE on Israel’s planned fleet of F-35I Joint Strike Fighters (JSF).

 

The US government has not yet authorized Israel to integrate its own weapons into the F-35’s internal bays, but a defense source in Washington said permission is likely to be codified in negotiations toward a follow-on contract for remaining aircraft.

 

“There are understandings that could be implemented in follow-on agreements,” a US defense source said. “We understand Israel’s desire to integrate unique weaponry and subsystems [into the F-35] and they understand our concerns, especially regarding the risks involved in making changes to such a highly integrated fifth generation fighter.”

 

He added that that prospective US permission would likely be limited to JSFs destined for Israel, and probably would preclude Israeli exports of internally carried JSF weaponry and subsystems.

 

“Our intention is to have the 1,000-pound version actually integrated into the bay,” Miller said. “It will take time, but there is a specific intention by our IAF customers to do this.”

 

With its 100-kilometer precision standoff capabilities and 1,000-pound warhead, Miller said SPICE1000 offers added value not yet planned for the F-35.

 

“The IAF is convinced of its added value and is working with the relevant Israeli and US authorities to make it happen,” he said.

 

According to the website of JSF prime contractor Lockheed Martin, internally carried strike systems now include: 500-, 1,000- and 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions; GBU-12 Paveway IIs, the AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), SDBs; and SDB IIs.

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P&W's F100U Engine Powers 1st Arrested Landing of X-47B Unmanned Demonstrator

May 7, 2013 ASDNews Source : Pratt & Whitney

 

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have conducted the first fly-in arrested landing of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator.

 

Conducted May 4 at the Navy's shore-based catapult and arresting gear complex, the test represents the first arrested landing by an unmanned aircraft. It marks the beginning of the final phase of testing prior to carrier-based trials planned for later this month.

 

Pratt & Whitney's F100-PW-220U engine and exhaust system successfully powered the X-47B during the shore-base test.

 

"Our team worked closely with the Navy and Northrop Grumman to get ready for this important test and Pratt & Whitney's propulsion system performed well, allowing the aircraft to launch and complete planned activity during the fly-in arrested landing," said Jimmy Reed, director of Advanced Engine Programs for Pratt & Whitney. "We look forward to making history when our engine powers the aircraft during the first unmanned carrier trials later this month."

 

The arrested landing test culminates more than three months of shore-based carrier suitability testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The testing included precision approaches, touch-and-go landings, and precision landings by the X-47B air vehicle.

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L-3 selects Rockwell Collins for USAF EC-130H avionics upgrade program

 

 

May 7, 2013 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins, Inc

 

L-3 Platform Integration has selected Rockwell Collins as the avionics solution provider for a communication, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) avionics upgrade for the U.S. Air Force EC-130H aircraft.

 

The EC-130H CNS/ATM program calls for upgrading the Air Force’s legacy EC-130H Compass Call aircraft with proven, cost-effective avionics that provide compliance with international CNS/ATM airspace standards meeting necessary calendar year 2020 navigation performance mandates. The EC-130H CNS/ATM avionics suite will also address issues with diminishing manufacturing sources, lowering life cycle costs over the next 20 years.

 

”Our avionics solution provides the EC-130H aircraft with cost-effective CNS/ATM avionics upgrades that meet present and future civil airspace requirements,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions.

 

Rockwell Collins is a leading provider of cost-effective C-130 avionics upgrades, having completed more than 125 C-130 upgrades worldwide over the last decade. This program will provide Air Force EC-130H pilots with some of the most advanced communication and navigation equipment along with improved situational awareness to help them accomplish their missions.

 

Together, L-3 and Rockwell Collins offer proven C-130 CNS/ATM compliant systems and low-risk integration capabilities. The companies have worked together on military avionics and systems upgrades for other military customers and have direct experience working together on CNS/ATM-compliant solutions for other U.S. Department of Defense programs.

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Fifth-Generation Jet Tests May Start in July - Air Force

AKHTUBINSK (Astrakhan Region, south Russia), May 7 (RIA Novosti)

Tests of Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 fighter jets in the Chkalov state flight test center in Akhtubinsk, Astrakhan Region in south Russia may start in July, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.

“In two months,” he said Monday when asked when the center would start tests of such jets, adding that the first serial fifth-generation jet may be manufactured in 2014-2015.

United Aircraft Corporation President Mikhail Pogosyan said in April Russia will start state flight tests of the T-50 in 2014.

The fighter jets will enter service with the country’s armed forces in 2016, and not 2015 as was previously announced, President Vladimir Putin said at a live Q&A session with the Russian public in April.

The Defense Ministry had earlier said the jet would be ready in 2015.

Russian Fith-Generation t-50 Fighter Jet

The T-50, also known as PAK-FA (future tactical fighter aircraft), first flew in January 2010 and was presented to the public at the Moscow Air Show in 2011.

The T-50, which will be the core of Russia's future fighter fleet, is a fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft featuring elements of stealth technology, super-maneuverability, super-cruise capability (supersonic flight without use of afterburner), and an advanced avionics suite including an X-band active phased-array radar.

Bondarev also said some 60-70 military airfields will be built or reconstructed for Russia’s Air Force by 2020.

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7 mai 2013 2 07 /05 /mai /2013 16:35
FA-50 lightweight fighter (KAI photo)

FA-50 lightweight fighter (KAI photo)

Korea Aerospace has won a second Korean air force production order worth about $1 billion for an unspecified number of FA-50 lightweight fighters. (KAI photo)

May 7, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Korea Aerospace Industries; issued May 7, 2013)

 

KAI Contract for Mass Producing the FA-50

 

KAI announced on May 6th that the company concluded the contract for mass producing the FA-50, amounting to approximately 1.1 trillion won with The Defense Acquisition Program Administration ("DAPA"). In accordance with the contract, subsequent to the first mass production contract which was signed on 2011, KAI plans to deploy the aircraft (first production portion) for preparing for the actual battle beginning in August and seek its entire force integration until 2016.

 

The FA-50 is a light combat aircraft which was developed based on the T-50, a supersonic advanced trainer in order to replace the military's superannuated fighters, like the F-5E/Fs and A-37s. The FA-50 combat aircraft is able to load up to 4.5 tons of weapons including the basic weapons like air-to-air/air-to-surface missiles and machine guns as well as precision guidance bombers such as JDAMs, or joint direct attack munitions and multi-purpose precision guidance CBUs (or cluster bomb units). Also, the FA-50 fighter, complete with a night vision apparatus, has a mission capability both in the daytime and in the night time and boasts its improved self-protection ability for the aircraft itself.

 

“The FA-50 aircraft is excellent in performance compared with the price. Through the operation of the home-grown airplane which is high in terms of operation ratio and is low in terms of maintenance cost, the Korean military's self-reliance defense potential will be doubled," an official at the military said. KAI won the order for the FA-50 PBL, or Performance Based Logistics project in November last year and is in charge of the development and production, stepping forward the subsequent support of the airplane.

 

KAI told, "Through the Korean military's operation ability for the actual battle and KAI's thorough logistics support, the confidence in the performance, safety and follow-up ability of the aircraft are further enhanced, which will accelerate the exports of the home-grown airplanes including the FA-50."

 

In October last year, the FA-50 airplane was verified in terms of a flight safety test of about 1,300 items and acquired the Korea's Type Certification for the first time in the Korea's fighter-class aircraft, securing a bridgehead for exports. KAI, which set a goal for exporting more than 1,000 T-50 series airplanes forecasts positively the exports of the FA-50 and makes effort to export the T-50 series airplanes to other nations, like the Philippines, Iraq and Chile.

 

Thanks to the fact which the worldwide replacement demand for the old and superannuated F-5 and A-37 airplanes is on the increase more and more but the light attack aircraft which is able to substitute those planes is only the FA-50 model or something like it, KAI makes a positive evaluation on exporting the FA-50. The air forces of the nations in the world operate both the high-intensity mission fighters and low-intensity mission fighters at the same time, depending on their operation purpose.

 

In the meanwhile, KAI has won the orders for the FA-50, amounting to approximately 3 trillion won, including the contract thus far and is sailing smoothly to achieve the goal of 6.2 trillion won which the company set this year. "Thanks to the successful large-scale export contracts in the first half of this year, including the order amounting to 1.2 trillion won with Boeing in April in succession to the deal for fuselage parts worthy of approximately 460 billion won with Airbus in March, KAI predicts that its goal set for 2013 will be achieved without difficulty," told KAI.

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The US Army's new CASUP-updated OH-58F Kiowa Warrior helicopter during its first flight at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Photo: courtesy of Denise DeMonia.

The US Army's new CASUP-updated OH-58F Kiowa Warrior helicopter during its first flight at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Photo: courtesy of Denise DeMonia.

 

3 May 2013 army-technology.com

 

The US Army's new cockpit and sensor upgrade programme (CASUP) modernised OH-58F Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopter has conducted its first ceremonial test flight at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

 

Designed to address obsolescence issues in the aircraft and its sensor capabilities, the CASUP programme converts the existing OH-58D Kiowa Warriors into OH-58F models, which represents a major modernisation to the helicopter in the last 20 years.

 

A significant change is the relocation of the helicopter's mast-mounted sensor payload, featuring improved optics, infrared sensor, laser pointer and laser spot tracker, to the front to help pilots better acquire targets in challenging conditions.

 

Kiowa Warrior Training and Doctrine Command capability manager colonel John Lynch said the decision, which leaves aircraft slightly more exposed to threats, follows consideration of operations conducted over the past 12 years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

"With the linkages that are provided through communications, through manned-unmanned teaming in the current generation of aircraft as opposed to the original OH-58D in the late 1980s, and teaming with other aircraft such as the AH-64 Apache, we believe we will be able to overcome that risk and still perform the mission in major combat operation-type environment," Lynch said.

 

Weighing 160lb lighter than the D model, the OH-58F helicopters feature a new digital cockpit that can be customised to display mission related information, doubled processing speed, as well as separate map and data viewing capability for the pilot and co-pilot.

 

Meanwhile, the Redstone Arsenal has already started production of Prototype Qualification 1 OH-58F, as the army is awaiting a decision to either pursue Kiowa Warrior replacement programme, called Armed Aerial Scout (AAS), or overhaul the helicopter with a service life extension programme (SLEP).

 

If approved, the SLEP programme will cover production of a total of 368 OH-58F Kiowa Warriors from 2017 to 2025.

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May 7, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Express News Service; published May 7, 2013)

 

Impossible to Set Time Frame for MMRCA Deal: Antony

 

NEW DELHI --- Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday said it was not possible to set a time frame for signing the much-awaited deal for the Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) with French company Dassault Aviation.

 

The contract, said to be worth nearly Rs 1 lakh crore, is still at the negotiation stage, a year-and-a-half after the French firm emerged as the lowest bidder in the tender which was floated in August 2007.

 

“Given the complexity of the proposal, no definite time frame can be fixed at this stage (for signing the deal),” Antony said in a written reply in Parliament.

 

“The proposal for procurement of the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft is currently at the stage of commercial discussions with the L1 vendor, Dassault Aviation and hence the terms and conditions for purchase including the delivery schedule are yet to be finalised,” he said.

 

However, the Defence Minister pointed out that the Request for Proposal–defence parlance for a commercial tender – stipulated that the delivery of the 18 flyaway aircraft should take place between the third and fourth years after the signing of the contract. The manufacturing of the remaining 108 fighters under licence from Dassault will take place here from the 4th to the 11th year after the signing of the contract.

 

Dassault has offered its Rafale combat planes to India under the Request for Proposal and it had beaten the European consortium EADS Cassidian, which had offered its Eurofighter Typhoon plane, in the last stage of the tendering process in January 2012. The two firms had been down-selected by the Indian Air Force after intense flight and weapons trials in which the US aircraft – Lockheed Martin’s F-16 and Boeing’s F/A-18 – Russian United Aircraft Corporation’s MiG-35 and Swedish Saab’s Gripen were eliminated from the competition in April 2011.

 

Meanwhile, the Army is planning to procure 100 self-propelled artillery howitzers and three Indian vendors, including two private companies, have been selected for trial of their equipment, A K Antony told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

 

In a written reply to the lower house of Parliament, the Defence Ministry also said the recent amendment to Defence Procurement Procedure-2011 aims at giving higher preference to indigenous capacity in the defence sector.

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7 mai 2013 2 07 /05 /mai /2013 12:55
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01 mai 2013 Par Elodie Vallerey - Usinenouvelle.com

 

Pour le PDG de Dassault Aviation, la possible organisation d’élections générales anticipées en Inde ne constitue pas une menace pour l’avancement des négociations exclusives entre l’avionneur français et le gouvernement de New Delhi.

Dans sa course de fond pour convaincre l’Inde d’acheter 126 exemplaires de son avion de combat omnirôle Rafale, Dassault Aviation entre dans une phase cruciale. Celle de l’endurance longue, comme l’appellent les marathoniens. Les négociations, même exclusives entre New Delhi et l’avionneur de Saint-Cloud, prennent depuis quelques semaines un goût plus âpre.

De l’aveu d’Eric Trappier, le PDG de Dassault Aviation, les discussions sont récemment devenues plus lourdes entre Paris et New Delhi. Le nœud du problème ? L’implementation en Inde de l’assemblage du chasseur.

Une vingtaine de salariés de Dassault mobilisés en Inde

 

On le sait, le groupe aéronautique public Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) exige l’assemblage sur le sol indien de 108 appareils sur les 126 prévus par le deal. Les indispensables transferts de technologie entre Dassault et l’industriel local sont encore en cours de négociation.

Et, avec eux, la question du partage des responsabilités concernant les Rafale assemblés par HAL. Dassault Aviation n’entend pas assumer la responsabilité de ces appareils, alors que l’indien exige pour sa part des garanties. Après une entente sur le transfert de technologies, ce point constitue aujourd’hui le tropisme des discussions franco-indiennes.

Pour parvenir à signer ce contrat historique, Dassault Aviation est en ordre de bataille. Vingt à trente salariés opérationnels de l’avionneur sont mobilisés en Inde, multipliant les allers et retours entre Paris et New Delhi, jouant les émissaires auprès des commissions concernées, négociant chaque détail avec HAL.

En marge des festivités organisées par Dassault pour le cinquantenaire de sa famille de jets d'affaires Falcon, Eric Trappier l’a assuré, des élections générales anticipées ne changeraient pas la donne à ce stade des négociations. Côté indien, les médias et commentateurs ne cessent pourtant de rappeler que si elles sont avancées à novembre prochain au lieu du printemps 2014, les négociations avec Dassault pourraient être encore prolongées. Sans parler d'une remise en cause pure et simple de l'appel d'offres remporté par l'industriel français en cas de victoire d'une nouvelle majorité politique.

Arrivé deuxième lors de la compétition MRCA pour l'équipement de l'armée de l'air indienne, le chasseur multirôle Eurofighter Typhoon du consortium BAE-EADS-Alenia reste en embuscade en cas de faux-pas de son concurrent français.

La signature du contrat avec l'Inde est devenue capitale pour Dassault Aviation, qui peine à écouler son chasseur à l'export. Et même en France, les réductions successives des budgets militaires imposent une stagnation des commandes de Rafale. Dans son Livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale dévoilé le 29 avril, l'exécutif évoque "225 avions de combat (air et marine)" dans son modèle d'armée, suggérant que le ministère de la Défense ne débloquera pas de crédits pour aller au-delà des 180 Rafale déjà commandés à Dassault.

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