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10 novembre 2011 4 10 /11 /novembre /2011 12:55
Northrop Grumman Awarded $109M Contract to Redesign B-2 Spirit's Aft Deck

 

A B-2 Spirit refuels from a KC-135 during a deployment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

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November 10, 2011 defpro.com

 

Redesign Promises to Reduce Maintenance Costs, Improve Aircraft Availability

 

PALMDALE, Calif. | Northrop Grumman recently won a $109 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce a redesigned aft deck for the B-2 stealth bomber, further enhancing the world's most survivable aircraft.

 

The B-2 Spirit's aft deck, a metallic panel on the bomber's upper surface that shields its composite airframe from the heat of engine exhaust, will be redesigned for long-term reliability and affordability. The retrofit will enable the aircraft to span normal long-term maintenance cycles without additional services or repairs.

 

The newly redesigned structure reflects Northrop Grumman's thorough thermal and structural analysis of the aft deck, its adjoining structures and the operating environment.

 

"Implementing a redesigned aft deck is an important part of guaranteeing the long-term viability of the B-2," said Dave Mazur, Northrop Grumman's vice president of Long Range Strike and B-2 program manager. "We are committed to assisting the Air Force in developing and implementing proactive solutions that are in the best interest of the B-2 fleet."

 

The aft deck enhancement is the latest spares replacement the Air Force, Northrop Grumman and its suppliers have undertaken to ensure the B-2 remains one of the most survivable weapons systems in the world.

 

"The B-2 industry team is working closely with the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency to improve aircraft availability," said Gary Roehrig, director and program manager for B-2 Product Support. "This is a complex effort, but it's key to fully equipping the warfighter."

 

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber remains the only long-range, large-payload aircraft that can penetrate deeply into protected airspace. In concert with the Air Force's air superiority fleet, which provides airspace control, and the Air Force's tanker refueling fleet, which enables global mobility, the B-2 helps ensure an effective U.S. response to threats anywhere in the world. It can fly more than 6,000 nautical miles unrefueled and more than 10,000 nautical miles with just one aerial refueling, giving it the ability to reach any point on the globe within hours.

 

Work will be conducted at Northrop Grumman facilities in Palmdale, Calif., and St. Augustine, Fla. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2, the flagship of the nation's long range strike arsenal.

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2 novembre 2011 par Gaëtan - blog.avionslegendaires.net

 

Le constructeur Dassault Aviation ainsi que le gouvernement français attendent, dans les prochaines semaines, avec impatience les décisions respectives de trois pays où le Rafale est dans la course finale : les Emirats arabes unis, l’Inde et la Suisse.

 

 

Les prochains mois s’annonce cruciaux pour l’avenir du Rafale à l’exportation… Bien évidemment si aucun nouveau coup de théâtre ou report des votes des éventuels acheteurs ne se reproduisent. Actuellement trois pays ont formulé un vif intérêt pour l’avion de combat Rafale de Dassault Aviation. Un appareil qui capitalise aujourd’hui sur ses performances opérationnelles de haut niveau en Libye et en Afghanistan. Même si ces concurrents directs, que sont l’Eurofighter Typhoon et le Saab Gripen ont aussi été engagés, le Rafale a démontré de façon exemplaire qu’il pouvait remplir les besoins opérationnels de nombreux pays. Cela pourrait faire pencher la balance en faveur d’un appareil qui a pataugé jusqu’ici à l’export. La France, après la déconvenue brésilienne, dispose de réelles chances de succès aux Emirats arabes unis, en Inde et en Suisse. Reste à transformer ces signaux favorables en contrats fermes et définitifs. Il y a plus de 200 appareils en jeu dans ces différents appels d’offre

E.A.U.

Les Emirats arabes unis (EAU) ont toujours été de fidèles consommateurs des produits Dassault. L’enjeu de cette vente porte sur 63 Rafales. Malheureusement, ils sont aussi très susceptibles et un article dans un journal détenu par le groupe Dassault a failli anéantir les efforts commerciaux. Cela les à au moins retardés. Ainsi une visite expresse du prince héritier d’Abu Dabi, Cheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, à l’Élysée, s’est plutôt mal passée.

 

L’autre point d’achoppement c’est la rétrocession des excellents Mirage 2000-9, dernière version de l’appareil spécialement conçue pour Abu Dhabi, et qui a également participé aux côtés des Français à l’opération Harmattan. Ce modèle a même été capable de descendre un F-22 en combat simulé. Mais ces clients capricieux exigeraient la reprise de leurs Mirage 2000-9, certes anciens mais toujours opérationnels. Dassault devrait les racheter donc pour … les revendre ensuite. Reste à qui ?

 

Enfin, il faut aussi insister sur le fait que ces derniers mois, les discussions ont aussi porté sur la volonté d’obtenir une version améliorée de l’appareil. Un Rafale doté d’un moteur plus puissant d’une poussée de 9 tonnes et équipé d’un radar de dernière génération. Mais les performances de l’avion de chasse lors des combats en Libye auraient rassuré les acheteurs.  Ils sembleraient aujourd’hui se ranger aux équipements standards.

Seul point positif, les Emirats arabes unis se sentent quelque peu redevables à l’égard de la France après sa décision d’implanter une base interarmées française dans ce pays du Golfe. D’après les dernières annonces officielles, cette vente serait sur le point d’être conclue.

Inde

Pour l’Inde, la date importante pour le Rafale, c’est demain le 4 novembre. Le jour où New Delhi va ouvrir les enveloppes commerciales de Dassault Aviation et d’EADS concernant l’appel d’offre pour l’acquisition de 126 avions de combat. Le programme MMRCA (remplacement des Mig-21) qui a été lancé en août 2007 après six années de longues  réflexions devrait toucher à sa fin prochainement. Pour ce dernier moment, il reste seulement deux finalistes : le Rafale et l’Eurofighter, défendu par le consortium BAE Systems, EADS et l’italien Finmeccanica. L’Inde avait déjà écarté les américains de Lockheed Martin et de Boeing, avec leurs F-16 IN Super Viper et F/A-18E/F Super Hornet  ainsi que l’avion russe MiG-35 et le  Saab Gripen suédois.

 

On en saura plus sur les chances de victoire de l’avion de combat français pour ce contrat évalué entre 10 et 12 milliards de dollars. Les experts indiens devront examiner les offres pour savoir si les deux industriels évoquent bien le même périmètre industriel, technique, opérationnel au regard des prix avancés. L’Inde n’achète pas seulement un avion de combat mais aussi toute la gestion opérationnelle et le support au regard du coût de possession des deux appareils. Selon des règles indiennes, le soumissionnaire le moins-disant (c’est à dire le moins cher) est considéré comme le gagnant. Si l’on se réfère au cas de la Suisse, l’Eurofighter a été jugé trop cher par rapport au Rafale, nous verrons si cela se vérifie en Inde.

 

Par contre l’Eurofighter est régulièrement présenté comme le favori de la compétition indienne car EADS possède une grosse capacité de lobbying développée à travers les instances diplomatiques des 4 pays partenaires et en particulier par les liens entre Britanniques et Indiens. Ensuite selon les termes de l’appel d’offres, 18 appareils seront directement fournis au pays tandis que 108 autres avions seront fabriqués directement en Inde par Hindustan Aeronautics à la suite d’un transfert de technologies. Le premier lot de ces avions devrait être livré dès 2014.

Suisse

La Suisse, dont la flotte est composée en partie de (très) vieux Northrop F-5 Tiger II, pourrait acquérir entre 22 appareils en une ou plusieurs tranches. Le Conseil Fédéral qui avait pourtant repoussé sine die l’acquisition d’avions de combat, est aujourd’hui très pressé. À tel point que le Département fédéral de la défense, de la protection de la population et des sports (DDPS) veut  décider avant le 14 décembre, date des élections au Conseil fédéral.

 

Les concurrents se trouvent face à une demande claire de la Suisse : 22 avions pour un budget maximum de 5 milliards de francs suisses. Une somme assez juste pour combler le départ à la retraite des vénérables F-5 et assurer à la Suisse sa protection. A l’issu de l’évaluation technique, c’est le Rafale qui a été classé en tête de liste, car répondant quasiment parfaitement au cahier des charges. Le Rafale dispose donc de sérieuses chances, en dépit de son prix plus élevé que celui du Gripen NG (version qui n’existe que sur le papier, rappelons-le). De nombreuses compensations seront accordées à l’industrie suisse, qui concerne plus de 300 entreprises de tous les cantons. De plus l’Armée de l’Air propose à la force aérienne helvète de s’entraîner dans l’espace aérien français (tout proche) et de disposer d’une base de soutien commune avec les Rafale français (certaines bases aériennes sont à quelques minutes de la Suisse). C’est là l’un des points forts de l’offre de Dassault.

Patience donc…

Et le Brésil dans tout ça… Comme on l’avait souligné dans un article précédent, les brésiliens sont « à sec » et ne pourront acheter de Rafale qui sembleêtre leur préféré (pour le gouvernement), ni d’autres avions de chasse récents d’ailleurs. A la rigueur à nos « amis » brésiliens pourraient récupérer en attendant les Mirage 2000-9 émiratis d’occasion, afin de compenser le départ à la retraite de leurs très vieux Mirage, qui eux n’attendront pas la relève.

 

Donc, si Dassault fait le « Hat Trick » (comme on dit en football), c’est tout de même la production de 211 Rafales en perspective et sa présence sur de nombreux fronts à l’avenir.

Suite au prochain épisode…

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10/20/2011  Defence Review Asia - defenceiq.com

 

The Cold War years pitted submarine forces of the United States and the Soviet Union against one another and spurned the development of sophisticated Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft to counter the undersea threat.
Vast expanses of the Indian and Pacific Oceans provided ideal submarine operating grounds and the Asia-Pacific region played an important part in the battle plans of both American and Soviet Navies.
 
Since the end of the Cold War the diminished submarine threat has evolved the role of Maritime Patrol Aircraft to focus more on Maritime Surveillance of crucial shipping lanes, border protection and fisheries patrol.

Several regional conflicts and the increase of terrorism and pirate-related activities has seen a proliferation of MPA assets, ranging from the top-of-the-range Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft to the relatively cheap to operate littoral surveillance platforms used by Coastguards and quasi-military organisations.

Platforms

Arguably the most prolific MPA in the region is the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion, with no fewer than seven countries flying versions of the type. Several countries have either recently upgraded them, or have acquired second-hand aircraft which have been upgraded before delivery and there is an ongoing market for this work.

Boeing sees the737-based P-8 Poseidon Multi-Role Maritime Surveillance aircraft as the natural successor to the P-3 and India has become the first export customer for the aircraft to replace its existing fleet of ex-Soviet types. Australia also has a requirement to partially replace its upgraded AP-3C aircraft.
 
There is a growing market for a so-called second-tier platform, particularly among countries that need to safeguard their coastline and maritime approaches, but do not have the requirement to patrol vast stretches of open ocean. Typical of these are the ATR-42 Surveyor MP and the Airbus Military CN235MP Persuader. Locally, Indonesian Aerospace (PTDI) manufactures a variant of the CN235MPA to fulfil its own requirements and has also enjoyed some export success.

At the lighter end of the market, the Dornier/RUAG Do228 has enjoyed some success, alongside aircraft such as Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air 200T and Airbus Military C212 Aviocar. Unmanned platforms, such as Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Global Hawk are also set to proliferate.

Setting aside deployed US assets; the following is a brief overview of Maritime Patrol Aircraft activity in the region.

Australia

Australia has a fleet of 18 AP-3C Orions, which have maintained a continuous deployment to the Middle East since 2003. This has seen the mission set evolve from traditional Maritime Patrol to the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and has even added an overland surveillance role. They are subject to further upgrade, ensuring viability until replacement by both manned and unmanned platforms over the next decade.

In a similar manner to the US Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance project, the AP-3C will be replaced by the P-8A Poseidon and a High Altitude Long Endurance unmanned platform later in the decade.

In addition, the civilian Coastwatch organization has a fleet of Bombardier DHC-8-200 patrol aircraft in support of Australian Customs and border protection agencies.
 
Bangladesh
 
Having previously held discussions with Indonesia over the purchase of CN235MPA or NC212 aircraft, the Bangladesh Navy announced in June that it would purchase two RUAG Do228NG (New Generation) aircraft.
 
The first fixed-wing aircraft to be operated by the Bangladesh Navy, the two specially-equipped aircraft will be used for maritime air patrol and search and rescue missions. Deliveries will begin in 2013.
 
Brunei
 
The oil-rich state of Brunei currently uses three Indonesian-built CN235-110MP aircraft to fulfil its maritime surveillance requirements.
 
The 2011 Defence White Paper flags Brunei’s desire to enhance this capability, saying it wishes to ‘develop a comprehensive recognised Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance picture’, as one of its priorities. Local press reports suggest further MP aircraft, with a more extensive sensor suite, will be purchased as a priority.
 

 

 China
 
Although historically not a major user of Maritime Patrol aircraft, the emerging ambitions of China to become a global naval power will see capability increase dramatically over the next few years.
 
China is set to join the exclusive ranks of nations able to project air power off the decks of aircraft carriers and has a fast-growing submarine fleet which need protecting.
 
The country has operated a small fleet of Shaanxi Industry Corporation Y-8MPA aircraft since 1984. The aircraft is a development of the transport Y-8, itself a locally-built variant of the Russian Antonov An-12 and equipped with western surface surveillance radar.
 
China is embracing UAV technology and is known to be developing a High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) platform. It has also displayed CG imagery of one such vehicle detecting and engaging a US Carrier Battle Group at the recent Zhuhai Airshow.
 
India
 
Over recent years the Indian Navy has relied upon the Ilyushin IL-38 ‘May’ and the mighty Tupelov Tu-142 ‘Bear’ for its Maritime Patrol capability. The Il-38s were reportedly upgraded to IL-38SD configuration with the Russian ‘Sea Dragon’ Multi-Mission Avionics and EW suite a few years ago but twelve Boeing P-8I Poseidons are on order, for delivery from 2013.
 
A version of the baseline US Navy P-8A, the aircraft represent the first purchase of an American combat aircraft in India’s history and the first export order.
 
The Indian Navy and Coastguard operate the Pilatus-Britten Norman BN-2B Islander and locally-assembled Do228 for littoral surveillance, and both will be replaced by a second-tier MPA system. Airbus Military are offering the CN235MP, whilst SAAB has proposed an AESA-equipped version of its SAAB 2000 MPA. Other companies are expected to bid when a formal competition begins in the next year or two.
 
India is also a proponent of unmanned surveillance, particularly in the wake of the recent Mumbai terrorist attacks and has a mix of IAI Searcher and Heron UAVs for coastal patrols.
 
Indonesia
 
Maritime surveillance of the huge Indonesian archipelago is divided between the TNI-AU (Air Force) and TNI-AL (Navy) and both services are in the process of receiving locally-built CN235-200MPAs to fulfil future requirements.
 
Three Boeing 737-2X9 Surveiller aircraft were delivered to the Air Force in 1982, equipped with a Side-Looking Airborne Modular Multi-Role Radar (SLAMMR) and a single CN235MPA was delivered in 2009.
Three similar CN235-220MPAs were ordered for the Navy in December 2009 to augment three local conversions of the NC212-200MPA, the last of which was delivered in 2007. The three aircraft represent half of the planned capability required to fulfil the Indonesian Government’s Maritime Essential Force concept, and up to 16 may be acquired over the next decade.
 
Japan
 
Japan flew the first prototype of its indigenous Kawasaki Heavy Industries XP-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft in September 2007 and plans to acquire 65 aircraft for the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force.
The turbofan-powered P-1 will ultimately replace Japan’s fleet of 100 (largely) KHI-built P-3C Orions acquired from 1981.
 
The JMSDF also operates a squadron of ShinMaywa US-2 four-engined amphibians for coastal search and rescue duties.
 
The Japanese Maritime Safety Agency (Coastguard) has a mixed fleet of Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200Ts, SAAB 340s and NAMC YS-11s on fisheries and border patrol and anti-pollution flights around Japan’s maritime areas of interest. 
 
Malaysia
 
The Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) has a small fleet of Hawker Beechcraft 200Ts for maritime patrol, with a requirement to acquire a new capability during the next few years. Press reports in 2009 suggested Malaysia would sign an agreement with Indonesia for four CN235-200MPAs, but there has been no official announcement of such a deal by either Government.
 
Malaysia’s proximity to some of the worlds’ busiest sea lanes, in particular the Straits of Malacca was a catalyst behind the formation of the Air Wing of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Two Bombardier CL-415 amphibians were acquired in 2009 and converted to Maritime Patrol configuration with the installation of a Side Looking Infra Red Radar, an EO/IR turret and observation windows. The two CL-415MPs operate alongside a small fleet of helicopters in Malaysia’s territorial waters.
 
Myanmar
 
Myanmar received a gift of two Pilatus Britten Norman BN-2B Defenders from the Indian Navy in 2006 and a further pair was transferred the following year. Indian press reports at the time foreshadowed the possibility of further deliveries, but it is not known if this has, or will, occur.
 
India had flown the aircraft in the Maritime Patrol role but local sources suggest the aircraft were stripped of role-specific equipment before delivery.
 
New Zealand
 
Six P-3K Orions are flown by the Royal New Zealand Air Force and are currently in the process of a major senor and systems upgrade. In the late 1990s they became the first P-3s to undergo a re-wing programme, extending their operational life until 2025.
 
The first upgraded aircraft, now designated P-3K2, arrived in New Zealand in April after being converted by L-3 Systems in the United States. The remaining aircraft are being upgraded by Safe Air NZ at Woodbourne and the largely Off-The-Shelf sensors and systems will provide enhanced ISR capability.
The country also has a requirement for a second tier MPA, to shoulder much of the fisheries patrol and border protection work. The 2010 Defence White Paper proposes a future force structure which will include a short-range MPA, which will also have a transport and pilot training capability. It also flags a P-3K2 replacement, to be studied sometime after 2015.

Pakistan
 
The Pakistani Navy first ordered the Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion in 1992, to replace a small force of Aerospatiale Atlantics, but these were embargoed by the US Government until 1996.
 
A second batch of eight ex-US Navy aircraft were acquired through a Foreign Military Sales deal in 2005. Seven are being upgraded by Lockheed Martin prior to delivery and the first was delivered to Karachi in January 2007 to join the two survivors of the first batch. Deliveries are to be completed in 2012.
 
Two P-3Cs were destroyed in the recent terrorist attack on PNS Mehran near Karachi, which is also home base to five Fokker F.27-200 Maritime aircraft.
 
Philippines
 
Four Fokker F.27 Maritime aircraft were delivered to the Philippine Air Force in 1982 but it is thought only two are currently active. The Navy also has a small fleet of BN-2A Defenders and at least one has recently been upgraded with modern navigations and communications systems.
 
President Benigno Aquino announced an Air Force modernisation package in July last year, which included a single ‘long-range maritime patrol aircraft’ of an undisclosed type.
 
Singapore
 
The island state of Singapore maintains a modern and well equipped defence force which, in technical terms, is second to none in the region.
 
Maritime patrol is currently provided by a squadron of five Fokker 50 Enforcers, but the Republic of Singapore Air Force has reportedly expressed recent interest in acquiring several ex-US Navy P-3Cs. Boeing naturally sees Singapore as a future P-8A customer when it comes time to replace the Fokker 50s.
 
Singapore deployed a Fokker 50MPA to Djibouti in April, as part of the multinational Task Force 151 charged with counter-piracy duties in the Gulf of Aden.

South Korea
 
The Republic of Korea Navy received the first of eight P-3C Orions in 1995 and has recently begun taking delivery of a like number of P-3CKs. The P-3CKs are ex-USN P-3Bs upgraded by Korean Aerospace Industries and L-3 Communications, first ordered in 2002 but delayed by systems integration problems.
 
The first three were handed over at Pohang in March 2010.
 
In January 2009, Indonesian Aersospace announced it would supply four CN235-110MP aircraft to the South Korean Coastguard by 2012.
 
South Korea has also expressed a desire to acquire the Global Hawk HALE UAV for surveillance operations but is yet to gain US approval for any FMS sale.
 
Taiwan
 
Taiwan is also in the process of requiring refurbished ex-USN P-3s to update its maritime patrol capabilities.
 
Plans to acquire twelve P-3Cs were announced in late 2004, but the deal was repeatedly frustrated by wrangling between the two Governments. Taiwan originally wanted to refurbish eight of the aircraft locally, but an agreement was finally reached in 2009 for all work to be carried out in the United States.
 
The first aircraft was inducted into Lockheed Martin’s Maritime Systems and Sensors Tactical Systems facility in St Paul Minnesota in January 2010 and the final aircraft is expected to begin refurbishment in 2013.
 
The Republic of China Navy currently operates around twenty turboprop Grumman S-2T Trackers.

Thailand
 
The Royal Thai Navy flies a mixed maritime patrol fleet of three F.27-200ME Maritime Enforcers, seven Dornier Do228-212s, two Bombardier CL-215s and two P-3T Orions, the latter supported by a UP-3T trainer.
 
The service has also flown a number of piston-engined S-2F Trackers over the years, but it is not known if any of these remain in service today.

Vietnam
 
Vietnam took delivery of the first of three Airbus Military C212-400MPAs in August and a second will arrive by the end of the year. The last aircraft will follow in 2012.
 
Equipped with the Swedish Space Corporation MSS 6000 SLAR, they will be used for maritime patrol, coastal surveillance, fisheries patrol and anti-drug trafficking operations.
 
Four Soviet-era Beriev Be-12 flying boats have been flown on Anti-Submarine Warfare duties since 1981, but it is not known if these are still serviceable.
 
In 2005 an order for twelve PZL-Mielec M-28 Skytrucks was announced, but only two were delivered. Plans to fit these with a maritime patrol sensor suite were seemingly abandoned after one aircraft crashed shortly after delivery.
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19.10.2011 DEFENSE STUDIES

 

The federal government has confirmed it has requested pricing and availability of 10 Alenia C-27J tactical transport aircraft for the RAAF.

 

The Air 8000 Phase 2 Battlefield Airlifter (BFA) project aims to replace the tactical airlift capability left vacant by the retirement of the RAAF’s DHC Caribou in December 2009, and has been put off by successive governments over a period of more than 20 years.

 

The C-130H and C-130J Hercules operated by Richmond based 37SQN have to some extent fulfilled this role in recent years, but the Hercules lacks the short field performance and is much heavier than the Caribou or its possible replacements, while helicopters lack the range or speed of a fixed wing aircraft.

 

In a statement released on October 19, Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare said the formal request was being sent now because production of 38 C-27Js for the US Air National Guard was coming to an end. “Due to the pending closure of the production line for US Air National Guard aircraft the Government has authorised Defence to issue a non-binding/no-commitment Letter of Request seeking price and availability information on the C-27J,” the statement reads.

 

While Defence was unable to confirm at time of writing to which organisation the request had been submitted, the ministerial statement suggests the C-27J may be acquired through the US Foreign Military Sales process. This would give Australia an opportunity to tie into the US’s sustainment and upgrade program for its fleet, as well as giving greater economies of scale for both operators.

 

Recent media reports suggest US politicians are pushing for an increase in the US ANG fleet to as many as 75 C-27Js, as the type is now in operation in Afghanistan and has proven to be far more economical than the larger C-130 with typical loads. The C-27J shares common engines and cockpit avionics architecture with the C-130J.

 

The formal request doesn’t mean the C-27J has been selected to fulfil the Air 8000 Phase requirement over Airbus’s rival C295. “The information from the Letter of Request will inform Government consideration of capability, cost and schedule issues associated with this project as well as consideration of the acquisition strategy, including whether a roader tender process will be pursued,” the ministerial statement said.

 

But the RAAF is known to have long favoured the more rugged structure and larger cargo hold of the C-27J over the smaller but longer C295, and is likely to push for a sole-source selection. The statement says it expects a response to the request by February 2012, after which “careful consideration of all the options will then proceed.”

 

The statement has also for the first time officially acknowledged that Defence is developing options to retain the C-130H fleet – of which about eight aircraft are operational out of a core fleet of 12 – beyond its planned retirement in 2013 out to 2016.

 

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03 October 2011 by defenceWeb

 

A small investment could extend the lifetime of the South African Air Force's small and venerable fleet of Lockheed Martin C130BZ Hercules medium transports until about 2030. That's the view of C130 life extension programme project officer Brigadier General (Retired) Piet van Zyl.

 

Addressing a media briefing Friday he said the replacement cost of each aircraft was some US$142 million (R1.067 billion) based on the average sales price of the C130J over the last eight years. To replace the seven SAAF C-130BZ aircraft will cost R7.470 billion, he said.

 

But with an investment of 3.30% of its replacement value, the SAAF safely extended the service life of its C130BZ fleet to 2020. For another 4.70% of replacement value the fleet service life may be extended to 2030.

 

The SAAF C-130 fleet consists of seven platforms (401 - 407) purchased in 1962-3 before a US arms embargo was imposed on South Africa's apartheid government and five received in 1997/8 from the US (two ex-United States Air Force C-130B's – 408 and 409 – and three ex-US Navy C-130F's – 410 to 412 as part of their Excess Defence Articles programme. The two ex-US C-130B 's and a C-130F (411) were subsequently put in service, but the C-130F was retired soon thereafter.

 

Van Zyl says only minor upgrades implemented between 1963 and 1995. The most significant of these was a centre wing replacement and outer wing refurbishment from 1969 to 1972 done under the auspices of Lockheed, an engine upgrade (from Allison T56-A-7 to T56-A-15) during the early 1970s and a basic avionic upgrade during the early 1980s.

 

A comprehensive avionics upgrade – Project Ebb - was launched in 1996 and completed in July 2010, the aircraft afterwards receiving the SAAF-unique BZ annotation. Van Zyl adds the SAAF C-130BZ aircraft are now equipped with the latest avionics technology, which has dramatically increased the operational capability of the fleet.

 

As a consequence, the fleet has visited 15 countries and flown 680 hours between April 1 and September 26 this year. But the higher operational flying rate has resulted in more failures by some sub-systems that have become unreliable due to age and original marginal design. A partnering with Denel Aviation to do deeper level maintenance and overhaul at AFB Waterkloof through a combined Maintenance and Repair Organisation (MRO) has reduced turnaround time on minor services from an average of 182 days to 84 days, a 53% reduction in down-time, Van Zyl added.

 

“Squadron personnel can now concentrate on flight line availability, which has greatly improved turn-around time,” he adds, saying the average number of mission ready aircraft now stands at 4.1 per day, “even peaking at 5 aircraft for short periods”, from a previous maximum of 2.5 aircraft per day.

 

Van Zyl sought to assure his audience it would be safe to fly the aircraft. He says a detailed engineering study conducted recently to determine the remaining service life of the fleet, found

all seven SAAF C-130BZ aircraft can safely fly to 2020 provided that the most critical obsolescence issues can be resolved – this including the aircraft's pressurisation system, air conditioning and GTC. To fly to 2030, the aircrafts' engines will need serious attention by 2022.

The SAAF C-130BZ fleet has to date only used – on average – 65% of their assigned wing life. The aircraft with the most flying time on the log has flown some 14 000 hours, while many other C130s and L100s (the civil version) have clocked up over 100 000 hours. Van Zyl says most C130 owners as a consequence of this long-livity plan to fly them indefinitely.

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Sep 29, 2011 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

Marietta, Ga. - The eighth of 28 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft takes off for Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on Sept 28, 2011. Dyess is set to become the largest operator of C-130J aircraft in the world in 2013.

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Mexico receives first C-27J transport

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20/09/11 By Craig Hoyle SOURCE:Flight International

 

Mexico's first newly-acquired Alenia Aeronautica C-27J has made its public debut at an event to commemorate the nation's independence.

 

Sporting a white colour scheme, the tactical transport was accompanied by one of the Italian manufacturer's own C-27J Spartans during the 16 September flight over Mexico City.

 

Acquired under a roughly $200 million contract signed in July, the aircraft is the first of four C27Js that will be delivered to Mexico by late 2012.

 

Alenia Aeronautica expects the nation's air force to operate the type for tasks including troop and equipment transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue amnd humanitarian assistance missions.

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EADS Awaits Fighter Radar, UAV Decisions

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Sep 14, 2011 By Robert Wall aerospace daily and defense report

 

LONDON – With two flagship programs in the balance, EADS is awaiting formal government endorsement of both its Eurofighter Typhoon active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and Talarion unmanned aircraft endeavors.

 

The outlook for the two is slightly split, though. For the Typhoon AESA – deemed critical for the Indian Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft program, which is considering the Typhoon and Dassault’s Rafale – the prospects are internally seen as positive. “We are almost there,” says Cassidian chief executive Stefan Zoller. Since Typhoon buyers endorsed the effort, Zoller says it is “no concern anymore.” The money is being finalized and is expected to materialize.

 

For the Talarion program, EADS is trying to sustain a similarly positive outlook. But reality is more complex.

 

Spain and Turkey have signaled their willingness to participate, but the support of Germany and France is crucial to see the program gain traction. Neither country has signed on yet.

 

Furthermore, EADS is reaching the end of the time it will self-fund Talarion development efforts.

 

The focus now is securing €300 million to €400 million ($409 million - $545 million) for prototyping work. Zoller notes that spread over several countries, that is a small sum. But he refuses to discuss how long EADS will sustain self-funded activities, noting merely that “there is no deadline,” while conceding “we can’t be going on forever.”

 

Zoller believes Talarion still has a chance at survival, though, even if France and the U.K. are discussing the Telemos bilateral medium-altitude long-endurance drone effort. Two countries cannot sustain such an initiative, he argues, which is why a broader effort is needed.

 

When a German funding decision may materialize is uncertain. And any commitment from Paris – even if the government were favorably disposed to Talarion – could be caught up in electoral politics, slowing decision cycles.

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12 September 2011 by defenceWeb

 

Algerian pilots in have started solo flying on the Yak-130 trainer in Russia ahead of aircraft deliveries later this year. The Algerian air force has 16 Yak-130 advanced trainers/light attack aircraft on order.

 

Algerian pilots performed their first solo flights on the Yak-130 at Irkutsk Aviation Plant’s airfield on the first of this month. They first underwent a three month course covering flight theory and practical training, according to Irkut.

 

Algerian pilots along with the Irkut’s flight crew made more than 100 flights on the Yak-130 before going solo. In addition to pilots, a large number of Algerian engineers and technicians are attending the Yak-130 training course provided by Irkut.

 

In 2006 Irkut Corporation signed a contract for 16 Yak-130s for the Algerian Air Force. According to the ITAR-TASS news agency, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant will start delivering Algeria’s aircraft before the end of the year.

 

“About 30 fighters have already been assembled and are at the final stage of readiness,” said Irkut Aircraft Corporation President Alexei Fyodorov.

 

Algeria bought the Yak-130s as part of an arms package worth US$7.5 billion during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Algeria in March 2006. The deal included the purchase of 28 Sukhoi Su-30MKA and 34 MiG-29 multirole fighters (28 single-seat MiG-29SMTs and six two-seat MiG-29UBTs) as well as eight batteries of S-300PMU-2 air-defence missile systems and 24 Almaz-Antei 2S6M Tunguska 30 mm/SA-19 self-propelled air-defence systems. Deliveries of the MiG-29s was suspended and the 15 aircraft that had arrived returned to Russia following quality problems, but the Su-30s were accepted without issue.

 

The Yak-130 was designed to provide basic and advanced pilot training for Russian and foreign-made combat aircraft, including 4th+ and 5th generation fighters. The aircraft is fitted with an advanced glass cockpit and can carry 3 000 kg of weaponry.

 

The Yak-130 was chosen as the main aircraft for basic and advanced training of Russian Air Force pilots. Deliveries to the Russian Air Force, which expects to order an initial 72 aircraft, began in February last year.

 

Libya was the second export customer for the Yak-130 and ordered six. However, following the civil war there, deliveries have been frozen. “We do not know what will happen to it,” Fyodorov said about the Libyan contract. “But in any case, the planes that have been made for this country will be reoriented for another customer, first of all – for the Russian Air Force.”

 

Irkut estimates the market capacity for the Yak-130 is 250 aircraft between now and 2015.

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To Provide Rugged Digital Signal Processor Modules for New Gripen NG Aircraft's Fire Control System

 

September 7, 2011 Curtiss-Wright Corporation  - defpro.com

 

PARSIPPANY, N.J. | Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced Sept. 6 that it has been selected by SELEX Galileo to supply rugged embedded digital signal processor modules for use on Saab's new Gripen Next Generation (NG) fighter aircraft. The contract, which runs from 2010 to 2014, is valued at $15 million, and has an estimated potential additional value of $10 million over the lifetime of the program.

 

"Curtiss-Wright is proud to have been selected to provide our digital signal processor technology for use on the next generation Gripen aircraft," said Martin R. Benante, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "This award further demonstrates the value of our advanced technologies on a global basis."

 

Curtiss-Wright's digital signal processor modules will provide the radar processing for the Gripen's fire control radar system. The company's Motion Control segment will develop the digital signal processor modules at its Ashburn, VA facility.

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September 5, 2011 defpro.com

 

On September 1, 2011 at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant’s airfield – a subsidiary of JSC IRKUT Corporation, pilots of Algerian Air Force performed first solo flights on the Yak-130 combat trainer jet.

 

Three months course of theoretical and practical trainings preceded those flights. Algerian pilots along with the IRKUT’s flight crew made more than 100 flights on the Yak-130 combat trainer jet and were allowed to solo flights. Earlier a large number of Algerian engineers and technicians also attended the training course manual on the Yak-130 aircraft.

 

Yak-130 Combat Trainer, developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau, was chosen as the main aircraft for basic and advanced training of Russian Air Force pilots. Yak-130 can provide top-class pilots training to handle Russian and foreign-made combat aircraft of the generations 4+ and 5. Yak-130 aircraft is the basic component of the training complex including integrated system of the objective control, educational computer classes, flight and specialized training apparatus.

 

Since February, 2010 Yak-130 are being supplied to the Russian Air Force.

 

IRKUT Corporation performs the contract signed in 2006 for the Yak-130 delivery to Algeria. Negotiations on Yak-130 delivery to other countries are underway. The Yak-130 market capacity is estimated at 250 aircraft until 2015.

 

Serial production of Yak-130 aircraft on the Irkutsk aviation plant (IAP) is conducted with complex use of modern digital technologies.

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2 septembre 2011 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS

 

La Marine russe a procédé aux premiers essais d’appontage du Ka-52 dans sa version navalisé. Ces hélicoptères doivent être embarqués sur les futurs Mistrals russes.

 

Référence : RusNavy Intelligence

 

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Aug 24, 2011 By Robert Wall aviation week and space technology

 

Moscow - Money alone cannot reinvigorate an air force after years of neglect—that is the painful lesson the Russian military is learning as it and the domestic industry work to modernize the country’s air force.

 

The influx of funding in the past two years has undoubtedly benefited industry, triggering a reversal of fortunes. But it also has brought to the forefront a raft of new problems, including how to meet the timetable for replenishing the air force fleet.

 

The size of the appetite for fighters was underscored by Russian air force chief Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, who says the service is looking to field five squadrons of Su-34s, or around 120 aircraft. The fighter program languished in development for years; the first operational unit was only established recently, more than a decade late. Four of the aircraft were handed over last year and six are due to be delivered this year, with 12 to follow each year thereafter.

 

But Zelin is concerned about fielding plans for the Su-35, Russia’s latest fighter, which is seen as an important element in the fleet renewal plan and also as a capability gap-filler until the fifth-generation T-50 arrives. The Su-35 program has suffered development delays, in part because of a ground accident with the third prototype three years ago that destroyed the aircraft, but also due to concern in the service that the Su-35 will not meet the Russian air force’s specifications. The fighter was initially designed for the export market when Russia’s industry was unable to secure funding at home.

 

Pressure is mounting on the Su-35 program also because of the aggressive time line that has been set for the T-50, which Zelin describes as the service’s top fighter priority. Two aircraft are in flight trials and United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) President Mikhail Pogosyan promises two more will be delivered this year. Plans call for the first preproduction T-50 to be handed over in 2013, with the production standard aircraft to become available in 2014-15.

 

But behind the scenes, military officials worry that the T-50 development and production milestones cannot be met, and they feel the Su-35 needs to be fielded quickly to address immediate equipment concerns.

 

In many respects, the Su-35 also serves as a technology pathfinder for the T-50. Both use the same Article 117S engines and their radar technology shares a heritage. The Su-35’s Irbis-E has a 350-400-km (220-250-mi.) detection range for targets with a 3-sq.-meter (33-sq.-ft.) radar signature and is both electronically and mechanically scanned. It has the ability to track up to 30 targets simultaneously and engage eight at the same time.

 

The Su-35’s laser targeting pod in particular could act as a trailblazer for the T-50. Plans call for the stealth fighter to use the large Article 110KS pod developed by UOMZ, although it would compromise the aircraft’s low observability. The Su-35, on the other hand, will likely use an internally mounted system, with a low radar cross section, that could migrate to the T-50.

 

Also helping to bolster the arsenal in the near term is a pending order for additional Su-30s. The Russian air force is expected to buy 28 Su-30SMs, the Russian version of the Su-30MKI Irkut has sold to the Indian air force. The Su-30SM would retain Western equipment from companies such as Thales and Safran in a rare departure from Russia’s emphasis on using domestic suppliers, says an industry official. The yet-to-be-announced contract for Su-30SMs also is expected to include an option for 12 aircraft, potentially to meet a not fully defined requirement from Russia’s navy aviation arm.

 

The concerns about fielding time lines go beyond the combat aircraft realm. Zelin notes that the Il-476 transport is due to be in service in 2013 but says,“we would like to have it earlier.” The current development activity will not allow that.

 

The fleet replacement worries are further illustrated by the troubles with the Tu-22M bombers belonging to the Russian navy’s air arm, which now fall under control of the air force. Obsolescence of engine parts has created a maintenance nightmare for the fleet and prompted the military to restart parts production of critical powerplant components. Zelin sees progress on this front and says that once the situation is improved the aircraft may be reassigned to the navy.

 

But there are limits to Russia’s appetite for new equipment. Despite the hopes of industry players such as MiG that the Russian air force will buy into a light fifth-generation fighter program, that does not look promising. Zelin suggests that more likely would be the acquisition of MiG-35s, which were initially developed for India. However, he tempers the prospect by noting that the issue is secondary to the T-50.

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2011-08-22 (China Military News cited from voanews.com)

 

Cambodia has agreed to acquire an unspecified number of military helicopters from China.

 

The deal involving Chinese-made Z-9 utility helicopters became public Monday. It was one of more than two dozen agreements concluded Saturday during a visit to Phnom Penh by Chinese Politburo member Zhou Yongkang.

 

Among the other agreements were deals on mining and power plants and an arrangement to help Cambodian mobile telephone operator CamGSM build the country's first satellite.

 

A wave of recent Chinese investment in Cambodia has prompted critics to warn that the country is becoming too dependent on Beijing. But a spokesman for Prime Minister Hun Sen hailed the “new era of cooperation” between the two countries.

 

Chinese official news media say Mr. Hun Sen promised during the talks that Cambodia will adhere to a one-China policy.

 

Zhou was in Phnom Penh after visits to Nepal and Laos. He is also scheduled to visit Tajikistan and Mongolia.

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14 août 2011 par Daniel Favre INFO-AVIATION

 

La Russie livrera cinq chasseurs MiG-29K/KUB à l’Inde d’ici la fin de 2011, a déclaré le 12 août Sergueï Korotkov, directeur général du groupe de constructions aéronautiques MiG.

 

« Signé en 2004, le contrat sera honoré d’ici la fin de l’année en cours. A l’heure actuelle, onze avions sur seize ont déjà été livrés », a rappelé M.Korotkov.

 

« Quant aux nouveaux contrats avec des clients étrangers, nous y travaillons », a-t-il indiqué avant d’ajouter que la compagnie disposait de plus de 100 contrats avec 20 États. Il s’agit de réparation, de modernisation, de livraison de pièces de rechange et de service après-vente.

 

En mars 2010, la Russie et l’Inde ont conclu un contrat d’un montant de 1,5 milliard de dollars prévoyant la fourniture d’un nouveau lot de 29 chasseurs embarqués MiG-29K/KUB à New Delhi. Le début des livraisons de ce lot est prévu pour 2012.

 

Le MiG-29K est une version navalisée, dérivée du MiG-29M. Le MiG-29KUB est une version biplace du MiG-29K spécialement conçue pour l’Inde. Le premier vol de l’avion de série a eu lieu le 18 mars 2008 sur l’aérodrome de Loukhovitsy.

 

Une demande « stable » pour MiG

 

Le portefeuille de commandes de l’avionneur russe MiG a dépassé 4 milliards de dollars, selon Sergueï Korotkov.

 

« Je dois noter que nos produits bénéficient d’une demande stable. Le portefeuille de commandes du groupe dépasse 4 milliards de dollars », a t-il précisé devant les journalistes à Moscou le 12 août.

 

Le groupe MiG achève également ses négociations avec le ministère russe de la Défense sur la livraison de chasseurs embarqués MiG-29K/KUB à la Marine russe et envisage de lancer des versions terrestres des chasseurs de ce type.

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21/07/11 By Vladimir Karnozov SOURCE:Flight International

 

The Irkutsk Aircraft Plant (IAZ) is assembling two Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighters for the Russian air force, Alexey Fedorov, president of the controlling Irkut corporation, said. The pair will be completed and subjected to flight trials by the end of this year.

 

The new version of the twin-seat Su-30 represents the baseline Su-30MKI with thrust vectoring developed for the Indian air force, but with modifications to meet Russian air force specifications, Fedorov said.

 

The service is seeking to procure 30 such aircraft, with a contract still being finalised.

 

"Hopefully, in 2012 we will be able to finalise a contract for 18 Su-30SMs for the Russian air force, with an option for a further 18 for the Russian navy air arm," Fedorov said.

 

The delivery of the Su-30SM to the Russian armed forces will end a long pause in their acquisition of IAZ-built fighters, after its last Su-30K interceptors and Su-27UB twin-seat operational trainers were handed over in the early 1990s.

 

It is understood that the decision to procure the Su-30SM was inspired by the successful use of industry-owned Su-30MKI/MKM operational-standard prototypes during Russia's August 2008 conflict with Georgia.

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18 July 2011 by defenceWeb

 

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has upped its bill to keep the venerable Lockheed Martin C130BZ flying by another R23.769 million. The SAAF last week awarded Denel Aviation an extension of an existing contract to provide product support services for the aging aircraft.

 

The SAAF C-130 fleet consists of seven platforms (401 - 407) purchased in 1963 before a US arms embargo was imposed on South Africa's apartheid government and five received in 1997/8 from the US (two ex-United States Air Force C-130B's – 408 and 409 – and three ex-US Navy C-130F's – 410 to 412 as part of their Excess Defence Articles programme. The two ex-US C-130B 's and a C-130F (411) were subsequently put in service, but the C-130F was retired soon thereafter.

 

Various modifications have been accomplished on the original SAAF aircraft, the most significant being a centre wing replacement and outer wing refurbishment from 1969 to 1972 done under the auspices of Lockheed, an engine upgrade (from Allison T56-A-7 to T56-A-15) during the early 1970s and a basic avionic upgrade during the early 1980s.

 

The two ex-USAF C-130B's had already been modified with the fitment of H-model outer wings and a centre wing similar to that of the other SAAF aircraft. The fleet underwent a major refit from December 1996, when Marshall Aerospace of Cambridge in the UK and Denel was contracted to upgrade the aircraft as part of Project Ebb, fitting inter alia digital avionics in the place of the electromechanical. The upgrade was not without delay and infighting between Marshalls and Denel and ran seven years past its expected date of completion, set for June 2002: the project wrapped up as late as July 2009.

 

Aircraft 402's brakes caught fire during a landing after a test flight in early 2005 at the then-Johannesburg International Airport. Damage estimated in the millions of rand was inflicted on the aircraft and an equally damaging dispute then erupted between Denel and Marshalls as to whom had to carry the cost of the repairs. It is unclear why the taxpayer paid the R6 579 134 for the repair as well as a further R3 686 241.08 for hangarage at Denel Aviation before and during the repair.

Another aircraft was also damaged while undergoing testing after upgrading - its fuel tanks were over-pressurised.

 

Seven of the nine were grounded in 2005 on the recommendation of the manufacturer after metal fatigue was discovered on the main spars and outer wing structures of several US C130Bs. As part of this the outer wings of aircraft 407 were removed. Lockheed Martin subsequently allowed three aircraft to resume flying, but in May 2006 the remaining four underwent a further battery of tests.

 

According to the Armscor Bulletin System, the cost of keeping the Hercules flying – fuel and crew excluded - now stands at at least R213 812 679 since early 2007 in addition to some a minimum of R3 686 241.08 charged in hangarage for the damaged aircraft #402 from 2005 until last year.

 

Product support services for the Hercules C130 aircraft - extension of ELGS/2003/553

LGS/S2011/4782 14 Jul 2011 R23 769 819,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

LGS/S2010/4663 17 Mar 2011 R9 500 000,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

LGS/S2010/4528 18 Nov 2010 R10 404 045,14 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Aerospace Group

LGS/S2010/4505 22 Sep 2010 R9 812 323,86 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Aerospace Group

LGS/S2009/4242 10 Mar 2010 R39 377 194,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

LGS/S2009/4139 8 Oct 2009 R9 500 000,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

LGS/S2008/3933 26 Mar 2009 R485 607,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

 

Provision of materiel supply support services for the South African Air Force C130B aircraft

ELGS/2010/199 9 Dec 2010 R90 000 000,00 Tau Aerospace (Pty) Ltd

 

Service, rectification and engineering support during recovery of the SAAF C-130BZ aircraft 402 - extension of EVLI/2007/378

VLI/S2010/1811 21 Jul 2010 R22 028,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

VLI/S2010/1797 13 Jul 2010 R200 000,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

VLI/S2008/1746 28 May 2009 R1 075 583,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

 

Hangarage of Project EBB C130Bz Aircraft 402 - Extension of ELGS/2005/413

LGS/S2009/1781 12 Jan 2010 R393 595,92 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

VLI/S2009/1774 29 Oct 2009 R655 993,20 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

LGS/S2009/1763 21 May 2009 R511 852,86 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

VLI/S2008/1726 26 Jun 2008 R523 008,61 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

LGS/S2007/1679 2 Aug 2007 R1 601 790,49 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

 

Interim support for the SA Air Force C-130 BZ avionic system - extension of EVLI/2006/228

VLI/S2008/1743 11 Dec 2008 R2 000 000,00 Thales Division Aeronautique

VLI/S2007/1711 4 Sep 2008 R2 877 253,20 Thales Division Aeronautique

VLI/S2007/1673 28 Jun 2007 R990 236,00 Thales Division Aeronautique

 

Pyrotechnic fire extinguisher cartridges for the SAAF transport aircraft

EDWU/2008/190 9 Oct 2008 R97 414,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a PMP

 

Service, rectification and engineering support during the recovery of SAAF C-130BZ Aircraft 402

EVLI/2007/378 29 May 2008 R5 281 523,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

 

Repair of 59 line replacement units - extension of EVLI/2003/680

VLI/S2008/1731 10 Jul 2008 R502 276,90 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

VLI/S2007/1709 15 May 2008 R18 415,35 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation

VLI/S2007/1663 11 May 2007 R1 500 000,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Aerospace Group

 

Power cartridges for SA Air Force transport aircraft 2007/2008

EDWU/2007/126 23 Aug 2007 R172 316,00 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a PMP

 

Interim support of the South African Air Force''s C-130 BZ avionic system (Thales Avionics Top Deck)

EVLI/2006/228 12 Apr 2007 R6 075 607,56 Thales Division Aeronautique

 

Fire extinguisher cartridges for SAAF transport aircraft

EDWU/2006/505 9 Feb 2007 R151 037,10 Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a PMP

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18/07/11 By Craig Hoyle SOURCE:Flightglobal.com

 

The UK Royal Air Force marked the 10th anniversary of its introduction of Boeing’s C-17 strategic transport by sending one of its aircraft to the Royal International Air Tattoo for the first time in several years.

 

ZZ177, the seventh and currently last planned C-17 to enter service with the RAF’s 99 Sqn, arrived at the show early on 17 July, before being opened to the public while on static display.

 

But highlighting the C-17 fleet’s continued heavy commitment to the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan, it was held at short readiness to leave the show if required to perform medical evacuation duties in support of the UK’s deployed armed forces.

 

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The UK took delivery of its first C-17 under an initially four-aircraft lease deal with Boeing in May 2001, one year after signing a deal with the company. Now purchased outright and joined by a further three of the airlifters, these deliver a key part of the UK’s “airbridge” with the Afghan theatre of operations.

 

ZZ177 entered operational use with 99 Sqn at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire during February, by which point the unit's other aircraft had flown more than a combined 65,000 flight hours.

 

RIAT’s organisers estimate that around 138,000 visitors attended this year’s show at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

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2011-07-16(China Military News cited from the-diplomat.com and written by David Axe)

 

The People's Liberation Army Navy has finally broken the silence about its new carrier-based jet fighter, the J-15. While outside observers have strongly suspected for several years that China intended to deploy the J-15 – an adaptation of the Russian Su-33 – aboard the PLAN's first aircraft carrier Shi Lang, Chinese officials didn’t confirm it until last week.

 

Confirmation of the J-15 came with some revealing details about the plane's missions and limitations. It’s clearer than ever that the J-15 will inherit most of the Su-33’s limitations, particularly with regard to payload and range. As a result, Shi Lang could be highly vulnerable to foreign naval forces in combat.

 

Unnamed ‘Chinese aviation officials’ said that three J-15 prototypes would begin testing this year, and that the last of them would have all the features of the planned operational version, including folding wings to allow more compact storage aboard Shi Lang, a refurbished Soviet vessel that displaces just two-thirds as much as a US flattop.

 

Shi Langdoesn’t have the steam catapults that US and French carriers use to launch aircraft. Instead, the Chinese ship, like its Russian sister ship Kuznetsov, uses an elevated ramp to help boost planes into the air. Ramp-launch, while less complex than a catapult, doesn’t impart the same amount of energy. That means ramp-launched fighters must be relatively light. The British Harrier, which used a ramp, weighed just 7 tonnes empty. The Su-33 weighs 20 tons empty.

 

In Russian service, the Su-33 has been restricted to short-range patrols carrying just a few air-to-air missiles. That's the big reason why the Kuznetsov has never had a major impact on the European naval balance.

 

Shi Langwill be similarly handicapped, more so because the Chinese intend the J-15 to carry the C-602 anti-ship cruise missile. Carrying a single one-tonne C-602, the J-15 will have an operational range of just 250 miles, according to the anonymous industry officials. It’s not clear if the J-15 will be able to carry air-to-air missiles for self-protection, in addition to the C-602.

 

If the Chinese military operated a large number of effective aerial tankers, the J-15's payload limitation would be more manageable. Even catapult-launched fighters, such as the US F/A-18E/F, can range just 400 miles from their carrier with useful combat load. But aerial refueling can extend that range to more than 1,000 miles. F/A-18s routinely fly missions over Afghanistan from carriers operating in the Indian Ocean.

 

If Shi Lang is meant to operate in a sea control role, clearing the ocean of enemy vessels, then it could find itself at a disadvantage compared to rival naval forces. The C-602 has a range of around 250 miles. So a Chinese carrier battle group could strike surface targets at a distance of 500 miles.

 

A US carrier group launching F-18s armed with Harpoon anti-ship missiles could strike from a distance of at least 600 miles. Factor in aerial refueling – and the fact that the Harpoon is light enough for a single F-18 to carry two – and the US advantage increases dramatically. The Su-33 is simply not an ideal fighter for ramp-equipped carriers.

 

It’s telling that within a few years, the Chinese will be the only country operating Su-33s or its derivatives from carriers. The Russians decided to replace the Su-33 with a version of the much smaller MiG-29 after realizing that the MiG had similar performance, but Kuznetsov could carry many more of them. The Indians, too, are buying a MiG-29 variant to replace their Harriers.

 

Future Chinese carriers could include a catapult. Indeed, the likelihood that carriers after Shi Lang will be catapult-equipped is sure to increase, once the PLAN sees firsthand how limited its J-15s really are.

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Britain Supports Eurofighter Bid For Indian MMRCA

 Typhoons photo: Geoffrey Lee

 

Jul 11, 2011 By Jay Menon AviationWeek.com

 

NEW DELHI — Britain has outlined its strong support for the Eurofighter Typhoon’s bid for the Indian air force’s $11 billion Medium-Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program, as the U.K. seeks to advance its defense industrial cooperation with the country.

 

“The Eurofighter Typhoon not only provides India with cutting-edge operational capability, but also unmatched potential for an enduring strategic partnership in developing future defense technology,” said U.K. Defense Secretary Liam Fox after a meeting with Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony in New Delhi July 8.

 

According to a British High Commission statement, Fox’s visit to India underlines the commitment at the highest levels of the British and Indian defense establishments to ensure that defense cooperation is a fundamental pillar of the enhanced partnership between the U.K. and India as set out by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last July.

 

“In today’s world of multi-layered security and economic interdependence, the U.K. and India are looking for relationships that are built on partnership and respect, not one-off transactions,” Fox says.

 

The Tyhpoon is pitted against French company Dassault Aviation’s Rafale for the MMRCA program. Indian authorities are set to open final bids for the 126-aircraft order.

 

The Eurofighter consortium comprises Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems of the U.K., EADS CASA and EADS Germany. Recently, France and Germany also made last-ditch efforts to boost their companies’ chances to win the fighter program.

 

French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet had pitched the Rafale during his visit to New Delhi in May, and the Eurofighter Typhoon topped the agenda during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s discussions with Prime Minister Singh on May 31. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizere also met Antony on May 31.

 

EADS has even invited India to become a partner for the Typhoon program if the aircraft wins the contract. Eurofighter’s offer to establish a production line in India could give it an edge.

 

The Rafale has the advantage of being logistically and operationally similar to the Mirage 2000. The Indian air force has similar fighters, and the Rafale’s inclusion would require fewer changes in existing infrastructure.

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Rafale au Brésil : la France fixée début 2012

 

11 juillet 2011 par Ana Lutzky – L’USINE NOUVELLE

 

La décision brésilienne sur l'achat éventuel d'avions de combat français Rafale, attendue pour le printemps, est reportée à "début 2012". C'est ce qu'a annoncé samedi le ministre de la Défense brésilien Nelson Azevedo Jobim.

 

Interrogé sur le calendrier de la décision, Nelson Jobim a indiqué qu'elle n'interviendrait qu'en début d'année prochaine. Une déclaration faite en marge des "Rencontres économiques" d'Aix-en-Provence.

 

Il a expliqué ce contre-temps par le changement politique occasionné par l'élection à la présidence de Dilma Rousseff en novembre, qui a succédé au président Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. "Pour le moment, nous nous concentrons sur des questions de politique intérieure, avec le nouveau gouvernement", a-t-il justifié.

 

Le Rafale de Dassault est en compétition avec le F/A-18 Super Hornet de l'américain Boeing et le Gripen NG du suédois Saab, pour un marché évalué entre quatre et sept milliards de dollars.

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The C-27J Spartan tactical military cargo aircraft. (Photo: Alenia Aeronautica)

The C-27J Spartan tactical military cargo aircraft. (Photo: Alenia Aeronautica)

 

July 6, 2011 defpro.com

 

Rome | Finmeccanica, through its operating company Alenia Aeronautica, signed a contract worth approximately USD 200 million with Mexico to supply four tactical transport aircraft C-27J.

 

The contract was signed at the headquarters of SEDENA (Secreteria della Defensa Nacional) in Mexico City, in the presence of General Augusto Moisés Garcìa Ochoa, Director General de Administración de SEDENA, General Leonardo Gonzàlez Garcìa, Comandante de la Fuerza Aérea Mexicana, and Mr. Giuseppe Giordo, CEO of Alenia Aeronautica.

 

The first aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2011 and the whole supply will be completed by the end of 2012. The contract envisages also the logistics support for the entire fleet through the supply of spare parts and GSE (Ground Support Equipment).

 

 

Thanks to this contract, the number of airplanes ordered to date rises to 83, confirming the C-27J as best seller among the aircraft of its category. The C-27J has been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Morocco and by the US. Air Force.

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Saab Gripen NG @ Aero India, Billypix

 

21/06/11 By Craig Hoyle SOURCE:Flight Daily News

 

Saab's Gripen NG was due to touch down at Le Bourget as the crowds drifted away on Monday evening, with the manufacturer to showcase its new-technology fighter demonstrator to several delegations over the next two days.

 

Arriving from the Swedish manufacturer's Linköping site, the NG will be on static display here with new avionics equipment and Rockwell Collins displays in its rear cockpit. Previously used in the completed Gripen Demo programme, the NG airframe was returned to the air on 19 May after a refit. Still featuring baseline avionics in the front seat, it has since been flown around 20 times.

 

Now being offered to Brazil, the NG is being used to prove technologies for the next-generation version of the Gripen, a type already flown by the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Sweden and Thailand. Stockholm has said that it would match a Brazilian selection by ordering 10 Gripens in the new production configuration, while its own air force should make a decision next year on its future requirements for the aircraft.

 

"What we're doing now with the avionics is a much bigger step than achieving supercruise with the Demo," said Peter Nilsson, Saab's head of air domain, referring to successful work in which the Gripen gained the ability to sustain supersonic flight without the use of afterburner.

 

Following the completion of avionics testing later this year, the NG will be equipped with Selex Galileo's ES-05 Raven active electronically scanned array radar.

 

"The next aircraft will be coming in October 2013, and is being built from scratch as an NG," said Nilsson. This will bring a new look for the Gripen, with a longer fuselage, increased wingspan and new engine inlets.

 

Saab is also holding out hopes of getting the NG back into an Indian contest for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft. However, its chances hinge on the nation balking at the cost of acquiring either of its favoured candidates: the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon.

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10 June 2011 Cassidian press release

 

Lors du 49e Salon international du Bourget, Cassidian présentera sur le stand A253 (Hall 2A) l’ensemble de sa gamme de solutions de sécurité dédiée au monde aéronautique, qui permettra de relever les défis à venir.

 

Le monde, toujours plus ouvert et global, nécessite des solutions et systèmes de sécurité avancés en constante évolution. Fort de son statut de leader mondial des solutions et systèmes de sécurité intégrés pour les marchés civils et militaires, Cassidian développe les solutions et technologies de demain, en s’appuyant sur ses compétences clés en matière d’aéronautique, de sécurité, de défense et de services. Innovation et excellence des technologies sont les atouts maîtres qui permettront à Cassidian de conserver sa position de leader dans son secteur.

 

Pour démontrer ses avancées technologiques sur le Salon international du Bourget 2011, Cassidian mettra en scène, dans son « TouchLab » (laboratoire de démonstrations interactives), des scénarios en 3D de toute nouvelle génération réalisés autour des drones, de la cybersécurité ou de la gestion du trafic aérien en 2025.

 

Les drones

 

Fort de trente années d’expérience en tant qu’intégrateur systèmes, Cassidian est un expert en matière de drones, depuis le développement jusqu’au soutien opérationnel :

 

    Gestion de l’ensemble des programmes de R&T et projets de drones par une unité de programmes unique, qui permet une synergie entre les systèmes de production et les nouveaux projets.

    Partage des expériences tout au long du cycle de vie et à travers la gamme complète de drones.

    Capacités d’innovation et maîtrise exceptionnelles en matière de coopération internationale.

    Utilisation de « Battle Labs » pour la saisie des exigences et recours à des outils de développement et de support de pointe.

 

En matière de drones, Cassidian adopte une approche résolument mondiale : s’appuyant sur plusieurs décennies de conception de systèmes aériens pilotés, la Division maîtrise les technologies clés (conception aéronautique, navigation de précision, architecture des logiciels de vol, interfaces standardisées, planification de mission, etc.), qu’elle exploite et adapte pour concevoir des solutions de drones globales en parfaite adéquation avec les exigences opérationnelles des systèmes aériens sans pilote (par ex., insertion dans le trafic aérien, fusion multicapteurs, contrôle du véhicule).

Sur le statique, Cassidian présentera le DRAC, un drone éprouvé au combat. La démonstration sera réalisée par des soldats de l’Armée française, qui l’ont déployé en Afghanistan. La Division projettera également des vidéos illustrant les dernières missions du drone Harfang, et exposera une maquette grandeur nature du futur drone MALE Talarion.

 

La cybersécurité

 

Face à la multiplication et à la diversité des cyber attaques, Cassidian a créé en 2009 le Cyber Security Center, qui réunit des experts basés en France, en Grande-Bretagne et en Allemagne, afin de mettre en place les solutions nécessaires pour détecter et contrer ces nouvelles menaces. Pour anticiper au mieux les agressions futures, ces équipes d’élite travaillent étroitement avec les autorités gouvernementales de nombreux pays pour intercepter les menaces, et constituent de ce fait les éléments essentiels de la coopération internationale dans la lutte contre la cybercriminalité.

 

Au Salon du Bourget, Cassidian démontrera son expérience dans la protection de réseaux hautement sensibles et complexes, et tout particulièrement dans la protection des infrastructures nationales critiques. En effet, dans un monde de plus en plus informatisé, les infrastructures critiques sont interconnectées et interdépendantes pour garantir une efficacité optimale. Ainsi, la défaillance d’un seul maillon de la chaîne peut avoir des répercussions allant bien au-delà des limites nationales. La protection de ces infrastructures constitue donc l’un des défis majeurs de l’avenir. Dans son « TouchLab », à l’aide d’un scénario en 3D illustrant les infrastructures nationales critiques, Cassidian simulera une attaque informatique et présentera les solutions proposées pour contrer ces menaces.

 

Les services

 

Depuis sa création en 2006, Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS, anciennement EADS Cognac Aviation Training Services) est devenu le premier opérateur technique externe en France, fournissant à l’armée de l’Air française des équipements et services pour la formation de ses pilotes. CATS accueille en effet plusieurs centaines de stagiaires au cours de séances de formation technique, et met à disposition de l’armée de l’Air française des avions de dernière génération et des simulateurs de vol qui totaliseront, en juin, 100 000 heures de vol et 25 000 heures de simulation.

 

Sur le Salon international du Bourget, Cassidian proposera pour la première fois une démonstration en vol mettant en évidence sa flotte et ses services de formation. Quatre appareils d’entraînement, pouvant être utilisés pour la formation complète d’un pilote de chasse, seront présentés : un APM 40 Simba destiné à la formation initiale, un Grob 120A pour la formation de base élémentaire, un Pilatus PC-21 réservé à la formation de base avancée, et un Aermacchi M-346 destiné à la formation avancée. Cassidian a mis ces appareils, et bien d’autres encore, à la disposition de plusieurs forces aériennes européennes à des fins de formation. Un appareil CATS sera également présenté sur le statique par un représentant de l’école de pilotage de Cognac.

 

La compétence et le savoir-faire du personnel de CASSIDIAN ATS permettent de fournir aux pilotes de l’armée de l’Air des moyens de formation les plus modernes et performants tout en réduisant significativement les coûts (environ 30%).

 

Fort de son succès auprès de l’armée de l’Air française au cours des cinq dernières années, Cassidian proposera désormais ses services aux organismes de formation des pilotes de ligne et de chasse.

 

L’Eurofighter Typhoon

 

L’Eurofighter Typhoon sera lui aussi présent sur le Salon du Bourget 2011, avec des démonstrations en vol quotidiennes réalisées par l’armée de l’Air italienne. L’Eurofighter Typhoon est l’avion de combat polyvalent le plus moderne actuellement disponible sur le marché mondial. Six nations ont d’ores et déjà passé commande : l’Allemagne, l’Italie, l’Espagne, le Royaume-Uni, l’Autriche et l’Arabie saoudite. Avec 707 appareils commandés et plus de 270 déjà livrés, il s’agit du plus grand programme de coopération militaire européen. L’Eurofighter Typhoon, grâce à sa technologie de pointe, renforce la position de l’industrie aéronautique et spatiale européenne sur le marché mondial, et assure plus de 100 000 emplois répartis chez quelque 400 fournisseurs. Ce programme est géré par la société Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH au nom des entreprises partenaires Alenia Aeronautica/Finmeccanica, BAE Systems, EADS Allemagne et Espagne, les plus grandes entreprises de l’industrie aéronautique, spatiale et de défense en Europe, qui totalisent un chiffre d’affaires d’environ 120 milliards d’euros en 2010.

 

L’Eurofighter Typhoon, avion de combat d’une extrême manœuvrabilité, dispose de nombreuses fonctionnalités : systèmes intégrés, interface homme-machine optimisée, armement guidé moderne de haute précision, fusion de données de capteurs, intégration dans des réseaux de données militaires et les dernières technologies de production (utilisation de matériaux composites renforcés de fibres de carbone – CFC). L’Eurofighter, opérationnel depuis peu, jouit en outre d’un fort potentiel de croissance.

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ASD at the Paris Air Show

June 9, 2011 defpro.com

 

Once again this year, ASD and GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aeronautiques et Spatiales) have put together a VIP programme for European policymakers and key stakeholders willing to visit Le Bourget. Many have accepted our invitation: three European Commissioners (Antonio Tajani, Günther Oettinger and Siim Kallas) and members of their cabinet, a total of thirteen officials from DG MOVE, DG Research and DG Entreprise, as well as four Members of the European Parliament (Arnaud Danjean, Malcolm Harbour, Alain Lamassoure and Vittorio Prodi) and other ASD Stakeholders. The Paris Air Show will be the opportunity for ASD members to introduce policymakers to the latest technological breakthroughs made by our sector, during what is certainly the largest European Air Show.

 

The top 100 companies in the industry worldwide have confirmed their presence at Le Bourget, and more than 2,000 small and medium-sized companies are exhibiting their expertise, mostly in the regional and national pavilions. The economic crisis has left its mark however, and most large companies have reduced their budgets by between 10 and 15%, leaving space for newcomers or components manufacturers wishing to reinforce their presence.

 

With its 2,113 exhibitors from45 countries, 350,000 visitors expected, about 200 international delegations and more than 3,000 journalists, the Paris Air Show remains the aviation and space industry's key event, and intends to continue to hold this leading position over the next decades. As the preferred meeting venue for industrial companies in the aviation and space sector, the Show has a duty to once again meet the expectations of an entire profession. As the industry’s sounding board and showcase, the 2011 show will again play host to a large number of announcements. Innovations which benefit the environment will be an overall theme.

 

The “special guest” of Le Bourget 2011 will be the solar aeroplane Solar Impulse. This will be the first air show appearance made by the revolutionary aeroplane, culmination of a genuine human and technological adventure, which made a historic 26-hour day and night flight without fuel, powered only by solar energy, in July 2010. From 20 to 26 June, visitors to the show will be able look closely at 64 meter wingspan Solar Impulse on the ground, and each morning, so long as weather conditions are favourable, admire its majestic flying displays whilst marvelling at the silence of its electric motors.

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