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Jean-François Chanut

Jean-François Chanut

 

31 mars 2015 par JDE

 

Michel Ferey passe la main à Jean-François Chanut, président de Ratier Figeac SAS à partir du 1er avril.

 

Jean-François Chanut a été nommé président de Ratier Figeac lors de l'assemblée générale du sous-traitant aéronautique, le 24 mars dernier. Il remplace Michel Ferey, président et directeur général depuis 2010 de Propeller Systems, entité du groupe américain UTC Aerospace Systems et qui regroupe Ratier-Figeac en France, une unité à Windsor Locks aux Etats-Unis ainsi que RFM, filiale marocaine de Ratier-Figeac. Dans le cadre de son départ à la retraite, Michel Ferey reste toutefois dans l'entreprise puisqu'il prend la présidence du comité de surveillance de Ratier Figeac, succédant à Robert Vitrat.

 

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Su-30MK russe photo Sukhoi

Su-30MK russe photo Sukhoi

 

30 mars 2015 par Gil Roy – Aerobuzz.fr

 

Sukhoi vient de livrer au Kazakhstan les 4 derniers Su-30SM de la première phase d’une commande, annoncée en février, portant sur la construction et l’exportation d’un nombre total de 36 appareils au Kazakhstan. Ce contrat s’inscrit dans un ambitieux programme de développement d’un avion de chasse datant de l’époque soviétique.

 

Le projet Su-remonte à l’ère soviétique et plus précisément au lancement, en 1988, de la conception d’un avion d’attaque au sol inspiré de l’avion d’entrainement au combat Su-27UB. Quatre ans plus tard, le 14 avril 1992, le premier avion de série décollait avec succès. Apres l’effondrement de l’URSS, toutefois, la production de masse a ralenti avant de cesser complètement et le Su-30 a principalement été utilisé pour des essais et expositions dans des salons aéronautiques internationaux. La production du Su-30 d’origine a fini par s’arrêter alors que les ingénieurs s’employaient à libérer le plein potentiel de l’appareil. La conception du Su-30MK (M pour modernisé et K pour commercial) a débuté en 1992.

 

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En 2013, Lockheed Martin déjà vendu 40 F-35 Corée Sud 7,8 milliards dollars - photo LM

En 2013, Lockheed Martin déjà vendu 40 F-35 Corée Sud 7,8 milliards dollars - photo LM

 

30/03 Yann Rousseau / Correspondant à Tokyo - lesechos.fr

 

La Corée veut faire de Korea Aerospace Industries un géant mondial du secteur.

 

L’armée sud-coréenne a révélé hier qu’elle avait choisi de s’associer à l’industriel Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) dans le cadre d’un contrat de développement estimé 8.670 milliards de wons (7,2 milliards d’euros), un nouvel avion de chasse, dont une large part des technologies de pointe sera fournie par l’américain Lockheed Martin. Tentant sa chance sur ce contrat stratégique baptisé « KF-X », la maison mère de la compagnie aérienne Korean Air avait, elle, présenté, il y a quelques semaines, un projet concurrent en association avec Airbus. Mais ces deux partenaires savaient que leurs chances étaient limitées devant l’importance stratégique du projet (l’avionneur européen n’a pas tout perdu puisqu’il a remporté un contrat d’hélicoptères de 1,5 milliard de dollars avec KAI, « Les Echos » du 16 mars).

 

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31 mars 2015 2 31 /03 /mars /2015 11:55
Le patrimoine aéronautique en vedette au 5ème Carrefour de l’Air

 

27 mars 2015 Aerobuzz.fr

 

Pour la cinquième année consécutive, le musée de l’Air et de l’Espace de Paris Le Bourget organise le Carrefour de l’Air, événement unique où des musées, associations et collectionneurs aéronautiques se rassemblent afin d’échanger, de partager leur passion et rencontrer le public.

Du vendredi 10 au dimanche 12 avril, le patrimoine aéronautique sera à l’honneur à travers cette manifestation qui se déroule en 3 temps :

Les 5e Rencontres "Collecter, conserver et valoriser le patrimoine aéronautique", un fly’in d’avions historiques et une exposition des musées et associations spécialisées dans la préservation du patrimoine aéronautique (accès libre sur les trois jours).

 

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credits Recreate - ZHAW

credits Recreate - ZHAW

 

30.03.2015 Romandie.com (ats)

 

Faire le plein des avions de ligne en vol, peu après le décollage, permettrait d'économiser jusqu'à 20% de carburant, affirme un groupe de recherche avec participation zurichoise. Les conditions de sécurité et de navigabilité actuelles ne seraient pas affectées.

Le réservoir plein au décollage est un gros handicap, a indiqué dans un communiqué la Haute école zurichoise des sciences appliquées (ZHAW). Les réserves de kérosène représentent en effet un tiers du poids total. Ravitailler l'avion lorsqu'il a atteint 10'000 mètres, son altitude de croisière, paraît donc sensé.

Cette procédure n'est utilisée que dans l'aviation militaire. Dans le cadre du projet RECREATE (Research for a CRuiser Enabled Air Transport Environment), des chercheurs de la ZHAW, associés à neuf institutions de cinq pays européens, ont étudié pendant trois ans la faisabilité d'un tel concept pour le trafic civil.

Des avions ravitailleurs emportant de quoi faire le plein de trois à cinq avions de ligne tourneraient en boucle à des endroits bien précis.

 

Stations-service volantes

Selon Leonardo Manfriani, responsable du projet à la ZHAW, ces stations-service volantes devront être d'une part suffisamment loin des zones habitées, d'autre part à proximité immédiate des principaux couloirs aériens. Par exemple au large du Canada, au sud du Groenland, pour les vols transatlantiques, indique-t-il, cité dans le communiqué.

Selon les calculs des chercheurs, l'économie de carburant possible est de 20%. L'étude montre que les exigences actuelles de navigabilité et de sécurité peuvent être remplies. Avec de surcroît un supplément de confort: des vols intercontinentaux sans escale deviendraient également possibles pour des avions plus petits.

En outre, cela réduirait les émissions sonores autour des aéroports: plus l'avion est lourd au décollage, plus le bruit est important, note Leonardo Manfriani.

Le projet est techniquement faisable, selon les chercheurs. Des pilotes ont testé sur simulateur le ravitaillement en vol, qui devrait être entièrement informatisé.

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Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne MP at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil - photo UK MoD

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne MP at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil - photo UK MoD

 

26 March 2015 Ministry of Defence

 

The MOD has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million to AgustaWestland, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs across the UK.

 

The deal, worth over half a billion pounds, will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. The new contract is expected to deliver more than £140 million savings over that time.

Many of the jobs the contract will sustain are located at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil and at the Royal Navy Air Station in Culdrose, Cornwall, where the depth maintenance and the Royal Navy’s Merlin training system are located.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

Our fleet of Merlin helicopters has benefitted from considerable investment by the MOD through major upgrades in recent years. This new contract will ensure we can continue to deliver flexible capability to meet the needs of our Armed Forces, as well as excellent value for money for the taxpayer.

This investment forms part of this Government’s commitment to invest £11.2 billion into our helicopter fleet over the next ten years as part of £163 billion Equipment Plan to provide the very best equipment and equipment support to our troops. In addition, the contract will sustain more than 1,000 jobs, which will maintain vital engineering skills in the defence sector.

The Merlin support contract follows the MOD’s recent announcement that it is providing our Armed Forces with one of the most capable and technologically advanced helicopter fleets in the world, with a host of new or upgraded aircraft made ready for operations over the last 12 months.

This includes the Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine helicopter which achieved its In Service Date on 29 May 2014, ahead of schedule and to cost, with 19 of 30 aircraft so far delivered to the Royal Navy at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.

The Merlin Mk2 helicopters will operate globally, and are expected to be based on the Royal Navy’s next generation Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, along with the new F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, as well as onboard frigates, destroyers and support ships.

Director Helicopters, Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young, at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said:

The Merlin is an important part of our overall Helicopter Force, providing a variety of specialist and general roles in all weathers over land and sea.

We are bringing in the contract one year earlier than planned to meet the requirements of the Front Line Commands and to deliver financial benefits, which is a great achievement and shows how the MOD can adapt flexibly to support the needs of our Armed Forces.

The Merlin Mk3 is a Battlefield Support helicopter of the Royal Navy Commando Helicopter Force. Hugely successful in the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns, it can carry a range of cargo either internally or underslung including artillery, light-strike vehicles and more than five tonnes of freight.

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L'avion HB-SiB de Si2 dans le hangar mobile

L'avion HB-SiB de Si2 dans le hangar mobile

 

26/03/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Lancé le 9 mars 2015,Solar impulse 2, le premier tour du monde en avion solaire, a fait une escale technique en Inde. Puis direction la Birmanie pour une nouvelle étape. Récit avec Charly et Axel, les deux élèves de l’École de l’air intégrés au projet.

 

Mercredi 18 mars au matin, l’avion HB-SiB de Solar impulse 2 a quitté l’aéroport d’Ahmedabad. Au sein de l’Advance team, nous étions présents pour l’atterrissage de l’appareil à Varanasi. L’avion s’est posé sans encombres vers 21h. Après avoir effectué chacun un tour de garde, nous avons préparé le décollage pour rejoindre la Birmanie.

 

Après avoir embarqués dans la matinée du jeudi dans l'avion de soutien, nous avons eu la chance, au cours de notre vol, de rattraper Bertrand Piccard, pilote de l’HB-SiB, et de pouvoir l'apercevoir évoluer au-dessus du territoire indien.

 

Arrivée à 16h heure locale en Birmanie, la Ground Teams'est immédiatement attelée au déploiement logistique du hangar mobile pour abriter l’avion. L'opération de montage a été longue, difficile et délicate.

 

Alors que la majorité de l’équipe a pu finalement se reposer, nous avons assuré un nouveau tour de garde pour veiller sur l’avion, finir de ranger et de mettre en place le hangar. Dans l’attente de conditions météo plus favorables, l’équipe est stationnée à Mandalay en Birmanie.

 

La prochaine escale nous mènera à Chongqing, en Chine, avec une équipe réduite, pour une escale technique, avant de rejoindre Nanjing, la prochaine étape !

Veille de nuit sur le tarmac pour la ground team de Si2

Veille de nuit sur le tarmac pour la ground team de Si2

Charly et Axel participent au démontage du hangar mobile

Charly et Axel participent au démontage du hangar mobile

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Flight Ready: F/A-18 Center Barrel Replacement



26 mars 2015 NAVAIRSYSCOM

 

What does it take to nearly double the service life of a Navy aircraft? Engineers and technicians at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla., perform a complete overhaul of the aging F/A-18 Hornet to get these fighters fit for the fleet and back on the flight line.

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Airbus Group ne détient plus que 24,6% de Dassault Aviation

 

26/03/2015 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Après la cession d'une partie de sa participation dans Dassault Aviation, Airbus Group ne possède plus que 24,61% (contre 42,11% précédemment) du capital de l'avionneur. Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (GIMD) détient 55,55% du capital et 58,75% des droits de vote

 

Airbus Group a réalisé mercredi un placement privé portant sur 1.612.407 actions de la société Dassault Aviation, représentant 17,5% du capital. Conformément aux accords signés avec Airbus Group et à l'autorisation conférée par ses actionnaires lors de son assemblée générale du 28 janvier 2015, Dassault Aviation a acquis, dans le cadre de ce placement, 460.687 actions représentant 5% de son capital au prix de 980 euros par action pour un montant total de 451 millions d'euros. Le prix maximum d'achat des actions avait été fixé par l'Assemblée Générale des actionnaires du 28 janvier 2015 à 1.200 euros par action. C'est donc un bon prix de rachat pour Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (GIMD).

Le solde, soit 1.151.720 actions, représentant 12,5% de son capital, a été souscrit par des investisseurs institutionnels à un prix de 1.030 euros par action. "Cette opération fructueuse est un pas de plus dans la mise en œuvre de la stratégie et la revue de portefeuille du groupe, a estimé mercredi le directeur général délégué à la stratégie et au marketing d'Airbus Group, Marwan Lahoud. La forte demande exprimée par les investisseurs montre clairement la qualité sous-jacente des activités de Dassault Aviation, dont le capital flottant aura été sensiblement augmenté grâce à cette opération". La cotation du cours de l'action Dassault Aviation a repris ce jeudi à 9 heures.

 

Nouvelle répartition du capital de Dassault Aviation

Après l'opération de cession d'Airbus Group, GIMD détient 55,55% du capital et 58,75% des droits de vote. Pour sa part, Airbus Group ne possède plus que 24,61% (contre 42,11% précédemment) du capital de l'avionneur et 26,03% (contre 42,30%) des droits de vote. Enfin, le flottant a été augmenté à 14,40% (contre 1,90%). Enfin, Dassault Aviation détient en propre 5,44% de son capital (contre 0,44%). Pour autant, cette nouvelle répartition devrait évoluer, Dassault Aviation devrait annuler tout ou partie des actions achetée "afin d'accroître la rentabilité des fonds propres et le résultat par actions".

Dans ce cadre, Dassault Aviation, dont c'était l'un des objectifs recherchés, "se félicite" dans un communiqué "du succès de ce placement et de l'élargissement concomitant de son flottant à l'occasion de cette opération" et "remercie les nouveaux investisseurs de la confiance qu'ils placent dans la société". En 2014, le chiffre d'affaires s'est élevé à 3,68 milliards d'euros et compte compte près de 11.600 salariés.

Le 28 novembre dernier, Airbus Group avait cédé à Dassault Aviation une participation de 8% dans Dassault Aviation dans le cadre d'une cession de bloc de gré à gré hors marché. L'annulation d'environ 9% par Dassault Aviation de ses actions auto-détenues avait ramené la participation d'Airbus Group à environ 42%.

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RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

RAF A400M Atlas Aircraft – photo Steve Lympany – Uk MoD

 

3 March 2015 Ministry of Defence and Military Aviation Authority

 

Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark, Director (Technical), MAA, reviews recent progress in harmonising military airworthiness

 

In a time of extreme pressure on defence budgets, harmonising military airworthiness among allies can bring big benefits. In a recent article in the February edition of the RAeS publication, Aerospace, Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark FRAeS, Director (Technical), Military Aviation Authority (MAA), reviews recent progress.

In a September 2014 Aerospace article, Howard Wheeldon described how the MAA had grown and developed since its creation in April 2010, following the publication of the Nimrod review into the tragic loss of Nimrod XV230. As part of its drive to re-establish the importance of managing military airworthiness effectively, the MAA has continued to support, and often lead, the extension of this work into Europe and beyond in order to improve understanding and consistency in approach for this critical area amongst our international allies. Other benefits are anticipated through creating the opportunity to share work done by the military airworthiness community to help reduce the cost of procurement and support activity, for both the participating nations and national industries.

This work has its origins in the early 2000s, when it became clear that international military aircraft projects were being managed in a variety of different ways, largely due to the varying needs of the collaborating nations and the differing responsibilities of national industries. Each nation had developed its own sovereign regulations or laws governing military aviation, often informed by lessons learned from the national perspective, and there seemed little appetite to change. However, as defence spending reduced and there was pressure to deliver more for less, the cost of these international programmes came increasingly under the spotlight. It was in this context that the UK championed a proposal to harmonise military airworthiness arrangements across Europe. This gathered broad support and work was initiated formally by the twenty-six participating Member States (pMS) of the European Defence Agency (EDA) who, on 10 November 2008, agreed to the formation of the Military Airworthiness Authorities (MAWA) Forum. In addition to the pMS, observers from the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other interested organisations were invited to participate in the MAWA Forum.

 

Full Harmonising airworthiness article can be viewed here (PDF, 269KB, 5 pages)

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A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie

A RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet undergoes testing at the High Speed Wind Tunnel at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie

 

DALLAS, March 25, 2015 – Lockheed Martin

 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and is planning key improvements to the facility.

 

Since 1958, Lockheed Martin and its heritage companies have used the High Speed Wind Tunnel (HSWT) in Grand Prairie, Texas, for subsonic, transonic and supersonic research-and-development testing. Although the company is the long-time operator of the HSWT, it has leased the facility from Triumph Aerostructures. The purchase will enable Lockheed Martin to invest in upgrades and manage scheduling, including testing by other companies and government agencies.

 

“The High Speed Wind Tunnel in Grand Prairie is an aerospace engineering treasure, serving as a proving ground for hundreds of flight vehicles designed over the last six decades for everything from space exploration to national defense,” said HSWT manager Mike McWithey. “We made this purchase to ensure that development legacy extends well into the future.”

 

The HSWT and a facility in Missouri are the only two polysonic (subsonic-transonic-supersonic), adjustable Mach-number wind tunnels in the U.S.

 

Products developed in the HSWT include the Multiple Launch Rocket System, the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System, the Army Tactical Missile System, PAC-3, PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement, the A-7 Corsair II and the Space Shuttle. The facility routinely supports programs for NASA, the Missile Defense Agency, the Office of Naval Research, DARPA and numerous U.S. aerospace companies.

 

Planned improvements include a new air-compressor system, which is projected to reduce operating costs significantly, an updated data-acquisition system and the upgrading of utilities.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

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USAF MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft – photo Andrew McMurtrie LM

USAF MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft – photo Andrew McMurtrie LM

 

MARIETTA, Ga., March 24, 2015 – Lockheed Martin

 

Three variants of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft were recently delivered to U.S. military operators from the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Aeronautics facility located here.  

 

On March 19, a U.S. Air Force crew took delivery of and ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker aircraft that is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command’s 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

 

USAF HC-130J Combat King II personnel recovery aircraft – photo Todd R. McQueen LM

USAF HC-130J Combat King II personnel recovery aircraft – photo Todd R. McQueen LM

On March 24, a U.S. Air Force crew ferried an HC-130J Combat King II personnel recovery aircraft assigned to Air Combat Command’s (ACC) 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. That aircraft was officially delivered to the U.S. Government on March 20

 

USCG HC-130J long-range search and rescue aircraft photo Andrew McMurtrie LM

USCG HC-130J long-range search and rescue aircraft photo Andrew McMurtrie LM

 

Also on March 19, an HC-130J long-range search and rescue aircraft for the U.S. Coast Guard was delivered and ferried to Lockheed Martin’s Greenville, South Carolina, site for post-production modifications, including paint and finishes. This aircraft will be re-delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2016.

 

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photo Shiv Aroor - Livefist

photo Shiv Aroor - Livefist

 

25.03.2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist

Today, the acceptance ceremony of the first two Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 I/TI was held at Istres, Dassault Aviation’s Flight Test Centre.

 

Enjoy this great set of photos of the two upgraded birds, headed to India soon.

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photo ISAE-SUPAERO

photo ISAE-SUPAERO

 

Toulouse, le 24 mars 2015 ONERA.fr

 

Le président - directeur général de l’ONERA, Bruno Sainjon et le directeur général de l’ISAE-SUPAERO, Olivier Lesbre ont décidé de renforcer leur coopération en signant ce 24 mars 2015 à Toulouse une convention de partenariat scientifique créant ainsi deux équipes de recherche communes (ERC).

 

Etablis sur la base de périmètres scientifiques bien définis et d’intérêt durable, ces ERC vont permettre de développer des axes de recherche dans des domaines de pointe de l’aéronautique et du spatial en mutualisant les compétences, les équipes et les moyens de l’ISAE-SUPAERO et de l’ONERA.

 

La première ERC se concentrera sur la « Modélisation pour l’Ingénierie des Systèmes » (MOIS). L’évolution de la complexité des systèmes aéronautiques couplée à leur criticité nécessite d’inscrire leur conception dans un cadre formel facilitant leur certificabilité et permettant d’optimiser leurs performances et leur coût tout en garantissant leurs propriétés fonctionnelles et non fonctionnelles. En associant des expertises scientifiques de l’ISAE et de l’ONERA, dans les domaines de l’ingénierie des systèmes complexes, l’ERC MOIS possède un potentiel de recherche et développement unique au plan national.

 

La seconde ERC «Commande des Systèmes et Dynamique du Vol» se focalisera sur la recherche et les méthodes de conception de nouvelles architectures pour les véhicules aéronautiques et spatiaux ainsi que de moyens d'intervention dans l'espace. Les enjeux scientifiques et techniques se situent notamment dans les domaines de la conception des structures, de la propulsion et de la commande des interfaces homme-système. L'objectif de cet ERC est d'accélérer la recherche dans ces différents domaines ainsi que de structurer les moyens de recherche expérimentaux communs pour accroître l'efficacité et de visibilité de cette recherche.

 

Un comité de recherche ISAE-SUPAERO – ONERA sera mis en place cette année afin de piloter le programme de travail de ces deux ERC et pour étudier la mise en place de nouvelles ERC sur d’autres thématiques porteuses et d’intérêt mutuel. En signant cette convention, l’ISAE-SUPAERO et l’ONERA confortent leur complémentarité dans des domaines scientifiques de pointe et renforcent mutuellement leur position d’acteurs structurants de la recherche aérospatiale internationale.

 

A propos de l’ONERA

Créé en 1946, l’ONERA est le centre français de la R&T aéronautique et spatiale qui rassemble plus de 2000 personnes dont 13 % de doctorants. Sous la tutelle du Ministère de la Défense, l’ONERA est un institut Carnot depuis 2007 qui met ses compétences pluridisciplinaires au service de l’étude des systèmes complexes du domaine aérospatial. Ses travaux amont (bas TRL) permettront à l’industrie française et européenne d’être toujours plus compétitive dans les décennies à venir. Avec un ensemble de moyens expérimentaux et de souffleries stratégiques pour la défense et l’industrie, l’ONERA met ses compétences et son expertise au service des agences de programmes et de l’industrie (grands groupes, ETI et PME). Son modèle économique repose sur environ 50 % d’activités contractuelles. Force d’innovation, d’expertise et de prospective, l’ONERA contribue aux plus grands succès du domaine aéronautique et spatial : Ariane 5, gammes Airbus et Eurocopter, Rafale, Falcon 7X, le radar de veille spatiale Graves, le Very Large Telescope.

 

A propos de l’ISAE-SUPAERO

Leader mondial de l’enseignement supérieur et de recherche dans le domaine aérospatial, l’ISAE-SUPAERO offre une gamme complète et unique de formations de très haut niveau : les formations ingénieur SUPAERO et par apprentissage CNAM-ISAE, 5 Masters recherche, 15 Mastères Spécialisés, 3 masters of science, 6 écoles doctorales. L’ISAE-SUPAERO développe une politique de recherche très largement tournées vers les besoins futurs des industries aérospatiales ou de haute technologie. Cette proximité avec le monde industriel se caractérise également par le développement d’une politique de chaires d’enseignement et de recherche dans des domaines stratégiques et par la participation aux enseignements de très nombreux professionnels qui présentent aux étudiants les dernières innovations technologiques ainsi que les meilleures pratiques industrielles. Sur le plan international, l’ISAE-SUPAERO coopère avec les meilleures universités européennes (Cranfield, TU Delft, KTH Stockholm, ETSIA Madrid, TU Munich, Pise) et nord-américaines (MIT, Caltech, Stanford, Berkeley...). En 2015, l’ISAE-SUPAERO rassemble 95 enseignants et chercheurs, 1800 professeurs vacataires issus du monde professionnel, 1600 étudiants en formation initiale dont 28% d’étrangers et s’appuie sur un réseau de plus de 17000 anciens diplômés.

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Dassault Aviation : Airbus se désengage, le titre suspendu en Bourse

 

25/03 lesechos.fr

 

Airbus Group, qui avait déjà cédé 8 % du capital de Dassault Aviation, va céder un nouveau bloc de 15%. Le constructeur du Rafale a demandé à Euronext la suspension de la cotation de son titre en Bourse.

 

Dassault Aviation disparaît momentanément des radars boursiers. Le constructeur du Rafale a en effet annoncé mercredi avoir demandé à l’opérateur Euronext de suspendre la cotation de son titre en Bourse après qu’Airbus Group a rendu publique son intention de céder un nouveau bloc des actions qu’il détient.

 

Dans un communiqué diffusé mercredi, la maison-mère d’Airbus, qui avait déjà cédé 8% àdu capital de Dassault Aviation ... à Dassault Aviation en novembre , a en effet annoncé qu’elle prévoyait de céder un nouveau bloc de 1,38 million d’actions, soit 15% du capital de la société environ. « Suite à l’annonce faite par Airbus Group (...) et au vu de la taille relativement importante du nombre d’actions offertes compte tenu de son flottant actuel et de la liquidité des actions, Dassault Aviation a demandé à Euronext Paris la suspension immédiate de la cotation de son cours de bourse afin de faciliter le bon déroulement du placement », précise la société dans un communiqué. Elle ajoute se réjouir de l’opportunité que lui offre l’opération d’élargir son flottant.

Une participation évaluée à 1,7 milliard d’euros.

 

Le prix de cession sera déterminé à l’issue du processus de construction d’un livre d’ordres qui sera clos jeudi au plus tard. Sur la base du cours de l’action Dassault mardi soir (1.240 euros), la participation cédée par Airbus vaut 1,7 milliard d’euros. Ce dernier, qui prévoit d’utiliser l’argent encaissé pour ses « besoins généraux », précise qu’il a reçu des manifestations d’intérêt pour l’ensemble des actions offertes au prix de 980 euros.

 

A l’issue de l’opération, le constructeur de l’A320 détiendra toujours 27% du capital de Dassault Aviation. Il s’est engagé à conserver ces titres pendant une période minimale de 180 jours. Airbus restera le deuxième actionnaire de Dassault Aviation, derrière la famille Dassault qui détient environ 55% du capital. « L’Etat français a accepté de renoncer à ses droits au titre du pacte d’actionnaires conclu avec Airbus Group, prévoyant notamment un droit de première offre à son profit sur les actions à céder dans le cadre du placement », précise un communiqué.

 

Dassault Aviation se portera acquéreur d’environ 0,46 million d’actions au prix maximum unitaire de 980 euros (contre 1.240 euros à la clôture mardi), soit environ 33% du placement et 5% de son capital -il n’en détenait que 0,44% jusqu’ici (fin 2014). Pour le reste du placement, Airbus cible des investisseurs institutionnels. Une option de surallocation pouvant aller jusqu’à 10% des actions effectivement placées auprès des investisseurs institutionnels est prévue

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ASR-NG Airport Surveillance Radar Next Generation - photo Airbus DS

ASR-NG Airport Surveillance Radar Next Generation - photo Airbus DS



24 mars 2015 Airbus DS

 

The ASR-NG Next Generation airport surveillance radar was developed by Airbus Defence and Space on the basis of six decades of experience delivering Military ATC Air Traffic Control and Air Defence Radars. It incorporates latest leading edge and European patented technology to cope with the new environmental challenges such wind farms and 4G/LTE interference.

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C-130J  photo IAF

C-130J photo IAF

 

March 24, 2015 by Saurav Jha – Geek at large

 

Ever since the Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued its 2009 directive to prepare the military for a two front war, there has been a heightened sense of urgency in acquiring transport platforms that can move men and materiel over considerable distances at short notice. Prior to this, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami had also brought to light the need to bring in longer ranged airborne platforms that can sustain humanitarian support across the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

 

Accordingly, the Indian Air force (IAF) is recapitalizing its entire transport fleet with a view to becoming more potent in out of area operations besides being able to support the Indian Army's (IA's) ever growing logistical requirements.

 

While in the short term, quick buys of American platforms through the foreign military sales (FMS) route such as Boeing's C-17 Globemaster III and Lockheed Martin's C-130Js have been effected, it is clear that the IAF's requirements need to be actually used to spur the progressive indigenization of its transport aircraft pool. Moreover the IAF's transport aircraft needs could well be used to seed a second domestic original equipment maker (OEM) besides HAL from within India's private sector.

 

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IAI's first B767 MMTT conversion was the 'Jupiter' currently operated by the Colombian Air Force (FACH).

IAI's first B767 MMTT conversion was the 'Jupiter' currently operated by the Colombian Air Force (FACH).

 

Mar 2015 By: Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - After long delays, the Brazilian government has allocated the required budget for the purchase of three converted Boeing 767-300s that will serve as aerial tankers. The conversions will be performed by Israel Aerospace Industries.

 

IAI was selected for the contract in 2013, but the elections in Brazil last October had frozen the process, which remained slow even after the formation of a new government.

 

According to sources in Brazil, the air force increased its pressure, by claiming that the capability to refuel aircraft in the air and to also transport forces and equipment is its top priority.

 

The service has already retired a previous fleet of four KC-137 tankers, which were adapted from the Boeing 707, and now has just two Lockheed Martin KC-130H/M aircraft operational in this role.

 

At least one of the 767s will be converted by IAI's Bedek division, with the others to be completed in Brazil by TAP subsidiary TAP Manutenção e Engenharia Brasil, under its supervision. The work will include equipping the aircraft with wing-mounted hose and drogue refuelling pods.

 

Brazilian sources say they already have the tail numbers of the three 767s that will be converted. After the contract is signed IAI will purchase the aircraft and begin the conversion process.

 

IAI declines to comment on the fact that the programme has received the green light from the Brazilian government.

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photo USAF / Lockheed Martin

photo USAF / Lockheed Martin

 

Mar. 23, 2015 By: Dan Parsons - FG

 

Washington DC - The overall cost of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II programme will come in at about $7.5 billion less than previously expected, according to the 2015 selected acquisition report (SAR).

Released on 18 March, the report indicates that research, development, test and evaluation cost remains unchanged at $54.9 billion, but that procurement costs declined by $7.7 billion, to $331 billion. The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) says the reduction was primarily due to decreased labour costs.

While the SAR reports that the operating and support (O&S) costs of the F-35 over its service life remain nearly $1 trillion – the cost assessment programme evaluation that authors the SAR does not adjust O&S figures until a major milestone is reached – the JPO claims its revised cost estimate for this metric showed a $57.8 billion reduction from 2014, bringing the overall figure to $859 billion.

Lockheed's F-35 programme general manager, Lorraine Martin, says the company has reduced O&S costs for the F-35 by $60 billion in the past year alone.

 

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US Army AH-64D Apache helicopter - photo US Army

US Army AH-64D Apache helicopter - photo US Army

 

18 Mar 2015 By: Dan Parsons - FG

 

Washington DC - Competition for the US Army’s improved turbine engine programme (ITEP) is shaping up to be a head-to-head match-up between single-spool and double-spool turboshaft powerplant designs.

The army is set issue a request for proposals for preliminary design review in May. Both a Pratt & Whitney/Honeywell team General Electric Aviation are expected to compete, although other engine manufacturers also could bid for the work. General Electric builds the T700 engine that ITEP will replace in army helicopters, and ITEP should be a drop-in replacement for the T700 in the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and the Boeing AH-64 Apache.

The programme goal is to develop a 3,000shp engine that also achieves a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency over the T700.

Mike Sousa, advanced turboshaft programme manager at GE, says “the fundamental competitive difference is two-spool core versus one-spool”. A single-spool engine, which the T700 is, is simpler than a double spool and the technology is well understood and readily available, Sousa says.

 

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Two Turkish F-16s fly alongside a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker over the North Sea.(Photo US Air Force)

Two Turkish F-16s fly alongside a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker over the North Sea.(Photo US Air Force)

 

March 21, 2015 By Burak Ege Bekdil – Defense News

 

ANKARA — Turkey's government and military leaders have agreed to speed up the country's crawling program for the design, development and production of an indigenous fighter jet.

 

Officials here said there is a broad "administrative agreement" over a need to give the program a boost.

 

"The program will gain notable pace after the [parliamentary] elections [on June 7]," said one senior procurement official familiar with the program, dubbed TF-X. "There is consensus among the president [Recep Tayyip Erdogan], prime minister [Ahmet Davutoglu] and the Air Force that the program should go ahead with a 'priority tag.' "

 

An Air Force official assisting the program said the top brass in the service is "keen to go faster than before."

 

"Maximum [expert] input possible will be provided from our side," he said. "This is now an established policy."

 

Early in March, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) procurement agency released a request for information (RFI) for the ambitious TF-X.

 

In that document, SSM defined the scope of the fighter program as "indigenous design, development and production activities of the first Turkish fighter aircraft to meet Turkish Armed Forces' next generation fighter requirements and replace the existing F-16 fighter fleet starting from 2030s."

 

Companies or organizations capable of designing, developing and manufacturing the planned aircraft are invited to obtain an electronic copy of the RFI from SSM.

 

SSM officials say the release of the RFI marks a critical stage for the program, aiming "to see which companies would be willing to take part and which capabilities will be offered."

 

"We expect a satisfactory level of international interest," the procurement official said. "We already unofficially know that a number of foreign manufacturers hope to be part of this program."

 

He said a new roadmap also has been devised. The first thing Ankara will do, he said, is put together a team of SSM and Air Force officials that will be expected to run the program until the end.

 

"Soon there will formally be an enthusiastic team working on the ideal modality for the program," the official said. "That team is being structured at the moment."

 

Turkey's top procurement panel, the Defense Industry Executive Committee, chaired by Davutoglu, officially decided on Jan. 7 to go ahead with the TF-X program after reviewing its feasibility.

 

At the meeting, the committee decided to move beyond the pre-concept design stage. It said a twin-engine model would be pursued in the national fighter aircraft program.

 

Other members of the committee are Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Chief of Military General Staff Gen. Ncdet Ozel and chief procurement official, Ismail Demir, head of the SSM.

 

Davutoglu has said that a twin-engine model would be pursued in the national fighter aircraft program.

 

But the procurement official said this is not an irreversible decision. "We remain flexible on the choice of engine modality. Depending on our choice of a base model we may rethink that," he said.

 

He also said the "base model" could be both a NATO or a non-NATO product.

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The Turkish Air Force’s first A400M completed its initial flight in August 2013.(Photo Airbus DS)

The Turkish Air Force’s first A400M completed its initial flight in August 2013.(Photo Airbus DS)

 

March 23, 2015 By Burak Ege Bekdil – Defense News

 

ANKARA — The deliveries of two A400M military transport aircraft for Turkey, scheduled for this year, are facing delays, procurement officials here said.

 

The delay will result in penalties for the maker of the aircraft, Airbus Group, the officials said.

 

"The penalties specified in the contract can be cash payment or free equipment and services," one official said.

 

The official did not specify how long the delays are expected to be but said latest estimates show "they will probably be annoying enough but not as bad as the previous ones."

 

In 2003, Turkey signed a deal for a batch of 10 A400Ms, with final deliveries scheduled for 2018. Last year, two aircraft were delivered with two more to be received in 2015.

 

The delays in 2014 sparked a dispute between Airbus and the Turkish government. Turkey accused Airbus of failing in its delivery timetable, and Airbus accused Turkey for using delays for bargaining.

 

The latest A400M delivery to Turkey was formalized in December at Airbus consortium's final assembly line in Seville, Spain. The aircraft landed in the 12th Air Transportation Main Base Command in Erkilet in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri. Turkey's first A400M was delivered last April, following months-long controversy over whether the aircraft met technical specifications.

 

Other A400M client nations are Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain and Britain.

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Rafale Vs. Su-30MKI - The New Indian Dogfight


March 23, 2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist
 

Intensifying since the turn of the new year, you couldn't possibly have missed the roar of AL-31s in all talk of India's turbulent final dash for a Rafale jet deal. It's unmissable. The fact that the Su-30 MKI was pushed into the M-MRCA conversation by none other than India's defence minister ensured the notion strengthened quickly, unscathed by intrigue and rumours. And then, it exploded.
 

On the evening of December 30, when Manohar Parrikar suggested to reporters that 'additional Su-30s' could save the IAF in the event that 'complications'-ridden negotiations with Dassault Aviation for 126 Rafale fighters didn't end in a purchase contract. That the seed of the idea came from the proverbial horse's mouth, and not South Block hearsay, gave it furious immediacy.

 

The suggestion caught the Indian Air Force completely off guard, flying as it did in the face of an unusually defiant stance the IAF leadership had decided on in 2012 about there being 'no Plan-B' in the event that the Rafale failed. But this time, the IAF resisted an immediate rebuttal. This was, after all, the Defence Minister who had weighed in. But what truly unnerved the IAF -- and several planners within the MoD -- was that Parrikar had gone out on a limb less than two months after being handpicked as Defence Minister. His specific comments on the negotiations revealed three things: One, that he'd hit the ground running and was fully abreast of the negotiations and where they were stuck. Two, that he was fully willing to question for the first time the presupposition both within the MoD (and especially the IAF) that there would was likely to be extended turbulence, but a deal would finally be signed. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it showed that Parrikar has been empowered by the PM to lead decision-making on a deal that's so large that it has everything to do with the political leadership, and little to do with the act of hardware procurement.

 

But there was blood in the water that couldn't be ignored. If Parrikar's pre-New Year comment sparked a fire, he pretty much flung a barrel of gasoline at it two weeks later when in an interview to Karan Thapar on Headlines Today, he said in response to a question on the possibility of the Rafale deal not working out, "Sukhoi-30 choice is always there. What I mean to say is: upgrade the Sukhoi-30, make it more capable."

 

The latch-on was instantaneous. Hours after Parrikar's comments were broadcast, Russian think-tank the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade declared on Jan 13 that India's potential choice of more Russian Su-30 MKIs instead of Rafales would "advantageous to the country’s air force in terms of cost, tactical and technical characteristics of the plane and a series of other reasons". For good measure, the Russians stoked France's controversial hold-back of Mistral-class amphibious intended for Russia. The example had been broached before, but Moscow really ground it in this time.

 

A month later, Livefist learns, a concerted effort was made by Russia's mission & trade office in New Delhi to pull India's External Affairs Ministry into the conversation. The specifics of what was on the table isn't fully known. A curious Russian media report quotes junior minister in the MEA, former Army chief, Gen (Retd.) Vijay Kumar Singh as having said that the Su-30 was cheaper than the Rafale and more reliable.

 

In February, with the Su-30 vs. Rafale debate stewing for nearly two months to the consternation of Dassault, IAF chief Arup Raha was fairly buttonholed into saying, "There's M-MRCA and there's Sukhoi-30. The requirements are slightly different. And they have their own capabilities. They compliment each other but do not replace each other." A statement, it was immediately clear, that practically subverted what the Defence Minister had suggested.

 

At Aero India 2015, where the IAF chief made that comment, the spotlight also shined on friction between Sukhoi and the IAF over the unexplained seat ejection that caused the type's fifth accident last year. The Russians weren't happy. "When we are wrong, we will say so. When the Indian pilot is wrong, the IAF should not be shy to admit that," an irritated UAC officer told me at the time.

 

Dassault Aviation and the French government were always prepared for rumblings of power-play and suggestive pressure from the Indian MoD, but the speed at which the conversation heated up caught all involved by surprise. For Dassault, it would now be fighting on two fronts -- one with a confident new government that promised quick action either way. And two, with the Russians, India's largest supplier of military hardware, practically invited into the tense last lap of the M-MRCA fight by the Indian MoD. The French Defence Minister, who visited Delhi last month for the second time in less than two months, didn't bring up the Su-30 MKI. The French didn't have a direct play, political or otherwise. It was felt that things were too delicate at the negotiations table to poke at something that was, Paris understood, a direct message that India wasn't going to budge on final sticking points. Informed that it needed to work on a joint liability matrix with HAL for the license build programme, Dassault decided to bide its time.

 

Of course, by this time, plenty of journalism in India, Russia and France -- and the furious online military aviation subculture -- had gotten the Rafale and Su-30 to dogfight on paper. It wasn't until March that France's patience cashed out. It was a veritable neutron bomb on the Su-30's two month supercruise through arms & diplomatic circles, and even the French couldn't have expected such a break: a statement by Defence Minister Parrikar himself that the Su-30 fleet had serious problems.

 

For Dassault and the French government, the new conversation was 

 

Here's the latest state of play:

 
  1. Russia smells real blood. Through their Trade Office and the Embassy, an existing conversation about additional numbers of the Su-30 & upgrades of earlier units has been re-energised with the additional sweetener of a markedly higher degree of local content and sourcing on any additional Su-30s India may choose to license build in Nashik.
  2. Livefist can confirm that Russia has also offered India the Su-35 'Super Flanker', but kept the details open. The type is officially on the table now with Russia inviting India to help configure a Su-35 'MKI'.
  3. Russia is attempting to contain the twin damage of (a) information about engine trouble and fleet availability. Rosoboronexport has begun discussions with the IAF and HAL. And (b) the issue of the mysterious seat ejections. Both sides have decided to sort out the issue cordially and in private. It doesn't want to lose the momentum it received from the initial suggestion that more Su-30s could cushion the potential collapse of the M-MRCA.
  4. Dassault and HAL are currently working at a furious pace to have something to show to the MoD in the next one week, though it remains unlikely that there will be anything for Prime Minister Modi & President Hollande to announce next week in Paris.
  5. On March 18, Defence Minister Parrikar said, "They have to tell us whether they can do it or not. Can’t keep waiting."
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Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 fighter (KAI photo)

Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 fighter (KAI photo)

 

21 March 2015 By Jose Katigbak, STAR Washington bureau – Pacific Sentinel

 

WASHINGTON – The Philippines is planning to purchase 24 more combat aircraft, adding to the 12 FA-50 fighter jets it had ordered from South Korea in 2014, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said.

 

It did not specify when or from whom the aircraft would be ordered.

 

The FA-50s were the first order by the Philippines for advanced combat aircraft in decades amid the increasing tensions with China over disputed territories in the South China Sea.

 

The SIPRI report from Stockholm on Monday said the five biggest weapons exporters in 2010-14 were the United States, Russia, China, Germany and France, and the five biggest importers were India, Saudi Arabia, China, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.

 

The top five exporters were responsible for almost 74 percent of all arms exports.

 

Read the full story at The Philippine Star

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RTAF to deploy IFS applications for F-5E/F engines maintenance management

IFS Applications will be deployed to manage the maintenance of the Royal Thai Air Force's fleet of 25 F-5E/F fighter jet engines. Photo USAF

 

20 March 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

The Royal Thai Air Force's (RTAF) Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering (DAE) has selected IFS to manage the maintenance of jet engines of the service's fleet of 25 F-5E/F fighter aircraft.

 

The company will deploy its IFS Applications 8 suite to maintain RTAF's fleet of fighter planes that includes 47 J85-GE-21B/C jet engines.

 

This solution is scheduled to replace the existing manual and paper-based processes. It will improve the accuracy of maintenance information available to engineers on the ground, ensuring availability of the aircraft at all times.

 

Royal Thai Air Force Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering said: "We chose IFS Applications because it offered us a comprehensive and proven industry solution that could help standardise our maintenance processes across the entire fleet.

 

"We were particularly impressed with the user interface of IFS Applications, and the solution is also being delivered in local language, which is a huge bonus for us in ensuring ease-of-use within the air force."

 

IFS South-East Asia vice-president Sridharan Arumugam said: "IFS has seen positive double-digit growth across Thailand for the past five or six years, and this is a key region for future growth for the company.

 

"This is a key aerospace and defence organisation in this region and is a testament to the company's global expertise in this industry."

 

In addition, the comprehensive enterprise resource planning solution is expected to aid the air force in managing processes with third party suppliers, and improving collaboration to ensure availability of right part at the right time.

 

First phase of implementation at the Engine Maintenance Division, DAE at Don Muang Air Force Base, near Bangkok, is anticipated to go live in January 2016, and the solution will then be rolled out to the Wing 21 in Ubon Ratchathani Air Base, which is the home of F-5E/F aircraft.

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