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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
First Upgraded IAF Mirage 2000 Photo Dassault Aviation

First Upgraded IAF Mirage 2000 Photo Dassault Aviation

 

March 20, 2015 by asian-defence.net

 

India will get its first upgraded Mirage 2000 later this month from France under a Rs 10,000 crore deal.

 

French defence major Dassault Aviation, the original manufacturer of the fighter jet, will hand over two upgraded aircraft to India on March 25 at the Istres Dassault Aviation Flight Test Center.

 

India had in 2011 signed an upgrade programme worth over Rs 10,000 crore with Dassault Aviation for upgrading the fleet of its Mirage 2000 aircraft totalling 51.

 

However, at least three aircraft have been lost in crashes since then.

 

The firm, which is negotiating a multi-billion dollar deal for supplying 126 Rafale combat aircraft to India, has said that after the successful completion of this phase, the rest of the fleet will be upgraded in India by state-run HAL with help from Dassault and Thales, another French firm.

 

The IAF had started procuring the Mirage 2000 in the early 80s and the upgrade is likely to expand its life span by around 10-15 years.

 

The upgrades on the aircraft include a night vision goggle-compatible glass cockpit, advanced navigational systems, advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, advanced multi-mode multi-layered radar, fully integrated electronic warfare suite besides others.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Malaysia - Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29N (9-12SD) photo Junchuann

Malaysia - Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29N (9-12SD) photo Junchuann

 

March 21, 2015 By Nigel Pittaway – Defense News

 

LANGKAWI, Malaysia — Speaking on the eve of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) show, Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had bad news for the world's fighter manufacturers who are lining up to sell their product to replace the country's MiG-29Ns.

 

The country's defense focus, he said, is on local threats, including those from the Islamic State group.

 

"We need to look at what we see as the threats. What you see is the story unfolding in Syria and Iraq and which fighter is not there at the moment? You've got the Super Hornets, you've got the Typhoons and yet it is still unfolding before our very eyes," he said.

 

"And secondly, the threat from IS is different from our traditional terrorist threats that we have faced in the past, [which] don't compare with the threats that we're facing from IS."

 

Malaysia's MiG-29 replacement program has been stalled for some time and the latest focus on terrorist threats has meant a lower profile for many of the fighter manufacturers at LIMA 2015.

 

Speaking aboard the Royal Malaysian Navy warship Jebat on March 16, Hishammuddin said that any future defense acquisition will be based on the possible threats Southeast Asian countries will have to face.

 

The Malaysian government is already responding to the 2013 militant incursion in Sabah, on the island of Borneo, by transferring some of its Sikorsky S-61A Nuri helicopters to the Army and arming them with 7.62mm door guns. More importantly, it has begun fitting Army AgustaWestland A109 light utility helicopters with a 7.62mm M134 gatling gun.

 

"So whatever acquisitions we make in the future will depend very much on threats, the perceived threats and the real threats, that we have to face," Hishamduddin said. "I believe that it is important for us to think outside the box, it is important for us to work in tandem with the other neighboring countries that we have in this region, because there are common enemies."

 

"IS is a threat to all of us, and today all 10 [Southeast Asian] nations have stated categorically our fight is against IS.

 

"You will see the gatling gun that we have fitted on our A109s and maybe the threat that we face just requires a gatling gun."

 

Dassault was the only manufacturer to fly its aircraft, with a French Air Force Rafale performing daily and also providing a series of demonstration flights for Malaysian officials.

 

Philip Dunne, UK minister for defense equipment, support and technology, was also at LIMA and provided insight into the campaign for the Eurofighter Typhoon in Malaysia.

 

"At the moment we are responding to requests from the [Malaysian] Ministry of Defence. We think we have got a competitive proposal," he said on March 17.

 

"We are aware the Malaysian government will be entering into its next five-year plan shortly and we are hopeful there will be a line [of funding] in that plan for the MRCA, which will allow them to proceed, but it's up to the Malaysian government to make that decision."

 

Malaysia is converting disused oil rigs into offshore military platforms and the first will be towed into position off Sabah next month.

 

Hishammuddin said that the platforms will be used as a base for patrol boats, helicopters and UAVs to reduce response times to a future threat. He also revealed that Malaysia is also looking at converting oil tankers into offshore bases.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
Su-30MKI With BrahMos-A at AeroIndia 2015 photo Livefist

Su-30MKI With BrahMos-A at AeroIndia 2015 photo Livefist

 

March 19th, 2015 defencetalk.com

 

The Indian Air Force plans to start mounting BrahMos cruise missiles on its aircraft in 2016, BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Mishra told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

 

The short-range supersonic missile was jointly developed by Russia and India and has been in use by the Indian Navy since 2005.

 

“The missile is scheduled to be adopted in 2016, ten more tests will be carried out by the end of the year,” Mishra said.

 

He added that the next test flight is due in May with the aircraft carrying the missile launcher. This will be followed by flights with the equipped missiles and, eventually, test firing them.

 

India is Russia’s biggest arms trade partner, with more than 70 percent of India’s military equipment coming from Russia or the former Soviet Union, according to Russia’s state arms exporter.

 

The two countries are taking part in the major Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’15), currently underway in Malaysia.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:25
A Mexican Air Force C-130K Hercules aircraft in flight. Photo Zahpo75

A Mexican Air Force C-130K Hercules aircraft in flight. Photo Zahpo75

 

20 March 2015 airforce-technology.com

 

Cascade Aerospace has completed a first test flight of the Mexican Air Force's (FAM) upgraded C-130K Hercules aircraft from its base in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

 

In November 2013, the company received a contract as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Canadian and Mexican Governments, for maintenance and modernisation of FAM's two C-130K aircraft.

 

The C-130K maintenance and modernisation programme was initiated in 2014. It involved an upgrade of the avionics system. including the installation and integration of Rockwell Collins Flight 2 avionics suite, digital fuel quantity indication, and engine instrument display systems.

 

The aircraft, which is currently based at Cascade's hangar, has also been equipped with a new auxiliary power unit, as well from undergoing a wing availability and sustainment programme.

 

Cascade Aerospace executive vice-president and CEO Ben Boehm said: "This test flight represents the culmination of a year of detailed design effort followed by countless hours of skilled craftsmanship to present the Mexican Air Force pilots with an airworthy plane.

 

"This test flight will lead to the delivery of a modernised and updated aircraft to the Mexican Government at a fraction of the cost of a new aircraft."

 

The Flight 2 system is developed from Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics solution, the Flight 2 system improves aircraft's operational capabilities by offering an open systems architecture that combines flight operations with navigation and guidance functions, and supports future growth requirement.

 

The company also conducted operational and technical training for FAM personnel using the Rockwell Collins Flight 2 procedural training simulator at its Abbotsford facility.

 

Power for the C-130K Hercules is supplied by Allison T56A-15 engines turboprop engine.

 

The aircraft is a derivative of Lockheed Martin's C-130 Hercules, and is used to carry troops, passengers or freight.

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22 mars 2015 7 22 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
US Air Force complete C-17 avionics, weather radar upgrades

 

March 19th, 2015 By Air Force News Agency - defencetalk.com

 

When one door closes at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex regarding aviation modernization, that same door swings open for another opportunity.

 

In the 562nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, maintainers have completed a complex avionics and weather radar modernization package, referred to as BLOCK 16, with the final C-17 Globemaster set to fly home this month.

 

This steady program at Robins speaks to the highly-skilled maintainers who have worked on this particular upgrade package since 2007.

 

When the aircraft is returned to its crew at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, they will basically be getting a brand new transport aircraft, complete with state-of-the-art communications capabilities, navigation upgrades, and weather radar with new color palettes and improved display.

 

During the last several months, more than 3,000 wires were removed during the upgrade, with more than 7,000 new wires installed — a complex undertaking involving scores of video cables, data transmission cables, power lines, and the like.

 

“It will be sad to see them go because we’ve gotten so good at working on them,” said Eric Bickett, 562nd AMXS first-line supervisor. “Our maintainers have proven themselves, taking an aircraft that Boeing and the Air Force have sent us, and completely changing what it’s capable of. It truly looks factory (made) when we’re done with it.”

 

Working on the communications portion was perhaps the most time consuming, according to maintainers, as this involved removing old analog wiring and installing new digital control boxes, headset receptacles, etc.

 

Satellite communications capabilities through the addition of ports will also allow any of the military services who board the aircraft to set up their own equipment.

 

“The overall goal is to get all these C-17s to be one specific aircraft so any aircrew can jump from one to the other and everything will be exactly the same,” said Frank Kipa, 562 AMXS aircraft electrician.

 

“While these particular upgrades are now completed, we still have much work to do with maintenance. With the quality of work we do here, we look forward to any future mods coming our way,” he said.

 

As this was the last completed BLOCK 16 modification for WR-ALC in a fleet of more than 220 aircraft (several aircraft will be modified at a later date by Boeing’s San Antonio facility), work is ongoing to hit another milestone on BLOCK 17 upgrades, which installs combat lighting inside and outside the aircraft.

 

“Combat lighting gives the aircrew flexibility in how they illuminate the aircraft whether it’s inside or outside,” said Bickett. “For example, when troops are being medically treated inside, we’re able to provide capabilities that can block light from escaping to the outside. We can also illuminate the exterior using different covert lighting.”

 

“You can illuminate the flight deck, the cargo bay and outside completely different after this combat lighting upgrade. There’s a lot of flexibility, giving an aircrew plenty of options,” he said.

 

The final aircraft to receive this upgrade is scheduled to arrive in December, and will return to its customer a year from now in 2016.

 

The C-17, despite its size, is able to take off and land on short runways, and is constantly carrying out missions all over the world.

 

The Air Force received its final C-17 from production at Boeing in the fall of 2013, a move that had been expected for some time.

 

Robins not only maintains the C-17, which first flew in 1991, but is also responsible for sustainment of the aircraft through the C-17 System Program Office, which also plays a crucial role in the modification, maintenance and overall service of the entire fleet.

 

Bickett said he likes to ask what happens to aircraft once they leave Robins. He recalled looking online last August and recognized a photo of a C-17 that had passed through the complex.

 

The aircraft had conducted a humanitarian assistance operation to aid Iraqi citizens. At that time, thousands of Yazidis were attempting to escape the advance of Islamic State fighters and had become trapped on Mount Sinjar. An Air Force C-17 had been tasked to provide food and supplies.

 

“That’s what we do,” he said. “As much as these aircraft are flown with the different missions they do, the wear and tear, the hard landings — they hit the ground like it’s moving. We help keep these flying and in their current state.”

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 22:30
Al-Anad base located in Lahj province in southern Yemen (picture credit Google Maps)

Al-Anad base located in Lahj province in southern Yemen (picture credit Google Maps)

 

March 21, 2015 By Katharine Lackey, USA TODAY – Defense News

 

U.S. troops were evacuating a southern Yemen air base Saturday after al-Qaeda seized a nearby town amid growing violence in the war-torn nation, multiple media outlets reported.

 

Military forces, including Special Forces commandoes, were leaving the Al Anad air base near the southern city of al-Houta, the Associated Press and CNN reported citing unnamed officials. About 100 American troops and Special Forces members are stationed there.

 

The troops are the last American forces stationed in Yemen, CNN reported. Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch — considered the terror organization's most dangerous — seized al-Houta on Friday.

 

The evacuation comes amid growing sectarian violence in the mostly Sunni nation under assault from Shiite rebels known as the Houthis, who are the sworn enemies of the Sunni al-Qaeda terrorists.

 

On Saturday, the Houthis called for rebels to battle forces loyal to the nation's president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, AP reported. Hadi fled to a southern port city of Aden last month after being placed under house arrest by the Houthis and remains the country's internationally recognized president.

 

The call to arms came shortly after Hadi gave a defiant speech, where he declared Aden a "temporary capital" and challenged the rebels to stop tricking the nation's residents in his first address since he fled, AP reported.

 

The Houthis, backed by Iran's Shiite government, took over the capital in September. The rebels control at least nine of Yemen's 21 provinces. They've seized parts of the U.S.-backed government, threatening a key American anti-terrorism partner in the region.

 

The Pentagon has targeted members of al-Qaeda's Yemen branch with drone strikes and supported Yemen's armed forces in their fight against the militants. The base being evacuated Saturday houses American and European military advisors, AP reported.

 

Diplomats from the United States and several European nations fled Yemen in February amid embassy closures resulting from deteriorating security conditions.

 

In the past week, violence in the country has only grown. On Friday, 137 were killed and 357 were wounded after four suicide bombers targeted two Shiite mosques in Yemen's capital of Sanaa, located more than 200 miles north of al-Houta. It was one of the deadliest attacks in the nation's history.

 

A group claiming to be a Yemeni branch of the Islamic State, composed of Sunni extremists who are rivals of al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for Friday's bombings. The claim could not be verified, but would mark the first attack by the group in Yemen if confirmed.

 

However, officials in Washington raised doubts as to whether the Islamic State even has the operational capability to carry out such an attack in the country.

 

Fighting in southern Yemen has also ticked up. The international airport in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden was forced to close Thursday when forces loyal to Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, waged a gunbattle with security forces loyal to Hadi. That incident left 13 people dead.

 

On Friday, the State Department condemned the violence, including airstrikes that targeted the presidential palace in Aden.

 

"We call upon all Yemeni parties to return in good faith to a political dialogue to resolve their differences," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said in a statement. "Political instability threatens the well-being of all Yemenis and denies them the opportunity to live in safety, peace and prosperity."

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
Australia’s First F-35A Pilot Takes Flight

 

21 March 2015 Pacific Sentinel

 

Australia first F-35A pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, yesterday [AEST] took his first flight in an F-35A aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States.

 

The flight was on the morning of Wednesday 17 March (US CST) in a United States Air Force F-35A aircraft, as the Australian F-35A aircraft are currently located at Luke Air Force Base, in anticipation of the opening of the international pilot training centre in mid 2015. SQNLDR Jackson will continue his intensive training program over the coming months.

 

The F-35A (commonly known as the Joint Strike Fighter) will meet Australia’s future air combat and strike needs, providing a networked force-multiplier effect in terms of situational awareness and combat effectiveness.

 

The F-35A’s combination of stealth, advanced sensors, networking and data fusion capabilities, when integrated with other defence systems, will enable the RAAF to maintain an air combat edge.

 

The first F-35A aircraft will arrive in Australia at the end of 2018 with the first operational squadron to be established by 2020. The F-35A will replace the aging F/A-18A/B Hornets at RAAF Bases Williamtown (NSW) and Tindal (NT).

 

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 12:55
Préparation opérationnelle annuelle pour les unités d’appui au déploiement

 

20/03/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Du 23 février au 12 mars 2015, 430 militaires de toutes les unités de la brigade aérienne d’appui à la manœuvre aérienne (BAAMA) se sont réunis pour la première fois au camp régimentaire de la Courtine pour leur exercice annuel de préparation opérationnelle.

 

Cet entraînement était l’occasion pour le 25e régiment du génie de l’air (25e RGA), le groupement aérien d’appui aux opérations (GAAO), le groupement aérien des installations aéronautiques (GAIA) et le groupement tactique des systèmes d’information et de communication aéronautiques (GTSICAéro) d’améliorer leur savoir-faire « combattant » (toutes unités) et « sapeur » (25e RGA).

 

Cette année, la priorité de l’exercice a été donnée à l’instruction sur le tir de combat (IST-C FAMAS et PA), à l’instruction sauvetage au combat, à l’aguerrissement au travers d’activités de groupe et à la révision des fondamentaux du soldat.

 

Visite du commandant de la BAAMA

 

Préparation opérationnelle annuelle pour les unités d’appui au déploiement

Lundi 9 mars 2015, le général Bruno Maurice, commandant la BAAMA, est venu assister au rallye de fin de séjour au lac Vassivière, près du camp de la Courtine. Le rallye de fin de séjour est un moment important dans le camp. Il permet d’évaluer le niveau d’instruction atteint par les hommes, en parcourant 45 kilomètres sur deux jours, dont 14 en nocturne.

 

Lors de cette visite, le colonel  Stéphane Bajard, chef de corps du 25e RGA, et le lieutenant-colonel Pierre Briy, commandant le GAAO, ont notamment présenté au général les ateliers explosifs et techniques d’interventions opérationnelles rapprochées (TIOR).

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 08:30
Op. IMPACT: point de presse du 20 mars 2015


20 mars 2015 par 45eNord.ca

 

Point sur les opérations en Irak avec le capitaine de vaisseau Paul Forget du COIC.

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 12:30
Kata’ib Hezbollah with a QW-1 Capture via Federation of American Scientists - source WIB

Kata’ib Hezbollah with a QW-1 Capture via Federation of American Scientists - source WIB

 

March 19, 2015 by ADAM RAWNSLEY - WIB

 

Iraq’s airspace just got more dangerous

 

An Iranian-backed proxy group in Iraq released a video on Sunday showing its fighters in possession QW-1M man-portable air-defense missiles, marking the introduction of one of the more sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons seen in more than a decade of conflict in Iraq. The video, released by the Shiite terrorist group Kata’ib Hezbollah, shows fighters parading with the missile. In one scene, the camera zooms in on the launch tube to reveal its QW-1M markings. China’s Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation manufactures the QW-1M, and the missile launcher first appeared in 2002 at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition. But responsibility for its introduction into Iraq likely lies with Iran.

 

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 08:45
C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft

C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft

 

19 March 2015 by Kim Helfrich – defenceWeb

 

The decrease in pirate activity off Africa’s east coast has probably contributed to an SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Joint Operations decision to withdraw air operations from Pemba in support of the anti-piracy Operation Copper.

 

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking is now in its fifth year of operation with South Africa as the major contributor of both personnel and equipment. Mozambique and Tanzania are the other two SADC nations who have committed to the operation in the Mozambique Channel since its inception in 2011.

 

The first Operation Copper deployment was early in 2011 following the hijacking of a Mozambican fishing vessel by Somali pirates in the northern reaches of the Mozambique Channel. Lindiwe Sisulu, at the time Defence and Military Veterans Minister, said South African warships were deployed to northern Mozambique along with a C-47TP maritime patrol aircraft from 35 Squadron and a 22 Squadron Super Lynx maritime helicopter. This hardware was supported by a total of 377 uniformed personnel from the air force, military health services and the navy.

 

Captain (SAN) Jaco Theunissen, Joint Operations spokesman, confirmed this week that Pemba and hence 35 Squadron would no longer be a part of Operation Copper.

 

“Maritime operations will continue from an SA Navy platform,” he said, declining to answer questions on whether the SAAF would still be part of Op Copper.

 

At present the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) SAS Galeshewe is on station in the Mozambique Channel having replaced one of her sister ships, SAS Isaac Dyobha.

 

At various times since the deployment started the Navy has put Valour Class frigates and the supply ship SAS Drakensberg into the seas off the lower east African coast as a piracy deterrent. More recently this task has been the exclusive preserve of the serving OPVs, all converted Warrior Class strikecraft.

 

The normal OPV crew requirement for an Operation Copper deployment is around the 60 mark including a Maritime Reaction Squadron component, divers, an ops medic and two Mozambican sea riders.

 

The only South African platform to have been an active part of a counter-piracy operation was Drakensberg. She acted as southern stopper for the EU Naval Force to prevent a suspected pirate ship from escaping the multi-national task force based off the Horn of Africa.

 

It is not known at present if the term of Operation Copper will be extended. It was last extended for 12 months by President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as SANDF Commander-in-Chief, until the end of March this year.

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 08:35
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS

 

Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Airbus Defence and Space; issued Mar 17, 2015)

 

Prime Minister of Malaysia Witnesses Official Handover of First Airbus A400M to Royal Malaysian Air Force

 

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) today officially received its first of four Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, ordered from Airbus Defense and Space.

 

Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Saad officially took over the aircraft from Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. The ceremony took place at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) 2015 in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato' Seri Najib Razak and Minister of Defence Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

 

Malaysia is the first export customer of the A400M outside of the original launch nations.

 

The occasion also marked the debut of the A400M at LIMA 2015. The technologically-advanced airlifter had earlier performed a special fly-past at the Show's opening ceremony.

 

The RMAF A400M will be on static display throughout the LIMA 2015 from March 17-21, 2015 before returning to its new home base Subang in Kuala Lumpur.

 

"As a new generation multi-role transport aircraft, the A400M will strengthen RMAF's tactical and strategic capabilities. It will enable us to undertake an extraordinary range of military and humanitarian operations within the country and regionally," said Chief of RMAF, General Dato' Sri Roslan Saad.

 

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: "We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer and we want to congratulate Malaysia on its foresight and vision. The A400M is the ideal aircraft for a region like Asia-Pacific and we are sure that Malaysia will show the way here on how beneficial the A400M can be."

 

Following the official ceremony, the Prime Minister of Malaysia met with the RMAF crew who had flown the A400M all the way from Seville, Spain, to its new home at RMAF Subang, with an overnight stop at Abu Dhabi. The same crew also flew this morning's fly-past demonstration.

 

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense then visited the airlifter spending time at the cockpit with the crew.

photo Airbus DS
photo Airbus DS

photo Airbus DS

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
Tornado-Piloten trainieren Bordwaffeneinsatz

 

19 mars 2015 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 03/2015 15E10501

 

Bei der Waffensystemausbildung in Holloman / New Mexico absolvieren junge Piloten die fliegerische Grundausbildung auf dem Tornado sowie eine Basis-Waffenausbildung. Während der neunmonatigen Ausbildung in den USA lernen die Crews, das Flugzeug in allen Fluglagen und allen Situationen zu beherrschen. Mit 300 Sonnentagen im Jahr und einem großen militärischen Luftraum bietet Holloman ideale Voraussetzungen für die Ausbildung aus einer Hand: Neben der Grundausbildung findet auch die Ausbildung der Flug- und Waffenlehrer in New Mexico statt.


Musik: Ohmwrecker von Concors (Universal Music)

 

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

19 March 2015 Department for International Development, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP and Ministry of Defence

 

Britain is responding rapidly to help people affected by cyclone Pam.

 

A Royal Air Force C-17 plane carrying shelter and lighting from the UK has landed in Vanuatu, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

The plane arrived in Vanuatu at 0300 GMT on Thursday 19 March, carrying 1,640 shelter kits which can house families of five people and more than 1,900 solar lanterns with inbuilt mobile phone chargers.

These supplies will help protect some of the most vulnerable people affected by the cyclone, especially women and children.

Also on board were two humanitarian experts from the Department for International Development who are now based in country to ensure that emergency supplies reach people in the region and assess what further assistance Britain can provide.

Justine Greening said:

Britain’s rapid response to humanitarian disasters on the other side of the world is something to be incredibly proud of.

Cyclone Pam’s trail of destruction has left thousands of people without their home and access to power. Our emergency shelter kits and solar lanterns, which have arrived thanks to the swift and invaluable support of the Royal Air Force, will help meet people’s basic needs.

Britain stands ready to assist further to ensure supplies get to those in need and will continue to support the Government of Vanuatu as part of the wider Commonwealth effort.

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 13:40
a Russian Tu-95 strategic bomber getting fuel from a Il-78 tanker aircraft. (Photo Norwegian Defense)

a Russian Tu-95 strategic bomber getting fuel from a Il-78 tanker aircraft. (Photo Norwegian Defense)

 

19.03.2015 sputniknews.com

 

Après avoir décollé d'un aérodrome dans la moyenne Volga, un groupe de bombardiers stratégiques a mis le cap sur la péninsule de Kola pour tester la disponibilité des systèmes antiaériens de la région.

 

Des bombardiers stratégiques Tu-95MS effectuent des missions visant à tester l'efficacité des systèmes de défense antiaérienne dans le nord-ouest de la Russie, a annoncé jeudi le ministère russe de la Défense dans un communiqué.

 

"Des équipages de l'Aviation stratégique russe effectuent des vols en Arctique en vue de vérifier la disponibilité des forces de défense contre les aéronefs (DCA) dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Après avoir décollé de l'aérodrome d'Engels [moyenne Volga], des bombardiers stratégiques Tu-95MS ont pénétré, sous forme de cibles d'entraînement, dans la zone de responsabilité des unités de DCA stationnées sur la péninsule de Kola. Cette pénétration a été effectuée de différentes directions et à différentes altitudes et vitesses", lit-on dans le communiqué.

 

Depuis lundi, les forces armées russes font l'objet d'une nouvelle vérification surprise de leur disponibilité opérationnelle. Cette fois-ci, l'accent est mis sur les systèmes de DCA déployés en Arctique. La vérification concerne la Flotte du Nord, les forces de la Région militaire ouest et les Troupes de débarquement, soit plus de 38.000 militaires, des milliers d'unités de matériel de guerre terrestre et des dizaines de bâtiments de surface, de sous-marins, d'avions et d'hélicoptères. Les contrôles dureront du 16 au 21 mars. 

 

La première vérification surprise des forces armées depuis la chute de l'URSS a eu lieu en Russie en 2012 peu après la nomination de Sergueï Choïgou à la tête du ministère de la Défense. Selon les experts, ces contrôles permettent d'améliorer substantiellement la coopération interarmes. Plusieurs vérifications de ce genre se déroulent chaque année en Russie en plus d'environ 3.500 exercices militaires de différents types et niveaux.

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 08:55
photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

 

18/03/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Mardi 10 mars 2015 un exercice « crash d’aéronef » a été réalisé sur le site de la base aérienne 126 de Ventiseri-Solenzara. Cette simulation se déroulait dans le cadre de la préparation du meeting de l’air qui aura lieu les 30 et 31 mai 2015. Récit de cet entraînement.

 

À 13 heures 30, un Super Puma de l’armée de l’air s’annonce en difficulté à l’approche de l’aérodrome de Ventiseri-Solenzara. Une panne moteur avec désynchronisation voilure l’oblige à réaliser « un posé dur » sur une des bretelles de la base aérienne.

 

La tour de contrôle met alors immédiatement en alerte les secours de la base corse, qui interviennent rapidement sur les lieux. A leur arrivée, ils découvrent qu’en s’écrasant, l’appareil a blessé plusieurs personnes.

 

Le plan de secours spécialisé d’aérodrome (PSSA) de la base est immédiatement mis en œuvre. L’activation du plan ORSEC-NOVI est également demandée par le commandant de la base aérienne au préfet de Haute-Corse.

 

Alors que les secours de la base aérienne sont à l’œuvre, des renforts du service départemental d’incendie et de secours arrivent sur place. La direction des opérations de secours est alors prise par le sous-préfet de l’arrondissement de Corte. Un poste de commandement opérationnel en relation avec le centre opérationnel départemental de la préfecture de Haute-Corse est activé.

 

Au bilan, plus de 25 véhicules de secours sont déployés avec leurs équipages. Un poste médical avancé, ainsi qu’une cellule psychologique, sont installés dans un hangar de la base. Au total, 30 victimes sont prises en charge.

 

Cet exercice interministériel majeur a permis de mettre en œuvre le PSSA de la base 126 et d’impliquer de nombreux moyens de secours de Haute-Corse. L’entraînement a validé une étape supplémentaire de la préparation du meeting de l’air de Ventiseri-Solenzara.

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March 18, 2015 by Shiv Aroor - Livefist

 

It's unmissable. The intensifying sense over the last two months that the Su-30 MKI has swooped into M-MRCA airspace. From the politics of it, to the powerplay smack dab in the middle of final negotiations, from the journalism drumming up the new face-off to diplomatic leverage and the criticality of the Indian Air Force's own situation during an increasingly fluid phase of its largest ever procurement. A comprehensive Livefist report that draws on all of these aspects to provide a clear sense of the state of play, and what's turning out to be one of the most interesting phases an eight year procurement effort.

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Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Indian Express News Service; published Mar 17, 2015)

 

Technical Glitches: Astra Test-Fire Fails

 

BALASORE, India --- A fresh trial of beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) Astra was deferred on Monday, reportedly due to a technical snag. The missile could not be launched though an unmanned aerial vehicle which was to be used as a target for the missile was flown from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha coast.

 

Defence sources said the missile was initially planned to be tested on March 12, but was rescheduled for Monday. A defence official associated with the mission said though the pilotless target aircraft was flown as per schedule, the missile could not be fired due to technical glitches in the system.

 

ITR Director MVKV Prasad said there was a possibility of the trial on Tuesday or Wednesday. As part of induction phase trials, the test was aimed at checking the control system and its stability which would have propelled its quick induction into the Armed Forces.

 

However, it is not for the first time that the missile has developed problem. In 2011, it had failed twice, but in 2012 and 2014, a series of developmental tests, captive flights and trials from fighter aircrafts was successful.

 

The indigenously developed Astra is designed for an 80-km range in head-on mode and 20 km-range in tail-chase mode.

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18/03/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Mercredi 11 mars 2015, une remise de poignards a eu lieu sur la base aérienne 188 de Djibouti.

 

À l’occasion d’une cérémonie des couleurs, présidée par le colonel Nicolas Leverrier, commandant de la base, cinq sous-officiers supérieurs de l’armée de l’air, promus au grade d’adjudant, se sont vus remettre leur poignard par leur parrain respectif.

 

Le poignard symbolise la confiance accordée par la hiérarchie à ces sous-officiers. La lecture de l’ordre du jour a permis de souligner que le poignard représente également l’engagement au service de la mission, le respect des règlements et des hommes, l’intégrité en toutes circonstances et l’excellence dans la réalisation de leur mission.

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Russia Starts Missiles Delivery for Su-30MKM Jets Designed for Malaysia

The Su-30MKM, designed specifically for Malaysia's Royal Air Force, is armed with several air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles with ranges of about 75 miles. By 2011, the country purchased 18 Su-30MKMs from Russian Irkut Corporation.

 

17.03.2015 sputniknews.com

 

LANGKAWI (Sputnik) — Russia has started delivering missiles for Malaysia's Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighters, manufactured by Russia's Irkut Corporation, the head of Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport's regional department told RIA Novosti in an interview on Tuesday.

 

"We are currently providing after-sales service for Su-30MKM, fighters, including the supply of all necessary spare parts and repair services, as well as the supply of aircraft munitions," Vladimir Ereschenko, who is in charge of the Rosoboronexport delegation at the LIMA-2015 exhibition taking place in Malaysia, said.

 

Malaysia signed a $900-million contract with the Irkut Corporation for the delivery of 18 SU-30MKMs in August 2003. The country received all jets by 2011.

 

The Su-30MKM, designed specifically for Malaysia's Royal Air Force, is armed with several air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles with ranges of about 75 miles.

 

According to Rosoboronexport, the company exceeded its export projections by $22 million in 2014, despite being subject to Western economic sanctions, imposed on key Russian companies due to the situation in Ukraine.

 

Northwestern Malaysia's Langkawi hosts the biennial LIMA-2015 exhibition on March 17-21. Around 38,000 people are expected to visit the event, according to the organizers.

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Vol d'entraînement au profit d'un pilote afghan aux Etats-Unis. Photo USAF

Vol d'entraînement au profit d'un pilote afghan aux Etats-Unis. Photo USAF

 

18 Mars 2015 par Defens’Aero

 

Au mois de Février 2013, le Pentagone a confirmé son intention de se procurer vingt A-29 Super Tucano afin de former et de constituer une véritable force aérienne pour l'Afghanistan, qui voit le départ de plusieurs milliers de militaires de l'ISAF, mois après mois, et qui va devoir assumer, tant bien que mal, la sécurité de son pays.

 

Le contrat, remporté face à l'AT-6 Texan de l'avionneur Beechcraft, prévoit, en plus de la livraison des appareils légers d'attaque au sol, la vente d'un simulateur, un système informatique permettant le débriefing des missions, ainsi qu'un support logistique et un certain nombre de pièces qui seront utilisées pour les réparations et la maintenance, une fois que l'Afghanistan réceptionnera officiellement les Super Tucano sur son territoire.

 

Et cette réception devrait se faire vers la fin de l'année 2015, plus précisément au mois de Décembre, si tout se déroule comme prévu. En effet, selon John Campbell, Général au sein de l'US Army et commandant de la Force Internationale d'Assistance et de Sécurité, le premier A-29 Super Tucano devrait se poser sur le sol afghan à la fin de l'année.

 

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Su-30MKI - photo UIMC Rostec

Su-30MKI - photo UIMC Rostec

 

Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source New Delhi TV.com; published Mar 17, 2015)

 

Sukhoi-30 MKI, Air Force's Most Modern Fighter Jet, Plagued by Engine Trouble

 

NEW DELHI --- Sukhoi-30 MKI, the most powerful and modern fighter jets in Indian Air Force's stable, has been hit by mid-air engine failures. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Parliament today that as many as 35 instances of engine failures were reported in 2013-14 - that's nearly three a month.

 

In all, there are 69 instances of engine failure in the last four years, the minister said. Inquiries by the Air Force have revealed that in as many as 33 instances, the engines failed because of impure fuel, in another 11 cases, the problem was caused by excessive vibration and in eight others, engine failures were reported because of low pressure in the lubricant tanks, the Defence Minister said. About five SU-30 MKI have crashed since 2009.

 

Like all twin-engine jets, the Russian made Su-30s are capable of landing on a single engine. But to reach its maximum potential of carrying a total eight tones of payload including bombs, missiles and spare fuel tanks, the jet needs both its AL-31FP engines to function.

 

Engine failures is fast becoming a major concern for Air Force and also puts a question mark on India's ability to defend its skies. Another problem area that senior Air Force officers point out is serviceability. "Serviceability of the aircraft is about 50 per cent only," an officer said. It means at any given time, roughly half out of a fleet of 200 jets are available for operational purposes. This becomes crucial in times of emergencies like war.

 

Mr Parrikar said that the engines were scheduled to be overhauled after every 1000 hours of flying, but the defects started showing-up after only 500 hours of flying. The minister said that Russia-based NPO Saturn, manufacturers of Su-30 Al-31FP engines, offered to make "nine technological improvements" during overhauls, and added that after the modifications the engines were flying for upto 900 hours.

 

To address the growing capability gap, especially that created by increasing obsolescence of MiG-21, India is talking to France to buy 126 medium multi-role Rafale fighter jets. But the negotiations have been dragging on for three years. Although the acquisition has got mired on per unit cost and number of man hours required to produce it in India, a resolution of these issues can be expected when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits France in April.

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Philippines Air Force Takes Delivery of Its First C295

 

Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

 

The Philippines Air Force has taken delivery of the first of three Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft ordered from Airbus Defence and Space.

 

The aircraft was formally handed over in Seville, Spain where the final assembly line is located and is now being ferried to the Philippines.

 

In Philippines Air Force service the C295 will play a key role in the modernization of the force´s transport fleet and will undertake a wide variety of military and humanitarian missions.

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Argentina Confirms JF-17 Talks with China

The Argentina air force has sent a technical team to China to discuss a possible buy of 12 to 24 Chengdu JF-17 Xiaolong (Thunder) combat aircraft, seen here armed with anti-ship missiles. (Chinese Internet photo)

 

Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: La Gaceta; published Mar 17, 2015)

(Published in Spanish; unofficial translation by defense-Aerospace.com)

 

Argentina Evaluating Offers to Buy 24 Fighter Jets

 

BUENOS AIRES --- Argentina is talking with China about buying up to 24 FC-1 / JF-17 fighters capable of reaching the Falklands, as confirmed by the Minister of Defence, Agustín Rossi. He said that an official delegation will travel to China next week to begin the talks.

 

"The Chief of Staff of the Air Force (Mario Miguel Callejo) is going to China with a technical mission to explore the possibility of purchasing" the fighters, Rossi confirmed as he accompanied President Cristina Fernandez in announcing an investment of $930 million to equip the Army.

 

Argentina’s interest in the Chinese fighters was first reported by the London Sunday Express newspaper The possibility was first raised as part of the trade agreements signed by Fernandez during her recent trip to China.

 

“The aircraft is a single-seat, single-engine design capable of a top speed of Mach 1.8 at an altitude of 55,000 feet. It also has a combat range of 1,350 kilometers, which allows him to fly back and forth to Stanley from the base of Tierra del Fuego," Rossi explained during an interview with Radio America.

 

Rossi declined to give many details of the talks but confirmed that the intention is to buy "not less than 12 and not more than 24" aircraft. If the agreement did indeed materialize, he said it would be "something new for Argentina’s Air Force, which has always had Western equipment."

 

The defense minister said that China is not the only country with which negotiated for the purchase of fighter planes. For the moment, Argentina has "two formal offers" for Spanish Mirage F-1s and Israeli Kfir Block 60s. "We also have an informal French offer," he said, but avoided giving details.

 

Argentina will make its decision once all formal offers are on the table, but the intention is that it should happen before the end of the year. "Then, I'll take the options to the President to make the decision," Rossi confirmed.

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Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Bernama news agency; published Mar 18, 2015)

 

LANGKAWI, Malaysia --- French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation says Malaysia is being offered a financial package similar to that given to Egypt for procurement of its Rafale jet fighter.

 

Dassault Chief Executive Officer Eric Trappier said the package entails a ten-year repayment loan from a French commercial bank and guaranteed by the government of France.

 

Cairo recently acquired 24 Rafale combat aircraft and a multi-mission frigate and associated equipment from Dassault Aviation worth 5.3 billion euros.

 

"We are committed and looking forward to having a long term business deal here in Malaysia as we have the best fighter aircraft which can cover multirole missions," he said during a breakfast session with the media here Wednesday.

 

He said Dassault had already tied-up with a few local companies, namely, Zetro Aerospace, CTRM and Airod as part of a long-term plan to expand its business in the aerospace industry in Malaysia.

 

He said the company is also eyeing other local companies that have potential for collaboration, with the transfer of know-how and technology to Malaysia, in some aspects of the process to build aircraft.

 

"We are also looking at different types of industrial packages to offer to Malaysia, like the final assembly line of aircraft, production of some parts, development, maintenance and support which we see local industries as having the capability, if they collaborate with us," he added.

 

On the Malaysian Aerospace Industry Blueprint 2015-2030 launched yesterday, he said it was apt for fuelling the industry's development.

 

The blueprint was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in conjunction with the ongoing Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima 2015).

 

Trappier said Dassault sees the present as a good opportunity to collaborate with more Malaysian companies as it is not merely focused on selling aircraft. The Rafale is making its third appearance at the LIMA since 2011 and is the only company participating in an aerial demonstration this time.

 

"We believe we can succeed in Malaysia. We have a good aircraft to offer. and as far as I am concerned, good government-to-government relations as well," he added.

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