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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 07:55
Première visite officielle du CEMA auprès des aviateurs

 

01/04/2014 Sources : EMA

 

Le 1er avril 2014, le général Pierre de Villiers, chef d’état-major des armées (CEMA), s’est rendu sur la base aérienne (BA) 942 de Lyon Mont-Verdun pour effectuer sa première visite officielle aux forces aériennes.

 

Accompagné du général Denis Mercier, chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’Air, le CEMA a rencontré les aviateurs du commandement de la défense aérienne et des opérations aériennes (CDAOA) qui planifient et conduisent au quotidien les opérations aériennes.

 

En se rendant dans le centre névralgique des opérations aériennes, là où se jouent à la fois la protection et la sécurité du territoire national, ainsi que le volet aérien de nos engagements en opérations extérieures, le CEMA a voulu témoigner sa reconnaissance et sa fierté aux hommes et aux femmes qui permettent aujourd’hui à la France de disposer d’une armée qui gagne et qui protège. « J’ai vu ici toute la cohérence de nos forces aériennes. J’ai vu la diversité et la complexité des missions, la manière remarquable dont elles s’imbriquent les unes dans les autres, comme si tout était simple et évident. J’ai vu des hommes et des femmes maîtrisant parfaitement leur partition, des aviateurs engagés, passionnés par leur métier ».

 

Lors de cette rencontre, le CEMA a également voulu leur communiquer sa vision du modèle d’armées à l’horizon des années 2020. Il a ainsi rappelé que l’objectif de la transformation qui est engagée est de conserver un outil de défense performant. Les modalités de réalisation de ce défi constituent le projet « Cap 2020 » dans lequel il souhaite que chacun s’implique à ses côtés. « Les défis sont nombreux, importants. Ils sont à notre portée si nous agissons ensemble et autrement, pour continuer à faire au mieux. C’est l’esprit de Cap 2020 qui rejoint celui de l’armée de l’Air ‘Unis pour Faire face’ ».

 

Ce déplacement a été l’occasion pour le CEMA de rencontrer les experts du centre national des opérations aériennes (CNOA) et de découvrir la future salle ACCS (Air Command and Control System). Ce système de commandement et de contrôle aérien de pointe constituera, d’ici 2016, une capacité d’intégration multinationale des systèmes et des données opérationnelles, notamment ceux des partenaires européens de l’Alliance atlantique. Le CEMA a également pu visiter le commandement de la composante aérienne des forces interarmées en Afrique centrale de l’ouest, le JFACC AFCO (Joint Forces Air Component Command). Avec son antenne localisée à N’Djamena au Tchad le JFACC AFCO planifie et conduit l’ensemble des missions aériennes au profit des différentes opérations et forces stationnées dans cette zone. A ce titre, il exerce le contrôle opérationnel des moyens aériens engagés au profit de l’opération Serval. Depuis janvier 2013, le JFACC AFCO a été à la manœuvre des 6000 sorties aériennes réalisées au Mali, dont 2000 ont été consacrées à la chasse, 1600 au renseignement et au ravitaillement, et 2700 aux missions de transport.

 

Après sa visite à Mailly-le-Camp le 24 mars, le CEMA s'est à nouveau rendu sur le terrain pour rencontrer les hommes et les femmes qui sont au cœur des engagements opérationnels. En qualité de commandant des opérations, il a voulu leur témoigner de sa confiance. Il a également voulu les assurer de sa volonté de bâtir, avec eux, le modèle d'armée qui sera le leur à l'horizon 2020.

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Swiss-Swedish fighter deal could triple in cost

 

 

Mar 31, 2014 ASDNews (AFP)

 

A key Swiss defence deal with Sweden to buy 22 fighter aircraft could cost three times more than the government claims, opponents said Monday, ahead of a referendum on the plan.

 

Campaigners who are gearing up for the May 18 plebiscite warned that the price tag could swell to 10 billion Swiss francs (8.2 billion euros, $11.3 billion).

 

"As with all fighter plane deals, on top of the actual purchase price of 3.1 billion francs, you have to add operating and maintenance costs, as well as upgrades needed in the future," Green Party lawmaker Daniel Vischer, a member of the campaign coalition, said in a statement.

 

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RAF retires two Tornado squadrons

 

31 Mar 2014 By: Craig Hoyle – FG

 

London - A phased reduction of the UK Royal Air Force’s fleet of Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft has taken its latest step, with two frontline units having been stood down on 28 March.

 

The service’s 12 and 617 squadrons ceased operations with a disbandment ceremony conducted at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, which from mid-2014 will instead become home to its Eurofighter Typhoon-equipped 1 and 6 squadrons, which are to be relocated from RAF Leuchars.

 

“Both squadrons have delivered precision air power around the world, whether that be in air-to-air combat, air-to-ground attack or in the intelligence-gathering role. We are proud of our heritage but we look to the future,” says AVM Stuart Atha, Air Officer Commanding the RAF’s 1 Group.

 

Known as “The Dambusters”, 617 Sqn will be reformed in 2018 as the UK’s first frontline unit to operate the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II. Some personnel from 12 Sqn, meanwhile, will be retained at Lossiemouth to support operations with the Typhoon.

 

The latest unit retirements leave the RAF with operational Tornado GR4 squadrons only at its Marham base in Norfolk. Its 15 Sqn operational conversion unit for the type will remain at Lossiemouth until 2018, with its last examples currently expected to leave use during 2019.

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BAE Systems helps keep RAAF ‘eyes in the sky’

 

31 March 2014 BAE Systems

 

Adelaide, SA: BAE Systems today signed an AU $77 million, five-year contract extension with Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) to continue support for the electronic warfare sub-systems aboard the RAAF’s Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.

 

This extends the existing support contract until at least mid-2019 and retains 35 high skilled positions in South Australia. It also keeps BAE Systems at the forefront of Australia’s electronic warfare capability. The extension follows the recently announced signing of a five-year extension to the Wedgetail support prime contract between BDA and the Commonwealth.

BAE Systems has provided engineering, maintenance and spares support for the Wedgetail electronic warfare suite under subcontract to Boeing for the past two and a half years. The state-of-the-art equipment is operated by on-board sensor specialists to locate and identify radar emitters and to protect the aircraft and its crew from potential missile threats.

“We are very pleased to retain this work and specialist skills in South Australia,” said Kim Scott, Director Land & Integrated Systems. “We trust that continued success on this program will help demonstrate that this type of advanced technology and capability can be provided locally to world standards.”

“BAE Systems is a key partner in the Wedgetail support program”, said BDA’s Mark Horton, Acting Wedgetail In-Service Support Program Manager.  “The extension to BAE Systems’ contract recognises the results achieved during the initial support period and continues the excellent partnership we have established.”

“We are very proud to be associated with the Wedgetail project and look forward to continuing that association,” said Mr Scott.

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The seventh batch of An-32 aircrafts upgraded was supplied to the Air Forces of India


01 April 2014 Pacific Sentinel

 

On March 29, 2014 the representatives of Ukroboronprom, PLANT 410 CA and Spectechnoexport have supplied to the Air Forces of India the seventh batch of An-32 Transportation Aircrafts, which were upgraded in Kyiv in the framework of the contract concluded in 2009.

 

That very day the vehicles were departed from Kyiv to Kanpur (India). Taking into consideration the events in Crimea, the European partners, as an exceptional case, have opened the sky for the military transportation aircrafts, so that the vehicles will be able to arrive at destination place in time.  

 

 As Yuriy Tereshenko, Temporary Director General of Ukroboronprom, reported, Ukrainian and Indian parties are satisfied with the progress of contract implementation and count on development of cooperation within the Program.

 

“We are sure that our Indian partners are satisfied with a high quality of our works, conducted by Ukrainian enterprises. India was and remains to be a strategic Ukrainian partner in the area of military technical cooperation. We admit a mutual interest in further development of aviation program. We expect in the nearest future the bilateral cooperation will be continued by new contracts,” Yuriy Tereshenko stressed on.  

 

 

The contract, worth some USD 400 million, for the repair and upgrading of 105 units of An-32 vehicles of the Air Forces of India was signed in July 2009 between Air Forces of Ministry of Defense of India and subsidiary company of Ukrspecexport State Company – Spectechnoexport.

 

In accordance with the contract, that have become the largest in the history of Ukrainian Indian bilateral military technical cooperation, 40 aircrafts are to be modernized in Ukraine and the rest of the aircraft at the BRD-1 aviation plant of the Indian Air Force in Kanpur (North India). Ukraine’s Antonov Plant and Civil Aviation Plant 410 are executing the contract.

 

As part of the deep upgrade, the Indian aircraft is to be fitted with modern equipment made in Ukraine and other countries. In particular, these are aircraft collision warning equipment, collision with ground early warning equipment, satellite navigation system, aircraft rangefinders, modernized height finders, new radar set with two multifunctional indicators, new oxygen equipment, and modernized crew seats.    

 

The upgraded An-32 will be able to land on an ICAO category II approach. Whereas, fuel consumption and the mass of the empty upgraded aircraft will be lower than for the basic model.

 

In addition, in line with a three-year contract worth $110 million signed in December 2009 by Motor Sich OJSC (Zaporizhia) and the Indian Air Force, the AI-20 engines of the Indian An-32s are being upgraded.

 

As of today, 35 aircrafts, out of those that are to be upgraded in Kyiv, have been already upgraded and transferred to the Costumer.

 

The first 10 modernized aircrafts have been already transferred to the Costumer in 2011, and each year other 10 vehicles in 2012 and 2013 accordingly.  The next 5 transportations were sent to India in August of the last year. The supply of the final batch of aircrafts, the modernization of which is carried out in Kyiv, is planned for the summer. 

 

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Pakistani Air Force Wary of Terrorist Threat to Airbases

 

Apr. 1, 2014 - By USMAN ANSARI – Defense News

 

ISLAMABAD — Media reports that Pakistani Taliban splinter group Ahrarul Hind is planning attacks on Pakistani airbases in retaliation for punishing airstrikes carried out in February have raised questions about the adequacy of security at Air Force facilities.

 

There has not been a discernible reaction from the Ahrarul Hind thus far, and analysts say the ferocity of the airstrikes that killed a number of important members has left it somewhat stunned. Commentators and public opinion had demanded action against terrorists for some time, however, and the military, long the focus of terrorist attacks, has been itching to deliver it.

 

But the threat of attacks on Air Force facilities is real.

 

There have been a number of devastating attacks on airbases in recent years; one the highest profile attacks was on PNS Mehran in Karachi in 2011, resulting in a number of deaths and the loss of two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. A 2012 attack on PAF Base Minhas at Kamra destroyed one Erieye airborne early warning and control aircraft and damaged another.

 

Civil and military-related infrastructure continues to remain a target. A weekend attack by terrorists on the civil Pasni radar post in Balochistan left one dead and equipment damaged. The attackers escaped.

 

However, since the last major attack in 2012, perimeter security has been tightened at military airbases. Commercial satellite imagery has shown other improvements inside the bases, and an undetermined (though probably small, according to analysts) number of Eland 60 armored cars have been procured from South Africa for airfield defense.

 

The service is prepared to defend its assets, said Air Force spokesman Air Commodore Tariq Mahmood.

 

“All security measures at our installations, our airbases and other facilities are in place, and it’s a layered defense. We are guarding them according to our [standard operating procedures]. The threat is always there, we can’t be oblivious to the situation in the country, but we’re protecting our installations and taking all measures,” he said.

 

Mahmood was not able to comment on the purchase of Eland 60s, however.

 

Analysts are also reasonably confident the Air Force’s security should be able to handle any threat.

 

“Current security is good,” said Brian Cloughley, former Australian defense attache to Islamabad. “All that is needed is coordination and no relaxation of present measures.”

 

Protection is difficult at some airbases because many have been surrounded by urban sprawl, but Cloughley said the most obvious solution, relocation, is probably out of the question.

 

There is, however, still room for improvement in airbase security.

 

Analyst and former Air Commodore Kaiser Tufail says the Air Force could learn from examples of civil airbase security.

 

“A short answer is to defend them the way [the Airport Security Force] has done,” he said.

 

“None of the 20-odd [Civil Aviation Authority] airports have been intruded in for the last three decades. The ASF and CAA have quite simply treated perimeter security with the utmost importance, and the PAF could learn a thing or two from them,” he added.

 

 

Additional equipment is needed, Tufail says, and there is a long list of items to be improved or acquired to bring security at Air Force airbases up to the level of the civil airports.

 

“Armored cars for patrols, manned watch towers, motion sensors, spotlights, fencing topped with razor wire, and of course, trained guards — these are some of the essential measures that ought to be in place at PAF bases,” he said.

 

“The civil airports have had these measures in place for decades. Unfortunately, these were lacking at PAF bases in the past, and have been implemented only recently. It was simply a case of oversight of a very important issue, and a heavy price was paid for the neglect,” he added.

 

Cloughley highlights a more military-specific issue.

 

“They could ask for surveillance balloons,” he said. There are “plenty of them left over by US and British forces in Afghanistan. But I imagine they’re too high-tech to be given to Pakistan. They are undoubtedly the best means of detecting approaches by enemy.”

 

However, such systems are complicated.

 

“Balloons are not a total solution, of course. They work in conjunction with ground radars and other electronic detection devices, and, of course, physical patrolling. It can be done most effectively, given good organization, but there’s a great deal of expense in hardware and manpower,” he said.

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Two C-130Js Delivered to Korea

 

 

MARIETTA, Ga., April 1, 2014 –  Lockheed Martin

 

Two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft operated by the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) ferried from the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] facility here today to South Korea.

ROKAF accepted delivery of these two aircraft last week at a ceremony in Marietta, home to the C-130J Super Hercules production line. These Super Hercs will be flown by ROKAF aircrews, which currently operate a fleet of C-130H legacy aircraft.

The ROKAF’s new Super Hercules is the longer fuselage or “stretched” combat delivery variant. Lockheed Martin is also contracted to provide a two-year support program to the ROKAF, including C-130J aircrew and maintenance training.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 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 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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Israel's first C-130J set for delivery on 9 April

 

 

31 Mar 2014 By: Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - The Israeli air force's first Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transport will arrive on 9 April, with preparations at Nevatim air base now complete.

 

The delivery of the first C-130J "Samson" is a major milestone in the reorganisation of the air force's Hercules squadrons. This will culminate with the operational consolidation of its two existing units, with the "Elephants" squadron to be absorbed into the "Knights of the yellow bird". The former will operate the new C-130Js, while the latter mainly uses upgraded H-model examples.

 

In June 2013 Lockheed delivered the first of four on-order C-130Js to Israel at its Marietta site in Georgia, ahead of the airframer supporting training activities in the USA. The remaining three transports will be delivered towards the end of this year and in early 2015.

 

The Israeli air force has also made a formal proposal for an additional two aircraft, and sources say a contract is in the final stages of processing.

 

Israel's new-generation Hercules have a cockpit configured for three crew members, similar to that used by US special forces. They will also be modified post-delivery to carry some Israeli-produced systems.

 

Flightglobal's Ascend Online advisory service shows the Israeli air force as having a current active fleet of 16 Hercules, comprising 12 C-130Hs and four C-130Es. The latter are being phased out, while the H-model fleet is receiving structural treatment to extend their use.

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Rafale photo S. Fort - Dassault Aviation

Rafale photo S. Fort - Dassault Aviation

 

31 March 2014 By Salman Siddiqui - gulf-times.com

 

The “omnirole” fighter jet Rafale can “easily” meet all the requirements of Qatar’s defence needs for the present and the future, a top Dassault Aviation (DA) official said recently.

 

Benoît Dussaugey, DA’s senior executive vice-president (international), told Gulf Times that the French company was in the race to win the multi-billion dollar contract for new fighter jets for Qatar’s Emiri Air Force and was “very confident” of its chances given the “excellent capability” of its aircraft.

 

“The final decision, of course, is with the Qatari authorities and we are sure that they will choose the best aircraft,” he said.

 

Dussaugey spoke to Gulf Times on the sidelines of the recently held mega defence exhibition, Dimdex 2014.

 

The Rafale is in competition with other major fighter aircraft, including the Euro fighter Typhoon backed strongly by the British via BAE Systems and American conglomerate Boeing that was reportedly offering the Super Hornet F-18 and F-15 Strike Eagle.

 

When asked about the reason for his confidence given that the French company’s jet hasn’t had a major sale in the region yet, Dussaugey said the whole world acknowledges the high performance of Rafale. He also pointed out that while it was true Saudi Arabia went ahead with its Typhoon jet deal, the UAE had backed out of it.

 

A top BAE System official had told Gulf Times earlier that the Typhoon deal had not gone through in the UAE because of the country’s “budgetary” constraints and had nothing to do with their aircraft’s capability. Dussaugey admitted with a laugh that “we were very happy” when the Typhoon deal did not materialise in the UAE.

 

The French official said his company was still a big contender in the Middle East market and was looking to bag contracts not only in Qatar, but also other countries such as Bahrain .

 

Also, France is the only country apart from the US that is able to deploy a large aircraft carrier in the region.

 

According to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, recent years have seen a growing French naval presence in the region, led principally by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. At Port Zayed in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, France has opened a new naval base, where Charles de Gaulle in 2010 was one of the first French navy ships to visit.

 

The aircraft carrier comprises 10 Rafale M and 10 Super Etendard fighter aircraft, as well as two airborne early-warning and control E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, the weekly added.

 

When asked to comment on the performance of Rafale in the UAE,  the official said: “The Rafale has performed perfectly well in the UAE and we didn’t even need to modify our aircraft in anyway to suit the extremely hot weather conditions of the region.”

 

He also highlighted the jet’s past military engagements, including in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2011, Libya in 2011 and Mali in 2013.

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Hawk Mk 120

Hawk Mk 120

 

01 April 2014 by Dean Wingrin - defenceWeb

 

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has grounded the Hawk trainer fleet following the crash of a jet whilst landing last Thursday.

 

The BAE Systems Hawk Mk 120 jet trainer, operated by 85 Combat Flying School, was performing a ‘touch and go’ at AFB Makhado when it experienced a control problem.

 

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the control stick ‘locked’ shortly before touch-down, resulting in the aircraft slamming the front wheel onto the runway, bouncing and then hitting the runway again with the front wheel. This resulted in the front wheel breaking off and the Hawk sliding down the runway before coming to a halt.

 

Neither of the two crew aboard, who deploying the drag chute after the nose-wheel broke off in order to slow the aircraft, were injured.

 

As the damaged aircraft blocked the runway, other aircraft that were still in the air were forced to land on the taxiway. This was safely accomplished as when the airbase was built in the 1980s, the taxiway was designed to operate as a secondary runway in the event of the main runway being blocked or damaged.

 

AFB Makhado is situated near the town of Louis Trichardt in Limpopo Province. 85 Combat Flying School is equipped with the remaining 23 Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) Hawk jets of the 24 delivered as part of the 1999 Strategic Defence Package (SDP).

 

The other flying squadron operating from the base is 2 Squadron, equipped with the SAAB Gripen fighter.

 

Although no comment has yet been received from the Air Force or South African National Defence Force (SANDF), it is believed the official Board of Investigation commenced their enquiries on Monday.

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Brazil AF Details Hermes 900 Purchase

 

April 1, 2014 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Brazilian air force; dated March 27, 2014)

 (Issued in Portuguese; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

 

Hermes 900 Enhances FAB’s Electronic Reconnaissance Capability

 

The rationale for buying a single large UAV to patrol several cities during the World Cup is unclear, but at least the Hermes 900 (above) is at least twice as capable as the Hermes 450s that Brazil now operates. (Elbit photo)

 

Purchased for use during the World Cup, this equipment is among the most modern in the world and will strengthen border monitoring

 

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has acquired a unit of the Israeli Elbit Systems Hermes 900 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). The contract signed last week (March 19) includes logistical support and a one-year warranty of the equipment.

 

The purchase was closed by the Air Force Logistics Center (CELOG) which has been negotiating the deal since last year. According to CELOG commander, Air Brigadier Ricardo César Mangrich, the new UAV will arrive in Brazil in early May, and will be ready for use during football the World Cup. The competition starts in June.

 

The new aircraft will be operated by the “Horus” Squadron (1º / 12º GAV), which has been operating the FAB’s RQ-450 Hermes unmanned aircraft since 2011. Headquartered in Santa Maria (RS), the squadron has begun theoretical training courses for Hermes 900 crews. Acquiring a UAV which belongs to the same “family” as the ones already in service facilitates the service introduction process. So much so, in fact, that the crew will operate the new aircraft during takeoffs and landings from the same ground station (shelter) currently used. The acquisition is also part of the FAB’s plan for UAV acquisition.

 

New Features

 

In addition to the well-known RQ-450 Hermes, among the main advantages of operating Hermes 900 is its “SkEye.” This is a set of 10 high-resolution cameras which allow surveillance of an entire region. The software which processes the set of images, allows them to be viewed independently, and so different targets can be monitored simultaneously within a given area. About 10 people will be needed to operate the new equipment. This sensor fitted to the Hermes 900 bought by Brazil was, until now, only available to the Armed Forces of Israel.

 

Classified as a category-4 equipment, the Hermes 900 is operated using satellite communications. The link will allow the machine to fly well beyond the 250 km range of the Hermes 450. In addition, the 900 can fly at 30,000 feet (over 9000 meters high) and has an endurance of over 30 hours of flight time -- about double that of the RQ-450. These advantages are important allies in the toolset used by FAB for the electronic monitoring of borders.

 

In the Americas, the Hermes 900 is operated by Mexico, Colombia and Chile.

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Tchad : Focus sur le ravitaillement en vol depuis un C-135

 

01/04/2014 Sources EMA

 

Le 21 mars 2014, le détachement C-135 présent à N’Djaména a effectué une mission de ravitaillement en vol au profit de deux Rafale engagés en opération au-dessus du territoire tchadien.

 

5h00 : salle des opérations du détachement d’aviation de chasse de la plateforme Épervier. Les quatre membres d’équipage du C-135 terminent le briefing préalable à la mission en rappelant les objectifs, l’itinéraire, la météo, les fréquences radio ou encore les éléments de rejointe avec les chasseurs.

6h45 : après la prise en compte de l’appareil et les vérifications techniques d’usage (système électrique, hydraulique, carburant, réacteur), le pilote, le co-pilote, le navigateur et l’opérateur de ravitaillement en vol (ORV) sont à bord, prêts à décoller. La tour de contrôle autorise le décollage, les moteurs sont mis en route et l’avion commence à rouler pour se positionner en bout de piste.

7h00 : le C-135 décolle. En quelques minutes, il atteint une vitesse de croisière d’environ 280 nœuds, soit plus de 500 km/h. Le contact radio avec les avions à ravitailler est établi. 

7h50 : « Les chasseurs sont à l’approche », annonce l’ORV, plus communément appelé le « Boomer », aux autres membres d’équipage. Deux méthodes de ravitaillement en vol sont alors possibles : la première se fait à partir de la perche centrale qui se situe à l’arrière de l’avion. Cette perche rigide rétractable se termine par un tuyau souple et un « panier entonnoir » dans lequel l’avion ravitaillé vient placer sa propre perche de ravitaillement. L’ORV, depuis sa cabine située sous l’appareil, juste en arrière de la base de la perche, commande l’opération.

La seconde méthode de ravitaillement est effectuée depuis les nacelles situées aux extrémités des ailes de l’avion. Depuis ces deux nacelles, des tuyaux souples, terminés par un « panier » stabilisé aéro-dynamiquement, sont déroulées afin que les avions puissent venir se ravitailler.

Pour cette action, le « Boomer » est en cabine avec le reste de l’équipage. Il effectue le ravitaillement à l’aide de petites caméras implantées dans l’avion qui lui permettent de surveiller la livraison de carburant et de s’assurer de la sécurité des chasseurs. Cette technique est plus aisée pour les avions de chasse et permet surtout de ravitailler deux appareils simultanément. Ce qui était le cas pour ce vol.

7h55 : Le décompte commence : « Cinq mètres, quatre, trois, deux, un contact ! » Les perches de ravitaillement des deux Rafale sont connectées aux paniers de ravitaillement. En quelques minutes, près de dix tonnes de kérosène sont délivrées.

12h30 : Après trois séquences de ravitaillement en vol, l’équipage prend contact avec la tour de contrôle de N’Djamena. L’approche débute et l’avion se pose sur la piste de la base aérienne 172. La mission est terminée.

Un avion de chasse dispose d’une autonomie d’environ deux heures de vol. Cette autonomie peut être étendue grâce au ravitaillement en vol. Les C-135, souvent comparés à des « stations-service volantes », sont indispensables et permettent aux autres aéronefs de pouvoir effectuer des missions avec une élongation plus importante.

Les avions déployés à N’Djamena œuvrent au profit des opérations Serval au Mali, Epervier au Tchad, et Sangaris en RCA. Leurs missions sont coordonnées par le JFACC AFCO.

Le JFACC AFCO (Joint Force Air Component Command – Commandement de la composante air de la force interarmées de l’Afrique centrale et de l’ouest) contrôle tous les moyens aériens dans la sous-région (Tchad, Sénégal, Mali, Niger, Gabon, RCA) hormis les moyens des détachements de l’aviation légère de l’armée de terre (ALAT) ainsi que les aéronefs des forces spéciales. Réorganisé dès le début de l’opération Serval pour faire face à l’accroissement du volume des moyens aériens engagés, le JFACC AFCO est déployé sur deux sites : d’une part, la base aérienne 942 à Lyon-Mont-Verdun, pour le commandement et la planification, d’autre part, la base aérienne 172 de N’Djamena pour la conduite.

Les militaires de la force Épervier assurent deux missions permanentes : ils apportent un soutien aux forces armées et de sécurité (FADS) tchadiennes, conformément à l’accord de coopération technique signé entre la France et le Tchad et sont en mesure de garantir, si nécessaire, la sécurité des ressortissants français résidant au Tchad.

Sources : EMA

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Ciel ouvert: des observateurs russes survoleront l'Allemagne et le Benelux

 

MOSCOU, 31 mars - RIA Novosti

 

Des inspecteurs russes survoleront l'Allemagne, la Belgique, les Pays-Bas et le Luxembourg dans le cadre du traité Ciel ouvert du 31 mars au 5 avril, a annoncé lundi à Moscou directeur du Centre national de diminution de menace nucléaire Sergueï Ryjkov.

 

"Un groupe d'inspecteurs russes à bord d'un avion russe Antonov An-30B réalisera un vol d'inspection au-dessus des territoires du Benelux et de l'Allemagne dans le cadre du Traité international Ciel ouvert", a indiqué le responsable.

 

"Le vol sera effectué du 31 mars au 5 avril depuis l'aérodrome de Bruxelles sur 945 km au Benelux et 1.300 km en Allemagne", a ajouté M.Ryjkov.

 

Le vol d'inspection sera effectué selon un itinéraire convenu entre les parties. Les spécialistes des pays concernés contrôleront l'utilisation des moyens techniques de surveillance et le respect des clauses du traité.

 

Il s'agit du 5e survol par les inspecteurs russes des territoires de pays signataires du Traité Ciel ouvert en 2014.

 

Signé le 24 mars 1992 à Helsinki, le Traité Ciel ouvert est appliqué depuis le 1er janvier 2002. Le document vise à accroître la transparence et la confiance entre les Etats signataires dans le domaine des activités militaires et du contrôle des armements.

 

Le traité a été signé par 34 Etats d'Europe et d'Amérique du Nord, membres de l'Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe (OSCE). La Russie y a adhéré le 26 mai 2001.

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A330 MRTT photo Airbus DS

A330 MRTT photo Airbus DS

 

31.03.2014 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

L’agence d’acquisition d’équipements militaires de la Corée du Sud (DAPA) a officiellement lancé ce 31 mars son programme d’acquisition pour l’achat d’avions ravitailleurs. Baptisé « KC-X », l’appel d’offres vise à équiper l’armée de l’air, qui ne dispose pas à l’heure actuelle d’avions ravitailleurs pour sa flotte de chasseurs.

 

La DAPA annonce également qu’une réunion d’information se tiendra le 8 avril prochain, afin de détailler les exigences techniques liées à ce futur contrat. Les industriels intéressés ont jusqu’au 30 juin 2014 pour faire parvenir leurs offres.

 

Boeing et Airbus devraient sans surprise s’affronter sur ce nouveau marché : L’avionneur américain pourrait en effet proposer son KC-46A Pegasus, tandis que le constructeur européen cherchera à placer son A330 MRTT (Airbus Defence & Space), qui a par ailleurs déjà remporté quelques beaux succès à l’étranger, le dernier en date au Qatar il y a quelques jours à peine.

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L'Armée d'Argentine : Le Kfir (Israël) Va t-il Remplacer le Mirage français ?

 

Mar 28, 2014 Youval Blumenthal – Israel Valley

 

L’Argentine a décidé d’étudier sérieusement les alternatives pour s’équiper à nouveau. Israël est sur les rangs avec le Kfir qui est une copie du Mirage français équipé d’un moteur américain.

 

Selon Reuters : "Le gouvernement argentin étudie différentes possibilités pour remplacer les avions de chasse Mirage de son armée de l’air, a déclaré en début de semaine le ministre de la Défense, Agustin Rossi, précisant que Buenos Aires souhaitait conclure un accord cette année.

 

L’Argentine est notamment en discussions avec Israël en vue de l’acquisition potentielle de chasseurs Kfir. “Le Kfir israélien est une des options que nous étudions, mais nous en regardons aussi d’autres”, a-t-il dit à la presse en marge du salon aérien de Santiago, au Chili. Le ministre a refusé de préciser les autres pays avec lesquels Buenos Aires était en contact. “Nous espérons prendre une décision cette année”, a-t-il ajouté. (Copyright © 2014 Thomson Reuters)

 

ISRAELVALLEY PLUS

 

Les origines du Kfir remontent à l’embargo imposé par la France en 1969. Suite à la guerre des Six Jours et à l’attaque de l’aéroport de Beyrouth par l’armée israélienne (Opération Gift, 28 décembre 1968), le président Charles de Gaulle décrète un embargo sur le Moyen-Orient (pour Israël, cela concerne principalement les vedettes Sa’ar III et les Mirage 5).

 

En conséquence, l’État hébreu n’est plus en mesure d’approvisionner son aviation militaire en chasseurs Mirage et pièces détachées. Les autorités décident de procéder au développement d’un chasseur de fabrication nationale.

 

Le gouvernement israélien lance alors deux projets :

le projet Raam A, construction d’un appareil d’après les plans du Mirage 5 (celui-ci devient le Nesher) ; le projet Raam B, qui impliquait alors le changement du réacteur ATAR 9C par le General Electric J79 pour le projet Raam A.

 

Le 19 avril 1971, Alfred Frauenknecht, ingénieur suisse, employé de la firme helvétique Sulzer fabriquant sous licence le Dassault Mirage IIIS, a avoué avoir vendu les plans secrets de cet appareil à Israël pour la somme de 200 000 $;

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Launch of First European Air-to-Air Refuelling Exercise Today

 

Eindhoven - 31 March, 2014 European Defence Agency (EDA)



The first ever European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training (EART14) taking place at the Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands starts today. Between 31 March and 11 April aircraft and crews from Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands will participate in realistic Air-to-Air Refuelling training scenarios within a modern air combat environment. 

 

EART14 offers participants a unique opportunity to plan and execute missions within a multinational framework. The exercise has been developed by the European Defence Agency (EDA) in close cooperation with the European Air Transport Command (EATC) and the Dutch armed forces.

 

Critical force enabler

As most transport and fighter aircraft are not able to cover intercontinental distances in just one sortie, Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) is a critical force enabler and is a requirement for sustained air combat operations. Despite the importance of AAR, European armed forces have suffered from both a lack of equipment and a lack of interoperability in this field. This has led EU countries to rely heavily on US assets in past operations. 

In 2011, Defence Ministers tasked the EDA to propose measures to mitigate the capability gap in European military AAR-matters. The EDA has since developed and implemented a global approach to tackling the shortfall of AAR capabilities, which involves increasing the overall AAR capacity, reducing fragmentation of the fleet, and optimising the use of assets.

This approach was endorsed by the European Council in December 2014, where Heads of State and Government approved the Agency’s roadmap on AAR.

 

Dedicated AAR scenarios

Eindhoven Air Base will be used as Tanker Forward Operating Base (FOB) during the exercise period. The exercise will be done in cooperation with the Dutch Frisian Flag 2014 to provide crews with the opportunity to take part in dedicated AAR scenarios embedded in a highly recognised fighter exercise. EART14 will be developed gradually with exercises becoming increasingly complex in nature over the two weeks, starting from single ship missions and evolving to become part of COMAO missions within Frisian Flag.

 

Background

The EDA has a comprehensive plan to improve the AAR capabilities in Europe. Mandated by Defence Ministers, EDA is engaged in four work strands in this domain: short-term gap filling; optimisation of existing assets; optimisation of AAR capacity offered by the future A400M fleet and enhancement of Europe’s strategic tanker capability by creating a multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) capability. 

As part of this global approach, the EDA, Italy and the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) jointly organised the first collective European Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) clearance trial on the Italian KC767 in September 2013. This enhanced AAR capabilities, as technical and operational clearances are mandatory to provide or receive fuel and they are thus a prerequisite to interoperability in multinational operations. Aircraft from France and Sweden participated in the campaign to obtain technical and operational AAR clearances against the Italian strategic airlift tanker. 

 

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EART 2014 has begun

 

31 March by Norbert Thomas – EATC

 

The first multinational European training on Air-to-Air refueling (AAR) began Saturday afternoon at precisely 3pm with the German tanker aircraft Airbus A310MRTT landing at Eindhoven Air Base.

 

The day after, Dutch and German soldiers got their first in-brief on the new created training, a coproduction of the Dutch Air Force and the European Air Transport Command, initiated by the European Defence Agency (EDA). The overall briefing was introduced by Colonel JMH (Howard) Colson, Squadron Commander of the 334th Squadron which runs the Dutch KDC-10 and same time hosts this first training event. Within his welcome words he underlined the necessity to expand and exchange the experience in AAR-matters.

 

Having done this, he gave over to Dutch Major Fred Frohlich, Exercise Director of EART 2014, who introduced some specialists at the briefings beginning: After a short look on the weather forecast, it was a Flight Safety Officer of the Eindhoven Air Base Tower Control to introduce the delegations into the Air Base itself as well as into the complex air traffic environment at and around Eindhoven Air Base, especially with regard to the fact, that the neighbored civil Eindhoven Airport represents the second biggest airfield of the Netherlands.

Next “on stage” was the Intelligence Officer who explained the overall scenario, Frisian Flag 2014 as well as EART 2014 are acting upon, followed by the Chief Flight Safety Officer of Eindhoven Air Base who described the air space boundaries and emphasized the necessity of precise communication among the acting players.

While an in-brief was given in parallel 250 km north at Leeuwarden Air Base for the Frisian Flag participants, it was at Eindhoven Air Base again Major Frohlich who took the floor and outlined the tactical scenarios in his operational EART in-brief. After presenting the training objectives and the exercise set-up, he explained the rules of engagement (ROE) as well as the training rules to be tackled for specific scenarios or situations for a training that takes place over Dutch, German and Danish ground, though mainly operating over the North Sea.

 

EART 2014 started its first mission today punctually at 9.00 local with the Airbus A310 rising again...

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Le Gripen [suisse] pourrait comporter un équipement radio américain

 

30.03.2014 Romandie.com (ats)

 

L'avion de combat Gripen E, que la Suisse prévoit d'acheter, pourrait être équipé d'un module de communication américain, selon plusieurs médias dominicaux. Cet équipement radio devait initialement être fourni par un fabricant bernois, mais Saab aurait changé d'avis il y a quelques mois.

 

Le constructeur suédois a décidé de confier le module radio des nouveaux avions suisses à l'entreprise américaine Rockell Collins, selon une enquête publiée dans les hebdomadaires "Le Matin Dimanche", "Schweiz am Sonntag" et "SonntagsZeitung". Les journaux ajoutent que le volte-face de Saab a eu lieu peu après que le Parlement suisse a accepté l'achat de 22 avions de combat.

 

Contacté par l'ats, le département de la Défense (DDPS) ne confirme, ni ne dément toutes ces allégations. Mais les services d'Ueli Maurer précisent, dans une prise de position écrite, que "l'utilisation de composantes non européennes dans le Gripen E n'a jamais été exclue".

 

"Vérifiés par les Etats-Unis"

 

Le cahier des charges de l'appareil qui allait remplacer le Tiger exigeait "de façon explicite" qu'il soit équipé de technologies et de systèmes de communication "vérifiés par les Etats-Unis", ajoute le DDPS.

 

Le département explique que ces mêmes systèmes "sont déjà utilisés sur les avions de combat F/A-18" (de fabrication américaine, ndlr), "dans nos systèmes de communication" et dans le système suisse de surveillance radar FLORAKO.

 

Les clés d'encryptage utilisées sur le Gripen seront fabriquées en Suisse, assure le DDPS. Interrogé sur les risques d'intervention par des tiers sur l'échange d'informations pendant une mission, le département affirme qu'il s'agit là de "pure hypothèse".

Seulement des entreprises suisses

 

Pourtant, face aux risques relevés dans des affaires comme celle de l'espionnage américain, le Conseil fédéral avait décidé le 5 février de serrer la vis. L'administration fédérale ne devrait plus recourir à des entreprises étrangères pour ses prestations informatiques et de communication importantes. Sont concernées aussi bien des prestations fournies dans le cadre de l'armée que via des téléphones portables ou des ordinateurs.

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Rafale deal: Antony refuses govt guarantee to France

French company Dassault has been shortlisted for supplying the multi-role medium combat Rafale aircraft.

 

Mar 30, 2014, The Times of India (PTI)

 

NEW DELHI: With the UPA-II's tenure coming to an end, France had wanted India to sign a pact to provide government guarantee for completion of negotiation for 126 fighter aircraft with Dassault company but defence minister A K Antony has refused to do so.

 

France, whose company Dassault has been shortlisted for supplying the multi-role medium combat Rafale aircraft, had proposed the signing of the agreement apparently to ensure that negotiations for the multi-billion dollar deal do not get affected if a different party comes to power after the Lok Sabha elections.

 

"The French side wanted government guarantee to the negotiations," sources said.

 

Antony, however, refused to sign such an agreement, arguing that governmental guarantee cannot be provided as negotiations were still underway, they said.

 

The defence ministry is still negotiating the price and terms and conditions of the contract with the French firm Dassault Aviation, whose Rafale combat aircraft was selected as the lowest bidder two years ago for supplying 126 warplanes.

 

Antony had recently ordered that the process to arrive at the lowest bidder in the multi-vendor tender be reviewed after completion of the whole procedure involved in the procurement as questions had been raised over it.

 

The two sides are trying to tackle the issue of life cycle costs (LCC) relating to Rafale.

 

"There are complaints about the procedure of calculating the life cycle cost and that issue is not yet settled. Before bringing the deal to the Cabinet Committee on Security for final approval, we would like to get clear on that aspect," he had said.

 

As per the Indian defence procedure, the firms offering lowest prices and meeting the requirements of the respective services are given the contract and in this deal to procure 126 combat aircraft, LCC has been taken into view to determine the lowest bidder.

 

Senior BJP leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha has written to Antony raising a number of questions over the "conceptual shift" in the defence procurement policy and expressed fears that LCC concept may bring in corruption.

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HAL's IJT Delayed, IAF Scouts Foreign Source

 

March 30, 2014 by - Livefist

 

The face-off between the Indian Air Force and HAL over the basic trainer programme festers nastily, much of it in public. But here's something that's been in the pipeline for a while now. And it gives me no pleasure to say I told you so.
 
The IAF has published a request for information to support a potential acquisition of intermediate (Stage-II) jet trainers from abroad "for a primary task of Stage–II training of Pilots and also capable to undertake a secondary task of Counter Insurgent Operations" (sic).
 
This was inevitable. The IAF has grumbled about HAL's delayed HJT-36 Sitara for months now. Last month, in a perplexing note to Parliament, the MoD said the Sitara was scheduled to achieve final operational clearance (FOC) by December 2014 (there's been no word on IOC, though). The IAF announcing a requirement in the global market could mean many things: (a) It simply doesn't have faith that HAL will deliver the HJT-36 on time anymore -- the HJT-36 should have been in service by June 2012. (b) It does not have faith in the aircraft itself (spin and stall recovery characteristics remain largely unproven). (c) A psychological pressure tactic on HAL, not unprecedented -- it's on right now on the basic trainer domain.
 
Either way, the IAF has put out a very specific list of requirements. To quote from the RFI:

 

The aircraft should be easy to fly and have good control response/agility. The flying qualities should preferably conform to Mil-F-8785C and Mil Std 1797-A. The aircraft should demonstrate the following qualities: (a) Stalling. An unmistakable natural stall warning should be available, irrespective of the configuration. (b) Spinning. The aircraft must be resistant to spin but it should be possible to perform intentional spin upto six turns to either side and recover safely thereafter. The aircraft behavior in the spin should be predictable and consistent. (c) Aerobatics The IJT should be capable of performing loops, barrel rolls, rolls, combination maneuvers and negative ‘g’ flight without adverse effects on the engine and aircraft structure. The aircraft should be capable of sustained inverted flight for at least 30 seconds at sea level at maximum takeoff power.

Interestingly, the IAF has also specified a 'counter-insurgency' role for the platform it's looking for. In 2011, HAL began the process to kit out the HJT-36 with armament. For its freshly stated requirement, it has specified the following:

The aircraft should be capable of carrying at least 1000 kg of external load. The aircraft should be equipped with a minimum of five hard points and each hard point on the wing should be stressed to carry at least 300 kg stores. The aircraft should be, free from buffet, dutch roll, snaking and wing rock during air to ground weapon training. The aircraft should be capable of employing the following armament: (a) Gun. A light weight gun/ gun-pod with adequate ammunition for at least 5 sec of firing time. (b) Rocket Pods. Reusable rocket pods. (c) Bombs. Should be able to carry at least 4x250 kg retarded or ballistic bombs. The stations should be capable of employing Carrier Bomb Light Stores (CBLS) type of dispensers for carriage of practice bombs (25 lbs and 3 Kg).

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Le chasseur de démonstration CF-18 spécialement peint pour le 90e anniversaire de l’ARC (PHOTOS)

Le capitaine Adam «Manik» Runge, le pilote de l’équipe de démonstration du CF-18 et Jim Belliveau, artiste graphique, sur le chasseur de l’équipe de démonstration du CF-18 de 2014 (caporal Audrey Solomon/FAC)

 

29 mars 2014 par Jacques N. Godbout - 45eNord.ca

 

Le chasseur de l’équipe de démonstration du CF-18 de 2014 qui a été dévoilé cette semaine à la 4e Escadre Cold Lake, en Alberta a été spécialement peint cette année pour commémorer le 90e anniversaire de l’Aviation royale canadienne (ARC) le 1er avril 2014, qui fera l’objet de célébrations tout au long de l’année.

 

Afin de souligner ce jalon de l’histoire de l’ARC, le thème adopté cette année pour l’équipe de démonstration du CF-18 ainsi que pour l’équipe de voltige des Snowbirds est «Telle est la voie vers les étoiles – Alimentée par le passé».

Le concept du chasseur CF-18 Hornet est l’œuvre du graphiste Jim Belliveau, qui en a réalisé auparavant plus de 25 et l’avion dévoilé cette semaine est le fruit d’innombrables heures de travail acharné par les équipes de la 4e Escadre Cold Lake.

C’est le capitaine Adam «Manik» Runge sera aux commandes du chasseur CF-18 Hornet lors des spectacles aériens présentés partout en Amérique du Nord et en Europe à compter de mai 2014.

Le Capitaine Runge est actuellement membre du 409e Escadron d’appui tactique (Nighthawks) de la 4e Escadre Cold Lake.

Après s’être joint aux Forces canadiennes en 2003 dans le cadre du Programme de formation des officiers de la Force régulière, il a fréquenté le Collège militaire royal (CMR), où il a passé ses étés en tant qu’instructeur et pilote de remorqueur à l’École régionale de vol à voile (Centre), à Trenton (Ontario). Le Capt Runge a obtenu un baccalauréat en génie mécanique au CMR en 2007.

Après avoir obtenu son brevet de pilote à l’été 2009, le Capitaine Runge s’est entraîné sur le CT-155 Hawk – avion à réaction servant à la formation de l’Aviation royale canadienne.

Ensuite, le Capitaine Runge a suivi un entraînement sur le CF-18 Hornet, où il a atteint, à l’été 2011, son objectif de devenir pilote de chasse. Le Capitaine Runge affiche plus de 800 heures de vol à bord d’aéronefs militaires à haute performance.

«L’équipe de démonstration est un parfait exemple du professionnalisme des Forces armées canadiennes et constitue un symbole du fier patrimoine toujours représenté par les Forces armées canadiennes à nos jours», peut-on lire d,ailleurs à ce sujet dans un article paru cette semaine sur le site de l’ARC sur le dévoilement du CF-18 de démonstration.

En outre, cette année, la base de chasseurs de Cold Lake, célèbre aussi son 60e anniversaire cette année et hier, vendredi 28 mars, a reçu la visite du gouverneur général et commandant en chef David Johnston, qui a été accueilli par le lieutenant‑colonel Christopher Zimmer, commandant de la 4e Escadre Cold Lake par intérim, et l’adjudant-chef Robert Viel.

Il y a passé en revue la garde d’honneur de 50 membres des Forces armées canadiennes de la 4e Escadre Cold Lake et a visité ensuite les installations, examiné l’équipement du laboratoire des systèmes équipages et rencontré le personnel.

 

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La Corée vend 12 chasseurs FA-50 aux Philippines

 

 

SEOUL, 28 mars (Yonhap)

 

Le gouvernement sud-coréen a signé ce vendredi un contrat de 420 millions de dollars pour l’exportation vers les Philippines de 12 avions de chasse légers FA-50 construits par Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), a annoncé ce vendredi l’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA). Le FA-50 est un dérivé de l’avion d’entraînement supersonique T-50 Golden Eagle que KAI a développé conjointement avec l’américain Lockheed Martin.

 

Ont participé à la cérémonie de signature à Manille le ministre de la Défense philippin, Voltaire Gazmin, le commissaire de la DAPA, Lee Yong-geol, et le PDG de KAI, Ha Sung-yong. Selon les termes de l’accord de gouvernement à gouvernement, KAI livrera les appareils au cours des 38 prochains mois.

 

Le contrat a été conclu après que la présidente sud-coréenne Park Geun-hye et le président philippin Benigno Aquino III ont signé en octobre de l’année dernière un protocole d’entente pour l’expansion de la coopération dans le domaine de la défense.

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Lockheed Martin livre les deux premiers C-130J sud-coréens

Le premier C-130J destiné à la Corée du Sud photo Lockheed Martin

 

28/03/2014 par François Julian – Air & Cosmos

 

Le constructeur américain Lockheed Martin a annoncé hier la livraison de deux C-130J à la Corée du Sud. Ces avions sont les premiers d'une commande conclue en 2010, et qui porte sur la livraison d'un total de quatre avions.

 

La Corée du Sud devient ainsi que le quatorzième pays au monde à aligner le C-130J. Ces avions sont destinés à remplacer les C-130H vieillissants de la force aérienne sud-coréenne (Rokaf). Séoul a plus particulièrement porté son choix sur des C-130J-30 Super Hercules, c'est à dire la version à fuselage allongé du C-130J (longueur hors-tout de 34,37 m).

 

Le constructeur américain devrait livrer les deux autres exemplaires à la Rokaf dans le courant de l'année.

 

Selon nos informations, il reste dorénavant à Lockheed Martin moins de 20 C-130J à livrer, parmi lesquels des avions pour Oman, la Tunisie, l'Arabie Saoudite, l'Inde, le Koweït ou encore Israël. Si le constructeur veut pouvoir prolonger la fabrication de son avion au delà de 2016, il lui faudra obtenir de nouvelles commandes à l'export. Lockheed Martin espère ainsi vendre son avion au Mexique, à la Libye, l'Algérie ou encore l’Égypte. Il est également possible que la commande saoudienne soit allongée.

 

Le C-130J a été commandé à 344 exemplaire, dont 125 pour l'export.

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Qatar air force selects Airbus to supply A330 MRTTs

 

 

27 Mar 2014 by Stephen Trimble – FG

 

Washington DC - The Qatar Emiri Air Force has selected Airbus Defence & Space to supply two A330 multi-role tanker transports (MRTT), potentially adding a seventh customer for the type.

 

Airbus announced the selection on 27 March, with virtually no prior warning of a potential sale.

 

Qatar's air force has no in-flight refueling capability today, but it has been steadily building up its transport capacity.

 

Lockheed Martin has delivered four C-130J-30s and Boeing has delivered four C-17s to Doha in the last four years, joining a fleet of Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft serving as VIP transports.

 

The tanker selection also comes amidst an extended selection process for Qatar to buy up to 72 fighters to replace an ageing fleet of 12 Dassault Mirage 2000-5s.

 

The bidding process has drawn interest from all of the western fighter makers except Saab, with the Boeing F-15E and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and the Lockheed Martin F-16 all in contention.

 

Airbus has so far delivered 17 A330 MRTTs among five signed customers with a total of 34 orders. Singapore has also ordered six of the aircraft, while India also is in the final stages of negotiating an order for six more, the company says.

 

The converted A330-200 is capable of carrying 111t (245,000lb) of fuel.

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photo IAF

 

March 27, 2014: Strategy Page

 

Back in 2010 the Israeli Air Force decided to halt upgrading its older AH-64A Apache helicopter gunships to the all-weather AH-64D "Longbow" version. At that point 17 of 47 Israeli AH-64s had been upgraded. The issue was cost and eventually less expensive Israeli sources were found for the electronics needed to achieve many of the capabilities of the D model. Using Israeli electronics also meant it was easier integrating AH-64 systems with Israeli made communications and battle management systems. This also reduced the cost as has the decision to switch to Israeli missiles instead of the American Hellfire.

 

With the improved electronics the AH-64 can be used at night and in bad weather, and be able to spot things on the ground and far away (about ten kilometers). Up to sixteen missiles (plus its 30mm cannon) can be carried, and these weapons are particularly useful for urban warfare, where you want to minimize civilian casualties. It was the civilian casualties sometimes caused when Israeli AH-64s were used against Islamic terrorists in Gaza that created political opposition to the U.S. selling Israel more AH-64s or allowing them to upgrade using American suppliers.

 

Since 2009 Israel has used the original AH-64A and the few AH-64Ds it received from the U.S. against Islamic terrorist group Hamas in Gaza. Based on past experience, Israel developed tactics that integrated the AH-64s closely with the ground units. The Israelis examined how the U.S. has been using AH-64s in Iraq and Afghanistan, and picked up some tips there as well. Now the Israelis are using all that knowledge to upgrade and refurbish their AH-64s with Israeli equipment and ideas.

 

Israel currently has 44 AH-64s and 33 older (but often upgraded) AH-1 helicopter gunships in service.

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