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13 juillet 2014 7 13 /07 /juillet /2014 11:40
Ka-52 photo Russian Helicopters

Ka-52 photo Russian Helicopters

 

MOSCOU, 11 juillet - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie présentera au Salon de Farnborough (banlieue de Londres) son matériel aéronautique le plus sophistiqué, a annoncé vendredi l'exportateur d'armements russe Rosoboronexport dans un communiqué.

Le Salon aérospatial de Farnborough se déroulera du 14 au 20 juillet. Cependant, certains de ses membres n'ont toujours pas reçu de visas. 

Selon une information publiée auparavant par RIA Novosti, un des plus grands exportateurs russes d'armements, le Service fédéral de coopération technico-militaire, n'enverra pas sa délégation au Salon. Les exportateurs russes y seront représentés par la société publique Rosoboronexport.

"Nous participons traditionnellement à ce salon réputé et y présentons les derniers-nés de notre industrie aéronautique, ainsi que les modèles les plus prometteurs conçus pour l'exportation", a déclaré le chef de la délégation de Rosoboronexport, Sergueï Kornev, cité dans le communiqué. 

 

Les avions militaires russes en images > >

 

La délégation russe envisage notamment de présenter des hélicoptères et des avions de combat aux délégations des pays du Proche-Orient, d'Amérique latine et du Sud-Est asiatique.

Selon le document, les clients potentiels seront particulièrement intéressés par le chasseur polyvalent extrêmement maniable Su-35, les chasseurs multirôle MiG-29M et MiG-29M2, l'avion de combat et d'entraînement Yak-130, l'avion de transport militaire Il-79MD-90A, les hélicoptères d'attaque Mi-35M, Mi-28NE et Ka-52, ainsi que par d'autres appareils.

 

Les hélicoptères militaires russes modernes > >

 

Il est également prévu de mettre l'accent sur la coopération scientifique, technique et industrielle avec les partenaires européens de Rosoboronexport.

"Les négociations prévues dans le cadre du Salon porteront sur les recherches et développements effectués par des centres scientifiques russes et sur des projets conjoints conçus dans l'intérêts de pays tiers", lit-on dans le communiqué.

Rosoboronexport est la seule société russe fournissant toute la gamme de produits, de services et de technologies militaires et à double vocation. Un des leaders du marché mondial des armements, Rosoboronexport assure plus de 80% des exportations d'armes et de matériel de guerre russes. La société coopère avec plus de 70 pays du monde.

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17 juin 2014 2 17 /06 /juin /2014 16:50
EATT catches up speed

 

17 June  Pascal Ballinger - EATC

 

In Plovdiv (Bulgaria) for the moment military out of 20 nations are just staring to the sky with the same question in mind: when will the rain stop?
This morning, Tuesday June 17, 2014 the 3rd EATT started with some academicals for air crews. While inside the meeting room the crews have been briefed on air operations and have got an update on the threat situation in the vicinity of Plovdiv Airbase - while outside it was just raining “cats and dogs”.
EATT 14 brings together more than 450 participants, 19 crews and 10 transport aircraft of five different types having flown in from ten different countries.
The aircraft and crews come from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Spain and Norway. Luxembourg, the smallest EATC Participation Nation joins with one single pilot embedded inside the Belgian crew.
Observers are coming from Austria, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, UK, and USA.
Greece is supporting the exercise with F-16 aircraft and one EMB-145H AEW&C.

 

Find EATT 2014 picture gallery here.

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2 juin 2014 1 02 /06 /juin /2014 12:50
Defender AL.2 ZH001 photo Colin Frankland

Defender AL.2 ZH001 photo Colin Frankland

 

30 Mai Ouest-France

 

Deux Mirage 2000 français ont évité de peu la collision avec un avion militaire britannique.

 

Un avion militaire britannique a évité une collision en octobre dernier avec deux avions de chasse français qui participaient à un exercice en Ecosse. C'est ce qui ressort d'un rapport des autorités britanniques chargées de la sécurité aérienne, publié ce vendredi.

 

Selon le rapport, les deux Mirage 2000 « n'ont pas vu » l'avion militaire britannique Britten-Norman BN2T Defender, qui effectuait « un exercice de navigation » le 10 octobre 2013, au nord de l'île écossaise d'Islay.

 

« La sécurité de l'appareil aurait pu être mise en danger »

 

L'un des deux Mirage est passé à 100 pieds (30,48 m) de l'avion britannique qui, ayant reçu une alerte l'informant de la présence d'un appareil en-dessous de lui, a alors pris de l'altitude, et vu un second Mirage passer au-dessus de lui.Les deux avions français opéraient depuis la base de la Royal Air Force Leeming, dans le nord-est de l'Angleterre, et participaient à un exercice militaire avec l'armée britannique.

 

Les autorités aériennes ont classé à B le risque de cet incident, ce qui signifie que « la sécurité de l'appareil aurait pu être mise en danger ».

 

« Les actions du pilote du BN2T ont empêché un incident plus grave », indique le rapport.

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14 mai 2014 3 14 /05 /mai /2014 07:45
U.S. deploys surveillance aircraft over Nigeria to find girls

 

 

13 May 2014 defenceWeb

 

The United States has deployed manned surveillance aircraft over Nigeria and is sharing satellite imagery with the Nigerian government to find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents, a senior Obama administration official said on Monday.

 

Washington has sent military, law-enforcement and development experts to Nigeria to help search for the missing girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in Chibok in remote northeastern Nigeria on April 14.

 

"We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and are flying manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets over Nigeria with the government's permission," the U.S. official said.

 

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news briefing on Monday that the U.S. was providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnassance support. She said U.S. teams on the ground "are digging in on the search and coordinating closely with the Nigerian government as well as international partners and allies." Two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States was also considering deploying unmanned, drone aircraft to aid the search.

 

One of the U.S. officials told Reuters the United States had been carrying out the manned surveillance flights “for a few days” but did not elaborate. Last week, U.S. Undersecretary for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield told Reuters in an interview that Nigeria had requested surveillance and intelligence from the United States.

 

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said he believes the girls are still in Nigeria. The leader of Boko Haram has offered to release them in exchange for members of its group being detained, according to a video posted on YouTube on Monday.

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11 avril 2014 5 11 /04 /avril /2014 16:20
Rolls-Royce inspecting an Adour engine from a US Navy T-45 trainer aircraft.

Rolls-Royce inspecting an Adour engine from a US Navy T-45 trainer aircraft.

 

 

10 April 2014 naval-technology.com

 

Rolls-Royce has received a contractor logistics support (CLS) contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to provide continued support for the F405 (Adour) engines, which power the US Navy's T-45 training aircraft.

 

Under the $100m follow-on, one-year agreement, Rolls-Royce will provide depot-level maintenance and related logistics support for approximately 223 in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines.

 

Scheduled to be completed in March 2015, work will be carried out at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi, NAS Kingsville, Texas, NAS Pensacola, Florida, and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, US.

 

Rolls-Royce defence services president Paul Craig said: "The Adour is an industry leader in low-risk, affordable engine performance for military-trainer aircraft, and has amassed more than 8.6 million flight hours across multiple global fleets."

 

In addition to powering the T-45 Goshawk and other military aircraft, the engine will be used on the Hawk AJTS, which is a contender for the US Air Force T-X trainer programme.

 

The Boeing and BAE Systems-built T-45A/C Goshawk two-seat advanced jet trainer features a single pylon under each wing to carry bomb racks, rocket pods or auxiliary fuel tanks.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 11:20
Airbus Defense and Space Delivers 17th HC-144A Aircraft to USCG

 

 

Apr 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : Airbus Defense and Space

 

    HC-144A Ocean Sentry Continues as the Coast Guard's Primary Maritime Patrol Aircraft

 

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. has delivered the 17th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus CN235 tactical airlifter with more than 235 currently in operation by 29 countries. This is the second of three HC-144A's planned for delivery this year.

 

The latest aircraft will join a fleet of 16 Ocean Sentries operating from Coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass.; Mobile, Ala.; and Miami. The Coast Guard is planning to stand up the fourth HC-144A air station in Corpus Christi, Texas, later this year.

 

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3 avril 2014 4 03 /04 /avril /2014 07:40
Russian war plane Su-27 crash-lands in Primorye

 

2 April 2014, voiceofrussia.com

 

A Sukhoi-27 fighter aircraft made an emergency landing during an approach operation in the Primorye Region in the Russian Far East in the small hours of Wednesday while performing a scheduled night flight, the Eastern Command press-service reports.

 

The incident was caused by failure of the fluid power system of the aircraft's fore carriage, the press-service specifies. So the pilot decided to crash-land on the main landing gear, Interfax was told. The report also says that the flights were performed without broadside ammunition.

 

The plane's crew came to no harm and there was no fire outbreak.

 

A special commission is working on the site of the incident. According to preliminary data, the plane requires minor overhaul, after which its technical availability will be completely restored.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:20

C-140 Aurora (Flickr/boegh)

 

March 25, 2014 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

The Canadian Department of National Defense, which has ordered the upgrading of additional surveillance aircraft, has ordered new radar for the planes.

 

The Canadian Department of National Defense has contracted MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to provide radar surveillance systems.

The eight systems to be provided under the $57 million contract will be for integration aboard CP-140 Aurora fleet, which Canada is upgrading.

MDA's said its surveillance system for theCP-140 provides high-resolution imaging capability to detect, locate, and classify, land and marine-based objects.

"Canada's DND and MDA have developed a successful working relationship based on quality, reliability and value,” said Don Osborne, an MDA vice president. “We are pleased to support DND with this repeat business and provide additional high-performance airborne radar surveillance systems.

"This contract underscores the global need for critical multi-mission intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that aid in the detection of illegal or hostile activity in maritime approaches or remote regions."

The CP-140 Aurora is Canada's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Aircraft. The Lockheed Martin aircraft is based on the P-3 Orion airframe. Canada currently operates a fleet of 14 updated Auroras but announced last week it is investing in four more modernized CP-140s.

Modernization will be conducted under existing competitively awarded industry contracts and will include new avionics and missions systems.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 12:20
Le Pentagone soutient les Trans[formers]

Le Transformer de la société californienne Advanced Tactics

 

24 mars, 2014 Frédéric Lert (FOB)

 

Il s’agit bien évidemment des véhicules « Transformer ». Le fantasme des véhicules à pattes imitant la démarche des animaux étant passé, vient maintenant celui des Transformer capables de passer d’un mode de déplacement à un autre : en l’espèce, du déplacement routier à la voie aérienne. Avec en plus, cerise sur le cheesecake, la capacité d’évoluer de manière autonome et de faire du Transformer au choix un véhicule piloté ou évoluant en mode drone.

 

A défaut d’être pour l’instant réaliste, le concept est fascinant : le Transformer roule en tout terrain et passe en mode hélicoptère pour franchir un obstacle naturel ou éviter une zone dangereuse. En somme il fait comme l’oiseau, ce que chantait Michel Fugain au siècle dernier. La poésie et l’efficacité opérationnelles réconciliées : on en rêvait et Advanced Tactics, société californienne créée en 2007, est en train de le réaliser. Son démonstrateur technologique offre en effet des choix techniques relativement simples, robustes et de bon goût :

 

 

photo Advanced Tactics

photo Advanced Tactics

Le point fort, tient assurément dans la motorisation : huit moteurs turbo diésels, répartis de part et d’autres du fuselage. Ce qui fait dire à la société qu’avec cette motorisation classique, son appareil coûterait moins cher qu’une seule turbine d’hélicoptère motorisant par exemple un Blackhawk. Avec ses quatre moteurs de part et d’autres du fuselage, l’appareil évite certaines complexités inhérentes à l’hélicoptère, par exemple en étant aisément stabilisable, à la manière de tous les quadricoptère télécommandés que l’on trouve actuellement dans le commerce. Pas de possibilité d’autorotation certes, mais la capacité de fonctionner avec un ou deux moteurs hors service. Et aussi la possibilité d’installer un parachute balistique dans le fuselage, comme sur les avions de tourisme, pour récupérer l’appareil en cas de panne totale de la motorisation. La propulsion au sol est obtenue un moteur indépendant avec une transmission de puissance vers les roues. Le volume en cabine offert sur le démonstrateur est peu ou prou égal à celui du Blackhawk, mais avec un encombrement général de l’appareil très inférieur. On peut glisser appareils d’Advanced Tactics sous le disque rotor du Blackhawk.

 

L’engin a réalisé des tests de roulage en décembre dernier en Californie, après trois ans de développement. Son financement, d’abord obtenu auprès du Congrès dans le cadre d’un programme visant à faire émerger des technologies innovantes, bénéficie à présent des largesses de l’US Air Force et des Marines. La prochaine étape est le développement d’un prototype, déjà appelé « Black Knight », offrant une charge utile d’environ 125 à 500 kg, avec une distance franchissable de 450 à 1000 km suivant les versions. La vitesse sur toute, une fois les moteurs repliés, serait de 100 km/h et la vitesse en vol serait du double. Advanced Tactics annonce également le développement d’une version à six rotors pour les forces spéciales.

 

On objectera que Jules Verne faisait plus fort déjà au 19ème siècle, avec le véhicule tactique de Robur le Conquérant baptisé « L’épouvante ». L’Epouvante pouvait rouler, voler et plonger sous l’eau. Mais Advanced Tactics n’a pas dit son dernier mot, la partie centrale de son engin pouvant être facilement remplacée par une coque de navire, donnant ainsi naissance à un bateau volant. Pourquoi pas ?

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 08:45
Ayres S2R Thrush aircraft

Ayres S2R Thrush aircraft

 

19 March 2014 by Oscar Nkala– defenceWeb

 

The Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) has taken delivery of three second-hand Ayres S2R Thrush aircraft which it is using to conduct maritime surveillance and security patrols in support of the regional crackdown on piracy.

 

According to defence and security website IHS Janes, the three Thrush aircraft, as well as an Alouette III helicopter, were captured on satellite imagery on February 24 at the PMFP main base at the Red Sea port of Bosaso. The site said all three aircraft formerly belonged to the US State Department which previously used them to spray defoliants during anti-narcotics operations in South America. As a result they were fitted with armoured cockpits and engines to protect the crew and aircraft from hostile ground fire.

 

The aircraft may be armed with machineguns and rockets but IHS Jane’s sources give conflicting information on this.

 

Unnamed sources told IHS Janes that the aircraft are being flown by foreign contractors.

 

Apart from the three Ayres S2Rs, the PMPF also owns a 40-year-old Alouette III helicopter bought from South African commercial firm and fitted with a door gun. However, IHS Janes reports that it has since been grounded due to a lack of spares.

 

The force also reportedly operates a Russian-made Antonov An-26 transport aircraft which is used to rotate foreign contractors and deliver fuel and equipment to PMPF units on operations. The air drops includes fuel supplies at sea for the PMPF's three rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), which are armed with 12.7 mm DShK heavy machine guns. A DC-3 transport aircraft was also captured on satellite imagery at the PMPF base.

 

IHS Janes also quoted one source saying that two Mil Mi-17 helicopters fitted with Western avionics are also routinely seen at the PMPF's airstrip in Bosaso. The two aircraft are reportedly flown by US crews and they are suspected to be part of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or US special forces operations in the region.

 

Established in 2010 with the help of the United Arab Emirates, the PMPF has been struggling to arm itself because of a United Nations embargo which prohibits arms sale to the region which broke away from Somalia and proclaimed itself an independent republic at the height of the political and security chaos in the late 1990s.

 

However, Puntland's demonstrated ability to secure itself and its strategic location on the horn of Africa has attracted some Western and Middle Eastern countries who have established security ties as part of the war on terror in neighbouring Somalia and for the common front against maritime piracy in the Red Sea.

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19 mars 2014 3 19 /03 /mars /2014 08:35
LM to Maintain Reconnaissance Aircraft Systems for Republic of Korea

 

 

Mar 17, 2014 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a foreign military sales contract to support the Republic of Korea’s Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system. This contract is valued at approximately $9 million.

 

Lockheed Martin has been providing sustainment engineering and logistics support to the Republic of Korea since 1996, the year that the corporation was awarded the prime contract to develop the Peace Krypton system.

 

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17 mars 2014 1 17 /03 /mars /2014 17:35
IAF transforming into strategic power: Chief

 

Mar 15, 2014 brahmand.com

 

KOLKATA (PTI): Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Friday said that the IAF was poised to transform into a strategic aerospace power with the ongoing modernisation.

 

"IAF (Indian Air Force) is on a trajectory of modernisation and is transforming into a strategic aerospace power with full spectrum capability," said ACM Raha in his address to the personnel at Kalaikunda airbase in West Bengal.

 

He also urged all personnel to display exemplary leadership in pursuit of excellence.

 

Accompanied by wife Lily, Raha is on a four-day official visit in West Bengal to various defence establishments since Thursday.

 

At Kalaikunda, the air force chief also reviewed various measures being undertaken by the station towards operational commitments.

 

He also visited No 18 squadron and flew in a MiG-27 trainer aircraft with Gp Capt Ashish Rana, Commanding Officer of the squadron.

 

Earlier upon arrival at Kolkata he had called on Governor M K Narayanan at Raj Bhavan. He was scheduled to visit the Eastern Command's headquarter in Kolkata Saturday.

 

Raha also kept his promised date with his alma mater, Sainik School in Purulia, where he had studied from 1965 to 1970.

 

Addressing cadets of the school, he said it was a special pleasure to revisit it within three months since taking over as the Air Chief.

 

Talking to media-persons at Purulia, he described Sainik Schools as being among the best public schools that are building foundations for future leaders of our country.

 

"The Air Chief's visit has certainly overwhelmed the cadets who see him as their role model. This will not only motivate the cadets to aspire for a career in the Defence but will also boost the parents to encourage their children to become officers in the Armed Forces of the country," Principal Col B S Ghorpade said.

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17 mars 2014 1 17 /03 /mars /2014 13:20
T-6C Texan II. (Beechcraft)

T-6C Texan II. (Beechcraft)

 

Mar 14, 2014 ASDNews Source : Textron Inc

 

    Integrates Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker Aircraft Brands Into New ''Textron Aviation'' Business Segment

 

Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) today announced it has closed its acquisition of Beech Holdings, LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corporation, and that it will bring together its Cessna business and Beechcraft to form a new segment called Textron Aviation. Cessna and Beechcraft together produced about $4.6 billion in revenues during 2013.

 

The acquisition brings together three iconic brands, each pioneering many of general aviation’s most notable advances in the past century. Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker bring 200-plus years of combined aviation experience to the market and an installed customer base of more than 250,000 airplanes worldwide. Going forward, Textron Aviation intends to share and leverage best practices across all operations to further its position as an aviation authority. Scott Ernest, who has served as Cessna’s President and CEO since 2011, will lead the Textron Aviation segment as CEO.

 

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5 mars 2014 3 05 /03 /mars /2014 17:35
Y-20 Flight Tests Going Well, China Says

Flight-testing of China’s Y-20 four-engined strategic transport aircraft is progressing well, according to the PLA, and has already set new national records for flight testing. (PLA photo)

 

March 5, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: China Military Online; published March 4, 2014)

 

Test Flight Frequency of Y-20 Heavy-Duty Transport Aircraft Sets New Record

 

BEIJING --- The Y-20 heavy-duty transport aircraft is now still at the test flight stage, and its test flight frequency and time already set new records in the test flight history of China, according to Tang Changhong, chief designer of the Y-20 heavy-duty transport aircraft, on March 3, 2014 in Beijing.

 

Although the commissioning time for Y-20 cannot be disclosed, Tang Changhong said it is hoped that it can be commissioned as early as possible. However, it is important to ensure that there is no risk of failure at all in the aircraft test, and the aircraft can only be put into use under the very precise conditions. The test to date is going on very smoothly. He disclosed that the training of the test flight pilots for large transport aircraft is now underway.

 

Tang Changhong introduced that according to the current test flight status, all the expected goals have been achieved, and the original design goals for some limit requirements including flight height and flight speed, especially the requirements that the aircraft should possess good anti-bumping performance and be more comfortable have also been achieved.

 

The Y-20 heavy-duty transport aircraft is the new-generation military transport aircraft independently developed by the Xi'an Aircraft Industry Group under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). Its maximum take-off weight is estimated to be 220 tons, and its maximum payload is 66 tons, which is among the top ten world’s most powerful aircraft in transport capacity.

 

China declared to launch its large aircraft development project in March 2007. And the Y-20 took off for the first time from China’s Yanliang base at 14:00 on January 26, 2013 for a flight period of one hour. The successful first flight of the Y-20 marked that China has its own large aircraft.

 

According to the estimation from foreign media, China needs at least 300 Y-20 aircraft, and at the same time, China may also export the Y-20. In this regard, Tang Changhong said that Russia has made more than 800 IL-76 aircraft, and the number of large aircraft in the U.S. is also very large. But different countries have different national conditions, China’s civil and military aviation transport is just at its beginning stage; its perfect transport system is not yet built up, which is now far behind that of developed countries. “Therefore, I believe that through the hard-working, China will have a very big room for development in the future. We also hope to establish cooperation relations with other countries,” Tang said.

 

As for the guess that China will develop super large transport aircraft after developing the Y-20, Tang Changhong expressed that China currently has no such plan. He pointed out that from the design perspective, the emerge of large transport aircraft not only represents an aircraft model, but more importantly represents the accumulation of a batch of basic technologies, design capabilities and production capabilities. It is actually an upgrading of the industrial level, which will make more contributions to China.

 

When will the brother series of Y-20 be launched? Tang Changhong replied that: “The present main work is still to carry out the test flight on Y-20’s basic stability, the brother series is not yet considered. Some plans on China’s large transport aircraft are still under discussion, which cannot be disclosed.”

 

Tang Changhong expressed that Y-20 with a maximum payload of 66 tons and a maximum take-off weight of 220 tons is a very large heavy-duty transport aircraft. He took the example of the U.S. large aircraft’s application and said that the U.S. large transport aircraft have played very important roles in the national construction in the U.S. Therefore, China’s Y-20 not only aims at military application, but also more focuses on civil applications including construction material and equipment transportation, earthquake relief and emergency rescue.

 

“The performance of Y-20 is very high. It can adapt to relatively hard conditions and can land at small airports in mountain areas. In its design, the adverse weather conditions of frigid zone, high heat area and plateau as well as the runway situation are fully considered,” he said.

 

Tang Changhong, a Xi’an native, graduated from the major of aerodynamics at the Northwestern Polytechnical University in 1982. He successively participated in the development of the aircraft models including “Flying Leopard” fighter, Y7-200A, MPC-75 and AE-100, as well as the research on major pre-research subjects. He is now the chief designer of the First Aircraft Design Institute under the First Group Company of the AVIC and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).

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20 décembre 2013 5 20 /12 /décembre /2013 13:45
RAF evacuates Britons from South Sudan

A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft at RAF Brize Norton (library image) [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Neil Chapman, Crown copyright]

 

19 December 2013 Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence

 

RAF aircrew made a daring precision landing at an airfield in South Sudan to rescue British citizens fleeing turmoil in the African state.

The pilot of a giant C-17 Globemaster aircraft safely touched down earlier today (Thursday) despite a crashed civilian airliner obstructing the runway.

At just after 3am the 266 tonne transport took off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) who are co-ordinating the evacuation of UK nationals and others.

However, after a 9-hour flight, covering nearly 3,500 miles, the aircrew faced an unexpected challenge when approaching the airport at the South Sudanese capital Juba.

Earlier, a civilian 737 airliner had slewed to a halt 2 thirds of the way down the runway after its nose wheel collapsed.

The crashed aircraft was in the process of being made safe by airport emergency services as the RAF C-17 made its approach.

A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft
A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft photographed during an international operation (library image) [Picture: Corporal Mark Webster, Crown copyright]

Officer Commanding 99 Squadron, Wing Commander Stuart Lindsell, said:

We practice short landings in training but getting down on a runway with a crashed aircraft taking up a large part of it would really concentrate the mind and is way outside what we would normally expect.

I think it’s fair to say that this C17 captain and his crew have had 1 of the toughest days anyone on this squadron has had since we were stood up 12 years ago.

It’s not just the aircrew but the RAF Regiment who provided protection on the ground, the movers who helped get the passengers on board, the medics and the engineers, all of them have all performed brilliantly and I’m extremely proud of them.

Wing Commander Lindsell, himself a C 17 pilot, said 99 Squadron were used to being on high alert but that the South Sudan mission had come at very short notice with the aircraft successfully completing its first flight within 24 hours of the order being issued.

A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft
A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft photographed at Evreux Airbase near Paris, France, before embarking French equipment and troops to deploy to Mali, Africa, earlier this year [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Dek Traylor, Crown copyright]

On board the RAF aircraft were medics, force protection and air movements personnel, and FCO officials whose job was to assist people wanting to leave the country.

The C-17 is designed to carry out high angle, steep approaches at relatively slow speeds, which allows it to operate into small airfields in austere conditions with short, narrow runways.

These capabilities, and its long range, make it ideal for humanitarian missions which it has proved in the past year delivering aid to Typhoon victims in the Philippines and transporting military equipment to Mali and the Central African Republic.

The aircraft picked up 182 passengers including Britons, Commonwealth and EU citizens, who were quickly loaded before the short onward flight to Entebbe in Uganda.

The RAF’s Chief of Staff for Operations, Air Vice-Marshal Sean Reynolds, said:

This again demonstrates the Royal Air Force’s ability to react swiftly and effectively to protect and assist British people worldwide.

Throughout 2013, wherever there has been an issue demanding a UK response, there has been an RAF aircraft.

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5 décembre 2013 4 05 /12 /décembre /2013 17:20
Marvin to supply flightline test set platform for USAF's A-10/C Thunderbolt ll aircraft

A USAF's A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft in flight during a Nato Operation Allied Force combat mission. Photo: courtesy of USAF Senior Airman Greg L. Davis.

 

5 December 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

Marvin Test Solutions has received a contract for the delivery of a customised test platform for the portable armament test set-70 (PATS-70) flightline test set for the US Air Force's (USAF) upgraded A-10/C Thunderbolt ll aircraft.

 

Under the $5.7m contract, the company will supply the MTS-207 ultra-rugged flightline test set, a PXI-based, portable solution customised by the company in response to the requirements defined by test officials from Hill Air Force Base (AFB).

 

Marvin Test Solutions CEO and USAF (Ret.) major general Steve Sargeant said the company used its mil-spec compliant commercial off the shelf, ultra-rugged chassis to partner with the USAF, enabling its test engineers to rapidly develop and qualify the system for support of A-10/C avionics and electronics.

 

Sargeant said: ''We were able to significantly reduce the fielding time of this mission-critical test set to the A-10/C community.

 

"The new PATS-70 is a high-performance flightline test set in a portable, ultra-rugged deployable chassis, and allows the A-10/C maintenance community to fully test the critical systems of the A-10/C while minimising logistics and simplifying operation."

"The MTS-207 also enabled the air force to significantly reduce the time and cost required to provide the PATS-70 to the A-10/C community."

 

Equipped with 14 slots, the platform will form the basis for the new PATS-70 test solution, which will fully validate the soldiers' upgraded digital avionics and precision weapon electronics, including friend-or-foe identification, anti-skid, alpha mach, fuel quantity, stability augmentation system and MIL-STD-1760 protocol buses.

 

In addition to offering necessary flexibility for integration of additional test instrumentation into the system for future test requirements, the MTS-207 also enabled the air force to significantly reduce the time and cost required to provide the PATS-70 to the A-10/C community.

 

The system was fitted with cables, a user interface and test programme software for conversion to PATS-70 test solution.

 

The A-10/C is a modified variant of the A-10/A aircraft, featuring upgraded avionics, and carry smart weapons.

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US-2i amphibious aircraft acquisition process underway

 

November 26, 2013 Saurabh Joshi - stratpost.com

 

The India-Japan Joint Working Group (JWG) have held preliminary meetings to initiate the process for acquisition of the ShinMaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft for the Indian Navy.

 

The Indian Navy plan to acquire the Japanese ShinMaywa US-2i amphibious aircraft faces unique challenges in terms of the process being evolved to effect the purchase.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during his visit to Japan last May, had issued a joint statement along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which mandated the setting up of a Joint Working Group (JWG) between the two countries to explore the potential for cooperation between the defense and aviation industries between the two countries, as well as to figure out the mechanism and modalities for the acquisition of the aircraft by the Indian Navy.

The statement said, among other things:

The two Prime Ministers welcomed the expanding defense relations between the two countries based on the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation between India and Japan. The two Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction that the first bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy (IN)and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)was held in June 2012 off the coast of Japan and decided to conduct such exercises on a regular basis with increased frequency. They decided to establish a Joint Working Group (JWG) to explore modality for the cooperation on the US-2 amphibian aircraft.

The two sides have held preliminary meetings of the JWG recently, since the meeting between the two prime ministers – said to be the result of the priority accorded to the process by Abe.

The navy is understood to be keen on acquiring at least 15 of the aircraft. The last amphibious aircraft operated by the navy were the light transport Short SA.6 Sealand aircraft, which were inducted in the 1950s and phased out a decade later. Since then, the Indian Navy has never operated any amphibious aircraft.

A Beriev Be-200 at the Singapore Airshow in 2012 | Photo: StratPost

A Beriev Be-200 at the Singapore Airshow in 2012 | Photo: StratPost

The Indian Coast Guard, briefly, considered the acquisition of the Russian Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft as part of a process to acquire Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft (MRMR), which was subsequently cancelled in 2011.

There are two reasons why this process is significant. First of all, it represents a change in Japanese policies, traditionally informed by its pacifist constitution, in place since the end of the Second World War, which barred the export of military technologies.

While Japan barred the export of military equipment to communist countries, countries subject to a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) arms embargo and countries that could be involved in international conflicts since 1967, it extended the bar on export to all countries in 1976, with the United States being the only exception.

Japan continues to ban such exports and only allows the export of dual-use equipment, under which category the US-2i falls. Even then, the Japanese allowance remains a significant relaxation on its part.

Secondly, there is no close competitor to the aircraft in terms of features and performance, and the Indian Navy and defense ministry would have to evolve a process under the Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP) to make sure the single vendor bar does not apply to the acquisition process for the aircraft and/or put together a government-to-government purchase process with Japan, on the lines of the mechanism with Russia and the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route with the United States.

While this process is getting underway, defense ministry sources expressed mild concern that, while the objectives of the JWG include ‘cooperation on the US-2 amphibian aircraft’, this could end up with the long term objectives of potential industrial cooperation holding up the more immediate objective of aircraft acquisition. They pointed to the inclusion of India’s National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) as part of the JWG and said care should be taken that the objective of cooperation on civilian aircraft development should not delay the more immediate objective acquisition process.

That said, movement on this could be expected in December, with at least two meetings – a second preliminary meeting as well as defense minister-level talks on the issue.

US-2i potential

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited Japan earlier this year, expressed India’s interest in acquiring the aircraft as part of what was seen as a growing proximity between the two countries, both of whom have had territorial disputes with China.

India has been bolstering its airlift capabilities in the northern and north-eastern regions in a bid to provide better logistical support to the Indian Army, at a time when serial intrusions across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China by the Chine People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have created much controversy. The Indian Air Force (IAF) recently made the Daulat Beg Oldie Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), just southeast of the Karakoram Pass, operational for its C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

Interestingly, the US-2i could also operate from Pangong Tso lake (and possibly other water bodies in the region), divided by the LAC between the two countries in the Chushul sector, should the need arise, if the Indian Navy were to acquire it.

Speaking at the first Naval and Maritime Expo (NAMEXPO) held in Kochi in September, Commodore Sujeet Samadar, retired from the Indian Navy, who heads the company in India, told StratPost that although the aircraft has never operated at such heights before, it is qualified for such operations. Specifically asked if the aircraft could operate from Pangong Tso lake, Commodore Samadar said he could see no reason why it could not

“The boundary layer control system has unique features and it’s been designed for a particular performance, mostly at sea level. But the extension of the systems onboard allows it to carry out high altitude operations. At the moment, I think, that is what I can say. It can carry out high altitude operations, certainly.”

The aircraft can operate in rough waters up to sea state 5 with three meter high waves. It can take off in 280 meters and land in 330 meters with a maximum take off weight of 43 tons. It has a range of 4,500 kilometers and a top speed of 560 kilometers per hour. The aircraft’s boundary layer control system generates additional lift to allow the aircraft to take off and land in short distances. Its spray strip and spray suppressor prevent splashed water from reaching its engines.

Sources in the defense ministry have also indicated a level of interest in the IAF in the capabilities of this aircraft and the possibilities it could offer for air support in the region.

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4 novembre 2013 1 04 /11 /novembre /2013 08:20
Lockheed Martin’s SR-72 – A Mach 6 Armed ISR Aircraft Revealed

 

 

November 2, 2013. David Pugliese Defence Watch

 

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works has revealed to AW&ST details of long-running plans for what it describes as an affordable hypersonic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike platform that could enter development in demonstrator form as soon as 2018.

 

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“Dubbed the SR-72, the twin-engine aircraft is designed for a Mach 6 cruise, around twice the speed of its forebear, and will have the optional capability to strike targets.

 

A vehicle penetrating at high altitude and Mach 6, a speed viewed by Lockheed Martin as the “sweet spot” for practical air-breathing hypersonics, is expected to survive where even stealthy, advanced subsonic or supersonic aircraft and unmanned vehicles might not. Moreover, an armed ISR platform would also have the ability to strike targets before they could hide.

 

“The Skunk Works has been working with Aerojet Rocketdyne for the past seven years to develop a method to integrate an off-the-shelf turbine with a scramjet to power the aircraft from standstill to Mach 6 plus,” says Brad Leland, portfolio manager for air-breathing hypersonic technologies. “Our approach builds on HTV-3X, but this extends a lot beyond that and addresses the one key technical issue that remained on that program: the high-speed turbine engine,” he adds, referring to the U.S. Air Force/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) reusable hypersonic demonstrator canceled in 2008.:

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Israel Will Buy 6 Osprey Aircraft, Hagel Announces

 

Oct 31, 2013 ASDNews Source : AFPS

 

Calling Israel’s self-defense capabilities and its qualitative military edge “central to both Israel and U.S. security interests,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced tonight that Israel will buy six V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for its air force.

 

Hagel made the announcement during his keynote address at the 100th annual Anti-Defamation League meeting in New York.

 

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4 novembre 2013 1 04 /11 /novembre /2013 06:20
Boeing Delivers 12th Production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to US Navy

 

Oct 31, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

Boeing delivered the 12th production P-8A Poseidon on schedule on Oct. 25, enhancing the long-range maritime patrol capabilities of the U.S. Navy.

 

The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. The aircraft is the sixth from the second low-rate initial production contract lot awarded in November 2011.

 

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31 octobre 2013 4 31 /10 /octobre /2013 17:50
Czech Republic Confirms Acceptance of 4 C295 Aircraft

the Czech Deputy Minister of Defence Mr. Libor Karásek, Col. Jaromir Sebesta, Czech AF Deputy Commander, Ramón Bau from the Airbus Military Customer Support organisation, and Agustín Benassar from the Airbus Military Commercial organization

 

 

Oct 31, 2013 ASDNews Source : Airbus

 

A Czech Republic delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Defence Mr. Libor Karásek has confirmed the acceptance of four Airbus Military C295 transport aircraft. The Czech Republic delegation visited different Airbus Military facilities in Spain, including the C295 final assembly line (FAL).

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 07:40
High-Precision, Safe Landing Systems

Oct. 15, 2013 Rostec

 

KRET has developed a multispectral aircraft landing system that greatly reduces the risk of emergencies

 

Landing an aircraft is one of the most difficult aspects of piloting. A majority of accidents happens during this stage. KRET experts are developing special landing systems that will greatly reduce the risks associated with landing.

The multispectral landing system developed by KRET specialists provides an extremely accurate and reliable method for landing both manned and unmanned aircraft. The system is able to guide the aircraft to the ground and direct movement, braking, taxiing, and other maneuvers.

In developing the system, the Ryazan Instrument Factory has drawn on its extensive scientific and technological experience and manufacturing potential. Premier domestic aircraft, such as MiG-29, Su-27, and Su-30, all use products from the Ryazan factory. 

To increase landing safety, the system relies on two primary components. First, the electronic component–the relative coordinate positioning system (SOOK)–uses satellite technology to determine the flight parameters of the aircraft and the location of the landing site.

Aircraft coordinates and speed are determined using information from GLONASS and GPS satellites. The two parts of the landing system, one of which is on the aircraft, and the other which is at the intended landing site, directly communicate with each other. The standard deviation of the system in determining coordinates is no more than .6 meters and no more than .1 meters per second for determining speeds.

The second component is an optoelectronic landing system that uses different spectral channels and functions for image processing.

The system, which is onboard the aircraft, measures distances and calculates location, as well as approach and descent speed. The video monitor displays the aircraft as it lands. The range of error for aircraft up to 10 kilometers away is minimal, with a relative angular deviation of no more than 60” and a distance deviation of no more than a meter.

The presence of the two components, which have fundamentally different ways of determining aspects of movement, greatly increases the survivability of the system, and thus the probability of a safe landing.

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 07:20
ACC Training Units Flying, Some Combat Coded Units Still Down

Maintenance crews perform recovery checks on an F-15C. Civilian maintenance crews from Air Combat Command returned to work last week. (US Air Force)

 

Oct. 15, 2013 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) ended a shutdown-imposed grounding of training aircraft last week , but some combat craft remain grounded.

 

“All formal training units, which spin up pilots who are new to a particular aircraft, were able to resume operations once civilians returned to duty, but we still have combat-coded units that are stood down,” Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis, ACC spokesman, wrote in an email. “As the shutdown continues, we’re making adjustments as changes in unit readiness levels require us to restart flying to maintain an ability to meet our operational taskings.”

 

Approximately 7,500 civilians were furloughed on Oct. 1. A day later, ACC announced it was grounding aircraft that are not immediately being used to train for deployment, a direct result of the furloughs. Nine combat-coded squadrons, along with 26 training and test units in ACC, were ordered to stop flying.

 

Following a decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to bring back the vast majority of furloughed Pentagon civilians, all ACC civilians returned to work on Oct. 7.

 

The stand down order came three months after ACC lifted its sequestration-based grounding of 17 combat-coded squadrons.

 

This year, Air Force officials said it would take about 90 days after the previous grounding ended for pilots and crews to regain currency for higher-end missions. And it would take more time after that to be completely combat ready, Lt. Gen. Burton Field, the deputy chief of staff for operations, said in July.

 

ACC is trying to keep all combat-coded units that are scheduled for operations within the next few months training at mission ready levels, but the longer the units remain grounded, the more degradation to readiness.

 

“Over time, if you want to ensure an acceptable level of readiness in support of ongoing or emerging taskings, you need to resume flying those grounded units,” Sholtis said. “We’re managing those adjustments based on a recurring review of where we stand in terms of readiness and missions — more of a week by week approach, rather than … turning everything back on at one time.”

 

Brian Everstine in Washington contributed to this report.

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 20:50
Research Into Military Jet Aircraft

Oct 15, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

    New military aircraft test laboratory unveiled at Loughborough University

 

A selection of our senior representatives recently visited Loughborough University to view a new test laboratory for research into our military jet aircraft – the only one of its kind in the UK.

 

Cooling effect

Developed in partnership with ourselves, Loughborough and colleagues from the Universities of Cranfield and Leicester, the facility can assess how to cool the electronic systems within an aircraft most effectively.  This is known as thermal management.

 

Based at Loughborough’s Holywell Park, it has been created by PhD student Andy Jones from the University’s Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering as part of his our BAE Systems sponsored studies at Loughborough.

 

Thermal management

Thermal management is an important consideration in the design and operation of high performance aircraft.  With industry moves towards More Electric Aircraft (MEA), global operations and, within the military environment, low observability the requirements on an aircraft’s thermal management system are increasing beyond current capabilities.

 

This is why the work being done by Loughborough, which has the potential to lead developments in this field, is important to us.  Initially the laboratory will be enabling greater understanding of the complex fluid dynamics and heat transfer of thermal management systems and beyond that it offers a potential platform for testing novel system architectures and future technologies.

 

Working together

Mike Wiseman, Head of Flight Systems Engineering, BAE Systems said: “What Andy has managed to put together is really impressive and it has been great that BAE Systems has been able to support Loughborough by providing actual aircraft equipment.  By making the facility as representative of in-service systems as possible means the potential transfer of learning back into current aircraft development is enhanced.  Hopefully the success of this activity will lead to further opportunities for collaboration with Loughborough in the future.”

 

Andy Jones added: “Working with BAE Systems on this project has been fantastic, and I am delighted that they are happy with the unique test facility I have created here at Loughborough.”

 

In attendance

The visit was attended by our senior representatives, including Mike Wiseman and Steve Harris, BAE system’s University and Collaborative Programmes Relationships Manager.  Attendees from Loughborough included Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Linton, Professor Jon Binner, Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering and Professor Rui Chen – Andy’s PhD supervisor – from the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering.

 

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15 octobre 2013 2 15 /10 /octobre /2013 16:50
BAE equips Hawk AJT aircraft with new tablet computers

The new tablet computers enable Hawk AJT pilots to view technical publications, landing trajectories, conversion applications and weather forecasts at the tap of a touch-screen. - Photo BAE Systems

 

15 October 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

BAE Systems has equipped its Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT) aircraft with new tablet computers to enable trainees to readily view technical publications, landing trajectories, conversion applications and weather forecasts.

 

The training pilots would earlier view the information on reference cards and maps kept in their flight suit pockets.

 

Four tablets have been already delivered to the South African Air Force (SAAF) for testing last month, after completion of a comprehensive evaluation programme, which included trials against rapid decompression and analysed system interference from an electromagnetic compatibility perspective.

 

Hawk Product Development Engineering head Lee Franks said the tablet integration represents the latest in a long line of developments for Hawk that are focused on making the aircraft the best for the customers.

"They are an additional resource available to the pilot, they do not replace anything, only add to a truly world-class aircraft."

 

''Now we have handed over the first of these tablets, we want the South African Air Force to try them out; part of the beauty of them is they can be tailored to carry whatever information is needed by each customer,'' Franks said.

 

''They are an additional resource available to the pilot, they do not replace anything, only add to a truly world-class aircraft.''

 

Additionally, the tablets' compass effects were validated prior to hand-over to SAAF.

 

In addition to tablets, the company also manufactured six sets of gloves to help the pilots use the computers.

 

Franks added, ''Their traditional flying gloves were not suitable, so we immediately looked in to what was available on the market and then tailored the gloves to what would be needed by pilots.''

 

BAE is now manufacturing more tablets for trial by the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which are among the 18 countries to have acquired the aircraft.

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