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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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17 mars 2015 2 17 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Boeing Updates NATO AWACS with 21st Century Flight Deck, Avionics

 

Mar 12, 2015 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

    Improving capability, efficiency, situational awareness for operators

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently completed the first flight of a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems.

During the two-hour flight on Dec. 31 testers evaluated five full-color glass displays with customizable engine, navigation and radar data. The systems performed better than expected and the program will now enter an extensive flight test qualification phase. Fourteen NATO AWACS in total will receive the flight deck modernization, delivery of the first upgraded aircraft is scheduled for January 2016.

 

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3 mars 2015 2 03 /03 /mars /2015 17:30
Aselsan, Honeywell Sign MoU on Collaboration

 

Feb 27 2015 trdefence.com (DefenseNews)

 

ANKARA — Turkish defense electronics specialist Aselsan and US Honeywell have signed a memorandum of understanding to generate a framework for future collaboration, Aselsan said in a statement Friday.

 

The statement from Turkey’s biggest company said: “[Aselsan and Honeywell] signed a memorandum of understanding on the third day of the IDEX 2015 Exhibition at Abu Dhabi.”

 

It said that the agreement sets forth a pathway for collaboration on avionics products for both civilian and military industries.

 

It also said: “To ensure that the cooperative work to be undertaken by the companies proceeds efficiently, the parties have agreed to establish a Steering Committee to ensure regular meetings as well as dedicated Working Groups to execute the collaborative efforts.”

 

Aselsan says its business focuses on in-house critical capabilities, state-of-the-art technologies and sustainable research and development.

 

The company, listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange, primarily engages in design, development, production, system integration, modernization and after sales services in the fields of military communication systems, professional communication systems, radar and electronic warfare systems, electro-optical systems, avionic systems, defense and weapon systems, C4ISR systems, naval combat systems, transportation systems, security systems, and energy and power management systems.

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 16:40
KRET Photo Marina Lystseva

KRET Photo Marina Lystseva

 

12 Aug 2014 by Rostec
 

During the 3rd International Forum “Engineering Technologies-2014”, and the 2nd International Exhibition of Weapons, Technology, and Innovations “Oboronexpo-2014”, KRET will for the first time present various systems for the on-board avionics equipment to be used in drone models.

 

KRET will present a universal on-board system that can be used for both military and civilian unmanned airplanes and helicopters. The concern will also present recent innovations from fifteen of its subsidiaries for unmanned aircraft operating systems, including flight control and navigation systems, fuel systems, computer systems, and more.

“KRET is proactively developing advanced avionics systems for both military and civilian unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Andrey Tyulin, KRET Deputy CEO for strategic planning and state defense orders. “We will present more than twenty innovations for the first time, including piloting, fuel, and cable systems for unmanned aerial vehicles of any type.”

KRET will also demonstrate a unique digital multifunction radar system developed by Phazotron. The radar can detect and track air, ground, and surface targets; issue targeting information to other drone systems; adjust navigation tasks; and generate surface radar images at a specified resolution.

We will present more than twenty innovations for the first time, including piloting, fuel, and cable systems for unmanned aerial vehicles of any type.

Andrey Tyulin, KRET Deputy CEO for Strategic Planning and State Defense Orders.

The exhibition will also feature an integrated control system developed by the Design Bureau of Industrial Automation for unmanned helicopters, as well as test flight information registers and cockpit displays. Another innovation to be presented is a model of the VVS-V3-2 flight information calculator. Designed by the Ulyanovsk Instrument Design Bureau, it transmits information about the altitude and speed of the aircraft necessary for flight control to the drone’s navigation and piloting system.

KRET will also present a gimbal-free inertia system made by the Moscow Institute of Electromechanics and Automation. The system can determine the location of the aircraft as well as collect, process, and deliver complex navigation and flight information. The KRET enterprise Avia-Automation named for V. V. Tarasov will also present a weapons control system.

The drone technology exhibit will occupy its own space in KRET’s multimedia pavilion, which takes up 1,800 square feet. KRET’s open displays will occupy 660 square meters. For the first time new innovations in the field of electronic intelligence and warfare will also be presented. A total of 41 enterprises will be represented at the KRET exhibit. In order to review background information about KRET and learn about the exhibition’s features, a special app can be downloaded to a smartphone. Guests can also use the multi-touch smart display at the KRET exhibit.

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5 juillet 2014 6 05 /07 /juillet /2014 11:30
Mirage : Thales sur la piste d'un mégacontrat en Egypte

L'Egypte va-t-elle moderniser sa flotte de Mirage ?

 

04/07/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Le groupe d’électronique propose à l'Égypte de moderniser sa flotte de Mirage. Une offre évaluée entre 1 et 2,5 milliards d'euros selon les différents schémas.

 

Il n'y pas que les corvettes Gowind de DCNS en Égypte, un contrat qui pourrait être mis en vigueur dans les jours prochains, selon nos informations. Thales retravaille également très sérieusement depuis plus de deux ans sur un projet de modernisation des Mirage de l'armée de l'air égyptienne, selon des sources concordantes. Et si le dossier est très sensible en raison d'Israël, Paris a toutefois donné son autorisation au groupe électronique de présenter à nouveau une offre de modernisation des Mirage de l'armée de l'air égyptienne qui disposerait encore d'une centaine d'appareils (Mirage 2000 et Mirage 5). Paris surveille ce dossier de très près. "Pas question de faire n'importe quoi", explique-t-on à la Tribune.

La nouvelle offre est évaluée à au moins 1 milliard d'euros et pourrait atteindre jusqu'à 2,5 milliards d'euros selon les différentes versions proposées aux Égyptiens. Avec le feu vert  de Dassault Aviation, Thales remet régulièrement à jour son offre en attendant que les Égyptiens, qui cherchent un budget pour ce programme, se décident de lancer cette opération... ou pas. Mais le projet de modernisation des Mirage n'est pas un projet nouveau. Notamment un projet de modernisation de 16 Mirage 2000 de l'armée de l'air égyptienne ne s'est jamais concrétisé (radar RDY3 et  missiles air-air Mica).

 

L'Égypte client de lancement du Mirage 2000 à l'export en 1981

En décembre 1981, l'Égypte est devenue le client de lancement à l'export du Mirage 2000 avec la commande (contrat Nashone) de 20 Mirage 2000 EM/BM de défense aérienne. Ces avions ont été livrés à l'armée de l'air égyptienne entre juin 1986 et janvier 1988.

Auparavant, entre 1977 et 1983, l'armée de l'air égyptienne a reçu 81 Mirage 5, financés vraisemblablement par l'Arabie Saoudite. Au début des années 90, l'armée de l'air égyptienne aurait reçu les Mirage 5 M/DM de l'armée de l'air zaïroise. En 2005, l'Egypte a reçu des Emirats Arabes Unis 19 Mirage 5 d'occasion.

Le Caire a déjà confié la modernisation des Mirage 5 à des industriels français. Sagem (groupe Safran) a signé le contrat Horus en 2003 pur la modernisation de 24 Mirage 5. Des appareils modernisés puis livrés entre 2006 et 2008. Par ailleurs, En juillet 2011, l'Inde avait signé un contrat de modernisation de ses 51 Mirage 2000. Un contrat qui s'est élevé à 2,7 milliards d'euros, dont 1,4 milliard à partager pour la rénovation entre Thales et Dassault Aviation et 959 millions pour l'achat des missiles du missilier européen MBDA.

 

L'Égypte un temps intéressée par le Rafale

Au début de l'été 2011, les militaires égyptiens envoient à Paris une "expression d'intérêt" pour 12 à 20 Rafale. Paris est alors très embarrassé et Dassault Aviation n'est pas intéressé. Pour autant, Paris commence à discuter avec Le Caire pour comprendre le besoin des militaires égyptiens. Des pilotes égyptiens essaieront même le Rafale. Mais cela n'ira pas plus loin.

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8 avril 2014 2 08 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
A CH-47F Chinook helicopter of the US Army. Photo army.mil

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter of the US Army. Photo army.mil

 

 

7 April 2014 army-technology.com

 

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has been awarded a multi-million dollar subcontract for the modernisation of the US Army's CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainers (CAT).

 

The deal, awarded by Usfalcon under the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) SPOTS V contract, requires the company to perform upgrade services to four of the simulators currently located at the army's 128th Aviation Brigade in Fort Eustis, Virginia, US.

 

Specifically, this includes the aircraft product improvement programme one (PIP1), which will ensure concurrency of the simulators to the aircraft, as well as other product lifecycle and functional improvements, such as the networking of simulators to enable trainees to perform more advanced maintenance scenarios.

 

Kratos Training Solutions senior vice-president Jose Diaz said that the maintenance of the CH-47, which is a vital asset for troops, is critical to the army.

 

"Based on our detailed knowledge of these simulators, coupled with the use of our advanced software integration lab capability, device downtime will be minimised and student training will continue during the upgrade period," Diaz said.

 

Manufactured by Kratos, the CH-47F CAT is a high fidelity hands-on training system (HOTS) designed to train soldiers in fault isolation procedures (FIPs), remove and install (R/I) tasks, and system and subsystem familiarisation in a fully immersive physical environment.

 

Additional tasks include servicing and inspection, maintenance operational checks (MOCs), and component identification.

 

It is currently used to support heavy-lift helicopter maintenance training at the US Army's Aviation Logistics School (USAALS) in Fort Eustis.

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5 avril 2014 6 05 /04 /avril /2014 11:40
KRET to create avionics for a new high-speed helicopter

 

05.04.2014 by Rostec

 

The concern will present its best developments at HeliRussia-2014

 

The concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) will present their best developments in the field of helicopter avionics at HeliRussia-2014, an international exhibition for the helicopter industry. The event is to take place May 22-24 at the Crocus Expo exhibition center in Moscow. The most important development KRET will present at the exhibition will be an avionics system for a new high-speed helicopter.

 

20 enterprises of KRET will participate in HeliRussia-2014, presenting their latest developments in helicopter avionics.

 

The main showpiece will be an avionics system for a new high-speed helicopter (KBO PSV) that is currently being developed in Russia. It is based on the principles of integrated modular avionics and features an open, adaptive architecture of the onboard computer system. Specialists worked on its design at the Ulyanovsk Engineering Design Bureau, which is part of KRET.

The onboard equipment is based on the principles of a glass cockpit, with dashboard indicators appearing on a high-resolution widescreen. This modern system informs pilots about the helicopter’s surroundings and issues critical flight warnings.

GPS and GLONASS systems help to determine the helicopter’s coordinates and support automatic and manual correction. The new system also provides visual surveillance of either the helicopter’s cargo compartment or passenger cabin.

 

The Ryazan State Instrument Plant (GRPZ), another enterprise of KRET, will present a modern system of intelligent video processing for optoelectronic observation and a sighting system for the Ka-52 strike helicopter. One of the main exhibits of the factory will be an indicator and targeting helmet. Lightweight, weighing than 2 kg, the helmet will be the most advanced and without equal in Russia.

 

The corporation Fazotron-NIIP will present the Crossbow (FH-01) multifunctional radar system for the Ka-52 military helicopter. The Saratov Design Bureau of Industrial Automation (KBPA), which specializes in the design and manufacture of helicopter control systems, will present a remote control navigation computer, which solves navigational issues and provides control of the helicopter in both automatic and manual modes.

A laser system for optical-electronic suppression, part of the President-S electronic warfare system created by experts at the Ekran Samara Research Institute, will have a distinct place at the exhibition. The laser system will provide individual protection against guided missiles with infrared homing devices from the Mi-28NE (Night Hunter) helicopter.

 

The concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) is the Russia’s largest center for defense and civilian instrumentation industries. Founded in 2009, KRET is part of the state corporation Rostec. It develops technology in the industries of electronic warfare (EW), avionics (electronic systems for aircraft), state identification systems, multipurpose instrumentation, electrical connectors and cable systems, various household appliances, and medical instruments. KRET, which includes 97 enterprises located in 28 constituent territories of the Russian Federation, employs more than 60,000 people. Its products can be found in more than 60 countries.

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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 08:25
Rockwell Collins selected for Mexican Air Force C-130 avionics upgrade

 

Mar 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins

 

Rockwell Collins’ Flight2™ integrated avionics system has been selected by Cascade Aerospace for the Mexican Air Force C-130 upgrade program. This equipment will be installed on Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft.

 

“Mexican Air Force pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics on board these aircraft,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, the Americas for Rockwell Collins.  “This government-to-government contract via Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) will complete the modernization of Mexico’s two C-130K Hercules aircraft.  Through our work with Cascade Aerospace, we look forward to continuing our long legacy of helping C-130 pilots achieve their missions with these important upgrades."

 

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22 mars 2014 6 22 /03 /mars /2014 12:40
KRET to invest RUB 58 billion in development

 

21.03.2014 by Rostec

 

In the next two years the Concern's companies will implement 192 new projects

 

Between 2014-2016 KRET enterprises will implement 192 new projects. This allows to raise the output of innovative products by more than 75% during three years.

 

Under this program of action in 2014 KRET will invest a total of RUB 20.9 billion in the modernization of the Concern's enterprises as well as into research and development. In 2015 another RUB 16.8 billion will be invested and in 2016 - RUB 20.3 billion.

According to Concern’s CEO Nikolay Kolesov, KRET's program of action for 2014-2016 is oriented at the large-scale renovation of production facilities. Nikolay Kolesov reported, "We will implement innovations not only at the production stage, but also in the new product development stage.  This will allow us to offer systems and equipment to our partners that are able to compete effectively with foreign counterparts."

According to him, this will help to boost sales and increase market share in priority market segments on both the domestic Russian market and abroad.

The Concern will earmark most investments for the development of avionics and related electronics for military and civil aviation applications as well as for the development and production of radio-electronic warfare systems. More than 75% of all the Concern's investments will be allocated to the development of these product lines.

A total of RUB 27.3 billion is planned to be invested in research and development over three years. During this period the Concern will offer the Russian army a number of new developments in Identification Fried or Foe (IFF) systems, electronic warfare systems, as well as promising avionics equipment prototypes for military and transport aircraft.

The Concern's companies will continue to actively participate in federal target programs for the development of companies in the actual sector. Total investments under the FTP will be RUB 8.5 billion in 2014, and they will be increased to RUB 17.7 billion in 2016.

The implementation of the investment program will allow the Concern to preserve its leading position as the main Russian developer and producer of avionics and related electronics, IFF transponders, electronic warfare equipment and airborne radar as well as to increase its sales proceeds from RUB 99.7 billion in 2014 to RUB 146 billion in 2016.

KRET also plans to increase the number of innovative products of its own manufacturing by more than 75%, from RUB 28.9 billion in 2014 to RUB 48.2 billion in 2016.

It also plans to increase the number of civilian products that it produces. KRET companies produce a wide range of products, from complex systems for metering electricity and controlling the operation of various systems for hydroelectric power stations to high-tech medical devices, instrumentation and modern household appliances.

 

THE RADIO-ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY GROUP (KRET)   was founded by Rostec in 2009. It is the largest Russian holding in the radio-electronics industry. KRET unites 97 research institutes, design bureaus and production plants that are located in 28 federal entities across Russia. More than 66,000 people work at the Concern's
enterprises.

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 12:40
KRET to double its income


March 19, 2014, Rostec
 

KRET has embraced a program of action for 2014-2016. The concern plans to increase sales proceeds up to 146 billion in two years and to move on from the production of separate components to the supply of integrated electronic complexes for  military and civil purposes.

 

The 2020 development strategy was embraced by the KRET last year. The concern has set an ambitious goal – to become the leader in the Russian and CIS market of airborne electronic avionics.

“The three-year action program is a sort of a «road map», which makes more specific the tasks and describes the actions of all divisions and services of the concern. Its realization is to allow us to increase the sale proceeds in 2016 by almost two times compared to 2013 and ensure the growth of KRET’s profitability from 6.3 to 11.7 billion rubles during the same time period”, said Nikolay Kolesov, CEO of the KRET.

One of the key KRET’s development areas is to become a transfer from supplying of separate components and systems to sales of the integrated airborne avionics complexes (AA). According to the concern’s plans a share of the complex decisions up to 2016 must exceed 30% of all AA supplies.

KRET plans to continue its cooperations with the leading Russian civil and military aerotechnics manufacturers - United Aircraft and Russian Helicopters. In August 2013, at the International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovski, the concern has signed new agreements for partnerships with these companies. According to these agreements, KRET has taken responsibility for the whole life cycle of the available United Aircraft equipment, starting from the development of the visual and up to the post-sales service of the end products. Furthermore, KRET is conducting a development of new AA prototypes for the perspective helicopters in terms of agreement with Russian Helicopters.

As a result of the program’s implementation, the sale proceeds of KRET are to grow from 99.7 to 146 billion rubles with a net income of 11.7 billion rubles for the same period.

The  Radioelectronic Technologies group (KRET), a largest Russian holding of the radioelectronic sector, was founded in 2009. It specializes in production of the radioelectronic warfare and complexes, struggle, aircraft equipment for the air vessels, and metering instruments. The group’s enterprises produce also household and medical equipment, control systems and equipment for the FEC, transportation, and machine industry. KRET is a division of the Rostec  state corporations.

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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 12:35
Pakistan - C-130 Fleet Upgrade Program

 

 

Mar 11, 2014 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

 

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for a C-130 Fleet Upgrade Program and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $100 million.

 

The Government of Pakistan has requested a possible sale of C-130B/E avionics upgrades, engine management and mechanical upgrades, cargo delivery system installation, and replacement of outer wing sets on six aircraft.  Also included are spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.  The estimated cost is $100 million.

 

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an important force for regional stability and U.S. national security goals in the region.

 

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21 novembre 2013 4 21 /11 /novembre /2013 08:30
Pilatus orders Esterline avionics for Saudi and Qatar air forces’ aircraft

A Pilatus PC-21 trainer demonstrator lands at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire, England. Photo Arpingstone.

 

20 November 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has been selected to supply its latest generation CMA-9000 flight management system (FMS) and SparrowHawk head-up display (HUD) sub-systems to Pilatus Aircraft.

 

The high-performance avionics are scheduled to be installed onboard the PC-21 turboprop training aircraft intended for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF).

 

Pilatus is scheduled to supply a total of 55 and 24 PC-21 trainers, along with integrated ground based training system and a comprehensive logistics support package, to RSAF and QEAF as part of contracts signed in May and July 2012, respectively.

 

Esterline CMC Government and Public Affairs Sales vice-president Jean-Michel Comtois said, ''Esterline CMC is very proud to supply its high-performance avionics for the PC-21 aircraft, given Pilatus's prestigious reputation, product line and the unique profile of the PC-21.''

 

Featuring advanced tactical functions, radio management and night vision goggle (NGV)-capability, the CMA-9000 is a compact FMS designed for installation in modern digital cockpits of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

"The CMA-9000 is a compact FMS designed for installation in modern digital cockpits of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft."

 

The SparrowHawk HUD is a complete weapons delivery system offering a powerful, cost-effective solution that can increase pilots' aiming envelope, and allows for pinpoint accuracy and a greater combat safety margin.

 

Powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-68B turboprop engine, the PC-21 is a low-wing swept-monoplane advanced trainer aircraft designed to fulfil the requirements for basic, advanced and fighter lead-in training for pilots and, if required, weapon systems officers (WSO).

 

The aircraft features a fully digital glass cockpit with head-up displays, an up-front control panel (UFPC), hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) control and full-sized multi-function displays, to enable the basic and advanced flying training to keep pace with the fourth generation aircraft already in service in the front line squadrons.

 

Apart from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the aircraft has also been ordered by the air forces of Singapore, Switzerland and the UAE.

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10 octobre 2013 4 10 /10 /octobre /2013 11:25
Thales embarque ses IFF sur les A-1M et les EMB-145 brésiliens

09.10.2013 Helen Chachaty journal-aviation.com

 

 

 

Thales a annoncé ce 8 octobre avoir été sélectionné par l’avionneur brésilien Embraer pour fournir des transpondeurs IFF (Identification Friend or foe) destinés à équiper les chasseurs A-1M modernisés ainsi que les avions de surveillance EMB-145 AEW&C.

 

Les transpondeurs TSC 2030 (cockpit) et TSC 2050 (soute) vont équiper 48 plateformes, les 43 A-1M et les 5 EMB-145. Le montant du contrat n’a pas été dévoilé.

 

Les chasseurs subsoniques AMX sont actuellement en cours de modernisation, afin de rester opérationnels jusqu’en 2025.

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23 avril 2013 2 23 /04 /avril /2013 07:30
Rockwell Collins avionics picked for C-130 upgrade

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 22 (UPI)

 

Three C-130 aircraft of the Omani air force undergoing upgrade are to be fitted with Rockwell Collins' Flight2 avionics system.

 

The Flight2 avionics system will give the aircraft unrestricted access to global airspace by meeting Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management airspace requirements.

 

"Royal Air Force of Oman pilots will experience greater situational awareness and communications capabilities with the highly advanced avionics onboard these aircraft," said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "Through our work with ST Aerospace and the Royal Air Force of Oman, we look forward to continuing our long legacy of helping C-130 pilots achieve their missions with these important upgrades."

 

Inclusion of the system is to begin this year in Singapore, where ST Aerospace is modernizing the aircraft.

 

Included in the avionics upgrade are new primary flight displays, a new flight management system, autopilot, communication radios, navigation sensors and surveillance systems, a terrain awareness and warning system and digital map.

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Gripen EF Photo Stefan Kalm - saabgroup.com SKA0070 355x236

 

Apr. 10, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News

 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — AEL-built avionics will be installed in the Brazilian version of the Gripen NG if the fast jet secures a deal to supply the Brazilian Air Force with a new fighter Saab, executives said Tuesday at the LAAD defense and security conference here.

 

Eddy de la Motta, the man leading Saab’s Gripen export drive, said AEL had been selected to supply displays, computers and other items in the event that the latest version of the Swedish fast jet wins the long-running FX-2 program.

 

The program to buy 36 fighters has been stalled by Brazilian economic developments, technology transfer and other issues.

 

The Gripen is in a three-way battle with Boeing’s F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and Dassault Aviation’s Rafale for the deal.

 

La Motta said the inclusion of AEL avionics would create a separate standard of the under-development NG version of the aircraft already ordered by Sweden.

 

Switzerland has also selected the Gripen NG, but the purchase is subject to ratification by an upcoming referendum of voters there.

 

AEL is majority owned by Elbit of Israel. Embraer also has a 25 percent stake in a company, which has been heavily involved in providing avionics for recent Brazilian Air Force combat jet updates.

 

The Swedish executive took the opportunity during a briefing at LAAD to reiterate a financial offer on the FX-2 program that would allow the Brazilian government to not pay for the aircraft until the last machine had been delivered.

 

The payback period would run for 15 years after that, said the Saab executive.

 

In a separate development, Saab announced it had done a partnering deal with local Brazilian company Force Delta Equipamentos Militares for the part manufacture of multi-spectral camouflage for signature management.

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Sep 23, 2011 ASDNews Source : Saab AB

 

Defence and security company Saab has signed a frame agreement and received a first order from the EADS company Cassidian to supply safety-critical avionics equipment for the new advanced UAV system Talarion.

 

The order includes design and development of the Aircraft Vehicle Management Computer (AVMC), Communications Computer (CC) and Mission & Payload Management Computer (MPMC) for Talarion. The work will be carried out by the Avionics Division of Saab's business area Electronic Defence Systems, in Jonkoping and Jarfalla, Sweden, and deliveries of the first order will take place 2012-2014.

 

"The selection of Saab to provide mission and flight critical avionics equipment for this new advanced platform verify our position as a competitive supplier in the avionics market," says Micael Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab's business area Electronic Defence Systems.

 

"It also acknowledge our product strategy of developing common avionics building blocks that could be adapted for many different functions for various customer needs."

 

Talarion is a European development program to fulfill functional and operational capability for in-theatre ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance). Due to its specific design, Talarion is able to operate over its broad flight envelope spectrum thereby establishing persistent surveillance, precise adversary identification, localization and real-time intelligence.

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