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12 septembre 2013 4 12 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
BAE picks partners for Type 26 frigate work

LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI)


Electronics company Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd has been picked by BAE Systems as the preferred partner for the design phase of the integrated communications system.


The system is being designed for the future Royal Navy Type 26 Global Combat Ship and the company's selection follows a year-long screening process by BAE Systems.


"The Rohde & Schwarz proposal for the Type 26 is at the forefront of technology and includes innovative systems to truly deliver a state of the art communications system, Rohde & Schwarz said. "This, coupled with proven high reliability, will in turn reduce the through life cost with respect to support and provide the Royal Navy with improved efficiency of resources, high system availability and operational performance."


The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a new class of frigate.


In related news, Rolls-Royce reports that BAE Systems has contracted it to design the gas turbine system for ship.


Rolls-Royce will work together with BAE Systems and Tognum, Rolls-Royce's collaboration company with Daimler, to design the propulsion system, which will combine the Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine with four of Tognum's MTU high-speed diesel generator sets.


"The Type 26 will combine a range of marine technologies, and it is the sophisticated integration of this equipment that will ensure these ships will be highly flexible and efficient, whatever the mission," said Don Roussinos, president of Rolls-Royce' Naval business unit.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 17:50
1st Equipment Design Contracts for Type 26 Global Combat Ship Awarded

Sep 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


We are awarding four key design contracts for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, demonstrating the momentum building behind the programme to deliver the UK Royal Navy's next generation complex warships


The Design Development Agreements with Rolls-Royce, MTU, David Brown Gear Systems and Rohde & Schwarz cover propulsion and communications equipment for the ship design.


Geoff Searle, Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme Director at BAE Systems, said: “Confirming our first major equipment design partners is a huge step forward and reflects the maturity we have achieved in the ship's design. We are working closely with the Ministry of Defence and our suppliers, bringing expertise together from across industry and we are now at the stage of developing detailed design of systems and equipment that will go into the ships.


“Using proven products and technology, ensures we are delivering the highest level of service and capability, giving confidence to the Royal Navy and prospective customers in the global market.”


The UK's Type 26 Global Combat Ship will employ a Combined Diesel Electric or Gas Turbine propulsion system. This will enable the ships to achieve high speeds, whilst also providing an economic power to the onboard systems and will allow the ships to operate quietly in cruising mode. Rolls-Royce has been selected as the design partner for Gas Turbines, while David Brown Gear Systems Ltd will develop the Gear box and MTU the Diesel Generator Sets. Rohde & Schwarz has been selected to design the Integrated Communications System for the ships.


The Assessment Phase for the Type 26 programme began in March 2010, with a joint team of 550 engineers from BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence and wider industry working across Bristol, Portsmouth and Glasgow to develop the detailed specification for the ships. The Ministry of Defence is expected to make its Main Investment decision around the middle of the decade, with manufacturing planned to start in 2016 and the first Type 26 set to enter service as soon as possible after 2020. The planning assumption is for a Class of 13 anti-submarine warfare and general purpose ships to replace the capability of the UK Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates with enhanced, flexible modern warships.


The Global Combat Ship will be a multi-mission warship capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group. Designed with an acoustically quiet hull, it will support anti-submarine warfare, air defence and general purpose variants. The Global Combat Ship will take full advantage of modular design and open systems architecture, ensuring it can be easily upgraded as new technology develops and can accommodate sub-systems and equipment to individual customer needs.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 17:35
Beechcraft T-6C at Paris Air Show 2013

Beechcraft T-6C at Paris Air Show 2013

Sept. 11, 2013 by Ellis Taylor – FG


Singapore - BAE Systems has announced that it will team with CAE and Beechcraft to bid for Australia's military pilot training system project.


BAE will lead the consortium, with CAE will providing training, simulation and support services. Beechcraft will provide the T-6C Texan II as the primary trainer aircraft on a non-exclusive basis.


John Quaife, general manager aviation solutions for BAE Systems Australia says that Beechcraft and BAE already work together to deliver pilot training to the US Navy. CAE was also selected by BAE to provide three simulators for the Royal Australian Air Force's Hawk Lead-In Fighter programme.


Since 1992, BAE has operated the Australian Defence Force's Basic Flight Training School (BFTS) at Tamworth, which provides ab intio training and pilot screening for all ADF pilots using a fleet of Pacific Aerospace CT-4B piston trainer aircraft.


"These experiences and our combined track record in military flight training, complex project management and mission systems sustainment mean we can offer the Commonwealth a low risk, value for money solution to train the world's best military aviators at a location of its choosing," says Quaife.


The consortium is the first to announce its teaming arrangements in response to the Australian Department of Defence's Air 5428 project, which seeks to provide a complete pilot training system for all undergraduate pilots across the RAAF, Royal Australian Navy and Army.


Currently, pilots who graduate from BFTS are then posted to the RAAF's No 2 Flight Training School at RAAF Pearce in Western Australia for advanced training on the Pilatus PC-9/A, after which they are then posted to an operational squadron.


Under Air 5428, the respective training aircraft would be replaced by a new integrated training system run by the successful contractor. Australia would also likely acquire the same aircraft for use with the Aircraft Research and Development Unit and Forward Air Control Development Unit of the RAAF.


Lockheed Martin is expected to announce its teaming for the project soon, with industry sources indicating that it is likely to choose the Pilatus PC-21 as its main flying platform and will team with Hawker Pacific for sustainment. The three companies already provide a similar training package for pilots from the Republic of Singapore Air Force at RAAF Pearce under the Basic Wings programme.


Boeing, Thales and Raytheon are also expected to announce partners for their respective bids soon.


The tender will close in February 2014, with selection expected by the end of June 2015. Initial operating capability has been targeted for 2015-17.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
BAE Systems New Global Combat Ship Draws Export Buyer Interest

September 11, 2013 nosint.blogspot.fr


Eight countries are considering the purchase of BAE Systems Plc Type 26 Global Combat Ships, including an air-defense variant the U.K. isn’t currently planning to acquire.

While export campaigns total more than 30 ships, not all are expected to result in sales, Commodore Steve Braham, who leads U.K. export efforts for the vessel, said today. He wouldn’t name potential buyers.

The U.K. government made an effort to lure customers for the ship by opting for a modular, lower-cost design after exports of other programs faltered because of price.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
BAE Offers BAe-146 Air Tanker Variant

Sept. 10, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: BAE Systems; issued Sept. 10, 2013)


BAE Systems Proposes Air-To-Air Refuelling Variant of BAe 146/Avro RJ


Building on the success of the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jetliner in a variety of military and special role applications, BAE Systems today unveiled its proposal for a cost-effective air-to-air refuelling (A2R) variant of the aircraft


Speaking at the Defence Services Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, Mark Taylor, Business Director Engineering for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft stated: “We believe that the A2R version of the BAe 146/Avro RJ is a sound business proposition for military planners and air forces that need this capability but who are having to face the financial realities of defence budget cutbacks.


“Whether to provide A2R tactical tanker capability or, in particular, to provide realistic A2R training instead of using expensive existing assets, the acquisition of a fleet of these aircraft can be accomplished at a fraction of the cost of current refuelling aircraft, whilst delivering excellent performance.”


The design of the aircraft with its high wing and T-tail configuration is ideal for A2R operations. BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has already carried out proximity flight trials using a BAe 146-200, Avro RJ85 and Hawk jet trainer. This was successfully completed and confirmed that the aerodynamic environment behind the quad jet is benign and the aircraft therefore has considerable potential as an A2R aircraft for refuelling a range of aircraft types and sizes.


It is considered the BAe 146/Avro RJ might be particularly suitable as a tanker for tilt-rotor aircraft which can experience additional challenges when in the slipstream of some other tanker aircraft.


The business has carried out design concepts for a hose and drogue unit (HDU)-based system and these included the option for additional fuel tanks within the cabin.


The standard tankage on the BAe 146/Avro RJ gives up to approximately 7000 kg of fuel available for transfer – sufficient for A2R training at the lowest capital cost. Additional auxiliary fuel tanks in the cabin would provide up to about 18,000kg of fuel available for transfer, making the aircraft a useful tactical refuelling airtanker.


The wide airspeed range of the aircraft gives flexibility in refuelling the variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft currently in service. In this role the aircraft can fly up to 300 knots indicated air speed/M.072 at 31,000 ft (BAe 146) or 35,000 ft (Avro RJ).


BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is well equipped to undertake mission system development and provide operational support. The business has most recently designed and delivered two converted BAe 146 C Mk.3 passenger/freighter transports to the RAF. It also is working with QinetiQ for the conversion of an Avro RJ70 for the Empire Test Pilots School, is responsible for the BAe 146 Atmospheric Research Aircraft which involves two/three major scientific role changes each year, and is working with a number of Airtanker (aerial firefighter) operators in North America on multiple aircraft conversions.


There is a plentiful supply of pre-owned BAe 146 and Avro RJs on the market at very low prices of between US$ 1 – 6 million depending on age, configuration and condition with a fleet average flight cycle time of around 30,000 cycles. In addition, there is a Life Extension Programme available for both aircraft types that can increase this to 60,000 cycles, giving the aircraft many years of useful service, especially at the lower utilisation levels typically flown by military and special role operators.


Lead times are short so service availability can be relatively quick and BAE Systems Regional Aircraft estimates that from go ahead it will take some 18 months to produce a basic specification centreline HDU equipped aircraft available for flight trials.


The standard fit on an Avro RJ85 would include auxiliary fuel tanks, a centreline HDU, lights, cameras and control systems on the flight deck and military communications.


Pricing for a completed aircraft will be very competitive. As an example, a late model RJ85 will be around US$ 5 million for a basic aircraft with perhaps £5-10 million of conversion costs depending on final specification. Optional fits on the aircraft could include a dual HDU installation, defensive aids (missile protection, flight deck armour and fuel tank inerting) and unpaved runway operations.

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11 septembre 2013 3 11 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
BAE Systems et DCNS coopèrent pour les sous-marins Astute

10/09/2013 DCNS


DCNS vient de signer un contrat avec BAE Systems pour la fourniture de 4 échangeurs, équipements destinés aux sous-marins nucléaires n°6 et 7, derniers de série de la classe Astute pour la Royal Navy.


Partenaire privilégié de BAE sur la gamme Astute depuis 2001, DCNS se voit confier avec cette commande, la totalité des échangeurs qui équiperont la dernière génération des sous-marins nucléaires de la Grande Bretagne.  La Royal Navy a réceptionné en début d’année son second sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque du type Astute.


La conception et la réalisation des échangeurs font appel à un savoir-faire technologique très particulier. DCNS a acquis ces compétences au travers de la réalisation de différents programmes de sous-marins conventionnels ou nucléaires. Avec plus de 500 échangeurs, dont 170 équipant des sous-marins conventionnels et nucléaires de 10 marines dans le monde, DCNS a en effet développé une expertise en conception thermique et mécanique.


Les équipes du site DCNS de Nantes-Indret finalisent actuellement la fabrication des 2 échangeurs du 5è sous-marin Astute et poursuivront avec les 4 derniers échangeurs dont les clés de réception s’échelonneront jusqu’à mi 2016.


Un équipement sur mesure


DCNS apporte son expérience des équipements haute pression en proposant un système sur mesure répondant aux performances d’endurance, de rendement avec un haut degré de discrétion acoustique. Ce système, équipement stratégique assurant le refroidissement de l’ensemble du sous-marin,  a été dimensionné pour une plus grande compacité et une intégration facilitée.


Optimiser la fourniture d’équipements 


DCNS est un important fournisseur d’équipements pour la Royal Navy : groupes turbo-alternateurs frégates T45, échangeurs pour SNA, lanceurs verticaux de missiles Sylver. La force de DCNS repose sur sa capacité d’adaptation et d’innovation : dimensionner au plus juste pour répondre aux exigences des futures générations de navires armés.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Terrier Demonstrating Innovation in Military Vehicles at DSEI

Sep 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


BAE Systems’ Terrier® Combat Engineer Vehicle, the most advanced combat engineer vehicle which delivers uncompromising performance from a medium weight chassis, is on display on the BAE Systems stand at DSEI


The latest vehicle to be accepted into service with the British Army, Terrier has been designed with an integrated electronic architecture which facilitates ‘drive-by-wire’ and remote control making the vehicle highly capable, survivable and adaptable.


Likened to a combat ‘Swiss Army Knife’, Terrier is one of the most versatile, agile and adaptable combat vehicles and can carry out multiple roles in the most demanding battlefield conditions. Typical applications include providing mobility support (obstacle and route clearance), counter-mobility (digging of anti-tank ditches and other obstacles) and survivability (digging of trenches and Armoured Fighting Vehicle slots). With a flying weight of 32 tonnes, which allows it to be transported in the A400M airlifter, Terrier provides strategic air transportability as well as being extremely mobile on the ground on all terrains, reaching speeds of up to 70 kph and with a road range of 600km.


Terrier is the first combat vehicle with drive-by-wire technology and “special to role” computers which manage the automotive and combat engineer systems respectively allowing electronic signals sent by the vehicle’s computers to perform functions. Physical connections are maintained between the driver and the essential automotive systems for safety and survivability reasons, but the vehicle is capable of being fully controlled via the commander’s joysticks through the drive-by-wire systems and the front loader and the excavator arm hydraulic systems are fully controlled through the databus.


Moreover, the vehicle can be operated by wireless remote control up to 1km away, using a gaming type controller and remote cameras.  The remote control interface would be readily recognised by any computer gamer, making this capability easy for new recruits to learn.


David Bond, Managing Director of Combat Vehicles (UK) said: “With Terrier making its first ever appearance at an international defence exhibition, we anticipate plenty of interest from international markets and customers keen to see the benefits of the most up to date technological advancements in armoured vehicle technology as well as confirming our position as the UK’s leading design authority on combat engineer vehicles”


In addition to the Terrier vehicle, BAE Systems has delivered a full suite of integrated logistic support and a complete state of the art training capability including mission and scenario based training using innovative student led exploration to maximise engagement and knowledge retention. Operators and maintainers are trained simultaneously through a combination of high fidelity, full motion simulators, virtual emulations of the vehicle and its systems and hands-on ‘live’ experience.  An initial five year programme of Contractor Logistic Support covering fleet management, technical advice, maintenance and logistics support was commenced on 1 April 2013.


Sixty vehicles are being delivered under the programme which are being built in Newcastle.


Terrier® is a registered trademark of the Secretary State for Defence

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 11:50
Ground-breaking Radar for Aircraft Carriers Begins Testing at Secret Facility on Isle of Wight

Sep 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


A new 3D radar capable of cutting through interference equal to 10,000 mobile phone signals, has successfully commenced integration trials at a secret electromagnetic radar testing facility on the Isle of Wight.


The testing of ARTISAN 3D radar is in advance of installation on the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers (QEC) which are being assembled in Rosyth, Scotland.


The ARTISAN trials will test a series of integrated systems which include the provision of 3D air surveillance, target identification and air traffic management services for the ships,   The ARTISAN 3D Radar will provide extensive air traffic control and medium range tactical picture capability with ground breaking features such as tracking more than 900 targets at one time and has the ability to spot objects as small as a tennis ball travelling up to three times the speed of sound.


The BAE Systems radar testing facility on the island occupies the site of the old Somerton Aerodrome which began as an airfield in 1916. As well as being equipped for the manufacture and test of aircraft components, the aerodrome operated flights between London and the Isle of Wight in the 1930s. The site was taken over by the Decca gramophone company in 1959 which had contributed to the war effort resulting in a number of ventures into marine radar and navigation. This heritage continues today through BAE Systems’ expert radar testing at the site.


ARTISAN 3D is successfully providing 'real world' tracks and radar video to the QEC Combat Management System - which is also produced by BAE Systems - whilst receiving simulated 'own-ship' data in the QEC Mission System Test Facility.  ARTISAN 3D is being successfully controlled from CMS consoles to provide operators with both a medium range tactical picture and the essential air traffic control picture the ships will rely on.


In addition to the strong integration results, the system is operating successfully with the QEC Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system, which can identify aircraft as friendly and track its range from a potential threat.


The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence. The first ship will begin sea trials in 2017.


Les Gregory, Product and Training services Director, BAE Systems said, "I am delighted that the ARTISAN 3D Radar is producing excellent results as predicted for the QEC, it is an exciting milestone not only in the development of BAE Systems radar programme but for the future of Royal Navy warships."


The medium-range radar system, which has a reach of up to 200km completed its factory testing in December 2012 and was installed at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Electromagnetic Environment Assessment facility at BAE Systems, Cowes, earlier this year.

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10 septembre 2013 2 10 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
Advanced targeting technology enables efficient tactical engagements while reducing fratricide and collateral damage

Sep 9, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


    New Integrated Targeting Device will support U.S. forces as part of DARPAaEUR(tm)s Persistent Close Air Support program


BAE Systems will lead the development of an advanced technology that seeks to detect and identify targets at tactically significant ranges, providing accurate location of long-range targets for weapons engagement. This technology is intended to enable U.S. ground forces to execute air-ground missions close to friendly forces, more quickly and accurately.


The new Integrated Targeting Device (ITD) will be designed as a lightweight, handheld day-and-night system that will support the Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program. It will allow Joint Tactical Air Controllers (JTACs) on the ground to simultaneously visualize, select, and employ weapons against multiple moving targets in a specified area.  At the same time, the JTACs will be able to digitally task close air support assets to engage with enemy targets. The device will provide either GPS coordinates or laser guidance for targeting to enable faster mission implementation by U.S. ground forces, while reducing collateral damage and potential fratricide.


"BAE Systems’ expertise and significant investment in advanced electro-optic and packaging technology is evident in our approach to the ITD, allowing us to achieve the program’s challenging size and performance goals," said Mark Meisner, PCAS technical adviser for BAE Systems. "Through the PCAS program, we are continuing to innovate sensors, lasers, optics, and human factors that open the door to an entirely new set of mission capabilities for the warfighter."


Raytheon Missile Systems selected BAE Systems to develop the ITD under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the PCAS program. The ITD will be integrated with a handheld tablet computer to help the warfighter visualize, select, and employ weapons as needed. The system will initially be demonstrated with the A-10 Warthog.

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9 septembre 2013 1 09 /09 /septembre /2013 06:20
Bradley A3 Photo BAE Systems

Bradley A3 Photo BAE Systems

September 9th, 2013 defencetalk.com (AFP)


British arms maker BAE Systems said on Friday that it will close a small Pennsylvania plant that overhauls and upgrades military equipment for Bradley fighting vehicles, and blamed spending cutbacks.


“BAE Systems announced today the planned closing of its Fayette facility in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania,” BAE said in a statement that was issued overnight.


The plant, which currently employs 113 people, deals with equipment for the US Army, Marine Corps and foreign governments, mainly the Bradley Family of Fighting Vehicles and M109 self-propelled howitzers. It will be shut by the end of 2013.


“The decision to close the Fayette facility was made in response to the planned completion of existing contracts managed at the Fayette site and no prospect of future work for the facility,” BAE said.


“It is anticipated that all of the production work at the facility will be complete by the end of November.”


It added: “This facility is a part of the Bradley Industrial Base, which is at significant risk of experiencing further cuts and impacts to jobs and communities across the country.”


The group stressed that workers would be offered opportunities on other sites.


Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems Land & Armaments sector, added: “The current business environment has made this difficult announcement necessary.


“The plant closure in no way reflects upon the work and dedication of the employees. We will do all we can to assist them in this difficult transition.”


The US market accounts for about 40 percent of BAE Systems’ group revenues — making it the biggest foreign supplier of military goods to the Pentagon.

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6 septembre 2013 5 06 /09 /septembre /2013 06:50
RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

Sept. 5, 2013 by Craig Hoyle – FG


London - Early use of the Royal Air Force's BAE Systems Hawk T2 advanced jet trainer has dramatically boosted the quality of instruction being provided to UK students, programme officials say.


A first course of four ab initio pilots completed their training on the T2 with 4 Sqn at Valley in June 2013, before progressing to the RAF's 29 Sqn operational conversion unit (OCU) for the Eurofighter Typhoon at Coningsby in Lincolnshire.


"I think we've doubled the standard of the students," says Alasdair Shinner, station manager at the Anglesey base for Lockheed Martin/Babcock joint venture Ascent; the Ministry of Defence's training system partner for the Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme. The T2 has the potential to deliver a "multi-role, combat-ready pilot" to the OCU, he adds, whereas the RAF's analogue cockpit Hawk T1s "weren't giving them relevant training for the aircraft that they were going to be flying".


Several additional courses are now under way, with these including RAF and Royal Navy students and 11 more UK qualified flying instructors (QFI). With only 50% of system capacity currently being used on a 28-aircraft fleet, potential options to increase the volume of training delivered include preparing additional RAF QFIs, increasing the number of instructors sourced from other air forces from a current one each from Australia, Canada and France, or approving Ascent-employed instructors to command some flights, officials say.


"Spare capacity is something that is being looked at, but there is no simple answer," says Gp Capt Simon Blake, from the RAF's 22 Group training organisation. "Lots of other air forces are coming here and seeing that we are filling the [training capability] gap," he notes.


Meanwhile, activities involving the RAF's Hawk T1-equipped 208 Sqn have been extended at Valley, with the service currently providing Phase IV lead-in fighter training for Royal Saudi Air Force pilots. Riyadh will take delivery of its first of 22 T2-equivalent Hawks from BAE in 2015, with Oman also having ordered eight of the new-generation type.


The remainder of the MFTS programme's fixed-wing equipment package should be determined by 2015, with a side-by-side-configuration type to deliver elementary training and a turboprop-powered basic trainer offering "jet-like performance" to be acquired as a replacement for the RAF's current Shorts Tucano T1s. Operations should commence from around 2018, says Ascent training director Simon Falla.

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29 août 2013 4 29 /08 /août /2013 07:50
UK-Polish Group Unveils New Vehicle Demonstrator

An artist's rendering of a concept vehicle being developed by Obrum, part of the Polish Defence Holding group. The demonstrator will be unveiled at the upcoming MSPO exhibition in Poland next month. (Polish Defence Holding)


Aug. 28, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


LONDON — The BAE Systems-Polish Defence Holding’s team competing for an upcoming requirement from the Polish Army for a family of light tanks and infantry fighting vehicles has released a sneak preview of a concept demonstrator they plan to unveil at the upcoming MSPO defense equipment show.


The concept vehicle — developed by Obrum, part of the Polish Defence Holding group — features an unmanned turret sporting a 120mm gun mounted on a chassis, drawing heavily on CV90 mobility and protection technology provided by BAE’s Hagglunds operation in Sweden.


The vehicle will be a centerpiece of Polish Defence Holding’s stand at the MSPO exhibition, which opens in Keilce, Poland, on Sept 2.


BAE and the state-owned Polish Defence Holding, formerly known as the Bulmar Group, announced a teaming deal in late May to compete for a Polish Army requirement for hundreds of light tanks and infantry fighting vehicles using a universal tracked platform.


Formal specifications for the tracked vehicle requirement are expected to be released by the Polish Defense Ministry toward the end of the year, with a requirement for the first delivery sometime in 2018.


BAE officials said the modular design of the demonstrator is intended to be flexible and help stimulate debate as Poland heads toward issuing a formal specification.


Despite unexpected Polish government revenue shortfalls this year, which could result in some trimming of the defense budget spending on the military, funding remains robust with the portion of cash going to equipment increasing.

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28 août 2013 3 28 /08 /août /2013 16:30
Bradley photo BAE Systems

Bradley photo BAE Systems

Aug. 28, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News


STERLING HEIGHTS, MICH. — The Iraqi government is negotiating with the US government and BAE Systems to purchase 200 Bradley Fighting Vehicles sometime during the next 15 months, according to BAE officials.


The potential deal is expected sometime in 2014 and could come just before another expected agreement is reached with Saudi Arabia to buy Bradleys in 2015. The Iraq contract would provide recently upgraded M2A2 ODS (Operation Desert Storm) variants to the Baghdad government, the same vehicles that the US Army National Guard uses.


“We’ve done all the upfront work and for those sales,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of vehicle systems for the company. He added that Iraq already has about 1,000 tracked M113 infantry carriers made by BAE.


Although the sale of the vehicles would be good news for the company, which has been laying off employees in its Land Armaments sector since MRAP sales dried up, the decline in overall US defense spending is all but irreversible at this point, he said.


“We’re past the point where we can avoid layoffs,” Signorelli said during an event Aug. 26 at the company’s new glass-encased facilities here.


Overall, the company has been forced to reduce staff from 650 employees to about 335 at the facility in Michigan, which mostly does prototyping and research work for ground vehicles.


If the deals eventually go through, they’ll follow on about $4.3 billion worth of contracts the Iraqi government has requested in recent weeks from the US government for 50 Stryker infantry carriers, helicopters and air defense systems.


There is also a pending $750 million deal to do maintenance work on Iraqi M113s, Humvees, M88s and other ground vehicles, which Signorelli said BAE will likely bid on as part of a team with industry partners.


The Bradley industrial base is something that BAE Systems is extremely concerned about. Signorelli said the company has reached deals with the US Army to keep the line at York, Pa., humming through 2014, but that the work will run out about halfway through 2015. “We mitigated the major risks in ’14,” he said, but “we still can’t support the entire supply base. There will be layoffs.”


The work to convert 59 Bradley cavalry scout vehicles to the newer M2A3 configuration would end about halfway through 2015, which would be the end of the line until a larger reset program begins in 2018, the company has said.

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27 août 2013 2 27 /08 /août /2013 16:50
BAE Completes 2,000 Miles of Hybrid GCV Mobility Testing Ahead of Schedule

27.08.2013 BAE Systems


BAE Systems’ Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system successfully completed 2,000 miles of testing on a fully integrated “Hotbuck” mobility platform, a significant milestone for the U.S. Army’s GCV program. The Hotbuck is a stationary, state-of-the-art test stand that simulates real-life environments and terrain and puts actual miles on the HED system. Under BAE Systems’ own rigorous timeline, the testing was completed four months ahead of schedule.


“This testing achievement is a significant advancement in the overall GCV program. With actual hardware to show, this puts the BAE Systems team ahead of schedule both now and in the next phase of the program, saving the customer development time and money,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Armored Combat Systems at BAE Systems. “Our primary objective was to test our hybrid electric technology over time against realistic environments, and the successful completion of the testing is a testament to the quality and maturity of the technology.”


Developing and testing actual hardware was not a program requirement for the Technology Development (TD) phase, but BAE Systems chose to take the initiative to demonstrate the fuel efficiency and performance of a hybrid system for the Army’s next infantry fighting vehicle.


The Hotbuck integrates HED components that will be used in BAE Systems’ GCV offering including the traction drive system, thermal systems, engines, generators, controllers and software. Conducted at the BAE Systems Santa Clara, California facility, the 2,000-mile advanced testing precisely replicated conditions at two well-known military test tracks. The results of the tests further validated the performance, efficiency and maturity of the HED technology applied in BAE Systems’ GCV design, marking a significant milestone for the TD phase of the program.


The HED system in BAE System’s GCV offering will contribute to: the availability of high torque at any ground speed resulting in greater agility, greater acceleration and maneuverability than a comparable mechanical system; up to 20 percent less fuel consumption than a conventionally powered GCV, reducing overall costs and the number of fuel convoys; availability of electrical power to incorporate new battlefield technology for the next 30 to 40 years; and 40 percent fewer parts than a comparable mechanical drive system, requiring less maintenance and decreasing vehicle lifetime cost.


BAE Systems was awarded a contract for the TD phase of the GCV program in August 2011. TD phase work is scheduled to be complete by June 2014.

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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:50
First Tranche 3 Typhoon is on the move

Jul 24, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


    Evolution of Typhoon Tranche 3 capability


The first Tranche 3 Typhoon, BS116, has been transferred from final assembly to the paint shop facility where it spent two weeks getting a makeover - check out the video and learn more about the painting process.


Next pit stop

The Tranche 3 jet will progress to the hush house, our sound-proofed engine testing facility, for a series of engine ground runs in the next few weeks.  First test flights are expected to take place in September/October 2013.


Tranche 3 capability includes over 350 modified parts designed, engineered and assembled ready to incorporate the most advanced capability enhancements.


Capability enhancements

Enhancements include provision for conformal fuel tanks and extra electrical power and cooling to cater for an E-Scan radar which will enhance performance, reliability and availability whilst delivering lower support costs for Typhoon customers.  Extra computing power and high speed data network systems will give the aircraft capacity for even more capability in the future.


About the Tranche 3A contract

Under the Tranche 3A contract signed in 2009, a total of 112 aircraft have been ordered for the four European partner nations of Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with 40 aircraft bound for the Royal Air Force.


Deliveries of Tranche 3 Typhoons are expected to start later this year.

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24 juillet 2013 3 24 /07 /juillet /2013 11:50
La RAF dote ses Eurofighter de bombes Paveway IV à guidage laser
15 juillet 2013 par Optro & Défense

En collaboration avec Raytheon, BAE Systems a réalisé une série d’essais aboutissant à la qualification des bombes à guidage laser de type Paveway IV sur Eurofighter Typhoon, dotant ainsi ce chasseur de capacitées améliorées dans ses missions air-sol. La mise en avant du caractère multirôle de l’avion intervient après la même démarche adoptée le Rafale de Dassault avec les AASM à guidage laser il y a quelques temps.

Dorénavant, les Eurofighter «Typhoon II» de type IPA6 de la Royal Air Force pourront mettre en oeuvre jusqu’à 6 bombes guidées Paveway IV d’un poids unitaire de 226 kg (500 lb) . Ce type de bombe est déjà en service sur les avions de combat Panavia Tornado GR4 de la RAF et équipera plus tard les F-35B de Lockheed-Martin qui seront en dotation au Royaume-Uni.


La RAF dote ses Eurofighter de bombes Paveway IV à guidage laser

Le programme P1Eb, Phase 1 d’amélioration des Typhoon comprend l’intégration de nouvelles armes, y compris les Paveway IV et les EGBU-16, Enhanced « Paveway II » GBU-16 dans le cadre du programme anglais PGB (Precision Guided Bomb). L’intégration d’un pod de désignation laser (LDP) devrait intervenir ultérieurement sur la tranche 2. Les essais d’intégration des Paveway IV ont débuté en 2011 avec un premier tir réussi en mars de cette même année. Ce premier test a été suivi, par une campagne de 15 sorties qui ont permis d’évaluer la libération en toute sécurité de la munition depuis un Eurofighter selon plusieurs configurations.

Sources :
- communiqué de presse officiel du 3 juillet 2013 de BAE Systems
- communiqué de presse officiel du 7 mars 2011 de BAE Systems

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19 juillet 2013 5 19 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Astute Class attack submarines under construction at Barrow-in-Furness -Picture BAE Systems

Astute Class attack submarines under construction at Barrow-in-Furness -Picture BAE Systems

18 July 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Equipment and Support


Assembly of the Royal Navy's sixth Astute Class attack submarine, Agamemnon, has begun at Barrow-in-Furness.


The keel, which is the first part of the boat to be built, was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness by Defence Minister Philip Dunne today, 18 July.

It comes as MOD announces that the first 2 of the 7 Astute Class submarines, HMS Astute and HMS Ambush, are nearing completion of their extensive sea trials and have been handed over to the Royal Navy to begin to prepare for operations.

The 7 Astute Class submarines are being built for the Royal Navy to replace the Trafalgar Class submarines. The Astute Class have greater firepower, state-of-the-art communications equipment and advanced stealth technology, making them quieter than their predecessors and harder to detect.

HMS Astute and HMS Ambush are the first submarines in class to be accepted by Navy Command, which is responsible for operating all of the Royal Navy’s vessels. The next 3 submarines in the class: Artful, Audacious and Anson are all at varying stages of build and today’s keel-laying for Agamemnon marks the next key milestone for the programme.

BAE Systems Maritime - Submarines is responsible for delivering all 7 Astute Class submarines and for the design of the successor to the Vanguard Class, which will carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

MOD has agreed a new contract with BAE Systems that will not only help to sustain the thousands of highly skilled defence jobs based at Barrow-in-Furness but also drive down the costs of building future submarines.

Agamemnon's keel is unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness by Defence Minister Philip Dunne [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Agamemnon's keel is unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness by Defence Minister Philip Dunne [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne today signed a new contract which will deliver £380 million of savings over the next 8 years. This will ensure that the Royal Navy’s submarine capability is delivered efficiently and provides good value for money for the taxpayer.

Mr Dunne said:

The keel-laying of the sixth submarine, Agamemnon, and the handover of HMS Astute and HMS Ambush to the Royal Navy are huge milestones, reflecting significant progress in the programme.

By ensuring the UK’s submarine programme remains affordable, this new contract will help deliver the Astute Class, pave the way for the future Successor nuclear deterrent submarines and secure around 5,000 jobs at BAE Systems and thousands more in over 400 suppliers across the UK submarine supply chain.

Rear Admiral Simon Lister, MOD’s Director of Submarines, said:

This is the sixth submarine in the Astute Class and we expect her to be built quicker and more efficiently than her predecessors, demonstrating the re-establishment of the national submarine-building capability in Barrow-in-Furness.

Better organised, better planned and better built, new techniques in the back office and on the shop floor will ensure the time-honoured skills of the workforce are made the most of.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
First Hawk Pilots Graduate

July 10, 2013 Source: BAE Systems


The first four pioneering pilots to train in the revolutionary Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer have graduated from RAF Valley.


The quartet is the first group to develop their skills on the new-look Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT), which uses state of the art advanced avionics suite and sensor simulation software to help make the step up between trainer aircraft and Typhoon easier.


Converting training into flying


The Hawk – dubbed the T2 by the RAF – has a digital glass cockpit designed to closely resemble those of fast jets and it therefore cuts the time to convert training into flying fighter aircraft such as Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II.



RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

RAF Hawk T2 trainers photo UK MoD

Learning to fly


Fight Lieutenant, Victoria ‘Tori’ Lyle, one of the four graduates said: "The last year has been both a challenging and rewarding one.


“Learning to fly the new Hawk T2 has been fantastic, presenting us with opportunities to develop skills that are more in line with the front line aircraft we will be going to fly after Valley.


"It was a wonderful opportunity to be part of the first course, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at RAF Valley. Whilst it is always difficult to simulate all aspects of airborne flying in the simulator, the sophistication of the ground based training facilities has allowed us to develop our ‘kit manipulation’ to a high degree, having said that, nothing can quite beat the feeling of flying low level through the Welsh hills.”


In July the graduates will continue their frontline operational conversion unit training at RAF Coningsby on the Typhoon.




To mark their achievement a small ceremony was held at RAF Valley attended by Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton, the Chief of Air Staff, who said: "The pilots who graduated can be proud of what they have achieved as the pioneers of this new advanced training system, the Hawk T2, and can look forward with confidence that, following their conversion to operational aircraft, they will very soon take on their roles on Royal Air Force frontline squadrons.


"Having completed the course on the new Hawk they are some of the best trained pilots to graduate from UK fast jet training. RAF Valley delivers the most advanced fast jet training programme in the world. At the core of it, the Hawk's advanced cockpit closely resembles that of our current and future combat aircraft, which will reduce the time required to convert to flying an operational aircraft, be that Typhoon, Tornado or the Lightning II.


"The live flying at RAF Valley, on the Hawk T2, is supported by an increasing range of synthetic training on the ground. This makes every flying hour more productive and makes this entire programme even more cost effective for the United Kingdom."


Preparing for the front line


The ‘synthetic’ classroom based training using simulators is ahead of its time, preparing the fast jet pilot for the frontline and reducing the time it takes to become familiar with flying a combat aircraft once they move to their operational conversion units.


The course runs for approximately 11 months, with around 120 hours of live flying. There is no final examination. The last flight on the course involves the student evading airborne and surface-to-air threats at medium and low level. The student has to take part in a simulated Paveway IV bomb attack against a designated target whilst trying to evade a low level airborne threat and lead their wingman home in a simulated emergency.

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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 11:20
FA-18F Super Hornet – photo US NAVY

FA-18F Super Hornet – photo US NAVY

Jul 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


    Helping Navy pilots land safely, every time.


U.S. Navy pilots count on air traffic control and landing systems to be fully operational so they can land safely every time. BAE Systems helps to make that happen. The company has received a $78 million contract to continue providing the Navy with the technical and engineering services needed to guide landings on aircraft carriers, large-deck amphibious assault ships and shore-based facilities.


“Ensuring that the landing systems function properly is paramount to the Navy’s mission and the safety of all pilots,” said Mark Keeler, vice president & general manager of Land & Electronic Systems at BAE Systems. “Our team understands the critical nature of this work, and we have a proven track record of getting the job done.”


For 20 years, BAE Systems has provided the Navy with system installations, certifications, technical assistance, training, mission-critical computer resources, and the repair and restoration of the landing systems.


This new contract is expected to be completed by 2018. The work will be performed at St. Inigoes and Great Mills, Maryland, in addition to other Navy sites, including San Diego, California and Norfolk, Virginia.

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
RAF Typhoon jets – photo baesystems.com

RAF Typhoon jets – photo baesystems.com

10 July 2013 baesystems.com


The Royal Air Force has completed the biggest training mission ever undertaken by its Typhoon force.


Over the past two weeks a total of 265 sorties have been flown on six days in Exercise Android Preference.


Availability of aircraft


One of the main aims of the Typhoon Availability Service and ATTAC (Availability Transformation Tornado Aircraft Contract)TAS and ATTAC contracts is to ensure the RAF has the maximum amount of aircraft available. Working in partnership with the RAF, our colleagues on both these contracts contributed towards ensuring such a large scale training mission could take place.


Qualified Weapons Instructor Course


Exercise Android Preference, which concluded at RAF Coningsby on 5 July, forms part of the Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI) course regarded as the pinnacle qualification for RAF aircrew, as RAF Coningsby Station Commander, Gp Capt Johnny Stringer, explained:


“The QWI courses are where we fuse the physical, moral and conceptual components of air fighting power at the tactical level. We’re taking our brightest and best and making them the most capable and aware tactical operators they can be. What Android Preference allows us to do is not only to prepare them for the QWI operational phase, but also to expose them to some of the wider and higher-level considerations and consequences of their tactical appreciation, planning and subsequent execution.”


A real operational feel


The exercise designer, Flight Lieutenant Andrew Tidmarsh, said:


“For the first time we’ve executed missions involving the entire Typhoon Force which, along with other Force Elements, gives a real operational feel. The exercise challenges the whole spectrum of what Typhoon can do as a platform; not only fighting air-to-air, but also finding, fixing and prosecuting targets on the ground.


“Being fully swing role the Typhoon is able to fight its way to the target and then fight its way out again. This places a high training demand on the pilots who have to be extremely capable in the air-to-air role and the air-to-surface role and be able to make timely tactical decisions to enable them to fulfil both in a high threat environment.”


Largest training mission for Typhoon


In the first week of the Exercise the single largest training mission Typhoon has ever undertaken as one complete Force was executed. A total of 22 Typhoons from five different squadrons took part in a Combat Search and Rescue scenario that also included Tornado GR4s, USAF F-15 Eagles and Danish F16s, as well as Support and Attack Helicopters. Tactical air control and command was provided by an E-3D Sentry from RAF Waddington and 1 Air Control Centre (1 ACC), which deployed to RAF Coningsby from their home station at RAF Scampton.


Gp Capt Stringer explained: “The key involvement of 1 Air Control Centre and E-3 Sentry underlines the importance of air command and control, as well as ISTAR, to the effective employment of modern combat air power. We’re also delighted and very grateful to have had the excellent support from the Support Helicopter and Tornado GR4 Forces, 100 Squadron, the Army Air Corps and our USAF and Danish colleagues.”


Challenging roles


This variety and scope of exercise participants presented its own challenge for mission planning and execution in addition to an excellent opportunity for training large and diverse packages of aircraft. Each QWI student took it in turns to act as a Mission Commander, a challenging role which requires individual tactical prowess and wider integration in order to succeed.


Flt Lt Tidmarsh added: “At one point there was a 16 versus 20 air-to-air fight concurrent with ground serials including Air Interdiction, Close Air Support and Dynamic Targeting. I can’t remember in my career the whole force attempting one Defensive Counter Air mission that lasted an entire day.”

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 16:35
Australian Hawk upgrade contract

9 July 2013 baesystems.com


£90 million contract awarded for Australian Hawk upgrades


The Minister for Defence Materiel for the Commonwealth of Australia has awarded a £90m contract to us for the upgrade of their Mk127 Hawk fleet.


Known as Project AIR5438, the upgrade to the Australian Hawk fleet will deliver an enhanced training capability and also encompass the supply of three Full Mission Simulators, RAAF aircrew/groundcrew training and support.


We have been working closely with the Australian Department of Defence to define the scope of the upgrade, leveraging off previous Hawk programs and experience.


The upgrade of the Australian Hawk fleet will ensure its effectiveness into the next decade and provides a solid foundation for the progression of aircrew onto the F/A-18 Classic and Super Hornets and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) when it is introduced into service.

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 07:30
Formation mixte composée de deux Rafale francais (1er plan) et de deux Typhoon britanniques

Formation mixte composée de deux Rafale francais (1er plan) et de deux Typhoon britanniques

Jul 9, 2013 Awad Mustafa - thenational.ae


ABU DHABI // UAE Air Force chiefs are this week meeting with a European defence consortium as part of a possible deal to buy 60 of their fighter jets.


Representatives from BAE Systems, Eads, Eurojet and MBDA, the companies behind the Eurofighter Typhoon, have been locked in discussions with Air Force officials this week.


Tony Gilchrist, BAE Systems' vice president for air programmes who is leading discussions on behalf of the consortium, said: "We have been in dialogue for several months with the Air Force.


"We have also started talking with the Department of General Procurement at the Air Force and the discussions are in a good place, amicable and there is a mutual understanding between us."


The UAE has been in talks with a number of nations to procure advanced multi-role aircraft, including the French manufacturer Dassault for its Rafale fighter.


Mr Gilchrist, in Abu Dhabi to attend the Tawazun Economic Council and BAE Systems industrial workshop, said the UAE Air Force's demands for the new jets included installing sophisticated weapons systems.


"What is being discussed is the most advanced Typhoon when compared to the existing fleet or any orders that have been made," he said. "An extremely capable and very advanced fighter jet has been asked of us by the Air Force."


Alan Sparkes, the director of cooperative programmes at MBDA, the missile systems maker for the Eurofighter, said the UAE's requirements included the most advanced weapons in the world placed together in one aircraft.


"These capabilities include a beyond visual range air-to-air missile with high accuracy," Mr Sparkes said.


Although the demands put forward by the UAE are challenging, Mr Gilchrist said he was confident they could be delivered.


"The UAE Air Force's capability requirements are highly ambitious but deliverable because of the strength of the European partnership and its expertise," he said.


There are more than 700 Typhoons in air forces around the world, with 571 aircraft on order by seven nations including Saudi Arabia and Oman.


Part of ongoing discussions in the fighter deal is training, education and technology transfer with the UAE, Mr Gilchrist said.


BAE Systems Middle East and Africa and Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi already operate a programme to train students.


A major structural component of the jets will be developed by UAE company Tawazun Precision Industries.


"We are trying to get kids straight out of school into apprenticeships within our consortium," said Mr Gilchrist.


"Education and training in technology, aerospace and engineering for Emiratis is a key focus for us."


He added that the consortium is looking for Emiratis to form part of a highly capable workforce to participate in research and development.


Saif Al Hajeri, chief executive of Tawazun Economic Council, said its strategy was aligned with the UAE's vision for economic diversification and aimed to develop technology transfer from leading experts to help build national capabilities.


"Through such forums, TEC aims to provide a platform to both local industry and international partners to communicate best practices, to exchange knowledge, and to look into potential strategic initiatives and cooperation opportunities," Mr Al Hajeri said.

photo Livefist

photo Livefist

This year the Eurofighter lost out to Rafale over a US$10 billion (Dh36.7bn) contract in India for 126 jet fighters.


Mr Gilchrist said that despite the Rafale being given the L1 rating by the Indian ministry of defence, which means they would be first to present and offer a contract, his company was closely watching the negotiations between Dassault and the Indian government.


"If the L1, Rafale, is not able to fulfil the negotiation demands, then Eurofighter would be given the chance," he said.


"We are still optimistic in India. This is by no way a done deal for our French friends. We are ready to re-enter discussions."

photo Jean Ponsignon AerobuzzFr

photo Jean Ponsignon AerobuzzFr

Note defense-aerospace.com

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian completed a two-day visit to the UAE on July 8, during which he lobbied in favor of the Dassault Aviation Rafale and other equipment being negotiated by French companies: two observation satellites worth 500 million euros (Astrium and Thales Alenia Space), 700 VBCI wheeled armored vehicles, as well as Thales air-defense radars.

However, according to the French news website La Tribune, Le Drian’s main goal was to convince Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheik Mohamed Ben Zayed Al-Nahyan, to buy the Rafale as a replacement for the UAE air force’s Mirage 2000-5 fighters.
French sources say the UAE is using Eurofighter talks as a negotiating ploy to obtain a lower price, and express confidence that Rafale still has a good chance to win the UAE’s 60-aircraft contr

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9 juillet 2013 2 09 /07 /juillet /2013 16:20
BAE Advances Warfighter Communications with Successful Test of WNW Anti-Jam Mode

Jul 8, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems


BAE Systems is advancing the ability of today’s warfighters to securely and reliably communicate battlefield information via jam-resistant waveforms. As the developer of the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) Anti-Jam (AJ) mode for the Department of Defense, the company tested its mid-tier PHOENIX™ networking radios at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Fort Dix) in New Jersey.


“Protecting tactical communications is fundamental to maintaining battlefield advantage. Our expertise with the Anti-Jam mode of WNW is evident in the positive results of our field testing at Fort Dix,” said Christopher A. Ager, director of Networked Communications at BAE Systems. “During this testing, each PHOENIX radio successfully and securely communicated across uneven terrain.”


The over-the-air test was conducted within the scope of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), and BAE Systems. The CRADA provides industry with unique opportunities to collaboratively work alongside government engineers, allowing BAE Systems access to government facilities and resources at Fort Dix. The Product Director for C4ISR and Network Modernization — a directorate of CERDEC — provided the venue to host, instrument, and observe the BAE Systems-led tests.


Using PHOENIX radios, soldiers can communicate voice, data, and video for enhanced battlefield awareness. This family of software-defined radios includes three programmable variants, each of which uses the next-generation, government-owned WNW and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), and allows multiple configurations: two-channel with SINCGARS, two-channel, and four-channel. With the robust WNW, all PHOENIX variants provide full anti-jam modes to protect communications in hostile environments and when using jammers. This off-the-shelf radio system offers a low size, weight, and power design that integrates easily with the SINCGARS radio space already allotted on U.S. Army ground combat vehicles.


BAE Systems is planning additional WNW-AJ tests on networks of up to 30 nodes in the coming months. In November 2012, PHOENIX-2C radios successfully provided tactical networking capabilities during U.S. Army exercises at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, enabling soldiers to communicate more than 20 kilometers in moving vehicles, which is double the mid-tier network requirement.

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1 juillet 2013 1 01 /07 /juillet /2013 15:20
EM Railgun Prototype Launcher (Photo U.S. Navy)

EM Railgun Prototype Launcher (Photo U.S. Navy)

Jul 1, 2013 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC


BAE Systems was awarded a $34.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for the development of the Electromagnetic (EM) Railgun under Phase 2 of the Navy’s Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) program.


The focus of Phase 2 is to advance the Railgun technology by maturing the launcher and pulsed power from a single shot operation to a multi-shot capability, and incorporating auto-loading and thermal management systems.


“We’re committed to developing this innovative and game changing technology that will revolutionize naval warfare,” said Chris Hughes, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “The Railgun’s ability to defend against enemy threats from distances greater than ever before improves the capabilities of our armed forces.”


In 2012, during Phase 1 of the INP program, engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia successfully fired BAE Systems’ EM Railgun prototype at tactical energy levels. The recently awarded ONR contract marks the completion of Phase 1 and the selection of BAE Systems as the developer for the Phase 2 launcher prototype. Phase 2 is anticipated to begin immediately with initial prototypes to be delivered in 2014. The Railgun development will be carried out by BAE Systems in Minneapolis, Minnesota and by teammates IAP Research in Dayton, Ohio and SAIC in Marietta, Georgia.


The EM Railgun is a long-range weapon technology that uses high-power electromagnetic energy instead of explosive chemical propellants to launch a projectile farther and faster than any gun before it. When fully weaponized, a Railgun will deliver hypervelocity projectiles on target, at ranges far exceeding the Navy’s current capability.

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29 juin 2013 6 29 /06 /juin /2013 11:20
BAE Systems wins work on missile canister

ARLINGTON, Va., June 28 (UPI)


A U.S. Navy contract has been given to BAE Systems for engineering and technical services for improving the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System for missiles.


Under the three-year award, BAE Systems will develop technical solutions for new canister and missile integration. Tasks will include work on the design of a new canister and launcher in support of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program, development of the MK 29 canister, and Aegis Ashore systems.


"This contract and our long history on this program demonstrates our sought-after expertise in developing superior products for our sailors and is a testament to the overall effectiveness of the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System," said Chris Hughes, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems.


BAE said the contract ceiling ($91.4 million) will be reached through an incremental funding process. The initial award funding is $6.3 million.


Work on the project will be performed at a BAE Systems facility in Minnesota.

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