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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Boeing and Saab test their new Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb concept in Feb. 2015.(Photo Boeing)

Boeing and Saab test their new Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb concept in Feb. 2015.(Photo Boeing)


March 10, 2015 By Aaron Mehta – Defense News


WASHINGTON — Boeing and Saab have teamed up to develop a Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) program, with three successful test launches of the new system completed last month.


The three tests, conducted at a range in Sweden, proved that the Boeing and Saab design could successfully launch a SDB weapon from the ground, sync up with GPS and guide the weapon to its target, opening up what Beth Kluba, vice president for Boeing Weapons and Missile Systems, called "all-angle, all-aspect attack."


The system essentially sticks a GBU-39B small diameter bomb, widely used by the US military and a number of international customers, on the front of a M26 rocket. The M26 is set to be demilitarized by 2018 under a set of cluster munitions treaties, meaning the GLSDB program would essentially be recycling an item that countries were planning to stockpile or scrap.


The weapon is designed to be launched out of a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), used by a number of US allies already, avoiding the need to design a new launch system. That MLRS can hold six weapons per pod, with two pods per vehicle.


Executives from the two companies are positioning the system as a low-cost product that meets a requirement gap by combining off-the-shelf products.


Video of Boeing's Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb


"These are technologies that are already in use," Kluba said. "It's off-the-shelf technology. That really drives the risk down for this new capability."


Once launched, the SDB acts as any air-launched SDB would, which means ground-based commanders now have 360-degree coverage. The weapon can do both high and low angles of attack, fly around terrain to hit targets on the back of mountains, or circle back around to attack a target behind the launch vehicle.


Range-wise, the GLSDB can hit targets 150 kilometers in front of the launcher or 70 kilometers behind it.


While declining to put a price range for the system, Kluba said it will be "very affordable" and comparable in price to anything the MLRS currently uses. She also predicted an 18- to 24-month delivery time from when a contract is signed to when the system would be fielded.


"This is not developmental, it's not PowerPoint," she said. "It' hardware, it exists, and through our investment we're able to bring this capability to the war fighter very quickly."


That investment she mentions is all internal R&D spending, something split between the two companies.


According to Kluba and Saab North America President Michael Andersson, there are ongoing discussions with a number of customers, including several who were present for the weapon tests in February. While Kluba confirmed the US Army is looking at the system, she declined to identify other customers.


Boeing actually began development of the GLSDB system in 2011, but dramatically sped up the process once Saab signed on as a partner in August.


Both executives also declined to go into details of how the investment has been split between the two companies. However, it is clear that a big part of Saab's role will be to help sell the system to nations overseas, something in line with previous Boeing teaming efforts.


"From Boeing's point of view, this was something we wanted to do and we were moving towards that goal," Kluba said. "As we conducted out various reviews, we saw an opportunity, because we have a relationship in place with Saab, and as we were looking at the market and how to be most successful in penetrating the global market, we saw an opportunity."


"We view ourselves as equal partners," Andersson said. "We're bringing different skills and capabilities to the program, and that ranges from engineering production, testing and also marketing."


Andersson added that there are 10 potential initial customers identified by the companies, adding that this is a program that could exist even if the US does not buy in.


"Looking at the international coalition partners, this is a very important capability," he said. "In the US context it may be more complimentary. Here it is a unique capability that they haven't had access too, and that's really important in terms of looking at the broader market."

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7 mars 2015 6 07 /03 /mars /2015 22:50
photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD


07 Mar 2015 By James Titcomb – The Telegraph


Lobbying by British firm has reportedly held back Government decision on refreshing fleet of helicopters


The billion-pound cost of replacing the Army’s fleet of Apache helicopters could soar as lobbyists urge the Government to buy from the British defence group AgustaWestland. Boeing, the American defence giant, is offering to provide the Ministry of Defence with 50 new aircraft at a cost of £20m each as it seeks to refresh the 14-year-old fleet. However, the Yeovil-based manufacturer, owned by Italian industrial group Finmeccanica, has won permission to make a rival bid, according to reports.


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4 mars 2015 3 04 /03 /mars /2015 17:30
Le dernier C-17 de l'US Air Force a été livré en septembre 2013 photo Boeing

Le dernier C-17 de l'US Air Force a été livré en septembre 2013 photo Boeing


02/03/2015  par Guillaume Belan – Air & Cosmos


Alors que le salon International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) vient de fermer ses portes aux Emirats Arabes Unis, Abu Dhabi annonce avoir signé un contrat avec Boeing de 618 millions de dollars pour l'achat de deux avions de transport militaire C-17.


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5 février 2015 4 05 /02 /février /2015 17:35
Hélicoptère de combat Apache AH-64E - photo Boeing

Hélicoptère de combat Apache AH-64E - photo Boeing


4 février Aerobuzz.fr


Le succès de l’hélicoptère militaire AH-64 Apache ne se dément pas. Boeing vient, en effet, de signer un contrat portant sur huit AH-64E pour l’Indonésie. Le modèle Echo bénéficie d’un système d’arme et de moteurs améliorés par rapport à son devancier le modèle Delta. Au total le contrat rapportera 296 M$ à Boeing et ses sous-traitants.

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30 janvier 2015 5 30 /01 /janvier /2015 17:20
The KC-46 Pegasus EMD aircraft during its maiden flight in US. Photo US Air Force.

The KC-46 Pegasus EMD aircraft during its maiden flight in US. Photo US Air Force.


30 January 2015 airforce-technology.com


Kaman has secured a contract to manufacture and supply fixed trailing edge (FTE) kits for the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker programme.


Under the multi-year contract, the company's Aerosystems division will supply an undisclosed number of KC-46A FTE kits and assemblies to Boeing.


Kaman Aerospace Group president Greg Steiner said: "Kaman has worked with Boeing to develop a more monolithic design over the base 767 aircraft for the tanker.


"The KC-46A Tanker FTE kit award exemplifies Kaman's capabilities and Boeing's continued confidence in us."


The company handed over its first KC-46A Tanker FTE kit to Boeing in March 2014.


In addition, the company has supplied more than 1,000 FTE kits and assemblies for the Boeing 767 programme since 1986.


Additional contract details, including its value and delivery schedule, remain undisclosed.


KC-46A is a military aerial refuelling and strategic transport aircraft that has been developed from Boeing's 767-200ER. It was designed to replace the US Air Force's (USAF) ageing fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers, which have served as its primary refuelling aircraft for more than 50 years.


The wide body multi-mission aircraft is equipped with the Cobham centreline drogue system, integrated display system, and four body fuel tanks. It will be capable of transporting fuel, cargo, passengers, and patients, at a maximum speed of 915km/h.


Boeing is under contract to deliver 18 KC-46 refuelling aircraft by August 2017 to the USAF, which plans to acquire a total of 179 tankers by 2027.


The company successfully completed the maiden test flight of the first KC-46 engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) aircraft from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, in December 2014.


The fully provisioned KC-46A tanker is expected to undergo its first flight in early 2015, while delivery of the first production aircraft to the USAF is anticipated to take place early next year.

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28 janvier 2015 3 28 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
US Navy's IRST system enters low-rate initial production

Two US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets fly a combat patrol over Afghanistan. Photo staff sgt Aaron Allmon, US Air Force.


26 January 2015 naval-technology.com


The US Navy has given its approval for low-rate initial production of the F/A-18 Super Hornet infrared search and track (IRST) system, which has been developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.


IRST is a passive, long-range sensor equipped with radar-jamming technology designed to simultaneously track multiple targets and provide air-to-air targeting capability when encountering advanced airborne threats.


US Navy F/A-18 programme manager captain Frank Morley said: "This see-first, strike-first capability can be used in a variety of threat environments and is a game changer for our warfighters as we combat future adversaries."


The system includes Lockheed's IRST21 sensor, the GE Aviation FPU-13 fuel tank assembly and the Meggitt Defense Industry environmental control unit.


IRST21 is the upgrade of Lockheed's legacy IRST sensor system, which accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on the US Navy's F-14 and international F-15 platforms.


The long-range sensor uses F/A-18 sensor data to provide maximum situational awareness.


A series of extensive assessments and reviews, including flight tests, were conducted to demonstrate the system's production readiness on Super Hornet.


Boeing F/A-18 IRST programme manager Tim Adrian said: "The IRST system is another example of how we continue to evolve Super Hornet capabilities to ensure it outpaces future adversaries."


The Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft capable of performing a range of missions, including day / night strikes with precision-guided weapons, suppressing enemy air defences and reconnaissance operations.


The IRST is expected to be installed on the helicopter in 2017.

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21 janvier 2015 3 21 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
APG-79(V)X radar - photo Raytheon

APG-79(V)X radar - photo Raytheon


19.01.2015 By Stephen Trimble - FG


Washington DC - A new competition has emerged to upgrade the radars for potentially hundreds of the original Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighters operated by US and foreign militaries.


Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have confirmed plans to offer tailored versions of each company’s active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars for so-called “legacy” F/A-18 Hornets, including A, B, C, D models.


Raytheon recently performed a flight test of the APG-79(V)X radar, a system scaled down from the APG-79 installed on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.


“I was sitting in the testbed myself and watching it real time it felt like watching the APG-79 I saw in the fleet,” says Michael “Ponch” Garcia, a Raytheon business development director and former US Navy F/A-18E/F pilot and instructor.


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19 janvier 2015 1 19 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
 Le F-18 s’équipe de nouveaux pods IRST

19.01.2015 info-aviation

L’ US Navy a officiellement attribué un contrat de 60,4 millions de dollars à Boeing pour l’achat de six pods de recherche et de ciblage infrarouge (IRST) AN/ASG-34  pour le F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (source : U.S. Department of Defense – 15 janvier).


Le 2 décembre 2014, le Commandement aérien des systèmes navals (NAVAIR) avait approuvé l’acquisition des 6 pods AN/ASG-34 et autorisé des essais à la base aérienne Edwards en Californie.

Développé par Lockheed Martin, Boeing et General Electric, l’AN/ASG-34 ne sera pas directement intégré dans l’avion mais dans un réservoir situé dans sa ligne médiane et spécialement modifié. Le contrat devra s’achever en août 2017.


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9 janvier 2015 5 09 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
Boeing Delivers F-22 Training Center with Advanced Visual System


Jan 8, 2015 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company


Boeing [NYSE: BA] has improved the realism of ground-based F-22 Raptor training by delivering the first simulators for that aircraft with an immersive, 360-degree visual environment.


Two simulators were installed, each paired with the Constant Resolution Visual System (CRVS), Boeing’s patented display that provides high-resolution imagery for pilots to train with nearly 20/20 acuity.


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7 janvier 2015 3 07 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
Premier vol du ravitailleur KC-46 de Boeing

Avion ravitailleur KC-46 de Boeing développé pour l’US Air Force qui en a commandé 179 – photo Boeing


30 décembre 2014 Aerobuzz.fr


Boeing annonce que l’avion-ravitailleur KC-46 a effectué son premier vol, le 28 décembre 2014, à Paine Field (Washington). L’avion, un Boeing 767-2C qui a volé 3 heures et 32 minutes, sera doté de ses systèmes militaires après certification. Ce premier vol s’inscrit dans le programme de l’avion ravitailleur de nouvelle génération destiné à l’US Air Force. Le contrat a été remporté par Boeing en 2011 après un épique combat à rebondissements multiples mené contre Airbus et son A330 MRTT.


Boeing prévoit d’utiliser 4 avions d’essais : deux 767-2C et deux KC-46A. Les 767-2C seront utilisés pour la certification de la version cargo, avant de recevoir les systèmes de ravitaillement en vol. Dans le même temps, les KC-46, entièrement équipés, seront utilisés pour les certifications militaire et civile (FAA). Boeing doit livrer à l’US Air Force, les 18 premiers KC-46 en 2017. Le contrat total porte sur 179 avions.

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18 décembre 2014 4 18 /12 /décembre /2014 08:30
Un missile Arrow 3 missile lancé en test (photo U.S. Missile Defense Agency)

Un missile Arrow 3 missile lancé en test (photo U.S. Missile Defense Agency)


17 décembre 2014 timesofisrael.com (AFP)


Le nouveau système de défense antimissile, Arrow 3 a été testé mardi, mais il n’a pas pu être testé en condition réelle


Israël a procédé mardi au test d’un nouveau système de défense antimissiles, Arrow 3, mais a dû renoncer à expérimenter dans des conditions réelles ses capacités à intercepter un engin supposé hostile, selon un responsable du ministère de la Défense cité dans la presse.


Israël avait prévu d’intercepter pour la première fois avec Arrow 3, un système israélo-américain, un missile factice tiré au-dessus de la Méditerranée.


Mais « les conditions n’ayant pas été réunies et en fonction de nos critères, nous avons décidé de ne pas lancer l’intercepteur Arrow 3″, a dit Yaïr Ramati, haut responsable du ministère cité sur le site internet du quotidien Jerusalem Post.


« Une panne est survenue au cours du test du missile ennemi qui devait servir de cible, pour des raisons inconnues », a rapporté le site d’information Wallaafpa, citant des experts de l’industrie militaire.


Le ministère de la Défense a simplement indiqué, dans un communiqué, qu’un missile d’interception avait « été lancé avec succès et suivi par le système Arrow dans le cadre du programme de tests menés avec l’Agence américaine de défense antimissiles ».


Le lancement du projet Arrow remonte à 1988, dans le cadre du programme antibalistique américain connu sous le nom de « Star Wars ». Il a été accéléré après le bombardement du territoire israélien par des missiles Scud irakiens durant la première guerre du Golfe, en 1991.


Le Arrow et ses différentes versions sont l’une des quatre composantes du projet « Homa » (« muraille » en hébreu) qui vise à protéger Israël des attaques de missiles et roquettes. Israël cherche en particulier à se protéger d’une menace iranienne.


Le programme Arrow, en partie financé par les Etats-Unis, a été conçu et réalisé par Israel Aerospace Indutries avec Boeing, et les entreprises israéliennes Elta et Elbit-Elisra.

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photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air


11 Dec 2014 By: Dan Parsons - FG


A new Canadian government report suggests other fighter jets are just as capable as the Lockheed Martin F-35A at fulfilling the nation’s most likely mission needs, potentially opening the door to a competitive acquisition process to replace a fleet of 77 Boeing CF-18s.


Four aircraft – the F-35, the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon – were compared in the report, called the Evaluation of Options for the Replacement of the CF-18 Fighter Fleet.


Each was assessed on its ability to carry out six mission sets including defence of Canadian airspace, responding to an “international event”, such as the Olympics, in Canada or a terrorist attack, peace enforcement, humanitarian disaster relief and state-on-state war fighting.


All aircraft were deemed low-risk candidates to perform each of the missions up to 2030 and beyond, except in fighting another peer nation. In that category, all the aircraft were deemed a higher risk platform beyond 2030 and none distinguished itself.


Canada does not intend to fight state-on-state wars and rated that contingency as highly unlikely. In the state-on-state war fighting mission, the range was from low to significant in the first timeframe and medium to high in the second timeframe “largely due to the higher level of potential threat confronting fighter aircraft in that mission and the evolution of those threats”, the report says.


“The mission needs analysis undertaken as part of the evaluation of options makes clear that Canadian engagement in future state-on-state conflicts will be highly unlikely,” the report says.


It is more likely that Canada will join in on coalition military actions not “clearly defined state-on-state warfare or explicitly humanitarian assistance missions but rather, as in the case of Libya or Kosovo, something in between,” the report says.


For now, the Harper Administration in Canada still intends to buy 65 F-35s beginning in 2020. Its third annual report on the cost of potentially replacing its fleet of CF-18s with the jet assumes an average per-unit cost of $88.9 million over the period of acquisition. That tallies up to a total $45.8 billion over the life cycle of the fleet, a $141 million increase over the estimate in the 2013 report.


The analysis assumes that Canada will lose 11 F-35As over the fleet’s expected 30-year service life due to normal attrition. "The cost to replace these lost aircraft could be in the order of $1 billion," the report says.


At present, the Canadian government has only $76 million set aside for programme contingencies, far short of the $1 billion estimate for replacement aircraft. The report says that contingency budget is “low for a project of this scope and size”.


That could force Canada to lower the number of F-35s it purchases, the report suggests. That could affect the overall programme cost. Lockheed has promised to bring the per-aircraft cost for the conventional takeoff and landing variant of the jet below $100 million by 2019, but that will require a dramatic ramp in production after 2016 that relies heavily on non-US purchases.

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11 décembre 2014 4 11 /12 /décembre /2014 17:35
Turbomeca signe un contrat de support avec Boeing Defence Australia


Nowra, Nouvelle-Galles du Sud, 9 décembre 2014 Safran


En novembre 2014, Turbomeca Australasia (Safran) a signé un contrat avec Boeing Defence Australia pour le support d’un nouveau système de formation pour les hélicoptères des Forces de défense australiennes (ADF). Turbomeca fournira à la Royal Australian Navy et à l’Armée australienne un service de support à l’heure de vol (Support By The Hour, ou SBH) pour une nouvelle flotte de 15 hélicoptères EC135 T2 motorisés par l’Arrius 2B2. Ces hélicoptères seront localisés sur la base HMAS Albatross près de Nowra, en Nouvelle-Galles du Sud (NSW), où se trouve la force aérienne (Fleet Air Arm) de la Royal Australian Navy.

Le Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) formera les équipages australiens sur la nouvelle génération d’hélicoptères de combat tels que le Tigre ARH, le CH-47F Chinook et le MRH-90. HATS est la septième étape (Phase 7) d’un programme d’acquisition des Forces de défense australiennes (ADF), appelé JP9000. Grâce au programme JP9000, l’Australie fera l’acquisition d’une importante flotte d’hélicoptères multi-rôles.

Le programme HATS étendra la capacité de formation et fournira les résultats de la formation sur voilure tournante pour l’Armée et la Marine australiennes. Turbomeca Australasia (TAA) est ravi d’être un partenaire de cette solution commerciale prête à l’emploi.

Les services de support pour les moteurs Arrius 2B2 seront assurés par Turbomeca Australasia (TAA) basée sur l’aéroport de Bankstown. La signature de ce contrat avec Boeing Defence Australia complète les services déjà fournis par TAA pour le support des systèmes de propulsion du Tigre et du MRH et impose TAA comme premier fournisseur de turbomoteurs de la flotte d’hélicoptères de l’ADF.

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10 décembre 2014 3 10 /12 /décembre /2014 17:20
V-22 Osprey photo Boeing

V-22 Osprey photo Boeing


December 8, 2014 Marcus Weisgerber - Defense One


The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey has been deployed globally since 2007 with only one major offensive weapon: a machine gun pointed out the back of the aircraft.

Besides that, the tiltrotor aircraft – which takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter, but can pivot its engines and rotors forward to fly long distances at a higher speed like a fixed-wing plane – has relied on its speed and agility to protect itself from ground fire. But that could change soon.

Bell-Boeing announced on Monday that it had successfully fired rockets from a V-22 test aircraft.


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1 décembre 2014 1 01 /12 /décembre /2014 08:35
Inde : les grands de la défense multiplient les partenariats

Snecma créé co-entreprise maintenance moteurs d’avions militaires. La filiale Safran associée l’indien Max Aerospace (25 % 75 % respectivement capital). L’activité concerne notamment Mirage 2000H «Vajra » de l’Indian Air Force.


26/11/2014 Patrick de Jacquelot / Correspondant en Inde


Boeing et ses homologues occidentaux nouent des alliances locales. Le but : répondre à la volonté de New Delhi d’indigéniser son industrie militaire.

Boeing est à la recherche de partenaires indiens dans le secteur de la défense pour nouer « des relations stratégiques et approfondies », vient d’affirmer le vice-président en Inde du groupe américain d’aéronautique et de défense dans une interview à Bloomberg. La déclaration fait suite, selon lui, à la décision prise cet été par le nouveau gouvernement de porter le plafond des intérêts étrangers dans les sociétés indiennes du secteur de 26% à 49%, décision « bienvenue » selon le responsable de Boeing.

Le groupe américain se joint à un mouvement bien engagé, marqué par des partenariats de plus en plus nombreux et étroits entre fournisseurs d’armements internationaux et groupes indiens. Cette vague résulte non pas du relèvement du plafond des investissements directs étrangers, mais plutôt de la volonté des pouvoirs publics de pousser à la fabrication en Inde du matériel acheté par ses armées.


Des contrats de plus en plus souvent passés avec un groupe indien chef de fille

Premier importateur mondial d’armes, l’Inde achète à l’étranger plus de 70% de ses équipements, en l’absence de groupes nationaux capables de fournir les matériels sophistiqués dont son armée a besoin. Narendra Modi, le nouveau Premier ministre, qui veut promouvoir le développement de l’industrie indienne dans tous les domaines a, du coup, mis particulièrement l’accent sur celui de la défense.

Dès lors, les règles du jeu sont en train de changer. Ces dernières années, les contrats étaient souvent passés avec un fournisseur étranger, à charge pour lui de faire fabriquer une partie du matériel par un sous-traitant en Inde. C’est le cas du contrat en cours de négociations pour l’achat de Rafale : c’est Dassault qui les fournira, la majeure partie des appareils devant être fabriqués sur place par le groupe public HAL.

Dorénavant, on s’oriente de plus en plus vers des contrats passés avec un groupe indien chef de file qui se fournit en technologie auprès d’un partenaire étranger. L’exemple le plus flagrant est intervenu l’été dernier quand le gouvernement a annulé l’appel d’offres lancé auprès des constructeurs internationaux pour 197 hélicoptères, pour le remplacer par un appel d’offres destiné aux groupes indiens – à charge pour eux de trouver le bon fournisseur étranger.

Il devient dès lors essentiel pour les groupes occidentaux d’identifier des partenaires avec qui répondre ensemble aux appels d’offres. Comme le dit le représentant à Delhi d’un groupe français, « si on veut se développer ici, il est clair que nous n’avons pas d’autre choix que d’y accroître notre présence industrielle ». D’où la vague de partenariats ces derniers mois : Airbus, Thales, Safran ont pris récemment de telles initiatives. A noter qu’aucuns n’implique la création de co-entreprise où le partenaire étranger détiendrait 49% : « à 26% on est minoritaire, à 49% on le reste », note un professionnel qui déplore que le gouvernement n’ait pas relevé la barre à 51%.

La recherche de partenaires ne va pas de soi : les groupes privés du pays n’ont pas ou peu d’expérience dans la défense. Tous les projets n’aboutissent d’ailleurs pas. L’été dernier, une co-entreprise entre DCNS et le groupe Pipavav pour la construction de navires militaires a été bloquée par l’Etat français en raison de l’opacité des opérations du constructeur naval indien.


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Le X-37B se pose comme un avion après près de deux années en orbite au tour de la Terre – photo Boeing

Le X-37B se pose comme un avion après près de deux années en orbite au tour de la Terre – photo Boeing


26 octobre 2014 par Aerobuzz.fr


Le X-37B s’est posé le 22 octobre sur la base de Vandenberg (Californie) après 674 jours passés en orbite. En trois missions, cet engin spatial sans pilote construit par Boeing et mis en œuvre par l’US Air Force, totalise désormais plus de jours en orbite (1.367) que les navettes spatiales de la NASA en 135 missions (1.334 jours). Reste que le projet X-37B demeure l’un des plus secrets du Pentagone.


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4 octobre 2014 6 04 /10 /octobre /2014 11:50
photo AgustaWestland Boeing

photo AgustaWestland Boeing


04/10/2014 Avia News


AgustaWestland a livré à l'armée italienne les deux premiers exemplaires de ICH-47F «Chinook» en fin de semaine. Au total l’Italie a commandé 16 hélicoptères de ce type.


Une cérémonie de remise a eu lieu sur les installation d’AgustaWestland près de Varese Vergiate.

"La dernière génération du «Chinook» offre un saut quantique en termes de portée, de protection, de sécurité, de lutte et des capacités globales de performance, grâce aussi à une suite de mission numérique sur mesure, par rapport à la flotte actuelle de CH-47C, qui a été le cheval de bataille de l'aviation de l'armée italienne pendant plus de quatre décennies », explique le chef de service du programme «Chinook» le Gen Claudio Graziano.


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photos Boeing

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Sep 17, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)


Boeing [NYSE: BA] received a $293 million performance-based contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide aircraft parts and support that will enable DLA to provide essential logistics support to warfighters more quickly and effectively.

 “Boeing proposed a holistic partnership and transformational approach that fundamentally changes the way DLA and Boeing do business,” said Julie Praiss, vice president of Tactical Aircraft & Weapons Support. “We have laid the groundwork to improve affordability and efficiency that will increase aircraft availability for the warfighter.”


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11 septembre 2014 4 11 /09 /septembre /2014 16:35
India receives fifth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft

Indian Navy's fifth Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft taking off during its delivery. Photo Boeing.


11 September 2014 naval-technology.com


The Indian Navy has taken delivery of its fifth P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft from Boeing, which would support the navy's maritime patrol requirements.


Delivered as part of a deal signed in January 2009 for eight P-8I aircraft, the latest aircraft joins the navy's already existing fleet of four P-8Is, which are currently undergoing operational review.


Indian Navy naval staff deputy chief vice admiral RK Pattanaik said: "The P-8I programme is progressing on schedule, and the aircraft are providing the capabilities to meet our maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare requirements."


Powered by CFM International's two CFM56-7 engines, the aircraft features a directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system and the electronic support measures (ESM) system, which safeguard the jet from approaching infrared-guided missiles.


Based on Boeing's Next-Generation 737 commercial aircraft, the Indian navy version of the US navy's P-8A Poseidon jet integrates Indian-built sub-systems that are customised to meet the country's maritime patrol necessities.


Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) India vice-president Dennis Swanson said: "This is another important milestone for the programme and we look forward to continuing our great relationship with India.


"We'll deliver one more P-8I before the end of the year, followed by two in 2015."


Incorporating advanced sensor and display technologies, in addition to open system architecture, the aircraft supports missions including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), intelligence, maritime patrol, surveillance and reconnaissance.


Boeing P-8 international programme manager Mark Jordan said: "We appreciate that senior representatives of the Indian Navy were with us in Seattle to participate in delivery activities and watch the plane take off for Rajali.


"It's a great accomplishment for the entire team, and we're hard at work assembling and testing the next P-8I in line for delivery."


The aircraft has been built by a Boeing-led industry team including CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.

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High Energy Laser (HEL) - Mobile Demonstrator photo Boeing

High Energy Laser (HEL) - Mobile Demonstrator photo Boeing


09/09/2014 Par Julien Bergounhoux - industrie-techno.com


Le laser à haute énergie de Boeing vient de passer une étape importante. Ce démonstrateur mobile, monté sur un camion, s'est montré capable de neutraliser ses cibles (drones, tirs de mortier de 60 mm) même dans des conditions météorologiques difficiles. Une condition impérative pour la future mise en service de systèmes défensifs à énergie dirigée.


Boeing vient de tester avec succès le fonctionnement de son démonstrateur mobile de laser à haute énergie (High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator, ou HEL MD) dans des conditions météorologiques difficiles. Les tests ont eu lieu en collaboration avec l'armée des Etats-Unis, sur la base aérienne d'Eglin, en Floride.


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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Boeing Tactical Surveillance Aircraft Receives Additional FAA Certification


Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company


Boeing, will begin offering global customers the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype (ERRP) now that the aircraft has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


“ERRP’s FAA certification gives us another approved modification in Boeing’s growing family of ISR airplanes,” said John Rader, vice president of Electronic and Sensor Solutions. “ERRP is a high-end signals intelligence aircraft that delivers near-real-time SIGINT to the warfighter, a capability in high demand from militaries around the globe.”


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SB1-Defiant Photo Tamir Eshel  Defense-Update

SB1-Defiant Photo Tamir Eshel Defense-Update


August 12, 2014, Washington – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.


SB>1 Defiant expected to fly in 2017


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program (JMR TD), paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft.


The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of the SB>1 Defiant, a medium-lift helicopter configured to Sikorsky’s X2™ coaxial design, through flight testing. First flight for the program is expected in 2017.


“Defiant will use Sikorsky’s proven X2 technology to overcome aircraft design challenges, which will be critical requirements on future vertical lift aircraft,” said Mick Maurer, Sikorsky president. “The Sikorsky-Boeing team’s integrated approach has created a unique blend of expertise, innovative spirit and customer commitment that are unmatched in the industry. The complementary capabilities of each team member have delivered a design that will provide the best future vertical lift solution to the U.S. Army, and the flexibility of our design makes it suited for naval applications as well. This is a major leap forward.”


The Defiant aircraft will feature counter-rotating rigid main rotor blades for vertical and forward flight, a pusher propeller for high-speed acceleration and deceleration, and an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system.


“Our team brings leadership and new ways of thinking to aircraft development,” said Shelley Lavender, president of Boeing Military Aircraft. “As the original equipment manufacturers for both the Black Hawk and Apache helicopters, we bring tremendous technological breadth and depth to the customer. I believe our technical capabilities and experience in development and flight testing of complex rotorcraft systems were a key factor in the customer’s decision.”


To date, Sikorsky and Boeing collectively have delivered more than 3,000 helicopters to the Army in support of its challenging missions.


The JMR TD program supports the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program to deliver the next generation of vertical lift aircraft with greater performance, reliability and affordability. The Defiant aircraft packages evolutionary technologies in a new, innovative and affordable design that flies faster, farther and with more payload.


The JMR TD Program offers Sikorsky and Boeing the opportunity to partner with the U.S. Government in demonstrating the maturity of advanced and enabling future vertical lift technologies. Sikorsky and Boeing formed their JMR team in January 2013, and each company has invested significantly in the program.


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.


A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense

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12 août 2014 2 12 /08 /août /2014 07:20
7th Boeing GPS IIF Delivered to Orbit and Operational




Third launch this year in Boeing-Air Force GPS modernization effort


A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite, launched late yesterday, has sent the signals to controllers that confirm it is currently operating properly within the constellation that millions of people rely on for timing and navigation information.


GPS IIF-7 was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-5 rocket from Cape Canaveral. It is the seventh of 12 such satellites Boeing has built for the U.S. Air Force, and the third on-orbit delivery this year.


“We are providing our Air Force partner and GPS users with a steady supply of advanced GPS IIFs,” said Craig Cooning, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems. “Our robust launch tempo requires vigilance and attention to detail, and mission success is our top priority. We continue to partner with the Air Force and ULA to effectively execute the launch schedule.”


Boeing and the Air Force will complete the full on-orbit checkout of the satellite next month. The GPS IIFs offer improved signal accuracy, better anti-jamming capability, longer design life and the new civilian L5 signal.


GPS IIF-8, slated for launch during the fourth quarter, arrived at Cape Canaveral on July 16 to undergo final launch preparations.


A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 07:55
17,8 millions de dollars pour améliorer les capacités des Awacs français


01.08.2014 par Philippe Chapleau – Lignes de Défense


Le Pentagone a diffusé un avis d'attribution concernant les Awacs français qui vont bénéficier d'une remise à niveau de leurs capacités radar.


Boeing assurera ces travaux à Seattle. Ils s'inscrivent dans un contrat en cours de modernisation des avions de guet aérien français dont la valeur totale est de 378 millions de dollars.


The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, has been awarded a $17,858,824 firm-fixed-price, incentive-firm modification (25), on delivery order 0067 to F19628-01-D-0016 for E-3F enhancements. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $378,494,386. The contract modification is for the full Mode 5 and Mode S-FAA radar capabilities for incorporation into the French Air Force mission and ground system suite. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2017. This contract supports 100percent foreign military sales for France, and $17,858,824 will be obligated at time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Operating Location, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

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Boeing Delivers 15th Production P-8A Poseidon to US Navy


Aug 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company


The 15th P-8A Poseidon built by Boeing [NYSE: BA] arrives at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it will help expand the U.S. Navy’s long-range maritime patrol capabilities.

The aircraft, delivered on schedule July 31st, joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews in preparation for deployment.

The delivery follows Patrol Squadron (VP) 16’s recent return home from the P-8A’s first operational deployment. The ‘War Eagles’ of VP-16 were deployed for seven months, operating out of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. They were recently replaced by the ‘Mad Foxes’ of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5.

Boeing is currently on contract to build and support 53 P-8A aircraft. The Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As, which are based on the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 platform. The versatile multi-mission aircraft provides anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and will replace the Navy P-3 fleet.

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