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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Boeing QF-16 Aerial Target Completes 1st Pilotless Flight

Sep 24, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

    Provides next generation of combat training for US Air Force

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force have completed the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flight, demonstrating the next generation of combat training and testing.

 

Two U.S. Air Force test pilots in a ground control station remotely flew the QF-16, which is a retired F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target. The QF-16 mission profile included auto takeoff, a series of simulated maneuvers, supersonic flight, and an auto land, all without a pilot in the cockpit.

 

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25 septembre 2013 3 25 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Raytheon, Boeing Win $114M for F-18E Retrofits

September 24, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued September 23, 2013)

 

Pentagon Contract Announcement

 

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $39,000,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0048 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) for the procurement of 15 AN/APG-79 AESA radar systems for the F/A-18 E/F aircraft.

Work will be performed in Forest, Miss. (80 percent), and El Segundo, Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2015.

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement, Navy contract funds in the amount of $39,000,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

 

-- The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $38,197,820 for fixed-price, incentive-fee delivery order 0073 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of retrofit kits in support of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G trailing edge flap engineering change proposal redesign, including 48 trailing edge flap redesign kits, 48 left hand units and 48 right hand units.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in July 2017.

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement contract funds in the amount $38,197,820 will be obligated at time of award; none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

 

-- The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $24,575,433 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0161 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of B kits, bulk data cartridge units and mass storage units in support of the F/A-18 E/F Full Rate Production I aircraft Distributed Targeting System engineering change proposal.

Work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla. (75 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (21 percent); North Reading, Mass. (1.6 percent); and various other locations in the United States (2.4 percent); is expected to be completed in August 2015.

This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($17,750,379, 72 percent) and the Government of Australia ($6,825,054, 28 percent) under the foreign military sales (FMS) program.

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement, Navy and FMS contract funds in the amount $24,575,433 will be obligated at the time of award; none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

 

-- The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $12,871,280 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0164 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of 114 advanced navigation system retrofit kits for F/A-18E and F/A-18F aircraft.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in May 2017.

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement contract funds in the amount $2,752,243 will be obligated at the time of award; none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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24 septembre 2013 2 24 /09 /septembre /2013 21:07
La Corée du Sud annule son contrat d’achat d’avions de combat avec Boeing

Un F-35 de Lockheed Martin prêt à s'envoler (Photo Lockheed Martin Aeronautics)

 

24/09/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

Coup de théâtre en Corée du Sud. La Défense du pays a annoncé ce mardi qu’elle allait relancé l’appel d’offres pour la fourniture de 60 avions de combat suite à la décision de son agence en charge des contrats d’armements d’aller contre l’octroi à Boeing d’un contrat de 8300 milliards de wons (7,9 milliards $).

 

Il s’agit pour Séoul de remplacer une flotte vieillissante d’avions F-4 et F-5.

 

Le F-15 Silent Eagle de Boeing était opposé au F-35A de Lockheed Martin et au Typhoon du consortium européen Eurofighter (EADS, BAE Systems et Alenia). Ces deux derniers avaient cependant été éliminés car leurs offres dépassaient le budget fixé par Séoul, Boeing étant le seul à avoir soumis une offre correspondant au budget.

 

Une partie de l’état-major sud-coréen s’était toutefois récemment prononcée publiquement contre l’octroi de ce contrat à Boeing, jugeant que le F-15 Silent Eagle ne répondait pas aux besoins actuels des armées du pays. La raison invoquée serait entre autres le manque de capacités de furtivité de l’appareil face à certains de ses concurrents (le F-35 en tête).

 

Fin août, 15 anciens haut responsables de l’aviation sud-coréenne ont signé une pétition qualifiant d’«irrationnelle» la procédure qui avait éliminé les appareils de Lockheed Martin et d’EADS.

 

Le porte-parole du ministère de la Défense sud-coréenne a précisé que l’ensemble du processus devrait prendre «environ un an» et que le ministère ferait tout pour «accélérer les choses afin de nous assurer que le vide dans notre défense nationale soit limité à un minimum de temps».

 

Plusieurs possibilités seront examinés: le nombre d’avions commandés pourrait changer, la période de financement pourrait être prolongée, ou le contrat pourrait porter sur plusieurs types d’avions.

 

Les Pays-Bas ont récemment signé une commande de F-35, portant à sept le nombre de pays autres que les États-Unis optant pour cet avion, avec la Grande-Bretagne, l’Australie, l’Italie, la Norvège, Israël et le Japon.

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
Boeing to Showcase New and Agile Solutions at Modern Day Marine

Sep 20, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

    Exhibit includes Phantom Badger high-performance tactical vehicle, Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb

 

Boeing is highlighting a diverse warfighting equipment portfolio – including an advanced high-performance tactical vehicle – during this year’s Modern Day Marine exposition.

 

The Marine Corps League event takes place Sept. 24-26 at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico. Boeing will display the Phantom Badger, a combat support vehicle that is small enough to fit in a MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for transport.

 

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 11:35
Le nom du nouveau chasseur sera dévoilé demain, le F-15SE, seul candidat

Vol d`un avion prototype du F-15SE effectué en juillet 2010 aux Etats-Unis (Boeing)

 

2013/09/23 yonhapnews.co.kr

 

SEOUL, 23 sept. (Yonhap) -- Dans le cadre du plan d’acquisition du nouvel avion de combat (F-X) qui remplacera les F-4 et F-5 de l’armée de l’air, l’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA) va soumettre son dossier d’examen final, avec comme seul candidat le F-15 Silent Eagle de Boeing, lors de la réunion de la Commission du projet de défense qui aura lieu demain et qui révèlera le nom définitif du retenu.

 

Parmi les trois candidats de cet appel d’offres d’un budget de 8.300 milliards de wons (7,2 milliards de dollars), à savoir le F-15SE de Boeing, le F-35 de Lockheed Martin et l’Eurofighter d’EADS, seul celui du Boeing a répondu à la limite budgétaire fixée par le gouvernement et la DAPA a rapporté ce résultat au palais présidentiel le 13 septembre dernier et va soumettre demain le dossier du F-15SE à la commission qui va conclure la procédure de sélection.

 

La commission sera dirigée par le ministre de la Défense, Kim Kwan-jin, et ses membres évalueront la pertinence du candidat final dans ce projet d’acquisition de 60 avions de chasse de Boeing entre 2017 et 2021. La Corée du Sud a acheté le même nombre de F-15K en 2002. Un responsable de la DAPA a confirmé le 17 septembre dernier qu’«il reste la dernière étape de ce projet d’acquisition du nouvel avion de chasse, nous allons rapporter à la commission le sujet de la sélection de l’avion et le résultat des examens».

 

Il a par ailleurs confirmé qu’«il n’est pas possible de faire demi-tour pour relancer le projet de son point de départ afin de ne pas avoir de trou dans la ligne de défense aérienne». Ces propos sont liés aux critiques concernant la présence d’un seul candidat au sein de l’opinion publique et parmi notamment 15 anciens chefs d’état-major de l’armée de l’air qui ont demandé le 12 septembre dernier le choix d’un avion furtif au lieu de sélectionner le F-15SE.

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
C-17 Swap Could Extend Production

Boeing has announced it will shutter its production line for C-17 transports in 2015, but a plan to swap aircraft and sell refurbished planes overseas could keep the assembly line humming. (US Air Force)

 

Sep. 22, 2013 - by MARCUS WEISGERBER  - Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Unless Boeing can sell a few more C-17 transports to international customers or strike a novel deal with the US Air Force to swap old planes for new ones, the company will end production of the giant cargo plane in 2015 after a more than 20-year run.

 

Trading old C-17s for new ones — akin to what the service does with its Lockheed Martin C-130Js — could extend the line several years, sources and analysts said. Rather than retiring the aircraft, like the Air Force does with its older C-130s, the service could return its early C-17s to Boeing, which would refurbish them for sale on the international market.

 

It is unclear in the current fiscal environment as global defense spending shrinks if a trade-out concept is even tenable. Over the past two decades, Boeing has successfully extended C-17 production six years, but this time the Pentagon is facing another $52 billion cut to its upcoming budget.

 

The oldest Air Force C-17s, many of which reside in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, were built in the early 1990s and have logged thousands of flight hours.

 

Boeing on Sept. 18 said it would close the C-17 final assembly plant in Long Beach, Calif., in 2015, after completing 22 aircraft for international customers.

 

The company will begin reducing its workforce in 2014. In all, 3,000 people at facilities in California, Arizona, Missouri and Georgia work on the C-17. When the supply chain is factored in, about 20,000 people support the C-17 program.

 

Of the 22 aircraft still to be built, 13 are not on “firm order,” said Nan Bouchard, Boeing’s C-17 program manager.

 

“We expect those [13] to go to a mix of new and existing customers,” she said.

 

Six nations in addition to the US Air Force fly the C-17: Canada, Australia, the UK, Qatar, India and United Arab Emirates. A consortium of 12 countries — 10 NATO members and two partner nations — also jointly operate three aircraft.

 

But international orders have come mostly in small quantities.

 

“There’s a lot of interest out there, but timing of the orders just didn’t line up for us,” Bouchard said. “We’ve been protecting the production line with long-lead funding.”

 

The C-17 is the only wide-body military transport in production in the US. Lockheed builds the smaller C-130J in Marietta, Ga., and is also upgrading the mammoth C-5 Galaxy transport.

 

“We’re kind of in uncharted territory here, because there had never been an export market for a plane of this class before the C-17,” said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group consultancy. “It’s a clever idea, but unlikely to be successful. They’ve managed to pull off a miracle by stretching production with international orders this far. But what can they do when the only customers they do have aren’t coming through in time, like Saudi Arabia? Remember, the other 13 planes are being built on spec.”

 

The company said it would produce an additional 13 planes that have not yet been sold before shuttering the production line. Aboulafia said he believes those planes could end up with India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. India has already purchased a previous order of C-17s; the latter two countries have been named for some time as potential buyers.

 

It is always possible that the existing user pool could see this as last call and tack on extra orders before the line closes. Countries such as the UAE, Kuwait and potentially Qatar could make that move, Aboulafia said. Another potential participant could be Japan, whose domestic C-2 program has developed slowly.

 

Whether this opens up market opportunities for the Airbus A400M, seen as the C-17s largest competitor, is unclear.

 

“The problem with the A400M is we just don’t know what the price is going to be,” Aboulafia said. “There will be some kind of export market, but it’s not clear if it’s the same as the C-17s. This isn’t a question of price point, but politics and whether you can afford the capability at all. Consider that there haven’t been any new A400M sales outside the consortium that developed the plane, other than Malaysia.

 

“What Boeing needs now is time. Time to see if the Saudis come through. Time to see what happens to Japan’s indigenous cargo plane program, the C-2. Time for the US to realize it’s throwing away a valuable industrial capability it will miss in five years.”

 

If the Air Force swapped out its older aircraft, it could likely acquire the new ones at a deep discount from the airlifter’s $225 million sticker price, sources said.

 

The new aircraft would also include more modern features not installed on the older C-17s. The older aircraft must go through a separate overhaul process to receive these upgrades. Boeing holds an Air Force support contract and upgrades the aircraft in San Antonio. That contract runs through 2017 and has options through 2021.

 

The aircraft is expected to continue flying in the US and abroad for “many decades to come,” Bouchard said.

 

Boeing believes its modernization and sustainment programs will help the company retain the intellectual know-how to compete for future military transport projects in the 2020s, Bouchard said. She said the company is not planning a lobbying effort to keep the production line open.

 

If the Air Force traded in its older aircraft, it raises the prospect of international sales. Boeing could sell the aircraft on the international market at a lower price and more directly competing with the Airbus Military A400M.

 

A C-17 is powered by four Pratt & Whitney jet engines, while the A400M is powered by four Europrop turboprop engines.

 

While the Air Force is said to find the deal attractive, federal US budget cuts will likely prevent the service — which has a host of higher acquisition priorities, namely the Boeing KC-46A tanker, the Lockheed F-35 joint strike fighter and a new long-range bomber — from signing on to the plan. That means Congress would need to legislate the move, which seems unlikely in in the current budget climate.

 

Several members of California’s House delegation signaled that, in the sequestration era, Congress is unlikely to reverse the Air Force’s decision.

 

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., said he has not studied the issue in any depth.

 

But he did sarcastically utter a telling quip when asked about the Air Force plan to end C-17 manufacturing: “You mean keep all production lines open forever?”

 

And California Democratic Rep. John Garamendi — also a member of the Armed Services Committee — said he supports the service's plans.

 

“The Air Force has completed its purchases of C-17,” he said during an interview.

 

Asked if he believes the US has enough Globemasters, Garamendi replied: “Yes. Unless you’ve found another several billions dollars lying around some place.”

 

Boeing in 2006 began taking measures to close the C-17 production line in 2009, but Congress added dozens of Air Force aircraft and numerous international orders were also placed.

 

John T. Bennett and Aaron Mehta contributed to this report.

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Boeing arrêtera la production du C-17 en 2015

19.09.2013 Emilie Drab.journal-aviation.com

 

« C’était une décision très difficile mais nécessaire que d’arrêter la production du C-17 », a déclaré Dennis Muilenburg, président et CEO de la division Defense, Space & Security de Boeing. L’avionneur a en effet annoncé le 18 septembre la fermeture de la ligne d’assemblage du C-17 Globemaster III pour 2015.

 

Le dernier C-17 destiné aux Etats-Unis a été remis à l’US Air Force le 12 septembre. Il reste désormais 22 de ces avions militaires de transport à produire.

 

Dennis Muilenburg a expliqué qu'en raison des coupes budgétaires nécessaires chez les pays clients de l’appareil, d’éventuelles commandes ne pourraient pas être passées suffisamment tôt pour maintenir la ligne d’assemblage de Long Beach (Californie) opérationnelle.

 

Actuellement, 3 000 personnes travaillent sur les quatre sites dédiés au programme (Long Beach, Macon en Géorgie, Mesa en Arizona et St Louis dans le Missouri). Les suppressions de postes débuteront dès 2014 et se poursuivront jusqu’à la fin de la production. Son arrêt aura également un impact sur 650 fournisseurs du programme.

 

Développé par McDonnell Douglas, le C-17 a effectué son premier vol en septembre 1991. Depuis, la flotte mondiale a cumulé plus de 2,6 millions d’heures de vol dans des missions diverses : transport de troupes et de matériel, largage d’aide humanitaire, missions médicales… Elle compte 257 appareils, dont 223 aux Etats-Unis. Les autres se trouvent au service de l’Australie, du Canada, de l’Inde, du Qatar, des Emirats Arabes Unis, du Royaume-Unis et de l’OTAN.

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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Boeing To End C-17 Production In 2015

A C-17 Globemaster III ascends over Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., in July as Mount Rainier towers in the distance. Boeing announced it would end production of its C-17 in 2015. (Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin / US Air Force)

 

Sep. 18, 2013 – Defense news

 

NEW YORK — Boeing announced Wednesday it would end production of its C-17 military transport aircraft in 2015, citing a difficult environment amid government spending cuts.

 

Boeing said it would close the C-17 final assembly plant in Long Beach, Calif., in 2015, after completing the 22 aircraft remaining to be built.

 

Nearly 3,000 employees will lose their jobs, including those at the Long Beach plant and in three other states: Arizona, Georgia and Missouri.

 

The workforce reductions will begin in early 2014 and continue through the shutdown, the Chicago-based company said in a statement.

 

“Ending C-17 production was a very difficult but necessary decision,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

 

“Our customers around the world face very tough budget environments. While the desire for the C-17’s capabilities is high, budgets cannot support additional purchases in the timing required to keep the production line open,” he said.

 

Muilenburg noted that severe US government spending cuts, known as sequestration, had created significant planning difficulties for Boeing’s customers and the entire aerospace industry.

 

“Such uncertainty forces difficult decisions like this C-17 line closure,” he added.

 

The end of the Boeing airlifter program was expected to have a ripple effect on jobs throughout most of the country, a further blow to the lackluster economy where the unemployment rate is 7.3 percent and job growth is weak.

 

Boeing said the C-17 industrial team includes more than 650 suppliers in 44 states and, including Boeing, supports 20,000 jobs.

 

The C-17’s main rival is the A400M, made by European aircraft maker Airbus.

 

Boeing said it planned to take a charge of less than $100 million in the current quarter for the closure, but noted the decision would not affect its financial forecast for the year.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 17:45
C-17 Globemaster III at Singapore Airshow - photo Boeing

C-17 Globemaster III at Singapore Airshow - photo Boeing

18 September 2013 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Boeing officials have confirmed that the Algerian air force is interested in acquiring transport and tanker aircraft, with a request for proposals (RFP) possible in the coming months. Earlier this year Algeria evaluated the C-17 and A330 MRTT but the country is also interested in surveillance and rotary wing aircraft.

 

Algeria in April this year undertook trials of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter and the following month evaluated the Airbus Military A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Transport Tanker). Paul Oliver, Vice President - Middle East and Africa, International Business Development at Boeing Defence, Space and Security told defenceWeb that Algeria is also interested in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets and has asked Boeing about its ScanEagle small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.

 

While Algeria has not specified how many C-17s it would like to acquire, Oliver estimated the number at four to six aircraft. He said that for the Algerian demonstration earlier this year, Boeing leased a US military aircraft and flew it at several different locations over a few days, covering most of the aircraft’s flight envelope.

 

Unofficial sources say a C-17 from the US Air Force’s 446th Airlift Wing at McChord Air Force Base in Washington was seen at the Tamanrasset test centre on April 22.

 

Boeing confirms Algerian interest in tankers, transports

Algeria evaluated a Royal Air Force Airbus Military A330 MRTT in May and is reportedly interested in acquiring around three to replace its Ilyushin Il-78 Midas tankers. The timeline for their replacement is not clear – when Oliver told the Algerians that the Boeing KC-46 tanker would only be available for demonstrations in 2018, he said they were happy with that date.

 

No RFPs have yet been forthcoming from Algeria, but Oliver said he was confident that they would be issued either later this year or early next year. He added that Algeria is seen as a key market for the company.

 

Dennis Muilenberg, President and CEO of Boeing Defence, Space and Security agreed that Algeria is a key future market place for Boeing. He said the Algerians expressed interest in mobility as they are looking for aircraft to move cargo and provide humanitarian assistance. Consequently, Boeing sees opportunities in products like the C-17 and rotorcraft, such as the CH-47 Chinook. At the moment Boeing is trying to understand Algeria’s needs and infrastructure and is at the initial discussions stage.

 

Guy Martin is in the United States as a guest of Boeing.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:20
USAF: Boeing KC-46 Tanker on Track

The Boeing KC-46 tanker is expected to meet its cost and schedule obligations, a U.S. Air Force general said. (Boeing illustration)

 

Sep. 17, 2013 - By MARCUS WEISGERBER – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Boeing should be able to meet the cost and schedule terms of the US Air Force’s KC-46 aerial tanker program, the general in charge of the much-watched effort said.

 

“Right now, based on this year’s government schedule risk assessment, it looks like with greater than a 90 percent probability the Boeing team will deliver the 18 tankers by 2017 as laid out in the contract,” Maj. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force program executive officer for tankers, said during a Tuesday briefing at the Air Force Association’s annual convention.

 

Boeing has met most of its contractual requirements early and is about 40 percent finished with the tanker’s development program, Thompson said.

 

The Air Force selected the Boeing 767-based tanker over an EADS A330 rival in February 2011. The contract for 179 of the aircraft is valued at $35 billion.

 

Low-rate initial production is scheduled to begin in 2015. Production is scheduled to ramp up to 15 tankers per year in 2017 and is expected to run though 2017, Thompson said.

 

“[The] bottom line from the operational assessment that was published in May is that from an effectivity, suitability and mission-accomplishment standpoint, the KC-46 is on track,” Thompson said.

 

Unlike many Pentagon procurement programs, the KC-46 program has remained on track despite sequestration cuts.

 

“From a funding perspective as the No. 1 modernization program in the United States Air Force, the people in the Department of Defense, the people in the Department of the Air Force [and] the people over on the Hill that gave us the flexibilities that we needed, took care of us,” Thompson said.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Boeing Wins $300M Order for ScanEagle UAVs for Special Forces

Sept. 16, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Sept. 16, 2013)

 

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $300,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hardware and operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems operated by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

 

The hardware and services to be provided include replacement air vehicles, spare and consumable parts, and in-theatre field service representatives to supplement naval special warfare operators.

 

Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in September 2016. Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Navy, overseas contingency operations contract funds in the amount of $85,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1.

 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-D-0016).

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
Corée du Sud-Boeing bien placé pour une commande de chasseurs

16/09 LesEchos.fr (Reuters)

 

La proposition de Boeing pour remplacer la flotte vieillissante d'avions de chasse de l'armée sud-coréenne est la seule qui repond aux critères, a dit à Reuters une source au fait du dossier, citant des responsables chargés de l'achat d'équipements militaires.

 

Avec son F-15SE, l'avionneur américain l'emporterait ainsi face au F-35 de Lockheed Martin et au Typhoon du consortium Eurofighter, composé d'EADS, BAE Systems et Finmeccanica.

 

La source a précisé que le ministre de la Défense du pays, le patron de l'administration chargée de l'acquisition de programmes de défense (DAPA) ainsi qu'un responsable de l'armée de l'air ont rencontré vendredi la présidente sud-coréenne Park Geun-hye pour lui faire part de leurs conclusions.

 

Un porte-parole de la DAPA a confirmé la tenue de la réunion, tout en refusant de dire ce qui y avait été évoqué.

 

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16 septembre 2013 1 16 /09 /septembre /2013 07:20
Un F-35 dans la chaîne d’assemblage final de l’usine de production de Fort Worth, Texas (Photo: Archives/Lockheed Martin)

Un F-35 dans la chaîne d’assemblage final de l’usine de production de Fort Worth, Texas (Photo: Archives/Lockheed Martin)

14/09/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout - 45eNord.ca

 

Un haut responsable de Lockheed Martin soutient que l’industrie aéronautique canadienne pourrait perdre environ 10,5 milliards en contrats étalés sur plusieurs décennies si le gouvernement fédéral choisit de ne pas aller de l’avant avec sa commande de 65 avions de chasse F-35, rapporte la Presse Canadienne.

 

Le vice-président exécutif de Lockheed Martin, Orlando Carvalho, affirme en effet que la compagnie respectera des contrats d’une valeur totale de 500 millions déjà accordés à des partenaires canadiens, mais que d’autres contrats seront à risque sans la commande du gouvernement canadien.

«Si le gouvernement canadien décidait de ne pas choisir les F-35, nous respecterions certainement les engagements que nous avons pris avec l’industrie canadienne, mais notre approche, à l’avenir, serait d’essayer de faire des affaires avec les industries des pays qui nous achètent des avions », a-t-il déclaré lors d’un entretien suivant l’ouverture officielle à Montréal des nouvelles installations d’Aveos, devenues le Centre d’Aviation Kelly, un centre de maintenance, réparation et révision de moteurs de Lockheed Martin.

Après un rapport accablant du vérificateur général, qui l’accusait d’avoir gravement sous-estimé les coûts d’acquisition du F-35, Ottawa avait été contraint d’évalue les solutions de rechange potentielles à son plan initial, qui était d’acheter 65 appareils F-35.

L’an dernier, un rapport de la firme de service-conseil KPMG prévenait que la facture totale pourrait même s’élever à 45,8 milliards de dollars sur 42 ans.

 

 

Le géant américain de la défense estime quant à lui que l’industrie canadienne pourrait recevoir 11 milliards de contrats sur 25 à 40 ans, période pendant laquelle elle pourrait construire 3000 avions pour les armées de partout dans le monde, si Ottawa maintient son choix initial du F-35 de Lockheed.

Orlando Carvalho affirme en outre que Lockheed continue de réduire le coût de ses F-35 et indique que les avions coûteraient au Canada autour de 75 millions, au coût d’aujourd’hui, ou environ 85 millions avec inflation lors de leur éventuelle livraison en 2018.

Le vice-président exécutif de Lockheed Martin ajoute aussi que les particularités de l’avion, dont la technologie furtive et les capacités de surveillance, en font le choix idéal pour le Canada.

De son côté, toutefois, le président et chef de la direction de Boeing, James McNerney, avait affirmé la semaine dernière croire que l’avion de chasse F-18 Super Hornet puisse répondre aux besoins du Canada, précisant qu’il avait été modifié afin de présenter des capacités de cinquième génération et soulignant que Boeing avait aussi l’avantage d’avoir un système arrivé à maturité, contrairement à un système encore en voie de développement.

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Boeing delivers last USAF C-17

15 September 2013 By Dave Majumdar – FG

 

Boeing delivered the last C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter destined for the US Air Force on 12 September at its plant in Long Beach, California.

 

The aircraft is the last of 223 examples ordered with the service, but production continues for foreign orders of the aircraft.

 

“We are continuing the legacy by building C-17s for our partner nations, and we will continue to work with the U.S. Air Force to ensure their aircraft deliver top performance into the future,” says Nan Bouchard, Boeing’s C-17 programme manager.

 

There are 34 additional C-17s being operated by Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, NATO’s 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability and India. Production of C-17s continues for India.

 

Boeing had said previously that it expects further foreign orders for the aircraft.

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13 septembre 2013 5 13 /09 /septembre /2013 12:35
Corée du Sud: opposition à l’achat du F-15 s’il n’est que moins cher sans être performant

13/09/2013 par Jacques N. Godbout – 45eNord.ca

Boeing, DAPA, EADS, F-15 SE, Lockheed Martin,

 

C’est le monde à l’envers: alors que les Canadiens se plaignent que leur gouvernement s’apprêtait à payer beaucoup trop cher pour ses avions de chasse, les Sud-Coréens, leurs chefs militaires en tête, se plaignent au contraire que leur gouvernement ne choisisse pas des chasseurs qui offrent une assez forte capacité de dissuasion face à la turbulente Corée du Nord.

 

Un groupe d’anciens chefs de l’armée de l’air à la retraite ont fait part de leur opposition au projet du gouvernement d’acquérir 60 avions de chasse nouvelle génération F-15 SE de Boeing, critiquant le processus de sélection qui a donné la priorité au prix et non aux capacités de l’avion, rapporte l’agence sud-coréenne Yonhap.

 

L’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA) de la Corée du Sud a lancé le 12 août un appel d’offres dans le cadre de son projet d’acquisition, six mois après avoir dû le suspendre parce que toutes les propositions qu’elle avait alors reçues dépassaient le budget de Séoul fixé à 8,3 milliards de wons (7,45 milliards $).

 

Finalement, deux enchérisseurs ont été éliminés pour raison de budget, le F-35 de Lockheed Martin et l’Eurofighter d’EADS.

 

Les responsables de Lockheed Martin et d’EADS ont toutefois dit qu’ils restent en course, car ils n’ont reçu aucune notification officielle de la part du gouvernement sud-coréen.

 

Les dix-sept anciens généraux-chefs de l’armée de l’air avaient envoyé fin août une lettre à l’Assemblée nationale, au bureau présidentiel et au ministère de la Défense, leur demandant de reconsidérer leur processus d’évaluation qui ne tenait pas suffisamment compte des capacités des avions proposés.

 

L’Administration du programme d’acquisition de défense (DAPA) avait déclaré qu’elle ne pouvait pas signer de contrat avec les entreprises dépassant son budget, mais la Défense sud-coréenne ne peut ignorer totalement l’opinion publique sur l’achat d’armes de défense aériennes stratégiques qui doivent offrir une forte capacité de dissuasion face à la Corée du Nord et il semble que pour les sud-coréens, qui ont un voisin pour le moins imprévisible, la protection soit au moins aussi importante que les économies.

 

«La DAPA a établi une règle irrationnelle voulant que tout avion dépassant le budget de 8.300 milliards de wons ne peut pas être sélectionné», ont dit les généraux dans leur lettre, ajoutant «(La DAPA) devrait entreprendre une évaluation détaillée (des trois avions).»

 

La DAPA présentera les résultats de son évaluation vendredi au bureau présidentiel et tiendra une réunion avec les chefs des armées à la fin du mois pour rendre sa décision finale.

 

Au lieu de se borner à acquérir un avion qui rentre dans son budget, les généraux ont suggéré au gouvernement d’acquérir une «capacité de défense aérienne asymétrique» contre la Corée du Nord, qui signifie des avions de chasse furtifs tels que le F-35.

 

«Il n’est pas encore clair si le gouvernement sélectionnera le F-15 SE ou reverra son programme d’acquisition», a dit un membre du ministère de la Défense sous couvert d’anonymat, selon ce que rapporte l’agence sud-coréenne.

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US spying on Brazil halts talks on warplane purchase: Brazil

Sept 10, 2013 spacewar.com (AFP)

 

Brasilia, Federal District (Brazil) - Brazil has been in talks to buy 36 fighter jets for years, at a cost of $5 billion. The candidates are the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Rafale from France's Dassault the Gripen NG by Saab of Sweden.

 

Alleged US spying on the communications of Brazil's president have brought negotiations on buying US warplanes to a halt, a Brazilian government source said Tuesday.

 

The talks have been going on for years, and got a nudge with a visit from Vice President Joe Biden in May.

 

"The negotiations were going very well, and then they stopped" with the recent press reports that the National Security Agency had spied on the online and other communications of President Dilma Rousseff. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was also alleged to have been targeted by the NSA.

 

The US government was eager to close the aircraft deal in time for a planned October visit to Washington by Rousseff, the source said.

 

Brazil has been in talks to buy 36 fighter jets for years, at a cost of $5 billion.

 

The candidates are the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Rafale from France's Dassault the Gripen NG by Saab of Sweden.

 

Rousseff said last week she will decide whether to go ahead with the Washington trip depending on the explanation she gets from Obama about the alleged espionage. Obama has promised an answer this week, Rousseff said.

 

"They have to win back our trust," the source said.

 

Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo has reported over the past two weeks that the NSA spied on the online communications of Rousseff, her aides and Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.

 

The allegations stem from documents leaked by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

 

But the alleged US espionage targeting Petrobras will not in fact delay an oil field auction scheduled for next month, a government official was quoted as saying Tuesday.

 

The finding of the enormous so-called Libra field marked the largest oil discovery in Brazilian history. It is believed to hold between eight and 12 billion barrels of recoverable oil, and covers an area of 1,500 square kilometers in ultra deep oil fields detected in 2007.

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Deploys Refueling Equipment in Flight Test

Sep 5, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

    Additional demonstrations of V-22's refueling capability planned

 

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] and Boeing [NYSE: BA], has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker. Adding this capability to the tiltrotor aircraft would further advance its versatility in combat, humanitarian and ship-based operations.

 

In the August demonstration over north Texas, a V-22 equipped with a prototype aerial refueling system safely deployed, held stable, and retracted the refueling drogue as an F/A-18C and an F/A-18D Hornet flew just behind and to the side of the aircraft.

 

“Adding aerial refueling tanker capability to the V-22 will enable operators to execute a wider variety of missions with greater flexibility and autonomy,” said Vince Tobin, Bell Boeing V-22 program director. “This will save time and money by maximizing the efficient use of aircraft and personnel.”

 

Future Bell Boeing tests will put aircraft in a fuel-receiving position directly behind the V-22, connect receiver aircraft with the refueling drogue and, ultimately, refuel a variety of aircraft in flight. The V-22 is a combat-proven tiltrotor that can fly horizontally at high speeds and high altitudes like an airplane, and take off and land vertically like a helicopter.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 17:35
C-17 Globemaster III  Indian Air Force – photo Rishika Baruah source Livefist

C-17 Globemaster III Indian Air Force – photo Rishika Baruah source Livefist

NEW DELHI, Sept. 5 (UPI)

 

The Indian Air Force officially inducted the first three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transporters this week.

 

Boeing delivered the three -- the first of 10 C-17 aircraft on order -- during the past three months, a report by NDTV said.

 

Two more are expected by the end of the year and the last five will be delivered by the end of next year.

 

The aircraft is capable of lifting tanks to the border with China and Pakistan and made its debut with a test flight at the Hindon Air Base in Uttar Pradesh state.

 

"The C-17 Globe Master transport aircraft will change the way we deploy forces in the north and northeast," Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said on Monday during the induction.

 

India's Defense Acquisition Council approved the purchase in October 2009 to replace the air force's aging Russian IL-76 transporters that it bought in the 1990s.

 

The air force has fewer than 20 of Ilyushins which have a 45-ton cargo capacity and needs a crew of six.

 

The force also has the Russian Antonov-32 in its inventory.

 

A report by India Today said the acquisition of the C-17 Aircraft, and the Boeing C-130J Super Hercules transporter, shows the air force is moving away from reliance on Russian-origin aircraft toward American ones.

 

India operates six C-130Js and plans to buy six more for operations on small and unpaved runways alongside routine transport missions.

 

The C-17 carries up to 80 tons and needs a crew of three. One person can operate the heavy-lift hydraulics for cargo handling.

 

The high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed Globemaster -- powered by four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines -- needs a 7,600-foot airfield to take off. But it can land in less than 3,000 feet on a small unpaved or paved airfield, day or night.

 

It also carries a payload of 160,000 pounds, flies 2,400 nautical miles and can refuel in flight.

 

Boeing recently said that the deal with India includes an Integrated Sustainment Program Performance-Based Logistics contract which, with other customers, has maintained a fleet availability of 85 percent.

 

The C-17 has been in operation since 1991 and has more than 2.6 million flight-hours, Boeing says on its website.

 

Boeing has delivered 256 C-17s, including 222 to the U.S. Air Force. The rest have gone to and Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.

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Boeing starts assembly of USAF KC-46 tanker's second refuelling boom

The skin of the second KC-46A boom being loaded into a jig at Boeing's boom assembly centre in Seattle, US. Photo: courtesy of Boeing

 

5 September 2013 airforce-technology.com

 

The US Air Force's (USAF) KC-46A aerial refuelling tanker development programme has moved ahead with the start of assembly of the second refuelling boom at Boeing's facility in Seattle, US.

 

Once assembled, the refuelling boom is scheduled to be mounted on a test aircraft for further validation of its design.

 

Boeing is currently manufacturing five test booms, of which the first will be utilised for risk-reducing laboratory tests at a System Integration Lab (SIL), also called as SIL 0, in early 2014.

 

Boeing KC-46 vice-president and programme manager Maureen Dougherty said the KC-46 boom is based on the proven KC-10 tanker's boom, which has performed extremely well in 30 years of its operation.

 

"Our team is achieving significant milestones as we prepare for flight tests to begin, and we remain focused on delivering this capability on schedule,'' Dougherty said.

 

Manufactured at KC-46 Boom Assembly Center at Boeing Field in Seattle, the modernised fly-by-wire boom is expected to provide KC-46 tanker with advanced refuelling capabilities, enabling it to refuel any fixed-wing receiver aircraft anytime and on any mission.

 

Developed from Boeing's 767-200ER, KC-46A is a military aerial refuelling and strategic transport aircraft designed to replace the USAF's ageing KC-135 Stratotankers fleet, which has served as its primary refuelling aircraft for more than 50 years.

 

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

 

An initial test flight of the fully-equipped KC-46A tanker is planned for early 2015, while delivery will take place in 2016.

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5 septembre 2013 4 05 /09 /septembre /2013 11:20
U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II

Sep 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

    Will keep aircraft operating through 2035

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will continue improving U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II mission readiness, and decreasing maintenance costs, through a follow-on order for 56 replacement wings for that aircraft. 

 

Boeing is on contract to build up to 242 wings, including these, at its plant in Macon, Ga. Refitting the fleet with new wings will improve the mission availability of A-10s by an estimated 4 percent and will help save the Air Force an estimated $1.3 billion in maintenance costs during the next 30 years.  

 

This latest order is valued at $212 million. Including this agreement, the Air Force has ordered 173 wings. The efforts of Boeing, its suppliers, and the Air Force will allow the A-10 fleet to operate into 2035.

 

The A-10 is a twin-engine jet designed for close air support of ground forces. It can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.

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Boeing KC-46 source Boeing

Boeing KC-46 source Boeing

September 4, 2013 defense-aerospace.com    

(Source: Boeing Co.; issued September 3, 2013)

 

Boeing Tanker Remains On Schedule with Start of 2nd Refueling Boom Assembly

 

SEATTLE --– Boeing workers in Seattle took another step toward delivering next-generation aerial refueling capability to the U.S. Air Force today when they began assembling the second refueling boom for the KC-46A Tanker program.

 

Based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane, the KC-46A will feature a modernized fly-by-wire boom and hose and drogue systems, making it capable of refueling any U.S. or allied fixed wing aircraft any time on any mission. What’s more, the KC-46 itself can be refueled in flight, adding to its substantially greater capability and mission flexibility.

 

"Our team is achieving significant milestones as we prepare for flight tests to begin, and we remain focused on delivering this capability on schedule,” said Maureen Dougherty, KC-46 vice president and program manager. “The KC-46 boom is modeled after the proven KC-10 boom, which has performed extremely well in its 30 years of operation. We’re enhancing its reliability, making it even better.”

 

Five test booms are being built. The first will be used for risk-reducing laboratory tests that are scheduled to begin early next year. The second will be installed on a test aircraft to further evaluate the design.

 

Boeing invented the air refueling boom and has been building, upgrading and modifying them for more than 60 years. The company remains on plan to deliver the initial 18 combat-ready KC-46As by 2017. It will deliver 179 to the Air Force by 2027.

 

 

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 59,000 employees worldwide.

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4 septembre 2013 3 04 /09 /septembre /2013 16:50
Boeing, Polish Defence Holding to Explore Collaboration on Future Defense Work

Sep 3, 2013 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Polish Defence Holding (PDH) on Sept. 2 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore areas where Boeing and PDH can work together to meet Poland’s defense needs while supporting the growth of local industry.

 

Under the agreement, signed at the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce, leaders from Boeing and PDH will begin to determine areas for future collaboration. Opportunities may include platform production, advanced technology solutions, research and development, and other areas of shared expertise.

 

“PDH is a regional leader in defense technology and draws on Poland’s talented and experienced workforce to manufacture world-class products,” said Henryka Bochniarz, president of Boeing Central and Eastern Europe. “We look forward to collaborating with them on potential contributions to Poland’s drive for defense modernization.”

 

“Both PDH and Boeing have a reputation for excellence throughout Europe, so this collaboration has significant potential,” said Krzysztof Krystowski, president and CEO of Polish Defence Holding. “We look forward to exploring the ways in which we can meet Poland’s defense needs and the needs of its allies around the world.”

 

PDH, the largest manufacturer and supplier of military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe, is composed of 40 companies operating in Poland and abroad, with 10,000 employees. The company’s mission is focused on meeting soldiers’ needs, making intensive investments in modern technologies, and expanding into new markets.

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India's third C-17 Globemaster III aircraft departing Boeing's Long Beach facility in US. Photo Boeing.

India's third C-17 Globemaster III aircraft departing Boeing's Long Beach facility in US. Photo Boeing.

02/09/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft formally joins the Indian Air Force today. In the presence of A.K Antony - the Indian Defence Minister - the 70 tonne airlifter will be pressed into service at Hindon Air Force Station, Delhi.

 

Equipped with this brand new type, the Indian Air Force will be better-placed to airlift troops and support equipment into battle.

 

Able to accommodate up to 150 service personnel, the C-17 Globemaster III is the Indian Air Force's largest aircraft, taking over from the Russian-built Ilyushin Il-76 in this regard.

 

Ultimately, the air arm is getting a fleet of 10 Globemasters. In comparison, the Royal Air Force currently operates eight Globemasters and only the USAF, with 220 examples, has more in service. To date, three have been delivered to India, with the remaining seven to be supplied between now and the end of 2014. Still to be exercised is an option to acquire six more Globemasters, meaning India could one day have 16 such aircraft.

 

C-17 Globemaster III  Indian Air Force – photo Rishika Baruah source Livefist

C-17 Globemaster III Indian Air Force – photo Rishika Baruah source Livefist

Indian Air Force Globemasters

 

The Indian Air Force Globemaster fleet will operate from India's advanced landing sites (in the northeast) and its more mountainous regions (in the north). Recent years have seen India orientate its arms purchases away from Russia and towards the US and other Western nations. With many older Soviet-era technologies now reaching the end of their service lives, the Indian Air Force is rearming itself with a host of new military technologies. Besides the C-17s, it has also recently obtained six Lockheed C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft and has its sights on six more.

 

The Boeing C-17A Globemaster III first flew in 1991 and entered service two years later. Capable of carrying payloads up to 77,500 pounds in weight, it can use 3,500 foot-long runways. Four Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans - each generating 40,700 pounds of thrust - give it a maximum speed of 515 miles an hour, while it's also got a maximum operational ceiling of 45,000 feet and a 4,741 mile range.

 

Hindon Air Force Station is Asia's largest air base. Currently based there are Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters, MiG-29 air superiority fighters and a number of the Indian Air Force's C-130Js.

C-17 Globemaster III  Indian Air Force – photo Rishika Baruah source Livefist

C-17 Globemaster III Indian Air Force – photo Rishika Baruah source Livefist

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New Middle East Clients Lining Up To Buy CH-47 Chinooks

In June, Boeing began delivery of 13 new CH-147F model Chinooks to Canada. Here, the first helicopter off the line demonstrates its capabilities Aug. 28. (Boeing)

 

Aug. 29, 2013 - By PAUL McLEARY – Defense News

 

MIDDLETOWN, DEL. — Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar head the list of countries looking to begin flying variants of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in coming years, Boeing officials said here Wednesday. .

 

If deals being negotiated between Boeing, the US government, and these three countries eventually come to fruition, projections are that at least 54 Chinooks would be shipped overseas, making up a good portion of the 168 Chinooks that foreign clients around the globe are considering buying in coming years.

 

Pentagon officials and defense industry brahmins have been talking for the better part of two years about how they’re planning to rely on foreign sales to make up for the reductions they’re seeing in the US defense market, but a chart shown to reporters Wednesday really drove that point home.

 

On top of the 830 Chinook H-47 variants that are currently flying around the world, the chart showed, Boeing executives are working with foreign clients and the US government to sell another 168 to new and existing clients if all goes as planned.

 

In addition to the six CH-47D models and 16 CH-47F models that Libyan officials are working on buying, Saudi Arabia has expressed interest in fielding one of the world’s largest CH-47F fleets, with at least 24 helicopters being considered for the oil-rich kingdom.

 

Mark Ballew, director of business development for Boeing’s Chinook program, said the company is preparing to do a flight demonstration in Saudi Arabia, and that Qatar is interested in buying eight of the “F” models similar to what the company produced for Canada, which feature larger external fuel tanks and an upgraded electrical system.

 

Morocco, which has already purchased three “D” models, also is talking about buying three more, and Egypt, which currently flies 18 “D”s, has enquired about buying six more from the US Army as it retires them in the switch to the upgraded “F” aircraft.

 

Boeing is also involved in the competition for India’s heavy lift requirement, which would mean 15 more “F” aircraft if it wins.

 

The deals with these countries are still very early on in the negotiation stage, Ballew and other executives stressed, adding that contracts for the birds aren’t expected soon.

 

Any deals several years down the road would be welcome news for Boeing, however, as the company’s $4 billion, five-year deal with the US Army for 214 more CH-47 “F” models will end in 2019.

 

That agreement would add to the 241 CH-47F helicopters that the Army already has in its fleet, eventually bringing the service close to its goal of 464 “F” models.

 

The foreign deals — especially with countries in the Middle East — aren’t just helicopter contracts, however. Countries in the region have generally neglected establishing their own maintenance and logistics programs, which would mean years of repair work for the contractor.

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Boeing looks abroad for CH-47 sales

29 August 2013 by Zach Rosenberg - FG

 

Washington DC - Boeing is looking to international customers to sell the CH-47F Chinook, including remanufacturing existing D models.

 

The company, speaking with reporters on 28 August, listed several nations as interested parties, mainly in the Middle East region. An important factor for many international customers is commonality with the US Army, which by far has the largest CH-47 fleet and is generally a major ally to existing customers. The USA currently operates more than 250 F-models and recently signed a contract for 155 more, in addition to options.

 

Boeing's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based production line has production booked through 2019. The company also has enough sales campaigns that, if brought to fruition, would allow for production through 2023. As the USA is expected to operate the aircraft through 2050, it is likely that more work is pending for the future.

 

"My personal opinion is in 2060 we'll have a 100-year airplane. There will be an F-model out here today flying," says Mark Ballew, the programme's director of business development.

 

Nations listed as likely customers are Saudi Arabia - which Boeing is campaigning to buy 24 CH-47s - Morocco (3), Qatar (8) and Turkey (8). The company also hopes to sell remanufacturing services for older aircraft to the Netherlands (8), Singapore (10) and the US Special Operations Command (68). Although this has not been listed, interest has been received from Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Thailand, Egypt and Libya.

 

Deliveries for existing orders are ongoing in Canada and the UK. So far, three have been delivered to both customers out of their 15-strong orders. Deliveries to Turkey are scheduled to begin in 2015.

 

An additional seven MH-47Gs are on "handshake" contract with the US Special Operations, with a formal contract signing expected at the end of September.

 

The F-models being delivered to Canada are the first with a substantial upgrade of the electrical and avionics systems. The electrical system has been wholly revamped, to include two 60kV generators and an upgraded auxiliary power unit. An L-3/Wescam electro-optical/infrared ball turret has been added, as has the digital advanced flight control system to allow precision control. The revamped system also includes the common avionics architecture system.

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