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12 novembre 2012 1 12 /11 /novembre /2012 19:55

UH-60 Black Hawk source asdnews

 

8 Nov 2012 By Dave Majumdar – FG

 

Washington DC - BAE Systems and Saab have received a contract from the US Army to supply a new head-up display (HUD) system for the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter-and potentially other rotorcraft. The service placed the order as part of its Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) efforts.

 

"Though relatively small in terms of order value, this first order represents a significant step for Saab," says Wes Walters, the company's North American sales vice president. "Not only with the launch of yet another new and innovative product from our company, but also that the launch is in the United States."

 

Saab, along with prime contractor BAE Systems, received the order after a series of army flight evaluations. The company says that the US Army will continue with additional flight tests on the Blackhawk and other helicopters. "The target is to increase safety while flying at low levels and during take-off and landing in degraded visual environments (DVE)," Saab says.

 

Saab says it is developing the HUD to be compatible with current and future enhanced flight vision systems. The system is also designed to be compatible "with a wide range of helicopters and small aircraft."

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12 novembre 2012 1 12 /11 /novembre /2012 18:00

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09.11.2012 Sergyi Way - army-guide.com

 

London, United Kingdom – Specialist Vehicle (SV) is already pulling more than its weight as the core of the British Army’s future Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) programme. The Mobile Test Rig (MTR) for the SV programme, which was rolled out by General Dynamics in June, has towed a total of 92 tonnes train weight over 300km providing early confidence in SV’s ability to deliver the full-load power-pack performance required to meet the vehicle’s anticipated growth path over the next 30 years.

 

The MTR’s Gross Vehicle Weight was 30 tonnes for the test. The additional 62-tonne load was provided by three towed vehicles, including two military AFVs – an ULAN PT5 at 28 tonnes and a SK105 Light tank with 105mm cannon at 18 tonnes – and a truck ballasted to 16 tonnes. This test, one of several, used the three vehicles as a rolling dynamometer with the brake retarders energised on the towed vehicles, to provide the drawbar load on the MTR required to achieve maximum power and torque.

 

Conducted at the General Dynamics European Land Systems facility in Austria, this testing demonstrated two key characteristics of the SV design: that the automotive systems – tracks, wheels, suspension, engine, gearbox and cooling group – can deliver the performance to support the programme’s growth path over the next 30 years; and that this SV platform, in its Recovery variant, will be capable of towing all other current British Army vehicles – a key role in the programme’s Recce Block 1.

 

This stress testing also provides early evidence of the SV’s ability to cope with environmental operating extremes. This is of particular importance for assured operation in high ambient temperatures, the ability to climb steep gradients and the ability to operate in a combined condition of high ambient temperatures at high altitude.

 

The MTR will also undertake an extensive series of operational and tactical (O&T) mobility trials to demonstrate the ability of the vehicle’s automotive systems to meet the demanding mobility requirements of the SV programme. O&T trials will be conducted at a series of increasing gross vehicle weights to show the platform’s inherent growth capability up to the mandated maximum GVW of 42 tonnes, providing early confidence in the programme of SV’s capability to deliver through-life growth.

 

Once the O&T trials phase is concluded at the end of 2012, the MTR will be shipped to test facilities in Seville, Spain, where the vehicle will be put through a gruelling Accelerated Life Testing (ALT) schedule designed to replicate pre-defined battlefield missions. On completion of the ALT activities, MTR will have covered a total of 10,000km and will have provided crucial reliability and performance data to inform the design and manufacture of the six prototype SV platforms.

 

The MTR programme of trials has been designed to provide proof-of-design and de-risking in advance of the main trials programme, which will feature the six Recce Block 1 prototype vehicles (3 Scout, PMRS, Repair and Recovery). This rigorous and demanding trials-and-acceptance programme will ensure that users will benefit from the key advantages of the SV’s common base-platform approach, including a lower cost of ownership and smaller logistics footprint thanks to the commonality of its components across the fleet and the reliability that will allow the Army to use SV far from its base for extended periods of time.

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12 novembre 2012 1 12 /11 /novembre /2012 17:40

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08/11/2012 Sources : EMA

 

Le 6 novembre 2012, l’amiral Edouard Guillaud, chef d’état-major des armées (CEMA), s’est entretenu avec l’amiral américain William H. Mc Raven, commandant des forces spéciales américaines. Les deux autorités ont évoqué leur coopération bilatérale en la matière.

 

Les forces spéciales françaises et américaines sont amenées à travailler ensemble régulièrement lors d’exercices communs et sur certains théâtres d’opérations. Des officiers d’échange sont affectés dans chacun des commandements.

 

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Les forces spéciales sont engagées dans des cadres d’opérations extrêmement précis. Leurs actions sont marquées par des modes opératoires discrets fondés sur des compétences interarmées et des entraînements spécifiques.

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12 novembre 2012 1 12 /11 /novembre /2012 13:05

Thales source usine nouvelle

 

5 novembre Aerobuzz

 

Thales vient d’annoncer la signature d’un accord définitif portant sur le rachat des activités de systèmes de visualisation sur casques pour pilotes de l’entreprise Gentex Corporation, activités regroupées sous le nom de « Visionix ». Visionix conçoit, développe et fournit sur le marché mondial des systèmes de visualisation sur casque (HMD, Helmet Mounted Display) et des technologies associées de détection de posture et de mouvement de pilote, également applicables dans de nombreux autres domaines. Visionix est implanté à Aurora dans l’Illinois et à Billerica dans le Massachussets.

 

Thales affirme que l’acquisition de Visionix lui permettra de " proposer une technologie HMD alliant performances et faible coût : un atout à l’heure où le marché connaît de fortes contraintes budgétaires. L’association de la technologie de détection de posture de Visionix (commercialisée sous la marque InterSense) avec le système viseur de casque ScorpionTM donnera naissance à une solution idéale pour les pilotes. Les intégrateurs bénéficieront ainsi d’un système rapidement déployable et économique à l’achat et en exploitation ".

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03.11.2012 Général de corps d’armée (2s) Dominique DELORT

 

Dimanche prochain ne sera pas un 11 novembre comme les autres !

 

Dimanche, pour la première fois depuis le vote de la loi le 28 février dernier, « la France et les Français rendront hommage à tous les Morts pour la France », quel que soit le conflit dans lequel ils sont tombés.

La Saint-Cyrienne et les 47 associations du Comité d’entente se sont fortement engagées pour faire reconnaitre et accepter cette décision qui montre bien que tous les Morts pour la France méritent d’être reconnus, d’être honorés. Ce texte a été voté à un consensus presque total au Parlement, ce qui le légitime comme cela doit être le cas pour toute « loi mémorielle ».

 

 

Dimanche, les Français se recueilleront devant le monument aux morts de leur commune.

 

Participez, soyez là en tenue, Officiers d’active, Elèves de la Spéciale, fiers de vos uniformes, de votre engagement. Participez aussi civils et anciens, avec votre famille si vous le pouvez.

 

Commémorez le 11 novembre pour faire de ce moment un vrai moment de partage, une transmission des valeurs et de la mémoire auprès des jeunes, des moins jeunes, des associations patriotiques, de tous nos concitoyens.

 

Je compte sur vous !

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31 octobre 2012 3 31 /10 /octobre /2012 22:08

Trident II D5 missile photo UK MoD

 

Oct 31, 2012 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

    Royal Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile Launched in Test in the Atlantic

 

The U.S. Navy supported the Oct. 23 launch of a U.K. Royal Navy Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The unarmed missile was launched from the submerged Royal Navy submarine HMS Vigilant in the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The test marked the 143rd successful test flight of the Trident II D5 missile since design completion in 1989 – a reliability record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle.

 

“The Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy continue to demonstrate the readiness and reliability of this highly capable system, whose mission is to discourage aggression,” said Melanie A. Sloane, vice president of Fleet Ballistic Missile programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, the Trident missile prime contractor. “The cooperation of both governments, supported by industry, provides a credible submarine-based strategic deterrent.”

 

The test, which was part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation that verified the integrity of the strategic weapon system following an overhaul of the submarine, was the 10th consecutive successful Trident II D5 missile test flight by the U.K. since 1994. The missile was converted into a test configuration using a test missile kit produced by Lockheed Martin that contains range safety devices, tracking systems and flight telemetry instrumentation.

 

First deployed in 1990, the D5 missile is currently aboard U.S. Navy OHIO-class and Royal Navy VANGUARD-class submarines. The three-stage, solid-propellant, inertial-guided ballistic missile can travel a nominal range of 4,000 nautical miles and carries multiple independently targeted reentry vehicles.

 

Lockheed Martin Space Systems has been the U.S. Navy’s prime strategic missile contractor since the inception of the Fleet Ballistic Missile program more than 50 years ago. Since 1968, Lockheed Martin has provided program support to the Royal Navy under the terms of the 1963 U.S.-U.K. Polaris Sales Agreement, which was modified in 1982 to provide for the Trident II D5 ballistic missile system. Lockheed Martin provides program management and engineering services for the United Kingdom’s Trident missile system through an annual contract funded by the U.K. Royal Navy, with work performed at facilities in the U.S. and the U.K.

 

Lockheed Martin leads the industry in performance and domain expertise in strategic missile and missile defense systems. Lockheed Martin designs and produces ballistic missiles, interceptors, target missiles and reentry systems with unmatched reliability. Lockheed Martin’s focus on operational excellence yields affordable high-quality systems and services.

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31 octobre 2012 3 31 /10 /octobre /2012 17:20

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Oct 31, 2012 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Reuters; issued Oct 30, 2012)

 

General Dynamics Flags Possible Risk on Portugal Arms Contract (excerpt)

 

 

WASHINGTON --- General Dynamics Corp said on Tuesday it had filed a demand for arbitration against Portugal's defence minister after he said he planned to terminate the company's seven-year contract to build 260 Pandur armoured vehicles for the Portuguese government.

General Dynamics said in a statement that the Portuguese defence minister had said on Oct. 16 that he intended to terminate the contract due to an alleged breach by the U.S. company. It gave no further details on the allegation.

The weapons and aircraft maker said it had been in discussions with Portugal about restructuring the contract, but had not been officially notified of any termination plans or breach of contract, and did not believe it had violated the contract.

"To protect our rights under the contract, we have filed a demand for arbitration," the company said in a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. (end of excerpt)

 

Click here for the full story, on the Reuters website.


Click here for the Portuguese MoD’s related Oct. 22 release.

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31 octobre 2012 3 31 /10 /octobre /2012 08:59

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Oct 30 2012 trdefence.com

 

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri is well known for showing a wide array of designs at naval expositions, and a huge model of the Italian Navy’s sail training ship Amerigo Vespucci dominates their display at the Euronaval exposition just outside Paris. But tucked in among more than two dozen ship models is a frigate design featuring something quite different for the company — four Aegis SPY1-D radar panels on the forward superstructure, along with a Mark 41 vertical launch system.

 

It appears to be the first time a shipbuilder is showing the Aegis system on a ship other than a U.S. design and its Japanese and South Korean derivatives, or on frigates built or designed by Spanish shipyard Navantia for the Spanish, Norwegian and Australian navies.

 

Fincantieri’s “theater ballistic missile defense surface combatant” is a concept design, intended to show that the Aegis system, currently the only shipborne ballistic missile defense (BMD) system, can be installed on a ship with a hull similar to the FREMM multimission frigates built by Italy and France.

 

No European government has announced a current requirement to build a BMD ship, but an industry source said the design is meant to show that Fincantieri already is thinking along those lines and has a design readily adapted to the BMD role.

 

No formal relationship with Lockheed Martin is behind the design, the industry source said.

 

A Lockheed Martin spokesman at Euronaval declined comment on Fincantieri’s design, other than to say there was no formal agreement between Lockheed and Fincantieri to develop an Aegis frigate.

 

“They are clearly linked with Navantia on their Aegis frigates,” the industry source said of Lockheed. “But this could be a winning solution too,” referring to the Fincantieri design.

 

The 6,500-ton Fincantieri Aegis frigate uses the 144-meter hull of a FREMM variant designed for Brazil, powered by a combined diesel and gas turbine arrangement.

 

Fincantieri, however, has a strong relationship with Lockheed on a non-Aegis program. The firm owns Fincantieri Marinette Marine, which builds Lockheed’s littoral combat ship in Marinette, Wis.

 

And while Lockheed has produced several potential export designs of its LCS fitted with an Aegis system, there are no active plans to build such ships.

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30 octobre 2012 2 30 /10 /octobre /2012 18:50

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October 30, 2012: Strategy Page

 

The recent massive naval mine clearing exercise in the mouth of the Persian Gulf (the Straits of Hormuz) demonstrated two things. First, mine clearing ships (which many nations have) and mine clearing helicopters (like the U.S. MH-53) were not as successful as hoped. A lot of the practice mines used were not found. Second, one new system, the SeaFox (a remotely controlled underwater system) was very successful. Ten nations already have SeaFox, and while the United States is a new user, it is hustling to make SeaFox work from different ships and aircraft.  This involves training ship crews to operate SeaFox and equipping ships with the control equipment.

 

Earlier this year the U.S. Navy ordered several dozen more of the expendable SeaFox UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles). SeaFox was designed to find and destroy bottom mines (which sit on the seabed) as well as those that float. These UUVs were quickly sent to the Persian Gulf to deal with potential Iranian use of naval mines. The U.S. first used their new Seafox UUVs on some of the eight U.S. Avenger class mine hunting ships stationed in the Persian Gulf.

 

SeaFox is a small (1.4x.4x.2 meters/55x16x8 inches) battery powered sub that weighs 43 kg (95 pounds) and has a fiber-optic cable connecting it to a surface ship or hovering helicopter. The controller can move the SeaFox close to a suspected mine (using a small sonar unit to assist navigation), then turn on a spotlight for a video cam to examine the object and determine if it is a mine. If it is then SeaFox gets closer and detonates a shaped charge explosive, sending a shaft of hot plasma through the mine destroying it (and the SeaFox).

 

SeaFox has an endurance of about 100 minutes, a top speed of 10 kilometers an hour, and can dive as deep as 300 meters (930 feet). Operators get to increase their skills and effectiveness using a SeaFox simulator.

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30 octobre 2012 2 30 /10 /octobre /2012 17:40

AAS-72X+ photo EADS

 

October 30, 2012 defpro.com

 

EADS North America has concluded a national demonstration tour that allowed Army aviators to experience the capabilities of the company’s AAS-72X+ Armed Aerial Scout helicopter offering. The AAS-72X+, an armed derivative of the Army’s highly successful UH-72A Lakota, is on display this week at the Association of the U.S. Army annual exposition in Washington, D.C.

The AAS-72X+ will be manufactured by the company’s American Eurocopter business unit in Columbus, Miss., on the same hot production line that has delivered 240 Lakotas on time and on budget. Lockheed Martin provides the mission computer and integrates the mission equipment.

From Oct. 9 to 19, company officials provided flight time in a representative aircraft to pilots from the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout community at Fort Riley, Kan., Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Bragg, N.C.

"We want the warfighters who know first-hand how demanding the Armed Aerial Scout mission is to experience the difference in performance that the AAS-72X+ offers," said Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO.

The national demo tour followed on the heels of a highly successful Voluntary Flight Demonstration (VFD) EADS North America conducted for Army evaluators in the mountains of Colorado in late September and early October. The VFD was part of the service’s effort to assess potential replacements for the OH-58 Kiowa, which was first fielded more than four decades ago.

"It’s time for a competition," O’Keefe said. "We’ve proven that we have an affordable, low-risk solution that can close the operational gap between the demands of the Armed Aerial Scout mission and the limited capabilities of the current single-engine, Vietnam-era aircraft."

EADS North America chose to fly its VFD in the mountains to showcase the exceptional performance of the AAS-72X+ offering at the higher altitudes that are most demanding for helicopters. Routinely flying missions between 10,000 and 14,000 feet, pilots met or exceeded Army helicopter performance and handling standards normally assessed at sea level.

The AAS-72X+, which is cost-competitive with the upgrades planned for the OH-58, could be fielded with Army units as early as 2016.

Learn more at www.aas72x.com.

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30 octobre 2012 2 30 /10 /octobre /2012 12:45

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter source defpro.com

 

30 octobre 2012 par Edouard Maire – INFO-AVIATION

 

La cour des comptes néerlandaise (Rekenkamer) a fournit son rapport sur le projet d’acquisition du F-35.

 

La décision d’acheter ou de rejeter le F-35A doit être faite en 2015 d’après les accords antérieurs avec le gouvernement américain et Lockheed Martin. Mais le F-35A en version Block 3 ne sera opérationnel que jusqu’en 2019, ce qui signifie une autre série de test après cette date. La Capacité Opérationnelle Initiale (IOC) ne serait donc effective qu’en 2022, voire jusqu’en 2027 avant que les Pays-Bas ne puissent se départir de leurs anciens F-16.

 

Malgré les 4,05 milliards d’euros prévus, les Pays-Bas ne seront pas en mesure de payer pour les 68 F-35, et encore moins pour les 85 prévus initialement. Le pays se contenterait plutôt de  56 avions, et les projections du Pentagone suggèrent même un chiffre plus proche de 42 à 48 F-35A. Face à ce casse-tête, le Rekenkamer dresse 3 options dans son rapport.

 

L’option n°1 serait de poursuivre le programme d’acquisition tel qu’il a été défini. Mais comme le souligne le rapport du Rekenkamer, il n’est pas possible d’exécuter les responsabilités actuelles du Luchtmacht (l’Armée de l’air royale néerlandaise) avec les projections du Pentagone. Ce qui signifie que les Pays-Bas devront repenser et réduire leur défense aérienne à long terme en nouant des alliances, sans parler des coûts d’exploitation et de maintenance.

 

En 2001, les Pays-Bas tablaient sur un montant global de 2,9 milliards d’euros pour 85 avions F-35A. Ce chiffre est passé à 14,2 milliards d’euros en 2012 et a baissé à 13,2 milliards d’euros pour 68 appareils. Quant aux coûts de fonctionnement et d’entretien pour une flotte de 42 à 48 avions F-35A sur 30 ans, ils dépasseraient allègrement les 200 millions d’euros.

 

L’option n°2, qui consisterait à supprimer la phase de test, obtient une recommandation négative du Rekenkamer. La cour des compte néerlandaise pense en effet que ces sommes « sauvées » ne feraient que créer de nouveaux coûts a posteriori ce qui n’est pas faux.

 

Enfin, l’option n°3 consisterait à se retirer tout bonnement du programme F-35 avant 2015, et d’acheter un autre avion de combat sur le marché. Cela pourrait exposer le gouvernement néerlandais à des indemnisations de résiliation aux profit des entreprises néerlandaises et américaines participantes au programmes et en vertu des règlements américains de la Federal Acquisition. Le Rekenkamer estime que cette option nécessiterait également un réexamen sur le moyen terme des responsabilités de la Luchtmacht, car elle exigerait une exploitation plus longue de sa flotte de F-16.

 

Cette dernière conclusion n’est pas forcément correcte. Une des alternatives la plus probable serait le Gripen JAS-39E/F (Suède), mais sa mise en service n’est prévue qu’en 2023. Ce qui pousserait la retraite complète des F-16 hollandais au-delà de 2027. Les Suisses ont déjà loué des JAS-39C/D en attendant de recevoir leurs 22 JAS-39E, cependant, Saab pourrait éventuellement proposer une offre similaire aux Pays-Bas leur permettant de retirer les F-16 de la Luchtmacht en 2027, comme prévu.

 

L’Eurofighter (EADS) ou le Rafale (France) offrirait des coûts similaires voire supérieurs au F-35A, mais les deux appareils pourraient être livrés et opérationnels bien plus tôt que le F-35A ou le JAS-39E/F. On peut estimer qu’un contrat signé en 2015 pourrait donner lieu aux premières livraisons de Rafale/Typhoon néerlandais en 2018, suivie d’une retraite complète des F-16 néerlandais en 2022-23.

 

Lien : Rapport du Rekenkamer

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HMS Vigilant preparing to fire an unarmed Trident II

ballistic missile, during a test launch in the Atlantic

Ocean last week - photo UK MoD 2012

 

Oct 29, 2012 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

The UK Ministry of Defence will today announce it has awarded BAE Systems a further £315M for ongoing design work for the replacement to the Royal Navy's Vanguard class submarines.

 

The announcement will follow the one made in May this year, when it revealed it had placed an initial £328M design phase contract with BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines.

 

The Vanguard class, which carries the UK’s nuclear deterrent, will be replaced from 2028. BAE Systems already has more than 1,000 employees working on the replacement programme, the majority of which are focused on developing the new submarine’s complex design.

 

"Recruiting many more professional design engineers"

 

BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines Managing Director John Hudson said: “The design of a nuclear-powered submarine is one of the most complex and technically demanding engineering programmes undertaken by the maritime industry. This further work underlines the MoD’s confidence in our ability to deliver a design that will meet the future needs of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.

 

“The design phase is gathering momentum, and behind the scenes we are working hard to maintain this by ensuring we have the correct skills and resources in place. While more than 1,000 people are involved in the programme, we continue to recruit many more professional design engineers.”  

 

Earlier this year BAE Systems announced plans to add a further 280 positions onto the programme, and there remains a requirement for mechanical, electrical power, propulsion, quality and safety engineers, as well as naval architects.

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29 octobre 2012 1 29 /10 /octobre /2012 17:40

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Oct 29, 2012 ASDNews Source : Alliant Tech Systems, Inc

 

    Agreement in Excess of $100 Million Demonstrates ATK's Position as World-Class Supplier in Manufacturing Composites

 

ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today that Airbus Military has selected ATK for a contract in excess of $100 million to produce composite wing cover stringers for use on the A400M Military Transport Aircraft. The A400M is a new generation, four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military, with its first aircraft delivery planned for the second trimester in 2013. This aircraft is already in full production and Airbus has selected ATK, a demonstrated expert in composite manufacturing, for this specific work package.

 

The A400M work package will be produced in the Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) facility used for commercial aircraft and engine programs in Clearfield, Utah. The A400M work will use many of the same manufacturing processes already deployed within the ACCE facility.

 

"ATK is excited to continue expanding the scope of our relationship with Airbus," said Joy de Lisser, vice president and general manager of ATK's Aerospace Structures Division. "This scope complements the success we've already created with Airbus and demonstrates their confidence in our people and processes."

 

The contract between ATK and Airbus includes 122 wing cover stringers per aircraft for  180 aircraft. Airbus has already achieved sales for 174 aircraft.  ATK may have the opportunity to grow as more A400M aircraft are sold.

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29 octobre 2012 1 29 /10 /octobre /2012 17:30

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HMS Vigilant fires an unarmed Trident II ballistic missile,

during a test launch in the Atlantic Ocean last week

Picture Lockheed Martin

 

29 Oct 12 UK MoD - An Equipment and Logistics news article

 

The Defence Secretary has today announced an additional £350m worth of funding for the next stage of design work for Successor, the future generation of UK nuclear-armed submarines.

 

The investment will sustain 1,200 UK jobs and makes clear the Government's firm commitment to maintaining continuous at sea deterrence for future decades. The funding follows the initial £350m of design work announced earlier this year.

 

This announcement comes as Philip Hammond visited the home of the UK's nuclear deterrent at Faslane on the Clyde and follows the successful firing of an unarmed Trident ballistic missile by HMS Vigilant during a test launch in the Atlantic Ocean last week.

 

HMS Vigilant is one of four Vanguard Class submarines which maintain the UK's nuclear deterrent and this firing, the first in three years, confirms the credibility of the deterrent.

 

The Vanguard submarines will be replaced from 2028 by the Successor which is currently being designed by British companies. As a result of today's announcement, BAE Systems will proceed with an additional £315m worth of work, with a further £38m at Babcock.

 

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A Royal Navy officer checks the target range from HMS Vigilant's deck – Picture MOD 2012

 

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

    "Our continuous submarine-based nuclear deterrent is the ultimate safeguard of our national security and the Government is committed to maintaining it, both now and in the future. The test firing and further investment in replacing the deterrent demonstrates that commitment. This latest expenditure for the next generation of nuclear-armed submarines is an investment in UK security and the British economy, sustaining high-quality jobs and vital skills."

 

Commenting on the ongoing debate over Scottish independence, Mr Hammond said:

    "We are confident that the Scottish people will choose to remain part of the United Kingdom. The Faslane complex is the largest employment site in Scotland with over 6,500 jobs underpinning the local economy. We have no plans to move the nuclear deterrent from the Clyde. On the contrary, we intend to move the Astute and Trafalgar Class attack submarines to Faslane, creating a further 1,500 jobs. The Scottish Government needs to explain how their policy would benefit Scotland's economy and safeguard Scottish jobs."

 

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HMS Vigilant preparing to fire an unarmed Trident II ballistic missile, during a test launch in the Atlantic Ocean

last week – Picture MOD 2012

 

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, said:

    "The Royal Navy has for over 43 years continuously operated the UK's nuclear deterrent to stringent safety standards and HMS Vigilant's latest test firing before she returns to the patrol cycle reflects that successful deterrence is based upon strong determination.

    "One of the core roles of the Royal Navy, the Continuous At Sea Deterrent remains an enduring strategic capability, underpinning our nation's commitment to the preservation of peace in our uncertain world."

 

All Royal Navy submarines will be based at Faslane by 2017, including the Astute and Trafalgar class attack submarines, which - along with the Sandown Class mine countermeasure vessels - will increase the workforce at the site to over 8,000 by 2022.

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Oct 29, 2012 by Maj. Karen Roganov / 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs -  ASDNews

 

A second British F-35B Lightning II arrived here Oct. 19, joining the nine A variants of the joint strike fighter flown by the Air Force and the 13 B variants flown by the Marine Corps to become the largest fleet of F-35s in the world.

 

The first class of United Kingdom Royal Air Force and Royal Navy aircraft maintainers attending courses at the F-35 Academic Training Center met the jet flown by U.K. Royal Air Force Sqn. Ldr. Jim Schofield.

 

"It's another exciting day for the United Kingdom and the 33rd Fighter Wing as we build up the F-35 force. The two U.K. jets now will become the backbone of test and evaluation at Edwards [Air Force Base] and we will be adding a third next year," said Sqn. Ldr. Jim Schofield. "It was great to see the first course of U.K. maintainers as I arrived to the VMFAT-501."

 

Service members from the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps as well as coalition partners from foreign nations, such as the U.K., learn how to operate and maintain the F-35 through a digital training environment. This kinetic learning system allows the learning to occur through touching and doing, rather than seeing and hearing.

 

The U.K. aircraft are imbedded in the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, and are used by both countries to conduct F-35 training. The arrival of the jet increases the capability for pilot and maintenance training.

 

"The fact that we're starting with the same airframe, same formations, same weapons capabilities, I think that already puts us at a better starting point when we show up to a combat theater together," said Lt. Col. Lee Kloos, squadron commander for the 58th Fighter Squadron, of the integration of forces with the F-35.

 

Later this month, an RAF and RN pilot will begin instructor pilot training, making them the first international pilots trained at Eglin on the fifth-generation, multi-role fighter.

 

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program started in 1997. The program includes plans to replace the Air Force's aging F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thunderbolt II, the Marine Corps' short takeoff, vertical landing AV-8B Harrier and dogfighting and air-to-ground attacking F/A-18 Hornet and the Navy's stock of legacy Hornets.

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28 octobre 2012 par Daniel Favre / Info-Aviation

 

La Grande-Bretagne a repoussé les requêtes des États-Unis pour utiliser ses bases militaires. Celles-ci permettraient aux USA de soutenir une éventuelle attaque aérienne préventive contre l’Iran.

 

D’après le quotidien britannique The Guardian, les diplomates américains ont fait pression pour utiliser les bases aériennes britanniques à Chypre, à l’île d’Ascension¹ dans l’Atlantique, et celle de Diego Garcia² dans l’océan Indien (photo), qui sont toutes des territoires britanniques.

 

Cette pression américaine s’inscrit dans un plan militaire en réaction à la crise nucléaire avec Téhéran. Mais les ministres britanniques ont jusqu’à présent réagi froidement aux sollicitations américaines.

 

Le ministère de la justice, le ministère de la Défense et le ministère des affaires étrangère du Royaume-Uni s’accordent à dire que l’Iran, qui a toujours nié avoir l’intention de développer une bombe atomique³, ne représente pas actuellement « une menace claire ». Selon eux, fournir une assistance aux forces américaines reviendrait à être complices d’une attaque préventive contre l’Iran et serait une violation flagrante du droit international.

 

Iran Nucléaire civil ou arme atomique

Les sites nucléaires en Iran.

 

Le Royaume-Uni ne veut pas se laisser entraîner dans un nouveau conflit au Moyen-Orient, bien que la Royal Navy soit très présente dans le Golfe au cas où les efforts diplomatiques en cours échouent avec Téhéran. La marine britannique dispose de 10 navires dans la région, y compris un sous-marin à propulsion nucléaire. Ses navires de déminage sont en rotation permanente afin de s’assurer que les routes maritimes d’importance stratégique dans le détroit d’Ormuz reste ouvertes.

 

Freiner Israël

 

« Israël a une capacité de frappe moins développée que celle des États-Unis contre l’Iran », a expliqué un autre responsable britannique. « La clé pour freiner Israël est sa confiance dans la détermination des États-Unis face à l’Iran. » En clair, Israël  ne pourra attaquer l’Iran qu’avec un soutien sans faille des Américains.

 

Un porte-parole du Foreign Office (ministère des affaires étrangères) a déclaré: « Le gouvernement ne croit pas qu’une action militaire contre l’Iran est la meilleure méthode, même si aucune option n’est exclue. Nous croyons que l’approche à double voie par les pressions et les sanctions ont un impact plus efficace, et que le dialogue avec l’Iran est la meilleure façon de résoudre le problème nucléaire. Nous n’allons pas spéculer sur les scénarios dans lesquels une action militaire serait légal. Cela dépendra des circonstances de l’époque. »

 

¹ L’île de l’Ascension est située entre l’Afrique et l’Amérique du Sud, juste sous l’équateur. Elle possède un aérodrome militaire construit par les Américains durant la seconde guerre mondiale et qui a joué un rôle majeur durant la guerre des Malouines en 1982 contre l’Argentine.

 

² Diego Garcia est un atoll de l’archipel des Chagos qui accueille une base militaire britannique louée à l’armée américaine. Les installations comprennent un aéroport, des hangars, des locaux techniques, des habitations et autres infrastructures civiles ainsi qu’un port en eaux profondes aménagé dans le lagon.

 

³ Israël s’inquiète de la présence d’une usine souterraine d’enrichissement d’uranium et d’une usine d’eau lourde en Iran. Ces deux matières permettent de fabriquer une bombe atomique. L’Iran a ratifié le TNP (Traité sur la non-prolifération des armes nucléaires) en 1970, ce qui l’engage à ne pas fabriquer d’armes nucléaires et à ne pas essayer de s’en procurer. De son côté, Israël n’a pas ratifié ce traité bien qu’il possède l’arme nucléaire avec au moins 80 missiles équipés d’ogives (source: SIPRI).

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28 Octobre 2012  RTL.be (Belga)

 

Les deux partis qui négocient la formation d'un nouveau gouvernement de coalition aux Pays-Bas, les libéraux du VVD et les travaillistes du PvdA ont convenu de poursuivre la participation néerlandaise au programme d'avion de combat américain F-35 et fixé à 2015 la date d'une décision d'un nouveau chasseur, rapporte ce week-end la presse.


Les deux partis, qui disposent ensemble d'une majorité parlementaire après les élections législatives du 14 septembre dernier, ont aussi décidé d'épargner le ministère de la Défense de toute nouvelle économie, alors que des mesures d'austérité doivent permettre d'économiser quinze milliards d'euros d'ici à 2017, ont indiqué les négociateurs. Cette décision en faveur de la poursuite de la participation au programme "Joint Strike Fighter" (JSF) représente un virage à 180 degrés pour les travaillistes du PvdA, qui y étaient encore clairement opposés avant l'été. Et avant la publication, le 24 octobre, de deux rapports de la Cour des comptes néerlandaise et du bureau d'études SEO affirmant qu'un retrait du programme du F-35 présentait, pour l'économie des Pays-Bas, "plus d'inconvénients que d'avantages", en dépit des incertitudes qui l'entourent. Ce rapport avait été commandé par le gouvernement démissionnaire après un vote-surprise en juillet de la deuxième chambre (la chambre basse du parlement) en faveur d'un renoncement au JSF. La Haye a déjà investi 1,2 milliard d'euros dans ce programme mais n'a pas encore pris de décision sur le choix de l'appareil qui succédera à ses 68 F-16 vieillissants. (VIM)

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Oct 26, 2012 ASDNews Source : SABCA

 

    F-16 Aircraft Depot-Level MRO : S.A.B.C.A. (Charleroi Belgium) delivers its 1200th F-16.

 

Last Monday, like several times a month, the S.A.B.C.A. flight line crew succesfully delivered an F16 aircraft to one of its customer Air Forces :  this time the Belgian Air Component  received back a single-seater F-16, freshly upgraded by the highly skilled technicians of the company to the latest M5 Avionics standards.

 

"Business as usual" for these people who already proceeded with 29 similar deliveries since the beginning of the year... with the noticeable difference that this A/C was exactly the 1200th F-16 to roll out S.A.B.C.A.'s flight Line since 26 january 1979, when the very first production F-16 was delivered to the Belgian Air Force.

 

S.A.B.C.A. started its common history with the F-16 more than 30 years ago, by the assembly and in-flight delivery of 222 new F-16 A/C, on behalf of three different end-users.

 

Since then, S.A.B.C.A. Charleroi became a global key-player for the Depot-level maintenance and upgrade of F-16 aircraft, serving nine different F-16 customers around the world.

 

Beside the continuous support to Belgium's and other European’s  F-16 fleets, S.A.B.C.A. ensures the Depot-Level MRO of the USAF F-16 operated in the European theater. The choice made last year by the US Government to extend for another 5 years its co-operation with SABCA demonstrates S.A.B.C.A.'s abilities to provide accurate, on-time, competitive answers to the most demanding requirements.

 

S.A.B.C.A.'s undisputed leadership in F-16 Depot-Level Support in Europe is strengthened by a State-of-the Art F-16 wings repair shop, relying on in-house detailed wing parts manufacturing capability.

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26 October 2012 naval-technology.com

 

Rolls-Royce will design and develop a mini and efficient water jet propulsion system to power the US Navy's X-class unmanned surface vessel (USV), modular unmanned surface craft littoral (MUSCL).

 

As part of the Candent Technologies-led innovative small propulsion system project, Rolls-Royce will develop a water jet with a diameter of just 100mm that will be capable of quietly propelling the craft in support of remotely controlled operations.

 

"We are developing and adapting our world-leading water jet technologies as part of a highly efficient propulsion system, which will enable these advanced craft to go about their duties criss-crossing waterways and oceans, often for months at a time."

 

Candent Technologies has been selected by the US Navy for the award of an SBIR Phase I contract to develop a high-efficiency heavy fuel propulsion system for small surface unmanned craft.

 

The technology applications include remotely piloted air vehicles, as well as other small manned and unmanned craft, both military and commercial.

 

Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Advanced Programs director Dennis Duke said: "We are developing and adapting our world-leading water jet technologies as part of a highly efficient propulsion system, which will enable these advanced craft to go about their duties criss-crossing waterways and oceans, often for months at a time."

 

Capable of providing thrust to move the craft at speeds in excess of 25k, the water jets can sustain a cruise speed of 15k while providing high levels of manoeuvrability and efficiency for navies worldwide.

 

Ideally suited to vessels operating in shallow waters, the new water jets will be the smallest design of Rolls-Royce to date.

 

The X-class unmanned surface vessel has been developed to reduce risk to manned forces and conduct repetitive surveillance tasks.

 

The MUSCL two-man portable craft will support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions to provide real-time monitoring of suspicious vessels, personnel, and activity along waterways, shorelines, and under bridges and piers for users.

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26.10.2012 Pearson Engineering - army-guide.com

 

Pearson Engineering unveiled the Pearson Engineering Route Opening and Clearing Capability (PEROCC) at the 2012 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition.

 

Managing Director John Crompton, said "Pearson Engineering has long espoused the concept of a single vehicle solution for tactical counter IED solutions. PEROCC is the result of this belief, providing a single platform solution to the requirements of counter IED activity through the application of a suite of tools to a chassis, with the capability to detect explosive threats and proof routes at tempo whilst maintaining a high level of self-protection."

 

Route proofing is provided by the full width, heavy effect, counter-mine and counter-IED rollers. Frangible joints allow the roller banks to readily detach from the chassis in the event of a blast. Hydraulically operated pins allow the front and rear equipment to be jettisoned quickly in an emergency and enable rapid replacement. This feature also allows the ability to integrate existing or emerging electronic detection capabilities on the same platform as the full width roller.

 

A powerful articulated arm, based on a commercial system, provides interrogation and manipulation capabilities for the inspection of suspicious objects and areas. It reduces and potentially removes the need for soldiers to dismount to inspect suspect areas and enables faster, more effective and safer electronic detection. A variety of tools interchangeable from under armour are available including a ripper claw, bucket, grapple and ground penetrating radar array.

 

The 3 seat crew compartment for Driver, Gunner and Commander is protected from beneath by an armoured double V-shaped hull for blast deflection. The upper hull is protected by applique composite armour panels which provide blast and ballistic protection. Protection is to STANAG 3 level and above.

 

PEROCC includes Blast-Off Wheels. In the event of a blast under one of the vehicle wheels it will readily detach from the axle, thus reducing the transfer of blast energy into the vehicle, reducing harmful acceleration effects on the crew and enabling rapid replacement/repair.

 

Whilst on operations all systems- rollers, interrogation arm and weapon station- can be controlled from within the armoured crew compartment. Storage space on the vehicle can be configured to carry spare roller sets and blast-off wheels allowing for rapid repair/replacement in stride.

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25 October 2012 airforce-technology.com

 

BAE Systems has switched on a new, state-of-the-art production line for the fifth generation F-35 Lightning aircraft at the company's facility in Samlesbury, UK.

 

The new Integrated Assembly Line has been installed as part of the latest phase of a new F-35 jet manufacturing facility at the site, which opened in March 2012.

 

The production line will use an automated overhead monorail system to 'pulse' sections of the rear fuselage for all three F-35 variants around the assembly line, increasing efficiency within the plant and allowing more units to be produced.

 

The line is expected to help BAE's production team to ramp up output from the current level of one per week to around one per day by 2016, the required level to support production of the aircraft. A similar line is also planned to enter production in 2013 in order to support the assembly of horizontal and vertical tails for the aircraft.

 

The new production line marks a period of BAE investment in the production of F-35 aircraft, following on from the completion of a new titanium machining facility that opened in 2010.

 

Approximately 15% of production work for the F-35 Lightning II is carried out within the UK, with more than 130 UK-based companies contributing to the programme.

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Oct. 25, 2012 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Dutch News; published Oct. 24, 2012)

 

 Withdrawing from JSF Project Will Cost the Netherlands Billions

 

If the Netherlands withdraws from the JSF jet fighter project, it will cost the country at least €405m, the national auditor said in a report on Wednesday.

 

The short-term gain of pulling out of the project will be €265m, but the total cost remains unknown, the audit office said.

 

In July, a majority of MPs voted in favour of pulling out of the jet fighter project. The audit office said this will have a ‘far-reaching impact’ on the armed forces because it will have to continue using the aging F-16 jets.

 

Jobs

 

Labour leader Diederik Samsom said the report is a ‘weighty’ one and that its contents will play a role in the ongoing cabinet formation process. Labour and the VVD are currently in talks on forming a new administration.

 

The VVD wants to keep the JSF while Labour is keen on pulling out.

 

A second report on Wednesday said Dutch companies which are part of the project will generate turnover of up to €38bn from their involvement. The report was carried out by the SEO research group on behalf of the economic affairs ministry.

 

Economic affairs minister Maxime Verhagen said Dutch firms will benefit from the JSF. ‘The project is delivering jobs for people who would otherwise be unemployed,’ he is quoted as saying.

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Oct. 25, 2012 – By JEFFREY STARR   Defense News

 

Amid concerns about U.S. defense budget cuts after withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq, and worries about a crippling sequestration, there has arisen the question of more funding for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

 

MEADS is a case study of a weapon system that should be evaluated against cost overruns, delays and the lack of any real military benefit. Since the likelihood that MEADS will be completed and deployed is virtually zero, the value of additional funding is diminished to hoping for future benefits from designing a new radar system, and using it to deflect German and Italian demands for more U.S. spending on the entire system.

 

These two rationales are not sufficient to warrant continued funding of the MEADS program. Additionally, in the current fiscal environment, a decision to continue investing in any weapon system must be based first and foremost on the military value of that system and secondly on the usefulness of technological spinoffs.

 

Just as we can no longer afford to keep unneeded weapon systems alive for reasons solely related to supporting domestic and foreign jobs, neither can we afford to do so to satisfy international partners whose appeals for continued U.S. funding come in a not-very-subtle message that defunding would jeopardize trans-Atlantic relations. The U.S. should counter these threats respectfully, yet firmly, and emphasize at the highest levels that the strengths of our trans-Atlantic alliances do not depend on American money for foreign labor on a weapon system, especially a system none of the three partner countries in the consortium ever intends to deploy.

 

Among military benefits MEADS promised were mobility, enhanced intercept capability as compared to the Patriot air defense system, and 360-degree radar coverage. Yet MEADS mobility is more akin to “move-ability,” given its reliance on 5-ton trucks for movement to deployment sites once delivered by C-130 aircraft.

 

No one seriously argues these days that MEADS would be truly mobile in support of maneuvers by U.S. forces in some future conflict. In fact, an internal Army memo in 2010 reported that MEADS would not meet U.S. requirements or address current and emerging threats without extensive and costly modifications. Clearly, the hoped-for mobility does not loom large for the Army.

 

The MEADS kill element was to be the very capable Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile, already scheduled for deployment with existing Patriot batteries. What remains of value in MEADS is the nonexistent battle management and radar systems, including the 360-degree fire control radar that is necessary to address the cruise missile threat. That proposed radar is the only possible gain to be had for more U.S. funding of MEADS.

 

At the most, future funding for MEADS should be exclusively focused on sharply defined development criteria related to the radar, a point seemingly absent from congressional debate, Pentagon lobbying or demands from allies.

 

MEADS has cost $2 billion and is 10 years behind schedule. It has no place in President Barack Obama’s European Phased Adaptive Approach, whose four phases extend missile defense deployments beyond 2020. What would be its contribution unconnected with that strategy, and at such a late date?

 

The U.S. needs to decide among three options:

 

• It could continue to provide full funding for the program, despite the enormous cost and knowing deployment will never happen.

 

• The U.S. could end funding, since the Department of Defense has said there are no termination fees unless Congress appropriates additional funds for MEADS.

 

• The U.S. could align its position with the German decision to fund only proof-of-concept work focused on radar components in order to reap at least some benefit from the huge investment already made. There is substantial support in the German government today that would agree to an early joint termination of the program.

 

This option must be carefully evaluated to ascertain what military benefits might result, if any, in what time frame, and at what cost. Answers remain unclear.

 

In the meantime, agreement should be reached with our allies to terminate all other components of the program at zero cost. The funding debate over MEADS must be driven only by U.S. military needs and costs. Thus far, it has been obscured by politics, lobbying and vague propositions.

 

Unless it is absolutely certain that something useful can be salvaged from the huge investment, MEADS should be quickly terminated. It is time to clear the air.

 

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Jeffrey Starr is currently a managing partner of Neo Prime Solutions, a cybersecurity company in Alexandria, Va., and Silicon Valley, and formerly a member of the U.S. Delegation on Nuclear and Space Arms in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) source naval-technology.com

Zumwalt-class destroyer

 

23 October 2012 naval-technology.com

 

BAE Systems has successfully completed a series of gun fire trials of its 155mm long-range land attack projectiles (LRLAP) at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US, with a critical design review phase scheduled to start in December.

 

During the latest round of flight tests, which met all relevent requirements, the rocket-assisted, gun-launched, and global positioning system (GPS) guided projectile demonstrated its ability to achieve accurate reliable and affordable long-range hits on target.

 

The tests also validated the LRLAP tactical rocket motor's performance under various conditions such as ambient, cold and hot temperatures, as well as live-fire performance of the tactical warhead.

 

BAE Systems Vehicle Systems acting vice president and general manager Steven Schultz said: "This is a critical step forward for the US Navy's 155-mm LRLAP programme.

 

"BAE Systems continues to progress on track for our qualification to support deployment of the advanced gun system onboard the DDG 1000."

 

The LRLAP rocket-assisted guided projectile will support land-attack operations onboard the US Navy's DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers.

 

Capable of striking against variety of targets in multiple mission areas, LRLAP can serve as an affordable, ship-launched alternative to currently used missiles for expeditionary forces.

 

Designed to support land-attack operations, each of the DDG 1000's two advanced gun systems (AGS) will be capable of firing more than ten LRLAP rounds in a minute.

 

Featuring a GPS-based guidance system and a unitary warhead with an adjustable height-of-burst or point-detonation fuse, the weapon can be launched using a unique propelling charge.

 

After demonstrating its performance and reliability in various conditions, the projectile is expected to achieve initial operational capability in 2016.

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Chinook CH-47D hollandais (EMFA Hotblade 2012)

 

October 24, 2012 defpro.com

 

Chinook ACMS Mission Planning System delivered by Terma and National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) to RNLAF’s 298 Squadron

 

Euronaval 2012, Paris | Following the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF) recent procurement of six Chinook CH-47F helicopters - in addition to the current CH-47Ds already in service – Terma has provided the Mission Support System “ChAMPS” (Chinook ACMS Mission Planning System). The system was developed in collaboration with NLR, and the delivery of the system completes a two-year development phase.

 

ChAMPS will enable the crew to load data such as navigation, communication, and digital maps to the Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS) memory card when planning their mission. The memory card will be read by the Advanced Cockpit Management System, and any updates made in-flight can be downloaded to the memory card and transferred back to the PFPS using ChAMPS.

 

The data generated by the Mission Planning System and fed into the flight computers is truly “Mission Critical” as the pilots and crew will rely upon the correctness of the data for their safety and the safety of their aircraft.

 

Terma was responsible for the PCMCIA memory card loading, the system testing, verification and validation, and for the training of the flight crews in the use of the new integrated tool.

 

A final customer acceptance test took place at 11 October at the 298 operational squadron air force base at Gilze-Rijen, home of the recently delivered new Chinooks. The test was a success, and ChAMPS is now ready to deploy with the RNLAF air fleet.

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