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18 novembre 2015 3 18 /11 /novembre /2015 17:20
Deux LRASM ont été intégrés sur un Super Hornet pour des essais en vol. © NAVAIR

Deux LRASM ont été intégrés sur un Super Hornet pour des essais en vol. © NAVAIR

 

18/11/2015 par Emmanuel Huberdeau – Air & Cosmos

 

Le Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR : Centre de recherche et de développement de l'aéronavale américaine) a annoncé le début des essais en vol du programme d'intégration du missile LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile) sur F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Les essais ont lieu sur la base aéronavale de Patuxent River.

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


19.01.2015 info-aviation
 

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

 

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

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

 

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17 décembre 2014 3 17 /12 /décembre /2014 17:20
photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

 

11 Dec 2014 By: Dan Parsons - FG

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Boeing F/A-18E/F Advanced Super Hornet with upper conformal fuel tank.

Boeing F/A-18E/F Advanced Super Hornet with upper conformal fuel tank.

 

Apr.7, 2014– FG

 

The US Navy says it is pleased with results of recent flight tests of a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet that had been upgraded with conformal fuel tanks and an external weapons pod -- a configuration Boeing calls the "Advanced Super Hornet."

 

Captain Frank Morley, F/A-18 programme manager for the USN, says on 7 April that the tests give lawmakers additional options as they consider whether to add orders for Super Hornets or A/E-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the US military's fiscal year 2015 budget.

 

"The measures we were able to get on signature reduction and flying quality were spot on predications," Morley tells reporters during a press briefing at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition near Washington, DC. "It helps better inform decisions made through the budget bills and provides options as needed."

 

Conformal fuel tanks added to the upper fuselage of Super Hornets and belly-mounted external weapons pods are two primary upgrades that Boeing is pitching as its Advanced Super Hornet.

 

The Advanced model can also be improved with better engines, avionics and weapons systems, including an upgraded radar and improved infrared search-and-track abilities, Boeing has said.

 

The Advanced Super Hornet designation will be applied to new aircraft and existing aircraft that have been upgraded, Boeing has said.

 

The US government's fiscal year 2015 budget, which is currently working through Congress, does not include money for more Growlers or Super Hornets, but the USN expressed interest in additional aircraft by adding 22 Growlers to an unfunded list of priorities sent to lawmakers in recent weeks.

 

Morley says Growler's electronic jamming and other capabilities are critical to the "blue kill chain", the process by which friendly military forces identify, track, target and fire upon enemy forces. They are equally effective in disrupting the enemys ability to do the same against US forces, he adds.

 

"Given the environment we are [moving] into, that type of airplane plays a major role," Morley says. "You could use a lot of them. You could continue to [identify] places where they could [be of] benefit."

 

The USN intends to operate Super Hornets through the 2030s, Morley says.

 

Boeing has been seeking additional orders for Growlers or Super Hornets so as to keep its production line in St. Louis running.

 

Unless it receives more orders, the line will run out of aircraft to build by the end of 2016, Boeing has said.

 

If Congress adds 22 Growlers into next fiscal years spending bill, the line would continue running until the end of 2017, Mike Gibbons, Boeing's vice president of the F/A-18 programme, says during the press conference.

 

Gibbons adds that Growlers are the only aircraft that provide a broad spectrum of electronic protection, allowing fighters and other aircraft to penetrate enemy airspace that is guarded by multiple layers of electronic defence.

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