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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
Thales I-Master radar gets new Maritime mode


July 14, 2014 Thales Group


Thales announced today at Farnborough International Airshow 2014 that its I-Master radar is now available with a Maritime Moving Target Indication (MMTI) mode. The new maritime capability, enabled through a software package, can be used simultaneously with the existing Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) modes.

Key points
  • Maritime Moving Target Indication (MMTI) mode tracks small, fast-moving craft to larger, slower vessels, in all weather conditions, day and night.
  • MMTI mode adds to the already best-in-class Ground Movement Target Indication (GMTI) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) modes.
  • I-Master is an easy to use, 360º radar, in a 15-inch gimbal unit weighing less than 30kg.

The choice of modes in a single sensor, together with its small form factor and high-performance capability, makes I-Master ideally suited for a wide range of manned and unmanned platforms.

MMTI allows users to detect and track targets on water: from small, fast-moving craft such as jet-skis; to larger, slower vessels such as ships and tankers, in all weather conditions, day and night. Algorithms designed specifically by Thales allow users to perform a range of tasks that include detecting unusual vessel movements, perform “pattern of life” analysis, and conduct persistent tracking of targeted vessels.

With MMTI mode, I-Master can now see the widest range of man-made movement, from an individual walking on the land to a ship sailing on the sea, and everything in between, using a single sensor.

The new maritime mode is designed for customers seeking to monitor maritime borders and exclusive economic zones, protect strategic maritime assets, and track the movement of vessels not using the Marine Automatic Identification System.

I-Master is a world-leading 360º radar sensor, easily installed in an existing 15 inch EO turret mounting point weighing less than 30kg. It is ideally suited for a range of manned and unmanned aircraft, both fixed and rotary winged. It is a high performance sensor designed within the demanding size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints imposed by smaller air platforms.

“We have taken our best-in-class I-Master radar and made it even better by adding a maritime mode through the addition of a software package. This allows our customers to monitor wide areas of land and sea simultaneously through a single sensor, making I-Master an ideal solution for airborne surveillance requirements.”
Eddie Awang, Thales VP in charge of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance business

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
Saab va proposer un avion de patrouille maritime à la Grande-Bretagne

Coïncidence troublante, Saab a baptisé son avion patrouille maritime du même nom qu'un célèbre avion-torpilleur fabriqué par Fairey - photo Saab


17/07/2014 par François Julian – Air & Comos


Le premier client du Saab 2000 converti en avion de patrouille maritime (MPA pour Maritime Patrol Aircraft) pourrait bien être la Grande Bretagne. C'est tout du moins ce qu'espère le constructeur suédois qui a présenté durant le salon de Farnborough un concept baptisé «  Swordfish  », basé sur le Saab 2000. Le Saab 340, dont le Saab 2000 est dérivé, a déjà fait l'objet de conversion en avion de guet aérien (EriEye) ou de surveillance mairitime (MSA). Cette conversion de Saab 2000 sera cette fois spécifiquement destinée à des missions de luttes anti-navire et anti-sous-marine.


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17 juillet 2014 4 17 /07 /juillet /2014 12:20
The F-35 Will Not Appear at Farnborough

17 juil. 2014 British Forces news


A new fighter aircraft to which the Ministry of Defence is committed has been ruled out of appearing at the Farnborough air show. A grounding of the F-35 by the Americans following an engine fire in Florida last month meant the combat aircraft was unable to arrive for the start of the seven-day Farnborough show yesterday.

Although the grounding has now been lifted, restrictions placed on flights means that the F-35 will not be able to fly over from the USA for any part of the show in Hampshire which ends on Sunday. The grounding meant that the F-35 was unable to appear when the Queen officially named the Royal Navy's newest, and biggest, aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth earlier this month.

An appearance by the F-35 at last weekend's military tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire was also ruled out, although hopes remained that the aircraft could still arrive for some part of the Farnborough show. The US Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Admiral. John Kirby, said it was a "difficult decision" to cancel the hoped-for participation at Farnborough, but the Pentagon remained confident that any of the plane's technical issues can be fixed.

"While we're disappointed that we're not going to be able to participate in the air show, we remain fully committed to the programme itself and look forward to future opportunities to showcase its capabilities to allies and to partners," he said.

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16 juillet 2014 3 16 /07 /juillet /2014 16:20
Test Pilots Provide Inside Look at F-35


16.07.2014 by Lockheed Martin


F-35 Test Pilots provide an inside look at the F-35's unprecedented capabilities using the F-35 full scale model at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.

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16 juillet 2014 3 16 /07 /juillet /2014 16:20
Farnborough : F-35's UK air show appearance ruled out


15.07.2014 By: Craig Hoyle - FG


The dramatic lifting yesterday of a grounding order on the Lockheed ¬Martin F-35 briefly raised hopes that the stealthy type could make a transatlantic dash to the show, but was followed by late news from Washington that the Joint Strike Fighter will not be able to visit the UK.

An airworthiness board convened by the US Air Force and US Navy on Monday had approved a return to flight order for the F-35 fleet, but under certain limitations. These included a new inspection interval for the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, and a restricted flight envelope. To remain in place until the root cause of a late June fire has been identified, the measures effectively made the trip to the UK impossible.


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16 juillet 2014 3 16 /07 /juillet /2014 07:45
Boeing and Paramount sign defence and security agreement


15 July 2014 by defenceWeb


Boeing and Paramount Group today at the Farnborough International Airshow signed a memorandum of collaboration to jointly develop defence and security opportunities in key international markets.


The agreement will allow Boeing and Paramount to apply their complementary strengths in providing aircraft and land systems solutions for customers in Africa and other major markets that face a range of security challenges, Boeing said in a statement. Those include border security; heavy airlift of products and personnel across vast distances; coastal piracy and anti-poaching; and disaster and humanitarian relief as part of future coalition efforts.


Platforms being explored under the collaboration include various Boeing rotorcraft, unmanned aerial systems and related support services, as well as Paramount’s portfolio of land vehicles and aerospace systems capabilities.


“Boeing and Paramount will be able to provide new or existing customers with a unique partnering of defence solutions and capabilities, including the retrofitting or refurbishment of existing platforms, systems integration, as well as training and maintenance support for any new acquisitions,” said Chris Chadwick, president and CEO of Boeing Defence, Space and Security. “Together we will be able to offer African customers the full scope of defence and security needs from two global leaders in their respective fields.”


"Africa is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for aerospace and defence equipment, and we are very pleased to be partnering with Boeing to combine our various capabilities to better serve our customers in Africa and elsewhere,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, Paramount Group chairman. “Paramount has extensive world-class design, development and manufacturing capability in Africa, which we consider to be an asset of the continent. It has for many years been our policy to identify best-of-breed partners to collaborate with in growing our African capability.”


Boeing’s defence portfolio includes the KC-46 tanker, 737 Airborne Early Warning platform, ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle, P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter and AH-64 Apache and AH-6i combat helicopters while Paramount offers armoured vehicles, UAVs, patrol vessels and aircraft upgrades, amongst others.

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16 juillet 2014 3 16 /07 /juillet /2014 05:55
UK and France Strengthen Defence Cooperation


15 July 2014 Royal Air Force


Defence cooperation between the UK and France has been strengthened following agreements signed at the Farnborough Air Show today.


Philip Hammond and Jean-Yves Le Drian agreed to bolster cooperation relating to the acquisition and support of military equipment for both the UK and French Armed Forces.


The agreement follows on from the communiqué that was signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande at RAF Brize Norton in January, which set out plans for closer ties between the two countries.


As part of the deal signed today, the UK and France agreed a £120 million Feasibility Phase with six industry partners for the joint development of Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle concepts and technologies. They also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the SCALP / Stormshadow missile programme with MBDA that continues our cooperation on this important cruise missile capability.


Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said : “The UK and France are committed to delivering effective military capabilities underpinned by cutting edge technology, developed by strong and capable defence industries. This relationship is essential to how we will operate in the future, by ensuring we can deal with the global defence and security challenges we and our Allies may face.”


Minister of Defence Jean-Yves le Drian said: “The arrangement related to Future Combat Air System is an historical opportunity for France and the United Kingdom to shape and sustain in the long term a strong innovative and sovereign combat aircraft industry. With continuation of development of cruise missile SCALP/STORM SHADOW, after signature of the FASGW(H) / ANL contract previously this year, the two nations demonstrated their commitment to sustain the cross-frontier One Complex Weapons industry through inter-dependence for missile sub-systems and secure significant efficiencies on future programmes.

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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 16:20
Avion ravitailleur : le KC-46 de Boeing devrait coûter plus cher


15 juillet 2014 Usinenouvelle.com


Boeing pourrait devoir assumer des coûts de développement nettement supérieurs à ses prévisions pour le KC-46, le futur avion ravitailleur de l'armée de l'air américaine, même si le contrat prévoit que le constructeur assume seul ces dépassements, a déclaré le responsables des achats du Pentagone.


Frank Kendall, secrétaire adjoint à la Défense des Etats-Unis, a déclaré à des journalistes dimanche soir que le programme évoluait convenablement mais que plusieurs événements imprévus se traduisaient par une augmentation de son coût.


Boeing et le Pentagone sont en désaccord sur le montant du dépassement potentiel, notamment parce que le constructeur estime que les coûts des essais en vol seront inférieurs aux prévisions de l'administration.


"Nous nous attendons bien à un dépassement que Boeing devra assumer", a dit Frank Kendall. "C'est simplement une question d'amplitude du dépassement. Nous considérons que le chiffre sera nettement plus élevé qu'ils ne l'ont admis jusqu'à présent."


Boeing n'a pas fait de commentaire dans l'immédiat sur le montant du dépassement.

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10 juillet 2014 4 10 /07 /juillet /2014 16:20
Le F-35 pourrait manquer le salon de Farnborough


09 juillet 2014 Par Julien Bonnet – Usine Nouvelle


L'armée américaine a émis des doutes quant à la présence de son chasseur F-35 au salon aérien de Farnorough, qui se tient la semaine prochaine en Grande-Bretagne. Un contretemps qui vient compléter la longue liste des déboires rencontrés par ce programme déjà très coûteux.


Le F-35 trop juste pour briller dans le ciel de Farnborough ? L'armée américaine n'est pas certaine de pouvoir présenter son chasseur lors du salon aérien qui se tiendra la semaine prochaine en Grande-Bretagne. Un contremps fâcheux, les responsables américains avaient en effet vu ce grand rendez-vous de Farnborough comme une occasion en or pour dévoiler leur avion de combat multirôle.


Le programme le plus coûteux de l'histoire


Salué comme une merveille technologique, le programme "Joint Strike Fighter" s'impose comme le plus coûteux de l'histoire. Son budget a en effet explosé pour atteindre près de 400 milliards de dollars (290 milliards d'euros environ), pour 2 443 avions, et quelque sept ans de retard.

La totalité de la flotte des F-35 américains reste pourtant toujours clouée au sol, a annoncé ce mardi 8 juillet le Pentagone, afin qu'une enquête se poursuive sur les raisons d'un incendie survenu à bord d'un appareil fin juin, le dernier incident d'une longue série de problèmes techniques et de retards.


Priorité à la sécurité


"La décision n'a pas encore été prise", a déclaré le porte-parole du Pentagone, le contre-amiral John Kirby. "Nous serions déçus si (le F-35) ne pouvait pas participer à Farnborough mais la sécurité est notre priorité. (...) Personne ne veut précipiter cet engin dans les airs avant de savoir exactement ce qu'il s'est passé".

Quatre F-35B, une version à décollage court et à atterrissage vertical, devaient notamment se produire depuis un navire britannique, pays qui a beaucoup investi dans ce programme.  Des responsables militaires ont confié à l'AFP que trois avions sur quatre pourraient bien se produire vers la fin du salon (qui se tient jusqu'au 20 juillet) si les autorités aériennes concluaient à une absence de risque.

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9 juillet 2014 3 09 /07 /juillet /2014 07:40
Farnborough 2014: les exportateurs d'armements russes absents au Salon


MOSCOU, 8 juillet - RIA Novosti


Le Service fédéral de coopération technico-militaire, un des plus grands exportateurs russes d'armements, n'enverra pas sa délégation au Salon aéronautique de Farnborough qui s'ouvre le 14 juillet en banlieue de Londres, a annoncé mardi à RIA Novosti une source au courant de la situation.

"Pour des raisons indépendantes de sa volonté, le Service fédéral russe a décidé de ne pas envoyer de délégation en Grande-Bretagne", a déclaré la source.

Le Salon aéronautique de Farnborough se déroulera du 14 au 20 juillet. La délégation russe devait être conduite par le directeur général adjoint du Service de coopération technico-militaire Anatoli Pountchouk.

L'interlocuteur de l'agence a en outre fait savoir que la Russie serait néanmoins représentée au Salon par une délégation conduite par le vice-ministre de l'Industrie et du Commerce Iouri Slioussar.

Les Etats-Unis et l'UE ont décrété des sanctions contre des citoyens russes en représailles à l'adhésion de la Crimée à la Russie suite à un référendum. Les personnes visées par ces sanctions sont interdites de séjour aux Etats-Unis, au Canada et dans les pays de l'Union européenne, et leurs avoirs sont gelés. Moscou condamne ces mesures unilatérales et les qualifie de "contreproductives".

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3 juillet 2014 4 03 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
Rockwell Collins showcasing F-35 Lightning II HMDS at Farnborough Airshow 2014


Jul 2, 2014 ASDNews Source : Rockwell Collins


    MultiScan ThreatTrack Weather Radar, EVS-3000 Enhanced Vision System and HeliSure Situational Awareness system on display for first time at Farnborough


In celebration of the F-35 making its international debut, the Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems F-35 Lightning II Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) will be in the spotlight at the Farnborough Airshow 2014.


The F-35 HMDS provides pilots with unprecedented situational awareness. All the information that pilots need to complete their missions – through all weather, day or night – is projected on the helmet’s visor, an industry first. In addition, real-time imagery streamed from six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft to the helmet, allows pilots to “look through” the airframe.


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11 juillet 2012 3 11 /07 /juillet /2012 16:50
Alenia unveils new MC-27J Spartan at Farnborough 2012

MC-27J aircraft


11 July 2012 airforce-technology.com


Alenia Aermacchi has unveiled a new, armed version of its combat-proven C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter, at the ongoing 2012 Farnborough International Air Show, in the UK.


The newly launched MC-27J airlifter, a roll on/roll off (RO/RO) variant of the C-27J, is designed to assist air and special forces in conducting anti-terrorism operations and evacuation of military personnel and civil populations.


Capable of taking off from and landing on short and/or unprepared strips, the aircraft primarily supports all standard special forces' operations by serving as a platform with quick transfer speed, long operational range and enhanced cargo capacity for the operators, troops and vehicles.


The gunship variant is equipped with the ATK-developed GAU-23 30mm precision weapon kit, which can be employed to fire all types of Nato 30mm x 173 rounds, as well as Super 40 ammunition.


Additional features include a self-contained, modular and scalable palletised weapons system comprising of enhanced electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) targeting sensors, precision guided munitions, advanced communications, a networked mission management and a fire control system, to support a wide range of customer-driven missions.


Designed for easy embarkation and disembarkation through the aircraft's rear ramp, the palletised system permits flexibility in the use of the unaltered aircraft, significantly lowering acquisition costs and development times.


The aircraft is also integrated with a ground command network, to provide the personnel with an intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, apart from the ability to deploy paratroopers in the battlefield.


To be jointly developed and marketed by Alenia and ATK, the MC-27J features a high level of commonality with the C-130J, together with an operational flexibility to enable deployment even in hot and challenging environmental conditions.

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