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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:35
Chinese Radar May Pierce F-35 Stealth Armor: Report

 

July 31, 2014 by Brendan McGarry -  defensetech.org

 

Increasingly sophisticated radar in China and Russia may soon be able to pierce the stealth armor on F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, according to a news report.

 

The stealth coating on the U.S.-made fifth-generation fighters shields the aircraft from high-frequency radars operating in the Ku, X and C bands and some of the S band, but not from low-frequency systems utilizing L, UHF and VHF wavelengths, according to an article by Dave Majumdar at USNI News.

 

China and Russia are now working to develop low-frequency radars with more computing power designed to track stealth aircraft with more precision — enough to target them with a missile, according to the report, citing an unnamed former senior U.S. Navy official.

 

“Acquisition and fire control radars are starting to creep down the frequency spectrum,” the official told USNI News. “I don’t see how you long survive in the world of 2020 or 2030 when dealing with these systems if you don’t have the lower frequency coverage.”

 

To be sure, the Defense Department is aware of the increasing sophistication of enemy air defenses, known in military parlance as anti-access, area-denial, or A2-AD, environments.

 

The Pentagon’s latest annual report to Congress on military and security developments in China notes the country is continuing its military build-up and views defense against stealth aircraft and drones as “a growing priority.”

 

The People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, has long sought to control the flow of information in the event of war to thwart data-hungry adversaries such as the U.S. It considers the strategy of “information dominance” a critical form of defense against countries that it views as “information dependent,” according to previous assessments.

 

Perhaps not surprisingly, the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, sent an uninvited spy ship, probably the type 815 Dongdiao-class intelligence collection vessel Beijixing (pennant number 851), to this year’s Rim of the Pacific exercise, according to an article by Sam LaGrone of USNI News.

 

China is participating in the event — the world’s largest naval exercise, held off the coast of Hawaii — for the first time this year, with four vessels.

 

The head of U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Samuel Locklear, this week described the presence of the surveillance ship as “a little odd,” though it “hasn’t created any difficulties in the exercise,” which ends Friday.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:30
Air Transportation: The Prince Of The Desert

 

August 8, 2014: Strategy Page

 

Egypt has ordered another eight C295 transport aircraft from the Spanish manufacturer. This will increase the Egyptian C295 fleet to 20 aircraft. Egypt began ordering this twin engine turboprop, 23 ton aircraft in 2010. The C295 can carry six tons for up to 2,200 kilometers. Top speed is 570 kilometers an hour and max payload is nine tons or 71 troops. Egypt received its first C295 in 2011 and already has six in service. Egypt likes the C295 because it is easy to maintain, stands up well to daily operation over long periods and copes with hot and dusty conditions. All this was confirmed by the first ones Egypt received, which were immediately put to work and performed satisfactorily.

 

So far over 150 C295s have been ordered by 19 countries. The C295 entered service in 2001. Egypt uses them for military and humanitarian missions, as do most nations that purchase the aircraft.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:20
Cubic Wins $200M US Army Training Contract

 

August 08, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Cubic Corp.; issued August 06, 2014)

 

Cubic Awarded Major New Contract to Supply Army Mobile Instrumented Training System

           

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –-– Cubic Corporation announced today that it was competitively selected to supply the Army Mobile Instrumented Training System (AMITS) for the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).

 

The initial award is valued at $12.5 million, and the contract, if fully funded, has a potential value in excess of $200 million. The five-year contract covers a base year and four option years.

 

“Cubic is proud to provide AMITS training equipment to the U.S. Army. This next-generation Homestation Instrumentation Training System (HITS) capability provides the Army with usability enhancements that increase the effectiveness of Homestation Training,” said Dave Schmitz, president of Cubic Defense Systems. “AMITS incorporates automation and ease-of-use features such as intuitive applications and game-based virtual instruction that stimulate user engagement, remove complexity, reduce setup time, and minimize operational and sustainment costs, which translate into increased time available for tactical training.”

 

Under the new contract, Cubic will provide a mobile Training Command Center (TCC) and Mobile Network Nodes (MNNs) as well as instrumentation radios for soldiers and vehicles. AMITS provides a Force-on-Force (FOF) training experience where data is collected, recorded, and used to observe unit performance, monitor safety, teach doctrine, and provide feedback to units through formal After Action Reviews (AARs). The communications architecture supports greater speed, scalability, and improved reliability and coverage for tracking live players.

 

Cubic’s solution draws from its extensive experience integrating and fielding instrumented live combat training systems worldwide. The system is a powerful enabler for the commanders at all levels, battalion and below, to train soldiers. AMITS supports the soldiers’ ability to train, contributes to their units’ readiness, and ultimately their combat effectiveness.

 

 

Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments. Cubic Defense Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and secure communications. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for the U.S. and allied nations.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:20
Future Carrier to Feature More Prebuilt Parts

 

August 6, 2014 by Kris Osborn -  defensetech.org

 

The Navy and Newport News Shipbuilding are working on new shipbuilding methods and making early progress with initial construction of the second, next-generation Ford-class aircraft carrier slated to enter service in March 2023 — the John F. Kennedy, or CVN 79.

 

The construction strategy for the Kennedy, which is thus far only 6 percent built, is using a handful of techniques intended to lower costs and call upon lessons learned from the building of the first Ford-class carrier in recent years, the USS Gerald R. Ford. The Ford was christened in November, is now undergoing additional testing and slated to enter service in 2016.

 

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:20
NATO to upgrade AWACS fleet

 

8 Aug 2014 By: Craig Hoyle b- FG

 

NATO’s fleet of Boeing E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft is to undergo a digital flightdeck update, under a programme worth around $250 million.

 

Work in support of the upgrade has already been conducted by Boeing under an engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase contract involving one of NATO’s 707-derived AWACS platforms. Flight testing with the enhanced aircraft is due to commence in the fourth quarter of this year, with the asset to be returned to use in December 2015.

 

“The new technology ensures compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements, giving the aircraft broader access to airspace around the world,” says Boeing. Other advantages of the new avionics package (pictured below) include improved access to engine, navigation and radar data, which enables a reduction from four to three flightdeck personnel.

 

Modifications to a further 13 of the NATO fleet will begin in 2016, with the programme scheduled for completion in 2018. The alliance’s E-3A component has 17 of the type, which are based at Geilenkirchen in Germany.

 

Boeing also will perform the same avionics update on one of the US Air Force’s AWACS aircraft from November, as part of the same EMD contract placed by NATO. Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database records the service as having 30 E-3B/Cs in use.

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11 août 2014 1 11 /08 /août /2014 07:20
Les nouvelles frégates légères de l’US Navy, les Littoral Combat Ships, seraient trop lourdes
 
 

Quatre des 6 navires faisant parti d’une nouvelle classe de bâtiments en cours de développement pour l’US Navy, sont trop lourds. Cela affecte certaines de leurs performances, selon un audit publié récemment.

Un rapport rédigé par le Government Accountability Office indique que l’USS Freedom ne peut atteindre sa vitesse maximale de 40 nœuds ; et il n’est pas parvenu à respecter son autonomie spécifiée de 3.500 nautiques à 14 nœuds, selon le rapport, qui attribue ce problème à une « augmentation excessive du poids ».

Le navire tête de série n’atteint que la vitesse de 39,5 nœuds — contre les 40 exigés — et qu’il déplace un poids qui « dans certaines conditions météo ou après avoir subi certains dégâts, pourrait entraîner des défaillances, » selon le rapport.

Les LCS étaient supposés être des navires rapides pouvant accomplir un certain nombre de missions. Mais le poids a affecté ses performances dans certains domaines. Cela pourrait aussi être un facteur limitant pour de futures évolutions des navires ou des équipements, explique le rapport.

L’USS Freedom est trop lourd de 24 tonnes.

Selon le rapport, l’US Navy envisage déjà de réaliser des modifications qui pourraient encore augmenter le poids des LCS : augmenter la taille des équipages et changer de système de missiles.

Pour l’US Navy, les éventuels changements présentent peu de risques et ne devraient pas modifier les performances des LCS.

 
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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 17:50
F-35B Successfully Completes Wet Runway And Crosswind Testing

 

01 August 2014 Eric Schnaible - RAF

 

Fort Worth, Texas, July 30, 2014 – In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability (IOC) certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

 

“This testing is absolutely critical to 2B flight software fleet release and the Marine Corps’ IOC,” said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. “Collectively, the results support clearing the 20 knot crosswind envelope for Conventional Take Off & Landings (CTOL), Short Take Offs (STO) and Short Landings (SL), with ideal handling quality ratings and meaningful improvement over legacy 4th generational fighter aircraft.”

 

The testing, completed in 37 missions during a 41-day period, achieved 114 test points, including 48 of 48 wet runway test points, four of four performance STOs, 12 of 18 unique flight test conditions for STO, 19 of 23 unique flight test conditions for SLs and all directional control and anti-skid wet runway testing. All testing was performed with BF-4, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

 

In other achievements, four aircraft surpassed flight hour milestones, demonstrating program maturity and reliability: F-35C aircraft CF-1 and F-35A aircraft AF-4 achieved 500 flight hours, and F-35C aircraft CF-5 achieved 100 flight hours.

 

The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries. Following the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned July 2015 IOC, the U.S. Air Force and Navy intend to attain IOC in Aug. 2016 and 2018, respectively.

 

Group Captain Paul Godfrey, the Royal Air Force officer responsible for entry into service of the aircraft, which will be known in the UK as Lightning II said: ‘’The achievement of yet another important milestone within the F-35B programme continues to cement the foundations of the UK Initial Operating Capability in 2018. Although crosswind limits and runway conditions do not often get attention outside of specialist forums, the ability to be able to land and take off in a range of weathers is critical to the operational capability of the aircraft. To be at this level early in the development of the aircraft is a huge step forward and has already surpassed legacy STOVL aircraft limitations, which is testament to the next-generation flight control software on the F-35 and the ease of operation for the pilot.’’

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 17:50
Entrée en service de l’Arriel 2E sur le premier EC145 pour la DRF Luftrettung

 

Bordes, le 1er aout 2014 Turboméca

 

La Garde aérienne allemande, DRF Luftrettung, a réceptionné à Donauwoerth le premier de 20 hélicoptères EC145 T2 livrés par Airbus Helicopters. Cette nouvelle version de l’EC145, certifiée en avril 2014, est motorisée par le dernier membre de la famille Arriel, l’Arriel 2E.

 

Certifié en janvier 2013 par l’Agence Européenne de la Sécurité Aérienne (AESA), l’Arriel 2E développe une puissance de 894 shp, 20% de plus que celle de l’Arriel 1E2 qui motorise l’EC145. Le 2E bénéficie d’un nouveau compresseur axial et de nouvelles pales qui offrent à ce moteur éprouvé des performances accrues et une consommation de carburant réduite.

Sécurité renforcée. Un FADEC double canal de nouvelle génération permet de réduire la charge de travail du pilote et inclut un nouveau régime d’urgence de 30 minutes. En outre, grâce à un nouvel enregistreur de données du moteur, la maintenance anticipée prend désormais le pas sur la maintenance traditionnelle. Ces innovations, s’accompagnant de meilleurs outils de dépannage et de surveillance, permettent de réduire de façon drastique le nombre de déposes non programmées et d’améliorer considérablement la disponibilité de l’hélicoptère.

Fiabilité. La puissance thermique accrue du 2E, associée à la nouvelle conception de plusieurs composants, confirme la place prépondérante de l’Arriel en tant que moteur le plus fiable de sa catégorie. Depuis 1977, Turbomeca a fabriqué plus de 11 000 moteurs Arriel déclinés en 28 versions. Ces moteurs enregistrent un total de 40 millions d’heures de vol en service pour 1 300 clients dans 110 pays.

Réduction des coûts. Sa conception modulaire, combinée à une augmentation de son TBO (temps entre deux révisions), fixé à 4 000 heures dès l’entrée en service pour un objectif de 6 000 heures à maturité, permet de simplifier les opérations de maintenance et de réduire les coûts de maintenance directe d’environ 10 %.

Turbomeca Germany GmbH, dont le siège est situé à Hambourg, assurera les opérations d’assistance et de maintenance sur les moteurs de la DRF Luftrettung. Fondée en 1991, Turbomeca Germany emploie 46 personnes et fournit une assistance 24/7 à 250 clients répartis dans 29 pays situés en Europe du nord, Europe centrale et Europe de l’est ainsi qu’en Asie centrale et en Russie.

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Turbomeca (SAFRAN) est le motoriste leader pour hélicoptères, avec plus de 70 000 turbines de sa conception produites depuis l’origine de la société. Offrant la plus large gamme de moteurs au monde pour 2 500 clients répartis dans 155 pays, Turbomeca assure un service de proximité grâce à 16 établissements, 30 centres de maintenance de proximité, 18 centres de réparation & révision, et 90 représentants commerciaux et techniques. Microturbo, filiale de Turbomeca, est leader européen des turboréacteurs pour missiles, engins-cibles et groupes auxiliaires de puissance. Plus d’informations sur www.turbomeca.com et www.safran-group.com.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:50
QinetiQ wins £33m military simulation contract

 

10 Aug 2014 By Alan Tovey - telegraph.co.uk

 

Defence technology group QinetiQ agrees five-year deal to train soliders and pilots in virtual world

 

Defence and technology company QinetiQ is enabling air force pilots and army commanders to train together in a virtual battlefield – even though they might be thousands of miles apart in real life.

The company has agreed a five-year, £33m deal that will allow airmen and soldiers to practise working together in simulators before being deployed abroad.

The system – at the Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington in Lincoln – links together aircraft simulators, ground forces’ control tents and even individual troops so they can train on working in combined operations.

The virtual set-up allows commanders in the simulated headquarters to co-ordinate airstrikes in real-time with troops on the virtual battlefield calling in the jets, which are being flown by pilots in simulators. This means they can learn how to carry out complex procedures and potentially dangerous operations without the risk of harm if they make an error.

 

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:50
BAE Systems Receives Award for 2P Ammunition

57Mk3 Naval BAE Systems’ new 2P ammunition was developed based on its proven 3P ammunition, pictured here.

 

7 August 2014 BAE Systems

 

BAE Systems has received an order from the Swedish FMV to produce and deliver 9,000 rounds of 2P ammunition for the Swedish Armed Forces.

 

The programmable 2P ammunition is based on the proven and effective programmable 3P ammunition. It was developed to meet customer requirements identified during international missions to allow for operation at shorter distances with minimum collateral damage. The 2P ammunition can be programmed in different function modes providing optimized effect against a wide range of targets.

 

“This order further demonstrates that BAE Systems is trusted to develop and provide new, high-tech products to meet customer requirements,” says Lena Gillström, managing director of Weapon Systems, Sweden at BAE Systems. “With the 2P ammunition, we have a new member in our product portfolio.”

 

Development of the 2P ammunition began in January 2013, and was done in cooperation between BAE Systems, FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces.

 

Deliveries will begin in June 2015 and continue through February 2016. Production and final assembly will take place in Karlskoga, Sweden.

 

BAE Systems’ new 2P ammunition was developed based on its proven 3P ammunition, pictured above.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:50
BAE chairman quietly gets to grips before sorting succession

 

09 Aug 2014 By James Quinn, Executive Business Editor

 

Sir Roger Carr is progressing his plans at the British defence giant.

 

When Sir Roger Carr took over as chairman of BAE Systems, few in the City were surprised. Having served his dues as chairman of Cadbury and Centrica among others, the City grandee was more than ready to take on the challenge at one of the great companies of state.

In the aftermath of the British defence giant’s failed merger talks with European rival EADS, and after predecessor Sir Dick Olver’s steady 10-year reign, it was perceived by some that the arrival of Sir Roger in February heralded a series of significant changes at the FTSE 100 company.

But, despite those perceptions, the external changes have been few.

 

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:35
CAS Aircraft to be Armed with Precision Guided Munitions

The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft and will be armed with precision guided munitions (photo : missionreadyat-6)

 

9 Aug. 2014 Defense Studies

MANILA (PNA) -- In line with its efforts to make its close air support (CAS) aircraft more capable, the Department of National Defense (DND) has said the plane will be armed with precision guided munitions, a kind of weaponry that can be guided by lasers to its targets.

In a supplemental bid bulletin posted on the DND website, it said this capability must be present in the designs which will be submitted by prospective bidders to the P4.9-billion CAS aircraft project.

Bid opening and submission for the CAS project has been reset to Oct. 3 from the original date of Aug. 11.

In connection with this, DND Special Bids and Awards Committee-1 chair Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said that a second pre-bid conference will be held this coming Sept. 15.

This will be held at the DND Bidding and Awards Committee Conference Room, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Bid opening and submission will also take place at the same place.

The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft to replace or beef up the Philippine Air Force's existing Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" turboprop attack planes.

CAS refers to the capability to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy.

Funding for this weapon system will be sourced from the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.

Manalo earlier said that the contract includes integrated logistic support system.

Winning bidders must be able to deliver the aircraft within 540 calendar days from contract effectivity.

Participants in the DND's CAS project must have completed a similar program within the last 10 years.

Manalo added that the CAS aircraft must be used by the countries offering and manufacturing them. 

(PNA)

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:20
E-11A - Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN)

E-11A - Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN)

 

8 August 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to continue the operation and support of the US Air Force's (USAF) battlefield airborne communications node (BACN) system.

 

Under the $89.7m contract's terms, the company will extend operational support of the BACN payloads in support of overseas contingency missions until June 2015.

 

Equipped with an airborne executive processor (AEP), BACN is a forward-deployed network-centric enterprise information server, developed to enable data sharing between different battlefield communications systems using a suite of computers and radio systems.

 

The high-altitude BACN payloads are integrated onto four E-11A Bombardier Global Express BD-700 aircraft and three EQ-4B Block 20 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

 

Northrop Grumman Information Systems communications division vice-president and general manager Jeannie Hilger said: "BACN is making such a tremendous difference for our warfighters that it is regarded as indispensable for mission success.

 

"The amount of positive feedback BACN receives from our warfighters is a testament to the critical support BACN currently provides and an inspiration to continuously enhance the system's capabilities."

 

The BACN also provides an advanced airborne communications capability to commanders and troops, as well as enhancing situational awareness and extending voice communications.

 

Northrop expects BACN to serves as a persistent high-altitude gateway in the joint aerial layer network (JALN) to offer secure communications to disadvantaged soldiers and network connectivity across the theatre.

 

The JALN would be designed to expand on existing communications networks and capabilities and links ground, space and airborne military assets.

 

Northrop serves as prime contractor for the EQ-4B Global Hawk UAV and the development, fielding and maintenance of the BACN system, and received the first BACN contract from the US Air Force Electronic Systems Center in April 2005.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 11:40
KRET Photo Marina Lystseva

KRET Photo Marina Lystseva


August 07, 2014 by Rostec
 

KRET has for the first time entered the international ranking, companied by the authoritative American weekly Defense News. The company took 52nd place among the top 100 defense companies in the world.

In compiling the rankings, international experts took into account not only brand awareness, quality, reliability, and popularity of the companies, but also a detailed investigation into their financial performance and growth dynamics over the past few years in regard to weapons production.

Between 2011 and 2013, KRET increased its total revenue by almost one and a half, from RUB 45 billion ($1.3 billion) to RUB 77.3 billion ($2.4 billion). During this time, the value of state defense orders fulfilled by KRET increased six-fold, from RUB 6.4 billion ($179 million) to RUB 40 billion ($1.1 billion). KRET was simultaneously able to optimize fully financial flows, improving transparency and the effectiveness of enterprise expenditures. By the end of 2013, KRET had earned RUB 64.2 billion ($1.8 billion) in revenue from sales of military products, a 12.3% increase from 2012. Military products made up 76% of the concern’s total revenue for 2013.

“Today, KRET is Russia’s largest developer and supplier of integrated systems of modern electronic equipment, electronic warfare systems and equipment, and civil and military avionics. Joining the group of the top 100 defense companies in the world affirms the competitiveness of Russian electronics and demonstrates the effectiveness of the model used by Rostec Corporation to integrate leading companies of the industry under the single brand of KRET,” said KRET CEO Nikolay Kolesov.

According to Kolesov, the concern is not going to rest easy and has already started updating its development strategy. New business models will fully meet the modern requirements and changes happening in the international market. The concern is placing primary emphasis on the diversification of production, strengthening the production of civil goods, integrating scientific and technical potential and attracting world-class, qualified personnel to the concern’s businesses.

KRET has operated as a single brand  and an independent member of the international aerospace and defense markets since 2014. KRET’s products can be found in more than 30 countries around the world. Innovative developments in radar stations (RLS) developed by KRET have already been installed in 70% of all Russian fighter jets and will also be used in next-generation helicopter and airplane technologies.

At the international airshow Farnborough 2014, held last July, KRET products were praised by the world’s leading experts. The Russian manufacturer introduced some of its most advanced products in avionics systems, electronic warfare systems, and friend-or-foe identification systems. KRET demonstrated that it is competent and prepared for long-term cooperation in creating new, integrated solutions for the radio-electronics industry.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 11:35
Raytheon is being Awarded for the DDE Analysis of the AIM-9X Block II for Singapore, Malaysia and Other Countries

Raytheon AIM-9X air-to-air missile (photo : militaryphotos)

 

9 Aug. 2014 Defense Studies

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $43,991,627 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-2002) for the design, development, and engineering analysis of the AIM-9X Block II Missile System for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the governments of Turkey, Oman, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, and Morocco. 

This modification includes the necessary replacements for the AIM-9X Control Actuation System, inertial measurement unit, electronics unit processor and improvements in insensitive munitions performance in the hardware development and Operational Flight Software versions 9.4X, 9.15X and 10.X. 

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (91.6 percent); Minneapolis, Minnesota (6.5 percent); Pinellas Park, Florida (1.3 percent); and Andover, Massachusetts (0.6 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2015. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy and Air Force) funds and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $22,092,354, will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force ($23,620,000; 53.7 percent); U.S. Navy ($8,155,233; 18.5 percent); and the governments of Turkey ($4,095,000; 9.3 percent); Oman ($2,590,000; 5.9 percent); Belgium ($2,100,000; 4.8 percent); Netherlands ($1,680,000; 3.8 percent); Singapore ($980,000; 2.2 percent); Malaysia ($701,394; 1.6 percent); and Morocco ($70,000; 0.2 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Act. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

(US DoD)

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 11:35
Hyundai Heavy Industries launches South Korean Navy submarines

 

Aug. 8, 2014 By Richard Tomkins   (UPI)

 

A fifth 214-class submarine for the South Korean Navy has been launched by Hyundai Heavy Industries and is expected to become operational in 2016.

 

Hyundai Heavy Industries has launched a new 214-class submarine, to be equipped with locally produced cruise missiles, for the South Korean Navy.

 

The vessel is the Yun Bong Gil Ham, which weighs 1,800 tons, is 214 feet long, and has a top speed of 20 knots.

 

The ship is the fifth 214-class submarine of the country's navy.

 

According to the Department of National Defense, the ship features an air independent propulsion system that charges the submarine's storage battery without air, enabling it to stay submerged for two weeks.

 

Hyundai Heavy Industries will transfer the under-construction submarine to the navy in the second half of next year. Nine months of tests and evaluations will follow, culminating in the vessel gaining operational status, Korean officials said.

 

The country currently operates 10 209-class and 214-class submarines. The first 209-class vessel, the Jang Bo Go Ham, was taken over from Germany in 1992.

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Air Transportation: The Helicopter China Cannot Get Enough Of

 

August 9, 2014: Strategy Page

 

The Russian Helicopter Corporation delivered to China the last of 52 Mi-171E helicopters ordered since 2012. This model can carry up to 37 passengers or four tons of cargo and has engines that are particularly effective under "hot and high" conditions. This is useful for the Chinese, who need equipment that can operate in Tibet (where many areas are at altitudes of over 4,000 meters). China is quite fond of the Mi-17 and the older Mi-8 it is derived from. Currently China operates 160 Mi-171 helicopters.

 

In 2008 China signed deals that allows it to legally manufacture the Mi-171, but it is still buying them from Russia because it takes time to set up manufacturing facilities and China needs more military transport helicopters right now and can afford to pay. Currently China has about 300 Mi-17/Mi-8 type helicopters and over 500 locally made helicopters. Most (Z9/Z-19) of these local builds are based on the Eurocopter AS 365 Dauphin while another hundred locally built Z-10 gunships were based on a Russian design. China has shown a preference for the Mi-8/17 design and would like to build a thousand or more Mi-171s locally under license.

 

In 2010 Chinese and Russian helicopter manufacturers established a joint venture to perform maintenance and refurbishment on helicopters, especially those of Russian design. This is part of a larger plan, which also includes the factory in China building Mi-171s.

 

The M-171 is basically an inexpensive transport helicopter. But it can easily be modified to carry weapons, or any other specialized gear. Some of the Mi-171s are even being equipped with radars and other sensors, to be used for reconnaissance and surveillance. The basic Mi-171 is based on the 1970s era Mi-17, which is the export version of the similar Mi-8. Weighing about 12 tons, and carrying a four ton load, the Mi-171 has a range of 590 kilometers at a cruising speed of 250 kilometers per hour. There is a crew of three and as many passengers as can be squeezed in (up to 40 people, but usually 20-30.) A sling underneath can also carry up to four tons.

 

Several hundred Mi-171s have been exported by Russia. The helicopter is rugged, inexpensive ($4-5 million each) and better suited for less affluent nations. Development of this model was completed in 1998 and Russia has been pushing sales hard.

 

In 2008 Russia and China signed an agreement, in which China promised to stop stealing Russian military technology. It appears that the main function of the new "military technical cooperation" agreement was to stop China from exporting their copies of Russian equipment, and competing with the Russian originals. This agreement immediately led to some interesting proposals regarding helicopters. Russia agreed to sell China six Helix anti-submarine helicopters, with the possibility of joint manufacture. Meanwhile, the Mi-171 deal quickly turned into the Chinese Mi-171 factory.

 

There was also a proposal for China and Russia to jointly develop a large transport helicopter, based on the existing Mi-26T (a 20 ton aircraft that can carry 80 passengers). There may be other joint development deals to produce updated versions of existing Russian helicopter designs. This sort of thing could be mutually beneficial, and China now has a domestic source for inexpensive transport helicopters, which its civilian and military markets are demanding many of.

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17,8 millions de dollars pour améliorer les capacités des Awacs français

 

01.08.2014 par Philippe Chapleau – Lignes de Défense

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Gel des Contrats entre la Russie et Israël pour la Fourniture de Drones.

 

07.08.2014 Eyal Kaddosh (Tel Aviv) – Israel Valley

 

Poutine ne va pas être bien content. Poussé par les américains, Israël n’a pas le choix. Un arrêt temporaire des ventes de drones a été mis en place par les autorités israéliennes.

 

Selon des sources Russes : "Le ministère israélien de la Défense a demandé à toutes les sociétés israéliennes qui participent à la fabrication des drones de ne pas commencer ou continuer les pourparlers sur d’éventuels contrats avec la Russie dans ce domaine, rapporte l’hebdomadaire britannique Flight International.

 

Selon le ministère, un rôle important dans cette décision a été joué par Washington suite à la situation en Ukraine. Deux sociétés israéliennes travaillaient avec les contrats russes. Moscou a déjà reçu une partie des drones commandés.

 

La nouvelle directive concerne uniquement la conclusion des nouveaux contrats. La poursuite de la coopération sur les contrats qui sont en cours n’est pas interdite, notamment en ce qui concerne la livraison des pièces de rechange et la modernisation du matériel fourni précédemment".

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 07:20
US Army M2 Bradley IFV Upgrades

 

01/08/2014 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter

 

The US Army's long-serving M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles are being upgraded to be made more mobile.

 

To be carried out by Loc Performance Products - previously in competition with three other bidding parties - the Bradley IFV upgrades will see the vehicles gain track kits, shock absorbers, new suspension support systems and other revisions.

 

The work is as per the US Army's instruction and has a contract value of $161m. According to Loc Performance Products' President, Lou Burr, the contract is a real "game-changer...it's going to nearly double the size of our company."

 

Bradley IFV Upgrades

 

Burr adds, in the company's Bradley IFV upgrades press release: "This award represents a watershed moment in procurement history for the US Army. This type of contract is normally sole-sourced to the original Prime Contractor, which typically does not result in Best Value for the Army.

 

"Because this was a full and open competition, the Army saves taxpayers millions of dollars, and demonstrates a new model for cost-effective procurement. We look forward to restoring lost mobility to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and providing this superior equipment to our warfighters."

 

US Army M2 Bradley

 

The US Army's M2 Bradley fighting vehicle entered service in 1981. Armed primarily with a 25mm M242 Chain Gun, the type can be fitted with TOW anti-tank missiles and also boasts a 7.62mm M240C machine gun. Crewed by three service personnel, the Bradley IFV can accommodate six more troops, has a top speed of 41 miles per hour and a maximum range of 300 miles.

 

Since the M2's introduction, a host of enhanced models have followed it into service, including the current generation M2A3 whose operational history includes deployments in Iraq.

 

Besides the United States, Saudi Arabia is the only other Bradley IFV user but Iraq may soon take delivery of 200 M2A2 variants if discussions now in progress become a firm order.

 

Ultimately, the Bradley IFV will be replaced in US Army service by the Ground Combat Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Initial GCV designs have already emerged but a definitive layout is due out from DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - sometime next year.

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Lockheed Wins $117M for C-130J Production

 

August 08, 2014 defense-aerospace.com/

(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued August 06, 2014)

 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $116,717,704 firm-fixed-price modification (P00001) to FA8625-14-C-6450 for advance procurement funding for long lead parts for production aircraft associated with 14 fiscal 2015 C-130J aircraft.

 

Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 advance procurement funds in the amount of $116,717,704 are being obligated at time of award.

 

Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center/WLNNC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

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08-August, 2014 Indian Press Information Bureau

 

As per the Request for Proposal (RFP) for procurement of 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), 18 aircraft are sought to be procured in fly away condition and 108 aircraft are to be license manufactured in India. The process of negotiations with the L1 vendor, M/s Dassault Aviation of France for procurement of MMRCA is on.

 

Out of the six proposals received in response to the RFP for procurement of the MMRCA, the proposals of M/s Dassault Aviation for Rafale and M/s EADS, Germany for Eurofighter Typhoon were found compliant to the technical requirements. The proposal of M/s Dassault Aviation had the lowest cost.

 

The 18 direct fly away aircraft are expected to be delivered in three to four years from the signing of the contract. The remaining 108 license manufactured aircraft in India are expected to be delivered during the following seven years.

 

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri Ram Charitra and Shri Y.V. Subba Reddy in Lok Sabha today.

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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 16:40
Rostec Corporation holding companies recognized as leaders of the defense industry

 

August 08, 2014 by Rostec

 

The list of top 100 defense manufacturers as compiled by the American periodical Defense News included Russian Helicopters, United Engine Corporation, and KRET

 

Several subsidiaries of Rostec Corporation were included in the prestigious rating of the world’s top defense companies published by the American weekly Defense News.

The holding company Russian Helicopters took 25th place, the United Engine Corporation came in 34th place, and KRET ranked in the list for the first time in the list in 52nd place.

The rankings depend not only on brand awareness, quality, reliability, and popularity of the company, but also a detailed investigation into financial performance and growth dynamics over the past few years in regard to weapons production.

For example, in 2013, the United Engine Corporation made $4.8 billion in revenue. KRET made $2.4 billion, while Russian Helicopters made $4.2 billion.

A total of eight Russian companies were included in the rankings, including Concern Almaz-Antei (12th place), Sukhoi (46th place), Irkut (56th place), MiG (71st place), and RTI (78th place). Defense News has compiled the ranking of top 100 companies since 1991.

Rostec Corporation was founded in Russia in 2007 to promote the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civilian and military purposes. Rostec has 663 subsidiaries organized into 9 defense industry holding companies and 5 civil industry holding companies. Rostec Corporation enterprises are located in 60 regions of the Russian Federation and deliver products to markets in more than 70 countries. In 2013, Rostec revenue amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion, with a net profit of RUB 40 billion.

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Robot scout from Shvabe seeks out and absorbs radiation

 

August 06, 2014 by Rostec
 

The  Shvabe holding, which is a subsidiary of the Rostec State Corporation, has developed and released a mobile robotic radiation survey unit. The robot is designed to seek out local sources of gamma radiation and absorb them.

The mobile robotic radiation survey unit works both in indoor environments as well as in open areas.  Due to its rotation and movement sensor, the robot is able to move freely even in the most impassable places.

In addition, the robot is equipped with heat flow sensors, a set of sample collecting devices, special gripping mechanisms, as well as convenient innovative containers for the absorption and disposal of gamma radiation. The unit moves at a speed of 1 meter per second. It can be controlled either via radio waves or cable line.

The robot is able to lift up to 50 kilograms, and it can operate continuously without needing to be charged for several hours. 

The Shvabe Holding consists of major enterprises in the electrooptical industry.  The holding develops and manufactures high-tech optoelectronic systems as well as special-purpose and civilian systems, optical materials, medical equipment, energy-saving lighting equipment and other products. It is a subsidiary of the Rostec State Corporation.

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PH Jeanne d'Arc - photo LeTelegramme

PH Jeanne d'Arc - photo LeTelegramme

 

08.08.2014 source TED Europa

 

Le marché a été attribué le 29 Juillet dernier au Groupement Bartin Recycling (mandataire) - Petrofer Société nouvelle (co-traitant)

 

Le marché a pour objet le démantèlement complet de deux navires condamnés (ex porte-hélicoptère Jeanne d'Arc et ex croiseur Colbert) depuis leur prise en charge sur leurs lieux de stationnement actuels - région brestoise (port militaire et Landévennec), jusqu'à l'élimination et la valorisation du dernier déchet ou matériau.
Il comprend notamment :
- les prestations de maîtrise d'oeuvre,
- le transport vers le(s) site(s) de démantèlement,
- les opérations de dépollution, de déconstruction, de ségrégation des déchets, d'élimination des déchets dangereux ou non recyclables et de recyclage des matériaux valorisables,
- la vente des matériaux valorisables.
Le tonnage global lège de ces deux coques est de l'ordre de 19 000 tonnes.

 

Valeur totale finale du marché: 11 552 200 EUR (hors TVA)

 

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