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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 11:50
Details of Ukraine UAV requirement revealed

 

29 Jul 2014 By: Beth Stevenson - FG

 

A contract for leased unmanned air vehicle (UAV) services in support of the security mission in Ukraine is expected to be awarded imminently, an industry source reveals.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) recently issued a solicitation for bids which closed on Friday, 25 July. It stipulates the requirement for a turnkey UAV solution for deployment in the conflicted east of the country.

No further details were provided, although it has now been revealed that OSCE is seeking a vertical take-off and landing platform, preferably for round-the-clock monitoring operations, to be operational within weeks.

Vienna-based Schiebel confirms it has responded to the tender with its Camcopter S-100. However, it is unclear whether any other systems have been offered. Saab’s Skeldar UAV would fulfil the requirement, although the company declines to comment on any bid.

 

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Italy ponders Hammerhead UAV as Predator replacement

 

31 Jul 2014 By: Luca Peruzzi  -FG

 

Italy is evaluating the Piaggio Aero P1HH Hammerhead unmanned air vehicle (UAV) as a likely replacement for its air force's fleet of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator As from later this decade.

The medium-altitude, long-endurance type is being developed by Piaggio as an unmanned variant of its twin-pusher P180 Avanti II business aircraft, but is yet to attract a launch customer.

However, Gen Gianni Candotti, head of air and space planning at the Italian air force, says the service is keeping a close eye on the Hammerhead's development.

 

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 11:45
African order for Horus UAV

 

28 Jul 2014 By: Beth Stevenson - FG

 

Flight Tech has received its first export contract for the Horus FT-100 unmanned air vehicle from an undisclosed African military customer.

The Brazil-based manufacturer will deliver the three aircraft on order in the second half of 2014. The contract also includes options for further deliveries the following year, as well as covering logistical support.

The company’s UAVs were designed in conjunction with the Brazilian armed forces, and this deal marks the first military model to be exported by Brazil.

 

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 11:35
K-Max returns from Afghan deployment

 

25 Jul 2014 By: Beth Stevenson - FG

 

The US Marine Corps’ Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max unmanned helicopter has returned from its Afghan deployment, following almost three years in theatre.

The cargo-carrying unmanned air vehicle returned in May, and is now undergoing technical assessment at Lockheed’s Owego facility in New York.

A USMC assessment of assets in theatre concluded that the UAV was no longer required in Afghanistan to support the mission, so the unmanned rotorcraft was subsequently returned, Capt Patrick Smith, programme executive officer for multi-mission UAS, says.

 

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 11:20
US Army to Get New IED Detector Technology

Sandia National Laboratories' highly modified miniature synthetic aperture radar system is being transferred to the U.S. Army to support combat military personnel by uncovering improvised explosive devices. (Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories)

 

04 August 2014 techbriefs.com

 

Detecting improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan requires constant, intensive monitoring using rugged equipment. When Sandia researchers first demonstrated a modified miniature synthetic aperture radar (MiniSAR) system to do just that, some experts didn't believe it. But those early doubts are long gone. Sandia's Copperhead — a highly modified MiniSAR system mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — has been uncovering IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2009. Now, according to senior manager Jim Hudgens, Sandia is transferring the technology to the U.S. Army to support combat military personnel.

 

The new technology was developed with the Defense Department's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO); the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center/Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL); the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory; the Naval Research Laboratory; and Florida-based force protection company AIRSCAN.

 

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 11:20
Le constructeur du F-35 Lockheed Martin reste année après année le meilleur vendeur d'armes de la planète

Le constructeur du F-35 Lockheed Martin reste année après année le meilleur vendeur d'armes de la planète

 

05/08/2014 Michel Cabirol- LaTribune.fr

 

Année après année, l'américain reste toujours au sommet des groupes de défense. Thales entre dans le top dix, en se plaçant au 9e rang mondial, selon le classement annuel dévoilé lundi par le magazine américain "Defence News".

 

Indéracinable Lockheed Martin... Depuis l'an 2000, le groupe américain a toujours gardé la première place du classement annuel des groupes de défense dévoilé lundi par le magazine américain "Defence News". En 2014, le constructeur de l'avion de combat F-35 a encore très facilement repoussé ses poursuivants, notamment Boeing (32 milliards de dollars de ventes dans la défense en 2013) et le britannique BAE Systems (28 milliards de dollars), qui complètent le podium, en affichant un chiffre d'affaires 2013 dans la défense de 40,49 milliards de dollars. Une activité pourtant en baisse de près de 10 % par rapport à 2012.

Pour compenser la baisse de ses activités de défense, Lockheed Martin est entré sur le marché civil dans des domaines comme la gestion de trafic aérien, la formation et la simulation dans l'aéronautique, l'énergie... Basé au Maryland, le groupe a ainsi pu compenser la chute de son chiffre d'affaires dans la défense entre 2012 et 2013 (plus de 4,3 milliards de dollars). Au total, les ventes globales de Lockheed Martin ont seulement baissé de 1,8 milliard de dollars. Aujourd'hui le groupe américain ne réalise plus que 89 % de son chiffre d'affaires dans la défense, contre plus de 95 % en 2013 et 2012. En 2000, la défense ne représentait que 63 % de son chiffre d'affaires global.

 

Thales dans le "Top Ten"

Curieux paradoxe. Alors que le PDG Jean-Bernard Lévy veut orienter son groupe vers les activités civiles en raison de la baisse des budgets de défense des pays matures, Thales est revenu en 2014 dans le "Top Ten" des groupes de défense. Un classement inédit depuis 2007, année où Denis Ranque était encore à la tête du groupe d'électronique. Avec près de 11 milliards de dollars de chiffre d'affaires dans la défense (soit 56,30 % de ses ventes globales), le groupe français se classe à la neuvième place du classement des 100 premiers groupes de défense.

Il est bien sûr devancé par Airbus Group (7e rang), qui lui aussi se réoriente vers le civil. Le groupe européen, basé aux Pays-Bas, a réalisé 16,5 milliards de dollars de chiffre d'affaires dans la défense sur un total de 81,1 milliards. Deux fois moins que son rival américain Boeing, qui a enregistré 32 milliards de ventes dans le militaire. A noter la bonne performance du groupe naval DCNS qui entre dans le "Top 20" de ce classement avec un chiffre d'affaires de 4,6 milliards de dollars (16e rang). Ce qui n'est pas son meilleur classement (14e en 2003). Safran (23e), qui gagne deux places par rapport à 2013 (25e), Dassault Aviation (50e, contre 55e en 2013) et Nexter (63e, contre 70e en 2013) complètent les groupes français dans le Top 100 de ce classement de "Defence News".

 

Six américains dans les dix premiers

Ce n'est pas une surprise. Mais pour ceux qui ont envie de baisser la garde en Europe, cela rappelle un peu plus l'hégémonie des Etats-Unis sur le marché mondial des ventes d'armes, une activité de souveraineté nationale par excellence. Six groupes américains - Lockheed Martin (1er), Boeing (2e), Raytheon (4e), Northrop Grumman (5e), General Dynamics (6e) et United Technologies (8e) - sont parmi les dix plus grands groupes mondiaux de défense. Et parmi les 20 premiers, ils sont treize : outre les six premiers, L-3 Communications, Huntigton Ingalls Industries (construction navale), Honeywell, Textron, Booz Allen Hamilton (SSII), General Electric et Exelis (conglomérat).

Seuls quatre groupes européens parviennent à concurrencer les Américains dans les dix premiers groupes mondiaux de défense : BAE Systems (3e), Airbus Group (7e), Thales (9e) et enfin l'italien Finmeccanica (10e), qui a régressé de deux places entre 2014 et 2013. En outre, le Russe Almaz-Antey (systèmes de défense aériens, électronique) se glisse à la 12e place, le motoriste britannique Rolls-Royce à la 14e et DCNS à la 16e.

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 07:50
Le groupe de défense allemand Rheinmetall construit notamment le Char Leopard 2

Le groupe de défense allemand Rheinmetall construit notamment le Char Leopard 2

 

04/08 Jean-Philippe Lacour / Correspondant à Francfort - lesechos.fr

 

Un contrat militaire de 100 millions d’euros a été stoppé ce lundi par Berlin. Le recul des exportations allemandes vers la Russie semble s’amplifier.

 

Cette année, le groupe de défense allemand Rheinmetall entendait livrer un simulateur de tir au laser à un centre de formation militaire, en construction à Moulino, dans le centre de la Russie. Le contrat, signé en juin 2011, était estimé à 100 millions d’euros. Il s’est envolé ce lundi après que le gouvernement allemand ait décidé de le torpiller, en application aux sanctions contre Moscou décidées à l’échelle européenne la semaine dernière sur fond de crise en Ukraine.

 

La Russie a réagi, en déclarant avoir l’intention d’attaquer l’entreprise de Düsseldorf pour « violation de contrat ». Rheinmetall dit quant à elle poursuivre la discussion avec Berlin. Une chose est sûre, cette affaire ne sera pas le seul exemple des tensions affectant les relations commerciales germano-russes.

 

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5 août 2014 2 05 /08 /août /2014 07:45
Egyptian BTR-50 upgrade nears completion

 

04 August 2014 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb

 

The head of the Belarusian defence group Minotor-Service, contracted to upgrade 500 ageing BTR-50 tracked Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) belonging to the Egyptian Army, says the company is left with only 20 vehicles to modify before it completes refurbishment work.

 

Minotor-Service director-general Valery Hrabenshchykow was quoted by local media on July 12 revealing that the company was on the verge of fulfilling the terms of the $100 million upgrade contract for nearly half of the Egyptian Army's estimated 1000 Soviet-era BTR-50 APCs.

 

The upgrade work is believed to focused on converting the BTR-50 to the new BTR-50PKM model which comes with improved fire-power, increased combat capabilities, reduced fuel consumption, an increase in the power-to-weight ratio and new day and night sensors.

 

The BTR-50 PKM model has a top-speed of 100 km/h on a paved road, 70 km/h on unpaved roads and a power-to-weight ratio of 20.7 horsepower per tonne.

 

Hrabenshchykow also announced that his company is bidding to conduct major upgrade work on an unspecified number of the Egyptian Army's Czechoslovakian OT-62 APCs. Reports indicate that Egypt wants to upgrade at least 200 OT-62 at a cost of $50 million. In July 2012 it was reported that the Malyshev Plant in the Ukraine was to begin modernising an estimated 200 OT-62 APCs but it is not clear what the status of this contract is.

 

The OT-62 Topas (tracked armoured personnel carrier) was developed jointly by Poland and Czechoslovakia in the 1950s and 1960s. The amphibious vehicle has a speed of 60 km/h on land and 10 km/h in water and can carry 15-18 troops.

 

Egyptian OT-62 were used in the Six Day War with Israel (1967), during the War of Attrition (1968-1970) and the Yom Kippur War (1973), when they were highly effective in crossing the Suez Canal. Some were captured by the Israel Defence Forces and commissioned into service.

 

Both models of APCs were ordered from the former Soviet Union bloc in the 1960s and were used extensively in combat operations by the Egyptian Army during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

 

The Egyptian Army is re-equipping itself to deal with new anti-government Islamic militant groups which are based in the restive Sinai Peninsula and have of late spread their operations to various cities including the capital Cairo.

 

The new government of former coup leader General Abdel Fatah El-Sisi blames the Muslim Brotherhood party of deposed president Muhammad Morsi of sponsoring the unrest which has killed scores of army and police officers in bombings, rocket attacks and ambushes.

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4 août 2014 1 04 /08 /août /2014 11:50
HMS Northumberland with French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle - Corsican Lion 2012

HMS Northumberland with French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle - Corsican Lion 2012

 

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Recently there was a guest article published on CIMSEC – which is worth a read – written by R. Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, United States (US) Navy, who discussed the future of surface warfare from a US perspective. Not only is it thought provoking, it serves to highlight the fact that while the US Navy may not be as strong at surface warfare as it once was, at least it is having the conversation about how to change that – which the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) European nations do not seem to be doing.

This presents a problem because most of the anti-surface capability that Western nations are now fielding is theoretical; the capability they field is not only untested in real combat, but for most nations it is singular capability fielded from often a single platform type. There are of course exceptions to this, but even they are sometimes exceptions only on paper. Britain, for example, has the Harpoon Surface-to-Surface Missiles (SSM) on some of its surface ships (entered service 1977), Spearfish torpedoes on its submarines (entered service 1988) and, whilst at the moment having no fixed wing aircraft (the HMS Queen Elizabeth may be launching this year, but it will take time for her to work up, and currently there are no fixed wing fighters to fly from it) from which to fire Anti-Surface Missiles (ASuM), it does have Lynx helicopters armed with the Sea Skua (entered service 1975); the replacement for which is a joint British-French programme started in 2014. The others have been upgraded over time, but they are fundamentally still the same systems conceived in a very different time to take on a threat that has evolved, whilst it was assumed to be stationary.

With the fall of Soviet Russia the world was supposed to be safer. There were going to be no more threats at sea; navies could concentrate on maritime security and supporting land operations. Unfortunately for the NATO allies the rest of the world, including Russian (formerly the Soviet Union), did not agree with that idea. This has meant that while great strides have been made by Western nations in missile technology (and unmanned aviation, an area which seems to both fuel, and draw from, the developments of missiles) this has largely not been applied by them to ASuMs and SSMs. In comparison Russia, India, China and nations close to them have started to field a whole new generation of these weapons. For example, India and Russia combined to produce, what is believed to be, the world’s fastest cruise missile (Mach 3) – the BrahMos SSM. It only entered service in 2006, and yet Russia and India are already working on its successor – the hypersonic (Mach 7) BrahMos-II.

As well as this, the Chinese have a smörgåsbord collection of weapons, and are developing a habit of surprising the world with new systems on a regular basis – possibly to try to prove themselves a major power in a technological way, but also just as likely so as to emphasise their capabilities in this area as a combined coercion/deterrence strategy. Unfortunately, the theoretically equivalent Western programmes are either at the earliest stages of development or distant pipe dreams at the moment; a situation made worse by the rate the surface threat is evolving.

As stated above, it is no longer the Cold War – when it was just the Soviet Union that was the threat (although Russia is re-arming and its navy is benefiting from this) – so nations can no longer afford to just look at other nations as the threat. Although nations certainly cannot be discounted as threats because flash points are still there, and leaderships can change so quickly. Whilst warships are becoming stronger and stealthier – something which goes for weapon systems as well – there are increasing numbers of systems that enable cruise missiles to be launched from containers on merchant ships. This means that a quicker and more flexible response will most likely be needed to deal with future threats; unfortunately the available responses are still very much rooted in past requirements.

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4 août 2014 1 04 /08 /août /2014 10:50
Saab completes acquisition of former TKMS AB, now Saab Kockums

 

04.08.2014 Saab Group
 

Saab has completed the acquisition of the Swedish shipyard Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems AB (TKMS AB formerly Kockums). The acquisition strengthens Saab's position as a comprehensive supplier of naval military systems. 

“For Saab Singapore this means that we will welcome the former TKMS AB employees here in Singapore to the family,” says Andes Dahl, Head of Saab Singapore.

Former TKMS AB, now Saab Kockums, will become a business unit within Saab's business area Security and Defence Solutions. Saab expects that operations will continue to be carried out in Singapore, besides the primary sites in Malmö, Karlskrona and Muskö. Saab flags were raised outside the Karlskrona shipyard and the Saab Kockums office in Malmö, Sweden to mark the acquisition.

"The acquisition is in line with our strategy to expand our offering and strengthen Saab's position in the market for naval systems. Kockums has a unique offering and a strong local presence in Sweden concerning submarines and warships. The acquisition makes us a complete supplier of naval military systems. We also see good potential to expand the company's current market position through opportunities in the export market," says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab. 

The cost of the acquisition, which is financed by existing funds, amounted to MSEK 340. The impact of the transaction on Saab's results for 2014 is not considered to be significant.

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21 juillet 2014 1 21 /07 /juillet /2014 12:00
Summer break – back in August ! Follow @RPDefense

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19 juillet 2014 6 19 /07 /juillet /2014 11:40
Le BPC Vladivostok en attente de livraison aux chantiers de Saint-Nazaire photo Fabien Ramel - S&P

Le BPC Vladivostok en attente de livraison aux chantiers de Saint-Nazaire photo Fabien Ramel - S&P

 

- solidariteetprogres.org
 

Au cours d’une conférence au Dialogue Franco-Russe, le 26 juin dernier, Philippe Migault, chercheur à l’IRIS (Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques), s’exprimant à titre personnel, a expliqué pourquoi il est vital pour l’industrie de défense française de coopérer avec celle de la Russie.

 

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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 16:20
US Air Force, Northrop Grumman Celebrate 25th Anniversary of B-2 Stealth Bomber's First Flight

 

PALMDALE, Calif., July 17, 2014 Northrop Grumman

 

For several goose bump-filled minutes today at U.S. Air Force Plant 42, it was July 17, 1989, all over again.

 

Just as they had on that historic day 25 years ago, several thousand Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employees, civic leaders and Air Force personnel stood along the company's southern fence line in Palmdale to watch a B-2 stealth bomber taxi onto Runway 25.

As the tailless, bat-wing-shaped jet made its final turn and paused, its four General Electric engines began to roar. Slowly at first, then faster and faster, the B-2 thundered down the runway. As it lifted off and rose gracefully into the western morning sky, so too did the cheers of the adoring crowd, many of whom had started their careers on the B-2 program during its 30-plus-year history.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Air Force's B-2 bomber, a key component of the nation's long range strike arsenal, and one of the most survivable aircraft in the world.

"For the past 25 years, the B-2 has been, and today continues to be, one of the most decisive and effective weapons systems for influencing our adversaries and defending America's interests around the globe," said Brig. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. "The B-2's ability to provide strategic deterrence capabilities to our nation's leaders -- and when deterrence fails, to deliver global power options -- is a testament to the talents of those who designed and built the B-2, and to the daily sacrifices of the airmen who fly, maintain and support the fleet."

Northrop Grumman conducted its 25th anniversary ceremony today on the tarmac near the facilities where every B-2 bomber was built and where every B-2 comes for a periodic wingtip-to-wingtip overhaul known as programmed depot maintenance.

Set against the backdrop of an operational B-2, the program included remarks by former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda; Bruce Hinds, former Northrop Grumman chief B-2 test pilot, who commanded first flight; Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven L. Basham, who co-piloted the first B-2 combat mission, and Duke Dufresne, a former B-2 program manager for Northrop Grumman and currently sector vice president, Operations for its Aerospace Systems sector.

"The B-2's maiden flight from Palmdale to Edwards Air Force Base lasted just over two hours, but it changed forever the tenor of long range strike and international diplomacy," said Tom Vice, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Today, the bomber personifies Northrop Grumman's innovation and imagination, and provides an enduring symbol of the company's commitment to the brave men and women who defend our nation."

Following takeoff, the B-2 pilots thrilled the audience by circling back over the Plant 42 at low altitude and performing a ceremonial "wing wave" for the crowd.

The B-2 can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons. It is the only aircraft that combines stealth, long range, large payload and precision weapons delivery in a single platform. The B-2's unique capabilities allow it to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and put at risk its most heavily defended targets.

Please visit www.northropgrumman.com/B-2 for the latest news and information about Northrop Grumman's work modernizing and ensuring the availability of the B-2.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company that provides innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

 

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
Storm Shadow on Italian Eurofighter Typhoon photo  L. Caliaro MBDA

Storm Shadow on Italian Eurofighter Typhoon photo L. Caliaro MBDA

 

17 July 2014 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

Storm Shadow missiles are to be fitted to RAF Typhoon fast jets following a £120 million agreement signed today.

 

Storm Shadow, which provides long-range air-to-surface capabilities, is one of the most advanced missiles of its kind. It is capable of defeating various targets, including bridges, airfields, harbours and parked aircraft.

The missiles, produced by MBDA, have previously been deployed on Tornado GR4 aircraft during operations over Iraq and Libya. These will now be fitted onto Typhoon tranche 2 and 3 aircraft ready to enter service with the RAF in 2018.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

Storm Shadow has a deserved reputation for accuracy and reliability. The integration of Storm Shadow onto RAF Typhoons is another powerful sign of our commitment to the continued capability development of this world-class aircraft.

The ability to prosecute stand-off targeting while maintaining control of the airspace will provide Typhoon with unique battle-winning capability.

The agreement, made at the Farnborough International Air Show today, 17 July, was signed between the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, on behalf of the partner nations, and Eurofighter GmbH.

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
Eurofighter pilot highlights the brand new radar system

 

18.07.2014 by Airbus DS

 

Eurofighter Typhoon Capability Manager and pilot Paul Smith highlights the advantages of the new radar system.

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 07:55
EMB-121 Xingu reaches milestone of 30 years of operations with the French AF

 

Jul 17, 2014 ASDNews Source : Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A

 

Embraer Defense & Security this month celebrates the historic milestone of 30 years‘ operations of the EMB-121A Xingu with the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) and French Navy (Marine Nationale). The Xingu, operated by the French  Ecole de l’Aviation de Transport (EAT) from Airforce Base 702 in Avord, France, has, to date, been used to train more than 1,900 cadets from France but also pilots from Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Luxembourg, and Madagascar.

 

The EMB-121 Xingu first landed at Air Force Base 702 on March 29th, 1983 as a training aircraft replacement for the Dassault 312 Flamant. In 1984, the first batch of newly qualified pilots concluded their training. Since that time, over 330.000 flight hours have been flown by the 43 Xingus of EAT and today, a total of 33 aircraft remain in operation.

 

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
ATK and Alenia Aermacchi Successfully Complete Testing on Italian AF C-27J with Roll-On/Roll-Off Palletized Gun Systems

 

Jul 16, 2014 ASDNews Source : Alliant Tech Systems, Inc (ATK)

 

ATK (NYSE: ATK), announced that the ATK and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force (ITAF). The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK's side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon.

ATK and Alenia have completed phase one of ground and flight testing for the MC-27J.

 

The ITAF MC-27J aircraft was modified with an L-3 Wescam MX-15Di Electro-Optical and Infrared Turret mounted under the nose of the aircraft to support multi-mission applications such as a Gunship, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance(ISR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; various radio and data links and ATK's Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) palletized gun and mission control systems.

 

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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
Storm Shadow on Italian Eurofighter Typhoon

Storm Shadow on Italian Eurofighter Typhoon

 

FARNBOROUGH, UK, 17th July 2014:  eurofighter.com

 

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH today (July 17th) confirmed that  NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, has placed an order with it to integrate the Storm Shadow long range attack missile onto the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Representatives from NETMA, Eurofighter, and the four core nations of the Eurofighter Programme (the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Germany) convened for the Contract Signing Ceremony in the Eurofighter Pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show on Thursday.

Under the terms of what is known as a ‘Contract 4’ order from NETMA,  Eurofighter will work with the three Eurofighter Partner Companies (BAE Systems, Airbus Space & Defence, and Alenia Aermacchi) and their supply base – including MBDA, the makers of the Storm Shadow missile - to integrate the weapon on the aircraft. The Contract will form part of what is known as the P2E enhancement package. Flight trials with Storm Shadow on Typhoon have been progressing since late 2013 and, working with Eurofighter operators, we expect to deliver an operational capability in line with their requirements.

Storm Shadow is a long range, all-weather, high precision, stand-off weapon already in service on Royal Air Force Tornados. It has been proven in operations to great effect in Iraq and Libya neutralising hardened command bunkers and other high value targets. The stealthy weapon design allows it to penetrate layered air defences whilst the long range of Storm Shadow allows it to be launched outside those defences increasing the launch aircraft survivability.   

In the deep attack role Eurofighter Typhoon will carry two Storm Shadow missiles whilst maintaining the ability to carry 8 air-air missiles. This will enable Eurofighter Typhoon to fight its way in and out of the combat area. 

Graham Farnell, General Manager of NETMA said: “We are delighted to be able to place this Contract with Eurofighter and we look forward to still further enhancements as the Programme progresses.”

Alberto Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter, said: “This is yet further evidence of a solid roll-out of capability from Eurofighter and also demonstrates the value of forward investment by industry to ensure a progressive and pro-active approach to weapons systems enhancement.”
 

Background information:

Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced new generation multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft currently available on the world market. Seven nations (Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman) have already ordered the Eurofighter Typhoon. Eurofighter Typhoon is currently the largest military procurement programme in Europe. 

Its high technology strengthens the position of European aerospace industry in the international market. The programme secures more than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH manages the programme on behalf of the Eurofighter Partner Companies Alenia Aermacchi, BAE Systems and Airbus Defence and Space in Germany and Spain, which are the most important aviation and aerospace companies in Europe.

Since delivery of the first Eurofighter Typhoon to the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom end of 2003, a total of 412 aircraft have been delivered to six nations. The 100th Eurofighter was delivered to the Royal Air Force in September 2006. The 200th aircraft was handed over in November 2009 to the German Air Force. The 300th aircraft was delivered to the Spanish Air Force in November 2011 and the German Air Force received the 400th Eurofighter in December 2013.

In the past 10 years the Eurofighter fleet has demonstrated its high operational effectiveness in international missions and training exercises and has accumulated more than 250,000 flying hours.

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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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La sonde SMART-1 en route vers la Lune photo J. HUART ESA

La sonde SMART-1 en route vers la Lune photo J. HUART ESA

 

17.07.2014 Safran

 

Développé dans le cadre du programme « Nouvelle France Industrielle », le propulseur PPS®5000 de Snecma (Safran) est destiné à équiper les futures générations de satellites à propulsion « tout électrique ». Thales Alenia Space France et Airbus Defense & Space l’ont déjà retenu pour leurs plates-formes de satellites de nouvelle génération.

Moteur PPS® 5000 | © Eric Forterre / Snecma / Safran

 

Petite révolution dans le secteur spatial : début 2013, le groupe d’aéronautique Boeing recevait pour la première fois une commande de satellites à propulsion électrique. Ces derniers utilisent uniquement de l’énergie électrique pour assurer leur mise en orbite puis leur maintien en position géostationnaire, contrairement aux satellites « classiques » à propulsion chimique. « Suite à cette commande, tous les maîtres d’œuvre se sont attelés à la conception de ce nouveau type de satellites, se souvient Nicolas de Chanaud, responsable adjoint chez Snecma du Programme propulsion plasmique. Parmi eux, Thales Alenia Space France et Airbus Defence and Space, dont nous étions déjà fournisseur en propulsion plasmique. » Cette collaboration a été renforcée par la signature, en mars et mai 2014, de deux accords de coopération faisant du propulseur plasmique PPS®5000 de Snecma le moteur de référence de leurs plates-formes de satellites « tout électrique » de nouvelle génération, baptisées respectivement Spacebus et Eurostar. « Nous bénéficions également d’un fort soutien du CNES* et de l’ESA** pour le développement de ce propulseur », précise Nicolas de Chanaud.

 

Faible poussée et hautes performances
Les propulseurs électriques utilisent l’énergie produite par les panneaux solaires du satellite pour éjecter un gaz, en général du xénon, produisant ainsi la poussée. « A charge utile égale, l’utilisation de la propulsion électrique permet de réduire de 40 % la masse d’un satellite de télécommunications, explique Nicolas de Chanaud. En effet, quelques kilogrammes de gaz suffisent pour propulser un satellite, alors qu’un moteur chimique nécessite plusieurs tonnes de carburant. Les opérateurs qui choisissent ce type de propulsion vont donc pouvoir utiliser un lanceur moins puissant et donc moins cher. Dans le contexte économique actuel, réduire les coûts de lancement est devenu un critère déterminant pour certains clients. »

La puissance électrique disponible à bord étant limitée, ces propulseurs génèrent une poussée globale faible. Dans ces conditions, il faut compter trois à six mois pour atteindre l’orbite géostationnaire, contre une dizaine de jours avec la propulsion chimique, plus puissante mais très consommatrice de carburant. « La solution électrique répond toutefois aux besoins des opérateurs qui gèrent plusieurs satellites en orbite et peuvent ainsi prévoir longtemps à l’avance leur remplacement », estime Nicolas de Chanaud. Cette technologie s’adapte aussi bien à l’exploration spatiale. Le premier propulseur plasmique de Snecma, le PPS®1350, a assuré la propulsion principale de la sonde lunaire ESA SMART-1, lancée en 2003 avec seulement 80 kg de gaz xénon. Sa mission s’est achevée en 2006 après avoir fonctionné près de 5 000 heures !

Une large gamme de puissance
« Il existe différents types de propulseurs électriques, rappelle Nicolas de Chanaud. Chez Snecma, nous avons choisi la propulsion plasmique, avec l’ambition de devenir le leader de la propulsion électrique des satellites. » (Voir encadré). Actuellement en cours de développement, les futurs propulseurs plasmiques de Snecma couvriront une large gamme de puissance, allant de 500 W à 20 kW. « Outre les propulseurs, nous disposons d’une expertise système, incluant la gestion et la distribution de la puissance électrique à bord, ainsi que la gestion du gaz. Cela nous permet de proposer des solutions modulaires à nos clients. »

 

 

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Le fonctionnement de la propulsion plasmique

Les propulseurs plasmiques de Snecma utilisent du xénon. Ce gaz est injecté dans un canal de décharge où il est bombardé d’électrons, afin que ses atomes se chargent positivement. Utilisant les mêmes principes de physique qui font que deux aimants opposés se repoussent, les ions positifs de xénon placés dans un champ électrique vont alors être éjectés du propulseur à très haute vitesse (environ 20 km/s), produisant ainsi la poussée.


* CNES : Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales
** ESA : European Space Agency

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HMS Queen Elizabeth afloat at Rosyth

 

17.07.2014 by Royal Navy

 

Aerial footage of HMS Queen Elizabeth afloat in the tidal basin at Rosyth - video taken by HMS Gannet SAR Flight.

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BAE Unveils Digital Striker II HMD System with Superior Tracking, Night Vision Capabilities

 

 

Jul 16, 2014 ASDNews Source : BAE Systems PLC

 

With decades of combat-proven experience, BAE Systems’ display technologies continue to grow with the newfully digital solution that provides today’s combat pilot with exceptional night vision and target tracking technology, integrated within a visor-projected system.

 

BAE Systems today unveiled its Striker® II Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD), a fully digital solution that provides today’s combat pilot with exceptional night vision and target tracking technology, integrated within a visor-projected system. With decades of combat-proven experience, the new platform-agnostic Striker II HMD builds upon BAE Systems’ current Striker HMD, which has been successfully deployed on Eurofighter Typhoon and Gripen fleets.

 

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Airbus A330 MRTT tanker aircraft refuels Airbus A400M

 

16/7/2014 Airbus DS

 

First “wet contacts” conducted in latest trials.

 

Airbus Defence and Space has performed the first air-to-air refuelling of the Airbus A400M new generation airlifter from the A330 MRTT Multi Role Transport Tanker. In the course of four flights, by day and night, in southern Spain, the A400M received more than 80 tons of fuel in 100 “wet contacts” from a Royal Air Force Voyager version of the A330 MRTT using the tanker´s Fuselage Refuelling Unit. The trials follow dry contacts conducted in an earlier test-phase and support the A400M´s capability to conduct extremely long-range non-stop deployments. The photo shows the two aircraft framed by the wing of an F-18 chase aircraft.

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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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