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1 juillet 2015 3 01 /07 /juillet /2015 07:20
L'US Army met au niveau EMARSS FVM 13 de ses avions-espions

28.06.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Quand il est temps de mettre un peu de cohérence dans les moyens ISR et les programmes.

Dans un post du 5 septembre dernier, j'avais fait part du projet de l'US Army de moderniser 14 de ses plate-formes ISR (lire ici) et de donner un peu de cohérence à trois programmes distincts.

L3 Communications a été retenu pour cette opération qui permettra de porter des appareils au standard EMARSS-FVM (Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Follow-On Variant Modifications).

En mars, L3C avait déjà été retenu pour effectuer la rénovation d'un appareil du programme Liberty Project:

"L3 Communications Corp., Mission Integration Division, Greenville, Texas, was awarded a $31,831,162 fixed-price-incentive contract forthe modification of one government-owned Quick Reaction Capability Liberty Project aircraft to an Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System - Multi-Intelligence (EMARSS-M) aircraft. Work will be performed in Grenville, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $7,650,257 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-C-0038)."

L'US Army a retenu la même société pour poursuivre les travaux sur 13 autres avions de type King Air 350. Voir l'avis ici.

Les 13 avions concernés dépendent de trois programmes ISR distincts (mais quasiment à la même finalité) pour traquer et identifier des cibles (comme des poseurs d'IED):
- Liberty Project (LPA)
- Constant Hawk-Afghanistan (CH-A)
- Tactical Operations-Light Detection and Ranging (TACOP-LiDAR)

Les King Air du Liberty Project deviendront des avions EMARSS-M (pour Multi Intelligence) et ceux des deux autres programmes seront des EMARRS-G (pour Geo Intelligence). Les travaux auront lieu en 3 phases portant sur 7 puis 4 et 2 avions.

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6 juin 2015 6 06 /06 /juin /2015 16:30
Un nouveau coup de pouce pour les King Air 350 ISR saoudiens

06.06.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Les forces armées saoudiennes vont bénéficier d'un soutien pour deux King Air 350 équipés pour des missions ISR. Le contrat a été attribué à L-3C (lire ci-dessous); il a une valeur de 23 millions de dollars.

En août 2012, l'Arabie saoudite avait déjà été équipée en matériel ISR dans le cadre d'un contrat d'une valeur de 257 millions de dollars avec L-3C (lire ici). Le contrat de 2012 prévoyait la fourniture de 4 King Air (et 4 autres en option).

Il est difficile de dire précisément quelle est le volume de la flotte ISR saoudienne. En août 2014, après l'annonce de la fourniture de deux appareils ISR (valeur 61 millions de dollars), elle était estimée à 14 appareils. Les deux premiers ont été livrés en 2011 (lire ici).


L-3 Communications Corp., Integrated Systems Group, Greenville, Texas, has been awarded a $23,188,063 firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract action for King Air 350 aircraft support. Contractor will provide training, a mission systems trainer, field service representative support, and spares in support of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities for two King Air 350 aircraft. Work will be performed at Greenville, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity (FA8620-14-C-4023).

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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 11:45
Nigerian Air Force receives King Airs


08 August 2014 by defenceWeb


The Nigerian Air Force has taken delivery of three King Air light transport aircraft and has reportedly ordered 40 new helicopters as it continues its expansion.


The three King Air 350is were seen transiting the Canary Islands during their delivery flight on July 30. The aircraft were acquired “in line with the transformation agenda of the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Armed Forces [of the] Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,” the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said in a statement.


The aircraft were handed over to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, by Scott Plumb, the Vice President Sales, Middle East, Textron Aviation Austria, at the 209 Executive Airlift Group’s Hangar at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.


Amosu stated that the acquisition of the King Airs will go a long way in boosting the airlift capacity of the NAF. “It will also go down memory lane that the entire aircraft in the NAF inventory were all reactivated under the present administration.” Amosu said that additional platforms were expected in the future.


“We are happy with the operations branch of the Service, our training is going on well and it will continue so. We need to be ready for training and retraining with a desire to appropriately sustain the system,” he added.


Regarding training, the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (NAFIT) has apparently developed a light trainer aircraft called Farawa 2. NAFIT chief Air Vice Marshal Toni Adokwu this week made the revelation during a graduation ceremony at the institute, reports the Daily Trust.


“Currently, the NAF is faced with the challenge of high unserviceablility status of its primary trainer aircraft, the Air Beetle aircraft, which is equally a light trainer aircraft. Some of the problems associated with the aircraft include the high engine temperature and uncomfortable seats for instructors and student pilots. We believe the design and construction of this new trainer aircraft would address some of the challenges and ultimately address the issue of aircraft unserviceability,” Adokwu said.


Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has apparently ordered 40 helicopters for attack and transport duties from the United States and Russia. This Day said the helicopters could start arriving as early as this month and the remainder could arrive by the end of the year.


"The arrival of the weaponry before the end of the year will be a game changer as it will help to ensure successful execution of the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, especially against the Boko Haram terrorists,” This Day quoted a source in the Presidency as saying.


It was earlier reported that Nigeria is receiving two helicopter gunships, most likely Mi-35s. The Nigerian Budget Office this year allocated funds for six Mi-35M helicopters.

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