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17 décembre 2014 3 17 /12 /décembre /2014 22:35
Japan, Australia Selected for Pacific F-35 Sustainment


Dec. 17, 2014 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense news


WASHINGTON — The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday.

Japan and Australia will be responsible for heavy airframe maintenance for the northern and southern Pacific regions. Australia will be the center of heavy engine maintenance starting in 2018; Japan will follow as an engine maintainer three to five years later.

“Heavy” maintenance covers work involving changes or repair to the body of the aircraft, such as a replacement of a bulkhead or the fixing of a wing.

Australia is the only full Pacific partner in the F-35 program, with a planned buy of 100 F-35 models. Japan and South Korea are foreign military sales customers on the jet, with plans to buy 42 and 40 fighters, respectively.

Japan has also agreed to develop a final assembly and check-out (FACO) facility, which Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the F-35 program head, said is still being stood up.

He also noted that, unlike similar facilities in Italy and Texas, the Japanese FACO is being built vertically rather than spread across a large footprint, a result of Japan’s limited land to build on.

“The fact that Japan is investing their own money in building a FACO, and that FACO, with less investment than standing up something from the very beginning, could be transitioned into a maintenance capability, is a big factor, because for the enterprise that’s a great value,” Bogdan said. “Japan invests its own money in building a facility that with minimal investment on their part could be turned into a regional capability. So it was a factor in looking at what was best value.”

The Pacific announcement came a week after Bogdan made public the European sustainment partners.

Italy’s existing FACO will provide heavy airframe maintenance for Europe, with the UK potentially gaining extra business in the future if Italy cannot handle the workload. Turkey, meanwhile, will be the first of three European heavy engine maintenance facilities to come online, to be followed by Norway and the Netherlands.

While Italy will be the prime airframe maintainer for all of Europe, the Pentagon decided to go with two airframe maintainers in the Pacific due to the massive distances involved. Bogdan said the distance “makes it uneconomical and, from a movement of airplanes standpoint, difficult to take airplanes from the northern Pacific getting ready to go into depot and having to fly them 7,000 miles.”

“So from that perspective, geography played a fairly big role,” he added.

Estimates for how much work each facility will do are still being worked up, but the Joint Program Office believes the Italian facility will see 45-50 inductions of airframes for some form of heavy work between 2018 and 2022. Based on estimates, that would represent 150,000 hours of work, with a dollar value in the in the $30-$35 million range.

Bogdan has stressed that this is only the first wave of sustainment opportunities being offered to international partners and customers. He unveiled the sustainment strategy in an exclusive June interview with Defense News.

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney congratulated Japan and Australia in a statement and said the company looks forward to working with both nations to “establish affordable, world-class F135 [engine] depot capability in the Asia Pacific region.”

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17 décembre 2014 3 17 /12 /décembre /2014 17:50
A Challenger 2 main battle tank during a live firing exercise in Grafenwöhr, Germany  photo Corporal Wes Calder RLC, UK MoD

A Challenger 2 main battle tank during a live firing exercise in Grafenwöhr, Germany photo Corporal Wes Calder RLC, UK MoD


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


The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract for £140 million with Babcock International for the sale of Defence Support Group.


The Defence Support Group (DSG) maintains and repairs key military equipment and manages the storage of the land vehicle fleet.

The deal includes a 10-year contract with Babcock for the maintenance, repair, overhaul and storage of current military vehicles and light weapons.

The contract award follows the announcement of the preferred bidder last month, and will see Babcock continue the services DSG currently provides.

As well as the £140 million that the sale will generate upfront, the Army will also benefit from considerable savings over the next 10 years, seeing a transformation in the way its vehicles such as Challengers and Warriors are maintained.


Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne MP said:

I am delighted with the successful outcome of this transaction. Signing this deal with Babcock will put the Defence Support Group on a sustainable long-term footing and will transform the equipment maintenance and repair support that the Army relies on both at home and overseas.

Babcock will provide market-leading engineering and fleet management expertise to optimise vehicle availability to the Army at better value for the taxpayer.

The £140 million proceeds from the sale and the significant savings over the life of the contract represent outstanding value for money for the tax payer and will allow us to continue to focus our resources on the front line.

Contract completion is planned for 31 March 2015 and the service provision contract will start on 1 April 2015.

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10 décembre 2014 3 10 /12 /décembre /2014 12:50
MCO commun pour les A400M français et britanniques


9 décembre 2014 par Aerobuzz.fr


C’est une première dans le monde du soutien aéronautique. Après des années de négociations, les ministères de la Défense français et britannique ont abouti à un accord sur le maintien en conditions opérationnelles (MCO) des avions militaires A400M Atlas de l’Armée de l’air et de la Royal Air Force. Un premier pas vers un accord global impliquant les sept pays impliqués dans le programme A400M.


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9 décembre 2014 2 09 /12 /décembre /2014 08:50
Notification du contrat franco-britannique de soutien des A400M Atlas


08/12/2014 Sources : DGA


Le premier contrat commun de maintien en conditions opérationnelles (MCO) des avions militaires A400M Atlas a été signé entre les ministères de la Défense français et britannique. Une signature qui marque le début d'une coopération sans précédent dans le monde du soutien aéronautique.


Ce contrat couvre le MCO des avions et inclut la mise en place d’un stock partagé de pièces de rechanges et des services d’ingénierie de maintenance au profit des deux armées de l’air. « Cette signature est l’aboutissement de plusieurs années de discussions franco-britanniques fructueuses, souligne le secrétaire d’État britannique Philip Dunne. C’est un jalon important pour notre coopération croissante, au cœur des accords conclus sous couvert du traité de Lancaster House portant sur la coopération en matière de défense et de sécurité. Et d'ajouter : ce contrat de soutien commun est un autre exemple de coopération au sein d’un véritable programme multinational qui verra la fourniture de 170 avions A400M au profit de sept pays partenaires dans les prochaines années. »


Les mécaniciens français et britanniques piocheront dans cette réserve unique de pièces détachées pour assurer le maintien en condition opérationnelle de l’appareil. Une révolution dans le monde du soutien aéronautique. « L’intention est de développer plus encore les activités de coopération initiales dans le domaine du MCO quand c’est faisable et que ceci génère un gain en coût/efficacité, précise Laurent Collet-Billon, délégué général pour l'armement. Le contrat qui vient d’être signé démontre sous le leadership franco-britannique, la valeur ajoutée d'une approche commune du soutien. Il ouvre la voie à nos partenaires sur l’A400M pour avancer plus loin dans cette direction. »


À ce jour, Airbus Defence and Space a délivré les sept premiers avions A400M sur les 170 commandés par les nations partenaires du programme A400M. Parmi eux, cinq avions sont déployés sur la base aérienne 123 d'Orléans-Bricy, qui attend son sixième appareil d'ici début 2015. Le premier A400M britannique a, quant à lui, été officiellement reçu par la Royal Air Force le 17 novembre 2014 sur la base aérienne de Brize Norton.


Retrouvez très prochainement un dossier consacré à l'Atlas dans le prochain numéro d'Air actualités.

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7 avril 2014 1 07 /04 /avril /2014 16:55
Awacs à Roissy photo AFI KLM EM

Awacs à Roissy photo AFI KLM EM


07/04/2014 - AFI KLM E&M


Based until now at Le Bourget, AFI KLM E&M's Military Product team is moving to CDG as part of a plan to optimize and modernize the MRO's industrial base.


For the first time, one of the French Air Force's four AWACS aircraft, whose MRO support is entrusted to AFI KLM E&M, has arrived at Hangar H4 at CDG for a major overhaul scheduled to last several weeks. This is a major first, as military activities and French Air Force AWACS aircraft have until now been handled at Le Bourget ? another AFI KLM E&M facility to the North of Paris.

Leading-edge technology at H4 
The relocation is designed to ensure increased responsiveness for the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) as well as the French Defense Ministry's Aircraft Through Life Support Organization (SIMMAD) - two bodies in charge of AWACS modernization and maintenance operations on behalf of the French Air Force.
The inside of the hangar has been completely reconfigured in order to position all support functions (offices, back-office tasks, logistics, technical assistance and modification configuration) as close as possible to the aircraft. For increased security and performance, all operations are conducted in H4. AFI KLM E&M is also in charge of a dedicated AWACS Information System (IS) to concurrently inform both maintenance activity and the customer. The IS was successfully migrated from Le Bourget to CDG.

Heightening security 
AWACs maintenance provided by AFI KLM E&M is subject to a high level of both French and Nato classification. As a result, the investment needed to make Hangar H4 compliant with these security requirements was substantial.

Investing in the future
Executive Vice President Air France Industries Anne Brachet said: "The investment we have ploughed into new infrastructure for this fleet at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle clearly demonstrates our intention to satisfy the expectations of the French Defense Ministry and to be worthy of the trust it has placed in us."
This state-of-the-art maintenance infrastructure delivers improved service quality and is part of a much wider program. The grouping and modernization of operations north of Paris at CDG is part of the Transform 2015 adaptation and development Plan which aims to step up AFI KLM E&M's operational performance and economic effectiveness.
Based on these strong new assets, the Group intends to fully demonstrate its added-value for AWACS aircraft in particular, and for military fleets in general.

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