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10 septembre 2014 3 10 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
Elderly F-16Ds Cracking Up

 

September 9, 2014: Strategy Page

 

In August 2014 the U.S. Air Force grounded 82 F-16D jets after cracks were discovered in longerons (metal support beams inside the forward fuselage, which hold the cockpit in place). The D version of the F-16 is the two seater used for training. Some 16 percent of the 969 F-16s in the U.S. Air Force are the D model and these are all at least 24 years old with more than 5,500 hours in the air. The longeron design for the D model is different than that for the single seat models because the D model has a longer cockpit canopy. The air force is making repairs and replacements to put the grounded F-16Ds back in service.

 

There was a similar problem in 2013 with some older F-15s. In this case the longerons in question were eventually discovered to be defective, not suffering from old age. The inspections of the older F-15s found substandard parts in 182 aircraft. Boeing (the manufacturer) eventually admitted that it had built over a hundred F-15s using longerons that were not 2.5mm thick, as specified, but in some cases only one millimeter thick. That apparently worked when the F-15s were new but age was not kind to the thinner metal and it eventually broke. Thicker stuff apparently would not have failed because of age.

 

The U.S. F-16 fleet is rapidly aging. The average age of existing F-16s is over 25 years, and the average aircraft has over 6,000 flight hours on it. Back in 2009 the first Block 40 F-16 passed 7,000 flight hours. In 2008 the first of the earliest models (a Block 25) F-16 passed 7,000 hours in the air. The F-16C was originally designed for a service life of 4,000 hours. But advances in engineering, materials and maintenance techniques have extended that to over 8,000 hours. Because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, F-16s sent to these areas will fly over a thousand hours a year more than what they would fly in peacetime.

 

The U.S. F-16 is one of the most modified jet fighters in service. The most numerous F-16 is the C model. The first version of this, the F-16C Block 25, entered service in 1984. The original F-16, as the F-16A Block 1, entered service in 1978. While most F-16s still in service are the F-16C, there are actually six major mods, identified by block number (32, 40, 42, 50, 52, 60), plus the Israeli F-16I, which is a major modification of the Block 52. Another special version (the Block 60), for the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is called the F-16E. The various block mods included a large variety of new components (five engines, four sets of avionics, five generations of electronic warfare gear, five radars and many other mechanical, software, cockpit and electrical mods.)

 

The F-16 is the most numerous post-Cold War jet fighter, with over 4,200 built, and still in production. During The Cold War, Russia built over 10,000 MiG-21s, and the U.S over 5,000 F-4s, but since then warplane has plummeted about 90 percent. One exception, since the end of the Cold War, has been the F-16, which has been popular enough to keep the production lines going.

 

The F-16 can also function as a bomber and ground attack aircraft, although not as effectively as the air force folks would have you believe. It can carry four tons of bombs, and has been very effective using smart bomb. In air-to-air combat, F-16s have shot down 69 aircraft so far, without losing anything to enemy warplanes. Not bad for an aircraft that was originally designed as a cheaper alternative to the heavier F-15.

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9 septembre 2014 2 09 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
DARPA Looks into the Future of Armoured Vehicles

 

September 07, 2014 by Think Defence

 

DARPA has released a video showing the Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) Agility Combat Simulation concept. A vehicle that can Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, Dodge

DARPA - Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) Agility Combat Simulation

GXV-T Envisions Future Armored Ground Vehicles that Could Sprint, Dodge and Shield Their Way Out of Danger.

 

One of the key goals of DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program is improving the survivability of ground-based armored fighting vehicles by increasing vehicle agility. Vehicle agility involves the ability to autonomously avoid incoming threats, either by rapidly moving out of the way or reconfiguring the vehicle so incoming threats have a low probability of hitting and penetrating—all without injuring the occupants in the process. This concept video illustrates three of many potential approaches: active repositioning of armor, burst acceleration and suspensions that would enable the vehicle to dodge.

 

Ground-based armored fighting vehicles and their occupants have traditionally relied on armor and maneuverability for protection. The amount of armor needed for today’s threat environments, however, is becoming increasingly burdensome and ineffective against ever-improving weaponry. GXV-T seeks to develop revolutionary technologies to enable a layered approach to protection that would use less armor more strategically and improve vehicles’ ability to avoid detection, engagement and hits by adversaries. Such capabilities would enable smaller, faster vehicles in the future to more efficiently and cost-effectively tackle varied and unpredictable combat situations.

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8 septembre 2014 1 08 /09 /septembre /2014 16:30
Un million de dollars le pick up

Les Américains tiennent un comptabilité précise de leurs bombardements. Ici une marque de victoire sur un bulldozer (!) inscrite sur un F-16 de l’US Air Force.

 

3 septembre, 2014 Frédéric Lert (FOB)

 

Etre le 8 et le 29 août dernier, après trois semaines de bombardement en Irak et une centaine de missions conduites contre les forces de l’Etat Islamique, les Américains ont détruit un total de 85 véhicules. Si l’on en croit la compilation faite des annonces du Pentagone, on trouverait dans ce total 19 Humvee, 43 « véhicules armés » (sans doute des pick up), un canon d’artillerie, un MRAP, un char etc.

 

Le tout pour un coût moyen de 7,5 millions de dollars par jour selon un porte parole du Pentagone. Ce chiffre est toutefois une moyenne prenant en compte les opérations d’assistance militaire qui durent depuis le mois de juin. Cette moyenne reflète donc mal l’engagement aérien existant depuis le 8 août, au lendemain de l’autorisation donnée par le président Obama de bombarder des objectifs en territoire irakien. Pour les deux tiers, ces bombardements ont eu lieu dans la région de Mossoul et de son barrage, dont le contrôle est essentiel à l’irrigation et à la fourniture d’électricité dans le pays.

 

Les chiffres donnés par le Pentagone font une fois de plus apparaître le coût direct disproportionné entre la mise en œuvre d’un porte-avions, d’avions de combat et de munitions sophistiquées, pour in fine compter des victoires remportées sur des pick-up coûtant dix fois moins que la bombe utilisée pour les détruire. La question n’est pas vraiment nouvelle : elle correspond bien aux contraintes nées des guerres dites « asymétriques » et aux limites de l’exercice consistant à combattre des mouvements révolutionnaires ou terroristes avec des bombes. Dans un conflit conventionnel, l’idée de détruire un char ou un avion de combat avec un missile est séduisante d’un point de vue économique : la munition coûte cent fois moins cher que sa cible. La proportion s’inverse dans les conflits que l’on connaît depuis la fin de la Guerre Froide, ce qui implique que le déroulement des opérations se juge également et plus que jamais d’un point de vue comptable. La seule façon de faire passer la pilule auprès des contribuables serait de présenter des résultats opérationnels à la hauteur des dépenses engagées, ce qui n’est jamais certain…

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8 septembre 2014 1 08 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
X-47B Completes Final Tests Underway


5 sept. 2014 US  Navy

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8 septembre 2014 1 08 /09 /septembre /2014 07:20
Insignes et intronisation au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean

 

7 sept. 2014 45eNord.ca

 

Romeo Dallaire a été intronisé au Temple de la renommée du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, alors que les nouveaux élèves-officiers reçoivent leurs insignes.

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4 septembre 2014 4 04 /09 /septembre /2014 20:20
Dual Mode Brimstone's Greatest Hits MBDA Inc


4 sept. 2014 MBDA Inc

 

MBDA Inc's Dual Mode Brimstone Missile test shots targeting fast moving targets from an MQ-9 Reaper, Tornado jet and SALVO fires against multiple incoming fast in-shore attack craft (FIAC). Combat footage from RAF action in Libya (2011).

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3 septembre 2014 3 03 /09 /septembre /2014 12:20
OTAN: Ottawa profiterait d'un compromis sur les dépenses militaires

 

02 septembre 2014 Murray Brewster - La Presse Canadienne

 

Un porte-parole du premier ministre Stephen Harper a affirmé que la déclaration finale au sommet de l'Alliance atlantique plus tard cette semaine décrira comme une «cible ambitieuse» l'objectif de longue date que les membres dépensent au moins deux pour cent de leur produit intérieur brut dans la défense.

 

Un compromis pourrait être sur la table pour les alliés, dont le Canada, qui sont réfractaires à l'idée d'accélérer les dépenses en défense pour respecter les normes de l'OTAN.

Un porte-parole du premier ministre Stephen Harper a affirmé que la déclaration finale au sommet de l'Alliance atlantique plus tard cette semaine décrira comme une «cible ambitieuse» l'objectif de longue date que les membres dépensent au moins deux pour cent de leur produit intérieur brut dans la défense.

Cela semble suffisant pour satisfaire le gouvernement Harper, qui a résisté aux appels pressants des États-Unis et du Royaume-Uni d'augmenter significativement son budget militaire coupé en fonction de l'objectif d'un budget équilibré l'an prochain et d'élections anticipées.

 

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3 septembre 2014 3 03 /09 /septembre /2014 11:50
Changes in Saab’s organisation and the Group Management

 

3 September 2014 Saab

 

Defence and security company Saab today announces changes to its business area structure. The adjustments further develop and strengthen Saab’s organisation in accordance with its overall business strategy. At the same time changes are being made within the Group Management, which mark a shift in generations.  All changes will be effective from 1 January 2015.

 

A new business area:

 

To create a stronger and more aligned platform for Saab business units that have a business-to-business focus, a new business area, Industrial Products and Services is being established. Industrial Products and Services will contain business unit Aerostructures (today part of Business Area Aeronautics), business unit Avionics (today part of Business Area Electronic Defense Systems), independent technical consultancy company Combitech, and the Saab Ventures portfolio (currently part of Saab Corporate).

 

The business units in Industrial Products and Services differ from other operations within Saab because their focus is on business-to-business customers, or they operate independently from Saab’s main end-user sales. Other Saab business areas typically work with government or national authority end-users. This altered customer focus creates distinct management needs and priorities when it comes to strengthening business in the long-term. These needs and priorities will be better supported in the new organisation and Industrial Products and Services will develop individual growth strategies for each of its component units.

 

Changes in the Group Management:

 

Deputy CEO and Head of Aeronautics Lennart Sindahl becomes full-time Deputy CEO. Ulf Nilsson, today Head of Gripen within Business Area Aeronautics, becomes the new Head of Business Area Aeronautics and a member of the Group Management.

 

The current Chief Strategy Officer, Dan Jangblad, becomes Head of new Business Area Industrial Products and Services and will remain a member of the Group Management.

 

Jonas Hjelm, today Head of Market Area Americas, becomes new Head of Business Area Support & Services and a member of the Group Management. He will replace Lars-Erik Wige, who becomes Senior Advisor to the CEO and will leave the Group Management.

 

Head of Group Communication Åsa Thegström becomes a member of the Group Management.

 

Replacements for the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Market Area Americas will be recruited.

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3 septembre 2014 3 03 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
ICREACH, le moteur de recherche secret de la NSA

La NSA a secrètement créé un moteur de recherche, basé sur les métadonnées des communications recueillies par l’agence et conservées dans sa base de données. C’est l’information révélée ce lundi par le média The Intercept, s’appuyant sur des documents classifiés leur ayant été fournis par Edward Snowden.

Il était déjà d’intérêt public que la NSA partageait ses informations avec d’autres agences américaines, mais le cadre et la portée de ces échanges restaient jusqu’à présent des secrets bien gardés. Comparable à Google, ICREACH est utilisé pour partager les informations récoltées par la NSA avec les autres agences gouvernementales, notamment le FBI, la CIA, la DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) et la DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency).

850 milliards de métadonnées de communications privées - échanges téléphoniques, emails, conversations de chats et géolocalisations - sont partagées avec 1 000 analystes de 23 agences américaines, ainsi qu’avec les « 5 eyes shareable » : partenaires anglais (GCHQ), canadiens (CSE), australiens (DSD) et néo-zélandais (GCSB). Ces informations permettraient ainsi de suivre les mouvements d’une cible, de cartographier ses relations, de prédire ses futures actions ainsi que de révéler des éventuelles affiliations politiques ou religieuses.

Selon les documents de la NSA,  la création d'ICREACH représente un moment clé dans l’histoire de la surveillance américaine, le moteur de recherche est en effet le pionnier du partage à grande échelle d’informations classifiées entre agences.

Les informations minées par ICREACH concernent en majorité des citoyens étrangers, ainsi que des citoyens américains ayant un passé judiciaire, et peuvent donc être utilisées par les agences à des fins d’intelligence étrangère (un terme qui, comme le rappelle The Intercept, est bien plus large que le contre-terrorisme). Le moteur de recherche ne semble donc pas être lié à la fameuse base de données 215 de la NSA, collectant des informations sur des milliers de citoyens américains ordinaires selon la section 215 du Patriot Act.

 

Pour aller plus loin, consultez l'article de The Intercept

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2 septembre 2014 2 02 /09 /septembre /2014 11:20
Défense antimissile: les États-Unis font de l'oeil au Canada

 

01 septembre 2014 par Alexander Panetta - La Presse Canadienne

 

Des responsables militaires américains ont donné un peu plus d'informations à propos d'une éventuelle contribution canadienne au programme de défense antimissile, si Ottawa décidait de s'y joindre après une décennie passée sur les lignes de côté.

 

Plusieurs conversations avec d'importants officiers américains pointent vers une demande commune: des senseurs multifonctions installés dans l'Arctique canadien pour débusquer bien plus que des missiles balistiques intercontinentaux. Ces systèmes à la fine pointe de la technologie pourraient ainsi suivre des navires, des avions et de petits missiles de croisière, en plus de tout autre engin de grande taille lancé par la Corée du Nord ou un autre État voyou.

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 16:20
Northrop Grumman to upgrade US Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal robots

 

14 August 2014 naval-technology.com

 

Remotec, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to repair and upgrade 103 Mk3 series remote ordnance neutralisation systems (RONS), which will boost the potential and availability of explosive ordnance disposal robots.

 

Awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Centre, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, the value of the IDIQ contract could reach $12m if all options are exercised.

 

The RONS IDIQ contract includes the provision of depot-level repair support, modernisation of the Mk3 Mod 0 and Mod 1 version systems, as well as the implementation of government-approved configuration management conversions and engineering improvements.

 

The contract also offers the US Navy an option to buy a new RONS robot under a separate agreement if upgrades or overhauls are not cost-effective.

 

Northrop Grumman Remotec director James Heverin said: "Remotec is pleased to build upon the relationship we have had with the navy since 1988 and [is] proud to continue providing unmanned ground vehicle capabilities that keep our military bomb techs safe.

 

 

"The RCT and RONS story is an excellent example of how the partnership between government and industry can leverage the government investment in systems while providing new capabilities to users."

 

The RONS robotic system offers army and Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams with safe and secure site access. It also executes missions, including reconnaissance, diagnosis, render-safe procedures and the disposal of ordnance and improvised explosive devices.

 

Capable of being controlled through a fibre-optic cable or radio, the system integrates a chassis with articulators and wheels for improved mobility, a powerful manipulator, five cameras and an operator control unit.

 

Heverin added: "As we plan for the next-generation of military EOD robots, we can continue to provide RONS with new capabilities to meet evolving threats well into the future.

 

"Without a doubt, everyone's aim is ensuring our bomb techs have the best equipment possible to keep danger at a distance."

 

The navy's Indian Head facility is responsible for the development and procurement of EOD equipment to meet joint service needs.

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photo D3O Lab

photo D3O Lab

 

 

14 August 2014 army-technology.com

 

D3O Lab has received funding from the US Army's Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier for the evaluation of prototype shock-absorbing helmet system solutions.

 

Under the one-year foreign comparative testing (FCT) programme, the company will assess the blunt trauma characteristics of its prototype D3O trauma reduction and unrivalled shock technology (TRUST) helmet system.

 

Specifically, the PEO Soldier programme office for protection and individual equipment (SPIE) aims to assess the impact performance of the D3O shock-absorbing helmet system when it is fitted into combat helmets and impacted at 14ft/s, according to military standards.

"D3O TRUST has been developed to improve impact protection against blunt force trauma."

 

Originally developed with funding support from the Technology Strategy Board, D3O TRUST has been developed to improve impact protection against blunt force trauma, a physical trauma caused by a collision with a non-penetrating object or surface.

 

The helmet uses the company's unique patented technology to offer superior impact protection and comfort compared with existing helmets.

 

D3O general manager Mostyn Thomas said: "D3O has conveyed to this product the R&D expertise it has honed in creating industry-leading protective helmets for the US team sports market, particularly American football and baseball.

 

"D3O is committed to creating personal protection equipment, which will help to reduce the thousands of very common injuries affecting soldiers each year."

 

The D3O TRUST helmet consists of three individual parts, including a shock-absorbing liner to absorb and dissipate the energy released in the collision, an inflatable system that fits the solution to a range of head shapes, and a skull cap to offer more comfort and help with sweat management.

 

The shock-absorption liner is in turn encapsulated using D3O's new smart skin technology, which is a wipe-clean thermoplastic polyurethane that provides durability and an anti-microbial barrier.

 

Blunt force trauma is the principal cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and mild TBI, with the former affecting nearly 31,000 UK soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2006 and 2013.

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 16:20
BAE, GD Wins Extra Funds for GCV Study

 

August 14, 2014 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued August 13, 2014)

 

-- BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $7,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical, cost, and risk assessments against select requirements for technology integration refinement that leverage the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) technology development phase assets for potential incorporation for a Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV) system.
Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 12, 2015.
One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,871,000 are being obligated at the time of the award.
Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-C-0128).


-- General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $7,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical, cost, and risk assessments against select requirements for technology integration refinement that leverage the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) technology development phase assets for potential incorporation for a Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV) system.
Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 12, 2015.
One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,871,000 are being obligated at the time of the award.
Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-C-0135).

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 13:20
Special Operations: Preparing For A Pacific War

MSV Maritime Support Vessel project

 

August 14, 2014: Strategy Page

 

The U.S. Navy SEAL commandoes used to have a near-monopoly on launching raids and other special operations missions from the sea. But now MARSOC (Marine Corps Special Operations Command) and U.S. Army Special Forces (which includes Delta Force) operators are also training to launch operations “from the sea”. The SEALs will probably retain their monopoly on scuba type operations because the SEALs already have a lot of training and regular practice in this specialized area. But given the shift of U.S. attention to the Pacific and the greater probability that more commando missions will be launched from the sea, more of the existing American commando force needs this kind of training.

 

To support this increase need for seaborne commando operations the navy is building special commando support ships and having more surface combat ships prepare to support commando operations. These preparations increasingly involve bringing in SEALs, MARSOC or Special Forces operators for training exercises. The commandos can be delivered via small transports to carriers and thence by helicopter to smaller ships (destroyers, amphibious carriers or the new LCS) for the actual mission (via a smaller boat that goes to a nearby beach.) The commandos also practice going in via low-flying helicopter or, if they are SEALs, via the specialized mini-subs that most American SSN (attack subs) can carry on their deck.

 

The navy and SOCOM (Special Operations Command) have been planning this shift for several years now and it includes creating some special commando support ships. In late 2013 the U.S. Navy began converting a 30,000 ton container ship to serve as a seagoing base (MSV or Maritime Support Vessel) for SOCOM commandos and support troops. Over $100 million is being spent to do the conversion. What’s interesting about this is that it’s an old idea.

 

Back in 2004 the U.S. Navy was asked by SOCOM to look into the idea of modifying a container ship for use as seagoing base for Special Operations troops (Special Forces and commandos). This idea was apparently inspired by incidents in the past decade where SOCOM forces had been based temporarily on navy ships. Off Haiti in 1996 and Afghanistan in 2001 the Navy provided an aircraft carrier with most of its air wing withdrawn and replaced with Army or Special Operations helicopters and personnel. While this tactic demonstrated tremendous flexibility on the part of the navy it could not be done on a regular basis because it tied up one of the most valuable navy assets (carriers and their crews.) Then in 2001 the navy began converting four SSBNs (ballistic missile firing nuclear subs) to carry 154 cruise missiles as well as SOCOM (so far mainly SEALs) commandos.  This includes commando equipment and special boats to get them ashore.

 

The conversion concept had several major advantages over the traditional approach of building a new type of military ship. Commercial vessels, even ones the size of aircraft carriers (large tankers and container carriers), typically require crews of less than fifty rather than thousands for military ships of the same size. A large container ship used for military purposes could be operated by fewer than a hundred sailors compared to 1,100 on an LHD or 3,200 on a Nimitz-class carrier. It would also be easier to upgrade, as the modules could be removed and replaced independently.

 

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) would own and operate these ships using civilian crews. The navy would keep one or two of these ships ready at all times plus a reserve of special containers ashore for use on additional MSC-owned ships or those leased from commercial users.

 

The current MSV project uses a smaller (30,000 ton) container ship and will handle a few hundred SOCOM operators and support troops and less than a dozen helicopters plus some small commando boats.

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Turkey - AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Missiles

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)

 

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $320 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 11, 2014.

 

The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of 145 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), 10 missile guidance sections, and 40 LAU-129 launchers, containers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, integration activities, publications and technical documentation, test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering and technical support, and other related elements or logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $320 million.

 

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Report: Pentagon Made Hasty LCS Fleet Cut to 32

 

August 13, 2014 by Kris Osborn

 

A new Congressional report suggests the Pentagon may face further scrutiny over its direction to issue no new contracts for the controversial Littoral Combat Ship program beyond 32 ships.

The August report questions whether the Pentagon did the proper analysis before making the decision to truncate the Navy’s planned buy of 52 ships down to 32.

The LCS vessels are currently being procured under a 2010, 10-ship deal with each of the two contractors — the Lockheed design is a steel semi-planing monohull and the General Dynamics/Austal USA design is an all-aluminum trimaran hull.


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Navy's Brand New Aircraft Launch System Embarks on Below-Deck Testing

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : Naval Air Systems Command

 

The Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Newport News, Virginia is all abuzz as below deck-testing of the Navy’s newest aircraft launch system begins aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

 

Following months of large-scale hardware deliveries containing critical components of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and shipboard installation by HII, teams from the government and industry partner General Atomics completed installation of the software — the brains of the new system. Below deck-testing began Aug. 11 with the Launch Control Subsystem, the first of many subsystem assessments on the path toward EMALS shipboard certification.    

 

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Boeing Tactical Surveillance Aircraft Receives Additional FAA Certification

 

Aug 12, 2014 ASDNews Source : The Boeing Company

 

Boeing, will begin offering global customers the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype (ERRP) now that the aircraft has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

“ERRP’s FAA certification gives us another approved modification in Boeing’s growing family of ISR airplanes,” said John Rader, vice president of Electronic and Sensor Solutions. “ERRP is a high-end signals intelligence aircraft that delivers near-real-time SIGINT to the warfighter, a capability in high demand from militaries around the globe.”

 

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Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora aircraft

Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora aircraft

 

12 Aug 2014 By: Dominic Perry - FG

 

Canada has shelved plans to acquire up to four manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms “due to reasons of security and technical feasibility”.

Ottawa launched the procurement process in August last year with the publication of a letter of interest (LoI) seeking an “enduring, operational level, multisensor, manned [ISR] capability”. It would look to buy three to four aircraft, it said.

An industry day was subsequently held on 20 September 2013 to further discuss the requirement.

However, just short of one year later Canada has pulled the plug on the process. In a notice posted on its public procurement website on 4 August, Ottawa says that “upon completion of an options analysis” it will no longer seek a “complete manned airborne [ISR] platform solution, due to reasons of security and technical feasibility”.

 

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Army selected for Joint Strike Fighter software assessment

 

August 14th, 2014 By Army News Service- defencetalk.com

 

The F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to perform independent software safety analyses of the next-generation strike aircraft commonly called the Joint Strike Fighter.

 

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Navy Designs New Amphib

 

August 13, 2014 by Kris Osborn

 

The Navy is evaluating designs, costs and specifications for a new class of amphibious assault ships designed to replace the current fleet of cargo-carrying LSD 41/49 dock landing ships, service officials said.

The existing fleet of dock landing ships, which function in a key cargo-carrying capacity as part of an amphibious ready group, will be nearing the end of their expected 40-year life span in coming years, said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Robert Walsh, director of the Navy’s expeditionary warfare division.


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Northrop Grumman Delivers Lightning Fast, Self-Deploying Antennas for Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission

 

CARPINTERIA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation

 

Thirteen lightweight antennas that self-deploy in 200 milliseconds have been delivered to support Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).

 

The highly configurable antennas are stored energy monopoles that deploy quickly and will be a critical part of the RCM Earth Observation satellites. The antennas will be integrated into the Automatic Identification System payload that will be used to provide an advanced maritime identification capability; enabling ship identification, position, course and speed data. The antennas were delivered to prime contractor, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA).

 

"We are pleased to provide an affordable and reliable antenna solution to the next generation of RADARSAT to support the Canadian Space Agency," said Dan Johansen, RCM program manager, Northrop Grumman Astro Aerospace. "Our continued emphasis on breakthrough engineering has resulted in a 100 percent success rate on more than 1,000 units on satellite missions."

 

The antennas have an adaptable and reliable design that can be easily tailored to specific applications and have been used in the Gemini and Apollo missions and in the most recent U.S. Air Force GPS satellites.

 

The stowed package is one of the smallest available and most compact for a deployable antenna of a given size. For example, the 13 antennas used in the RCM stow in a low mass and compact 4-inch by 4-inch by 2.5-inch canister.

 

The versatile antennas are available in monopole diameters from one-half inch to 1 3/8 inches and any length up to 25 feet.

 

For more information about Astro Aerospace products

 

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing 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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August 13, 2014 David Pugliese

 

Nine airmen became the first U.S. Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35 Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training at Elgin Air Force Base on August 7, the U.S. Air Force reports.

 

More from George Woodward, 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs:

 

“The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to be the best – it’s a big honor,” said Airman 1st Class, Saovada Pum.

“To be among the first to earn my 3-Level as an F-35 Crew Chief is a feeling of responsibility and also a significant measure of pride,” said Airman 1st Class Gideon R. Burris. “It’s special because the F-35 is the most technologically advanced aircraft in the air.”

 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:30
US Clears Major Arms Sales to Saudi, Turkey

A Royal Saudi Air Force AWACS takes off. The US has approved upgrades to five Saudi AWACS aircraft. (Jim Anderson / Boeing)

 

Aug. 12, 2014 - By AARON MEHTA – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — The US cleared two major potential sales to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Tuesday.

 

The Saudi government has requested $2 billion in upgrades for its E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. The Saudi military operates five of the command-and-control planes, produced by Boeing.

 

Upgrades include “Block 40/45 Mission Computing Upgrade systems, 20 Next Generation Identification Friend or Foe (NG IFF) AN/UPX-40, communication equipment, provisioning, spare and repair parts, support equipment, Mission Planning System, repair and return, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment.”

 

The sale would help “improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability in the Middle East,” DSCA said in its notice.

 

Boeing will be the principal contractor on the proposed deal. On Aug. 6, the company announced a $250 million agreement to upgrade NATO’s AWACS fleet.

 

The agency also cleared a possible sale to Turkey for 145 AIM-120C-7 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles missiles and associated equipment. That sale would be worth an estimated $320 million.

 

Those missiles will be used on the Turkish Air Force’s fleet of F-16 fighters, although the DSCA notice adds that they could also be used on the country’s eventual F-35 fleet.

 

The weapons will help “maintain the TAF’s air-to-air capability to defend its extensive coastline and borders against future threat,” according to DSCA. Raytheon would produce the equipment in its Tucson, Arizona, facility.

 

While both sales have now been cleared by the State Department, they are subject to congressional approval and further negotiations with the potential customers.

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 07:25
Partners in the Water in Guatemala


13 août 2014 US Navy

 

Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two (MDSU 2) have just wrapped up two weeks in Guatemala working with divers from the Fuerza Especial Naval (FEN) as part of Southern Partnership Station 2014.

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