UAE Deals Saab’s GlobalEye Configuration

Saab, the Swedish automobile company, has recently signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates in November at the Dubai Air Show. This deal is worth $1.27 billion, as Saab will be responsible for heavily adapting the Global 6000 business jet in order to be capable of conducting land and maritime surveillance, electronic intelligence duties, as well as airborne early warning and control, or AEW&C. Saab has already began work in order to modify a couple of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets into its swing-role GlobalEye configuration for the United Arab Emirates, its lead customer.

“We are building as we speak,” said Håkan Buskhe, the chief executive from Saab. “It’s full speed ahead in our workshop.”

“The aircraft is already in Linköping, and we are integrating our systems on it,”

said the head of Saab’s surveillance business area, Micael Johansson.

“There is a lot of interest around this platform and its capabilities from many countries – some in Asia, some elsewhere.”

Johansson has suggested that the launch order from the United Arab Emirates has sparked an increased amount of interest in Saab’s new offering. Modifications will be made in the dorsal unit above the fuselage in the Global 6000 business jet in order to install Saab’s Erieye ER active electronically scanned array radar.

“It looks the same, but it’s very much all new on the inside, including all the signal processing,”

Johansson added.

“We have fantastic range on this radar: it’s almost horizon-limited in terms of how far it can see.”

In comparison to previous sensors, the Erieye ER provides for 70 percent greater detection range, increasing its ability to detect challenging targets such as small unmanned air vehicles, cruise missiles, as well as hovering helicopters. Combining its electro-optical/infrared sensor and its below-fuselage mounted maritime search radar will allow the aircraft operator to locate submarine periscopes and surface threats. Land targets will be located through the use of its ground moving target indication modes and primary sensor’s synthetic aperture radar.

“Command and control tasks can be performed using an onboard crew of between five and seven operators and the aircraft will also feature voice and satellite communications equipment and a Link 16 data link to network with other airborne, ground and maritime assets,”

said Craig Hoyle from Flightglobal.

“Saab cites a maximum mission endurance of 11h for the GlobalEye.”

“This is a complete system for all dimensions,” added Johansson.


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Airbus Helicopters Awarded $728 Million Dollar Contract

Airbus Helicopters, the aircraft manufacturing giant, has been chosen by Ascent as the primary aircraft Service Provider of choice for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract from Ascent is worth a cool $728 million over the course of 17 years. The terms are that Airbus Helicopters will deliver over the course of 18 months, the load of aircrafts and the integrated support solution in preparation for the start of training which is scheduled for April 2018. Going back as far as 35 years ago, all UK military helicopter pilots have earned their stripes training on Airbus Helicopters which started with the Gazelle and eventually with the H125 Squirrel. In 2018 and moving forward, Ascent’s delivery of a key capability for the UK MOD will be supported by Airbus Helicopters. Philip Dunne the UK's Minister for Defence Procurement, has stated that this

“is the final element in re-fashioning the UK Military Flying Training System into a state-of-the-art structure to develop suitably qualified aircrew to secure the future of air elements of our Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.”

Dunne also believes that the Armed Forces will benefit greatly from the consistently immaculate world-class training across the board as a whole. Per the stipulations as outlined by the contract, Airbus Helicopters will be required to provide a fleet of H135 and H145 that will meet the necessary 28,0000 hours per year requirement needed for training. This contract is a strong showing off faith on Ascent’s part seeing as how Airbus has recently come under fire for repeated delays on the production end that has caused many large airlines such as Qatar Airways to legally reneged upon their contract agreements.

Airbus citing failures to meet delivery date stemming from hardware fixes along with software upgrades as the main culprit for the delays. Industry leaders quietly faults the aircraft manufacturer for aggressively ramping up productions as a result of huge orders and finding out they are unable to deliver on their promises. Even so Airbus has rebounded quite nicely as they have already won over 800 orders from more than 40 different customers worldwide for their highly anticipated A350-1000s.


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Airbus Helicopters begins tests of fire-detection system

The Germans have requested for Airbus to create a sharper helicopter.  Testing sensors are undergoing strict evaluations to begin to install a HFI system (Hostile fire indication) as requested by the German Armed Forces.  A prototype of a German Army Sikorsky CH-53G helicopter has been made and tested on March 30th to observe the new functions of the innovation. The HFI was built to better detect a various range of different size caliber and even non-tracer ammunition. During the evaluations the rotorcraft was modified with acoustic and infrared sensors to be able to recognize fire based on sound and muzzle flashes.

“The HFI study aims to demonstrate a technology that not only warns the aircrew about the threat in order to be able to redirect other aircraft from the danger zone ,it should also report the precise position of the enemy infantry for fast countermeasures,”

says Dr Klaus Przemeck, head of the military support Centre at Airbus Helicopters Germany.

Remaining tests are scheduled to take place towards the end of 2016 and two in 2017 with ending results by the end of that year in Mepped, Germany at the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Weapons and Ammunition (WTD 91) .  The HFI is primarily to help the helicopter crew know where the exact location to where the firing is coming from. This fire detection system will better the counter measures of the crew to be able to avoid or apprehend the situation they are in. Other major companies involved with this project are Airbus Defense and Space, Rheinmetall Defence and Fraunhofer FKIE.

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WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400 Turboprop Jet

Calgary-based WestJet Encore Ltd. has just announced that they’ve awarded Bombardier Commercial Aircraft an order for nine of their Q400 tuboprop Jets. The transaction is the culmination of a conversion of options initially booked by the airline’s parent company WestJet and is expected to increase the total of WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft fleet to 45. The order is estimated to be around $293 million US based on the average list price of the Q400 aircraft. Ferio Pugliese, President of WestJet Encore raved about how Bombardier’s Toronto-built Q400 turboprop airliner has allowed WestJet to further expand from their Western Canada base to communities from coast to coast across the entirety of Canada and into the US where they are continuing to expand their network.

“These nine new superb Q400 aircraft will allow us to accomplish that”, says Ferio. Kevin Smith, Vice President of Regional Aircraft and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft believes that WestJet Encore’s operations have grown immensely in the short period of just three years and started with just two Q400 aircraft serving just two cities, to now 28 aircraft serving 36 destinations in Canada and the U.S With this order, WestJet Encore has a total of 17 aircrafts yet to be delivered that will continue to facilitate their aggressive expansion plans and that the ongoing orders for the Q400 aircrafts is a testament to the economics, flexibility, passenger appeal, reliability and desirability of the Bombardier aircraft.

The Q400 aircraft is a modern 21st century turboprop that provides unmatched performance and operation flexibility in contrast to the other options available on the market. It is offered with an optional dual-class interior for enhanced passenger comfort with option extra-capacity configuration that will allow for up to 90 seats for the higher density markets and a cargo passenger configuration.

With a 30 percent reduction in fuel burn over the leading jets it so often replaces coupled with the radical reduction in carbon emission and the cost efficiency it’s no wonder that Bombardier is taking over the North American market. The Q400 has a cruise speed of 160 km/h which blows conventional jets out of the water at the same seat cost as the larger single-aisle jets and with the large propellers operating at a lower RPM, the Q400 generates massive power with minimal noise making it an exceptionally friendly option for city centers.


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KDC-10 aerial refueling tankers

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace has recently been awarded an indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Air Force for their KDC-10 aerial refueling tankers. This contract is estimated to be valued around $1.9 billion. Under this indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will be providing logistics integration as well as support for the aircrafts.

According to the United States Department of Defense, this $1.9 billion deal encompasses contractor maintained and operated base supply, aircraft maintenance which includes contractor and deport field teams, as well as additional modifications for service bulletins and time compliance technical orders. L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will also be supporting the KDC-10, which includes the Remote Aerial Refueling Operator System for the Netherlands.

The KDC-10 is a military variant of the three-engined DC-10 airliner and acts as an aerial refueling tanker aircraft. This refueling tanker aircraft is operated by the United States Air Force and incorporates equipment which is specifically designed for the military in order to serve its primary roles of transport and aerial fueling.

“Powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofan engines, the aerial refueling tanker can travel at top speeds of 962kmph. Of the three engines, two are mounted on under wing pylons and a third engine at the base of the vertical stabilizer,”

stated an article from Air Force Technology’s website.

“The aircraft with three crew members onboard can be used for medium to long-haul flights, as well as air-to-air refueling, where aviation fuel is transferred from one military aircraft to another during flight. Work under the contract will be performed at Travis Air Force Base, California; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Greensboro, North Carolina; and the Netherlands and it is expected to be completed by June 2025.”

After a thorough and competitive acquisition process, this $1.9 billion contract was awarded by the United States Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace.


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CAE Working With Draken to Offer 16 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks

James Drew wrote an article for Flightglobal talking about how the Canadian training and simulation firm, CAE, is working along side with Draken, an American aviation contractor in order for the company to offer 16 Douglass A-4 Skyhawks fir the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Royal Canadian Air Force will be using these 16 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks for their combat training.

CAE is also offering two of its own Bombardier Learjets 35s for the Canadian air force. These two Bombardier Learjets 35s come with electronic panels for warfare. These panels have the ability to carry mission pods and towed targets.

The bid for the Contracted Airborne Training Services (or CATS for short) was sent in earlier but the company will not hear any responses in terms of decisions until later this year.

IT was on May 24th when Mike Greenley, CAE’s Canada vice president and general manager, talked about the offer at a CANSEC military convention in Ottawa.

The A-4’s have the ability to mimic the display screens of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighters.

Here’s what Greenley has to say

“We can stimulate that display through constructive simulation through radio links, so it could look like there were four or six aircraft coming from many miles away, even though there’s only a couple of aircraft in the air. Or, the type of aircraft in the air could be A-4 SkyHawks, but on their display it might look like an Su-30, or some other type of Russian or Chinese aircraft. [LVC] will allow for much richer scenarios, so this will be the next-generation of this type of capability with R&D in Canada for export [from Canada].”


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Airbus Helicopters Wins Yet Another Deal

Dominic Perry wrote an article for Flightglobal discussed about how Airbus Helicopters won yet another deal with the UK Ministry of Defense’s rotary wing contract which is also under the MFTS. MFTS stands for Military Flying Training System. Airbus out beat its rival, Cobham who uses the AgustaWestland rotorcraft in order to win the contract.

This contract is a total of over $1 billion dollars. More specifically, this deal is $1.6 billion through the Babcock Lockheed Martin Ascent joint venture.

This deal entails that there will be thirty two helicopters. These thirty two helicopters are german built. More specifically, these thirty two helicopters consist of twenty nine H135s and three H145s. The H145s are considered larger than then H135s.

Here’s what Perry wrote about this deal.

“Under the new contract, the MoD states, aircrew across the three UK services will continue to conduct their basic and advanced rotary training at the Royal Air Force's Shawbury base in Shropshire and the Army Air Corps' Middle Wallop facility in Hampshire. Crews selected for training in mountain and maritime helicopter operations will receive instruction at RAF Valley on Anglesey. Additional ground-based training equipment will be based at Shawbury.”

There will be training held under this new contract that will start in 2018.

Airbus was founded in December 18th 1970 as Airbus Industrie and changed its name to Airbus SAS in 2001. Its headquarters are in Blagnac, France. The company holds over 70,000 employees. The company’s slogan is ‘Setting the standards.’ Airbus is most commonly known for their Airbus320 and A830. Airbus is considered one of Boeing’s biggest rivals.

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MCAS Yuma Takes Delivery of First K-MAX Helicopters

The Marine Corps has just taken delivery of the first two Kaman K-MAX Helicopters just last week on May 7th of 2016 at the Marine Corps Air station in Yuma, Arizona. Unique in purpose and design, the Kaman K-MAX Helicopter has interlinking rotors and whose primary mission is to handle cargo load operations with a maximum payload exceed 6,000 pounds. Jerry McCawley, Chief Pilot and Flight Safety Engineer with Lockheed Martin, revealed that the Kaman K-MAX Helicopters can actually fly by itself independent of a physical pilot.

The Kaman K-MAX Helicopter were used in missions during the conflicts in Afghanistan and were reportedly moving over five million pounds of cargo for almost three years flying unhanded. The K-MAX Helicopters’ chief advantage is keeping convoys off the road and in turn preventing ambush roadside attacks that have claimed the lives of so many during the war.

Utilizing MACS Yuma’s training ranges in California and Arizona, the K-MAX Helicopters are expected to become a vital and essential part of testing and full-scale operations. Already revolutionizing the environment of expeditionary Marine air-ground combat power and capabilities, the K-MAX Helicopters scope of duties will continue to expand as MCAS Yuma continues to expand its scope of operations.  McCawley went on to further extolling the K-MAX Helicopters by praising its resilience and ability to fly at all hours day or night.

“It’s out here in Yuma for future test and development with the Marines. It’s great now, and it’s only going to get better,”

says McCawley.

The K-MAX Helicopter will be the latest in an expansive and already massive collection of military aircraft alongside strengthening training, testing and operations for the Marine Corps. Kaman announced the that the K-MAX will begin production again back in 2015 due to 10 commercial orders with the first deliveries set for the beginning of the fiscal year of 2017.

Lockheed Martin has also demonstrated a firefighting version of the Kaman K-MAX Helicopter back in November of 2014 and once again in October of 2015 demonstrating the ability to deliver over 24,000 pounds of water in just under one hour.


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AVX To Replace Chinook In The Near Future

The Ch-47 Chinook has been a staple of the US Army since the early 70’s and remains one of the most iconic aircraft in American history to this day. Although the US Army has no immediate plans and intentions to replace the venerable aircraft, when the time does come for it to move on from the Ch-47 Chinook, the AVX aircraft will be its successor. With a 27.2t (60,000lb) tiltrotor replacement and  13.4m (44ft) propellers, the AVX tiltrotor aircraft has been deemed the most perfect fit for a heavy-lift cargo aircraft by an independent advanced rotorcraft design shop. The Texas-based shop in Benbrook has several Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aerodynamicists as staff and with the wealth of experience and knowledge between them have approved the AVX as the most sensible and probable successor to the storied Chinook. The CH-47 is among the last of the current-generation helicopters that are intended to be slowly phased out in favor of a next-generation design.

AVX  has offered light/medium compound coaxial designs as part of the army’s Joint MultiRole technology demonstrator project and has revealed that the forward lifting canards and would be powered by two Improved Turbine Engine Programme (ITEP) engines along with having dual ducted fans mounted forward of the horizontal tail.

Troy Gaffey, Chief Executive of AVX has stated that his team would offer a tiltrotor solution currently being pushed by Karem Aircraft with optimal speed tiltrotor and Bell Helicopter has promised to promote an up-scaled V-280 Valor type for "FVL Heavy". An artist’s rendering has drawn some tentative speculation but as of yet AVX still hasn’t completed any detailed work on the tiltrotor. Gaffey is not worried and has stated that AVX feels really comfortable with the first three capability sets in regards to their compound coaxial helicopter configurations.

Speaking at the Army Aviation Association of America symposium in Atlanta, Gaffey believes that the Capability Set 4 is logically a tiltrotor and will be a CH-47 replacement. Previously AVX has proposed a tiltrotor for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-plane project which was won eventually by Aurora Flight Sciences LightningStrike platform.


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US Military Leaders Desire for FVL Rotorcrafts

The deputy commander of the United States Pacific Command has suggested that the United States Army must utilize innovative aircrafts with increased speed, range, as well as survivability than is currently attainable with today’s helicopter offerings. Lt Gen Tony Crutchfield has said that the long distances across the Pacific Ocean are a challenge for the current generation of army rotorcraft, specifically the UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-6 Little Bird, AH-64 Apache, as well as the CH-47 Chinook. All of these rotorcrafts were adopted in the last century. The proliferation of anti-aircraft weaponry has also posed as a challenge to these existing rotorcrafts.

“I firmly believe the only way we will close the gap with the problems facing us today is with Future Vertical Lift (FVL),”

Crutchfield said as he spoke about the army-led acquisition program which will incorporate a new family of aircrafts capable of reaching double the speed and range of current models.

“We must have Future Vertical Lift,”

he added.

“It is the only way we will be successful in the PACOM environment with the distances. That range and that speed and that survivability are critical to army aviation to be effective in this fight.”

Lt Gen Tony Crutchfield spoke on April 30th in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Army Aviation Association of America conference. He believes that range and speed are key areas to focus on if the United States Army intends on rapidly responding to a crisis or contingency operation over the South China Sea. This region is where China has been establishing man-made islands in attempts to forward operating locations as well as to increase its disputed territorial claims. Crutchfield is concerned that the United States Army may arrive “late to need” in the event of a natural disaster such as earthquakes and hurricanes, which are fairly common in this region.

“We have to be able to go further and stay longer. It must be swift because lives depend on it,”

Crutchfield said.

“We must do all this in an expeditionary way because we are an expeditionary army.”

“I want to emphasise that our job and our mission is to support the soldier whose operational job is to destroy our nation’s foes in close ground combat,”

added Brig Gen Erik Peterson.

“We have to have the capability, the agility, the manoeuvrability and power to be in the right place at the right time to deliver infiltration, exfiltration, reconnaissance and precision fires. We’re not prepared to sacrifice manoeuvrability or agility in the terminal area.”


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