In May 2015, Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries, offered its Dagor Vehicle in response to the US Army's request for information regarding the ultra-light combat vehicle (ULCV) program. The goal of the ULCV program is to develop an air-droppable light off-road truck that will improve the mobility of light infantry brigades during joint forcible entry missions. The Dagor, which was launched at the 2014 AUSA Meeting and Exposition in Washington, is a purpose-built vehicle designed with trophy truck-inspired suspension, and can carry 3,250 pounds of payload or a nine-man infantry squad at a higher rate of speed over terrain usually travelled on foot. This special vehicle has been manufactured under contracts with the US Special Operations Command and international Special Operations Force customers.Polaris Defense General Manager Rich Haddad is excited that his vehicle will be utilized by the Army. He said in a statement: "Our tested and proven Dagor vehicle is in the hands of US and allied Special Forces and the feedback has been extremely positive. It was designed for requirements very similar to what we are seeing materialize for the ULCV, and as a result Dagor already represents the optimum balance of payload, off-road mobility and tactical air transportability.”

The Dagor weighs less than 4,500 pounds and is designed to fill a mobility gap for light infantry and special operations forces. It also features commercial off-the-shelf driveline software, controls and components, and a unique design that facilitates ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment. The open design cab configuration of the vehicle accommodates up to nine troops including a roof gunner. Four personnel are seated in the cabin, while five occupants are seated on additional seats at the rear. The gunner is accommodated in a sling seat attached to the roof of the vehicle. Polaris Corporation announced at the beginning of this year that they will be opening a new 600,000-square-foot facility in Huntsville, Alabama that will employ at least 1,700 workers. Construction on the new manufacturing plant is set to begin early this year and the facility should be open by spring of 2016.

The plant will support several core processes including, vehicle assembly, chassis and body painting, welding, fabrication and injection molding. Based in Medina, Minnesota, Polaris Industries is an American manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATV, and neighborhood electric vehicles. The company also manufactures motorcycles through its Victory Motorcycles subsidiary and through the Indian Motorcycle subsidiary which it purchased in April 2011. ASAP NSN Parts is a division of ASAP Semiconductor serving the aviation and aerospace industry. We are a provider of aircraft parts and ground support equipment for commercial and military aerospace and aviation applications. We are continually striving to serve our customers with on-time delivery of all of their requirements especially for long lead time, hard-to-find, and obsolete parts. Our goal is provide airlines, repair stations, and original equipment manufacturers with streamlined purchasing solutions. There are over 10 million part numbers in our part number search, which ensures we can meet your part needs. Prospective customers can browse our wide array of Polaris Industries parts ranging from cylinder assemblies, control levers, spring washers and more at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us Or call toll free at 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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The Pilatus PC-24 has completed its first flight in Switzerland, two years after the jet was announced.It was originally thought that the PC-24 would make its first flight in late 2014, but after some delays it was finally able to make its maiden voyage. Deliveries are still expected to be on time - some time in 2017 - as was first announced back in 2013.The jet is a versatile one, as it is designed to have the capabilities of using paved and unpaved runways. This could be helpful for emergency landings or landing in places normal planes cannot. The two standard floor plans are a six-seat and eight-seat executive floor plan. There is also a ten-seat commuter floor plan, and combination arrangements to suit emergency medical or passenger and cargo situations. It also comes with a cargo door as standard equipment. The jet is powered by two 3,400 pounds-static-thrust Williams FJ44 engines. It posted good takeoff numbers as noted by engineers monitoring the flight from the ground. It took off in less than 2,000 feet and climbed to 10,000 feet in approximately three minutes. The pilots reported no problems and excellent handling characteristics. Standard protocol for the 55-minute test flight mandated that the landing gear be left down the entire time. The testing group was overjoyed with the results that they were waiting years for, as Pilatus Aircraft board of directors chairman Oscar Schwenk stated, "It's an emotional moment for sure, and another major milestone in the Pilatus and Swiss aviation history.
"Seeing our new business jet take off on its maiden flight is something we've worked very hard for, and dreamt about for a long time. The flight went exactly as planned with no problems whatsoever."
The company will build three PC-24 prototypes to test, and hope to get certifications and initial deliveries by 2017. Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Pilatus products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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After the most recent International Defense Exposition and Conference, Lockheed Martin expects to sign deals with several international customers. Within seven to eight months Qatar will likely present a formal offer to Lockheed for their Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, also known as THAAD. Saudi Arabia is also discussing purchasing THAAD but it could be two or three years before a contract is signed. Middle Eastern countries are expected to be the first foreign buyers of the upgraded Patriot anti-missile weapon. As tensions rise in the Persian Gulf, spending on air defense is expected to increase in order to develop protection against enemy ballistic missiles and aircraft.

THAAD includes five major components that are fully integrated with the system. THAAD is comprised of launchers, interceptors, radar, THAAD fire control and communications units, and THAAD-specific support equipment. It is interoperable with other Ballistic Missile Defense System elements. For example, it can take cues from Aegis and works in conjunction with the Patriot/PAC-3. Only two THAAD Warfighter Batteries have been activated. However, the system has a one hundred percent mission success rate during testing.

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 or PAC-3 Missiles represents a technological leap in missile defense. The high velocity interceptor missiles defeats tactical ballistic missiles threats, cruise missiles and aircraft threats with direct, body-to-body impact. On a Patriot launcher, the PAC-3 significantly increases the system’s firepower because 16 PAC-3s can be loaded compared to four legacy Patriot PAC-2 missiles. In operation Iraqi Freedom, PAC-3 missiles were one hundred percent effective and are now deployed with U.S. and allied forces. Powered by a solid propellant rocket motor, the PAC-3 uses aerodynamic controls, attitude control motors (ACMs), and inertial guidance to navigate to a predetermined intercept point. Just before arriving at the intercept point, the on board Ka band seeker acquires the target and selects the optimal aim point. The ACMs, which are small, short duration rocket motors, fire to refine the missile’s course to assure body-to-body impact. This missile has been selected as the primary interceptor for the Multi-National Medium Extended Air Defense System.

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The United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division is evaluating the ultra-lightweight combat vehicle (ULCV) known as the Polaris MRZR-4.The Army has already purchased 33 vehicles for proof-of-principal tests, and is looking to purchase more, contingent on the tests. The House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee proposal for the National Defense Authorization Act requires the Secretary of the Army to give an answer to HASC by March 1, 2016 on whether or not to get more. Heidi Shyu, the Army’s chief weapons buyer, says that it is too early to tell what their decision will be, but the soldiers unsurprisingly prefer driving to walking.
"This is what the requirements community sees for early entry, what they need to get on the ground and have mobility right now," she said. "Right now the early entry guys are walking, so they would like that mobility."
This type of lightweight vehicle is ideal for missions that involve infiltrating an area with heavy air defense. The MRZR-4 can be dropped off miles away from the objective, and then speed over to the desired target. This saves time when it comes to walking to a target, and reduces the danger of dropping off soldiers closer to the target. The vehicle would carry a nine-soldier squad, and could be dropped from either a C-17 or a C-130 aircraft. It would be carried internally and externally by a CH-47 Chinook and externally by a UH-60 Black Hawk. The light tactical all-terrain vehicle comes with an 88 horsepower 875cc Polaris Prostar engine and has a 60-inch vehicle height with a tool-less collapsing roll-cage. Polaris mainly manufactures vehicles for recreational purposes, but has been known to make several ATVs that are modified for military use. The first military vehicle was the DAGOR, which can transport a nine-person squad or carry over 3,000 pounds. Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Polaris products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Polaris parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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In February of 2015 at the US Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Florida, Lockheed Martin introduced its fifth-generation targeting and tracking system, dubbed the Legion Pod. The company claims that the Pod can be retroactively fitted onto older aircraft, giving them new infrared search and track (IRST) capabilities. According to company specifications, the Legion Pod is 98.5 inches in length, 16.0 inches in diameter, and weighs under 550 pounds.

For sensor systems, the Pod will use the company’s IRST21™ infrared sensor in combination with network and data processing technology to track airborne targets and communicate situational awareness information to allied aircraft. With development beginning in 2012, the Legion Pod was intended to primarily support the F-15C Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets but is also configurable to numerous other aircraft platforms as the device is a modular design with line-replaceable units and an open “plug-and-play” architecture, meaning it can be transferable to any aircraft system. In addition, as a result of its infrared-based sensor, the Pod has the ability to remain hidden from radar detection while tracking and collecting target information. The Legion Pod was first operational onboard a select number of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from the US Navy, but the Pod should be able to establish network communication among both legacy and next-generation aircraft.

The technology may also be a viable choice for a planned multi-domain adaptable processing system (MAPS), a project to enable communication between stealth aircraft. Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Lockheed Martin products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Lockheed Martin parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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In March of 2015, Northrop Grumman received a USD $21.8 million contract modification to support the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS-D), bringing the total cumulative contract value to USD $2.39 billion. The STSS-D constellation consists of two satellites, built by Northrop Grumman, orbiting at 1350 km, 58 degree inclination, with 120 minute orbital period.

These satellites demonstrate capabilities required for birth-to-death tracking of ballistic missiles and other cold objects in space. They use sensors that are capable of detecting visible and infrared light and serves as the experimental space layer of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The objective of the mission is to provide accurate tracks of midcourse re-entry vehicles to the shooter. Boosting targets are detected by an acquisition sensor and targets are autonomously handed off to track sensor. According to the Northrop Grumman website, using sensors capable of measuring infrared radiation from the vantage point of space, the satellites have demonstrated their ability to detect missile launches, track missiles from boost into midcourse and communicate with missile defense command and control systems. Both satellites fly and work in tandem as a risk-reduction mission by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), paving the way for an operational constellation.

Headquartered in West Falls Church, Virginia, the Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American global aerospace and defense technology company that produces aircraft carriers, military aircrafts and vessels, missile defense systems, satellites, and information technology. It was formed in 1994 when Northrop purchased Grumman. It 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. In 2010, it was the fourth-largest defense contractor in the world and in 2011 ranked number 72 of the Fortune 500 list of the largest corporations in America.

The company employs over 68,000 people worldwide and in 2012 reported revenues of USD$25 billion. Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Northrop Grumman products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Northrop Grumman parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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In March 2015, Lockheed Martin formally announced its entry for NASA’s commercial cargo program. The Space Systems International division of Lockheed Martin introduced a system comprised of a reusable tug (denoted Jupiter), its robotic arm, and a configurable cargo module (called Exoliner) which will be used in tandem to carry supplies to the International Space Station.

The separable system will allow the Exoliner cargo module to diversify its operations while deployed, for example, releasing small satellites or remote sensing expeditions. The Jupiter can operate for extended periods in orbit, as the tug can be refueled while on mission. Lockheed Martin began its foray into spacecraft development in 2000 and has flown 8 successful interplanetary missions since then. The Exoliner/Jupiter system was developed by Lockheed Martin in collaboration with Thales Alenia Space, which provides the 14 x 14 feet cargo module design based on its own Automated Transfer Vehicle (used by the European Space Agency). Additionally, the Jupiter’s robotic arm, used to detach and re-attach cargo modules, is being built by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) Corporation, a global communications and information company based in Canada.

he Jupiter is based on a Fifth Generation Deep Space platform, informed by Lockheed’s previous spacecraft – the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) orbiter and the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex). The Exoliner can carry up to 1,500 kilograms in its unpressurized cargo hold, as well as 5,000 kg in its pressurized hold. Lockheed Martin envisions the Jupiter/Exoliner system to function as follows: The system would be launched from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V – a launch vehicle with a 100% success rate since its inception. While Jupiter loiters, the Exoliner refills the ISS. A new supply vehicle can be launched independently and deliver cargo to ISS. The Jupiter grabs the expended Exoliner cargo module and attaches it to an Atlas V Centaur which is then burned up in the atmosphere.

In addition to International Space System cargo missions, Lockheed Martin anticipates that the system can have beyond-Earth orbit applications. Namely, the system could be used as a habitat and logistic module for long-term cislunar deep space operations when deployed with an Orion spacecraft. The Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract’s winners will be decided in June of 2015. Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Lockheed Martin products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Lockheed Martin parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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The MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper attack drones will be provided to the U.S. Air Force by General Atomics.  Under the terms of a USD$279 million contract, 24 Reapers will be delivered. Spare parts support and other equipment support will be provided. The aircraft has been acquired by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the Royal Air Force, and the Italian Air Force. Essentially an upgraded Predator B, the UAS was developed with GA-ASI funding and provides significantly greater capabilities over its predecessor.  A variation of the MQ-1 Predator, the Reaper is designed for surveillance and attack missions and utilizes a variety of airborne sensors. General Atomics will perform the work on the Reaper in Poway, California, and is expected to be finished by September 2017.

Compared to the MQ-9 Reaper Block 1 models, the Reaper Block 5 represents a major evolutionary leap in overall performance and reliability.  The new model has increased electrical power, secure communications, auto land, increased gross takeoff weight, weapons growth, and streamlined payload integration capabilities. There are three independent power sources to accommodate the dual ARC-210 VHF/UHF radios. Powered by Honeywell’s proven TPE331-10 turboprop engine, the Reaper armed drone can fly for over 27 hours between refueling, at speeds up to 240 knots, and at altitudes up to 50,000 feet.  Engine performance and fuel efficiency has been significantly improved because of the Digital Electronic Engine Control device integrated on the TPE331-10. A MQ-9 Reaper can self-deploy or fly aboard C-130 utility aircraft.

The Reaper is highly modular and can be easily configured for a variety of mission objectives. There are electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors, Lynx multi-mode radar, multi-mode maritime surveillance radar, electronic support measures (ESM), and laser designators. It can be flown remotely or autonomously. There is a MIL-STD-1760 stores management system, C-band line-of-sight data link control, Ku-band beyond line-of-sight and satellite communications data link control. In addition, there are seven external payload stations. This allows the Reaper to carry as many as four Hellfire missiles, two BGU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs, or two 500-pound GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.  The medium-endurance UAS has a 3,850 pound payload capacity which includes 3,000 pounds of external store like the Hellfire missiles.

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Bell-Boeing has delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the United States Marine Corps HMX-1 Presidential Airlift Squadron. The flight simulator will make the training program more efficient, as the system can create missions without having to fly the actual aircraft. This will save money on fuel, and keeps the mileage down on the MV-22. “Like all Marine Corps MV-22B squadrons, HMX-1 utilizes training devices to replicate the flight environment for training purposes,” said Marine Capt. Dustin A. Pratico. “These devices allow aviators to hone their skills by practicing standard flight maneuvers and procedures with an operating cost much lower than that of actual aircraft.” The maintenance training devices they use have been upgraded as well. Specifics of this include electronic, power plant, and emergency egress systems. This will make it resemble the latest configuration of the actual aircraft. This new training program will better prepare Marines for their mission, which are of the highest importance. “HMX-1 Marine pilots have a very important mission, and this state-of-the-art training device supports the development of skills and knowledge needed to operate the MV-22 Osprey safely and effectively,” said Randy Deidrick, Director of Boeing’s Tactical Training Systems. The MV-22 Osprey is quite unique. It has the ability to act as a helicopter and an airplane. It’s able to carry twenty-four USMC troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous models of helicopters. Its maneuverability combined with its speed and range give it a much greater advantage over enemies. Experienced pilots noticed how great it was almost instantaneously. During one of its first missions, a top Marine commander praised its ability: “It turned [my] battle space from the size of Texas into the size of Rhode Island." Some features of the MV-22 include:
  • Designed for expeditionary assault, raid operations, cargo lift and special warfare
  • Built with composite materials, fly-by-wire flight controls, digital cockpits
  • Vertical takeoff and landing, and short takeoff and landing capabilities
  • In-flight refueling


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Pratt & Whitney has contracted Rolls-Royce to produce and support LiftSystem technology for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. The three contracts awarded to Rolls-Royce are worth USD$442 million. The contracts cover initial production of 17 LiftSystems for F-35B fighters. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is estimated to cost over USD$1 trillion and will be the most expensive defense project including development, support, and expenses over its 55-year lifetime.

The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem is the only in-production vertical lift system for fighter jets in the world. It is so advanced that it was a finalist for the MacRobert Award in the UK which recognizes outstanding innovation in engineering. The award is given by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The system is comprised of a LiftFan, 3-Bearing Swivel Module and a roll post under each wing. There is also a shaft connected to the F-35 engine. The lift fan is driven by a shaft off the main engine and forces air downwards to lift the fighter. Almost half of the downward thrust needed to hover, about 20,000 pounds of air, is produced by the two counter-rotating fans. The engine is mounted on a swivel module which rotates and directs thrust downwards. Two “roll posts” force air out through the wings to stabilize the jet while hovering. In order to switch from conventional flight mode to the Short Take Off and Vertical Landing mode the pilot simply presses a button. The STOVL technology is capable of producing 40,000 pounds of thrust.

Roughly 3,000 units of the F-35 are expected to be built. One of the customers will be the UK—versions will be provided for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers and are expected to enter service in 2020. Since the project was first conceived, costs have ballooned. The main contractor Lockheed Martin is working hard to find ways to improve efficiency and cut cost through the life of the project. Over 150 affordability initiatives are being considered to innovate and deliver cost reductions.

Via our proprietary site ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production parts ranging from variable wire resistors to pivot pins and more at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call 714-705-4780 for a quote.


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Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian crisis for the Crimean Peninsula has launched one of the Eastern European nation’s neighbors into a massive, precautionary defense spending spree. Poland announced in February 2015 that they will undergo a military modernization worth approximately USD$42 billion over the next decade. In the face of Russian aggression, including a simulated attack on Poland by the Russian army in 2009 and frequent (over 100 in 2014) Russian test flights close to the NATO and EU borders, Poland will procure a number of new weapons and defense systems including missile shields, anti-aircraft technology, armored carriers, submarines, and combat drones. This new allocation increases Poland’s spending to 2% of gross domestic product, in line with NATO’s spending recommendation.

The decision is a boon to defense contractors worldwide who are struggling with the decline in United States military expenditures. The most expensive item on Poland’s procurement list is a fleet of 70 multirole helicopters totaling $2.8 billion USD. Major manufacturers Sikorsky, Airbus Helicopters, and AgustaWestland are currently in the running for the contract. Considering the instability that Poland perceives in Europe, the country favors manufacturers based in the United States. However, Airbus Helicopters is the only company that currently meets all of Poland’s requirements, as well as offers a single streamlined platform (which is able to cut the unit’s lifetime cost by up to 80%). Sikorsky is currently proposing two platforms – the Black Hawk and Seahawk – while AgustaWestland only has a non-weaponized offering.

European companies are also opening companies within Poland in an effort to win the contract. As part of their bid, Airbus has opened an R&D center in Lodz, Poland to increase jobs within the country. In addition, a consortium of Polish defense manufactures (known as the PGZ) has been established in hopes of subcontracting for any potential foreign prime contractors.

Although Russia and Ukraine have recently signed a tentative ceasefire, Russia’s willingness to demonstrate belligerent force has fast-tracked Poland’s planned military update.

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In February 2015, the French telecommunications company Sagem installed their new navigation system on the French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Done as part of a refit program, the upgrades were completed by the project management of the French government’s defense procurement agency, the Direction Generale de l’Armement. DCNS took the role as the prime contractor of the project in which Sagem supplied several different equipment systems such as the navigation system, alignment system, intelligence system, and several landing aids for the refit.

The Charles de Gaulle was once only equipped with three mechanical inertial units. Including this current upgrade, the goal is to have the aircraft carrier replace these inertial units with SIGMA 40 laser gyro units. These high accuracy units improve ship stability as they are resistant to vibrations and temperature differences that can be caused during battle. In addition, the SIGMA 40 laser gyro units have the capability to increase the guidance function and align the inertial units installed on Rafale aircraft. This will improve the information transmission regarding the ship’s movement.

Further upgrades to the Charles de Gaulle include a full replacement of the ship’s optronics intelligence system with a new-generation electro-optical malfunction system and an upgrade to the DALAS laser landing aid with an improved system.

Sagem (Societe d’Applications Generales de l’Electricite et de la Mecanique) was one of France’s largest defense electronics, computer electronics, and communication systems manufacturer. In 2005, Sagem merged with SNECMA to form the French Aerospace and Defense company Safran S.A. With an extensive line in Aerospace, Land Defense, Naval Solutions, and Security, the company’s product portfolio includes: flight control systems, navigation systems, information systems, engine solutions, CMMS, fire support systems, seekers, missiles, air and naval applications, and weapon sights. Headquartered in Paris, Safran has over 62,500 employees and has met yearly revenues of over 13 billion euros.

Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Sagem (Safran) products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Sagem (Safran) parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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NASA has recently released a new software, known as the Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS), that the Air Force will be implementing onto their fleet of F-16 fighter jets. Auto-GCAS was developed with the cooperation of a number of private and government agencies, including: the Office of the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), and Lockheed Martin.

Ground collisions, or controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents, are one of the most common reasons for fatalities (responsible for approximately 100 deaths annually in the United States) for both civil and military flights. CFIT accidents account for 26% of aircraft losses and 75% of fatalities for F-16 aircraft. This new technology will modify the aircraft’s digital flight-controls, data-transfer equipment, and modified mission computer software to relay information about time until impact and trigger an automatic response (typically an abrupt roll-to-upright then a 5g pull) to avoid a crash. The system gauges digital terrain elevation data (DTED) to obtain a profile of the terrain and measurements of the trajectory of the aircraft to execute an automated evasive recovery maneuver unless the pilot overrides the command.

The program dates back to the mid-1980s with AFRL and Armstrong collaborating for three decades in search of solutions to avoid these sort of collisions. The first stage of the program conducted research on the type of emergency situations which commonly result in CFIT accidents including pilot loss of consciousness, loss of situation awareness, spatial disorientation, and gear-up landings. The second phase involved planning for widespread implementation of new technologies across the relevant aviation fields, both civilian and military. In the latter half of the first decade of the new millennium, testing on Auto-GCAS systems began. In 2012, the technology was installed and tested on a Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone (DROID) and operated through smartphone devices, eliminating the need for continuous communication with ground control. In 2013, the Air Force announced that Auto-GCAS would be installed in their F-16s, and eventually in the F-22 and F-35 fleets.

In November of 2014, this technology proved instrumental in saving the life of an F-16C pilot during operations against ISIS in Syria. As a result of these accomplishments, the Auto-GCAS team is a nominee for the prestigious Collier Trophy Awards for 2014, awarding achievement in the fields of aero- and astronautics.


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In February 2015, the multinational consortium, EuroJet was awarded a 3-year contract by the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency. This 3-year contract calls for the continuation of support services for the EJ200 turbofan engine that is used to power the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft. This contract is the sixth operational phase contract and will cover engine support for the Typhoon Program in four core nations: Germany, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

A primary goal of the contract is for EuroJet to ensure support of the Typhoon fleets for continuous procedures and savings to advance the Future Support Concept of the EJ200. Work will be done by the four multi-national companies—EuroJet, Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, ITP, and Avio Aero—at their respective headquarters.

The EJ200 engine is primarily produced by EuroJet. The EuroJet EJ200 is a military spec turbofan that is used on the Eurofighter Typhoon. Based on the Rolls Royce XG-40, the EJ200 has a maximum thrust of 13,500 pounds, a length of 157 inches, and a diameter of 29 inches. EuroJet has delivered over 1,400 EJ200 engines in support of the Eurofighter program. Backing the fleets of six different nations, the EJ200 engine has accumulated over 500,000 engine flying hours.

EuroJet Turbo GmbH is a multi-national consortium. Based in Hallbergmoos, Germany, the consortium consists of four partner companies: Rolls-Royce of the United Kingdom, Avio of Italy, ITP of Spain, and MTU Aero Engines of Germany. The consortium was established in 1986 with the sole purpose of managing the development, production, support, maintenance, support, and sales of the EJ200 turbofan engine. Each company has their own responsibilities for the creation of each EJ200 engine. Contributions from each company include Rolls Royce’s combustion system, MTU Aero Engines compressors, Avio’s turbine and gearbox system, and ITP’s airframe such as nozzles and ducts.

Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Rolls-Royce and MTU products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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The United States Marine Corps and Navy are getting ready to deploy the Boeing-Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack, a state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft, this spring.

Insitu, which is a Boeing company, designed the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to perform multiple duties, including supporting infantry regiments.

“Blackjack is still in test and low-rate initial production, but will provide persistent land-based and maritime, tactical [reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition] data collection and dissemination capabilities,” stated Col. Eldon Metzger, program manager for the Navy and Marine Corps small tactical unmanned air systems program office at Naval Air Systems Command.

The RQ-21A Blackjack is eight feet long and has a 16-foot wingspan. It can fly up to sixteen hours at 19,500 feet. Its 8-horsepower engine can reach a max horizontal speed of 90 knots, and cruises at about 60 knots. At 140 pounds, it is very lightweight.

Because of the aircraft’s small size, it can be deployed from amphibious warships when there is not a lot of room, or also on land where there are no airfields. This is extremely useful due to the environments these types of aircrafts usually operate in.

"The majority of the sites we operate in do not have runways. That's why the RQ-21 is so well suited to these environments," says Col. Jim Rector, Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program manager.

The aircraft already saw action in Afghanistan when a Marine UAS squadron used one in spring of 2014 for operational land-based tests. It is set for its first maritime deployment in the spring.

Other key features of the RQ-21A Blackjack include:

  • Rapidly integrates new payloads for expanded mission sets.
  • Roll-on, roll-off capability supports ship-to-objective maneuvers.
  • Expeditionary and runway independent to support tactical missions on land and at sea.
  • Long endurance.
  • Minimal footprint accommodates small sites and deck operations.

Insitu was awarded a USD$43.7 million contract back in July of 2010 to design and develop the RQ-21A Blackjack.

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Newly released on February 2, 2015, the White House’s defense budget for 2016 will be submitted for congressional approval later this week. Since grossly exceeding the $499 billion spending cap implemented by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the budget is expected to undergo much criticism and debate as it passes through Congress. The Act imposes automatic sequestration for any budget that exceeds the spending cap, and the realized defense budget for 2016 will likely be greatly reduced. Out of the total budget of approximately $535 billion dollars, the Air Force has requested $152.9 billion, the Navy requested $161 billion, and the Army requested $126.5 billion.

The budget’s “modernization account” areas (procurement and research & development) totaled $177.5 billion (33% of base spending). Procurement allocation alone saw an increase of 15% over last year. Long neglected systems such as tanks and other armored vehicles are being given new life with $368 million for General Dynamics’ M1 Abrams upgrades, $225 million for BAE Systems’ M2 Bradley upgrades, $230 million for development of a new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, $152 million for M109 Paladin howitzer upgrades, and $308 million for procuring 450 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (replacing the Humvee).

Additionally, the 2016 budget reflects some changing priorities in the national security arena. Instead of focusing on the Afghanistan and Iraq wartime necessities of previous years, the upcoming year’s budget sees increasing amounts of funds allocated towards more innovative and technological projects such as high-speed strike weapons, advanced aircraft, lasers, and railgun technology. Further, the budget requests $14 billion for information technology and cyberspace enhancements. The Department of Defense alone has asked for $5.5 billion for cybersecurity defense. These considerations demonstrate the government’s renewed emphasis on area dominance, whether in air-land-sea or cyberspace.


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Boeing has secured the rights to provide engineering support for the guidance system of the LGM-30G Minuteman III, a United States Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The contract is worth USD$51 million.

     

“Boeing's uninterrupted support will ensure the Minuteman III force remains safe, secure, and effective,”

assured Boeing Directed Energy & Strategic Systems vice-president Peggy Morse. "Since 1958, Boeing has stood alongside the US Air Force to design, develop, and test ICBM systems.”

The program is one of the military’s longest contracts, with its beginnings dating back to 1958. Within ten years, there were 1,000 Minuteman missiles in operation across six US sites. During their peak production, 39,700 people were working on Minuteman projects. The operations were done exclusively in their missile silos.

Boeing’s LGM-30G Minuteman III is a ground-based, long-range, solid-fuel, three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile designed to carry up to three nuclear warheads. The letter “L” indicates that it is intended to be launched from a silo. The “G” means it is designed to attack targets on the ground. The “M” means that it is a guided missile.

There have been three versions of the Minuteman. Version I made its debut in 1962, and was replaced by Version II three years later. Version III is the current version, and has been since 1970.

Some further details on the LGM-30 Minuteman include:

  • Weight: 78,000 lb (35,300 kg)
  • Length: 59 ft 9.5 in (18.2 m)
  • Diameter: 5 ft 6 in (1.7 m) (1st stage)
  • Warhead type: Nuclear: W62, W78, or (2006 – present) W87
  • Unit cost: USD$7,000,000

Since 1998, Boeing has been maintaining the systems at its facility in Heath, Ohio. They are the original equipment manufacturer of the guidance system, and have an outstanding track record of reliability.

"Our team has extensive design and test data knowledge, and a record of zero discrepancies in nuclear weapons-related material inspections,"

said Morse.

Boeing will continue to support the US Air Force with their extensive system testing, evaluation, and development.

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In January of 2015, the US Navy announced that the MV-22 Osprey will replace the C-2A Greyhound as the force’s primary aircraft for carrier on board delivery (COD) missions. The Navy currently has a fleet of 35 Greyhound turboprops. Manufactured by Northrop Grumman, the aging C-2As were first introduced in 1966 with the Navy’s newest C-2As dating back to the 1990s. As a derivative of the company’s airborne early warning E-2 Hawkeye aircraft, the Greyhound was fitted with a widened fuselage and rear door for cargo loading. On January 5, 2015 in a memo signed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, the US Navy decided to replace the Greyhounds rather than upgrade them with new wings, a new cockpit, and a new engine system as was previously planned.

The replacement aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey was developed from a collaboration between helicopter manufacturer Bell Helicopter and aerospace giant The Boeing Company. The Osprey was first introduced in 2007 as a combination aircraft with characteristics of both helicopter and turboprop aircraft. This tiltrotor is designed for capability in both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) operations and can embark and land on a large range of naval carrier ships.

Although the aircraft’s readiness capability is still under debate, with erroneous inventory reports and work orders submitted by five squadron commanders between 2009 and 2011, the Osprey is favored for its multiple functionality, potentially proving useful in streamlining the Navy’s training, logistics, and operations. The Navy intends for the MV-22 to be used in a number of roles, including carrier delivery missions, transport, search and rescue missions, and special forces missions. Four MV-22s will be procured annually from 2018 to 2020 for a total of 12 aircraft.

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On January 27, 2015, the American telecommunications equipment company, Harris Corporation, was awarded a contract by the US Air National Guard to provide integrated tactical and land mobile radio communication systems. These communication systems include a five-channel vehicle communication system that will play a big role in ground-to-air correspondence in situations such as wartime, domestic emergency responses, and natural disasters. In addition to providing hardware to the US Air National Guard, the contract also calls for Harris Corporation to cover installation, training, and continuous service and support.

The five-channel communication system will utilize Harris Corporation’s wideband tactical radio solutions. Such radio systems include the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband man pack radios, the RF-7800I advanced vehicle intercom system, and the Unity XG-100M full-spectrum multiband mobile radio.

Specifications and features of said communication systems include:

Falcon III AN/PRC-117G: Features a software-defined, upgradable voice and data platform for processes including convoy tracing, intelligence recording and analysis, cooperative communications, course forecasting, and medical evacuation tasks. With a frequency range of 30MHz to 2GHz, the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G can produce simultaneous transmissions of voice and data feeds.

RF-7800I: Specialized for vehicle use, this system will permit users to communicate within the vehicle and can also integrate with other tactical vehicle/handheld radio systems.

Unity XG-100M: This full-spectrum radio will allow users to communicate with several jurisdictions and organizations functioning on multiple frequencies and systems. This radio is the only mobile on the market that is be able to utilize APCO P25 secure and analogue FM communications across VHF, UHF, and 700MHz to 800MHz bands.

By producing an advanced system, Harris looks to provide a bridge between tactical and civilian responders all while giving the US Air National Guard the ability to quickly respond to all calls for aid and coordination.

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Dassault Aviation is a leading manufacturer and producer of smaller sized jet aircraft. This French company was founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch with the original name as Societe des Avions Marcel Bloch. It was not until 1990 where the company was renamed to Dassault Aviation. Currently, Dassault Aviation is owned by the Dassault Group, Airbus Group,and Private investors. Dassault Aviation produces military, regional, and business jets in which countries all across the world use for their aerospace needs. The public company employs over 11,600 people and has met over 4.5 Billion Euros in yearly revenue and over 487 Million Euros in net income. A primary source of their success comes from their most popular family of aircraft, the Dassault Falcon.

The Dassault Falcon aircraft family is a series of business jets that are the most popular of the company's products. Models include the Dassault Falcon 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 7X, 100, 200, 900, 2000, Cargo Jet, Guardian, and 5X. These families of jets are primarily used for commercial/charter use. Along with personal business jet use, companies such as Federal Express use the aircraft for air express package delivery service out of their distribution centers. Dassault Falcon jets are also used for Military and Defense purposes. Many countries across the world use them for defense purposes. Primary users include the French Navy, United States Coast Guard, Japan Coast Guard, Nigerian Air Force, and the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Dassault Aviation to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-nsnparts.us and contact at sales@asap-nsnparts.us for a quote.


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