Digital flight control system on US Army CH-47F to use BAE Systems CsLEOS™ real-time operating systemAn open-architecture real-time operating system developed by BAE Systems has been selected for use on the newest version of the U.S. Army’s CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopter, the CH-47F. The CsLEOS™ operating system will underpin the helicopter’s digital flight control system. The digital control will replace analog flight controls on CH-47D helicopters as Boeing upgrades 300 of the aircraft to the F-model standard under contract to the U.S. Army. Its digital design will provide significantly greater reliability, maintainability, and flexibility than the existing analog control. The system also will incorporate a built-in diagnostic system for detecting and analyzing system failures and faults. “The operating system that runs an aircraft flight control computer must be exceptionally robust,” said Milan Dedek, CsLEOS product manager for BAE Systems Aerospace Controls. “Our operating system was developed specifically for use on flight control and other mission-critical aircraft systems and is ideally suited to this use. We are proud that CsLEOS has been chosen to demonstrate its capabilities on this important Army program.” An ARINC-653-compliant, fault-tolerant, hard-real-time operating system, CsLEOS was designed from the ground up for safety- and mission-critical applications that place a premium on security, predictable real-time response, and safety. Utilizing hardware memory protection, CsLEOS provides “Brick-wall” time, space, and resource partitioning between the kernel and applications operating on the same hardware platform. It also assures resource availability in both the time and space domains. This combination facilitates the robust partitioning defined in ARINC 653, enabling applications with different DO-178B safety levels to run concurrently on the same processor. CsLEOS also supports “on-the-fly” application rescheduling, giving it the flexibility needed to meet a broad range of today’s safety-critical applications. To assure fast recovery for time-critical events without compromising system safety, CsLEOS synchronizes all redundant channels on a frame-by-frame, lock-step basis, ensuring that all channels process the same data concurrently. In the event of a fault on one of the channels, the RTOS restarts the channel within milliseconds. To further enhance fault tolerance, CsLEOS provides a built-in health monitor. To streamline application development, upgrades, and D0-178B certification, CsLEOS supports independent loading of application modules. Unlike approaches in which a portion of the kernel must be linked to each application, CsLEOS interacts exclusively with applications through its applications programming interface. This enables existing applications to be modified and new applications to be built and installed without the entire system having to be recompiled and rebuilt. About BAE SystemsBAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defense systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company employs more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately £12 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations. BAE Systems North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 25,000 people who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers’ needs with highly innovative and leading edge solutions across the defense electronics, systems, information technology, and services arenas. BAE Systems Platform Solutions Sector provides a wide range of products and capabilities that include fly-by-wire flight controls, digital autopilots and flight directors, full-authority digital engine controls, inertial sensors and navigation guidance systems, displays, integrated avionics, power management systems, unmanned aerial vehicle systems, low-visibility precision landing systems, air traffic management systems, launch-vehicle controls, and hybrid electric vehicle drive systems. The sector is based in Johnson City, N.Y., and employs more than 6,000 people at facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
RAFAEL anuncia nova versão do míssil Spike-ERA RAFAEL anunciou o aparecimento de mais um membro da família de mísseis israelenses Spike: trata-se da variante PBF (Penetration, Blast and Fragmentation, ou Penetração, Sopro e Fragmentação) do Spike-ER. A nova versão foi desenvolvida para possibilitar o uso em áreas urbanas e conflitos de baixa intensidade com um mínimo de danos colaterais. A variante básica do Spike-ER contém duas cabeças de guerra em tandem, capazes de penetrar a blindagens de carros de combate pesados em alcances de até 8km. Pode ser disparado de dia ou de noite a partir de helicópteros, veículos leves e plataformas navais, dispondo ainda das capacidades de poder ter a missão abordada após o lançamento, atacar alvos ocultos e realizar vigilância e avaliação de danos em tempo real.
3 de julho de 2004FAB negocia aeronaves de segunda-mãoA FAB está estudando uma proposta sul-africana para o fornecimento, por US$2 milhões, de dois lotes de treinadores bipostos Atlas Impala Mk.1. O primeiro seria de 22 aeronaves, a serem entregues juntamente com 48 motores Viper; no segundo, viriam mais 23 aviões. O Atlas Impala Mk. 1 é a versão do Aermacchi MB326 construída sob licença na África do Sul em número de 151 exemplares. Com esses aeronaves, a combalida frota de Xavante da FAB seria reforçada, podendo o tipo se manter em serviço até 2010.
3 de julho de 2004Sensor sul-africano escolhido para o RafaleO sistema de determinação e acompanhamento da posição da cabeça do piloto desenvolvido pela Denel foi escolhido para instalação nos caças multifunção Rafale encomendados pela França. O equipamento é vital para a utilização de displays e/ou visores de tiro acoplados ao capacete do piloto, e também foi selecionado para uso no Gripen e no Eurofighter Typhoon. Utilizando diodos emissores de luz, o sistema é imune a variações do ambiente eletromagnético do cockpit, e não requer recalibragem quando da instalação de outros equipamentos.
Egypt requests upgrade of three CH-47Cs to D configurationOn 6 July 2004, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt to upgrade three CH-47C Chinook medium lift helicopters to the newer CH-47D configuration as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $108 million. The Government of Egypt has requested a possible sale to upgrade three CH-47C Chinook medium lift helicopters to the newer CH-47D configuration, eight T55-L-712 turbine engines, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, communications equipment, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government Quality Assurance Team, contractor representatives, contractor engineering and technical support services, preparation of aircraft for shipment, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $108 million. This proposed sale would contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been an important force for political stability in the Middle East. The Egyptian Armed Forces will use these helicopters for troop transport and logistics support. They may also be deployed in future joint exercises with the United States such as Operation Bright Star. Egypt, which already has CH-47 helicopters in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing the upgraded helicopters. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractor will be Boeing Helicopter Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will require a U.S. contractor representative for up to two years in Egypt. Additionally, four contractor representatives and several U.S. Government Quality Assurance personnel will be required for one week following the arrival of the aircraft. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded. Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Lockheed Martin / Northrop Grumman team delivers first Longbow radar hardware to JapanORLANDO, FL, July 6, 2004 -- Longbow International, a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) joint venture, delivered the first two of 23 Longbow Fire Control Radar units to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) in support of the Japanese Defense Force. “This delivery is important because it is the first in support of a licensed production program in which Longbow International transfers technology to MELCO,” said Tom Eldredge, Longbow International program manager. “This technology transfer will enable MELCO to perform final assembly and test of fire control radar line replaceable units.” MELCO representatives visually inspected the assembled hardware, and the Longbow International program quality manager signed the certificate of conformance, establishing that units meet procedures and requirements for final acceptance and sell-off of the units. “Customer inspection of the deliverable hardware was highly successful,” said Bill Liable, Longbow International quality manager. “This was the first time MELCO representatives were exposed to the hardware. They were very satisfied with the inspection and data review, noting that the Longbow fire control radar team had demonstrated commitment and dedication to deliver nothing but the best quality products.”With U.S. government approval, Longbow International is transferring technology in exchange for license fees and royalties. The government of Japan selected the Apache in August 2001, and decided to enter a licensed production program contract rather than a direct purchase. MELCO was selected as the fire control radar customer-teammate. The agreement specifies that approximately 60 aircraft and 23 radars will be procured in annual contracts for two or three fire control radars per year for 10 years. The Longbow system comprises a fire control radar, a radio frequency (RF) interferometer, a fire-and-forget RF Longbow Hellfire missile and an M299 launcher. The Longbow system’s integrated capabilities enhance the Apache’s lethality fourfold and its survivability sevenfold. Longbow’s radar enables the pilot to rapidly and automatically search, detect, locate, classify and prioritize multiple moving and stationary targets.“This contract for delivery of fire control radars and RF interferometers to the government of Japan through MELCO continues a tradition of providing the world’s finest attack helicopter equipped with the latest technology sensor systems to our allies,” said Richard Russell, Longbow International president.The licensed production work scope includes all of the hardware in line replaceable unit kits consisting of line replaceable modules, shop replaceable units, cables and chassis for final assembly and test of the mast mounted assembly, programmable signal processor and low-power radio frequency units by MELCO. It also includes the test equipment required for final assembly and test, training for production and documentation. Current contract work is performed in Orlando and Ocala, FL; Baltimore, MD and Owego, NY. Baltimore-based Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense and commercial electronic systems and sensors, including airborne radar, navigation systems, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace management systems, communication systems, space sensors, marine and naval systems, government systems and logistics services.Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2003 sales of $31.8 billion.
GE Delivers First CT7-8E Engines For US101/EH101 HelicoptersJuly 06, 2004 -- LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS -- GE has delivered the first set of three CT7-8E engines to Agusta Westland for the US101/EH101. The CT7-8E has been selected as the powerplant for the US101 helicopter being proposed for the U.S. Marine Corp VXX program. "We are very pleased to be a part of the US101 team," said Ed Birtwell, vice president of Turboshaft Engines at GE. "With the recent FAA certification, the CT7-8E provides the most advanced engine in its class for the US101 and the EH101, delivering 20 percent more power with a state-of-the-art FADEC (full authority digital electronic control) system. This is an important milestone for GE Turboshaft Engines. For over two years, we have been working with the helicopter team to develop the growth engine for the US101/EH101, and we are proud to now deliver this superior product on schedule." GE delivered the first set of engines for the first model of the EH101 19 years ago. Since then, the GE-powered EH101 has amassed over 100,000 engine flight hours, serving a worldwide customer base. The CT7-8E, the newest member of the CT7/T700 engine family, incorporates improvements derived from over 50 million flight hours on over 30 different helicopter and fixed-wing applications powered by CT7/T700 engines throughout the world. The CT7-8E features an advanced, higher-flow compressor designed with new 3D aerodynamic technology, a modern FADEC system, a hot section and turbines proven on GE's CT7-9 engine, and significantly increased hot-temperature/high-altitude performance. GE Transportation, Aircraft Engines, part of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is one of the world's leading manufacturers of jet engines for civil and military aircraft, including engines produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma Moteurs and GE. In addition, GE Transportation, Aircraft Engines provides comprehensive maintenance support for GE and non-GE jet engines in service throughout the world.
Eurocopter Romania completes first Royal Air Force Puma upgrade6th July 2004An important phase has been covered on the delivery, today, in Brasov, to the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, of the first PUMA helicopter completely refurbished and overhauled by EUROCOPTER ROMANIA. After the investments made in 2002 and 2003 to provide EUROCOPTER ROMANIA with a modern production hall, this delivery demonstrates factually what the company is capable of offering on the worldwide, highly competitive market, referring to overhaul/repair and upgrading works for both civil and military PUMA helicopters.Starting this moment by the end of the year, other three PUMA helicopters will be delivered to the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom.Another important phase will be covered at the beginning of September on starting the upgrading works for 24 PUMA helicopters belonging to the UAE Armed Forces, in cooperation with S.C. IAR S.A. Brasov. The works are complex, looking at a complete re-motorization, the installation of a new automatic pilot and of a new avionics system.In the same time, EUROCOPTER ROMANIA develops its activities so that it may cover the civil market needs in Romania as well as in the neighboring countries.Thus, at the beginning of January, the company was certified by the Romanian Civil Aeronautical Authority, as per European regulations, as a JAR 145 repair and overhaul centre for the EC 135 helicopter. This agreement allows the company to assure the technical support for the civil customers operating such type of helicopter in Romania. Two such helicopters are going to be delivered next week to the Ministry of Health. An extension of this agreement is in preparation for other types of helicopters (EC 120, EC 155, AS 350, AS 365) in order to cover the entire range of helicopters currently operated in Romania by both civil and para-public customers.Source: Eurocopter
Team US101 selects Applied Geo Technologies to supply wiring harnesses for Marine One helicopterChoctaw, MS, July 1, 2004 – The US101 team competing to offer the next Marine One helicopter for the President of the United States expanded by one today with the announcement that Applied Geo Technologies (AGT), a CHAHTA Enterprise company owned by the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Indians, will supply wiring harnesses for the US101 medium-lift executive aircraft. “The Choctaw Indians are the latest addition to Team US101, a partnership of more than 200 small and medium-sized American companies in 41 states that are creating thousands of long-term jobs to build the most capable and best-equipped helicopter for the President at a time of increased threat,” said Stephen C. Moss, AgustaWestland Inc's president.CHAHTA Enterprise is a leading supplier of wiring harnesses for the automotive industry with manufacturing facilities in Choctaw, MS and Mexico. Customers include Ford, General Motors and Daimler-Chrysler. Under this agreement, US101 team member AgustaWestland will enter AGT into a mentoring protégé program that will allow AGT to expand into the aerospace industry; AgustaWestland will also assist AGT in further developing its aerospace capability to compete successfully in both the commercial and military markets. This agreement paves the way for the creation of new employment opportunities in Choctaw, MS. “AGT is yet another solid example of Team US101’s commitment to create jobs by building, integrating and maintaining the US101 helicopter in the United States,” said Stephen D. Ramsey, Lockheed Martin’s US101 vice president and general manager.“The Choctaw Indians have a proud heritage of faith in their country and their freedom and it’s an honor for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to be part of the team that will build the US101 for the President of the United States,” said Chief Phillip Martin.“AGT is proud to be a part of the US101 team building the most technologically-advanced medium lift helicopter in the world,” said Allen Hines, AGT’s president. “The expansion of our business into the military and civil aerospace markets will create additional jobs in Mississippi.”
NUEVA ZELANDA ADJUDICA A INDRA UN CONTRATO PARA EL SUMINISTRO DE UN SISTEMA DE DEFENSA ANTIAÉREA.Indra se ha hecho con un contrato del Ministerio de Defensa de Nueva Zelanda para la implantación, integración y mantenimiento de un sistema de defensa antiaérea por un importe global de diez millones de euros. Este contrato supone el primer suministro de la empresa española a las Fuerzas de Defensa neocelandesas. El puesto de mando de integrará en el sistema táctico de comunicaciones móviles del Ejército. El sistema entrará en servicio a finales de 2006.
EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON EN SINGAPUR.El pasado 28 de junio dos aviones Typhoon de la Royal Air Force –RAF- salieron de las instalaciones de BAE Systems en Warton – base actual del Typhoon en el Reino Unido – con rumbo a Singapur, donde el avión ha sido seleccionado para la fase final del programa de sustitución del avión de combate de este país. Tras cinco días de navegación y 13.000 kilómetros recorridos en varias etapas, los aviones llegaron a su destino el viernes día 2 por la tarde. Los aviones Typhoon se quedarán en Singapur alrededor de dos semanas. Este desplazamiento representa un gran reto, ya que el avión ha entrado en servicio en la RAF solo a finales de 2003 y que se encuentra en la fase inicial de vida operativa. El requerimiento de Singapur de realizar la evaluación “in situ” ha coincidido con la necesidad de ensayar algunos elementos del Typhoon. El desplazamiento del avión a Singapur cumple así con una serie de objetivos, incluidos ensayos operativos iniciales de reabastecimiento en vuelo, ensayos de soportabilidad del avión y evaluación de sus prestaciones en ambientes cálidos y húmedos.