French land arms specialist Nextel and German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann will sign an agreement to form a 50:50 partnership Wednesday, the French Defense Ministry said. (...) The joint venture will have combined annual sales of almost €2 billion. A privatization law for state-owned Nexter is undergoing a review under the constitutional court, as the upper and lower parliamentary houses have adopted the measure. (...) The Bode family controls KMW.
French and German tank manufacturers Nexter and KMW on Wednesday sealed a tie-up to create an European tank-making giant that hopes to become a leader in the international market. After 10 years of discussions and a year of intensive negotiations, often overshadowed by reservations from the German side, the deal was inked at the defence ministry in Paris. France's state-owned Nexter and the privately owned Kraus-Maffei Weigmann (KMW) -which will not merge but instead create a new joint venture- together have an annual turnover of some two billion euros and employ 6,000 people. The future entity [which will have its headquarters in the Netherlands] does not yet have an official name, but will become the world's fourth biggest manufacturer of land arms, such as tanks, armoured vehicles and cannons. It will come in behind American giant General Dynamics whose land arms branch has a turnover of six billion euros, Britain's BAE Systems and America's Oshkosh Defense (...) The enterprise is the latest in a line of European industrial tie-ups from the aeronautics industry such as Airbus and missile and defense systems manufacturers such as MBDA. The tie-up between Nexter and KMW has however raised concerns among politicians and industrialists in Germany who fear to lose control of their "Made in Germany" know-how. (...) The issue of arms exports, much more restrictive in Germany than France, is also a sensitive topic for Germans, 70 years after the end of WWII (...)
Development of revolutionary engines at GE Aviation is setting the stage for the next 50 years in military aircraft propulsion, engineers there believe.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has completed the delivery of the first batch of T129 attack helicopters to the Turkish Armed Forces.The batch comprises nine T129A helicopters built to an Early Delivery Helicopter (EDH) standard, with the final aircraft handed over in a ceremony on 31 July, a TAI spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 19 August.Turkey selected and ordered the Agusta A129 in 2007 as the basis for Turkey's attack and tactical reconnaissance (ATAK) programme. In total 51 of the locally modified and built T129s were ordered, with an option for 41 more (although current figures are for 50 plus 40).The initial batch of nine helicopters (described as A129s at the time) was ordered by Turkey in 2010 as a stop-gap measure for use against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) until the T129 entered service, after attempts to acquire 12 Bell AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters from the United States fell through.According to local media reports, the T129s have already been involved in the recently renewed fighting against the PKK.TAI said production has now begun in Ankara of the main batch of 50 T129B helicopters. The first of these is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015, with deliveries running until 2018.The first 30 T129Bs will be of an initial T129B1 (TUC-1) standard, featuring an Aselsan mission computer; AselFLIR-300T nose-mounted targeting turret, EW, and countermeasures; Thales helmet-mounted cueing system; and Hellfire II or Spike ER missiles. The final 20 helicopters will be of the T129B2 (TUC-2) standard, including an Aselsan AVCI helmet-mounted cueing system; Roketsan UMTAS anti-tank missiles and Cirit laser-guided 70 mm rockets; and improved UHF/VHF communications.
Key PointsA JLTV builder is slated to be chosen in the coming weeksAM General, Lockheed Martin, and Oshkosh are competing to replace the overburdened HumveeThe Pentagon is expected to downselect a supplier for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), a long-planned replacement for the Humvee, bringing a potentially significant windfall to either AM General, Lockheed Martin, or Oshkosh.A Defense Acquisition Board meeting to finalise the low-rate initial production (LRIP) plan for the programme is scheduled for 25 August - although these dates often change - and shortly after that a contractor team would be selected for production.An engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase has been ongoing since August 2012, when contracts were awarded to teams led by the three companies, with each submitting 22 prototypes for testing. That phase is scheduled to end in November.The US Army plans to buy 49,099 production vehicles from fiscal year 2015 (FY 2015) through FY 2040, with 2,200 annually from FY 2020-36. The US Marine Corps (USMC) plans for 5,500 production vehicles from FY 2015-21.If the LRIP phase is successful then full-rate production (FRP) could begin in FY 2018, resulting in an initial operational capability by mid-2018 for the USMC. Procurement for the army is to run through around 2040.In August 2012 contracts for the JLTV programme's current EMD phase were awarded to teams led by AM General, Lockheed Martin, and Oshkosh, with each team submitting 22 prototype vehicles for the upcoming testing.
O escritório de projetos Skunk Works (da Lockheed Martin) está projetando a próxima geração de aeronave de espionagem a alta altitude e longa distância. Internamente ela é conhecida como RQ-X ou UQ-2 e seria sucessor natural do U-2 e do Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk.O novo avião deverá combinar as melhores características do U-2 e do Global Hawk numa célula de projeto furtivo. O motor empregado deverá ser o General Electric F118 (mesmo motor do B-2) cujo desempenho é otimizado para voar em altitudes de 70 mil pés ou mais. A aeronave também deverá transportar muitos dos atuais sensores já calibrados para uso nessa altura.As informações foram divulgadas no ano em que o projeto original do U-2 comemora o seu 60º aniversário. A Força Aérea dos Estados Unidos (USAF) não tem nenhum requisito formal para um sucessor U-2, nem uma data para começar a investir no assunto, mas a Skunk Works vê uma necessidade futura e já trabalha na concepção.
AERONAVE DE COMBATE E ATAQUE DA AIRBUS HELICOPTERS SEGUE PARA A UCRÂNIA PARA EXIBIÇÃO NA FEIRA MSPOA Airbus Helicopters realizou a primeira apresentação dinâmica do helicóptero Tigre em Varsóvia, na Polônia, na última quinta-feira, 27. A aeronave demonstrou suas capacidades no país uma semana antes de pousar para exibição na 23ª edição da MSPO – Feira internacional da Indústria de Defesa, que acontece até 4 de setembro, na Ucrânia.A unidade em demonstração é o moderno helicóptero de combate Tigre HAD do Exército Francês que comprovou, durante os voos, sua capacidade para combate. A aeronave traz alta tecnologia empregada com a primeira estrutura all-composite, ou seja, toda produzida em material composto, um dos mais recentes cockpits de vidro e uma gama completa de armamento que lhe permite cumprir com sucesso missões como ataque, escolta, apoio a fogo em solo, reconhecimento armado e combate.Com seu design plano e estreito, o Tigre apresenta vantagens que incluem baixas chances de ser detectado, baixa vulnerabilidade, alta capacidade de sobrevivência, grande agilidade e manobrabilidade. Equipado com um canhão de 30 milímetros extremamente preciso e uma gama de mísseis e foguetes montados na asa em conjunto com um sistema de guerra eletrônica altamente eficiente dando-lhe versatilidade inigualável. Além disso, ele pode ser totalmente operado a partir do mar.O Tigre também oferece uma ótima relação para operação – é fácil de manter, não requer infraestrutura pesada e apresenta ótimo nível de disponibilidade.A Airbus Helicopters já entregou mais de 120 helicópteros Tigre para a França, Alemanha, Espanha e Austrália e as aeronaves já acumularam mais de 68.000 horas de vôo.DIVULGAÇÃO: Convergência Comunicação Estratégica
Key PointsNorthrop Grumman's JSTARS offering could be delivered to the USAF and enter service by 2021The acceleration would avoid the 2022-28 time frame when the air force is scheduled to be procuring its three most costly recapitalisation effortsNorthrop Grumman's Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) offering could be delivered to the US Air Force (USAF) and in service by 2021, ahead of a six-year period of costly acquisition for the service, company executives said during a briefing at their platform provider Gulfstream's facility in Savannah, Georgia.The USAF currently plans to begin replacing the legacy Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS with a new business jet-based solution by 2023."At the end of the day we think we can go a lot faster," said Alan Metzger, vice-president for next-generation surveillance and targeting at Northrop Grumman's military aircraft systems division. He said accelerating the programme would avoid the 2022-28 time frame when the air force is procuring the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft, the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker, and the long-range strike bomber all simultaneously.Last month the USAF awarded USD10-11 million pre-engineering and manufacturing development contracts for JSTARS to Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.Northrop Grumman is working with business jet manufacturer Gulfstream and systems integrator L-3 Aerospace Systems, while Lockheed Martin has said it is partnering with Bombardier and Raytheon. Boeing has not announced any partnerships to date.The air force is turning to a business jet solution for the new JSTARS in order to cut operating costs. A business jet will use up to 80% less fuel than the legacy Boeing 707-300 and accommodate a 12-person crew instead of the current 21.Northrop Grumman executives said they will likely offer the Gulfstream G550, but the longer-range G650 remains an option should the USAF increase its range requirement. The G550 has a range of 6,750 nm at Mach 0.8, while the G650 has a 7,000 nm range at Mach 0.85, according to a company fact sheet.The G650 can also reach 41,000 feet in 25 minutes, according to Troy Miller, regional vice-president for military and special mission sales at Gulfstream. The ability to reach high altitudes is also an important factor for the air force, said Metzger."You can put the biggest radar on the biggest jet you have and if you fly at an altitude lower than something that flies higher, you're not going to see anything else because you've got blockage" on the ground, he said. "There are larger radars out there, but you can't really take advantage of them if you can't fly them any higher."The Northrop Grumman team has been flying a G550 JSTARS prototype for the last three years. The aircraft already has about 60 to 70% of its JSTARS-specific modifications, according to Metzger.
AgustaWestland has confirmed reports that an AW609 prototype crashed this morning, killing both pilots. Our sympathies go out to the pilots' families, friends and coworkers.
On February 8, 2016, ANTONOV Company completed assembly of the fuselage of the first new transport aircraft−demonstrator AN−132D. At present, works on the aircraft final assembly (joining the main aircraft aggregates – wing, tail union, pylons, engine nacelles) are in progress at the enterprise.According to Mykhaylo Gvozdov, President of ANTONOV Company, "the next stage of the first AN−132 construction was performed in accordance with the approved schedule. So, we meet commitments to our partners and keep the fixed terms of the program development".Completion of the AN−132 construction is scheduled for the end of 2016. After series of the test flights, ANTONOV Company and its partners on the programme: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Taqnia Aeronautics Co. (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) will present the aircraft to the potential customers in Saudi Arabia. "Our country needs such airplanes, the market has very high potential. Creating the AN−132 we generated a cluster of aerospace industry in one platform. We had a study that forecasting very good number of this aircraft to be utilized in Saudi Arabia", – said Dr. Khaled Abdullah Alhussain, Director of National Aerospace Technology Center, KACST.Aircraft operators from South−East Asia and Latin America expressed their interest in the AN−132.Questions on the interaction on the AN−132 programme, development and initiation of the new joint will be discussed during participation of ANTONOV Company in AFED−2016 to be held in Ar Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, within a period from the 21st to the 28th February 2016.
(...)This Agreement sets certain plans as for delivery, organization of operation, after−sale support of Antonov aircraft of the AN−132, AN−148 families and AN−178. It also concerns further joint works on organization of cooperative production of the AN−132 in KSA.(...)