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Message par alain57 le Jeu 09 Juil 2009, 16:36

Boeing unveils first Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet

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:35 GMT, July 9, 2009 ST. LOUIS | Boeing [NYSE: BA] today unveiled the first of 24 F/A-18F Block II Super Hornets for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during a ceremony at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems'
production facilities in St. Louis. The aircraft will be delivered later this month, three months ahead of schedule.

"The Super Hornet is on its way to delivering advanced combat capabilities to the Royal Australian Air Force," said Bob Gower, Boeing vice president of F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs. "Cooperation and great teamwork on the part
of Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation, the Royal Australian Air Force, the U.S. Navy and the Hornet Industry Team have enabled the first RAAF Super Hornet to be delivered within budget and ahead of schedule."

The remaining 23 Super Hornets, each equipped with the Raytheon-built APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, will be delivered to the RAAF throughout 2010 and 2011.

"The RAAF Super Hornet will bring a new generation of air power to Australia," said Group Capt. Steve Roberton,
Head Air Combat Transition Office, RAAF. "Its advanced, networked weapons system will deliver enhanced air combat capability across the spectrum of air-to-air, strategic land attack and maritime strike, which is so important for Australia. It is a true multirole aircraft and there's a lot of excitement on the ground in the Air Combat Group
about its arrival."

The Australian government announced in March 2007 that it would acquire 24 of the F/A-18F multirole fighters, making
that country the first international Super Hornet customer.

"The rollout of the first RAAF Block II Super Hornet is an important and exciting milestone for all of the Australian and U.S. team members, who have accomplished a great deal of significant work to make this event possible," said U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Darrah, F/A-18 and EA-18 program manager, PMA-265. "Our long and successful relationship has been mutually beneficial during the RAAF classic Hornet program, and taking this next logical step with the acquisition of the Super Hornet is a win-win for both nations.
The Super Hornet's inherent tactical capabilities and ability to force multiply speak for themselves."

The Block II F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft, able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions. Boeing
has delivered more than 395 F/A-18E/Fs to the U.S. Navy. Every Super Hornet produced has been delivered on or ahead of schedule.

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Message par alain57 le Jeu 09 Juil 2009, 17:03

L'Inde veut 230 avions Sukhoi SU-30 d'ici 2015

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The Indian air force plans to more than double the size of its [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien] fleet to 230 aircraft by 2015 as part of a plan to accelerate
its fighter modernisation.


Defence minister A K Antony told the Indian parliament's upper house that the air force "feels that the Su-30 - one of the advanced fighter aircraft in the world - is best suited for Indian conditions".

The air force now has 98 Su-30s in service. India signed a $1.46 billion contract with Russia to buy 40 Su-30s in 1996 and reached a technology transfer agreement allowing [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien] to licence-produce the fighter in India.
HAL is also upgrading some of the older Su-30s to the advanced Su-30MKI standard.


It is not clear if the additional fighters will be produced at HAL, which rolled out the first indigenous Su-30MKI in November 2004. The company, however, has faced delays in the assembly and production of aircraft like the [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien], BAE Hawk and even the Su-30. HAL officials have been open to the possibility of opening an additional Su-30MKI production line if there is a commitment from the air force.

Accelerating the induction of the Su-30 fleet will allow the air force to speed up the modernisation of its fleets and retire its older, mainly Russian, combat aircraft, which have suffered from a lack of proper maintenance and been plagued by crashes. According to Antony
there have been 22 air force crashes involving MiG fighters since
1 April 2006.

In the first six months of this year, there have been eight crashes of all types, including one of an Su-30 in April. That crash, during a routine training flight, was the first accident involving the type since it entered service almost 12 years ago.
The pilot survived, but his co-pilot died a few hours later.


[Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]officials are working with a board of inquiry looking into the accident.
The black box, which was "badly damaged", has been sent to a
UK company for analysis. It has not been revealed if it was a Russian-made or indigenous Su-30 that crashed, but Antony says that a "continuous and multi-faceted effort is always under way to
enhance and upgrade flight safety" in the air force.


"Measures to enhance the quality of training to improve the skill levels, ability to exercise sound judgement and situational awareness of pilots are being pursued. Constant interaction with original equipment manufacturers, both indigenous and foreign, is also maintained to overcome the technical defects of aircraft," he adds.

An Indian competition to buy 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft is at the field evaluation stage and a contract is likely to be signed in the 2010-11 financial year, Antony told the upper house.

New Delhi had hoped to begin taking delivery of its first aircraft from 2012. But industry sources say that if a contract is signed in 2011, the earliest that India will be able to receive its first aircraft is 2014.

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Message par VictorK le Jeu 09 Juil 2009, 22:00

King Air 350 SkyEye

Aerial Surveiilance System Inc propose une nouvelle version de surveillance du Beech (il existe déjà le MC 12 dans l'USAF ), avec des King Air d'occasion.

Sur Aviation Week :

With the growing use of King Air twin-turboprops for surveillance, a new venture is offering to deliver outfitted platforms on short notice by having a pipeline of aircraft in modification.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Aerial Surveillance Systems Inc. (ASSI) has selected modification specialist Stevens Aviation to install an adapted cargo pod, sensor, operator’s console, avionics and other mission hardware on low-time used King Air 350s.

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The modified King Air is being marketed to government and military customers as the SkyEye 350. The first aircraft is in modification and is scheduled to fly at the beginning of September, says Stevens Aviation’s Frank Golden.

ASSI has selected FLIR Systems as electro-optical/infrared sensor provider, and will equip the aircraft to take either the Star Safire HD or Brite Star II system, he says. Rosen Aviation is supplying console displays and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems the mission control software.

Golden says ASSI’s business plan is to have two or three aircraft in modification at all times, so they can be customized and delivered within three to four months, compared with 18 months for a traditional acquisition.

The smaller King Air B200 will be offered as a lower-cost platform, he says, while the companies will also offer to install the basic mission package on other aircraft types, including the Cessna 208 Caravan.

The U.S. Air Force’s MC-12W Project Liberty surveillance platform is based on the King Air 350ER, with missionization led by L-3 Communications. The U.S. Army’s Task Force ODIN operates several modified King Airs.

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