APES 0007, El Ingeniero

martes, 13 de julio de 2010

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Indra desarrolla para Eurocopter el simulador del helicóptero EC225



EADS y Boeing recortan losprecios de los cisterna en la puja por el KC-X



EADS UCAV demonstrator Neuron Pushes To Recover Schedule



Taranis Combat Aircraft Thunders into view

Warton, United Kingdom; A prototype unmanned combat aircraft of the future, Taranis, has been unveiled by the UK Ministry of Defence for the first time today.

Named after the Celtic god of thunder, the concept demonstrator will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even in another continent.

Should such systems enter into service, they will at all times be under the control of highly trained military crews on the ground.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire, Minister for International Security Strategy Gerald Howarth said: "Taranis is a truly trailblazing project. The first of its kind in the UK, it reflects the best of our nation's advanced design and technology skills and is a leading programme on the global stage."

Representing the pinnacle of UK engineering and aeronautical design, Taranis is an informal partnership of the UK MoD and industry talents including BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, QinetiQ and GE Aviation.

Speaking on behalf of the industry team, Nigel Whitehead, Group managing director of BAE Systems' Programmes & Support business, said: "Taranis has been three and a half years in the making and is the product of more than a million man-hours. It represents a significant step forward in this country's fast-jet capability. This technology is key to sustaining a strong industrial base and to maintain the UK's leading position as a centre for engineering excellence and innovation."

The Taranis prototype will provide the UK MoD with critical knowledge on the technical and manufacturing challenges and the potential capabilities of Unmanned Combat Air Systems.

Flight trials are due in 2011.


  1. - Taranis is an Unmanned Combat Aircraft System (UCAS) advanced technology demonstrator
  2. - The project aims to contribute to the understanding of strategic UCAS, through the demonstration of relevant technologies and their integration into a representative UAV system. Taranis will provide the UK MoD with experimental evidence on the potential capabilities of this class of UAV and help to inform decisions on the future mix of manned and unmanned fast jet aircraft.
  3. - Named after the Celtic God of Thunder, Taranis will explore and demonstrate how emerging technologies and systems can deliver battle-winning capabilities for the UK Armed Forces incorporating both an autonomous and survivable UAV concept design. Any future in-service systems based on such a concept design will be under the command of highly skilled ground based operators who will also be able to remotely pilot the aircraft.
  4. - About the size of a BAE Systems Hawk Jet, Taranis is jointly funded by the UK MoD and UK industry and is managed by the UK MoD's Unmanned Air Systems Project Team in the Defence Equipment and Support organisation based in Bristol.
  5. - Initial ground-based testing commenced in 2010 with first flight expected to take place in 2011 on successful conclusion of ground based testing.
  6. - In addition to the existing industry partners, the project will also engage a significant number of other UK suppliers who will provide supporting technology and components.

  1. - The initial concept for the project was built on the BAE Systems funded Raven programme and many other technology de-risking activities undertaken under both industry and MoD funding.
  2. - The Raven programme demonstrated in flight an autonomous system using a configuration similar to the one proposed for Taranis.
  3. - Building on the success of the Raven programme Taranis aims to push the boundaries by providing advancements in low observability capability and autonomous mission systems operations demonstrating the feasibility and utility of UAVs.
  4. - The joint funded contact was placed in December 2006. Originally valued at £124.5M, the contract has been uplifted under separate approvals to £142.5M and extended by approximately one year to accommodate an additional programme of work with a wider scope. This utilises the Taranis air vehicle to provide further outputs with wider exploitation into manned fast jet aircraft and includes additional risk mitigation activities to enable full realisation of the programme objectives.
  5. - BAE Systems was appointed as the industry lead and prime contractor of this joint project to develop a worldclass UAV TDP called Taranis.
  6. - BAE Systems formed an exclusive teaming arrangement combining Rolls-Royce, the Systems division of GE Aviation (formerly Smiths Aerospace) and QinetiQ to work alongside UK MoD military staff and scientists to develop and fly Taranis.
  7. - BAE Systems, as prime contractor, will provide many elements of the Taranis technology demonstrator, including the low observability, systems integration, control infrastructure and full autonomy elements (in partnership with QinetiQ).
  8. - Rolls-Royce will focus on the next generation propulsion installation for the demonstrator and the Systems division of GE Aviation will utilise their skills in 'vehicle systems'.
  9. - The TDP Programme also uses a number of other UK based suppliers.
  10. - Other BAE Systems companies include BAE Systems Australia, who supply the flight control computing and support from BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (INSYTE) with C4ISTAR related work.
Taranis Fact Sheet

for furthter information, photos, videos... Taranis MicroSite


Boeing taps hydrogen for Phantom Eye UAV

Boeing on Monday unveiled a potential new eye in the sky, this one powered by hydrogen fuel.

The Phantom Eye, an unmanned aerial vehicle from the company's Phantom Works division, is expected to make its first flight early next year. Boeing is pitching the demonstrator UAV as a "first of its kind" aircraft that "could open up a whole new market in collecting data and communications.


Putin Tells Aeroflot to Buy Russian Planes


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reprimanded Aeroflot on Saturday for not purchasing enough Russian-made planes, telling the state-run carrier's CEO that growing profits and dividends were not its only concern.

The airline recently announced plans to purchase a combined 44 planes from Boeing and Airbus, compared with 30 of Sukhoi's regional SuperJet, starting in 2016.


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