Russian Navy to get fifth generation carrier fighter after 2020

miércoles, 29 de septiembre de 2010

Previously, representatives of the armed forces command and Defense Ministry had said a new naval fighter based on the Sukhoi T.50 design could enter service around 2016.

"It's difficult to say when this aircraft will enter naval service. First it will go into service with the air force, and then be 'navalised.' To build a new aircraft from scratch costs huge money, it's irrational and not competent. Conditions might be suitable by 2020," he said.


PICTURE: Poland unveils first modernised Orlik trainer

Dubbed the Orlik TC-II, the aircraft features a Pratt & Whitney PT6-25C engine, which replaces its original Walter M601T, plus new wings, Garmin avionics and rearranged cockpit instruments.

The upgrades result in the Orlik TC-II having an improved climb rate, an increased top speed of 246kt (456km/h), a claimed 40% improvement in manoeuverability and a 20% reduction in fuel consumption.


First serial Su-30M2 completed test flights

Moscow, September 28. Sukhoi Company has completed factory flight tests for the first serial multi-role double seater Su-30M2 fighter jet. The tests occurred at the flight test station of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft production association named after Yuri Gagarin (KnAAPO).

At the present time the Su-30M2 is getting ready for the certification test.

The state contract for four Su-30M2 aircraft was signed with the Russian Ministry of Defense at the international aerospace show MAKS-2009. During the air show, the Ministry of Defense also signed contracts for 48 Su-35S multi-function super-maneuverable fighters and 12 upgraded Su-27SM fighter jets.

The Su-30M2 is a long-range strike aircraft based on the Su-30 fighter design optimized for precision strikes on ground and naval targets



Un tribunal reconoce una falta penal en el accidente del A-330 que cubria la ruta Río-París

La Comisión de Indemnización de Víctimas de Infracciones Penales del Tribunal de Gran Instancia de Tulon considera oportuno conceder una indemnización de 20.000 euros a los familiares de una de las azafatas que perdió la vida en el accidente, dada la "coexistencia de fallos anteriores y de un fallo constatado la noche del accidente que afectan a las sondas Pitot".

Se trata de la primera vez que la justicia francesa considera que hubiera podido haber una falta penal en relación con el accidente.


Pratt & Whitney hits back at Rolls-Royce in engine patent dispute – Suppliers Share Wrap

Pratt & Whitney has hit back at Rolls-Royce patent suit against it, filing a lawsuit against the UK-based engine manufacturer. The US company, a unit of United Technologies Corp, has filed a suit in a US Federal Court in Connecticut claiming that Rolls-Royce has misled the US Patent and Trademark Office to obtain a patent and then unlawfully used that patent to enter litigation against Pratt & Whitney, interfering with its business and engaging in unfair business practices.


CFM56 Fleet Logs Five Hundred Million Flight Hours

CINCINNATI, Ohio - 27 September 2010 - CFM International's CFM56 fleet has become the first high bypass turbofan family in history to achieve 500 million engine flight hours in service as the company celebrates its 36 anniversary.

The first CFM56 engines entered service in1982 powering re-engined DC-8 Super 70 aircraft and USAF KC-135 tankers. The engine provided a quantum leap to this industry segment in terms of fuel burn, noise and emissions levels. These early applications were followed by a succession of new aircraft applications, including the Boeing 737 Classic, the Airbus A320 and A340 families, and the Boeing 737NG.

CFM International was formed as a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE on September 24, 1974. In 2008, the two parent companies extended the partnership agreement to the year 2040. Through August 2010, CFM has received firm orders for a total of 26,500 engines.

Since the CFM56 first entered service in 1982, CFM International has delivered more than 21,000 engines to 500-plus operators around the globe. The fleet is logging one million flight hours every eight days and, at any given moment, there are more than 2,400 CFM56-powered aircraft in the air.

One of the distinguishing features of the CFM56 product line is its unrivaled reliability, which has served as the industry benchmark for more than 20 years. The average time on wing for current production CFM56 engines before a first shop visit is approximately 30,000 hours with the fleet records at 44000 hours. That equates to driving a car the distance to the moon and back 30 times without ever putting it in the garage for service. Or driving the same car for 1,000 years--the time it would take to log 15 million miles and circle the earth 367 times--with nothing more than oil changes and new spark plugs.

"We are obviously very proud of reaching half a billion flight hours, but we know we could never have achieved this milestone without the continued confidence of our customers around the world," said Eric Bachelet, president and CEO of CFM International (CFM). "From the beginning, the CFM model has been to meet all of its commitments, to continually invest in the product line, and to provide world-class customer and product support. It is a model that has enabled the CFM56 product line to become the industry benchmark for reliability and low cost of ownership, and it is the same model we are using for the future as we continue to expand the current CFM56 fleet and develop the LEAP-X engine for future generations of single-aisle aircraft."



Cargo UAS Steps Forward

The US Navy has finally issued the RFP to provide unmanned cargo services in Afghanistan to resupply small forward-based Marine Corps units. Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter have powered up the Bell 407-based Fire-X unmanned helicopter. And the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory has released an RFI for tactical evacuation of injured personnelusing unmanned aircraft. All signs that momentum continues to build behind what many see as the next major market for UAVs after ISR - carrying stuff.


Boeing source reveals specifications for KC-767 NewGen Tanker

Boeing's proposed KC-767 NewGen Tanker for the US Air Force incorporates the wing and fuselage from the 767-200, the cargo door and floor from the 767-300F and the cockpit from the 767-400ER, also feature a new boom.

Boeing marketing documents illustrate as an example the tight ramp at Royal Air Force base Akrotiri in Cyprus, which was used during Operation "Desert Storm". Boeing claims this can accommodate only six Airbus A330-200-based KC-45 tankers, or nine KC-767 NewGen Tankers at one time. Although each A330 can carry more fuel, the total amount of fuel and passengers that can be carried with a mission at Akrotiri is higher with the Boeing solution.


Boeing Receives Multi-Year Contract from US Navy for 124 F/A-18 and EA-18 Aircraft

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 28, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a new multi-year procurement (MYP) contract from the U.S. Navy for 124 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.

The new contract is valued at $5.297 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will deliver 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers to the Navy from 2012 through 2015.

"The men and women of Boeing are honored to provide the Super Hornet's advanced, combat-proven multirole capability and the EA-18G's unmatched airborne electronic attack capability to the American warfighters serving their nation around the world each day," said Boeing F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs Vice President Kory Mathews. "Procurement of these 124 aircraft through a multi-year contract takes advantage of the full efficiencies of Boeing’s production and supplier operations, which will generate more than $600 million in cost savings for U.S. taxpayers."

The new contract is the third multi-year agreement between Boeing and the Navy for production of the F/A-18E/F, the Navy's frontline strike fighter, which delivers forward-deployed air combat capability around the world from the decks of 11 Navy aircraft carriers, including ongoing missions in Afghanistan.
The EA-18G, the United States' newest combat aircraft, conducts advanced airborne electronic attack (AEA) missions to support Navy and joint force requirements. The EA-18G is scheduled for its first combat deployment later this year.

"Boeing and its Hornet Industry Team suppliers have delivered every Super Hornet and Growler on schedule to the warfighter and on budget for the taxpayer from the first Super Hornet delivery,” said Mathews. “The first two F/A-18E/F multi-year contracts generated more than $1.7 billion in savings for the United States. We look forward to continuing to provide unmatched capability and value through this contract."
Boeing delivered 210 Super Hornets to the Navy during the initial F/A-18E/F MYP, which spanned fiscal years 2000 through 2004. Boeing was then awarded a second MYP that included aircraft procurement during fiscal years 2005 through 2009. Aircraft deliveries under that contract continue through 2011 and total 257 aircraft.

The Boeing 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 430 F/A-18E/Fs to the U.S. Navy.

The Boeing EA-18G Growler is the only air combat platform that delivers full-spectrum AEA capability along with the targeting and self-defense capabilities derived from the Navy's frontline fighter, the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet. A derivative of the two-seat F/A-18F Block II, the EA-18G's highly flexible design enables warfighters to operate either from the deck of an aircraft carrier or from land-based airfields. It is replacing the Navy's current AEA platform, the EA-6B Prowler, which has been in service since 1971. The EA-18G joined the Navy's aircraft fleet in 2008, when it was introduced to fleet training squadron VAQ-129.



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