ACE, the Engine for Army's FVL?

viernes, 5 de abril de 2013

ACE, the Engine for Army's FVL?:
As it works to get its Future Vertical Lift (FVL) advanced rotorcraft program off the ground, beginning by flying two Joint Multi Role (JMR) air-vehicle demonstrators in 2017, the US Army is turning its attention to what could power replacements for its Black Hawks and Apaches from the mid-2030s onwards.


Cargo UAVs -- Next Step, Pick and Place

Cargo UAVs -- Next Step, Pick and Place:


New F-35 Videos: Lockheed Martin has posted three new F-35 videos. Check them out.

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SSJ100 Full Flight Simulator delivered to Aeroflot

Moscow, March 29. On March 28 2013 Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) and Russian Airlines Aeroflot signed the Act of Delivery and Acceptance for the SSJ100 Full Flight Simulator (FFS).

The device was installed by the Aeroflot Aviation School at Sheremetjevo airport and it will allow the airline to train pilots itself.

“We are confident that the Full Flight Simulator will facilitate Aeroflot, our launch customer, to train its pilots to operate flights by Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The experience gained through the FFS operations proved that this training system was one of the best in its class” said Andrey Kalinovsky, SCAC President.

This latest generation FFS, “Reality 7”, allows a fully realistic training for the SSJ100 pilots, replicating all stages of flight in normal conditions and allowing also the simulation of abnormal and emergency conditions and procedures.
It features a motion system, enabling pilots to achieve the SSJ100 Type Rating training without using the real aircraft. The system has been equipped with a state-of-the-art visual system with LCOS projectors and an instructor working station providing enhanced ergonomics.

This FFS, just delivered to Aeroflot, represents the third simulator jointly developed by L3 (formerly Thales Training & Simulation) and SCAC. The first FFS was installed at SuperJet International Zhukovsky Training Centre (Moscow Region, Russia) — approved by the Russian Aviation Authorities Rosaviatsia — and the second one in SuperJet International Training Centre in Venice (Italy), certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA.

Following the approval of the Venice FFS by EASA, both the FFS delivered to Aeroflot and the one already operational in Zhukovsky will soon get the EASA Certification.
It is expected that Aeroflot will start training through the use of its own SSJ100 Full Flight Simulator in April this year.
Aeroflot pilots have been trained so far by SuperJet International in the Zhukovsky Training Centre. 64 Type Ratings and more than 100 slots of dry lease were offered.

Ten Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft are currently in operations with Aeroflot airline.


RKUT Net profit exceeded 1 bln rubles in 2012, which is 27.7 % higher than in 2011.

IRKUT Corporation increased its Net profit in 2012

JSC IRKUT Corporation summed up the records of 2012 according to Russian Accounting Standards (RAS). IRKUT Net profit exceeded 1 bln rubles in 2012, which is 27.7 % higher than in 2011.

Proceeds of the Corporation amounted to 48.5 bln rubles by the results of 2012.

In 2012 IRKUT Corporation signed contracts on delivery of more than 100 combat aircraft and aircraft kits for licensed assembling. Thus the order book of IRKUT Corporation amounted to about 9 bln US dollars to date.

The auditorfs report of the financial statement of IRKUT Corporation was prepared by JSC Finexpertiza company.


Eurocopter, Turbomeca and WZL 1 to establish two full assembly lines for Poland’s military helicopter acquisition

  • Eurocopter and Turbomeca (Safran) today announced the signature of industrial cooperation agreements with Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 1 (WZL-1) that include the creation of two separate full assembly lines within Poland for the EC725 Caracal helicopter and its Makila 2 turboshaft engines in the framework of this country’s current tender for 70 new multi-role helicopters.

Lodz, Poland, 04 April 2013

The agreement brings together the resources of rotorcraft manufacturer Eurocopter, engine manufacturer Turbomeca and WZL-1, ensuring a comprehensive in-country industrial work package that also includes training for locally-hired workers, along with a comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability that will last far beyond the duration of the contract itself – and potentially be open to future export contracts.

This builds on the long-term approach of Eurocopter and its parent company EADS to cooperatively develop Poland’s aviation capabilities, led by EADS’ 2001 acquisition of PZL Warsawa-Okecie – the country’s longest-established aviation manufacturer. The long-standing strategy is strengthened by Eurocopter’s supply of more than 50 helicopters to Polish operators – including 23 EC135s for Poland’s LPR (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe) in a modernization of the country’s nationwide emergency medical services network, making it one of the most modern in Europe. This cooperation has set the standard for a governmental operator transitioning from a Soviet-era rotorcraft type to a modern Western helicopter.

“As the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, Eurocopter will offer the solution best suited to meet Poland’s operational mission requirements with the EC725 Caracal – which has proven its reliability and efficiency on many battlefields,” said Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Relations. “We are now positioned to provide an unmatched industrial commitment that continues a proven track record with manufacturers and operators around the world. The cooperation also exemplifies another step in the expansion of the European defense industry.”

Maxime Faribault, Turbomeca’s Vice President of Airframers Sales, added: “Turbomeca’s partnership strategy is based on the Makila engine, benefitting from a proven experience in harsh environments, and on our strong cooperation know-how. The extensive involvement of WZL-1 within the manufacturing of the engines and their MRO support will create a long-term cooperation based on cutting-edge technologies and the sharing of technical know-how and expertise. We are fully confident in the success of this cooperative agreement.”

“Our strategy is the development in aviation activities particularly within state’s security and defence, but not only. The implementation of a new helicopter platform is one of our priorities covering possibly wide range of activities meaning its production, overhaul and servicing. Signing of the agreement, here, today, with Eurocopter is one of the steps of this strategy. This task is extremely important for our company’s future which depends on it. It also gives many possibilities to other companies in Lodz region” – said Mr. Jan Piętowski, the President of Military Aviation Works No. 1 J.S.C.

The EC725 Caracal is a modern, multi-role 11-metric-ton-class helicopter designed for armed operations, troop transport, rescue duties and logistics support. Equipped with a five-blade main rotor system and the latest in avionics and systems, it carries up to 29 passengers in addition to the flight crew. Flight endurance is 5.5 hours with the helicopter’s impressive fuel capacity.

As a rotorcraft of choice for military forces worldwide, current EC725 Caracal customers range from France, Brazil and Mexico to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Its capabilities were validated by EC725 Caracal combat deployments with French forces in Afghanistan and in supporting France’s role during NATO-led operations for the Libyan military campaign and Mali. Deployed in the most challenging theatres of operations, the EC725 Caracal is today the only heavy, single platform, modern and combat proven helicopter on the market able to perform the widest range of missions.


A330 production rate reaches 10 per month to meet strong global market demand

Culminating a nine-year doubling of production capacity, Airbus’ A330 output rate has now reached 10 aircraft monthly – responding to this twin-engine jetliner’s continued popularity with airlines, cargo carriers, military services and VIP operators.

The A330 is an aircraft of choice for a full range of users, resulting from its excellent operating economics, proven reliability and flexibility. At the rate of 10 per month, A330 production is the highest ever for an Airbus widebody jetliner.

Airbus’ policy of continuous improvement has introduced such enhancements as increases in maximum takeoff weight, systems upgrades and cabin modernisation across the A330 product line. As a result, the A330 is the most popular aircraft ever in its category.

Current production includes the A330-200 and A330-300 passenger versions, the A330-200F freighter, and the military Multi Role Tanker Transport – which is based on the A330-200 airframe, equipped for aerial refueling missions along with troop and cargo airlift.

At a total of 1,246 orders booked from 92 customers and over 960 deliveries made to date, more than three years of production is ensured at the current high output rate with an A330 backlog volume that today is above 280 aircraft.

The A330’s overall numbers are impressive: 1.1 billion-plus passengers carried during its operational career, with a takeoff or landing performed somewhere in the world every 25 seconds. Globally, the A330 fleet covers more than 8.8 million kilometers daily – the equivalent of circling the world 222 times each 24 hours.

Programme head Patrick Piedrafita said more than 800 sales have been logged since Aribus’ competitor launched its 787, validating the A330’s sustained competitiveness. In addition, the A330-300 version is well positioned as a perfect medium-haul complement to the A350 XWB when this next-generation Airbus jetliner enters service.


La rusa Irkut acumula pedidos por 9.000 millones de dólares

La rusa Irkut acumula pedidos por 9.000 millones de dólares:


Hispasat facilitará las conexiones del proyecto de investigación Mars Spanish Mission

Hispasat facilitará las conexiones del proyecto de investigación Mars Spanish Mission:

Dicha misión, en su fase preliminar se inició ayer y se desarrollará hasta el próximo domingo  en la Sierra de Jubierre, en Los Monegros (Aragón), y culminará a lo largo de 2014 en un proceso que se llevará a cabo en Utah (Estados Unidos).


Conmemoran el 80 aniversario del primer vuelo sobre el Everest

Conmemoran el 80 aniversario del primer vuelo sobre el Everest:

El 3 de abril de 1933, los británicos Clydesdale y McIntyre sobrevolaron por primera vez el monte Everest. Durante el viaje, los pilotos se enfrentaron a temperaturas de congelación y grietas en las tuberías de oxígeno.


Airbus cerró el primer trimestre con más del doble de pedidos que Boeing

Airbus cerró el primer trimestre con más del doble de pedidos que Boeing:
 410 vs 191 encargos, según un balance provisional.

El año pasado, el constructor aeronáutico norteamericano registró 1.203 pedidos y 601 entregas frente a los 833 encargos y 588 entregas de su competidor europeo.  Por tanto, tras ceder su liderazgo en el pasado año, Airbus vuelve a encabezar el ranking a comienzos del presente.  


Korea Looks To Purchase 60 x F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Korea Looks To Purchase F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Potential Sale Of 60 Lightning II Airplanes For $10.8 Billion The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress March 29 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Korea for 60 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $10.8 billion.


Boeing Opens New Everett Delivery Center

Boeing Opens New Everett Delivery Center: State Of The Art Facility Benefits 747-8, 767, 777 And 787 Customers Boeing on Wednesday opened its new expanded Everett Delivery Center (EDC), a world-class facility which will be the home of deliveries for the 747-8, 767, 777 and 787. The grand opening ceremony was attended by Boeing employees, customers and state dignitaries.


USAF's A-10 aircraft conducts first test firing of APKWS II rockets

USAF's A-10 aircraft conducts first test firing of APKWS II rockets: The US Air Force (USAF) has conducted the first test firing of BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) rocket from its A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, US.


US Army solicits nano-UAV concepts

US Army solicits nano-UAV concepts: The US Army is soliciting technology concepts for a "cargo pocket" unmanned air vehicle (UAV), capable of providing "around the corner" tactical intelligence. The...


NASA selects small businesses to build nanosatellite launchers

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Austria sends manned mission to Mars ... in Morocco

Austria sends manned mission to Mars ... in Morocco:

Astronauts in spacesuit simulators (Image: OeWF (Katja Zanella-Kux))
Of all the nations who might get to Mars first, Austria doesn’t loom large. Yet the Austrian Space Forum (OEWF) has sent a manned mission to the Red Planet – or at least, to an Earth-bound version of “Mars” located in the northern Sahara near Erfoud, Morocco. During February OEWF conducted a series of experiments and simulation tests with the aim of gaining a better understanding of how to execute a manned mars mission and develop technology for making it a reality...
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