Unmanned Wingmen For Japan’s Piloted Force Planned For 2030s

viernes, 23 de septiembre de 2016

Japan lays out a plan for pilotless combat aircraft to help fightersAir-combat maneuvers will be far more challenging than strike missions for artificial intelligence, so countries planning autonomous warplanes are generally looking at trying air-to-ground first. But to many Japanese ears, unmanned strike sounds too offensive—in both senses of the word. Probably for that reason, the country’s defense planners are proposing to leap directly into air-to-air automation. Limiting the challenge, they propose high-performance robotic aircraft that ... http://aviationweek.com/combat-aircraft/unmanned-wingmen-japan-s-piloted-force-planned-2030s


Safran, Urban Aeronautics sign deal for Cormorant drone [feedly]

Safran, Urban Aeronautics sign deal for Cormorant drone

Bordes, France (UPI) Sep 21, 2016
Safran Helicopter Engines and Urban Aeronautics have signed a memo of understanding that will support development of the Cormorant drone, among other initiatives, Safran announced Wednesday. Under the agreement, Safran will bring its technical and industrial expertise to bear in the development of the drone, which is being developed by Urban Aeronautics subsidiary Tactical Robotics and


Simpler 737-10X, New Midsize Airplane Both 'Doable' - Aviation Week [feedly]

Aviation Week

Simpler 737-10X, New Midsize Airplane Both 'Doable'
Aviation Week
Earlier this year Boeing outlined studies of a longer-fuselage MAX version dubbed the 737-10X that may be powered by a derivative of the larger-diameter CFM Leap 1C developed for the Comac C919. However, the concept requires a redesign of .


Les Etats-Unis approuvent les KC-46A pour le Japon - Le Journal de l'Aviation [feedly]

Les Etats-Unis approuvent les KC-46A pour le Japon
Le Journal de l'Aviation
Le département d'Etat a approuvé la vente de quatre KC-46A au Japon, une acquisition qui doit être encore être approuvée par le Congrès. L'accord est évalué à 1,9 milliard de dollars et comprend donc les quatre ravitailleurs de Boeing, ainsi que les ...


​Boeing, Korean Air join up for unmanned MD500 gunship [feedly]


Leonardo (former Finmeccanica) Receives Italy's National Award For Innovation [feedly]

Leonardo Receives Italy's National Award For Innovation

Recognized For Technology That Will Help Ensure The In-Flight Safety Of Unmanned Aircraft Leonardo-Finmeccanica has been awarded the most prestigious Italian award dedicated to domestic 'made in Italy' innovation. The National Award for Innovation was awarded during a ceremony at the Quirinal Palace, overseen by the President of the Italian Republic.


Pentagon Drops Cost Estimate For B-21 Raider [feedly]

Pentagon Drops Cost Estimate For B-21 Raider

Airplane Will Cost Nearly $40 Million Less Per Copy The cost estimate for the new B-21 Raider long range bomber has been cut by some $39 million each, according to the Pentagon's office of Cost Estimate and Program Analysis (CAPE). The new cost estimate is now $511 million per airplane.


Bell Helicopter Introduces Bell V-247 “Vigilant” Tiltrotor Unmanned Aerial System in Ship-Borne Configuration

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FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 22, 2016) – Speaking before an audience of aviation and military experts assembled at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today unveiled the Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor.

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft. The revolutionary UAS is designed to provide unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability and lethal reach, as well as runway independence to operate successfully in maritime environments and locations without secure runway availability.

The Bell V-247 Vigilant satisfies the comprehensive spectrum of capabilities outlined in the 2016 Marine Corps Aviation Plan, and could be available for production as early as 2023. The Bell V-247 Vigilant is a solution designed to address the evolving demands of the military and transportation sectors for unmanned aircraft for a shipborne UAS platform, including:
The ability to operate successfully without a runway, such as in maritime environments
Seamless performance in locations without secure runway availability, such as at shrinking land bases in contested areas
Significant reduction of the logistical footprint while retaining the superior operational performance by combining the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft
The capacity to control the battle space effectively with 24-hour intelligence provided by unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability

A Group 5 UAS, the Bell V-247 Vigilant is designed to combine unparalleled capability with unprecedented flexibility to execute a wide array of mission sets, including electronic warfare, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), escort, C4 (Command, Control, Communications, and Computers), persistent fire missions and tactical distribution. The UAS is expected to accomplish all of this with the benefits of extended endurance through plug-and-play mission packages.

“The Bell V-247 Vigilant is the next leap in innovation making the future of aviation a reality today – it’s a testament to the power and versatility of tiltrotor flight,” said Mitch Snyder, president and CEO at Bell Helicopter. “At Bell Helicopter, we are constantly challenging the traditional notion of what it means to fly by staying on the leading edge of aviation and technological development. The unmanned tiltrotor is the latest example of how we are changing the way the world flies, taking our customers into the dynamic world of next-generation aircraft.”

The Bell V-247 Vigilant’s design boasts a number of unrivaled capabilities and transformational features, including:
  • A sea-based platform, which can be sized for compatibility with DDG guided missile destroyers shipboard applications
  • Single engine tiltrotor unmanned aerial system
  • 24-hour persistent ISR with a two aircraft system
  • Speed: 250 knots cruise speed; 180 knots endurance speed; >300 knots at maximum continuous power
  • Combat range: 450 nautical miles mission radius
  • Time on station: 11 hours
  • Size: 16,000 pounds empty weight / 29,500 pounds max gross weight; 65-feet wing span; 30-feet rotor diameter
  • As it sits on the deck, the V-247 Vigilant can hold a combination of fuel, armament, and sensors, up to 13,000 pounds
  • Blade Fold Wing Stow makes V-247 Vigilant DDG hangar compatible
  • Expeditionary capability with small logistical footprint
  • Open architecture and interfaces
  • Air-to-air refueling
  • Modular payload system to provide maximum flexibility
  • Power distribution system to provide maximum mission capability
  • Redundant flight control system
  • Electro Optical System and Targeting System

The Bell V-247 Vigilant offers a dynamic profile that is uniquely suited to complete highly versatile operations and support missions. It is designed to provide extended range flying from land or ship, matchless expeditionary capabilities and to remain on-station with heightened loiter times for extended periods. With its signature blade fold wing stow design, it will fit inside a DDG hangar space, and two can be loaded on a C-17 aircraft. The open architecture of the modular payload system enhances flexibility for aircraft customization by mission type. The bays on the Bell V-247 Vigilant are designed to carry high definition sensors, fuel, sonar buoys, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) modules, 360-degree surface radar modules, an MK-50 torpedo or Hellfire or JAGM missiles optimally. Regardless of the need, the Bell V-247 Vigilant easily integrates into priority mission sets to complete multiple airborne requirements.

“Leveraging lessons learned from our extensive history and experience with tiltrotors, we have found the best available solution to fulfill the Marine Corps need for a Group 5 UAS,” said Vince Tobin, vice president, advanced tiltrotor systems at Bell Helicopter. “The Bell V-247 Vigilant will give military customers the capabilities needed to reduce the complexity of deployment, increase speed of employment, reduce mission times and increase response time – all critical elements to completing missions to save lives and protect our freedom.”

Bell Helicopter utilized its decades of applied tiltrotor experience to develop this next generation UAS. The Bell V-247 Vigilant design and capabilities bring to bear experience from the V-22 tiltrotor program and UH-1Y/AH-1Z programs, capturing the V-280 Valor’s unmatched design and performance standards in order to provide unparalleled competency to support ship-board compatibility.


Hypoxia sensor to protect US fighter pilots [feedly]

Hypoxia sensor to protect US fighter pilots


Crash-friendly Lego drones teach the benefits of failure [feedly]

It's hard to imagine a scenario in which parents would be happy for kids to slam their brand-new drones into a wall, but one new startup is aiming to encourage budding robotics enthusiasts to do exactly that. Announced today, Flybrix's drones come in the form of Lego kits that kids build themselves, crash and build again, all for the thrill of bringing high-flying creations to life and developing engineering skills and creativity in the process.

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Dassault Rafale en Inde: Le contrat sera bien signé le 23 septembre

Le montant de la transaction est estimée à 7,87 milliards d'euros, pour les 36 appareils livrés « sur étagère » (soit construits en France), équipés de leurs armements. Notons cependant qu'un volet « offset » (compensations économiques) est prévu et qui s'élèverait, selon la presse indienne, à 3 milliards d'euros. Les premières livraisons interviendraient dès 2019. Le volet armement incluerait le missile air-air de nouvelle génération Meteor, la bombes autopropulsée de Safran AASM "Hammer" (lire ici), voir le missile de croisière Black Shaeen (dérivé du Scalp) ou l'Exocet de MBDA.


India Clears Dassault’s Rafale Fighter Jet Deal

India will purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation to replace its dwindling fleet of Soviet-era fighters
The approval was given by India’s Cabinet Committee on Security, which is headed by the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said two senior government officials.

The officials didn’t want to be named or disclose the exact value of the deal which analysts estimate to be in the billions of dollars.

Indian cabinet approves Rafale fighter purchase
The acquisition is part of a $150B military overhaul India has launched, drawing global arms makers into one of the world's most promising markets.

India and France to sign fighter jet deal
In 2012, Dassault won an Indian contract for 126 Rafale fighters that was followed by protracted negotiations on the cost and assembly of the planes.

Three years later, both sides scaled down the original plan, with New Delhi agreeing to buy 36 Rafale jets in ready-to-fly condition to meet the urgent needs of the its air force


Obama allows sale of aircraft to Iran as nuclear deal nears implementation


"They have nearly completed their major nuclear steps, and that's nothing to gloss over," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said at a luncheon hosted by Bloomberg News Friday. "It's a significant rollback in the Iranian program."

Rhodes said that the IAEA certification will trigger what's known as "Implementation Day."

"That should happen relatively soon, certainly in the coming days. That is when sanctions relief is initiated," he said.


WTO says EU failed to eliminate illegal aid to Airbus

  • Press

The EU has failed to eliminate billions of dollars in illegal aid to Airbus, according to the World Trade Organisation, in the latest chapter of a 12 year battle between the European aircraft maker and its US rival Boeing.

However, the WTO rejected US claims that support from France Germany, the UK and Spain for Airbus’s newest long haul passenger jet, the A350XWB, constituted illegal export subsidies, reports Peggy Hollinger in London.

USTR says WTO finds $22 billion in illegal Airbus subsidies

Airbus scoffs, Boeing crows as WTO slams EU for failing to address illegal subsidies 

  • WTO

European Communities — Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft

Key facts
Short title:EC and certain member States — Large Civil Aircraft
Complainant:United States
Respondent:European Communities; France; Germany; Spain; United Kingdom
Third Parties:Australia; Brazil; Canada; China; Japan; Korea, Republic of
Agreements cited:
(as cited in request for consultations)
GATT 1994: Art. III:4, XVI:1, XXIII:1
Subsidies and Countervailing Measures: Art.1, 2, 3.1, 3.2, 5, 6.3, 6.4
Request for Consultationsreceived:6 October 2004
Panel Report circulated:30 June 2010
Appellate Body Reportcirculated:18 May 2011
Article 21.5 Panel Reportcirculated:22 September 2016

The WTO’s synopsis.

  • Airbus & Boeing Statements

Boeing statement:
WTO Confirms EU Failed to Comply with Historic Rulings Against European Subsidies to Airbus, Condemns Additional Launch Aid to A350

  • Sept. 22 WTO ruling confirms the EU failed to comply with its obligation to remedy $17 billion in illegal launch aid and other subsidies
  • WTO also finds that Airbus received new illegal subsidies for the A350, which are reported to be almost $5 billion
  • Ruling sets the stage for the United States to seek up to $10 billion in annual retaliatory tariffs on EU imports

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — A World Trade Organization compliance panel today ruled that the European Union has failed to comply with its obligation to remedy the massive subsidies European governments have provided to create and sustain Airbus for more than 40 years.

Rather than comply with their WTO obligations to remedy the $17 billion in past subsidies provided to Airbus, the WTO found that EU Member States provided Airbus with new illegal launch aid – reportedly almost $5 billion – so they could launch the new A350. The WTO was explicit: “[I]t is apparent that the A350 XWB could not have been launched and brought to market in the absence of LA/MSF [Launch Aid].” The WTO previously found that essentially no model of the entire Airbus fleet would exist today – including the A300, A310, A320, A330, A340 and A380 – were it not for the illegal subsidies provided by the European governments.

“Today’s historic ruling finally holds the EU and Airbus to account for their flouting of global trade rules,” said Dennis A. Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “This long-awaited decision is a victory for fair trade worldwide and for U.S. aerospace workers, in particular. We commend the administration, specifically the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Congress for their unwavering commitment to this matter and to enforcing global trade rules,” he said.

“The World Trade Organization has now found that Airbus is and always has been a creature of government and of illegal government subsidy,” said Boeing Executive Vice President and General Counsel J. Michael Luttig. “The day of reckoning for launch aid has finally arrived. Prior WTO rulings found that Airbus itself likely would not even exist without illegal launch aid, equity infusions, and infrastructure support. Today the WTO went further and found that Airbus’ existence continues to depend upon illegal, trade-distorting government subsidies in the form of launch aid, most recently for the A350 XWB – which reportedly totals almost $5 billion,” he said.

Luttig explained that under prior WTO rulings the EU had an obligation to remedy the subsidies for its past airplanes, including the A380. “Instead, the EU compounded the illegal practice by giving Airbus additional launch aid for the A350 XWB. After any appeal of today’s compliance ruling, the next step for the U.S. government is to obtain WTO authorization to impose billions in retaliatory duties. The U.S. government has previously calculated those to be up to $10 billion annually.”

Today’s ruling confirms that Airbus both failed to withdraw old subsidies and instead put in place new subsidies for a grand total of almost $22 billion (principal amounts only). That includes $15 billion in launch aid for each Airbus commercial aircraft program from the A300 through the A380, and $2 billion in non-launch aid subsidies. The WTO also ruled for the first time that Airbus received illegal launch aid for the A350 XWB. News reports put the total for that program at almost $5 billion. Echoing prior rulings, the WTO panel also found that Airbus and its current product line likely would not even exist without launch aid.

“No form of government support compares to launch aid – in terms of amount, nature, or effects,” Luttig said. “Launch aid created entire aircraft programs – indeed, an entire aircraft company – as the WTO found today. This is a type of government support that the WTO has found, over and over again, to be unequaled both in nature and amount, unfair to Boeing and United States workers, and flatly illegal under global trade rules. Today’s ruling confirms that these illegal subsidies will now end.”

Luttig stressed that the final stages of the case against Airbus subsidies are independent of the European cases against the United States and that the EU needs to act now. “The cases are separate and distinct,” he said. “The EU lost this compliance case for the simple reason that it did nothing to remedy its massive subsidies which have had profound effects on the commercial airplane market. Whatever happens in the European cases against the United States, launch aid and other illegal government support for Airbus will now come to an end.”

Airbus statement:
WTO reconfirms European reimbursable loan system is legal and European compliance close to finalisation

“Once again the WTO has confirmed that Europe’s chosen method of partnering with its large civil aircraft industry is acceptable under international trade law. The public-private partnership model is a winner: a win for state investors who reap rewards in addition to full repayment of loans, and a winner on compliance at the WTO. The US started this dispute claiming Airbus was receiving illegal subsidies, but the WTO decided otherwise. Airbus Reimbursable Launch Investment (RLI) is a legal instrument. The US grants and tax breaks are not.”

“We only needed to make limited changes in European policies and practices to comply with the Appellate Body’s report. We did what we needed to do and did it in the agreed timeframe. We will address the few still remaining points indicated by the report in our appeal. As a point of fact Airbus and its European partners met their obligations to withdraw any subsidy elements or eliminate adverse effects. The only open point is final ruling on the interest rate benchmark for the government loans. We are confident that we will win that point on appeal.”

“The Panel recognises that, not only is the Airbus instrument totally legal, but terms of the A350 agreements are very close to perfect – only tiny tweaks required. What a contrast to Boeing which has laid the biggest egg in subsidy history with what is expected to be the very first finding in any of our cases of a prohibited subsidy for 777x.”

“We congratulate the European Commission on these excellent results and their continued and unwavering support to our industry during this long dispute”.

“This case should not be seen in isolation. There are already decisions condemning Boeing’s abusive and illegal subsidies. So it appears that Boeing and the US continue to litigate mainly to try to justify their own grab for state cash. Even after the ruling in the 787 subsidy case which clearly stated that state grants are illegal, Boeing doubled-down on the same practice with record sums of subsidies, showing a complete disrespect for international trade law. This is not new, the export support received under the Foreign Sales Cooperation (FSC) has been ruled illegal three times by the WTO and the practice continues. So much for the US track record on compliance…”

“And watch this space… before year-end the record subsidies for the 777X will almost certainly be condemned as illegal, in the same way they were already for the 787. But this time around we expect it to be condemned as “prohibited subsidies” where the only option available for Washington State will be to withdraw the measures. Obviously, the US will continue to cynically ignore the WTO.”

“Airbus wants common sense to prevail: these disputes can only end in a balanced, mutual agreement as we have said from the start. It is vital to create a level playing field for all players in this industry with an agreed global set of rules for government support. Whatever Boeing will say, nobody will have to go to the bank. There have never been any repayments and there never will be, it is not in the spirit of WTO.”


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