Monday, 11 March 2013

Lockheed Martin team delivers upgraded P-3 Orion to U.S. Customs and Border Protection

. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) engineers have delivered to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) a P-3 Orion with new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications.The P-3 MLU replaces all fatigue life-limiting structure with enhanced-design components and includes a new metal alloy that is five times more corrosion resistant than the original material, reducing the cost of ownership for P-3 operators. The upgrade removes current aircraft flight restrictions and extends the structural service life of the P-3 to up to 15,000 hours, adding more than 20 years of operational use.
"This delivery continues to underscore our unique modification, maintenance, repair, and overhaul capability," says Ray Burick, Lockheed Martin vice president for Modification, Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MMRO) Greenville Site and Field Team Operations.
This delivery marks the seventh CBP P-3 that the Lockheed Martin team has delivered ahead of or on schedule from its facility in Greenville, S.C., since July 2010. In 2012, CBP P-3s flew more than 6,500 flight hours resulting in the seizure of more than 117,000 pounds of narcotics valued at $8.7 billion.
The P-3 Orion, the standard for maritime patrol and reconnaissance, is used for homeland security, hurricane reconnaissance, anti-piracy operations, humanitarian relief, search and rescue, intelligence gathering, antisubmarine warfare, and, recently, to assist in air traffic control and natural disaster relief support.

Embraer, Sierra Nevada defend Super Tucano’s second LAS victory

Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) have defended the selection of the A-29 Super Tucano for a US Air Force contract to supply light attack aircraft to Afghanistan.
"In evaluating the competitors, the US Air Force looked at three criteria, in priority order: mission capability, past performance and pricing in order to determine overall best value," the two companies said in a joint statement. "The A-29 received an exceptional rating on technical capability and low-risk in all other categories."
The statement follows a protest to the US General Accounting Office filed by Beechcraft, which had proposed the AT-6 Texan II for the $427 million requirement for 20 aircraft. Beechcraft claims there were errors in the acquisition process, although it has yet to provide details.
This is the second time the Super Tucano has won the competition. After it won in 2012, however, the deal was annulled after the USAF discovered irregularities in the acquisition process.
The Embraer/Sierra Nevada statement had this to say about the competition: "In announcing the award, the air force stated 'this award is the result of a full and open competition' and Lt Gen CR Davis, military deputy for acquisition in Air Force headquarters, said: 'I am confident that the source selection process was disciplined and meticulous'.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Military draft registration could end--or expand to women

On one side of the Hill, there's a quiet effort underway in Congress to abolish the Selective Service System, more commonly known as military draft registration.

Down the hall, in the Senate, other lawmakers are pushing instead to expand the draft registration now that the Pentagon has opened combat positions up to women.

Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Mike Coffman, R-Colo., are spearheading an effort in the House of Representatives to see the registration abolished, calling it a waste of money considering the success of the all-volunteer force.

"There is no one who wants this except 'chicken hawk' members of Congress," DeFazio said, referring to his colleagues who push for military action without having served themselves, who he accuses of being afraid to look weak on national security by supporting closing the agency.

The Selective Service costs $24 million a year, maintaining a database of 17 million potential draftees--all male--in the event the draft were to be reinstated.

Ukraine, Russia military mull joint housing construction in Crimea

The Ukrainian and Russian Defense Ministries are studying joint housing construction in Crimea for military men of the two countries, Ukrainian Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev has said.

"The social issue of joint participation in housing construction for Ukrainian and Russian military men, first of all, on the territory of military housing areas, which military men left, was discussed," he said at a briefing at the Desna military training center in Chernihiv region, commenting on the results of his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu.

The minister said that there are many vacant military housing areas in Crime and Sevastopol, and he said that houses should be built there.

Lebedev added that this could be done via the attraction of private investment, creation of jobs and provide military men with apartments.

The minister said that Ukraine has raised the issue of pensions for military men.

United Arab Emirates set to buy US Predator drones

 The United Arab Emirates is close to purchasing Predator drones from a San Diego County defense contractor, sparking concern among arms control advocates.

Under the proposed sale, revealed this week at a defense conference in Abu Dhabi and confirmed Friday, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway, Calif., will sell an undisclosed number of the robotic aircraft to the UAE armed forces for $197 million.

The agreement would mark the first time a non-NATO country has obtained the American-made technology, which has reshaped modern warfare. The deal has drawn scrutiny from critics who worry about the technology falling into terrorists' hands or being used by governments against their own citizens.

The UAE, notably the city-state of Dubai, has been a crossroads for banking, finance and technology as the nation emerged as an economic hub for the Arab world. It has only recently begun to tighten regulations to limit money laundering and other shady financial endeavors that attracted Islamic militants, drug smugglers and other traffickers.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

450 British UAVs Have Been Lost Or Crashed In Afghanistan And Iraq

The Guardian newspaper is reporting That Almost 450 drones operated by the British military Have crashed, broken down or lost in action beens falling on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last five years. The newspaper bases That on statistics released under Freedom of Information law.

More from the Guardian:

The Ministry of Defence disclosed for the first HAS the five time Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems used in the conflicts and the number perished That Have due to pilot error, technical faults or the undesirability of retrieving em from hostile areas.

The figures show the military HAS Reaper drone lost one since 2007 - it is the only UAV Hellfire missiles That Carries as well as monitoring and intelligence-gathering equipment. The drone, Which HAS beens not replaced, cost £ 10m.

The Patrouille Suisse will disappear from the aerial landscape from 2016

The Defence Minister Ueli Maurer expects to be without the services of the famous Patrouille Suisse in 2016. Formation aerobatic flight of Air Force enthusiasm for decades spectators in Switzerland and abroad.

The F-5E Tiger aircraft in the colors red-white air should disappear from the landscape, Maurer revealed through a committee meeting of the security policy of the National Council (SPC) on the Gripen aircraft. The Chair of the Committee Chantal Galladé (PS / ZH) confirmed this to the ats information published in the "Basler Zeitung" on Wednesday.

Ms. Galladé discussed the possibility of hiring older models Gripen in 2016 to ensure the transition between the F-5E Tiger and new Gripen aircraft. Mr. Maurer has not ruled out in the future to make occasional demonstrations of aerobatic flying with other devices. These would relate nonetheless more national colors.

Lockheed continues to upgrade Apache

Two contracts to produce continuous upgrading Apache U.S. Army helicopters Have Been Given to Lockheed Martin.

The awards - for upgrading of the attack helicopter's Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight / Pilot Night Vision Sensor - are worth $ 161.7 million and Ensure That Production at the company's Missiles and Fire Control's facilities in Florida will continue into 2016.

Work under the new contracts will include generation of 482 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator kits and spares.

"These two producing batches Represent our continued confidence in Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to Provide a high-performing, high-quality, reliable LRFD for the AH-64D / E," Said Lt. Col. Steve Van Riper, U.S. Army Apache Sensors product manager of. "We look forward to our first delivery and fielding of this capability Subsequent."

The French navy team guns multitubes Dillon

Finally, modern light artillery! The Navy has acquired the U.S. company Dillon Aero M134 machine guns multitubes. This system has six carriages coupled 7.62mm capable of firing 3000 rounds per minute. Although not remotely operated and therefore require a servant, we imagine that the arrival of Dillon M134 is highly appreciated by the French sailors were forced to settle far for the defense at very short range, old "sprayers" type AN F1 from the 60s ...

Proven in many armed forces on land, sea and air (including the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy), the American system, more powerful and accurate, significantly strengthens the self-protection of buildings, especially against asymmetric threats, such as attacks speedboats. The first units are equipped French frigate La Fayette type (two per building Dillon), for which the system could be very useful during their deployments off the coast of Somalia in the fight against piracy. The use of Dillon could then expand to other platforms, such as projection and command, where the Navy wants to strengthen self-protection.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Northrop showing ISR capabilities

Northrop Grumman says it's showcasing a full range of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products this week in India.

The venue is the Aero India 2013 exhibition and air show in Bengaluru The program is organized by the Organization and Defense Exhibition begins Wednesday.

"ISR capability is critical to effective homeland security and our leadership in multiple-domain ISR Strongly positions Northrop Grumman to help create solutions for India's defense modernization," Said Mary Petryszyn, vice president, International, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "We are excited to offer our core capabilities to Advancing Indian naval, military and homeland security Priorities."

A major capability on show will be the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning system designed newly That couples Electronically Scanned radar with a matching suite of sensors, avionics, processors, software and displays.
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