21 septembre 2022 | International, Aérospatial

Northrop Grumman to Unveil the B-21 Raider

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  • SCAF : le Sénat apporte ses propositions pour le renforcer

    17 juillet 2020 | International, Aérospatial

    SCAF : le Sénat apporte ses propositions pour le renforcer

    Au Sénat, la commission des Affaires étrangères, de la défense et des forces armées présidée par le sénateur (LR) Christian Cambon, a présenté le 15 juillet un rapport d’information sur « le système de combat aérien du futur » (SCAF). Présenté par ses rapporteurs Ronan Le Gleut (LR) et Hélène Conway-Mouret (PS), ce rapport propose plusieurs recommandations afin de faire en sorte que ce programme de défense soit « irréversible ». Pour cela, les auteurs préconisent la signature début 2021 « d’un contrat-cadre global » qui courrait jusqu’en 2025-2026, couvrant la première phase du projet qui doit aboutir à un démonstrateur d’avion. Ce qui éviterait la succession de contrats demandant à chaque fois une validation politique. Les sénateurs estiment par ailleurs que la France, l’Allemagne et l’Espagne doivent élargir leur projet et faire entrer de nouveaux partenaires européens. Notamment pour faire face au programme concurrent « Tempest », mené par les Britanniques. Toutefois les sénateurs préconisent d’attendre 2026, avec le lancement du démonstrateur.  Public Sénat du 15 juillet 2020   

  • Queen Liz: Behind the scenes on Britain’s newest aircraft carrier

    30 octobre 2019 | International, Naval

    Queen Liz: Behind the scenes on Britain’s newest aircraft carrier

    by Matt Haskell The British Royal Navy’s largest ever warship and newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Halifax, N.S., on Sept. 12 as part of an historic tour of Canada and the United States The ship is currently participating in a joint three-month exercise to facilitate the arrival of the first British-owned F-35B Lightning II fighter jets, which have short takeoff/vertical landing capability. On Oct. 17, Skies embarked on the state-of-the-art ship in Atlantic waters, just off the Florida coast, for a behind-the-Fscenes view of the historic events. The exercise, dubbed WESTLANT 2019, saw Queen Liz (as she is lovingly referred to by those who sail her) joined by her fellow ships HMS Dragon, HMS Northumberland, and RFA Tideforce, together forming a cohesive Carrier Strike Group. The exercise aims to simulate, test, and evaluate the group’s ability to perform the operations and techniques utilized in combat operations. Not only did the ships operate as a group amongst themselves in a British capacity, but at times they would separate and join an American carrier group to demonstrate allied co-operation and interoperability. Further signalling close relations with her allies, the carrier and most of the strike group made an historic first visit to Canada, making Halifax, N.S., Queen Liz’s first port of call after crossing the Atlantic. Not only did this visit demonstrate the Royal Navy’s close relationship with the Commonwealth nation, but it also showed a high level of regard for one of Canada’s oldest dockyards and a key Allied port during the Second World War. Today, Halifax is the home of Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT), the eastern base of operations for the Royal Canadian Navy. Fleet commander for the Royal Navy, VAdm Jerry Kyd, who also was Queen Elizabeth’s first captain, further emphasized the importance of this alliance. “We all recognize that the security of the world isn’t getting any easier. This reinforces the needs for the fundamental alliances like NATO and bilaterals around the world, but acting in coalition. This ship embodies much of that; embarked today on board are many nationalities from across the Commonwealth, including Canadians. So, we’re very proud that there’s an alchemy that is coming together here in the British carrier program that is across the Commonwealth and it’s fantastic. I think it reinforces these links that are so vital as we face down the challenges we will inevitably face in the coming decades.” British F-35Bs The other primary purpose of WESTLANT 2019, however, is the very first arrival and deployment of British F-35B aircraft. Until the first U.K. fighter landed on Oct. 13, Queen Liz had only fielded jet aircraft during her previous WESTLANT exercise in 2018, when American Marine Corps F-35B jets validated the developmental concepts of the ship through more than 500 successful takeoffs and landings. For this year’s exercise, Queen Liz would be joined by jets from 617 Squadron “Dambusters” and 17 Test and Evaluation Squadron. Pilots from the newly stood up 207 Squadron have also embarked to further their training and operational preparations. For the United Kingdom, the ship heralds the return of fixed-wing aviation to the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm. British F-35B aircraft have been undergoing testing along with pilot training in the United States, and just this year have begun moving pilot training to the U.K. To facilitate that program, 207 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Marham with jets previously used at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in the U.S. 207 Squadron is the third F-35 squadron for the country, alongside the fully operational 617 Squadron. Testing of the fighters continues in the United States with the 17th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Carrier Air Group commander James Blackmore, who in 2009 flew the final flight of a Harrier from the last British carrier, the HMS Ark Royal, was enthusiastic about the upgrade. “The level of capability is decades on from where we were. What one aircraft can do now . . . you can deliver what would’ve taken four to eight aircraft in the past. Marrying that with the HMS Queen Elizabeth, a fifth-generation carrier designed purely for the F-35, you’ve got a marriage made in heaven.” Unlike other aircraft carriers of the world, Queen Liz is arriving on the scene as the first fifth-generation carrier, touting incredible autonomy and a light crew. Compared to her similar-sized American Nimitz and Ford class counterparts, which operate crews of around 4,000 strong, Queen Liz sails on a minimum crew of only 800, rising to around 1,400 with air wing and other specialty staff embarked. Various autonomous aspects of the ship include a fully automated weapons storage system very similar to those found in storage warehouses. Software controlled, robotic platforms and racks within the ship move bombs and ammunition from magazines to the flight deck and hangar bay with only the tap of a screen. The usage of the system is the first of its kind in a maritime application, and it greatly reduces the time and number of crew needed to safely transfer and arm aircraft. The ship herself, and her operations, are quite unique. Featuring minimal personnel on deck, flight operations take place utilizing a system of colour-coded uniforms and are controlled from the ship’s second island. Unlike American carriers, Queen Liz features two islands as a redundancy. When in normal operation, the rear island controls flight operations while the other controls the ship itself. Radio communications are relayed between the deck personnel and the islands have large LED information boards showing what is occurring. These boards display information such as flight time, aircraft number, landing/launch site, and direction of flight. The ship, her crew, and her strike group are readying for their first operational deployment in 2021, which will see the full embarkation of a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B squadron, the very first allied deployment of its kind for either nation. This deployment will set sail for the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf, and ultimately end up in the Pacific before returning to the U.K. https://www.skiesmag.com/news/queen-liz-behind-the-scenes-on-britains-newest-aircraft-carrier

  • U.S. Air Force joins U.S. Navy TCTS Inc. II program to field next-generation air combat training solution from Collins Aerospace

    9 juillet 2020 | International, Aérospatial, Naval

    U.S. Air Force joins U.S. Navy TCTS Inc. II program to field next-generation air combat training solution from Collins Aerospace

    Leverages Navy investments to bring significant leap in training capabilities to the Air Force sooner Provides a digital foundation for secure cross-service air combat training and joint Live, Virtual, and Constructive-enabled capabilities CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (July 7, 2020) – The U.S. Air Force has joined the U.S. Navy’s Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc. II) program, making it a collaborative effort to field a next-generation air combat training solution. Developed and built by Collins Aerospace Systems, TCTS Inc. II is a scalable and flexible Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS)-based open architecture system that enables highly-secure air combat training between US and international aircraft, including advanced 5th generation platforms. Collins Aerospace is a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX). By making it a collaborative effort, the Air Force leverages investments already made by the Navy to deliver a significant leap in training capabilities sooner and at less cost. The Air Force will call this the P6 Combat Training System (P6CTS), which will significantly improve training realism in simulated, highly-contested combat environments and allow pilots to ‘train as they fight’. “This capability can’t be overstated. The TCTS Inc. II and P6CTS programs will enable joint tactics, techniques and procedures in a secure environment against a peer adversary threat, unlike anything the services have been able to do in the past. We're excited about the potential," said Heather Robertson, vice president and general manager, Integrated Solutions for Collins Aerospace. P6CTS fills gaps from currently fielded air combat training equipment such as encrypted time, space, position information (TSPI), multi-level security, and mesh networking waveform enabling services to move faster toward next-gen capabilities that will increase mission readiness. This collaboration lays the digital foundation for bringing secure, cross-service air combat and joint Live, Virtual, and Constructive training to the U.S. and its allies in 2022. With an open systems architecture that is conformant with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) standard, TCTS Inc. II ensures interoperability between platforms, reducing test time and ultimately increasing rapid, affordable deployment of the solution. Collins Aerospace recently announced the completion of the first pre-production TCTS Inc. II training pod, a key component of the solution that provides connectivity to and from the aircraft for data and weapons activity during training exercises. This pre-production maturity will enable early Air Force fielding of P6CTS to all 55 training ranges. About Collins Aerospace Collins Aerospace Systems is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. With 2019 net sales of approximately $26 billion, the business has 78,000 employees across more than 300 locations globally. It is one of the four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies. About Raytheon Technologies Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. https://www.collinsaerospace.com/newsroom/News/2020/07/US-Air-Force-joins-Navy-TCTS-II-program-field-next-gen-air-combat-training-Collins

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