French, Russian firms to jointly produce advanced helo

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Sagem, the French defense electronics company, and Kamov of Russia are jointly developing an enhanced attack helicopter.

The helicopter will be an advanced version of the Kamov-52 Alligator attack helicopter, which « will address a requirement expressed by several countries, » the two firms said.

Sagem and Kamov, a Russian Helicopters company, had first started cooperating in 2011 for the integration of Sagem optronic equipment and LINS 100 inertial navigation systems into Kamov aircraft.

Sagem’s Strix optronic sight system, in production for French-German Tiger combat helicopter, provides full day/night capability.

Its LINS-100 laser gyro inertial navigation system is produced in Russia under a joint venture arrangement.

« The companies’ joint offering for helicopters will support Sagem’s strategic objective of establishing long-term industrial partnerships with leading Russian companies. » Sagem said.

Sagem, however, gave no additional details on the advanced helicopter that it and Kamov plan to produce or other features of the cooperative agreement.

Source : UPI

SAFRAN signe un contrat avec DCNS pour une commande de systèmes optroniques

01/03/2013

(AOF) – Sagem, filiale de Safran (SAF 36.15 +3.04%) , a signé avec DCNS, détenu à 35% par Thales et maître d’oeuvre, une nouvelle commande de systèmes optroniques EOMS-NG destinés à équiper en 2014 les quatre grands bâtiments de projection de la Marine nationale. Chacun des bâtiment sera doté de deux systèmes, portant le nombre total à 8. Développé et produit par Sagem, EOMS-NG est un système optronique gyrostabilisé multifonction jour-nuit qui offre une chaîne fonctionnelle complète sur 360°: veille infrarouge, identification, poursuite, télémétrie laser, et conduite de tir.

Exploité depuis deux consoles opérant en synergie depuis la passerelle de défense à vue des bâtiments, l’EOMS-NG contribuera à l’évaluation de l’environnement, à l’emploi des armes d’autodéfense et à la sécurité des mouvements d’hélicoptères.

Son concept de prise de vues panoramique à haute cadence équivaut à l’installation de 100 caméras fixes.

 

Source: Capital.fr

Un contrat en vue de plus de 3 milliards d’euros pour Thales

16/04/2012 – Michel Cabirol

Le Premier ministre, François Fillon, a rendu un arbitrage favorable pour la notification d’une commande portant sur la modernisation des radios tactiques. Bercy bloquait ce projet défendu par le ministère de la Défense.

Après examen du dossier ce week-end, le Premier ministre, François Fillon, a rendu un arbitrage favorable pour le ministère de la Défense en litige avec Bercy, qui s’opposait à la notification d’un contrat en faveur de Thales, évalué entre trois et quatre milliards sur une période de 22 ans, selon nos informations.

Pour 2012, le montant concerné pour le budget de la défense est estimé à 200 millions d’euros. « C’était un abus caractérisé d’obstruction de Bercy qui profitait de la période incertaine pour tenter d’économiser », soupirait-on de  source proche du dossier.

Modernisation de 33.000 postes radios

Gérard Longuet avait pourtant rendu un avis favorable mercredi 4 avril, avait révélé « Les Echos » la semaine dernière, mais Bercy s’opposait alors à la notification du contrat portant sur le programme Contact (Communications numérisées tactiques et de théâtre) qui doit moderniser les 33.000 postes radios PR4G de l’armée de terre, de la Marine et de l’armée de l’air.

Inscrit dans la Loi de programmation militaire (LPM) et dans le budget de la défense de 2012, ce contrat doit rapporter en moyenne 150-200 millions d’euros par an à Thales sur une période de 22 ans. Mais Bercy ne souhaitait pas notifier un contrat aussi important si près du premier tour. Matignon a tranché, confirmant l’urgence de lancer un tel programme pour équiper les forces armées d’une nouvelle génération de radios tactiques.

Source: la Tribune

Thales signe un accord avec L-3 Communications

Par Barbara Leblanc – Publié le 11 avril 2012

Le groupe français vend son activité de simulation de vols basée en Grande-Bretagne pour 132 millions de dollars.

L’opération visant à la cession de la filiale ThalesTraining & Simulation Ltd  doit être bouclée d’ici à l’été. La filiale est spécialisée dans la simulation et la formation pour l’aéronautique civile.

Au total, elle emploie quelque 400 personnes et pourrait enregistrer un chiffre d’affaires de 150 millions de dollars en 2012.

Elle va venir accroître le portefeuille de L-3, dont le chiffre d’affaires annuel dépasser les 15 milliards de dollars. L’entreprise est spécialisée dans les systèmes de contrôle, communication, renseignement, surveillance et reconnaissance, et notamment l’aéronautique civile et militaire.

Source: l’Usine Nouvelle

L-3 Completes Acquisition of Kollmorgen Electro-Optical

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLLNews) announced today that it completed the acquisition of the Kollmorgen Electro-Optical unit of Danaher Corporation on February 6, 2012. The acquired business will conduct business under the name of L-3 KEO. The company paid $210 million, subject to certain contractual adjustments to the purchase price. L-3 KEO develops and manufactures specialized equipment, including submarine photonics systems and periscopes, ship fire control systems, visual landing aids, ground electro-optical and sensor-cueing systems and is headquartered in Northampton, Mass.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 61,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2011 sales of $15.2 billion.

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AEW-themed C-295 clears flight test phase

19/01/2012

By Craig Hoyle

Airbus Military has completed initial flight test activities on an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) derivative of its C-295 medium transport, as radar supplier Elta Systems anticipates a first sale of the developmental system.

Work on the project was revealed in May 2011, before Airbus Military announced the Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary as its programme partner at the Paris Air Show the following month. The European manufacturer also exhibited a radome-equipped demonstrator at the event.

« We have completed the flight trials and matured the aerodynamic configuration of the radome, » said Fernando Ciria, Airbus Military’s head of marketing and development for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. This activity has indicated that a C-295 modified for the AEW&C mission could provide an on-station endurance of up to 8h, operating at a maximum altitude of between 20,000ft (6,100m) and 24,000ft, he said.

Up to six operator consoles would be installed, using Airbus Military’s fully integrated tactical system mission suite, with Elta to provide its active electronically scanned array radar and related equipment.

Ciria cited the C-295’s large cabin, robust design and reliability as supporting the proposed new role, and said operators could acquire other versions of the same type to meet their air transport, maritime patrol and anti-surface/anti-submarine warfare requirements.

Elta already offers AEW&C conversions of the Gulfstream G550 business jet and Ilyushin Il-76 transport, and completed deliveries of both types in 2011 under orders with respective customers the Israeli and Indian air forces. By also equipping the C-295, the company hopes to enter a new market segment, said Avishai Izhakian, deputy general manager marketing, business development and sales for its airborne systems and radars division.

« This solution can be purchased by many more countries not accessible to us with higher-performance systems, » Izhakian told IQPC’s AEW and Battle Management conference in London on 17 January. « The radar is currently under advanced development, and we hope to have our first customer soon, » he said, adding that production deliveries could start within three to four years of a deal being signed

Source: Flight International

India set to buy additional Russian-Israeli AWACS planes

NEW DELHI, November 9 (RIA Novosti)

India is close to purchase two additional Russian-Israeli airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, the Times of India newspaper reported.

India ordered three A-50EI variants, developed on the basis of the Russian Il-76MD military transport plane and fitted with the Israeli-made Phalcon radar system, in 2004. They are already in service with the Indian air force (IAF).

The Times of India cited on Tuesday defense ministry sources as saying that an $800-mln draft contract “is now…in the final stages of being examined” before being signed as a follow-on order to the previous $1.1-bln contract.

According to the paper, India needs to strengthen its early-warning radar capability as the neighboring rival Pakistan has purchased at least four Swedish Saab-2000 AEW aircraft and is about to receive four Chinese ZDK-03 AWACS planes.

“The Phalcons significantly boost the effectiveness of both offensive and defensive operations. Their enhanced detection and interception capability, connected to fighters and surface-to-air missile systems, are tremendous force-multipliers,” the Times of India quoted an Indian military official.

In many aspects, the A-50 is comparable to the E-3 Sentry of the U.S. Air Force. It is fitted with an aerial refueling system and electronic warfare equipment, and can detect targets up to 400 km (250 miles) away.

India is also planning to integrate domestically developed AWACS systems into three Brazilian-made Embraer-145 aircraft to be later commissioned with the Indian Air Force. However, the completion of the project has been pushed back to 2014.

Source: Ria Novosti

Japan orders diver-held sonars

LAKE FOREST PARK, Wash., Nov. 8 (UPI) — Japan’s military has ordered 17 Didson diver-held sonar systems from U.S. company Sound Metrics Corp.

In their search for disaster victims immediately following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, the military, state and local agencies routinely deployed equipment on loan from Sound Metrics.

While the Japanese military had access to many new technologies for search-and-recovery operations, it was the Didson’s ease of use and near video-like imagery that led the military to order 17 units that will be placed with agencies at ports around the country, the company said.

« Sound Metrics is committed to getting our technology in the hands of agencies and individuals that can make a difference, » Sound Metrics’ General Manager Richard Morris said.

Sound Metrics designed and manufactures the Didson brand of acoustic imaging sonars. In addition to the autonomous diver-held unit, which has a high-definition mask-mounted heads-up display, all Sound Metrics sonars are dual frequency — the lower frequency to reach out farther and find targets, the higher frequency for closer detailed inspection and identification.

Source: UPI

Indra Awarded Contract by Agustawestland to Develop Simulators for the UK Ministry of Defence

Aug. 9, 2011

Indra, the premier IT Company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe, after being selected as a result of a competitive process, is pleased to announce their partnership with AgustaWestland for the design and development of the Aircrew Training Equipment (ATE) the British Ministry of Defence will use to train pilots of the new AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.

The devices will be operational and in service to provide training for the Army form early 2013, and for the Royal Navy form early 2014.This contract positions Indra into the UK simulation market as a reference supplier for one of their most representatives’ platforms.

Indra will provide state-of-the-art synthetic training technology including two Full Mission Simulators (FMS), a Flight Training Device (FTD) and Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT). All devices will be capable of delivering Army or Royal Navy conversion and mission training. Each of the Full Mission Simulators has movement freedom and reproduces the vibrations of the aircraft during flight in order to provide the acceleration and the same feeling associated with helicopter flying. The simulators comply with the Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR-FSTD-H) standards, level D, the highest realistic training available.

Indra training devices will be installed in the Training Centre AgustaWestland has been contracted to build at RNAS Yeovilton in South West England, alongside Royal Navy and British Army AW159 Lynx Wildcat squadrons.

The AW159 is the latest twin-engine multi-role, maritime and utility aircraft developed as a replacement for the extremely successful AgustaWestland Lynx family of helicopters. Designated the Lynx Wildcat by the UK MOD, the AW159 is the multi-role helicopter chosen by the UK to meet maritime attack, surveillance and land reconnaissance requirements.

Also available to the international marketplace, the platform is equipped with a comprehensive and highly capable integrated avionics suite, which includes a state-of-the art radar for the naval variant, electro-optical imaging and electronic surveillance measures and an integrated self-defence suite, among others. All these systems for navy and army applications will be simulated and integrated into the simulators to provide the most realistic training.

This contract reaffirms Indra’s position as a major supplier of helicopter simulators in the international market and strengthens its relationship with AgustaWestland, one of the main manufacturers of this type of aircraft worldwide. This contract underlines Indra’s commitment to provide the highest quality of training equipment for aircrew, thereby ensuring the best possible training to front line units needs for whatever missions they may undertake.

Indra is the premier Information Technology company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe and Latin America. It is ranked as the second European company in its sector according to investment in R&D with nearly EUR 500 M during the last three years. In 2010 revenues reached EUR 2,557 M of which a 40% came from the international market. The company employs more than 31,000 professionals and has clients in more than 110 countries.

MBDA and ISL Extend Their Cooperation

On 24th June 2011 at the Le Bourget Air Show, MBDA and ISL (Franco-German research Institute of St. Louis) signed an international partnering agreement thereby extending the scope of the already existing cooperation between the two organizations. The aim of this agreement is to set up a common research framework between ISL, MBDA France and MBDA Germany.

This agreement sees the signing of two national contracts, a new contract between MBDA France and the ISL and the renewal of a previous contract signed in 2006 between MBDA Germany and the ISL.

These national contracts relate to the preparation of future technologies applicable to missiles and weapons systems in the areas of aerodynamics, optronics, navigation systems, future weapons systems and warheads. They define the structure of the cooperation with regard to information exchange, cooperative research, the development of prototypes for joint projects and the use of test facilities and the loan of equipment.

Welcoming the signing of this agreement, Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, declared: “ISL possesses a wide range of skills which will be very useful in the conception of our future missile systems. Equally, the agreement which we have signed today shows that Franco-German cooperation remains a major strategic objective for MBDA. This agreement will in due course allow us to present our customers with a missile system proposition that puts into operation not only the most efficient technologies but also prepares the way for future cooperative programmes, notably between France and Germany.

According to ISL Directors Christian de Villemagne and Wolfgang Förster: “For several decades ISL’s expertise was primarily aimed at meeting the requirements of conventional ground combat weaponry. As a result of this agreement, our know-how will now go towards the missile sector. This rapprochement between ISL and MBDA France and Germany will result naturally in the stimulation of French and German strengths and of our respective organisations. It also contributes to the emergence of new areas of European cooperation”.

With industrial facilities in four European countries and within the USA, in 2010 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. MBDA is jointly held by BAE Systems (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%).

ISL (Franco-German research Institute of Saint-Louis) is a joint initiative of the French and German Ministries of Defence, benefiting from over 50 years of experience in serving the armed forces and global security. ISL meets the needs of its customers through consistent R&T in the field of energy processing and transfer to:

– develop innovative ways of projecting energy by conventional means (energetic materials: explosives, powders, including nano-structures, projectile flight technologies) or alternative means (lasers, high-power microwave, electromagnetic acceleration .. .),
– develop technology for the advance detection of energy projection (explosive detection, locating sighting devices, weapon launches etc.).
– develop technologies to protect personnel, assets and infrastructures against the effects of energy projections

ISL is at the heart of numerous European partnerships and holds the Carnot Label of Excellence.