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.

La marine royale marocaine se refait une santé en Espagne

Posté le : 1 juin, 2011

Le Maroc change son fusil d’épaule. Alors que les plus gros contrats économiques sont d’habitude octroyés aux entreprises françaises, ce qui irrite fortement les Espagnols, la visite du Roi Juan Carlos à Marrakech a eu un effet bénéfique sur les entreprises espagnoles. Côté armement, les autorités marocaines ont décidé d’envoyer aux chantiers navals d’Algésiras, une dizaine de patrouilleurs de la marine royale pour y effectuer une révision complète. La seule corvette dont dispose la marine chérifienne, Lieutenant colonel Errahmani (Classe Descubierta), un bâtiment de fabrication espagnole acquis en 1982, devrait elle aussi être envoyée  aux chantiers navals de Cadix afin de subir une révision de fond. L’armée de terre marocaine devrait elle aussi reprendre ses contrats avec les constructeurs espagnols de véhicules de transport de troupe et des blindés de reconnaissance terrestre. Mais cette éclaircie dans les relations Maroco-espagnoles ne profite pas qu’au volet militaire. La filiale du mastodonte Ferrovial, Cadagua, a été sélectionnée par l’OCP pour la construction au port de Jorf Lasfar -100 kilomètres au Sud de Casablanca- d’une usine de dessalement de l’eau de mer d’une valeur de 60 millions d’euros. Cette usine aura, au départ, une capacité de traitement de 75.880 mètres cubes par jour avant d’être portée par la suite, à 220 mille mètres cubes par jour.

Source: maghreb-intelligence.com

Navantia reçoit le kiosque du premier sous-marin S-80

Publié le 29 mars 2011, dernière mise à jour le 29 mars 2011.

Le premier sous-marin S-80 que Navantia construit pour la marine espagnole, commence à prendre forme. Sur la coque résistance, dont la construction a été terminée en octobre dernier, sera bientôt fixé le kiosque, une structure de 6 mètres de haut et de près de 3 m de long, qui est arrivée hier au chantier naval de Carthagène.

Un porte-parole de l’entreprise a expliqué que, à cause des dimensions du kiosque, l’opération de transport a été complexe. Il a d’abord été transporté sur un camion spécial depuis l’entreprise locale qui l’a construit jusqu’au port de pêche de Santa Lucía. Là, la pièce qui donne sa silhouette caractéristique au sous-marin lorsqu’il navigue en surface, a été embarquée sur une barge qui l’a transporté jusqu’au quai d’armement du chantier naval.

La construction du premier des 4 sous-marins S-80 se déroule selon le calendrier établi. Depuis la fin de la construction de la coque résistante, les travaux se déroulent à l’intérieur, pendant que Bolea fabrique les superstructures extérieures. Si aucun problème ne survient d’ici là, le S-81 devrait être mis à l’eau en 2013.

La technologie utilisée pour leur construction est « 100% Navantia » depuis que l’entreprise espagnole et DCNS ont dissous le consortium qui les associait pour la construction des sous-marins Scorpène.

Il est actuellement prévu que le dernier exemplaire des S-80 soit terminé et livré à la marine espagnole en 2016.

Source: Le Portail des Sous-Marins

Navantia présentera en avril à la marine brésilienne une offre pour 11 bâtiments

Publié le 15 mars 2011, dernière mise à jour le 15 mars 2011.

Navantia présentera au début du mois prochain, à quelques semaines de l’ouverture d’une exposition de construction navale à Rio de Janeiro, une proposition pour la construction de 11 bâtiments pour la marine du Brésil. Il s’agit du programme Prosuper évalué par certaines sources à presque 4,3 milliards €.

La marine brésilienne a déjà lancé l’appel d’offres pour la construction de 5 frégates, 5 patrouilleurs et un bâtiment de soutien logistique. Les principaux chantiers navals militaires du monde, allemands, hollandais, britanniques, français et sud-coréens, participent à cet appel d’offres. Au départ, le Brésil se préparait à attribuer le marché à l’Italie, mais des différents politiques entre les 2 états, ont conduit le Brésil à lancer l’appel d’offres international.

Outre la dure compétition à laquelle Navantia devra faire face pour remporter le marche, le gouvernement de Dilma Roussef a fixé comme préalable indispensable pour obtenir le contrat, la signature d’accords de coopération entre états et d’accords de coopération dans le pays de la part des chantiers navals qui aspirent à la construction des bâtiments.

Le Brésil effectue actuellement une forte pression pour le développement de son industrie navale, investissant beaucoup dans ses chantiers navals. Sur les 11 bâtiments concernés par l’appel d’offres, une seule des 5 frégates sera construite dans le chantier naval qui obtiendra le marché. Celui-ci sera principalement concerné par la conception des bâtiments et le transfert de technologie.

Navantia propose au Brésil de construire des frégates F-100, ou des frégates F-310 — celles construites pour la Norvège — et un bâtiment de soutien logistique identique au Cantabria de la marine espagnole. Il proposera aussi des patrouilleurs océaniques identiques à ceux construits pour le Vénézuela.

La remise des offres aura lieu en avril prochain, l’attribution du marché est prévue pour 2012.

Source : Le Portail des Sous-marins

Thales Alenia Space España supplies Telecommunications equipment for Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft

Madrid, March 24, 2011 – Thales Alenia Space España, has provided Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) with advanced telecommunications systems for Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TTC) data for the Cygnus unmanned cargo resupply vehicle.The contract is worth more than 4 million Euros.

The contract with Thales Alenia Space España, signed last year, considers design, manufacturing, and supply for three TTC telecommunication systems in spread spectrum technology (a technology that prevents interference with nearby satellites) for the establishment of telecommunications links through the Tracking Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS)network. Thales’ systems will be installed in the first three Cygnus vehicles.

Juan Garcés de Marcilla, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space España, said “ I am very pleased with the delivery of the communications systems to Orbital Sciences Corporation for its first Cygnus vehicle, seeing as this will encourage more collaboration between the companies and strengthen our leadership in telecommunications systems for space infrastructures and spacecrafts.¨ Also, Garcés de Marcilla stressed that “the flexibility of this product will serve all types of vehicles and launchers as it allows communication with the ground through various satellite systems.”

Thales Alenia Space España is the only European supplier of TTC telecommunications systems compatible with TDRSS satellites and validated by NASA. The Spanish company is a leading global supplier with a strong presence in the field of data telecommunications systems for both the European ATV and the Japanese HTV resupply vehicles. It also works actively in the definition and development of telecommunications systems, and for the future in-flight rendezvous manned vehicles (ARV).

Construction de cinq nouveaux navires pour la marine espagnole d’action maritime

Vendredi 18 mars 2011

Le Conseil des ministres espagnol a approuvé un accord autorisant le ministère de la Défense à débuter les activités pour la préparation d’un nouveau programme de navires (Buques de Acción Marítima – BAM), basée sur l’expérience acquise lors d’un premier programme et qui se poursuivra par le processus de modernisation de la flotte de la Marine espagnole. Ce travail doit être achevé dans les quatre mois, date à laquelle le ministère de la Défense proposera au Conseil des ministres un nouvel accord pour définir les conditions définitives de prix, modalités et conditions.

Ce deuxième programme BAM, consiste en la construction de cinq nouveaux navires :

– trois en versions de patrouille maritime, similaires à ceux développés par Navantia lors d’un premier programme, avec des améliorations à la lumière de l’expérience acquise actuellement dans la construction de nouveaux bâtiments,

– un en version de recherche et de sauvetage, Rescue, qui appuiera généralement le sauvetage des sous-marins et autres navires coulés, avec des plongeurs de soutien,

– et enfin un cinquième navire de recherche océanographique, pour opérer dans les eaux polaires de l’Antarctique, qui fera office également  de navire de soutien.

 

La nécessité de disposer de telles unités s’explique par les missions données à la marine espagnole visant à :

– assurer la protection des intérêts maritimes nationaux, y compris une présence navale de dissuasion et de surveillance du transport maritime,

– exercer sa souveraineté sur les eaux territoriales espagnoles

– collaborer avec d’autres autorités dans les domaines de la police maritime comme la lutte contre la pollution marine, la recherche et le sauvetage en mer et la protection des civils.

– collaborer avec d’autres autorités dans les domaines des sciences et de l’innovation et le ministère de la Culture comme la conservation du patrimoine sous-marin, la recherche scientifique, la recherche océanographique.

Rénovation et modernisation de la flotte

L’entrée en service de ces navires BAM  au sein de la flotte espagnole permettra de continuer à réduire la flotte actuelle de patrouilleur, en service depuis 30 ans, par leur remplacement par des navires plus grands aux avantages capacitaires certains. Sur le plan opérationnel, ces BAM permettront le remplacement d’autres navires plus grands et aux coûts plus importants de type frégate dans le contrôle de l’espace maritime  dans des missions du type Atalanta dans l’océan Indien ou du type « Active Endeavour » en Méditerranée orientale.

Quant aux versions de recherche océanographique et de recherche et de sauvetage en mer, elles devront remplacer les navires actuellement en service en charge des mêmes missions, qui sont en fin de carrière, comme le bâtiment de surface (BIO) « Las Palmas » ou la frégate  «Neptune». Ces dernières années, l’Armada espagnole a abordé un programme ambitieux de rénovation et de modernisation de sa flotte avec des frégates F-100, des sous-marins S-80, un navire de projection stratégique, le « Juan Carlos I », un navire ravitailleur de combat et des navires d’action maritime.

Les programmes de construction navale, certains d’entre eux toujours en cours, ont permis d’allier une incrémentation des capacités opérationnelles à une industrie de haut niveau technologique. Le premier programme de navires d’action maritime, qui a officiellement débuté en 2005, développé par l’entreprise publique Navantia, prévoit la production de quatre navires pratiquement achevés, devant entré en service tout au long de 2011 et 2012.

Ces navires intègrent les dernières technologies dans les systèmes de combat, de communications, de commandement et de contrôle. Ils offrent également des performances élevées, une grande polyvalence en termes de missions et un haut degré de mutualisation avec les autres navires de l’Armada. Les BAM mesurent 93,90 mètres de long, 14,20 mètres de largeur, peuvent parcourir 8.000 miles à 15 nœuds et atteindre une vitesse maximale de 20,5 nœuds. Leur déplacement est de 2.575 tonnes avec un équipage de 35 marins et peut accueillir 35 autres marins à son bord.

 

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Source: Defensa.com

Indra Closes 2010 with Net Profit of EUR 189 M

As indicated by the Company on 24 January when it unveiled its 2011 guidance, in 2010 Indra met all the targets announced at the beginning of last year. The strength of the Group’s performance outside Spain in terms of revenue and order intake is particularly noteworthy:

Revenue rose 2% to EUR 2.6bn, within the target range announced at the beginning of the year. Revenue in the international markets rose 10% and represented 40% of the total, while revenue in the domestic market was down 3%.

Order intake in 2010 rose 7% to EUR 2.8 bn, topping the initial target of 5%.

The order backlog expanded by 12% to EUR 2.9bn at 31 December 2010, 1.14x revenue for the year and higher than the year-earlier figure.

The recurring EBIT margin (i.e. EBIT before one-off expenses/revenue) was 11.2%, in line with the target of defending the 2009 margin.

The Company has delivered these targets despite having to tackle especially challenging market conditions which, as it advanced at the beginning of last year, required capacity cuts entailing non-recurring expenditure of EUR 33M.

Extraordinary costs recognised cover all the measures deemed necessary by the Company; no further measures are expected to be adopted in 2011.

As a result, 2010 net profit amounted to EUR 189M, 4% lower than in 2009. Stripping out these non-recurring expenses, net profit would have risen by more than 10%.

Source: Indra

http://www.indracompany.com/en/noticia/indra-closes-2010-with-net-profit-of-%E2%82%AC189-m-

ITP Will Double Its Sales to Reach 1000 Million Euros by 2015

The ITP Strategic Plan 2011-2015, recently approved by the Board of Directors and presented by the company’s Director General, Ignacio Mataix, sets forth objectives of growth and participation in engine design, manufacture and support which will enable ITP to double its sales to 1000 million by 2015, with investments totalling more than 500 million euros over the next five years.

During that time, ITP’s strategic goals will focus on supplying turbines for programmes already in production, on taking part in new platforms with a wider range of customers and on boosting the company’s presence in the support area for these products. The achievement of these goals will mean reaching sales figures of close to 1000 million euros, doubling the current figure. From 2011 to 2015, the company will consolidate its position among the top ten aeronautic engine companies worldwide.

In the words of the company’s Director General: « ITP has a vision of itself as a global company, a leader in the market for aeronautic and industrial engines due to its technology and its respect for the environment throughout the entire product life cycle. We are committed to excellence in management and we build up a strong bond with our customers in an attempt to bring value to the company and to its interest groups ».

Technology

Ignacio Mataix continued, « Investments will total more than 500 million euros, of which 350 million will be set aside for R&D+i on technology and products while the remainder is intended to expand the company’s industrial capacities ».

ITP will maintain its backing for technology as the basis of its business and its market expansion. With this in mind, the company will continue its work on the priority development of turbine technology, where it leads the market, and also expects to develop technology in new engine areas that will ensure access to new markets and customers. « What we have, » says Ignacio Mataix, « is a stake in and a commitment to Quality and the Environment as a foundation stone to ensure growth and value generation in the long term ».

The Aeronautical Context

The climate within the aeronautics industry over the last few years has been marked by the impact of the crisis in air traffic and the negative results announced by the airlines, by cuts to defence budgets and delays and difficulties in new aircraft models. For ITP, this has meant that sales in Civil business over the last few years have grown more slowly than expected while those in Defence stabilised and those in Maintenance fell. The final result is a moderate decrease in total sales.

The aeronautics industry currently finds itself in a scenario of heightened competition due to a fall in average income per passenger and to increases in operating costs. This in turn has led to greater pressure on equipment manufacturers like ITP. The engine manufacturers, who are ITP’s main customers, have opted to increase their spending in low-cost countries, to base their operations in cheaper areas and to rationalise their supply chains. Against this backdrop, ITP is sticking with its strategy of boosting competitiveness, optimising current industrial capacity, especially in low cost countries, and running a more competitive supply chain.

The strategy will continue to focus on the manufacture of more complex products built with in-house technology, with greater added value and with modules integrated to offer better value to the customer.

Areas of Activity

ITP organises its business into two market segments: first, the design, manufacture, assembly and testing of new equipment for aeronautic engines and second, the maintenance and in-service support of aeronautic engines. ITP currently has a stake in 17 engines, both civil and military, with growing levels of responsibility and complexity.

With the entry into service of the A380, the B787 and the A350XWB, ITP will consolidate its position of leadership in transatlantic aircraft engines (twin aisle), where in the long term it expects to achieve a market share of 50%. In the single aisle commercial aviation, regional and business aviation segments, very dynamic markets where ITP currently plays only a small part, the strategy is one of growth with diversification of both customer base and product.

In the area of designing and manufacturing new equipment, it should be noted that with the entry into service of the whole of Rolls-Royce’s portfolio of Trent engines, production volume will quadruple during the period of the Strategic Plan.

In order to face this challenge, a global manufacturing plan has been drawn up. It aims, among other things, to improve manufacturing efficiency at the Zamudio and Lincoln centres and to develop the Querétaro centre (ITR-Mexico) to achieve lower costs and reduce exposure to dollar exchange rates. ITP has recently acquired 100% of the shares of ITR and sold its 49% stake in engine maintenance firm Safran America Engine Services. This will allow the Group to develop its manufacturing and engineering capacities in Mexico as a lower cost country.

As well as this, a Supply Plan is under development which aims to reduce unit cost and sustain competitiveness for new equipment in 2015 by rationalising the number of suppliers, increasing dollar purchases and guaranteeing the quality of deliveries.

In the In-Service Support Area, ITP will continue to focus on providing service to the engines of the Spanish Defence Ministry and on expanding its offer of services with greater added value. At the same time, it will increase its activity and market share in the maintenance of helicopter engines and business aviation.

Positioning in 2015

The Aeronautics Industry still has firm foundations for the long term. The demand in air traffic and the need for new aircraft is expected to grow at an annual rate of about 5% over the next 5 years, in line with growth in the economy as a whole. With its young engine portfolio, ITP will enjoy more significant growth, backed up by investment in in-house technology and increased production capacity while also maintaining current standards of leadership in production efficiency and competitiveness.

In the Civil Area, ITP will carry on with its strategy of strengthening its relationship with Rolls-Royce in twin-aisle aircraft engines. As for single aisle, business and regional aircraft engines, the strategy here consists of reinforcing the company’s position and ensuring its participation in new engines.

In the Defence Area, with current budget restrictions worldwide, the aims are to maintain the company’s position of reference in Spain in the European programmes and to boost export campaigns for existing programmes.

Moderate growth is expected in 2011 in comparison with the previous year, with planned investments of 70 million euros. Of that figure, half corresponds to material investments while the rest will go on Research & Development for programmes that are underway.

The ITP Group, made up of Sener Aeronáutica (53.125%) and Rolls-Royce (46.875%), includes among its activities such areas as Design, Research & Development, Manufacture and Casting, as well as the Assembly and Testing of aeronautical engines and gas turbines. It is also the official maintenance service provider for the majority of the world’s currently active engine manufacturers. The ITP Group has 17 production centres in Spain, Great Britain, Malta, the USA and Mexico, and a staff of 2,650 workers.

Indra to Deliver Seven New Simulators to the Spanish Army to Train Soldiers Destined to Peacekeeping Missions

Indra will deliver seven new VICTRIX simulators to the Army. They were specially designed to train the security forces and corps destined to UNO (United Nations Organization) international peacekeeping missions.

With this new contract the Spanish Army confirms the results obtained with the previous two simulators of this type which were implemented in the Alvarez de Sotomayor, Viator (Almeria) and Principe, Paracuellos del Jarama (Madrid) bases.

The simulators designed by Indra integrate the latest technologies in order to adapt the exercises and the scenarios to the new training requirements and to guarantee the soldiers and population’s security. They were designed and developed at Indra’s Centre of Excellence of Security Systems in Leon. The project was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Regional Government of Castile and Leon.

The system is the first of its type and has been thoroughly developed with Spanish technology. It simulates the H&K G36 rifle- used by the Spanish Armed Forces- as well as other widely used weapons. One of the most outstanding features of this solution developed by Indra when compared to similar solutions by other companies is the flexibility it offers to instructors in the design of the exercises to meet their needs or operation-specific requirements.

Soldiers can use their own firearms, customised to interact with the simulator. This means that the aspect, weight and distribution, adaptability for accessories and recoil accurately resemble reality. Besides this, the absence of external connections and cables enhances such resemblance and facilitates the squad’s compliance with the exercise.

Indra’s technology and software help create a virtual world on a large screen with 3D scenarios and characters for the trainee to interact. The soldier’s response will depend on the actions of the characters taking into account the events programmed by the instructor. For example, in an advance through a narrow street in a town in conflict, the scene will show the difficulties the instructor chooses such as the type of attack and moment.

It also incorporates a device which shoots rubber bullets in coordination with the training in order to make the trainee acquainted with the stress a real mission entails.

Real experiences without risk

Thanks to this system, students will have the chance to train without risk in all sorts of possible scenarios the Spanish Armed Forces are likely to encounter when on a peacekeeping operation in conflict areas. This is possible thanks to the integration of a smart tactic environment which reproduces previous experiences related to public security, protection of critical enclaves (humanitarian aid, water supply, electoral centres) or cooperation with allied forces.

Besides this, the instructor will be able to plan the exercises from the control centre and to create the most adequate training conditions so that soldiers learn the protocols of action. From there, the parameters of the scene can be easily modified; for example, the type of target, type of bullet, environmental conditions and types of advancement and distances can also be added. The system allows the possibility of training in a night setting with real light intensifiers.

Another great advantage is that trainees can participate altogether in the same mission even though they are at different locations thanks to the High-Level Architecture communication protocol. This technology allows connection between simulators, bringing participants together in the same scenario.

Indra holds an outstanding position among simulator manufacturers worldwide. It has delivered 147 simulators to 15 countries and 39 clients; civil and military pilots; drivers and machinery operators. It has also delivered many simulation systems for air traffic controllers. Indra’s simulators have covered more than 700.000 hour training.

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. The company employs more than 30,000 professionals and has clients in more than 100 countries.

Navantia livre la dernière frégate norvégienne du type F310

24/01/2011

Le groupe espagnol Navantia a mené à son terme le programme des cinq frégates norvégiennes du type F310, notifié en 2000. Le dernier bâtiment de la série, le Thor Heyerdahl, a été livré à la Norvège. Auparavant, les chantiers de Fene-Ferrol avaient achevé les Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Otto Sverdrup et Helge Instad, entrés en service en 2006, 2007, 2008 et 2009. Longues de 133.25 mètres pour un déplacement de 5130 tonnes en charge, ces frégates présentent des formes furtives et sont dotées d’un système dérivé de l’Aegis américain, avec radar SPY-1F. Disposant de solides capacités de défense aérienne littorales, elles ne sont en revanche pas conçues pour la défense aérienne de zone. L’armement comprend 32 missiles surface-air à lancement vertical ESSM RIM, cette capacité pouvant éventuellement être doublée (ou complétée par d’autres missiles) grâce à un emplacement conservatoire pour un lanceur VLS Mk41 supplémentaire. Les F310 comptent, en outre, 8 missiles antinavire NSM, une tourelle de 76mm, 4 mitrailleuses de 12.7mm. Pour leur autodéfense, les bâtiments dispose de 4 lance-leurres Terma et des leurres anti-torpilles Loki.
Source : Mer et Marine