Boeing T-X Headed Toward First Flight

By: Valerie Insinna, November 29, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Boeing-Saab T-X trainer is on track to fly by the end of the year after completing afterburner engine runs last week, Boeing officials said.

Only a few more major tests remain before the plane makes its inaugural flight, said program manager Ted Torgerson during a Nov. 23 interview ahead of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).

“We are clicking off all of our test points, we have tested around somewhere around nearly 1,200 test points on the jet on ground tests,” he said.

The next test involves putting the plane, engine running, through the motions of a flight — takeoff, climb and landing — with the aircraft tied down to the runway, Torgerson said. The company will also check how the airplane responds to simulated system failures. After that, a Boeing-Saab board will clear the aircraft for flight, and the Federal Aviation Administration will certify it. Finally, the company will conduct low-, medium- and high-speed taxi tests before flying the jet.

“We’re looking to fly soon, before the year is over” Tom Conard, the company’s T-X capture team leader, reiterated during a Tuesday briefing at I/ITSEC. “And as we’re preparing that jet to fly, our flight crews are training in the training system devices to prepare them exactly what they’re going to see in the jet.”

A second Boeing T-X was revealed to the press during a September rollout ceremony shortly before it went through structural proof tests. The company is currently powering all of the systems on the airplane, will fuel the plane in a matter of weeks and plans to move quickly through tests for an early 2017 flight, Togerson said.

The Boeing-Saab team is competing against one other clean-sheet design, manufactured by Northrop Grumman. Two other teams are banking on less risky existing designs. Lockheed Martin has partnered with KAI to offer the T-50A, a version of the Korean company’s T-50 trainer. Raytheon joined with Leonardo and CAE on the T-100, which uses Alenia Aermacchi M-346 as the basis.

If all goes according to schedule, the Boeing-Saab plane will fly around the same time as the US Air Force issues its final request for proposals, which officials have targeted for a December release. The service has already put forward several draft request for proposals, which detail threshold requirements as well as objective requirements that could knock hundreds of millions of dollars off a company’s total evaluated price.

Boeing, for its part, has stressed that its clean-sheet design was tailored specifically for the threshold requirements, and officials have not detailed how close it can get to the objective.

« We’re going to meet all the requirements and growth provisions for the future,” Conard said. « It has no radar, it has no weapons, it is not doing anything except advanced fast jet training. »

Asked whether Boeing plans to incorporate such features for potential opportunities currently under discussion by the Air Force — such as an exercise of light-attack aircraft that could inform a program of record, or a proposal to hire industry to play the aggressor role in training exercises — Conard demurred.

“We’ll look at that after we win T-X,” he said. “We’ve got to win T-X, and then from there we will able to adapt and work in future variants. And I’ll leave it at that.”



BAE conteste un contrat de l’US Navy octroyé à Raytheon


BAE Systems conteste la décision de la marine américaine d’accorder un contrat de brouillage électronique à Raytheon, a déclaré jeudi un porte-parole du groupe de défense britannique.

Brian Roehrkasse a dit que BAE avait décidé de protester auprès du Government Accountability Office (GAO), l’équivalent de la Cour des Comptes, car « il s’interroge sur l’évaluation que la Navy a faite de notre offre ».

« La solution que nous avons soumise donnerait à l’US Navy un moyen efficace et abordable d’améliorer sensiblement nos capacités et de protéger nos avions, navires et forces armées », a-t-il ajouté.

Raytheon a décroché le 8 juillet ce contrat de développement de 279 millions de dollars, mais susceptible de représenter au final des milliards de dollars de dollars, de l’avis d’analystes, l’emportant sur BAE et sur Northrop Grumman.

Le nouveau système de brouillage doit en principe être opérationnel d’ici l’exercice budgétaire 2020.

US moves to arm Indonesia’s growing F-16 fighter fleet

Written by Reuters

Monday, 27 August 2012

President Barack Obama’s administration has proposed to sell air-to-surface guided missiles and related gear to equip Indonesia’s growing fleet of U.S.-built F-16 fighter aircraft.

The sale, valued at $25 million, would be the latest U.S. move to boost security ties with friends and allies in a region stirred by China’s growing military clout and territorial assertiveness.

Indonesia has requested 18 AGM-65K2 « Maverick All-Up-Round » missiles, 36 « captive air training missiles » and three maintenance training missiles, plus spares, test equipment and personnel training, the administration told the U.S. Congress in a notice dated Wednesday, Reuters reports.

The AGM-65 Maverick, built by Raytheon Co, is designed to attack a wide range of tactical targets, including armor, air defenses, ships, ground transportation and fuel storage facilities.

« The Indonesian Air Force needs these missiles to train its F-16 pilots in basic air-to-ground weapons employment, » the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in the notice to lawmakers.

The arms sale would contribute to making Indonesia « a more valuable regional partner in an important area of the world, » the security agency added.

Such notices of a proposed sale are required by law and do not mean the sale has been concluded.


The United States is giving, not selling, Jakarta two dozen second-hand F-16C/D fighter planes to strengthen bilateral ties and foster what the Pentagon has called a « much-needed » capability to protect Indonesian air space.

Obama and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia announced the F-16 transfer near the end of a nine-day Asia-Pacific tour that Obama used in November to re-emphasize U.S. interests in the region.

The F-16s are decommissioned and no longer part of the U.S. Air Force inventory. Once retooled and upgraded, they will boost Indonesia’s « interoperability » with the United States, the Defense Department said at the time.

Interoperability is the extent to which military forces can work with each other to achieve a common goal. The refurbished aircraft add to Indonesia’s existing fleet of 10 earlier-model F-16s.

The quantities of missiles being sought by Indonesia would support both the existing fleet and the 24 being provided as U.S. surplus, the notice to Congress said.

Jakarta is paying up to $750 million to upgrade the second-hand Lockheed Martin Corp fighters and overhaul their United Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney-built engines.

Indonesia, the largest country in Southeast Asia and the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, is only one part of the growing U.S. emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region for national-security planning.

The United States also is building Guam as a strategic hub, deploying up to four shore-hugging littoral combat ships on a rotational basis to Singapore and preparing what is to be a 2,500-strong Marine Corps task force rotation as part of a tightening military partnership with Australia.


Raytheon Receives Contract to Produce Additional APG-79 AESA Radars

El SEGUNDO, Calif., May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a contract from Boeing for the second procurement in the four-year Multi-Year III program to produce and deliver APG-79 active electronically scanned array radars for F/A-18 Super Hornet tactical aircraft.

The APG-79 AESA radar hardware has 10-15 times greater reliability compared to mechanically scanned array radars. This reliability and easy maintainability makes AESA radars more affordable over the service life of the unit.

« In addition to lower failure and maintenance rates, APG-79 AESA radars provide the U.S. Navy leading-edge technology for situational awareness, » said Eric Ditmars, Raytheon’s F/A-18 program director, Tactical Airborne Systems. « The long-range capability allows aircrews more time to process, share and assess information. »

This procurement contract is for the production of 42 APG-79 AESA radars and will be completed at Raytheon facilities in El Segundo, Calif.; Andover, Mass.; Forest, Miss.; and Dallas, Texas.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

US legislators seek $110m. increase for Israeli-American missile defense systems

Proposal more than doubles $106m. budgeted
for 2012 by Obama administration

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., together with their US partners Boeing Co. and Raytheon Co., may benefit from a US House proposal to more than double the funding next year for US-Israeli missile defense technology.

Senior members of the House Armed Services Committee are proposing increasing by $110 million the Obama administration’s request for $106.1 million in 2012 for David’s Sling, the Arrow anti-missile defense system and Arrow-3 high-altitude missile defense technology.

The committee this week is writing the 2012 defense authorization bill, which will set military policy and funding targets for the fiscal year starting October 1.

The leaders of the panel’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee – Representatives Michael Turner, an Ohio Republican, and Loretta Sanchez, a California Democrat – are proposing the $216.1 million total for the missile defense systems, which are designed to protect against threats from Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Islamic militant group that is on the US State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations.

The House defense panel does not specify how much of the additional money will go to either the Arrow Weapon System or David’s Sling. The director of the US Missile Defense Agency will allocate the money at his discretion, according to committee report language that will be included in the House’s 2012 defense authorization bill.

The administration’s budget request for Israeli missile defense in 2012 is $103.8 million less than the funding approved by Congress for the current fiscal year.

For 2012, the Missile Defense Agency is requesting $11.8 million for improvements to the Arrow Weapon System, $53.2 million for continued development of the Arrow-3 interceptor and $41.1 million for continued development of the David’s Sling Weapon System, according to committee report language.

Lawmakers said they were concerned that the administration’s request for next year is not sufficient for allowing the first battery of David’s Sling to be delivered in 2012, according to the prepared committee report language. They also said that the money requested by the Missile Defense Agency wasn’t enough to complete the development and testing of upgrades to the Arrow system, or to accelerate the development of the Arrow-3 interceptor.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Raytheon are jointly developing the David’s Sling Weapon System, designed to shield Israel from short-range ballistic missiles, large-caliber rockets and slow-flying cruise missiles, such as those possessed by Hezbollah that are fired at ranges from 40 kilometers to 300 kilometers, according to a 2010 Congressional Research Service study on US aid to Israel.

David’s Sling is designed to counter the inexpensive and easily produced short-range missiles and rockets used during Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon. It will also advance low-altitude intercept technology and provide that technology to those in the US and Israeli industry, according to a September 27, 2010, Missile Defense Agency press release announcing the project agreement.

Raytheon is working with Rafael’s missile division on the development of the system’s “Stunner” interceptor, which is designed to detect and home in on targets in any weather.

Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing have been developing the Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 systems, which are part of the Arrow Weapon System, Israel’s national missile defense program. Arrow is designed to defend against medium-range ballistic missiles such as those possessed by Iran.

The US and Israel have cooperated on missile defense since 1986. The two countries also participate in joint missile defense exercises and tests.

Source: Bloomberg

Raytheon-Boeing team achieves milestone with test of JAGM’s single rocket motor solution


Raytheon Company and The Boeing Company completed a series of government-funded tests of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile’s single rocket motor solution.

During the tests, rocket motors designed by Boeing and its subcontractor ATK were subjected to 5-to-20 thermal cycles of minus 45 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The motors were then fired, meeting all test objectives.

« These tests of our engineering and manufacturing development rocket engine validated our simulations and proved the maturity of the Raytheon-Boeing JAGM single rocket motor solution, » said Carl Avila, director of Boeing’s Advanced Weapons and Missile Systems. « Our single rocket motor solution makes our JAGM the ideal system for the warfighter. »

The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM features a fully integrated tri-mode seeker that incorporates semiactive laser, uncooled imaging infrared and millimeter wave guidance. The system leverages proven components from other Raytheon and Boeing programs, including the Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II and previously fielded Boeing launchers and missiles.

« Every single test of the Raytheon-Boeing JAGM has been an unqualified success, even those using EMD motors, » said Bob Francois, Raytheon vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems. « The Raytheon-Boeing JAGM system is the ideal solution for the warfighter because it has a low total-ownership cost and can hit the target. »

JAGM, designed to replace three legacy systems, offers the warfighter improved lethality, range, operational flexibility, supportability and cost savings compared with older, Cold War era weapons such as the Hellfire missile and its multiple derivatives.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 66,000 employees worldwide.

Missile Defense Agency Awards Raytheon $312 Million for New SM-3 Block IB

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon Company a $312 million manufacturing contract for the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program. The contract provides the funding necessary to complete the development phase of the SM-3 Block IB program and deliver the rounds to the MDA.

« We expect to deliver the first flight test rounds to the MDA this summer, » said Frank Wyatt, vice president of Raytheon’s Air and Missile Defense Systems product line. « The SM-3 Block IB will provide an increased engagement capability against a wider variety of ballistic missile threats, giving the warfighter increased flexibility to protect U.S. and allied forces. »

Raytheon’s next-generation SM-3 Block IB maintains the reliability of the Block IA variant while incorporating an advanced two-color infrared seeker, an advanced signal processor, and a new throttleable divert and attitude control system. SM-3 Block IB will be deployed in both sea-based and land-based modes as part of phase two of the current administration’s Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense.

Raytheon is developing SM-3 as part of the MDA’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, and more than 130 SM-3s have been delivered to date. The missiles are deployed with both U.S. and Japanese navies to defend against short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats in the ascent and midcourse phases of flight.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

Iraq – AN/TPQ-36(V)10 FIREFINDER Radars

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Iraq of six AN/TPQ-36(V)10 FIREFINDER Radar Systems, 18 AN/TPQ-48 Light Weight Counter-Mortar Radars and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $299 million.

The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 6 AN/TPQ-36(V)10 FIREFINDER Radar Systems, 18 AN/TPQ-48 Light Weight Counter-Mortar Radars, 3 Meteorological Measuring Sets, 36 export variant Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems, 6 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems, 3 Position and Azimuth Determining Systems, government furnished equipment, common hardware and software, communication support equipment, tools and test equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $299 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country. This proposed sale directly supports the Iraq government and serves the interests of the Iraqi people and the U.S.

The proposed sale of the FIREFINDER radars will advance Iraq’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability and to develop a strong and dedicated military force. The FIREFINDER radars will enable Iraq to assume some of the missions currently accomplished by U.S. and coalition forces and to sustain itself in its efforts to establish stability to Iraq.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be Thales Raytheon Systems in Fullerton, California, Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles, California, Smith-Detection Technologies in Edgewood, Maryland, ITT Corporation, Defense Electronics Services in McLean, Virginia, Raytheon Company in Waltham, Massachusetts, L-3 Communications in New York, New York, and SRCTec, Incorporated in North Syracuse, New York. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Iraq for up to three years for equipment de-processing/fielding, system checkout, new equipment training, and logistics support.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency


Pentagon Contract Announcement: Raytheon

Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a modification to decrease contract N00024-07-C-6119, CLIN 0004, by $72,306,105 from $229,900,477, to a new total value of $157,594,372.

The modification is to reduce the quantity of Standard Missile-3 Block IA missiles manufactured, from 24 to 18.

The remaining work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. The performance period is from March 2011 through April 2012.

The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

Pentagon Contract Announcement: Raytheon

March 28, 2011

Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded $14,842,200 for delivery order #0035 under previously awarded fixed-price requirements contract (N00104-06-D-L007) for performance-based logistics support for the Phalanx Close-In weapons system.  Work will be performed in Louisville, Ky., and is expected to be completed by August 2011.  Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year.

This effort includes the governments of Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, Poland, and Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales Program.

This contract was not competitively procured.  The Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity.