Turbomeca (groupe Safran) signe un contrat avec Saab AB pour l’Armée de l’Air suédoise

Bordes, le 30 août 2012

Turbomeca (groupe Safran) a signé un contrat avec la société de défense et sécurité Saab AB pour la réparation et la révision des modules et moteurs Arrius 2K2 équipant les hélicoptères A109 LUH de l’Armée de l’Air suédoise.

Le contrat signé avec Saab est un contrat de maintien en condition opérationnelle (Global Support Package, GSP) personnalisé pour les hélicoptères A109 LUH équipés des moteurs Turbomeca Arrius 2K2.

Cet accord couvre 43 moteurs Arrius 2K2 (40 installés sur 20 A109 LUH et trois moteurs de rechange) et les accessoires associés. La formation de techniciens et des rechanges peuvent également être proposés par le biais de cet accord.

Saab est responsable de la maintenance pour l’ensemble des opérations y compris l’entreposage et la gestion de la disponibilité de la flotte (excepté pour la maintenance en ligne et les bases opérant à l’étranger).

Saab dessert le marché international proposant des produits, des services et des solutions leaders dans le monde allant de la défense militaire à la sécurité civile. Saab a des activités et des employés sur tous les continents et se développe constamment, adopte et améliore les nouvelles technologies pour répondre aux besoins évolutifs des clients.

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Le choix du Gripen continue à semer la zizanie en Suisse

29/05/2012 – Michel Cabirol

L’avion de combat suédois provoque un débat sans précédent dans le pays. Le président du parti libéral-radical suisse demande au conseil fédéral « de renoncer au Gripen » et de relancer le Rafale (Dassault Aviation) et l’Eurofighter (EADS, BAE Systems et l’italien Finmeccanica).

Décidément, le choix suisse de l’avion de combat suédois Gripen, défendu bec et ongle par le conseiller fédéral en charge de la défense, Ueli Maurer, reste un sujet à polémiques. Et tourne même au pugilat politique. Le président du parti libéral-radical suisse, Philipp Müller, estime qu’il faudrait « réfléchir à renoncer au Gripen », a-t-il déclaré dans le journal dominical suisse « Sonntag ». « Militairement, l’appareil est contesté », a-t-il rappelé. A la place, il souhaite relancer l’Eurofighter (EADS, BAE Systems et l’italien Finmeccanica) ou le Rafale de Dassault Aviation.

Pour Philipp Müller, autant profiter de cette acquisition pour régler des problèmes avec nos voisins. Les Allemands seraient peut-être prêts à un « deal » sur la question des nuisances sonores de l’aéroport de Zurich si la Suisse choisit l’Eurofighter. Le Rafale, préféré par une majorité de hauts gradés de l’armée suisse, permettrait d’aborder l’accord de double imposition avec les Français. Selon le « Sonntag », les deux conseillers fédéraux libéraux-radicaux Didier Burckhalter et Johann Schneider-Ammann seraient disposés à soutenir cette stratégie. Ambiance.

Un Gripen incapable de protéger l’espace aérien suisse

Mi-mai, le quotidien « Le Matin » révélait à l’issue des premiers tests réalisés entre le 2 et 4 mai e Suède, que sur les 98 améliorations exigées par la Suisse, seules sept avaient pu être installées sur le prototype du futur Gripen, le Gripen F Demonstrator, lors de ces essais. Le quotidien de langue française estimait que « l’avion pourrait ne pas être livré avant 2023 et ses faiblesses resteront telles qu’elles remettent en question les procédures pour protéger l’espace aérien » suisse. Ce qui a d’ailleurs provoqué une chasse aux fuites dans la presse, la commission de la politique de sécurité nationale a déposé une plainte contre X pour violation du secret en fonction.

Ces informations ont été démenties dans la foulée par Ueli Maurer, qui a une nouvelle fois défendu le Gripen « le meilleur avion pour la Suisse », dans une interview… au « Matin ». Il a également estimé que la procédure était « close » quand bien même de nouvelles offres d’autres avionneurs arriveraient sur son bureau. « Ce n’est plus le moment », a-t-il averti. Et de se lancer dans un plaidoyer quelque peu ambigu sur le Gripen. « Je n’ai pas d’autres possibilités que le Gripen. Parce que je n’ai pas davantage d’argent. Et de plus, je suis persuadé que le Gripen est un bon avion. Il présente le meilleur rapport coût-performance ».

Un achat de vélos par l’armée dans la tourmente

En attendant les conclusions de la sous-commission qui enquête sur la procédure ayant abouti au choix du Gripen, Ueli Maurer maintient le calendrier de projet d’acquisition de l’appareil suédois, qui sera présenté cet automne au Conseil fédéral, puis sera examiné par les deux chambres. La votation populaire, un référendum demandé par des citoyens et organisations suisses, est programmée dans le courant de la première moitié de 2014, selon « Le Matin ». Et dire qu’Armasuisse, la Direction générale de l’armement suisse, est également dans la tourmente… pour l’achat de 2.800 vélos à Simpel, qui provoque remous et plaintes.

Source: La Tribune

Canada – Check out other jets

By Peter E. Greene, The Windsor Star

May 28, 2012

As someone who has worked in production and overhaul of military aircraft, I have been avidly reading the various letters and opinion/guest columns that have appeared in your paper, for and against the Canadian government’s decision to buy the F-35 aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The latest salvo condemning the F-35 program comes from retired colonel Paul Maillet, an aerospace engineer and former fleet manager for Canada’s CF18 fleet.

Paul Maillet called the F-35 a « serious strategic mismatch » to Canada’s military needs.

The drawbacks mentioned were the F-35’s single engine, low range, low payload and low manoeuvrability .

The F-35 has been shrouded in controversy, cost overruns and delays, yet the Canadian government and Department of National Defence are adamant to go ahead with this aircraft deal.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson gave a highly critical report of the Defence Department’s handling of the F-35 project. Why doesn’t the Canadian government follow a tendering and evaluation process for new aircraft that it wants to purchase?

No doubt the military industrial complex in North America has a powerful lobby which will bring pressure on our government and DND to buy this aircraft. Canada should be looking at other aircraft that several countries have to offer.

It is interesting to note that rising superpower India, which was looking to buy a medium multi-role combat aircraft for the Indian air force, started a tendering process and evaluated six aircraft from different countries over a period of five years.

They evaluated the U.S.-made F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-16 Super Viper jets, the Rafale made by Dassault Aviation of France, The Eurofighter Typhoon made by a European consortium, the Russian MiG-35 aircraft and the Saab Gripen made by Sweden.

U.S. President Barack Obama made a special visit to India to lobby its government to buy the F/A-18 Super Hornet. It was a hotly contested race of strict technical and commercial evaluation and the two finalists were the Rafale of Dassault Aviation and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The final clincher was the cost evaluation and the Rafale aircraft was selected. President Obama was disappointed and offered the F-35 aircraft to India.

The Indians rejected the F-35 and went ahead with their deal to buy 126 MMRCA Rafale fighters from France for $20 billion. Dassault will supply the first 18 aircraft by 2015 and the rest will be manufactured under licence by India.

This will be the longest opentender military aviation deal in the world.

Rafale is a twin-jet, semi stealth combat aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of short-and long-range missions, including ground and sea attacks, reconnaissance, high-accuracy strikes and nuclear strike deterrence. Rafale can carry payloads of more than 9t on 14 hardpoints for the air force version, with 13 for the naval version.

The range of weapons includes: Mica, Magic, Sidewinder, ASRAAM and AMRAAM air-to-air missiles; Apache, AS30L, ALARM, HARM, Maverick and PGM100 air-toground missiles and Exocet/ AM39, Penguin 3 and Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The Rafale is a NATO-compatible aircraft and has flown in NATO operations over Tajikstan, Afghanistan and Libya.

Canada should evaluate more aircraft under a tendering process rather than making a hasty and costly mistake by going for the overpriced and untested F-35 aircraft. The Rafale aircraft offers high value for money.

It is high time that our defence department jettisoned the canopy, ejected and bailed out of the F-35 project.

Peter E. Greene lives in Windsor.

Saab revoit le prix de ses Gripen à la baisse

Le 08 février 2012 par Barbara Leblanc

Pour contrer une réévaluation de son offre par Dassault, le groupe suédois estime qu’il peut réviser à la baisse le prix de ses avions de combat qu’il doit livrer à la Suisse.

Le prix sera inférieur à 2,6 milliards d’euros, assure le directeur de Saab pour la Suisse, Anders Carp, cité mercredi par le journal Tages-Anzeiger.
Une manière pour le groupe suédois de répondre à la proposition similaire de l’avionneur français Dassault, grand perdant de l’appel d’offres en décembre dernier. Il porte sur la livraison à la Suisse de 22 exemplaires de l’avion de combat Gripen.

En effet, Dassault avait envoyé un courrier aux députés suisses leur proposant l’acquisition de 18 Rafale pour 2,7 milliards de francs suisses (2,2 milliards d’euros), espérant ainsi faire changer Berne d’avis.

Mais le constructeur suédois propose aussi à la Confédération suisse de signer le contrat pour l’achat de Gripen directement avec le gouvernement suédois, ce qui équivaut à une garantie d’Etat sur le contrat. C’est ce que précise le numéro deux du ministère suédoise de la Défense, Hakan Jevrell, cité par le journal. Ainsi, en cas de problème, les autorités suédoises pourraient venir au secours de Saab et garantir la livraison des appareils.

Le groupe Saab intervient ce jour car la commission parlementaire suisse chargée des questions de défense doit se pencher sur le dossier au plus tôt le 13 février. Le gouvernement suisse doit formellement avaliser l’achat des Gripen en février, avant de transférer le dossier au Parlement qui décidera définitivement à l’été ou l’automne.

Si une contre-offre plus avantageuse venait à se présenter, les députés pourraient néanmoins décider de renvoyer le projet d’acquisition à son début.

Trois candidats étaient en lice pour le nouvel avion de combat de la Suisse: le Rafale du français Dassault, l’Eurofighter du consortium européen EADS et le Gripen du suédois Saab.

Source: L’Usine Nouvelle

Duels In The Sky

Jun 6, 2011

By Bill Sweetman
Washington

The European fighter development community’s views on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) have become more negative since 2005-06, and this is not, primarily, the result of marketing. The commentary expressed in offline meetings at conferences and shows is much more negative than on-the-record statements suggest.

People at Saab, Eurofighter and Dassault are of one voice on JSF and do not believe it will deliver its promised affordability, whether in acquisition, upgrades or operational cost, or that it will deliver capability on its present schedule. They expect that when JSF emerges from development, its stealth technology will be less valuable than expected, and that it will be inferior in other respects to European products.

The non-competitive selections of the JSF by the Netherlands, Norway and Canada are attributed to three main factors: political pressure by the U.S. (suspected for years but confirmed in 2010 by WikiLeaks), U.S.-oriented air forces, and political vacillation enabled by the fact that full-rate production JSFs are not available for order.

This worldview underpins the Europeans’ determination to keep their programs alive until the JSF program runs its course, or unravels, as they expect it to.

India’s decision to eliminate all but two contenders for its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) requirement was a blow to Boeing and Saab, the companies in the losing group who had reason to hold out most hope in the competition (see p. 21). For the survivors, Eurofighter (Typhoon) and Dassault (Rafale), it means a bruising duel to win the contract and—for the winner—a major challenge to fulfill it.

Indian officials say the winners scored highest on technical grounds, which is not surprising. Typhoon and Rafale are larger and more powerful than Saab’s Gripen. The former is better at high altitude and the latter excels in payload and range. The European fighters also have a more contemporary aerodynamic design than Boeing’s Super Hornet.

But a word of caution—what is being offered in both cases is not what is coming off the production line today. Boeing’s Super Hornet proposal seems to have been close to the in-production F/A-18E/F Block 2, with the exception of General Electric’s Enhanced Performance Engine (EPE) version of the F414. Gripen NG rests on a development program that is well underway.

Whether Rafale or Typhoon is selected, the program will aim to achieve several things simultaneously, including co-developing improvements such as an active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and Meteor air-to-air missile (AAM) integration; dealing with obsolescence issues that are inevitable in long development cycles; transfering technology and launching joint indigenous production; and transplanting a complex all-digital aircraft into the Indian air force, all on a tight timescale.

If Rafale wins, and is also successful in Brazil, Dassault and its partners—Safran and Thales—will be doing much the same thing, 9,000 mi. from India.

Good luck with that. The Indian customer, however, may take the view that the burden of risk will fall on the contractor—and ultimately its domestic government stakeholder, which is unlikely to want to see problems erupt into public finger-pointing.

Boeing and Saab, meanwhile, can take comfort in depicting the Indian decision as something less than an outright repudiation of their approach to fighter design and the market. Boeing can present it as a choice to not rely on the U.S. for a principal weapon system, and Saab can point out that either finalist represents a move to closer ties with the major powers of Europe.

The current competitive situation of the three “Euro-canard” fighters, however, is shaped by economic, operational, technical and historic factors, and whether one or all survive into the 2020s as viable programs depends on all of them.

The historic factor dates to the mid-1980s, when France and the Eurofighter partners went their separate ways. Germany and the U.K. argued that one-nation programs no longer had the critical mass to compete with those from the U.S. France believed multinational programs without a clear leadership structure were impossibly cumbersome.

Both arguments were right.

Rafale works, but is being built at such slow rates that costs are high. To increase rates would be to starve other national programs of resources. Typhoon’s production and upgrade program has been successively delayed and restructured as the sponsoring nations have wrangled over how much should be spent on each step, and when.

Sweden escaped these outcomes because it had always structured its fighter programs differently. Design, integration and most manufacturing remained in Sweden, but subsystems such as the engine, radar and weapons were co-developed with foreign partners or imported. Combined with a uniquely authoritative and highly skilled government arms-development agency, Gripen’s development has been affordable on a national basis.

Technically and operationally, Rafale and Typhoon are more different than the distant view suggests. At its conception, Typhoon was expected to enter service at a point where Tornado, developed by three of its four partners, would be at its mid-life point. Combined with the emerging threat of the MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-27, this drove the design toward air-combat performance, with a configuration that accommodated large radar and a standard, low-drag, six-missile load-out, and aerodynamics and propulsion optimized for agility (including supersonic maneuver) and acceleration.

The RAF considers the Typhoon second only to the Lockheed Martin F-22 in the air-to-air regime. Armed with Meteor ramjet-powered AAMs and equipped with a high-end infrared search-and-track (IRST) system, it will be more formidable yet. The problem is that few customers face adversaries with large or modern fighter forces.

Also, there is a difference of approach among the four Typhoon nations. The U.K. has recognized since the early 2000s that the Typhoon will have to take over some or all Tornado missions and developed an interim air-to-ground precision-strike capability. But the other partners have not seen this as an urgent need (and are less involved with air operations in Iraq and Afghanistan), so funding for definitive solutions has been slow to materialize.

Nonetheless, the Typhoon team continues to promote future variants, including evolved designs with thrust vector control (TVC)—which, among other things, improves handling with heavy external loads—and even a carrier-based version, which is of interest to India (and to the U.K. if JSF has problems). TVC is linked to carrier landing capability, as it permits a trimmed approach at a lower angle of attack and overcomes a problem with earlier “Seaphoon” studies—the big radome that interposed itself between the pilot’s eyes and the ship.

Rafale, by contrast, was designed to permit a one-type air force for France, including the navy, with missions ranging from close air support to nuclear strike. The result was a small aircraft with the ability to carry a large external load and lower top-end performance than Typhoon. Another tradeoff was to accept less radar range in return for flexibility and light weight, with the relatively small passive phased array of the RBE2.

The Rafale has impressive capabilities, including discretion, which the French prefer to the term “stealth.” Rafale visibly shows more marks of low-observables technology than its contemporaries, and there is evidence that its Thales Spectra electronic warfare system has an active cancellation mode.

The Rafale team has, since the mid-2000s, done reasonably well at keeping its plans to mature and upgrade the aircraft on schedule. It can self-designate with the GBU-12 laser-guided bomb and carries the Sagem AASM extended-range, precision-guided weapon family. For the destruction of enemy air defenses mission, presentations show one Rafale targeting with radar from outside lethal range, while another approaches in terrain cover and delivers a pop-up AASM. The latest version to be tested is the imaging-IR model. Rafale is also operational with the Thales Areos multiband, long-range oblique reconnaissance pod.

Stealth, meanwhile, appears to be the hallmark of Gripen development, in that it is moving forward under a shroud of non-publicity. Sweden has taken the strategic decision to retain a small but capable air force, which will be based on Gripen until at least 2040. The only currently planned route to that goal is through the JAS 39E/F Gripen NG.

The next milestone is the return to flight of the Gripen Demo prototype, equipped with the E/F’s new avionics system, designed to reduce the cost of upgrades by partitioning mission systems from flight-critical functions. Selex Galileo is pushing forward with the Skywards-G IRST—the first system of its type to operate in dual IR bands—and the Raven ES-05, the first wide-angle AESA.

The first new-build Gripen NG is due to fly in 2012. Reports describe stealth enhancements including diverterless inlets. The enhanced performance (EPE) engine would be a useful addition—at its highest reported rating, its non-afterburning output would be over 90% of the maximum thrust of the C/D’s RM12 engine, although Saab may elect to take a smaller thrust boost combined with longer engine life to reduce ownership cost. GE claims that the EPE is relatively low-risk.

There’s a lot of work to be done if European programs are to remain viable, but so far, industry considers it worthwhile.

Source: Defense Technology International (DTI)

Grand Opening of Swedish-Brazilian Centre of Research and Innovation

18 May 2011, in News

Today, 18 May 2011 in São Bernardo de Campo, Brazil, the Swedish – Brazilian centre of research and innovation was officially inaugurated. The official name of the Centre is Centro de Inovação e Pesquisa Sueco-Brasileiro (CISB).

Saab took the initiative to start up the process of a Research and Development centre in Brazil in September 2010, when Håkan Buskhe, Saab’s President and CEO, visited Brazil. The concept of the centre is to gather main stakeholders from the public, academia and industry to tackle key societal challenges with technology. So far the centre has attracted over 40 partners. The partners and organizations involved will be members of the CISB association and sit on the board and its thematic committies to decide on activity focus and projects. They will also be active partners in the specific projects.

The areas of focus for the R&D centre will be in Transport and Logistics, Defence and Security, and Urban development with a focus on energy and the environment. The centre will create small teams of project experts that help the stakeholders to create projects in which the centre will address different R&D challenges.

The inauguration was attended by a large number of dignitaries including Director General Vinnova (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems) Charlotte Brogren, the President from ABDI Mauro Borges Lemos, the Mayor of Linköping City Ann-Cathrine Hjerdt, the Mayor of Sao Bernado de Campo Luis Marinho and Executive Director of the Research and development centre, CISB, Bruno Rondani.

“Saab guaranteed the start up of the centre and our intent is to invest in a number of projects with Brazilian acedemia and industry. I believe the centre will generate innovations with corresponding business both in Brazil, Sweden and internationally. A few examples of projects that we intend to do in the centre are a coastal survillance radar based on state of the art phased array technology in collaboration with the Brazilian company Atmos and a datalink development project with ION,” says Håkan Buskhe, Saab’s President and CEO.

Saab sees many opportunities in Brazil, not least in the aeronautics sector but also in  civil security, particularly as Brazil is hosting both the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games within the next few years.

Saab is committed to sharing technology at the highest level with Brazil, to invest in real and lasting partnerships that will provide a technological leap in Brazilian defence and security capabilities.

SAAB Prepares for UK Expansion

24 May 2011, in News

Global defence and security company, Saab AB will open new UK headquarters and draw on British engineering expertise in a new Saab Design Centre in London.

With 200 employees already based throughout the UK, Saab is preparing to expand its reach into the British defence industry by opening a central London office to co-ordinate all in-country operations.

The opening of the company’s new UK headquarters will be followed by the opening of an engineering design centre. The facility will capitalise on the UK’s maritime jet engineering expertise and is scheduled to open in the late Summer.

Initially staffed by approximately 10 British employees, its first project will be to design the carrier-based version of the Gripen new generation multi-role fighter aircraft based on studies completed by Saab in Sweden.

Additionally, Saab is also to centralise its underwater vehicle development and production in the UK. Saab is in the process of merging its military underwater vehicles operations in Sweden with Saab Seaeye, a UK subsidiary based in Fareham, Hampshire, which is the market leader in the design and manufacture of electric remotely operated underwater vehicles for the civilian market.  The move to Fareham integrates all operations to benefit the company’s significant global customer base in the civilian and defence markets.

Saab President & CEO Håkan Buskhe, said: “Saab has a long and successful relationship with the UK, and I believe our expansion will create the conditions for a wider, strategic partnership that will benefit both nations. Today cooperation is vital in the global defence sector and the UK’s requirements and expertise firmly complements our own ambitions and vision.”

Note to Editor

Saab has around 12,500 employees globally with some 200 employees across the United Kingdom, Saab has a long history of providing defence products and services to the UK Armed Forces, including soldiers Combat and Counter-IED training, infantry weapons and the Arthur and Giraffe AMB ground-based radars which help secure the lives of UK troops deployed overseas.

Alenia Aeronautica delivers nEUROn Smart Integrated Weapon Bay hardware to Dassault Aviation

5/19/2011

Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, announces today that it has recently delivered the Weapon Bay Doors & Mechanism for nEUROn (the new-generation technology demonstrator for a European Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle – UCAV) to Dassault Aviation. This complex system was designed, built and integrated entirely by Alenia Aeronautica to include the weapon housing doors and the respective activation and control system.

The system delivered to Dassault Aviation fulfils the specific and extremely stringent programme requirements defined to ensure the very low observability of the aircraft. This required new design criteria to be adopted and the use of construction technologies that are completely innovative in Europe. In this regard, Alenia Aeronautica has patented the design for the « seal » around the perimeter of the weapon bay doors.

After having completed the meticulous acceptance checks with Dassault Aviation, which were entirely successful, the Weapon Bay Doors & Mechanism were shipped to the Dassault plant in Istres, where the final assembly of the aircraft and system integration tests are currently under way.

The nEUROn programme, launched by the French Ministry of Defence and supported by Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland, represents the huge efforts being made to develop new technologies and lay the foundations for future unmanned aircraft programmes for military use. The aim is to build a full-scale technology demonstrator of a UCAV that could fly in Europe by 2012.

In industrial terms, the nEUROn programme is led by the French Dassault Aviation company, with Alenia Aeronautica as the first industrial partner, with a 22% share in the programme and responsibility for systems and subsystems. As the Italian leader, Alenia Aeronautica also heads up a group of Italian companies that includes SELEX Galileo (a Finmeccanica company).

Specifically, Alenia Aeronautica is responsible for designing and producing the electricity generation and distribution system, the low observable air data system, and, most importantly, the Smart Integrated Weapon Bay (SIWB), the integrated weapons system components with full subsystem management autonomy. This system allows the target to be automatically identified and recognised; a request for approval to be sent to the ground station commander and the weapon to be launched in stealth mode.

Sweden Becomes 1st European Nation to Procure UH-60M Helicopters

STRATFORD, Conn. — Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that the U.S. Government has agreed to sell 15 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (or FMV, which is the Swedish acronym) for operation by the Swedish Armed forces.

The transaction will take place under the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program, and represents the introduction of the latest and most technologically advanced Black Hawk model into Europe. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

The Swedish Armed Forces will use the aircraft for medical evacuation, utility, and search and rescue missions. Sikorsky is slated to deliver six of the helicopters in 2011 and the remaining nine in 2012 under an accelerated production schedule.

Sweden is a member of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

« We’re honored to support the Swedish Armed Forces, and we congratulate them for being the first European Union nation to choose this highly evolved UH-60M aircraft, which is part of a lineage of aircraft that have proven themselves countless times under the most extreme conditions all over the world, » said Mick Maurer, President of Sikorsky Military Systems.

The UH-60M helicopter is the latest version in the long and highly successful BLACK HAWK family. It is flown by the U.S. Army and provides additional payload and range, advanced digital avionics, improved handling qualities and situational awareness, active vibration control, and improved survivability compared with the predecessor UH-60L model.

The Black Hawk helicopter is well known for its ruggedness, survivability and mission flexibility, having logged more than 9 million flight hours since the first model was introduced in 1978. Worldwide, approximately 3,000 are in operation today. Sweden will become the 26th nation to operate Black Hawk helicopters and only the second in Europe, where Austria operates UH-60L models. U.S. forces have flown various Black Hawk models for 1.2 million flight hours to date in Afghanistan and Iraq without a single material failure.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

Saab Receives Order from FMV Regarding Development of Existing Gripen System

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding development of the existing material system 39 (edition 19). The order amount is 152 MSEK.

The order consists of development work in Gripen C/D, for example enhanced working environment in the cockpit. The work will be carried out in 2011 and 2012.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

Source: Saab Ab