Saturday, January 22, 2011
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Team Submits Bid For An Affordable, High-Performing Ground Combat Vehicle Solution....NSI #1478
“Our proposal delivers an affordable, high-performing infantry fighting vehicle built from the ground-up that satisfies the needs of our soldiers today and has room for technological growth in the years ahead,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Ground Combat Vehicle at BAE Systems.
The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman GCV offering will be the first combat vehicle designed from the ground-up to meet the current IED-threat environment. The team offering brings more affordability, survivability, mobility and versatility to the Army and is scalable to the level of protection required for a variety of operations.
The team’s hybrid electric drive propulsion system builds on decades of industry development, production and support in a wide range of applications. It allows the BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman GCV to offer exceptional force protection and mobility in a lower weight vehicle while provisioning for growth in power requirements as new technologies are matured and integrated into the platform. Hybrid electric drive enables GCV to meet the demands of current operations while providing a robust platform for future technology integration and growth at low risk and cost.
“Northrop Grumman is proud to be a part of the BAE Systems GCV team. Together, we have designed an infantry fighting vehicle that will meet or exceed the stringent GCV requirements,” said Joe G. Taylor, Jr., Northrop Grumman Information Systems' vice president for Ground Combat Systems.
The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman Ground Combat Vehicle team includes: QinetiQ North America, iRobot Corporation, MTU and Saft. As the prime contractor, BAE Systems will lead the overall program management, systems integration, vehicle design, structure and logistical support as well as readiness and sustainment of the platform. Northrop Grumman will serve as the C4ISR lead. QinetiQ North America will provide the electric drive propulsion system or E-X-Drive™ for Ground Combat Vehicle. The E-X-Drive is the key component of the hybrid electric drive system. iRobot will serve as the unmanned ground vehicle integrator and enhance the capability to detect pedestrians and obstacles of interest. MTU will provide the engine and power generation for GCV and Saft will provide the battery and energy storage system.
The GCV program is a development effort headed by the U.S. Army to develop the first combat vehicle designed from the ground-up to operate in an IED-threat environment.
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: SAIC-led Industry Team Continues To Pursue Ground Combat Vehicle Program....NSI News Source Info # 1477
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Mexico Federal Police Take Delivery Of UH-60M BLACK HAWK Helicopters....NSI News Source Info # 1476
The three UH-60M aircraft expand the Federal Police force’s existing fleet of seven UH-60L BLACK HAWK helicopters. Operational since 2008, those aircraft have become a critical law enforcement tool for disaster relief, troop transport, rescue, surveillance, and in the fight against organized crime and illegal drug trafficking across Mexico.
Introduced into service with the U.S. Army in 2006, the UH-60M is the latest and most advanced variant of Sikorsky’s successful H-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter series. The U.S. Army took delivery of its 200th ‘M’ model in mid 2010, which comes equipped with an advanced flight control system to reduce pilot workload, and an infrared camera for night operations.
“Use of the forward looking IR sensor, and this BLACK HAWK helicopter’s superior lift range and speed will further enhance the capabilities of the Federal Police to perform their very important law enforcement mission,” said David L. Powell, Sikorsky Vice President of Sales for the Americas.
Friday, January 21, 2011
The French fighter is a contender in the Indian Air Force's competition for 126 Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), vying against the Boeing F/A-18, Lockheed Martin F-16, Eurofighter Typhoon, MiG-35, and Saab Gripen.
Eurofighter announced the Typhoon combat aircraft would also be in attendance in the form of two aircraft belonging to the Italian Air Force.
DTN News - SINGAPORE DEFENSE NEWS: Inauguration Of The SAF's Naval Helicopters Into 123 Squadron....NSI News Source Info # 1473
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Dr Ng highlighted that 123 Squadron's past experience in supporting Army's operations will provide an advantage in this new role in air-sea operations. He said: "I am confident that 123 Squadron will continue to build on its tradition of cross-service integration as it embarks on a new chapter of air-sea operations." Dr Ng also commended RSAF andRSN personnel for their professionalism which has enabled the SAF to build up a high level of operational proficiency and readiness in its integrated naval helicopter and frigate capability.
The SAF had earlier acquired six Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk naval helicopters. All six naval helicopters have returned to Singapore last year after a one-year deployment in San Diego, USA, with the RSAF's Peace Triton detachment. The integration of the naval helicopters with the frigates enables the SAF to undertake anti-surface and anti-submarine missions at longer ranges. Each frigate's sophisticated Command, Control and Communications suite allows it to network with a wide variety of SAF assets to increase force level awareness and mission effectiveness. The inauguration of the S-70B Seahawk naval helicopters into 123 Squadron marks a significant milestone in the SAF's transformation into an integrated and networked force.
Friday January 21, 2011
DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated January 20, 2011....NSI News Source Info # 1471
Goodrich Corporation, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Systems of Chelmsford, Mass. was awarded a $71,885,232 contract which will provide five dual band-110 Pod, two datalink upgrades to existing pods, two fixed ground stations, one mobile ground station, four ground station datalink receiver kits, initial spares, technical manuals, minimal initial engineering support for final in-country installation, integration, testing and a study for a potential fusion center. This supports a Foreign Military Sale program and Pakistani F-16 aircraft. At this time, $17,300,000 has been obligated. ASC/WINK, Wright-Patterson Air Force, Ohio is the contracting activity. (FA8620-11-C-3006)
Composite Engineering, Incorporated of Sacramento, Calif. was awarded a $34,674,848 contract modification which will exercise the Lot 8 option to procure a quantity of 40 additional BQM-167As, also known as the Air Force Subscale Aerial Target. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. AAC/EBYK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (FA8678-10-C-0051 PO0013)
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Sopakco Packaging, Mullins, S.C.* is being awarded a maximum $12,698,750 firm fixed price contract for first strike rations. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. There were originally three proposals solicited with three responses. The date of performance completion is Sept. 3, 2011. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM3S1-10-D-Z104).
DTN News - BREAKING NEWS: Tell Pakistan To Stop Exporting Terror To India: BJP Tells China....NSI News Source Info # 1470
Gadkari, who is the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president to visit China, conveyed to the Chinese leaders his party's serious concern over Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism and told them that there was strong public opinion in India against Beijing's development projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Gadkari, in his wide-ranging talks with leaders of the Communist Party of China, also told them that Beijing's reported attempts to block Pakistan-based terrorist outfits like Jamaat-ud-Dawah from being black-listed by the UN was having an adverse impact on the BJP's efforts to improve people-to-people contacts between the two countries, a statement said.
The BJP president is on a five-day goodwill visit to China along with a delegation of senior party leaders. He held discussions with Ai Ping, the Chinese vice-minister in the international department of the Communist Party of China, and also met Li Changchun, a senior leader of the nine-member Standing Committee of the political Bureau of the CPC.
Gadkari told the Chinese leadership that terrorism was a common concern for mankind.
'Terrorism does not recognize any boundaries and there are very strong growing inter-linkages amongst terror groups,' Gadkari said, and hoped that both India and China would work closely with the international community to strengthen the global framework against terrorism.
To Gadkari's urging China to use its good offices with Pakistan to pressure it to stop exporting terror to India and act against the perpetrators of all acts of terrorism on Indian soil, including those behind the Mumbai attack, the Chinese leaders shared the BJP leader's concern.
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Airbus Tanker Plane For Australia Damaged In Test....NSI News Source Info # 1469
The European planemaker does not expect the incident to delay the first delivery of the aircraft, which is scheduled for February, a spokesman said on Thursday.
However, the mishap comes at a critical time for Airbus parent EADS (EAD.PA) as the United States evaluates whether to buy tanker planes from the European group or rival Boeing (BA.N) in a contract worth up to $50 billion.
A decision on that deal is expected as early as next month.
The incident happened over the Atlantic on Wednesday at 1600 GMT during inflight testing between an EADS MRTT tanker plane and a Portuguese air force F-16 fighter, the spokesman said.
The boom, or refuelling arm, was damaged when it lost one of its two stabilising fins, making the device uncontrollable.
The cause of the incident was not reported.
"We are flying in almost operational conditions," the spokesman said. "We hope to determine the origin of the malfunction and proceed with deliveries. At this point we don't see any delay in the first delivery next month," he said.
The damaged aircraft was not among the first two planes due to be delivered to Australia.
Both EADS and Boeing have experienced technical problems or delays with their most recently sold tanker aircraft.
The Army didn't provide specifics on the cost or the size of the contract, but individuals familiar with the details confirmed it was for 21 new Mi-17 helicopters, along with tool kits, spare parts and testing.
The proposed purchase represents the latest attempt to equip the militaries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan with reliable, affordable aircraft from the factories of its former Cold War rival.
Russian-made helicopters like the Mi-17 are known for their versatility and ease of maintenance, but efforts to buy the aircraft were once complicated by U.S. sanctions against Rosoboronexport over its dealings with Iran.
Those sanctions were lifted last year as part of a push by the White House to patch up relations with the Kremlin.
Following a June meeting between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, both sides announced they would work together to provide Russian-made helicopters and spare parts to the Afghan military.
Rosoboronexport didn't respond immediately to an emailed request to comment, and its officials couldn't be reached by telephone.
U.S.-funded Russian helicopter deals have raised some eyebrows. Lawmakers have complained that the Pentagon should consider buying more American-made aircraft. And firms that hoped to bid on this latest helicopter contract were frustrated by the government's decision to pursue an exclusive deal with Rosoboronexport.
Last year, Arinc Engineering Services LLC, a Maryland-based firm, challenged a Navy-run solicitation to buy 21 Mi-17 helicopters from Rosoboronexport. The Government Accountability Office dismissed Arinc's protest. Management of the procurement was subsequently handed over to the Army, which runs an office for buying "nonstandard" aircraft.
The U.S. has spent hundreds of millions over the past several years on Mi-17 procurement for its allies. Before sanctions against Rosoboronexport were lifted, private firms bought civilian variants of the helicopters and converted them for military use, according to people familiar with the process.
DTN News - INTELLIGENCE REPORT/NEWS: Wrong Men Convicted Of Daniel Pearl Murder: Probe....NSI News Source Info # 1466
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Optical parametric oscillators have been used on aircraft to confuse shoulder-launched heat-seeking missiles, but this technology is expensive and fragile, not suitable for the rigors of helicopter flight. Current laser-based IR countermeasures, consisting of 84 pieces of moving optics, are not considered a practical option for helicopter flight.
Islam and his team created an all-fiber integrated supercontinuum laser that provides up to 10.5-W time-averaged power with a continuous spectrum from approximately 0.8 to 4 µm, according to their report in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, March/ April 2009. They stated that the laser is generated by a combination of standard single-mode fibers and fluoride fibers pumped by a laser diode-based cladding-pumped fiber amplifier system. They also demonstrated that the output of the supercontinuum laser pulse pattern can be adjusted by directly modulating the seed laser diode and controlling the amplifier gain with a signal feedback technique.
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Russia, EADS Continue Fight For Indian Aerial Tanker....NSI News Source Info # 1464
The Indian government cancelled the initial tender, won by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) at the beginning of 2010, saying the A330 MRTT aircraft was too expensive.
The IAF announced a new tender in September 2010. Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and EADS entered the tender with the planes they put forward for the first tender. U.S. aircraft maker Boeing considered its new-generation 767 model as a possible contestant, but missed the January 12 deadline to submit its bid.
The U.S. aircraft maker cited uncertainty with the U.S. Air Force's order for 179 aerial tankers as a reason for not entering the competition for the Indian order, which is estimated at $2 billion.
The IAF has been successfully operating a fleet of six Russian Il-78 aerial tankers since 2003. However, India says it is not satisfied with the level of after-sales service provided by Russia and has faced problems with supplies of spare parts and steep maintenance costs.
The A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transporter) is manufactured by EADS on the basis of the Airbus A330 passenger airliner. The first A330 MRTT could be delivered to the IAF within three years of signing the deal, with the remaining five to be supplied up to 15 months later, the company said in its proposal.