Tuesday, 19 November 2019

D&S 2019: Thailand unveils BTR-3CS command vehicle


D&S 2019: Thailand unveils BTR-3CS command vehicle | Jane's 360

Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) - a military research, development and industrial agency under the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD) - unveiled a prototype of a new command version of the BTR-3 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) at the opening day of the Defense and Security (D&S) 2019 show in Bangkok on 18 November.

The vehicle is designated BTR-3CS - also known as ACPC-01 (Armoured Command Post Carrier) - and was built through a collaborative programme funded by the DTI and incorporating Ukrainian state-owned defence industrial group UkrOboronProm and local firm Datagate, which assembled the prototype at its facilities in Chachoengsao, south-central Thailand.

DTI officials told Jane's that the BTR-3CS will start trials with the Royal Thai Army (RTA) soon before an anticipated programme to start building the vehicle in Thailand. Officials said the RTA has a total requirement for more than 60 vehicles across several battalions. The DTI will also pursue exports of the vehicle in regional markets.

"The aim is to start supplying these vehicles for the RTA and once those requirements are satisfied, we will try to win export contracts," said Col Chatchapong Punpayak, business development director at DTI.

He explained that the prototype vehicle was constructed through transfers of technologies from Ukraine to Thailand. The vehicle's Deutz AG engine and Allison transmission were also imported as were some of the on-board mission systems. However, Col Chatchapong said that many of the vehicle's components were sourced locally and that Thai industry will look to maximise its involvement in the programme as it matures over the coming few years.

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KAI seeks new orders from Thai air force


KAI seeks new orders from Thai air force

Korea Aerospace Industries, South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer, is participating in a four-day exhibition in Bangkok to promote its technological competitiveness and to pursue new contracts from the Southeast Asian country, ranked 26th in military strength.

At the Defense and Security 2019, KAI will introduce three major products that have already won international recognition for their advanced technological features and competitive prices. The list includes KT-1, a single engine turboprop for basic training, FA-50 Fight Eagle light fighters and Surion, a twin-engine transport utility helicopter.

To encourage KAI’s overseas sales effort, South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said during his visit to the firm’s exhibition booth that the government will help domestic defense companies make inroads into overseas markets. He was in Bangkok to participate in a ministerial meeting between Korea and Southeast Asian countries.

KAI has so far exported 12 units of T-50 to Thailand since 2015. It is seeking additional orders from the Thai air force to strengthen its military power and to provide effective pilot training, the company said.

By Cho Chung-un (christory@heraldcorp.com)

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China showcased the VN1 armored vehicle which will arrive in Thailand later this month. - YouTube

Boeing and Embraer rebrand transport as C-390 Millennium


DUBAI: Boeing and Embraer rebrand transport as C-390 Millennium

Boeing and Embraer have rebranded the KC-390 airlifter as the C-390 Millennium to emphasise the transport’s cargo mission.

The companies have also announced that their defence joint venture set up to sell the KC-390 will be branded as Boeing Embraer – Defense. The two firms announced their joint venture in 2018.

Boeing Embraer – Defense will also sell an aerial refuelling version of the transport that will keep the KC-390 name. The companies have not disclosed if there are hardware differences between the KC-390 or C-390, or if the rebranding is for marketing purposes.

The Boeing Embraer – Defense joint venture has received regulatory approval from the USA and Japan, but is awaiting approval from other regulatory bodies, says Marc Allen, Boeing's president of Embraer Partnership and Group Operations. Allen would not say which regulatory bodies he is referring to, although Boeing and Embraer’s proposed commercial business merger has recently come under scrutiny scrutiny from the European Commission over anti-trust concerns.

The KC-390 completed jet aircraft aerial refuelling flight tests about six weeks ago, says Jackson Schneider, president and chief executive of Embraer Defense & Security. Despite the rebranding, aerial refuelling remains an important application for the aircraft, he says.

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F110 Frigate: technological superiority in each mission

Indra Company
F110 Frigate: technological superiority in each mission - YouTube

It will escort and protect the fleet, but it will also operate independently in highly hostile environments. Indra is preparing the future F110 frigate to achieve supremacy in any scenario and against any adversary

United States, Australia, South Korea, United Kingdom. The most powerful navies in the world are working to renew their fleets with a multi-role frigate suited to handle any mission: air, surface, anti-submarine, etc.

With a length of 145 meters, an 18-meter beam and displacement of 6,100 tons, the F110 is one of the vessels that best fits in this new multi-purpose vessel concept with a high offensive and survival capability.

One of the most innovative elements that it incorporates in its design is the integrated mast that rises over the control bridge. In the words of the Naval Programs Director at Indra, Carmela Barbero Arrabé, the mast "minimizes the radar section so that F110 operates with maximum stealth, making it difficult for the adversary to detect its presence.”

But under the skin of this superstructure there is a complete range of state-of-the-art sensors that will guarantee the superiority of the F110:

- The primary S-band radar that Indra is developing with the American firm Lockheed Martin will provide a capability for aerial surveillance and support anti-aircraft combat at the highest level.

It is a solid-state radar based on gallium nitride (GaN), the most advanced and efficient technology to generate the required power levels with high reliability.

Completely digitalized and built with hundreds of small independent blocks, Barbero explains that “it will work as if the F110 had multiple radars working in a coordinated way. This fact will give the F110 a powerful multi-function capability to combine tasks: it will operate as a long-range radar and integrate missile control, while setting the tracking on multiple targets, all at the same time. Barbero says that "the possibilities offered by the new system will provide the frigate with capabilities far superior to other vessels in its class."

- To support surface combat and helicopter landing on deck, the frigate will have the Prisma 25X radar.

Its four flat facets, which replace the old rotating radar antenna, contribute to its stealth. The solid state active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology, together with its incredible processability, will allow the beam of each of its facets to be controlled with great agility and in an independent manner.

These features make it possible to explore a space with enormous freedom, precision and a high refresh rate. It is a multi-function radar, so operators “will be able to monitor the movements of surface targets and aircraft flying at low altitude while tracking the presence of submarine periscopes, support surface combat and support the helicopter landing on deck; there are no limitations, ”says Barbero. 

- The IFF system will identify friendly and enemy aircraft to avoid the much-feared friendly fire, one of the most frequent causes of casualties in conflict. “This sensor will be based on state-of-the-art solid state active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology (GaN). It incorporates multiple military and civil identification modes and an additional passive identification system known as ADS-B”, the Naval Programs Director at Indra went on to explain in detail.

- As for electronic defense systems, Indra technology will track the communications band and the radar band. “The system will detect and identify any nearby vessel, submarine or aerial or land platform and it will be prepared to counteract multiple threats simultaneously. It will prevent the enemy from detecting its position. It will make its communications difficult. It will blind the missile guidance systems”, sums up the Indra Director.

It will use fully digitalized interferometry techniques, capable of combining the signals collected by different antennas and sensors to generate a much more precise situational awareness. Barbero explains that, in addition, "new algorithms based on artificial intelligence and additional hardware to collect raw data massively and identify the most complex signals" will be incorporated.

It will also use new super-resolution techniques and algorithms, capable of discovering enemy communications that try go unnoticed by using the radio spectrum in an expanded way (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum, DSS).

- Finally, the system will provide an impressive protection capacity against sea-skimming missiles and swarms of vessels, which typically attempt to impact the waterline of vessels.

“The IRST i110, which is how we call this advanced system that we developed with Tecnobit, represents a technological leap of enormous magnitude. Through a fixed system, without moving parts, it offers simultaneous 360º surveillance, at all times, and covers the long and short- range visible and infrared spectrum. It also has telemetry capability. Its mission is to detect, recognize and identify any object likely to represent a threat.” Source indracompany.com


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Lockheed Martin LM-100J Commercial Freighter Receives FAA Type Certificate Update

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin LM-100J Commercial Freighter Receives FAA Type Certificate Update - Nov 18, 2019

MARIETTA, Ga., Nov. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) LM-100J commercial freighter received its type design update certification from the Federal Aviation Administration on Nov. 15. This particular FAA certification allows the LM-100J to operate from any commercial airfield in the world.

In 2014, Lockheed Martin announced it would update its existing FAA A1SO type certificate for its Model L-382J aircraft to be marketed as the LM-100J, a civil-certified production variant of the military proven C-130J Super Hercules.

The LM-100J is the modernized version of the Lockheed Martin L-100 freighter (Lockheed Model 382). More than 100 L-100s were produced from 1964-1992 at the then Lockheed-Georgia Co., facility in Marietta, Georgia, and many of these aircraft continue to support global operations today.

"Like its military counterparts, the worldwide L-100 fleet is a much tasked and much relied upon. As this fleet reaches the end of its operating life, customers told us the only replacement for the L-100 is an LM-100J," said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Air Mobility & Maritime Missions line of business.

"This updated FAA certification enables the LM-100J to literally go anywhere in the world to fulfill the unique and demanding requirements it was built to support," McLean added. "As the LM-100J enters into service, we are proud that it will continue to exemplify and expand the already unmatched capabilities of the C-130J Super Hercules family."

Through select design changes, the LM-100J performs as a civil multi-purpose aircraft capable of rapid and efficient cargo transport and select specialized mission requirements. The LM-100J is an efficient and ideal airlift solution in delivering bulk and oversize cargo, particularly to austere locations around the world.

The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing legacy L-100 freighters that result from more than two decades of C-130J operational experience, including more than 2 million fleetwide flight hours flown by crews in 19 nations around the world.  

"We had the unique opportunity to design and build a completely new commercial airlifter with insights from a proven airframe," said Marilou Franklin, director of the LM-100J Program at Lockheed Martin. "Our goal was to produce an airlifter that was as safe as it was capable as it was advanced. In partnering with our existing L-100 operators, our network of suppliers and the FAA, we did that ― and more ― with the LM-100J."

Notable operational LM-100J enhancements compared to a legacy L-100s include:

  • 14% more fuel efficient
  • 20% improvement in payload/range capability
  • Automated maintenance fault reporting
  • Unmatched situational awareness with digital avionics and dual HUD
  • Fully CNS/ATM compliant with the FAA Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)
  • Enhanced Cargo Handling (ECHS) system
  • Carbon breaks
  • An FAA-certified commercial maintenance program

In addition, the LM-100J operating community has access to Lockheed Martin's Hercules Training Center (HTC) located at in Marietta, Georgia, adjacent to the Super Hercules production line.

Extending a legacy of air mobility training, Lockheed Martin's HTC is a combined academic and simulator facility purpose-built for training efficiency. Training resources include dedicated LM‑100J initial qualification courses and a reconfigurable, FAA-certified Level D simulator. This training is provided by expert Lockheed Martin instructors who, combined, have more than 90 years of experience.

Next steps for the LM-100J program include the 2020 delivery of two aircraft to Pallas Aviation, the LM-100J launch operator.

For more information on the LM-100J, visit www.lockheedmartin.com/lm100j.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

SOURCE Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

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Monday, 18 November 2019

Sale of 5 KC-390s for Portugal to Bring $1 Billion in Sales, Embraer Says


Sale of 5 KC-390s for Portugal to Bring $1 Billion in Sales, Embraer Says - Avionics

The sale of five Embraer KC-390s to Portugal is to bring Embraer about $1 billion in revenue, the company said in a 2019 third quarter earnings call on Nov. 12.

"This contract will amount to approximately $1 billion and will be included in our backlog in the fourth quarter," Nelson Salgado, Embraer's vice president of strategy and institutional relations, told financial analysts. "Talking about other defense platforms, we have sold nine [A-29] Super Tucanos to two undisclosed customers, and the Brazilian Air Force received the fourth legacy 500 aircraft modified for airport inspection operations."

Embraer said that in the third quarter, the Philippine government performed its first production flight of the Super Tucano.

Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer produce the A-29 Super Tucano single-engine turboprop aircraft for training, light attack and ISR missions. The aircraft has been in operation with the Afghan air force, and the U.S. Air Force is moving forward with plans to buy the plane and the Textron Aviation AT-6 Wolverine for light attack missions.

The Air Force said recently that it plans to conduct experiments to ensure that the planes' avionics networks are compatible with those of other military services and national defense forces.

The Air Force released a final request for proposals Oct. 24 to procure no more than six light attack aircraft in the coming months. The Air Force plans to buy the planes with unused fiscal year 2018 or fiscal year 2019 funds, which would be split evenly between the AT-6 and A-29. Contract award is expected by the end of the year for the A-29 and in early 2020 for the AT-6.

For Embraer, the KC-390 "continues its transition" from "product development phase to serial production," Salgado said during the Nov. 12 earnings call.

In July, Portugal became Embraer's first export customer for the KC-390s, which are to replace the country's Lockheed Martin C-130H transports.

Portugal's Council of Ministers has said that the KC-390 will "reinforce the current capabilities of air transport, search and rescue, sanitary evacuations and support to national citizens, particularly between the Mainland and the Archipelagos, including additional in-flight refueling and fire-fighting capabilities, which enables Portugal to have dual-use aircraft."

The KC-390s are to have a fly-by-wire system and a Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion suite that will deliver "intuitive human-machine interfaces, enhancing productivity and safety," Embraer has said.

The Brazilian Air Force received its first KC-390 in September, and the second is expected by year end, Salgado said during the earnings call.

"The KC-390 also successfully performed a very important air-to-air refueling test with the Brazilian Air Force during the third quarter 2019 and continues to move the certification of critical military missions," he said.

While Embraer detailed significant third quarter costs associated with the expected closing of the Boeing-Embraer commercial aircraft joint venture deal next May, Embraer said that the third quarter represented a highlight for its business jet business.

"During the third quarter, we delivered seven Praetor 600, including the first Praetor 600 jet assembled in Florida," Salgado said. "As far as sales, Embraer had the highest year-to-date sales in executive jets in the last five years with the Praetor 600 as a big success and the best superior jet in the market."

The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 mid and super-mid-size business jets feature Collins Aerospace's Pro Line Fusion avionics, and Ka-band connectivity from ViaSat.

The Pro Line Fusion package on the new aircraft includes a pilot-selectable display format on four 15-inch diagonal LCDs that allow the flight crew to view a wide range of information such as flight-critical data, synoptic diagrams of aircraft information, and navigational charts. Praetor cockpits also feature two flight management systems (FMS) with Wide Area Augmentation System/Localizer Performance (with) Vertical Guidance (WAAS/LPV) and required navigation performance (RNP) capabilities.

Embraer enters final stretch of KC-390 military certification tests

Launching Panus R600 8X8 made in Thailand

เปิดตัว "ยานเกราะล้อยาง"ฝีมือคนไทย : PPTVHD36

Translated by google

Phanat Assembly brought the R600 8X8 tire and AFV 420P 4X4 "to launch at Defense & Security 2019 in Muang Thong Thani.

The Panus Assembly CO., LTD. Page of Panus Assembly Company Limited posted a picture of the R600 8X8 tire and AFV 420P 4X4 "that will be displayed at the" Defense & Security 2019 "And specify that "We are ready"

"Prepare to meet the R600 8 X 8 and AFV 420P 4X4" at booth C01 at the "Defense & Security 2019" at Challenger 1-2, Impact Muang Thong Thani on 18 - 21 Nov 2019 at 10.00 - 17.00 hrs.

For the 8 X 8 R600 rubber wheeled vehicle built by Phanat Assembly Co., Ltd. which is Thai workmanship The Facebook user named Sompong Nondhasa has stated that the R600 is 25 tons in length, 8.4 meters long, 3.2 meters wide and 2.75 meters high, equipped with a 600 horsepower Cummins engine, 6-speed Allison automatic transmission for speed. Maximum 110 km / h, 40% side ramp, 60% high ramp crossing 500 mm barricade, 800 km operational range, can load 20 + 2 soldiers, Stang 4569 LV.2 protective armor, Lv3 Option attached Set up a 30 mm automatic turret

For the 4X4 AFV 420P tires, the weight is 15.84 tons, the load is 1.5 tons, the body length is 6.72 meters, the width is 2.86 meters, the height is 2.98 meters, the height is below the car's floor, 0.61 meters and the water depth is 1.5 meters. The maximum speed on the road is 110 km / h.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Leonardo and Diamond Aircraft boost capability of DA62 Mission Surveillance Aircraft with Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar


Leonardo and Diamond Aircraft boost capability of DA62 Mission Surveillance Aircraft with Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar - Diamond Aircraft Industries

The Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar joins the Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-20 as an ‘off-the-shelf’ radar option for the Diamond DA62 MSA (Mission Surveillance Aircraft)

The integration will expand the surveillance range of the DA62 MSA, widening the scope of missions it can perform and expanding its market potential

Leonardo’s Gabbiano radars have been selected by fourteen international customers and have been installed on a wide variety of platforms. The TS-80 variant is named for the 80 watts of power it is able to output to achieve long-range surveillance

At the Dubai Air Show 2019, Leonardo and Diamond Aircraft Industries have announced that they will be expanding their collaboration to integrate Leonardo’s Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar onto the Diamond DA62 MSA (Mission Surveillance Aircraft). The radar will be integrated into Leonardo’s on-board ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) mission system, boosting the surveillance range of the platform, widening the range of missions it can perform and expanding its market potential. The Integration is expected to be complete by early 2020 and the Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 equipped platform is available for order now.

The news follows Leonardo and Diamond Aircraft’s announcement this June that they are teaming up to offer the DA62 MSA, a version of Diamond’s twin-engine DA62 aircraft specially tailored for maritime and over-land surveillance missions, with Leonardo’s ATOS  mission system at its heart. At launch, the platform was equipped with Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-20 radar, now in this latest development the two companies have agreed to also integrate the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar as an ‘off-the-shelf’ fit, providing even longer ranges for the extensive suite of Gabbiano-family radar modes and giving potential customers a wider range of options to choose from.

The DA62 MSA is the latest variant of Diamond Aircraft’s successful Special Mission Aircraft portfolio. The all-carbon-fibre, twin-engine aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and a fully integrated autopilot. It is powered by two turbo charged jet-fuel engines which enable the aircraft to stay airborne for up to eight hours due to their superb fuel efficiency. The carbon fibre material provides for unlimited airframe life and is not subject to corrosion, even when operated in saline and humid environments. Together, fuel efficiency and the unlimited airframe life combine for extremely low direct operating costs, making the DA62 MSA the most cost-efficient Special Mission Aircraft in its class.

Gabbiano-family radars have been selected by fourteen international customers and have been installed on a wide variety of platforms. The TS-80 variant is so named because of its ability to output 80 watts of power, delivering long-range surveillance. The radar also features a highly-competitive mean-time-between-failure rate of 2500 hours and a 360° antenna group with wide-elevation scan (+20°/-55°).

Like the Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-20, the Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 comes equipped with the full Gabbiano family mode suite, which has been continuously expanded over more than 10 years. This includes air-to-sea surveillance with Track While Scan (TWS), high resolution ground mapping (Spot/Strip-SAR), ship target imaging and classification with ISAR mode and navigation with ground mapping and weather avoidance.

Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar - analisidifesa.it

DA62 MPP Special Mission Aircraft: Details

GlobalEye Goes Public with Dubai Debut


GlobalEye Goes Public with Dubai Debut | Defense News: Aviation International News

The UAE’s new Saab GlobalEye multi-role surveillance platform is due to enter service some time next year.

Making its worldwide public debut at the Dubai Airshow is Saab’s GlobalEye, a multisensor “swing-role surveillance system” based on the Bombardier Global 6000 business jet, for which the UAE Air Force is the launch customer. The first delivery is expected sometime in the first half of next year.

The aircraft features an Erieye ER radar in a “ski-box” fairing above the fuselage with a primary role of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), with a belly-mounted Leonardo Seaspray 7500E multi-mode surveillance radar that is mainly used for surface search. Complementing the radars is an electro-optic sensor turret.

An initial order for two GlobalEyes was announced at the 2015 Dubai Airshow, and a third aircraft was added in February 2017. Having been supplied as a “green” Global 6000 from Bombardier, the first GlobalEye flew after modification on March 14, 2018. The second aircraft took to the air on January 3, while the third joined the test fleet on August 30.

GlobalEye features extensive aerodynamic and structural alterations from the baseline business jet, requiring an intensive trial campaign that was conducted using aircraft No. 1. Following initial tests at Saab’s Linköping plant in Sweden, the trials moved to Granada in Andalucia, Spain, where the good climate ensured that the aggressive schedule could be met. The aerodynamic handling and envelope expansion tests are now complete, with Saab (Stand 1060) reporting that handling is close to that of a regular Global 6000, despite the alterations. Test crews also report that the three aircraft all behave identically and in full alignment with ground-based tests and computer-modeled predictions.

In the meantime, mission system verification trials have been performed using the second and third aircraft, which were completed to full system specifications. Most of the flight testing is aimed at verifying system performance that has been thoroughly tested in various ground rigs. This not only includes sensor performance, but also that of communications, planning systems, and the central mission-management architecture. As they are in customer-specified configuration, it is likely that the second and third aircraft will be the first to be handed over. Aircraft No. 1 requires some modification to full standards before it can be delivered, including the removal of dedicated test equipment.

As part of the service entry process, UAE personnel have begun training in Sweden on the GlobalEye and its systems, and some elements of the extensive ground support equipment have already been delivered. The UAE Air Force has been operating two Saab 340 AEW&Cs for a number of years, which feature a forerunner of the Erieye ER radar carried by the GlobalEye.

Saab continues to market the GlobalEye to a number of potential customers. The type is on offer to Finland as part of a package (with the Gripen E/F fighter) to upgrade the country’s air defenses in answer to the HX requirement. It is also being proposed to South Korea, which is seeking additional AEW&C capability to augment its four-aircraft Boeing 737 “Peace Eye” fleet.

Saab: First GlobalEye plane for UAE will be ready next spring