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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 12 Mar 2010 - 23:29

A Londres, Brown et Sarkozy s'en prennent aux "méthodes" américaines

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En visite à Londres, où il a rencontré le premier ministre britannique Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy a dénoncé vendredi 12 mars la manière dont a été géré aux Etats-Unis l'appel d'offres sur des avions ravitailleurs, dont l'européen EADS a dû se retirer. "J'avoue que je n'ai pas apprécié cette décision", a déclaré M. Sarkozy lors d'une conférence de presse commune avec Gordon Brown. "C'est pas des méthodes. Ce sont des méthodes qui ne sont pas bonnes pour les partenaires des Etats-Unis et pour les Etats-Unis".

L'appel d'offres pour la fourniture de 179 avions ravitailleurs à l'armée américaine, évalué à 35 milliards de dollars, avait été attribué une première fois à Boeing en 2003, puis une deuxième fois à Airbus (EADS) et Northrop Grumman en 2008 et à chaque fois annulé. Airbus a finalement dû renoncer à participer à l'appel d'offres, laissant l'Américain Boeing seul en course.

TAXE FINANCIÈRE MONDIALE

Nicolas Sarkozy a également indiqué qu'il avait discuté avec Gordon Brown la question des fonds spéculatifs, dont l'Union européenne cherche à réformer la régulation, ce qui inquiète les pays où ils sont très représentés, comme les Etats-Unis et le Royaume-Uni. Selon lui, il s'agit de "trouver un point d'équilibre" qui permette d'obtenir la transparence, sans que la City "ne se sente mise en danger".

Gordon Brown a pour sa part affirmé avoir trouvé un terrain d'entente avec Nicolas Sarkozy pour aller vers la création d'une taxe sur les transactions financières. "J'ai fait des propositions à Nicolas : nous sommes d'accord sur la façon d'aller de l'avant", a assuré le premier ministre britannique. "Je crois que nos deux positions sont identiques sur ce point, nous pouvons donc aller de l'avant". "Il y a donc une taxe financière mondiale qui est non seulement à l'eordre du jour mais qui fera l'objet d'un rapport qui sera publié dans les semaines à venir", a ajouté Gordon Brown.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 13 Mar 2010 - 2:46

Aeroport de Minneapolis ce matin. Dsl pour la qualité Like a Star @ heaven


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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 13 Mar 2010 - 13:03

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 13 Mar 2010 - 13:05

L'avion Cargo Us, inspire la crainte et le respect.
Ils peuvent envahir n'importe qui, n'importe quand en quelques jours, c'est vraiment phénoménal.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 13 Mar 2010 - 13:06

t´as eu le meme effet alors Cool Twisted Evil
on dirait un grand blanc

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 13 Mar 2010 - 14:33

les plans USAF d´ici 2040,les premiers Raptor seront retirés en 2025 Shocked

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Plan lays out aircraft acquisition through 2040
By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Mar 7, 2010 8:40:30 EST

The Air Force is taking a long look down the road at buying and fielding new airplanes.

Mandated by Congress, the “Aircraft Investment Plan” maps out how many planes the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy plan to buy through 2020 and sets goals for 2021-2040. It does not include helicopters.

The report calls for a joint approach to long-range strike and electronic warfare but does not drastically alter the Air Force’s announced plans for its two main acquisitions this decade — the F-35 Lightning II and KC-X tanker

By aircraft, what the report foresees for the Air Force:

Combat

— Bomber: The Air Force could spend $2 billion to $4 billion a year to develop a new long-range strike aircraft by 2020.

Whether the plane will have a pilot onboard or will fly at supersonic speeds is undecided. The report says: “A study is underway to identify the right mix of manned and unmanned technologies … and to determine the right balance between range, payload, speed, stealth, and onboard sensors.”

Until the new bomber arrives, the Air Force will keep about 160 B-52 Stratofortresses, B-1B Lancers and B-2 Spirit bombers.

— F-22 Raptor: The service will spend $1.9 billion to upgrade its 180 fighter jets with improved communications and avionics gear. Retirement of the Raptors could begin in 2025.

— F-35: The Air Force is in line to buy 602 F-35s through 2020 at a cost of about $70 billion. Two-thirds arrive in 2016 or later. The Air Force fleet will eventually total 1,763 jets.

— MQ-9 Reapers: Forecasts call for the service to buy 372 of the attack and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles from 2011 through 2018. The price tag: about $820 million. Later models will have an electronic warfare capability.

— RQ-4 Global Hawks: Four to five remote-controlled jets will arrive each year through 2017. There is no projection for later years.

The report did not offer an overall cost for the RQ-4s; for 2011, the Air Force wants $737 million for four Global Hawks, their payloads and logistics support.

Mobility

— KC-X: The service is set to spend about $30 billion through 2020 to develop and buy 109 new tankers.

— Intra-theater airlift: The Air Force should continue to buy C-130J Hercules to replace older C-130 E and H models. The study projects buying 63 C-130Js through 2020 for about $6 billion.

— Strategic airlift: The service wants to maintain an fleet of 314 large cargo planes, a mix of 223 C-17s and 91 C-5s. The report recommends the Air Force begin development of a new cargo jet starting in 2015.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 13 Mar 2010 - 16:13

pour les f-22 ils vont les vendre ou bien l'AMARC ?

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 13 Mar 2010 - 18:20

une main lave l´autre
AMARG->pieces detachés pour le reste

ils sont deja en etude du 6eme Generation

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Lun 15 Mar 2010 - 13:24

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USAF Fairchild A-10 Inspections Ordered



WASHINGTON – The Air Force has issued a TCTO (time compliance technical order) requiring immediate inspection and repair of wing cracks for a portion of the A-10 fleet. This action impacts approximately 130 A-10 aircraft with thin-skin wings installed during original manufacture and is being taken to ensure the continued operational safety of the aircraft.
Such action has become necessary due to an increase in fatigue-related wing cracks currently occurring in aircraft assigned to Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and Air Force Materiel Command.
The inspections are a necessary step in addressing the risk associated with A-10 wing cracking – specifically with thin-skin wings. This risk is of great concern to the Air Force and is representative of a systemic problem for our aging Air Force fleet.
Taking immediate action is necessary for the safety of our aircrews and to bring our A-10 fleet back to health. Accordingly, AFMC is working closely with ACC and the other Combat Air Force major commands to address all of the thin-skinned winged A-10s with a priority focus being on the A-10s we currently have in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The A-10 is a valuable asset to joint warfighters because of its unique capabilities. It can deliver precision guided weapons at high altitudes, as well as surgical close air support at low altitudes. The inspections, however, will not impact on-going or future operational combat missions.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 19 Mar 2010 - 13:14

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USAF Base to Receive C-17 Globemaster III AirlifterOhio's USAF Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will receive eight C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to replace ten C-5 Galaxy aircraft.
The first four C-17s will arrive at the Air Force Reserve Command unit in 2011, after five of the C-5s are retired from service.
After the remaining C-5s are retired in 2012, the last four C-17s will be delivered to the air force base.
The secretary of the air force and the air force chief of staff approved the change on 12 March.
The C-17 is a high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed military-transport aircraft that can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world.
It can take off from a 7,600ft airfield, carry a payload of 160,000lb, fly 2,400nm, refuel while in flight and land in 3,000ft or less on a small unpaved or paved airfield, day or n
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 19 Mar 2010 - 16:07

EADS fera une offre si les chances sont équitables

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Le groupe européen EADS, qui avait récemment jeté l'éponge dans l'appel d'offres des ravitailleurs américains, a annoncé vendredi qu'il évaluait les nouvelles conditions proposées par Washington mais il ne fera une offre que "s'il estime avoir des chances équitables". "Il s'agit d'un développement significatif et EADS est en train d'évaluer la situation afin de déterminer si le groupe est en mesure ou non de soumettre une réponse admissible", indique le groupe dans un communiqué.

"Au final, EADS ne soumissionnera l'appel d'offres que s'il estime avoir des chances équitables de le remporter, après avoir examiné tous les paramètres en jeu", ajoute-t-il. Le Pentagone s'est dit disposé jeudi à "prolonger raisonnablement" l'appel d'offres pour ses avions ravitailleurs pour permettre à la maison mère d'Airbus, EADS, de revenir dans la course face à Boeing. Le retrait d'Airbus, la semaine dernière, avait provoqué l'ire de Paris et Berlin contre Washington. L'appel d'offres pour la fourniture de 179 avions ravitailleurs à l'armée américaine, évalué à 35 milliards de dollars, avait été attribué une première fois à Boeing en 2003, puis une deuxième fois à Airbus (EADS) et son allié américain Northrop Grumman en 2008. Mais il avait à chaque fois été annulé.

Airbus avait finalement dû, la semaine dernière, renoncer à participer à l'appel d'offres après le retrait de son partenaire Northrop, au motif que la compétition était biaisée en faveur de Boeing. Cette défection, qui laisse Boeing seul en course pour ce méga-contrat, a poussé les capitales européennes à dénoncer les "tentations protectionnistes" américaines. Le directeur exécutif d'EADS, Louis Gallois, avait estimé jeudi à New York qu'il était "impossible" pour son groupe de présenter à l'armée de l'air américaine une offre pour des avions ravitailleurs en soixante jours, en laissant toutefois la porte ouverte à une éventuelle proposition.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Lun 22 Mar 2010 - 16:00

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USAF Deploys A-10 Jets in South Korea Following Upgrade
Following an upgrade to boost its capabilities to strike hidden North Korean artillery units with guided smart bombs, the USAF has deployed three A-10 fighter jets in South Korea.
The 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base received the first three improved A-10C jets, replacing the A-10A aircraft currently operated by the unit.
The upgrade, which began in 2005, equipped the A-10C with advanced satellite-guided joint direct attack munitions (JDAM), according to Stars and Stripes.
Fitted with new electronics the C-model enables pilots to receive key target and other data digitally.
The digital situational awareness data link (SADL) in the A-10C jet reduces the A-10 pilot's reliance on radio transmissions.
The A-10C looks similar to the A model, and is armoured with a 30mm Gatling gun
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 23 Mar 2010 - 12:01

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HIFIRE: Five times the speed of sound


March 22, 2010 by Marcel van Leeuwen · Leave a Comment

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today announced that the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have successfully completed a second hypersonic flight at the Woomera Test Range.
Hypersonic flight is flight through the atmosphere at speeds above Mach 5.5, or more than five times the speed of sound.
“Today’s flight represents a significant scientific milestone, enabling scientists to collect fundamental data critical to the design and development of an engine capable of sustained hypersonic flight,” Mr Combet said.
“The flight was the second in a series of up to ten planned flight experiments under a joint research program between DSTO and the US Air Force.
“The program, called the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE), is investigating the fundamental science of hypersonics technology and its potential for next generation aeronautical systems.
“The research being undertaken by DSTO and AFRL scientists is aimed at investigating fundamental air vehicle and propulsion technologies critical to the realisation of sustained hypersonic flight.
“Hypersonic flight has the potential to revolutionise global air travel and provide cost-effective access to space, giving Australia the opportunity to launch satellites economically for communication purposes.
“The continued collaboration between DSTO and the US Air Force Research Laboratory will help expedite the development of hypersonics technology and the potential for high-speed flights in the future.
“Thanks to the work of this dedicated team of DSTO scientists, Australia is at the forefront of this technology,” said Mr. Combet.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 1 Avr 2010 - 11:28

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General Dynamics Delivers First F-15 Wideband Radome to Boeing in Support of Radar Modernization Program


March 31, 2010 by Marcel van Leeuwen · Leave a Comment

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has delivered its first F-15 wideband nose radome to The Boeing Company in support of the F-15 Radar Modernization Program (RMP) under a system development and demonstration (SDD) contract that was awarded in October 2008. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
The RMP radome will fly on the U.S. Air Force F-15E as part of the RMP upgrade. Benefits of the radome include superior electrical performance over a wide frequency range, low weight, low part count, and the ability to perform in high heat and stress environment. The radome also includes the installation and integration of an instrument landing system antenna.
“We are pleased to achieve this program milestone on schedule and within budget to support Boeing’s work on the F-15 RMP,” said Jim Losse, vice president and general manager of advanced materials for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “Our team in Marion has built wideband radomes for years, and we are excited to add the F-15 RMP nose radome to our facility and workforce’s capabilities.”
The SDD contract scope includes radome design, material strength and environmental testing, environmental and structural qualification, tool design, fabrication, assembly and repair-methods development. Production and program management is being performed at General Dynamics’ advanced materials facility in Marion, Va. Ten radomes will be built as part of the SDD phase, with deliveries completed in April 2011.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 1 Avr 2010 - 13:13

Ravitailleurs : Morin veut un appel d'offres vraiment ouvert

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Le Pentagone a fait savoir qu'il était prêt à retarder de 60 jours la date de clôture de l'appel d'offres pour ses avions ravitailleurs, provoquant la colère de dertains parlementaires américains.


Interrogé sur i>TELE, jeudi 1er avril, le ministre de la Défense Hervé Morin s'est réjoui de la décision du Pentagone de retarder de 60 jours la date de clôture de l'appel d'offres pour ses avions ravitailleurs, mais a souligné la nécessité que celui-ci soit "réellement ouvert": d'après-lui, il ne faut pas qu'il soit "déjà tellement fabriqué qu'in fine de toutes façons le choix retenu ne peut pas être celui de l'avion européen".
Le Pentagone avait annoncé mercredi ce report de la date de clôture du 10 mai au 9 juillet, répondant ainsi partiellement à la demande d'EADS, qui comptait obtenir un délai de trois mois pour concourir face à Boeing. Cette annonce a été très mal perçue par certains parlementaires américains qui y ont vu un recul du président Obama face à la pression européenne. La veille, Barack Obama avait reçu Nicolas Sarkozy à Washington et lui avait promis que le processus de sélection des ravitailleurs serait "libre et juste".
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Le groupe d'aéronautique et de défense européen a annoncé qu'il allait "réfléchir", tout en rappelant dans un communiqué avoir "fermement dit qu'une extension de 90 jours du délai pour participer à l'appel d'offre serait le minimum de temps nécessaire pour préparer une proposition responsable".
L'appel d'offres pour la fourniture de 179 avions ravitailleurs à l'armée américaine avait été attribué une première fois à Boeing en 2003, puis une deuxième fois à Airbus (EADS) et son allié américain Northrop Grumman en 2008, et à chaque fois annulé.
Début mars, le retrait de son partenaire Northrop, qui dénonçait une compétition biaisée en faveur de Boeing, avait poussé Airbus à renoncer à participer à l'appel d'offres. Cette défection laissait l'avionneur de Chicago seul en course pour ce méga-contrat, poussant les capitales européennes à dénoncer les "tentations protectionnistes" américaines.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 2 Avr 2010 - 13:09

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US DoD offers 60-day extension for EADS tanker bid
By Craig Hoyle

The US Department of Defense has offered to make a 60-day extension to its 10 May deadline to receive a bid response from EADS for the US Air Force's KC-X tanker acquisition, providing the latest twist to the long-running saga.

"We are committed to a fair, open and transparent competition to get the best airplane to our warfighters at the best value to the taxpayers," the DoD says. "It is not uncommon to grant a reasonable extension in competitions of this sort, and we consider 60 days to be reasonable."

EADS has been weighing whether to enter the battle as a potential prime contractor since its previous partner Northrop Grumman announced on 8 March that it would not contest the KC-X requirement with the Airbus A330-200-based KC-45.


Airbus KC-45

"Since the DoD indicated their interest in EADS' participation as prime contractor in the KC-X tanker competition, the company has carefully assessed the many requirements necessary to participate," says EADS North America.

"We will consider the department's decision to offer a 60-day extension," it continues, but notes: "We have firmly indicated that a 90-day extension would be the minimum time necessary to prepare a responsible proposal for this $40 billion programme."

News of the possible extension has enraged supporters of Boeing's offer to supply the 767-based NewGen tanker for the USAF's 179-aircraft requirement.


Boeing KC-767+

Patty Murray, Democrat Senator for Washington State, slammed the decision as "completely unacceptable", and says she will work with counterparts "from across the country and the political spectrum to make clear to the Pentagon that this is the wrong move for our service members and our workers".

Raising the issue of the recent World Trade Organisation ruling which found that "an element of subsidy" had been found in past loans to Airbus, Murray says: "This extension means that we are once again bending the rules for a company that has refused to play by them.

"Airbus has had ample time to compete for this contract and put forth a bid. A 60-day extension is simply another Airbus delay tactic. This is textbook Airbus, who has for years done anything it takes to gain US market share and undercut American workers. We cannot and should not be rewarding this behaviour."

Boeing, meanwhile, says it is “deeply disappointed with EADS-Airbus efforts to further delay this vital warfighting programme and tilt the US procurement process in its favour. We do not see a legitimate reason for EADS’s bid deadline extension request, and we believe an extension that favours any individual competitor does not further the goal of ensuring fair competition,” it continues.

“Boeing remains fully prepared to submit a competitive proposal by the 10 May deadline originally set by the air force. However, this latest development, along with the WTO’s recent final ruling that Airbus has been heavily and illegally subsidised for decades, requires Boeing to review all of our options for going forward while we wait for a final determination on a deadline extension.”

EADS has argued that the USAF's final request for proposals for the KC-X deal "clearly favours a smaller, less capable aircraft" than the KC-45. If it decides to compete, the new deadline for a response will be 9 July.

The DoD says it would then conduct an accelerated assessment of the bids, enabling the winning bidder to start production of the selected type "in early fall"

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 8 Avr 2010 - 3:23

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 10 Avr 2010 - 13:46

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USAF CV-22 crash in Afghanistan kills 3 troops, civilian



4/9/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFNS)

An Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan April 8, killing three servicemembers, one civilian employee and injuring numerous other servicemembers.
The cause of the crash is unknown, said officials with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.
Officials said the aircraft was carrying U.S. troops when it crashed seven miles west of Qalat City in Zabul province. The injured were transported to a nearby base for medical treatment.
The CV-22, a modified version of the Marine Corps MV-22, conducts long-range infiltration and resupply for U.S. forces. It employs tilt-rotor technology that allows it to takeoff and land as a helicopter, and fly like a fixed-wing aircraft.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 15 Avr 2010 - 13:45

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GE Intelligent Platforms Completes Delivery of $6.5 Million Boeing Order Enabling Flight Testing of U.S. Air Force B-1B Airplane Ahead of Production



April 14, 2010 by Marcel van Leeuwen



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–Wednesday, April 14, 2010– GE Intelligent Platforms today announced that it had completed delivery of a $6.5 million order from Boeing (Long Beach, CA). The order, to enable the development of upgrades to the US Air Force’s B-1B bomber, was received in March 2008, with a requirement for completion in time to enable planned flight testing early in 2011.

The upgrades, which are expected to generate production orders starting in 2011, will provide the B-1B with a Vertical Situation Display Upgrade (VSDU), giving aircrew improved protection against hostile action. Included are an adapted version of the GE Intelligent Platforms Octegra3 6U VME rugged video/graphics processor and VIM2 rugged video input mezzanine.

Importantly, Boeing’s requirement was that the subsystems were DO-178B certified, meaning that the development process used conforms to strict quality criteria designed to maximize the safety of airborne systems. GE Intelligent Platforms subcontracted with Ultra Electronics Controls to undertake the necessary development and qualification of the board support package (BSP). Ultra Electronics Controls was selected because of the company’s extensive experience and expertise in delivering DO-178B certified systems. In addition, Presagis provided a DO-178B compliant version of its OpenGL embedded graphics solution.
“Our ultimate goal was to provide a highly cost-effective solution to meet Boeing’s requirements,” said Peter Cavill, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at GE Intelligent Platforms. “By working with Ultra Electronics Controls and Presagis on aspects of the project, we simplified the process for Boeing. Because of the depth and breadth of the GE Intelligent Platforms product line, we were able to modify a standard product that precisely met Boeing’s needs, therefore providing a low risk solution that maximized the chances that Boeing could meet its commitment to its customer. ”

The Octegra3 video/graphics processor is designed for demanding applications such as aircraft cockpit displays that require multiple video inputs, multiple video outputs and high performance graphics overlay. It features both a general purpose computing processor from Freescale and a dedicated graphics processor. The VIM2 video input mezzanine card is specifically designed for operation with the Octegra3, providing five independent video input channels and four independent scalers.

The B-1B first flew in October 1984. It can operate at more than 30,000 feet and has a range of more than 7,000 miles. It holds 61 world records for speed, payload and distance. In March 2008, the B-1B became the first aircraft to fly at supersonic speed using synthetic fuel. The fuel was a 50/50 blend of conventional JP-8 petroleum and a synthetic fuel. The flight was part of an ongoing USAF program to certify the alternative fuel for all USAF aircraft. There are currently 66 B-1 aircraft in service.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 16 Avr 2010 - 14:47

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USAF Receives 1,000th JASSM from Lockheed
The US Air Force (USAF) has received the 1,000th joint air-to-surface stand-off missile (JASSM) from Lockheed Martin, as part of the seventh production lot.
The JASSM is a 2,000lb class weapon with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, featuring a stealthy airframe developed for the USAF.
It can cruise autonomously in adverse weather, day or night using an infrared sensors, and can find a specific aimpoint with its anti-jam GPS.
The missile system, which has been successfully demonstrated on the B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16 aircraft, will be integrated with future platforms including the F-15E, F/A-18 and F-35.
The USAF has awarded the JASSM eighth production lot contract to Lockheed to reach a total objective of 4,900 JASSMs and JASSM-ERs (extended range).
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mer 21 Avr 2010 - 11:37

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EADS to offer KC-45 tanker to US Air Force as prime contractor
By Stephen Trimble

EADS North America has informed the Department of Defense the company will compete for the KC-X tanker deal as a prime contractor against Boeing.

The announcement by EADS NA Chairman Ralph Crosby on 20 February at the National Press Club comes six weeks after Northrop Grumman withdrew as prime contractor for the KC-45 over charges that the rules for the competitive evaluation were skewed in favour of Boeing.

But EADS decided that it would be "almost hypocritical" for the company to not submit a bid for the KC-45, which Crosby compared to Boeing's "paper" NewGen Tanker proposal based on the 767.

"When you got the best you got to offer it," Crosby says.

Both companies now have until 8 July to submit proposals. The USAF extended the previous 10 May deadline by about 60 days to accommodate EADS' bid.

EADS had reportedly discussed teaming arrangements with US-based primes such as L-3 Communications and Raytheon, but decided to submit a proposal on its own.

With former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott appearing at the press conference, EADS also announced 10 industrial members on its team, including General Electric, AAR Cargo, Eaton, GKN, Goodrich, Hamilton Sundstrand, Honeywell, RTI, Vought and Cobham.

EADS still plans to set up a modification facility in Mobile, Alabama, to convert the A330-200 into a tanker-transport. The configuration will be "almost the same" as the A330 multi-role tanker transport, which is now modified in Spain for several international customers.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 27 Avr 2010 - 14:40

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An experimental hypersonic glider has been launched by the US Air Force (USAF) over the Pacific Ocean from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US.
Launched on a Minotaur 4 rocket the glider, called the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, is able to travel 4,000 miles in 30 minutes.
The vehicle separated from the booster in the upper atmosphere and glided across the Pacific at 13,000mph, according to the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
After the test, the craft deliberately crashed into the Kwajalein Atoll, 2,100 miles south-west of Hawaii.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 29 Avr 2010 - 12:32

SP perd un escadron pour Duluth,qui passe du Block25 au Block50

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April 28, 2010 (by 2nd Lt. Jodi Kiminski) - The first wave of F-16C block 50 Fighting Falcon aircraft arrived at the 148th Fighter Wing, Tuesday, April 27.

The F-16s will be transferred from the 22nd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The conversion from the Wing's current F-16 block 25 to the new block 50 aircraft will take approximately 18 to 24 months. Pilots and aircraft maintenance personnel are currently attending technical training for the new aircraft.

The 148th FW is the first Air National Guard Wing to convert to the Block 50 from the active duty Air Force. This aircraft boasts an improved engine with more thrust as well as enhancements to the aircraft structure and avionics. It also includes a greater computer capacity for future upgrades and improvements.

In 2005, the 148th FW was slated for re-alignment and retirement of its current F-16 fleet as part of the Air Force Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations. The newer F-16s provide updated technologies that will give the Wing ready capabilities beyond 2020.

Additional waves of aircraft will continue to arrive throughout April and May.

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USAF F-16C Block 50 #91-0388 from Spangdahlem AB arrives at the 148th FW Duluth ANGB on April 27, 2010. The aircraft is one of the first block 50 F-16s to arrive at the wing as the unit becomes the first ANG unit to convert to the block 50 aircraft from Active Duty Air Force.[i]

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mer 5 Mai 2010 - 16:55

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USAF to Select Bases for UAV Training
The US Air Force has selected four potential bases to begin the training of five new squadrons of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri have been identified for the training.
The new ground control station will train pilots on the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, according to Daily Press.
Bases will be selected on the basis of mission requirements, communications infrastructure, reserve component recruiting, facilities, support capacity, timing and cost.
Decisions will be taken in June 2010 after the air force completes an environmental impact analysis on each base.
The air force, which plans to fly 65 UAVs by the end of 2013, will launch the new squadrons to staff the increasing number of remotely piloted aircraft.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 7 Mai 2010 - 15:14

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USAF Activates New MC-12 Unit in Afghanistan
A new MC-12 Liberty aircraft squadron has been activated by the US Air Force at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
The 80-member MC-12 unit will be operated by the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron (ERS).
The new MC-12 unit will enable the USAF to improve joint and combined counterinsurgency capabilities of the air force and assist Afghanistan in defeating the insurgency.
The MC-12, a manned, special-mission turboprop aircraft, has been designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The 451st Expeditionary Operations Group commander Col. John A. Cherrey said the 361st ERS has been reactivated many times in the squadron's history.
The squadron first started operations in 1943 during World War II when it flew B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators, and later used EC-47s in Vietnam.
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