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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 27 Mai 2011 - 17:04

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Lockheed Martin Delivers AH-1Z Cobra Targeting Systems to the U.S. Marine Corps Ahead of Schedule





ORLANDO, Fl, May 25th, 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently began early delivery of Target Sight System (TSS) follow-on
production units for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. The TSS units feature upgraded software to provide additional targeting capabilities.
TSS is the multi-sensor fire control system for the AH-1Z, integrating state-of-the-art sensors to provide pilots with enhanced capabilities to acquire, track and designate targets. The highly stabilized sensor suite includes a laser designator, color video display and a third-generation, mid-wave, forward-looking infrared sensor with advanced image processing.
“The TSS team has been working diligently to assure the AH-1Z Cobra is one of the most effective attack helicopters to counter today’s battlefield threats,” said Joseph Butera, TSS senior program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The team ensured that the squadron had the hardware they needed when they needed it, and the sensors performed flawlessly during testing.”
The integration of the TSS with the AH-1Z Cobra fire control system gives pilots the capability to detect and identify targets before they fly into the range of the threat, ensuring increased standoff range and precise target engagements in every climate and location.
Lockheed Martin delivered the first follow-on production unit two months ahead of schedule. Early integration of upgraded system software provides enhancements based on flight test results and user feedback. Additional targeting capabilities include a new target sizing function, refined geo-location accuracy and superior weapon alignment. The Cobra attack helicopter achieved initial operating capability in February 2011.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the initial TSS production contract in March 2008 and a follow-on production contract in June 2010. The system is produced at Lockheed Martin facilities in Florida. Production is expected to continue through 2018.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 10 Juin 2011 - 14:31

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Bell Helicopter to Provide Long-Lead Material for USMC H-1 Upgrade



Bell Helicopter has been awarded a modification contract for the purchase of lot 9 long-lead items in support of the H-1 upgrade programme for the US Marine Corps (USMC).
The contract is a modification of a previous advance acquisition contract awarded by the US Naval Air Warfare Center.
The H-1 upgrade programme is to develop the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters to replace the USMC's aging fleets of AH-1W SuperCobras and UH-1N Twin Hueys.
Work will be carried out at the company's facility in Texas, US, and is expected to be complete in September 2012.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)    Mar 21 Juin 2011 - 1:01


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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 15 Juil 2011 - 13:33

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Marine Corps UAVs get new home in Afghanistan



7/13/2011 By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —


Marine Corps unmanned aerial vehicles have a new home at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 formed a new detachment located here to help 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support in southwestern Afghanistan.
The new detachment became fully operational when it launched its first unmanned aerial vehicle from Camp Leatherneck, an RQ-7B Shadow in support of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, June 30.
Video: Click here to watch VMU-3 Marines test the RQ-7B Shadow UAV at Camp Leatherneck.
The unmanned aerial vehicle squadron began planning for a detachment at Camp Leatherneck prior to its deployment from Twentynine Palms, Calif., explained Maj. Matt L. Walker, the officer in charge of VMU-3 Marines at Camp Leatherneck.
Deployed Marine unmanned aerial vehicle squadrons have traditionally maintained multiple operating points for UAVs, including Camp Dwyer, Combat Outpost Payne, and Forward Operating Bases Edinburgh and Delaram II.
“The squadron took a look at where our UAVs were going to be positioned, and the area we were capable of flying missions over before we deployed to Afghanistan, and saw that we had some uncovered areas,” said Walker.“We thought about how we could better position ourselves to support ground troops. When the advance party of VMU-3 Marines deployed to Afghanistan the idea of having a second detachment located at Leatherneck was presented to 2nd MAW (Fwd.)”
The proposal to 2nd MAW (Fwd.) was approved, and within a month the squadron was set up and fully operational on Camp Leatherneck, Walker said.
“A portion of the decision to set up a detachment at Camp Leatherneck was preparation for the summer fighting season,” he said. “We can better support dismounted patrols and we can help protect the troops on the ground.
“We will do everything we can to give those Marines on the ground the coverage and eye in the sky they need,” Walker added.
Marine Corps UAV squadrons use small, lightweight vehicles that are able to stay in the air for several hours to supply Marines and their coalition partners with aerial information throughout combat missions.
“We are in the best position to support Marines on the deck across Regional Command Southwest, which is what this is all about,” said Walker. “This move just gives us greater flexibility with the area we can fly over.”
“I think this move was a great idea,” said Cpl. Ryan P. Pavin, an unmanned aerial vehicle operator with VMU-3, and a native of Chicago. “I knew at first it would be a lot of work to get set up but I think we can do a lot to help the Marines on the ground and get the information they need.”
In preparation for the UAV squadron’s move, engineers and heavy equipment operators with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 leveled and flattened the ground for the new VMU-3 runway, and MWSS-272 expeditionary airfield Marines followed behind, laying down aluminum matting used as the UAV landing strip.
“It took the engineers approximately 10 days to do the ground work,” said Staff Sgt. Cory D. Sikes the expeditionary airfields chief for MWSS-272, and a native of Holdrege, Neb. “It took us seven days to lay the matting, and we completed it all well under our estimated completion date.”
MWSS-272, deployed out of Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., supports 2nd MAW (Fwd.) through ground refueling, aircraft recovery, firefighting, expeditionary airfield services and more.
“MWSS-272 had a huge part in helping us get set up here in the new location,” said Walker. “Without them none of this would have happened.”
Not only did MWSS-272 prepare the VMU-3 runway and operations area, the support squadron also convoyed to Camp Dwyer to pick up the new detachment’s equipment and transport it to Camp Leatherneck.
“The convoy was completed on a very short timeline,” said Gunnery Sgt. Donald Rogers, the MWSS-272 operations chief, and native of Mauston, Wis. “We loaded all of their gear they would need for operations and delivered it to the new compound on Camp Leatherneck.”
“Within three days, we had UAVs in the air, doing test flights and our working areas constructed,” said Walker. “The speed the MWSS had in completing its mission made our mission easier.”
For the UAVs themselves, the squadron convoyed some of the aircraft, and flew others from Camp Dwyer to their new home at Camp Leatherneck.
“VMU-3 has proven that the Shadow is expeditionary,” said Walker. “We’ve proven that we can move about the battlespace if we need to, quickly and efficiently.”
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 19 Juil 2011 - 14:30

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Navistar Defense To Produce Second Round Of MRAP Recovery Vehicles

WARRENVILLE, Ill. | Navistar Defense, LLC announced July 18 that it received a delivery order for 140 International MaxxPro Recovery vehicles with rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) nets from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command. The order for $142 million also includes parts and support for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Navistar received its first MaxxPro Recovery vehicle order in November 2010.

“Many mission types require MRAP survivability protection and that includes warfighters running vehicle recovery and support missions,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “To meet urgent needs, we completed delivery of the last MaxxPro Recovery vehicle order two months ahead of schedule. We are proud that these vehicles are performing well and we will work swiftly again to deliver these additional trucks.”

The MaxxPro Recovery vehicle is based on the same International WorkStar platform that lends its flexibility to the company’s growing family of vehicles. MRAP ballistic, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) protection aids two- to three-man crews as they retrieve damaged or mission-disabled vehicles and carry out other support missions.

The company will produce the vehicles at its West Point, Miss., facility where assembly of the recent MaxxPro Dash and Dash ambulance orders is currently being conducted. Recovery vehicles will be integrated into the running assembly line and will be delivered in October and November 2011.

“Today’s orders are within our $1.9 billion guidance for fiscal year 2011 and add to our total vehicle fleet of more than 32,000 vehicles,” said Massicotte. “Our vehicles are in use in 26 different countries, and as we move forward, we will continue to provide fleet support whenever and wherever they may be operating.”
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 9 Aoû 2011 - 15:06

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USMC Receives First GE38 Engine for CH-53K Program




GE has delivered the first GE38 engine for the US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53K ground test vehicle after undergoing two years of testing and demonstrations.

The new turboshaft / turboprop engine is expected to provide the CH-53K aircraft, being developed by Sikorsky, with increased mission capability required for USMC missions.

The GE38 features a rugged compressor design for increased durability and is resistant to sand erosion and salt water corrosion.

The engine is said to be best suited for USMC's tough operating environment and provides mission flexibility and enhanced hot / high aircraft performance.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 11 Aoû 2011 - 15:55

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CG: Corps F/A-18 crew rescued in Pacific



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SAN DIEGO — The crew of a Marine Corps fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean was rescued early Thursday after spending hours in the waters off San Diego, the Coast Guard said.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer plucked the two Marines from the ocean at about 2:30 a.m. and they were flown to a hospital where they were listed in stable condition, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy.

"They were just basically floating in the water" when the crew of a search boat heard them calling for help about 35 miles offshore and called in a helicopter, Dunphy said.

The two were found about 85 miles southwest of San Diego, he said.

The Marines were aboard an F/A-18 Hornet that was flying with another jet that reported it missing at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The other aircraft was able to tell the Coast Guard the general area where the plane vanished and an air and sea search began, Dunphy said.

The aircraft were based at the local Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

The missing jet was not recovered, Dunphy said.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 16 Aoû 2011 - 17:12

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 17 Aoû 2011 - 1:21

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AUVSI: US Marines eyeing Switchblade option

The US Marines are focusing on the AeroVironment Switchblade unmanned air system (UAS) as a potential armed platform for top-down attack capability.

James Lasswell, a retired marine general who is now the technical director of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, says about half of the Lab's science and technology funds over the past five years have been focused on unmanned systems, with attention most recently on the Switchblade as a carrier of a 40mm grenade launcher for attack and protection uses.

Originally developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Lasswell says the lab now procures the aircraft from AVSOC and has bought five systems to date, using an inert round for the testing.

He says there is no program of record for the armed switchblade. "The interest was in lightening the load" for Marines, he says. The most recent vehicle will be used in a demonstration coming up "in the next month," he says.

Lasswell says the system uses the same control system as the deployed AeroVironment Raven and Wasp UAS platforms, simplifying training for operators. "What makes it really useful is that you can fly a GPS course [to the target] and then just tele-operate [the Switchblade] during the attack," says Lasswell.

Switchblade carries an intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance package and is capable of beyond-line-of-sight operations either as a remotely piloted or autonomous vehicle, according to AeroVironment.

The project is not part of the Air Force's lethal miniature aerial munitions system (LMAMS) program designed to "deliver incapacitating effects" on people and light vehicles," which could be deployed by the end of next year with special operations forces. AeroVironment, Textron and Innovative Automation Technologies have been picked to compete on a LMAMS contract.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Dim 11 Sep 2011 - 18:54

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Lun 19 Sep 2011 - 13:23

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Marines train with Russian aircraft





Marines in Arizona will soon duke it out with a crop duster and a Russian helo in a new effort to understand enemy tactics and weaponry.

The Antonov An-2, built after World War II, and the Russian Mi-24 Hind, a 1980s-era helo, will be flown at the biannual Weapons and Tactics Instructor course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

The An-2 is a bit of an oddity. Designed as a crop duster, it became widely used by the Russian military as a workhorse for everything from carrying cargo, to troop insertion, to reconnaissance. The Chinese began producing their own copy of the aircraft in the 1970s. North Korea uses it today.

While the An-2 might look like a joke as it putters across the battlefield with a single prop engine, it can be a deadly tool. In 1991, the Croatian air force used them to drop makeshift bombs during that country’s civil war.

The Mi-24, on the other hand, looks just as tough as it is. Designed by the Soviets for use in Afghanistan in the 1980s, it is the Russian counterpart to the U.S. AH-64 Apache. It laid waste to many Afghan villages and was feared by the Mujahedeen. Armed to the teeth with rockets and machine guns, it can also carry eight shock troops in full battle rattle. The Mi-24 was sold widely to Pakistan, Algeria, Brazil, Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Peru, just to name a few. Today the Mi-24 and the similar-but-updated Mi-35 are being flown by the Afghan air force, which is trained by U.S. and NATO pilots.

The contract for the aircraft is still being ironed out. Vertol Systems Co. has a five-year, $3.4 million contract with the Corps to provide the two aircraft for the WTI course. However, a competitor is countering the contract and has filed a formal complaint with the Government Accountability Office. Marine officials won’t comment on the contract until the complaint, filed by OPFOR Group LLC, is resolved, said 1st Lt. Scott Villiard, a spokesman for Training and Education Comman in Quantico, Va.

Documents on FedBizOpps.gov, a website that details government contracts, said the Corps wants the aircraft to “replicate the intended hostile force’s tactics.”

The An-2 will be used for anti-air warfare exercises so Marines operating airborne and ground-based air defense units can become familiar with the aircraft’s radar signature and what it looks like on visual equipment and in infrared.

“Visual identification and countering enemy weapons systems capabilities would be the primary student learning objectives,” reads the solicitation, offer and award document.

The Mi-24, on the other hand, has a wider array of missions at the course. It will attack other helicopters, jets, forward operating bases, forward arming and refueling points and anti-aircraft artillery defense units, giving everyone from Marine pilots to ground support troops a run for their money.

More specifically, the helicopter will be used to stress forces “conducting joint air and missile defense operations.

“The attack helicopter, due to its size, flight profile, firepower and defensive maneuvering capabilities, constitutes a unique threat,” the document states.

It will also be used to interfere with forces conducting joint close-air support. In other words, a friendly helicopter or fighter called on station to help ground troops could also have to contend with the Mi-24.

The ultimate goal of the training course, led by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, is to teach complex air support skills to pilots who, once certified at the end of the six-week course, can return to their units and disseminate the information they learned. The class also helps ground combat and ground combat support officers become more adept at working with the pilots who transport and protect them from overhead.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 20 Sep 2011 - 14:19

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2 Marine helicopter pilots killed in Camp Pendleton crash




Update at 7:13 p.m. ET: The two-seat helicopter belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Firefighters are battling a brush fire ignited by the crash in the southeast corner of the base near Fallbrook. By 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET), the fire had grown from 2 acres to 50, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Original post: Two U.S. Marine pilots were killed this afternoon in the crash of a Super Cobra attack helicopter at Camp Pendleton, Calif., the Marine Corps says.

The AH-1W crashed about 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) during a training mission, the Military Times reports. The identities of the pilot and co-pilot have not been released.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 5 Oct 2011 - 17:03

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ATK-GD OTS Team to Deliver the Marines with Precision Mortar Bombs


The Marine Corps anticipates PERM guided bombs will expand the effect of its Expeditionary Fire Support mortar System to engage targets at distances up to 20 km. , with precision of 20 meters and up to 10 meters. Photo: U.S. Marine Corps.


ATK and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems are teaming to offer a full-up solution for the U.S. Marine Corps’ requirements for the rifled, 120mm Precision Extended Range Mortar (PERM). The new guided munition will provide the Corps’ Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS) towed-mortar the option to engage point targets from ranges of 16 – 20km. ATK will be the prime contractor to the USMC for the PERM Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) program, providing the guidance fuze technology, to be combined with the propulsion and warhead subsystems delivered by General Dynamics. ATK is already providing a similar solution for the U.S. Army 120mm mortars.

In service with the marine Corps since 2009, the EFSS is a light, mobile and air-transportable mortar system designed for missions requiring tactical versatility, speed, and close-in fire support. The system is composed of a pair of Prime Mover vehicles, a 120mm M327 mortar weapon, the four-round family of munitions and an ammunition trailer. It is designed to be internally transportable in the MV-22B Osprey and the CH-53 helicopter.

The Marine Corps is planning to award contracts for the PERM development and demonstration phase, by mid-2012 with demonstration tests expected by 2014 and production contract awarded in 2015.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 6 Oct 2011 - 13:31

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Cargo UAS to deploy, keeping trucks off the road


NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. –The Navy and Marine Corps recently announced its plan to deploy the service's first ever cargo unmanned aircraft system to Afghanistan next month.

Rear Adm. Bill Shannon, program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, approved Lockheed Martin/Kaman's K-MAX unmanned helicopter for a six-month deployment to augment Marine Corps ground and air logistics operations.

“I am very excited to deploy a system that will keep our Marines and Sailors out of harm’s way and ultimately save lives,” said Shannon.

Prior to Shannon’s decision last week, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force released a report documenting the system’s favorable performance during a quick reaction assessment in Yuma, Ariz., in August. Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 1, Cargo Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System (CRUAS) Det. conducted the QRA, which replicated a week in the life of operations in Afghanistan with temperatures, flight profile and terrain almost identical to those planned for deployment.

“Coming out to test and field K-MAX has been one of the most exciting opportunities of my career,” said Staff Sgt. Marc Cox, an air vehicle operator (AVO) from the detachment. “We are literally the tip of the spear in terms of the development and advancement of this particular cargo UAS and all future unmanned rotary wing systems."

Results from the QRA confirmed that K-MAX exceeded the Navy and Marines’ requirement to carry 6,000 pounds of cargo per day over a five-day period. The system carried a total of 33,400 pounds of cargo during the assessment period, with nearly 3,500 pounds delivered in a single mission.

“K-MAX has the capability to deliver a tremendous amount of cargo over the course of the deployment,” said Maj. Kyle O’Connor, VMU-1 CRUAS Det. officer in charge. “We witnessed firsthand its ability to carry multiple loads to separate locations in a single sortie without being affected by harsh conditions.”

Test coordinators developed scenarios that would demonstrate the system’s ability to operate in severe conditions. For example, K-MAX flew one mission in a dusty zone, similar to the Afghan environment. The successful mission validated the system’s auto drop function, proving the aircraft’s ability to deliver cargo at any location.

According to O’Connor, personnel could not see the K-MAX during this dusty zone mission due to the “brown out” conditions in the zone, but the cargo could still be delivered safely and accurately. This auto drop capability was used during many of the missions flown throughout the week.

“We successfully completed all missions and reacted to challenging scenarios,” O’Connor said. “The team worked through any issues or obstacles that surfaced and had both aircraft ready for operations at the start of each day.”

O’Connor is confident the deployment will be a success if the system operates as well as it did during its assessment. He will lead the Marine detachment in Afghanistan next month along with Lockheed Martin contractors, many of whom have prior military experience.

The majority of personnel will operate two K-MAX helicopters from a central main operating base. AVOs will reside at smaller forward operating bases, where cargo will be delivered.

“Most of the missions will be conducted at night and at higher altitudes,” said Marine Capt. Caleb Joiner, mission commander. “This will allow us to keep out of small arms range.”

The detachment is excited to bring this groundbreaking capability into theater.

“Every time this aircraft delivers a payload, we're taking one more truck off the road,” said Cpl. Ryan Venem, Det. AVO. “That's our goal, reducing IED (improvised explosive device) strikes and taking convoys off the roads.”

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 12 Oct 2011 - 15:04


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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 10 Nov 2011 - 14:01

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Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Aces Helicopter Testing

Published November 9, 2011 | By Rob Vogelaar

NASHUA, New Hampshire —The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recently successfully fired the first shots of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS) from a UH-1Y helicopter, in preparation for fielding in 2012.

The successful shots, which took place at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California, Sept. 9-13, mark the start of APKWS testing on the UH-1Y, and are part of the program’s low-rate initial production phase.

Developed by BAE Systems in partnership with the U.S. government, the APKWS semi-active laser guidance section integrates with existing 2.75-inch rocket motors and warheads, giving aviators a highly precise weapon that is effective against soft and lightly armored targets while minimizing collateral damage. BAE Systems designed the system’s laser guidance and control section.

During the tests, Marine pilots fired a total of six shots from a UH-1Y against stationary targets with ranges varying from 1.5 to 5 kilometers. The initial shots from UH-1Y mark the first time a MK152 warhead has been fired from any aircraft, allowing safer operation aboard ships than the previous M151 warhead.

“I am very excited to bring this new capability to our Marines in combat,” said Captain Brian Corey, Program Manager, PMA-242. “This highly effective weapon will allow aviators to complete their missions while minimizing the risk of harm to allies and non-combatants.”

APKWS brings three essential operational benefits to those in combat. First, the BAE Systems guidance section is designed for compatibility with current 2.75-inch rocket motors, warheads, and fuzes, enhancing the capability of the existing 100,000-unit inventory of unguided rockets. Second, the system provides the lowest collateral damage for precision engagement, while at the same time giving the military greater flexibility to engage the enemy. Finally, the unit cost is on track to meet the Navy’s objective against lower value targets.

“BAE Systems is focused on getting APKWS to the warfighter next year,” said John Watkins, director of Missile & Munitions Solutions in Nashua, where the system’s laser guidance and control section is built. “APKWS will provide an evolutionary step in the lethality and utility of the UH-1Y. For the first time, the UH-1Y will have the ability to autonomously provide precision guided munitions, dramatically increasing its effectiveness against armored and reinforced targets while decreasing collateral damage.”

The Navy assumed acquisition oversight of the APKWS program in 2008. In addition to its planned use on rotary-wing platforms, the Navy has entered into a Joint Concept Technology Demonstration program with the U.S. Air Force to evaluate the suitability of APKWS for fixed-wing platforms.

APKWS entered the first phase of production testing at China Lake’s facility last month. A launcher successfully fired two laser-guided rockets and hit a stationary target. The test firings initiated a sequence of tests that allow the Navy to accept the guidance sections for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, the final test phase prior to fielding the system.

Initial Operating Capability of APKWS on the Marine Corps AH-1W and UH-1Y helicopters is scheduled for the spring of year 2012.

Source and photo: BAE Systems

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mer 16 Nov 2011 - 12:47


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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 25 Nov 2011 - 13:04

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First Joint Strike Fighter hangar under way at MCAS Yuma





November 23, 2011 11:38 AM

BY JAMES GILBERT - SUN STAFF WRITER


The final steel beam for the world's first operational Joint Strike Fighter hangar has been hoisted into place during a traditional topping-off ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

The beam, bearing the signatures of base leaders and several key members of the construction team, was lifted high into the air by a crane and then carefully lowered and guided into place. Once done, it marked the completion of the frame structure of the aircraft hangar.

“It was a big milestone,” said Lt. Commander Angelique McBee, resident officer in charge of construction at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. “There is a lot of construction going on currently at the air station.”

Base leaders and key personnel to the construction project said the Monday ceremony symbolized the dedication of both the government and contractors as they continue to work to finish this project. Just one month ago, there was nothing but footings sticking out of the ground.

The hangar, which costs $36 million and would normally take about 18 months to build, is expected to be completed in 10 months, and in use by March. McBee said that the air station is on a tight timeline to coincide with the first arrival of the first F-35s in Yuma.

As the future home of the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the country, MCAS Yuma will get five squadrons each with 16 aircraft, and one operational test and evaluation squadron of eight aircraft. The 88 aircraft will replace Yuma's four existing squadrons of 56 AV-8B Harriers.

McBee said Pittsburgh-based DCK Worldwide is the general contractor for the project and has hired about 120 to 135 local workers for the projects.

Ground was symbolically broken for the hangar in June as part of $150 million worth of construction projects that will be taking place at the air station in the coming years.

In addition to the F-35 hangar that is currently being built, other projects slated to be built during this first round of construction include a JSF simulator building, upgrades to communications and utilities infrastructure and a second hangar.

The F-35 will also eventually replace the AV-8B aircraft based in North Carolina and the F-18 Hornets based in California, South Carolina and Japan, becoming the Marine Corps' sole fixed-wing attack aircraft.

The Joint Strike Fighter will also allow the Marine Corps the capability to turn every one of its amphibious big deck ships into aircraft carriers, which essentially doubles the number of carriers the nation currently has scattered throughout the oceans of the world.

The first F-35 pilots were scheduled to begin arriving at MCAS Yuma this month, while the first F-35 JSF aircraft is on track for September 2012.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Lun 26 Déc 2011 - 12:47

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A detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan completed their first unmanned aerial system cargo delivery in a combat zone, Dec. 17. The unmanned helicopter moved about 3,500 pounds of food and supplies from Camp Dwyer to troops at Combat Outpost Payne. The helicopter, an unmanned variant of the K-MAX, completed the delivery in about an hour and a half

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 29 Déc 2011 - 16:06

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Four Marine Corps trainers declared ready for training




Four cockpit procedures trainers (CPTs), located at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) and the Marine Aviation Training Systems Site (MATSS) Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton, Calif., were declared ready for training Sept. 22.

The trainers, two UH-1Y Huey and two AH-1Z Cobra devices, provide pilots and maintainers general skills and basic operations training prior to being introduced to the full mission simulator or the composite maintenance trainers.

New AH-1Z and UH-1Y

helicopters are arriving on Marine Corps flightlines on a regular schedule. The CPTs assist seasoned aircrew and maintainers with “differences” training. Users familiarize themselves with the differences between the old and new airframes, allowing them to get acquainted with the new aircraft while maintaining flight schedules.

“The CPTs are a valuable training option for the fleet. They provide pilots and maintainers with a readily available device to obtain basic qualifications and familiarization training without tying up fleet assets,” said Capt. John Feeney, Naval Aviation Training Systems (PMA-205) program manager. “The CPTs can be used to offload some of the training tasks from the full mission simulator, thereby lowering costs and maximizing training efficiency.”

According to Mark Elliott, PMA-205 H-1 training integrated product team (IPT) lead, the delivery of these trainers is the culmination of three years’ work for a capability that did not previously exist in the Marine Corps H-1 community.

“The CPT’s role is to support AH-1Z and UH-1Y training. Having a device, or a suite of devices, at each step along the continuum ensures we maximize the efficiency of training received by the Marine Corps H-1 community as we transition to the new aircraft configurations,” Elliott said.

In addition to “differences” training, aircrew and maintainers can receive initial aircraft exposure to give hands-on experience and training, aiding in faster assimilation later in the learning process.

“It seems like a natural progression, step one is the classroom environment with instruction; pilots and maintainers then get acquainted with the cockpit in the CPT and finally they move on to actual aircraft,” said Staff Sgt. Blake Minckler, CNATT, maintenance control chief,

Individual pilots and maintainers requiring basic qualifications can also schedule time in the CPT. This on-the-job training caters to individual needs without interrupting daily flight schedules, Minkler said.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 5 Jan 2012 - 12:27

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F-35B production aircraft BF-8 flies over the city of Fort Worth during a company acceptance test flight on Dec. 8, 2011. BF-8 is a short takeoff/vertical landing (STVOL) variant aircraft that will be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps.




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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 5 Jan 2012 - 12:39

Les Harriers de l'USMC ont devenu capable de mettre en oeuvre des AIM-120, jusqu'ici, ces avions ne tiraient que des AIM-9

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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Mar 10 Jan 2012 - 11:37

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Iconic Harriers go to US for spares

Iconic planes ... Harriers ready to be broken down for spare parts






THEY stand poignantly framed against the setting sun — the skeletal remains of Harrier jets that were once the pride of the RAF.


The tarpaulin-shrouded planes were pictured in Southampton, in what was the final glimpse of them before they were shipped to America to be broken up for spare parts.

The Harriers were famously featured in an iconic report from the 1982 Falklands War.

As the planes landed on an aircraft carrier, BBC man Brian Hanrahan said: "I counted them all out and I counted them all back."

The jets were controversially scrapped in last year's defence cuts despite being in pristine condition.

The US Marines bought the 72-strong fleet in a cut-price £110million deal.

They will use them as spare parts to keep their own fleet of Harriers in the air for another 15 years.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Jeu 12 Jan 2012 - 13:16

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Lockheed Martin Delivers First Two Marine Corps F-35s To Eglin





FORT WORTH, January 11th, 2012 -- The first two Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] production model F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft were delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps today. The two jets are now assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 501 residing with the host 33d Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla.

The aircraft, known as BF-6 and BF-8, flew separately arriving at 3:13 p.m. and 4:39 p.m. CST respectively after their approximate 90-minute ferry flights from Fort Worth, Texas. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph Bachmann piloted BF-6 while U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Matt Taylor flew BF-8. Both 5th Generation fighters will be used for pilot and maintainer training at the new F-35 Integrated Training Center.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era of advanced capabilities for the U.S. Marine Corps,” said Larry Lawson, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program executive vice president and general manager. “The F-35B’s versatility, as demonstrated onboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) last fall, will revolutionize our nation’s expeditionary combat power in all threat environments by allowing operations from major bases, damaged airstrips, remote locations and a wide range of air-capable ships. This aircraft will give our warfighters the ability to accomplish their mission, wherever and whenever duty calls.”

F-35 STOVLs met many critical milestones in 2011. In October, F-35Bs conducted their first set of ship trials, known as Developmental Test 1, 20 miles off the coast of Wallops Island, Va. During the 19-day testing period, BF-2 and BF-4 conducted 72 vertical landings and short takeoffs, accomplishing all test milestones during the mission. For the year, F-35Bs accomplished 333 System Development and Demonstration test flights and 268 vertical landings.

BF-6 and BF-8 are the first two F-35 deliveries to the Department of Defense in 2012 and the seventh and eighth F-35 aircraft delivered to Eglin AFB since July 2011. Previously, six U.S. Air Force F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jets were delivered to the base.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least nine other countries.

Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Marine Corps (USMC)   Ven 13 Jan 2012 - 12:31



The first F-35B production aircraft, known as BF-6, takes off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base for delivery on Jan. 11, 2012.
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