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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 18 Aoû 2016 - 11:23

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Air-Launched Weapons
F-35 test fires AIM-9X Block I
Geoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets
18 August 2016
The US Air Force (USAF), US Navy (USN) and Raytheon have successfully test-fired three AIM-9X Block I missiles from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The demonstration was the first time the AIM-9X Block I has been fired from the F-35.

The AIM-9X Block I is the first short-range, air-to-air missile to be used on the F-35, Raytheon confirmed in a statement. "We're currently firing Block I missiles, which will be certified on Block 3F aircraft. Block II [missiles] will be used in the next stage of integration tests for Block 4 aircraft," Mark Justus, AIM-9X programme director for Raytheon Missile Systems, told IHS Jane's on 16 August.






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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 18 Aoû 2016 - 18:20

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Air Force Ballistic Missile Upgrade Said to Be Stalled Over Cost (excerpt)
(Source: Bloomberg News; published August 16, 2016)
By Anthony Capaccio
WASHINGTON --- The U.S. Air Force’s program to develop and field a new intercontinental ballistic missile to replace aging Minuteman III weapons is stalled over Pentagon concerns the service underestimated the cost by billions of dollars, according to a defense official familiar with the program.

The service is grappling with a substantial gap between the cost estimate its officials prepared for an Aug. 3 meeting of the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Board and one crafted by the department’s office of independent cost assessment, said the official, who asked not to be identified because of the internal debate.

The Air Force last year estimated that the new ICBM program would cost $62.3 billion for research, development and production of as many as 400 missiles as well as command and control systems and infrastructure. Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. are all competing to build the new ICBMs.

The uncertainty over costs stems from the fact that the U.S. has not built new ICBMs, which are designed to carry nuclear warheads, for decades. The funding dilemma will likely add to debate over whether coming administrations can afford a “bow wave” of surging nuclear and non-nuclear weapons spending after 2021. Nuclear spending alone could surpass $1 trillion over 30 years if operations, support and construction are included.

‘Level of Complexity’

Air Force Secretary Deborah James last week signaled during a “State of the Air Force” news conference that more work needed to be done to prepare the program for Pentagon approval, without giving additional details.

“If there was something that we learned” from the Defense Acquisition Board meeting it is “the magnitude of this type of ICBM work,” James said. “There is a level of complexity that has to be worked through.” (end of excerpt)







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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 18 Aoû 2016 - 20:26

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Les trois types de bombardiers stratégiques américains ont volé ensemble au-dessus du Pacifique


Posté dans Asie-Pacifique, Forces aériennes, Opérations par Laurent Lagneau Le 18-08-2016




D’un point de vue strictement opérationnel, la mission effectuée par trois bombardiers stratégiques américains de type différent (B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit et B-52 Stratofortress) n’apporte pas grand chose, même si, pour l’US Air Force, il s’agit d’un vol « historique ». En revanche, au niveau de la communication, le message se veut fort.

Ainsi, le 17 août, les trois bombardiers ont décollé de la base aérienne d’Andersen, sur l’île de Guam, pour ensuite survoler la mer de Chine méridionale et le nord de l’Asie.

« Cette mission a démontré l’engagement des États-Unis à soutenir la sécurité mondiale et notre capacité à projeter une force stratégique crédible », a commenté le général Douglas Cox, le commandant de la 36e Escadre de l’US Air Force.

Cette mission a été planifiée alors que le contexte régional est actuellement marqué par les revendications territoriales chinoises en mer de Chine méridionale – où Pékin continue d’aménager des récifs à des fins militaires – ainsi que par les tirs de missiles balistiques effectués régulièrement par la Corée du Nord.

Au début du mois d’août, et afin de maintenir les capacités de dissuasion de l’US Pacific Command (US PACOM), plusieurs B-1 Lancer sont arrivés à Andersen pour y relever les B-52 Stratofortress, lesquels rejoindront prochainement leur base de Minot, dans le Dakota du Sud.

Enfin, 3 B-2 Spirit, en provenance de Whiteman (Missouri) ont atterri le 9 août sur l’île de Guam pour participer à différents exercices et perfectionner les compétences de leurs équipages dans les « domaines clés comme le commandement et le contrôle, le ravitaillement en vol, la navigation longue distance » lors d’interactions « avec les forces militaires alliés ».

http://www.opex360.com/2016/08/18/les-trois-types-de-bombardiers-strategiques-americains-ont-vole-ensemble-au-dessus-du-pacifique/
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 19 Aoû 2016 - 12:14

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US Air Force Orders $254Mln Stability Test for Veteran F-15 Combat Jets
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The US Air Force has ordered more than a quarter of a billion dollars-worth of stability test on its aging fleet of F-15 C/E combat aircraft, the Department of Defense announced.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The contract will cover testing, repairs and limited teardown and analysis and other stability checks to assess the ramifications of flying F-15 aircraft beyond the original design service life over the next five years, the Defense Department said.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Lun 22 Aoû 2016 - 23:10

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22/08/2016

L‘USAF commande deux lots de KC-46A !





Everett, Washington, les choses n’ont pas trainé, après l’annonce de l’autorisation de la production à taux faible du nouveau ravitailleur KC-46A « Pegasus », L'US Air Force attribué a Boeing un premier contrat d’une valeur de 2,8 milliards de dollars en vue du démarrage de la production du nouveau ravitailleur.

Deux lots :

Cette commande comprend deux premiers lots de production à taux faible de 7 et 12 avions, ainsi que des pièces de rechange. Y compris les options futures, Boeing prévoit de construire un total de 179 avion de ravitaillement en carburant pour remplacer la flotte KC-135 actuelle.

Le KC-46A «New Generation Tanker»:

Le KC-46A «New Gen Tanker» est un gros porteur multi-mission, basé sur la cellule du B767 commercial. Pour ce faire, l’avion reprend les dernières innovations en matières d’écrans multifonctions en test actuellement sur le B787 «Dreamliner». Un nouveau système de ravitaillement permettra une augmentation du rythme de transfert de carburant, de plus, les charges et les opérations en sont simplifiées. Selon Boeing les risques d’industrialisations sont faibles, car l’avion s’appuie sur des moyens existants. Le «New Gen Tanker» se caractérise par une conception du contrôle de vol qui place l‘équipage aux commandes de l’ensemble de l’appareil, au lieu de permettre aux logiciels de limiter la manœuvrabilité au combat. Le «New Gen Tanker» met à la disposition des pilotes de l’USAF un poste de pilotage numérique avancé équipé des affichages électroniques du Boeing B787 «Dreamliner». Le «New Gen Tanker» dispose d’une technologie de ravitaillement en vol éprouvée et d’une perche KC-10 « NewGen » modernisée avec des capacités de ravitaillement étendues, un débit accru pour le transfert du carburant et un système à commandes de vol électrique (Fly by Wire).

Photo : KC-46A « Pegasus »@ Boeing


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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 23 Aoû 2016 - 9:42

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches AFSPC-6 Mission for the U.S. Air Force
(Source: United Launch Alliance; issued Aug 19, 2016)
CAPE CANAVERAL AFS, Fla. --- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the AFSPC-6 mission for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 Aug. 19 at 12:52 a.m. EDT. This is ULA's seventh launch in 2016 and the 110th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

"Thank you to the ULA, Air Force and industry partners for the outstanding teamwork and flawless execution that made today's mission a success," said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Custom Services. "This morning's AFSPC-6 launch is a prime example of why our customers continue to place their trust us to launch our nation's crucial space capabilities."

This mission was launched aboard a Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) configuration Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) powered by one common booster core. The common booster core was powered by an RS-68A liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine producing 702,000 pounds of thrust. A single RL10B liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine powered the second stage. The booster and upper stage engines are both built by Aerojet Rocketdyne. ULA constructed the Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) launch vehicle in Decatur, Alabama.

The AFSPC-6 mission consists of twin Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) spacecraft, built by Orbital ATK. The new satellites will join the first two GSSAP spacecraft launched approximately two years ago aboard a Delta IV launch vehicle. GSSAP is a space-based capability that collects space situational awareness data, allowing for more accurate tracking and characterization of man-made orbiting objects.

It has a clear, unobstructed, and distinct vantage point for viewing resident space objects orbiting earth in a near-geosynchronous orbit without the weather or atmosphere disruptions that limit ground-based observations. The data from GSSAP greatly improves our ability to rapidly detect, warn, characterize and attribute disturbances to space systems in the geosynchronous environment.

ULA's next launch is the Atlas V OSIRIS-REx spacecraft for NASA. The launch is scheduled for Sept. 8 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The EELV program was established by the U.S. Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The commercially developed EELV program supports the full range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and providing significant cost savings over the heritage launch systems.


With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation's most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 100 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.











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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 23 Aoû 2016 - 12:07

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Raytheon to modernize USAF Global Hawk UAVs ground controls


Raytheon Company has been awarded a subcontract valued up to $104 million to modernize the ground segment for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk autonomous aircraft. Raytheon partners with Northrop Grumman as the ground integrator for Global Hawk contracts.




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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mer 24 Aoû 2016 - 21:11

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Lockheed’s F-35 Still Falls Short, Pentagon’s Chief Tester Says (excerpt)
(Source: Bloomberg News; published Aug 24, 2016




A week after the Air Force declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet ready for limited combat operations, the Pentagon’s top tester warned that the U.S. military’s costliest weapons program is still riddled with deficiencies.

“In fact the program is actually not on a path toward success but instead on a path toward failing to deliver” the aircraft’s full capabilities, “for which the Department is paying almost $400 billion by the scheduled end” of its development in 2018, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational testing, said in an Aug. 9 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

“Achieving full combat capability with the Joint Strike Fighter is at substantial risk” of not occurring before development is supposed to end and realistic combat testing begins, he said of the F-35.

The memo provides a timely reminder of an issue that the next president and defense secretary will inherit. They are scheduled to decide in 2019 whether to let the fighter jet move into full production, the most lucrative phase for Lockheed, the biggest U.S. defense contractor.

The Air Force made its declaration of initial combat capability on Aug. 2, but “most of the limitations” previously identified with software, data fusion, electronic warfare and weapons employment continue, Gilmore wrote. (end of excerpt)





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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 25 Aoû 2016 - 9:51

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Kratos wins $20mn USAF contract for KC-46A tanker training systems

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a US-based National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it was selected to develop and deliver KC-46 Pegasus tanker high-fidelity maintenance training systems to The Boeing Company valued in excess of $20 million. The KC-46 is the U.S. Air Force's newest air refueling tanker aircraft.





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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 25 Aoû 2016 - 18:04

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United States to Augment Air Policing Over Bulgaria, Demonstrating Allied Solidarity
(Source: NATO; issued Aug. 24, 2016)
The US Air Force and the Bulgarian Air Force will jointly conduct air policing to protect Bulgarian airspace starting on 9 September 2016. Two US F-15 fighter jets will join Bulgaria’s MIG-29s for a week on this mission, which is part of NATO’s enhanced air policing measures for eastern Allies.

Until now, air policing over Bulgaria has been conducted by national means. The enhanced air policing measures for Bulgaria are being launched by NATO for the first time (Emphasis added—Ed.), in response to a request by the Bulgarian authorities.

“NATO takes its responsibility to ensure the safety and integrity of our airspace very seriously. This mission is a demonstration of solidarity and support for our Ally Bulgaria,” NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said.

Air policing scrambles respond to military and civilian aircraft that do not follow international flight regulations, or approach NATO airspace without proper clearance. Often they fail to properly identify themselves, communicate with Air Traffic Control, or file flight plans. NATO’s air policing responses seek to minimise risks, and ensure the safety of the airspace and its users.

NATO air policing helps ensure equal protection for all Allies, including those who do not have the full range of air defence assets in their own militaries.








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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 25 Aoû 2016 - 18:05

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Force Structure: Better Information Needed to Support Air Force A-10 and Other Future Divestment Decisions
(Source: Government Accountability Office; issued Aug 24, 2016)
The Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force do not have quality information on the full implications of A-10 divestment, including gaps that could be created by A-10 divestment and mitigation options.

While A-10 pilots are recognized as the Air Force experts in providing close air support (CAS) to friendly forces, the A-10 and its pilots also perform other missions that are important to ongoing operations or to combatant commander operational plans and divestment will result in reduced capacity and capability in these other areas.

The Air Force is taking a number of steps to try to mitigate any potential negative impacts from its proposed A-10 divestments. However, the Air Force has not established clear requirements for the missions the A-10 performs, and in the absence of these requirements, has not fully identified the capacity or capability gaps that could result from the A-10 divestment.

Without a clear understanding of the capability or capacity gaps and risks that could result from A-10 divestment, it is also unclear how effective or necessary the Air Force’s and the department’s mitigation strategies will be.

For example, although the Air Force has several efforts underway to generally mitigate the loss of capabilities that would result from A-10 divestment, it has not identified how or if it will replace the A-10’s role in combat search and rescue missions. Depending on the specific mitigation strategy chosen, the Air Force may have to address a number of different secondary impacts that could affect its ability to execute existing missions.

The A-10 is one example of a challenge DOD could continue to face as it balances current needs against investing in the future force to replace aging systems. For example, in June 2014, GAO reported on a Navy challenge in balancing current capability and capacity with future modernization needs. Overall, the department does not have guidance to ensure that the services and DOD are collecting quality information to inform divestment decisions on major weapon systems before the end of their service lives.

Without quality information that fully identifies gaps and associated risks resulting from divestment that can be used to develop mitigation strategies, DOD and the Air Force may not be well-positioned to best balance current demands and future needs.

According to the GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide, a high-quality, reliable cost estimate is comprehensive, well-documented, accurate, and credible. GAO’s analysis found that the Air Force’s cost estimate for its fiscal year 2015 divestment proposal partially met best practices for being comprehensive, minimally met best practices for being well-documented and accurate, and did not meet best practices for being credible.

Additionally, Air Force officials stated they used similar practices when developing fiscal years 2016 and 2017 budget requests that included A-10 divestment. As a result, the Air Force cannot ensure that it has a reliable estimate of the cost savings it would generate by divesting the A-10. Further, without developing a reliable estimate, the Air Force does not have a sound basis from which to develop and consider alternatives to achieve budget targets, such as making adjustments to other fighter-attack programs or mission areas like air superiority or global strike.

What GAO Recommends

With regard to the A-10, GAO recommends that the Air Force fully identify mission gaps, risks, and mitigation strategies, and also develop high-quality, reliable cost estimates of the savings from divestment before again proposing to divest its A-10 fleet, and that DOD establish quality information requirements to guide major weapon system divestments.

DOD non-concurred with the recommendations, but GAO continues to believe that they remain valid as discussed in the report.


This is a public version of a classified report GAO issued previously. It excludes classified information which described specific intelligence assessments, scenarios, and operational details.









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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Ven 26 Aoû 2016 - 20:41

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26/08/2016

B-52, test réussi pour le Rotary Launcher Conventionnel !





L'US Air Force (USAF) vient de valider le nouveau système de plateau rotatif IWBU 1760 (Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade) nommé également Rotary Launcher Conventionnel (RLC) avec le tir de missile AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile).

Boeing a débuté l’installation en soute du plateau rotatif IWBU 1760 (Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade) sur lequel est chargé différents types de missiles dont le JASSM. Trois tirs ont été effectués avec succès cette semaine.

Un B-52 est actuellement capable de transporter jusqu'à 12 JASSM sur ses pylônes d'aile. L'intégration du plateau rotatif CRL dans la baie d'armes internes permet d’ajouter huit autres missiles supplémentaires à l’avion. Cette augmentation de la charge utile offre 60% de capacité additionnelle selon l’US Air Force.

Avec ce système, il sera possible pour un B-52 d’emporter plus d’armes en soute sans que celui-ci n’emporte d’arme sous les ailes. En résultera un accroissement considérablement de la portée et de l'endurance du vénérable bombardier. Le B-52H pourra par exemple emporter plusieurs missiles de types AGM-158 JASSM-Extended (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) ainsi le brouilleur largable MALD-J (Miniature Air Launched Decoy), ce dernier, une fois largué va se mettre à flâner dans la zone cible pour une période de temps prolongée et brouiller les signaux adverses.

Selon l’USAF, ce système devrait équiper l’ensemble de la flotte des 76 B-52H d’ici octobre 2017. Le système tourne sur lui-même, afin de placer à tour de rôle les missiles en position de largage.


Photos : 1 Boeing B-52H @ Daniel Guerra 2 le système rotatif IWBU @ USAF 3 B-52H @ Cris Reilly

http://psk.blog.24heures.ch/archive/2016/08/26/b-52-test-reussi-pour-le-rotary-launcher-conventionnel-861992.html
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 27 Aoû 2016 - 11:56

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GAO has raised concerns about lost mission capability if the A-10 is retired




CSAR-Sandy and FAC(A) are two mission sets that could be weakened if the USAF divests the aircraft
Congressional auditors have raised concerns about potential for lost mission capability in a 24 August report about the US Air Force's (USAF's) plan to retire the Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air support (CAS) aircraft.

The USAF "has not established clear requirements for the missions the A-10 performs and, in the absence of these requirements, has not fully identified the capacity or capability gaps that could result from the A-10 divestment," the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said. "Without a clear understanding of the capability or capacity gaps and risks that could result from A-10 divestment, it is also unclear how effective or necessary the air force's and the department's mitigation strategies will be."

While the A-10 was fielded beginning in the 1970s to carry out a CAS mission, the aircraft performs other critical duties, the report noted. For example, it is the only aircraft that can conduct a combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) mission, known as "CSAR-Sandy" in which two A-10s fly in tandem to co-ordinate the rescue of downed troops while suppressing enemy forces. "The air force assessed the feasibility of using F-16s or F-15Es for the CSAR-Sandy mission and concluded aircrews could not conduct both the training necessary for this mission and the training required for their existing missions," the GAO wrote. "The assessment, completed in September 2015, recommended that F-15Es or F-16s should not be tasked with the Sandy role without adequate training and also noted that the aircraft would require a number of upgrades for the CSAR-Sandy mission."

Another mission performed by the A-10 is Forward Air Controller (Airborne), or FAC(A). It entails co-ordinating air strikes from other aircraft while flying and when joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) are not available.










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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Lun 29 Aoû 2016 - 22:17

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Otan : Des F-15 américains pour assurer la police du ciel bulgare


Posté dans Forces aériennes, Otan par Laurent Lagneau Le 29-08-2016




S’il est beaucoup question de l’inquiétude des pays baltes à l’égard de la Russie, la Bulgarie n’est pas en reste. En août 2014, le ministère bulgare de la Défense avait en effet publié une note de 14 pages dans laquelle était évoquée la menace d’une « nouvelle guerre hybride, qui combinerait des méthodes conventionnelles avec celles de guérilla, de guerre d’information et de la cybernétique. »

Et les auteurs du document d’ajouter : « Les relations particulièrement tendues entre d’une part Moscou et d’autre part Kiev, l’Union européenne, les États-Unis et l’OTAN, mettent à rude épreuve la sécurité économique et énergétique de notre pays et nos capacités défensives s’en trouvent dégradées. »

En outre, une partie de la classe politique et médiatique bulgare affiche son soutien à la politique menée par la Russie, laquelle fait pression sur la Bulgarie dans le secteur de l’énergie (gazoduc South Stream, oléoduc entre Bourgas-Alexandroupolis, centrale nucléaire de Béléné).

Depuis l’annexion de la Crimée, la Bulgarie, membre de l’Otan, est par ailleurs confrontée à une intensification de l’activité des forces aériennes russes dans son environnement immédiat, forçant ainsi les MiG-29 qui lui restent à intervenir fréquemment et donc à consommer leur potentiel.

En juillet, le ministre bulgare de la Défense, Nikolai Nenchev, a dénoncé les incursions fréquentes d’avions russes dans l’espace aérien et/ou dans la zone de responsabilité aérienne de la Bulgarie. Pour lui, ces incidents sont autant de « provocations » dont « l’objectif n’est pas clair ».

D’où la priorité, pour Sofia, de remplacer au plus vite les MiG-29, sans doute par des avions de seconde main (F-16, Eurofighter Typhoon, voire JAS-39 Gripen C/D). Mais en attendant, le Parlement bulgare a voté, en février de cette année, une loi autorisant des appareils de l’Otan à assurer la surveillance de l’espace aérien du pays.

Et c’est ainsi que, à la demande de Sofia, deux F-15 de l’US Air Force seront déployés en Bulgarie à compter du 9 septembre prochain pour épauler les MiG-29 locaux. Cela étant, ce renforcement sera de courte durée puisqu’il les chasseurs américains resteront sur place pendant seulement une semaine. Aussi, il s’agit surtout d’envoyer un message politique.

« L’Otan prend très au sérieux sa responsabilité de garantir la sécurité et l’intégrité de notre espace aérien. Cette mission est une démonstration de solidarité et de soutien envers la Bulgarie, membre de notre Alliance », a d’ailleurs commenté Alexander Vershbow, le secrétaire général délégué de l’Alliance.

http://www.opex360.com/2016/08/29/otan-des-f-15-americains-pour-assurer-la-police-du-ciel-bulgare/
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 30 Aoû 2016 - 11:44

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Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Aug 26, 2016)
Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $287,192,281.00 modification (P00014) to the previously awarded contract FA8625-14-C-6450 for an additional five C-130J type aircraft.

The contract modification provides for the purchase of an additional quantity of aircraft being produced under the basic contract.

Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by Apr. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2014, 2015 and 2016 Air Force aircraft procurement funds; fiscal 2016 Marine Corps Navy aircraft procurement funds; fiscal 2016 Marine Corps Navy aircraft advance procurement funds; fiscal 2015 overseas contingency operations funds in the amount of $287,192,281 are being obligated at the time of award.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.










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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mer 31 Aoû 2016 - 16:25

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USAF to re-wing Talon jet trainers

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31 August 2016


The US Air Force (USAF) has solicited industry to bid for a contract to re-wing approximately half of its Northrop T-38 Talon advanced jet trainer and Aggressor fleet.

A notice of intent to issue a request for proposals (RfP)/invitation for bid (IfB) was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website on 30 August. It calls for tenders on an upcoming 5- to 10-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to re-wing T-38s at a rate of between 12 and 24 wingsets per year.

"The purpose of this announcement is to gather potential sources for production of T-38 wing assemblies to support operational requirements," the notification said, adding; "The T-38 Wing Assembly is a one piece structural unit which consists primarily of (…) aluminum components which include an upper and lower skin, forged spars and ribs. This is a non-fuel carrying wing and all flaps, ailerons, actuators, leading edges, wingtips, landing gear & doors are not included with the manufacture of the T-38 wing."

Bids are to be submitted to the USAF no later than 15 September, with an industry day to follow at a later date.

Although the current T-38C entered service in 2002, it is based on the T-38A platform which began operations in 1961. Production of the airframe ceased in 1972, at which time more than 1,100 T-38As had been delivered. As well as the 453 T-38Cs that remain in use today, the air force also fields 50 of its original T-38As. From the solicitation, it appears that upwards of 240 of these aircraft will be re-winged as part of a wider effort to maintain the type in operational service through to 2029.

The Air Education and Training Command uses the T-38 to train pilots for front-line types once they have completed their basic flying training on the Beechcraft T-6A Texan II.






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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Jeu 1 Sep 2016 - 16:13

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USAF to issue Huey-replacement RfI imminently

Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
01 September 2016




The US Air Force (USAF) is to kick-start the stalled effort to replace its ageing Bell UH-1N 'Huey' helicopters with a new request for information (RfI) to be issued on 9 September.


The notification posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website on 31 August states that the RfI and draft System Requirements Documents (SRDs) for the UH-1N Huey Replacement Program will be posted ahead of an industry day.

With the previous Common Vertical Lift Support Platform (CVLSP) programme having been cancelled in 2012 because of budgetary pressures, the UH-1N Huey Replacement Program marks a renewed attempt by the USAF to retire the UH-1 helicopters that have been performing the nuclear support mission since 1969.

In an effort to offset some of the operational challenges of guarding the remote intercontinental ballistic missile sites located in Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming that the earlier decision to cancel the CVLSP caused, the USAF initially announced that it was to upgrade an undisclosed number of the 62 UH-1N helicopters in service and acquire additional platforms to be transferred from the US Marine Corps.

The USAF later said it was considering a sole-source deal for 41 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks as replacement platforms. With this being protested by a number of other helicopter manufacturers the service revealed in May that it is instead to source a replacement platform via a "full and open" competition.


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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 3 Sep 2016 - 13:00

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AF Reaches First Milestone In Acquisition of New ICBM
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HILL AFB, Utah --- The Air Force received approval on August 23 for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program to start the next phase of its acquisition effort.

With this formal Defense Acquisition System “Milestone A” approval, the GBSD program enters the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase of its effort to replace the aging intercontinental ballistic missile, the LGM-30 Minuteman III. The Minuteman III missile fleet was fielded in the 1970s with an initial 10-year service life, while its launch and command and control systems date back to the 1960s.

The Air Force is focused on developing and delivering an integrated weapon system, including launch and command and control segments. The new GBSD weapon system will meet existing user requirements, while having the adaptability and flexibility to affordably address changing technology and threat environments through 2075. Deployment is projected to begin in the late 2020s.

The milestone approval was granted following a determination by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics that the Air Force's GBSD acquisition plan is appropriately structured to reduce risk, balance design and requirement trades, and ensure affordable program execution.

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center previously released a request for proposals for the GBSD’s TMRR phase on July 29, with proposals due not later than October 12. Following a thorough source-selection process, the Air Force expects to award up to two TMRR contracts by the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2017.

The GBSD program is managed by the center’s ICBM Systems Directorate located at Hill AFB, Utah. The Directorate is responsible for the lifecycle management of the ICBM portfolio, including sustainment of current Minuteman III weapon system and development of future ICBM capabilities including GBSD.


The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center is headquartered at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, where it synchronizes all aspects of nuclear materiel management as part of the Air Force Materiel Command and in direct support of the Air Force Global Strike Command.










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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Dim 4 Sep 2016 - 22:57

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U.S. Air Force deploy B-1B Lancer strategic bombers to Europe


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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer takes off Oct. 2, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The B-1B is currently undergoing its
largest upgrade in the aircraft’s history. The Sustainment-Block 16 upgrade has increased the survivability of the B-1
Bomber by eliminating many of the aircrew’s out-dated systems and procedures. Additionally, it has provided a gateway
for future upgrades to the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Thompson/Released)

 

Two B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Base, Texas, Air Force Global Strike Command, deployed to the U.S. European area of responsibility today to join the B-52 Stratofortress, which arrived Aug. 30 at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom.

All three aircraft will take part in Exercise Ample Strike 16, an annual Czech Republic-led exercise with 300 participants from 18 countries scheduled for Sept. 5-16.

During Ample Strike, the B-52, B-1Bs, and Airmen from 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, Vilseck, Germany, will conduct day and nighttime operations to improve NATO and partner nation interoperability. The B-52 Stratofortress and one B-1B Lancer are then scheduled to participate in the Czech Republic-hosted NATO Air Days in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sept. 13-19.

The B-52 Stratofortress and one B-1B Lancer are then scheduled to participate in the Czech Republic-hosted NATO Air Days in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sept. 13-19.

The B-1B Lancer was developed by Rockwell International, now Boeing Defense And Space Group, and is the US Air Force long-range strategic bomber. The B-1B has the largest internal payload of any current bomber. The B-1B became operational in 1986. In July 2001, the US Department of Defense announced plans to cut its B-1B inventory from 92 to 67 as a cost-saving measure. The first aircraft was withdrawn from service in August 2002. Following Operation Iraqi Freedom, it was decided that there should be 67 aircraft in the fleet.

The remaining fleet operates from Dyess AFB, Texas (38 aircraft) and Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota (29 aircraft). The B-1B is expected to in be service until 2025. In May 2010, Boeing B-1 bomber has completed its 25th Anniversary of operations at Dyess US Air Force Base.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Lun 5 Sep 2016 - 17:21

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USAF successfully test-fires unarmed Minuteman III ICBM


A team of United States Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle Sept. 5 at 2:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.




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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 6 Sep 2016 - 17:37

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

General Dynamics to provide USAF with updated Friend or Foe system

General Dynamics Mission Systems will supply an updated Air Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) Mode 4/5 KIV-78 Combined Interrogator/Transponder Applique to the U.S. Air Force, with deliveries beginning in February 2017. The KIV-78 enables ships, ground forces and other aircraft to precisely identify friendly aircraft operating in a crowded tactical airspace.






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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mer 7 Sep 2016 - 13:05

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18 nations participate in ASEAN Exercise 16-3
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Areas of the world riddled with natural disasters and cursed by the secondary effects of mother nature’s wrath demand a responsive force that thinks, trains and plans ahead.

An exercise bringing together those very forces from 18 nations’ military and government organizations kicked off Sept. 5, 2016 at 14th Military Circle, Chonburi Province, Thailand. ASEAN Exercise 16-3 commenced with a fitting demonstration of an earthquake-induced collapsed building Search and Rescue operation.

Helicopters from Japan, Russia, Singapore and Thailand roared toward the airfield, dispatching fast-rope rescue teams and airlifting casualties. Meanwhile, teams on the ground moved casualties from the “hot zone,” a simulated collapsing building, to the “warm zone,” the immediate safety of an open field, and triaged according to casualty condition.

Teams from the Indian Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and Royal Thai Army moved casualties secured on backboards swiftly to the pickup zone or field hospital. It was a grand display of pre-planned, coordinated and rehearsed disaster response, reinforcing the pay-off of the very familiarity and training this exercise will focus on.

“This exercise is intended to foster cooperation and to share experience, information and skills among military medics of the ASEAN member states and plus countries, while fostering capabilities of military units in the region through joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations,” said General Prawit Wongsuwon, Kingdom of Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, during the opening ceremony.

AEx 16-3 is an opportunity for different nations to apply and hone common standard operating procedures and diversify each other’s capabilities for the inevitable calamities of the volatile Indo-Asia-Pacific.

A U.S. contingent of approximately 25 personnel from U.S. Pacific Command; U.S. Army Pacific; U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and Pacific Air Forces will work alongside the other nations in both the command post and field training exercises conducting medical planning, air medical evacuation, military medicine and chemical/ biological/ radiological/ nuclear defense.

Approximately 2,000 personnel are participating in the exercise from the 10 ASEAN member states Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and “plus” countries Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Russia.

“This is considered an important milestone of defense cooperation,” Wongsuwon lauded the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus program, which, “which helps maintain peace, stability and security in the region.”

Humbling reminders of the significance of combined joint disaster response training come in the form of approximately 100 natural disasters on average each year in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Sharing and honing real-world, on the ground, tactical and operational response capabilities facilitates effective, efficient response in a merciless environment.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Sam 10 Sep 2016 - 11:11

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Raytheon wins $49 mn USAF contract for Small Diameter Bomb II Lot 2 production

The US-based defense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $49,210,994 fixed- for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) Increment II Lot 2 production, the US Department of Defense announced on Sept. 8 on its website.





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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mer 21 Sep 2016 - 20:01

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Un avion espion TU-2S s’est écrasé en Californie


Posté dans Forces aériennes par Laurent Lagneau Le 21-09-2016




Un avion espion TU-2S, une version biplace du U-2 « Dragon Lady », s’est écrasé, le 20 septembre, à environ 70 km au nord de Sacramento, peu après avoir décollé de la base aérienne de Beale (Californie) pour une mission d’entraînement.

Dans un premier temps, l’US Air Force a indiqué que cet accident n’avait pas fait de victime. Selon les premiers témoignages, les deux pilotes s’étaient éjectés de l’appareil. Puis, un nouveau communiqué diffusé plus tard a annoncé la mort de l’un des deux aviateurs.

Le TU-2S perdu appartenait au 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, du 9th Reconnaissance Wing. Une enquête a évidemment été ouverte pour déterminer les causes de l’accident.

Développé dans les années 1950, le U-2 « Dragon Lady » reste la référence des avions espions. Capable de voler à plus de 70.000 pieds, par n’importe quel temps et dans un environnement contesté, cet appareil doit être retiré du service en 2019, au profit du drone HALE (Haute Altitude Longue Endurance) RQ-4 Global Hawk. Et cela, malgré des capteurs plus performants, une disponibilité supérieure, une non-dépendance aux liaisons satellites et la possibilité d’évoluer dans un espace aérien encombré.

Cependant, Lockheed-Martin a présenté, en 2015, le TR-X, un appareil combinant à la fois les qualités et les performances du U-2 et celles d’un drone HALE.

Cela étant, les accidents de U-2 sont relativement rares. en août 1996, un avion de ce type fut perdu dans des conditions assez similaires à Oroville (Californie). Enfin, en juin 2005, le Duane W. Dively, se tua aux commandes de son appareil alors qu’il allait se poser aux Émirats arabes unis, après une mission de renseignement effectuée dans le cadre de l’opération Enduring Freedom.

L’US Air Force ne compte plus désormais que 32 avions U-2, dont 4 en version TU-2S.

http://www.opex360.com/2016/09/21/avion-espion-tu-2s-sest-ecrase-en-californie/
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MessageSujet: Re: US Air Force - USAF   Mar 27 Sep 2016 - 18:28

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27/09/2016

Des problèmes de maintenance sur les E-8C JSTAR !





L’US Air Force a été obligée de clouer au sol quatre appareils de type Boeing E-8C JSTAR suite à des problèmes de maintenance la semaine dernière.

L’US Air Force a ouvert une enquête à la suite de divers problèmes découverts à la suite de travaux de maintenance à l'usine de Northrop-Grumman de Lake Charles en Louisiane. Un E-8C a subi des dégâts d’infiltration d’eau au niveau du radar Northrop APY-7. Les dégâts causés aux systèmes se montent à près de 2 millions de dollars.

Concernant les trois autres appareils, le porte-parole de l’US Air Force n’a pas précisé la nature des problèmes, mais ceux-ci concerneraient la qualité même des travaux d’entretien.

Toujours pas de remplaçant :

Ces incidents interviennent alors que la flotte vieillissante de E-8C n’a toujours pas trouvé son successeur. L'US Air Force doit prochainement remplacer sa flotte de Boeing E8 JSTARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) de guerre électronique et de renseignement. Pour l’instant, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin et Northrop-Grumman sont encore en concurrence. Mais le projet est pour l’instant retardé d’au moins trois mois, ce qui pourrait repousser la capacité opérationnelle initiale d'un an du nouvel appareil.

Le E-8C JSTAR :

L'E-8 JSTARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) est un avion de guerre électronique et de renseignement américain construit par Northrop-Grumman. Basé sur le Boeing 707, il est équipé pour détecter les mouvements de véhicules adverses au sol afin de guider les forces alliées vers eux. Entré au service lors de la guerre du Golfe en 1991, il a été régulièrement modernisé]. 17 exemplaires sont à l'heure actuelle en service dans l'US Air Force.

L’E-8C JSTARS est conçu pour détecter des cibles mobiles à travers une zone de 50,000km2. A son bord, travaillent des gestionnaires de combat de l'armée de l'air et des spécialistes de l'armée pour le commandement et le contrôle en vue de la coordination aux forces terrestres. Malgré une technologie de pointe, l'E-8C est basé sur la cellule du « bon vieux », B707 sont de plus en plus difficile et coûteux à entretenir.


Photos : Boeing E-8C JSTAR @ USAF

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