Daily Archives: June 15, 2016

Boeing confident of extending Super Hornet and Growler production


14 June 2016
Although Super Hornet and Growler production is currently set to end in 2018, Boeing is confident of extending the line through to the mid-2020s based on a USN requirement to replace worn out airframes and international interest. Source: IHS/Patrick Allen

Boeing anticipates an extension of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler production lines as a result of an increased operational tempo by the US Navy (USN) and strong international interest in procuring the platform, company officials told reporters on 10 June.

Speaking at Boeing’s Global Sustainment and Support (GS&S) site at Cecil Field in northern Florida, Dan Gillian, Vice President of the F/A-18 and EA-18G programmes, said that, with the USN burning through airframe hours at a far higher rate than originally intended and with additional exports expected in the near term, the company is confident of extending production from the current mid-2018 cut-off point through into the next decade.

“I believe that we will continue to build new Hornets and Growlers. We have slowed production down to two aircraft per month, and we will keep it at that level through to mid-2018. There is strong domestic and international demand that we see sustaining production through to the mid-2020s,” Gillian said.

The US Navy’s current programme of record is for 568 Super Hornets and 160 Growlers. As Gillian noted, however, the service has identified a ‘Super Hornet shortfall’ that will materialise in the 2030s/2040s as aircraft prematurely reach the end of their 6,000 hour airframe lives owing to the high operational tempo being flown today. To try and mitigate this, additional aircraft have already been requested in the fiscal year defence budget, and Gillian expressed his confidence that these will be approved.

On the international front, Gillian noted that a deal with Kuwait is currently going through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process with the US government and should be finalised in the not-too-distant future. Current legacy Hornet operator Finland has issued a request for proposals (RfP) that Boeing is preparing its response to, as has Belgium. Spain, which also now flies the Hornet, is in the early stages of a fighter procurement project for which Boeing will bid the Super Hornet, while India and Canada are being offered the platform to fulfil their respective requirements also.

Original post janes.com



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Typhoon weapons testing on target for UK


The UK’s Project Centurion activity is on track to deliver a seamless transition between the UK Royal Air Force’s Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft and the multi-role Eurofighter Typhoon later this decade, according to BAE Systems.

“We’re on course,” Andy Flynn, BAE’s delivery director for the Centurion and Typhoon projects, said at the company’s Warton final assembly site in Lancashire on 9 June.

By the end of 2018, the current strike potential of the Tornado must have been fully moved to the Typhoon – including its use of the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile (above). In its P2E guise the Typhoon will be able to deploy the weapon, plus the same supplier’s Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile.

Further flight-testing of both weapons is currently underway, with a final release of the Storm Shadow from the platform due to be conducted in mid-June. To be made over a test range in the Hebrides while operating from Stornoway, this will be “an end-to-end test, with data passed to the weapon and the missile fired up”, Flynn says. Previous tests have involved un-powered releases from the Eurofighter.

The Royal Air Force will conduct additional testing from Warton, before work shifts to its Coningsby base in Lincolnshire early next year. Entry into service is scheduled later in 2017 or during 2018, according to BAE, will full capability to follow.

A final phase of test work with the Meteor is also scheduled for July, with this to include the last two development clearance firings with the missile.

Meanwhile, early work on a P3E weapons enhancement for the UK is already being conducted, with this involving MBDA’s developmental Brimstone 2 air-to-surface missile (image above shows six being carried).

“Brimstone 2 will be flying this summer,” says Flynn. The activity will involve instrumented production aircraft IPA6 and single-seat Typhoon BS117.

Qriginal post flightglobal.com


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RBS 15 Mk 3 gets land attack green light


14 June 2016

Key Points

  • The RBS 15 Mk 3 anti-ship missile equips the German Navy’s five K 130 corvettes
  • BAAINBw’s K 130 corvette project office has cleared the use of the RBS 15 Mk 3 in its land attack mode

The German Navy has been given clearance to use the Saab/Diehl Defence RBS 15 Mk 3 anti-ship missile in the land attack role following approval from the Bundesamtes für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr’s (BAAINBw’s) K 130 corvette project office on 3 June.

Introduced to German naval service on board the five K 130 corvettes, the RBS 15 Mk 3 is an evolution of the earlier RBS 15 Mk 2, and retains the 200 kg high-explosive blast/pre-fragmented warhead.

Original post janes.com


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