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BAE-HAL Advanced Hawk will be on display at Aero India

Advanced Hawk to debut at Aero India

The Advanced Hawk, the upgraded version of the Hawk trainer jets in service with the Indian Air Force, will make its debut in this year’s Aero India, a statement said on Monday.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: February 7, 2017 10:37 AM

The Advanced Hawk, the upgraded version of the Hawk trainer jets in service with the Indian Air Force, will make its debut in this year’s Aero India, a statement said on Monday.

A joint collaboration of BAE Systems and the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), the Advanced Hawk’s new features are expected to reduce training demands on more expensive frontline aircraft, creating additional capacity for operational tasks, and make training more cost-effective and structured.

“This fulfils the commitment made jointly by BAE Systems and HAL at the 2015 Aero India through signature of an MoU to explore future possibilities for the Hawk aircraft for India and export markets,” said a statement from the BAE Systems.

BAE’s Managing Director, Defence Information, Training & Services Stephen Timms said: “The Advanced Hawk is a testimonial of our commitment to sharing technology, capability and knowledge to build advanced systems in India, for India, and from India.

“Together with HAL, we are looking forward to show this industry-funded demonstrator to the Indian and other Air Forces and seeking their feedback on the combination of features that will better prepare student combat pilots for the demands of frontline aircraft.”

“Clad in Indo-UK colours, the Advanced Hawk will be on display at HAL’s stand, together with a simulator showcasing the aircraft’s new capabilities. BAE Systems will also exhibit at the show with a number of displays spanning the breadth of its capabilities, technologies and platforms,” the statement said.

The Hawk, a single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft used for final stage of the fighter pilot training, had recently completed 100,000 flying hours with the IAF. The high commonality with the operational version of Hawk will enable the Advanced Hawk production with maximum reuse of facilities, equipment and skills, said the statement.

BAE Systems Country Director, India, Alistair Castle said: “Make in India is the cornerstone of our strategy and Aero India is an excellent platform for us to engage all our customers and wider industry to explore new ideas for partnerships, whilst strengthening existing ones, such as our association with HAL and Mahindra.”

The eleventh edition of Aero India, one of Asia’s premier air shows, will be held in Bengaluru Feburary 14-18.

Original post financialexpress.com

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REVEALED: The BAE-HAL Joint ‘Advanced Hawk’

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Revealed exclusively here on Livefist before its formal unveiling later this month, this is the Advanced Hawk. A joint BAE Systems-Hindustan Aeronautics effort that elevates the proven Hawk jet trainer to a significantly more capable aircraft platform, closer in performance — both real and synthetic — to the fighters it trains pilots for. The 50-50 commercial project with equal risk by the two companies, funded internally over 24 months, has culminated with this single demonstrator aircraft that will be revealed for the first time at the Aero India show on Feb 14 outside Bengaluru.

The product will be jointly marketed by BAE Systems and HAL to existing and new potential customers across the world, with a projected market for at least 300 airframes over ten years, all or most of which will be built in and exported from India, with several Indian technologies and systems.

In details shared exclusively with Livefist, it appears clear that the Advanced Hawk is more than just a fine-tuning of the Hawk, but an upgrade that encompasses perhaps the first deep dive in years into what the Hawk stands for, beyond being just a lead-in fighter trainer.

The changes in the Advanced Hawk are significant. For instance, the Advanced Hawk sports HAL-led engineering tweaks to the aircraft’s wing — the addition of an active slat leading edge and an upgraded combat flap — which adds more flying envelope across the spectrum. Other changes, detailed in the schematic below, importantly include increased engine thrust on the Adour Mk.951, a smart weapons capability (which is probably why HAL has designated it the ‘Combat Hawk’ in internal communications), air-refueling and a brand new panoramic multi-display centered glass cockpit.

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In a wide-ranging interaction with BAE Systems top leadership on the Hawk programme, including Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpey, former RAF chief and now senior military advisor at BAE, Livefist obtained the full picture on the first significant Indo-British joint aerospace effort in decades, one that looks to stimulate demand among existing trainer operators and capture markets looking to acquire the Hawk capability. The Indian military operates 123 Hawk Mk.132 jets that provide Stage-III training before pilots progress to operational fighters like the Mirage 2000, Su-30MKI, MiG-29 or Jaguar. We break down the Advanced Hawk effort:

1.The airframe used to demonstrate the Advanced Hawk is one of two development aircraft owned by BAE Systems. Engineering changes were made directly to the platform by BAE and HAL in the UK. The aircraft was then brought down to Yelahanka, where it will fly for the first time in its new trim shortly after the Aero India show.

2.BAE and HAL will look to stimulate demand for the Advanced Hawk not just among new customers, but to existing operators as well. India, one of the world’s largest operators of the Hawk, has begun receiving briefings from BAE-HAL on the projected advantages of inserting the Advanced Hawk into future training — as a possible step between the existing Hawk and high performance fighters. The principle advantage being projected is the ability to shift mandatory flying training on frontline fighters to the Advanced Hawk, saving costs and freeing up those fighters for operational tasks and extending their operational life. BAE officials said an internal study indicated at least 30% of current frontline training by the IAF could be downloaded to the cheaper Advanced Hawk with no loss of regimen or rigour. But there are challenges. Already saddled with high value acquisitions and a list of other priority platforms it needs (not to mention an existing Hawk fleet), it will be a hardsell stimulating demand within the Indian Air Force, certainly in the short term. On the other hand, the IAF’s training curriculum has been buffeted by flux over the last few years, and per force compressed with the absence of a ready intermediate trainer. Could a fleet of Hawks brought up to the Advanced Hawk standard simply accelerate the scrapping of intermediate training altogether?

“It’s like putting a Ferrari between a Mini and an Formula-1 car,” says Dave Corfield, head of Hawk India at BAE. The RAF’s Mk.128s can’t simulate the F-35 sensor environment, but the Advanced Hawk can, says Corfield, indicating an immediate market opportunity.

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3.Apart from an expanded flying envelope that more physically mirrors the flying qualities of high performance fighters, a major part of the Advanced Hawk pitch is the synthetic fighter environment it simulates for frontline sensors and weapons. Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, who trained on the Hawk Mk.1, has flown in the new synthetic environment afforded by the new generation Hawks (including the Hawk Mk.128s in service with the RAF). “It’s a quantum leap,” Torpy tells Livefist. “Pilots don’t realise they don’t have a real radar or radar warning receiver. It’s very real.”

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4.Importantly for India, the BAE-HAL effort seeks to plug fully into the Make In India thrust, making it likely that interest in the platform will directly mean more jobs in India and expanded business for the existing Indian supply chain. The Advanced Hawk, therefore, will make use of the existing Hawk production line in Bengaluru. BAE and HAL, which have both invested internal funds as part of a 2015 MoU, may escalate that into a joint venture or other commercial arrangement (subcontracting/licensing) to administer the Advanced Hawk programme. Depending on interest from customers, the Advanced Hawk could be built in India or the UK — or both. “There’s a low cost production line in India. This could be built in the UK, but it’s cheaper to build it here,” says Corfield.

5.HAL, which has unofficially designated this effort the ‘Combat Hawk’ so far, has done so for a reason. The Advanced Hawk is the first Hawk platform with a specific combat capability, a pitch that straddles both its capacity to simulate frontline weaponry, and also as a combat force multiplier by itself. With a beyond visual range and precision strike capability, several developing economies could see the Advanced Hawk as a combat platform by itself for close air support and so on.

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6.The Indian contribution to the Advanced Hawk is tangible — way more than other so-called joint programmes. Apart from the wing re-design conducted by HAL, the new platform will also sport the slat actuation system from the LCA Tejas. The Advanced Hawk will also offer options for an Indian mission computer, secure comms, datalink and countermeasures systems. A Hawk oversight committee, comprising UK trade and industry and India’s Department of Defence Production have been discussing other areas of synergy in the programme. The group meets next after Aero India in Chennai at which point the Advanced Hawk team will have a clearer picture about global interest.

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7.Existing Hawk customers will also be offered the opportunity to choose upgrade modules from the programme, or simply upgrade their fleets to the Advanced Hawk standard. Depending on the customer, BAE and HAL will jointly decide where such upgrades will take place.

Apart from the demonstrator airframe, BAE Systems will also be bringing a full mission simulator of the Advanced Hawk to Aero India this month. Source livefistdefence.com

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Focus will be on single engine aircrafts at Aero India 2017

Single-engine fighters to be focus of Aero India

THE ASIAN AGE. | ROHAN RAMESH Published : Feb 7, 2017, 2:37 am IST Updated : Feb 7, 2017, 2:35 am IST

23 countries to take part in premier air show that starts on Feb. 14 in Bengaluru; PM likely to inaugurate.

Bengaluru: The country’s premier air show — Aero India 2017 — is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 14 in the city, will see participation from 23 countries. If the previous air shows were about the MMRCA deal, this year the focus will be on single engine aircrafts as the Indian government hopes to manufacture one indigenously.

SAAB’s Gripen-E and  the Lockheed Martin F-16 will inevitably be keenly watched with India recently issuing a Request for Information (RFI) for a single engine fighter to be manufactured in the country .

Sweden’s SAAB will be displaying its Gripen E , the latest offering from its stable. It claims the single engine aircraft is the ultimate development of its Gripen NG project. A 4.5 generation aircraft that combines exceptional performance with  BVR capability, the Gripen is  said to be cost efficient as well. SAAB will also offer the Sea Gripen, the maritime variant, for the Indian Navy.

Commenting on Aero India, SAAB chairman and managing director, Jan Widerstrom admitted that its presence at the show was related to “its commitment to contributing to India’s ambition to build a self- reliant indigenous defence industry of global standards.”

The other aircraft that will be closely watched is the Lockheed Martin F-16.  The company is offering a fully customised F-16 version for the Indian Air Force that will come equipped with  either an APG-70 or an APG-80 – AESA Radar.

Former Chief of Air Staff, Fali Major revealed deals had been signed  for Chinook and Apache helicopters  and a C-130 Hercules transport plane had been purchased.

“We are looking forward to seeing these aircraft being displayed. The RFI for single engine fighter planes to replace the MiG-21s has been issued and we should see some movement on that,” the former  Air Force Chief added.

Meanwhile, spectators at the show are in for a treat as the internationally renowned Surya Kiran team, dismantled six years ago after the Indian Air Force decided there was a shortage of training aircraft, is set to return with a bang.  The team now flies Hawk aircraft in place of the vintage Kiran Mk-II aircraft.

Original post asianage.com

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Sweden’s SAAB will be displaying its Gripen E , the latest offering from its stable. It claims the single engine aircraft is the ultimate development of its Gripen NG project. A 4.5 generation aircraft that combines exceptional performance with  BVR capability, the Gripen is  said to be cost efficient as well. SAAB will also offer the Sea Gripen, the maritime variant, for the Indian Navy.

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Javelin Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT)

In 2004, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Aviation Technology Group Inc (ATG) announced an agreement to develop and produce the two-seat Javelin family of military jet trainers – the Javelin Mk-20 and the Javelin Mk-30. The Aviation Technology Group Inc, which was set up in 2000 to develop the Javelin jet trainer, has headquarters in Englewood, Colorado.

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The Mk-20 is the basic phase 2+ jet trainer and the Mk-30 is an advanced trainer derivative of the Mk-20, with more powerful engines, enhanced avionics and an embedded simulation and virtual training system.

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The Javelin civilian Mk-10 prototype made its maiden flight in September 2005 at Centennial Airport in Englewood.

Javelin civilian Mk-10 prototype

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The civil Javelin jet was scheduled to enter service in late 2008 followed by the Javelin Mk-20 military trainer and Javelin Mk-30. However the aircraft development programme was halted in December 2007, following the failure to raise sufficient funds for its continuation.

Javelin military trainer aircraft design

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The construction of the military trainer aircraft is completed at ATG or IAI facilities depending on the customer. IAI provides military systems integration for HUD and other cockpit systems.

The fuselage is of high-strength, low-weight, composite construction. The aircraft has a swept cantilever wing and two aft body strakes, a sweptback tail and twin vertical stabilizers outwardly canted at 20°

The trainer is equipped with hydraulically operated retractable tricycle-type landing gear. The single-wheeled main landing gear has oleo-pneumatic trailing link struts and anti-skid brakes.

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Javelin Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) joins USAF T-X competition: Here

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Excerpt

The Stavatti Javelin is a new twin-engine, two-seat, high performance military jet trainer and Very Light Fighter (VLF) aircraft. Derived from the ATG Javelin Mk-30, the Javelin will be a candidate for the USAF T-X trainer requirement, as well as a trainer and VLF that can be sold to allied air forces worldwide.

Javelin Mk-20 phase 2 jet trainer

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The Mk-20 trainer covers phase 2 basic training, giving a smooth transition for pilots who have successfully completed phase 1 Ab initio training. Depending on customer requirements, much of the more advanced phase 3 training is also possible with the Mk-20.

The cockpit and avionics are compatible with the displays and operating systems deployed in current fighter aircraft such as the Eurofighter, F-15, F-16, MiG-29, Rafale and Su-30.

Javelin Mk-30 phase 3/4 jet trainer

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The Mk-30 covers phase 3 advanced training and phase 4 lead in fighter training; successful pilots are then able to transfer to phase 5 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) training.

The Mk-30 provides training in tactical navigation and formation flight at speeds up to 500kt at low level. The tactical air-to-ground training covers simulated air-to-ground attacks and defence against simulated surface-to-air missile threats. The training includes the identification and simulated attack of ground targets using simulated Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Forward-Looking InfraRed (FLIR).

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Tactical air-to-air training develops the student pilot’s capability to manoeuvre against hostile forces while performing high-g offensive and defensive tactics.

Training sessions include the operation of simulated fire control radar during interceptions and close engagements.

The trainee pilots develop cognitive skills through training in simulated complex battlefield scenarios including representative threats and targets.

The instructor can insert simulated airborne targets and ground to air threats. Real-time ground monitoring facilities allow the instructor to monitor the trainee pilot in solo flight.

Cockpit

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The cockpit is fitted with Hands-On Throttle And Stick (HOTAS) operation. A Head-Up Display (HUD) is fitted in the forward pilot station and a HUD repeater in the rear instructor station. The tandem cockpit is fitted with Martin Baker zero-zero ejection seats.

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Avidyne Corporation, of Lincoln, Massachusetts, is supplying the FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck for the Javelin aircraft. Entegra includes two 10.4in diagonal displays – a Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multi-Function Display (MFD) – in the forward and rear cockpits. The PFD displays attitude, airspeed, altitude, heading and vertical speed. The MFD shows the flight route on a moving colour map with contoured terrain, traffic, and datalinked graphical weather information.

Entegra also includes an integrated flight management system, VHF communication and navigation, Mode S transponder and dual redundant GPS receivers.

FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck

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The integrated FlightMax Entegra avionics system processes all the information a DA40 DiamondStar pilot needs — attitude, heading, altitude, airspeed, engine data, navigation maps, datalink weather, traffic, terrain and obstacle surveillance. The FlightMax Entegra system for the DiamondStar consists of two 10.4-inch diagonal, high-resolution, sunlight-readable displays; a FlightMax Entegra primary flight display (PFD) with an integrated solid-state air data and attitude/heading reference system (ADAHRS), and the EX5000 multi-function display (MFD). The Entegra PFD presents standard flight instrumentation including attitude direction indicator (EADI), horizontal situation indicator (EHSI), altitude, airspeed, and vertical speed. Source aero-news.net

Engines

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The twin engines are installed in the rear fuselage section. The engine selected for the Javelin Mk-20 is the Williams International FJ33-4-17M turbofan with Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC). The engine is equipped with an inverted oil system to permit aerobatic manoeuvres.

The engine for the Mk-30 aircraft has not been announced.

The 1,060l (280gl) fuel tank is installed in the fuselage to the rear of the cockpit between the engine air intakes.

*Note other sources indicate Williams FJ33-4-19J turbofan

2 × Williams FJ33-4-19J turbofans, 1,750 lbf (8.0 kN) each

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The advanced, very light FJ33 fanjet expands the options available to airframe manufacturers by providing an engine sized to power a whole new class of affordable light jets in the 5000- to 9000-pound GTOW class. These light jet aircraft will cruise over the weather at jet speeds, take off and land at small airports, and have lower operating cost than many twin-piston aircraft. The excellent thrust-to-weight ratio, fuel efficiency, and low acquisition and operating cost make the 1000 to1900-lbf FJ33 family of engines the only choice for this class of airplane. The FJ33 was FAA certified in 2004.

The Williams International FJ33 fanjet family incorporates technological advances developed under our FJ44 programs. Williams’ low-noise, third-generation wide-sweep fan technology coupled with advanced high work, high efficiency core components results in a high overall pressure ratio that provides light weight and extraordinary cruise fuel economy. The robust, highly reliable FJ33 will help increase the availability of your aircraft.

The FJ33 enables aircraft to have the speed, comfort, and safety of jet propulsion at the economics of twin-piston aircraft.

Engine characteristics
Thrust Class…..1000 – 1900 lbf
Length………..38.5 in
Weight (dry)…..<310 lb

Source williams-int.com

Performance

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The Javelin Mk-20 has a maximum speed of over Mach 0.85 and a design load factor of +6g to -3g. The landing weight stall speed is under 90kt and it has a landing weight approach speed of around 110kt.

The heavier Javelin Mk-30 trainer has a maximum speed of Mach 0.95 and a design load factor of +6g to -3g. The stall landing weight speed is less than 100kt and landing weight approach speed around 130kt.

Both the Mk-20 and Mk-30 have a ferry range of 1,200nm and maximum altitude of 13,715m (45,000ft).

Virtual training systems

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The virtual training systems include a pilot evaluation system, Mission Planning and Debriefing System (MPDS), simulators and a classroom-based knowledge system and training management programme.

The instructors and pilots have access to Air-Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation (ACMI) type debriefing.

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Javelin Specifications

Crew: 2

Number of Engines: 2

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 foot (3.20 meter)

Length: 37 foot (11.3 meter)

Wingspan: 25.1 foot (7.65 meter)

G-load

Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 6 g

Min Maneuvering Load Factor: -3 g

Performance

Ceiling: 45,000 foot (13,716 meter)

Max Range: 1,000 nautical mile (1,852 kilometer)

Pressure

Differential Pressurization: 8.30 psi

Speed

Climb Rate: 9,000 fpm (46 mps)

Cruise Speed: 500 KTAS (925 kph)

Stall Speed: 88 KCAS

Time

Flight Endurance: 3.50 hour

Volume

Fuel Tank Capacity: 280 galon

Weight

Max Baggage: 200 pound

Max Takeoff Weight: 3,300 kilogram (7,275 pound)

Min Weight: 2,041 kilogram (4,500 pound)

Source deagel.com

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Main material source airforce-technology.com

Russia to produce first Ka-52 Alligator for 2017

Russian Helicopters produce first Ka-52 Alligator in 2017

1 Feb, 17, Source: Russian Helicopters

A Russian Helicopters subsidiary – Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company, which is part of State Corporation Rostec, has produced this year’s first Ka-52 Alligator – a reconnaissance and combat helicopter.

The helicopter built at Progress has already successfully and fully completed all ground and flight tests required by the technical terms and conditions of the government contract.  Several more rotorcraft bodies of the new helicopters are at their final assembly point at Arsenyev. In February, another batch of Ka-52 helicopters will be transferred to their operators.

The first batch of Alligators scheduled for delivery in 2017 per government contract terms was transferred to the Russian Ministry of Defense ahead of schedule in December of last year. In 2017, production of these helicopters will be more than doubled as some will be headed overseas.  The first experimental unit for a foreign customer has already been assembled and is successfully passing all tests as planned.

“We took all necessary organizational and technological steps at Progress to expand production in view of the forthcoming volume increase. Today, the plant is ready to produce world-class Ka-52 helicopters in a timely manner, for the Ministry of Defense, as well as for foreign customers,” – said Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO for Sales Vladislav Savelyev.

The reconnaissance and combat Ka-52 Alligator rotorcraft has been produced for the needs of the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Defense since 2010. The helicopter is designed to destroy tanks, armored and non-armored military equipment, ground targets, and enemy troops and helicopters both on the front line and in tactical reserves, in all weather conditions and at any time of the day.

The helicopter is equipped with the latest avionics and powerful weapon systems, which can be configured for a variety of combat missions.  The Alligator’s coaxial rotors and increased pitch power control allow to effectively maneuver and perform complex aerobatics. In addition, the Ka-52 Alligator is equipped with electronic and active counter measures and signature control devices that reduce, scatter and distort the engine heat wake.

Original post helihub.com

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