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Germany to buy MQ-4C Triton drone

Germany to buy Triton drone to replace canceled Euro Hawk-sources

Tue Mar 7, 2017 | 5:32am EST

Germany’s defense ministry has decided to buy high-altitude MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance planes built by U.S. weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp for deliveries after 2025, ministry sources said on Tuesday.

The new drones will replace the Euro Hawk program, which Berlin canceled in May 2013 after it became clear that it could cost up to 600 million euros to get the system approved for use in civil airspace.

The sources confirmed a story originally reported by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The plan, which must still be approved by parliament, calls for Germany to buy the new aircraft from the U.S. Navy, which awarded Northrop a contract to design the unmanned aircraft in April 2008. Sensors for the new aircraft are to be built by Airbus, as planned under the previous program, the sources said.

It was not immediately clear how many planes the ministry would buy, or at what cost. Under the canceled program, it had planned to buy five Euro Hawk aircraft for 1.2 billion euros.

Experts do not expect to run into any problems winning aviation approval for the new aircraft, which is launched from land and is programmed to fly autonomously as high as 60,000 feet to gather a wide array of intelligence data.

Then-Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere came under pressure after he was forced to cancel the previous Euro Hawk program in 2013 after it became clear it would cost hundreds of millions of euros to win aviation approval for the aircraft.

Ursula von der Leyen was moved into the defense minister job later that year, and took office vowing to reform Germany’s ineffective procurement system.

Northrop developed the Triton, a marine-based variant of its initial Global Hawk surveillance drone, for the U.S. Navy. Ministry sources said the aviation approval for Triton would be less costly because it was baked in from the start of the program.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Madeline Chambers)

Original post reuters.com

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The plan, which must still be approved by parliament, calls for Germany to buy the new aircraft from the U.S. Navy, which awarded Northrop a contract to design the unmanned aircraft in April 2008. Sensors for the new aircraft are to be built by Airbus, as planned under the previous program, the sources said.

It was not immediately clear how many planes the ministry would buy, or at what cost. Under the canceled program, it had planned to buy five Euro Hawk aircraft for 1.2 billion euros.

MQ-4C Triton unmanned surveillance planes

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System provides real-time Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance over vast ocean and coastal regions. Supporting missions up to 24 hours, the high-altitude UAS is equipped with a sensor suite that provides a 360-degree view of its surroundings at a radius of over 2,000 NM/2,302 miles/3,704 km.

Built to support the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program, Triton will support a wide range of intelligence gathering and reconnaissance missions, maritime patrol and search and rescue. The Navy’s program of record calls for 68 aircraft to be built.

Payload (360-degree Field of Regard)

Multi-Function Active Sensor Active Electronically Steered Array (MFAS AESA) radar:

  • 2D AESA;
  • Maritime and air-to-ground modes;
  • Long-range detection and classification of targets.

MTS-B multi-spectral targeting system:

  • Electro-optical/infrared;
  • Auto-target tracking;
  • High resolution at multiple field-of-views;
  • Full motion video.

AN/ZLQ-1 Electronic Support Measures:

  • All digital;
  • Specific Emitter Identification.

Automatic Identification System:

Provides information received from VHF broadcasts on maritime vessel movements.

AE 3007H turbofan engine

The AE 3007 turbofan engine is a high bypass, two shaft engine featuring a wide-chord single-stage low pressure (LP) compressor, 14-stage high pressure (HP) compressor followed by an effusion-cooled annular combustor, two stage high pressure (HP) turbine and a three stage low pressure (LP) turbine.

Specification AE 3007H
Thrust lbf (kN) 9,500 (42)
Bypass ratio 5.0
Pressure ratio 23
Length in (m) 115.08 (2.92)
Diameter in (m) 38.5 (0.98)
Basic weight lb (Kg) 1,644 (746)
Compressor 1LP, 14HP
Turbine 2HP, 3LP

Engine source rolls-royce.com

Wingspan 130.9 feet/39.9 m
Length 47.6 feet/14.5 m
Height 15.4 feet/4.6 m
Gross Take-Off Weight (GTOW) 32,250 lbs/14,628 kg
Maximum Internal Payload 3,200 lbs/1,452 kg
Maximum External Payload 2,400 lbs/1,089 kg
Self-Deploy 8,200 NM/9,436 miles/15,186 km
Maximum Altitude 56,500 feet/17,220 m
Maximum Velocity, TAS (True Air Speed) 331 knots/381 mph/613 km/h
Maximum Endurance 24 hours

Source dmitryshulgin.com

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Royal Thai Navy wants 3 dockyards for submarines

Navy wants 3 dockyards for submarines

  • Published: 7/03/2017 at 04:00 AM
  • Newspaper section: News
  • WRITER: WASSANA NANUAM

CHON BURI: The Royal Thai Navy is preparing to build facilities for docking and repairing three new submarines it plans to buy from China, a navy source says.

One area eyed for the construction will be located in the compound of Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard, the source said, adding Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon was briefed on the details during his visit to the dockyard monday.

The latest move reaffirms the navy’s plan to acquire submarines, which has gained new life since the 2014 coup after the navy struggled for years to get governments to purchase six second-hand submarines from Germany.

The 40 rai area in Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard will house the repair and maintenance facility for the submarines.

The navy has already set its own 13.5-billion-baht budget to buy the first submarine and is now waiting for the cabinet to give a final thumbs-up, Gen Prawit said.

The cabinet is likely to give its approval this month for the purchase of a Chinese S26T submarine, a navy source said in January.

Progress on the submarine facility development satisfied Gen Prawit, who said the navy was acting for the sake of the country.

“In fact, the navy has long been ready to acquire submarines, but its plans were aborted following attacks by critics,” he said.

Some said the Gulf of Thailand is too shallow for submarines, and the navy clarified that matter. “Yet some people still pretend they didn’t understand,” Gen Prawit said.

Submarines can be used for various purposes. One is an opportunity to “see and explore what is under our sea of 200 nautical miles”, he said.

Gen Prawit, also Defence Minister, is among supporters of the submarine purchase.

He earlier said growing territorial threats and an increasing number of maritime missions has prompted the navy to strengthen its submarine units.

The navy has not had new submarines for more than 60 years. In 2011, it wanted to buy six German-made second-hand submarines at a cost of 7.7 billion baht, but the plan was shot down by the then Yingluck Shinawatra government.

Former defence minister Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa also disagreed with the purchase, questioning its cost-effectiveness and transparency. In addition to criticism from opponents, political intervention was believed to be another factor setting back the plan.

Things improved for the navy after the 2014 coup. In 2015, a source quoted Gen Prawit as saying that if submarines were not bought by the current government, it would be difficult for the navy to get another chance.

The navy plans to buy three Chinese-made submarines at a cost of 36 billion baht. They will be stationed in both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.

Besides the maintenance facility at Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard, the navy also plans to build a submarine dockyard off the Sattahip coastline. The area will be a bay with a mountain in the background that will prevent submarines from being seen.

Because one of the three submarines must be on duty in the Andaman Sea, another dockyard is also planned in this area. The source said officers are considering a spot in Phangnga or Krabi.

Officers briefed Gen Prawit on the navy’s research and development of its own vehicles to reduce its dependence on expensive exports. They include a two-seat naval aircraft costing about 5-7 million baht to make, about one or two times cheaper than a foreign aircraft, said R Adm Kritphon Rianglekchamnom, who leads a research team of this project.

Original post bangkokpost.com

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One area eyed for the construction will be located in the compound of Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard, the source said, adding Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon was briefed on the details during his visit to the dockyard monday.

Besides the maintenance facility at Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard, the navy also plans to build a submarine dockyard off the Sattahip coastline. The area will be a bay with a mountain in the background that will prevent submarines from being seen.

Because one of the three submarines must be on duty in the Andaman Sea, another dockyard is also planned in this area. The source said officers are considering a spot in Phangnga or Krabi.

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