Daily Archives: June 16, 2017

Royal Thai Navy (RTN) HMV-150 in field test – Video

HMV-150 ฝีมือคนไทย ในสนามทดสอบ


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Airbus on track to resolve A400M gearbox and contract issues


After testing a beach landing capability with a Royal Air Force A400M earlier this month, Airbus Defence & Space says it is on track to qualify a redesigned helicopter refuelling system, roll-out a final solution to a power gearbox problem and resolve a dispute over penalties caused by delivery delays.

“Things are going very, very well,” Airbus head of military aircraft Fernando Alonso said on 9 June, adding: “In five to 10 years from now, this will be a reference for logistical transport airplanes.”

But Airbus is still working to recover from what Alonso calls a “very difficult” 2016. On New Year’s Eve in 2015, a flaw was discovered in the propeller-driving power gearbox of the Europrop International (EPI) TP400-D6 engines, requiring Airbus to impose a frequent maintenance interval that restricted operations. An interim solution for the power gearbox issue has reduced the inspection interval to once a year or less, Alonso says. “This is totally acceptable from an operational point of view,” he adds.

But Airbus and EPI plan to release by year-end another modification – called “Pack 2” – that will remove the annual inspection requirement, he says.

Airbus is also negotiating with A400M operators to reduce contractual penalties caused by delivery delays. Being conducted with Europe’s OCCAR defence procurement agency and individual customers, the discussions are “constructive”, Alonso says. “We hope certainly by the end of this year we will have a resolution,” he adds.

In the meantime, Airbus is working to address requirements that the A400M is currently unable to meet. The company has successfully tested an extended refuelling hose that can allow the Atlas to support helicopters, Alonso says, and it is now waiting for OCCAR to approve the proposed redesign.

The A400M programme also is “slowly progressing” with efforts to fix other requirements shortfalls, such as in defensive aids subsystems and air-dropping certain types of cargo, he says.

Source flightglobal.com


EuroProp International (EPI) TP400-D6 engine

TP400-D6 engine – Image mechanicalproducts.blogspot.com

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Here’s the first footage of Gripen E taking off



15 June 2017

Defence and security company Saab today completed a successful first flight of the next generation smart fighter, Gripen E. The media are invited to join an online press briefing later today and joining details are below.

At 10:32 on Thursday June 15, Gripen E took off on its maiden flight, flown by a Saab test pilot. The aircraft (designation 39-8) left from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden and flew over the eastern parts of Östergötland for 40 minutes. During the flight, the aircraft carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear.

“The flight was just as expected, with the aircraft performance matching the experience in our simulations. Its acceleration performance is impressive with smooth handling. Needless to say I’m very happy to have piloted this maiden flight,” says Marcus Wandt, Experimental Test Pilot, Saab.

“Today we have flown this world class fighter aircraft for the first time. We achieved it with the fully qualified software for the revolutionary avionics system. This is about giving our customers a smart fighter system with the future designed in from the start. The flight test activities will continue to build on this achievement with the programme on track to achieve the 2019 delivery schedule to our Swedish and Brazilian customers,” says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab Business Area Aeronautics.

Invitation to online press briefing

Time: Thursday, June 15 2017 at 16.00 CET

Speakers: Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab Business Area Aeronautics and Marcus Wandt, Experimental Test Pilot, Saab.

Source: saabgroup.com

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