Ka-52K completes initial marine testing

Ka-52K completes initial marine testing

18 May, 17, Source: Russian Helicopters

[Electronic Translation]

The test phase, which took place from late 2016 to early 2017, involved two Ka-52K helicopters. According to Russian Helicopters deputy CEO for sales Vladislav Savelyev, the helicopters performed well in difficult marine conditions and will now move on to further testing on aircraft carriers.

The Ka-52K, which is being developed for the Russian Navy, is a ship-based variant of the Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter, incorporating modern avionics for navigation at sea. It also has folding blades and wings, an upgraded air conditioning system, and corrosion-resistant materials for operation in a saltwater environment.

Original post helihub.com

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“Ka-52K helicopters completed the first phase of testing in marine conditions, after which it can be concluded that the machines may be placed on an aircraft cruiser and successfully complete their tasks… However, one [naval] test is insufficient for understanding the work of its engines, units, avionics, control and armament systems in maritime climate. The design bureau will continue its work as part of tests including those on the aircraft cruiser,” the Deputy CEO for Sales of Russian Helicopters, Vladislav Savelyev, was quoted as saying.

The Ka-52K differs from the baseline Ka-52 Alligator (NATO reporting name ‘Hokum-B’) in that it is fitted with folding rotor blades and folding stub wings; enhanced corrosion protection and modified air conditioning; shipborne ILS navigation aid; crew life-support systems compatible with immersion suits. While the initial weapons fit is the same for both variants, the naval Ka-52K may be equipped with a dual-band radar which would permit launching of Kh-35 and Kh-38 missiles.

The first production Ka-52K (serial number 0101) flew at Arsenyev on 7 March 2015, and made its public debut at ‘Army 2015’ exhibition at Kubinka, near Moscow, between 16 and 19 June of that year. Although sea-trials are still ongoing, the Russian Navy deployed the Ka-52K on combat operations over Syria between November 2016 and January 2017 as part of the air wing stationed on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov .

The Russian Federation Navy has ordered 32 Ka-52K helicopters, of which about 20 are thought to currently be in service. Source janes.com

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Dassault hopes to sell more Rafales to India

UPDATE 1-Dassault hopes to sell more Rafales to India

Sun May 21, 2017 | 10:31am EDT

By Cyril Altmeyer

May 21 French planemaker Dassault Aviation SA hopes to start talks with India by the end of the year for additional sales of its Rafale fighter jet, before full negotiations in 2018, Chief Executive Eric Trappier said in Geneva on Sunday.

He also said the company was awaiting more information on Canada’s search for fighter planes.

Canada said on Thursday it was reviewing plans to buy military equipment from Boeing Co after the U.S. planemaker launched a trade complaint alleging that Canada’s Bombardier Inc had dumped jets into the U.S. market.

In November, Canada said it wanted to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornets as a stopgap measure while it prepared a competition to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets.

According to industry sources, the Canadian government has also held talks with Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin and Saab.

“We are in a phase where I do not know (…) if they are still in a tender in which we are a part or if they are negotiating on a one-to-one basis,” Trappier told Reuters on the sidelines of the Ebace business aviation fair.

In India, where Dassault Aviation signed a long-awaited contract for 36 Rafale fighter jets in September 2016, Trappier said it was working on an additional order for the air force as well as a tender for 57 planes for the navy.

Boeing is also competing the Indian naval deal.

“There is no negotiation, we are not there yet: we are waiting for a one-to-one discussion,” Trappier said, hoping to start talks this year before full-fledged negotiations in 2018. (Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer; Writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Mark Potter)

Original post reuters.com

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Boeing military arm frets over Canada jets threat, seeks gov’t talks

Boeing military arm frets over Canada jets threat, seeks gov’t talks -source

Fri May 19, 2017 11:29am EDT

OTTAWA May 19 (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s military sales division is worried about Canada’s threat to scrap the proposed purchase of 18 Super Hornet jets and is seeking talks with government officials, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.

Canada suggested on Thursday it could ditch its plans to buy the jets if the United States backed Boeing’s claims that Canadian plane maker Bombardier Inc dumped jetliners in the U.S. market. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Bernard Orr)

Original post reuters.com

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From what I recall the price of F-18 is around $270 million so better buy Rafale which India paid $250 million…….and it’s a more capable fighter………

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Canada says it may drop $2B Boeing fighter deal over CSeries subsidy dispute

Originally published May 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm Updated May 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Canada’s government warned Thursday it could cancel a planned $2 billion purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing because of U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping investigations against Canadian plane maker Bombardier.

By ROB GILLIES

Associated Press

TORONTO — Canada’s government warned Thursday it could cancel a planned $2 billion purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing because of U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping investigations against Canadian plane maker Bombardier.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland issued the threat in a statement about Boeing’s complaint against Bombardier.

“Canada is reviewing current military procurement that relates to Boeing,” Freeland said.

Boeing argued at a hearing in Washington on Thursday that duties should be imposed on Bombardier’s new larger CSeries passenger aircraft, insisting it receives Canadian government subsidies that give it an advantage internationally.

Freeland said Boeing’s petition is “clearly aimed at blocking Bombardier’s new aircraft, the CSeries aircraft, from entering the U.S. market.” She said the government strongly disagrees with the Commerce Department’s decision to initiate anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations.

The threat comes amid increasing trade disputes between Canada and the U.S. and on the same day the Trump administration formally told Congress that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Boeing has petitioned the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate subsidies of Montreal-based Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft. Boeing said Bombardier has received more than $3 billion in government subsidies so far that have allowed Bombardier to engage in “predatory pricing.”

Brazil has also launched a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization over Canadian subsidies to Bombardier. Sao Paolo-based Embraer is a fierce rival of Bombardier’s.

The Quebec government invested $1 billion in exchange for a 49.5 percent stake in the CSeries last year. Canada’s federal government also recently provided a $275 million loan to Bombardier, which struggled to win orders for its new medium-size plane.

But Bombardier won a 75-plane order for the CSeries from U.S.-based Delta Air Lines in 2016. Bombardier said its planes never competed with Boeing in the sale to Delta.

The Canadian government said late last year it would enter into discussions with the U.S. and Boeing on buying 18 Super Hornet jet fighters from Boeing on an interim basis and hold an open competition to buy more planes over the next five years.

Canada remains part of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Original post seattletimes.com

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Better buy Rafale………..

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Oman receives BAE military trainer aircraft

Sultanate of Oman announced its decision to purchase 12 Eurofighter Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft in December 2012

By Staff writer

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 4:30 PM

Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has received its first Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft in a ceremony held at BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information business in the UK.

The Sultanate of Oman announced its decision to purchase 12 Eurofighter Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft in December 2012, believed to be worth up to $2 billion at the time.

Deliveries of the first aircraft are due to begin later this year.

An invited audience of more than 100 delegates witnessed the handover at BAE Systems’ site in Warton, Lancashire, including Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi, Oman’s Minister responsible for Defence Affairs (MRDA) and the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman, Air Vice-Marshal Mattar bin Ali bin Mattar Al Obaidani.

The event was followed by a fly-past of a Royal Air Force of Oman Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

Chris Boardman, Managing Director, BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said: BAE Systems has a long and proud history of working in Oman, which has been built over more than half a century. Today’s event represents a further strengthening of that special relationship.

“We believe that, in Eurofighter Typhoon and Hawk, Oman has added the most advanced combat jet and proven training aircraft available in the world to its military portfolio. We look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with Oman’s Ministry of Defence as deliveries of the first aircraft begin.”

Original post arabianbusiness.com

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Hawk Mk 166 advanced trainer jet

The new Hawk trainers are likely to replace the RAFO fleet of aged Hawk 100s used for training.

BAE targets to commence delivery of both Eurofighter and Hawk to Oman later this year.

Introduced in 1976, Hawk through its numerous variants has been one of the successful trainer aircraft developed. More than 1000 aircraft has been produced since 1974.

The Hawk is an advanced trainer with a two-man tandem cockpit, a low-mounted cantilever wing and is powered by a single turbofan engine.

The aircraft can also configured for light ground and air to air attack roles, by carrying weapons under its four wing weapons stations and one under-fuselage station. source aviationanalysis.net

Specifications (Hawk 128)

Hawk 132 – Image: airrecognition.com

Data from Royal Air Force, BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: student, instructor
  • Length: 12.43 m (40 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.94 m (32 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.98 m (13 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 16.70 m2 (179.64 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 4,480 kg (9,880 lb)
  • Useful load: 3,000 kg (6,600 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 9,100 kg (20,000 lb)
  • Powerplant:Rolls-Royce Adour Mk. 951 turbofan with FADEC, 29 kN (6,500 lbf) 29 kN

Rolls-Royce Adour Mk. 951 turbofan

adour

Adour Mk 951 – Designed for the latest versions of the BAE Hawk and powering the BAE Taranis and Dassault nEUROn UCAV technology demonstrators. The Adour Mk 951 is a more fundamental redesign than the Adour Mk 106, with improved performance (rated at 6,500 lbf (29,000 N) thrust) and up to twice the service life of the 871. It features an all-new fan and combustor, revised HP and LP turbines, and introduces Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). The Mk 951 was certified in 2005. Source wikiwand.com

Performance

Armament

Note: all armament is optional.
  • 1× 30 mm ADEN cannon, in centreline pod
  • Up to 6,800 lb (3,085 kg) of weapons on five hardpoints, including:
  • 1,500 lb (680 kg), limited to one centreline and two wing pylons (Hawk T1)

Source wikiwand.com

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Z-19E China-made attack chopper makes maiden flight

China-made attack chopper makes maiden flight

By Qu Qiuyan Source: Global Times Published: 2017/5/18 21:33:39

The China-made attack helicopter Z-19E made its maiden flight from a Harbin airport on Thursday, marking a major step in China’s entry into the global market for attack helicopters.

Also called the “Black Whirlwind,” the Z-19E is the first export-oriented attack helicopter developed by the AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group. Based on the Z-19’s design, the 19E can be used in quick-response, low-impact and frequent attack missions, China National Radio reported.

Deputy chief designer Li Shengwei said the Z-19E is equipped with safety features to improve the pilot’s survival rate. “The Z-19E and Z-9 are similar in many respects,” Li said. In terms of maneuverability and functions, the Z-19E meets international standards and its operating interface is in English, Li added.

“The Z-19E has strong market potential as some of its components are compatible with other countries’ military systems.” Song Zhongping, a military expert who used to serve in the PLA Rocket Force, told the Global Times. Song also noted that the helicopter would fare well in the global market. The Z-19E is aimed at countries which require light military helicopters with medium-level attack power.

Original post globaltimes.cn

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