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Modified Phantom-Eye Doubles Endurance, Altitude on Second Test Flight

Boeing's liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight Feb. 25. Photo: Boeing

Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight Feb. 25. Photo: Boeing

Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system (UAS) completed its second flight Feb. 25. On its second flight the modified drone achieved more than twice the flight duration and altitude, compared to the first flight which lasted only 28 minutes.

During the flight, at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Phantom Eye climbed above an altitude of 8,000 feet and remained aloft for 66 minutes at a cruising speed of 62 knots before landing. On its first flight the drone, designed for high altitude missions, reached only an altitude of 4,080 feet. Following the first flight, Boeing upgraded the aircraft’s software and hardware, including the landing gear which was damaged on the first landing. On its second flight the modified drone achieved more than twice the flight duration and altitude, compared to the first flight which lasted only 28 minutes. According to the company, the upgrades paid off in the form of a picture-perfect landing. “This flight, in a more demanding high-altitude flight envelope, successfully demonstrated Phantom Eye’s maneuverability, endurance and landing capabilities,” said Drew Mallow, Phantom Eye program manager.

The Phantom Eye demonstrator is capable of carrying a 450-pound payload while operating for up to four days at altitudes of up to 65,000 feet. The drone is designed to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for up to four days without refueling. “Today’s combination of geopolitical and economic issues makes Phantom Eye’s capabilities, affordability and flexibility very attractive to our global customers,” said Darryl Davis, Boeing Phantom Works president. “No other system holds the promise of offering on-demand, persistent ISR and communications to any region in the world, rapidly responding to natural disasters and national security issues.”

Boeing is self-funding development of the environmentally responsible Phantom Eye, which generates only water as a byproduct of its propulsion system.

Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight Feb. 25, 2013

Following the first flight, Boeing upgraded the aircraft’s software and hardware, including the landing gear. The upgrades paid off in the form of a picture-perfect landing its second flight Feb. 25, 2013

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Super Tucano Berlatih Pemboman Udara-Darat Pertama Kali

26 Februari 2013


Pesawat Super Tucano membawa bom udara-darat Mk-82 Innert Practice (photo : Merdeka)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Untuk pertama kalinya sejak mendarat di Tanah Air pada 17 September 2012 lalu, pesawat turboprop multifungsi EMB-314 Super Tucano berlatih pemboman, di Lahan Persenjataan Udara Pandanwangi, Lumajang, Jawa Timur, Selasa. 

Bom yang digunakan jenis bom udara-darat Mk-82 Innert-Practice yang umum dipakai berlatih bagi pilot jet tempur TNI AU. Super Tucano buatan pabrikan Embraer, Brasil, dirancang memiliki kompatibilitas tinggi disandingkan dengan berbagai jenis persenjataan, buatan Barat atau Timur, pun beberapa negara Amerika Latin dan Afrika Selatan. 

Uji coba itu termasuk latihan penyerbuan/pemboman udara ke darat Skuadron Udara 21,  bertujuan melatih kemampuan seorang pilot pesawat tempur menghancurkan sasaran. Skuadron udara ini kini terdiri dari Super Tucano setelah pernah diisi OV-10F Bronco dan beberapa jenis/tipe lain pesawat tempur.
Latihan misi tempur ini dilaksanakan selama tujuh hari sejak kemarin, direncanakan secara berkala dengan melibatkan seluruh penerbang Super Tucano. 

Mampu mengunci dan menghancurkan sasaran bergerak dan statik menjadi syarat utama profesionalitas penerbang tempur TNI AU selain memahiran menguasai pesawat tempurnya.

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PT LEN dan PT INTI Akan Dimerger

27 Februari 2013

Combat Management Systems karya PT Len (photo : Len)

Perbesar Pasar, 2 BUMN Teknologi Ini Akan Merger


Jakarta – Dua perusahaan pelat merah bidang teknologi, PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia (INTI) dan PT Len Industri (LEN) masuk rencana merger Kementerian Badan Usaha Milik Negara (BUMN) di 2013. Langkah itu diambil untuk memperluas dan memperkuat pangsa pasar dua BUMN itu, di bidang pengembangan dan penjualan produk teknologi. 

“Inti dan LEN akan dikonsilidasi (merger), kayak Sucofindo dan Surveyor Indonesia. Polanya seperti itu,” tutur Menteri BUMN Dahlan Iskan usai rapim BUMN di Plaza Mandiri, Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, Selasa (26/2/2013).

Dahlan beralasan, dua BUMN yang bermarkas di Bandung Jawa Barat ini akan menjadi perusahaan yang kuat dan besar pasca merger. Hal ini akan memberi keuntungan lebih karena tidak perlu lagi bersaing keras atau bahkan akan bertambah kuat ketika mengikuti tender telekomunikasi.

“Segi aset Inti besar. Tapi masing-masing punya kehandalan sendiri,” tambahnya.

INTI merupakan perusahaan pelat merah bidang teknologi komunaksi yang memberikan jasa produk sebagai pemasok utama pembangunan jaringan telepon nasional. Produk yang dihasilkan antara lain: produk-produk seperti IP PBX, NMS (Network Management System), SLIMS (Subscriber Line Maintenance System), NGN Server, VMS (Video Messaging System), GPA (Perangkat Pemantau dan Pengontrol berbasis SNMP), Interface Monitoring System untuk jaringan CDMA, dan Sistem Deteksi dan Peringatan Bencana Alam (Disaster Forecasting and Warning System).

Sementara LEN merupakan perusahaan pelat merah bidang teknologi yang bergerak di biang penghasil produk energi terbarukan (solar cell), alat navigasi dan transportasi (peralatan broadcasting, tracking system, peralatan navigasi), kontrol pertahanan (aplikasi peralatan komunikasi anti penyadapan), serta bidang transportasi (persinyalan kereta).


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Russian Helicopters Will Showcase Ka-32A11BC in Australia

By on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom – the part of Russian Technologies (Rostec) State Corporation and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, will bring its Australian calling card – the medium multi-role Ka-32A11BC – to Avalon 2013, the international aviation exhibition taking place from 26 February to 3 March in Geelong. The Russian Helicopters display can be found at stand 2F4.

Though Australia is a new market for Russian Helicopters, the company’s helicopters are in high demand across the Asia-Pacific region. More than 1,200 Russian-built helicopters already operate in one of the fastest-growing regions of the planet, and demand for reliable and economical helicopters is continuing to grow along with the regional economy.

The Ka-32A11BC received its Australian certificate of airworthiness in December 2012, allowing Australian operators to use the helicopter for fire-fighting, search-and-rescue operations, goods transport on an external sling and in construction work.

Australia is a country that suffers damage from wildfires every year, and therefore has a need for specialised fire-fighting equipment able to combat the threat. As a fire-fighting helicopter, the Ka-32A11BC can be equipped with Bambi Buckets and water cannon, which combined with the helicopter’s unique coaxial main rotor system makes the Ka-32A11BC one of the best fire-fighting helicopters in the world.

Russian Helicopters in early 2013 launched the Global Helicopter Firefighting Initiative to further the development of helicopter fire-fighting equipment. The Initiative aims to make the use of specialised fire-fighting helicopters more effective, and will involve sector specialists and other relevant companies from around the world. The goal of the programme is to combat the threat of natural and manmade fires on a global level. The Ka-32A11BC has been chosen as the symbol of the GHFI.

Alongside a growing market for corporate helicopter transportation, demand for multi-role transport helicopters is also increasing. Australian operators will be shown the new medium multi-role Ka-62, which uses the latest composite materials in its construction. The Ka-62 is a single-rotor design, with an enclosed multi-bladed tail rotor. It is powered by twin Turbomeca Ardiden 3G engines that generate 1,680 HP. Experts say that the Ka-62 will become a bestseller for Russian Helicopters.

Australian helicopter operators will also have the opportunity to see the Mi-8/17 series, the world’s most popular helicopter. Of particular interest will be the latest model in the series, the Mi-171A2, which combines the finest qualities of its predecessors – reliability, simplicity of use and versatility – with the advantages of the latest helicopter construction technologies. The Mi-171A2 is destined to become one of the most efficient and economical helicopters in its class.

Held since 1988, Avalon is the largest airshow in the region. Aviation companies from around the world showcase their equipment, alongside the Australian Air Force, Navy and the US Air Force.

Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of the Rostec State Corporation. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian Helicopters is headquartered in Moscow. Russian Helicopters was established in 2007. In 2011 its IFRS revenues increased 27.8% to RUB 103.9 billion. Deliveries reached 262 helicopters.

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US Senate Confirms Hagel as Sec. of Defense

By on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

After a two month battle by a group of Republican senators opposing his nomination, the US Senate Tuesday confirmed former Republican senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense by a vote of 58-41.

Hagel is set to be sworn into office on Wednesday.

Republicans opposed Hagel’s nomination, citing concerns about his approach to Iran, his views on Israel and what many saw as a lackluster performance during his confirmation hearings.

A group of senators asked US President Barack Obama to withdraw Hagel from consideration, and then managed to delay the confirmation vote in an unprecedented filibuster against the nomination.

Hagel is a former Army infantryman who was awarded two Purple Hearts during the Vietnam War. He will be the first enlisted man to become Secretary of Defense.

Hagel takes the reins from outgoing Secretary Leon Panetta, who served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for four years, before taking over as Secretary of Defense in 2011.

Hagel assumes the post just three days before massive, mandatory across-the-board budget cuts are scheduled to go into effect, which could force hundreds of thousands of defense layoffs and dangerously erode the US military according to Pentagon officials.

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Lockheed Completes 400th Digital Cockpit for 1st Australian MH-60R

By on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Lockheed Martin has completed the 400th Common Cockpit avionics suite for the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk helicopter program. The digital cockpit will be installed aboard the first of 24 MH-60R (Romeo) anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy via the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program.

“The Common Cockpit avionics suite has proved to be a highly effective flight and mission systems hub during more than 600,000 flight hours aboard the U.S. Navy’s fleet of 360 MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters built and delivered to date,” said Capt. James Glass, program manager for H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopters. “A digital, all glass cockpit that’s common to both platforms and operationally proven will enable critical interoperability between MH-60 aircraft operated by both the Australian and U.S. navies.”

Australia is the first international customer to buy the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R multi-mission helicopter, which became operational in January 2006. The U.S. Navy is expected to take delivery of the first mission-ready MH-60R helicopter in December 2013 for transfer to the Royal Australian Navy in early 2014. All 24 Australian aircraft are to be delivered by mid-2016.

“The MH-60R is a proven capability with the Common Cockpit at its core,” said Capt Scott Lockey, who is the Project Director for the Australian MH-60R program. “The Australian acquisition of 24 multi-mission Romeo helicopters means that we will have the capacity to provide at least eight warships with a combat helicopter at the same time, and we can rely on the Common Cockpit to successfully network and communicate with our fleet.”

The Common Cockpit avionics suite features four large, flat-panel, multi-function, night-vision-compatible, color displays. The suite processes and manages communications and sensor data streaming into MH-60 multi-mission helicopters, presenting to the crew of three actionable information that significantly reduces workload while increasing situational awareness.

Stratford, Connecticut-based Sikorsky builds the MH-60R and MH-60S aircraft. Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training in Owego, N.Y. delivered the first MH-60 Common Cockpit avionics suite in 2002 when U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopters became operational.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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Sequestration may affect reset from Afghanistan

By on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The reset of equipment returning from Afghanistan may be affected by sequestration, said the commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command.

The cancellation of reset would affect post-combat repair for about 1,000 vehicles, 14,000 communications devices and 17,000 weapons, Gen. Dennis Via, commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command, or AMC, told an audience of about 500 Thursday at the Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare Symposium.

Retrograde of equipment from Afghanistan is now underway, Via said. About $22 billion worth of military hardware, weapons, vehicles and goods will move out of the country back to the United States. Some of that will be put back into the force, while some will first be reset in Army depots, made like new, before being sent back to a unit.

Army Materiel Command is largely responsible for that retrograde.

FISCAL UNCERTAINTY AND RESET
Via said in fiscal year 2012, AMC depots reset 24 brigade combat team-equivalents worth of equipment. But sequestration will affect what AMC is able to do in the way of reset during fiscal year 2013.

Sequestration, he said, will affect every AMC command and organic industrial base facility, with the exception of those in direct support of combat operations and units that are deployed and preparing to deploy. It will also result in cancellation of depot maintenance during the 3rd and 4th quarter.

“The challenge that we have in FY 2013, with the planned cancellation of new work orders for the 3rd and 4th quarter, is that is going to impact on six Army divisions of equipment,” Via explained.

Sequestration may also bring furloughs to Via’s civilian workforce across the 20 depots and arsenals that make up the Army’s “organic industrial base.”

“The greatest risk to me, as commander, is losing this critical workforce that we have developed over the last 12 years,” Via said. That workforce includes uniquely skilled mechanics, machinists, engineers, artisans, scientists and contracting professionals.

RETROGRADE UNDER CONTACT

Even thought equipment is already returning from Afghanistan, Via said commanders there are still in “a very tough fight” as they work to transition the mission to the Afghan National Army.

“So it’s retrograding while in contact, and I don’t think there could be any more complex mission than what we face there in theater there today,” he said.

Still, Via said commanders in Afghanistan are on board with the retrograde process, and are working with AMC to make it happen.

“They have fully embraced retrograde as an operational mission,” he said. “By embracing retrograde as an operational mission they will help us as we prioritize equipment to leave the theater. They will prioritize non-mission-essential equipment that we can remove from the theater, and we’ve got processes in place to be able to do that.”

Lessons learned from the retrograde out of Iraq, a process that is still ongoing, have helped inform the retrograde process in Afghanistan, Via said. During a trip to Afghanistan in January 2012, he learned it took about 90 days to ship a vehicle out of country after it had arrived in the Redistribution Property Assistance Team, or RPAT, yard. Now, he said, that process is down to fewer than 12 days. That, he said, is due to lessons learned from the Operation New Dawn retrograde.

But unlike the initial retrograde from Iraq, where some equipment could be shipped to Afghanistan for use there, the retrograde out of Afghanistan, Via said, must be back to the United States.

PAKISTAN ROUTE REOPENS
Getting that equipment out of Afghanistan has been helped by a recent “thawing” on the Pakistan Ground Lines of Communication, or PAKGLOC, the route to move supplies south out of Afghanistan through Pakistan. That route has been closed to traffic for some time.

But to date, Via said, movement on the PAKGLOC is “not to the levels we need, of course, and not to the levels we previously enjoyed over a year ago. But we began to see some movement there.”

Via said there is also a northern route out of Afghanistan, through India, called the Northern Distribution Network. Moving equipment that way is more expensive than through Pakistan.

Via told an audience of about 500 that he thought retrograde from Afghanistan would be on target if adequate funding is provided to make it happen.

“We think we will be able to meet what the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army have laid out, the priorities of the equipment to come out,” he said, adding that there is a challenge still with sequestration and fiscal uncertainty.

The goal is to get the equipment out of country by the end of December 2014, but as equipment starts to surge out of Afghanistan, there will be a cost increase, just as there was a cost increase with the surge for that equipment going into theater.

“That’s a challenge we face going forward,” Via said.

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