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Airforce Life Cycle Management Center helps design transport isolation system

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) is playing a unique role in the United States’ comprehensive Ebola response efforts in West Africa through the center’s involvement in developing a transport isolation system.

The system will enable safe aeromedical evacuation of Department of Defense patients in C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs.

The Human Systems Division — one of nine divisions within AFLCMC’s Agile Combat Support Directorate — is leading the integration of multiple System Program Offices to support the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s task to rapidly field the transport isolation system (TIS) by January.

Lt. Col. Scott Bergren, the chief of the Aircrew Performance Branch, is among those involved in the project.

“AFLCMC was notified the third week of October that its help was needed,” Bergren said. “We also were informed that the intent was to fly this system in an operational test beginning Dec. 1. So we were given a month and a half to ensure this system is safe to fly. All involved offices within AFLCMC have rallied to help get the TIS out the door.

“While DTRA is providing overall program management and contracting actions, our efforts have focused on quickly collecting the test data needed to assess the safety of the system for use in identified aircraft,” Bergren continued. “For example, we reached out to the Navy and obtained existing test data for subcomponents of the TIS used in Navy weapon systems today. This prevented us from having to redo those tests, which saved time. Fortunately, we have those connections and our division possesses the capability to analyze test data and certify components already in use within DOD.

“We’re thinking differently and more creatively to ensure we keep pace with the Pentagon’s timeline for this isolation system,” Bergren added. “We want to ensure this project is completed on time and safely.”

An example of creative thinking is that the AFLCMC team identified a proven LED lighting system used in the KC-135 Stratotanker platform today as a means to provide medical lighting in the TIS.

“This avoided a development effort by the contractor and cut roughly two weeks from a schedule in which every day counts,” Bergren said.

According to Melina Baez-Bowersox, a technical lead engineer in the Aeromedical Branch, additional challenges arise anytime there is a proposal to add a new system or equipment to an Air Force platform, such as an aircraft.

“Part of our responsibility is to assess the TIS’s capability by testing and evaluating the system on the aircraft,” she said. “We ask ourselves, ‘How does it (TIS) behave?’, ‘What does adding the system do to the structural integrity of the aircraft?’, ‘Is the TIS safe for patients, aircrews and the aircraft?’

“Ultimately, we want to be able to safely transport infected individuals back to the United States in a way that contains Ebola exposure to others while also preventing contamination of an aircraft or losing a precious Air Force asset,” she continued.

“We’re the right organization to be involved to deliver this critical capability that is quite complex and under an extremely compressed timeline,” said Col. William McGuffey, the chief of the Human Systems Division. “It’s another example of how AFLCMC acquires, fields and sustains systems and capabilities to support the urgent needs of other Air Force major commands and the DOD.

Pentagon officials say they do not expect the 3,000 U.S. troops heading to or already in the region to need the TIS because military personnel will not be treating Ebola patients directly.

“But we want to be prepared to care for the people we do have there just out of an abundance of caution,” Defense Department spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea said.

Currently, transport of Ebola patients from overseas is done by Phoenix Air, a government contractor based in Georgia whose modified business jet is capable of carrying just a single patient.

The Pentagon’s TIS will be similar but larger than the units used by Phoenix Air, whose containment system is a tent-like structure held up by a metal framework within the aircraft.

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Russia’s 5th Gen Fighter Receives First Sets of New Electronic Warfare System

By on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The unique air system increases fighter jet’s jamming resistance and damage tolerance, as well as neutralizes enemy’s signature control systems

The Radio Electronic Technologies concern provided the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAC FA) T-50 with the first batch of Himalayas electronic warfare systems.

“We are currently testing it,” General Director Nikolay Kolesov told TASS. “T-50 prototypes are already equipped with the Himalayas onboard defense system. The system is used in plane tests,” Kolesov said.

The unique air system increases fighter jet’s jamming resistance and damage tolerance, as well as neutralizes enemy’s signature control systems. It also helps decrease aggregate weight of the PAC FA.

The Himalayas are integrated into the jet fighter system to the extent it functions as a so-called smart cover. “In other words, we are not producing some separate blocks, but parts of a plane with add-in electronic devices,” Kolesov stressed when talking about fifth-generation jet fighters’ electronic warfare characteristics.

The Himalayas EW system was developed by the Kaluga Scientific Research and Radio Technology Institute and is manufactured at the Signal radioplant in Stavropol. They are both part of the Radio Electronic Technologies concern.

The concern is Russia’s largest electronic industry holding company. It was established back in 2009 and is now part of the Rostec State Corporation. It specializes in development and production of systems and commercial avionics, position-radar station of air basing, identification and electronic warfare systems, measuring apparatus for various purposes. The concern includes 97 scientific research institutes, a development laboratory and production facilities.

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Russia to Create Space-Based Ballistic Missile Warning System

By on Monday, October 20th, 2014

Russia will create a space-based ballistic missile warning system capable of detecting launches of existing and test missiles, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

“The creation of an integrated space system is one of the key directions in which Russian nuclear deterrent forces will be developed.

“As a result, we will be able to detect sea and ground launches of various types of ballistic missiles, including prototypes,” Shoigu said.

According to the defense minister, the system will replace Soviet-made ballistic missile early warning systems.

The integrated space system will comprise next-generation space vehicles and modernized space centers that would ensure control over the satellites and allow for automatic information processing.

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Saab Grintek Defence to Develop EW System for Gripen NG

By on Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Saab’s local South African company, Saab Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd., has been chosen to develop and manufacture parts for the Electronic Warfare (EW) System for Gripen E for Sweden. Development work, including prototype manufacturing, for antennas and micro wave modules is on-going at the Saab Grintek Defence facility in Centurion, Gauteng.

Saab has signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for next generation Gripen E fighters. Sweden’s requirement is for 60 Gripen Es that now are in development.

“This is important assignments for Saab Grintek Defence and a testimony to the local capabilities and exceptional local knowledge within electronic warfare in South Africa .The work will further strengthen our capabilities and secure and protect jobs at SGD for a long time and we hope for further orders for the Gripen E going forward” says Magnus Lewis-Olsson, CEO Saab Grintek Defence.

Recently, Saab Grintek Defence has also agreed to a contract with Rheinmetall Waffe Munition in Germany to provide Naval Laser Warning Systems as sensors to Rheinmetall’s MASS Softkill System in a frigate upgrade programme in Asia Pacific.

Saab Grintek Technologies (SGT) is a telecommunications company offering a comprehensive range of end-to-end Services and Solutions to Operators, OEM’s, Enterprise and Government. Various defence forces across the globe are using South African electronic warfare and avionics technology being designed and produced at the company’s facilities in South Africa.

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China Tests New Air-Defense Missile System

By on Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Chinese military has conducted practice drills with its newly-developed FD-2000 air defense missile system.

It has demonstrated its capability of locking onto and shooting down moving targets over a long distance.

Shen Zhongfang, a missile expert from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC), talks about the FD-2000.

“The radar helps us to deal with multiple targets. As one of the most important pieces of equipment for long-ranged air strikes, the phased array radar is able to monitor 100 targets in the air, and launch strikes to eight targets threatening our defense simultaneously.”

The missiles have omnidirectional capabilities, able to turn in the air after launch.

“They can fly forward or backward, to the left or to the right. To what extent can a missile cover, I’d say 49,000 square kilometers for a single missile.”

The FD-2000 was designed and manufactured by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation. The drill was held in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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LEN dan ALIT Kerjasama Pengembangan UAV Mission System

27 Agustus 2014

Dalam pameran Zhuhai Airshow 2012 lalu, ALIT menampilkan MALE UCAV dengan endurance 30 jam (photo : uasvision)

Kunjungan SASTIND dan China Defence Industri dalam rangka mengetahui kompetensi PT. Len Industri (Persero) dalam Bidang Elektronika Pertahanan

Dalam rangka kerjasama Industri Pertahanan (DICM) antara Kementrian Pertahanan dan The State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) di Jakarta menghasilkan beberapa kerjasama yang berkaitan dengan PT. Len Industri (Persero) khususnya pada unit bisnis elektronika pertahanan.

Salah satu kerjasama yang akan dilakukan Len adalah joint development UAV mission system yang akan dikembangkan bersama ALIT (Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co). 

“Alasan dipilihnya Len adalah dikarenakan kemampuan len yang cukup mumpuni dalam elektronika merupakan salah satu dari yang terbaik di Indonesia” ujar Manager Komunikasi Korporasi Len Dadi Meysuhadi. 

Menindak lanjuti hal tersebut pada tanggal 22 agustus 2014 delegasi dari China yang terdiri dari SASTIND, Kedutaan Besar China dan Industri Pertahanan China datang berkunjung untuk mengetahui secara langsung kompetensi dan kemampuan Len dalam bidang elektronika pertahanan. Delegasi China ini didampingi oleh tim dari Kementrian Pertahanan dan diterima langsung oleh Direktur Pemasaran Len Adi Sufiadi Yusuf.

Setelah disambut delegasi kemudian melakukan diskusi di Ruang Rapat Besar Len, dimulai dengan pemaparan mengenai Len oleh Direktur Pemasaran dan kemungkinan – kemungkinan kerjasama yang dapat dilakukan antara China Defense Industri dan Len. 

Delagasi dari Cina sangat ingin mengetahui mengenai bagaimana perjalanan Len dari lembaga penelitian hingga bisa menjadi perusahaan yang besar sekarang. Sehingga menyebabkan tanya jawab antara delegasi dan tim dari Len cukup intens . Diharapkan kunjungan ini bisa membuka pasar yang lebih besar bagi Len dan yang pasti dapat memberi jalan bagi Len untuk menjadi perusahaan yang go International.

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Building Toward an Unmanned Aircraft System Training Strategy

By on Monday, August 4th, 2014

Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) have become increasingly prevalent in and important to U.S. military operations. Initially serving only as reconnaissance or intelligence platforms, they now carry out such other missions as attacking enemy forces.

The swift expansion in their numbers and in the demand for their employment has, however, significantly increased demands on logistics and training systems. The challenge is not simply training system operators but also training operational forces and their commanders to integrate the systems into combat operations. Much of that aspect of training has thus far happened as units employ the systems in actual operations — essentially, on-the-job training.

UAS training, particularly for the employment of UASs, now needs to be integrated more formally and cost-effectively into service and joint training programs. This report develops a general concept for training military forces in employment of UASs and a framework for addressing the training requirements and discusses the limits of existing infrastructure in supporting UAS training.

Interoperability among services is another issue, because services have thus far mainly developed training suitable for their own needs. But the services have established a set of multiservice tactics, techniques, and procedures for UASs, which should facilitate interoperability training.

At present, units are not always ready for joint training, so the focus should be on improving training at the unit level in the employment of UAS capabilities, with the overall guiding principle being to “train as we fight.”

Key Findings in the Report

Each Service Needs to Resolve its Own Training Problems First

  • At this time, DoD should encourage each service to solve its own UAS training problems, incorporating the agreed multiservice tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Services Need to Address Qualification Levels

  • Army trainers have indicated that Army units are better at maintaining operator qualification for Shadows than for Ravens. Nevertheless, some units have trouble maintaining high qualification rates — some units have arrived at the NTC with one-half or fewer of their operators qualified.

Range and Beddown Space is an Issue

  • DoD should support current and future programs to develop more ranges and beddown and support facilities similar to those in the Army’s current programs.
  • As multiservice training in the employment of UAS capabilities becomes more of a priority, the Air Force’s current basing and beddown posture will become a problem. The Air Force could consider the location of Army training bases when choosing where to base its UAS fleet. Another possibility is deploying Air Force UASs and their supporting ground and launch-and-recovery elements to Army and Marine Corps training centers — essentially, the approach used now to deploy UASs for operations in theater.

Simulators Should Not Be a Priority at this Time

  • Given current budget limitations, the current state of UAS simulator technology, the importance of fully developing the opportunities for live training, and the relatively low cost of such training, diverting funds to a research and development program to develop combat simulators would seem to be unwise at this time.

Recommendations

  • Promulgate a training strategy focused on preparing operational forces to capitalize on UAS capabilities, built on a foundation of home station training as a prerequisite for multiservice interoperability training at the major maneuver training centers.
  • Support the services in building out the training infrastructure at home station.
  • Undertake a full cost and effectiveness analysis before proceeding on any investment for new UAS simulators.

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