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By Kirsten Ashbaugh
The A400M Debut at Farnborough and Its Importance to the UK
“A|D|S, the UK’s AeroSpace, Defence and Security trade organisation today (Friday) highlighted the vital importance of the A400M pan-European military aircraft programme to the UK aerospace industry, especially the small and medium-sized businesses in the supply chain….
“As well as delivering new, cutting-edge technology for the armed forces of the UK and other nations, the A400M programme secures vital expertise in the British aerospace industry that will also deliver a crucial economic contribution from the civil aerospace market. The A400M project provides the ‘bridge’ between work on the current generation of civil aircraft and the next for the UK industry on areas such as wing manufacture where the country leads the world….” Read more.
U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Test MQ-8B Fire Scout in UAE
“The U.S. Navy and the Northrop Grumman Corporation-led Fire Scout Industry Team have successfully completed a rigorous set of flight demonstrations of the MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical unmanned aerial system (VUAS) in the United Arab Emirates under extreme environmental conditions….
“‘We welcome Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy to the UAE for continued testing of the Fire Scout. This VUAS has many unique capabilities to offer and we’re looking forward to reviewing the results of this in-country testing.’ – Ali Al Yafei, ADASI (Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investment)….” Read more.
QinetiQ’s Zephyr Solar-Powered UAV Breaks World Records
“Zephyr, the solar-powered, high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned vehicle developed by QinetiQ has been flying for the past week, smashing a number of long-standing world records.
The solar powered drone mission continues above the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, as part demonstrating the solar powered drone’s capability to fly a two week mission. ‘By being able to remain over a location for weeks or months at a time, it can usefully deliver a host of practical and more affordable solutions to both civil and military customers,’ said Jon Saltmarsh, Zephyr Program Director at QinetiQ….” Read more.
Canada Commits $9 Billion (Canadian) 65 Joint Strike Fighters
“The Government of Canada today announced it is acquiring the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter F-35 aircraft to contribute to the modernization of the Canadian Forces, while bringing significant economic benefits and opportunities to regions across Canada.
“’The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the best aircraft we can provide our men and women in uniform to face and defeat the challenges of the 21st century,’ said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. ‘This multi-role stealth fighter will help the Canadian Forces defend the sovereignty of Canadian airspace, remain a strong and reliable partner in the defence of North America, and provide Canada with an effective and modern capability for international operations….'” Read more.
See also: JSF Heat Problems Are to Be Fixed, Say General George J. Trautman, III
“Changes are being made to the integrated power package (IPP) on the Marine’s F-35 that should limit heat damage to carrier decks and other surfaces, Lt. Gen. George Trautman, deputy commandant for aviation, told DoD Buzz in an exclusive interview one day before the start of the 2010 Farnborough Air Show.
‘We have made the decision to adjust the IPP,’ he said Sunday, reshaping the nozzle so that the enormous thrust comes out in an oval shape….” Read more.
EADS Looks to Expand to Asia, Latin America, and the Persian Gulf
“EADS’s first decade of activity has advanced its defence activities from being a collection of disparate national capabilities to Europe’s ‘Champions League’, but now it must make progress towards becoming a global entity. That is the belief of Stefan Zoller, chief executive of the company’s Defence & Security (DS) division….
“Along with other major European companies including BAE Systems, Dassault, Finmecannica and Saab, EADS is increasingly looking to move beyond its domestic borders. This requires it to look at potentially making acquisitions to gain a foothold in a new country, and once there, invest further in initiatives to support wider industrialisation….” Read more.
BAE Systems Unveils “Liquid Armor”
“A counterintuitive liquid which hardens when struck has been developed by BAE Systems as part of a project to create future body armour offering soldiers greater ballistics protection and ease of movement in combat situations.
“The technology, dubbed ‘liquid armour’ by scientists and engineers at BAE Systems, harnesses the unique properties of shear thickening fluids which ‘lock’ together when subjected to a force to enhance the existing energy absorbing properties of material structures like Kevlar.
“Ceramic based armour plates used in current body armour systems to cover large areas of the torso are heavy and bulky, restricting movement and contributing to fatigue, particularly in harsh environments like Afghanistan….” Read more.
Taiwan Seeks U.S. Tanks and Torpedoes Despite a Thaw with Mainland
“Taiwan plans to buy U.S.-made torpedoes and heavy tanks to boost its defense capabilities despite the thaw in ties between the island and mainland China, it was reported July 19.
“President Ma Ying-jeou has ordered the defense ministry to draft a shopping list which includes MK-54 torpedoes, dozens of M1A2 tanks and amphibious landing vehicles, the Liberty Times said….
“Tensions across the Taiwan Strait have eased significantly since President Ma of the China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power in Taiwan in 2008, pledging to boost trade links and allow in more Chinese tourists….” Read more.
***Posted on August 11th, 2010