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Dopo la doccia fredda brasiliana per il Rafale .... ora tocca al Typhoon ....

.... problemi con gli Emirati ....


UPI .... "British hopes of $10B Emirates Typhoon deal sink" .... http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2013/12/13/British-hopes-of-10B-Emirates-Typhoon-deal-sink/UPI-41901386964837/


The Guardian ....



The UAE, along with other Gulf states, have been being making friendly overtures to Iran following the election of that country's new president and the prospect of a deal on its nuclear programme.

They may not want to sign what would seem to be a provocative arms deal with a western country.


L'articolo .... "Gulf chill over UK fighter sales" .... http://www.theguardian.com/world/defence-and-security-blog/2013/dec/11/uk-arms-the-gulf-typhoon-aircraft


Ci sarà dunque da vedere se queste 'aperture' all'Iran daranno in effetti buoni frutti .... o se si tratterà soltanto di buone intenzioni che verranno spazzate via dal vento del deserto ....




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Mica facile concludere affari con i potentati arabi .... :osama:


.... how about the United Arab Emirates ending its interest in the Eurofighter Typhoon?

There had been a lot of optimism in the run-up to November’s Dubai air show that a deal could be done, but in typical UAE style, it all came to nothing.

Dassault had been in the same optimistic position a couple of years before with its Rafale, while in the trainer sector an expected buy of the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 also fell late in the talks process.


Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2013/12/uae-easy-123/

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Tempi duri in vista anche per gli USA .... e non solo per quel che riguarda i caccia ....


Opinion: U.S. Military Aircraft Fly Toward A Waterfall ....

By Richard Aboulafia
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology (December 30, 2013)
Remember the Last Supper?
This wave of 1990s defense company mergers was intended to solve the industry's post-Cold War overcapacity problem.
If overcapacity is measured in corporate names or headquarters staff, then mission accomplished.
Unfortunately, overcapacity is best measured in factories and programs, and aside from Grumman's F-14 and Northrop's B-2, no active military aircraft lines were terminated in the 1990s.
Whether through reinvention or exports, most lines stayed alive.
Yet the past few months have seen stark harbingers of looming pain.
In September, right after Boeing delivered the 223rd and final U.S. Air Force C-17, the company announced the line would close in 2015.
A month later, South Korea rejected the Boeing F-15 for its F-X 3 competition, dooming the proposed Silent Eagle variant and probably killing the line after the last of Saudi Arabia's current order is delivered in 2018.
In December, the Boeing F/A-18E/F lost the Brazilian FX-2 competition, one of several key international defeats.
A pre-solicitation announcement for 36 additional Super Hornets in fiscal 2015, placed by the Navy at the FedBizOpps.gov website in October, was withdrawn several days later, probably under pressure from the Defense Department.
The last Super Hornet is scheduled to be delivered in 2016, and Boeing said it must decide this March whether it will preserve the line with company funding.
The problem is not confined to Boeing's legacy programs.
Lockheed Martin, which delivered the last F-22 last year, says its F-16 backlog only takes production through mid 2017.
Beechcraft's last T-6 is slated for delivery in 2016.
Bell-Boeing's V-22 program will expire around 2020, unless funding is found for additional aircraft.
While no other U.S. military rotorcraft lines are threatened, 2011-18 procurement is being cut in half.
That leaves the U.S. with two secure, dedicated fixed-wing military production lines (and only one prime contractor): Lockheed Martin's F-35 and C-130J.
Boeing is building its KC-46 tanker and P-8 maritime patrol derivatives of commercial jetliners, but the P-8 is slated to wind down around 2020, too.
There are few new programs in the pipeline.
The Air Force's T-X trainer should generate an off-the-shelf jet production line, but not until the next decade.
The Long Range Strike-Bomber is just starting development, and we are unlikely to see any production aircraft until 2025, at the earliest.
There is not much planning behind this carnage.
While the C-130J is one of the few secure lines, with healthy ongoing procurement for the Air Force, Special Operations Command, Marines and export customers, it only barely survived the ax.
Just eight years ago, the Defense Department moved to end procurement, effectively killing the C-130J line.
If this move had not been averted, there would be an aging fleet of 40-plus-year-old C-130s in constant demand but with no replacements in sight.
Today, the C-17 line is closing just as the U.S. is pivoting its forces toward Asia.
This means the country will need greater strategic mobility just as it is killing its only strategic airlifter, with no funding in sight for a replacement.
The faction of the Navy that wants to continue Super Hornet procurement is also mindful of the risk of killing the old before the new F-35C has proven itself for carrier operations.
Given the challenging top-line defense budget outlook, little can be done to save more than one or two of these programs, if any.
But what is more important, the U.S. can change the way it manages aircraft programs.
Today, the entire system is geared toward racing programs through at the fastest possible pace.
The services are incentivized to spend money when budgets are good, and to focus on lower unit costs through greater production volume.
Companies are motivated to bring in revenues and profits, lawmakers to bring jobs to their districts.
These are understandable motivations, but they neglect the need to preserve industrial assets.
The alternative is to tolerate slightly higher unit costs (and greater risk of being caught by a top-line budget down-cycle) to make programs last longer.
Rather than procuring 48 planes per year for 10 years, why not 36 per year for 13 years?
Why not use export orders to stretch out domestic buys, rather than as an opportunity to raise production rates?
The Defense Department needs to stretch procurement at the expense of program economics.
A belated move toward prioritizing industrial-base concerns in procurement will be welcome for the next generation of programs.
But for this decade, the industry will see factory closures and thousands of layoffs, along with the loss of national defense assets.
The real post-Cold-War day of reckoning for military aircraft is looming large.
Contributing columnist Richard Aboulafia is vice president of analysis at Teal Group.
He is based in Washington.


Link .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_12_30_2013_p15-650072.xml#

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Sembra che l’Argentina abbia bloccato l’acquisto dei Mirage F-1 ex spagnoli e stia valutando altre opzioni, con favoriti 18 IAI Lahav Kfir Block 60 di produzione israeliana, una soluzione più avanzata.



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L'Indonesia cerca un successore per i suoi F-5 ....


Indonesia eyes F-5E replacement options ....


Indonesia is assessing fighters to replace its obsolescent Northrop F-5E fighters, with a decision possible before 2015.

Official news agency Antara quoted defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro as saying that Jakarta has received proposals from several companies for the 16 aircraft requirement.


Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/indonesia-eyes-f-5e-replacement-options-394632/


Antara .... http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/92116/defense-ministry-looking-to-replace-aging-f-5-tiger-fighter-aircraft

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L'Argentina sta trattando con Israele ....


Argentina is negotiating a deal to purchase 18 rebuilt and upgraded Kfir Block 60 fighters from Israel Aerospace Industries.

The acquisition could be an alternative to a planned deal to buy 16 former-Spanish air force Dassault Mirage F1s for the nation's air force.


Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/argentina-seeks-kfir-deal-with-israel-394770/

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L’articolo di FG indica l’Elta Systems EL/M-2032 come radar AESA.

Non è così, per quanto possa essere avanzato. L’EL/M-2032 è installato sulle versioni C-10/12 dei Kfir colombiani. Quale sarà il radar dei Block 60 non è chiaro. Sulla pagina linkata sopra del sito IDF si parla genericamente di "AESA type radar", un termine che potrebbe essere un po’ ambiguo. L’EL/M-2052 o lo stesso EL/M-2032?

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Kfir .... non è un aggiornamento .... bensì una rinascita ....

.... e il suo radar, secondo quanto afferma Arie Egozi sul blog "Ariel view", sarà un Elta EL/M-2052 AESA ....


Upgrading military aircraft – fixed wing and rotary – is a common operation performed all over the world.

You take an old platform, reinforce the fuselage and wings, install some new systems and it can fly for many more years.

But what Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is currently doing with its old Kfir fighter aircraft is an exception.


Link .... http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/ariel-view/2014/01/upgrade-exactly-reborn/

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Mercato asiatico .... la tendenza è in direzione del "Lightning II" ....


Fast-Changing Trends In Asia Fighter Market ....


After South Korea overturned its procurement agency's choice of the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle as its air force's next new fighter in September, and announced that it would buy the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, Lockheed Martin and sources close to the company were not shy about predicting an Asian sweep for JSF.

Japan had already chosen the new U.S. fighter over the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon (the latter was also passed over by South Korea), and Singapore was expected to follow suit imminently.

Other nations in the region would do the same, it was argued, driven by the desire to match their neighbors and the growing threat from China.


Fonte .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_02_03_2014_p66-657036.xml

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E' ormai tempo di decisioni ..... per Finlandia e Danimarca .....

The final selection process for Finland's and Denmark's fighter replacement programs will be managed by two newly installed governments.

Finland's center-right government took office on May 29 and is expected to provisionally examine aircraft replacement options by the end of June, while assessing the pros and cons of candidate aircraft based on expert reports in August and September.
Denmark is heading into fresh parliamentary elections on June 18 — the same day the Ministry of Defense plans to hold a special fighter aircraft project assessment meeting to evaluate the three short-listed aircraft and guide the selection process.
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E' necessario semplificare le procedure di certificazione per poter poi premere affinché all'estero vengano acquistati i nostri prodotti ..... quanto all'inverso .....





The US Air Force’s top acquisition executive says the service wants to do more to support the sale of American-made aircraft and parts abroad, and one proposal gaining momentum is to complete airworthiness certification even before foreign military sales (FMS) cases emerge.

William LaPlante, air force assistant secretary for acquisition, says that normally the military airworthiness certification process starts at the point of sale, but several domestic manufacturers have expressed interest it certifying their products by the air force sooner to make those items more attractive on the international market.


On the prospects of the USAF buying more foreign military equipment, LaPlante was less enthusiastic.


Fonte ..... "USAF doing more to help foreign sales of American aircraft" ..... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-doing-more-to-help-foreign-sales-of-american-aircraft-414519/


Illuminante ..... vero?

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L'Argentina ha scelto ..... non saranno cinesi o russi (come in passato era stato ipotizzato) i suoi futuri caccia .....


Argentina is expected to sign a contract on 10 November covering the purchase of 14 Kfir Block 60 fighters.
The nation's air force opted to acquire upgraded examples of the Israel Aerospace Industries-produced combat aircraft, which have been non-operational for two decades.
IAI had been offering a Block 60 version of the roughly 40-year-old Kfir design, powered by a GE Aviation J79 engine.
The company says the powerplant will be supplied in a "zero-hour" condition after a complete overhaul, with replacement required after 1,600 flight hours.
Fonte ..... "Argentina to sign for AESA-equipped Kfir fighters" ..... https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/argentina-to-sign-for-aesa-equipped-kfir-fighters-418883/
Sembra dunque chiaro che la scarsità di risorse finanziarie a disposizione del paese latino americano abbia avuto un peso determinante nella decisione di scegliere una versione, sia pure adeguatamente aggiornata, dell'ormai vetusto caccia israeliano .....


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Il primo acquirente estero del Su-35 è ..... la Cina .....
Come conseguenza la Russia si troverà, prima o poi, a dovere affrontare la competizione dei cloni asiatici sul mercato internazionale ..... senza contare i progressi tecnologici che la Cina potrà conseguire dalle analisi che effettuerà sugli esemplari in proprio possesso .....
China will buy 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia in a deal worth more than $2 billion, an industry source told Reuters on Thursday, in a move that may help the Kremlin's strained finances.
A spokeswoman for Russian state conglomerate Rostec confirmed a deal between the two countries had been signed involving Su-35 fighter jets, but declined to provide details.
The deal makes China the first foreign buyer of the Su-35, one of Russia's most advanced military aircraft, and is one of the largest contracts for military jets ever signed between the two countries.


Fonte ..... "Russia, China sign contract worth over $2 billion for Su-35 fighter jets: source" ..... http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/us-russia-china-jets-idUSKCN0T80K220151120#IytKP7IG5KydL2zQ.97


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Pezze al c... non credo proprio visto che tutti i paesi occidentali fanno la fila e scalpitano per vendere tecnologia avanzata ai Cinesi o peggio scaliptano per vendere le proprie attività produttive e industrie

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