Hybrid Airship

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) greenlighted a certification plan put forward by Lockheed Martin for its new class of hybrid airships. This approval takes Lockheed Martin closer to delivering the airships to commercial customers.

Lockheed Martin program manager Robert Boyd said,

"The approval of the certification plan represents an important risk reduction milestone for our customers. Completing this step took dedication from both the Lockheed Martin system experts and the FAA, who worked meticulously through thousands of detailed items to achieve consistent and accurate verification statements covering the entire aircraft."

Touted as a cost-efficient platform to deliver heavy payloads such as cargo and personnel to remote locations with minimal infrastructure around the globe, the hybrid airship consumes less than 1/10 the fuel of a conventional helicopter per ton. The hybrid airship is marketed as a sustainable, green aircraft for the future. No major airport, rail, or road is needed for the hybrid airship to land on.

For example, the hybrid airship could aid in oil and mining operations in the Arctic.

Comprised of mostly helium, the Lockheed Martin hybrid airship cruises continuously without the fear of stalling that is present with conventional aircraft and helicopters. The platform can ferry a payload of up to 21,000 kilograms (47,000 pounds) or 19 passengers. It exhibits a range of 1400 nautical miles, cruise speed of 60 knots, and possesses a 5,000-pound fuel capacity.

With work on the project starting over two decades ago, Lockheed Martin flew a hybrid airship prototype dubbed the P-791 in January 2006. The maiden flight took place at Lockheed Martin’s flight test facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. Designed for the US Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) program, the Lockheed Martin P-791 lost to Northrop Grumman’s HAV-3 hybrid airship concept. However, the US Army ended up cancelling the program. Now, both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are developing their prototypes for civilian use.

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Integrated Air and Missile Defense System
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Northrop Grumman and the US Army successfully deployed their future Integrated Air and Missile Defense System (AIAMD) in a test on November 12. The platform effectively took out its first cruise missile target using a new command-and-control system and Patriot and Sentinel radars.

"The technical challenge of integrating sensors and shooters that were never designed to work together – breaking them from existing systems into components for networking – is tremendous,"

said Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, integrated air and missile defense division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

"With the successful intercept, the Army and Northrop Grumman team continues to show how IBCS is a paradigm-shifting system of systems for air and missile defense.”

Acting as the cruise missile, the Raytheon (formerly Beechcraft) MQM-107 Streaker drone is a high-subsonic subscale aerial target primarily used by the US Army and US Air Force for demonstrative trials. Backed by a Teledyne CAE J402-CA-700 turbojet engine tucked in the nacelle under the fuselage, the MQM-107 Streaker can conduct pre-programmed missions as well as be remotely controlled by an operator.

"The IBCS gives warfighters the advantage of expanded sensor and weapon system combinations and enables a component-based acquisition approach,"

said Verwiel.

Taking place at 10:26 a.m. MST at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the MQM-107 began the flight test by flying a low-altitude trajectory against a property defended by a US Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) task force. Undetected by the Patriot radar due to its low-altitude course, the drone was however tracked by the Sentinel radar. The intelligence gathered by the Sentinel radar went back to the Integrated Battle Command System which acts as the head of the AIAMD system.

"The success of IBCS allows our ability to acquire needed radars and interceptors to plug into our architecture without having to buy entire systems and to optimize the sensor/shooter relationship to the target,"

said Brig. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, the US Army's Missiles and Space Program chief.

The importance of this flight test stems from the fact that it shows that the US Army is moving away from conventional, system-centric weaponry (like Raytheon’s Patriot air-and-missile defense system) to a net-centric, integrable network of current and future air and missile defense systems.


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Bombardier Global 6000 Aircraft

The Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft, the company’s third-generation, large cabin, ultra-long range jet, has been recently demonstrated by NetJets that the aircraft is certainly capable of offering travelers with great range capabilities in an ultimate luxury aircraft cabin.

On October 20th, the Global 6000 aircraft departed from Aspen Pitkin Country Airport in Colorado and flew to London City Airport in the United Kingdom, all in a record time of eight hours. The flight crew then followed up with a round trip between London City and Lugano Airport in the Swiss Alps. These three airports are claimed to be some of the most challenging in the world. This flight is currently awaiting approval from the National Aeronautics Association (NAA), who will then, upon validation, submit the record flight to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Lausanne, Switzerland, for international ratification.

Similar aircraft in this class of ultra-long range business jets are also capable of flying non-stop between these cities, though, unlike the Global 6000, are not certified to fly into London City, according to the NetJets pilot, Don Wittke.

“A normal glide slope is 3 degrees; these [approaches] were nearly double,” Wittke added.

These demonstration flights held by NetJets had no passengers on either flights, and were used to illustrate the versatility and power of the Global 6000 aircraft. The company intended on further emphasizing that there is no need for operators to compromise and utilize alternate airports located near where they wish to go, rather than flying directly there. With the Global 6000, operators can fly point-to-point, regardless of how challenging the airfields are to access.

“People fly privately to have complete control over their schedule, and these flights demonstrate how we can provide the ability for NetJets customers to do unique missions,”

said the NetJets executive vice president of sales and marketing, Patrick Gallagher.

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Boeing-TATA

The Boeing Company has recently come together with Tata Advanced Systems, the aerospace and defense division of the TATA Group, in order to create a joint venture which will allow for the manufacture of aircraft structures. This in turn will create more avenues for integrated systems development opportunities in India. The financial details regarding this joint venture have not yet been disclosed, though both companies intend on developing and selling integrated systems via the joint venture.

This partnership will capitalize on India's industrial capability, innovation and talent to contribute to Boeing's long-term competitiveness and position us for future growth in the global marketplace,"

said Chris Chadwick, the CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

Under this joint venture, a manufacturing site will be created in order to produce aerostructures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This manufacturing center will also be used to compete for additional manufacturing contracts amongst Boeing’s defense and commercial platforms.

This agreement to establish a JV will propel the growth of the Indian aerospace sector by leveraging the world-class competencies of TASL and its supplier eco-system, as well as provide access to India's world-class manufacturing capability, skilled talent and competitive cost structures,”

said S. Ramadorai, chairman of Tata Advanced Systems.

Over the last 12 months, we have doubled our sourcing from India and are committed to continuing that journey,”

said Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India.

Our commitment was demonstrated by Boeing chairman Jim McNerney's presence at the recently concluded aerospace Innovation Summit in New Delhi."

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Hypersonic SABRE Engine

BAE Systems, a British multinational security, defense, and aerospace company, has recently taken a 20% stake in Reaction Engines, which is a small, privately held, British technology company. Reaction Engines has been investing in innovative propulsion technology which would hopefully cut the costs of space travel significantly. According to the managing director of Reaction Engines, the company has been working on new ways to create a launcher which could take off in a similar fashion to an aircraft, which would then fly into space, release its satellite, and then ultimately return to Earth for reuse within 48 hours.

BAE Systems’ recent investment in Reaction Engines could potentially create new markets such as high-speed flight or low-cost space launch for the company, stated BAE’s Group Managing Director for programs, Nigel Whitehead. In addition to funding, BAE Systems will provide systems engineering support and program management in order to assist with the project. BAE’s role as Europe’s largest defense company will help to enable this technology to transition from the experimental stage into the next phase of development. In addition to BAE’s financing, Reaction Engines has also been granted funding from the British government, as the government has revealed their plans to provide GBP60 million in grant funding.

"Today's announcement represents an important landmark in the transition of Reaction Engines from a company that has been focused on the research and testing of enabling technologies for the Sabre engine to one that is now focused on the development and testing of the world's first Sabre engine,"

said managing director of Reaction Engines, Mark Thomas.

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Drone Squadron

At the 2015 AUVSI Unmanned Systems Defense conference, US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that his branch plans to operate a fully deployable submarine drone squadron by the year 2020.

The drone fleet will feature the Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV). Capable of being stowed and launched by Virginia-class submarines, Ohio-class submarines, and littoral combat ships (LCS), the LDUUV will boast increased payload, range, and endurance aptitudes.

“These systems are affordable and rapidly deployable worldwide. They’ve already been operational and served as critical enablers and game-changers for mine-hunting missions, such as those that will be conducted aboard [littoral combat ship]. We plan to deploy LDUUV from an exclusively UUV squadron on an independent mission by 2020,”
Secretary Mabus explained.

The Chief of US Naval Research Rear Admiral Mat Winter debuted the LDUUV in April of this year at the Navy League’s Sea, Air, and Space exposition.

“I am continuously amazed with the underwater breakthrough technologies in power, power generation, navigation, and sense and avoid. When people say, ‘I can’t see that happening. There’s no way that can be,’ I say, ‘Excellent! Put that on ONR’s list’,” stated Rear Admiral Winter.

Developed by the Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office, the LDUUV will participate in naval missions such as mine countermeasure and other reconnaissance and surveillance tasks.

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Silkwave-1 Communication Satellite

Entering service in 2018 will be Boeing’s 702 satellite, which will help to expand and broaden multimedia communications for mobile users in India, China, as well as other markets in Asia. The satellite will be procured by New York Broadband LLC (NYBB), who will then lease capacity to CMMB Vision in order to offer a detailed suite of information and media services to customers in Asia.

NYBB and CMMB Vision are breaking new ground in mobile media services,

said the managing director of NYBB, Charles Naumer.

With the finalization of this contract with Boeing for a 702 satellite, we have significantly moved forward in making next-generation mobile communications widely available in Asia.

This new Boeing 702 satellite, named the Silkwave-1, will ultimately operate along the 105 degrees east-orbital slot, which is currently being occupied by NYBB’s AsiaStar spacecraft. The upgrade to the Silkwave-1 will allow for 100 times greater transmission power in comparison to the AsiaStar spacecraft that it will be replacing.

With this new Boeing satellite, Silkwave-1, we will realize a vision to deliver quality multimedia capabilities to the consumer on the move,

said the CEO and chairman of CMMB Vision, Charles Wong.

“Video, voice, data and other new digital media will become more readily available than ever before along the Silk Road of Asia, one of the most historically significant routes for commerce in the world.”
The new Silkwave-1 spacecraft is designed to support broadband multimedia broadcasting to mobile users,

said the president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, Mark Spiwak.

It will have dedicated beams over China and India and a steerable beam over other Asian countries for independent services for different regions. This optimizes power based on regional needs and multiplies the overall bandwidth delivery capacity.

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USAF Bomber

The United States Air Force is expected to award an extremely lucrative contract for the development and production of a fleet of 80 to 100 long-range stealth bombers. This initial contact is estimated to be valued at $60 billion, one of the largest contracts in Air Force history, and is the culmination of a four-year battle among three of the world’s leading military contractors.

Air Force leaders and Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, will be revealing the winning bid at the Pentagon once the financial markets in New York close, in attempts to counteract turmoil in stock prices. According to U.S. officials, the contract will likely be awarded to either Northrop Grumman Corporation or a team comprised of Lockheed Martin Corporation and the Boeing Company. Regardless of who wins the contract, it has been speculated by aerospace analysts that a majority of the plane will likely be assembled at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. This location is owned by the military, and is a 5,800 acre industrial park which is leased to aerospace contractors.

"The idea that we would run a Formula One or a NASCAR race with a car built in 1962 is ridiculous, but we're going to war with airplanes built in 1962," said the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Mark Welsh III, at a news conference held in August. "We have got to modernize the Air Force. It's just an imperative."

Officials have suggested that this project will bring in more than 6,500 jobs to the area’s aerospace industry, which has been significantly impacted by shifts in Pentagon spending. In order to stay on track, this contract will probably require regular appropriations from Congress, as the initial projected costs are very likely to increase.

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Raytheon Phalanx

The United States Navy has recently awarded Raytheon, an American industrial corporation and defense contractor, with a contract to manufacture, test, and inspect Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS). This contract, which is estimated to be valued at $159.9 million, will encompass and include support equipment for the SeaRAM and Phalanx Weapon Systems, Block 1B radar improvements, as well as kits for maintainability, reliability, and availability. In addition to this, the contract will also include overhaul of four land-based Phalanx Weapon Systems.

Phalanx is an anti-ship missile system which is capable of defending vessels and their crews from threats, such as a variety of anti-ship missiles, helicopters, floating mines, as well as standard and guided artillery. This defense system incorporates a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar which utilizes a 20mm gun system to destroy enemy hazards which are automatically acquired and tracked through the defense systems on the vessel.

"Phalanx provides the US Navy's ships with a 'last-chance' defense against anti-ship missiles and littoral warfare threats, while SeaRAM extends that inner-layer battlespace,”

said Rick Nelson, the vice president of Raytheon Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.

"Close-in systems give war-fighters the ability to automatically carry out functions usually performed by separate systems on other ships.”

The most recent contract also offers an additional $10 million option in the fiscal year of 2015, as well as another valued option at $291 million in the fiscal year of 2016. The work required for this contract is anticipated to be completed by August of 2018, with the operations being performed in Louisville, Kentucky.

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MH-60R

The United Stated Navy has recently accepted the very first MH-60R helicopter variant for Denmark from Lockheed Martin, in a ceremony on Tuesday. This ceremony took place in Owego, New York, at a Lockheed Martin facility. The MH-60R was manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft and is equipped with advanced mission sensors and systems from Lockheed Martin. Denmark revealed in 2012 that they would be acquiring a total of nine MH-60R aircraft in order to perform missions such as search and rescue, surveillance, anti-surface warfare, and anti-piracy. The MH-60R is deployed and operational as the main United States Navy anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare system for both littoral zones and Open Ocean.

"We are excited to accept this aircraft bound for Denmark,"

said program executive officer for air anti-submarine warfare, assault and special mission programs, Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes.

"The Romeo is the U.S. Navy's primary rotary anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare platform in operation and we're proud to know these will be flying soon with the Royal Danish Air Force -- our first Sea-hawks in Europe."

Before being sent off to the Royal Danish Air Force, these MH-60R aircrafts will be entered into a series of tests in order to validate the Danish configuration modifications. By the second quarter of 2016, the first aircraft will be delivered to Denmark. By 2018, the full fleet should be delivered.

"MH-60R helicopters host the complete package of sensors and systems that address today's increasing threats,"

said Lockheed Martin vice president of Aviation and Unmanned Systems, Dan Spoor.

"We are honored to extend our international partnership with the Royal Danish Air Force to deliver these capabilities and the technology that will protect our allies around the globe."

Following the Royal Australian Navy, Denmark will be the second international partner in the MH-60R program.

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