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Messaggio da richelieu » 8 febbraio 2016, 18:49

Kuwait ..... come detto nell' articolo dell' agenzia Reuters precedentemente postato ..... il ministro Pinotti ha incontrato, la settimana scorsa, il suo omologo kuwaitiano .....

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"Kuwait: il Ministro Pinotti incontra il Vice Primo Ministro e Ministro della Difesa dello Stato del Kuwait, Lt.Gen. Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah" ..... http://www.difesa.it/Primo_Piano/Pagine ... uwait.aspx
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Messaggio da richelieu » 12 febbraio 2016, 18:56

Belgio ..... sta per partire la procedura per la sostituzione degli F-16 .....
A request for proposals (RFP) to launch off Belgium’s search to replace its 59-strong Lockheed Martin F-16A/B fleet is expected “this summer”, with the schedule to allow for a new fighter to be in service by 2025, a source close to the programme has revealed.
Two years ago, Brussels issued a study request to help shape what it would require from a fighter replacement, and defence minister Steven Vandeput announced in late December that through a strategic plan currently being approved, 34 new fighters would be acquired.
According to the programme source, the project will be valued at €3.6 billion ($4 billion) but it is not clear whether the amount includes maintenance and support costs.
Fonte ..... "Belgian F-16 replacement process to start by mid-year" .....
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ea-421877/
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Messaggio da richelieu » 12 febbraio 2016, 20:42

Kuwait ..... forse ci siamo .....

"Kuwait to finalise Eurofighter jet deal with Italy" ..... http://middle-east-online.com/english/?id=75213

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Il Pakistan ottiene otto F-16 nuovi di zecca .....
US Approves F-16 Sale to Pakistan .....

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​The State Department on Feb. 12 approved the foreign military sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan, a move that Pentagon officials say should not concern India.
The approved sale, at a cost of $699 million, includes eight Block 52 F-16s - two C and six D models - with F100-PW-229 engines, along with 14 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems.
The sale also includes eight AN/APG-68 radars and eight ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites.
The sale “improves Pakistan’s capability to meet current and future security threats,” according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency release .....
http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/go ... 2-aircraft
Following the sale, India’s External Affairs Ministry said the sale would not help combat terrorism, according to The Associated Press .....
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/b32d7ed1 ... s-pakistan
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Tuesday the approval of the sale took into account the regional security situation, and that helping Pakistan fight terrorism with the aircraft is in the national security interest of the United States.
“We think this is [an] important capability for the Pakistanis to go after terrorists in that country,” Cook said.
“And, as a result, we don’t think it should cause concern for India.”
Fonte ..... il 'Daily Report' dell' AFA .....
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Kuwait ..... il Parlamento approva .....
Kuwait has approved the procurement of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft that was announced in September 2015, the Reuters news agency reported on 1 March.
The national parliament has passed a draft law enabling the advance payment of KWD150 million (USD499 million) for the Typhoons, with the remainder of the USD8.7 billion to be paid later.
Under the deal, 22 single-seat and six twin-seat aircraft will be delivered to Kuwait from Finmeccanica's assembly line at Caselle, Italy, from 2019.
Fonte ..... "Kuwaiti parliament approves Typhoon procurement" .....
(308 of 552 words) ..... http://www.janes.com/article/58452/kuwa ... rocurement

Reuters ..... "Finmeccanica, ok da Kuwait ad anticipo 500 mln dlr per Eurofighter" .....
http://it.reuters.com/article/itEuroRpt/idITL8N1694XK
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Interferenze ..... questa notizia, che risale ad alcuni giorni fa, spiegherebbe certi ritardi nella firma del contratto .....
Sources say the delay in signing the contract is due to an unsolicited bid by BAE Systems, which offered Kuwait the 20-year Typhoon support package at a lower price than the one quoted by Finmeccanica.
Fonte ..... "Italian Eurofighter Sale to Kuwait Stumbles on Logistics Package" .....
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articl ... ckage.html
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Dal sito del mensile britannico 'Combat Aircraft' .....

"Kuwait Eurofighter deal back on track" ..... http://www.combataircraft.net/view_arti ... h&p=1&i=10

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Un generale USAF spinge ..... ma chi c'è dietro di lui ?
The head of US Central Command Gen Lloyd Austin has declared his support for the sale of American fighter jets to Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Qatar is seeking Boeing F-15 Strike Eagles while Kuwait wants Boeing F/A-18 Strike Eagles.
Bahrain, meanwhile, is keen to boost its inventory of Lockheed Martin F-16s.
However, the White House has been slow to respond, putting potential deals in jeopardy as Middle East nations warm to European fighter types like the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon.
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Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on 8 March, Austin said he supports fighter sales to Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.
He was responding to a question by committee chairman Sen John McCain, who has advocated for those pending deals to move forward.
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McCain expressed concerns about Russia's export of advanced military armaments to Iran, worth upward of $8 billion, he says.
Fonte ..... "US general backs fighter sales to three Gulf states" .....
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Israele - Argentina ..... riparte la trattativa .....
Argentina and Israel have resumed negotiations covering the potential sale of 14 Israel Aerospace Industries Kfir Block 60 fighter aircraft, after the parties broke off talks following elections in the South American country in October 2015.
Fonte ..... "Argentina and Israel resume Kfir sale talks" .....
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richelieu ha scritto:Interferenze ..... questa notizia, che risale ad alcuni giorni fa, spiegherebbe certi ritardi nella firma del contratto .....
Sources say the delay in signing the contract is due to an unsolicited bid by BAE Systems, which offered Kuwait the 20-year Typhoon support package at a lower price than the one quoted by Finmeccanica.
Fonte ..... "Italian Eurofighter Sale to Kuwait Stumbles on Logistics Package" .....
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articl ... ckage.html
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imposssssssibile possa succedere.......
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MiG-35 ..... gli esemplari di pre-produzione stanno per iniziare le prove di volo .....
The first pre-production batch of Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F) multipurpose fighter aircraft will start undergoing flight tests this year, Sergei Korotkov, the CEO of the MiG Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation (RSK MiG), said on 17 March.
The RSK MiG CEO did not specify how many MiG-35 fighter jets the pre-production batch would comprise.
Fonte ..... "MiG-35 pre-production batch to start flight tests soon" .....
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Francia e Qatar concludono l' affare .....
France and Qatar completed the deal for 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets at the opening day of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference.
The fighter deal, which includes MBDA missiles, training for 36 pilots and some 100 mechanics, was earlier reported to be worth €6.3 billion (US $6.9 billion); however, it was announced Tuesday that the deal is worth €6.7 billion (US $7.5 billion).
Fonte ..... "Qatar, France Complete Dassault Rafale Fighter Jet Deal" .....

Però ..... c' è chi spera ancora .....
Britain's defense minister said on Tuesday that a deal to sell Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes to Qatar was "definitely still on the table".
Michael Fallon, speaking on board a British destroyer anchored in Doha port, said he had held discussions on a possible sale with Qatari officials within the past week.
He added that the deal had not been killed off by a Qatari decision to buy 24 Rafale.
Fonte ..... " UK Defense Chief Says Qatar Warplane Deal 'On the Table' " .....

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Secondo un articolo di 'Analisi Difesa' di ieri .....
Dopo settimane di indiscrezioni, conferme e smentite il ministro della Difesa Roberta Pinotti sarà domattina in Kuwait in qualità di testimonial dell’accordo tra il Paese arabo e il consorzio europeo Eurofighter, costituito dall’Italia, con Finmeccanica, e da Regno Unito, Germania e Spagna, per una fornitura di 28 caccia Eurofighter Typhoon, nell’arco di venti anni e per un valore tra i 7 e gli 8 miliardi di euro.
Finmeccanica, attraverso la controllata Alenia Aermacchi, è la capocordata della maxi-commessa e in termini economici la sua quota dovrebbe valere circa la metà del totale.
Il testo ..... "Il Kuwait firma oggi il contratto Eurofighter" .....

Dati i precedenti falsi allarmi ..... ritengo sia opportuno attendere che venga rilasciato il comunicato ufficiale dell' avvenuta positiva conclusione della vicenda .....

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La Bulgaria di fronte ad una non facile scelta .....
The Bulgarian government gave the long-delayed go-ahead to a new fighter procurement on 30 March, which will eventually see 16 aircraft acquired to replace the air force’s ageing Russian fleet.
An acquisition plan for an affordable Western multi-role design to replace Sofia’s fleet of Russian Mikoyan MiG-29 ‘Fulcrums’ and Sukhoi Su-25 ‘Frogfoots’ has been approved, which will see a NATO-compatible fighter procured in two phases.
Fonte ..... "Bulgarian fighter replacement plan given go-ahead" .....

Nell' articolo viene pure citata l' eventualità della cessione dei nostri Eurofighter (Tranche 1) .....
There is also an option, strongly backed by the Italian government, for ex-Italian air force Eurofighter Typhoons.
Mi sto chiedendo però se, al momento attuale, ci convenga .....
E' pur vero che si tratta della variante più vecchia e meno 'attrezzata' dell' aereo ..... ma, dati i tempi, anche se utilizzata nel solo ruolo di difesa aerea, potrebbe sempre dire la sua .....

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Fonti estere .....

DefenseNews ..... "Kuwait signs Eurofighter deal" .....

Flight International ..... "Kuwait places order for 28 Typhoons" .....

AINonline ..... "Eurofighter Concludes Deal To Supply 28 Typhoons to Kuwait" .....

Jane's ..... "Kuwait signs Typhoon deal" ..... (117 of 354 words) .....
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Escan....?!?!!
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Dopo i Rafale ..... gli F-15 ?
According to the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a decision on Qatar's purchase of 73 F-15 Silent Eagles may come soon.
US Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told Defense News on his recent return from a Middle East trip to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel said that he met with Qatari Defense Minister, Shiekh Khalid Al-Attiyah, and discussed the F-15 SE subject.
Qatar's request has been delayed for two years.
Although the Defense Department and State departments have both supported the sales, according to a congressional source, the White House has put on the brakes.
According to Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, Qatar is seeking 73 jets — 36 in the first tranche, a buy that would take 42 months to be delivered.
Fonte ..... "Sen. Ben Cardin: Decision May Come Soon on F-15 Sale to Qatar" .....
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Messaggio da richelieu » 6 maggio 2016, 18:10

Prossima consegna al Vietnam degli ultimi esemplari del modello 'classico' .....
The imminent delivery of from Russia of two Sukhoi Su-30MK2 twin-seat versions to Vietnam will make the end of production for the “classic” version of the Flanker multirole fighter.
But production of advanced “generation 4++” versions—the Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35—featuring markedly different airframes and more powerful engines will continue through at least 2020.
Fonte ..... "Vietnam To Receive the Last ‘Classic’ Flankers" .....

..... e annuncio dell' esistenza di una nuova, ennesima versione .....
A dimostrazione di quanto sia stata indovinata la formula, come testimoniato anche dai tanti successi commerciali, la United Aicraft Corporation russa ha presentato un'altra versione del FLANKER, denominata Su-30SME FLANKER-H.
Si tratta, in particolare, di una variante per l'export del caccia multiruolo pesante Su-30SM, in servizio con le Aeronautiche Russa e del Kazakhstan, a sua volta variante avanzata e "russizzata" dell'indiano Su-30MKI, rispetto al quale possiede radar, sistemi di comunicazione IFF e seggiolini eiettabili più moderni e performanti.
Fonte ..... "Su-30SME: il nuovo FLANKER" .....
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A proposito del contratto Finmeccanica-Kuwait .....
Moretti said Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s share of the deal would be 60 percent, while Chief Financial Officer Gian Piero Cutillo told analysts that the firm would be “the only interface with the customer,” meaning there wouldn't be a direct role for other Eurofighter partner firms like BAE Systems or Airbus.
The eight-year contract will cover 2016 to 2023, with deliveries starting in 2019 and all production, delivery and acceptance procedures undertaken in Italy, the firm said.
Quizzed by analysts, Cutillo said the €8 billion figure did not cover long-term support deals.
Armaments are also yet to be contracted.
Revenues from the deal will start to kick in from 2017 and run through to 2021 at about €2 billion a year.
Fonte ..... "Finmeccanica Sees Eurofighter Boom, Helicopter Drop-off" .....
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A proposito della vendita di otto F-16 al Pakistan ..... "US Approves F-16 Sale to Pakistan" .....
.....a quanto pare ..... sono sorte delle difficoltà .....
The sale of eight U.S. F-16s to Pakistan has run into troubled waters with Congress blocking the release of funds towards the deal.
Under the earlier agreement between the United States and Pakistan, approximately $430 million of the $700 million bill for the F-16s was to be paid by Washington.
But there was stiff opposition in Congress, when lawmakers questioned the “judgement and timing of the sale” and wondered whether the F-16s, ostensibly being sold to Pakistan to aid in its counter-terrorism operations, “could ultimately be used against India or other regional powers.”
Fonte ..... "After F-16 Fiasco, US-Pakistan Ties Are Due to Head South Again" .....
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Finlandia ..... - caccia ..... + droni ..... forse .....
Finland’s center-right government’s tightening grip on public spending could result in the acquisition of fewer combat aircraft in the Finnish Air Forces’ (FAF) HX Fighter Replacement Program (HX-FRP).
Such a path to procurement strengthens the possibility that economic and affordability factors could see Finland acquire a fleet of combat drone aircraft to supplement the FAF’s operational needs and support its overall capability.
Fonte ..... "Finland May Turn to Drones To Supplement Combat Aircraft" .....
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Dagli Stati Uniti ..... niente F-15 o F-16 per la Finlandia .....
Contrary to reports from Helsinki in April, the US Departement of Defense will not offer the Boeing F-15 Eagle and Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon to Finland as possible replacements for the country’s fleet of ‘legacy’ F-18 Hornets.
Washington told Helsinki it will not respond to Finland’s Request for Information (RfI) for those jets, Finnish MoD confirmed on Monday 2 May.
Washington however will send information on the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
Fonte ..... "US will not offer F-15 and F-16 to Finland" .....
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Messaggio da mendris » 26 maggio 2016, 19:23

In vari forum in lingua inglese si legge della (probabile) prossima vendita da parte di SAAB di otto Gripen C/D al Botswana. Si tratta di apparecchi di seconda mano, probabilmente parte di quelli che sarebbero stati dati in leasing alla Svizzera in attesa della fornitura degli "E". Mi pare quindi che non si tratti di surplus visto che le Forze aeree svedesi sono alle prese con... l'invadente (quasi) vicino russo e non intendono svendere la flotta.

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However, African media reports which suggest a deal has been struck with Botswana are dismissed as being premature, with discussions “at a very early stage”.
Fonte ..... "ANALYSIS: How Saab broke the mould with evolved Gripen E" .....

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La fonte è indiana ..... e lascia trapelare una sottile malignità .....

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"Unable to acquire the F-16s, Pak says their JF-17s are state-of-the-art" .....

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Ora il Pakistan..... dopo il mancato acquisto di otto F-16 ..... "Pakistan Fails to Seal F-16 Deal" .....

..... sta pensando al caccia di quinta generazione .....
The top Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief has outlined plans for greater indigenous design and technical/industrial input with its next fighter, which it hopes to realize under the Vision 2030 program.
In an interview aired by the national broadcaster PTV, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said Vision 2030 aims for greater indigenization of avionics, communication systems, and other subsystems and components for a fifth generation fighter.
Fonte ..... "Pakistan Seeks Greater Indigenization for Next Air Force Fighter" .....
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Messaggio da richelieu » 8 giugno 2016, 0:19

E' passato più di un anno ..... ora se ne riparla ..... "Egypt To Receive Advanced Fulcrum Fighters from MiG" .....

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Messaggio da richelieu » 11 giugno 2016, 11:13

In questo blog svizzero (in lingua francese) si parla di MiG-29M/M2 .....

"L’Egypte a commandé des MiG-29M/M2 !" .....

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Il Botswana conferma .....
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) has confirmed negotiations with Swedish aircraft manufacturer Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) are underway for the acquisition of between eight and 12 JAS Gripen "C" and "D" aircraft variants to replace its ageing fleet of US-made F-5 fighter jets.
The confirmation was made by BDF commander Lt. Gen. Gaolathe Galebotswe when he appeared before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee to give evidence on defense spending and the state of the equipment at the disposal of the force.
Fonte ..... "Gripens To Replace Botswana F-5 Fighter Jets" .....
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L' Argentina si dispera .....
Cash-low Argentina is so desperately seeking new fighter jets, that it is looking to put budget priced French fighter jets from the 1970s back in the air.
The defence minister of the Latin-American nation recently paid a visit to France, trying to have Paris agree to an affordable price tag for 12 Dassault-made fighter jets retired by the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air).
Buenos Aires is looking for six Mirage F1s plus six Mirage 2000s, or a dozen of either one of the types.
A 2013 deal with Spain seems to have hit the sand barrier somewhere.
Fonte ..... "Argentina desperately seeking Mirage" .....

Qualche mese fa (post del 10 Marzo) si parlava della ripresa della trattativa con Israele per l' acquisto di un certo numero di Kfir ricondizionati ..... ma, al momento, non se ne sa più nulla .....
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Mentre il Canada esamina le opzioni .....
The Canadian government is consulting industry representatives on a replacement for its CF-18 fighters, as the new Liberal administration steps away from the controversial Lockheed Martin F-35 programme.
Canada will kick off talks with industry and government officials at the Farnborough Airshow on 11 July, Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan says in a news release.
Fonte ..... "Canada examining all options for CF-18 replacement" .....

Government of Canada ..... "An Update on Replacing Canada's CF-18 Fleet" .....

..... mamma Lockheed ..... mostra i denti .....

Immagine
Lockheed Martin may decide to move the industrial participation that Canada currently benefits from on the F-35 to another programme partner if Ottawa decides against acquiring the Lightning II, the company says.
Canada is an industrial partner on the programme, but is still evaluating which type it will acquire to replace its Boeing CF-18 fleet.
As a result, Lockheed is now assessing whether the workshare that Ottawa benefits from could be carried out elsewhere.
Jeff Babione, F-35 programme lead for Lockheed, told media at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 7 July that Lockheed is “actively looking” at alternatives, but is still at the stage of determining where else the work could be carried out.
Fonte ..... "Lockheed warns of industrial impact if Canada ditches F-35" .....
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FARNBOROUGH: F-35 faces tough fight for global sales .....

08 July, 2016 - by: Craig Hoyle - London

Two years ago, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 was set to make its first Atlantic crossing ahead of a high-profile Farnborough air show debut.
The manufacturer seemed poised to dominate the fighter market afresh, following a more than 40-year success story with the F-16.
In Europe, Dassault had yet to secure a first international customer for its Rafale, the Eurofighter consortium had not won an export deal since a modest 12-unit order secured from Oman in late 2012, and Saab had suffered a recent setback, with a public referendum in Switzerland shooting down a proposed 22-aircraft procurement of its Gripen NG.
Of course, the Joint Strike Fighter never made it “across the pond” in July 2014, as operating restrictions imposed following a ground engine fire in a US Air Force example frustrated the US Marine Corps, Lockheed and show-goers in the UK.
Atlantic crossings made by one Italian air force F-35A and more recently a pair of Royal Netherlands Air Force examples mean that distinction was not claimed when USMC and USAF Lightning IIs arrived at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire in late June, ahead of a starring role at the 8-10 July Royal International Air Tattoo.
The fifth-generation strike aircraft will then also be appearing in the skies above Farnborough, including an expected flypast in formation with the RAF’s Red Arrows aerobatic display team.
While the F-35B achieved initial operational capability status with the Marines late last year, and should hit the same milestone with the USAF before the end of 2016, it seems a less dominant force than when it missed out at the last Farnborough event.
A fix for the earlier issue with the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine – which was linked to excessive blade rubbing – and a number of international commitments made since the last Farnborough have provided significant boosts for the F-35.
However, competition in the fighter sector is vibrant, and challenges remain for Lockheed as it continues along the path to delivering full operational capability with the Lightning II.
It also must meet ambitious plans for a dramatic ramp-up in production and associated cost reduction.
After a spectacular double-success in early 2015, when it signed back-to-back contracts with Egypt and Qatar, for 24 aircraft each, Dassault now appears to be edging towards concluding its third export deal for the Rafale, with India’s government seeking approval for a 36-aircraft buy.
While this is greatly fewer than the 126 previously sought via New Delhi’s now-abandoned medium multi-role combat aircraft contest, it would be a welcome outcome, more than four years after the French type won selection.
After diverting several Rafales from delivery to its French customers to accommodate the urgent requirements of Egypt, Dassault has now delivered six of the nation’s on-order examples, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows.
These have all been in the two-seat Rafale B configuration, which will make up the bulk of the Egyptian order, along with eight single-seat fighters.
Meanwhile, following an Italian-led campaign victory and 28-aircraft deal in Kuwait, Eurofighter will be at the show with renewed drive, as it looks to secure further sales to safeguard production of the Typhoon beyond the start of the next decade.
Significantly, Doha’s commitment for Tranche 3 production aircraft includes the first confirmed order for a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, in development by the Euroradar consortium.
Eurofighter partner nations Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK used the last Farnborough show to underscore their commitment to complete development of the Captor-E sensor.
“We have a contract – in 2019 this capability will be delivered,” says Alberto Gutierrez, head of Eurofighter and combat aircraft programmes for Airbus Defence & Space.
Until earlier this year chief executive of the Eurofighter consortium, he adds that Germany and Spain have also made commitments to add the AESA capability to parts of their fleets, while Italy is also considering the enhancement.
Notably, that list does not include the UK, which is also studying a potential national solution to integrate an active array in some of its most advanced Typhoons.
Gutierrez points to opportunities in Asia, Europe and the Middle East for additional Typhoon sales, with current targets including Belgium, Finland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Qatar and Switzerland, plus potential repeat orders from Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
In many contests it will face familiar competition from the Rafale, Gripen E and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet – and for the some of the opportunities from the F-35 as well.
For Swedish airframer Saab, its narrow referendum disappointment in Switzerland was swiftly followed by securing contracts from its home air force and Brazil to complete the development of the Gripen E/NG.
Sweden’s air force will receive 60 single-seat examples, with an option on a further 10, while Brazil’s F-X2 contract is for an initial 36 NGs – including eight two-seat examples to be developed in collaboration with Embraer.
The new-generation model is making solid progress, with Saab having unveiled its first test aircraft in Linköping on 18 May.
Saab lists a large number of nations that it considers as potential future Gripen customers – either in the current C/D-model standard or the in-development E/NG.
Near-term prospects include Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Finland, Indonesia, Malaysia and Slovakia.
Deliveries could be made within 18 months of a deal being signed, says head of Gripen Jerker Ahlqvist, who adds that Saab has the capacity to build 25-30 of the type per year if multiple successes are recorded.
Overseas production will also be conducted, if India selects the type for an expected requirement to acquire about 100 light fighters, he adds.
Swedish policy precludes it from offering fighter aircraft in the Middle East, and – due to past experience – the company is unlikely to enter into a head-to-head battle with the F-35.
Airbus’s Gutierrez says three things sell a fighter aircraft: “price, performance and political support”.
While companies can control the first two of these variables, the latter can be less predictable – and sometimes quick to change.
With manufacturers in this sector serving as the industry’s heavyweight prize-fighters, their pride is easily dented.
Following a competition defeat to the USA’s Boeing F-15K in South Korea more than a decade ago, Dassault famously quipped that “bamboo always leans the way it’s pushed the hardest”.
Saab mounted a fierce defence of its Gripen NG when the Norwegian government and defence ministry used a capability modelling exercise to reject the type in favour of the F-35A in 2008, labelling the analysis “incomplete, or even faulty”.
Its decision to withdraw the single-engined type from contention in a Danish contest recently appeared vindicated, when a self-picked panel of experts ranked the Lightning II as superior to the Super Hornet and Typhoon in all categories.
Airbus Defence & Space is now seeking clarification from Copenhagen, with head of military aircraft Fernando Alonso unhappy about the result – which should lead to a 27-aircraft buy.
“We totally disagree with how the technical evaluation was done,” he says.
Referring to claims about the projected cost, performance and risks associated with a selection of the Typhoon, he adds: “We will fight, and we will demonstrate that they are not true.”
The defeated firm has submitted a list of about 40 questions to the Danish government, but responses had yet to be received by late June.
“The F-35 is a fantastic machine – but not fantastic enough to equip all European air forces,” contends Jean-Pierre Talamoni, Airbus Defence & Space’s head of sales and marketing.
Elsewhere in the fighter arena, Boeing’s wait to announce a second export buyer for the Super Hornet continues, after its previous sales of the F/A-18F and EA-18G variant to Australia.
Pending interest from existing Hornet operator Kuwait has yet to advance to a procurement, but the company’s production line has been safeguarded for some time, due to a US Congressional plan to acquire more for the US Navy.
Boeing’s F-15 has not secured additional sales since the last Farnborough, although unconfirmed reports have suggested that Qatar could also be interested in acquiring the type, to join its future Rafales.
For now, production of the type continues for Saudi Arabia.
Lockheed also is looking at the potential to extend production of its F-16.
The United Arab Emirates has previously shown interest in acquiring additional E/F-model examples.
The type has also been offered to other nations, including Bahrain, in an enhanced F-16V configuration, with features including an AESA radar.
Without additional sales, assembly of the type could come to an end during 2017.
Current US government policy restricts Lockheed from offering the F-35 to any nation in the Middle East apart from Israel, whose first “Adir” was rolled out at the company’s Fort Worth site in Texas in mid-June.
With this position unlikely to change for some years, the prospects for additional sales of both the Rafale and Typhoon within the region are likely to be strong.
Meanwhile, Canada could offer a rare opportunity for European types to take on the F-35, since Ottawa’s new government has pledged to hold a competition, rather than proceed with an earlier acquisition strategy considering only the Lightning II.
In Russia, the nation’s industry continues to sustain production of the RAC MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-30, as the latter design bureau’s new-generation T-50/PAK-FA also edges closer to service entry with the Russian air force.
Irkut is currently delivering Su-30SM multirole fighters to the Russian air force and navy, and also to Kazakhstan, while MK-series examples are being produced for Algeria and India.
One potential wildcard in this market is Lockheed’s F-22, with the USAF – prompted by Congress – looking at the practicality and cost implications of reviving production of the type.
Unlike during its previous build-run, this could even include the prospect of selling the Raptor on the international stage.
However, Japan, which previously wanted to buy the air-superiority platform, has instead ordered the F-35A, and is investing significant sums in developing its X-2 technology demonstrator, first flown on 22 April.
But for some operators, budgetary constraints, a limited-threat environment and an inability to access advanced fighters presents opportunities for the manufacturers of less-sophisticated strike aircraft.
Embraer has been particularly successful in this sector with the armed EMB-314 Super Tucano, with competition coming from the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine.
Combat-capable versions of advanced jet trainers such as the Leonardo Aermacchi M-346 and Irkut-built Yak-130 also can expect to secure business, while the pending first flight of a production-standard version of the Textron AirLand Scorpion should also boost interest in the low-cost design.
Longer term, technological advancement and service interest will determine whether air forces might be ready to replace some of their piloted aircraft with unmanned combat air vehicles.
However, the USN has downgraded its ambitions for such a combat-capable asset to instead propose using it as an airborne tanker, and the prospects for an Anglo-French future combat air system – expected to enter use post-2030 – could potentially diminish following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.
For its part, Germany has asked Airbus Defence & Space to study options for a manned follow-on to the Panavia Tornado, which could be optimised for teamed operations alongside unmanned systems.
The company is calling on other European firms to work together to maintain the continent’s capabilities in fighter production after sales of current models come to an end.
So, while the F-35’s Farnborough debut will grab many headlines during the show, Lockheed will by no means be having the fighter market of the future all to itself.
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Mancate vendite di aerei USA ad alcuni paesi del Golfo ..... tre deputati scrivono una lettera di protesta .....
Three House lawmakers in charge of spending legislation for national security agencies are requesting a briefing by July 14 on why the White House hasn’t approved the sale of as many as 81 fighter aircraft to three key Persian Gulf allies.
“Inexplicably, at the same time we have asked our partners in the region to assume greater roles” in the fight against the Islamic State “their requests for U.S. equipment languish,” the lawmakers said in a July 6 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and National Security Adviser Susan Rice that was obtained by Bloomberg News.
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Ancora sul 'dilemma' canadese ..... le implicazioni .....
As the USA cautiously navigates the implications of the UK's Brexit vote on its foreign military sales, top American acquisition officials are also bracing for a potential Canadian departure from the F-35 programme.
Canada took steps last week to reassess its Boeing CF-18 recapitalisation programme, which had originally planned to replace its aging Hornet fleet with Lockheed Martin’s F-35A.
The participation in the Joint Strike Fighter buy also gives Canada a substantial industrial workshare.
But no official process exists if Canada decides to opt out of the F-35, US Department of Defense acquisition chief Frank Kendall said yesterday.
Fonte ..... "FARNBOROUGH: No standard process for Canadian F-35 withdrawal, Kendall says" .....
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