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FIRST INDIAN AIR FORCE JAGUAR DARIN III FIGHTER FLIES WITH IAI ELTA ELM-2052 AESA RADAR
Thursday, August 10, 2017
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An Indian Air Force Jaguar Takes Flight

Source: HAL


An Indian Air Force Jaguar Takes Flight

Source: HAL


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BENGALURU, India - Test pilots at defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) flew for the first time an upgraded Jaguar fighter aircraft fitted with an [IAI Elta ELM-2052] AESA (active electronically scanned array) radar.

The Jaguar Darin III, which HAL is upgrading for the Indian Air Force (IAF), will now boast of the state-of-the-art AESA radar and improved features like multi target tracking frequency agility, higher bandwidth of operation, interleaved modes of operation, higher accuracies and resolution.

HAL and Israeli firm ELTA, whose radar the defense PSU has fitted the Jaguar with, had completed the ground trials in February. Apart from the AESA radar, the aircraft will also be equipped with 28 new sensors, among other things.

With all the new features, the Jaguar Darin III is expected to serve the IAF for at least another decade. The IAF, which has been struggling to keep up its fighter plane strength at the desired level was satisfied with the initial upgrade plan and the aircraft had received the IOC (initial operational clearance) in November 2016.

"The upgrade incorporates new state-of-the-art avionics architecture including the Open System Architecture Mission Computer (OSAMC), Engine and Flight Instrument System (EFIS), Fire Control Radar, Inertial Navigation System with GPS and Geodetic height correction, et al," HAL said.

It added that the plane will also boast of Solid State Digital Video Recording System (SSDVRS), Solid State Flight Data Recorder (SSFDR), Smart Multi-Function Display (SMD), Radio Altimeter with 20,000 ft [6.1 km] range, Autopilot with Alt Select and Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF).

Source:  Times of India
Source Date: August 10, 2017
Posted: 08/17/2017

 
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN HELPS FIRE SCOUT SQUADRON MAKE HISTORY
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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MH-60S and MQ-8B Fire Scout

Source: Northrop Grumman


MH-60S and MQ-8B Fire Scout

Source: Northrop Grumman


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FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Northrop Grumman Fire Scout instructors helped an elite detachment of Fire Scout Air Vehicle Operators (AVO) from the U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 train and rehearse for a historic two-part demonstration. The AVOs trained for a real-time mission-set that handed off two autonomous, radar-equipped MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopters between multiple ground stations, a program first. The exercise also provided critical, real-time targeting information to a manned MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during a weeklong exercise off the coast of southern California.

"One of the primary benefits of autonomous systems is that you do not have to use precious flight hours to train, rehearse or develop new tactics, techniques and procedures," said Melissa Packwood, program manager, Fire Scout, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

In May 2017, the Fire Scout simulators helped the Navy plan out an entire mission ahead of the actual flights. The Fire Scout simulators at Northrop Grumman are generally used for proficiency training for pilots and payload operators, but the simulators also have the ability to rehearse and validate mission plans, increasing squadron readiness levels.

The demonstration called for the first-ever long-range transit of the Fire Scout. The autonomous helicopter was launched by AVOs using a mobile mission control station (MMCS) in Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island. The San-Clemente-based operators then successfully exchanged controls of the Fire Scout in-flight to AVOs operating from a ground control station at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California. This hand-off exchange was then repeated during the return trip to San Clemente Island.

"Having the capability to hand-off control of the Fire Scout mid-flight significantly increases Fire Scout’s operational range and really shows what the system is capable of," said Packwood. "Fire Scout truly becomes the force multiplier for the user by increasing operator time on-station and elevating the effectiveness of the fleet."

The second part of the demonstration utilized the MQ-8B Fire Scout as a force multiplier during an integrated pre-deployment exercise and training with the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and it’s Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expedition Unit. The radar equipped MQ-8B Fire Scout acted as laser designator platform for a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter that engaged with a moving surface contact using a Hellfire missile.

"A primary goal for this detachment was to showcase the capabilities of the MQ-8B," said Lt. Cmdr. David Barnhill, officer-in-charge of the detachment. "San Clemente Island broadens the training opportunities for our Fire Scout team and gives us the ability to work with a multitude of assets not otherwise available."

These successful demonstrations marked a first for the MQ-8B Fire Scout and showcased the overall enhanced battlespace awareness and early warning detection capabilities the system provides to the surface fleet.

The entire demonstration rehearsal and training simulation for these historic flights took place at Northrop Grumman’s Autonomous Design Center of Excellence in San Diego, California. The facility has trained more than 70 pilots and has been the breeding ground for elite helicopter pilots and flight crew to train and become certified as AVOs and Payload Operators.

The "Wildcards" of HSC-23 are an expeditionary squadron under Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific. A detachment from the squadron is currently deployed with an MH-60S and two MQ-8B Fire Scouts aboard the Independence class littoral combat ship, USS Coronado (LCS 4).

Source:  Northrop Grumman
Associated URL: northropgrumman.com
Source Date: August 15, 2017
Author: T.J.Ortega 
Posted: 08/17/2017

 
 
USAF F-15ES DEMONSTRATE RAYTHEON'S APG-82 AESA RADAR AT RED FLAG-ALASKA 17-3
Monday, August 14, 2017
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391st Fight. Squad. F-15E Flying with APG-82 at RED FLAG

Source: U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Malissa Armstrong


391st Fight. Squad. F-15E Flying with APG-82 at RED FLAG

Source: U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Malissa Armstrong


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MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho - The U.S. Air Force 391st Fighter Squadron demonstrated a new advancement to its systems for the first time at RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 31st - August 11, 2017.

"This is the first time we're going to showcase in an operational squadron the APG-82s, so our newest radar," said Lt. Col. Robert Olvis, 391st Fighter Squadron commander. "It's an AESA Radar, $6.5 billion investment in the F-15E, and the 391st Gunfighters are the first to showcase that in an operational squadron."

This radar allows the F-15E Strike Eagle to detect, identify and track multiple air and surface targets simultaneously.

"[With] Mountain Home, in particular the Strike Eagle, it's been fantastic," said Lt. Col. Matthew Warner, 80th Fighter Squadron operation deputy commander. "They've done some upgrades to the Strike Eagle which allow us over the data link to be able to communicate with them a little bit better [has] been pretty cool."

The APG-82 AESA radar is designed to offer adaptability to changing targets and builds off the multirole-mission capability of the F-15E Strike Eagle.

"It allows the Strike Eagles to continue to do what they're designed to do," said Capt. Zachary Zimmerman, 391st Fighter Squadron weapons system officer. "To fight our way in, drop precision ordinance and fight our way out in a high-density, near-peer air-to-air and air-to-ground threat environment."

The APG-82 AESA radar allows the F-15E Strike Eagle to bridge the gap between the fourth and fifth generation fighting force. It can better integrate allowing the entire force to become more effective in combat.

Source:  U.S. Air Force
Source Date: August 14, 2017
Posted: 08/17/2017

 

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