Internationale fighter ontwikkelingen

Gestart door Lex, 19/12/2015 | 16:32 uur

Harald

Citaat van: Sparkplug op 19/06/2024 | 11:03 uurVoor mij blijft de F-15 een plaatje  :heart:

Zou willen dat ze weer met tail code CR vanaf Soesterberg konden vliegen.

idd
dat zou wel heel gaaf zijn.... maar ja  :'(  zal niet meer gebeuren.

Sparkplug

Citaat van: Harald op 19/06/2024 | 10:22 uurHow USAF Testers Are Working To Field The F-15EX Fast

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Voor mij blijft de F-15 een plaatje  :heart:

Zou willen dat ze weer met tail code CR vanaf Soesterberg konden vliegen.
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Harald

How USAF Testers Are Working To Field The F-15EX Fast

Leveraging foreign military sales and using a uniquely accelerated test plan has enabled a slick path to service for the F-15EX Eagle II.

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https://www.twz.com/sponsored-content/this-is-how-usaf-testers-have-helped-to-field-the-f-15ex-fast




Lynxian

Citaat van: Sparkplug op 13/06/2024 | 12:50 uurZie het woord used in de tekst van Janes  ;) De nieuwste Gripen uitvoering (JAS 39 E) is zeker niet goedkoper dan de voorgaande (JAS 39 C/D). De prijzen van een JAS 39 E Gripen en een F-16 Block 70/72 zullen elkaar niet veel ontlopen.
Ah, overheen gelezen, dank!

Sparkplug

Citaat van: Lynxian op 13/06/2024 | 12:04 uurIk dacht dat Gripens goedkoper waren dan F16s, of gaan ze voor tweedehands bakken? (Nauwelijks goedkoper in onderhoudskosten...)

Zie het woord used in de tekst van Janes  ;) De nieuwste Gripen uitvoering (JAS 39 E) is zeker niet goedkoper dan de voorgaande (JAS 39 C/D). De prijzen van een JAS 39 E Gripen en een F-16 Block 70/72 zullen elkaar niet veel ontlopen.
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Lynxian

Ik dacht dat Gripens goedkoper waren dan F16s, of gaan ze voor tweedehands bakken? (Nauwelijks goedkoper in onderhoudskosten...)

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Brazilian Air Force in negotiations with US for used F-16s

2024-06-12


Brazil's first Saab Gripen E during flight-testing. Although the Brazilian Air Force planned on purchasing additional Gripens, sources told Janes that insufficient funding has led the service to look elsewhere. (Saab)

 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is negotiating with the US government for the potential purchase of 24 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons, a ranking Brazilian officer told Janes in early June. Although negotiations are at an early stage, the FAB intends to decide quickly, potentially before the end of 2024, the officer said.

In 2014 the FAB ordered 36 Gripens for USD5.4 billion, and was widely expected to purchase a second batch of 36 to equip the 1º Grupo de Defesa Aérea (1º GDA) at Anápolis, which operated Mirage 2000s until 2013, then replace the two groups equipped with F-5EM Tiger IIs, followed by the two groups equipped with AMXs. Although the service was expected to purchase a second batch of Saab Gripen E/Fs, insufficient funding has led the FAB to search for cheaper options to replace its old fighter aircraft, the officer told Janes.

Even as 1º GDA integrates and tests Brazil's first Gripens, the FAB has yet to decide which will be the second unit to receive the remainder of the order; they will likely equip a group that today operates F-5s. The AMX fleet is due to be retired by the end of 2025, and without sufficient Gripens on order to replace them, the FAB is looking at less expensive options.

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https://www.janes.com/osint-insights/defence-news/industry/brazilian-air-force-in-negotiations-with-us-for-used-f-16s
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Sparkplug

ILA 2024: Germany considers additional F-35A combat aircraft

2024-06-07

Germany is looking at acquiring additional Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to further satisfy its ongoing Tornado replacement procurement programme.

Reuters announced Germany's intent to buy eight more F-35As to add to the 35 already on order and due for delivery from 2026, citing comments made by a German military official at the ILA Berlin Air Show on 7 June.

Berlin is now examining the cost of such a procurement, the report said. The original procurement for 35 aircraft was valued at EUR10 billion (USD10.9 billion), that included, infrastructure, training, and other related non-recurring items. These items would not be included in any follow-on buy of additional aircraft. Lockheed Martin was not immediately available to comment on the report.

Ahead of the introduction into service of the F-35A, the Luftwaffe is now upgrading Büchel Air Base to qualify as the main operating base for the type. The first aircraft will be delivered to the Bundeswehr in the US in 2026, with the type arriving in Germany by 2027. Between 2026 and 2027 the Luftwaffe will begin training in the US.

The Luftwaffe is looking to replace 90 Tornado Interdiction Strike (IDS)/Electronic Combat Reconnaissance (ECR) aircraft that are to be retired in 2030. To this end, the Bundeswehr has already contracted 35 F-35A and 15 retrofitted Eurofighter Elektronischer Kampf (EK) electronic attack (EA) aircraft to take on elements of the IDS and ECR roles respectively. However, while the F-35As will be additional airframes, the Eurofighter EKs will be existing airframes retrofitted with EA equipment.

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https://www.janes.com/osint-insights/defence-news/defence/ila-2024-germany-considers-additional-f-35a-combat-aircraft

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/germany-looking-into-buying-eight-additional-lockheed-f-35-jets-source-says-2024-06-07/
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

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ILA 2024: MBDA presses Germany to integrate Meteor missile onto F-35A

2024-06-05


A mock-up of the F-35A in German national markings at ILA 2024. With the first of 35 jets to be delivered from 2026, MBDA is pressing the Luftwaffe to integrate the Meteor missile, which it already carries on the Eurofighter. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

MBDA is pressing Germany to integrate its Meteor beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto its soon-to-be-delivered Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft.

Speaking on the opening day of the ILA Berlin Air Show held from 5 to 9 June, the managing director of MBDA Deutschland, Thomas Gottschild, said that while there was currently no formal requirement to do so, his group was keen to see the missile that is already carried on the Luftwaffe's Eurofighters carried on the F-35A as well.

"We are hoping for a German initiative going in that direction. There is nothing yet committed from the Luftwaffe, but we very much encourage it," Gottschild said.

The Luftwaffe is to receive 35 F-35As, with deliveries commencing in the US in 2026 and the first aircraft arriving in Germany in 2027. Under its current Foreign Military Sales (FMS) weapons package, the jet is to be armed with the RTX AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) in the medium- to long-range air-to-air role.

The UK is financing integration of the Meteor onto its F-35B variant aircraft, with the combination set to be operational in about 2030. Italy is looking to carry the Meteor on both its F-35A and F-35B aircraft, and any German integration effort would likely leverage this.

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https://www.janes.com/osint-insights/defence-news/defence/ila-2024-mbda-presses-germany-to-integrate-meteor-missile-onto-f-35a
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

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Duitsland bestelt extra Eurofighter Typhoons

5 juni 2024 |66 Views

BERLIJN – De Duitse bondskanselier Olaf Scholz heeft woensdag (5 juni) tijdens de opening van de ILA luchtvaartbeurs in Berlijn bekend gemaakt dat het land twintig extra Eurofighter Typhoons gaat bestellen.

Dit aantal komt bovenop de 38 Typhoons uit het zogenoemde Quadriga (Tranche 4) contract die al in productie zijn.

Eind november 2023 werd ook besloten vijftien Duitse Eurofighters geschikt maken voor elektronische oorlogsvoering.

De Luftwaffe beschikt momenteel over 141 Eurofighter varianten die in drie eerdere tranches geleverd werden.

https://www.pilootenvliegtuig.nl/2024/06/05/duitsland-bestelt-extra-eurofighter-typhoons/

https://www.eurofighter.com/news/germany-to-purchase-20-additional-eurofighter-jets
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Harald

#5413
Zwitserse luchtmacht laat straaljagers op snelweg landen

https://www.nu.nl/buitenland/6315620/zwitserse-luchtmacht-laat-straaljagers-op-snelweg-landen.html

In Zwitserland zijn woensdag twee gevechtsvliegtuigen op een snelweg geland tijdens een oefening. De Zwitserse luchtmacht wilde weleens zien waar straaljagers zoal kunnen landen, nu de spanningen in Europa zijn toegenomen als gevolg van de oorlog in Oekraïne

Video
https://www.nu.nl/308958/video/straaljagers-landen-op-snelweg-tijdens-oefening-in-zwitserland.html (via @NUnl)

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USAF F-35s Are Officially Getting Joint Strike Cruise Missiles That Fit In Their Bays

Joint Strike Missiles will give Air Force F-35A new options for conducting stand-off strikes, especially in the maritime domain.

byJoseph Trevithick| PUBLISHED May 31, 2024 8:29 PM EDT


Kongsberg

The U.S. Air Force has inked its first contract for Joint Strike Missile (JSM) cruise missiles. The Norwegian-made missiles are ostensibly intended to give the service's F-35As an interim stand-off anti-ship capability until the jets get the larger AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). However, the JSMs can also engage targets on land and will be able to fit inside the F-35A's internal weapon bays, allowing the jets to employ these weapons while staying as stealthy as possible.

The Pentagon announced the Air Force's award of the JSM production Lot 1 contract, which is a fixed-price deal with Norway's Kongsberg Defence valued at $141,000,000, earlier today.

"This contract provides for all up rounds, containers, and test equipment for the Joint Strike Missile," according to the Pentagon's daily contracting announcement. "Work will be performed in Kongsberg, Norway, and is expected to be completed by August 31, 2026."

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Pictures showing work on integrating the Joint Strike Missile on all three variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, as well as the F-16. Kongsberg

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https://www.twz.com/air/usaf-f-35s-are-officially-getting-joint-strike-cruise-missiles-that-fit-in-their-bays
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.

Harald

The Case For Arming Drone-Hunting Fighters With Iron Dome's Tamir Missile

With fighter jets increasingly being tasked to shoot down drones, the cheaper but proven Tamir interceptor could be a big help.

Israel's Iron Dome system, built by a consortium of Rafael, IAI and Raytheon (now RTX), has proven incredibly effective at swatting down thousands of rockets and other projectiles, and is now being procured by the U.S. Marine Corps for drone and cruise missile defense. At the heart of the system is the Tamir interceptor, a highly agile and precise missile that is now also in use in a naval role as part of the C-Dome system. This relatively cheap and proven weapon could potentially help solve a very pressing problem for fighter aircraft.

One of the most concerning topics in the world of defense and military technology as of late is the cost and availability of anti-air missiles. They are extremely expensive, take a long time to procure, and can be depleted very quickly on threats that cost a tiny fraction of their price tag – namely drones and lower-end cruise missiles. This is known as a poor shot exchange ratio and it's something we have been talking about for many years, but more recent events in Ukraine, off the coast of Yemen, and over the eastern approaches to Israel have elevated the topic to new heights.

For fighter aircraft, an AIM-120 ARAAM costs around $1M. An AIM-9X Sidewinder costs about half that. A fighter's gun is challenging to employ against relatively small targets puttering across the sky. There is an elevated danger of flying into such objects during a gun engagement attempt, and of rounds that don't hit the target ending up landing somewhere below. So, swatting down lowly long-range one-way attack munitions (aka kamikaze drones) and rudimentary cruise missiles via a fighter aircraft can quickly become a very costly and resource-depleting affair.

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https://www.twz.com/air/the-case-for-arming-drone-hunting-fighters-with-iron-domes-tamir-missile


Harald

Details on Swedish Futur fighter Jet just unveiled by SAAB.

In an era of rapid technological progress and geopolitical uncertainty, Sweden is sending a strong signal: with the Future Combat Aircraft Concept (Koncept för Framtida Stridsflyg, KFS), Swedish defense company Saab is unveiling the first glimpses of the future of the country's air defense. The independent project, which began in July 2023 and is expected to continue until 2025, was recently presented during a press conference at Saab's headquarters in Linköping.


Saab's concept of UAV -fighter jet mixed patrol, this ambition is the development basis of KFS program

The KFS project clearly stands apart from the British-led Global Combat Air Program (GCAP). Initially, Sweden was part of Team Tempest, a consortium with Italy and the UK studying the requirements for a sixth-generation fighter aircraft. However, with the project's integration into the Japanese FX program and its renaming to GCAP in December 2022, Sweden decided to follow its own path.

Peter Nilsson, head of advanced programs at Saab, explained the context of this decision: "With everything that has happened, the war in Ukraine, joining NATO, and the increase in the defense budget, Sweden decided to take a deep breath and see where we are going," Nilsson was quoted as saying by Flight Global. This strategic reassessment underscores Sweden's commitment to developing its defense capabilities independently and tailored to its own needs.

Technological Innovation and Strategic Priorities

The new concept for the future combat aircraft will be very different from previous models like the Gripen. Nilsson indicated that the project will focus on low observability, autonomy, and electronic warfare capabilities. These priorities reflect the evolving requirements and threat scenarios faced by modern air forces.

A significant milestone in this direction was the order Saab received from the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) in March 2024. It includes studies on both manned and unmanned solutions for various systems, technological developments, and demonstrators. This comprehensive approach aims to ensure that Sweden continues to have a cutting-edge and effective air defense in the future.

Geopolitical Implications and National Security

The decision to pursue an independent air defense project is significant not only technologically but also geopolitically. The war in Ukraine and growing tensions in Europe have led Sweden to rethink its defense strategy. By joining NATO, the country has committed to contributing to collective security, which places additional demands on its national defense infrastructure.

Furthermore, the increase in the Swedish defense budget reflects the seriousness of the situation and the need to respond quickly and effectively to new threats. The KFS project is a crucial element of this strategy and demonstrates Sweden's commitment to independently modernizing and strengthening its military capabilities.

Saab's KFS project marks an important step in the future development of Swedish air defense. By focusing on low observability, autonomy, and electronic warfare capabilities, Sweden will be able to adequately respond to modern threats and strengthen its defense capacity. The strategic decision to leave the GCAP and pursue an independent project underscores Sweden's commitment to independence and technological excellence. With an ambitious timeline and substantial resources invested in the project, Sweden ensures that it will continue to play a leading role in the field of air defense in the future.

https://www.armyrecognition.com/news/aerospace-news/2024/details-on-swedish-futur-fighter-jet-just-unveiled-by-saab

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Hungary discussing potential Gripen E buy from Sweden

22 May 2024

by Gareth Jennings


Already an operator of the Gripen C/D, Hungary is now in discussions to acquire the follow-on Gripen E (pictured) combat aircraft from Sweden. (Saab)

Hungary is discussing with Sweden the possibility of acquiring Gripen E combat aircraft to add to the Gripen C/Ds it already operates, a senior Saab official said on 20 May.

With the Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) flying 14 leased Gripen C/Ds, to which in Februaryit added an order of four additional Gripen C aircraft, Åsa Thegström, vice-president and deputy head of Aeronautics at Saab, told reporters at the company's Linköping production facility in southern Sweden that talks are now being held for a potential sale of the latest Gripen E to the Eastern European country.

"We are having interesting discussions with Hungary regarding the Gripen E," Thegström said. Deputy head of marketing and sales for the Gripen at Saab, Richard Smith, added that the HuAF is looking at the possible acquisition to fulfil its requirement to get back to two front-line operational squadrons, noting that the timeline for such a procurement is not yet known.

Hungary leased its 14 Gripen C/D aircraft from Sweden in 2001, with the type entering HuAF service in 2006. Saab said on 23 February that it had signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk: FMV) for four additional Gripen Cs to bring the current fleet to 18 aircraft.

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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/hungary-discussing-potential-gripen-e-buy-from-sweden
A fighter without a gun . . . is like an airplane without a wing.

-- Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF.