Friday, December 2, 2016
Nov 30, 2016
Nov 30, 2016
India’s Ministry of Defense has cleared an order for 83 Light Combat Aircraft (), designated Mk1A, from government-owned defense manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd () for the Indian Air Force (). currently has in hand an order for 40 -engined s for the . Of the 20 to be produced with an initial operational clearance, three have been delivered and the fourth is scheduled to be handed over by early next year. Twenty more will be supplied once they receive the final operational clearance () by end of 2017.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Dec 1, 2016
Airport security screening. If you ask most people what their point of view is on airport security screening, you will find that the majority of individuals consider it a necessary evil. A recent Gallup poll actually found that most Americans are okay sacrificing privacy for security, while another Gallup poll on airport security found that Americans’ views of the TSA are more positive than negative.
In the cat-and-mouse game between security professionals and terrorists, the stakes could not be higher. The rise of discontented extremist groups around the world has increased since September 11th and so has the frequency of attack. “As threat levels increase, components get smaller and capabilities of our attackers improve. The need for advanced technologies and training in the security industry is a never ending cycle.,” says Brian Holland, president of Point Security Inc., a vendor of security screening equipment.
Individuals try to sneak products or destructive components onto planes and security personnel try to catch them in the act. However, security personnel like the TSA and other regulating bodies around the world do not have the adequate resources to fully scan every passenger and every piece of luggage coming through an airport.
Holland goes on to say that the “Quality of the detection process and the time needed to process, have always been opposing forces. The difference between three minutes and ten seconds of scan time per process, can equate to hours of lost time when multiplied by the millions that travel each year.” Security professionals are tasked with a difficult choice of where to cut costs. Should one invest in a new, cutting-edge screening equipment or bring in more staff? Will the busy holiday travel season (typically between late November and early January) require more baggage scanners or body scanners? Furthermore, how long can we keep the average passenger in the security checkpoints?
In December 2015, Americans saw terrorism as the number one problem facing the nation. Terrorism was seen as more important than guns, government, and the economy. With tensions high, security manufacturing personnel need to have a global approach to solving the problem. Countries - and airports within countries - have different budgets, and accordingly, different needs. While it may make sense for JFK to invest in the newest baggage screening tool that decreases wait times, it may make more economic sense for an airport in Burkina Faso to train temporary staff members to meet the holiday rush.
Transparency of information is also a key component. Countries should work together to thwart recent developments in smuggling, and terrorism plots. If one airport learns of a recent development that breached security, other airports around the world should be kept up to speed.
Meet the Author
Brian Holland is the President of Point Security Inc., a certified small business with over twenty-five years of experience providing sales and service of security screening equipment throughout the United States and the Caribbean. He enjoys educating individuals in ways that can better secure their facility. For more information please contact Point Security Inc.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Nov 8, 2016
Nov 8, 2016
Sector firms have role in statue construction; when completed, they will be among the world's tallest.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Sorry-posting it a bit late!
AEROSPACE Mag -UK
Rafale deal sealed at last
Thursday, November 3, 2016
|Lockheed Martin released this artist’s impression of an F-16 in Indian air force colors in 2011, when the type was previously evaluated for the MMRCA contract. (Image: Lockheed Martin)|
After confirming the acquisition of 36 Dassault Rafale fighters off-the-shelf from France, India has invited proposals from the U.S., Sweden and Russia to transfer technology and produce a single-engine fighter in-country. The latest move seems to preclude any “Make in India” offers from Dassault for the twin-engine Rafale, as well as Eurofighter (for the Typhoon) or Boeing (for the F/A-18). India has a requirement for approximately 100 more fighters.
The invitation was in the form of letters handed to the ambassadors of the three countries. Lockheed Martin has already responded, offering an upgraded “F-16 Block 70.” It is believed that Saab will follow, with an offer for the Gripen E. It is unclear what Russia might offer, since both the MiG-29/35 and Sukhoi Su-30/35 series are twin-engine designs.
“What we have offered, we believe is unprecedented,” said Randy Howard, head of F-16 business development for Lockheed Martin. The company has committed to transfer F-16 production from Fort Worth to India in phases. The proposal would make India the world's largest supply base for F-16s. Lockheed Martin has sold 4,588 F-16s to 29 customers, and many of those aircraft have a 30-year life that requires the continuing supply of spares and support.
“Bringing the production to India will have a positive impact on affordability for India and the global fleet,” said Howard.
The Block 70 appears to be an alternative designation for the F-16V upgradethat is currently in flight test. The upgrade’s APG-83 AESA radar is a big plus, according to Howard. “It has commonality with the APG-81 on the F-35, a wide field-of-view, and picks up 20 targets,” he said. The F-16V also features a one-gigabyte Ethernet data system and a 6x8-inch center pedestal cockpit display. Lockheed Martin is currently producing one F-16 per month for Iraq at Fort Worth, but the line could close at the end of next year when that country’s order for 36 C/D models is completed. (The aircraft are being delivered slowly, because of U.S. concerns about Iraq’s stability. The company had handed over 10 to Iraq by the end of August.)
A dampener could be India’s concern about neighboring Pakistan, which has acquired 41 upgraded Block 52 F-16s. “Given the warming of the U.S.-India strategic relationship, it is unlikely that Pakistan will be given the upgraded aircraft, nor would it like to buy from India,” said a retired air force official. Recently, Pakistan’s efforts to purchase eight more F-16s from the U.S. failed following a row over financing.
Saab is offering the soon-to-fly Gripen E, already the subject of a licensed production deal with Brazil. In a media briefing earlier this year Richard Smith, Saab’s head of Gripen marketing and sales, noted that in the previous Indian evaluation of the Swedish jet “we were ruled out before the commercial bids were opened.” But, he continued, “we are a perfect fit there.”
Saab has offered India co-development of an airborne AESA radar that it has been designing in Sweden. This benefits from Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology that Saab has introduced on the Giraffe ground-air surveillance radar. This radar is an alternative to the ES-05 AESA radar designed by Leonardo (formerly Selex Gallileo) that will be fitted to the Gripen Es for Brazil and Sweden. The Swedish GaN radar could also be fitted to India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), and Saab has offered to assist India with the LCA Mk II. This jet is to be powered by the same GE F414 engine that is to be found on the Gripen E.
At the time of the Rafale contract signing, Dassault boss Eric Trappier seemed confident that the French jet would be considered for additional licensed production. Early last month, Trappier and Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani signed a joint venture, Dassault Reliance Aerospace, for aerospace technology transfer. The venture will help the French company meet the 50-percent offset obligation in the Rafale contract. Whether it will lead to the Rafale being produced in India now seems less likely.
“I’m sure whoever gives the best deal will win. All the aircraft are very capable,” said Indian Air Force commander ACM Arup Raha.
“It will depend upon who provides the best transfer of technology; and, of course, the price tag,” he continued.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
by Chris Pocock and Neelam Mathews
- October 28, 2016, 7:37 AM
Embraer has agreed to pay some $205 million to settle corruption charges involving sales of military and civil airplanes to four customers. The agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Brazil’s Ministério Público Federal (MPF) and the Brazilian Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM) end a six-year graft probe that found that Embraer paid bribes and created false records to conceal illicit payments. But further action could be taken against Embraer in India, concerning the acquisition of three EMB-145 aircraft for conversion to the AWACS role, suggested the Indian defense minister.
Three EMB-145 turboprop airliners were converted in India for the AWACS mission. (Photo: Neelam Mathews)
This inquiry began in 2010, when U.S. authorities questioned Embraer about “potential nonconformities” related to certain commercial transactions abroad. The company proceeded to undertake an investigation led independently by external law firms.
The SEC’s complaint alleged that Embraer made more than $83 million in profits as a result of bribe payments from its U.S.-based subsidiary through third-party agents to foreign government officials in the Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia and Mozambique. Embraer also allegedly engaged in an accounting scheme in India.
According to the SEC, Embraer paid $3.52 million in bribes to an official in the Dominican Republic’s air force to secure a contract for eight Super Tucano light attack turboprops, and another $1.65 million in bribes to an official in Saudi Arabia to win a sale of three E170 jet airliners to Saudi Aramco. It also allegedly paid $800,000 at the behest of a Mozambican government official as a condition of obtaining a contract involving two E190s with state-owned LAM.
Finally, some $5.76 million allegedly went to an agent in India in connection with the sale of the three EMB-145s to the Indian Air Force (IAF). Embraer falsely recorded those payments in its books and records as part of an illegitimate consulting agreement. Those aircraft received an indigenous radar system designed by the government’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The IAF is expected to receive the first one soon, but now favors longer-endurance and higher-altitude platforms for the AWACS mission.
As part of the settlement, Embraer has agreed to retain an external and independent “monitorship” for up to three years to ensure full compliance with the settlement terms. The settlement also means that none of the authorities will bring charges against the company as long as Embraer fully honors the terms of the agreement.
In a statement, Embraer said its internal investigation involved the analysis of hundreds of thousands of documents and more than 100 interviews with employees and third parties. “The company acknowledges responsibility for the conduct of its employees and agents according to the facts ascertained in the investigation,” it said. “Embraer deeply regrets this conduct. The company has learned from this experience and will be stronger as it moves forward and continues its nearly 50 years of successful existence in which it has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft in over 90 countries.”
Separately, the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Service continues to conduct its own investigations and plans to file lawsuits against certain individuals. Embraer is not a party to those lawsuits.
Indian defense minister Manohar Parrikar said this week that Embraer “cannot escape Indian laws just because it has struck a settlement with American authorities.” He said while the EMB-145s would not be grounded, a new blacklisting policy will be finalized next month. Parrikar added: “In American law, criminal processes can be compounded [settlement through payment of fines]. However, in India, criminal law is not compounded unless the acts are of a very minor nature.”