k max helicopter

Although unmanned aircraft are typically not used to combat fires, Lockheed has just proved any doubters otherwise. This past week, Lockheed used its Stalker XE UAS drone to provide data and a precise location to an unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter. By using an innovative dual-capability electro-optical infrared camera, the drone was able to work in tandem with the K-MAX helicopter to pinpoint fires and determine their intensity.

Most importantly, the drone able to complete the demonstration all while relaying updates to air traffic control. This singular capability is critical towards drones being able to fight fires in the real world, so this demonstration was a milestone for unmanned craft capabilities.

"This demonstration represents the path forward for flying UAS in the NAS using Flight Service-based UTM capabilities to extend the technology and systems that air traffic controllers know and understand," Transportation & Financial Solutions vice president Paul Engola said in a statement. "We were able to successfully modify the existing K-MAX and Stalker XE ground control software to connect to the UTM services and conduct the firefighting mission."

Unmanned firefighting air craft present a number of distinct advantages over manned aircraft including the ability to fly constantly and through low-visibility environments. With up to 8 hours of flight endurance, the STALKER XE drone has the potential to triple the amount of time firefighters on the ground are able to receive air support.

Although the unmanned K-Max helicopter platform has been used in military applications for several years, it has yet to catch on in a civilian capacity. However, Lockheed has high hopes for the unmanned K-Max as they are looking to apply it to firefighting, oil and gas, and even forestry. Look for unmanned aircraft to play an increasingly significant role in both military and civilian applications in the years to come.

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Boeing EA-18G Growler

The United States Navy has recently made the decision to upgrade the Boeing EA-18G Growler with an updated datalink as well as various other systems which would enable the aircraft to locate vessels at a long distance without the use of a radar.

“This enhanced targeting capability provides our aircrews with a significant advantage, especially in an increasingly designs threat environment where longer-range targeting is critical to the fight,”

said Capt. David Kindley, the United States Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager.

The new capabilities for the Growler were first announced last August by Naval officials, as they revealed an innovative development by utilizing modern techniques to offer electronic identification. Currently, the EA-18G already uses an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the Raytheon APG-79, in order to identify targets at long-range. The major concern with the Raytheon APG-79 though, is that the use of that emitter exposes the aircraft to radar warning systems on the target’s aircraft, subsequently revealing the attack aircraft’s location.

“This long-range targeting technology is essential as we advance electronic attack capabilities for the conflicts of today and tomorrow,”

said Boeing’s vice president of the Boeing F/A-18 and Boeing EA-18G programs, Dan Gillian.

The Northrop Grumman ALQ-218, which are a set of wingtip-mounted electronic receivers, is an alternative option as this equipment uses a processing technique referred to as long baseline interferometry, in order to locate targets. Although this technology would keep the EA-18 electronically stealthy, it is only effective at short ranges. The United States Navy has recently been testing a newer system which would be equipped with high-bandwidth TTNT datalink in order to utilize a faster targeting processor with an open architecture.

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ARSAT-3

Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with ARSAT Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales SA to supply the payload for its third geostationary telecom satellite manufactured in Argentina, ARSAT-3, as well as options for two additional payloads. The ARSAT-3 is slated to enter service in 2019, and will be positioned at 81 degrees west as a baseline. It will provide high speed data, Internet and television transmission services for South America while weighing about 3 tons at launch.

The payload will be fitted with 12 Ku-band and 8 Ka-band operative transponders and will offer a design life of 15 years. This contract once again confirms Thales Alenia Space’s relevant strategy to set up industrial partnerships, its ability to work with other space companies and adapt to the widely diverse technical characteristics of different platform designs. This is yet another reminder and reinforces our historical presence in Argentina: the Nahuel-1 satellite was also built by Thales Alenia Space.

Thales Alenia Space is the only manufacturer to have recorded orders for more than 220 telecommunications payloads, of which over half equip platforms developed by nine other satellite manufacturers. This clearly reflects Thales Alenia Space’s ability to work with industrial partners and adapt to the totally different technical characteristics of their platforms, while also efficiently dealing with cultural differences and geographical distances.

This contract once again confirms our leadership in the telecom payload market,

said Reynald Seznec, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space.

We are very pleased to support both the growth of the operator ARSAT, and the emergence of a new national space industry player. Thanks to this contract, INVAP will extend its scope of expertise to the telecommunications.

As the European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups’ “Space Alliance.” Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. The company, which achieved revenues of 2 billion euros in 2008, has a total of 7,200 employees located in 11 industrial sites in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

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Kaman K-MAX

Kaman Aerospace Group, a United States aerospace company, has recently announced that its MRO and Air Vehicles division has completed an agreement with Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. (Lectern) of China. Kaman Aerospace has agreed to provide two manned K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopters in 2017. This order marks the introduction of the K-MAX® into China’s large and expanding aviation market, and represents the first order to be received from a Chinese customer. The initial two helicopters will be used by the China Department of Forestry in order to begin operations fighting fires.

The K-MAX® has proven itself worldwide as a very reliable, low-maintenance helicopter with high availability rates, attributes that will help meet China’s growing demand for a responsive, heavy-lift, utility helicopter,

said the director of sales at Lectern, Simon Lau.

The K-MAX® aircraft has been used all around the world for a variety of missions which require repetitive aerial lift capabilities, such as logging or firefighting. The United States Marine Corps supports two unmanned K-MAX® aircraft which were developed with Lockheed Martin. These aircraft successfully carried more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo for the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan from 2011-2014 for thirty-three months. Additional unmanned humanitarian and firefighting missions are currently being developed and tested for the K-MAX® aircraft.

This agreement with Lectern represents the continued growth of confidence in the K-MAX® helicopter from customers around the world,

said the director of business development for K-MAX® Helicopter Programs at the Kaman Air Vehicles and MRO division, Terry Fogarty.

We are confident that customers in China will appreciate the reliability and high, hot performance of the K-MAX® helicopter demanded by firefighting missions. The Chinese market possesses significant market potential for the K-MAX and we are working to capitalize on these additional opportunities.

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Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton

The United States Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system (UAS), which was developed by Northrop Grumman, has recently begun operational assessment (OA) in Maryland at the NAS Patuxent River. This operational assessment is being held in preparation for the milestone C review and entry into low-rate initial production. Over the span of the next two months, the Triton will undergo six flights and will execute various operational test scenarios in order to evaluate the system’s operational performance.

"We worked very hard to demonstrate system performance and stability leading up to the start of operational assessment, said Sean Burke, the program manager of Triton. "We are eager to move into initial production as the next step to delivering Triton to the fleet."

The operational assessment will better enable the United States Navy to identify and address risk areas and will allow them to better understand challenges which will arise as the system continues through with the follow-on initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) phase.

The MQ-4C Triton is an updated broad area maritime surveillance (BAMS) UAS, which will help to compliment the United States Navy’s maritime reconnaissance and patrol force family of systems. The Triton will provide C4ISR, signals intelligence (SIGNET), as well as maritime strike capabilities, and will operate as a land-based, forward deployed, autonomously operated system. This unmanned aerial system will utilize a multi-sensor mission payload which will provide for persistent maritime surveillance, intelligence, and reconnaissance capabilities.

The Milestone C decision is anticipated to be determined by early next year, which will then be followed by the UAS program to enter into low-rate initial production. The United States Navy is expected to purchase 68 Triton UAS, with plans in 2016 to acquire three production aircraft. The first operational aircraft is expected to be complete by 2017.

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MC-27J Multi-Mission Airlifter

Italian defense contractor Alenia Aermacchi is pitching their new MC-27J multi-mission airlifter-gunship hybrid aircraft to various Gulf nations.

Many countries in this area are behind the curve in terms of defense technology, and the Italian manufacturer is looking to pounce on the opportunity with a product that can take on modern threats. Two “mystery countries” are already in talks to buy this latest model of aircraft - company spokesman Marco Valerio Bonelli would not disclose which ones were in talks with them.

The MC-27J is a type of C-27J Spartan, modified for multi-mission purposes. It is not used as a bomber, but when deployed as a gunship it integrate Hellfire missiles and precision-guided munitions, as well as utilize an optionally equipped 30mm gun. This type of firepower would be ideal for certain Gulf countries, according to Alenia.

"Sending a fighter is crazy in this type of environment,  said. You spend a lot of money to drop two bombs and you never know if you get the target or not. With this aircraft, you have the persistence of hours."

Countries with a limited budget would think it makes more sense to allocate their budget towards this type of aircraft, rather than the big boppers. For countries like the United States, spending big money on big bombers is sometimes an afterthought because they can afford to do it. Smaller countries, however, have to find the hidden value in affordable aircraft that may not provide the big explosions.

Think of the MC-27J as an underrated utility player who will bring the Gulf countries value with efficiency and grit. It can get its job done in an effective manner.

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Satcom1

Honeywell has just announced that Satcom1 is now partners with Honeywell Global Data Center (GDC) to provide customers with a solution for the Cockpit that will offer cockpit communication and management, such as text messaging, Pre-Departure Clearances (PDC), Oceanic Clearances, Transcribed Weather Information for Pilots (TWIP) and Controller Pilot Datalink Communication (CPDLC) and comply with FANS-1A. For more than 25 years, the Honeywell Global Data Center (GDC) has provided VHF and satellite datalink communications to datalink equipped aircraft worldwide.

Honeywell announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately-held Satcom1, the leading provider of on board communications routing software and a satellite communications provider of airtime and consulting services.

"Demand for in-flight Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity is rapidly growing and Satcom1 will strengthen Honeywell's position as a complete provider and integrator of satellite communications equipment, software applications and global airtime services,"

said Tim Mahoney, president and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace.

"Honeywell is already uniquely placed across the entire value chain of a thriving $8 billion in-flight connectivity segment, making the acquisition of Satcom1 an excellent fit with our business."

Satcom1 is the leading provider of routing software that optimizes the in-flight connectivity experience and an existing distribution partner for Honeywell's JetWave™ terminals and Inmarsat's GX Aviation program. The company provides in-flight airtime, satellite communications services and software for private business aircraft, and government and head of state aircraft and helicopters. The acquisition positions Honeywell to offer operators a seamless experience with an all-in-one connectivity solution spanning routing software, airtime, hardware equipment, avionics, flight support services and applications. Revenues for 2015 are expected to be approximately $25 million with the transaction expected to be closed by the end of 2015. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.

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NASAs New SGSS

A General Dynamics-led team has just completed the next step in the implementation, integration and testing of NASA’s Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) Command and Control Infrastructure. Dubbed Increment A4, this project includes the ground antenna and associated control systems that are housed in a Space Network Operations Center. This same General-Dynamics led team also completed a full demonstration of the Increment A4 capability to maneuver a simulated tracking and data relay system satellite.

To complement the work done on Increment A4, the team also successfully performed final acceptance testing of the wideband and narrowband modems utilized to send and receive space information from the ground to the satellite and back. Additional General Dynamic’s add-ons include telemetry, tracking and control software that manages flight operations aboard all three generations of tracking and data relay satellite system (TDRSS) satellites.

“This milestone, combined with program achievements earlier this year, means that more than 80 percent of the new software needed to bring SGSS on line in 2017 is complete,” said Manny Mora, vice president and general manager of Space and Intelligence Systems for General Dynamics Mission Systems. “The General Dynamics team continues to work closely with its NASA partners to drive these program schedule achievements.”

The goal of the SGSS Project is to implement a flexible and extensible ground sector that will allow the Space Network to maintain high levels of future service and accommodate new users, all while reducing the effort required to operate and maintain the system. Not only will SGSS update the Space Network’s Ground Segment, but it will also allow for regular and continuous insertion of new hardware and software as technology continues to advance. This capability will allow the Space Network to grow and expand well after SGSS installation has been completed.

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Vector Hawk Maritime Canister

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $4.6 million contract for the continued development of a maritime canister-launched small Unmanned Aircraft System.

We are proud to deliver Vector Hawk, a waterproof system that provides leading edge multi-mission capabilities in all environments,

said Kevin Westfall, director of Unmanned Solutions at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business.

The Vector Hawk designs include a fixed-wing aircraft for standard and long endurance missions and a collapsible fixed-wing aircraft that can be launched from a tube from land or water. Also, it has a tilt-rotor enabling vertical take-off and landing with transition to forward flight.

Designed for versatility and affordability, the new Lockheed Martin Vector Hawk addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system. With a gross takeoff weight of only four pounds and a vertical profile of only four inches, Vector Hawk boasts best-in-class payload capacity, speed and endurance. Vector Hawk features fully autonomous flight, landing and fail-safes. It is inaudible at operational slant ranges. The data link features a high bandwidth software defined radio, mesh networking (including 3G, 4G, and LTE cellular), over-the-air reconfiguration, and is capable of employing a variety of waveforms. With an open architecture, reconfigurable variants, adaptable data link, and scalable payload, Vector Hawk is engineered for unmatched capability.

Lockheed Martin sUAS’ have operated tens of thousands of hours over combat theaters worldwide. Our Group 1 and 3 unmanned systems build upon technological advancements in autonomy demonstrated on Persistent Threat Detection Systems aerostats and K-MAX. Accompanying the sUAS platforms are Lockheed Martin’s autopilot and payload technologies, along with superior ground control stations and software.

We are extending our sUAS capabilities to tactical maritime users with the Vector Hawk’s innovative canister deployment and launch ability,

said Jay McConville, Lockheed Martin director of business development for Unmanned Solutions.

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Arabsat-6B Satellite

Airbus Defense and Space is scheduled to launch their new satellite, Arabsat-6B (Badr-7), on November 10th.

Next week will see the launch from French Guiana spaceport on Europe’s heavy launcher Ariane 5 into a geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite will be used for telecommunication and television broadcasting purposes for countries in the Middle East and Africa. It will primarily support the Arab Satellite Communications Organization, which is one of the leading satellite operators in the Arab world.

Airbus is the main supplier, as they provide the Eurostar E3000 platforms and also integrate the units. The launch of the satellite will mark a significant milestone for Airbus.

"The upcoming launch has a special significance for Airbus Defense and Space. Not only is it the first sixth-generation Arabsat satellite in which we have incorporated the best of our expertise and technologies, but also the seventh Eurostar satellite we are delivering to Arabsat,”

said Francois Auque, Airbus Defense and Spaces systems head. It will also be the third of five satellites launched this year.

Once the satellite is in orbit, its name will be changed to Badr-7. Once in orbit, it will join the Badr network at Arabsat 26° E hotspot, expanding coverage over the MEA region. The orbit will be for more than fifteen years, as it will be responsible for operating twenty-seven transponders in Ku-band and twenty-four beams in Ka-band.

Final integration and testing was completed in October. The satellite itself is huge and powerful - It has a mass of 5,800 kg and 11.5 kW of power. It will join its buddy satellites in space, including Arabsat-5A, Badr-5, and Arabsat-5C. All are fifth generation satellites.

Arabsat-6B was developed in association with Thales Alenia Space, who build the communications payloads and upgrades the ground control segment for the fleet.

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