Saturday, April 17, 2010

GE Announces the Industry's First Proven Web-based Aircraft Health Management System utilizing Advanced Anomaly Detection technology

GE - Aviation

AgustaWestland and GE launch advanced technology on AW139

Defense News:
SOUTHAMPTON, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Aviation today announced the launch of the first proven web-based health and usage monitoring system utilizing GE Advanced Anomaly Detection (AAD) technology. The system is introduced with AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, on the AW139 to further enhance its global Customer Support Services.

“This application of our Advanced Anomaly Detection technology brings about one of the most significant changes in HUMS effectiveness in the last 20 years,” said Chris Beaufait, president of Avionics for GE Aviation Systems. “Operators are able to monitor fleet trending and detect anomalies earlier and with greater confidence as this technology provides higher fidelity interpretation of all data. This is a major step forward since GE produced the first certified HUMS in 1991.”

The AW139 HUMS Web Services package features dedicated data transmission software and website as well as the Advanced Anomaly Detection technology. The new data transmission software allows a quicker and smarter 24/7 web link between the customer base and the central data repository, which is automatically updated. The helicopter health status can be updated wherever internet access is available.

“The advanced anomaly detection technology provides a simple set of indicators for the operator’s technical staff, enabling more efficient data analysis,” said Marco Sala, AgustaWestland Senior Vice President Customer Support & Services Italy. “This allows easier and more efficient maintenance activities on AW139 transmission components, in addition to reduced workload and increased fleet operational effectiveness.”

GE’s artificial intelligence based AAD technology is the first of its type to have been successfully proven through comprehensive in-service trials. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sponsored the trials conducted with Bristow Helicopters.

The new HUMS Web Services were presented to a number of AW139 operators during the AW139 HUMS Operators Conference held in Vergiate (Italy) on April 8th and 9th. By this innovative data monitoring approach, the AW139 operators can easily manage the automated transmission of health and usage data collected during operations, enabling highly flexible and rapid sharing with AgustaWestland Customer Support & Services.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE - News), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. GE Aviation Systems LLC and GE Aviation Systems Ltd are subsidiaries of GE. For more information, visit us at

Notes to Editors:

Web-based health usage and monitoring system

How it works:

  • Data is automatically acquired and analyzed using sophisticated algorithms that can diagnose and detect problems on the aircraft. This data is processed by an on-board health management unit then stored before being downloaded on the ground.
  • Data downloaded from the aircraft is automatically transferred to a central repository for more in depth processing and trending on a fleet-wide basis.
  • The resultant information is then available to operators and OEMs via a web interface, providing visibility into potential problems to assist troubleshooting anywhere in the world.

EADS North America to build three Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technology Demonstration Aircraft

Defense News: EADS North America and its industry team of American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will independently fund and develop three AAS-72X helicopters to demonstrate the performance, capabilities and maturity of this rotary-wing aircraft for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout mission. The first AAS-72X Technical Demonstration Aircraft (TDA) will be operational in late 2010, and will be used for mission equipment and weapon system integration, performance testing and survivability validations.

“This commitment is a significant investment and continues our entrepreneurial approach to meeting our customers’ demanding needs. These aircraft will ensure the AAS-72X provides a fully capable, compliant Armed Aerial Scout solution for America’s warfighters at the earliest possible date,” said EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe. “It is part of a low-risk approach that combines mature, developed technologies with the proven UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter – which is in widespread service with the U.S. Army.”

The AAS-72X flight test and demonstration program is backed by significant investment from the EADS North America-led industrial team – which includes Eurocopter, American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin. In addition to the three demonstration helicopters, Lockheed Martin has established a high-fidelity systems integration lab for the AAS-72X’s mission equipment package at its Orlando, Fla., facility.

As a highly capable helicopter for the Armed Aerial Scout mission, the AAS-72X combines twin-engine safety, high and hot operating performance and a large cabin for true multi-role capability. The AAS-72X is derived from the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, offering a low-risk evolution of the U.S. Army’s newest rotary-wing aircraft, which is widely considered one of the most successful acquisition programs in the service’s history.

Production of the AAS-72X would take place at the Columbus, Miss., helicopter center of excellence operated by EADS North America’s subsidiary American Eurocopter, where the UH-72A currently is assembled for the U.S. Army. EADS North America has delivered more than 100 UH-72As on time and within budget.

The UH-72A in-service fleet is demonstrating its mission capabilities and reliability with U.S. Army and National Guard, having logged more than 25,000 flight hours at an operational readiness rate of greater than 90 percent.

The UH-72A Lakota is being configured for additional missions in addition to its role in medical evacuation, passenger transport and general aviation duties. Additional missions include homeland security/homeland defense applications with National Guard Security & Support Battalions, combat pilot training support at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Germany, logistics and transport duties at the U.S. Army’s missile test range on the Pacific Ocean’s Kwajalein Atoll, and the training of U.S. and allied test pilots at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.

About EADS North America

EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

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BAE Systems' Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures System Credited With Saving Helicopters In Combat Operations

Defense News: NASHUA, New Hampshire — BAE Systems' Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system is being fielded on U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and has already been credited with defeating infrared-guided missiles since it went into service on the Chinook fleet six months ago.

The ATIRCM system is a laser-based, directable countermeasures system that protects helicopters against attack by missiles. Since its fielding, ATIRCM has exceeded all reliability performance objectives and provided 100 percent operational availability for the mission.

"ATIRCM was put to the test in a complex situation where Chinook aircraft were engaged by multiple infrared, man-portable air-defense missiles," said Jim Crouch, vice president and general manager of survivability and protection solutions for BAE Systems. "Defeating the threat is the ultimate measure of its worth, and ATIRCM has provided the warfighter confidence in the aircraft's survivability while performing the mission in hostile locations."

The ATIRCM provides passive warning of a missile approach using BAE Systems' AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), which detects the missile, rejects any false alarms, and cues the ATIRCM jam head to the missile's location. When the jam head locates the missile with its IR tracking system, it emits a high-energy beam to defeat the missile's infrared seeker. The fielded inventory of the AN/ALQ-212(V) ATIRCM/CMWS suite has greatly enhanced overall aircraft survivability against current and evolving threats.

"The ATIRCM suite has proven to be the most reliable laser-based, directable countermeasures system on combat helicopters today," added Crouch. "We are rapidly fielding this system so that all deployed Chinooks are protected against IR-guided missile threats. This technology is saving lives, and we’ll continue to deliver the best-possible protection for the warfighter."

BAE Systems is the lead systems integrator for the ATIRCM/CMWS suite. The company has invested in infrastructure to support the program and maintains field personnel who perform real-time ATIRCM/CMWS suite assessment, maintenance, and upgrades.

U.S. soldiers assigned to Task Force Wolverine unload their gear from an ATIRCM-equipped CH-47 Chinook at Kiwi Base in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, March 17, 2010. The primary mission of the task force will be to train and mentor Afghan police. U.S. Army photo by U.S. Army Spc. Charles J. Thompson
A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook, equipped with the CMWS/ATIRCM suite, expends flares during recent flight tests. U.S. Army photo.
A notional depiction of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook, equipped with the CMWS/ATIRCM suite, as it defeats an infrared-guided missile. BAE Systems graphic.

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

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Qatar Leadership Academy Students Learn What It's Like to Fly A Fighter Aircraft

Defense News: QATAR - Students at the Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) were enthralled yesterday when ex-fighter pilot, Craig Penrice, took them through their paces with a thrilling presentation about new generation combat aircraft, such as Eurofighter Typhoon.

Craig, who was a key member of the team of test pilots who developed Typhoon, one of the world’s most advanced and capable new generation combat aircraft, addressed the QLA students on his experiences as a fighter pilot in the UK's Royal Air Force and on the requirements and design development activities for what has become known as Eurofighter Typhoon, Europe's largest military co-operation project. QATAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY STUDENTS LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO FLY A FIGHTER AIRCRAFT


One of the key principles of the QLA is to teach its students about leadership. This plays a vital part in not only flying modern military aircraft, but also in a variety of day-to-day industries, including engineering. Craig highlighted how leadership goes hand in hand with every day business life, from concept to manufacture to flying a complex aircraft, such as Eurofighter Typhoon.

Simon Keith, Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, commented:

“BAE Systems has a long history of leading in defence innovation and manufacturing, including combat aircraft. As one of the Qatar Leadership Academy’s missions is to prepare its students to be the leaders of tomorrow, Craig’s talk yesterday showed the students how important leadership is, whether it is in industry, in the military or just flying a combat aircraft.

“We are pleased that this first event with the QLA was able to fit in so perfectly with its values and we look forward to strengthening our relationship over the next few years.”

The safety of the pilot is one of the most critical aspects of flying. As part of the talk, students were shown the importance of safety and students were given the opportunity to try on a flying suit, helmet and life jacket currently in use by the Qatar Emiri Air Force.

BAE Systems has a proud heritage of innovation, state of the art engineering and technical excellence and has been at the forefront of combat aircraft for over a century. During his talk, Craig demonstrated the technical innovation in aircraft design and manufacture from passenger and commercial aircraft, through to military platforms such as the Hawk advanced jet trainer and the Eurofighter Typhoon, one of the world’s most advanced and capable multi-role fighters.

Robert Trent, Director, Qatar Leadership Academy, commented:

“We are excited to host activities of quality like this for our cadets, giving them real-life applications for leadership. I look forward to future co-operation with BAE Systems and other groups who can add value to our work at QLA.”

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

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DTN News: Volcanic Dust Cloud Suspends RAF And NATO Military Training

Defense News: DTN News: Volcanic Dust Cloud Suspends RAF And NATO Military Training

Source: DTN News / BBC World
(NSI News Source Info) LONDON, U.K. - April 16, 2010: All routine military air training in UK airspace has been suspended as a plume of volcanic ash drifts across much of northern Europe.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said a decision on the resumption of training would be taken on Friday.
A spokeswoman said the suspension took effect from midday.
Disruption to flights caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland comes as UK and Nato air crews take part in Exercise Joint Warrior.
Europe's largest military exercise involves 50 aircraft, including fixed wing maritime patrol aircraft flying from RAF stations at Kinloss and Lossiemouth in Moray.
Live firing is also conducted at Cape Wrath on the far north coast of Scotland.
Joint Warrior also features 16 Air Assault Brigade and the Royal Navy's Carrier Strike Group headed by HMS Ark Royal.
Europe faces prolonged air chaos
Hundreds flee Icelandic volcano
Flights allowed over parts of UK
Small businesses feel ash impact
Airlines count volcano ash losses
Kenya's flowers hit by ash cloud

DTN News: U.S. Army Chinook Helicopters Protected From IR Missile Threat

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Army Chinook Helicopters Protected From IR Missile Threat
Source: DTN News / Int'l Media
(NSI News Source Info) NASHUA, N.H. - April 16, 2010: The effectiveness of a countermeasure system for the U.S. Army Chinook helicopter to defeat guided missiles was proven in battle, BAE Systems said.
BAE said its Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures system has proved its worth in defeating infrared-guided missiles on the battlefield.
ATIRCM uses lasers to protect the Chinook from missile attacks. A common missile warning system tells the system to emit a high-energy laser beam to defeat the infrared system on the incoming missile.
Jim Crouch, general manager for protection solutions at BAE Systems, said ATIRCM is the best countermeasure system available for combat helicopters.
"ATIRCM was put to the test in a complex situation where Chinook aircraft were engaged by multiple infrared, man-portable air-defense missiles," he said. He didn't indicate in what combat theater the ATIRCM countered the threat.
He added his company was dispatching the system to all Chinook fleets as soon as possible so all deployed helicopters are protected against infrared-guided missile threats.

DTN News: China’s PLA Opens Up To Show Off J10, Its First Indigenous Fighter Jet

Defense News: DTN News: China’s PLA Opens Up To Show Off J10, Its First Indigenous Fighter Jet
Source: DTN News / The Times, U.K. By Jane Macartney at Yangcun Air Base
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 16, 2010: Engines screaming, China’s most advanced fighter jets took off, soared into a vertical climb, spun into rolls and veered off into a clear blue sky leaving a trail of smoke and the acrid smell of aviation fuel in its wake.
The 24th Fighter Division of the Chinese Air Force yesterday showed off a formation of its J10 — or Annihilator 10 — to a select group of international military attachés for the first time.
Back on the ground after the demonstration of aerial acrobatics Senior Colonel Yan Feng, commander of the division, gave the 51 attachés their first glimpse of the cockpits and the home-made jet turbines of China’s only indigenous fighters.
It was the second time that China has allowed foreign media onto the base — and the first such trip in eight years. Colonel Yan promised to host more tours as part of a campaign by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to cast off its reputation for secrecy and nurture a more transparent image.
Four jets took part in the 15-minute show, completing a fly-by in diamond formation with their wingtips a mere 5m (16ft) apart and a series of multiple rolls and spins. Colonel Yan even flew his jet in front of the viewing stand with his wheels just 3m off the ground.
Group Captain Stephen Wilson, the British Air Force Attaché, , described the show as impressive. “This is a highly manoeuvrable aircraft.They should not be compared with the Red Arrows, but the Chinese Air Force is very competent and that came through in this performance.”
China first showed off the J-10 in public in 2008. Their finest moment to date was when 17 flew over Tiananamen Square to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Communist China on October 1 last year.
However, although the PLA hails the accomplishment of developing China’s first indigenous fighter, the J10 is not entirely home-made. It is believed to be loosely based on the early-generation US F16. Israel helped at the start with aspects of avionics and aerodynamics until it was warned off by Washington. Earlier models were equipped with Russian jet turbines, complicating future sales potential.
One military expert said: “For this type of third-generation aircraft it’s a serious plane. It’s very good. But it is still equivalent only to an early F16.”
Another attaché said that the technology of its wheels, among other aspects, means that it could not be used on board any aircraft carrier that China may build, underscoring how far the PLA still lags behind Western militaries.
The expert said: “The West is still far ahead. We have so many decades of technology and such a depth of research and capability that they just don’t have yet. They are about a generation behind. But they are catching up.”
China could take a major leap forward when it finally unveils its fourth-generation J11, which Chinese generals have hinted could be shown off in public as early as 2017, well ahead of US forecasts.
Colonel Yan was coy when asked about the J11, but said that he hoped to demonstrate the J10 at international air shows as early as next year. “I want to fly with the Thunderbirds,” he joked.
Manufacturers will be hoping that international exposure could boost sales. Last year China sold 36 J10s to Pakistan for $1.4 billion (£910 million), well above the $25 million each that Pakistan had wanted to pay but cheaper than the $50 million per plane paid by India for a shipment of F16s. Iran, Thailand and Myanmar are all believed to have expressed interest in adding the J10 to their air force fleets.
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Boeing Statement on President's Remarks and the Need for Immediate Development of a Heavy-lift Vehicle

Defense News:
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., April 16, 2010 -- Speaking at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on April 15, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled proposed changes to the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget submission for space exploration, including a crew rescue vehicle and a decision on a heavy-lift rocket in 2015. The Boeing Company responded today with the following statement:

"The president's enthusiasm for space exploration was encouraging. We are pleased that the president remains committed to human spaceflight. We remain convinced that America stands at an inflection point with regard to space: If we make the right decisions today, we have the opportunity to create a new Golden Age of Space. Our national leadership's focus on this bodes well for our country and its highly experienced space industrial base.

"Boeing has served as a major partner in humankind's exploration of space since the beginning. Our talented people bring a mature understanding of NASA's enduring needs; a practical, businesslike approach to innovation; and a commitment to mission assurance and the safety and success of our astronaut corps.

"We are encouraged by the extension of the International Space Station program and look forward to enhancing scientific research onboard, upgrading the space station, and using it as a U.S. national laboratory. Benefits to be gained from extension of the space station include international cooperation; medical and pharmaceutical advancements; its use as a test bed for demonstrating Earth-observation capabilities and future exploration technologies; and the availability of a waypoint for future exploration missions.

"Excellence in human spaceflight is an important part of the American identity and symbolizes global leadership on the highest of technological platforms. We are greatly concerned that by backing away from the challenges of human space exploration, the United States would relinquish its leadership of a mission that has inspired generations.

"A bold national space program also supports the United States' security and economy by fostering a domestic work force that is educated and skilled in science, technology, engineering and math. It encourages the growth of new technologies and emerging businesses, large and small.

"We support the president's call for increased investment in heavy-lift launch vehicle technology, but we believe the United States should be on a clear path to accelerate the development and production of this critical system, along with a deep-space capsule. Both of these vehicles are essential to any deep-space exploration mission. We have the technology and the people to commence development of these vehicles now. A plan that includes a heavy-lift vehicle would enable space exploration supported by humans, large-array telescopes and deep-space robotic missions. It could achieve maximum benefit from American tax dollars by drawing on the cutting-edge technology already being developed for the Constellation program.

"Remaining at the forefront of human spaceflight is the only choice worthy of this great nation and to the long line of explorers and visionaries who brought us to where we are today."


Edmund G, Memi
Boeing Space Exploration
Office: 281-226-4029
Mobile: 713-204-5464

Adam K. Morgan
Boeing Space Exploration
Office: 281-226-4030
Mobile: 281-386-4396

IDGA's Offshore Patrol Vessel Summit to Address the Evolution of OPVs in Maritime Security


Defense News:
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) announces its inaugural Offshore Patrol Vessel Summit, scheduled to take place May 24-26, 2010 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, VA. This all-important event will discuss how Offshore Patrol Vessels can ameliorate some of the US Maritime Interdiction strategy capability gaps and challenges faced by the US Navy and Coast Guard.

“Offshore Patrol Vessels are the key component of the Coast Guard’s recapitalized fleet. The OPVs provide robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions” noted Summit Director Michelle Cardinal.

The opening keynote presentations will discuss the increased importance of Offshore Patrol Vessels and the roles and challenges that define their requirements. The subsequent sessions will hone in on the different uses of the vessels in the context of maritime security, piracy, maritime interdiction, CBRN threats, and C4ISR awareness. Other points of focus will include new cost-effective materials, optimizing lifecycle logistics and ship structural integrity.

The distinguished speaker faculty includes:

  • RADM Wayne E. Justice, USCG, Commander, Fifth District
  • CAPT Paul Roden, USCG, Chief, Office of Naval Engineering, USCG
  • CAPT Mark Ogle, Sector Commander, Hampton Roads
  • LCdr Mark Higginson, Canadian Forces, Director, Regional Joint Operations Center Atlantic (RJOCA)
  • LCDR Joshua Mickel, PE, USCG, Offshore Patrol Cutter Lead, Asset Project Office, Surface Division

The Summit also features a Maritime Surveillance Focus Day on May 24, 2010. This series of workshops is dedicated to technology advances, image techniques and a case study on low-cost transformational surveillance radar. The Focus Day will conclude with a tour of the Port of Virginia.

Offshore Patrol Vessels is being sponsored by IBM, Saab, and Quantum Hydraulics. To learn more about the Offshore Patrol Vessel Summit, visit, download the event brochure, or call 1-800-882-8684.

The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) is a non-partisan information-based organization dedicated to the promotion of innovative ideas in public service and defense through live conferences and events. We bring together speaker panels and events comprised of military and government professionals while attracting delegates with decision-making power from military, government, and defense industries.

In addition to our live events, IDGA also offers an online community dedicated to providing defense industry professionals with breaking news, business opportunities, introductions, podcasts, webinars, and presentations from key industry leaders. Members of our online community are able to extend their live event experience and interact with the defense industry by leveraging the opportunity to network, share ideas, best practices, and business solutions.

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Michelle Cardinal, 212-885-2747
Summit Director

ANHAM FZCO, LLC Awarded $2.2 Billion U.S. Department of Defense Contract to Support Troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan

Defense News: WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) announced that it has awarded an estimated $2.2 billion contract, including options enclosed for the contract term, to ANHAM FZCO, LLC to provide full-line food and non-food distribution and support to Department of Defense customers in Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan.

ANHAM has issued the following statement:

"It is with great gratitude and a compelling sense of duty that all at ANHAM welcome the award to expand our support for those serving in the Middle East. We have a long track record of meeting and exceeding the contract requirements and expectations of our clients, the United States Government, and all stakeholders. Our capable team will continue to build upon its legacy of delivering the best services at the best value to American taxpayers and the United States Government. We look forward to a continued partnership with The Department of Defense."


ANHAM, LLC ( ) is a leading contracting firm working throughout the Middle East and North Africa ("MENA"), Central Asia, and Europe. With more than a century's worth of experience between its principal founding companies, ANHAM is able to efficiently, effectively, and affordably deliver products and services throughout the world. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, ANHAM has international offices that specialize in providing local support and services to its initiatives, projects, and investments across diverse regions of the globe.