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27-08-2015, 04:27 PM
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Growler in rifornimento... notare le non proprio raffinate soluzioni aerodinamiche sul dorso delle ali

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Citazione:V-22 Aerial Refueling System Should Be Ready For Early F-35 Operations

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker. In the August demonstration over north Texas, a V-22 equipped with a prototype aerial refueling system safely deployed, held stable, and retracted the refueling drogue as an F/A-18 Hornet flew just behind and to the side of the aircraft. Bell Boeing photo.
The Marine Corps expects to have its V-22 Aerial Refueling System (VARS) ready for early F-35B operations despite a one-year delay in securing funding, the Marines’ top aviator told USNI News.

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05-09-2015, 10:26 AM
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Citazione:US Navy Demonstrate New Electronic Attack Architecture Using MALD-J Aerial Jammer
Source: Raytheon Company; issued Sept 9, 2015
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ALASKA RANGE COMPLEX, Alaska --- The U.S. Naval Research Lab and Raytheon Company have demonstrated successful captive flights of a modular, rapid replacement architecture for electronic warfare (EW) payloads on the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J). The testing occurred during the biannual Northern Edge exercise in Alaska.
Called CERBERUS, four separately developed EW payloads were used in 12 operationally relevant missions. The interchangeable payloads, each customized for a specific mission and threat, were swapped onto the captive carry vehicle in less than one minute. The payloads were designed to be used on a MALD vehicle.
"The CERBERUS design is cost-effective and expands MALD capabilities to address new missions and target sets. It's a sensible approach for mitigating payload obsolescence," said Dr. Jeff Heyer, head of Electronic Warfare Strategic Planning Organization at Naval Research Laboratory. "The design embodies the CNO's 'Payloads over Platforms' vision."
This four-year program, in collaboration with U.S. Pacific Command and Naval Air Systems Command (PMA-234), developed a payload system architecture integrated with a quick interchange structural connection. Together, they provide a match for the rapidly evolving electronic attack battle space.
The critical technology for the quick-attachment technique was borrowed from IndyCar racing technology. CERBERUS adapted the half-turn quick lock developed by Dallara, which has 40 years of expertise in producing some of the safest and fastest racing cars in the world. This design was altered to meet aerospace form factors and environmental requirements.
"The successful Military Utility Assessment during Northern Edge 15 demonstrated the CERBERUS design's capacity to expand MALD capabilities to address new missions and target sets," Heyer said. "There is a high-demand signal from the operational forces to deliver this capability to the warfighter now."
During Northern Edge, new tactics, techniques and capabilities are demonstrated for possible use in combat. A MALD vehicle was carried below a Sabreliner, with the payload controlled from within the aircraft cabin. This is an effective tool for evaluating payload performance, and allows for real-time control and data analysis during a flight test.
MALD-J is in full rate production for the U.S. Air Force. The U.S. Navy is evaluating development of MALD-N in the near future to conduct stand-in-jamming for their unique missions.
MALD and MALD-J:
MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles. MALD protects aircraft and their crews by duplicating the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform.
-- MALD confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures.
-- MALD-J maintains all capabilities of MALD and adds jamming capabilities.
-- Raytheon began delivery of MALD-Js in the fall of 2012.

Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.
10-09-2015, 05:09 PM
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14-09-2015, 01:35 PM
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Citazione:USAF Describes First F-22 Airstrikes In June
Source: USAFs Central Command; issued Sept 2015

SOUTHWEST ASIA --- On June 23, a pair of F-22 Raptors flying over Syria received a 9-line request for short-notice airstrikes from a Joint Terminal Attack Controller. The JTAC’s target was two field artillery pieces operated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as Daesh, threatening friendly forces.
The Joint Operations Center relayed the strike coordination to the fighters using space-based assets and remotely piloted aircraft. Within minutes, the Raptors each released multiple satellite-guided, small-diameter bombs on the targets, destroying them in close proximity to friendly forces.
Weeks later, another pair of F-22s flying over Iraq executed a similar short-notice airstrike. The Raptors released two GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, destroying two Daesh-controlled fighting positions in Iraq’s Al-Anbar Province.
These strikes marked the F-22’s first Close Air Support engagements, a role not typically associated with the airframe, but one becoming routine for Raptor pilots in Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
Designed for air dominance, the F-22 pilots have adjusted to an evolving battlespace to meet the demands of ground forces and Coalition partners.
“Since 2005, F-22 training has focused on our primary missions; air-to-air combat and precision strikes against highly defended ground targets,” said Lt. Col. J, F-22 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander. “However, ten years later, the F-22’s air-to-ground capabilities are more robust, CAS procedures have evolved to incorporate advances in technology, and this operational environment is different than we envisioned in 2005. Before deploying, we kind of anticipated we might find ourselves in a situation to provide CAS out here.”
“Just because our airplane was intended to do other missions doesn’t mean we can’t adapt, innovate and become more relevant to the current fight. Our goal is to provide the air and ground commanders the effects they need today. I believe we can do that without sacrificing our core competencies,” he added.
To assist with the transition to CAS missions, a prior JTAC and current F-22 pilot leveraged his experience to develop training scenarios that familiarized F-22 pilots with CAS procedures and tactics. These included immersion training with F-15E CAS experts and live-fly exercises with Navy SEAL JTACs.
“Moving in to this fight, there was a certain language that we didn’t speak,” said Maj. J, F-22 pilot. “Being a former JTAC, I had knowledge which I used as building blocks to teach my fellow pilots the terminology and the 9-line system. From there we transitioned to real-world training scenarios and then moved to executing it in combat. It was extremely fulfilling to see how this training enabled F-22s to support Coalition ground forces in combat.”
That training proved invaluable during the first F-22 CAS strikes flown by Capt. E and Capt. M.
“Every time I take off, I want to drop bombs and make a positive impact out there. And this is merely another way we’ve discovered of enabling that,” said Capt. E.
The pilots of the fifth-generation fighter have remained flexible during OIR, taking the F-22 platform in to new territory while fulfilling their primary role of aerial dominance.
If CAS is the F-22’s latest combat adaption, it is not the only one. Raptors have previously demonstrated creative ways to provide needed capabilities to the Coalition during OIR, according to Lt. Col. J.
“In addition to providing CAS, F-22 pilots use the aircraft’s advanced sensors to provide increased situational awareness to Coalition forces, complementing our airborne command and control platforms. Additionally, we initiated a process to distribute certain information collected by F-22 sensors to the intelligence community; it’s another way we use this platform to help the Coalition.” said Lt. Col. J.
However, Lt. Col. J said the F-22 is not going to become solely a CAS asset.
“Frankly, most combat aircraft in the U.S. inventory can perform this particular role, especially in a semi-permissive environment. It’s about being innovative and adjusting to the very unique situation we’ve found ourselves in,” said Lt. Col. J. “We can provide these effects while we are already accomplishing our core air dominance mission; it’s a win-win. It’s about using the capabilities you have and adapting them to help your team win the current fight.”
14-09-2015, 05:41 PM
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Citazione:U.S. Air Force Fields MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range
Source: GA Aeronautical Systems, Inc.; issued September 15, 2015

AFA AIR & SPACE, WASHINGTON --- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range (Reaper ER) RPA fleet has achieved a historic milestone with the first operational fielding of Reaper ER by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) last month.
“Reaper ER provides a tremendous capability increase in both range and endurance, and achieving this major program milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our employees,” said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems, GA-ASI. “We are pleased that the Reaper ER program has met the expectations of our Air Force customer and satisfied the enormous challenge of their Quick Reaction Capability [QRC] schedule requirement.”
A Reaper can be transformed into a Reaper ER through the integration of a field-retrofittable modification package consisting of two wing-mounted fuel tanks which significantly extend the aircraft’s maximum endurance. Reaper’s original external payload carriage configuration remains unchanged, providing the aircraft with a “mix and match” capability that allows it to carry both fuel tanks and an assortment of external payloads. To increase thrust and improve takeoff performance at higher gross weights, an alcohol/water injection system and a four-bladed propeller were incorporated, along with a heavyweight trailing arm landing gear system that enables safe ground operations at the heavier gross weight.
The Reaper ER program was a QRC requirement in support of USAF which challenged GA-ASI to deliver 38 Reaper ER aircraft in 13 months, and to be operational 18 months following contract award. The ER modification package was designed to be field-retrofittable so that fuel tanks and associated equipment could be installed quickly and conveniently on current Reapers at worldwide locations.
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