Month: February 2011

Details On The Boeing KC-46A and 787 Systems

Details On The Boeing KC-46A and 787 Systems

Defense, Featured, Headline, Systems
    The KC-46A proposal from Boeing to the US Air Force is based on the civilian Boeing 767-200ER (Extended Range variant with additional fuel tanks generally installed at the expense of cargo carrying capabilities). The passenger variant first delivered in 1984 equipped with either 2 x Pratt and Whitney PW 4062 (with 63,000 pounds of thrust) engines, 2 x GE CF6-80C2B6F (rated at 60,000 pounds thrust) or 2 x CF6-80C2B7F. Department Of Defense In various Statements Of Objectives communications to suppliers,the Department Of defense indicated that basic airframes would be delivered minus specific components; such as the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter-Measures (LAIRCM), the Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies (GLTA) and the Wing Refueling Pods. The basic unencumbered airframe...

Boeing Awarded $35 Billion Contract To Build New Air Force Tanker

Defense, Featured, Headline
This picture shows a Royal Australian Air Force A330 MRTT whose KC45 variant just lost the competition to Boeing Company KC46A that will be based on a modernized Boeing 767. Defense officials announced to day that the Boeing Company was being awarded the $30 Billion plus contract to build the US Air Force next tanker. The announcement was made February 24th,2011 at the pentagon in presence of Air Force Chief of Staff  General Norton A. Schwartz and deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III. The contract apportions initial $3.5 Billion for early engineering work and manufacture of four aircraft followed by another 14 aircraft by 2018 for a grand total of 179 aircraft. Officials expressed confidence that the Boeing offering was superior to EADS proposition in delivering value to the

Israel New UAV Presented To Defense Minister

Defense, Featured, Headline
Jerusalem Post reported visit of Ehud Barak Israel defense minister to IAI facility. During a visit to Israel Aerospace Industries  on Tuesday February 22nd, 2011, defense minister Ehud Barak was introduced to IAI Malat (aviation products division) latest Unmanned Air Vehicle 'The Ghost". The new UAV design is a three feet long tandem twin rotors weighing less than nine pounds. The new UAV is said to be designed to provide ground commanders tactical reconnaissance functions in urban environment. Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) conducted within asymmetrical warfare concept make strenuous demands for real-time intelligence capabilities for ground commanders and tactical planners. The new vertical take-off and landing capable UAV is nimble enough to be able to enter windows of bu

Skymark Airlines To Acquire Four Airbus 380

Corporate News, Featured, Headline
The Tokyo-based low cost airlines is set to become the first japanese airline to operate the Airbus 380 super jumbo.The airline founded in 1998 operate a current fleet of 18 Boeing 737-800 out of Haneda (Tokyo International Airport). Its network comprises a integrated mesh network linking 13 destinations in Japan using Haneda and Kobe as main hubs. The contract was signed at Airbus Toulouse headquarter by Skymark Airlines President, Shinichi Nishikubo last Thursday, February 17th, 2011. The airline will likely use the new Airbus 380 to start new international long haul service out of its base at Tokyo International. To date Singapore Airlines, Air France and Lufthansa. The Airbus 380 offers innovative airline economics as well as service differentiation. With a range of 8,300 nautical mil...

Oil Prices Jumpy As Libya’s Situation Worsen

Defense, Featured, Headline
Oil markets appeared to enter a new cycle of volatility as tension is escalating in Libya the 17th world largest producer of oil with 1,789,160 barrels a day (source: US Department Of Energy year 2009). In London ICE early trading Monday morning, futures contract deliveries for April showed the Brent trading at $US 104.3 +1.7% . Growing concerns for instability in the middle and Libya's internal situation taking a turn for the worst during the week end promises further volatility. The region sensitivity to popular uprisings that have already deposed two long servicing dictators and further threatening more nations is showing repercussions to financial markets. Sunday's visit to Saudi Arabia by US Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mullen points to shared concerns both in Washington and Riyadh...

Useful Glossary Of Terms For Commercial Aviation Data And Statistics

Analysis, Featured, Headline
We are presenting a comprehensive glossary of commercial aviation terms. We are hopeful that it will help readers capture more efficiently some of the key aspects of our analysis. As well we are confident that it can also help navigate more efficiently the numerous financial documents, news articles, research papers ...etc that are available to the public. We are giving special attention to global airlines by incorporating terms extracted from Lufthansa and Air France-KLM glossaries. Although most of the terms are clearly referring to the US Bureau Of Transportation Statistics which we believe provide by far the most relevant source of data in order to conduct insightful commercial aviation data analysis. Actual Arrival Times (BTS) Gate arrival time is the instance when the pilot sets th...

Orbital Sciences Corporation Uses Lockheed L-1011 To Launch Craft Into Space

Defense, Featured, Headline
From ARG. Orbital Sciences Corp (Public, NYSE:ORB) announced on February 7th 2011 that it had successfully launched a a U.S. Government payload into orbit on February 5th 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. On a February 6th 2011 announcement the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) announced its successful launch of a payload aboard a Minautor I rocket from Space Launch Complex 8, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California , at 4:26 A.M PST on February 6th 2011.The NRO is the joint Department of Defense-Intelligence community organization that, according to its web site "designs, builds and operates the national reconnaissance satellites" and has been officially operating for the past 50 years.Orbital Science Corporation is a relatively small company founded in 1982 and employ...

French Navy Gets Newer Exocet MM40 Block 3 And Rafale Gets New Meteor BVRAAR Missile

Defense, Featured, Headline
from ARG Naval Warships to receive newer Exocets missiles for anti-shipping French DGA (General Directorate for Armament) recently made announcements regarding various advanced weapons systems contracts taken on behalf of the French Ministry of Defense with Europe leading missile manufacturer MBDA. DGA recently announced that it had received on behalf of the French Navy the first four (4) out of forty five (45) new Exocets MM 40 Block 3 that had been ordered since 2008. Complete delivery of the 45 missiles lot is set to occur before middle of 2013. The Exocet MM40 Block 3 is a ship-borne anti-shipping missile with advanced capabilities in range, targeting and inertial navigation systems. The rocket booster  plus turbojet-powered missile can reportedly cruise and attack targets out to ra

Southern Air Builds Value With Its Boeing 747 ‘Classic’

Analysis, Featured, Headline
From ARG analysis - updated We're taking a look at air cargo operator Southern Air, a most promising airline that offers low cost ACMI (Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance) services and charter flights. This global airline is based in Norwalk, Connecticut although most flights operate out of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in the 100-tons cargo carrying segment. Southern Air has attracted a lot of attention not only because of the rapid growth that the relatively young airline has undergone in a difficult market segment. But also because the airline has become home to a very peculiar mix of long range 100-tons freighters. Operating a combination of some 15 Boeing 747-200/300 'Classic' freighters alongside two brand new state-of-the-art Boeing 777 Long Range Freighters is ...

Snapshots Of Current Boeing 747-200 Freighters Operation

Airlines, Featured, Headline
Here is a snapshot of  747-200 currently operating 5:13 pm EST. It is in preview of our upcoming analysis of cargo operators. We will attempt to understand the value of Boeing 747-200 and DC-10 freighters remaining in operation. We feel that MD-11 brings significant value in that segment , so we will consider that model although it is a more recent aircraft. The Boeing 777 Freighter is the newcomer and we will consider the prospects that it offers for the future. We notice that three airlines are involved in this listing: Southern Air operates a fleet of up to 15 Boeing 747-200F. The airlines had built its fleet around the General Electric CF6 engines as part of its strategic plan , claiming that this engine model was the most efficient in that category, allowing to carry optimally 108 ton