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أعلنت وزارة الدفاع الأمريكية على موقعها الرسمي، عن منحها شركة " UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) " في ويستفورد Westford بولاية ماساتشوستس Massachusetts، عقدا بقيمة 11.5 مليون دولار لصالح برنامج القوات الجوية المصرية لحواضن الاستطلاع لمقاتلات الإف 16 بلوك 52 المعروف بـ" Egypt Peace Vector DB-110 Reconnaissance program ". [ATTACH]32474.IPB[/ATTACH] بموجب هذا العقد ستقوم الشركة بتوفير الاجزاء الرئيسية لإنتاج عدد 2 حاضن استطلاع طراز DB-110، ودراسة مبدئية لحاضن واحد من نفس النوع موجود في الخدمة الفعلية. هذا ومن المُنتظر ان ينتهي العمل على هذا العقد بحلول 18 اغسطس 2017. يُذكر ان القوات الجوية المصرية كانت قد حصلت على حاضن استطلاع DB-110 اعلنت وزارة الدفاع الامريكية عن منح عقده لصالح الشركة في اكتوبر 2010، وذلك ضمن التجهيزات التي طلبتها مصر لصالح صفقة مقاتلات F-16 Block 52 ( 20 مقاتلة انتهى تسليمهم في 2015 ) التي تم الاعلان عنها عام 2009، وتم الموافقة عليها مُشتملة لطلب بإمكانية الحصول على عدد يصل الى 4 حواضن استطلاعية من هذا النوع المتطور. وبموجب العقد الجديد سيرتفع العدد الى 3 حواضن. الـDB-110 هو حاضن رقمي للاستطلاع الجوي التكتيكي يعمل على الطائرات المقاتلة وطائرات المراقبة والاستطلاع يلتقط الصور ليلا ونهارا باستخدام مستشعرات التصوير الكهروبصرية / الحرارية. ويقوم ببث مايلتقطه اليا الى المحطة الارضية المسؤولة عن الاستقبال والتحليل للصور الاستطلاعية، وذلك من خلال وصلة البيانات المحمولة جوا المُزوّد بها. يتميز الحاضن بالقدرة الهائلة على التقاط الصور بدقة عالية من مسافات قصيرة ومتوسطة وبعيدة تتجاوز 130 كم وارتفاعات شاهقة تتجاوز 12 الف مترا فوق سطح الارض، ويعمل لدى 9 دول وهي الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا وبولندا واليونان وتركيا وباكستان ومصر والامارات والمغرب والسعودية. يُذكر انه في بداية الألفية الجديدة، حصلت القوات الجوية المصرية على 6 حواضن استطلاع جوي طراز " TARS " او مايُعرف بـ" نظام استطلاع مسرح العمليات المحمول جوا Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System " لصالح مقاتلات F-16 Block 40 العاملة لديها. > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Contract View
bomber, future projects, jetliner, transports No Responses » NASA has just signed a small ($100 K) study contract for a “ninja star” shaped jetliner. It would be a pointy cruciform in plan view; at low speed the longer axis would be the wing and at high speed the shorter axis would be the wing. To accomplish this, the jet engines would need to rotate 90 degrees. Supersonic Flying Wing Nabs $100,000 from NASA This is not an entirely new idea. In the 1970’s Boeing studied a similar concept… supersonic aircraft with single-pivot rotating wings that would present long wings for low speed and short wing for high speed. And it goes back even further. in 1963, former German aircraft designer Richard Vogt filed a patent via Boeing for a “TWO POSITION VARIABLE SHAPED WING” based on the same idea. The patent drawings seem to show a supersonic transport. X-15A-3 Design Brief A quick overview of the North American Aviation X-15A-3, the delta winged X-15 proposal from 1966: launch vehicles, spacecraft 4 Responses » Sometimes plans go awry. For example… in 1963, NASA was well on the way to building the Saturn V. The Saturn V was a giant of a rocket, far bigger than what was actually available at the time. But there was no reason to believe that development of ever bigger and more capable launch vehicles would stop with the Saturn V. And so plans were in place for the “Nova” rocket. While a vast number of wildly different designs were produced, in general they were all capable of putting about a million pounds of payload into Earth orbit. B-58 Mockup Photo bomber, nukes No Responses » Aug242012 Following on the heels of the MX-1964 mockup was a mockup of the B-58 as it more or less was built. Clearly built in the same facility, what’s unclear from the photo is whether any components from the previous mockup were re-used. All the major components appear to be substantially altered, so it might have been an all-new structure, or it might have used some of the same internal supports. It would be nice if such things were able to be preserved, but mockups like this usually wind up getting turned into firewood. Bell Fold-Rotor Concept Model transports, VTOL No Responses » Aug232012 A photo of a Bell Fold-Rotor concept. The Fold-Rotor was a tiltrotor design that used the props for vertical flight and to get moving forward, but for high speed used other propulsion systems (in this case, the turboshaft engines mounted in the fuselage that drove the wingtip props would disengage and become straight turbojets), and the rotors would stop and fold back to reduce drag. It was an interesting idea, but it still had all the weight of a tiltrotor system, and then some, but with added complexity. BALLOS space shuttle, space station, spacecraft No Responses » Aug212012 From the NASA HQ historical archive, a 1963 illustration of a large 12-man Ballistic Logistic System capsule. Such capsules were designed by NASA and various contractors to go atop Saturn boosters to provide crew and cargo transport to and from the large space stations that NASA fully expected to have in orbit in the early to mid 1970’s. Aerojet NASP sketch hypersonic, jetliner, launch vehicles, rockets, spacecraft, spaceplane No Responses » Aug172012 From an Aerojet booklet from 1987, a basic sketch overview of the National AeroSpace Plane. MX-1964 2: Mockup bomber, nukes No Responses » A truly gorgeous, and at first glance quite convincing, mockup of the MX-1964 predecessor design to the B-58. Note that this full-scale model is hanging from the ceiling by wires, much like many another model aircraft. Grumman 1.5STO Shuttle concept launch vehicles, space shuttle, spacecraft, spaceplane No Responses » One of the more unconventional Space Shuttle concepts was this minor Grumman concept from 1971. Similar to the Lockheed STAR Clipper stage-and-one-half design, this design featured a fully reusable rocket powered spaceplane with expendable propellant tanks. Unlike the STAR Clipper, the Grumman design had four unattached tanks and a non-lifting body wing-body orbiter. MX-1964 1: diagram bomber, nukes No Responses » The Convair B-58 Hustler grew out of a long series of design studies dating back to the years immediately following World War II. Early concepts called for small jet bombers carried aloft by B-36 or B-60 bombers, and would shed jet engine pods during the mission. These massively complex and expensive systems evolved over time to the somewhat more straightforward B-58 which was a single stage aircraft carrying an underslung pod containing both jet fuel and a single nuclear weapon. But even that was originally intended to be a rocket powered missile. The B-58 evolved directly from the MX-1964 design from 1952. This is recognizably related to the B-58, but had the four jet engines in two pods rather than four, and a higher degree of integration between the pod and aircraft.
By David Cenciotti Sea Vixen and Seafire as you have never seen them before! The images in this post were taken by World famous aviation photographer Rich Cooper over the Cornish coastline, near Falmouth, during the RNAS Culdrose Air Day on Jul. 30. They show two extremely rare privately owned aircraft: the sole flying examples in the world of a Sea Vixen FAW2 (G-CVIX/XP924) flown by Simon Hargreaves out of RNAS Yeovilton and Seafire Mk.XVII (SX336/G-KASX), flown by John Beattie. Both planes represent important part of Fleet Air Arm (FAA), the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft: the Supermarine Seafire was a naval version of the Supermarine Spitfire adapted for operation from aircraft carriers that flew from 1942 to 1950s; the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen was a twin boom, twin-engined two-seat carrier-based fleet defence fighter that served from 1959 into the 1970s. The shots were taken from Tony De Bruyn’s Skyvan as part of a photo mission with the Aviation PhotoCrew. Image credit: RC-Pro Photography