2008年7月26日土曜日

AB3量産体制

アパッチブロックⅢが量産体制に入るようだ。
アパッチブロックⅢは80キロ先の地形や敵などの画像情報が得られ、無人機
からのミサイル発射も遠隔操作で行えるという。

日本のロングボウ・アパッチは高価すぎて開発中止になった。
AB3は一人乗りで無人機搭載で劣化ウラン弾を発射し、兵への健康被害を減らす
のが目的か。

---無人飛行機を搭載した軍用ヘリが量産へ---
2008.7.23 23:34
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/080723/amr0807232340010-n1.htm

 【メサ(アリゾナ州)=USA TODAY(マックス・ジャルマン)】米軍の偵察・攻撃用ヘリコプター「アパッチ」に新たな機能を追加した新型機がまもなく、量産体制に入る。最大の特徴は無人飛行機を搭載したこと。これによって、80キロ先の地形や敵などの画像情報が得られるほか、無人機からのミサイル発射も遠隔操作で行えるという。
 「ブロックIII」と呼ばれるこの新型ヘリはヒューズ・ヘリコプター社が開発。ボーイングのメサ工場(アリゾナ州)で生産される。7月初め、1号機が披露され、2010年までに634機を生産、配備する計画だという。1機の価格は3000万ドル(約31億5000万円)。開発費を含む総予算は約190億ドル。
 アパッチはワルシャワ条約機構軍の保有する戦車攻撃用に開発。1983年に実用化され、89年のパナマ侵攻にも威力を発揮した。その後、戦車攻撃以外にも使えるように改良され、湾岸戦争以降は岩だらけの地勢や接近戦でも使えるようになった。
 防衛産業アナリストのウェイン・プラッカーさんは「アフガニスタンやイラクにおいて、新型アパッチは米軍のカギを握る」と期待する。
 コスト削減のため、部品の多くは旧型機と同じものが使用されているが、エンジン、機体、変速機などはより高い機能のものに一新された。回転翼の羽根はアフガンのような空気の薄い高地でも高い機能を維持できるようになり、センサーも近距離、遠距離を問わず正確な画像を撮影、動画を後方部隊に送れるようになっているという。


---Army boosts Block III Apache development---
By Kris Osborn - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 8, 2008 12:39:44 EDT
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/04/defense_apache_040708a/

The Army is accelerating the development and delivery of its high-tech, next-generation Block III Apache attack helicopter technologies slated to hit the force by 2011, service officials said Monday at the Army Aviation Associated of America convention at National Harbor, Md.

Stronger, lighter rotor blades made of composite materials, now being built for the future Block III Apache, are being spiraled into the current Apache fleet, said Army Col. Derek Paquette, Apache program manager.

The new Block III composite rotor blades add 460 pounds of lift capability to the Apache, Paquette said.

“The rotor blades are on contract and are being qualified. When they are ready to be fielded we will immediately be able to buy production models and start installing the composite rotor blades on Block II Apaches,” Paquette said.

The Block III aircraft, built with upgraded computers, networked sensors and mission avionics, will take to the skies in its first test flight this coming July 9 in Mesa, Ariz., Paquette said. The test flight is slightly ahead of schedule, he added. A larger limited user test is planned for November 2009.

The technology being developed for the Block III Apache strives for unprecedented connectivity between Apaches and other helicopters, aircraft, ground vehicles and foot soldiers, Paquette said. A principal aim of this effort is to create interoperability between Apaches and the emerging Future Combat Systems network.

At a recent Air Force-led joint exercise called Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008, an Apache helicopter was tested with a Block III mission processor, software and operating system including FCS network technology. Among the network gear was System of Systems Common Operating Environment, a middle ware program designed for FCS to help move information across a network.

During the experiment, ground-based Joint Tactical Radio Systems using FCS waveforms moved images, video, voice and data in real time across a network of forces including B-52s, ground soldiers, vehicles and tactical operations centers. Surrogate radios were used in place of JTRS Air Maritime Fixed, an airborne software programmable radio system which is not yet ready.

“We are demonstrating connectivity with the Air Force on link 16. We are demonstrating connectivity with the ground soldier future force warrior with FCS using soldier radio waveform. We are demonstrating connectivity with the FCS [Micro Air Vehicle] using soldier radio waveform,” said Al Winn, vice president of Apache programs, Boeing.

Improved sensors, greater processing power, and network connectivity is central to the Block III Apache, which is being built to share video, voice and data in real time across a network of forces including unmanned aerial vehicles, ground vehicles and Air Force fighter planes, said Col. Mark Hayes, capabilities manager, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

“There was never an intent to embed FCS with aviation. FCS is a ground maneuvers and commanders system, but it was always envisioned that the interoperability was what made FCS the lethal component that it is going to be,” Hayes said. “It will cover more battle space and it will tie into more Army and joint systems than anybody else. We’re modular for a reason: because if we have a fight in one section of the battle space, we can seamlessly move without any break in the combat op tempo.”

As a result of the increased connectivity through a broader network, the Block III will be able to provide better support to ground units, Hayes said.

“Block III Apache has capability that is absolutely essential to an infantry ground maneuver commander so that he can dictate the pace on the battlefield so that those individual soldiers are not at risk,” Hayes said. “The Block III Apache will see further, shoot more accurately, and more important than that, it will deliver situational awareness down to the company and troop level.”


---U.S. Army Accelerates Block III Apache Development---
By kris osborn
Published: 7 Apr 22:37 EDT (18:37 GMT)
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=3467683&c=AME&s=AIR

The U.S. Army is accelerating the development and delivery of its high-tech, next-generation Block III Apache attack helicopter technologies slated to hit the force by 2011, service officials said April 7 at the Army Aviation Associated of America convention at National Harbor, Md.

Stronger, lighter rotor blades made of composite materials, now being built for the future Block III Apache, are being spiraled into the current Apache fleet, said U.S. Army Col. Derek Paquette, Apache program manager.
The new Block III composite rotor blades add 460 pounds of lift capability to the Apache, Paquette said.

"The rotor blades are on contract and are being qualified. When they are ready to be fielded we will immediately be able to buy production models and start installing the composite rotor blades on Block II Apaches," Paquette said.

The Block III aircraft, built with upgraded computers, networked sensors and mission avionics, will take to the skies in its first test flight this coming July 9 in Mesa, Ariz., Paquette said. The test flight is slightly ahead of schedule, he added. A larger limited user test is planned for November 2009.

The technology being developed for the Block III Apache strives for unprecedented connectivity between Apaches and other helicopters, aircraft, ground vehicles and foot soldiers, Paquette said. A principal aim of this effort is to create interoperability between Apaches and the emerging Future Combat Systems network.

At a recent Air Force-led joint exercise called Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008, an Apache helicopter was tested with a Block III mission processor, software and operating system including FCS network technology. Among the network gear was System of Systems Common Operating Environment, a middle ware program designed for FCS to help move information across a network.

During the experiment, ground-based Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) using FCS waveforms moved images, video, voice and data in real time across a network of forces including B-52s, ground soldiers, vehicles and tactical operations centers. Surrogate radios were used in place of JTRS Air Maritime Fixed, an airborne software programmable radio system which is not yet ready.

"We are demonstrating connectivity with the Air Force on link 16. We are demonstrating connectivity with the ground soldier future force warrior with FCS using soldier radio waveform. We are demonstrating connectivity with the FCS MAV [Micro Air Vehicle] using soldier radio waveform," said Al Winn, vice president of Apache programs, Boeing.

Improved sensors, greater processing power, and network connectivity is central to the Block III Apache, which is being built to share video, voice and data in real time across a network of forces including UAVs, ground vehicles and Air Force fighter planes, said Col. Mark Hayes, capabilities manager, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

"There was never an intent to embed FCS with aviation. FCS is a ground maneuvers and commanders system, but it was always envisioned that the interoperability was what made FCS the lethal component that it is going to be," Hayes said. "It will cover more battle space and it will tie into more Army and joint systems than anybody else. We're modular for a reason because if we have a fight in one section of the battle space, we can seamlessly move without any break in the combat op tempo."

As a result of the increased connectivity through a broader network, the Block III will be able to provide better support to ground units, Hayes said.

"Block III Apache has capability that is absolutely essential to an infantry ground maneuver commander so that he can dictate the pace on the battlefield so that those individual soldiers are not at risk," Hayes said. "The Block III Apache will see further, shoot more accurately, and more important than that, it will deliver situational awareness down to the company and troop level."


---Boeing, U.S. Army Celebrate 1st Flight of AH-64D Apache Block III Helicopter---
http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2008/q3/080711b_nr.html?loc=interstitialskip

ST. LOUIS, July 11, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], U.S. Army leaders, supplier representatives and other guests celebrated the first flight of the AH-64D Apache Block III helicopter this week in Mesa, Ariz. Just prior to a ceremony attended by more than 300 people at the company's Apache production facility, the aircraft was flown by two Apache-rated aviators -- U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody and an Army experimental test pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rucie Moore.

"This milestone is a testament to the tremendous team effort of Team Apache -- the U.S. Army, our worldwide industry suppliers and Boeing," said Al Winn, Boeing vice president of Apache Programs. "The technologies incorporated into the Block III helicopter come from a cross-section of the best of industry."

Experimental test pilots -- one U.S. Army soldier and one Boeing teammate -- initially flew this Block III prototype aircraft over the Arizona desert on June 27 in preparation for today's ceremony, which commemorates the success of engineers, production teams and program managers in keeping the Apache Block III program on time and on budget.

Ensuring the continued relevance of this rotorcraft platform for the warfighter, Apache Block III technologies deliver network-centric communications capabilities, extended ranges for sensors and weapons, unmanned aerial systems connectivity and control, and enhanced aircraft performance. The Block III technologies have been successfully tested and matured through a planned process of continuous modernization used since the delivery of the first AH-64A model to the U.S. Army in January 1984 and throughout the deliveries of AH-64A Apaches and AH-64D Apache Longbows to the Army and the defense forces of 10 nations around the world.

"Built upon a legacy of success, the Apache Block III will deliver mission-critical performance capabilities to U.S. Army aviators, facilitating successful operations across the spectrum of conflict," U.S. Army Apache Project Manager Col. Derek Paquette said to Boeing teammates who worked to build the helicopter.

The Army awarded Boeing the first Apache Block III contract in June 2005. In accordance with contractual milestones, Boeing plans to begin Low Rate Initial Production in April 2010 and to deliver the first production AH-64D Apache Block III in June 2011.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32.1 billion business with 71,000 employees worldwide.

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