Thursday, September 20, 2012

In The press, Air & Cosmos article about Military engines

Picture credit Reno62
In its last issue published on Friday september 14th, Air & Cosmos revealed several interresting facts about the Rafale new M88-4E in a special article about military engines.

  • 16 M88-4E have been delivered so far
  • 20% of the engine is modified compared to the previous version (M88-2E4)
  • Improved NATO Tactical Air Cycle (number of actions on the throttle) : up to 4000 cycles instead of 2500c previoulsy.
  • Lifespan of  maintenance intensive parts increased by 60%
  • All M88 engines delivered so far could be upgraded to -4E standard within 4-5 years
  • New evolutions planed on the high pressure turbine (results of the Theo program) to increase the engine thrust (for 2015)
  • The assembly of a M88 takes 36 days
  • 300 M88 delivered to the French Air Force and Navy
  • Talks on the Kaveri using High pressure part of the M88 still going on.
  • Technology transfers to the Indian Industry in preparation to allow india to produce the M88 engine
Source : Air&Cosmos 2326


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    India Looks To Finalize Fighter Deal By March

    September 20, 2012

    India expects to finalize the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) deal by March 2013, according to the country’s air force chief, N.A.K. Browne.

    “The negotiations are absolutely on with Dassault Aviation,” Browne says. “We hope that at least this financial year [which runs through March 2013], we should be able to finish the negotiations and finalize the deal” for 126 Rafale fighters. After a global competition, the Rafale beat out the other finalist, the Eurofighter Typhoon.

    The Indian air force is likely to get 18 aircraft from Dassault in fly-away condition; the rest would be manufactured by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) under license from Dassault.

    “It is a very complex project, as we are discussing various areas like transfer of technology, the offset [agreements], what HAL will do and the cost as well,” Browne says.

    Though Browne didn’t detail the latest cost estimates, the deal is expected to cost India $15 billion to $20 billion.

    The multibillion dollar deal will be first export order for Dassault. The French fighters are expected to replace India’s aging MiG-21 fleet from the Soviet era.

    Rafale and Typhoon were the finalists after India in April 2011 ruled out the Boeing F/A-18, Lockheed Martin F-16, Saab Gripen and United Aircraft Corporation MiG-35.

    Rafale photo: Dassault

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