US may sell $535 mln in F-18 upgrades to Swiss

Diskutiere US may sell $535 mln in F-18 upgrades to Swiss im Schweizer Luftwaffe Forum im Bereich Einsatz bei; Reuters Agenturmeldung: The Bush administration notified Congress on Tuesday of plans to sell up to $535 million worth of F/A-18 fighter jet...

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  1. #1 Mainstay, 20.12.2007
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    The Bush administration notified Congress on Tuesday of plans to sell up to $535 million worth of F/A-18 fighter jet upgrades to Switzerland, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

    The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the Swiss government asked to buy the equipment to upgrade and extend the life of 33 of its fighters. The proposed sale would include improvements to the infrared radar, electronic warfare countermeasures sets, cockpit display systems, global positioning system and voice/data/video recording equipment, the Pentagon said in a statement.

    The principal contractors in the project would be Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Raytheon Co (RTN.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research), it said.

    The notice of a proposed sale is required by U.S. law and Congress has the power to reject it. (Reporting by Julie Vorman, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)


    gemäss Radio Zürichsee wurde diese Meldung durchs VBS bestätigt...

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  3. #2 Herbert, 21.12.2007
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    Switzerland's Hornet Upgrade 25 Program
    20-Dec-2007 16:38 | Permanent Link
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    AIM-9X test
    "F-18 Hornets: Keeping 'Em Flying" details the efforts underway in a number of countries to extend the useful lifespans of their F/A-18 A-D Hornet fleets, from major structural replacements to capability upgrades.

    Switzerland's Dec 18/07 request to the USA [PDF] to extend the useful life of 33 Swiss Air Force (SAF) F/A-18C/D aircraft via its F/A-18C/D Upgrade 25 Program falls into this same category. The SAF have also recently returned from a successful trip to the USA, which allowed them to use American weapon ranges to test the integration of their new AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles with their existing Hornet fleet

    This phase of the "Upgrade 25" Program will be worth up to $535 million, and is expected to include:

    AN/ALR-67 V3
    20 AN/ASQ-228A(V) Advanced Tactical Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) advanced surveillance and targeting pods. These add precision strike capabilities to the aircraft, including laser designation and GPS coordinate designation. ATFLIR can locate and designate targets day or night at ranges exceeding 40 nautical miles and altitudes surpassing 50,000 feet. Associated work will involve improvements to the cockpit display systems, image capture, handling, transmit, and receipt capability, Global Positioning System (GPS), and voice/data/video recording.

    44 AN/ALR-67v3 Electronic Warfare Countermeasures Receiving Sets. These systems provide warning of hostile radars targeting the aircraft, and deploy countermeasures. This is the latest version, which is also fielded on the F/A18 E/F Super Hornets.


    Swiss F/A-18C
    Operational support for these modifications will be provided through upgrades to the mission data system through the purchase of the Joint Mission Planning System. Also included: engineering change proposals, system integration and testing, software development, integration, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering support services, and other related elements of logistics and program management support.

    Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives in-country. However, it is estimated that 20 U.S. Government and 20 contractor representatives will participate in program management and technical reviews in-country for one-week intervals twice annually. The principal contractors will be:

    The Boeing Company of St. Louis, MO (F/A-18 prime)
    Raytheon Corporation of Goleta, California (ALR-67v3)
    Raytheon Corporation of El Segundo, California (ATFLIR)
    Northrop Grumman Corporation of Rolling Meadows, IL (LITENING AT, among other things)
    Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems of Archbald, Pennsylvania

    ATFLIR on F/A-18C
    (click to view full)The DSCA release adds that "Aircraft modifications will include integration of the AN/AAQ-228 LITENING Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Pod." It is not clear whether this is a mistaken reference that means to indicate the AAQ-228 ATFLIR pod, or a reference to integrating the AN/AAQ-28 LITENING pod as well. Neither one is a technical issue, as both pods have been integrated on F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft before. It's just unusual to integrate both.


    Quelle: http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/switzerlands-hornet-upgrade-25-program-04471/
     
  4. #3 m.ileduets, 23.12.2007
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    m.ileduets Berufspilot

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    Richtungsentscheid?

    Hat hier ein Richtungsentscheid stattgefunden? So wie ich diese Beschaffungsanfrage interpretiere, soll die F/A-18 für den Luft-Bodeneinsatz tauglich gemacht werden. Demnach wäre dies für den Tiger- Ersatz nicht unbedingt mehr nötig.

    Politisch wäre dies imho ein geschickter Schachzug, denn ein solches Upgrade liesse sich leichter durch die politischen Instanzen manövrieren.
    Bürdete man die Erdkampftauglichkeit hingegen dem Tiger- Nachfolger auf, böte dies den Gegnern einer Beschaffung eine willkommene Angriffsfläche.
     
  5. #4 Tigerfan, 30.12.2007
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    Kritik an teurer F/A-18-Nachrüstung

    Die Kampfjets müssen für fast 400 Millionen Franken modernisiert werden

    Quelle: Sonntags Zeitung


    So etwas nennt man Erpressung.:mad:
     
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