UK to retire Tranche 1 Typhoons with more than half of airframe hours remaining

by Gareth Jennings

The UK's recently revealed plan to prematurely retire its Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft will see the fleet axed with more than half of its airframe fatigue life remaining, the government said on 7 September.

Having earlier intended to retain 24 of its Tranche 1 Typhoons out to 2040, the UK will now retire them in 2025 with more than half of their airframe hours remaining. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Having earlier intended to retain 24 of its Tranche 1 Typhoons out to 2040, the UK will now retire them in 2025 with more than half of their airframe hours remaining. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Answering questions in the House of Commons, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence, James Heappey, said that the Tranche 1 Typhoons that were earmarked for early retirement in the Defence Command Paper published on 22 March would be retired with an average of nearly 60% of their airframe fatigue lives remaining.

“There are 30 Typhoon Tranche 1 aircraft in the sustainment fleet and the projected average flying hours for each of the aircraft, when they reach their respective out-of-service date, is 2,544.8 flying hours,” Heappey said.


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The PARS IV 8x8 breaks cover

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The PARS IV, revealed in 2021, to address Turkish military needs. (FNSS)

Turkish manufacturer of armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) and weapon systems FNSS has developed a new variant of its Pars wheeled AFV family to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) , following a request for proposals issued in late 2019/early 2020.

The company's proposal is the Pars IV, an 8×8 version that builds upon the experience of the Pars II sold to Malaysia as the AV8, PARS III to Oman in both 6×6 and 8×8 configurations, and Pars IV 6×6 special operations vehicle developed for the TSK.

“TLF [the Turkish Land Forces] have started a new requirement for the procurement of New Generation Wheeled AFVs, considering lessons learned from recent operational deployments,” Gökhan Tekin, FNSS programme manager, told Janes in a September interview. “Pars IV is therefore designed to meet current and future combat requirements for TLF and its allies,” he added.


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AFA 2021: USAF, Lockheed Martin select Collins Aerospace for new C-130J wheel, brakes

by Pat Host

The Collins Aerospace Goodrich C-130 Carbon Brake and Lock Ring Wheel. The company is providing the system to the USAF for 60 C-130Js. (Collins Aerospace)

The US Air Force (USAF) and Lockheed Martin have picked Collins Aerospace to provide boltless wheels and carbon brakes for 60 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, according to a Collins Aerospace statement.

Collins Aerospace will provide its Goodrich C-130 Carbon Brake and Lock Ring Wheel system as part of this award. It features a two-piece aluminum lock ring wheel that provides for easier maintenance and a lock ring design that eliminates the need for tie bolts.

Collins Aerospace spokesman Al Killeffer said on 14 September, ahead of the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual conference, that the company will provide approximately 240 wheels and 240 brakes, four per aircraft, as part of this contract. Collins Aerospace will start delivering these new integrated wheel systems in January. Killeffer declined to specify the value of the award.


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AFA 2021: US TRANSCOM awards Rolls-Royce contract for air refuelling management software prototype

by Pat Host

The US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) has awarded Rolls-Royce a USD800,000 contract to demonstrate and continue developing air refuelling asset management software, according to a company statement.

The Rolls-Royce Air Refueling Optimization and Planning System (AROPS) is intended to increase air tanker availability and eliminate inefficiencies caused by disconnected systems and process challenges within a highly complex air refuelling enterprise. Nadine Melind, services executive for Rolls-Royce Digital Services, told Janes on 15 September, ahead of the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual conference, that this is because the current air refuelling enterprise is a mix of software packages and general communication methods, such as email, mobile phone text messages, spreadsheets, and whiteboards.

The idea is to standardise the toolset to make it faster, more efficient, repeatable, and feature more effective communication, Melind said. Rolls-Royce's AROPS software will be more agile and will optimise assets for mission requirements, she added.


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