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Korean Air’s Aerospace Division announced on
March 29 that it continues to supply the U.S.
military with valuable maintenance and repair
services in the Asia Pacific region.
During March the airline delivered its first
rewired F-15 fighter jet from Busan Tech Center
under a $400 million contract it won from the
U.S. Air Force last September.
In addition, Korean Air was recently awarded a
new contract with the US Army and Air Force for
maintenance of helicopters – including Apaches,
Black Hawks and Chinooks – for the next five
years. That contract is valued at approximately
Korean Air will work on 60 F-15 fighters
stationed in the Asia Pacific region through 2016,
replacing their tail wings and re-wiring them in
line with the U.S. military’s goal to improve its
combat strength. Korean Air also will maintain
Korean Air operates the only military aircraft
maintenance depot in the Asia Pacific region and
has repaired some 530 F-15 fighter jets belonging to
the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy since 1983. v
SAGEM TO SUPPLY
SYSTEM FOR FRENCH
Sagem announced on March 30 that it has signed
a contract with French naval shipyard DCNS,
under French defense procurement agency DGA
as contracting authority, for the modernization
of fire control systems on six Floréal class
surveillance frigates. The modernization will be
based on Sagem’s new-generation Electro-Optical
Multifunction System (EOMS-NG).
Developed and produced by Sagem, the EOMS-
NG is a high-performance optronic system.
It is a single unit, integrating day-night IRST
(infrared search and track) type passive panoramic
observation, identification, tracking and fire control.
It will be operated from a dedicated work station of
the operations room.
Replacing the current Najir optronic system,
the EOMS-NG will provide fire control for the
Floréal class ships’ 100mm gun, their main artillery
piece, and will contribute to their tactical situation
awareness and the self-defense of the ship. The
system features very short reaction time between
detection and engagement, and is particularly
well suited to fighting piracy and illicit traffic. Its
panoramic observation concept is the equivalent of
100 fixed cameras.
This contract from DCNS, prime contractor for
the modernization of the fire control system on
Floréal class frigates, is a significant success for
Sagem’s new range of shipborne optronic systems.
The first Floréal class frigate will be outfitted by
the end of 2012.
The EOMS-NG system is also in production for
the six Baynunah class corvettes to be deployed by
the United Arab Emirates, and it is integrated in the
DCSN’s new Gowind class offshore patrol vessel,
L’Adroit. Australia has ordered 29 Vampir NG
infrared tracking systems, derived from the EOMS-
NG, for its navy’s new LHD helicopter carriers, air
defense destroyers and Anzac class frigates. v
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KOREAN AIR CONTINUES TO DELIVER TO THE U.S . MILITARY WINS HELICOPTER
MAINTENANCE CONTRACT; DELIVERS FIRST REWIRED F-15
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