Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Space Industry and Business News .




AEROSPACE
Slow progress on Unasur plans for a joint trainer aircraf
by Staff Writers
Montevideo, Uruguay (UPI) May 28, 2013


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Latin American plans to develop a low-cost trainer aircraft are moving forward but too slowly to raise hopes about the original aim of having the first of a new fleet of trainer aircraft in the air by 2015.

The joint trainer project is a long-delayed undertaking by the Union of South American Nations, often compared with the European Union but increasingly seen to be extending its role in defense and military coordination among members.

Several Unasur members -- Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela -- are also members of other regional organizations, including the Mercosur trade bloc and Andean Community of Nations.

In addition, Unasur's joint trainer project is seen by analysts as running counter to extensive defense and aviation development programs under way in Brazil.

Despite those apparent contradictions, Unasur is determined that member nations should have one type of locally manufactured aircraft that regional air forces can train on. The aim, says Unasur, is to move toward defense and security integration.

In April, Unasur appeared to advance the project with the announcement a Unasur-7 prototype was on track for completion next year. Official participants in the Latin American defense and security show in Rio de Janeiro offered scant details but previous reports in the Uruguayan news media indicated most of the work might be in progress in Uruguay rather than Brazil.

Five key Unasur member countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Uruguay -- are also partners in a more advanced tactical transport plan being developed by Brazilian aviation giant Embraer.

Embraer's KC-390 tactical transport plane project has been securing international partners as part of a strategy to take on bigger rivals including Lockheed Martin. Embraer sees its KC-390 filling the gap to be left by a global phasing out of Lockheed Martin's C-130 Hercules. But it's far from clear how Embraer regards the launch of Unasur's joint trainer program.

Brazilian Neiva T-25 Universal is among trainers due to be phased out. The propeller-driven basic trainer and ground attack aircraft was manufactured by Industria Aeronautica Neiva in the 1960s as a Brazilian air force replacement for the T-6 Texan Fokker S-11 and S-12 then in use.

The problem is that delays in Unasur actually implementing the joint trainer program have encouraged other manufacturers to try to enter the market.

Unasur has been talking about the trainer development program but hasn't said who will design and build it. An April announcement by Unasur defense ministers left many of those questions unanswered but released instead a long list of specifications that officials said would be "good to have."

In November last year, Unasur's South American Defense Council agreed an "action plan" for developing the joint trainer aircraft. Uruguayan air force sources told Uruguay's El Pais newspaper they would be taking part in the development of a joint trainer aircraft.

.


Related Links
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





AEROSPACE
EADS sweetens KF-X offering
Leiden, Netherlands (UPI) May 24, 2013
With South Korea edging closer to deciding on a contractor for its $7.3 billion KF-X fighter program, a European competitor is dangling a new carrot to its bid. EADS, based in the Netherlands and part of the consortium that builds the Eurofighter Typhoon, says if the aircraft is chosen to replace South Korea's antiquated F-4 and F-5 fleets, it will invest $2 billion "and its technology ... read more


AEROSPACE
Helicopter-light-beams - a new tool for quantum optics

Just how secure is quantum cryptography

One Year Anniversary of KOMPSAT-3 Launch

Crystal-clear method for distinguishing between glass and fluids

AEROSPACE
Mutualink Platform to be Deployed by US DoD during JUICE 2013

General Dynamics to Deliver U.S. Army's Newest Tactical Ground Station Intelligence System

Boeing-built WGS-5 Satellite Enhances Tactical Communications for Warfighters

US Navy And Lockheed Martin Deliver Secure Communications Satellite For Mobile Users

AEROSPACE
First Light Angara Rocket Ready for Launch

Russia to launch 12 Proton-M rockets in 2013

Russian Spacecraft Manufacturer to Make Four Launches in 2014

Electric Propulsion

AEROSPACE
GPS solution provides three-minute tsunami alerts

Northrop Grumman Delivers 8,000th LN-100 Inertial Navigation System

NASA Builds Unusual Testbed for Analyzing X-ray Navigation Technologies

Pakistan adopts Chinese rival GPS satellite system

AEROSPACE
Slow progress on Unasur plans for a joint trainer aircraf

EADS sweetens KF-X offering

NASA's BARREL Mission Launches 20 Balloons

US F-15 crashes in Japan, pilot ejects safely

AEROSPACE
Milwaukee-York researchers forward quest for quantum computing

New Technique May Open Up an Era of Atomic-scale Semiconductor Devices

Bright Future For Photonic Quantum Computers

New magnetic graphene may revolutionize electronics

AEROSPACE
NASA Ships Sensors for Seafaring Satellite to France

NASA's Landsat Satellite Looks for a Cloud-Free View

Google team captures Galapagos Island beauty for maps

NASA Helps Pinpoint Glaciers' Role in Sea Level Rise

AEROSPACE
Fresh oil spill from Turkish tanker off Cape Town

Poland dumps old garbage system for greener setup

Wal-Mart fined $110 mn over hazardous waste

Frog once imported for pregnancy testing brought deadly amphibian disease to US




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement