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December 2013 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

First Flight of an Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3

First Flight of an Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3
 
The latest Typhoon, known as a Tranche 3, represents a major stepping stone in the evolution of one of the world's leading combat aircraft.The Tranche 3 standard embodies a number of under the skin changes that effectively future proof the aircraft and make it more attractive to current and potential export customers.
The latest Typhoon, known as a Tranche 3, represents a major stepping stone in the evolution of one of the world's leading combat aircraft.The Tranche 3 standard embodies a number of under the skin changes that effectively future proof the aircraft and make it more attractive to current and potential export customers.

 

   

USA buys 18 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport plane

USA buys 18 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport plane
 
the largest award won by any defense contractor Friday -- went to Lockheed Martin in the form of a not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price contract funding "long lead efforts" required to prepare for the building of 18 C-130J Hercules transport aircraft.
The largest award won by any defense contractor Friday -- went to Lockheed Martin in the form of a not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price contract funding "long lead efforts" required to prepare for the building of 18 C-130J Hercules transport aircraft.
   

Austria to buy 3 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters

Austria to buy 3 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Austria for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters in Total Package Approach and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $137 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Austria for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters in Total Package Approach and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $137 million.
   

India Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas fires R-73 infra-red missile with success

India Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas fires R-73 infra-red missile with success
 
Tejas, India's first indigenously designed developed and productionised fourth generation plus Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) achieved yet another milestone when an R-73, Russian made infrared air to air missile hit its designated target with precision.
Tejas, India's first indigenously designed developed and productionised fourth generation plus Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) achieved yet another milestone when an R-73, Russian made infrared air to air missile hit its designated target with precision.
   

Central African Republic operation: Rafale show of force, UK air support and US ready to join

Central African Republic operation: Rafale show of force, UK air support and US ready to join
 
France beagn its operation to stabilize the Central African Republic yesterday night. Yoday two Dassault Rafale made a "show of force", in Bangui the state's capital and are ready to intervene if necessary. On the other hand the UK is providing logistical assistance to the French forces with a Boeing C-17 Galaxy III and the U.S. forces are standing at the ready to provide support for French and African troops battling rebel forces in the Central African Republic, according to the Pentagon's top military officer.
France beagn its operation to stabilize the Central African Republic yesterday night. Yoday two Dassault Rafale made a "show of force", in Bangui the state's capital and are ready to intervene if necessary. On the other hand the UK is providing logistical assistance to the French forces with a Boeing C-17 Galaxy III and the U.S. forces are standing at the ready to provide support for French and African troops battling rebel forces in the Central African Republic, according to the Pentagon's top military officer.
   

Boeing and Saab Sign Joint Development Agreement on T-X Aircraft for US Training Competition

Boeing and Saab Sign Joint Development Agreement on T-X Aircraft for US Training Competition
 
Boeing and Saab AB have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to jointly develop and build a new advanced, cost-efficient T-X Family of Systems training solution for the upcoming competition to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging T-38 aircrew training system. The JDA, with Boeing as the prime contractor and Saab AB as primary partner, covers areas including design, development, production, support, sales and marketing.
Boeing and Saab AB have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to jointly develop and build a new advanced, cost-efficient T-X Family of Systems training solution for the upcoming competition to replace the U.S. Air Force's aging T-38 aircrew training system. The JDA, with Boeing as the prime contractor and Saab AB as primary partner, covers areas including design, development, production, support, sales and marketing.
   

China J-15 carrier-based fighter enters production

China J-15 carrier-based fighter enters production
 
According to wantchinatimes, the Shenyang J-15, China's first carrier-based fighter designed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, has entered mass production and has been received by various units of the PLA Navy Air Force, the Beijing-based Sina Military Network reported on Dec. 3.
According to wantchinatimes, the Shenyang J-15, China's first carrier-based fighter designed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, has entered mass production and has been received by various units of the PLA Navy Air Force, the Beijing-based Sina Military Network reported on Dec. 3.
   

Alenia Aermacchi approves a fire fighting system for the C-27J Spartan

Alenia Aermacchi approves a fire fighting system for the C-27J Spartan
 
One of the Romanian Air Force’s C-27Js will be the first aircraft in Europe to use an innovative firefighting system. In the several past weeks, Alenia Aermacchi conducted intense operating and training tests on the aircraft, which included the new fire fighting system onboard.
One of the Romanian Air Force’s C-27Js will be the first aircraft in Europe to use an innovative firefighting system. In the several past weeks, Alenia Aermacchi conducted intense operating and training tests on the aircraft, which included the new fire fighting system onboard.
   

ATK Completes First Flight Test of Its Light Gunship for Airbus Military C235 of the Kingdom of Jordan

ATK Completes First Flight Test of Its Light Gunship for Airbus Military C235 of the Kingdom of Jordan
 
ATK, a leader in weaponized, special-mission aircraft, announced it has completed the first flight test for the Kingdom of Jordan's two CASA-235 light gunship aircraft.
ATK, a leader in weaponized, special-mission aircraft, announced it has completed the first flight test for the Kingdom of Jordan's two CASA-235 light gunship aircraft.
   

Airbus Military selects Thales as partner to support the French Air Force A400M Atlas training centre

Airbus Military selects Thales as partner to support the French Air Force A400M Atlas training centre
 
Thales has been selected as Airbus Military’s industrial partner to support operations of the Airbus A400M Atlas training centre on the French Air Force’s Orléans-Bricy base (Air Force Base 123) near Orléans.
Thales has been selected as Airbus Military’s industrial partner to support operations of the Airbus A400M Atlas training centre on the French Air Force’s Orléans-Bricy base (Air Force Base 123) near Orléans.
   

400TH Eurofighter Typhoon delivered to the German Air Force

400TH Eurofighter Typhoon delivered to the German Air Force
 
The 400th Eurofighter Typhoon has been delivered to the Programme's worldwide customer base. The German Air Force took delivery of the 400th aircraft on Wednesday 4th December 2013 during special ceremony at Cassidian's Military Air Systems Center in Manching, Southern Germany.
The 400th Eurofighter Typhoon has been delivered to the Programme's worldwide customer base. The German Air Force took delivery of the 400th aircraft on Wednesday 4th December 2013 during special ceremony at Cassidian's Military Air Systems Center in Manching, Southern Germany.
   

Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft makes public debut in Mainland Japan during air show

Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft makes public debut in Mainland Japan during air show
 
According to UPI, Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody Aerospace says it is party to negotiations between the Ministry of Defense and Draken International for the sale of its jets.
Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, located in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, hosted its annual air show Dec. 1, 2013. While an overwhelming majority of attendees were from Japan, one of the most adored static display was American.
   

Possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for 14 CH-47D transport helicopters

Possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for 14 CH-47D transport helicopters
 
According to UPI, Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody Aerospace says it is party to negotiations between the Ministry of Defense and Draken International for the sale of its jets.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for CH-47D Model Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $151 million.
   

Czech firm, AERO Vodochody Aerospace in talks over sale of L-159 jet fighters to a US company

Czech firm, AERO Vodochody Aerospace in talks over sale of L-159 jet fighters to a US company
 
According to UPI, Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody Aerospace says it is party to negotiations between the Ministry of Defense and Draken International for the sale of its jets.
According to UPI, Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody Aerospace says it is party to negotiations between the Ministry of Defense and Draken International for the sale of its jets.
   

Russian Helicopters showcases new Ansat and Ka-226T At Russian Centre for Disaster Medicine

Russian Helicopters showcases new Ansat and Ka-226T At Russian Centre for Disaster Medicine
 
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, demonstrated the medical versions of the light Ansat and Ka-226T helicopters to officials at Zashchita, the Russian National Centre for Disaster Medicine, as part of a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Centre.
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, demonstrated the medical versions of the light Ansat and Ka-226T helicopters to officials at Zashchita, the Russian National Centre for Disaster Medicine, as part of a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Centre.
   

EATC ( European Air Transport Command) reach FOC, Spain to join next summer

EATC ( European Air Transport Command) reach FOC, Spain to join next summer
 
Major General Van de Voorde, the Belgian Air Component Commander, in his function as the Chairman of the Military Air Transport Committee (MATraC) announced the MATraC’s decision that the European Air Transport Command has reached its Full Operational Capability (FOC). Also, the work concerning the accession of Spain to the EATC is on track and will most probably be finished before summer next year.
Major General Van de Voorde, the Belgian Air Component Commander, in his function as the Chairman of the Military Air Transport Committee (MATraC) announced the MATraC’s decision that the European Air Transport Command has reached its Full Operational Capability (FOC). Also, the work concerning the accession of Spain to the EATC is on track and will most probably be finished before summer next year.
   

P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft achieves initial operational capability

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P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft achieves initial operational capability
 
The U.S. Navy declares that its newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after the first two P-8As departed for deployment Nov. 29.
The U.S. Navy declares that its newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after the first two P-8As departed for deployment Nov. 29.

   

Thales’s A400M Flat Panel Flight Training Device add training capabilities to Airbus Military Sevilla

Thales’s A400M Flat Panel Flight Training Device add training capabilities to Airbus Military Sevilla
 
The first A400M Flat Panel Flight Training Device designed and built by Thales for Airbus Military has been contributing to the training of air crews at the Airbus Military International Training Centre in Seville since October.
   

The Philippine Navy to equip 2 of its AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters with combat equipment

The Philippine Navy to equip 2 of its AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters with combat equipment
 
According to Zambotimes, the Philippine Navy (PN) on Friday announced that two out the five AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters that it will be acquiring this year are classified as combat helicopters.
According to Zambotimes, the Philippine Navy (PN) on Friday announced that two out the five AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters that it will be acquiring this year are classified as combat helicopters.
   

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