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June 2013 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

First Italian army ICH-47F Chinook military transport helicopter performs its maiden flight in Italy 2906132

First Italian army ICH-47F Chinook military transport helicopter performs its maiden flight in Italy
 
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first ICH-47F Chinook for the Italian Army successfully accomplished its maiden flight on June 24th at Vergiate in Italy. The aircraft took to the air for 15 minutes, performing as expected whilst carrying out basic handling tests and main systems checks.
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first ICH-47F Chinook for the Italian Army successfully accomplished its maiden flight on June 24th at Vergiate in Italy. The aircraft took to the air for 15 minutes, performing as expected whilst carrying out basic handling tests and main systems checks.
 

Russia will deliver 10 attack helicopters Mi-28NE Night Hunter to Iraq 2906131

Russia will deliver 10 attack helicopters Mi-28NE Night Hunter to Iraq
 
Russia will supply over 10 fully armed and equipped Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq under a multi-billion dollar agreement, a representative of Russia’s state arms exporter told RIA Novosti on Friday, June 28, 2013.
Russia will supply over 10 fully armed and equipped Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq under a multi-billion dollar agreement, a representative of Russia’s state arms exporter told RIA Novosti on Friday, June 28, 2013.
 

Boeing delivers first CH-147F Chinook military transport helicopter to Canada 2806131

Boeing delivers first CH-147F Chinook military transport helicopter to Canada
 
Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the first of 15 new CH-147F Chinook helicopters to the Royal Canadian Air Force on June 21, making Canada the operator of one of the most capable Chinook variants delivered to the global market.
Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the first of 15 new CH-147F Chinook helicopters to the Royal Canadian Air Force on June 21, making Canada the operator of one of the most capable Chinook variants delivered to the global market.
 

Russia awaits a political decision to deliver several Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft to Syria 2306131

Russia awaits a political decision to deliver several Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft to Syria
 
Russia has manufactured several Yak-130 combat trainer jets for Syria as part of a deal signed in 2011, but no final decision on delivery has yet been made, a Russian official source said on Thursday, June 20,2013. An unspecified number of the aircraft have been produced by aircraft-builder Irkut as part of the $550 million deal for 36 Yak-130s.
Russia has manufactured several Yak-130 combat trainer jets for Syria as part of a deal signed in 2011, but no final decision on delivery has yet been made, a Russian official source said on Thursday, June 20,2013. An unspecified number of the aircraft have been produced by aircraft-builder Irkut as part of the $550 million deal for 36 Yak-130s.
 

Taiwan will buy 6 UH-72A Lakota military light utility helicopters from United States 2206131

Taiwan will buy 6 UH-72A Lakota military light utility helicopters from United States
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $77 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $77 million.
 

Romania plans to purchase 12 multirole fighter aircraft F-16 from Portugal 2106131

Romania plans to purchase 12 multirole fighter aircraft F-16 from Portugal
 
The Romanian government on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, announced it plans to purchase a 12-strong squadron of used F-16 multirole fighters from Portugal, to replace the current Soviet-built MIG-21 Lancers. A draft piece of legislation concerning the acquisition was passed by the cabinet and will be submitted to parliament for final approval, according to the press office of the government.
The Romanian government on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, announced it plans to purchase a 12-strong squadron of used F-16 multirole fighters from Portugal, to replace the current Soviet-built MIG-21 Lancers. A draft piece of legislation concerning the acquisition was passed by the cabinet and will be submitted to parliament for final approval, according to the press office of the government.
 

Embraer and Boeing team to market and sell KC-390 medium-airlift military transport aircraft 1806131

Embraer and Boeing team to market and sell KC-390 medium-airlift military transport aircraft
 
Embraer [NYSE: ERJ; BOVESPA: EMBR3] and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are partnering on the sales and marketing of Embraer's KC-390 – a multi-mission mobility and aerial refueling aircraft with advanced capabilities in the medium-sized airlift market. Under the agreement, Boeing is the lead for KC-390 sales, sustainment and training opportunities in the U.S., UK and select Middle East markets. Embraer will manufacture the aircraft and collaborate on sales, sustainment and training.
Embraer [NYSE: ERJ; BOVESPA: EMBR3] and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are partnering on the sales and marketing of Embraer's KC-390 – a multi-mission mobility and aerial refueling aircraft with advanced capabilities in the medium-sized airlift market. Under the agreement, Boeing is the lead for KC-390 sales, sustainment and training opportunities in the U.S., UK and select Middle East markets. Embraer will manufacture the aircraft and collaborate on sales, sustainment and training.
 

Russia plans to sign contracts fo Su-35 fighter and Ka-52 helicopter at Paris Air Show 2013 1606131

Russia plans to sign contracts fo Su-35 fighter and Ka-52 helicopter at Paris Air Show 2013
 
Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport is planning to sign a number of export contracts on the delivery of advanced Su-35S fighter aircraft as well as Ka-52 helicopter gunships and Yak-130 combat trainers at the Paris Air Show, the company said.
Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport is planning to sign a number of export contracts on the delivery of advanced Su-35S fighter aircraft as well as Ka-52 helicopter gunships and Yak-130 combat trainers at the Paris Air Show, the company said.
 

Russian light multirole helicopter Ka-226T begins demonstration tour in mountains of Kazakhstan 1406131

Russian light multirole helicopter Ka-226T begins demonstration tour in mountains of Kazakhstan
 
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, June 12, 2013, the first demonstration flights of the light multirole Ka-226T in Kazakhstan.
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, June 12, 2013, the first demonstration flights of the light multirole Ka-226T in Kazakhstan.
 

Israeli Air Force ready to create its first squadron with F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft 1306133

Israeli Air Force ready to create its first squadron with F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft
 
Israel's air force is getting ready to absorb its first squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the combat jet that will assure the country's aerial supremacy for years to come. But it's getting other U.S. aircraft as well as part of the $100 billion Middle Eastern arms deal announced by the Pentagon in February.
Israel's air force is getting ready to absorb its first squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the combat jet that will assure the country's aerial supremacy for years to come. But it's getting other U.S. aircraft as well as part of the $100 billion Middle Eastern arms deal announced by the Pentagon in February.
 

Libya could purchase from United States two military transport aircraft C-130J-30 1303131

Libya could purchase from United States two military transport aircraft C-130J-30
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Libya of 2 C-130J-30 aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $588 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Libya of 2 C-130J-30 aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $588 million.
 

Boeing signs a contract for the delivery of 177 CH-47 Chinook helicopters with the U.S Army 1206132

Boeing signs a contract for the delivery of 177 CH-47 Chinook helicopters with the U.S Army
 
In an agreement that will save the U.S. government more than $800 million, the Army and Boeing [NYSE:BA] have signed a $4 billion multi-year contract for 177 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, with the Army holding options that could increase its total buy to 215 aircraft. Deliveries from the agreement, which is a cost-effective alternative to annually contracting for the aircraft, begin in 2015.
In an agreement that will save the U.S. government more than $800 million, the Army and Boeing [NYSE:BA] have signed a $4 billion multi-year contract for 177 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, with the Army holding options that could increase its total buy to 215 aircraft. Deliveries from the agreement, which is a cost-effective alternative to annually contracting for the aircraft, begin in 2015.
 

Boeing transfers first military transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster III to Indian Air Force 1206131

Boeing transfers first military transport aircraft C-17 Globemaster III to Indian Air Force
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) flew its first Boeing [NYSE: BA] C-17 Globemaster III to India today, becoming the newest operator of the leading airlifter. "The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world's most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities," said Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Transport and Helicopters). "We have looked forward to this day when our Indian Air Force flies the first C-17 to its new home in India."
The Indian Air Force (IAF) flew its first Boeing [NYSE: BA] C-17 Globemaster III to India today, becoming the newest operator of the leading airlifter. "The C-17 will equip the Indian Air Force with amongst the world's most advanced humanitarian and strategic capabilities," said Air Vice Marshal SRK Nair, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Transport and Helicopters). "We have looked forward to this day when our Indian Air Force flies the first C-17 to its new home in India."
 

New speed record for the Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter at 263 knots 487 km/hr 1106133

New speed record for the Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter at 263 knots - 487 km/hr
 
The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter has opened the frontiers of aviation by attaining a speed milestone of 255 knots (472 km/hr) in level flight on June 7. Several days before this accomplishment, the X3 reached a speed of 263 knots (487 km/hr) during a descent. With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial speed record for a helicopter.
The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter has opened the frontiers of aviation by attaining a speed milestone of 255 knots (472 km/hr) in level flight on June 7. Several days before this accomplishment, the X3 reached a speed of 263 knots (487 km/hr) during a descent. With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial speed record for a helicopter.
 

The Russian Ministry of Defence buys 15 passenger airplanes Antonov AN-148 1106131

The Russian Ministry of Defence buys 15 passenger airplanes Antonov AN-148
 
The Russian Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Voronezh joint-stock airplane-building company (VASO) on purchase of 15 passenger airplanes An-148. The value of the deal amounted to 18 billion rubles. According to the terms of the agreement, the airplanes should be supplied between 2013 and 2017 but the contract makes provisions for a possibility of transfer of all airliners to the customer ahead of schedule.
The Russian Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Voronezh joint-stock airplane-building company (VASO) on purchase of 15 passenger airplanes An-148. The value of the deal amounted to 18 billion rubles. According to the terms of the agreement, the airplanes should be supplied between 2013 and 2017 but the contract makes provisions for a possibility of transfer of all airliners to the customer ahead of schedule.
 

Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter aircraft completes first in-flight missile launch of AIM-120 0906132

Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter aircraft completes first in-flight missile launch of AIM-120
 
An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 during tests held Wednesday over Point Mugu Sea Test Range. The flight of Lockheed Martin's F-35A Air Force version, known as AF-1, was conducted by Lt. Col. George Schwartz. It marked the first launch where the F-35 and AIM-120 demonstrated a successful launch-to-eject communication sequence and fired the rocket motor after launch.
An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight missile launch of an AIM-120 during tests held Wednesday over Point Mugu Sea Test Range. The flight of Lockheed Martin's F-35A Air Force version, known as AF-1, was conducted by Lt. Col. George Schwartz. It marked the first launch where the F-35 and AIM-120 demonstrated a successful launch-to-eject communication sequence and fired the rocket motor after launch.
 

Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II training aircraft enters in service with the Indian Air Force 0906131

Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II training aircraft enters in service with the Indian Air Force
 
The Indian air force inducted the first 12 of 75 Swiss-manufactured Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II basic training aircraft at a ceremony at the Dundigal Air Force Academy near Hyderabad. Minister of State for Defense Jitendra Singh unveiled the tandem-seat turboprop aircraft that is capable of aerobatics as well as tactical and night flying, The Hindu reported.
The Indian air force inducted the first 12 of 75 Swiss-manufactured Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II basic training aircraft at a ceremony at the Dundigal Air Force Academy near Hyderabad. Minister of State for Defense Jitendra Singh unveiled the tandem-seat turboprop aircraft that is capable of aerobatics as well as tactical and night flying, The Hindu reported.
 

MiG signs Research - Development contract for unmanned combat air vehicle based on Skat project 0606132

MiG signs Research - Development contract for unmanned combat air vehicle based on Skat project
 
Russian military aircraft maker MiG is to go ahead with a research-and-development project for an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) based on its Skat prototype, after signing a deal with the Industry and Trade Ministry earlier this month.
Russian military aircraft maker MiG is to go ahead with a research-and-development project for an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) based on its Skat prototype, after signing a deal with the Industry and Trade Ministry earlier this month.
 

Bell V-280 tiltrotor helicopter selected by U.S. Army for Joint Multi-Role JMR Technology Demonstrator 0606131

Bell V-280 tiltrotor helicopter selected by U.S. Army Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator
 
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that the Bell V-280 Valor™, its third generation tiltrotor design, has been selected by the U.S. Army for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program. The Army is expected to award JMR-TD contracts by September 2013, with first flight scheduled for 2017.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that the Bell V-280 Valor™, its third generation tiltrotor design, has been selected by the U.S. Army for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program. The Army is expected to award JMR-TD contracts by September 2013, with first flight scheduled for 2017.
 

Boeing Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) first flight 0506131

Boeing Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) first flight
 
A U.S. Army and Boeing [NYSE: BA] team completed the first flight of the first of four Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft on May 22.
A U.S. Army and Boeing [NYSE: BA] team completed the first flight of the first of four Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft on May 22.
 

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