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December 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

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Fokker signed agreement in principle for delivering F-35 Lightning II's drag chute fairing assembly
 
Fokker recently signed an agreement in principle today with Lockheed Martin for the delivery of the drag chute fairing assembly for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II. The drag chute fairing assembly is a composite /metal construction that enables the F-35 Lightning II to release the drag chute.
Fokker recently signed an agreement in principle today with Lockheed Martin for the delivery of the drag chute fairing assembly for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II. The drag chute fairing assembly is a composite /metal construction that enables the F-35 Lightning II to release the drag chute.
 

Successful first integration test of the Brimstone surface-to-air missile on a Typhoon fighter aircraft

Successful first integration test of the Brimstone surface-to-air missile on a Typhoon fighter aircraft
 
BAE Systems announced today having completed the first full trial installation of MBDA’s Brimstone missile onto a Typhoon aircraft. This trial fit is an important milestone in demonstrating the integration of the missile with the aircraft and follows the successful completion of an initial £5M study contract awarded to BAE Systems by the UK’s Ministry of Defence earlier this year. The trials are helping to pave the way for Brimstone 2 integration for the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) by 2018.
BAE Systems announced today having completed the first full trial installation of MBDA’s Brimstone missile onto a Typhoon aircraft. This trial fit is an important milestone in demonstrating the integration of the missile with the aircraft and follows the successful completion of an initial £5M study contract awarded to BAE Systems by the UK’s Ministry of Defence earlier this year. The trials are helping to pave the way for Brimstone 2 integration for the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) by 2018.
 

New batch of Su-34 multirole fighter aircraft delivered to Russian Air Force

New batch of Su-34 multirole fighter aircraft delivered to Russian Air Force
 
A batch of aircraft was transferred two days ago at the Novosibirsk branch of the Sukhoi Company’s V. P. Chkalov Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant in the presence of the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Mr. Vladimir Gorodetsky and Novosibirsk Mayor Mr. Anatoly Lokot, announced on Wednesday December 10 the russian aircraft manufacturer in an official statement.
A batch of Su-34 aircraft was transferred two days ago at the Novosibirsk branch of the Sukhoi Company’s V. P. Chkalov Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant in the presence of the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Mr. Vladimir Gorodetsky and Novosibirsk Mayor Mr. Anatoly Lokot, announced on Wednesday December 10 the russian aircraft manufacturer in an official statement.
 

F-35 multirole fighter aircraft MRO&U capability to be provided by Italy and Turkey

F-35 multirole fighter aircraft MRO&U capability to be provided by Italy and Turkey
 
The US Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade capability for airframes and engines for the European Region. The assignments were based on data compiled and analyzed by the F-35 Joint Program Office that was collected from European Partners and their industries. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance and will be reviewed and updated in approximately 5 years.
The US Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade capability for airframes and engines for the European Region. The assignments were based on data compiled and analyzed by the F-35 Joint Program Office that was collected from European Partners and their industries. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance and will be reviewed and updated in approximately 5 years.
 

Lockheed Martin delivered second C-130J Super Hercules airlifter to the Republic of Tunisia

Lockheed Martin delivered second C-130J Super Hercules airlifter to the Republic of Tunisia
 
The Republic of Tunisia received its second C-130J Super Hercules during a ceremony yesterday at the Lockheed Martin facility. Tunisia received its first C-130J in April 2013, marking the first delivery of a J-model to an African nation. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js, as well as to provide training and an initial three years of logistics support.
The Republic of Tunisia received its second C-130J Super Hercules during a ceremony yesterday at the Lockheed Martin facility. Tunisia received its first C-130J in April 2013, marking the first delivery of a J-model to an African nation. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js, as well as to provide training and an initial three years of logistics support.
 

Russia to assemble 400 Kamov Ka-226T light utility multirole helicopters a year in India

Russia to assemble 400 Kamov Ka-226T light utility multirole helicopters a year in India
 
Russia on Thursday agreed in principle to assemble around 400 advanced twin engine Kamov helicopters a year in India, in a major move to give a new push to their strategic partnership. The Kamov Ka-226T, which Russia offered to assemble in India, is a light multi-role helicopter which is used for search-and-rescue operations.
Russia on Thursday agreed in principle to assemble around 400 advanced twin engine Kamov helicopters a year in India, in a major move to give a new push to their strategic partnership. The Kamov Ka-226T, which Russia offered to assemble in India, is a light multi-role helicopter which is used for search-and-rescue operations.
 

US State Department gives green light for selling 10 CH-47D Chinook helicopters to Greece

US State Department gives green light for selling 10 CH-47D Chinook helicopters to Greece
 
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for CH-47D Chinook helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $150 million. There is no principal contractor as the systems will be coming from U.S. Army stock.
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for CH-47D Chinook helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $150 million. There is no principal contractor as the systems will be coming from U.S. Army stock.
 

Russia's 5th-generation bomber PAK DA could be delivered to Russian Air Force by 2025

Russia's 5th-generation bomber PAK DA could be delivered to Russian Air Force by 2025
 
Russian 5th generation bomber PAK DA will be delivered to the Russian army between 2023 and 2025, announced Wednesday in Moscow the commander of the Russian long-range Air Force Anatoly Jikharev. "We are modernizing all aircraft, new weapons arrive. We shall create the future PAK DA bomber", he said. "Its first test flights will begin between 2019 and 2020. Deliveries of these aircraft will begin in the army between 2023 and 2025," said General Jikharev.
Russian 5th generation bomber PAK DA will be delivered to the Russian army between 2023 and 2025, announced Wednesday in Moscow the commander of the Russian long-range Air Force Anatoly Jikharev. "We are modernizing all aircraft, new weapons arrive. We shall create the future PAK DA bomber", he said. "Its first test flights will begin between 2019 and 2020. Deliveries of these aircraft will begin in the army between 2023 and 2025," said General Jikharev.
 

Northrop Grumman achieves center fuselage for the first Norwegian F-35A Lightning II aircraft

Northrop Grumman achieves center fuselage for the first Norwegian F-35A Lightning II aircraft
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed – on budget and on schedule – the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant designated AM-1.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed – on budget and on schedule – the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant designated AM-1.
 

Successful first release of a Storm Shadow missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft

Successful first release of a Storm Shadow missile from an Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft
 
The Italian aerospace and defence company Alenia Aermacchi, working closely with its Eurofighter partners, has successfully conducted the first release of a Storm Shadow missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft as part of its missile integration programme. The trials took place in November and saw the missile being released from the aircraft and tracked by radar up to impact.
The Italian aerospace and defence company Alenia Aermacchi, working closely with its Eurofighter partners, has successfully conducted the first release of a Storm Shadow missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft as part of its missile integration programme. The trials took place in November and saw the missile being released from the aircraft and tracked by radar up to impact.
 

Saab receives order for the continuing support and upgrade of Czech Gripen fighter aircraft fleet

Saab receives order for the continuing support and upgrade of Czech Gripen fighter aircraft fleet
 
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the extended lease of Gripen from Sweden to the Czech Republic. This agreement provides for the continuing support and upgrade of the Czech aircraft for a further 12 years. The order is valued at approx. SEK 576 million ($76.8 mn).
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the extended lease of Gripen from Sweden to the Czech Republic. This agreement provides for the continuing support and upgrade of the Czech aircraft for a further 12 years. The order is valued at approx. SEK 576 million ($76.8 mn).
 

Airbus Helicopters delivered the first two Tiger HAD Block 2 attack helicopters to French Army

Airbus Helicopters delivered the first two Tiger HAD Block 2 combat helicopters to French Army
 
The French Army’s Tiger combat helicopter fleet expanded yesterday with Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of the first two attack helicopters in the HAD Block 2 version, following its qualification by the French General Directorate for Armament on November 21.
The French Army’s Tiger combat helicopter fleet expanded yesterday with Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of the first two attack helicopters in the HAD Block 2 version, following its qualification by the French General Directorate for Armament on November 21.
 

Rollout of the first Italian F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft planned for March 2015

Rollout of the first Italian F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft planned for March 2015
 
According to Aviation Week, officials in Italy are preparing for the rollout of their first F-35A from the final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy early next year. That first aircraft is slated to roll off the line by March 2015.
According to Aviation Week, officials in Italy are preparing for the rollout of their first F-35A from the final assembly and checkout (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy early next year. That first aircraft is slated to roll off the line by March 2015.
 

Paramount Group's AHRLAC reached milestone of 50 hours of successful incident-free test flying

Paramount Group's AHRLAC reached milestone of 50 hours of successful incident-free test flying
 
Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned defence and aerospace company, has announced that its AHRLAC (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft), has reached a milestone of 50 hours of successful incident-free test flying.
Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned defence and aerospace company, has announced that its AHRLAC (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft), has reached a milestone of 50 hours of successful incident-free test flying.
 

Poland's Defense Ministry to purchase two new aircraft for the transport of country's top officials

Poland's Defense Ministry to purchase two new aircraft for the transport of country's top officials
 
Poland’s Ministry of Defence is set to buy two new planes for top Polish officials, Deputy PM and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has announced. The purchase is part of the government’s new plan on strengthening the country’s security.
Poland’s Ministry of Defence is set to buy two new planes for top Polish officials, Deputy PM and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has announced. The purchase is part of the Polish government’s new plan for strengthening the country’s security.
 

General Dynamics to provide mission system equipment for UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters

General Dynamics UK to provide mission system equipment for UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters
 
General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide mission system equipment for UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters. This contract is part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP), which was awarded to AgustaWestland by the UK Ministry of Defence in January 2014 to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations.
General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide mission system equipment for UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters. This contract is part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP), which was awarded to AgustaWestland by the UK Ministry of Defence in January 2014 to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations.
 

Airbus Defence and Space wins support contract for French and British A400M aircraft fleets

Airbus Defence and Space wins support contract for French and British A400M aircraft fleets
 
Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract from France and the UK to provide a wide- ranging and innovative in-service support (ISS) package underpinning the entry into service of the A400M Atlas new-generation airlifter.
Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract from France and the UK to provide a wide- ranging and innovative in-service support (ISS) package underpinning the entry into service of the A400M Atlas new-generation airlifter.
 

Successful first flight demonstration of a Raytheon's MALD-J equipped with radio data link

Successful first flight demonstration of a Raytheon's MALD-J equipped with radio data link
 
The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force successfully collaborated with Raytheon Company for the first flight demonstration of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J®) equipped with a radio data link. Adding the data link expands the weapon's situational awareness and allows for in-flight targeting adjustments.
The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force successfully collaborated with Raytheon Company for the first flight demonstration of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J®) equipped with a radio data link. Adding the data link expands the weapon's situational awareness and allows for in-flight targeting adjustments.
 

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command receives new MC-130J Commando II transport aircraft

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command receives new MC-130J Commando II transport aircraft
 
Lockheed Martin yesterday announced the delivery of two new MC-130J Commando II aircraft to U.S. Special Operations Forces. U.S. Air Force crews ferried the two MC-130J aircraft assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility, on Dec. 5.
Lockheed Martin yesterday announced the delivery of two new MC-130J Commando II aircraft to U.S. Special Operations Forces. U.S. Air Force crews ferried the two MC-130J aircraft assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility, on Dec. 5.
 

Bell Boeing demonstrates successful V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft forward-firing capability

Bell Boeing demonstrates successful V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft forward-firing capability
 
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced today the successful demonstration of forward-firing capability for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. The exercise took place last month at the United States Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced today the successful demonstration of forward-firing capability for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. The exercise took place last month at the United States Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.
 

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