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November 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Egyptian Air Force finally received ten AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

Egyptian Air Force finally received ten AH-64 Apache attack helicopters
 
After delivery was suspended for many months, the Egyptian Air Force has finally received ten Boeing Apache attack helicopters from the United States, reported today Africa-focused website defenceWeb. On November 24 the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) released a photo showing the helicopters, covered in white protective plastic, after being delivered to an Egyptian port.
After delivery was suspended for many months, the Egyptian Air Force has finally received ten Boeing Apache attack helicopters from the United States, reported today Africa-focused website defenceWeb. On November 24 the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) released a photo showing the helicopters, covered in white protective plastic, after being delivered to an Egyptian port.
 

Airbus Defence and Space officially delivers first A400M to Royal Air Force

Airbus Defence and Space officially delivers first A400M to Royal Air Force
 
Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter to the Royal Air Force, beginning the next stage of the transformation of the United Kingdom´s air mobility fleet. The aircraft is the first of 22 ordered by the UK and will be known in service as the A400M Atlas.
Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter to the Royal Air Force, beginning the next stage of the transformation of the United Kingdom´s air mobility fleet. The aircraft is the first of 22 ordered by the UK and will be known in service as the A400M Atlas.
 

British F-35B Lightning II begins weapons testing with ASRAAM and Paveway IV

British F-35B Lightning II begins weapons testing with ASRAAM and Paveway IV
 
A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States.
A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States.
 

Airbus Helicopters' EC645 T2 lightweight multi-role helicopter successfully completes its first flight

Airbus Helicopters' EC645 T2 lightweight multi-role helicopter successfully completes its first flight
 
Airbus Helicopters’ newest lightweight military multi-role helicopter, the EC645 T2 (LUH SOF), has successfully completed its first flight. In the presence of representatives of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), which has ordered the first of this new helicopter type, the EC645 T2 demonstrated its capacities at the company’s Donauwörth location in Bavaria.
Airbus Helicopters’ newest lightweight military multi-role helicopter, the EC645 T2 (LUH SOF), has successfully completed its first flight. In the presence of representatives of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), which has ordered the first of this new helicopter type, the EC645 T2 demonstrated its capacities at the company’s Donauwörth location in Bavaria.
 

The Uruguayan Air Force confirms its interest for the Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II

The Uruguayan Air Force confirms its interest for the Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II
 
Uruguayan Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro, has recently confirmed, during Uruguayan Army and the Air components joint exercise, that the Air Force has already selected the F-5 Tiger II as future fighter jet. Since August 2014 ten Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II plus a large engines, spare parts and training agreement are on the agenda between Swiss Air Force and Uruguayan government.
Uruguayan Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro, has recently confirmed, during an Uruguayan Army and Air components joint exercise, that the Air Force has already selected the F-5 Tiger II as future fighter jet. Since August 2014 ten Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II plus a large engines, spare parts and training agreement are on the agenda between Swiss Air Force and Uruguayan government.
 

Russian Air Force base in Crimea renforced with Su-27SMs and Su-30s fighter jets

Russian Air Force base in Crimea renforced with Su-27SMs and Su-30s fighter jets
 
Fourteen Russian fighter jets are scheduled to land in Crimea’s Belbek military air base, Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The fighter jets are comprised of ten upgraded Su-27SM's and four Su-30's. All of them are fourth-generation fighter jets. Four of the aircraft deployed in Crimea are newly manufactured, according to Trukhachev.
Fourteen Russian fighter jets landed in Crimea’s Belbek military air base, Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The fighter jets are comprised of ten upgraded Su-27SM's and four Su-30's. All of them are fourth-generation fighter jets. Four of the aircraft deployed in Crimea are newly manufactured, according to Trukhachev.
 

Lockheed Martin wins a $800 mn contract for Iraqi C-130E/J military airlifters sustainment

Lockheed Martin wins a $800 mn sustainment contract for Iraqi C-130E/J military airlifters
 
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for C-130E/J sustainment and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $800 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland.
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for C-130E/J sustainment and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $800 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland.
 

Rolls-Royce wins a $287 mn contract to provide aftermarket engine support for US V-22 Osprey fleets

Rolls-Royce wins a $287 mn contract to provide aftermarket engine support for US V-22 Osprey fleets
 
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a new, two-year contract to provide aftermarket engine support for the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 fleets, which provides a more than 30 percent reduction in support costs.The contract, through the company’s innovative MissionCare™ model, is valued at up to $287 million and will cover all V-22 aircraft across the Marine and Air Force fleets. Rolls-Royce is the sole engine provider for V-22 aircraft and has delivered 750 AE 1107C engines to the program.
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a new, two-year contract to provide aftermarket engine support for the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 fleets, which provides a more than 30 percent reduction in support costs.The contract, through the company’s innovative MissionCare™ model, is valued at up to $287 million and will cover all V-22 aircraft across the Marine and Air Force fleets. Rolls-Royce is the sole engine provider for V-22 aircraft and has delivered 750 AE 1107C engines to the program.
 

Dassault Aviation officialy promotes its Rafale for the Belgian F-16s fleet replacement

Dassault Aviation officially promotes its Rafale F3R for the Belgian F-16s fleet replacement
 
The Economic Interest Group (Groupemen d'Intérêt Economique in French) "Rafale", which produces the eponymous fighter aircraft, on Tuesday moved a step forward in Belgium's F-16s fighter aircraft replacement by promising significant industrial benefits to Belgium if it chose the French aircraft to succeed its aging F-16s fleet.
The Economic Interest Group (Groupemen d'Intérêt Economique in French) "Rafale", which produces the eponymous fighter aircraft, on Tuesday moved a step forward in Belgium's F-16s fighter aircraft replacement by promising significant industrial benefits to Belgium if it chose the French aircraft to succeed its aging F-16s fleet.
 

Russian Helicopters launched flight tests on Mi-171A2 multirole helicopter first prototype

Russian Helicopters launched flight tests on Mi-171A2 multirole helicopter first prototype
 
Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has launched flight tests on the first prototype of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. During its first flight its main systems were tested and found to be in excellent working order, according to commander and test pilot 1st class Salavat Sadriev.
Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has launched flight tests on the first prototype of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. During its first flight its main systems were tested and found to be in excellent working order, according to commander and test pilot 1st class Salavat Sadriev.
 

Raytheon to provide Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb kits to Royal Saudi Air Force

Raytheon to provide Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb kits to Royal Saudi Air Force
 
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $32,221,204 contract for Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb unit kits and a 10-year warranty for each kit. Contractor will provide 500 Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb units 49 and 50 kits (each kit includes an enhanced computer control group and an air foil group) and a 10-year warranty for each kit to be supplied to the Royal Saudi Air Force.
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $32,221,204 contract for Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb unit kits and a 10-year warranty for each kit. Contractor will provide 500 Enhanced Paveway II guided bomb units 49 and 50 kits (each kit includes an enhanced computer control group and an air foil group) and a 10-year warranty for each kit to be supplied to the Royal Saudi Air Force.
 

Pakistan might be interested by China's J-31 fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft

Pakistan might be interested by China's J-31 fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft
 
Pakistan plans to buy the fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft from China to boost its defence capability, according to Indian specialized website Brahmand. The matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.
Pakistan plans to buy the fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft from China to boost its defence capability, according to Indian specialized website Brahmand. The matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.
 

UK signs deal for first production batch of 4 F-35B Lightning II stealth combat aircraft

UK signs deal for first production batch of 4 F-35B Lightning II stealth combat aircraft
 
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract for the first production batch of 4 Lightning II stealth combat aircraft – which will operate from both the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers and Royal Air Force (RAF) land bases. Yesterday, Lockheed Martin UK also announced the opening of simulation facility for the F-35 in its Ampthill site in Bedfordshire.
The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract for the first production batch of 4 Lightning II stealth combat aircraft – which will operate from both the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers and Royal Air Force (RAF) land bases. Yesterday, Lockheed Martin UK also announced the opening of simulation facility for the F-35 in its Ampthill site in Bedfordshire.
 

Boeing, Airbus and IAI to compete for South Korea's aerial tankers procurement project

Boeing, Airbus and IAI to compete for South Korea's aerial tankers procurement project
 
Competition for Seoul’s project to procure four aerial tankers is heating up as contenders highlight the ways they can help enhance South Korea’s air defense with several months to go until the announcement of the winner. Boeing’s KC-46, Airbus’ A330 MRTT and Israel Aerospace Industries’ B767 MMTT have been vying to clinch the deal worth 1.4 trillion won ($1.25 billion) since Seoul gave public notice of its plan in March to introduce four tankers between 2017 and 2019.
Competition for Seoul’s project to procure four aerial tankers is heating up as contenders highlight the ways they can help enhance South Korea’s air defense with several months to go until the announcement of the winner. Boeing’s KC-46, Airbus’ A330 MRTT and Israel Aerospace Industries’ B767 MMTT have been vying to clinch the deal worth 1.4 trillion won ($1.25 billion) since Seoul gave public notice of its plan in March to introduce four tankers between 2017 and 2019.
 

Japan officially selects V-22 Osprey, Global Hawk drone and E-2D Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft

Japan officially selects V-22 Osprey, Global Hawk drone and E-2D Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft
 
Japanese Ministry of Defense has officially announced on Friday, November 21, selection of the Boeing's V-22 Osprey for its military tilt-rotor requirement, as well as the Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk unmanned surveillance system and E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft.
Japanese Ministry of Defense has officially announced on Friday, November 21, selection of the Boeing's V-22 Osprey for its military tilt-rotor requirement, as well as the Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk unmanned surveillance system and E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft.
 

Brazilian pilots started flight training on Saab Gripen NG multirole fighter aircraft

Brazilian pilots started flight training on Saab Gripen NG multirole fighter aircraft
 
The first two Brazilian pilots to undergo training for the Saab Gripen NG multirole fighter have completed their first flight on the type: a 50min training sortie conducted over the Baltic Sea on 19 November. Capt Gustavo de Oliveira Santos and Capt Ramon Pascotto Fórneas – former Northrop F-5 and Dassault Mirage 2000 pilots – of the Brazilian air force have been training in Sweden at Satenas air base, where all Gripen training takes place, according to a statement from the service.
The first two Brazilian pilots to undergo training for the Saab Gripen NG multirole fighter have completed their first flight on the type: a 50min training sortie conducted over the Baltic Sea on 19 November. Capt Gustavo de Oliveira Santos and Capt Ramon Pascotto Fórneas – former Northrop F-5 and Dassault Mirage 2000 pilots – of the Brazilian air force have been training in Sweden at Satenas air base, where all Gripen training takes place, according to a statement from the service.
 

US DoD and Lockheed Martin sign deal for an eighth batch of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets

US DoD and Lockheed Martin sign deal for an eighth batch of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets
 
The Pentagon announced on Friday it had awarded Lockheed Martin Corp - a contract valued at $4.7 billion for an eighth batch of F-35 fighter jets that lowered the average price per jet by 3.5 percent from the last contract, and 57 percent from the first batch. The Pentagon's F-35 program office said the deal includes 29 jets for the United States and 14 for five other countries: Israel, Japan, Norway, Britain and Italy.
The Pentagon announced on Friday it had awarded Lockheed Martin Corp - a contract valued at $4.7 billion for an eighth batch of F-35 fighter jets that lowered the average price per jet by 3.5 percent from the last contract, and 57 percent from the first batch. The Pentagon's F-35 program office said the deal includes 29 jets for the United States and 14 for five other countries: Israel, Japan, Norway, Britain and Italy.
 

Russian Tu-160M modernized strategic bomber made its maiden flight

Russian Tu-160M modernized strategic bomber made its maiden flight
 
Russian supersonic strategic bomber Tu-160 performed its first flight Sunday after modernization, said Wednesday the United Aircraft Consortium (OAK). "The Tu-160 bomber made on November 16 its first flight after restoration with modernization. The" White Swan "remained in the air 2 hours and 40 minutes," said OAK in a statement.
Russian supersonic strategic bomber Tu-160 performed its first flight Sunday after modernization, said Wednesday the United Aircraft Consortium (OAK). "The Tu-160 bomber made on November 16 its first flight after restoration with modernization. The" White Swan "remained in the air 2 hours and 40 minutes," said OAK in a statement.
 

Bell Helicopter finalizes delivery of six Bell 407GXs to Pennsylvania State Police

Bell Helicopter finalizes delivery of the sixth Bell 407GX to Pennsylvania State Police
 
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced yesterday the final delivery of the sixth Bell 407GX to the Pennsylvania (PA) State Police. Announced earlier this year, this marked the 200th purchase agreement made for the Bell 407GX in North America.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced yesterday the final delivery of the sixth Bell 407GX to the Pennsylvania (PA) State Police. Announced earlier this year, this marked the 200th purchase agreement made for the Bell 407GX in North America.
 

Airbus Defence & Space won contract with French MoD for 12 A330 MRTT air-to-air refuelling aircraft

Airbus Defence & Space won contract with French MoD for 12 A330 MRTT air-to-air refuelling aircraft
 
Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. The first delivery is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year.
Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. The first delivery is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year.
 

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