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October 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

South Korean Air Force seeks to buy two more early-warning aircraft

South Korean Air Force seeks to buy two more early-warning aircraft
 
According to local media, South Korea is seeking to buy two more early warning planes to step up its aerial surveillance capabilities over its expanded air defense identification zone, the Air Force said Wednesday. The South Korean Air Force has operated four Boeing 737-based Peace Eye airborne early warning and control aircraft since 2011.
According to local media, South Korea is seeking to buy two more early warning planes to step up its aerial surveillance capabilities over its expanded air defense identification zone, the Air Force said Wednesday. The South Korean Air Force operates four Boeing 737-based Peace Eye airborne early warning and control aircraft since 2011.
 

British Typhoon fighter jets now enhanced with BAE Systems' P1E upgrade

British Typhoon fighter jets now enhanced with BAE Systems' P1E upgrade
 
The British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Typhoon fighter aircraft are now in operational service following the largest ever fighter upgrade programme delivered by BAE Systems. Known as Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E), the upgrade package delivers a range of enhancements to the Typhoon aircraft. Developed by BAE Systems working together with its Eurofighter Partner companies, the RAF and UK Ministry of Defence, (MOD), the capabilities introduced have been developed on the back of operations in Libya.
The British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Typhoon fighter aircraft are now in operational service following the largest ever fighter upgrade programme delivered by BAE Systems. Known as Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E), the upgrade package delivers a range of enhancements to the Typhoon aircraft. Developed by BAE Systems working together with its Eurofighter Partner companies, the RAF and UK Ministry of Defence, (MOD), the capabilities introduced have been developed on the back of operations in Libya.
 

Turkish T-129 ATAK attack and multirole combat helicopter ready for duty

Turkish T-129 ATAK attack and multirole combat helicopter ready for duty
 
The T-129 ATAK, the first attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter produced by Turkey were delivered to the Turkish Land Forces (KKK) after training of the flight personnel. An introductory meeting was held on Thursday at Army Aviation Command in Ankara's Güvercinlik town on the newly-delivered helicopters. Officials explained press members on features on the helicopters and preparations of the fight personnel.
The T-129 ATAK, the first attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter produced by Turkey were delivered to the Turkish Land Forces (KKK) after training of the flight personnel. An introductory meeting was held on Thursday at Army Aviation Command in Ankara's Güvercinlik town on the newly-delivered helicopters. Officials explained press members on features on the helicopters and preparations of the fight personnel.
 

Sukhoi delivered a new batch of Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft to Russian Air Force

Sukhoi delivered a new batch of Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft to Russian Air Force
 
Russian company Sukhoi handed over a new batch of Su-34 frontline bombers to the Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, October 15. The transfer ceremony took place at the airport of the Sukhoi Company’s branch - Novosibirsk aviation plant. The new bombers were delivered according to the 2012 State Contract for a large batch of Su-34s.
Russian company Sukhoi handed over a new batch of Su-34 frontline bombers to the Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, October 15. The transfer ceremony took place at the airport of the Sukhoi Company’s branch - Novosibirsk aviation plant. The new bombers were delivered according to the 2012 State Contract for a large batch of Su-34s.
 

Royal Jordanian Air Force chooses Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter as MD500 replacement

Royal Jordanian Air Force chooses Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter as MD500 replacement
 
Jordan has selected the Robinson R44 Raven II to replace its fleet of ageing MD Helicopters MD500Ds, which have been in service since 1981. To be used primarily for primary training, the eight Lycoming IO-540 piston-engined helicopters will be based at King Hussein Air College in Mafraq, Jordan.
Jordan has selected the Robinson R44 Raven II to replace its fleet of ageing MD Helicopters MD500Ds, which have been in service since 1981. To be used primarily for primary training, the eight Lycoming IO-540 piston-engined helicopters will be based at King Hussein Air College in Mafraq, Jordan.
 

Brazil eyes on Boeing CH-47 Chinook military transport helicopters

Brazil eyes on Boeing CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters
 
The Brazilian Army has expressed interest in buying a handful of Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters, the company said on Wednesday, October 15, saying that it continued to view Brazil as an important partner for defense and commercial projects.
The Brazilian Army has expressed interest in buying a handful of Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters, the company said on Wednesday, October 15, saying that it continued to view Brazil as an important partner for defense and commercial projects.
 

First German Air Force A400M military airlifter makes its maiden flight

First German Air Force A400M military airlifter makes its maiden flight
 
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the German Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN18, took off from Seville, Spain Tuesday, October 14, at 14:30 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site 4 hours and 58 minutes later.
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the German Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN18, took off from Seville, Spain Tuesday, October 14, at 14:30 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site 4 hours and 58 minutes later.
 

Russia reportedly already working on 6th generation fighter aircraft technologies

Russia reportedly already working on 6th generation fighter aircraft technologies
 
According to Russian media RIA Novosti, Russia has already completed the design of a 6th generation fighter in composite materials, said Director of Advanced Research Projects Fund (FPI) Andrei Grigoriev Innovations on Wednesday, October 15.
According to Russian media RIA Novosti, Russia has already completed the design of 6th generation fighter composite materials, said Director of Advanced Research Projects Fund (FPI) Andrei Grigoriev on Wednesday, October 15.
 

Russian Helicopters Granted Foreign Trade License

Russian Helicopters Granted Foreign Trade License
 
The Russian Helicopters Holding Company, which is part of the Russian State Corporation Rostec, has received a foreign trade license enabling it to export some types of equipment intended for military purposes. The ceremony of granting a foreign trade license certificate to the holding company was held at the Rostec Moscow headquarters last Thursday.
The Russian Helicopters Holding Company, which is part of the Russian State Corporation Rostec, has received a foreign trade license enabling it to export some types of equipment intended for military purposes. The ceremony of granting a foreign trade license certificate to the holding company was held at the Rostec Moscow headquarters last Thursday.
 

Saab receives order for Gripen E fighter aircraft support and maintenance maintenance systems

Saab receives order for Gripen E fighter aircraft support and maintenance maintenance systems
 
Defence and security company Saab has received an order for Gripen E role equipment, along with support and maintenance equipment. The value of the order amounts to approx. SEK 5.8 billion ($800mn). The order is part of Saab’s existing agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) covering activity for the Gripen E from 2013 to 2026. Delivery will begin in 2016.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order for Gripen E role equipment, along with support and maintenance equipment. The value of the order amounts to approx. SEK 5.8 billion ($800Mn). The order is part of Saab’s existing agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) covering activity for the Gripen E from 2013 to 2026. Delivery will begin in 2016.
 

Pratt & Whitney and United States agree for a seventh batch of F-35 Lightning II engines

Pratt & Whitney and United States agree for a seventh batch of F-35 Lightning II engines
 
The Pentagon on Tuesday said it had finalized a contract with Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, for a seventh batch of F135 engines for the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, and the company had agreed to pay to fix an engine issue that grounded the F-35 fleet this summer, Reuters reported today.
The Pentagon on Tuesday said it had finalized a contract with Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, for a seventh batch of F135 engines for the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, and the company had agreed to pay to fix an engine issue that grounded the F-35 fleet this summer, Reuters reported today.
 

Russian Su-27 base to be set up in Belarus in 2016

Russian Su-27 base to be set up in Belarus in 2016
 
A Russian airbase for Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft is to be set up in Belarus in 2016, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force Viktor Bondarev said Wednesday, October 15.
A Russian airbase for Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft is to be set up in Belarus in 2016, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force Viktor Bondarev said Wednesday, October 15.
 

Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft project officially enters into production

Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft project officially enters into production
 
After having completed its first stage, which provided for the development and the assembly of two prototypes, the KC-390 Program recently moved into its second phase, as defined in its acquisition agreement, during which Embraer will begin the series production of 28 aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
After having completed its first stage, which provided for the development and the assembly of two prototypes, the KC-390 Program recently moved into its second phase, as defined in its acquisition agreement, during which Embraer will begin the series production of 28 aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
 

Bell Helicopter selects the T64-GE-419 engine to power its V-280 Valor demonstrator

Bell Helicopter selects the T64-GE-419 engine to power its V-280 Valor demonstrator
 
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced today GE Aviation’s T64-GE-419 engine will power the Bell V-280 Valor demonstrator aircraft. The Bell V-280 Valor program has been selected to advance to build and fly an aircraft within the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) initiative.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced today GE Aviation’s T64-GE-419 engine will power the Bell V-280 Valor demonstrator aircraft. The Bell V-280 Valor program has been selected to advance to build and fly an aircraft within the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) initiative.
 

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Qatari Air Force's AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Qatar Emiri Air Force's AH-64 Apache attack helicopters
 
Lockheed Martin received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar marks the 14th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system.
Lockheed Martin received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar marks the 14th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system.
 

Successful trial of BAE Systems’ APKWS laser-guided rocket by Australian Defence Forces

Successful trial of BAE Systems’ APKWS laser-guided rocket by the Australian Defence Forces
 
The Australian Defence Forces recently concluded a highly successful trial of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket for use on its Army and Navy helicopters. The ground trial marks the first time the APKWS technology, which transforms a standard unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rocket into a precision laser-guided weapon, has been demonstrated on a Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ) rocket.
The Australian Defence Forces recently concluded a highly successful trial of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket for use on its Army and Navy helicopters. The ground trial marks the first time the APKWS technology, which transforms a standard unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rocket into a precision laser-guided weapon, has been demonstrated on a Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ) rocket.
 

Irkut plans to deliver 60 new military aircraft to Russian Armed Forces in 2015

Irkut plans to deliver 60 new military aircraft to Russian Armed Forces in 2015
 
Russia's Irkut aircraft maker will deliver 30 Su-family fighter jets and 30 Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian Armed Forces in 2015, the company said Monday, October 13. "The year 2015 will be a record-setting year for us as we will deliver 60 aircraft, including 30 of the Su-family and 30 Yaks," head of Irkut, Oleg Demchenko, said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel.
Russia's Irkut aircraft maker will deliver 30 Su-family fighter jets and 30 Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian Armed Forces in 2015, the company said Monday, October 13. "The year 2015 will be a record-setting year for us as we will deliver 60 aircraft, including 30 of the Su-family and 30 Yaks," head of Irkut, Oleg Demchenko, said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel.
 

First Airbus A400M for Germany leaves the paintshop and starts taxiing trials

First Airbus A400M for Germany leaves the paintshop and starts taxiing trials
 
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has taken another steps towards delivery with painting of its new colours and the start of taxiing trials. The aircraft moved under its own power for the first time on 12 October at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain.
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has taken another steps towards delivery with painting of its new colours and the start of taxiing trials. The aircraft moved under its own power for the first time on 12 October at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain.
 

FN Herstal add Dillon Aero M134D Gatling Gun as option to its airborne pintle mounted system

FN Herstal add Dillon Aero M134D Gatling Gun as option to its airborne pintle mounted system
 
Belgian Company FN Herstal teams with Dillon Aero, U.S., to add to its portfolio of FN MAG® 58M and FN M3M™ (GAU-21) machine guns, the Dillon Aero M134D Gatling Gun as an additional option to its airborne pintle mounted systems. FN Herstal airborne pintles are now capable of connecting either to the FN MAG® 58M, the FN M3M™ or the M134D, with all three variants being qualified by FN Herstal.
Belgian Company FN Herstal teams with Dillon Aero, U.S., to add to its portfolio of FN MAG® 58M and FN M3M™ (GAU-21) machine guns, the Dillon Aero M134D Gatling Gun as an additional option to its airborne pintle mounted systems. FN Herstal airborne pintles are now capable of connecting either to the FN MAG® 58M, the FN M3M™ or the M134D, with all three variants being qualified by FN Herstal.
 

Belgium to deploy F-16 fighter jets in Poland

Belgium to deploy F-16 fighter jets in Poland
 
Belgian Air Force F-16 fighters will be stationed in Poland from the early 2015. The deployment is related to reinforced Baltic Air Policing detachment, which has been bolstered due to the Ukrainian crisis. These planes will replace the Dutch Vipers, which are currently stationed in Malbork AB.
Belgian Air Force F-16 fighters will be stationed in Poland from the early 2015. The deployment is related to reinforced Baltic Air Policing detachment, which has been bolstered due to the Ukrainian crisis. These planes will replace the Dutch Vipers, which are currently stationed in Malbork AB.
 

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