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October 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Indonesia and South Korea to reach deal on phase II of KFX/IFX fighter jet

Indonesia and South Korea to reach deal on phase II of KFX/IFX fighter jet
 
Indonesia and South Korea are expected to reach an agreement on the second phase of the joint development and production of the KFX/ IFX fighter jet, a step that will mark the epitome of the two countries’ strategic partnership, the South Korean envoy said. The three phases of developing the KFX/IFX fighter jet are technology development (TD), engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and joint production and marketing.
Indonesia and South Korea are expected to reach an agreement on the second phase of the joint development and production of the KFX/ IFX fighter jet, a step that will mark the epitome of the two countries’ strategic partnership, the South Korean envoy said. The three phases of developing the KFX/IFX fighter jet are technology development (TD), engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and joint production and marketing.
 

Royal Australian Air Force considers acquisition of up to 4 new C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft

Royal Australian Air Force considers acquisition of up to 4 new C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft
 
The RAAF could operate a total fleet of up to 10 Boeing C-17A Globemasters after Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced on Friday, October 3rd, that Australia is to acquire at least two additional C-17s and is considering the acquistion of a further two examples of the heavylift transport.
The RAAF could operate a total fleet of up to 10 Boeing C-17A Globemasters after Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced on Friday, October 3rd, that Australia is to acquire at least two additional C-17s and is considering the acquistion of a further two examples of the heavylift transport.
 

Japan plans to start domestic fighter jet project in 2015

 Japan plans to start domestic fighter jet project in 2015
 
The Japanese government is planning to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI on the project, which is a milestone in Japan's defense procurement policy.
The Japanese government is planning to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI on the project, which is a milestone in Japan's defense procurement policy.
 

Sikorsky unveils the first S-97 Raider helicopter prototype

 Sikorsky unveils the first S-97 Raider helicopter prototype
 
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., yesterday, October 2nd, unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter prototypes, signaling the start of activities in the program’s test flight phase and a major step toward demonstrating the new – and first – armed reconnaissance rotorcraft featuring X2™ Technology designed for military missions.
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., yesterday, October 2nd, unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter prototypes, signaling the start of activities in the program’s test flight phase and a major step toward demonstrating the new – and first – armed reconnaissance rotorcraft featuring X2™ Technology designed for military missions.
 

Italian Army takes delivery of its first two ICH-47F Helicopters

Italian Army takes delivery of its first two ICH-47F Helicopters
 
AgustaWestland announced today, October 2nd, that the Italian Army has taken delivery of its first two ICH-47F Chinook helicopters during an official ceremony held at Vergiate plant (Italy) today. The ceremony was attended by the Italian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Claudio Graziano, the Director of ARMAEREO Lt. General Domenico Esposito and representatives from the industry.
AgustaWestland announced today, October 2nd, that the Italian Army has taken delivery of its first two ICH-47F Chinook helicopters during an official ceremony held at Vergiate plant (Italy) today. The ceremony was attended by the Italian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Claudio Graziano, the Director of ARMAEREO Lt. General Domenico Esposito and representatives from the industry.
 

Canadian CF-18 fighter jets kept in use until 2025

Canadian CF-18 fighter jets to be kept in use until 2025
 
According to the Toronto Sun, Canada, faced with a politically controversial decision over how best to upgrade its fleet of fighter jets, will extend the life of the existing planes to 2025, an official said on Tuesday, September 30. Canada's aging 80 CF-18s had been marked for retirement around 2020, but Ottawa's difficulty in making up its mind means they must now fly for longer. Some of the jets are more than 30 years old.
According to the Toronto Sun, Canada, faced with a politically controversial decision over how best to upgrade its fleet of fighter jets, will extend the life of the existing planes to 2025, an official said on Tuesday, September 30. Canada's aging 80 CF-18s had been marked for retirement around 2020, but Ottawa's difficulty in making up its mind means they must now fly for longer. Some of the jets are more than 30 years old.
 

First flight for RAAF's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter

First flight for Royal Australian Air Force's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
 
The first of Australia’s much anticipated Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) successfully took flight from Fort Worth, Texas on Monday 29 September. It was a maiden flight for the Australian F-35A, lasting approximately two hours.
The first of Australia’s much anticipated Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) successfully took flight from Fort Worth, Texas on Monday 29 September. It was a maiden flight for the Australian F-35A, lasting approximately two hours.
 

Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

 Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook
 
Boeing completed initial flight and delivery of the first, new-build MH-47G configured Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command Sept. 29, 2014 – a full month ahead of schedule. “It is an honor to be trusted to design, produce and deliver this advanced capability for the Army Special Operations customer,” said Steve Parker, vice president, cargo helicopters & H-47 program manager.
Boeing completed initial flight and delivery of the first, new-build MH-47G configured Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command Sept. 29, 2014 – a full month ahead of schedule. “It is an honor to be trusted to design, produce and deliver this advanced capability for the Army Special Operations customer,” said Steve Parker, vice president, cargo helicopters & H-47 program manager.
 

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