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September 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

The first Airbus A400M tactical airlifter for Germany runs its engines

The first Airbus A400M tactical airlifter for Germany runs its engines
 
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has begun final tests towards its delivery. The four engines on the aircraft, known as MSN18, were successfully run simultaneously for the first time on 28 September at the Airbus Defence and Space Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain.
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has begun final tests towards its delivery. The four engines on the aircraft, known as MSN18, were successfully run simultaneously for the first time on 28 September at the Airbus Defence and Space Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain.
 

Kongsberg to start flight test of its new Joint Strike Missile in 2015

Kongsberg to start flight tests of its new Joint Strike Missile in 2015
 
Kongsberg is reportedly set to start flight testing of its new joint strike missile (JSM) aboard a Lockheed Martin-built F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in 2015. Capable of attacking land and sea-based targets, the long-range missile is being developed to arm the Royal Norwegian Air Force's (RoNAF) fleet of 52 F-35A conventional take-off and landing aircraft.
Kongsberg is reportedly set to start flight testing of its new joint strike missile (JSM) aboard a Lockheed Martin-built F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in 2015. Capable of attacking land and sea-based targets, the long-range missile is being developed to arm the Royal Norwegian Air Force's (RoNAF) fleet of 52 F-35A conventional take-off and landing aircraft.
 

Thailand Armed Forces plan EADS' UH-72-72A Lakota light utility helicopters

Thailand Armed Forces plan buying EADS' UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters
 
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $89 million. The principal contractor will be EADS North America in Herndon, Virginia.
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $89 million. The principal contractor will be EADS North America in Herndon, Virginia.
 

Bangladesh Air Force inducts new Chinese K-8W trainer aircrafts

 Bangladesh Air Force inducts new Chinese K-8W trainer aircrafts
 
Bangladesh Air Force on Saturday, September 27, has inducted to its fleet four K-8W fighting/training aircrafts bought from China. The Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) says those were bought as part of the government’s effort to modernise Bangladi air force.
Bangladesh Air Force on Saturday, September 27, has inducted to its fleet four K-8W fighting/training aircrafts bought from China. The Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) says those were bought as part of the government’s effort to modernise Bangladi air force.
 

Indonesian air forces to strengthen defense in South China Sea

 Indonesian air forces to strengthen defense in South China Sea
 
To increase its military defenses in the South China Sea, the Indonesian government is preparing to establish an F16 fighter jet squadron in Pekanbaru, Riau Islands, and an Apache helicopter squadron near the South China Sea. Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the government had decided upon the measure to safeguard Asia’s largest gas field exploration at Riau Islands’ East Natuna field, formerly known as the Natuna-D Alpha block, which is set for development in the near future.
To increase its military defenses in the South China Sea, the Indonesian government is preparing to establish an F16 fighter jet squadron in Pekanbaru, Riau Islands, and an Apache helicopter squadron near the South China Sea. Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the government had decided upon the measure to safeguard Asia’s largest gas field exploration at Riau Islands’ East Natuna field, formerly known as the Natuna-D Alpha block, which is set for development in the near future.
 

Russia to start testing future Yak-152 trainer aircraft by 2016

  Russia to start testing future Yak-152 trainer aircraft by 2016
 
The Irkutsk Aviation Plant will launch in 2015 two samples of the light Yak-152 trainer, local news agency said on Saturday, September 27. Developed by Yakovlev Design Bureau, which is part of the Irkut Corporation, the new trainer is destined for primary pilot preparation. The "flying desk" will be tested in 2016, after which it will go into serial production. For initial training, the Yak-152 plans to use flight professionals from russian air force academies.
The Irkutsk Aviation Plant will launch in 2015 two samples of the light Yak-152 trainer, local news agency said on Saturday, September 27. Developed by Yakovlev Design Bureau, which is part of the Irkut Corporation, the new trainer is destined for primary pilot preparation. The "flying desk" will be tested in 2016, after which it will go into serial production. For initial training, the Yak-152 plans to use flight professionals from russian air force academies.
 

United States to support Lebanon with more AGM-114 Hellfire missiles

United States to support Lebanon with more AGM-114 Hellfire missiles
 
The United States has reported additional military shipments to Lebanon. Officials said the U.S. military oversaw the delivery of air-to-ground missiles to the Lebanese military. The officials identified the missiles as the AGM-114 Hellfire, meant to be deployed on light aircraft for the Lebanese Air Force.
The United States has reported additional military shipments to Lebanon. Officials said the U.S. military oversaw the delivery of air-to-ground missiles to the Lebanese military. The officials identified the missiles as the AGM-114 Hellfire, meant to be deployed on light aircraft for the Lebanese Air Force.
 

Sierra Nevada & Embraer Roll-Out First U.S. Built A-29 Super Tucano for USAF LAS Program

Sierra Nevada & Embraer Roll-Out First U.S. Built A-29 Super Tucano for USAF LAS Program
 
Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer Defense & Security yesterday, September 25, presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft in a roll-out ceremony with the U.S. Air Force and government officials, industry and community representatives, and news media.
Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer Defense & Security yesterday, September 25, presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air support aircraft in a roll-out ceremony with the U.S. Air Force and government officials, industry and community representatives, and news media.
 

Embraer gives wings to its first KC-390 military transport aircraft

 Embraer gives wings to its first KC-390 military transport aircraft
 
The Brazilian aerospace company Embraer Defense & Security has released the last picture of the first prototype of its KC-390 military airlifter and aerial refueling . The KC-390 program is at a turning point, the first flight of the aircraft is expected within a month. The aircraft is designed to replace the aged C-130 Hercules.
The Brazilian aerospace company Embraer Defense & Security has released the last picture of the first prototype of its KC-390 military airlifter and aerial refueling. The KC-390 program is at a turning point, the first flight of the aircraft is expected within a month. The aircraft is designed to replace the aged C-130 Hercules.
 

F-35 Stealth Fighter engine probably repaired by end-october

F-35 Stealth Fighter engine probably repaired by end-october
 
Pratt & Whitney and the Pentagon are expected to select a planned fix to the F-35 fighter jet's engine by the end of October, a senior company executive said Thursday. Engineers have identified two potential remedies to prevent a repeat of the fire that broke out on a test jet in June, which temporarily grounded the fleet and still threatens to derail plans to have the plane combat ready for the U.S. Marine Corps next July.
Pratt & Whitney and the Pentagon are expected to select a planned fix to the F-35 fighter jet's engine by the end of October, a senior company executive said Thursday. Engineers have identified two potential remedies to prevent a repeat of the fire that broke out on a test jet in June, which temporarily grounded the fleet and still threatens to derail plans to have the plane combat ready for the U.S. Marine Corps next July.
 

CAE awarded to provide training systems and services for Canadian and US armed forces

CAE to provide Canadian and US armed forces with training systems and services
 
CAE has been awarded a series of contracts with a combined value of C$115m ($104m) to provide a range of training systems and services for the Royal Canadian Air Force, US Air Force and US Army.
CAE has been awarded a series of contracts with a combined value of C$115m ($104m) to provide a range of training systems and services for the Royal Canadian Air Force, US Air Force and US Army.



 

Northrop Grumman ready to upgrade F-16s with new Scalable Agile Beam Radar

Northrop Grumman ready to upgrade F-16s with new Scalable Agile Beam Radar
 
Demonstrating the maturity of its active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully concluded all engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) design reviews for the AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR).
Demonstrating the maturity of its active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully concluded all engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) design reviews for the AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR).
 

Successful live-fire tests for Textron Systems Fury lightweight precision weapon

 Successful live-fire demonstrations for Textron Systems' Fury lightweight precision weapon
 
Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems, a Textron Inc. business, announced yesterday, September 23, a pair of successful live-fire demonstrations of its new Furylightweight precision guided glide weapon off of a Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems, a Textron Inc. business, announced yesterday, September 23, a pair of successful live-fire demonstrations of its new Fury lightweight precision guided glide weapon off of a Shadow® Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
 

South Korea to buy 40 F-35A fighter jets

South Korea to buy 40 F-35A fighter jets
 
South Korea will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion in the country's biggest-ever weapons purchase aimed at coping with North Korea's military threats, officials said Wednesday, September 24. South Korea agreed to the purchase of F-35A jets in March and has since been negotiating with Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin over a price, technology transfer and other matters.
South Korea will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion in the country's biggest-ever weapons purchase aimed at coping with North Korea's military threats, officials said Wednesday, September 24. South Korea agreed to the purchase of F-35A jets in March and has since been negotiating with Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin over a price, technology transfer and other matters.
 

Royal Thai Police receives its first search & rescue configured Airbus Helicopters AS365 N3+

Royal Thai Police receives its first search & rescue configured Airbus Helicopters AS365 N3+
 
In a ceremony held yesterday at the Thai Police Aviation Division, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) received its first of two Airbus Helicopters AS365 N3+ that were ordered between 2012 and 2013. Configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions, the AS365 N3+ is outfitted with equipment including electrical hoist, rappelling installation, cargo sling and search lights.
In a ceremony held yesterday at the Thai Police Aviation Division, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) received its first of two Airbus Helicopters AS365 N3+ that were ordered between 2012 and 2013. Configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions, the AS365 N3+ is outfitted with equipment including electrical hoist, rappelling installation, cargo sling and search lights.
 

US Air Force launched unarmed test Minuteman III ICBM

US Air Force launched unarmed test Minuteman III ICBM
 
A team of US Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile yesterday, September 23, at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
A team of US Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile yesterday, September 23, at 7:45 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
 

U.S. confirm providing Egypt with 10 AH-64 Apache combat helicopters

U.S. confirm providing Egypt with 10 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters
 
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhi Saturday, confirming that the United States will deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support its counterterrorism efforts.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhi Saturday, September 20, confirming that the United States will deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support its counterterrorism efforts.
 

Russia Tests Mi-171A2 Helicopter With Latest Navigation System

 Russia Tests Mi-171A2 Helicopter With Latest Navigation System
 
Russian helicopter design and manufacturing company, Russian Helicopters, jointly with the Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) have begun testing the Mi-171A2 transport helicopter at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, the Russian Helicopters press-service stated on Tuesday, September 23.
Russian helicopter design and manufacturing company, Russian Helicopters, jointly with the Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) have begun testing the Mi-171A2 transport helicopter at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, the Russian Helicopters press-service stated on Tuesday, September 23.
 

First Airbus A400M airlifter for Malaysia takes shape

First Airbus A400M airlifter for Malaysia takes shape
 
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Malaysian Air Force is rapidly taking shape at the Airbus Defence and Space final assembly line in Seville, Spain. All the fully equipped major sections including the wing, tailplane, cockpit, fuselage and landing-gear have been joined ready for ground-testing.
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the Royal Malaysian Air Force is rapidly taking shape at the Airbus Defence and Space final assembly line in Seville, Spain. All the fully equipped major sections including the wing, tailplane, cockpit, fuselage and landing-gear have been joined ready for ground-testing.
 

Azerbaijan could produce Isreali-developed Orbiter 3 UAV

  Azerbaijan could produce Isreali-developed UAV Orbiter 3
 
According to Flightglobal, Azerbaijan-based unmanned air vehicle firm Azad Systems may soon begin manufacturing the Israeli-developed Orbiter 3. Azad was established in 2011 with assistance from Aeronautics Defense Systems, one of Israel's leading unmanned air system manufacturers. It is considered a joint venture with the Azerbaijani government, and Aeronautics has an option to acquire 50% of shares.
According to Flightglobal, Azerbaijan-based unmanned air vehicle firm Azad Systems may soon begin manufacturing the Israeli-developed Orbiter 3. Azad was established in 2011 with assistance from Aeronautics Defense Systems, one of Israel's leading unmanned air system manufacturers. It is considered a joint venture with the Azerbaijani government, and Aeronautics has an option to acquire 50% of shares.
 

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