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April 2015 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Russia will deploy MiG-31 fighter aircraft in the Arctic Region

Russia will deploy MiG-31 fighter aircraft in the Arctic Region
 
MiG-31 jets will be stationed at airfields located in the Arctic Region in order to protect our ports and transport routes, Interfax reports with reference to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Defense Forces Major General Kirill Makarov. Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Yuri Borisov also announced that 130 upgraded MiG-31BM will be delivered to Russian Air Force in the next few years.
MiG-31 jets will be stationed at airfields located in the Arctic Region in order to protect our ports and transport routes, Interfax reports with reference to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Defense Forces Major General Kirill Makarov. Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Yuri Borisov also announced that 130 upgraded MiG-31BM will be delivered to Russian Air Force in the next few years.
 

Thales and Dutch Defense Ministry announce partnership for air defence systems

Thales and Dutch Defense Ministry announce partnership for air defence systems
 
The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Thales announce their partnership for the service and delivery of two SMART-L Early Warning Capability (EWC) Ground Based systems (GB) for the Royal Netherlands Airforce, as well as service of four SMART-L EWC radars for the Royal Netherlands Navy, the company announced on April 22.
The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Thales announce their partnership for the service and delivery of two SMART-L Early Warning Capability (EWC) Ground Based systems (GB) for the Royal Netherlands Airforce, as well as service of four SMART-L EWC radars for the Royal Netherlands Navy, the company announced on April 22.
 

Rockwell Collins' FireStrom Integrated Targeting System certified for use with F-35 Lightning II

Rockwell Collins' FireStrom Integrated Targeting System certified for use with F-35 Lightning II
 
A current and qualified Forward Air Controller (FAC) from the United Kingdom, using the Rockwell Collins FireStorm Integrated Targeting System, was the first to successfully guide an F-35 Lightning II aircraft digitally using a complete air strike mission thread in both a ground test and live flight, Rockwell Collins announced on April 21.
A current and qualified Forward Air Controller (FAC) from the United Kingdom, using the Rockwell Collins FireStorm Integrated Targeting System, was the first to successfully guide an F-35 Lightning II aircraft digitally using a complete air strike mission thread in both a ground test and live flight, Rockwell Collins announced on April 21.
 

Sagem, Helibras to modernize Brazil's Panther helicopters with new flight controls

Sagem, Helibras to modernize Brazil's Panther helicopters with new flight controls
 
Sagem (Safran) has signed an ITP (“Intention to Proceed”) agreement with Helibras concerning the production of 30 autopilot systems for Brazil's Panther helicopters. The autopilot is part of the helicopter's automatic flight control system (AFCS), along with the attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) and various actuators.
Sagem (Safran) has signed an ITP (“Intention to Proceed”) agreement with Helibras concerning the production of 30 autopilot systems for Brazil's Panther helicopters. The autopilot is part of the helicopter's automatic flight control system (AFCS), along with the attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) and various actuators.
 

Draken International now offering L-39NG multi-role aircraft upgrade program

Draken International now offering L-39NG multi-role aircraft upgrade program
 
In an exclusive partnership with Aero Vodochody and Williams International, Draken International is now offering next generation upgrades on L-39 aircraft in the Americas. Based in Lakeland, FL, Draken International is a leading provider of tactical flight support as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
In an exclusive partnership with Aero Vodochody and Williams International, Draken International is now offering next generation upgrades on L-39 aircraft in the Americas. Based in Lakeland, FL, Draken International is a leading provider of tactical flight support as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
 

Indian Air Force could junk transitional training for rookie fighter pilots

Indian Air Force could junk transitional training for rookie fighter pilots
 
The Indian Air Force may be forced to junk its transitional training for rookie fighter pilots because of Hindustan Aeronautics' continuing failure to deliver its Sitara intermediate jet trainer (IJT), which was first sanctioned in 1999 but still cannot stall-and-spin, revealed today The Time of India.
The Indian Air Force may be forced to junk its transitional training for rookie fighter pilots because of Hindustan Aeronautics' continuing failure to deliver its Sitara intermediate jet trainer (IJT), which was first sanctioned in 1999 but still cannot stall-and-spin, revealed today The Time of India.
 

Bulgaria considers purchase of US second-hand jet fighters to replace country's Soviet-era aircraft

Bulgaria considers purchase of US second-hand jet fighters to replace country's Soviet-era aircraft
 
Bulgaria is considering the option of getting second-hand jet fighters free-of-charge from the United States, Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev said on April 22. A member of Nato since 2004, Bulgaria has an ageing fleet of Russian-made jet fighters, and there has been a continuing and inconclusive saga of getting new Western-made aircraft, said the Sofia Globe today.
Bulgaria is considering the option of getting second-hand jet fighters free-of-charge from the United States, Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev said on April 22. A member of Nato since 2004, Bulgaria has an ageing fleet of Russian-made jet fighters, and there has been a continuing and inconclusive saga of getting new Western-made aircraft, said the Sofia Globe today.
 

Belgian Defense Ministry intends to buy 3 Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft

Belgian Defense Ministry eyes on Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft
 
According to Belgian newspapers, Belgium's Ministry of Defense intends to purchase up to three Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport aircraft, one for 2025 and two for 2030. This announcement was made according the strategic plan being tested by Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput and country's government partners. The cost of these aircraft is approximately € 280 million each, or € 840 million in total ($906 mn).
According to Belgian newspapers, Belgium's Ministry of Defense intends to purchase up to three Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, one for 2025 and two for 2030. This announcement was made following the strategic plan being tested by Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput and country's government partners. The cost of these aircraft is approximately € 280 million each, or € 840 million in total ($906 mn).
 

Airbus Helicopters confirms decision of the Polish Defence Ministry to pre-select the H225M Caracal

Airbus Helicopters confirms decision of the Polish Defence Ministry to pre-select the H225M Caracal
 
Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli Invest Services announced today they welcome the decision of the Polish Ministry of Defence to pre-select the H225M Caracal from Airbus Helicopters, the company said in an official statement. Polish Defence Ministry yesterday announced it will acquire 50 H225M Caracal multi-mission helicopter to replace Poland's Soviet-era military choppers.
Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli Invest Services announced today they welcome the decision of the Polish Ministry of Defence to pre-select the H225M Caracal from Airbus Helicopters, the company said in an official statement. Polish Defence Ministry yesterday announced it will acquire 50 H225M Caracal multi-mission helicopter to replace Poland's Soviet-era military choppers.
 

South Korea unveils new TR-60 unmanned aerial vehicle prototype

South Korea unveils new TR-60 unmanned aerial vehicle prototype
 
South Korea's Korea Aerospace Research Institute recently unveiled the first prototype of the TR-60 UAV. This unmanned tiltrotor drone is able to take off and land vertically like a helicopter, while flying like an airplane at speeds of up to 500 km/h, said yesterday, April 20 the Korean online newspaper Arirang News.
South Korea's Korea Aerospace Research Institute recently unveiled the first prototype of the TR-60 UAV. This unmanned tiltrotor drone is able to take off and land vertically like a helicopter, while flying like an airplane at speeds of up to 500 km/h, said yesterday, April 20 the Korean online newspaper Arirang News.
 

US National Guard airmen start Thracian Eagle 2015 joint exercise with Bulgarian counterparts

US National Guard airmen start Thracian Eagle 2015 joint exercise with Bulgarian counterparts
 
U.S. F-15 Eagle tactical fighters of the Louisiana Air National Guard on Monday began training flights in Bulgarian airspace within the joint exercise Thracian Eagle 2015, officials said. The purpose of Thracian Eagle 2015 was to achieve a high interoperability of the Bulgarian army, raise the theoretical, tactical, special and flight preparedness of the staff, and improve the procedures for comprehensive logistics support, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry said.
U.S. F-15 Eagle tactical fighters of the Louisiana Air National Guard on Monday began training flights in Bulgarian airspace within the joint exercise Thracian Eagle 2015, officials said. The purpose of Thracian Eagle 2015 was to achieve a high interoperability of the Bulgarian army, raise the theoretical, tactical, special and flight preparedness of the staff, and improve the procedures for comprehensive logistics support, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry said.
 

Poland announces purchase of 50 Airbus Helicopters' H225M Caracal multi-mission helicopter

Poland announces purchase of 50 Airbus Helicopters' H225M Caracal multi-mission helicopter
 
Airbus Helicopters has won a tender to replace Poland's Soviet-era military choppers, beating out British-Italian group AgustaWestland and US manufacturer Sikorsky, local media reported Tuesday, April 21. Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, has won the tender to deliver 70 multipurpose Caracal EC725 helicopters to Poland's army under a contract worth an estimated 2.5 billion euros ($3 billion), according to the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.
Airbus Helicopters has won a tender to replace Poland's Soviet-era military choppers, beating out British-Italian group AgustaWestland and US manufacturer Sikorsky, local media reported Tuesday, April 21. Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, has won the tender to deliver 50 Caracal H225M multipurpose helicopters to Poland's army under a contract worth an estimated 2.5 billion euros ($3 billion), according to the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.
 

Kazakhstan's Air Force received undisclosed number of Su-30SM fighter aircraft

Kazakhstan's Air Force received undisclosed number of Su-30SM fighter aircraft
 
An undisclosed number of Sukoi Su-30SM fighter jets have been delivered to the Air Force of Kazakhstan by the Irkut Corporation, part of the Sukoi group. Flight crews and technical staff of the Air Force of the Republic of Kazakhstan had earlier been trained on Su-30SM systems at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant in Russia.
An undisclosed number of Sukoi Su-30SM fighter jets have been delivered to the Air Force of Kazakhstan by the Irkut Corporation, part of the Sukoi group. Flight crews and technical staff of the Air Force of the Republic of Kazakhstan had earlier been trained on Su-30SM systems at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant in Russia.
 

Rockwell Collins' Flight2 avionics system selected for Argentine Air Force C-130 upgrade program

Rockwell Collins' Flight2 avionics system selected for Argentine Air Force C-130 upgrade program
 
Rockwell Collins’ Flight2™ avionics system has been selected for the Argentine Air Force (AAF) C-130 upgrade program. Work began in late 2014 with prime contractor L-3 Platform Integration to install the equipment on five aircraft, the company announced on Wednesday, April 15.
Rockwell Collins’ Flight2™ avionics system has been selected for the Argentine Air Force (AAF) C-130 upgrade program. Work began in late 2014 with prime contractor L-3 Platform Integration to install the equipment on five aircraft, the company announced on Wednesday, April 15.
 

South Korea seeks to push export of FA-50 light attack aircraft to Peru

South Korea seeks to push export of FA-50 light attack aircraft to Peru
 
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye will seek the export of South Korea's light attack aircraft to Peru during her four-day state visit to the South American country, an official said Sunday. Park arrived in Lima on Saturday for talks with her Peruvian counterpart, Ollanta Humala, on how to further strengthen economic and other relations. The talks are set to be held on Monday, April 20.
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye will seek the export of South Korea's light attack aircraft to Peru during her four-day state visit to the South American country, an official said Sunday. Park arrived in Lima on Saturday for talks with her Peruvian counterpart, Ollanta Humala, on how to further strengthen economic and other relations. The talks are set to be held on Monday, April 20.
 

Eurofighter proposes local final assembly facility if Indonesia chooses the Typhoon

Eurofighter proposes local final assembly facility if Indonesia chooses the Typhoon
 
European consortium Eurofighter GmbH has offered its Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighters to Indonesia with the promise that a final assembly facility would be set up in the Southeast Asian country if Jakarta chooses the warplane.
European consortium Eurofighter GmbH has offered its Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role fighters to Indonesia with the promise that a final assembly facility would be set up in the Southeast Asian country if Jakarta chooses the warplane.
 

Israel to receive its first two F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft in December 2016

Israel to receive its first two F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft in December 2016
 
Two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) will arrive in Israel in December 2016, making the Israeli Air Force (IAF) the first outside of the United States to receive the combat jet, a senior Lockheed Martin official said Wednesday, April 15.
Two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) will arrive in Israel in December 2016, making the Israeli Air Force (IAF) the first outside of the United States to receive the combat jet, a senior Lockheed Martin official said Wednesday, April 15.
 

Selex ES BriteCloud expendable active decoy successfully deployed from Saab Gripen

Selex ES BriteCloud expendable active decoy successfully deployed from Saab Gripen
 
Selex ES and defence and security company Saab have recently demonstrated the successful deployment of the BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) from a Gripen fighter. Three flights and three releases of the BriteCloud were conducted in Sweden. The tests successfully demonstrated the safe and effective release of the BriteCloud EAD from a standard Gripen countermeasures dispenser.
Selex ES and defence and security company Saab have recently demonstrated the successful deployment of the BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) from a Gripen fighter. Three flights and three releases of the BriteCloud were conducted in Sweden. The tests successfully demonstrated the safe and effective release of the BriteCloud EAD from a standard Gripen countermeasures dispenser.
 

Saab and Embraer sign partnership for joint management of the F-X2 Project

Saab and Embraer sign partnership for joint management of the F-X2 Project
 
Embraer and Saab today have signed an agreement that establishes a partnership for joint management of the F-X2 Project for the Brazilian Air Force following the Memorandum of Understanding announced on July 11th, 2014. The partnership agreement is part of Saab's commitment to deliver industrial co-operation in relation to the F-X2 project.
Embraer and Saab today have signed an agreement that establishes a partnership for joint management of the F-X2 Project for the Brazilian Air Force following the Memorandum of Understanding announced on July 11th, 2014. The partnership agreement is part of Saab's commitment to deliver industrial co-operation in relation to the F-X2 project.
 

Raytheon and the USAF complete operational tests of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer

Raytheon and the USAF complete operational tests of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer
 
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed operational tests of Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J), satisfying all requirements to attain Initial Operational Capability, the US-based company announced in a statement today, April 14.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed operational tests of Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J), satisfying all requirements to attain Initial Operational Capability, the US-based company announced in a statement today, April 14.
 

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