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August  2015 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Airbus Helicopters' H145 light utility helicopter achieves its Australian demo tour

Airbus Helicopters' H145 light utility helicopter achieves its Australian demo tour
 
After logging more than five weeks of touring Australia’s Eastern sea board, the world’s leading twin-engine helicopter in its class, the Airbus Helicopters H145, has successfully completed its Australian visit and is now heading home, Airbus Group Australia Pacific announces Monday August 17, 2015.
After logging more than five weeks of touring Australia’s Eastern sea board, the world’s leading twin-engine helicopter in its class, the Airbus Helicopters H145, has successfully completed its Australian visit and is now heading home, Airbus Group Australia Pacific announces Monday August 17, 2015.
 

Six MiG-31 long-range interceptor aircraft reportedly been delivered to Syria

Six MiG-31 long-range interceptor aircraft reportedly been delivered to Syria
 
According to BGN News, six MiG-31 long-range interceptor aircraft from Russia have landed in Damascus, in partial fulfillment of a protocol signed between Moscow and the Syrian regime in 2007. The deal signed in 2007 between Russia and Syria features the sale of a total of 8 MiG-31 jets, the local media unveiled on August 16.
According to BGN News, six MiG-31 long-range interceptor aircraft from Russia have landed in Damascus, in partial fulfillment of a protocol signed between Moscow and the Syrian regime in 2007. The deal signed in 2007 between Russia and Syria features the sale of a total of 8 MiG-31 jets, the local media unveiled on August 16.
 

Make in India: U.S. offers to jointly produce fighter aircraft with India

Make in India: U.S. offers to jointly produce fighter aircraft with India
 
According to the Indian newspaper Economic Times, the US can help India fill a key gap in its defence architecture by collaborating with it to build the planes that are needed to safeguard the country's airspace, ambassador Richard Verma said. He also said that the two countries had taken joint action against a "high-profile hacking group" operating in India.
According to the Indian newspaper Economic Times, the US can help India fill a key gap in its defence architecture by collaborating with it to build the planes that are needed to safeguard the country's airspace, ambassador Richard Verma said. He also said that the two countries had taken joint action against a "high-profile hacking group" operating in India.
 

Belarus orders four more Yak-130 trainer and light attack aircraft

Belarus orders four more Yak-130 trainer and light attack aircraft
 
Belarus has ordered new combat aircraft from Russia, the commander of Belarus’ Air Force and Air Defence Forces has stated. Major General Oleg Dvigalev told reporters that the country has signed two contracts for four Yakolev Yak-130 ‘Mitten’ trainer/strike aircraft and confirmed than an order for 12 Mil Mi-8MTV-5 ‘Hip’ helicopters had been signed in June, the BelTA news agency reported on 12 August.
Belarus has ordered new combat aircraft from Russia, the commander of Belarus’ Air Force and Air Defence Forces has stated. Major General Oleg Dvigalev told reporters that the country has signed two contracts for four Yakolev Yak-130 ‘Mitten’ trainer/strike aircraft and confirmed than an order for 12 Mil Mi-8MTV-5 ‘Hip’ helicopters had been signed in June, the BelTA news agency reported on 12 August.
 

Australian pilots began flying US MQ-9 Reaper drones over Syria to fight against IS

Australian pilots began flying US MQ-9 Reaper drones over Syria to fight against IS
 
Royal Australian Air Force pilots have begun flying American MQ-9 Reaper drones over Syria, taking for the first time Australia's involvement in the fight against the so-called Islamic State from Iraq into the more complex neighbouring country, unveiled today The Sidney Morning Herald.
Royal Australian Air Force pilots have begun flying American MQ-9 Reaper drones over Syria, taking for the first time Australia's involvement in the fight against the so-called Islamic State from Iraq into the more complex neighbouring country, unveiled today The Sidney Morning Herald.
 

Lockheed to upgrade US Army's AH-64E Apache targeting and pilotage system

Lockheed to upgrade US Army's AH-64E Apache targeting and pilotage system
 
The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $21.7 million Lot 4 follow-on contract to continue production of the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter, the defense giant announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $21.7 million Lot 4 follow-on contract to continue production of the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter, the defense giant announced Wednesday.
 

Russia's MiG-35S multirole fighter aircraft could enter service in 2018

Russia's MiG-35S multirole fighter aircraft could enter service in 2018
 
MiG-35S fighter planes will begin to enter service as of 2018, the commander of Russia’s Air and Space Forces, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, told the media on Wednesday, August 12. "The MiG-35S is being developed under a contract with the Defense Ministry. Research and development is to be completed in 2017. After government certification tests it will be authorized for service. Thirty planes of this type or more will be purchased," Bondarev said.
MiG-35S fighter planes will begin to enter service as of 2018, the commander of Russia’s Air and Space Forces, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, told the media on Wednesday, August 12. "The MiG-35S is being developed under a contract with the Defense Ministry. Research and development is to be completed in 2017. After government certification tests it will be authorized for service. Thirty planes of this type or more will be purchased," Bondarev said.
 

Taiwan's Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology unveils new MALE UAV prototype

Taiwan's Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology unveils new MALE UAV prototype
 
Taiwan's National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology recently unveiled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it developed at the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily. The new MALE UAV was displayed during the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, which was being held at the Taipei World Trade Center from Aug. 10-13.
Taiwan's National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology recently unveiled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it developed at the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, reports the Chinese-language newspaper Want Daily. The new MALE UAV was displayed during the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, which was being held at the Taipei World Trade Center from Aug. 10-13.
 

Raytheon funded for certification testing of upgraded AN/ARC-231 Communications System

Raytheon funded for certification testing of upgraded AN/ARC-231 Communications System
 
The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon Company a $36 million contract to fund the certification and testing of a significant upgrade to the AN/ARC-231 Multi-Mode Communications System. The upgraded systems will provide the highest level of security for voice and data communications for more than 7,000 rotary, fixed wing and unmanned Army platforms – including Apaches, Blackhawks, Chinooks and Gray Eagles.
The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon Company a $36 million contract to fund the certification and testing of a significant upgrade to the AN/ARC-231 Multi-Mode Communications System. The upgraded systems will provide the highest level of security for voice and data communications for more than 7,000 rotary, fixed wing and unmanned Army platforms – including Apaches, Blackhawks, Chinooks and Gray Eagles.
 

Taiwan becomes the 20th export customer of Lockheed Martin's Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

Taiwan becomes the 20th export customer of Lockheed Martin's Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod
 
Taiwan’s Air Force recently selected Lockheed Martin’s Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) for its F-16 aircraft, becoming the 20th international customer to choose Sniper ATP to fulfill precision attack requirements. In the initial contract, Lockheed Martin will provide two Sniper ATPs and integration support to Taiwan. Lockheed Martin will also provide integration support of LANTIRN targeting and navigation pods on Taiwan’s recently upgraded F-16s.
Taiwan’s Air Force recently selected Lockheed Martin’s Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) for its F-16 aircraft, becoming the 20th international customer to choose Sniper ATP to fulfill precision attack requirements. In the initial contract, Lockheed Martin will provide two Sniper ATPs and integration support to Taiwan. Lockheed Martin will also provide integration support of LANTIRN targeting and navigation pods on Taiwan’s recently upgraded F-16s.
 

Lockheed Martin to upgrade 11 more C-5 Galaxy strategic transport aircraft to RERP standard

Lockheed Martin to upgrade 11 more C-5 Galaxy strategic transport aircraft to RERP standard
 
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $240,521,529 contract for the C-5 Galaxy reliability enhancement and re-engining program (RERP) Lot 7 installation. Contractor will provide the final lot of 11 aircraft to the C-5M fleet. Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by April 17, 2018, the US Department of Defense announced yesterday August 12.
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $240,521,529 contract for the C-5 Galaxy reliability enhancement and re-engining program (RERP) Lot 7 installation. Contractor will provide the final lot of 11 aircraft to the C-5M fleet. Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by April 17, 2018, the US Department of Defense announced yesterday August 12.
 

Vietnam takes delivery of two more Su-30MK2 multi-role fighter jets

Vietnam takes delivery of two more Su-30MK2 multi-role fighter jets
 
Two more Su-30MK2 multi-role fighters arrived at Da Nang air base (Vietnam). The aircraft were delivered to the customer under a contract for delivery of 12 jets of the type signed in 2013. The jets were delivered to Vietnam by An-124-100 Ruslan transport aircraft, i-Mash reports with reference to Bao Dat Viet.
Two more Su-30MK2 multi-role fighters arrived at Da Nang air base (Vietnam). The aircraft were delivered to the customer under a contract for delivery of 12 jets of the type signed in 2013. The jets were delivered to Vietnam by An-124-100 Ruslan transport aircraft, i-Mash reports with reference to Bao Dat Viet.
 

Russia Future PAK DP Long Range Interceptor Development Phase to Start From 2019

Russia Future PAK DP Long Range Interceptor Development Phase to Start From 2019
 
Research and development for the creation of a new generation long-range interceptor-fighter to replace Russia's MiG-31 "Fohound" will begin no earlier than 2019, the commander in chief of Russia’s Air and Space Forces, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said. "Research and development for creating a long-range interceptor of the future will begin no earlier than 2019," he said.
Research and development for the creation of a new generation long-range interceptor-fighter to replace Russia's MiG-31 "Fohound" will begin no earlier than 2019, the commander in chief of Russia’s Air and Space Forces, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said. "Research and development for creating a long-range interceptor of the future will begin no earlier than 2019," he said.
 

First production-standard Il-112V light military airlifter to be unveiled in 2017

First production-standard Il-112V light military airlifter to be unveiled in 2017
 
The first production-standard Ilyushin Il-112V transport aircraft is set to roll off the line at Voronezh Aircraft Plant in the first half of 2017, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 10 August. The announcement comes eight months after Russian state media disclosed that the defence ministry is to sign a production contract for the aircraft later in 2015, with two prototypes to be built in 2016.
The first production-standard Ilyushin Il-112V transport aircraft is set to roll off the line at Voronezh Aircraft Plant in the first half of 2017, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 10 August. The announcement comes eight months after Russian state media disclosed that the defence ministry is to sign a production contract for the aircraft later in 2015, with two prototypes to be built in 2016.
 

Rockwell Collins delivers the first Gen III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System

Rockwell Collins delivers the first Gen III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System
 
Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins executives commemorated yesterday the delivery of the first Gen III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), the US-based company announced on august 11, 2015. Rockwell Collins, through its joint venture, Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC, is providing the most advanced technology for warfighters with the F-35 HMDS, which provides pilots with unprecedented levels of situational awareness and allows them to “look through” the airframe.
Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins executives commemorated yesterday the delivery of the first Gen III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), the US-based company announced on August 11. Rockwell Collins, through its joint venture, Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC, is providing the most advanced technology for warfighters with the F-35 HMDS, which provides pilots with unprecedented levels of situational awareness and allows them to “look through” the airframe.
 

Afghan Air Force's MD 530F Cayuse helicopters performed their first combat operation

Afghan Air Force's MD 530F Cayuse helicopters performed their first combat operation
 
Afghan Air Force's MD 530F Cayuse light attack helicopters have recently performed their first combat operation. The "Cayuse" rotorcraft flew alongside the Afghan Air Force’s Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters based at Kabul as part of Operation Iron Triangle on 11 August.
Afghan Air Force's MD 530F Cayuse light attack helicopters have recently performed their first combat operation. The "Cayuse" rotorcraft flew alongside the Afghan Air Force’s Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters based at Kabul as part of Operation Iron Triangle on 11 August.
 

US Air Force deploys three B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to Andersen AFB

US Air Force deploys three B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to Andersen AFB
 
Three B-2 heavy strategic bombers and approximately 225 Airmen from USAF Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 7 to conduct familiarization training activities in the Pacific region, the US Air Force Global Strike Command announced on August 8.
Three B-2 heavy strategic bombers and approximately 225 Airmen from USAF Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 7 to conduct familiarization training activities in the Pacific region, the US Air Force Global Strike Command announced on August 8.
 

Russia to sign $1.6 bn contract with UAC for 48 Su-35 multirole fighter aircraft

Russia to sign $1.6 bn contract with UAC for 48 Su-35 multirole fighter aircraft
 
Russian Ministry of Defense will sign a contract with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for delivery of 48 Su-35 multi-role fighters at MAKS-2015 airshow, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to sources close to the aircraft industry and the Russian defense ministry.
Russian Ministry of Defense will sign a contract with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for delivery of 48 Su-35 multi-role fighters at MAKS-2015 airshow, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to sources close to the aircraft industry and the Russian defense ministry.
 

Northrop succesfully demonstrates advanced mission management and control systems for UAVs

Northrop succesfully demonstrates advanced mission management and control systems for UAVs
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully demonstrated mission management control features that create more unmanned aircraft system (UAS) versatility and efficiencies. During a series of high-altitude, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk demonstrations, the UAS seamlessly responded to external requests to dynamically alter its route of flight and sensor functionality, thereby breaking the one-user to one-vehicle paradigm.
Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully demonstrated mission management control features that create more unmanned aircraft system (UAS) versatility and efficiencies. During a series of high-altitude, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk demonstrations, the UAS seamlessly responded to external requests to dynamically alter its route of flight and sensor functionality, thereby breaking the one-user to one-vehicle paradigm.
 

Combat Aircraft Swapped for Oil: Iran reportedly interested by China's J-10 fighter aircraft

Combat Aircraft Swapped for Oil: Iran reportedly interested by China's J-10 fighter aircraft
 
Iran could become the second overseas user of Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group's J-10, according to wantchinatimes. According to the report, Iran will received the fighters without paying a dollar to China, by signing a contract to allow Beijing to exploit its largest oilfield over the next 20 years.
Iran could become the second overseas user of Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group's J-10, according to wantchinatimes. According to the report, Iran will received the fighters without paying a dollar to China, by signing a contract to allow Beijing to exploit its largest oilfield over the next 20 years.
 

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