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December 2015 Air Force and Aerospace Defence Industry News
 
 

Rostec and HAL will form a JV to manufacture Ka-226T helicopters in India

Rostec and HAL will form a JV to manufacture Ka-226T helicopters in India
 
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Russia's Rostec will form a joint venture with the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for manufacturing Kamov Ka-226T military helicopters in India. During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Russia visit an agreement was signed between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India on cooperation in the field of helicopter manufacturing. The document was signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 

Malaysia's second Airbus A400M military airlifter landed at Subang airbase

Malaysia's second Airbus A400M military airlifter landed at Subang airbase
 
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The 2nd Airbus A400m military airlifter ordered for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) landed today at Subang airbase, escorted by two MiG-29 fighter jets. The aircraft, numbered M-54-02, is the second on a batch of four A400M airlifters ordered in 2005.
 

KRET delivered first batch of Vitebsk EW systems for Russia's military airlifters

KRET delivered first batch of Vitebsk EW systems for Russia's military airlifters
 
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The Russian company Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), subsidiary of Rostec state corporation, has submitted to the Russian armed forces the first batch of Vitebsk electronic warfare systems adapted to military transport aircraft, the Concern’s deputy director general Igor Nasenkov has reported.
 

Pakistan reportedly in talks with U.S. to procure more F-16 fighter aircraft

Pakistan reportedly in talks with U.S. to procure more F-16 fighter aircraft
 
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Pakistan is in negotiations with the US to procure the latest F-16 fighter jets in order to phase out some of its old combat aircraft by 2020, including Mirage, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said today. "We are in talks with US defence officials to get some latest F-16s but the deal may take some time," the Air chief told reporters after the rolling out ceremony of the 16th JF-17 Thunder aircraft at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra.
 

Three upgraded MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft delivered to Far East Russian Air Force regiment

Three upgraded MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft delivered to Far East Russian Air Force regiment
 
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The air regiment at Tsentralnaya Uglovaya AFB near Vladivostok received its first three upgraded Mikoyan MiG-31BM (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) interceptors. The new-generation hardware boosted their effectiveness by 2.6 times, Pacific Fleet Spokesman Roman Martov told journalists on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015.
 

NATO plans to move E-3A Sentry AWACS aircraft from Germany to Turkey

NATO plans to move E-3A Sentry AWACS aircraft from Germany to Turkey
 
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NATO will temporarily relocate Boeing E-3A Sentry airborne early warning and control aircraft (AWACS) in Turkey as part of its air defense package to the country amid the Syrian crisis, media reported. The deployment of the military planes will be carried out by the German armed forces.
 

South Korea and KAI sign final agreement on KF-X fighter development program

South Korea and KAI sign final agreement on KF-X fighter development program
 
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South Korea's arms procurement agency (DAPA) inked Monday its formal agreement with the country's sole aircraft maker, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), to undertake an ambitious project to build indigenous fighter jets. "With the signing of the contract with KAI on Monday, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration will officially set about the fighter jet development project," DAPA said in a statement.
 

Elbit Systems to equip Israeli Air Force aircraft with new Electronic Warfare systems

Elbit Systems to equip Israeli Air Force aircraft with new Electronic Warfare systems
 
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Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract by the Directorate of Production and Procurement of the Israeli Ministry of Defense ("IMOD") valued at approximately $70 million for the supply of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. The systems, developed and manufactured by Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra Ltd., to be delivered over a 5-year period, will be installed on board all types of Israeli Air Force fighter jets.
 

Russia about to provide Egypt with President-S airborne defense systems

Russia about to provide Egypt with President-S airborne defense systems
 
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Russia will provide Egypt with President-S airborne defensive aids suites (DAS) designed to protect aircraft from surface-to-air and air-launched missiles, Igor Nasenkov, first deputy director general, Radio Electronic Technologies (KRET, a Rostec subsidiary), told journalists on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015.
 

China reportedly rolled out first LRIP version of the Chengdu J-20 fighter aircraft

China reportedly rolled out first LRIP version of the Chengdu J-20 fighter aircraft
 
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According to pictures released on Chinese specialized websites, the first low rate initial production (LRIP) version of the Chengdu J-20 5th-gen fighter aircraft, numbered 2101, made its first appearance at Chengdu State Aircraft Factory No.132 Aircraft Plant. It may now perform its maiden flight in the next few weeks, local sources said.
 

Flying testbed of Russia's future high-speed helicopter made its maiden flight

Flying testbed of Russia's future high-speed helicopter made its maiden flight
 
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The flying testbed derived from the Mil Mil-24K (NATO reporting name: Hind) for testing components of the future high-speed helicopter flew for the first time on December 23, 2015, a defense industry source told journalists on Thursday, Dec. 24.
 

South Korea and KAI to sign formal contract on KF-X development program next week

South Korea and KAI to sign formal contract on KF-X development program next week
 
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South Korea's state arms procurement agency said Thursday it will sign a formal contract next week on its fighter jet development project, known as KF-X. The country's Defense Acquisition Procurement Administration plans to ink the deal with Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., the country's sole aircraft maker.
 

Czech Republic to upgrade its fleet of JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft

Czech Republic to upgrade its fleet of JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft
 
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The Swedish Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM) has signed an agreement to upgrade the JAS 39 Gripen aircraft that the Czech Republic leases from Sweden, the FXM announced on Dec. 22, 2015. The value of the contract is SEK 120 million (US$ 14.28 mn).
 

KRET to develop new onboard equipment for Russia's PAK DA strategic bomber project

KRET to develop new onboard equipment for Russia's PAK DA strategic bomber project
 
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Russia's future strategic bomber PAK DA will have brand new onboard equipment, which will allow it to use an entire range of high-precision weapons, said Vladimir Mikheev, advisor to the First Deputy CEO of KRET (Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies), as reported by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
 

First A-29 Super Tucano Afghan pilots now ready for combat

First A-29 Super Tucano Afghan pilots now ready for combat
 
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A new era for the Afghan air force began Dec. 18, when the USAF 81st Fighter Squadron graduated the first class of A-29 Super Tucano combat-ready attack pilots at Moody Air Force Base. "The extraordinary dedication of these pilots and the sacrifices these graduates have made will help establish a secure, stable and unified country," said Col. John Nichols, the 14th Flying Training Wing commander. "They are enabling the future of Afghanistan, a future that will be decided by the Afghans themselves."
 

Russia plans to develop a 3rd-gen airborne strategic command centre by 2022

Russia plans to develop a 3rd-gen airborne strategic command centre by 2022
 
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The next, third generation of airborne strategic command centres, known as "doomsday planes" will emerge in Russia in five to seven years from now, the general director of the United Instrument Engineering Corporation (an affiliate of Rostec) Alexander Yakunin has told TASS in an interview.
 

BAE Systems to provide US Air Force with radar support services

BAE Systems to provide US Air Force with radar support services
 
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The U.S. Air Force has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide multiple agencies with a wide range of radar support services. The contract, for the Instrumentation Radar Support Program (IRSP), is valued at a total of $278.5 million and will be incrementally obligated.
 

Italian Air Force takes delivery of two RQ-1 Predator RPA systems

Italian Air Force takes delivery of two RQ-1 Predator RPA systems
 
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, a US-based leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, yesterday announced that the Italian Air Force (ItAF) has accepted delivery of two RQ-1 Predator RPA systems, marking final deliveries of GA-ASI's Predator A product line.
 

South Korea's government approves ROKAF reorganization plan

South Korea's government approves ROKAF reorganization plan
 
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The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) will reorganize its hitherto geographically arranged command structure into a function-based one to enhance efficiency in peacetime and wartime aerial operations, South Korean officials said Tuesday, December 22, 2015. The plan was endorsed at the country's Cabinet meeting, which was presided over by President Park Geun-hye.
 

France’s Defence Procurement Agency orders 7 additional Tigre combat helicopters

France’s Defence Procurement Agency orders 7 additional Tigre combat helicopters
 
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The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) ordered on December 17, 2015, seven additional Tigre combat helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. This new batch of Tigres has been ordered under the Military Planning Law 2014-2019, which has been updated on July 2015. Deliveries are scheduled for 2017-2018.
 

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