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July 2015 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Indian Air Force to acquire 48 additional Russian-made Mi-17-V5 multirole helicopters

Indian Air Force to acquire 48 additional Russian-made Mi-17-V5 multirole helicopters
 
According to the Indian media Economic Times, the Indian Air Force has moved a proposal to spend $1.1bn to acquire more Mi-17-V5 medium-lift multirole choppers from Russa in a move that would go against the grain of the 'Make in India' concept but offer a vital addition to its transport fleet. Hundreds of Mi-17 helicopters are already in service with the IAF.
According to the Indian media Economic Times, the Indian Air Force has moved a proposal to spend $1.1bn to acquire more Mi-17-V5 medium-lift multirole choppers from Russa in a move that would go against the grain of the 'Make in India' concept but offer a vital addition to its transport fleet. Hundreds of Mi-17 helicopters are already in service with the IAF.
 

Lockheed Martin about to buy Sikorsky Aircraft in a $8 bn deal

Lockheed Martin about to buy Sikorsky Aircraft in a $8 bn deal
 
The US company Lockheed Martin Corp. is to buy United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft for more than $8 billion, Reuters, relying on sources involved in the deal, reported yesterday, July 19, 2015. Reuters said the agreement would be announced this Monday morning, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
The US company Lockheed Martin Corp. is to buy United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft for more than $8 billion, Reuters, relying on sources involved in the deal, reported yesterday, July 19, 2015. Reuters said the agreement would be announced this Monday morning, according to the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
 

Boeing and Tata sign "Make in India" agreement for aerospace and defense manufacturing

Boeing and Tata sign "Make in India" agreement for aerospace and defense manufacturing
 
The Indian company Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and US-based aircraft maker Boeing on Wednesday July 15th signed a strategic framework agreement here to collaborate in the sphere of aerospace and defence manufacturing as well as explore the potential of developing integrated systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles. The pact was signed by Shelley Lavender, president of Boeing Military Aircraft, and Sukaran Singh, MD & CEO of Hyderabad-based TASL.
The Indian company Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and US-based aircraft maker Boeing on Wednesday July 15th signed a strategic framework agreement here to collaborate in the sphere of aerospace and defence manufacturing as well as explore the potential of developing integrated systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles. The pact was signed by Shelley Lavender, president of Boeing Military Aircraft, and Sukaran Singh, MD & CEO of Hyderabad-based TASL.
 

California Highway Patrol and LAPD take delivery of new Airbus Helicopters H125s

California Highway Patrol and LAPD take delivery of new Airbus Helicopters H125s
 
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is pleased to announce that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have taken delivery of new Airbus Helicopters H125s as part of the two agencies’ multi-year fleet replacement plans. The H125 is the U.S. law enforcement market sales leader, announced Airbus HC Inc. Tuesday July 14th.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is pleased to announce that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have taken delivery of new Airbus Helicopters H125s as part of the two agencies’ multi-year fleet replacement plans. The H125 is the U.S. law enforcement market sales leader, announced Airbus HC Inc. Tuesday July 14th.
 

CAE and ESS renew partnership to provide visual systems on Eurofighter ASTA program

CAE and ESS renew partnership to provide visual systems on Eurofighter ASTA program
 
CAE and Eurofighter Simulation Systems (ESS) today announced they have renewed their collaboration agreement related to the provision of visual systems on the Eurofighter Typhoon Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids (ASTA) programme, CAE announced on Monday, July 13rd.
CAE and Eurofighter Simulation Systems (ESS) today announced they have renewed their collaboration agreement related to the provision of visual systems on the Eurofighter Typhoon Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids (ASTA) programme, CAE announced on Monday, July 13rd.
 

US approves $2.5 bn Foreign Military Sale for South Korea's F-16 fighter aircraft upgrade project

US approves $2.5 bn Foreign Military Sale for South Korea's F-16 fighter aircraft upgrade project
 
The United States approved a possible foreign military sale to South Korea for a project to upgrade the country's aging fleet of KF-16 fighter jets for an estimated cost of $2.5 billion, the U.S. Defense Security and Cooperation Agency said Wednesday, July 15th.
The United States approved a possible foreign military sale to South Korea for a project to upgrade the country's aging fleet of KF-16 fighter jets for an estimated cost of $2.5 billion, the U.S. Defense Security and Cooperation Agency said Wednesday, July 15th.
 

Airbus DS successfully completes flight-test of an Eurofighter Aerodynamic Modification Kit

Airbus DS successfully completes flight-test of an Eurofighter Aerodynamic Modification Kit
 
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed flight-testing of a package of aerodynamic upgrades to the Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighter that promises to enhance further the aircraft’s agility and weapons-carrying ability. The Aerodynamic Modification Kit (AMK) is part of a wider Eurofighter Enhanced Manoeuvrability (EFEM) programme with the potential to help ensure the type’s continuing superiority for many years to come.
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed flight-testing of a package of aerodynamic upgrades to the Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighter that promises to enhance further the aircraft’s agility and weapons-carrying ability. The Aerodynamic Modification Kit (AMK) is part of a wider Eurofighter Enhanced Manoeuvrability (EFEM) programme with the potential to help ensure the type’s continuing superiority for many years to come.
 

Lockheed Martin to deliver additional Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to Pakistan

Lockheed Martin to deliver additional Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to Pakistan
 
Lockheed Martin received a follow-on foreign military sale contract to produce and upgrade Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for the Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 fleet. The contract includes the production of 15 Sniper ATPs and upgrades to the Pakistan Air Force’s existing 22 Sniper ATPs, the US-based company announced Tuesday, July 14th.
Lockheed Martin received a follow-on foreign military sale contract to produce and upgrade Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for the Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 fleet. The contract includes the production of 15 Sniper ATPs and upgrades to the Pakistan Air Force’s existing 22 Sniper ATPs, the US-based company announced Tuesday, July 14th.
 

First batch of Iraqi F-16 fighter aircraft landed in Baghdad

First batch of Iraqi F-16 fighter aircraft landed in Baghdad
 
A first batch of four F-16 fighter jets from the United States on landed in Baghdad on Monday July 13rd, 2015, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said. Iraq ordered 36 of the $65 million Lockheed Martin Corp planes, but initial deliveries were delayed because of security concerns after Islamic State militants overran large areas of of the country last year.
A first batch of four F-16 fighter jets from the United States landed in Baghdad on Monday July 13rd, 2015, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said. Iraq ordered 36 of the Lockheed Martin Corp airplanes, but initial deliveries were delayed because of security concerns after Islamic State militants overran large areas of of the country last year.
 

Russia to start test phase of the upgraded Mi-28NM attack helicopter "in a near future"

Russia to start test phase of the upgraded Mi-28NM attack helicopter "in a near future"
 
Testing of the latest upgraded Mi-28NM attack helicopter will be started in Russia soon, Russian state owned media RIA Novosti reported with reference to Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO Andrei Shibitov. According to him, the helicopter will be integrated with UAVs. «Testing of the latest version of Mi-28 helicopter – Mi-28NM, will be started soon. It is the upgraded version. Testing will be started in the near-term,» Shibitov said.
Testing of the latest upgraded Mi-28NM attack helicopter will be started in Russia soon, Russian state owned media RIA Novosti reported with reference to Russian Helicopters Deputy CEO Andrei Shibitov. According to him, the helicopter will be integrated with UAVs. «Testing of the latest version of Mi-28 helicopter – Mi-28NM, will be started soon. It is the upgraded version. Testing will be started in the near-term,» Shibitov said.
 

NATO's first Air Command and Control System site declared operational

NATO's first Air Command and Control System site declared operational
 
Italy recently decided to declare the first ACCS site operational, with other NATO and national sites to follow in 2015 and subsequent years.Poggio Renatico in Italy is the first ACCS site in NATO to achieve operational status. The NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS) is intended to combine and automate the planning, tasking and execution of all air operations at the tactical level.
Italy recently decided to declare the first ACCS site operational, with other NATO and national sites to follow in 2015 and subsequent years. Poggio Renatico in Italy is the first ACCS site in NATO to achieve operational status.
 

End of mission for the six Belgian F-16 fighter jets engaged in Iraq to fight the Islamic State

End of mission for the six Belgian F-16 fighter jets engaged in Iraq to fight the Islamic State
 
Six Belgian F-16s sent to the Middle East to combat the Islamic State (IS) in September 2014 returned home on Thursday. The six F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft had started Desert Falcon mission on September 24, 2014, and since then conducted almost 300 strikes in Iraq from their base in Jordan.
Six Belgian F-16s sent to the Middle East to combat the Islamic State (IS) in September 2014 returned home on Thursday. The six F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft had started Desert Falcon mission on September 24, 2014, and since then conducted almost 300 strikes in Iraq from their base in Jordan.
 

Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence to jointly produce military helicopters in India

Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence to jointly produce military helicopters in India
 
Airbus Helicopters on Friday July 3rd announced that it will join hands with Indian company Mahindra Defence, to produce helicopters in India in order to meet the country's military requirements. The resulting joint venture aims to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative, released the indian daily Economic Times. The teaming represents a significant step forward in the country's 'Make in India' ambition, the press release said.
Airbus Helicopters on Friday July 3rd announced that it will join hands with Indian company Mahindra Defence, to produce helicopters in India in order to meet the country's military requirements. The resulting joint venture aims to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative, released the indian daily Economic Times. The teaming represents a significant step forward in the country's 'Make in India' ambition, the press release said.
 

Philippine Air Force took delivery of its two first Bell 412EP utility helicopters

Philippine Air Force took delivery of its two first Bell 412EP utility helicopters
 
The Philippines armed forces has recently taken delivery of two new Bell 412EP utility helicopters, Philippine military spokesman said Thursday, July 2nd. Brand-new Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopters appeared during the celebration of PAF 68th founding anniversary at Clark Air Base in Pampanga Wednesday, July 1st. The choppers that were displayed included two Bell 412EP utility helicopters and two AgustaWestland AW-109E attack helicopters.
The Philippines armed forces have recently taken delivery of two new Bell 412EP utility helicopters, Philippine military spokesman said Thursday, July 2nd. Brand-new Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopters appeared during the celebration of PAF 68th founding anniversary at Clark Air Base in Pampanga Wednesday, July 1st. The choppers that were displayed included two Bell 412EP utility helicopters and two AgustaWestland AW-109E attack helicopters.
 

Bulgaria about to start negotiations for the purchase of new jet fighters

Bulgaria about to start negotiations for the purchase of new jet fighters
 
The Bulgarian Government approved on Wednesday, July 1st, the country's participation in negotiations for the purchase of new fighter jets, said the local media Novinite. This was announced by country's Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev after the government granted him mandate to head negotiations with Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece. It was still not clear whether the negotiations will concern the purchase of new jets or second-hand ones, daily Dnevnik reports.
The Bulgarian Government approved on Wednesday, July 1st, the country's participation in negotiations for the purchase of new fighter jets, said the local media Novinite. This was announced by country's Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev after the government granted him mandate to head negotiations with Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece. It was still not clear whether the negotiations will concern the purchase of new jets or second-hand ones, daily Dnevnik reports.
 

Bell Hellicopter's new Bell 525 medium-lift helicopter successfully performed its maiden flight

Bell Hellicopter's new Bell 525 medium-lift helicopter successfully performed its maiden flight
 
Bell Helicopter, part of Textron Inc. company, announced on July 1st, 2015, the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.
Bell Helicopter, part of Textron Inc. company, announced on July 1st, 2015, the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.
 

AAR wins $72 mn contract to sustain Afghan Air Force C-130H transport aircraft fleet

AAR wins $72 mn contract to sustain Afghan Air Force C-130H transport aircraft fleet
 
AAR, an US industry-leading provider of aviation services has been awarded a five-year, approximately $72 million Complete Logistics Support (CLS) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to sustain a fleet of C-130H aircraft on behalf of the Afghan Air Force. Under the contract with the U.S. Air Force, AAR will provide all operational, maintenance, logistics and technical functions needed to support and sustain fleet readiness requirements within Afghanistan.
AAR, an US industry-leading provider of aviation services has been awarded a five-year, approximately $72 million Complete Logistics Support (CLS) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to sustain a fleet of C-130H aircraft on behalf of the Afghan Air Force. Under the contract with the U.S. Air Force, AAR will provide all operational, maintenance, logistics and technical functions needed to support and sustain fleet readiness requirements within Afghanistan.
 

Brazilian Air Force to be strengthened with three new SC-105 Amazonas SAR aircraft

Brazilian Air Force to be strengthened with three new SC-105 Amazonas SAR aircraft
 
The Search and Rescue capabilities of the Brazilian Air Force will be strengthened in 2017 with the delivery of three SC-105 Amazonas SAR aircraft specifically designed for search and rescue missions (SAR). The aircraft, based on Airbus Defense and Space's C295 tactical military transport aircraft, will be fitted with on-board equipment to increase the chances of locating aircraft, boats or missing persons, including at night.
The Search and Rescue capabilities of the Brazilian Air Force will be strengthened in 2017 with the delivery of three SC-105 Amazonas SAR aircraft specifically designed for search and rescue missions (SAR). The aircraft, based on Airbus Defense and Space's C295 tactical military transport aircraft, will be fitted with on-board equipment to increase the chances of locating aircraft, boats or missing persons, including at night.
 

AVIC about to take delivery of first CybAero's APID One unmanned helicopter

AVIC about to take delivery of first CybAero's APID One unmanned helicopter
 
After extensive flight trials and factory testing, CybAero received the client's approval today, enabling it to deliver the first helicopter system to Chinese AVIC. CybAero signed an eight-year framework agreement with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in July 2014 for 70 helicopter systems at a value of approximately SEK 700–800 million US $90 mn).
After extensive flight trials and factory testing, the Swedish company CybAero received the client's approval yesterday July 1st, enabling it to deliver the first APID ONE remotely operated helicopter system to Chinese AVIC. CybAero signed an eight-year framework agreement with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in July 2014 for 70 helicopter systems at a value of approximately SEK 700–800 million US $90 mn).
 

Russian Air Force to take delivery of three Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft in 2015

Russian Air Force to take delivery of three Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft in 2015
 
Aviastar-SP, one of the largest enterprises of Russia’s aircraft industry, will deliver a total of three latest Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) transport aircraft in 2015, the Russian online daily RIA Novosti reported with reference to Aviastar-SP CEO Sergey Dementyev.
Aviastar-SP, one of the largest enterprises of Russia’s aircraft industry, will deliver a total of three latest Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) transport aircraft in 2015, the Russian online daily RIA Novosti reported with reference to Aviastar-SP CEO Sergey Dementyev.

 

 

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