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November 2015 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Raytheon completed the flight tests for DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support programme

Raytheon completed the flight tests for DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support programme
 
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Raytheon has completed the flight tests phase for the development of the DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) programme. The company, which is the systems’ integrator, demonstrated the system’s end-to-end capabilities during a USMC exercise.
 

Rockwell Collins to provide key digital control systems for Brazil's KC-390 military airlifter program

Rockwell Collins to provide key digital control systems for Brazil's KC-390 military airlifter program
 
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Rockwell Collins has been selected by Embraer to provide the Cargo Handling and Aerial Delivery Control System (CHADCS) for the Brazilian Air Force’s KC-390 military airlifter program, the US company announced on Nov. 11, 2015.
 

Lockheed Martin wins a $968mn order from USAF for 17 C-130J military airlifters

Lockheed Martin wins a $968mn order from USAF for 17 C-130J military airlifters
 
Lockheed Martin wins a 968mn order from USAF for 17 C 130J military airlifters 640 001 The US defense giant Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $968,745,411 contract C-130J multi-year production aircraft. Under this contract, Lockheed will provide 17 C-130J aircraft in the following configurations: six C-130J-30, one HC-130J, nine MC-130J, and one KC-130J aircraft, the US DoD announced on Nov. 10, 2015.
 

USAF relocates Guardian Angels Squadrons to Italy

USAF relocates Guardian Angels Squadrons to Italy
 
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The United States Air Force has decided to relocate its 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons. Both of them have been based at the RAF Lakenheath air base, home of the 48th Fighter Wing of the USAF. These squadrons and formations are part of the United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa. Their role is to provide combat search and rescue capabilities to downed aircraft pilots.
 

US Army orders 12 additional UH-72A Lakota utility helicopters

US Army orders 12 additional UH-72A Lakota utility helicopters
 
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The United States Army has exercised $65.8 million in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages . The UH-72A is manufactured by Airbus Helicopters Inc. at its final assembly plant in Columbus, Miss., which has already produced and delivered almost 350 Lakotas to date, all on time and on cost.
 

US oks FMS from United Kingdom for 500 AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles

US oks FMS from United Kingdom for 500 AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $80 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Nov. 10, 2015.
 

US clears a $650mn FMS from France for two C-130J and two KC-130J military airlifters

US clears a $650mn FMS from France for two C-130J and two KC-130J military airlifters
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to France for C-130J aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $650 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Nov. 10, 2015. The estimated MDE value is $355 million. The total overall estimated value is $650 million.
 

RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft successfully tested with F-35A

RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft successfully tested with F-35A
 
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The Royal Australian Force is testing the capability of its Boeing KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to refuel the various platforms currently in service. For a period of one month, one of the Australian MRTTs flew sorties to validate the ability to refuel a USAF F-35A aircraft.
 

Sikorsky reached milestone in the VH-92 Presidential Helicopter programme

Sikorsky reached milestone in the VH-92 Presidential Helicopter programme
 
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Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has reached a milestone in the development of the new presidential helicopter programme. It has completed the VH-92A programme preliminary design review, the integration and performance testing of mission communications system components and has accepted the second S-92A test platform for the programme.
 

US Army issued a RFI for new fixed-wing utility aircraft

US Army issued a RFI for new fixed-wing utility aircraft
 
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The US Army has issued a new Request for Information for new fixed-wing utility aircraft. According to the Army Contracting Command – Redstone (ACC – RSA), which is running the process on behalf of the Fixed Wing Project Office, a Request for Proposals will follow later this month.
 

USAF deployed F-15C jets to Incirlik to protect Turkey

USAF deployed F-15C jets to Incirlik to protect Turkey
 
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The United States Air Force has deployed Boeing F-15C fighter aircraft to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. The six air superiority aircraft departed from RAF Lakenheath in the UK. Their mission is to protect the Turkish airspace, according to a statement made by the US European Command.
 

Kuwait to integrate Lockheed's Sniper ATP on its F/A-18 fighter aircraft

Kuwait to integrate Lockheed's Sniper ATP on its F/A-18 fighter aircraft
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $115 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced yesterday, Nov. 5, 2015.
 

US approves a $380mn FMS from UAE for 5,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions

US approves a $380mn FMS from UAE for 5,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $380 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency released on Nov. 5, 2015.
 

Australia's 8th and final C-17A Globemaster III military airlifter landed at RAAF Base Amberley

Australia's 8th and final C-17A Globemaster III military airlifter landed at RAAF Base Amberley
 
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The Royal Australian Air Force has officially welcomed its 8th and final C-17A Globemaster III strategic military transport aircraft into service at RAAF Base Amberley yesterday, Nov. 4, 2015. The acquisition of two additional Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft, and associated equipment and facilities, is a $1 billion investment in Australia’s ability to provide vital heavy airlift to a range of global military operations.
 

Iraq takes delivery of first batch of Aero L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft

Iraq takes delivery of first batch of Aero L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft
 
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Iraq reportedly took delivery of its first batch of Aero L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA), according to pictures released on Iraqi Defense Minister, Khalid al Obaidi, official Twitter account. The aircraft landed today on Iraqi Air Force's Balad Airbase. The Czech Republic Government authorised Aero Vodochody to sell 15 surplus L-159 advanced light combat aircraft (ALCA) to Iraq in March 2015.
 

US gives green light for Italian MQ-9 Reaper UAVs weaponization

US gives green light for Italian MQ-9 Reaper UAVs weaponization
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Italy for weaponization of its MQ-9 Reaper UAVs and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $129.6 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced today, Nov. 4, 2015.
 

US approved a $30mn FMS from France for 200 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles

US approved a $30mn FMS from France for 200 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France for Hellfire Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $30 million. "The total estimated cost is $30 million," the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) declared today, Nov. 4, 2015.
 

US grants Lockheed Martin a $5bn contract for 41 F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft

US grants Lockheed Martin a $5bn contract for 41 F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft
 
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Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $5,370,955,495 contract to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot IX F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter advance acquisition contract. "This modification provides for the procurement of 41 F-35A aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity," the US DoD released on Nov. 3, 2015.
 

Airbus A400M military airlifter successfully achieves grass runway certification tests

Airbus A400M military airlifter successfully achieves grass runway certification tests
 
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Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed certification testing of the A400M new generation airlifter on a grass runway. The tests using the development aircraft MSN2 took place over a three week period at the airfield of Écury-sur-Coole in France in September and examined the aircraft’s behaviour on grass and natural soil runways, Airbus announced yesterday Nov. 3, 2015.
 

Bulgarian Air Force’s 2016 budget limits modernization plans

Bulgarian Air Force’s 2016 budget limits modernization plans
 
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The Bulgarian Air Force (BAF) will be allocated some extra funds to carry out its modernization plans, according to the Finance Minister, Vladislav Goranov. Nevertheless, these will be limited and will only allow for partial execution of major platforms.
 

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