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April 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

India and France close to wrapping up Rafale deal

India and France close to wrapping up Rafale deal
 
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India and France are close to finalizing the deal for the sale of 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft. The two sides have been in discussions since June 2015 when New Delhi announced the procurement, after cancelling its plans to buy 126 aircraft. The two sides have been trying to narrow down their differences regarding the price.
 

South Korea plans to select engine for its KF-X fighter jet project this month

South Korea plans to select engine for its KF-X fighter jet project this month
 
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South Korea plans to pick an engine provider for its indigenous fighter jet project as early as this month, an official at the country's sole aircraft maker said Tuesday. European engine maker Eurojet Turbo GmbH and U.S. company General Electric are vying to become the supplier for the engines of the next generation combat planes to be built under the Korean Fighter Experimental program, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. said.
 

Aurora successfully flies VTOL X-Plane subscale demonstrator

Aurora successfully flies VTOL X-Plane subscale demonstrator
 
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Aurora Flight Sciences announced yesterday that a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) of its LightningStrike, Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL x-plane) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was successfully flown at a U.S. military facility.
 

Su-34 and MiG-31 fighter aircraft to be deployed in Franz Josef archipelago

Su-34 and MiG-31 fighter aircraft to be deployed in Franz Josef archipelago
 
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A group of Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter jets or Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bombers will be based at an airfield on the Alexandra Land Island of the Franz Josef archipelago in the Arctic, Russian Northern Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov said on Tuesday.
 

Sabre Ballistics to provide Air to Ground Scoring System to undisclosed Asian country

Sabre Ballistics to provide Air to Ground Scoring System to undisclosed Asian country
 
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Sabre Ballistics, A Sydor Technologies Company, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract for its Sabre Air to Ground Scoring System for air force pilot training at several ranges by an undisclosed country in Asia.
 

Iraq reportedly received three more Su-25 Frogfoot combat aircraft

Iraq reportedly received three more Su-25 Frogfoot combat aircraft
 
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According to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the Iraqi defense ministry took delivery of three Russian-made Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot fighter jets and other military equipment. This delivery was announced on Sunday April 17 by the defense ministry's spokesman Nasseer Nouri.
 

Russia orders additional batch of 30 Yak-130 training and light attack aircraft

Russia orders additional batch of 30 Yak-130 training and light attack aircraft
 
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Russia’s Aerospace Force will receive 30 Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) combat trainers before the end of 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website said on Monday, April 18, 2016. "Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov and Irkut Corporation President Oleg Demchenko have signed a state contract for the delivery [of 30 Yak-130 combat trainers]," according to the website.
 

China's military aircraft made first public landing on South China Sea disputed island

China's military aircraft made first public landing on South China Sea disputed island
 
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According to Reuters, a Chinese military aircraft has for the first time publicly landed at a new airport on an island China has built in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Monday, raising the prospect that China could base fighter jets there.
 

Ilyushin's Il-76MDM military airlifter started factory ground and flight tests

Ilyushin's Il-76MDM military airlifter started factory ground and flight tests
 
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Russia’s first upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MDM military transport aircraft has started undergoing factory ground and flight tests, the Ilyushin Aviation Complex’s press office said on Monday April 18.
 

Russia plans to develop new super-heavy military airlifter

Russia plans to develop new super-heavy military airlifter
 
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Russian aircraft makers will develop a new super-heavy transport aircraft for the Armed Forces and the civil market, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Friday. "You and we will have to seriously work in the imminent future to develop a promising aircraft complex, I mean a super-heavy transport plane," Borisov said at the 3rd meeting of Russian aircraft-manufacturing enterprises.
 

Boeing lands a $308mn FMS from Netherlands for 12 CH-47F Chinook helicopters

Boeing lands a $308mn FMS from Netherlands for 12 CH-47F Chinook helicopters
 
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The US-based giant Boeing has received a $308 million contract from the U.S. Army to manufacture 12 CH-47F helicopters for Netherlands through a foreign military sales contract, the US Department of Defense announce on April 14.
 

Flatirons and Airbus DS to team for Denmark's Fighter Replacement Program

Flatirons and Airbus DS to team for Denmark's Fighter Replacement Program
 
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Flatiron Solutions, a global provider of technical information management solutions for knowledge-driven industries including aviation, aerospace, shipping, rail, energy, and defense, announced today the signing of a new teaming agreement with Airbus Defense and Space, a subsidiary of Airbus Group, one of the world’s leading providers of aeronautics, space, and defense services and technologies.
 

HAL opened talks with Saab for an upgraded Tejas Light Combat Aircraft

 HAL opened talks with Saab for an upgraded Tejas Light Combat Aircraft
 
HAL opened talks with Saab for an upgraded Tejas Light Combat Aircraf 640 001 The India-based aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is in talks with Saab, which makes Gripen fighter planes, to collaborate on the upgraded version of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft 'Tejas' which will replace Indian Air Force's aging fleet of MiG combat jets, the Indian newspaper Economic Times announced today.
 

U.S. to deploy more military aircraft in the Philippines

U.S. to deploy more military aircraft in the Philippines
 
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The United States Defense Secretary Ash Carter today announced that U.S. troops and military equipment would be sent on regular rotations in the Philippines, and said the two countries had started joint patrols in the South China Sea amid increasingly assertive territorial claims by China. The rotating forces also will include 200 USAF troops who will operate out of Clark Air Base on Luzon Island and would be deployed before the end of April.
 

Russia's new Il-76MD-90A airlifter to make first public outing during Victory Day parade

Russia's new Il-76MD-90A airlifter to make first public outing during Victory Day parade
 
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More than 100 combat helicopters and planes will take part in the Victory Day Parade on May 9, including 71 main and almost 40 backup fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said on Wednesday. Among them, the brand-new Il-76MD-90A airlifter.
 

StandardAero to upgrade USAF's C-130H T-56-A-15 engines

StandardAero to upgrade USAF's C-130H T-56-A-15 engines
 
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The United States Air Force has awarded StandardAero a contract to upgrade Rolls-Royce T56-A-15 engines powering its fleet of C-130H aircraft. The upgrade involves the overhaul and repair of engine compressor and turbine modules and the installation of the Series 3.5 engine upgrade hardware.
 

First pictures of Russia's T-50 PAK FA fighter fitted with air-to-surface weapons

First pictures of Russia's T-50 PAK FA fighter fitted with air-to-surface weapons
 
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According to pictures released on the internet, Russia's Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA fighter aircraft started flight test campaign armed with air-to-surface weapons. These tests took place at the Gromov Flight Research Institute, located at the Zhukovsky Air Base.
 

Serbia could order two more Mi-17V-5 helicopters in 2016

Serbia could order two more Mi-17V-5 helicopters in 2016
 
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Russia and Serbia may sign the contract for supply of two more Mil Mi-17V-5 medium military-transport helicopters to Belgrad in 2016, according to a Russian defense industry source. "Serbia ordered first pair of Mi-17V-5 helicopters in mid-2015. Both rotor-wing aircraft have been produced, painted in Serbian camouflage and prepared for the delivery, which is scheduled for late April. Serbia may order two more Mi-17V-5 helicopters in 2016," the source said.
 

Iran's Hamasseh UAV makes debuts during military drills

Iran's Hamasseh UAV makes debut during military drills
 
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Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has launched large-scale security drills in the country’s southeast featuring the first operational surveillance flight of its indigenous Hamasseh drone. The maneuvers, codenamed The Great Prophet (PBUH), started out in Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province on Tuesday. The area covered by the drills was being monitored by 10 reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles.
 

Dutch Air Force KDC-10 tanker successfully refuels F-35A fighter

Dutch Air Force KDC-10 tanker successfully refuels F-35A fighter
 
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A KDC-10 air refueled an F-35A aircraft at Edwards Air Base in California. All of the aircraft belonging to the Royal Netherlands Air Force took part in this operational test as part of their evaluation phase and in preparation of their trip back home.
 

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