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December 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Kongsberg & Leonardo sign agreement for NH90 and AW101 rotorcraft support

Kongsberg & Leonardo sign agreement for NH90 and AW101 rotorcraft support
 
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The Norwegian defense company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS and Leonardo today signed a set of agreements related to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of dynamic components (including various gear boxes) for the NH-90 and the AW101 helicopters.
 

Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands sign common airspace policing final act

Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands sign common airspace policing final act
 
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Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands yesterday signed the final act that will allow the joint air policing of all three nations’ airspace. This agreement, inked in Rotterdam by the Belgian Air Force chief of staff Frederik Vansina, his Dutch counterpart Dennis Luyt, and by the ambassador of Luxembourg in Netherlands Pierre-Louis Lorenz, will be effective on January 1st, 2017.
 

Airbus Helicopters Inc. secures $1 bn US Army contract for UH-72A Lakota helicopters support

Airbus Helicopters Inc. secures $1 bn US Army contract for UH-72A Lakota helicopters support
 
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Airbus Helicopters Inc. has been awarded a Contractor Logistics Support contract by the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material and engineering support for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota fleet of utility and training helicopters, the rotorcraft manufacturer announced on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2016.
 

South Korea starts deploying Taurus cruise missile for combat use

South Korea starts deploying Taurus cruise missile for combat use
 
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South Korea's Air Force on Thursday deployed air-to-ground Taurus-class missiles for the first time for combat use, which are capable of targeting and destroying North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities at a long distance, officials said. The Taurus missile mounted on F-15K fighter planes can hit key facilities in Pyongyang from the sky over Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul, they said. The missile has a range of 500 kilometers.
 

OCCAR launches Tiger HAD Mark II standard development

OCCAR launches Tiger HAD Mark II standard development
 
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The development of the TIGER HAD Mark II standard has been launched by OCCAR on behalf of France with the signature of the relevant contracts between OCCAR, Airbus Helicopters TIGER and TDA Armements on 15 December 2016, the Agency announced on its website.
 

Blue Whale "ultra-fast" tiltrotor aircraft development well on track says AVIC

Blue Whale "ultra-fast" tiltrotor aircraft development well on track says AVIC
 
China developing ultra fast tilt rotor chopper
Chinese helicopter designers are focusing on the development of an ultrafast tilt-rotor aircraft capable of flying 500 kilometers per hour, the nation's top helicopter researcher said to the China Daily. Wu Ximing, chief helicopter designer at State-owned aircraft giant Aviation Industry Corp of China, told China Daily on Monday that researchers at the company's Helicopter Research and Development Institute are developing the Blue Whale tilt-rotor aircraft.
 

Israeli Air Force to get six more Hermes 900 UAVs in 2017

Israeli Air Force to get six more Hermes 900 UAVs in 2017
 
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The UAV squadron that operates the “Kochav” (Hermes 900) is on the way to FOC (Full Operational Capability), the Israel Air Force said on Monday, Dec. 19. In the coming year it is expected to receive more Hermes 900 UAVs and multiply its existent order of power by six.
 

Rolls-Royce lands a $400 mn contract for V-22 AE1107C engines support

Rolls-Royce lands a $400 mn contract for V-22 AE1107C engines support
 
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Rolls-Royce Corp. has been awarded $407,772,386 contract to provide MissionCare maintenance support for the V-22 AE1107C engines for the US Marine Corps and US Air Force, the US Department of Defense stated yesterday on its website. Contractor will provide engines support through the MissionCare logistics concept.
 

Boeing-Saab's T-X trainer aircraft completes maiden flight

Boeing-Saab's T-X trainer aircraft completes maiden flight
 
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The US-based defense giant Boeing and its Swedish partner Saab today completed the first flight of their all-new T-X aircraft, which is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force’s training requirements, the two partners announced on Tuesday Dec. 20, 2016.
 

Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile achieves long-range flight test in US

Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile achieves long-range flight test in US
 
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The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has successfully completed a flight test in the United States. The missile was launched from an Edwards Air Force-based F-16 fighter jet over the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake City, the Norwegian company announced today Dec. 20.
 

Antonov rolls out first An-132D tactical airlifter

Antonov rolls out first An-132D tactical airlifter
 
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The Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov Company today rolled out the first demonstrator of the An-132D multirole tactical airlifter. The An-132D project was introduced by Antonov at SITDEF 2015 in Peru in May 2015. The next step of the program will be the aircraft's first flight which, according to Antonov, may occur before year-end.
 

Chilean Army's Air Brigade receives final H215M helicopter

Chilean Army's Air Brigade receives final H215M helicopter
 
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In early December, the Chilean Army took delivery of a tenth heavy-weight, twin-engine H215M, the last delivery in a project that began in 2008 with the purchase of eight of these helicopters, to which two more were added in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The new rotorcraft will serve alongside the previous nine in the Helicopter Battalion of the Chilean Army’s Air Brigade.
 

China to get first batch of Su-35 fighter jets by Christmas

China to get first batch of Su-35 fighter jets by Christmas
 
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Russia will have supplied China with the first four of the Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets on order before December 25 this year, a source in Russia’s arms export bodies has told TASS. "The first four of the Su-35s are to arrive in China before December 25," the source said.
 

Orbital ATK to equip Iraqi C-208 aircraft with MX-15 HD EO/IR systems

Orbital ATK to equip Iraqi C-208 aircraft with MX-15 HD EO/IR systems
 
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The US-based defense contractor Orbital ATK has been awarded a $17mn contract to fully develop and implement a modification in Iraq to install five MX-15 HD systems and upgrade all Cessna 208 aircraft to HD video, the US Department of Defense announced on Dec. 19.
 

NATO orders Precision Guided Munitions on behalf of eight Allied countries

NATO orders Precision Guided Munitions on behalf of eight Allied countries
 
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On December 15, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency signed an agreement with the United States to acquire Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) on behalf of a multinational cooperation framework that brings together eight NATO Allies - Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain.
 

Gulfstream's G600 jet aircraft took to the skies

Gulfstream's G600 jet aircraft took to the skies
 
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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Saturday Dec. 17 announced the Gulfstream G600 has completed its first flight, officially kicking off the aircraft's flight-test program. Two additional G600 test aircraft have been inducted into the flight-test center in anticipation of their flights early next year.
 

IAI delivered first of two G550 CAEW aircraft to Italy

IAI delivered first of two G550 CAEW aircraft to Italy
 
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At a ceremony held at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel and Italy have marked another significant step in the realization of the agreement signed in 2012 with the delivery of the first of two CAEW aircraft to Italy. The ceremony was attended by the Italian ambassador, senior officials from the Ministry of Defense's Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and representatives from the Italian Air Force.
 

Lebanon receives 3rd AC-208B Combat Caravan from United States

Lebanon receives 3rd AC-208B Combat Caravan from United States
 
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United States gave a third AC-208B Combat Caravan light combat aircraft to Lebanon in order to help the Middle Eastern country in its fight against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's Syrian branch in border areas, the US embassy in Beirut announced.
 

South Korean F-16 fighter jets receive new strike and air-to-air capabilities

South Korean F-16 fighter jets receive new strike and air-to-air capabilities
 
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South Korea's Air Force has upgraded the capability of its F-16 fighter jets by equipping them with bombs and missiles capable of hitting key underground facilities in North Korea and shooting down combat aircraft at long range, South Korean officials said.
 

North Korea close to complete development of new long-endurance UAV

North Korea close to complete development of new long-endurance UAV
 
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North Korea is in the process of developing a long-endurance aerial drone with greater capabilities, the South Korean government said Sunday, Dec. 18. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is undergoing flight testing is larger than those currently in service in the North, an official source said. Last week the North's Chosun Central TV revealed that a new type of UAV is under development.
 

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