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December 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Russia starts overhauling Indonesian Mi-35P attack helicopters

Russia starts overhauling Indonesian Mi-35P attack helicopters
 
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Russian Helicopters will repair the Mil Mi-35P (NATO reporting name: Hind) attack helicopters operated by the Indonesian Armed Force and will supply the country with hardware for repairing other machines there, the corporation’s press office said in a news release.
 

GA lands a $17 mn contract for Spain and France's future MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper UAVs

GA lands a $17 mn contract for Spain and France's future MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 UAVs
 
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The US drone manufacturer General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a $17 mn contract to develop an MQ-9 Block 5 configuration for France and Spain, which both ordered the unmanned aerial system through the foreign military sales program.
 

Russia activates new air regiment in Western Military District

Russia activates new air regiment in Western Military District
 
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Russia’s Western Military District has transformed an army aviation base into an air regiment, the district’s press office said today December 9, 2016. The new large unit has received Mil Mi-28N (NATO reporting name: Havoc) and Mi-35M (Hind) attack helicopters, the press office added.
 

US approves a $781 mn order from Qatar for C-17 airlifters spare parts and support

US approves a $781 mn order from Qatar for C-17 airlifters spare parts and support
 
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The US State Department has made a determination approving two Foreign Military Sales to Qatar for continuation of logistics support services, equipment, engines and spare parts for its fleet of C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for an estimated cost of $781 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on December 7, 2016.
 

UAE places a $3.5bn order for 37 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters

UAE places a $3.5bn order for 37 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for 37 Apache AH-64E Helicopters and services, as well as related equipment, training, and support for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on December 7, 2016.
 

US oks a $3.5bn FMS from Saudi Arabia for 48 CH-47F Chinook helicopters

US oks a $3.5bn FMS from Saudi Arabia for 48 CH-47F Chinook helicopters
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 48 CH-47F Chinook Cargo Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. for an estimated cost of $3.51 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on December 7, 2016.
 

Canadian Coast Guard receives its two first Bell 412EPi helicopters

Canadian Coast Guard receives its two first Bell 412EPi helicopters
 
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The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today accepted two new Bell 412EPi medium-lift helicopters into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. “The purchase of these helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard encourages innovation and drives economic growth. This contract has helped maintain over 170 highly skilled jobs for Canadians across the country in the aerospace sector," LeBlanc said.
 

Airbus C295W selected for Canada's Fixed-Wing SAR Program

Airbus C295W selected for Canada's Fixed-Wing SAR Program
 
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Today, the Government of Canada announced that it had selected the Airbus C295W for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program. Under this $2.3 bn contract started in 2004, Canada will replace its fleets of Buffalo and C-130 aircraft assigned to SAR missions for 16 C295W twin-turboprop aircraft.
 

Sikorsky opens testing lab for USAF's future HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky opens testing lab for USAF's future HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter
 
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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has inaugurated a new Systems Integration Lab (SIL) to begin testing key systems for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the new aircraft being built for the United States Air Force, the company announced on Dec. 7, 2016.
 

UK eyes MBDA's Brimstone guided missile for its Protector RPAS program

UK eyes MBDA's Brimstone guided missile for its Protector RPAS program
 
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MBDA’s Brimstone precision strike missile is being planned as the UK’s guided missile solution for the Royal Air Force’s Protector Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) programme. If confirmed, the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Certifiable Predator B will enter service with the British weapon.
 

Sikorsky to provide Chilean Air Force with six S-70i multi-role rotorcraft

Sikorsky to provide Chilean Air Force with six S-70i multi-role rotorcraft
 
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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has successfully concluded contract negotiations with the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile) for six S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for the service's medium-lift helicopter recapitalization program, the US-based defense giant.
 

German Bundespolizei orders three Airbus H215 multi-role helicopters

German Bundespolizei orders three Airbus H215 multi-role helicopters
 
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The German federal police (Bundespolizei) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of three H215 multi-role rotorcraft via the purchasing administration of the German Federal Ministry of Interior . The aircraft will be tasked with a number of challenging roles, among them maritime emergencies and police missions. The helicopters are scheduled for delivery in early 2019.
 

Beechcraft introduces enhanced King Air 350 special missions platform

Beechcraft introduces enhanced King Air 350 special missions platform
 
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Beechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron, announced on Tuesday Dec. 6 at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference in Dubai that the company is now offering Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines for improved performance on its King Air 350HW and King Air 350ER turboprops.
 

Russia's Far East air regiment receives three upgraded MiG-31BM fighter jets

Russia's Far East air regiment receives three upgraded MiG-31BM fighter jets
 
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The air regiment based at the Tsentralnaya Uglovaya airfield near Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East has received three upgraded Mikoyan MiG-31BM (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) fighter jets, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman for the Pacific Fleet Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev told TASS.
 

USAF gives green light to Lockheed's upgraded SBIRS ground system

USAF gives green light to Lockheed's upgraded SBIRS ground system
 
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Lockheed Martin's newly upgraded Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) ground system received sign-off from the U.S. Air Force, enhancing the constellation's ability to deliver infrared data that is critical to early missile warning and defense, the defense company stated on Dec. 6, 2016.
 

Raytheon lands a $25 mn USAF contract for Griffin A Block III missiles

Raytheon lands a $25 mn USAF contract for Griffin A Block III missiles
 
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The US-based missile manufacturer Raytheon has been awarded a $24,993,572 contract from the US Air Force for the delivery of Griffin A Block III precision-guided missiles, the US Department of Defense announced on Dec. 2, 2016.
 

FSB-POND to design facilities for the next Air Force One aircraft

FSB-POND to design facilities for the next Air Force One aircraft
 
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The FSB-POND Joint Venture was awarded a contract by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington for architectural and engineering services for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) Complex, the JV announced on Monday Dec. 5, 2016.
 

USAF successfully tests newly redesigned TF33 engine

USAF successfully tests newly redesigned TF33 engine
 
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Testing of the TF33 Pratt & Whitney engine is being conducted at at the US Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) to verify and validate newly redesigned components of the engine. The TF33 has powered several different military airframes, including the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System and the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, AEDC stated Monday on the Arnold AFB website.
 

Northrop to upgrade Dutch Air Force's AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure pods

Northrop to upgrade Dutch Air Force's AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure pods
 
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Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to upgrade the AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasure (ECM) pods for its F-16 aircraft fleet. The upgrade includes new threat detection and jamming capabilities to allow aircraft to operate safely in the modern threat environment.
 

US oks a $156 mn FMS from Finland for F/A-18 fighters Mid-Life Upgrade Program

US oks a $156 mn FMS from Finland for F/A-18 fighters Mid-Life Upgrade Program
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland for F/A-18 fighter jets Mid-Life Upgrade Program and related support, equipment, and training for an estimated cost of $156 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Dec. 5, 2016.
 

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