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February 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Dutch F-16 fighter jets bombed Daesh positions for the first time

Dutch F-16 fighter jets bombed Daesh positions in Syria for the first time
 
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Dutch F-16 fighter jets have bombed Islamic State targets for the first time in Syria since broadening its mission in the U.S.-led air campaign, the defense ministry said on Tuesday. “Dutch F-16s carried out around 10 missions over Iraq and eastern Syria,” the Hague-based ministry said in its weekly summary of operations on its website.
 

Russia unveils new Su-30SME fighter aircraft export variant

Russia unveils new Su-30SME fighter aircraft export variant
 
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Russia has unveiled the export version of the Sukhoi Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) multipurpose fighter jet at the Singapore Airshow 2016, a source in the defense and industrial sector said on Wednesday. "The Su-30SME aircraft [the export version of the Su-30SM fighter jet] has been shown on the international market for the first time," the source said.
 

Finmeccanica to provide IFF systems for Brazil and Sweden Gripen NG fighter aircraft

Finmeccanica to provide IFF systems for Brazil and Sweden Gripen NG fighter aircraft
 
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Finmeccanica, through its Airborne and Space Systems division, has signed contracts to provide Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for the Gripen Next Generation (Gripen NG) aircraft earmarked for the Air Forces of Sweden and Brazil, the Italian company announced at Singapore Air Show 2016.
 

US Air Force flies four F-22 Raptor fighter jets over South Korea

US Air Force flies four F-22 Raptor fighter jets over South Korea
 
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A formation of four U.S. F-22 stealth fighters swept through the skies of South Korea on Wednesday as the militaries of South Korea and the U.S. flexed their muscles against North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests, the local newspaper Korea Herald said today, Feb. 17.
 

Russia and Iran plan to ink deal for Su-30SM fighter aircraft delivery in 2016

Russia and Iran plan to ink deal for Su-30SM fighter aircraft delivery in 2016
 
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Russia will sign this year a contract with Iran to supply a batch of its Sukhoi Su-30SM multi-role fighter jets to the Islamic Republic, Russia's RIA news agency on Wednesday quoted a senior official at Russia's arms export agency as saying. “Iran has actually expressed its interest in the purchase of an order of Su-30SM fighters, but so far the parties are only discussing the issue in negotiations. The contract will be signed this year,” the official told RIA Novosti.
 

Bell Helicopters & BAE Systems team to provide enhanced helicopter support in Australia

Bell Helicopters & BAE Systems team to provide enhanced helicopter support in Australia
 
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Bell Helicopter, company, announced yesterday at Singapore Air Show 2016 it has signed an agreement with BAE Systems Australia to pursue military rotorcraft opportunities in Australia. "The signing yesterday with BAE Systems establishes the groundwork for what will be the premier provider of service and support for future customers of Bell Helicopter military rotorcraft in Australia," said Lisa Atherton, executive vice president of Military Business for Bell Helicopter.
 

Antonov completes fuselage of An-132D airlifter demonstrator aircraft

Antonov completes fuselage of An-132D airlifter demonstrator aircraft
 
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On February 8, 2016, the Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov Company completed assembly of the fuselage of the first new transport aircraft-demonstrator AN-132D. At present, works on the aircraft final assembly (joining the main aircraft aggregates – wing, tail union, pylons, engine nacelles) are in progress at the enterprise, Antonov announced on Feb. 11, 2016.
 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries started final assembly of Japan's first F-35A Lightning II fighter jet

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries started final assembly of Japan's first F-35A Lightning II fighter jet
 
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The Japan company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has begun final assembly and checkout on the first Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighter jet to be delivered to Japan Air Self-Defense Force. MHI expects to work on two of the aircraft by the end of fiscal 2017 and 16 more by the end of fiscal 2020, the local newspaper Nikkei Asian Review.
 

Rockwell Collins delivered first RTA-4100 Weather Radar for KAI's Surion medevac variant

Rockwell Collins delivered first RTA-4100 Weather Radar for KAI's Surion medevac variant
 
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Rockwell Collins has delivered its first RTA-4100 MultiScan Weather Radar to KAI for the medevac variant of the Korean Utility Helicopter. This is the first selection of the new RTA-4100 Weather Radar with enhanced surface search modes in the Asia-Pacific region.
 

U.S. plans to fly four F-22 Raptor fighter jets over South Korea

U.S. plans to fly four F-22 Raptor fighter jets over South Korea
 
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The U.S. plans to dispatch four F-22 Raptor 5th-gen fighter jets to South Korea on Wednesday in another show of strength after North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile provocations, military officials South Korea said Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.
 

Mali orders one Airbus C295W medium military airlifter

Mali orders one Airbus C295W medium military airlifter
 
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Airbus Defence and Space has secured its first order in 2016 for the market-leading C295W transport and mission aircraft, the aircraft manufacturer announced at Singapore Airshow 2016. Mali becomes the 23rd nation to order the C295 with an order for one winglet-equipped C295W model, now the standard version, in transport configuration for the Mali Air Force. Delivery is due in the second half of this year.
 

Northrop Grumman achieves design review of the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter

Northrop Grumman achieves design review of UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter
 
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Northrop Grumman, in partnership with the U.S. Army, Prototype Integration Facility, and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems, has successfully conducted the Critical Design Review of the UH-60V BLACK HAWK program.
 

Poland ready to send four F-16 fighter jets to support military campaign against Daesh

Poland ready to send four F-16 fighter jets to support military campaign against Daesh
 
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According to Radio Poland, Poland is ready to send four F-16 fighter planes to patrol over Syria, a senior security official has said. "There is such a declaration on our part - that we are ready to participate in monitoring patrols and we have said four of our planes are available," Pawel Soloch, the head of Poland’s National Security Bureau, told the Polish public broadcaster on Monday.
 

Vietnam took delivery of its two final Su-30MK2 multirole fighter jets

Vietnam took delivery of its two final Su-30MK2 multirole fighter jets
 
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The Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi has handed over the two final Su-30MK2 multirole fighter jets to the Vietnam, bringing the total number of combat aircraft of this type in operation in the Vietnam People's Air Force to 36. The Russian news agency Interfax-AVN, citing sources in the Russian aviation industry, said recently that two new Su-30MK2 fighters, with the serial number 88 520 and 88 521, has been loaded to a super-heavy transport aircraft An-124-100 and shipped to Vietnam in early February.
 

Saudi Arabia sent fighter jets to Turkey's Incirlik airbase to help in fight against Daesh

Saudi Arabia sent fighter jets to Turkey's Incirlik airbase to help in fight against Daesh
 
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According to Al Arabiya News Channel, a Saudi defense ministry adviser confirmed late Saturday that the kingdom had sent fighter jets to Turkey’s Incirlik air base for the military campaign against ISIS militants in Syria. Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri told Al Arabiya News Channel that Saudi Arabia was committed to stepping up the fight against ISIS and that the move was part of those efforts.
 

RAAF's KC-30A performed first aerial refuelling with USAF C-17 Globemaster III airlifter

RAAF's KC-30A performed first aerial refuelling with USAF C-17 Globemaster III airlifter
 
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The first air-to-air refuelling from an RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to a United States Air Force (USAF) C-17A Globemaster III occurred on February 10 over Edwards Air Force Base in the United States, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced on its website.
 

U.S. oks a $700mn FMS from Pakistan for 8 F-16 fighter aircraft

U.S. oks a $700mn FMS from Pakistan for 8 F-16 fighter aircraft
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Pakistan for F-16 Block 52 Aircraft, equipment, training, and logistics support. The estimated cost is $699.04 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Feb. 12, 2016.
 

USAF's KC-46 tanker completes first in-flight refueling with F/A-18 fighter aircraft

USAF's KC-46 tanker completes first in-flight refueling with F/A-18 fighter aircraft
 
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A combined Boeing/U.S. Air Force aircrew aboard the KC-46 tanker successfully refueled an F/A-18 aircraft in flight February 10th, Boeing announced on Feb. 12, 2016. The air refueling was the program’s first using the KC-46’s hose and drogue system. During the 4+ hour flight, the tanker’s air refueling operator smoothly transferred fuel to the F/A-18 flying at 20,000 feet.
 

US Air Force conducts first simulated F-35A Lightning II fighter jet deployment

US Air Force conducts first simulated F-35A Lightning II fighter jet deployment
 
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A much anticipated and important test mission for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is underway with the "deployment" of six operational test and evaluation F-35s and more than 85 Airmen from USAF's 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, who arrived Feb. 8-9, the US Air Force said today.
 

Kuwait and Italy to finally sign deal for Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets next week

Kuwait and Italy to finally sign deal for Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets next week
 
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The Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Sheikh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah held talks with the Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti which tackled several issues including Kuwait's purchase of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, Kuwait's official news agency Kuna announced yesterday, Feb. 11, 2016.
 

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