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February 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

HAL plans to introduce Hawk Mk 132 combat jet variant by early 2017

HAL plans to introduce Hawk Mk 132 combat jet variant by early 2017
 
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India is set to soon offer a locally made combat version of the Hawk aircraft for export to the world with license producer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) set to roll out the first of the highly weaponised light attack planes by February 2017, the Indian newspaper Economic Times unveils today, Feb. 12, 2016.
 

NATO approves E-3A AWACS aircraft deployment to support fight against Daesh

NATO approves E-3A AWACS aircraft deployment to support fight against Daesh
 
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NATO defense Ministers on Thursday agreed to provide NATO AWACS surveillance planes in the fight against the Islamic State, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. He said they supported the U.S. request for alliance surveillance aircraft in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq at the ministerial meeting.
 

Eight NATO partners to cooperate for precision-guided munitions common acquisition

Eight NATO partners to cooperate for precision-guided munitions common acquisition
 
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Yesterday eight NATO Allies (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Danish-led Smart Defence project on the multinational provision of air-to-ground precision-guided munitions (PGMs), NATO said on Feb. 11, 2016.
 

Lockheed Martin officially offers its T-50A trainer for USAF Advanced Pilot Training program

Lockheed Martin officially offers its T-50A trainer for USAF Advanced Pilot Training program
 
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Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that it will offer the T-50A in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition. The T-50A was developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to replace the T-38 and train the next generation of pilots to fly 5th Generation aircraft.
 

Aero and Omnipol sign partnership to promote the L-39NG trainer aircraft

Aero and Omnipol sign partnership to promote the L-39NG trainer aircraft
 
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The Czech companies AERO Vodochody Aerospace and OMNIPOL have signed an strategic partnership agreement regarding L-39NG aircraft sales. In the new agreement, Omnipol becomes Aero’s strategic sales partner for selected territories, AERO announced on Feb. 5, 2016.
 

Eurofighter Typhoon successfully completes further Storm Shadow and Meteor missiles trials

Eurofighter Typhoon successfully completes further Storm Shadow and Meteor missiles trials
 
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Further trials of the Storm Shadow deep strike missile and Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile have been successfully completed as part of a programme of improvements which will further enhance the powerful swing-role capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet.
 

Russia and India revive talks on FGFA joint development project

Russia and India revive talks on FGFA joint development project
 
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Russia is currently in talks with India on delivering fifth-generation T-50 PAKFA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jets, the Times of India reported on Thursday. "Russia has offered India to deliver fifth-generation T-50 fighter jets," the newspaper’s military source said.
 

Sri Lanka reportedly shown interest for India-made Tejas LCA fighter jet

Sri Lanka reportedly shown interest for India-made Tejas LCA fighter jet
 
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Sri Lanka has reportedly shown interest in purchasing Light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas from India, reports today the local newspaper Colombo Gazette, refering to the International Business Times. Light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas is the multi-role light fighter that is in development with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and recently showcased its acrobatic skills successfully at Bahrain International Airshow 2016, a first such display outside India.
 

Russia's Defense Ministry to take delivery of its first Be-200 amphibious aircraft in 2016

Russia's Defense Ministry to take delivery of its first Be-200 amphibious aircraft in 2016
 
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The first of six Beriev Be-200 amphibian aircraft in construction for the Russian Defense Ministry under a 2013 contract will have been delivered before year-end 2016, a defense industry source told journalists on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.
 

South Korea and US air forces perform first joint infiltration drill

South Korea and US air forces perform first joint infiltration drill
 
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South Korea said Thursday it is conducting an unprecedented joint air force drill with the United States on special wartime infiltration operations as part of efforts to boost the combined defense posture following North Korea's recent long-range missile test, the Korean newspaper Yonhap said on Feb. 11, 2016.
 

Thales and Helisim selected to develop Airbus H160 helicopter full flight simulator

Thales and Helisim selected to develop Airbus H160 helicopter full flight simulator
 
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Airbus Helicopters has partnered with Thales and Helisim to develop and deploy the full flight simulator (FFS) for the H160. In line with the “born ready” strategy implemented by the H160. since the beginning of its development, the FFS will be available to support the H160’s entry into service, Airbus Helicopters announced today.
 

Indonesia's defense minister to sign Su-35 fighter jets deal in March

Indonesia's defense minister to sign Su-35 fighter jets deal in March
 
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Indonesia will buy 10 units of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia to strengthen the country's air forces, a minister confirmed on Tuesday. "I will go to Russia in March to sign off the contract," the Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard told reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with visiting Russian Security Council delegation in Jakarta.
 

First group of Iraqi pilots achieves training on Aero L-159 ALCA combat aircraft

First group of Iraqi pilots achieves training on Aero L-159 ALCA combat aircraft
 
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On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the first group of Iraqi Air Force pilots completed their training on the L-159 aircraft as part of a contract between AERO Vodochody Aerospace and the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, the Czech company announced today.
 

Iranian Air Force receives overhauled MiG-29 fighter jet and new Nasr missiles

Iranian Air Force receives overhauled MiG-29 fighter jet and new Nasr missiles
 
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Technicians and experts of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) successfully overhauled a MiG-29 fighter aircraft that had been grounded for five years, the Iranian newspaper Tasnim said on Feb. 8, 2016. The Iranian defense ministry also delivered its home-made and high-precision air-launched cruise missile, ‘Nasr', to the IRIAF on Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016.
 

Turkish military's Anka UAV performed first reconnaissance flight

Turkish military's Anka UAV performed first reconnaissance flight
 
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Turkish Aerospace Industries' Anka UAV carried out its first reconnaissance flight in Turkey on February 5th, 2016. The aircraft carried it out west of Elazig, located in Eastern Anatolia. According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, the site of the reconnaissance mission was strategic.
 

India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft fires a Derby air-to-air missile for the first time

India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft fires a Derby air-to-air missile for the first time
 
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Continuing with its successful stride of flight trails in 2016, India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas achieved a major milestone on Friday. One of the limited series production (LSP) platforms fired a Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) missile Derby for the first time, the Indian online newspaper OneIndia News unveiled on Feb. 5, 2016.
 

IAI and Hankuk Carbon form joint venture to develop next generation VTOL UAV

IAI and Hankuk Carbon form joint venture to develop next generation VTOL UAV
 
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Hankuk Carbon, a Korean composite manufacturer, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) to establish a Joint Venture to develop, manufacture, and sale Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV), the Israeli company announced on Feb. 2 ,2016.
 

MBDA started deliveries of ASRAAM missiles for integration on UK's F-35B fighter jets

MBDA started deliveries of ASRAAM missiles for integration on UK's F-35B fighter jets
 
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MBDA has started deliveries of a quantity of Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM) for the forthcoming integration of this infra-red air dominance missile onto the UK's F-35B. The first missile was delivered to the US during January in conjunction with BAE Systems (the UK's F-35 weapon integration lead).
 

Russian fighter jets in Syria received new RVV-AE medium-range air-to-air missiles

Russian fighter jets in Syria received new RVV-AE medium-range air-to-air missiles
 
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The aircraft of Russian air group in Syria have received new air-to-air (AA) missiles, according to the state news channel reports, the Russian news agency TASS said on Feb. 5. A video record released by state media captured Russian technicians fitting a new medium-range RVV-AE (NATO reporting name: AA-12 Adder) AA missile to the launching unit of Su-35S (Flanker-E+) fighter. The aircraft was also equipped with R-27ET missile.
 

TAI and PGZ partner for Poland's Kruk Combat Helicopter Procurement Program

TAI and PGZ partner for Poland's Kruk Combat Helicopter Procurement Program
 
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Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), one of the largest defence groups in Europe comprising over 60 companies held a workshop on February 3rd, 2016 in Radom with 15 Turkish-Polish Defence Industry companies, regarding the possible cooperation on KRUK Combat Helicopter Procurement Program of the Polish Armament Inspectorate, TAI announced on Feb. 4.
 

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