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January 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Russia will start building new Tiksi airbase in Arctic in 2017

Russia will start building new Tiksi airbase in Arctic in 2017
 
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Russia will start building the Tiksi airfield in the Arctic in 2017, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said on Monday. In all, 44 airfields will be reconstructed before 2020, he added. "The Temp airfield in the Arctic can receive even Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft [NATO reporting name: Candid] now. We are currently working on the Nagurskoye aerodrome that will also receive Il-76 aircraft," the commander said.
 

Russia's next-gen strategic bomber PAK DA could take to the skies in 2021

 Russia's next-gen strategic bomber PAK DA could take to the skies in 2021
 
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The advanced strategic long-range aircraft`s (Russian acronym: PAK DA) prototype may take its maiden flight before 2021, according to the Russian Aerospace Forces` (AF) chief, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev. "The works on PAK DA are being done. We are satisfied with the progress rates. There is a task to conduct the (PAK DA`s) first flight in 2021. If the reached progress rates are maintained, the bomber will take the flight before the targeted time", Bondarev said.
 

France and India sign MoU for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft

France and India sign MoU for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft
 
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India and France on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on the purchase of Rafale combat jets, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying they had reached an inter-governmental agreement and the “financial aspects will be sorted out soon”, the Indian newspaper Hindustan Times announced.
 

Medical transport variant of KAI's Surion helicopter performed its maiden flight

Medical transport variant of KAI's Surion helicopter performed its maiden flight
 
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Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., South Korea's aircraft maker, said Monday Jan. 25, 2016, it has successfully conducted the maiden flight of a new medical transport version of its Surion helicopter. The 20-minute test flight took place at the KAI's headquarters in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, on Friday under the observation of about 40 officials from the defense procurement agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Army and the Armed Forces Medical Command, according to KAI.
 

USAF aircrew successfully completed first KC-46A tanker aircraft refueling flight

USAF aircrew successfully completed first KC-46A tanker aircraft refueling flight
 
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Boeing and U.S. Air Force aircrews successfully completed the KC-46A tanker's first refueling flight on Jan. 24, 2016, in the skies above Washington state, the US -based defense giant announced Sunday. Following takeoff from Boeing Field in Seattle, the KC-46A test team worked through a series of test points before smoothly offloading 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 fighter aircraft flying at 20,000 feet.
 

British pilots successfully tested Eurofighter Typhoon's latest enhancements

British pilots successfully tested Eurofighter Typhoon's latest enhancements
 
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The latest enhancements for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet have been successfully tested by UK Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots in flight trials conducted at BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information business in Warton, Lancashire, BAE Systems announced on Jan. 22, 2016.
 

Russian Air Force's new regiment in Ulyanovsk to receive 30 Il-76MD-90A military airlifters

Russian Air Force's new regiment in Ulyanovsk to receive 30 Il-76MD-90A military airlifters
 
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The proposed military transport aircraft regiment to be created in Ulyanovsk by 2018 will get about 30 Il-76MD-90A (NATO reporting name: Candid) planes, according to Sergey Dementiev, director general of the Russian aircraft manufacturer Aviastar-SP.
 

Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra officially form new "Make in India" joint venture

Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra officially form new "Make in India" joint venture
 
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Taking forward the memorandum of understanding signed in July, the Indian company Mahindra Defence and Airbus Helicopters today inked a pact to form a joint venture to produce military helicopters in India. The statement of intent was signed today by representatives of both companies in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande.
 

Hungary plans purchase of 30 Russia-made helicopters worth $490 mn

Hungary plans purchase of 30 Russia-made helicopters worth $490 mn
 
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Hungary plans to buy about 30 Russian helicopters with the value of the contract expected to reach $490 million, a spokesperson for Russia’s Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) said Friday. "In February, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban plans to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which they will discuss the delivery of up to 30 Russian helicopters to the Hungarian Air Force," the spokesperson said.
 

India plans to start full-scale production of the indigenous Tejas LCA by 2017

India plans to start full-scale production of the indigenous Tejas LCA by 2017
 
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The Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar yesterday said full-scale production of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas will begin by next year and that other countries have shown interest in the plane. ”As per my primary report, it is appreciated by other countries who are interested. By next year, we are starting full-scale production,” he told local reporters.
 

Cessna wins a $55mn contract for Iraqi Air Force C-208s Caravan fleet support

Cessna wins a $55mn contract for Iraqi Air Force C-208s Caravan fleet support
 
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The US-based aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Co.has been awarded a $55,268,755 contract for the Afghanistan Trainer Program. Cessna will provide interim contractor support of 18 C-208B aircraft and one C-208 aircrew training device, including maintenance and training, the US Department of Defense announced on Jan. 21, 2016.
 

USAF F-35 fighter jet fires an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile for the first time

USAF F-35 fighter jet fires an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile for the first time
 
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An F-35 fighter jet from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs announced yesterday, Jan. 21, 2016. The flight sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, was piloted by David Nelson, the Lockheed Martin chief F-35 test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base.
 

South Korea officially kicks off KF-X fighter jet program

South Korea officially kicks off KF-X fighter jet program
 
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South Korea on Thursday announced the launch of projects to introduce indigenous fighter jets in the mid-2020s, kick-starting the journey that has spawned much controversy following the U.S. rejection to transfer key technologies.
 

Pakistan successfully flight-tests homemade Ra'ad Air Launched Cruise Missile

Pakistan successfully flight-tests homemade Ra'ad Air Launched Cruise Missile
 
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Pakistan has conducted a successful flight test of the indigenously-developed Air Launched Cruise Missile 'Ra'ad' with a range of 350 km, enabling it to achieve air-delivered strategic stand-off capability both on land and at sea, the military said.
 

Raytheon wins a $14mn contract to develop USAF's next-gen tactical missiles

Raytheon wins a $14mn contract to develop USAF's next-gen tactical missiles
 
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The US Air Force has awarded a $14mn contract to Raytheon Company to research boosting the effectiveness of air-fired missiles and increasing the number of missiles carried on a single combat sortie, the US Department of Defense announced yesterday, Jan. 20, 2016.
 

US approves a $2bn FMS from Iraq for F-16 fighter munitions and weapons

 US approves a $2bn FMS from Iraq for F-16 fighter munitions and weapons
 
US approves a 2bn FMS from Iraq for F 16 fighter munitions and eapon 640 001 The United States State Department has approves a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for F-16 weapons, munitions, equipment, and logistics support. The estimated cost is $1.950 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Jan. 20, 2016.
 

Russian Helicopters plans to expand maintenance services in Serbia

Russian Helicopters plans to expand maintenance services in Serbia
 
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Russian aircraft manufacturer Russian Helicopters, a Rostec subsidiary, is ready to provide quality servicing of the Mil Mi-8/17 (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopters operated in Serbia, its press office told journalists on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.
 

Aviastar-SP starts production of Il-112V light military airlifter's first components

Aviastar-SP starts production of Il-112V light military airlifter's first components
 
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The Aviastar-SP Enterprise, part of Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation, has started producing the first components for the Ilyushin Il-112V light military transport aircraft, the enterprise’s press office said on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.
 

Lockheed Martin to equip Israel's C-130J Samson military airlifters with "special equipment"

Lockheed Martin to equip Israel's C-130J Samson military airlifters with "special equipment"
 
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Last week, the first Israeli "Samson" (C-130J Super Hercules) flew to the Lockheed Martin factory in Greenville, USA, for installation of special systems. The next aircraft which will land this year will be absorbed by the "Elephants" Squadron with the systems installed ahead of time, the Israeli Air Force said on Jan. 14, 2016.
 

Northrop Grumman's T-X training aircraft prototype will fly by mid-2016

Northrop Grumman's T-X training aircraft prototype will fly by mid-2016
 
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Northrop Grumman will fly a prototype of its T-X concept aircraft sometime in the next six months, ahead of an upcoming US Air Force competition to replace the aging T-38 fleet used for advanced jet training. The US Air Force is looking for 350 new aircraft to replace the T-38s, which entered service in the 1960s.
 

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