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May 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

USAF bomber crews start training with upgraded B-52H Stratofortress

USAF bomber crews start training with upgraded B-52H Stratofortress
 
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The last B-52 bomber rolled off the assembly line in 1962, but while the airframe itself is well-seasoned, the internal components are continually upgraded to keep up with the demands of the modern battlespace. Efforts like the Military Standard 1760 Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade program aim to keep the bomber at the forefront of US power projection for decades to come. Last week, the 96th Bomb Squadron became the first operational unit to employ this latest upgrade during a local training mission.
 

Antonov reportedly emerged as frontrunner for HAL's medium airlifter programme

Antonov reportedly emerged as frontrunner for HAL's medium airlifter programme
 
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According to The Hindu Business Line, Ukrainian state-run aircraft manufacturer Antonov has emerged as the frontrunner for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) medium military transport aircraft programme. HAL had received five proposals on its proposal to select a partner to manufacture a 50-80 seater aircraft in India.
 

Pakistan chooses Leonardo's AW139 helicopter for SAR missions

Pakistan chooses Leonardo's AW139 helicopter for SAR missions
 
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Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The signing was held in Islamabad in presence of the H.E. Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo.
 

Antonov plans to deliver first An-132 airlifter in early 2017

Antonov plans to deliver first An-132 airlifter in early 2017
 
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According to Ukraine Today, the Antonov Design Bureau, a Ukrainian aircraft manufacturing and servicing company, which is part of the state-run Ukroboronprom Concern, plans to supply its first An-132 aircraft to a customer under a contract with Saudi Arabia's scientific organization KACST in early 2017.
 

RNLAF's two first F-35A fighter jets landed at Leeuwarden Air Force Base

RNLAF's two first F-35A fighter jets landed at Leeuwarden Air Force Base
 
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Two F-35A Lightning II fighter jets landed on Monday May 23 at Leeuwarden Air Force Base in the northern Netherlands. The F-35A jets , built by the US-based defense giant Lockheed Martin, are to form the mainstay of the Dutch fighter fleet for the next five decades.
 

Argentina acquires 20 AB206 helicopters from Italy

Argentina acquires 20 AB206 helicopters from Italy
 
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The Defence Minister of Argentina announced during his visit at Leonardo (AgustaWestland) factory in Italy, the procurement of 20 AB206 helicopters. Along with the Deputy Minister of Logistics, Emergencies and Culture Walter Ceballos, the new platforms would be for the Aviation Branch of the Argentinian Army.
 

Russia plans to receive first batch of Mi-38 multirole helicopters in 2018

Russia plans to receive first batch of Mi-38 multirole helicopters in 2018
 
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Russia’s Defense Ministry is planned to start receiving advanced Mil Mi-38 multipurpose helicopters in 2018, Deputy CEO of Russia’s Kazan Helicopter Plant Igor Bugakov told TASS on Monday. The Kazan Helicopter Plant is a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters Group.
 

Germany moves forward with its Heavy Transport Helicopter programme

Germany moves forward with its Heavy Transport Helicopter programme
 
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Germany is moving forward with its Heavy Transport Helicopter programme in order to replace the Sikorsky CH-53G platforms, which will have their flight hours completed within the next decade. German military officials have confirmed that the Sikorsky CH-53K and Boeing CH-47F have been shortlisted. The final decision is expected by the end of this year.
 

South Korea to select KF-X fighter's engine by next month

South Korea to select KF-X fighter's engine by next month
 
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According to the local news agency Yonhap, South Korea will select a foreign jet engine maker to power the country's first indigenously-developed combat aircraft by next month, the defense procurement agency said Wednesday, May 20.
 

KRET about to complete trials of new Mi-28NM laser jamming station

KRET about to complete trials of new Mi-28NM laser jamming station
 
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The Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET), part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, will complete trials of an advanced laser jamming station in the imminent future, Adviser to the KRET First Deputy CEO Vladimir Mikheyev said on Friday, May 20.
 

UK MoD signs helicopter training contract with Ascent joint venture

UK MoD signs helicopter training contract with Ascent joint venture
 
UK MoD signs GBP1.1 bil
The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a new contract with Ascent for the provision of helicopter flight training services to the Armed Forces. The GBP1.1 billion contract will include the design, delivery and management of new military helicopter aircrew training service until early 2030s.
 

New batch of Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters delivered to Russia Southern military district

New batch of Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters delivered to Russia Southern military district
 
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The air force formation of the Russian Southern military district received a batch of six new military-transport Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters, the press service of the Southern military district said yesterday May 13rd, 2016. A military utility transport helicopter, the Mi-8MTV-5 was first delivered to the Russian Air Force in 2012.
 

US oks a $476mn FMS from UAE for 4,000 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles

US oks a $476mn FMS from UAE for 4,000 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for AGM-114 R/K Hellfire Category III Missiles and equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $476 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on May 13rd, 2016.
 

Belgium's F-16 fighters will start bombing Daesh in Syria from July

Belgium's F-16 fighters will start bombing Daesh in Syria from July
 
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Six F-16 fighter jets from the Belgian Air Force will start bombing missions in Syria from next July, the belgian minister of Defense Steven Vandeput announced today on the local radio VTM. According to Le Soir newspaper, the decision to expand the geography of operations to Syria was made by the Belgian authorities.
 

Former US Navy KC-130R tanker delivered to Chilean Air Force

Former US Navy KC-130R tanker delivered to Chilean Air Force
 
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United States' Tactical Airlift Program (PMA-207) foreign military sales (FMS) team delivered a KC-130R Hercules May 2, from the U.S. Navy fleet to the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh).The aircraft was put into service in 1977 as part of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252. Throughout its 30 years of service it was used to transport personnel, equipment, and supplies, and to provide aerial refueling service to fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.
 

Russian Helicopters' Future High-Speed Helicopter development program progressing well

Russian Helicopters' Future High-Speed Helicopter development program progressing well
 
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The Russian Helicopters Holding is creating a scientific and technical groundwork for the production of combat helicopter on the basis of perspective high-speed helicopter (PSV) in order to be ready for a potential order from the defense ministry, Deputy Director General of the holding for production and innovations Andrei Shibitov said.
 

Two new C-130J Super Hercules delivered to USAF and US Coast Guard

Two new C-130J Super Hercules delivered to USAF and US Coast Guard
 
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The US defense giant Lockheed Martin recently delivered two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft: one HC-130J long range surveillance/search and rescue aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard and an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations tanker to the U.S. Air Force.
 

Paramount Group's Mwari light multirole aircraft officially enters defense market

Paramount Group's Mwari light multirole aircraft officially enters defense market
 
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Paramount Group, the African-based global defence and aerospace company, today announced the launch of Mwari, a military variant of its Advanced High Performance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) that comes with a South African designed, developed and tested advanced mission system. A high-wing, two-seat aircraft, Mwari is designed to incorporate advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and weapons systems.
 

Thailand could procure four more Gripen fighter jets

Thailand could procure four more Gripen fighter jets
 
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According to Chinese media Xhinua, Thailand might probably buy four more Swedish jet fighters to add to a current squadron of 12 fighters of the same type, said Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong on Thursday. Prajin, a former Thai air force chief, said that he viewed Saab JAS 39 Gripen multirole combat aircraft as "technologically advanced" and suggested that his successor buy an additional four Swedish jet fighters.
 

Airbus Helicopters to overhaul French Sécurité Civile's EC145 fleet

Airbus Helicopters to overhaul French Sécurité Civile's EC145 fleet
 
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Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to retrofit the avionics suite of the 35 EC145 helicopters operated by the Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior that performs critical search and rescue and medical evacuation services throughout the French territory.
 

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