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May 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Danish government strongly eyes F-35 to replace ageing fleet of F-16s

Danish government strongly eyes F-35 to replace ageing fleet of F-16s
 
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The Danish government will recommend the purchase of 27 new F-35A Lightning II fighter jet, the Danish TV2 broadcaster said on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. Earlier in the day, the local Denmark Radio (DR) station said the F-35s have been recently mentioned in Denmark as the most preferred jets to replace the currently used military aircraft.
 

France reportedly offered new discount to India for 36 Rafale fighter jets

France reportedly offered new discount to India for 36 Rafale fighter jets
 
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According to the Indian media Economic Times, the Rafale fighter deal with India that has been stuck for the past several months on pricing issues is likely to move ahead with a new offer from Paris that could see India paying 7.25 billion euros for 36 new jets.
 

Surion helicopter cracks lead to an investigation

Surion helicopter cracks lead to an investigation
 
Surion helicopter cracks lead to an investigation
The South Korean procurement agency (DAPA) announced on Monday the opening of an investigation after cracks were found on the KAI Surion helicopters. Some of the locally developed platforms were found to have cracks on their windshields and other parts, according to the announcement.
 

Indonesia could purchase small batch of Airbus A400M airlifters

Indonesia could purchase small batch of Airbus A400M airlifters
 
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According to Reuters, Indonesia could purchase a small batch of A400M military airlifters manufactured by the defense giant Airbus Defence and Space. "I have a plan to buy A400s from Europe ... but just a small number. There is no need to buy many," the country's Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said without giving more details.
 

Northrop Grumman wins a 26-month study contract for USAF's GPS III program

Northrop Grumman wins a 26-month study contract for USAF's GPS III program
 
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The United States Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a 26-month study contract based on the company's innovative proposal for the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) III program, the US-based defense contractor announced on May 10th.
 

South Korea's pilots about to start training with KT-100 basic trainer

South Korea's pilots about to start training with KT-100 basic trainer
 
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South Korea's Air Force (ROKAF) said Wednesday that it has completed all necessary preparations to use locally built planes for its future pilots, a move that can improve flight training and cut costs. The Air Force Academy rolled out the KT-100 basic trainer at a ceremony held in Cheongju, 137 kilometers southeast of Seoul.
 

Cubic contracted to research on warfighter readiness by the US AFRL

Cubic contracted to research on warfighter readiness by the US AFRL
 
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Cubic Global Defence has become part of the Warfighter Readiness Research Division Contractor Team. The company has been awarded a five-year, cost-plus-fixed-fee USD200 million contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (US AFRL) to research and evaluate the warfighter readiness and training.
 

Elbit delivered multi-cockpit mission training center to undisclosed Latin American country

Elbit delivered multi-cockpit mission training center to undisclosed Latin American country
 
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Elbit Systems has delivered a networked multi-cockpit mission training center to an Air Force in Latin America. The center provides realistic simulated aircraft training for fighter pilots as well as ground controllers and variety of aircraft systems.
 

Spain to equip its EF-18 fighters with Thales' Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems

Spain to equip its EF-18 fighters with Thales' Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems
 
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The Spanish Ministry of Defence will equip the EF-18 with 80 Thales Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (HMCS). These HMCS will be installed in the aircraft during the course of 2016 and 2017, once the operational qualification phase and air-to- air (A2A) and air-to-ground (A2G) tests have been completed.
 

US F-15 Eagles start joint training with Finnish and Swedish air forces

US F-15 Eagles start joint training with Finnish and Swedish air forces
 
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For the first time, US military aircraft will be engaged in large scale aerial maneuvers in Finland. The Oregon Air National Guard (Oregon ANG) sent six Boeing F-15 fighters from the 173rd Fighter Wing supported by a Boeing KC-135 tanker from the 141st Air Refueling Wing and around 150 person to perform joint training with Finnish and Swedish air forces.
 

Lockheed Martin & Raytheon win $650mn combined contract for Paveway II bombs

Lockheed Martin & Raytheon win $650mn combined contract for Paveway II bombs
 
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Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and Raytheon Missile System have been awarded a combined not-to-exceed $649,730,000 contract for Paveway II laser-guided bombs production, the US Department of Defense announced on its website yesterday, May 9th.
 

Softex Aero unveils new VV-2 light attack and reconnaissance helicopter

Softex Aero unveils new VV-2 light attack and reconnaissance helicopter
 
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The Ukraine-based aircraft manufacturer Softex Aero recently unveiled the VV-2 concept, a new project of light reconnaissance and attack helicopter. The company showcased a mock up of the rotorcraft for the first time during “Sun n Fun” in April 2016 in Florida, US.
 

AEL Sistemas delivers WAD Human-Machine Interface demo software for Brazil's Gripen NGs

AEL Sistemas delivers WAD Human-Machine Interface demo software for Brazil's Gripen NGs
 
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Defence and security company Saab’s Brazilian partner AEL Sistemas (AEL) has successfully delivered the WAD Demo HMI Software, a preliminary version of an application which shows Saab’s concepts for the future WAD Human-Machine Interface (HMI).
 

Taiwan to start F-16 fleet upgrade program in early 2017

Taiwan to start F-16 fleet upgrade program in early 2017
 
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According to the China Post, the upgrade program of Taiwan's fleet of F-16 fighter planes will begin in early 2017, shortly after the completion of a hangar that is being built for that purpose, according to the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC).
 

CEi receives a $3.87 mn contract under DARPA's Gremlins program

CEi receives a $3.87 mn contract under DARPA's Gremlins program
 
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Composite Engineering, Inc (CEi), a subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, announced on May 4th that it has received a $3.87 million award from United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Gremlins program.
 

AW609 third prototype began its first ground power tests

AW609 third prototype began its first ground power tests
 
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Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced the completion of the ground run of the AgustaWestland’s AW609 third prototype. This is a milestone in the tiltrotor platform’s development, ahead of the upcoming flight-testing activities and in preparation of the FAA’s certification flight tests in the USA this summer.
 

Swedish Gripens get new upgrades

Swedish Gripens get new upgrades
 
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The Swedish Air Force Saab JAS39 Gripen fighter aircraft will have new capabilities by the end of Sprin 2016. According to FMV officials, the Gripen C/D will have their hardware and software in the 2.0 version. That will enhance the platform’s long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities.
 

Bulgaria to support NATO air-to-air refuelling capabilities with new infrastructure projects

Bulgaria to support NATO air-to-air refuelling capabilities with new infrastructure projects
 
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Bulgarian government on Wednesday May 4 approved the construction of infrastructure projects in the country's military airports which would support air-to-air refueling of NATO jets, officials have confirmed. The aim was to support NATO air operations, missions and tasks, the government said in a statement.
 

GA-ASI's Certifiable Predator B achieves fuselage structural integrity testing phase

GA-ASI's Certifiable Predator B achieves fuselage structural integrity testing phase
 
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, announced on May 4 that it has successfully completed fuselage structural integrity testing of its Certifiable Predator B (CPB) RPA.
 

Russian Helicopters delivers new batch of Mi-8MTV-5-1 choppers to Russian military

Russian Helicopters delivers new batch of Mi-8MTV-5-1 choppers to Russian military
 
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Russian Helicopters Group, part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, has delivered a batch of Mil Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport rotorcraft and an Ansat-U helicopter to Russia’s Defense Ministry, the Group’s press office said on Thursday.
 

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