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May 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Russian Knights aerobatic team to switch to Su-30SM fighter in 2016

Russian Knights aerobatic team to switch to Su-30SM fighter in 2016
 
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The Russian Knights aerobatic team operating Sukhoi Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-B) fighter jets will use new Su-30SM (Flanker-H) planes this year, Russian Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday.
 

Germany wants further risk assessments due to A400M glitches

Germany wants further risk assessments due to A400M glitches
 
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Germany wants further risk assessments on the Airbus A400M acquisition programme. According to Reuters news agency, the president of the Bundestag’s defence committee Wolfgang Hellmich said that the new risk assessments were needed as a result of the long delays, due to technical difficulties in transmission gearbox of the aircraft.
 

Bell V-280 reached nacelles and fuselage assembly milestone

Bell V-280 reached nacelles and fuselage assembly milestone
 
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Bell Helicopter has reached a milestone with the successful joining of the V-280 Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator wing and nacelles assembly to the aircraft fuselage. The tiltrotor platform is scheduled to conduct its first flight in September 2017 before succeeding in going into the full scale Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase.
 

EASA orders Airbus H225 Super Puma checks after fatal crash

EASA orders Airbus H225 Super Puma checks after fatal crash
 
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The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) to all the operators of the Airbus Helicopters EC225 LP Super Puma platforms in order to go through checks, as a result of the 29 April fatal crash that killed 13 people off the coast of Norway. The helicopter was carrying personnel from an offshore oil and gas platform to the city of Bergen.
 

MBDA's enhanced Brimstone achieves final operational evaluation with RAF

MBDA's enhanced Brimstone achieves final operational evaluation with RAF
 
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The Brimstone air-to-surface missile developed by MBDA has successfully undertaken challenging operational evaluation trials by the Royal Air Force (RAF) that confirm the performance of the missile's latest technical enhancements.
 

Russia develops Il-76-based flying laboratory for hypersonic aircraft testing

Russia develops Il-76-based flying laboratory for hypersonic aircraft testing
 
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The Gromov Aircraft Research Institute is designing a flying laboratory on the basis of Il-76 plane for experiments with hypersonic craft detachable from the carrier, the Russian news agency TASS reported , which quotes the Zhukovskie vesti newspaper.
 

Rockwell Collins' Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System ready for production

Rockwell Collins' Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System ready for production
 
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Rockwell Collins recently completed the Production Readiness Review (PRR) for Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS), paving the way for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to award Production Lot 1. The PRR was done in cooperation with the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) and CRIIS System Program Office (SPO) at Eglin Air Force Base.
 

Elbit Systems successfully achieved demo flights with BrightNite system

Elbit Systems successfully achieved demo flights with BrightNite system
 
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Elbit Systems performed a series of successful demonstration flights using the BrightNite system, a solution that enables utility helicopters to successfully perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions in more than 90% of the nights.
 

Indonesia's home-made Wulung UAV obtains military type certification

Indonesia's home-made Wulung UAV obtains military type certification
 
Indonesia home made Wulung UAV got military certification 640 001 The home-made Wulung UAV, jointly developed by the local defence contractor PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) and the Indonesian government, recently managed to obtain a certificate from the Indonesian Military Airworthiness Authority (IMAA), PT DI announced on May 2nd, 2016.
 

New Osprey lightweight AESA radar system disclosed by Leonardo

New Osprey lightweight AESA radar system disclosed by Leonardo
 
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Leonardo-Finmeccanica has launched Osprey, the latest addition to the company’s electronically scanning (E-scan) radar product range. Based around a flat-panel antenna design, Osprey is the world’s first lightweight airborne surveillance radar to be built with no moving parts.
 

Tunisia orders weapon systems and equipments for its OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters

Tunisia orders weapon systems and equipments for its OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $100.8 million. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced yesterday May 3rd, 2016.
 

Sikorsky achieves HH-60W CRH helicopter preliminary design review

Sikorsky achieves HH-60W CRH helicopter preliminary design review
 
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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, yesterday announced the successful execution of the Combat Rescue Helicopter Program (CRH) Air Vehicle Preliminary Design Review (PDR). This important review signals that the CRH program is proceeding with detailed design activities for the HH-60W Air Vehicle and Logistics system. In addition, the team will continue toward the CRH Training Systems Preliminary Design Review in August, three months ahead of schedule.
 

Lockheed Martin lands a US$1.27 bn order from NAVAIR for 13 F-35 fighter aircraft

Lockheed Martin lands a US$1.27 bn order from NAVAIR for 13 F-35 fighter aircraft
 
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The US-based defense giant Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1,271,800,000 contract to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 11 advance acquisition contract, the US Department of Defense said on its website on Monday, May 2nd 2016.
 

Raytheon gets a $49.5 mn contract from USSOCOM for Silent Knight Radar systems

Raytheon gets a $49.5 mn contract from USSOCOM for Silent Knight Radar systems
 
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The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded Raytheon Company a $49.5 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for continued low-rate initial production of the Silent Knight Radar system, the US Department of Defense announced on Monday on its website.
 

Echodyne unveils new fast electronically scanning radar for small UAS

Echodyne unveils new fast electronically scanning radar for small UAS
 
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Echodyne Corp today announced availability of MESA-K-DEV, an ultra-low C-SWAP (cost, size, weight, and power), fast electronically scanning radar based on its patented Metamaterials Electronically Scanning Array (MESA).
 

France orders new batch of 214 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles

France orders new batch of 214 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to France for Hellfire Missiles and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $30 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on May 2nd, 2016.
 

Antonov and Reliance signed MoC for India's Multi-role Transport Aircraft program

Antonov and Reliance signed MoC for India's Multi-role Transport Aircraft program
 
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The Indian company Reliance Defence Limited and the Ukrainian state-owned aircraft manufacturer Antonov signed a memorandum of cooperation with the purpose of placing aircraft of different purposes based on An-148 / An-158 aircrafts in the Indian market, the Indian company announced on April 29.
 

Saab to sustain Sweden's Helicopter 15 fleet for two more years

Saab to sustain Sweden's Helicopter 15 fleet for two more years
 
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The Swedish defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, regarding continued delivery of complete support and maintenance for Helicopter 15, for the years 2018 and 2019.
 

Longbow to equip India's AH-64E Apache helicopters with Fire Control Radar Systems

Longbow to equip India's AH-64E Apache helicopters with Fire Control Radar Systems
 
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The U.S. Army awarded Longbow LLC a $57.1 million foreign military sale contract to provide the Indian Air Force with Longbow Fire Control Radar (FCR) systems for their new Apache AH-64E helicopters. Longbow LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corporation.
 

Pakistan and China launch production of first JF-17B dual seat fighter prototype

Pakistan and China launch production of first JF-17B dual seat fighter prototype
 
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Pakistan and China jointly launched the manufacturing of first prototype of JF-17B Dual Seat Combat Fighter Aircraft at an induction ceremony held in Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) Chengdu, China. The occasion marked yet another milestone in the close co-operation during JF-17 aircraft development between Pakistan and China. Air Marshal Muhammad Iqbal Chief Project Director JF-17, Project Management Office, Pakistan Air Force was the chief guest at the occasion.
 

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