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November 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Belarus plans to purchase five Yak-152 trainer aircraft by 2018

Belarus plans to purchase five Yak-152 trainer aircraft by 2018
 
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Belarus is planning to purchase five Russian-made Yakovlev Yak-152 training planes before the end of 2018 for the DOSAAF Voluntary Society for Cooperation with the Army, Air Force and Navy, Deputy Chairman of the DOSAAF Central Council Andrei Gorbatovsky said.
 

Kratos' BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target about to enter LRIP phase

Kratos' BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target about to enter LRIP phase
 
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced yesterday Nov. 30 that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) has recently successfully achieved the final development program milestone for its BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT), which will allow for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) to begin once the Federal Fiscal 2017 Budget is approved.
 

Belarus' first six Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters enter service

Belarus' first six Mi-8MTV-5 helicopters enter service
 
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The official ceremony of transferring six helicopters produced by a Russian Helicopters’ subsidiary - Kazan Helicopters - took place at the Machulischi airport near Minsk today. The ceremony was attended by the Belarusian Minister of Defense, the Air Force and Air Defense commander and top management of Russian Helicopters, the company announced today Nov. 30, 2016.
 

GA's Type-Certifiable Predator B RPAS made its maiden flight

GA's Type-Certifiable Predator B RPAS made its maiden flight
 
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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, today announced that its Type-Certifiable Predator B (TCPB) variant completed its first flight test at the company's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif., on November 17th.
 

Elbit Systems completes delivery of M-346 ground based training systems to Israel Air Force

Elbit Systems completes delivery of M-346 ground based trainers to Israel Air Force
 
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Elbit Systems announced that it has completed the delivery of the Ground Based Training System (GBTS) center for the M-346 “Lavi” trainer aircraft. This comprehensive training solution was selected by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) and the Directorate of Production and Procurement (DoPP), to effectively and affordably qualify its pilots and Weapon Systems Operators (WSOs) to progress directly to fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft (F-16, F-15 and F-35).
 

US clears a $200 mn FMS from Poland for 70 JASSM-ER missiles

US clears a $200 mn FMS from Poland for 70 JASSM-ER missiles
 
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The US State Department has approved possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and related support, equipment, and training for an estimated cost of $200 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Nov. 29.
 

Thales to upgrade simulators for Switzerland's H135M and AS532 helicopters

Thales to upgrade simulators for Switzerland's EC635 and AS532 helicopters
 
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Thales has been notified by armasuisse for the standardisation of the Full Flight Mission Simulator (FFMS) for the AS532 Super-Puma transport helicopter. Functional upgrades will also be made to the multi-purpose twin-engined EC635 military helicopter.
 

India's upgraded Jaguar DARIN III reaches IOC

India's upgraded Jaguar DARIN III reaches IOC
 
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Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, AVSM, VM, Dy. Chief of India's Air Staff, flew the upgraded Jaguar DARIN III twin-seat aircraft at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) airport recently and announced satisfactory completion of Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) of Jaguar DARIN III Upgrade. Wg. Cdr. V. Prabhakaran, Test Pilot, ASTE was his co-pilot, HAL announced on Nov. 23.
 

Israel orders 17 more F-35A stealth fighters jets

Israel orders 17 more F-35A stealth fighters jets
 
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Israel will buy 17 more F-35A stealth fighter jets yesterday, after a vote of approval yesterday, Nov. 27, by the country's Security Cabinet. This additionnal batch of "Adir" fighters will bring up Israel Air Force to a total of 50 F-35A by the end of 2030. These fighters are to be purchased with the military foreign aid received from the U.S through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2016.
 

Belarus receives four more Yak-130 advanced jet trainers

Belarus receives four more Yak-130 advanced jet trainers
 
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Four brand-new Yakovlev Yak-130 combat training aircraft have been received by the Belarusian Air Force’s 116th Guards Attack Aircraft Air Base in Lida (Grodno Region, Belarus). "The delivery of another four Yak-130 combat training planes have enabled our pilots and cadets to continue to hone their skills in flying Generation 4++ aircraft," the BelTA news agency quoted Belarusian Air Force Commander Oleg Dvigalyov as saying.
 

UEC start testing new izdeliye 30 engine for PAKFA fighter jet

UEC start testing new izdeliye 30 engine for PAKFA fighter jet
 
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The United Engine Corporation (UEC, a subsidiary of Rostec) has conducted the first start of the advanced engine (Product 30) designed to power the T-50 (PAKFA - Russian acronym for Future Tactical Aircraft), the corporation’s press office says in a news release.
 

RCAF to buy 18 Interim Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet as it plans to replace fighter jet fleet

RCAF to buy 18 Interim Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet as it plans to replace fighter jet fleet
 
RCAF to buy 18 Super Hornet
The Government of Canada has announced that it will launch, within its current mandate, an open and transparent competition to replace the legacy fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft. This competition will ensure that the Government gets the right aircraft for our women and men in uniform – at the right price – while maximizing economic benefits to Canadians.
 

UK receives two first Grob G120TP trainer aircraft from Affinity

UK receives two first Grob G120TP trainer aircraft from Affinity
 
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Elbit Systems announced today Nov. 21 that its joint venture with KBR – Affinity Flying Training Services – has reached a significant project milestone with the delivery of its first training aircraft.“We are delighted to have delivered these aircraft only 9 months after contract award”, said Martin Fausset CEO of Elbit Systems UK.
 

Lockheed awarded a $1.2bn contract for South Korea's KF-16 fighters upgrade

Lockheed awarded a $1.2bn contract for South Korea's KF-16 fighters upgrade
 
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The US defense giant Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$1,2bn Foreign Military Sales contrat to upgrade KF-16 aircraft for the Republic of Korea. Work is expected to be complete by Nov. 15, 2025, the US Department of Defense announced on Nov. 18, 2016.
 

Embraer's KC-390 airlifter receives Provisional Type Certificate

Embraer's KC-390 airlifter receives Provisional Type Certificate
 
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Embraer has recently received the Provisional Type Certificate for the KC-390 Basic Vehicle, issued by the Instituto de Fomento e Coordenação Industrial – IFI (Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute), the Brazilian Air Force organization responsible for military certification, attesting that the KC-390 in this basic configuration complies with the certification basis requirements, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer announced today, Nov. 18.
 

Qatar finally receives US green light for acquisition of 72 F-15QA fighters

Qatar finally receives US green light for acquisition of 72 F-15QA fighters
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for 72 F-15QA aircraft with weapons and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $21.1 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on November 17, 2016.
 

US approves a $10 bn FMS from Kuwait for 32 F/A-18E/F fighter jets

US approves a $10 bn FMS from Kuwait for 32 F/A-18E/F fighter jets
 
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The United States State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for 32 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft with support, equipment, and training, for an estimated cost of $10.1 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on November 17, 2016.
 

Polish MoD picks out Gulfstream's G550 jet for VIP transport

Polish MoD picks out Gulfstream's G550 jet for VIP transport
 
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The US-based aircraft manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the Polish Ministry of National Defense has signed an agreement to purchase two Gulfstream G550 aircraft. The aircraft will be configured for VIP transport and will be delivered in 2017.
 

South Korea orders LAIRCM countermeasures systems for its future A330 MRTT aircraft

South Korea orders LAIRCM countermeasures systems for its future A330 MRTT aircraft
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) System, equipment, training, and support, for an estimated cost of $141 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on November 16, 2016.
 

US oks a $1Bn FMS from UK for up to 26 Certifiable Predator B RPAS

US oks a $1Bn FMS from UK for up to 26 Certifiable Predator B RPAS
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for Certifiable Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft, equipment, training, and support, for an estimated cost of $1.0 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on November 16, 2016.
 

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