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April 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Interview: Belgian Air Component Commander on F-16 fighter replacement project

Interview: Belgian Air Component Commander on F-16 fighter replacement project
 
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During Belgian Air Force's Helidays 2017 at Beauvechain Airbase, Air Recognition had the chance to meet with the Chief of BAF, Major General Frederik "Fred" Vansina to learn the latest on the country's project of replacement of its fleet of F-16AM/BM fighter jets.
 

UK announces a $52 mn investment for MBDA's Meteor air-to-air missile

UK announces a $52 mn investment for MBDA's Meteor air-to-air missile
 
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The UK Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon, has today, April 21, announced three new missile contracts worth a combined USD690 million for state-of-the-art Meteor air-to-air missile, Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and Sea Viper missile systems at MBDA Stevenage.
 

US oks $195 mn FMS from Canada for CC-177 strategic airlifters follow-on support

US oks $195 mn FMS from Canada for CC-177 strategic airlifters follow-on support
 
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The US State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada for sustainment support for C-17 heavy-lift aircraft. for an estimated cost of $195 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on April 20, 2017.
 

Lockheed lands a $100mn USAF contract for JASSM missile production support

Lockheed lands a $100mn USAF contract for JASSM missile production support
 
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The US-based defense giant Lockheed Martin recently secured a $100 million contract from the US Air Force for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile production support, the US Department of Defense announced on April 18, 2017.
 

Kazakhstan purchases two more C295 military airlifters

Kazakhstan purchases two more C295 military airlifters
 
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Kazakhstan is to acquire two more Airbus C295 transport aircraft following the signature of a new contract with Airbus Defence and Space, the European aircraft manufacturer announced today, April 20. The agreement, which includes a spares and support package, covers the final two aircraft included in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2012.
 

USAF reportedly deployed WC-135 nuclear sniffer plane to Korean Peninsula

USAF reportedly deployed WC-135 nuclear sniffer plane to Korean Peninsula
 
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According to South Korea's newspaper Yonhap, the U.S. Air Force dispatched a nuclear sniffer aircraft Thursday to the east of the Korean Peninsula amid the possibility of North Korea's imminent nuclear test, a government source said.
 

BAE Systems, Leonardo DRS to jointly develop new threat warning system for US Army aircraft

BAE Systems, Leonardo DRS to jointly develop new threat warning system for US Army aircraft
 
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To provide military aircrews with enhanced protection from new and emerging threats, BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer advanced threat detection capabilities for U.S. Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The two companies will collaborate to develop an advanced infrared-based threat warning system to meet current and evolving operational requirements for Army aircraft survivability.
 

IAF receives upgraded C-130 Hercules, Super Hercules military airlifters

IAF receives upgraded C-130 Hercules, Super Hercules military airlifters
 
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Two aircraft in one day: an upgraded C-130 Hercules “Karnaf” and a C-130J Super Hercules “Shimshon” landed in Israel Air Force Nevatim AFB last week and officially joined the tactical transport division, the IAF announced on April 18, 2017.
 

US Marine Corps' CH-53K King Stallion helicopter approved for production

US Marine Corps' CH-53K King Stallion helicopter approved for production
 
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The Senior Official Performing the Duties of the US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) approved the US Navy's request for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program to enter into the Production and Deployment April 4.
 

Boeing withdraws from Belgium's F-16 fighter replacement competition

Boeing withdraws from Belgium's F-16 fighter replacement competition
 
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The US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced this morning that it will not compete for Beligum's F-16 fighter jets replacement program. Boeing was supposed to answer the RfGP issued last month with its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.
 

New pictures of Iran's Qaher F-313 "stealth" fighter jet emerged

New pictures of Iran's Qaher F-313 "stealth" fighter jet emerged
 
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Brand new military platforms have been recently showcased in Iran, including Kowsar training jet and the Qaher F-313 fighter jet, which was presented for the first time in 2013. According to new footages released by local media, the F-313 would have started taxi trials.
 

USAF starts first F-35A Lightning II overseas operational deployment

USAF starts first F-35A Lightning II overseas operational deployment
 
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F-35A Lightning IIs, Airmen and accompanying equipment arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 15, marking the aircraft’s first overseas training deployment to Europe, the USAFE press service announced on its website.
 

Sukhoi starts testing new IMA BK FMS on Russia's PAK FA fighter

Sukhoi starts testing new IMA BK FMS on Russia's PAK FA fighter
 
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The Sukhoi Company has launched the flight tests of an advanced computer system to equip its T-50 aircraft. The sophisticated system is several times more reliable and effective than the current one and has been designed and developed by an aircraft manufacturer, rather than a specialist design bureau, for the first time in the history of Russia’s combat aviation, according to the official blog of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
 

Expal to support Eurofighter Typhoon enhanced Air-Launched Weapons development

EXPAL to support Eurofighter Typhoon enhanced Air-Launched Weapons development
 
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BAE Systems has awarded EXPAL Systems a contract to support the development of an enhanced Air Launched weapons capability for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The agreement involves EXPAL engineering support for the integration of air-launched munitions on to Typhoon aircraft, EXPAL said on April 18, 2017.
 

USAF's F-16 fighter jet successfully released inert B61-12 nuclear bomb

USAF's F-16 fighter jet successfully released inert B61-12 nuclear bomb
 
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An US Air Force F-16 aircraft released an inert B61 nuclear bomb in a test recently, demonstrating the aircraft's capability to deliver the weapon and testing the functioning of the weapon's non-nuclear components, including the arming and fire control system, radar altimeter, spin rocket motors and weapons control computer, the US Air Force said on April 13, 2017.
 

Airbus Helicopters, IAR to jointly promote H215M rotorcraft in Romania

Airbus Helicopters, IAR to jointly promote H215M rotorcraft in Romania
 
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Airbus Helicopters and IAR have signed a general agreement for an exclusive cooperation for the heavy twin engine H215M multi-role helicopter. Under this general agreement IAR will become the prime contractor for the H215M for any future order by the Romanian Ministry of Defense to replace their ageing fleet, the French rotorcraft manufacturer announced today, April 13.
 

US approves $1bn FMS from Iraq for pilot training services

US approves $1bn FMS from Iraq for pilot training services
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Iraq for pilot and maintenance training, contractor logistical support (CLS) for trainer aircraft, and base support for an estimated cost of $1.06 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on April 12, 2017.
 

UAC to set up new military transport aircraft division

UAC to set up new military transport aircraft division
 
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Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is setting up a transport aircraft division that will manage military transport plane development programs, the corporation’s press office said. In particular, the new division will manage the development of the Ilyushin Il-76 heavy and Il-112 light military airlifters and medium and super-heavy transport aircraft.
 

US Air Force oks F-16 Fighter Jets Extended Service Life

US Air Force oks F-16 Fighter Jets Extended Service Life
 
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The U.S. Air Force authorized extending the service life of the Lockheed Martin F-16's designed service life to 12,000 Equivalent Flight Hours — far beyond the aircraft's original design service life of 8,000 hours, the US-based defense giant announced yesterday April 12, 2017.
 

Thales lands 10-year contract for French Air Force aircraft support

Thales lands 10-year contract for French Air Force aircraft support
 
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The French defence ministry's integrated through-life support structure for aeronautical equipment and systems (SIMMAD) has awarded a 10-year service contract to Thales worth 977 million euros, including 70 million euros for the firm order in 2017, for the integration of an optimised supply chain covering the procurement of aeronautical consumable items to the French Forces (LORCA programme). The LORCA service contract will be fully operational in September 2017.
 

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