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January 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Northrop and Lufthansa Technik to partner for RAAF KC-30A tankers support

Northrop and Lufthansa Technik to partner for RAAF KC-30A tankers support
 
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Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik AG for the provision of services in support of the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. Northrop Grumman IDS is the prime contractor for MRTT Through-Life Support (TLS).
 

Russia & Turkey conduct first joint bombing mission against Daesh

Russia & Turkey conduct first joint bombing mission against Daesh
 
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On Wednesday jan. 18, 2017, Russia’s Aerospace Force and Turkey’s Air Force are conducting the first joint air operation against the Islamic State terror group on the outskirts of the al-Bab town in the Aleppo province, Head of the Main Operations Department of Russia’s General Staff Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi told reporters.
 

Thales to upgrade Swiss Air Force's Master radar systems

Thales to upgrade Swiss Air Force's Master radar systems
 
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As part of the FLORAKO programme modernisation, armasuisse has awarded Thales a contract to upgrade the Master radars for the Swiss Air Force. This contract, which amounts to 74 million euros, will be the main order within the broader FLORAKO radars life extension project approved by the Swiss government in 2016, is intended to extend the lifespan of the radars and to ensure operational excellence until 2030.
 

KRET starts testing new multispectral vision system for combat helicopters

KRET starts testing new multispectral vision system for combat helicopters
 
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The Radio-Electronic Technologies Corporation (KRET, a subsidiary of Rostec) started the ground testing of basic components of a multispectral synthetic vision system designed for combat and commercial aircraft. The system will boost flight safety and expand the operating envelope of helicopters, according to KRET’s press office.
 

CAE wins training contracts with Airbus DS and Babcock France

CAE wins training contracts with Airbus DS and Babcock France
 
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CAE yesterday, Jan. 17 2017, announced that it has won defence contracts on a range of customer platforms valued at more than US$134 million to provide new simulation products, simulator upgrades and training support services for global military customers, including Babcock France and Airbus Defence and Space.
 

Russian Emergencies Ministry receives first production Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft

Russian Emergencies Ministry receives first production Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft
 
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Russian airframer Beriev (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation, UAC) has delivered the first production-standard Beriev Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, with four more to be supplied before year-end, UAC’s press office told journalists.
 

Elbit Systems to deliver BrightNite systems to an undisclosed NATO air force

Elbit Systems to deliver BrightNite systems to an undisclosed NATO air force
 
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Elbit Systems announced yesterday Jan. 16 that it was awarded a contract to supply ground breaking, multi spectral BrightNite systems to an air force in a NATO country. The contract, in an amount of approximately $17 million, will be performed over a thirty-month period.
 

BAE Systems to modernize F-22 Raptor fighter's head-up display

BAE Systems to modernize F-22 Raptor fighter's head-up display
 
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BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to modernize the F-22 Raptor’s head-up display (HUD) for the U.S. Air Force, replacing it with a completely digital version. Under terms of the contract, BAE Systems will use its advanced Digital Light Engine (DLE) technology to implement a form, fit, and function HUD solution that integrates seamlessly into the F-22’s existing HUD space. 
 

Germany's Special Air Mission Wing fleet welcomes a new member

Germany's Special Air Mission Wing fleet welcomes a new member
 
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On 5th January 2017, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and Lufthansa Technik AG signed a contract on the procurement and retrofitting of a used Airbus A321, to be utilized by the Special Air Mission Wing of the FMoD.
 

Russia eyes automatic ejection seat for its 6th generation fighter jet

Russia eyes automatic ejection seat for its 6th generation fighter jet
 
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The manned version of the sixth-generation fighter, which development has kicked off in Russia, will be able to eject its pilot in automatic mode, if he is in danger, Sergei Pozdnyakov, director general/chief designer of NPO Zvezda, told TASS in an interview. Zvezda is a manufacturer of life support systems for air crews and cosmonauts.
 

Italy orders initial batch of five M-345 jet trainer aircraft

Italy orders initial batch of five M-345 jet trainer aircraft
 
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Besides the agreement fo, Leonardo has recently signed, with the Italian National Armaments Directorate of the Italian Defence Ministry, a contract for an initial batch of five Aermacchi M-345 trainer aircraft. The combined value of the NEES and M-345 contracts is in excess of 500 million euro (US$530 mn).
 

Leonardo contracted to develop Italian Army A129 combat helicopter's successor

Leonardo contracted to develop Italian Army A129 combat helicopter's successor
 
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Leonardo-Finmeccanica on Friday announced it reached an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Defence for the development and the production of the New Exploration and Escort helicopter (NEES). The NEES platform will replace the AW129 combat helicopter actually in service with the Italian Army.
 

Bell-Boeing wins a $138mn contract to develop Japan's MV-22B Block C tiltrotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing wins a $138mn contract to develop Japan's MV-22B Block C tiltrotor aircraft
 
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Bell-Boeing has been awarded a $138mn contract in support of the MV-22B Block C tiltrotor aircraft ordered in 2015 by the government of Japan, the US DoD announced on January 13. "This modification provides for the procurement of non-recurring engineering in support of the development, qualification test, integration, airworthiness substantiation, flight test demonstration, validation/verification and incorporation of the government of Japan (GOJ) configuration into MV-22B Block C," the US DoD said.
 

Germany extends Heron 1 UAV deployment in Afghanistan up to 2018

Germany extends Heron 1 UAV deployment in Afghanistan up to 2018
 
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On 2 January 2017, a new service contract was concluded on the operation of the Imaging Reconnaissance System in the Depth of Theatre (SAATEG) for the mission in Afghanistan. The Bundeswehr thus continues to use the Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle for reconnaissance purposes in Afghanistan, initially up to February 2018.
 

Sikorsky gets additional funding from NAVAIR for CH-53K helicopter development effort

Sikorsky gets additional funding from NAVAIR for CH-53K helicopter development effort
 
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Sikorsky, part of the US-based defense giant Lockheed Martin, has been awarded a $24,025,000 contract to provide additional funding for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter development and demonstration effort, the US Department of Defense announced on Jan. 12, 2017, on its website.
 

Russia withdraws Su-24M bombers from Syria, deploys four Su-25 ground-attack aircraft

Russia withdraws Su-24M bombers from Syria, deploys four Su-25 ground-attack aircraft
 
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The first six Su-24M tactical bombers have already been relocated from the Hmeymim base in Syria to Russia and more aircraft will be back home soon, Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. At the same time four Su-25 fighters arrived in Syria in the framework of planned rotation.
 

Eurofighter GmbH lands a 5-year contract to support global Typhoon fleet

Eurofighter GmbH lands a 5-year contract to support global Typhoon fleet
 
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Eurofighter GmbH announced on Jan. that its has signed a 5 year arrangement with NETMA (the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Organisation) to support the global Eurofighter Typhoon fleet. The arrangement consists of two main contracts. The first covers the sustainment of engineering capabilities and programme management. The second covers logistics, repairs, and the provision of spare parts for the Eurofighter fleet.
 

CAE USA wins $450mn US Army contract for helicopter flight training support

CAE USA wins $450mn US Army contract for helicopter flight training support
 
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CAE today announced that CAE USA has been awarded a United States Army contract to provide rotary-wing flight training instructor support services. Under terms of the contract, which was awarded as a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for over US$50 million for the transition and base one-year period, CAE USA will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for the U.S. Army's Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
 

DARPA select Sikorsky for Phase 3 of ALIAS program

DARPA select Sikorsky for Phase 3 of ALIAS program
 
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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has won the contract for Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. DARPA's ALIAS program is leveraging advances in autonomy to reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance, and improve aircraft safety and reliability.
 

Kazakhstan orders four Mi-35M combat helicopters

Kazakhstan orders four Mi-35M combat helicopters
 
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Russian Helicopters, part of the Russian state corporation Rostec, will deliver four Mi-35M attack helicopters to Kazakhstan in 2018 under a deal signed with the country's Defense Ministry, the manufacturer said Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
 

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