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January 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Slovakia and Czech Republic reach deal on joint airspace protection plan

Slovakia and Czech Republic reach deal on joint airspace protection plan
 
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Governments of the Czech Republic and Slovakia agreed on a cooperation plan aimed to protect the airspaces of both countries against terrorism and other non-military threats, announced Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, over Twitter.
 

Harris to provide electronic warfare systems for Royal Moroccan Air Force's F-16 fighters

Harris to provide electronic warfare systems for Royal Moroccan Air Force's F-16 fighters
 
Harris to provide electronic warfare systems for Royal Moroccan Air Force s F 16 fighters 640 001 Harris Corporation has been awarded a $91 million IDIQ contract by Warner Robins Air Logistics Center to provide AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) systems to the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF). The contract was awarded during the second quarter of Harris' fiscal 2017.
 

US Marine Corps deploys first F-35B fighter squadron to Japan

US Marine Corps deploys first F-35B squadron to Japan
 
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The US Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, an F-35B squadron with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 9, 2017, the service announced yesterday on its website.
 

Russia's MiG-35 fighter jet about to start flight test campaign

Russia's MiG-35 fighter jet about to start flight test campaign
 
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The flight tests of the Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) will begin in January 2017, Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin has said while visiting the Fakel Plant, a subsidiary of Almaz-Antei Corp. "We expect the MiG-35 multirole fighter to fly in January 2017," the vice-premier said. "Mikoyan has not built new planes for a while."
 

France receives second MQ-9 Reaper drone system, orders fourth one

France receives second MQ-9 Reaper drone system, orders fourth one
 
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The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) ordered on Dec. 5, 2016, a fourth MQ-9 Reaper MALE remotely piloted aircraft system. According to the country’s military planning law for 2014-2019, the French Air Force will have four complete systems by 2019, each comprising three Reaper platforms, DGA announced today in an official statement.
 

USAF enhances A-10C Thunderbolt II Search and Rescue Capability

USAF enhances A-10C Thunderbolt II Search and Rescue Capability
 
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A-10C Thunderbolt IIs assigned to active duty fighter squadrons at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are in the process of having new lightweight airborne recovery systems installed, the US Air Force announced on its website on Jan. 9, 2017.
 

Textron wins a $206mn US Army contract for RQ-7 Shadow UAS support

Textron wins a $206mn US Army contract for RQ-7 Shadow UAS support
 
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Textron Systems Support Solutions, a Textron Inc. business, announced yesterday Jan. 9, 2017, that it has been awarded a $206 million contract from the U.S. Army for RQ-7 Shadow Tactical Aircraft System (TUAS) Contractor Logistics Support (CLS).
 

United States to deploy 24 AH-64D combat helicopters in South Korea by February

United States to deploy 24 AH-64D combat helicopters in South Korea by February
 
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The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) plans to deploy 24 Apache helicopters to South Korea by next month to better counter growing threats from North Korea, military officials said Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. As part of a scheduled rotational deployment, the 24 AH-64D Apache heavy attack helicopters will gradually replace the 30 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior observation and light attack choppers by early February, the USFK and the Korean Ministry of National Defense said in a joint statement.
 

USAF releases RFP to replace ageing fleet of T-38 Talon training aircraft

USAF releases RFP to replace ageing fleet of T-38 Talon training aircraft
 
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The US Air Force is well on its way to replacing the fifty-five year old T-38 with the December 30, 2016 release of the development request for proposal, or RFP, for the Advanced Pilot Training (T-X) program. "This comes after extensive dialogue with industry as part of our Cost Capability Analysis," said USAF Secretary Deborah Lee James.
 

Vanilla Aircraft's VA001 UAV breaks world record with 56-hour flight

Vanilla Aircraft's VA001 UAV breaks world record with 56-hour flight
 
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Vanilla Aircraft, LLC yesterday, Jan. 5, announced that on December 2, their VA001 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) completed a non-stop, unrefueled 56-hour flight. The flight was submitted for a world duration record for combustion-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the 50-500 kg subclass (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Class U-1.c Group 1). A representative from the US National Aeronautic Association was present to witness the record, the US company said.
 

BAE Systems to enhance intelligence sharing for USAF Research Lab

BAE Systems to enhance intelligence sharing for USAF Research Lab
 
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The U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract worth up to $49 million to develop, deploy, and maintain cross domain solutions for safeguarding the sharing of sensitive information between government networks, the defense contractor announced on Jan. 5, 2017.
 

Airbus wins a $507 mn contract from UK for A400M Atlas airlifter support

Airbus wins a $507 mn contract from UK for A400M Atlas airlifter support
 
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The British Ministry of Defence has negotiated a $507 million contract that will secure at least 400 highly-skilled British jobs and provide in-service support for the UK’s Atlas A400M aircraft, securing a key part of the RAF airlift fleet until 2026.
 

France orders Safran's Block 4 AASM modular precision-guided munitions

France orders Safran's Block 4 AASM modular precision-guided munitions
 
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The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) announced today it ordered new Block 4 AASM modular precision-guided munitions, produced by the France-based company Safran Electronics & Defense. This order will led Safran to develop a new standard for the AASM allowing a significant cost reduction, and to double its production capability while geenrating jobs in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Britanny regions, DGA said in a statement.
 

AFSOC, US Department of Homeland Security order L-3 Wescam MX-Series imaging systems

AFSOC, US Department of Homeland Security order L-3 Wescam MX-Series imaging systems
 
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L3 Wescam announced on Jan. 3, 2016 that it has recently won defense contracts valued at more than U.S. $90 million. The orders will provide a range of MX-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems to global customers operating in the airborne and maritime domains. Key contracts include systems for the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
 

Dassault, Babcock France to team for France's FOMEDEC training contract

Dassault, Babcock France to team for France's FOMEDEC training contract
 
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Babcock France and Dassault Aviation have signed a partnership which would initially materialize in the delivery of the French “FOMEDEC” training contract with the creation of a joint company under the leadership of Babcock France, the France-based aircraft manufacturer announced today Jan. 5, 2017.
 

GA lands a $56 mn contract for Spain MQ-9 Reaper Procurement program

GA lands a $56 mn contract for Spain MQ-9 Reaper Procurement program
 
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a $56,656,833 contract for the Spain MQ-9 Exportable Block 5 RPAS Procurement program, the US Department of Defense stated on its website on Jan. 4, 2017.
 

Pilatus sells 21 PC-21s, Including 17 for the French Air Force

Pilatus sells 21 PC-21s, Including 17 for the French Air Force
 
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Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is delighted to announce the signing of three PC-21 fleet orders by end of December 2016, for a total of 21 PC-21s, of which 17 are for the French Air Force and two each for the Royal Jordanian Air Force and QinetiQ, a British company which operates the "Empire Test Pilots' School". Together, these orders are worth over 300 million Swiss francs and will help to ensure jobs at Stans.
 

The new Aermacchi M-345 trainer jet completes its first flight

The new Aermacchi M-345 trainer jet completes its first flight
 
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The prototype of the new Aermacchi M-345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) two-seat basic jet trainer has successfully completed its first flight from Venegono Superiore airfield (Varese, Italy) on December 29. The aircraft was flown by Quirino Bucci and Giacomo Iannelli from Leonardo Aircraft Division.
 

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