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DECEMBER 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

France places order for a further three A330 MRTT aircraft

Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft, the European aircraft maker announced today.

Russian pilots testing MiG-35 weapons and on-board equipment

Russian pilots have tested the weapons and on-board equipment of the advanced MiG-35 fighter, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

Seven H145 SAR helicopters for the Bundeswehr

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) obsolete Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the helicopters.

Slovakia officially signs for 14 F-16V fighter jets

Slovakia will buy 14 new F-16 Block 70/72 (V) fighter jets. Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdos signed the contract on Wednesday with Lockheed Martin vice president Ana Wugofski.

Germany extends Heron 1 operation in Afghanistan and Mali

Germany has extended the successful operation of the Heron 1 drones by Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH, a company of Airbus, until mid of 2020.

NH Industries, NATO Helicopter Management Agency sign NH90 Support Contract

NH Industries is pleased to announce the signature of the NH90 Through Life Support (TLS) contract between NH Industries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA, acting as the Contracting Authority on behalf of nine nations (Australia, Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand).

Sukhoi delivers final batch of Su-35S fighter jets for 2018

Sukhoi affiliate in Komsomolsk-on-Amur held a gala ceremony to hand over the final 2018 batch of Su-35S aircraft to the Defense Ministry. It included the hundredth jet, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said.

RAF A400M completes first beach landing trials

Members of the Royal Air Force (RAF) 206 Squadron, supported by LXX Squadron Engineers based at RAF Brize Norton have been practicing their skills during beach landing trials in Southern Wales, the RAF press service said  on December 11, 2018.

Russian Air Force gets another upgraded A-50U AEW aircraft

The Beriev Aircraft Plant in Taganrog (TANTK) handed over another upgraded airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft A-50U (onboard number 45 red) to the Russian Aerospace Forces. It flew from Taganrog to the permanent deployment base, TANTK said.

USAF kicks of TES kicked off F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

The US Air Force 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron kicked off the US Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with a large force employment sortie from Edwards AFB, California, Dec. 5, the Service said yesterday.

Lithuania renews Dauphin SAR fleet HCare Infinite contract

The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters following achievement of 97% average fleet availability over a three-year period.

Russian Air Force deploys Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela

A group of four Russian military aircraft landed Tuesday in the Maiquetia Simon Bolivar International airport of Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

US Air Force B-21 Raider project passes Critical Design Review

The US Air Force successfully held a critical design review of the B-21 weapon system November 28-30, 2018. The event served as a multi-disciplined technical review that ensured the Air Force’s newest bomber has a stable and mature design as the program moves forward into manufacturing and flight test.

Zhuk-AM AESA radar test phase scheduled for early 2019

Russia`s Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29/35 multirole combat aircraft will be fitted with a new active electronic scanned array (AESA) radar that is being developed by Phazotron-NIIR enterprise, a subsidiary of Rostec`s Radio-electronic Technologies (KRET) corporation, a source from the country`s aerospace industry said.

RAF Typhoons scrambled with Meteor missile for the first time

RAF Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth this morning for the first time with the Meteor Air-to-Air missile in defence of UK airspace during a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) mission. This event represents the culmination of many years of research, development and testing to bring this advanced weapon into service on front-line aircraft.

Polish National Police receives two S-70i Black Hawk helicopters

Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o. in the presence of the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Interior and Administration Joachim Brudzinski, officially handed over to the Polish National Police two S-70i Black Hawk helicopters produced in Poland.

US Air Force's B61-12 nuclear bomb new guided tail-kit assembly enters production phase

The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center received formal approval in late October to enter the production phase for the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb’s new guided tail-kit assembly, or TKA. “This marks the completion of a highly successful development effort for the tail kit,” said Col. Dustin Ziegler, AFNWC director for air-delivered capabilities.

Boeing lands $158M order for Japan's second KC-46A tanker

Boeing has been awarded a $158 million contract to produce a second KC-46A aircraft for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), the US Department of Defense said on December 6, 2018.

RAAF's first two F-35A fighter jets landed in Australia

In an historic day in Australian aviation, the first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters to be permanently based in Australia arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown. The country's Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, were there to welcome the aircraft and RAAF fighter pilots who flew the final leg in the journey from Luke Air Force Base Arizona.

New USAF squadron to house Dutch and Danish F-35A fighter jets

The 308th Fighter Squadron was reactivated by the US Air Force in a ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Nov. 30. The squadron will house the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s and the Royal Danish Air Force’s F-35A Lightning IIs, in a training partnership. With Lt. Col. Robert Miller assuming command, the fighter squadron is scheduled to begin operations in December 2018.

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