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MARCH 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

Chile takes delivery of two Embraer Super Tucanos

Chile has taken delivery of two new Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos. The aircraft were first spotted on March 6 and were being supported by Chilean KC-130R refueling aircraft.

Saab's new GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft completes maiden flight

A few weeks after having been officially presented to the press, the Saab GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft completed today its maiden flight, the Swedish aerospace and defense company announced on Twitter.

Terma and Scandinavian Avionics team up to form F-35 Avionics Test Center in Denmark

With the F-35 fighter aircraft being introduced in Europe these years, there is a growing need for establishing European regional maintenance capabilities, the Danish aerospace and defense company said on March 12.

Qatar finally inks contract for 28 NH90 helicopters

Qatar has signed a contract for the purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters, during DIMDEX, Qatar’s biennial defence exhibition. The agreement, which includes 16 NH90s in tactical transport (TTH) configuration and 12 NH90s in naval (NFH) configuration, will support the country’s plan to modernise their military helicopter fleet.

US delivers ScanEagle UAS to the Philippines

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned over a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana during a transfer ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, on March 13.

Qatar reportedly signed for six Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs

Qatar reportedly signed contract for the acquisition of six Baykar Makina's Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicle, EHA News reports today at DIMDEX 2018 defense show held in Doha.

U.S. RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV performs missions over Ukraine

The U.S. Air Force is reportedly flying an RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle (UAV) over eastern Ukraine. The UAV has flown another hours-long reconnaissance flight over the demarcation line in Donbas.

Russian Air Force receives first upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-M

The first upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-M airlifter has been handed over to Russia’s Defense Ministry, Vice-President for Transport Aircraft at Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Alexei Rogozin said. The first upgraded plane has arrived at one of the bases of the Russian Aerospace Force’s military transport aviation.

Kratos' UTAP-22 Mako UAS approved for European and Asian markets

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced today, March 13, that it has received U.S. State Department approval to market its Mako High Performance Jet Tactical Unmanned Aerial System to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries.

China to develop J-20 fighter jet into a large family

China will continue to improve and upgrade its cutting-edge J-20 stealth fighter jet, giving it more capabilities than merely penetrating an enemy's air defense networks, according to its chief designer, China Daily reports on March 13.

South Korea inks deal for 90 more KEPD 350 Taurus missiles

South Korea has inked a contract to purchase 90 more KEPD 350 Taurus long-range air-to-ground missiles in line with its weapon system introduction program despite eased tensions on the peninsula, an official said Tuesday.

Russia starts implementing Su-35 deal with Indonesia

Russia has started to implement a contract for the delivery of Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia, Russian presidential aide for military and technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin told Rossiya-24 TV Channel.

Russian Western Military District forms new Ka-52 wings

The air regiment of the Russian Western Military District received some ten new Ka-52 helicopter gunships, district spokesman Igor Muginov said on March 10, 2018.

Russia conducts successful test launch of Kinzhal hypersonic missile

A Russian fighter jet carried out a training and combat launch of the hypersonic missile of Kinzhal, and the missile hit the target, the Russian Ministry of Defense said Sunday.

USAF MQ-1 Predator took flight for the last time

The US Air Force held the MQ-1 Predator’s official retirement ceremony with Airmen from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise leaders, and MQ-1 alumni March 9, 2018, at Creech AFB.

UK and Saudi Arabia sign MoI for 48 extra Typhoon fighter jets

The UK government has signed a long-awaited Memorandum of Intent with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to aim to finalize discussions for the purchase of 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jets. "This is a positive step towards agreeing a contract for our valued partner," confirmed Charles Woodburn, BAE Systems Chief Executive, in a statement.

South Korea confirms Meteor, Iris-T integration on KF-X fighter jet

As negociations with US are facing delay, South Korea is now turning to Europe for its key arms procurement offset programs. Among them, one is focusing on integration of MBDA's Meteor and Diehl Defence's IRIS-T air-to-air missiles on the KF-X next-generation fighter jet.

US Army orders 35 additional UH-72A helicopters

The US Army ordered 35 more UH-72A Lakota multirole choppers from Airbus Helicopters Inc. worth US$273 mn, the US DoD announced yesterday on its website.

Raytheon to upgrade Qatari Emiri Air Force’s Air Operation Center

The US State Department yesterday approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of equipment and support to upgrade the Qatari Emiri Air Force’s (QEAF) Air Operation Center (AOC) for an estimated cost of $197 million, the country's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced today, March 8.

Spice 1000 guided bomb reaches IOC with IAF F-16C/D fighter jets

The Spice 1000 munition has been declared fit for operational use with Israel Air Force F-16C/D "Barak" aircraft after successfully completing an examination which included a series of aerial and ground tests.

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