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March 2012 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

First Turkish-made attack helicopter ATAK T-129 will delivered in 2013 2703122

First Turkish-made attack helicopter ATAK T-129 will delivered in 2013
 
Turkey’s Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry has disclosed a new five-year strategic plan, which finalizes completion dates for key projects including Turkish-made tanks, aircraft, satellites, destroyers, and ATAK T-129 helicopters, in a bid to lift the country’s defense industry into a higher league.
Turkey’s Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry has disclosed a new five-year strategic plan, which finalizes completion dates for key projects including Turkish-made tanks, aircraft, satellites, destroyers, and ATAK T-129 helicopters, in a bid to lift the country’s defense industry into a higher league.
 

Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter aircraft completes first night refueling mission 2703121

Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter aircraft completes first night refueling mission
 
The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35’s boom receptacle.
The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35’s boom receptacle.
 

Indonesia to procure for unmanned reconnaissance planes from the Philippines 2603121

Indonesia to procure four unmanned reconnaissance planes from the Philippines
 
Indonesian has decided to procure four unmanned reconnaissance planes from the Philippines worth some 16 million U.S. dollars, a senior official said on Monday, March 26, 2012.
Indonesian has decided to procure four unmanned reconnaissance planes from the Philippines worth some 16 million U.S. dollars, a senior official said on Monday, March 26, 2012.
 

Russian Air Force orders 30 Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft 2303125

Russian Air Force orders 30 Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft
 
Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and President of Irkut Corporation Alexey Fedorov, have signed the contract on Su-30SM multirole fighters delivery for the Russian Armed Forces. Under the contract, Irkut Corporation will supply to the Defence Ministry 30 aircraft of this type by 2015.
Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and President of Irkut Corporation Alexey Fedorov, have signed the contract on Su-30SM multirole fighters delivery for the Russian Armed Forces. Under the contract, Irkut Corporation will supply to the Defence Ministry 30 aircraft of this type by 2015.
 

Japan's Ministry of Defense to acquire a Eurocopter EC225 helicopter for passenger transportation 1603122

Japan's Ministry of Defense to acquire a Eurocopter EC225 helicopter for passenger transportation
 
Eurocopter Japan, a subsidiary of Eurocopter Group, will supply one EC225 to the Japan Ministry of Defense, to be operated by the Japanese ground self defense force for passenger transport. It is a replacement for the same helicopter model which was submerged during the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March last year.
Eurocopter Japan, a subsidiary of Eurocopter Group, will supply one EC225 to the Japan Ministry of Defense, to be operated by the Japanese ground self defense force for passenger transport. It is a replacement for the same helicopter model which was submerged during the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March last year.
 

First flight test for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fifth-generation fighter aircraft 1603121

First flight test for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fifth-generation fighter aircraft
 
The final Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft took to the skies for its first test flight here yesterday with company test pilot, Bret Luedke at the controls. Raptor 4195 has a May delivery date and will join other F-22s in the U.S. Air Force’s 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
The final Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft took to the skies for its first test flight here yesterday with company test pilot, Bret Luedke at the controls. Raptor 4195 has a May delivery date and will join other F-22s in the U.S. Air Force’s 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
 

Crash of a Russian attack helicopter Kamov KA-52 Alligator Hokum B during a training flight 1303121

Crash of a Russian attack helicopter Kamov KA-52 Alligator Hokum B during a training flight
 
Two pilots died after a Kamov Ka-52 Alligator (Hokum B) attack helicopter crashed during a training flight near Torzhok in Russia’s Tver Region on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. “A rescue group found the helicopter some 10 kilometers west of Torzhok air field at 08.45 am Moscow Time” he said. One pilot died immediately in the crash, and the second died in hospital shortly after.
Two pilots died after a Kamov Ka-52 Alligator (Hokum B) attack helicopter crashed during a training flight near Torzhok in Russia’s Tver Region on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. “A rescue group found the helicopter some 10 kilometers west of Torzhok air field at 08.45 am Moscow Time” he said. One pilot died immediately in the crash, and the second died in hospital shortly after.
 

Indian local made light fighter aircraft Tejas LSP-7 makes maiden flight at HAL airport 1203122

Indian local made light fighter aircraft Tejas LSP-7 makes maiden flight at HAL airport
 
The Indian local made light combat aircraft (LCA), Tejas LSP-7, made its maiden flight on Friday, March 10, 2012. The Limited Series Production-7 aircraft took off from the HAL airport at 4.27 pm and flew for 28 minutes.
The Indian local made light combat aircraft (LCA), Tejas LSP-7, made its maiden flight on Friday, March 10, 2012. The Limited Series Production-7 aircraft took off from the HAL airport at 4.27 pm and flew for 28 minutes.
 

Israel unveils new Bunker Buster bomb MPR-500 a military option against nuclear facilities in Iran 1203121

Israel unveils new Bunker Buster bomb MPR-500 a military option against nuclear facilities in Iran
 
Israel last week unveiled an improved precision, bunker-burrowing weapon, the MPR-500, the latest in a series of operational upgrades aimed at honing what one official here labeled “a very credible military option” against the Iranian nuclear threat.
Israel last week unveiled an improved precision, bunker-burrowing weapon, the MPR-500, the latest in a series of operational upgrades aimed at honing what one official here labeled “a very credible military option” against the Iranian nuclear threat.
 

The Philippine Air Force receives the first of the eight combat utility helicopters W-3 Sokol 1003121

The Philippine Air Force receives the first of the eight combat utility helicopters W-3 Sokol
 
The first four of the eight Sokol combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) were turned over to Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin in a ceremony held Friday, March 9, 2012, in this freeport.
The first four of the eight Sokol combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) were turned over to Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin in a ceremony held Friday, March 9, 2012, in this freeport.
 

Turkey wants to produce his own fighter aircraft for 2023 0903121

Turkey wants to produce his own fighter aircraft for 2023
 
Turkey has initiated a project to produce its own warplanes by 2023, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported Friday, March 9, 202, quoting sources from the defense industry. Having been allocated a budget of 20 million U.S. dollars to develop the conceptual design of fighter jets, the project is currently in the initial phases.
Turkey has initiated a project to produce its own warplanes by 2023, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported Friday, March 9, 202, quoting sources from the defense industry. Having been allocated a budget of 20 million U.S. dollars to develop the conceptual design of fighter jets, the project is currently in the initial phases.
 

Malaysia listed the Swedish-made combat aircraft Gripen for its new generation fighter 0803121

Malaysia listed the Swedish-made combat aircraft Gripen for its new generation fighter
 
As Malaysia listed the Swedish-made Gripen multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) as one of its possible choices for its new generation fighter jets, Saab, the manufacturer of the aircraft, is harping on its long-term cost effectiveness. Saab media relations manager Peter Liander said the cost of the whole life cycle of its MRCA in terms of maintenance, operations and flying was more effective as compared to other MRCA of its class.
As Malaysia listed the Swedish-made Gripen multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) as one of its possible choices for its new generation fighter jets, Saab, the manufacturer of the aircraft, is harping on its long-term cost effectiveness. Saab media relations manager Peter Liander said the cost of the whole life cycle of its MRCA in terms of maintenance, operations and flying was more effective as compared to other MRCA of its class.
 

The newest combat helicopter Ka-52 Alligator will be provided to Russian air Force 0603122

The newest combat helicopter Ka-52 Alligator will be provided to Russian air Force
 
The newest combat helicopters Ka-52 Alligator will be supplied to the air base of the formation of Air Force and Air Defense Forces of the Southern Military District located in Krasnodar Territory until the end of 2012.
The newest combat helicopters Ka-52 Alligator will be supplied to the air base of the formation of Air Force and Air Defense Forces of the Southern Military District located in Krasnodar Territory until the end of 2012.
 

Russia and China will sign a contract for the delivery of 48 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighter aircraft 0603121

Russia and China will sign a contract for the delivery of 48 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighter aircraft
 
Russia and China may soon sign a $4-bln contract on the delivery of 48 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighter jets to the Chinese air force, Russia’s Kommersant business daily said on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. “The sides have practically agreed on the delivery of 48 Su-35 multirole fighters, worth $4 billion, to China,” Kommersant said citing a source in the Russian defense industry.
Russia and China may soon sign a $4-bln contract on the delivery of 48 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighter jets to the Chinese air force, Russia’s Kommersant business daily said on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. “The sides have practically agreed on the delivery of 48 Su-35 multirole fighters, worth $4 billion, to China,” Kommersant said citing a source in the Russian defense industry.
 

First test flight in June for the Russian modernized aircraft Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A named Il-476 0503121

First test flight in June for the Russian modernized aircraft Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A named Il-476
 
Russia’s modernized Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A aircraft, also known as the Il-476, will conduct its maiden flight by the end of June, Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar aircraft maker said on Friday, March 2, 2012.
Russia’s modernized Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A aircraft, also known as the Il-476, will conduct its maiden flight by the end of June, Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar aircraft maker said on Friday, March 2, 2012.
 

Indonesian armed forces receive three new helicopters Bell 412 EP for Army and Navy 0303122

Indonesian armed forces receive three new helicopters Bell 412 EP for Army and Navy
 
Indonesian aviation industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) handed over three new Bell 412 EP helicopters to Indonesian military that would be commissioned to the navy and armed forces, a local media reported on Friday, March 2, 2012.
Indonesian aviation industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) handed over three new Bell 412 EP helicopters to Indonesian military that would be commissioned to the navy and armed forces, a local media reported on Friday, March 2, 2012.
 

EADS North America delivers 200th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to United States Army 0303121

EADS North America delivers 200th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to United States Army
 
EADS North America delivered the 200th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) today to the U.S. Army during a ceremony at the company's American Eurocopter production facility in Columbus, Miss.
EADS North America delivered the 200th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) today to the U.S. Army during a ceremony at the company's American Eurocopter production facility in Columbus, Miss.
 

Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract for the delivery of 92 Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bombers 0203121

Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract for the delivery of 92 Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bombers
 
The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a deal for 92 Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers from the Sukhoi aircraft maker, the ministry said on Thursday, March 1, 2012.
The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract with aircraft maker MiG for the delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter aircraft, MiG said on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.