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August 2013 Aviation Aerospace Defence Industry Air Force Military News
 
 

First production A400M Airbus Military transport aircraft flies in Turkish Air force colours 2908131

First production A400M Airbus Military transport aircraft flies in Turkish Air force colours
 
The first production Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter for the Turkish Air Force (TAF) has been painted and flown for the first time in its new markings. The aircraft is the first of ten ordered by Turkey and will be delivered in the coming weeks.
The first production Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter for the Turkish Air Force (TAF) has been painted and flown for the first time in its new markings. The aircraft is the first of ten ordered by Turkey and will be delivered in the coming weeks.
 

United States government agree to sell AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia 2708131

United States government agree to sell AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia
 
Indonesia obtained approval from U. S. government on its proposal to acquire AH-64 Apache combat helicopters with procurement document signed by Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel here on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Indonesia obtained approval from U. S. government on its proposal to acquire AH-64 Apache combat helicopters with procurement document signed by Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel here on Monday, August 26, 2013.
 

New Chinese attack helicopter WZ-10 launched successfully its first air-to-air missile 2608131

New Chinese attack helicopter WZ-10 launched successfully its first air-to-air missile
 
China's first self-developed modern military attack helicopter WZ-10 has launched its first air-to-air missile and successfully intercepted low-altitude targets.
China's first self-developed modern military attack helicopter WZ-10 has launched its first air-to-air missile and successfully intercepted low-altitude targets.
 

F-35C completes first in-flight refuel with United States Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft 2508134

F-35C completes first in-flight refuel with United States Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft
 
On Aug. 20, an F-35 Lightning II carrier variant (CV) refueled from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 for the first time. With the completion of this test, the F-35C joins the A and B models in proving that all three variants of the F-35 can be refueled from a common tanker platform, despite different methods.
On Aug. 20, an F-35 Lightning II carrier variant (CV) refueled from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 for the first time. With the completion of this test, the F-35C joins the A and B models in proving that all three variants of the F-35 can be refueled from a common tanker platform, despite different methods.
 

Russian Air Force will procure up to 60 Mi-28UB training variant of Mi-28UB night attack helicopter 1108131

Russian Air Force will procure up to 60 Mi-28UB training variant of Mi-28UB night attack helicopter
 
The Russian Defense Ministry will procure up to 60 Mi-28UB helicopters to improve the training of pilots for Mi-28N gunships, the Air Force commander said. The Mi-28UB is a combat training variant of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter that can be operated both from the pilot's cockpit and the flight instructor's cockpit as it is equipped with a dual hydromechanical flight control system.
The Russian Defense Ministry will procure up to 60 Mi-28UB helicopters to improve the training of pilots for Mi-28N gunships, the Air Force commander said. The Mi-28UB is a combat training variant of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter that can be operated both from the pilot's cockpit and the flight instructor's cockpit as it is equipped with a dual hydromechanical flight control system.
 

Two MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft completed longest distance flight in the Pacific Region 0808131

Two MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft completed longest distance flight in the Pacific Region
 
Two MV-22B Ospreys completed the longest distance Osprey tanking mission to date in the Pacific region Aug. 2-5, beginning from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and ending in Townsville, Australia. The aircrews conducted aerial refueling operations during tanking missions to extend their flight range, reducing the number of required landings and shortening the mission timeline.
Two MV-22B Ospreys completed the longest distance Osprey tanking mission to date in the Pacific region Aug. 2-5, beginning from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and ending in Townsville, Australia. The aircrews conducted aerial refueling operations during tanking missions to extend their flight range, reducing the number of required landings and shortening the mission timeline.
 

Russian Air Force will take delivery this year of first fifth-generation T-50 fighter aircraft 0708132

Russian Air Force will take delivery this year of first fifth-generation T-50 fighter aircraft
 
The Russian Air Force will take delivery of its first fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet "in the third quarter of this year" for final state test flights starting in the fourth quarter, the service's commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said, Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
The Russian Air Force will take delivery of its first fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet "in the third quarter of this year" for final state test flights starting in the fourth quarter, the service's commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said, Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
 

Naval fighter aircraft F-35B STOVL for U.S. Marine Corps completes 500th vertical landing 0708131

Naval fighter aircraft F-35B STOVL for U.S. Marine Corps completes 500th vertical landing
 
The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing August 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft completed its 500th vertical landing August 3. BF-1, the aircraft which completed this achievement, also accomplished the variant’s first vertical landing in March 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
 

Iranian Air Force overhauls two Mirage F1 fighter aircraft 0508131

Iranian Air Force overhauls two Mirage F1 fighter aircraft
 
Iranian experts in Shahid Nasser Habibi air base in Northeastern Iran managed to overhaul two mirage F-1 fighter jets, the Air Force announced on Sunday, August 5, 2013. The Dassault Mirage F1 is a French air fighter and attack aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation as a successor of the Mirage III family. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 23 December 1966.
Iranian experts in Shahid Nasser Habibi air base in Northeastern Iran managed to overhaul two mirage F-1 fighter jets, the Air Force announced on Sunday, August 5, 2013. The Dassault Mirage F1 is a French air fighter and attack aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation as a successor of the Mirage III family. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 23 December 1966.
 

French Air Force officially takes delivery of first A400M new generation of military transport aircraft 0208132

French Air Force officially takes delivery of first A400M new generation of military transport aircraft
 
Airbus Military has formally delivered the first A400M new generation airlifter, which is known in French service as the A400M Atlas, to the French Air Force, a milestone marking the beginning of the transformation of military air transport in Europe and beyond. This delivery, just authorized by the French procurement agency DGA, enables the aircraft, MSN7, to join tomorrow the French airbase of Orleans-Bricy where it will be based with the French Air Force.
Airbus Military has formally delivered the first A400M new generation airlifter, which is known in French service as the A400M Atlas, to the French Air Force, a milestone marking the beginning of the transformation of military air transport in Europe and beyond. This delivery, just authorized by the French procurement agency DGA, enables the aircraft, MSN7, to join tomorrow the French airbase of Orleans-Bricy where it will be based with the French Air Force.
 

Eurocopter delivered the first NH90 NFH Naval Helicopter to the Belgium Armed Forces 0208131

Eurocopter delivered the first NH90 NFH Naval Helicopter to the Belgium Armed Forces
 
Eurocopter delivered the first NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) to the Belgium Armed Forces, providing an advanced, highly capable and fully-qualified rotary-wing aircraft for this nation’s multi-role mission requirements. In addition to being the no. 1 NH90 NFH received by Belgium, it also is the first built at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth, Germany industrial site – demonstrating this facility’s capability to assemble and deliver these new-generation twin-engine helicopters.
Eurocopter delivered the first NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) to the Belgium Armed Forces, providing an advanced, highly capable and fully-qualified rotary-wing aircraft for this nation’s multi-role mission requirements. In addition to being the no. 1 NH90 NFH received by Belgium, it also is the first built at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth, Germany industrial site – demonstrating this facility’s capability to assemble and deliver these new-generation twin-engine helicopters.