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October 2013 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

F-35B Lightning II Completes First Guided Weapon Delivery Against Ground Target

F-35B Lightning II Completes First Guided Weapon Delivery Against Ground Target
 
An F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft piloted by Marine Corps Maj. Richard Rusnok, successfully employed a Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II laser-guided weapon from the F-35's internal weapons bay against a fixed ground tank test target yesterday.
An F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft piloted by Marine Corps Maj. Richard Rusnok, successfully employed a Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II laser-guided weapon from the F-35's internal weapons bay against a fixed ground tank test target yesterday.
   

New Development Contract for Eurofighter Typhoon

New Development Contract for Eurofighter Typhoon
 
A major new Development Contract which will pave the way for continuous capability enhancements of the Eurofighter Typhoon has been signed by Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA).The package (known as Evolution Package 2) will be delivered by the end of 2015. The Contract signing was announced on Wednesday 30th October in South Korea at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition 2013.
A major new Development Contract which will pave the way for continuous capability enhancements of the Eurofighter Typhoon has been signed by Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA).The package (known as Evolution Package 2) will be delivered by the end of 2015. The Contract signing was announced on Wednesday 30th October in South Korea at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition 2013.
   

Lockheed Martin Receives $113M Contract for U.S Helicopter Search and Rescue Training Simulators

Lockheed Martin Receives $113M Contract for U.S Helicopter Search and Rescue Training Simulators
 
Lockheed Martin received a $113 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to design, develop, field and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters.
Lockheed Martin received a $113 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to design, develop, field and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters.
   

DARPA presents High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS)

DARPA presents High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS)
 
Enemy surface-to-air threats to manned and unmanned aircraft have become increasingly sophisticated, creating a need for rapid and effective response to this growing category of threats. High power lasers can provide a solution to this challenge, as they harness the speed and power of light to counter multiple threats.
Enemy surface-to-air threats to manned and unmanned aircraft have become increasingly sophisticated, creating a need for rapid and effective response to this growing category of threats. High power lasers can provide a solution to this challenge, as they harness the speed and power of light to counter multiple threats.
   

Marines fly first Lockheed Martin F-35B STOVL mission at Eglin

Marines fly first Lockheed Martin F-35B STOVL mission at Eglin
 
At EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.The 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II program reached a new milestone when Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 completed its first short take-off and vertical landing mission here Oct. 24.
At EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.The 33rd Fighter Wing and the F-35 Lightning II program reached a new milestone when Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron-501 completed its first short take-off and vertical landing mission here Oct. 24.
   

Increased operational capabilities for Eurofighter Typhoon

Increased operational capabilities for Eurofighter Typhoon
 
Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, has successfully finalized its flight testing of the Eurofighter Typhoon Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) programme. After an intensive test programme of this First Batch of Enhancements on Instrumented Production Aircraft 4 and 7, this enhancement is confirmed to deliver a robust simultaneous multi-/swing-role capability to the Nations' Air Forces. It will be ready for the customers by the end of 2013.
Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, has successfully finalized its flight testing of the Eurofighter Typhoon Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) programme. After an intensive test programme of this First Batch of Enhancements on Instrumented Production Aircraft 4 and 7, this enhancement is confirmed to deliver a robust simultaneous multi-/swing-role capability to the Nations' Air Forces. It will be ready for the customers by the end of 2013.
   

Russian Helicopters presents the Ka-32A11BC, the Mi-171A2 and the Ka-62 in South Korea.

Russian Helicopters presents the Ka-32A11BC, the Mi-171A2 and the Ka-62 in South Korea
 
Russian Helicopters presents the fire-fighting Ka-32A11BC, the multi-role Mi-171A2 and the new Ka-62 to the South Korean market. Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, is taking part in Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (SEOUL ADEX 2013) from 29 October to 3 November 2013 at the Kintex Exhibition Centre in Seoul, South Korea. The company’s stand is in pavilion H9-C6.
Russian Helicopters presents the fire-fighting Ka-32A11BC, the multi-role Mi-171A2 and the new Ka-62 to the South Korean market. Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, is taking part in Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (SEOUL ADEX 2013) from 29 October to 3 November 2013 at the Kintex Exhibition Centre in Seoul, South Korea. The company’s stand is in pavilion H9-C6.
   

Beechcraft Signs Follow-on Contract with Mexican Air Force for Six T-6C+ Trainers

Beechcraft Signs Follow-on Contract with Mexican Air Force for Six T-6C+ Trainers
 
Beechcraft Corporation today announced a follow-on sale of its Beechcraft T-6C+ military trainer to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The T-6C+, an enhanced version of the T-6 military trainer aircraft, is capable of carrying external stores and delivering practice weapons for training purposes. This order follows an initial order of six T-6C+ aircraft from the FAM in January 2012.
Beechcraft Corporation today announced a follow-on sale of its Beechcraft T-6C+ military trainer to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The T-6C+, an enhanced version of the T-6 military trainer aircraft, is capable of carrying external stores and delivering practice weapons for training purposes. This order follows an initial order of six T-6C+ aircraft from the FAM in January 2012.
   

Fifth PAK FA fighter aircraft made its first flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

Fifth PAK FA fighter aircraft made its first flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur
 
The fifth prototype of the prospective 5th — generation aviation complex (PAK FA, T-50) made its maiden flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur at the Y.A.Gagarin KnAAZ aircraft
The fifth prototype of the prospective 5th — generation aviation complex (PAK FA, T-50) made its maiden flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur at the Y.A.Gagarin KnAAZ aircraft plant of the Sukhoi Company.
   

Media report: Pakistan to sell JF-17 fighter jets to Sri-Lanka.

Media report: Pakistan to sell JF-17 fighter jets to Sri-Lanka
 
According to Daily Mirror from Sri-Lanka, Pakistan has decided to start sale of state of the art JF-17, Thunder combat planes developed by the collaboration of China to several other countries including to Sri Lanka from next year, Pakistan’s The Nations news agency reported.
According to Daily Mirror from Sri-Lanka, Pakistan has decided to start sale of state of the art JF-17, Thunder combat planes developed by the collaboration of China to several other countries including to Sri Lanka from next year, Pakistan’s The Nations news agency reported.
   

Royal Netherlands Air Force begins training on upgraded Chinook simulator at CAE'S MSHATF

Royal Netherlands Air Force begins training on upgraded Chinook simulator at CAE'S MSHATF
 
CAE today announced it has completed a major upgrade to one of the Chinook dynamic mission simulators located at CAE's Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is now training its Chinook aircrews to both the CH-47D and CH-47F standards.
CAE today announced it has completed a major upgrade to one of the Chinook dynamic mission simulators located at CAE's Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is now training its Chinook aircrews to both the CH-47D and CH-47F standards.
   

The Lithuanian Air Force orders three Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopters

The Lithuanian Air Force orders three Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopters
 
Eurocopter will supply three AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopters to the Lithuanian Air Force for a renewed countrywide search and rescue service with around-the-clock availability, adding a nother customer to the list of global operators using this twin-engine rotorcraft for vital life-saving missions.
Eurocopter will supply three AS365 N3 Dauphin helicopters to the Lithuanian Air Force
for a renewed countrywide search and rescue service with around-the-clock availability,
adding a nother customer to the list of global operators using this twin-engine rotorcraft
for vital life-saving missions.
   

TATA Sikorsky JV delivers first fully indigenous S-92 helicopter cabin

TATA Sikorsky JV delivers first fully indigenous S-92 helicopter cabin
 
The India joint venture established between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation today announced that its S-92 helicopter cabin production in India has become 100 percent indigenous. The India operation is not only assembling cabins but also producing all parts needed for the assembly, before shipping the cabins to the U.S. for aircraft completion and customer delivery.
The India joint venture established between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation today announced that its S-92 helicopter cabin production in India has become 100 percent indigenous. The India operation is not only assembling cabins but also producing all parts needed for the assembly, before shipping the cabins to the U.S. for aircraft completion and customer delivery.
   

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Team for US Air Force Bomber Program

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Team for US Air Force Bomber Program
 
The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation are teaming to compete for the United States Air Force's Long-Range Strike Bomber program, with Boeing acting as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as the primary teammate.
The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation are teaming to compete for the United States Air Force's Long-Range Strike Bomber program, with Boeing acting as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as the primary teammate.
   

Kazakhstan buys 2 additional Airbus Military C295 cargo plane

Kazakhstan buys 2 additional Airbus Military C295 cargo plane
 
Airbus Military has signed a contract with Kazspecexport, a State Company belonging to the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan, to supply two C295 military transport aircraft plus the related service support package for spare parts and ground support equipment. This order is implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed in 2012 between the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan and Airbus Military for the procurement of eight C295s in total and on the basis of which two C295s were already delivered in 2013.
Airbus Military has signed a contract with Kazspecexport, a State Company belonging to the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan, to supply two C295 military transport aircraft plus the related service support package for spare parts and ground support equipment.
   

Crash of a swiss Boeing F/A-18 Hornet

Crash of a swiss Boeing F/A-18 Hornet
 
The Ministry of Defence of Switzerland announced today that a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet crashed in the Obwald county (center of the country).
The Ministry of Defence of Switzerland announced today that a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet crashed in the Obwald county (center of the country).
   

Ghana to acquire additional Airbus Military C295

Ghana to acquire additional Airbus Military C295
 
The government of Ghana is to acquire additional multi-purpose military aircraft from Airbus Military of Spain to boost Ghana’s air services support operations at the United Nations-led mission in Mali.
The government of Ghana is to acquire additional multi-purpose military aircraft from Airbus Military of Spain to boost Ghana’s air services support operations at the United Nations-led mission in Mali.
   

MBDA's Brimstone 2 Air to Ground Missile hits very fast targets

MBDA's Brimstone 2 Air to Ground Missile hits very fast targets
 
In early October MBDA demonstrated significant progress on the Brimstone 2 development programme with a series of successful firings aimed at proving the performance of the latest guidance system upgrades being added to Brimstone via the UK MoD Brimstone 2 programme.
In early October MBDA demonstrated significant progress on the Brimstone 2 development programme with a series of successful firings aimed at proving the performance of the latest guidance system upgrades being added to Brimstone via the UK MoD Brimstone 2 programme.
   

China to buy Russian Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighter for rearward firing capability

China to buy Russian Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighter for rearward firing capability
 
China has decided to purchase Su-35 fighter from Russia because it is able to launch rearward-firing missiles, according to senior colonel Wu Guohui, an associate professor at Beijing's National Defense University.
China has decided to purchase Su-35 fighter from Russia because it is able to launch rearward-firing missiles, according to senior colonel Wu Guohui, an associate professor at Beijing's National Defense University.
   

South Korea will deliver 12 Lockheed Martin / KAI FA-50 jet fighters to Philippines

South Korea will deliver 12 Lockheed Martin / KAI FA-50 jet fighters to Philippines
 
The Philippines and South Korean governments have agreed to fast-track Manila’s procurement of 12 lead-in fighter jets aimed at upgrading the defense capabilities of the Philippines Air Force (PAF).
The Philippine and South Korean governments have agreed to fast-track Manila’s procurement of 12 lead-in fighter jets aimed at upgrading the defense capabilities of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
   

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