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January 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Belarus to modernize its fleet of Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter

Belarus to modernize its fleet of Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter
 
Belarus will upgrade its Sukhoi Su-27, said Friday in Minsk the chairman of the Belarusian State Committee for the defense industry Sergei Gouroulev.
Belarus will upgrade its Sukhoi Su-27, said Friday in Minsk the chairman of the Belarusian State Committee for the defense industry Sergei Gouroulev.
   

Indian DRDO to test fire a new BVR Missile soon

Indian DRDO to test fire a new BVR Missile soon
 
According to Ria Novosti, Bangladesh ordered 24 Russian Yak-130 light fighter jets worth $800 million in the final quarter of last year, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday.
Indian defence scientists are preparing to test long delayed indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra in the coming weeks.
   

Bangladesh Buys Russian Yak-130 Combat Training Jets Worth $800M

Bangladesh Buys Russian Yak-130 Combat Training Jets Worth $800M
 
According to Ria Novosti, Bangladesh ordered 24 Russian Yak-130 light fighter jets worth $800 million in the final quarter of last year, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday.
According to Ria Novosti, Bangladesh ordered 24 Russian Yak-130 light fighter jets worth $800 million in the final quarter of last year, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday.
   

India close to buying Japan-made US-2 military aircraft in $1.65 billion deal.

India close to buying Japan-made US-2 military aircraft in $1.65 billion deal
 
India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe end a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country's defence contractors out of foreign markets.
India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe end a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country's defence contractors out of foreign markets.
   

Is the Pakistani JF-17 Thunder jet fighter joining the Saudi Air Force inventory ?

Is the Pakistani JF-17 Thunder jet fighter joining the Saudi Air Force inventory ?
 
Several media have reported a Saudi interest for the JF-17 Thunder produced in cooperation by Pakistan and China. US journal, Geo News reported that Saudi defence ministry and Saudi Air Force are keenly examining the JF-17 Thunder program and mulling over their participation in it.
Several media have reported a Saudi interest for the JF-17 Thunder produced in cooperation by Pakistan and China. US journal, Geo News reported that Saudi defence ministry and Saudi Air Force are keenly examining the JF-17 Thunder program and mulling over their participation in it.
   

Iraq buys 500 AGM -114K/R Air-to-Ground Hellfire Missiles

Iraq buys 500 AGM -114K/R Air-to-Ground Hellfire Missiles
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AGM-114K/R Hellfire Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $82 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AGM-114K/R Hellfire Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $82 million.
   

Rafale improves its versatility with new heavy configuration

Rafale improves its versatility with new heavy configuration
 
The RAFALE has successfully completed its first test flights in a new heavily-armed configuration, comprising six air-to-ground precision AASM Hammer missiles four medium and long range air-to-air missiles from the MICA family, two very long range METEOR missiles, as well as three 2,000 liter fuel tanks.
The RAFALE has successfully completed its first test flights in a new heavily-armed configuration, comprising six air-to-ground precision AASM Hammer missiles four medium and long range air-to-air missiles from the MICA family, two very long range METEOR missiles, as well as three 2,000 liter fuel tanks.
   

Airbus Group, Inc. delivers U.S. Coast Guard with its 16th HC-144A Ocean Sentry Aircraft

Airbus Group, Inc. delivers U.S. Coast Guard with its 16th HC-144A Ocean Sentry Aircraft
 
Airbus Group, Inc. has delivered the 16th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus CN235 tactical airlifter, more than 235 of which are currently in operation by 29 countries. This is the first of three HC-144As planned for delivery this year.
Airbus Group, Inc. has delivered the 16th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus CN235 tactical airlifter, more than 235 of which are currently in operation by 29 countries. This is the first of three HC-144As planned for delivery this year.
   

Russia Plans Cruise Missile Tests, Tu-95, Tu-160 Bomber Patrols for 2014

Russia Plans Cruise Missile Tests, Tu-95, Tu-160 Bomber Patrols for 2014
 
The Russian Air Force is preparing to conduct a series of tests of new cruise missiles, as well as carrying out strategic bomber patrols including stops in other countries, the commander of its long-range fleet said Wednesday.
The Russian Air Force is preparing to conduct a series of tests of new cruise missiles, as well as carrying out strategic bomber patrols including stops in other countries, the commander of its long-range fleet said Wednesday.
   

Israel’s purchase of six Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor aircraft from the United States

Israel’s purchase of six Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor aircraft from the United States
 
The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has notified the U.S. Congress of its plan to sell six Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft to Israel, the first foreign country to receive the advanced tilt-rotor aircraft.
The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has notified the U.S. Congress of its plan to sell six Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft to Israel, the first foreign country to receive the advanced tilt-rotor aircraft.
   

Boeing Starts Assembly of Final KC-46A Test Aircraft

Boeing Starts Assembly of Final KC-46A Test Aircraft
 
Boeing is assembling the fourth and final KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett factory, keeping the program on track to deliver the initial 18 tankers to the Air Force by 2017.The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) has selected the latest high-power version of the Super Puma to fight drug trafficking and perform public-security and disaster relief missions throughout the country. The contract includes a logistics package that will support fleet sustainability in the coming years. The first two helicopters will be delivered this year and the remaining four before 2016.
Boeing is assembling the fourth and final KC-46A test aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker program at the company’s Everett factory, keeping the program on track to deliver the initial 18 tankers to the Air Force by 2017.
   

Airbus Helicopters to Supply Six Super Puma AS332 C1e Helicopters to Bolivia

Airbus Helicopters to Supply Six Super Puma AS332 C1e Helicopters to Bolivia
 
The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) has selected the latest high-power version of the Super Puma to fight drug trafficking and perform public-security and disaster relief missions throughout the country. The contract includes a logistics package that will support fleet sustainability in the coming years. The first two helicopters will be delivered this year and the remaining four before 2016.
The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) has selected the latest high-power version of the Super Puma to fight drug trafficking and perform public-security and disaster relief missions throughout the country. The contract includes a logistics package that will support fleet sustainability in the coming years. The first two helicopters will be delivered this year and the remaining four before 2016.
   

Eurofighter Typhoon: Flight Tests with Taurus KEPD 350 Cruise Missile Started

Eurofighter Typhoon: Flight Tests with Taurus KEPD 350 Cruise Missile Started
 
On January 15, Airbus Defence and Space started flight tests on Taurus stand-off precision missiles on the Instrumented Production Aircraft 7 (IPA7), operated by Eurofighter Project Pilot Chris Worning. The first flight took place at Manching Military Air Systems Center in the north of Munich.
On January 15, Airbus Defence and Space started flight tests on Taurus stand-off precision missiles on the Instrumented Production Aircraft 7 (IPA7), operated by Eurofighter Project Pilot Chris Worning. The first flight took place at Manching Military Air Systems Center in the north of Munich.
   

Spanish Ministry of Defense Becomes the World’s Leading Operator of the Airbus Helicopters’ EC135

Spanish Ministry of Defense Becomes the World’s Leading Operator of the Airbus Helicopters’ EC135
 
Marignane, France , January 15 2014 - Airbus Helicopters’ factory in Spain provided the
Marignane, France , January 15 2014 - Airbus Helicopters’ factory in Spain provided the setting early this week for the delivery of the two EC135 helicopters to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET). The aircraft were the first to be delivered as part of a contract for eight EC135s signed on December 27, 2013 by the Spanish armament procurement agency, which answers directly to the country’s Ministry of Defense, and Airbus Helicopters España.
   

Russian Helicopters boosts transport infrastructure in Russia’s Far East

Russian Helicopters boosts transport infrastructure in Russia’s Far East
 
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will deliver two medium multirole Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters to the regional government of Sakhalin Oblast in the first quarter of 2015. The Mi-8MTV-1 will expand flight coverage of the region, and significantly increases the range of air ambulances in Sakhalin.
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will deliver two medium multirole Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters to the regional government of Sakhalin Oblast in the first quarter of 2015. The Mi-8MTV-1 will expand flight coverage of the region, and significantly increases the range of air ambulances in Sakhalin.
   

Airbus Defence & Space final bidder to offer 3 C-295 Transport Planes to Philippine Air Force

Airbus Defence & Space final bidder to offer 3 C-295 Transport Planes to Philippine Air Force
 
The Department of National Defense has named a Spanish aircraft company as the single calculated bidder that will supply three brand new medium-lift aircraft to the Philippine Air Force.
The Department of National Defense has named a Spanish aircraft company as the single calculated bidder that will supply three brand new medium-lift aircraft to the Philippine Air Force.
   

Bell-Boeing V-22 Ospreys to join Japan-U.S. anti-disaster drill planned in February

Bell-Boeing V-22 Ospreys to join Japan-U.S. anti-disaster drill planned in February
 
According to Xinhua, U.S. MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircrafts will be involve in a Japan-U.S. anti-disaster drill to be held in southwestern Japan in February, said Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Tuesday.
According to Xinhua, U.S. MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircrafts will be involve in a Japan-U.S. anti-disaster drill to be held in southwestern Japan in February, said Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Tuesday.
   

France invests 1bn euro in Dassault Rafale upgrade

France invests 1bn euro in Dassault Rafale upgrade
 
At the Dassault Aviation Merignac site, French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, presented to the companies a development and integration contract for a new Rafale standard, called "standard F3R." The negotiations were finalized with the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on December 30. In total, about one billion euros should be devoted to this work which will irrigate the entire aerospace industry.
At the Dassault Aviation Merignac site, French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, presented to the companies a development and integration contract for a new Rafale standard, called "standard F3R." The negotiations were finalized with the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on December 30. In total, about one billion euros should be devoted to this work which will irrigate the entire aerospace industry.
   

Thales begins development of New Generation Laser Designation Pod

Thales begins development of New Generation Laser Designation Pod
 
The French defence procurement agency DGA has awarded Thales with the contract to develop the New Generation Laser Designation Pod (PDL NG). This latest milestone is a follow on from the riskreduction phase led throughout 2013 and series production is expected to begin in 2018.
The French defence procurement agency DGA has awarded Thales with the contract to develop the New Generation Laser Designation Pod (PDL NG). This latest milestone is a follow on from the riskreduction phase led throughout 2013 and series production is expected to begin in 2018.
   

BAE Systems announces E-scan Radar moves a step closer for Typhoon jet fighter

BAE Systems announces E-scan Radar moves a step closer for Typhoon jet fighter
 
Working in partnership with the Eurofighter and Euroradar consortiums, test aircraft IPA5 has been undergoing modifications and upgrades as part of the ongoing E scan Radar development and integration programme
Working in partnership with the Eurofighter and Euroradar consortiums, test aircraft IPA5 has been undergoing modifications and upgrades as part of the ongoing E scan Radar development and integration programme
   

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