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November 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Northrop Grumman wins contract for USAF's RQ-4 Global Hawk drones sustainment

Northrop Grumman wins contract for USAF's RQ-4 Global Hawk drones sustainment
 
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $306 million contract to continue logistics and sustainment services on the high altitude, long endurance (HALE) RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted autonomous unmanned aircraft intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system.
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $306 million contract to continue logistics and sustainment services on the high altitude, long endurance (HALE) RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted autonomous unmanned aircraft intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system.
 

Iraq orders 2,000 BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems for its Air Force

Iraq orders 2,000 BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems for its Air Force
 
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $97 million. The principal contractor will be BAE Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire.
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $97 million. The principal contractor will be BAE Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire.
 

HAL's Light Combat Helicopter Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made its maiden flight

HAL's Light Combat Helicopter Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made its maiden flight
 
The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made the successful maiden flight here today. “Escorted by a Dhruv helicopter, the entire flight was flawless. It will be an effective weapon platform to deliver precision strikes at high altitude and we are confident it will meet the requirements of the IAF”, says Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman HAL. “We are making all efforts to achieve IOC by September next year”, he adds.
The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made the successful maiden flight here today. “Escorted by a Dhruv helicopter, the entire flight was flawless. It will be an effective weapon platform to deliver precision strikes at high altitude and we are confident it will meet the requirements of the IAF”, says Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman HAL. “We are making all efforts to achieve IOC by September next year”, he adds.
 

The Royal Australian Air Force orders four new C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft

The Royal Australian Air Force orders four new C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft
 
The US State Department has approved Foreign Military Sale to Australia for C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.609 billion. The principal contractor will be the Boeing Company in Long Beach, California.
The US State Department has approved Foreign Military Sale to Australia for C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.609 billion. The principal contractor will be the Boeing Company in Long Beach, California.
 

Successful maiden flight for the Indian Tejas PV6 Light Combat Aircraft

Successful maiden flight for the Indian Tejas PV6 Light Combat Aircraft trainer variant
 
The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas project witnessed yet another milestone with the first flight of its trainer PV6. The two-seater aircraft piloted by Gp Capt Vivart Singh along with Gp Capt Anoop Kabadwal took to the skies on Saturday afternoon. During the 36-minute flight, all systems functioned as expected, according to a release from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) office in here.
The Indian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas project witnessed yet another milestone with the first flight of its trainer PV6. The two-seater aircraft piloted by Gp Capt Vivart Singh along with Gp Capt Anoop Kabadwal took to the skies on Saturday afternoon. During the 36-minute flight, all systems functioned as expected, according to a release from the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) office.
 

Russian Helicopters launches final phase of certification on the Mi-38 multirole helicopter

Russian Helicopters launches final phase of certification on the Mi-38 multirole helicopter
 
Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has launched the final stage of certification testing on the Mi-38 multirole helicopter. Testing is being carried out on two prototype models of the helicopter fitted with Russian TV7-117V engines.
Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has launched the final stage of certification testing on the Mi-38 multirole helicopter. Testing is being carried out on two prototype models of the helicopter fitted with Russian TV7-117V engines.
 

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for further Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for further Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits
 
Lockheed Martin received a $40.3 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) kits. The contract represents the majority share of fiscal year 2014 funding and the eighth award under the five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Deliveries will begin in June 2015 and will include computer control groups and airfoil groups for GBU-10 and GBU-12 bombs.
Lockheed Martin received a $40.3 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) kits. The contract represents the majority share of fiscal year 2014 funding and the eighth award under the five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Deliveries will begin in June 2015 and will include computer control groups and airfoil groups for GBU-10 and GBU-12 bombs.
 

Dutch Air Force activates its first F-35A Lightning II Multirole fighter aircraft squadron

Dutch Air Force activates its first F-35A Lightning II Multirole fighter aircraft squadron
 
Since Monday November 10 afternoon, the Royal Netherlands Air Force has its first F-35 squadron. The squadron will operate in the US. The first F-35s are planned to transfer to bases in the Netherlands from 2019 onwards. The Dutch military will buy at least 37 aircraft of this type.
Since Monday November 10 afternoon, the Royal Netherlands Air Force has its first F-35 squadron. The squadron will operate in the US. The first F-35s are planned to transfer to bases in the Netherlands from 2019 onwards. The Dutch military will buy at least 37 aircraft of this type.
 

Exelis and Airbus offer new missile warning capability for F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft

Exelis and Airbus offer new missile warning capability for F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft
 
Exelis and Europe's Airbus Group have partnered to provide new advanced missile warning capabilities for F-16 fighters. Exelis, the lead U.S. contractor for the AAR-60(V)2 Missile Launch Detection System for Fighters, or MILDS F, said the system will include lightweight protection against short-range air defense missiles and man-portable air defense systems.
Exelis and Europe's Airbus Group have partnered to provide new advanced missile warning capabilities for F-16 fighters. Exelis, the lead U.S. contractor for the AAR-60(V)2 Missile Launch Detection System for Fighters, or MILDS F, said the system will include lightweight protection against short-range air defense missiles and man-portable air defense systems.
 

DARPA launches Request for Informations for aircraft-based multiple unmanned aircraft systems

DARPA launches Request for Information for aircraft-based multiple unmanned aerial vehicles
 
The Pentagon is looking for ways to base multiple unmanned drones aboard larger aircraft, from which the drones will depart and return after they fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in hard-to-reach areas, according to a new request from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The Pentagon is looking for ways to base multiple unmanned drones aboard larger aircraft, from which the drones will depart and return after they fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in hard-to-reach areas, according to a new request from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
 

Peru receives first batch of KAI's KT-1P Woongbi training aircraft

Peru receives first batch of KAI's KT-1P Woongbi training aircraft
 
Korea Aerospace Industries announced on November 7 the delivery and deployment ceremony of KT-1P aircraft's first batch. The event was held both in celebration of delivery of the first batch of 2 units among the total 20 KT-1Ps for which Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) signed a contract of approximately $200 million with Peru in November 2012 and the deployment of those aircraft in the South American country.
Korea Aerospace Industries announced on November 7 the delivery and deployment ceremony of KT-1P aircraft's first batch. The event was held both in celebration of delivery of the first batch of 2 units among the total 20 KT-1Ps for which Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) signed a contract of approximately $200 million with Peru in November 2012 and the deployment of those aircraft in the South American country with the Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.
 

Russian engine designer Kuznetsov announces successful tests of next-gen bomber engine

Russian engine designer Kuznetsov announces successful tests of next-gen bomber engine
 
According to Flightglobal, Russian military aircraft engine designer Kuznetsov has announced completing bench tests of a new propulsion system in development for a next-generation bomber. The Samara-based company says in a 7 November news release that the early bench test supports the Russian government’s plan to complete first flight of the promising aviation complex - long-range aviation (PAK DA) aircraft by 2019.
According to Flightglobal, Russian military aircraft engine designer Kuznetsov has announced completing bench tests of a new propulsion system in development for a next-generation bomber. The Samara-based company says in a 7 November news release that the early bench test supports the Russian government’s plan to complete first flight of the promising aviation complex - long-range aviation (PAK DA) aircraft by 2019.
 

Iran succesfully tests indigenous variant of US-made RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle

Iran succesfully tests indigenous variant of US-made RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle
 
According to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, Iran carried out successful tests of a drone based on the US-made aircraft that was captured in 2011, the chief of the Revolutionary Guard's airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, told the IRNA.
According to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, Iran carried out successful tests of a drone based on the US-made aircraft that was captured in 2011, the chief of the Revolutionary Guard's airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, told the IRNA.
 

US Air Force awarded Raytheon contract for AGM-176A/B Griffin missiles

US Air Force awarded Raytheon contract for AGM-176A/B Griffin missiles
 
Raytheon Company has been awarded a not to exceed $85.5 million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for Griffin missiles and support. The first increment of the contract was funded at $32.5 million and orders are expected for missiles and engineering services over the life of the contract.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a not to exceed $85.5 million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for Griffin missiles and support. The first increment of the contract was funded at $32.5 million and orders are expected for missiles and engineering services over the life of the contract.
 

Russian RD93 engine to power Chinese Shenyang J-31 fifth-generation fighter aircraft

Russian RD93 engine to power Chinese Shenyang J-31 fifth-generation fighter aircraft
 
A Russian-made RD-93 engine will power the Chinese J-31 fifth generation fighter, Rosoboronexport official told RIA Novosti Monday. "J-31 with the Russian engine RD-93 is considered to be an export program, able to compete with the American F-35 fifth generation aircraft on the regional markets," Rosoboronexport’s Air Force Equipment Export Department Head Sergey Kornev told RIA Novosti in an interview.
A Russian-made RD-93 engine will power the Chinese J-31 fifth generation fighter, Rosoboronexport official told RIA Novosti Monday. "J-31 with the Russian engine RD-93 is considered to be an export program, able to compete with the American F-35 fifth generation aircraft on the regional markets," Rosoboronexport’s Air Force Equipment Export Department Head Sergey Kornev told RIA Novosti in an interview.
 

Israel Aerospace Industries launches production line of F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet wings

Israel Aerospace Industries launches production line of F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet wings
 
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) inaugurated on Tuesday its wing production line for the F-35 fighter jet, calling it a milestone in its decades-long partnership with Lockheed Martin, the aircraft's manufacturer. The inauguration, held at Lahav Division's Lod plant, was attended by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro and Pat Dewar, Executive VP of Lockheed Martin International.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) inaugurated on Tuesday its wing production line for the F-35 fighter jet, calling it a milestone in its decades-long partnership with Lockheed Martin, the aircraft's manufacturer. The inauguration, held at Lahav Division's Lod plant, was attended by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro and Pat Dewar, Executive VP of Lockheed Martin International.
 

BAE Systems and Dassault to cooperate on Future Combat Air System Feasibility Phase

BAE Systems and Dassault to cooperate on Future Combat Air System Feasibility Phase
 
Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems along with industrial partners have been awarded a £120m contract by the UK and French governments for a two-year co-operative Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Feasibility Phase study, formally signalling the start of work.
Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems along with industrial partners have been awarded a £120m contract by the UK and French governments for a two-year co-operative Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Feasibility Phase study, formally signalling the start of work.
 

Poland signs contract with Airbus for C-295 military transport aircraft full-flight simulator

Poland signs contract with Airbus for C295 military transport aircraft full flight simulator
 
Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of Poland to provide a full flight simulator (FFS) for the Polish Air Force’s Airbus C295 aircraft fleet. The FFS will be installed in the Krakow C295 Training Centre at the Balice Krakow Air Base , where the PAF ´s 16 C295 are based – currently the world’s biggest C295 fleet.
Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of Poland to provide a full flight simulator (FFS) for the Polish Air Force’s Airbus C295 aircraft fleet. The FFS will be installed in the Krakow C295 Training Centre at the Balice Krakow Air Base , where the PAF ´s 16 C295 are based – currently the world’s biggest C295 fleet.
 

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