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September 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

L-3 to develop pilot training simulator for Oman

L-3 to develop pilot training simulator for Oman
 
A training system to prepare pilots to operate BAE Systems' Hawk MK166 advanced jet trainer aircraft is being developed by L-3 Link Simulation & Training. The training system ordered by BAE Systems is to be ready for the Royal Air Force of Oman in the first quarter of 2017.
A training system to prepare pilots to operate BAE Systems' Hawk MK166 advanced jet trainer aircraft is being developed by L-3 Link Simulation & Training. The training system ordered by BAE Systems is to be ready for the Royal Air Force of Oman in the first quarter of 2017.
 

KAI builds aircraft development center and gears up to launch KF-X program

KAI builds aircraft development center and gears up to launch KF-X program
 
Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer and total systems integrator, said Tuesday, September 16, that it has inked a deal to build a state-of-the-art development center as it prepares to launch the KF-X fighter program. The new design and testing center for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft will be completed in November 2015 and be able to house 2,000 research and development personnel.
Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer and total systems integrator, said Tuesday, September 16, that it has inked a deal to build a state-of-the-art development center as it prepares to launch the KF-X fighter program. The new design and testing center for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft will be completed in November 2015 and be able to house 2,000 research and development personnel.
 

Pratt & Whitney to test remedy for F-35's engine failure

Pratt & Whitney to test remedy for F-35's engine failure
 
According to Flight International, Pratt & Whitney officials say they have identified a promising remedy for rubbing in the F135 engine that caused a catastrophic fire in June and destroyed a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, limiting test flights of the developmental fleet.
According to Flight International, Pratt & Whitney officials say they have identified a promising remedy for rubbing in the F135 engine that caused a catastrophic fire in June and destroyed a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, limiting test flights of the developmental fleet.
 

Lockheed Martin Conducts Flight Tests Of Aircraft Laser Turret For DARPA

Lockheed Martin Conducts Flight Tests Of Aircraft Laser Turret For DARPA
 
Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the University of Notre Dame, has demonstrated the airworthiness of a new beam control turret being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and AFRL to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons operating on military aircraft. A research aircraft equipped with the Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control (ABC) turret conducted eight flights in Michigan.
Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the University of Notre Dame, has demonstrated the airworthiness of a new beam control turret being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and AFRL to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons operating on military aircraft. A research aircraft equipped with the Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control (ABC) turret conducted eight flights in Michigan.
 

US Air Force expands its RQ-4 Global Hawk Fleet

US Air Force expands its RQ-4 Global Hawk Fleet
 
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $354 million primarily firm-fixed-price contract to expand their RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) fleet by three aircraft.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $354 million primarily firm-fixed-price contract to expand their RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) fleet by three aircraft.
 

Russian Su-30 fighter jets deployed in Crimea

Russian Su-30 fighter jets deployed in Crimea
 
Russia has deployed Su-30 fighter jets at the Belbek air base near Crimea’s Sevastopol, acting Sevastopol governor told in an interview Friday, September 12. “New Su-30 aircraft have already been deployed in Belbek,” Sergei Menyailo said.
Russia has deployed Su-30 fighter jets at the Belbek air base near Crimea’s Sevastopol, acting Sevastopol governor told in an interview Friday, September 12. “New Su-30 aircraft have already been deployed in Belbek,” Sergei Menyailo said.
 

Russia, Nigeria Sign Contract for Mi-171Sh, Mi-35 Helicopters

Russia and Nigeria Sign Contract for Mi-171Sh and Mi-35 Helicopters
 
Russia and Nigeria have signed a contract for the supply of Mi-171Sh and Mi-35 helicopters, Rosoboronexport deputy general director Sergei Goreslavsky told reporters Friday. "The Mi-171Sh machine is in steady demand on the foreign market.
Russia and Nigeria have signed a contract for the supply of Mi-171Sh and Mi-35 helicopters, Rosoboronexport deputy general director Sergei Goreslavsky told reporters Friday, September 12. "The Mi-171Sh machine is in steady demand on the foreign market.
 

Australian Company creates New Buoyancy System for Helicopter Emergencies

Australian Company creates New Buoyancy System for Helicopter Emergencies
 
A Western Australian company has won a national science award for developing an emergency buoyancy system for helicopters that crash into water. The Pegasus buoyancy system developed by Rockingham-based One Atmosphere won the Australia Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.
A Western Australian company has won a national science award for developing an emergency buoyancy system for helicopters that crash into water. The Pegasus buoyancy system developed by Rockingham-based One Atmosphere won the Australia Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia.
 

Royal Air Force to replace its training helicopters fleet

Royal Air Force to replace its training helicopters fleet
 
The UK Ministry of Defence has kicked off the acquisition process to replace its fleet of 34 Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 Squirrel HT1 trainers. Although the MoD declines to reveal details of its request for proposals, an article in the Desider magazine published by its Defence Equipment & Support procurement body reveals that the document has been “issued to six companies”.
The UK Ministry of Defence has kicked off the acquisition process to replace its fleet of 34 Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 Squirrel HT1 trainers. Although the MoD declines to reveal details of its request for proposals, an article in the Desider magazine published by its Defence Equipment & Support procurement body reveals that the document has been “issued to six companies”.
 

Pentagon Issues Brain-Controlled UAV Research Grant

Pentagon Issues Brain-Controlled UAV Research Grant
 
The University of Texas at San Antonio has received a $300,000 grant from the Defense Department to conduct a study on brain-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles. UTSA’s unmanned systems laboratory will work to find out how to operate small UAVs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations of the military by using brain signals, UTSA said Thursday.
The University of Texas at San Antonio has received a $300,000 grant from the Defense Department to conduct a study on brain-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles. UTSA’s unmanned systems laboratory will work to find out how to operate small UAVs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations of the military by using brain signals, UTSA said Thursday.
 

Brazilian request for Black Hawk helicopters approved by US State Department

Brazilian request for Black Hawk helicopters approved by US State Department
 
US State Department approved possible Foreign Military Sale to Brazil for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $145 million.
US State Department approved possible Foreign Military Sale to Brazil for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $145 million.
 

Turkey's air forces boosted by new generation AMRAAM

Turkish air forces boosted by new generation AMRAAM
 
A new generation of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) that Turkey will acquire from the United States will significantly upgrade and boost the country’s aerial firepower, according to Air Force officials. “Perhaps the most important feature about the new weaponry is that they will be used both in our F-16 fighters and the future F-35s,” one senior official said.
A new generation of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) that Turkey will acquire from the United States will significantly upgrade and boost the country’s aerial firepower, according to Air Force officials. “Perhaps the most important feature about the new weaponry is that they will be used both in our F-16 fighters and the future F-35s,” one senior official said.
 

Boeing Delivers 3rd Peace Eagle Aircraft to Turkey

Boeing Delivers 3rd Peace Eagle Aircraft to Turkey
 
Boeing delivered on schedule on September 4 the third Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Turkish Armed Forces, further increasing the country’s self-defense capabilities.
Boeing delivered on schedule on September 4 the third Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Turkish Armed Forces, further increasing the country’s self-defense capabilities.
 

Filipino Department of National Defense undescores acquisition of KAI F/A 50

Filipino DND undescores advancements in KAI F/A 50 acquisition
 
Filipino Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Fernando Manalo on Tuesday said that the South Korean F/A-50 underwent the process before being selected as the country’s premier jet fighter. The defense official made this statement in response to queries made by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate during the DND budget hearing at the House of Representatives.
Filipino Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Fernando Manalo on Tuesday said that the South Korean F/A-50 underwent the process before being selected as the country’s premier jet fighter. The defense official made this statement in response to queries made by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate during the DND budget hearing at the House of Representatives.
 

India may acquire 126 Eurofighters from Germany

India considers acquisition of 126 Eurofighters from Germany
 
India may acquire 126 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft from Germany, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Monday, September 8. Indian and German officials are once again negotiating a multibillion-dollar deal for the delivery of 126 German-made fighter jets to India, the agency reported, citing German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
India may acquire 126 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft from Germany, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported Monday, September 8. Indian and German officials are once again negotiating a multibillion-dollar deal for the delivery of 126 German-made fighter jets to India, the agency reported, citing German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
 

Thales performed important upgrade on Australian Tiger training simulator

Thales performed important upgrade on Australian Tiger training simulator
 
A significant upgrade has been performed on the Australian Defense Force's Tiger helicopter training simulator by Thales Australia. The improvements to the Full Flight Mission Simulator’s (FFMS) Visual Display System (VDS) mean the Australian Tiger simulator now has the highest levels of ‘out of the window’ realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world.
A significant upgrade has been performed on the Australian Defense Force's Tiger helicopter training simulator by Thales Australia. The improvements to the Full Flight Mission Simulator’s (FFMS) Visual Display System (VDS) mean the Australian Tiger simulator now has the highest levels of ‘out of the window’ realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world.
 

Chilean Army to replace its military medium transport aircrafts fleet

Chilean Army to replace its military medium transport aircrafts fleet
 
Aviation Brigade (Bave) of the Chilean Army is evaluating the technical background to define the purchase of medium tactical transport aircrafts. The goal is to renew the current fleet of transport aircrafts and increase support capabilities for natural disasters.
Aviation Brigade (Bave) of the Chilean Army is evaluating the technical background to define the purchase of medium tactical transport aircrafts. The goal is to renew the current fleet of transport aircrafts and increase support capabilities for natural disasters.
 

U.S. Air Force and Raytheon complete small diameter bomb tests

U.S. Air Force and Raytheon complete small diameter bomb tests
 
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) Guided Test Vehicle (GTV) flights against stationary and moving targets, resulting in direct hits. The flight tests are the last GTVs required prior to Milestone C and the start of low-rate initial production.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force completed three successful Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) Guided Test Vehicle (GTV) flights against stationary and moving targets, resulting in direct hits. The flight tests are the last GTVs required prior to Milestone C and the start of low-rate initial production.


 

Bell to provide Bell 407GXs to Mexican Air Force for drug enforcement

Bell to provide Bell 407GXs to Mexican Air Force for drug enforcement
 
The Mexican Air Force (FAM) plans to buy fourteen helicopters Bell 407GX investment amounting to 1,630 million pesos, about $ 124 million. The Bell 407GX will be operated in pairs in Mexico: one equipped to fumigate drug plantations and the other as gunship to escort and protect the equipment.
The Mexican Air Force (FAM) plans to buy fourteen helicopters Bell 407GX investment amounting to 1,630 million pesos, about $ 124 million. The Bell 407GX will be operated in pairs in Mexico: one equipped to fumigate drug plantations and the other as gunship to escort and protect the equipment.
 

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