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February 2015 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Boeing to modernize communication systems of the USAF's B-52 strategic bombers fleet

Boeing to modernize communication systems of the USAF's B-52 strategic bombers fleet
 
On Jan. 28, the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a full rate production contract to deliver 10 CONECT kits that modernize communication systems for the B-52 bombers today and into the future, the company announced yesterday, February 4. “CONECT gives the B-52 the agility and flexibility needed for the modern battlefield while also providing greater situational awareness for the aircrew,” said Scot Oathout, Boeing’s B-52 program director.
On Jan. 28, the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a full rate production contract to deliver 10 CONECT kits that modernize communication systems for the B-52 bombers today and into the future, the company announced yesterday, February 4. “CONECT gives the B-52 the agility and flexibility needed for the modern battlefield while also providing greater situational awareness for the aircrew,” said Scot Oathout, Boeing’s B-52 program director.
 

South Korea kicks off massive aerial military drill "Soaring Eagle"

South Korea kicks off massive aerial military drill "Soaring Eagle"
 
The South Korean Air Force said Thursday it has started a large-scale aerial exercise involving indigenous light attack fighter jets as part of efforts to evaluate and improve its strategic and combat capabilities, reports today South Korean newspaper The Korea Herald. The exercise "Soaring Eagle" kicked off Monday for a two-week run at an air base in the central city of Cheongju, 137 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Air Force.
The South Korean Air Force said Thursday it has started a large-scale aerial exercise involving indigenous light attack fighter jets as part of efforts to evaluate and improve its strategic and combat capabilities, reports today South Korean newspaper The Korea Herald. The exercise "Soaring Eagle" kicked off Monday for a two-week run at an air base in the central city of Cheongju, 137 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Air Force.
 

General Atomics wins $279 mn contract to produce 24 MQ-9 Reaper UAVs for the USAF

General Atomics wins $279 mn contract to produce 24 MQ-9 Reaper UAVs for the USAF
 
General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $279,144,933 for MQ-9 Reaper production for the US Air Force. The contractor will provide 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper aircraft and associated spare parts, support equipment and spares.
General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $279,144,933 for MQ-9 Reaper production for the US Air Force. The contractor will provide 24 MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper aircraft and associated spare parts, support equipment and spares.
 

India successfully completes integration of the Brahmos cruise missile with a Su-30 MKI fighter jet

India successfully completes integration of the Brahmos cruise missile with a Su-30MKI fighter jet
 
Integration of the air-based version of the BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile with a fighter jet of the Su-MKI family has been successfully completed in India, an official at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) state aircraft manufacturing corporation told Russian news agency TASS on Tuesday, February 3.
Integration of the air-based version of the BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile with a fighter jet of the Su-MKI family has been successfully completed in India, an official at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) state aircraft manufacturing corporation told Russian news agency TASS on Tuesday, February 3.
 

Boeing wins $223 million contract to reduce logistics support costs of US military aircraft fleet

Boeing wins $223 million contract to reduce logistics support costs of US military aircraft fleet
 
Boeing and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed the second phase of a performance-based contract that reduces combat logistics support costs while enhancing warfighter readiness. Under terms of the contract Boeing will provide support for 11 different aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet; AH-64 Apache; AV-8B Harrier; B-52 Stratofortress; C-17 Globemaster III and associated ground support equipment. Work will be administered from St. Louis.
Boeing and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed the second phase of a performance-based contract that reduces combat logistics support costs while enhancing warfighter readiness. Under terms of the contract Boeing will provide support for 11 different aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet; AH-64 Apache; AV-8B Harrier; B-52 Stratofortress; C-17 Globemaster III and associated ground support equipment. Work will be administered from St. Louis.
 

South Korea eyes on Peru to export KAI's FA-50 Light Combat Aircraft

South Korea eyes on Peru to export KAI's FA-50 Light Combat Aircraft
 
The South Korean military is seeking to export $1 billion worth of an indigenous light attack aircraft to Peru, informed sources said Tuesday. “We’ve been pushing to sell 24 units of the FA-50 to Peru, and are planning to submit a proposal for Lima’s fighter purchase project this month,” said a source, requesting anonymity.
The South Korean military is seeking to export $1 billion worth of an indigenous light attack aircraft to Peru, informed sources said Tuesday. “We’ve been pushing to sell 24 units of the FA-50 to Peru, and are planning to submit a proposal for Lima’s fighter purchase project this month,” said a source, requesting anonymity.
 

Saudi Arabia reportedly bought MBDA's Meteor air-to-air missiles for its Typhoon fighter aircraft

Saudi Arabia reportedly bought MBDA's Meteor air-to-air missiles for its Typhoon fighter aircraft
 
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and European missiles manufacturer MBDA have signed the first export contract of the Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), for an estimated amount of $1 bn, reports today French newspaper La Tribune.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and European missiles manufacturer MBDA have signed the first export contract of the Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), for an estimated amount of $1 bn, reports today French newspaper La Tribune.
 

Embraer's KC-390 tactical transport aircraft successfully performed its maiden flight

Embraer's KC-390 tactical transport aircraft successfully performed its maiden flight
 
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer today announced that the first prototype of the KC-390 transport aircraft has successfully performed its maiden flight. This first prototype rolled out from the Embraer subsidiary plant, Embraer Defense and Security, at Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo on 21 October 2014.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer today announced that the first prototype of the KC-390 transport aircraft has successfully performed its maiden flight. This first prototype rolled out from the Embraer subsidiary plant, Embraer Defense and Security, at Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo on 21 October 2014.
 

Malaysia's first Airbus A400M military airlifter performed its maiden flight

Malaysia's first Airbus A400M military airlifter performed its maiden flight
 
The first of four Airbus Defence and Space A400M new generation airlifters ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force has made its successful maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN22, took off from Seville, Spain, on 30 January at 17:30 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site 1 hours and 30 minutes later.
The first of four Airbus Defence and Space A400M new generation airlifters ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force has made its successful maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN22, took off from Seville, Spain, on 30 January at 17:30 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site 1 hours and 30 minutes later.
 

Northop Grumman gets first production order for APG-83 Scalable Beam Radar systems

Northrop Grumman gets first production order for APG-83 Scalable Beam Radar systems
 
Less than four months after completing all design reviews, Northrop Grumman's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) has received its first production order from Lockheed Martin. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide 142 radars to Lockheed Martin as part of the Taiwan Air Force F-16 upgrade program. The first production system will be delivered to Lockheed Martin in 2016.
Less than four months after completing all design reviews, Northrop Grumman's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) has received its first production order from Lockheed Martin. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide 142 radars to Lockheed Martin as part of the Taiwan Air Force F-16 upgrade program. The first production system will be delivered to Lockheed Martin in 2016.
 

Iraqi armed forces received second batch of Mil Mi-28NE Havoc attack helicopters

Iraqi armed forces received second batch of Mil Mi-28NE Havoc attack helicopters
 
The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 1st February that it had taken delivery of a second consignment of Mil Mi-28NE attack helicopters. The Ministry released a video showing two Mi-28s being unloaded from an Antonov An-124 transport aircraft operated by Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 1st February that it had taken delivery of a second consignment of Mil Mi-28NE attack helicopters. The Ministry released a video showing two Mi-28s being unloaded from an Antonov An-124 transport aircraft operated by Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
 

Colombia likely to acquire 18 Mirage 2000-5F multirole fighter aircraft from French Air Force

Colombia likely to acquire 18 Mirage 2000-5F multirole fighter aircraft from French Air Force
 
The Colombian government has received an offer to acquire French Dassault Aviation Mirage 2000-5F multirole aircraft , which would come from the French Air Force's inventory. The offer, revealed by industrial sources, includes a total of eighteen units for approximately $500 million. Of this, $350 million are for the cost of eighteen aircraft, and the remaining $150 million for logistics package.
The Colombian government has received an offer to acquire French Dassault Aviation Mirage 2000-5F multirole aircraft , which would come from the French Air Force's inventory. The offer, revealed by industrial sources, includes a total of eighteen units for approximately $500 million. Of this, $350 million are for the cost of eighteen aircraft, and the remaining $150 million for logistics package.
 

Royal Air Force deploys one E-3D Sentry to help in fight against ISIL

Royal Air Force deploys one E-3D Sentry to help in fight against ISIL
 
The Royal Air Force’s contribution to the already formidable array of coalition aircraft operating against ISIL forces was further boosted by the arrival of the E-3D Sentry aircraft in Cyprus this week. The E-3D Sentry belonging to 8 Squadron at RAF Waddington arrived at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on Tuesday 27th January and the Lincolnshire based aircraft will join other aircraft from 903 Expeditionary Air Wing operating in the area.
The Royal Air Force’s contribution to the already formidable array of coalition aircraft operating against ISIL forces was further boosted by the arrival of the E-3D Sentry aircraft in Cyprus this week. The E-3D Sentry belonging to 8 Squadron at RAF Waddington arrived at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on Tuesday 27th January and the Lincolnshire based aircraft will join other aircraft from 903 Expeditionary Air Wing operating in the area.
 

Sumaria Systems wins $94 mn contract to sustain US and coalition partner F-16 fighter aircraft

Sumaria Systems wins $94 mn contract to sustain US and coalition partner F-16 fighter aircraft
 
Sumaria Systems has been awarded a $94,415,523 contract for advisory and assistance services for global F-16s fleet. The US-based company will provide management and professional services, engineering and technical services, studies, analyses and evaluation services to accomplish the unit’s mission to develop, produce, deploy, modernize and support U.S. and coalition partner F-16 fighter aircraft weapon systems and subsystems.
Sumaria Systems has been awarded a $94,415,523 contract for advisory and assistance services for global F-16s fleet. The US-based company will provide management and professional services, engineering and technical services, studies, analyses and evaluation services to accomplish the unit’s mission to develop, produce, deploy, modernize and support U.S. and coalition partner F-16 fighter aircraft weapon systems and subsystems.
 

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