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March 2015 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Avionics, IAI to jointly enter the Brazilian defense market with Heron UAV variant

Avionics, IAI to jointly enter the Brazilian defense market with Heron UAV variant
 
Avionics, a leading player in the Brazilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) arena is progressing towards production of a unique, Brazilian-made Medium Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV – the “Caçador”. IAI and Avionics announced today they will jointly enter the Brazilian defense market with a indigenous version of the Heron UAV.
Avionics, a leading player in the Brazilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) arena is progressing towards production of a unique, Brazilian-made Medium Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAV – the “Caçador”. IAI and Avionics announced today they will jointly enter the Brazilian defense market with a indigenous version of the Heron UAV.
 

Saab to equip India's Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters with the Integrated Defensive Aids Suite

Saab to equip India's Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters with IDAS self-protection system
 
Defence and security company Saab has received follow-on orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. The orders have a total value of approximately USD78 million (SEK740 million), said today the Swedish company in a statement.
Defence and security company Saab has received follow-on orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. The orders have a total value of approximately USD78 million (SEK740 million), said today the Swedish company in a statement.
 

Japan law enforcement agencies order two new Airbus Helicopters Dauphin multirole rotorcraft

Japan's law enforcement agencies order two new Airbus Helicopters Dauphin multirole rotorcraft
 
A contract for two new Airbus Helicopters Dauphins, along with deliveries of three Dauphins this month, have underscored the importance of this twin-engine aircraft family in Japan – particularly with the country’s law enforcement and firefighting agencies, announced the rotorcraft manufacturer today, March 31.
A contract for two new Airbus Helicopters Dauphins, along with deliveries of three Dauphins this month, have underscored the importance of this twin-engine aircraft family in Japan – particularly with the country’s law enforcement and firefighting agencies, announced the rotorcraft manufacturer today, March 31.
 

Royal Canadian Air Force takes delivery of its fifth CC-177 Globemaster III military airlifter

Royal Canadian Air Force takes delivery of its fifth CC-177 Globemaster III military airlifter
 
The Royal Canadian Air Force yesterday accepted delivery of its fifth CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft, increasing its flexibility to respond to both domestic and international emergencies and support a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance, peace support and combat, the RCAF said on March 30 in an official statement.
The Royal Canadian Air Force yesterday accepted delivery of its fifth CC-177 Globemaster III aircraft, increasing its flexibility to respond to both domestic and international emergencies and support a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance, peace support and combat, the RCAF said on March 30 in an official statement.
 

New Shaanxi KJ-500 AEW&C aircraft enters service in China's air force

New Shaanxi KJ-500 AEW&C aircraft enters service in China's air force
 
Capable of tracking nearly 100 vehicles at once, the Chinese military has launched its new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) Shaanxi KJ-500, taking to the skies with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
Capable of tracking nearly 100 vehicles at once, the Chinese military has launched its new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) Shaanxi KJ-500, taking to the skies with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
 

Royal Air Force launched biggest defense exercise in 30 years

Royal Air Force launched biggest defense exercise in 30 years
 
The Royal Air Force (RAF) has launched its biggest defence exercise since the Cold War over the UK's skies in preparation for a mass enemy air attack on the country. More than 30 aircraft participated in the drill, including 20 Typhoons and Tornado bombers and ED-3, AWACS, Sentinel and Shadow surveillance jets. The defence war game lasted for a day and took place over the northeast of England earlier this month.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) has launched its biggest defence exercise since the Cold War over the UK's skies in preparation for a mass enemy air attack on the country. More than 30 aircraft participated in the drill, including 20 More than 30 aircraft participated in the drill, including 20 Typhoons and Tornado fighters as well as E-3D AWACS, Sentinel R1 and Beechcraft Shadow R1 surveillance aircraft. The defence war game lasted for a day and took place over the northeast of England earlier this month.
 

KAI, Lockheed Martin selected for South Korea's indigenous KF-X fighter jet development program

KAI, Lockheed Martin selected for South Korea's indigenous KF-X fighter jet development program
 
South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., was picked as the preferred bidder for the country's indigenous fighter jet development program Monday, the arms procurement agency said. Codenamed KF-X, the 8.5 trillion won ($7.69 billion) project calls for South Korea to develop fighter jets of the F-16 class to replace its aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s. Some 120 jets are to be put into service starting around 2025.
South Korea's sole aircraft manufacturer, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd., was picked as the preferred bidder for the country's indigenous fighter jet development program Monday, the arms procurement agency said. Codenamed KF-X, the 8.5 trillion won ($7.69 billion) project calls for South Korea to develop fighter jets of the F-16 class to replace its aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s. Some 120 jets are to be put into service starting around 2025.
 

Peru's Air Force takes delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan military airlifter

Peru's Air Force takes delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan military airlifter
 
Alenia Aermacchi delivered the first C-27J Spartan medium-sized military transport aircraft to the Peruvian Air Force, the Italian aircraft manufacturer announced today, March 28, in a statement. The official ceremony for the delivery of the first C-27J Spartan to Peru’s Air Force has taken place in Lima, at Las Palmas base.
Alenia Aermacchi delivered the first C-27J Spartan medium-sized military transport aircraft to the Peruvian Air Force, the Italian aircraft manufacturer announced today, March 28, in a statement. The official ceremony for the delivery of the first C-27J Spartan to Peru’s Air Force has taken place in Lima, at Las Palmas base.
 

USAF awards a $485 mn contract to Lockheed Martin for Sniper precision weapons targeting pods

US Air Force awards a $485 mn contract to Lockheed Martin for Sniper targeting pods
 
US Department of Defense announced today, March 28, that US company Lockheed Martin won a sole-source contract worth nearly half a billion dollars to supply the US Air Force with Sniper advanced targeting pods.
US Department of Defense announced today, March 28, that US company Lockheed Martin won a sole-source contract worth nearly half a billion dollars to supply the US Air Force with Sniper advanced targeting pods.
 

Boeing wins contract to provide USAF with 25 more QF-16 full-scale aerial target drones

Boeing wins contract to provide USAF with 25 more QF-16 full-scale aerial target drones
 
A few days after the delivery of the first production QF-16 full-scale aerial target to Tyndall Air Force Base, Boeing has been awarded a $28,460,408 contract for purchase of 25 QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Targets (FSAT), announced today the US Department of Defense.
A few days after the delivery of the first production QF-16 full-scale aerial target to Tyndall Air Force Base, Boeing has been awarded a $28,460,408 contract for purchase of 25 QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Targets (FSAT), announced today the US Department of Defense.
 

India officially selects Airbus A330 platform for next-gen indigenous AWACS aircraft

India officially selects Airbus A330 platform for next-gen indigenous AWACS aircraft
 
India on Saturday took the first step towards developing an indigenous airborne warning and control system (AWACS), with the India's defence acquisition council (DAC) giving its go-ahead to a $817 mn project involving mounting two such complex surveillance systems on the Airbus A330 platform.
India on Saturday took the first step towards developing an indigenous airborne warning and control system (AWACS), with the India's defence acquisition council (DAC) giving its go-ahead to a $817 mn project involving mounting two such complex surveillance systems on the Airbus A330 platform.
 

ENAER, Alenia Aermacchi sign MoU for technical support of the C-27J airlifter and M-345 HET trainer

ENAER, Alenia Aermacchi sign MoU for technical support of the C-27J airlifter and M-345 HET trainer
 
Chilean aircraft manufacturer ENAER and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi officially announced today, March 27, the signing of an industrial cooperation agreement under the form of a Memorandum of Understanding on the logistical support of the M-345 HET trainer and the C-27J medium airlifter. This alliance is tied in the context of Italy’s Defense Minister, Roberta Pinotti’s first visit to Chile.
Chilean aircraft manufacturer ENAER and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi officially announced today, March 27, the signing of an industrial cooperation agreement under the form of a Memorandum of Understanding on the logistical support of the M-345 HET trainer and the C-27J medium airlifter. This alliance is tied in the context of Italy’s Defense Minister, Roberta Pinotti’s first visit to Chile.
 

Indian Defence Ministry to discuss AWACS, SR-SAM missiles development projects next week

Indian Defence Ministry to discuss large-size AWACS aircraft development project next week
 
The Indian Defence Ministry is set to decide on going ahead with a $831 mn strategic programme to develop a next generation of airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) that will act as a major force multiplier for the Indian Air Force (IAF), giving it a deep insight into enemy territory.
The Indian Defence Ministry is set to decide on going ahead with a $831 mn strategic programme to develop a next generation of airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) that will act as a major force multiplier for the Indian Air Force (IAF), giving it a deep insight into enemy territory.
 

Argentine Defense Minister admits Chinese option to replace ageing fleet of Mirage fighter aircraft

Argentine Defense Minister admits Chinese option to replace ageing fleet of Mirage fighter aircraft
 
According to MercoPress, Argentina "never had in consideration" the possibility of purchasing fighter aircraft from Russia, such as the Sukhoi Su-24, to replace the aging French Mirage fighter jets to be decommissioned by the end of the year, said Argentina Defense Minister Agustín Rossi.
According to MercoPress, Argentina "never had in consideration" the possibility of purchasing fighter aircraft from Russia, such as the Sukhoi Su-24, to replace the aging French Mirage fighter jets to be decommissioned by the end of the year, said Argentine Defense Minister Agustín Rossi.
 

US Army takes delivery of its first UH-72 Lakota helicopter in training version

US Army takes delivery of its first UH-72 Lakota helicopter in training version
 
Airbus Group on March 25 delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota's latest mission, as the service's initial-entry training helicopter.
Airbus Group on March 25 delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota's latest mission, as the service's initial-entry training helicopter.
 

Nigerian Air Force to receive two second hand Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft

Nigerian Air Force to receive two second hand Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft
 
The Nigerian Air Force has acquired at least two second hand Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft as it continues to expand its aerial fleet, reports today, March 26, Africa-focused website defenceWeb.
The Nigerian Air Force has acquired at least two second hand Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft as it continues to expand its aerial fleet, reports today, March 26, Africa-focused website defenceWeb.
 

Netherlands signs deal for first batch of 8 F-35 Lightning II JSF fighter aircraft

Netherlands signs deal for first batch of 8 F-35 Lightning II JSF fighter aircraft
 
The Netherlands has confirmed its decision to purchase eight F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters that will arrive in the country in 2019, the Dutch Ministry of Defense announced today, March 26. The deal was signed in Washington DC last night.
The Netherlands has confirmed its decision to purchase eight F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters that will arrive in the country in 2019, the Dutch Ministry of Defense announced today, March 26. The deal was signed in Washington DC last night.
 

Myanmar reportedly signed contract with Pakistan for the JF-17 Thunder jet fighter

Myanmar reportedly signed contract with Pakistan for the JF-17 Thunder jet fighter
 
According to local medias, Pakistan's Ministry of Defense said that a contract has been signed between Islamabad and Myanmar to sell the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, also known as the FC-1 Xiaolong, which was jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Islamabad's Capital Television reported on March 18.
According to local medias, Pakistan's Ministry of Defense said that a contract has been signed between Islamabad and Myanmar to sell the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, also known as the FC-1 Xiaolong, which was jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Islamabad's Capital Television reported on March 18.
 

Ghana gives green light for the purchase of an additional Airbus C-295 CASA transport aircraft

Ghana gives green light for the purchase of an additional Airbus C295 transport aircraft
 
The Ghanian Parliament has approved a $49.10 million loan facility with Airbus Defence and Space SAU to purchase a C-295 CASA transport aircraft and other related equipment for the Ghana Armed Forces. The facility also has a $300 million component for Peace Keeping efforts for the Ghana Armed forces, announced local medias yesterday, March 25.
The Ghanian Parliament has approved a $49.10 million loan facility with Airbus Defence and Space SAU to purchase a C295 CASA transport aircraft and other related equipment for the Ghana Armed Forces. The facility also has a $300 million component for Peace Keeping efforts for the Ghana Armed forces, announced local medias yesterday, March 25.
 

France ready to discuss technology transfer with Indonesia about Rafale jet fighter procurement

France ready to discuss technology transfer with Indonesia about Rafale jet fighter procurement
 
France asserted on Wednesday, March 25, that it was willing to provide an industrial cooperation with Indonesia should the Dassault Rafale jet fighter be selected to modernize the Indonesian Air Force. French Ambassador to Indonesia Corinne Breuzé said that France was open to all cooperation possibilities involving French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation and state-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI).
France asserted on Wednesday, March 25, that it was willing to provide an industrial cooperation with Indonesia should the Dassault Rafale jet fighter be selected to modernize the Indonesian Air Force. French Ambassador to Indonesia Corinne Breuzé said that France was open to all cooperation possibilities involving French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation and state-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI).
 

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