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August 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Iraq receives third batch of F-16 fighter jets

Iraq receives third batch of F-16 fighter jets
 
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The Iraqi air force has received a new batch of qour F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the United States, the country's Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Tahseen Ibrahim, told The Associated Press on Monday. He said this will bolster Iraq’s fledging air force amid more than two years of fighting with the Islamic State group.
 

PLA's aviation brigade starts deploying WZ-10 attack helicopters in western China

PLA's aviation brigade starts deploying WZ-10 attack helicopters in western China
 
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An aviation brigade in western China has begun deploying WZ-10 armed helicopters, China's first generation of homegrown armed helicopters. This is just the most recent instance of the helicopter's deployment, as it has been widely deployed across the spectrum of Chinese aviation, according to the website of China’s Ministry of Defense.
 

India to test drop BrahMos cruise missile by August end

India to test drop BrahMos cruise missile by August end
 
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The final tests for firing a nuclear-capable Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi SU-30 jet -- seen as a major force-multiplier for the Indian Air Force (IAF) -- is expected to take place by December. A drop test is scheduled for later this month, its manufacturer has said.
 

USAF's EC-130H Compass Call EW aircraft receives avionic upgrade

USAF's EC-130H Compass Call EW aircraft receives avionic upgrade
 
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Since it became operational, the USAF's EC-130H Compass Call has demonstrated its electronic combat power in tactical air operations around the world, and this year the aircraft has achieved another first. The aircraft has received an avionic viability program upgrade to make it more effective in combat and while maintaining compliance with federal and international aviation regulations, the USAF announced on August 2.
 

Russian Air Force expects Tu-160M2 bomber's maiden flight for late 2018

Russian Air Force expects Tu-160M2 bomber's maiden flight for late 2018
 
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The upgraded Tu-160M strategic bomber (designated as Tu-160M2) may perform its maiden flight in late 2018, according to the Commander of Russia`s Aerospace Forces (Russian acronym: VKS, Vozdushno-Kosmicheskie Sily), Colonel General Viktor Bondarev.
 

Lockheed Martin creates a "Rotary and Mission Systems" division

Lockheed Martin creates a "Rotary and Mission Systems" division
 
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Lockheed Martin announced yesterday it has renamed its Mission Systems and Training business area, establishing Rotary and Mission Systems to reflect the recent growth of the business following the acquisition of Sikorsky and realignment of other parts of the company.
 

Russian military confident in Tu-214R capabilities after ELINT missions in Syria

Russian military confident in Tu-214R capabilities after ELINT missions in Syria
 
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The Russian Defense Ministry has called the Tupolev Tu-214R electronic/electro-optical intelligence (ELINT/EO-MASINT) aircraft’s operations in Syria a success and the plane itself combat-ready, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

Pakistan selects Leonardo's AW139 helicopter for transport and EMS missions

Pakistan selects Leonardo's AW139 helicopter for transport and EMS missions
 
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The Italy-based defense giant Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that the Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to be used for transport and EMS missions.
 

Textron AirLand and USAF sign CRADA to test Scorpion jet airworthiness

Textron AirLand and USAF sign CRADA to test Scorpion jet airworthiness
 
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A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) has been signed between the Air Force and Textron AirLand, LLC, a Textron Inc. company of Wichita, Kansas, the press office of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base stated on August 2, 2016.
 

A dozen ANG F-16s deployed in South Korea amid tension with Pyongyang

A dozen ANG F-16s deployed in South Korea amid tension with Pyongyang
 
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Osan Air Base welcomed the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing during their deployment as the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of a U.S. Pacific Command theater security package, the Pacific Air Forces said yesterday August 2.
 

USAF's B61-12 nuclear warhead enters production engineering phase

USAF's B61-12 nuclear warhead enters production engineering phase
 
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The United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA)announced that they recently formally authorized the production engineering phase of its B61-12 warhead life extension program (LEP), the Administration announced on August 1.
 

Orbital ATK wins $11mn contract to continue support of Iraqi C-208 Caravan fleet

Orbital ATK wins $11mn contract to continue support of Iraqi C-208 Caravan fleet
 
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Alliant Techsystems, now part of Orbital Atk, has been awarded a $11mn contract to continue contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Air Force’s Cessna 208B Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Caravan and the Cessna 208B Armed Caravan fleet, the US DoD announced yesterday through its website.
 

L-3 wins a $23.5mn contract under USAF Warfighter Readiness & Training program

L-3 wins a $23.5mn contract under USAF Warfighter Readiness & Training program
 
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L-3 Communications announced yesterday August 3 that its Electronic Systems group was awarded a seven-year contract to provide training solutions in support of the U.S. Air Force’s Warfighter Readiness & Training program following a recompetition process.
 

US oks a possible $300mn FMS from Argentina for 24 T-6C+ Texan aircraft

US oks a possible $300mn FMS from Argentina for 24 T-6C+ Texan aircraft
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Argentina for 24 T-6C+ Texan aircraft, training, and support. The estimated cost is $300 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced today on its website.
 

Czech Republic sent instructors in Iraq to continue pilots training on L-159 jet

Czech Republic sent instructors in Iraq to continue pilots training on L-159 jet
 
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A Czech air consulting team has been operating in Iraq since August 1 in order to continue with the training of the Iraqi air forces for the Czech-made L-159 combat aircraft, the Czech Defence Ministry spokesman Petr Medek told the local news agency CTK on Monday August 1st, 2016.
 

Russia about to fund Il-114 aircraft production relaunch

Russia about to fund Il-114 aircraft production relaunch
 
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The financing of the Ilyushin Il-114 aircraft development program shall start in the fourth quarter of this year, Russian Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Andrei Boginsky told journalists in the wake of a conference at the Sokol plant in Nizhny Novgorod.
 

USAF declares first F-35A squadron combat ready

USAF declares first F-35A squadron combat ready
 
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The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of the USAF Air Combat Command, Aug 2. “I am proud to announce this powerful new weapons system has achieved initial combat capability,” Carlisle said. “The F-35A will be the most dominant aircraft in our inventory because it can go where our legacy aircraft cannot and provide the capabilities our commanders need on the modern battlefield.
 

Zvezda about to start trials of Il-78M-90A's future UPAZ-1M refuelling pod

Zvezda about to start trials of Il-78M-90A's future UPAZ-1M refuelling pod
 
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Russian defense contractor Zvezda is gearing up for the preliminary trials of the advanced UPAZ-1M commonised refueling pod designed for the Ilyushin Il-78M-90A (NATO reporting name: Midas) airborne tanker, according to the press office of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
 

Philippines plans to beef up attack helicopters fleet under "Flight Plan 2028" program

Philippines plans to beef up attack helicopters fleet under "Flight Plan 2028" program
 
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The Philippine Air Force will be acquiring more attack helicopters to beef up its fleet as part of a long-term upgrade program, a PAF official said Tuesday, August 2nd. "The attack helicopter project is a continuing program up until we are able to close the capability gap. It's laid out in the PAF Flight Plan 2028 and very much in line with the president's thrust," Air Force spokesperson Col. Araus Robert Musico said in a message to the PNA.
 

USAF F-35A shot down target drone in first live air-to-air kill test

USAF F-35A shot down target drone in first live air-to-air kill test
 
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The F-35 Lightning II advanced its combat capability by launching an air-to-air missile and directly hitting a drone over a military test range off the California coast July 28, the Edwards Air Force Base press office announced on August 1st.
 

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