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February 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

US Air Force's LRS-B Becomes the B-21

US Air Force's LRS-B Becomes the B-21
 
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The United States Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber, designated the B-21, at the US Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla., and announced the Air Force will be taking suggestions from Airmen to help decide the name of the bomber.
 

Saudi Air Force's F-15S fighter jets landed in Turkey's Incirlik Air Base

Saudi Air Force's F-15S fighter jets landed in Turkey's Incirlik Air Base
 
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Four F-15S fighter jets from the Royal Saudi Air Force arrived Friday in Turkey's Incirlik Air Base in southern Adana province, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu. Undersecretary of the Saudi Defense Ministry, Ahmad al-Asiri has confirmed the landing, added Anadolu.
 

US Air Force test-fires its second Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a week

US Air Force test-fires its second Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a week
 
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The US Air Force test-fired its second Minuteman III missile in a week on Thursday night. The unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 11:01 p.m. PST at USAF Vandernberg air base.
 

Voronezh Aircraft to get first parts of Il-112V light military airlifter in April

Voronezh Aircraft to get first parts of Il-112V light military airlifter in April
 
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Aviastar-SP facility (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation/UAC) will provide first parts of Il-112V light military-transport plane to Voronezh Aircraft Plant (a subsidiary of UAC) in April 2016, according to the Aviastar-SP`s director general, Sergey Dementiev.
 

Lockheed Martin to support additional integration of JASSM missile on Poland's F-16 fighter jets

Lockheed Martin to support additional integration of JASSM missile on Poland's F-16 fighter jets
 
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Lockheed Martin recently received a $7.9 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to support additional integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) onto the Polish Air Force F-16C/D aircraft.
 

U.S. oks $115 FMS to Jordan for F-16 fighter jet engines support

U.S. oks $115 FMS to Jordan for F-16 fighter jet engines support
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Jordan for repair and return of F-16 Engines, sustainment and support. The estimated cost is $115.1 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) stated on its website yesterday, Feb. 25, 2016.
 

Northrop Grumman successfully tests new SYERS-2 sensor on RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS

Northrop Grumman successfully tests new SYERS-2 sensor on RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS
 
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Northrop Grumman successfully flew a SYERS-2 intelligence gathering sensor on an RQ-4 Global Hawk high altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS), marking the first time the legacy U.S. Air Force sensor has been demonstrated on a high altitude unmanned aircraft, the company announced yesterday, Feb. 25, 2016.
 

Italian Air Force's first HH-101A Caesar helicopter now fully operational

Italian Air Force's first HH-101A Caesar helicopter now fully operational
 
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Finmeccanica and the Italian Air Force celebrated the entry into operational service of their first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, during an official ceremony at Cervia Air Base, the Italy-based defense giant announced on Feb. 25, 2016.
 

USAF grants AIS a $9.8mn contract for research and development in signal intelligence

USAF grants AIS a $9.8mn contract for research and development in signal intelligence
 
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The US-based company Assured Information Security (AIS) has been awarded a $9.8 million contract for research into signals intelligence. The company will provide "research and develop novel algorithms, techniques, capabilities and processes for achieving multi-platform signals intelligence data collection, management and analysis system for integration into Air Force, Navy and national enterprise architectures," according to the US Department of Defense contract announcement.
 

Russia's 3rd-gen airborne command post to be based on Il-96-400 aircraft

Russia's 3rd-gen airborne command post to be based on Il-96-400 aircraft
 
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Russia will develop a third-generation special airborne command post on the basis of the upgraded Ilyushin Il-96-400 aircraft, a spokesman for the United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation told TASS on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. The United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation is a subsidiary of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec.
 

Poland's two first M-346 trainer jets enter final assembly phase

Poland's two first M-346 trainer jets enter final assembly phase
 
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Finmeccanica announces the kick-off of the final assembly phase for the first two Aermacchi M-346s for the Polish Air Force, at a ceremony attended by General Commander of the Polish Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Miroslaw Rozanski, Brigadier General Tomasz Drewniak, Inspector for the Air Force, and Col. Pawel Smereka, Commander of the 41st Training Airbase, hosted by Filippo Bagnato, Managing Director of Finmeccanica’s Aircraft Division.
 

Elbit Systems' Skylens head-up display achieved flight tests in final configuration mode

Elbit Systems' Skylens head-up display achieved flight tests in final configuration mode
 
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Elbit Systems' Helicopter Skylens wearable head-up display recently completed a series of successful flight tests in its final configuration mode. Entering the final flight test stages, the Skylens demonstrated a fully operational configuration with a wider field of view, higher resolution and an upgraded tracking system depicting synthetic vision as well as EVS video imagery.
 

Algeria ordered eight Mi-26T2 heavy-lift helicopters in 2015

Algeria ordered eight Mi-26T2 heavy-lift helicopters in 2015
 
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Algeria ordered eight Russian Mi-26T2 (NATO reporting name: Halo) heavy military-transport helicopters in 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms transfer database. According to the database, the related contract to supply eight Mi-26T2 helicopters to Algeria was signed in 2015. The rotor-wing aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2017.
 

UAE orders LAIRCM countermeasures systems for its C-17 aircraft fleet

UAE orders LAIRCM countermeasures systems for its C-17 aircraft fleet
 
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The United States State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for AN/AAQ-24(V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) equipment, and logistics support. The estimated cost is $225 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) stated on Feb. 24, 2016.
 

U.S. approves a $350 FMS from Iraq for King Air 350 aircraft fleet support

U.S. approves a $350 FMS from Iraq for King Air 350 aircraft fleet support
 
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The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Iraq for King Air 350 aircraft sustainment, logistics, and spares support. The estimated cost is $350 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Feb. 24, 2016.
 

USAF grants Composite Engineering a $18mn contract for BQM-167A Aerial Targets

USAF grants Composite Engineering a $18mn contract for BQM-167A Aerial Targets
 
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced yesterday that its subsidiary, Composite Engineering, Inc. (CEi), has received a $18,674,455 million award for the Lot 12 option on the previously awarded Air Force Subscale Aerial Target (AFSAT) Lots 11-13 production contract.
 

China reportedly redeployed fighter jets on disputed Woody Island

China reportedly redeployed fighter jets on disputed Woody Island
 
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China has sent fighter jets to an island where it has deployed surface-to-air missile batteries, U.S. media said Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Citing U.S. officials, Fox News reported that Chinese Shenyang J-11s and Xian JH-7s fighter jets had been spotted over the past few days by U.S. intelligence on Woody Island in the Paracel chain. The isle is where Beijing has deployed HQ-9 missiles, which have a range of about 200 km.
 

USAF deploys KC-135 tanker aircraft in France to support Operation Juniper Micron

USAF deploys KC-135 tanker aircraft in France to support Operation Juniper Micron
 
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Three KC-135 Stratotankers along with 50 Airmen from the USAF 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, temporarily deployed to Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France, in support of Operation Juniper Micron. The U.S. has been supporting the French Government in OJM at their request since 2013, providing air refueling and airlift support of French operations in Mali and North Africa.
 

Sikorsky and Taqnia to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in Saudi Arabia

Sikorsky and Taqnia to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in Saudi Arabia
 
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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company today signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new agreement outlines the investment, technology and skills needed to establish production jobs for Saudi citizens, and could lead to direct involvement in the assembly of Sikorsky S-70 BLACK HAWK helicopters in the Kingdom.
 

Romania plans to purchase 12 more F-16 fighter jets in 2017

Romania plans to purchase 12 more F-16 fighter jets in 2017
 
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According to the local media Romania-Insider, Romania will buy 12 more F-16 fighter airplanes, the Ministry of Defense being in charge of preparing the acquisition procedures this year, according to the country's Defense Minister Mihnea Motoc.
 

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