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January 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

UAC reportedly started testing phase of unmanned combat aerial vehicles projects

UAC reportedly started testing phase of unmanned combat aerial vehicles projects
 
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The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), a Rostec subsidiary, have started the trials of attack unmanned aerial vehicles - multicopters carrying rocket launchers, UAC told TASS on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. "The testing of the copters have begun. The simulated combat environment they are being tested in maximizes realism," a UAC employee said.
 

Russia's first upgraded Il-76MDM airlifter to take to the skies in February

Russia's first upgraded Il-76MDM airlifter to take to the skies in February
 
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The first military transport aircraft upgraded under the Il-76MDM (NATO reporting name: Candid) program will take to the air in February 2016, Sergei Velmozhin, director general of Ilyushin JSC (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation), told journalists on Wednesday. "We have planned the maiden flight of the first Il-76, upgraded to Il-76MDM standard, for February," he said.
 

Bulgaria to open a tender for new engines for its MiG-29 fighter jets

Bulgaria to open a tender for new engines for its MiG-29 fighter jets
 
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Bulgaria will call a tender for six new engines for its MiG-29 fighter jets and the relevant spare parts by the end of the month, the country's Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016. Nenchev was taken on a test flight of a MiG-29 with engines provided by Poland under an agreement signed with Bulgaria last year. Under the deal Poland will repair six engines for the twin-engine Soviet-made fighter aircraft of the Bulgarian Air Force.
 

Russian Air Force takes delivery of its second Il-76MD-90A airlifter

Russian Air Force takes delivery of its second Il-76MD-90A airlifter
 
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The Russian Military Transport Aviation Command received two Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (NATO reporting name: Candid) transport aircraft, and the conversion to the type will start at the branch’s combat training center in January, the command’s chief, Vladimir Benedictov, told journalists on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
 

Pratt & Whitney about to deliver the final F117 engine for the USAF's C-17 Globemaster III fleet

Pratt & Whitney about to deliver the final F117 engine for the USAF's C-17 Globemaster III fleet
 
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Pratt & Whitney will deliver the final production F117 engine to the U.S. Air Force for its C-17 Globemaster III fleet later this month. A ceremony commemorating delivery of 1,313 production engines will be held later today at Pratt & Whitney's engine center in Middletown, Connecticut, and will include representatives from the U.S. Air Force and Boeing.
 

SAT's SR-10 trainer aircraft about to start factory tests stage

SAT's SR-10 trainer aircraft about to start factory tests stage
 
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The factory testing of the SR-10 light trainer from the Advanced Aircraft Technologies Design Bureau (Russian acronym - SAT) will begin in the near future, SAT Director Maxim Mironov told journalists on Tuesday, jan. 12, 2016.
 

Russia plans to complete Tu-22M3 bombers modernization program by 2019

Russia plans to complete Tu-22M3 bombers modernization program by 2019
 
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Tupolev Tu-22M3 (NATO reporting name: Backfire-C) long-range supersonic bombers in service with the Russian Long-Range Aviation are expected to be fully upgraded in late 2018, Director of the Kazan Aircraft-Manufacturing Plant’s Design Center Boris Naishuler told TASS on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. The Kazan Aircraft-Manufacturing Plant is a subsidiary of the Tupolev Design Bureau.
 

MD Helicopters to deliver 12 more MD 530F light attack helicopters to Aghanistan

MD Helicopters to deliver 12 more MD 530F light attack helicopters to Aghanistan
 
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MD Helicopters announced yesterday receipt of a firm fixed price contract to manufacture and deliver twelve MD 530F Cayuse Warrior Scout Attack Helicopters with enhanced mission equipment to the Afghan Air Force. This award, contracted through the Department of the Army Non Standard Rotary Wing, reflects and reinforces the confidence of the U.S. Army in MD Helicopters’ ability to deliver reliable, mission-ready aircraft to support the United States Military and our partner nation Allies.
 

Germany could purchase IAI Heron-TP remotely piloted aircraft

Germany could purchase IAI Heron-TP remotely piloted aircraft
 
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The German military is seeking to acquire remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) from Israel, reported today the German newspaper Deutsche Welle, quoting the Cologne-based daily Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. According to the local medias, the Bundeswehr could procure the Heron-TP RPA, produced by the Israel-based company Israel Aerospace Industries.
 

Airbus DS and Provincial Aerospace join forces for Canada's SAR aircraft replacement program

Airbus DS and Provincial Aerospace join forces for Canada's SAR aircraft replacement program
 
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Today, following the submission of their proposal for Canada’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) replacement program; Airbus Defence and Space and Provincial Aerospace formally announced the establishment of AirPro SAR Services (AirPro), Airbus DS announced on Jan. 12, 2016.
 

Russia started to operate A-50 airborne warning and control system aircraft in the Syrian airspace

Russia started to operate A-50 airborne warning and control system aircraft in the Syrian airspace
 
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Russia’s Aerospace Force has started to use A-50 (NATO reporting name: Mainstay) airborne warning and control system aircraft in Syria to support the Russia air task force deployed there, a source in the defense and industrial sector said on Tuesday. "The Russian Aerospace Force started to use [A-50 aircraft] over Syria in late December 2015," the source said.
 

Israel's first F-35A Adir fighter aircraft enters advanced production stage

Israel's first F-35A Adir fighter aircraft enters advanced production stage
 
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Lockheed Martin and Israeli Ministry of Defense officials commemorated the beginning of the first F-35A "Adir" (meaning "mighty one" in Hebrew) manufactured for Israel. Aharon Marmarosh, director, Israel Ministry of Defense Mission in New York, leaves a commemorative message on F-35A aircraft AS-1, Israel's first F-35 "Adir" aircraft, at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 7.
 

QuantaDyn to provide USAF with Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal Systems

QuantaDyn to provide USAF with Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal Systems
 
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QuantaDyn Corporation announced today it has been awarded the Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal Systems (JTC TRS) contract by the United States Air Force – Air Force Material Command. Under the contract QuantaDyn will initially install and support two JTC TRS devices, with additional options for 30 more devices.
 

RAF aircraft fire Brimstone missiles against Daesh in Syria for the first time

RAF aircraft fire Brimstone missiles against Daesh in Syria for the first time
 
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As part of the wider coalition campaign against Daesh, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft have targeted the terrorists with Brimstone missiles near Raqqa in Syria and have conducted further air strikes in Iraq, the British ministry of Defence announced today, Jan. 11, 2016.
 

Russia's Eastern Military District takes delivery of two new Su-35S multirole fighter aircraft

Russia's Eastern Military District takes delivery of two new Su-35S multirole fighter aircraft
 
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Two Sukhoi Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E+) multirole fighters will have been received by the Eastern Military District’s air regiment stationed in the Primorsky Territory in the coming days, the district’s press officer, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev, told journalists on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.
 

USAF B-52 strategic bomber flew over South Korea airspace after North Korea's nuclear test

USAF B-52 strategic bomber flew over South Korea airspace after North Korea's nuclear test
 
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The United States' B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber flew in the skies of South Korea on Sunday in a major show of force four days after North Korea conducted what it said was its first hydrogen bomb test. The B-52 bomber left U.S. Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Sunday morning and arrived in the skies above Osan, Gyeonggi Province, at noon, armed with nuclear missiles and "bunker buster" bombs, according to Seoul and Washington.
 

The Indonesian Air Force acquires a Boeing B737-500 for VIP transport

The Indonesian Air Force acquires a Boeing B737-500 for VIP transport
 
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The Indonesian Air Force or TNI-AU (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara) has acquired a B737-500 from Garuda Indonesia for use on VIP transport flights. The twinjet, which was registered as PK-GGF (msn 28730) until it became "A-7307" with the military, was handed over by Garuda CEO Arif Wibowo to the Indonesian Air Marshall Agus Supriatna at a ceremony held at Jakarta Halim last week.
 

Korea Air inks a $335mn deal to produce ISR drones for South Korea

Korea Air inks a $335mn deal to produce ISR drones for South Korea
 
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South Korea's No. 1 air carrier Korean Air Lines Co. said Sunday that it has signed a US$333.5 million deal with the military procurement agency to mass-produce reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of the government's plan to build up its aerial mission capability.
 

Ghana plans to purchase a first Mi-35 attack helicopter

Ghana plans to purchase a first Mi-35 attack helicopter
 
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In 2016, the Ghana Air Force will take delivery of new aircraft, including a single Mi-35 attack helicopter and a single CASA C295M tactical airlifter. The Ghana is also advancing in the acquisition process of five A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, announced the country's Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshall Michael Samson-Oje in December 2015.
 

US Army's Apache pilots will see colors thanks to Lockheed Martin

US Army's Apache pilots will see colors thanks to Lockheed Martin
 
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The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $54.3 million contract in December 2015 to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64E Apache helicopter, bringing color to the cockpit for the first time.
 

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