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June 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Airbus DS signs contract with Indra for new A330 MRTT Full Flight Simulator

Airbus DS signs contract with Indra for new A330 MRTT Full Flight Simulator
 
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Airbus Defence and Space has placed an order for the development and provision of a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) to support the training of crews on the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport. The contract, signed with Indra of Spain, covers the installation at the Airbus Defence and Space International Training Centre in Seville of a Level D FFS, which is certified to qualify pilots on the A330 MRTT with zero flight time in the real aircraft.
 

Lockheed Martin officially rolled out first IAF F-35 Adir

Lockheed Martin officially rolled out first IAF F-35 Adir
 
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Israeli and U.S. government leaders joined Lockheed Martin to celebrate the rollout of the first Israeli Air Force F-35A Lightning II, marking a major production milestone for the future of Israel’s national defense, the US-based giant announced on June 22nd.
 

Lockheed Martin wins $733 mn contract for Aerial ISR support

Lockheed Martin wins $733 mn contract for Aerial ISR support
 
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Lockheed Martin has officially been awarded the Sensor Systems - Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (SS-AISR) task order on the R2-3G indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle by the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), the US-based defense giant announced on June 21st.
 

South Korea kicked off wind tunnel testing phase for its KF-X program

South Korea kicked off wind tunnel testing phase for its KF-X program
 
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South Korea kicked off wind tunnel testing as it moves forward to finalize the design of its next-generation jet fuselage by mid-2018, the aircraft's local developers said Wednesday. Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), the country's sole aircraft manufacturer, and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute said they started the first phase of wind tunnel testing in a bid to lay out the design for the Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X) program.
 

Russia plans to order 48 Il-112V light airlifters in 2016-2017

Russia plans to order 48 Il-112V light airlifters in 2016-2017
 
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Russia`s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is planning to order 48 Il-112V light military transport aircraft in 2016-2017, according to the United Aircraft Corporation`s (UAC) 2015 annual report.
 

UAC now gearing up for T-50 PAK FA low-rate initial production batch

UAC now gearing up for T-50 PAK FA low-rate initial production batch
 
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The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is gearing up for the manufacture of a low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of T-50 fifth-generation fighters (Russian acronym - PAKFA) for the delivery to the Russian Aerospace Force (RusAF), according to the Izvestia daily.
 

USAF made first-ever use of MQ-9 flight simulator during major virtual drill

USAF made first-ever use of MQ-9 flight simulator during major virtual drill
 
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The US Air Force 432nd Attack Squadron achieved another remotely piloted aircraft first last month by using an MQ-9 Reaper flight simulator in Virtual Flag, the Air Force's largest virtual warfighting exercise, the Air Force announced yesterday on its website.
 

CAE to provide UAE Joint Aviation Command with UH-60M and 407MRH training systems

CAE to provide UAE Joint Aviation Command with UH-60M and 407MRH training systems
 
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CAE recently announced it has been awarded contracts by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces valued at approximately $113 million. One of the contracts is to provide the UAE Joint Aviation Command (JAC) with a suite of helicopter simulators and training devices for the NorthStar Aviation 407 Multi-Role Helicopter (407MRH) as well as the Sikorsky UH-60M Armed Black Hawk (ABH).
 

Kazakhstan plans to upgrade its fleet of Su-25 combat aircraft

Kazakhstan plans to upgrade its fleet of Su-25 combat aircraft
 
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Kazakhstan`s Air Forces are planning to upgrade Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name: Frogfoot) close air support (CAS) aircraft, according to a source in Kazakh defense industry. "The program to upgrade Kazakh Air Forces` fleet of Su-25 CAS aircraft started in early 2016. It is being implemented through the joint efforts of defense companies of Kazakhstan and Belarus," the source said.
 

Russia likely to receive first MiG-35 fighter jets in 2018

Russia likely to receive first MiG-35 fighter jets in 2018
 
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Russia’s Aerospace Force will start receiving the Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) fighter jet in 2018 after the plane undergoes trials in 2017, Warplane Development Program Director at Russia’s United Aircraft-Manufacturing Corporation Vladimir Mikhailov told TASS.
 

Safran to provide new 2L2 engine for South Korea LAH program

Safran to provide new 2L2 engine for South Korea LAH program
 
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Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier for its Light Civil Helicopter (LCH). It will be powered with the existing Arriel 2C2 engine. On the Light Armed Helicopter (LAH), Safran has been selected by Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), KAI and Hanwha Techwin. The LAH will feature a new engine designated Arriel 2L2.
 

Canada considers buying F/A-18 instead of F-35

Canada considers buying F/A-18 instead of F-35
 
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The Canadian Government is allegedly close to acquiring Boeing F/A-18E/F fighter aircraft instead of F-35. According to the Canadian National Post newspaper, this was discussed during last week’s cabinet meeting. Although a formal decision has not been made, the government is looking for the narrative to support its intent, according to the newspaper’s official source.
 

Qatar signs $667 mn deal for 24 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters

Qatar signs $667 mn deal for 24 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters
 
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The US-based defense giant Boeing has been awarded a $667,522,500 foreign military sales contract for the delivery of 24 AH-64E Apache Guardian combat helicopters for the armed forces of Qatar, the US Department of Defense announced yesterday on its website.
 

USAF's F-16 fighters started using APKWS rockets in combat operations

USAF's F-16 fighters started using APKWS rockets in combat operations
 
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The U.S. Air Force has acquired BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets for use in ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Air Force fielded the initial units to fulfill an urgent operational need for F-16 and A-10 aircraft, and it has already successfully used the weapon in combat operations.
 

Senegal's Mi-35P helicopters to get new DSP-HD optical systems

Senegal's Mi-35P helicopters to get new DSP-HD optical systems
 
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Senegal is upgrading Mil Mi-35P (NATO reporting name: Hind) gunships of the national Armed Forces, according to a source in Senegalese defense industry. "Senegal is collaborating with Israeli Controp company. One Senegalese Mi-35P gunship has already received nose-mounted DSP-HD electro-optical system developed by Controp. The DSP-HD system includes a high-definition (HD) day camera, a daylight spotter channel and a laser rangefinder," the source said.
 

USMC’s CH-53K completed 20K external load test

USMC’s CH-53K completed 20K external load test
 
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The Sikorsky CH-53K, which is US Marine Corps’ newest heavy-lift helicopter, has marked a new milestone in its flight envelope expansion, with the lifting of a 20,000 lbs external load. The test was carried out on 26 May, at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Centre, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
 

Portugal to upgrade its C-130H transport aircraft

Portugal to upgrade its C-130H transport aircraft
 
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The Defence Minister of Portugal, José Alberto Azeredo Lopes has authorized the Air Force to proceed with the modernization of the Lockheed Martin C-130H aircraft. The country’s Air Force operates a fleet of five Hercules military airlifters.
 

CONTROP won several EO/IR upgrades for helicopters

CONTROP won several EO/IR upgrades for helicopters
 
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CONTROP Precision Technologies has won several contracts for the provision of DSP High Definition EO/IR camera payloads, for helicopter upgrades. Except for the United Nations the rest of the customers had not been disclosed.
 

Vietnamese Air Force could be the first customer of the C295 AEW&C aircraft

Vietnamese Air Force could be the first customer of the C295 AEW&C aircraft
 
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Vietnam would buy two Airbus C295 AEW&C aircraft, according to Vietnamese Media sources. The procurement comes as a result of the country’s effort to control East China Sea areas, where confrontation with the Chinese military has become a common phenomenon.
 

MBDA and Roketsan will integrate Cirit rockets to the Tiger UHT helicopters

MBDA and Roketsan will integrate Cirit rockets to the Tiger UHT helicopters
 
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MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Roketsan have signed a memorandum of understanding during the ILA Berlin Air Show. Under the MoU, the two sides will cooperate in the integration of laser-guided rockets to the Airbus Helicopters Tiger UHT attack platforms of the German Army.
 

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