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February 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

China's homemade Wing-Loong II MALE UAS takes to the sky

China's homemade Wing-Loong II MALE UAS takes to the sky
 
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China's home-developed Wing-Loong II, the new reconnaissance and strike multi-role endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), successfully completed its maiden flight Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. With a more than 20 meter wingspan, the yellow Wing-Loong II No.01 made its appearance on the runway of a highland airfield in western China at noon Monday, before conducting a 31-minute flight.
 

GA forms industry team for Australia's Project Air 7003 requirement

GA forms industry team for Australia's Project Air 7003 requirement
 
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced the official launch of its Team Reaper Australia solution to the Project Air 7003 requirement, together with Australian teammates Cobham, CAE Australia, Raytheon Australia, and Flight Data Systems.
 

UAE and Russia sign letter of intent on Su-35 fighter jets purchase

UAE and Russia sign letter of intent on Su-35 fighter jets purchase
 
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The United Arab Emirates and Russia have signed a letter of intent on the purchase of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets, CEO of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov said on Feb. 28, 2017.
 

Raytheon successfully demonstrates first ever geolocation capability for radar warning receiver

Raytheon successfully demonstrates first ever geolocation capability for radar warning receiver
 
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The US-based defense contractor Raytheon demonstrated, in a recent flight test, single-ship geolocation capability for the ALR-69A(V), a first for any radar warning receiver, it announced on Feb. 27, 2017. The AN/ALR-69A(V) — the world's first all-digital radar warning receiver — enhances aircrew survivability, providing "sensors forward" situational awareness at lower costs than competing systems through simple software modifications.
 

USAF comments transition from MQ-1 Predator to MQ-9 Reaper UAV

USAF comments transition from MQ-1 Predator to MQ-9 Reaper UAV
 
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For the past 21 years, the US Air Force has flown the MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft in combat, and for the last 10, the MQ-9 Reaper. Combined with a skilled aircrew, these aircraft provide consistent support in daily engagements making an impact downrange.
 

France and UK contract MBDA for mid-life refurbishment of SCALP EG cruise missile

France and UK contract MBDA for mid-life refurbishment of SCALP EG cruise missile
 
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The UK and French Ministries of Defence have jointly announced they have contracted MBDA for the mid-life refurbishment of Storm Shadow / SCALP EG cruise missiles. This will prolong the operational superiority of the weapon against the anticipated evolving threat well into next decade.
 

Airbus Helicopters to overhaul 26 German CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters

Airbus Helicopters to overhaul 26 German CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters
 
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Airbus Helicopters has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to retrofit 26 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters. This contract will cover obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market and will begin by replacing them with up-to-date parts.
 

Russian Helicopters' Mi-171A2 multirole helicopter enters production

Russian Helicopters' Mi-171A2 multirole helicopter enters production
 
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Russian Helicopters has launched production of the advanced Mil Mi-172A2 (NATO reporting name: Hip) multirole helicopter, Director General Andrei Boginsky said at the IDEX 2017 international arms show. "The Mi-172A2 helicopter has entered production. Four machines are slated for production this year," he said.
 

Russia and UAE to co-develop 5th-generation light fighter jet

Russia and UAE to co-develop 5th-generation light fighter jet
 
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Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will co-develop a fifth-generation light fighter aircraft, according to Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, the state-run russian news agency TASS announced on Feb. 2017.
 

USAF details cooperation with Italian Air Force within fight against Islamic State

USAF details cooperation with Italian Air Force within fight against Islamic State
 
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In the air war to degrade and ultimately defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an air coalition of 20 nations work together to equip, inform and deploy air forces across the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. To ensure the interconnected multinational force works cohesively, service members and leaders from each nation must learn to communicate and understand the perspectives of their international partners.
 

UAC, Russia likely to sign contract for 30 production MiG-35 fighter jets by 2019

UAC, Russia likely to sign contract for 30 production MiG-35 fighter jets by 2019
 
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The Russian defense ministry and the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) are likely to sign a contract for the serial production of over 30 latest MiG-35 fighter jets already in 2018, a source in the military-defense complex told TASS.
 

Lockheed Martin to provide Polish Air Force with ELGTR Training Rounds

Lockheed Martin to provide Polish Air Force with ELGTR Training Rounds
 
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Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.9 million contract from Megmar Logistics & Consulting Ltd. of Poland for production of Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) for the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD), the US-based defense giant announced on Feb. 17, 2017.
 

Belgium, Germany, Norway to take part in European joint tanker fleet

Belgium, Germany, Norway to take part in European joint tanker fleet
 
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NATO has taken another important step forward to improve its ability to refuel aircraft in mid-air, with three Allies looking to join a European programme to acquire new refuelling aircraft. Today, 16 February 2017, Defence Ministers from Belgium, Germany, and Norway signed a Declaration of Intent to join a European multinational fleet of Airbus tankers, created by the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
 

Hungarian National Police takes delivery of 5 MD902 Explorer helicopters

Hungarian National Police takes delivery of 5 MD902 Explorer helicopters
 
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In late January, MD Helicopters (MDHI) and the Hungarian National Police celebrated the addition of five MD902 Explorer helicopters to their fleet at Liszt Ferenc Airport in Budapest. The five MD 902s join a historically robust air support unit that also includes three MD 500E helicopters. The MD902s have been acquired to replace an aging Mi-2 fleet.
 

NATO eyes follow-on capability for its fleet of E-3A AWACS aircraft

NATO eyes follow-on capability for its fleet of E-3A AWACS aircraft
 
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced yesterday that North Atlantic Council agreed to develop a follow-on capability of its fleet of 16 E-3A AWACS aircraft. Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability "is key for our ability to anticipate and prevent crises. It brings together data from sources like NATO AWACS aircraft, as well as national assets on land, in the air, at sea, and in space," Stoltenberg declared.
 

Russian Prime Minister approves AHL helicopter development project with China

Russian Prime Minister approves AHL helicopter development project with China
 
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the Russian-Chinese agreement on co-developing the advanced heavylift helicopter in his order signed on February 7 and published on the governmental legal information website, TASS announced today, Feb. 15, 2017.
 

HAL unveils Indian Multi Role Helicopter full scale model

HAL unveils Indian Multi Role Helicopter full scale model
 
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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s largest aerospace and defence major emerged as a show stopper during the inaugural day of the 11th edition of Aero India inaugurated by the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar at Yelahanka yesterday, Feb. 14. Mr Parrikar unveiled the full scale mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) in the presence of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Paresekar, Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL and other key officials.
 

Saab offers advanced sensor package for India's Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter jet

Saab offers advanced sensor package for India's Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter jet
 
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The Swedish defence and security company Saab offers a fighter sensor package for the Indian Tejas LCA Mk1A fighter aircraft, it announced today Feb. 15. The package consist of a state-of-the-art Saab AESA fighter radar closely integrated with a compact electronic warfare suite using Gallium Nitride based AESA technology.
 

Czech Republic eyes new military airlifters to replace ageing Yak-40 aircraft

Czech Republic eyes new military aircraft to replace ageing Yak-40 jets
 
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Czech Defence Ministry will decide in the first half of the year on what aircraft will replace two old Yakovlev Yak-40 tri-jet airliners, Minister Martin Stropnicky told journalists during his visit to the Prague-Kbely military airport on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.
 

Textron Systems successfully tests G-CLAW precision guided weapon against moving targets

Textron Systems successfully tests G-CLAW precision guided weapon against moving targets
 
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Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems, a business of Textron Inc., announced today Feb. 14, 2017, the successful testing of G-CLAW, the company's precision guided glide weapon, against moving targets. The flight tests, which occurred in October 2016, took place at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.
 

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