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February 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

EDA launches new MALE UAV Training Technology Demonstrator Project

EDA launches new MALE UAV Training Technology Demonstrator Project
 
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The European Defence Agency (EDA) has launched a new Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE), Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) Training Technology Demonstrator (TTD) project to provide up to nine networked procedural trainers to the European MALE RPAS Community, the EDA announced on Feb. 13, 2017.
 

First "Make in India" AEW&C aircraft handed over to Indian Air Force

First "Make in India" AEW&C aircraft handed over to Indian Air Force
 
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The first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in IOC configuration has been handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF), on 14th February during Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka Air base in Bengaluru.
 

UkrOboronProm successfully test-fires new 80 mm air-to-ground rocket

UkrOboronProm successfully test-fires new 80 mm air-to-ground rocket
 
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The Ukrainian defense contractor Artem, part of UkrOboronProm SJSHC, developed and manufactured a new 80 air-to-ground munition for Ukrainian Air Force. "This new 80 mm rockets are designed to destroy ground targets and are developed for attack helicopters and aircraft using regular starter units," said UkrOboronProm on Feb. 11, 2017.
 

USAF starts deploying F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Australia

USAF starts deploying F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Australia
 
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At the direction of Adm. Harry Harris Jr., U.S. Pacific Command commander, Pacific Air Forces will send 12 F-22 Raptor aircraft and approximately 190 Airmen to Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal in early February to conduct combined exercises and training missions with the Royal Australian Air Forces as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative under the Force Posture Agreement between the United States and Australia.
 

CAE to provide Canada with comprehensive C295W SAR training solution

CAE to provide Canada with comprehensive C295W SAR training solution
 
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CAE today announced that Airbus Defence and Space has awarded CAE a contract for a comprehensive C295W aircrew and maintenance training solution to support the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program. The contract is worth approximately C$200 million over the next 11 years and includes options to extend an additional 15 years that would take the value to more than C$300 million (US$228 million).
 

IAI to introduce Heron TP UAV export variant in India

IAI to introduce Heron TP UAV export variant in India
 
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IAI will introduce the Long-Range Long-Endurance (MALE) Heron TP-XP at the forthcoming Aero India show in Bangalore, India. The Heron TP-XP is a special export version of the Heron TP, which has been in service with the Israel Air Force since 2010. The Heron TP-XP constitutes a multitasking, multi-payload strategic air superiority aircraft, integrating the most advanced of IAI technologies.
 

US Army's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade arrives in Europe to support Op. Atlantic Resolve

US Army's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade arrives in Europe to support Atlantic Resolve
 
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The US Army 10th Mountain Division's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade initiated offloading more than 700 pieces of support equipment on Wednesday Feb. 8th at the seaport of debarkation, in Antwerpen, Belgium. Nearly 2,000 Soldiers from the brigade and their equipment are being deployed as the latest unit to bolster the U.S. presence in Europe.
 

Lockheed Martin introduces first LM-100J commercial airlifter

Lockheed Martin introduces first LM-100J commercial airlifter
 
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Lockheed Martin today officially introduced the world to the latest member of the C-130J Super Hercules family: the LM-100J commercial freighter. Employees who designed and built the aircraft celebrated this new Super Hercules with a traditional "rollout" ceremony held at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility located in Marietta, Ga.
 

Bell lands a $423mn US Navy contract for 25 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters

Bell lands a $423mn US Navy contract for 25 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters
 
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Bell Helicopter has been awarded a $423,413,136 contract from the US Navy for the manufacture and delivery of 25 Lot 14 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters in support of the H-1 upgrade program in support of the United States Marine Corps, the US Defense Department said on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
 

Brazil approves sale of three Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria

Brazil approves sale of three Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria
 
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The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer Defence and Security Ltd disclosed that the Brazilian Government has given approval for the sale of its three serviceable pre-owned Super Tucano A-29 light attack aircraft to Nigeria, the Nigerian Air Force announced on Feb. 8, 2017.
 

Leonardo back in USAF T-X competition with its T-100 jet trainer

Leonardo back in USAF T-X competition with its T-100 jet trainer
 
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Leonardo confirmed yesterday Feb. 8 its participation in the U.S. Air Force T-X competition with its T-100 integrated training system. Leonardo will leverage its U.S. company, Leonardo DRS, as the prime contractor, bringing to bear Leonardo’s leading aeronautical and simulation expertise to deliver a fully integrated solution in the best interests of the Air Force.
 

Germany upgrading its "Konrad Adenauer" VIP transport aircraft

Germany upgrading its "Konrad Adenauer" VIP transport aircraft
 
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This is our Air Force One”, Stefan Rauscher says about the aircraft “Konrad Adenauer”. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier enjoy using the Airbus A340 300, which is operated by the Bundeswehr, as government aircraft and is currently being upgraded.
 

USAF airmen fly first C-130J airlifter with Block 8.1 upgrades

USAF airmen fly first C-130J airlifter with Block 8.1 upgrades
 
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A team of U.S. Air Force Airmen conducted a C-130J training flight on Feb. 3, 2017, unlike any other at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The flight was the first in the Air Mobility Command conducted on an upgraded C-130J that featured an intricate suite of software and hardware improvements known as Block 8.1.
 

Il-112V military airlifter enters final assembly stage

Il-112V military airlifter enters final assembly stage
 
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The first prototype of the Ilyushin Il-112V airlifter has been brought into the final assembly shop of the Voronezh Aircraft Plant (VASO), the wing has been mated with the fuselage, according to VASO’s press office. "VASO has completed the mating of the wing and fuselage of the Il-112V light military transport aircraft, the first prototype has been moved to the final assembly ship," the press office said.
 

South Korea, Indonesia open KF-X/IF-X Joint Program Management Office

South Korea, Indonesia open KF-X/IF-X Joint Program Management Office
 
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South Korea and Indonesia opened a joint office on Wednesday to carry out close consultations in the KF-X fighter aircraft development project, the country's DAPA said. "The opening of the joint program management office will not only help the two countries exchange views on pending issues during the KF-X project but also allow them to effectively fine-tune differences," Jung Kwang-sun, director general for the KF-X Program Group at the DAPA, said in a statement.
 

Taiwan plans to buy 66 new jet trainers by 2026

Taiwan plans to buy 66 new jet trainers by 2026
 
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Taiwan plans to invest over $2.19 billion in the purchase of 66 new trainer jets by 2026, the National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology said on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. With this new fleet, the Asian country aims at bolstering defenses against China.
 

Textron secures five-year follow-on contract for Afghan Air Force support

Textron secures five-year follow-on contract for Afghan Air Force support
 
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Textron Systems Support Solutions, a Textron Inc. business, announced today Feb.7 that it was awarded a five-year follow-on contract from the U.S. Air Force for Afghan Trainer Contractor Logistics Support (CLS). For the first year, the contract is valued at $9.35 million, with an estimated potential five-year maximum at $50 million.
 

Saudi Arabia orders AN/APG-63(V)3 radars for its F-15SA fighter jets

Saudi Arabia orders AN/APG-63(V)3 radars for its F-15SA fighter jets
 
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The US-based defense contractor Boeing secured an $18.3 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide AN/APG-63(V)3 radars for Royal Saudi Air Force's F-15SA fighter jets, the US Department of Defense announced on Feb. 6 on its website.
 

Belarus confirms plans to purchase Su-30SM fighter jets in 2017

Belarus confirms plans to purchase Su-30SM fighter jets in 2017
 
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Belarus plans to buy Russian Su-30SM fighter jets for its air force and defense this year, Belarussian Deputy Defense Minister Major-General Igor Lotenkov said. "In 2017 we plan to purchase Su-30SM aircraft," he was quoted as saying by the Belarussian Military Gazette.
 

Stavatti Aerospace's Javelin training jet enters T-X race

Stavatti Aerospace's Javelin training jet enters T-X race
 
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The Stavatti Javelin is a new twin-engine, two-seat, high performance military jet trainer and Very Light Fighter (VLF) aircraft. Derived from the ATG Javelin Mk-30, the Javelin will be a candidate for the USAF T-X trainer requirement, as well as a trainer and VLF that can be sold to allied air forces worldwide.
 

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