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January 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Belgian Air Force takes delivery of AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missiles

Belgian Air Force takes delivery of AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missiles
 
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The Belgian Air Force recently took delivery of a batch of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles, the service press office announced today, Jan. 31, 2017. This delivery is part of an overall military modernization program to better support its own air defense.
 

Russia eyes light version of the BrahMos cruise missile for its PAK FA fighter jet

Russia eyes light version of the BrahMos cruise missile for its PAK FA fighter jet
 
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The BrahMos light cruise missile will be mounted both in submarines’ torpedo launchers and on Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet, CEO and General Designer of the Machine-Building R&D Consortium Alexander Leonov said on Friday.
 

IAI introduces new ADA GPS anti-jamming system for military aircraft

IAI introduces new ADA GPS anti-jamming system for military aircraft
 
IAI introduces ADA GPS anti jamming system
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling ADA - an advanced system that protects avionic systems from GPS jamming. ADA has already been integrated into several systems and platforms operating both in Israel and abroad. The ADA system recently won a tender from Israel's Ministry of Defense, for integration into one of the main platforms of the Israel Air Force.
 

Russian Air Force's Tu-22M3 strategic bombers wipe out Daesh facilities in Syria

Russian Air Force's Tu-22M3 strategic bombers wipe out Daesh facilities in Syria
 
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Six Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range bombers have conducted a group air strike against the facilities of the Islamic State terroristic grouping (IS) in Dayr al-Zawr province (Syria), according to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).
 

BAE Systems to provide LiteHUD head-up display for Textron's Scorpion multirole jet

BAE Systems to provide LiteHUD head-up display for Textron's Scorpion multirole jet
 
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BAE Systems has been selected to provide its LiteHUD head-up display for Textron AirLand’s multi-mission Scorpion jet. The initial order will support the Scorpion’s robust flight test program, the defense giant announced today, Jan. 30, 2017.
 

Philippine Air Force's FA-50PH fighter jets conduct first combat missions

Philippine Air Force's FA-50PH fighter jets conduct first combat missions
 
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The Philippines has deployed South Korea’s FA-50 supersonic fighter jets for the first time in combat, in a move to wipe out Islamic State(IS)-affiliated terror groups. According to local media on Monday, the Filipino military has been conducting air attacks and bombing operations against IS-affiliated groups converging in the Province of Lanao del Sur since Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.
 

US Army's UH-60V Black Hawk first protoype achieves maiden flight

US Army's UH-60V Black Hawk first protoype achieves maiden flight
 
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The US Program Executive Office Aviation's Utility Helicopter Project Office today successfully completed the initial test flight of its Engineering Development Model UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, the US Army announced on Jan. 19 on its website.
 

HAL rolls out first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132 trainer aircraft

HAL rolls out first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132 trainer aircraft
 
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HAL has rolled out the first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132, named as Hawk-i on the eve of Republic Day celebrations. “This is the 100th Hawk aircraft produced at HAL and we are proud that it has Make in India mark. HAL had conceived a programme for indigenous upgradation of the Hawk Mk132 for achieving self-reliance and has successfully accomplished it”, says Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL. 
 

South Korea completes deployment of its 36 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters

South Korea completes deployment of its 36 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters
 
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South Korea completed the deployment of the latest upgraded model of AH-64 Apache combat helicopters, a military official said Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. The country's Defense Acquisition Procurement Administration (DAPA) signed a $1.6 billion contract with the U.S. in 2013 to buy 36 AH-64Es, an upgraded model of the AH-64D Longbow.
 

Boeing lands $2.1bn USAF contract for 15 KC-46A multirole tanker aircraft

Boeing lands $2.1bn USAF contract for 15 KC-46A multirole tanker aircraft
 
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The U.S. Air Force yesterday Jna. 27, 2017, awarded Boeing $2.1 billion for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spare engines and wing air refueling pod kits, the US-based defense giant announced on its website. This order is the third low-rate initial production lot for Boeing. The first two came in August 2016 and included seven and 12 planes, respectively, as well as spare parts.
 

BAE Systems & TAI to collaborate for Turkey's TF-X 5-th generation fighter jet

BAE Systems & TAI to collaborate for Turkey's TF-X 5-th generation fighter jet
 
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In the presence of The Prime Ministers of Turkey and the United Kingdom, BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) today signed a Heads of Agreement to collaborate on the first development phase of an indigenous fifth-generation fighter jet for the Turkish Air Force – TF-X, the British company announced on Jan. 28, 2017.
 

Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Has Plans to Further Upgrade MiG-31 & Develop Replacement

Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Has Plans to Further Upgrade MiG-31 & Develop Replacement
 
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Russia’s Mikoyan MiG-31 (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) fighter jet has upgrade potential, CEO of the Tikhomirov Instrument-Making Research Institute (NIIP) Yuri Bely told TASS.
 

USAF EC-130H Compass Call electronic attack aircraft maintain constant presence in Afghanistan

USAF EC-130H Compass Call electronic attack aircraft maintain constant presence in Afghanistan
 
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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- All around the dimly-lit tent are enduring symbols of a constant presence. A name scrawled across a wooden wall, a lengthy list of deployment dates written underneath, updated year after year. A library stacked with books and games to pass the time. A built-in couch labeled “Snooze Town.”
 

Kenya Requested 14 Air Tractor AT-802 Light Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft

Kenya Requested 14 Air Tractor AT-802 Light Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft
 
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According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kenya for Air Tractor aircraft with weapons, and related support. The estimated cost is $418 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on January 19, 2017.
 

Russia's first Tu-160M2 strategic bomber entered construction phase

Russia's first Tu-160M2 strategic bomber entered construction phase
 
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The first strategic Tu-160M2 bomber is already under construction. The aircraft works in Kazan is ready to launch serial production of the aircraft, the leadership of the enterprise reported to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
 

Polish Air Force Received its First Batch of JASSM Cruise Missiles for F-16C/D Fighting Falcon

Polish Air Force Received its First Batch of JASSM Cruise Missiles for F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
 
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According to Polish deputy defense minister Bartosz Kownacki, the first batch of AGM-158A JASSM cruise missile have been delivered to Poznan-Krzesiny airbase. The minister shared pictures of Polish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fitted with the missiles.
 

USAF B-2 stealth bombers conduct precision strikes on IS camps in Libya

USAF B-2 stealth bombers conduct precision strikes on IS camps in Libya
 
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Two U.S. B-2 warplanes carried out airstrikes on Wednesday night on camps of IS in the outskirts of Libya's Sirte, killing at least 80 militants, said a statement by the Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook. "In conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes Wednesday night destroying two IS camps, 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte," the statement said.
 

USAF receives first E-3 Sentry aircraft fitted with DRAGON cockpit modification

USAF receives first E-3 Sentry aircraft fitted with DRAGON cockpit modification
 
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The first US Air Force E-3 Sentry aircraft with the glass flight deck modification known as DRAGON (Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation) arrived at Tinker AFB Jan. 9, the airbase press office said on its website.
 

RAAF's F-35A fighter jet performed first ever in-flight weapons release

RAAF's F-35A fighter jet performed first ever in-flight weapons release
 
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One of Australia’s F-35A aircraft has conducted its first ever in-flight weapons release during an exercise departing from Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona on 14 December 2016, the Royal Australian Air Force announced on Jan. 18 on its website. The GBU-12, 500lb Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb, was employed by Australian aircraft A35-002, during a sortie over the Barry M Goldwater Range (BMGR) just west of Luke AFB.
 

Indonesia approves purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifters

Indonesia approves purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifters
 
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The Indonesian government reportedly approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M transport aircraft. According to Jane’s, Indonesia gave its green light to a US$2 bn acquisition project to boost airlift capabilities of the Indonesian Air Force, it was confirmed on Jan. 18.
 

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