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June 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Airbus Helicopters lands $162 mn contract for French military rotorcraft support

Airbus Helicopters lands $162 mn contract for French military rotorcraft support
 
The France-based rotorcraft manufacturer Airbus Helicopters on May 31 was awarded a 145 million euros (US$162 mn) contract to support the French military helicopters fleet, the European tenders electronic daily (Ted) announced on Thursday.
 

Taiwan donates two UH-1H utility helicopters to Burkinabe armed forces

Taiwan donates two UH-1H utility helicopters to Burkinabe armed forces
 
Taiwan donated two UH-1H light utility helicopters to Burkina Faso's armed forces during an official ceremony held on June 6. These helicopters will beef up tactical transport capabilities of the Burkinabe Air Force, involved in the fight against terrorist organizations acting in North Africa.
 

Tata supplies first components for India's CH-47F Chinook helicopters

Tata supplies first components for India's CH-47F Chinook helicopters
 
Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) on June 8 announced the delivery of the first crown and tailcone assembly for the Indian configuration of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter. Manufactured by TASL in Hyderabad, the parts will be delivered to Boeing for final assembly of the 15 helicopters on delivery to the Indian Air Force.
 

EDA opens new European Tactical Airlift Centre in Spain

EDA opens new European Tactical Airlift Centre in Spain
 
The Head of the European Defence Agency (EDA), High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and Minister of Defence of Spain, Dolores de Cospedal, today officially opened the European Tactical Airlift Centre (ETAC) in Zaragoza, the agency said in a statement.
 

BAE Systems' Advanced Hawk demonstrator aircraft took to the skies

BAE Systems' Advanced Hawk demonstrator aircraft took to the skies
 
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A concept of a future variant of BAE Systems' highly successful Hawk aircraft has flown for the first time at the Company’s military aircraft facility in Warton, Lancashire. Equipped with a new type of pilot display, a redesigned wing and defensive aids, the Advanced Hawk will meet market requirements for the next generation of fast jet training aircraft, the UK-based company announced on June 7.
 

Germany approves withdrawal of troops from Turkey's Incirlik airbase

Germany approves withdrawal of troops from Turkey's Incirlik airbase
 
German Cabinet on Wednesday decided to withdraw garrisons at a Turkish airbase following a renewed spat with Ankara. Over 250 military personnel stationed in Incirlik, southeastern Turkey, along with their jets and equipment will be redeployed to Jordan's al-Asraq base, according to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
 

Northrop's APG-83 SABR AESA radar picked for USAF F-16 upgrade

Northrop's APG-83 SABR AESA radar picked for US Air Force F-16 upgrade
 
The U.S. Air Force selected Northrop Grumman Corporation’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) as the active electronically scanned array (AESA) for its F-16 radar upgrade, Northrop Grumman announced on Wednesday.
 

BAE Systems and DARPA to jointly improve UAS multitasking capability

BAE Systems and DARPA to jointly improve UAS multitasking capability
 
Under two recently awarded contracts from DARPA (the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) worth a combined $5.4 million, BAE Systems is developing technology that will enable compact UAS to conduct multiple mission tasks with single, multifunction payloads that can adapt to changing battlefield situations and mission needs in real time, the company announced on June 5.
 

Indonesia, Russia reached final agreement on Su-35 fighter jets acquisition

Indonesia, Russia reached final agreement on Su-35 fighter jets acquisition
 
The contract for the delivery of modern Russian Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia has been agreed upon, the Russian state-owned industrial and defense conglomerate Rostec said Tuesday, June 6. "The contract for the delivery of the Su-35 to Indonesia has been agreed upon and it will be signed this year," TASS news agency quoted Viktor Kladov, Rostec's director for international cooperation and regional policy, as saying.
 

China successfully tests new variable flow ramjet engine

China successfully tests new variable flow ramjet engine
 
China has successfully tested its solid-fuel variable flow ramjet engine in two recent airspace experiments, a breakthrough in the engine research fields which could enhance real combat ability of China's stealth aircraft including the J20 jet fighters, according to a research team from No. 4 research institute affiliated with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
 

Leonardo launches new BriteCloud 218 anti-missile countermeasure system

Leonardo launches new BriteCloud 218 anti-missile countermeasure system
 
Leonardo has launched the new version of its BriteCloud decoy for fast jets, called BriteCloud 218, at the Electronic Warfare Europe event in London following trials with Danish F-16 fighter aircraft. The new 218 model, which adapts BriteCloud technology to fit into 2”x1”x8” dimensions, is designed to be compatible with aircraft that use this standard size of flare cartridge, such as the widely-operated F-16 and F-15.
 

US oks $750 mn FMS from Saudi Arabia for RSAF training services

US oks $750 mn FMS from Saudi Arabia for RSAF training services
 
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a blanket order training program for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and other Saudi forces for an estimated cost of $750 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on June 5.
 

Sukhoi to produce two more T-50 PAK FA prototypes in 2017

Sukhoi to produce two more T-50 PAK FA prototypes in 2017
 
Russia’s Sukhoi Company will produce two prototypes of the fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet in 2017, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said yesterday to the Russian news agency Tass.
 

Elbit Systems to develop new Panoramic Cockpit Display for the F-35

Elbit Systems to develop new Panoramic Cockpit Display for the F-35
 
Elbit Systems of America, LLC, announced on June 6 that it was awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to develop a cockpit display replacement for the F-35 aircraft. The development contract is for the Technology Refresh 3, Panoramic Cockpit Display Unit. The value of the award was not in a material amount.
 

Russian Su-35S fighter jets to be upgraded based on Syria experience

Russian Su-35S fighter jets to be upgraded based on Syria experience
 
In 2017, the Su-35S fighters will be refined with regard for the combat usage in Syria, Russia`s Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said. "The planes of this year will be refined with due account for the Syrian experience and drawbacks. We may even delay the acceptance of the aircraft in service before the confirmation of the troubled issues correction," Borisov said during his visit to the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after Yuri Gagarin (KnAAZ).
 

GAIC presents first FTC-2000 fighter export version for Sudanese Air Force

GAIC presents first FTC-2000 fighter export version for Sudanese Air Force
 
The first export version of the China-developed FTC-2000 light attack aircraft ordered by Sudan rolled off the production line of the state-owned aircraft developer GAIC in Anshun in southwest China's Guizhou Province Monday, June 5. With its desert-camouflage paint appearance, the FTC-2000 was developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
 

First Japanese-built F-35A fighter jet rolled out at Nagoya Facility

First Japanese-built F-35A fighter jet rolled out at Nagoya Facility
 
The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility today, June 5. The Japan F-35 FACO is operated by MHI with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and oversight from the U.S. Government.
 

China's Rainbow solar-powered UAV made first high-altitude flight test

China's Rainbow solar-powered UAV made first high-altitude flight test
 
According to a video released by the Chinese independent global video news agency CCTV+ , the Rainbow solar UAV produced by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) made its first high-altitude flght test.
 

COTESA contracted to manufacture CH-47 Chinook key components

COTESA contracted to manufacture CH-47 Chinook key components
 
Boeing has awarded Saxony-based COTESA GmbH a five-year contract to manufacture key components for the H-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. This is the first Boeing contract award to COTESA, the US-based aircraft manufacturer said on Friday.
 

Orbital ATK to provide USAF with new B-2 bomber composite components

Orbital ATK to provide USAF with new B-2 bomber composite components
 
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that it has received an initial $90 million contract from Northrop Grumman to produce composite components for the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber with an option for follow-on orders.
 

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