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March 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

CAE Defence to train NATO E-3A AWACS aircrews

CAE Defence to train NATO E-3A AWACS aircrews
 
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CAE announced on March 30 that it has signed a contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to provide comprehensive training services, including instructors, for the NATO E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircrew training program located at NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen in Germany.
 

Rockwell Collins to upgrade Pakistan Air Force C-130 Hercules military airlifters

Rockwell Collins to upgrade Pakistan Air Force C-130 Hercules military airlifters
 
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Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 avionics system has been selected by the Pakistan Air Force through the Foreign Military Sales Office, Warner Robins, Georgia, for the upgrade of up to 11 C-130E and 5 C-130B aircraft. Rockwell Collins will provide the integrated avionics suite along with training and technical support during installation. Additional support includes consolidated flight manuals, checklists and maintenance supplements required to operate and maintain the fleet.
 

BAE Systems lands $50m contract for UK's F-35 fighters fleet support

BAE Systems lands $50m contract for UK's F-35 fighters fleet support
 
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Readiness for the arrival of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II jets took another step forward with the awarding of a contract by the US Department of Defense F-35 Joint Program Office. The contract worth more than US$102.2m has been awarded to Lockheed Martin to deliver the initial training, engineering, maintenance and logistics support for the UK’s F-35 Lightning II fleet over a three year period.
 

Antonov's new An-132D airlifter completes its maiden flight

Antonov's new An-132D airlifter achieved its maiden flight
 
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Antonov state corporation's An-132D multirole military aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight on March 31, flying from the airdrome of Sviatoshyne to Hostomel airfield in Ukraine. “The creation of this transport plane was joined by the leading enterprises of the world’s aircraft manufacturing: companies from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and many other countries," said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko after the An-132D successfull first flight.
 

Grollo Aerospace to develop new subsonic aerial target for Australian MoD

Grollo Aerospace to develop new subsonic aerial target for Australian MoD
 
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Australia's Minister for Defence Industry, the Honourable Christopher Pyne MP, announced on March 15 a collaboration agreement between the Defence Science and Technology Group and Grollo Aerospace to provide Defence with an enhanced capability for evaluating Australia’s air defence systems.
 

Dynetics advances to Phase II of DARPA's Gremlins program

Dynetics advances to Phase II of DARPA's Gremlins program
 
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Dynetics, Inc. has been awarded a contract for Phase 2 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Gremlins program, an innovative technology program that seeks to enable aircraft to launch volleys of low-cost reusable unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and safely and reliably retrieve them in mid-air. The Gremlins architecture is designed to enable other technologies such as advanced payloads and autonomous battle management for swarming systems.
 

United Kingdom orders 1,000 AGM-114 air-to-surface missiles

United Kingdom orders 1,000 AGM-114 air-to-surface missiles
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for 1,000 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The estimated cost is $150 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced yesterday, March 16, 2017.
 

RSAF's Heron 1 UAV achieves Full Operational Capability

RSAF's Heron 1 UAV achieves Full Operational Capability
 
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Singapore's Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at a ceremony to mark the achievement of Full Operational Capability (FOC) status by the Republic of Singapore Air Forces (RSAF)'s Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) at Murai Camp yesterday March 15, 2017.
 

Russian Helicopters eyes new light multirole helicopter for European and US markets

Russian Helicopters eyes new light multirole helicopter for European and US markets
 
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Russian Helicopters plans to develop a new light helicopter with the weight up to two tonnes to be offered on the US and European markets, press service of the holding said on Wednesday, March 16, 2017. "This is a new market segment for Russian Helicopters holding and we therefore face several tasks," the press service said citing Chief Executive of the company Andrei Boginsky.
 

Boeing lands $3.2bn order from Saudi Arabia for additional Apache combat helicopters

Boeing lands $3.2bn order from Saudi Arabia for additional Apache combat helicopters
 
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The US-based defense giant Boeing has been awarded a $3,276,522,609 foreign military sales contract from Saudi Arabia contract for AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the US Department of Defense announced on March 15, 2017.
 

Canada takes next step toward acquisition of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets

Canada takes next step toward acquisition of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets
 
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Yesterday, March 14, 2017, the Government of Canada took another important step toward the potential acquisition of an interim fleet. In a Letter of Request submitted to the U.S. government, Canada outlined its requirements on capabilities, schedule and economic benefits for 18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft.
 

F-35 successfully test fires MBDA's ASRAAM missile for the first time

F-35 successfully test fires MBDA's ASRAAM missile for the first time
 
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The F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet has successfully conducted its first firing trials of the MBDA Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM), the European missile manufacturer announced today March 15, 2017.
 

IAI introduces new NanoPOP ultralight EO/IR payload

IAI introduces new NanoPOP ultralight EO/IR payload
 
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is expanding its electro-optic (EO/IR) family with new payloads designed for tactical UAVs, robotic vehicles and drone applications, for use by ground and homeland security forces. The new EO/IR payloads are developed by TAMAM, the inertial navigation and electro-optical house of IAI, and have been displayed at the Aero India exhibition in Bangalore India, in Feb. 2017.
 

Denmark orders additional Northrop Litening targeting pods

Denmark orders additional Northrop Litening targeting pods
 
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Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) to provide LITENING advanced targeting pods for its F-16 aircraft. LITENING gives pilots powerful capabilities for detecting, identifying and tracking targets at extremely long ranges, the US-based defense contractor announced yesterday March 13, 2017.
 

Kratos lands a $22mn USAF contract for BQM-167A aerial targets

Kratos lands a $22mn USAF contract for BQM-167A aerial targets
 
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced on March 13, 2017 that its subsidiary, Composite Engineering, Inc. (CEi), received Lot 13 production option exercise, valued at $22.3 million, on the previously awarded Air Force Subscale Aerial Target (AFSAT) Lots 11-13 production contract. CEi will provide an additional quantity of 25 AFSAT production target aircraft, plus the associated warranty.
 

TsAGI introduces new VPS-5 flight simulator for helicopter crews

TsAGI introduces new VPS-5 flight simulator for helicopter crews
 
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Experts of the Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) of the Zhukovsky Research Center commissioned the VPS-5 flight simulator, the press service of the institute said on March 10. "The simulator for helicopters with such a number of functional characteristics (visualization, digital simulation of effort on control arms) was created for the first time in Russia. The simulator is to research flight dynamics of various types of helicopters," it said.
 

Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet achieves further Brimstone Missile Integration Flight Trials

Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet achieves further Brimstone Missile Integration Flight Trials
 
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A further series of flight trials of Eurofighter Typhoon with the low-collateral, high precision MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface weapon have been successfully completed at BAE Systems’ site in Warton, Lancashire, the compagny announced on March 13, 2017.
 

Boeing lands 5-year contract for South Korea's F-15K fighter jets support

Boeing lands 5-year contract for South Korea's F-15K fighter jets support
 
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Boeing has received a five-year contract to continue long-term sustainment of the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF) F-15K aircraft, supporting to the fleet’s readiness, the US defense contractor announced today, March 17, 2017.
 

Russia to start Su-34 strike fighter modernization program in 2018

Russia to start Su-34 strike fighter modernization program in 2018
 
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The Chkalov Aircraft Works in Novosibirsk will begin the modernization of tactical Su-34 bomber in 2018, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on March 13, 2017, during a visit to the enterprise which serially produces Su-34 for the Russian Aerospace Forces.
 

Lockheed Martin upgrading its Airborne Multi-INT Lab airborne testbed

Lockheed Martin upgrading its Airborne Multi-INT Lab airborne testbed
 
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Lockheed Martin's manned airborne testbed, the Airborne Multi-INT Lab (AML), has been enhanced to expedite its ability to deliver decision-quality intelligence. The AML is utilized to experiment with combinations of sensors, systems and technologies to help customers develop ways to support a diverse range of contingency operations, the US-based giant announced today March 13, 2017.
 

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