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October 2017 - Military Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Industry News
 

L3 to provide enhanced MUMT-X capability for Apache helicopters

L3 to provide enhanced MUMT-X capability for Apache helicopters
 
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L3 Technologies has received a production contract for the U.S. Army's MUMT-X program for Apache attack helicopters, the company reported on Monday. The Manned/Unmanned Teaming-eXpanded Capabilities helicopter program is for the teaming of communications and data between manned and unmanned aircraft.
 

ACCap program: Eurofighter partners to create two Innovation Centres in Belgium

ACCap program: Eurofighter partners to create two Innovation Centres in Belgium
 
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Formal endorsements to support the development of two new National Innovation Centres for Belgium have been signed by companies from the four Eurofighter nations during a visit by the UK’s Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin MP.
 

China's largest cargo drone goes airborne

China's largest cargo drone goes airborne
 
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China's heaviest cargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed its maiden flight in northwest China's Shaanxi Province Thursday. This unmanned freight aircraft, named AT200, was co-developed by the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other institutes.
 

Rockwell Collins lands 9-year USAF contract for KC-10 fleet support

Rockwell Collins lands 9-year USAF contract for KC-10 fleet support
 
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Rockwell Collins will be an important part of the future of KC-10 avionics with a recent award from the U.S. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright Patterson Air Force base. The contract provides maintenance and sustainment of KC-10 avionics systems and engineering services over the next nine years.
 

PLAAF exploring new logistics solutions with Chinese commercial companies

PLAAF exploring new logistics solutions with Chinese commercial companies
 
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The People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force will cooperate with five Chinese non-military companies to upgrade civil-military logistics integration, according to an agreement between the companies and the PLA air force logistics department.
 

VA001 UAV completes longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight in history

VA001 UAV completes longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight in history
 
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After five days, one hour twenty-four minutes, and traversing over 7000 miles, Vanilla Aircraft's VA001 touched down at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, successfully completing the longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight in history.
 

ACCAp program: Sabena Aerospace, Sonaca eye Belgium's future fighter jet support

ACCAp program: Sabena Aerospace, Sonaca eye Belgium's future fighter jet support
 
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The two Belgium-based aerospace companies Sabena Aerospace and Sonaca yesterday launched the new joint venture Ignition! with the aim of winning the support contract for the Belgian Air Component’s future fighter jet. “We share proven and complementary skills, that we want to devote to army,” said Bernard Delvaux, CEO of Sonaca Group.
 

Trump announces new Pilot Program to expand UAV integration in US airspace

Trump announces new Pilot Program to expand UAV integration in US airspace
 
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a pilot program to expand government and commercial use of drones as well as safely integrating these unmanned aircraft into the nation's airspace. Under a presidential memorandum signed by Trump, the Department of Transportation will enter into agreements with state, local, and tribal governments to establish zones for testing "complex" operations of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems.
 

USAF adds six more aircraft to the A-29 Afghanistan Program

USAF adds six more aircraft to the A-29 Afghanistan Program
 
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Sierra Nevada Corporation and its partner Embraer Defense & Security have received orders from the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) A-29 Afghanistan Program for six more A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The A-29 is used to conduct advanced flight training, aerial reconnaissance, and other A-29 Afghanistan Program operations.
 

Lockheed Martin successfully completes CRH Program Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin successfully completes CRH Program Critical Design Review
 
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Lockheed Martin today announced the successful conduct of the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) Program Training Systems Critical Design Review (CDR). This event prepares the CRH program to proceed to assembly, test, and evaluation of the HH-60W helicopter's training systems.
 

UK MoD announces $119 mn investment in new helicopter simulation center

UK MoD announces $119 mn investment in new helicopter simulation center
 
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The British Ministry of Defence has announced an over £90 million (US$ 119 mn) investment in a world-leading helicopter simulation centre to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots of the future. The simulators put pilots through their paces, replicating extreme real-life scenarios, from flying in blizzards or under enemy fire to dealing with power failures and electronic warfare.
 

ACCap program: Vandeput sticking to his guns

Belgian ACCap program: Vandeput sticking to his guns
 
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The Belgian ACCAp program, which aims at replacing the country’s aged fleet of F-16s with 34 new fighter jets, is heating up as the French proposal is now actively debated within the government lead by the Liberal Charles Michel.
 

Kh-35U ASM enters Su-35S fighter jet weapon package

Kh-35U ASM enters Su-35S fighter jet weapon package
 
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The Su-35S fighter jets of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) will be able to destroy naval targets of various classes, as well as ground objects, owing to the Kh-35U anti-ship missiles (ASM). The ASM has been officially introduced to the armament suite of the Su-35S after trials. Therefore, the fighters will be multifunctional platforms, being able to accomplish a wide range of tasks, according to the Izvestia newspaper.
 

US Air Force F-35A makes first operational deployment to Pacific

US Air Force F-35A makes first operational deployment to Pacific
 
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Approximately 300 Airmen and 12 F-35A Lightning IIs from the US Air Force Hill AFB, Utah’s 34th Fighter Squadron are set to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan for a six month rotation. The aircraft and supporting personnel are scheduled to arrive at Kadena in early November, the Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs said on Oct. 23.
 

Belgian Air Component replenishes Mk 84 bombs stock

Belgian Air Component replenishes Mk 84 bombs stock
 
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The Belgian Ministry of Defense recently ordered a batch of 80 Mk 84 2,000 lbs general purpose bomb along with 160 suspension lugs, 80 Steel Nose Plugs et 80 Cup Nose Supports, the Europe's "Tenders electronic daily" platform unveiled on Oct. 20, 2017.
 

South Korea to launch new Global Hawk unit on December 1st

South Korea to launch new Global Hawk unit on December 1st
 
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According to the South Korean newspaper Yonhap, the country's Air Force (RoKAF) announced Friday that it will found a key airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) unit in December in line with its plan to acquire RQ-4 Global Hawk drones.
 

US oks $575 mn FMS from Czech Republic for 12 UH-1Y Venom multirole helicopters

US oks $575 mn FMS from Czech Republic for 12 UH-1Y Venom multirole helicopters
 
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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Czech Republic for UH-1Y utility helicopters for an estimated cost of $575 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said today, Oct. 23.
 

First batch of Mi-28UB combat and training choppers ready for delivery

First batch of Mi-28UB combat and training choppers ready for delivery
 
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Russian Helicopters holding company announces availability of the first batch of training and combat Mi-28UB helicopters for the Ministry of Defense. Machines have already passed through the whole set of factory tests. The first helicopters are scheduled for transfer to the military department in November 2017.
 

Embraer lands firm order for six Super Tucano light attack and training aircraft

Embraer lands firm order for six Super Tucano light attack and training aircraft
 
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The Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer announced today, Oct. 16, a firm order for six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft from an undisclosed customer. The aircraft can be used for tactical and advanced training as well as light attack and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions. Deliveries will be concluded in 2018.
 

Boeing & USAF complete first KC-46 to KC-46 refueling test

Boeing & USAF complete first KC-46 to KC-46 refueling test
 
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A Boeing-U.S. Air Force test team recently refueled a KC-46A tanker from another KC-46A tanker for the first time, the US aircraft maker announced on Oct. 11, 2017. During the four-hour flight, the two aircraft successfully refueled each other and achieved the maximum fuel offload rate of 1,200 gallons per minute.
 

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