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October 2017 - Military Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Industry News
 

Netherlands requests a $53 mn FMS for AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAM missiles

Netherlands requests a $53 mn FMS for AIM-120 C-7 AMRAAM missiles
 
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The US State Department recently approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands for AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost of $53 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Oct. 11, 2017.
 

Russia eyes acquisition of up to 200 new Il-76MD-90A airlifters

Russia eyes acquisition of up to 200 new Il-76MD-90A airlifters
 
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Commander of Russian Military Transport Aviation (MTA) Lt. Gen. Vladimir Benediktov, at a meeting with the team of the Aviastar-SP Ulyanovsk Aircraft Plant, outlined plans for deliveries of a total of 150-200 new Il-76MD-90A aircraft for MTA that Aviastar-SP can fulfill in cooperation with the subcontractors, Aviastar-SP’s press service reported.
 

GE completes T901 turboshaft engine prototype testing

GE completes T901 turboshaft engine prototype testing
 
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GE Aviation successfully completed testing a T901-GE-900 turboshaft engine prototype in support of the United States Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The company-funded test engine exceeded ITEP performance requirements, proving that the GE T901 engine is ready for the ITEP Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. The T901 engine tests were conducted over the span of six months and verified growth margin to meet future ITEP power requirements.
 

ACCap program: France's Rafale temporarily still on track

ACCap program: France's Rafale temporarily still on track
 
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The Belgian Ministerial Council agreed on Friday to maintain - at least temporarily - the French Rafale multirole fighter jet in the ACCap competition that should lead to the replacement of the BAF ageing fleet of F-16 fighter jets. The Belgian MoD earlier considered that the French offer was not valid... Not so fast, replied the Liberal (and French speaking) part of the government.
 

US MDA picks Lockheed Martin to develop Low Power Laser Demonstrator

US MDA picks Lockheed Martin to develop Low Power Laser Demonstrator
 
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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4 million contract to develop a Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept, the agency announced Oct. 5. "Our Low Power Laser Demonstrator concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstration period," said Sarah Reeves, director in Strategic and Missile Defense programs at Lockheed Martin.
 

Russian Mi-28N makes emergency landing in Syria following technical failure

Russian Mi-28N makes emergency landing in Syria following technical failure
 
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A Mi-28N attack helicopter of Russia`s Aerospace Forces (VKS) has made an emergency landing in Hama province, Syria due to a technical malfunction. There are no threats to the pilots, according to Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).
 

USAF reaches milestone with 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot taking to the sky

USAF reaches milestone with 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot taking to the sky
 
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The US Air Force trained and graduated the 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot across the joint and international enterprise Sept. 19, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base. Maj. Chris Campbell, 461st Flight Test Squadron director of operations, is an F-16 Fighting Falcon test pilot with more than 1,000 fighter hours and 245 combat hours. He began F-35 Lightning II fighter pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing this summer and became the 500th pilot to graduate the program.
 

USAF upgrading Minuteman III ICBM airborne launch control system

USAF upgrading Minuteman III ICBM airborne launch control system
 
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The US Air Force awarded two contracts Oct. 3, 2017, for upgrading the system that enables an aircraft to control an intercontinental ballistic missile’s launch from a silo in the ground. The three-year contracts, of about $81 million each, were awarded to Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Littleton, Colorado, and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs said on Oct. 5, 2017.
 

Northrop wins $130 mn order to launch Japan's Global Hawk Block 30 program

Northrop wins $130 mn order to launch Japan's Global Hawk Block 30 program
 
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The US-based defense contractor Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $130,469,576 contract to launch work for the Japan RQ-4 Global Hawk RPAS program, the US Department of Defense announced on Oct. 5, 2017.
 

Boeing to boost autonomous flight innovation with Aurora Flight Sciences acquisition

Boeing to boost autonomous flight innovation with Aurora Flight Sciences acquisition
 
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Boeing plans to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, a world-class innovator, developer and manufacturer of advanced aerospace platforms, under an agreement signed by the companies. Aurora specializes in autonomous systems technologies to enable advanced robotic aircraft for future aerospace applications and vehicles.
 

Russian Helicopters' Mi-28UB combat training helicopter ready for full-rate production

Russian Helicopters' Mi-28UB combat training helicopter ready for full-rate production
 
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The newest Mi-28UB training helicopter is ready for full-rate production in Rostov-on-Don, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said. Russian Helicopters produced the first serial examples of Mi-28UBs in late August, 2017.
 

Paramount Group purchases four ex-French Air Force Mirage F1 fighter jets

Paramount Group purchases four ex-French Air Force Mirage F1B jet trainers
 
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The South Africa-based defense company Paramount Group today announced the significant enhancement of its pilot training capability through its acquisition of four Dual-Seater Mirage F1B trainer aircraft from the French Government.
 

Japan requests $113 mn FMS for 56 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles

Japan requests $113 mn FMS for 56 AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles
 
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The US State Department yesterday approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for an estimated cost of $113 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on its website.
 

Mali takes delivery of two Mi-35M combat helicopters

Mali takes delivery of two Mi-35M combat helicopters
 
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Russian Helicopters holding company produced two Mi-35M transport/attack helicopter for Mali under Rosoboronexport-related contract. Aircraft and all property necessary for their operation is delivered to the customer.
 

ACCaP program: French proposal rejected by the Belgian MoD

ACCaP program: French proposal rejected by the Belgian MoD
 
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The Belgian Defense Minister today confirmed that France did not correctly answered the tender launched by the Belgian government for the purchase of 34 new fighter jets to replace an ageing fleet of F-16s, the Belgian press agency Belga said.
 

DLA places $31.5 mn order for Elbit's ANVIS Head-Up Displays

DLA places $31.5 mn order for Elbit's ANVIS Head-Up Displays
 
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Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded a $31.5 million additional component contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime to provide Aviator Night Vision Imaging System Head-Up Displays (ANVIS HUD). Work will be performed over a two-year period.
 

Xsight Systems selected to boost Israeli Air Force runways safety

Xsight Systems selected to boost Israeli Air Force runways safety
 
RunWize, the leading Runway Management Solution by Xsight Systems, was selected by the Procurement and Production Directorate of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MOD) to be installed on the Israeli Air Force runways. The MOD chose RunWize after evaluating number of available technologies, the company said on Oct. 3.
 

Helitech 2017: Safran launches Aneto high power engine family

Helitech 2017: Safran launches Aneto high power engine family
 
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Safran Helicopter Engines is unveiling its brand-new Aneto high power engine family at Helitech International, in London. Designed for new super-medium and heavy helicopter market, it incorporates ground-breaking technologies, developed as part of the Safran Helicopter Engines R&D roadmap. Aneto family will feature several models covering 2500 to over 3000 shp power range.
 

Serbia starts receiving MiG-29 fighter jets donated by Russia

Serbia starts receiving MiG-29 fighter jets donated by Russia
 
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Serbia recently received a first two of six MiG-29 fighter jets donated by the Russian government. According to the Serbian MoD Twitter account, the warplanes were transported, disassembled, on one An-124-100 cargo plane that landed at a military airport near Belgrade on Monday afternoon. All six are to arrive by the end of this week.
 

IAI successfully demonstrates new Air Hopper UAV concept

IAI successfully demonstrates new Air Hopper UAV concept
 
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Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Unmanned systems have successfully completed a proof of concept to high officials of the defense industry and the IDF. Recently developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) the Air Hopper took a part in a demonstration that covered two scenarios, one simulating carrying a seriously-wounded soldier to a extraction point for life-saving treatment, airborne monitoring of vital signs and real-time dispatch to the ground.
 

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