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APRIL 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

Chinese aviation brigade conducts live-fire exercise

An aviation brigade of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force held a live-fire exercise off the country's southeastern coast on 18 April, according to a statement from the PLA Ground Force reported on

Final C-27J Spartan airlifter delivered to Royal Australian Air Force

The 10th and final twin-engine airlifter Leonardo (formerly Alenia Aermacchi) C-27J Spartan for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has been welcomed into service during a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond, as reported on 18 April.

3-D printer-capable Marines with 31st MEU print replacement part for F-35B

Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing. This innovative technique is the process of replicating a digital 3-D model in the real world.

DSA 2018: Deftech, Korean Air Lines and POSCO DAEWOO to partner on UAV area

DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech), Malaysia’s premiere defence and aerospace company, yesterday signed a tripartite cooperation agreement with Korea’s largest trading company, POSCO DAEWOO, and Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd, one of the world’s biggest airlines and aerospace company.

RAF’s legendary 'Dambusters' 617 Squadron reforms to fly F-35B jets

The 617 Squadron immortalised by the Dambusters raid of World War II has been reformed to fly the UK’s new F-35B Lightning II fighter jets, the Defence Secretary has announced.

DSA 2018: Milkor unveils MA 80/380 UAS

The South-African company Milkor chose DSA to officially unveil a new family of Unmanned Aerial Systems, the MA 80 and the bigger MA 380. Both are “a new breed of powerful, long-endurance, portable aerial surveillance systems,” says Milkor.

DSA 2018: Deftech lands Royal Malaysia Police Cessna aircraft support contract

Deftech Aviation Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad, announced a contract extension worth RM 18 million (USD 4,62 million) with the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs during a handover ceremony on April 18, 2018 at the DSA exhibition.

DSA 2018: Thales offering FZ275 LGR for Malaysian Army future's MD530G helicopters

At DSA 2018, Thales, through its local partner, Destini Prima Sdn Bhd (DPSB), is proposing its latest FZ275 Laser Guided Rocket for the Malaysian Army Aviation actual and future aircraft, and specifically for the six MD530G light attack helicopters the service purchased in February 2016.

J-10C fighter jet started operational duty says PLAAF

China's new multi-role fighter jet J-10C began operational duty Monday, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force announced.China's new multi-role fighter jet J-10C began operational duty Monday, April, 16, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force announced.

Funding missing for laser kits on US AC-130J Gunships

Speaking at a hearing of the US Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging threats, Air Force Lt. Gen. Marshall Webb told lawmakers that the service still lacks adequate funds for a program to add a laser to the AC-130J gunship.

Iran to unveil new Shafaq missile during Army Day parade

According to Tasnim News Agency, Iranian Army Airborne Commander General Yousef Qorbani announced the country's plan to unveil a new short-range missile named 'Shafaq' (Twilight) during the military parades on the Army Day in Iran on April 18, adding that the missile is an upgrade of an earlier version with a longer range.

Possible sales of 14 F-16 from US State Department to Slovakia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Slovakia of F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration aircraft for an estimated cost of $2.91 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 3, 2018.

Lockheed Martin delivers first HC-130J Combat King II to CANG

Lockheed Martin delivered the first HC-130J Combat King II combat search and rescue tanker to the California Air National Guard on April 5 at the company's site. This HC-130J will be operated by the 129th Rescue Wing (RQW) at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California.

Greek army to benefit from EUR 1 billion upgrade plan

The defence program comes amid rising tensions with Turkey, fast-tracked to meet Greece's immediate needs. Greece’s army is set to receive a €1 billion upgrade, a move that has been fast-tracked to meet the country’s immediate land, naval and air forces’ needs.

British AH-64E Apaches to receive Leonardo defensive aids suite

Leonardo has announced, at the FIDAE exhibition in Chile (3-8 April), that it has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide a defensive aids suite (DAS) for the British Army’s new fleet of AH-64E Apache helicopters.

Brazil and Mexico contract Airbus for Hcare Smart maintenance program

Both the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force have placed their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Smart by the hour maintenance programs for a total contract value of more than 125 million euros.

The Indian Air Force wants 100 more fighter aircraft

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has asked the Indian Air Force (IAF) to send out the request for information (RfI) for a $15-billion order for 100 fighter aircraft before the DefExpo starting April 11 in Chennai.

US Task Force Spartan aviation brigade at work with Jordanian Air Force

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) welcomed soldiers assigned to the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), Task Force Spartan, to participate in a bilateral aviation exchange in Jordan, Feb. 21 to March 1. So, this is no longer a news by itself but nevertheless deserves to be mentioned as an indicator of the close relation linking the U.S. and Jordanian armies.

Boeing awarded $1.1B contract for 28 F/A-18E/F for Kuwait

The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $1.165 billion under the terms of an undefinitized contract action. The agreement enables Boeing to provide engineering services, along with radar warning receivers and aircraft armament equipment for the production and delivery of 22 F/A-18E Hornets and 6 F/A-18F Super Hornets.