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February 2018 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Russian MoD inducts new batch of Mi-8MTV-5-1 multirole helicopters

Russian Helicopters, a  Holding of Rostec State Corporation, handed over to the Russian Defense Ministry a batch of Mi-8MTV-5-1 rotorcraft produced by Kazan Helicopter Works, the company said on February 19, 2018.

UK signs new $365 mn contract for RAF C-17 airlifters support

A £260 million (US$ 365 million) agreement with the United States Government to support RAF C-17 heavy lift transport aircraft into the next decade has been signed by the MOD, Defence Minister Guto Bebb announced on February 17, 2018.

US Army JAGM missile moving towards LRIP decision

US Army aviation testers are now deep into testing the latest Army aviation missile at the Yuma Proving Ground, known as the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile, the Army press office said on February 13, 2018.

Iranian drone shot down: a copy of the CIA’s RQ-170 Sentinel

On February 10, over Syria, an Israeli attack helicopter shot down an Iranian drone whose shape strongly resembled that of Iran’s Saeqeh, or “Thunderbolt,” drone, which is based on a CIA-operated RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Iran in 2011 in Afghanistan.

European MALE RPAS completes System Requirements Review phase

The European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) has successfully passed its System Requirements Review (SRR) in January 2018, the OCCAR said. The successful SRR also initiates the second phase of the definition study, which will lead to a consolidated preliminary design.

Su-57 starts test operation ahead of first batch delivery

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said the first stage of acceptance trials of the fifth-generation Su-57 (T-50, PAK FA) fighter jet was over and the aircraft began test operation in the troops. A contract to buy a development batch of 12 jets will be signed this year.

Saab reports strong 2017 financial results

Demand for and interest in Saab’s world-leading products and solutions are strong, the Swedish company said today, February 16, 2018. In 2017, Saab strengthened its market position, at the same time that operating efficiency was improved.

Fortem starts marketing DroneHunter airborne anti-UAV system

Fortem Technologies on February 15 announced the release of DroneHunter, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky.

Russia's MiG-35 multirole fighter jet completes factory tests

Russia’s MiG Corporation has completed the factory tests of the advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) multirole fighter jet, the corporation’s press office told TASS on February 15, 2018.

Indonesia, Russia finally clinch deal for 11 Su-35 jets

Russia and the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of Indonesia have sealed a contract for the delivery of Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E+) fighter jets to Jakarta, according to Indonesian news papers.

China: CH-4 UAV live-ammunitions tests completed

The Caihong (Rainbow) CH-4 drone has successfully completed a live-ammunition 6-day bombing test under extreme environmental conditions (including blizzards and darkness) in Northwest China, said the Beijing Aerospace Propulsion Institute (No. 11 Institute) under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) on January 31.

Delivery of Su-30SM fighter jets to Belarus postponed to 2019

The implementation of the contract to deliver Russian Su-30SM fighter jets to Belarus may begin one year later in 2019 after Russia gets rid of dependence on imported and blacklisted components, Belarussian Defense Minister Andrey Ravkov said on February 14, 2018.

Russian Helicopters progressing towards Progress AAC plant overhaul

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation, implemented the first project to reconstruct factory airbase of the Sazykin Progress Company. The upgrade increased the capacity of the test facility nearly two times, the holding said on February 14, 2018.

ACCaP Program: And now, over to the evaluation phase

On February 14, 2018, the UK Department of Defense representing Eurofighter Typhoon and the US Joint Program Office representing the Lockheed Martin F-35A introduced their Best and Final Offers (BaFO) to the Belgian procurement team in charge of the ACCaP program, the country's Minister of Defense, Steven Vandeput, said on its website.

Belgium: two "Best and Final Offers" (BaFO) for the F-16 replacement

On February 14, Lockheed Martin (for the F-35A) and the Eurofighter consortium (for the Typhoon II) handed Belgium their best and final offer, their definitive proposals for the replacement of the 54 aging F-16s of the Air component of the Belgian army. These offers, for an initial market of around € 3.6 billion (but estimated at €15 billion over the expected 40 years of the new combat aircraft's lifespan), was handed over to the Air Combat Capability Program (ACCaP), which is responsible for piloting this program within the Defense Staff in the form of large files.

US Army pilot flies V-280 Valor for the first time

Bell Helicopter's Air Vehicle Concept Demonstrator aircraft, funded under the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration program, was flown for the first time by an US Army pilot Feb. 7, the AMRDEC Public Affairs said on Feb. 12, 2018.

Poland planning Mi-24 helicopters upgrade

The Polish military is planning to upgrade its Mi-24  gunships, according to local media outlets. Poland is reported to procure new helicopters under the Kruk (Raven) program and upgrade the existing fleet of the Mi-24 Cold War-era helicopters. "Requirements related to modernization of the Mi-24 gunships are being developed in parallel to the Kruk procedures," the Defence24.pl website says, adding that the Hinds will remain operational until the acquisition of new combat rotary-wing platforms at least.

U-2 pilots to get brand new Garmin wirstwatches

Garmin International, Inc. a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced that the D2 Charlie aviator watch has been selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) for use by the pilots of the Lockheed U-2 aircraft. The high-sensitivity WAAS GPS-enabled D2 Charlie aviator watch incorporates global navigation capability, rich and colorful moving maps and more, providing pilots in the USAF with an exclusive, back-up navigation timepiece in the cockpit.

Philippine DND scraps deal for 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters

The Philippines officially terminated on Tuesday a multimillion dollar helicopter deal with Canada. "The Department of National Defense (DND) has issued a notice to Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) terminating the contract for the supply and delivery of 16 units of Bell 412 Combat Utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force," the DND said in a statement on February 12, 2018.

Belgium formally joins the MMF program

Belgium today signed a MoU which will see the country officialy join the European/NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF). Belgium’s accession to the MMF was celebrated during a signing ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels also attended by EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq.

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