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December 2011 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Saudi Arabia has reached an agreement to purchase 84 new Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft 3012111

Saudi Arabia has reached an agreement to purchase 84 new Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft
 

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney today welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that it has reached an agreement to purchase from the U.S. government 84 new Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft and to upgrade 70 of its existing F-15s.

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney today welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that it has reached an agreement to purchase from the U.S. government 84 new Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft and to upgrade 70 of its existing F-15s.
 

Iranian Air Force warplanes and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles join Navy Wargames 2912111

Iranian Air Force warplanes and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles join Navy Wargames
 

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) fighter jets have joined the country's Navy wargames underway in the international waters of the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) fighter jets have joined the country's Navy wargames underway in the international waters of the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
 

K-MAX Unmanned helicopter makes first delivery for U.S. Marines in combat zone in Afghanistan 2412112

K-MAX Unmanned helicopter makes first delivery for U.S. Marines in combat zone in Afghanistan
 

Unmanned systems have revolutionized combat aviation, providing a colossal advantage in the fight against terror with surveillance and close-air support. Recently, a detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan added aerial resupply to the list of UAV capabilities.
 

United States Army to deploy vertical take-off VTOL UAS Unmanned Aerial System 2412111

United States Army to deploy vertical take-off VTOL UAS Unmanned Aerial System
 

The United States Army is using a hybrid-type acquisition approach to develop a helicopter-like, Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing Unmanned Aerial System with a so-called ARGUS wide-area surveillance sensor suite designed to beam back information and images of the surrounding terrain, service officials said.

The United States Army is using a hybrid-type acquisition approach to develop a helicopter-like, Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing Unmanned Aerial System with a so-called ARGUS wide-area surveillance sensor suite designed to beam back information and images of the surrounding terrain, service officials said.
 

AgustaWestland’s New Generation AW189 Helicopter Completes Its Maiden Flight 2212111

AgustaWestland’s New Generation AW189 Helicopter Completes Its Maiden Flight
 

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first prototype of the AW189 twin engine 8-tonne class helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday. The aircraft was launched at the Paris Air Show earlier this year and this first prototype made its maiden flight ahead of schedule. AgustaWestland aims to achieve civil certification for the AW189 in 2013 and to start deliveries in early 2014

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first prototype of the AW189 twin engine 8-tonne class helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday. The aircraft was launched at the Paris Air Show earlier this year and this first prototype made its maiden flight ahead of schedule. AgustaWestland aims to achieve civil certification for the AW189 in 2013 and to start deliveries in early 2014
 

Ecuadorian army receives the first two Ecureuil AS350 B2 Eurocopter helicopter 2112112

Ecuadorian army receives the first two Ecureuil AS350 B2 Eurocopter helicopter
 

Eurocopter has delivered the first two Ecureuil AS350 B2 of nine helicopters contracted by the Ecuadorian Armed Forces in July 2010 under its extensive modernization program.

Eurocopter has delivered the first two Ecureuil AS350 B2 of nine helicopters contracted by the Ecuadorian Armed Forces in July 2010 under its extensive modernization program. The two Ecureuil AS350 B2s were delivered to the Army Aviation Brigade at La Balvina, Sangolquí in the presence of the Ecuadorian Defense Minister Javier Ponce, the Head of Armed Forces Joint Command Ernesto González, Army Commander Patricio Cárdenas and various other Ecuadorian military officials and Eurocopter representatives.
 

United Kingdom invests to future technology of Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle 2112111

United Kingdom invests to future technology of Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle
 

Warton, United Kingdom: The Ministry of Defence yesterday signed a new £40 million contract with BAE Systems to ensure the UK retains a leading edge in the next generation of combat air systems.

Warton, United Kingdom: The Ministry of Defence yesterday signed a new £40 million contract with BAE Systems to ensure the UK retains a leading edge in the next generation of combat air systems.
 

Possible foreign military sale for C-27J military transport aircraft for Australian Air Force 2012112

Possible foreign military sale for C-27J military transport aircraft for Australian Air Force
 

The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Dec. 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia for 10 C-27J aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $950 million.

The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Dec. 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia for 10 C-27J aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $950 million.
 

Japan has selected the American stealth fighter aircraft F-35 to replace its old fleet of F-4's aircraft 2012111

Japan has selected the American stealth fighter aircraft F-35 to replace its old fleet of F-4's aircraft
 

The Japanese government made a formal decision on Tuesday to choose the F-35 stealth jet, which is being developed by the United States and eight other countries, as the country's next-generation fighter jets. The Security Council of Japan, presided over by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, made the final decision by taking into consideration the key factors including the aircraft's performance and cost, according to government officials.
 

First delvery of two of 24 Mi-35M Russian made combat helicopter to Azerbaijan Army 1912111

First delvery of two of 24 Mi-35M Russian made combat helicopter to Azerbaijan Army
 

The delivery of Mi-35M Russian made helicopter for the Azerbaijan began. The Press Agency APA reports that the delivery took place on December 12 from Rostov-on-Don airport by Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100. According to the agreement, Russian “Rosvertol” Joint-Stock Company will send other helicopters to Azerbaijan in 2012.

The delivery of Mi-35M Russian made helicopter for the Azerbaijan began. The Press Agency APA reports that the delivery took place on December 12 from Rostov-on-Don airport by Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100. According to the agreement, Russian “Rosvertol” Joint-Stock Company will send other helicopters to Azerbaijan in 2012.
 

India Air Force to purchase 42 upgraded Russian fighter aicraft Sukhoi Su-30 MkI 1812113

India Air Force to purchase 42 upgraded Russian fighter aicraft Sukhoi Su-30 MkI
 

After negotiating for more than a year, India has firmed up an order with Russia for the purchase of 42 upgraded Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft to strengthen its aging fleet. An agreement confirming this purchase will be signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Russia starting Thursday, December 15, 2011.

After negotiating for more than a year, India has firmed up an order with Russia for the purchase of 42 upgraded Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft to strengthen its aging fleet. An agreement confirming this purchase will be signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Russia starting Thursday, December 15, 2011.
 

Lockheed Martin is being awarded a contract for the delivery of fighter F-16 C/D Block 50 to Oman 1812112

Lockheed Martin is being awarded a contract for the delivery of fighter F-16 C/D Block 50 to Oman
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $600,000,000 dollar firm-fixed-price, time-and-material and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Foreign Military Sales program for the delivery of F-16 fighter aircraft to Oman Air Force.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $600,000,000 dollar firm-fixed-price, time-and-material and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Foreign Military Sales program for the delivery of F-16 fighter aircraft to Oman Air Force.
 

AgustaWestland delivered the latest upgraded Lynx Mk9A to the British Army 1812111

AgustaWestland delivered the latest upgraded Lynx Mk9A to the British Army
 

The last of 22 upgraded Lynx support helicopters has been handed over to the British Army Air Corps on budget and three months ahead of schedule. At a ceremony, Thursday 15 December 2011, at AgustaWestland's Yeovil plant in Somerset, the handover of the last upgraded Lynx Mk9A took place three months ahead of the contract end delivery date.

The last of 22 upgraded Lynx support helicopters has been handed over to the British Army Air Corps on budget and three months ahead of schedule. At a ceremony, Thursday 15 December 2011, at AgustaWestland's Yeovil plant in Somerset, the handover of the last upgraded Lynx Mk9A took place three months ahead of the contract end delivery date.
 

Eurofighter at GDA 2011, Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition in Kuwait 1412111

Eurofighter at GDA 2011, Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition in Kuwait
 

The first International Defence Exhibition GDA 2011, Gulf Defence and Aerospace, Kuwait, was inaugurated yesterday by Sheikh Ali Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, Governor of Mubarak Al-Kabir governorate (seen in the picture with the Italian Ambassador in Kuwait, Fabrizio Nicoletti at the Eurofighter stand).

The first International Defence Exhibition GDA 2011, Gulf Defence and Aerospace, Kuwait, was inaugurated yesterday by Sheikh Ali Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, Governor of Mubarak Al-Kabir governorate (seen in the picture with the Italian Ambassador in Kuwait, Fabrizio Nicoletti at the Eurofighter stand).
 

Kuwait Air Force still interested in the French fighter aircraft Rafale.

Kuwait Air Force still interested in the French fighter aircraft Rafale.
 

After its success during the conflict in Libya, the French combat aircraft Rafale remains in the competition to join the air forces of several Gulf countries including Kuwait. At the international exhibition of defense and aerospace GDA 2011, Rafale International presents the B and C version of its multi-role combat aircraft.

After its success during the conflict in Libya, the French combat aircraft Rafale remains in the competition to join the air forces of several Gulf countries including Kuwait. At the international exhibition of defense and aerospace GDA 2011, Rafale International presents the B and C version of its multi-role combat aircraft.
 

MBDA incorporated purchases Northrop Grumman's Viper strike munitions business in United States 1412111

MBDA incorporated purchases Northrop Grumman's Viper strike munitions business in United States
 

MBDA Inc., the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of missile manufacturer MBDA, has purchased Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Viper Strike munitions business, located in Huntsville, AL. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

MBDA Inc., the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of missile manufacturer MBDA, has purchased Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Viper Strike munitions business, located in Huntsville, AL. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
 

Lockheed Martin Delivers Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance System to U.S. Air Force 0812111

Lockheed Martin Delivers Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance System to U.S. Air Force
 

An airborne signals intelligence system configured specifically for the newest C-130J aircraft has been delivered to the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. The system, which is part of the Senior Scout program that enables C-130 aircraft to be used for tactical signals intelligence and reconnaissance, will undergo acceptance testing in December.

An airborne signals intelligence system configured specifically for the newest C-130J aircraft has been delivered to the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. The system, which is part of the Senior Scout program that enables C-130 aircraft to be used for tactical signals intelligence and reconnaissance, will undergo acceptance testing in December.
 

Maiden flight of first indigenous Indian Airborne Warning and Control System EMB-145I AEWC 0712112

Maiden flight of first indigenous Indian Airborne Warning and Control System EMB-145I (AEW&C)
 

The first fully modified Aircraft for indigenously developed Indian Airborne Warning and Control System EMB-145I (AEW&C) took to skies on 06th December 2011, as part of its first maiden flight in Embraer facilities at Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil with about 1000 Mission System Components provided by CABS, DRDO.

The first fully modified Aircraft for indigenously developed Indian Airborne Warning and Control System EMB-145I (AEW&C) took to skies on 06th December 2011, as part of its first maiden flight in Embraer facilities at Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil with about 1000 Mission System Components provided by CABS, DRDO.
 

Russian made Kamov Ka-32A11VS multipurpose helicopter has been certified in Brazil 0612113

Russian made Kamov Ka-32A11VS multipurpose helicopter has been certified in Brazil
 

Russia's Kamov Ka-32A11VS multi-role coaxial rotary-wing helicopter has been certified in Brazil, the Russian Helicopters Holding said. ""This certification allows Ka-32A11VS to work in the civil segment of the Brazilian market as a firefighting, search-and-rescue, construction and transport helicopter,"" says a holding report received by Interfax-AVN on Monday, December 5, 2011.

Russia's Kamov Ka-32A11VS multi-role coaxial rotary-wing helicopter has been certified in Brazil, the Russian Helicopters Holding said. "This certification allows Ka-32A11VS to work in the civil segment of the Brazilian market as a firefighting, search-and-rescue, construction and transport helicopter,"" says a holding report received by Interfax-AVN on Monday, December 5, 2011.
 

Air Force of Argentina received for the first time Russian made helicopter Mi-171E 0612112

Air Force of Argentina received for the first time Russian made helicopter Mi-171E
 

Two Russian Mil Mi-171E helicopters have been handed over to the Argentine Air Force command in Buenos Aires, Rosoboronexport reported on Monday, December 5, 2011.

Two Russian Mil Mi-171E helicopters have been handed over to the Argentine Air Force command in Buenos Aires, Rosoboronexport reported on Monday, December 5, 2011.
 

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