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October 2011 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

CASSIDIAN and Northrop Grumman present first EURO HAWK® UAS for German Armed Forces 1310113

CASSIDIAN and Northrop Grumman present first EURO HAWK® UAS for German Armed Forces
 

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EURO HAWK®, the premier Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the German Armed Forces, was presented today to government officials and media during a rollout ceremony held in Manching, Germany. The UAS arrived on 21 July 2011 following a nonstop ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base in California to Manching.
 

Israeli Air Force IAF F-15 fighter aircraft shows bird strike and subsequent emergency landing 1310112

Israeli Air Force IAF F-15 fighter aircraft shows bird strike and subsequent emergency landing
 

Last Thursday (October 6), an Israel Air Force F-15 "Baz" fighter jet made an emergency landing at the Tel Nof airbase after it struck a bird during takeoff. One of the aircraft's engines caught on fire but the pilot and navigator were successful in executing a quick emergency landing.

Last Thursday (October 6), an Israel Air Force F-15 "Baz" fighter jet made an emergency landing at the Tel Nof airbase after it struck a bird during takeoff. One of the aircraft's engines caught on fire but the pilot and navigator were successful in executing a quick emergency landing.
 

Russian Air Force gets six new attack helicopters Mi-28N Night Hunter 1310111

Russian Air Force gets six new attack helicopters Mi-28N Night Hunter
 

A new batch of Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters has been delivered to a pilot training center of Russian air Force near Moscow, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

A new batch of Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters has been delivered to a pilot training center of Russian air Force near Moscow, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.
 

Eurocopter strengthens its Colombian market presence with Helistar’s order for three more EC145 helicopter 1210112

Eurocopter strengthens its Colombian market presence with Helistar’s order for three more EC145
 

Colombian operator Helistar has signed a contract with Eurocopter de México, subsidiary of Eurocopter Group, to purchase three EC145s. With these three new helicopters, the fleet of Colombia’s largest helicopter company will expand to include seven EC145s. The first two additional aircraft will be delivered in 2012, followed by the third in 2013. Helistar currently has a fleet of 18 aircraft, providing services for the country’s leading energy companies.

Colombian operator Helistar has signed a contract with Eurocopter de México, subsidiary of Eurocopter Group, to purchase three EC145s. With these three new helicopters, the fleet of Colombia’s largest helicopter company will expand to include seven EC145s. The first two additional aircraft will be delivered in 2012, followed by the third in 2013. Helistar currently has a fleet of 18 aircraft, providing services for the country’s leading energy companies.
 

United States Navy/Northrop Grumman X-47B Demonstrator Flies in Cruise Mode for First Time 1210111

United States Navy/Northrop Grumman X-47B Demonstrator Flies in Cruise Mode for First Time
 

The U.S. United States Navy/Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft reached a major milestone Sept. 30 when it retracted its landing gear and flew in its cruise configuration for the first time.

The U.S. United States Navy/Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft reached a major milestone Sept. 30 when it retracted its landing gear and flew in its cruise configuration for the first time.
 

EADS Noth America readies its Armed Aerial Scout AAS-72X helicopter fof fly off demonstration 1110113

EADS Noth America readies its Armed Aerial Scout AAS-72X helicopter fof fly off demonstration
 

In anticipation of a competitive flight demonstration, EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) is on display at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention this week in Washington, DC.

In anticipation of a competitive flight demonstration, EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) is on display at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention this week in Washington, DC.
 

British Royal air Force RAF strikes more target in the city of Sirte Libya 1110112

British Royal air Force RAF strikes more targets in the city of Sirte, Libya
 

British Royal Air Force RAF aircraft have struck further targets in Sirte and Bani Walid over recent days as NATO continues operations over Libya to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.

British Royal Air Force RAF aircraft have struck further targets in Sirte and Bani Walid over recent days as NATO continues operations over Libya to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.
 

Lockheed Martin selects BAE Systems to supply F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet display solution 1110111

Lockheed Martin selects BAE Systems to supply F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet display solution
 

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), to supply a Night Vision Goggle Helmet Mounted Display (NVG HMD) system for the F-35 during the next phase of its development.

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), to supply a Night Vision Goggle Helmet Mounted Display (NVG HMD) system for the F-35 during the next phase of its development.
 

Eurofighter Typhoon or Rafale Dassault the next fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force 0810111

Eurofighter Typhoon or Rafale Dassault the next fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force
 

India will choose the winner of the project to supply 126 fighters for country's air forces this month, Times of India said on Saturday quoting sources in country's Defense Ministry. All eyes are on Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale as to who would get go-ahead for the mega-deal. Both the short-listed companies are lobbying hard for the $10.4 billion deal.

India will choose the winner of the project to supply 126 fighters for country's air forces this month, Times of India said on Saturday quoting sources in country's Defense Ministry. All eyes are on Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale as to who would get go-ahead for the mega-deal. Both the short-listed companies are lobbying hard for the $10.4 billion deal.
 

Vietnam’s Southern Service Flight Company orders a third Eurocopter EC225 helicopter 0710112

Vietnam’s Southern Service Flight Company orders a third Eurocopter EC225 helicopter
 

The Southern Service Flight Company (SSFC) of Vietnam has signed a contract with Eurocopter South East Asia for a third EC225, with an option for another, to be added to its fleet for offshore oil and gas operations. It is scheduled to be delivered in early 2013.

The Southern Service Flight Company (SSFC) of Vietnam has signed a contract with Eurocopter South East Asia for a third EC225, with an option for another, to be added to its fleet for offshore oil and gas operations. It is scheduled to be delivered in early 2013.
 

Big new chinese order for Russian fighter aircraft engines AL-31 and AL-31FN 0710111

Big new chinese order for Russian fighter aircraft engines AL-31 and AL-31FN
 

China has placed additional orders for Russian AL-31-series fighter engines. State arms trade agency Rosoboronexport clinched two big contracts earlier this year. One is for more than 150 AL-31Fs as replacements for earlier engines of same type that power the Su-27/Su-30MKK/MK2 fighters, that are designated J-11 in China. Engines under this contract will be assembled by the Ufa-based UMPO factory.

China has placed additional orders for Russian AL-31-series fighter engines. State arms trade agency Rosoboronexport clinched two big contracts earlier this year. One is for more than 150 AL-31Fs as replacements for earlier engines of same type that power the Su-27/Su-30MKK/MK2 fighters, that are designated J-11 in China. Engines under this contract will be assembled by the Ufa-based UMPO factory.
 

United States Marine Corps - Navy select K-MAX unmanned helicopter for Afghanistan deployment 0610112

United States Marine Corps - Navy select K-MAX unmanned helicopter for Afghanistan deployment
 

The Marine Corps will deploy the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman [NASDAQ-GS: KAMN] unmanned K-MAX® to Afghanistan next month. The decision follows the successful completion of a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program.
 

Ukraine Air Force to get three military transport aircraft AN-70 in the very near future 0610111

Ukraine Air Force to get three military transport aircraft AN-70 in the very near future
 

The Ukrainian Air Force will take delivery of three An-70 military transport aircraft, Defense Minister Mikhaylo Yezhel said on Wednesday. The first plane will be delivered "in the very near future," he said.

The Ukrainian Air Force will take delivery of three An-70 military transport aircraft, Defense Minister Mikhaylo Yezhel said on Wednesday. The first plane will be delivered "in the very near future," he said.
 

Russian Air Force to practice destruction of ground-based targets at Lipetsk training center 0510113

Russian Air Force to practice destruction of ground-based targets at Lipetsk training center
 

Tactical exercises will be held at the Lipetsk Chkalov pilot training center of the Russian Defense Ministry on October 3-7, Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik told Interfax-AVN

Tactical exercises will be held at the Lipetsk Chkalov pilot training center of the Russian Defense Ministry on October 3-7, Air Force spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik told Interfax-AVN
 

South Korea are interested to produce locally Ukrainian Antonov transport aircraft 0510112

South Korea are interested to produce locally Ukrainian Antonov transport aircraft
 

South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sick has been to the Kyiv Antonov Plant to see the current and prospective products of Ukrainian aircraft builders, a company source told Interfax. The premier took a particular interest in the Air Launch project, which implied the launch of satellites with the use of Antonov An-124-100 'Ruslan' and Antonov An-225 'Mriya' aircraft.

South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sick has been to the Kyiv Antonov Plant to see the current and prospective products of Ukrainian aircraft builders, a company source told Interfax. The premier took a particular interest in the Air Launch project, which implied the launch of satellites with the use of Antonov An-124-100 'Ruslan' and Antonov An-225 'Mriya' aircraft.
 

214 Russian-Indian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft FGFA enter service in India Air Force by 2017 0510111

214 Russian-Indian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft FGFA enter service in India Air Force by 2017
 

At least 214 fifth-generation fighter jets, being developed jointly with Russia, will enter service in the Indian Air Force by 2017. The Indian Air Force wants to get 166 single-seater and 48 two-seater FGFA fifth-generation advanced aircraft by 2017, Indian Air Force Commander Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne said at a news conference in Delhi on Monday.

At least 214 fifth-generation fighter jets, being developed jointly with Russia, will enter service in the Indian Air Force by 2017. The Indian Air Force wants to get 166 single-seater and 48 two-seater FGFA fifth-generation advanced aircraft by 2017, Indian Air Force Commander Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne said at a news conference in Delhi on Monday.
 

First flight of Eurocopter hybrid helicopter combining internal combustion engine and electric motor 0410112

First flight of Eurocopter hybrid helicopter combining internal combustion engine and electric motor
 

Eurocopter has successfully tested a hybrid helicopter that combines a turboshaft internal combustion engine with an electric motor for a world premiere, marking a new milestone in its innovation roadmap that opens the way for further enhancements in rotary-wing aircraft safety.

Eurocopter has successfully tested a hybrid helicopter that combines a turboshaft internal combustion engine with an electric motor for a world premiere, marking a new milestone in its innovation roadmap that opens the way for further enhancements in rotary-wing aircraft safety.
 

Russian Mi-38 helicopter climbs to 8,500 meters during flight test 0410111

Russian Mi-38 helicopter climbs to 8,500 meters during flight test
 

A Mil Mi-38 medium transport and passenger helicopter climbed 8,500 meters high in test flights, Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant test pilot, Hero of Russia Alexander Klimov told Interfax-AVN.

A Mil Mi-38 medium transport and passenger helicopter climbed 8,500 meters high in test flights, Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant test pilot, Hero of Russia Alexander Klimov told Interfax-AVN.
 

Lockheed Martin delivers the first MC-130J Combat Shadow for U.S. air Force Special Operations 0210111

Lockheed Martin delivers the first MC-130J Combat Shadow for U.S. air Force Special Operations
 

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II to the United States Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The aircraft was flown from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ facility to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., by Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander AFSOC. This aircraft is the first of 20 currently on order.

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II to the United States Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The aircraft was flown from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ facility to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., by Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander AFSOC. This aircraft is the first of 20 currently on order.
 

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