This website uses cookies to manage authentication, navigation, and other functions. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

October 2012 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Indian Air Force has selected the Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter to replace Russian Mi-26 3110121

Indian Air Force has selected the Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter to replace Russian Mi-26
 
India is to soon offer American aircraft manufacturer Boeing a deal to supply 15 heavy-lift helicopters to the Indian Air Force, local media reported Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The Press Trust of India reported that unidentified Indian Defense Ministry officials said talks on the price of the aircraft and procurement details are the result of Boeing emerging as the low bidder in a helicopter procurement competition.
India is to soon offer American aircraft manufacturer Boeing a deal to supply 15 heavy-lift helicopters to the Indian Air Force, local media reported Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The Press Trust of India reported that unidentified Indian Defense Ministry officials said talks on the price of the aircraft and procurement details are the result of Boeing emerging as the low bidder in a helicopter procurement competition.
 

Iranian Air Force IRIAF manufacturing two new pilot training jets Kowsar 88 and Azarakhsh 2110121

Iranian Air Force IRIAF manufacturing two new pilot training jets Kowsar 88 and Azarakhsh
 
A deputy commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force announced on Saturday that the IRIAF is manufacturing 2 new pilot training jets. Iranian Air Force Deputy Commander for Training General Manouchehr Yazdani told FNA that irrespective of the western sanctions against Iran, the country is facing no problem for procuring training jets.
A deputy commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force announced on Saturday, October 20, 2012, that the IRIAF is manufacturing 2 new pilot training jets. Iranian Air Force Deputy Commander for Training General Manouchehr Yazdani told FNA that irrespective of the western sanctions against Iran, the country is facing no problem for procuring training jets.
 

F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft completes first in-flight weapons release 2010122

F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft completes first in-flight weapons release
 
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Oct 17, 2012 – An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000 pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) from a 5th Generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric "Doc" Schultz.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Oct 17, 2012 – An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000 pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) from a 5th Generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric "Doc" Schultz.
 

Four Russian-made modernized Mi-25 Hind-D attack helicopters have joined the Peruvian Air Force 2010121

Four Russian-made modernized Mi-25 Hind-D attack helicopters have joined the Peruvian Air Force
 
Four Mil Mi-25 Hind D attack helicopters, modernized in Russia, have joined the Peruvian Air Force to boost its combat capability in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. The helicopters have been assembled in Peru by Russian specialists after their transfer from Russia. They are part of a $20-mln upgrade deal involving seven Mi-25s, whose service life has been extended by seven years.
Four Mil Mi-25 Hind D attack helicopters, modernized in Russia, have joined the Peruvian Air Force to boost its combat capability in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. The helicopters have been assembled in Peru by Russian specialists after their transfer from Russia. They are part of a $20-mln upgrade deal involving seven Mi-25s, whose service life has been extended by seven years.
 

Ecuador takes delivery of the first two Eurocopter AS550 C3a Fennec helicopters 1610121

Ecuador takes delivery of the first two Eurocopter AS550 C3a Fennec helicopters
 
On September 25, Eurocopter delivered the first two AS550 C3 Fennec helicopters to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense under a contract signed in 2010 for seven of these helicopters and two AS350 B2s, which were delivered in December 2011. The contract contemplates delivery of two Fennecs per year until 2015.
On September 25, Eurocopter delivered the first two AS550 C3 Fennec helicopters to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense under a contract signed in 2010 for seven of these helicopters and two AS350 B2s, which were delivered in December 2011. The contract contemplates delivery of two Fennecs per year until 2015.
 

India and Russia green light for new project development of MTA Military Transport Aircraft 1410121

India and Russia green light for new project development of MTA Military Transport Aircraft
 
India and Russia gave the green light on Friday to a joint project to develop a Military Transport Aircraft, Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (OAK) said after the signing ceremony in New Delhi. "A contract was signed by the client, the joint Indian-Russian MTAL venture, and the contractors, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation Transport Planes (OAK-TS)," OAK said.
India and Russia gave the green light on Friday to a joint project to develop a Military Transport Aircraft, Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (OAK) said after the signing ceremony in New Delhi. "A contract was signed by the client, the joint Indian-Russian MTAL venture, and the contractors, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Russia's United Aircraft Corporation Transport Planes (OAK-TS)," OAK said.
 

Government of Iraq ready to buy the Czech L-159 trainer-light attack jet aircraft 1210121

Government of Iraq ready to buy the Czech L-159 trainer-light attack jet aircraft
 
The Iraqi government intends to buy Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 advanced trainer/light-attack jets, Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Thursday, October 11, 2012, in Prague after talks with his Czech counterpart Petr Necas, local TV reported.
The Iraqi government intends to buy Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 advanced trainer/light-attack jets, Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Thursday, October 11, 2012, in Prague after talks with his Czech counterpart Petr Necas, local TV reported.
 

Boeing receives $2 billion C-17 military transport aircraft sustainment contract for U.S. Defense 1210121

Boeing receives $2 billion C-17 military transport aircraft sustainment contract for U.S. Defense
 
Boeing [NYSE: BA] will continue assuring the worldwide availability of C-17 aircraft, which provide vital military and humanitarian airlift capability, through a $2 billion follow-on contract it recently received from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Boeing [NYSE: BA] will continue assuring the worldwide availability of C-17 aircraft, which provide vital military and humanitarian airlift capability, through a $2 billion follow-on contract it recently received from the U.S. Department of Defense.
 

India will begin production of export variant of Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA stealth fighter aircraft 1010121

India will begin production of export variant of Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA stealth fighter aircraft
 
India will begin production of an export variant of Russian plane-maker Sukhoi's T-50 stealth fighter from 2020, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Wednesday during a visit to Delhi. "The technical characteristics have been confirmed to our (Russia and India) defense ministries. We propose serial production of the plane should start by 2020," he said, following the meeting of an Indian-Russian intergovernmental commission.
India will begin production of an export variant of Russian plane-maker Sukhoi's T-50 stealth fighter from 2020, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Wednesday during a visit to Delhi. "The technical characteristics have been confirmed to our (Russia and India) defense ministries. We propose serial production of the plane should start by 2020," he said, following the meeting of an Indian-Russian intergovernmental commission.
 

Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in airspace of Israel 0710121

Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in airspace of Israel
 
The Israel Air Force on Saturday intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that penetrated the Israeli airspace, the military said in a statement. A military spokesman said two fighter jets were scrambled from a southern air base at around 10 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) after a ground control station identified the drone, which was shot down over the Yatir Forest, an area in the northern Negev.
The Israel Air Force on Saturday, October 6, 2012, intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that penetrated the Israeli airspace, the military said in a statement. A military spokesman said two fighter jets were scrambled from a southern air base at around 10 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) after a ground control station identified the drone, which was shot down over the Yatir Forest, an area in the northern Negev.
 

Two Global Hawk RQ-4 unmanned aircraft perform closer autonomous aerial refueling 0610121

Two Global Hawk RQ-4 unmanned aircraft perform closer autonomous aerial refueling
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center have successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations, moving DARPA's Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling (AHR) program closer to demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft.
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center have successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations, moving DARPA's Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling (AHR) program closer to demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft.
 

Delivery of the new Ilyushin IL-476 military heavy transport aircraft to Russian Air Force for 2014 0510121

Delivery of the new Ilyushin IL-476 military heavy transport aircraft to Russian Air Force for 2014
 
The Russian Armed Forces will start receiving Il-476 heavy transport planes in 2014, the Defense Ministry said. The Il-476 is a significantly modernized version of Russia's Il-76 Candid transport plane, featuring a fully-digital flight control system, new avionics and PS-90A-76 engines with improved fuel efficiency systems.
The Russian Armed Forces will start receiving Il-476 heavy transport planes in 2014, the Defense Ministry said. The Il-476 is a significantly modernized version of Russia's Il-76 Candid transport plane, featuring a fully-digital flight control system, new avionics and PS-90A-76 engines with improved fuel efficiency systems.
 

Indonesian defense ministry received the delivery of CN295 Airbus Military transport aircraft 0410121

Indonesian defense ministry received the delivery of CN-295 Airbus Military transport aircraft
 
Indonesian defense ministry received the delivery of CN-295 turbo propeller transport/cargo plane from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) on Thursday, which would eventually be handed over to the military to reinforce its multipurpose transporter fleet.
Indonesian defense ministry received the delivery of CN-295 turbo propeller transport/cargo plane from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) on Thursday, which would eventually be handed over to the military to reinforce its multipurpose transporter fleet.
 

Dassault Aviation Thales complete delivery of Rafale C137 fighter aircraft with RBE2 AESA Radar 0210123

Dassault Aviation - Thales complete delivery of Rafale C137 fighter aircraft with RBE2 AESA Radar
 
The DGA (French army defence procurement agency) has officially taken delivery of the Rafale C137, the first production Rafale equipped with the Thales RBE2 AESA* active phased array radar, at Dassault Aviation's Mérignac establishment near Bordeaux.
The DGA (French army defence procurement agency) has officially taken delivery of the Rafale C137, the first production Rafale equipped with the Thales RBE2 AESA* active phased array radar, at Dassault Aviation's Mérignac establishment near Bordeaux.
 

Lockheed Martin awarded upgrade contract for 145 F-16S of Republic Of China Taiwan Air Force 0210122

Lockheed Martin awarded upgrade contract for 145 F-16S of Republic Of China Taiwan Air Force
 
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was awarded a contract valued up to $1.85 billion by the U.S. Government to initiate the upgrade of 145 Block 20 F-16A/B aircraft for the Republic of China (RoC). This retrofit program will include the addition of an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, embedded global positioning, as well as upgrades to the electronic warfare and other avionics systems of Taiwan’s F-16s.
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was awarded a contract valued up to $1.85 billion by the U.S. Government to initiate the upgrade of 145 Block 20 F-16A/B aircraft for the Republic of China (RoC). This retrofit program will include the addition of an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, embedded global positioning, as well as upgrades to the electronic warfare and other avionics systems of Taiwan’s F-16s.
 

EADS North America voluntary flight demonstration Armed Scout Combat helicopter for U.S. Army 0210121

EADS North America voluntary flight demonstration Armed Scout Combat helicopter for U.S. Army
 
EADS North America has begun its voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout helicopter program, flying two aircraft at a high-altitude test site for a series of demonstrations that will showcase the superior performance of the company’s AAS-72X+ offering.
EADS North America has begun its voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout helicopter program, flying two aircraft at a high-altitude test site for a series of demonstrations that will showcase the superior performance of the company’s AAS-72X+ offering.
 

The new Russian military transport aircraft Ilyushin Il-476 is ready for first test fligh 0110121

The new Russian military transport aircraft Ilyushin Il-476 is ready for first test flight
 
Russia has built a new military transport aircraft Il-476. Minister for Industry Denis Manturov told President Vladimir Putin that the transport plane was ready for its first test flight.
Russia has built a new military transport aircraft Ilyushin Il-476. Minister for Industry Denis Manturov told President Vladimir Putin that the transport plane was ready for its first test flight.