April 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

US oks a $150mn FMS from Slovakia for nine Bell 429 utility helicopters

US oks a $150mn FMS from Slovakia for nine Bell 429 utility helicopters
 
The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Slovakia for nine Bell 429 light utility helicopters, for an estimated cost of $150 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on April 27, 2017.
 

Greece approved to buy 5 more US Army CH-47D Chinook helicopters

Greece approved to buy 5 more US Army CH-47D Chinook helicopters
 
The US State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece for five CH-47D Chinook heav-lift helicopters for an estimated cost of $80 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on April 28, 2017.
 

US Air Force deploys 12 F-15C Eagle fighter jets to Bulgaria

US Air Force deploys 12 F-15C Eagle fighter jets to Bulgaria
 
After spending a month at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, F-15C Eagle fighter jets from the US Air Force 122nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron arrived at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, April 26, the The US Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa press office announced.
 

Russia's PAK DA next-generation bomber not to fly before 2025

Russia's PAK DA next-generation bomber not to fly before 2025
 
Russia’s next-generation strategic bomber abbreviated as PAK DA (Perspective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation) may perform its debut flight in 2025-2026 and begin to be serial-produced in 2028-2029, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday.
 

Lockheed Martin to train Iraqi Air Force F-16 pilots for two more years

Lockheed Martin to train Iraqi Air Force F-16 pilots for two more years
 
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $12,6 million contract from the US Air Force to provide Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jets pilots with training solutions, the US Department of Defense stated on its website on April 27, 2017.
 

Lockheed Martin's Fury UAS achieved more flight demonstrations

Lockheed Martin's Fury UAS achieved more flight demonstrations
 
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Lockheed Martin's advanced tactical Group 3 unmanned aerial system (UAS), Fury, is regularly flying long-range endurance test missions as the company prepares it for low-rate production, the US company announced on April 26, 2017.
 

Fokker opens MQ-9 Reaper RPA landing gear systems production line

Fokker opens MQ-9 Reaper RPA landing gear systems production line
 
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business, a technology leader in cutting edge landing gear technologies, yesterday officially opened the highly automated production line of landing gear systems for Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA, systems in Helmond, the Netherlands.
 

GE comments $1bn US Army order for 2,500 T700 turboshaft engines

GE comments $1bn US Army order for 2,500 T700 turboshaft engines
 
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GE Aviation was awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract, in December 2016, from the U.S. Army for the continued production of T700 turboshaft engines in support of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and other government agency program requirements through 2019.
 

Dual-seat JF-17B fighter jet prototype takes to the sky

Dual-seat JF-17B fighter jet prototype takes to the sky
 
According to pictures released on social medias, the dual-seat variant of the JF-17 fighter jet, the JF-17B, have made its maiden flight on April 27. Scheduled to be inducted in the Pakistan Air Force this year, The JF-17B has been primarly designed to meet export users needs, which called for the type for in-flight evaluation and advanced training.
 

Patria to support Norway's fleet of NH90 helicopters

Patria to support Norway's fleet of NH90 helicopters
 
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Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has selected Patria to supply on-aircraft maintenance for the Norwegian NH90 helicopters. The scope of the contract covers phase and calendar inspections, associated repairs and maintenance for the Norwegian NH90 NFH Helicopters. The agreement is for two years with option for additional two years and its value is estimated to be up to 100 million NOK ($11.6 million).
 

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Japan AH-64DJP helicopters vision and targeting system

Lockheed Martin to upgrade Japan AH-64DJP helicopters vision and targeting system
 
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Lockheed Martin has received contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system for Japan's fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters and provide Performance Based Logistics (PBL) support, the US-based company announced today.
 

Bulgaria selects Saab's Gripen to replace aging MiG-29 fighter jets

Bulgaria selects Saab's Gripen to replace aging MiG-29 fighter jets
 
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According to the local newspaper iNews, Bulgaria selected the JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet to replace an aged fleet of MiG-29 aircraft. The Bulgarian governement announced today to open talks with Saab for the purchase eight fighter jets in a deal estimated to be worth about $836 million.
 

South Korea debuts AH-64E Apache attack helicopter during massive joint display with USFK

South Korea debuts AH-64E Apache attack helicopter during massive joint display with USFK
 
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Two AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from the South Korean Army fired aerial rockets and ammunitions from chain guns at mock targets during a massive joint drill with the US armed forces, making the public debut of the newly-acquired attack helicopter.
 

Argentina orders first four T-6C+ Texan II trainer aircraft

Argentina orders first four T-6C+ Texan II trainer aircraft
 
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Beechcraft has been awarded an $88.2 million Foreign Military Sale contract for four T-6C+ training aircraft, maintenance and pilot training, and interim contractor support for maintenance for the Argentina Air Force, the US DoD announced on April 25, 2017.
 

Lockheed Martin to provide Romania with F-16A/B Block 15 training system

Lockheed Martin to provide Romania with F-16A/B Block 15 training system
 
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The US-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $24 million contract to provide Romanian Air Force with F-16A/B Block 15 training system, logistics support and software development, the US Department of Defense announced on April 24, 2017.
 

US Air Force deploying F-35A fighter jet to Estonia

US Air Force deploys two F-35A fighter jets to Estonia
 
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Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Ämari Air Base April 25, 2017, from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, the USAF announced on April 25. The F-35As are participating in their first training deployment to Europe. The aircraft and total force Airmen are from the 34th Fighter Squadron and the Air Force Reserve’s 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
 

Boeing successfully fly second production-ready T-X jet trainer

Boeing, Saab successfully fly second production-ready T-X jet trainer
 
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Boeing and partner Saab have completed the first flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft, which is identical to the first and designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force advanced pilot training requirement, the US-based aircraft manufacturer said on April 24, 2017.
 

BAE Systems unveils 3DAWS threat management solution

BAE Systems unveils 3DAWS threat management solution
 
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BAE Systems, a leader in threat management solutions for military aircraft, today unveiled its 3-Dimensional Advanced Warning System (3DAWS) product suite designed to significantly increase aircraft survivability from advanced threats.
 

UAE reportedly in talks with Russia for "several dozen" Su-35 fighter jets

UAE reportedly in talks with Russia for "several dozen" Su-35 fighter jets
 
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Russia is currently in talks with the United Arab Emirates to discuss the delivery of several dozen Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E+) fighter jets, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said. "Talks on the issue are currently under way. It is clear that the talks on the delivery of several dozen planes take time," Manturov said.
 

Israel Air Force takes delivery of three more F-35I Adir fighter jets

Israel Air Force takes delivery of three more F-35I Adir fighter jets
 
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Three additional “Adir” (F-35I) stealth fighters landed in Nevatim AFB today (23/4/17) and joined the two other jets, which arrived in December 2016, the Israel Air Force announced on April 23, 2017. “The integration of the additional three jets is another stage in building the IAF’s capability, as a shield of the State of Israel”, said Brig. Gen. Eyal Grinboim, Nevatim AFB Commander.
 

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