February 2012 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract for the delivery of 4 MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter 2902123

Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract for the delivery of 4 MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter
 
The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract with aircraft maker MiG for the delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter aircraft, MiG said on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract with aircraft maker MiG for the delivery of 20 MiG-29K and four MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter aircraft, MiG said on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
 

Test flight in Russia of the new combat helicopter Mi-35M produced for Azerbaijan 2902122

Test flight in Russia of the new combat helicopter Mi-35M produced for Azerbaijan
 
Russia conducted test flights of Mi-35M helicopters, which were produced for Azerbaijan by Rosvertol Company in Rostov-Don, Russia. In September–October 2010, Azerbaijan purchased 24 Mi-35M from Rhe Russian Company Rostvertol.
Russia conducted test flights of Mi-35M helicopters, which were produced for Azerbaijan by Rosvertol Company in Rostov-Don, Russia. In September–October 2010, Azerbaijan purchased 24 Mi-35M from Rhe Russian Company Rostvertol.
 

Indian Defence Ministry has approved the production of 8 Tejas local-made light combat aircraft 2902121

Indian Defence Ministry has approved the production of 8 Tejas local-made light combat aircraft
 
In a boost to India's indigenous maritime combat plane development programme, a top defence panel has approved the limited series production of the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Navy's under-construction indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC). The defence ministry’s apex Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) sanctioned the building of eight Naval LCA aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
In a boost to India's indigenous maritime combat plane development programme, a top defence panel has approved the limited series production of the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Navy's under-construction indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC). The defence ministry’s apex Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) sanctioned the building of eight Naval LCA aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
 

Boeing B-1 bomber aircraft has completed 10,000th combat mission 2802122

Boeing B-1 bomber aircraft has completed 10,000th combat mission
 
The Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1 bomber aircraft has completed its 10,000th combat mission. The heavy bomber entered service with the U.S. Air Force on June 29, 1985, and has been in nearly continuous combat for the past 10 years. The milestone mission took off from a base in Southwest Asia and was flown in support of operations over Afghanistan before returning to base.
The Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1 bomber aircraft has completed its 10,000th combat mission. The heavy bomber entered service with the U.S. Air Force on June 29, 1985, and has been in nearly continuous combat for the past 10 years. The milestone mission took off from a base in Southwest Asia and was flown in support of operations over Afghanistan before returning to base.
 

Possible foreign military sale to Kuwait of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II air-to-air missile 2802121

Possible foreign military sale to Kuwait of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II air-to-air missile
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress Feb. 24 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All-Up-Round Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $105 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress Feb. 24 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All-Up-Round Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $105 million.
 

Air Force of Indonesia has successfully tested two local-made bombs for Sukhoi fighter aircraft 2602121

Air Force of Indonesia has successfully tested two local-made bombs for Sukhoi fighter aircraft
 
Sukhoi fighter jets from the Indonesian Air Force have successfully tested two types of bombs developed and built by domestic manufacturers, Indonesia’s Tribunnews said on Friday 24, 2012.
Sukhoi fighter jets from the Indonesian Air Force have successfully tested two types of bombs developed and built by domestic manufacturers, Indonesia’s Tribunnews said on Friday 24, 2012.
 

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System APKWS successfull first time demo from AT-6C aircraft 2402123

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System APKWS successfull first time demo from AT-6C aircraft
 
The semi-active laser guided version of the U.S. military’s Hydra rocket successfully hit within inches of the center of its laser spot target after it was fired off a Hawker Beechcraft AT-6C from a range of three miles. This successful test, which BAE Systems accomplished in record time, highlights the potential of APKWS as a low-cost weapon system for reconnaissance and attack aircraft throughout the world.
The semi-active laser guided version of the U.S. military’s Hydra rocket successfully hit within inches of the center of its laser spot target after it was fired off a Hawker Beechcraft AT-6C from a range of three miles. This successful test, which BAE Systems accomplished in record time, highlights the potential of APKWS as a low-cost weapon system for reconnaissance and attack aircraft throughout the world.
 

Boeing awarded performance based logistics contract for sustainment of Korea F-15Ks fighter 2402122

Boeing awarded performance based logistics contract for sustainment of Korea F-15Ks fighter
 
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from the Republic of Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to ensure the long-term, affordable sustainment of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) fleet of F-15K fighter jets. The five-year contract, valued at approximately US$300 million, also brings new opportunities to local industry. Hyundai Glovis will provide in-country logistics handling and supply chain distribution activities.
The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from the Republic of Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to ensure the long-term, affordable sustainment of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) fleet of F-15K fighter jets. The five-year contract, valued at approximately US$300 million, also brings new opportunities to local industry. Hyundai Glovis will provide in-country logistics handling and supply chain distribution activities.
 

Foreign military sale to Japan to provide support and modifications for 6 KC-130R tanker aircraft 2402121

Foreign military sale to Japan to provide support and modifications for 6 KC-130R tanker aircraft
 
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress Feb. 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan to provide regeneration, overhaul, modifications and support for 6 KC-130R aircraft and associated engines for an estimated cost of $170 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of United States notified Congress Feb. 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan to provide regeneration, overhaul, modifications and support for 6 KC-130R aircraft and associated engines for an estimated cost of $170 million.
 

Iran will manufacture a new fourth generation fighter aircraft 2002121

Iran will manufacture a new fourth generation fighter aircraft
 
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Monday, February 20, 2012, that the country is upgrading its warplanes and manufacturing new generations of fighter jets. Speaking to reporters about the fourth generation of Iranian fighter jets, Vahidi stated, "These planes are divided into the two categories of +1 and +2 depending on the upgrade works done on them."
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced on Monday, February 20, 2012, that the country is upgrading its warplanes and manufacturing new generations of fighter jets. Speaking to reporters about the fourth generation of Iranian fighter jets, Vahidi stated, "These planes are divided into the two categories of +1 and +2 depending on the upgrade works done on them."
 

Israeli Air Force selects the Italian M-346 trainer aircraft to train its pilots 1802121

Israeli Air Force selects the Italian M-346 trainer aircraft to train its pilots
 
The Italian M-346 trainer aircraft of Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica company) has been selected by Israel’s Ministry of Defence to train its Air Force pilots.
The Italian M-346 trainer aircraft of Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica company) has been selected by Israel’s Ministry of Defence to train its Air Force pilots.
 

Russian made transport helicopter Mi-17V5 enters service with Indian Air Force 1702121

Russian made transport helicopter Mi-17V5 enters service with Indian Air Force
 
The Indian Air Force has put into service the first batch of 80 Mi-17V-5 tactical transport helicopters under a $1.3 billion deal, Russian state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Friday, February 17, 2012.
The Indian Air Force has put into service the first batch of 80 Mi-17V-5 tactical transport helicopters under a $1.3 billion deal, Russian state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Friday, February 17, 2012.
 

Airbus Military signs contract with Indonesia for nine C295 military transport aircraft 1602122

Airbus Military signs contract with Indonesia for nine C295 military transport aircraft
 
Airbus Military has signed, February 15, 2012, a firm contract with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) to supply nine C295 military transport aircraft for delivery to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense. The contract between PT DI and the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia was signed simultaneously, witnessed by Minister of Defense, Prof. Dr. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, and the Chief of Armed Forces, Admiral Agus Suhartono, at a ceremony at the Singapore Airshow. The Indonesian designation of the aircraft will be CN295.
Airbus Military has signed, February 15, 2012, a firm contract with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) to supply nine C295 military transport aircraft for delivery to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense. The contract between PT DI and the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia was signed simultaneously, witnessed by Minister of Defense, Prof. Dr. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, and the Chief of Armed Forces, Admiral Agus Suhartono, at a ceremony at the Singapore Airshow.
 

The first series production of A400M military transport for French Air Force takes shape in Spain 1402123

The first series production of A400M military transport for French Air Force takes shape in Spain
 
The final assembly process for this aircraft, known as MSN7, started last November. The nose and fuselage are already integrated and the aircraft was recently moved, on its landing gear, to the workstation in which the structural assembly is carried out. Integration works for the wing started last week and both the horizontal and the vertical tailplanes, which have already been mated, have just been moved to the final assembly station, known as Station 40, with the rest of the aircraft.
The final assembly process for this A-400M aircraft, known as MSN7, started last November. The nose and fuselage are already integrated and the aircraft was recently moved, on its landing gear, to the workstation in which the structural assembly is carried out. Integration works for the wing started last week and both the horizontal and the vertical tailplanes, which have already been mated, have just been moved to the final assembly station, known as Station 40, with the rest of the aircraft.
 

Russian Helicopters presents its Mi-171A2 at HeliExpo in Dallas United States 1402121

Russian Helicopters presents its Mi-171A2 at HeliExpo in Dallas, United States
 

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian industry giant Oboronprom, presented its Mi-171A2 model at HeliExpo 2012 in Dallas, TX. The helicopter was displayed at booth number 3422. This is a heavily modernised and revamped version of the Mi-8/17, the Russian bestseller that ranks among the most popular helicopters in the world.

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian industry giant Oboronprom, presented its Mi-171A2 model at HeliExpo 2012 in Dallas, TX. The helicopter was displayed at booth number 3422. This is a heavily modernised and revamped version of the Mi-8/17, the Russian bestseller that ranks among the most popular helicopters in the world.
 

Eleven new fifth-generation fighters aircraft will come into service in Russian Air Force by 2015 1302121

Eleven new fifth-generation fighters aircraft will come into service in Russian Air Force by 2015.
 

Eleven new fifth-generation fighters aircraft T-50 will come into service in the Russian Air Force by 2015, said Monday, February 13, 2012, the commander of the Air Force, General Alexander Zeline in an interview RIA Novosti.

Eleven new fifth-generation fighters aircraft T-50 will come into service in the Russian Air Force by 2015, said Monday, February 13, 2012, the commander of the Air Force, General Alexander Zeline in an interview RIA Novosti.
 

Turkey delivers 3 modernized F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan 0902121

Turkey delivers 3 modernized F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan
 

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS) on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, delivered three modernized F-16 aircraft to Pakistani Air Forces, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS) on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, delivered three modernized F-16 aircraft to Pakistani Air Forces, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.
 

British Air Force will buy one additional C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft 0802122

British Air Force will buy one additional C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft
 

British Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced that the MOD is to order an additional C-17 Globemaster, taking the number of aircraft in the RAF's fleet to eight.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced that the MOD is to order an additional C-17 Globemaster, taking the number of aircraft in the RAF's fleet to eight.
 

Russian Air Force will receive more than 10 modernized Tu-160 strategic bombers aircraft by 2020 0802121

Russian Air Force will receive more than 10 modernized Tu-160 strategic bombers aircraft by 2020
 

The Russian Air Force will receive more than 10 modernized Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers by 2020, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. According to official data, Russia has at least 16 Tu-160 aircraft in service. There are plans to increase their number to 30.

The Russian Air Force will receive more than 10 modernized Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers by 2020, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. According to official data, Russia has at least 16 Tu-160 aircraft in service. There are plans to increase their number to 30.
 

Eleventh C-5B Lockheed Martin military transport aircraft inducted to become C-5M Super Galaxy 0702121

Eleventh C-5B Lockheed Martin military transport aircraft inducted to become C-5M Super Galaxy
 

Lockheed Martin inducted the 11th aircraft to the C-5M Super Galaxy production line on Feb. 1, 2012. Based at Dover Air Force Base, Del., this aircraft has supported the warfighter’s operations across the globe.

Lockheed Martin inducted the 11th aircraft to the C-5M Super Galaxy production line on Feb. 1, 2012. Based at Dover Air Force Base, Del., this aircraft has supported the warfighter’s operations across the globe.
 

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