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DEFEXPO 2018 – Aerospace Highlights

April 21, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Models of India's future hope for indigenous airpower: Ghatak stealth combat UAV and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) on display at DEFEXPO 2018. Other models included Airborne Early Warning (AEW) platforms and the Advanced Air Defence missile, part of India's strategic missile defense network, can be seen in the background.

Amphibious Ships Transformed Into Aircraft Carriers Debut in Asia-Pacific

December 31, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, South Korea, Syndicated Industry News 
The planned arrival of amphibious support ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in the Pacific Ocean introduces a new capability for amphibious support ships carrying the F-35B fifth-generation stealth fighters without relying on large aircraft carriers. Apart from the American LHD, both Japan and South Korea are interested in the new potential mating STOVL fighters with flat-deck helicopter carriers. Both countries already acquired the conventional take-off variant (F-35A), and consider operating the Short Take-Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) B version from ships.

Canada to buy Australia’s used Hornets

December 24, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Boeing, Canada, Syndicated Industry News 
Canada plans to buy 18 used F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes from Australia to fill the air forces’ fighters shortage. The purchase is regarded as a stopgap measure as Ottawa moves forward with a more permanent selection of a future replacement for the CF-18.

Boeing Awarded US$6 Billion to Build 36 Eagles for Qatar

December 22, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Boeing, Qatar, Syndicated Industry News 
Boeing Defense, Space, & Security company has been awarded a $6,173,500,000 undefinitized contract action contract for the F-15 Qatar program. FMS funds in the amount of $3,019,750,000 are being obligated at the time of award. This sole source contract provides for the foreign military sales (FMS) requirement to procure 36 new F-15QA aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an expected completion date of Dec. 30, 2022.

Aussie Super Hornets to Return Home from Iraq in January 2018

December 22, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Syndicated Industry News 
Australia is set to pull out six F/A-18F Super Hornets currently operating as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Australian Air Task Group flying Super Hornets was part of the allied forces since 2014, supporting the Iraqi forces in their battle against the Islamic State. The strike aircraft deployed as part of the Air Task Group […]

India Issues Request for 83 Tejas MK1A Light Combat Aircraft

December 20, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The Indian Air Force intends to buy 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas MK1A from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), according to a tender issued to HAL, as the sole source for the indigenously developed and built aircraft.

Brazilian KC-390 Achieves Initial Operational Capability

December 20, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Embraer, Syndicated Industry News 
The Brazilian Air Force Embraer KC-390 achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) today. As part of the IOC, Embraer obtained a KC-390 Provisional Type Certificate from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), According to the schedule, in 2018, the final Type Certificate will be issued. Delivery of the first series aircraft to the FAB is also scheduled to take place in 2018.

F-35 Program Meet 2017 Goal with 66 Aircraft Delivered

December 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
On Friday, December 15, Lockheed Martin delivered the 66th F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2017. The delivery rate in 2017 represents more than a 40 percent increase from 2016, and the F-35 enterprise is prepared to increase production volume year-over-year to hit full rate of approximately 160 aircraft in 2023. As production ramps and additional improvements are implemented, Lockheed Martin's goal is to reduce the cost of an F-35A to $80 million by 2020.

MAGMA Drone to Demonstrate Flight Without Control Surfaces

December 14, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: BAE Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
BAE Systems and The University of Manchester have developed and tested unique flight control technology that could enable future aircraft - including stealthy, jet-powered drones, to maneuver without the use of control surfaces. If successful, the tests will demonstrate the first ever use of such circulation control in flight on a gas turbine aircraft and from a single engine, paving the way for future, stealthier aircraft designs.

Qatar’s Race for Air Power

December 11, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: BAE Systems, Boeing, France, Qatar, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
In recent months Qatar defense officials were busy dealing in shopping for fighter jets to expand their minuscule air force into a significant, modern air power. If those deals are fulfilled, in less than five years the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will increase its order of battle from the current nine Mirage 2000-5 fighters to 96 modern combat jets, armed with the latest weapons the Western world can offer.

Israel’s F-35I Declared Combat Ready

December 6, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
The Israel Air Force declared its F-35I unit operational today, following the year-long initial operational capability qualification of 140 Squadron ('Golden Eagle') the first IAF unit operating the Fifth Generation fighter (dubbed 'Adir' by the IAF). By the summer of 2018, the squadron is expected to receive six more fighters.

Mysterious New Jet Takes to the Air

October 12, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: northrop grumman, Syndicated Industry News 
Scaled Composites announced the first flight of its newly developed, experimental aircraft Model 401. The company produced two such aircraft for an undisclosed customer, to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and research flight services for the United States government. This successful first flight is the beginning of the flight test phase for vehicle number 1. The Scaled team plans to continue envelope expansion on the first aircraft as they move toward first flight of the second Model 401 vehicle.

Russian Arms in the War on Terror

August 23, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Russia, Syndicated Industry News 
At the Army-2017 exhibition near Moscow, the Russian arms industries are promotiong the latest weapons and systems tested in combat in Syria. Unlike similar events in the west, the Russian weapons are demonstrated in daily live firing demonstrations throughout the week long event.

Leonardo Adds an M346 Variant Dedicated to Air and Ground Attack

June 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Italy, Syndicated Industry News 

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Maiden Flight for Gripen E

June 15, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
Defense and security company Saab today completed a successful first flight of the next-generation smart fighter, Gripen E. The flight launched from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden and lasted 40 minutes, flown by Marcus Wandt, the company's experimental test pilot.
              

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US Air Force Reverses Retirement Plans for A-10, U-2 Fleet

May 27, 2017 by · Comment
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Next Gen Jammer Increment 1 on track

May 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
The Airborne Electronic Attack Systems and EA-6B program office (PMA-234) of the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) completed a critical design review (CDR) for the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Increment (Inc) 1 Mid-band program at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in late April. The system is now in the Engineering and Manufacturing […]
              

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US Air Force F-35A Deploy to Europe

April 14, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The Air Force will deploy a small number of F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft this weekend on a long-planned training deployment to Europe, Pentagon officials announced today.
              

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Long Live the Fighting Falcon!

April 12, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The U.S. Air Force authorized extending BY 50 percent the service life of the Lockheed Martin F-16 enabling operators of the Fighting Falcon to safely fly Block 40-52 aircraft to 2048 and beyond
              

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Autonomous Strike – a New Milestone in Manned-Unmanned Teaming

April 10, 2017 by · Comment
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Next-Gen. Rafale F4 to Fly in 2023

March 23, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: D'Assault, France, Syndicated Industry News 

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Russian, Turkish Forces Conduct Coordinated Air Strikes in Syria

January 18, 2017 by · Comment
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Marine Corps Deploy F-35B to Japan

January 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, Syndicated Industry News 
The first F-35B Lightning II aircraft, belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni today (January 18, 2017) beginning the squadron’s permanent basing at the air station.
              

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Protected: A Gunslinger with Bad Eyesight?

January 16, 2017 by · Comment
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New Wings for the Italian Air Force

December 19, 2016 by · Comment
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