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January 2018 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Saab and Avioniq joint forces to promote Rattlesnake threat evaluation system
 
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Saab and Avioniq Awareness Sweden AB are teaming to jointly promote Avioniq’s innovative threat evaluation system, Rattlesnake, with Saab’s offering of Air and Airborne Command and Control Systems, the Swedish defense contractor said on January 23, 2018.
 

GA-ASI Demonstrates SATCOM Launch and Recovery Capability for MQ-9B
 
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GA-ASI successfully demonstrated its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a Satellite Communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The demonstration also included the first SATCOM taxi of the MQ-9B, the company stated on January 22, 2018.
 

Brazil orders additional C295 SAR aircraft
 
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Brazil has ordered an additional Airbus C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft that will eventually take to 15 the number of C295s in service with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the European aircraft manufacturer said on January 22, 2018.
 

Nigeria commissions another Bell 412 helicopter
 
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commissioned another Bell 412 helicopter for subsequent operational deployment. The newly commissioned helicopter is one of the two handed over to the NAF by the Federal Government in 2017, with the first having been inducted into the NAF in November 2017.
 

Airbus Helicopters' 2017 results pushed by heavy and super-medium segments
 
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Airbus Helicopters delivered 409 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 350 helicopters (net: 335) in 2017, with a strong commercial performance on the heavy and super-medium segments. The company booked 54 orders for helicopters of the Super Puma family and 19 orders for the super-medium H175, confirming those types as best-sellers on their respective market segments.
 

Russia, Myanmar reach agreement for Su-30 fighter aircraft delivery
 
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Russia will supply six Su-30 fighter jets to Myanmar, according to an agreement reached during Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s visit to the republic, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Alexander Fomin said.
 

Serbia approves acquisition of six additional Mi-17 choppers
 
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Serbia`s government has approved acquisition of six Mi-17 transport helicopters, the chief of the General Staff of Serbian Armed Forces Ljubisa Dikovic told Serbian media on January 13. "The acquisition of six Mi-17 transport helicopters has been approved," Dikovic said, adding that the military also expected to get H145M armed rotary-wing aircraft by the Airbus Helicopters company.
 

ACCaP Program: Lockheed Martin to sign new MoUs with Belgian suppliers
 
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While the French Rafale team is undoubtedly facing difficulties to promote economic returns within Belgium's F-16 replacement program (ACCaP), the US defense giant Lockheed Martin will sign two new Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Belgian suppliers in the coming week, it announced Thursday.
 

Austria, Switzerland enhance military air cooperation ahead of Davos forum
 
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The Austrian and Swiss air forces have enhanced their cooperation to provide airspace security for this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos beginning next Tuesday. The Austrian Armed Forces stated in a press release yesterday, January 18.
 

Australian combat jets fly final strike mission over Iraq
 
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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has flown its final strike mission over Iraq in the fight against Islamic State (IS), an RAAF chief marshal said on Tuesday night. Australian F/A-18 Hornets have conducted operations in Iraq since October 2014, providing support to troops as they fought to reclaim Mosul and other cities from IS.
 

Russian fighter jets practice touch-and-go exercise on highway
 
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A Sukhoi Su-34 frontline bomber and two multirole Su-30M2 fighter jets have made the first ever landing on a highway in tactical flight exercise of the Southern Military District’s 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army, district spokesman Vadim Astafyev told TASS.
 

Finnish F/A-18 makes first flight with 3D-printed part
 
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Finland's first 3D-printed aircraft engine part had its maiden flight on 5 January 2018. The part has been installed in the F/A-18 Hornet fighter. Patria has been working on the manufacturing process for 3D-printed parts over the last two years, the Finnish company said on Thursday, January 18.
 

ACCaP Program: French offer appears increasingly doomed
 
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France's proposal to offer the Rafale fighter jet to Belgium appears increasingly doomed following new comments from the latter's defence minister, Steven Vandeput. As France didn't correctly answered the RfGP, Dassault's "annoucements concerning the economic side can not be taken in account," Vandeput said today to the Belgian Parliament National Defense Commitee.
 

Belgium retires first C-130H military airlifter
 
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The Belgian Air Force phased out its first C-130H Hercules transport aircraft, the news agency Belga announced on January 16, 2018, in a first step towards converting the Belgian Air Component airlift capability to the Airbus A400M strategic airlifter.
 

Saab opens new EW Technology Center in Finland
 
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Saab is expanding its activities in Finland having established a new development centre – the Saab Technology Centre (STC) – in Tampere, Finland, the Swedish defence and security company announced on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
 

AECOM awarded $442M US Army order for rotary wing training services
 
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AECOM, a US-based premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced on January 16 that it has been awarded a nine-year contract by the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia to provide rotary wing flight training instructor support services at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
 

Nigeria receives final batch of Super Mushshak trainer aircraft
 
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on January 14, 2018, took delivery of the second batch of five Super Mushshak trainer aircraft ordered by the Federal Government from Pakistan. An Il-76 airlifter carrying the new Super Mushshak aircraft touched down at NAF Base Kaduna at 7.45 am, the NAF stated.
 

Poland orders four more M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers
 
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According to the European Tenders electronic daily (Ted), Poland placed an order for four additional M346 Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft, the online platform stated today, January 16, 2018. The Italian planemaker received the corresponding contract on January 12, Ted's document says.
 

Indian Air Force phasing out Soviet-era fighter jets and helicopters
 
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The Indian Air Force (IAF) continues retiring of Soviet-age legacy fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, according to local media outlets. In late 2017, the IAF brought out of operation early variants of the Mi-8 medium transport helicopter (known as Pratap in Indian service), MiG-27ML and MiG-21 fighter jets.
 

French Air Force welcomes first C-130J-30 airlifter
 
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Florence Parly, France's minister of the Armed Forces, officially welcomed the country's first C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to the Armée de l'Air's 62st Transport Wing with a ceremony at Orléans-Bricy Air Base today. Government officials from France and the United States also attended the ceremony, along with representatives from Lockheed Martin.
 

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