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July 2012 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Czech government is ready to open public invitation to tender over supersonic aircraft fleet 3007121

Czech government is ready to open public invitation to tender over supersonic aircraft fleet
 
The Czech government have decided that the Defence Ministry will go on in talks with Swedish party over prolongation of a lease agreement on SAAB 39 Gripen aircraft till this November. The Czech government authorised on 25 July 2012 Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra to negotiate over prolongation of 10-year lease of 14 SAAB 39 Gripen aircraft with Sweden till the end of this November.
The Czech government have decided that the Defence Ministry will go on in talks with Swedish party over prolongation of a lease agreement on SAAB 39 Gripen aircraft till this November. The Czech government authorised on 25 July 2012 Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra to negotiate over prolongation of 10-year lease of 14 SAAB 39 Gripen aircraft with Sweden till the end of this November.
 

United States Air Force has now the biggest conventional bomb MOP bunker-busters 2707121

United States Air Force has now the biggest conventional bomb MOP bunker-busters
 
The United States Air Force announced the biggest conventional bomb ever developed is ready to use. The Pentagon has spent $330 million to develop and deliver more than 20 of the precision-guided Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker-busters, which are designed to blast through up to 200 feet of concrete.
The United States Air Force announced the biggest conventional bomb ever developed is ready to use. The Pentagon has spent $330 million to develop and deliver more than 20 of the precision-guided Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker-busters, which are designed to blast through up to 200 feet of concrete.
 

United States could deliver six Huey II helicopters and associated equipment to Lebanon 2607121

United States could deliver six Huey II helicopters and associated equipment to Lebanon
 
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lebanon for six Huey II helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $63 million.
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lebanon for six Huey II helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $63 million.
 

Lockheed Martin delivers another C-5M Super Galaxy military transport aircraft to U.S. Air Force 2507122

Lockheed Martin delivers another C-5M Super Galaxy military transport aircraft to U.S. Air Force
 
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the fifth production C-5M Super Galaxy to the United States Air Force, July 20, 2012, at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the fifth production C-5M Super Galaxy to the United States Air Force, July 20, 2012, at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
 

The first new Lockheed Martin AC-130J Commando III Gunship aircraft in production 2507121

The first new Lockheed Martin AC-130J Commando III Gunship aircraft in production
 
The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to become an AC-130J Gunship aircraft is being built at the Lockheed Martin [LMT] C-130 production facility here.
The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to become an AC-130J Gunship aircraft is being built at the Lockheed Martin [LMT] C-130 production facility here.
 

United Kingdom takes delivery of the first Lightning II fighter jet F-35B STVOL from United States 2007121

United Kingdom takes delivery of the first Lightning II fighter jet F-35B STVOL from United States
 
At a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond formally accepted the first of the jets, which will be known as Lightning II. The aircraft are short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B Joint Strike Fighters and are manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
At a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond formally accepted the first of the jets, which will be known as Lightning II. The aircraft are short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B Joint Strike Fighters and are manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
 

Possible delivery from United States of AGM-114K3A or AGM-114R3 HELLFIRE missile to Qatar 1707123

Possible delivery from United States of AGM-114K3A or AGM-114R3 HELLFIRE missile to Qatar
 
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 10 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for 700 AGM-114K3A or AGM-114R3 HELLFIRE tactical missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $137 million.
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 10 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for 700 AGM-114K3A or AGM-114R3 HELLFIRE tactical missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $137 million.
 

United States could deliver 24 attack kelicopters AH-64D Apache Block III LONGBOW to Qatar 1707122

United States could deliver 24 attack kelicopters AH-64D Apache Block III LONGBOW to Qatar
 
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 10 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for 24 AH-64D APACHE Block III LONGBOW Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion.
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 10 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for 24 AH-64D APACHE Block III LONGBOW Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion.
 

Air Force of Poland will be equipped with American Ground Controlled Approach Radar Systems 1707121

Air Force of Poland will be equipped with American Ground Controlled Approach Radar Systems
 
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 11 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Poland for nine Ground Controlled Approach Radar Systems and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $200 million.
The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 11 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Poland for nine Ground Controlled Approach Radar Systems and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $200 million.
 

New Boeing CH-147F Chinook Medium-to-Heavy Lift helicopter for Canada completes 1st flight 1207123

New Boeing CH-147F Chinook Medium-to-Heavy Lift helicopter for Canada completes 1st flight
 
The new Boeing [NYSE: BA] CH-147F Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter for Canada is progressing ahead of schedule after making its first flight on June 24. "Boeing and the Canadian Department of National Defence are focused on delivering the next generation of advanced vertical-lift aircraft to meet the needs of the Canadian military today and well into the future," said Leanne Caret, Boeing Vertical Lift vice president and H-47 Programs manager.
The new Boeing [NYSE: BA] CH-147F Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter for Canada is progressing ahead of schedule after making its first flight on June 24. "Boeing and the Canadian Department of National Defence are focused on delivering the next generation of advanced vertical-lift aircraft to meet the needs of the Canadian military today and well into the future," said Leanne Caret, Boeing Vertical Lift vice president and H-47 Programs manager.
 

AgustaWestland unveils the new Lynx Wildcat AW159 helicopter for the British Armed Forces 1207121

AgustaWestland unveils the new Lynx Wildcat AW159 helicopter for the British Armed Forces
 
The first two of 62 Lynx Wildcat AW159 helicopters ordered by the British MOD were handed over by manufacturer AgustaWestland at the Farnborough International Airshow. The Somerset-based firm is benefiting from the £250m support and training contract that is sustaining 500 jobs.
The first two of 62 Lynx Wildcat AW159 helicopters ordered by the British MOD were handed over by manufacturer AgustaWestland at the Farnborough International Airshow. The Somerset-based firm is benefiting from the £250m support and training contract that is sustaining 500 jobs.
 

MBDA's Meteor air to air missile BVRAAM has concluded its guided firing programme 1107121

MBDA's Meteor air to air missile BVRAAM has concluded its guided firing programme
 
MBDA’s Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) has concluded its guided firing programme with three direct hits from three firings during Government sponsored Electronic Protection Measure (EPM) trials against targets deploying countermeasures.
MBDA’s Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) has concluded its guided firing programme with three direct hits from three firings during Government sponsored Electronic Protection Measure (EPM) trials against targets deploying countermeasures.
 

Lockheed Martin delivers four F-35s fighter aircraft to U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps 1007122

Lockheed Martin delivers four F-35s fighter aircraft to U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps
 
With the delivery of four Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] F-35 Lightning II aircraft since June 29, an important milestone was achieved as the Department of Defense now possesses more operational-coded F-35s than test aircraft. A total of nine F-35s have been delivered for the year, giving the DOD a total of 30 aircraft fleet-wide. Of these, 16 are operational aircraft and 14 are test planes.
With the delivery of four Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] F-35 Lightning II aircraft since June 29, an important milestone was achieved as the Department of Defense now possesses more operational-coded F-35s than test aircraft. A total of nine F-35s have been delivered for the year, giving the DOD a total of 30 aircraft fleet-wide. Of these, 16 are operational aircraft and 14 are test planes.
 

Alenia Aermacchi introduces the new MC-27J armed multi-mission version of the Spartan 0907128

Alenia Aermacchi introduces the new MC-27J armed multi-mission version of the Spartan
 
Alenia Aermacchi is pleased to introduce a new version of the C-27J battlefield airlifter, the MC-27J. The MC-27J is a multi-mission, armed, Roll On/Roll Off (RO/RO) derivative of the C-27J Spartan. Alenia Aermacchi and ATK will jointly produce and market this new offering.
Alenia Aermacchi is pleased to introduce a new version of the C-27J battlefield airlifter, the MC-27J. The MC-27J is a multi-mission, armed, Roll On/Roll Off (RO/RO) derivative of the C-27J Spartan. Alenia Aermacchi and ATK will jointly produce and market this new offering.
 

Lockheed Martin and Marshall Aerospace Sign Agreement To Increase C-130 Refurbishment Capability 0907123

Lockheed Martin/Marshall Aerospace Sign Agreement To Increase C-130 Refurbishment Capability
 
Lockheed Martin has signed an agreement authorizing Marshall Aerospace to become the world’s first commercial company to install C-130 Center Wing Boxes (CWB). Marshall Aerospace is also the first C-130J Heavy Maintenance Centre (HMC) in the world.
Lockheed Martin has signed an agreement authorizing Marshall Aerospace to become the world’s first commercial company to install C-130 Center Wing Boxes (CWB). Marshall Aerospace is also the first C-130J Heavy Maintenance Centre (HMC) in the world.
 

Eurocopter’s revolutionary X3 helicopter begins military leg of its United States tour 0407121

Eurocopter’s revolutionary X3 helicopter begins military leg of its United States tour
 
Eurocopter continues its United States tour of the X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter today in Huntsville, Ala., where the aircraft will perform the first of several flight demonstrations for military leaders and aviators in several locations across the country.
Eurocopter continues its United States tour of the X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter today in Huntsville, Ala., where the aircraft will perform the first of several flight demonstrations for military leaders and aviators in several locations across the country.
 

Israel approves the purchase of 30 M-346 training jets for the Israeli Air Force 0307122

Israel approves the purchase of 30 M-346 training jets for the Israeli Air Force
 
A Israeli ministerial committee on Monday approved a deal to procure Italian training jets for the Israel Air Force (IAF), the Defense Ministry announced in a statement. The IAF will receive 30 M-346 Master jets, manufactured by Italy's Alenia Aermacchi, in a deal valued at over one billion U.S. dollars. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2014.
A Israeli ministerial committee on Monday approved a deal to procure Italian training jets for the Israel Air Force (IAF), the Defense Ministry announced in a statement. The IAF will receive 30 M-346 Master jets, manufactured by Italy's Alenia Aermacchi, in a deal valued at over one billion U.S. dollars. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2014.
 

Japan signs an agreement with United States for the delivery on first four F-35 fighter aircraft 0307121

Japan signs an agreement with United States for the delivery on first four F-35 fighter aircraft
 
Japan on Friday, June 29, 2012, signed a formal agreement with the United States to buy an initial four F-35 fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp and other equipment for 60 billion yen ($756.53 million), a company spokesman said.
Japan on Friday, June 29, 2012, signed a formal agreement with the United States to buy an initial four F-35 fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp and other equipment for 60 billion yen ($756.53 million), a company spokesman said.