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November 2012 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Second batch of Sokol combat helicopters delivered to the Philippine Air Force 3011121

Second batch of Sokol combat helicopters delivered to the Philippine Air Force
 
PZL-Swidnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the second batch of Sokol helicopters in combat utility configuration has been delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The two additional helicopters follow the four Sokols delivered by PZL-Swidnik to the customer in February 2012.
PZL-Swidnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the second batch of Sokol helicopters in combat utility configuration has been delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The two additional helicopters follow the four Sokols delivered by PZL-Swidnik to the customer in February 2012.
 

Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters enter service with the Bangladesh Army 2911124

Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters enter service with the Bangladesh Army
 
The Bangladesh Army has marked its formal service introduction of two new Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters, which will be deployed on United Nations humanitarian missions and operated in multi-role transport duties for the republic.
The Bangladesh Army has marked its formal service introduction of two new Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters, which will be deployed on United Nations humanitarian missions and operated in multi-role transport duties for the republic.
 

Serbia is considering to buy Russian fighter aircraft to increase its air force military power 2911123

Serbia is considering to buy Russian fighter aircraft to increase its air force military power
 
Serbia is considering Russia’s offer to renew its air force with jets made by state-owned United Aircraft Corp. JSC (UNAC), Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic said. The offer came in response to Serbia’s request in 2010 and the government is considering it now because “we are interested in increasing our military power,” Vucic told reporters in Belgrade today, after meeting with Russian Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin.
Serbia is considering Russia’s offer to renew its air force with jets made by state-owned United Aircraft Corp. JSC (UNAC), Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic said. The offer came in response to Serbia’s request in 2010 and the government is considering it now because “we are interested in increasing our military power,” Vucic told reporters in Belgrade today, after meeting with Russian Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin.
 

China wants to conquer the aviation market of South America with competitive prices 2911122

China wants to conquer the aviation market of South America with competitive prices
 
Defense manufacturers in Brazil and Chile face new competition from China's rapidly developing aviation and arms industries, showcased at the Zhuhai International Air Show. The air show surprised Western military analysts with the diversity and variety of Chinese defense products that are destined for international markets at competitive prices.
Defense manufacturers in Brazil and Chile face new competition from China's rapidly developing aviation and arms industries, showcased at the Zhuhai International Air Show. The air show surprised Western military analysts with the diversity and variety of Chinese defense products that are destined for international markets at competitive prices.
 

Rheinmetall has delivery MANTIS air defence system to the German Air Force 2911121

Rheinmetall has delivery MANTIS air defence system to the German Air Force
 
The German Air Force took formal delivery today of the Rheinmetall-made MANTIS air defence system at a ceremony in Husum, Germany, home of Air Defence Missile Squadron 1 “Schleswig-Holstein”. Bodo Garbe, a member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence, handed over the system in front of the assembled troops.
The German Air Force took formal delivery today of the Rheinmetall-made MANTIS air defence system at a ceremony in Husum, Germany, home of Air Defence Missile Squadron 1 “Schleswig-Holstein”. Bodo Garbe, a member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence, handed over the system in front of the assembled troops.
 

Chinese army carried out air-to-ground missile firing test with WZ-10 and WZ-19 attack helicopters 2311122

Chinese army carried out air-to-ground missile firing test with WZ-10 and WZ-19 attack helicopters
 
Several China's independently-developed WZ-10 and WZ-19 armed helicopters of an army aviation regiment under the Shenyang Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) carried out air-to-ground missile firing tests in an airspace of south Liaoning province on November 12, 2012. Despite the extreme climate conditions, the helicopters achieved a hundred percent hit rate.
Several China's independently-developed WZ-10 and WZ-19 armed helicopters of an army aviation regiment under the Shenyang Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) carried out air-to-ground missile firing tests in an airspace of south Liaoning province on November 12, 2012. Despite the extreme climate conditions, the helicopters achieved a hundred percent hit rate.
 

Turkey to begin mass production of Turkish-made attack helicopter T-129 in 2013 2311121

Turkey to begin mass production of Turkish-made attack helicopter T-129 in 2013
 
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Turkish defense industry will begin producing attack helicopters next year. Erdogan said mass production of Turkey's indigenous T-129 attack helicopters will begin in 2013 as part of the country's program to expand domestic production of military equipment.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Turkish defense industry will begin producing attack helicopters next year. Erdogan said mass production of Turkey's indigenous T-129 attack helicopters will begin in 2013 as part of the country's program to expand domestic production of military equipment.
 

French and British military procurement agencies began evaluation of Thales Watchkeeper UAV 1311121

French and British military procurement agencies began evaluation of Thales Watchkeeper UAV
 
British and French military procurement agencies have begun an evaluation of the Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle by Thales UK. The evaluation, which began late last month, is being conducted for France by the French agency DGA and the British Ministry of Defense's Defense Equipment and Support organization under a defense cooperation treaty.
British and French military procurement agencies have begun an evaluation of the Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle by Thales UK. The evaluation, which began late last month, is being conducted for France by the French agency DGA and the British Ministry of Defense's Defense Equipment and Support organization under a defense cooperation treaty.
 

Iranian air force launches large-scale joint air defense drill in the eastern part of Iran 1211123

Iranian air force launches large-scale joint air defense drill in the eastern part of Iran
 
A large-scale joint air defense drill by Iran's Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was launched in the eastern parts of the country on Monday, November 12. Radar air defense and missile systems as well as tapping, artillery and surveillance systems will be employed during the first stage of the 7-day maneuver, Press TV reported on Monday.
A large-scale joint air defense drill by Iran's Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was launched in the eastern parts of the country on Monday, November 12. Radar air defense and missile systems as well as tapping, artillery and surveillance systems will be employed during the first stage of the 7-day maneuver, Press TV reported on Monday.
 

United States to sell to Saudi Arabia 20 C-130J-30 Transport Aircraft and 5 KC-130J Air Refueling 1211121

United States to sell to Saudi Arabia 20 C-130J-30 Transport Aircraft and 5 KC-130J Air Refueling
 
The Pentagon announced a proposed deal Friday, November 9, 2012, to sell to Saudi Arabia 20 cargo aircraft C-130J-30 and five KC-130J refueling planes, which is worth 6.7 billion U.S. dollars.
The Pentagon announced a proposed deal Friday, November 9, 2012, to sell to Saudi Arabia 20 cargo aircraft C-130J-30 and five KC-130J refueling planes, which is worth 6.7 billion U.S. dollars.
 

Iranian Defence MInister Ahmad Vahidi confirms that fighter jet has confronted United States drone 1111121

Iranian Defence MInister Ahmad Vahidi confirms that fighter jet has confronted United States drone
 
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi confirmed Friday, November 9, 2012, that the fighter jet of the Islamic republic had confronted a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf last week, local media reported. The U.S. Defense Department said Thursday, November 8, 2012, that an Iranian fighter jet attacked a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf last week but missed its target, so the U.S. unmanned aircraft suffered no damage and returned safely to the base.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi confirmed Friday, November 9, 2012, that the fighter jet of the Islamic republic had confronted a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf last week, local media reported. The U.S. Defense Department said Thursday, November 8, 2012, that an Iranian fighter jet attacked a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf last week but missed its target, so the U.S. unmanned aircraft suffered no damage and returned safely to the base.
 

General Dynamics and U.S. Army ARDEC demonstrate strike capability for tactical UAVs 0611122

General Dynamics and U.S. Army ARDEC demonstrate strike capability for tactical UAVs
 
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Engineering Center (ARDEC) have successfully demonstrated a GPS-guided munition for use on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The testing consisted of three separate engagements using a Tiger Shark UAV launching an 81mm mortar equipped with General Dynamics’ Roll Control Fixed Canard control system and an ARDEC-developed fuzing solution.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Engineering Center (ARDEC) have successfully demonstrated a GPS-guided munition for use on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The testing consisted of three separate engagements using a Tiger Shark UAV launching an 81mm mortar equipped with General Dynamics’ Roll Control Fixed Canard control system and an ARDEC-developed fuzing solution.
 

Japanese and United States army began joint sea and airspace military exercises 0611121

Japanese and United States army began joint sea and airspace military exercises
 
Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the United States military began joint drills in airspace and sea near Okinawa Prefecture on Monday, according to Japan's Defense Ministry and local media. Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, reported that more than 37,000 personnel from Japan's Self-Defense Forces and some 10,000 U.S. military personnel are involved in the joint drill, which is also utilizing a U.S. aircraft carrier.
Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the United States military began joint drills in airspace and sea near Okinawa Prefecture on Monday, according to Japan's Defense Ministry and local media. Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, reported that more than 37,000 personnel from Japan's Self-Defense Forces and some 10,000 U.S. military personnel are involved in the joint drill, which is also utilizing a U.S. aircraft carrier.
 

China conducted flight tests of its new J-31 fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft 0111122

China conducted flight tests of its new J-31 fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft
 
China conducted the flight tests of the state-of-the-art fifth-generation fighter jet. Following the U.S., China has thus become the second country in the world that simultaneously develops two models of this type of aircraft. As in the case of another prototype of the fifth-generation fighter, the leak of information about the plane that has not been officially presented yet occurred during the exacerbation of Beijing's relations with neighbors
China conducted the flight tests of the state-of-the-art J-31 fifth-generation stealth fighter jet. Following the U.S., China has thus become the second country in the world that simultaneously develops two models of this type of aircraft. As in the case of another prototype of the fifth-generation fighter, the leak of information about the plane that has not been officially presented yet occurred during the exacerbation of Beijing's relations with neighbors.
 

Israeli HERON Unmanned Aerial System operational flight demonstration in South America 0111121

Israeli HERON Unmanned Aerial System operational flight demonstration in South America
 
Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has marked a new achievement last month when crossing the Andes during an operational flight demonstration held in a South American country. The system successfully demonstrated its advanced abilities for long range missions using Satellite communication for control and activation.
Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has marked a new achievement last month when crossing the Andes during an operational flight demonstration held in a South American country. The system successfully demonstrated its advanced abilities for long range missions using Satellite communication for control and activation.