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September 2016 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Raytheon wins $43mn contract from Norway, Japan and Taiwan for AIM-9X Block II missiles

Raytheon wins $43mn contract from Norway, Japan and Taiwan for AIM-9X Block II missiles
 
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The US-based defense contractor Raytheon has been awarded a $43 million contract for the procurement of 64 AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical full-rate production Lot 16 missiles for the governments of Japan (4), Norway (20), and Taiwan (40), the US Department of Defense announced on its website on Sept. 16, 2016.
 

Leonardo to provide RAF with BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoys

Leonardo to provide RAF with BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoys
 
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The UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) is a step closer to being the first to use Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s new ‘BriteCloud’ missile-jamming countermeasure, following a purchase by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) worth several million Euros.
 

US Army places order for four new MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAVs

US Army places order for four new MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAVs
 
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The US-based unmanned aircraft manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.has been awarded a $25,287,320 contract from the US Army for acquisition of four Gray Eagle War replacement aircraft and four satellite air data terminals under the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems full rate production contract, the US DoD announced on Sept. 16.
 

New Zealand's new SH-2G(I) Seasprite completes first operational mission

New Zealand's new SH-2G(I) Seasprite completes first operational mission
 
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One of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) newly acquired fleet of Seasprite helicopters has nailed its first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel, delivering government staff, rat-hunting dogs and supplies to the Kermadec Islands.
 

Royal Thai Air Force looks to replace ageing fleet of C-130H transport aircraft

Royal Thai Air Force looks to replace ageing fleet of C-130H transport aircraft
 
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The Royal Thai Air Force is looking to procure a new fleet of transport aircraft in near future, an Air Force source said on Friday. Competition for the planned procurement of new transport planes might probably emerge between Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation Y-9 and Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
 

Boeing lands a $99mn USAF contract for LAIRCM Block 30 systems

Boeing lands a $99mn USAF contract for LAIRCM Block 30 systems
 
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The US-based defense contractor Boeing has been awarded a $99,049,562 contract for the acquisition of Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Block 30 hardware as contractor furnished equipment, the US DoD announced on Sept. 15, 2016.
 

USAF E-8C Joint STARS fleet reaches 1 millionth flight hour

USAF E-8C Joint STARS fleet reaches 1 millionth flight hour
 
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The USAF 7th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron flew the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) worldwide fleet to its 1 millionth flight hour Sept. 6, following a combat mission in support of operations throughout the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility.
 

Softex Aero successfully flies indigenously made VV-2 helicopter

Softex Aero successfully flies indigenously made VV-2 helicopter
 
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The Ukrainian company Softex Aero, based in Kyiv Region, announced yesterday the successful first flight of the homegrown VV-2 light attack and reconnaissance helicopter. The company unveils the maiden flight of the first prototype through a video published on its Youtube account on Sept. 14, 2016.
 

Patria to overhaul Finnish Border Guard's AB 412EP helicopters

Patria to overhaul Finnish Border Guard's AB 412EP helicopters
 
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Patria has signed a contract on the upgrading of the avionics systems of two Border Guard Agusta/Bell 412 EP helicopters in order to bring them up to current operational requirements by the end of 2017, the Finnish company stated on Sept. 13, 2016.
 

Boeing wins a $700mn USAF contract for Small Diameter Bombs delivery

Boeing wins a $700mn USAF contract for Small Diameter Bombs delivery
 
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The US-based defense giant Boeing has been awarded a $700 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb Increment 1 (SDB 1) Lot 12-14 production. The contractor will provide SDB 1 weapons and carriage systems, the US Department of Defense announced on Sept. 13, 2016.
 

Israel launched new Ofeq-11 military surveillance satellite

Israel launched new Ofeq-11 military surveillance satellite
 
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Israel's defense ministry announced Tuesday that Israel successfully launched a military surveillance satellite. The satellite Ofeq-11, lifted off in the afternoon from the Palmachim airbase south of Tel Aviv, was launched by the defense ministry and Military Industry, Israel's state-owned weapons company.
 

First two NH90 tactical transport helicopters enter service with Spanish Army

First two NH90 tactical transport helicopters enter service with Spanish Army
 
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Today, Sept. 14, 2016, the Directorate General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) completed the transfer of the first two NH90 tactical transport helicopters from the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete to the Spanish Army. The handover was made at the Coronel Maté Air Base in Colmenar Viejo, the headquarter of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) and marked the entry into service of the NH90 within the FAMET.
 

Airbus Helicopters opens new H215 helicopter assembly line in Romania

Airbus Helicopters opens new H215 helicopter assembly line in Romania
 
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Airbus Helicopters on Tuesday opened a new factory in central Romania to manufacture the twin-engine H215 helicopter. "The first H215 helicopter 100 percent made in Romania should be out the assembly line in 2018," announced Airbus Helicopters Industries CEO Serge Durand.
 

USAF officially requests RFP from Boeing for Air Force One replacement

USAF officially requests RFP from Boeing for Air Force One replacement
 
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On Sep. 12 the US Air Force officially requested a proposal from Boeing to complete detailed design, modification, test and fielding of two aircraft that will provide presidential worldwide airlift support starting in the 2024 timeframe. A third production representative aircraft is still under consideration for future procurement.
 

India and Russia finally found agreement on Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft joint production

India and Russia finally found agreement on Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft joint production
 
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Russia and India have finally agreed all details of joint production of over a hundred Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) and are completing a deal for the construction of over 200 Ka-226T helicopters. The agreements are expected to be signed during the bilateral summit in the state of Goa on October 15, the Economic Times reported quoting informed sources in the Indian government who commented on the results of the 16th meeting of the taskforce for Russian-Indian military-technical cooperation in New Delhi.
 

China sends fighter jets and bombers to West Pacific for military drills

China sends fighter jets and bombers to West Pacific for military drills
 
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The Chinese Air Force on Monday sent multiple aircraft models to the West Pacific, via the Bashi Strait, for a routine combat simulation drill at sea, a spokesperson said. Shen Jinke, spokesperson of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said the fleet included H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighters, and air tankers.
 

USAF flies B-1B bombers over South Korea amid tension with DPRK

USAF flies B-1B bombers over South Korea amid tension with DPRK
 
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In a demonstration of the ironclad commitment to the Republic of Korea's defense, two United States Air Force B-1B Lancers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam conducted a low-level flight Sept. 13 over Osan, South Korea, in response to a recent provocative action by North Korea Sept. 9.
 

Russian Helicopters' Mi-38 rotorcraft starts Russian MoD certification tests

Russian Helicopters' Mi-38 rotorcraft starts Russian MoD certification tests
 
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Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is conducting additional certification tests of the Mi-38-2 helicopter to enhance its operational characteristics for further supplies to the Russian Aerospace Forces. Technical features of the helicopter have already been approved by the Ministry of Defense and by the company’s specialists, and all work on further equipping the helicopter will be completed by 2018.
 

Aviakon about to deliver updated Mi-24PU1 helicopters to Ukrainian Armed Forces

Aviakon about to deliver updated Mi-24PU1 helicopters to Ukrainian Armed Forces
 
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State-run enterprise Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant Aviakon (Sumy region), part of Ukroboronprom Concern, has modernized three attack helicopters Mi-24PU-1 to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The helicopters are ready to be handed to the Land Forces, the concern's press service has reported.
 

South Korea considers procuring 20 more F-35A fighter jets

South Korea considers procuring 20 more F-35A fighter jets
 
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South Korea is considering the option of procuring 20 additional 5th-generation F-35A fighters to enhance its air combat capabilities in the event of a conflict, military officials said Monday Sept. 12, 2016. The idea of purchasing additional stealth fighters was floated by the military amid escalating nuclear threats posed by North Korea.
 

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