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December 2017 - Military Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Industry News
 

Lockheed lands $33M RoKAF Peace Krypton support contract

Lockheed lands $33M RoKAF Peace Krypton support contract
 
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Lockheed Martin has been awarded a not-to-exceed $33,6M contract for support of the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) Peace Krypton surveillance aircraft, the US Department of Defense said on December 29, 2017.
 

China's homegrown AG600 amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

China's homegrown AG600 amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight
 
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China's first home-grown large amphibious aircraft AG600 makes a smooth landing after its maiden flight in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Dec. 24, 2017. At 9:39 a.m., the amphibious aircraft AG600, code named "Kunlong," soared into the sky from the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in the city of Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province.
 

Japan becomes first export customer for Boeing KC-46 tanker aircraft

Japan becomes first export customer for Boeing KC-46 tanker aircraft
 
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Through the Foreign Military Sale process, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $279 million contract for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) first KC-46 tanker and logistics support, marking the aircraft’s first international sale, the US aircraft maker said on December 22, 2017.
 

JPATS Logistics Services lands $2.2Bn order for US T-6 Texan II trainers support

JPATS Logistics Services lands $2.2Bn order for US T-6 Texan II trainers support
 
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JPATS Logistics Services LLC, , has been awarded a $2,2Bn 5-year IDIQ contract for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System T-6 contractor operated and maintained base supply (COMBS) services, the US Department of Defense stated on December 20, 2017.
 

F-35 test pilots complete Weapons Delivery Accuracy flight trials

F-35 test pilots complete Weapons Delivery Accuracy flight trials
 
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Testers from the 461st Flight Test Squadron and F-35 Integrated Test Force completed a major test milestone bringing the F-35 Lightning II’s full combat capabilities closer to the battlefield, said the US Air Force 412th Test Wing Public Affairs on December 20, 2017.
 

Russia's Saratov training base inducts final batch of five Ansat-U training choppers

Russia's Saratov training base inducts final batch of five Ansat-U training choppers
 
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The Saratov training base received five new Ansat-U helicopters, the Russian Defense Ministry said. "The final batch of new training Ansat-U helicopters arrived at the training air base of the Zhukovsky and Gagarin Air Force Academy in Saratov region. Crews of the Syzran affiliate of the academy flew the helicopters from the producer enterprise to the deployment airfield," it said.
 

French Air Force about to receive first C-130J-30 airlifter

French Air Force about to receive first C-130J-30 airlifter
 
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According to the well-informed Defens'Aero website, the first of four C-130J Super Hercules airlifters ordered by France will land today at the BA 123 d'Orléans-Bricy Air Base. The aircraft, a Lockheed Martin C-130J-30, will be operated by the 2/61 «Franche-Comté» air transport unit based at the BA 105 Evreux AB.
 

Embraer's KC-390 airlifter achieves IOC

Embraer's KC-390 airlifter achieves IOC
 
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The new Embraer KC-390 military transport and aerial refueling aircraft completed a relevant milestone today, with Embraer demonstrating to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) the attainment of the Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the Brazilian company said on December 20, 2017.
 

Lockheed secures $961M USAF contract for Sniper pod upgrade and support

Lockheed secures $961M USAF contract for Sniper pod upgrade and support
 
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The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to provide sustainment and upgrades for its fleet of 683 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP). Valued at up to $961 million, the five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract allows the Air Force to place orders for logistics, spares, software and sensor enhancements, among other activities.
 

Russian MoD orders initial batch of Mi-28NM attack helicopters

Russian MoD orders initial batch of Mi-28NM attack helicopters
 
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The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract with Russian Helicopters holding company to build an initial lot of new Mi-28NM helicopters. Under the terms of the contracts the first machines will be built before the end of 2018. This has been announced by the newspaper "Krasnaya Zvezda" (Red Star).
 

Poland requests $200M FMS for F-16 fighter jet follow-on support

Poland requests $200M FMS for F-16 fighter jet follow-on support
 
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The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for follow-on support and sustainment services for its F-16 fleet for an estimated cost of $200 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on December 19, 2017.
 

Three Pilatus PC-12NGs for the Irish Air Corps

Three Pilatus PC-12NGs for the Irish Air Corps
 
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The Irish Defense Minister Paul Kehoe yesterday signed the contract for the delivery of three Pilatus Aircraft PC12NG aircraft to provide an adaptable platform to meet the current and future utility needs of the Irish Defence Forces, including Medevac, ISR, and Logistic Support tasks, the Irish Air Corps said on Twitter.
 

Lockheed Martin lands Gray Wolf cruise missile demonstration effort contract

Lockheed Martin lands Gray Wolf cruise missile demonstration effort contract
 
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The US-based defense giant Lockheed Martin has secured an $110 million IDIQ contract for the Gray Wolf sub-sonic missile science and technology demonstration effort, the US Department of Defense stated on December 18, 2017.
 

Elbit to provide NATO MMF fleet with DIRCM self-protection systems

Elbit to provide NATO MMF fleet with DIRCM self-protection systems
 
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Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded a follow-on $46 million contract to supply additional J-Music DIRCM (Direct Infrared Countermeasures) self-protection systems to NATO, for its Airbus A330 Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet ("MMF") Program. The contract will be performed over a four-year period.
 

Saudi Arabia places $302M order for AGM-154C JSOW missiles

Saudi Arabia places $302M order for AGM-154C JSOW missiles
 
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Raytheon has been awarded a not-to-exceed $302 million contract for the procurement of 618 AGM-154C Block III Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) air-to-ground missiles for the government of Saudi Arabia, under the Foreign Military Sales program, the US Defense Department said on December 12, 2017.
 

Bell Helicopter's V-280 tiltrotor aircraft is airborne

Bell Helicopter's V-280 tiltrotor aircraft is airborne
 
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Bell Helicopter yesterday announced that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. This milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter one step closer to creating the next generation of vertical lift aircraft for the U.S. military.
 

Brahmos program moves to Su-30MKI fleet-wide integration phase

Brahmos program moves to Su-30MKI fleet-wide integration phase
 
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Indian defense officials have started work to integrate the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft, state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said Monday. According to officials, the fleet of 40 Sukhoi jets will undergo structural modifications at the state-run aerospace Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for integration of the missile on them.
 

GKN wins $8M contract for SAAF Gripen RM12 engine support

GKN wins $8M contract for SAAF Gripen RM12 engine support
 
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GKN Aerospace has signed a three year contract extension worth over USD 8 M (Initial order value ZAR 89M), covering the technical product support, maintenance and parts supply for the Gripen RM12 Engines of the South African Air Force. The contract covers the period November 2017 to October 2020.
 

Saab lands $47 mn order for new Gripen E equipment

Saab lands $47 mn order for new Gripen E equipment
 
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The Swedish defence and security company Saab received a contract from the Swedish Defence and Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract, and is valued to approximately SEK 400 million (USD47 million), the company said today.
 

Indian Air Force phases out last Mi-8 PRATAP helicopters

Indian Air Force phases out last Mi-8 PRATAP helicopters
 
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The Indian Air Force's last Mi-8 "PRATAP" has been phased out yesterday, the IAF said in an official statement. The IAF 112 Helicopter Unit based in Yehalanka air force station was the last unit to operate the platform.
 

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