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December 2017 - Military Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Industry News
 

US to provide Lebanon with six MD 530G light attack choppers

US to provide Lebanon with six MD 530G light attack choppers
 
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The United States yesterday announced plan to donate new MD 530G light attack helicopters to Lebanon, the US Embassy in Beirut released. "With General Votel, we discussed with the Prime Minister and earlier today with the Army Commander, three new U.S. Department of Defense programs that we are announcing today," declared US Ambassador in Lebanon Elizabeth Richard and Commander of the U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel on December 13, 2017.
 

Boeing wins order for RNLAF CH-47 Chinook upgrade

Boeing wins order for RNLAF CH-47 Chinook upgrade
 
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Boeing and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence today signed an agreement that will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for their entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks. Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks are planned to begin in 2021.
 

Russian Western Military District receives two An-148-100E jet airliners

Russian Western Military District receives two An-148-100E jet airliners
 
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Two An-148-100E jet airliners flew from the factory in Voronezh to the airfield of the separate combined air regiment of the Western Military District deployed in Leningrad region and covered over 1200 kilometers, district spokesman Colonel Igor Muginov said.
 

Aurora's AEH-1 autonomous helicopter successfully demonstrated to ONR

Aurora's AEH-1 autonomous helicopter successfully demonstrated to ONR
 
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Aurora Flight Sciences conducted a successful demonstration of the company's autonomous helicopter system developed under the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program. Held at Marine Corps Base Quantico's Urban Training Center, the AACUS-Enabled UH-1H (AEH-1) conducted multiple flights, showcasing its ability to autonomously execute re-supply missions in relevant and austere settings.
 

LA County Fire Department receives two S-70i Firehawk helicopters

LA County Fire Department receives two S-70i Firehawk helicopters
 
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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, delivered two S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to the County of Los Angeles at a ceremony in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will be customized to a Firehawk configuration to meet L.A. County Fire Department's specifications and further protect lives and property 24/7.
 

BAE Systems achieves first phase of flight trials with MAGMA UAV

BAE Systems achieves first phase of flight trials with MAGMA UAV
 
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Together with The University of Manchester, BAE Systems has successfully completed the first phase of flight trials with MAGMA – a small scale unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which will use a unique blown-air system to manoeuvre the aircraft - paving the way for future stealthier aircraft designs.
 

Raytheon completes Lot 1 production of Small Diameter Bomb II

Raytheon completes Lot 1 production of Small Diameter Bomb II
 
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Raytheon Company has completed Lot 1 production of the Small Diameter Bomb II, a new weapon that will give fighter pilots the ability to destroy moving targets at any time and in all-weather conditions. The U.S. Air Force has also contracted with Raytheon to produce Lots 2 and 3.
 

South Korea's AH-64E Apache unit completes 1st-ever Stinger missile drill

South Korea's AH-64E Apache unit completes 1st-ever Stinger missile drill
 
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Two AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters of South Korea each fired a Stinger air-to-air guided missile at a target drone 2.5 kilometers away, the Republi of Korea Army (RoKA) said Wednesday. It was the first live-fire Stinger missile drill by the country's newborn Apache unit, conducted at the Daecheon range off the west coast of the peninsula earlier in the day.
 

Canada confirms Australian F/A-18s purchase, launches new tender

Canada confirms Australian F/A-18s purchase, launches new tender
 
Canada confirms Australian F A 18s purchase launches new tender 640 001 Canada recently announced its decision to purchase Australian F-18 aircraft to supplement the current fleet of fighter aircraft. These aircraft are of similar age and design to Canada’s CF-18 fleet and can be integrated quickly with minimal modifications, training and infrastructure changes, the Canadian goverment said on December 12, 2017.
 

Denel concludes sale of 12 Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International

Denel concludes sale of 12 Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International
 
Denel concludes sale of 12 Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International 640 001 Denel has concluded an agreement for the sale of 12 South African-designed Cheetah fighter jets to the US-based Draken International. The contract includes return to service and flight acceptance tests in South Africa and aircraft delivery to the United States of America. In addition, Denel is also pursuing post-delivery logistics support for the duration of aircraft operations.
 

Kuwait's Typhoon fighter jets production started

Kuwait's Typhoon fighter jets production started
 
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Production started for the Typhoon fighter jets for the State of Kuwait, Eurofighter GmbH said on December 12, 2017. With the innovative Captor-E E-Scan radar and several new additions to the weapon system, the aircraft will put the Kuwait Air Force at the front-line of the fighter technology when the aircraft enters into service.
 

New Su-30SM squadron formed in Russia's Western Military District

New Su-30SM squadron formed in Russia's Western Military District
 
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The first squadron fully armed with Su-30SM jets was created in Kursk. Another unit with the new-generation aircraft will appear next year, the Western Military District said. "A wing of Su-30SM completed redeployment to the air regiment of the Western Military District deployed in Kursk region to arm the first combat squadron," it said.
 

Y-9 airlifter now "ready for combat missions" says PLAAF

Y-9 airlifter now "ready for combat missions" says PLAAF
 
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The domestic-made medium-sized military transport aircraft Yun-9 is ready for combat mission, which will boost China's effort in safeguarding maritime rights, military experts said on Sunday after the aircraft completed exercises in the South China Sea.
 

Argentine Air Force inducts new Bell 412EP utility helicopters

Argentine Air Force inducts new Bell 412EP utility helicopters
 
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The Argentine Air Force (FAA) yesterday took delivery of four new Bell 412EP utility helicopters, the US-based rotorcraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter said on Twitter. The Government of Argentina will use these aircraft for search-and-rescue operations; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; peacekeeping support; scientific operations in the Antarctic; and other missions.
 

TsAGI continues light convertible aircraft development work

TsAGI continues light convertible aircraft development work
 
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Russia’s Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) has tested the model of a light convertible aircraft with the running propellers, the institute’s press office said on December 6. The test was carried out in a low-speed wind tunnel under a state contract signed with the Industry and Trade Ministry, the press office added.
 

Italy orders eight more AW139s for SAR and security operations

Italy orders eight more AW139s for SAR and security operations
 
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Leonardo announced today further orders for its AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately 112 million euro, the Italian defense company said on December 11, 2017.
 

Canada set to launch new plan for fighter jets acquisition

Canada set to launch new plan for fighter jets acquisition
 
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The Canadian government is expected to announce this week that it will both purchase Australia's used F/A-18 Classic Hornets and unveil its plan to acquire a permanent fleet of fighter jets. It is believed that the government will unveil a purchase plan in the coming days to replace the military's aging fleet of 77 CF-18 Hornets in early 2019.
 

Doha officially signs $6.7bn contract for 24 Typhoon fighter jets

Doha officially signs $6.7bn contract for 24 Typhoon fighter jets
 
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BAE Systems and the Government of the State of Qatar have entered into a contract, valued at approximately £5bn (US$8bn), for the supply of Typhoon aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force along with a bespoke support and training package, the British company said on December 10, 2017.
 

Elbit Systems to upgrade IAF C-130H/J training center

Elbit Systems to upgrade IAF C-130H/J training center
 
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Elbit Systems Ltd. announced on December 6, 2017, that it was selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to provide and operate flight simulators for the upgraded C-130H and C-130J transport aircraft of the Israeli Air Force (IAF).
 

Russia' Su-57 fighter jet makes maiden flight with new engine

Russia' Su-57 fighter jet makes maiden flight with new engine
 
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Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57/T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet has performed its first flight with a second-phase engine at the Gromov Flight Research Institute in the Moscow Region, the press office of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said.
 

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