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September 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Insitu lands $7.7Mn FMS from Iraq for six ScanEagle UAS

Insitu lands $7.7Mn FMS from Iraq for six ScanEagle UAS
 
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Insitu has been awarded a $7,758,625 contract for the procurement of six ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems for the Iraqi armed forces under the Foreign Military Sales program, the US DoD announced on Sept. 28, 2017.
 

Germany also considering F-15, F/A-18E/F as possible Tornado replacement

Germany also considering F-15, F/A-18E/F as possible Tornado replacement
 
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According to Reuters, Germany required classified data from US military on F-15 and F/A-18E/F fighter jets as it aims to replace its aged fleet of Panavia Tornado IDS/ECR fighter aircraft, the news agency said on Sept. 29, 2017.
 

US Army National Guard orders two AAI RQ-7 Shadow TUAS

US Army National Guard orders two AAI RQ-7 Shadow TUAS
 
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The US-based UAVs manufacturer AAI Corp. has been awarded a $22 million contract two RQ-7 Shadow RPAS in support of the US Army National Guard, the US Department of Defense announced on Sept. 26 on its website.
 

Russian MoD delays purchase of additional Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters

Russian MoD delays purchase of additional Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters
 
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The Russian Ministry of Defense does not yet have money to buy Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters from Russian Helicopters, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said at the Federation Council on September 28, 2017. The Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopter is an Arctic variant of the well-known Mi-8 Hip utility helicopter.
 

L3 Technologies delivers final RC-135W Rivet Joint to RAF

L3 Technologies delivers final RC-135W Rivet Joint to RAF
 
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L3 Technologies announced today that it has successfully delivered the third and final RC-135V/W Rivet Joint (RJ) signals intelligence aircraft to Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF), a milestone marking the completion of the historic U.S. Air Force (USAF) and U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) Airseeker program.
 

J-20 Stealth Fighter Enters PLAAF Service - China MoD

J-20 Stealth Fighter Enters PLAAF Service - China MoD
 
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China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday. The flight tests are being conducted as scheduled, Wu said at a press conference.
 

BAE Systems to develop Bomber Armament Tester under $64mn USAF contract

BAE Systems to develop Bomber Armament Tester under $64mn USAF contract
 
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BAE Systems has been awarded a US$64 million contract for the design, development, manufacture, and sustainment of the Bomber Armament Tester (BAT) System for the US Air Force strategic bomber fleet, the US DoD said on Sept. 27, 2017.
 

US Air Force issues RFI for counter-drone laser weapons

US Air Force issues RFI for counter-drone laser weapons
 
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The US Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office recently released a request for information to industry as part of market research analyses in support of an upcoming experimentation demonstration using directed energy technology to counter unmanned aircraft systems, the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs said on Sept. 26.
 

Russian Tu-95MS bombers launched 12 Kh-101 cruise missiles in massive airstrike against IS

Russian Tu-95MS bombers launched 12 Kh-101 cruise missiles in massive airstrike against IS
 
The Tu-95MS strategic bombers launched Kh-101 air-launched cruise missiles (ALCM) against the objects of the Islamic State and Jabhat an-Nusra terroristic groupings in Syria, according to the head of the Ministry of Defense`s (MoD) Department of Information and Mass Communications Mayor General Igor Konashenkov.
 

Airbus DS reaches milestone with 50th A400M airlifter handover

Airbus DS reaches milestone with 50th A400M airlifter handover
 
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Airbus Defence and Space today reached an important milestone with the delivery of the 50th A400M new generation airlifter to the German Air Force marking a key milestone for an aircraft which is transforming the world of air mobility.
 

China's CH-5 UAV successfully carries out live-fire test

China's CH-5 UAV successfully carries out live-fire test
 
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According to pictures released by the online newspaper People's Daily Online, China’s unmanned aerial vehicle CH-5, or “Caihong (Rainbow) 5,” completed a live-fire exercise earlier this month. The CH-5 is the latest drone developed by the Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics.
 

South Korea successfully tests new DIRCM system for special mission aircraft

South Korea successfully tests new DIRCM system for special mission aircraft
 
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South Korea has successfully tested a counter-missile system for use by military aircraft carrying special forces deep into enemy territory, officials here said Wednesday. The trial of the indigenous directional infrared countermeasures system was conducted in July at the Anheung test site of the state-run Agency for Defense Development.
 

Croatia, Sweden Defence Ministers discussing Gripen fighter jet procurement

Croatia, Sweden Defence Ministers discussing Gripen fighter jet procurement
 
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Croatia's Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic and the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, General Mirko Šundov on 25 September 2017 discussed with the Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist the possibility to equip the country's air force with SAAB JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets, the Croatian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
 

Delair Tech introducing new UX11 advanced SUAS

Delair Tech introducing new UX11 advanced SUAS
 
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DELAIR, a World leader in commercial drones, on Sept. 26 introduced its next-generation professional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for survey-grade photogrammetric mapping, the UX11, at INTERGEO 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
 

Undisclosed African country places $240 mn order for Elbit defense electronic systems

Undisclosed African country places $240 mn order for Elbit defense electronic systems
 
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Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded a contract, in an amount of $240 million, to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an undisclosed country in Africa. This two-year contract involves delivery of counter-measures and other protection systems.
 

Israel grounds Skylark drones fleet after two crashes in West Bank

Israel grounds Skylark drones fleet after two crashes in West Bank
 
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Israel's army said Monday that its Skylark drones fleet was grounded after two Skylarks have fallen down over the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The Skylark unmanned aerial vehicles crashed in territories of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem and the district of Hebron.
 

Patria to support Norway's fleet of Bell 412SP helicopters

Patria to support Norway's fleet of Bell 412SP helicopters
 
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Patria Helicopters AB has won the competition and signed a contract with the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organisation (NDLO) for the maintenance of the Norwegian Armed Forces’ Bell 412 helicopters. The contract is for four years and it includes an option for additional three years. The estimated value of the contract is EUR 7.1 million.
 

Germany & Norway join MMF programme with firm order for five A330 MRTTs

Germany & Norway join MMF programme with firm order for five A330 MRTTs
 
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Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order for five Airbus A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transports from Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes – OCCAR – on behalf of NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA) and funded by Germany and Norway.
 

US Air Force sends B-1B strategic bombers off North Korea's east coast

US Air Force sends B-1B strategic bombers off North Korea's east coast
 
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U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bombers from Guam, along with U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, the U.S. Department of Defense Chief Spokeswoman, Dana W. White, said on Sept. 23, 2017.
 

South Korea plans to buy more indigenous advanced trainer jets

South Korea plans to buy more indigenous advanced trainer jets
 
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South Korea's military has decided to purchase more T-50 advanced trainer jets from a local producer, the nation's arms agency said Monday. The decision was made at the 105th session of the weapons procurement committee, presided over by Defense Minister Song Young-moo, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.
 

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