April 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

French Air Force arrives in Poland with 4 Dassault Rafale Jet Fighter

French Air Force arrives in Poland with 4 Dassault Rafale Jet Fighter
 
The French deployment to Malbork Airbase will free up the same number of Polish Air Force MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighters to deploy to Siauliai Airbase in Lithuania as part of the NATO Baltic air policing mission. The Polish-led mission in Lithuania will be bolstered by four UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons at Siauliai Airbase, and four Royal Danish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons operating out of Amari Airbase in Estonia.
The French deployment to Malbork Airbase will free up the same number of Polish Air Force MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighters to deploy to Siauliai Airbase in Lithuania as part of the NATO Baltic air policing mission. The Polish-led mission in Lithuania will be bolstered by four UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons at Siauliai Airbase, and four Royal Danish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons operating out of Amari Airbase in Estonia.
   

Alenia Aermacchi MC-27J Multi-Mission Tactical Transport Aircraft Completes First Flight

Alenia Aermacchi MC-27J Multi-Mission Tactical Transport Aircraft Completes First Flight
 
Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, in partnership with ATK (NYSE:ATK), announced that the demonstrator of a fully configured MC-27J multi-mission tactical transport aircraft completed its first flight from the company’s Turin Test Flight Centre.
Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, in partnership with ATK (NYSE:ATK), announced that the demonstrator of a fully configured MC-27J multi-mission tactical transport aircraft completed its first flight from the company’s Turin Test Flight Centre.
   

Australia orders 58 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Lightning II

Australia orders 58 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Lightning II
 
Australia will order 58 more F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp for A$12.4 billion ($11.61 billion), Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, a purchase that will raise its air combat power to among the world's most advanced.
Australia will order 58 more F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp for A$12.4 billion ($11.61 billion), Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, a purchase that will raise its air combat power to among the world's most advanced.
   

Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters for Mexico

Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters for Mexico
 
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $680 million.
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $680 million.
   

MBDA wins Queen's award for entreprise with Dual Mode Brimstone

MBDA wins Queen's award for entreprise with Dual Mode Brimstone
 
MBDA in the UK has won a prestigious 2014 Queens Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for developing an extra guidance mode for the Brimstone radar guided anti-armour missile. The converted weapon becomes the Dual Mode Brimstone and is a great British success story of innovation and enterprise. This has been accomplished through a combination of technical advances, cost effectiveness and the re-use of existing Brimstone missiles already in the Royal Air Force (RAF) inventory.
MBDA in the UK has won a prestigious 2014 Queens Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for developing an extra guidance mode for the Brimstone radar guided anti-armour missile. The converted weapon becomes the Dual Mode Brimstone and is a great British success story of innovation and enterprise. This has been accomplished through a combination of technical advances, cost effectiveness and the re-use of existing Brimstone missiles already in the Royal Air Force (RAF) inventory.
   

Airbus Helicopters’ new EC145 T2 is certified: Deliveries rotorcraft to begin in the third quarter

Airbus Helicopters’ new EC145 T2 is certified: Deliveries rotorcraft to begin in the third quarter
 
The newest member of Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 rotorcraft family – the EC145 T2 – has been certified, clearing the way for customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of this year.
The newest member of Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 rotorcraft family – the EC145 T2 – has been certified, clearing the way for customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of this year.
   

Lockheed Martin F-35B STOVL fighter aircraft to make European debut at Fairford Royal Air Tattoo

Lockheed Martin F-35B STOVL fighter aircraft to make European debut at Fairford Royal Air Tattoo
 
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter, makes its much-anticipated European debut. This multi-role combat aircraft, which has never before been seen outside of the US, will display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford between July 11 and 13
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter, makes its much-anticipated European debut. This multi-role combat aircraft, which has never before been seen outside of the US, will display at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford between July 11 and 13
   

Tupolev have completed the design of Russia's PAK-DA next-generation bomber aircraft

Tupolev have completed the design of Russia's PAK-DA next-generation bomber aircraft
 
Tupolev have completed the design of Russia's PAK-DA next-generation bomber aircraft, according to the head of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Mikhail Pogosyan.
Tupolev have completed the design of Russia's PAK-DA next-generation bomber aircraft, according to the head of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Mikhail Pogosyan.
   

Denmark lauches Jet Fighter competition to replace its Lockheed Martin F-16 fleet

Denmark lauches Jet Fighter competition to replace its Lockheed Martin F-16 fleet
 
Four aircraft manufacturers have received a RFI (requests for information) from Denmark to replace its aging fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16. The Four contenders are : Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-35A and Saab with its Gripen E.
Four aircraft manufacturers have received a RFI (requests for information) from Denmark to replace its aging fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16. The Four contenders are : Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-35A and Saab with its Gripen E.
   

Safran will stop the Hammer production if Dassault won't allow integration on foreign aircraft

Safran will stop the Hammer production if Dassault won't allow integration on foreign aircraft
 
Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran's Chief Executive, told (during an informal dinner) to the defence commissions of the Senate and the National Assembly as well as high-ranking army officers and senior industry managers, that unless the firm is allowed to export the Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (AASM) precision guided munition (PGM) independently of the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft, then production of the munition will come to a close.
Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran's Chief Executive, told (during an informal dinner) to the defence commissions of the Senate and the National Assembly as well as high-ranking army officers and senior industry managers, that unless the firm is allowed to export the Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (AASM) precision guided munition (PGM) independently of the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft, then production of the munition will come to a close.
   

Delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range

Delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range
 
The Armament Directorate celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range, or JASSM-ER, missiles to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, recently.
The Armament Directorate celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the first production lot of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range, or JASSM-ER, missiles to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, recently.
   

The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16

The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16
 
The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a ceremony April 3 at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth facility. The fighter aircraft will ferry to Oman later this year.
The Sultanate of Oman accepted the first of its second order of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in a ceremony April 3 at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth facility. The fighter aircraft will ferry to Oman later this year.
   

Turkey accepts delivery of its First Airbus A400M

Turkey accepts delivery of its First Airbus A400M
 
Türk Hava Kuvvetleri thus became the second operator of the new European military transport aircraft after the French Air Force, which has already received two copies of the heavy lifter Airbus A400M.
Türk Hava Kuvvetleri thus became the second operator of the new European military transport aircraft after the French Air Force, which has already received two copies of the heavy lifter Airbus A400M.
   

Sikorsky MH-60 Seahawk can fire Rockets says US Navy

Sikorsky MH-60 Seahawk can fire Rockets says US Navy
 
A modernized rocket launcher will soon enable MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to carry and deploy a variety of weapons for the first time. As part of an Early Operational Capability (EOC), the Navy delivered the new system, called the Digital Rocket Launcher, to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 in March for pre-deployment training.
A modernized rocket launcher will soon enable MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to carry and deploy a variety of weapons for the first time. As part of an Early Operational Capability (EOC), the Navy delivered the new system, called the Digital Rocket Launcher, to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 in March for pre-deployment training.
   

Lithuania deploys 2 Alenia/LM C-27J Spartan in Central African Republic

Lithuania deploys 2 Alenia/LM C-27J Spartan in Central African Republic
 
Ten crew members with a C-27 J Spartan transport aircraft from the Lithuania Air Force are formally deployed to the French-led mission in the Central African Republic on Wednesday, said the Ministry of National Defense of Lithuania.
According to Xinhua, Ten crew members with a C-27 J Spartan transport aircraft from the Lithuania Air Force are formally deployed to the French-led mission in the Central African Republic on Wednesday, said the Ministry of National Defense of Lithuania.
   

Puma Mark 2 trials hosted by Vector Aerospace UK

Puma Mark 2 trials hosted by Vector Aerospace UK
 
Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently supported the characterisation trials of the Radar Warning Receiver on the Puma Mk 2 at its Fleetlands site in Gosport, Hampshire.
Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently supported the characterisation trials of the Radar Warning Receiver on the Puma Mk 2 at its Fleetlands site in Gosport, Hampshire.
   

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