August 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Russia to supply India with Beriev A-50 AEW aircraft

Russia to supply India with Beriev A-50 AEW aircraft
 
Russia and India plan on signing a contract to supply India with A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, Beriev Aircraft Company General Director-General Designer Igor Garivadsky told journalists Tuesday, 26 August.
Russia and India plan on signing a contract to supply India with A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, Beriev Aircraft Company General Director-General Designer Igor Garivadsky told journalists Tuesday, 26 August.
 

Northrop Grumman's CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman's CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.
 

U.S. Air Force still wants to retire A-10s "Warthog" fleet

U.S. Air Force still wants to retire A-10"Warthogs" fleet
 
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Air Force plans to revive its controversial push to retire the A-10 jet in the face of fierce opposition from lawmakers. Congress is set to reject the existing Air Force plan to save $3.5 billion by retiring the fleet of A-10 "Warthogs," which were used extensively to provide air support to ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Air Force plans to revive its controversial push to retire the A-10 jet in the face of fierce opposition from lawmakers. Congress is set to reject the existing Air Force plan to save $3.5 billion by retiring the fleet of A-10 "Warthogs," which were used extensively to provide air support to ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 

Airbus A400M successfully demonstrates tanker capability

Airbus A400M successfully demonstrates tanker capability
 
The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has performed successfully air-to-air refuelling tests with a F/A-18 Hornet fighter. The tanker test campaign was developed in five flights in which the A400M performed 33 dry contacts and dispensed 18.6 tonnes of fuel to an F/A-18 Hornet in 35 wet contacts.
The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has performed successfully air-to-air refuelling tests with a F/A-18 Hornet fighter. The tanker test campaign was developed in five flights in which the A400M performed 33 dry contacts and dispensed 18.6 tonnes of fuel to an F/A-18 Hornet in 35 wet contacts.
 

Russia and India started joint air exercise "Avia Indra-2014"

Russia and India started joint air exercise "Avia Indra-2014"
 
India and Russia started on Monday, August 25, their first joint air exercise in Russia to boost cooperation between their air forces, said the Indian Air Force ( IAF). "Ex Avia Indra-2014 commenced today at Astrakhan region, near the Caspian Sea in Russia. The exercises will continue for 10 days and would be concluded on Sept. 5," an IAF release said.
India and Russia started on Monday, August 25, their first joint air exercise in Russia to boost cooperation between their air forces, said the Indian Air Force ( IAF). "Ex Avia Indra-2014 commenced today at Astrakhan region, near the Caspian Sea in Russia. The exercises will continue for 10 days and would be concluded on Sept. 5," an IAF release said.
 

U.S. Air Force tests Raytheon's upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile

U.S. Air Force tests Raytheon's upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
 
Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force successfully flight tested an upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The HARM Control Section Modification (HCSM) is more precise and accurate, which reduces potential collateral damage.
Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force successfully flight tested an upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The HARM Control Section Modification (HCSM) is more precise and accurate, which reduces potential collateral damage.
 

F-35 Flight Test Program Milestones Maturing Combat Capabilities

F-35 Flight Test Program Milestones Maturing Combat Capabilities
 
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity.
 

Agreement in the future Belgian government to replace the Air Component's F-16s

Agreement in the future Belgian government to replace the Air Component's F-16s
 
According to De Standaard, the negotiators of the next Belgian government agreed this weekend on replacing the Belgian Air Component's F-16 multirole fighter aircrafts. As stated earlier this summer by the Belgian Ministry of Defence, the replacement of the F-16s should be completed in 2023 and concerns the entire fleet of jet fighters.
According to De Standaard, the negotiators of the next Belgian government agreed this weekend on replacing the Belgian Air Component's F-16 multirole fighter aircrafts. As stated earlier this summer by the Belgian Ministry of Defence, the replacement of the F-16s should be completed in 2023 and concerns the entire fleet of jet fighters.
 

Embraer prepares first flight for the KC-390 military transport aircraft

Embraer prepares first flight for the KC-390 military transport aircraft
 
Embraer participate in Campo Grande at the first week of the military training Transportex 2014, culminating on August 26 with the participation of fifteen squadrons of the Brasilian Air Force (FAB). The goal is to perfect the new airlifter of the FAB, the KC-390.
Embraer participates in Campo Grande at the first week of the military training Transportex 2014, culminating on August 26 with the participation of fifteen squadrons of the Brasilian Air Force (FAB). The goal is to perfect the new airlifter of the FAB, the KC-390.
 

Successful completion of live fire qualifications for MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter 2308141

Successful completion of live fire qualifications for MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter
 
MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) announced the successful completion of Live Fire Qualification Exercises at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, for its new MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter. The MD 530G was configured with the Moog Stores Management System (SMS), the Mace Aviation Extended Range Weapons Wing, FN Herstal Machine Gun Pods and Rocket Machine Pods, Dillon Aero M134D-H Mini-Gun, the L-3 Wescam MX-10D, and M260 rocket pod.
MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) announced the successful completion of Live Fire Qualification Exercises at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, for its new MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter. The MD 530G was configured with the Moog Stores Management System (SMS), the Mace Aviation Extended Range Weapons Wing, FN Herstal Machine Gun Pods and Rocket Machine Pods, Dillon Aero M134D-H Mini-Gun, the L-3 Wescam MX-10D, and M260 rocket pod.
 

Australia is considering the acquisition of more C-17s and KC-30 tankers

Australia is considering the acquisition of more C-17s and KC-30 tankers
 
Australian defence minister Senator David Johnston has hinted that his government is considering acquiring additional Airbus Defence & Space KC-30/A330 multirole tanker transports (MRTTs) and Boeing C-17 strategic transports as part of a Defence White Paper currently in development, according to a statement from Flightglobal.
Australian defence minister Senator David Johnston has hinted that his government is considering acquiring additional Airbus Defence & Space KC-30/A330 multirole tanker transports (MRTTs) and Boeing C-17 strategic transports as part of a Defence White Paper currently in development, according to a statement from Flightglobal.
 

The first South African-made military aircraft "AHRLAC" takes to the skies

The first South African-made military aircraft "AHRLAC" takes to the skies
 
Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned defence and aerospace company, reached a momentous occasion today with the first public flight of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), at the Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria. AHRLAC is the first military fixed wing aircraft to be fully designed, tested and developed in Africa.
Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned defence and aerospace company, reached a momentous occasion today with the first public flight of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), at the Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria. AHRLAC is the first military fixed wing aircraft to be fully designed, tested and developed in Africa.
 

Boeing-Sikorsky team and Bell selected for U.S. helicopter program

Boeing-Sikorsky team and Bell selected for U.S. helicopter program
 
A team of Boeing Co and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter have been selected to build prototypes of a multi-role vertical-lift aircraft as part of the U.S. Army's plan to replace thousands of helicopters.
A team of Boeing Co and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter have been selected to build prototypes of a multi-role vertical-lift aircraft as part of the U.S. Army's plan to replace thousands of helicopters.
 

The first Russian Arctic helicopter Mi-8AMTSh to be built in Ulan-Ude

The first Russian Arctic helicopter Mi-8AMTSh to be built in Ulan-Ude
 
Testing of the first Russian Arctic helicopter, the Mi-8AMTSh, will begin this winter. Currently the developmental prototype is being built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, Aleksey Putintsev, Head of Public Procurements of Russian Helicopters, reported today, Ausgust, 12.
Testing of the first Russian Arctic helicopter, the Mi-8AMTSh, will begin this winter. Currently the developmental prototype is being built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, Aleksey Putintsev, Head of Public Procurements of Russian Helicopters, reported today, August, 12.
 

Russian Helicopters to share experience of operating Ka-32A11BC and Mi-171A1 in Latin America

Russian Helicopters to share experience of operating Ka-32A11BC and Mi-171A1 in Latin America
 
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase new and innovative models of helicopters at the Latin American exhibition and business aviation conference LABACE 2014 (Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition), to be held from 12-14 August in São Paulo, Brazil.
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase new and innovative models of helicopters at the Latin American exhibition and business aviation conference LABACE 2014 (Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition), to be held from 12-14 August in São Paulo, Brazil.
 

U.S. May Boost Military Presence in Northern Australia

U.S. May Boost Military Presence in Northern Australia
 
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is considering rotating more fighter jets and bombers through northern Australia as part of steps to deepen its defense ties with Asia-Pacific allies. The plan is for more aircraft rotations at an Australian military air base near Darwin.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is considering rotating more fighter jets and bombers through northern Australia as part of steps to deepen its defense ties with Asia-Pacific allies. The plan is for more aircraft rotations at an Australian military air base near Darwin.
 

Russia to deploy fifth-generation fighter aircraft PAK FA in 2016

Russia to deploy fifth-generation fighter aircraft PAK FA in 2016
 
In 2016, the Russian military will start deploying the Russian fifth-generation fighter jet Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA, chief of the Russian Air Forces said. Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev gave an outline of his branch's modernization plans, including the build-up of Arctic infrastructure, in a radio interview with the Russian News Service station on Sunday, August 10.
In 2016, the Russian military will start deploying the Russian fifth-generation fighter jet Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA, chief of the Russian Air Forces said. Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev gave an outline of his branch's modernization plans, including the build-up of Arctic infrastructure, in a radio interview with the Russian News Service station on Sunday, August 10.
 

First phase of Storm Shadow integration tests on Eurofighter Typhoon completed

First phase of Storm Shadow integration tests on Eurofighter Typhoon completed
 
Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi has confirmed that the first phase of tests for the integration of the Storm Shadow long-range missile onto the Eurofighter Typhoon has been completed.
Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi has confirmed that the first phase of tests for the integration of the Storm Shadow long-range missile onto the Eurofighter Typhoon has been completed.
 

Boeing Awarded $250 Million Contract to Modernize NATO AWACS Fleet

Boeing Awarded $250 Million Contract to Modernize NATO AWACS Fleet
 
Boeing has received a contract from NATO worth approximately $250 million to install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 707 commercial airplane. The new technology ensures compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements, giving the aircraft broader access to airspace around the world.
Boeing has received a contract from NATO worth approximately $250 million to install digital flight decks and avionics on 13 of the alliance’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 707 commercial airplane. The new technology ensures compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements, giving the aircraft broader access to airspace around the world.
 

Two C-130J Super Hercules successfully employed air-to-air tactics against jet fighters

Two C-130J Super Hercules successfully employed air-to-air tactics against jet fighters
 
Two 317th Airlift Group C-130J Super Hercules successfully employed air-to-air tactics against an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise July 23, en route to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.
Two 317th Airlift Group C-130J Super Hercules successfully employed air-to-air tactics against an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise July 23, en route to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.
 

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