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June 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Airbus Helicopters orders Saab's IDAS self-protection systems for H225M Caracal helicopter

Airbus Helicopters orders Saab's IDAS self-protection systems for H225M Caracal helicopter
 
Saab has received a contract from Airbus Helicopters for the IDAS integrated electronic warfare self-protection systems for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters, the Sweden-based defense and security company announced on June 22.
 

Patria took delivery of first two Diamond DA40 NG training aircraft

Patria took delivery of first two Diamond DA40 NG training aircraft
 
Patria received its first two Diamond DA40 NG training aircraft in June related to the purchase made in January. Patria purchased five training aircraft and two flight training devices from the Austrian manufacturer Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, the company announced on June 22nd.
 

Varley Ground to develop new portable ground facilities for USAF F-35 program

Varley Ground to develop new portable ground facilities for USAF F-35 program
 
US-based Varley USA, announced its parent company, Varley Group, is partnering with Lockheed Martin to design and develop secure, portable ground facilities for US Air Force personnel deployed overseas with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The award, worth $37.5 million dollars will run through 2019.
 

Rostec, AVIC may sign Advanced Heavy Lifter development contract by year-end

Rostec, AVIC may sign Advanced Heavy Lifter development contract by year-end
 
Rostec may sign the contract with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL), a heavy-lift helicopter to be developed jointly by Russia and China, before the end of this year. This was announced by Victor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy of Rostec, at the Fourth China-Russia Expo in Harbin (China).
 

Belgium approves 6-month extension of Operation Desert Falcon

Belgium approves 6-month extension of Operation Desert Falcon
 
The Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announced yesterday a 6-month extension of the operation Desert Falcon (ODF), in which six Belgian Air Force’s F-16AM multirole fighter jets are currently supporting the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from Jordan’s Azraq Airbase.
 

Raytheon lands $83 mn order for AIM-9X Block II missile production

Raytheon lands $83 mn order for AIM-9X Block II missile production
 
Raytheon is being awarded $82,818,665 for procurement of 180 AIM-9X Block II full-rate production short-range air-to-air missiles, the US Department of Defense announced on June 14. Raytheon will provide 52 missiles to the US Air Force and eight for the US Navy. The contract also involves deliveries to the the governments of Poland (93); Indonesia (14); Romania (10); and Belgium (3).
 

Saab's new Gripen E fighter jet achieved maiden flight

Saab's new Gripen E fighter jet achieved maiden flight
 
Saab's latest variant of the JAS 39 Gripen fighter jet took to the skies today, the Swedish planemaker announced on June 15 on Twitter. The Gripen E test aircraft maiden flight took place at Saab’s facilities in Linköping.
 

KRET details Tu-160M2 strategic bomber's future improvements

KRET details Tu-160M2 strategic bomber's future improvements
 
Work to develop a defensive aids suite for the Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bomber has begun, Vladimir Mikheyev, adviser to the first deputy CEO at Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET), told TASS.
 

Qatar inks $12 bn deal with Boeing for F-15QA fighter jets

Qatar inks $12 bn deal with Boeing for F-15QA fighter jets
 
Qatar's Minister of Defense Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah announced yesterday the signing of the letter of offer and acceptance for the purchase of as many as 36 F-15QA fighter jets, with an initial cost of 12 billion dollars.
 

Textron picked for USSOCOM Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems III program

Textron picked for USSOCOM Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems III program
 
Textron Systems Unmanned Systems announced yesterday that it has been named as one of two companies selected to compete for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS) III task orders from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Textron Systems is eligible to compete for opportunities to provide contractor-owned, contractor-operated operations using the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS).
 

Bittium to supply Finnish Air Force with TAC WIN communication systems

Bittium to supply Finnish Air Force with TAC WIN communication systems
 
Bittium has received a purchase order for supplying the Finnish Air Force with Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system. The order is part of the modernization of the radio network performance of the Air Force’s bases with a Software-Defined Radio based IP radio system.
 

Portugal launches negotiations with Embraer for five KC-390 military airlifters

Portugal launches negotiations with Embraer for five KC-390 military airlifters
 
The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved on June 8 a resolution launching negotiations with the Brazilian planemaker Embraer for the acquisition of five KC-390 airlifters, with option for one more, and one flight simulator.
 

Bangladesh signs deal for five more Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters

Bangladesh signs deal for five more Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters
 
According to the local online newspaper Bdnews24, the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) today signed a contract with the Russian Joint Stock Company Rosoboronexport for the delivery of five Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters.
 

Leonardo opens AW101 Training Center in Norway

Leonardo opens AW101 Training Center in Norway
 
Leonardo announced yesterday the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will also be available to other AW101 customers.
 

KRET reportedly testing new defensive aids system for Russian cruise missiles

KRET reportedly testing new defensive aids system for Russian cruise missiles
 
The Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET), part of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation, has developed and tested defensive aids suites for various cruise missiles, Vladimir Mikheyev, adviser to KRET’s first deputy CEO, told TASS.
 

Pictures of Myanmar's first JF-17 Thunder fighter jet appear

Pictures of Myanmar's first JF-17 Thunder fighter jet appear
 
Pictures of the first JF-17 Thunder single-engine multi-role fighter jet produced for the Myanmar Air Force has appeared online, being prepared for carrying out flight testing. Myanmar has ordered a fleet of CAC/PAC jointly designed fighter jets in 2015.
 

Lockheed Martin wins $108 mn contract for ARTS-V2 simulation system development

Lockheed Martin wins $108 mn contract for ARTS-V2 simulation system development
 
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$108 million contract for Advanced Radar Threat System Variant 2 (ARTS-V2) system simulator development, test and production, the US Department of Defense announced on June 13.
 

BAE Systems lands $180 mn follow-on contract for APKWS laser-guided rockets

BAE Systems lands $180 mn follow-on contract for APKWS laser-guided rockets
 
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $180.5 million contract to continue producing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets to meet the growing U.S. and international demand for the systems, BAE Systems announced on June 12.
 

CETC successfully launches record-breaking drone swarm

CETC successfully launches record-breaking drone swarm
 
China has launched a swarm of 119 fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), breaking the previous record of a swarm of 67 drones, according to the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC). The 119 drones performed catapult-assisted take-offs and formations in the sky, the Xinhua news agency said on June 11.
 

IAI to fit Israel Air Force combat aircraft with EHUD ACMI systems

IAI to fit Israel Air Force combat aircraft with EHUD ACMI systems
 
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will provide EHUD, ACMI system to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to be used by the corps' training between combat aircraft and the Lavi training airplanes. The IAF has ordered the air combat maneuvering instrumentation (ACMI) systems from IAI's MALAM division.
 

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