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September 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Boeing wins $600mn USAF order to start designing next Air Force One

Boeing wins $600mn USAF order to start designing next Air Force One
 
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The US Air Force awarded a contract modification for just under $600 million to Boeing on Sept. 12, 2017, for preliminary design efforts for the next presidential aircraft, the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs announced yesterday.
 

DSEi 2017: Saab Gripen Agressor concept makes world premiere in London

DSEi 2017: Saab Gripen Agressor concept makes world premiere in London
 
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The Swedish defense company Saab presented a new variant of Gripen, Gripen Aggressor yesterday at DSEi 2017 exhibition in London. Gripen Aggressor is based on the proven Gripen C-series and is the ultimate platform for the adversary air combat training market. Gripen Aggressor brings a unique mix of high performance, mission flexibility and availability combined with a low life cycle cost.
 

DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin unveils the Outrider canister launched UAS

DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin unveils the Outrider canister launched UAS
 
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Lockheed Martin unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the DSEi 2017 exhibition. OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials.
 

US oks $5.23bn FMS from Canada for 18 F/A-18E/F fighter jets

US oks $5.23bn FMS from Canada for 18 F/A-18E/F fighter jets
 
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The US State Department yesterday approved a $5.23bn Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada for 18 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on its website.
 

Rockwell Collins starts upgrading French C-130Hs with Flight2 avionics system

Rockwell Collins starts upgrading French C-130Hs with Flight2 avionics system
 
One year after the French Defense Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l'Armement) selected Rockwell Collins to modernize 14 French Air Force C-130H Hercules military transport aircraft, the company has completed its first Flight2 avionics system integration for the program in Toulouse.
 

Kongsberg launches new "Defense & Aerospace" business area

Kongsberg launches new "Defense & Aerospace" business area
 
To strengthen Kongsberg’s competitive edge in the defence market, the Group merges its two defence areas. The new business area, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, will further strengthen its position in a growing defence market.
 

US oks $3.8bn deal to Bahrain for F-16Vs and Block 40 upgrade

US oks $3.8bn deal to Bahrain for F-16Vs and Block 40 upgrade
 
The US State Department on Sept. 8 approved two separate Foreign Military Sales to the Government of Bahrain for 19 F-16V fighter jets and for upgrade of 20 F-16 Block 40 aircraft to F-16V configuration. The estimated cost for the two sales is $3.8bn, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on its website.
 

Airbus H145M makes maiden flight with HForce weapon system

Airbus H145M makes maiden flight with HForce weapon system
 
At the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth. Thanks to this modular weapon system designed by Airbus, the H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets. The qualification of HForce for use on the H145M is planned for 2018.
 

French Air Force's first A330 MRTT Phénix took to the skies

French Air Force's first A330 MRTT Phénix took to the skies
 
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Airbus Defence and Space on Thursday Sept. 7 successfully completed the maiden flight of the first A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport for France. The aircraft, which will be known in French service as Phénix, is the first of nine ordered by the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA, plus another three expected to be confirmed.
 

ACCAp program: Belgium to review French proposed partnership legality

ACCAp program: Belgium to review French proposed partnership legality
 
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The Belgian Defense Minister Steven Vandeput today confirmer that France did not formally respond to the Request for Government Proposal for the Belgian Air Force's ACCAp program, which aims to replace the country's ageing fleet of 54 F-16 fighter jets.
 

Russia's EMD transport regiment receives new Mi-8MTV-5-1 helicopters

Russia's EMD transport regiment receives new Mi-8MTV-5-1 helicopters
 
The Eastern Military District’s transport aircraft regiment based in the Khabarovsk Territory in Russia’s Far East has accepted a batch of advanced Mil Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport helicopters, the district’s press office said.
 

GA-ASI's Team Reaper Australia welcomes new partners

GA-ASI's Team Reaper Australia welcomes new partners
 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) today announced the expansion of its Team Reaper Australia. The team offers the only viable solution to meet the Project AIR 7003 requirement and now consists of nine Australian companies providing a range of innovative sensor, communication, manufacturing, and life-cycle support capabilities.
 

Things come in threes: Dassault may not bid for Belgian F-16s replacement program

Things come in threes: Dassault might not bid for Belgian F-16s replacement program
 
According the Belgian newspaper La Libre Belgique, Dassault Aviation would give up bidding for the Belgian Air Force's ACCAp program, which intends to replace its ageing fleet of F-16 fighter jets. It appears that the suspense will remain complete, as the RFGP must be sent for today midnight.
 

Belgian Air Force F-16s intercept Russian fighter jets over Baltic Sea

Belgian Air Force F-16s intercept Russian fighter jets over Baltic Sea
 
Just after taking over the augmenting role for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, Belgian F-16 fighter jets were scrambled by Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem, Germany, for the first time to respond to an air incident in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.
 

Russian Helicopters' Ka-62 certification trials to start in early 2018

Russian Helicopters' Ka-62 certification trials to start in early 2018
 
Russian Helicopters Holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) intends to commence certification trials of the bleeding-edge helicopter Ka-62 early in 2018. The trials are to be completed within two years, following which the machine will be available for commercial use.
 

Atlas Dynamics Introduces Blue-J fixed-wing UAV

Atlas Dynamics Introduces Blue-J fixed-wing UAV
 
Atlas Dynamics, a leading provider of drone-based solutions for the professional user, yesterday announced that it will display its new fixed wing UAV, the Atlas Blue-J, at InterDrone 2017. The Blue-J features a 3.5-meter wing span, four to six hours of flight time and a 150-kilometer operational range. Ideally suited for large-scale security and inspection missions, the fixed wing UAV can be operated in autonomous and semi-autonomous modes, including takeoff and landing.
 

MD Helicopters wins $1.3Bn order to provide Afghanistan with 150 MD530F choppers

MD Helicopters wins $1.3Bn order to provide Afghanistan with 150 MD530F choppers
 
The US-based helicopters maker MD Helicopters has been awarded a $1,385 foreign military sales contract for procurement of an estimated quantity of 150 MD 530F light multirole helicopters, the US Department of Defense announced on Sept. 5.
 

Northrop lands $265mn USAF contract for BACN Platform Maintenance

Northrop lands $265mn USAF contract for BACN Platform Maintenance
 
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $265 million contract for aircraft maintenance and logistics support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, the US company said on Sept. 5.
 

France decides to arm its fleet of MQ-9 Reaper MALE UAVs

France decides to arm its fleet of MQ-9 Reaper MALE UAVs
 
The French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly today announced during the Summer University of Defense in Toulon the decision to arm all the MALE drones in service with the French Air Force. "I decided to start the process of arming our intelligence and surveillance drones," said Parly.
 

Saab & Adani joining forces for India’s single-engine fighter jet programme

Saab & Adani joining forces for India’s single-engine fighter jet programme
 
Saab and Indian infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group on Sept. 1 announced a collaboration plan within aerospace and defence in India, aligned with the Government of India’s Make in India initiative. The intended collaboration would encompass design, development and production of Gripen for India and other high-tech products of national importance for India and also the creation of joint ventures in India in line with and in support of the Make In India policy.
 

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