January 2018 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News

Sukhoi hands over first batch of Su-34 jets of 2018
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The Sukhoi Company of the United Aircraft Corporation handed over to the Defense Ministry the first batch of Su-34 frontline bombers this year, the company said. "The aircraft took off from the airfield of the Chkalov Aircraft Works in Novosibirsk and flew to the deployment place," it added.

Belgian Air Force scrambles F-16s to intercept Russian Tu-160 bombers over North Sea
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Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers have been intercepted by a pair of Belgian Air Force's F-16 fighter jets after flying into Dutch airspace over the North Sea on Monday morning, January 15. The F-16s took off at 11:21 am (10:21 GMT) from Florennes AB upon request of the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Uedem, Germany.

US Air Force deploys new Theater Security Package in Estonia
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Twelve F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Ohio Air National Guard landed at Amari Air Base, Estonia, Jan. 14, as part of a Theater Security Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa press office stated.

Russian Helicopters Mi-171A2 starts low-temperature test program
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Russian Helicopters wants to confirm the possibility to operate the latest multirole Mi-171A2 helicopters in harsh climatic conditions with air temperatures down to minus 50 degrees Centigrade. Two rotorcraft and a team of the Mil Helicopter Plant in Moscow have already arrived in Yakutia. The helicopters will be tested for a month, the holding said.

Belgian MoD to sell all govt white fleet, switch to private companies
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The Belgian Council of Ministers agreed to sale the country's Defense commercial transport aircraft fleet (white fleet) and to launch a public procurement procedure to fully privatize this capability, the Prime Minister press office stated on January 12, 2018.

Cascade to upgrade Mexican Air Force's C-130 airlifter
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Cascade Aerospace Inc. (Cascade) yesterday, January 12, announced that it has been awarded a contract for the avionics modernization of one Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (FAM) L-100 (C-130) Hercules aircraft. This contract follows on the recent delivery of two modernized C-130K Hercules aircraft delivered to the FAM and fitted with advanced digital avionics from Rockwell Collins.

Panama's National Air and Naval Service inducts AW139Ms, Twin Otter aircraft
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Two Leonardo AW139M and one Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter light transport aircraft joined the National Naval Air Service (SENAN) of Panama, the SENAN stated on January 8, 2018. They will be used to fight against international drug trafficking, organized crime, as well as provide humanitarian aid.

New batch of Y-20 airlifters handed over to PLAAF
New Y 20 for the PLAAF
A batch of China's domestically-developed Y-20 heavy transport aircraft was delivered to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force in West China recently, media reported on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. At least five Y-20 transporters went into service in the country's Western Theater Command, experts from news portal guancha.cn said, after Google screen grabs of the transporters were seen at an airport in Qionglai city, Sichuan Province on December 9.

Boeing unveils unmanned electric VTOL cargo air vehicle prototype
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Boeing yesterday unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that will be used to test and evolve Boeing's autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications.

Three B-2 strategic bombers deployed to Andersen AFB
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The U.S. Air Force dispatched three B-2 Spirit strategic bombers assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Baseto the Andersen AFB where B-1B Lancer supersonic bombers are stationed, its military announced on January 8, 2018.

Russia's Far East Air Regiment receives new Mi-8AMTSh helicopters
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An Eastern Military District army aviation regiment based in the Primorye Territory in Russia’s Far East has received six Mil Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-8AMTSh-V helicopters, the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press office said on January 10, 2018.

Leidos secures $47M AFRL award for EO-CHIL sensors development
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Leidos was awarded a prime contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to provide sensor technology under the Electro-Optical Combined Hyperspectral Imaging, Infrared Search and Track, and Long Range Imaging (EO-CHIL) Program.

South Korea's Marine Corps receives first two MUH-1 Marineon choppers
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The South Korea's Marine Corps received the first two multirole helicopters from the country's arms agency Wednesday, moving a step toward its aim of creating an independent aviation unit, the local newspaper Yonhap announced.

Indonesia armed forces induct new helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft
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According to local medias, the Indonesia-based aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, delivered three AS555 and two Panther ASW helicopters, as well as one CN235-220 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

US Navy completed first flight test of JAGM missile on AH-1Z chopper
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The US Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River, the service said on Januar 9, 2018. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft.

UK MoD comments $135M deal for Puma HC Mk2 helicopters support
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Just months after providing vital relief in the Caribbean, a £100 million (US$ 135M) deal to provide future support to the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Puma HC Mk2 helicopters through to March 2022 has been agreed, the UK Defense Ministry confirmed today, January 9, 20.

DARPA moving towards Collaborative Autonomy for UAS
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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program aims to extend the capability of the U.S. military’s existing unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to conduct dynamic, long-distance engagements of highly mobile ground and maritime targets in contested or denied battlespaces.

UVision demonstrates Hero-400EC loitering munition to "strategic customer"
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The Israel-based defense contractor UVision Air Ltd. has successfully demonstrated the Hero-400EC extended-range loitering system for a strategic customer. The demonstration, which took place in southern Israel in December 2017, proved the tracking and lock-on capabilities of the system using a moving vehicle and a human target in various operational scenarios as well as its mission-abort capabilities. The ability to strike a target with exceptional precision was also demonstrated.

Tu-160M2 prototype to perform first test flight in late January
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Russia’s upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack strategic bomber will perform its first test flight in January 2018. Earlier, its first test flight was planned to take place in February 2018. "The Tupolev Design Bureau has promised to take the plane into the air earlier - in late January," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on his Facebook page.

Kratos secures $23M award for new jet powered UAV development
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced today that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) recently received an approximate $23 million production award for a new high performance, jet powered unmanned aerial drone system which has been under development. The majority of work to be performed under this new contract award is expected to be executed over the approximate next 12 months.

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