Military Aviation News Archive

L-3 Link Simulation & Training, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Military Aircraft and Alenia Aermacchi Join G-6 Industry Leaders Panel Discussion at Military Flight Training

02/06/2013

Military and Defence industry leaders are set to meet at Defence IQ's Military Flight Training conference in March to provide a 360 degree perspective of current and future military fixed wing and rotary flight training requirements, capabilities and technologies.

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Boeing Committed to India's Growing Aerospace Industry

02/06/2013

Boeing today underscored the strength of its commitment to expand its partnerships in India to become the aerospace company of choice in this important market. Company executives at the Aero India 2013 trade show in Bengaluru further emphasized that local presence, collaboration and integration are key to Boeing’s success in India, and that the company is uniquely positioned to offer Indian customers the best in technology, capability and support.

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Over 400 Organizations to Attend Aero India 2013 Exhibition

02/06/2013

Over 400 organizations from 26 countries will take part in an international aerospace exhibition in India, with Russia’s famed Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) aerobatics team to feature in the event’s demonstration program, Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said on Wednesday. The service said the Russian exposition at the show that opens Wednesday will be organized by the Rostec state corporation.

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Russian Air Force to Get 48 Il-476 Transports

02/06/2013

The Russian Air Force's Military Transport Aviation (MTA) will receive a total of 48 Ilyushin Il-476 heavy transport planes by 2020, rather than the previously stated 39, its commander Col. Gen. Vladimir Benediktov said on Tuesday. The Russian Defense Ministry said last October it had signed a contract worth about 140 billion rubles ($4 billion) with Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for the delivery of 39 Il-476 planes by 2020.

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Russian Weapons Sales Shift Away From East – Arms Official

02/06/2013

Russia is losing arms markets in Asia and the Middle East, two of its traditional strongholds, but gaining new ones in Latin America and Africa, a Russian arms official said this week ahead of an aviation expo in India, a major buyer of Russian weaponry that has recently been opting for Western hardware.

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CMC SparrowHawk set for Saudi and Qatari trainers

02/06/2013

The latest generation CMA-9000 flight management system SparrowHawk from Esterline CMC Electronics which included head-up display (HUD) has been selected by Qatar and Saudi air forces for their new PC-21 turboprop training aircraft.

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Spain offers Eurofighters to Peru

02/05/2013

Spain's government has tendered a proposal to its Peruvian counterpart covering the possible sale of 18 Tranche 1 Eurofighter combat aircraft currently in service with its air force. Reportedly valued at €45 million ($61 million) per aircraft, the proposal was submitted at the request of the Peruvian defence ministry. If negotiations go forward, the intention would be to transfer all of the fighters to Peru within one year of a contract signature.

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HAL Unveils Weaponized, Operational Rudra ALH

02/05/2013

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is expected to unveil an armed variant of its Rudra advanced light helicopter (ALH) at the Aero India show this week. The helicopter will be in the flying display along with the HAL Light Combat Helicopter. Meanwhile, scale models of the Light Utility Helicopter, Hawk, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and Su-30 aircraft in which the Indian group is involved on partnership terms will be on display at the company’s stand.

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Future Canadian fighter pilots to split simulator and real-world training time

02/05/2013

Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilots of the future could be spending almost as much time in a simulator as they do in the cockpit under a revised training regime that has its eyes on the bottom line as much as technology, say internal documents. The idea was just one of a series of options being examined as military planners look towards the eventual replacement of the CF-18 fleet, possibly by the end of the decade.

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Embraer draws more partners to KC-390 jet

02/05/2013

Brazilian defense manufacturer Embraer has added more international partners to its program for marketing KC-390, said to be a cheaper alternative to Lockheed Martin's C-130J. The C-130J updates the internationally renowned tactical transport workhorse C-130 Hercules, the four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft that was originally designed and built by Lockheed, precursor to Lockheed Martin.

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It’s Time For Canada To Build Its Own Fighter Aircraft

02/05/2013

Not including our purchase of the F-18 Hornet, the approximate total expenditures in 2012 dollars that Canada has spent in purchasing the SAGE/Bomarc missile system, 200- F104 Star fighters, 66 F-101 Voodoos, 138 F-5 Freedom Fighters plus cancellation fees for the CF-105 Arrow as well as the Sparrow/Astra missile systems, is $11.1 Billion in 2012 dollars. With the exception of the F-18, all of the other weapons system procurements were fiscal fiascos in one way or another.

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Euro firm develops two avionic products in India

02/05/2013

European aerospace major Cassidian designed and developed two avionic products at its Indian centre in this tech hub primarily for military aircraft, a company official said Monday. "The two avionic products - a 'high accuracy air pressure measurement system' and a 'structurally integrated antenna' have been designed and developed by Indian engineers at our engineering centre here," Cassidian India chief executive Peter Gutsmiedl told reporters here.

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Fighter plane Rafale set to dazzle at Bangalore airshow

02/05/2013

Even though most of the fighter planes have decided to give the 2013 Bangalore air show a go by following India’s shortlisting of Rafale as the preferred choice for 126 new fighters, the French-origin jets will leave no stone unturned to impress defence ministry officials as the two countries are yet to sign the much-awaited multi billion dollar commercial agreement.

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Boeing Delivers 6th Production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to US Navy

02/05/2013

Boeing delivered the sixth production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy Jan. 31, successfully completing the first group of low-rate initial production aircraft that are dramatically improving the service's maritime patrol capabilities. The delivery is the final aircraft from a contract awarded in January 2011. Boeing is on schedule to build 24 P-8A maritime patrol aircraft as part of contracts awarded in 2011 and 2012.

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Russia Remains Key Arms Supplier for India – Rosoboronexport

02/05/2013

Russia remains a key supplier of weaponry to India with good prospects for future military-technical cooperation, Deputy General Director of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Viktor Komardin, said. “The country [India] is one of the main importers of defense products on the global scale, and Russia continues to be one of its key suppliers,” Komardin, who heads the Russian delegation at the upcoming AERO INDIA 2013 international aerospace show.

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Russian Inspectors to Make Surveillance Flight Over Greece

02/05/2013

Russian military inspectors will begin on Monday a surveillance flight above Greece under the international Open Skies Treaty, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said. A group of Russian experts will conduct the inspection flight in an Anotonov An-30B aircraft between February 4 and 8, he said. The aircraft will take off from the Nea Anchialos airport to cover a total distance of 1,010 kilometers (628 miles).

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Air Force wants to replace jet trainers

02/04/2013

Even as funding remains uncertain in an era of budget austerity, the Air Force met more than 300 aerospace industry representatives at Wright-Patterson about building a replacement for an aging jet trainer fleet in a future competition.

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Largest US trade delegation to attend Aero India show

02/04/2013

Aiming for a sizable pie of the multi-billion dollar Indian air defence sector, Corporate America is sending one of its largest industry delegations to the Aero India 2013 show in Bangalore where it would put on display the best from the United States.

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Defense minister praises growing military cooperation with US

02/04/2013

Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised the growing military cooperation between Egypt and the US Sunday after receiving four aircraft from the US. At a ceremony for the F-16s received from the US, Sisi said Egypt looks forward to further cooperation to build and develop the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces.

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Mini helicopter drone for UK troops in Afghanistan

02/04/2013

The drones can fly around corners and obstacles to identify potential hidden dangers, the Ministry of Defence said. The Norwegian-designed Black Hornet Nano features a tiny camera and relays video and still images to a handheld control terminal. It measures about 10cm by 2.5cm (4in by 1in) and weighs 16g (0.6oz).

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Bangalore braces for air show from Wednesday

02/04/2013

India's aerospace hub Bangalore will be on full throttle from Wednesday to demonstrate the country's air prowess and display breath-taking aerobatics at the air force station on the outskirts.

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Syria Never Stood A Chance Against Israel's Electronic Warfare

02/04/2013

The Israeli air strike on a convoy weapons and military complex near Damascus, on the night between Jan. 29 and 30 has something in common with a similar air strike. In 2007, Israeli Air Force bombers entered and egressed the Syrian airspace almost completely undetected by the Syrian air defenses.

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First of military's latest cargo carriers join Air National Guard in Memphis

02/04/2013

Tennessee's 164th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard unveiled its newest cargo aircraft Saturday, a plane that costs more than $200 million and can airlift people and supplies for military and disaster relief almost anywhere in the world. "Once you're up in the air it's like flying a two-story apartment building," said wing commander Col. Mark Devine of the C-17 Globemaster III plane.

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Egypt receives new US fighter jets

02/04/2013

Egypt and the United States held a joint ceremony in Cairo on Sunday to celebrate the delivery of four new fighter jets to the Egyptian Air Force. According to a statement released by the US embassy in Cairo, the delivery of the new F-16 warplanes confirms the two nations’ joint commitment to regional security.

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Iran unveils its very own stealth fighter

02/04/2013

Iran has unveiled its newest combat jet, a domestically manufactured fighter-bomber that military officials claim can evade radar. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony broadcast on state TV that building the Qaher F-313, or Dominant F-313, shows Iran's will to "conquer scientific peaks."

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