Archive | December, 2015

IAI signed a Strategic Framework Agreement with Chinese authorites on 23 December

IAI Assists China’s Aviation Industry

IAI and Chinese authorities sign Strategic Framework Agreement 23 December 2015 Israel Aerospace Industries today signed a Strategic Framework Agreement to cooperate with the Shantou Municipal Government of China, the Guangdong Airport Authority (GAA) and other Chinese partners, to develop and expand the local civil aviation industry as a lever of economic growth in the […]

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The additional CH-47F Chinooks will increase the Australian Army's medium lift capability

More Chinooks For Australia

US State Department approves possible sale of 3 CH-47F Chinooks 23 December 2015 By Nigel Pittaway Australia has requested pricing and availability details for three more Boeing CH-47F Chinook medium lift helicopters and three spare engines, according to the US State Department. The Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) notified US Congress on 18 December of […]

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The two RQ-1 Predators delivered to the Italian Air Force were the last two Predator A RPA's to be built by GA-ASI

Final Two Predators Go To Italian AF

GA-ASI delivers final two MQ-1 Predators to Italian Air Force 22 December 2015 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), a manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today announced that the Italian Air Force has accepted delivery of two RQ-1 Predator RPA systems. The two Predators were also […]

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Members of the Lockheed Martin F-35 team form the number 45 in front of a jet in honour of the 45th delivery of an F-35 Lightning II in 2015 meeting the program’s production goal. The 45th jet was AF-84, a delivery for the US Air Force.

45 F-35 Fighters Delivered in 2015

2015 F-35 Programme delivery goal met 22 December 2015 The United States Department of Defense accepted its 45th F-35 Lightning II aircraft delivery for 2015, meeting the program production goal for the year. With this delivery, Lockheed Martin said that it has delivered 154 operational aircraft to the DOD and partner nations since programme inception. […]

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The French Army Tiger HAD is similar to Australia's Armed Reconnaissance helicopter (ARH) variant

More Tiger HAD Helicopters For French Army

DGA orders additional Tiger HAD helicopters for French Army Aviation 22 December 2015 The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered seven additional Tiger HAD (Hélicoptère d’Appui Destruction) attack helicopters, bringing the total number of Tigers that will eventually be operated by French Army Aviation to 67. The additional Tigers will be delivered in 2017-2018. […]

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Metal for the first of five Beluga XL oversize transport aircraft  has been cut by Aernnova in Spain

Beluga XL Production Commences

First Beluga XL metal cut Metal for the first of five Beluga XL oversize transport aircraft has been cut by Aernnova in Spain 21 December 2015 The first metal cut for the Beluga XL MSN001 rear fuselage has been successfully achieved in Spain, paving the way for the final assembly to begin in early 2017. MSN001 […]

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The MGGS delivered by Airbus Defence and Space will receive data acquired by the NATO AGS Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft via a direct or satellite broadband connection

NATO AGS Ground Station Completed

NATO MGGS delivered by Airbus DS 21 December 2015 The first NATO AGS mobile general ground control station (MGGS) has been completed by Airbus Defence and Space. The Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system is a NATO programme to acquire a NATO-owned and operated AGS core capability, which includes five Global Hawk unmanned aircraft (UAV) comprising […]

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IAG Converts A320neo Options Into Firm Orders

IAG firms options for a further 15 A320neos 21 December 2015 IAG has converted options on 15 Airbus A320neos announced in August 2013 into firm orders, Airbus announced today. “IAG and its airlines are one of Airbus’ most prestigious and loyal customers with fleets and orders covering the full range of our products,” said John […]

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in the recent trials, conducted from Edwards AFB, the KC-30A made 444 contacts with USAF F-16s

Initial KC-30A, F-16 AAR Trials Completed

RAAF KC-30A MRTT returns from successful trials with F-16 21 December 2015 An RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has returned from the United States following the first round of air-to-air refuelling trials with F-16 multi‑role fighters. Between 3-15 December, the KC-30A conducted seven flights with F-16s from the United States Air Force, the refuelling […]

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NATO's first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft, built by Northrop Grumman, successfully completed its first flight on 19 December 2015.

Northrop Grumman Flies First NATO AGS

NATO AGS (Alliance Ground Surveillance) aircraft airborne 19 December 2015 Northrop Grumman Corporation and members of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) celebrated an important and much anticipated milestone today. Leaving from Palmdale, NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft successfully executed a comprehensive range of test points before landing at Edwards Air Force Base. […]

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