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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Airbus has delivered 13 A350s so far in 2015

TAM Airlines Accepts First A350

TAM Airlines becomes first A350 operator from the Americas 18 December 2015 LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. In doing so, Airbus said that TAM will become the first airline in the Americas to operate the all-new airliner and […]

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Virgin Australia launched SITA's new check-in system at Perth airport in November

Virgin Australia, SITA Launch ‘Future Check-In’

Virgin Australia first to use SITA’s innovative technology at Perth Airport 18 December 2015 SITA has unveiled innovative and flexible new passenger services in collaboration with Virgin Australia. The check-in services were launched in November at the new domestic terminal at Perth Airport and include the world’s first single hardware common-use hybrid desks that can […]

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The PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engine is the launch engine on the A320neo (new
engine option) aircraft family

Turkish Orders PW1100G-JM For A321neo

Turkish Airlines signs for Pratt & Whitney PW110G-JM Geared Turbofan 18 December 2015 Turkish Airlines has signed a Definitive Agreement for Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 92 firm A321neo aircraft, the largest engine order in the airline’s history. The order was originally announced during the 2015 Paris Air Show […]

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