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  • $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air
    $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air January 3 2020
    Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract worth $7 billion for maintenance of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. This additional five-year contract will extend the service’s contract work with Lockheed Martin through 31 December 2032. Work will be performed at a variety of operational bases, wherever the F-22 is deployed, according to the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin produced 195 examples of the F-22, with the last stealth fighter rolling off its production li...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile October 1 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria
    US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria June 4 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 30, 2019. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten F110 General Electric engines; ten Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distri...
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export May 7 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • F-35 Completes Developmental Flight Tests
    F-35 Completes Developmental Flight Tests April 13 2018
    The F-35 program has accomplished the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program, announced on 12 April. The completion of developmental flight test program came 11 years after the first flight of AA-1 in 2006. Since then, F-35 flight test programme has conducted more than 9,200 sorties spanning over 17,000 hours. During this time, it has executed more than 65,000 test points to verify the design, durability, software, sens...
  • Greenlight for Slovakia's F-16 Block 70 Request
    Greenlight for Slovakia's F-16 Block 70 Request April 6 2018
    Slovakia requested 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration from the US under a Foreign Military Sales contract with an estimated cost of $2.91 billion. The Congress was notified of this possible sale on 3 April.  The country also requested up to 16 F-16 F110 General Electric or F100 Pratt & Whitney engines, 16 APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars, 16 LN260 EGI Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) (MDE), 30 AIM-1...
  • 'Sidewinder' Sales to UAE Approved
    'Sidewinder' Sales to UAE Approved March 9 2018
    The US State Department has approved a $270,4 million-sale of more than 300 Sidewinder missiles to the United Arab Emirates.  The UAE has requested the possible sale of 300 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II  missiles, 40 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs), 30 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical guidance units, 15 AIM-9X-2 CATM guidance units, containers, spares, support equipment and missile support, U.S. Government and contractor technica...
  • F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up
    F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up December 20 2017
    F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) completed a major test milestone, Weapons Delivery Accuracy (WDA) flight tests that began in July 2013. The WDA portion of the F-35 developmental test and evaluation mission ensures the fifth-generation fighter’s weapons system can deliver lethal ordnance both air-to-air and air-to-ground using the jet’s warfighting Block 3F software. The ITF used all three F-35 variants and delivered air-to-air missiles including AIM-120s, the ...
  • New Era of Short Range August 10 2017
    The first image appeared of the SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense) system project, which joint work of Boeing and General Dynamics, was released. The system was developed exclusively in favor of the US Army's short-range air defense system gap in Europe. First tests are planned to beginning of next month. 8x8 Stryker was chosen as the carrier vehicle. AIM-9X Sidewinder and AGM-114 Hellfire were used as weapons. In this respect, the vehicle was able to attack both air targets and l...
  • Surprise Fire by F-35
    Surprise Fire by F-35 June 30 2017
    During a recent live-firing test, an F-35C fighter aircraft from Patuxent River Navy Base has fired an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile while inverted. Although firing a missile upside-down is not unheard, this is the first time the Joint Strike Fighter performed such launch. AIM-9X is a heat-seeking infrared air-to-air missile and is currently deployed on the US F-15, F-16 and F-18 Super Hornets. Developed by Raytheon, AIM-9X is currently in service with...
  • Raytheon Received $82M 'Sidewinder' Contract
    Raytheon Received $82M 'Sidewinder' Contract June 15 2017
    Raytheon has been awarded a more than $82-million contract to produce AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to be delivered the US Navy and Air Force as well as the governments of Poland, Romania, Belgium and Indonesia. The contract also covers support equipment including guidance units and spare parts.  AIM-9X Sidewinder is a short-range infrared air-to-air missile has a length of 3m, diameter of 12,7cm and weighs approximately 85 kg. AIM-9X ...
  • Korea Wants 'Sidewinder' Missiles
    Korea Wants 'Sidewinder' Missiles February 2 2017
    The Republic of Korea (ROK) is to purchase AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles from the US under a foreign military sales contract, having Raytheon Missile Systems as principal contractor. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced the possible sales on 1 February which covers 60 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II All-up-Round Missiles and six AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance Units, containers, spares and missile support, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other rel...
  • F-35A completes first live air-to-air ‘kill’ test
    F-35A completes first live air-to-air ‘kill’ test August 5 2016
    F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office announced that The F-35 Lightning II launched an air-to-air missile and directly hitting a drone over a military test range off the California coast July 28. U.S. Air Force test pilot, Maj. Raven LeClair, employed an AIM-9X missile from an F-35A's external wing against an aerial drone target in restricted military sea test range airspace. Test data and observers confirmed the F-35 identified and targeted the drone with its mission systems sensors, pa...