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  • South America's First Cobra Delivered
    South America's First Cobra Delivered 28 October 2020
    The Ecuadorian Air Force has received the first two Airbus H145 general purpose helicopters.  Ecuador is H145's first military client in South America. In 2021, a total of six Airbus H145 general purpose helicopters will join the Ecuadorian Air Force inventory.  Ecuador plans to use helicopters as part of national security-related missions such as border surveillance and the fight against drug trafficking, as well as the need for medical evacuations and natural disaste...
  • Thales Introduces New AESA
    Thales Introduces New AESA 19 October 2020
    Thales introduces the new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for small and medium-sized aircraft. The design phase of the radar, called AirMaster C, has been completed and air tests will be completed. Thales Sales Director Stéphane Lavigne said the French Armed Forces have announced an intention to purchase the new radar for Guépard, the helicopter it plans to commission in Airbus 2026. Developed based on silicon-germanium technology, the AirMaster C ...
  • New Training and Combat Aircraft Concept from Spain
    New Training and Combat Aircraft Concept from Spain 19 October 2020
    Airbus introduces the concept of future training and light combat aircraft. The design, dubbed the Airbus Future Jet Trainer (AFJT), was presented with the introduction of the company's Spanish team. “The AFJT is a program designed by and for Spain, which is positioned as the operational, industrial and technological development solution that would allow the country to continue with its position as a leading player in the aerospace and defence sector,” the statement ...
  • New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter
    New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter 19 October 2020
    New images of the H225M (EC725 Caracal) general-purpose helicopter, which Kuwait bought from Airbus in 2016, have been shared. The platform's flight-testing program began in October 2019. In February 2020, Kuwait’s Armed Forces set up a committee to examine the details after technical problems with the engines of the first two Caracals received. The delivery of helicopters was suspended due to technical failures. The platform stands out for its low operating cost...
  • First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison
    First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison 15 October 2020
    NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its ageing fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by...
  • Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 7 October 2020
      The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has started to prepare for an international open tender for the acquisition of new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities. MOD’s Defence Industry Division (BIP), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Acquisition Project Team, and representatives from local and international companies attended to an online briefing for the tender. RMAF wants to acquire two MPA in line with th...
  • U.S. Approves F-35 Sale
    U.S. Approves F-35 Sale 1 October 2020
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Switzerland. The DSCA said the possible sale would increase Switzerland's capacity to meet current and future threats. Accordingly, the possible sale of 40 F-35s and 40 Super Hornet aircraft worth $6.58 billion to Switzerland has become possible. The Swiss people, who voted Sunday (September 27th) to purchase new fighter jets, agreed to the gov...
  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • Germany Takes Part in Space Race
    Germany Takes Part in Space Race 8 September 2020
    A date has been given for the first rocket developed by a private company to launch into orbit in Germany. Founded as a start-up in Munich and backed by many investors, including Airbus and Earlybird, Isar Aerospace aims to represent Germany in the space race. Daniel Metzler, co-founder and CEO of Isar, said they had half a billion euros worth of investments, 95% from private firms. The rocket, which is 27 meters long and is scheduled to carry more than a ton of cargo, is ...
  • Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat.
    Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat. 26 August 2020
    Airbus has been contracted by Arabsat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, to build BADR-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. BADR8 will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the BADR hotspot 26°E. The BADR-8 satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo electric orbit raising platform giving access to a wide range of launchers. BADR-8 will also include the innovative Airbus developed T...
  • A400M Moves Firms Steps
    A400M Moves Firms Steps 20 August 2020
    A400M, which developed in cooperation with the European countries, increase its abilities in line of the "multirole platform" term. The French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement / General Management of Armament) announced on 20 August that the A400M multi-role transport aircraft conducted wet contact with a helicopter for the first time. Thus, the platform will be certified another of its capabilities in the field. In the campaign to be carri...
  • 100th A400M
    100th A400M 17 August 2020
    The A400M, which has a history dating back to the FIMA (Future International Military Airlifter Project) launched in 1982, left behind an important milestone. The 100th A400M Atlas transport aircraft, jointly developed by European countries and manufactured by Airbus as the main contractor, rolled out the production line last month. The aircraft, which entered the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) inventory, will serve there with 54+33 serial number. Within the scope of the process,...
  • Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time
    Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time 12 August 2020
    Fixed to a special device, simulating zero gravity conditions, the 12.3 metres wide and 860 kg SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) radar antenna of the Copernicus Sentinel-1C satellite has successfully spread its wings at the Airbus Integrated Technology Centre in Friedrichshafen (Germany) for the first time. Sentinel-1C is the third of the Sentinel-1 radar satellite series and will ensure data continuity for the many services offered by the EU’s Copernicus programme. The Sentinel-1C satelli...
  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • New User for A400M
    New User for A400M 5 August 2020
    The production process of the A400M transport aircraft program continues at full speed. There has been good news for Belgium, which recently retired a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, announced that the first A400M manufactured for the Belgian Air Force meets the sky. Within the scope of the activity, the platform numbered MSN106 performed its first flight on July 30 at the facilities in Seville, Spain, which also bas...
  • Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3
    Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3 30 July 2020
    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the long-term senior unsecured rating of Rolls-Royce plc to Ba2 from Baa3. Concurrently Moody's has assigned a corporate family rating of Ba2 and Ba2-PD probability of default rating to the company. The outlook remains negative. Today's rating action reflects: • Moody's expectations of substantial cash outflows in 2020 and 2021 resulting in materially increased leverage, more than Moody's previous expectations ...
  • Airbus reports COVID-19’s Damage for Half-Year2020
    Airbus reports COVID-19’s Damage for Half-Year2020 30 July 2020
    Airbus SE reported consolidated financial results for the Half-Year ended 30 June 2020. “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our financials is now very visible in the second quarter, with H1 commercial aircraft deliveries halving compared to a year ago,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “We have calibrated the business to face the new market environment on an industrial basis and the supply chain is now working in line with the new plan. It i...
  • First Autonomous Flight from French Drone
    First Autonomous Flight from French Drone 29 July 2020
    The VSR700 VTOL rotary wing UAV prototype developed by Airbus Helicopters completed its first autonomous flight. The VSR700, which took off as part of a risk-free effort by Airbus Helicopters and Naval Group, operated a 10-minute flight in the south of France. The rotary wing UAV, which is expected to begin sea tests next year, has a maximum take-off weight of between 500 and 1,000 kg. The platform, which can be equipped with a large number of sea sensors, will be deployed...
  • Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules
    Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules 26 July 2020
    The development of the C-130 Hercules, which has successfully served in the inventory of many countries since its introduction in 1956, continues. On the other hand, users retire platforms that have reached the end of their economic life in inventory. Belgium has announced that fourth of the C-130H Hercules transport aircraft that have been in its inventory for nearly 50 years has been phased out. Currently, seven of the platforms planned to be replaced by Airbus A400Ms continue to ...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • The UK's New Communications Satellite
    The UK's New Communications Satellite 21 July 2020
    An agreement has been signed between Airbus and the United Kingdom for the Skynet 6A satellite. Seeking to increase its communications and satellite capabilities, the United Kingdom will have Skynet 6A satellites with a deal worth approximately USD 630 million. “To safeguard our military on operations around the world we need to ensure that we protect their communications on land, sea or in air,” Defence Minister Ben Wallace said. Airbus will be the m...
  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...
  • Germany to Buy New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Germany to Buy New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 17 June 2020
    Germany has decided not to modernize the existing P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) in its inventory. Germany is looking for a cost-effective solution. The P-3's modernization was cancelled due to the high cost of modernisation, according to a confidential ministry document reviewed by the Reuters news agency. According to the document, the German Ministry of Defence has decided to procure new MPAs to replace the P-3.  Alternatively to the current aircraft,...
  • A400M Certified to Low Level Automatic Flight
    A400M Certified to Low Level Automatic Flight 1 June 2020
    Developing computer technologies reduce the need for aircraft for the pilot. New generation flight computers can automatically ensure the flight control and movement of the aircraft in the light of the data collected through sensors, especially in difficult conditions where visibility is limited. This is a factor that significantly increases flight safety. Airbus announced that the first phase of the certification process of the Automatic Low-Level Flight System of the A400M mi...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • Rolls-Royce To Lay Off 9,000 Employees
    Rolls-Royce To Lay Off 9,000 Employees 21 May 2020
    Coronavirus also affected Britain-based engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. Due to the uncertainty and economic crisis brought by the virus, the company will lay off its 9,000 employees.  Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East also told BBC radio that some factories could be shut down. “But again, we have to consult with our unions and do a thorough run through with the unions on exactly where the job losses are going to be,” East said.  Rolls-Royce, which employs 52,000 people...
  • New Era for Refuelling Aircraft
    New Era for Refuelling Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Aerial refuelling is undoubtedly a strategically important element that directly affects the flight profile of the aircraft and the payload they carry, hence the structure of the operation. Airbus Defence and Space has come to an end in his work that will bring a new dimension to aerial refuelling. On April 17, the company announced that the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport / Multi-Purpose Tanker Transport) aircraft was performing fully autonomous refuelling with another platf...
  • Luxembourg A400M in Skies
    Luxembourg A400M in Skies 15 April 2020
    A400M production and delivery continues despite the worldwide epidemic. Airbus continues its efforts to avoid any disruption in A400M processes. In this context, the first A400M produced for Luxembourg made its first flight on April 13. After the trials conducted at the facilities located in Seville, Spain, the platform returned to the base after five hours flight safely. MSN104 that Belgium and Luxembourg will use jointly will be assigned to the 15th Air Transport Wing of...
  • Russia to Continue Procurement Process Despite Virus
    Russia to Continue Procurement Process Despite Virus 11 April 2020
    COVID-19 pandemic, which has reached a global crisis situation, also affects the defence sector from different angles. World giants such as Airbus and Boeing stopped production due to the virus in various facilities due to the virus. In the US Navy, several crew members were diagnosed with coronavirus. According to Russia, no cases of viruses have been detected in military forces at this time. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that the processes related to de...
  • Airbus Stopped Production in Spain
    Airbus Stopped Production in Spain 30 March 2020
    After the coronavirus, which influenced the world, Airbus started implementing new measures in Spain as of today. Spain has been particularly hard-hit among European countries. Airbus says it is to suspend the “majority of production” until 9 April, in the aftermath of new measures imposed by the Spanish government from 30 March. The measures restrict all non-essential activity across the country. Airbus says it will maintain some “essential” activities within its comm...
  • A400M Commisioned for COVID-19 Mission
    A400M Commisioned for COVID-19 Mission 24 March 2020
    Due to the epidemic caused by the Coronavirus, state authorities went to alarm. Airbus also supports fighting with COVID-19 with the platforms it uses as a test aircraft. The F-WTTO registered A330 NEO test aircraft in the Airbus company fleet recently took off from China and landed in Touluse with a load of medical equipment, devices and about 2 million masks from China. Yesterday, again, the company's EC-400 registered A400M created an air bridge between Touluse and Madrid. In...
  • French MRTT First Use Against Coronavirus
    French MRTT First Use Against Coronavirus 22 March 2020
    The French Air Force flew for the first time an Airbus A330 MRTT Phoenix for medical evacuations (Evasan) of patients infected with Covid-19. An Airbus A330 Phoenix from the Air Force equipped with MORPHEE modules (Module de Réanimation pour Patients à Hautes Elongation d’Evacuation/ Resuscitation Module for Patients with High Evacuation Elongation) transported six patients infected with coronavirus between Basel-Mulhouse and the south from France. &nbs...
  • Leased Helicopter Era for French Air Force
    Leased Helicopter Era for French Air Force 18 March 2020
    While the Cold War equipment is nearing the end of its economic life, user countries are coming up with new action plans and measures. The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air / ALA) has announced that it will be replace veteran SA330 Puma helicopters, which are nearing the end of their useful life. The force, which plans to lease 20 H225s from Airbus in the first place, plans to use these platforms in missions such as search-rescue and air raid. While the published...
  • Number of UH-72, Increases
    Number of UH-72, Increases 9 March 2020
    Airbus has announced its new helicopter order. The USA continues helicopter orders. In this context, additional UH-72 Lakota order will be received by Airbus. In the announcement made by the company, the total cost of the platforms ordered 15 will be 122,655 million USD. The platforms that serve under the name of UH-72 Lakota in the US inventory is member of the H145 family of helicopters. UH-72s, which are light utility helicopters, are used in general avia...
  • Airbus Offered Eurofighter Typhoon
    Airbus Offered Eurofighter Typhoon 23 February 2020
    Airbus is working to expand the Eurofighter Typhoon family. In this context, the company offered aircraft to Latin America instead of the Kfirs, which are en of their economic life. In order to replace the Kfir which at the end of their active duty life, Airbus knocked on Colombia's door with the recommendation of Eurofighter Typhoon. According to Iván Gonzalez Head of Combat Aircraft Campaigns at Airbus Group, the company offered a total of 15 Tranche...