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  • Airbus Stopped Production in Spain
    Airbus Stopped Production in Spain March 30 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 March 24 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 March 22 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 March 18 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 March 9 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 February 23 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...
  • Layoffs to Start on Airbus
    Layoffs to Start on Airbus February 20 2020
    France-based multinational Airbus has decided to save on budget in its subsidiary, Airbus Defence and Space. The company, which went to restructuring due to the failure to meet the financial targets and deferred contracts, is expected to lay off a total of two thousand 362 employees at the end of 2021. As a result, 829 people in Germany, 357 in the UK, 630 in Spain, 404 in France and 142 from other countries will be laid off. The need for restructuring was first announced in December 2...
  • Kuwait Declines Receipt of Caracal Helicopters
    Kuwait Declines Receipt of Caracal Helicopters February 18 2020
    Kuwait is due to receive 30 H225M helicopters, but it will not do so until Airbus investigates problems with the first two and reports its findings to the country's MoD. Airbus says the Kuwaitis have told it no such thing. A Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence (MoD) says that it had refused to receive two Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal medium-lift rotorcraft on account of technical malfunctions has been denied by the manufacturer. On 12 February the Kuwaiti MoD said that it ...
  • European Fighter Project to Begin Demonstrator Phase
    European Fighter Project to Begin Demonstrator Phase February 14 2020
    The process of the new generation jet aircraft project is progressing. Airbus made a statement about the ongoing activities. The FCAS Program, launched by France and Germany in cooperation with Airbus-Dassault Aviation, started the demonstrator phase. Within the scope of the process called Phase 1A, important technological maturation processes will take place. Within the scope of the project where MTU Aero Engines, Safran and MBDA serve as the main subcontractors, the demonstra...
  • Wet Contacts from C29
    Wet Contacts from C29 January 29 2020
    The Airbus C295 tactical airlifter has successfully achieved its first wet contacts during an air-to-air- refuelling (AAR) tanker flight test campaign. First dry contacts of this flight test took place in December 2019 and were achieved using a closed ramp configuration. The wet contacts, conducted out of Seville, Spain, took place in January 2020, between one Airbus C295 aircraft in tanker configuration and a Spanish Air Force C295 acting as receiver. In total, the aircraft fitted wit...
  • The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army
    The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army January 29 2020
    Airbus Helicopters has announced that an important milestone has been left behind for Tiger attack helicopters. The delivery phase of Spain's Tiger attack helicopter story, which started in 2003, was completed. The Spanish Army (Ejército de Tierra) received the 18th and last Tiger HAD helicopter after a long delivery phase. Last platform is announced as Tiger HAD (Helicoptero de Apoyo y Destrucción / Support and Destruction Helicopter) H2 varian...
  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter January 14 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...
  • Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets
    Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets January 10 2020
    Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to support together with the future developments, qualification and production of the 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rockets solutions for helicopters as well as potentially other new platforms in Germany. Two international groups will propose complementary capabilities for the Tiger MK3 program. The Thales 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems are currently operated on UHT Tiger and under certification on Airbus Helicopters H145M....
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force December 24 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines
    FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines December 3 2019
    France and Germany have reached an agreement on the industrial organisation of engines at the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Safran will be the main contractor and MTU subcontractor. Subsequently, the industrialists will create a joint venture at parity to carry the contracts and the certification of the engine. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space  Dirk Hoke spoke to French Daily La Tribune at Dubai Air Show. Hoke stated that the challenges of ...
  • Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS
    Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS November 26 2019
    The new chief executive of Airbus Guillaume Faury has called for a single European fighter jet programme and warned that the continent needs to bolster its defence industry. Faury spoke to British “The Times” Sunday edition, Sunday Times. Faury, previously boss of Airbus’s commercial aircraft and helicopter divisions, said it would make sense to combine Europe’s two next-generation combat aircraft programmes — Tempest, which involves the UK, I...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes November 8 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • Koca Yusuf Will Win New Talents
    Koca Yusuf Will Win New Talents October 5 2019
    Turkey passes an essential milestone on the A400M aircraft program on Thursday, October 3. ASFAT and Airbus companies will work together in the maintenance-repair-improvement (retrofit) program of A400M Transport aircraft. Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander Gen. Ümit Dündar, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Küçükakyüz, N...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts September 24 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services
    H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services September 19 2019
      Romanian Ministry of Interior orders three Airbus H135s for air medical services and related support. The contract includes providing services for air medical services and search and rescue (SAR) missions in the country. A four-year framework agreement for the contract was signed at the end of July 2019 that foresees the procurement of up to ten H135s, the company said in a statement Thursday. “Airbus has been an active player in Romania for almost 50 years an...
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program September 3 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • Bolt Problem on Tiger
    Bolt Problem on Tiger August 9 2019
    The Bundeswehr has grounded its fleet of Tiger attack helicopters following a safety warning issued by Airbus Helicopters. The manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters, warned that a titanium bolt of the Main Rotor Control may show unusual weakness and break during flights. Such failure could potentially lead to a crash. Thus, the Bundeswehr has decided to ground the fleet and inspect each aircraft.   The same problem was also identified on the German NH90 and EC135 helicopte...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • First Chetak Received July 25 2019
    HAL delivered a Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule to Indian Navy. HAL entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of first two in August 2019 and balance in August 2020.  These helicopters are fitted with communication and navigation systems developed by HAL. HAL is producing the Chetak Helicopters for last five decades under license from Airbus Helicopters. These helicopters are used by Navy for ...
  • UK C4ISR Test Centre Rely on Airbus
    UK C4ISR Test Centre Rely on Airbus July 23 2019
    Airbus will run the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) land C4ISR test centre under a £22 million, five-year contract announced on 19 July. Airbus will manage test and reference services to support the delivery and assured release of C4ISR capability for deployed operations around the globe. Airbus will deliver a comprehensive and coherent service model for the Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC), including test and reference capability to support developm...
  • France Considers Acquiring CH-47 Chinook July 16 2019
    France is considering the acquisition of an undisclosed number of special forces Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for its air force. Although the French military operates extensive numbers of Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal and NH Industries NH90 Caiman rotorcraft – both in the 11t class.  
  • Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
    Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time July 5 2019
    Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight. The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service schedul...
  • Madagascar to Control Coastal Line
    Madagascar to Control Coastal Line July 4 2019
      Madagascar’s military has received three Airbus AS350 helicopters, five Cessna 206 light aircraft, a single Airbus CN235 transport aircraft, several Russian-made Gaz 4×4 trucks, and a number of all-terrain vehicles. President Andry Rajoelina’s office identified the helicopters as Ecureuil B2s, a likely reference to the AS350B2, an older variant of the Airbus Helicopters H125. The Cessna light aircraft for use in the coastal surveillance role. CN235...
  • New Support for A400M Program
    New Support for A400M Program July 2 2019
      Airbus and Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR)signed A400M contract amendment to solve the cost, performance and delivery problems in the A400M military cargo aircraft program. After the negotiations started in 2017, the agreement is divided into four parts. The first step is new capabilities development plan. According to this plan, Airbus will aim to offer all agreed features and perform better operations. The second step, which aims to significantly reduce...
  • Cooperation in Europe for the Fifth Generation
    Cooperation in Europe for the Fifth Generation June 20 2019
    The Paris Air Show, held at Le Bourget Airport, was the scene of many promotions. The event introduced a full-size model of the fifth generation fighter aircraft developed by European countries. Dassault Aviation from France and Airbus from Germany jointly carried out the development of the project. The platform, which will be equipped with the new generation subsystems and which is described as the project of the future, will be able to work in cooperation with the UAVs. Equipped w...
  • Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests
    Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests June 14 2019
    The Swiss defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, has formally recommended to Saab not to participate with Gripen E in the upcoming flight tests scheduled from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Switzerland. The reason is that the flight tests have been designed to only evaluate aircraft that are operationally ready in 2019. The flight tests are part of the fighter evaluation process that foresees aircraft deliveries in 2025. However, the Gripen E development plan does not match the Sw...
  • Fair News Issue 74 June 3 2019
    Navantia’s Expectations Are High MBDA Means Missile Leonardo, From All Directions Airbus Have Many Options Altay Move from STE Skif Will See Through DÖRTGÖZ BMC’s Strategic Cooperation for Altay Sharp Eye for Low Altitude Otokar Products Transform ASELSAN Flies High Roketsan Catches the Trend TAI Aims for Higher Altitudes New Thrills at FNSS STM ...
  • France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter
    France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter May 28 2019
    A mock-up of the French H160M armed helicopter, now christened Guépard (Cheetah), was unveiled today by Airbus Helicopters. Its development launch has been brought forward to 2021, allowing production deliveries to follow in 2026. (Airbus photo) The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021. HIL will...
  • Airbus May Sue German Government
    Airbus May Sue German Government May 7 2019
    Germany’s blockage over arms exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia goes into the next round. Airbus wants to take the Federal Government to court to reach export licenses, Der Spiegel reported May 4.  Berlin is preventing Airbus from delivering helicopters and a border security system to Saudi Arabia by withholding export licenses. “Airbus reserves all legal options in the dispute,” Dirk Hoke, head of Airbus Defence and Space, told Der Spiegel. 
  • Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China
    Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China April 19 2019
    Airbus on Wednesday officially opened its first Final Assembly Line (FAL) in China, which will deliver its first H135 twin-engine helicopters to Chinese customers during the second half of 2019.  The Airbus Qingdao H135 FAL is a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and United General Aviation Company. It follows a cooperation agreement between Airbus Helicopters and China in 2016 for the purchase of 100 H135s.    It is the first time of Airbus has put final...
  • Test Phase in Light Attack Helicopter
    Test Phase in Light Attack Helicopter April 9 2019
      Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced the start of the testing process in the Light Attack Helicopter Program. During the tests; platform will undergo a process of extensive tests of power, avionics and weapons systems. On the platform where the Korean Army planned to procure 214 units, the trial process began with engine tests on the ground. Airbus Helicopters production The H155 based platform equipped with 20 mm gatling type three barreled gun. Besides, the...
  • RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus
    RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus April 1 2019
    Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 28 March that the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) had received the second of four A330-200 MRTTs, which are known as KC-330 Cygnus in RoKAF service. This is the second of four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered in 2015, the in Seoul announced on 28 March. The aircraft will undergo further checks and is expected to be operational by April or ...
  • After 43 Years of Service, The Sea King Gives Way to The NH-90
    After 43 Years of Service, The Sea King Gives Way to The NH-90 March 22 2019
    The Airbus NH-90s are now in complete charge of Belgian safety in the North Sea. This Thursday, March 21, 2019, after 43 years of service, the Sea King helicopters of 40 Squadron bowed out on their last operational flight. Not without a certain emotion of the crews as well as the many Belgians who came to attend the eve Very popular with the population since they were at the centre of the television series "Windkracht 10", the 5 Sea Kings of the Air Component of the Belgia...
  • Airbus Attends Australia’s Military Helicopter Tender With H145M
    Airbus Attends Australia’s Military Helicopter Tender With H145M March 19 2019
    Airbus confirmed that the company wants to bid Australia’s helicopter tender with military version on H145; H145M. Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson made clear that Airbus had recently responded to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) request for information for a four-tonne class, rapidly deployable, multi-role helicopter for Australian Special Forces. Director Mathewson said “The Airbus H145M helicopter is the military version of the H145. I...
  • Spain gets First Upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter
    Spain gets First Upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter February 26 2019
    Airbus delivered first upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter to Spanish Air Forces. The upgrade was carried out at Airbus facilities in Getafe and involved the introduction of hardware modifications which support the Operational Flight Program 02 (OFP-02) developed by the Armament and Experimental Logistics Centre (CLAEX). The upgrade developed by Airbus includes modifications that integrate Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 equipment on the aircraft, not least a Computer Symbol Generator, Digital V...