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  • 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...
  • Layoffs to Start on Airbus
    Layoffs to Start on Airbus 20 February 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 18 February 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 14 February 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 29 January 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 29 January 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 14 January 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 10 January 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 24 December 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 3 December 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 26 November 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 8 November 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 5 October 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 24 September 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 19 September 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 3 September 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 9 August 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 29 July 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 25 July 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 23 July 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 16 July 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 5 July 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 4 July 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 2 July 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 20 June 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 14 June 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...