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  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches February 17 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS
    U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS January 12 2020
    The U.S. Army is buying an unspecific number of Israeli-made, Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles for its Apache helicopters. An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorised the service to acquire missiles current and future aviation. The service fired the Spike NLOS missile from AH-64E Apache attack helicopters both in Israel and at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, last year.  Defence News witnessed the demonstration flights; The AH-64 hid behind 1,60...
  • Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft
    Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft August 15 2019
    The Slovak aviation is looking for a new advanced training aircraft in view of the receipt of its 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets, which will be delivered in 2023.Slovak Air Force will begin its biggest transformation process throughout its aviation history. It will leave its aging Soviet Era aircraft and will fly with F-16s. This transformation however cause a gap in air force as there is no F-16 trained pilot. Under the purchase agreement, 22 Slovak pilots will be trained in F-16 Block 52 fig...
  • U.S. Will Not Accept More Turkish F-35 Pilots Over Russia
    U.S. Will Not Accept More Turkish F-35 Pilots Over Russia June 7 2019
      According to an exclusive report from Reuters, The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets. Turkey has ordered Russia’s S-400 air defence system, which Washington says it poses a threat to the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealthy fighters, which Turkey also plans to buy. The United States says Turkey cannot have both. The two U.S. offic...
  • OH-58D Reached Greece
    OH-58D Reached Greece May 17 2019
    USA and Greece have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance 16 months ago and the Security Assistance Command has delivered first bacth of 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and one Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The Hellenic army acquired the helicopters through an Excess Defence Articles program grant. USASAC executes EDA cases for the Army. The excess helicopters had been in long-term storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance an...
  • Apaches to be Guardian of India
    Apaches to be Guardian of India May 13 2019
    India, taking important steps in the field of defence and modernizing the tools in its inventory, took another step. The New Delhi administration announced the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian attack helicopter has been delivered. The Indian Air Force has made a statement on delivery. The first platform was delivered to India at a ceremony held at Boaing's Mesa Facility in Arizona. Three more Apache helicopters will be put out production line and the first delivery package, whic...
  • Pentagon Delays F-35 Delivery to Turkey
    Pentagon Delays F-35 Delivery to Turkey April 1 2019
      Pentagon's delaying delivery of two more F-35 fighter jets to help train Turkish pilots at an Arizona base. According to Bloomberg, U.S. officials: Pentagon's delaying delivery of two more F-35 fighter jets to help train Turkish pilots at an Arizona base amid Turkey’s plan to go ahead with purchase of Russian-400 missile defence system.  U.S.'s already delivered two Turkish F-35s for training to Luke AFB. According to Reuters, "The United...
  • Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters
    Republic of Korea Receives First F-35A Stealth Fighters March 30 2019
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) received first two F-35A ( Conventional Take Off and Landing /CTOL) fighter jets at a key base in country to join the ranks of Asia's few radar-evading warplane operators, Seoul's arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. Two F-35s arrived at an air base in Cheong Ju, 140 kilometres south of Seoul, after several stopovers for refuelling following their departure from Luke Air Force Base i...
  • U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey
    U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey March 29 2019
    Four U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the U.S. government certifies that Ankara will not take delivery of a Russian S-400 air defence system, a statement on the move said. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced a bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government c...
  • Australia Gets AIM-120C-7
    Australia Gets AIM-120C-7 March 14 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $240.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 12, 2019.   The Government of Australia has requested to buy up to 108 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air ...
  • Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight March 8 2019
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator completed its maiden flight on March 5 with a 76-minute-long flight over the United States Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. XQ-58A Valkyrie is a Joint project of Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (KUAS) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). AFRL' intends to realise its Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) program with this UAV. The new low-cost, runway-independent demonstrator drone is a long-range, high...
  • Japan to Acquire Eight SM-3
    Japan to Acquire Eight SM-3 November 20 2018
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of eight (8) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B Missiles and thirteen (13) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 2A Missiles for an estimated cost of $561 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 16, 2018.   The Government of Japan has requested to buy eight (8) Standard Miss...
  • Pentagon Delivered its Report on Turkey's F-35 program
    Pentagon Delivered its Report on Turkey's F-35 program November 16 2018
    The U.S. Defence Department has delivered a report to Congress detailing implications of Turkey receiving 100 F-35 fighter jets according to Reuters. Turkey plans to acquire Russian S-400 air missile defence system and this decision has raised concerns in US. Turkey last month said it was moving ahead with the controversial S-400 procurement and expected to begin installing the surface-to-air missile systems in October 2019. Turkey is due to receive its third and...
  • Qatari Apaches on the Line October 15 2018
    Boeingr started to Qatar’s production for Apache. The first of the 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters, ordered by Qatar in 2016, entered the production line at Mesa Facilities, located in Arizona, last Saturday. Qatar will pay $ 667 million for procurement. AH-64 Apache helicopter, which serves in the inventory of many countries, is powered by two engines. The helicopter can withstand up to 23 mm ammunition and has a maximum take-off weight of about 9,500 kilograms. The platform, whi...
  • Boeing  Wins $242M for 17 AH-64E Apaches for UAE
    Boeing Wins $242M for 17 AH-64E Apaches for UAE October 8 2018
    The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $242,109,170 modification (P00021) to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for the remanufacture of eight, and procurement of nine new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft.    Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2010 foreign military sales funds in the amount of $242,109,170 were obligated at the time of the award. 
  • F-35B Shoots with HIMARS
    F-35B Shoots with HIMARS October 7 2018
    The U.S. Marine Corps were able to link the F-35B to a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and help the HIMARS achieve a rocket shot by sharing of data. Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, deputy commandant for aviation, told the audience at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies on Oct. 5. The shot was all done through data link, according to Rudder. The F-35 used sensors and pushed data about the location of the target that was then fed to a HIMARS s...
  • F-35 Maintenance Center for Australia
    F-35 Maintenance Center for Australia September 3 2018
    Australia is preparing to open F-35 Lightning II maintenance center. The center of TAE Aerospace will be located in Bundamba, Queensland. Maintenance of the engines of the F-35 aircraft will be serviced. In the statement made about the Center, it is noted that the center will serve not only the F135 engines supplied by Australia, but also the users in the Asia-Pacific region and other F-35 users. Australia approved 72 F-35A Lightning II procurement. These aircraft rep...
  • Turkish Pilot Carries Out First F-35 Jet Flight In US
    Turkish Pilot Carries Out First F-35 Jet Flight In US August 28 2018
    A Turkish fighter pilot has carried out the first flight of the F-35 jet in the U.S. as part of ongoing training, the Turkish General Staff said on Tuesday.  Late June, Turkey took delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet at a ceremony in Forth Worth, Texas.  Early July, the Pentagon said Turkish pilots and maintenance personnel were being trained on the F-35 fighter jet in the state of Arizona.  Turkey plans to get 100 F-35 fighter jets in upcoming years. ...
  • India’s First AH-64E Apache and CH-47F Chinook Helicopters Make Maiden Flight
    India’s First AH-64E Apache and CH-47F Chinook Helicopters Make Maiden Flight July 29 2018
    On July 27, 2018, the head of Boeing India, Pratyush Kumar, reported that the first aircraft Apache AH-64E attack and CH-47F Chinook helicopters of the Indian Air Force made its maiden flight in Arizona, USA. In 2015, India ordered 22 Apache Guardian combat helicopters and 15 Chinook transport helicopters. The amount of the transaction was about $ 3 billion. The AH-64E attack helicopter is the latest version of the AH-64, also known as Apache Guardian. The CH-47F is an adv...
  • Zephyr S Set to Break Aircraft World Endurance Record
    Zephyr S Set to Break Aircraft World Endurance Record July 27 2018
    Zephyr S, Airbus’ High-Altitude-Pseudo-Satellite, has surpassed the current flight endurance record of an aircraft without refuelling of 14 days, 22 minutes and 8 seconds and continues to pioneer the stratosphere. The Zephyr aircraft departed for its maiden flight from Arizona, USA on 11th July 2018. Airbus designs solar-powered aircraft, for a wide scope of applications, ranging for example from maritime surveillance and services, border patrol missions, communicati...
  • Denmark to acquire 28 AIM-120 C-7 (AMRAAM)
    Denmark to acquire 28 AIM-120 C-7 (AMRAAM) July 11 2018
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Denmark of twenty-eight (28) AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost of $90 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Denmark has requested to buy twenty-eight (28) AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one (1) AMRAAM spa...
  • Lockheed Martin to deliver first F-35A to Turkey next Thursday
    Lockheed Martin to deliver first F-35A to Turkey next Thursday June 16 2018
    Lockheed Martin plans to formally deliver an F-35A Lighting II to Turkey in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas on 21 June. The F-35A will remain in the USA until Turkish pilots are trained to operate the aircraft, upon which time it will be flown to Turkey. “The F-35 program traditionally hosts a ceremony to recognise every US and international customers’ first aircraft,” said Lockheed. “The roll out ceremony for Turkey’s first F-35 aircraft is scheduled f...
  • First ROKAF F-35A Rolled-out
    First ROKAF F-35A Rolled-out March 30 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced the roll-out of the first Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-35A Lightning II at the company's Fort Worth production facility on 28 March.  The Republic of Korea's F-35 program of record calls for 40 F-35A aircraft acquired through the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales program and to be built at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. The first aircraft will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where ROKAF pilots and m...
  • HMLA-367 replaces AH-1W with AH-1Z
    HMLA-367 replaces AH-1W with AH-1Z March 16 2018
    AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters flying at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 retire. The newest variant of the aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper replaced the whiskey models. HMLA-367 received its first three AH-1Zs in December 2017 to begin replacing the AH-1Ws, but it’s not the last the squadron will see of the cobras. The unit has eight AH-1Ws and three will remain in Hawaii as static displays while the other five will be transported to t...
  • AHRLAC Proposes BRONCO II for OA-X program
    AHRLAC Proposes BRONCO II for OA-X program February 23 2018
    AHRLAC Holdings, a joint venture between the Paramount Group and Aerosud, launched the Bronco II light attack aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) lightweight ground-attack aircraft program, the OA-X. Named after the OV-10 Bronco, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft designed for counterinsurgency (COIN) operations, the Bronco II is based on the AHRLAC aircraft platform, but with U.S. subsystems and weapons. Chairman of South Africa-based Paramount Group Internationa...
  • PAC-3 Contract to Lockheed
    PAC-3 Contract to Lockheed February 7 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $523 million contract for the supply of PATRIOT advanced capability-3 (PAC-3) missile segment enhancement missiles, cost reduction initiative missiles and associate ground support equipment to the US Army as well as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Romania.  Lockheed will perform work under the modification at various locations in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Massachusetts and Florida with an estimated completion date of 31 January, 202...
  • Flaps Becoming History?
    Flaps Becoming History? December 18 2017
    The first phase of flight trials with BAE System's MAGMA UAV has been successfully completed, announced by the company on 13 December. The flight trials are part of an ongoing project between BAE Systems and The University of Manchester, and wider long-term collaboration between industry, academia and government to explore and develop innovative flight control technology. MAGMA, a small-scale unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), will use a unique blown-air system to man...
  • NATO Retires E-3A
    NATO Retires E-3A December 17 2017
    NATO has retired the second of three E-3A AWACS early warning aircraft. The aircraft was pulled aside to desert in Arizona, USA. In 2015, NATO has retired the first aircraft. One of Boeing's 18 E-3A aircraft became unusable in 1995 after an accident. Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) has modernized 14 aircraft to keep them in service until 2035. The aircraft features a radome radar installed on the Boeing 707/320 commercial airframe. The radar has a 400km range. The radar det...
  • Northrop's Command System Under Evaluation
    Northrop's Command System Under Evaluation October 12 2017
    The US Army soldiers have successfully completed a major developmental test of the Northrop Grumman-developed Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), according to a company statement made on 9 October.  The Soldier Checkout Event (SCOE) took place at Tobin Wells in Fort Bliss over three weeks in August. The event allows air defense warfighters the opportunity to provide relevant system performance and interface feedback whe...
  • F-35A Oxygen Problem
    F-35A Oxygen Problem June 10 2017
    The US Air Force has suspended operations of five F-35As due to oxygen deficiency. According to the announcement of the service, the pilots of Arizona Luke Air Base have experienced oxygen deficiency five times in the last month. As the life support system shut down, oxygen tubes kicked in and before the pilots lose consciousness, the mission was cancelled. The service halted the flights of F-35As until Monday to find out the origin of the problem.
  • Russian Gun for American Police
    Russian Gun for American Police February 20 2017
    Russia is planning to sell non-lethal weapons to the United States. Sergei Rusakov, General Manager of Machine Engineering Technologies Holding (Tecmash), said at the IDEX 2017 trade show that the polis departments of the United States expressed interest in the multifunctional, non-lethal weapon "Osa". The news reports that the Arizona Police Department is pre-ordering 60 weapons and 10 thousand cartridges. The Osa weapon system has an aluminum body with 4 or 2 shells. Thanks to its...
  • 'G-CLAW' Engaged Its Target
    'G-CLAW' Engaged Its Target February 17 2017
    Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems announced on February 15th that the precision guided G-CLAW test was successful. Tests against mobile and stationary targets has been performed in October 2016 at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. The missile was fired from the Cessna Caravan aircraft hit targets within a one-meter circular error probable (CEP). The weapon with GPS assisted inertia navigation system is locked onto the target with semi-active laser (Semi-Active Laser / SAL) s...
  • MBDA Demonstrates Brimstone Missile Live Firing from Apache Helicopter
    MBDA Demonstrates Brimstone Missile Live Firing from Apache Helicopter July 17 2016
    MBDA and Boeing have successfully completed a series of physical trials and firings of Brimstone on the AH-64E attack helicopter to confirm the feasibility of integrating the missile with the United Kingdom’s future Apache AH-64E fleet. These trials validate a prior UK MOD study contract with MBDA and Boeing that confirmed integration was expected to be low risk. The programme was funded by a UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) contract, awarded to MBDA in September 2015. It included...
  • Qatar signs deal for 24 AH-64E Apaches June 8 2016
    Qatar has signed for 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to be delivered by 31 May 2020. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress in 2014 that an authorisation had been granted to provide 24 of the type to Qatar, and a $667 million contract was signed on 7 June. Qatar first requested the Apache helicopters in July 2012 for an estimated USD3 billion. Given its value, the contract award announced amounts to approximately USD27 million per aircraft and will likel...
  • Marines’ Drone Cargo to Be Used for Surveillance May 12 2016
    The K-MAX helicopter that produced and developed by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Kaman Corp. might be used for surveillance missions. Two remotely piloted helicopters that spent three years moving gear for Marines in Afghanistan are now undergoing tests and experiments that could take their role even further. The UAVs are at the Marine Corps’ Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 22 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona now where they will be used to further the Corps’ experiments with pay...
  • Qatar to get RIM-116 April 23 2016
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for (252) RIM-116C and (2) RIM-116C-2 Rolling Airframe Missiles and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $260 million. The US “Defense Security Cooperation Agency” delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 21, 2016. The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. 
  • F-35's International Debut to be in the Netherlands April 14 2016
    The F-35 joint strike fighter will make its international debut this summer at Netherlands. The F-35’s appearance at the Dutch air show comes ahead of the planned international debut of the JSF at the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom in July. Two US Air Force F-35As and two US Marine Corps F-35Bs are scheduled to fly over from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, for the events. At least one Dutch F-35A will appear at the Leeuwarden Air Show in the Ne...
  • US orders 117 new Apache April 8 2016
    The US Army has awarded Boeing a contract to buy 117 new AH-64E Apache tactical ground support helicopters. The US Army has awarded Boeing $922.6 million contract to buy 117 new Apache tactical ground support helicopters, Pentagon announced. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018. In March, Pentagon has announced that the US Army had awarded Boeing early $185 million contract to replace Apache AH-64 attack helicopters that can’t op...