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  • Denmark's First F-35 on Assembly Line
    Denmark's First F-35 on Assembly Line 24 October 2020
    Denmark's first F-35 Lightning II aircraft was pictured on the assembly line. Denmark, which participated in the F-35 Joint Assault Aircraft program in 2002, announced that it would buy 27 F-35A Lightning II in 2016. The platform is expected to leave the plant in early 2021. Danish pilots will then train at Luke Air Force Base (Luke Air Force Base9) in Arizona, part of the F-35 program. Acceptance of platforms by the Royal Danish Air Force will be completed within a si...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise
    HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise 24 September 2020
    The UK Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto the deck as it prepares to take its place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. It also represents the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world. Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets - the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marine Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers) - have landed on the 65,000-tonne carrier as it sails ...
  • Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission
    Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission 18 September 2020
        MIT Lincoln Laboratory announced that the LL Flight Test Facility flew aircraft N404PA Boeing 707 will be retired. The laboratory said on its tweeter account, that the aircraft will fly for “its final data collection mission” The aircraft will enter into “disposition status” in preparation for final transfer to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. This aircraft is a Heavily Modified B707-321B carrying civil regist...
  • Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender
    Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender 16 July 2020
    The aerial refuelling procedure is a matter that takes aircraft endurance and range beyond limits. For this reason, the refuelling aircraft, which are serving as "flying gas stations", are important power multipliers for the air forces. Retirement time came for the KC-10 Extender refuelling tankers, who have been in the US Air Force inventory for 39 years. The first platform, which will be replaced by the KC-46A Pegasus, which has come to the fore with frequent problems, w...
  • Trials of Armoured Mortar Vehicle Begins
    Trials of Armoured Mortar Vehicle Begins 11 July 2020
    Turreted armoured mortar vehicles come to the fore with their high rate of fire and their ability to offer personnel to serve under armour protection. The U.S., which has been searching for vehicles with fast and precise indirect firing capabilities for Stryker troops for some time, has begun experiments on the prototype of the final vehicle. Washington has started the testing process of a new platform with the Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle chassis develop...
  • Qatari Apache Production Completed
    Qatari Apache Production Completed 16 June 2020
    Qatar, which has recently signed important procurement agreements, is about to complete the attack helicopter acquisition process. Boeing, one of the leading defence and aviation companies of the USA, announced that the manufacturing process has been finished in Qatar AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Within the scope of the activities carried out at the company's facility in Mesa, Arizona, the test flights of the platforms were also completed. It is stated that all helicopters ...
  • US to Retire Strategic Bombers
    US to Retire Strategic Bombers 1 March 2020
    The end of the road seems for the B-1B Lancers, which became one of the symbolic aircraft of the Western Block during the Cold War period. According to the statement made by the US Department of Defence, there will be a temporary decrease in the strategic bomber power of the US Air Force temporarily. For the platforms that have been in use for many years and whose sustainment costs have increased, the ministry has made a decision. The Air Force and the US plan to transfer the b...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches 17 February 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 12 January 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 15 August 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 7 June 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 17 May 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 13 May 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 1 April 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 30 March 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 29 March 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 14 March 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 8 March 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 20 November 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 16 November 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 15 October 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 8 October 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 7 October 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 3 September 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 28 August 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 29 July 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 27 July 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) 11 July 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 16 June 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 30 March 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 16 March 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 23 February 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 7 February 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? 18 December 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 17 December 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 12 October 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 10 June 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 20 February 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 17 February 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 17 July 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...