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  • “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...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • 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...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance
    $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance 11 September 2020
    On Sept 08, 2020, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the GBSD Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent competition to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles. The worth of the contract is approximately $ 13.3 billion.  Northrop Grumman Systems will develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) to replace the Minuteman III (MM III) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Sys...
  • 5th British P-8 Poseidon ‘Fulmar’ Rolls Off Production Line
    5th British P-8 Poseidon ‘Fulmar’ Rolls Off Production Line 10 September 2020
    The 5th British P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has rolled out of final assembly. The aircraft is named ‘Fulmar’ after a type of seabird. This comes not long after news that the P-8 Poseidon aircraft three and four are soon to be delivered to the UK, bringing the fleet up to 4 aircraft. “Very excited to see our next 2 Poseidon in the final stages of build. Thanks Boeing, keep up the great work.” The British Poseidon MRA Mk1 fleet cur...
  • Air Force “Mach” One
    Air Force “Mach” One 7 September 2020
    The US Air Force awarded a contract to develop a supersonic passenger plane for US President’s use. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre announced on August 31st from official social media account that the service's Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate has awarded a contract to California-based start-up Exosonic to develop a "low-boom supersonic executive transport aircraft." The platform will be used by "key decision-makers and teams."<...
  • US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant
    US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant 2 September 2020
    U.S. Special Operations Command has taken receipt of its first MH-47G Block II Chinook from Boeing on time, according to a Sept. 1 company statement. A special operations Chinook weighs roughly 54,000 pounds while a conventional Chinook weighs 50,000 pounds. The upgrades in the Block II version include newly designed rotor blades, major changes to the drive system and other improvements like non-segmented fuel cells. Boeing produced three aircraft for flight test...
  • S&P Revised Boeing’s. Outlook to Negative from Stable
    S&P Revised Boeing’s. Outlook to Negative from Stable 10 August 2020
    Credit rating company Standard and Poor (S&P) revised aviation giant Boeing’s rating to negative from stable. The outlook for the recovery in global air travel and therefore aircraft demand continues to weaken. This situation lowers Boeing earnings and cash flow. S&P states that the company has sufficient liquidity to cover large cash outflows over the next 6-12 months and free cash flow is likely to turn positive in 2021. Therefore, S&P affirms its ratings, includ...
  • Three Companies to Compete for Canada
    Three Companies to Compete for Canada 1 August 2020
    Three companies have submitted offers after Canada announced it was planning to buy fighter jets. Lockheed Martin participated with the F-35 Lightning II, while Boeing offered the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  Swedish-based firm Saab offered Gripen E to Canada. Ottawa plans to buy a total of 88 jets and plans to retire its CF-18 fleet. “Our government committed to purchasing a full fleet of 88 aircraft to be able to meet our NORAD [North American Aerospace Defence Command] and...
  • 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 ...
  • V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory
    V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory 16 July 2020
    The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) became the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military. V-22 was already in use in Japan but US was the operator. The V-22 can conduct multiple missions which are not possible with traditional rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft alone. The marine version resists corrosion and reduces the cost of long-term sustainabi...
  • USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory
    USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory 14 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence has reached an agreement with Boeing for the F-15EX program worth about $23 billion. Boeing announced that the first two jets have begun work under the deal. Delivery of F-15EX, which is expected to replace the F-15C/Ds operational in the United States Air Force (USAF) inventory, will begin next year. This year's fiscal budget includes delivery of eight platforms. A total of 76 F-15EX are scheduled to be in inventory during the five-year ...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • New Apache Order
    New Apache Order 2 July 2020
    AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, which have made their maiden flight in 1975 and have been in production since 1983, do not lose their popularity. Morocco, which has entered a remarkable arms race with the countries in the region, has ordered the AH-64E Apache to the USA. The country will receive a total of 24 platforms within the scope of procurement, the total cost of which is estimated at 440 million USD. According to the statement from Boeing, deliveries that will start in 2024 ...
  • Missile Protection to Presidential Aircraft
    Missile Protection to Presidential Aircraft 29 June 2020
    Missile protection systems are vital for the self-defence of large-body aircraft which has low manoeuvrability. Israel-based Bird Aerosystems has announced the delivery of an aircraft missile protection system to an African country. The systems that are stated to be integrated into the Boeing 737 aircraft used by the Presidency were announced as AeroShield and MACS. The AeroShield Pod was developed for use in wide-body aircraft. The equipment consists Missile Launch D...
  • 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...
  • Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test
    Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June 2020
    The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021 Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model. “The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs. The Navy will u...
  • Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement
    Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement 17 June 2020
    A new agreement has been reached for the F-15QA aircraft developed for Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). A new complex will be built at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $524 million contract to a joint venture between Bahadir Construction Engineering Contracting and Trading Company & Impresa Costruzioni Giuseppe Maltauro, which includes training, maintenance and procurement for the F-15QA. Under the deal, which is worth about $524 million, 35 buildings wi...
  • 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,...
  • 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 ...
  • 400th V-22 Osprey delivered
    400th V-22 Osprey delivered 13 June 2020
    Bell Textron and Boeing announced they had delivered the 400th V-22 Osprey to the United States Department of Defence. The US Air Force Special Operations Command received the CV-22 on 2 June. The CV-22 is the Special Operations Forces (SOF) variant of the V-22 Osprey. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft....
  • Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation
    Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation 31 May 2020
    Today's technology has made it possible for fifth-generation aircraft that were almost impossible for the another country approximately 15-20 years ago in the US. The Republic of Korea, which acquired F-35 Lightning IIs from the USA in line with the country's modern battlefield requirements, launched the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project in the same framework. In the process, which continued with the industrial partnership of Indo...
  • Boeing to Report Layoffs to the Union on Friday
    Boeing to Report Layoffs to the Union on Friday 27 May 2020
    Behind Rolls-Royce, which announced last week that it would lay off nearly 9,000 employees, Boeing is also starting layoffs. In the first quarter of this year, Boeing suffered a loss of $641 million. At the beginning of April, the firm's General Manager Dave Calhoun announced that they had prepared a voluntary layoff plan for staff. Boeing is expected to announce layoffs at US manufacturing facilities this week. The company, which employs about 160,000 people worldwide, has not ...
  • Ramjet Artillery Projectile
    Ramjet Artillery Projectile 27 May 2020
    Technological advances provide armies long range precision strike capability from portable weapons. This increases the need for long-range artillery systems. Raytheon Missiles and Defence continues its work on the US Army's XM1155 Extended-Range Artillery Projectile (ERAP) project. As part of the process initiated by the force's ERCA (Extended Range Cannon Artillery) Program, the company will develop a ramjet powered artillery round. Having signed a similar agreement wi...
  • 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...
  • 100th Poseidon of the Navy
    100th Poseidon of the Navy 18 May 2020
    Maritime patrol aircraft provide important advantages to the user in maritime area domination thanks to their large coverage and structures that allow rapid reaction terms. The US Navy is replacing the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft that have been on duty for many years and have a structural fatigue problem, with P-8 Poseidons. In this context, Boeing continues its deliveries rapidly despite the virus outbreak that has felt its impact in the USA. The company delivered ...
  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • First Blok III Rolled-Out
    First Blok III Rolled-Out 10 May 2020
    The USA, one of the countries with the greatest severity of the virus epidemic, does not slow down in defence production. Boeing, one of the largest aerospace and defence companies of the United States, has announced that it has terminated the production activities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block II platforms in recent weeks. The company announced that it will focus on the production of Block III Super Hornet for the US Navy in the future, and that the first prototype wil...
  • Giant Companies Go to Arbitration
    Giant Companies Go to Arbitration 29 April 2020
    The purchase agreement between Brazil's aviation company Embraer and the US giant aerospace and defence company, Boeing, fell apart. Brazil will both take the US company to arbitration and try to deal with China. Brazil's Embraer firm said on Monday that the US firm suddenly cancelled the $ 4.2 billion deal and an arbitration process has started against Boeing Co. The fact that the process related to Boeing's partnership with Embraer ended with such a sudden de...
  • Last Block 2 Delivered
    Last Block 2 Delivered 26 April 2020
    Boeing, one of the largest manufacturers in the United States, has announced the completion of an important phase in the F/A-18 Super Hornet program. According to the company statement, the last F/A-18 Super Hornet Block 2 was delivered to the US Navy on April 17. A total of 608 platforms were delivered in Block 2 phase. It was stated that some of which were upgraded to Block 2 within the scope of production and the other part is new manufacture, 322 of aircraft that ...
  • 500th Apache Guardian Delivery
    500th Apache Guardian Delivery 24 April 2020
    The AH-64 Apache helicopter, which has been on the battlefield since 1975 when it made its first flight under the name YAH-64, left an important milestone behind. Boeing, one of the leading aviation companies of the USA, announced that the 500th AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter was delivered to the US Army. Platforms that offer important features such as joint digital interoperability, advanced situational awareness, digital avionics as well as lower maintenance costs compared...
  • F-15QA Aircraft Completes Its First Flight
    F-15QA Aircraft Completes Its First Flight 15 April 2020
    The F-15QA aircraft developed for the Qatar Emirate Air Force (QEAF) successfully performed its first flight. The platform is the version of the F-15 Advanced Eagle produced for Qatar. The plane took off from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and remained in the air for 90 minutes. Boeing had signed contracts with Qatar in 2017 for 36 F-15QA's. Deliveries are planned to start in 2021. The company also signed another $ 500 million deal in 2019 for crew training and aircr...
  • 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...
  • Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker
    Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker 9 April 2020
    KC-46A Pegasus's full of problems career continues. The USA continues its efforts to solve the problems detected on the aircraft. Boeing and the USA signed a new agreement on April 2. Under the contract, the RVS (Remote Vision System) problems experienced in the KC-46A Pegasus will be solved. The system allows the operator to safely handle the boom system in refuelling missions. However, in some ambient conditions, depth of field problems caused by cameras prevented the saf...
  • Virus Did Not Stop Delivery of Chinook
    Virus Did Not Stop Delivery of Chinook 9 April 2020
    Boeing, whose many of its employees were diagnosed with COVID-19, temporarily halted production activities in Seattle and Philadelphia. Despite this, Boeing continues its deliveries. The US-based company delivered the first modernized CH-47 Chinook to the Royal Dutch Air Force (RNLAF). RNLAF, which will add a total of 20 helicopters to its inventory, will have a fleet equipped with modern technology. Ridley Park in Philadelphia, CH-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and MH-...
  • AG600 Prepares for First Sea-Based Test Flight
    AG600 Prepares for First Sea-Based Test Flight 8 April 2020
    The AG600, China's large amphibious aeroplane, is preparing in Hubei Province to conduct its first maritime test flight this year. The aircraft has flown before. The AG600 conducted its land-based maiden flight in Zhuhai, in December 2017 and its first water-based test flight over a reservoir in Jingmen in October 2018. All previous flights took place from a controlled area like land and lake, unlike sea where conditions may vary. The amphibious air...
  • Poseidon Declared Operational
    Poseidon Declared Operational 6 April 2020
    The P-8 Poseidon, which is developed over Boeing 737 commercial aircraft, is become more operational in the operations theatre day by day. The UK had not acquired a maritime patrol aircraft for a long time after retiring their last Nimrod MRA.Mk4. In line with the changing battlefield requirements, nine P-8A Poseidon procurement agreement were signed with the US at the beginning of 2017 for the Royal Air Force, which determined the need for a new generation long ...