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  • New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft
    New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft November 26 2019
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand of five C-130J aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of New Zealand has requested to buy five C-130J aircraft; 24 Rolls Royce AE-2100D3 turboprop engines (20 installed, four spares).  
  • 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...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules September 20 2019
    Under the contract signed between France and the US government through Foreign Military Sales, France purchased two C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft and two KC-130J tanker aircraft. The French Air Force has received the first of two US-made KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft. The two C-130J-30 airlifters were delivered in 2017 and 2018, and a second KC-130J will deliver in 2020. “In choosing to operate both the C-130J-30 and the KC-130J, France has built a diverse air...
  • Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet
    Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet September 11 2019
      Warsaw intends to expand its fleet of combat-proven C-130 transport aircraft to 10 within five years. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that his ministry “sent two letters of request today” to the United States regarding Poland’s plan to acquire C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and a batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems. Under the request, Poland plans to buy five more C-130H in addition to its existing fleet of five Hercules aircra...
  • Bangladesh Received C-130J
    Bangladesh Received C-130J September 2 2019
    The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) received the first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules it purchased from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Britain replaces Hercules with A400Ms. The aircraft arrived in Dhaka on 25 August 2019 and represents the most capable airlifter of the BAF. The four other aircraft purchased by the BAF are arriving before yearend.
  • First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4
    First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4 August 20 2019
    The first KC-390 is due to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, according to an Airway source. Manufactured by Embraer, the multi-purpose cargo jet is the largest aircraft ever built in Brazil. If all goes as planned, the ceremony will be held at Anapolis Air Base where Wing 2 is located, which will be responsible for operating the new aircraft. The first KC-390 from Brazil’s 28-unit order was completed late last year and made its first flight in October. Em...
  • Cracks of the Hercules August 12 2019
      Cracks were found in one of the US Air Force C-130H Hercules. As a result, a total of 123 Hercules transport aircraft are now temporarily grounded. Air Force has spotted cracks on the lower center wing joint during scheduled depot maintenance.   The aircraft that are grounded have not received the extended service life center wing box and have more than 15 thousand hours of flight. Maintenance and engineering experts are ordered to inspect the aircraf...
  • Eagles got the Situation Under Control in Anatolia August 9 2019
    The Turkish Air Force, which suffered the most losses during the July 15 process and therefore underwent a rapid recovery with the support of its former members, continues to establish its deterrence by increasing the level of preparation for the war. One of the most important trainings for this purpose, the Anatolian Eagle Exercise, was carried out successfully between 17-28 June 2019 in its usual home in Konya. The Anatolian Eagle Exercise performed at Konya 3rd Main Jet Base...
  • C-130 Fleet will Change
    C-130 Fleet will Change July 15 2019
    The Portuguese government has confirmed that they will acquire five KC-390 cargo aircraft. Government will make an agreement worth € 827 million to purchase of five KC-390 aircraft, a flight simulator, and the aircraft logistics. Minister of National Defence João Gomes Cravinho explained that the aircraft, with intercontinental range and true multi-mission capabilities, will be able to execute strategic and tactical operations, both civil and military, without limitations, from tr...
  • Royal Hercules to South Asia
    Royal Hercules to South Asia June 24 2019
      The Royal Air Force continues to sell of surplus equipment. In this context, it was announced that an additional procurement made to a South Asian country. According to a statement from Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group, the Bangladesh Air Force has procured additional C-130J Super Hercules from the Royal Air Force. Number of platforms which are serving in United Kingdom with the name of Hercules C5 is undisclosed. It was reported that the aircraft were...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries May 27 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • Yavuz Gets Lighter
    Yavuz Gets Lighter April 30 2019
    Yavuz truck-mounted howitzer, which was developed by Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company with its own sources, got lighter. The cabin height of the platform, which was displayed during IDEF'19 in Istanbul, was reduced in line with user demands. In addition, the weight of the vehicle was reduced thanks to modifications without compromising armour and CBRN protection. It was also fitted with a semi-automatic loader once again in line with user demands. In this way, the vehicl...
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship March 12 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order
    Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order January 7 2019
      Northrop Grumman signed a procurement agreement with the US, amount of USD 3.6 billion. Under the agreement, the company will supply a Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) to the US Air Force (USAF). The products to be delivered within the scope of the LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure) procurement program will be integrated into large aircraft operating within the USAF. How many systems will be procured is not disclosed. DIRCM, first i...
  • RAAF Testing External Fuel Tanks On C-130J
    RAAF Testing External Fuel Tanks On C-130J November 20 2018
    The Royal Australian Air Force is testing out the feasibility of fitting external fuel tanks to its C-130J transports and the first aircraft, A97-440, was recently handed over to No. 37 Squadron with those external tanks hanging beneath its wings.
  • Ukraine Launched Air Drills With NATO Countries October 12 2018
    Ukraine has opened a series of large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced. The multinational air force exercise Clear Sky 2018 has begun in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook. "Within 12 days, the tasks in the sky will be carried out by highly skilled pilots from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United States and Ukraine,&...
  • US Sells $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan
    US Sells $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan September 25 2018
    US Government, threatening China with sanctions, has decided to sell $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the sale with Taiwan’s official name “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States. All material will be transferred with Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II Case. The State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sales Order (FM...
  • Five Hercules for Indonesia
    Five Hercules for Indonesia September 20 2018
    Indonesia's Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu announced that Indonesia intends to procure new tactical airlifters and heavy-lift helicopters from the U.S. The acquisitions planned involve five Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft and an unspecified amount of Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters. 
  • Indonesia Confirms Plan to Buy C-130 Planes
    Indonesia Confirms Plan to Buy C-130 Planes August 31 2018
    Indonesia has confirmed a plan to buy Hercules C-130 planes and other transport planes from the United States to support the development of its defence architecture. "In future, Indonesia plans to buy several primary weaponry systems, including Hercules C-130 planes, and other heavy-duty transport planes from the US," Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said. The former army chief of staff added that Indonesia aimed to not only be able to meet its prima...
  • The Looping Hercules
    The Looping Hercules July 19 2018
    The LM-100J didloop maneuver. During the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, aircraft made a demonstration flight and did a "Loop" maneuver despite its big fuselage and turboprop engines.  "Loop" maneuvering was followed with interest. The civilian version of the C-130J-30 military transport aircraft, the LM-100J, was developed considering the needs of the civilian market. The aircraft, which made its first flight in May 2017 and equipped with ...
  • $470 million $ award for Dynetics for increased production of glide bomb
    $470 million $ award for Dynetics for increased production of glide bomb June 17 2018
     US Defence company Dynetics was awarded a contract worth up to $470 million to increase production levels of the GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM). The increased order is a result of a directive by the Secretary of Defence to maximize munition production, according to Dynetics. The SGM is used aboard the AC-130W and AC-130J gunships, as well as unmanned aerial systems, by US Special Operations Command. The SGM includes a 16 kg warhead with a deployable wing, which allows it ...
  • End of P4 Era
    End of P4 Era May 22 2018
    The French Army has selected the vehicle for the take place as part of an armored vehicle procurement program of Peugeot P4. The P4 will be replaced by the ACMAT Light Tactical Station Wagon (ALTV SW). Under the three-year delivery program, France will receive 3700 units of ALTV SW. The total amount of vehicles is 500 million Euros. ALTV SW is a military SUV which can carry loads up to 1 ton. Range of the vehicle is 1000 kilometers. The platform can be transporte...
  • Second-hand C-130J to Bangladesh
    Second-hand C-130J to Bangladesh May 17 2018
    Bangladesh's purchase of two UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft has been confirmed by a support contract announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group on 10 May.  In accordance with a government-to-government agreement for the sale of former Royal Air Force C-130J aircraft, Marshall Aerospace and Defence signed a support contract with the Bangladesh Air Force covering aircraft maintenance, logistics support including the pr...
  • Germany Gets Greenlight for C-130J Buy
    Germany Gets Greenlight for C-130J Buy May 7 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of three C-130J-30 aircraft and three KC-130J aircraft for an estimated cost of $1,40 billion. The German Air Force will use these aircraft to conduct airlift, air refueling, and air drop missions as part of a French-German allied squadron based in Evreux, France.  The Government of Germany has also requested to buy eight AN/ALE 47 Electronic Countermeasure Disp...
  • Germany to buy Hercules
    Germany to buy Hercules May 5 2018
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Germany of three C-130J-30 aircraft and three KC-130J aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.40 billion. The Hercules will be protected by AN/ALE 47 Electronic Countermeasure Dispensers; AN/AAR-47A(V)2 Missile Warning Systems; and AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receivers.
  • German Minister Wants Additional €12 Billion Budget
    German Minister Wants Additional €12 Billion Budget May 2 2018
    German Minister of Defense Ursula van der Leyen wants €12 billion in additional funding over the current term of parliament to fix the armed forces’ most urgent capability gaps. Reportedly, German minister also wants to award 18 armaments contracts this year, each worth over 25 million.  This demand created opposition between Defence and Finance Ministries, as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's financial plan for the next five years foresees an increase in ...
  • Lockheed Delivered 400th Super Hercules
    Lockheed Delivered 400th Super Hercules February 13 2018
    Lockheed Martin has realized the delivery of its 400th C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on 9 February. This Super Hercules is an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations aircraft that is assigned to the U.S. Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The C-130J supports 17 different mission configurations to include transport (military and commercial), firefighting, search and rescue, Special Operations, weather reconnaissance, and aerial refueling. <...
  • Canadian Hand to the Mexican C-130s
    Canadian Hand to the Mexican C-130s January 13 2018
    Canada will modernize avionics of Mexican Air Force's existing C-130 fleet. Cascade Aerospace Inc. (Cascade), will make integration of the Rockwell Collins production avionics. Within the modernization, advanced avionics will be installed on the aircraft. Rockwell Collins production Flight2 TM digital avionics süit will be applied to aircrafts. The agreement also includes  operational and technical support to the Mexican Air Force and personnel training.
  • The first C-130J Super Hercules arrived in France
    The first C-130J Super Hercules arrived in France December 30 2017
    The French defence ministry confirmed that it took over the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules on 22 December 2017, which landed on Orléans-Bricy Air Base. US Congress allowed France to purchase under the foreign Military Sales (FMS) program two C-130J-30 cargo and two Super Hercules KC-130J air filling configurations. The $ 650 million business included logistical support and ground-handling equipment. The C-130J will be used for transport and to support the French soldiers...
  • First Refuelling of Hawkeye AWACS
    First Refuelling of Hawkeye AWACS November 2 2017
    Northrop Grumman announced the successful first refuelling of its E-2D Hawkeye early warning aircraft on 31 October. The first in-flight fuel transfer was made on 14 July from a US Navy KC-130 Hercules. The US Navy awarded Northrop Grumman the aerial refuelling contract in 2013. This capability gives the U.S. Navy the flexibility to conduct missions of more than seven hours. 
  • Greece Chose Rockwell's Avionics
    Greece Chose Rockwell's Avionics October 28 2017
    The Rockwell Collins' avionics systems will be used on P-3 Orion aerial surveillance aircraft in the Greek Navy. Lockheed Martin, which has undertaken the modernization of P-3 aircraft, will integrate Rockwell Collins' Flight2 integrated avionics system onto the plane. Greek aircraft will use fully digital multifunction flight display systems. Integrated communication systems on board and identification friend or foe (IFF) Mode 5 will be found. The system is currently being used on 15...
  • German-French Cooperation on Air
    German-French Cooperation on Air October 23 2017
    Germany and France have signed an agreement on October 18 to set up a joint air transport unit. Under the agreement, four French and six German C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will be stationed at the French air base at Évreux.  the squadron is planned to achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by 2021 and full operational capability (FOC) by 2024. This cooperation is intended to close a limited gap in German air transport capability, which is...
  • Chinook Agreement at ADEX
    Chinook Agreement at ADEX October 20 2017
    The Republic of Korea's Korean Air Lines company announced on Thursday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Boeing to develop technology upgrade for CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Both the Republic of Korean Army and Air Force use Chinook helicopters for Search & Rescue (SAR) and transportation of artillery and troops.  The MoU for the partnership was signed at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2017.&...
  • Indigenous Protection To Transport Aircraft
    Indigenous Protection To Transport Aircraft September 28 2017
    The Republic of Korea has successfully tested an indigenous counter-missile system for use by military transport aircraft, a military official said yesterday. The indigenous directional infrared countermeasures system (DIRCM), which disrupts the enemy's infrared signals to stop guided missiles reaching aircraft equipped with the system, was tested in July a successful outcome.  DIRCM is being developed by the South Korean defence company H...
  • IOC Declaration for Ghostrider
    IOC Declaration for Ghostrider September 21 2017
    The US Air Force plans to declare initial operating capability (IOC) for its AC-130J Ghostrider this month, according to the head of Air Force Special Operations Command statement on Tuesday. A heavily modified C-130, the AC-130J features fully integrated digital avionics, as well as a 'Precision Strike Package'. The package includes a mission management console, robust communications suite, two electro-optical/infrared sensors, advanced fire control equipment, precisio...
  • Tactical Modernization for 'Hercules'
    Tactical Modernization for 'Hercules' September 13 2017
    The first Flight2 avionics system integration under the French Air Force's C-130H Hercules military transport modernization program has been completed. The main contractor of the program, Rockwell Collins, announced on 11 September that the Flight 2 system will provide tactical advantage for the French Air Force in military operations, while also reducing maintenance and operation costs. Flight2 offers a new generation of communications, navigation, surveillance and ai...
  • L3 Technologies Selected 'Gulfstream G550'
    L3 Technologies Selected 'Gulfstream G550' September 12 2017
    L-3 Communications selected the Gulfstream G550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) aircraft to host the US Air Force’s Compass Call program after their analysis and sharing that with the program office, USAF spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement. Despite the objections of Bombardier and Boeing, the U.S. Air Force awarded  L3 Technologies an undefinitized contract action for The Compass Call “crossdeck” program which wi...
  • Marine Corps 'Over-Cautious'
    Marine Corps 'Over-Cautious' July 28 2017
    The US Marine Corps has grounded its fleet of KC-130Ts operated by Marine Forces Reserve “out of an abundance of caution” following the events of the deadly crash earlier this month, the service has confirmed to Defense News. 12 aircraft have been grounded in total, while Marine Corps KC-130Js, as well as Navy and Air Force C-130 variants are not affected by the temporary halt in flight operations. 
  • C-130 Fleet Under Investigation
    C-130 Fleet Under Investigation June 13 2017
    After a series of incidents with several platforms, the Belgian army has decided to ground its entire fleet of C-130 transport aircraft for two weeks. According to a military spokesman, the flight suspension of eleven C-130s is a result of "abnormal functioning of flight controls." Several incidents have occurred in recent weeks during the flights of the aircraft. However, since all platforms could eventually land safely, no damage could be measured. Ne...
  • Lisbon Resolved on KC-390
    Lisbon Resolved on KC-390 June 12 2017
    Portugal has decided to proceed with the purchase of five KC-390 aircraft to replace its C-130s. Portuguese government gave the green light to start negotiations with Embraer with an option for a sixth aircraft, a flight simulator  for installation and operation in national territory. The negotiations will also include the "logistical support" of the aircraft, with specific technical and operational configurations defined by the Air Force. The new aircraft will be used for tran...