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  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 6 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker
    Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker 16 July 2020
    The multi-domain battle doctrine, although relatively new, is one of the building blocks of the warfare techniques of the future. The active and uninterrupted sustainability of the war of information, which guides the real combat, is the core of the doctrine. The Royal Air Force (RAF) has already started the study on the multi-domain battle doctrine it plans to implement with the F-35B Lightning IIs and the platforms it will add to its inventory in the future. In this context, RAF, ...
  • 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...
  • "The King" Completed First Sea Trials
    "The King" Completed First Sea Trials 9 July 2020
    The CH-53 Stallion helicopter family is the largest and heaviest heavy-lift cargo helicopter in use in the US and Western world inventory. Despite the problems detected during development and factory tests, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its first sea tests. The first trial, completed on the USS Wasp (LHD 1) amphibious assault helicopter, was conducted in the Atlantic Ocean and lasted about two weeks. In this context, activities such as take-off and landing in di...
  • 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...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • 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...
  • Climate Tests Succesful
    Climate Tests Succesful 16 April 2020
    An important milestone has been left behind in the new combat search and rescue helicopter program. Test activities continue in the HH-60W Jolly Green II program, which was launched within the scope of the new search and rescue helicopter requirement of the the US Air Force (USAF). The platform completed the extreme weather tests on April 2. Jolly Green II has passed tests at the McKinley Climate Laboratory the in the Eglin Air Force Base, located in Florida. In the l...
  • "Stallion" Refuelling Tests
    "Stallion" Refuelling Tests 14 April 2020
    The latest member of the CH-53 Stallion family, the most powerful and heaviest military helicopter in the Western world, continues testing. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced that CH-53K King Stallion helicopter made aerial refuelling tests with the KC-130J Super Hercules. The flight characteristics of the helicopter were examined in a heavy turbulent environment in the activity, which lasted 4.5 hours. The helicopter, which entered the turbulenc...
  • 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...
  • KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19
    KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19 24 March 2020
    Pegasus and Poseidon production stops as Boeing Temporarily Shuts Down Facilities Production of the Air Force’s KC-46 refuelling tanker(Pegasus)  and the Navy’s P-8 maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare plane (Poseidon) will stop as Boeing shuts down all facilities due to coronavirus pandemic. “Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity today and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites a...
  • US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March
    US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March 21 February 2020
    The U.S. Air Force is hoping to get KC-46 tanker’s most critical technical problem to be fixed by the end of March. The Air Force and Boeing are going to sign off next month on a finalized design for the KC-46’s Remote Vision System(RVS) to steer the aircraft’s boom into a plane for aerial refuelling. RSV is composed of a series of cameras and sensors to detach boom from recipient aircraft. RVS is manufactured by Rockwell Collins. Under certain ...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France 14 February 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • 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...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers 7 January 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration 3 January 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X 26 November 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...
  • Stratotanker Fleet Retires
    Stratotanker Fleet Retires 12 November 2019
    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) confirmed that they have retired its fleet of four Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refuelling and cargo aircraft last June 2019. The last flight was conducted on 26 June 2019.  RSAF purchased six of the A330 MRT tankers and transport aircraft, which were able to refuel with both the boom and hose-drouge method. In June 2019, three aircraft were delivered to the RSAF.   Singapore supplied the KC-135A Stratotanker platforms u...
  • Design Process Completed
    Design Process Completed 26 September 2019
    The design process of the combat aircraft developed jointly by the Republic of Korea and Indonesia has been completed. The cost of the development project, fixed at $7.3 billion was initiated in January 2016. Prototype to be built by 2021. The 4.5 generation, semi-stealth aircraft will have advanced avionics and aerial refuelling capability. In all, about 168 jets will be made. According to the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the project progressed...
  • 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...
  • Boeing MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueller Completes First Test Flight 21 September 2019
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy on Sept. 19 successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller, according to a company release. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and take-off and then flew a pre-determined route to validate the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations w...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules 20 September 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...
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron
    E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron 12 September 2019
    The U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), also known as “Greyhawks”, receive the first improved version of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning surveillance aircraft with aerial refuelling capability. The upgrades installed to support aerial refuelling include electrical and lighting upgrades and long endurance seats that will enhance the field of view in the cockpit and reduce fatigue over longer missions. The aerial refuelling capabil...
  • KC-135s are Retiring
    KC-135s are Retiring 11 September 2019
    U.S. Air National Guard unit has received Boeing KC-46 Pegasus air-refuelling tanker. The KC-46 is a military aerial refuelling and transport aircraft designed to replace the current KC-135 Stratotanker. The aircraft is capable of carrying approximately 73,000 kg of fuel and 35,000 kg of cargo.  Boeing 767-200LRF commercial aircraft-based KC-46, made its first flight in 2015. The first two KC-46s were delivered to the 157th Air Refuelling Wing at Pease Air National Guard B...
  • Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
    Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force 5 September 2019
    Embraer delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira /FAB) at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base.  The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state. In order to maximize the...
  • Decision to Continue Production
    Decision to Continue Production 5 September 2019
    Russia has begun the design of the A-42 aircraft to replace the Beriev Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. Defence Ministry sources told the decision in principle to resume A-42 production had been made. The ministry is drafting tactical and technical requirements to the upgraded project. The main one is to create a universal antisubmarine and rescue aircraft. So far...
  • Five KC-390 will be Procured
    Five KC-390 will be Procured 23 August 2019
    Portugal, the largest international partner of the KC-390 program has signed contracts for five Embraer KC-390 aircraft. The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed on August 22, at a ceremony held at Embraer's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390.  Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support n...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy 23 August 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong
    Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong 3 August 2019
    Huntington Ingalls Industries,  the U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilder, has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $290 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue planning for the Refuelling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The initial year of planning was funded at a base value of $187.5 million. The contract, from U.S. Navy, funds the second and third years of planning, long-lead-ti...
  • Sector News Issue 75 11 July 2019
    New Support for A400M RAM for USA and Japan UK Gets a German Partner Refuelling from KC-46 to F-35 Lantset: Cost Active Solution LCS Meets the Water New Solution for Air Operations Armour Becomes Lighter Kement, Ready for Mission ACMI found its Place. Gökbey on its Way to Certification Technologic Support for Atak ...
  • A400M Acts as Tanker
    A400M Acts as Tanker 9 July 2019
      The German Air Force Luftwaffe cleared the A400M for air-to-air refuelling, and has also deployed an A400M to Jordan on its first operational air tanker mission. The A400M is now being tested abroad as a tanker aircraft as part of Operation Counter ISIS, it refuels German and Allied aircraft in the air. Since August 2018, the certification of the A400M as refuelling aircraft in the AAR (Air-to-Air-Refuelling) version has been in progress. Air transport squ...
  • KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully
    KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully 21 June 2019
      The U.S. Air Force’s new air refuelling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus, is undergoing a variety of tests out of Edwards Air Force Base, California. Starting on April 29th, the KC-46 conducted the first refuelling test with a Travis AFB C-5M Super Galaxy. The testing is a part of a larger test program to certify aerial refuelling operations between the KC-46 and 22 different receiver aircraft. C-5M crew tested with the KC-46 was the ability to connect w...
  • Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft
    Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft 5 April 2019
    Brazil’s Akaer company is showing a conceptual multi-role aircraft called Mosquito at the 2019 LAAD Defence and Security exposition. Mosquito is designed to perform missions ranging from airborne C2 to armed ISR and aerial refuelling. Company believes that twin-engine aircraft may provide better visibility than competitors Super Tucano and Wolverine. Aircraft may conceptually perform missions such as close air support (CAS); intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)...
  • 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...
  • PAF Carried Out Road Runway Exercise
    PAF Carried Out Road Runway Exercise 19 March 2019
    Pakistan Air Force (PAF) carried out road runway exercise with a Mirage aircraft. Aircraft landed on one of the country’s motorways during road runway operations on Monday. The aircraft landed and took off from multiple locations. After landing, the fighter aircraft also took part in a refuelling and re-arming exercise. The exercise was conducted to demonstrate PAF’s capability of being able to sustain high-tempo air operations. The successful landing and take-off had been describ...
  • Pentagon Plans to Retire USS Harry S. Truman
    Pentagon Plans to Retire USS Harry S. Truman 28 February 2019
    U.S. Navy intends to retire its nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the next decade. The ship was supposed to undergo a Refuelling & Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in 2024. The service plans to skip that in order to save money. The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons. The on-board nuclear reactor will then be allowed to run down. This will keep the aircraft carrier in service between mid to late 2020s. ...
  • Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India
    Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India 23 February 2019
    Lockheed-Martin offers F-21 to India, but it is former F-16V Viper with F-22 like name. The F-21 is fitted with a Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS), a retractable flight refuelling boom, a "Sniper" targeting pod, and an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) AN/APG-83 radar provided by Northrop-Grumman, derived from the two radars that already equip the F-22 and the F-35.  
  • 30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle
    30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle 14 February 2019
      The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deployed in the Mediterranean with its carrier group for the exercise Fanal 2019. 30 Rafale M fighter jets , two Hawkeye E- 2C command and control aircraft , one Dauphin helicopter and one NH90 helicopter. It is the major air group deployed on the deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and can be identified on a photo published by the Navy. The air group more generally includes about 20 Rafale be the equiva...