Monday, April 24, 2017

Israel receive more F-35I Adir stealth fighters

An additional batch of three Lockheed Martin F-35I stealth fighters for Israel Air Force has arrived at the Nevatim air base in Southern Israel.

Christened Adir by Israel, the arrival of F-35I stealth fighters has given Israel an edge over its rivals in the region, with the  capability to evade enemy radars, advanced sensors, still carrying a 8,000 kg weapon payload on its internal weapon bays and external hard points.

The first two arrived in December 2016, and have clocked dozens of flight hours, focused on training and flights intended to explore the fifth generation jet's capabilities.

The F-35I squadron named the “Golden Eagle” is scheduled to receive additional Adir aircraft throughout the year, and aims to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of 2017.

Italy was the first foreign operator of the F-35A, when two aircraft arrived in the country on Dec 12 2016, followed by Israel.

Israel has committed to purchase 50 F-35 fighter jets. The first 33 aircraft will have an average price of $110 million each, while the remaining are expected to be cheaper.

The F-35I will also be integrated with Israeli systems, to transform the aircraft to the F-35I version.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pictures: Qatari Dassault Rafales takes off

The third Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft for Qatar Emiri Air Force has taken off for the first time, from the Bordeaux-Merignac airport in France.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

PTDI contracts Honeywell TPE331 engines for NC212i

Indonesian aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia has signed a contract with Honeywell for the purchase of 34 Honeywell TPE331 turboprop engines.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fatal Sept 2016 U-2 crash caused by pilot error

The fatal crash of a US Air Force TU-2S surveillance aircraft on 20 Sept, 2016 near Sutter, California has been attributed to pilot error, according to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report.

US Navy F/A-18 abroad USS Carl Vinson crashes

Official U.S. Navy file photo of an F/A-18E Super Hornet Strike Fighter on final approach for an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
 A US Navy F/A-18E fighter jet has crashed while attempting to land aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) aircraft carrier on April 21.

UK awards Meteor, CAMM and Sea Viper missile contracts

F-35 launch meteor BVRAAM

UK Secretary of State, Sir Michael Fallon, has announced three new missile contracts worth a combined £539/$689 million for state-of-the-art Meteor, Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and Sea Viper missile systems to MBDA UK.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kazakhstan orders more Airbus C295 transports

Kazakhstan is to acquire two more Airbus C295 transport aircraft following the signature of a new contract with Airbus Defence and Space.

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