Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Orbital and ATK Announce Merger

Orbital Sciences Corporation and ATK announced their definitive agreement to merge their Aerospace and Defense (A&D) Groups to create a $4.5 billion company, to be called Orbital ATK.

Field Aviation Delivered Last Modified Q300 MPA To Japan

Field Aviation delivered last of the nine modified Bombardier Q300 aircraft for maritime patrol and surveillance to Japanese Coast Guard.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Raytheon Tests New Passive Seeker For Tomhawk Block IV Cruise Missile

Raytheon successfully tested a new passive seeker designed for its Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile.

Rafale and Typhoons Deployed For Baltic Air Policing

A Royal Air Force Typhoon taking off from RAF Coningsby [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Chris Ellis, Crown copyright]
Britain and France deployed fighter jets on Monday to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Alenia MC-27J Demonstrator Makes Maiden Flight

MC-27J First Flight
The first MC-27J multi-mission tactical transport aircraft completed its maiden flight from the Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin Test Flight Centre in Italy.

Monday, April 28, 2014

SpaceX Sues USAF Over Sole Source EELV Contract With ULA

                                            FALCON 9 LAUNCH                   photo credit: spacex
SpaceX said it will file a suit against US Air Force for awarding the long-term Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contract to United Launch Alliance (ULA), on a sole-source basis without any competition.

Kongsberg Sign Deal For F-35 Control Surfaces

Norwegian Kongsberg Defence Systems signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to deliver additional rudders and vertical leading edges for production Lot 8 (LRIP 8) for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

MH370: Search For Wreakage To Expand Further

Bluefin-21 being lowered for search
After 52 days and searching more than 4.5 million square kilometres of ocean, the whereabouts of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 carrying 239 passengers remain a big mystery.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

India Carries Out Ballistic Missile Defense Test With New Interceptor

PDV Missile  photo:DRDO

India successfully carried out a ballistic missile defense test using a new interceptor missile which destroyed an incoming long-range mimicking missile on Sunday.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

British AW Lynx Helicopter Crashed In Afghan

British Lynx Helicopter

A British helicopter crashed during a routine flight in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing all the five onboard military personnels.

Northrop Completed Review of B-2 Software Upgrade

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed a major U.S. Air Force review of a new software upgrade for the B-2 stealth bomber.

US Navy Deploys Improved SM-3 1B Interceptor, PAA Phase 2 Initiated

U.S. Navy deployed the second-generation Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Block IB for the first time, initiating the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach Ballistic Missile Defense program.

Friday, April 25, 2014

UTC-AVIC Joint Venture For COMAC C919 Power Systems

UTC Aerospace Systems and Chinese AVIC Electromechanical Company (AVIC EM) inaugurated their 50-50 joint venture facility: Xi'an AVIC Hamilton Sundstrand Aviation Electric Co., Ltd. (AUAE) located within the Xi'an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone in China.

Australia Announce Additional F-35 Orders

Australian Government has approved the acquisition of an additional 58 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters, bringing the total order to 72 aircrafts.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sikorsky's Optional Piloted Black Hawk Helo Makes Maiden Flight

Optionally Piloted Black Hawk being controlled from GCS
Sikorsky's Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) helicopter Demonstrator, known as Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) Program, conducted its maiden demonstration flight successfully on March 11 at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in Florida.

EASA Certifies EC225 Bevel Gear Shaft Redesign

© Anthony Pecchi
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted certification to the redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters EC225 helicopter.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Selex BriteCloud Expendable Decoy Successfully Completes Trials

© 2013 Selex ES

Selex ES, has successfully carried out multiple end-to-end tests of its BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) system, under live conditions, clearing it for production.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mexico Request UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters

Mexico has requested a Foreign Military Sale for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated $680 million, with US.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

MH370: Bluefin Sweeped 50 Per Cent Search Area

Bluefin-21 AUV has commenced its eighth mission on Sunday, searching under water for the missing Flight MH370 debris. Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said the Bluefin-21 has searched approximately 50 per cent of the focused underwater search area to date.

The focused underwater search area is defined as a circle of 10km radius around the second Towed Pinger Locator detection which occurred on 8 April.

Bluefin is expected to complete the search mission in a week. Australian Maritime Safety Authority today completed a visual search of area totaling approximately 48,507 square kilometres, across two areas, using up to 11 military aircrafts and 12 ships.

Textron Scorpion Flight Test Proceeds

© Textron
Textron AirLand, announced that its under development Scorpion tactical aircraft has completed more than 50 flight test hours since the start of flight testing in December 2013.

Friday, April 18, 2014

EASA Certifies Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 Helicopter

EC145 T2 at Heli Expo 2014 photo: Airbus Helicopters

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified Airbus Helicopters lightweight EC145 T2 helicopter for commercial operations, clearing for customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of this year.

Upgraded An-70 Completes Flight Trials

Ukraine based ANTONOV has completed flight tests of its upgraded AN−70 short takeoff and landing (STOL) widebody military transport aircraft.

Selex To Support Malaysian Super Lynx Helicopter Fleet

Selex ES signed a contract with Malaysian MRO company AIROD SDN BHD for the supply and support of equipment for the Malaysian fleet of Super Lynx MK100 helicopters during DSA 2014, Defence Services Asia exhibition and conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Snecma and Mecachrome Sign Contract for Titanium Aluminide Blades For LEAP Engine

Aerospace engine maker Snecma and precision engineering company Mecachrome signed a procurement contract for titanium-aluminide (TiAl) blades for the low-pressure turbine of the under development CFM International LEAP high bypass turbofan engine.

Dassault Rolls Out 250th Falcon 7X Business Jet

French Dassault rolled out the 250th Falcon 7X business jet from it’s facility in Mérignac near Bordeaux, France.

This is a major milestone for a business jet as the Falcon 7X was first introduced to service in 2007.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

F-35 International Debut In UK During Farnborough and RIAT Airshows

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter will make its international debut appearance in British skies this summer at two of the world’s biggest air shows in July-the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford and at the Farnborough International Air Show.

Lockheed F-35 Fleet Surpasses 15,000 Flight Test Hours

Two F-35B Lockheed Martin photo by Michael D. Jackson.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter fleet recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours, marking a major milestone in the $392 billion program.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boeing Delivers 8000th 737 To United

Boeing delivered the 8,000th 737 airliner to United Airlines, marking a major milestone in its 50 year old 737 program. The airplane, a Next Generation(NG) 737-900ER (Extended Range), features a special logo.

Flight MH370: Bluefin-21 Aborts Second Mission Following Snag


The second deployment of the Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to assist in search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 last night from ADV Ocean Shield, also ended in failure following a technical snag.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Russian Su-24 Fighter Confronts USS Donald Cook in Black Sea

Russian Su-24

Amid escalating tensions in the region, a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft repeatedly flew close to U.S. Navy USS Donald Cook Destroyer while patrolling in international waters in the western Black Sea near Romania, on April 12, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.

MH370: Bluefin-21 Underwater Vehicle Deployed, First Mission Finds No Debris

With no pings detected in the past six days from Flight MH370 black box, probably due to dead batteries, the multinational search team has deployed the U.S. Navy's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Bluefin-21 which uses sonar to scan the ocean floor last night from the Australian Navy Ship ADV Ocean Shield.

Monday, April 14, 2014

British Apache's Exceeds 50000 Flight Hours In Afghan

Army Air Corps ground crew prepare to refuel an Apache helicopter at Camp Bastion (library image) [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters, Crown copyright]

British Army's Apache attack helicopters, operated by the Army Air Corps, has clocked more than 50,000 flight hour on Operation Herrick, the UK’s name for operations in Afghanistan.

Airbus Helicopters Inaugurate Full Flight Simulator In Japan

Airbus Helicopters today inaugurated it’s first full flight simulator (FFS) in Japan, for imparting high-fidelity training to helicopter pilots at Kobe Airport.

China Certifies Sikorsky S-76D™ Helicopter

Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has certified the Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter, for commercial operations in China.

German Navy Request P-3C Orion Upgrade

Germany has requested US an upgrade for its Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft fleet for an estimated $250 million.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Learjet 85 Completes Maiden Flight

Bombardier Learjet 85 midsize business jet successfully completed its first flight, achieving a major milestone in the development program on April 9.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Spacecraft Moves To Fabrication Phase

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return spacecraft program has successfully completed a comprehensive technical review of the mission and has been given approval to start fabrication of spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system.

Friday, April 11, 2014

FAA Upgrades Philippines Aviation Safety Rating To Category 1

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has upgraded aviation safety rating of Philippines to Category 1 status based on review of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in March 2014.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Israel Launches Ofek 10 Spy Satellite

The research and development department (MAFAT) of Israel's Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI ) launched the Ofek 10 spy satellite on Wednesday, at 22:15 hours, abroad its Shavit satellite launcher from an Israeli Air Force test range, probably from Palmachim Airbase.

Airbus A350 Debuts In UK

The new Airbus A350 XWB airliner made its debut arrival in Britain, landing at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of its certification flight tests.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

South Korea Request AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile Deal

South Korea has requested a Foreign Military Sale(FMS) with US for AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder air to air missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $98 million.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rolls Royce Begin Assembly Of Trend XWB-97 Turbofan Engine

Rolls Royce Trend XWB engine

Rolls Royce has started assembly of the first higher thrust variant of its Trent XWB turbofan engine, which powers the new generation Airbus A350 XWB airliner.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Airbus Unveil A350 Developmental Cabin Interiors

A350 Business Class
Airbus unveiled the development cabin interior installed on board third prototype of its next generation A350 airliner flight-testing aircraft at Hamburg.

The MSN002 is the first of two test aircraft fitted with a passenger interior as a part of the 2500 hour A350 XWB developmental flight test fleet.

MH370: Australian and Chinese Ships Detect Black Box Pings

In a significant lead to find MH370, the towed pinger locator  deployed from Australian navy ship HMAS Ocean Shield has detected signals consistent with those emitted by aircraft black boxes.

Air New Zealand Unveil Livery of First 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing rolled out the first 787-9 Dreamliner to be delivered to launch customer Air New Zealand, revealing the carrier's new-look livery. The airplane, painted in a distinctive black color scheme, features the iconic official New Zealand Fern Mark.

Boeing To End C-17 Production 3 Months Earlier

Indian Air Force C-17
Boeing announced that it will end its C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter production three months earlier than announced, and close its Long Beach, California, C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Turkey Accepts First Airbus A4OOM Airlifter

Airbus Defense and Space delivered the first of the ten A400M airlifters ordered by the Turkish Air Force, after a delay of several months on Friday. The delivery makes Turkey, the second A400M operator after France.

Friday, April 4, 2014

PSLV-C24 Orbits India's Second Navigation Satellite- IRNSS-1B

PSLV-C24 Lift off

Indian Space Research Organisation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C24, successfully launched the IRNSS-1B navigation satellite on April 04, 2014, at 1714 hours IST from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

MH370: Towed Pinger Locater Commence Search

The Royal Australian Navy and British Royal Navy have commenced a sub-surface search for emissions from the black-box pinger from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Friday.

Rockwell To Source F-35 DAS Optical Assemblies From Australia

Rockwell Collins will source optical assemblies for the Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS) on the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter, from its Melbourne facility in Australia.

Saab Flight Test New IRST Sensor For Gripen E

Swedish Saab has successfully flight tested the new IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) sensor for its under deveopment Gripen E fighter.

Northrop Flights Tests Smart Node Pod

Northrop Grumman has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the first production Smart Node Pod for the U.S. Air Force.

RAF Voyager Carries Out Maiden Three Point Aerial Refeulling

Voyager Refuelling RAF C-130 airlifter
A RAF Voyager carried out, maiden three-point air-to-air refuelling sortie over the Cornish Coast, on Monday, 31 March, refuelling three aircrafts simultaneously using its two underwing pods and the fuselage refuelling unit (FRU).

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Boeing Launches 737 MAX Based BBJ MAX Corporate Jet

Boeing launched its Boeing 737 MAX based Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) MAX airplane family after receiving the first order from an undisclosed customer. The order is for a BBJ MAX 8, which is based on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and will be delivered in 2018 without an interior.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DARPA Selects Phantom Work's Micro Satellite Launch Concept For ALASA

DARPA has selected Boeing's Phantom Work designed micro satellite launch vehicle concept for its Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program.

MH370: Britain Deploys HMS Tireless Nuclear Submarine For Search

HMS Tireless photo:

British Royal Navy's HMS Tireless nuclear submarine has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to assist in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

New RAF Eurofighter Typhoon Display Jet Livery Unveiled

The newly painted tail of British Royal Air Force ZK343 BX Eurofighter Typhoon Display jet, from 29 Reserve (R) Squadron (Sqn) is unveiled and flown for the first time. The aircraft, ZK343 originally designated EA in 6 Squadron markings has now become BX. The Typhoon is piloted by Flt Lt Noel Rees.