Friday, August 22, 2014

UK deploys RC-135W Rivet Joint to support aid mission in Iraq

UK has deployed its newly acquired Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint signal intelligence aircraft to provide operational and tactical level intelligence to aid its humanitarian efforts in Northern Iraq.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

MD530G armed scout helicopter completes firepower trials

Photo: MD Helicopters In
The new MD 530G Armed Aerial Scout helicopter from MD Helicopters has successfully completed the Live Fire Qualification Exercises at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.

Russia to field fifth generation spacesuits in 2015

Russian cosmonauts onboard International Space Station will receive a fifth generation spacesuits in the fall of 2015.

Northrop details XS-1 Spaceplane design

Photo:Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman along with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) XS-1 experimental spaceplane program.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

F-16V SABR AESA radar integration completed

The latest improved configuration of the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F-16V, has reached a major milestone with the integration of the Northrop Grumman Scalable Agile Beam Radar(SABR)

USAF grounds 82 F-16D fighters following cracks

F-16 and F-35 flying together-U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Hazeltine

U.S. Air Force has grounded 82 two-seat F-16D jets following discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats.

Italian Tornado fighters collide mid air

Two Italian air force Tornado fighter jets had an mid air collision on Tuesday over Italy and crashed into a hilly region.

The two Tornado had taken off from the permanent base of the 6 ° Stormo of Ghedi, in the province of Brescia, for a training mission planned, in preparation for a NATO exercise scheduled for next autumn.

Witnesses said a fireball formed as the jets collided and erupted in flames.

The fate of the two pilots and two navigators is still unknown and a search is being continued.

USAF CV-22 Ospreys proves survivability

Capt. Brett Cassidy and Maj. Taylor Fingarson, 8th Special Operations Squadron pilots, discuss in-flight operations at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 12, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jeff Parkinson)
US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) disclosed about an aborted rescue mission in South Sudan in December 2013 which saw three of its Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft being crippled by hostile ground fire.

Indian Airforce to replace crashed C-130J

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will acquire one more Lockheed Martin C 130J Super Hercules airlifter to replace the crashed one in March 2014.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Indian Rafael deal inches closer to finalisation

The much-awaited Indian Dassault Rafale fighter jet deal with France has moved a step closer to inking, with the defence ministry finalizing the draft contract.

X-47B and F/A-18 perform integrated flight

Source: Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman and U.S. Navy on Aug. 17 jointly conducted a first of its kind demonstration flights integrating manned and unmanned aircrafts into airspace, offering a glimpse into future joint carrier borne operations.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Russian PBS-950U parachute airdrop system being trialed

BMD-4 being airdropped from IL-76  photo:Rostec

Aircraft Equipment, part of Russian Rostec Corporation, has successfully completed a major trial of its new PBS-950U (Bakhcha-U-PDS) multi-dome parachute landing system.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

U.S. Navy awards GE38 engine contract for CH-53K King Stallion

Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion during roll out  photo:Sikorsky
U.S. Navy has awarded engine maker GE, a $68.5 million multi-year System Demonstration Test Article (SDTA) contract spanning from 2014-2017 to manufacture and support 16 GE38-1B turboshaft

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Airbus A350 ready for Type Certification

The world’s newest airliner, the Airbus A350-900, has successfully completed a series of Route Proving trials, the last hurdle for Type Certification which is expected in September this year.

Indian components in LCA Tejus to reach 80 percent

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd along with LCA Tejus suppliers during a meet resolved to increase the Indian made components in the Tejus fighter jet to 80 percent in next three years.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Boeing to upgrade Saudi E-3A AWACS fleet

French E-3F AWACS Photo credit: Vincent Guisiano, French Air Force
U.S State Department has approved a $2 billion AWACS modernization program to upgrade Royal Saudi Airforce Boeing E-3A AWACS fleet.

Friday, August 8, 2014

NATO E-3A AWACS fleet to be upgraded by Boeing

British RAF E-3D Sentry

NATO has awarded Boeing a contract to upgrade 13 of it’s E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Australia awards MH370 deep search contract

Australia has awarded the contract to conduct further search for the missing Malyasian Airlines flight MH370 to Netherlands based Fugro Survey Pty Ltd (Fugro) on Aug 6.

First An-178 prototype reaches final assembly

First prototype of the Antonov AN−178 medium transport plane has reached final assembly stage following completion of fuselage jig assembly on July 29.

Saab awarded contract for Gripen's Selex Raven AESA radar

Saab has awarded a multi million contract to Selex ES to supply the Raven ES-05 AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar for Saab’s Gripen Next Generation (NG) fighters.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Snecma’s PPS®1350-E plasma thruster sets world record

photo credit: snecma

Snecma has completed a series of endurance tests on its PPS®1350-E electric plasma thruster, which is used onboard satellites.

Gripen to trial BriteCloud ECM in Sept

Saab Gripen will begin Selex Brite Cloud flight trials in September 2014. The trials will involve BriteCloud decoys being released from the aircraft.

Dream Chaser composite airframe unveiled

Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) and Dream Chaser® program partner, Lockheed Martin unveiled the Dream Chaser orbital spacecraft composite airframe at LM's Fort Worth facility.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pilatus rolls out first PC-24 business jet prototype

At a ceremony on Aug 1, also Swiss National Day, Pilatus officially rolled out its first jet engine powered aircraft-the PC-24 business jet prototype.

Bombardier Challenger 350 to debut at LABACE 2014

Challenger 350   photo credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Challenger 350 business jet, which entered service in June 2014, will make its debut at this year’s Latin American

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Boeing to assemble 787-10 in South Carolina

Boeing has chosen its North Charleston facility in South Carolina to perform final assembly of the Boeing 787-10, the newest and longest member of the 787 Dreamliner family.

Friday, August 1, 2014

First Dassault Falcon 8X nears completion

Falcon 8X © Dassault Aviation - Philippe Stroppa
Dassault Aviation has completed the structural assembly of the first ultra long range Falcon 8X business jet which was unveiled at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva in May 2014.