Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Certifiable Predator B completes maiden flight

The Type-Certifiable Predator® B (TCPB) drone variant completed its first flight test at the General Atomics's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif., on November 17th.

Black Box of crashed RJ85 recovered

Black box of the crashed Lamia Airlines BAe Systems Avro RJ 85 aircraft carrying Brazilian soccer team has been recovered from the crash site.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Israel to purchase 17 more F-35A jets

Israeli government has cleared purchase of another 17 F-35A conventional take off and landing fighter aircraft, bringing the total on order to 50 jets.

Airbus delivers Panther ASW helicopters to Indonesia

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three AS565 MBe Panther submarine hunter-killer helicopters to Indonesia.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

First Omani Eurofighters takes to skies

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The first two Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets destined for Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) have completed maiden flight from BAE Systems final assembly facility in Warton, Lancashire, UK.

The twin seat trainer variants ZR410 and ZR411 are part of 12 aircraft deal signed in 2012 and will be delivered in 2017.

Oman was the second of the three Middle East nations who have ordered this European multi-national fighter. Currently Saudi Arabia operates the type and Kuwait have 28 on order.

The new Typhoon fleet will replace Oman’s Sepecat Jaguar fighter-bombers retired in 2014 and complement the F-16 C/D fighter jets acquired from USA.

The fleet will be based at the newly constructed Adam airbase, located about 100 miles south west of capital Muscat.

The Eurofighter is powered by twin EJ200 jet engines rated at 90 kN each that enable it to achieve a top speed of Mach 2 and a maximum altitude of 55,000 ft.

Under its 13 external hardpoints, the Typhoon can carry a wide range of missiles, bombs and sensors to form Oman's frontline fighter fleet. The Typhoon's fighter-bomber swing role capability is evident from its ability to carry up to 6 bombs whilst also carrying six missiles, a cannon and a targeting pod.

Only 15% of the aircraft’s surface is metal, delivering stealth operation and protection from radar-based systems. 

Saab Gripen E undergoing engine ground tests

The ground testing of the Saab Gripen E combat jet is in full swing ahead of maiden flight scheduled for second quarter of 2017.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

First A350-1000 prototype complete maiden flight

The first A350-1000 prototype aircraft, the longest member of Airbus's new generation A350 jetliner family has completed maiden flight.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canada considers F/A-18 Super Hornet interim buy

Canadian government has announced that it will launch an open and transparent competition to replace the legacy fleet of Boeing CF-18 fighter aircraft.

Lockeed to upgrade Korean F-16 fighters

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.2 billion contract to upgrade 134 KF-16 fighter jets operated by South Korean Air Force (ROKAF).

The KF-16 is a Korean license produced version of the combat proven F-16 fighter designed in the 1970s.

Upgrade will bring the fighters to the latest F-16V (Viper) configuration featuring a Northrop Grumman SABR Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, high-resolution center pedestal display and a Link 16
high-volume and high-speed data bus.

The contract for the ROKAF upgrade is a foreign military sales contract issued by the U.S. Air Force.

The upgrade will be carried out from Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth facility in Texas, and will be completed by 2025.

The deal was earlier awarded to BAE Systems and Raytheon in 2012 and was cancelled by Korean government in 2014 following cost escalation.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Boeing wins major combat aircraft deal from Qatar and Kuwait

Boeing has landed with two major orders from Middle East for its fourth generation fighter jets through U.S. governments Foreign Military Sale.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

U.S. approve Certifiable Predator drones to UK

U.S. State Department has approved the Foreign Military Sale of Certifiable Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft to United Kingdom.

First Spanish A400M delivered

Spain became the sixth nation to operate the Airbus A400M airlifter with the delivery of its first aircraft MSN 44 to Spanish Air Force

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Boom unveil XB-1 supersonic airliner design

Denver-based startup Boom Technologies unveiled the design of supersonic passenger jet that will usher the supersonic transportation after the of Anglo-French Concorde retired in 2003.

Australia receive first Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft

Australia received its most advanced maritime patrol aircraft on Wednesday with the arrival of first Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

RUSTOM-II completes maiden flight

India successfully completed maiden test flight of its first indigenously developed Medium Altitude Long Range (MALE) Unmmaned Aerial Vehicle on Wednesday.

Monday, November 14, 2016

A400M demostrate buddy aerial refueling

The Airbus A400M airlifter demonstrated its buddy refueling capability with the air-to-air refueling of another A400M over Seville, Spain.

Russian Mig-29KUB crashes in Mediterranean Sea

A Russian Navy Mig-29KUB naval fighter has crashed while operating from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Extended Range Avenger makes first flight

An extended range variant of the jet powered Avenger/Predator C multi-mission unmmaned aerial vehicle has carried out successful maiden flight on October 27, General Atomics announced.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

USAF KC-10 tanker loses refueling boom in-flight

USAF Photo show KC-10 boom refueling F-16 fighter
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 tanker lost its aerial refuelling boom while on a training flight in support of the Gunfighter Flag exercise.

Pilatus PC-24 unveiled at NBAA 2016

Pilatus premiered its new PC-24 business jet at this year's NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando.

Boeing Unveils BBJ MAX 7

Boeing Business Jets unveiled the BBJ MAX 7, the newest addition to the BBJ fleet at NBAA 2016 in Orlando.

The BBJ MAX 7 has a range of up to 7,000 nautical miles, opening up key city pairs between Asia, the Middle East and the United States.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Repaired F-35A restart flight operations

The first two F-35A stealth fighters part of  the limited numbers temporarily grounded following coolant line issue have started flying again after repair.

J-20 debuts at Zhuhai air show

(Xinhua/Liu Dawei)
The J-20 fifth generation stealth fighter made its first public debut at the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai in Southern part of China, today.

SpaceX narrows down on Sept 1 Falcon 9 explosion cause

SpaceX says the Accident Investigation Team continues to make progress in examining the anomaly on September 1 that led to the loss of a Falcon 9 and its AMOS-6 payload at Launch Complex 40 (LC-40), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Royal Marines Merlin Mk4 helicopter complete maiden flight

The first upgraded UK Royal Marines Merlin Mk3 helicopter completed maiden flight earlier this week from Leonardo's plant in Yeovil, UK.