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

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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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

KAI complete KT-1 delivery to Peru


Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has completed delivery of the last KT-1 turboprop trainer/attack aircraft to the Peruvian Air Force.

A really bad day for Black Hawk helicopters


It has been a very bad day for the venerable Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters operated around the world, with three reported crashes involving the type.

Norway commence F-35 brake parachute trials


Norway has commenced trials of a brake parachute equipped F-35 stealth fighter, an exclusive feature for countries with extreme winter climate.

Monday, April 17, 2017

US Navy resume T-45C training flights


U.S. Navy has lifted the brief operational grounding of the T-45C Goshawk trainer jets on Monday, after devising a temporary solution to the concerns raised by T-45C pilots.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

TAI Hurkus-C begin weapon trials

Turkish Defense Ministry

Turkish Aerospace Industries has commenced weapon trials of the Hurkus-C turboprop light ground attack aircraft.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pictures: Improved Iranian F313 Qaher stealth fighter revealed

Four years after unveiling the first prototype, an improved version of the Iranian F-313 Qaher stealth fighter aircraft has been revealed undergoing ground taxi trials.

North Korean parade reveal new ICBMs

One of the new ICBM revealed during the parade
North Korea on Saturday staged a massive military parade to commemorate the birth of its founding father, Kim Il-sung , during which new ballistic missiles were paraded in capital Pyongyang.

Friday, April 14, 2017

USAF to deploy F-35A to Europe



The U.S. Air Force will deploy a small number of F-35A Lightning II aircraft this weekend on a long-planned training deployment to Europe. marking the first international deployment for the F-35A variants.

Fatigue caused REX Saab 340 in-flight propeller loss

Source: Grahame Hutchison

Fatigue caused the in-flight separation of the propeller of a Regional Express Saab 340B turboprop passenger aircraft flying a routine flight to Sydney on 17 March 2017 , Australian Transport Safety Board says in the preliminary investigation report.

Pakistan Army Puma helicopter crashed in Congo

A Wikepedia image shows the helicopter involved in the accident

A Pakistan Army Aviation SA330 Puma helicopter deployed as a part of the UN peace keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has crashed on April 12, 2017.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

737 MAX 9 achieve first flight

 The second member of Boeing's 737 MAX new generation single aisle passenger jet fleet, the MAX 9 has achieved first flight from Boeing's Renton field in Washington on Thursday.

USAF strikes with MOAB in Afghan


U.S. Air Force has dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in U.S. arsenal, the MOAB targeting a ISIS camp in Nangarhar province in eastern part Afghanistan.

Australia select NASAM based air defense system

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Australia has approved development of a Short Range Ground Based Air Defense system based on the Raytheon-Kongsberg NASAM air defense system for Australian Army.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A350-1000 complete wet runway trials


Airbus’ new A350-1000 – the longest-fuselage version of its A350 XWB jetliner – marked another certification milestone by performing tests that validated the aircraft’s ability to operate from waterlogged runways and taxiways.

F-16 service life extended to 12k flight hours

 The U.S. Air Force has authorized extending the service life of the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets designed service life to 12,000 Equivalent Flight Hours — far beyond the aircraft's original design service life of 8,000 hours.

Australian RF Seeker for Kongsberg JSM missile

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Norwegian Kongsberg has entered into a contract with Australian Defense Ministry, for integration of a Australian RF Seeker on to the Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM).

Eurofighter reaches 500th delivery milestone


The pan European Eurofighter Typhoon program has reached the 500 th aircraft delivery milestone, with the delivery of the latest Typhoon swing role fighter to Italian Air Force.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Egypt receive more Rafale fighters

 French Dassault Aviation has delivered the third batch of 3 single seat Dassault Rafale multi-role fighter jets to Egyptian Air Force.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Malaysian B737 skids off runway


A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 737-800 passenger jet skidded off runway, while landing at the Sibu airport in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia.

Sikorsky CH-53K cleared for production

 The new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter for U.S. Marine Corps has been approved for production, which is intended to replace the service’s fleet of aging CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tecnam P2012 continue flight testing


Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam is progressing with flight test of its P2012 Traveller commuter aircraft.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MBDA proves Sea Venom missile onboard Lynx helicopters


MBDA has successfully conducted air carriage and jettison trials of its cutting-edge Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile on board the Lynx Mk 8 naval helicopter.

Airlander gets new enhancements

 The Airlander 10 airhsip will get two new enhancements following the heavy landing incident on 24 Aug 2016 that damaged the flight deck in the belly.

Iraq begin flying Korean T-50 trainer jets


Iraqi Air Force started flying its new KAI T-50 Golden Eagle trainer jet, after receiving the first batch of the aircraft in mid March.

ANG F-16C crashes


An U.S. Air National Guard F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter jet crashed during a routine training mission in the greater Washington area.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Boeing win contract for UK, RAAF and US Navy P-8A aircraft


Boeing has been awarded a $2.2 billion contract on March 30 for at least 17 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the United Kingdom.

Iran to assemble Russian light helicopters


Iran is in talks with Russia for a potential joint venture to assemble Russian light civilian helicopters locally.

Iran-Aseman orders Boeing 737 MAX jets


Iranian Aseman Airlines has placed order for 60 Boeing 737 single aisle passenger jets.

SAAB Gripen flies on 100 percent biofuel

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The SAAB Gripen fighter further demonstrated its versatility with a series flights using 100 percent bio fuel.

ICON A5 suffers hard water landing


An ICON A5 light amphibious aircraft sunk after an hard amphibious landing, the first incident involving the type since maiden flight in 2008.

Monday, April 3, 2017

LAAD 17 :PZL M28 turboprop debuts


Sikorsky will demonstrate the extraordinary short takeoff and landing capabilities of the Polish PZL M28 turboprop airplane to interested military, civil and commercial operators in Rio de Janeiro during the LAAD Defence & Security trade show April 4-7.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Israel operationalise David Sling air defense system


Israel have operationalised the David Sling medium range air defense system battery, adding a new layer of air defense to the country.

Global 7000 flies near supersonic

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The Bombardier Global 7000 aircraft flight test program is progressing well with the Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) achieving Mach 0.995 speed.

Airbus A319neo complete maiden flight


The smallest member of Airbus A320neo single aisle passenger jet family, the A319neo completed its maiden flight on Friday.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

SAAB to develop new RBS15 Mk4 anti-ship missile

Four RBS15 Mk3 armed Gripen fighter Photo SAAB Copyright

Sweden has signed a contract with SAAB for the development and production of a next generation version of the RBS15 anti-ship missile.

Antonov AN-132 complete maiden flight

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The first prototype of the Antonov AN-132 multi-purpose transport aircraft became airborne for the first time from the Svyatoshyn airfield in Kiev, Ukraine on Friday.

Pictures: 787-10 Dreamliner first flight

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time on Friday from Boeing's South Carolina 787 assembly line. 

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