Jul 31, 2013
Drone bases are going up all over Africa, so the multiplicity of missions will be easily accommodated.
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Spanish Air Force F-18 Hornet reaches 150.000 flight hours/ El EF-18 completa las 150.000 horas de vuelo en el Ala 15
"Marte 45, check gear down, wind calm, you're clear to land on runway 30R". Eran las 08:57 del pasado miércoles 17 de julio, y el Ala 15 completaba de esta forma 150.000 horas de vuelo.
Han pasado 27 años desde que el 10 de julio de 1986, tomaran tierra en la Base Aérea de Zaragoza los 4 primeros C.15 en vuelo directo desde St. Louis (Estados Unidos).
Durante esta semana, se ha llevado a cabo un ejercicio de habilitación de dos pilotos del 802 Escuadrón en tomas en Buques de la Armada. Se han realizado 8 tomas por piloto de Super Puma (un total de 16) en el Buque de Acción Marítima Tornado P-44.
Primer vuelo en Yibuti del avión D.4 del Ejército del Aire tras relevar al P.3M en el destacamento “Orion”
chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne has assailed Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd which builds most of the fighter aircraft the IAF flies. Writing directly to Defence Minister in the first week of July, Browne has savaged HAL's proposal to design and build a basic trainer aircraft (BTA) for rookie IAF pilots. Rejecting the proposal, Browne has urged Antony to import 106 PC-7 Mark II trainers from Swiss company Pilatus. These will be over and above the 75 trainers already contracted for $640 million.
Jul 26, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Oman in May for Raytheon’s signing of an arms deal to purchase a ground-based air defense system that would help protect against cruise missile, drone or fighter aircraft attacks.
The Oman sale is valued at around $1.5 billion.
Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod Achieves Operational Flight Status on U.S. Air Force B-52 Bombers
With the addition of the B-52, Sniper ATP is the only targeting pod operational across six U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber aircraft platforms. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force completed Sniper ATP B-52 site activation at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
and logistical support for an estimated cost of $300 million.
The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 12 Bell 412 EP helicopters equipped with Star SAFIRE III EO/IR systems, PT6T-3DF engines, KDM-706 Distance Measuring Equipment, KNR 634 VOR/LOC with MB/HSI, MST67A Transponder, Artex C406-1HM Emergency Locator Transmitter, Wulfsberg FlexComm II C5000 System with Synthesized Guard, KTR-908 Very High FrequencyRadios, NAT AA-95 Audio System, 660 Weather Radar, AAI Radome, Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) Compatible Cockpit Lighting, SX-16 Nightsun, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and
training equipment, site surveys, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of program and logistics support.
Given the state of play in the Defence Ministry, the deal is unlikely to be finalised before the end of September. By then the election season would have set in and no bureaucrat would want to sign the deal. In such an eventuality, the deal is likely to be decided by the next government.
Jul 25, 2013
The ministry said it is “carrying out an initial evaluation” of the acquisition of the EADS CASA C-295 MPA/ASW aircraft for the Polish Navy.
The Polish military operates 14 CASA C-295M aircraft. The planes are produced by Airbus Military.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the decision, after initial bidding procedures were temporarily suspended.
The project to buy 60 advanced planes was launched to replace an aging fleet of F-4 and F-5 jets introduced decades ago.
It has been delayed for months because of South Korea’s position that the price should not exceed the 8.3 trillion won (US $7.4 billion) approved by parliament.
The resumption of training involves more than 80 cadets and follows delivery of the air force's 14th PC-7 Mk II in June 2013. Pilatus has already provided training to Indian instructor pilots and maintainers on the type, which will operate from the Indian air force academy at Dundigal, Hyderabad. It also has "delivered a complete logistics support package".
The new, €800 million ($1 billion) final assembly and check-out (FACO) facility inside Cameri air base, near Milan "was established in a compressed period and is running on schedule and budget," General Chief Inspector Domenico Esposito, head of Aeronautics Armament Procurement, said in a recent interview released by the Italian defence ministry.
On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the purchase of eight Sokol helicopters from Poland would be the last by the Department of National Defense (DND) since they could not be used in combat, after all.
The KC-30A tanker and troop transport has been on the Australian defense department’s Projects of Concern list since 2010.
Jul 24, 2013
The Israeli company will not elaborate on the effort, but says it is an "expected evolution" for the proven Litening design, more than 1,400 of which have been sold by it and its US partner Northrop Grumman.
Industry sources say a UK air ISTAR [intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance] optimisation study is set to soon enter a second phase, following an analysis of initial engagement between potential bidders and the Ministry of Defence. If progressed, this could lead to the latter seeking to establish a funding line by April 2014 to conduct work leading to a possible future purchase.
Several senior RAF officers were given a tour of a Portuguese air force Airbus Military C295 multimission aircraft at the 20-21 July Royal International Air Tattoo. Operated by the service's 502 Sqn from Montijo air base, the adapted transport was on static display in its MPA configuration, which includes onboard operator workstations, an electro-optical infrared camera and a maritime search radar.
Portugal operates 12 C295s, with five equipped with the pallet-based MPA fit at any one time. This configuration includes fuselage-mounted side-looking airborne radar sensors, used for tasks including pollution detection. with a 200-mile [range] radar which can track up to 1,000 targets,.
Airbus Military has already discussed potential co-operation with local equipment suppliers for a potential UK competition. The company, which he says "has a slick solution, with some winning ideas", displayed a model of a torpedo-equipped C295 in RAF markings in its chalet at RIAT.
The manufacturer has already cleared a similar combination for the Chilean navy, and recently performed airborne separation tests using MBDA's Marte Mk2 anti-ship missile.
Jul 23, 2013
Juniper Stallion 13 is a combined, bilateral F-15/F-16 air-to-air exercise designed to improve the interoperability and cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli air forces. JS13 is an annual training event which has been in planning for more than a year.