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Russian Helicopters to show new Mi-8AMTSh “Arctic” version

mi8Russian Helicopters will demonstrate a sample of Mi-8AMTSh-VA at a private showing during the International Military and Technical Forum ARMY-2016, Moscow. The manufacturer will present the Arctic version which is designed for a wide range of tasks in the Arctic. (more…)

The Philippines increases defense budget for new planes

The new cabinet of the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed a 14% increase for the 2017 defense budget. The new budget will be designated to purchase new aircraft, radar system and ships to strengthen the army in combating the militants as well as to increase maritime security in South China Sea. (more…)

Survitec and Netherlands to create EU Centre for F-35 pilots

Survitec and Netherlands to create EU Centre for F-35 pilotsSurvitec Group and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have agreed to work together to set up a dedicated Pilot Fit Facility (PFF) in Holland for pilots flying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and to study the feasibility for other legacy platforms.

Lieutenant General A. Schnitger, Commander-in-Chief RNLAF, along with other high-ranking officials, sealed the partnership during a meeting with Survitec personnel in London on 14th Sept 2015.

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Survitec debuts world’s most comprehensive SAR safety survival range

Survitec debuts world's most comprehensive SAR safety survival rangeSurvitec Group is pleased to announce a new extended range of search and rescue (SAR) products aimed at its loyal base of military and civil aviation customers. A new Aviation SAR product catalogue is also being launched very soon.

Well known for its air-droppable RFD branded SAR liferafts, Survitec can now supply a number of complementary products for rescue professionals ranging from first aid kits and defibrillators to rescue harnesses, stretchers and strobe lights. Customers will be able to satisfy many of their SAR requirements though a single dependable supplier.

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Lockheed Martin celebrates Norway’s first F-35A rollout

Lockheed Martin celebrates Norway’s first F-35A rolloutFort Worth, Texas, Sept. 22, 2015 – Ceremonies were held today at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility celebrating the rollout of the first F-35A Lightning II for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The event marked an important production milestone for the future of Norway’s national defense.

“We all know that the F-35 is not simply another fighter. We know that it is much more,” said Her Excellency Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norwegian Minister of Defence. “The F-35 provides us a capability we’ve never had before. It’s by far the most advanced fighter ever made. Today we are indeed turning the future into the present. The F-35 represents a new way of thinking, a new way of operating, which will benefit the entire Norwegian Armed Forces.”

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U.S. Air Force warns F-35 order review could damage program

U.S. Air Force warns F-35U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh on Tuesday warned that short-term moves to revise downward the Air Force’s planned purchase of 1,763 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighters could damage the program and scare off foreign buyers.

“Let’s delay this discussion for a little while until we see what happens in the world,” Welsh told reporters at the annual Air Force Association conference, citing efforts by Russia and China to field more advanced fighter aircraft of their own.

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Boeing KC-46A tanker makes first flight

Boeing KC-46A tanker makes first flightBoeing Co’s first fully equipped KC-46A refueling plane is scheduled to complete its first flight on Sept. 25, the Air Force general in charge of tanker programs said Tuesday.

Brigadier General Duke Richardson, executive officer for Air Force tanker programs, said the tanker program was doing well overall, despite earlier schedule delays.

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F-35 not prepared to run the show despite being officially ‘ready’

FL TechnicsAfter being developed for more than 14 years, costing more than $400 billion to make and 7 years too late, the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet has finally been officially approved ‘ready for combat’ by the U.S. Marine Corps. This immense milestone in the development of the world’s most expensive weapons program has once again spurred the debate on the jet’s capabilities and its readiness to take the throne from the legendary F-16. Nevertheless, it seems like this debate could be far from over as there might be some challenges waiting ahead.

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Germany to seek €300m for A400M delay

ba34a3c130c8ef773e532e61776aaee9Germany will demand €300m in compensation from Airbus for delays to the troubled A400M military transport aircraft, as customers of the cargo and troop carrier step up the pressure on the European aerospace group in the wake of the fatal crash earlier this month. German’s Ministry of Defence has estimated the costs of extending the life of its old Transall transport aircraft at €300m, a figure the ministry said would form “the basis for negotiation on compensation” in discussions expected to start this summer on the development and delivery of the aircraft. (more…)

US DoD, $86.5m worth contracts on November 28, 2014

d367fb4cd9506b2af3a406c6a079d990On November 28th the U.S. Department of Defense has contracted The Boeing Co., TechFlow, Inc., Fourche Range, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., and Integrated Defense Systems, and Bering Sea Environmental for a total of $86.5 million.

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