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Military Aviation
Saab offers Gripen to Brazil
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 03 February, 2009
Saab has handed in its offer for 36 Gripen NG (Next Generation) fighter aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force.
 
Boeing Completes Flights of 2 Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft Modified in Australia
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 03 February, 2009
Boeing has conducted successful functional check flights of two 737-700 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft modified in Australia for Project Wedgetail
 
Harrier Pegasus Engine - New Support Contract
Launch mechanisms, propulsion, engines : 30 January, 2009
RAF and Royal Navy Harrier 'jump-jets' are set to benefit from a new £198M support contract signed with Rolls-Royce to support the aircraft's Pegasus engine over the next ten years.
 
Bell Boeing - awarded Phase I of a two-phase Joint Performance Based Logistics (PBL)
Maintenance, Refurbishment and refitting : 28 January, 2009
The Bell Boeing Program Office has announced that it was awarded Phase I of a two-phase Joint Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from Naval Air Systems Command in support of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command to support the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
 
AUVSI's Unmanned Systems Program Review 2009
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 28 January, 2009
Updates on Air, Ground, and Maritime Systems
 
QinetiQ solution for F-35B ?rolling landings?
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 27 January, 2009
Trials prove novel QinetiQ solution for F-35B ′rolling landings’ on Royal Navy’s future aircraft carriers in high sea state conditions
 
Elbit - Skylark? I LE mini-UAVs for all Israel Defense Forces
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 27 January, 2009
Elbit Systems Ltd. announced, further to its announcement dated December 16, 2008, that it was awarded an approximately $40 million contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to supply the Skylark® I LE mini-UAVs for all Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Ground Forces battalions, including training and logistics support.
 
Lockheed Martin - first F-35 Lightning II equipped with mission systems
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 26 January, 2009
Lockheed Martin has completed the first F-35 Lightning II equipped with mission systems, a milestone that will lead to the first avionics testing on board an F-35 aircraft.
 
Frost & Sullivan Recognizes GA-ASI as Outstanding
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 21 January, 2009
Frost & Sullivan Recognizes GA-ASI as the Outstanding Provider of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Tactical Reconnaissance Radars for the U.S. Armed Forces
 
DRS Technologies Doubles Capacity to Support U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft
Airframes, Sub-assemblies : 17 January, 2009
DRS Technologies, Inc. has opened of its second Heavy Aircraft Maintenance Facility in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
 
Boeing -Project Wedgetail first aerial refuelings of a 737 platform.
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 17 January, 2009
Boeing Company has completed the first aerial refuelings of a 737 platform. The historic flights were conducted for Project Wedgetail, Australia's airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) program
 
Airborne Systems - test drop using modified modular ram-air parachute
Cargo, Ground Handling and Landing : 15 January, 2009
Airborne Systems, has successfully completed a test drop deploying an 18,000 lb payload from 17,500 MSL under a modified modular ram-air parachute.
 
Third VH-71 Presidential Production Helicopter Completes Initial Flight
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 14 January, 2009
The VH-71 presidential helicopter program set another milestone with the maiden flight of the third pilot production helicopter on 13 Jan 09.
 
Boeing - Indian Navy selects P-8I long-range maritime aircraft
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 12 January, 2009
The Government of India has selected The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] to provide eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the Indian navy. The P-8I is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.
 
Cyprus - Ministry Of Justice of Orders Two AW139 Helicopters
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 09 January, 2009
The Ministry of Justice of Cyprus has placed an order for two AW139 medium twin engine helicopters. These aircraft will be used to perform law enforcement and search and rescue operations.
 
Saab signs contract with FMV regarding Gripen
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 09 January, 2009
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, for supporting Gripen’s operative capacity. The contract is valued to 550 million SEK.
 
Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle Completes 1,500th Shipboard Sortie With US Navy
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 08 January, 2009
The ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS), a joint effort of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Insitu Inc., this week completed its 1,500th shipboard sortie in service with the U.S. Navy. ScanEagle has provided persistent, cost-effective intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to the Navy since July 2005.
 
Boeing Unites UK Rotorcraft Support Business
Maintenance, Refurbishment and refitting : 07 January, 2009
Boeing Defence UK Ltd., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, announced the establishment of a new operation to focus on Boeing's rotorcraft support business in the United Kingdom. The new organization, Boeing UK Rotorcraft Support, is part of the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems business unit.
 
Lockheed Martin - USCG Hercules Mission Systems Upgrade
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 06 January, 2009
Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Coast Guard Exercise $13.25 Million Contract Options to Provide Mission Systems for the HC-130J Aircraft
 
CAMCOPTER? S-100 SUCCESSFULLY PARTICIPATES IN ARMY FIELD EXERCISE
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 27 December, 2008
S-100 VTOL UAS again proves its capability with the Austrian Army. At the request of the Austrian Ministry of Defense and in cooperation with the Land Forces School, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System (UAS) was tested for four days in early December 2008 in the military training area at Allentsteig north of Vienna.
 
U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint STARS Takes Off With New Engines
Launch mechanisms, propulsion, engines : 26 December, 2008
The U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) test bed aircraft took to the air Saturday, powered by new Pratt & Whitney JT-8D-219 engines.
 
Weight-Optimized F-35 Test Fleet Adds Conventional Takeoff and Landing Variant
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 24 December, 2008
Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first weight-optimized conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II fighter on Dec. 19. The new F-35A, called AF-1, joins three weight-optimized F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variants currently undergoing testing. The aircraft are structurally identical to the F-35s that will be delivered to armed services beginning in 2010.
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation's RQ-4 Global Hawk Maritime Award
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 24 December, 2008
Northrop Grumman Corporation's RQ-4 Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) team was recently named Test Team of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2008 by the U.S. Navy's Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20. The team won the coveted award for their impressive achievements during the first half of the year.
 
Saab receives order for the Indian DHRUV helicopters
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 23 December, 2008
Saab has received an order from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India. The contract value is approximately 24 million US dollars.
 
UK MoD - Sea King Engine Contract
Launch mechanisms, propulsion, engines : 23 December, 2008
MoD has awarded Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace a £258 million contract to support the engines on its fleet of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Sea King helicopters.
 
Boeing A160T Unmanned Rotorcraft Shifts Gears in Flight, Passes 100 Flight-Hours
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 22 December, 2008
Boeing's A160 Turbine (A160T) Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft has achieved two key milestones: using its two-speed transmission to change gears in flight, and passing the 100-flight-hour threshold.
 
Saab develops the Swedish air defence
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 22 December, 2008
Saab has received two orders from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, for continued development, support, and maintenance of the Swedish armed forces air defence system StriC and the simulator system Strics. The total value is SEK 117 million.
 
Boeing - KC-767 Tankers for Italian Air Force Achieve Refueling Milestone
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 20 December, 2008
A Boeing KC-767 aerial refueling aircraft built for the Italian Air Force transfers fuel to another Italian KC-767 during a Dec. 17 flight test over northern Kansas, marking the first time a KC-767 tanker has been refueled by another aircraft.
 
Saab assumes overall responsibility for the Swedish Armed Forces jet trainer aircraft
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 20 December, 2008
Saab has signed a long-term contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding an overall support commitment for the SK 60 aircraft system. The contract is valued at approximately SEK 900 million.
 
GA-ASI AIRCRAFT & RADAR RECOGNIZED BY INDUSTRY & DEFENSE GROUPS
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 20 December, 2008
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical reconnaissance radars, today announced the receipt of recent awards from both the business community and international defense industry for its Sky Warrior® Alpha UAS, Sky Warrior UAS, and Lynx® II Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)/Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) sensor system.
 
Boeing - Proposal to Support US Air Force T-1A Training Aircraft Fleet
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 18 December, 2008
The Boeing Company has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Air Force to provide contractor logistics support services for the T-1A Jayhawk training aircraft fleet.
 
Boeing - Final Assembly of Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 18 December, 2008
Boeing began final assembly operations Dec. 9 in St. Louis on the first of 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The Super Hornet multirole fighter aircraft will be delivered to the RAAF from the first quarter of 2010 through late 2011.
 
Elbit Systems To Perform Airborne Upgrade Projects in Europe Valued at $80 Million
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 18 December, 2008
Elbit Systems Ltd. has been awarded several airborne upgrade contracts at a total value of approximately $80 million. Signed with European customers, the projects will be performed over the course of the next three years.
 
Northrop Grumman Reveals First Navy Unmanned Combat Aircraft
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 17 December, 2008
Northrop Grumman has unveiled the first of the U.S. Navy's new unmanned combat aircraft at a ceremony here attended by Navy officials, state and local government representatives, suppliers and Northrop Grumman employees.
 
Elbit Systems' Skylark? I LE selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 17 December, 2008
Elbit Systems Ltd. was selected by the Israeli Defense Ministry to answer the battalion-level IDF tender, calling for a wide procurement of mini-UAVs for all IDF Ground Forces battalions, including training and logistics support.
 
Dassault Aviation - 10-year contract for Rafale
Maintenance, Refurbishment and refitting : 15 December, 2008
The SIMMAD(1) recently awarded Dassault Aviation a 10-year contract to provide maintenance for all of the equipment within its work scope for the 120 Rafale aircraft ordered to date by the French Air Force and Navy.
 
AgustaWestland - UK contract for Lynx
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 13 December, 2008
It has been confirmed in a statement today, made by Defence Secretary John Hutton, that the Future Lynx contract signed in June 2006 by the UK Ministry of Defence with AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, will proceed to full scale production. 62 aircraft will be initially procured, 34 for the British Army and 28 for the Royal Navy.
 
FLIR Systems - Star SAFIRE? III on Fire Scout VUAS demonstration.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 09 December, 2008
FLIR Systems, Inc, has announced that its Star SAFIRE® III was an integral component of Northrop Grumman Corporation's latest successful MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) demonstration.
 
BAE Systems - Nimrod MR4 First Production Aircraft Powered Up
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 08 December, 2008
Woodford, UK - A major milestone has been achieved on the Nimrod MRA4 programme with the first production aircraft, PA04, being powered up for the first time.
 
Lockheed Martin's Cooperative Avionics Test Bed and F-35
Pilot Aids, HUD and Guidance Systems : 08 December, 2008
Lockheed Martin's Cooperative Avionics Test Bed, or 'CATBird,' has begun in-flight integration and verification of the F-35 Lightning II mission systems suite, launching another stage of risk reduction for the world's newest fighter.
 
Lockheed Martin - Multiple Kill Vehicle-L tested successfully
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 06 December, 2008
Lockheed Martin has successfully conducted a free-flight hover test of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Multiple Kill Vehicle-L. Conducted Dec. 2 at the National Hover Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., the test met all objectives.
 
Second Presidential Helicopter Production Aircraft Takes Flight
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 05 December, 2008
The VH-71 presidential helicopter replacement program marked another milestone last Saturday with the maiden flight of the second VH-71 production aircraft.
 
$17 Million for Apache Target Acquisition Designation Sight System Modernization
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 04 December, 2008
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $16.9 million contract to begin modernization of the final portion of the U.S. Army's Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight (M-TADS) system.
 
Boeing-led Team Completes Major Upgrade for NATO AWACS Fleet
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 04 December, 2008
A team led by Boeing has completed a major mission-system upgrade for the NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet under the $1.32 billion Mid-Term Modernisation Programme.
 
SAIC awards UAV Communications 2008 Small Business of the Year Award
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 04 December, 2008
Science Applications International Corporation today announced that it has presented UAV Communications, Inc. (UAV) SAIC's 2008 Small Business of the Year Award. Tony Moraco, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, and Stu Shea, president of SAIC's Intelligence, Security and Technology Group, presented the award at a reception yesterday in McLean, Va.
 
Lockheed Martin - The first production VH-71 arrives in USA
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 03 December, 2008
The first production VH-71 presidential replacement helicopter has arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River by U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane from helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland.
 
Northrop Grumman - MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles : 02 December, 2008
Northrop Grumman Corporation has demonstrated continuous combined payload coverage on its MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS).
 
Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine successfully completes its first supersonic flight
Launch mechanisms, propulsion, engines : 26 November, 2008
Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine successfully completed its first supersonic flight, reaching a top speed of Mach 1.05, or about 680 miles per hour.
 
Boeing - NATO Moves Forward With Agreement to Acquire C-17s
Fixed and Swing Wing Aircraft : 25 November, 2008
Boeing has announced that the NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA) general manager, on behalf of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) nations, has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government for the acquisition of two Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets.
 
AgustaWestland Delivers M-TADS Equipped Apache AH Mk.1s
Helicopter and VTOL Aircraft : 25 November, 2008
The first two Apache AH Mk.1s equipped with a new sighting and targeting system were handed over to the UK Ministry of Defence, following the achievement of Release to Service on 14th November 2008.
 
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