Croatia acquires 12 Dassault fighters from French Air Force

Croatia has signed two contracts for 12 Rafale fighters and associated logistics support ©Dassault Aviation

In a ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia, attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, the Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, together with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and the Croatian Minister of Defense Mario Banozic, have signed two contracts for the acquisition of 12 Rafale fighters and associated logistics support. The principal contract covers the transfer of the 12 Rafale fighters from the French Air Force, including their equipment, together with training services to the Croatian Air Force. The second contract was for the provision of three years of logistics Read more

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Brazilian Navy takes delivery of first-ever naval combat H225M helicopter

Naval combat H225M helicopter for the Brazilian Navy ©Airbus

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H225M helicopter in naval combat configuration to the Brazilian Navy. Stationed at the naval base in São Pedro d’Aldeia, the aircraft will boost the Brazilian Navy’s mission capabilities including anti-surface warfare and maritime surveillance. Developed by the engineering team at Helibras (the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters), this naval version of the H225M aircraft is the most complex configuration that has ever been produced for this multirole helicopter. The aircraft’s embedded systems include the EWS IDAS-3 (countermeasure system), MBDA Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles, the APS143 tactical radar and the naval mission system N-TDMS (Naval Read more

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PZL Mielec to manufacture major assemblies for Global F-16 programme

Polish PZL Mielec will manufacture major assemblies for the Global F-16 programme ©Lockheed Martin

PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company and one of Poland’s longest-established aircraft manufacturers, is to be a manufacturing partner for one of the most successful fighter aircraft programmes. Beginning next year, PZL Mielec will build components and assemblies for the latest generation F-16 Block 70/72, sustaining around 200 jobs, with approximately 60 new jobs being created. This development marks a significant new milestone for PZL Mielec, which was last involved in the production of fighter aircraft in the 1960s. Beginning next year, PZL Mielec will manufacture the rear fuselage, centre fuselage, cockpit structure, cockpit side panel and forward equipment bay Read more

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GE awarded two contracts supporting T700 engine fleets across US military

T700 turboshaft engine ©GE

The Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded GE two contracts in September totalling more than US$1billion to support T700 turboshaft engine fleets across the US military. GE will provide field-level consumables and services through a five-year, US$284 million contract with DLA Aviation in Richmond, Virginia and depot-level repairable and module section components through a five-year, US$722 million contract with DLA Aviation in Huntsville, Alabama. GE facilities in Lynn, Massachusetts and Evendale, Ohio, will produce the majority of parts associated with these contracts. These T700 contracts are replacing the current Technical, Engineering, Logistics Supplies and Services (TELSS) contract which supports the Read more

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Boeing delivers first P-8A Poseidon to Norway

First Norway P-8 Poseidon delivery at the Museum of Flight ©Boeing

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) has accepted the first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft that will be operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF). Norway’s first P-8A aircraft, named Vingtor, was delivered to the NDMA during a ceremony at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. The milestone comes four years after the NDMA entered into an agreement with the U.S. Navy for the P-8A, and two years before the new aircraft are scheduled to begin taking over maritime patrol duties in Norway’s high north. Norway’s four remaining aircraft are all in advanced stages of Read more

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United Arab Emirates orders two additional Airbus A330 MRTT

The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has ordered two additional Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport aircraft ©Airbus

The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has formally ordered two additional Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft increasing the country’s MRTT fleet up to five aircraft. With deliveries starting in 2024, this agreement will also cover the upgrade of the country’s current A330MRTT fleet to the latest enhanced version. “Since its entry into service in 2013 with the UAE Air Force, the A330 MRTT has delivered much more than initially expected, meeting our customer’s operational needs. This repeat order, added to the growing MRTT customer base, confirms the suitability of our platform as the world’s tanker Read more

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Embraer begins production of first KC-390 Millennium for Hungary

Embraer successfully concluded the Hungary Critical Design Review (CDR) and has begun the structural assembly of its first KC-390 Millennium for Hungary. In the coming weeks, parts will be assembled to generate the structural panels and frames for the main components of the fuselage and semi-wings. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in 2024. In November 2020, the Hungarian government signed a contract with Embraer for the acquisition of two C-390 Millennium multi-mission transport aircraft, in its Air-to-Air Refueling (AAR) configuration, designated KC-390. The acquisition is part of the process to strengthen the capabilities of the Hungarian Defence Read more

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New Atlantic Strategic Partnership for Advanced All-domain Resilient Operations (ASPAARO) brings together nine companies with world-leading capabilities

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Northrop Grumman and Airbus Defence and Space, together with seven industrial players, have established ASPAARO, the Atlantic Strategic Partnership for Advanced All-domain Resilient Operations. ASPAARO will bid to undertake the Risk Reduction and Feasibility Studies (RRFS) for the NATO Support and Procurement Agency as part of the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) programme. The feasibility studies are a key milestone in the AFSC programme which aims to support NATO and NATO nations as they consider the Alliance’s future tactical surveillance, command and control capabilities after the current Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet reaches the end of its Read more

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Defense Logistics Agency to partner with Boeing for another ten-year supply chain support

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Boeing have agreed to a follow-on contract for future sustainment support of military services across multiple Boeing platforms, enabling Boeing and DLA to continue support through the extension of existing programmes up to a ceiling value of US$15 billion over 10 years. Boeing will continue to provide an inventory of parts and logistics support and services to maintain nearly every Boeing military platform, including the KC-46 Tanker, AH-64 Apache, F-15, and F/A-18. This is the second contract under the Boeing Captains of Industry (BCOI) programme, which was stood up in support of DLA’s initiative Read more

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Boeing breaks ground for new MRO facility in Jacksonville

Boeing has begun construction of a new 370,000 ft² maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located at Cecil Airport that, once complete, will support Boeing’s ability to deliver readiness outcomes for US government customers. The facility will include eight new hangars, additional workspace and offices where Boeing maintainers, engineers and data analysts will support US Navy and Air Force aircraft. The facility’s close proximity to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Boeing’s Training Systems Center of Excellence in west Jacksonville, and local academic institutions make it a leading location for the development and delivery of innovative product support, underpinned by collaborative research Read more

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