Collins Aerospace to upgrade U.S. Air Force F-15 fleet with ACES 5® ejection seats

Collins Aerospace Systems has been awarded a sole-source US$700 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the delta qualification, production and fielding of a next-generation ejection seat for various Air Force aircraft. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed Oct. 22, 2030. The first delivery order focuses on outfitting the USAF fleet of Boeing F-15s with the ACES 5 ejection seat. ACES 5 is Collins Aerospace’s next-generation ejection seat and features enhanced head, neck, arm and leg flail prevention, in addition to a load-compensating catapult based on the occupant’s weight. ACES 5 reduces overall ejection-related Read more

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Boeing receives new order for third and fourth KC-46 from Japan Ministry of Defense

The U.S. Air Force has exercised the option for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) third and fourth Boeing KC-46 tanker through the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) process.  Boeing’s KC-46 will be a force multiplier in the U.S.-Japanese defense alliance. It can refuel U.S., allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures, any time, on any mission, and can carry passengers, cargo and patients whenever and wherever needed. Boeing was awarded the initial FMS contract for Japan’s first KC-46 aircraft and logistics services in December 2017 following the Japan Ministry of Defense’s KC-X aerial refueling competition. A Read more

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Ecuadorian Air Force takes delivery of first two H145s

The Ecuadorian Air Force is the first military customer in South America for the H145 helicopter ©Airbus

Airbus Helicopters has delivered two H145s to the Ecuadorian Air Force, the first military customer in South America for this multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter. A total of six H145s will be delivered over the next year. The H145 helicopters, known as “Cobra” in the Ecuadorian Air Force, will be assigned to the 22nd Combat Wing in Guayaquil. The contract includes training for 12 pilots and 15 technicians, as part of an in-country operational training program. The six H145 helicopters will help with missions related to national security, such as border surveillance and the fight against drug trafficking, as well as carrying Read more

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The Italian Air Force takes delivery of its most advanced Eurofighter Typhoon

The final and most advanced Eurofighter Typhoon of the Italian Air Force was handed over during a ceremony on October 23. ©Leonardo

Taking off from Leonardo’s plant in Caselle (Turin), the final and most advanced Eurofighter Typhoon of the Italian Air Force was handed over during a ceremony on October 23, becoming one of the defense aircraft assigned daily to the protection of the Italian skies. The Eurofighter was designed as an open architecture, with a well-defined program of technological updating and improvement that guarantees its competitiveness throughout its life cycle. Constantly evolving technologies, both onboard the aircraft and in the context of logistical support, increase its operational effectiveness, survivability, and efficient management. The Eurofighter program is a cornerstone in the development Read more

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MTU Maintenance Canada partners with GE Aviation to support US Air Force F108 engines

MTU Maintenance Canada, MTU’s stronghold and competence center for military engine maintenance, will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the United States Air Force’s (USAF) F108 engines beginning in the fourth quarter of this year. MTU Maintenance will be partnering with GE Aviation on the five-year contract (one-year base and four one-year option periods), taking responsibility for maintenance, repair and overhaul services.   The F108 is the military variant of the CFM56-2 engine and powers the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft. USAF has over 300 of these aircraft and 1,500-plus egines in its fleet.  The -2 variant differs only Read more

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Boeing’s Australian unmanned aircraft completes first taxi

Boeing Australia has completed the low-speed taxi test on its first Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft ©Boeing

The Boeing Loyal Wingman aircraft being developed with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) recently moved under its own power for the first time, a key milestone for the aircraft that’s expected to make its first flight this year. Reaching a maximum speed of 14 knots (approximately 16 mph, or 26 kph), on the ground, the aircraft demonstrated several activities while maneuvering and stopping on command. “The low-speed taxi enabled us to verify the function and integration of the aircraft systems, including steering, braking and engine controls, with the aircraft in motion,” said Paul Ryder, Boeing Australia Flight Test manager. Read more

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Frontex selects Airbus and partner IAI for Maritime Aerial Surveillance

The maritime Heron RPAS from IAI ©Airbus

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has awarded a contract to Airbus Defence and Space Airborne Solutions (ADAS), a 100% subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, and its long-term partner Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to operate a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS for Maritime Aerial Surveillance services. The service will be delivered in Greece, and/or Italy and/or Malta within a framework contract. The service includes the provision of an RPAS platform, payload, communication equipment and capacity, mission storage and all necessary experts managing the system and providing operational support. Under the contract, Airbus and IAI will provide Read more

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Air Covers secures new Royal Air Force Typhoon contract

©Air Covers has won a competitive bid to provide environmental protective covers for 147 RAF Typhoon aircraft.

Air Covers, a leading specialist in the design of bespoke protective covers for the aerospace and marine sector, has won a competitive bid to provide environmental protective covers for 147 RAF Typhoon aircraft.  Air Covers also won the supply contract for the Typhoon Display Team. Deliveries of the covers to RAF Coningsby have already started.  A total of 50 complete sets have been dispatched to date, with a further 97 to follow.  Each cupola cover is made at Air Covers’ facility in Wrexham, North Wales.  The Typhoon fleet will be protected with Air Covers’ full convection cooling cover technology.  The Read more

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MD Helicopters awarded two Army contracting Command MD 530F contracts

MD Helicopters (MDHI) has announced two independent contract awards from Army Contracting Command-Redstone to support allied operations of the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter. The first contract, worth US$6.1 million, requires MDHI to retrofit 18 legacy MD 530F helicopters operated by the Afghanistan Air Force with ballistic-tolerant crashworthy fuel systems (CWFS). Jointly developed with Robertson Fuel Systems, the 59-gallon MD 530F CWFS delivers unmatched safety and survivability. The system features ballistically self-sealing fuel cells, crash-worthy bladders compliant to MIL-DTL-27422, gravity-fed auxiliary fuel transfer, compatibility with Robertson’s 38-gallon Little Bird Auxiliary Tank System (LBATS), and combat proven performance. Under the contract, MDHI Read more

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Embraer delivers six A-29 Super Tucano to The Philippine Air Force

A-29 Super Tucano for The Philippine Air Force ©Embraer

All six Super Tucano aircraft ordered by The Philippine Air Force (PAF) were officially handed over to the Air Force on October 14, 2020. The aircraft will be deployed for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, counter-insurgency missions, advanced training and are part of PAF’s ongoing modernization plan. These aircraft will be operated and maintained by the 15th Strike Wing, the PAF’s end-user. In November 2017, a firm order of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was made after a comprehensive public bidding process.

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