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News and issues relating to the defense aerospace business, with emphasis on current/in-use, in-development and prospective programs for manned military aircraft and unmanned combat aircraft vehicles (UCAVs).

May 9, 2011 - 5:04am
Boeing and Lockheed Martin are looking toward other competitions for sales of...

U.S. defense contractors eliminated from the $10 billion competition to provide India’s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) cite several other international programs and competitions as opportunities for their respective platforms. But the start of Japan's F-X contest in April and fighter requirements in countries including Denmark, Malaysia and Brazil did nothing to mask the clear disappointment expressed by U.S.

May 9, 2011 - 5:02am
The Shenyang J-15 has many similarities to the Sukhoi Su-33 from which it was...

More imagery has been released through the Chinese media showing the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark, a “Flanker” derivative intended for service aboard China's first aircraft carrier. The new material includes video of the fighter taking off.

May 9, 2011 - 5:00am
The U.S. Air Force is planning a "recapitalization" project for its aging fle...

The U.S. Air Force will invite bids for two major helicopter requirements, the service confirmed.

The “HH-60 Recapitalization” is the new name for the ill-fated combat search and rescue (CSAR-X) competition, which was abandoned in 2009, three years after the Boeing HH-47 Chinook was first declared the winner.

May 2, 2011 - 5:20am
The T-70 Sikorsky will produce for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program is ...

Sikorsky has won the $3.5 billion Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP), with a version of the Black Hawk designated T-70. Detailed negotiations for assembly of an initial 109 T-70s by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) will now begin. TAI will produce some parts for the T-70s, while local company Alp Aviation, which is 50-percent owned by Sikorsky, will produce dynamic components.

May 2, 2011 - 5:15am
Bell’s OH-58 Block II demonstrator made its first flight at Bell’s Fort Worth...

Bell Helicopter made the first flight of its OH-58 Block II demonstrator at its Xworx research and development facility in Fort Worth on April 14.

May 2, 2011 - 5:10am
The first production Alenia Aermacchi M-346 made its first flight late last m...

Alenia Aermacchi flew the first production M-346 on March 31. It is the first of 15 aircraft ordered by the Italian Air Force, which has designated the new jet trainer T-346A. The Italian manufacturer said that a highly automated production line capable of delivering up to 48 aircraft per year was now established at Venegono.

May 2, 2011 - 5:05am
Honeywell's unmanned T-Hawk has flown several disaster-remediation missions a...

Honeywell Aerospace said its unmanned T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle has flown several missions in support of disaster-remediation efforts at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan.

May 2, 2011 - 5:00am
The Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon are the remaining two contenders ...

The Indian Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, April 27, asked Dassault Aviation and Eurofighter to extend their commercial bids beyond the April 28 deadline for the 126-aircraft medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) requirement.

April 28, 2011 - 6:08am

The Indian Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, April 27, asked Dassault Aviation and Eurofighter to extend their commercial bids beyond the April 28 deadline for the 126-aircraft medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) requirement.

April 8, 2011 - 10:30am
The UK has purchased 1,000 Thales lightweight multirole missiles for the Lynx...

Thales UK announced that its lightweight multirole missile (LMM) has been confirmed for maritime strikes by the UK Lynx Wildcat helicopter. The launch order is for 1,000 missiles with guidance by laser-beam rider to meet the UK’s future anti-surface guided weapon (Light) requirement.

 
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