Defense » Military Aircraft

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).

February 8, 2011 - 6:10am

When it comes to defense coverage, AIN naturally focuses on airborne systems and platforms, including some very high-tech stuff, of course. But my visit to the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference and Exhibitionin London last month was a reminder that what happens on the ground is equally, if not more, important.

February 4, 2011 - 5:45am
The HC.3 version of the Chinook only recently entered service after a lengthy...

Boeing announced the first flight of an upgraded UK Royal Air Force Ch-47 Chinook. It also confirmed that the entire current fleet of 46 UK Chinooks will receive the new cockpit displays and mission avionics, supplied by Thales from its TopDeck range, by 2016. The upgrade also includes more powerful Honeywell T55-l-714A engines, new defensive systems, nose-mounted FLIR and new secure communications.

February 4, 2011 - 5:45am
UK-based Marshall Aerospace is providing maintenance and support for the C-13...

Marshall Aerospace took steps to boost the future of its core business: C-130 Hercules maintenance and support. The Cambridge, UK-based company will partner with Lockheed Martin in the OEM’s offer to provide enhanced and performance-based sustainment solutions to the air forces of Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Marshall Aerospace has previously overhauled and modifies C-130s for these countries.

February 4, 2011 - 5:45am
Embraer has teamed with Sierra Nevada to offer the Super Tucano as a contende...

Flight evaluations of the two contenders for the U.S. Air Forceπs Light Air Support contract were completed late last week at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Embraer has teamed with U.S.-based Sierra Nevada to offer the Super Tucano. Hawker Beechcraft has partnered with Lockheed Martin to offer the AT-6.

February 4, 2011 - 5:45am
The RAAF is the launch customer for the A330MRTT, but Airbus and the service ...

Airbus Military has flight-tested the fuselage refueling unit (FRU) of the A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) for the first time. The Cobham-supplied FRU is a hose-and-drogue system that is fitted to the version destined for the UK Royal Air Force as its future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA). It transfers fuel at a greater rate than the underwing hose-and-drogue units that Cobham supplies for all A330MRTTs.

February 4, 2011 - 5:45am
Saab is providing the front and central sections of the fuselage for the pan-...

Major subassemblies for the Neuron UCAV technology demonstrator have been delivered to Dassault Aviation, which acts as prime contractor and design authority for this pan-European project. Sweden-based Saab handed over the front and central sections, while HAI in Greece delivered the rear fuselage.

January 21, 2011 - 6:46am
The F-35B STOVL version of the Joint Strike Fighter will be canceled if Lockh...

Lockheed Martin has two years to fix problems with the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Joint Strike Fighter, or it will be cancelled, according to the Department of Defense. U.S.

January 21, 2011 - 6:44am
China's J-20 fighter made its first public flight on January 11....

The prototype of China’s J-20 fighter made its first publicly witnessed flight on January 11 from Chengdu’s factory airfield. The aircraft, which lifted off at 12:50 p.m. local time and landed 18 minutes later, was accompanied by a two-seat J-10S during its flight. The event was witnessed by high-ranking officials, who arrived from Beijing in two VIP Boeing 737s.

January 21, 2011 - 6:40am
A military exercise including the ground-launched version of Taiwan’s indigen...

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou renewed his nation’s plea to the U.S. for more F-16s, citing China’s recent unveiling of the J-20 stealth fighter. Ma spoke after witnessing an air defense exercise that involved the launch of 19 missiles, including indigenous Tien Chien (Sky Sword) AAMs and Tien Kung (Sky Bow) SAMs. The new ground-launched version of the Tien Chien was also fired.

January 21, 2011 - 6:38am
BAE has begun delivering its ‘look and shoot’ helmet for pilots of the Eurofi...

BAE Systems abandoned plans to sell most of its remaining avionics capabilities. The company put its Platform Solutions business up for sale last fall, but rumored interest from Goodrich, Honeywell and Rockwell Collins evidently failed to produce an acceptable offer. The main sites of this $200 million turnover transatlantic business are Rochester, UK;  Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Johnson City, N.Y.

 
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