Canadian avionics house CMC Electronics will supply its integrated Cockpit 4000 suite for the 40 KT-1C basic trainers that Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has sold to Turkey. The KT-1C is an upgraded, export version of the KT-1 that is already in service with the Republic of Korea Air Force. The KT-1C was the first application for the Cockpit 4000 avionics suite: KAI selected CMC for the prototype installation in January 2003.
AIN Defense Perspective » February 21, 2008
The MiG company denied a Russian newspaper report that Algeria wants to return 15 MiG-29 fighters that were supplied in late 2006. Algeria halted deliveries of a further planned 21 aircraft, the report said. The matter was expected to be discussed in a meeting between the Algerian and Russian presidents in Moscow this week. The deal to supply the jets was sealed in March 2006 as part of a debt-cancellation plan.
In a fascinating presentation at the Global Air Power Conference in Singapore in mid-February, Israeli Air Force (IAF) commander Maj. Gen Elyezer Shkedy described the effort to defeat Palestinian and Hezbollah terrorism from the air. Shkedy showed video from various missile attacks, in an attempt to prove that Israel tries hard to avoid civilian casualties during air strikes.
Two U.S. Air Force C-130Hs are now being flight-tested at Edwards AFB with the Boeing avionics modernization program (AMP) upgrade. This program has been much delayed by procurement policy changes and cost overruns. But Boeing told AIN that test flights are going well, with no changes needed to the first software release. A third and last flight-test aircraft will join the program next year.
The U.S. Navy has promised to announce the winner of its Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) competition on March 5. The BAMS requirement for a high-altitude, long endurance platform has provoked an intriguing contest. Northrop Grumman was seen as the leading contender, with a version of the Global Hawk UAV equipped with a new radar from the company’s Baltimore facility, plus enhanced communications links.
The F-15 structural fatigue problem is much less serious than had been supposed. Only nine F-15C/D models need to have their longerons replaced, a Boeing official said in mid-February. These were apparently manufactured to reduced, incorrect tolerances. Only two weeks earlier, the U.S. Air Force was saying that 161 of the combat jets might need modification.
Some international partners in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program could delay signing up for production airplanes until 2013. George Standridge, Lockheed Martin F-35 vice president for business development, said that funding of long-lead items would be required 36 months before first flight, with a larger down-payment due 12 months later.
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