AIN Defense Perspective » July 2, 2010

July 2, 2010 - 5:48am
Two Korean F-4D Phantoms escort a U.S. Air Force F-111 during an exercise in ...

The Republic of Korea Air Force brought an era to an end when on June 16 it conducted the last flights of its McDonnell F-4D Phantom IIs. These veterans had served for 41 years, and were the last of the early model Phantoms in service anywhere in the world. 

July 2, 2010 - 5:44am
Early block RAF Eurofighter Typhoons are undergoing the R2 conversion process...

The Eurofighter consortium in May submitted a proposal for the final batch of Eurofighters to be built for the four partner nations under the original contract. Tranche 3 was to have been contracted as a single batch, but was split in half to appease budget-cut-hungry politicians. Now the fight begins for the final 124 aircraft in Tranche 3B.

July 2, 2010 - 5:36am
Turkey is building the T129 version of the AgustaWestland AW129 attack helico...

While it looks forward to accepting its first TAI/AgustaWestland T129 attack helicopter, Turkey is urgently seeking interim helicopter gunships in the face of increased terrorist actions by the PKK and other Kurdish separatist groups. The situation has become desperate as Turkey's current force of Bell AH-1W Cobras has fallen to just six operational aircraft, plus a few earlier single-engine Cobras. 

July 2, 2010 - 5:27am
The AMP program gives the legacy Hercules an all-glass, all-digital cockpit. ...

Having been dogged by cost overruns, Boeing's avionics modernization program (AMP) for the C-130 Hercules has passed its Defense Acquisition Board Milestone C, allowing low-rate initial production (LRIP) to begin. The AMP provides an integrated avionics system to prolong the useful career of the U.S. Air Force's legacy Hercules fleet, and includes full night-vision-goggle compatibility, glass cockpits and digital systems.

July 2, 2010 - 5:19am
For the first VXX presidential helicopter competition,  AgustaWestland teamed...

Boeing's controversial embrace of the AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter for the revived U.S. presidential helicopter requirement could lead to more partnerships with AgustaWestland parent company Finmeccanica. Dennis Muilenberg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said that C4ISR-cyber security, information technology and services-are other areas of potential collaboration.

 

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