Russian Helicopters completed deliveries of Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters to the Afghan Army in October. Sixty-three helicopters manufactured at the company’s Kazan Helicopters plant were delivered to Afghanistan after the the Russian arms sales agency Rosoboronexport and the U.S. Department of Defense signed a first contract in 2011, followed by later contracts.
AIN Defense Perspective » October 31, 2014
Insitu unveiled an improved version of its widely used ScanEagle small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the Euronaval 2014 conference and exhibition in Paris on October 29. The “ScanEagle 2” increases the aircraft’s payload power and payload options and comes with an improved, fully digital video system and a new engine.
The U.S. Marine Corps awarded Northrop Grumman a $207 million modification to a previously awarded contract to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of four ground/air task-oriented radar (G/ATOR) systems, plus spares and support. G/ATOR is the first Pentagon’s first program to develop a ground-based, multi-mission active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the company said.
Brazil has signed contracts with Saab for the supply of 36 Gripen NG (New Generation) fighters, and for industrial cooperation, following its choice of the Swedish fighter last December. The deals are worth just over $5.4 billion, which is nearly $1 billion more than announced last December. Eight of the aircraft will be two-seaters. Deliveries will be made over a six-year period starting in 2019.
The recent scrapping in Afghanistan of 16 Alenia C-27A Spartans, which were meant to serve as the core airlift fleet of the Afghan air force, has refocused attention on the equally problematic saga of C-27J procurement by the Pentagon. The Department of Defense (DoD) has bought only 21 of the 78 C-27Js that it planned for the U.S Air Force and Army. These are still flying in the U.S., but not on missions for which they were originally intended.
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