Military aircraft

September 26, 2011 - 4:55am
BAE Systems has partnered with Northrop Grumman to offer the Hawk jet trainer

BAE Systems named Northrop Grumman its manufacturing partner to offer the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer System (AJTS) for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X jet trainer requirement. Northrop Grumman built the T-38C Talon jets that the T-X will replace.

September 26, 2011 - 4:45am
U.S. Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz delivers an address Septem

Civilian and military leaders of the U.S. Air Force outlined priorities they plan to defend against potentially severe budget cuts, citing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, remotely piloted aircraft and a future long-range bomber specifically, among other systems and capabilities.

September 12, 2011 - 5:00am
The Eurofighter supervisory board met in Japan in July, together with diploma

Japan is apparently proceeding on schedule with the F-X fighter competition, despite the large economic impact of the recent earthquake and tsunami, and a recent government reshuffle. A Ministry of Defense spokeswoman told Bloomberg news agency that a decision is likely by year-end.

September 12, 2011 - 4:55am
The infrared search and track system will be carried at the front of the cent

Boeing gained a $135 million contract to add the Lockheed Martin infrared search and track (IRST) system to the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet by 2015. According to Lockheed Martin, the long-wave system can detect airborne threats with 40 times more accuracy than radar at maximum detection ranges, while offering a comparable scan volume.

August 29, 2011 - 4:40am
British Defence Minister Liam Fox confirmed an order for more Chinooks. (Phot

Boeing and Sikorsky are gaining new export business worth over $2 billion for Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters, respectively.  

August 22, 2011 - 5:20am
An Su-34 taxies at MAKS 2011. The strike aircraft is slowly replacing older a

A total of 12 Sukhoi Su-34 interdiction aircraft are being procured this year, according to Russian air force commander General Alexander Zelin, speaking last week at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS 2011). The service is seeking a total of 120 Su-34s, Zelin said.

August 22, 2011 - 5:10am
The Russian air force has plans to upgrade all of its Sukhoi Su-25 fleet–now

More than 50 Sukhoi Su-25s have now undergone a mid-life upgrade and modernization, bringing them to the Su-25SM standard. The attack aircraft, which is modified by the Aircraft Repair Station 121 based in Kubinka, Russia, was on display last week at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS 2011). This year, the station launched a program for the mid-life upgrade of the Su-25UB twin seaters.

August 1, 2011 - 5:00am
The Indian Air Force will upgrade 51 Mirage 2000Hs to a standard roughly equi...

India confirmed that it will upgrade its 51 Mirage 2000H fighters, and entered final negotiations with Thales, which will act as prime contractor. The long-delayed deal has been controversial in India because of cost, and the 20- to 25-year age of most of the airframes. Thales would not comment on Indian media reports that the contract could be worth $2.4 billion.

July 1, 2011 - 6:51am
A nearly-completed CH-47 Chinook inside the factory near Philadelphia. (Photo...

Boeing is investing $130 million to overhaul the Boeing CH-47 Chinook production line in Ridley Park, Pa., making it the largest capital investment made by the company’s Defense, Space & Security segment. The project to renovate 223,000 sq ft of production space around lean manufacturing principles will be completed in October.

June 22, 2011 - 4:20am

Marshall Aerospace (Hall 2b E158) is bidding to fill the UK’s maritime surveillance gap by modifying some of the Royal Air Force’s Lockheed Martin C-130Js.

 
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