AIN Defense Perspective » January 7, 2011

January 7, 2011 - 5:06am
Marshall Aerospace is upgrading the avionics of nine Lockheed Tristar tanker ...

Marshall Aerospace has completed development of an avionics upgrade for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) fleet of nine Lockheed Tristar tanker-transports. The work was designed to avoid obsolescence problems that now affect these aging aircraft, and to provide compliance with the latest requirements for flying in civil airspace, such as CNS/ATM.

January 7, 2011 - 5:01am
Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator, revealed in September 2010, h...

Eurocopter ended 2010 with a flurry of progress announcements, some of which related to previously delayed military programs in Europe. The first NH-90s in the Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) configuration for France and Spain both made their maiden flights at Marignane on December 17. The French machine, one of 34 TTHs to be handed over to the French army late this year, is now undergoing flight tests at Istres.

January 7, 2011 - 4:50am
The King Air 350ER will serve as the platform for the low/medium-altitude air...

Boeing has won the enhanced medium-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance systems (EMARSS) competition to supply low/medium-altitude airborne reconnaissance systems to the U.S. Army. The Army pre-specified the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER as the platform for EMARSS, as well as the basic specification.

January 7, 2011 - 4:48am
The Royal Australian Air Force is the launch customer for the Airbus Military...

The Pentagon’s decision in the third round of the KC-X competition is now expected next month. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hear testimony concerning the inadvertent leak of competition-sensitive data to the competing contractors.

January 7, 2011 - 4:24am
The Chinese recently conducted taxi trials of a new combat aircraft, designat...

Following months of speculation, fueled by tidbits gleaned during the Zhuhai airshow in November, the first images of China’s newest combat aircraft were revealed in the week before Christmas. Believed to be designated the J-20, the aircraft is under development by Chengdu (611 Design Institute) and Shenyang, with the former leading the effort having effectively won a design competition in 2008.

 

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