Air refueling

June 29, 2014 - 5:14pm
Boeing 767-2C provisioned freighter

Boeing is targeting the third quarter for the maiden flight of a 767-2C “provisioned freighter” that will become one of the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tankers. The company acknowledged encountering what it described as typical issues in the tanker’s development, and that it slipped an internal goal to fly the aircraft for the first time in June.

April 10, 2014 - 1:49pm
Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules

Israel’s Air and Space Force on Wednesday took delivery of the first of six Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules it has ordered through U.S. foreign military sales channels. While the aircraft had been formally handed over to the IASF last June, it was retained in the U.S. for tests and training.

March 28, 2014 - 11:30am
Boeing 737 AEW&C

Qatar has announced a raft of orders for new equipment worth around $23 billion, covering vehicles, vessels and aircraft, plus associated systems and weaponry. The announcements were made on March 27, which was the last day of the Dimdex show in Qatar’s capital Doha.

March 26, 2014 - 11:06am

The UK Royal Air Force retired its four remaining Lockheed TriStar tanker/transports on schedule this week, as the replacement fleet of Airbus A330-MRTTs grows. Seven of these aircraft, known as the Voyager in RAF service and provided under contract by AirTanker, have now been delivered. Two more are slated to to be handed over by the end of June.

March 13, 2014 - 10:22am
Rafale

At the Dassault Aviation annual press conference, in Saint-Cloud (France), CEO Eric Trappier has confirmed achieving a firm agreement with Indian group Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) concerning the partnership between Dassault and HAL for the 126 Rafale fighters that India wants to buy. The agreement covers the general configuration of the aircraft, the technology transfers and the detailed workshare between the two partners and their subcontractors. Also, it clarifies the mechanism of warranties, said Trappier.

March 7, 2014 - 11:38am

Airbus Defence and Space has confirmed an anticipated order from the Republic of Singapore Air Force for six A330 MRTT tanker/transports. The selection of the Airbus rather than the Boeing KC-46A was first revealed yesterday via the Singaporean ministry of defense’s Twitter account. At the same time, the country’s Ministry of Defense also confirmed that it is to order two more Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk maritime helicopters for the naval air arm’s 123 Squadron, raising the total number to eight.

February 12, 2014 - 11:00pm

ST Aerospace last week redelivered its first C-130 modernization for an export customer. Turnround time on the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) C-130H was only seven months, including a full depot overhaul. The company previously modernized eight C-130s in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) fleet, one of which can be seen in the static park here this week.

February 9, 2014 - 7:40pm
Thales provided this image of the new-generation laser designation pod under development for French air force Rafale and Mirage 2000D fighters.

France’s DGA defense procurement agency has awarded Thales a €119 million ($162 million) contract to develop a new laser designation pod for French air force Dassault Rafale and Mirage 2000D fighters, Thales announced in January. The development contract follows a risk reduction phase the government awarded Thales (Booth F23) in late 2012.

January 21, 2014 - 2:11pm
French defense minister Jean-Yves le Drian (left) visited the Rafale final assembly line in Bordeaux to seal the latest upgrade contract with Dassault chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. (Photo: Dassault Aviation)

Dassault Aviation received a development contract from the French Ministry of Defense for a further upgrade of the Rafale combat aircraft. Designated “F3 R”, the upgrade consists mainly of integration of the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM; the laser-homing version of the Sagem AASM air-ground weapon; and the new Thales PDL-NG laser designator pod. There will also be some improvements to the Rafale’s avionics and defensive systems.

January 10, 2014 - 3:20pm
The first flight test example of the WS-20 turbofan is seen on the port inboard pylon of an Il-76 testbed. (via Chinese Internet)

Photos have appeared on Chinese websites of an Ilyushin Il-76 testbed fitted with a large high-bypass ratio turbofan under the port inner pylon.

 
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