Italian M-346 Crash in Dubai
November 18: The Italian made M346 advanced trainer crashed this morning in Dubai, just after taking off on its trip return from the Dubai Airshow. The two crewmen on board ejected safely before the aircraft went down. The plane crashed into the sea near the Deira Palm Island.
“The causes of the accident are currently being investigated and in accordance with company procedures, an internal investigation committee has also been set up,” Alenia spokesman added.
November 17, 2011: The Arabian Aerospace quoted.has reversed its choice of as its future fighter plane and has invited the Eurofighter Typhoon and E/F Super Hornet and F-15SE Silent Eagle to bid on the sale of up to 60 advanced fighter jets to the Air Force. For the past three years has been considered the favorite option by the . “Thanks to French President Sarkozy, France could not have done more diplomatically or politically to secure the Rafale deal“ Arabian Aerospace quoted the supreme commander of the UAE armed forces and Crown Price of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nayhan said, “Regrettably Dassault seems unaware that all the diplomatic and political will in the world cannot overcome uncompetitive and unworkable commercial terms.”
to receive kits to Produce of 125 Tanks in the Next 3 Years
November 17, 2011: The U.S. government has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) a contract valued $395 for the production and delivery of 125Abrams kits co-produced at the Military in , a Cairo suburb. According to the DSCA announcement in July 2011, the overall cost of the package, including the 125 locally produced tanks and support services could reach $1.329 billion (a whopping +10 million a piece…). The tank co-production program is ongoing since 1992 with a production scope of 1,500 tanks and M-88A2 (Hercules) armored recovery vehicles. This latest increment will increase the number of ian co-production-built tanks to 1,130. Deliveries of these new tanks are expected to begin in July 2013 and continue for 30 months. The contract was awarded by the U.S. TACOM Lifecycle Management Command.
November 16, 2011: Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Field Intelligence Corps’s has fielded an advanced reconnaissance vehicle called ‘Granite’, based on IAIs’ EL/I-3302 Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance Vehicle (ISRV) developed by ELTA Systems Ltd. Elta has integrated the mission payload on the SandCat, an armored vehicle based on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Ford 550 model. (Defense-Update)
Guided Rockets Complete Qualification Tests
November 16, 2011:and its UAE based partner, Emirates Advanced Investments (EAI) group are expecting the first order for the laser-guided rocket kit developed jointly by the two companies. The order could include 10,000 guidance kits. Talon recently performed successful test flights, launched from an Apache Longbow helicopter as part of the weapon qualification program. The laser-guided kits converts unguided 2.75 inch/70mm helicopter-borne rockets into guided weapons.
UAE Considers APG-80Radar Upgrades
November 16, 2011: The US government is in discussions with the UAE to upgrade the APG-80 Flight Daily News reports. Other Middle eastern air forces flying s are also considering upgrades of their radars, gaining operational and maintenance benefits provided by technology. Following the Saudi Arabian decision to upgrade their F-15S Eagle with AESA radars, and the UAE’s fielding of the first AESA equipped s block 60, this technology is now available for export to other F-16 operators in the region, including , , , and . Israel’s radar company Elta Systems has developed an AESA version of its airborne multi-mode fire control radar but the type has not been integrated into the F-16 due to U.S. restrictions. and both offer AESA radars for the F-16. is pitching the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR), a derivative of the APG-80 while Raytheon offers the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR).radars installed in the country’s fleet of about 80 Block 60s.
November 13, 2011: believed to be Oman.has delivered the first VL MICA naval surface-to-air defense systems to the first export customer and is moving the land-based VL MICA land system into production, anticipating first export deliveries starting in 2012. The launch customer for both systems is
November 8, 2011: Iraq has deposited the initial payment toward the procurement of 18 F-16C Block 52 fighters in September 2011. The planes are scheduled for delivery in late 2014 or 2015. Along with the fighter aircraft Iraq also purchased various weapons including AIM-9 air-to-air missiles, GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, a logistics package and training. Six Iraqi F-16 candidates have already been selected and moved to the U.S. for different phases of pilot training. These students will form the core of Iraq’s future F-16 force. At present, some are finishing an English language course while others are finishing their initial training in the T-6, a trainer aircraft. One of the pilots is scheduled to begin Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, a preliminary course to the actual F-16 training program, as early as January.
Kuwait – Technical/Logistics Support forAircraft
November 8, 2011: Washington is offering continued Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul () support for the fleet of F/A-18 fighters operated by the air force of Kuwait, under a logistical support contract worth $100 million. The package will include continuing logistics support, contractor maintenance, and technical services.
November 2, 2011: Israel has conducted a ballisticfrom the Palmachim Air & Space test center. Israel’s Ministry of Defense confirmed the successful test was conducted, indicating that the purpose of the launch was the testing of a new advanced ‘ballistic propulsion system’. Local reports published in the Israeli media indicated the propulsion system employed multiple stages, with some level of maneuvering performed at the ascent phase.