Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Regional News

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Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) are conducting extensive testing toward the program's main milestone - declaring Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VFMA-121) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma - the first Marine Corps F-35 unit 'operational ready' by the end of July 2015. Although only the USMC unit flying F-35B is due for this clearance, some of the testings are done on the Air Force's F-35A and Navy F-35Cs, since many of elements of the different variants, particularly the software versions - are identical. This procedure was recently highlighted by the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) in his annual report.

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The Colombian Air Force (FAC) has reportedly grounded its entire fleet of Kfir C-10 jet fighters following a crash of one of the aircraft. According to Colombian sources, the J79-GE J1EQD engines powering the Kfir are believed to have caused four accidents involving the Kfir TC12/C10, in a series of accidents that claimed the life of one pilot.

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Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has filed for an official world endurance record following an 80 hour flight by its Orion unmanned aircraft system (UAS). However, Despite the impressive performance of the system, the US Air Force is not interested in buying more systems

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Seven of 11 teams competing in the Darpa Robotic Challenge (DRC) in June 2015 will use the new, more powerful, and wirelessly controlled Atlas humanoid robot. The competition that evaluates the use of robots in disaster zone offers $3.5 million in prizes awarded to the best performing teams

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IMI’s combat proven premium small caliber ammunition line offers higher accuracy, more stopping power

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In recent years IWI US has introduced the combat proven Tavor SAR in the US market, in 2015 the company is introducing more compact weapons, including the Galil ACE pistol and two variants of the Uzi Pro Pistol.

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The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, both produced by Northrop Grumman. According to the Japanese multi-year defense plan, the four E-2D will replace the E-2Cs currently operational, providing aerial surveillance for the Japanese military.

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After 32 years of frustrating development, Hindustan Aeronautics yesterday delivered the initial, semi-operational, Tejas – the first modern, light combat aircraft designed and built (almost) entirely in India.

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France and Egypt are ‘close to agreement’ on a large scale arms deal that could cost 5-6 billion Euros and include naval vessels and fighter aircraft, La Tribune reports. The French proposal includes two FREMM multi-mission frigates worth 1.8 billion Euro, to be built by DCNS, and 20 Rafale combat aircraft from Dassault, worth 3.6 billion Euro. Both platforms will be armed with missile systems manufactured by MBDA.

RQ-11B Raven small UAS fitted with the Mantis gimballed EO Payload

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The US and India are discussing possible opportunities for collaborative production programs, Reuters reported. Two of the programs under discussion are the local assembly of RQ-11B mini UAVs and integration and manufacturing of mission packages designed for C-130J tactical transport planes, to be used for emergency response.

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