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EA-18GBoeing EA-18G Growlers Deployed by US Navy

F-22 RaptorLockheed Martin Gets $726.6 Million to Keep the Raptor’s Flying

Mi-28NRussia is Pursuing Multiple Helicopter Tenders in India

Helo AirbagAirbags Designed to Save Helicopters Hard Landing on Rough Terrain

Fennec Scout HeliopterEurocopter’s AS550 C3 Fennec helicopter is making its Indian public debut

Super TucanoSuper Tucano Lands in Jacksonville, Waiting for Federal Contract

AESA Equipped Strike Eagle Begins Flight Testing at Eglin

mig35MMRCA Competitors Set for Aero-India Showdown

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Defense Update Aerospace Channel - February 2011

indian aewEmbraer Unveils the First EMB-145 Modified for AEW Platform for the Indian DRDO

Embraer presented today at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil the first of three EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms developed for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). (Read More...)

Tanker ProgramPentagon Expected to Announce Today the Winner of $35 Billion KC-X Program

The U.S. Defense Department is expected to announce today (Feb. 24, 2011) the winner of a $35 billion Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract fought over by Boeing and European rival EADS for nearly a decade. The announcement is expected this afternoon, after financial markets close. The Defense Department is seeking to replace 179 tankers in an aging U.S. Air Force fleet of Boeing KC-135s that date back to the 1950s. (Read More...)

F-22 RaptorLockheed Martin Gets $726.6 Million to Keep the Raptor’s Flying

Lockheed Martin Corp. has received a $726.6 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force for the sustainment of the F-22 Raptor fleet. This modification is for the 2011 Follow-On Agile Sustainment for the Raptor (FASTeR) sustainment contract, a Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) program providing weapon systems sustainment of the F-22 fleet at all operational bases. In 2010 these locations included to Guam, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. (Read More...)

EA-18GBoeing EA-18G Growlers Deployed by US Navy

The Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft has entered operational servcie with the U.S. Navy. It is replacing the Navy’s current AEA platform, the EA-6B Prowler built by Northrop Grumman, which has been in service since 1971. (Read More...)

Mi-28Mi-28N Crash in Russia’s Caucasus

A Russian Army Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ helicopter crashed today injuring the two crew members. The gunship commander later died of his wounds at a nearby hospital. The helicopter crashed at the southern Stavropol territory. The helicopter on a training flight when it lost control at an altitude of some 400 meters and fell down near the settlement of Praskoveya in the Budennovsk district of the Caucasus, at about 10:40 a.m. Moscow time. According to preliminary assessment, the crash was caused by engine failure. (Read More...)

Mi-28NRussia is Pursuing Multiple Helicopter Tenders in India

Pursuing multiple Indian Ministry of Defense helicopters tenders Russian helicopter manufacturers are promoting a line of military helicopters at Aero India 2011, through the Russian state-owned arms marketer Rosoboronexport. In recent years exports of Russian rotary-wing aircraft have been steadily growing with initial deliveries of Mi-17 military transport helicopters to the Indian Air Force. (Read More...)

AS550Eurocopter’s AS550 C3 Fennec helicopter is making its Indian public debut

Aero India 2011. Fennec is considered one of the leading candidates for India’s acquisition of new armed scout helicopter. In preparation for this tender, the AS550 C3 Fennec recently completed field trials with full mission equipment for the Indian Armed Forces’ reconnaissance and surveillance applications. The Indian Army is planning to replace the existing fleet of Indian-produced Cheetah and Chetak helicopters. (Read More...)

helicopter airbagAirbags Designed to Save Helicopters Hard Landing on Rough Terrain

A new safety device developed for civil and military medium helicopters, Aero Sekur’s shock attenuation system is designed to aid crew and helicopter survival. It is the industry’s first integrated solution to aid unscheduled descents on both land and water. Aero Sekur estimates that the new helicopter landing system will be available in 2012. (Read More...)

Boeing Awarded $80 Million to Replenish Apache’s Combat Losses

Boeing has received delivery orders for 17 Apache attack helicopters, supplying the U.S. Army with 14 AH-64D war replacement aircraft plus additional three Apaches, requested to replenish Israel Air Force operational losses during the 2006 2nd Lebanon War. The total amount awarded by the two contracts is worth about $80 million. The announcement did not disclose the model to be supplied to Israel. The IAF lost three Apaches during the 2006 war, two were of the latest AH-64D model. Both deliveries are due to take place before the end of 2012.

GoodrichGoodrich to Show ACES II Ejection Seats at Aero-India

Goodrich is displaying its F-16 ACES II advanced concept ejection seat at Aero-India. ACES II is credited with saving over 600 lives to date. These ejection seats are the designed with active pitch stabilization, providing consistent performance capability at airspeeds of zero to 600 KEAS (knots equivalent airspeed) and altitudes of zero to 60,000 feet. (Read More...)

Super TucanoSuper Tucano Lands in Jacksonville, Waiting for Federal Contract

A Brazilian Super Tucano aircraft was seen at Jacksonville International Airport (JIA) in Florida on Sunday. The light attack/trainer aircraft would be assembled there if Embraer seals the deal on a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. (Read More...)

F-15 AesaAESA Equipped Strike Eagle Begins Flight Testing at Eglin

An F-15E Strike Eagle equipped with new and improved APG-82(V)1 electronically scanned array technology  (AESA) radar began flight testing in Florida last week. The APG-82(V)1 upgrade is part of through the F-15E service life extension, intended to maintain the Strike Eagle operational beyond 2035. (Read More...)

mig35MMRCA Competitors Set for Aero-India Showdown

The ongoing tender for the selection of the future Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft for the Indian Air Force is fuelling a fiery competition between the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers. Lockheed Martin from the U.S., European Dassault and Eurofighter, Saab from Sweden and Russian Rosoboronexport representing the MiG corporation. (Read More...)

Tejas‘Operational Capable’ Tejas to Fly Again at Aero-India 2011

The Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is expected to fly again at Aero India 2011, this time not as a prototype or test aircraft but an ‘operational capable aircraft’ of the Indian Air Force. Both the single seat and two-seat versions will be displayed. While Tejas is far from ready for operational capability, it will symbolize India’s technological capability to meet that challenge and progress toward flying an more advanced, indigenous combat aircraft in the future.

C-130J indiaNew Indian C-130J expected at Bangalore for Aero-India 2011

The first C-130J arriving in New Delhi this week is planned to deploy to Bangalore for the airshow. These planes will support India’s special forces’ operations, and operate from the Indian Air Force (IAF) base Hindan air near New Delhi. When fully operational, the C-130J will dramatically increase the rapid deployment of India’s special forces from the capital to other regions in India and abroad. (Read More...)

Public Debut for HAL’s Light Combat Helicopter at Aero India 2011

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) will display its new indigenous attack helicopter for the first time at the upcoming Aero-India airshow in Bangalore next month. The first prototype of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) developed by HAL and due for induction into the Indian Air Force by 2012-13, will make its first flight during the airshow. (Read More...)


Defense Update ‘Airshow-Live’ debut at Aero-India 2011

Defense Update is introducing its latest online project – Airshow-Live, providing on-site coverage of major airshows and defense exhibitions and conferences. Airshow-Live will debut at Aero-India 2011 providing fresh reports from  the airshow, including news highlights and ‘buzz’ from the exhibition halls, press conferences, national pavilions, flight line and aerial displays. (Read More...)