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Photo Above: The CV-22 Osprey will take over Air Force Special Operations Command helicopter missions when the MH-53 'Pave Low' (seen below) retires in October 2011. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter (Read More...)

C295 AEW&CAirbus Military and Elta Systems Introduce C295 AEW&C

Airbus Military and IAI/Elta Systems introduced  their joint development of an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system based on the Airbus Military/Casa C295 medium transport. The companies announced the cooperation during a signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the 2011 Paris Air Show. Each party is investing tens of millions Euros in the program, expected to position both companies in an attractive position addressing the special mission AEW&C market. (Read More...)

C-MUSICC-MUSIC to Protect Israeli Airlines from Missile Attacks

Offers Part of the development of active protection systems for platforms, Elbit systems is offering effective protection for military and commercial aircraft and helicopters, employing an affordable, highly effective fiber-laser based Directional Infra-Red Counter Measures (DIRCM). While DIRCM systems for large aircraft have been available on the market for several years, Elbit Systems’ Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (MUSIC) system is the first to the market offering compact, low-power affordable solution suitable for medium aircraft such as C-27J and Boeing 737 and 767 and helicopters of the UH-60, EH-101 and Mi-17 class. (Read More...)

Paris AirshowUpdated: Preview of the Paris Air Show 2011

With aerospace buzz soaring during the week-long Paris Air Show, excited visitors at this premier aerospace event may feel somewhat disappointed by the absence of the most advanced military jets. The F-35, T-50 or J-20 are not coming to Paris, although they are bound to create a lot of interest and news in the halls and in the chalet rows. Instead, civilian aircraft, new transport planes, and experimental aviation, such as the solar-powered ‘Solar Impulse’ or X-3 hybrid helicopter are likely to steal the headlines, along with innovative modification of familiar platforms taking new missions – dust-croppers turned to firefighters, or killer drones transformed into maritime search platforms.  (Read More...)

CH-148CH-148 Cyclone Maritime Helicopter Debut at the Paris Air Show 2011

Sikorsky Aircraft is unveiling its latest maritime helicopter version, the CH-148 Cyclone. The new helicopter will make its international debut next week at the Paris Airshow 2011. Cyclone is under development for the 28 helicopter Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (CMHP), for the planned replacement of the fleet of Sea King helicopters that have been in operation for almost 50 years. “We believe the Cyclone helicopter represents the ‘aircraft of the future’ for maritime forces around the globe,” said Carey Bond, president of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. (Read More...)

EMALSElectrically Powered Catapult Launches First T-45C, C-2A Aircraft

The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) successfully completed the first launch of a T-45C Goshawk from the NAVAIR Lakehurst, N.J. test site on June 1, As part of these ongoing compatibility testing, twelve successful launches were made June 1 and 2. Few days later, on June 8, the system performed the first launch of a C-2A Greyhound as part of the system’s ground testing. The Greyhound was launched 18 times over a wide range of aircraft weights June 8 and 9 as part of ongoing aircraft compatibility testing. (Read More...)

Israel Set for the Paris Air Show

Following successful battle experience Iron Dome counter-rocket missile system, along the Stunner interceptor, part of the future David’s Sling, Arrow II and III and Barak 8 are demonstrating Israel’s future multilayer missile defense systems at the Paris Airshow. Air and missile defense systems are at the center stage of Israel’s aerospace and defense display at the 49th Paris Airshow. Following the operational success of the Iron Dome counter-rocket system, an emphasis is given to active defense missile and air defense capabilities, including a new, mobile version of Iron Dome, and the Stunner interceptor under development of the next generation David’s Sling air and missile defense system. (Read More...)

MH60R HelicopterMH-60R Wins First International Sale with Australian Order for 24 Helicopters

The Australian Navy intends to buy 24 MH-60R SeaHawk multi-role naval combat helicopters to equip its new surface ships. The value of the order is estimated at AU$3 billion ($3.15 billion). The order will be processed through U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channel, and will be managed by the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy was supported in its winning proposal by Team Romeo, consisting of MH-60R airframe manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin, engine manufacturer GE, sensor supplier Raytheon Corp., and training supplier CAE. (Read More...)

IAI MLGBIAI to Unveil a Medium Range Guided Weapon at the Paris Airshow

Israel Aerospace Industries is unveiling the Medium range Laser Guided Bomb (MLGB), a 250 pound class (115 kg) laser guided weapon designed for operation from fighter and light attack aircraft carried by standard 14" lugs.
The bomb provided as a unified weapon (unlike other laser guidance kits) comes with GPS/INS and laser guidance, and a three-mode fuse, offering airburst, impact or delayed detonation of the warhead effectively defeating soft, surface or semi-protected targets such as buildings or vehicles. (Read More...)

OspreyIsrael Considers Tilt-Rotor Ospreys to Modernize its CSAR, Special Operations

Moving to bolster its special operations and combat search and rescue capabilities, the Israel Air Force (IAF) is re-evaluating the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft as an optional future vertical lift capability. The IAF evaluated the tilt-rotor plane for several years, until 2009 when the issue was removed from the IAF agenda for the quadrennial procurement plan. According to Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper, the IAF plans to send a delegation of officers to the United States, to meet with Marine Corps representatives and review the V- 22 Osprey’s performance, and adaptability for operations in Israel.

F-15 SlamSouth Korea Receives the Tenth Slam Eagle

The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) received the tenth F-15K Slam Eagle on May 30, delivered by the Boeing Company at the RoKAF Daegu Airbase. The Slam Eagles, a derivative of the F-15E Strike Eagle, marked F-15K49 and F-15K50 left Boeing St. Louis facility on May 25 and made stops in Palmdale, Calif., Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, before arriving in Korea. (Read More...)

C-17New Delhi Approves $4.1 Billion C-17 Procurement

The purchase of ten Boeing C-17 Globmaster III aircraft for $4.1 billion received the green light from the government yesterday, paving the way for formal approval of the largest Indian acquisition program through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales. A Letter of Acceptance to the US government is expected to follow soon, followed by formal signing of the contract. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to start 24 months after the signing of the contract.  (Read More...)


f35U.S. Navy Allocates $107.5 Million for First Dutch F-35A

Lockheed Martin received yesterday over $107.5 million to produce the first F-35A for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). Hague is committed to fund two early production F-35, a decision made in April this year despite drastic cuts in the government budget. (Read More...)


Apache LibyaBritish and French Attack Helicopters Conduct First Attacks in Libya

Attack helicopters under NATO command were used for the first time on 4 Jun 2011 in military operations over Libya as part of Operation Unified Protector. The helicopters struck at a radar station and a military checkpoint around Berga, military vehicles and ‘command buildings’ in another, unspecified location. ”This successful engagement demonstrates the unique capabilities brought to bear by attack helicopters,” said Canadian Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, commander of NATO’s Operation Unified Protector.  (Read More...)