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Next Generation Long-Range Surveillance Radar

The U.S. Air Force has approved Lockheed Martin’s preliminary design for its next-generation mobile, long-range surveillance and ballistic missile defense radar. The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) will serve as the principal ground-based sensor for long-range detection, identification, tracking, and reporting of aircraft and missiles for both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. The system will replace the Air ...

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Gripen fires Meteor missile for the first time

It was the first live-firing of the Swedish Integration programme. Gripen has also been the launch platform from the start of the development of the Meteor missile. The purpose of this test was to verify the model on separation of the missile from the aircraft. The impact from the missile exhaust plume on the aircraft engine was also studied. As ...

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First Female Pilot for Gripen

First Female Pilot for Gripen

Major Catherine Labuschagne, made her solo Gripen flight at the South African airbase Makhado in the Limpopo province of South Africa. This will give her a place in the record books as the first female Gripen pilot. Major Labuschagne is one of several women serving as pilots in the SAAF and she previously flew the Impala jet before she qualified ...

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Israel Selects Lockheed Martin F-35 For Its Next-Generation Fighter

Following the Israeli Government decision to select the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the Israel Air Force’s next-generation fighter aircraft, Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General (Maj. Gen. Ret.) Udi Shani signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of the F-35 aircraft earlier today in New York. Israel will be the first country to receive the ...

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Maiden Flight of Indian C-130 Super Hercules

The first of six C-130J Super Hercules for India took to the skies for its maiden flight on 5th October. The aircraft will now complete a series of company and customer flight tests prior to delivery in December. The second and third aircraft are due to fly within the next few weeks. India ordered six C-130J to be delivered by ...

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10,000 flight hours with Czech Gripen

During the NATO Days 2010, the Czech Air force celebrated 10,000 flight hours with their fleet of 14 Gripen aircraft. That means an average of more than 140 hours per aircraft and year. “In May, we successfully reached half of the lease contract for the Gripen aircraft, and we are very proud that we already have flown 10,000 flight hours ...

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US Navy orders 124 F/A-18 and EA-18 from Boeing

Boeing has been awarded a new multi-year procurement (MYP) contract from the U.S. Navy for 124 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. The new contract is valued at $5.297 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will deliver 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers to the Navy from 2012 through 2015. “The men and women of Boeing are ...

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Bell Boeing V-22 Program Delivers 6th Osprey Trainer to US Marines

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Boeing and Bell Helicopter, has delivered the sixth and final MV-22 Osprey Containerized Flight Training Device (CFTD) to the U.S. Marines. In the past year, the team has delivered five CFTDs to the Marines, as well as upgrades to two trainers delivered previously. The CFTD trains aircrew on basic aircraft familiarization ...

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