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Norway Approves Funding Of Lockheed Martin F-35 Training Jets

The Norwegian parliament unanimously approved the funding of four Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II training jets to begin fulfilling Norway’s future air-combat capability requirements.  These 5th Generation fighters will bridge the gap between Norway’s aging F-16s currently in service, and due to be phased out by 2023. The jets will be delivered to a U.S.-based international training center in 2016. ...

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Saudi Arabia to upgrade Patriot Air and Missile Defense System

Raytheon has received a $1.7 billion Direct Commercial Sales contract to upgrade Saudi Arabia’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System to the latest Configuration-3. The award includes ground-system hardware, a full training package and support equipment upgrades. “Raytheon is honored to provide the most technologically advanced air and missile defense system in the world to Saudi Arabia,” said Tom Kennedy, ...

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Joint Strike Fighter Sensor Testing

Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully participated in the 2011 Northern Edge joint military exercise by demonstrating key F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) sensor capabilities in a demanding operational environment. The AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) were mounted aboard Northrop Grumman’s BAC1-11 test aircraft during the exercise. The radar was tested featuring Block ...

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Cold War Era Sukhoi Su-27 “Flanker” to Coup for Air Tattoo

The Sukhoi Su-27 as known by its NATO reporting name “Flanker”, one of the most potent Soviet-built jet fighters rarely seen in the west will make a welcome appearance at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford next month. Held annually each July at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, the Royal International Air Tattoo is the world’s largest military airshow and ...

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Flight Test Update for June

Even amidst technological and political problems, Lockheed Martin seems to have managed to come up with some impressive milestones with it’s costliest project in hand yet. The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its ...

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C-17 purchase gets thumbs up from Indian Government

Indian Government’s Cabinet Committee for Security cleared the purchase of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III’s. Once signed the deal will be the largest Indo-US defence deal valued at $ 4.1 Billion. The deal is expected to be signed shortly and will be via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.  The deal was facing delays and criticism for being very expensive. ...

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Price dispute over Indian Helicopter’s engine

State owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) of India has withdrawn from talks with French engine maker Turbomeca for designing a new engine based on the existing “Shakti” engine for the Indian Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). Reason for this is believed to be fees charged by the French company which HAL considers as exuberant. Turbomeca is a French manufacturer of low- ...

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Flight Test Update

Since the last F-35 flight test program update issued March 31, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II aircraft have conducted 125 test flights, bringing the total number of flights for the year to 331. Several flight test key milestones were accomplished since the last report: The F-35 program flew the most flights ever recorded on one day (May 6) ...

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Turkey selects Sikorsky aircraft for Black Hawk helicopter program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation won a contract from the Defense Industry Executive Committee (DIEC) for the delivery of 109 derivative Black Hawk helicopters for multi-mission use by the Turkish Government. Turkish defence minister Vecdi Gonul has named Sikorsky’s T-70 Black Hawk as the winner of the nation’s general purpose helicopter project. Sikorsky officials will finalize contract details with the under secretariat ...

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Eurofighter and Rafale finalists in Indian MMRCA competition

“It’s the biggest fighter aircraft deal since the early 1990s,” said Boeing’s Mark Kronenberg, who runs the company’s Asia-Pacific business as India’s plans a multi-billion dollar jet fighter buy is a contest between Dassault, Saab, MiG, American competitors Lockheed Martin and Boeing and EADS’ Eurofighter. But there were endless delays.  At last finally two European competitors European consortium’s Eurofighter and ...

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