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Thursday, 27 November 2014

S-97 Raider Defiant SB1 Sikorsky next generation multi mission helicopte...

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider and Defiant  SB1 Defiant are the next generation multi-mission helicopters platform. The S-97 RAIDER aircraft’s capabilities will meet both conventional U.S. Army and Special Operations future requirements in a variety of combat roles. Additionally, potential applications for US Air Force, US Navy, and US Marine Corp services are being explored. 
The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of the SB1 Defiant, a medium-lift helicopter configured to Sikorsky’s X2™ coaxial design, through flight testing. First flight for the program is expected in 2017.




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Airbus Helicopters' EC645 T2 lightweight multi-role helicopter successfully completes its first flight

Airbus Helicopters’ newest lightweight military multi-role helicopter, the EC645 T2 (LUH SOF), has successfully completed its first flight. In the presence of representatives of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), which has ordered the first of this new helicopter type, the EC645 T2 demonstrated its capacities at the company’s Donauw√∂rth location in Bavaria. 
Airbus Helicopters' newest lightweight military multi-role helicopter EC645 T2
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The Uruguayan Air Force confirms its interest for the Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II

Uruguayan Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro, has recently confirmed, during an Uruguayan Army and Air components joint exercise, that the Air Force has already selected the F-5 Tiger II as future fighter jet. Since August 2014 ten Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II plus a large engines, spare parts and training agreement are on the agenda between Swiss Air Force and Uruguayan government. 
Swiss Air Force's Northrop Grumman F-5E/F Tiger II fighter aircraft
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Russian Air Force base in Crimea renforced with Su-27SMs and four Su-30s fighter jets

Fourteen Russian fighter jets landed in Crimea’s Belbek military air base, Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev, a spokesman for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The fighter jets are comprised of ten upgraded Su-27SM's and four Su-30's. All of them are fourth-generation fighter jets. Four of the aircraft deployed in Crimea are newly manufactured, according to Trukhachev. 
Sukhoi Su-27 SM Flanker fighters which will serve with the 62nd Fighter Regiment of the 27th Combined Air Division of the Russian Air Force at Belbek airfield near Sevastopol, Crimea
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China unveils new prototype of FT-1 solid rocket launch truck for small satellite or ICBM missile ?

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC) unveils its new FT-1 solid launch vehicle for small satellite at AirShow China 2014. A civilian long-chassis truck is used to transport a 20-meter-long rocket, which can be erected into vertical position at the rear of the vehicle.
CASIC FT-1 solid launch truck for small satellite at AirShow China 2014 in Zhuhai, China.
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Lockheed Martin wins a $800 mn sustainment contract for Iraqi C-130E/J military airlifters

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for C-130E/J sustainment and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $800 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland. 
Iraqi Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft
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FAUN Trackway makes 100th Trackrack and 50th Spoolrack for Danish Defence Forces

British company FAUN Trackway, the leading manufacturer of portable roadways and runways, has officialy reached a milestone in its 60 year history with the production of its 100th Trackrack and 50th Spoolrack. The units were recently purchased by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO). 
FAUN Trackway's Spoolrack unit
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China and Russia sign agreement on S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems delivery

Russia is in the process of selling cutting-edge S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to China, which would hand Beijing a defense system capable of deterring even the most advanced air powers from infringing on Chinese airspace, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday. The two countries are reported to have recently signed an agreement for at least 6 divisions of the S-400 system. 
Russian S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air defense missile system
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U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 Launches First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, the "Bluetails," launched the squadron's first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye during a test flight from Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 20. The flight marks the end of VAW-121's 37-year relationship with the E-2C Hawkeye, the previous model, and moving forward with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye ahead of most other early warning squadrons.

Russian Marine Troops to receive modern equipment and enhanced armored vehicles

Marines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet will receive modern equipment and weaponry to ensure stability in the southern region, the commander of the Russian Navy’s coastal troops said. Gen. Alexander Kolpachenko told reporters that Russia's Marines are being rearmed and receive more new equipment and vehicles. 
Russian Marine Troops' Zubr landing craft along with BTR-82As 
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