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News from Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 18th
Lower weight, better performance and lower operating costs were the main reasons that Boeing is offering a platform based on the 737-700 for the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Stars (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System) recapitalization program, a...
September 18th
NEW DELHI—Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. aims to establish more manufacturing facilities in Asia, as defense agencies in the region demand joint production of military equipment. read more
September 18th
FORT WASHINGTON, Maryland — Boeing believes its joint proposal with Lockheed Martin is in a strong position to win the U.S. Air Force’s Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) contest, headed for source selection early in the first quarter of 2015. ...
September 18th
HOUSTON — NASA’s congressionally directed efforts to discover and track Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that could pose an impact threat to Earth and develop mitigation strategies are poorly coordinated, though organized under a single program offic...
September 18th
United Launch Alliance (ULA) has picked Blue Origin, the secretive Seattle-based space-vehicle company founded and funded by Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, to complete development of a 550,000-lb. thrust rocket engine that could replace the Russian-built RD...
September 18th
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) spacecraft is on track to complete its 10-month journey to the red planet on Sept. 21, when it will enter an initial elliptical orbit to begin its planned one-year mission studying Mars’ cl...
September 18th
A Japanese requirement for four aircraft for airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) is offering the most immediate U.S. export sales opportunity for such equipment, with potential for larger follow-on sales. But while Boeing promotes its 737 AEW&a...
September 18th
LONDON — The U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) may consider keeping some of its Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules in service after the planned 2022 retirement date for the aircraft. The suggestion was raised by Grp. Capt. Simon Edwards, station commander of ...
September 18th
Standard & Poor’s analysts do not expect recent announcements of increased U.S. military efforts to defeat Islamic State militants to result in a near-term spike in demand for defense contractors. Still, those moves – combined with other g...
September 18th
LOCKHEED MARTIN successfully flight tested new beam control turret being developed for DARPA and USAF to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons on military aircraft; tests were made in partnership with UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME. L-3 LINK ha...
September 18th
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September 18th
Republic Airways Holdings has placed a $2.1 billion order for 50 more Embraer 175s—including 20 previously destined for Flybe—and has agreed to sublease 24 Bombardier Q400s to the U.K.-regional carrier. read more
News from FlightGlobal
September 17th
South Africa’s first newly-developed, indigenous aircraft in a generation made its debut at country’s largest airshow, flying into the Waterkloof Air Fore Base location for the African Aerospace and Defense (AAD) event.
September 17th
​First flight of the Bell Helicopter 525 Relentless could fall slightly behind schedule, but the debut of the 505 JetRanger X is on track for the end of the year, chief executive John Garrison says.
September 17th
​Boeing and Paramount Group announced on 16 September that they have deepened their two-month-old relationship by launching two collaborative projects, but both sides are still keeping the details quiet.
September 17th
South Africa has dusted off a long-abandoned project and restarted development of a family of jet engines for local and global clients.
September 17th
​Lockheed Martin has delivered the latest iteration of the system that brings fifth-generation logistics and maintenance capability to the F-35 Lightning II fleet.
September 17th
The Peruvian navy has purchased two surplus Royal Netherlands Air Force Fokker 50 transports.
September 17th
​A second Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transport will be delivered to the Israeli air force soon, following a lead example which was received by the service on 9 April.
September 17th
​A new series of flight tests involving an aged Boeing KC-135 tanker will help to inform the UK Ministry of Defence about whether the aircraft will be able to secure full operational clearance as a converted signals intelligence asset.
September 17th
Lockheed Martin and its programme partners are putting up millions in investment dollars to redesign manufacturing methods for components of the F-35 Lightning II, in the hope of bringing the per-aircraft cost in line with existing fighters within five ye...
September 17th
Cirrus Aircraft is preparing its second and third conforming Vision SF50 for first flight in the fourth quarter, and says its has service entry of the world’s first single-engine personal jet in its sights before the end of next year.
September 16th
​South Africa’s two largest – and fiercely competitive – aviation manufacturers have teamed up with Airbus to collaborate for the first time.
September 16th
First flight of the US Air Force’s KC-46 aerial refueling tanker has been delayed by several months to April 2015 amid issues relating to redundant wiring in the modified Boeing 767’s forward hold.
News from AviationNews
September 17th
Embraer S.A. and Republic Airways Holdings Inc., operator of the largest E-Jets fleet in the world, announced a contract today for the sale and purchase of 50 firm E175 jets. The value of the firm order, which will be included in Embraer’s 2014 third-quar...
September 17th
Leasing company adds six 787-9s and five 737 MAX 9s to portfolio Boeing [NYSE: BA] and leasing company Avolon have finalized an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners and five additional 737 MAX 9s, valued at more than $2.1 billion at list prices. Avolon announc...
September 17th
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced it will showcase the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X for the first time at the 8th Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) in Tshwane, South Africa from September 17-19. “We are excited about having such a great opp...
September 17th
At a ceremony in Hamburg hosted by Airbus, Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines welcomed a new star to its fleet – the A380. In the presence of His Excellency  Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, and Fabrice Brégier,...
September 17th
Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has announced that SWISS, a member-airline of the Group, will expand its A320 fleet with a firm order for 15 A320neo aircraft, plus an additional ten of the type to be confirmed at a later stage. The fuel-efficient NEO-...
September 17th
Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved the purchase of ten A320ceo aircraft for its subsidiary Eurowings. The new aircraft will become the backbone of the new low cost business model announced by the Lufthansa Group in July 2014, which foresees ...
September 16th
Boeing will receive an award of $4.2 billion from NASA to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft. Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 is being developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume U.S.-base...
September 16th
(Reuters) – Airbus is conducting the final stage of ground trials as it edges towards the keenly-awaited first flight of its revamped A320neo aircraft, the planemaker said on Tuesday. The first test aircraft is on the “final run-in” towa...
September 16th
The Cessna Citation XLS+ is the centerpiece of the company’s exhibit at the China International Business Aviation Show at the Flight Inspection Center of the Civil Aviation Authority of China in Beijing, China Sept. 16-18., representing its role both in C...
September 16th
• Providing A320 Family operators with increased galley capacity while offering up to six extra seats for higher-density seating; • Offers a lavatory for “Persons with Reduced Mobility” (PRM) capability. Airline Passenger Experience APEX Expo 2014, Anahei...
September 16th
Bombardier to offer consistent, fast in-flight internet virtually anywhere in the world via Honeywell’s Ka-Band-based GX hardware and Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX service Bombardier Business Aircraft will be the launch business aircraft manufacturer for Honeywel...
September 16th
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., and NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Sept. 16, 2014 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the next evolution of the F-35 Lightning II’s information technology backbone called the Autonomic Logistics Information Syst...
News from CombatAircraft.com News
September 17th
A P-3C anti-submarine aircraft that the United States delivered to Taiwan's Air Force last year was used in a Han Kuang drill Wednesday for the first time, in waters off eastern Taiwan, the military said. The P-3C, along with a naval S-70C anti-submarine...
September 17th
The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) is ready to expand its strikes to Syria, but will "under no circumstances" target any positions other than the extremist group's sites, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister told Rossiya Segodnya International In...
September 17th
Boeing received a $293 million performance-based contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide aircraft parts and support that will enable DLA to provide essential logistics support to warfighters more quickly and effectively. “Boeing propos...
September 17th
The Obama administration, working through the Russian government, has secured an agreement from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to permit U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in parts of Syria, according to a source briefed on the secret arr...
September 17th
Australian troops sent to Iraq in a military advisory role will be armed and entitled to respond if fired upon, Tony Abbott has said, in an acknowledgement of the possibility of combat. But the prime minister reaffirmed that he did not have “any intention...
September 17th
As the air war over Iraq intensifies and the Obama administration considers striking Islamic State targets in Syria, the possibility of an American aircraft going down over enemy territory is growing rapidly, and with it the potential to put American troo...
September 17th
The chief of French firm Dassault Aviation SA, which has been selected for supplying 126 medium-multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force (IAF), will be in New Delhi later this week to meet top defence ministry officials to discuss delays...
September 17th
The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle ag...
September 17th
Scotland risks having a “very hollow military force” as a result of a limited defence budget should the country become independent on 18 September, according to Edward Hunt, an IHS Senior Defence Consultant. “Maintaining a country’s armed forces is inhere...
September 16th
The debris of another unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, which was supposedly made in and launched from North Korea, have been found near the border on South Korean island Pennendo, Yonhap news agency reported citing sources in South Korean Joint Chiefs o...