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Discussion in 'Commercial & General Aviation' started by Jet News, Jan 19, 2013.

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    The Spanish Air Force has received the first of its Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft. The Spanish Ministry of Defense, through the General Directorate of Armament and Material (DGAM) will deliver to the Spanish Air Force, the Ejército del Aire, based in San Javier (Murcia), its first PC-21, and will immediately integrate the world’s most advanced training system by Pilatus to be part of the 792 Squadron, the Basic Training School in the Spanish Air Force Academy. Pilatus will deliver a total of 24 PC-21s to Spain by June 2022, raising air force pilot training to state-of-the-art level. Brigadier General of the Air Force León-Antonio Machés, DGAM (Ministerio de Defensa de España) Deputy Director General of Programs commented at the handover: "We are very pleased to be able to integrate such an advanced training system. Not only will the PC-21 revolutionize our pilot training and take it to a whole new level, it will also allow us to reduce the cost of our pilot training."

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    But...it's still an A330 MRTT.

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    The painting of it.

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    The B-52 is finally going to get re-engined thanks to a multi-billion dollar (2.6B) contract awarded to Rolls Royce. It has been a long time that talk has been going around about the re-engining of the B-52 but nothing ever came of it. The company will build 608 F130 engines to re-engine 76 B-52Hs, as well as 42 spares, in its manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. This will be done under the commercial engine replacement program (CERP). By 2025 the first two B-52s should have been re-engined for testing and by 2028 the first operational batch fielded. "[CERP] is the most important and comprehensive upgrade to the B-52 in over half a century," said Maj. Gen. Jason Armagost, director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements at Air Force Global Strike Command. "The B-52 is the workhorse of the nation’s bomber force and this modification will allow it to continue its critical conventional and standoff mission into the 2050s."

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    Boeing F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet delivery.

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    Delivery the Edge

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    Defiant testing envelope expanded and the aircraft achieved 247 knots.

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    Blue Angels.

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    Boeing MQ-25 Gets Ready for U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers

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    The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the featured headliners for the ninth-annual Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show. This is a special season for the team as it celebrates the 75th anniversary of the team with a stop at the Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA on Oct 30-31. The show in northwest Georgia is the only appearance by the Blue Angels in the state for the 2021 season. For more information go to the following website. www.wingsovernorthgeorgia.com

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    The Boeing Australia team has expanded its flight-test program of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, with two aircraft successfully completing separate flight missions at the Woomera Range Complex recently.

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    Autonomy is increasing more and more in our lives and in the defense industry this is also the case. The United States Army is assessing how automated flight technologies that were developed by DARPA, might aid in utility helicopters to perform at greater efficiencies allowing more flexibility in mission planning. Automation could allow these army helicopters to fly faster, further and lower to the ground and maybe in the future fully without humans in the cockpit.

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    Chinese provocation of Taiwan is nothing new but the prodding is increasing in nature. The latest known incident was a few months ago.

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    The Spanish Ministry of Defence has signed the formal order for the acquisition of three Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft (MRTT). Under the agreement, the handover of the first aircraft in transport configuration is scheduled in the coming days, followed by its conversion to MRTT in 2024. The handover of the first fully converted aircraft is scheduled in 2023 and the third and final unit in 2025. The contract covers associated support such as spares, ground support equipment, training and in-service support until the end of the contract. The aircraft, acquired from Iberia, will be converted into military tanker transport at Airbus’ Spanish headquarters in Getafe, Spain. It will be equipped with a state-of-the-art hose & drogue refueling system and a specific Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) kit. The A330 MRTT fleet will be operated by the Spanish Air Force 45 Wing, based in Torrejón Air Base (Madrid).

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    Textron Aviation Defense LLC today announced a $143 million contract with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) for an Integrated System in support of the 41st Wing light attack operations at Chiang Mai Air Base. The historic contract — for eight Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft, ground support equipment, spare parts, training and other equipment — establishes Thailand as the international launch customer for the USAF’s latest light attack aircraft. The work in support of this procurement will take place at the company’s Wichita, Kansas facilities.



    "We are honored the Royal Thai Air Force has competitively selected the Beechcraft AT-6 to conduct a broad array of missions in support of its border security and its anti-smuggling, counter-narcotics and anti-human trafficking operations," said Thomas Hammoor, president and chief executive officer of Textron Aviation Defense LLC. "The RTAF is a key U.S. security ally and operator of one of the most advanced air forces in Asia Pacific. Its extensive market research and stringent procurement process sought the alignment of best cost, schedule, and performance to replace its existing fleet of aging Aero L-39 Albatros aircraft and advance the capabilities of its fleet with the latest technology."

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    A look at the first C130J for the German Air Force takes its first flight.

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    A Two-seat version of the J-20 has been seen in the wild testing. This is perhaps the only two-seat stealth fighter aircraft.

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    Textron Aviation Defense LLC recently announced the fleet of 12 Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Beechcraft T-6TH Texan II aircraft is nearing manufacturing completion and surpassing technical inspection milestones ahead of schedule. The $162 million contract, which RTAF awarded in October 2020, features 12 aircraft as well as ground-based training systems for pilots and maintenance professionals, a mission planning and debrief system, spare parts and ground support equipment. The work in support of this contract is taking place at the company’s Wichita, Kansas facilities. "The Royal Thai Air Force is eager to equip its cadre of student pilots with the Beechcraft T-6TH Texan II aircraft," said Betsy Relph, the Textron Aviation Defense T-6 program manager for Thailand. "We showcased all 12 of the aircraft during a recent visit from the RTAF acceptance committee and are especially proud that RTAF Air Chief Marshal Chanon Mungthanya was here to fly the T-6."

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    As of 12/01/21 Boeing is officially out of the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) for Canada:

    https://www.canada.ca/en/public-ser...-process-to-replace-canadas-fighter-jets.html