News Archive 2006
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|08 Sep||Chile Receives First Six ex-RNLAF F-16s |
The first six of 18 ex-RNLAF F-16 MLU fighters were delivered to the Fuerza Aérea de Chile (FACh) on September 4, 2006.
|06 Sep||Brazilian Air Force Mirage 2000s Enter Service |
The Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB - Brazilian Air Force) received the first two Mirage 2000 fighters, out of a total of 12 acquired from France. The aircraft officially entered service on September 4, 2006, with the 1º Grupo de Defesa Aérea (1º GDA), in Anapolis.
|31 Aug||First Phase of CF-18 Modernization Project Completed |
On 31st of August, Boeing delivered the 80th modernized CF-18 aircraft to the Canadian Department of National Defence during a ceremony at L-3 Communications MAS in Mirabel, Quebec. The delivery marks the completion of Phase I of the CF-18 Modernization Project.
|24 Aug||First Cougar Helicopter Delivered to Bulgaria |
In a ceremony at the 24th Air Force Base in Krumovo, Bulgaria, in the presence of several Bulgarian and French officials, Eurocopter handed over the first Cougar helicopter to base commander General Stefan Petrov.
|16 Aug||First Flight Boeing EA-18G Growler |
The first EA-18G, known as aircraft EA-1, successfully completed its maiden flight from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.
|11 Aug||First AW139 Helicopter Delivered to Irish Air Corps |
The first of four AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters for the Irish Air Corps was handed over to the Irish Air Corps at Vergiate in Italy yesterday.
|10 Aug||VC10 Celebrates 40 Years in RAF Service |
‘Forty years of RAF service’ is emblazoned across the fin of XV104, a Vickers VC10 CMk1K, of 101 Squadron RAF Brize Norton.
|06 Aug||Royal Air Force gets fifth C-17 |
The Royal Air Force will get a fifth C-17 transport aircraft,to be delivered in 2008, in a deal announced on August 4th by Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Tom Watson.
|05 Aug||First flights C-27J Spartan for the Italian Air Force |
On August 2nd, Alenia Aerospace announced that the first C-27J Spartan destined for the Italian Air Force made its first few flights.
|04 Aug||Boeing Rolls Out First EA-18G Growler |
On August 3rd, 2006, Boeing rolled out the first EA-18G Growler at its St. Louis facilities.
|31 Jul||New-Zealand Places Order for 9 NH90 Helicopters |
The government of New-Zealand announced today a firm order for 9 NH90 to provide 8 operational helicopters to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
|29 Jun||U.S. Army selects Eurocopter UH-145 for LUH requirement |
On 29 Jun 2006, the U.S. Army’s selection for its next-generation Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) was announced, it will be Eurocopter's UH-145 helicopter.
|28 Jun||Boeing awarded B-52H SWING contract |
On June 28th, 2006, Boeing was awarded a U.S. Air Force contract worth up to USD 150 million to support new weapons integration efforts on the B-52H bomber.
|24 Jun||Croatia to acquire 10 Mi-171Sh helicopters from Russia |
Russian Federation will deliver 10 brand-new Mi-171Sh transport helicopters to the Croatian Air Force (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvo - HRZ) as a part of a Russian debt repayment to the Republic of Croatia.
|23 Jun||UK orders 70 Future Lynx helicopters |
On 22 June 2006, the UK Mnistry of Defence ordered 70 Future Lynx helicopters from AgustaWestland.
|21 Jun||Second Meteor missile firings with Gripen completed |
The Meteor missile programme completed its second Air Launched Demonstration (ALD) firing on 20 June 2006. This successfully continued the first Meteor firing campaign with a Gripen fighter aircraft at the FMV Vidsel test range in northern Sweden.
|20 Jun||Australia orders more MRH-90 helicopters |
Australia approved on 19 June 2006 the acquisition plan for 34 additional MRH-90 helicopters.
|13 Jun||Boeing Flies EA-18G Wingtip and Jamming Pods |
On May 30th, 2006, the Boeing EA-18G program test team first flew a modified F/A-18F equipped with wingtip antenna and high- and low-band jamming pods for the first time.
|10 Jun||Conformal Airborne Early Warning Gulfstream first flight |
On June 5, 2006, Gulfstream Aerospace announced it had completed the first flight of its Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) special mission aircraft on May 20.
|09 Jun||U.S. Air Force F-16 airstrike kills al-Zarqawi |
Two U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons, supporting coalition actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom, dropped precision munitions near Baquba, Iraq, on June 7, killing al Qaida’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other terrorists.
|01 Jun||First series produced Mi-28N delivered to Russian AF |
On May 29th, 2006, Rostvertol handed over the first series produced Mi-28N attack helicopter to Russia's Ministry of Defense after it completed all tests by the manufacturer.
|24 May||South African Air Force Received First Hawk Mk.120 |
On Wednesday May 24th, 2006, the South African Air Force (SAAF) took delivery of its first two BAE Hawk Mk.120 lead-in fighter trainers in a ceremony at Denel's aircraft plant in Kempton Park.
|17 May||USAF Accepts First C-5M Super Galaxy |
At a roll-out ceremony May 16 at Lockheed Martin’s plant in Marietta, Ga., the Air Force accepted delivery of the first C-5M Galaxy, the first of 111 that will undergo modernization at the facility, extending the fleet’s life by more than 25 years.
|13 May||Eurofighter First Air-to-Surface Weapon Release |
On the 4th and 5th of May, 2006, EADS CASA Military Air Systems conducted the first weapon release trials for the Eurofighter.
|10 May||Mexico selects Sukhoi Su-27 for strategic surveillance |
The Mexican navy has selected Sukhoi’s Su-27 over the Saab/BAE Systems Gripen to equip its first air defense unit.
|05 May||Finland will Order two plus five C-295 Transports |
On May 4th, 2006, the Finnish Air Force has officially announced that the Minister of Defence has signed the decision to select the EADS CASA C-295 as the next tactical transport aircraft.
|04 May||Lockheed Martin to produce 112 PAC-3 Missiles |
Lockheed Martin announced on May 4th, 2006, that it received a USD 379 million contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) for the production of 112 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles.
|02 May||France to Upgrade Moroccan Mirage F-1 Fleet |
Morocco has awarded France a contract worth around EUR350 million (USD420 million) to overhaul the Moroccan Air Force's fleet of 27 French Mirage F-1CH/EH fighter aircraft.
|01 May||India Retired Last of its MiG-25s |
On Monday May 1st, 2006, the Indian Air Force phased out the MiG-25 in an official ceremony at Bareilly airbase. The last four MiG-25s that remained in service were retired.
|26 Apr||Switzerland Orders 20 EC635/EC135 Helicopters |
The Swiss procurement agency, Armasuisse, and Eurocopter signed a contract for 20 helicopters on April 25th in Berne, Switzerland.
|25 Apr||South African Super Lynx 300 First Flight |
The first of four Super Lynx 300 helicopters for South Africa took to the air for the first time on 24th April 2006 at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil factory in the UK.
|24 Apr||First Four Upgraded MiG-29s Delivered to Slovakian AF |
Recently, MiG corporation handed over the first batch of four upgraded MiG-29s to the Slovakian Air Force. The aircraft are upgraded to meet NATO and ICAO standards, in cooperation with BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins.
|23 Apr||Lockheed Martin Delivers 4,300th F-16 |
On April 21th, 2006, Lockheed Martin announced it had delivered the 4,300th F-16 fighter aircraft. F-16 number 4,300 will be in service for Oman, which has purchased 12 Advanced Block 50 F-16s in the Peace A’sama A’safiyah (Clear Skies) Foreign Military Sales program.
|22 Apr||B-1B Bomber Radar Upgrade |
Under a $180 million contract Boeing will upgrade AN/APQ-164 fire control radar on the U.S. Air Force's fleet of 67 B-1B long-range bomber aircraft.
|21 Apr||Jordan to buy Dutch and Belgian F-16s |
On April 20th, 2006, the Netherlands and Belgium signed a letter of intent for the sale of a total of 20 F-16 fighters to Jordan.
|14 Apr||First British-built Sentinel in formal flight testing |
The first Sentinel R Mk1 aircraft to be completed in the UK recently left Raytheon's Broughton facility in North Wales for Greenville, Texas, where it will join the U.S.-built aircraft to undertake formal flight testing.
|13 Apr||Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) Final Go Ahead |
On April 12, 2006, the Korean Government announced its decision to give the final go-ahead to the Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) during the 2nd Defense Program Promotion Meeting. Under the program Korea will buy 245 utility helicopters to be developed by Korea Aerospace Industries Limited in partnership with Eurocopter, and produced as from 2011 onwards.
|12 Apr||Sixth RQ-4 Global Hawk Delivered to U.S. Air Force |
On April 5, 2006, Northrop Grumman delivered the sixth RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the U.S. Air Force.
|11 Apr||USMC orders Sikorsky CH-53K |
Sikorsky has received a billion contract to develop the CH-53K shipborne heavylift helicopter for the US Marine Corps. First flight is scheduled for 2011, with service entry planned for 2015.
|10 Apr||Thailand Wants Six MH-60S Helicopters |
The Government of Thailand has requested a possible Foreign Military Sale of six MH-60S helicopters, including 14 T700 engines, spare parts, and support. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as 6 million.
|08 Apr||Third Boeing 767 for Italian Air Force Ferried to Naples |
On April 4, 2006, Boeing test pilots took off from Everett en route to Naples, Italy, in the third Boeing 767 destined for the Italian air force.
|07 Apr||Washington Offers F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to Bulgaria |
The US Government has officially offered the purchase of new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft to the Republic of Bulgaria, this being the first time that Washington has offered this fighter abroad.
|06 Apr||Myanmar Interested in More MiG-29s From Russia |
In a report published on April 4th, Russian daily Kommersant revealed that the high-level delegation from Myanmar has visited Russia in order to discuss purchase of a wide variety of Russian arms and other military equipment. According Kommersant, listed on Myanmar wish-list among others were MiG-29 fighters as well as short range Tor-M1 and medium-range Buk-1M mobile air defense systems.
|05 Apr||MiG-29UB detained in Hong-Kong was heading for US |
On April 4th customs officials at Kwai Chung container terminal in Hong Kong revealed that they have foiled an attempt to smuggle an armament and engines-less MiG-29UB (Fulcrum-B) two-seat fighter through the territory.
|04 Apr||Germany to Supply Albania with 12 Bo-105 Helicopters |
On April 3, 2006, the final contract for the delivery of 12 Bölkow-Blom (MBB) Bo-105 lightweight twin-engine multi-role helicopters to the Republic of Albania was signed in Tirana between the Albanian Ministry of Defense and Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH.
|03 Apr||A109 Enters Service With 32 The Royal Squadron |
Three AgustaWestland A109 Power helicopters have entered service the 1st of April with the Royal Air Force 32 (The Royal) Squadron at RAF Northolt to the west of London. The aircraft will be used for military and government communications flying.
|02 Apr||First Operational RAF Typhoon Squadron Formed |
On 31 March 2006, the first operational Typhoon squadron, No. 3(Fighter) Squadron, forms at RAF Cottesmore, just a day before the Royal Air Force marks its 88th Anniversary.
|31 Mar||Royal Navy Sea Harriers Retired |
A ceremony held at RNAS Yeovilton on Tuesday 28 March 2006 has marked the withdrawal from service of the Royal Navy's famous Sea Harrier FA.2 Jump-Jets.
|26 Mar||Chilean Navy receives first HH-65 Dauphin helicopter |
On March 23, 2006, the first AS-365 Dauphin helicopter (military designation HH-65) for the Chilean Navy arrived at Base Aeronaval de Torquemada.
|25 Mar||NATO Strategic Airlift Interim Solution |
On March 23, 2006, NATO celebrated the start of a multinational contract on a Strategic Airlift Interim Solution in an event hosted by the German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, since Germany has taken the lead on this initiative.
|24 Mar||EADS Casa rolls out first CN-235 for US Coast Guard |
EADS Casa rolled out the first of the CN-235 Medium Range Surveillance Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MRS MPA) it is supplying to the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) Deepwater re-equipment programme at a ceremony at its facility in Seville, Spain.
|22 Mar||First Five Gripen Fighters have arrived in Hungary |
On March 21, 2006, the first five Saab Gripen fighters for the Hungarian Air Force arrived at Kecskémet Air Base.
|21 Mar||First Poland-destined F-16 Completes Maiden Flight |
Lockheed Martin announced the successful completion of the maiden flight by the first Polish F-16 Block 52+.
|15 Mar||First AH-64DJP Delivered to the JGSDF |
Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) today delivered the first AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role combat helicopter to the Japanese government during a ceremony in Japan.
|09 Mar||First Upgraded HH-3F Delivered to the Italian Air Force |
On March 8, 2006, AgustaWestland delivered the first HH-3F with a new integrated avionics suite to the Italian Air Force. The upgrade programme is part of a multiyear programme to improve the operational capabilities of the Air Force’s helicopter fleet.
|08 Mar||First MV-22 Osprey Squadron Operational |
On Friday March 03, 2006, the first MV-22 Osprey squadron was established in a ceremony at New River Air Station.
|05 Mar||First EH101 For Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force |
Kawasaki delivered the first of 14 EH101 helicopters to the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF).
|04 Mar||Bulgaria Signs Upgrade Contract for MiG-29 Fleet |
Bulgaria finally signed a contract with Russia's RSK-MiG for the modernization of 16 of its MiG-29 fighters on last Wednesday, March 1.
|03 Mar||Australia to Acquire Four C-17 Heavy Transports |
The Australian government has selected the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to boost its airlift capacity and give the Australian Defence Force a new Responsive Global AirLift (RGA) capability to meet its operational commitments.
|02 Mar||AH-1Z and UH-1Y Progress Report |
The H-1 Program, aimed at developing the UH-1Y and AH-1Z upgraded helicopters to replace the Marine Corps UH-1N and AH-1W fleets, completed developmental testing on February 17.
|01 Mar||ScanEagle UAV Surpasses 10,000 Combat Flight Hours |
Boeing announced that the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has surpassed 10,000 combat flight hours in less than two years supporting U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy operations.
|28 Feb||Australia Opts for JASSM to Equip F/A-18s |
The Australian Department of Defence announced today that the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (or JASSM) has been selected as the new long range air-to-surface missile to equip the Australian Defence Force’s F/A-18 Hornet fleet.
|25 Feb||Venezuela Received First Batch Mi-17s |
The first batch of three Mil Mi-17V-5 medium multi-purpose helicopters arrived in Venezuela on Tuesday, 21 Feb.
|24 Feb||USS Reagan Launches First Air Missions in Support of OIF |
On February 22nd, 2006, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) launched its first air missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. F/A-18E Super Hornets assigned to VFA-115 Strike Fighter Attack Squadron were launched to drop ordnance on enemy targets.
|23 Feb||Serbia-Montenegro to Modernize MiG-29s |
On February 9th, The Chief of The General Staff of Serbian and Montenegrin Armed Forces, General Ljubisha Jokich, announced that the his country will definitely overhaul and modernize its five MiG-29 fighters (four single-seat MiG-29 Fulcrum-A and one two-seat MiG-29UB Fulcrum-B) in Russia.
|19 Feb||Brazil buys 9 F-5s from Saudi Arabia |
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) will receive nine ex-Royal Saudi Arabia AF Northrop F-5 fighters. The package consists of six F-5E single-seat and three F-5F two-seat versions.
|18 Feb||Brazil Invests More in the A-Darter AAM |
The Brazilian Air Force is investing an additional US$ 100 million for the South African Short-range AAM missile A-Darter.
|14 Feb||Bulgaria to sign delayed C-27J deal |
Bulgaria’s defence ministry is to sign a delayed contract for five Alenia Aeronautica C-27J Spartan tactical transports within the next few weeks, say industry sources. Sofia selected the aircraft in April 2005, and deliveries are now expected to begin during 2007. The deal includes three option aircraft.
|30 Jan||AERO Vodochody starts work on Bulgarian L-39ZA |
AERO Vodochody has launched the life extension program for 12 Bulgarian Air Force L-39ZA jet trainers, as well as the delivery of spare parts for the aircraft, under a contract signed in 2005.
|24 Jan||Boeing Introduces New 737 SIGINT |
Today, Boeing announced plans for a new signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft, a variant of its P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft which is currently being developed for the U.S. Navy.
|10 Jan||Jordan Orders Four More Eurocopter EC635s |
The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) placed an order for an additional four EC635 light twin-engined helicopters. Two of the new helicopters will be delivered at the end of 2006, the other two early 2007, joining the RJAF existing fleet of EC635s.
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