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News Archive 2007

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13 DecFinal Three Gripen Fighters Delivered to Hungary
On December 13, 2007, the final three Hungarian Gripen fighters of the total order for 14 aircraft were delivered.
13 DecFirst Batch AIM-9X Sidewinder Missiles Arrive in Switzerland
Armasuisse has taken delivery of the first batch of AIM-9X infra-red guided air-to-air missiles procured under Armaments Program 2003 budget.
07 DecRomania Orders Seven C-27J Transport Aircraft
Alenia and the Romanian Ministry of Defence signed a EUR 217 million contract for seven C-27J tactical transport aircraft on December 7, 2007.
03 DecFirst French Army Order for 12 NH-90 TTH, plus 56 options
France ordered 12 NH90 (TTH) tactical transport helicopters with 56 on option to equip the French Army.
03 DecB-1B Lancer Upgrade Continues
Boeing announced on December 3, 2007, that it has been awarded a USD 45 million U.S. Air Force contract to upgrade the B-1B bomber's avionics software.
03 DecSixth C-17 Globemaster Ordered for the Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force (RAF) announced on December 3, 2007, that a GBP 130 million contract was signed with the Boeing Company for a sixth C-17 Globemaster heavy transport aircraft.
23 NovCzech Air Force L-159T1 Advanced Trainers Delivered
AERO Vodochody announed it has delivered four L-159 advanced training aircraft, version T1, to the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic on November 23, 2007.
17 NovBulgaria's First C-27J Spartan Delivered
Alenia Aeronautica delivered the first of five C-27J to the Bulgarian Air Force, the company announced on November 17th, 2007.
09 NovTunisian Air Force L-59T Fleet Overhaul Completed
On November 9, 2007, AERO Vodochody announced it has completed the overhaul of the last L-59T advanced training and light attack aircraft for the Tunisian Air Force.
01 NovFirst Flight of Eurofighter Typhoon with Tranche 2 Avionics
On November 1st, 2007, the first Eurofighter Typhoon equipped with Tranche 2 avionics took to the air at BAE Systems’ Warton facility.
30 OctTwo More C-295 Transports Ordered for Polish Air Force
Poland ordered two more C-295 military transport aircraft to expand the Polish Air Force C-295 fleet to 12 aircraft.
25 OctTejas Light Combat Aircraft Fires First Missile
On October 25, 2007, India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) fired its first missile. Tejas prototype vehicle PV-1 successfully test fired a short-range R-73 air-to-air missile at the air-to-air range off Goa coast.
22 OctSingapore Orders 12 Additional F-15SG Fighters
Singapore exercised the option to purchase eight more F-15SG fighters which was part of the original contract signed in December 2005. Along with this buy, an additional order for four F-15SGs was made.
18 OctChilean Navy Orders C-295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft
EADS CASA announced on October 18th, 2007, that the Chilean Navy had purchased three EADS CASA C-295 maritime surveillance aircraft with an option for another five.
17 OctSwedish Air Force Gripen Upgrade Contract Finalized
On October 17, 2007, a contract was signed between Saab and Sweden's Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) to upgrade 31 Swedish Air Force JAS 39A/B Gripen to the latest C/D standard.
10 OctRNLAF F-16s Reach 7500 Flight Hours Over Afghanistan
The Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16s have reached the milestone of 7500 flight hours over Afghanistan as part of the ISAF mission.
09 OctBoeing Contracted to Upgrade F-15C Eagles with APG-63(V)3 Radar
Boeing has been awarded a $70 million contract to begin upgrading U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard F-15C Eagles with the APG-63(V)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.
08 OctUSCG HH-65 Dolphin Fleet Reaches One Million Flight Hours
The U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin helicopters has passed its one million flight hour milestone.
05 OctFirst Extended Block II Apache Longbow Delivered to U.S. Army
Boeing delivered the first Extended Block II AH-64D Apache Longbow to the U.S. Army.
04 OctKuwait Requested L-100-30 Hercules Upgrade
The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible Foreign Military Sale to upgrade three L-100-30 aircraft (a commercial version of the C-130 aircraft).
03 OctSwedish Air Force Gripen Gets Cobra Helmet-Mounted Display
Sweden has ordered Saab's Cobra helmet mounted display (HMD) system for its Gripen fighters.
03 OctFirst Merlin HC.3A Helicopters Unveiled at RAF Benson
The first two of six new Merlin Helicopters acquired from Denmark were unveiled at RAF Benson and establishment of a new RAF Merlin Squadron - 78 Squadron - was announced.
25 SepFirst Production EA-18G Growler Delivered
Boeing yesterday delivered the first production EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy.
19 SepEMBRAER Delivers 50th A-29 Super Tucano to Brazilian Air Force
Embraer delivered the 50th A-29 Super Tucano to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) on September 18, 2007.
17 SepSaudi Arabia Signs Contract for 72 Eurofighter Typhoons
Saudi Arabia has signed an initial £4.43 Billion (USD 8.86 Billion) contract for 72 Eurofighter Typhoons last week. The deal is estimated to be worth £20 billion over the lifetime of the aircraft.
14 SepTurkey Signs Contract for 50 T129 Attack Helicopters
Turkey has signed a $1.2 billion contract with AgustaWestland to procure an initial 50 T129 attack helicopters, a tailored version for Turkish requirements based on the export standard A129 Mangusta International.
06 SepSweden Receives Second NH90
After the hand-over of the first Swedish NH90 transport helicopter during Le Bourget 2007, FMV took delivery of its second NH90 on September 6th, 2007.
17 AugBrazilian AMX Mid Life Upgrade Programme Starts
Embraer has recently started the AMX Mid Life Upgrade.
14 AugCH-47F Chinook Helicopter Fielded to First US Army Unit
On August 14th, 2007, Boeing announced that its CH-47F Chinook helicopter has been certified combat-ready by the U.S. Army and fielded to the first operational unit.
13 AugSpanish Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 1 Deliveries Completed
Eurofighter GmbH announced EADS CASA has delivered the final Tranche 1 for the Spanish Air Force on August 13th, 2007.
13 AugTwo More Hungarian Gripen Fighters Delivered
Two more Saab Gripen fighters have been delivered to the Hungary.
13 AugFirst Flight NH90 Helicopter for the Royal Netherlands Navy
The first series produced NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) for the Royal Netherlands Navy made its maiden flight on Friday 10th August at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in Italy.
09 AugFirst Multi-Role Eurofighter Typhoons Delivered to RAF
The first two Eurofighter Typhoon fighters with initial air-to-ground capability have been delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF). In addition to undertaking air-to-air combat, it can now engage ground targets with GPS and laser guided bombs in the same mission.
01 AugFirst ex-RDAF Merlin for RAF Arrived at RAF Benson
The first of six new Merlin battlefield helicopters arrived at RAF Benson yesterday, 31 July 2007, a move which will enable aircrew and groundcrew to begin training on them.
31 JulLockheed Gets Five Billion USD For 60 Raptors
Lockheed awarded additional funding of five billion USD to build 60 more F-22 Raptors for the US Air Force.
31 JulSpanish Air Force Orders Two Additional C-295 Transports
The Spanish Air Force purchased two additional EADS/CASA C-295 military transport aircraft, increasing the size of its fleet to 13 aircraft.
25 JulFirst Flight Canadian C-17 Globemaster III
The first of four Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft for the Canadian Defense Forces took flight for the first time Monday.
19 JulNorthrop Grumman To Build Next Three E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes
On July 19, 2007 - Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $408 million pilot production contract to produce the next three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and battle management command and control (AEW/BMC2) aircraft for the U.S. Navy from 2007 to 2010.
18 JulTurkish Air Force KT-1 Contract Signed
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Korea Aerospace Industries(KAI) finalished the contract for the procurement of up to 55 of Korea's KT-1 basic trainer aircraft for the Turkish Air Force at a ceremony, held at TAI’s facilities on 18 July 2007.
12 JulFirst Eurofighter Typhoon Arrives in Austria
On July 12th, 2007, the first Eurofighter Typhoon for the Austrian Air Force arrived at Zeltweg air base, Austria.
10 JulEurocopter To Assess Life Extension RAF Puma Helicopters
Eurocopter has been awarded an Assessment Phase contract for the life extension programme for the Puma helicopters, which will include up to 35 of the helicopters getting new Turbomeca Makila engines, ‘glass’ cockpits, and new communications, navigation and defensive systems.
05 JulVH-71 Presidential Helicopter Test Aircraft Maiden Flight
The VH-71 helicopter made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil, UK, on July 3, 2007, marking a significant milestone in the development of the United States' Presidential aircraft.
02 JulSAAB Selected GE F414G Engine for New Gripen Variant
SAAB selected a new variant of the General Electric F414 engine for its Gripen Aircraft Demonstrator Program. GE Aviation and Volvo Aero Corporation will be working collaboratively on the new F414G fighter engine.
29 JunBrazil to Buy Six UH-60L Blackhawk Helicopters
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Brazil of UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters as well as associated equipment and services.
29 JunNorway Signs LOA for Four C-130J Hercules Transports
The governments of Norway and the United States have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the sale of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Norway.
29 JunFirst Danish Merlin Helicopters for RAF Arrive in UK
Transferred from Denmark to the UK, the first two of six brand new Merlin helicopters for the RAF arrived at AgustaWestland's facility in Yeovil on June 29, 2007.
29 JunRAF Eurofighter Typhoon Assumes Quick Reaction Alert Role
On June 29, 2007, the Royal Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoon assumes responsibility for the southern element of the United Kingdom’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) air defence stance.
28 JunFinland to Buy 18 Hawk Mk.66 From Switzerland
On June 28, 2007, the Finnish Ministry of Defence announced that it had signed a letter of intent to acquire 18 Hawk Mk.66 jets from Switzerland.
26 JunAustria And Eurofighter Agree On Revised Contract
The Eurofighter consortium has reached agreement with the Government of Austria on cost reductions of the Eurofighter procurement.
26 JunLast Sorties FMV Sk-37E Viggens
Sweden's Forsvarets Materielverk (FMV - Defense Materiel Administration) Flight Test Centre at Linköping flew its last two Saab Viggens for the last time on June 26, 2007.
13 JunC-27J Spartan Selected for Joint Cargo Aircraft programme
Alenia Aeronautica's C-27J has been selected by the US Army and Air Force as the new tactical transport aircraft for the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) programme over EADS-CASA's C-295.
10 JunLast Six of 18 ex-RNLAF F-16 MLU Delivered to Chile
On June 3, 2007, the last batch of six former RNLAF F-16 fighters departed from Twenthe AB in the Netherlands to be handed over to Fuerza Aérea de Chile (FACh) in a ceremony on June 7.
05 JunEADS UH-72A Lakota Enter U.S. Army Service
The U.S. Army has equipped its first unit with the UH-72A Lakota, a new helicopter made in Mississippi by EADS North America.
04 JunItaly To Buy 14 Aermacchi M-346 Training Jets
On May 28, 2007, defence under-secretary Lorenzo Forcieri declared that the Italian Armed Forces intend to acquire 14 M-346 advanced jet trainers.
24 MayRoyal Malaysian Air Force Accepts First Two Su-30MKM Fighters
On Thursday 24 May 2007, the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officially accepted the first two Sukhoi Su-30MKM multi-role fighter aircraft at Irkutsk, Russia.
23 MayFirst Eurocopter EC635 for Swiss Air Force Flies
The first EC635 destined for the Swiss Air Force successfully performed its maiden flight at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth facility on May 23.
22 MayBoeing to Upgrade USAF B-52s
Boeing has been awarded a $30 million U.S. Air Force contract to upgrade the B-52 fleet's Integrated Weapons Interface Units (IWIU), providing flight crews with enhanced smart weapon visibility and control.
21 MaySix ex-RNLAF F-16BM Fighters Sold to Jordan
In May 2007, it was announced that the Netherlands Ministry of Defence had signed a contract with Jordan on April 12, 2007, for the sale of six ex-RNLAF F-16B Midlife Update (MLU) two-seat fighters.
16 MaySpanish Army Tiger Helicopters Homecoming
On May 16, 2007, the Spanish Army’s first three Tiger helicopters have arrived at their final destination, the Coronel Sánchez Bilbao military base in Almagro, where they are to serve the Spanish armed forces.
11 MayTurkey To Buy 30 Additional F-16 Block 50 Fighters
The governments of Turkey and the United States have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the sale of 30 additional Lockheed Martin Advanced F-16 Block 50+ aircraft to Turkey.
09 MayMaiden Flight NH90 TTH for Oman
First NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) for Oman performed Maiden Flight at Eurocopter in Marignane.
09 MaySpanish Air Force Gets First Upgraded P-3
On May 7, 2007, the Spanish Air Force accepted the first P-3 aircraft modernised by EADS CASA.
02 MayBelgium Places Order for NH-90 Helicopters
Belgian Government ordered ten NH90 helicopters.
25 AprFirst Limited Series Production Tejas LCA Flies
On April 25, 2007, the first Limited Series Production Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) made its maiden flight.
19 AprEMBRAER Plans to Develop New Military Transport
EMBRAER announces C-390 medium-sized military transport study.
15 AprGerman Tornados Deploy to Afghanistan
In April 2007, six German Tornado IDS aircraft from Aufklaerungsgeschwader 51 (AG 51 - Tactical Reconnaissance Wing 51), Scheleswig-Jagel, have deployed to Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.
12 AprUS Air Force Orders Conversion of 20 QF-4 Full-Scale Aerial Targets
On April 12, 2007, BAE Systems has received a $26.5 million contract to convert 20 F-4 Phantom fighter jets to full-scale aerial targets for the U.S. Air Force.
05 AprFirst Patria-built NH-90 for Sweden Flies
The first high-cabin NH90 transport helicopter destined for the Swedish Defence Forces and assembled by Patria in Finland has flown successfully its first test flights.
26 MarFirst Licence Built EH101 Delivered By Kawasaki
On March 23, 2007, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) delivered the first ever licence built EH101 helicopter to the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF).
23 MarRoyal Australian Navy Selects A109 Power For Training
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) selected the A109 Power for the operational conversion training role.
23 MarJF-17 Arrived in Pakistan
The first two series production JF-17 fighters arrived in Pakistan.
08 MarFirst C-295 Delivered to Finland
The first of two C-295 was delivered to the Finnish Air Force on March 6, 2007.

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