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News Archive 2012

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29 DecSukhoi delivers 6 Su-35S fighters
Sukhoi delivered the first 6 production standard Su-35S multi-role fighter aircraft to the Ministry of Defense of Russia on December 28, 2012. The official hand-over took place at the Sukhoi’s Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft production association (KnAAPO).
21 DecOman orders 12 Typhoon fighters and 8 Hawk trainers
The Sultanate of Oman has signed a contract with BAE Systems for the purchase of 12 Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role aircraft and eight Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers for the Royal Air Force of Oman.
12 OctFirst two CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Netherlands
On October 8, 2012, the first two new Boeing CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters were handed over to the Netherlands' Defence Helicopter Command (DHC) at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. Six CH-47F were ordered in February 2007 following the loss of two CH-47D aircraft in Afghanistan operations and the decision to expand the Chinook fleet.
23 JulQatar Emiri Air Force selects PC-21 Training System
On July 23, 2012, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd announced another success for its PC-21 Training System. It has been awarded a contract by the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) for the procurement of a complete PC-21 Training System, consisting of 24 PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft, Ground Based Training System assets, and a support and maintenance package.
11 JulUK New Wildcat helicopter unveiled
The Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom has today unveiled the first of a new fleet of Wildcat helicopters, and confirmed a £250m contract to support them.The first two of 62 Wildcat helicopters ordered by the UK MOD were handed over by manufacturer AgustaWestland at the Farnborough International Airshow.
25 May55 Pilatus PC-21 Trainers Ordered for Royal Saudi Air Force
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd announced today that a contract has been signed with BAE Systems to supply the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) with a fleet of 55 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop aircraft, together with an integrated ground based training system and logistics support.
24 MayIndian Air Force Orders 75 Pilatus PC-7 MkII trainers
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd announced that the Indian Air Force has entered today into a contract in excess of 500 Million Swiss Francs to procure a fleet of 75 PC-7 MkII turboprop aircraft, together with an integrated ground based training system and a comprehensive logistics support package.
17 AprStrike Eagle Extreme; Nearly 70 F-15Es take to sky
Airmen from the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., came together to honor their heritage by launching nearly 70 F-15E Strike Eagles in a Turkey Shoot training mission April 16.

The nearly 70 Strike Eagles taxied one after the next simultaneously down the base flightline before heading to bombing ranges across North Carolina to destroy more than 1,000 targets.
17 FebIsrael selects the Italian M-346 trainer aircraft
The M-346 trainer aircraft of Alenia Aermacchi has been selected by Israel’s Ministry of Defence to train its Air Force pilots. A total of about 30 aircraft M-346s will replace the TA-4 Sky-Hawks currently operated by Israel Air Force starting in 2014.
02 FebRafale Selected For Indian Air Force MMRCA
On January 31, 2012, Dassault Aviation issued a press release that its Rafale fighter has been selected by the Indian Ministry of Defence as its new medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) in an estimated $10.2bn deal for 126 aircraft.

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