Canada Pauses Arctic Airlifter Replacement Program

By Steve Trimble Jan 17, 2023
A re-winging project completed during the past five years has extended the airworthiness of each of the C-138s by 33,000 flight hours.
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UAE Joins With South Korea To Develop Transport Aircraft

By Chen Chuanren Jan 16, 2023
While details of the agreement remain limited, the aircraft is likely to be based on KAI’s MC-X tactical transport aircraft concept.
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Canada Awards CH-149 Upgrade Contract To Leonardo

By Steve Trimble Dec 22, 2022
The long-awaited contract signing pushes back first delivery by four years to 2026, with the program now concluding a year later than scheduled in 2029. 
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Bombardier Flags Possible Canadian P-8A Order Despite Local Option

By Steve Trimble Dec 21, 2022
The Canadian-based executive wants the government to keep the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft program open to competitive bids, including the Global 6500.
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SOCOM Looks For Aviation Fleet Antenna Upgrade

By Steve Trimble Dec 16, 2022
U.S. Special Operations Command wants to upgrade the direction finding antenna in the Joint Threat Warning System-Air
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U.K.’s E-7A Delay May Help U.S. Program As USAF Tries To Accelerate

By Brian Everstine Dec 14, 2022
The U.S. Air Force and Capitol Hill want to bring on the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail as fast as possible.
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Airbus Eyes Spanish Maritime Patrol C295 Contract Signature In Q1 2023

By Tony Osborne Dec 14, 2022
Airbus is finalizing the configuration of a maritime patrol variant of its C295 turboprop airlifter for Spain.
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Airbus UpNext Autonomous Aerial Refueling Test Planned For Mid-2023

By Tony Osborne Dec 14, 2022
Flight testing in the Auto’Mate project will see a DT-25 target drone flying in close formation with Airbus’ A310 MRTT demonstrator next year.
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U.S. Approves Potential CH-47F Sale To South Korea

By Steve Trimble Dec 06, 2022
The Defense Security and Cooperation Agency sent notifications to Congress to review the potential deal on Dec. 6, following export approval by the State Depart
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U.S. Army Shifts To Lighter Aircraft For Autonomous Resupply

By Steve Trimble Dec 06, 2022
The Army also wants a Joint Tactical Autonomous Aerial Resupply System with the ability to carry a minimum of 125 lb. payload for at least 8 mi. (13 km.).
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DARPA Taps General Atomics To Begin Designing Liberty Lifter

By Steve Trimble Dec 01, 2022
DARPA has selected General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to complete a preliminary design of a C-17-size, double-fuselage freighter.
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More Datalinks, Better Connectivity At Top Of AMC’s Wish List

By Brian Everstine Nov 08, 2022
At the top of Air Mobility Command’s wish list, and among its biggest challenges, is connecting its aircraft through common datalinks and communication channels so that refueling tankers and airlifters can provide more to a fight beyond their traditional roles.
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Netherlands Coastguard Introduces New Aircraft Fleet

By Tony Osborne Nov 07, 2022
The Netherlands Coastguard has introduced a new fleet of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft to support its environmental security and search-and-rescue missions.
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First RAF Wedgetail Receives MESA Radar

By Tony Osborne Nov 07, 2022
The first of the UK Royal Air Force’s new Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft has had its radar fitted in a milestone of the conversion process.
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Australia To Double C-130J Fleet As Indonesia’s First Delivery Nears

By Chen Chuanren Nov 03, 2022
The future Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J is set to double, while Indonesia is expected to take delivery of its first C-130J-30 in February or March 2023.
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Work Begins On Indian Airbus/Tata C295 Production Line

By Tony Osborne Nov 02, 2022
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone for the plant that will produce Airbus C295s turboprop airlifters for the Indian Air Force.
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Kendall: USAF Ready To Commit To Collaborative Combat Aircraft

By Brian Everstine Nov 01, 2022
The U.S. Air Force is ready to make a commitment to fielding a Collaborative Combat Aircraft—a loyal wingman-type drone to fly alongside future fighters—after reviews found the service could field a “meaningful capability” over the next several years, the service’s top official says.
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Indonesia’s A400M Contract Becomes Effective In November

By Chen Chuanren Nov 01, 2022
Airbus is expecting a contract for two Indonesian A400Ms to go into full effect in November and has already secured production slots for the aircraft, a company official says.
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Australia Goes Low Risk With C-130J Recapitalization

By Chen Chuanren Nov 01, 2022
Australia’s department of defense is sticking with the Lockheed Martin C-130J to replace and expand the Royal Australia Air Force’s existing fleet of 12 C-130Js under its medium air mobility replacement program.
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LM Pitches LMXT Connectivity Plan As USAF Considers KC-Y’s Future

By Brian Everstine Oct 25, 2022
Lockheed Martin is pitching a three-phase adoption of datalinks, processing and enhanced situational awareness for its LMXT tanker, as the U.S. Air Force works through its requirements and decides whether to continue with a competition for the KC-Y “bridge tanker.”
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U.S. Marine Corps Starts Market Survey For New VTOL Family

By Steve Trimble Oct 21, 2022
The U.S. Marine Corps has taken the first step toward fielding a new Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Family of Systems (FOS), releasing a request for information (RFI) on Oct. 21 to gather information on available options. 
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Brazil Further Trims KC-390 Order To 19 Aircraft

By Steve Trimble Oct 21, 2022
The Brazilian government has trimmed its order for the Embraer KC-390 by another three aircraft.
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The Weekly Debrief: Public Workshop Illuminates Secrecy-Shrouded CCA Roles

By Steve Trimble Oct 03, 2022
If the U.S. Air Force’s current plan succeeds, a single or a family of fully autonomous, collaborative combat aircraft (CCA) could enter service by the end of the decade, but what ... are they? 
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Brazil Shows Interest in Boeing P-8A, T-7 Aircraft

By Steve Trimble Sep 26, 2022
Brazil’s interest in the P-8A is driven by the need to find a replacement for an aging fleet of Lockheed P-3AM Orions now performing maritime patrol.
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The C-390 Millennium – Creating A New Global Philosophy In Maintenance And Performance

Sponsored By Embraer Sep 26, 2022
The C-390 Millennium is a truly remarkable aircraft, fast gaining a reputation for its reliability and performance in delivering vital aid, completing humanitarian missions and playing a key role in joint military exercises.
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