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COLOMBIAN ARMY TO RECEIVE NEW GRAND CARAVAN EX
Monday, October 16, 2017
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A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

Source: U.S. Air Force


A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

Source: U.S. Air Force


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BOGOTA - The Colombian Army Air Assault Aviation Division is set to receive a new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX lightweight utility aircraft. The aircraft was officially accepted by Colombia in the United States. It is now taking a ferry flight from the U.S. to Colombia, making fueling stops in seven countries in Central America.

The aircraft joins six other Grand Caravans in service with the Colombian Army. The Army originally acquired seven, but lost one in a fatal accident last year. The fleet of Grand Caravans is used for transport, liaison, command and control, and aeromedical evacuation missions.

The Cessna 208 is an unpressurized, single-turboprop-powered, utility/passenger aircraft. The 206B Grand Caravan EX features a more powerful PT6A-140 turboprop engine, boosting shaft horsepower by 25 percent, increasing rate of climb by 38 percent, reducing takeoff roll by 350 feet (106 m), and improving performance in hot temperatures and at high altitudes. The EX achieved certification in January 2013.

Source:  Webinfomil
Associated URL: http://www.webinfomil.com/2017/10/ejercito-de-colombia-adquiere-un-nuevo.html
Source Date: October 16, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 10/16/2017

 
 
KUWAIT APPROVED FOR C-17 SUPPORT
Friday, October 13, 2017
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Source: Boeing


Source: Boeing


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WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department announced on October 13 it had approved a possible sale of support services to Kuwait, for the country's C-17 transport aircraft.

Kuwait requested three years of follow-on support for two C-17s, with an option for an additional two years of support. The support includes participation in the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program as well as other services and technical support.

According to the State Department, the potential sale carries a value of $342.6 million. The State Department provided a notification to the Congress of the possible sale on Thursday.

The press release accompanying the announcement noted, "This proposed sale is required to maintain the operational readiness of the Kuwaiti Air Force C-17 aircraft. Kuwait’s current FMS contract supporting its C-17’s will expire in September of 2017. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this support."

The announcement of the sale's approval does not mean that it has been concluded.

If completed, the prime contractor will be Boeing Company. As the press release noted, Kuwait "typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor."

Source:  DSCA
Associated URL: http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/kuwait-continuation-c-17-logistics-support-
Source Date: October 13, 2017
Posted: 10/16/2017

 
 
THIRD GROUP OF IRAQI PILOTS COMPLETE L-159 TRAINING
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Source: Aero Vodochody Aerospace


Source: Aero Vodochody Aerospace


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Odolena Voda, Czech Republic - On October 12, 2017, the third group of Iraqi Air Force pilots completed their L-159 conversion training. Aero Vodochody currently continues training Iraqi ground personnel and flight instructors.

Training of pilots, ground staff and instructors is a part of a contract between AERO Vodochody Aerospace a.s. and the Ministry of Defense of Iraq. Aero provides its customers with a broad range of ground personnel and flight training services. Instructors with many years of experience in the field conduct the training. The conversion training of the L-159 pilots includes the theoretical part, flight simulation training and flight training. The flight training itself includes basic conversion training, weapon training, and emergency procedures.

Aero signed the contract with the Ministry of Defense of Iraq to deliver the L-159s in 2014. In total, the country supplied ten single-seat L-159As and two two-seat L-159T1s. So far, the Iraqi Air Force L-159s have completed several hundreds of combat flights. The main features the aircraft offers in support of operations effectiveness are easy maintenance, modern equipment and good maneuverability.

Source:  AERO Vodochody Aerospace
Associated URL: aero.cz
Source Date: October 12, 2017
Posted: 10/13/2017

 

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