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ITALY MINISTRY OF DEFENSE ORDERS JET TRAINERS, ATTACK HELICOPTER DEVELOPMENT FROM LEONARDO
Saturday, January 14, 2017
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Source: Leonardo


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ROME - The Italian Ministry of Defense inked contracts with local defense prime Leonardo on January 13 worth over €500 million ($530 million). The contracts involved the procurement of new M-345 jet trainers and another concerning a still-in-development attack helicopter ultimately expected to replace the Italian Army's AW129 Mangusta fleet.

The contract for the M-345 involves a first batch purchase of five of the basic/advanced lightweight trainers. This order is expected to eventually grow to involve 45 units. An upgrade of the Aermacchi S.211 trainer, the M-345 is seen as the eventual successor to Alenia Aermacchi MB-339A. Delivery of the first batch of new M-345s is expected in 2019.

Regarding the attack helicopter, Leonardo received a contract for the study, development, industrialization, production and testing of a prototype of a "new exploration and escort helicopter" (NEES). The contract also covers three initial production versions of the helicopter.

The Italian Army has a requirement for 48 new attack helicopters which would be used to replace the fleet of AW129s slated for retirement by 2025. Its current inventory of AW129 Mangusta's totals 48, of which 16 are used for training purposes.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/leonardo-lands-532-million-in-trainer-helo-c
Source Date: January 14, 2017
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
TURKEY'S ANKA UAV TO BE OPERATIONAL IN 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
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Source: TAI


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ANKARA - The Turkish military is taking delivery of the Anka unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The Turkish military induct the Anka into service in 2017.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is developing the Anka. This UAV made its operational debut in early February. Delivery of 10 systems will be completed in 2018.

A complete system comprises three air vehicles, a truck-mounted ground control station, and an all-weather radar-based automatic take-off and landing system.

Source:  YeniSafak
Associated URL: http://www.yenisafak.com/en/economy/turkish-uav-anka-to-be-delivered-in-2017-259
Source Date: January 13, 2017
Posted: 01/13/2017

 
 
GERMAN DRONE RECONNAISSANCE IN AFGHANISTAN SET TO CONTINUE
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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German-operated Heron 1 UAV

Source: Airbus DS Airborne Solutions


German-operated Heron 1 UAV

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BERLIN - On January 2, 2017, a new service contract was concluded on the operation of the Imaging Reconnaissance System in the Depth of Theatre (SAATEG) for the mission in Afghanistan. The Bundeswehr thus continues to use the Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle for reconnaissance purposes in Afghanistan, initially up to February 2018.

"Aerial reconnaissance is an essential means to identify potential threats in good time and thus contributes to the immediate protection of our soldiers on operations," emphasized Michael Engelmann, Director of Central Affairs at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on the behalf of the Deputy Director-General on the occasion of signing the contract in Koblenz on January 2.

The contractor is the company Airbus DS Airborne Solutions (ADAS), which operates the Heron 1 aircraft system in a consortium together with the manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries.

The Bundeswehr has been using the Heron 1 system for aerial reconnaissance in Afghanistan since 2010. In this period, more than 30 000 flight hours have been completed. The responsibility for flight operations and the evaluation of aerial images rests with the Bundeswehr.

The new contract with a total value of approximately €35 million (excluding VAT) guarantees the continued provision of services, initially up to February 28, 2018. The Bundeswehr may then exercise an option to extend it by another year. Since November 2016, the Bundeswehr has been using Heron 1 in Mali as well, on the basis of a similar service contract with ADAS.

Source:  Bundeswehr
Source Date: January 12, 2017
Posted: 01/13/2017

 

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