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MBDA DELIVERS ASRAAM MISSILES FOR F-35 INTEGRATION
Monday, February 8, 2016
STEVENAGE, UK - MBDA has begun deliveries of a quantity of Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM) for the forthcoming integration of the missile onto the UK’s F-35B. The first missile was delivered to the US during January in conjunction with BAE Systems. ASRAAM will be the first UK missile to arm the F-35 and its integration within the F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program will give the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy’s F-35s a highly capable, passive, Within Visual Range air-to-air capability.

The test missiles will be used during 2016 for a series of flight trials and air-launched firings that will include environmental data gathering, safe separation from the aircraft, weapon integration with the F-35’s on-board systems, and weapon firing trials involving the engagement of targets. These integration activities will take place at both the Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Edwards Air Force base in the USA.

With a total worldwide inventory of 167 active aircraft, the United States by far has the largest share with 157 active.

Source:  MBDA
Associated URL: http://www.mbda-systems.com/press-releases/mbda-delivers-asraam-missiles-for-f-3
Source Date: February 8, 2016
Posted: 02/08/2016

 
 
BELARUS REACHES PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT ON SU-30 BUY
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Source: Indian Air Force

MINSK - Belarus and Irkut Corporation have reached a preliminary agreement for the sale of Su-30s to the former, according to Belarusian officials. The new Su-30s will replace the country's aging MiG-29s.

Belarus' Deputy Defense Minister, Major General Igor Lotenkov, noted that the new aircraft, after introduction into the Air Force, will enhance the Air Force's capabilities in performing combat missions.

In October, Major General Oleg Dvigalev announced that Minsk would procure new Su-30s, but not until after 2020.

It is unclear how many Su-30s will be purchased. During previous negotiations with Russia in 2012, Moscow offered to sell 18 Su-30s, but Belarus ultimately did not carry through with the order.

Forecast International assesses Belarus' Air Force as having 41 MiG-29s, which will be replaced under the Su-30 purchase.

Source:  Sputnk
Associated URL: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160204/1034232244/belarus-su-30-irkut.html
Source Date: February 4, 2016
Posted: 02/05/2016

 
 
F-35 LIGHTNING II AIRFRAME TO BEGIN THIRD DURABILITY TESTING PHASE
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Source: BAE Systems

EAST YORKSHIRE, UK - The third phase of durability testing on an F-35 Lightning II airframe is due to begin at BAE's Military Air & Information site in Brough, East Yorkshire. Each phase of testing, lasting a total of 8,000 hours, is equivalent to an entire lifetime of the airframe once it enters service. Two complete ‘lifetimes’ of the airframe - equivalent to 16,000 hours - have already been completed on a Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) variant airframe at BAE's structural test facility and the third set of tests will commence in early 2016. More than 20 miles of wiring, 2,500 strain gauges and 160 loading actuators are designed to subject the aircraft to a range of loads that it could typically encounter in actual flight.

Source:  BAE Systems
Associated URL: http://www.baesystems.com/en/article/f-35-airframe-begins-third-phase-of-structu
Source Date: February 4, 2016
Posted: 02/05/2016

 

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