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RUSSIA TO START RECEIVING 10 KA-27MS ANNUALLY
Monday, October 16, 2017
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Source: Russian MoD


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MOSCOW - Russia will soon begin receiving 10 Ka-27M anti-submarine warfare helicopters annually.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement quoted by Tass News Agency on Monday, "This year, the number of Ka-27 helicopters arriving for naval aviation will make up another ten rotocraft. In compliance with the state armament program, the naval aviation is planned to be receiving 10 upgraded Ka-27M helicopters a year until the entire pool of these choppers is modernized."

These 10 will follow the first batch of Ka-27Ms, consisting of eight helicopters, which arrived last year.

The Ka-27M is designed to conduct anti-submarine warfare. New improvements provide the helicopters the ability to detect and target submarines.

According to the Ministry of Defense, "The helicopters have received upgraded onboard radio-electronic equipment and a search system that allows using new systems of searching for and destroying submarines, and also radio-acoustic equipment that helps considerably improve the fulfillment of designated missions by this type of helicopters."

Modernization efforts are being carried out at the Kumertau Aircraft Production Enterprise.

Russia may be additionally considering further anti-submarine helicopter procurement, with the possibility that the country will restart production of the Mi-14, a anti-submarine warfare amphibian helicopter.

Flight Global quoted Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov as saying in an interview with Russian Helicopters that there is "demand for such an aircraft" as the Mi-14.

Deputy Defense Minister Borisov added, "In the near future we will have to determine whether it would be a modernised Mi-14 or a new project of an amphibian helicopter, or maybe both at once."

Source:  Tass News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.com/defense/971000
Source Date: October 16, 2017
Posted: 10/17/2017

 
 
RUSSIA CONSIDERING DEVELOPING NEW MI-38 VARIANTS
Monday, October 16, 2017
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Source: Russian Helicopters


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MOSCOW - Russia is considering developing new military variants to the Mi-38 helicopter.

Citing an interview given to a Russian Helicopters magazine by Yuri Borisov, the Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Flight Global reported that Russia is considering the development of several new military variants for the Mi-38.

Deputy Defense Minister Borisov said "it is possible" that Russia will move forward with medical evacuation or electronic warfare variants of the helicopter.

He noted that no armed assault version of the helicopter will be created. He said, "It is not stimulated by the technical assignment."

Russia is currently developing the Mi-38T, a military variant of the Mi-38 designed with Russian components for transport operations.

In July, Deputy Defense Minister Borisov stated that over a dozen Mi-38Ts would be purchased in the coming years. Tass News Agency quoted him as saying, "Our plans include a purchase of some fifteen Mi-38 helicopters before 2020."

Deliveries of the Mi-38T meanwhile are expected to take place in 2018 and 2019.

Kazan Helicopter Enterprise said in a press release in August, "The Mi-38T prototype will undergo joint flight tests for compliance with the requirements of the Armed Forces. Following their results, subsequent purchases of Mi-38T helicopters will be planned for the needs of the Aerospace Force as part of the 2018-2025 state armament program."

Source:  Flight Global
Associated URL: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/russia-eyes-new-military-variants-of-mi-38-helicopte-442203/
Source Date: October 16, 2017
Posted: 10/17/2017

 
 
F-35 JET CLEARED FOR CARRIER TAKE-OFF, DEFENCE MINISTER TELLS SELECT COMMITTEE
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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LONDON - The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship.

"Successful ski-ramp trials mean the F-35 is cleared to fly from the carrier as the momentum continues for this game-changing jet," said Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin. "This milestone comes as our pilots and planes prepare to return from the States, ready for next year’s unforgettable flight trials from the deck of the nation’s new flagship."

The UK currently has 12 F-35 jets out in the United States where they are being tested ahead of flight trials from the Royal Navy’s 65,000 tonne carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, next year. Two more aircraft are set to be delivered by the end of the year. UK's F-35s on the ski ramp at Pax Rivers

During the Select Committee session, the Defence Minister announced that the F-35 Integrated Test Force, which includes five British pilots, has now successfully completed ski ramp trials. That milestone clears the aircraft for take-off from the deck of the Carrier.

There are already 150 UK personnel out in the US working with the state-of-the-art jets, and today it has also been revealed that the latest course of UK pilots have just finished their ground school training and are now ready to fly the F-35B at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.

Amongst those to have graduated from that course are four pilots who started F-35 training straight from their advanced pilot training at RAF Valley, and Wing Commander John Butcher, who will be the Commanding Officer of the RAF’s new 617 squadron.

The new home of 617 squadron, RAF Marham, continues to build towards the arrival of the jets next year, moving a step closer earlier this month when the runway intersection resurfacing was completed. 617 Squadron will be the first operational British F-35 unit.

And elsewhere, just last week, the first F-35 flight with the latest software was conducted on one of the UK’s F-35Bs at Edwards Air Force Base in California. This software upgrade, technically known as Block 3F, represents the full warfighting capability the UK F-35s will have at Initial Operating Capability in December 2018.

UK industry will provide approximately 15% of the value of each F-35 to be built, more than 3,000, worth some £1 billon and generating around 25,000 British jobs. The program remains on time and within costs.

Source:  UK MoD
Associated URL: gov.uk
Source Date: October 17, 2017
Posted: 10/17/2017

 

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