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CHINA WINS LARGEST FOREIGN ORDER YET FOR UAV
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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BEIJING - China has received its largest order yet for its unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The buyer is undisclosed. Beijing is working to increase arms export volumes and stepping up research into military UAVs.

The order is for the Wing Loong II UAV. This system recently completed its maiden flight. The number of air vehicles involved or the value of this order is not available. Foreign buyers for Chinese-made UAVs include Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt.

The Wing Loong II has a 20+ meter wingspan and is able to perform reconnaissance and strike missions.

Source:  Reuters News Service
Associated URL: http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-defence-drones-idUKKBN1670E5?il=0
Source Date: February 28, 2017
Posted: 02/28/2017

 
 
GA-ASI LAUNCHES TEAM REAPER AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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GEELONG - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced the official launch of its Team Reaper Australia solution to the Project Air 7003 requirement, together with Australian teammates Cobham, CAE Australia, Raytheon Australia, and Flight Data Systems.

The Team was announced during the opening of the U.S. Pavilion at AVALON 2017 - Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition, in Geelong, Australia, by Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI, together with James Carouso, the Charge D'Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra and Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK, DFC from Defence South Australia.

"General Atomics Aeronautical recognizes the importance of working with Australian established partners, and we are very pleased to be joined in this endeavor by Cobham - our key partner in Australia - CAE Australia, Raytheon Australia, and Flight Data Systems," said Linden Blue, CEO of GA-ASI. "We have been working closely with the Australian Defence Force [ADF] to understand the operational needs of AIR 7003 and are confident that our RPA System [RPAS] solution will provide mature, persistent, interoperable support to Australia’s warfighters."

"We have assembled a team with proven capabilities and a focus on Australian industrial support and innovation," Blue continued. "Our objective is to expand the involvement of our Australian industry teammates in improving and sustaining this RPA system."

"Cobham and GA-ASI have been working in partnership for more than 12 years to prepare for the whole-of-life support requirements for Australian Armed RPAS," said Peter Nottage, president of Cobham Aviation Services. Cobham has extensive experience across Australia and Europe in support of Defence and Government operations, training and support requirements, and this currently includes the provision of maintenance support for the Reaper Ground Control Station (GCS) at RAF Waddington in the UK. "We are thrilled to be a part of Team Reaper Australia and look forward to delivering an RPAS solution in Australia," he said.

"We are pleased to join Team Reaper Australia as part of our growing international partnership with General Atomics to provide comprehensive training solutions for the Predator family of remotely piloted aircraft," said Ian Bell, CAE's vice president and general manager, Asia-Pacific/Middle East. "Our support of delivering academic, simulator, and live flying training to the U.S. Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper aircrews gives us a wealth of experience we can leverage in helping the Australian Defence Force create a well-trained and mission-ready cadre of RPA pilots and sensor operators."

Michael Ward, managing director of Raytheon Australia, said that the company has a long and proven record of successfully supporting the Australian Defence Force as a trusted partner. "We are thrilled to be part of Team Reaper Australia, offering our unique whole-of-life integration skills and an extensive aerospace experience to support this program and to contribute to Australia’s safety and security."

"Flight Data Systems is proud to become part of the General Atomics team in Australia. Collaboration brings about innovation. UAV [Unmanned Air Vehicle] development between General Atomics and Flight Data Systems will change the landscape," said Darren Privitera, general manager of Flight Data Systems PTY Ltd.

Air 7003 will provide the Australian Defence Force with a medium-altitude long-endurance RPAS, and will include aircraft and GCS. These elements are on display at AVALON. The GCS is located in the GA-ASI booth #F-22 in the U.S. Pavilion. The MQ-9 is located in the ADF holding area.

Source:  General Atomics
Associated URL: http://www.ga.com/ga-asi-launches-team-reaper-australia
Source Date: February 28, 2017
Posted: 02/27/2017

 
 
INDIA GOV'T CLEARS WAY FOR MR-SAM PROCUREMENT
Friday, February 24, 2017
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NEW DELHI - The Indian government gave the go-ahead on February 23 for the procurement of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MR-SAM) system from Israel that will be used to supply the Indian Army. The project will be implemented by the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Israeli Aircraft Industry (IAI) who jointly developed the 70km-range system following a government-to-government agreement with Israel in February 2015.

The Indian Army intends to use the MR-SAM to replace its aging, Russian-made systems. The proposal cleared by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for the induction of five regiments of the MR-SAM missile system which will each feature 40 firing units and over 200 missiles per system. The delivery of the first MR-SAM will begin 72 months after the signing of the contract.

Source:  The Economic Times
Associated URL: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/india-clears-rs-17000-crore-mis
Source Date: February 24, 2017
Posted: 02/24/2017

 

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