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VX-1 PILOTS COMPLETE FIRST E-2D AERIAL REFUELING TRAINING
Friday, December 14, 2018
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E-2D aerial refueling

Source: Northrop Grumman


E-2D aerial refueling

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NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER -- Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1’s E-2D Hawkeye Operation Test Team completed aerial refueling (AR) training on December 3, to become the first fleet aviators to be AR qualified on the E-2D.

The training consisted of daytime and nighttime "plugs" with a KC-707 tanker. VX-1’s E-2D is equipped with a fuel probe plumbing at the front of the aircraft, which works to locate and plug into a drogue on the fueling aircraft to secure the fuel connection. The training also consisted of operating in night-time formation with another E-2D Hawkeye.

Recent changes made to the E-2D have been implemented to accommodate in-flight refueling, to include the fixed-fuel probe and associated plumbing, formation lighting, long-endurance seats, as well as flight control software and hardware changes. This new capability could double the current time the E-2D can be on station and provide for better battlespace coverage in support of the warfighter’s mission.

Source:  U.S. Navy
Associated URL: https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108090
Source Date: December 14, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
BOEING COMPLETES NATO AWACS UPGRADES
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Boeing delivered the final Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft modernized with avionics and a digital cockpit to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Manching, Germany. This delivery is the final of 14 and ensures NATO AWACS compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements.

Upgrades include five full-color digital displays in each aircraft, replacing 1970’s-era dials and provides crewmembers with customizable engine, navigation and radar data. These digital capabilities also allow NATO to consolidate crew responsibilities.

"The Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) modernization project enables the NATO E-3A fleet to meet current and foreseen European air traffic management requirements," said Brig. Gen. Mike Hain, general manager, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme Management Agency.

The first modernized NATO AWACS plane was modified at Boeing facilities in Seattle and delivered to NATO in November 2016. The remaining 13 aircraft underwent modernization work in Manching, Germany.

NATO’s AWACS fleet is the alliance’s first integrated, multinational flying unit, providing rapid deployment, airborne surveillance and command and control for NATO operations.

Source:  Boeing
Source Date: December 18, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
AIRBUS AWARDED C-130J CONTRACT EXTENSION
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Source: Australia DoD


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CANBERRA -- Airbus Australia Pacific (Airbus) has been awarded a two year contract extension to provide sustainment services through to 2024, including engineering, maintenance, and supply support for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) C-130J fleet.

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the contract extension was granted after Airbus provided outstanding sustainment support to the C-130J fleet.

"Airbus reduced sustainment costs by $10 million over the 2019 to 2024 period," Pyne said. "The contract extension out to 2024 will secure the ongoing employment of approximately 220 industry personnel, located at RAAF Base Richmond."

The RAAF No 37 Squadron operates 12 C-130J Hercules from RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales. The fleet has been supported under contract with Airbus since March 2009.

Source:  Australia DoD
Associated URL: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/cpyne/media-releases/airbus-awarded-c-130j-contract-extension
Source Date: December 18, 2018
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Posted: 12/18/2018

 

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