Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH has delivered the 400th Typhoon combat aircraft on December 04, 2013. The aircraft went to the German Air Force with number 31+06. Typhoon aircraft which is being supplied to customers since 2003, is currently in service with the air forces of Austria, Spain, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has been purchased by Oman.
Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH is a consortium between Alenia Aermacchi ofFinmeccanica, BAE Systems, and Cassidian of EADS. 719 were so far ordered. The aircraft is being outfitted with MBDA UK Meteor air-to-air missile and EuroRADAR Consortium (Selex ES, Cassidian and Indra) E-Scan active electronically scanning array radar system.
The Portuguese Air Force is scheduled to receive by early 2014 the last of 39 Lockheed Martin F-16A/B Block 15 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft locally upgraded to F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon standard as part of the aircraft’s Mid Life Update (MLU) program. The modernization that was approved in 2002 has been conducted by the air force with support of OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, Lockheed Martin and Pratt and Whitney among others. The program first comprised the modernization of 40 aircraft, with one F-16BM lost in January 2008.
The aircraft of F-16AM single-seat version was delivered by OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal to the Portuguese Air Force’s Air Force Base Nº5 of Monte Real on 29 of July 2013 for the outfitting of various systems, The aircraft will be delivered by mid-December to OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal for final painting.
Portuguese has received from the United States a total of 45 aircraft as part of Peace Atlantis I and II programs. The aircraft are operated in Monte Real by the squadrons 201 “Falcões” and 301 “Jaguares”. 9 of them will be transferred by 2016 to the Romanian Air Force (Forţele Aeriene Române) to replace MiG-21 LancER aircraft at 86TH air force base of Feteşti.
First 20 aircraft were acquired by Portugal via the Foreign Military sales (FMS) process of the United States, while the additional 25 aircraft were delivered by the United States as Excess Defense Articles (EDAs).
A dozen of F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon aircraft were put for sale in 2006 by the Portuguese military procurement agency DGAIED (Direção-Geral de Armamento e Infra-Estruturas de Defesa). The modernization was originally scheduled to complete by late 2010.
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Thales announced it has been selected as Airbus Military’s industrial partner to support operations of the training centre of Airbus Military A400M Atlas military transport aircraft French Air Force’s Air Force Base Nº 123 of Orléans-Bricy.
As well as supplying the aircraft’s full flight simulator, the company will have responsibility for planning training activities, supporting Airbus Military and French Air Force training staff, implementing training systems and maintaining the simulators.
This training centre, which has received qualification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will be used by Airbus Military to provide ab-initio training services for crews, and by the French Air force to provide advanced tactical training. The contract runs until 31 December 2017.
Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT- Elisra Ltd of Israel was selected for the integration and delivery of the company’s PAWS-2 (Passive Airborne Warning System PAWS-2) airborne electroni warfare solution onboard the JAS-39 Gripen combat aircraft from Saab of Sweden.
OPOSIA commander training system developed by Thales Training & Simulation (TTS) has entered service with the Armée de Terre (French Army). The system ordered by the French military procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l´Armement) has been deployed with French Army’s CENTAC (Centre d’ENTraînement Au Combat) combat training centre of Mailly-le-Camp.
Based on tactical simulation software developed by TTS, the new system immerses personnel in a highly realistic virtual tridimensional universe. For added realism, personnel use their own operational communication and information systems for the exercises.
It can be used to simultaneously train three digitised task force commanders, their subordinates and leaders of support units. This makes it possible to train up to 45 military personnel taking part in one or more exercises in a virtual theatre of operations.
TTS also developed and delivered the TACTIS tactical and technical simulation platform tailored for combined forces instruction and training of BAE Systems Hägglunds CV 90NL infantry fighting vehicles of the Royal Netherlands Army (RNA).
The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has taken delivery of a mission planning & analysis system in the final operative configuration for its fleet of NH Industries NH90 NFH multi-purpose naval helicopters. This delivery of the system follows the one released into service in 2011 and it is aimed at both supporting new aircraft functionalities and implementing enhancements based on operational feedback from more than one year of RNLN in service experience.
The RNLN is to receive a total of 20 NH90 NFH helicopters and was the first user to receive the naval variant aircraft in April 2010.