Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand and Pilatus Aircraft have completed the initial production test flight of the first Pilatus Aircraft PC-21 training aircraft destined for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

An initial seven-year program contract valued at AUD1.2 billion was awarded by Australia December 2015 to purchase 49 aircraft to meet the requirements of project AIR 5428. This first PC-21 aircraft will be handed over to the RAAF in June 2017 after completion of testing and verification work.

Under the prime contract, Lockheed Martin will provide overall project management for the pilot training system and deliver a family of integrated ground-based training technologies. Pilatus Aircraft will provide PC-21 turboprop training aircraft and through-life engineering and airworthiness support. Hawker Pacific will provide maintenance services and fleet support.

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The German Ministry of Defence procurement agency (BAAInBw) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a contract to provide Heron 1 unmanned surveillance aircraft to support the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) mission in Mali.

Similar to the mission in Afghanistan active since 2010, the unmanned aerial systems will be leased from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and operated by Airbus. The operations in Mali will start in November 2016 and are initially planned until February 2018.

On 1 July 2016, the Bundeswehr has taken over responsibility for the intelligence unit in Mali from the Netherlands.

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The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of comprehensive number of airborne guidance kits worth an estimated USD785 million.

The UAE request is for 7,700 GBU-10 guidance kits with Mk-84/BLU-117 bombs, 5,940 GBU-12 guidance kits with Mk-82/BLU-111 bombs, 500 GBU-31V1 guidance kits with Mk-84/BLU- 117 bombs, plus 500 guidance kits with BLU-109 bombs, and 14,640 FMU-152 fuzes.

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The Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has announced the expansion of its international presence with the opening of a new commercial delegation in Bergen, Norway, that will be operative since 20 July.

Navantia has a contract for the maintenance of the five Nansen-class combat frigates, designed and built by the Spanish firm between 2000 and 2011.

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CONTROP Precision Technologies announced the release of the SHAPO-HD electro-optical/infrared camera payload for helicopters.

The SHAPO-HD is a compact and lightweight (9.4″ in diameter, and 24 lbs) payload, which includes a high resolution thermal camera with x15 continuous zoom lens, high-definition color continuous zoom day camera with low light mode and a laser range finder and\or laser pointer as options.

CONTROP SHAPO-HD INSTALLATION b(CONTROP Precision Technologies).

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The first of six Boeing CH-47F Chinook military transport helicopter was delivered to the Turkish Land Forces Command on July 14.

The aircraft was manufactured in the U.S. and shipped to İzmir, Turkey where it was assembled before being flown to Ankara.

Turkey’s procurement agency, the SSM had signed a foreign military sales contract worth nearly USD400 million in 2011 to buy six of the airlifter. The first three aircraft will be delivered by the end of August, the remaining three by November.

Another five identical helicopters are planned to be delivered in 2018.

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The Thales LMM (Lightweight Multirole Missile) multirole missile system and Aselsan MILAS (Missile Launcher System) have completed a qualification firing exercise by engaging a naval target representative of a fast inshore attack craft.The MILAS launched can be fitted with up to four LMM missiles. It is coupled to a stabilized electro-optical payload incorporating the Thales Catherine MP infrared camera which guides the missispan 

The LMM has been selected to arm Leonardo Wildcat attack helicopters fielded by United Kingdom’s British Army and Royal Navy.

LMM_Aselsan launcher©Thales b(Thales).

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