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LAAD 2011 Preview
The Amazon Giant Awakening – LAAD 2011 Preview

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Naval Rafales Launch First Combat Mission over Libya

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With Libyan Air Defense Neutralized, Coalition Air Forces Target Libyan Ground Forces

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Forward Deployed French, British Fighters

Typhoon
Coalition Strike Fighters Show Different Taste for Weapons

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Update: NATO Coalition Attack Hits Libyan Air Defenses

Helmet Mount Displa y Brownout Landing
MOD Introduces a Helmet Display for Landing in Brownout Conditions

T-6 Trainer
New JV Set Up To Offer Advanced Trainers for the Israel Air Force

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China J-20

Defense Update Aerospace Channel - March 2011

Photo Above: A B-2 Stealth bomber returns from a mission March 20, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenny Holston) (Read More About Operation Odyssy Dawn...)



Tornado GR4NATO Takes Control – Coordinating Air and Naval Blockade on Libya

The UN mandated operation against Libya has evolved in recent days into three parallel efforts – the enforcement of the ‘no fly zone’ over the country, ground attacks supporting and stimulating a rebel campaign repelling Gaddafi supporters, and a ‘drying’ Gaddafi’s military sustainment by enforcing a naval blockade, preventing reinforcements, weapons and ammunition shipments from reaching Libyan ports. (Read More...)

F15EWith Libyan Air Defense Neutralized, Coalition Air Forces Target Libyan Ground Forces

Following military pressure mounting with a third night of attack by the coalition, forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi were reported withdrawing from Benghazi. Shifting their pressure to the west on Tuesday, Gaddafi’s forces attacked two Libyan towns on the eastern border with Tunisia. Realizing that air strikes are not limited to air defense, but are now targeting mechanized formations near rebel concentrations, Libyan forces have taken alternative means of action, utilizing ‘urban guerilla’ type activities, by employing small dismounted formations and snipers to take out rebel targets.  (Read More...)

Naval Rafales Launch First Combat Mission over Libya

On Tuesday morning of March 22, early morning, the French aircraft carrier launched its first mission supporting operation Hartmattan, as Squadron 12E launched two of its Rafale F3 fighters on a four hour combat recce mission over Libya, with the fighters carrying air/air missiles and RECO NG reconnaissance pods, able to transfer aerial imagery in real-time to the combat operations center on the ship. (Read More...)

typhoonCoalition Strike Fighters Show Different Taste for Weapons

A collection of photos released today by the U.K and French Ministries of Defense illustrate some of the armmament configurations used by tcoalition air forces. These configurations take advantage of the multi-role nature of the Rafale. The fighters deployed today by the RAF included Tornado GR4 which flew combat missions from the U.K., and Typhoons which began deploying from a forward location in Gioia Del Colle, operating with the 906 Expeditionary Air Wing. (Read More...)

rafaleForward Deployed French, British Fighters

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has deployed to its area of operation with its full air group including F3 Rafale, Upgraded Super Etendard attack aircraft, E-2C airborne warning and control aircraft and EC-735 SAR helicopters. Part of the carrier group are the frigates Dupleix and Aconite and naval replenishment/tanker vessel Meuse. Two additional frigates the Forbin andJean Bart are already deployed in theater, supporting the coalition effort surface and aerial surveillance assisting the enforcement of the ‘No Fly Zone’. (Read More...)

rafaleUpdate: NATO Coalition Attack Hits Libyan Air Defenses

Last night the joint task force ‘Odyssey Dawn’, comprising U.S. Navy and Royal Navy surface ships and submarines launched a massive attack on Libya, firing 112 Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missiles. The missiles were fired from U.S. and British attack submarines and U.S. Navy surface ships. An airstrike with Storm Shadow cruise missiles was also launched by RAF Tornado GR4, flying straight from Marham airbase in the U.K., a 3,000 mile return flight. The attack targeted about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya’s Mediterranean coast. (Read More...)

BrownoutMOD Introduces a Helmet Display for Landing in Brownout Conditions

A Low Visibility Landing (LVL) system developed by Scientists from the British Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), could offer a solution for ‘helicopter brownout’ a situation that occurs when a pilot loses visual references due to dust or sand re-circulating during take-off or landing. Brownout poses a major safety concern and problem when operating helicopters in desert conditions. (Read More...)

IAF Trainer T-6New JV Set Up To Offer Advanced Trainers for the Israel Air Force

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems are launching a joint venture aimed at acquiring, operating and maintaining advanced training aircraft for the israel Air Force. The JV will operate under “Joint Entity” established under an agreement signed by the two companies today. The two companies will own equal shares in the new company. (Read More...)

RSAF MRTTFirst Flight for the New MRTT Royal Saudi Air Force Tanker

The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has successfully completed its maiden flight lasting 4hr 15min. Following the 15th March flight the aircraft now enters the final certification and qualification phase for this version of the A330 MRTT, prior for delivery to the customer later this year. (Read More...)

F-35CFive Marine Corps F-35Cs Units to Fly Off Navy Carriers

In an effort to minimize the alarming gap in its fixed-wing marine aviation capability, the U.S. Marine Corps is joining the U.S. Navy in buying 80 F-35C – the carrier-based conventional takeoff and landing variant of the joint strike fighter (JSF). Until the Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B variant is ready, the corps will deploy its fighters from U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. (Read More...)

LAAD 2011The Amazon Giant Awakening – LAAD 2011 Preview

On its path in becoming one of the world’s largest, fastest growing economies, Brazil offers aerospace, defense and homeland security companies an attractive growth market. Brazilian enterprises are involved in all domestic programs in this field and are leveraging domestic activities in developing regional and global reach. Spurring Brazilian demand for defense and homeland security is attracting major global arms exporters, particularly the European companies that have suffered dramatic cuts in domestic orders, seeking export markets to improve their backlog. At the same time, they also face growing competition from those countries they seeking to cooperate with – Brazil, Singapore, South Africa or South Korea. (Read More...)

Kc135 GuardianGuardian Add-On Missile-Defense System Being Tested on a KC135 Tanker

A U.S. Air National Guard’s KC-135 air refueling aircraft equipped with the Northrop Grumman Guardian Anti-Missile Defense System has completed air worthiness flight testing and will soon commence the Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE). The aircraft, operating with the 190th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) began flight testing on January 11, 2011 and is scheduled to continue the OUE activities through the second quarter of 2011, to include additional flights and system tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Read More...)

Kfir Sri LankaA Sri-Lankan Pilot Killed When Two Kfirs Collide in Mid-Air

Two Sri-Lanka Air Force (SLAF) IAI Kfir jet fighters operating from the Katunayake Air Base have collided in mid-air when flying in tight formation, rehearsing a fly past in preparation for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Air Force. According to a preliminary investigation, one of the pilots, 28 year old Flight Lieutenant Monath Perera lost control of the aircraft and collided with the lead aircraft, flown by No. 10 Squadron Leader Vajira Jayakody. Jayakody managed to eject safely but Perera failed to eject and was killed in the crash. (Read More...)

TankerBoeing Wins the U.S. Air Force KC-X Program

The Pentagon announced Boeing has been awarded over US$3.5 Billion in fixed price, incentive firm contract for engineering and manufacturing development of the KC-46A (formerly KC-X) aerial refuieling tanker. The awarded amount will buy 18 NewGen tankers to be delivered by 2017. Basing decisions for the aircraft will take place over the next couple of years. The proposed tanker uses the Boeing 767-200 platform, enhanced with a ’787 cockpit and fitted with a refueling boom derived from the KC-10 aircraft. (Read More...)

F-35AFirst production F-35A Takes Off

The first production model of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II made its inaugural flight February 25, 2011, in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Air Force this spring. The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant – designed to meet U.S. Air Force requirements – is also the primary export version of the Lightning II. The air forces of Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway and Israel will employ the F-35A. (Read More...)

AEWEmbraer Unveils the First EMB-145 Modified for AEW Platform for the Indian DRDO

mbraer presented today at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil the first of three EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms developed for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). (Read More...)