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ApacheU.S. Congress Asked to Pre-Approve Apache Block III Sale to India

AN-22Russian Air Force Suspends An-22, Tu-95M Operations after an An-22 Crash

J20China’s 5th Generation Fighter Exposed?

T-346 TrainerAlenia Aermacchi rolls-out of first two T-346A trainers for the Italian Air Force

Osprey CV-22Investigation Rules Out Enemy Fire, Brownout as Possible Causes for the CV-22 Crash in Afghanistan

Tornado italy
Italian Air Force Tornado Strike Fighters Deploy to Israel for Desert Training

Carmel FireInternational Aerial Group Supports Israel's Firefighting Campaign in Mt. Carmel

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AAAI Transformers

Eight Italian Tornado strike fighters deployed to Israel Air Force (IAF) Base at Ovda for eight days. The visit came two weeks after elements from four IAF squadrons deployed to Sardinia for two weeks of training. (Read More...)
photo: Amir Segev, courtesy of Sky-High.co.il

Defense Update Aerospace Channel - December 2010



ApacheU.S. Congress Asked to Pre-Approve Apache Block III Sale to India

India is interested in buying 22 AH-64D Block III APACHE Helicopters from the USA. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress on a possible Foreign Military Sale of these helicopters, as part of a package worth about US$1.4 billion. The Indians are evaluating the Block III Apache among several other options for the Air Forces’ next generation attack helicopter. (Read More...)

AN-22Russian Air Force Suspends An-22, Tu-95M Operations after an An-22 Crash

The Russian Air Force command has grounded the entire fleet of its Antonov An-22 transports and Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers after an An-22 crash yesterday killing all twelve crew on board. (Read More...)

China fighterChengdu J-20 - China's 5th Generation Fighter

Reports coming form internet sites in China have published images of a large, stealth-like aircraft that, if confirmed, could be the first hard evidence of China’s new 5th Genaration multirole aircraft.  The images show the parked aircraft being inspected, and taxiing along a taxiway at an unnamed airport. (Read More...)

T-346Alenia Aermacchi rolls-out of first two T-346A trainers for the Italian Air Force

The first two M-346 advanced trainers rolled out today from the Alenia Aermacchi assembly line at the company’s factory at Venegono Superiore near Varese, in North Western Italy. The two are leading planes from the first batch of six aircraft on order for the Italian Air Force. The facility operates a highly automated production line currently processing four additional aircraft for the Italian Air Force aircraft and 12 trainers ordered by the Republic of Singapore Air Force. (Read More...)

Osprey CV-22Investigation Rules Out Enemy Fire, Brownout as Possible Causes for the CV-22 Crash in Afghanistan

The CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that crashed in Qalat, Afghanistan on April 8, 2010 was not hit by enemy fire, an Air Force Investigation has ruled out hostile action or brownout as possible causes of the crash. However, the investigation could not find a definitive cause for the fatal crash, in absence of data from the flight incident recorder (the ‘black box’) that was destroyed in the crash. (Read More...)

Hybrid Helicopter Reach initial 180 knots speed target

On November 29 the X-3 reached the initial speed marker flying at a speed of 180 knots, an altitude of 12,500 ft. and performed maneuvers up to 60 degrees angle of bank. Following several months of inspections, Eurocopter will aim for the next target - exceeding the speed of 220 knots, planned for March 2011. By the end of 2011, Eurocopter hopes to be in a position to decide if a program should be launched. If so, a six-year time to market is planned. The concept is aimed at allowing Eurocopter to bring to market a high-speed Super Puma- or Dauphin-sized rotorcraft before the end of the decade. While others are opting to pursue higher speeds, Eurocopter believes 220-230 knots is the sweet spot.

TornadoItalian Air Force Tornado Strike Fighters Deploy to Israel for Desert Training

Eight Italian Tornado strike fighters deployed to Israel Air Force (IAF) Base at Ovda for eight days. The visit came two weeks after elements from four IAF squadrons deployed to Sardinia for two weeks of training. (Read More...)

C17 crashPilot Over Confidence Contributes to Fatal C-17 Crash in Alaska

A U.S. Air Force investigation of a fatal crash of a C-17A Globemaster III aircraft on July 28, 2010 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska was caused by pilot error. he accident occurred when the  aircraft (tail number 00-0173) practiced for the Arctic Thunder Air Show scheduled at the base on that weekend. After the initial climb out and left turn, the pilot executed an aggressive right turn.  (Read More...)

 

Embraer Establishes a New Unit Dedicated to Defense & Security Markets

Brazil’s Aerospace company Embraer announced the creation of Embraer Defense and Security, a subsidiary focusing  on defense and security markets worldwide. (Read More...)

Launch of Three Russian Navigational Satellites Fail

A Russian Proton-M rocket failed to launch three Glonass satellites into orbit today. The Proton-M carrier launcher, took off from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan riding on a DM-3 booster, went off course by 8 degrees. (Read More...)

fire carmelInternational Aerial Group Supports Israel's Firefighting Campaign in Mt. Carmel

Faced with the worst forest fire since last Wednesday, Israel mobilized all firefighters, law enforcement and Home Front command in an effort to fight the blaze burning Jewish, Druze and Arab settlements across the mountain. Lacking effective rapid response capable of fighting the fire in the dense, dry vegetation, firefighters called air support which was too late and too small to handle the fire, which turned into a deadly firestorm killing 41 in wardens, policemen and firefighters trapped by the blaze. (Read More...)