Cessna bolsters Grand Caravan EX versatility with hard point provisions

Cessna Aircraft Company today announced it has recently received certification for and is now offering hard point provisions for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX. These hard points expand the aircraft’s versatility by allowing operators additional mission capabilities such as extended range with additional fuel tanks, increased cargo space, agricultural operations and the ability to configure the aircraft … Read more

British Army orders 50 AH-64E Apache helicopters

Boeing will deliver 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the British Army under an agreement signed between the U.S. and UK governments, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced today. The agreement is also a precursor to potential, significant long-term support opportunities for Boeing. David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence UK … Read more

Australian Army Takes Delivery of Three New Chinook Helicopters

Boeing delivered three H-47 Chinooks to the Australian Army, only 85 days after receiving the order, thanks to excellent cooperation with Australia and the U.S. Army. The deliveries increase Australia’s CH-47F Chinook fleet to 10, all of which were delivered early. “The increase from seven to 10 CH-47F Chinooks represents a significant increase to the … Read more

First Airbus A400M for Spain leaves the paintshop

The first Airbus A400M destined for the Spanish Air Force has finished its painting process and appeared in the colours of the customer. The aircraft, production number MSN44, left the paintshop at the final assembly line (FAL) in Seville and will now undergo ground tests in preparation for its first flight in mid-July. The A400M was launched in … Read more

Lockheed Martin flies first T-50A upgraded aircraft for T-X Competition

Lockheed Martin successfully completed the initial flight test of its T-50A configured aircraft. The T-50A is the company’s aircraft offering in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition. “The aircraft in its new configuration with the 5th Gen cockpit and other upgrades performed flawlessly,” said Mark Ward, Lockheed Martin T-50A lead test pilot, after his flight in … Read more

Beechcraft signs support contract for the NATO Flying Training in Canada Program

Beechcraft Defense today announced it recently signed a contract with CAE, to provide service support for the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program. The NFTC program currently operates 23 Beechcraft T-6A aircraft for military flight training. The five-year, cost-per-flight-hour contract provides aircraft logistics, spare parts, engineering and technical manual update support. “We are proud to expand our … Read more

Lockheed Martin delivers two KC-130J Super Hercules to Saudi Arabia

Lockheed Martin recently delivered two KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refuelers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to be operated by Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) crews.  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the 16th country to operate the C-130J Super Hercules to meet its refueling and airlift needs. Saudi Arabia has the distinction of having … Read more

Boeing and Paramount to collaborate on light multi-role aircraft

Boeing and the Paramount Group, the South Africa-based global defense and aerospace business, have expanded their 2014 agreement to cooperate on an advanced mission system for a variant of the Advanced, High Performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (AHRLAC).A high-wing, two-seat aircraft, AHRLAC is designed to incorporate advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and weapons systems. … Read more

U.S. Air Force KC-46A tanker completes first flight

The Boeing test team successfully completed the first flight of the program’s second KC-46A tanker aircraft yesterday, taking off from Paine Field and landing later at Boeing Field in Seattle. During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems. “Adding a second tanker to the flight test program … Read more

First Italian Air Force HH-101A “Caesar” enters service

Finmeccanica and the Italian Air Force celebrated today the entry into operational service of their first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, during an official ceremony at Cervia Air Base. A total of four HH-101A “CAESAR” helicopters, out of a total requirement of 15, have been delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s assembly line in Yeovil(UK) to date, and will be used … Read more