Monthly Archives: June 2016

Russia delivers shipment of Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopters to Iraq

By Nikolai Litovkin, Russia Beyond the Headlines   |   June 30, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Russia’s Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter. Photo by Alan Wilson/Wikimedia Commons

Russia’s arms export agency Rosoboronexport has delivered a dozen Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters to Iraq in accordance with a 2012 agreement, says a source within the Russian defense industry.

“The contract indicates that a total of 48 Mi-28N helicopters will be supplied to the Iraqi air force,” said the source.

According to Dmitry Safonov, military observer at the Izvestiya newspaper, the contract to supply Iraq with the helicopters is estimated at $4.2 billion and the cost of the combat helicopters — with equipment and arms — that have already been supplied is more than $1 billion.

Mi-28N helicopters were used in the operation to liberate the city of Palmyra in Syria, which ended on March 27.

This video shows the destruction of an Islamic State armored vehicle with the help of guided anti-tank missiles and afterward, the elimination of militants in a Palmyra house.

This is the first evidence of the use of the Night Hunter against IS militants. Earlier, these helicopters were used only for guarding the Kheimim airbase, where the Russian air force group was stationed.

This article originally appeared at Russia Beyond the Headlines.


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First RAF F-35B stealth fighter jet lands in UK Fairford RIAT – Video

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Published on Jun 29, 2016

An RAF F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter has landed in the UK for the first time after crossing the Atlantic.
The aircraft, piloted by Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, was accompanied by two other F-35Bs from the United States Marine Corps.
They touched down at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire just before 20:00 BST on Wednesday, watched by aviation enthusiasts waiting outside the base.
The supersonic jets were supported by refuelling tankers for the crossing.
They will be displayed at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show over the next few weeks.
It is the first time an RAF F-35 has made the transatlantic crossing to the UK from the US.

RAF Fairford 29th June 2016



Published on Jun 29, 2016

The arrival of the F-35 in the UK

F 35B lightning lands at RAF Fairford in UK for the first time

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Published on Jun 29, 2016

The RAF’s state-of-the art new fighter jet touched down in the UK for the first time tonight.
The world’s most advanced stealth aircraft landed at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, after flying from the US with a Briton at the controls.


First RAF Stealth Fighter Jet Lands In UK

Thursday, 30th June 2016 09:01

The first of the RAF’s new fleet of supersonic £100m fighter jets has touched down in the UK.

The F-35B Lightning II – the world’s most advanced stealth combat aircraft – arrived on British soil for the first time overnight at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

It was flown by RAF pilot Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols on its maiden nine-hour transatlantic crossing.

Ther state-of-the-art fighter jet was accompanied by two United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft from their training base at Beaufort, South Carolina.

The combined British and American team of aircrew and engineers are in the UK to demonstrate just what the supersonic aircraft can do.

Aviation enthusiasts will be able to catch a glimpse of them when they are showcased at the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough International Air Show over the coming weeks.

The aircraft is due to enter service with the Royal Navy and RAF from 2018.

The F-35 has three main models. The F-35A is a conventional take-off and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take-off and vertical-landing variant and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant.

According to the RAF, The Lightning II design “applies stealth technology manufacturing techniques to minimise its radar signature”.

“It will put the RAF at the forefront of fighter technology and will give it a true multi-role aircraft that will surpass the majority of other weapons systems in production today, or envisaged in the foreseeable future.”

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The F-35Bs are the most advanced fast jets in the world.

“Whether operating from land or from one of our two new aircraft carriers, they will ensure we have a formidable fighting force.”



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KC-390 confirmed for Farnborough debut

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Embraer is to give its developmental KC-390 tanker/transport an international debut at the Farnborough air show, ahead of a multi-national promotional tour for the jet-powered type.

One of two flight-test examples will make the journey across the Atlantic, initially arriving on 4 July at the Alverca site of OGMA, the Portuguese aerostructures supplier which is 65% owned by Embraer. The company builds parts, including the main fuselage, for the programme. The aircraft will then transfer to the UK show around two days later, Embraer says.

During its stay in Portugal, the International Aero Engines V2500-powered type will be demonstrated to the Portuguese air force, which has signed a letter of intent (LoI) to acquire six examples. These are expected replace its Lockheed Martin C-130Hs, which are due to be retired in around 2018.

However, Portugal – which is a strategic partner in the KC-390 programme – has yet to sign a firm contract for the airlifters, and its socialist government has shown little urgency to firm up its tentative commitment.

So far Brazil, with a deal for 28 units, is the only confirmed customer for the KC-390. However, a number of other nations have signed LoIs covering an additional 32 examples. Embraer is confident these will be converted into firm orders, although it offers no timeframe.

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“It would make no sense to give you a forecast, but I can only say to you that we are very positive,” said Jackson Schneider, chief executive of Embraer’s defence division, at a 28 June pre-Farnborough briefing in Évora, Portugal.

“I think the presentation at Farnborough will create a new momentum,” he adds.

Aside from Portugal, the demonstration tour will take in the Czech Republic, the programme’s other European partner, with a LoI for two aircraft. The KC-390 will also visit a number of other prospective customer nations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, says Schneider.

A second prototype joined the programme in May, and so far the two flight-test articles have accumulated around 320h. “We are hitting all the goals that we set out at the beginning of the process,” Schneider says.

Recent test points covered have included in-flight opening of the ramp and cargo door, and paratroop and cargo air drop trials.

In addition, high- and low-speed extension of the hose and drogue refuelling system has been performed. Refuelling trials are due to take place in the second half of 2016, says Schneider.

Other evaluations this year will include crosswind trials to be held in Chile, another tentative customer for the type.

Certification and initial operating capability are scheduled for the second half of 2017, ahead of first delivery to the Brazilian air force in 2018. Embraer is “on target” to meet this revised deadline, he says.

Initial components – wing skins and the horizontal and vertical stabilisers – for the first customer aircraft are in production at Embraer’s Évora factory, and are due for delivery to the Gaviao Peixoto final assembly line in September or October.


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