Airforce Technology-Updates The latest content updates from the airforce-technology.com web site http://www.airforce-technology.com/ en-us http://www.airforce-technology.com/ Airforce Technology-Updates http://www.airforce-technology.com/content/images/logo_big.gif UK MoD Awards £1.5bn military air traffic management contract to Aquila http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsuk-mod-awards-15bn-military-air-traffic-management-contract-to-aquila-4421287 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsuk-mod-awards-15bn-military-air-traffic-management-contract-to-aquila-4421287 Thales and NATS joint venture firm Aquila has received a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to upgrade and sustain air traffic management (ATM) at military airfields in the UK and overseas. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Boeing 737 AEW&C Wedgetail Early Warning Aircraft http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/737aewc/ http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/737aewc/ The Commonwealth of Australia placed a contract worth more than $1bn with Boeing in December 2000 for the development and supply of the 737 AEW&C programme. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Airbus and Tata team-up for Indian Air Force’s Avro replacement contract http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsairbus-tata-team-up-for-indian-air-forces-avro-replacement-contract-4421298 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsairbus-tata-team-up-for-indian-air-forces-avro-replacement-contract-4421298 Airbus Defence and Space has signed a cooperation agreement with Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) to submit a joint bid for a contract to replace the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Avro aircraft fleet. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT USAF launches eighth Boeing GPS IIF satellite on-board Atlas 5 Rocket http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-successfully-launches-eighth-boeing-gps-iif-satellite-onboard-atlas-5-rocket-4422713 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-successfully-launches-eighth-boeing-gps-iif-satellite-onboard-atlas-5-rocket-4422713 The US Air Force (USAF) has successfully test-launched the eighth Boeing-built global positioning system (GPS) IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (AFS) in Florida, US. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Lockheed and Pentagon Principle Agreement for Eighth F-35 Batch http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newslockheed-pentagon-principle-agreement-for-eighth-f-35-batch-4419600 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newslockheed-pentagon-principle-agreement-for-eighth-f-35-batch-4419600 Lockheed Martin and the US Department of Defense (DoD) has have reached an agreement in principle for the eight low-rate initial production (LRIP 8) batch of F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Argentina’s Gripen deal – a threat to the Falkland Islands? http://www.airforce-technology.com/features/featureargentinas-gripen-deal-a-threat-to-the-falkland-islands-4421168/ http://www.airforce-technology.com/features/featureargentinas-gripen-deal-a-threat-to-the-falkland-islands-4421168/ Argentina has launched a bid to acquire 24 Saab Gripen E fighter jets off the back of a deal with Brazil. Some commentators were quick to label the proposal a threat to British interests in the Falkland Islands, but given Argentina's greatly depleted… Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT USAF Starts MC-130P Combat Shadow Retirement from Pacific http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-starts-mc-130p-combat-shadow-retirement-pacific-4419587 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-starts-mc-130p-combat-shadow-retirement-pacific-4419587 The US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is to retire the last group of MC-130P Combat Shadow special mission aircraft from the Pacific region this month. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Australia extends operations of Heron remotely piloted aircraft by six years http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsaustralia-extends-operations-of-heron-remotely-piloted-aircraft-by-six-years-4420675 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsaustralia-extends-operations-of-heron-remotely-piloted-aircraft-by-six-years-4420675 The Australian Department of Defence has decided to extend the operations of Heron remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) over the next six years. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Brazilian Air Force finalises Gripen NG contract with Saab http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsbrazilian-air-force-finalises-gripen-ng-contract-with-saab-4419014 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsbrazilian-air-force-finalises-gripen-ng-contract-with-saab-4419014 The Brazilian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a SEK39.3bn ($5.4bn) contract with Saab for the supply of Gripen Next-Generation (NG) fighter aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT UK MoD selects Raytheon and Thales for Mode 5 IFF modernisation http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsuk-mod-selects-raytheon-and-thales-for-mode-5-iff-modernisation-4417948 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsuk-mod-selects-raytheon-and-thales-for-mode-5-iff-modernisation-4417948 Raytheon UK-Thales UK team has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide an upgrade solution to the UK military’s identification friend or foe (IFF) systems. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT USAF opens F-35 academic training centre at Luke Air Force Base http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-opens-f-35-academic-training-centre-at-luke-air-force-base-4417938 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-opens-f-35-academic-training-centre-at-luke-air-force-base-4417938 The US Air Force (USAF) has opened the F-35 Lightning II Academic Training Centre (ATC) at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona, US. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Embraer awards KC-390 structural components supply contract to PPG http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsembraer-awards-kc-390-structural-components-supply-contract-to-ppg-4417346 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsembraer-awards-kc-390-structural-components-supply-contract-to-ppg-4417346 PPG Industries has been awarded a contract to design windshields for Embraer Defense and Security’s new KC-390 military transport aircraft. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT UK MoD plans to accelerate Brimstone integration on Typhoon jets http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsuk-mod-plans-accelerate-brimstone-integration-typhoon-jets-4417334 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsuk-mod-plans-accelerate-brimstone-integration-typhoon-jets-4417334 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is accelerating its plans to arm the Royal Air Force's (RAF) Typhoon jets with Brimstone air-to-surface missiles in the wake of the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT HAL Nashik completes upgrade of first IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newshal-nashik-completes-upgrade-of-first-iaf-su-30-mki-aircraft-4416384 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newshal-nashik-completes-upgrade-of-first-iaf-su-30-mki-aircraft-4416384 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has successfully completed the upgrade of first Su-30MKI multi-role combat aircraft at its facility in Nashik, Maharashtra, India. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Stimson’s Introduction to Airborne Radar, Third Edition http://www.airforce-technology.com/downloads/whitepapers/technical-publications/stimsons-introduction-to-airborne-radar-third-edition/ http://www.airforce-technology.com/downloads/whitepapers/technical-publications/stimsons-introduction-to-airborne-radar-third-edition/ Prompted by the advent of "stealth," the daunting prospect of ever more sophisticated radar countermeasures and the explosive growth of digital processing, this updated edition of Stimson's Introduction to Airborne Radar is the ONLY book to offer a c… Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:24:00 GMT T38 STILET Short Range Air Defence Missile System http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/t38-stilet-short-range-air-defence-missile-system/ http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/t38-stilet-short-range-air-defence-missile-system/ The T38 STILET is a short-range air defence missile system (ADMS) designed and built by Tetraedr to provide enhanced combat and performance capabilities to air defence units. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Roketsan, Lockheed partner new F-35 air-to-surface standoff missile http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsroketsan-lockheed-partner-new-f-35-air-to-surface-standoff-missile-4415832 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsroketsan-lockheed-partner-new-f-35-air-to-surface-standoff-missile-4415832 Roketsan has signed a teaming agreement with Lockheed Martin to manufacture a new generation air-to-surface standoff cruise missile for use on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Elbit contracted for F-5 fighter upgrade by undisclosed Asian country http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newselbit-contracted-for-f-5-fighter-upgrade-by-undisclosed-asian-country-4415824 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newselbit-contracted-for-f-5-fighter-upgrade-by-undisclosed-asian-country-4415824 Elbit Systems has been awarded contracts to upgrade the F-5 Freedom Fighter/Tiger supersonic fighter aircraft of an undisclosed Asian air force. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT Airbus to supply additional EC725 helicopters to Royal Thai Air Force http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsairbus-to-supply-additional-ec725-helicopters-to-royal-thai-air-force-4415850 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsairbus-to-supply-additional-ec725-helicopters-to-royal-thai-air-force-4415850 Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract to enhance Thai military’s airborne capabilities through the supply of two of its mission-ready helicopters. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:00 GMT The Oerlikon Skyshield® Air Defence System – Countering the Threat from Above http://www.airforce-technology.com/downloads/whitepapers/air-defence/the-oerlikon-skyshield-air-defence-system/ http://www.airforce-technology.com/downloads/whitepapers/air-defence/the-oerlikon-skyshield-air-defence-system/ In contemporary conflicts, where the threat is often asymmetric, attacks can come at any time and any place - especially from above. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:54:00 GMT