Airforce Technology-Updates The latest content updates from the www.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 USAF uses new 3D laser technology to maintain ageing KC-135 Stratotankers http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-uses-new-3-d-laser-technology-to-maintain-ageing-kc-135-stratotankers-4562762 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-uses-new-3-d-laser-technology-to-maintain-ageing-kc-135-stratotankers-4562762 The US Air Force's (USAF) 92nd Maintenance Squadron (92nd MXG) is using a new 3D laser imaging technology to maintain the ageing KC-135 Stratotankers at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Mexican Air Force receives first C-130K Hercules aircraft http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsmexican-air-force-receives-first-c-130k-hercules-aircraft-4562755 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsmexican-air-force-receives-first-c-130k-hercules-aircraft-4562755 The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has received the first upgraded C-130K Hercules aircraft from Cascade Aerospace during a ceremony at the recent Feria Aeroespacial Mexico Air Show in Santa Lucia, Mexico. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Hezbollah builds airstrip for UAVs in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newshezbollah-builds-airstrip-for-uavs-in-lebanons-bekaa-valley-4562766 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newshezbollah-builds-airstrip-for-uavs-in-lebanons-bekaa-valley-4562766 Lebanese Shi'a militant group Hezbollah has built an airstrip to operate its fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Bekaa Valley in north-east of the country, IHS Jane's Defense Weekly has claimed. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT AFRL develops Enhanced Surrogate Predator 3 UAV http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsafrl-develops-enhanced-surrogate-predator-3-uav-4562741 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsafrl-develops-enhanced-surrogate-predator-3-uav-4562741 The US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Surrogate Predator Programme has modified a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cessna 182 aircraft for use in military training exercises. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT New Zealand to sell ten ageing UH-1H Iroquois utility helicopters http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsnew-zealand-to-sell-ten-ageing-uh-1h-iroquois-utility-helicopters-4560519 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsnew-zealand-to-sell-ten-ageing-uh-1h-iroquois-utility-helicopters-4560519 The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has invited tenders from prospective buyers for the air force's surplus UH-1H Iroquois utility helicopters. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Thales to supply SMART-L EWC radars and services to Dutch military http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsthales-to-supply-smart-l-ewc-radars-and-services-to-dutch-military-4561611 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsthales-to-supply-smart-l-ewc-radars-and-services-to-dutch-military-4561611 Thales has been awarded contracts for the supply of air defence systems and services to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD). Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT USAF retires last MC-130P Combat Shadows from Pacific region http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-retires-last-mc-130p-combat-shadows-from-pacific-region-4561625 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-retires-last-mc-130p-combat-shadows-from-pacific-region-4561625 The US Air Force's (USAF) 17th Special Operations Squadron (17th SOS) retired the last two MC-130P Combat Shadow special mission aircraft from the Pacific region. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Rockwell Collins’ FireStorm system demonstrates interoperability with F-35 fighter http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsrockwell-collins-firestorm-system-demonstrates-interoperability-with-f-35-fighter-4561597 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsrockwell-collins-firestorm-system-demonstrates-interoperability-with-f-35-fighter-4561597 Rockwell Collins' FireStorm targeting system has demonstrated its interoperability with the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft during testing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, US. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT USAF and Army and coalition partners hone strategic airlift capabilities http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-army-and-coalition-partners-hone-strategic-airlift-capabilities-4560528 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-army-and-coalition-partners-hone-strategic-airlift-capabilities-4560528 Military personnel from the US Air Force's (USAF) 317th Airlift Group (317th AG) participated in Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise (CJOAX) 15-01 at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, US. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Poland selects Patriot missile system for WISLA programme http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newspoland-selects-patriot-missile-system-for-wisla-programme-4560568 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newspoland-selects-patriot-missile-system-for-wisla-programme-4560568 The Polish Ministry of National Defence has selected Raytheon's Patriot surface-to-air missile defence system for its multi-billion dollar medium-range air and missile defence (AMD) system programme. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Saudi-led coalition launches fresh air strikes in Yemen http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newssaudi-led-coalition-launches-fresh-air-strikes-in-yemen-4560531 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newssaudi-led-coalition-launches-fresh-air-strikes-in-yemen-4560531 The Saudi-led military coalition has launched a new round of airstrikes on the Houthi rebels and their allies in the Yemeni central city of Taiz and the southern port of Aden. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT USAF to start testing phase for women in combat roles this month http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-to-start-testing-phase-for-women-in-combat-roles-this-month-4559445 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-to-start-testing-phase-for-women-in-combat-roles-this-month-4559445 The US Air Force (USAF) is set to conduct the physical evaluations required to explore opening the last six career fields currently closed to female soldiers. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT US soldiers conduct Exercise Gunfighter Flag 15-2 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsus-soldiers-conduct-exercise-gunfighter-flag-15-2-4559419 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsus-soldiers-conduct-exercise-gunfighter-flag-15-2-4559419 Airmen from the US Air Force's (USAF) 366th Fighter Wing and the 266th Range Squadron conducted a joint training exercise with sailors, marines and the army national guardsmen at Saylor Creek Range, Idaho, US. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Russia ships second S-400 missile system to Kamchatka Peninsula http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsrussia-ships-second-s-400-missile-system-to-kamchatka-peninsula-4559423 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsrussia-ships-second-s-400-missile-system-to-kamchatka-peninsula-4559423 Russia has reportedly delivered the second S-400 Triumf air defence missile system to Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Danish Air Force plans to begin Challenger 604 mid-life upgrade in 2018 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsdanish-air-force-plans-to-begin-challenger-604-mid-life-upgrade-in-2018-4559416 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsdanish-air-force-plans-to-begin-challenger-604-mid-life-upgrade-in-2018-4559416 The Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) is reportedly planning to start a mid-life upgrade (MLU) of its Bombardier CL-604 Challenger maritime patrol aircraft fleet by 2018. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Kazakhstan Air Force receives Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newskazakhstan-air-force-receives-sukhoi-su-30sm-fighter-aircraft-4558385 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newskazakhstan-air-force-receives-sukhoi-su-30sm-fighter-aircraft-4558385 The Kazakhstan Air Force has received four Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker C fighter aircraft from Irkut Corporation, a part of the Sukhoi Group. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT AFRL confirms feasibility of REL’s SABRE engine concept http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsafrl-confirms-feasibility-of-rels-sabre-engine-concept-4558439 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsafrl-confirms-feasibility-of-rels-sabre-engine-concept-4558439 An analysis undertaken by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has confirmed the feasibility of Reaction Engines Ltd's (REL) synergetic air-breathing rocket engine (SABRE) cycle concept. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT USAF consolidates B-1 fleets and LRS-B programme under AFGSC http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-consolidates-b-1-fleets-and-lrs-b-programme-under-afgsc-4558431 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusaf-consolidates-b-1-fleets-and-lrs-b-programme-under-afgsc-4558431 The US Air Force (USAF) has realigned B-1 Lancer bomber fleets and long-range strike-bomber (LRS-B) programme under a unified command. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Exelis supplies additional GPS OCX encryptors to Raytheon http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsexelis-supplies-additional-gps-ocx-encryptors-to-raytheon-4556664 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsexelis-supplies-additional-gps-ocx-encryptors-to-raytheon-4556664 Exelis has handed over additional enhanced ground encryptors to Raytheon for use with the US Air Force's (USAF) Global Positioning System III satellite's next-generation operational control system (GPS OCX). Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT Raytheon wins $2bn contract to supply Patriot air and missile defence system http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsraytheon-wins-2bn-contract-to-supply-patriot-air-and-missile-defence-system-4557469 http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsraytheon-wins-2bn-contract-to-supply-patriot-air-and-missile-defence-system-4557469 Raytheon has secured a $2bn contract to supply the combat-proven Patriot air and missile defence system to an undisclosed international customer. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:00:00 GMT