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September 01, 2017
Elbit upgrading F-5 fighters of unidentified country
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Elbit Systems of Israel is to upgrade F-5 fighter jets from an unidentified country in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced on Tuesday. The contract is worth about $93 million, the company said, and the work will be performed over a three-year period. "We are proud to have been selected to perform this upgrade program, building on our vast know-how and experience in F-5 modernization projects," Elbit Systems Aerospace Division's General Manager Yoram Shmuely said in a press rel ... read more

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General Dynamics Land Systems has received a $310.6 million contract for engineering changes to the M1A2 Abrams tank System Enhancement Package Version 3, the Department of Defense announced on Friday. ... more
U.S. Army tests JETS forward observer targeting system
Soldiers at Fort Bragg have completed durability testing with the Joint Effects Targeting System for forward observers calling in artillery and airstrikes, the Army announced on Friday. ... more
Boeing offers to build F/A-18 Super Hornet in India
Boeing has proposed the construction of a manufacturing facility in India for the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter planes as part of the nation's planned acquisition of 57 carrier-based multi-role fighter aircraft. ... more
U.S. Air Force to receive first fully operational F-35A squadron
The U.S. Air Force is poised to activate its first fully combat capable squadron of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets following completion of software upgrades. ... more
Air China net profit up despite rising fuel costs
Flag carrier Air China said its first-half net profit grew only slightly as surging jet fuel costs cut into higher revenue earned from growing Chinese travel demand. ... more
Higher fuel costs pressure Chinese airline profits
Asia's biggest carrier China Southern Airlines said higher jet fuel costs clipped its profit in the first half, while China Eastern earnings rose but only with the help of a one-off asset sale. ... more
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
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Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney contracted by Air Force for power system support
Honeywell International and Pratt and Whitney have received requirements contracts totaling $27 million for engineering and research and development on secondary power systems for multiple platforms of the U.S. Air Force. ... more

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Leidos receives $727M contract for Afghan Air Force support
Leidos Innovation Group has received a $727.7 million contract for support of the Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft fleets, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday. ... more
Israel finalises deal for 17 more F-35 stealth fighters
Israel has finalised a deal to purchase 17 more F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the ultra-high-tech jets already ordered, the defence ministry said Sunday. ... more
Wing shape helps swifts glide through storms, study suggests
They are among nature's best fliers, spending most of their time in flight ... now scientists have shed new light on how swifts can glide with ease, whatever the weather. A new study suggests ... more
Face scans, robot baggage handlers - airports of the future
Passengers' baggage is collected by robots, they relax in a luxurious waiting area complete with an indoor garden before getting a face scan and swiftly passing through security and immigration - this could be the airport of the future. ... more
Huntington Ingalls picked to refurbish USS Fitzgerald
The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged in a collision off the coast of Japan, is to be repaired and refurbished by Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Navy said Wednesday. ... more
Israel finalizes deal for additional F-35 stealth fighters
Israel announced this weekend it is acquiring 17 additional F-35 Lightning II multi-role fighters from Lockheed Martin, which will bring the Israeli Air Force fleet of the jets to 50. ... more
BAE taps Harris Corporation for antennas on U.S. Air Force aircraft
Harris Corporation's phased array antennas are being supplied to BAE Systems to help protect the U.S. Air Force's AC/MC-130J aircraft from electronic warfare threats. ... more
L-3 receives $173M contract for T-45 trainer testing
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace is receiving a $173 million contract for depot level maintenance, logistics and engineering for flight testing of the T-45 Goshawk training aircraft, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. ... more

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Military contractor rescued after ejecting during a Navy training exercise
The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have rescued a contractor who ejected from his training aircraft more than a hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, Calif. ... more
Boeing receives $222.5M contract for Chinook helicopters for Saudi Arabia
The Boeing Co.-Philadelphia has received a $222.5 million modification to an existing contract for the delivery of eight CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the Royal Saudi Land Forces. ... more
Lockheed Martin receives $427.1M for F-35 production
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is receiving a $427.1 million order against an existing contract for ancillary and pilot flight equipment for F-35 Lightning II production, the Department of Defense announced on Monday. ... more
India clears $650 mn Boeing army chopper deal: defence sources
India approved a $650 million purchase of six attack choppers Thursday from US aviation giant Boeing, officials said, as it boosts its military might amid border tensions with China and Pakistan. ... more
US Army chopper disappears on Hawaii training mission
A US Army helicopter has gone missing during a night training mission off Hawaii, officials said Wednesday amid reports five crewmen were missing. ... more
Search on for five missing in US Army chopper crash
Military aircraft were searching the seas off Hawaii for five crewmembers of a US Army helicopter that went missing earlier in the week, the Army said Thursday. ... more
L3 receives contract for Kuwaiti KC-130J work
L3 Vertex Aerospace is being awarded an $8.9 million contract to provide Kuwait with maintenance and logistics on the KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. ... more
Lockheed Martin to hire 1,000 more workers for F-35 production in Fort Worth
Lockheed Martin is planning to hire 1,000 workers for F-35 Lightning II fighter production at its plant in Fort Worth, Texas. ... more
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