Paris Air Show 2015 military aviation roundup


Here are details of military orders and announcements made during the Paris Air Show last week.

Lockheed Martin and Terma signed an agreement on June 15 to collaborate on the F-35 ‘Lightning II’ Joint Strike Fighter as long as the aircraft is selected. The Danish firm received $300mn in related business since joining the programme in 2000.

Pratt & Whitney announced on June 15 that its F135 engine successfully completed its first engine start and ground run in the first F-35 assembled outside of the US, in the Italian F-35 Final Assembly Check-Out (FACO) on June 2.

Boeing announced on June 15 that the Qatar Emiri Air Force has agreed to purchase 4 additional C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft, thus doubling its fleet.

Safran signed on June 15 a contract with the Egyptian MoD for the acquisition of AASM ‘Hammer’ air-to-ground munitions, following the purchase in February of 24 Rafale fighter jets. First units are expected to be delivered by the end of 2016.

Embraer Defense & Security and the Malian MoD signed on June 15 a contract for the acquisition of 6 A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training turboprops. The contract includes logistic support and training system for local pilots and mechanics.

Airbus Defense & Space announced on June 16 that Saudi Aarabia has ordered 4 C295W military transport and patrol aircraft for an undisclosed amount.

On June 16, during the Paris Air Show, the French Ministry of Defense announced that the deal for 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets to be sold to India would be “signed in 1 or 2 months.”

Boeing announced on June 16 that it was willing to sell used A-10 ‘Warthogs’ attack aircraft abroad as the US Air Force is retiring its fleet of 300 units over the coming years.

Lockheed Martin announced on June 16 it will partner with Bombardier and Raytheon to compete for the US Air Force’s next-generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) replacement.

Derco Aerospace, Eaton, Honeywell International, and UTC Aerospace Systems announced on June 16 that they will cooperate to provide a web-based component MRO offering for operators of the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter.

Lockheed Martin announced on June 16 it is handing off its Hybrid Airship to a commercial reseller, Hybrid Enterprises. The company will now accept orders for commercial production variants of the hybrid airship.

Pakistan Air Force announced on June 16 it has received its first export deal for the JF-17 Thunder Fighter jet to an undisclosed Asian nation.

Russian company United Aircraft Corporation announced on June 16 it plans to deliver 3 more prototypes of the T-50 PAK-FA stealth fighter jet to the Russian MoD for testing in 2016.

The UK Defence & Security Organization (DSO) announced on June 16 that the order for a 2nd batch of Typhoon combat jets for Saudi Arabia could be delayed due to the death of the country’s Air Force commander.

Turkish Aerospace Industries and the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 16, making the latter engine provider for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (TLUH) programme. The company will fit the Honeywell/Rolls-Royce CTS800 engine on the utility machine.

France announced on June 16 it will issue a Request for Proposal (RfP) by year-end to replace its Dassault Alpha jet trainers. The potential order could be 20 to 25 aircraft plus ground training systems and 12,000 flight hours a year.

Antonov unveiled a new programme for a jet-powered military and civil transport, called An-188, a variant of the An-70. The future aircraft will have a max take-off weight of 140t and payload of 40t, and will be able to operate from unpaved airstrips.

Lockheed Martin revealed on June 17 that it is partnering with Raytheon and Bombardier to offer an “ultra-long range” Global Express-based joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft to the US Air Force to replace its 16 Northrop E-8C JSTARS.

Originally published by ADIT – The Bulletin.