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F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. 

Military F-16 jet collides mid-air with private Cessna aircraft

Military F-16 jet collides mid-air with private Cessna aircraft

SHAW AFB, S.C., 7 July 2015. An F-16 C Fighting Falcon military aircraft from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, collided with a Cessna 150 private, two-seat, general aviation airplane near Joint Base Charleston at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Bell 525 Relentless commercial fly-by-wire helicopter achieves first flight

Bell 525 Relentless commercial fly-by-wire helicopter achieves first flight

AMARILLO, Texas, 7 July 2015. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the maiden flight of its Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopter at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.

Lockheed Martin ready to build 94 F-35 combat jets in $920.4 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 6 July 2015. The U.S. military is placing orders worth nearly a billion dollars with Lockheed Martin Corp. to prepare for building 94 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter combat jets. The order involves conventional and vertical takeoff and landing versions, as well as carrier versions.

Data Link Solutions, ViaSat win $957.2 million airborne tactical data link orders

SAN DIEGO, 6 July 2015. U.S. military radio communications experts are spending nearly a billion dollars for software-defined radio airborne tactical data link and networking equipment for aircraft, fixed sites, land vehicles, and surface warships.

Low-profile MIL-STD-1553 integrated terminal for avionics uses offered by Holt

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., 6 July 2015. Holt Integrated Circuits in Mission Viejo, Calif., is introducing the HI-2130 low-profile MIL-STD-1553 integrated terminal for military and commercial avionics applications. The device contains MIL-STD-1553 protocol logic, dual transceivers, and dual transformers in a low-profile compact package.

DRS selects Mountain Secure Systems to develop, produce ruggedized video management units for SABRE

LONGMONT, Colo., 2 July 2015. Mountain Secure Systems (MSS), a supplier of rugged electronic solutions and subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), won a two-year development and production contract from DRS Technologies Inc. to provide ruggedized video management units (VMUs) for the Surveillance and Battlefield Reconnaissance Equipment (SABRE) system from DRS Technologies. The SABRE sensor suite provides tactical air controllers with the ability to perform reconnaissance and targeting at extended ranges.

Air Force chooses solid-state data recorders from Calculex for F-15 jet aircraft

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 29 June 2015. U.S. Air Force avionics experts needed airborne data recorders for the Boeing F-15C/D jet fighter and for the F-15E fighter-bomber. They found their solution from Calculex Inc. in Las Cruces, N.M.

General Dynamics upgrades Marine Corps AV-8B jump jet avionics computers

FAIRFAX, Va., 29 June 2015. Avionics software experts at General Dynamics Corp. have delivered the third software release involved in a program to upgrade the mission systems computer (MSC) systems aboard the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jump jet.

Microsemi ProASIC3 FPGAs certified to QML Class Q for radiation-tolerant space

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 29 June 2015. Microelectronics experts at the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at Fort Belvoir, Va., have placed the ProASIC3 field programmable gate array (FPGA) from Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) for Class Q radiation-tolerant devices for use in space.

Airbus Group acquires Safe Air global aviation MRO service provider

Airbus Group acquires Safe Air global aviation MRO service provider

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 23 June 2015. Officials at aerospace company Airbus Group Australia Pacific have grown the business with the acquisition of Safe Air, a provider of aviation maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO), design, and manufacturing services. The transaction expands Airbus Group’s standing as a regional integrated through-life support provider.

General Atomics to provide radar UAS sensor payloads for Reaper drone

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 22 June 2015. Unmanned aerial system (UAS) experts at The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems segment in Poway, Calif., will provide the U.S. Air Force with advanced radar UAS sensor payloads under terms of a $23.1 million contract.

Rockwell Collins to provide radios for U.S. and Australian P-8A aircraft

LAKEHURST, N.J., 22 June 2015. U.S. Navy aircraft experts are asking Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to provide a variety of radio communications equipment for the Navy's P-8A Poseidon long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft.

Amphenol expands Backshell family with AlumaLight release

Amphenol expands Backshell family with AlumaLight release

PARIS, June 2015. Amphenol Pcd, a subsidiary of Amphenol Corp. and a supplier of interconnect products for military and commercial aerospace applications in Beverly, Mass. has extended its Backshell product family with AlumaLight. 

GE and joint ventures win $19B in orders, commitments at Paris Air Show

GE and joint ventures win $19B in orders, commitments at Paris Air Show

PARIS, 19 June 2015. GE Aviation and its joint venture companies, including CFM International (joint company between GE and Snecma/Safran), won more than $19 billion (USD) in orders and commitments for nearly 1,000 GE and CFM engines as well as OnPoint agreements for engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO).

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