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  • A U.S. Air Force F-16D Fighting Falcon assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron flies over Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 3, 2024. The 80th and 35th Fighter Squadrons stationed at Kunsan Air Base provide airpower and demonstrate the United States’ dedication to the steadfast Alliance and stability within the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Johnson)

    An F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 177th Fighter Wing approaches Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 3, 2024, Hawaii. The 177th Fighter Wing members relocated from Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, New Jersey, to participate in exercise Sentry Aloha 24-2. The Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing has hosted the exercise for more than 20 years to provide tailored, cost-effective and realistic combat training for total-force Airmen and other Department of Defense services. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Linzmeier)

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Denver Bobbitt, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, directs a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 62nd Airlift Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, that is participating in the 80th anniversary of D-Day flyovers throughout the Normandy region, at Cherbourg-Maupertus Airport, France, June 3, 2024. There are 14 U.S.A.F. aircraft and 25 units participating in more than 100 commemorative events, May 30 to June 10, as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day with millions of attendees anticipated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Lazaro)
    130J Super Hercules Assigned To The 62nd Airlift Squadron Little Rock Air Force Base Arkansas
    PHILIPPINE SEA (June 4, 2024) A C-2A Greyhound, attached to the Rawhides of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40, Det. 5, lands on the flight deck aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in the Philippine Sea, June 4. VRC 40 is one of only two carrier-qualified logistics support squadrons, providing supplies, personnel, and logistics support to Carrier Strike Group 5. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Stanton)
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    A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 123rd Airlift Wing takes off from the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., May 22, 2024, bearing the distinctive livery displayed on U.S. aircraft during World War II. The plane will fly over France on June 6 as part of observances for the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Normandy to turn the tide of the war in Europe. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Phil Speck)
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    Senior Airman Jean Zambrano, an F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief assigned to the 119th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, reviews technical orders June 1, 2024, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The 177th Fighter Wing members relocated from Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, New Jersey, to participate in exercise Sentry Aloha 24-2. The Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing has hosted the exercise for more than 20 years to provide tailored, cost-effective and realistic combat training for total-force Airmen and other Department of Defense services. (courtesy photo)

    Berlin, 3 June 2024 – Airbus will be presenting its new Wingman concept at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin. In military aviation, a “Wingman” is a pilot in another aircraft that protects and supports the flight lead, delivers more tactical options and thus contributes to mission success. In the Airbus concept, the Wingman is going to operate very much in the same way - only that it is neither a pilot nor a fighter jet flown by one. It is a fighter-type drone that will be commanded by a pilot in a current combat aircraft such as the Eurofighter and can take on high-risk mission tasks that would pose a bigger threat to manned-only aircraft.

    The 1:1 model, which Airbus will be exhibiting from June 5 to 9 on its static display at ILA, is similar to a “show car” used as a design exercise by the automotive industry. The Wingman model showcases all of the foreseen capabilities required, such as low observability, the integration of various armaments, advanced sensors, connectivity and teaming solutions. As with “show cars”, not all of what is on display may find its way into series production. In this aspect, the model on display at ILA Berlin will serve as a foundation and catalyst to drive the design requirements for each generation of the Wingman.

    Based on the current concept, the Wingman is intended to augment the capabilities of current manned combat aircraft with uncrewed platforms that can carry weapons and other effectors.

    “The German Air Force has expressed a clear need for an unmanned aircraft flying with and supporting missions of its manned fighter jets before the Future Combat Air System will be operational in 2040,” said Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. “Our Wingman concept is the answer. We will further drive and fine-tune this innovation made in Germany so that ultimately we can offer the German Air Force an affordable solution with the performance it needs to maximise the effects and multiply the power of its fighter fleet for the 2030s.”

    The Wingman’s tasks can range from reconnaissance to jamming targets and engaging targets on the ground or in the air with precision guided munitions or missiles. Pilots in manned aircraft acting as “command fighters” will always have control of the mission. They are always the final decision-making authority, while benefiting from the protection and smaller risk exposure that the delegation of tactical taskings to unmanned systems offers. An additional focus is on increasing the overall combat mass in an affordable manner so that air forces can match the number of opposing forces in peers or near-peers in conflicts.
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    Świdnik, 04 June 2024 16:56

    Less than two years following contract signature, localised AW149 production is now being undertaken through PZL-Świdnik, the Polish-owned Leonardo company

    Leonardo is a long-term strategic partner of the Polish Ministry of Defence and the company has been based in the country for more than 30-years

    Leonardo, a global leader in aerospace, defence, and security, has shown strong commitment to Poland through strategic partnerships and investments to the country’s defence capabilities, further confirmed with the latest key milestone achieved today. Today PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company fully-owned by Leonardo, celebrated the opening of the production line for the AW149 helicopters of the Polish Armed Forces and launch of the new, localised manufacturing activities fulfilling its commitment to the new helicopter programme.

    The company’s dedication to technology transfer and local production has contributed to growth in the country’s skills base and this has enabled new technologies to be delivered quickly to the customer, ensuring the Polish Armed Forces are equipped to meet challenges in the battlespace with the latest-generation multirole AW149 military helicopter.

    The official opening ceremony took place in the presence of representatives and dignitaries from national and local institutions, Leonardo, PZL- Świdnik, and partner companies. This achievement marks a new technological era for both PZL-Świdnik plants along with the national supply chain and military service.

    A part of Leonardo, PZL-Świdnik leverages unique industrial advantages in terms of speed of deliveries and flexibility to meet challenging deadlines and emergency requirements considering the geopolitical scenario. The very first AW149s were produced in Vergiate (Italy), where Polish workers took on-job training and secured timely deliveries within a tight time schedule, handing over helicopters 15 months since contract signing. The majority of the Polish Armed Forces’ AW149 will be produced in Poland.

    The Polish MoD’s AW149 programme is based on localised production through PZL-Świdnik, which is a strategic decision of Poland to secure both national security and key industrial benefits. The contract for 32 AW149s was signed in Świdnik in 2022 and also covers the integration of the helicopter's systems, dedicated armament, future modernisations and technical support through the entire life cycle of the Polish AW149 fleet. Thanks to local production Poland gains a domestic logistics base and technical facilities located close to the Polish Land Forces, in addition to state-of-the-art helicopters.

    Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters, said: “PZL-Świdnik is an example of the highest level of excellence within our organisation, obtaining very good results in all areas and has great potential for further development. In line with this, there are growing requirements for our company based in Świdnik to continue to evolve from a manufacturer to a key market player that manages complex contracts and deliveries. The Polish MoD programme of AW149 is a clear example of this today.

    “The localisation of industrial and logistical capabilities for these new helicopters to meet Poland’s needs, leverage the long established and unique capabilities of PZL-Świdnik and its professional skills combined with the outstanding operational capabilities of the AW149s will deliver unparalleled advantages to the country.”

    Jacek Libucha, President of PZL-Świdnik said: “The past year was a period of multi-million investments, including infrastructure, equipment and facilities, specifically in the building where full production of the AW149 is now located. Along with the production of the AW149, we start new era for Świdnik plants – this was clear to me from very beginning when I was appointed CEO of PZL-Świdnik – we have needed a new most modern helicopter production line to develop our expertise, which must come with state-of-the-art technology transfer. This also meets the Armed Forces’ high-end needs and those helicopters will provide them the best-in-class combat support. This is what the platform has been designed for.”

    The new production line is an accelerator of change as it was when PZL-Świdnik became a centre of excellence for helicopter aerostructure and contributed to the launch of the AW139 programme several years ago. Now, slightly more than a decade, the revenues of PZL-Świdnik have more than quadrupled, generating greater export sales and an expanding technological and product base. The Świdnik based business has grown significantly over the year, by acquiring new contracts, leveraging technological and capability investments guaranteed by Leonardo to become a solid player in the competitive market.

    In Poland, at PZL-Świdnik a total of 3,240 employees (20% of which are engineers) are devoted to serve its customers, while Polish Military is recognised as a strategic one. PZL-Świdnik employs ambitious staff, of which engineers constitute 20%, young starters are a growing number, and the highest level (level-1) test pilots meet current and future needs of the Polish Army and other customers. These pilots performed a dynamic display of the AW149 during today’s ceremony.

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    In order to build strong cooperation with Polish industry, Leonardo sees PZL-Świdnik as a main pillar in its helicopter business through its partnering on Polish military programmes and delivering not only the equipment to Polish Armed Forces but it also provides important added value through technology transfer. PZL-Świdnik - the only helicopter OEM in Poland - has a full range of competences in itsdesign, production, certification, modernisation and servicing throughout their entire life cycle. Full competences are confirmed by certificates of compliance with AS9100 and AQAP2110 standards and EU aviation regulations Part 21J, Part 21G, Part 145, Part-M/CAMO, Part 147. PZL-Świdnik conducts production and research activities in the field of aerostructures, constituting a helicopter Aerostructures Centre of Excellence within Leonardo and is involved in the development of uncrewed technologies and other R&D programmes, both civil and defence. Today, PZL-Świdnik is one of the three most important research centres worldwide at Leonardo, where activities such as full-scale fatigue tests are carried out. PZL-Świdnik's leading role on the domestic market and continuous investment allows PZL laboratories to be available for SMEs, facilitating open innovation and the development of Polish industry. The newly-launched production line of the AW149 is one of the key powers to spin not only the development of PZL-Świdnik, but the entire Polish economy. PZL-Świdnik recognises the importance and values cooperation with academic and scientific communities as well as military universities and schools, while integrating the domestic supply chain for the Polish military helicopter programmes. Cooperation with domestic entities and PZL-Świdnik's current participation in international projects, and integration with the Leonardo Group, are intended to bring benefits to the Polish industry and military; PZL-Świdnik has consolidated its role as strategic technical and logistic base for helicopters for the Polish Armed Forces. Further investments in the development of production lines, R&D and the flight line, boosted by the AW149 contract and by the prospect of other helicopters procurement, accelerate the continuous development of industrial and scientific research capabilities, including academia, institutions and research centres.

    The AW149 Multirole Military Helicopter
    The contract for 32 AW149s, worth 8.25 billion PLN gross (approximately EUR 1.76 billion) includes logistics, training and simulator packages. The logistics package includes a stock of spares and consumable parts, as well as equipment for the ground handling of the helicopters. The training and simulator package includes comprehensive training of pilots and technical personnel and the delivery of a set of advanced simulators and training equipment. The new Polish military helicopters’ configuration allows combat support missions among others. Fully meeting the requirements of the Polish Armed Forces, the configuration will also include, among others, observation systems, small arms, guided/unguided rockets and missiles and self-defence systems. The armament, depending on the helicopter variant and configuration, is installed in the cabin or on the helicopter's external hard points. The AW149 platform, already in service with international operators for a range of applications and under evaluation among various countries, is ideally suited to modernise defence helicopter fleets and replace a range of ageing types in the medium weight category. The AW149 is a latest generation multirole military helicopter designed from the outset to meet the most demanding needs of armed forces. The platform can be reconfigured to perform a wide variety of demanding tasks in the toughest operational conditions. The AW149’s advanced equipment, weapons and system technologies, combined with its agility, range/endurance and high power margins, highest levels of safety and survivability, provide defence users with high operational availability, mission effectiveness and cost efficiency of the fleet.
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    (Photos courtesy of NATO Tiger Association,Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace and the Aeronautica Militare )
     

  • A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation-100 Starliner spacecraft launches from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, June 5, 2024. This Crew Flight Test mission launched NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita "Suni" Williams to the International Space Station and was ULA's first human launch. (U.S. Space Force photo by Joshua Conti)

    U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) prepare for flight operations at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2024. VMFA-121, an F-35B squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, traveled to Guam as a part of the Aviation Training Relocation program to exercise the fighter squadron’s capabilities across diverse environments in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jose Angeles)
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    Two Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs sit on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, June 5, 2024. The Primary mission of MCAF Quantico is to operate and maintain the facilities, and provide services and materiel to support the operations of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, and other transient aircraft as required. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Joaquin Dela Torre)


    A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, takes off from the U.S. Navy Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center on Andros Island, Bahamas, June 4, 2024. HMLA-167 conducted terrain-familiarization operations in support of Distributed Aviation Operations Exercise 24, which is designed to distribute command and control of aviation forces across echelons of command, pushing authorities to the lowest levels, while keeping forces moving between airfields and air sites. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Anakin Smith)​
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    A Luftwaffe Airbus A400M Atlas lands on a runway at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 3, 2024. Cargo arrived from Europe as part of a German Air Force-led deployment, Pacific Skies 24, with JBER being the first stop for low-level flying training. Pacific Skies is a combination of several exercises hosted in the Indo-Pacific theater in which German, French and Spanish air forces integrate with U.S. forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Johnny Diaz)

    A U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthog from the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Test Center is prepared for a training sortie June 4, 2024, at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. A-10 aircraft and personnel relocated from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to Hawaii to participate in exercise Sentry Aloha 24-2. The Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing has hosted the exercise for more than 20 years to provide tailored, cost-effective and realistic combat training for total-force Airmen and other Department of Defense services. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Roann Gatdula)

    U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron prepares to land at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 3, 2024, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission. USINDOPACOM routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to our allies and partners through the employment of our military forces, demonstrating strategic predictability, while becoming more operationally unpredictable to adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Audree Campbell)
    1B Lancer From The 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Prepares To Land At Andersen Air Force Base Guam June 3 2024
    A Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft “That’s All, Brother” flies over France in support of the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, June 4, 2024. “That's All, Brother” led the formation of 800 others from which approximately 13,000 U.S. paratroopers jumped on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alvaro Villagomez)

    HENSOLDT, Lufthansa Technik Defense and Bombardier Defense announced today, on time for the ILA Berlin 2024 airshow, that the highly-specialized modification work on the Persistent German Airborne Surveillance System (PEGASUS) has achieved a significant milestone.

    Led by HENSOLDT for the German armed forces, the PEGASUS signal intelligence (SIGINT) system will be integrated on the Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft, the optimal platform to complete these critical missions. As part of this program, Bombardier was tasked with the foundational modification work package, collaboratively working with Lufthansa Technik Defense, who will complete the system integration at its special-mission centre in Hamburg, Germany. The first aircraft has now rolled out from the Bombardier Defense modification line in Wichita and is being prepared for the start of ground testing and for the subsequent flight. The remaining two aircraft are undergoing modifications in Bombardier’s facility.

    "Bombardier Defense is proud to have the trust of HENSOLDT, Lufthansa Technik Defense and the Luftwaffe to complete this critical work on the high-performing Global 6000 aircraft for the Pegasus program,” said Steve Patrick, Vice President for Bombardier Defense. “Thanks to our companies’ continued close collaboration and joint expertise, we are making important strides and have a clear line of sight on the aircraft’s upcoming milestones, including the start of the flight test campaign in the coming months.”

    ”The roll-out following the recent passing of the Critical Design Review clearly shows that the PEGASUS program is on track,” says Jürgen Halder, Vice President Airborne SIGINT at HENSOLDT. “The underlying reconnaissance solution ‘KALAETRON Integral’ offers a worldwide unique high-performance reconnaissance capability based on powerful German key technology.”

    “The roll-out of the first structurally modified Global 6000 aircraft indeed marks a major milestone, not just as an important prerequisite for Lufthansa Technik Defense’s PEGASUS work packages, but for the overall progress of this pioneering signals intelligence aircraft project,” says Michael von Puttkamer, Vice President Special Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik. “We thank HENSOLDT and Bombardier for the good cooperation and we almost can’t wait to see this aircraft taking to the air, performing its flight tests and returning to Hamburg again, where in the upcoming systems integration phase we will be proud to build on the high-quality work of the team in Wichita.”

    In June 2021, HENSOLDT was awarded the contract to supply an airborne system for electronic signals intelligence on board three Bombardier jets based on its "Kalætron Integral" system, which collects and analyzes military signals from radar and radio systems. Since that award, Hensoldt, Lufthansa Technik Defense and Bombardier have collaborated closely on a joint design activity. At the end of 2023, HENSOLDT’s overall mission system design successfully passed customer acceptance. More recently, extensive structural modification work has been performed to prepare the first aircraft at Bombardier Defense’s U.S. base in Wichita, Kansas, which houses an important contingent of the company’s experienced and skilled defense workforce. This will also be the site of the initial ground and flight test activities. Upon completion of initial testing, each aircraft will be transferred to Lufthansa Technik Defense’s facilities in Hamburg for further integration work.

    The overall program is valued at over one billion euros. HENSOLDT is acting as general contractor and bears overall responsibility for the realization of the project. Lufthansa Technik Defense will act as a subcontractor, procuring the modified aircraft from Bombardier and fitting and integrating the reconnaissance system developed by HENSOLDT into the platform. Many small and medium sized enterprises from all over Germany, Canada and the U.S. are involved in the project as part of the supply chain for all companies bringing Pegasus to the finish line.

    About Bombardier

    At Bombardier (BBD-B.TO), we design, build, modify and maintain the world’s best-performing aircraft for the world’s most discerning people and businesses, governments and militaries. That means not simply exceeding standards, but understanding customers well enough to anticipate their unspoken needs.

    For them, we are committed to pioneering the future of aviation—innovating to make flying more reliable, efficient and sustainable. And we are passionate about delivering unrivaled craftsmanship and care, giving our customers greater confidence and the elevated experience they deserve and expect. Because people who shape the world will always need the most productive and responsible ways to move through it.

    Bombardier customers operate a fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft, supported by a vast network of Bombardier team members worldwide and 10 service facilities across six countries. Bombardier’s performance-leading jets are proudly manufactured in aerostructure, assembly and completion facilities in Canada, the United States and Mexico.   

    About HENSOLDT 

    HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with a global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a system integrator, HENSOLDT offers platform-independent, networked solutions. Being a technology leader, the company is also driving forward the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data fusion, artificial intelligence and cyber security. In 2023, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.85 billion euros. Following the acquisition of ESG GmbH, the company employs around 8,000 people. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the MDAX.  
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    BAE Systems received an $95 million contract from the U.S. Navy for advanced countermeasure pods to protect the P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft from missiles and other threats. The electronic warfare (EW) pod detects and counters inbound threats, protecting the Poseidon and its crews, and expanding the aircraft’s operating range in contested environments.

    “We’re working closely with the U.S. Navy to deliver innovative solutions to protect this critical, high-value aircraft,” said Don Davidson, director of Advanced Compact Electronic Warfare Solutions at BAE Systems. “We quickly prototyped a very capable system using proven technology to defend against air-to-air and surface-to-air guided threats.”

    BAE Systems’ survivability pod provides early threat detection and effective countermeasures to protect U.S. and international high-value airborne assets. The system’s flexible, open architecture design allows rapid and affordable modernization, is compatible with future threat-detection and decoy countermeasure capabilities, and can host third-party EW techniques.

    The engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract follows a rapid-response contract from the U.S. Navy to demonstrate the system in 2021. The BAE Systems team designed, built, and tested a demonstration pod, exhibiting strong military-industry collaboration and rapid prototyping. The EMD contract follows successful airworthiness and effectiveness testing.

    The P-8A self-protection pod is part of BAE Systems’ Intrepid Shield™ layered approach to aircraft and ground platform survivability that uses the full electromagnetic spectrum to detect, exploit, and counter advanced threats. The pod can be rapidly adapted for other high-value airborne assets, enabling them to operate in contested environments.

    Work on the P-8A pod and its components is conducted at BAE Systems’ state-of-the-art facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Austin, Texas.
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  • A member of the 347th Rescue Group from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, conducts pre-flight operations in an HH-60W at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida, June 5, 2024. The team from Moody supported the Atlas V rocket Orbital Crew Flight Test mission, which launched two astronauts from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. This was the first time since 1968 astronauts were launched from CCSFS and the first time ever from a Space Force installation. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Contreras)

    A 910th Airlift Wing aerial spray-modified C-130H Hercules aircraft disperses mosquito control product, June 3, 2024, over the flood banks of the Missouri River south of Williston, North Dakota. Based out of Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, the 910th AW maintains the Department of Defense’s only large area, fixed-wing aerial spray capability to eliminate disease-carrying insects and pest insects. The unit conducts Innovative Readiness Training in partnership with the Williston Vector Control District annually to provide Reserve Citizen Airmen real-world training while simultaneously assisting a need in the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Noah J. Tancer)

    Capt. Charles Powell, 11th Bomb Squadron director of staff, Lt. Col. John Conway, Air Combat Command TRSS Detachment 13 commander, and Capt. Matthew Walls, 343 Bomb Squadron unit deployment manager, stand for their photo in front of a B-52H Stratofortress June 3, 2024 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. They recently earned the Air Force Global Strike Command General Curtis E. LeMay award for the outstanding bomber crew category for overcoming multiple failures during a flight, but still managing to land the aircraft safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhea Beil)

    STRAIT OF MAGELLAN, Chile (June 5, 2024) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits the Strait of Magellan, June 5, 2024. George Washington is deployed as part of Southern Seas 2024 which seeks to enhance capability, improve interoperability, and strengthen maritime partnerships with countries throughout the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility through joint, multinational, and interagency exchanges and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class August Clawson)

    HOUSTON, June 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Sunita "Suni" Williams successfully docked Boeing's [NYSE: BA] Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), about 26 hours after launching from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The astronauts monitored Starliner as it autonomously conducted a series of maneuvers to steadily bring the spacecraft closer to the orbiting laboratory before docking.

    On the way to the ISS, the crew completed a series of tests including manually flying Starliner for the first time in space. The two Starliner astronauts, who are joining seven others currently living on the station, will assist with various tests and conduct scientific experiments while in space.

    "It is both amazing and humbling to join the fleet of commercial spacecraft capable of conducting crewed transportation services to and from the space station for NASA. Our teams have done some great work to get us to this point," said Kay Sears, vice president and general manager of Space, Intelligence & Weapon Systems for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

    After spending about a week on orbit, Wilmore and Williams will board Starliner and return home.

    For more about Starliner, visit www.boeing.com/starliner. Follow the mission on X @BoeingSpace and www.starlinerupdates.com.

    As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team in committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity. Join our team and find your purpose at https://jobs.boeing.com/.
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    Berlin - HTM Helicopters has placed an order for one Airbus H145 helicopter, with options for two additional helicopters of the same type. The new helicopter will be used in offshore wind operations, transporting technicians and materials to wind farm turbines off the coasts of Germany and France.

    “Over the past 15 years in the offshore wind business, we’ve seen projects move further out from the coast and require additional payload which has led us to add additional H145s to our fleet,” said Bernd Brucherseifer, Managing Director for HTM Helicopters. “In addition to excellent OEI performance, the helicopter offers the chance to quickly perform role changes for various customer missions and is very reliable and easy to maintain. The H145 is the perfect tool for the operation and maintenance phase in offshore wind operations, and we will see a lot more demand for it in this market in the near future."

    “The H145 is ideally suited for offshore wind operations due to the significant capacity it offers for transporting passengers and cargo, as well as its outstanding hover performance for hoisting operations,” said Axel Humpert, Senior Vice President and Head of the H145 Programme at Airbus. “As our long-standing partner, we’re pleased HTM has seen the value that the H145 provides and continued to place their trust in our helicopters as they expand their fleet.”

    HTM was the first operator to take delivery of a five-bladed H145 to be used for offshore wind operations in 2021. In late 2023, HTM's aircraft was used in a world-premiere trial led by Airbus to hoist two crew members into the nacelles of floating wind turbines in Hywind Tampen.

    This order will add to HTM’s current fleet which features 18 Airbus helicopters, including a mix of H125s, H135s and H145s in use to support a variety of missions. With the delivery of the newly ordered helicopter, HTM’s total H145 fleet will grow to eight helicopters (10 including options). Five of those H145’s (seven including options) will be used to support offshore missions.

    The latest version of Airbus’ best-selling H145 adds an innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission H145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg. The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design eases maintenance operations, improves serviceability and reliability, and enhances flight comfort for both passengers and crew.

    Worldwide there are more than 1,675 H145 family helicopters in service, with a total of more than 7.6 million flight hours. Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class, while its CO2 emissions are the lowest among its competitors.
    HTM Helicopters Has Placed An Order For One Airbus H145 Helicopter
    Berlin - The German Ministry of the Interior has ordered up to 44 H225 helicopters for its Federal Police. This record order for the H225 includes 38 firm orders with options for a further six helicopters. Its payload, range and advanced systems make it a versatile aircraft capable of conducting a large array of law enforcement and homeland security missions ranging from special forces transport to firefighting and disaster relief. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2029.

    “I would like to thank Germany for its continued and renewed trust in our helicopters and in particular in our H225 family. We're proud that our H225 will contribute to the security of Germany and help its citizens in need,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “The Bundespolizei can look forward to a modern helicopter thanks to the continuous improvements we've made to our H225 in recent years. It will remain one of the most advanced helicopters available on the market for the decades to come.”

    The H225 will replace the H155 and AS332 helicopters that have been in service with the German Federal Police for more than 20 years. The order of the H225 will ensure a seamless transition for pilots and maintenance personnel. The contract also includes training means and spare part packages.

    The new and powerful mission and communication system guarantees improved situational awareness and smooth data transmission between police forces. It also has an improved main gearbox and an extended health and usage monitoring system, which increases safety and helps to save costs. With a maximum takeoff weight of 11,160 kg, the H225 offers an increased range of more than 832 kilometers (1,107 km with external fuel tanks) and an unmatched external payload of 4,750 kg, essential for missions like disaster relief and firefighting. Airbus Helicopters’ ambition is that the helicopter will be able to fly with 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel by 2030 which was already demonstrated at ILA Berlin 2022.

    The German Bundespolizei operates 94 Airbus helicopters, ranging from the single-engine H120 used for pilot training, to more than 40 twin-engine H135 family helicopters for several missions including emergency medical services on behalf of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe), and the Super Puma family, of which the H225 is the latest variant. The partnership began in 1962, when the Bundespolizei (at that time Bundesgrenzschutz) started operation of its Alouette II, manufactured by Airbus predecessor company Aérospatiale.

    Offering the industry’s best range, speed, payload and reliability in the 11-tonne twin-engine category, the H225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family that has accumulated more than 6 million flight hours in all-weather conditions around the world. Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and renowned autopilot precision, the H225 offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and can be fitted with various equipment to suit a variety of roles.

    Bombardier Defense today announced that German automobile association, Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC SE), has placed an order for a Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft through its daughter company Aero-Dienst. The aircraft will be configured as a dedicated air ambulance for Aero-Dienst, ADAC’s main aircraft operator, and is scheduled for delivery in 2026. The aircraft will be used to provide medical transportation to ADAC’s customers around the world. With the signing of this agreement, Bombardier Defense continues to expand its footprint in Germany and on the European continent.

    “Our Challenger aircraft are distinguished by their class-leading reliability, flexibility and versatility – characteristics that are necessary to respond quickly to emergencies and provide life-saving medical assistance,” said Steve Patrick, Vice President, Bombardier Defense. “Bombardier has a long history of delivering medevac aircraft, so we are extremely honored that our Challenger 650 aircraft can contribute to the important work ADAC is doing to provide aid to their customers.”

    “The ambulance service of ADAC Versicherung AG, in cooperation with Aero-Dienst in Nuremberg, has been setting global standards in the field of patient repatriation for over 50 years. By investing in a new aircraft, we are reaffirming our commitment to providing our ADAC members and policyholders with first-class services,” said Sascha Petzold, Board of Management ADAC Versicherung AG. “Thanks to the Challenger 650’s long range, we are able to serve our members worldwide with our own ADAC fleet. The acquisition of this new aircraft is another significant step in our strategy to modernize our fleet and continue to provide the highest level of service to our ADAC members and policyholders.”

    “Aero-Dienst, with its long-term expertise in ambulance service for our parent company ADAC SE, is very much looking forward to bring the Bombardier Challenger 650 into service under our AOC,” said Dr. Oliver Kosing, one of the two managing directors of Aero-Dienst. “The Challenger 650 is the best aircraft available for our kind of ambulance operation as the performance fits perfectly to our flight profiles,” he added, underlining the decision to opt for this type of aircraft. “Another important factor for Aero-Dienst is the availability of intensive care medical equipment at the highest level for transportation of up to four patients. Furthermore, the dimensions of the fuselage with its large diameter and standing height enables our med crew to provide the best possible care for patients during the flight.”

    This order demonstrates the key attributes of the Challenger 650 aircraft, such as its outstanding short-field performance and proven reliability, making it the ideal choice to be equipped for patient care. Bombardier’s high-performing Challenger 650 aircraft offers the widest-in-class passenger door and has cabin space for up to four stretchers. Offering an exceptionally smooth ride, dispatch reliability of over 99.9% and an impressive range of 4,000 nm (7,408 km), the Challenger 650 aircraft not only provides passengers receiving medical care with added comfort, but its unique adaptability lends itself to optimal air ambulance configuration.

    Bombardier Defense has dedicated in-house engineering and support teams with the ability to incorporate customer-requested modifications and provide comprehensive integration solutions with full certification capabilities across a full spectrum of civilian, military and hybrid operations. Recognized around the world for its diverse portfolio of proven and versatile specialized aircraft platforms, Bombardier combines decades of experience working with hundreds of special mission operators and renowned mission systems integrators.
    About Bombardier

    At Bombardier (BBD-B.TO), we design, build, modify and maintain the world’s best-performing aircraft for the world’s most discerning people and businesses, governments and militaries. That means not simply exceeding standards, but understanding customers well enough to anticipate their unspoken needs.

    For them, we are committed to pioneering the future of aviation—innovating to make flying more reliable, efficient and sustainable. And we are passionate about delivering unrivaled craftsmanship and care, giving our customers greater confidence and the elevated experience they deserve and expect. Because people who shape the world will always need the most productive and responsible ways to move through it.

    Bombardier customers operate a fleet of approximately 5,000 aircraft, supported by a vast network of Bombardier team members worldwide and 10 service facilities across six countries. Bombardier’s performance-leading jets are proudly manufactured in aerostructure, assembly and completion facilities in Canada, the United States and Mexico.   
    About Aero-Dienst
    Your Jet – Our Job – Since 1958

    With a 65-year track record in maintaining, operating, selling and managing a wide range of business and ambulance aircraft, Aero-Dienst is considered one of the leading business aviation companies in Europe. By employing more than 330 aviation professionals who focus on precision, reliability and absolute customer satisfaction, Aero-Dienst has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in best-value-for-money aviation services – customer-focused, transparent and fair.
    Aero-Dienst has been organizing patient repatriation services for ADAC SE since 1975 and has been a wholly-owned subsidiary since 1998. Aero-Dienst's current ambulance fleet consists of two Dornier 328 jets and two Learjet 60XRs, which are used to transport up to 1,000 patients per year.
    Bombardier Challenger 650 Purchased By ADAC For Use As Medevac
    On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the D Day Landings, Patrouille de France fly over the Normandy beaches, followed by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows.
    More than thirty planes took part in the display over the beaches of Normandy.
    (Photo by J.B Pasquet/Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace)
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  • A French Air Force Dassault Rafale parks on the flight line at Ramstein Air Base, Germany June 6, 2024. The Rafale was an integral part of a simulated aerial combat exercise at the base which boasted a total of 37 aircraft, comprising both fourth and fifth-generation fighter jets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Conrad)

    An F-35B of 617 Sq RAF on the flight line at Ramstein Air Base, Germany June 6, 2024. The F-35B was an integral part of a simulated aerial combat exercise at the base which boasted a total of 37 aircraft, comprising both fourth and fifth-generation fighter jets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Conrad)

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Duke Pirak, Deputy Director of the Air National Guard, pauses for a group photo with Boeing employees. Pirak visited the plant to watch the first of eighteen F-15EX fighter aircraft being flown to Portland Air National Guard base (PANG) in Portland, Oregon, June 5, 2024. Once finished, all of the aircraft will be assigned to the 142nd Wing at PANG. (National Guard photo by Aaron Perkins, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

    Oregon Air National Guard Majors, Calvin “Knife” Conner and Brandon “Wiggles” Wigton, assigned to the 142nd Wing, 123rd Fighter Squadron, in Portland, Oregon, prepare for takeoff with the newest F-15EX in Berkley, Missouri June 5, 2024. This is one of eighteen new EX models being finalized at the Missouri facility. Once finished all of the aircraft will be assigned to the 142nd Wing at Portland Air National Guard base, in Portland, Oregon. (National Guard photo by Aaron Perkins, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

    A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, takes off from the U.S. Navy Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, on Andros Island, Bahamas, June 5, 2024. HMLA-167 conducted standard flight operations in support of Distributed Aviation Operations Exercise 24, which is designed to distribute command and control of aviation forces across echelons of command, pushing authorities to the lowest levels, while keeping forces moving between airfields and air sites. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anakin Smith)
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    A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II from the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, flies alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, on the way to a D-Day event held at Omaha Beach, France, June 6, 2024. D-Day was an unprecedented act of cooperation between international armed forces and consisted of over two millions troops primarily consisting of American, British and Canadian troops but also included members from nine other countries’ ground, naval or air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Campbell)
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    A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II from the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, on the way to a D-Day event held at Omaha Beach, France, June 6, 2024. D-Day was an unprecedented act of cooperation between international armed forces and consisted of over two millions troops primarily consisting of American, British and Canadian troops but also included members from nine other countries’ ground, naval or air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Monica Urias)
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    A German Eurofighter Typhoon prepares to take off during Ramstein 1v1 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 6, 2024. Ramstein 1v1, U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s first-ever basic fighter maneuvers exercise at Ramstein AB, included 37 fighter aircraft from nine NATO countries such as F-35A/B Lightning IIs; F-16 Fighting Falcons; Eurofighter Typhoons; Dassault Rafale Cs; F/A-18 Hornets and Douglas A-4 Skyhawks. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Beatty)

    Ten F-35A/B Lightning IIs receive maintenance during Ramstein 1v1 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 6, 2024. Ramstein 1v1, U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s first-ever basic fighter maneuvers exercise at Ramstein AB, included 37 fighter aircraft from nine NATO countries such as F-35A Lightning IIs; F-16 Fighting Falcons; Eurofighter Typhoons; Dassault Rafale Cs; F/A-18
    (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Megan Beatty)

    U.S. Air Force flight crew assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana pose in front of a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, June 5, 2024 ahead of the upcoming Selfridge Air Show and Open House. The aircraft will be a static display during the 2024 Selfridge Air Show and Open House. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Nathan Wingate)

    PHILIPPINE SEA (June 7, 2024) An EA-18G Growler, attached to the Shadowhawks of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141, lands on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during flight operations in support of Valiant Shield 2024 in the Philippine Sea, June 7. The primary role of EA-18G Growlers is to disrupt the ability to communicate between units in combat through the use of electronic warfare. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Keyly Santizo)
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    PHILIPPINE SEA (June 7, 2024) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to the Golden Falcons of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, prepares to land on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during flight operations in support of Valiant Shield 2024 in the Philippine Sea, June 7. HSC 12, originally established as Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 on March 7, 1952, is the oldest active operational Navy helicopter squadron. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Keyly Santizo)
    Deployed Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan
    A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet returns to formation after receiving fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base’s 92nd Air Refueling Squadron over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, May 10, 2024. The U.S. Air Force is globally postured to protect and defend freedom of coalition allies and regional partners within the CENTCOM area of responsibility to maintain peace and stability across the region. (U.S. Air Force Photos by Staff Sgt. Devin Rumbaugh )
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    135 Stratotanker From Fairchild Air Force Base S 92nd Air Refueling Squadron
    The RCAF Demo Team will be showing off their new paint job, honouring a century of Canadian aviation history.
    (Photos courtesy of the RCAF)
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  • U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron land at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in support of Valiant Shield 24, June 7, 2024. The 27th Fighter Squadron’s F-22s are stationed out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis and are here for Valiant Shield alongside allies and partners to strengthen operational capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Jose Angeles)


    A CH-53K King Stallion with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1, powers down on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Arizona, June 7, 2024. Before today, VMX-1 had a separate detachment of CH-53s at MCAS New River, North Carolina. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jade K. Venegas)

    A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing out of Dyess Air Force Base taxis flight line at Northwest Field, Guam in support of Valiant Shield 24, June 9, 2024. The C-130s are essential for tactical airlift missions, delivering personnel and cargo to forward operating bases and austere airfields, enhancing operational readiness and flexibility. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jose Angeles)

    A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable, touches down in a landing zone during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 24 in Skrunda, Latvia, June 7, 2024. BALTOPS 24 is the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region. The exercise, led by U.S. Naval forces Europe-Africa and executed by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, provides a unique training opportunity to strengthen combined response capabilities critical to preserving freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan Ramsammy)
     24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable
    RED SEA (June 7, 2024) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, sits on the flight deck as components of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Group (IKECSG), Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Gravely (DDG 107), steam in formation with the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550), the Carlo Bergamini-class frigate ITS Alpino (F 594), and the Horizon-class frigate FS Forbin (D 620) in the Red Sea, June 7. The IKECSG is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support maritime stability and security in the Middle East region. (Official U.S. Navy photo)
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    A U.S. Air Force C-5 Super Galaxy taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in support of Valiant Shield 24, June 7, 2024. C-5 Super Galaxies transported essential personnel, equipment, and supplies in order to enhance operational readiness and joint force operations. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)

    A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in support of Valiant Shield 24, June 7, 2024. The 27th Fighter Squadron’s F-22s are stationed out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis and are here for Valiant Shield alongside joint forces to strengthen operational capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)
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    U.S. service members and Belgian military personnel board a German A400M aircraft to perform a commemorative airborne jump in support of the 80th anniversary of D-Day at Cherbourg – Maupertus Airport, France, June 9 2024. Jumps are held annually to commemorate D-Day and honor the bravery and sacrifice of those who participated in the landings and subsequent battles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alvaro Villagomez)
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    A B1-B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 7 2024, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission. BTF missions demonstrate lethality and interoperability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Audree Campbell)

    French air force Dassault Rafale C takes off during Ramstein 1v1 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 6, 2024. Ramstein 1v1, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa's first-ever basic fighter maneuvers exercise at Ramstein AB, included 37 fighter aircraft from nine NATO countries such as F-35A Lightning IIs; F-16 Fighting Falcons; Eurofighter Typhoons; Dassault Rafale Cs; F/A-18 Hornets and Douglas A-4 Skyhawks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dylan Myers)

    A Norwegian air force F-35A Lightning II gains altitude during Ramstein 1v1 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 6, 2024. Ramstein 1v1, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa's first-ever basic fighter maneuvers exercise at Ramstein AB, included 37 fighter aircraft from nine NATO countries such as F-35A Lightning IIs; F-16 Fighting Falcons; Eurofighter Typhoons; Dassault Rafale Cs; F/A-18 Hornets and Douglas A-4 Skyhawks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dylan Myers)
    35A Lightning II Gains Altitude During Ramstein 1v1 At Ramstein Air Base Germany June 6 2024
    F-35 Lightning IIs assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. flown by members of the Royal Norwegian Air Force conduct aerial refueling operations with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Milwaukee, Wis. over Lake Superior near Duluth, Minn. June 6, 2024. Pilots of the Royal Norwegian Air Force trained with the pilots from the 148th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard unit as part of a State Partnership Program visit to strengthen NATO member training and relationships. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jason W. Rolfe)
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    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. is flown in formation with a F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. flown by a member of the Royal Norwegian Air Force over Lake Superior near Duluth, Minn. June 6, 2024. Pilots of the Royal Norwegian Air Force trained with the Air National Guard unit as part of a State Partnership Program visit to strengthen NATO member training and relationships. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jason W. Rolfe)

    After serving as the programme’s test platform since 2018, in June 2024 the last of six BelugaXLs entered service. These successors to the A300-600ST, the iconic original ‘Beluga’, continue its mission to strengthen the company’s industrial capabilities. Time for some heavy lifting!

    The fleet is complete. In June 2024, the last BelugaXL (BXL) joined its five siblings at Airbus Transport International (ATI) after serving as the type’s test aircraft. ATI, an Airbus subsidiary, has been the company's internal airline since 1996.

    Offering 30% more payload capacity than its predecessor the A300-600ST, the BXL is central to Airbus’ accelerating production ramp-up. The six specially commissioned airlifters, built in Toulouse, France, carry sub-assemblies and components between Airbus’ European manufacturing sites. Each mission averages a turnaround time of just 70 minutes, thanks to specially designed loading facilities at plants in France, Germany, Spain and the UK.
    Creating the ‘Beluga spirit’

    The final handover to ATI marks the closure of the BelugaXL programme, launched in 2014. The development team was centralised, bringing some 1,000 Airbus engineers and suppliers together in one place to shorten decision loops and simplify processes. Parts, equipment and design principles were re-used and borrowed from other Airbus platforms wherever possible. All this helped the BXL go from the drawing board to its first flight in just five years.

    “We created the BelugaXL, but also what we called the BXL spirit – making the impossible possible,” says Bertrand George, who led the plane’s development. Although each of the six aircraft was certified and delivered on time, getting the BXL programme off the ground was no walk in the park.

    “Our instructions were to halve the BXL’s original development cost, and deliver the first aircraft – certified as a normal A330ceo – within five years,” recalls Bertrand. “Fortunately we had carte blanche to explore novel approaches to make it happen. Those experiences will be beneficial to future programmes in all of Airbus’ businesses.”

    Looking back, Bertrand can still recall the emotion of the first flight. “What was a truck in the morning was an aircraft by the afternoon," he says. “You see the work of thousands of people and thousands of hours taking flight in front of your eyes.”

    As is traditional for the first airframe to leave the assembly line, BXL#1 did not enter service immediately. Instead, following its maiden flight, it served as the programme’s test platform until 2023. In four years, the giant airlifter completed over 800 flight test hours during which pilots explored how the BXL handled the kind of operating conditions it would encounter when travelling between 11 European destinations.

    Now, after a well-deserved rest and a major refurbishment, BXL#1 is ready to carry its share of the load. The extra lift is welcome, as every Airbus commercial aircraft programme is increasing production through 2024.
    Bigger, better and flying with SAF

    Based on the A330-200 freighter, each BelugaXL has a payload capacity of 51 tonnes and a range of 2,200 nautical miles. The aircraft is as long as two blue whales and as tall as a three-storey office block. Its hold is big enough to swallow 26 small cars, or seven elephants. Most importantly, the airlifter can accommodate the largest A350 fuselage section or two of the widebody’s 30-metre long wings – whereas its predecessor could only carry one.

    ATI’s BelugaXL fleet is forecast to reach 9,500 flight hours annually by 2027, compared to a planned 6,500 flight hours in 2024. Furthermore, like its predecessor, the BXL can operate with a blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), helping Airbus reach its goal of steadily increasing SAF use in its internal air operations.

    Already in 2023 SAF accounted for over half of ATI’s fuel consumption. The drop-in sustainable fuel is already available across almost all the BXL’s European network. By 2030 the entirety of the fleet’s flight operations will be performed with SAF, in accordance with Airbus’ sustainability roadmap. The BXL’s greater capacity also means fewer flights are required compared to its predecessor. It’s expected that in 2024, the six aircraft combined will transport around five per cent more payload compared to 2019’s mixed BXL and Beluga ST fleet. ATI itself says it will emit 20% fewer carbon emissions in 2024, also compared to 2019.

    ATI hopes to operate the BelugaXL for thirty years. The programme’s production infrastructure – gigantic jigs and tooling – is slowly being decommissioned and committed to storage, just in case additional BXLs would be needed in future. Now that the last aircraft has finally joined the fleet after proving how capable the BelugaXL is, one thing is sure: it’ll have a whale of a time.
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  • An MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 174th Attack Wing, Syracuse, New York, prepares for flight during Exercise Iron Keystone at Fort Drum, New York, June 10, 2024. Iron Keystone is an integrated large-scale exercise involving the Pennsylvania Air National Guard (PAANG) intended to increase tactical proficiency, develop a baseline knowledge in dissimilar operations, and combine capabilities and resources across three major commands to maximize operational success on the modern battlefield. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Charles Casner)

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Lindsay “MAD” Johnson, A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team pilot, flies over Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 10, 2024. Johnson flew a practice demonstration to maintain her 15-day currency. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Devlin Bishop)


    A Chilean SH-32 Super Puma helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Attack Squadron (HA) 1, descends during flight operations on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while underway in the Pacific Ocean, June 10, 2024. George Washington is deployed as part of Southern S eas 2024 which seeks to enhance capability, improve interoperability, and strengthen maritime partnerships with countries throughout the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility through joint, multinational, and interagency exchanges and cooperation.
    (Photo by Seaman Kiejuanesha Simmons )
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    An EA-18G Growler, attached to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, readies for launch on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while underway in the Pacific Ocean, June 10, 2024. George Washington is deployed as part of Southern Seas 2024 which seeks to enhance capability, improve interoperability, and strengthen maritime partnerships with countries throughout the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility through joint, multinational, and interagency exchanges and cooperation.
    (Photo by Seaman Kiejuanesha Simmons )
     While Underway In The Pacific Ocean June 10 2024
    U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable, conduct maintenance on an AV-8B Harrier while forward deployed at Ronneby Airport, Sweden, during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 24, June 10, 2024. BALTOPS 24 is the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region. The exercise, led by U.S. Naval forces Europe-Africa and executed by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, provides a unique training opportunity to strengthen combined response capabilities critical to preserving freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elton Taylor)

    Edwards AFB F-16C 88-456 with its special 50th Anniversary Fighting Falcon tail flash goes vertical on the Sidewinder Low Level Route in Owens Valley near Mt. Whitney, California, June 5, 2024. This Viper is assigned to the 416th Flight Test Squadron, flown by outgoing 416th FLTS Commander Lt. Col. Michael Pacini on his last flight with the Skulls. (Air Force photo by Todd Schannuth)

    SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, June 11, 2024 — Arajet’s 10th Boeing [NYSE: BA] 737 MAX arrived today in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as the airline continues to grow its fuel-efficient fleet. This 737-8 delivery through a lessor supports Arajet’s growth strategy throughout the Americas as the airline plans to more than double its routes in the next few years.

    “This tenth aircraft is unique, not only because it has a special Dominican ribbon painted on the fuselage, but because it will increase the number of connections we make with the continent. We are reaffirming our commitment to democratize the skies and be able to connect all our countries with the lowest possible prices,” said Victor Pacheco Méndez, CEO and founder of Arajet.

    Since launching in 2022, Arajet has grown its all-737 MAX fleet to serve 23 destinations in 16 countries, including Canada, Mexico and Argentina. Arajet’s performance earned it recognition as the Startup Airline of the year at the World Aviation Summit in 2023.

    With 737-8 jets that can fly up to 3,500 nautical miles, the airline operates some of the longest routes in the region ─ efficiently connecting the Caribbean to North and South America.

    “The versatility and efficiency of the 737 MAX supports Arajet’s commitment to provide safe, affordable travel for its customers,” said Mike Wilson, Boeing vice president of Commercial Sales for Latin America and the Caribbean. “By introducing the 10th 737-8 to its fleet, Arajet reaches an important milestone as the airline further connects the Dominican Republic with the rest of the Americas.”

    Powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines and advanced technology winglets, the 737 MAX reduces fuel use and emissions by 20% compared to airplanes it replaces. It can fly farther than prior generation airplanes and has a 50% smaller noise footprint.

    Boeing’s 20-year Commercial Market Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean forecasts that more than 90% of the region’s airplane demand will be for single-aisle jets to serve popular routes ─ including those to North America.

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    About Arajet

    Arajet is the first low-fare airline in the Caribbean region and started operations in September 2022 from its base at Las Americas Airport in Santo Domingo, under its airline operator certificate (AOC) from the Dominican Republic. Arajet will operate a new fleet of Boeing 737-8 aircraft that provide safe and affordable travel to and from the Dominican Republic to several destinations in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean region. For more information, visit www.Arajet.com.
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    NATO Tigers meet to show their paws
    Allied aircraft take part in the annual NATO Tiger Meet at Schleswig Air Base, Germany
    This year, the long-standing NATO Tiger Meet sees over 60 aircraft from eleven NATO nations plus partners Austria and Switzerland.
    The exercise has been organised annually by the NATO Tiger Association since 1960.
    (Photos courtesy of the Bavarian Tigers Neuburg)
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  • North American Aerospace Defense Command CF-18 Hornets refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a routine NORAD flight over St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, June 10, 2024. NORAD, a binational command made up of Canadian and U.S. personnel, conducts air-to-air refueling to allow forces the ability to be flexible and quickly operate in remote locations across the Arctic region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Strobel)

    A U.S. Air Force AC-130J Ghostrider gunship assigned to the 4th Special Operations Squadron from Hulburt Field, Fla. lands at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK) June 12, 2024. The Ghostrider and its crews are participating in a regularly scheduled joint, combined exchange and training (JCET) event designed to positively affect the combat readiness of special operations forces (SOF) personnel in support of the mutual defense of the U.S. and ROK homelands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Cabanero)

    SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 10, 2024) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25, launches off the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the South China Sea, June 10, 2024. USINDOPACOM forces perform operations in and around critical sea passages and trade thoroughfares to deter threats that create regional instability and impinge on the free flow of goods, people, and ideas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron Haro Gonzalez)
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    PHILIPPINE SEA (June 11, 2024) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, lands on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during flight operations in support of Valiant Shield 2024, in the Philippine Sea, June 11. The Royal Maces conduct carrier-based air strikes and strike force escort missions, as well as ship, battle group and intelligence collection operations. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kevin Steffanson)
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    Indian Air Force Rafale aircraft prepare for takeoff during Red Flag-Alaska 24-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 6, 2024. Integrating forces strengthens joint planning, communication and execution to enhance interoperability and joint operational effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha White)

    RotorTech, Australia (June 12, 2024) – Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the New Zealand Police Air Support Unit's fleet of three Bell 429 helicopters recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours of successful operations. Since beginning operation in 2019, the Bell 429 aircraft have primarily served as airborne observation platforms to coordinate ground unit operations, especially when persons of interest remain present at incidents.

    “Reaching 15,000 flight hours in such a short period is a remarkable achievement for the New Zealand Police Air Support Unit and their aviation services provider, Advanced Flight,” said Daniel McQuestin, Bell’s business development director for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Rim. “Bell values our work with law enforcement customers worldwide who rely on Bell 429 helicopters to safely and efficiently perform their important community missions.”

    The New Zealand Police maintains 24/7 airborne coverage, equaling approximately 3,300 planned flight hours annually.

    Advanced Flight also completed the final modification of the Bell 429s, installing a custom law enforcement package that suits the mission requirements of the New Zealand Police Air Support Unit. “Advanced Flight is proud to have supported the New Zealand Police Air Support Unit and their Bell 429 aircraft since 2019 and we look forward to continuing to provide them, as well as our other customers and their fleets, with a more diverse and specialized range of aviation services,” shared Keith Stephens, chief executive officer, Advanced Flight. “Our commitment to excellence and innovation, coupled with our extensive experience and in-house training capabilities, positions us as the premier Bell 429 operator in the Southern Hemisphere.”

    The Bell 429 has proven popular globally among corporate, emergency medical, and law enforcement customers worldwide due to its smooth and comfortable flight experience with best-in-class cabin space. There are over 450 Bell 429s operating globally, accumulating over 602,000 flight hours to date.
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    Seven F-18 fighter aircraft and more than 100 personnel are taking part in Finland’s first NATO mission, flying alongside the Royal Air Force and the Romanian Air Force protecting NATO’s eastern flank.

    The air policing mission is on standby to launch Quick Reaction Alert at a moment’s notice to intercept Russian aircraft approaching NATO airspace.
    (Photo courtesy of the RAF)
    18 Fighter Aircraft And More Than 100 Personnel Are Taking Part In Finland S First NATO Mission
    Yesterday, the first ever joint mission between a French and Spanish Reaper was held in areas controlled by Base aérienne 709 Cognac-Châteaubernard : a European first!

    The Spanish Reaper of the ALA23 Squadron took off from the BA of Badajoz and, after an air transit of several hours, carried out a tactical mission in connection with a French Reaper of the 33rd Reconnaissance and Attack Surveillance Squadron (ESRA), but also a Light Aircraft Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ALSR) of Reconnaissance Squadron 4/33.

    This exercise also called for the expertise of the Electronics Soil Squadron and the CPA30 of the Base aérienne 123 Orléans-Bricy with an objective: to increase the expertise of intelligence units by developing common procedures and testing the latest technological advances. A mission highlighting the cooperation, interoperability and expertise of the two European Air Forces.
    (Photo courtesy of C. Sarrailh Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace )
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  • Two U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs of the Air Force Reserve’s 442nd Fighter Wing fly over Missouri, June 11, 2024. The fighters were waiting in formation to receive fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker of the 185th Air Refueling Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Tylon Chapman)
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    U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, take off during a training flight, in Swanton, Ohio, June 11, 2024. The 180FW, the only F-16 fighter wing in the state of Ohio, whose mission is to provide for America; protection of the homeland, flying more than 3,000 sorties totaling more than 5,200 flying hours in 2023. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Senior Airman Nicholas Battani)


    ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 12, 2024) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the "Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), June 12. Truman is the flagship of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and is currently underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Nass)
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    An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, lands on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while underway in the Pacific Ocean, June 12, 2024. George Washington is deployed as part of Southern Seas 2024 which seeks to enhance capability, improve interoperability, and strengthen maritime partnerships with countries throughout the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility through joint, multinational, and interagency exchanges and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class August Clawson)

    A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron lands at RAF Fairford, England, June 8, 2024. Allies and partner nations take every opportunity to train together to refine tactics, techniques, and procedures to improve military readiness, tactical proficiency, and interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emily Farnsworth)

    Marignane - NH Industries (NHI) and the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) have signed a contract to launch the development and qualification of the NH90 Block 1 upgrade (also known as Software Release 3). NAHEMA acted on behalf of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. This programme is part of the NH90 evolution roadmap and constitutes a major upgrade in terms of capabilities for both the TTH and NFH variants of the NH90 combat helicopter.

    “The signature of the SWR3 contract, which marks the launch of the NH90 Block 1 upgrade, is an important milestone for the NH90 programme and is a clear sign that our NATO customers trust the NH90 and plan on operating it for many more decades to come,” said Axel Aloccio, President of NHI and Head of NH90 Programme at Airbus Helicopters. “We have a clear plan to extend the life span of the NH90 up to 50 years and we will need to upgrade the aircraft to make sure it stays relevant on the battlefield of tomorrow. The Block 1 programme will cover the next ten to fifteen years. Beyond that horizon, we are also planning the Block 2 upgrade that will define the future evolutions of the platform and ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the battlefield of tomorrow," he added.

    The first phase of this 600 million Euro programme includes an upgrade of the NH90 communication suite and the integration of Data Link 22 allowing beyond line-of-sight interoperability without going through satellite communications. IFF Mod 5 Level 2 (the latest version of the device used to identify and track military aircraft) will also be integrated. Other upgrades will be available to the operators and include the integration of a latest generation electro optical system, a new dipping sonar and the integration of the MK 54 torpedo and the Marte ER anti-ship missile. The NH90 Block 1 will be able to navigate with a civil grade global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and flight management system.

    The second phase of the programme, which is currently under finalisation, will consist of the deployment of the Block 1 configuration improvements on approximately 200 NH90s, both NFH and TTH, in total.

    NHIndustries is the largest rotorcraft joint venture and it is responsible for the design, manufacturing and support of the NH90 helicopter, one of the leaders in the latest generation of military helicopters. The Company takes the best from the European rotorcraft and defence industry, being owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (32%) and GKN Fokker (5.5%). Each company has a long aerospace pedigree and brings the top of its skills and expertise to the end product.
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    Tokyo, Japan (June 12, 2024) - Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced that Subaru Corporation has signed a contract for two additional SUBARU BELL 412 EPX helicopters with the Japan Coast Guard.

    These SUBARU BELL 412EPX helicopters will support the Japanese Coast Guard’s maritime security, search and rescue operations, maritime disaster relief efforts, and cargo transport needs. With today's contract signing, the Japan Coast Guard’s fleet of SUBARU BELL 412EPX helicopters has grown to six aircraft.

    The Japan Coast Guard has operated more than 40 Bell 212 and 412 helicopters for over five decades. The transition to the SUBARU BELL 412EPX was a logical next step due to shared design commonalities. With an extended hover ceiling, increased payload capacity, robust main rotor gearbox and dry run capability, the SUBARU BELL 412EPX delivers superior operational performance and efficiency while maintaining its long-standing reputation for reliability. Moreover, the SUBARU BELL 412EPX features state-of-the-art integrated avionics with large and intuitive displays that greatly reduce a pilot's workload.
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  • A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, is parked on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 13, 2024, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission. BTF missions demonstrate lethality and interoperability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jake Jacobsen)
    1B Lancer Assigned To The 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron From Ellsworth Air Force Base South Dakota Is Parked On The Flightline At Andersen Air Force Base Guam June 13 2024
    A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 13, 2024, in support of a Bomber Task Force mission. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command forces preserve the ability to conduct effective operations in highly contested environments, enabling other elements of the Joint and Combined Force. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Jake Jacobsen)
    1B Lancer Assigned To The 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron From Ellsworth Air Force Base South Dakota Takes Off From Andersen Air Force Base Guam June 13 2024
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    An EA-18G Growler, attached to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, lands on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while underway in the Pacific Ocean, June 12, 2024. George Washington is deployed as part of Southern Seas 2024 which seeks to enhance capability, improve interoperability, and strengthen maritime partnerships with countries throughout the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility through joint, multinational, and interagency exchanges and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Max Biesecker)

    Indian Air Force LAC LD Upadhyay Avionic Technician, Rafale Squadron, prepares for take-off during Red Flag-Alaska 24-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 11, 2024. RF-A is conducted on the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, an area that covers more than 77,000 square miles and provides a realistic training environment, allowing Airmen to train for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha White)

    A Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail aircraft assigned to the No. 2 Squadron based in Williamtown, Australia, sits next to a U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry assigned to the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), prior to a Weapons School Integration mission at Nellis AFB, Nevada, June 7, 2024. The E-7A Wedgetail is capable of simultaneously tracking airborne and maritime targets. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Brianna Vetro)
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    WICHITA, Kan. (June 13, 2024) — Textron Aviation today announced the successful flight of its second Cessna Citation Ascend flight test article (P1) as certification momentum builds for the newest Citation business jet. The milestone flight follows the Ascend prototype, which completed its first flight in 2023 marking the P1 aircraft the first conforming production flight test aircraft. The Citation Ascend business jet was unveiled during the 2023 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), and the aircraft is expected to enter into service in 2025.

    The Cessna Citation Ascend is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company. 

    The initial flight of P1, piloted by Michael Bradfield and Maurice Girard, lasted 1-hour and 24-minutes, reaching a max altitude of 13,500 feet with a max speed of 308 knots. The aircraft will be used for the flight test program, primarily for systems testing, including propulsion, human factors, environmental control and avionics.
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    "Today’s successful flight of the second Citation Ascend test article marks another achievement for the program, and that’s a testament to the many great employees involved with this project,” said Chris Hearne, senior vice president, Engineering. “The aircraft has continued to perform well through the phases of testing, and I continue to be confident in the program’s momentum and in our skilled team members who make it possible.”
    About the Cessna Citation Ascend 

    Textron Aviation designed the Citation Ascend based on customer feedback for ultimate performance and comfort. 

     With sleek and modern features, customers will enjoy many of the luxuries found in the bestselling Citation Latitude and Citation Longitude, including a flat floor to provide generous legroom and flexibility for passengers. The aircraft will offer Pratt & Whitney Canada PW545D engines designed to deliver fuel efficiency and increased thrust, as well as state-of-the-art Garmin G5000 avionics that feature the latest software and hardware, including autothrottle technology. The Ascend also features a Honeywell RE100 [XL] Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) approved for unattended operations. 

     With 19 standard USB charging ports and three universal outlets throughout the aircraft, all crew and passengers will enjoy access to at least one charging port in the Citation Ascend. The aircraft has a standard seating configuration of nine passengers. 

    For more information and aircraft specifics, visit cessna.com/ascend. 
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    Vodochody, 12 June 2024 – One year after the start of serial production, Aero has demonstrated the first L-39NG aircraft intended for LOM PRAHA and its Pardubice Flight Training Centre. Delivery of the first trainer aircraft to a Czech customer is planned for this year.

    Aero will deliver a total of four L-39NG jet trainer aircraft with an option for four additional machines including a comprehensive training system. The delivery includes, among other things, initial pilot and ground staff training, special and high-altitude equipment, ground equipment, including an initial set of spare parts, as well as after-sales support for this training platform. “I am very pleased that we were able to show the L-39NG aircraft produced for LOM PRAHA in the air. The first two aircraft should be delivered by the end of this year and we hope to have two more by mid-2025. The exercise of the option for 4 more aircraft should, we are informed, offer the necessary capacity to train pilots of our army in connection with the acquisition of the F-35 and also with LOM PRAHA’s intention to train pilots of NATO armies under the NFTE (NATO Flight Training Europe) programme. The aircraft is a comprehensive and cost-effective training platform that is the optimal solution for basic and advanced training of future Czech Army fighter pilots who will use the fifth generation aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II,” said Viktor Sotona, President and CEO of Aero.

    The Air Training Centre in Pardubice, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, will use Czech L-39NG trainer aircraft for basic and advanced training of pilots of the Czech Air Force. The CLV’s significant investments include the construction of a brand new ground training centre, which includes a hall with a certified L-39NG flight simulator (the so-called Full Mission Simulator). “We are currently intensively preparing our modern infrastructure, cutting-edge technology and experienced personnel for the transition to the new L-39NG trainer aircraft in order to offer future pilots the best quality aerial and tactical simulated training, as has always been the case over the past two decades. We intend to design the L-39NG training system to prepare pilots for the F-35 aircraft. We have already received approval from Lockheed Martin for this, with the L-39NG being approved as a suitable platform for F-35 training,” said Jiří Protiva, Director of LOM PRAHA.

    The demonstration of the L-39NG for LOM PRAHA took place on 12 June at the factory airport in Vodochody, when Aero pilots demonstrated the airworthiness and operational readiness of the aircraft to the customer. The standard factory sortie programme had already taken place earlier. Its aim is to confirm the aircraft’s functions, especially the engine, aircraft systems, avionics, as well as the aircraft’s handling and behaviour in all phases of flight from take-off through aerobatics to landing. The flight takes place in a range of altitudes from 0 to 8 500 m and at speeds from stall speed to maximum speed (Mach number 0,8 or 900 km/h). Aero’s factory pilots have demonstrated the L-39NG’s behaviour within its normal operating envelope and confirmed the high standard with regard to flight performance, avionics and safety.

    The Aero L-39NG offers a robust design using the latest manufacturing technologies, including composite materials, with excellent cabin visibility and a high level of pilot protection. The resistance to bird strikes is significantly enhanced by a hardened cabin faceplate and a composite wing leading edge design certified to withstand up to 650 km/h. Newly developed integral wing fuel tanks and central fuel filling contribute to the aircraft’s low operating costs and class-leading range.

    Almost 300 Czech suppliers are involved in the serial production of the L-39NG. The Czech manufacturer has also opened another development centre in Brno, where, among other things, the technical documentation for the L-39NG is created. The contract for the delivery of four aircraft (with an option for four more) for the LOM PRAHA Air Training Centre was signed on 14 November 2022, with serial production starting at Aero on 10 May 2023.

    AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the development, production, maintenance and modernisation of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aircraft manufacturers in the world. In the field of its own aircraft, Aero is a permanent partner of a number of military air forces and has a strong position in the market for military trainer and light combat aircraft. With 11,000 aircraft produced in its 100 years of existence, hundreds of L-39 Albatros aircraft still in service with dozens of military operators and a number of demo teams, and especially with its new L-39NG aircraft, Aero has established itself as a leader in the global jet trainer market. In the civil aviation sector, Aero works with major aircraft manufacturers on a wide range of projects and is a partner in several risk-sharing programmes, where it is responsible not only for the manufacture and assembly of aircraft assemblies, but also for their development.
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