There has been skepticism in the last few years about the idea of “Made in America”; but there is assurance in a particular segment that “USA made” product dominates, and that the global weapons trade.


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Elbit Systems present its latest spectrum of solutions for changing requirements of the defense, and commercial aviation to increase pilot awareness and reinforce flight protection and safety. Solutions for commercial aviation include avionic systems, advanced electronic warfare, electro-optics and unmanned systems. Elbit has said to bring their aviation solutions to the Farnborough, a week long show used for trade and also open to the public on the last 3 days held in Hampshire, England.


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Outside the United States lurks one of the USA’s largest Airforce base; located in southwest Germany is Ramstein Air Base. Ramstein serves as the headquarters for the US Air Force in Europe and is a crucial Air base for drone warfare, airlifting special-ops units and transporting munitions for airstrikes. The Air Base is the home to 57,000 US citizens and the Defense Department calls it,


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On Thursday March 31, 2016 Lebanon received three military helicopters from The United States to help fight against the overgrowing extremists located close to the Syrian border. There have been seven other US helicopters that were made available for Lebanon’s air fleet.


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Turbomeca the helicopter engine maker has released "Boost" which is their online engine maintenance tracking system. Boost, which stands for bank of online services and technologies, is regarded as a highly secured, web-based application developed and paired with IBM which will allow its operators to receive 24/7 support from Turbomeca, access real-time data from a personalized engine that will enrich their own fleet maintenance management.


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Sikorsky has announced today that a second CH-53K helicopter has achieved its first flight, and is now part of their flight test program. The Lockheed Martin-owned company added that the helicopter it is joining in the program has expanded its flight envelope to 120 knots as part of the King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program.


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After months of preparing, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that they have finally begun testing new European flight routes using a specially outfitted CS100 aircraft. Bombardier will be conducting these proving exercises through Swiss International Air Lines’ (SWISS) facility located in Zurich. This base will serve as a sort of central hub for testing connecting flights to a number of different Eastern and Central European cities including Brussels, Vienna, and Warsaw. SWISS will receive their initial CS100 delivery within the next few months, and these proving exercises are essential towards examining the CS100s capabilities. Each exercise will be conducted by replicating exact speeds, altitudes, and operations found within a typical SWISS commercial flight.


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Discussions have turned into a signed agreement between Innova Aerospace and representatives from Rolls-Royce at the Heli-Expo 2016 event for a technical development program aimed at certifying the RR300 turboshaft engine for the composite, single-engine helicopter, Innova C630. The agreement was legitimized by Executive vice president of corporate development for Innova Aerospace, Greg Fedele and Senior VP of helicopters and light turboprop engines for Rolls-Royce, Jason Propes.


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Small Planet Airlines, a leisure airline whose primary clients hail from European countries like Poland, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, and Great Britain, works in conjunction with some of the largest holiday operators to fly passengers during the summer season to some of the great holiday vacation countries in the world such as Spain, Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. Small Planet Airlines moves their fleet to the Asian region during the winter season and also organizes private reserved flights for athletes, celebrities and national delegates. Small Planet Airlines’ fleet comprises of about 21 Airbus aircrafts that include the Airbus 321 and Airbus 320.


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News has begun to pour out about Northrop Grumman Corporation’s latest press release stating that they have secured yet another contract. In fact, it is Northrop Grumman’s second consecutive contract valued at $285 million dollars. Northrop Grumman has received a contract modification from the United States Navy to configure the first Japanese E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. This aircraft will be an all-weather airborne vessel designed for early warnings command and control. Northrop Grumman is expected to outfit the aircraft at its primary facility in St. Augustine, Florida. Though the work timeline has not been revealed yet, the company is expected to be the one handling the Japanese requirement for the foreseeable future in regards to this next generation airborne early warning aircraft. This is actually a modification of the contract originally drafted in November 2014.


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The Times of India recently released an article showing that the Indian Air Force’s order of the 36 Rafale fighter jets has been completed with the French government. This deal was closed during New Year’s eve 2015. Dassault, the French aircraft builder and integrator, will supply all the Rafale aircrafts in a flyaway condition.


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Lockheed Martin is upgrading the battle command systems of the United States’ military branches. These battle command systems are in charge of all airborne assets which include the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. This includes bombers, tankers, fighters, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, and cruise missiles.


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Jet2.com, a low-cost British airline in the United Kingdom, has recently finalized a deal with Boeing for 27 next-generation 737-800 aircraft. Under this contract, which is estimated to be valued at $2.6 billion, Jet2.com will be receiving 737-800NG airliners over the span of the next two years. The company will be using these aircraft to serve its holiday package and flight-only customers by deploying these airplanes to leisure destinations in the Mediterranean, such as the Canary Islands and other European leisure cities. Jet2.com hopes that this new fleet with help to strengthen its business, as well as to provide the company with reliable, comfortable, and cost-effective aircraft.


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The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has advised to Congress that there may be a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, along with all of the associated equipment, to the United Kingdom. Under this sale, which is estimated to have a value of $3 billion, the United Kingdom’s government has requested the remanufacture of 50 WAH-64 Mk1 attack helicopters into AH-64E Apaches equipped with 110 T-700-GE-701D engines. In addition to this, the sale will include the refurbishment of 53 AN / AAR-11 modernized pilot night-vision sensors, 53 AN / ASQ-170 modernized target designation and acquisition sights, and 52 AN / APG-78 fire control radars. That’s not it though. The package will also include the upgrade of 300 Apache aviator integrated helmets, 52 AN / APR-48B modernized radar frequency interferometers, 55 radar electronics units (longbow component), 60 AAR-57(V) 3 / 5 common missile warning systems with 5th sensor and improved countermeasure dispenser, as well as 120 embedded global positioning systems (GPS) with inertial navigation.


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Bombardier Inc. has delayed the commercial debut of its Global 7000 business jet by two years, the most recent in a string of setbacks.


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At the end of last week, word broke that the Canadian government is reportedly planning on cancelling a USD$55 million contract with Thales Canada to deliver new radar units in order to support its CF-18 fighter jet squadrons in Cold Lake, Alberta and Bagotville, Quebec. Signed in November of 2010, the deal called for Thales Canada to deliver two Ground Master (GM 400) air-defense tactical-control radar systems, scheduled to begin in 2013. According to Defense Department documents, costs of the equipment had increased to over USD$78 million which led to the Public Works Department being called in to negotiate with Thales and try to resolve the issue.


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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has successfully tested their railgun projectiles with on-board electronics at US Army’s Dugway Proving Ground.


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At the 2015 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, Boeing Business Jets was pleased to announce the first sale of its BBJ MAX 9 ultra-large cabin, long range private jet. The recipient of the new aircraft is an undisclosed European customer. This BBJ MAX 9 deal marks the fifth order for the BBJ MAX family. Previously, Boeing has landed 4 orders for the BBJ MAX 8 variant.


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The Pilatus PC-24 has completed its first flight in Switzerland, two years after the jet was announced.


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SpaceX and Boeing are both building private spaceships to taxi astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA. Since the cancellation of NASA’s shuttle program, restoring the ability to launch American astronauts to ISS has been a top priority. It now appears that the goal is closer than ever.


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