Russia to Swap Western Avionics in MC-21 Airliner with Locally-made Ones

January 24, 2020 @ 08:23 AM

Russia has planned to replace MC-21 twin-jet airliner's avionics manufactured by America's Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, and France's Thales with indigenous airborne avionics before 2023. A draft tender was issued to look for potential Russian manufacturers

Saab Begins Production of USAF T-7A’s Aft Fuselage

January 22, 2020 @ 09:34 AM

Saab has begun manufacturing seven aft fuselage section for T-7A advanced trainers ordered by the United States Air Force (USAF). “Saab started assembly production on January 10, 2020 of its (aft fuselage) section of the T-7A aircraft, the advanced trainer developed and produced together with Boeing for the USAF,” the company...

Boeing 737 MAX To Resume Operations in Mid-2020

January 22, 2020 @ 08:36 AM

Boeing announced on Tuesday that it is targeting the return of the grounded 737 MAX airplanes to the sky for mid-2020. “We are informing our customers and suppliers that we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 MAX will begin during mid-2020,” the company said in a statement

Qatar Launches New France Flights in Deal Seen as Payback for Rafale...

January 16, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Qatar Airways yesterday announced the launch of flights connecting Doha with Lyon (France) which together with flights to Paris and Nice, is seen as payback for the tiny Gulf nation buying Rafale fighter from Dassault. Doha has ordered 36 Rafale jets: 24 for $7 Billion in 2015 and 12 more for

Russia's Il-96-400M Prototype Arrives for Final Assembly

January 16, 2020 @ 06:41 AM

The first flying prototype of Russia's Ilyushin IL-96-400M has arrived for its final assembly at the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO) plant. "The IL-96-400M first flight prototype has arrived to the final assembly shop," manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation announced earlier this week

Dassault Falcon 8X Planes Converted to Electronic Warfare Role

January 14, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has contracted Dassault Aviation to integrate three of its Falcon 8X aircraft with Thales CUGE universal electronic warfare capability, under the Archange program launched to strengthen France's signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities. “The contract awarded on 30 December 2019, covers the first two aircraft on the programme

US Acquires 50 Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules Planes for $3B

January 14, 2020 @ 06:39 AM

The US Department of Defense awarded Lockheed Martin $3 billion to supply 50 C-130J Super Hercules planes. The company had won $1

Iran Owns Up To “Unintentional” Downing Of Ukrainian Jetliner

January 11, 2020 @ 07:07 AM

Iran has admitted that its military shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) flight that

What Brought Down the Ukrainian Passenger Plane?

January 10, 2020 @ 10:08 AM

The reason behind Ukrainian Boeing 737 crash that killed all of the 176 onboard the aircraft on Tuesday remains shrouded in mystery- was it a technical glitch or did Iran “accidently” shoot it down as claimed by the US and its allies? The Ukraine International Airlines flight, PS752, crashed near Tehran minutes after take-off. Turbulence in the Middle East reached unprecedented heights when a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in US drone strikes just outside Baghdad airport on January 3

Ukrainian, Iranian Investigators Could Together Decode Passenger Jet’s Black Box

January 10, 2020 @ 08:47 AM

A 45-member Ukrainian State Investigative Commission team which arrived in Tehran today is holding talks with Iranian authorities to jointly decode the black box of the downed Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737-800. "At the moment, we are holding effective diplomatic negotiations with the Iranian side, there is every reason to hope for cooperation on all issues, including the participation of our commission in deciphering the recordings from the black boxes of our aircraft," Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov on his Facebook page, Ukrainian media reported

Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 Crashes, 170 Feared Killed

January 8, 2020 @ 07:10 AM

All 170 passengers and crew on board a Ukrainian Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft are feared dead when the plane crashed soon after takeoff from Tehran International Airport this morning. Irans Red Crescent has said there was no chance of finding survivors, and Pir Hossein Kulivand, an Iranian emergency official, later told state TV all those on board were killed in the crash

UAC Delivers First Five Sukhoi SSJ100 Jetliners to Aeroflot

January 1, 2020 @ 07:30 AM

Russias flagship air carrier Aeroflot has received first five of the total 100 ordered Sukhoi SSJ100 regional jetliners, manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on Wednesday. “The first five Superjet aircraft were delivered to Russias Aeroflot,” UAC