Defence http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Turkey is first operator to complete deliveries of A400M http://www.timesaerospace.aero/features/defence/turkey-is-first-operator-to-complete-deliveries-of-a400m <article class="flow post"> <header class="post-header grid twelve"> <span class="post-category" > <a href="/defence" hreflang="en">Defence</a></span> <time class="post-date" > 28 September 2022</time> <h1> Turkey is first operator to complete deliveries of A400M </h1> </header> <div > <figure class="post__lead-image" > <img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-09/Defence%20A400%20handover%20teams%20copy.jpg" width="1080" height="720" alt="A400M handover" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <div class="post__content grid twelve"> <div class="flow"> <div class="dropcap" > <p>The Turkish air force (THK) has received its 10th and final Airbus A400M, completing deliveries of the type to the 12th Air Transport Main Base Command in Erkilet, Kayseri in Central Anatolia.</p> </div> <p>The unit, MSN118, is the first Batch 7 aircraft, the final production standard, and the first of nine aircraft expected to be delivered during 2022. It was flown to Turkey by a THK crew after completion of acceptance testing at the Airbus facilities in Seville, Spain.</p> <p>The aircraft was a replacement for MSN23, written off in a fatal pre-delivery test flight in May 2015. Its crew was honoured at the formal acceptance of MSN118.</p> <p>The first THK A400M (MSN9) was delivered to Turkey on April 4, 2014, and deliveries were originally scheduled for completion in 2018.</p> <p>The A400M project was managed by the European Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (<a href="http://www.occar.int/programmes/a400m">OCCAR</a>), and is expected to see the delivery of 170 aircraft to seven nations. The A400M customers are France (50), Germany (53), Spain (27), Turkey (10) and the UK (22) with eight for Belgium and Luxembourg.</p> <p>Turkish Aerospace (TUSAS) forms a vital element in the industrial consortium building the A400M, together with Airbus Defence and Space, BAE Systems, Belgium's Flabel and a host of other companies.</p> <p>TUSAS is responsible for the front-mid fuselage, tail cone, and rear fuselage upper panel, fins/speed brakes, paratroop and emergency exit doors, as well as wiring, lighting, and water/waste systems.</p> <p>Turkey’s A400Ms have already been busy, operating a controversial air bridge between Turkey and Libya’s Government of National Unity, and airlifting materiel to Ukraine in the run-up to Russia’s invasion.</p> </div> <div class="post__aside"> <div class="author-teaser" > <figure > <a href="/node/145" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2021-08/jon-lake.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Jon Lake" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </figure> <div class="author-teaser__inner"> <h3> <a href="/node/145" hreflang="en">Jon Lake</a> </h3> <p > Jon is defence editor for both Arabian and African Aerospace magazines. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tags"> <span>Article Also Filed in: </span> <ul class="l-rs tags__list"> <li class="tag" > <a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="subscribe-block bg-grey-light flow" > <h2>Stay up to date</h2> <p>Subscribe to the free Times Aerospace newsletter and receive the latest content every week. 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It integrates design concepts from helicopters, surveillance platforms and reconnaissance aircraft with the ability to carry multiple systems, such as surveillance radar and electro optic sensor systems.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Ivor Ichikowitz, Paramount Group Founder said: “Mwari is a game changer for Air Forces. It’s purposefully designed for the kind of asymmetrical warfare that modern military forces across the world are today being asked to conduct.&nbsp; The aircraft has a critical role to play in the connected battlefield, providing forces on the ground and in the air with a force multiplier competitive advantage.”</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Unique to the Mwari is its Interchangeable Mission Systems Bay (IMSB), located in the belly of the aircraft, providing near-endless sensor and payload options which can be integrated and be swapped out in less than two hours to take advantage of its innovative ‘plug-and-play’ mission system. The modular pod allows this single platform to perform a multitude of roles without any aerodynamic or ordinance penalties. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Mwari offers advanced onboard sensors, weapons and real-time data analysis that can undertake a wide range of missions, in austere and remote environments with very little logistical support. The aircraft is further purpose-built to be infinitely reconfigurable, allowing the application of Mwari in multiple roles and missions in response to diverse customer requirements around the world.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Ichikowitz added: “This is a proud moment for Paramount and our continent’s aerospace industry. The development and deployment of Mwari underscores the strategic importance of a world-class, indigenous African aerospace industry, one that can quickly and collaboratively address the increasing security threats, conflicts and insurgencies which Africa presently faces.”</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-09-21T12:00:00Z">Wed, 21/09/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Paramount Aerospace Industries has secured orders from multiple Air Forces for its revolutionary ‘Mwari.’</span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-1" id="vote" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-1" action="/taxonomy/term/3/feed" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8"> <div class="clearfix fivestar-average-text fivestar-average-stars fivestar-form-item fivestar-basic"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-fivestar form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-select form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <select class="vote form-select" data-drupal-selector="edit-vote" aria-describedby="edit-vote--2--description" id="edit-vote--2" name="vote"><option value="-">Select rating</option><option value="20">Give it 1/5</option><option value="40">Give it 2/5</option><option value="60">Give it 3/5</option><option value="80">Give it 4/5</option><option value="100">Give it 5/5</option><option value="0">Cancel rating</option></select> <div id="edit-vote--2--description" class="description"> <div class="fivestar-summary fivestar-summary-average-count"><span class="empty">No votes yet</span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div><input style="display:none" data-drupal-selector="edit-submit" type="submit" id="edit-submit" name="op" value="Rate" class="button js-form-submit form-submit" /> <input autocomplete="off" data-drupal-selector="form-ecoaqnla86us7ugovbiwn7fgqv3p38dz5hmbytllk34" type="hidden" name="form_build_id" value="form-EcOaQnLA86uS7uGOvbiwn7Fgqv3p38DZ5HmbyTLLK34" /> <input data-drupal-selector="edit-fivestar-form-1" type="hidden" name="form_id" value="fivestar_form_1" /> </form> </div> </div> <div> <div>Top story</div> <div>On</div> </div> <div> <div>Article main topic</div> <div><a href="/defence" hreflang="en">Defence</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Redirected</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Moved to features</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Lead image:</div> <div> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-09/Mwari%20Aerial%20003_0.jpg" width="7360" height="4912" alt="" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div> <div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Wed, 21 Sep 2022 13:53:40 +0000 eNethersole 65569 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero JV pushes the lines of MRO expertise in Morocco http://www.timesaerospace.aero/features/defence/jv-pushes-the-lines-of-mro-expertise-in-morocco <article class="flow post"> <header class="post-header grid twelve"> <span class="post-category" > <a href="/defence" hreflang="en">Defence</a></span> <time class="post-date" > 21 September 2022</time> <h1> JV pushes the lines of MRO expertise in Morocco </h1> </header> <div > <figure class="post__lead-image" > <img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-09/Defence%20Orizio-%20Lockheed%20Morocco%20signing%20ceremony%20copy.jpg" width="1440" height="1080" alt="Picture: MAM" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <div class="post__content grid twelve"> <div class="flow"> <div class="dropcap" > <p>A joint venture, Maintenance Aero Maroc (MAM), has been formed by a strategic partnership between Morocco, Lockheed Martin and the Orizio Group, formerly Blueberry.</p> </div> <p>The industrial partnership is designed to support the requirements of the Royal Moroccan Air Force while fostering Orizio's international development.</p> <p>MAM will build a maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&amp;U) centre for military aircraft and helicopters at Benslimane airport, bringing high-tech jobs to the country and enhancing technical capabilities in Morocco.</p> <p>It is the first achievement under a new law enabling Morocco to develop an indigenous military and defence industry .</p> <p>The partnership is another milestone for the Belgian group, which changed its name from Blueberry this year. It has been operating in Morocco since 2012 through its subsidiary Sabca Morocco.</p> <p>Stéphane Burton, Orizio chief executive, said it will leverage the group's combined know-how and expertise on the Lockheed Martin C-130 and F-16 and world-class service to extend its MRO network in the region.</p> <p>Danya Trent, Lockheed Martin vice-president, F-16 Programme, said: “The significant cooperation is the result of several years of evaluation and discussion that will ensure the Kingdom of Morocco receives the best possible industrial facility, equipment, training and certification."</p> <p>Last year, Pilatus and Orizio Group company Sabca signed a contract for the assembly of PC-12 fuselage and wing structures at its new facility in Casablanca.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="post__aside"> <div class="author-teaser" > <figure > <a href="/profile/anuradha-deenapanray" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2021-08/anuradha-deenapanray.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Anuradha Deenapanray" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </figure> <div class="author-teaser__inner"> <h3> <a href="/profile/anuradha-deenapanray" hreflang="en">Anuradha Deenapanray</a> </h3> <p > Anuradha is a francophone editor for African and Arabian Aerospace magazines. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tags"> <span>Article Also Filed in: </span> <ul class="l-rs tags__list"> <li class="tag" > <a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="subscribe-block bg-grey-light flow" > <h2>Stay up to date</h2> <p>Subscribe to the free Times Aerospace newsletter and receive the latest content every week. 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We are glad to meet the delegations within the scope of the fair to describe our aerial and space platforms as well as next generation business models.”</span></span></span></p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-09-20T12:00:00Z">Tue, 20/09/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Turkish Aerospace will participate in the Africa Aerospace and Defence fair, which will take place in South Africa on September 21-25, 2022. </span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></div> <div><a href="/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/defence" hreflang="en">Defence</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-2" id="vote--2" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-2" action="/taxonomy/term/3/feed" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8"> <div class="clearfix fivestar-average-text fivestar-average-stars fivestar-form-item fivestar-basic"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-fivestar form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-select form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <select class="vote form-select" data-drupal-selector="edit-vote" aria-describedby="edit-vote--4--description" id="edit-vote--4" name="vote"><option value="-">Select rating</option><option value="20">Give it 1/5</option><option value="40">Give it 2/5</option><option value="60">Give it 3/5</option><option value="80">Give it 4/5</option><option value="100">Give it 5/5</option><option value="0">Cancel rating</option></select> <div id="edit-vote--4--description" class="description"> <div class="fivestar-summary fivestar-summary-average-count"><span class="empty">No votes yet</span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div><input style="display:none" data-drupal-selector="edit-submit" type="submit" id="edit-submit--2" name="op" value="Rate" class="button js-form-submit form-submit" /> <input autocomplete="off" data-drupal-selector="form-w8kgiqiiv-lxe-db70ycm7n9kmmkab6peuzcnrm73ei" type="hidden" name="form_build_id" value="form-W8kGIqIiv-LXe-Db70YcM7n9kMMkAB6peUZcnRM73eI" /> <input data-drupal-selector="edit-fivestar-form-2" type="hidden" name="form_id" value="fivestar_form_2" /> </form> </div> </div> <div> <div>Top story</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Article main topic</div> <div><a href="/events" hreflang="en">Events</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Redirected</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Moved to features</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Lead image:</div> <div> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-09/HURKUS.TURKISH%20AEROSPACE.jpg" width="3912" height="2288" alt="" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div> <div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 20 Sep 2022 09:20:34 +0000 eNethersole 65553 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero Saab trains UAE Nationals for defence and security jobs http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/training/saab-trains-uae-nationals-for-defence-and-security-jobs <div property="schema:text"><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Four Emiratis gained global experience through a six-month internship at Saab in Sweden, across several of the world’s most advanced industrial facilities. SEEDS joins the company’s local partnership programmes to increase its Emiratisation rate across multiple departments.</span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Anna-Karin Rosén, managing director of Saab in the UAE, said: “We are proud to welcome the inaugural cohort of SEEDS trainees as full-time employees at our facilities in Abu Dhabi. As a leading defence and security company, Saab is uniquely placed to grow Emirati talent by equipping the next generation of Emirati leaders with engineering skills, as well as creating high-tech jobs with rewarding career paths.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Saab’s participation in SEEDS, an initiative created by the UAE defence and security industry enabler Tawazun Economic Council, gave trainees the opportunity to work alongside global experts and receive hands-on experience ahead of taking </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">full-time roles at the company’s facilities in the UAE. During this placement the trainees worked across several departments, including aircraft systems, sub-system maintenance and logistics support, and software development.</span> </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Matar Ali Al Romaithi, chief officer of the Economic Development Unit at Tawazun Economic Council, added: “We are pleased that Saab has taken this step and look forward to more Emirati engagement with them as we work to support a sustainable pipeline of future talent. A core focus of Tawazun’s Economic Program involves people development and employment programs, identifying critical capabilities and inspiring a skilled national workforce through partnerships with companies such as Saab.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><a name="_Hlk106647023"></a></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">In alignment with Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, Saab contributes to both the development of local talent and the long-term growth of the UAE’s defence industry ecosystem. Saab is also committed to furthering Emiratisation, with 14% of its workforce, specialised in engineering and government relations, comprising of UAE Nationals. Saab will be making robust efforts in the next few years to nurture Emirati nationals with opportunities, with a particular focus on engineering in software development, mechanics, and electronic design.</span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-09-13T12:00:00Z">Tue, 13/09/2022 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div> <div>First paragraph</div> <div><p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Saab, a leading defence and security company in the UAE, announced its first group of Sustain &amp; Enhance Emiratisation in Defence and Security (SEEDS) trainees are being offered full-time jobs in Abu Dhabi upon graduating from the programme. </span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Regions</div> <div> <div><a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Other topics</div> <div> <div><a href="/defence" hreflang="en">Defence</a></div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Rate</div> <div><form class="fivestar-form-3" id="vote--3" data-drupal-selector="fivestar-form-3" action="/taxonomy/term/3/feed" method="post" accept-charset="UTF-8"> <div class="clearfix fivestar-average-text fivestar-average-stars fivestar-form-item fivestar-basic"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-fivestar form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-select form-item-vote js-form-item-vote form-no-label"> <select class="vote form-select" data-drupal-selector="edit-vote" aria-describedby="edit-vote--6--description" id="edit-vote--6" name="vote"><option value="-">Select rating</option><option value="20">Give it 1/5</option><option value="40">Give it 2/5</option><option value="60">Give it 3/5</option><option value="80">Give it 4/5</option><option value="100">Give it 5/5</option><option value="0">Cancel rating</option></select> <div id="edit-vote--6--description" class="description"> <div class="fivestar-summary fivestar-summary-average-count"><span class="empty">No votes yet</span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div><input style="display:none" data-drupal-selector="edit-submit" type="submit" id="edit-submit--3" name="op" value="Rate" class="button js-form-submit form-submit" /> <input autocomplete="off" data-drupal-selector="form-7nr3mibvyrsxmekyyvusnisdy7eic38kvlkowrdodbc" type="hidden" name="form_build_id" value="form-7NR3mibVyRSxmEkyYVUsNIsdY7EIC38KvLKOWrDOdBc" /> <input data-drupal-selector="edit-fivestar-form-3" type="hidden" name="form_id" value="fivestar_form_3" /> </form> </div> </div> <div> <div>Top story</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Article main topic</div> <div><a href="/training" hreflang="en">Training</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Redirected</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Moved to features</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Lead image:</div> <div> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-09/Saab%20SEEDS%20Trainees.jpg" width="3000" height="2001" alt="" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div> <div>New batch</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:20:20 +0000 eNethersole 65535 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero USAF B-52 patrols send warning signal to Iran http://www.timesaerospace.aero/features/defence/usaf-b-52-patrols-send-warning-signal-to-iran <article class="flow post"> <header class="post-header grid twelve"> <span class="post-category" > <a href="/defence" hreflang="en">Defence</a></span> <time class="post-date" > 12 September 2022</time> <h1> USAF B-52 patrols send warning signal to Iran </h1> </header> <div > <figure class="post__lead-image" > <img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2022-09/Defence%20B52s%20overfly%20Gulf%20copy.jpg" width="1082" height="720" alt="B-52" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <div class="post__content grid twelve"> <div class="flow"> <div class="dropcap" > <p>The US Air Force is augmenting its normal bomber deployments in the Middle East with frequent ‘presence patrols’ by long-range Boeing B-52H Stratofortress heavy bombers.</p> </div> <p>While B-1B Lancers remain deployed at Qatar’s Al Udeid air base, B-52s have made a number of ‘flying visits’ to the region this year, often in response to signals (or specific intelligence) indicating that Iran may be planning attacks against US and/or allied targets in Iraq or elsewhere in the region.</p> <p>On Valentine’s day, a 5<sup>th</sup> Bomb Wing B-52H flew from RAF Fairford, where it was temporarily deployed, and conducted manoeuvres with a number of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) air forces before landing after a flight of about 23.5 hours. The Fairford deployment mounted a similar mission on March 29 2022.</p> <p>On 9 June 9 2022, two B-52Hs, two KC-10 Extenders, and three KC-135 Stratotankers flew a similar presence patrol mission from their base at Minot AFB, North Dakota.</p> <p>Lt Gen Greg Guillot, Ninth Air Force (AFCENT) commander, said such presence patrols "show the United States’ continued commitment and interoperability with our partners in the region [and] demonstrate our combined ability to provide global reach and joint security to the region.”</p> </div> <div class="post__aside"> <div class="author-teaser" > <figure > <a href="/node/145" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2021-08/jon-lake.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Jon Lake" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </figure> <div class="author-teaser__inner"> <h3> <a href="/node/145" hreflang="en">Jon Lake</a> </h3> <p > Jon is defence editor for both Arabian and African Aerospace magazines. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tags"> <span>Article Also Filed in: </span> <ul class="l-rs tags__list"> <li class="tag" > <a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="subscribe-block bg-grey-light flow" > <h2>Stay up to date</h2> <p>Subscribe to the free Times Aerospace newsletter and receive the latest content every week. 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Its air force and navy have taken delivery of the first examples of both variants of the NH90 multi-role military helicopter that it ordered.</p> </div> <p>While the Gulf state takes delivery of the first of 28 NH90s on order, elsewhere NH Industries has had a disappointing year with first Australia and then Norway dropping its aircraft from their fleets.</p> <p>The NH90 is the product of Europe’s largest military helicopter programme run by the NHI consortium, a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (32%) and GKN Fokker (5.5%). Nearly 470 units have been delivered to 14 nations, including Oman and Qatar.</p> <p>The aircraft is offered in two main variants: the NH90 tactical transport helicopter (TTH) is a land-based support helicopter, while the NH90 Nato frigate helicopter (NFH) is a shipboard naval helicopter optimised for autonomous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface unit warfare (ASuW) missions.</p> <p>Qatar signed a contract in March 2018 for 16 TTH versions and 12 NFH variants, with an option to acquire six additional aircraft of each type. The contract also included associated infrastructure and a comprehensive support, maintenance and training services package.</p> <p>Leonardo is prime contractor for the overall Qatar NH90 programme and is responsible for the final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFHs from its Venice Tessera facility, while Airbus Helicopters is responsible for the final assembly and delivery of Qatar’s 16 NH90 TTHs from its Marignane facility.</p> <p>The Qatar Emiri air force received its first NH90 TTH at Marignane in December 2021, and a formal handover ceremony for the first two NFH examples was held at Venice Tessera on March 31. Interestingly, the first Qatari NFH had already made its public premiere on December 18, 2021 during Qatar’s National Day celebrations.</p> <p>The NFH units will operate from the Qatar Emiri navy’s four Al Zubarah-class air defence corvettes and the future air defence LPD. They will be armed with the MBDA Marte ER anti-ship missile and MU90 lightweight torpedoes.</p> </div> <div class="post__aside"> <div class="author-teaser" > <figure > <a href="/node/145" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2021-08/jon-lake.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Jon Lake" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </figure> <div class="author-teaser__inner"> <h3> <a href="/node/145" hreflang="en">Jon Lake</a> </h3> <p > Jon is defence editor for both Arabian and African Aerospace magazines. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tags"> <span>Article Also Filed in: </span> <ul class="l-rs tags__list"> <li class="tag" > <a href="/middle-east-and-north-africa" hreflang="en">Middle East and North Africa</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="subscribe-block bg-grey-light flow" > <h2>Stay up to date</h2> <p>Subscribe to the free Times Aerospace newsletter and receive the latest content every week. 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After certification, the firefighting capability will be available to aircraft's operators. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The MAFFS II is a firefighting system capable of deploying up to 3,000 gallons of water (approximately 11,300 liters), both with and without fire retardant, according to the standard ground cover level criteria and in various types of terrain.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Designed to interface with the aircraft’s Cargo Handling System (CHS), the MAFFS II is rapidly installed on the cargo compartment of the airplane, using only its own trailer. The system requires only aircraft power to operate.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The conclusion of these tests, which included several in-flight water-drop, proved the system's ability to integrate with the aircraft, and demonstrated excellent aspects of flight quality and maneuverability, which are extremely necessary for this type of operation at low speeds.</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">The C-390 Millennium and its air-to-air refueling configuration, the KC-390, are the new generation of multi-mission military transport aircraft delivering unrivaled mobility and cargo capacity, rapid re-configuration, high availability, improved comfort, as well as optimal management of reduced operational costs through its life cycle, all in a single platform.</span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Posted date</div> <div><time datetime="2022-09-06T12:00:00Z">Tue, 06/09/2022 - 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But armed UAVs have proliferated in recent years as those nations who have not been allowed to buy armed MQ-9 Predators and Reapers have turned to Chinese and Turkish suppliers.</p> <p>China is continuing to exploit US unwillingness to export armed UAVs, and its armed drones have, consequently, been widely sold, though they have not proved to be as operationally effective as the MQ-9, nor the Turkish Bayraktar TB-2.</p> <p>The Chinese CH-4 is in use in Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, while the Wing Loong is in service in Morocco, Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>Algeria, in particular, has become a major operator of Chinese UAVs, having received five CH-3s for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), and five armed CH-4 UAV systems. These will now be augmented by five CH5 Rainbow drones, armed with anti-tank missiles and guided bombs, and by an unknown number of Wing Loong 2 UAVs.</p> <p>Algeria is expected to have 60 UAVs in service by the end of the year.</p> <p>In neighbouring Morocco, a $500 million agreement has been signed for the supply of the state-of-the-art Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Barak MX air defense system.</p> <p>Barak MX provides a single integrated solution allowing the simultaneous engagement of multiple airborne threats, and it is configurable and scalable enough to be used against anything from small drones to ballistic missiles.</p> <p>The system consists of three basic elements, including a battle management centre and three types of missiles for different mission types.</p> <p>Further East, Tunisia is to receive four Cessna Grand Caravan EX ISR aircraft.</p> <p>Textron Aviation will deliver the aircraft to ATI Engineering Services, which will equip them with an electro-optical/infrared sensor, operator console, video datalink, tactical radios and night vision goggles (NVG)-compatible lighting, before delivering them to the Tunisian Air Force.</p> <p>The US Government has already supported the transfer of 16 Grand Caravan EX aircraft to African customers since 2014, mainly via the foreign military sale (FMS) process.</p> <p>Kenya, meanwhile, is looking to bolster its growing attack helicopter fleet.</p> <p>Jordan supplied two AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters in 2017, and the UAE donated nine Eurocopter AS550 Fennec light helicopters to the Kenyan Air Force (KAF) in September 2019.</p> <p>The US Government approved the sale of six MD530F attack helicopters to Kenya in May 2017, and these were formally inducted by chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathet, in January 2020.</p> <p>Now, following the 2020 delivery, Kenya is on the verge of acquiring further examples of the MD Helicopters MD530F.</p> <p>The Kenya Defence Forces are looking to increase the number of attack helicopters on strength to support operations against al-Shabab insurgents and to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), as part of the KDF modernisation programme.&nbsp;</p> <p>A US Army spokesman revealed that Kenya is among three countries to have expressed an interest in procuring new MD 530s, and that it could receive “two MD 530s on the production line that were originally procured for Afghanistan, but which are currently under a stop work order”.</p> <p>“We are working towards resuming production for Kenya as part of their next aircraft procurement,” the spokesman added.</p> <p>Kenya’s attack helicopters are operated by the Joint Helicopter Command in Embakasi, Nairobi, and at Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="post__aside"> <div class="author-teaser" > <figure > <a href="/node/145" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/aerospace/times/files/2021-08/jon-lake.jpg" width="250" height="250" alt="Jon Lake" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </figure> <div class="author-teaser__inner"> <h3> <a href="/node/145" hreflang="en">Jon Lake</a> </h3> <p > Jon is defence editor for both Arabian and African Aerospace magazines. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="tags"> <span>Article Also Filed in: </span> <ul class="l-rs tags__list"> <li class="tag" > <a href="/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="subscribe-block bg-grey-light flow" > <h2>Stay up to date</h2> <p>Subscribe to the free Times Aerospace newsletter and receive the latest content every week. 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