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[*] posted on 2-5-2019 at 10:25 PM


French air force receives first ‘tactical’ A400M transport plane

By: Christina Mackenzie   22 hours ago


French soldiers stand next to an Airbus A400M on the tarmac at the air force base 101 Toulouse-Francazal, in Toulouse, southern France, on Jan. 17, 2019, before the French president's visit to deliver his 2019 New Year's wishes to the military forces. (Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS – The French air force has taken delivery of its 15th A400M Atlas military transport aircraft, the first directly outfitted to the “tactical standard,” including an expanded ability to land and take off from unprepared terrain and the capacity to make landing approaches under automatic pilot in all weather.

Three previously delivered aircraft have been upgraded to this new standard. Two new capabilities will be added in the fall: the ejection of heavy loads up to 16 tons from the rear ramp, and refueling by the central point.

The 11 other Atlas aircraft currently in the French inventory will be upgraded to this tactical standard by 2020.

Refueling from a central point will be by means of a Hose Drum Unit (HDU) stored in the hold when not in use. Combat aircraft are already refueled via the wing pods on the Atlas, a capacity available on all 15 of the French A400Ms. Another refueling system will be put into place to refuel helicopters but a DGA French procurement agency official told Defense News that is “for later.”

Also “for later” will be the capacity to parachute more than 30 paratroopers per door and per dispatch. The military’s requirement is that 116 paratroopers jump out of the aircraft in one dispatch. But for the moment this is impossible because of an issue with the so-called D-Bags, which hold the paratroopers chutes on their backs. This bag is opened automatically by a static line connected to an anchor cable and to the paratroopers. As they step out of the aircraft door the static line pulls taut, removing the D-Bag from the parachute and allowing it to open very quickly. The D-Bag remains attached to the static line and flaps alongside the outside of the aircraft. As more paratroopers jump out, the volume of discarded D-Bags increases, presenting a hazard to those waiting to jump.

Manufacturer Airbus has been looking at a way to make the paratroopers step out onto the outer edge of the aircraft frame before jumping. This would take them a sufficient distance from the flapping bags to neutralize the risk of D-Bag interference. It could also help resolve the issue of simultaneous dispatch, which is where parachutists exit the aircraft from both sides at the same time. Currently the danger is that they could get too close together after dispatch, risking collision.

France’s 2019-2025 military programming law provides for the delivery of another 10 A400Ms during the period, for a total of 25 aircraft in service by the end of 2025.
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Embraer nears first KC-390 export deal with Portugal

15 MAY, 2019 SOURCE: FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL BY: MURDO MORRISON SAO PAULO

Embraer is closing in on its first export deal for the KC-390 transport/tanker with programme partner Portugal, as it readies to fly the initial delivery aircraft for launch customer Brazil to the Paris air show.

Lisbon has budgetary approval for the purchase of five KC-390s and an announcement on a contract is possible during or before the air show in June.


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Jackson Schneider, chief executive of Embraer Defence & Security, says discussions with Portugal – which is participating in the KC-390 through part-state-owned Embraer subsidiary Ogma – are “very advanced”.

Embraer also makes parts of the KC-390 at its aerostructures plant in Evora, Portugal.

The manufacturer will hand over the first of 28 examples to the Brazilian air force shortly after the show. “It is going to be a beautiful moment,” says Walter Pinto, vice-president of the programme.

The aircraft on show at Paris will be serial number four. The third KC-390 built appeared at last year's Farnborough air show, and is the first production-standard example. It has been retained for further flight testing, including trials to prove the type's airdrop capabilities.

Discussions are taking place over whether the Brazilian air force will eventually take delivery of the second and third test aircraft in addition to its 28 on-order examples, says Pinto. One option is that Embraer will keep them for marketing and demonstrations, and as testbeds to develop new features.

The first three production aircraft are currently on the final assembly line at Gaviao Peixoto, with the second due for delivery later this year, and the third, fourth, and fifth in 2020, says Pinto.

From then on, the delivery schedule is still "under discussion" with the military, Pinto adds. The contract requires delivery of all 28 examples by 2026, although Embraer has the capacity to produce up to 18 of the aircraft per year.

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic and New Zealand are other possible export customers for the International Aero Engines V2500-powered twinjet, which can carry 80 passengers or 64 paratroopers, and is also pitched at missions including forest fire fighting and search and rescue.

The KC-390 is likely to be at the centre of a proposed Boeing-Embraer marketing partnership for the Brazilian manufacturer's range of defence products and services, which is separate from the joint venture with the US giant covering Embraer's commercial aircraft range. However, the intellectual property rights to the aircraft will stay with the Brazilian air force, which funded the programme.
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[*] posted on 29-5-2019 at 08:08 PM


Embraer enters final stretch of KC-390 military certification tests

Pat Host, Gavião Peixoto, Brazil - Jane's Defence Weekly

28 May 2019


Embraer will soon perform key KC-390 military certification tests such as continuous computed drop point (CCDP) certification, combat offload, and aerial refuelling. Source: IHS Markit/Pat Host

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- Embraer is completing its final set of tasks to achieve military certification for its KC-390 aircraft
- The company hopes the aircraft will enter service with the Brazilian Air Force later this year

Embraer is entering the final stretch of military certification tests for its KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft with the goal of it entering service with the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) by the end of the year.

Walter Pinto, Embraer vice-president of defence and security, told reporters on 28 May that the company will next complete continuous computed drop point (CCDP) certification, combat offload, and aerial refuelling. The KC-390, he said, previously performed dry contact refuelling tests with a Northrop F-5 Tiger II. Fuel transfers will start on the next test.

Other military certification tests to take place next include the KC-390's self-protection system, both the chaff and flare and the direct infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) capability. Pinto said the plan is to show compliance with major FAB requirements by the end of 2019.

Pinto added that some tests may be pushed to 2020 depending on aircraft availability and the FAB supporting tests with equipment and crew. The flight test campaign, he said, has flown 2,200 flight hours.

Embraer's most recent test was extraction air drops, performed this month. Aircraft FAB 1, the first KC-390 that will be delivered to the FAB, performed its first production flight test the weekend of 25 May, a key milestone on the path to initiating delivery with the FAB.

There are seven KC-390s in various states of assembly on the production line. FAB 1 is completely assembled, according to photos shown to reporters. FAB 2 is in final assembly with wings assembled, but no engines.

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[*] posted on 6-6-2019 at 08:02 PM


USAF to upgrade 176 Guard and Reserve C-130H airlifters

Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

05 June 2019


The USAF is to upgrade the avionics of 176 C-130H airlifters to improve their operational capabilities and mission readiness rates. Source: US Air Force

The US Air Force (USAF) is to upgrade the avionics of 176 Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft operated by the Air National Guard (ANG) and the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), it was disclosed on 4 June.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded L-3 Communications Integrated Systems a USD499.6 billion contract to complete the work at its Waco facility in Texas by 30 September 2029.

While neither the nature nor the scope of the work to be performed on the 1970s-era aircraft has been revealed, L-3 has performed avionic upgrades for other C-130H operators over recent years. These other projects have seen L-3 install new communication, navigation, and global air traffic management avionics capabilities, as well as reliability upgrades on critical environmental and power systems to increase mission availability.

The older variant Hercules', including the C-130H, have over recent years displayed some of the lowest availability figures (reported to Jane's as being as low as 50% in the early 2010s) and the highest operating costs of the entire USAF inventory. This upgrade should go a long way to tackling this.

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[*] posted on 12-6-2019 at 09:06 PM


Chilean Army Aviation receives final upgraded CASA 212-300 airlifter

Antonio Pablo Segovia Renteria, Santiago - Jane's Defence Weekly

12 June 2019

The Chilean Army has received back the second and final CASA C-212-300 tactical transport aircraft following an upgrade process, the service noted.


One of two Chilean Army (Chile) Casa 212 tactical transport aircraft that have recently been upgraded with new avionics. (Antonio Segovia Renteria)

The twin-turboprop aircraft was delivered to at La Independencia Airfield in May after an avionics upgrade by ENAER (Empresa Nacional de Aeronáutica) at its El Bosque Airfield facility. The main upgrade consists of a new ‘glass’ cockpit with improved navigation systems.

The first CASA C-212-300 was returned to the Army on 11 January. Chilean Army Aviation operates two C-212s, having retired its oldest C-212-100 aircraft in 2013.

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[*] posted on 13-6-2019 at 09:09 AM


Belgium sells C-130s

Nicholas Fiorenza, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

12 June 2019

The Belgian Ministry of Defence placed a notice on its website on 23 May that it is selling its C-130 air transport fleet, together with related spare parts, tools, and other support systems.


Belgium is selling its fleet of nine C-130 transport aircraft. (Belgian MoD)

Interested buyers have until 1000 h on 28 June to register their interest in buying the aircraft.

Belgium has nine operational C-130s, according to Jane’s World Air Forces . The MoD says the continual upgrade of the aircraft has included new wings and cockpits and that the transports will be used until 2020, when deliveries of the seven A400Ms replacing them will begin.

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[*] posted on 15-6-2019 at 02:03 PM


Airbus and OCCAR agree to amend A400M contract

Nicholas Fiorenza, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

14 June 2019

Airbus and the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) announced on 14 June that they had signed an amended A400M development and production programme contract. OCCAR, which represents launch customers Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, and the UK, said the cost neutral agreement would "achieve the A400M's full suite of contracted capabilities and retrofit schedule while also keeping the programme on a sound financial footing".


Airbus and OCCAR have signed an amended A400M development and production programme contract. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)

Airbus specified that all parties had agreed to stretch the A400M production schedule until 2030, reducing financial exposure. The company said a new capabilities development plan was already being implemented over an adjusted time frame to allow launch customer nations to operate in various mission profiles all over the world.

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[*] posted on 17-6-2019 at 01:53 PM


PARIS: Embraer KC-390 delivery to Brazil delayed a few months

16 June, 2019 SOURCE: FlightGlobal.com BY: Garrett Reim Paris

Embraer plans to deliver its first KC-390 transport to the Brazilian air force in the next few months, after a further slight delay from its original plan to hand over the aircraft at the end of 2018.

The twin-turbofan military transport the company plans to deliver to Brazil was at the show on 16 June, conducting a demo flight for journalists and standing on static display.

Embraer's delivery delay is the result of an incident involving one of two KC-390 prototypes that overran its runway during a test in Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil in 2018. To complete its flight testing regime, the airframer decided to reassign its third production aircraft, which was intended to be the initial example delivered to the Brazilian air force. In July 2018, Embraer said it believed the incident would cause a six-month delay, although it is now likely to take a few months longer.


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The firm says aircraft number nine is now in production. The company expects to produce military transports at a pace of 12 per year, but says with a third shift and some changes to its supply chain a higher production rate is possible. The Brazilian air force has ordered 28 examples of the aircraft.

"We are in the end of the process regarding the formal steps of acceptance with the Brazilian air force," said Jackson Schneider, chief executive of Embraer Defence & Security. "And, probably we will do it in the next couple of months."

Embraer has letters of intent for 38 KC-390s from six other potential customers. The company continues to hint that it is close to converting a letter of intent from the Portuguese air force for five of the aircraft, though it declined to say when a formal deal would be signed.

Key to the Brazilian manufacturer's ambitions for the KC-390 is a joint venture that it has formed with Boeing to sell and market the jet. Embraer is still in discussions with Boeing, but plans to begin marketing the aircraft through the joint venture at the beginning of 2020.

Schneider says that Embraer would consider opening final assembly facilities for the KC-390 not only in the USA, but in Asia, Europe or the Middle East should it make business sense.

He says a civilian version of the KC-390 is also still of interest to the company, although it has no development schedule as yet.
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Paris Air Show 2019: Leonardo pitches C-27J Firefighter

Charles Forrester, Paris - Jane's Defence Weekly

17 June 2019


The C-27J's new firefighting configuration can drop 568 litres of foam retardant on a fire. Source: Leonardo

Italy’s Leonardo has been promoting the C-27J in a newly revised firefighting configuration.

The new roll-on, roll-off fire attack system (FAS) has been made by Simplex Aerospace in collaboration with the European SCODEV Consortium. A water scooping device, developed by SCODEV, will allow the aircraft to refill its firefighting tanks without the need to return to base for refilling.

According to SCODEV, the technology can allow an aircraft to refill its tank from as little as 50 ft, and drop onto fires up to five times per hour. The system can deliver 10,600 litres of water onto a fire, and an additional 568 litres of foam retardant can be carried in a separate tank. Total fill time for the water tank using the SCODEV system takes between 60 and 90 seconds, with evacuation in less than seven seconds.

The FAS can be installed or removed in 60–90 minutes via the rear loading ramp, with the water or foam being dispersed via “S” ducts fitted into the aircraft’s paratrooper doors at the rear of the aircraft.

The addition of the system is an option that can be added to the new C-27J baseline configuration that incorporates new avionics systems, cockpit control panels, and LED aircraft lights. Existing C-27J operators are able to obtain both the firefighting and new avionics fits as part of a retrofit upgrade package.

Leonardo executives told Jane’s that the system has received interest from new and existing customers of the C-27J, particularly in Latin America.

Previous firefighting versions of the C-27J have utilised the Caylym Guardian airdropped reinforced cardboard containers.

The Guardian system consists of six 1,000 litre containers filled with water or extinguishing liquid that are dropped from the rear cargo ramp of the aircraft. The containers can be recovered by firefighters but are also biodegradable.

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PARIS: L3 promotes international C-130H upgrade

17 June, 2019 SOURCE: Flight Daily News BY: Grant Turnbull Paris

Just weeks after being awarded a roughly half-billion dollar contract by the US Air Force to upgrade more than 100 legacy Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules tactical transports, L3 Technologies has come to this year's show offering a similar modernisation package for international operators.

The company's Integrated Aerospace Systems unit says it is now offering its C-130 Avionics Modernization Package, based on the USAF's C-130H upgrade programme – known as the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program Increment 2.

On 6 June, L3 announced that it had been awarded a $499 million contract to upgrade 176 C-130H aircraft belonging to both the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

"Having the only US Air Force-certified solution that is flying in both the US and international fleets today reduces risk, cost and time-to-field for customers with mission-critical requirements," says Jon Piatt, vice-president and general manager of L3's Integrated Aerospace Systems business area.

"We work closely with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex C-130 Foreign Military Sales programme office and look forward to offering this qualified and affordable upgrade solution."

The modernisation includes the integration of a qualified communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic
management (CNS/ATM) avionics suite that can be installed on any C-130H variant at the company's facilities in Waco, Texas.

Under the USAF’s broader upgrade, National Guard and Reserve aircraft will also be fitted with Collins Aerospace NP2000 eight-bladed propeller systems – improving operational performance and reducing maintenance costs – and will also receive a Series 3.5 upgrade to their Rolls-Royce T56 engines.

Meanwhile, L3's electro-optical/infrared sensor business, Wescam, announced at the show that it had record orders for its MX series of sensors in the first quarter of this year. Orders amounted to $120 million during the period, building on what was a record year for the equipment in 2018.
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[*] posted on 19-6-2019 at 09:27 AM


R-R engine upgrade to extend Thai Hercules life

18 June, 2019 SOURCE: FlightGlobal.com BY: Craig Hoyle Paris

Rolls-Royce has received an engine upgrade contract that will extend Thailand’s operational use of the Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transport and also reduce the maintenance demands of its turboprop engines.

Announced on 18 June, the deal makes Bangkok "the first international customer to update its C-130H fleet with the T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade", R-R says. The activity covers a total of 58 engines, with an initial three-year phase to cover upgrades on 20 of these.

R-R-authorised maintenance centre Segers Aero of Fairhope, Alabama, will perform the upgrade work, which the engine manufacturer says will be conducted during periods of scheduled overhaul.

"The Series 3.5 upgrade will help the Royal Thai Air Force to reduce operational costs due to reduced maintenance requirements, and [deliver] potential fuel savings exceeding 12%," R-R says. "It will also enable the fleet to remain in service until at least 2040."

Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows that the Royal Thai Air Force has an active inventory of 12 H-model Hercules, aged between 26 and 38 years.

The T56 upgrade has previously been selected as part of a modernisation effort being performed on legacy C-130s for the US Air Force, and Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft employed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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PARIS: J-Music deal to boost German A400M defences

19 June, 2019 SOURCE: FlightGlobal.com BY: Grant Turnbull Paris

The German air force’s fleet of Airbus Defence & Space A400M tactical transports will soon have improved protection against surface-to-air heat-seeking missiles, with the service set to integrate directed-infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) technology from Elbit Systems.

At the show, Airbus announced that it has been contracted by Germany's BAAINBw defence procurement agency to integrate and certify Elbit's J-Music DIRCM system as part of the A400M’s defensive aids subsystem.

The DIRCM technology will complement the A400M’s existing self-protection suite, which includes missile warning technology, radar warning receiver and countermeasures dispensing system.

Germany's Diehl Defence is responsible for providing the J-Music system, with the contract expected to last over a four-year period.

"The signing of the contract is another significant milestone for the A400M programme, and underlines the enormous growth potential of the aircraft and the confidence Germany has in it," says Michael Menking, head of A400M programme.

Elbit says it has been awarded a $73 million contract via Diehl Defence.

“Germany is an important market for us,” says Elad Aharonson, general manager of Elbit's ISTAR division. “We are proud to be a trusted supplier of the German armed forces, and of our continuous co-operation with Diehl Defence and Airbus Defence & Space. This contract award is yet another testament to the maturity of our DIRCM systems and to the high level of confidence that they provide to users.”

The German air force received its first tactically-configured A400M in December 2016, which included self-protection elements that allowed it to fly in high-threat military environments.
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Paris Air Show 2019: Collins Aerospace receives C-130 propeller, propeller system upgrade contracts

Pat Host, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

19 June 2019

Key Points

- Collins Aerospace was awarded a pair of contracts for C-130H propeller and propeller system upgrades
- One contract will upgrade the blades to new composite models while the other will upgrade the propeller system to a modern electrical apparatus

The Pentagon and NATO have awarded Collins Aerospace contracts for Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules medium transport/multi-role propeller and propeller system upgrades.

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) awarded Collins Aerospace a deal for NP2000 propeller upgrades for 24 C-130H aircraft for the US Air National Guard (ANG), according to a company statement. This is in addition to the 12 NP2000 propeller upgrades Collins Aerospace has already completed, bringing the total number of C-130H ANG propeller upgrades the company has been awarded to 36.

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Paris Air Show 2019: Saudi Arabia considering A400M as An-132D fades

Charles Forrester, Paris - Jane's Defence Industry

19 June 2019


Saudi Arabia is looking for a heavier airlift capability, and is considering the Airbus A400M. Source: French Ministry of Defence

The Royal Saudi Air Force is currently considering the Airbus Military A400M Atlas medium lift transport aircraft.

Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Arabia Military Industries, Dr Andreas Schwer, told Jane's of the country's interest in the platform to fulfil a need for the transportation of armoured vehicles by the country's military.

"The focus of the Saudi Air Force and other local customers has changed from a 10-tonne payload platform to higher capacity platforms. There's a shift in focus on our side to bigger aviation platforms…but we might shift priority to a bigger model [aircraft]," Schwer said.

Saudi Arabia currently operates the Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules for transport, with approval for the acquisition of 25 C-130J aircraft given in 2012 by the US Congress. Progress on the acquisition of the C-130J platform has, however, been slow to materialise.

"The C-130 payload is 20 tonnes, and the An-132D is a 10-tonne payload, so you need to acquire a bigger platform. The Air Force is looking to go into the 40-tonne size, and that is why we are in intense discussions with Airbus over the A400M."

The development of the An-132D programme had also changed following the acquisition of elements of Taqnia and the King Abdulaziz Centre for Science & Technology (KACST) by SAMI, with SAMI now examining the commercial and export potential of the aircraft before proceeding further with the programme.

Development of the An-132D had been between Taqnia, KACST, and Ukraine's Antonov. The An-132D was based on a legacy An-32 'Cline' transport aircraft that had been modernised to Western standards. Production was planned to take place in Saudi Arabia, with the aircraft to be sold to commercial and military users for operations in austere environments.

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KC-390 Aims at Airlifter Market

by Matt Thurber - June 20, 2019, 2:39 AM


Embraer’s KC-390 features fly-by-wire, HUDs, and Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics.

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer (Static B8) brought its KC-390 tactical airlifter to the Paris Air Show this week as production of the type accelerates to fill an order for 28 by the Brazilian air force. Embraer’s defense and business aviation units will remain independent following the upcoming sale of a majority stake to Boeing of the company’s commercial aviation business. Boeing remains a marketing partner for the KC-390, however, and this partnership is expected to be fully in place at the beginning of 2020.

The air force’s first KC-390—the airplane brought to the Paris show—is set for delivery in the next couple of months, according to Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. The ninth KC-390 is now in the assembly stage at Embraer’s Gavião Peixoto, Brazil factory.

“We are convinced this will be successful,” Schneider said, especially given that the average age of the 2,700 airlifters that the KC-390 could replace is 30 years. “It’s faster, carries a heavier load, and has state-of-the-art mission capability and avionics, and lower maintenance and operating costs.”

Embraer has capacity to build 12 KC-390s per year, but could make more by adding a third shift at the factories where components and final assembly are done. This would also require “solving some bottlenecks in the supply chain,” he said.

By year-end, a new training center near Embraer’s headquarters in São Paulo will open for pilots and technicians. While there won’t be a full-flight simulator, the KC-390 lab simulators will be available for training as they fully replicate the type’s fly-by-wire flight controls and Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics suite.

The KC-390 has some unique features designed to aid its military capabilities. Flaps, for example, can be set at one-degree intervals from 0 to 40 degrees to help ensure the correct attitude of the fuselage during cargo drops. Two aircraft can plug into wingtip-mounted refueling nozzles during in-flight fueling operations. And the fly-by-wire flight controls are set up with control laws optimized for various types of flying, including aerial refueling, cargo dropping, and other special-mission-type flying.
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Antonov Lands Domestic Order for An-178

by Peter Dunai - June 27, 2019, 12:06 PM


The An-178 has been exhibited at several international trade shows, and now has its first domestic order. (photo: Antonov Company)

Kiev-based Antonov Enterprise, part of the UkrOboronProm (UOP) Concern, together with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior (representing the State Emergency Service and the Ukrainian National Guard), is working on details of a contract to deliver 13 An-178 multi-purpose medium transport aircraft.

A preliminary agreement was reached at the Paris Air Show between Arsen Avakov, Minister of Internal Affairs; Pavlo Bukin, the head of UOP; and Oleksandr Donts, the president of Antonov. “These are the first aircraft with Ukrainian and European components,” Avakov tweeted on June 17. “The first demonstration flight is scheduled to take place this autumn, and the aircraft will enter service in three years.”

Estimated at $600 to $800 million, the contract is scheduled to be signed this fall, UOP announced. It will be the first domestic order for the An-178, which first flew in 2015. The 13 aircraft are expected to be built using Ukrainian, U.S., and European components, replacing parts previously provided by Russia.

The An-178s will form part of the new United System of Aviation and Civil Protection (ESABtCZ in Ukrainian), which is scheduled to become operational by 2022. The An-178s will join 55 Airbus helicopters in the program, the acquisition of which was announced in 2018. Missions for these aircraft involves firefighting and emergency operations, in addition to supporting the country’s National Guard in relocating assets and troops.

Acquiring the 13 An-178s for the ESABtCZ also serves the purpose of introducing the aircraft to foreign buyers, as well as attracting foreign investors to the Ukrainian aircraft industry, said Bukin. Ukraine’s aircraft industry is on a path to remove the “Russian connection” by replacing Russian technology and spare parts, rebuilding the industry with Western partners, and observing NATO standards as far as military aviation is concerned.

In line with creating a solid base for the independent Ukrainian aircraft industry, UOP also announced in mid-June that Plant 410CA (a key aviation industry asset) is prioritizing the modernization of An-26 military transport aircraft for the country’s air force at an accelerated pace. Upgrading with Ukrainian- and European-made components involves practically all of the major systems, including avionics, radio-electronics, and navigation systems to enable joint operations with NATO forces.

Plant 410CA is also participating in India’s efforts to upgrade and modernize its 100-plus Antonov military aircraft, namely the upgrade of Indian Air Force An-32s to An-32RE standard. The Ukrainian partner supplies the air force with avionics, which together with other systems of foreign manufacture are being installed in the IAF An-32s.

In another development at the 2019 Paris Air Show, the UAE defense ministry expressed interest in unmanned aerial vehicles made by Antonov, the head of UkrOboronProm announced after meeting a senior UAE defense ministry official on the sidelines of the show. “Currently the most promising markets for us are opening in the Middle East and Southeast Asia,” he added.
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Row After 'Totally Unacceptable' Engine Problems Keep £2.6bn Fleet on the Ground

(Source: The Daily Telegraph; published July 10, 2019)

By Dominic Nicholls

A row erupted at a recent Nato conference over the RAF's new £2.6 billion transporter planes as it has emerged engine problems mean just two of 20-strong fleet are able to fly at any one time.

The delay in bringing into service the new A400M plane for the RAF and other partner nations led to a major disagreement between Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer, and Nato Ministers.

Stuart Andrew, the MoD’s Minister for Procurement, said that after an “extremely robust meeting,” the problems with the A400M aircraft should be fixed by next year.

Concerns have been raised over the new aircraft since its inception in 2003. A recent Defence Select Committee was told that engineering staff at RAF Brize Norton called the aircraft “a dog” and that on occasion only two out of the fleet of 20 aircraft were serviceable.

In 2015 one A400M aircraft crashed in Spain during a test flight, killing four crew members. A software fault, since rectified, was found to be the cause of the crash.

In Parliament this week Mark Francois, a former Defence Minister, said: “We have paid £2.6 billion for an aircraft with appalling reliability, bad engines, a virtually broken gearbox, problem propellers, massive vibration problems and an inability to deliver paratroops.” (end of excerpt)

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Topical Questions for 8 July 2019

(Source: House of Commons Hansard for July 08, 2019)

Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford) (Con):

Thank you, Mr Speaker. The A400M is an emerging procurement disaster. We have paid £2.6 billion for an aircraft with appalling reliability, bad engines, a virtually broken gearbox, problem propellers, massive vibration problems and an inability to deliver paratroops.

There was recently a NATO ministerial meeting of the partner nations to decide what to do about the disaster. What was the outcome of that meeting?

Stuart Andrew

My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the issues with the A400M. I can assure him that I attended that ministerial meeting: it was an extremely robust meeting with industry. The performance has been totally unacceptable.

We are now expecting EuroProp International, the engine manufacturer, to be more empowered to negotiate the support solutions that we need.

Airbus Defence and Space has also been held to account, but, following the problems with the engines and gear boxes, those parts will be replaced on each of the aircraft by the middle of next year.

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KC-390 sales take off with Portuguese contract

12 July, 2019 SOURCE: FlightGlobal.com BY: Craig Hoyle London

Portugal has become Embraer’s first confirmed export customer for the KC-390 tactical transport/tanker, having signed a contract to buy five of the type.

Announcing the development on 11 July, Embraer said Lisbon’s acquisition is intended to “modernise Portuguese air force capacities to support national armed forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest.”

Portugal’s defence ministry says the procurement also includes a simulator, plus personnel training and logistics support. It values the deal at €827 million ($932 million). A first delivery will be made to the NATO member nation in February 2023, with the remaining examples to follow at a rate of one per year until February 2027.


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“The Portuguese KC-390 will meet new interoperability requirements, in the areas of secure navigation, data and voice transmission, that will allow the KC-390 to integrate joint operations in multinational alliances in which Portugal is integrated,” says Jackson Schneider, chief executive of Embraer Defense & Security. “These requirements, developed in partnership with the Portuguese air force, will enable the KC-390 to meet the needs of many other nations around the world,” he adds.

Embraer says the International Aero Engines V2500-engined KC-390 will provide the Portuguese air force with “superior cargo and troop transport, aerial delivery and aerial refuelling capabilities”.

"It is an aircraft with two engines but with capabilities that only four-engined aircraft can achieve," says Portuguese defence minister Joao Gomes Cravinho.

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer records the service as currently operating four Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transports, ranging between 27 and 41 years in age. It also employs 12 examples of Airbus Defence & Space’s C295 medium airlifter, including five twin-turboprops configured as maritime patrol aircraft.

Schneider notes that Embraer already supports “thousands of highly skilled jobs” in Portugal, with its Ogma subsidiary in Evora producing aerostructures for products including the KC-390.

Portugal’s commitment adds to the 28 aircraft already on order for launch customer the Brazilian air force. The service will take delivery of its first aircraft during the third quarter of this year, with Embraer having displayed its lead example at last month’s Paris air show.
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RIAT: Airbus defence unit flies clear of A400M turbulence

19 July, 2019 SOURCE: Flight International BY: Craig Hoyle London

It has been a long time coming, but Europe's largest multinational military aircraft programme appears to be finally flying clear of the turbulence that has buffeted its progress over much of the past decade.

First flown in December 2009 in "Grizzly" development aircraft guise, the Airbus Defence & Space A400M is now in service with the air forces of partner nations France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the UK, plus lone export customer Malaysia. In all, Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows 81 examples as being in active use, with Belgium yet to take its first "Atlas" from an eight-unit commitment, including one being funded by Luxembourg.


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In a major boost for the programme, Airbus on 13 June signed a so-called re-baselining agreement with its seven European launch customers for the tactical transport via the OCCAR defence procurement agency.

"Our main target was to get a stable programme, with a contract that reflects reality," says Alberto Gutierrez, head of military aircraft at Airbus Defence & Space. The new deal encompasses the "steady and controlled" introduction of new capabilities, retrofit work on those aircraft already delivered, and will spread the remaining deliveries out until 2030.

Discussions around a revised contract had been ongoing since March 2017, and according to Gutierrez, solid performance against the programme last year was key to concluding the fresh arrangement. "In 2018, we delivered for the first time all that we planned – it was a proof of credibility to the customer for them to sign the global re-baselining," he says. "And 2019 is going on exactly the same path."

EXPORT FOCUS

Despite indications last year that Indonesia could be set to acquire the A400M, Airbus is continuing its long wait to secure fresh export success, beyond the four examples already delivered to Malaysia.

"There are still some opportunities – we are working very hard to make it happen," he says.

Speaking at the Paris air show last month, Gutierrez said support from satisfied launch customers will be vital to selling the Atlas internationally. "The ones who are using it are in love with the aircraft… but it is still young," he notes. "The aircraft is not delivering the availability that we are aiming for, but we are getting there."

Meanwhile, further trials are due to take place from later this year on an in-flight refuelling update that should enable the A400M to support the French air force's Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracals. Additional flights to assess the deployment of an increased number of paratroopers are also expected to take place.

Now six months into his tenure as military aircraft boss, Gutierrez spent the first three months of this year visiting operators around the world. "In certain cases it was like music to my ears – particularly when I was talking with our [A330] MRTT customers," he says. "In some other cases there is still room for improvement."

The company's multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) product is now flown by Australia, France, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UK and the United Arab Emirates, while the first of eight examples to be assigned to a pooled fleet funded by Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway should be delivered in May 2020.


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"We have been selling MRTT because we have got a huge technological gap to the competition," he says, referring to Boeing's rival, the KC-46A Pegasus. "We need to maintain this gap, so it is key that we keep investing."

Study areas have included investigating the possibility of performing autonomous refuelling using the A330's boom, and a recent trial effort dubbed Network for the Sky, during which the company's A310 MRTT testbed served as an airborne communications hub, linking with fighters and a combined air operations centre.

Also at Le Bourget, Airbus reaffirmed a tanker partnership with Lockheed Martin, through which the pair will pursue a KC-Y programme opportunity with the US Air Force (USAF). Gutierrez describes the A330 MRTT as "a non-risky solution" for the requirement to replace the service's McDonnell Douglas KC-10s. "We believe Lockheed Martin is the perfect complementary company," he adds.

Noting that the Airbus platform was selected for the USAF twice, before it ultimately acquired the KC-46A, Gutierrez says: "Some may wonder why this time it is going to be different. Since then, we have designed, produced and delivered tankers to the entire world, and our customers talk on our behalf, and are explaining that there is nothing better."

Relishing the prospect of a fresh A330 MRTT pitch to the world's largest tanker operator, he notes: "Everybody likes competition – it helps us to go beyond what we have today."

Gutierrez also wants to replicate the success of the MRTT programme by exploring further configurations – such as airborne early warning and control – and adapting other platforms. One example is the company's proposed M3 derivative of the A320 narrowbody, which could be used to perform roles such as operating as a maritime patrol aircraft.

For another of the European company's products, the C295 medium transport, Gutierrez believes 2019 will be a "crucial year, in terms of deliveries". A first example built for Canada's fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft programme made its flight debut in early July, and deliveries will commence later this year.


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"After a couple of years where sales of the C295 were decreasing significantly, we're now ramping up," he says of the twin-turboprop programme. India remains the biggest opportunity for new sales, with its air force still seeking to replace its aged HS748 "Avro" fleet. "We have been going through the complete process until agreement in terms of conditions and price," Gutierrez says, before quipping: "Now it's only the bureaucratic process."

Other focus areas for the company include creating "smarter products", along with increasing competitiveness, and advancing the digitisation of processes including support, data collection and analysis.

"There are many different tools and systems to help us to become more agile and to reduce by half our lead times and become more efficient," he says. "If you go to one of our facilities now you will see people working with tablets, and using [virtual reality] goggles – this is starting to become a normal way of doing things."

But one of its highest-profile activities for the coming years will be a Future Combat Air System study now being advanced by France and Germany, with Spain also having signed to participate. Programme partners Airbus and Dassault used the Paris air show to unveil a full-scale mock-up of a proposed new-generation fighter, along with an unmanned "remote carrier" vehicle that would operate in concert with the future combat asset.

Although the UK is pursuing its own sixth-generation fighter and supporting technologies via the Tempest programme – and seeking the involvement of partners potentially including Sweden – Gutierrez remains hopeful that industry's development of competing products could yet be avoided and a broader collaboration advanced.

"I would love this to happen; I am a European believer," he says. "We need to go step by step towards this European defence policy that will deliver a common defence industry – it's never too late."
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Airbus unveils ‘Bird of Prey’ conceptual airliner

Posted on July 19, 2019; Airbus Press Release

Airbus has unveiled a conceptual design for a new airliner that pushes the boundaries of technology and innovation with its bird-like appearance, created to inspire a new generation of aeronautical engineers.


Dubbed the ‘Bird of Prey’ due to wing and tail structures which mimic those of an eagle or falcon, it features individually controlled feathers providing active flight control. Airbus Image

Dubbed the ‘Bird of Prey’ due to wing and tail structures which mimic those of an eagle or falcon, it features individually controlled feathers providing active flight control. The split tail enables fine control while the lack of a vertical tail significantly reduces drag. Among the other biomimicry features are a blended wing to fuselage joint mirroring the graceful and aerodynamic arch of a bird of prey.

Signposting the exciting direction of design within the U.K.’s world-class aerospace industry, the ‘Bird of Prey’ has been launched on the opening day of the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford by Dr. Liam Fox MP, the Secretary of State for International Trade: “The U.K. is a pioneer of aerospace and engineering; today half the world flies on U.K.-designed and built aircraft wings. The Bird of Prey concept aircraft, supported by the Government’s Great Britain campaign, gives an exciting glimpse into the future of the sector — ground-breaking, fuel efficient and immensely innovative — demonstrating the strength and creativity of British engineering.”

The Bird of Prey is not intended to represent an actual aircraft concept; its primary purpose is to inspire young engineers.

However, the concept is grounded in reality and gives an insight into what a future regional aircraft could look like. It is an extrapolation of what could be done with technologies that currently form the basis of research within Airbus, such as hybrid-electric propulsion to reduce atmospheric emissions, active control systems and advanced composite structures.

We need a new type of engineering and a new breed of engineers and Airbus wants the Bird of Prey to show the younger generation that engineering is entering an exciting new era and that they can make a difference.

Bird of Prey also highlights the U.K.’s high value design credentials, which are fundamental to the nation reinforcing its position as a global leader of innovation and engineering excellence capable of delivering innovative products that keep the industry at the forefront of aerospace technology.

The U.K. is unique in having widespread presence in advanced engineering and a thriving digital sector. Bringing those together with the imagination of a younger generation is intended to give the U.K. a lead in the global re-engineering of engineering itself.

“Bird of Prey is designed to be an inspiration to young people and create a “wow” factor that will help them consider an exciting career in the UK’s crucially-important aerospace sector.

One of the priorities for the entire industry is how to make aviation more sustainable — making flying cleaner, greener and quieter than ever before. We know from our work on the Airbus A350 passenger jet that biomimicry, literally learning from the genetics of animals, that nature has some of the best lessons we can learn about design. Who can’t help but be inspired by such a creation,” said Martin Aston, senior manager at Airbus.

“Birds in flight have captured the imagination for centuries. The very first engineers looked to nature to work out how to emulate flight, and now the Airbus Bird of Prey concept will play an important role in inspiring the engineers of tomorrow. It is essential that we spark fascination and excitement in the coming generations to attract them towards pioneering sustainable advances for the future of aviation,” explained Sir Brian Burridge, chief executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

“This Airbus concept illustrates the creative potential in aerospace to exploit radically new technologies and design ideas. If we are to incorporate these ideas into future products, we will need to develop new and better design capabilities that are able to explore beyond the current design paradigm, validate complex solutions and radically reduce the cost of development,” added James McMicking, chief strategy officer at the Aerospace Technology Institute.

Nick West, chief executive of the Air League, said: “The Air League believes that the Airbus Bird of Prey concept is a great way to capture the imagination and inspire young people to develop a career interest in engineering, aerospace and aviation. The project brings together many aspects of aerodynamics, aero structures, advanced propulsion systems and design which encapsulate the pioneering spirit of Airbus.”

“The IET aims to inspire the next generation of engineers and help to plug the nationwide engineering skills shortage. More than 200,000 people with engineering skills are required each year to meet demand in the next five years and it is estimated that there will be an annual shortfall of close to 60,000 engineers and technicians to fill these roles. The importance of high value design — applying advanced engineering to translate an idea from an initial concept into a commercial product — to the U.K.’s economy cannot be underestimated. We’re delighted to endorse this Airbus project, promoting the importance of HVD and we hope the Bird of Prey prototype helps to inspire our next generation to choose engineering careers and meet the demand for skills,” said Nigel Fine, chief executive at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
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Airbus A400M Achieves Paratrooping Milestone

(Source: Airbus; issued July 22, 2019


A French Air Force A400M transport aircraft during the latest series of paratrooping tests performed recently at the Ger Azet drop zone in southern France. (DGA photo)

GETAFE, Spain --- The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter continues to achieve milestones towards full capability after the successful deployment of 50 paratroopers from a side door on a single pass.

The photo shows a part of these tests performed recently at the Ger Azet drop zone in southern France.

Flight test campaign to deliver 58 paratroopers from one side door will continue towards final qualification with simultaneous dispatch in 2020 and full capability in 2021.

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Bangladesh to receive five surplus UK C-130J airlifters by end of year

Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

24 July 2019


Bangladesh is to receive five short-bodied C-130Js that the UK is divesting itself of, with all deliveries to take place by the end of the year. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen

Bangladesh is to receive five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft by the end of 2019, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 24 July.

The ‘short-bodied’ C-130Js (designated C5 in Royal Air Force [RAF] service) were ordered in two batches of two and three aircraft in 2018 and earlier in 2019. The deals were initially revealed via maintenance contracts announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (ADG), although it was the MoD that confirmed to Jane’s the total number.

The Bangladesh Air Force has previously noted that the acquisition of C-130J aircraft from the RAF provides a key enhancement to its current airlift capability. As well as performing in-country support of the aircraft, Marshalls will also be modifying the aircraft, including designing, developing, and installing a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) capability, to enable the Bangladeshi Air Force to carry out tasks within the country and overseas in support of UN missions.

The acquisition of the C-130Js will enable the Bangladeshi Air Force to retire the four C-130Bs that it has fielded since 2001 (these were acquired secondhand from the United States) at the same time as augmenting its three Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ and three L-410UVP-200 transport aircraft that date from 1989 and 2015 respectively.

Further to the air force’s transport fleet, the Bangladesh Army has received a single Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295W tactical transport aircraft that it ordered in 2016.

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Six percent of US Air Force C-130 fleet remains out of service due to rainbow-fitting inspections

Pat Host, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

16 August 2019


The US Air Force is focusing on inspections of C-130H (pictured) and J-model aircraft after cracks in the rainbow fitting forced the service to ground 27% of its fleet on 7 August. Roughly 6% of the fleet remains out of service for inspections. Source: IHS Markit/Jamie Hunter

Approximately 6% of the US Air Force's (USAF's) Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules medium transport/multirole aircraft fleet remains out of service as the air force continues its rainbow-fitting inspections.

The USAF announced on 7 August that 123 of 450 aircraft were temporarily removed from service after atypical cracks were found on the lower centre wing joint, or rainbow fitting, during programmed depot maintenance. USAF spokesperson Jonathan Simmons said on 15 August that 98 aircraft had been inspected and 97 platforms returned to service as of 14 August.

After announcing its grounding, the air force only found rainbow-fitting cracks in two Air National Guard (ANG) aircraft: the one that prompted the original grounding, from Carswell, Texas, and another from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

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(Source: Ukroboronprom; issued Aug 14, 2019)

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DK "Ukroboronprom" was the winner of the tender announced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Peru for the purchase of a certain number of military transport aircraft. As a result, the Ukrainian transporter An-178 will replace our same An-32B in this Latin American country. This was announced by the General Director of DK Ukroboronprom Pavel Bukin.

According to him, in the Peruvian tender Ukrainian An-178 won the C-27 Spartan (USA-Italy) and C-295 (Airbus).

"Peru can be the first export ground for a new aircraft created at Antonov. In our case, both the professionalism and perseverance of the contractors of Ukroboronprom and the legendary reliability of the Antonov brand played out," Bukin said.

According to him, the tender was carried out by the state-owned enterprise SPZTECHNOEXPORT, which is a part of the state concern. In the competition, which evaluated performance, delivery times, extended warranties, personnel training, social and production preferences, the An-178 outpaced all competitors.

The multipurpose An-178 transport aircraft was developed at Antonov, which is part of Ukroboronprom. About 200 companies from 15 countries are involved in production cooperation under the AN-178 program.

The AN-178 is a further development of the AN-148 / AN-158 family of regional jet aircraft. Its altitude - 12 km, range - 5500 km, top speed - 825 km / h. The aircraft has a modified fuselage shape, a ramp for loading and unloading oversized cargo and is capable of carrying up to 18 tons of cargo, including heavy-duty offshore containers. The aircraft can [land] and take off from any aerodrome, including [dirt strips].

The AN-178 made its first flight on May 7, 2015 and is in the process of certification. In July 2018, Ukroboronprom presented the An-178 at the Farnborough Airshow International Aerospace Show where the aircraft performed a demonstration flight.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The tender won by Ukraine covers a single An-178 intended to replace an An-32B being retired by the Peruvian police.

It is however suggested that the Peruvian air force could also replace its remaining An-32s with the An-178.

The selection process was managed by Peru’s Committee for the Evaluation of Foreign State Contracting (CECEE), according to the Spanish website Defense.com, which evaluated three competitors.

All three aircraft were offered by their respective governments.
The committee awarded 80.02 points to the An-178, which won, and was followed by the Leonardo C-27J Spartan with 66.22 points and the Airbus C-295M with 58.60 points.

The An-178 and C-27J were both offered at a unit price of $65 million, Defesa.com reported, with the C-295M priced at $55 million.)

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Dornier 328 production set to restart

Beth Stevenson, London - Jane's Defence Industry

19 August 2019

Production of the Dornier 328 high-wing turboprop is due to resume after a 17-year hiatus, after reports in the German media indicated that Sierra Nevada’s 328 Support Services will manufacture the aircraft.

An announcement on 21 August is expected to confirm that production will restart at Leipzig/Halle Airport.

Designed as a commercial passenger aircraft, the Dornier 328 is the basis for the US Air Force (USAF) C-146A Wolfhound light transport. Twenty C-146As are in service with USAF Special Operations Command, with continuous deployment since October 2011. The aircraft can carry up to 27 passengers, 2,700 kg of cargo, or four stretchered patients.

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