Archive | March, 2012

French Miss: Dassault ducks India Defexpo

What should be one’s first order of business after achieving L1 status in India‘s Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition? Miss a major defence trade show in New Delhi, of course. After all, it is only the fighter deal of the century. Following the MMRCA short listing last April, which saw the Gripen, F/A-18 E/F, […]

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PICTURES: NZDF NH90 arrives at Wellington

The New Zealand Defence Force recently welcomed its first NH Industries NH90 helicopter to Wellington Airport. The type will now undergo operational tests and evaluations over the next 12 to 18 months before commencing operational use.  The NZDF was kind enough to send Flightglobal a seriesof NH90 photos.

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Must Read: Father of the HAL Tejas speaks

Earlier this month the seventh limited series production(LSP) Tejas took the air (pictures). Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL)  made quite a bit of noise on the TejasFacebook page, including a long video of LSP 7′s maiden flight, a pressrelease, and photographs. Possibly the hoopla has something to do with next week’sDefExpo event in New Delhi. Last […]

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What will Singapore’s new Terminal 4 look like?

Last week, Singapore’s Changi Airport Group announced that it’ll be tearing down the country’s Budget Terminal to build a new, bigger terminal in its place. While the terminal will still not have aerobridges, it will be able to handle widebody aircraft that long-haul low-cost players like Scoot will be operating. It will also have more facilities, […]

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RNZAF Orion saves lost fisherman’s day

The New Zealand Self Defence Force has released a great storyabout a P-3C Orion locating a fishing boat that had gone missing. All thetechnology these aircraft carry aside, it is indeed impressive that they wereable to locate the boat so quickly. The presser said the fisherman was ‘extremely relieved’ tosee the aircraft. I expect he […]

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Flightglobal team tests Seletar’s Dauphin simulator

The Singapore Flightglobal team finally had the opportunityto check out the new full motion Eurocopter Dauphin simulator at SeletarAerospace Park yesterday. The simulator is the first AS365 N3/N3+  simulator in the Asia Pacific. I visited the simulator during the Singapore Airshow but atthat time the full motion capability was deactivated. Yesterday it wasdefinitely on. Among […]

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SIPRI report: Mitsubishi Heavy tops in Asia, but KAI strangely absent

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – a think tank that studies weapons and warfare – this week published its list of the world’s top 100 arms producing and military services companies in 2010. How did the Asia Pacific’s defence aerospace heavyweights do? The highest ranked Asian firm was Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, coming in at […]

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