Military Aviation

Military aviation news - January 2007

USAF eyes world's largest bomb for B-2A Spirit

The US Air Force (USAF) may prepare the world's largest bomb - the Boeing Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) - for action aboard the Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit by the end of 2007.

The Air Armament Center said on 17 January that it is "contemplating a quick-reaction capability" to integrate the 20 ft (6 m)-long, 30,000 lb-class (13,600 kg) weapon on the B-2A in a nine-month period starting after contract award.

In July 2006, the Air Force Research Laboratory announced a plan to have Boeing demonstrate the bomb's ability to destroy hard and deeply buried targets before August 2007 and to use the data to inform a decision on whether to launch an acquisition programme in Fiscal Year 2008. Boeing is also developing a special carriage release system for the weapon.

Source: Jane's

Posted: Tue, Jan 23, 2007 13:18 (CET)

Boeing Completes Delivery of Remanufactured AH-64D Apaches for Egypt

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 04, 2007 -- The Boeing Company has completed delivery of all 35 remanufactured AH-64D Apache helicopters produced for the Egyptian air force (EAF).[]

The final six AH-64Ds for the EAF arrived in Egypt late last year after Boeing converted them from AH-64A Apaches at its Mesa, Ariz., rotorcraft center. Boeing upgraded the aircraft to the modernized Apache configuration through the Foreign Military Sales process.

The AH-64D Apache features numerous enhanced capabilities, including longer-range weapons accuracy and all-weather/night operations, integrated sensors, networking and digital communications for situational awareness, and real-time combat management.

Since the Apache's inception, Boeing and the U.S. Army have used incremental technology insertions at regular intervals to ensure that the world's most capable multi-role combat helicopter meets the needs of current and future defense forces.

Eleven nations, including the United States, operate or have selected Apache helicopters for their defense needs. More than 1,600 Apaches have been delivered.

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Posted: Fri, Jan 5, 2007 15:15 (CET)
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