Month: July 2011

Morocco’s Air Force Lockheed C-130 Crash; 80 Fatalities

Morocco’s Air Force Lockheed C-130 Crash; 80 Fatalities

Defense, Featured, Headline, Systems
A Lockeed C-130H belonging to the Moroccan Air Force crashed Tuesday in the south of the country killing at least 80 people on board. According to BBC, the plane which was reported to carry 9 crew, 60 troops and 12 civilians crashed about 6 miles from Guelmim, where it was expected to land at 9:00am local time (4:00am EST). The plane was conducting a routine rotation linking air bases in Dakhla and Kinitra when it struck the Sayyert mountain after having apparently encountered some heavy fog. The crash site area is located some 520 miles south Rabat and a military investigation has been initiated. While up to 42 bodies had been recovered at mid day, Moroccan authorities decreed a 3-day national mourning for what may be the country's deadliest air disaster. Various sources have identified...
A320neo Driving Airbus Resurgence

A320neo Driving Airbus Resurgence

Corporate News, Featured, Headline, Systems
The month of June 2011 will remain one of Airbus' most spectacular with massive aircraft sales being realized by the manufacturer particularly during the Paris Airshow held at Le Bourget Airport between June 20th and 26th. With 667 aircraft sold, the A320neo provided for the greater part of the staggering $72.2 billion worth of sales realized by the manufacturer (Airbus has revealed that commitments comprising Memorandum of Understanding for 312 aircraft are worth US$28.2 billion and firm purchase orders for 418 aircraft are worth around US$44.0 billion). The A320 “New Engine Option” was first offered commercially by Airbus in December 2010 as the latest improvement of the already highly successful A320 single-aisle passenger aircraft family. Since then, the A320neo has amassed 1,029 ord
Pakistan Air Force To Receive ALQ-211(v)9 Electronic Warfare Pods From US

Pakistan Air Force To Receive ALQ-211(v)9 Electronic Warfare Pods From US

Defense, Featured, Headline, Systems
      The Defense Department announced today a Foreign Military Sales contract with ITT Industries making possible for Pakistan to receive ALQ-211(V)9 Electronic Warfare equipment. ITT Industries, the company headquartered in Clifton NJ developed the ALQ-211(V)9 Advanced Integrated Defensive EW Suite (AIDEWS) upgrading its basic ALQ-211(V)4 which during the previous decade was sold to F-16 operators like Chile, Oman, Poland and Pakistan. Another product of the same family, the AN/ALQ-214(V)2 has been in operation with the US Navy as part of its F-18E/F Super Hornet fleet’s Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) since 2004. The $49.1 million contract for the ALQ-211 (v)9 Pod announced today covers 18 actual ALQ-211 (v)9 Pods along with 4 spare pod shell as