Boeing Wins Contract for Additional P-8As

The P-8A Poseidon program will enter full production, following a $2.4 billion contract award from the U.S. Navy for 16 additional aircraft that will bolster maritime patrol capabilities.

The order, which will take the total fleet to 53 aircraft, marks a transition from preliminary low-rate production.

Boeing has so far delivered 13 P-8As to the Navy, which deployed its first patrol squadron to Kadena, Japan in December 2013 and has been conducting operational missions since then.

“This milestone is a testament to the incredible effort and dedication of the team to deliver the P-8A to the fleet as planned,” Navy P-8A program manager Capt. Scott Dillon said. “The future of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community has begun to make history with the P-8As already delivered to the fleet. These full-rate production aircraft will give us the opportunity to deliver the best system through a cost-effective procurement contract.”

The P-8A is base on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800 commercial aircraft and is used to enhance the service’s anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As to replace its P-3 fleet.

Boeing assembles the P-8A aircraft in the same facility where it builds all its 737 aircraft. The Poseidon team uses a first-in-industry in-line production process that draws on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 system and has resulted in cost and schedule savings.

Boeing Wins Contract for Additional P-8As

The P-8A Poseidon program will enter full production, following a $2.4 billion contract award from the U.S. Navy for 16 additional aircraft that will bolster maritime patrol capabilities.

The order, which will take the total fleet to 53 aircraft, marks a transition from preliminary low-rate production.

Boeing has so far delivered 13 P-8As to the Navy, which deployed its first patrol squadron to Kadena, Japan in December 2013 and has been conducting operational missions since then.

“This milestone is a testament to the incredible effort and dedication of the team to deliver the P-8A to the fleet as planned,” Navy P-8A program manager Capt. Scott Dillon said. “The future of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community has begun to make history with the P-8As already delivered to the fleet. These full-rate production aircraft will give us the opportunity to deliver the best system through a cost-effective procurement contract.”

The P-8A is base on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800 commercial aircraft and is used to enhance the service’s anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As to replace its P-3 fleet.

Boeing assembles the P-8A aircraft in the same facility where it builds all its 737 aircraft. The Poseidon team uses a first-in-industry in-line production process that draws on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 system and has resulted in cost and schedule savings.

USS Bonhomme Richard Departs for Patrol

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), departed Feb. 17, to patrol the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

Bonhomme Richard is scheduled to conduct joint force operations and training with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The deployment will also mark the first time many junior enlisted Sailors will get underway for a full deployment aboard Bonhomme Richard.

Bonhomme Richard is one of three ships from the Bonhomme Richard ARG and will meet up with USS Denver (LPD 9) and USS Ashland (LSD 48) at a later date.

The ship is commanded by Capt. Heidi Agle, Commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11, reports to the Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.

Red Arrows fly the flag with new tailfin

A new tailfin design has been unveiled on the Red Arrows, to celebrate its 50th display season.

The new design is in the shape of a Union flag and emphasises the Red Arrows’ role as ambassadors for the United Kingdom and as the public face of the RAF.

The makeover is the most significant change to the look of the aircraft in their history and was unveiled at the team’s home of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

All of the jets are receiving the fresh look, although their red and white fuselage remains unchanged.

Squadron Leader Jim Turner, team leader and ‘Red 1’, who revealed the tailfin at a ceremony this morning, had input into the design said “The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, are extremely proud of our heritage and we hope this tailfin design brings with it a sense of pride for both past members of the team and for members of the public to share in”.

The new scheme will be flown throughout the team’s 2014 display season, which begins at the end of May and runs until September.

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Kuwait Air Force’s Takes Delivery of First C-17 Globemaster III airlifter

The aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

“The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait Air Force. “With this airlifter we can more effectively participate in the operations we choose, transporting large payloads across long distances, flying at high altitudes in hot climates such as ours, and landing on short, unpaved runways.”

Boeing will support Kuwait’s C-17 fleet through the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program, a proven multinational Performance-Based Logistics program.

TAF Takes Delivery of Peace Eagle Aircraft

The new aircraft provides the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) with advanced airborne surveillance and battle management capabilities, and can simultaneously track airborne and maritime targets.

The aircraft can be used immediately because initial training for mission system operators, maintenance crews and pilots has already been completed.

Boeing delivered the aircraft to Konya Air Base, the fleet’s main operating base.

The AEW&C is based on the Boeing 737-700. Two more AEW&C aircraft are to be delivered later this year, with the fourth expected in 2015. In addition to the aircraft, the Peace Eagle program includes ground support segments for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance.

Number 1 (Fighter) Squadron Association launches its new content 2014 website

Number 1 (Fighter) Squadron Association launches its new content 2014 website, now showing stunning images of the Typhoon Squadrons recent operations.

Number 1 (Fighter) Squadron Assoc launched its website:www.1fsa.org in 2011, since then the visitor traffic has been incredibly high and well received for such a niche site, to the extent it is now the only squadron association independently assessed as being in the top 6% of UK websites.

Brand new for 2014, it now features a brand new section called “Operations” which details what the Squadron is doing now with the cutting edge Typhoon, from performing acrobatic displays in Malaysia to joint exercise with the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) with Mirage 2000Ns.

This new section has been specifically designed to bring the squadron to life and allows the visitor to almost experience “being there”

www.1fsa.org/operations.php

Number 1 (Fighter) Squadron was formed in 1912 as the original, first and therefore very oldest squadron in the newly formed Royal Flying Corps which also makes it the oldest military squadron in the world. The Squadron has been at the heart of the most Iconic fighter aircraft in the world including the Hurricane, Typhoon, Spitfire, Meteor, Hunter and the unrivalled Jump-Jet the Harrier.

Over the years it has been in dog fights with the Red Baron, fought off invasion in the Battle of Britain, participated in “D” day including Arnhem (A bridge to Far) shot down doodlebugs, helped pioneer the jet age, and was vital in the Falkland’s, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Darin Tudor

Honorary Marketing Manager

Number 1 (Fighter) Squadron Assoc

Taranis breaks cover

BAE Systems reveals flight test details

BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence have spoken publicly for the first time about the hitherto classified flight trials of the Taranis remotely-piloted air system (RPAS).

The demonstrator, now wearing RAF roundel and serial ZZ250, made its maiden flight an an undisclosed location on 10 August 2013.

Taranis is a programme funded by the UK MoD and run across the British aerospace industry. The project is designed to explore future combat air systems out beyond 2030 and has been likened to the British Aerospace EAP project, which led to the Eurofighter Typhoon programme.