Monday, 31 August 2015

NAVAIR Announces Full Rate Production Milestone for AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Missile

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Featuring a “lock on after launch” capability and other advances, the joint Navy and Air Force air-intercept missile (AIM)-9X Sidewinder Block II reached the full rate production milestone Aug. 17.

Boeing Offers Holistic Solution to Help Address U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Shortfall

At a recent discussion on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Naval Air Force commander, highlighted a Super Hornet Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) as part of the solution for the U.S. Navy’s shortfall of F/A-18 E/Fs in the mid-2020s.

New automated monitoring system based on GLONASS used for first time by Russian armed forces

New automated monitoring system based on GLONASS has been used by Russian armed forces for the first time during the allover supply exercise, which was held in 6 districts. GLONASS or "GLObal NAvigation Satellite System", is a space-based satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces.
New automated monitoring system lays route for the vehicle columns and provides communications between drivers and opportunity to analyze the time on route. 
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Germany buys batch of HK417s to replace part of defective G36 assault rifles

The German Junior Defence Minister Katrin Suder decided to spend €18 million ($20mn) on 600 new HK417 assault rifles and 600 new machine MG4 guns for frontline soldiers to replace some of the defective weapons, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday, August 28.
Germany's Bundeswehr will take delivery of 600 HK417 assault rifles by mid-2016
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Japan is seeking to increase defense spending of 2.2 percent with a total of 42$ billion for the year

Japan's Ministry of Defense is seeking a fourth straight annual military budget hike to help strengthen protection of a string of southern islands in the East China Sea. In a document submitted to the government on Monday, August 31, 2015, the Japanese ministry asked for a 2.2 percent increase in military spending to 5.1 trillion yen, or more than US$ 42 billion, for the year starting April. 
Members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces' 1st Airborne Brigade
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USS Ronald Reagan Completes Sea Trials and Post Hull Swap Assessment

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned to Naval Base Coronado in San Diego after completing sea trials and a post hull swap assessment, Aug. 29. In order to prepare the ship for her upcoming patrol and to re-certify shipboard qualifications, the crew completed five days of drills and training. Carrier Air Wing (CVW-11) was embarked to assist.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Russian manufacturer of Bulava and Topol-M ballistic missiles will increase its production of 17%

A factory in Udmurtia, western Urals, that manufactures the Bulava and Topol-M ballistic missiles plans to increase the output at the yearend by 17% to $402.2 million, the Director General of the enterprise, Viktor Tolmachov told reporters during a meeting the regional President, Alexander Solovyov in the city of Votkinsk where the factory is located.
Russian-made Topol-M ballistic missile at military parade in Moscow,Russia.
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India and France could officially sign agreement for 36 Rafale fighter aircraft next week

The French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is slated to visit India next week for the inking of a government-to-government agreement for the sale of 36 Rafale fighters, which will eventually lead to the clinching of the final commercial contract, reports the local media Times of India. 
India and France could reach Rafale fighters deal next week during French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visit
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Raytheon and U.S. Navy Collaborate to Optimize LCS' AN/AQS-20A Minehunting Sonar

Raytheon Company is working closely with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) – Division Newport to enhance the features of the company's AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar. Together, the team is analyzing the system's synthetic aperture sonar to fully optimize its ability to capture and process high- and low-resolution images of mine threats undersea. 

Second Royal Australian Navy Canberra class LHD NUSHIP Adelaide Completes Final Sea Trials

 Williamstown, Victoria: NUSHIP Adelaide, Australia’s second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, is successfully completing her second and final sea trials in Port Phillip Bay. The 27,800 tonne warship will return to BAE Systems’ Williamstown shipyard later today where she will then be prepared for delivery to the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Boeing to Provide 9 P-8A Poseidon to US Navy, 4 to RAAF as Part of 2nd Full-Rate Production Lot

Boeing will provide the first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for Australia and additional P-8As for the U.S. Navy following a $1.49 billion contract award from the Navy for 13 aircraft. The order includes nine aircraft for the U.S. Navy and four Poseidon aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), a long-time partner to the U.S. Navy on P-8A development.

List and analysis of military equipment and armoured for Chinese army parade of 3 September 2015

Army Recognition editorial team provides list and first analysis of new Chinese army military equipment and combat vehicles which will be showed during the Chinese military parade to commemorate the end of the World War II in Asia. The parade will take place on September 3, 2015 in Beijing. Most of the pictures were taken during the rehearsal of August 23, 2015. 
Chinese army main battle tank ZTZ-99A or Type 99A
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Friday, 28 August 2015

United States asks Uzbekistan to join the multinational coalition to fight Islamic State.

The United States said on Thursday, August 27, 2015, it had asked Uzbekistan to join the multinational coalition it leads against Islamic State, saying Central Asia's most populous state was free to choose a way of contributing to the fight against the militant group. 
Uzbekistan is actively developing relations with NATO and has identified a broad range of areas for dialogue and practical cooperation through its Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme (IPCP). 
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Iraq reportedly took delivery of another batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE attack helicopters

Another batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters was reportedly delivered to Iraq by An-124 Ruslan transport aircraft, a source told TASS at MAKS-2015 airshow. In accordance with the delivery schedule, Iraq took delivery of four Mi-35M and four Mi-28NE attack helicopters. The rotorcraft feature the full combat configuration and are fitted with the night vision equipment, TASS reports with reference to a military attaché. 
Some of the Mi-35M attack helicopters already delivered to Iraq's Army Aviation
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Iraq reportedly took delivery of another batch of Mi-35M and Mi-28NE attack helicopters

The defense giant Northrop Grumman Corporation recently delivered the 150th KC-10 Extender aircraft from a maintenance depot to the United States Air Force. The program's depots are located in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Greensboro, North Carolina, the company announced on Aug. 26, 2015.
US Air Force KC-10 Extender aerial refuelling tanker aircraft
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The Xth International Exhibition Russia Arms Expo 2015 will be visited by 65 foreign delegations

The Xth international exhibition of arms, military equipment and weapon Russia Arms Expo 2015 will be visited by over 65 foreign delegations. Russia Arms Expo is one of the biggest international exhibitions of Russian- and foreign-made armaments. More than 400 exhibitors and representatives of military authorities — defence ministers and chiefs of general staffs — from more than 50 countries participate in the event. The event will be held from the 9 to 12 September 2015 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. 
Foreign delegations at Russia Arms Expo 2013
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UK requests a $3bn FMS to upgrade 50 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Guardian standard

The United States State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for AH-64E APACHE GUARDIAN Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3.00 billion, the Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Thursday, August 27. 
British Army's Army Air Corps Apache AH Mk1/ AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter
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Ireland to strengthen its Defence Forces with new White Paper on Defence

The Irish government announced Wednesday that it will launch a new White Paper on Defence. According to the Irish Defence Ministry, upgraded equipment will be provided for Irish defence forces including the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps. This includes new aircrafts, naval ships and armoured personnel carriers.

BrahMos Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Will Be Tested on Su-30MKI in March 2015

The test trials of the air-launched variant of the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile are due to begin in March 2016, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, director-general of the BrahMos Aerospace Company, told TASS at the MAKS-2015 Air Show. "We have modified a Su-30MKI fighter jet for the installation of a BrahMos cruise missile. The launching pad, which is currently undergoing qualification tests, has also been modified," Mishra said.

Estonia plans to build fence along its eastern border with Russia

Estonia on Thursday said it would build a fence along its eastern border with Russia to safeguard its security and to protect the EU's passport-free Schengen zone. The Estonian Interior ministry spokesman Toomas Viks said construction would begin in 2018.

HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier's S1850M Long Range Radar Tested by Tracking Aircraft

The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth flashed up the new carrier's 'invisible eyes' as part of ongoing preparations to ready the leviathan for sea next year. The S1850M radar – the same as those fitted to Type 45 and Horizon destroyers – is a large black slab (over eight tonnes, 32 square metres) sitting on top of the carrier’s forward island.

DCNS-Built OPV L’Adroit Confirms its Operational Capacities with the French Navy

L’Adroit, an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), built by DCNS on its own funds and placed at the disposal of the French Navy since October 2011, returned at the start of July after 4 months of intense operations around the African continent. Its commander, frigate captain Luc Régnier, talks about the operational capacities and availability of the vessel, which demonstrated its reliability to carry out fisheries policing and maritime security missions. The partnership developed between DCNS and the French Navy can therefore be considered a veritable success.

Lithuania Armed Forces started testing ARTEC's Boxer armoured fighting vehicle

The Lithuanian Army is currently testing the German made Boxer armored fighting vehicle, local media reported on Thursday. According to news website lrytas.lt, German manufacturer ARTEC has brought the Boxer equipped with weapon station at the polygon in the Eastern Lithuania to conduct maneuvering and firing tests.
Lithuania could purchase up to 100 Boxer armoured fighting vehicles
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U.S. Navy New Research Vessel Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) Completes Acceptance Trials

The first-of-class Oceanographic Research Vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), successfully completed Acceptance Trials August 7 the Navy reported today. Neil Armstrong is a modern mono-hull research vessel based on commercial design, capable of integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas.

China, U.S. and Australia start trilateral military exercise Kowari

China, Australia and the United States conduct a trilateral military exercise in Australia since Thursday August 27. Exercise Kowari will run in Darwin, Australia, until September 14, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a monthly press briefing. This is the second defense exercise between the three armies. The inaugural one was held in October 2014.
Chinese, Australian and US soldiers during Exercise Kowari 14
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Thursday, 27 August 2015

MAKS 2015: Meet the XETAK principle, a New Concept for New Solutions

Once again, the MAKS airshow proves that it is not only dedicated to giants of the defense aerospace industry. Defense exhibitions like MAKS are also the best way for small but innovative companies to introduce new solutions for the defense sector. Among them, the German-based start-up chose MAKS 2015 to highlight XETAK, a new concept of B2B dedicated to defence and security industry. 

Boeing, SAEI and Alsalam Aircraft Co. to create new Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center

Boeing has signed an agreement with Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Alsalam Aircraft Company to create the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The joint venture will have locations in Riyadh and Jeddah providing comprehensive, in-country maintenance repair and overhaul support for Saudi Arabia’s diverse rotorcraft fleet. 
The future Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center will support the Kingdom’s commercial and defense rotorcraft platforms, including the Boeing-built AH-6i
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Raytheon named as a prime contractor for the US Air Force Training Systems Acquisition III contract

The U.S. Air Force has named Raytheon Company as one of the prime contractors on the Training Systems Acquisition III (TSA III) contract. This allows Raytheon to bid on delivery orders on this multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a total ceiling value of $20.9 billion over 10 years. 
Raytheon can now compete to provide lifecycle management for USAF aircrew, maintenance and systems-specific training systems on a global basis
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Bell wins $581 mn contract for delivering UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters to USMC and Pakistan

Bell Helicopter, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $581,113,421 contract for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y, 19 Lot 12 AH-1Z, one Lot 13 UH-1Y helicopters and 21 auxiliary fuel kits for the United States Marine Corps and government of Pakistan, the US Department of Defense announced on August 25.
Bell Helicopter AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter
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US Army, Raytheon demonstrate ground-based air defense capability of the AIM-9X Block II missile

The U.S. Army and Raytheon Company successfully test fired an AIM-9X Block II missile from the Army's ground-based Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-I (IFPC 2-I) Block 1 Multi-Mission Launcher (MML). AIM-9X is traditionally fired from aircraft toward aerial targets and this test demonstrated that the latest AIM-9X can be used in both air-to-air combat and now, without modification, in ground-based air defense. 
Raytheon's AIM-9X Block II test launched from US Army Multi-Mission Launcher demonstrator
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Saudi military intercepted Scud ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels in southern Saudi Arabia

Yemeni army units allied to the Houthi militia fired a Scud ballistic missile toward southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday but the Saudi military said that the missile was intercepted. Residents in Yemen's capital Sanaa reported hearing a big roar as the Scud was launched from near the city, followed by Saudi-led air strikes on a presidential palace and a military depot for rockets.
Scud missile launch unit
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Meggitt to provide Canadian Armed Forces with small arms and indirect fire training systems

Meggitt Training Systems (Quebec) Inc.has been awarded a $25 million, three-year contract from Public Works Government Services Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defence,to provide in-service support to the Canadian Armed Forces for Meggitt’s Small Arms Trainer (SAT) and Indirect Fire Trainer (IFT). 
Meggitt's Indirect Fire Trainer System (IFT)
(Credit: Meggitt Training Systems)
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Orbital ATK Delivers 100th GQM-163A Coyote Target to U.S. Navy

Orbital ATK, Inc., a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies recently marked a major milestone highlighting 15-years of success as the company delivered the 100th GQM-163A “Coyote” target vehicle to the U.S. Navy.

2nd Australian Company to Provide Parts for Initial Production of the MQ-4C Triton Naval UAS

Northrop Grumman Corporation has awarded a second Australian supplier contract to Mincham Aviation for the U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) initial production lot. South Australia-based Mincham Aviation will manufacture aircraft structure components for the first low-rate production lot of four Triton air vehicles. This second supplier contract follows one awarded in July to Ferra Engineering for mechanical sub-assemblies.

South Korea and United States signed upgraded operational plan to face North Korean threat

South Korea and the United States have signed an upgraded operational plan that puts a fresh focus on removing North Korea's weapons of mass destruction, a military official said Thursday. In June, the allies signed OPLAN 2015, which will be put into action in case a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula, according to the official. 
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New Kamov Ka-35 Airborne Early Warning Helicopters Authorized for Service with Russian Navy

The Russian Armed Forces have authorized for service the newest early warning radar-carrying helicopter Ka-35, a source in the defense-industrial complex has told TASS. "The Ka-35 has passed all tests and has been authorized for service," the source said.

U.S.-India Joint Working Group for Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation Held First Meeting

In a sign of the deepening U.S.-India defense relationship, the United States Navy hosted a delegation of senior Indian naval officers for the inaugural Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Cooperation on the U.S. eastern coast from 12-14 August. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Royal Air Force Typhoons Return From Baltic Air Policing Mission with More than 40 Intercepts

After four months, the detachment of Typhoon jets yesterday concluded its deployment as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission. The RAF Typhoon detachment deployed to Amari air base in Estonia at NATO’s request on 1 May this year, operating alongside Norwegian aircraft to secure NATO’s airspace over the Baltic nations of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania which do not have their own air defence fighters. 

U.S Marines from MARSOC and U.S. Coast Guard Demonstrated Small UAS Capabilities

The U.S. Coast Guard and Marines from MARSOC joined forces to demonstrate the ability to launch and recover several small size unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from the Coast Guard’s smallest boats. MARSOC is the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Russian Navy to Form Second Aircraft Carrier Aviation Regiment with MiG-29K/KUB

The chief of naval aviation of the Russian Navy, Major General Igor Kozhin, declared recently to Russian media that a second aviation regiment (air wing) will be created for the sole Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

Oshkosh L-ATV Tactical Vehicle Selected to Replace U.S. Army & Marine Corps HMMWV Fleet

The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).  The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility.  During the contract, which includes both Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP), Oshkosh expects to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services.

Northrop Grumman & U.S. Navy Demonstrates Endurance on the MQ-8C Fire Scout VTOL UAV

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated endurance capabilities with the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. On a planned 10+ hour flight and range out to 150 nautical miles flight from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu; the MQ-8C Fire Scout achieved 11 hours with over an hour of fuel in reserve.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Cobham to Assemble Antenna Array Panel Assemblies for Lockheed Martin & US Navy SEWIP

Cobham recently received a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) award for the production of Antenna Array Panel Assemblies (AAPAs) from Lockheed Martin Corporation, Liverpool, N.Y. The AAPAs are used in the Block II configuration of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP). Work under this contract will be performed by Cobham Integrated Electronic Solutions, a business unit of the Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions sector, in Lansdale, Pa.

PASSEX for French Navy ASW Frigate Montcalm and U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Porter

In mid-August , the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Georges Leygues-class anti--submarine warfare frigate Montcalm (D 642) and the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke Flight II Class destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the eastern Mediterranean sea.

Royal Moroccan Navy Orders Stan Pontoon 3011 Water Barge from Damen for Rapid Response

The Royal Moroccan Navy, in response to the severe drought that is currently affecting the country, recently awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract to supply a Stan Pontoon 3011 Water Barge. Due to the urgent need for water in the region, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, the Netherlands, is putting all its efforts into a fast delivery.

Russia has signed a contract with Belarus to supply TOR-M2K air defense missile systems

Russia's arms exporter on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, signed a contract to supply of five Tor-M2K air defense systems to Belarus in 2016. The Tor M2 is a surface-to-air defense missile (SAM) system manufactured by Almaz-Antey's which is able to dstroy air targets to a maximum range of 12 km. 
Russian-made TOR-M2K surface-to-air defense missile system
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US Air Force will send F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft in Europe to reassure Allies

The United States soon will deploy F-22 Raptors in Europe, sending the stealth fighter jets to reassure NATO partners concerned about Russia's actions in Ukraine, a Pentagon official has said. US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James did not offer specifics about where or when the single-seat jets would be deployed, citing operational security reasons. James also would not say how many of the planes would be deployed.
US Air Force F-22 Raptor multirole fighter aircraft
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The nEUROn UCAV successfully achieves flight test campaign in Italy

The flight test campaign in Italy of the Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle nEUROn has been successfully concluded with the achievement of all established goals, thus allowing an important step forward for the program, announced the Italian company Alenia-Aermacchi on August 25, 2015. 

Iran inaugurates production line of Nasr high-precision air-based cruise missile

The Iranian defense ministry on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, inaugurated the production line of its powerful and high-precision air-based cruise missile, ‘Nasr'. The mass-production of Nasr missile started in a ceremony on the occasion of the Government's Week in the presence of Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.
Iranian-made Nasr high-precision air-based cruise missile 
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USSOCOM Awards Polaris Defense New Contract for MRZR Highly Mobile Off-Road Vehicles

USSOCOM has awarded Polaris Defense a new, sole source, firm-fixed-price contract for the MRZR off-road vehicle platform and vehicle delivery started earlier this month. The $83 million, five year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, signed in July, continues delivery order options on MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 vehicles – along with contractor logistics support (CLS) for spares, training and support as part of the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (LTATV) program. Since 2013, Polaris Defense has been delivering MRZR vehicles to USSOCOM under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) against a GSA contract.

The Royal Thai Air Force receives four EC725 CSAR Helicopters from Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has completed delivery of an initial four EC725s to the Royal Thai Air Force, providing highly-capable rotorcraft for this military service’s search and rescue and troop transport duties. The order of four EC725s was signed in 2012, with the deliveries having just been completed. They are expected to begin operations later this month. Two additional EC725s were booked in 2014 for deliveries to the Royal Thai Air Force next year.