- The Air Force has taken delivery of the third and final KC-135 air tankers it purchased from U.S. stockpiles in 2009.
- The Army introduced a lightweight UAV. The Lascar has a two-hour endurance and maximum ceiling of 11,500 feet. It would be used primarily for observation purposes.
- Boeing is in early talks with the Army for the acquisition of AH-6i attack helicopters. A report says the Army could use the AH-6i to replace 17 MD530 helicopters that Chile has armed with rockets and guns. An earlier report noted that Bell is pitching its 407 light helicopter as the Army considers an attack helicopter with anti-tank capabilities.
- Fighter jet manufacturers are hoping the Air Force will launch a competition for a replacement for Chile's F-5 fighters, which are nearing retirement age. The deal could be for 12-15 planes, but the government has done nothing yet to seek a replacement.
- Brazil's Embraer announced orders for its Super Tucano turboprop trainer and attack airplane worth $180 million.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Fidae Air Show Brings New Material, Talk of Deals
The biannual Fidae air show is in full swing this weekend, with nearly 500 exhibitors and 75 aircraft on display. Here's a roundup of developments in this year's show.