AIR International - July 2013

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BREAKING NEWS
Lift off for the A350XWB, Pilatus unveils PC-24 Super Versatile Jet, Canada’s fixed wing SAR programme, Spanish Defence Cuts reduce Eurofighter fleet, F-35A launches first AIM-120 AMRAAM missile, latest French defence plans impact on Rafale and A400M procurement.

GENERAL NEWS
Bombardier’s new Challenger 350, first order for CH-53K, maiden flights for EMARSS King Air and the MQ-4C Triton, Algeria evaluates the C-17 Globemaster and the A330 MRTT, details of the UK SAR helicopter transition and MiG-31 Foxhound review.

ATTACK HELICOPTERS PART THREE
AIR International concludes its major series of the world’s attack helicopters featuring the A129 Mangusta, Z-10, Ka-52 Alligator, Tiger ARH and AH-1Z Viper.

THOMSON TOUCHDOWN
Mark Broadbent reports on Thomson Airways receiving the first UK based Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

EMBARKED, UNMANNED AND UNBELIEVABLE
AIR International’s Mark Ayton spoke to  Unmanned Combat Air Systems programme manager at NAVAIR, Capt Jaime Engdahl, about the historic X-47B demonstration aboard the USS George Bush.

FROM NORWAY TO THE WORLD
Europe’s third largest low-cost carrier, Norwegian, is entering the long-haul business with Boeing 787s. Andreas Spaeth reports.

A TIME OF TRANSITION
As manufacture of Pratt & Whitney’s legacy military engine models tails off, the company is ramping up production of new engines and developing the next generation of powerplants for military aircraft. Chris Kjelgaard reports.

FRENCH RECCE MEET
Jan Kraak reports on the Armée de l’Air’s recent Recce Meet 2013 at Mont-de-Marsan.