Not surprisingly, the defense group Lockheed Martin has acquired Sikorsky for $ 9 billion. With this operation, Lockheed Martin should strengthen its position as the leading supplier to the US military.
After the 26th January crash of the Greek F-16 at the Albacete military base in Spain, the provisional toll is heavy, with eleven dead and twenty wounded. An accident of which the causes are not yet known, but which puts this American fighter, developed by Lockheed Martin, in the 70’s directly in the spot light.
Today, two latest generation multi-role tankers are engaged in a trade battle. The first is European, the Airbus Defence & Space, A330 MRTT. The second is American, the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, at present under development ; but are these two aircraft so different from each other ? To answer the question briefly, a quick comparison of some simple numbers should suffice.
In 2011, the US Air Force decided to replace its KC-135 Stratotankers, produced by Boeing since the late 50’s, with 179 KC-46 Pegasus’. On 28th December, at Everett, in the US northwest, Boeing carried out the first flight of the B767-2C, a prototype that will serve as the basis for the future US Air Force aerial refueling and strategic transport aircraft whose entry into service is expected for 2017.
The Russian aviation industry in 2007 was largely concentrated on military aircraft. With this in mind the state United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) consortium, which incorporates all Russian aircraft manufacturers, set a goal to reverse this ratio by 2025 : that of building two-thirds of civilian aircraft to one third military aircraft. It is clear that this goal is unlikely to be achieved. Moscow’s priority lies in combat aircraft and attack helicopters.
With its 10 metre (32 ft.) height, 35 metre (115 ft.) wingspan and length, the first Embraer KC-390 prototype was introduced on 21st., October, at one of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer’s production sites at Gavião Peixoto. This military transport aircraft with a refuelling option is a competitor of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules.