May 3, 2009
Australia plans to buy seven Boeing CH-47F Chinooks from the US government, with the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) saying in a notice to the US Congress that the contract could be worth up to USD560 million. In addition to the helicopters, the deal is likely to include 16 Lycoming T55-GA-714A Turbine engines, seven M134D Dillon Aero mini-guns, 16 ITT AN/ARC-201D Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radios (SINCGARS), and seven Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Blue Force Trackers (FBCB2/BFT). Apr 27, 2009
The Indian air force has suffered its first loss of a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter, with one of its aircraft having crashed in Rajasthan state on 30 April. The fighter's two-man crew ejected around 70km (130nm) south-east of Jaisalmer at around 10:30 local time during a routine training sortie, the air force says. "Wg Cdr S V Munje survived the crash, [but] Wg...