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29 Mar 17. Rostec’s Russian Helicopters plan to establish a JV for assembling light civil helicopters with Iran. Russian Helicopters forming part of Rostec and Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) of Iran announced cooperation in setting up a joint venture for assembling light civil helicopters manufactured in Russia which may take place in Iran. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by CEO of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky and Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDRO Mansour Moazami. The document is aimed at promoting cooperation between Russia and Iran as part of the program on upgrading the Iranian helicopter fleet. Besides, Russian Helicopters intend to exploit the potential for cooperation with IDRO for developing its business in the Middle East.
“We see that the demand for light helicopters is high in Iran, and the country needs them for the use in the interests of civil authorities. The joint venture of Russia and Iran considers assembling light Ka-226 or Ansat helicopters. At present, the negotiations on this issue continue. The Memorandum signed today implies that a fully fledged cooperation agreement will be concluded as soon as possible,” said Andrey Boginsky.
Today Iran has over 50 helicopters manufactured in Russia. The demand for the Mi-17 helicopter remains the highest. The country uses almost the whole range of helicopters of this type: Mi-17, Mi-171, Mi-171E, Mi-8MTV and Mi-17V-5. These medium-class helicopters are used for law enforcement and fighting organized crime in the country. Like in other countries in this region, Russian Helicopters in Iran have become known primarily as undemanding and reliable machines which make it possible to perform tasks in high temperatures and at high altitudes.
23 Mar 17. Lockheed Martin is moving production of F-16 fighter jets from Texas to South Carolina. Local media outlets reported the company is moving production of F-16s to Greenville to make room for expanded production of the newer F-35 jet fighters in Fort Worth, Texas. A company spokeswoman says the move will create about 250 jobs in Greenville. Defense One reported that the United States has not purchased F-16s since 1999, but Lockheed Martin has orders from several countries. F-16 fighter jets first entered service in 1979. Lockheed Martin Greenville spokeswoman Leslie Farmer said the last F-16 in Texas should be complete in September. She added that it will take about two years to begin production in Greenville. The company currently employs about 500 people in Greenville providing maintenance, repairs and overhauls. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News/AP)
29 Mar 17. US Navy Christens Guided-Missile Destroyer Thomas Hudner.
The US Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Saturday, April 1 during a 11:30 a.m. EDT ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
The future USS Thomas Hudner is named in honor of naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas J. Hudner Jr., the last living Navy recipient of the Medal of Honor to have served in the Korean War. Georgea Hudner, wife of Capt. Thomas Hudner, and Barbara Miller, wife of retired Vice Adm. Michael Miller, former superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, will serve as the ship’s sponsors.
Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor for attempting to save the life of his squadron mate, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. This will be the first U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Thomas Hudner.
Allison Stiller will serve as the principal speaker during the ceremony. Stiller is currently performing