Announced in April of 2015, the Mexican Navy will receive its first shipment of the new Airbus C295W medium transport aircraft. The C295W, manufactured by the Airbus Defence and Space division of the European Airbus Group consortium, will join the service’s existing fleet of four C295s. With the Mexican Navy as the initial customer, the C295W is an upgraded variant of the model’s predecessors with the addition of winglets and enhanced engine settings. Spokesman for the Mexican service Admiral José Maria Garcia stated that the branch has decided to equip all future orders of the aircraft with winglets after determining that the feature greatly enhanced the performance of the C295, particularly in hot and high conditions. In addition, winglets allow the transport aircraft to sustain an increased payload weight as well as cover further distances with 4% more fuel efficiency. The order consists of two units of the modified aircraft under an acquisition contract signed in October of 2014.

The C295 was first developed by EADS CASA, which was restructured into what is now Airbus Defence and Space. The aircraft was introduced in 2001 as a derivation of the CASA/IPTN CN-235 with a longer fuselage, enhanced engines (two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127G turboprops), and an increased payload capacity. As of December of 2014, the C295 had a total of 151 orders received with 123 units currently in active service with military services worldwide. With the longest unobstructed cabin in its class at 12.7 meters long, the aircraft has a cargo capacity of up to 9 tons or 71 persons. Specifications include a maximum cruise of 480 kilometers per hour, an endurance of up to 11 hours and a ceiling of up to 25,000 feet. In addition, the aircraft is able to conduct short take-off and landing operations. In addition to transport and civic/humanitarian missions, Airbus offers other special-purpose versions of the C295W including: Anti-Submarine Warfare variants and Airborne Early Warning & Control variants (which are fitted with an Active Electronically Scanned Array [AESA] Radar rotodome atop its fuselage) for surveillance operations.

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In March of 2015, the United States Air Force released its requirements for its Northrop T-38C Talon combat aircraft trainer replacement program, known as T-X. According to USAF Brigadier General Dawn Dunlop, the T-38 is unable to complete 12 of 18 advanced pilot training tasks, which forces the Air Force to rely on fighter and bomber formal training units to complete the training at a much greater cost. Northrop Grumman, the designer and manufacturer of the T-38 Talon twin-jet trainer, has built 1,187 of these aircraft to date and over 60,000 pilots have trained in them since it entered service in 1961 when it was the world’s first supersonic trainer. More than 500 remained in service with the US Air Force and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and it is also in service with the armed forces of Germany (40 aircraft), South Korea (30), Taiwan (40) and Turkey (69).

The US Army considers the T-38 to be obsolete in many respects. "Cockpit and sensor management are fundamentally different today in 4th- and 5th-generation aircraft than it was when the T-38 was built in 1961," the Brigadier General said in a press statement. Furthermore, the fleet's age and condition has made sustainment difficult. According to Brig Gen Dunlop, the T-38s assigned to AETC, for example, "have not met the command's requirement for 75% availability since 2011, meaning many are not mission capable and unavailable for training". The USAF is looking for three key performance characteristics for the advanced pilot training mission. These characteristics include sustained G, simulator visual acuity and performance, and aircraft sustainment, with a specific focus on embedded training with synthetic sensors and data link. Five companies are already competing for the contract. However, Northrop Grumman is not out of the race. The company recently announced that it is developing a new aircraft design for the T-X competition due to what it saw as an evolution in the USAF's requirements. According to the USAF's fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016) budget request, they are slated to award a contract about a year after the release of a request for proposals (RFP). The FY 2016 budget contains a request for USD$11.4 million for T-X research and development. The funding request is planned to consistently increase over the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP) with USD$12.2 million in 2017, USD$107.2 million in 2018, USD$262.8 million in 2019, and USD$275.9 million in 2020.

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After many successful implementations of Sikorsky’s Matrix Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Sikorsky with an $8 million contract to equip existing aircraft with the technology. This contract is allocated to Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation (ALIAS Program) in efforts to reduce dependence on aircraft crew members. The ALIAS Program uses Matrix Technology to install an aircraft automation system. Introduced in 2013, this program includes a remote pilot method, allowing for piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). This removable kit can replace up to five crew members through a touch and voice recognition screen. Most importantly, this new operation may increase aircraft safety during emergency situations and harsh weather conditions.

Through a joint venture between Sikorsky Innovations, the United Technologies Research Center, the National Robotics Engineering Center, and Veloxiti Inc., the ALIAS Program was tested last year on the Black Hawk helicopter for the U.S. Army. This helicopter was slightly modified with a remotely supervised control, which became known as the Manned Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) program. These operations are thought to be the future of defense missions—advancing flight intelligence and efficiency. Sikorsky, a United Technologies Company, was founded in 1925 and has been flourishing ever since. For the next five to ten years, the company is predicted to sell more than 400 helicopters in the Middle East. With the increasing oil economy in those countries, the need for helicopters is ever more demanding. Lockheed Martin recently won another contract worth $2 billion from the US Navy for supplying H-60 helicopters.

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