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APRIL 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


Australia: New Dassault Falcon 7x special purpose aircraft arrive

The first of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) new Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft arrived in Canberra on April 16.

Apache attack helicopters deployed in Estonia

The British Army announced on April 15 that Apache attack helicopters had been deployed in Estonia. The exact number of rotary wings concerned was not specified. It is known, however, that the helicopters will remain there for three months.

Iran: Home-made fighter jets and helicopters fly over Army Day Parades Zone

Iran's home-made Kowsar 'Kosar' and Saeqeh fighter jets and other warplanes as well as different types of helicopters participated in the Army Day parades on April 18, for the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Islamic Republic's Armed Forces in 1979 following the Iranian Revolution.

Ilyushin aircraft ready for Arctic operation

A delegation of Ilyushin Company participated in the Arctic - the Territory of Dialogue forum in St. Petersburg, the company said.

Northrop Grumman to begin production and deployment of its Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures pod for the KC-135

The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) pod for the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft has achieved Milestone C. This critical milestone, awarded by the Department of Defense Milestone Decision Authority, marks the end of the development and testing phase and enables the beginning of production and deployment.

Taiwan to obtain F-16 Viper and a training and support program

The US Department of Defense has approved a training and support program for Taiwanese Lockheed-Martin F-16 pilots at Luke AFB, Arizona.

Sukhoi and Bruk agree on joint design

The Sukhoi Company and the Bruk designer of Russian Elbrus microprocessors signed an agreement on joint designs, Sukhoi said.

Beauvechain Air Base Day 2019, pilot recruitment asset for the Belgian Air Force

On April 10, 2019, the Beauvechain Air Base – home base of the 1st Belgian Air Force Wing – organized its annual public event which, like most of the air forces do in the world, aimed at attracting youngsters toward a military pilot career. The Belgian Special Forces also took part for the same reason.

Russia completes Su-35 deliveries to China

Russia has completed contracted deliveries of Su-35 generation 4++ fighter jets to China, Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told TASS.

Airbus Helicopters awarded Australia’s ARH Tiger support contract extension

Airbus has been awarded an extension of the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger through-life support (TLS) contract by the Australian Department of Defence.

Northrop Grumman awarded $3.2 billion for 24 E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes for US Navy

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a multi-year contract modification to deliver an additional 24 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to the U.S. Navy. The fixed-price-incentive-firm contract is valued at $3.2 billion; the contract also includes an option for nine additional foreign military sales aircraft. Production of the 24 U.S. Navy aircraft funded by the five-year contract is expected to be complete in 2026.

MD Helicopters enhances MD 969 twin attack helicopter with 7-shot Common Launch Tube system

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will feature an enhanced combat aircraft – its MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter – at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (formerly AAAA), April 14 – 16, 2019, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Casino in Nashville, TN. First introduced just last month at the annual HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, MDHI has enhanced the military capabilities of its twin engine MD 969 with the addition of a custom, 7-shot Common Launch Tube (CLT) System designed by Systima Technologies.

F-35 deploys to Middle East for first time

US Air Force F-35As deployed to the Middle East for the first time on Monday, arriving in the United Arab Emirates for combat operations across the region.

AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies unveil design for US Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft-Competitive prototype

The AVX Aircraft Company and L3 Technologies  announced today their innovative compound coaxial helicopter (CCH) design, which is competing for Phase 1 of the U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)-Competitive Prototype (CP) program competition.

Boeing reveals concept images of new F-15EX

US aerospace giant Boeing has released concept images depicting the new F-15EX Advanced Eagle fighter aircraft.

Thales to supply image intelligence system to Switzerland

Thales signed a contract to supply the Swiss Armed Forces with an IMINT / GEOINT image intelligence system based on the company’s proprietary MINDS multi-sensor image interpretation and dissemination system (the export version of France’s SAIM system).

Boeing gets $21 million GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb contract modification

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $21,607,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to previously awarded contract for GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator sustainment.

The largest plane in the world makes its first flight

Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing successfully back at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

Lebanon receives ScanEagle drones

On April 3, the Lebanese army announced on its Twitter account that it has received six Scan Eagle drone systems from the United States. The US Embassy in Lebanon confirmed this information in the wake.

Russian Helicopters presented a mockup of the VRT500 at Milan Design Week

The design bureau VR-Technologies, subsidiary of Rostec's Russian Helicopters holding company, presented a mockup of the light multi-purpose helicopter VRT500 at the Fuorisalone exhibition (part of the Milan Design Week, held April 8–14). The helicopter model is presented at the exhibition of ItalDesign, which was one of the developer companies of VRT500.

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