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August 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

Turkish Aerospace and Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center sign deal

Turkish Aerospace has signed a framework agreement on future projects with the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR). In the scope of the protocol signed between Turkish Aerospace President and CEO Prof Temel Kotil and NLR CEO Mr. Michel Peters, cooperation will be realized in the fields of aerospace research projects, trainings, modeling, simulation, testing and new manufacturing techniques.

South Korean Light Armed Helicopter completes its first flight

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced on August 19 that it has completed successfully the first flight of the initial Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The test with two flight pilots on board was conducted in KAI's headquarters for about 20 minutes.

Portugal signs for five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390

The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed on August 22, at a ceremony held at Embraer's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390. Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.

Czech Republic to buy Bell AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters

The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at 14.5 billion crowns ($622 million), Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22.

US Air Force selects Boeing for A-10 Thunderbolt II re-winging contract

Boeing has been awarded a $999,000,000 (ceiling) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for A-10 Thunderbolt II re-winging.

US Army awards Boeing $155M for Apache AH-64E helicopters

The US army has awarded Boeing a $155 million modification contract for new-build Apache AH-64E attack helicopters, Pentagon announced August 20.

USA approves sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to TECRO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States) for the 66 F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $8 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 20.

Sweden took delivery of final series-production NH90 helicopter

Sweden's armed forces have taken delivery of the final series-production NH90 helicopter. The Swedish Defense Material Agency (FMV), the national defense procurement agency, handed over the 18th and final unit to the armed forces in July.

UK: Protector Remotely Piloted Aircaft achieves milestone on visit to RAF Squadron

Protector, the Royal Air Force’s future Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, has flown to Creech Air Force Base affording members of the RAF Reaper Force the opportunity to see the aircraft for the first time. In so doing the aircraft, which flew to the Nevada base from Arizona, used its automatic take-off, landing and taxiing capability for the first time at another base within the US.

China and Thailand to start Falcon Strike exercise 2019

Multiple fighter jets of the Air Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) have recently arrived at the Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base (Udorn RTAFB) to participate in the joint exercise codenamed "Falcon Strike 2019". This is the fourth of such exercise between China’s PLA Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force.

Russian reconnaissance drone Altius-U performed its first flight

Russia’s latest reconnaissance drone Altius-U weighing 6 tonnes has performed its debut flight, the Defense Ministry of Russia said on August 20.

Turkey and Ukraine to develop Akinci UCAV

The Ukrainian and Turkish defense industries are pooling their efforts to develop the new Akinci heavy strike drone, Ukraine’s state military manufacturer UkrOboronProm said on August 20.

Upgraded MiG-31BMs drill air fight in stratosphere in Kamchatka

Upgraded MiG-31BM high-altitude fighters-interceptors have been engaged in an air fight in the stratosphere at an altitude of more than 20 kilometers for the first time. The crews trained to intercept potential violators of the Russian airspace in Kamchatka region, the Pacific Fleet said.

BAE Systems to supply electronic warfare services for Saudi Arabia

BAE Systems has been awarded $19.2 million for sustainment services associated with digital electronics warfare systems and missile warning systems for aircraft belonging to Saudi Arabia.

Boeing upgrades US Special Operations Forces A/MH-6 Little Bird light attack helicopter

Boeing is upgrading the fleet of unique helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.

Northrop Grumman receives $200 Million Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure order

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $200 million order for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems and support from the US Air Force. This order was received under an existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

Serbia to get Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters in 2020

Four Russian-made Mi-35 and three Mi-17 military transport helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19, following his visit to Moscow.

Raytheon Missile Systems awarded a $47,917,924 contract for Laser Maverick units

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $47,917,924 for 469 Laser Maverick units.

Northrop Grumman awarded contract for Royal Netherlands Air Force AN/ALQ-131 ECM pods upgrade

Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a $7 million follow-on contract for DRE, Netherlands to provide action for the upgrade of Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) AN/ALQ-131 (V) Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Pod.

Taiwan unveils Teng Yun MALE UAV

Taiwan's primary defence research and development agency has unveiled a prototype of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV at the  Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE 2019),held from 15 to 17 August.

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