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FEBRUARY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


The Russian Helicopters holding company, part of State Corporation Rostec, and the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) have delivered technical and operational documentation for the Mi-171A2 helicopter to the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency. Brazilian aviation authorities will decide on the certification of the helicopter for the local market based on its application.

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has unveiled new plans for a new stealth fighter jet called "Tempest" at the biennial Farnborough Airshow, referring to the legandary Hawker Tempest of Word War 2. After having rejected Moscow’s proposal to jointly develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be invited this month to co-develop  the Tempest.

Russian State Corporation Rostec has handed over the first batch of aviation equipment - four Ansat helicopters and four Mi-8 helicopters in medical configuration - to the country's National Air Ambulance Service (NAAS). By 2021 Rostec will supply the NAAS with 104 Ansats and 46 Mi-8 with medical modules.

According to Indian Aeronautics Development Agency (ADA), the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), being developed as India's next generation fighter (fifth-generation jet fighter), is expected to make its first flight by 2032.

The Mil Helicopter Plant in Moscow completed additional certification trials of Mi-38 helicopter in extremely cold temperatures. They confirmed the technical servicing capability, flight preparation and reliable engine startup at air temperatures below minus 45 degrees Centigrade, the Russian Helicopters Holding said.

On February 6, 2019, the French Minister of Defense, Florence Parly, and her German counterpart, Ursula von der Leyen, went to Gennevilliers, on the site of the company Safran, to give the industrial launch of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program (SCAF, Système de Combat Aérien du Futur). "The FCAS, the Franco-German fighter jet of the future, will anchor the rapprochement of our air forces, at the operational and technological level. Thank you to engineers, airmen and industrialists - French and German - who are already working tirelessly on this project", Florence Parly said.

On 6 February, the Land Component, the Intelligence service (SGRS) of the Belgian armed forces, and the Belgian Special Forces gave a joint conference about the past, ongoing and forthcoming external operations carried on by the Belgian army. Maj.Gen. Johan Peeters gave an overview of the worldwide involvement of Belgian troops, followed by Lt.Gen. aviator Claude Van de Voorde (SGRS) for an in-depth presentation of the various intelligence sources supplied to the F-16 detachment deployed by the Belgian Air Component (Air Force) in Iraq. According to him, intelligence is the first line of the Belgian Defense.

Iran unveiled its first home-made wide-body drone with a jet engine in an exhibition held by Armed Forces in Tehran. The Iranian Armed Forces indeed showcased their latest achievements and products, including new drones and weapons, in "Eqtedar 40" exhibition on January 30 in Tehran.

French government has announced its intentions to develop its own hypersonic weapons, heating up the race for hypersonic weapons, so far led by Russia, China and the US. Such hypersonic weapons are like missiles travelling at Mach 5, but are moreover likely to manoeuvre in mid-flight. This second trait makes of them threats much more harder to track and intercept than traditional missiles.

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