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JuLY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


Russian Helicopters to start additive manufacturing of parts in 2020

In 2019, Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec) is planning to re-engineer approximately 30 different helicopter parts to be manufactured using 3D printing technology and integrate them to serial production starting from 2020.

Israel Air Force receives 2 new F-35 Adir fighter jets

The Israel Defense Forces announced that on 14 July the Israeli Air Force has received two new F-35 “Adir” fighter jets, bringing the number of fifth-generation stealth aircraft that the military says it has in its arsenal up to 16.

Skyworks to offer US Army new combat gyrodyne aircraft

US high-performance gyroplanes maker Skyworks in collaboration with Scaled Composites to build a high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator of future combat gyrodyne aircraft.

Il-112V aircraft will become two tons lighter

A new Il-112V military transport aircraft will become at least two tons lighter, a Russian defense industry source told TASS.

German and Romanian inspectors fly over Russian territory

German and Romanian inspectors are making a joint observation flight over the Russian territory on board of a Romanian surveillance aircraft An-30 from Kubinka airfield, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Raytheon selected for B-52 AESA radar upgrade

Raytheon was selected by the Boeing Company as radar supplier for the B-52 bomber radar modernization program. Under the contract, Raytheon will design, develop, produce and sustain active electronically scanned array radar systems for the entire U.S. Air Force B-52 fleet. The advanced radar upgrade will ensure the aircraft remains mission ready through 2050 and beyond. Low rate initial production is scheduled to begin in 2024.

Portugal announces firm order for the multi-mission airlift KC-390

The Portuguese Government announced today a firm order of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390 as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capacities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.

L3Harris to develop airborne HF replacement radio for AN/ARC-190

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been awarded a development prototype contract from the U.S. Air Force for the L3Harris Falcon Wideband Airborne HF Radio and will now be part of a down-select competition to replace the service’s AN/ARC-190 airborne HF radio.

Raytheon awarded for 114 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile command launch computers for US Navy

The Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $17,777,245 firm-fixed-price contract to procure 114 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile command launch computers to include two pre-production units, one first article test unit and 111 production units in support of the Navy.

USA donates 6 Huey helicopters to Panama

The United States State Dept. donated six Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters to Panama’s security forces for search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, and surveillance missions.

India will buy 18 Su-30MKI fighter jets

India’s Air Force will buy 18 new Su-30MKI fighter jets, Vladimir Drozhzhov, the deputy head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, has said.

AAR awarded contract with Royal Netherlands Air Force to service CH-47 Chinook APU

AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments worldwide, has been awarded a four-year contract by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Chinook APU for Logistics Centre Woensdrecht (LCW).

UK to develop cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons

The Ministry of Defence is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons which have the potential to revolutionise the battlefield.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace finalized contract with Lockheed Martin adding up to 2 Billion NOK for the F-35 Program

ongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has finalized a contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics adding up to 2 Billion NOK for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, where 700 MNOK has been incrementally ordered in previous quarters.

Kalashnikov creates new anti-drone gun

ZALA AERO Company of Kalashnikov Concern created REX-1 electronic gun against light drones. The new REX-2 option was presented at Army-2019 forum. It is the smallest in the world gun to fight drones, Rostec said.

US Navy declared initial operational capability for the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter

The US Navy (USN) declared initial operational capability (IOC) for the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on 28 June.

Russian Helicopters to overhaul two Azerbaijani rotorcraft

The Russian Helicopters Holding signed a contract for the overhaul of two Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 rotorcraft during a visit to Azerbaijan, the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry said.

Russian MoD intensifies military acquisitions

The financial volume of 46 procurement contracts signed by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) at the Army 2019 defense show, which was held in Kubinka near Moscow on 24-30 June, has set a new record, according to the country’s top military officials.

US Air Force’s BACN receives AFA innovation award

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), developed, operated and maintained by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) for the U.S. Air Force, has been honored as an innovative mission-enabling system by the Air Force Association (AFA).

Lockheed Martin awarded for flight test instrumentation and data processing solutions for F-35 Lightning II

Lockheed Martin is awarded $41,269,021 for modification to a previously awarded order placed against basic ordering agreement. This modification exercises an option for the design, procurement and integration of flight test instrumentation and data processing solutions for F-35 Lightning II development test aircraft to support the Tech Refresh-3 and the Follow on Modernization Block 4 mission systems configuration.  

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