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MAY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

KPBA of the KRET Concern creates nucleus of piloting devices for helicopter drones

The Design Bureau of Industrial Automatics (KPBA) of the KRET Concern displayed the nucleus of the piloting and navigational complexes for helicopter drones at HeliRussia show, Rostec Corporation said.

Greece receives first modernized P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft

The Hellenic Navy has received its first modernized P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Lockheed Martin, the Greek Defense Ministry said.

India delivers first Mi-24 helicopters to Afghanistan

India delivered the first two of Mi-24 attack helicopters as replacement to the Afghan Air Force to help against insurgency and fight terrorism.

US Air Force fighter pilots get GAU-5A carbine in ejection seat survival kits

The US Air Force is now issuing new survival rifles, the GAU-5/A Aircrew Self Defense Weapon, to at least some units, The Drive reports. It offers more firepower to fighter jet crews in case of ejection above enemy territory.

Russia: Su-25SM fire armor-piercing shells at Kirgizia drills

Su-25SM aircraft of the Russian Kant military base in Kirgizia fired armor-piercing projectiles at a tactical exercise in the mountains of Central Asia, the Central Military District said.

Citadel Defense wins contract with US Air Force for Titan anti-drone system

The US Air Force has notified Citadel Defense of a new counterpart to provide an additional mobile anti-drone system. Citadel Defense announced to have won a new contract with the US government, and more specifically the US Air Force. In this context, the manufacturer will supply its Titan anti-UAV system, capable of creating a protection bubble. This is not the first contract awarded by Citadel Defense to equip US forces and government agencies.

Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieves first flight

The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight today at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Florida site, an important step toward bringing this all-new aircraft to service members to perform critical search and rescue operations. The aircraft, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) and based on the proven UH-60M Black Hawk, is customized for the U.S. Air Force 's rescue mission and will ensure the Air Force fulfills its mission to leave no one behind.

US approved sales of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles to Japan

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $317 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2019.

Sikorsky awarded contract for 12 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters for US Navy

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company will build 12 production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy. These advanced helicopters are part of the 200 program of record aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps.

USA: high-power microwaves missiles that destroys electronics, not buildings

The US Air Force has deployed at least 20 missiles equipped with payloads that can destroy military electronics. The missile uses high-power microwaves (HPMs) to destroy military capabilities without causing any fatalities.

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for F-35 modification kits and special tooling

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $11,944,605 modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order previously issued against basic ordering agreement. This modification provides for modification kits and special tooling required for the modification and retrofit of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft in support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, non-U.S Department of Defense (non-U.S. DoD) participants; and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

Bell Boeing awarded US Navy contract for V-22 Osprey software sustainment

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $42,238,558 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order procures fleet software sustainment including engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics for the Marine Corps and Air Force.

Lockheed Martin Teams with Rafael to market SPICE air-to-surface guidance kits

Lockheed Martin and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. of Israel signed a teaming agreement to jointly develop, market, manufacture and support Rafael’s Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE) guidance kits for U.S. sale.

Dark Blade 19 large NATO helicopter exercise goes on

Dark Blade 2019 (DB19), the 13th helicopter exercise organized under the umbrella of the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), started on 13 May at Náměšť airbase in Czech Republic. It will last until 1 June 2019.

Russia to procure 76 Su-57 jets, 100 Mi-28NM helicopters

Seventy-six Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets will be procured for the Russian airpower by 2028. A package contract will be inked in the near future, Russian President Vladimir Putin said opening the second meeting on defense issues this week.

Northrop Grumman to provide Advanced Electronic Warfare Simulation and Training Systems to USAF

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $46 million delivery order for eight Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) Units. This award is a part of the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity JTE Enhanced Delivery Initiative contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force in December 2018.

India could have the exclusivity of Lockheed Martin F-21

Lockheed Martin has declared it will not sell its new  F-21 fighter jets to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes.

Estonia: Spring Storm 2019 NATO exercise

Taking place in the north-east of Estonia, the exercise brings together over 9,000 troops, among them thousands of Estonian conscripts, reservists, active servicemen and hundreds of vehicles from 15 NATO countries and partners. Spring Storm started on 6 May and will carry on until 17 May 2019.

US Air National Guard to trial Leonardo BriteCloud expendable active decoy

Leonardo has announced at the Electronic Warfare Europe conference (Stockholm, 13-15 May) that the United States Department of Defense has selected its BriteCloud expendable active decoy (EAD) to be evaluated under the US Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme. The mission of the FCT programme is to find, evaluate and field products and technologies produced by US allies, such as the UK, where these products have a high technology readiness level in order to satisfy valid defence requirements more quickly and economically.

India takes delivery of first AH-64E Apache attack helicopter

The first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter was officially handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) during a ceremony at Boeing’s production center in Mesa, Arizona on May 10.

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