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SEPTEMBER 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

BAE Systems to collaborate with Prismatic

BAE Systems have reached an agreement to acquire British SME, Prismatic Ltd, as the companies work to further develop the UAV technology.

Royal Air Force selects Leonardo for counter-drone research programme

At the DSEI 2019 exhibition, Leonardo has announced that it has been selected by the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) to support the next stage of their research and development programme. The study will explore the current threat posed by hostile drones and how this is likely to evolve in future, as well as evaluating a range of technologies that could form a future RAF counter-drone capability. The programme is expected to last three years and will commence in early 2020.

UK and Italian industry to partner on Tempest

At DSEI, leading UK defence companies (BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, Rolls Royce and MBDA UK), together with key Italian Industry players (Leonardo Italy, Elettronica, Avio Aero and MBDA Italy) announced their intent to partner on the Tempest programme by signing a Statement of Intent (“SOI”). This will see the parties work together to define an innovative concept and partnership model which will include knowledge sharing, product definition and technology development for the joint development of future combat air systems.

AERALIS signs Memorandum of Understanding with KBR

AERALIS, the British company developing a new class of military and aerobatic jet trainer aircraft, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KBR, Inc.

ILIAS Solutions and Lockheed Martin reach agreement on supplier opportunities for F-35

ILIAS Solutions, a Belgian logistics software company, announced 15 Sept 2019 that it reached agreement with Lockheed Martin on supplier opportunities. This opens the door for ILIAS Solutions to pursue valuable contracts within the F-35 programme and to provide logistics software solutions to Lockheed Martin and its customers.

SABCA and Lockheed Martin reach agreement on supplier opportunities for the F-35 fighter jet

SABCA Group, a top tier Belgian aerospace company, has reached agreement with Lockheed Martin on supplier opportunities for the actuation systems on the F-35 Lightning II 5th generation fighter planes. The statement was signed by both companies 15 Sept. 2019 during the Sanicole Air Show. This opens the door for SABCA to pursue valuable contracts to provide actuation systems not only to Lockheed Martin.

Altius-U will be the backbone of heavy Russian drone fleet

There was a major debut of heavy Russian drones in August. The maiden flight of modified Altius-U was overshadowed by the 20-ton Okhotnik. However, it was a major event, as Altius-U will be the backbone of the fleet of Russian heavy drones, the Izvestia daily writes.

Russia began to create new strategic bomber PAK DA

Russia began to create Prospective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA) which is to replace Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 bombers, online publication writes about requirements to the prospective strategic bomber.

Airbus Helicopters has delivered its 1,000th Super Puma helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has delivered its 1,000th Super Puma helicopter: a twin-engine multi-role H215 assembled in Marignane, France, and handed over to the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) to support the German Havarie Command, which manages maritime emergencies off of Germany’s coast.

Ka-62 batch production to begin this year

Russian Helicopters Holding plans to obtain the basic certificate for Ka-62 helicopter in 2020, but the batch production of the craft is scheduled to begin in 2019, the holding said.

New all-electronic bomb fuze to be manufactured by Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received its first production order from the U.S. Navy to manufacture the FMU-139D/B, a new all-electronic bomb fuze suitable for many general purpose bombs used by the U.S. Department of Defense and its allied nations. With the U.S. Navy’s decision this January to authorize full rate production, the improved FMU-139D/B bomb fuze creates a uniform solution for general purpose bombs that increases performance and reliability, while decreasing cost.

Raytheon awarded contract for AMRAAM development test mission support

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $8,422,148 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract for field team support services for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) development test mission support including, test planning, test operations, test reporting and telemetry analysis.

Indian Light Utility Helicopter clears high weather tests at Himalayas

Indigenously designed and developed, the Indian Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has successfully demonstrated high altitude capability in hot and high weather conditions.

Brazil receives its first Embraer KC-390

On September 4, the Brazilian air force received its first Embraer KC-390 transport aircraft in a ceremony at Anápolis Air Base outside of Brasilia.

Russian Defense Ministry inspectors fly over Finland

A team of Russian Defense Ministry inspectors is making an observation flight over the territory of Finland on board of an An-30B surveillance aircraft, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Eurofighter Typhoon defensive aids sub-system enhancement study contract awarded

Leonardo, on behalf of the EuroDASS consortium, has received a contract from BAE Systems that will see the consortium explore the future of the Eurofighter Typhoon’s ‘Praetorian’ Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS). The ‘Praetorian Long Term Evolution (LTE)’ study will lay the groundwork for future development work which will ensure that the Typhoon’s Electronic Warfare system will remain one of the most advanced in the world for decades to come. The contract is a key part of the wider Eurofighter Typhoon LTE study, which aims to identify a suite of technology enhancements for the Eurofighter Typhoon’s weapons system infrastructure and propulsion to provide a clear road map for the future of the platform.

Raytheon and Dynetics to enhance flight performance of US Army hypersonic weapon glide body

Raytheon Company will build and deliver the control, actuation and power-conditioning subassemblies that control flight of the U.S. Army's new Common-Hypersonic Glide Body program. The work will enhance the system's flight performance and will be performed under Dynetics Corporation contracts.

India inducts first batch of Apache helicopters

On September 3, the Indian Air Force inducted the first batch of eight Apache helicopters at the Pathankot airbase.

First flight test of Leonardo's Multiple Aperture Infra-Red (MAIR) system

Following its launch in June at the Paris Air Show, Leonardo has successfully conducted the first test flight of its Multiple Aperture Infra-Red (MAIR) system, which provides crews with spherical missile warning, Hostile Fire Indication (HFI), day and night imaging and Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) functionality.

Iran unveils Kian high precision UCAV

Iran unveiled the "Kian", a new high-precision drone that can locate and attack targets far from the country's borders, according to officials.

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