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AUguST 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

Belgium and Germany to take over NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission in September

The 48th rotation of detachments contributing to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission is imminent. From September 2018, the Belgian Air Force will take the lead over the mission at Šiauliai, Lithuania, while the German Air Force will augment out of Ämari, Estonia.

RAF Chinook helicopters start supporting French troops in Mali

Three Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters, supported by around 90 British personnel are now fully operational and are supporting French counter-terrorism operations in Mali, the UK Minister of Defence said on August 16, 2018.

Lockheed secures $2.9Bn USAF order for new missile warning satellites

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $2,935,545,188 from the US Air Force contract for the production of three Next Generation Overhed Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles (OPIR), the US Defense Department announced on August 14, 2018.

Russia likely to order first batch of six MiG-35 fighter jets

The Russian Defense Ministry will initially receive six MiG-35 fighter jets according to advanced delivery schedule, President of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar told the Vedomosti newspaper.

Tupolev rolls out first Tu-22M3M strategic bomber

Tupolev rolled out the first modernized Tu-22M3M strategic bomber, United Aircraft Corporation said in a statement. The Tu-22M3M is a modernized version of a long-range supersonic missile carrying Tu-22M3 bomber with a variable sweep wing. The aircraft will get new avionics and an opportunity to carry new missiles after modernization.

TAI ANKA offered for Indonesian MoD UAV Tender

Turkish Aerospace, Turkey’s center of excellence in defence and aerospace industries held a workshop on August 14th, 2018 in Jakarta with an extensive participation of Indonesian Defence and Aviation Industry companies, regarding the possible cooperation on upcoming several bilateral opportunities such as Unmaned Aerial Vehicle System Tender of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence.

Lockheed Martin contracted to design ARRW hypersonic weapon prototype

The US Air Force yesterday awarded a contract not to exceed US$480 million to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control to begin designing a second hypersonic weapon prototype. This contract will provide the critical design review, test and production readiness support for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).

Northrop completes successful APG-83 SABR Fit-Check on USMC F/A-18C Fighter

Northrop Grumman has successfully installed a production APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) on a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, the US company stated on August 13, 2018.

Ilyushin details plans for An-124-100M heavy airlifter development

The Ilyushin Aviation Complex (UAC) plans to spend almost 3.5 billion rubles (USD51 million) to create an upgraded version of the Ruslan heavy airlifter by 2022. Under Ilyushin’s 2018 procurement plan, the An-124-100 airlifter is going to be refitted into a new An-124-100M aircraft, which will undergo trials. Adequate aerodrome equipment and infrastructure should also be created.

LOTN completes overhaul of first Mi-17V-5 for the AAF

Slovak aviation repair plant LOTN (Trencin) has overhauled the first Mil Mi-17V-5 (NATO reporting name: Hip-H) utility rotary-wing aircraft of the Afghan Air Force (AAF), according to the Slovak Ministry of Defense (MoD).

First L-159T2 for the Czech Air Force took to the skies

The first L-159T2 for the Czech Air Force made its first flight on August 2, 2018, at Aero Vodochody Airport. Czech Air Force ordered three L-159T2 twin seat aircraft with several upgrades on board in 2016 to fulfil operational missions and advanced jet training. The L-159T2s are supposed to be delivered to the 21. Tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav till the end of this year.

Ilyushin progressing towards Il-276 airlifter production plans

The Ilyushin Aviation Complex, which is affiliated with the United Aircraft-Building Corporation, plans to spend 34 million rubles for preparing the Ulyanovsk-based Aviastar-SP plant for producing a perspective IL-276 airlifter and choose a cooperation scheme necessary for the aircraft’s production according to the Ilyushin’s 2018 annual procurement plant.

Turkey officially places order for four HAVA SOJ stand-off jammer aircraft

The Turkish Undesecretariat for Defence Industry (SSB) awarded Aselsan a contract for the development and delivery of HAVA SOJ stand-off jammer aircraft for the Turksih Air Force, the SSB said on August 9, 2018. A total of four platforms will be handed over to the TuAF Command starting 2023.

RNZAF orders one CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device

CAE on August 9 announced it has been awarded a contract from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device (FTD).

Serial Il-76MD-90A airlifter prepares for trials

The serial Il-76MD-90A airlifter built by Aviastar-SP enterprise will soon begin trials, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said. The serial Il-76MD-90A airlifter built by Aviastar-SP enterprise will soon begin trials, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said.

Zephyr S HAPS completes longest flight ever made

Airbus Defence and Space announced the successful landing of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr S HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite). After taking off on 11th July in Arizona, USA, Zephyr S logged a maiden flight of over 25 days, the longest duration flight ever made. An application has been made to establish this as a new world record. This maiden flight of the solar powered Zephyr S proves the system capabilities and achieved all the flight’s engineering objectives.

Harris secures $400M order for F-16 AIDEWS systems

Harris Corporation has been awarded a $400 million increase to the ceiling value of a single-award IDIQ contract to supply electronic warfare (EW) systems for international F-16 fighters – helping to protect allied aircraft against evolving radar and electronic threats. The new ceiling value is $491 million and was received during the fourth quarter of Harris' fiscal 2018.

IAF appoints first-ever female flight squadron commander

On August 7, the commander of the IAF appointed a female aircrew member as the first female flight squadron commander in the IAF. Maj. G' will act as commander of the 122nd ("Nachshon") Squadron after being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. "It is both a great privilege and a great responsibility. The real work is still ahead of me".

Triumph wins follow-up contract for C-130J airframe component production

Triumph Group, Inc. announced on August 7 that its Aerospace Structures business has been awarded a multi-year airframe component contract for Lockheed Martin’s C130J Super Hercules program. Under initial terms of the contract, Triumph Fabrications in San Diego, California will provide 108 different part numbers for the C130J program.

China sets up new helicopter detachment for UN peacekeeping mission

China’s second peacekeeping helicopter detachment, which will be deployed to the UN peacekeeping mission area in Darfur, Sudan, was established at an army aviation brigade of the PLA 81st Group Army on Tuesday morning.

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