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JULY 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


Raytheon enters UAE F-16 fighter jets upgrade program

Raytheon Company will design, develop and manufacture the projector for BAE Systems' Digital Light Engine head-up display on the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the United Arab Emirates armed forces. The digital HUD upgrade will integrate seamlessly into the F-16's existing HUD space, requiring no changes to the aircraft, cabling or computing.

UK introduces new Combat Air Strategy at Farnborough Air Show 2018

Announcing the publication of the new Combat Air Strategy at the Farnborough International Airshow, the British Defence Secretary said he had taken action to strengthen the UK’s role as a global leader in the sector and to protect key skills across the UK industrial base. He outlined the Strategy in front of the combat aircraft concept model which has been developed by UK industry in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence – being publicly unveiled for the first time, it acts as a powerful demonstration of the UK’s world leading technical capability and industrial expertise.

AT-802L Longsword now compatible with BAE Systems COBRA sensors

Air Tractor and L3 Technologies announced today that their AT-802L Longsword ISR and light-attack system now supports compatibility with BAE Systems’ multi-function signals intelligence and electronic warfare sensor family of systems, presently referred to as “COBRA.”

Leonardo launches new Grifo-E AESA radar

Leonardo unveiled the latest in its portfolio of electronically-scanning (E-Scan) radars, the Grifo-E at the Farnborough Air Show 2018. The new radar is now on show to visitors in Leonardo’s static area. The Grifo-E is the evolution of the well-received Grifo (M-scan) fire control radar for fighter aircraft, which has seen more than 450 units flying with six air forces.

Operational testing starts for Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II

Raytheon Company's StormBreaker bomb, formerly called the Small Diameter Bomb II, or SDB II bomb, has entered operational testing, a step closer to providing U.S. Air Force pilots the capability to strike maneuvering targets in adverse weather. Operational testing follows completion of a successful Operational Test Readiness Review in Spring 2018.

USMC MV-22B performs first ever forward air-refuelling point

U.S. Marines and Coast Guardsmen conducted the first forward air-refueling point between two helicopters during the 2018 Marine Aircraft Group 49 Combined Arms Exercise, the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs announced on June 20, 2018.

Lockheed and Rafael to jointly market SPICE missile guidance kit

Lockheed Martin and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., of Israel, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to evaluate potential markets and customer requirements for Rafael's Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE) missile guidance kits.

Ukraine clinched deal with Airbus for 55 helicopters

Following the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between France and Ukraine on 8 June, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the country.

Boeing KC-46A tanker reaches another milestone ahead of first delivery

Boeing and U.S Air Force teams recently achieved a major KC-46 tanker program milestone, completing all flight testing required for first delivery. This past week, the KC-46 team concluded both its Military Type Certification testing and receiver certification testing with KC-135, F-16 and C-17 aircraft.

TAI confirms deal with Pakistan for 30 T129 attack choppers

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) today confirmed that the ongoing negotiations between Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and Turkish Aerospace has successfully been finalized and signed the contract for the procurement of 30 T129 ATAK Helicopters within a comprehensive package including logistics, ammunition, spares, ground support equipment and training.

Leonardo introduces new Spider COMINT pod

Leonardo, which is exhibiting at the Farnborough Air Show 2018, unveiled today a new Electronic Warfare (EW) communications intelligence (COMINT) product, called ‘Spider’ for the eight Radio Frequency (RF) antennas contained within the system.

Russian Guards first Ka-226T helicopter enters service

The first Ka-226T helicopter supplied to the Russian Guards arrived to the permanent deployment base in Krasnoyarsk region. It was produced by Kumertau aircraft plant of the Russian Helicopters Holding and handed over to the customer at HeliRussia-2018 airshow, the holding said.

Boeing comments latest USSOCOM MH-47G Block II order

Boeing has received a $139.8 million contract to provide four MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. The contract was first announced on the Pentagon website on June 29, 2018.

Northrop delivers critical software for US Army UH-60V program

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered software to the U.S. Army for the UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter to enter Limited User Testing (LUT) ― a critical milestone leading into production, the US defense giant said on July 12, 3018.

Elbit Systems lifts veil on Hermes 900 StarLiner UAV

Elbit Systems commences global marketing of the Hermes 900 StarLiner, a powerful and trend setting Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) that features adverse weather capabilities and is fully compliant with NATO's Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4671, qualifying it to be safely integrated into civilian airspace and fly in the same environment with manned aircraft.

Spanish Army receives upgraded PASI Searcher UAVs

Two PASI Searcher Mk III Class II Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) upgraded by IAI/MALAT were successfully tested by the NAto Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) and the Spanish Army in the Eim Shemer Airfield (Israel) at the end of June 2018, the NSPA said on July 9, 2018.

New gravity suit for Su-57 pilots ready for flight trials

A new gravity suit for Su-57 pilots is ready for flight trials, Sergey Pozdnyakov, director-general of Zvezda scientific and production enterprise, the suit’s main designer, told TASS.

Sukhoi's Okhotnik UCAV could fly by year-end

Russia will start testing its new heavy-attack drone Okhotnik (Hunter) this year, TASS news agency reported Sunday, citing a defense industry source.

UEC launched TV7-117ST engine production

The work to produce units and components of the latest Russian turbofan TV7-117ST engine has been launched by the United Engine Corporation (UEC) at ODK-UMPO enterprise in Ufa, the corporation said on July 6, 2018.

GE lands $437M USAF contract for further adaptive cycle engines development

GE was awarded a $437 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base June 29. The contract modification is for the execution of next generation adaptive propulsion risk reduction for potential air superiority applications.

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