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November 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


UK readying RAF Lakeneath for two squadrons of US F-35s

The Suffolk airbase will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe and continues the base’s long and proud history of supporting US Air Force capability in the UK. Co-locating US and UK F-35 capability in the UK will help strengthen the historic military ties between the two nations as well as the partnership between the RAF and US Air Forces, the service said on November 19.

US clears $320M FMS from NSPA for precision guided munitions kits

The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) of precision guided munitions kits for an estimated cost of $320.5 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on November 19, 2018.

Belgium launches MQ-9B Skyguardian acquisition process

General Atomics Aeronautical System (GA-ASI) has been notified that the Government of Belgium has approved Belgian Defense to begin negotiations with the U.S. Government to acquire the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), the US company said on November 19.

Northrop secures $490M contract for Japan RQ-4 Global Hawk program

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a US$490 million contract for the Japan Global Hawk program, the US Department of Defense said on November 19, 2018.

Northrop Grumman lands new E-8C Joint STARS support contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a 12-month, $330 million contract for Total System Support Responsibility (TSSR) of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet. The integrated total systems support contract covers TSSR Period Year 19, which began Nov. 1, 2018 and concludes Oct. 31, 2019.

Thales' Talios Pod achieves French Defense Procurement Agency qualification

Combining a reconnaissance and targeting capability with visibility of the entire critical decision chain, from gathering intelligence to neutralising threats, is a key challenge for armed forces around the world. Building on 40 years of experience in reconnaissance and identification systems, Thales has developed the TALIOS optronic pod to meet this challenge. The Initial Operational Capability (IOC) version of the new pod has now successfully completed qualification testing by the French defence procurement agency (DGA).

Elbit delivers final M-346 training systems to Polish Air Force

Elbit Systems, together with Leonardo’s Aircraft Division, completed delivery of M-346 Full Mission Simulators (FMS) and Flight Training Devices (FTD) to the Polish Air Force (PLAF), the Israel-based company said on November 19, 2018.

US Air Force F-35s start Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System flight tests

Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System saves lives. That’s the bottom line for those involved in testing the Auto GCAS. The US Air Force's 461st Flight Test Squadron recently began test flight missions with the F-35 Lightning II and the Auto GCAS at Edwards Air Force Base, California, the 412th Test Wing Public Affairs said on November 16.

US Air Force selects airbases for B-21 bomber testing and support

The US Air Force has selected Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider and Edwards AFB, California, to lead testing and evaluation of the next generation long-range strike bomber.

F-35A drops GBU-49 bomb for the first time in combat training

US Air Force's 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron recently returned from a weapons evaluation exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where they employed the GBU-49 for the first time in F-35A Lightning II combat training.

Patria wins follow-on order for Norway NH90 fleet support

Patria Helicopters AS has received an order for NH90 helicopters heavy maintenance taking place in Bardufoss, Norway as the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has released the first option of one year from April 2019 onwards.

Barhain signs for 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters

Bahrain signed an agreement with a Bell Helicopter to buy 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters under a $912 million contract, the country announced at the Barhain International Airshow.

Royal Bahraini Air Force receives first C-130J airlifter

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has delivered the first Royal Bahraini Air Force C-130J aircraft.Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has delivered the first Royal Bahraini Air Force C-130J aircraft, the company said on November 13, 2018.

GA-ASI selected for Australia Project Air 7003

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), has been advised that, following consideration by the Australian Government, it has been selected to provide the Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft System under Project Air 7003 for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

QinetiQ to develop LIDAR payload for Airbus Zephyr HAPS

A team led by QinetiQ has won a contract to develop its unique Software Defined Multifunction LIDAR (SDML) technology from a bench-top demonstrator through to a flight ready payload, the British company announced on November 12, 2018.

TsAGI testing amphibious variant of L-410UVP-E20 aircraft

The Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) completed the creation of the hydrodynamic component and tests of the float-type landing gear for the light L-410UVP-E20 aircraft, the institute said.

UK to double its F-35B fleet by 2022

The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, the British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced on November 15, 2018.

China's J-20 fighter jet now aerial refueling-capable

China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, the J-20, is now ready for aerial refueling operations that will help the jet reach farther targets, as national television showcased the aircraft's embedded refueling probe on Tuesday.

Northrop Grumman to support South Korea RQ-4 Global Hawk fleet

Northrop Grumman Corporation has signed a contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) to the Republic of Korea’s high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (HUAV) fleet.

Lockheed Martin lands $22.7Bn order for F-35 production

On November 14, the F-35 Joint Program Office awarded Lockheed Martin a $22.7 billion Undefintiized Contract Action to fund more than 250 F-35 aircraft. This is a significant milestone for the program that reduces costs and demonstrates increased program maturity.

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