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NOVEMBER 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


US Army to get Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles

Lockheed Martin has won a $134.7 million modification contract to supply Joint-Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGMs) to the US Army.

Afghan Air Force received five MD-530 Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters from USA

The Afghan Air Force received five MD-530 Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters on November 22.

Russia’s 1st upgraded Tu-160M strategic bomber enters trials

Russia has assembled its first upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying bomber and started its trials, a source in the defense industry told reporters on Thursday.

NATO Secretary General marks $1 billion contract to modernise NATO’s fleet of AWACS aircraft

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Boeing International, Sir Michael Arthur, met at Melsbroek Airport in Brussels on Wednesday (27 November 2019) to mark a major investment in the Alliance’s fleet of AWACS ( Airborne Warning And Control System) surveillance aircraft. NATO’s 1 billion dollar contract with Boeing will modernise the AWACS fleet, ensuring they continue to support the Alliance’s missions to 2035.

First two P-72Bs delivered to Italy’s Guardia di Finanza

The first two out of four P-72Bs ordered by Italy’s Guardia di Finanza have been handed over during an official ceremony held at Leonardo’s Caselle Torinese facility today. Deliveries will be completed by 2022.  

Russia hands over two Mi-8MT multirole helicopters, radars to Kyrgyzstan

Russia has handed over two Mi-8MT multirole helicopters and radar stations to the army of Kyrgyzstan free of charge, the General Staff of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces told TASS on Wednesday.

France: launching of ARCHANGE program

At the ministerial investment committee of November 18, 2019, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly launched the production of the ARCHANGE program, which will equip strategic intelligence aircraft with a Universal Electronic Warfare Capability (CUGE in French).

Russia creates killer drones to fight enemy UAVs

Russia has developed killer drones capable of tracking, intercepting and disabling the enemy’s unmanned aerial vehicles with the help of nets, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at the state hi-tech corporation Rostec Viktor Kladov told TASS on Wednesday 27 November.

Northrop Grumman, MBDA and Saab demonstrate the integration of Disparate Missile and Radar Systems into integrated air and missile defense battle manager

Northrop Grumman Corporation, MBDA and Saab have successfully completed a joint, collaborative effort to demonstrate the ability to integrate MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) family and Saab’s Giraffe radar system family into Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). CAMM was the first non-U.S. missile system to be demonstrated with IBCS earlier this year, and Giraffe represents the first non-U.S. sensor system to be demonstrated.

Turkey tests Russian S-400 system against F-16 fighter jets

Turkey has begun testing newly acquired S-400 Russian missile defence system against American-made F-16 fighter jets.

Russia’s Military Transport Aviation receiving advanced Il-76MD-90A planes

Advanced Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A planes produced by the Aviastar-SP Plant in Ulyanovsk in the Volga area are being delivered to the Russian Aerospace Force’s Military Transport Aviation, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.

Hungary takes delivery of its first two H145Ms

The first two of twenty H145M military helicopters have been delivered to the Hungarian Defence Forces.

GA-ASI demonstrates Small Glide Munition launched from Gray Eagle ER

U.S. Army MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) performed a flight demonstration using a Dynetics GBU-69B Small Glide Munition (SGM) on August 21-22. The SGM is a lightweight munition with increased effective range.

Thailand orders new RAT31 DL air defence radar system

During the Defense & Security Exhibition in Bangkok (18- 21 November), Leonardo has announced a contract to provide a RAT 31DL air defence radar system to the Royal Thai Air Force. The long-range radar will be installed at a site in Samui in order to protect the country’s southern region.

Possible foreign military sale of U.S. C-130J military transport aircraft to New Zealand

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand of five (5) C-130J aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.4 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 20, 2019.

Paramount Aerospace Systems provides upgrade for Draken regenerated Mirage F1 fighter

Paramount Aerospace Systems, a subsidiary of Paramount Group, the global aerospace and technology company, provided upgrade and engineering support for Draken International's first regenerated Mirage F1 that took to the skies on its maiden flight over Lakeland Linder International Airport, Lakeland, Florida.

South Korea to integrate MBDA’s Meteor missile onto KF-X fighter aircraft

MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft.

US Allies purchase $71 million in BAE Systems’ aircraft survivability equipment

BAE Systems has received contracts to deliver $71 million in aircraft survivability equipment to several U.S. allies via U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales. Under the contracts, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to purchase the AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) and associated equipment to protect their aircraft and crews from sophisticated threats.

First NATO AGS remotely piloted aircraft ferries to Main Operating Base in Italy

The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella, Italy at 16h46 local time on Thursday (21 November 2019), marking an important step in the delivery of the AGS Program.

USA approves AH-64E Apache attack helicopters sale to Morocco

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of thirty-six (36) AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019.

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