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JULY 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


UAC completed formation of new Transport Aviation Division

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) fully completed the formation of a transport aviation division, Vice President Alexey Rogozin said.The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) fully completed the formation of a transport aviation division, Vice President Alexey Rogozin said.

Poland grounds MiG-29 fleet after deadly crash

The Polish Air Force (PAF) has grounded its fleet of MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) fighter jets following a crash of a Fulcrum fighter on July 6, according to the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

BAE began Compass Call integration onto G550 platform

BAE Systems has begun work to transition its advanced Compass Call electronic warfare (EW) system from aging EC-130H aircraft to a modern, more capable platform that will significantly improve mission effectiveness. This Cross Deck initiative, as it is commonly called, will enable the U.S. Air Force to continue disrupting enemy command and control capabilities in denied environments well into the future.

Cobham, 3SDL to team for UK Defense Ministry ASDOT Program

Cobham and Draken International have teamed with 3SDL to boost their capability in operational readiness training solutions for the UK Ministry of Defence Air Support to Defence Operational Training programme. Cobham Special Mission on July 5th announces a Teaming Agreement with 3SDL.

Draken International started Mirage F1M reassembly for adversary air aggressor services

Draken International started reassembling the Mirage F1M fighter jets for the USAF Advanced Aggressor contract. "First of 20 Mirage F1Ms to be returned to service as Adversaries for the USAF," the US-based company said on its Facebook account. "The first Mirage F1 has arrived to the hanger for assembly from Spain," it added.

Ukrainian Air Force received overhauled An-26KPA aircraft

The Ukrainian Air Force received a modernized laboratory aircraft An-26KPA on Friday, the Ukrainian government-run Ukrinform news agency said. The aircraft, which has been upgraded at Kiev Aircraft Repair Plant 410, is designed to inspect the work of radar equipment at airfields, the agency said.

New Yaoying-2 UCAV made its maiden flight

China's self-developed Yaoying-2 ("Air Sniper", a new reconnaissance and strike drone, has successfully completed its maiden flight, according to developer Aviation Industry Corporation of China Thursday.

New VRT500 light helicopter began aerodynamic trials

VR-Technologies Design Bureau of the Russian Helicopters Holding of Rostec Corporation began aerodynamic trials of the light multirole VRT500 helicopter at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI), Rostec said.

Saab to continue maintaining Swedish Helicopter 15 platforms

Saab is being entrusted once again to support and maintain Helicopter 15. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has chosen to call an option regarding a continued exclusive agreement for the years 2020 and 2021. Saab is being entrusted once again to support and maintain Helicopter 15. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has chosen to call an option regarding a continued exclusive agreement for the years 2020 and 2021.

Mi-28UB makes first flight tests with Russian Air Force pilots

Mi-28UB helicopters of the Russian Southern Military District made the first test flights in Krasnodar region and completed them successfully, the Black Sea fleet said.

Russia completing R-37M air-to-air missile trials

The Russian Defense Ministry is completing the trials of long-range air-to-air R-37M guided missile. It can hit high-speed air targets at a distance of over 300 km. The new aiming system ensures precision hit. It comprises a modern radar of the fighter jet, an onboard inertial complex and a homing warhead of the missile.

South Korea eyes new Air Force One to replace aged 747-400 airliner

South Korea's defense ministry has recommended the presidential office lease a new plane for presidential overseas trips, an official said Thursday.

Dassault Systèmes enters Turkey TF-X fighter jet development program

Dassault Systèmes today announced that Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. chose the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to accelerate the development of the TF-X aircraft, the newest and largest aviation development project in Turkey. The decision follows Turkish Aerospace’s comprehensive evaluation of solutions available on the market and the successful completion of a proof of concept. It also reflects Dassault Systèmes’ 30-year legacy that continues to shape the aerospace and defense industry.

Leonardo signs 5-year contract with UK for air platforms support

Leonardo has been awarded a post-design support contract by the UK Ministry of Defence which will see the Company provide in-service support for its pre-flight threat simulation equipment, currently being used on the Typhoon, Tornado, Merlin, Wildcat, Chinook and C130J platforms, the Italy-based group said on July 2, 2018.

Rolls-Royce wins $420M USAF contract for F137 engine sustainment

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a US$420 million contract, for F137 engine-sustainment services, the US Department of Defense said on July 3rd, 2018.

Kursk Air Regiment receives new Su-30SM fighter jets

The first batch of multirole Su-30SM fighter jets for the second squadron of the air regiment in Kursk region arrived at the deployment airfield, the Western Military District said.

Kongsberg lands US$85M contract for JSM integration on F-35 fighter jet

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract worth NOK 700 million (US$ 85.4 million) with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency for JSM test missiles for the integration phase on the F-35, the Norwegian defense contractor stated on June 29, 2018.

US completes first B61-12 nuclear bomb qualification flight tests using B-2 bomber

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S. Air Force completed two non-nuclear system qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb on June 9 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, the service announced on Friday.

Tu-22M3 strategic bomber to deploy Kinzhal hypersonic missile

The Russian Air Force Tu-22M3 bomber will probably be able to carry the Kinzhal hypersonic missile. The new carrier will undergo trials with Kinzhal, a sure in the Russian military-defense complex told TASS. "Kinzhal will be tested on Tu-22M3," the source said and specified that several hypersonic missiles will be tested on one bomber. TASS could not obtain official confirmation of the report.

Bell-Boeing wins US$4.2 bn order for V-22B tiltrotor aircraft production

Bell-Boeing has been awarded a US$4.2 billion contract for V-22B tiltrotor aircraft production, the US Department of Defense announced on June 29, 2018.

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