APRIL 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

Switzerland to test five fighter jets

The Swiss army starts Thursday at Payerne airbase tests of the five fighter jets in the running to succeed its current fighter aircraft F-5 Tiger and F / A-18 Hornet, announced the Swiss ministry of defense.

Peraton wins Canada CF-18 fleet support contract extension

Peraton was awarded a one-year contract extension for the CF-18 Avionics Optimized Weapon System Support program valued at $37.5M CDN to continue its support for the CF-18 fighter fleet.

US Air Force awards Raytheon with $70M contract for F-16 engineering services

Raytheon has been awarded a $70,475,000 ceiling, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F-16 engineering services.

Avtomatika presents latest drone detection means

Avtomatika Concern presented the latest designs for electronic detection, identification and counteraction to drones in Patriot exhibition center, Rostec said.

Poland to get Leonardo AW101 helicopters for anti-submarine warfare tasks

The Polish government has inked a €90 million offset agreement with Leonardo MW which will precede a contract for the delivery of AW101 helicopters for the Polish Navy’s anti-submarine warfare and search and rescue operations.

Spain orders two more MQ-9 Reaper drones

After the United States approved the sale of four Reaper drone systems for Spain in 2015, General Atomics received an order for two MQ-9s.

Angola to receive 2 SU-30K fighter jets

Russia delivered six SU-30K fighter jets to Angola this year and two more are expected by the end of May, Angola’s Defense Minister Salviano de Jesus Sequeira told reporters.

India: IAF to induct US-made Apache helicopters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is preparing to induct US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters, with the first batch of four helicopters arriving in the country in July, two IAF officials said.

UK: F-35B soon deployed to Cyprus for exercises

The Royal Navy has announced the upcoming deployment of British F-35Bs to Cyprus for exercises. This mission will test the overseas deployment of the aircraft received last year by the RAF and the Royal Navy.

Icelandic Coast Guard get 2 Airbus H225 heavy search and rescue helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is supporting the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) with the entry into service of two Airbus H225 heavy search and rescue (SAR) helicopters as the first step in a renewal of the agency’s helicopter fleet.

Moog to supply Wing Flight Control actuators for US Navy MQ-25 tanker drone

Moog Aircraft Group has been awarded a contract by The Boeing Company to supply the Wing Flight Control actuation and Wingfold actuation systems for the MQ-25 unmanned refueling program.

Russia holds preliminary flight trials of Beriev A-100 AEW

In February 2019, the early warning Beriev A-100 EAW aircraft designed by Vega Holding of Roselectronika began preliminary flight trials. The new-generation aircraft has to replace A-50 and A-50U and considerably exceed their capabilities, Rostec said.

Saab presents update on Gripen E programme for Brazil

Saab presented the latest developments in the Gripen Programme for Brazil at a press briefing during the LAAD International Defence & Security Exhibition 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Indian Air Force wants to urgently buy 21 MiG-29 fighters

IAF needs a minimum of 42 squadrons, each comprising 16-18 fighters, but has only 30, The Hindustan Times reports. Worse: more squadrons will be decommissioned in the coming months. India is expected to get its first MBDA Rafale fighter jets — the French-made medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) — in September 2019.

Tactical training for Bulgarian and EU military aviation

From April 1st to 12th, the Bulgarian pilots and equipment in the field of military aviation will take part in courses in the European Program “European Course for Environment of the Tactical Training of the Air Force Aviation” 2019-2 (ETAR-C 19-2), which will take place at Plovdiv airport, Bezmer airport, Aviation Air Force Field – Elena, Cheshnegirovo Airport and Chernogorovo Airport.

Two major air exercises in the Netherlands

The airspace of the Netherlands and the North Sea will be congested from 1 to 12 April 2019. Two major exercises are currently underway in this area: Frisian Flag organized by the Dutch Air Force and the NATO and EART organized by the EATC (European Air Transport Command).

Lockheed Martin awarded USD 151.2Mn contract for Norwegian and Australian F-35s

Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $151,287,000 fixed-price-incentive-firm modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract. This modification provides for the procurement of long-lead items for the manufacture and delivery of 21 F-35 Lightning II Lot 14 low-rate initial production aircraft for the governments of Australia (15) and Norway (6).

USMC and Bahrain AH-1Z and UH-60V helicopters to get new Northrop Grumman mission computers

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $104.0-million, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for procurement of up to 503 technical refresh mission computers for AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and UH-60V helicopters, including production units, retrofit units, and spare units.

USMC F-35B Lightning II fighters to Philippines exercise for first time

U.S. Marine Corps Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II aircraft operating from the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), with embarked Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) 4, led by 4th Marine Regiment, arrived in Subic Bay on March 30, 2019, in preparation for Exercise Balikatan 2019.

UEC engines ensure Ilyushin Il-112V first flight

TV7-117ST turboprop engines designed and produced by ODK-Klimov of the United Engine Corporation (UEC) ensured the first flight of the latest Russian Il-112V airlifter. They performed normally, the UEC said. "TV7-117ST engine design is an important program of the UEC and the aircraft industry in general. A new turboprop engine for military-transport and regional aviation has been created," UEC CEO Alexander Artyukhov said.

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