August 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

Boeing upgrades US Special Operations Forces A/MH-6 Little Bird light attack helicopter

Boeing is upgrading the fleet of unique helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.

Northrop Grumman receives $200 Million Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure order

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $200 million order for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems and support from the US Air Force. This order was received under an existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

Serbia to get Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters in 2020

Four Russian-made Mi-35 and three Mi-17 military transport helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19, following his visit to Moscow.

Raytheon Missile Systems awarded a $47,917,924 contract for Laser Maverick units

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $47,917,924 for 469 Laser Maverick units.

Northrop Grumman awarded contract for Royal Netherlands Air Force AN/ALQ-131 ECM pods upgrade

Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a $7 million follow-on contract for DRE, Netherlands to provide action for the upgrade of Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) AN/ALQ-131 (V) Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Pod.

Taiwan unveils Teng Yun MALE UAV

Taiwan's primary defence research and development agency has unveiled a prototype of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV at the  Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE 2019),held from 15 to 17 August.

Companies Atkins and AERALIS to develop new training jet aircraft

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is collaborating with aircraft designer and manufacturer AERALIS to develop a new family of training jet aircraft using a patent-pending modular design.

Japan has confirmed the purchase of 40 American F-35B STOVL aircraft

The Japanese Defense Ministry has formally announced on July 17, 2019, the selection of the American-made F-35B cutting-edge stealth fighter jet as part of its plan to acquire Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft.

Australia: Boeing prepares the flight of RAAF Loyal Wingman for 2020

Boeing Australia is rapidly evolving its autonomous systems technology capabilities in the lab and in the field as it prepares for first flight of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Loyal Wingman prototype in 2020.

MiG-41 project to be completed in 2019

Russia is already preparing to develop another interceptor, the PAK DP, also known as the MiG-41. The new aircraft has been considered for a few years, but recently MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko has revealed that the project is due to be completed by 2019.

BAE Systems selected by DARPA to develop machine learning capabilities for space situational awareness

BAE Systems has been awarded a Phase 2 contract to develop machine learning capabilities aimed to help the military gain better awareness of space scenarios for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The goal of DARPA’s Hallmark Tools, Capabilities, and Evaluation Methodology (Hallmark-TCEM) program is to not only develop and evaluate tools and capabilities that increase an operator's understanding of space events, but also enhance the ability to select effective courses of action for any given situation.

Mi-38 transport helicopters to start arriving for Russian troops in 2019

The new Mi-38T military transport helicopters will start arriving for the Russian troops in 2019, Air Force Commander, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Russia’s Aerospace Force Sergei Dronov said on August 12.

Sikorsky S-92A helicopter certified for expanded Brazil operations

Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency-Brazil (ANAC) approved the Search and Rescue (SAR) configuration for the Sikorsky S-92A helicopter. The certification now enables the operation of S-92 helicopters in Brazil in all production configurations, including offshore oil and gas transportation, search and rescue, as well as regional airline passenger service and VIP transportation. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company.

Russian inspectors make observation flight over the U.S. territory

Russian inspectors are making an observation flight over the U.S. territory on board of a Tu-154M Lk-1 aircraft under the International Treaty on Open Skies, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Boeing to upgrade Japanese E-767

Boeing announced on its Twitter account that the first E-767 aircraft of the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has landed in San Antonio.

WMD combined army missilemen phased in helicopter type UAVs

The first lot of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has entered service under a state defense order with missile units of the Western Military District’s combined army deployed in the Kursk region, the WMD press service reports.

Iran unveils three new homemade smart bombs

In a ceremony in Tehran, Defense Ministry officials celebrated the advent of the National Day of Defense Industries with unveiling two new PGMs of Yassin and Balaban and a new member of the family of Qaem electro-optical guided bombs.

USA: Elbit Systems awarded contract to supply components for the Color HMD System of the CV-22

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America LLC was awarded a contract by the US Navy for the supply of components ofthe Color Helmet Mounted Display System of the CV-22 aircraft.

Il-76 aircraft to receive new onboard defense systems

Il-76 military transport aircraft began to be fitted with the latest onboard defense systems that detect approaching missiles by their engine radiation. After detection, the onboard defense system activates interference or releases special decoys. The new product will increase the transport aircraft’s survivability in frontline and local conflicts areas, the Izvestia newspaper writes.

New Raytheon technology makes GPS more secure and reliable for military systems

Raytheon received security certification for new GPS modules and receivers from the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.

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