JANUARY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] has been awarded a Prototype Project Agreement through an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with Consortium Management Group (CMG) on behalf of Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (C5)valued at $18 million to design, develop and test a cyber/electronic warfare podded system for the “Air Large” component of the U.S. Army’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) family of systems program.

3D printing is now used by the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), based in Iwakuni, helping with maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the F/A-18 fighter jets. MCAS Iwakuni engineers have designed two products that help reducing the time it takes to repair the fighter jets, saving costs for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

According to the Lapland Air Command website, the French defence and aerospace company Dassault Aviation has deployed a Rafale multi-role fighter to Rovaniemi Air Base for a cold weather testing event on Monday 28th January.

According to its website, Saab has today submitted its proposal for the Swiss New Fighter Aircraft procurement to armasuisse, the Swiss defence procurement agency. Saab offers Gripen E and a comprehensive industrial participation programme for Swiss industry corresponding to 100 percent of the contract value.

The Indian Air Force has taken the decision to acquire 15 HAROP anti-radiation attack drones from Israel, able to suicide crash into high-value ennemy military targets, increasing the Indian unmanned warfare capabilities.

In 2018, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) had announced its desire to purchase nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft, to be renamed Poseidon MRA Mk.1 for the occasion. Now, the British personnel (Number 120 Squadron and Poseidon Line Squadron) scheduled to use the Poseidon will begin its training in Florida.

According to Corpus Chisti, in keeping with technological advancements and modernization, a Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) Induction ceremony was held January 9 to mark the beginning of the newest upgrades to the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has been awarded a $US 542 million firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Ancillary Mission Equipment (AME) and associated AME initial spares in support of Lot 13 F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

Russia will deliver ten modern helicopters and some airborne radars to Serbia this year, a source from the Serbian defense contractor Yugoimport told TASS. "In 2019, the Serbian military will receive seven Mil Mi-35M [NATO name: Hind-E] gunships and three Mil Mi-17V-5 [Hip-H] rotorcraft. The countries have also agreed the delivery of several airborne radars for Serbian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-26 [Fulcrum] multirole combat aircraft," said the source. However, he did not specify the financial volume of the contract.

Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) certified the increase in take-off/landing altitude of Ansat helicopter to 3,500 m. Major change approval is issued on the basis of trials conducted in summer 2018 at Mount Elbrus. The document allows Ansat to operate in high-altitude conditions.

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