JuLY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

Canada to buy US MIDS-JTRS radios for CF-18 and CC-130J

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada of 152 MIDS-JTRS (5) with support for an estimated cost of $44 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 29, 2019.

India to buy 24 MH-60R Seahawk naval helicopters in 2019

The Indian Defense ministry is expected to move forward with the procurement of 24 MH-60R Seahawk naval helicopters by this year’s end, Franz-Stefan Gady reports on The Diplomat.

US State Department approves South Korea $950M RQ-4 Block 30 logistics support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPS) for an estimated cost of $950 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 29, 2019.

US Army to procure Hugin Gen 2 quadrotor from Solute

The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) - Vicksburg, MS intends to issue a sole source award utilizing Simplified Acquisition Procedures to Solute San Diego, CA for thepPurchase of 24 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

India buys thousand Russian air-launched missiles

Russia has inked a deal with India on the delivery of about 1,000 air-launched missiles, the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told TASS.

US Air Force issues third production order for advanced electronic warfare pods

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a $44 million contract award for the Electronic Attack Pod Upgrade Program (EAPUP) from the U.S. Air Force. Placed under an existing contract, this third production order will significantly increase the number of EAPUP systems for the Air Force.

US and Italian military will make observation flight over Russia

U.S. and Italian military will make an observation flight over the Russian territory in a period from July 29 to August 2 while Russian military inspectors will make an observation flight over Norway, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper reported with reference to Ruslan Shishin, the acting head of the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center.

Russian Navy upgrades Be-12 aircraft

The Russian Navy is upgrading antisubmarine Be-12 aircraft, the Izvestia daily writes.

US Navy tests V-BAT VTOL UAV

US Navy has announced that it conducts tests of newest and revolutionary unmanned aircraft, called the V-BAT, at the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1).

Sukhoi begins batch production of Su-57

The Sukhoi Company began to fulfill the contract to deliver fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets to the Russian Aerospace Forces, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said.

Raytheon and DARPA complete key design review for new hypersonic weapon

Raytheon Company and DARPA completed a successful baseline design review for the Tactical Boost Glide hypersonic weapons program, establishing the company's technical approach for a critical design review and moving the system a step closer to development and use.

USA: Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC awarded contract for AARGM

Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Inc., Northridge, California, is being awarded a $167,338,657 firm-fixed-price contract for 263 full-rate production Lot 8 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM).

Joint training between Australia and the United States

On July 24, Exercise Talisman Saber ended. For two weeks, Australia and the United States were able to train and increase the interoperability of their air forces.

Hensoldt’s passive radar demonstrates its suitability for air traffic control

The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has demonstrated the capabilities of its ‘Twinvis’ passive radar system when deployed for air traffic control during a comprehensive measurement campaign.

AAR Government Services is awarded contract for modified C-40 transport aircraft for the Marine Corps

AAR Government Services Inc., Wood Dale, Illinois, is awarded an $118,616,793 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement, modification and delivery of two C-40 aircraft and associated peculiar support equipment and common support equipment for the Marine Corps.

First batch of four AH-64E attack helicopters has been delivered to Indian air Force

The first batch of four AH-64 Apache attack helicopters has arrived at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Boeing has announced the arrival of the first four AH-64E Apaches for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Hindan Air Force Station.

Collins Aerospace completes first C-130H modernization for French Air Force

Collins Aerospace Systems has completed the first cockpit modernization of fourteen contracted Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules for the French Air Force. Collins Aerospace plays a central role in the on-going certification flight test campaign, in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France.

Life saving anti-collision software integrated into first F-35s seven years ahead of schedule

The F-35 Joint Program Office, U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) have started integrating the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) on to Air Force F-35As in the fleet. Leveraging a rapid, agile development, test and contracting approach, the joint government and industry team successfully fielded the life-saving technology seven years earlier than previously planned.

Roscosmos wants to initiate talks on anti-satellite weapons test ban

Roscosmos (the Russian State Corporation for Space) plans to initiate international negotiations on banning in-site verification tests of anti-satellite weapons, Roscosmos Director-General Dmitry Rogozin said during his visit to the TsNIIMash rocket and spacecraft scientific center.

USA will develop new generation of UAVs

Four US companies will compete for a nearly $100 million order to develop a new generation of UAVs, the Defence Department said.

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