JuLY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

Russian Helicopters to overhaul two Azerbaijani rotorcraft

The Russian Helicopters Holding signed a contract for the overhaul of two Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 rotorcraft during a visit to Azerbaijan, the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry said.

Russian MoD intensifies military acquisitions

The financial volume of 46 procurement contracts signed by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) at the Army 2019 defense show, which was held in Kubinka near Moscow on 24-30 June, has set a new record, according to the country’s top military officials.

US Air Force’s BACN receives AFA innovation award

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), developed, operated and maintained by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) for the U.S. Air Force, has been honored as an innovative mission-enabling system by the Air Force Association (AFA).

Lockheed Martin awarded for flight test instrumentation and data processing solutions for F-35 Lightning II

Lockheed Martin is awarded $41,269,021 for modification to a previously awarded order placed against basic ordering agreement. This modification exercises an option for the design, procurement and integration of flight test instrumentation and data processing solutions for F-35 Lightning II development test aircraft to support the Tech Refresh-3 and the Follow on Modernization Block 4 mission systems configuration.  

France receives 2nd MRTT Phénix with 3 months in advance

On 2 July 2019, the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) Received the 2nd A330-MRTT Phénix multi-role tanker aircraft (MultiRole Transport Tanker) on the Istres air base 125. With 3 months ahead of schedule, this aircraft was delivered to the Air Force with a first suit EVASAN (evacuation) to achieve full operational capacity in autumn. This will allow the aeromédicalisation of a dozen of very serious injuries or medical transport of 40 minor injuries requiring less medical assistance.

Upgraded BrahMos missile with 500-km range is ready

The upgraded version of the homegrown BrahMos missile with an enhanced range of up to 500 km is ready, the CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, has said.

French Navy to retire Lynx helicopters in 2020

The French Navy will retire all eight Lynx Mk 4(FN) helicopters from service in 2020, 2 years earlier than scheduled.

US-Swedish inspection team makes observation flight over Russia

A US-Swedish inspection team is making an observation flight, which began at Kubinka airfield, over Russia on board the U.S. OC-135B surveillance aircraft in compliance with the International Treaty on Open Skies. The flight will take place on July 3-6, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

First Royal Canadian Air Force C295 makes maiden flight

The first Airbus C295, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program, has completed its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards delivery by the end of 2019 to begin operational testing by the RCAF. The aircraft, designated CC-295 for the Canadian customer, took off from Seville, Spain, on 4 July at 20:20 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site one hour and 27 minutes later.

Russian Helicopters finishes detailed design of Minoga helicopter

The Russian Helicopters holding company, an affiliate of the Russian State Corporation Rostec, has finished a detailed design of a new Minoga helicopter and is working out specifications necessary for the start of development works, Andrei Boginsky, the Russian Helicopters’ director-general, told TASS.

Mi-38 helicopter undergoes successful tests in extremely high temperatures

A Mi-38 helicopter has been tested successfully in extremely high temperatures in mountain conditions. The flights took place in the city of Astrakhan and on Mount Elbrus, the Russian Helicopters holding company (an affiliate of Rostec), has said.

TsAGI tests solar-powered drone

The concept of a high-altitude pseudo satellite which can stay in the air for several weeks is a leading current trend. The option of its implementation is the demonstrator of a solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle with an electric power plant designed by the Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI), the institute said.

Russia finishes R&D on new strike helicopter

The Russian Helicopters holding company (an affiliate of Rostec) has finished research & development works (R&D) on a prospective high-speed combat helicopter, Andrei Boginsky, director-general of the Russian Helicopters holding company, told TASS.

Frequentis awarded contract for MD-5A unmanned carrier aviation mission control system for the US Navy’s Boeing MQ-25 Stingray UAV

Frequentis has been awarded a $8.45 million firm-fixed-price contract for work related to the MD-5A unmanned carrier aviation mission control system for the US Navy’s Boeing MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial vehicle.

Kalashnikov completes kamikaze ZALA drone trials

Factory trials of the kamikaze attack drone ZALA Lancet have been fully completed, Chief Designer of ZALA AERO of Kalashnikov Concern Alexander Zakharov told TASS.

Northrop Grumman awarded by the US Air Force to facilitate military satellite communications in the North polar region

Northrop Grumman Corporation  has been awarded an $82 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to facilitate military satellite communications in the Earth’s north polar region through its Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization (EPS-R) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) program. Northrop Grumman is the provider for all three major components of the EPS-R CAPS program demonstrating the company’s industry-leading end-to-end capabilities.

Il-112V military transport aircraft will make its second flight early in 2020

Russia’s new Il-112V military transport aircraft is expected to make its second flight early in 2020, the aircraft’s chief designer, Sergei Lyashenko, told TASS.

Airbus and OCCAR sign new A400M Global Support contract

Airbus has signed the new A400M Global Support Step 2 contract with OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation), which manages the multinational programme on behalf of the Launch Customer Nations Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Belgium and Luxembourg. This is the first support contract for all A400M participating states and it replaces the Global Support agreement Step 1 signed in 2016, which provided support services for France, Spain and the UK.

Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter may get new long-range missile

Russia’s Ka-52 attack helicopter may receive a new long-range missile developed for the Mi-28NM gunship, CEO of Russian Helicopters rotorcraft manufacturer (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Andrei Boginsky told TASS on Tuesday (July 2).

India signs anti-tank Strum Ataka missile deal with Russia

Indian Air Force has been looking to equip its existing fleet of Mi-35 attack helicopters with more lethal weapons to keep itself battle-ready in situations like the one post-Balakot aerial strikes. Now, under the emergency provisions in which the equipment has to be bought and ready for deployment in three months - the IAF is set to get 'Strum Ataka' anti-tank missile from Russia. 

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