MAY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

Su-57 fighter jets will be armed with prospective anti-ship missiles

Russia is developing a prospective anti-ship missile for fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said during a visit to the Detal Design Bureau in the Urals, which participates in the project.

USA and UAE fighter jets fly together to build interoperability

The US Air Force and the United Arab Emirates Air Force join together for a partnering flight in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility. This flight was conducted to build military-to-military relationships and interoperability with the UAE.

Northrop Grumman delivers first E-2D aircraft to Japan

Northrop Grumman Corporation completed its first delivery of an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) on March 29.

Spanish Ministry of Defence and Hisdesat present the SPAINSAT NG Program

Under the umbrella of GOVSATCOM, the stand C05 of FEINDEF will gather (from May 29 to 31)initiatives that combine the collaboration of military and civil actors with industry, with the aim of boosting the competitiveness of Europe in the space field of Security and Defence. From Secure Communications, through developments in the field of navigation or Earth observation, and Surveillance of Space, the GOVSATCOM stand is the showcase of the space capabilities for which the Spanish Ministry of Defence is betting

ITP Aero will service all Tiger helicopter engines operated by the Spanish Army

Within the framework of the International Defence and Security Exhibition (FEINDEF) hold in Madrid (29-31s tMay), ITP Aero has announced the certification of its Albacete plant as the world’s second maintenance, repair and overhaul shop for the MTR390-Enhanced engine that powers the Tiger HAD combat helicopter. In this way, ITP Aero’s plant in Albacete will be servicing all the Tiger helicopter engines operated by the Spanish Armed Forces.

Airbus and Spanish Air Force to develop UAV and augmented reality inspections for military aircraft

The Spanish Air Force has become the first air force worldwide to support the development of Airbus’ drone and augmented reality-based maintenance inspection services, with the aim of drastically reducing maintenance inspections for large military aircraft and increasing overall fleet availability.

Joint Canadian-British-Czech mission makes observation flight over Belarus and Russia

A joint mission from Canada, Britain and the Czech Republic will be making an observation flight over the Republic of Belarus and Russia on a C-130J Canadian aircraft from May 27 to June 1, 2019 in compliance with the International Treaty on Open Skies, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Canada to equip ISTAR UAS with Leonardo PicoSAR

At the CanSec exhibition (Ottawa, 29-30 May) Leonardo has announced that it has signed a multi-million Euro contract with prime contractor QinetiQ to provide a number of PicoSAR Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA, also known as ‘E-Scan’) radars. The radars will equip the new unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft that have been ordered by the Canadian Armed Forces. Designed and manufactured by Leonardo in Edinburgh, UK, PicoSAR will be employed by Canadian military units at sea and on land, for both domestic and international operations.

Russian Aerospace Forces to receive upgraded R-27 missiles

Air-to-air missiles of R-27 family will be upgraded. They were designed to destroy manned aircraft in maneuverable combat and became outdated at present. The missile has been recently upgraded with modern technologies. Now R-27 can destroy complicated targets, including cruise missiles, drones and fifth-generation aircraft, the Izvestia daily writes.

Poland planning to get 32 F-35A


Poland plans to buy 32 Lockheed Martin F-35A fighters to replace Soviet-era jets, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on May 28.


Russia to buy 114 upgraded Ka-52M attack helicopter

The upgraded Ka-52M ‘Alligator’ combat helicopter will get more capabilities for using weapons against targets in the air and on the ground, the press office of Russian Helicopters rotorcraft maker said in a press release.

Russia offered to manufacture MiG-35 multirole fighter jet jointly with India

Russia has offered to manufacture MiG-35 4++ generation multirole fighter jointly with India along with Transfer of Technology, Ilya Tarasenko, CEO, MiG Corporation of Russia said May 27.

Rostec demonstrates anti-drone Ataka-DBS complex

Roselectronika Holding of Rostec for the first time demonstrated a new anti-drone Ataka-DBS automatic complex. The presentation was held at the Advanced Technology Day of law enforcers, Rostec said.

Blackjack drones for the United Arab Emirates

DSCA announced that on May 24, it has agreed to the sale of RQ-21A Blackjack tactical UAVs in the United Arab Emirates. This contract, estimated at $ 80M, must now be approved by the US Congress and covers 20 aircraft, also includes a positioning system (GPS) and an anti-jamming capability. Eight ground control stations are also composed, as well as catapults and recovery systems. A training component may also be included.

French Future Light Joint Helicopter has its name revealed and will enter service 2 years in advance

French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced on May 27 that the future Light Joint Helicopter (HIL program) of the French military will have its procurement accelerated.

KAI signs with Thai Air Force to upgrade T-50TH supersonic trainer jets

South Korea’s largest defense company Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) won a ($50.6 million contract worth from the Royal Thai Air Force to upgrade T-50TH supersonic trainer jets, the company announced on May 26.

Il-38N antisubmarine aircraft go on Arctic duty

The Northern Sea Route is now controlled by antisubmarine aircraft of the Pacific and Northern fleets. Il-38N equipped with Novella complex went on daily patrol. They control ships and submarines close to the important route. Russia monitors the trade route which can transport a half or Euro-Asia cargoes in future, the Izvestia daily writes.

Kratos to develop THREAT C-UAS training system

Kratos receives $4.9 million contract to develop THREAT System to evaluate electronic warfare and high powered microwave system capabilities to defeat UAS systems.

Japan plans to buy 105 F-35

US President Donald Trump said that Japan plans to buy 105 US-made F-35.

US Navy orders 23 Raytheon LRIP JPALS landing systems

The US Navy has awarded Raytheon of Fullerton, Calif., a US$ 234 million, fixed-price-incentive, firm-target contract for the low-rate initial production of 23 LRIP Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems (JPALS).

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