MAY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

Orbit Communications Systems announces new multipurpose airborne satellite terminal

Orbit Communication Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI), a leading global provider of tracking airborne and maritime terminals and compact ground stations, announced at the Satellite 2019 Conference and Exhibition its new MPT 87 Airborne Terminal.

Australia–India AUSINDEX military exercise

Australian and Indian Poseidon aircraft worked together for the first time during the premier Australia–India military exercise AUSINDEX.

An Australian P-8A Poseidon and an Indian Navy P8I collaborated to give comprehensive and crucial surveillance in the maritime domain for the ships and submarines participating in the third biennial iteration of the exercise.

Turkish Aerospace Industries plans to release supersonic UAV

After introducing the Aksungur 180-kph UAV at IDEF 2019 in Istanbul, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) CEO Temel Kotil confirmed that his company has plans to release a supersonic UAV.

USA and Romania conducted close air support exercise

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and components of its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, along with the U.S. Air Force 603rd Air Control Squadron, completed a close air support (CAS) exercise with Romanian partners, May 3-5.

Irak received its last F-16IQ

The last of 36 F-16IQ Fighting Falcon aircraft arrived external link in Iraq on May 3.

BAE Systems awarded by US for Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System upgrade

BAE Systems won a $10.9 million delivery order external link to upgrade the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) guidance section.

NATO AWACS protects European Union Summit in Romania

NATO AWACS surveillance aircraft will help guard the airspace over the European Union Summit in Sibiu on Thursday, 9 May 2019. NATO AWACS routinely patrol the skies during major events, including meetings of world leaders and other high-profile public events, such as international football tournaments. 

Collins Aerospace Systems unveils Piccolo Elite Autopilot for UAS

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has launched a next-generation Piccolo Elite autopilot featuring advanced sensors, powerful processing upgrades and a new separated lift thrust take-off and landing (VTOL) controller for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The new Piccolo Elite system is being showcased at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Xponential, April 30 – May 2, 2019.

Russia plans to launch five GLONASS satellites in 2019

Russia plans to launch five GLONASS satellites in 2019, according to the strategy of development of the GLONASS national satellite navigation system until 2030.

US F-16C Fighting Falcons deployed to Romania

The U.S. Air Force has deployed Airmen and F-16C Fighting Falcons to Campia Turzii, Romania, as a part of a Theater Security Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Cosmonaut training center receives second Tu-204-300 aircraft

A second Tu-204-300 aircraft, which is re-equipped for the needs of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, has arrived at Chkalovsky airfield, the center’s press service said.

QinetiQ to supply Canada with UAS

QinetiQ has been awarded a C$51m (£30m) contract to deliver UAS aimed at driving enhanced situational awareness for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Lithuania to get anti-drone system from USA

Lithuania and the United States have signed a contract to equip Lithuanian forces with an anti-drone system.

Su-25SM3 aircraft to get a sighting system with artificial brain elements

The upgraded Su-25SM3 assault aircraft will be equipped with an aircraft target indication and sighting system with artificial brain elements. It will help pilots to hit selected targets without any practical involvement on their part, a Russian defense industry source said.

U.S. B-52 bombers deployed as warning to Iran

The Pentagon is deploying a B-52H Stratofortress bomber task force alongside the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. Central Command area of operations amid threats of “heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations” according to defense officials.

India planning to buy bunker buster version of Spice-2000 bombs

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to buy an advanced version of the Spice-2000 bomb, which can completely destroy buildings and bunkers.

Ulan-Ude aviation plant to launch production of VRT500 helicopters in 2022

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ, an affiliate of the Russian Helicopters holding company) will launch the production of a new light multirole VRT500 helicopter in 2022, Alexey Mishenin, the deputy head of the government of the Republic of Buryatia for economic development, told TASS.

Telephonics awarded AN/UPX-40 IFF contract to support Royal Saudi Air Force AWACS program

Telephonics Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corp., has been awarded a $12.6M AN/UPX-40 contract from the United States Air Force. Through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement, Telephonics will supply its AN/UPX-40 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system to the Royal Saudi Air Force to support the country's E-3 Sentry (AWACS) program.

Ilyushin Aviation Complex signs contract for development of heavy cargo aircraft

The Ilyushin Aviation Complex has finished R&D works to create a heavy cargo aircraft, which will replace the existing An-124 Ruslan airlifter. A contract for development works has been signed, the Ilyushin said in its annual report.

USA approved the sale of helicopters to the Czech Republic

The US State Department has approved the sale of four Bell AH-1Z Viper or 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic.

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