NOVEMBER 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

FLIR introduces StormCaster payload family for its SkyRaider and SkyRanger UAS

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today the FLIR StormCaster™ family of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) payloads for its SkyRanger R70 and R80D SkyRaider airframes. The new line launches with two multi-sensor products –StormCaster-T, which delivers continuous zoom and longwave infrared (LWIR) imaging; and StormCaster-L, which provides ultra-low-light imaging, tracking, and mapping.

Mongolia to receive two MiG-29 fighters from Russia

The Mongolian Air Force (MAF) is set to receive two Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 multirole combat aircraft from Russia, according to the Russian embassy in the country.

Silent Arrow drone secures USSOCOM development contract

Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC), whose Silent Arrow platform is bringing disruptive innovation to the heavy payload, unmanned cargo delivery market, today announced the signing of a development contract (USSOCOM-SOF AT&L-ST-14-01-JS79) with the U.S. Special Operations Command entitled “Silent Arrow Airdrop Development”.

UAC to develop Yak-130 into combat jet

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is upgrading Yak-130 training aircraft to develop it into a combat jet, UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar said at Dubai Airshow.

Russia and UAE mull testing latest Orion-E reconnaissance drone

Russia and the United Arab Emirates are considering holding the trials of the latest Orion-E reconnaissance drone developed by Russia’s Kronshtadt Group, the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation told TASS at the Dubai Airshow 2019 on November 18.

Diamond Aircraft successfully conducts DA62 MPP demonstration to key government customers

Diamond Aircraft in partnership with Thuraya and Scotty successfully conducted a live demonstration of its special mission flagship DA62 MPP equipped with Thuraya Aero Satellite System and a Trakka SWE-400 LE EO/IR gimbal to key government customers.

First AW169M delivered to Italy’s Guardia di Finanza

Leonardo has delivered the first of 22 latest-generation AW169M light intermediate twin-engine helicopters for Italy’s Guardia di Finanza.

L3Harris Technologies selected to demonstrate electronic warfare prototype for US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon

L3Harris Technologies has been awarded a project agreement under the SOSSEC Consortium’s Air Force Open System Acquisition Initiative (OSAI) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) for prototyping to demonstrate a new electronic warfare solution for the U.S. Air Force F-16 multi-role fighter – helping to protect the aircraft against threats.

Ukroboronprom to supply An-178 for Peru

SFTE “SpetsTechnoExport”, that is a part of the State Concern "Ukroboronprom", has completed the procedure of signing a contract with the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Peru for supply of An-178 medium transport aircraft.

Australian Navy's 816 Squadron enhances RFS air attack capability

The Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopters’ superior Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) cameras and sensors have been working throughout the nights to support firefighting efforts across New South Wales.

TsAGI and CAE sign cooperation agreement

The Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) signed a five-year strategic partnership agreement at the XVI Russian-Chinese conference on fundamental aerodynamics and flight safety, TsAGI said.

US Army validates improved performance of AN/APG-78 V6 software upgrade for AH-64E Apache

The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman Corporation and Lockheed Martin, announced the successful completion of the Army’s AH-64E Apache Follow-On Test and Evaluation II (FOT&E II) for the AN/APG-78 LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR).

BAE Systems to innovate electronic warfare jamming technology for US Army

BAE Systems was awarded research and development funding through the U.S. Army to create an advanced radar jamming technology. The technology aims to improve air survivability and mission effectiveness for U.S. Army rotary-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by detecting and defeating complex and unknown threats in electronic combat.

Airbus Helicopters VSR700 prototype performs first flight

The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 unmanned aerial system has performed its first flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The VSR700 performed several take-offs and landings on Friday 8th of November with the longest flight lasting around 10 minutes.

Airbus and its partners unveil details of new Eurofighter ECR concept

At the International Fighter Conference in Berlin Airbus and its partners introduced for the first time concrete details of the new Eurofighter electronic combat role (ECR) concept. This role will enlarge Eurofighter’s multi-role capabilities and further increase the survivability of coalition forces in hostile environments.

Rheinmetall successfully concludes modernization of simulators for Tiger combat helicopter

In partnership with Thales, Rheinmetall successfully completed modernization of the flight simulators for the Tiger combat helicopter just a few weeks ago.

Russia: TsAGI produces Slon airlifter model

The Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) continues to create the new Slon heavy airlifter. An aerodynamic model of the prospective aircraft has been produced, the institute said.

Kongsberg awarded follow-on JSM contract with Japan

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has entered into a follow-on contract with Japan to supply the JSM (Joint Strike Missile) for their fleet of F-35 fighter aircraft. The contract is valued 450 MNOK (€44.7 million).

Leonardo invests in Skydweller, the world’s first solar-powered drone capable of perpetual flight with heavy payloads

Leonardo is accelerating the progress of technology and innovation in autonomous flight by investing in Skydweller Aero Inc., a US/Spanish start-up specialising in large-scale solar-powered unmanned air systems. The initiative will result in the development and deployment of the Skydweller drone, the world’s first fully electric unmanned aircraft capable of carrying large payloads with unlimited range and ultra-persistent endurance.

USA: new HH-60 helicopter to begin developmental testing

The Air Force’s newest aircraft landed at Eglin Nov. 6 to begin developmental testing.

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