NOVEMBER 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

First Su-57 fifth-generation fighter ready for delivery to Russian troops

The first serial-produced fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet is ready for its delivery to Russia’s Aerospace Force, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko told journalists on November 8.

Possible U.S. foreign military sale of CH-47F cargo helicopter to UAE United Arab Emirates

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of ten (10) CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $830.3 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 7, 2019.

Northrop Grumman delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA Radar for the F-35 Lightning II

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered its 500th AN/APG-81 fire control radar for the F-35 Lightning II. The Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array is the cornerstone of the F-35’s advanced sensor suite, providing unparalleled battlespace situational awareness that translates into platform lethality, effectiveness and survivability. 

Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) by Lockheed Martin successfully defends drone threat

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated their laser weapon system for the U.S. Air Force at a government test range at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where the system successfully engaged and shot down multiple fixed wing and rotary drones.

Boeing awarded contract for Laser Small Diameter Bomb

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $22,482,383 contract for Laser Small Diameter Bomb all up rounds and warhead shipping containers.

UK: DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has announced that it has awarded nearly £2m to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones.

Northrop Grumman to support the Australian Defence Force’s joint data network

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the Australian Defence Force Tactical Data Link Authority (ADFTA) to deliver tactical data link (TDL) systems and training as part of the development of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Joint Data Network. ADFTA ensures TDL-functionality to achieve single, joint and combined TDL interoperability for the ADF.

Southeast Asian military customer awards AeroVironment $6.4 Million Raven tactical UAS follow-on contract award

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced it received a firm fixed-price contract valued at $6,408,542 from an existing Southeast Asian military customer on September 17, 2019 for additional Raven unmanned aircraft systems. Delivery is anticipated within 12 months.

Poland to replace Mi-24s with new combat helicopters

The Polish military is planning to scrap its Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ combat helicopters, replacing them with modern platforms under the Kruk (Raven) program, according to the Defence24 website.

Saab’s new Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) in the air

Saab carried out the first flight tests with its new advanced Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) with successful results on 4 November 2019. The pod’s interfaces with the aircraft’s hardware and software as well as cockpit control and monitoring were tested during the flight.

Russia makes monitoring flight over Germany

The Russian Tu-154M LK-1 aircraft is making a monitoring flight over Germany in the framework of the Open Sky Treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

GA-ASI's Predator series aircraft pass six Million flight hours

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that its Predator-series of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), which includes the Predator, Predator B, Gray Eagle, Avenger and MQ-9B SkyGuardian lines, has surpassed six million flight hours. The milestone was achieved on October 31, 2019 with GA-ASI aircraft having completed 430,495 total missions with close to 90 percent of those missions flown in combat.

US Navy awards $146M contract for MV-22 block B - to - C conversions

The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office was awarded a $146 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target and firm-fixed-price contract.

Airbus Defence reveals LOUT, Low Observable UAV Testbed

After more than a decade as a secret project, Airbus Defence reveals LOUT (Low Observable UAV Testbed), a holistic platform approach to stealth, covering Signature Reduction, Electromagnetic Emission Control, Electronic Countermeasures.

Armenian Air Force to be re-equipped with SU-30SM fighter jets

The Armenian Air Force should be taking delivery of the Su-30SM fighter jet from Russia in the coming months.

Thales upgrades French Navy's E-2C Hawkeye flight simulator

Less than a year after being awarded the contract, Thales has completed a full hardware and software upgrade of the visual system of the flight simulator for the E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft deployed by the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The contract was awarded in 2018 by France's military aircraft maintenance service (Service Industriel de l’Aéronautique - SIAé).

Russia’s Orion attack drone arrives for troops after Syria experience

The MALE-class (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) drone Orion has started arriving for experimental combat operation in Russia’s Aerospace Force after its tests with armaments in Syria, a source in the defense industry told TASS on November 1.

Israeli Air Force launching new C-130 simulators

 New simulators for the "Karnaf" and "Shimshon" aircraft are due to be integrated in Nevatim AFB in approximately three years.

BAE Systems will develop new countermeasures to protect aircraft from future threats

BAE Systems announced a $36.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy to develop and demonstrate a next-generation, dual band Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD) to protect aircraft and pilots from advanced threats.

Finland: Revised Request for Quotation for HX program new fighter aircraft

The Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command sent a Revised Request for Quotation for the HX Program on 31 October 2019. The HX Fighter Program is critical for Finland’s defence capability and determines the Air Force’s entire combat capability into the 2060s.

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