SEPTEMBER 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

ILIAS Solutions and Lockheed Martin reach agreement on supplier opportunities for F-35

ILIAS Solutions, a Belgian logistics software company, announced 15 Sept 2019 that it reached agreement with Lockheed Martin on supplier opportunities. This opens the door for ILIAS Solutions to pursue valuable contracts within the F-35 programme and to provide logistics software solutions to Lockheed Martin and its customers.

SABCA and Lockheed Martin reach agreement on supplier opportunities for the F-35 fighter jet

SABCA Group, a top tier Belgian aerospace company, has reached agreement with Lockheed Martin on supplier opportunities for the actuation systems on the F-35 Lightning II 5th generation fighter planes. The statement was signed by both companies 15 Sept. 2019 during the Sanicole Air Show. This opens the door for SABCA to pursue valuable contracts to provide actuation systems not only to Lockheed Martin.

Altius-U will be the backbone of heavy Russian drone fleet

There was a major debut of heavy Russian drones in August. The maiden flight of modified Altius-U was overshadowed by the 20-ton Okhotnik. However, it was a major event, as Altius-U will be the backbone of the fleet of Russian heavy drones, the Izvestia daily writes.

Russia began to create new strategic bomber PAK DA

Russia began to create Prospective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA) which is to replace Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 bombers, online publication writes about requirements to the prospective strategic bomber.

Airbus Helicopters has delivered its 1,000th Super Puma helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has delivered its 1,000th Super Puma helicopter: a twin-engine multi-role H215 assembled in Marignane, France, and handed over to the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) to support the German Havarie Command, which manages maritime emergencies off of Germany’s coast.

Ka-62 batch production to begin this year

Russian Helicopters Holding plans to obtain the basic certificate for Ka-62 helicopter in 2020, but the batch production of the craft is scheduled to begin in 2019, the holding said.

New all-electronic bomb fuze to be manufactured by Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received its first production order from the U.S. Navy to manufacture the FMU-139D/B, a new all-electronic bomb fuze suitable for many general purpose bombs used by the U.S. Department of Defense and its allied nations. With the U.S. Navy’s decision this January to authorize full rate production, the improved FMU-139D/B bomb fuze creates a uniform solution for general purpose bombs that increases performance and reliability, while decreasing cost.

Raytheon awarded contract for AMRAAM development test mission support

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $8,422,148 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract for field team support services for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) development test mission support including, test planning, test operations, test reporting and telemetry analysis.

Indian Light Utility Helicopter clears high weather tests at Himalayas

Indigenously designed and developed, the Indian Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has successfully demonstrated high altitude capability in hot and high weather conditions.

Brazil receives its first Embraer KC-390

On September 4, the Brazilian air force received its first Embraer KC-390 transport aircraft in a ceremony at Anápolis Air Base outside of Brasilia.

Russian Defense Ministry inspectors fly over Finland

A team of Russian Defense Ministry inspectors is making an observation flight over the territory of Finland on board of an An-30B surveillance aircraft, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Eurofighter Typhoon defensive aids sub-system enhancement study contract awarded

Leonardo, on behalf of the EuroDASS consortium, has received a contract from BAE Systems that will see the consortium explore the future of the Eurofighter Typhoon’s ‘Praetorian’ Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS). The ‘Praetorian Long Term Evolution (LTE)’ study will lay the groundwork for future development work which will ensure that the Typhoon’s Electronic Warfare system will remain one of the most advanced in the world for decades to come. The contract is a key part of the wider Eurofighter Typhoon LTE study, which aims to identify a suite of technology enhancements for the Eurofighter Typhoon’s weapons system infrastructure and propulsion to provide a clear road map for the future of the platform.

Raytheon and Dynetics to enhance flight performance of US Army hypersonic weapon glide body

Raytheon Company will build and deliver the control, actuation and power-conditioning subassemblies that control flight of the U.S. Army's new Common-Hypersonic Glide Body program. The work will enhance the system's flight performance and will be performed under Dynetics Corporation contracts.

India inducts first batch of Apache helicopters

On September 3, the Indian Air Force inducted the first batch of eight Apache helicopters at the Pathankot airbase.

First flight test of Leonardo's Multiple Aperture Infra-Red (MAIR) system

Following its launch in June at the Paris Air Show, Leonardo has successfully conducted the first test flight of its Multiple Aperture Infra-Red (MAIR) system, which provides crews with spherical missile warning, Hostile Fire Indication (HFI), day and night imaging and Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) functionality.

Iran unveils Kian high precision UCAV

Iran unveiled the "Kian", a new high-precision drone that can locate and attack targets far from the country's borders, according to officials.

A-42 amphibious aircraft to be modernized

The Russian Navy will receive the biggest in the world Albatros A-42 amphibious airplane. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. The gigantic flying boat has universal combat features. It can detect and track nuclear submarines and engage in rescue operations in a rough sea. A-42 will have the latest equipment and improved depth bombs and torpedoes, the Izvestia daily writes.

Rafael to develop UAVs

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced the completion of its acquisition of Aeronautics, one of Israel's leading developers of unmanned aerial systems.

PAK VTA airlifter concept to be finally determined in 2020

The concept of the Prospective Airborne Complex of Military-Transport Aviation (PAK VTA) will be finally determined in 2020. It has to replace the heavy An-124-100 airlifter. The Ilyushin Company is engaged in the R&D. It also upgrades Ruslan airlifter to An-124-100M. The technical project is to be approved in late 2019. After that the airlifter will be completely Russian, the Army Standard writes.

Airbus Helicopters offers Australia cost-effective Tiger for operations beyond 2040

Airbus Helicopters is offering a cost-effective approach for taking the Tiger platform beyond 2040, in response to the Commonwealth of Australia’s (CoA) Request for Information (RFI) for the Project LAND4503 Armed Reconnaissance Capability. The RFI seeks solutions for the army’s future armed reconnaissance helicopter needs.

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