DECEMBER 2020 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


U.S. Army gets closer to self-adjusting turbine engines

A team of U.S. Army and academic researchers developed a novel design to automatically adjust aircraft rotor blade positions while already in-flight, a tactic that could improve turbine engine performance. U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs explains.

General Atomics delivers final two MQ-9A Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Spanish Air Force

According to a press release published on November 30, 2020, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) delivered the final two MQ-9A Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and a Ground Control Station (GCS) to the Spanish Air Force (SpAF) on Nov. 23, 2020, completing a Foreign Military Sales acquisition of four aircraft and three GCSs. The new MQ-9s will be operated by the 233rd Squadron at Talavera la Real Air Base near Badajoz, Spain.

Mali orders an additional Airbus C295 CASA military transport aircraft

According to a press release published on December 2, 2020, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Mali has placed a firm order for an additional Airbus C295 airlifter in the transport configuration.

Rheinmetall to supply MK82-EP general purpose bombs to French and German air forces

Rheinmetall’s advanced MK-82-EP general purpose aircraft bomb has recently scored major successes in France and Germany. France’s procurement authority, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), has already placed the first serial production orders for the MK82-EP, which are earmarked for the Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighter jets

Raytheon to supply USSOCOM aircraft with Silent Night radars

The U.S. Department of Defense on December 1 announced that Raytheon Technologies was awarded a $235,576,667 C-Type, multi-year procurement contract for the production and delivery of the Silent Knight Radar in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) requirements.

Boeing to supply sustainment and related equipment worth USD275 Mn to Canadian Air Force C-17s

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on December 1 published that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada of C-17 Sustainment and related equipment for an estimated cost of $275 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Northrop lands potential USD 4.8Bn US Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS modernization contract

Northrop Grumman has received a potential $4.8B contract to update, refurbish and sustain the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems.

Kongsberg awarded second follow-on Joint Strike Missile contract with Japan

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has entered into a second Follow-on contract with Japan to supply the JSM (Joint Strike Missile) for their fleet of F-35 fighter aircraft.

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